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Climate conference reaches "compromise" deal to combat global warming
The UN climate conference in Cancun on Saturday reached a "compromise" deal to set up a 100 billion dollars 'Green Fund' to fight global warming. ANI

UK mum was told 16-month toddler's cancer was 'cold'
A mom was misguided by doctors who told her that her son had and discovered later that it was actually cancer. ANI

Bosses ruin Christmas parties, say employees
Bosses are often mood-spoilers and that's why many employees think their Christmas party would be ruined if bosses show up.any workers fear they will react violently if their boss turns up to office festivities and worry an appearance from their manager could spark a violent reaction. ANI

Taliban may target new TAPI gas pipeline project
Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India (TAPI) are set to sign a gas pipeline deal today, but with a planned route that passes through two of the fiercest Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan, the pipeline's security remains a serious concern. ANI

Sri Lankan MPs to take up yoga classes
Sri Lankan members of the parliament are to be offered yoga sessions with an intention to eliminate their high levels of stress, according to the practitioners. ANI

US-allies plan more sanctions against Iran
The United States and its allies have planned new sanctions against Iran with an intention to force that country into suspending its production of nuclear fuel, according to US President Barack Obama's chief nuclear adviser. ANI

The Julian Assange before WikiLeaks
He has been labelled as 'the most dangerous man alive' by his increasing army of enemies and an 'apostle of free speech' by his followers. ANI

Media may face legal issues for publishing Wikileaks cables
The controversy created after the release of hundreds of US secret diplomatic cables have raised many important legal issues about national security and freedom of the press under U.S. law, according to Neil Richards, JD, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. ANI

Nawaz led government in Punjab pushing democracy towards dictatorship, alleges PPP
Condemning and protesting against police torture on teachers and students in Punjab, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Secretary General Jahangir Badr has warned the nation that the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N)-led government is pushing democracy towards dictatorship. ANI

One-legged Brit driving instructor groped girls 'as penalty for mistakes'
A British driving instructor groped four women learners 'as penalty for mistakes'. ANI

Uproar over US store's 'BBQ pork restaurant is safest - no Muslims inside' sign
A store in Alabama has garnered national attention for posting a new sign outside his electronics store, which read 'BBQ pork restaurant is safest - no Muslims inside'. ANI

Pakistan People's Party govt should focus on eliminating corruption, says Nawaz Sharif
The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) will not support the federal government on the issue of the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST), party chief Nawaz Sharif has said. ANI

Gen Custer flag fetches 2.2m dlrs at NY auction
The only American flag not captured or lost during Lt Gen George Armstrong Custer's last stand at the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana has been sold for 2.2 million dollars at a New York auction. ANI

Now, a site where women can anonymously share their fears, secrets
American journalist Lisa Ling has created an anonymous forum where women from all over the world can anonymously discuss issues pertinent to them. ANI

Red alert across Pakistan to avoid al-Qaeda's backlash against drone attack
Pakistan's Interior Ministry has sounded a countrywide threat alert, warning of strong backlash from al-Qaeda against unmanned predator drones, which have recently killed important operatives of the terror group in the troubled north-western region of the country, well-placed sources have revealed. ANI

Nawaz-Musharraf 'ten-year exile agreement' expires
The ten-year exile accord signed between former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has expired, a private TV channel has reported. ANI

"Pakistan single greatest threat to global security": France's chief counterterrorism judge
Pakistan poses 'the single greatest threat to global security', France's chief counterterrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere told United States' officials in January 2007, a diplomatic cable unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Meet the Facebook couple who tied the knot at 82 and 77!
Who says Facebook is only for the young? Even, the not-so-young can find love and happiness on the social networking site. ANI

Stop testing 'gay' asylum seekers for 'arousal': EU tells Czech Republic
The European Union has asked Czech Republic to stop its controversial practice of trying to find out if asylum seekers are gay by showing them p*rn to check their 'sexual arousal' levels. ANI

Manmohan Singh says he will break his silence on JPC issue at a 'suitable time'
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said today he would break his silence on the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) issue "at a suitable time". ANI

Canadian-based artist 'paints' portraits of Gandhi, Lennon with bullet holes!
An 'gun' artist has created portraits of Gandhi and Lennon by 'painting' their pictures with bullet holes. ANI

Gorbachev says 'little' left over democracy in Russia threatened by corruption
Former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev has said what little democracy is left in the country is under threat from corruption, and added that Vladimir Putin's time has passed. ANI

Indian hate slur host Henry tipped to replace Barry
Sacked breakfast TV broadcaster Paul Henry, who made offensive comments against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Indian origin New Zealand Governor Geranal, has been tipped to replace Maggie Barry as host of RadioLive's drive-time show. ANI

Honeysuckle is the colour of the year 2011, says Pantone
Pantone have announced that honeysuckle is the colour of the year 2011 - they christened the reddish-pink shade, calling it 'a brave new colour, for a brave new world'. ANI

Tamil song 'offensive to Hindu deities' creates uproar
A Tamil song has hurt the religious sentiments of Hindu Makkal Katchi party members, who say the lyrics are offensive to Hindu gods. ANI

'Huge amount of humanitarian work still remains to be done in Pak': UN official
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has said that humanitarian aid organizations have made significant headway in helping victims of the floods that recently devastated Pakistan, but insisted that there are still more challenges to be faced. ANI

Bill Richardson invited to North Korea amid tensions in peninsula
Bill Richardson, a former US ambassador to the UN, would reportedly visit North Korea next week on the invitation of one of the country's top nuclear negotiators. ANI

Former beauty queen jailed for kidnapping and torturing her ex
A 28-year-old former beauty queen accused of orchestrating the kidnapping and torturing of her ex-beau has been sentenced to two years in prison and six years' probation. ANI

Columbia University professor charged with incest
A 46-year-old Columbia University professor has been charged with incest for 'having a sexual relationship with his daughter'. ANI

Indian tycoons to buy 'world's most expensive suit'
Indian tycoons are soon to be given the opportunity to buy the world's most expensive clothes after an Anglo-French retailer announced the launch of an 80,000 pounds suit. ANI

Pope wanted Muslim-dominated Turkey to be out of EU: Wikileaks
Secret US diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' have revealed that Pope Benedict XVI is responsible for the Vatican's growing hostility towards Turkey, the Muslim state, joining the European Union (EU). ANI

'Sex killer' Russell Williams officially stripped of Canadian military rank
Russell Williams, the former colonel who is serving his life sentence for sexually assaulting and murdering two women, has been officially expelled from the Canadian Forces. ANI

Six US tanks, three NATO tankers destroyed in Afghanistan, claims Taliban website
Six US tanks were destroyed by IED blasts in Karez-e-Safid and Tangyano areas of Afghanistan, and three NATO tankers were destroyed in Herat, according to reports. ANI

China busts transnational prostitution ring in Beijing
Chinese police have reportedly cracked a transnational prostitution ring by detaining 31 suspects, including eight European prostitutes. ANI

David Miliband paid 25K pounds to give speech at luxury Middle East resort
It looks like British Labour Party politician David Miliband is following in the footsteps of his mentor and former Prime Minister Tony Blair, by turning to the lucrative foreign lecture circuit after leaving frontline politics. ANI

Gillard facing revolts over Australia's treatment of WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is facing a revolt from several MPs in her left-wing parliamentary faction, who are enraged at the treatment of Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' that is releasing over 250,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables. ANI

Twitter-mad Brit mum sends 104 live updates during son's birth!
A British mother is so obsessed with Twitter that she delivered a live account of her entire labour to her friends. ANI

Rights groups slam Iranian TV over 'death by stoning' woman's fake confession at home
Human rights campaigners have reportedly condemned an Iranian television channel for airing a programme projecting Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the woman sentenced to death by stoning, as apparently discussing her role in the murder of her husband. ANI

US might charge Wikileaks founder Assange under Espionage Act
America is all set to being spying charges against Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' that published over 250,000 US secret diplomatic cables, according to his lawyer. ANI

US Af-Pak envoy Holbrooke hospitalized
U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, was hospitalized on Friday after falling ill during a State Department meeting in Washington. ANI

Marriage signature reveals Charles Dickens was 'nervous' on wedding day
A new analysis of marriage signatures of famous authors has shown that Charles Dickens was "nervous" and Oscar Wilde was "uncertain" on their wedding days. ANI

'UK's oldest cat' to celebrate her 24th b'day
Blackie the cat, believed to be Britain's oldest moggie, is all set to celebrate her 24th birthday in January. ANI

'Infatuated' female officer in UK had s*x with prisoner in his cell
A UK female prison officer has been sentenced to two years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a prisoner. ANI

Kiwi women 'spend and stress more over Christmas gifts'
A new survey in New Zealand has shown that women tend to spend more on Christmas gifts and feel more stressed about the holiday season than men. ANI

Islamabad accuses India of violating Pak air space 20 times in 2010
Pakistan has claimed that Indian Air Force aircraft violated its air space twenty times in the year 2010, and 182 times since November 2007. ANI

Does 'coded message in Bible point to Qaeda's nuclear weapon hideout'?
Author Michael Drosnin believes that there are secret, coded messages in the Bible that indicate that Al Qaeda has nuclear weapons in a secret hiding place. ANI

The lighter side: Top 8 WikiLeaks jokes
The WikiLeaks scandal has created nothing short of a storm worldwide, but there's a lighter side to everything. So here are the top eight WikiLeaks jokes to see the funnier side of it all. ANI

Suicide bomber kills 20 at Shia trust-run hospital in Hangu
Twenty people, including two women and three policemen, were killed and sixteen others injured when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a hospital in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. ANI

US drone attack kills four militants in North Waziristan
Four militants were killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region on Friday. ANI

Police communication breakdown put royal couple in danger
It has emerged that Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were engulfed by a violent mob due to communication failure of the police. ANI

Sarah Palin's book 'America by Heart' fails to impress
Sarah Palin's new book 'America by Heart' has apparently made no lasting impression, as sales have been low. ANI

EU-India FTA end game negotiations most difficult: Khullar
India's Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar on Friday said that end game negotiations relating to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union and New Delhi could be expected to be the most difficult. ANI

Pak to get six more F-16 aircraft from US on Dec 13
Six new F-16 C/D Block 52 high-tech aircraft will reportedly arrive in Pakistan from the United States on December 13, after which the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) will have a total of 18 such aircraft. ANI

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