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WikiLeaks' advocates compare 'hacktivism' to 1960's civil protests
Since releasing a cache of 250,000 classified US diplomatic cables this month, WikiLeaks has been under the scanner of various governments and faced intense criticism around the world. ANI

Jailed Afghan drug lord was informer on US payroll: Officials
Hajji Juma Khan, the biggest and most dangerous drug lord in Afghanistan who was arrested and transported to New York to face charges under a new American narco-terrorism law in 2008, was a longtime American informer, according to current and former American officials. ANI

Suicide bombing was just 500 meters from Indian Embassy in Stockholm
Saturday's suicide bomb blast took place just 500 meters from the Indian embassy. ANI

UK blocks official report into Lockerbie bombing
British Government authorities have blocked the publication of an official, 800-page dossier detailing the Lockerbie bomber's grounds for appealing against his conviction. ANI

World must deliver on 'UN's Green Fund' climate agreement': Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has greeted the United Nations agreement to curb climate change as a 'very significant step forward', but warned of the hard work that now lies ahead. ANI

Hindus congratulate Pope for making Vatican as world's most environment friendly nation
Hindus have congratulated His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for making Vatican City as the world's most environmentally friendly nation. ANI

Hindus laud Norwegian churches for supporting rights of immigrants
Hindus have applauded Norwegian churches for coming out with a "vision" document, strongly backing the rights and integration of immigrants. ANI

Nevada "Human Rights Day" event opened with Sanskrit mantras
"Human Rights Day" was celebrated near the City Hall in downtown Reno (Nevada, USA) on December 10. ANI

S.Korea says will continue live-fire drill off coast next week
The South Korean Government has said that it will continue to stage live-fire military drills off all coasts of the Korean peninsula following North Korea's deadly attack on one of its islands last month. ANI

Ponzi King Madoff's son found dead in New York apartment
The eldest son of disgraced American financier Bernard Madoff was found dead in his New York apartment on Saturday. ANI

'Happy' holiday is an unreachable goal: Expert
People always want their holidays to be happy. But have you ever thought of taking the 'happy' out of your holidays? ANI

Zardari wants Pakistan's Blasphemy Law reviewed: Sindh Assembly member
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari wants the country's Blasphemy Law to be reviewed, a minority member of the Sindh Assembly has revealed. ANI

Six NATO troops killed in Afghanistan
Six NATO service members have reportedly been killed in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan, the international alliance said in a statement. ANI

Doctor arrested in Pakistan for committing blasphemy
A doctor has been arrested for allegedly committing blasphemy by insulting the Prophet Mohammed in Pakistan, in a second high profile case, throwing the spotlight on the country's controversial anti-blasphemy laws. ANI

PML-N submits resolution against Taseer in Punjab Assembly over 'vanishing act'
The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) has submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly against Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, for his alleged misconduct and violation of the Constitution. ANI

Malaysian PM launches Malay Indian Vellu's 'tell-all' biography
Malaysian Prime Minister has launched a "tell-all" biography of former Malasian Indian Congress (MIC) president Samy Vellu, in which he reveals how he tried in vain to stop the demolition of the Hindu Sri Maha Mariamman temple in 2007 that ultimately generated a revolt against the party. ANI

Lib Dems may lose half of their voters in next election: Poll
The Liberal Democratic party in Britain is likely to lose nearly half of its voters in the next general election, according to a new poll. ANI

The Nobel laureate who discovered his sister was actually his mum
A Nobel prize-winning geneticist who discovered that the woman whom he regarded his sister was actually his mother has now opened up about how he stumbled upon the truth. ANI

US says India doing positive things on human rights front
The Obama administration has said that India is doing a lot of positive things on the human rights front, but adds that New Delhi still has many challenges to surmount in this area. ANI

'Brit MP's researcher was strongest, most useful KGB agent in 30 years'
Ekaterina Zatuliveter, the Russian woman accused of spying while working as a parliamentary researcher in the United Kingdom, is Russia's most effective spy in 30 years, a top KGB defector has claimed. ANI

UK stopped Russia from tracking ex-KGB agent Litvinenko's killers: Wikileaks
Secret cables released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' have revealed that Russia was tracking the suspected killers of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko before he was poisoned in London in 2006, but was warned off by Britain saying the situation was "under control". ANI

New Zealand's Pike River mine finally capped
The ventilation shaft at New Zealand's Pike River Coal mine has finally been capped, police have said. ANI

Oz women 'spend more on themselves during Christmas'
A new research has revealed that Australian women spend more on themselves during Christmas than on presents for partners, family and friends. ANI

Manmohan Singh's visit to Germany and Belgium fruitful: Katju
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's visit to Germany and Belgium was successful since several high level exchanges took place with leaders of both countries, said Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs, Vivek Katju. ANI

Riot attacks won't stop Prince Charles from attending public engagements
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have said that they would carry on with "business as usual" despite being attacked by students over increased university tuition fees earlier this week. ANI

US, Pak realise broad-based ties in mutual political and security interest: Haqqani
The United States and Pakistan, which have been fighting terrorism since 9/11, have realised that an enduring and broad-based relationship is in their mutual political and security interest, Pakistan's Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, has said. ANI

Pak will have to take "unpopular decisions" for nation's progress: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said the government will have to take "difficult and unpopular decisions" to tackle the challenges confronting the nation. ANI

UK royal pair attack: Tory backbencher demands inquiry into security lapse
A Tory backbencher has expressed shock over the recent student protest and attack on a Rolls-Royce carrying Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, and demanded an independent inquiry into what he called a major security lapse. ANI

'US-ROK attacks against North Korea will bring them self-destruction'
North Korea has warned that its army and people are ready for escalated conflicts and on all-out war that would not be confined to the peninsula, according to its official news agency KCNA. ANI

US-China agree on visits by military officials in 2011
A Chinese Defense Ministry official has said that senior Chinese and US military officials would exchange visits during 2011. ANI

Pakistan "not willing" to obliterate terrorist havens on its soil: US intelligence report
Pakistan is "not willing" to wipe out the terrorist havens in its lawless Tribal Areas bordering Afghanistan, new US intelligence reports have said. ANI

Stockholm twin blasts leave one dead, two injured
At least one person was killed and two others were injured in twin explosion in central Stockholm in Sweden on Saturday, causing panic among Christmas shoppers. ANI

KFC's $500 gift cards spark outrage as Australia battles obesity crisis
KFC has outraged health experts in Queensland by offering Christmas gift cards worth up to 500 dollars. ANI

Obama tells Turkish president that WikiLeaks release are 'deplorable'
U.S. President Barack Obama has offered his strongest condemnation yet of whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks' "deplorable" documents dump. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner denies link to 2007 killing in South Africa
Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire who has been arrested on suspicion of having his wife killed during their honeymoon in Cape Town, has denied doubts raised by South Africa's police chief that he was involved in another murder three years back. ANI

Dozens of suspected Afghan insurgents killed in latest NATO operations
At least 40 suspected insurgents were killed in a spate of rare wintertime clashes in Afghanistan, including an airstrike which killed 25 people, NATO officials said. ANI

Home Secretary pressed to halt anti-Muslim US preacher's visit to UK
UK Home Secretary Theresa May is reportedly under immense pressure to halt a visit by anti-Muslim US preacher Terry Jones', who had threatened to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11 this year, to Britain after far-right activists said he had agreed to address them at a demonstration about "the evils of Islam". ANI

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to hold talks with Pak Taliban for VC's release
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has fully authorised KP Governor Awais Ahmed Ghani to hold talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for safe release of Islamia College University Vice Chancellor Ajmal Khan, who is a cousin of the Awami National Party (ANP) chief, Asfandyar Wali Khan. ANI

WikiLeaks 'rape' victims had hidden agendas, claims Assange's lawyer
In an exclusive interview, the lawyer of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said that he had seen secret police documents that prove his client is innocent of rape claims made against him by two Swedish women. ANI

Putin shows off his musical prowess at charity event
It seems there is no end to Vladimir Putin's talents. ANI

Wills, Kate 'brimming with happiness' in engagement pics
Prince William and Kate Middleton look very much in love in official photos released to mark their engagement. ANI

7.6-bn-dollar TAPI gas pipeline accord inked
Pakistan has joined India, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan in signing the long awaited over 7.6-billion-dollar gas pipeline project to help meet its sharply rising industrial and domestic demands. ANI

UK's top tax official's œ6K 4-night stay at Indian hotel for 30min speech
Britain's top tax official, who visited India to attend a conference and deliver a speech lasting just half an hour, enjoyed a four-night stay in a luxury hotel- at a cost of thousands of pounds to the taxpayer. ANI

Obama describes Holbrooke as 'towering figure', prays for him
U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday described his Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard C. Holbrooke, as "a towering figure in American foreign policy" and said that he was praying for his recovery from aortic surgery. ANI

'We want to ensure that 26/11 is not repeated,' says Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday, in no uncertain terms, castigated Pakistan for using terror as a tool to fulfill its political objectives. ANI

Pakistan praying for Holbrooke's recovery: Qureshi
Pakistan on Saturday described U.S.President Barack Obama's Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard C. Holbrooke as a great friend of the country, and hoped that he would recover soon from aortic surgery. ANI

PM concludes two-nation European tour, will leave for New Delhi
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, will leave for New Delhi from here on Saturday after concluding his two-nation European tour of Belgium and Germany. ANI

No trust deficit between India, Germany on high technology transfer: Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday said there was no trust deficit between Germany and India on the issue of high technology transfer. ANI

Key Obama aide Holbrooke critical after aorta surgery
U.S.President Barack Obama's Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard C. Holbrooke, was said to be in critical condition on Saturday after undergoing aortic surgery at the George Washington University Hospital here. ANI

India to host Year of Germany in 2011 to mark 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties
Germany will organize a Year of Germany in India beginning September 2011 to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, said visiting Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday. ANI

Singh praises German support for opening global nuke commerce to India
Visiting Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday, praised Germany for supporting the opening of international commerce for India in the field of civil nuclear energy, adding that both sides have discussed the possibilities of entering into bilateral cooperation in civil nuclear energy. ANI

India values Germany's role as Europe's economic powerhouse: Manmohan Singh
Describing Germany as the economic powerhouse of Europe, and as India's largest trading partner in Europe, visiting Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, said that it is playing a key role in ensuring financial stability and economic recovery in the Eurozone. ANI

Pakistan should know that terrorism is not a means to an end: Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday, in no uncertain terms, castigated Pakistan for using terror to propagate its political ends. ANI

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