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International News on December 9, 2011

Afghan police arrest four over Kunduz acid attack
Police in Afghanistan's Kunduz city have arrested four suspects in connection with an acid attack on a 17-year-old girl and her family after she allegedly refused a marriage proposal. ANI

Virginia Police rules out security threat after December 8 shootout
Officials at Virginia Technology University have ruled out security threat after the December 8 shootout, and said an unidentified dead body may be that of a gunman. ANI

Nine hurt in Cathay flight evacuation in Shanghai
A Cathay Pacific plane aborted take-off from a Shanghai Airport on friday after smoke was detected in the cabin, forcing an evacuation of the aircraft and injuring nine, the airline said. ANI

Pak officials recalled from Afghan border for consultations: ISPR
The Pakistan Army has said that Border Coordination Officers, posted along Afghan border for coordination with NATO in Afghanistan, have been recalled for consultations to further improve coordination with foreign forces in the neighbouring country. ANI

Rehman Malik dismisses 'military coup threat' claims in absence of Zardari
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has dismissed rumours that a coup could overthrow the government, saying that unnamed "people" would foil any attempt to dislodge the president. ANI

James Murdoch's lawyers confirm putting UK MP Tom Watson under surveillance
Lawyers for James Murdoch have confirmed that three News International employees were involved in setting up the monitoring of British MP Tom Watson by a private detective. ANI

Bachmann becomes fifth GOP contender to pull out of Donald Trump debate
Minnesotan Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has become the fifth Republican candidate to pull out of Donald Trump's proposed debate in Iowa, leaving the American businessman with only two attendees. ANI

Pak to deploy air defence weapons on Afghan border
The Pakistan Government has decided to deploy air defence weapons on the country's border with Afghanistan to stop fresh attacks as it re-evaluates the strategy for safeguarding its western borders from air raids, the Director General of Military Operations told the federal cabinet and the Senate's defence committee on Thursday. ANI

Zardari will remain under medical observation for few weeks in Dubai: Aide
Even as Indian media reports that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari may be flown to Britain for further treatment, Pakistan Government sources have said that he will remain under medical observation in Dubai for few weeks before returning home. ANI

China sends special envoy to resolve Sudan oil issue
China has sent a special envoy to break a deadlock over access and distribution of oil between Sudan and South Sudan. ANI

'Kate Effect' gets the Duchess' mini dress sold out within hours
A mini-dress that Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge wore to a charity concert recently has become a craze among the ladies causing an internet traffic in a bid to buy its versions online. ANI

China denies pursuing 'neo-colonialism" policy' of grabbing land in Africa
China has denied that it has been buying land in Africa, and called on countries to undertake "concrete" measures to enable the development of the agricultural sector on the continent. ANI

Pak SC to hear Memo Gate scandal on Dec 19
The Memo Gate scandal will be heard by the Pakistan's Supreme Court on December 19. ANI

US envoy Munter meets Pak FM Khar, discusses US-Pak ties
US Ambassador Cameron Munter met with Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to discuss the bilateral relationship on Friday. ANI

Rehman Malik condemns Karachi blast
Pakistan Interrior Minister Rehman Malik has condemned the blast in Karachi, asking the concerned officials to figure out if there is any similarity between the recent bomb blasts and Friday's incident. ANI

Lockerbie bombing, PC Fletcher probes to reopen in Libya: UK Minister
The new Libyan government has given a green approval to probe the Lockerbie bombing and the shooting of police constable Yvonne Fletcher, Foreign Minister Alistair Burt has said. ANI

UK blocks changes to Lisbon Treaty to resolve Euro sovereign debt crisis
The UK has blocked changes to the Lisbon Treaty, which was seen as a potent weapon aimed at saving the Euro currency. ANI

Egyptian military undermines new parliament's authority for drafting fresh Constitution
Egyptian military rulers have declared that members of the new parliament will not have the final say in drafting a fresh Constitution. ANI

Zimbabwe's Mugabe calls for elections in 2012 to replace power-sharing government
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has said elections to end a power-sharing government should be held in 2012. ANI

Five Nobel Laureates urge China to free fellow 'dissident' Liu Xiaobo
Five Nobel Peace Prize winners, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have called on China to release fellow laureate Liu Xiaobo from jail. ANI

Deadly NATO attack part of 'plot': Pakistan DGMO
Pakistan's Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Major General Ashfaq Nadeem has said that attacks on the Salala checkpost were part of a 'plot' and a pre-planned move, as NATO helicopters continued firing till the posts were completely destroyed. ANI

Japan's TEPCO may be nationalized to prevent it from going bankrupt: Sources
Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) may be nationalized to prevent the utility from becoming bankrupt, sources have said. ANI

UK troops could leave Afghanistan 'sooner than expected'
Thousands of British military forces in Afghanistan could leave sooner than expected under proposals being considered by the government, it has emerged. ANI

Israeli strikes in Palestine kills one, wounds at least 10
Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip have reportedly killed a civilian and wounded 10 others. ANI

Around 42 oil tankers, containers torched in Pakistan
At least 42 oil tankers and containers were torched by a group of armed men on Thursday in Quetta. ANI

Winston Churchill voted 'greatest British gentleman of 20th century'
Sir Winston Churchill was voted the greatest British gentleman of the last century in a new poll conducted in England. ANI

Strauss-Kahn hotel surveillance videos showing staff 'dancing, high-fiving' released by French TV
Surveillance video showing former International Monetary fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaving a New York hotel and the woman who claimed to be raped by him has been released onto the internet by French media. ANI

Medvedev's obscene tweets slamming Russian opposition sparks fury
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has caused shock after an obscene characterization of political opponents appeared on his Twitter account. ANI

Strauss-Kahn treated 'like Messiah' at orgies, claims hooker who slept with him
Disgraced former International Monetary fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was 'treated like the Messiah' when he arrived at orgies, a prostitute who took part in his group sex sessions has disclosed. ANI

Iran airs footage of captured US spy drone
Iranian media has shown video footage of an advanced American spy drone that Tehran says it downed late last week, leading Russia and China to ask to inspect its technology. ANI

Putin says Russia 'largest nuke power' to quell protests over parliamentary elections
Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has warned that the country is the largest nuclear power after blaming US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for fuelling protests against the country's parliamentary elections. ANI

UK Royal Navy allows women to serve on submarines for first time
The UK Royal Navy has allowed women to serve on submarines for the first time. ANI

Lashkar-i-Jhangvi denies involvement in Afghan blast
Militant group Lashkar-i-Jhangvi al-Alami (LJA) has denied any kind of involvement in the Kabul suicide attack, and in stead condemned the carnage. ANI

Bomb blast kills three Pakistani soldiers in Karachi
Three Pakistani soldiers were killed and four others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in Karachi on Friday, police have said. ANI

Boehringer Ingelheim completes patient entry for Phase III trial programme in Hepatitis C
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Menicon to Acquire W.I. System, Major Contact Lens Retail Chain in Japan
Menicon Co., Ltd. announced today an agreement with W.I. System Inc. that will turn one of Japan's leading contact lens retail chains into a wholly owned subsidiary of Menicon on December 8th. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Tokyo area-based W.I Business Wire India

Panasonic to Expand Smartphone Business to European Market
Panasonic (NYSE:PC)(TOKYO:6752) announced today that it will expand its smartphone business to the European market in March 2012. At the same time, it announced its aim to bring its overseas smartphone sales to nine million units in fiscal year 2016, ending March 31, 2016, using Europe as a stepping stone to the global market. Business Wire India

Suncor Up, ConocoPhillips Down in PIW’s New Top 50 Oil Rankings
Divestitures and acquisitions were more significant in altering the “Big Oil” leadership landscape than either organic growth or the megamergers of yesteryear, according to the results of Petroleum Intelligence Weekly’s “Top 50” global oil company rankings, released today. Business Wire India

USB-IF Announces New USB Audio/Video Device Class Specification
The USB-IF today announced its release of the USB-IF Audio/Video Device Class Specification. The specification supports the transfer of A/V data over USB to a wide variety of A/V devices, including cell phones, cameras, pico projectors, webcams, large HD displays and TVs Business Wire India

ExxonMobil’s 2012 Outlook for Energy Sees Efficiency, Developing World Economic Growth and Natural Gas Reshaping Global Demand through 2040
Demand for energy will rise through 2040 as global economic output doubles and prosperity expands across a world where population will grow to nearly 9 billion people, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) states in its The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040, issued today Business Wire India

GT Advanced Technologies Releases Case Study Demonstrating that GT ASF™ Pink Sapphire Produces Highest Transmission Colorless Epi-Wafers
GT Advanced Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: GTAT), today announced the release of a case study that details the findings of a series of blind material studies conducted to evaluate the impact of sapphire color on the LED manufacturing process Business Wire India

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