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Cape Town police face 'torture' allegations in Brit-Indian bride murder case
Two of the three arrested men accused of murdering Anni Dewani, the Brit-Indian honeymooner shot dead in South Africa last month, have claimed that they were physically assaulted by police to make a confession. ANI

Rare masterpiece by Titian expected to sell for £13m at auction
A rare masterpiece by Titian, which is going on public display for the first time in 30 years, is expected to sell for more than 13 million pounds at an auction. ANI

Brit-Indian 'jealous' husband caught on CCTV buying machete for wife's murder
Harpreet Aulakh, the Brit-Indian husband who hired contract killers to murder his wife, was caught on CCTV laughing and joking as he bought a 13.99 pound machete from a shop in Hounslow that was apparently used to murder his wife after she asked for a divorce. ANI

'Afghan reconciliation talks with Taliban in "final stage"'
The Afghan Government's reconciliation efforts with the Taliban have "reached the final stage", and serious negotiations between the two sides are likely to commence soon. ANI

Global financial crisis sees divorce rate going up in Australia
The global financial crisis is affecting people's lives at a big scale in Australia, with the national divorce rate spiking 5 percent during the crash. ANI

Ruby Rose poses in steamiest ever shoot for lads' mag FHM
Australian model Ruby Rose has posed in what has been considered to be her steamiest ever shoot for lads' mag FHM. ANI

Balochistan formally asks Pak Govt to hand over control of FC
Balochistan has demanded that the federal government should hand over control of the Frontier Constabulary to the provincial government to enable it to handle the law and order situation in the province in a more effective manner. ANI

Oz teacher deregistered for online virtual s*x chat with student
A teacher in Australia has been deregistered and banned from reapplying for four years after he was found to have interacted inappropriately with a 12-year-old in a virtual world. ANI

White British population might be a minority in 2066: Report
White Britons could be 'a minority' in their own country by 2066, instigating observers to question the definition of 'white British', or consider it anachronistic or irrelevant very soon, says new research. ANI

Bristol Palin fires back after being named 'the worst person in the world'
Briston Palin has lashed out at Keith Olbermann after he called her 'the worst person in the world' on MSNBC for her position on abstinence. ANI

Brit woman's 'cyst' was actually a baby boy
A Brit woman who was wrongly treated for a cyst on her ovaries was amazed to find that the "growth" was actually a baby - and she was nine months pregnant. ANI

Afghans unfazed by envoys' cables detailing corruption, vote-rigging
Afghans appear to be unfazed by Western diplomats detailing their private gripes about President Hamid Karzai's personality and peccadilloes. ANI

Zardari promised Kayani he would grant pardon, immunity to Musharraf: WikiLeaks
Pakistan's Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani had convinced Pervez Musharraf to resign as president, assuring that his successor, Asif Ali Zardari was going to provide him immunity, a diplomatic cable unveiled by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Pak cleric puts bounty on blasphemy accused Christian woman
A Pakistani cleric has announced a 500,000-rupee-bounty on Aasia Bibi, the Christian woman who has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges. ANI

ISI chief Pasha was conspiring against Zardari: Malik to Patterson
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik had told former US envoy Anne Patterson that it was not Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani but ISI chief General Ahmed Shuja Pasha who was hatching conspiracies against President Asif Ali Zardari, a diplomatic cable unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Murdered Brit-Indian bride was not officially married
Anni Diwani, the Brit-Indian bride who was murdered during her honeymoon in Cape Town, was reportedly not officially married to Shrien, according to authorities in Britain and Sweden. ANI

Hindu Chakra bracelets popular among celebrities
Chakra bracelets, deriving inspiration from Hinduism, appear to be becoming popular among entertainment celebrities. ANI

Hindus laud Kazak President Nazarbayev for highlighting "religious tolerance" at OSCE summit
Hindus have praised Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev's reported suggestion to Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to add religious tolerance to its key dimensions. ANI

Portland terror suspect a self-proclaimed moral authority online
The Somali-born American teenager accused of plotting to blow up a tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, was trying to reach out to terrorist contacts in Pakistan while proclaiming himself an expert on jihad online, according to court documents and copies of the articles obtained by Fox News. ANI

Former Russian intelligence officer dismisses Putin's spy claims
A former Russian military intelligence officer has dismissed Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's claim that Russian spies did not engage in torture or kidnapping. ANI

UK woman calls police over stolen snowman
A woman in Britain has infuriated police after she dialled the emergency number only to tell them that her snowman had been stolen. ANI

UK woman jailed for crying rape after consenting to s*x session with 3 men
A woman in Britain has been jailed for a year for lying to the police that she had been raped even though she had consented to an alcohol-fuelled s*x session with three men. ANI

Teacher in UK struck off for discussing her s*x life with pupils
A teacher in Britain has been struck off the teaching register for two years after a court heard that she had referred to a group of students as 'slags', and also explicitly discussed her s*x life. ANI

Pak Army's proposal to mediate between US, Mullah Omar rejected: WikiLeaks
The Pakistan Army had offered to mediate between the US with Taliban leader Mullah Omar, said Afghan intelligence chief Amarullah Saleh, a diplomatic cable unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Nawaz Sharif "author of Islamic radicalism" in Afghanistan: Spanta
Former Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta is reported to have described former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as "the author of Islamic radicalism". ANI

Youth sought in Mexico killings arrested
Mexican law enforcement authorities have arrested a 14-year-old for killing his rivals. ANI

Blair's bodyguards questioned over bringing a rocket launcher to protect him in Gaza'
Two members of the elite Scotland Yard unit which follows Tony Blair around the world are being investigated over claims that they bought a device for launching rockets or grenades to protect the former Prime Minister. ANI

Brit tax boss accused of groping 5 women on packed trains
A director of criminal investigations for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has been accused of touching and groping women during his commute on crowded trains. ANI

Barbie with camera "could be used by paedophiles", warns FBI
The FBI has in a leaked memo said that a new Barbie doll with a camera "could be used by paedophiles". ANI

Brits cadge £8bn of stuff a year, and rarely return it!
Turns out most Britons are very similar to Homer Simpson - they help themselves to items that are worth 8 billion pounds a year, but never hand them back when they are done using them. ANI

All Brit girls want for Christmas this year is new boobs
A UK survey has revealed that this year, all girls want is a sexy new boob job and Botox for Christmas this year. ANI

British parliamentarians avoid voting on Burkha ban
A bid to ban the burkha in Britain was effectively buried in red tape in the Commons yesterday. ANI

Meet the jeweller who has Michelle Obama's undivided attention
When it comes to jewellery, First Lady Michelle Obama has a clear favourite - Brooklyn-bred designer Alexis Bittar. ANI

Britain was 'paranoid' over UK-US relationship after Obama became president: Wikileaks
Recent secret cables released by the whistleblower website Wikileaks have revealed Britain's "paranoia" about its so-called special relationship with the US. ANI

Secretary of State is my last public position, says Hillary Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is currently on a visit to Bahrain, has said she will not run for president in 2012, and will most likely turn to humanitarian work at the conclusion of her term. ANI

CBS News Poll: 6 in 10 Americans feel WikiLeaks expose will hurt the U.S.
About three quarters of the American public have heard about the Wikileaks release, and of those Americans, 60 percent believe it will have a damaging impact, a CBS News poll reveals. ANI

Libyan leader Gaddafi risked nuclear disaster: Wikileaks
Secret cables released by whistleblower website 'WikiLeaks' have revealed that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was prepared to leave highly enriched uranium potentially unprotected and at risk of hijack in a fit of pique aimed at the UN. ANI

Wikileaks disclose Yemeni President Saleh offered US 'open door' to attack al-Qaida
Secret cables released by the whistleblower website 'WikiLeaks' have revealed that the President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, had secretly offered US forces unrestricted access to his territory to conduct unilateral strikes against al-Qaida terrorist targets. ANI

Pak defence committee terms WikiLeaks expose 'attempt to harm Pak image'
Pakistan's Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) has termed the release of diplomatic cables by whistle blower website WikiLeaks as an attempt to harm the nation's image. ANI

Pak arrests five Indian fishermen for violating maritime boundary
The Maritime Security Agency (MSA) of Pakistan has detained five Indian fishermen for fishing 36 nautical miles inside Pakistani territorial waters. ANI

Clinton rejects Wikileaks report of US criticising UK's effort in Afghanistan
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has slammed revelations by whistle blower website Wikileaks that America and Afghanistan had criticised British forces for not being up to the task of securing Helmand province. ANI

Bangladesh Grameen Bank denies diverting millions of aid money to other projects
Bangladeshi micro-credit pioneer Grameen Bank's Muhammad Yunus has described allegations of diverting millions of dollars of aid money from the bank, as "total fabrication and baseless." ANI

India-bound Thar Express escapes blast near Karachi, two compartments derailed
A bid to explode the Thar Express has been unsuccessful, as the blast could only result in the derailment of two of its compartments at Dhabeji near Karachi. ANI

New diplomatic cables contain UFO details, says Wikileaks founder
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said that the new leaked diplomatic cables set to be published by the whistleblowing website will contain fresh details on UFOs. ANI

Britons see price, not quality, when it comes to wine
Despite large increases in consumption, it seems Britons do not take much notice of what they are pouring down their throats as a new survey has claimed that most of them have no knowledge about wine. ANI

Pak cyber army hacks 270 Indian websites, including that of CBI
A group of Pakistani hackers going by the name of 'Predators PK' have hacked 270 Indian websites, including that of the Central Bureau of Investigation. ANI

Anonymous buyer bids $500K for Star-Spangled Banner first edition
An anonymous buyer bought the first edition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" poem, whose words were adopted for the US national anthem, for a whopping 506,500 dollars. ANI

WikiLeaks founder 'sends out 100,000 copies of secret files as insurance'
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has revealed that he has sent out 100,000 encrypted versions of secret files in case anything happens to him. ANI

Paralysed man creates 'robotic trousers' to help patients walk, climb stairs
An Israeli entrepreneur who was left paralysed after a car crash, has now invented 'robotic trousers' that he claims would help paraplegics walk again. ANI

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