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International News on August 20, 2011

China's Miss Universe contender being trained to overcome 'too Chinese' traits
China's Miss Universe contender Lou Zilin is receiving special training to overcome her "too Chinese" traits, which her team says might be a big obstacle in her path to the prestigious crown. ANI

Kim Kardashian's wedding gifts to exceed $66K
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphrey's wedding gifts have piled up a staggering total of 66,000 dollars. ANI

Millions of British men suffer from oikodomophobia - a fear of tradesmen
Millions of men are suffering from oikodomophobia - a fear of tradesmen, a new research has found. ANI

Foreign London rioters may be deported: Damian Green
British Immigration Minister Damian Green has said that foreigners who took part in last week's in London rioting will reportedly be deported to "send a tough message to troublemakers." ANI

AOL party guests' raunchy pics become Internet sensation
A guest at a party thrown by AOL, America Online, was left stunned after a photo of him apparently snorting cocaine at the bash landed on the Internet firm's own website. ANI

Bonn scientists find 'deadly secret' in Queen Hatshepsut's perfume bottle
University of Bonn scientists have revealed the dark secret of Queen Hatshepsut's flacon, which is on exhibit in the permanent collection of the Egyptian Museum of the University. ANI

'Sexually assaulted' woman hails court verdict against food delivery driver
A woman, who had sex with a takeaway food delivery driver mistaking him to be her husband, has said the jury verdict pronouncing the delivery man guilty, had restored her right to sleep in her own bed. ANI

Lockerbie bomber Megrahi's release 'vindicated' after two years
Two years after the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Scottish government has claimed that it had been "vindicated" over its controversial decision to free him. ANI

US troops may stay in Afghanistan till 2024
America and Afghanistan are reportedly to sign an agreement allowing thousands of America troops to remain in the country till 2024. ANI

Kim Kardashian angry with hubby-to-be for lashing out at paparazzi
Socialite Kim Kardashian was left angry when her husband-to-be Kris Humphries decided to "attack" the paparazzi with branded wedding bags he was carrying. ANI

Bill Clinton has gone vegan - no meat, no dairy, no eggs or even oil
Bill Clinton has gone vegan in order to reverse the harm that his health has undergone due to the regular consumption of junk food during his working days. ANI

Taliban 'ultimate beneficiaries' if Karachi bloodbath continues: Analyst
The ongoing bloodbath in Karachi may benefit the Taliban and adversely affect NATO efforts in Afghanistan, according to an analyst. ANI

UFO seen flying close to where BBC reporter saw another disc-shaped aircraft
A UFO has been filmed speeding across the sky over a motorway - close to where a BBC reporter spotted another mystery object just days later. ANI

Venom-spewing Pak TV channels must be duly penalised: Editorial
Pakistani society is fast becoming radicalised and intolerant, and some television programmes are making things worse by launching hate campaigns, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said, adding that such venom-spewing channels must be duly penalised. ANI

Pak's top media group serves as public pulse indicator amid controversy
Pakistan's largest media company, commonly referred to as the Geo-Jang Group, serves as a barometer of the evolving tastes of the growing urban middle class and the power of private television in a country where the military and the mullahs often seem to drive the agenda. ANI

Iraqis want some US troops to stay beyond 2011 deadline: Panetta
US Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has said that a "progress" has been made between Iraq and America on whether U.S. troops should remain in that country beyond the end of the year. ANI

Original draft of 1973 Pak Constitution has been lost!
The original draft of the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan has been lost. ANI

Imran blames Pak misgovernance, corruption for Karachi bloodbath
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has blamed misgovernance and corruption for the ongoing bloodbath in Karachi. ANI

China expresses faith in 'highly resilient' US economy to augment ties
China has expressed confidence in the US economy and its chances of recovery, as both sides reaffirmed their commitment to augment their ties. ANI

China joins global race to build fastest super-computer in 2020
China has joined the global race to build the world's fastest supercomputer in 2020. ANI

Palin calls Obama 'very, very tone deaf' for holidaying at Martha's Vineyard during fiscal crisis
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has labeled President Barack Obama as 'very, very tone deaf' over his ten-day trip to Martha's Vineyard at a time when the nation is wrestling with a fiscal crisis. ANI

Bernama news agency urged to include Tamil as web edition language
Malaysian news agency Bernama has been reportedly urged to include Tamil as one of the languages of its website edition so that more Malay- Tamils can access the site. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's accuser's offered to halt criminal case if civil settlement is reached
A lawyer representing the New York hotel maid who had dragged the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss Kahn to court for sexually assaulting her, has said his client is ready to halt criminal case against Kahn if a civil settlement is reached. ANI

'South Asian husband staged murder of Pakistani wife Nazish Noorani in US'
A young South Asian husband of a young mother who was shot dead as they walked with their three-year-old son along a street in New Jersey, the United States, has been charged with her murder. ANI

UN calls on Pakistan to probe abductions, extrajudicial killings of journalists
The United Nations (UN) Human Rights office has urged the Pakistan Government to investigate numerous reports of abductions, disappearances and extrajudicial killings, particularly of journalists, in the country. ANI

One killing, two injured in firing incident at Quetta passport office
A person was killed and two others wounded in a shooting incident outside the passport office in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's Balochistan province, on Saturday. ANI

US ban on Pak-Libya Holding Company highlights strained US-Pak ties: Analysts
A recent ban by the United States Treasury Department on Pak-Libya Holding Company Limited highlights the turbulent relations between Islamabad and Washington, according to analysts. ANI

Radiation detected in rice near Japan's Fukushima disaster site
A Japanese regional government has claimed to have detected radioactive contamination in rice that was well below levels considered hazardous, amid continuing worries in Japan over food safety following the March 11 nuclear disaster. ANI

China probes chemical company's dumping of carcinogenic chemicals near major river
China's apex environmental agency has launched a probe into a chemical company's dumping of carcinogenic industrial chemicals, which could contaminate the Chachong reservoir and pose a human health hazard. ANI

Texan Republican McCaul leads '50 Richest Members of Congress' list
A new list of the 50 richest members of Congress has shown Texas Republican Representative Michael McCaul leading with a wealth of at least 294 million dollars. ANI

Former Libyan PM Abdessalam Jalloud defects from Gaddafi regime to join rebels
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has reportedly suffered yet another blow after former Prime Minister Abdessalam Jalloud joined the rebels to fight against the Libyan dictator. ANI

Taliban attack on Kabul's British Council linked to Pakistan: Police chief
The brazen terror attack on the British Council in the Afghan capital was planned and directed by senior Taliban members hiding out in Pakistan, Kabul's police chief General Ayub Slangi has claimed. ANI

Pakistani man pleads guilty to providing money to failed Times Square bomber
A Pakistani man has pleaded guilty in an American court to running an unlicensed money transfer business between the United States and Pakistan. ANI

Pakistan continued to be used as base for terrorist groups in 2010: US report
Pakistan continued to be used as a base for terrorist organisations operating in the country and neighbouring Afghanistan last year, a new US report has said. ANI

Four police commandos killed, 40 injured in bus ambush in Pak's Korangi town
At least four police commandos were killed and 40 others injured in a late night ambush on their bus in Pakistan's Korangi town. ANI

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