International News on February 14, 2011
Chinese underwear maker includes examination tips in package
An underwear manufacturer in China has included examination tips in its packages in a bid to stand out from its competitors. ANI
US man, Brit woman fined by Dubai court for sexual insults on Facebook
A Dubai court has fined an American man and a British woman for exchanging insults of a sexual nature on social networking site Facebook. ANI
Aussie hotel staff fed up cleaning rooms with Valentine's mess
Valentine's Day is literally a nightmare for hotel workers in Australia - they are fed up with cleaning rooms filled with fruit, chocolates and other things. ANI
Emoticons - the new language for youngsters to express their love!
The Shakespeare of yore with lines such as 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate' are no longer in vogue, apparently. ANI
Ladle-wielding Malaysian woman saves hubby from tiger
A Malaysian woman has rescued her husband from tiger attack by hitting the animal on its head with a wooden ladle and chasing it away. ANI
Think about your environment on Valentine's Day, urges UK council
Valentine's Day is supposed to be a time to express your romantic gestures, but a UK council is encouraging people to think about the environment instead. ANI
'Qureshi to face disciplinary action for humiliating PPP leadership'
Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has no future in the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), according to PPP Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab. ANI
'PML-Q, MQM agree to join hands in Pakistan's national interest'
Pakistan's leading opposition parties the Pakistan Muslim League (Q) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have agreed on a new working relationship for national unity. ANI
'Qureshi's expulsion as Pak Foreign Minister was a last minute decision'
The ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP)'s decision to replace former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi from the new cabinet was a last minute decision, according to Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour. ANI
Conflict between parties delaying Nepal's cabinet expansion: Experts
The delay in the formation of the cabinet after Jhalanath Khanal took oath as Prime Minister on February 3, is being viewed by experts as a conflict between the two major political forces United Communist Party of NepalMaoists (UCPN-M) and CPN-UML in the government. ANI
Mile high flings reach new heights!
As more and more travellers take to flying, the concept of mid-air flirting is also becoming more commonplace. ANI
Insurgency problem improving in Helmand: UK commander
The British commander in Helmand, Brigadier James Chiswell, has said insurgency is on the wane in the Afghan province of Helmand. ANI
English gardener banned from vegetable show for 'being too good'
A 73-year-old gardener from England has been forbidden entry in the vegetable competition at his village show because he is too good. ANI
Alexandra Aitken's devout Sikh husband used to be party animal like her
Former British socialite Alexandra Aitken seems to have a lot in common with her devout Sikh husband, who has been revealed to have been a "wild boy" who liked to party. ANI
Worried Pak eyeing other aid avenues to minimize consequences of US standoff
Taking note of the possible consequences of the standoff between Pakistan and the United States over double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani have reportedly decided to look for alternatives, if the US suspends civilian assistance under Kerry-Lugar act programme. ANI
Pak Anti-Terrorism Court indicts Qadri in Salman Taseer murder case
An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan has charged Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri with terrorism and the murder of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. ANI
Hindus tell Europe to be more accepting of "outsiders"
Hindus have urged Europe and its leaders to show more tolerance to "outsiders". ANI
Catholic nuns and Hindu statesman Zed pray together in USA for "peace and love"
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Carmelite nuns and well-known Hindu statesman Rajan Zed prayed together in Reno (Nevada, USA) on February 13 for the "peace and love" of humanity. ANI
Trapped Chilean miners were denied blow-up sex dolls in case of jealousy
The Chilean miners, who were trapped underground for nine weeks, are said to have been provided cannabis and p*rn, but no blow-up sex dolls - reason being they might cause jealousy. ANI
Fans storm to buy Royal Shakespeare Company costumes
Thousands of people queued up for hours to buy the Royal Shakespeare Company costumes, which have been put on sale at its rehearsal rooms in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. ANI
Chinese railway minister sacked over corruption
China's Railways Minister, Liu Zhijun, has been sacked on charges of corruption, which are being investigated. ANI
Former Taliban member visits UK for secret insurgency-ending talks
A former senior Taliban member who is said to be in close contact with the group's leader Mullah Omar, is reportedly in Britain for insurgency ending negotiations. ANI
Oz Coalition takes poll-winning lead over ruling Labour Party
The latest Herald/Nielsen poll shows the opposition Coalition leading the ruling Labor on a two-party preferred basis by 54 per cent to 46 per cent, a swing of four per cent since last August's election. ANI
UN envoy says Pak backs reconciliation bid for peace and stability in Afghanistan
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations, Abdullah Hussain Haroon, has said that his country supports an Afghan-led reconciliation process in Afghanistan to pave the way for durable peace and stability in the war-torn country. ANI
Bizarre 'dead mice into humans' hobby is a rage in Brooklyn
A bizarre hobby of converting dead mice into miniature 'humans' is taking hold in Brooklyn and fast turning into a very popular trend. ANI
UK likely to scrap aid to India, increase Burma's share to fight for democracy
To support the struggle for democracy in Burma, British aid to the Southeast Asian country is all set to be increased sharply while aid to India is likely to be scrapped. ANI
Holland wants 'narco-tourists' to stay out
Holland wants tourists looking for hash to stay out of the country. ANI
33 pc Brits would rather spend Valentine's Day with pets than lovers!
On the most romantic day of the year, a survey has revealed that a third of Brit pet owners are more affectionate to their furry friends than their human lovers. ANI
Now, a new bra that unhooks when you clap your hands!
A US engineer has invented a bra clasp that comes off when you clap your hands. ANI
Cash-splurging Brits 'the most romantic Europeans'
If money was a way of measuring love, it's safe to say that Britons would win the game amongst all Europeans. ANI
US teacher accused of conducting threesome with her students
A teacher in the US has been accused of having a three-in-a-bed sex with two of her male students. ANI
Hindus call Pope's Roma gesture "a step in the right direction"
Hindus have described call of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for solidarity towards Roma (Gypsies) "a step in the right direction". ANI
Shot US Congresswoman Giffords re-learning to speak, lip-syncs "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
Democratic Party Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head at close range at a constituent event in Tucson last month, appears to be staring her life from the scratch, with reports saying that she is now putting efforts to learn speaking from mouthing words to lip-syncing nursery rimes like "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star". ANI
Assange's mother urges Rudd yet again to protect Wikileaks founder's legal, human rights
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's mother has urged Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd yet again to provide full support to her son in safeguarding his legal and human rights. ANI
Officials believe Israel-Egypt peace accord will continue despite Muslim Brotherhood concerns
Officials representing Israel and Egypt are of the opinion that the peace accord between their countries would not be affected by Cairo's political unrest that is continuing even after the exit of President Hosni Mubarak, despite concerns that the Muslim Brotherhood could exert influence in the process. ANI
UK MP's Russian 'spy' assistant offered Kremlin TV role
Katia Zatuliveter, an assistant to a UK MP and an alleged spy, has now been offered a job at the Kremlin's English-language TV news propaganda channel. ANI
How laughter keeps Michelle Obama's love life alive
Ever wondered how US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle keep their relationship fresh even after 19 years of marriage? Here's the simple answer- they keep each other smiling. ANI
Watson suffers 'peek-a-boob' wardrobe malfunction at pre-Baftas party!
'Harry Potter' star Emma Watson suffered a wardrobe malfunction while going to a pre-Baftas party on Sunday night. ANI
Now, men are getting broody too!
A new study has found that men today are likelier than women to want to settle down and start a family. ANI
Malik asks for details of Pak singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's Delhi airport detention
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has reportedly stepped in personally to look into Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's detention at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport over undeclared foreign currency. ANI
US backed Afghanistan Government next to fall after Egypt: Taliban
The US-backed government in Afghanistan may be the next to fall after the collapse of the Hosni Mubarak regime in Egypt, according to the Taliban. ANI
Will mums-to-be learn to hypnotize themselves to cut labour pain?
A trial study in England will teach expectant mothers to hypnotize themselves before giving birth as an alternative to painkillers. ANI
Oz PM will not be allowed to address Kiwi Parliament
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will not be allowed to address New Zealand's Parliament during her visit to Wellington this week. ANI
61-year-old US woman delivers her own grandson!
A 61-year-old woman in the US made history after she gave birth to her own grandson that was being surrogate for her daughter. ANI
Millions march to call for Berlusconi to resign
Millions of women marched the streets of Italy to call for the resignation of PM Silvio Berlusconi, who has been tangled in one scandal after another. ANI
US releases jihadist who trained 7/7 bombers after serving less than five of seventy year sentence
Mohammed Junaid Babar, an American jihadist who had taught the process of making explosives to the 2005 London suicide bombers in his training camp, has reportedly been quietly released after serving only four and a half years of a possible 70-year sentence. ANI
Pak hopes 'diplomat standoff' with US doesn't scuttle tripartite Afghan talks
Pakistan has expressed hope that its growing row with the United States over double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis will not scuttle its crucial talks with Washington and Kabul on efforts to stabilize Afghanistan. ANI
Iran opposition says Monday anti-government rally will go ahead
Iran's opposition leaders have said that their planned anti-government march on Monday will go ahead, as they see it as an expression of their solidarity with the Egyptian people. ANI
Now, a calmed Israel expresses admiration, sympathy for Egyptians
The alarm and anxiety that was quite visible in Israel last week as the revolution in Egypt was unfolding, leading to the eventual exit of President Hosni Mubarak who was seen as Jerusalem's staunchest regional ally, appears to be receding and giving way to nuanced admiration for the Egyptian people and sympathy for their cause. ANI
Protesters square off with armed forces in Yemen
Young Yemeni protesters have reportedly squared off against security forces, with some marching to the presidential palace in Sana in the hope of repeating and emulating the revolution in Egypt. ANI
Tunisians celebrate one-month anniversary of president's toppling
Tunisians are celebrating the one-month anniversary of the toppling of their authoritarian president, Zine al- Abidine Ben Ali, but the country's travails are showing signs of going out of control. ANI
Egypt dissolves parliament and constitution, military consolidates control
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has consolidated its control over Egypt by dissolving the country's feeble parliament, suspending the constitution and calling for elections in six months. ANI
Standard Life Customers Can Now Hold Physical Gold Through GoldMoney
Investors worldwide view gold as an effective way to preserve their purchasing power over long periods of time. Accordingly, gold is a sensible option when considering how best to allocate your pension investments Business Wire India
12 Transponder Ku-Band Beam for India Contracted on SES-7
SES WORLD SKIES, a division of SES S.A. (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) today announced that it had entered into a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement that covers all 12 Ku-band transponders on the India beam of the SES-7 satellite. The capacity on SES-7 will be used to support the growth and expansion of India’s thriving DTH market. Business Wire India
ZTE Records RMB100 Billion Contract Sales in 2010
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063 Business Wire India
Skype Announces Mobile Partner Program for Operators
Skype today announced a Mobile Partner Program for operators in markets with low 3G broadband penetration. The program aims to bring the Skype experience to a broad range of mobile users and will enable carriers to differentiate their offerings in a competitive market environment Business Wire India
Corinthia Hotel London Celebrates British Film Talent in Partnership with Momentum Pictures
On the eve of the BAFTA awards, Corinthia Hotel London celebrated the success of Momentum Pictures’ BAFTA nominated films by hosting an exclusive lunch in what is to be London’s newest 5-star luxury hotel, kicking off the most important weekend for the UK film industry Business Wire India
The Griffin Coal Mining Company Pty Ltd (Administrators Appointed) ACN 008 667 285 (""Griffin Coal"")
The voluntary administrators of Griffin Coal recently invited holders (the “Noteholders”) of the 9½% Senior Notes due 2016 (the “Notes”) to attend presentations on Griffin Coal in New York and Hong Kong (the “Presentations”) at 10.30am (New York time) on 7 February 2011 and 10.30am (Hong Kong time) on 10 February 2011 respectively. Business Wire India
Cinterion Introduces the World's Smallest Solderable M2M Module
Cinterion, a Gemalto company (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) and the global leader in cellular M2M communication modules, today introduced BGS2, the world’s smallest LGA (Land Grid Array) module for M2M solutions requiring voice and high speed GPRS data Business Wire India
ArcSoft Presents Smart Phone Solutions at Mobile World Congress 2011
ArcSoft, Inc., the world-leading mobile software provider, is showcasing its latest Smart Phone offerings from February 14-17 at the 2011 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Visit ArcSoft in Hall 1, Hospitality Suite 1.1HS25 to learn more about its Smart Phone turnkey solutions. Business Wire India
Gemalto Brings Facebook® to All Mobile Phones
Mobile World Congress -- Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announced Facebook for SIM, which enables anyone to enjoy the service on all handsets, even if without a data connection or data subscription Business Wire India
PT Bakrie Connectivity Selects Smith Micro Software for First Mobile Connection Management Solution in Asia
MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS - Smith Micro Software, Inc Business Wire India
Tunstall Chosen to Provide Telehealth Solutions for Chronic Disease Management Program in New South Wales, Australia
Tunstall Healthcare, the leader in telehealthcare solutions, had been selected by the state Government of New South Wales in Australia as one of a panel of suppliers for its Connecting Care program, a new, large-scale initiative for chronic disease management. Business Wire India
BGC Partners Completes First Fully Electronic Australian Dollar Interest Rate Swap Transaction on BGC Trader
BGC Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq: BGCP) (“BGC”), a leading global intermediary to the wholesale financial markets, announced its first fully electronic Australian Dollar Interest Rate Swap (IRS) trade using BGC’s award-winning Volume Match tool on the BGC™ Trader platform. Business Wire India
Skype Launches WiFi Hotspot Operator Partnership Program with Leading WiFi Providers
Skype Access, pay-as-you-go Internet that uses your Skype Credit to get online, has officially launched a partner program for WiFi hotspot operators. Leading WiFi hotspot providers around the globe including BT Openzone, Fon, Tomizone and others have signed on to provide Internet access for consumer and business users on-the-go using Skype. Business Wire India