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India gives 100 million dollar line of credit to Syria
India today extended a 100 million dollar line of credit to Syria in order to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation and achieve a higher growth rate between the two countries in the coming years. ANI

FBI thwarts terrorist bombing attempt at Portland holiday tree lighting
The FBI thwarted a bomb plot at the tree lighting ceremony at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday night. ANI

Foreign brides, grooms to face English tests in UK
Foreign brides and grooms will have to prove they can speak English before being allowed to move to the UK under new rules which come in to force on Monday. ANI

Patil says India supports Syria in seeking lasting solution to Middle East problem
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Saturday assured Syria of India's full support in strengthening bilateral economic cooperation and to help the former in finding a lasting solution to the Middle East problem. ANI

Christians fleeing in fear from Karachi after violence following inter-religion marriage
Several Christian families at Saeedabad in Karachi have fled their homes while many others have sent their women to safer grounds, following threats issued by the activists of a political party after a Muslim girl eloped with a Christian boy last week. ANI

SIC warns of "anarchy" if blasphemy convict Pak-Christian woman pardoned
The Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) has warned the Pakistan government of protests and "anarchy in the country", if it decided to pardon Aasia Bibi, the Pakistani-Christian woman sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy. ANI

Kashmir issue should be "top priority for Pakistan's foreign policy": JUI-F chief
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has called for a fervent and vigorous commitment by all stakeholders to raise the Kashmir issue at world level. ANI

Oz millionaire Valmai Roche leaves 4.50 dollars for daughters
Millionaire socialite Valmai Roche has left her three daughters 1.50 dollars each from her 3.5-million-dollar estate because she believed they conspired over the death of her mother. ANI

Ex-US general McChrystal approved peace talks with fake Taliban leader
Former American NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, is reported to have asked British intelligence service MI6 rather than the CIA to develop contacts with the Taliban, and approved peace talks with a fake Taliban leader. ANI

LeT biggest threat to US after al-Qaeda: US envoy
Assistant Secretary, US Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O Blake Jr has said that following the attack on Indian parliament in 2001, the US had started considering the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as the single most serious threat to America after al-Qaeda. ANI

Over 3 children sexually abused in Pakistan daily: NGO report
Approximately 3.3 children are sexually abused per day in Pakistan, which is a 9.4 per cent increase as compared to the 2008 data, according to a report. ANI

When Miss New York crashed Miss USA float in Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade became quite an event to remember when an uninvited Miss New York Davina Reeves crashed Miss USA Rima Fakih's float. ANI

French fast food chain launches foie gras burger for just 5 euros
A fast food chain in France has launched a limited-edition foie gras burger for just 5 euros. ANI

Skinny US inmate escapes prison by squeezing through cell bars!
A skinny prisoner has stunned US authorities by squeezing through the narrow gap of cell bars to escape. ANI

5-minute fitness drill to replace PE lessons in UK schools?
Sports doctors in Britain have designed a radical programme for youngsters from the age of five that will replace their PE lessons with a five-minute fitness drill. ANI

US female passenger subjected to pat down 'because of sanitary towel'
A female passenger in the US has claimed that she was subjected to a humiliating pat down by TSA agents after her sanitary towel showed up on the body scanner. ANI

Bosses of Scot firms won't attend office party so staff can relax
Bosses of a few Scottish firms have agreed not to attend the annual office party so as to create a more "relaxed" atmosphere for their staff. ANI

Man admits pouring semen into female colleagues' drinking bottles
A civilian employee of the Singapore police force has admitted that he masturbated in his office before adding his semen into his female colleagues' drinking bottles. ANI

UK cops smash paedophile ring that sexually abused 2 young girls
A paedophile ring in Britain that repeatedly subjected two young girls to sickening sexual abuse for nearly three years has been smashed by the police. ANI

Pak's annual defence expenditure expected to exceed budgetary allocation
A senior Pakistani official has claimed that the country's defence spending exceeded the first quarter's (July-September 2010) budgetary limits by about Rs28 billion, and that the continuation of this pace could result in the annual defence expenditure crossing Rs580 billion. ANI

Blasphemy accused Pak-Christian woman approaches LHC against death sentence
Pakistani-Christian woman Aasia Bibi's lawyer has filed a petition in the Lahore High Court against the sessions court decision on November 12, in which she was sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy, Federal Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti has said. ANI

Kate Middleton 'first saw Prince William as a 10-year-old schoolgirl'
It is widely assumed that Kate Middleton, 28, first saw her future husband Prince William in person while studying history of art at St Andrew's University in Scotland. ANI

Musharraf forced me not to resist BP deal at 'throwaway price': Ex-minister
Former Pakistan Petroleum Minister Usman Aminuddin has revealed that then President Pervez Musharraf and ex-Premier Shaukat Aziz had been forcing him to not to resist the British Petroleum (BP) deal for buying Occidental Petroleum' shares in Badin field, whose assets were being sold at a throwaway price in 2002. ANI

Study on status of Hindu temples proposed in Malaysia
Malaysia Hindu Sangam President R.S. Mohan Shan has said that the number of Hindu temples built in the country since independence needs to be verified. ANI

Pak wishes to see Mumbai terror attack culprits punished: Qureshi
Pakistan strongly condemns the Mumbai terror attack, and wishes to see the culprits involved in the incident punished, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Friday. ANI

Kate, Will to have 3-D Royal Wedding?
Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding on April 29 next year might be a three-dimensional affair. ANI

US reaches out India about dangers of possible WikiLeaks release
The US State Department has reached out to India and some other key governments about a new potentially embarrassing release of classified documents by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, which could harm American interests. ANI

Muslim artist's 'bombed bus with Qaeda angels' painting outrages families of 7/7 victims
A Muslim artist has sparked outrage in the UK with his depiction of four angels flying above one of a bombed bus destroyed in the 7/7 terror attacks, which had left 13 people killed onboard. ANI

First Qantas A380 flight takes off since engine explosion incident
The first Qantas A380 passenger flight has taken off from Sydney Airport after it suffered a setback following a midair engine explosion earlier this month on one of the aircraft in its fleet triggered a global safety review. ANI

Tips on how to carry out burglaries, by Japanese thief
A Japanese thief, who calls himself as a gentleman cat burglar, has written a book on how one can carry out burglaries. ANI

World's most expensive row of houses goes on sale for 400m pounds
The world's most expensive row of terraced houses in Britain has gone on sale for a staggering 400 million pounds. ANI

'Atheist' Oz PM Gillard urged to use more religious terms in condolence speeches
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been advised by professional speechwriters to make use of more 'religious languages' at times of national grief, despite her professed atheism. ANI

'US-S. Korea military drills "not directed" at Beijing'
The United States has assured China that its joint military exercises with South Korea are "not directed" at Beijing. ANI

How Obamas' daughters live a normal life
Despite being the daughters of US President Barack Obama, the nation's first kids are living a normal life. ANI

Asian men jailed in UK for grooming young girls to become s*x slaves
In what is believed to be the biggest case of serial s*x abuse ever uncovered in Britain, nine men, all Asians except one, have been jailed for grooming up to 100 young girls to become their s*x slaves. ANI

'Obama cannot award permanent membership of UNSC to India': Pak envoy to UN
US President Barack Obama cannot award the permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council to India, Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN Abdullah Hussain Haroon has said. ANI

'Depressed ex-NY cop threatened to kill Obama to grab attention,' family claims
The family members of an ex-New York cop who has been busted for threatening to kill US President Barack Obama, has defended him saying that it was just a "way of getting attention". ANI

Ed Miliband says he's proud to be a 'socialist'
UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband said that he is a socialist, and added that he wanted to be a part of the student protests this week over the rise in tuition fees, but could not manage time as he was busy "doing something else." ANI

LHC seeks Pak govt's reply on petition seeking Musharraf's trial for high treason
The Lahore High Court has sought a reply from the Pakistan government on December 21 on a petition seeking former president Pervez Musharraf's trial on high treason charges. ANI

Spanish woman 'claims' she owns the Sun
A 49-year-old Spanish lady has claimed to be the owner of Sun. ANI

"Terror groups in Pak gotten more activated, gaining public support": Musharraf
With mujahedeen groups gaining more "public support and sympathy" in Pakistan, extremism is on the rise in parts of the country, former president Pervez Musharraf has admitted. ANI

Malay Indians accuse Selangor Govt. of discrimination in giving study loans
The Malay Indian community in the state of Selangor has accused the local administration of handing out study loans in a discriminatory manner. ANI

Brit women spend over 5 years of their lives shopping!
Retail therapy has always been a popular pastime among women, and now a new study has revealed that British women spend more than five years of their lives shopping as they hunt down the latest trends, beauty products and shoes. ANI

Cape Town "last place in world" that Brit-Indian honeymooner wants to visit again
Brit-Indian business tycoon Shrien Dewani, whose wife was killed during their honeymoon trip in Cape Town, has said that the city is the "last place in the world" he would like to visit again. ANI

Obama gets 12 stitches after being elbowed in basketball match
US President Barack Obama has received 12 stitches in the lip after being elbowed in a basketball match. ANI

New 'WikiLeaks revelations' could damage allies' relationships, US tells UK
The US ambassador to London Louis Susman has reportedly briefed the British Prime Minister David Cameron about the potentially embarrassing revelations by the whistleblower website 'WikiLeaks,' which when published within a few days could compromise Britain's national security and also damage relationships between the allies. ANI

Afghanistan was Soviets graveyard and will be the Americans also: Taliban spokesman
The withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan in 1989 after nearly ten years of occupation is a favourite public relations theme of the Taliban movement, which itself was toppled by the U.S.-led invasion in a matter of weeks in October 2001, only to regroup and reinvigorate itself in recent years. ANI

Jews support demand for recognition of Hinduism in Belgium
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Jews have come out in support of Hindus in their demand for recognition of Hinduism in Belgium.abbi Jonathan B ANI

94 crucial documents about Pak to be posted on WikiLeaks this Weekend
The whistleblower website, WikiLeaks, is expected to publish 94 documents about Pakistan this weekend, according to diplomatic sources. ANI

Jews support Hindus on protest against Newsweek's Obama Nataraja cover
Jews have come out in the support of Hindus who were upset over the cover of November 22 edition of American newsweekly Newsweek which depicts US President Barack Obama in Nataraja pose, saying that it trivializes their venerated deity Siva. ANI

Hindus criticize Helsinki for Roma repatriation
Hindus have strongly criticized reported repatriation of about 40 Roma from Helsinki (Finland) and sending them to Romania.rominent Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was simply inhuman to continuously crack down on poor Roma. What happened to the borderless Europe, he asked. ANI

Hindus greet Jews on Hanukkah
Hindus have sent early greetings to Jewish communities world over on Hanukkah (Chanukah), eight-day Festival of Lights beginning December one. ANI

200 Malay Indian delegates hold key to Selangor polls
About 200 Indian delegates will play a crucial role in deciding between candidates aligned to the Unity team and the Justice Reform team in the Selangor DAP polls on Sunday. ANI

UK's 2nd Hindu school to open next September
United Kingdom's second Hindu state school will open next September in Evington (Leicester, East Midlands), according to reports. ANI

Baloch rights body condemns extra-judicial killings in Balochistan
The Baloch Human Rights Council (UK) has strongly condemned what it called the ongoing extra judicial killing and abduction of innocent unarmed Baloch civilians in Balochistan by Pakistani security agencies. ANI

Terrorists planning attacks on foreigners in Pak
Terrorists are planning to target foreigners, specially United States, British and Saudi citizens present in Pakistan, law enforcement agencies have said in their report sent to the authorities concerned. ANI

UK banker fired for boasting about #6K redundancy payout on Facebook
A bank worker in UK was fired after her employers saw her messages on Facebook boasting about receiving a big redundancy payout. ANI

Security tightened on UK streets to combat Mumbai-style terror attacks before Christmas
Security has been tightened on Britain's streets ahead of Christmas over fears that the country could be targeted by terrorists to carry out Mumbai-style attacks on the public places like shopping centres. ANI

Three injured as NATO choppers fire into Pak tribal area
Two NATO helicopters fired into the North Waziristan tribal area in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border on Friday, and injured three people, according to local sources. ANI

'Argentine Fritzl' accused of fathering 10 kids with daughter arrested
An Argentine man, who fathered 10 children with his daughter after allegedly raping her repeatedly over three decades, has been arrested. ANI

Diet used by Kate Middleton's mum branded a 'health hazard'
A diet based on cottage cheese and prawns, used by Kate Middleton's mother, has been branded a 'health hazard' by French nutritionists. ANI

UK achieves new milestone of fighting in Afghanistan as long as Soviet Union
British troops have reached a grim milestone of battling in Afghanistan for nine years and 50 days, which is exactly the same length of time the erstwhile Soviet Army fought in the same country over two decades ago. ANI

Why Obama couldn't even smile when his Christmas tree was delivered!
US President Barack Obama finally had his Christmas tree delivered to his doorstep today, but he was reluctant to smile about it. ANI

How Kate's parents are minting money using their Party Pieces
Kate Middleton's parents are minting money these days by selling the names and addresses of wealthy young mothers to mail order companies. ANI

Six militants killed in US drone attack in North Waziristan
A US drone strike killed at least six militants in Pir Kalay area of Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency on Friday. ANI

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