MANILA, Oct 18 (Bernama) -- The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on final reading a measure mandating all government agencies to indicate the blood type of every individual applying for an identification card, certificate and licence, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported.

MANILA, Oct 18 (Bernama) -- Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno has assured Marawi City residents that the government has the funds for the area's rehabilitation, Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported.

HANOI, Oct 18 (Bernama) -- Spanish films are being screened at the National Cinema Centre from October 17 to 22 to mark the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Spain diplomatic relations, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

HANOI, Oct 18 (Bernama) -- The Department of Preventive Medicine under Vietnam's Health Ministry has warned that flooding and rains in central and northern provinces could trigger disease outbreaks, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

By Manik Mehta

NEW YORK, Oct 18 (Bernama) -- In a rare public appearance, a leading North Korean defector noted the country's economy was so weak that it might not be able to withstand for long the tough international sanctions.

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- Ten individuals won sponsored Umrah trip and visit to the Prophet Muhammad's Mosque in Madinah after emerging as winners of the 2nd Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Human Face of Ramadan Photo Contest.

DAMASCUS, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured Syria's northern city of Raqqa, after fully defeating the Islamic State (IS) group on Tuesday, China's Xinhua news agency reported, citing the SDF spokesman.