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Bangladeshi TV channel stopped from broadcasting 'hangman' series
A Bangladeshi television channel has been ordered to stop broadcasting interviews with the country's most famous hangman over fears that it could frighten children. ANI

Fazlur Rehman rejects Malik's request to rejoin Pak coalition govt
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has declined Interior Minister Rehman Malik's request to rejoin the Pakistan People's Party-led coalition government. ANI

Radical Islamist sect claims responsibility for Nigeria church attacks
A radical Islamist sect has claimed responsibility for bombings in central Nigeria and attacks on churches in the northeast of the country that led to the deaths of at least 86 people. ANI

UK music teachers infuriated by "no touching" order
Music teachers in Britain have expressed their fury after they were told to avoid physical contact with pupils over fears of accusations of paedophilia. ANI

Brit toddler takes cheesy route to beat rare disease
A cheesy snack has helped a British toddler, who was told he could never eat normally, to beat a rare congenital disease. ANI

UK forms plans for Brit residents' evacuation from Gulf cities in event of war with Iran
The British armed forces are reportedly drawing up contingency plans to evacuate thousands of British residents and tourists from Dubai and other Gulf cities over fears of war with Iran. ANI

Tasmania may soon become world's first 'smoke-free' state
Tasmania may soon introduce new law to become world's first 'smoke-free' state. ANI

Unseen childhood portraits of the Queen to go on display next year
Previously unseen childhood portraits of the Queen and the late Princess Margaret from the late Queen Elizabeth's personal collection are to go on public display for the first time next year. ANI

Human excreta, skinny jeans, adult films 'selling like hot cakes in N.Korea'
Skinny jeans, adult films and even human manure were among some of the must-have items for North Koreans, according to a South Korean professor who has interviewed recent defectors from the communist country. ANI

Palin's former staff asks for delay of over 25,000 emails for 15th time
Sarah Palin's former staff has reportedly asked the state's Attorney General to postpone release of over 25,000 emails during her tenure as the Governor of Alaska. ANI

Pak National Assembly wants APC on 'sovereignty infringing' drone attacks in country
Pakistan's National Assembly members have demanded an all-parties conference (APC) to discuss the increasing number of drone attacks in the Tribal Areas by US forces, terming them an assault on the country's sovereignty. ANI

No communication gap between Pakistan, India on outstanding issues: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has denied any communication gap with India on resolving Kashmir and other outstanding issues, but asked New Delhi not to hold the dialogue process hostage to the 2008 Mumbai terror incident. ANI

Assange receives over $1mn in advance for memoir
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has revealed that he has received an advance of over one million dollars for his memoir. ANI

China stepping up 'carrier killer,' missile tests, warns US expert
U.S. Navy Admiral Robert F. Willard has warned that China is designing a space missile that could sink American aircraft carriers in the Pacific. ANI

German chemical tanker with 19 Indians freed by Somali pirates
Somali pirates have reportedly released a German-owned chemical tanker having 19 Indians, two Bangladeshis and a Ukrainian lonboard, after allegedly receiving a 5.5 million dollars ransom money. ANI

LeT, TTP among insurgents teaming up to counter security forces in Pak, Afghanistan
Increased cooperation among insurgent factions is being reported inside both Afghanistan and Pakistan, as US and NATO officials said they had seen evidence of loose cooperation among militant organizations, including Lashkar-e-Taiba and Tehrik-i-Taliban. ANI

Political turmoil in Pakistan may hurt American interests in region: US media
The current political turmoil in Pakistan may hurt American interests if the PPP-led coalition government crumbles and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif comes back to power, the US media reported. ANI

Obama finally kicks the butt, 'hasn't smoked for 9 months'
US President Barack Obama seems to have kicked his smoking habit once and for all. ANI

Hilton HHonors Announces More Nights, More Points Promotion
Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s ten distinct hotel brands, has announced its latest global promotion, More Nights, More Points Business Wire India

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