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'Romeo of writing' Salman Rushdie still a hit with ladies
Salman Rushdie may be a well-respected writer, but his way with women makes his persona even more interesting. ANI

Strict measures in place to ensure Suu Kyi's biopic cast's security: Director
The director of Aung San Suu Kyi's biopic has said he has taken strict measures to ensure security of people involved in production after actress Michelle Yeoh was banned from entering the country. ANI

Gaddafi's arsenal dumped in Libyan desert
Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's huge stockpile of arsenal has been dumped in a desert. ANI

Prince Harry sparks rumours of reconciliation with Chelsy Davy
Prince Harry fuelled speculation that he may be getting back together with his ex girlfriend, Chelsy Davy. ANI

Ex-Metropolitan Police chief to oversee police reform in Bahrain
Former Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates has been appointed to oversee reform of the police force in Bahrain, it has been reported. ANI

Female 'guests' at Berlusconi's 'bunga bunga' parties were 'prostitutes'
The female guests invited at Silvio Berlusconi's parties were prostitutes, a court heard on Friday. ANI

Prince Philips' 'brutal' behaviour left the Queen in 'tears'
The Queen was moved to tears by Prince Philips' 'brutal' behaviour, when she refused to accept his surname of Mountbatten, a new biography has revealed. ANI

NATO troops ordered not to approach Afghan-Pak border following Mehmand Agency attack
US led NATO troops in Afghanistan have been ordered not to approach the Afghan-Pakistan border to avoid recurrence of last week's air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. ANI

Iranian TV station accused of faking reports of US drone strikes in Somalia
An Iranian television channel has been accused of running fake stories about American drone strikes in Somalia. ANI

Raped Afghan woman freed without condition of marrying attacker: Lawyer
An Afghan women who was raped by her husband's cousin and was jailed for adultery has been set free without being pressurized to marry her attacker, according to her lawyer. ANI

BBC star Clare Balding says 'sexist' broadcasters ignore sportswomen
BBC presenter Clare Balding has criticized the lack of attention paid by broadcasters to women in sport. ANI

NATO attack: ISPR says communications breakdown prevented Pak Air Force response
A spokesman for Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) has said remarks of the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani about the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) had been misquoted by the media. ANI

Pak textile traders say MFN status to India will wipe out industry
Textile industry leaders in Pakistan have said granting the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India will eliminate value-added sector, which is providing jobs to millions and contributing more than any commercial sector of the economy to export earnings. ANI

US not concerned about Myanmar's 'good relations with China': Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says that that her country is not concerned about Myanmar's maintenance of good relations with China. ANI

Workaholic Aussies urged to go on 'much-needed' holiday
Australians who haven't taken a break from work commitments for over a year have been urged to take a holiday this summer. ANI

Oz Muslims urged to report hate crimes under 'special disaster plan'
Muslims in the Australian state of Victoria are being encouraged to report hate crimes or anti-Muslim incidents under a special disaster plan to deal with the fallout from terrorist attacks. ANI

Most workers fall prey to lethargy on weekends
Most people are unproductive on weekends and fall prey to lethargy, owing to the hectic long week at work, a new study has suggested ANI

Sexual harassment 'endemic' at workplaces in Australia, says lawyer
An Australian lawyer has claimed that sexual harassment is 'endemic' across many workplaces in the country. ANI

Obama announces 17-day Christmas trip to Hawaii
United States President Barack Obama will jet off to Hawaii for a 17-day Christmas vacation with wife Michelle and daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10. ANI

Ijaz met Hizbul Mujahideen chief over Kashmir ceasefire issue
Chief of Hizbul Mujahideen (HuM) Syed Salahuddin revealed that Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, who is allegedly involved in the Memo Gate scandal, had tried to convince him to continue ceasefire in held Kashmir. ANI

Former monk becomes first to set himself on fire in Tibet to protest Chinese rule
A former monk has become the first to set himself on fire in Tibet, in the latest such protest against Chinese rule. ANI

TEPCO probe finds 'no errors' in handling Fukushima nuke meltdown
A TEPCO probe, has not found any evidence of a significant error in the company's handling of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. ANI

Pak-American businessman involved in memo row a 'mere acquaintance': James Jones
Former United States National Security Advisor General James Logan Jones has said Pakistani-American businessman, Mansoor Ijaz, involved in the Memo Gate scandal was his mere acquaintance. ANI

Expert predicts instability in Iraq after US troop withdrawal
The full withdrawal of American troops from Iraq could result in great instability in that nation, an expert has claimed. ANI

Tariq Khosa refuses to head Pak memo commission
Former Director General of Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Tariq Khosa, has reportedly refused to head the commission formed to probe the Memo Gate scandal. ANI

One in 10 US mobile phone users having an iPhone: Survey
About one in 10 mobile phone subscribers in the United States is now using an Apple iPhone, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Cain 'leaning toward suspending' Presidential campaign
Republican Presidential contender Herman Cain is 'leaning toward suspending the campaign,' multiple sources familiar with discussions on his White House bid have claimed. ANI

Pak counters US claim of army giving green signal to deadly NATO strike
Pakistan has countered the US claim that its army gave a green signal to carry out the deadly NATO airstrike. ANI

Women save more than men despite earning less
Women in Britain end up saving a larger chunk of their income compared to men, a new study has revealed. ANI

China's non-manufacturing sector growth slows further in November
China's non-manufacturing sector growth declined further in November this year, as indicated by a drop in Purchasing Managers Index (PMI). ANI

Over 2000 'honour' attacks occurred in UK in 2010, 500 in London alone
At least 2,823 so-called honour attacks occurred in the UK in 2010, official figures have shown. ANI

Twitter's best tweets of 2011
Over 100 million people around the world log in to Twitter every day to tweet about everything from their daily commutes to the meals they eat, but many have used the social networking tool this year to share important events with people who could be thousands of miles away. ANI

Zardari quiet over NATO attack to protect corrupt foreign assets: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that President Asif Ali Zardari had not made a statement against the NATO attack because he wanted to protect his foreign assets and corruption. ANI

Fake campaign led to drop in Pak family vaccinations
Several Pakistani families refused polio vaccinations between July and September this year after reports of a fake campaign came to light, the UNICEF polio vaccination chief for Pakistan has said. ANI

Google Chrome moves into second place in global browser usage
Google Chrome has overtaken Mozilla Firefox to become the second most widely used web browser in the world, according to new statistics. ANI

Pak man pleads guilty for providing material support to LeT
A Pakistani man living in the United States has pleaded guilty to providing material support to the feared Islamist militant Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit. ANI

Australia did not object to US pursuit of Assange
Declassified cables have revealed that Australian diplomats raised no objections to the U.S. pursuit of whistle blowing website WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on charges of espionage and conspiracy. ANI

Egypt's ultraconservative Islamists set to enforce Sharia law after election victory
Egypt's ultraconservative Islamist party is set to push for strict Sharia laws in the nation after claiming surprisingly strong gains in this week's initial round of election. ANI

Pak still 'key partner' on war on terror: UK
British Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Howell of Guildford has said that Pakistan remains an important partner in the fight against terrorism. ANI

Pak blames U.S. for giving wrong information on 'deadly' airstrike
Pakistan has said American officials gave Islamabad wrong information about where they intended to conduct an airstrike, which killed between 24 and 28 Pakistani soldiers. ANI

Pak parliamentary panel endorses govt's strong stand to boycott Bonn Conference over NATO attack
The Pakistan parliamentary committee on national security has endorsed the cabinet's decision to boycott a crucial conference in Bonn, Germany on the future of Afghanistan in protest against the death of Pakistani soldiers in a NATO aerial attack. ANI

White House expresses its "sincere" condolence over NATO attack in Pak
The White House has expressed its "sincere" condolence over the death of 28 Pakistani soldiers in last week's NATO attack. ANI

Women trafficking for marriage, prostitution increasing in China
An increasing number of foreign women, mostly belonging to rural areas in Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos have been cheated, kidnapped and smuggled into China, a senior official has said. ANI

Pak 'not to join' joint probe into deadly NATO attack
The US has said that Islamabad has decided not to join probe into the recent NATO attack that killed 28 Pakistani soldiers last Saturday. ANI

Pak decision to boycott Bonn Conference irreversible: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said the decision to boycott the Bonn Conference was irreversible and NATO supplies have been blocked on violation of the parliament's resolution of May 14, 2011. ANI

Rabid rogue state Iran could tip world into new Dark Age
Experts who have observed and studied developments in Iran over the years, believe that country is in a desperate phase vis-a-vis the international community, and could tip the world into a new Dark Age. ANI

Baker Institute research indicates China's demand for oil will equal US by 2040
China's oil use could easily reach levels comparable to today's U.S. levels by 2040, according to a new energy study by the Baker Institute. ANI

Nearly 6 in 10 Israeli Jews support Middle East nuke free zone: UMD Poll
Nearly two-thirds of Israeli Jews, 64 percent, favor establishing a nuclear free zone in the Middle East. ANI

Polish Euro MP slams Pak's kill, dump policy of journalists, other civilians in Balochistan
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Afghan women should be heard at next week's Bonn conference: NGO chief
Women of Afghanistan must be heard at next week's Bonn conference, said Dr. Massouda Jalal, the chief of the Jalal Foundation in Afghanistan. ANI

Attack on British embassy in Iran was 'state-supported activity': UK envoy
Dominick Chilcott, Britain's ambassador to Iran, has said that the attack on the UK embassy in Tehran had the backing of the ruling government. ANI

Australia denies backing trilateral security pact with India, US
Australia has firmly denied any prospect of pushing for a joint security pact with India and the US. ANI

Playmates Barbi twins accuse Obama of 'abandoning horses'
Former Playboy playmates Shane and Sia Barbi have slammed US President Barack Obama saying he didn't keep his promise to end horse slaughter. ANI

Oz ruling party minister Peter Garrett to oppose uranium sales to India
Australian Labour Party member Peter Garrett has said that he would not support Prime Minister Julia Gillard's decision to lift the ban on uranium sales to India. ANI

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