HANOI, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- Vietnam's central coastal city of Da Nang saw a significant growth in international tourist arrivals in 2017, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported according to the city's Department of Tourism.

NEW DELHI, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- An Indian lawmaker Friday made a unique entry to the country's parliament by riding a tractor on the first day of the winter session, Xinhua news agency reported.

MANILA, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$380 million loan to help the Philippine government strengthen the road network in the southern Mindanao Island, the country's second largest island with about 20 million people, Xinhua news agency reported.

CASABLANCA (Morocco), Dec 15 (BERNAMA-NNN-MAP) -- The 3Rd general meeting of the Atlantic Federation of African New Agencies (FAAPA) began here Thursday with directors of several African news agencies and partners of the Federation from Europe and Asia in attendance.

ABUJA, Dec 15 (BERNAMA-NNN-NAN) -- Ahead of the 2019 general election, 21 new political parties have been registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), bringing the number to 67.

KHARTOUM, Dec 15 (BERNAMA-NNN-SUNA) -- Sudan has expressed its appreciation over the position taken by Jordan when the International Criminal Court (ICC) said it would refer the Hashemite Kingdom to the United Nations Security Council over the presence of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir at the recent Arab Summit in Amman and the alleged failure of Jordan to cooperate with the ICC in apprehending him to face charges at the ICC in The Hague.

CANBERRA, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- An Australian mango farmer was fined over US$19,000 by Darwin's Federal Circuit Court Thursday for underpaying foreign staff, Xinhua news agency reported.