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Jobcentre staff in UK probed after calling homosexual couple 'gay boys'
Workers at a jobcentre in Britain have come under the scanner after claims emerged that they had called a homosexual couple 'gay boys'. ANI

Weybridge in Surrey is Britain's most fertile town: Study
A study has revealed Britain's most fertile town, and it is Weybridge in Surrey where the women are more likely to fall pregnant than in any other area. ANI

Prince William's marriage could be disrupted by strikes
A union leader in Britain has warned that Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage could be disrupted by strikes, as there will be protests against Government cuts during that month. ANI

Angry passenger punches teen for not turning off iPhone during landing
A passenger has been arrested for punching a teenager in the arm who refused to turn off his iPhone during a flight from Las Vegas. ANI

Pak govt has "no intention to repeal anti-blasphemy law"
In a move to appease religious parties, the Pakistan government has told the National Assembly that it has "no intention" to change the controversial anti-blasphemy law, which is often seen misused against members of minority communities in the country. ANI

'My Daftar' campaign for Malay Indians to be launched in Feb 2011
The Malaysian Government will launch a nationwide "My Daftar" campaign from February 19 to 26, 2011 in an effort to resolve problems faced by Malay Indians who do not have relevant documents pertaining to their birth, identification and citizenship. ANI

Malaysian police arrest yoga teacher for detaining girls as s*x slaves
Police in the Malaysian city of Kuala Kubu Baru have arrested a 54-year-old yoga instructor for holding three girls as s*x slaves in his house for about a month. ANI

North Korea fortifying border: South Korea
The South Korean Government on Thursday claimed that North Korea has boosted its special forces and deployed huge artillery guns and a new kind of tank close to the heavily fortified border. ANI

Pak National Assembly wakes up to grim situation in Balochistan
Pakistan's National Assembly members have asked the government to take practical steps to tackle the grim situation in Balochistan, and remove the grievances of the Baloch people. ANI

Security lockdown in Times Square for New Year's Eve
Nearly a million revelers are expected to cram into New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve to ring in the New Year. ANI

Think young to stave off ailments of old age
Want to stay away from the ailments of old age? Then try thinking young. ANI

At least 20 suspected militants killed in Pak tribal region
At least 20 suspected insurgents were killed in an offensive launched by security forces in Pakistan's Kurram tribal region. ANI

South Korea labels North Korea 'enemy' in latest defense White Paper
South Korea has labeled rival North Korea as an enemy in its latest defense white paper released Thursday by the defense ministry here. ANI

China's online population touches 450 million
China's netizen population has reached 450 million by the end of November, up 20.3 percent year on year. ANI

Alcoholism booms in 'dry' Pakistan, as does addiction counseling
Despite being banned in Pakistan, alcohol is easily available across the country, prompting rising alcoholism and a growing trade in clinics trying to treat middle-class patients. ANI

Ex-Israeli president convicted of rape
Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav has been convited by a court here on two counts of rape. ANI

Obama bypasses Congress, appoints six key officials
US President Barack Obama has bypassed Congress, and made six key appointments, including that of James Cole as Deputy Attorney General and Robert Ford as the country's new ambassador to Syria. ANI

New Parliament could worsen ethnic, Pashtun tensions in Afghanistan
Afghan and foreign officials have warned that the inauguration of a new Parliament in the next few weeks could worsen ethnic tensions and instability in Afghanistan and drive an important part of President Hamid Karzai's political base into the arms of the insurgency. ANI

MWM accuses govt, secret agencies of victimising Shias
The Majlis Wahdat Muslemin (MWM) has accused the government and secret agencies of victimising the people belonging to the Shia school of thought, and warned that pushing one community to the wall can bring dangerous results to Pakistan. ANI

Forget divorce settlement, 'break-up payment' is the latest trend
A new trend has come up whereby live-in couples are paying tens of thousands of pounds in settlement to their former partners after break-up. ANI

Americans want to pardon Billy the Kid after 130yrs
After 130 years, most Americans say they favour a pardon for legendary gunslinger Henry McCarty, known as Billy the Kid, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Musharraf refuses to appear before Benazir, Bugti murder probe commission
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has refused to appear before any commission set up to investigate the murders of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti. ANI

China most likely to be affected by 2011 EU herbal medicine ban
The European Union has decided to go ahead with its ban of herbal medicines, a majority of which is manufactured in China. ANI

China leaves West dismayed by move to cut vital mineral exports in 2011
In a sign of its growing industrial and political clout, China has cut its export quotas for rare earth elements (REEs) by 35 per cent for the first six months of 2011, threatening to extend a global shortage of the minerals and intensifying a scramble to find alternative sources. ANI

Meet the world's tallest model at 6ft 8in!
Amazon Eve, who is the world's tallest model at 6 feet 8 inches, is living the high life these days. ANI

Almost 50pc of Brit workers are fed up in their jobs
A new study has found that only six per cent of British workers are completely satisfied with their jobs. ANI

UK's 2nd Hindu school to admit non-Hindus also
Proposed Krishna-Avanti Primary School (KAPS) in Evington (Leicester, East Midlands, UK), when it opens in September, will be based on "Hindu ethos" but will admit pupils of non-Hindu faiths also, according to reports. ANI

Yoga 2011 calendars depict cats, dogs and nudes performing asanas
Yoga calendars for 2011 are out and many of these feature dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and nude women-men demonstrating various yoga asanas (postures). ANI

Free yoga to unemployed in USA
Due to current high unemployment rates across USA, some yoga studios have reportedly started offering free or discounted yoga classes to the unemployed. ANI

Malik proposes parliamentary committee to probe Shahzain Bugti's arrest
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has proposed to appoint a parliamentary committee to independently investigate into the arrest of Jamhoori Watan Party's Balochistan chief Shahzain Bugti, who was detained for allegedly carrying huge cache of arms and ammunition last week. ANI

Pepsi to roll out 'drinkable' fruit snack 'Tripolis' in bid to expand
Already facing stiff competition from U.S. rivals Coca Cola Co and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc, PepsiCo is now rolling out a new product - a 'drinkable' snack 'Tropolis'. ANI

David Miliband dismisses talk of move to Washington
Former British foreign secretary David Miliband has quashed rumors of him becoming his country's next ambassador to the United have been suggestions that the South Shields MP may abandon domestic politics after being defeated by his brother, Ed, in the Labour leadership battle, the Guardian reports. ANI

50 Pak students meet for Global UGRAD-Pakistan orientation
Fifty students from Pakistan have met in Washington for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD-Pakistan) program orientation. ANI

Carla Bruni voted France's most irritating celebrity
French First Lady Carla Bruni has been voted the country's most irritating celebrity in a new poll. ANI

Gilani 'condemns' US drone attacks in Pak tribal areas, but wants drone technology
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has condemned US drone attacks in tribal areas of the country bordering Afghanistan, terming the unmanned strikes as "counter-productive". ANI

94-year-old Indian farmer claims to be world's oldest dad
An Indian farmer, who is 94 years old, has claimed that he is the world's oldest dad. ANI

Brits' prediction of 2025: Prince William as King of England, men on Mars
If 100,000 Britons are correct, the world in 2011 could see China emerging as the most powerful nation and Prince William as the King of England. ANI

US woman sees 'Jesus Christ' in chest X-ray!
A woman from Elwood, Indiana, says she saw the image of Jesus Christ in her chest X-ray. ANI

Vatican bank sets up anti-money-laundering unit to end financial scandals
The Vatican has announced the setting up of an anti-money laundering unit to make its financial dealings more transparent and bring it into line with international legislation designed to prevent money-laundering. ANI

UK police demands new powers to stop and search terror suspects
British police have asked the David Cameron-led coalition government to provide them with new and improved powers to stop and search terror suspects. ANI

'Sound of Music' associated Von Trapp family member dies age 97
Agathe von Trapp, a member of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for the famous musical movie --.The Sound of Music --. has died, a longtime friend said on Wednesday. ANI

S. American drug gangs funding al-Qaeda terrorists
South American drugs gangs are reportedly providing millions of pounds of funding to al-Qaeda terrorists to ensure the safe passage of cocaine across North Africa and towards Europe. ANI

China preparing for armed conflict 'in every direction', says its defence minister
Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie on Wednesday said that his country is preparing for conflict 'in every direction'. ANI

Unseen portraits of Queen, Princess Margaret to go on public display for first time
Unseen and cherished childhood portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Princess Margaret to go on public display for the first time in an exhibition celebrating the work of the photographer Marcus Adams. ANI

New Yorkers losing patience with Mayor Bloomberg over snow chaos
Public pressure is mounting on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg over the poor management of snow clearing up operations in the Apple City. ANI

Danish Police arrest five Islamists for foiled terror plot role
Police in Denmark have arrested five suspected Islamist militants for planning to attack a newspaper that printed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in 2005. ANI

One in six Brits will live to be more than 100 years old
Over 10 million people alive in Britain today, or one in six, will live to be over 100 years old, government figures have suggested, and this could have profound social, economic and financial implications for the country. ANI

Expo Souvenirs Popular; Taipei Pavilion to be re-opened
The Taipei City Government is convinced that the 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition gives Taiwan an opportunity to showcase its soft power Business Wire India

Taipei Pavilion at Shanghai Expo to Re-Open in Taipei in 2011
After finishing its 184-day run at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the Taipei Pavilion sponsored by Foxconn Technology Group will be rebuilt at the site of the Pavilion of Future in the Xinsheng Park Area of the Taipei International Flora Exposition after the ongoing exposition ends on April 25, 2011. Business Wire India

Chinese Envoy visits the Flora Expo after seeing Taipei Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo
China’s chief negotiator with Taiwan, Chen Yunlin, visited the 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition on December 22 in the company of the Mayor of Taipei City Hau Lung-bin and promised the mayor to publicize the exposition’s “power of beauty” to the mainland Chinese people after returning to Beijing. Business Wire India

Skype Brings Video Calling to iPhones
Skype today announced the new version of its iPhone application that brings video calling to millions of mobile users around the globe over both 3G and WiFi networks Business Wire India

Departing From Taipei Pavilion, Taipei Outdoes Itself With Flora Expo
Based on its success in displaying the best of Taipei with a pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo, the city of Taipei has managed to outdo itself by organizing what is described as the best flora expo in half a century. Business Wire India

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