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Pakistan Army and ISI is kidnapping and killing people of Gilgit Baltistan
Mirza Wajahat Hassan Khan left for Dubai unaccompanied on October 28 2010, for a family business venture. He being a sugar patient with a broken knee and hypoglycemia patient, usually takes along his wife and sons but as his son Captain Danyal Hassan was to be struck off from army service on November 5, 2010, and his wife had domestic compulsions, he went alone. ANI

Hafiz Saeed to be part of anti-govt religious alliance
Pakistan seems heading towards the Islamic religious organisations' alliance in a bid to destablize Pakistan Peoples' Party led relatively-liberal coalition government. ANI

Modern celebs gain more fame, but fade faster: Study
A new study on cultural trends has found that modern celebrities gain more fame than the old ones, but they are also forgotten much faster. ANI

The best of Aussies' worst real-world s*x-tastrophies to air on ABC sitcom
Australians willing to expose their stories of break-ups, failed romances and bedroom antics can now do so on a new ABC1 sitcom. ANI

Anti-Berlusconi tweets swamp Twitter feed at EU summit
Critics of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi hijacked giant screens at the venue of an EU summit in Brussels to tweet against him. ANI

Couple jailed for 7yrs for holding five Thai women as s*x slaves
A couple in Australia, who held five Thai women as s*x slaves in a Fairfield brothel, has been jailed for at least seven years. ANI

US hospital hires models in lab coats, high heels 'to attract men'
A hospital in America is said to have spent millions of dollars to hire models in lab coats, short skirts and high heels to attract men for DNA tests, overcharging them at the same time. ANI

Shocked Swedish medical students given teacher's body at first autopsy
Students at one of Sweden's top medical schools were left in shock after they were given the body of a late teacher in their first ever autopsy. ANI

Oz man gets good behaviour bond in "sexting" case
A man in Sydney, who asked a young girl for a "hot steamy" photograph, was given a good behaviour bond in the nation's first "sexting" case. ANI

China announces 410mn-dollar assistance for Pakistan flood victims
China has announced a ten-million-dollar grant for the citizens compensation programme for Pakistan flood victims, and a 400-million-dollar concession loan to help meet their needs. ANI

Chinese netizens unhappy with information on Govt. sites
Nearly 80 percent of Chinese Internet users are not satisfied with the performance of the country's government websites, according to an online survey. ANI

Indian diplomat warned US against Pak's "game" to "drive India out of Afghanistan"
India warned the United States not to be drawn into the Pakistani "game" of enlisting US support to "drive India out of Afghanistan" by presenting "fabricated" evidence of alleged Indian misdeeds in Afghanistan, according to a diplomatic cable unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. ANI

Obama says he scoops first dog Bo's poop
US President Barack Obama has revealed that he scoops first dog Bo's feces when he takes him out for walks at night on White House South Lawn. ANI

Sheridan drops abuse claims against her former employers
Former 'Desperate Housewives' star Nicollette Sheridan seems to have had a change of heart. ANI

Malaysian Govt. compiles book to help Indian community
The Malaysian government has compiled all its efforts to help the Indian community in a book called "National Development Plans and Indians in Malaysia". ANI

Netizens choose Chinese word "Character of the Year" to slam price rise issues
Zhang, the Chinese character that is used to describe a rapid price rise, has been voted by netizens as "Character of the Year," suggesting that people are becoming dissatisfied with inflation and soaring house prices. ANI

Bush-era officials urge Obama to strike off Iran opposition group from terror list
Several Bush-era officials have urged the Obama administration to strike off an Iranian opposition group from its terror blacklist, and support the regime change in Iran. ANI

Ratings for 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' remain high
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's reality show on TLC is said to have received inconsistent ratings, which have remained relatively high. ANI

Racy Renault car advert featuring lesbian bedroom scene banned in Italy
A new Renault advert, which features a seductive bedroom scene between two women, has been banned by Italian TV chiefs for being too racy. ANI

Hindu priest forced to 'work as a slave' by temple owners wins 2.3m dlrs
A Hindu priest feels vindicated after he won 2.3 million dollars as compensation for being forced to work as a slave for seven years by temple owners in New York. ANI

UK airports on alert over dummy bomb warnings
UK counter-terrorism officials have said that terror scouts are testing airport security amid fears that regional airports have been targeted for dummy bomb runs. ANI

Obama's war strategy in Afghanistan has "failed": Taliban
Taliban insurgents have dismissed the review of United States President Barack Obama's war strategy in Afghanistan, saying it has failed on both military and the civil administration fronts. ANI

Six Hindu temples nominated for World Heritage List
Six Hindu temples in Indonesia, Thailand and Nepal have been nominated to be certified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. ANI

Germany to pay over 50 million pounds to preserve World War II death camp
Germany is to pay over 50 million pounds to help preserve the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland, where 1.1 million Jews were exterminated during the Second World War. ANI

Fidel Castro obsessed with "impressive" Obama: Wikileaks
Former Cuba President Fidel Castro had an obsession for US President Barack Obama, and praised him as a "very good communicator" with "impressive working capacity", according to Secret US diplomatic cables. ANI

London shop worker claims to be Marilyn Monroe in past life
Now a shop assistant of Islington area of Greater London (UK) claims that he was 20th century American icon Marilyn Monroe in past life, according to reports. ANI

WikiLeaks faces 'very aggressive' investigation by US: Assange
WikiLeaks faces a "very aggressive" and secretive investigation by American authorities stung by a perceived loss of face following the release of thousands of classified US diplomatic cables, the whistleblower website's founder, Julian Assange, has said. ANI

'Temple' inside San Diego Museum
San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) in California (USA) has established a "Temple" within its premises, complete with statues of various Hindu deities.t "marks the culmination of a twenty-year-long effort on the part of the curators and administration", according to a Museum announcement. ANI

Kids who sing, dance 'are more likely to engage in cultural activity as adults'
A new Scottish Government research has found that people are more likely to take part in cultural activities as adults if they are encouraged to participate as children. ANI

'Pak Army paid wages to terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba'
The Pakistan Army "paid wages" to terror organisation Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and sustained it, according to a diplomatic cable unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. ANI

Stockholm suicide bomber's 'wife was not aware about his hidden intentions'
The father-in-law of Stockholm suicide bombings suspect, Taimour al-Abdaly, has insisted that his daughter had nothing to do with the terrorist attack. ANI

I'm not so hoity-toity, says Sarah Palin while defending TLC show
Sarah Palin has hit back at criticism that her reality TV show doesn't help her efforts to appear presidential. ANI

'Prayerful' about 2012 presidential run, says Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin has said that she's in 'prayerful consideration' about running for president in 2012. ANI

Woman in Singapore tries to board bus in the buff
A woman stunned onlookers in Singapore when she tried boarding a bus in the buff. ANI

Cosmetic surgeon in UK caught performing s*x act for dominatrix
A prominent cosmetic surgeon in Britain has been caught on tape performing a s*x act on himself just after he gave a Botox injection to a German dominatrix. ANI

Beauty with brains: Brit student wins World Miss University title
A British student, who is an honours graduate, a champion kick-boxer, a model, an actress, and an aid worker, has become the first in UK to win the World Miss University title. ANI

Meet UK's youngest parents-aged 14
A pair of school kids, both aged 14, have become UK's youngest parents. ANI

Ukrainian billionaire spending 4m pounds on his 50th b'day bash
A Ukrainian billionaire is celebrating his 50th birthday in style, for he is spending more than 4 million pounds on his birthday bash in the French ski resort of Courchevel. ANI

'Al Qaeda's branch AQIM gaining stronghold in North Africa'
A video obtained from North African security services has revealed some of the first images of Al Qaeda's growing African branch known as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb or AQIM. ANI

Sudan's President Bashir transferred '$9bn in UK banks': Wikileaks
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir had transferred at least nine billion dollars of oil money from his country to banks in London, according to secret US diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks'. ANI

Berlusconi buys 37 gold rings for his female MPs
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has bought 37 gold rings - one for each of his female MPs. ANI

Mayweather spends night in jail for assaulting security guard
Floyd Mayweather Jr. spent a night in a Las Vegas jail before his release on a misdemeanor battery warrant stemming from an allegation that the boxer poked a security guard in the face last month outside his home in Las Vegas. ANI

Two in three Americans support Assange's US arrest and trial over 'Wikileaks cablegate'
A new poll has found that two of out three Americans are in favour of the arrest and trial of whistleblower website WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange in the United States. ANI

WikiLeaks cable reveals Berlusconi's efforts to avoid Bono tongue-lashing
A confidential US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks has revealed how Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi considered increasing foreign aid budget to avoid a 'tongue-lashing' from Irish rock hero Bono. ANI

'"Best friends forever" ignored Cuba's human rights violations for commercial benefits'
Secret US diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' have revealed that Australia, Canada, Switzerland and Spain had stopped pressuring Cuba over human rights with the intention of gaining commercial favours from Havana. ANI

Widow gives $7.2bn back to Madoff victims in largest forfeiture in US history
Bernie Madoff's widow is paying back more than 7.2 billion dollars of the missing money to the victims of the Wall Street swindler, it has emerged. ANI

US drone strikes kill around 60 alleged militants in Pakistan within 24 hours
A series of US drone attacks killed around 60 alleged militants in a span of 24 hours in Pakistan's Khyber tribal district, according to officials. ANI

Indian-origin Dr. Mohamed Haneef eyeing huge payout from Oz govt. over 2007 ordeal
Mohamed Haneef, the Indian-origin doctor who was arrested over suspicion of involvement in the 2007 Glasgow International Airport terrorist attack, is seeking "significant" compensation from the Australian government. ANI

Pakistan, China ink 20-bn-dollar deals in various fields
Pakistan and China have signed around 20-billion-dollar worth of deals to boost trade and investment, as Wen Jiabao became the first Chinese premier in five years to visit Islamabad. ANI

'Arab League banned Spielberg's works over donation to Israel during Lebanon conflict'
Hollywood film director Steven Spielberg was blacklisted by the Arab League's Central Boycott Office after making a million dollar donation to Israel during the 2006 conflict in Lebanon, according to secret US diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks'. ANI

Both Sri Lankan govt, Tamil Tigers committed 'human rights abuses': Wikileaks
Secret US diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' have revealed that both the Sri Lankan government and the defeated Tamil Tigers had committed human rights abuses, and that the state had secretly carried out paramilitary activities including killings, child trafficking and organised prostitution during the war that ended in 2009. ANI

CIA fears attacking Haqqani madrassa in Pak over concerns of violent backlash
The Central Intelligence Agency has launched more than 100 drone strikes in Pakistan so far this year, but has conspicuously refrained from touching a religious school located in its tribal region that has for years served as an operational hub for the Haqqani network, considered the most lethal adversary of US forces in Afghanistan, according to US officials. ANI

Obama home alone as family goes on vacation
Work seems to be taking its toll on US President Barack Obama, who he will be left behind alone at home while his family vacations starting Saturday. ANI

Michelle Obama wears 'second hand' dress to Christmas celebration
Fashion icon and US First Lady Michelle Obama has once again set the style world abuzz by wearing a second-hand dress to a Christmas celebration in Washington. ANI

Prince Harry says Kate Middleton will be sister I always wanted
In an interview, Prince Harry has confessed that he always wanted a sister and has found one in his brother's bride-to-be Kate Middleton. ANI

'ISI blew CIA station chief's cover in retaliation to Mumbai massacre implication'
The Central Intelligence Agency has pulled its top clandestine officer out of Pakistan amid an escalating war of recriminations between American and Pakistani spies, with some US officials convinced that the officer's cover was deliberately blown by Pakistan's military intelligence agency. ANI

Rare first edition of James Bond sells for 19K pounds
A rare first edition of Ian Fleming's 'Casino Royale', the book that introduced 007 to the world, has fetched 19,000 pounds at an auction in South Cerney, Gloucestershire. ANI

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