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I have all the opposition by their balls: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehrik- e-Insaaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan has said he is convinced that the time has come for his party to prove its worth. ANI

Iraq Vice President refuses to face trial in Baghdad, raises prospect of fleeing country
Iraq Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, who is facing an arrest warrant on terror charges, has said that he would not go to Baghdad to stand trial and has raised the prospect of fleeing the country. ANI

PPP co-Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto takes political centre stage in Pakistan
Pakistan People's Party Co-Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is rapidly assuming the political centre stage to mark the start of his career that, according to his supporters, would likely see him become prime minister. ANI

'Pak Supreme Court may come to military's rescue if government sacks army, ISI chief'
The Pakistan army may approach the Supreme Court if the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)- led government sacks either army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani or Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha. ANI

Japan, China agree to ensure peace and stability on Korean Peninsula
Taking a step forward to maintain regional security after North Korean leader Kim Jong Il death, Japan and China have agreed to work together to ensure peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. ANI

Vatican Secret Archives to go on public display for first time
Hundred of the most historically significant documents guarded by Vatican's Secret Archives for centuries are set to go on public display in Rome for the first time. ANI

Thousands of former rebels offered jobs in Libyan military
Thousands of former rebels who helped oust slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi have been offered jobs in the military, the nation's interim Defence Minister has said. ANI

Michaele is a liar who lived beyond her means, claims Tareq Salahi
Tareq Salahi has claimed in his legal documents pertaining to divorce, that his former wife Michaele Salahi was a compulsive liar, lived beyond her means and even had sex with another man, while still being married to him. ANI

North Korean media seeks to bolster new leader Kim Jong un
North Korea's state-run media has started a campaign designed to create the appearance of popular support for new leader Kim Jong un to take control of the military after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il. ANI

Political 'opportunists' incapable in bringing about revolution in Pak: JI chief
Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hasan has slammed politicians who frequently switch allegiances as opportunists, and said they cannot bring about a revolution in Pakistan. ANI

Wills-Kat to greet Steven Spielberg and cast members of 'War Horse'
Prince William and Duchess Kate are expected to greet Steven Spielberg as well as the cast members of his new movie 'War Horse', before its UK premiere on 8th January at the Odeon Leicester Square in London. ANI

Roman Abramovich books Red Hot Chilli Peppers for New Year's Eve bash
Roman Abramovich has booked the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to play for 300 guests at his exclusive hot-ticket New Year's Eve bash at his 90-million dollar estate on the lush hillside of Gouverneur Beach in St. Barts. ANI

Nelson Mandela's grandson facing contempt of court over third marriage
Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mandla, is facing charges of contempt of court as he tied the knot for the third time, despite a prohibitory court order, which prevented him from marrying anyone while still validly married to his first wife. ANI

Pak Punjab CM Shahbaz says Musharraf's cronies joining Imran's PTI party
Pakistan's Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has slammed the people joining the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) party as cronies of former president General Pervez Musharraf. ANI

Netanyahu says no to peace talks if Hamas joins Palestinian government
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly refused to hold peace talks with the Palestinian Authority if it includes Hamas representatives. ANI

UK prisoners re-offend to get back into 'cushy' jails
Life inside Britain's jails is so comfortable that some inmates get locked up again on purpose after being released, the UK's prisons service chief has revealed. ANI

David Cameron vows to protect kids from raunchy ads
David Cameron is preparing tough new regulations to protect children from raunchy images in advertisements. ANI

Oz man aims to run 700 marathons in 700 days to claim world record
An Australian man has decided to start 700 marathons in 700 days to claim Guinness world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the Earth on foot. ANI

Obama campaign seeks to surpass $200 million in fundraising for 2011
US President Barack Obama's campaign has set a goal of raising 60 million dollars in the fourth quarter of the year, a Democratic official has said. ANI

'Debate over Australia becoming republic is off the table,' says UK
A series of British government reports have suggested that there are no chances that Australia would become a republic in the near future. ANI

Egyptian blogger jailed for inciting violence freed
A prominent Egyptian activist and blogger, Alaa Abd El Fattah, who was jailed for allegedly inciting violence, has been freed after almost two months in captivity. ANI

Senior Al Qaeda members moving to 'new jihad theatre' North Africa from Pak
Senior al-Qaeda members are feared to be moving to north Africa to open up a new front after being targeted in Pakistan. ANI

Beijing opens first 'human library' sharing ideas, promoting mutual understating
Beijing has opened its first human library having six "living books" exchanging their life stories and ideas. ANI

U.S. gearing for curtailed ties with Pak after deadly November 26 NATO airstrike
The US is gearing up to have curtailed ties with Pakistan, which it believes will complicate its efforts to target extremists and provide supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan. ANI

Banned Sipah-e-Sahaba killers of Shahbaz Bhatti to be brought to book: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said red warrants on Shahbaz Bhatti's killers have been issued, and they would be brought to book soon. ANI

US security firm Statfor falls prey to hackers
Notorious Internet hacking group Anonymous is claiming to have stolen thousands of emails, passwords and credit card details from a US-based security think-tank Statfor. ANI

Iran to hang or stone to death woman convicted of adultery
A local Iranian judiciary official has said that a woman sentenced to death on charges of adultery will be executed either by stoning or hanging. ANI

Hitachi Plant Technologies to Establish Local Subsidiaries in Southeast Asia and India
Stepping up the pace of its global expansion, Hitachi Plant Technologies, Ltd. ("Hitachi Plant Technologies") is in the process of establishing local subsidiaries in Southeast Asia and India. The new companies will engage in autonomous diversified operations and build close ties with customers and communities in their location. Business Wire India Announces NCAA College Football and Basketball Channels for the Internet Inc., the US Division of the World’s largest Internet based HD television service, today announced a partnership with XOS Digital, the leading provider of content management solutions for Colleges and Professional sports organizations Business Wire India

SES-4 Satellite Scheduled for Launch December 26-27
SES S.A. (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) announces that the SES-4 satellite will be launched into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on board an ILS Proton Breeze M rocket at 00:41 a.m. local time on December 27th, 2011 (December 26th, 2011 at 19:41 p.m. CET, 13:41 p.m. EST). Business Wire India

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