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.

RIYADH, Feb 20 (Bernama) -- Saudi Arabia on Monday banned a writer for making negative remarks on the "Azan," the Islamic call to prayers, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

ANKARA, Feb 20 (Bernama) -- Turkey warned Syria on Monday against sending troops into Afrin district to back the Kurdish militia, China's Xinhua news agency said quoting a senior Turkish official.

JAKARTA, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- The Mount Sinabung volcano on Indonesia's Sumatra island erupted on Monday, spewing columns of ash as high as five kilometres and sending hot ash down the slopes.