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International News on November 1, 2010

US nuclear safety claim is a 'dangerous fantasy'
The Obama administration has reportedly adopted a new nuclear strategy that depends on the conclusion that the current missile defense systems will reliably protect the continental United States in the extreme circumstances of nuclear-armed combat. ANI

N. Korea, Iran trolling Canada for components to build nuke bomb, says expert
The head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Dick Fadden, has expressed his concern saying that North Korea and Iran are trolling Canada for components to build an atomic bomb. ANI

Oz man first to be convicted in 'sexting' case involving nude 13-yr-old girl
An Australian man has landed in the centre of the country's first 'sexting' case after a 13-year-old schoolgirl sent a nude photo of herself to his mobile phone. ANI

Sir Alex Ferguson joins celebrity campaign to educate people about 'lung cancer'
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who lost both his parents to lung cancer, has reportedly joined a celebrity campaign to help people spot the dreaded disease at an early stage. ANI

It's raining liquor scams in Pak!
Another case of liquor pilfering has come to light in Pakistan, as thousands of liquor bottles were smuggled into the country in collaboration with various government departments. ANI

Brown says Burmese poll sans Suu Kyi "masquerade of an election"
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said that the world leaders are not doing enough to highlight the plight of Aung San Suu Kyi, the embodiment of the campaign for democracy in Burma, and added that the world must focus on grave injustices in that country. ANI

Hindus smell greed in Vatican declaring "Simpsons" as Catholics
Hindus have blamed Vatican for mere greed in claiming animated television family "The Simpsons" as Catholics. ANI

Without endorsing any party, Zed asks Hindu-Americans to enthusiastically vote
Without endorsing any particular political party, eminent Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has asked the roughly three-million American Hindus to come out and vote hundred percent in November two US midterm election. ANI

'Pak to lose international funding in absence of credible future economic action plan'
If the Pakistan government fails to initiate a credible future action plan during the Pakistan Development Forum, then friendly countries and international financial institutions would discontinue their support, diplomatic sources have said. ANI

'Complete chaos reigns in Pak intelligence agencies' working'
The job description of various intelligence agencies in Pakistan is not clear, an article in the Daily Times has claimed. ANI

Now, a video game that has JFK, Castro fighting Nazi zombies!
Leaked scenes from upcoming video game 'Call of Duty: Black Ops' have shown former presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, Kennedy's Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro fighting off Nazi zombies. ANI

Brit female prison officer quits over s*x with jailed thug
A female prison officer in Britain has quit her post after she allegedly had s*x with a thug who had been jailed for robbery. ANI

Oz Miss Universe fears backlash over 'steamy' lad-mag cover shoot
Miss Universe Australia Jesinta Campbell has revealed that she fears she might get negative feedback for her decision to pose provocatively for FHM magazine cover. ANI

Indian hotel charged with violating noise laws during Brand-Perry wedding
Aman-I-Khas, the luxurious Indian resort where Katy Perry and comedian Russell Brand tied the knot, has reportedly been charged with violating noise laws during the wedding celebrations in Rajasthan on 23 October. ANI

Now, 'mama grizzly' Palin wants to nail "corrupt bastards" in media
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has claimed she has video evidence, which shows that "corrupt" reporters for a CBS affiliate in Alaska conspired to project Joe Miller, the state's Republican Senate nominee, in a negative light. ANI

UK women's football set to become professional with launch of Ladies' Premier League
Women's football is all set to become professional after 90 years, with preparations under way for the launch of a Ladies' Premier League. ANI

Junior level police personnel in Pak Punjab linked to terrorists: Report
A Pakistani intelligence report has revealed that junior level police personnel in Punjab are linked with terrorists. ANI

'Barbaric' Taliban publicly flog men for "taking drugs" against their diktat in Pak
In a brute reminder of their barbaric means of meting out their brand of justice, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has publicly lashed 65 alleged drug-addicts in Orakzai Agency of Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas. ANI

Witch's hat halts four tube trains in London on Halloween
Part of London's Underground came to a standstill for more than an hour on Halloween when a witch's hat was thrown on to the line at Chalk Farm, in North London. ANI

Today is the 'most miserable day of the year'
A poll say as many as 66 per cent of Brits will be depressed today as it is officially the most miserable day of the year. ANI

James Packers 'helps friend Shane Warne at poker tournament'
Billionaire James Packer made an appearance on the gambling table to help out good friend and former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne at his poker tournament. ANI

MI6 boss red-faced over daughter's Facebook pics
Britain's Secret Intelligence Service chief John Sawers is facing public humiliation after his daughter posted a photo of herself posing with a gold Kalashnikov rifle on Facebook. ANI

GOP praises Obama on handling of parcel bomb plot
Republicans have praised the Obama administration's handling of the bomb plot uncovered late last week, but indicated that bipartisanship would have its limits. ANI

Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud's brother killed in Pak
Former Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Baitullah Mehsud's brother Yaqoob Mehsud was reportedly shot dead by unidentified assailants in the tribal belt of North Waziristan in Pakistan on Monday. ANI

Ex-lovers at war over similar bum-enhancing denim businesses
Two Colombian immigrants who fell in love over butt-boosting jeans are at war after breaking up and are starting rival Bronx businesses selling the same derriere-defining denim. ANI

America to say 'You blew it President Obama' on Nov.2: Palin
Sarah Palin has said America will send a tart, unmistakable message Tuesday: "You blew it, President Obama." ANI

PETA names bullock after Russell Brand
Comic Russell Brand who had a big fat Indian jungle wedding with Katy Perry has received an unusual wedding gift from officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in India - a bullock named after him. ANI

British Legion's shameful visit to Hitler revealed after 75 years
A Press officer for the Royal British Legion has found a book with a Nazi emblem, which reveals the British Legion's shameful visit to Hitler. ANI

Oz woman crashes car twice in 24 hours
A Colac drunken woman crashed her unlicensed car twice in the space of 24 hours during the weekend, including a crash with an unmarked police car.he second collision destroyed the 50-year-old's car and she now faces back-to-back drink-driving charges. ANI

China to undertake accurate population count for 2011 Census
Chinese census officials fanned out across the country on Monday to try to get an accurate count of the population over a ten-day period. ANI

Fury over 13-year-olds being allowed to buy Pill in UK without prescription
A new scheme allows girls as young as 13 to buy the contraceptive pill without their parents' consent or a doctor's prescription. ANI

Brit parents bribe, lie to get children into best schools
Thousands of Brit parents are ready to lie and bribe to get their kids admitted to a decent secondary school, suggests a new poll. ANI

Blairs justify 'grotesque' steel and glass plans for idyllic country house
The Blairs have submitted a 91-page dossier to explain an 'unashamedly contemporary' steel and glass sports pavilion at their 5.75 million pounds country home. ANI

Environmental activists supporting nuclear power and GM
After revolting against genetically modified foods and nuclear power for decades, leading environmental campaigners have performed a u-turn on the two key technologies. ANI

'Wedding gift is being delivered' message foiled Al-Qaeda parcel bomb plot
The alleged Al-Qaeda plot of parcel bombs on two United States-bound flights was foiled when intelligence agencies decoded the terrorists' chilling message: "A wedding gift is being delivered." ANI

Women 'root of all family feuds'
A Brit survey has revealed that eight out of 10 people surveyed said it was women who were responsible for starting any trouble. ANI

Woman sells Obama's letter for $7,000 to pay for house
A woman who received a letter from US President Obama in a response to a complaint she had sent him, is now selling the letter to an autograph dealer to help pay for a house. ANI

Ban Ki-moon urges China to vigorously curb greenhouse gas emissions
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that seven of the world's top 10 polluted cities are in China and stressed that it should put greater emphasis on social equity and environmental sustainability. ANI

Youngest Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr to serve only 8 of his 40-yr sentence
A US military tribunal has sentenced the self-confessed Islamist militant, Omar Khadr, to 40 years in jail on charges that include murdering a US soldier and conspiring to commit terrorist acts, but his plea deal limited his sentence to eight years. ANI

I'm willing to make sacrifices for 2012 prez run: Palin
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has said that she would be willing to make the sacrifices necessary to be considered a serious candidate for the 2012 US presidential elections. ANI

Malik's one-week deadline to fight corruption like terrorism in Pak
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has given heads of various departments under his ministry a one week deadline to end corruption. ANI

Suicide bombing kills two policemen in Pak
At least two policemen were killed and 10 others injured in a suicide bomb attack in Swabi district in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Monday morning. ANI

Parcel bomb case: Yemen woman terror suspect released on bail
Authorities in Yemen have released the 22-year-old woman suspected of posting two parcel bombs that were found on cargo planes in the UK and Dubai. ANI

Photog digs up carrot that looks like a foot!
Photographer Stuart Boulton has dug up an unusual looking carrot that has the shape of a foot complete with five toes in his allotment in Darlington, County Durham. ANI

'Global warming likely to bring more floods, droughts in Pak'
The recent floods in Pakistan were due to global warming and a change in extreme weather conditions, which may cause more floods and droughts in the country in future, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Pakistan Coordinator Nasir Panhwar has said. ANI

Musharraf seeks Pak-Americans' support for political comeback
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has reached out to his country's expatriates in the United States in his effort to stage a political comeback. ANI

Al-Qaeda bombs too sophisticated to be detected by x-rays, says Brit counter-terrorism expert
A senior British counter-terrorism official has said that the al-Qaida bomb inside a computer printer discovered at East Midlands airport on Friday, was too sophisticated to be detected by the x-rays. ANI

Berlusconi gave me diamond necklace, œ70K car, claims Moroccan teen
A 17-year-old Moroccan model, Karima Keyek, who is involved in the s*x scandal with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, has claimed he gave her 6,000 pounds in euros, a diamond necklace and a 70,000 pounds car. ANI

'Most-hated' French Prez Sarkozy 'worried about being assassinated'
Nicolas Sarkozy has revealed his fear that he could be assassinated after becoming the most hated French president in more than 50 years. ANI

Now, 'How to arrest a witch' guide for UK cops!
The next time a police man bumps into a witch in the UK, he would exactly know how to handle her-thanks to a new guide book which has various tips to offer. ANI

Margaret Thatcher is 'world's most influential woman'
It seems that women would rather follow in the footsteps of Margaret Thatcher than Angelina Jolie, as the former has topped the list of most influential women in the world, according to a survey. ANI

Karzai holds 'secret talks' with Taliban to contain Haqqani network
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has reportedly held a secret meeting with three Taliban leaders in an effort to weaken the Haqqani network. ANI

Pakistan's gateway bleeds over political opportunism
Karachi, the gateway to Pakistan, has been bleeding for the past several weeks due to political compromises and opportunism. The ruling elite terms it as a "political solution" in the name of "national reconciliation", but in actuality, the politicians are allowing merciless killings of scores of innocent people in the city which holds the economic lifeline of the country. ANI

'Colourful' transsexual wins UK Scrabble championship
Mikki Nicholson, a 'colourful' transsexual in a pink wig and matching PVC dress, has won the Scrabble championship in UK. ANI

Failure to find bomb at East Midlands airport a "weakness", says counter-terrorism expert
Lord Carlile, the independent reviewer of counter-terrorism laws has said that the initial failure to find the bomb on a plane at East Midlands airport was a "weakness". ANI

Six militants killed in US drone strikes in North Waziristan
At least six militants were killed and two others injured in a US drone attack in the tribal belt of North Waziristan in Pakistan on Monday. ANI

Obama won't 'walk the talk' on outsourcing jobs to India: Presidential biographer
Presidential biographer William Chafe has said that the US President Barack Obama may talk tough about clamping down on outsourcing jobs to India, but his international upbringing and perspective would make it difficult for him to take literal steps in this regard. ANI

Magistrate puts man behind bars for calling him 'mate'
A magistrate reportedly put a man behind bars after he called him "mate" during a hearing in the courtroom last week. ANI

Dubai parcel bomb was flown in on two passenger planes
One of the two bombs posted from Yemen last week was transported on two passenger planes before being seized in Dubai, it was revealed today. ANI

Oz PM Gillard cautious, modest and awkward on global stage
At last week's ASEAN and East Asia Summits, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard certified that "foreign policy" was not her "passion", and more often than not, appeared cautious in her footwork, modest in her goals and as awkward in the company of global leaders as her predecessor Kevin Rudd was ambitious and at ease. ANI

Berlusconi 'suffers from uncontrollable sickness for women'
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been accused of suffering from an "uncontrollable sickness" in his relations with women, as 17-year-old Moroccan model, Karima Keyek, who was involved in the latest s*x scandal, said she is writing a book about the affair. ANI

Indian-origin US student linked to suicide case never transmitted gay-sex video, says lawyer
The lawyer for an Indian origin student in New Jersey university who has been charged with invasion of privacy for secretly filming gay-sex footage of roommate Tyler Clementi, has claimed that he and his co-accused student were the only ones to have seen the footage for a few seconds and had never transmitted it anyone else. ANI

Aron Govil Selected as Top 25 Luminaries by Global Indian Origin
Ducon Technologies Inc. Ducon announced that the company chairman Dr. Aron Govil has been selected as one of the Top 25 Indian Luminaries in the world by Global Indian Origin (GIO) based in India. Business Wire India

Taro Provides Preliminary Third Quarter 2010 Financial Results
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Taro,” the “Company,” Pink Sheets: TAROF) provided preliminary, unaudited and unreviewed financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2010. Business Wire India

Boehringer Ingelheim Oral Hepatitis C Protease Inhibitor and Polymerase Inhibitor Combination Shows Rapid Viral Response without Use of Pegylated Interferon
Boehringer Ingelheim announced results from a Phase Ib study, SOUND-C1, that showed the combination of two oral hepatitis C virus (HCV) compounds, the protease inhibitor BI 201335 and the polymerase inhibitor BI 207127, with ribavirin reduced viral load to the lower limit of quantifiable levels in HCV treatment-naïve patients Business Wire India

IBA Introduces Proteus ONE™*, a Smaller, More Cost-Effective Proton Therapy System
A smaller, more efficient and cost-effective Proton Therapy system from IBA Particle Therapy will soon be available for cancer treatment centers Business Wire India

TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd. Starts ""EU Personal Data Protection Certification Service"" in Japan, Issuing the First Certificate to Lexues Inc.
As part of its certification service, TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd. has started the "EU Personal Data Protection Certification Service" in Japan Business Wire India

UTOPIA Announces Successful Testing for Its Luxury Ship
UTOPIA announced the completion of successful testing of the hull and propellers for its US$1.1 billion residential ship – The UTOPIA. The vessel will be the most luxurious ship in the world. Its 200 residents will be able to travel to world famous cultural and sporting events in opulent style. Business Wire India

Shocking Technologies Obtains UL Certification
Shocking Technologies, Inc. has received notification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) that it has been awarded 94V-0 certification for its XStaticTM100 product, a voltage switchable dielectric (VSD™) material. Business Wire India

Roundtable Concepts Expands Line of KISS HDTV’s and Announces KISS Chopper Motorcycle Giveaway
Roundtable Concepts announced today that they are expanding their line of KISS branded LED HDTV’s to include two new designs. In conjunction with this announcement Roundtable Concepts has launched a KISS themed Chopper Motorcycle giveaway at Bike Week 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Business Wire India

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