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Brit-Pak pregnant woman found burnt to death in garden of Bradford home
A Pakistani origin pregnant woman was found burnt to death in the garden of her house in Bradford. ANI

'Canada should not feel snubbed by India's support for Portugal at UN'
Canada should not feel aggrieved by India's support for Portugal in the United Nations General Assembly vote for temporary members of the Security Council, an editorial in a leading Canadian newspaper has said. ANI

Pak must rethink policy of sheltering militants after failed plot to kill Gilani: Expert
An expert on militant groups has said that Pakistan must rethink its historic policy of sheltering militants following the arrest of seven men in a suspected plot to kill Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and other senior officials. ANI

How car dealers trick you into thinking you're getting a good deal
Ever fallen for 'ankle-tapping' or 'wooden duck' while buying a car? If yes, you just got trapped in the hype created by the salesman to sell his product. ANI

UK Muslims 'shave' Imam's beard over sexual abuse of boys allegations
A mosque leader charged with sexually abusing young boys was held down by three men and had his beard shaved off on the day he was arrested, the North Staffordshire Magistrates' Court heard. ANI

Rescued Chilean miners seeking $40K per interview to share their stories
After being underground for two months, it seems the rescued Chilean miners have emerged as celebrities-luxury trips from businesses as well as cash for interviews from reporters are now available for them. ANI

German terrorist killed in US drone strike in Pak linked to 9/11 plot
A German terrorist killed in a US drone missile last week in Pakistan was in contact with 9/11 collaborators just days before the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York, according to court records. ANI

Brit taxpayers outraged at five different daily "a la carte" jail meal options for criminals
British taxpayers are outraged at criminals being offered an "a la carte" choice of five different prison meals a day. ANI

Twitter severs links with 'star-stalking' website
Micro-blogging giant Twitter has dissolved its links with an upcoming website that plans to 'stalk' celebrities. ANI

Hindus express concern about "Ramayana-The Epic" film
Hindus have expressed concern over Bollywood and Hollywood not staying true to the story and the spirit of Hindu scriptures when making movies about those. ANI

Any ultra-constitutional step against judiciary to be deemed high treason: Pak SC
Pakistan's Supreme Court has said that any ultra-constitutional step against the judiciary in the country would be deemed as subversion of the constitution and liable to be tried under Article 6 of the constitution - as an act of treason. ANI

Record breaking Harry Potter theme park Universal Orlando wows visitors
Powered by its hugely popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando shattered records by clocking the best quarterly results in its 20-year history. ANI

Now, candy that you can inhale and clouds that you can drink!
Inventor David Edwards is a creator, and a crazy one at that. ANI

We're not pop stars, say Chilean miners
The first three of miraculously rescued Chilean miners to leave the hospital were greeted like stars by the crowds when they reached their homes. ANI

Over 3 million weapons 'missing' from official warehouses in Pak Punjab
The Pakistan Punjab government's report that 3.12 million sophisticated weapons, including hand-grenades, have gone missing from the official warehouses in the last 10 years is appalling, an editorial in a leading Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Pak needs "accountable, civilian-led democracy" for stability: UN chief
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that Pakistan needs an "accountable, civilian-led democracy" for the stability of the country and the region. ANI

Pak Taliban planning to use poisonous gases in fresh terror attacks
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is planning to carry out terrorist attacks using poisonous gases, Pakistani intelligence agencies have warned. ANI

Watching video archives from Bradman to Ponting made Watson better batsman
Australian batsman Shane Watson became a better batsman after watching a video montage of everyone from Sir Donald Bradman to Ricky Ponting with Ashes legend Greg Chappell holding the remote ANI

Explosion in Chinese mine kills 20, over 30 trapped
An explosion in a Chinese coal mine has killed 20 workers and trapped over 30 underground in Yuzhou City. ANI

US pressure behind Pak "freeing" secret peace talks Taliban chief Mullah Baradar?
Taliban's top military commander Mullah Baradar, who was arrested earlier this year in Karachi, and was involved in secret negotiations with the Afghan government over a possible peace deal, has reportedly been "freed" by the Pakistani authorities. ANI

Pak 'handlers' may scuttle substantive peace talks with Taliban, fear Afghan officials
In the midst of claims that some members of the Taliban are ready to negotiate with Kabul, Afghan officials believe that their handlers in Pakistan, who exert significant control over them, may not allow them to do so. ANI

Sex survey at D.C. school triggers controversy
A Washington D.C. middle school is facing the wrath of parents after distributing a sex survey to seventh-graders, which asked whether they knew how to apply a condom. ANI

London based photog wins £82K damages over 'porn cover'
A London based renowned photographer has won 82,000 pounds damages from a US porn firm that used her holiday snap to publish it on a cover of an X-rated film. ANI

NYC woman wants dead hubby's sperm to raise a family
A Manhattan widow wants to extract sperm from her deceased husband to fulfil his wish of raising a family. ANI

US school ban 'I [heart] b**bies ' bracelet supporting cancer foundation
A bracelet that reads "I [heart] boobies" has been banned from schools in the US, it has emerged. ANI

Gilani, Qureshi among many ministers yet to send educational degrees for verification
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi are among over 400 lawmakers whose graduation degrees are yet to be verified by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). ANI

Free house in US up for grabs for anyone who will move it
A Pennsylvania town has offered prospective homeowners a good deal-a free house, if they can remove and take it away. ANI

Outrage over UK decision to implement 'Sus' laws allowing police to target minorities
According to a new proposal, British police would now be allowed to implement the 'Sus law,' which was scrapped in the 1980s after the alleged targeting of black people by police led to race riots in London, Birmingham and Liverpool. ANI

Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident harms award's prestige: Pak
Pakistan has come out in support of China by questioning the decision to award the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to jailed academic Liu Xiaobo. ANI

Pak's insistence on India-type nuke deal may further strain testy ties with US
Pakistan's renewed push to clinch a civilian nuclear deal with the United States threatens to further strain relations that are already tense over Islamabad's reluctance to go all out in the war on terror on its soil. ANI

US lap dance club pays $650K to customer kicked in the eye by stripper
A Florida man has been awarded 650,000 dollars for injuries he suffered during a lap dance at a strip club. ANI

Obama's polygamous half brother in Kenya ties the knot with teenager
President Barack Obama's 52-year-old polygamist half brother in Kenya has tied the knot with a 19-year-old teenager. ANI

Britain losing battle against Islamic extremists, claims French 'burka ban architect' MP
French MP Jacques Myard, who is the architect of the burka ban in the country, has said that Britain is 'losing the battle against Islamic extremism' by failing to outlaw burqas. ANI

'Friends of Pak' tell it to get its economic reforms in place to ensure survival
The Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP) has stressed on the need for continued efforts by the Pakistan government for sustained economic revival following the recent devastating floods in the country that affected 20 million people. ANI

Claims that prisoners being harassed at US "secret jail" in Afghanistan
There have been repeated allegations from ex-detainees that prisoners are being abused at a "secret jail" at Bagram airbase, the main American military base in Afghanistan, according to a report from a US policy think tank. ANI

Sri Lankan activists slam PM's plan to ordain boys as 'Buddhist monks' over sexual abuse fears
Sri Lankan child rights activists have reportedly criticised the country's Prime Minister DM Jayaratne for his plan to ordain 2,600 boys as Buddhist monks by next May to mark the 2,600th anniversary of Lord Buddha's enlightenment. ANI

Dreaded Pak Taliban 'suicide bombing boss' Mehsud killed in US drone attack
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Qari Hussain Mehsud, notorious trainer of suicide bombers, has been reportedly killed in the latest US drone strikes in Pakistan's North Waziristan agency. ANI

The 10/10/10 baby - with a 09/09/09 brother and 08/08/08 sister!
As if one miracle was just not enough, the Soper family from Michigan, US, welcomed their latest addition Cearra on 10/10/10 - joining Cameron, born on 09/09/09, and Chloe, born on 08/08/08. ANI

FBI failed to act on Headley's wife's terror link expose 3 yrs before Mumbai attacks
The key figure in the Mumbai attacks David Coleman Headley's wife had informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at least three years before the November 2008 attack, that he was undergoing terrorist training in Pakistan, but the US failed to act on the tip off. ANI

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