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Ex US diplomat backs creation of independent Balochistan to end decade-old violence
Former US diplomat Chris Mason has backed Pakistan province, Balochistan's claim for independence pointing out that its people have been victims of persecution and neglect for decades. ANI

Zardari calls on Pak citizens to foil anti- democracy conspiracies
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said the best way to pay tribute to slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on her fourth death anniversary is to foil anti-democracy "conspiracies". ANI

Pak Govt to charge NATO for damage of roads when it restores supply lines
Pakistan Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar has said the country's government would demand payment from NATO after restoring its supplies. ANI

Ahmadinejad govt introduces new 'Islamic, beautiful' clothes for Iranian women
In effort to settle the dress-code dispute between Muslim hardliners and women in Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government has introduced a new array of clothes that are "Islamic and beautiful" at the same time. ANI

Berlusconi says political future 'still on track'
Ousted Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has suggested that his political days are far from over, saying that he is 'still on the track'. ANI

Now, Shanghai forces people to register identity before using social media
Shanghai has become the latest Chinese city to launch a crack down on Twitter and other social networking sites, by ordering users to register their full names before being allowed to post messages. ANI

Pak not to tolerate memo contents: Chief Justice
The Chief Justice of the Pakistan Supreme Court, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said the country does not tolerate the contents of the memo. ANI

BBC already filming 58-year-old Tony Blair's obituary!
BBC bosses have already started filming Tony Blair's obituary, even though the former British prime minister is just 58. ANI

Memogate who is next to go and what is at stake? (Article)
When memo scandal was named as a 'memogate', it was clear that it was not an ordinary scandal. This scandal was called 'memogate' because of Watergate scandal in America which led to down fall of the then President of America, Richard Nixon. ANI

British Armed Forces chief warns of 'enduring insurgency' in Afghanistan
The head of the British Armed Forces, General Sir David Richards, has warned his troops to expect to see "an enduring insurgency" beyond the date of their withdrawal from the front line in Afghanistan. ANI

Duchess of Cambridge makes low-key appearance at royal bird shoot
Duchess Kate sidestepped a public relations crisis after she chose to stay in the background at the Royals' Boxing Day bird shoot. ANI

Brit PM to launch war on drug drivers
David Cameron has decided to launch a crackdown on people driving under the influence of drugs. ANI

Outrage after China jails activist for 10 years for 'inciting subversion'
China has sentenced another veteran activist, Chen Xi, to ten years in prison, on a charge of inciting subversion. ANI

Pak police arrest 'jilted' man for hurling acid on two teenage girls in Karachi
The Pakistan police have arrested a man for attacking two teenage girls with acid in Karachi, after one of them refused a marriage proposal. ANI

US woman, child held captive saved by Facebook update
An American woman and her son who were held captive in their home and abused for days were rescued after she sent out a distress call on a Facebook post. ANI

US calls on Twitter to block Taliban account boasting insurgent attacks
The United States has called on the social micro-blogging site, Twitter, to block the Taliban's account. ANI

Putin 'ready for dialogue but not willing to give ground on protesters' main demands'
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's spokesman has said the government is ready for "dialogue" with protesters, but isn't willing to give ground on the demonstrators' main demands. ANI

Pak Defence Secy under fire over 'no control over army' affidavit in Memo Gate probe
The Pakistan Government has issued a show-cause notice to Defence Secretary Naeem Khalid Lodhi for submitting an affidavit on the Memo Gate probe to the Supreme Court without seeking approval from Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar. ANI

Australian man launches appeal against brutal 500 lashes sentence in Saudi Arabia
An Australian man, who has been sentenced to 500 lashes and a year in prison in Saudi Arabia for religious offences, has lodged an appeal against his brutal sentence. ANI

China vows to support Pak's sovereignty, territorial integrity
China has reiterated its firm resolve to back Pakistan's efforts to maintain its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. ANI

Secret ISI letter shows Benazir Bhutto's murder was planned for Dec 21,2007
An Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) letter has revealed that the extremists groups related to terror group Al Qaeda had planned to assassinate former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto six days earlier than December 27, 2007, the day when she was killed. ANI

Pippa Middleton gets it on with 'shirtless' Prince Harry
Pippa Middleton is seen flirting with Prince Harry in new snaps taken by a spoof photographer. ANI

47 percent Americans approve Obama's job
More Americans approve of the job that President Barack Obama is doing than disapprove for the first time since this summer, according to the latest Gallup tracking poll. ANI

'Gringrich divorced wife for not being pretty enough to be President's wife'
Former House of Representatives Speaker and 2012 White House contender Newt Gingrich divorced his first wife as he believed that she was not beautiful enough to be the President's wife, according to his former aide. ANI

Toddler punches 'big-nose' Obama!
President Barack Obama got punched in the mouth by an eight-month-old toddler when he picked up the baby, on a visit to the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe on Christmas day. ANI

Cancer-causing toxin found in Chinese milk
Excessive levels of a cancer-causing toxin have been discovered in milk produced by one of China's leading dairy companies. ANI

Pak govt slams 'nuke programme rollback' claims as baseless
The Pakistan Government has rejected reports that it is planning to roll back the nuclear programme. ANI

US decides in principle to allow Saleh's entry for medical treatment, claim officials
The United States has decided in principle to allow the embattled Yemeni President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to enter the nation for medical treatment, but with certain conditions, two administration officials have said. ANI

Richard Nixon 'had gay affair with Mafia fixer'
Former US president Richard Nixon had a gay affair with his best friend, a Mafia-connected Florida wheeler-dealer named Charles 'Bebe' Rebozo, according to a new biography by Don Fulsom. ANI

US army urges 'greater trust, communications' trust with Pakistan after Mohmand raid
United States Central Command (CENTCOM) head General James Mattis has urged greater trust and communications with the Pakistan's military amid escalating tensions over the November 26 airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. ANI

Iraq's anti-US Sadrists call for dissolution of parliament, early elections
An Iraqi political party loyal to anti-US Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has called for the dissolution of their country's parliament and said that new elections should be held soon. ANI

US army probe blames communication delays for deadly November 26 Pak airstrike
A US military probe into the November 26 airstrike has highlighted a breakdown in communication by pointing out that a NATO operations officer in Afghanistan took about 45 minutes to inform a senior allied commander about Pakistan's calls that its outposts were attacked. ANI

Pak Federation slams memo as 'pack of lies' in reply to Supreme Court probe
The Pakistani federation has slammed the memo as a pack of lies, adding that it indicates US-based businessman Mansoor Ijaz's attempt to pitch the country's institutions against one another. ANI

Pak government not planning to oust army chief Kayani, ISI head Pasha: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has rebuffed speculations that the government is planning to sack the country's top military leadership. ANI

First India-UAE legal awareness lecture held in Dubai
The first India-UAE legal lecture series named 'Legal Empowerment Meet' was held in Dubai with the aim of promoting legal awareness. ANI

Indian student shot dead in UK
A 23-year-old Indian student in Britain has been shot dead during a visit with friends to Manchester. ANI

DENSO to Exhibit for the First Time at the 11th Auto Expo 2012, New Delhi, India
DENSO Corporation will exhibit for the first time at the 11th Auto Expo 2012, in New Delhi, India, from Jan. 5 to 11, 2012. To introduce its wide range of advanced technologies, DENSO will exhibit its products in the fields of environment, safety, comfort and convenience. Business Wire India

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