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International News on December 4, 2011

US aircraft arrives to carry Americans vacating Shamsi base
An American aircraft reportedly arrived in Pakistan on Sunday for US nationals vacating the Shamsi airbase in Balochistan. ANI

Cain's decision to 'suspend' presidential bid brings him more money, political power
American businessman Herman Cain, who recently announced the suspension of his presidential campaign, apparently doesn't need to sulk as his decision is likely to give him more money and political power. ANI

'Humiliated' Kevin Rudd planning to challenge Oz PM Gillard
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is preparing to challenge current Prime Minister Julia Gillard within few months. ANI

Christians in minority at BBC: Survey
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) employs more atheists and non-believers than Christians, an internal survey has found. ANI

UK Chancellor Osborne under scanner for saying Margaret Thatcher was no Iron Lady
UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has come under the scanner for suggesting that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was not an Iron Lady. ANI

Margaret Thatcher's secretary says new film likely to upset family
Margaret Thatcher's personal assistant has revealed that the new film based on the former British Prime Minister is likely to upset her friends and family. ANI

Egypt's Islamist forces set to win first phase of parliamentary elections
Islamist forces will likely win Egypt's first phase of parliamentary elections, after capturing 60 percent of votes. ANI

Iowa poll shows Gingrich leading 2012 White House race
A new poll has shown that former US House Speaker and the 2012 White House contender Newt Gingrich is leading in Iowa. ANI

Myanmar approves peaceful protest law for first time
Myanmar has approved a new law for the first time, which allows citizens to request permission for staging peaceful protests. ANI

Romney gearing to check Gingrich's popularity for 2012 White House race
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is gearing to check former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's popularity, who is leading the polls for the 2012 White House race. ANI

Certain elements trying to divide Pak over NATO attack, Memo Gate issue: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that certain elements were trying to divide the nation on the issues of the NATO attack and Memo Gate scandal. ANI

Quitting Bonn Conference clubbed with 'Archenemy' India's views may isolate Pak internationally: Editorial
In their bid to bleed its archenemy, India, the military top brass has not only damaged Pakistan's reputation but has led to senseless violence both in and outside the country. In such a situation, Islamabad's decision of not attending the Bonn Conference in protest against the recent NATO attack could lead the country to international isolation, a Daily Times editorial has said. ANI

Hangover cure potion slammed for promoting drunk driving
A new potion being marketed as the number one hangover cure drink in Europe has been blasted by alcohol and road safety groups over fear that it will encourage drink-driving. ANI

Working mums 'should demand nannies, housekeepers as subsidies'
Working mums should demand nannies and housekeepers to be included in their salary packages, if they wish to succeed in their professional life, an Australian journalist has suggested. ANI

US has highest regard for Pakistan's sovereignty: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the US has the highest regard for Pakistan's sovereignty. ANI

Candidates play mind games to pass job selection tests
Most job seekers skew their answers in psychometric testing during interviews to convince the recruiter of their integrity and the grab the job opportunity. ANI

85-year-old American woman 'strip searched' at JFK Airport
An 85-year-old woman in the United States has said that she would sue the nation's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after a being injured and humiliated during a strip search at JFK Airport. ANI

Russian spies would flood UK during 2012 London Olympics: Liam Fox
Former British Defence Secretary Liam Fox has claimed that Russia is planning to use 2012 London Olympics as cover to flood the UK with spies. ANI

Julian Assange's play gets European premiere in London
A play based on the life of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will open in London next month, to mark its European premiere. ANI

Obesity negatively impacts income, particularly among women
There is an overall wage difference between normal weight individuals and those who are obese, especially when it comes to women, a new study has found. ANI

Karzai accuses Pak of sabotaging negotiations with Taliban
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused Pakistan of sabotaging all negotiations with the Taliban. ANI

Russian vote watchdog chief detained for 12 hours before parliamentary elections
The head of the Russian election monitoring group Golos was detained for 12 hours and had her laptop confiscated at an airport in Moscow. ANI

'West expecting Pak-based insurgents to stoke civil war in Afghanistan after NATO exit': Report
Western nations are expecting Afghanistan to collapse into civil war after NATO troops leave the war-torn country, secret military documents have revealed. ANI

Steve Jobs' ancestral home of Syria bans iPhones to curb protest coverage
Apple's visionary co-founder Steve Jobs' ancestral home of Syria has banned the use of iPhones in a bid to prevent activists from using the device to post footage of the violent crackdown on pro-democracy protestors on the internet. ANI

Haqqani denies having had prior knowledge about Abbotabad Osama Op
Pakistan's former Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani has refuted claims made in an article in Newsweek by Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, the crucial mediator in the alleged Memo Gate scandal, that he was aware of the Abbottabad operation that killed former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 2. ANI

Gilani turns down Clinton's request to attend Bonn Conference
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has rejected US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's request to attend the Bonn Conference. ANI

US refutes Pak-American businessman's claim of Haqqani, Zardari knowing about Osama Op.
The White House has turned down the claims of Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, the crucial mediator in the alleged Memo Gate scandal, that President Asif Ali Zardari, and Islamabad's Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani were aware of the Abbottabad operation that killed former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 2. ANI

Australia's ruling Labor Party endorses plans to clear uranium sales to India(Update)
Australia's ruling Labor Party met in Sydney on Sunday and endorsed plans to open up uranium sales to India, clearing the way for talks on a bilateral nuclear agreement and resolving an issue that has caused diplomatic tensions between the two nations. ANI

Black 'child stealer' may have inspired Dickens' iconic 'Fagin'
Charles Dickens may have based Oliver Twist's evil gang master, 'Fagin' on a real life 60-year-old black gang master called Henry Murphy, who employed urchins to steal for him, reports suggest. ANI

Australia's ruling Labor party lifts ban on uranium sales to India
Australia's ruling Labor Party has voted to lift a ban on uranium sales to India. ANI

'Indian hate slur' ex-TVNZ anchor Paul Henry responsible for record number of complaints
Former New Zealand TV host Paul Henry was almost single-handedly responsible for the Broadcasting Standards Authority receiving a record number of complaints in the past year. ANI

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