LA PAZ, Oct 13 (BERNAMA-NNN-PRENSA LATINA) -- The Bolivian Special ForcE against Drug Trafficking (Felcn) seized 228 tons of drugs and 17 planes in operations carried out this year, Felcn Director Santiago Delgadillo said on Thursday.

SEOUL, Oct 13 (Bernama) -- Seoul will host the biggest international forum on the Arctic next year to seek ways to promote arctic countries' interest in the East Asian region, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported the foreign ministry as saying on Friday.

WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Bernama) -- The United States on Thursday informed the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) that it would formally withdraw from the organisation on Dec 31, 2018, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

BRASILIA, Oct. 13 (BERNAMA-NNN-XINHUA) -- Brazil's Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) on Wednesday blocked assets belonging to the former president, Dilma Rousseff, for her alleged role in a 2006 deal when oil giant Petrobras acquired a refinery in Pasadena city in the U.S. state of Texas.

SANTIAGO, Oct. 13 (BERNAMA-NNN-XINHUA) -- Latin American economies will see 1.2-percent growth in 2017 and expand another 2.2 percent in 2018, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said on Thursday.

CHICAGO, Oct.13 (BERNAMA-NNN-XINHUA) -- A second death case from West Nile virus (WNV) has been reported in the Midwest State of Iowa, thus bringing the total number of WNV fatalities to 67 across the U.S. this year.

WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Bernama) -- US President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated Kirstjen Nielsen as his pick for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and called for a strong, bipartisan vote from Congress to confirm his pick, China's Xinhua news agency reported.