NEW DELHI, Feb 20 (Bernama) -- At least seven people were killed and two dozen others were injured, some of them critically, in a bus crash in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON, Feb 20 (Bernama) -- A driver for the White House press pool was briefly detained Monday after a firearm was found in his personal baggage as he tried to enter a secured area, China's Xinhua news agency reported, citing a statement from the US Secret Service.

TOKYO, Feb 20 (Bernama) -- A US F-16 fighter jet has to dump its fuel tanks after the aircraft's engine caught fire shortly after taking off on Tuesday morning, China's Xinhua news agency reported the Japanese Ministry of Defence as saying.

SEOUL, Feb 20 (Bernama) -- A Seoul court ordered the state on Tuesday to pay seven million won (US$6,548) in compensation to a Japanese journalist who was acquitted of defaming ousted President Park Geun-hye in a news article about her whereabouts at the time of a deadly ferry sinking in 2014.

JERUSALEM, Feb 20 (Bernama) -- Israel's Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday, and called on to renew the long-stalled peace talks, reported China's Xinhua news agency.

MANILA, Feb 20 (Bernama) -- Ten people, including an 11-month infant, have died in a diarrhoea outbreak in Balabac, a town in Palawan, southern Philippines, health authorities said on Tuesday.

MEXICO CITY, Feb 20 (Bernama) -- Mexican authorities are searching for three Italians who went missing on January 31st in the western state of Jalisco, a local official said Monday, reported China's Xinhua news agency.