MADRID, Oct 16 (Bernama) -- A wave of fires ravaged thousands of hectares of woodland in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia Sunday, China's Xinhua news agency reported, citing emergency service and media reports.

SEJONG, Oct 16 (Bernama) -- South Korea is struggling to achieve its goal of 3 per cent growth this year as scepticism grows over sluggish domestic demand and investment, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

ULAN BATOR, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has decided to allocate US$1.2 billion to support Mongolia's development in 2017-2020, China's Xinhua news agency reported, quoting the member of the ADB Board of Directors responsible for Mongolia.

By Manik Mehta

NEW YORK, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- Amid the growing concern being voiced worldwide over the Rohingya refugee crisis, with their more than half a million refugees having fled from Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki Haley, held discussions on Thursday with U Thaung Tun, National Security Advisor of Myanmar on the Rohingya crisis.

SEOUL, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- Top military commanders of South Korea and the United States had a phone conversation on Saturday to confirm their already solid defense preparedness, China's Xinhua news agency reported, quoting Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

JAKARTA, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- Many villagers, who had taken shelter in safer grounds in Bali resort island, have come back to their home although strongly barred by authorities as Mount Agung volcano in the island could erupt at any moment, China's Xinhua news agency reported a senior official of Indonesian disaster agency as saying on Saturday.

CAIRO, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- The Egyptian armed forces on Saturday frustrated a terrorist attack that was targeting a security check point in the North Sinai city of Arish, killing at least two militants, China's Xinhua news agency reported the army as saying in a statement.