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Quick thinking 3-yr-old girl saves elderly neighbour from fire
A little girl in Britain saved her elderly neighbour's life when she raised the alarm after seeing smoke coming from his home. ANI

US man calls police to report drunk driver - himself
A man in the US called 911 to report a drunken driver and when officers arrived they found it was the caller himself. ANI

Killer driver in Australia gets 120K dlrs compensation for injuries in jail
A man in Australia, who has been jailed for killing a woman passenger while driving drunk, has received 120,000 dollars in compensation after a garden shed door closed on him in jail. ANI

School lollipop ladies axed by Brit council to save money
A survey has revealed that a quarter of local councils are firing traditional school lollipop ladies in a bid to save money. ANI

Mossad agents brought down Egypt's Internet network two years ago
Tareq Abdul Razzaq Hassan, an Egyptian accused of spying for Mossad, has allegedly told his interrogators that he brought down the country's internet network two years ago. ANI

'N. Korea warns of less restraint to S. Korea's military drills'
North Korea has slammed South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's comments of retaliation against Pyongyang if provoked, saying that DPRK has limited restraint over Seoul's military provocation and it will punish the south if it does not stop its drills. ANI

Iran executes PMOI party member over 'enemy of God' charges
Iran has reportedly executed Ali Saremi, a member of the People's Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI) party on Tuesday morning over a Mohareb (an enemy of God) charges. ANI

50 pct of Britons consider UK a 'Christian country': Poll
Only half (50 percent) of Britons say the UK is a 'Christian country,' according to a ComRes poll. ANI

UAE court tries Pak brothers charged for running 'Qaeda-linked jihadi group'
Two Pakistan nationals accused of running a jihadi organisation, and aiding and abetting al Qa'eda have gone on trial in the United Arab Emirates. ANI

Pak-Christians in UAE allege "discrimination" at hands of official mission
The Pakistani-Christian community in the UAE has claimed that it faces discrimination in the country at the hands of the Pakistani mission there, and in the region. ANI

Condom cell phone charms become a rage among Chinese teens
High school students in the Nanning region of China have been carrying sexy cell phone charms - individually wrapped condoms. ANI

US man faces 5-yrs jail for reading wife's emails without permission
A man in the US is facing up to five-years in jail after he read his wife's emails without her permission. ANI

US drone strike kills five militants in Pak tribal belt
A US drone strike targeting two militant compounds killed five militants in a Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Tuesday, local security officials have said. ANI

UAE offers reprieve for foreign workers with six-month visa ban
Foreign workers in the United Arab Emirates, including Indians, will now be able to switch jobs after two years without facing a six-month ban for leaving their work, a senior official from the country's Labour Ministry has said. ANI

Obama considering moving 2012 Presidential election campaign base to Chicago
US President Barack Obama is trying to win re-election by apparently risking, for the first time in history of the country, to move the campaign base to Chicago, according to sources with knowledge of the campaign planning. ANI

Zimbabwe may impose treason charges against PM Tsvangirai over Wikileaks revelation
Zimbabwe is considering bringing treason charges against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and other individuals over confidential talks to US diplomats leaked by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks'. ANI

Fifteen injured in Karachi University blast
At least fifteen people were hurt in a blast at the University of Karachi (KU) on Tuesday. ANI

UAE to allow low-skilled, semi-skilled expatriate workers to sponsor families
Some categories of foreign workers in the United Arab Emirates, who were previously been barred from sponsoring their children and family members can now do so by depositing Dh5,000 per person, a senior official from the country's Interior Ministry has said. ANI

Hindus and Jews seek Romanian Church Patriarch's help to end Roma apartheid
Hindus and Jews have urged Patriarch of majority Romanian Orthodox Church, its Holy Synod, and National Church Assembly to help improve the plight of Roma (Gypsy), who face apartheid conditions in Romania and Europe. ANI

Veda institute launched in Slovenia
Institute for Vedic Culture named Gopuram has reportedly been launched in Slovenia to conserve the Vedic heritage and spread it in Slovenia and other countries. ANI

Key witness in Benazir Bhutto assassination probe leaves Pak without prior permission
A key witness of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination probe left for the United States without taking permission from the Pakistan government. ANI

Nelson Mandela's ex Winnie to have her own opera
Nelson Mandela's former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is all set to have her own opera. ANI

Former Brit Foreign Secretary Miliband may be offered US envoy post
Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband could reportedly be offered the post of ambassador in Washington. ANI

Oz woman smashes window of taxi after driver rejects s*x offer
A woman in Darwin, Australia, has been arrested after she kicked a taxi she entered and smashed its window just because the driver refused to have s*x with her. ANI

E-divorce on the rise as Oz couples go online to end marriages
Australian couples seeking divorce are now increasingly doing it through the Internet, with more than 250 people using an online service in almost 18 months. ANI

Royal family accused of cruelty for wearing real fur
The Queen and duchess have been accused of "ostentatious display of cruelty" after they were seen wearing real fur. ANI

Prince Harry gifts 1K pounds diamond bracelet to ex Chelsy Davy for Christmas
It seems Prince Harry still has a soft corner for his ex girlfriend Chelsy Davy - he gave her a 1,000-pound diamond bracelet for Christmas. ANI

Prince Harry gifts £1K diamond bracelet to ex Chelsy Davy for Christmas
It seems Prince Harry still has a soft corner for his ex girlfriend Chelsy Davy - he gave her a 1,000-pound diamond bracelet for Christmas. ANI

Expert finds Bush's memoir faulty over 'UN resolution' explanation on Iraq war
Former US President George W Bush's memoir "Decision Points" might have been straightforward, honest, and fair even while pointing out his own mistakes on big matters, but the explanation to his willingness of launching the Iraq invasion without a second U.N. Security Council resolution was not correct, according to a report by Politico. ANI

Over 350,000 fatwas expected to be issued by end of 2010
Over 350,000 fatwas, or Islamic religious decrees, are reportedly expected to be issued by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowmen (Awqaf) by the end of the year. ANI

'580 Chinese fugitives still at large in foreign countries'
Meng Qingfeng, head of Chinese economic crime investigation department under the Ministry of Public Security, has said that a total of 580 fugitives suspected of economic crimes are still at large in foreign countries, while most others are fleeing to North America and Southeast Asia. ANI

UK schools 'using CCTV to spy on pupils in toilets and changing rooms'
An official report has claimed that many schools in UK are using CCTV cameras to spy on pupils in toilets and monitor teachers' performance in the classroom. ANI

Now, Palin claims her record-setting 'refudiate' gaffe was only a typo
In July, Sarah Palin hit the headlines when she compared herself to William Shakespeare, the literary giant who also created words, after coining a word 'refudiate' on Twitter. ANI

Malaysia to set up three labs to address Indian issues
Malaysia will set up three labs for Malaysian Indians focusing on small and medium enterprises (SME), retail industry and reducing crime among youth, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department S. K. Devamany has said. ANI

95pc Brits still trust unannounced visitors
It's not uncommon for visitors to throng at our doorsteps, especially during festive seasons - now a survey has found that an astonishing 95 per cent of Britons still trust unannounced callers. ANI

Mythical 'goat sucker' chupacabra shot by US man
A fabled blood-sucking creature called chupacabra was shot and killed in Lebanon Junction, Kentucky, after it emerged from woodland into the garden of a home. ANI

Telling bin Laden that jihad against West was a total failure shocked and upset him: Ex-Libyan jihadi
A former Libyan militant, who now lives in a bustling north-west London borough, raining his three children watching his beloved Chelsea and listening to Pink Floyd, recalled how he shocked and upset Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by saying that the jihadi movement over the last 20 to 30 years had been a total failure. ANI

More than 80pc of Brits ditch New Year resolutions
A new poll has found that more than 80 per cent of Brits have ditched the tradition of making New Year resolutions after failing to abide by it in previous years. ANI

Benazir Bhutto assassination probe complete: Malik
The investigations into former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination have been completed, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

UN report on Benazir Bhutto assassination "incomplete, unclear": Zardari
The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) expressed reservations over the United Nations' inquiry report on former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination because it was "incomplete and did not touch certain issues", President Asif Ali Zardari has said. ANI

US, Germany 'deeply concerned' about Russian tycoon's 'illegal' conviction
The US and Germany have reportedly voiced their serious concern about a second conviction against the jailed Russian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, calling it a "selective application" of justice. ANI

'Naked Chef' Jamie Oliver says his wife's food is 'hideous'
In an interview, 'Naked Chef' Jamie Oliver has called his wife's food "hideous." ANI

DNA test urged to determine if Lincoln's assassin escaped death
Descendants of John Wilkes Booth have agreed to exhume his body for DNA testing in an attempt to determine whether the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln escaped his well-recorded shooting death and lived for 40 years in Texas and Oklahoma. ANI

Wills-Kate to stay without butlers or servants after marriage
Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton have no intention of taking on butlers or household staff when they start their married life in April. ANI

Brits to ring in the New Year by sending half a billion racy messages
Brits are planning to do something 'sexy' this New Year - they will send a record number of s*x text messages. ANI

US Air Force creates supercomputer from 1,760 PlayStation 3s
Researchers at the US Air Force have developed the Defence Department's largest interactive supercomputer- the 35th fastest in the world - out of 1,760 Song PlayStation 3s. ANI

The end of a friendship is as painful as divorce
Did you know that breaking up with a best friend could be as devastating as a divorce? It's true, say experts. ANI

S.Korea to retaliate against Pyongyang if attacked again even if it risks war
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has reportedly threatened to retaliate against North Korea if it attacked his country again. ANI

'Strikers in saris' iconic Brit-Indian trade unionist Jayaben Desai dies at 77
Jayaben Desai, the Brit-Indian trade unionist whose bold leadership of the Grunwick dispute in the late 1970s produced a landmark in industrial relations, has died at the age of 77. ANI

Pak Taliban abduct, to punish 23 Mehsud tribesmen for meeting Gen Kayani
Defying an ongoing military offensive, the Pakistan Taliban have abducted 23 tribesmen, who had met with army chief General Ashfaq Kayani during a recent trip to Pakistan's lawless tribal belt. ANI

Kate Middleton to join Royal Family at Madame Tussauds by end of 2011
Kate Middleton will become the latest addition to the Royal Family when she marries Prince William in April next year. But she will have to wait a few months longer to join them at Madame Tussauds. ANI

Pak Navy successfully test-fires surface-to-air missiles
The Pakistan Navy has successfully fired surface-to-air missiles in Sonmiani to test its air defence capability. ANI

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton 'most admired' in US
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were the "most admired" man and woman in the United States for 2010, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Indian girl, 6, is world's youngest yoga trainer!
An Indian girl, Shruti Pandey, who is just six years old, has become the youngest yoga trainer in the world. ANI

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