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International News on October 24, 2010

US says no free lunch, but Pakistan's demand was for aid and Kashmir mediation
While the United States has agreed to give an additional two billion dollars as aid in the form of military assistance to Pakistan, it seems to have subtly conveyed that this proposed assistance should not be viewed as a "free lunch" and comes with an increasing expectation that Islamabad needs to deliver actual results on the ground in the context of the war on terror. ANI

Manmohan Singh arrives in Tokyo
Tokyo, Oct 24 Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh arrived here in capital city of Japan on a three-day State visit during which he will hold bilateral talks with his Japanese counterpart Naoto Kan. ANI

India assessing China's changing position on Jammu and Kashmir
India is assessing China's hardened stand and increased presence in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the issue is likely to come up during the ANI

Despite successful U.S. attacks in N W Afghanistan, Taliban in control
Despite successful U.S. attacks on Taliban leaders in Afghanistan's northwest, insurgency remains in control. ANI

Sri Lanka arrests five suspected Tamil rebel accomplices
Sri Lankan police on Sunday revealed the arrest of five suspected accomplices of the former Tamil Tiger rebels. ANI

Iraqi PM criticizes timing of Wikileaks disclosure
Iraq Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's office has criticized the timing of the release by Wikileaks of almost 400,000 secret US military documents about the conflict there. ANI

British Home Secretary arrives in Pakistan
Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May has arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit. ANI

599th NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan
NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) lost its 599th soldier on Sunday when he waskilled in an explosion in southern Afghanistan. ANI

Lawyer claims Brit soldier killed Iraqi girl while she played
A lawyer representing several Iraqi clients has controversially revealed that a British soldier killed an eight-year-old Iraqi girl while she was playing on a street. ANI

Approver police officer holds three responsible for Benazir's murder
Superintendent of Police (SP) Ashfaq Anwar, who was assigned to provide box security to former premier Benazir Bhutto during her last rally, turned an approver in her assassination case and has held three officers responsible, a news channel reports. ANI

2,395 Palestinian racers break Guinness World Record in marathon
Over 2,000 Palestinian racers have successfully broken the Guinness World Record for "Most people running hundred meters in a 12-hour relay continuously". ANI

Key Karzai aide was given bagful of cash by Iran
Iran is alleged to have ensured a steady stream of cash to the Hamid Karzai government in Afghanistan to promote its interests with the president, the Washington Post and Huffington Post reports. ANI

'Pakistan racing to become No.1 corrupt country'
Corruption in Pakistan has attained new heights in 2010, as the country, under the administration of Zardari-Gilani duo, is said to have surpassed several other badly corrupt nations ranked above it in 2009. ANI

British let al-Qaida kingpin Zarqawi go free, say Iraq war logs
British troops came close to capturing al-Qaida's top commander in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, but the operation collapsed after the only surveillance helicopter ordered to monitor him ran out of fuel and had to return to base, secret Iraqi military intelligence logs suggest. ANI

Helen Mirren taking her clothes off even at 65
Thirty years after Dame Helen Mirren bared all in 'Caligula', the 65-year-old has stripped off again as a brothel madam in 'Love Ranch'. ANI

One of Blair's longest-serving employees quits amid great mystery
One of Tony Blair's longest-serving members of staff, Jo Gibbons, has resigned as the former prime minister's director of corporate affairs amid great mystery. ANI

Wikileaks releases documents that claim Iran devised new suicide vest for al-Qaeda use in Iraq
Iranian-backed forces devised new forms of suicide vests for al-Qaeda to use in Iraq, assessments released by controversial web site Wikileaks reveal. ANI

Airports in Australia branded easy terror targets
Major airports in Australia are "wide open" to terror attacks, a major international conference will be told this week. ANI

Terrorists blow up two schools in Pak's Bajaur Agency
Terrorists blew up two schools with explosives in Bajaur Agency today, a news channel reported. ANI

Rescued Chilean miners struggling to adjust to life above ground
It seems rescued Chilean miners are finding it tough to live a normal life, with many of them still grappling with mental and physical problems. ANI

Palin to GOP: Dig deep, don't get cocky, win mid-term polls
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has told Republicans that they have the momentum to succeed in the mid-term elections, but warned the GOP not to get "cocky." ANI

Tips to stay happier at work
Experts have offered a few tips on how one can make his or her occupation and workplace more enjoyable. ANI

Amorous Brit officer sent coded 'love letters' from Colditz
A British officer held at Colditz, the prisoner-of-war camp the Nazi's believed was escape proof, used ingenious code he developed to write love letters to a string of girlfriends for passing information to British intelligence. ANI

Gilani eyeing another term for PPP-led govt in Pakistan
The Pakistan People's Party government would complete its five-year constitutional term, and come into power for another five years through the power of the ballot, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

Indian students spend delightful day with Pakistani counterparts
While the Indo-Pak political relationship remains edgy; nothing deterred a delegation of Indian students and teachers who spent an eventful day in Islamabad. ANI

US defends its new military aid to "strategic partner" Pakistan
The United States has defended the new 2.29 billion-dollar military aid package to Pakistan, saying it is in their 'mutual interest,' and the South Asian country is an important "strategic partner" in its counter-insurgency operations. ANI

Artist tickled by New Yorkers' desire to feel his nude bronze sculpture
Artist Fernando Botero seems to be happy with the way New Yorkers interact with his 12-foot-tall bronze sculpture of a naked Adam at the Time Warner Center mall. ANI

Dogs, not drones and metal detectors, are 'best bomb-detectors' in US
There's nothing in the U.S. arsenal for bomb detection more powerful than a dog's nose, says the leader of the Pentagon's multibillion military task force to stop improvised bombs. ANI

Northern Afghan warlords rearming to stave off possible Taliban resurgence
Warlords in Northern Afghanistan are reportedly rearming, fearing and dreading the prospect of a possible Taliban return to power after almost a decade. ANI

Palin used Alaska ethics scandal to achieve political stardom
Former Governor Sarah Palin reportedly used a massive corruption case brewing in Alaska in 2006 to achieve political stardom. ANI

Barack Obama gives his first ever iPad autograph
US President Barack Obama has given his first ever iPad autograph - after he previously branded the device as a 'distraction'. ANI

Barefoot Oz fisherman steps on croc while fishing, gets bitten
An Aussie fish farmer got bitten when he stepped on a crocodile while out fishing barefoot in saltie-infested waters. ANI

US renews bonds with Pak Army by pledging 2bn-dollar military aid
While the US administration has repeatedly pledged support for civilian rule in Pakistan, the two million-dollar military aid pledge at the latest round of the US-Pak strategic dialogue shows that it is also keen to meet the wish-lists of the army, which has long been a major player in Pakistan and provides vital logistical support for forces in Afghanistan. ANI

New Zealand Taxi Federation calls for cameras after another attack on cabbie
The New Zealand Taxi Federation (NZTF) has reiterated that security cameras must be made compulsory in their vehicles after yet another attack on a driver. ANI

US Senate polls: Democratic outsource attack alienating Indian American vote bank
Democratic attacks on employment outsourcing in this year's campaigns are alienating a once-stalwart source of the party's funding, Indian-Americans, who believe India is sharing blame unfairly for the decline of U.S. manufacturing jobs. ANI

Obama administration vows to push for preferential trade programme with Pakistan
The US administration has vowed to redouble its efforts for getting Congressional approval on a preferential trade programme for Pakistan, under which products manufactured in designated zones can be brought duty-free to America. ANI

Porn use among NT public servants on the rise
The number of Northern Territory public servants being formally disciplined has increased threefold in six years-as they have come under scanner for "inappropriate computer use." ANI

23 terrorists enter Islamabad, Lahore to attack police, buildings: Intelligence report
As many as 23 terrorists have entered Islamabad and Lahore to attack senior police officers, bureaucrats and important buildings, while Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has separately planned to launch terror strikes on religious leaders and activists of two particular sects and their business interests, intelligence reports have revealed. ANI

Latest round of Pak-US strategic dialogue 'successful': Qureshi
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has termed the latest round of the US-Pak strategic dialogue 'successful', 'progressive' and 'fruitful', adding that the talks helped improve ties of the two close allies against the war on terrorism. ANI

Now, a declaration 'justifying' killing Musharraf for his unpardonable crimes
Pakistani political leaders and religious scholars have made a unanimous declaration justifying the call for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's murder for his allegedly unpardonable crimes. ANI

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