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Austria coalition with far-right party sworn in (3 minutes ago)
Vienna, Dec 18 (IANS) The new government of Austria, a coalition formed by the conservative People's Party (OVP) and the far-right Freedom Party (FPO), was sworn in on Monday amid protests in the capital.

Gunmen attack Afghan intelligence training centre, 1 militant killed (Lead) (25 minutes ago)
Kabul, Dec 18 (IANS) At least one militant was killed on Monday in an attack on a training centre of Afghanistan's main intelligence agency in Kabul, where terrorists and security forces are engaged in a shootout, officials said.

Huawei, NTT DOCOMO achieve breakthrough in 5G mobility trial (16:34)
Tokyo, Dec 18 (IANS) Chinese networking company Huawei and Japanese mobile phone operator NTT DOCOMO on Monday completed a successful field trial for 5G mobile communications over long distance with 39 GHz Millimeter Wave (mmWave) band.

Abu Dhabi holds summit on women, peace & security (16:30)
Abu Dhabi, Dec 18 (IANS/WAM) A conference on women empowerment to promote international peace and security was held in the United Arab Emirates' capital on Monday.

10 killed in Bangladesh stampede (Lead) (16:26)
Dhaka, Dec 18 (IANS) At least 10 persons were crushed to death and over 50 injured on Monday in a stampede during a funeral rite of a political leader in Bangladesh's Chittagong city.

Western societies may quit alcohol with alcosynth-laded drinks: Scientist (16:22)
London, Dec 18 (IANS) People living in western countries are likely to quit alcohol in around two decades after they switch to a synthetic substance that mimics alcohol but does not harm people or cause hangovers, a British scientist has revealed.

US speaking India's language, says Pakistan (16:02)
Islamabad, Dec 18 (IANS) Pakistan on Monday accused the US of "speaking India's language", and said the two nations have "the same ideas" regarding the Jammu and Kashmir conflict.

Russian Presidential election campaign launched (15:04)
Moscow, Dec 18 (IANS) The Russian Presidential campaign was officially launched on Monday.

Early hominins' walk was as energetic as modern humans: Study (14:44)
London, Dec 18 (IANS) The walk of hominins in the Pleistocene era -- which lasted from about 2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago -- was no less efficient energetically than that of present-day humans, a study has showed.

Nine killed in Bangladesh stampede (14:42)
Dhaka, Dec 18 (IANS) At least nine persons were killed on Monday in a stampede in Bangladesh's Chittagong city during a funeral procession, police said.

UK embassy worker found dead in Beirut, man arrested (14:30)
Beirut, Dec 18 (IANS) A woman who worked at the UK embassy in Lebanon was found dead at the side of a highway here and a man has been arrested over the death, the police said.

Gunmen attack Afghan intelligence training centre (13:38)
Kabul, Dec 18 (IANS) Armed insurgents attacked an intelligence training facility in the Afghan capital on Monday, sparking a shootout with security forces, officials said.

Ivanka, husband sued over financial disclosure (13:30)
Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have been hit with a lawsuit alleging illegal omissions on their public financial disclosure forms.

American recaptured after Bali prison break (13:02)
Jakarta, Dec 18 (IANS) Indonesian authorities have recaptured a US citizen accused of drugs offences who escaped from a prison in Bali last week.

Trump not considering firing Special Counsel Mueller (Lead) (12:48)
Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has said he is not planning to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

40 more Rohingya villages burnt in Myanmar: Report (12:12)
Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 18 (IANS) The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday reported the burning of 40 additional Rohingya villages in Myanmar in a military campaign, which has led more than 655,000 people of this Muslim minority community to flee to Bangladesh.

Afghan forces retake Tabar valley, Taliban flee (12:12)
Kabul, Dec 18 (IANS) Afghan forces regained control of the key Tabar valley in Sari Pul province, forcing Taliban militants to flee, a police official said on Monday.

Dog survives US plane crash (12:10)
Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) A dog survived a plane crash in the US state of Indiana while three passengers and another dog were killed, authorities said.

UN action set to revive Kenyan lake around which flowers bloom (Environment Feature) (12:08)
By Vishal Gulati
Naivasha (Kenya), Dec 18 (IANS) The Naivasha wetlands, nestled amidst the volcanic mountains of Kenya's Great Rift Valley, are dying a slow death. Concerned at the impending ecological crisis, United Nations Environment stepped in to initiate a five-year Freshwater Strategy, part of its global action plan, to protect Lake Naivasha from certain extinction.

Power outage paralyses world's busiest Hartsfield-Jackson airport in US (Lead) (11:48)
Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) A power failure at the world's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, has crippled air traffic, forcing the cancellation of more than 1,150 departing or arriving flights and stranding thousands of travellers in the US just as people begin the busy Christmas travel week.

Adani parts ways with mining services company Downer over Carmichael mine (11:38)
Sydney, Dec 18 (IANS) Embattled Indian miner Adani Group has parted ways with mining services giant Downer and said it will build and run the Carmichael coal mine, Australia's biggest coal venture in central Queensland's Galilee Basin, on its own, a media report said.

26 killed in Philippines storm (11:34)
Manila, Dec 18 (IANS) At least 26 people were killed and 46 were reported missing after a tropical storm battered the Philippines, an official said on Monday.

Twitter to begin penalising hateful, abusive accounts: Report (10:40)
San Francisco, Dec 18 (IANS) Aimed at reducing hateful content on its platform, Twitter will start penalising accounts from Monday that include "hateful imagery and display names", or those who "use username, display name, or profile bio to engage in abusive behaviour", the media reported.

Ex-President Pinera wins Chilean polls (10:26)
Santiago, Dec 18 (IANS) Right-wing candidate and former President Sebastian Pinera has won the presidential polls in Chile with over 50 per cent of the vote, the country's electoral body said. This will be his second term.

Power failure cripples US Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport (07:50)
Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world's busiest airport, was hit on Sunday by a power outage, leaving thousands of passengers stranded and planes grounded indefinitely.

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