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International News on August 11, 2011

Soon to be axed UK troops may learn how to massage, aromatherapy
Soldiers facing the boot under defence cuts are being offered courses to learn how to do massage and aromatherapy. ANI

National Archives claim Mork 'n' Mindy aliens hit East Dulwich in 2003
A couple of aliens with the names of 'Mork and Mindy' were spotted in East Dulwich, UK, in 2003, according to reports. ANI

Bored NY executive hits 'p*rn jackpot' from office window
A New York executive has revealed that he hit a 'jackpot' by watching an apparent p*rn shoot happening outside his office. ANI

German etiquette group calls workplace greeting kissing 'a form of terrorism'!
A German etiquette group has called for a total ban on work colleagues kissing one another as greetings in the office, claiming a peck on the cheek is a form of 'terrorism'. ANI

Brit girl jailed for boozy sex romp slams Dubai's 'hypocrisy'
A British girl, who was jailed for a boozy sex romp in Dubai and banned for life from any Arab country, has slammed the country's hypocrisy in dealing with crime. ANI

New Thai PM Shinawatra's debut cabinet gets mixed response
Thailand's new cabinet has been welcomed by the nation's industrial sector and the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), but at the same time it has been slammed by the opposition for being formed to benefit ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. ANI

US soldier gets life term for killing two comrades in Iraq over 'poor performance' jibe
A military court has sentenced US Army sergeant Joseph Bozicevich to life imprisonment without parole for shooting and killing his infantry squad leader and another US soldier in Iraq after they criticised him for poor performance. ANI

Now, 'macho' man Putin scoops two ancient Greek urns during scuba-diving adventure
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has reportedly discovered two sixth century Greek urns, while scuba diving at an archaeological site off the Taman peninsular in southern Russia. ANI

Facebook users alarmed over site posting confidential phone numbers
Users of Facebook have expressed alarm over the appearance of confidential phone numbers on the social networking site. ANI

One US drone strike every four days in Pakistan during Obama tenure: Research
There have been 236 drone strikes in Pakistan - one every four days- during US President Barack Obama's tenure, according to an extensive new research published by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism. ANI

Debt ceiling, weak economy has damaged Obama, political parties: Washington Post poll
A new Washington Post poll has underscored the damage done to President Obama and to both political parties by the long standoff over the debt ceiling and the weakened economy. ANI

"Saudi 'lords' have wreaked havoc in Pakistan in name of Islam": Editorial
Pakistan's leaders should work towards ending Arab influence in the country's internal matters instead of 'renewing' its ties with its Saudi 'lords' who have wreaked havoc there in the name of Islam, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Pak parliamentarians demand restrictions on US envoy's movement
Pakistani parliamentarians have demanded restrictions on the movements of US ambassador Cameron Munter, expressing their strong concerns and apprehensions regarding the law and order situation in Balochistan and Karachi. ANI

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei faced 'immense psychological pressure' in jail
The dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was subjected to 'immense psychological pressure' when he was held in a secret police detention centre, it has emerged. ANI

Rich really poor in generosity, empathy and altruism: Study
People of a lower class show more empathy, more prosocial behavior and compassion to others than those who are richer, a new research has found. ANI

Heavily hyped documentary on Pippa Middleton fails to enthral Royal fans
Pippa Middleton was the subject of a new documentary that aired on TLC recently, but the only fascinating thing that it revealed was that her extended family are keen to cash in on her newfound fame. ANI

Murdoch vows to do "whatever is necessary" to prevent another phone-hacking scandal
Australian-American global media baron Rupert Murdoch has said that he would do "whatever is necessary" to prevent any phone-hacking scandal from occurring again. ANI

China suspends new high-speed rail projects following crash
China has suspended all new high-speed railway projects following the July 23 train accident, which killed about 40 people. ANI

Pakistan responsible for protecting, assisting US diplomats travelling in country: State Department
The United States has reminded Pakistan of its responsibility to facilitate and protect American diplomats travelling inside the country. ANI

Pak court orders FIA to provide Musharraf's property details by Aug 13 for confiscation
An Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) in Pakistan has ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to provide full details of former president Pervez Musharraf's property in the country by August 13, 2011, for confiscation. ANI

NYC schools make sex education mandatory for students
All schools in New York City have made sex education mandatory in a bid to teach students how to keep themselves 'safe before, and when, they decide to have sex'. ANI

UK riots likely to cost retailers 392 million pounds
The riots across England could cost retailers an astonishing 392 million pounds if it goes on until Saturday, new figures have revealed. ANI

US wants China to explain 'why it needs aircraft carrier'
The United States has asked China to explain why it needs warship equipment like the aircraft carrier amid concerns about Beijing's lack of transparency over its military power projection. ANI

Malaysian student victim of London riots 'hurt, beaten, but not broken'
A Malaysian student, who was filmed being mugged by rioters in London, has told how he might 'have been hurt, but he would never be broken'. ANI

Facebook owner Zuckerberg's goons stalking me with binoculars: Ceglia
A New York state man who claims he's entitled to half of Mark Zuckerberg's multibillion-dollar stake in Facebook, has told his hometown newspaper that he has moved to Ireland to escape from goons stalking him. ANI

Atlanta runs world's most fiscally efficient airport
A new research has shown that Atlanta's Hartsfield -Jackson International Airport (ATL) is the most fiscally- efficient among airports serving over 15 million passengers annually. ANI

Over 4 in 10 Americans would re-elect Obama; Romney is GOP topper
Over four in ten Americans participating in a Fox News poll have said that they would re-elect President Barack Obama, but a majority disapprove than approve of the job he is doing. ANI

Norwegian gunman planned and committed July 22 attacks alone
The Norwegian terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in last month's attacks planned and committed mass killing on his own. ANI

Forests absorb a third of fossil fuel emissions
A new research has shown that the world's forests absorb 2.4 billion tonnes of carbon per year from the atmosphere which is equivalent to a third of the current annual fossil fuel emissions. ANI

China transforms ex-Soviet warship into luxury hotel
China has transformed a former Soviet heavy aircraft-carrying warship, Kiev, into its first aircraft carrier luxury hotel. ANI

Chinese blogger released after dissident artist Weiwei highlights case
China has released a prominent blogger held on subversion charges for six months, a day after his case was highlighted by the dissident artist Ai Weiwei. ANI

Indians in Birmingham express outrage over UK riots; say they are being 'targeted'
Living under a shadow of fear since the last few days, Indians living in Birmingham expressed their outrage at the ongoing spiral of riots in the United Kingdom on Wednesday. ANI

Kayani rejects US demand for military operation in North Waziristan
Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has rejected the United States' demand for a military operation in militant-infested North Waziristan, according to diplomatic sources. ANI

Indians in Southall area stand together as riots spread through UK
Tension continues to prevail in English cities and towns in the wake of the riots that have occurred since last Saturday, but Indian dominated Southall has been largely peaceful. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymoon murder suspect Dewani to be extradited to South Africa
Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire, who has been charged with masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon, will be extradited to South Africa to stand trial. ANI

UK right-wing extremists 'hijacking' vigilante patrols protecting against looters: Police
Right-wing extremists in Britain could 'hijack' vigilante patrols protecting against rioters across London, the country's most senior police official has warned. ANI

Envoy who sold Pak embassy in personal capacity 'declared innocent on Musharraf's orders'
Pakistan's former ambassador to Indonesia, Mustafa Anwar, who sold the Pakistani embassy building in Jakarta in his personal capacity, was declared innocent on the orders of former president Pervez Musharraf, an audit report has revealed. ANI

UK riots: Grieving father who lost son calls for calm
Revenge is the farthest thing from Tariq Jahan's mind. Having lost his 21-year-old son Haroon during the riots in Britain, a grieving Jahan has called for calm and restoration of peace. ANI

Statue of Liberty to close for a year to undergo 27.45 m dollar renovation
The Statue of Liberty in New York will close for a year from October 28 to undergo a 27.25 million dollar renovation, US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has said. ANI

Democrats express doubts over Obama's reelection, hope Hillary will step in
Democrats are beginning to ask if incumbent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would have made a better president than Barack Obama, and now are expressing serious doubts about the latter's ability to win re-election next year. ANI

'Secret' US-Taliban talks 'blown out of water' following 'paranoid' Afghan Govt leak
Secret exploratory peace talks between the United States and the Taliban reportedly collapsed as details of the negotiations were leaked. ANI

NY hotel maid's lawyer cites 'many other' Strauss-Kahn victims
A lawyer for the maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her, has said that 'many' other women have made similar complaints about the former IMF chief's behaviour. ANI

US alienating Pakistanis by acting in military fashion 'with guns blazing': Haqqani
Pakistan's Ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, has accused the United States of alienating Pakistanis by coming into the country in a military fashion "with guns blazing" to conduct the unilateral raid that killed Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad hideout. ANI

Oz Institute of Criminology study rules out racism as cause for Indian student attacks
The Australian High Commission has welcomed the release of a detailed study by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) into crimes against Indian and other international students in Australia. ANI

Five killed, several wounded in three blasts in Peshawar
At least five people, including four police personnel, were killed in three explosions that rocked Pakistan's Peshawar city on Thursday. ANI

Malik served contempt of court notice over 'incorrect statement' on Mumbai attack case
An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan has issued a contempt of court notice to Interior Minister Rehman Malik over his statement concerning the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case. ANI

Ex-NOTW news editor Greg Miskiw arrested in phone hacking scandal
Greg Miskiw, a former news editor at the News of the World, has been arrested by police investigating the sensational phone hacking at the now-defunct tabloid newspaper. ANI

Obama admin under fire for giving Kathryn Bigelow 'access' to Laden mission files
Barack Obama's administration has been blamed for providing 'top-level access' to Osama bin Laden mission files to an Oscar-winning filmmaker in an effort to improve his re-election prospects. ANI

'Pakistan sheltered, kept bin Laden under house arrest in Abbottabad in return for Saudi cash'
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was protected by elements of Pakistan's security apparatus in return for millions of dollars of Saudi cash, an American security analyst has claimed. ANI

Newly Appointed Sitel Executives to Strengthen Asia-Pacific Operations
Sitel, a leading global customer care outsourcing provider, continues to expand its operations in the Philippines and Asia-Pacific with the appointment of three executives to various regional positions. The new changes in the organization further distinguish the Philippines as the center of BPO operations for Sitel in Asia-Pacific. Business Wire India

SEE Virtual Worlds® and SEE Games Secure Licensing Rights to Create Digital and Online Games Based on Some of the World’s Most Popular Entertainment Intellectual Properties
SEE Virtual Worlds® and SEE Games, entertainment companies publishing digital and online games tied to licensed franchises, today announced they have teamed with major entertainment companies to license some of the world’s most popular intellectual properties Business Wire India

Metaps Pte. Ltd. Announces the Global Simultaneous Release of ""Metaps,"" an Achievement-based Reward Advertising Platform for Android Developers
Metaps Pte. Ltd., a developer of application platforms for Android devices, began offering achievement-based reward advertising services for Android developers, including features for 'attracting customers, posting, measuring, and improvement' all in one package. Business Wire India

Solar Gard® Specialty Films to be Acquired by Major Industry Player Saint-Gobain
Bekaert and Saint-Gobain have signed an agreement regarding the sale of Bekaert's Specialty Films activities to Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation, an Ohio, US-based corporation of the Saint-Gobain group Business Wire India

ExxonMobil Grants Nippon Steel First License for Patented Field Welding Technology for X120 Ultra High-Strength Linepipe
Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) and Nippon Steel Corporation announced that ExxonMobil has granted Nippon Steel the world’s first license for patented field welding technology used to construct high-pressure pipelines made with X120 ultra high-strength steel linepipe. Business Wire India

CORRECTING and REPLACING ZTE Announces 1H 2011 Preliminary Earnings Report
Third graph of release should read: ZTE’s revenue from international markets increased by 36.4 per cent year-on-year to RMB 20.81 billion, accounting for 55.7 per cent of the company’s operating revenue. (sted ZTE’s revenue from international markets increased by 36.4 per cent year-on-year to RMB 20.81 million...). Business Wire India

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