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International News on August 15, 2011

Six people killed in Jersey knife attack belong to two Polish families
The Polish Embassy has confirmed that the six people, including three children, who were killed in a knife attack at a house in Jersey were members of two families of Polish descent. ANI

Female celebrities turning into cougars seeking 'lots of great sex'
High-profile older women are rapidly taking up the role of cougars, flooring their men with their charm and sensuousness. ANI

Pak gets lesser USAID funds than promised under Kerry-Lugar bill
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) projects in Pakistan have received lesser funds than were promised under the Kerry Lugar Berman bill. ANI

MQM set to rejoin treasury benches soon in Pak
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has decided to rejoin the treasury benches at both the national and provincial levels in Pakistan. ANI

Lack of proper law, fear of retribution behind high rate of acquittals in terrorism cases in Pak
Pakistan prosecutors say that the lack of proper investigation is the "basic reason" for higher rate of acquittal in the terrorism related cases in the country. ANI

Sindh floods leave thousands displaced
Intermittent have wrecked havoc in Pakistan's Sindh province leaving over 114000 households damaged. ANI

China, Israel pledge to improve military ties
China's People's Liberation Army's visiting chief Chen Bingde, pledged to elevate Sino- Israeli miltary ties to a new level during a meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak. ANI

EU advertises for 'pirate cultural advisor' to counter menace of piracy
The European Union has advertised for the post of 'pirate cultural advisor' in an effort to counter the menace of piracy. ANI

Visit to bag the best seat on a plane
Want to grab the best seat in the plane to enjoy the journey? Well, then American Matt Daimler has the answer. ANI

Meet the Brit girl who dozes off for 2 months at a stretch
A British girl, who suffers from the rare Kleine-Levin Syndrome, is said to nod off to sleep for two months at a time. ANI

'James Bond's' fancy watches and flashy cars up for grabs for a pittance
Britain's Ministry of Defence is selling some of its surplus equipment originally handed out to its spies, to help plug a 36 billion pounds "black hole" in its finances. ANI

Malacca Governor enthralls audience with south Indian actor's re-enactment
Malacca Governor Tun Mohammad Khalil Yaakob entertained thousands after re-enacting late south Indian actor M G Ramachandran's role in the 1964 blockbuster Vettaikaran at the State Culture and Art Auditorium in Ayer Keroh. ANI

Lack of proper law, probe leading to higher rate of acquittal in the terrorism cases in Pak
Pakistan prosecutors say that the lack of proper investigation is the "basic reason" for higher rate of acquittal in the terrorism related cases in the country. ANI

Bachmann victory in Iowa straw poll no precursor to who will get GOP nod
The test vote of Iowans that was won by Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann provides clues about the candidate's level of support and campaign organization, but it is hardly predictive of who win the state's upcoming contest. ANI

'UK jails not capable of dealing with young gang members': Report
A report given to the British ministers a year ago claimed that the country's prisons and young offenders' institutions do not have the policies in place to deal with the influx of young gang members to be locked up in future. ANI

Pak leaders talk of state oppression, but at home, everything is swept under the carpet
Pakistani leaders continue to talk about state oppression outside Pakistan, be it Kashmir or Palestine, but when it comes to their own people, they are in a habit of sweeping everything under the rug. ANI

Meet Britain's drunkest woman who drinks 28 pints of lager a day!
A British woman, who had been facing charges of shoplifting, has emerged as the drunkest woman of the country for downing 28 pints of lager a day. ANI

Pippa Middleton accused of padding her 'flat bottom' for Royal Wedding
Kate Middleton's younger sister Pippa, who almost won the Rear of the Year title in England, has been accused of padding her "flat bottom" during the Royal Wedding. ANI

Imran Khan is Pakistan's most popular politician
Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan has emerged as his country's most popular politician, but he has as many enemies as he has friends. ANI

Obama's approval rating drops to lowest ever: Poll
US President Barack Obama's approval rating has fallen to below 40 percent, an all-time low, a Gallup's daily tracking poll has revealed. ANI

London-based non-resident Indians demand strong anti-corruption law
Demanding a strong anti-corruption law, Indian nationals living in London have called on the Indian government to support social activist Anna Hazare's fast-unto-death strike against corruption. ANI

'Jilted' woman threatens to detonate teargas canisters at ex-beau's wedding
A jilted Zimbabwean woman reportedly forced her ex-boyfriend to abandon his wedding ceremony by storming the church and brandishing teargas canisters. ANI

Pak moves International Court of Arbitration to halt India's Kishenganga project
Pakistan has moved the International Court of Arbitration to ask India to halt construction of the Kishenganga project. ANI

FBI widens its US inquiry into Murdoch's News Corp beyond 9/11 hacking
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has widened its investigation into Rupert Murdoch's News Corp to look into allegations of wrongdoing at the company beyond the claim that News of the World journalists attempted to hack the phones of 9/11 victims. ANI

Hindus ask for withdrawal of shooting sanction of runaway German cow "Yvonne"
Hindus of the world have come out in support of the runaway German cow "Yvonne". ANI

Pak Govt committed to make country strong: Zardari
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said the government has embarked upon a mission to make the country strong, self-sufficient and prosperous to ensure a bright future for the young generation. ANI

China closes 'toxic' chemical plant after thousands protest
Chinese authorities have ordered a petrochemical plant in Liaoning province to shutdown operations after thousands demanded relocation of the factory. ANI

Karachi's problems are both ethnic and political: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that Karachi's problems are both ethnic and political. ANI

Pak Army delaying civilian takeover of Swat Valley
Despite stamping out Taliban insurgency in the Swat Valley about two years ago, the Pakistan Army is delaying steps for a possible civilian takeover of the area. ANI

Prince Philip gives exercise tips to Kate Middleton
Prince Philip is said to be making sure his grandson Prince William's wife Kate is settling in well with the Royal life, even calling her up to give her exercise tips. ANI

UK hacker stole 35,000 pounds from neighbours' bank accounts using Facebook
A 33-year-old man in Britain stole 35,000 pounds from his neighbours' online bank accounts after working out the answers to their security questions from information they posted on social network Facebook and Friends Reunited. ANI

Obama's 2012 strongest rival Rick Perry wore undies made by mum
Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry, who doesn't shy away from admitting that he wore underwear made his mom during his college days, has emerged as the strongest challenger to Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential poll. ANI

Iranian students protest over UK's 'oppressive royal regime'
Hundreds of Iranian University students gathered outside the British embassy in Tehran to protest against Britain's alleged suppression of a 'popular uprising' aimed at ousting the 'dictatorial royal regime'. ANI

Pak to review travel restrictions for diplomats following US' ditto threat
Pakistan has decided to review existing protocol for movement of diplomats after the US lodged a strong protest against it and threatened to impose similar restrictions on Pakistani diplomats in Washington. ANI

Nawaz pledges to end corruption, extremism when back in power
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has reiterated his pledge to eliminate corruption and extremism from the country after coming to power. ANI

PPP Senator denies allegations against him in Benazir murder case
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Senator Dr Safdar Ali Abbasi has categorically denied allegations levelled against him in the Benazir Bhutto murder case. ANI

PPP urges Chief Justice to decide Taseer's assassination case without further delay
The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has demanded that Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry take suo motu notice of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer's murder case, just as he had taken the notice of the unarmed boy, Sarfaraz Shah's killing by Rangers in Karachi. ANI

Lahore Police still clueless in American national's abduction case
The Lahore Police is still searching for clues regarding the American citizen's abduction case and has failed to reach a breakthrough after questioning the guards at his house. ANI

Pak Govt to continue building consensus with political parties to resolve issues: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has expressed faith in democracy and said the Pakistan government will continue building consensus with all political parties to resolve crucial issues confronting the country. ANI

Zardari confers Nishan-e-Imtiaz on slain Pak governor Taseer
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has conferred the Nishan-e-Imtiaz on former Punjab governor Salman Taseer for his services to the country. ANI

Norway gunman showed 'no remorse' reconstructing his July 22 massacre
Anders Behring Breivik, the man behind Norway's bloodshed, showed no remorse when he took part in the reconstruction of his shooting spree. ANI

Brit spies wanted to spike Hitler's food with female sex hormone to curb aggression!
It has emerged that during the Second World War the British spies planned to hatch a plot against Adlof Hitler by mixing female sex hormones with his food to pacify his aggressive impulses. ANI

US ambassador assures China on safety of its investments following ratings downgrade
The new American ambassador to China, Gary Locke, has said that Beijing's investments in the US are safe despite recent debt problems that struck the nation. ANI

Pregnant widow of Pak-origin man killed in Birmingham riots 'devastated'
The pregnant widow of one of the Pakistani men killed during the riots in Birmingham last week has said she is 'devastated' by the loss of her husband. ANI

Bachmann stutters and splutters over her 'judgement' of gays
Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann, tried to dodge questions about her views on gay and lesbian people by saying she 'doesn't judge them'. ANI

US puts four 'must do conditions' on future military aid to Pak
The United States has started conditioning the award of billions of dollars in security assistance to Pakistan on whether Islamabad shows progress to combat the Al-Qaeda and its militant allies. ANI

Two out of three Scots believe Lockerbie bomber should go back to prison
Two out of three Scots want Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi returned to jail, a new poll has revealed. ANI

Brits set record for 'largest number of people ever to shower together'
Britain has broken the world record for the largest number of people ever to shower together. ANI

Iran's first nuclear power station to join grid by Aug end
Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant will be connected to the national grid in late August, the head of the nations' Atomic Energy Organization has said. ANI

Lockerbie bomber al-Megrahi 'could be targeted in Osama bin Laden-style US raid'
A father who lost his daughter in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing has said that he fears the US Navy SEALs team that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan could target Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the atrocity. ANI

Pak 'gave China access to Osama bin Laden raid helicopter'
Pakistan's intelligence service allowed Chinese military engineers to examine the wreckage of the US "stealth" helicopter that crashed during the May 2 raid at Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, US officials and others familiar with the classified intelligence assessments have claimed. ANI

Cameron to pledge 'social fightback' against problems festering UK for decades
British Prime Minister David Cameron will today promise to confront the 'slow-motion moral collapse' behind last week's rioting in the country. ANI

Nepal PM quits amid political uncertainty
Nepal's embattled Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal resigned on Sunday, following intense pressure from the main opposition Nepali Congress and his key ally Maoists. ANI

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