HANOI, Feb 16 (Bernama) -- Passing down through generations and continued with equal enthusiasm today, 'Xong dat' (first footing), a Tet tradition in Vietnam, has always been associated with hopes for a fruitful year ahead.

THIMPHU (Bhutan), Feb 15 (Bernama) -- Firefighters and volunteers are protecting the famous Taktshang (Tiger's Nest) monastery from the ongoing forest fire which has been raging hundreds of acres of forestlands in the Paro district of Bhutan since February 9, reported China\'s Xinhua news agency.

By Muammar Eusouffi Zainol Abidin

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq (KICRI) which ends today, has raised US$30 billion in pledges to rebuild the country after the destruction in the war against Daesh militant group.

By Muammar Eusouffi Zainol Abidin

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 15 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has announced an initial pledge of US$100,000 for the reconstruction of Iraq, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

TEHRAN, Feb 15 (Bernama) -- A senior adviser to Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei on Wednesday dismissed some "interferences" in the development of the country's missile programme, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 15 (Bernama) -- Jacob Zuma finally buckled to pressure and resign as the President of South Africa on Wednesday, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

By Muammar Eusoffi Zainol Abidin

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 14 (Bernama) -- Iraq's Prime Minister, Haidar Al-Abadi, hopes his country will become a bridge of mediation that will serve to bring benefits for the rest of the world and not a blood-filled war zone.