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1. Atlanta airport power restored after outage cripples operations13:38[−]
Electricity to Atlanta’s airport -- one of the world’s busiest -- was restored hours after an outage forced Delta Air Lines and other carriers to cancel over a thousand flights and divert many others. The city’s Mayor Kasim Reed tweeted about the restoration, while the local utility in charge of the supply, Georgia Power, said in a statement Monday that all “essential activities” at the airport, including all concourses and flight operations, have power. Update: All power has...

2. ‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220 mil. in North America13:38[−]
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will happily settle for second. Rian Johnson’s second installment in the third “Star Wars” trilogy rocketed to a debut of $220 million at the North American box office, according to...

3. Does Pentagon still have UFO program? That’s a bit mysterious13:38[−]
Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The Pentagon has acknowledged that its long-secret UFO investigation program ended in 2012, when U.S. defense officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities. But as to whether the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program has continued to investigate UFO sightings since its...

4. Disease wastes South Florida's corals, despite end of bleaching13:37[−]
A mysterious epidemic continues to sweep South Florida's reefs, transforming corals into lifeless skeletons and threatening undersea structures that support tourism, provide hurricane protection and serve as homes to a ......

5. Official: Mayor of Libyan city of Misrata killed by gunmen13:37[−]
A Libyan official says gunmen abducted and killed the mayor of the coastal city of Misrata soon after his return from a visit to Turkey. Khaled Rofida, the spokesman of ......

6. Overnight fire kills 12 snack shop workers in India13:37[−]
Indian media reports say an overnight fire in Mumbai has killed 12 workers sleeping at a small shop that made and sold fried snacks. The Press Trust of India news ......

7. DeVos to give commencement speech at University of Baltimore13:37[−]
Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is scheduled to stop in Baltimore to deliver a commencement address at a public university. In recent weeks, some University of Baltimore students have ......

8. China hails Spain court's approval of Taiwanese extradition13:37[−]
China on Monday welcomed a Spanish court's decision to grant Beijing's request for the extradition of 121 Taiwanese nationals to China, a move that has drawn criticism from Taiwan, a ......

9. Medicare fails to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in lab overcharges13:37[−]
Five years ago, Companion DX Reference Lab hoped to cash in on cutting-edge genetic tests paid for by Medicare. The Houston lab marketed a test to assess how a person's ......

10. Turkish prosecutors request bail for German journalist13:37[−]
Media reports in Turkey say prosecutors are requesting that a German journalist who was arrested in Turkey be released from jail pending the outcome of her trial on terror-related charges. ......

11. Sarah Palin's son arrested on domestic violence claims13:37[−]
Court documents say Track Palin, the oldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, was arrested on charges related to domestic violence again. He was arraigned Sunday morning on three ......

12. Islamic State's self-styled capital is in ruins and its population scattered. Who will rebuild Raqqa?13:37[−]
The crowd was seething with frustration. "We want to go inside!" one man yelled. "They told us when Raqqa is liberated we can go home." Some of the U.S.-backed fighters ......

13. African refugees reach France in resettlement initiative13:37[−]
The first group of African refugees benefiting from a new initiative bringing the especially vulnerable directly to Europe has arrived in France. An Interior Ministry official said the 19 Sudanese, ......

14. Doctors make big money testing urine for drugs, then ignore abnormal results13:37[−]
In April 2014, state and federal drug agents raided Jeffrey Campbell's medical clinic in Jeffersonville, Ind. Police cars blocked the parking lot as bewildered patients scattered and the agents carted ......

15. China's Huawei to expand in US smartphone market next year13:37[−]
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese smartphone brand Huawei will start U.S. sales through carriers next year, an executive of the company said Monday, dramatically...

16. India's ruling party likely to win key state election13:37[−]
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to maintain its hold on the western state of Gujarat despite predictions by many...

17. Iran seeks to examine missile parts displayed by US diplomat13:37[−]
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran wants to examine missile parts the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations displayed last week as...

18. Austrian president to swear in new government amid protests13:37[−]
Foreign Minister and leader of the...

19. South Africa's ruling party continues voting for new leader13:37[−]
Delegates attend the second day of the...

20. Lebanon detains suspect in killing of British embassy worker13:37[−]
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese authorities have detained a man suspected in the killing of a British woman who worked at the U.K. Embassy in Beirut and whose body was found near the city over the weekend, a police official said Monday. The woman's murder was a "criminal act" and was not politically motivated, the official said, adding that the suspect had confessed to the killing. The woman, later identified by British media and friends as Rebecca Dykes, was...

21. Paris attacks suspect's trial in Belgium postponed13:37[−]
Belgian lawyer Sven Mary arrives...

22. AP Exclusive: Snow as precious as gold for Olympic hopefuls13:37[−]
US teams headed to glaciers in Europe to get some much-needed training on snow....

23. Rights group reports more destruction of Rohingya villages13:37[−]
This satellite images provided by the...

24. Trump to lay out 'America First' security strategy13:35[−]
President Donald Trump is set to lay out Monday a new National Security Strategy built upon his trademark “America First” slogan, which is expected to have economic security at its core. The US leader, who has dismantled the legacy of Barack Obama on issues ranging from climate change to free trade, and isolated Washington on the world stage, will unveil what is being billed as a comprehensive vision for tackling America’s complex security challenges. The new document, released periodically by the presidency,...

25. Trump says he isn't considering Robert Mueller over emails13:34[−]
WASHINGTON (AP) " President Donald Trump says he is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, but that didn't stop him from adding to the growing conservative criticism of Mueller's acquisition of thousands of emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration.The disclosure came in a letter sent to two congressional committees by Kory Langhofer, general counsel of Trump's still-existing transition group, Trump for America.In the ......

26. 1 year after Berlin attack, anger and questions remains13:34[−]
Survivors and families of those killed in last year's Christmas market truck rampage in Berlin will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time amid continued anger at German authorities' failures ......

27. New Bitcoin-based security bounces in trading debut on CME13:34[−]
NEW YORK (AP) " A new security based on the price of the digital currency bitcoin is trading lower after its debut on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, a week after another such security launched on a rival exchange.The CME Group, which owns the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, opened up futures of bitcoin, which has soared in value and volatility this year, for trading on Sunday evening. By 2:20 a.m. EST (0720 GMT) Monday the futures contract that expires in January was at $19,405.00 ......

28. Sportscaster James Brown claims hack after porn video link tweeted from account13:29[−]
Longtime CBS sportscaster James Brown said his Twitter account was hacked after a link to a pornographic video was tweeted from his...

29. Pak NSA criticizes US stance on Kashmir, counter-terrorism13:28[−]
[Pakistan], Dec.18 (ANI): Pakistan's National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. (Retired) Nasir Janjua on Monday appeared to be criticizing the United States of America on its stance on Kashmir as well...

30. Lahore HC removes PEMRA chairman13:28[−]
[Pakistan], Dec.18 (ANI): The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday asked Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority...

31. Arnold backed for Socceroos job as Ryan pays tribute to Postecoglou13:28[−]
The Brighton shot-stopper has pledged to buy into whoever the new boss is after qualification to Russia 2018 was sealed via a playoff ......

32. Afghan official: Attack underway on Afghan forces in Kabul13:28[−]
Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of complex attack at an intelligence training center in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. An Afghan official says an attack is underway in the country's capital where gunmen have raided and occupied ......

33. Two witnesses record statements in reference case against Ishaq Dar13:28[−]
[Pakistan], Dec.18 (ANI): A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court on Monday resumed hearing of an assets reference case against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator and former finance minister Ishaq Dar. Two witnesses in the case, private bank...

34. UN to vote today to discard Trump's Jerusalem move13:28[−]
[United States], December 18 (ANI): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Monday will vote on a draft resolution that "calls upon all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions" in Jerusalem. The move comes after...

35. Nine killed in Bangladesh stampede13:28[−]
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. The procession was that of former Mayor Mohiuddin Chowdhury, reports bdnews24. The police said the toll could rise as several others were critically injured in the accident. --IANS ksk/bg ......

36. Israel launches airstrikes on Hamas compound in Gaza13:28[−]
[Israel], Dec 18 (ANI): Israel has carried out airstrikes on Hamas compound in the Gaza Strip in retaliation to the rocket attacks out of the Palestinian territory, confirmed the...

37. Power restored at Atlanta's Int'l airport13:28[−]
[United States], December 18 (ANI): Power was fully restored post nearly an 11-hour outage at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta leaving scores of passengers stranded in...

38. Saudi Arabia condemns suicide bombing of Pakistan church13:28[−]
[Saudi Arabia], Dec.18 (ANI): Saudi Arabia has condemned the suicide bombing that took place at a church in Quetta, Pakistan, on Sunday. The Saudi Arabian foreign ministry issued a statement on Monday, saying that the kingdom stands by brotherly and friendly countries against terrorism and extremism. The ministry said that it was offering its condolences to the families of the victims, and wishing the injured a speedy recovery on behalf of the government. (ANI) ......

39. President Ghani approves Balkh governor's resignation13:28[−]
[Afghanistan], Dec.18 (ANI): Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has approved Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor's resignation. He has appointed Engineer Mohammad Dawood as Noor's successor, the Presidential Palace said in a statement on Monday. Tolo News said the situation in Balkh capital Mazar-e-Sharif is normal following Noor's resignation. Why he resigned is yet to be ascertained. Sources said that it could be revealed on Monday afternoon by his camp of supporters. (ANI) ......

40. Gunmen attack Kabul's NDS Training Center13:28[−]
[Afghanistan], Dec.18 (ANI): Gunmen have reportedly attacked a training center of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Kabul. Afghanistan's Tolo News is reporting that clashes are also taking place between the gunmen and security forces. The local television channel said that the gunmen are hiding in a building which is under construction and is close to a training center of the NDS and are targeting the center. So far, there are no reports on casualties. Security forces have cordoned off the area. Further details are awaited. (ANI) ......

41. Pakistan committed to tackling climate change: PM Abbasi13:28[−]
[Pakistan], Dec.18 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said his country and government remains committed to playing its role in global efforts for tackling the issue of climate change. Addressing the Global Change Impact Studies Centre's (GCISC) Climate Change Conference here, Geo TV quoted Abbasi, as saying that Pakistan had ratified the Paris Agreement on...

42. Thousands climb hill and bow in subservience to mark Kim Jong-il’s death13:26[−]
Bowing to the bronze statues of their late leaders Kim il-Sung and Kim Jong-iI in North Korea (Picture: AP) North Koreans turned out in huge crowds to bow down to the statues of their dearly departed dictator Kim Jong-iI on the sixth anniversary of his death. Thousands of flower-bearing North Koreans climbed hills and filled town squares to file past statues of current leader Kim Jong-un, his father and his...

43. Billionaire Pinera becomes President of Chile, returns on economic growth pledge13:26[−]
Conservative Sebastian Pinera won Chile's presidential election by a wider-than-forecast margin on Sunday, pledging to jump-start economic growth in the world's top copper exporter and opt for more business-friendly policies than his center-left predecessor. Chile's electoral authority called the election for former president Pinera, who won 54.58% of votes compared with 45.42% for the center-left Alejandro Guillier, in a race that had been considered a toss-up. In the end, the 68-year-old Pinera, who governed from 2010 to 2014, won more votes than any president since Chile's return to democracy in 1990. It was also the biggest ever loss for the center-left coalition that has...

44. Myanmar burned Rohingya villages despite refugee deal: HRW13:25[−]
Author: AFP Mon, 2017-12-18 11:18 ID: 1513585997188980200 YANGON: Myanmar’s army burned down dozens of Rohingya homes within days of signing a refugee repatriation deal with Bangladesh, showing the agreement was a mere “public relations stunt,” Human Rights Watch said Monday. The rights group, citing analysis of satellite imagery, said buildings in 40 villages were destroyed in October and November, increasing the total to 354 villages that had been...

45. Indian ruling party in tough election fight in Modi’s home state, vote count shows13:25[−]
Author: Reuters Mon, 2017-12-18 07:10 ID: 1513571263598566900 NEW DELHI: India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was in a close fight with the main opposition in an election in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state on Monday, trends from the early vote count showed. A combined opposition led by the Congress had mounted a...

46. Merkel to meet bereaved a year after Berlin Christmas market attack13:25[−]
Author: AFP Mon, 2017-12-18 08:20 ID: 1513575659368684000 BERLIN: A year after an extremist plowed a truck into a Christmas market crowd, killing 12, Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Monday with the victims’ families for the first time. The private gathering on the eve of the anniversary of the atrocity comes against the backdrop of angry recriminations by many of the bereaved, who say official incompetence and neglect since the assault have inflicted fresh wounds. Last December 19 at 8:02 pm, Anis Amri, a 24-year-old Tunisian who had failed to obtain asylum, rammed a stolen truck into crowds at the market on the Breitscheidplatz, a popular destination for Berliners and tourists alike. The...

47. Afghan official: Taliban kill police officer in Badghis province13:25[−]
Author: Associated Press Mon, 2017-12-18 03:00 ID: 1513578179588763300 KABUL: An Afghan official says a Taliban attack has killed a police officer in western...

48. New Belgian trial date set for Paris attacks suspect after lawyer seeks delay13:25[−]
Author: AFP Mon, 2017-12-18 08:21 ID: 1513578767188786800 BRUSSELS: A Belgian court has set a new trail date of Feb. 5 for Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam over a shooting in Brussels that led to his capture. Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspect of the November 2015 Paris...

49. South Africa’s ANC votes to elect successor for party leader Zuma13:25[−]
Author: Reuters Mon, 2017-12-18 07:42 ID: 1513572483308597700 JOHANNESBURG: Battle lines were drawn on Monday for South Africa’s ANC as voting began to elect a new leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma as head of a party that has ruled since the end of apartheid but faced scandals and corruption allegations. The vote is perhaps the most pivotal moment for the ANC since it launched black-majority rule under Nelson Mandela’s leadership 23 years ago. With scandal and graft accusations having tainted Zuma’s presidency, the party is deeply divided....

50. Militants attack Kabul intelligence training center13:25[−]
Author: AFP Mon, 2017-12-18 09:56 ID: 1513581030548852200 KABUL: Armed militants stormed an intelligence agency training facility...


 
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