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International News on August 7, 2011

High street offers œ310 anti-ageing secret for œ9.99
High street stores are offering anti-ageing creams shared only by the well-off women at affordable prices. ANI

Japanese restaurant serves dancing squid dish
A Japanese restaurant has created a dish, named Odori don - literally meaning dancing squid rice bowl - by adding soy sauce to a fresh squid. ANI

Oz ghostbusters using latest gadgets to detect ghostly presence
A group of ghostbusters equipped with the latest technology are braving Queensland's haunted hot spots to detect ghostly presence. ANI

Prince Harry spends œ2,500 on war artist Jules George's painting
Prince Harry has paid 2,500 pounds for war artist Jules George's painting 'Beyond The Wire', which depicts troops boarding a Chinook. ANI

How child-mom bond gets stronger with soulful lullabies
A new research has suggested that babies do not care what their mothers sing or how bad their voices are, as long as they perform it with soul. ANI

Aussies abandoning shopping pleasures to buy life experiences
Australians are now spending less money on shopping, and more on lifestyle therapy such as eating out, overseas travel and entertainment, a new study has shown. ANI

Malay woman claims ex created FB page saying she offers sex
A Malaysian woman has accused her former boyfriend of creating a Facebook page with her mobile number and stating that she offers sex services. ANI

G20 holds 'emergency conference call' on US, European debt crisis
Ministers from the Group of 20 (G20) major economies on Sunday reportedly held an 'emergency conference call' to discuss the European debt crisis and the downgrading of the United States' credit ratings. ANI

Pak's Punjab govt. integrating militants into social bloodstream?
The Punjab government in Pakistan is apparently thinking in the same line of author Humaira Iqtidar, who believes that militant outfits like Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) could in fact contribute to the process of secularisation of the society. ANI

Royal endorsement for Shinawatra as Thailand PM on Monday
The royal endorsement of Yingluck Shinawatra as Thailand Prime Minister will take place on Monday. ANI

Iran rejects reports of "imminent" release of detained US hikers
Iran's Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Danaifar has rejected reports of an imminent release of US hikers - Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, who are currently held in Iran's notorious Evin Prison on charges of espionage. ANI

Wikileaks founder Assange portrayed as 'predatory, narcissistic fantasist' in new book
A new book has blasted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as predatory, narcissistic, fantasist and a person unaware of any personal boundaries. ANI

China's July 23 train accident shakes citizens' confidence in railways
Chinese citizens have admitted to losing confidence in the country's railway after the July 23 accident, which killed about 40 people. ANI

El Bulli's closure makes Noma world's most sought after restaurant
Noma in Copenhagen has become the world's most sought after restaurant, after the closing down of El Bulli, in Roses, Spain. ANI

S and P's credit ratings downgrade wrong decision: US official
Global rating agency Standard and Poor's (S andP) made a hasty and wrong decision of stripping the United States of its top-notch AAA credit rating, a US Treasury Department official has said. ANI

UK police watchdog falls prey to hackers
Britain's watchdog body investigating police malpractice has reportedly been targeted by computer hackers stealing information for private investigators. ANI

Kate is naturally a very stylish woman: Sara Buys
Fashion designer Sara Buys feels that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton has a natural sense of style and doesn't need a stylist. ANI

Palin will have nervous breakdown if elected president: Levi Johnston' sis
Sarah Palin would have a "mental breakdown" if she was elected president, the sister of Levi Johnston - Bristol Palin's baby daddy - has claimed. ANI

Secret audiotapes to expose John F. Kennedy and his wife's private life
A series of secret audiotapes made by US President John F Kennedy's wife Jacqueline are to be made public in a TV special that will reveal her private life with her assassinated husband. ANI

Pak secretly monitoring Americans visiting South Punjab
US diplomats based in Pakistan and other Americans visiting South Punjab are secretly being monitored by the security agencies over their immense interest in the region these days, leading many officials suspicious of their activities. ANI

Muslim women in New Zealand urged to 'take off face veils and follow land's rule'
A Muslim scholar and jurist has entered New Zealand's ongoing 'burqas-on-buses debate' saying that Muslim women should take off their face veils. ANI

Afghan war amputees set to become 2012 London Olympic torchbearers
Afghanistan war amputees are set to be torchbearers for the 2012 London Olympics, which will be held from July 27 to August 12, 2012. ANI

US faces further credit ratings downgrade, says Standard and Poor's
The United States' new double A+ rating "could go down more in a time frame of six months to 24 months," to double-A, depending on government action to cut the deficit, Standard and Poor's (S andP) has said. ANI

Texas Governor Rick Perry urges Christians to "turn to God for answers to US' woes"
Texas Governor Rick Perry has asked Christians in the United States to turn to God for answers to the country's problems at a prayer rally in Houston, Texas. ANI

Aussies still choose dogs over cats as their best friend
Australian pet owners still stick to pooches as their favourite pets whereas cats reign supreme in the US and UK. ANI

World's first beer that can be drunk in space created
An Australian brewing company has created the world's first beer that could be drunk in space. ANI

'Divorce parties' helping American women offload past marriage stuffs
A new craze for "divorce parties" has become popular among well-heeled American divorcees who are looking to offload the baggage of their married lives. ANI

'Tablets, ultrabooks just a fad,' says Acer founder
Acer's founder Stan Shih reckons that ultrabooks and tablet computers are short-term fads. ANI

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood holds first open vote to elect new executive board members
Egypt's opposition Muslim Brotherhood, the country's most organized political group, has held its first open internal election since the ouster of the country's President Hosni Mubarak. ANI

White House crashers looking for surrogate to carry their baby
Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who famously gatecrashed the Whitehouse dinner party during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the States, are planning to have a baby through a surrogate mother. ANI

Hacker group claims to have attacked 70 US law enforcement websites
The hacking group Anonymous has claimed that it gained access to over 70 US law enforcement websites in retaliation for the recent arrests of its alleged members. ANI

Amnesty urges action to save 10 missing Baloch people
Human Rights organization Amnesty International (AI) has urged the government to take prompt steps to save the lives of 10 detained and missing Baloch persons, who, it believes, face death risk. ANI

Nepal bans smoking at public places from today
Nepal has banned smoking at public places with the 2010 Tobacco Control and Regulatory Act coming into effect from today. ANI

JuD blames India, US for worsening situation in Balochistan and Karachi
Jamaat-ud-Dawah Ameer Professor Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has said that India and the United States are behind the worsening situation in Balochistan and Karachi. ANI

More than half of Britons want return of death penalty
A new poll has shown that over half of Britons want the return of death penalty in the country. ANI

US "must do better" in tackling economic challenges after passing debt deal: White House
The White House has said the United States 'must do better' in tackling its economic challenges after the deal raising the country's debt- ceiling was passed last week. ANI

Militants blast 13 NATO tankers in Peshawar
A bomb destroyed at least 13 tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Saturday in a bid to disrupt supplies, police have said. ANI

'Spy agencies tapping Pak female NA members' phones'
Female legislators of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) and the Awami National Party (ANP) have complained that their phones were being tapped by spy agencies. ANI

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