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Pak should stand firm on Islamic theory to warn US, India: Jama'at-Ud-Da'wah chief
Pakistan-based miltant group Jama'at-Ud-Da'wah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed has said that if the country strictly adheres to its fundamental Islamic theory, it will send a tough message for both India and the US. ANI

1 in 6 Christmas shoppers sick of carols
One in six Australian consumers say that putting up with carols at shopping centers is the worst part of Christmas shopping, according to a new survey. ANI

Baby cries boost sex hormones in men
Hearing an infant crying can actually boost the sex hormone testosterone in men, a new study has found. ANI

US think- tank paid $100,000 to Haqqani for writing book criticizing Pak army
An American think tank, Smith Richardson Foundation, has claimed to have paid 100,000 dollars to former Pakistan Ambassador Husain Haqqani to write a book, which criticizes the Pakistan army and the military-mosque alliance. ANI

Oz government unlikely to interfere in Assange's Sweden extradition case
Australia has indicated it is unlikely to interfere in the case of the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange's appeal to avoid extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crime charges. ANI

'Taliban trusts four leaders for peace talks'
A Taliban commander has said the Tehreek-e Taliban (TTP) would definitely consider different viewpoints put across in the peace talks if four people, who were trusted by the organization, took part in the negotiations. ANI

Three Pakistani high-ranked officials prepared memo: Ijaz
Pakistan-American businessman, who occupies the centre of the memogate scandal, Mansoor Ijaz has said the memo was prepared by the country' three high-ranked officials. ANI

Pak Army Chief Kayani telephones Zardari to dispel 'rift between institutions' claim
Pakistan Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has sought to dispel speculation of a rift between the country's institutions by making a phone call to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari ANI

Pak embassy in US issued 7,000 visas to Americans without security clearance: Petitioner
A memogate scandal petitioner has alleged that the Pakistan Embassy in the US had granted over 7,000 visas to Americans from 2008 till date without getting security clearance, out of which, 450 visas were stamped in one night. ANI

No confrontation between Pak Govt, military: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani dispelled the speculation of any confrontation between the country's government and the military, and insisted both army and the judiciary had no intention of derailing democracy in the country. ANI

Philippines steps up search for flood survivors
Rescuers are continuing the search for survivors after floods killed over 400 people and left many others missing in Philippines. ANI

Iran to decide case of 'downed' US drone: Foreign Minister
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi has said the country will decide the fate of the downed US spy drone and rejected the US request for returning the drone. ANI

Lahore High Court moved for Zardari's removal from office
A Pakistan citizen, Hafiz Muhammad Asim, has moved the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking removal of President Asif Ali Zardari from office and restraining him to function as the head of the state. ANI

PPP leader Awan demands probe on Siachen, Kargil, East Pakistan issues
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Senator Dr Babar Awan has demanded commissions to probe Siachen, Kargil and East Pakistan issues. ANI

'Pregnant' Duchess Kate doll to hit markets soon
The makers of the best-selling dolls of Kate are busy working on a pregnant version of The Duchess of Cambridge. ANI

Recognition of employees' work important for consistent performance
Throwing parties, giving away bonuses and other forms of acknowledgement, including gifts, to employees can help improve their performance, a new study has found. ANI

Raphael did paint erotic imagery in Vatican bathroom
A bathroom in the papal apartments inside the Vatican is decorated by erotic artworks, designed by the Renaissance master Raphael in 1516. ANI

Princes Harry and William to return to Diana's apartment
Princes William and Harry will be making an emotional return to the home they grew up in with their mother Princess Diana. ANI

Is Prince Harry back with lingerie model ex?
Prince Harry has reportedly rekindled with his former flame lingerie model Florence Brudenell-Bruce whom he broke up with in August. ANI

'Blood diamonds' could pay for Mugabe's election terror campaign against opponents
'Blood diamonds' are would be used to fund a new campaign of violence by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's regime against his political opponents, it has emerged. ANI

Iran detains suspected CIA spy of Iranian origin
Iran has reportedly arrested a person of Iranian origin on suspicion of spying for the United States. ANI

Prince Harry to the rescue as friend gets mugged
Prince Harry was embroiled in a mugging drama when he rushed to the rescue of a friend whose mobile was robbed while he was on phone with the royal. ANI

Kate Middleton tops list of Ten Best-Mannered People of 2011
Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge has been named 2011's Best-Mannered Person by an etiquette and social training program. ANI

Stress of being gay in military's 'don't ask don't tell' era forced Manning to reveal US secrets
The lawyers of Bradley Manning, the US Army private accused of sharing classified documents Wikileaks, have claimed that his position as a gay soldier in the era of 'don't ask, don't tell' played an important role in his actions. ANI

Ex-Russian PM Kasyanov says 'Putin would lose honest presidential election'
Former Russian prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov has claimed that embattled Vladimir Putin would lose an honest presidential election if he had the guts to allow one. ANI

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