UN chief to nudge climate negotiators for Paris rulebook (Lead) (Just in)
By Vishal Gulati
Katowice (Poland), Dec 12 (IANS) As the crucial multilateral climate negotiations by 197 nations draw closer to finale with the possibility of "weak" outcomes, UN chief Antonio Guterres on Wednesday flew back here in an attempt to convince participating countries for evolving a consensus on the Paris rulebook.

Sri Lanka Parliament passes vote of confidence on ousted PM (16 minutes ago)
Colombo, Dec 12 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Parliament on Wednesday passed a vote of confidence on ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with 117 lawmakers from the 225-member Parliament voting in his favour.

2 killed in France Christmas market 'terror attack' (Third Lead) (20 minutes ago)
Paris, Dec 12 (IANS) A gunman shouting "Allahu Akbar" opened fire near a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg, killing two people in an incident believed to be a "terrorist attack", prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Families urge Myanmar to release journalists (Lead) (19:26)
Yangon, Dec 12 (IANS) Families, friends and colleagues of two Reuters journalists, imprisoned in Myanmar, on Wednesday called for their immediate release one year on from their arrest.

Your eyes may signal your mental stress level (19:18)
New York, Dec 12 (IANS) With demands of work productivity shooting up stress levels, researchers have discovered that a person's eyes may offer a solution.

India witnesses significant rise in dementia-related cases: Lancet (18:50)
Moscow, Dec 12 (IANS) With number of individuals living with dementia increasing globally owing to ageing population, a Lancet study on Wednesday revealed that India witnessed a significant growth in the number of Alzheimer's disease and other cases of dementia from 1990 till 2016.

Former Canadian diplomat detained in China (Lead) (18:24)
Hong Kong, Dec 12 (IANS) A former Canadian diplomat has been detained in China and his current empolyer, non-profit organization International Crisis Group (ICG), on Wednesday said it is seeking his immediate release.

May to face vote of no confidence from Conservative MPs (Second Lead) (17:56)IANS Photo Service
London, Dec 12 (IANS) UK Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of no confidence from MPs of her own ruling Conservative Party on Wednesday over her handling of Brexit.

Fifteen entities commit to make operations climate neutral (17:52)
By Vishal Gulati
Katowice (Poland), Dec 12 (IANS) Fifteen international organisations on Wednesday jointly announced a commitment to make their operations climate neutral at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in this Polish city.

Heart disease greater in people living near oil & gas wells (16:58)
New York, Dec 12 (IANS) People living near areas with oil and gas exploration sites could be at more risk of developing cardiovascular disease, say researchers.

Unesco condemns TV journalist's murder in Pakistan (16:58)
Paris, Dec 12 (IANS/AKI) The UN cultural organisation Unesco has deplored last week's killing of TV reporter Noorul Hassan in Pakistan and called on the country's authorities to bring to justice those responsible for the attack.

UN confirms Islamic State killing of 6 hostages in Libya (16:46)
Tripoli, Dec 12 (IANS/AKI) The UN Support Mission in Libya has confirmed that the Islamic State militant group killed six hostages taken during its attack on Al-Foqua town in October, calling the assault "particularly abhorrent".

Man jailed in UAE for calling fiancée 'idiot' on WhatsApp (16:34)
Abu Dhabi, Dec 12 (IANS) A man has been jailed here for 60 days and fined 20,000 dirhams (around Rs 4 lakh) for calling his fiancée an "idiot" in a WhatsApp message.

NASA satellite maps Antarctica ice sheets, sea ice, forests (15:58)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) NASA's satellite to track Earth's melting ice has revealed accurate first maps of Antarctica such that it can measure sea ice height to within an inch, the US sapace agency has said.

Symantec identifies group behind cyber attacks in Pakistan, Turkey (15:48)
San Francisco, Dec 12 (IANS) California-headquartered global cybersecurity company Symantec said it has identified the group behind a recent series of cyber attacks designed to gather intelligence from Pakistan, Turkey, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Jordan and some regions in Europe and North America.

Why googling 'idiot' brings up Trump photos, Congresswoman asks Pichai (15:44)
Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) US Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, in an effort to understand how Google search algorithms work, asked its CEO Sundar Pichai why so many pictures of President Donald Trump appear when she does a Google search for "idiot".

Indian charged with smuggling foreign nationals into US (15:14)
Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) A 38-year-old Indian man has been charged with conspiring to smuggle six of his countrymen into the US on commercial airline flights, authorities said.

Canadian court frees Huawei CFO on bail (14:51)
Vancouver, Dec 12 (IANS) A Canadian court has granted bail to Chinese tech company Huawei's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), who has been accused of helping the firm dodge American sanctions on Iran, while she awaits a hearing on extradition to the US.

May to face vote of no confidence from Conservative MPs (Lead) (14:42)IANS Photo Service
London, Dec 12 (IANS) UK Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of no confidence from MPs of the ruling Conservative Party on Wednesday.

Ex-Canadian diplomat 'detained' in China (14:38)
Hong Kong, Dec 12 (IANS) A former Canadian diplomat who is currently an employee of the International Crisis Group (ICG) has reportedly been detained in China, the non-profit organization said on Wednesday.

Brain teasers may not stop age-related mental decline (14:38)
London, Dec 12 (IANS) Playing Sudoku or crosswords may not arrest age-related mental decline, as earlier studies suggested, but can boost mental ability over a lifetime, shows a research.

UN chief expected to attend climate talks (14:38)
By Vishal GulatiIANS Photo Service
Katowice (Poland), Dec 12 (IANS) As the crucial multilateral climate negotiations by 197 nations draw closer to finale with the possibility of "weak" outcomes, UN chief Antonio Guterres is expected to join talks on Wednesday for evolving rules for implementing the Paris agreement.

May to face leadership challenge (14:00)IANS Photo Service
London, Dec 12 (IANS) British Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of no confidence in her leadership on Wednesday.

10GB Vivo smartphone with dual display launched (14:00)IANS Photo Service
Shanghai, Dec 12 (IANS) Refreshing its NEX series, Chinese handset maker Vivo on Wednesday launched the "NEX Dual Display Edition" smartphone with 10GB RAM, futuristic dual display and a triple camera system at the rear.

Jailed Myanmar journalists mark 1 year in prison (13:40)
Yangon, Dec 12 (IANS) Two Myanmar journalists, who were named Person of the Year by Time magazine, completed a year in prison on Wednesday.

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