SINGAPORE, Dec 20 (Bernama) -- China's lack of ambition to become a nuclear superpower while ostensibly comforting presents a special set of challenges for crisis-stability in North East Asia, a new publication from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) shows.

NEW YORK, Dec 20 (Bernama) -- Iran's envoy to the United Nations said the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan and terrorist attacks have led to a vicious circle that causes the most harm to civilians, Iran's Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Dec 20 (Bernama) -- The rise in the number of tourists on cruise ship visits to Brunei has brought much gain to local freight services, tour companies and related establishments nationwide, Xinhua news agency reports citing a news website.

MELBOURNE, Dec 20 (Bernama) -- A Chinese asylum seeker set to be deported home has been kicked off a plane in Sydney after protesting to passengers on board.

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Bernama) -- The US has issued a worldwide travel alert for its citizens ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays in the wake of the lone gunman attack in Sydney, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

BANGKOK, Dec 20 (Bernama) -- New Pakistani ambassador to Thailand Sohail Khan has invited Royal Thai Armed Forces chief general Worapong Sa-nganet to visit Pakistan to observe the country's national defence industry.