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International News on August 22, 2011

Tuition fee system is discriminatory: UK Muslims
Muslim students could be forced to abandon hopes of a university place under the new fees and loans regime which will come into place next year. ANI

Italian art experts accused of censoring medieval phallic fresco
Italian art experts, who restored a cryptic medieval fresco that depicted a tree of fertility, have been accused of censoring the work by painting over the numerous phalluses, which dangle from its boughs. ANI

Wuhan to soon have China's tallest building
The capital of Central China's Hubei province, Wuhan could soon be home to the nation's tallest building if the new plans get off the drawing board. ANI

Pak youth turn to music to bring social change to troubled country
Wealthy young Pakistanis are turning to music to help bring about a social change amid stifling militancy and political crises prevailing in the country. ANI

South-Asian man signed $2m real-estate deal hours before wife's murder in NJ
A South-Asian man charged with Pakistani-origin wife's murder in New Jersey had reportedly signed a two million dollars real-estate deal just hours before his wife's murder. ANI

Romney plans to quadruple size of California home
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is planning to nearly quadruple the size of his 12 million dollar California beachfront mansion. ANI

China introduces new mine safety standards
China's top workplace safety regulator, State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS), has introduced new national standards for safety technology used in coalmines. ANI

PPP stops members from contradicting Sharif's 'Indo-Pak ties' stance
The Pakistan's People Party (PPP) has instructed its mouthpieces to refrain from making any statement contradicting the PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif's stance on the ties between Pakistan and India. ANI

Las Vegas to build 'bigger' 'American' version of iconic London Eye
Las Vegas is set to get a bigger American version of London's popular tourist attraction, the London Eye by 2013. ANI

Racists brutally attack Facebook tribute page for 4-year old killed by dog in Melbourne
A Facebook tribute page created for the four-year-old Ayan Chol, who was killed by a dog in a Melbourne suburb has been attacked by racists. ANI

Brit author Jilly Cooper advices women to stick with adulterous husbands
Author Jilly Cooper has said that women should stick with adulterous husbands. ANI

'Happiness, well-being can deter non violent crime and drug use'
A new UC Davis study has found that happy adolescents report less involvement in crime and drug use than other youth. ANI

Outrage over paedophiles being allowed to be alone with kids in UK
Judges have sparked outrage after ruling that paedophiles can no longer be banned from being alone with their children - because it breaches their human rights. ANI

'Growing undercurrent of blatant racism could lead to serious race riots in NZ'
Massive "dark underbelly" racist comments being posted online by New Zealanders is an indication that the country could soon end up facing similar race-motivated and social networking co-ordinated riots that have wracked London and Sydney, if it fails to deal with such issues seriously, researchers have claimed. ANI

Radio 4 listeners shocked by F-word on Sunday morning show
The BBC was forced to apologise after a comedian swore live on a Sunday morning Radio 4 show. ANI

Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim terms 'sodomy' charges against him as 'blatant'
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has rejected sodomy charges against him and termed the allegations as 'blatant and vicious lie'. ANI

Jon Huntsman targeting fellow GOP contenders ahead of 2012 presidential polls

Palin would be "formidable" in 2012 presidential polls: McCain
US Senator John McCain has said that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin would make a "very formidable" challenger if she did jump into the 2012 presidential race. ANI

'Sex in restaurants common among New Yorkers'
New Yorkers do not hesitate to express their love in public places, and for them a restaurant is just as good as any other place to romp in. ANI

Chinese economy to grow by 9.28 percent in 2011: Report
The Chinese economy will grow by 9.28 percent this year if the United States avoids a double dip recession and eurozone clears a debt crisis, a report has said. ANI

Analysts doubt whether rebels can run Libyan govt. in absence of Gaddafi
Western officials in Libya have expressed doubts whether the rebel movement is actually ready to run the country after toppling the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

New job trends 'slowing decrease in gender wage gap'
Jobs that come with large paychecks but long work hours are increasing the gender gap that had been narrowed down to a great extent since the late 70s. ANI

Pak law enforcement agencies have failed to tackle Karachi killings: Sindh Governor
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has said the failure of Pakistan's law enforcement agencies to tackle the ongoing Karachi bloodbath has forced people to think of other options like calling army to restore law and order in the city ANI

Historic UK battalions could be lost in cuts, warns general
Britain's Chief of General Staff, General Sir Peter Wall, has warned the David Cameron government that up to a fifth of the country's infantry battalions, including some of Army's most historic names, will be abolished under Government defence cuts, commanders fear. ANI

Pak Election Commission to kickstart door- to door voters' verification
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will kickstart a door-to-door verification of electoral rolls of 81 million voters from today for the country's next general elections. ANI

US soldiers violate Pak law by entering Peshawar without no objection certificate
In a blatant violation of Pakistani law, US military officials forcefully entered Peshawar without carrying a no objection certificate (NOC) and broke a police blockade on motorway toll plaza. ANI

Pak-origin NJ wife was introduced to 'killer' as husband's 'friend'
A Pakistani-origin woman who was allegedly murdered by her husband's extra marital partner had reportedly come face to face with the killer, but as her husband's friend. ANI

Pak lawmaker calls for Anna Hazare-style campaign in violence-stricken Karachi
Former Pakistan Railways Minister Shaikh Rasheed Ahmad has urged the people of Karachi to stand up like veteran Indian social activist Anna Hazare against the present political system in the city. ANI

Indian student sentenced to ten-year imprisonment over car crash that killed three
An Indian student has been sentenced to ten years imprisonment over a car crash that killed three people in Merton, Victoria. ANI

75-year-old sick Indian-origin woman struggling to return after losing passport in Malaysia
A 75-year-old Indian-origin woman, who is partially blind, deaf and ill, is desperately hoping to return to her homeland, but is undergoing a tough time after losing her passport in Malaysia. ANI

Hillary Clinton 'deeply disappointed' over Iran hiker jail terms for spying
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has expressed 'deep disappointment' over the jail terms given to two American citizens found guilty of spying in Iran. ANI

Ansar Burney announces Anna Hazare-style anti-corruption campaign in Pakistan
Pakistani human rights and civil rights activist Ansar Burney has announced plans to kick off a massive Anna Hazare-style anti-corruption campaign in Pakistan after Eid. ANI

Al-Assad warns of serious "repercussions" if foreign powers intervene militarily in Syria
Syrian President Basher al-Assad has shrugged off international calls for him to step down, saying that he is "not worried" about unrest sweeping the country, and threatened repercussions if outside powers try to intervene militarily in his country. ANI

Japan to give Pakistan 4.9-bn yen loan for polio eradication
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have jointly announced 4.9 billion yen loan to Pakistan as a part of the strategic partnership to eradicate polio in the country. ANI

Gilani rules out military action to tackle Karachi bloodbath
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has ruled out the military action in Karachi, saying it was not a solution to the ongoing bloodbath, as the problem could be tackled by other means. ANI

Pak's Kyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Minister injured in convoy attack in Buner
Pakistan's Kyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Minister,Sardar Hussain Babak was reportedly injured when unidentified gunmen attacked his convoy in Changlai in Buner. ANI

Pakistan to assist Bahrain in crackdown on protestors
Pakistan has agreed to help Bahrain in its crackdown on anti-government protesters. ANI

Former Assange aide destroyed 3500 unpublished files before quitting
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's former 'right-hand man', Daniel Domscheit-Berg has claimed that he destroyed 3,500 unpublished files, including the complete US no-fly list and 5 GB of Bank of America documents before leaving the organization last year. ANI

Attempted rape charges against Strauss Kahn may be dropped over maid's credibility issues
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Junior is preparing to ask that all charges against the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss Kahn for attempting to rape hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo be dropped by Tuesday over issues related to the credibility of the accuser. ANI

Gaddafi's son detained as rebels gain control of Tripoli
Libyan rebels have reportedly taken control of Tripoli's Green Square. The International Criminal Court has also confirmed that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif Al-Islam, has been detained. ANI

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