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International News on December 31, 2010

New Year celebrations begin in Australia, New Zealand
The countdown for New Year celebrations has begun in Australia and New Zealand. ANI

UK lotto winner hid 3.5m quid ticket in his trousers
A Lotto millionaire wore the same trousers to bed for four consecutive days to protect his jackpot-winning ticket. ANI

US soldier names first born after pal who saved life in Afghanistan
An American soldier has named his first child after the friend who died saving his life. ANI

Benazir Bhutto assassination plot not hatched at any Brigadier house: Malik
Benazir Bhutto assassination plot was not hatched at any Brigadier house, and the media should refrain from any such news that spreads wrong impression, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

Want to shed those extra festive pounds? Wait a couple of weeks
A new study has suggested that waiting a couple of weeks before starting a diet to shed the extra festive pounds could be more beneficial. ANI

Fury over racy images of women posing with dogs for charity calendar
A charity calendar has upset animal lovers and vets alike after it featured racy images of scantily-clad women in bizarre poses with dogs that they say suggested bestiality. ANI

Cameron's dad gives him tax free 300 K pounds
British Prime Minister David Cameron has been given 300,000 pounds tax free from his late father's will. ANI

Pakistan on "shutter down strike" against blasphemy law amendment bid
A "shutter down strike" was observed in several parts of Pakistan on Friday on the call of conservative religious groups against any move to amend the blasphemy law, which human rights campaigners say encourages Islamist extremism. ANI

'Bend it like Beckham' becomes 1st western film to be broadcast in N. Korea
Indian-origin Hollywood director Gurinder Chadha's film "Bend it like Beckham" will become the first western-made film to be broadcast on TV in North Korea. ANI

Sexy 'Russian spy' Anna Chapman 'considering a career in acting'
Sexy 'Russian spy' Anna Chapman has revealed that she's considering a career in acting. ANI

Grenade attack kills child, wounds six in Kandahar
One child was lulled and six others were wounded in a grenade attack on two houses in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province on Friday. ANI

Gilani calls for revisiting Pakistan's 'ineffective' anti-terror laws
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has called on Parliament to revisit the country's anti-terror laws. ANI

Hindus urge Germany to be more open to 'other religions' and 'outsiders'
Hindus have urged Germany to adopt more pluralistic approach. ANI

Woman opens s*x toy drive-thru in Alabama after finding loophole in law
A woman in the US has opened a s*x toy drive-through after finding a loophole in Alabama's anti-obscenity law. ANI

Former Swedish neo-Nazi jailed for masterminding Auschwitz sign theft
A former Swedish neo-Nazi has reportedly been sentenced to over two years of imprisonment for masterminding the theft of the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from the entrance of memorial museum on the site of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. ANI

Bomb blast outside Lakki Marwat police lines kills two, including terrorist
At least two people were killed and two others injured, when a bomb blast took place outside the police lines in northwest Pakistan's Lakki Marwat town on Friday. ANI

Oz police expose paedophile parents network, with arrests in US, UK
An investigation by Australian police has unravelled an international network of paedophile parents, which has led to arrests in the US and Britain. ANI

Less journalists killed worldwide this year compared to 2009
There has been a drop in the number of reporters killed worldwide in 2010 than in the previous year, but media advocacy groups have said that while the number of deaths in war zones have decreased, criminals and traffickers have become a greater threat to journalists. ANI

Malay-Indian NGOs send memorandum to PM highlighting problems
A number of Indian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have reportedly sent two memoranda to Malaysian Special Implementation Task Force for Indians to highlight their problems to the Prime Minister. ANI

Malaysian Govt. to set up special counters for Indian community's identification
Malaysian Human Resources Minister Dr S. Subramaniam has said that special counters would bet set up in the country to process identification problems faced by the Indian community. ANI

Afghanistan-based US troops' families bear brunt of deployment strains
The impact of the Afghanistan war is not limited to the soldiers deployed there, but extends to their families back home, who bear the brunt of the psychological and emotional strain of deployments. ANI

World's first surviving septuplets celebrate turning 13
The world's first surviving septuplets celebrated their 13th birthday recently. ANI

World's biggest movie website run by 'self-confessed geek' from UK house
The world's biggest movie website is run by a 'self-confessed technology geek' from a house in Britain. ANI

Roadside bomb kills 14 civilians in Helmand
A minibus packed with civilians, including women and children, was blown apart by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan's Helmand Province on Thursday, killing 14 passengers and wounding at least four, officials said. ANI

China backs six-party talks following S. Korea's indication to ease peninsula tensions
China has reportedly rendered its support yet again for holding six-party talks after South Korea signalled to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula. ANI

Hundreds of herbal medicines to be banned in UK next year
As new European regulations come into force, hundreds of herbal medicines, except for a small number of popular products for 'mild' illness, will be banned from being sold in Britain next year. ANI

Queen becomes great-grandmother for first time
The Queen has become a great-grandmother for the first time at the age of 84 - the wife of her grandson Peter Phillips has given birth to a baby girl. ANI

New legal party drugs 'as dangerous as cocaine'
Many teenagers in UK have been admitted to the hospital after taking dangerous new strains of 'legal highs', it has emerged. ANI

Texas Christian University teaches about "god Krishna"
Texas Christian University (TCU) in USA, affiliated with Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), offers a course titled "Many Faces of Krishna", which "considers the many images of the god Krishna", according to reports. ANI

Pakistan fighting 'war on terrorism' for survival: Shahbaz Sharif
No one should be sceptical about the fact that Pakistan is fighting the war on terrorism for its survival, Punjab Chief Minister Mohammed Shahbaz Sharif has said. ANI

No price hike at Malaysian mamak shops, Indian restaurants
Customers at mamak and Indian restaurants in Malaysia will not be asked to pay more for their teh tarik and roti canai as the two associations representing these eateries have given an assurance they will not hike up their prices despite the increased cost of sugar and cooking gas. ANI

Indians on death row in UAE refuse settlement proposal
A proposal to settle the case involving seventeen Indians, who have appealed the death penalty for killing a Pakistani in Sharjah has been refused. ANI

Girl on iconic 'Rose the Riveter' WWII poster dies at 86
Geraldine Hoff Doyle, who inspired the iconic 'Rose the Riveter' WWII poster, has passed away at the age 86 in Michigan. ANI

No foreign troops allowed to conduct ground operation in Pakistan: Athar Abbas
No foreign troops will be allowed to launch any ground offensive in Pakistan's tribal areas, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Athar Abbas has said. ANI

Pakistan to defend ISI officials in Mumbai attacks lawsuit filed in US court
Pakistan has decided to contest the US lawsuit implicating its top intelligence officials, including Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner Dewani 'cleared' of role in 2nd person's murder in 2007
Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire accused of conspiring to murder his wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town, has been 'cleared' of allegations that he murdered a second person in South Africa by the private investigator hired to re-examine the case. ANI

Oliver and Olivia were Britain's favourite baby names in 2010
Oliver and Olivia became the most popular names for kids in UK this year. ANI

Carla Bruni 'desperate to have baby'
French First Lady Carla Bruni is reportedly desperate to have a baby with President Nicolas Sarkozy. ANI

UK govt introduces online 'divorce calculator' for couples splitting up!
The government of the UK has introduced a new 'divorce calculator' that works out the cost of splitting up for couples who wish to go their separate ways. ANI

Once sewers, UK's rivers are now the cleanest in 150 years
The quality of water in Britain has improved.Some of the country's rivers were little better than sewers a generation ago, but are now the cleanest in more than a century. ANI

Japan says Chinese military aircraft more aggressive since September
Chinese military aircraft have become more aggressive in confrontations with Japanese aircraft operating over the East China Sea, since a collision between a Chinese trawler and Japanese Coast Guard vessel in September. ANI

Russian tycoon gets additional six years in jail
Jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky has been sentenced to an additional six years in prison for what appears to be his continued opposition to Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin. ANI

NY workers accused of go-slow on snow removal in revenge for spending cuts
Workers in New York have reportedly been told by their supervisors to remove the piles of snow that have paralysed parts of city slowly in revenge for public spending cuts. ANI

Now, China makes Skype illegal
China has the use of the popular internet telephony service, Skype, illegal.Websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube are already blocked in China and Google closed down its Chinese servers last year. ANI

Obamas' make merry in Hawaii as Americans battle snow storm
The Obamas' Hawaiin holiday is costing the national exchequer at least 1.5 million dollars,and in normal circumstances, no one would mind it, but with mainland America battered by snow storms, there has been all round criticism. ANI

'Bend it Like Beckham' - first Western-made film to air in North Korea
North Koreans got a break from the regular TV programmes this week, when British football film 'Bend it Like Beckham' was aired in the country. ANI

China shuts down 60,000 p*rn sites in 2010 (lead: China p*rn sites)
A Chinese government spokesman has said that his country has shut down over 60,000 pornographic websites this year, netting almost 5,000 suspects in the process, adding that the campaign against obscene material would continue. ANI

China shut down 60,000 p*rn sites in 2010
A Chinese government spokesman has said that 5000 suspects were taken into police custody for running and managing pornographic sites across the country. ANI

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