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International News on August 28, 2011

Massacre: 53 dead bodies found in Tripoli warehouse
Around 53 dead bodies have been found in a warehouse in the Libyan capital Tripoli after reportedly being kiled earlier this week. ANI

Miliband wants new laws to prevent Murdoch from buying BSkyB
British Labour Party politician Ed Miliband has demanded new laws to ban media tycoon Rupert Murdoch from buying satellite broadcaster BSkyB. ANI

UK's millionaire cabinet minister uses taxpayers' money to learn Mandarin
A millionaire Conservative cabinet minister in Britain has spent over 2,500 pounds of taxpayers' money to learn Mandarin, despite being married to a Chinese woman. ANI

Pak lodges protest with Afghanistan over cross-border militant attack in Chitral
Pakistan has lodged a formal protest with Afghanistan over Saturday's cross-border militant attacks emanating from Kunar and Nuristan against seven Pakistani check posts in Chitral, in which 25 security forces personnel were killed. ANI

Aussie top companies remain female-free zones
A new study has shown that more than half of the senior executive teams of Australia's top 200 listed companies are completely female-free zones. ANI

How women use hands-off gestures to ward rivals off their men
A body-language expert has revealed that the hands-off gestures women often use are actually warnings to any rivals, who might be interested in their men. ANI

Oz school slammed for asking students if gay sex is 'the sickest sin'
A school in Australia has caused controversy after it asked its students whether homosexuality is "the sickest sin" in a home assignment. ANI

Earl Grey Tea drinkers fuming over altering of its original taste
A British tea company, which was credited with transforming tea into the nation's favourite tipple more than 300 years ago, has come under public criticism after tampering with one of its best-known and most cherished blends. ANI

Pippa's good kitchen skills make her 'an asset to any kitchen'
Pippa Middleton, who has become one of the world's most celebrated figures after her sister Kate's royal wedding, also has an impressive culinary skills. ANI

'Tough love' parenting best to prevent kids from binge drinking
Bad parenting makes children more than eight times likelier to drink excessively as young adults, and over twice as likely to binge drink when they are 34, a new study has suggested. ANI

Meet the UK twins who have two different fathers!
Beating odds of a billion to one, a woman in the UK gave birth to twins, who are from two different fathers. ANI

Prince Harry to honour 'bravest child in Britain'
A Little boy who lost all his limbs to meningitis will be named the bravest child in Britain. ANI

Brits splurge 750 on barbecues each year
Food enthusiasts in Britain spend a staggering 720 pounds each year on barbecues, which is way more than what a week-long summer holiday abroad would cost, according to new research. ANI

Oz man charged for illegally winding back cars 4 mln kilometers
In what is being called one of the Australia's worst cases of odometer tampering, a Queensland's man has been found guilty of erasing more than four million kilometres from the history of each of 38 cars bought at auction before scurrying them off to unsuspecting buyers. ANI

Richard Branson pulls out of charity swim after fire tragedy
Sir Richard Branson had to pull out of a charity swim across the Irish Sea after a destructive fire ripped apart his luxurious home on Necker. ANI

Oz death figures from auto-erotic acts might be higher than expected
A new research has revealed that though auto-erotic asphyxiation officially kills about six Australians every year, the figure could be much higher. ANI

Hindus call for prayers for Hurricane Irene victims
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, called for prayers for the victims of Hurricane Irene, which lashed east coast of USA. ANI

Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, working hard for reality show
Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol Palin was pictured working very hard for her new reality show in Hollywood. ANI

Arab League asks UN and other nations to unfreeze Libya's assets
The Arab League (AL) has called on the United Nations and relevant countries to unfreeze Libya's assets and properties. ANI

'Steve Jobs founded Apple not once but twice,' says biographer
As Steve Jobs steps down as Apple's CEO, his biographer has paid tribute to the man 'who changed the world', and said that Jobs founded Apple not once, but twice. ANI

Republican party comfortable with choices for 2012 US presidential race
A new poll has said that Republicans seem to have got comfortable with the choices they have for the 2012 US presidential race. ANI

London Design Museum adds red phone box to classic collection
The Design Museum in London has included the historic red telephone box and traffic lights to its collection of classics. ANI

British troops in Afghanistan banned from wearing 'Taliban-Hunting club' badges
British troops in Afghanistan have been banned from wearing skull-and-crossbones badges on their uniforms that declare 'Death To The Taliban'. ANI

Richard Branson lost draft of his second autobiography in fire
Sir Richard Branson has lost the draft of his second autobiography in the fire, which recently broke out in his house on Necker during a house party. ANI

UK Nurses' 'Do Not Disturb' uniforms sparks fury
A UK hospital trust's decision to give nurses 'Do Not Disturb' uniforms to wear during routine ward duties to prevent patients from speaking to them, has sparked controversy. ANI

UK Speaker's wife Sally Bercow is first to be evicted from 'Big Brother'
Sally Bercow, wife of the House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow has become the first to he voted out of the reality TV show 'Celebrity Big Brother'. ANI

Japanese firm orders 2,700 staff to get identical haircut to save energy
A Japanese company has ordered all its 2,700 employees to get the same haircut as a part of a national campaign to reduce energy consumption. ANI

Aussie soldiers in Afghanistan to get new life-saving undies
Australian soldiers serving in Afghanistan are to be issued with special silk underwear as part of a five million dollars uniform overhaul. ANI

US lawmaker declares war on New York Times over 'false story'
US Representative Darrell Issa, the incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has declared war on the New York Times after the newspaper published a story on connections between his private business interests and his work as a congressional leader. ANI

Obama losing ground with white voters, women, liberals: Poll
US President Barack Obama has lost ground with white voters, women, liberals and younger voters, the AP-GfK data has revealed. ANI

Fascinated Libyan rebels tour Gaddafi's luxury compound
Libyan rebels and looters have thronged into the Bab al-Aziziya complex to tour the place where Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi once lived. ANI

BP can be sued for punitive damages over Gulf of Mexico spill
Over 100,000 individuals and business owners have won the right to sue BP for punitive damages over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. ANI

Investigators seek Pak Govt's help in tracing Swiss couple allegedly abducted by TTP
Pakistani investigators have sought the federal government's assistance for early recovery of a Swiss couple who was abducted last month and is allegedly in custody of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). ANI

Israel mulls ties with a changed Egypt
A deadly border incident this month that led Egypt to recall its ambassador to Israel has starkly revealed the changed political terrain in the relationship between the two countries. ANI

Police ordered to foil abductors' bid to shift Shahbaz Taseer to Pak's tribal areas
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Masood Kausar has ordered police and political agents to ensure that the abductors of Shahbaz Taseer are not able to shift him to Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). ANI

Kate Middleton drives sales of meat, fish and cottage cheese
Kate Middleton has helped sales of high-protein snacks to soar in supermarkets, as more and more girls have started following the Dukan Diet which she had been following. ANI

World's tiniest Nepali teen sets eyes on world's tallest twin towers
Former world's shortest man Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal is set to visit one of the world's tallest towers the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia. ANI

Malaysian party leader calls on Malay-Indian athletes' to emulate predecessors
Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) President G. Palanivel has called on Malay -Indian sportspersons to work harder emulate their predecessors. ANI

Japan warns Fukushima nuke disaster area could be uninhabitable for 20 years
Japanese Government has warned that the areas around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant could remain uninhabitable for about 20 years. ANI

Two NATO oil tankers set ablaze in Pakistan
In the latest attack on convoys in Pakistan carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, two NATO oil tankers were set ablaze in Bolan district. ANI

Iran's Bushehr nuke plant in pre-launch final testing stages
Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant is in final testing stages of its launching, the country's Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Deputy Head Mohammad Ahmadian has said. ANI

Iran manufacturing maritime patrol aircraft for armed forces
Iran is manufacturing maritime patrol aircraft to be used by armed forces in the near future, Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi has said.This product which is currently being produced by the defense industry can be widely used in the military sector and maritime patrol and we hope we can introduce it to the armed forces in the near future," Xinhua quoted Vahidi, as saying. ANI

Tony Tan wins Singapore's presidential election
Singapore's former Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan has won the election to become the country' s seventh President. ANI

'Frisky Pak policemen damaged forensic evidence in Shahbaz Taseer abduction case'
The forensic evidence collected from Shahbaz Taseer's abduction site may not help Pakistani investigators because of the mishandling of the evidence by frisky officers, a forensic expert has said. ANI

Cheney reveals in memoir 'Bush authorized leak on Iraq'
Former US Vice President Dick Cheney has revealed in his forthcoming book, "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir," that he was surprised to learn that former President George W. Bush had personally authorized a leak about Iraq strategy to a Washington Post columnist. ANI

New York's famed Rubin Museum exhibiting Hindu deities
Prestigious Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) in New York (USA) is exhibiting various Hindu deities in its two exhibitions. ANI

$7m Hindu temple planned in Florida
A $7 million Hindu temple called Manav Mandir has reportedly been planned for Suntree in Florida (USA). ANI

Gaddafi rumoured to be in Zimbabwe as 'unique guest' of Mugabe'
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has helped Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to flee Libya and take refuge in his country, his political opponents have claimed. ANI

Internet users banned from 'browsing privately' in Pakistan for 'security reasons'
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to prevent internet users from using technology that would allow them to privately browse the internet. ANI

Rush to make Ground Zero 'hurricane-proof' as Irene threatens 9/11 memorial service
Workers at the World Trade Center site are trying to make Ground Zero 'hurricane proof' as the giant tropical storm threatens to uproot the memorial marking the tenth anniversary of September 11. ANI

"Divergence of national interests" fundamental problem between US, Pak: Ex-CIA officer
The basic reason behind the rift in ties between the United States and Pakistan is the divergence of their national interests, Robert Grenier, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) station chief in Islamabad, has said. ANI

Hurricane Irene kills seven in North Carolina, Virginia coasts
Hurricane Irene hit the North Carolina and Virginia coasts on Saturday, killing at least seven people, including two children. ANI

Man cleared of Lockerbie bombing says Gaddafi should be 'tried in court' over ordering 1988 atrocity
The man cleared of the Lockerbie bombing has said Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi should be 'tried in court' over whether he ordered the 1988 atrocity. ANI

Pakistan offers India quid pro quo on 'most favoured nation' status
Pakistan has finally agreed to grant the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India, something which it had been demanding for many years. ANI

Thirty-seven more Sindhi Hindus leave Pakistan for India over security concerns
Thirty-seven Hindus, comprising five families and residents of Thul town in Jacobabad district, have permanently left Pakistan for India due to security concerns. ANI

Benazir murder case: Pak court orders confiscation of Musharraf's assets
An Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) in Pakistan has ordered confiscation of all moveable and immovable property of former President Pervez Musharraf and freezing of his bank accounts, while declaring him an absconder in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case. ANI

US officials confirm al Qaeda's No.2 killed in Pakistan on August 22
US officials have confirmed that al Qaeda's second-in-command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, was killed in Pakistan on August 22. ANI

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