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International News on December 21, 2011

'Chak Shahzad farmhouse still in Musharraf's name'
There is no record showing former president Pervez Musharraf gifted his Chak Shahzad farmhouse to his wife, a court has been told. ANI

Peshawar High Court makes Musharraf respondent in US drone attack case
The Peshawar High Court has accepted a request to make former Pakistan president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf a party in the drone attack case. ANI

Marisa Miller eats n*ked to keep body in shape
Model Marisa Miller has revealed that she eats n*ked to keep her body in top shape for Victoria's Secret fashion shows and Sports Illustrated swimsuit shoots. ANI

Karzai urges Pak to devise policy independent of US, India rivalries
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has urged Pakistan not to devise its policy on Afghanistan based on its rivalries with either India or the United States. ANI

Republicans in state of turmoil over selection of presidential candidate
It isn't going to be an easy task for the Republican candidates for the Presidential elections to impress their fellow Republicans this time around. At least the two polls that were released on Tuesday suggest so. ANI

Pak actress Veena Malik comes under fire in parliament over nude photoshoot
Pakistan's Unification Bloc member Sheikh Alauddin has slammed actress Veena Malik for posing nude on the cover of an Indian magazine. ANI

Musharraf must answer for Benazir assassination: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said former Pakistan president Parvez Musharraf is answerable for former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination on December 27, 2008. ANI

North Korea 'pledges to loyally follow' new leader Kim Jong-un
North Korean media has been reporting pledges of loyalty to new leader Kim Jong-un following the death of his father Kim Jong-il. ANI

Separate beds behind 75th anniversary couple's wedded bliss
A British couple celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary have revealed the secret to their long-lasting marriage - sleeping in separate beds. ANI

Shoe throwing at Ahmadinejad suggests cracks in Iran's efforts to limit public discourse
A former textile worker's action of hurling shoes at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week in Sari, is being considered an act of defiance, and a crack in Tehran's efforts to limit public discourse. ANI

Texas man to pay parking fine after 58 years!
A man in Texas is going to pay a one-dollar fine for a parking ticket that was issued to him 58 years ago. ANI

Mum-to-be spends 3 months in titled bed to avoid miscarriage
A pregnant mother, who had suffered repeated miscarriages, has given birth to a baby girl after lying upside down for three months. ANI

Seven NOTW phone-hacking victims to receive compensation
Media group News International has said that seven public figures will receive compensation after their phone hacking claims against the publisher of the now-defunct British tabloid News of the World were settled. ANI

Saif Gaddafi held in 'complete isolation but in good physical condition'
Slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam is being held in complete isolation, but appears to be in "good physical condition", a human rights group has said. ANI

I saved Pakistan from US, UN sanctions after Abbottabad raid: Haqqani
Former Pakistan ambassador Husain Haqqani has said he prevented the United Nations and the United States from imposing sanctions on his country after the May 2 Abbottabad raid that had killed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ANI

Men are reluctant to confront partners about weight
Men are much more reluctant than women, when it comes to confronting partners about their expanding waistlines, a new study has revealed. ANI

Zardari says Pak polls will be held on time
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said the country's next general elections would be held on time. ANI

'Courageous' medieval knights may have suffered post-traumatic stress
Medieval knights, who are often considered to be courageous and cold-hearted killers, may have actually suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, a new study has revealed. ANI

What your choice of wine says about you
Our choice of wine is apparently determined by our temperament and persona, a new study has revealed. ANI

US tells scientists to censor new bird flu research
The United States Government has reportedly asked Dutch scientists to censor key parts of their work that described how they managed to mutate the H5N1 bird flu virus into a strain that could be highly infectious and deadly to humans. ANI

Manning 'communicated directly with Assange,' claims prosecution
Bradley Manning, the US Army private accused of sharing classified documents with Wikileaks, communicated directly with the whistle blowing website's founder Julian Assange, its has been claimed. ANI

Piers Morgan says 'listening to Heather Mills' private message' was not 'unethical'
Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has admitted to listening to a voice mail message that rock legend Sir Paul McCartney left on his wife's mobile phone, but denied his behaviour was 'unethical'. ANI

Power struggle begins between three factions in North Korea after Kim Jong-il's death
A dynastic power struggle has reportedly begun in North Korea where experts have identified three rival factions jockeying for position behind Kim Jong-un, the country's new leader. ANI

JuD terror chief Hafiz Saeed- led Lahore rally sets alarm bells ringing
A Lahore rally held under the banner of the Difaa-i-Pakistan Council (Pakistan Defence Council) and led by Jamaat-ud -Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed has set alarm bells ringing. ANI

US halts Pak drone strikes after deadly November 26 NATO Airstrike
The Central Intelligence Agency has stopped firing at Pakistan militants since the November 26 deadly NATO airstrike along the Afghan border to prevent aggravating already strained ties with Islamabad, Senate Defence's Committee head has said. ANI

US remains steadfast on calls for Assad's ouster
The United States has remained unchanged in its call for ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad, despite Damascus' move to allow Arab monitors into the country. ANI

Royal Wedding wins 2011's TV ratings war with 26 mln viewers
The marriage of Prince William and Kate has won the war of TV ratings as 26 million viewers tuned in to watch the pomp, pageantry and plain old-fashioned romance. ANI

UK arrests Pak student on suspicion of 'carrying terrorist document'
A 22-year-old Pakistani student has been arrested at a British airport on suspicion of carrying a terrorist document. ANI

Ukrainian passenger accused of molesting SIA stewardess
A Ukrainian national has been accused of molesting a Singapore Airlines fight attendant while onboard last month. ANI

'Lesbian vampire killer' granted parole
A woman dubbed as the 'lesbian vampire killer', who was sentenced to life in prison after murdering a father-of-five and drinking his blood, is due to be released from jail within weeks. ANI

Syria introduces death penalty for anyone arming 'terrorists'
The Syrian government has introduced a law recommending the death penalty for anyone found arming 'terrorists'. ANI

Egyptian military 'strongly regrets' thrashing of female protesters
The Egyptian military has said that it "strongly regrets transgressions" against female protesters. ANI

US troops may stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014, says US general
American troops could remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014, despite President Barack Obama's pledge to withdraw them by then, a senior US commander has claimed. ANI

Chavez calls Obama 'clown, embarrassment' for criticizing Venezuela's ties with Iran, Cuba
Venezuela President Hugo Chavez has called Barack Obama a "clown" and an "embarrassment" who has turned the United States into a "disaster" in response to his sharp criticisms of Venezuela's ties to Iran and Cuba ANI

Dutch TV to air 'cannibalism stunt' showing two men eating each other's flesh
A Dutch broadcaster has claimed that it will air a segment in which two presenters engage in cannibalism by eating a small piece of one another's fried flesh. ANI

BearingPoint Awards Gemalto for its Innovation Efficiency
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced it has won the prestigious BearingPoint innovation management award (“Agile Innovation Award”) for its think tank initiative “BIG” (Business Innovation Garage) Business Wire India

Cippe Met with WPC to Seek Further Cooperation
As the top petroleum exhibition in China, cippe has been working closely with WPC over the past few years. Under its official invitation, cippe Project Director and Manger in charge of overseas tradeshows both attended the 20th World Petroleum Congress (WPC) in Qatar from Dec 4th to 8th. Business Wire India

Digital River Delivers Enhanced Business-to-Business E-Commerce Solution
Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), a leading provider of global e-commerce solutions, announced an enhanced business-to-business (B2B) offering that enables companies – large and small – to create best-in-class online purchase experiences for their business buyers Business Wire India

ProteoTech Announces Drug Development Collaborative Agreement with GlaxoSmithKline for New Parkinson’s Therapeutic
ProteoTech, Inc Business Wire India

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