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'Pak doesn't want Afghanistan to become a theatre of proxy wars'
Pakistan has reportedly told the UN Security Council that it supports an Afghan-led and inclusive reconciliation process to establish durable peace and stability in the war-torn country. ANI

Pak Interior Ministry clears 18 Indian publishers to attend book fair
The Pakistan Interior Ministry has reportedly given a green signal to 18 Indian publishers to attend a five-day 6th Karachi International Book Fair 2010 starting on Friday. ANI

11 Pak soldiers killed in militant attacks on 5 security posts near Afghan border
Eleven Pakistani soldiers and 24 militants were killed in clashes after 150 insurgents attacked five security posts in a tribal area near the Afghan border on Friday, according to the Pakistani military. ANI

'Lethal drone strikes in Pak tribal region fuelling massive spurt in assassinations'
The massive escalation in CIA drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal region has also seen an unprecedented rise in assassinations there. ANI

Major "loopholes" allowing terrorists easy access to Saudi charitable funds
Despite having achieved some success in disrupting funding for the al-Qaeda, Saudi officials are of the opinion that there still exist some "loopholes" through which terrorists are getting access to the charitable sector in their desert kingdom. ANI

Former Kiwi PM accused US of 'bullying' over Fahrenheit 9/11 film screening
Former New Zealand Helen Clark has alleged that the US Embassy in Wellington used "outright bullying" and "unprofessional" conduct in complaining when the ruling Labour Party held a fundraising screening of Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 9/11. ANI

Hong Kong man stabs wife 208 times before jumping to own death
A man in Hong Kong stabbed his wife 208 times and then jumped to his death from their condominium. ANI

World's 1st major exhibition on Lord Vishnu set to open in Nashville
"Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior", said to be the first major museum exhibition to focus on the Hindu deity Vishnu, is ready to open at Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville (Tennessee, USA) on February 19, according to reports. ANI

Crossbow Cannibal 'could die within days'
Crossbow Cannibal Stephen Griffiths, who is on hunger strike since last month, is now refusing fluids after being jailed for life. ANI

US combat operations in Afghanistan will continue even after 2014: Eikenberry
United States troops will continue military operations in Afghanistan even after 2014, if suggested by the Afghan government, US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry has said. ANI

South Korean mum addicted to computer games 'kills' 3-year-old son
A South Korean mother, who is addicted to computer games, has been arrested for allegedly killing her three-year-old son while she was tired from playing on Internet. ANI

Four policemen killed, one injured in Quetta blast
At least four policemen were killed and one injured in a blast in Quetta, Pakistan, according to a TV channel. ANI

Obama in unchartered waters over 1st execution under his administration
The US Justice Department is reportedly preparing for the first execution under President Barack Obama. ANI

First fight on Christmas day starts as early as 8:30 am!
Christmas might be a day of love and goodwill, but according to a new survey, nothing stops a family flare-up even on this day from starting as early as 8.30am. ANI

UK bishop suggests 'bring out our inner slob this Christmas'
A bishop in UK has suggested that this Christmas people should do the one thing they never get the time to do - slob out. ANI

Hindus laud Europa Diary for mention of Hindu festivals
Hindus have applauded the European Commission (EC) for reportedly mentioning Hindu festivals in Europa Diary distributed in secondary schools throughout the European Union (EU). ANI

Hindus and Jews say Belgian EU Presidency failed in curbing Roma apartheid
Hindus and Jews have blamed Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), which is coming to an end on December 31, for not doing enough for European Roma (Gypsies). ANI

Smartphones are too 'smart' for most users in UK
Smartphones allow their users to do anything from checking their bank balance to booking a flight - courtesy hundreds of thousands of 'apps'. ANI

Declassified documents reveal US failure to stop Pak's nuke programme
Recently declassified U.S. Government documents from the Jimmy Carter era reveal how Washington made persistent attempts to roll back Pakistan's nuclear programme, despite resistance from then Prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and former dictator Zia-ul-Haq. ANI

Detained cops name ISI, MI officers in Benazir Bhutto assassination case
The investigation into former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination is likely to be widened to unveil some faces who have so far been out of the picture, after two former police officers who were arrested for their alleged involvement in the murder case, told investigators that some intelligence officials were in contact with them on December 27, 2007. ANI

Beijing puts limits on new vehicle registrations to stem traffic jam epidemic
Beijing has announced new traffic measures, including limiting registration of new vehicles, in a major effort to tackle traffic jams on roads in China's capital city. ANI

Musharraf sent questionnaire over security lapse in Benazir Bhutto's assassination
As part of the investigation into former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination, Pakistan's Interior Ministry has sent a questionnaire to former president Pervez Musharraf to record his statement. ANI

U.S. governor's Billy the Kid pardon proposal sparks fury
A U.S. governor has sparked fury after he said that he is considering an official pardon for Billy the Kid-the man who apparently killed 21 men. ANI

Over 900 nabbed in China crackdown on coal mining sector corruption this year
The campaign against corruption in the coal-mining sector has reportedly led to the punishing of a total of 906 government officials in North China's Shanxi province in the past 11 months. ANI

Norwegian newspaper claims to possess all 'uncensored' Wikileaks cables
A Norwegian newspaper has claimed that it has obtained the whole bunch of 250,000 uncensored secret US diplomatic cables that the whistleblower website 'Wikileas' has been distributing all this while. ANI

'Ground Zero mosque' Imam to undertake 'speaking tour' of US next month
Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Imam behind the proposed community centre and mosque near Ground Zero, would reportedly undertake a nationwide tour in the United States next month to promote the project and to discuss about life of Muslims in America. ANI

Christmas Eve luckiest day for winning lottery
The National Lottery has claimed that Christmas Eve is the luckiest day of the year for winning the lottery. ANI

Indian-origin neurosurgeon left prostitute dead in his bed for 2 days
An Indian-origin neurosurgeon left a young prostitute dead in his bed for almost two days while he continued a drug and s*x binge in a Sydney hotel room last year. ANI

Santa given security pat-down at Maningrida airport
It looks like even Santa can't escape the law. ANI

UK council workers visit Facebook more than their own website!
A secret audit report has revealed that council staff in UK spends majority of their time online surfing Facebook instead of their own website. ANI

US woman with Twitter name 'theashes' packing for trip Down Under
An American woman, who was bombarded with cricket-related messages due to her Twitter name 'theashes', is packing her bags for an expected trip Down Under this Christmas. ANI

Queen highlights the importance of sports in Christmas message
In her Christmas message to the nation, the Queen will highlight the importance of sports as a medium that can help build communities and create harmony. ANI

Russian opposition sues Putin for slander
Russia's opposition leaders have said that they were filing defamation suits against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for accusing them of extravagantly spending Russia's resources. ANI

Julia Gillard's RAAF pilots suspended following drunken escapade
Two elite RAAF pilots who regularly fly Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard around the country have been suspended. ANI

'The Fantastic Four' member to die in next issue
One of the key characters in 'The Fantastic Four' will die in an upcoming issue. ANI

Critics slam likeness of Wills, Kate on new commemorative coin
The images of Prince William and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, on a new coin look nothing like the couple, say critics. ANI

Pak Army should declare "jihad" against US forces' ground raids in tribal areas: JUI-F
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazalur Rehman has strongly criticised US media reports on the military operation in Pakistan's tribal region, saying the Pakistan Army should declare 'jihad' in response to the US forces' ground raids in North Waziristan. ANI

Man arrested for encroaching Obama's safety zones
A man has been arrested after encroaching into the Secret Service safety zone placed around US President Barack Obama's Kailua vacation home on Thursday. ANI

Former spokesperson set to blow whistle on WikiLeaks in tell-all
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's former right-hand man is writing a book that promises to reveal 'the inner workings and tensions' within the secretive whistle-blowing group. ANI

Bylines paved the way towards journalistic stardom: Study
Today when we read a newspaper, we know whose article we are reading. But getting recognition for their work wasn't a smooth journey for journalists. ANI

Swiss engineers may be charged with smuggling N-technology to AQ Khan ring in Pak
A Swiss magistrate has called for the prosecution of three Swiss engineers who were suspected of smuggling nuclear weapons technology to tainted scientist Dr A.Q. Khan's network in Pakistan. ANI

Obama to read Ronald Reagan biography during Hawaii vacation
US President Barack Obama would be doing a little reading while on his 11-day vacation in Hawaii, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters. ANI

Americans warned to be vigilant of Xmas terror attacks
The White House has warned Americans to be on high alert for terror attacks in the U.S. as the Christmas holiday weekend begins and Americans overseas to hand over any suspicious packages to police. ANI

China finally on same page as US in handling unruly N. Korea
The Obama administration has confirmed that the Chinese Government has embraced an American plan to press North Korea to reconcile with South Korea after its deadly attacks on a South Korean island and a warship this year. ANI

Leaked WikiLeaks cable paints portrait of an eccentric Mugabe
A secret diplomatic cable obtained by the whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks and published in South Africa, shows an odd portrait of Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe sitting in splendid isolation in his presidential office, obsessed with the past, as a white-gloved butler serves him tea and parmesan breadsticks. ANI

Canada lists Yemen-based al-Qaeda group as terrorist organization
The Canadian Government has formally designated a Yemen-based al Qaeda group as a terrorist organization, and banned its entry into Canada. ANI

'North Korea may conduct 3rd nuke test in 2011'
North Korea might carry out a third atomic test next year and prospects for bilateral talks with the South are "slim", according to a research report of a South Korean foreign ministry institute. ANI

References to Pakistan in Indo-Russia statement "unwarranted, unacceptable": Pak FO
Islamabad has taken strong exception to the Indo-Russia joint statement, terming the references to Pakistan "unwarranted and unacceptable". ANI

Iranian soldier captured in Afghanistan
US Special Forces based in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar Province have confirmed the capture of a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. ANI

US approved business with Iran, other blacklisted nations
The United States Government granted special licenses to American companies to do billions of dollars in business with Iran and other nations blacklisted as state sponsors of terrorism, a New York Times report reveals. ANI

Indian-origin husband 'jailed for life' for plotting to kill wife in South Africa
In yet another case of a migrant woman's murder in South Africa, her India-origin husband has been jailed for life after admitting to have killed his wife in a staged car jacking that appears to bear some similarities to the allegations against Brit-Indian honeymooner Shrien Dewani. ANI

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