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Rape, gang rape cases increasing in Pakistan
The incidents of sexual harassment against women, particularly rape and gang rape incidents have increased at an alarmingly rate of over 13 percent across Punjab and the Gujranwala regions in Pakistan. ANI

JUI-F hints at rejoining Pakistan People's Party government
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman has signalled that his party may rejoin the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government again if his demands were met. ANI

Official welcome denied to "alien" Nawaz during his Muzaffarabad visit
This is the second time that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been alienated in POK, with reports claiming that not a single ruling coalition political leader or government position holder came to receive the "alien" leader during his visit to Muzaffarabad on Sunday. ANI

NATO helicopters again violate Pak air space
Two NATO helicopters reportedly violated Pakistan's air space by entering the Landi Kotal area of Khyber Agency bordering Afghanistan. ANI

'US can't save Afghanistan without dealing with Pak'
CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan has said that winning war in Afghanistan will require much more than combat skills, and added that the US cannot save the war-ravaged country without dealing with Pakistan. ANI

'Unprepared' Pak confronts challenge of fighting burqa-clad suicide bombers
Pakistan's security officials and experts have called for a review of security arrangements across the country to be prepared for future burqa-clad suicide bombers. ANI

World's fattest mum eats 30,000-calorie Christmas feast in single sitting
A woman in the US, who won the title of the world's fattest mum, had a 30,000-calories Christmas feast in one two-hour sitting. ANI

Sydney Harbour to hold world's largest New Year's Eve party
Sydney Harbour in Australia is set to have the world's largest New Year's Eve party with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of fireworks ready to burst overhead as a gigantic lighting array illuminates the Harbour Bridge. ANI

Young Malay men lured into life of vice by 'massage parlours'
Young men in Malaysia are being lured into a life of vice by massage parlours that are offering them "special services" on the side. ANI

Afghan Gen. detained over careless coalition raid that killed two private company guards
The Afghan Government has reportedly detained a senior general for his role in a careless coalition raid in Kabul that left two security guards of a private company dead and two others injured. ANI

IPCC looking for communications manager to tackle crisis situation
The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is reportedly looking for its first Communications and Media Relations Programme Manager to help it avoid a mismanaged situation like last year, when it was stated that "most Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035." ANI

India supporting separatists, insurgent groups in Balochistan: Musharraf
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has reportedly accused India of supporting terrorist activities inside Pakistan. ANI

15 militants killed in US drone attack in North Waziristan
At least 15 militants were killed in a US drone strike in restive North Waziristan's Miranshah town, local officials said. ANI

Musharraf should be questioned in Benazir Bhutto's assassination probe: Ex-ISI chief
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was responsible for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's security and should be questioned by the investigators probing her assassination, former ISI chief Lieutenant General (retired) Hamid Gul has said. ANI

Taiwanese man killed wife after posting plan on blog
An elderly Taiwanese man allegedly put his ailing wife to death by pushing a screwdriver through her skull, weeks after he said on his blog he might kill her as an act of mercy. ANI

UN maps show continued deterioration of security in Afghanistan in 2010
Internal United Nations maps show a marked deterioration of the security situation in Afghanistan during this year's fighting season, countering the Obama administration's optimistic assessments of military progress since the surge of additional American forces began a year ago. ANI

Meet the 72-yr-old UK man who drove in circles for 3 days in heavy snow!
A man in the UK spent three days driving around southern England, before he was found on Christmas Day, after his wife's flight was switched from Heathrow airport to Gatwick airport during last week's travel chaos. ANI

Meet the Oz man who finished 52nd marathon in one year!
A Melbourne man has become the first person to finish 52 marathons in 52 weeks, which included all seven continents. ANI

66pc Brits auction their Christmas gifts on Internet
What would you do if you were gifted something you do not want? Well, according to more than two-thirds of Britons, auctioning them off on Internet sites in return for cash is what they would do. ANI

Brit boy, 9, gifts younger brother his bone marrow for Christmas
A boy in Britain is set to donate his bone marrow to his younger brother as a Christmas gift after the latter was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia. ANI

Panama President denies seeking US' help for 'wiretapping' political opponents
Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli has denied that he had pressed the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to help install phone taps on his political opponents, which is alleged in a recently released WikiLeaks document. ANI

Plot to blow up UK Parliament unearthed
Terror suspects were planning to bomb the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament, but the attempt was foiled successfully. ANI

Lutheran Church welcomes Hindu leader on Christmas Eve
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed was welcomed by a Lutheran Church in Nevada (USA) on Christmas Eve, where he attended the Christmas Eve Candlelight Celebration. ANI

Brazilian woman declared dead by hospital wakes up in funeral parlour
A Brazilian woman, who was declared dead at a hospital, escaped being buried alive when she woke up in a funeral parlour hours before she was to be interred. ANI

For Brit ladies, the perfect man is handsome, clever, rich and funny!
A new survey has revealed that British women prefer their perfect boyfriend to be tall, blue-eyed, and muscular with a hairy chest. But the list doesn't end there. ANI

Legal system discriminates against Christians: Bishop of Winchester
Bishop of Winchester Michael Scott-Joynt has claimed that Human Rights Act may be protecting the rights of minority groups, but is also encouraging judges and politicians to discriminate against Christians in an increasingly secular society. ANI

NATO-Pak to hold 'more hammer and anvil operations' on Pak-Afghan border: Petraeus
The commander of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, has said that there will be more coordinated military operations on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. ANI

Obama pays surprise Christmas visit to Marines in Hawaii
Third year in a row, the US President Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to a Marine base to show gratitude to the troops for their sacrifices, including being away from their families during holidays. ANI

UN Secretary General condemns 'abhorrent attack of terrorism' in Pak
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Saturday's "abhorrent attack of terrorism" in Pakistan, in which a female suicide bomber killed 46 people queuing to receive food aid. ANI

Brit Govt's support dramatically down, claims Guardian Poll
Support for Britain's first peacetime coalition in 70 years has fallen dramatically since Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the government in the Downing Street last May, according to the latest Guardian/ICM poll. ANI

Nevada Governor honors Hindu leader for "exemplary" interfaith work
Well known religious statesman Rajan Zed has been honored by Nevada (USA) Governor with a certificate for his work in interfaith dialogue. ANI

UN suspends food aid in Pak following suicide attack till situation stabilizes
The World Food Program (WFP), the food aid branch of the United Nations, has temporarily shut down operations in the northwest region of Pakistan following a suicide bombing that killed 46 people in one of its depots in Bajaur. ANI

Nawaz accuses Muttahida Qaumi Movement of killings in Karachi
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has accused the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) of killing innocent people in Karachi. ANI

Karzai urges Pakistan to 'eliminate terrorists'
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has urged Islamabad to "spare no effort in eliminating" those responsible for the suicide attack on a World Food Programme (WFP) depot in Pakistan, which killed 46 people and wounded 80 others. ANI

Third US aircraft carrier during naval drill to up Korean Peninsula crisis: Analyst
South Korea's announcement to start naval drills from Monday and the prospects of the US sending another aircraft carrier to the region, is bound to intensify tension on the Korean Peninsula, claim analysts. ANI

US still views silent Haqqani network as most dangerous of Taliban fighters
The Obama administration continues to view the so-called Haqqani terrorist network as the deadliest group of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan despite it not having conducted a complex large-scale attack on Kabul for seven months. ANI

Hindus laud Pope for lunching with poor and seek a unified action on poverty eradication
Hindus have applauded His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for hosting and eating lunch with poor. ANI

Obama's policies on terror 'as tough if not tougher' than Bush: Bush officials
Two top officials from George W Bush's administration have said that the US President Barack Obama's administration is as tough as Bush, if not tougher, on its policies of war on terror. ANI

Iranian 'enmity against God' student's execution halted by prison Governor
Iran has reportedly delayed the execution of Habibollah Latifi, a Kurdish student who was convicted of Muharebeh (enmity against God), as hundreds of protesters arrived outside Sanandaj prison in Iran to stage demonstrations against the decision. ANI

UK men rely on women to buy their clothes
A Brit poll has revealed that most men rely on their spouses or mothers for advice on what clothes to buy. ANI

Benazir' assassination probe report will be made public: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that the investigation report on former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination would be made public. ANI

Average UK male gains 16lb in15 yrs- more calories, less workout
An Oxford University study has found that the average man in Britain was more than a stone heavier in 2000 than he was in 1986. ANI

Assange signs autobiography deals worth £1.1m
WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange is all set to pen his tell all book. ANI

Assange claims accuser took n*ked 'trophy photo' of him in her bed
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has claimed that one of the women who accused him of sexual assault took a 'trophy photo' of him lying n*ked in her bed. ANI

'Original' Schindler's list to go under the hammer
A memorabilia dealer has been allowed to sell off what according to him is the original copy of Schindler's list. ANI

'Tees Maar Khan' launched in Pakistan
Farah Khan's latest movie 'Tees Maar Khan' was premiered at Atrium Cinema on December 25, 2010 in Pakistan. ANI

Classic e-novels sales surge this Christmas
Britain seems to have finally accepted the trend of electronic books as Amazon confirmed yesterday that Kindles were the biggest selling products this Christmas. ANI

Bonovo Orthopedics, Inc. Closes Series C Financing Led by OrbiMed Asia Partners
Bonovo Orthopedics, Inc., a leading provider of orthopedic products to the Chinese healthcare market, has announced that it closed a US$10 million Series C Preferred Stock financing. The financing was led by OrbiMed Asia Partners and was participated in by Legend Capital and Bonovo’s existing shareholders Business Wire India

A Very Successful 25Th Anniversary for the CARTES & IDentification Show
25 years young! Despite heavy snowfalls in Paris which blocked access to the exhibition centre, CARTES & IDentification was in fine form, positioning itself more than ever as the sector's key global event Business Wire India

Knowles Electronics Unaffected by Judge's Ruling in Case against Analog Devices
Knowles Electronics has announced that a recent ruling by Judge Rogers of the International Trade Commission would not impact its ability to import its products into the United States. The ruling relates to certain patents owned by Analog Devices for methods of applying anti-stiction coatings Business Wire India

Jean-Pierre Vignolle to Leave AFP After Eleven Years Service
Jean-Pierre Vignolle will leave AFP on January 15, 2011 after eleven years with the Agency. He was appointed Commercial Marketing and Development Director in September 1999 and has served as Managing Director since early 2006. Business Wire India

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