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Have US courts gone too far by expanding celebrities' 'right of publicity'
A University at Buffalo Law School professor is questioning whether American courts have gone too far by expanding the legal rights and privileges celebrities can command over others using their names or likenesses. ANI

Sexting punishment is 'so unjust,' says Oz magistrate
A senior Australian magistrate has condemned the mandatory laws that requires anyone over 18, who are found guilty of possessing or transmitting child pornography, to be registered as a sex offender as "so unjust". ANI

Prince Harry kept his Arctic trek 'secret' from the Queen
Prince Harry has revealed that he did not inform the Queen of his daring trip to the Arctic, in which he battled sub-zero temperatures, in a new documentary, 'Harry's Arctic Heroes'. ANI

Britain's most expensive home sold for whopping 140m Pounds
A home in Park Place has reportedly become Britain's most expensive one after being sold to a rich Russian for a record 140million pounds. ANI

'Ponzi king' Bernie Madoff dumped by wife to reconcile with son
The wife of 'Ponzi king' Bernard Madoff has dumped him to seek a reconciliation with her only living son. ANI

Hindus worldwide greeted on upcoming Ganesh-Chaturthi
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, sending early Ganesh-Chaturthi greetings to one billion Hindus of the world, has urged them to undertake deeper study of Hindu scriptures. ANI

Hindus condemn Roma families' eviction in Belgrade
Hindus have strongly condemned the reported forcible eviction of Roma (Gypsy) families in Serbian capital Belgrade, leaving many of them homeless, including children. ANI

'Baskerville Manor' title goes under the hammer
The Lordship of the Manor of Manaton title that famously inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write the Hound of the Baskervilles will go up for auction on Monday, and is touted to fetch between 20,000 and 30,000 pounds. ANI

Oz PM's partner Tim Mathieson to auction lunch at Miss World bikini pageant
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's partner Tim Mathieson is all set to auction off a lunch with himself at The Lodge as part a Miss World bikini pageant fundraiser. ANI

UK right-wing extremist could carry out Breivik-style massacres if not monitored: Expert
Anti-Islamist group, English Defence League (EDL), could carry out a Norway-style attack in Britain unless the government cracks down on the organisation, an expert has said. ANI

Rebels will be rebuffed before reaching Tripoli: Gaddafi loyalists
Libyan regime officials have said that NATO and rebel forces have underestimated Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's support, warning that any advancement made by the opposition would be rebuffed before they reach Tripoli. ANI

Fraudster Bernie Madoff's lawyer recovers $10 bln for pyramid scheme victims
Former stockbroker and Ponzi scheme operator Bernie Madoff's lawyer has secured over ten billion dollars for victims who invested their money in his pyramid scheme. ANI

FBI investigating secret payments to FIFA whistleblower
A man credited with blowing the whistle on bribery and corruption in FIFA is now himself the subject of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) inquiry. ANI

What not to do this Hungry Ghost Festival
Hungry Ghosts or Phor Thor festival, the Chinese equivalent of Halloween, is still celebrated in great scale by the Chinese in Penang in the month of August - the seventh lunar month of the Chinese calendar. ANI

Ex-Libyan army colonel says 'Gaddafi's regime is falling apart'
An imprisoned Libyan army colonel has said that the country's embattled leader Muammar al-Gaddafi's regime is driven with division and is in the process of being collapsed. ANI

US woman wins lottery 4 times, sparks questions on her 'luck'
An American woman, who won a scratch-and-win lottery four times, has sparked speculations whether it is her luck or she knows the secrets of the game. ANI

Pakistan facing "far greater and complex challenges than ever before": Kayani
The challenges being faced by Pakistan today are much more complex and greater than ever before, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani has said. ANI

After riot mess, Cameron insists on police budget cuts
Despite witnessing one of the worst riots last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted that his government will go ahead with cuts in police budgets. ANI

US worker's abduction in Lahore highlights risks for US aid efforts in Pakistan
The abduction of Warren Weinstein, an American working on a US government-funded aid project in Pakistan, underscores the risks and complications involved for American contractors trying to implement US aid work in the country. ANI

Suu Kyi joins fight against China dam construction in Myanmar
Myanmar's pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has joined chorus of alarm over China's plan to build dams on the nation's most important river. ANI

Cloakroom ticket signed by WW II Nazi spy to be auctioned in UK
A cloakroom ticket signed by a German officer who is credited with starting the Second World War is expected to fetch around 600 pounds at auction this week. ANI

Pakistan removed from list of heroin-making countries
Pakistan's name has been removed from the list of heroin-making countries, Federal Secretary Anti-Narcotics Sohail Ahmed has said. ANI

'Stylish' Kate hits shopping with yet another recycled outfit
The Duchess of Cambridge has reportedly recycled another outfit, which was an almost identical to the one she wore recently while shopping. ANI

Pak father 'humbled' by Birmingham's youth support following son's killing in riots
The grievingfather of Haroon Jahan, one of three Pakistani men killed in the UK riots last week, has said that he was "humbled" by the support of the young people of Birmingham following the horrific incident. ANI

Emergency declared in Islamist abandoned parts of Somalia
Somalia President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has issued a statement declaring state of emergency in areas vacated by Islamists and in camps for drought-displaced people in Mogadishu. ANI

41 tombs spanning six dynasties found in China
About 41 ancient tombs spanning six different dynasties have been discovered in China's Jiangsu province. ANI

Palestine to bid for recognition of 'statehood' in UN next month
The Palestinian authorities have said they will present an application for international recognition of statehood to the United Nations next month. ANI

BBC2 repeating programmes up to nine hours a day
Contrary to the popular perception created by publicity campaigns that BBC2 is dominated by high-profile new programmes, the channel is actually repeating shows up to nine hours a day. ANI

Shell says North Sea oil spill is under control
Oil giant Shell has said that a leak in a North Sea pipeline is under control. ANI

US, UK call for 'halt of bloodshed and violence' in Syria
United States President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have called for an "immediate halt of all bloodshed and violence" against the protesters in Syria. ANI

Fate of female voice in public loos of UK town to be decided next month
The long-standing debate over a female voice welcoming people to public toilets in Church Stretton, Shropshire, is finally about to end, with the town council set to decide whether to retain the voice, change it to a man's voice or silence it, next month. ANI

Three Pak soldiers killed, 25 injured in rocket attack on North Waziristan camp: Officials
At least three Pakistani paramilitary soldiers were killed and 25 others wounded in a rocket attack on their camp in North Waziristan on Sunday, according to officials. ANI

Michelle Obama spent 42 days on vacation last year
US First Lady Michelle Obama spent 42 days travelling on vacation over the past year, the White House Dossier blog has found. ANI

Pak paper accuses India of being behind Balochistan unrest
A Pakistani newspaper has claimed that India is behind the unrest in Pakistan's Balochistan province. ANI

Commons committee may recall witnesses in NotW hacking scandal
Britain's House of Commons Committee will consider recalling key witnesses in the News of the World hacking scandal this week. ANI

Cameron pledges 'zero tolerance' to street crimes in UK
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that there will be a "zero tolerance" towards the street crimes in Britain. ANI

Fatwa issued in Abu Dhabi against fasting Muslims using bad languages
Fasting Muslims should avoid bad manners or using bad languages during the month of Ramadan because it diminishes its benefits, a new fatwa issued in Abu Dhabi has claimed. ANI

American worker's abduction in Pak may complicate US civilian aid disbursement efforts
The abduction of an American working on a US government-funded aid project in Pakistan is likely to further complicate efforts to disburse civilian aid from Washington to Islamabad. ANI

UK cops blast Cameron's US 'supercop' riot advice move as 'slap in the face of Brits'
UK Police are sceptical of the government's plan to seek advice of US 'supercop' Bill Bratton to quell violence in the wake of riots affecting several cities in the country. ANI

New South Wales schools set to teach students dangers of 'sexting'
New South Wales high schools are set to introduce the dangers of 'sexting'- sending racy or distressing texts or emails- into the sexual health curriculum from next year onwards. ANI

A Q Khan calls for revolution to get rid of "clique of self-seekers" who've sold Pak to US
Pakistan's nuclear scientist Dr. A Q Khan has slammed the "incompetent, corrupt and servile" government on the occasion of the country's 64th Independence Day, and called for a revolution to get rid of "a clique of traitors and self-seekers" who have "sold us to US and made us slaves once again." ANI

'Lockerbie bomber's release led to "political and diplomatic victory" for Gaddafi'
The release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi from a Scotland prison had sent out a "wrong signal", leading to "a political and diplomatic victory" for Muammar Gaddafi, the UK head of the newly-recognised Libyan government has claimed. ANI

Bachmann wins GOP Iowa straw poll
Minnesotan Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has narrowly won the Iowa straw poll, affirming her position as a top Republican candidate in the White House race. ANI

Gaddafi regime could be toppled by end of this month: Libyan envoy
The regime of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi could topple by the end of this month, the UK head of Libya's transitional council has claimed. ANI

Pak asks US to specify 'unambiguous terms of engagement' in war on terror
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has again called on the United States to specify clear and unambiguous terms of engagement in the war against terrorism in order to avoid adverse impacts on their bilateral relations. ANI

Britain's top divorce judge divorced for adultery
A British top divorce judge has been divorced by his wife of 30 years for adultery after he left her for another woman. ANI

Three security men killed in militant attack on N.Waziristan check post on Pak Independence Day
Heavily armed militants attacked a security check post in Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency on Sunday morning. ANI

UK 'must tackle its deep-seated social problems', says Chancellor of Exchequer
In response to the wave of riots that swept across the UK last week, British Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne, has said that the country must tackle its 'deep-seated social problems', but said that the government would go ahead with its plan to cut police spending. ANI

Pakistan creates 'national anthem' world record
Pakistan has set a world record for the maximum number of people singing a national anthem simultaneously. ANI

Pakistan celebrates 64th Independence Day today
Pakistan celebrates its 64th Independence Day today with great zeal and renewed commitment to make the country strong and prosperous. ANI

Pak, India should compete with each other in economic reforms rather than in arms race: Nawaz
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has called on both Pakistan and India to move beyond the old thought process for resolving the outstanding issues marring relations between the two nuclear neighbours. ANI

Nawaz commends India for constituting Kargil commission, seeks similar probe in Pak
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has commended India for constituting a commission on the Kargil issue, and deplored that some elements were still opposing a similar commission in Pakistan. ANI

McCain demands withdrawal of NOC requirement for US diplomats travelling in Pak
The United States has demanded that the Pakistan Government lift the no-objection certificate (NOC) requirement on the movement of American diplomats in the country. ANI

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