By Manik Mehta

NEW YORK, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's tourism planners could learn a lesson or two from their New York counterparts who want to convert the city's diamond district -- the endless rows of stores sell diamonds, precious stones, and jewellery and watches along the 47th Street which is often called the 'street of shimmering glitter and gold' -- into a shoppers' paradise for gold, diamonds and precious jewellery items.

HANOI, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- The number of people killed in landslides and floods caused by torrential rain in Vietnam's northern and central regions since early last week has surged to 75, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

ANKARA, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- Some 35 Somalis injured in Saturday's blast in capital Mogadishu arrived in Ankara for treatment late Monday, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

CARACAS, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- The 23 governors who were elected in the regional elections in Venezuela are to swear an oath in front of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) on Tuesday, China's Xinhua news agency reported the ANC president, Delcy Rodriguez, as saying on Monday.

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- Calling the Myanmar Rohingya refugee crisis "the world's fastest growing refugee crisis and a major humanitarian emergency," the heads of three UN aid organisations said on Monday they were seeking US$434 million for the victims and Bangladesh hosts, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

LISBON, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- The number of dead in Portugal's latest bout of forest fires now stands at 36, the National Civil Protection Authority (ANPC) said on Monday, with the number expected to rise further, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

LONDON, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- London Ambulance Service said Monday that a man was killed and two other men injured following a stabbing incident outside Parsons Green tube station in southwest London, China's Xinhua news agency reported.