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Vietnam is forecast to witness a 80-pecent drop in the number of foreign tourists visiting the country in 2020 if the COVID-19 pandemic is not controlled by the end of the year, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

Discussion urges smarter energy choices for sake of human health

Participants at a recent conference in Hanoi called for smarter energy choices, given the impacts of coal power generation on air quality and air pollution’s influence on human health.

Traffic accidents drop after drink-driving law takes effect

The number of traffic accidents has fallen dramatically, just two weeks after the drink-driving law took effect, according to Le Xuan Duc, deputy head of the Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security (MoPS).

Facebook value drops by $37bn amid privacy backlash

 Facebook's shares have fallen sharply, wiping $37bn off the firm's value, as it faces questions from US and UK politicians about its privacy rules.

Asian shares rally as China drops circuit breaker, firms yuan setting

 Asian shares rebounded on Friday, led by strong gains for battered Chinese stocks after China suspended its market circuit breaker system and set a firmer midpoint rate for yuan trading for the first time in nine days.

Le Quang Liem drops one place in world rankings

 VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese Grandmaster Le Quang Liem has dropped to world No 50 in the latest rankings released by the International Chess Federation.

China allows yuan currency to drop for third day

 China has set the guiding rate for its yuan currency lower for a third consecutive day. But Thursday's rate of 1% down against the dollar was a smaller margin than the shock cuts earlier in the week.

HCM City: Average room rate drops 5 percent

 VietNamNet Bridge – The average room rate (ARR) in Ho Chi Minh City dropped 5 percent quarterly and 3 percent annually to 1.6 million VND/room/night in the second quarter of 2015, reported Savills Vietnam estate service provider.