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Pak religious parties protest against amending 'blasphemy laws'
Thousands of activists belonging to various religious parties had organised countrywide protest demonstrations against the government's bid to amend the controversial 'Blasphemy Law' on Friday. ANI

Obama's insular White House worries his allies
US President Barack Obama's executive style relies heavily on a cordon of advisors who were with him at earlier points in his career, but now there are concerns in certain quarters that with senior advisors resigning, Obama is replacing them with trusted confidants who are closer to him than the people they replaced. ANI

Discrediting anti-Obama 'birthers' is top priority for Hawaii governor
New Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie has been aggravated by the so-called birther movement, which alleges that US President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and thus should be expelled from office, and now, he intends to do something about it. ANI

'Judaism' most popular religion in the US
A new study has revealed that the most popular faith in the US is Judaism. ANI

Key Ahmadinejad aide behind dismissal of senior Iranian officials
A key aide of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei, is said to be the man behind the dismissal of several senior officials. ANI

Hammersmith MP ordered to repay 15.95 pounds after 9-month inquiry
After nine months of investigation, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has ordered the shadow justice minister, Andy Slaughter, to pay back 15.95 pounds in expenses. ANI

President Abbas expresses hopes Palestinian state would be established by 2011
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who travelled to Bethlehem to greet Christmas revellers in the West Bank city, has said that he hopes a Palestinian state would be established by next year. ANI

Growing number of college girls in China wooing sugar daddies
A growing number of Chinese girl students are marketing themselves to older, richer men willing to support their studies and pay for a desirable lifestyle. ANI

Kissinger apologises for 1973 'gassing Jews in Soviet Union' remarks
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has apologized for his remarks he made in 1973 during a conversation with the then US President Richard Nixon, when he had said that it would not be an American concern if the Soviet Union sent its Jews to the gas chambers. ANI

New Zealand threatened Fiji's military chief with 'loss of family access' over coup
Secret US diplomatic cables leaked by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' have revealed that New Zealand had threatened Fiji's military chief Voreqe Bainimarama and his wife with the loss of access to their grandchildren if he staged a coup to overthrow the government of Laisenia Qarase. ANI

'Post riots, China's Xinjiang region still remains unstable'
China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, which was shaken by a deadly riot last year, still faces many factors that may affect stability, according to one of the top officials in the region. ANI

Russian archaeologists discover ancient city in Socotra Island
After four-year archaeological excavations, a Russian team has discovered an ancient city in Socotra Island. ANI

Pak military forced govt. to record protest with UN on Benazir murder report
Pakistan's military establishment had reacted strongly to the United Nations Commission report on former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination, and forced the government to write a letter to the UN to reopen the inquiry, it has been revealed. ANI

China still needs Russia's help to make a military plane engine
After years of trying, Chinese engineers still can't make a reliable engine for a military plane, or a missile to strike a warship. ANI

China bans Chinglish buzzwords created by netizens
Chinese netizens' attempt at creating Chinglish buzzwords to be incorporated in Chinese language has been thwarted by the General Administration of Press and Publication. ANI

Obama's pooch makes friends in Hawaii
While the Obamas spend their vacation in Hawaii away from the public eye, their pet pooch Bo has already made friends on the island. ANI

Edinburgh's 'Prince Charming' proposes to girlfriend onstage!
It's one thing to forget your lines onstage during a play, but a man from Edinburgh decided to pop out a marriage proposal during a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at the King's Theatre. ANI

Student in Singapore sells used panties online to pay for tuition fees
A college student in Singapore is selling her used panties online for SGD 45 each to earn some pocket money and to pay for her tuition fees. ANI

Indian-African origin Kamala Harris to be 1st woman ever to hold California's AG office
Kamala Harris, an Indian-African origin politician in the United States, is on her way to creating history by becoming the first woman to hold the California attorney general's office in the near future. ANI

Michelle Obama plays 'Track Santa' with kids
Michelle Obama has been busy taking calls from children who are calling in to ask her where Santa is. ANI

Decks cleared for Dewani's extradition to SA over wife's murder conspiracy
Extradition papers of Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire whose wife was murdered during their honeymoon in Cape Town last month, have reportedly been processed by the South African Justice Department, clearing the way for his extradition from the UK to stand trial for allegedly conspiring to kill his wife. ANI

North Korea squarely blames US for creating tensions in Korean Peninsula
North Korea has accused the United States of being responsible for bringing the Korean Peninsula on the brink of war for its own personal motives, according to the country's official KCNA news agency. ANI

38 people killed, over 62 injured in Bajaur Agency suicide attack
At least 38 people were killed in a suicide attack in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal region on Saturday morning. ANI

Benazir Bhutto assassination probe should have started from Musharraf: Aitzaz Ahsan
The investigation into former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination should have started from former president Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Aitzaz Ahsan has said. ANI

Meet the couple who have been married and in love for 77 years!
At a time when most people have stopped believing in the institution of marriage, a Holland couple have celebrated their 77th anniversary and are still going strong. ANI

Aspiring model found dead in August Busch's mansion
A glamorous aspiring model has been found dead at the luxury home of August Busch IV in Missouri. ANI

Mischievous elements from Afghanistan tasked to create anarchy in Pak: KP Governor
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor has blamed "mischievous elements" from across the border for the simultaneous attacks launched by Taliban militants on five security checkpoints in Mohmand, in which eleven members of Pakistan's Frontier Corps were killed, and ten others wounded. ANI

Satirical WikiLeaks rap featuring Assange's cameo takes Internet by storm
A footage of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange making a cameo appearance on a satirical rap show has become an Internet hit. ANI

Assange getting 'lion's share' of about $86,000 a year as salary from Wikileaks
Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' who is on the headlines for leaking secret US diplomatic cables, is now reportedly making about 86,000 dollars a year on a salary drawn from donations to his organization. ANI

Bizarre 999 calls people make on Christmas!
It's a time for peace and being merry but apparently not for everyone, especially 999 operators. ANI

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