MANILA, April 19 (Bernama) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has directed the Department of Health (DOH) to heighten awareness among the public on the Middle East Respirator Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV), Xinhua news agency reported.

TEHRAN, April 19 (Bernama) -- Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the country's navy is ready to help boost security in international waters.

HANOI, April 19 (Bernama) -- Five Chinese nationals and two Vietnamese border guards were killed Friday in a shooting incident at the border of Vietnam's northern Quang Ninh province.

KUNMING, April 19 (Bernama) -- A forest fire that broke out three days ago was put out by 4,700 firefighters and soldiers on Saturday in southwest Yunnan Province, Xinhua news agency reported local authorities as saying.

KATHMANDU, April 19 (Bernama) -- Four people are still missing after an avalanche hit Mount Everest on Friday, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

NEW DELHI, April 19 (Bernama) -- A total of 321 out of 2,071 candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections on April 24 have criminal cases against them, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

HANOI, April 19 (Bernama) -- Vietnam needs to continue studying and perfecting relevant mechanisms and policies while learning from the experiences of other countries in moving towards a green economy, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported citing the Nhan Dan (People) online newspaper.