TEHRAN, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- An Iranian passenger plane of Asseman Airlines has crashed into the Dena Mountains, 120 km from Semirom, Isfahan Province in Iran, early Sunday morning.

TOKYO, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- The number of drones used in agriculture is increasing in Japan, with some farmers starting to utilise the aerial vehicles for visual inspections of crops and other new purposes, Japan's Jiji Press reported.

CANBERRA, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- A record 313 kg of methamphetamine en route to South Australia was seized by Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

SYDNEY, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- Due to Tropical Cyclone Gita, which is to hit New Zealand in the next 24 hours, Australian authorities warned of dangerous surf conditions on Monday as massive 4-meter waves continued to smash the east coast of the country, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

MANILA, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- Philippine authorities have arrested an Egyptian man suspected of being a member of an extremist group, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

TRIPOLI, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- Libya's eastern based army has denied a report that Gen Khalifa Haftar has requested for a Russian military base in eastern Libya, China's Xinhua news agency said quoting the Libyan news agency.

MUNICH, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- A senior Chinese diplomat said China is committed to the principle of non-first-use of nuclear weapons and expressed concerns about the danger of nuclear development at the Munich Security Conference (MSC), China's Xinhua news agency reported.