News brief: Big stories of the day

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Dec 18, 2018, 08:55 AM IST

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As Indian national Hamid Nehal Ansari prepares to walk out of a prison today, the Pakistan foreign office said that he was an "Indian spy" who was involved in "anti-state crimes and forging documents".

US President Donald Trump lambasted the Federal Reserve again, calling on the central bank not to raise interest rates a day before policymakers are due to meet. Markets widely expect the Fed to ignore the political pressure and announce its fourth rate hike of 2018.

The death toll in Mumbai's Andheri hospital fire incident has increased to eight from six.

A massive fire broke out at ESIC Kamgar hospital on Monday injuring more than 100 people.

The US military said Monday it has killed 62 terrorists from the jihadist Shabaab movement in six air strikes in Somalia.

Four strikes on Saturday killed 34 terrorists and another two on Sunday killed 28, the US Africa Command said in a statement.

Google is investing more than $1 billion on a new campus in New York, becoming the second major technology company after Amazon to pick America's financial capital to expand and create thousands of jobs.