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International News on December 10, 2011

Speculation rife about covert U.S. war in Iran
When the Iranians captured a downed U.S. Sentinel drone intact, the Americans lost more than just the technology inside their high-tech spy craft. ANI

White House metal detector rings for Obama
Barack Obama recently set off a White House metal detector a few times. ANI

Over five in ten Americans disapprove of Obama, 94 percent view economy negatively: Poll
A new poll has shown that over five in ten voters disapprove of US President Barack Obama and majority of respondents - 94 percent have a negative view of the country's economy. ANI

Osama's wives may return to Saudi Arabia
Two wives of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden held in Pakistan after the raid in May that killed their husband, are set to return to their homeland Saudi Arabia, Pakistani officials have said. ANI

'Pak minorities subjected to 'lawful loophole' by parliament in past three decades'
Deprivation of minorities appears to have become a normal pattern in Pakistan, with reports saying that they have been subjected to a 'lawful loophole' by parliament in the past three decades. ANI

Racist row erupts as Indian family moves into Oz all white show Ramsay Street
A nasty race row has broken out over an Indian family becoming resident in Australia's long-running TV soap Neighbours. ANI

Pakistan upgrades air defence system on Afghan border
Pakistan has upgraded its air defence system on the Afghan border to make it capable of shooting down aircraft in a response to a NATO attack on a military outpost that resulted in the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers, a security official has said. ANI

Gilani, Kayani assure Pakistan sovereignty will be protected at any cost
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani have said firmly that the government would protect the sovereignty of the country at any cost. ANI

Deepwater Horizon oil spill committee issues final report
An expert committee of the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council has issued its final report over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. ANI

NOTW phone hacking victims likely to 'total about 800', says Brit police inquiry chief
The final number of victims who had their phones hacked by the News of the World (NOTW) is likely to be about 800, the head of a British police investigation has said. ANI

US wants safe heavens of terrorists curbed in Pakistan
Chairman US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey has said that safe havens of terrorists in Pakistan and the country's influence on Afghanistan must be eliminated. ANI

New Yemeni coalition government sworn in
New Yemeni coalition government was sworn in on Saturday before Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi as part of a deal designated to end months of protests against outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh. ANI

Cameron admits meeting Rupert Murdoch after 7.8 pounds billion BSKyB bid
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted for the first time that he met News International Chief Rupert Murdoch in July 2010 after he launched his 7.8 billion pound bid to secure full control of the satellite broadcaster BSkyB. ANI

UK considering proposal to allow people to unfurl all flags
UK Communities' Secretary Eric Pickles is reviewing the law, which permits people to unfurl only certain type of flags. ANI

New South Wales Premier gives green signal for uranium exploration
New South Wales(NSW) Premier Barry O'Farrell has given the green signal for uranium exploration after the Australian Government lifted the ban on exporting nuclear fuel to India. ANI

Dog poo lottery proves a 'big success' in Taiwan
A Taiwanese city is keeping dog mess off its streets by offering prizes to owners who clear up after their pets. ANI

Pakistani Taliban confirms peace talks with Islamabad
Deputy Commander of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, who has been waging a four-year war against Islamabad, has confirmed that both sides are in peace talks. ANI

Ex Japan's Fukushima nuke plant chief suffering from esophageal cancer
Former Japan's Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant chief is suffering from esophageal cancer, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has said. ANI

Former Tibetan monk dies after setting himself on fire: Activists
A former Tibetan Buddhist monk is reported to have died after setting himself ablaze in protest against Chinese rule in Tibet. ANI

Pakistan's blockade of NATO supply lines into Afghanistan enters third week
Pakistan's blockade of the vital US supply line into Afghanistan entered a third week on Saturday, the longest closure of the ten year old war, showing no sign of border reopening as of now. ANI

Salman Rushdie proposes to ex-girlfriend just hours after her split
Salman Rushdie has asked his former girlfriend Michelle Barish to marry him and become his fifth wife just two days after she split from her boyfriend. ANI

Hitler's brass desk used for signing 'Munich Pact' fetches $423k
A brass desk where Hitler signed the Munich Pact before Second World War has fetched 423,000 dollars at an auction. ANI

'Memo Gate case progress will determine Zardari's homecoming'
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari initially planned to return to Pakistan on Monday, but a final decision would depend on how the Memo Gate scandal unfolds, sources have said. ANI

72 pc US employees prefer cash bonus over office parties
Canceling holiday parties and getting cash bonuses instead is at the top of workers' wish lists in the US, a new survey has found. ANI

Blocking NATO routes says much about US-Pak ties: General Dempsey
As the relationship between the US and Pakistan continues to be in a 'strained,' the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey has said the NATO attack of November 26, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers says much about the current state of the relationship. ANI

Musharraf may alter early Pak comeback plan over failure to get approval
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf might be altering his early comeback plan till the first week of February next year after failing to get an approval from the concerned authorities. ANI

US apology not enough to condone Pak soldiers' killing in NATO attack: Jamat-e-Islami
The Amir of the Jamat-e-Islami Pakistan Syed Munawar Hassan has said Washington's mere seeking of forgiveness by the US would not be enough to condone the murder of 24 military officials and troops. ANI

Berlusconi says snooped snaps made his house look like a 'harem'
Silvio Berlusconi has said that photographs taken of him at a party at his home deliberately made his house look like a 'harem'. ANI

'Fine' Zardari walked for 10 to 15 min in doctor's presence
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is in a better condition now and walked for 10 to 15 minutes in the presence of a doctor, sources have said. ANI

China recognizes Russia's State Duma election: Foreign Office
China has recognized Russia's State Duma election, countering US allegations that the elections were marred by fraud. ANI

'Fine' Zardari will "return soon" to Pakistan
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is 'fine' and will return home soon, nearly a week after he was rushed to a Dubai hospital for emergency medical treatment. ANI

China, US working together to ensure Internet development, combat cybercrime: Official
China is willing to work with the United States to ensure the development of Information Technology (IT) and combat cyber crime, a senior Chinese information official has said. ANI

US Deputy Secretary of State Burns to visit India, Vietnam, Malaysia
United States Deputy Secretary of State William Burns will depart from Washington today for visits to India and South East Asia. ANI

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