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International News on December 17, 2011

Gross Domestic Happiness in US declining since 2009: Study
A new research has found that Gross Domestic Happiness in the United States is declining since April 2009 amid increasing Gross Domestic Product over the past two years. ANI

US car dealerships involved in Hezbollah money laundering scheme
Over two dozen US car dealerships were allegedly involved in an international 300 million dollars money laundering scheme for Lebanon-based terrorist organization Hezbollah, federal officials have said. ANI

No intelligence found by US on Christmas, New Year terror plots this year
For the first time in more than a decade, there is "no active intelligence" suggesting a possibility of a terror attack aimed at spoiling Christmas and New Year's celebrations, the US counter-terrorism officials have said. ANI

7 UK Supreme Court judges to hear Assange's extradition appeal on sex crime charges
A panel of seven British Supreme Court judges will hear WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's appeal to avoid extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crime charges. ANI

"Independent" Imran Khan vows to eliminate "family politics" in Pakistan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that he would eliminate "family politics" in Pakistan. ANI

'Civilian protection was govt's top priority during civil war': Sri Lankan commission
A commission of inquiry appointed by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to look into events of the civil war has issued a report saying the government did its best to protect civilians. ANI

Indian American Nikki Haley under scanner for endorsing Romney's 2012 White House bid
Indian- American South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has come under the scanner for endorsing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the 2012 White House bid. ANI

'Pakistan's reaction against NATO attack had impact on US policy in Afghanistan'
A top Obama Administration official has said that Pakistan's strong reaction over the killing of its 24 soldiers in a recent NATO attack, has had an immediate impact on the American strategy in Afghanistan. ANI

Gingrich accused of patronising 'Lady' Bachmann in final Republican debate
Former House of Representatives Speaker and 2012 White House contender Newt Gingrich has been accused of patronising Michele Bachmann during the final debate before the Republican primary contest voting. ANI

Mexican city installs digital clock to count down December 2012 'doomsday'
A city in Mexico has installed a digital clock to count down the time left for December 21, 2012 - when some believe the world will end. ANI

Brit comedian Davies tweets Qantas steward told him to 'F-k off' during Bangkok-London flight
British actor and comedian Alan Davies has alleged that a Qantas steward told him to 'F-k off' during a flight from Bangkok to London. ANI

Zardari says imposing Article 47 'meaningless' as he's in good health
President Asif Ali Zardari has said imposing Article 47 of the Pakistani Constitution is meaningless because his health has improved in Dubai, but he has not been permitted by doctors to travel back to Pakistan. ANI

Brit- Indian honeymooner Dewani's extradition decision to be taken in 2012
British-Indian businessman Shrien Dewani will have to wait until 2012 for a court verdict that will decide whether he is to be extradited to South Africa in connection with his wife, Anni's murder. ANI

US court dismisses billion-dollar antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft
A US court has dismissed a billion-dollar antitrust lawsuit against computer giant Microsoft after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict. ANI

Rising number of female managers unsuccessful in reducing wage gap
Wage differences between men and women are not decreasing as more females are attaining managerial positions, a new report has found. ANI

Now, a tool to evaluate whether team training really works or not
The present day scenario demands evaluation of team training to ascertain if the popular process really makes a difference or not, researchers say. ANI

Gilani asks US to 'respect' Pakistan's red lines
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has asked the United States to respect his country's red lines, national sovereignty and territorial integrity. ANI

No reply from Zardari yet on Memo Gate case: Pak Attorney General
Pakistan's Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq has said President Asif Ali Zardari has not submitted his reply on the Memo Gate issue. ANI

IAEA conveys 'grave concern' to Japan over not being informed about nuke waste
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has expressed its grave concern to Japan over not being informed about the presence of nuclear waste near domestic facilities.he IAEA has made a rare request to examine Japan's nuclear waste that is usually not subject to its scrutiny. ANI

I resigned as Pak envoy to ensure fair probe of Memo Gate scandal: Haqqani
Pakistan's former envoy to the US, Husain Haqqani, has said that he resigned from his post to ensure a fair probe of the Memo gate scandal. ANI

Obama bans daughters from Facebook to prevent intrusion into family life
Michael Obama has admitted that he has banned his daughters from creating an account on Facebook till they are 18, to prevent unnecessary interference from strangers into family affairs. ANI

China clamps down on Twitter versions while tightening cyber control
China has clamped down on its versions of Twitter as a part of its measure to tighten cyber control. ANI

Burma jails Karen rebel leader for 17-years on 'unlawful association' charge
Mahn Nyein Maung, one of the main ethnic Karen rebel leaders in Burma has been jailed for 17 years on charges of "unlawful association". ANI

Iran vows to hunt down more US spy planes 'violating airspace'
A senior Iranian military official has warned that Tehran would hunt down more US surveillance drones if America continues to 'violate its air space'. ANI

Has Vladimir Putin gone under the knife?
Vladimir Putin is looking less stressed nowadays and rumours are abuzz that he might have gone under the knife for his new look. ANI

Pak tells US deadly NATO attack on Mohmand Agency posts 'was no mistake'
Senior Pakistani officials in the US have said that the recent deadly NATO attack on the border post in Mohmand Agency could not have been a mistake, as the shooting by helicopter gunships that left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead continued for an hour after NATO forces said it would stop. ANI

Soldier asks Michelle Obama to be his date at the Marine Corps Ball
Michelle Obama got a surprise invitation when a soldier asked her to be his date at the Marine Corps Ball in the coming year. ANI

No standoff between Pak govt. and army over Memo Gate issue: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has rejected media reports that there was a standoff between the government and army over the Memo Gate issue. ANI

Fugitive ex-Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra gets passport back
Thailand has issued a new passport to fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to replace one revoked by the previous government. ANI

China sends long-missing human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng back to jail
Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng has been sent back to jail for three years after a Beijing court ruled he had violated the terms of his probation. ANI

Obama's 2012 re-election chances now flip-of-coin 50:50: Poll
A new poll has shown that US President Barack Obama's re-election prospects are essentially a 50-50 proposition though public outlook on the economy is improving. ANI

Earliest Chinese version of Koran unearthed in China
Muslim culture researchers in China have found the earliest Chinese version of the Koran in the country's northwestern Gansu province. ANI

UK is a 'Christian country' and people should be proud of admitting it: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has declared that the UK is a 'Christian country' and people should not be afraid to say so. ANI

US General adds another 'twist to Pak Memogate tale'
The controversial Memo Gate scandal has taken an interesting turn after former US National Security Adviser General James Jones claimed that the memo was unreliable because he thinks, it was written by Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, instead of the country's former Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani. ANI

One in ten Austrian teens say Hitler did 'good things': Poll
One in ten young Austrians think Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler did some 'good things', a shocking poll has found. ANI

Syrian security forces taking protesters' families hostages to crush dissent: Activists
Syrian security forces are threatening families of anti-government protesters and holding them as hostages, activists based in the country's Deraa province have said.yrian citizens said security forces are targeting families of those people, who are in their wanted list. ANI

Indian woman challenging UK law requiring immigrants to speak English loses fight
A 54-year old Indian woman, who challenged the law requiring people to speak English before coming to Britain, and argued that these immigration rules preventing her husband from moving to the UK were a violation of human rights, has lost her case. ANI

Manmohan Singh, Medvedev reviewed gamut of India-Russia bilateral relations: Mathai
Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai today said that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev revived the enhancement of the special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries during their meeting in Moscow. ANI

'International terrorism threat to peace and security'
India and Russia have reaffirmed that international terrorism is a threat to peace and security, a grave violation of human rights and a crime against humanity. ANI

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