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International News on August 21, 2011

Kate Middleton hailed as pro-anorexia role model on US websites
Continuous weight loss since her wedding to Prince William has made Kate Middleton the 'pro-anorexia' role model on a number of US websites. ANI

Ex-Blur bassist Alex James launches tikka masala flavoured cheese
Ex-Blur bassist Alex James, already an award winner for some of his cheese, has created an unusual recipe of cheese that carries the flavour of tikka masala. ANI

2,496 Taiwanese set world record by performing mass hula-hoop in 3min
A total of 2,496 people gathered in Taiwan to spin their plastic rings for an impressive three minutes and smash the world record for mass hula hooping. ANI

Aussie man reunited with stolen wedding ring after 13yrs
An Australian man got reunited with his wedding band on his 13th anniversary of when it was stolen. ANI

Jailed US hiker's mother calls her wait for justice a 'rollercoaster ride'
The mother of one of the Americans sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of espionage and illegal entry in Iran, has said that waiting for her son's release and building up hopes for the issue to get resolved has been a 'rollercoaster ride'. ANI

Beer fans to get soundproof 'sex boxes' at Oktoberfest
Ardent beer fans have been provided with special soundproof bonk boxes at Europe's biggest lager festival as tents are considered to be terrible to get intimate, from where everyone can hear everything. ANI

Kate's 'horrid' wedding gown to fetch £15m during exhibition
Queen Elizabeth is expected to make more than 15 million pounds from the royal wedding dress of the Duchess of Cambridge, which has been put up for public display. ANI

Hindus hail inclusion of Pagan/Wicca holy days on Vanderbilt University calendar
The Hindus have commended prestigious Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee, US) for including Wicca/Pagan holy days on its calendar on "religious holy days and observances" for 2011-2012. ANI

Iran to unveil new cruise missiles in August
The Iranian Defense Ministry will unveil the new generation of its long-range cruise missiles later in August, local satellite Press TV has said. ANI

Al-Qaida in Iraq vows 100-attack campaign to avenge bin Laden's killing
The al-Qaeda militant group in Iraq has announced to carry out a campaign of 100 attacks across the country, starting from the middle of holy Muslim month of Ramadan to take revenge for the killing of its former leader Osama bin Laden. ANI

Childless couples left in limbo as world's first IVF lottery delayed
Thousands of desperate childless couples have been left in limbo after the world's first IVF lottery run by a UK charity, which was due to launch at the end of last month, was suspended. ANI

Nepali caretaker PM urges President to give more time to form national Government
Nepali caretaker Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal has requested President Ram Baran Yadav to extend time frame for parties to form a government. ANI

Obama visits Martha's Vineyard bookstore on day 1 of his vacation
US President Barack Obama has begun his 10-day summer vacation with a trip to a Martha's Vineyard bookstore. ANI

Cuba rejects its inclusion on US 'terror list'
Cuba has rejected its inclusion on a recent US State Department backlist of 'state sponsors of international terrorism.' ANI

Rebels leading Libyans to live life of "refugees": Gaddafi
Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has condemned the rebels as traitors and "vermin" who are tearing Libya apart, and leading the citizens to live a life like "refugees." ANI

Pakistan looks to Saudi Arabia, UAE for monetary assistance in tribal areas
After facing delays and threats of cuts in aid from the United States, Pakistan has decided to add Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to its list of allies from whom it will seek funding for development projects in its tribal areas. ANI

Sebastian Coe's roots go back to 'sugar cane baron who had sex with his slaves'
London Olympics chief Sebastian Coe has expressed deep sense of shock as he discovered that he is descended from a Jamaican slave owner who fathered an illegitimate child with a member of his workforce. ANI

7.1-magnitude earthquake rocks Vanuatu
A 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked South Pacific island nation, Vanuatu at 4.55 p.m (GMT) on Saturday. ANI

Pak election commission to use sophisticated features to curb voting frauds
The Election Commission of Pakistan has announced to kick off the campaign for the preparation of new electoral rolls scheduled to come into effect by the end of 2011. ANI

Blair warns over riot 'diagnosis'
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has issued a warning that "muddle-headed analysis" of the recent riots by politicians from both left and right is in danger of producing the wrong policy responses ANI

China police launches probe into 'missing', 'purchased' Vietnamese wives
Police in China's Hunan Province has launched a probe into missing Vietnamese women, who were bought as wives. ANI

China should hike interest rates to rein in inflation: Economist
China should adopt quantitative tools or hike more interest rates to rein in inflation, an economist has suggested. ANI

Thousands set to celebrate Janmashtami in UK
About 60,000 people are expected to celebrate Hindu festival Janmashtami over the next two days in Hertfordshire, the United Kingdom. ANI

Former Pak minister Sher Afgan Niazi resigns from Musharraf's party
Veteran politician and former minister Sher Afgan Khan Niazi has resigned from the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) following differences with the party leadership. ANI

12 killed, three injured in plane crash in Canadian Arctic
At least 12 people were killed and three others were injured when Boeing 737 charter jet crashed near Nunavut, the largest and newest federal territory of Canada. ANI

Fans do 'cricketgiri' in London to support Anna Hazare's campaign
A group of Indian cricket supporters gathered outside London's the Oval stadium on Sunday to extend their support to veteran social activist Anna Hazare's campaign against corruption. ANI

Krishna temple opens in Salt Lake City in US
A Hindu temple named Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple has opened in Utah's capital Salt Lake City. ANI

Meet Cassius - the world's largest crocodile in captivity!
An Australian saltwater crocodile has officially been recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world's largest croc in captivity. ANI

'Iran, Saudi Arabia helped carry out 9/11 attacks': Book
Iran and Saudi Arabia helped Al-Qaeda carry out September 11 attacks, a new book has claimed. ANI

'Iron Lady' Thatcher's friends outraged over film portraying her as 'granny going mad'
Friends of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher have expressed a deep sense of disgust over a film that mocks her frail condition in recent years. ANI

Pak Army ready to help govt in restoring peace in violence-hit Karachi: Kayani
Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said that the military is ready to help the government in restoring peace in violence-stricken Karachi. ANI

Will Sarah Palin announce her 2012 presidential run on September 3?
Republican strategist Karl Rove has predicted that former Alaska Governor and presidential hopeful Sarah Palin might announce her candidacy sometime around Labor Day, perhaps September 3, when she's scheduled to address a big Tea Party event in Iowa. ANI

Pak Taliban claim responsibility for Jamrud mosque suicide bombing
The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility for a devastating suicide attack on a mosque in Pakistan's Khyber Agency that killed over 50 people. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner Dewani may have to wait years for wife's murder trial: Legal expert
Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire who has been charged with masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year, may not face trial over his wife Anni's death for years, legal experts have warned. ANI

Final moment has come to overthrow Gaddafi: Libyan rebels
Libyan rebels have claimed that they have reached a final stage of the battle to overthrow the country's dictator, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

Harry's on-off girlfriend Chelsy Davy seeing his pal Taylor McWilliams?
Prince Harry's on-off girlfriend Chelsy Davy, who returned to London after a two-month summer holiday, has been spotted enjoying a night out with his friend Taylor McWilliams in a nightclub. ANI

Gilani says Pak has raised India's 'water aggression' at all international forums
The Pakistan Government will not allow any country to exploit its water resources at any cost, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

Pak 'Osama raid' commission assured of strategic assets' security
The Pakistani commission investigating the May 2 US raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad has been assured that the country's strategic assets are well protected, and that an elaborate defence mechanism is in place. ANI

Prince Harry's ex model girlfriend dumped him over his 'wandering eye'
Prince Harry's former girlfriend Florence Brudenell-Bruce dumped the royal hottie over his flirting ways, it has been revealed. ANI

One killed, 7 injured in bomb attack on military convoy in North Waziristan
A military convoy was attacked by armed militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on Sunday. ANI

Chennai police bust Malaysia-based drug smuggling ring
Police in India have exposed a drug ring based at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which was leading an international smuggling operation between Chennai and Malaysia. ANI

Saleh to return to Yemen on Wednesday: Official
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is in Saudi Arabia for rehabilitation after he was injured in a bomb attack on his palace in June, is scheduled to come back to Sanaa on August 24, a ruling party official has said. ANI

Zardari mediating between Saudi Arabia, Iran on West's prodding?
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari may have overreached by pushing for his Middle East peace plan that has already hit a roadblock. ANI

Bin Laden's wife refusing surgery as protest against continued captivity in Pak
Amal al-Sadah, the Yemeni wife of slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and their five children are still being held in Pakistan three months after he was killed in a US raid on his hideout in Abbottabad. ANI

Taliban experimenting with arms, updating weaponry
The Taliban are experimenting with their arms and updating their weaponry, spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid has said. ANI

US duped by fake interlocutor in Afghan peace talks: Taliban
The Taliban have disputed the identity of a key interlocutor that US government officials say they have engaged with in countries as far afield as Qatar and Germany earlier this year. ANI

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