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International News on December 30, 2011

US sells 84 F-15 jets to Saudi Arabia in deal worth 30 billion dollars
The US has officially confirmed selling 84 Boeing F-15 jets to Saudi Arabia, which is its main ally in the Middle-East. ANI

Capitalism on decline in America
Fifty percent of Americans surveyed had a positive reaction to 'capitalism', while 40 percent viewed capitalism negatively according to a poll. ANI

Human Rights activist Ni refutes fraud in Beijing Court
Chinese Human Rights activist Ni Yulan, who has been charged with fraud and accused of making false statements to obtain payment, has pleaded not guilty in a Beijing Court. ANI

Muslim funded UK college in dock for removing 'white Christian' principal, wife
A British college, which claims to promote multiculturalism, has been dragged into a racial row over allegations that its principal and his wife have been sacked for being white Christians. ANI

Iran claims to have surveillance footage of US carrier in Strait of Hormuz
The standoff between Iran and US over the proposed blockade of the Strait of Hormuz has further escalated after Iran claimed to have taken surveillance footage of a US aircraft carrier near the area. ANI

Ex Chilean president Allende's death confirmed as suicide
A Chilean judge has shut the case regarding the death of former president Salvador Allende after a post-mortem report confirmed it as a suicide. ANI

Gaddafi's emotionally distressed daughter wants ICC enquiry into his brutal execution
Aisha Gaddafi, daughter of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has claimed to have suffered emotional distress after she saw her father's execution pictures. ANI

Gypsy apartheid worsened in Europe during 2011, Hindus stress
Maltreatment of European Roma (Gypsies) worsened during 2011 despite high-sounding paper strategies, conferences and funding to integrate them, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed stated in Nevada (USA) today. ANI

Hindus worldwide laud Russian court rejection of Bhagavad Gita ban
Hindus have welcomed the rejection by Tomsk court in Siberia (Russia) of proposed ban on ancient scripture Bhagavad Gita (Song of the Lord). ANI

Pak journalists claim receiving threats by ISI after questioning military in TV show
Two senior Pakistani journalists claimed to have received threatening messages after questioning the military's role during their participation in a television show. ANI

US rejects Chavez's remark blaming country for cancer- stricken Latin America leaders
The US has slammed Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's comments in which he had said the former may be responsible for cancers affecting Latin American leaders. ANI

'CIA chief Petraeus nearly quit over Obama's decision to reduce troops in Afghanistan'
The Central Intelligence Agency chief, General David Petraeus had decided to resign over US President Barack Obama's decision to reduce troops in Afghanistan, a new biography has suggested. ANI

Father of murdered Indian student in UK learnt about son's death through Facebook
The father of the Indian student who was shot dead in Manchester, United Kingdom on Boxing Day, has claimed to have found about the news of his son's death through Facebook. ANI

Pak doc who testified against security forces in foreigners' murder case shot dead
A doctor, who testified that Pakistan's security forces had killed a group of unarmed foreigners, has been shot dead at Quetta. ANI

Hawaii home rented to Obama going for sale
The 6,000-square-foot new rental where the first family is spending their Christmas and New Year's vacations will be up for sale once they return to Washington. ANI

Romney ahead of Obama by 6 points in new survey
Front-runner among Republican candidates Mitt Romney has overtaken President Obama in a new national poll shows that the GOP favorite could reach the White House. ANI

Zimbabwean MP released on bail after accusing Mugabe of having gay sex
A Zimbabwean parliamentarian was held in custody for seven days after accusing President Robert Mugabe of having gay sex with another politician. ANI

Islamist parties' threat to ban alcohol, bikinis can hamper Egypt's tourism
The popularity of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, which is expected to win a majority in Egypt's new parliament, has left the country's tourist industry fearing, as they have threatened a crackdown on alcohol and bikinis. ANI

Half of us haunted by 'unfulfilled' career ambitions
A new study has revealed that almost half of workers regret not following their childhood dreams. ANI

Titanic artefacts worth $189mn to be auctioned in NYC next year
The largest trove of Titanic artefacts salvaged from the tragic ship will be put up on sale as a single lot in 2012, marking the 100th anniversary of the world's most famous shipwreck. ANI

Pakistan to go ahead with gas pipeline deal with Iran despite US objections
Pakistan has reportedly decided to go ahead with negotiations on an energy deal with Iran to reduce gas shortage in the country despite the US' objections over the deal. akistan is bearing losses due to energy crises and it would go ahead with different options including Iran," The Nation quoted a Pakistani official as saying. ANI

ISI vows never to compromise on Pak's security
Senior Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officials have told the Pakistan Senate's defence committee that they will continue seeking guidance of the parliament, and vowed to never compromise on national security. ANI

US looking for new drone bases after Pak's order to vacate 'launch pad' Shamsi airbase
The Central Intelligence Agency-led drone attacks in Pakistan are likely to remain stalled amid reports that the US may not find an alternative venue to target the Pak-Afghan border area after straining ties with the US over the deadly November 26 airstrike. ANI

Pak- Taliban talks likely to lead to 'some major surprises': ISI
The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has said the Islamabad's peace talks with the Taliban would likely lead to 'some major surprises.' ANI

Pak evaluating US army probe findings of deadly November 26 airstrike
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Abdul Basit has said the country's parliament is evaluating the US probe report on the deadly NATO November 26 airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. ANI

Pak to continue extending moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris
Pakistan's Kashmir Committee Chairperson Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman has said the country will continue extending moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris. ANI

ISI chief 's Qatar visit fuels 'intelligence back channel' talks to repair US ties rumours
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha's visit to Qatar, which has the US Central Command's (Centcom) regional headquarters, has fuelled speculations about an 'intelligence back channel' dialogue between Pakistan and the US. ANI

US rejects Zardari's claim of 'US propping up tailor-made democracies in Middle East'
The US has rejected Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's claim that it was propping up 'tailor-made' democracies in the Middle East, and added that democratic movements in the region were indigenous and their citizens were only demanding the rights denied to them by their rulers. ANI

Haqqani's lawyer Asma Jahangir questions ISI chief General Pasha's meeting with Ijaz
Former Pakistani envoy Husain Haqqani's counsel Asma Jahangir has questioned the meeting between the Inter Services Intelligence chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha and businessman Mansoor Ijaz without the permission of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. ANI

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