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MEA summons Nepal Ambassador over attack on Indian envoy
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) summoned Nepal's Ambassador to India Rukma Shumsher Rana here on Saturday to seek explanation over the Solukhumbu incident when some Maoist cadres misbehaved with Indian Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood. ANI

GOP leadership could target Palin if it falls short in Nov Senate polls
Leaders of the Republican Party could target former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin if they fall short of taking back the Senate, as they believe the Pride of Wasilla has turned off independents with her views. ANI

Oz Muslim leader calls troops in Afghanistan 'terrorists'
A Muslim leader in Australia has branded the country's troops as the "real terrorists" in Afghanistan. ANI

Taliban leaders without clout taking part in Kabul talks
Western and Afghan officials have said that the ongoing "peace council" talks in Kabul may not emerge with the desired results because it is being hamstrung by a lack of participants who wield clout within the Taliban. ANI

30 Pak seminaries under strict vigilance for alleged links with banned terror outfits
The Punjab Home Department has directed the police and other law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to strictly monitor the activities of over thirty religious seminaries across the most populous province in Pakistan. ANI

Brit Indian dentist guilty of offering patient discount in exchange for sex
An Indian dentist in Britain has been found guilty of pestering a female patient of his for sexual favours in return for discounted treatment. ANI

Pak national gets 15 years in US jail for conspiring to aid Taliban
A Pakistani national has been sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment in the United States for conspiring to aid the Taliban, and illegally possessing firearms, a Justice Department statement said. ANI

'Incompetent' Brit teacher is first to be banned from the profession for life
A British teacher has become the first to be banned for life after a panel ruled that he will never reach "requisite standards" of teaching. ANI

US man, dubbed Human Chequerboard, tattoos eyeballs
A man in the US, who has been dubbed as the Human Chequerboard for the many tattoos he sports on his body, has now even tattooed his eyes, making one green and one blue. ANI

US asked to grant 'Temporary Protected Status' to Pakistanis sans proper documentation
Pakistan has formally asked the United States to consider granting Temporary Protected Status to its nationals currently living in the US without proper documentation, in view of the devastation caused by the floods in the country. ANI

Giant pic of Glastonbury crowd becomes world's most 'tagged' photo
A giant photograph of revellers at this year's Glastonbury Festival has become the world's most "tagged" photo. ANI

Oz prisoner tries to escape mid-air by unlocking plane door
An Australian prisoner, who was being escorted by a single police officer from Palm Island to Townsville by flight, is said to have tried making a mid-air escape by opening the safety door of the plane. ANI

Musharraf allowed US to carry out drone recce flights in Pak: Gilani
Former President Pervez Musharraf had allowed the United States to carry out drone flights in Pakistani tribal areas for reconnaissance, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has stated. ANI

'Full-body scanners' unveiled at New York's JFK Airport
New hi-tech 'full-body scanners' have been unveiled at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to help security officials to better detect weapons and explosives. ANI

Taliban deal would need to meet strict conditions: Canadian PM
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has laid down strict conditions for his country to bless a deal arising from peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan. ANI

'Secret' operation launched to curb Karachi target killings: Rehman Malik
A secret operation has been launched to counter the incidents of target killings in Karachi, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

43 Taliban suspects arrested in Pak's Kulchak region
At least 43 suspects were arrested by the police on charges of having connections with Taliban militants in the southwest Balochistan province, police sources revealed. ANI

HIV tests negative for porn stars who worked with 'Patient Zero'
Officials at a US clinic where a porn actor tested HIV-positive earlier this month said that tests showed no other actors who performed with the individual have tested HIV-positive. ANI

Air India bombing: Families shocked over 25,000-dollar compensation offer by Canadian Govt.
Family members of victims who died in the June 1985 Air India plane bombing off the Irish coast have expressed shock and disappointment over the Canadian Government"s proposal to offer only up to 25,000 dollars per victim as compensation. ANI

Sydney teacher in soup for 'taping students' mouths shut in class'
A teacher from an elite school in Sydney has landed in trouble after taping the mouths of two talkative boys in the class. ANI

More girls than boys being hospitalised for drinking in UK
A UK survey has revealed that more girls than boys are being increasingly hospitalised for drinking. ANI

Doctor regrets helping Nadya Suleman become 'Octomom'
The doctor who made it possible for Nadya Suleman to become the "Octomom" has revealed that he now regrets his decision. ANI

Kiwi man claims father forced him to have sex with sisters
A man in New Zealand has revealed the ordeal he went through after his father allegedly forced him to have sex with his sisters. ANI

Paranormal expert claims ghosts are using cell phones to contact friends
A paranormal expert in Britain has claimed that ghosts are trying to contact the living through mobile phones, with the number of mystery calls attributed to them rising by 43 percent in the last four years. ANI

Brit cabbie jailed for life after posing as photog to lure and rape teen girls
A British taxi driver has been jailed for life after he posed as an amateur photographer to lure teenage girls to his house before drugging and sexually abusing them. ANI

12 militants killed in air strikes in Pak tribal region
Twelve suspected insurgents were killed in air strikes in the Orakzai tribal region of Pakistan. ANI

Brit siblings are world's oldest family with combined age of almost 500yrs
A British family is set to enter the record books for having the world's oldest siblings, with their combined ages almost touching 500-years. ANI

Murdered Brit-Indian girl's ex-boyfriend jailed for life
The ex-boyfriend of Indian-origin teen Asha Muneer, who was stabbed to death in Reading, UK, has been jailed for life with a 20-year minimum term for the "deliberate execution". ANI

Pak won't alter its 'double game' on terror even after 2bn 'conditional' aid by US: Expert
The two billion-dollar military aid to Pakistan announced by the United States during their strategic talks comes with a privately issued warning- that it risks losing this and other American aid if it does not adopt a more aggressive stance toward militants. ANI

Runway opens at world's first spaceport in US
Commercial space travel moved a step closer with the unveiling of a runway at the world's first spaceport in New Mexico. ANI

Bankers in UK 'splurging on strippers like credit crunch never happened'
While the world is trying to bounce back from the recession, bankers in the UK are recklessly blowing a fortune on lap dancers - even as half a million workers face the axe. ANI

Prince William, Kate Middleton's secret safari in Africa
New pilot Prince William and his long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton apparently enjoyed a secret safari in Africa. ANI

Iran's Revolutionary Guard aided Iraqi militias during second Gulf War
American intelligence reports have alarmingly revealed that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard and its Lebanese ally, the Hezbollah played a significant role in assisting Iraqi militias at the height of the second Gulf war (2003-06). ANI

Law firms 'are more profitable when led by partners with powerful faces'
A study has concluded that law firms are more profitable when they are led by managing partners who have faces that look powerful. ANI

Pope says "God is alive"
"God is alive", His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI stated in a letter to seminarians dated October 18, published at "Vatican: the Holy See" website. ANI

Bankers got a kick out of the global recession, says academic
An academic at Cardiff University have said that the bankers who brought the global economy to its knees two years ago may have enjoyed the sensation of losing hundreds of billions of pounds and plunging the world into recession. ANI

Meet the woman who has had cyber sex with 60 online 'lovers'
A serial 'cyber dater', who spends most evenings online, dating men she has never met, says the idea that attracted her to do so 'is less commitment and more fun involved'. ANI

US seeking dramatically expanding CIA 'ground forces' in Pak: Report
The United States is reportedly pushing for the expansion of a secret Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) effort to help Pakistan target militants in their havens near the Afghan border, as the White House seeks new ways to prod Islamabad into more aggressive action against al-Qaeda and its allied groups, according to senior officials. ANI

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il tries hand at restaurant designing
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il has bolstered his CV with a new skill - restaurant design. ANI

US man slept with decomposed corpse for 2 days
A 31-year-old man from the US slept with a rotting corpse of a woman for two days after strangling her to death. ANI

Jane Austen's writing style may not be original, says academic
An academic has claimed that novelist Jane Austen's elegant writing style may not be hers, but that of her editor. ANI

Leeds Met University tower named best tall building in the world
A skyscraper in Leeds has been named the best tall building in the world. ANI

Civilian N-technology discussed at US-Pak strategic dialogue: Clinton
The possibility of providing civilian nuclear technology to Islamabad for meeting the country's energy needs was discussed between the United States and Pakistan during the latest strategic dialogue, though no decisions have been taken so far in this regard, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said. ANI

Secret war files reveal brutal killing of over 100,000 Iraqis over six years
Secret U.S. field reports from the Iraq war have revealed s grim new details, indicating that over 100,000 Iraqis were killed during a six-year stretch and that American forces often failed to intervene as the U.S.-backed government brutalized detainees. ANI

Lankan Tamil politician asks Rajapaksa government to return seized gold, jewels
A Sri Lankan Tamil politician has demanded that the Mahinda Rajapakse Government return gold and jewels seized during the final stages of the war against Tamil Tiger rebels last year. ANI

Tibetans in Western China protest against proposed language curbs
Thousands of Tibetan students in western China have been staging protests since Tuesday against proposals to curb or eliminate the use of the Tibetan language in local schools. ANI

Pak formally asks US to mediate over Kashmir dispute
Ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to India next month, Pakistan has stepped up pressure on the United States by formally asking it to mediate over the longstanding Kashmir issue. ANI

Officer, soldiers among 11 killed in two terror attacks in Pak
A lieutenant-colonel, five soldiers and five civilians were killed in bomb attacks on a paramilitary convoy in Orakzai Agency as well as a mosque near Peshawar. ANI

5-year time span eclipses US' 'conditional' 2bn-dollar military aid offer to Pak
On the final day of the latest US-Pakistan strategic dialogue, the United States announced a 2 billion-dollar military aid package designed to prod Pakistan into taking a harder line with safe militant havens within its territory, but it was eclipsed by its long time span extending from 2012 to 2017. ANI

Hillary Clinton, Gates to visit Australia in November
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates will visit Australia in November as part of a two-week tour of the Asia-Pacific region. ANI

Lanka Government pays UK firm 3 m pounds to boost post-war image
The Sri Lankan Government has agreed to pay a top British public relations firm about three million pounds a year to enhance the country's post-war image. ANI

'Information rage' on the rise, courtesy data-overload at workplace
Aussies are on the verge of mental breakdown, as more and more report a never-ending avalanche of information they are bombarded with at their workplaces. ANI

Rats scurry their way to food menus across the world!
The thought of eating a rat might make many barf but in some countries, the rodent is a delicacy. ANI

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