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International News on April 17, 2011

Fukushima nuclear crisis to be resolved in nine months: TEPCO
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, on Sunday said that it expects to bring the crisis under control by the end of the year. ANI

UK teacher won 200K pounds compensation after slipping on grape
A teacher won 200,000 pounds in compensation from the British Government last year after slipping on a grape which was left on a stairwell. ANI

Cop pulls woman from jaws of her 8-foot pet python in US
A police officer in Kansas is being honoured for his bravery after pulling the jaws of an 8-foot python off its owner. ANI

A 10 pounds tube of cream that's 'better than Botox' promises instant wrinkles free face
British beauty company Nip+Fab has launched a new product, which guarantees to reduce wrinkles instantly, with much cheaper and better result than Botox. ANI

Euthanasia fanatic 'showing videos on how to kill yourself to 14-yr-old students'
An Australian euthanasia activist has shocked the world by showing videos to young students illustrating assisted suicide. ANI

GOP leader slams colleague for Obama-chimpanzee email
Some Orange County Republican leaders have condemned an email distributed by a veteran party committee member, portraying US President Barack Obama's face superimposed on a chimpanzee, with the words written: "Now you know why - No birth certificate!" ANI

UK lawyers were paid 11 m pounds to fight failed immigration cases
British lawyers received eleven million pounds to fight cases for immigrants who were eventually told to leave the country. ANI

Facebook makes money from user's data
Social networking site Facebook is using its users's profile, status updates, messages and other information to help advertisers find exactly who they want to reach out to. ANI

Monty Python star Cleese refused peerage to avoid England winter
Actor and comedian John Cleese said he turned down the opportunity to take a seat in the House of Lords because he could not face the idea of spending the winter in England. ANI

Arizona passes "birther bill," seeks Obama's birth proof ahead of 2012 poll
Arizona's legislature has passed a "birther bill" asking US President Barack Obama to prove he was born in America before contesting the 2012 presidential elections. ANI

Working Aussie women refusing to share workload at home
Working women in Australia are refusing to share household chores because they think they do a better job, according to a new survey. ANI

Australian Sikhs celebrate Baisakhi in Sydney
Members of the Sikh community celebrated the festival of Baisakhi here on Sunday with gaiety and fervor. ANI

Will-Kate planning Jordan honeymoon
Prince William and Kate Middleton are believed to be planning a honeymoon trip to Jordan. ANI

Gaddafi controlled companies still operating in UK despite sanctions
Libyan companies controlled by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi are reportedly still trading in Britain despite being under official sanctions. ANI

Trump takes lead in GOP primary race, beats other Republicans: Poll
American businessman Donald Trump has taken the lead against potential Republican competitors in a hypothetical primary race, according to a poll. ANI

Yemeni women protest Saleh's 'haram' comment
Yemeni women took out a march on Saturday against President Ali Abdullah Saleh's comments that anti-government protesters in the capital were in violation of Islamic law, because women were allowed to mix with men, which is considered "haram" or sin. ANI

Bahrain facing fresh violent repression over arrests, female student's death
Bahrain has come under a fresh violent repression over new arrests and the alleged death of a female student in the country. ANI

UK's most expensive flat sold in London for 136m pounds
A penthouse at the One Hyde Park development in London, which is believed to be the country's most expensive, has been sold for a record price of 135.4 million pounds. ANI

Indonesian golf caddies 'nabbed for prostituting themselves to golfers'
The Malaysian Immigration Department has arrested 26 female Indonesian golf caddies from a resort in Kulai for providing sexual services to golfers. ANI

Kohler's 3,900 pounds toilet is for the high-earning trendy types
American manufacturer Kohler has brought a new level of luxury to the lavatory with a new smart toilet dubbed the 'Numi'. ANI

Three major challenges blocking world's sustained development: WB official
Food, financial and economic crisis, climate and environment, are the three big issues that could derail the world's sustained development, former vice president of the World Bank Vinod Thomas said in a recent exclusive interview with Xinhua. ANI

Victoria's Monash Varsity website hacked
Victoria's Monash University has reported to "specialist agencies" the hacking of its website home page, which on Saturday displayed the words "Hacked by yaser007" in red above a picture of the Iranian flag within the outline of a map of the country. ANI

Pak court adjourns 26/11 Mumbai attacks case hearing until April 23
An Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan has adjourned the hearing of the 2008 Mumbai attacks case until April 23. ANI

California p*rn film industry refuses to play ball with health officials
California health officials have not been able to complete an investigation into the prevalence of HIV in the p*rn film industry as the latter has refused to cooperate, say reports. ANI

Prince Harry promoted to Army Captain
Prince Harry has been promoted to the rank of captain by the British army, palace officials have announced. ANI

Oz women suffer more injuries wearing stilettos than playing sport
It has emerged that Australian women are now more likely to injure themselves from taking a tumble in a pair of sky-high heels than on the sports field. ANI

Roman emperor Nero's first home reconstructed virtually
Experts have virtually reconstructed the first house built by the infamous Roman emperor Nero, which has been put on display at a major exhibition in Rome. ANI

UK Defence Secy moves out London flat over terror attack fears
British Defence Secretary Liam Fox has moved out of his London flat to reside in a Government apartment over fears of a possible terrorist attack. ANI

Malaysia Education Ministry explains race column in varsity application forms
Malaysia's Higher Education Ministry has explained that the sub-categories under the "race" column in the Universities' Admissions Unit's online application forms are for authorities to check the applicants' personal data with the National Registration Department (NRD). ANI

'Fit as mallee bulls', cadets need sex as outlet, says Oz defence body chief
Australian Defence Association director Neil James has described the country's cadets as being as fit as "mallee bull" and said they require sex as an outlet of physical expression. ANI

Newly resurfaced letter brings the question of Abraham Linclon's faith to the fore
A 19th-century letter which resurfaced recently has brought the question of former US President Abraham Lincoln's religious faith on the forefront. ANI

Libyan rebels should be armed to prevent Islamic extremists takeover: Ex-UK defence chief
Former head of the UK's armed forces Lord Dannatt has said that arms and ammunitions should be provided to Libyan rebels who are fighting against the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to prevent Islamic extremists from taking over the country. ANI

Counter-terrorism in UK tougher since last Royal wedding
British authorities facing a range of potential threats are launching an unprecedented security operation in preparation for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton to be held later this month. ANI

Palin urges GOP to 'fight like girls'
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has criticized the Republican leaders over the budget deal, and challenged them to "fight like girls". ANI

Jack the Ripper was a German sailor, ex-UK detective claims
Jack the Ripper was probably a German merchant seaman named Carl Feigenbaum. This is a theory proposed by former English murder squad detective Trevor Marriott. ANI

Protests continue in Syria despite Assad's reform assurance
Syrian protestors are continuing with their protests against the 11-year rule of President Bashar al-Assad despite his assurances of bringing an end to the country's 48-year-old emergency law and instigating further reforms. ANI

UK man faces the sack for Christian cross on his van dashboard
An electrician in the UK is facing the sack for displaying a small cross on the dashboard of his company van. ANI

UK Cathedral's ban on photographing child choir attacked as 'ludicrous'
A decision by the Church of England cathedral to impose a ban on the public from taking pictures of its choir has been called as 'ludicrous' by a child protection charity. ANI

Last Supper 'is commemorated a day late'
A new book by a Cambridge University physicist claims that Jesus Christ's last supper - the final meal that he shared with his 12 Apostles in Jerusalem before his crucifixion - is commemorated a day late. ANI

Iran tests new home-made missile system
Iran has successfully test-fired its latest air-defense missile system, named Sayyad 2. ANI

Egypt court orders dissolution of Mubarak's ex-ruling party
An Egyptian court has ordered the dissolution of the country's former ruling party led by ousted President Hosni Mubarak, and the confiscation of its assets. ANI

U.S., allies secretly seeking refuge for Gaddafi
The United States and its allies have reportedly secretly begun seeking a country, most likely in Africa, that would be willing to give refuge to Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in case he is forced out of the oil rich country by rebel forces. ANI

Now, rent a whole country for 40K pounds a night
The entire Liechtenstein, a tiny land-locked country between Austria and Switzerland, is being offered for hire to tourists with 40,000 pounds a night to spare. ANI

New Mexico boy, 9, to be world's youngest pilot to fly hot air ballooon solo
A 9-year-old boy from New Mexico is preparing to become the world's youngest trained pilot to fly solo in an ultra-light hot air balloon. ANI

UAE clears use of BlackBerry even as India continues to stall
Even as India continues refuses to give the all clear for use of Blackberry services such as the messenger, e-mail and browsing over a dispute related to access to encrypted details, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has confirmed continuation of all BlackBerry services for individuals and business customers. ANI

Japan to announce time of completion for nuke emergency
Japan is likely to announce a timeline for resolving the nuclear emergency at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. ANI

Wearing veil is 'not open to debate': Muslim Council of Britain
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has issued a statement on its website saying that women cannot debate wearing the veil. ANI

Piracy set to cost world nine billion pounds by 2015
Piracy on the world's seas will result ina global loss of nine million pounds by the year 2015, experts have warned. ANI

OGRA chief joins Pakistan's bogus degree club
Exposing Pakistan's Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority Chairman Tauqir Sadiq's degree as bogus, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that there was no institution in Britain and America from where he claimed to have acquired his LLM degree. ANI

Pakistan, Afghanistan to set up joint commission to promote reconciliation process
Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed on the formation of a joint commission to carry forward the Afghan reconciliation process following the withdrawal of foreign troops from the war-torn country, which begins from July. ANI

Rising food prices pose global threat: World Bank president
World Bank president Robert Zoellick has warned that rising food prices have pushed the world's poor countries to "one shock away from a full-blown crisis." ANI

India, China have contributed significantly to global poverty eradication: IMF and WB
The World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have both said that most of the developing countries are close to meeting key targets for tackling extreme poverty and hunger. ANI

Musharraf offers olive branch to archrival Nawaz Sharif
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said that he wants to make amends with Pakistan Muslim League -N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, but pointed out that reconciliation was not a one-way street. ANI

Pak Army bound by Constitution to keep away from all political activities: Chief Justice

Pak arrests 22 Indian fishermen for violating maritime boundary
The Maritime Security Agency (MSA) of Pakistan has arrested at least 22 Indian fishermen for violating the country's marine limits. ANI

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