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India is not concerned about WikiLeaks, yet interested to know: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said the government is not concerned about WikiLeaks but yet interested to know about it. ANI

Krishna inaugurates Indian consulate in Hambantota in Sri Lanka
Indian External Affairs S.M. Krishna today inaugurated the new Indian consulate in the coastal city of Hambantota in Sri Lanka. ANI

South Koreans feel government response to N. Korea attack feeble
Many South Koreans believe that their government has given a limited and feeble response to the missile attack from North Korea. ANI

Arrested Somali teen spent six months setting up sting operation: FBI
Federal agents have said that the Somali teenager they arrested on Friday while he was trying to detonate a car bomb at a packed annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony downtown, had spent nearly six months setting up the sting operation. ANI

China calls for emergency talks over North Korea
China has called for emergency international talks over North Korea, even as Pyongyang is reportedly preparing its missile batteries to counter a joint military exercise by the United States and South Korea. ANI

UK Government puts up aircraft carrier HMS Invincible for sale
The British Government has put the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible up for sale on the Disposal Service Authority website, the government equivalent of eBay. ANI

Patil asks Indian businessmen to invest in Syria, contribute in developmental plans
Launching the Syria-India Business Council to facilitate frequent and closer contacts between the business communities of the two countries here on Sunday, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil asked Indian businessmen to identify several avenues to involve themselves and contribute to Syria's developmental plans. ANI

Afghanistan tops worldwide asylum seekers list
Afghanistan has been named as the world's top country for asylum seekers, ahead of Iraq and Somalia, according to statistics compiled by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.ccording to the Washington Post, the number of Afghans seeking political asylum in some other countries has risen dramatically in the past two years. ANI

Karachi cargo plane crash: DNA samples taken from bodies
DNA samples have been taken from the bodies recovered from the debris of the Russian-made cargo plane that crashed near residential apartments in Karachi on Sunday. ANI

'0.1 mn rupees needed to equip one Taliban combatant fighting NATO forces'
Approximately one lakh rupees is required to equip one militant fighting coalition forces in Afghanistan, a fundraiser working for the Taliban has revealed. ANI

Shia militias helping Haqqani network evade US drone attacks, cross Pak-Afghan border
Shia militias in Pakistan's tribal regions are helping the Al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network- one of the fiercest enemies of NATO- evade US drone attacks to cross safely into Afghanistan, a tribal activist has revealed. ANI

Chakdara press club urges Pak Chief Justice to ban footballs inscribed with 'Allah'
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Chakdara Press Club has appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, to take suo muto action against a manufacturing company of Sialkot for manufacturing footballs inscribed with names of Allah. ANI

Indian national nabbed in northwest Pakistan suspected as terrorist
An Indian national arrested from northwest Pakistan a couple of days ago has been suspected of charting out a plan to target sensitive places in Pakistan during Muharram, local media reports. ANI

China calls for emergency talks over Korea crisis
China has reportedly called for an emergency meeting of key nations amid high tension in the Korean peninsula over North Korea's shelling of a South Korea island. ANI

TSA body scanners are tipping point for travelers
A psychologist has said that the new security measures at the nation's airports are the straws that broke the travellers' backs. ANI

Hindu statesman Zed nominated to "Think Tank" of Big Brothers Big Sisters
Distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed has been nominated to the "Think Tank" of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Northern Nevada. ANI

UK Islamic hate preacher Choudary to be given Channel 4 slot
A radical Muslim, who led the banned group al-Muhajiroun, is to be handed his own program on Britain's Channel 4 amid claims that Islamists have been allowed to monopolise the broadcaster's coverage. ANI

Another Qantas plane grounded in Australia following engine failure
Within hours of Qantas resuming its services, QF1, which was bound for London from Sydney, was cancelled after a loud noise emerged from the engine while the aircraft was taxiing towards the runway. ANI

Pak Parliament, not PPP, to decide Blasphemy Law: Jehangir Badr
The Pakistan People's Party is not taking any decision to amend Section 295-C of the Blasphemy Law, since it is the Parliament's job. ANI

Talks would lead to comprehensive peace for Middle East: Patil
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has said India remains hopeful that talks would lead to a comprehensive peace process for a final resolution of the Middle East conflict. ANI

Couple says 'I do' for a record 85th time in 6 months!
Meet honeymooners Mark and Denise Duffield-Thomas who said 'I do' 85 times, breaking the world record, in just six months! ANI

Obama back to basketball - this time as a spectator
US President Barrack Obama is back to basketball, but this time, only as a spectator. ANI

Transparency International won't be allowed to work in Pak: Malik
Transparency International (TI) is a detective agency, and the organisation will not be allowed to work in Pakistan, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

Hindu group stirs debate over yoga's 'ownership'
Who owns yoga? It may be a difficult question to answer, but it is the most talked about topic in the yoga community-thanks to a group that ignited the debate. ANI

TSA pat-down rules 'handing terrorists a victory,' says privacy expert
The time spent in the overaggressive pat-downs are a waste of valuable resources and could better be used attempting to identify likely terrorists, says privacy expert. ANI

Becks and Posh get invite to Royal wedding
Prince William has invited David and Victoria Beckham to his wedding to Kate Middleton, it has emerged. ANI

Allotment of Baloch land to US, NATO forces challenged in Lahore HC
A Pakistani lawyer has moved the Lahore High Court against the allotment of land to US and NATO forces in Balochistan. ANI

Pak announces 10-million-rupee reward for spying against Taliban
The Pakistan Government has announced a reward of ten million rupees to anyone providing information about the Taliban. ANI

New WikiLeaks files 'to reveal American criticism of Mandela'
Whistleblower website 'WikiLeaks' would soon reveal that Nelson Mandela is among the world leaders believed to have been criticised US diplomatic files that are to be leaked. ANI

Brit-Indian bride was upset on her honeymoon flight to Cape Town, father claims
The father of the Brit-Indian bride, who was murdered during her honeymoon in Cape Town this month, has claimed that Anni Dewani was crying and had refused to sit next to her husband on their honeymoon flight. ANI

US embassy, ISPR deny presence of US forces in Quetta
The United States embassy has denied reports that Pakistan has allowed the US military and its coalition partners in Afghanistan to maintain a presence in Quetta, Balochistan. ANI

Vladimir Nabokov's unpublished love letters released
Novelist Vladimir Nabokov's love letters written to his wife, Vera, reveal a new side to one of the 20th century's best-loved authors. ANI

Balochistan problems cannot be resolved at gunpoint: Sharif
Expressing concern over the worsening law and order situation in Balochistan, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that the problems of the province cannot not be addressed through brute force or solved at gunpoint. ANI

Malik takes U-turn over quizzing Musharraf on Benazir murder case
In a surprise move, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has backtracked on his stance that the government would send questionnaire to former president Pervez Musharraf in connection with December 2007 assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto. ANI

Handful of Argentines could recapture Falklands, says UK military brass
Senior British military sources have warned that a handful of Argentines may make an attempt to seize the Falkland Islands after a gap of almost 28 years. ANI

Brit taxpayers' œ120K to give envoys posture lessons!
The British government has spent 120,000 pounds of taxpayers' money for drama workshops that teach civil servants how to breathe properly and stand up straight. ANI

US, South Korea begin joint military exercise
The United States and South Korea have begun a four-day joint military exercise in the waters off the Korean coast. ANI

Krishna launches Northern Railway line in Sri Lanka
Indian External Affairs S.M Krishna has inaugurated the Northern Railway lines for which New Delhi has pledged a 800-million dollars credit that will spur the reconstruction of the war-ravaged Sri Lanka. ANI

Fourth blast rocks New Zealand's Pike River mine
A fourth explosion has rocked the Pike River Coal mine in Greymouth, New Zealand, but no one was injured. ANI

Queen's pal complains of estate turning into 'outdoor s*x' hotspot
A friend of the Queen and Tory grandee has complained to the police that his estate is being overrun with people seeking outdoor s*x. ANI

Berlusconi's babes' 'vicious catfight' shakes up coalition
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right coalition is under threat following a vicious catfight between two of his most glamorous allies. ANI

How Brown used Sarkozy to wreck Blair's dream of becoming Euro Prez
Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown wrecked Tony Blair's dream of becoming President of Europe by provoking a heated row with Nicolas Sarkozy, reveals a book. ANI

8 dead, 7 injured in cargo plane crash in Karachi residential area
A Russian-made cargo plane crashed near residential apartments in Karachi, seconds after taking off from the city's airport today, killing all eight people on board and injuring seven others. ANI

Prince William has 'no desire to become king'
Prince William has dismissed rumours that he could become the next King in place of the Prince of Wales. ANI

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