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International News on August 26, 2011

Desperate Gaddafi calls on women supporters to fight rebels
Libyan dictaror Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has called on women and children to help fight a desperate rearguard against rebels seizing the Libyan capital Tripoli. ANI

US newlyweds steal $1k merchandise for wedding reception
A newly married couple from the US has been accused of stealing merchandise worth more than 1,000 dollars from Wegmans for their wedding reception. ANI

Increasing numbers of women are popping the question
A new survey has revealed that an increasing number of women are proposing their loved ones to marry them. ANI

Cheese helped Romans win war while bacon defeated Nazis
Food writer Troy Johnson has revealed that cheese is not only one of the tastiest foods invented by man, but it was also one of the greatest weapons of war in the ancient world. ANI

NASA satellites find Hurricane Irene's diameter almost one-third of US east coast
National Aeronautics Space Administration satellite data has shown that the Hurricane Irene's diameter is about one-third the length of the United States Atlantic coastline. ANI

High- speed railways' location near highway raises safety concerns in China
A high-speed railway under construction in China has raised fears that its location near a highway makes it dangerous. ANI

British nuke safety getting 'progressively worse' due to spending cutbacks: Study
A British Ministry of Defence (MoD) report has warned that the risk of accidents and radioactive leaks from the country's nuclear bombs and submarines is getting "progressively worse" due to spending cutbacks. ANI

British explorers row 450 miles to North Pole in 'greatest ocean journey in history'
A group of British explorers have become the world's first people to row 450 miles to the North Pole in one of the greatest ocean journeys in history. ANI

GOP loses faith in Capitol Hill leaders: Poll
Republicans, especially Tea Partiers, have lost faith in their party's leaders in Congress, a new Pew Research Center poll has revealed. ANI

Hindus hail Europe for infringement proceedings on 10 countries on 'free movement' issue
The Hindus have applauded European Commission (EC) for reportedly launching infringement proceedings against ten European Union (EU) member states for non-compliance with the EU's free movement rights. ANI

Gen Y drivers prefer risking safety to save money
One in three Gen Y drivers prefer to spend money on a sound system than safety features, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Almost 40 percent of television workers suffer bullying
A survey has found that bullying in the television industry has become significantly worse, with almost 40 percent of workers saying they have been victims of it. ANI

Pew poll reveals two-fifths of Republicans won't vote for Palin
Forty-one percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters say there is "no chance" they would vote for former Alaska governor Sarah Palin in a presidential race, a Pew poll has revealed. ANI

China plans to improve human rights record
China will draft a new national program for human rights development for the period from 2012 to 2015 in a bid to improve people's basic rights, Wang Chen, minister of the State Council Information Office, has said. ANI

150-yr-old mystery of glass windows admired by Vincent van Gogh solved
An historian has finally solved the puzzle about two stained glass windows that inspired Vincent van Gogh and had baffled the historians for almost 150 years. ANI

China shuts down 1,289 illegal coal mines
China has reportedly shut down 1,289 coal mines in the nationwide crackdown on illegal production at these mines, Zhao Tiechui, deputy head of the State Administration of Work Safety, has said. ANI

UNESCO to help protect Libyan heritage in turmoil aftermath
United Nations cultural agency, UNESCO has warned Libyans to guard against the looting of their cultural heritage amid the ongoing political turmoil. ANI

Obama planning to visit Australia in November
US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are planning to visit Australia in November. ANI

ADB not satisfied with utilisation of 'available' funds in Pakistan
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has raised concern that despite being available, funds are not being spent properly on developmental projects in Pakistan. ANI

Meet the Brit mum who can never get fat despite 'eating like a horse'!
A British mother of two has a strange muscle disorder that restrains her from putting on weight even if she gorges on all the junks. ANI

Tory MP Simon Kirby apologises to neighbours after his house was gatecrashed
Conservative MP Simon Kirby has apologised to neighbours after 100 youths gatecrashed his teenage daughter's party while he was on holiday. ANI

'Blessing in disguise' tremor helps 75-yr-old US man regain his hearing
A 75-year-old man reportedly regained his hearing after an earthquake hit the capital of the United States. ANI

'US military report on China fails to acknowledge Beijing's defense policy as peace oriented'
China has expressed disappointment over the US Department of Defense's (DoD) annual report on the state of its military, insisting that the report still fails to acknowledge that China's defense policy is peace oriented. ANI

Men find brown-haired, blue-eyed size 14 woman most attractive
The popular saying, "gentlemen prefer blondes", no longer holds weight, as a new study has found that they, in fact, overwhelmingly opt for brunettes. ANI

Brit brigadier's 'trapped' daughter was suspected of betrayal under Nazi influence
A British brigadier's teenage daughter who was trapped in France during the Nazi invasion, was suspected of becoming a Gestapo officer's mistress, secret MI5 records have revealed. ANI

'Pak military men's 'concern' over Balochistan situation after creating mess "comical"'
The 'concern' expressed by Pakistan military officials at the situation in Balochistan, when they themselves are responsible for creating the mess in the first place, is "comical", an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

New challenges only bring Pakistan, China closer: Hina Rabbani Khar
Pakistan and China have a natural convergence of interests, and any new challenge brings both countries even closer, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said. ANI

'Hawk' Nawaz's 'dove' talk creates gulf between youngsters, anti-India old guard in PML-N
There is a cold war-like situation in the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) on party chief Nawaz Sharif's recent outburst on the games the military juntas had played in relations with India, according to an informed party source. ANI

Nancy Dell'Olio, 50, displays awe-inspiring youthful body in two-piece
Italian-American property lawyer Nancy Dell'Olio displayed her awe-inspiring youthful body in a skimpy bronze two-piece while celebrating her 50th birthday. ANI

Dithering Palin may miss 2012 US Presidential race bus
The latest assessments have suggested that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will have to get on the ballot soon if she wants to run for the 2012 US President. ANI

Only one in five US lawmakers have business or economics academic background: Study
A new report has found that only one in five of United States lawmakers have an academic background in business or economics. ANI

'Banned militant groups recruiting in Pak's Punjab province to fight in Kashmir'
Banned militant organisations, including Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), have begun recruiting young men from Pakistan's Punjab province to fight, particularly in the Kashmir region, intelligence agencies have said. ANI

Two arrested in Pak politician Imran Farooq murder case
The two men who were recently arrested at the Karachi airport in connection with the killing of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Imran Farooq in London last year, are said to be affiliated to a political party. ANI

Rs10mn collected in 10 minutes for Imran Khan's cancer hospital in Pak
A whopping amount of 10 million rupees was collected in just 10 minutes, well before the target, as Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan appealed to well-off people and philanthropists in Peshawar to donate generously to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (SKMHRC) in Lahore. ANI

ADFA cadet charged for secretly filming woman colleague in shower
An international Australian Defence Force Academy cadet accused of filming a female colleague in a shower with a hidden mobile phone, has been ordered to surrender his passport and not to try and contact his alleged victim. ANI

Indian origin doctor in UK cleared of obscene acts on sedated patients
An Indian origin anaesthetist has been cleared for a second time of allegations that he used the hands of sedated patients to perform obscene acts on himself. ANI

Now, men refuse to holiday without their grooming gadgets!
A new study has found that men have become vainer than women that they refuse to travel abroad without packing their hair straighteners, hairdryers and travel irons. ANI

Wodehouse's notorious German radio broadcasts driven by Nazi money
British novelist PG Wodehouse has been revealed to have been more worried about how much the Nazis would pay him for his notorious German wartime radio broadcasts while his country was fighting for survival from their attacks. ANI

US pastor who put up "Obama Is Evil" posts at church slammed by locals
The views of a pastor in Harlem, US, that President Barack Obama "Is Evil" have angered many locals. ANI

Width of CEO's face can predict the company's success
Want to know how successful a company will be? Well, just look at the width of its CEO's face. ANI

'Mad Dog' Gaddafi is "vulnerable," out of touch with reality: US psychiatrist
An American psychiatrist who studied Colonel Muammar Gaddafi on behalf of the CIA has described him as someone who is "vulnerable," and can become "really quite out of touch with what is happening." ANI

In a first, Pak Senate to have four seats reserved for non-Muslims
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has signed an amendment in the Senate (Election) Rules 1975, to reserve four seats for non-Muslims in the Upper House of Parliament. ANI

CIA wants changes in book by FBI agent about 9/11
The CIA is demanding extensive cuts from a memoir about the September 11 attacks written by a former FBI agent, who spent years fighting the Taliban. ANI

British Deputy PM Nick Clegg attacked with blue paint filled egg
British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been attacked with an egg filled with blue paint by a disillusioned Liberal Democrat. ANI

Slain Pak politician Salmaan Taseer's son abducted from Lahore
Shahbaz Taseer, son of former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, has been abducted from Lahore's Gulburg area. ANI

Hands crushed of Syria's anti-Assad govt. cartoonist
The hands of Ali Ferzat, Syria's best known political cartoonist, has been crushed to allegedly stop him from drawing cartoons against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government. ANI

Pak Rangers get 'special powers' to prevent terrorism in violence-hit Karachi
The Sindh Government has equipped the Pakistan Rangers with 'special powers' to eliminate terrorists, target killers, extortionists and 'no-go-areas' from violence-stricken Karachi. ANI

Over 80 feared dead in flash floods in northwest Pakistan
Eighty-eight people were feared dead and a large number of families were rendered homeless as flash floods wreaked havoc in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Kohistan. ANI

Chinese mum seeking caretaker for mentally-ill son who's been chained for 23 yrs
A Chinese woman, who has kept her mentally-ill son locked in a ruined barn in Chongqing, southern China, for 23 years, has revealed that she wants someone to take care of him when she passes away. ANI

UK postmistress dies after 7K gastric band surgery to control 'sweet tooth'
An obese postmistress, who resorted to a 7,000-pound operation to have one of her gastric bands fitted in order to control her 'sweet tooth', died after complications. ANI

Austria's new Fritzl dad 'kept wife, mentally-ill daughters as sex slaves over 4 decades'
An Austrian woman has fought back against her depraved father, who is being compared to as incest beast Josef Fritzl, for allegedly raping her, her mother, and her other sister over a span of 41 years during which he kept them imprisoned. ANI

Strauss-Kahn gets back passport after winning case against NY hotel maid
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has got his passport back, clearing the way for him to travel abroad for the first time after being accused in the sexual assault case, his legal team has claimed. ANI

Indian-origin yoga teacher on trial for inappropriate massages to 3 women over health complaints
An Indian-origin yoga teacher in Melbourne is accused of inappropriate massages on three women who sought him out for remedies for health complaints. ANI

Pakistan adopts wait-and-watch approach towards rapidly changing situation in Libya
Although the Libyan Embassy in Islamabad has replaced the official green flag with the one representing the National Transitional Council, Pakistan has not yet recognised the NATO-backed rebels. ANI

Silvio Berlusconi's secret of staying power - herbal tea
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has revealed the diet secret behind his remarkable staying power - not just politically, but even otherwise. ANI

Rare artifacts on display at Golden Temple exhibition in London
Rare artifacts are on display at the world's first exhibition on Amritsar's famous Golden temple in central London. ANI

Pakistan working out 'certain operational details' with US: Foreign Office
Pakistan is in the process of working out "certain operational details" with the United States, Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua has said. ANI

Immigrants cross seven million mark for first time in UK
The number of immigrants living in Britain has crossed seven million for the first time. ANI

Gaddafi either hiding in southern Tripoli or fled to desert: Defector
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is either in southern Tripoli or has fled to the desert, his defected former prime minister, Abdessalam Jalloud has said. ANI

Gaddafi's crush on "darling black African woman" Condoleezza Rice revealed
Glossy pictures of America's former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have been discovered by the rebels in Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's residence. ANI

Five PAF officials among 11 killed in Nowshera bomb blast
Eleven persons, including five Pakistan Air Force (PAF) officials, were killed and 25 others injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast at a restaurant in Nowshera. ANI

US confirms abducted American in Pak yet to be found
The US State Department has denied media reports about the recovery of US national Warren Weinstein, who had been abducted from his home in Lahore earlier this month. ANI

US surveillance drone crashes in Pak town bordering Afghanistan
A US surveillance drone has crashed near the Frontier Corps (FC) Cantonment in Chaman, a Pakistani town bordering Afghanistan. ANI

Pradaxa® (Dabigatran Etexilate) Revolutionizes Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation
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Ernst & Young: What Makes the World’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs?
A new report released today by Ernst & Young, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and Endeavor, entitled 2011 High-impact entrepreneurship global report, provides insights into the characteristics of high-growth, high-impact entrepreneurs Business Wire India

Chartis to Join Forces with NYA International Limited Crisis Management Consultancy
Chartis today announced that it will enter into a contractual agreement with NYA International Limited (NYA), one of the world’s leading specialist kidnap and extortion response consultancies Business Wire India

Publication of BIOTRONIK Home-CARE Clinical Study Results Confirms Potential New Approach for Earlier Detection of Cardiovascular Events
BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG, a worldwide leader in manufacturing cardiac medical devices and pioneer of remote patient management solutions, announced today that results of the Home-CARE (Home Monitoring in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy) clinical study were published in the European Journal of Heart Failure (doi:10.1093/eurjhf/hfr089). Business Wire India

Canvera runner up in APJ Photobook Competition was runners up at the recently concluded 2011 Asia Pacific & Japan HP Digital Print Award’s Photobook competition. This is the 3rd time in 4 years that Canvera has been one of the winning teams having won the award previously in 2008 and 2009. Speaking on the occasion head of HP Indigo India, Mr Business Wire India

The TPL Group Files ITC and District Court Complaints to Stem Infringement of its CORE Flash Technology
The TPL Group announced today that it has filed a Complaint with the US International Trade Commission and a corresponding Complaint in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against 18 companies it believes are infringing its CORE Flash Patent Portfolio Business Wire India

Infoblox CIO Declares Enterprise Networks Not Yet Ready for Public Cloud
Speaking today before several CIOs and other top public cloud IT decision makers, Infoblox CIO Benny Kirsh lauded the benefits of cloud computing. However, Kirsh cautioned that the much-hyped public cloud services are still far from achieving the true business agility that most enterprises seek. Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Announces Compelling Program of Clinically and Scientifically Significant Presentations at European Society of Cardiology Congress 2011
BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of implantable cardiac devices and the pioneer of wireless remote monitoring technology, announced today that several important clinical studies sponsored by BIOTRONIK will be presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2011 to be held in Paris, France, from August 27–31 Business Wire India

Trajenta® (linagliptin) Receives Approval for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in Europe
Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today received Marketing Authorisation from the European Commission for Trajenta® (linagliptin) 5 mg film-coated tablets for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes. The European Commission has approved linagliptin in combination with metformin and metformin plus sulphonylurea Business Wire India

Renowned Indian Cricketer to Be Honoured By DMU
Indian cricketing legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni is to be honoured by De Montfort University (DMU) when the team plays Leicestershire in a tour match in England next week. Business Wire India

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