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Lahore HC prevents Blasphemy Law amendment until judicial ruling on Aasia case (Amended)
The Lahore High Court (LHC) prevented any amendment in Pakistan's Blasphemy Law until the judicial ruling on Aasia Bibi, the Christian woman sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, is finally out. ANI

Four Afghan poll officials arrested
The Hamid Karzai Government in Afghanistan has ordered the arrest of four Afghan election commission officials on charges of abuse of office and corruption. ANI

Over 8 in 10 trash Japanese Cabinet's performance: poll
Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's Cabinet declined to 25 percent, marking its lowest level since June when it was appinted, according a Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper poll. ANI

Three Russian Glonass satellites crash into Pacific Ocean
Three Russian Glonass-M satellites, which were launched on Saturday, have reportedly crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the Hawaii Islands after falling off course. ANI

US senator introduces bill to punish body-scan pics distributors
US Senator Charles Schumer has introduced a bill that would make it a crime to illegally distribute or record revealing images produced by full-body scanners at airports. ANI

"Pakistan-US relations are spicy": Cameron Munter
The relationship between the United States and Pakistan is "spicy", US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said. ANI

NYPD-gay community mediator Kevin Czartoryski dies of lung ailment
Kevin Czartoryski, a retired police detective, who acted as a mediator between the New York Police Department and the city's gay community, has reportedly died from a lung ailment that he suffered following the 9/11 terror attacks. ANI

1000 North Koreans jailed for watching South Korean TV shows, films
Over 1000 North Koreans have reportedly been jailed for secretly watching South Korean television shows and films, a Seoul-based defector group has said. ANI

Now, Jihadis want to surgically implant 'undetectable' bombs in human bodies
Jihadis, who are trying to figure out a "new kind of terrorism" to frighten the world, are reportedly discussing how to surgically implant explosives into humans, making them undetectable Frankenbombers. ANI

99 clerics banned from entering Sindh during Muharram
Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza has directed the provincial police to implement the ban imposed on the entry of 99 clerics, belonging to different schools of thought, into the province during Muharram. ANI

28 killed, over forty injured in twin bomb blasts at PA office in Mohmand Agency
At least 28 people were killed and over forty others injured in two powerful bomb blasts, which took place at the office of political agent (PA) in Pakistan's north-western tribal belt on the Afghan border. ANI

Unpublished Philip Larkin poem reveals secretary as muse
An unpublished poem written by Philip Larkin reveals his relationship with his secretary - who was also his muse. ANI

US-backed elite Indonesian forces target churchmen, civilians
A leading churchman in West Papua has called on President Obama to withdraw US cooperation with Indonesia's elite 'Kopassus' forces, after finding himself on a military 'enemies' list. Kopassus soldiers murdered a previous 'enemy', Papuan leader Theys Eluay, in 2001. ANI

Obama, Jintao disccuss Korean crisis
Chinese President Hu Jintao has called for a calm response to the Korean Peninsula crisis, warning that if the present situation is not dealt with properly, tensions could escalate and spin out of control. ANI

Mike Hancock's colleagues raised concerns over his 'assistants'
Several of Mike Hancock's colleagues have revealed that they raised concerns over his sympathies with Russia and his string of Soviet assistants before one was accused of espionage. ANI

Qatar used Al Jazeera to suit foreign policy, claims WikiLeaks expose
American diplomatic cables leaked by the whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks have claimed that Arabic television news channel al-Jazeera changed its coverage to suit Qatar's foreign policy. ANI

G. Palanivel named new Malaysian Indian Congress Chief
G. Palanivel has taken over as the new Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) President following S. Samy Vellu's resignation. Vellu led the party for over 31 years. ANI

Massive landslide kills two, 145 missing in Columbia
A massive landslide has reportedly killed two persons and left around 145 others buried underground in northwestern Colombia. ccording to Xinhua, a two-year-old girl is among the two persons dead. ANI

Lesbian, gay, bisexual teens '40pc more likely to be punished'
A new study by Yale University researchers has revealed that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adolescents are about 40 percent more likely than other teens to be punished by school authorities, police and the courts. ANI

Passengers on 'direct' flight to Morocco stage mutiny after pilot says it will stop twice
More than 100 passengers aboard a Moroccan budget airline staged a mutiny after the pilot announced some unscheduled stops. ANI

Brit council spends £100k instructing residents how to sort waste
A city council in Britain is spending 100,000 pounds on a publicity campaign for a food recycling scheme that will instruct women on how to sort waste. ANI

World's most expensive advent calendar priced at 1.7m pounds has 24 diamonds
The world's most expensive advent calendar, which is made up of 24 diamonds, carved glass angels and gold filling, has been priced at 1.7 million pounds. ANI

Brit woman 'fakes cancer to con well-wishers out of hundreds of pounds'
A woman in Britain has conned a number of well-wishers out of hundreds of pounds after she claimed that she was fatally ill with a brain tumour, bone cancer and leukaemia. ANI

Sodomy II: Former Malaya Deputy PM Anwar fails to disqualify judge
Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has reportedly failed in his second bid to disqualify high court judge Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah from presiding over his sodomy trial. ANI

WikiLeaks exposed true faces of Pak military, political leadership: Jamaat-e-Islami
The whistle-blower website, WikiLeaks, has exposed the true face of Pakistan's military, political and democratic leadership, the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has said. ANI

Brits collect 13mn days of unused holiday leaves!
A new survey has revealed that British workers have 13.1m days of holiday left to take before the end of the year. ANI

An average Briton doesn't get the hang of driving till 59!
The average Briton is unable to get the hang of driving till they turn 59, a study found. ANI

Grassland fire kills 22, injures 4 in China
A fire sweeping across grasslands in Southwest China has reportedly killed 22 people and injured four others. ANI

Wills, Kate engagement pics to be released soon
Kate Middleton and Prince William sat for their first engagement portrait with fashion photographer Mario Testino. ANI

Iran claims production of nuke yellowcake
Iran has confirmed that it has become self-sufficient in production of nuclear yellowcake. ANI

Brit-Indian bride was 'sexually assaulted' before murder in S.Africa: Sources
Brit-Indian honeymooner Anni Dewani, who was shot dead in South Africa last month, may have been sexually assaulted before being murdered, sources have said. ANI

Now, mini WikiLeaks on web, US cautions Switzerland over Assange asylum offer
The Obama administration has reportedly put pressure on Switzerland about any moves to offer a haven to WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, warning that country's government to be careful about which person it is offering asylum to, even as the latter's supporters have erected numerous copies of the site on the Internet on Sunday. ANI

Saudi Arabian donors largest funders of al-Qaida, Taliban, LeT: WikiLeaks
Saudi Arabia is the world's largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba a diplomatic cable unveiled by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Brit-Indian bride's murder trial set to begin in South Africa
The trial of three men arrested for the murder of Anni Dewani, the Brit-Indian honeymooner in South Africa last month, is set to begin in Cape Town's Wynberg Regional Court today. ANI

Pak-Afghan accord to eliminate militant sanctuaries 'wherever they are'
Pakistan and Afghanistan have renewed their commitment to eliminate militant sanctuaries in their territories, which can be used for acts of subversion in either country. ANI

My mom didn't 'force' me to go on DWTS: Bristol Palin
Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol has slammed her 'Dancing With the Stars' co-star Margaret Cho for claiming that the former Alaska governor forced her to compete on the ABC series. ANI

Church youth leader raped boy, 11, saying it was not against God's word
A former church youth group leader from Australia, who raped an 11-year-old boy at least twice a month over two years, is said to have told his victim that the assaults were not against the teachings of the church. ANI

S. Korea starts naval firing drills amid rising tension with North
Brushing aside North Korean warnings of an eminent war on the Korean Peninsula, South Korea has begun live-fire artillery drills near their disputed maritime border on Monday. ANI

Enhanced economic ties between Pak, Afghanistan can tackle terrorism threat: Gilani
The common threat of terrorism can be tackled through enhanced economic ties and increased trade relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

Brit MP denies aide is Russian spy
Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock has denied that his glamorous aide Katia Zatuliveter is a Russian spy. ANI

Nine years after 9/11, US frustrated with millions still flowing into Qaeda coffers
Secret diplomatic cables exposed by the whistle-blowing web site WikiLeaks have revealed that senior Obama administration officials are still concerned and alarmed over millions of dollars flowing largely unimpeded to extremist groups worldwide, even nine years after 9/11. ANI

Scribbled thoughts reveal Michelangelo was a tortured poet
He was known for his extraordinary achievements in sculpture and painting, but Michelangelo was apparently a tortured poet - a relatively unknown fact to the world. ANI

Conman posing as Prince Harry steals from Diana charity
A conman posing as Prince Harry on social media website Facebook has diverted donations from a charity the prince had created in memory of his late mother Princess Diana. ANI

Israel eyeing global market for exporting 'domestic security technology'
Israel has moved aggressively to turn domestic security technology into one of its biggest exports, as terrorism threats continue to spread across the globe. ANI

Lahore HC stays Blasphemy Law amendment until judicial ruling on Aasia case
The Lahore High Court has ordered a stay against making any amendments in Pakistan's Blasphemy Law until the judicial ruling on Aasia Bibi, the Christian woman sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, is finally out. ANI

Gordon Ramsay sued for œ1m after canceling speaking tour
Telly chef Gordon Ramsay has apparently been sued for 1 million pounds after pulling out of a speaking tour. ANI

Trustee charges HSBC with funnelling disgraced Ponzi King Madoff's massive fraud
The court-appointed New York-based trustee trying to recover losses for victims of jailed Ponzi King Bernard Madoff has accused the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) of fuelling the disgraced financier's massive fraud. ANI

EU diplomats get stick for lavish, wasteful lifestyle
European Union diplomats are being strongly criticized and condemned for their lavish and wasteful lifestyle. ANI

Shark kills elderly German tourist of Egyptian resort
A 70-year-old German woman died after being savaged by a shark off the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on Sunday. ANI

Royal couple making money for charity from engagement TV interview
Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement TV interview is helping the couple make hundreds of thousands for charity. ANI

Zardari lacks public leadership acumen, Gilani has "strong leadership skills": WikiLeaks
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari lacks public leadership acumen, while Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has shown strong leadership skills in building parliamentary coalitions in times of national crisis, a diplomatic cable unveiled by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

'Queen's undergarments' to be auctioned off in US
A pair of undergarments that apparently belonged to the Queen are set to go under the hammer in the US. ANI

'Russian spy tricks womanising Brit MP for access to secret documents'
A Brit minister was targeted by a 'Russian spy' in Moscow in a 'honeytrap' sting, it has emerged. ANI

Hindus express condolences on Daya Mata's death
Hindus have expressed condolences on the passing away of Sri Daya Mata, president and sanghamata of worldwide Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) headquartered in Los Angeles (USA). ANI

Buddhists welcome Hindu statesman Zed to Bodhi Day commemoration in Nevada
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Buddhists welcomed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed to their Bodhi Day commemoration at Reno Buddhist Church (Nevada, USA) on December five. ANI

Elvis Presley's guru dies
American singer-actor and cultural icon Elvis Presley's guru Sri Daya Mata, 96, has died in Los Angeles (USA) area. ANI

Hillary Clinton jokes about releasing her own WikiLeaks cable
While the world is getting racked by scandalous WikiLeaks cables one after another, Hillary Clinton jokes about releasing her own cable. ANI

Financial Times Now Available on Bloomberg Professional
The Financial Times and Bloomberg today announced that FT customers with a corporate licence will be able to access Financial Times journalism via the Bloomberg Professional® service Business Wire India

Nomura Goes Live with smartTrade Technologies Liquidity Management System
smartTrade Technologies, an industry leader in cross-asset liquidity management software (LMS) for banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, and large hedge funds today announced one of its newest clients, Nomura who recently went into production on the smartTrade Technologies Liquidity Management System Business Wire India

Fabergé Announce Historic Unveiling of the ""Le Carnet de Bal"" All White Diamond Collection
Fabergé is delighted to announce the historic unveiling of its second high jewellery collection since 1917, the all-white-diamond “Le Carnet de Bal” collection. Business Wire India

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services Has Affirmed Its “BBB-” Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating and “ruAAA” Russia National Scale Rating on ROSATOM’s Subsidiary - Atomenergoprom
On November 29, 2010 Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has affirmed its “BBB-” long-term issuer credit rating and “ruAAA” Russia national scale rating on Atomenergoprom, the subsidiary of State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” (ROSATOM), which manages Russian civil nuclear industry assets. The outlook is stable. Business Wire India

Intuit Statement Supporting South Korean Trade Agreement
Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) has issued the following statement supporting President Obama’s announcement of a trade agreement with South Korea. It may be attributed to Brad Smith, president and chief executive officer. Business Wire India

Carlos Gutierrez to Join Citi as Vice Chairman of Institutional Clients Group
Citi announced that Carlos Gutierrez will join the Firm as a Vice Chairman of the Institutional Clients Group and a member of the Senior Strategic Advisory Group. Mr. Gutierrez joins Citi from Global Political Strategies (GPS), a division of global strategic communications firm APCO Worldwide, where he was Chairman of GPS Business Wire India

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