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US drone strike kills four in North Waziristan
Pakistani intelligence officials said a suspected US missile strike killed four alleged militants in Pir Kali village in North Waziristan. ANI

Attacks on parliament, mosque thwarted: Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the arrest of two would-be suicide attackers by the security forces on Friday thwarted attacks on parliament and a mosque. ANI

PPP Senator's guard, guard's son torched in Karachi
Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) Senator Faisal Raza Abidi said his security guard and guard's son were set on fire near Sohrab Goth area of Karachi on Friday. ANI

Krishna asks Pak to dismantle terror machine working from its territory
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has asked Pakistan to dismantle the terror machine operating from its territory and to bring all perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack to speedy justice. ANI

Anni Dewani's widower not to return to S. Africa to identify murderers
The widower of Indian-origin British woman Anni Dewani, who was murdered on her honeymoon in South Africa, and is not a formal suspect in the investigation, has no plans to return to the country, his publicist Max Clifford has said. ANI

Patil visits ancient Ummayad Mosque in Damascus
Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil visited the Ummayad Mosque here on Friday, shortly after her arrival from the United Arab Emirates. ANI

Pak intelligence agencies "cloaked in veil of impunity": Pak editorial
Referring to the case of eleven missing prisoners of Adiala Jail, allegedly abducted by Pakistani intelligence agencies, a newspaper editorial has stated that these spy agencies of have once again "cleverly cloaked themselves in a veil of impunity". ANI

"No one should think of finishing Blasphemy Law in my presence": Pak Law Minister
In the wake of human rights organisations calling for doing away with Pakistan's Blasphemy Law, Law Minister Babar Awan has categorically said no one should think of repealing this law. ANI

Kids 'ignorant of Brit history' due to trendy 'skills-based' courses
Academics have said that schoolchildren are increasingly becoming ignorant of British history as teachers do away with traditional lessons in favour of trendy "skills-based" courses. ANI

Pak Taliban warns Swat people not to buy properties of ANP leaders
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has warned people in the Swat regionnot to purchase any property belonging to Awami National Party (ANP) parliamentarians and leaders, as it was determined to settle scores with the party. ANI

UK school stages marriage of boy, 6, girl, 5, to help pupils write better
A primary school in Britain staged a marriage between a five-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy with the idea of helping pupils to write better. ANI

Villepin backs 'France-Pak arms deal kickbacks' claims against Sarkozy
Former French premier Dominique de Villepin said that he had "very strong suspicions" that French officials had received illegal payments related to arms deals for Pakistan in 1995. ANI

Pak's blasphemy law is not God-given, but man-made: Salmaan Taseer
Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer has said Pakistan's Blasphemy Law is man-made and not God-given, and that his meeting with blasphemy accused Pak-Christian woman- Aasia Bibi- is being politicised, a private TV channel reported. ANI

'Pak Army waiting for "appropriate time" to launch N. Waziristan operation'
Despite US pressure, Pakistan will not launch a military offensive in the North Waziristan region until it has completed its operation in Orakzai, stabilised Swat and Bajaur, and handed over stable places such as Shangla to civilian control, top officials revealed on Thursday. ANI

'Now 'body scanners' could be deployed at US train stations, subways, other mass transits'
Despite recent controversies being raised about full-body scanners at airports, US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has hinted that such scanners and "enhanced" pat-downs could be deployed at train stations, ports, subways as well. ANI

Kate Middleton provides cuppas for shivering cops guarding her home
Royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton is ensuring that police minders get a hot cuppa while shivering outside her home. ANI

No such thing as 'pure chocolate', EU high court rules
There is no such thing as 'pure chocolate', according to the Court of Justice of the European Union. ANI

North Korea says US 'bringing Korean peninsula to brink of war'
North Korea on Friday accused the United States of s bringing the Korean peninsula "to the brink of war" by agreeing to participate in a four-day joint war game with South Korea that starts this weekend. ANI

Chile firm to sell mine from which 33 men rescued to avoid bankruptcy
The San Esteban Mining Company, which owns the Chile mine from which 33 men were rescued in October, has agreed to sell its assets to avoid bankruptcy, a Chilean court has said. ANI

'Brit-Indian honeymooner to return to Cape Town to identify wife's murderers'
Brit-Indian business tycoon Shrien Dewani, whose wife was killed during their honeymoon trip in Cape Town, would reportedly reach South Africa this weekend to identify the culprits, according to lawyers for two men accused of the crime. ANI

Patil arrives in Syria after ending visit to UAE
Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil arrived on a four-day state visit to Syria on Friday afternoon after completing a successful five-day visit to the United Arab Emirates. ANI

UK's MI6 'blamed for bringing in Taliban imposter' for talks
Britain's external intelligence agency MI6 is said to have brought in the fake Taliban commander touted as key to resolving the conflict in Afghanistan. ANI

UK security report warns of terrorist threat to 2012 Olympic street parties
A government security assessment has warned that hundreds of street parties, local festivals and big screen events across the country could be vulnerable to terrorist attack before and during the London 2012 Olympic Games. ANI

'British responsible for bringing Taliban imposter to Karzai's palace'
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's chief of staff Mohammad Umer Daudzai has alleged that British authorities were responsible for bringing a Taliban imposter into the presidential palace. ANI

Third explosion rocks New Zealand's Pike River mine
A third explosion roared through New Zealand's Pike River mine on Friday almost a week to the minute after an earlier blast caused the country's worst mining disaster in decades, killing 29 people. ANI

Muslims face higher level of threat, intimidation in UK suburbs than in cities
Muslims and their mosques face a higher level of threat and intimidation in UK suburbs and market towns than in big cities, according to a report. ANI

Taliban impostor was "groomed by ISI to delay, counter check us": NATO official
The 'Taliban impostor', who took part in the Afghan reconciliation talks as Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansur, one of the most senior commanders in the Taliban movement, was 'groomed by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence' (ISI), a senior member of NATO in Afghanistan has said. ANI

Berlusconi's TV friend gets punched in restaurant brawl
One of Silvio Berlusconi's closest aides was pummelled in one of the city's top restaurants. ANI

German man tries to seal cellar, gets trapped after walling himself in!
As Albert Einstein once said - the two most abundant things on Earth are hydrogen and stupidity - and a German man proven that at least the latter is. ANI

1700-year-old Egyptian mummy was boy dressed as girl, reveals 3D scan
An Egyptian mummy said to be 1,700 years old has been revealed as a boy dressed in girl's clothing. ANI

Brit shoplifter's sentence put off so she can go on holiday
A shoplifter in Britain, who mowed down a policeman in her bid to escape, has been allowed to take a pre-booked seven-week holiday to Australia before she is sentenced. ANI

US woman claims airport security singled her out because of her boobs
A woman in the US has complained that she was singled out by airport security for further screening because of her br**ts. ANI

42 years for Brit woman to pay off parking fine debt
A jobless woman in Britain, who was issued 160 tickets for illegally parking her car, and racked up a bill of 11,000 pounds for failing to pay up, will now take at least forty-two years to pay the fines. ANI

Special blue-tinted lighting installed in UK school to wake up drowsy pupils
A British high school has installed special blue-tinted lighting to combat the boredom that teenage students often go through in the classroom. ANI

US seeks NAB help following flood of complaints of "misuse of funds" provided to Pak
Concerned over the "possible misuse of funds" aimed at strengthening Pakistan's economy, the United States has sought the assistance of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to ensure transparency in the utilisation of funds being provided to Pakistan through non-governmental organisations under the Kerry-Lugar Act. ANI

Mexican distiller unveils 'world's costliest' tequila bottle worth 3.5mln dlrs
A Mexican distillery has unveiled a tequila bottle worth 3.5 million dollars-apparently the most expensive in the world. ANI

Sarah Palin blasts Michelle Obama, Barbara Bush
Sarah Palin has slammed Michelle Obama for her campaign against childhood obesity and dismissed Barbara Bush as one of the "blue bloods" trying to fix the political system. ANI

Rory Peck Award for moving story about impoverished kids in Mumbai
British director and cameramen Nick Read has won a special award for a moving story about the lives of impoverished children in the Indian city of Mumbai. ANI

Blunder means 1m Church of England marriages are 'invalid'
Lawyers for the Church of England have revealed that more than one million marriages in Britain are legally "invalid" all because the vicars who married them used the wrong form of words. ANI

Target killers pushing Balochistan towards Dark Ages: Chief Minister
Those involved in the target killings of teachers, doctors and other professionals in Balochistan are pushing the people of the province towards the Dark Ages, Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani said on Thursday. ANI

Pak seeking full membership status in SCO "as soon as possible"
Pakistan has expressed its desire to upgrade its status as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) "as soon as possible". ANI

Now, odour-trapping undies to stop flatulence in its tracks!
Underwear designed to stop flatulence in its tracks could be the ultimate solution for embarrassing situations. ANI

'Mortified' Muslim women barred from US skating rink for not removing headscarves
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a complaint with Connecticut's Human Rights Commission against a roller-skating rink in Vernon after two Muslim women were barred from entering the rink because they were wearing headscarves. ANI

How French granny stuck in loo for 3 weeks kept her spirits up
An elderly French woman, who was trapped in her windowless bathroom for three weeks, kept herself calm by taking showers and brushing her teeth. ANI

China slams US report on its religious status
China on Thursday slammed a US report concerning the former's religious situation, saying it firmly opposes Washington intervening into China's domestic affairs by issuing such a report. ANI

S. Korean defence minister resigns over slow response to N. Korean shelling of island
South Korea's Defence Minister Kim Tae-Young has resigned amid angry criticism of the response to the North Korean attack on Yeonpyeong island. ANI

EU bans plastics chemical in babies' bottles
A chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA), which is used in plastic baby bottles, has been banned by The European Commission. ANI

7-year-old Brit girl spends £250 in an hour on Facebook
A seven-year-old Brit girl unknowingly spent 250 pounds in an hour on a Facebook game - in front of her parents. ANI

US blames UK for masquerading Taliban leader fiasco
U.S. officials have blamed Britain for an embarrassing fiasco in which an impostor met Afghan and NATO officials before it was discovered he was not the Taliban leader they thought he was. ANI

Birmingham girl arrested for allegedly burning Qur'an
A 15-year-old Birmingham schoolgirl has been arrested on suspicion of inciting religious hatred after allegedly burning an English-language version of the Qur'an - and then posting video footage of the act on Facebook. ANI

Karzai Govt. issues arrest warrants, puts pressure on Afghan poll Officials
The Hamid Karzai Government's move to issue arrest warrants for several top election officials and to accuse a United Nations worker of leading a bribery ring, is an indication of a course correction in the country's election commission, which is at the centre of announcing controversial parliamentary poll results. ANI

Brit tourist becomes world's most travelled man after clocking up 15mn miles!
After travelling 15 million miles and taking 718 Concorde flights to 139 countries, a Brit tourist has become the world's most travelled man. ANI

Five arrested Somali pirates face life terms for attacking US Navy ship
Five Somali pirates are believed to be the first people to have been convicted in a US court in more than a century for attacking an American navy ship off the coast of Africa on April 1. ANI

Pak Supreme Court can issue notices to spymasters as no one above law: Chief Justice
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ruled that it has the authority under the constitution to serve notices to intelligence agencies, as no one is above the law. ANI

Palin attacks Obama's gaffes in Thanksgiving message
Sarah Palin, who was lambasted in sections of the media after she mistakenly called North Korea an ally of the US, has pointed out a number of bungles made by US President Barack Obama in a Thanksgiving message posted online. ANI

Denmark people receptive to Hinduism
"Danes have been receptive to Hinduism", according to Danish Pluralism Project study launched by Faculty of Theology of University of Aarhus in Denmark. ANI

US Congressman, 81, caught reading Playboy mag on flight
An 81-year-old US Congressman has been caught reading a Playboy magazine on a flight. ANI

Earl Spencer 'to give moving speech about Diana at Royal wedding'
Prince William has asked the Earl of Spencer to give a moving speech about his late mother, Diana, at his wedding to Kate Middleton. ANI

Survey finds 1 in 3 South African men admitting to rape
In a recent survey, more than one in three South African men admitted to rape. ANI

Sri Lankan police send 'mass grave' ashes for forensic testing
Sri Lankan police have reportedly sent 24 bags full of ashes for forensic testing from a suspected mass grave of government troops in the north-eastern parts bordering Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts. ANI

Indian foreign policy devoid of morality and driven solely by realpolitik: Pak FO
India 'continues to violate the principles enshrined in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as several UN resolutions', the Pakistan Foreign Office has stated. ANI

Hindus laud Queen Elizabeth II for talking about 'all faiths' at Church of England Synod
Hindus have applauded Her Majesty The Queen of United Kingdom (UK) Elizabeth II for acknowledging contributions of "all faiths" while inaugurating Ninth General Synod of the Church on England in Westminster (UK) on November 23. ANI

Nevada observes 25th Thanksgiving with Christian-Muslim-Hindu-Buddhist-Jewish-Baha'i prayers
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Nevada (USA) celebrated its 25th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service on November 24 evening at Trinity Episcopal Church in Reno with various religions/denominations coming together to pray. ANI

N. Korean leader, son visited artillery base just before S. Korean island was hit
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and his son and successor Kim Jong Un reportedly visited an artillery base from where shells were fired at a South Korean island just hours before the attack. ANI

'Security-a key strategy for London 2012 Olympics venue protection'
In the midst of fears that the London 2012 Olympics venue could be targeted by terrorists, the British Security Minister Baroness Neville-Jones has assured that providing adequate security at venues has been a key strategy and claimed that techniques have been developed to deal with such threats. ANI

Dragging ISI into Mumbai attack preposterous: Pak FO
A day after a US court issued summons to Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officials over 26/11 attacks, Pakistan reacted by saying that dragging the ISI into the Mumbai terror attacks in any manner was not only not fair, but preposterous instead. ANI

April 11, 1954: The most boring day of the 20th century
It was the year Queen became the first reigning monarch to visit Australia and Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio, but 1954 also boasts of having the most boring day of the 20th century - April 11th. ANI

Obama's grandma 'prays for him to convert to Islam' during Mecca visit
US President Barack Obama's grandmother has admitted praying for him to convert to Islam while she was on a pilgrimage to Mecca. ANI

Ultimo boss Michelle Mone 'designs Kate Middleton's bridal lingerie'
Ultimo boss Michelle Mone received an OBE from Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace and has her sights set on designing Kate Middleton's bridal lingerie. ANI

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