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International News on December 11, 2011

Malay Indian party chief confident of making comeback in next general election
Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) President G. Palanivel has expressed confidence that his party would make a comeback in the next general election, after suffering a defeat in 2008. ANI

US submits proposals to put ties with Pakistan back on track
The US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter is believed to have handed over a proposal to the government in Islamabad, envisaging a series of measures to repair bilateral ties that was damaged following the NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. ANI

Palestinians describe Newt Gingrich as 'ignorant, racist' for calling them 'invented people'
Palestinians have slammed Republican Presidential contender Newt Gingrich for saying that they are an "invented" people. ANI

European commissioner for human rights warns UK over weakening of laws
European commissioner for human rights Thomas Hammarberg has warned that any attempt to overhaul British human rights laws would have a damaging effect on global democracy. ANI

Why we can't help breaking into a devilish smile when colleagues fail
Scientists have found that experiencing a bit of enjoyment at the misfortunes of one's colleagues can be a sure way to make an individual feel better about oneself. ANI

1 in 3 employees can't escape work-related stress even while dreaming
Work-related issues are the number one topic featuring in dreams of most employees, with colleagues creeping into shut-eye time more than celebrities, a new study has found. ANI

US keeping eye on Pak-TTP negotiations: White House
After reports emerged of peace negotiations between the Pakistani Taliban and Pakistan government, the US said that they would not like to see recent gains made by the Pakistani military against the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan to be lost. ANI

Duchess Kate invited to stay with royal in-laws for New Year
The Duchess of Cambridge has been invited to move in with her royal-in-laws while Prince William is away in the Falklands, so that she does not feel lonely during the New Year. ANI

I would rather quit politics than betray my party: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that he would rather prefer to quit the politics than to betray his Pakistan People's Party (PPP). ANI

'Taliban's appeal fading, narrative becoming stale,' says ISAF commander
The appeal of the Taliban is fading, and the militant group's narrative is becoming stale, the commander of the International Security Force in Afghanistan (ISAF) has claimed. ANI

Clipper ship Cutty Sark's mast raised for first time since 2007 fire
The Cutty Sark's masts have been raised for the first time since the ship was destroyed by fire in 2007. ANI

Now, wild monkeys to measure forest radiation in Japan
Japan's Fukushima University researchers are considering proposal to measure forest radiation level in Fukushima Prefecture by fitting special monitoring collars on wild monkeys. ANI

Radioactive water leaks at Genkai power plant in Japan
Kyushu Electric Power Co. has said 1.8 tons of radioactive water leaked in the purification system of a reactor at the Genkai power plant in Japan's Saga Prefecture. ANI

Algeria refuses to allow US, French drones to fly over its airspace
Algeria has reportedly refused to allow American and French drones to fly over its southernmost desert areas to target smuggling of weapons from Libya. ANI

UK Islamic cleric bans women from touching 'pe**s-shaped' foods to avoid 'sexual thoughts'
An Islamic cleric in Britain has banned women from touching 'pe**s-shaped' foods such as bananas or cucumbers, in order to avoid any 'sexual thoughts'. ANI

Nawaz Sharif vows to bring Benazir's killers to justice
Pakistan Muslim League-N Nawaz Sharif has pledged to track down the killers of the country's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto at the earliest possible if his party was voted in power, slamming the Government headed by President Asif Ali Zardari for its failure to do so even four years after her assassination in a bomb-and-gun attack in Rawalpindi on December 27. ANI

US officials vacate Shamsi airbase
US officials have vacated the Shamsi airbase after being asked by Pakistan following the NATO air strikes that killed 24 soldiers on November 26. ANI

'Defiant' Mugabe says will be "act of cowardice" for him to step down
Zimbabwe's 87-year-old President Robert Mugabe has said that he would not retire ahead of proposed elections next year and would stay on to lead the country against a 'Western campaign for regime change'. ANI

BlackBerry slammed over failing to block illegal sex content including child porn
Smartphone maker BlackBerry has come under fire after it emerged that its customers were able to access illegal sex content on the internet, including child pornography. ANI

Saudi man sentenced to 2,080 lashes for raping daughter
A man in Saudi Arabia convicted of raping his daughter has been sentenced to 13 years in prison and 2,080 lashes. ANI

Lawmaker calls US virtual embassy 'new conspiracy' against Iranian people
An Iranian lawmaker has said that the launching of an online virtual embassy by the United States is 'a new conspiracy' against the people of his nation. ANI

Social work exchange programme commences between India and US
Washington, Dec 11 : Social work students from India and the University of Chicago are participating in the new international exchange programme, to learn about each other's cultures and how organizations in both the countries confront poverty and economic disadvantages. ANI

'US working hard to improve ties with Pak'
The United States has said it is working hard to keep channels open and get back to work with the Pakistani government after the relation soured following the recent NATO attack. ANI

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