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International News on August 5, 2011

London hotel rates to soar up to 10 times during 2012 Olympics
Visitors to London during the 2012 Olympics could have to pay up to 10 times the usual rate for a hotel room. ANI

'Balochistan madrassa students cultivate poppy in Afghanistan on holidays'
Hundreds of madrassa students from Chaman and the adjoining tribal regions of Balochistan are reportedly being engaged by Afghan farmers for poppy cultivation in the two major heroin-producing provinces of Helmand and Kandahar for the past three months. ANI

Lack of oxygen killed prehistoric gigantic flying insects
Prehistoric gigantic flying insects, including a dragonfly with a wingspan of 75cm, died millions of years ago due to a lack of oxygen in water which had made them giant in the first place, according to a new study. ANI

Yoga war breaks out in NY
A popular New York yoga studio is accusing their competitor of ripping off their teaching style at bargain prices. ANI

Quarter of bosses think it's fine to call staff while on holiday
Holidays are the best time to be free from office tension and be with family. But what if your boss dampens your holiday spirit? ANI

Gaddafi's son killed in NATO airstrike near Tripoli: Report
Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi's seventh and youngest son, Khamis, has reportedly been killed in an airstrike by NATO forces. ANI

Chinese officials seizing infants to sell in black market, claim parents
Parents in China have described reports of the government investigating reports of child abduction occurring in Longhui between 1999 and 2006 a mere eyewash. ANI

Toe-sucking NZ teacher struck from register
A New Zealand primary school teacher was banned from teaching after it emerged that he has a foot fetish and that he actually groomed and paid young boys to offer him sexual favours by letting him suck their toes. ANI

Pak gives green light to extradite Bali bomber
Alleged Bali bomber Umar Patek will be extradited from Pakistan after the country's officials have given a green signal for his deportation. ANI

Cybercriminals targeting Harry Potter website 'Pottermore' users
Cybercriminals are targeting users of Pottermore, the website designed to sell e-book and audiobook versions of the seven Harry Potter novels, an online security firm has said. ANI

Sharif questions credibility of 'corrupt' PPP leadership
PML-N President Nawaz Sharif has questioned the credibility of alleged corrupt leaders of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and their ideas of creating more provinces. ANI

Coming soon: graphic novel on Osama Bin Laden's killing
A new graphic novel will soon give insight into the May 2 Abbottabad raid that killed former Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Bangladesh PM prays for Sonia Gandhi's early recovery
Bangaldesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed has wished for the early and speedy recovery of Congress party president Sonia Gandhi. ANI

Mullah Omar, Al Zawahiri, Quetta Shura not hiding in Balochistan: Raisani
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani has denied reports that Quetta Shura, Mullah Omar or Ayman Al Zawahiri is hiding in Balochistan. ANI

Only 4 out 400 students have English as mother- tongue in British primary school
In what can be regarded as an extreme case, only four out of 400 pupil have English as their mother tongue at the Bradford Moor Community Primary School in Britain. ANI

South China city backs off dog ban following animal lovers' protest
The southern Chinese city of Jiangmen has dropped the idea of banning pet dogs following a protest by animal lovers. ANI

Now, own a submarine-inspired apartment for $1.75m!
Here's a chance to live in one of the world's weirdest properties. A submarine-inspired apartment has been listed on market for just 1.75 million dollars. ANI

London Olympic chief Sebastian Coe's ancestors owned 279 slaves
London Olympics chief Sebastian Coe has discovered that his ancestors owned 279 slaves. ANI

More Scottish people prefer dancing to playing football
The Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST), an organization representing dance and theatre organization across Scotland, has revealed that more Scottish citizens prefer dancing to playing football. ANI

Al-Qaeda likely to launch cyber attacks: Ex CIA Official
Former Central Intelligence Agency's Counter Terrorism head Cofer Black has said that a battered Al Qaeda, following Osama Bin Laden's death, could enter cyberspace to launch a global jihad against the West. ANI

Palestinian Authority using US aid to pay salaries to jailed terrorists in Israel
The Palestinian Authority is spending over five million dollars per month in salaries for 5,500 convicted and alleged terrorists imprisoned in Israel. ANI

Seven in 10 Britons feel country has too many immigrants
Seven in ten Britons taking part in the poll have revealed that there are too many immigrants in the country. ANI

UN extends assistance to Syria till 2012 on promise of Assad 'reforms'
Even as the United Nations Security Council calls on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to cease his campaign of killing civilian protesters, the U.N. bureaucracy is extending its assistance to Syria through 2012 in the hope Assad's vague promises of political reform and "national dialogue". ANI

Afghanistan ready to include Pakistan in Taliban dialogue
Afghanistan is ready to include Pakistan in the United States-led dialogue with Taliban in its efforts to move forward on the national reconciliation process aimed at stabilizing the Afghan society and ensuring peace in the region, Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Janan Musazai has said. ANI

UK's secret policy on torture revealed
A top-secret document revealing how MI6 and MI5 officers were allowed to extract information from prisoners being illegally tortured overseas has been revealed. ANI

'Barely domesticated Assange is hunted by pushy groupies'
The man who gave refuge to Julian Assange has revealed that the Wikileaks founder is "not a hugely domesticated animal", and is often pursued by several pushy groupies. ANI

Brit father, daughter jailed for second time for incest
A British man and his daughter have been jailed for the second time for having sex with one another. ANI

Italian stalls face fine of 500 euros for Leaning Tower pe**s underpants
Officials in the historic Italian town of Pisa, home to the famous Leaning Tower, have launched a crack down on erotic tourist souvenirs in a bid to clean up the image of the city. ANI

Yingluck Shinawatra elected as new Thailand Prime Mnister
Thailand's parliament elected Yingluck Shinawatra as the country's first female Prime Minister on Friday, a month after her party won a landslide victory in the July 3 elections. ANI

Hillary Clinton speaks out about life as a politician
United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has in an interview with a magazine spoken out about her life as a politician. ANI

Sniper snooper: 'Boomerang' helping UK troops to locate Taliban marksmen
A revolutionary device called Boomerang which 'listens' for enemy gunfire and instantly alerts soldiers to the sniper's location is helping British troops fighting the Taliban. ANI

Terrorists' plot to target ministers with perfume bottle like bombs foiled: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that a plot to target ministers and key figures with perfume bombs has been foiled. ANI

Aid plan becomes new flash point in US-Pak ties
A debate over an aid plan for Pakistan has led to a new flash point in the relationship between the US and Pakistan over demands that it should be cut to determine transparency on the part of Pakistan and also to find out whether Islamabad is really fighting terrorism. n 2009, Congress had passed a five-year 7 ANI

Sydney varsity engineers to collaborate with Chennai's Anna University
The University of Sydney is strengthening its links with India by signing an agreement with Anna University at Chennai, one of the subcontinent's leading technological universities. ANI

Good relationship with co-workers increases your lifespan
A positive relationship with your co-workers has long-term health benefits, a Tel Aviv University researcher revealed. ANI

Sexualised images of 10-year-old French model outrages campaigners
Highly sexualised pictures of a 10-year-old model in a French magazine have infuriated campaigners, who think that a child so young should not be displaying the sexual allure of someone twice her age. ANI

Monkeys at UK zoo invent unique signal for solitude
Monkeys at Colchester Zoo have invented their very own 'do not disturb' sign language, leaving experts amazed. ANI

Meet the 7-year-old Brit girl who can't stop giggling
A British girl aged 7 is leaving her family members in stitches with her continuous giggles, which cropped up after she underwent brain surgery to remove a tumour. ANI

Audacity of five-year long hacking scheme takes top US cybercops by surprise
A cyber espionage case dubbed as "Operation Shady RAT, which has revealed a five-year long hacking scheme targeting US government, UN computers and defense and private industries has caught top US cybercops by surprise. ANI

Nepalese chant performer gives refuge to ostracised gang-raped Buddhist nun
A Buddhist nun, who was facing ostracism from her religious community after being allegedly gang-raped, has been offered refuge by an internationally renowned colleague Ani Choying Drolma. ANI

Strategic dialogue with Pak not a possibility: State Department
The US State Department has said that Washington is in contact with Pakistan, but strategic talks are not on the immediate horizon. ANI

Hosni Mubarak's 'not guilty plea' becomes hit ringtone in Egypt!
The few words uttered by Egypt's dethroned president Hosni Mubarak at the start of his trial have now turned into hit ringtones in the country. ANI

Hackers' cyber code war to target infrastructure technology: Ex CIA Director
Former Central Intelligence Agency's Counterterrorism Centre head Cofer Black has warned of an imminent code war where hackers would attack technology driving real world infrastructure such as power and water plants. ANI

Militants blow up NATO tanker in Khyber Agency
A NATO supply tanker was blown up by unknown militants by installing explosive device in Khyber Agency in Pakistan on Thursday. ANI

Hindus welcome Oz radio host's apology over anti-Ganga, anti-India remarks
The Hindus have welcomed the apology by popular Australian radio/TV personality Kyle Sandilands and his radio station "2dayFM" over his remarks about their sacred river Ganga and India, calling it a "step in the right direction". ANI

Bobby Jindal calls US debt deal a 'compromise'
Indian-origin Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has called the deal to raise the debt ceiling a mistake, insisting that a balanced-budget amendment would provide the brute force to get spending under control. ANI

Air France forced to have all male crew serve 'Great Seducer' Dominique Strauss-Kahn
The deluge of complaints made by Air France staffers and customers against former International Monetary Fund head Strauss Kahn's behaviour had led the company to issue a directive that only men should be on duty in the first-class sections of its planes when Strauss-Kahn was travelling. ANI

Jennifer Hudson croons for Obama at his 50th b'day
U.S. President Barack Obama celebrated his 50th birthday at the White House on Thursday amidst a firestorm of policy and politics. ANI

Prince Harry holidays in Majorca without new girlfriend Florence Brudenell-Bruce
Prince Harry has recently been spotted holidaying on the Spanish island of Majorca without his new girlfriend, British model-and-actress Florence Brudenell-Bruce. ANI

Polygamist sect leader convicted of child assault in Texas
Polygamist sect leader and Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints head Warren Jeffs has been convicted of child assault charges in Texas. ANI

Markets in US, Europe plummet over global recession fears
Fears that the global economy could be slipping back toward recession sent markets on both sides of the Atlantic plummeting on Thursday, with economic and financial problems around the world fueling a vicious cycle that risks spiraling beyond the control of governments. ANI

US-Pak relationship facing challenges: State Dept.
US State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner has said that the relationship between the US and Pakistan is facing challenges. ANI

Nearly half of Americans believe new debt ceiling plan will make economy worse
Nearly half of Americans believe that the debt ceiling plan, which has already been made into a law, will actually make the economy worse. ANI

Now, grab Pippa's bridesmaid dress replica for just œ170!
A replica of the dress worn by Pippa Middleton for the royal wedding in April is set to go on sale at Debenhams for just 170 pounds. ANI

Berlusconi flirts with female MP amid crisis discussions in Parliament
His country may be on the verge of a financial meltdown, but Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi still finds himself unable to take his attention from women, even if it's just for a short while. ANI

European Commission extends review of planned business combination of Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext
Deutsche Börse AG (XETRA: DB1) and NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) confirm that the European Commission has today initiated a Phase II review of their proposed business combination. The European Commission’s decision to open an in-depth investigation was fully anticipated and does not in any way prejudge or prejudice the ultimate outcome. Business Wire India

The Coca-Cola Foundation Awards $6 Million to Strengthen Global Community Efforts
Forty-four community organizations around the world will receive a total of $6 million in grant awards from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company Business Wire India

Grace Opens New Manufacturing Facility in India
Grace Construction Products, an operating segment of W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA), has started manufacturing from a new facility near Delhi, India. Business Wire India

Breakthrough Therapy PRADAXA® (Dabigatran Etexilate) First Drug in 50 Years to Gain Approval for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation in Europe
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