Oil prices tumble amid oversupply fears (16 minutes ago)
New York, Dec 19 (IANS) Oil prices dived, as mounting anxieties over supply surplus cast a pall over investors across the board.

Iraq PM to fill up cabinet berths at parliament session on Thursday (01:58)
Baghdad, Dec 19 (IANS) Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said that he will complete filling his 22 cabinet members at next parliament session slated for Thursday despite intense political differences.

CISF, Nepal Armed Police Force to cooperate in multiple sectors (23:54)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) A visiting delegation of Nepal's Armed Police Force on Tuesday agreed for inter-agency coordination, mutual cooperation and many other issues in a meeting with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) here, an official said.

Trump urges US Fed to forgo another rate hike as policy meeting begins (23:50)
Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) As the Federal Reserve starts its two-day policy meeting on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump again urged the central bank to refrain from further hiking interest rates, warning it to avoid making "yet another mistake".

Russia to strengthen strategic nuclear forces next year: Putin (23:44)
Moscow, Dec 18 (IANS) Russia's strategic nuclear forces have grown significantly stronger and it is necessary to further strengthen the potential of the country's strategic nuclear forces next year, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

Trump directs Pentagon to establish 'Space Command' (22:54)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) US President Donald Trump issued an order on Tuesday directing the establishment of a "Space Command."

US President's troubled charity foundation to shut down (22:46)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's troubled charity foundation has agreed to close down amid allegations that he and others illegally misused its funds.

Carbon footprint labels on food packets might help cut emissions (21:52)
Sydney, Dec 18 (IANS) Labelling food packets with carbon footprint can help reduce potential environmental impacts, says a new study.

Obese kids as smart as their leaner peers: Study (21:42)
London, Dec 18 (IANS) Obese kids, or those with lesser aerobic fitness, are as smart as their leaner peers, finds a study, that analysed associations of fitness, motor competence and adiposity with cognition.

Cisco acquires photonics leader Luxtera for $660mn (21:30)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Dec 18 (IANS) Global networking major Cisco on Tuesday announced the acquisition of California-based semiconductor company Luxtera for $660 million.

ED to move court seeking Michel's custody in AgustaWestland (21:14)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate is likely move an application before a city court on Wednesday seeking custody of Christian Michel, the middleman who was extradited to India from the UAE earlier this month in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, said sources.

Russia to boost security if US quits INF Treaty: Putin (21:04)IANS Photo Service
Moscow, Dec 18 (IANS) Russia will have to take additional measures to boost its security if the US withdraws from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.

Africa, Europe should intensify cooperation: Juncker (20:56)IANS Photo Service
Vienna, Dec 18 (IANS) European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday urged Europe and Africa to intensify their cooperation.

Turkey supports UN plan for new Syria constitution (20:56)IANS Photo Service
Ankara, Dec 18 (IANS) Turkey supports an expected UN plan to form a Syrian constitutional committee and rewrite the country's constitution, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

China will not seek to dominate: Xi Jinping (Lead) (20:50)IANS Photo Service
Beijing, Dec 18 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday vowed that his country will not develop at the expense of other nations, in a speech marking 40 years since China introduced major economic reforms.

Maldives President visits Taj Mahal (20:18)IANS Photo Service
Agra Dec 18 (IANS) Maldives' newly-elected President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Tuesday afternoon visited the 17th century Mughal monument of love, the Taj Mahal.

New US report on election meddling 'unfounded': Kremlin (19:40)
Moscow, Dec 18 (IANS) A new report prepared for the US Senate Intelligence Committee on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election in the US is "absolutely unfounded", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

UK Cabinet considers no-deal Brexit (19:38)IANS Photo Service
London, Dec 18 (IANS) The British cabinet met to discuss whether to ramp up preparations for a no-deal Brexit amid uncertainty over the fate of Theresa May's proposed EU exit deal on Tuesday.

Know why women tend to outlive men (18:42)
New York, Dec 18 (IANS) Scientists have long wondered why women outlive men globally. Now, they have found that the secret may lie in the second X chromosome, present in females.

Women tourists found dead in Morocco (18:38)
Rabat, Dec 18 (IANS) Two Scandinavian women backpackers have been found dead in Morocco with cuts to their necks, an interior ministry statement said.

Coal use declines in Europe, but spikes in India: IEA (18:22)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) While global coal demand looks set to rise for the second year in a row in 2018, it is forecast to remain stable over the next five years as declines in Europe and North America are offset by strong growth in India and Southeast Asia, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday.

Women receive 2 abusive tweets every minute: Amnesty International (18:20)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Dec 18 (IANS) On an average, women receive an abusive or problematic tweet every 30 seconds, reveals an Amnesty International study on Tuesday that buttresses Twitter's reputation as a "toxic" platform for women, especially for politicians and journalists.

Ex-Sri Lankan President named opposition leader amid objections (18:02)IANS Photo Service
Colombo, Dec 18 (IANS) Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned from the prime ministerial position on December 15, was appointed Leader of Opposition by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on Tuesday amid a row.

Afghan peace board bats for talks with Taliban (17:47)
Kabul, Dec 18 (IANS) The government-backed Afghanistan Peace Consultative Board (APCB) has advocated for talks between the government and the Taliban, a statement of the Presidential Palace said.

Green leafy vegetables may prevent fatty liver disease (17:38)
London, Dec 18 (IANS) Eating green leafy vegetables in larger portion daily may reduce the risk of developing fatty liver disease, suggests researchers in a mice study.

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