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International News on December 25, 2011

Obama spends Christmas Eve golfing in Hawaii
U.S. President Barack Obama spent Christmas Eve playing golf with his family in Hawaii. ANI

Lego's new 'friends' range 'stereotyping girls' sparks outrage
Popular toy manufacturer Lego is facing a backlash over their new girl-themed sets featuring female characters that look more like Barbie dolls than the standard tiny yellow construction figures. ANI

Oz Senator embarks on European mission to protect 'Assange's human rights'
An Australian Senator Scott Ludlam has embarked on a European mission to protect the human rights of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who continues fighting a legal battle to avoid extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crime charges. ANI

Christians greeted on Christmas by Hindus
Hindus have sent greetings to Christian communities world over for Christmas. ANI

Kim Jong Un named 'supreme leader' of North Korean military
Kim Jong Un, the son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has been hailed as 'supreme leader' of the 1.2-million strong military, ramping up its campaign to install the young man as the country's next leader. ANI

Japan to ease decades-old weapons export ban
The Japanese government is planning to relax its decades-old restriction on weapons exports, a move that would help the nation's participation in future multinational arms development projects. ANI

Fox News' guest calls Obama 'skinny, ghetto crackhead'
A guest on popular American television channel Fox News passed indecent comments on President Barack Obama, suggesting "he looks like a skinny ghetto crackhead." ANI

US 'deeply disappointed' over Cuba's decision not to release American contractor
The United States has said that it is "deeply disappointed" after learning that an American contractor Alan Gross, was not among some 3,000 prisoners to be released by Cuba. ANI

Michelle Obama helps kids find Santa
Michelle Obama on Saturday answered calls from kids across the country, helping them know where the Santa was and when would he arrive at their home. ANI

Egypt's Islamists sweep second round of parliamentary elections
Egypt's two main Islamist parties have won aajority of the votes in the second phase of parliamentary elections. ANI

Kayani skips dinner hosted by Zardari for visiting Chinese official
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff, Generalshfaq Parvez Kayani, skipped a dinner hosted by President Asif Aliardari in the honour of visiting Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo. ANI

Pak political parties, judiciary and army support democracy: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that political parties, the judiciary and the army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, have voiced support for democracy, which would dispel rumors of rift between the country's institutions. ANI

Saleh vows to leave for US 'to help calm tensions in Yemen'
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has said he would soon leave his country for the United States to help calm tensions in his country, as his forces recently opened fire on protesters in Sanaa, killing at least nine people. ANI

NATO unlikely to share 26/11 air strike probe with Pak
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is unlikely to share the findings of the November 26 air strike probe with Pakistan. ANI

US wants closer cooperation with Pakistan, says State Department
The United States has said it will continue working with Pakistan on enhancing bilateral ties. ANI

64 pc of US employees working through holidays will get little done
While more than half of US employees will work between Christmas and New Year's Eve, most of them will get little done, a new survey has found. ANI

Prince Philip in 'good spirits' following successful heart surgery
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, was in "good spirits" after his wife Queen Elizabeth visited him in hospital as he recovered from heart surgery. ANI

80 pc women experience unwanted sexual advances during office parties
A majority of women admit that men have made unwanted sexual advances towards them at a holiday gathering, a new survey has found. ANI

Assange may face spy charges for 'coaching Manning on breaking military computer passwords'
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is likely to face spy charges in America after it emerged that he coached US Private Bradley Manning on how to break passwords to gain access to military computer networks. ANI

Thousands rally in Moscow against Putin election fraud
Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in the Russian capital to protest against the alleged rigging of parliamentary elections, expressing growing outrage over Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule. ANI

Gorbachev calls on Putin to quit amid protests against election fraud
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has called on Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to resign and to not to seek a third term as president next year. ANI

Pak Opposition Leader Nisar Khan slams Gilani over questioning bin Laden's presence
Pakistan Opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has criticised Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani for raising the question of slain Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's presence in Pakistan during an assembly session. ANI

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