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International News on February 18, 2011

Egypt to re-open its historical sites on Sunday
Egypt is to re-open its historical sites on Sunday in a bid to revive its tourism industry after being affected by the political turmoil that ousted President Hosni Mubarak. ANI

Cyber crimes cost UK 27 billion pounds a year: Report
Cyber crimes cost Britain over 27 billion pounds a year, a report by information consultants Detica for the Cabinet Office has revealed. ANI

US-funded militia to be expanded in Afghanistan's Helmand province: Mangal
Golab Mangal, the Governor of Helmand province in Afghanistan, has said that the US-funded militia would be expanded in his province to strengthen its ongoing fight against the Taliban. ANI

Bahrain using UK acquired weapons for crackdown on protestors
The British government has reportedly launched a review of arms exports to Bahrain after it emerged that the country's security forces are using weapons supplied by London for its crackdown on the pro-democracy protestors in Manama. ANI

Frequent droughts posing potential threat to food security in China
The increase in frequency and severity of droughts in China in recent times, has posed a potential threat to food security, causing heavy crop losses. ANI

South Korea, US planning talks over North's nuclear threat to region
The Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States are planning to hold talks next month to discuss the nuclear umbrella supplied by the US against potential nuclear threats from North Korea. ANI

Fury over UEFA's sky-high ticket prices for Champions League final
Football fans are furious after UEFA revealed that the cheapest tickets on general sale for the Champions League final at Wembley on May 28 will be a staggering 150 pounds each - the most expensive ever. ANI

Kiwi girls install camera in jeans to catch men ogling their bottoms
Two girls in the US, who devised a plan to catch those admiring their bottoms, did so by installing a discreet camera on to their jeans. ANI

Martin Luther's statue to be unveiled alongside Lincoln, Jefferson replicas in Washington
Martin Luther King's statue would reportedly be unveiled in the National Mall in Washington on August 28 this year alongside America's two best-loved former Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. ANI

Brit wife 'happily married' despite losing tribunal fight with dentist hubby
A woman in Britain, who worked for her dentist husband and then sued him for unfair dismissal, has revealed that despite the court rejecting her plea she still has a happy relationship with him. ANI

UK surgeon faces probe after 'cleavage-saving' op leaves cancer behind
A top surgeon in Britain, who carried out dozens of "cleavage-sparing" mastectomies, has come under investigation after one patient contracted breast cancer again. ANI

Stratfor warns of 'mob fury against Americans' in Pak if Davis is released from detention
There is a "very real possibility" that double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis's release from detention in Lahore can spark mob violence in Pakistan, a US-based Global Intelligence Forecast Organisation has warned. ANI

Pak Supreme Court directs sitting PCO judges 'not to issue any judicial orders'
Pakistan's Supreme Court has directed the sitting judges who took oath under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) not to issue any judicial orders. ANI

Pak Govt freeing Davis may be "last straw that breaks camel's back": Hilaly
If the Pakistan Government hands over double murder-accused American official Raymond Davis to the United States without sufficiently preparing public opinion on this sensitive issue, it may face a major backlash, eventually leading to its downfall, retired Pakistan envoy Zafar Hilaly has said. ANI

Zardari 'pressurised' Punjab Govt. to declare Davis enjoyed diplomatic immunity: CM
Pakistan's Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said that President Asif Ali Zardari and Interior Minister Rehman Malik wanted him to declare that double murder-accused US national Raymond Davis enjoyed diplomatic immunity. ANI

Brit counter-terrorism scheme to spot young extremists under review
A counter-terrorism scheme in the United Kingdom that asks teachers to help spot terrorists of the future and neighbours to spy on one another is reportedly under review. ANI

Bahrain anti-government protests pose fresh hurdle for Obama administration
A brutal government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain has left the Obama administration again confronted with the task of trying to stabilize an ally besieged by growing opposition from its citizens. ANI

'Carlos the Jackal' set for trial for role in terrorist attacks in France
French prosecutors have said that 'Carlos the Jackal', whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, is set to face trial in Paris for his alleged role in four deadly terror bombings in the early 1980s in France. ANI

Brit pilots used exploding darts to destroy German Zeppelins in WWI
British pilots used exploding darts to destroy German Zeppelins during the World War One. ANI

Hindus decry derogatory remarks against Roma in Hungarian Parliament
Hindus have strongly criticized reported recent derogatory comments against Roma (Gypsy) community in the Hungarian Parliament. ANI

Reality TV, Facebook 'worst innovations in the last 10 years'
According to a survey, reality TV, Facebook and congestion charges are some of the worst innovations in the last 10 years. ANI

Canada Government funds film about Hindu Lord Shiva
Canada Government has reportedly funded a documentary on Lord Shiva, one of the divine trio of the Hindus-Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva. ANI

Hindus critical of Connecticut yoga tax proposal
Hindus are critical of Connecticut (USA) Governor Dannel P. Malloy's new proposal of imposing tax on yoga. ANI

Over-50s travel more than younger sightseers
A new UK survey has suggested that holidaymakers over the age of 50 now account for more than half the money spent on trips abroad. ANI

Bride's sister gets married as groom fails to turn up
A man in Malaysia failed to attend his own wedding, leaving the bride waiting in vain at the ceremony. ANI

Musharraf's supporters in global protests against arrest warrant in Benazir murder case
The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) will hold protest demonstrations across the country on Friday (today) over the arrest warrant issued against party leader and former president Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case. ANI

North Korea's new missile launch tower may allow it to strike US directly
North Korea has reportedly completed a launch tower at its Tongchang-ri missile base, which is seen as a key step in the country's quest for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could possibly strike the United States. ANI

Chinese give higher priority to ties with EU than US, others
London, Feb.18 - The Chinese people give more priority to their country's relationship with the European Union as compared to relations with the United States and many other countries, according to a survey. ANI

Nobody's more qualified for White House multitasking than "a woman, a mom": Palin
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has jokingly indicated her plans to run for president in 2012, saying that there is "no one" more qualified for White House multi-tasking than "a woman, a mom". ANI

Belgians strip down to undies to protest 249 days of political stalemate
A number of protestors took to the streets of Belgium and stripped down to their underwear in protest of the 249 days they have gone without a government. ANI

Clinton 'very concerned' about sexual assault on CBS News correspondent Lara Logan
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has turned up the heat on the Egyptian government over the sexual assault on CBS News correspondent Lara Logan in Cairo. ANI

Proposed UK visa restrictions would be 'hostile act against Britain's universities': Report
The implementation of Britain's proposed new restrictions on student visas would be a 'hostile act against the country's universities' as it would cut the number of foreign students aspiring to be part of such institutions, a study report has warned. ANI

ISI's tacit support to Haqqanis hampering CIA's anti-terrorism efforts in Pak: Report
Critical counter-terrorism efforts by US' Central Intelligence Agency in Pakistan's tribal region are apparently being hampered by the country's premier spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), which seems to be covertly helping the Haqqani network escape CIA's drone strikes. ANI

Shocking pic of duct-taped baby leads to US mum's arrest
A woman in Pennsylvania was arrested on Wednesday after she showed cops a picture of herself posing next to her two-year-old daughter, who is gagged and bound with duct tape. ANI

Shanghai targets 70 percent revenue increase from Tourism Industry by 2015
Shanghai, Feb.18 - Shanghai plans to increase its revenues by 70 percent by 2015 by targeting its tourism industry. ANI

Threat of violence against women in Egypt unfolds after attacks
The reported attack of a senior U.S. television correspondent during celebrations of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's stepping down from office, has brought into the open the threat of violence women in Egypt face. ANI

Blind English pensioner, 76, 'sees again after kissing pic of late wife'
A 76-year-old blind pensioner in England, who was told he would never see again, has baffled eye specialists when he regained his sight after kissing a photograph of his late wife. ANI

Pak court orders to impound car and arrest accused involved in third death in Davis saga
The Lahore High Court has ordered provincial authorities to impound the vehicle that crushed to death a Pakistani citizen- Ibadur Rehman- while rushing to assist American official Raymond Davis on January 27 in Lahore. ANI

'Egyptian military's role in detention and torture cases raise concerns'
Human rights groups have said that the Egyptian military's continuing role in detention and torture of anti-government protestors raise new questions about its ability to midwife the country's democracy. ANI

Mexico teen on hunger strike for royal wedding invite
In a bizarre attempt to secure an invitation to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, a Mexican teenager is staging a hunger strike outside the British Embassy in Mexico City. ANI

3-yr-old Oz girl blessed by Pope miraculously survives death
A three-year-old Australian girl, who was blessed by Pope Benedict XVI when he was in Sydney recently, escaped from death in a miraculous incident. ANI

US army's pocket-sized spy drone disguised as hummingbird unveiled
The US army has unveiled a pocket-sized spy drone disguised as a hummingbird - it measures just 16 centimetres and weighs less than an AA battery. ANI

Is Royal wedding making you squeamish? Buy a souvenir sick bag!
As the Royal Wedding day approaches closer, various kinds of memorabilia are being flouted here and there, but this one surely takes the cake. ANI

Irish female rapist told to get help for 'sexual aggression'
An Irish nurse jailed for raping a mother of two in a Brisbane pub toilet has been asked to get help for her 'sexual aggression.' ANI

US court sentences Defreitas for life over plotting to blow up NY JFK Airport
A US court has handed down a 'life term' sentence to Russell Defreitas, the man convicted of potting to blow up fuel tanks at New York's JFK Airport. ANI

China says US using Internet freedom pitch as pretext for interfering in others' internal affairs
China has warned the United States not to intrude into other countries' affairs after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had urged the world community to allow online freedom, and adopt common standards for internet use. ANI

Singh apologises to Oz family for helping killer driver flee to India
Sukhcharanjit Singh, who has been charged for allegedly helping a killer driver flee Australia on a false passport, has apologised to the family of the man the fugitive killed. ANI

Stallion semen at Kiwi Wildfoods festival will leave one 'raring to go'
A food festival in New Zealand is offering visitors shots of stallion semen, which is said will leave the drinker with as much zest as the animal for a week. ANI

Karl Rove urges US Republicans to stop falling into Obama 'birther' trap
Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff to former US President George W. Bush, has urged Republican Party politicians to avoid falling into the "birther" movement trap, and to stop fueling rumors that President Barack Obama was not born in the US. ANI

Sexually assaulted CBS reporter Lara Logan could become target for copycat attacks: Ex boss
Lara Logan's former boss has said that the sexual assault and brutal beating of the CBS foreign correspondent could "turn her into a target" should she return to war reporting. ANI

Sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman set to enter politics?
Sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman is tipped to run for parliament as a member of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party. ANI

India-Japan global partnership to give new direction to way world looks today: Upadhyay
The upcoming India-Japan Global Partnership Summit 2011, which marks ten years of the announcement of the partnership, will initiate a new framework of working together between the two nations and give a new direction to the way the world looks like today. ANI

US admits Davis case has made bilateral relationship with Pakistan "more difficult"
The United States has acknowledged that the 'illegal' detention issue of double murder-accused American official Raymond Davis has made its bilateral relationship with Pakistan "more difficult". ANI

Obama accepts Queen's invitation to visit UK in May
US President Barack Obama has reportedly accepted Queen Elizabeth's invitation to visit Britain in May this year, ahead of his expected visit to the G8 summit in France. ANI

World's hottest chilli grown in UK can leave one 'shaking uncontrollably'
The record for the world's hottest chilli has been broken by one grown in a greenhouse in UK, and it is so potent that it can reduce grown men to tears and leave one "shaking uncontrollably". ANI

51pc of Brit women would sacrifice a year of sex if it meant they could be skinny
In a new survey, over half of British women have admitted that they would sacrifice a year of making love if it meant they could be skinny. ANI

Charlie Chaplin 'was born in a Gypsy Queen's caravan'
A set of letters discovered recently has suggested that Charlie Chaplin may have been born into a Gypsy community in the West Midlands. ANI

US disappointed over Pak Govt's failure to certify Davis' diplomatic immunity status
The United States is disappointed that the Pakistan Government did not certify during the court hearing in Lahore that double murder-accused American official Raymond Davis possessed diplomatic immunity, US Ambassador to Islamabad Cameron Munter has said. ANI

US wanted 'derogatory' information on Bahrain king's sons: Wikileaks
The US State Department had secretly approached its diplomats in Bahrain to find out any "derogatory" information about King Hamad's sons, and also report whether there existed any kind of "rivalry" between the two brothers, the whistleblower website Wikileaks has revealed. ANI

'Indian-origin bride's murder suspects 'tortured by SA police' to give statement against husband'
In a new twist to Anni Dewai's murder case in Cape Town, the lawyers of two men arrested over the Indian-origin bride's killing have claimed that the accused were tortured by the South African police to give their statements against her husband. ANI

Indian Govt to set minimum wages for workers wanting to work in UAE
India's Ambassador in UAE MK Lokesh has said that the Indian Government is soon expected to set minimum wages for skilled and unskilled workers, wanting to work in the United Arab Emirates. ANI

Dr Haneef's lawyer Rod Hodgson receives justice award in Australia
The lawyer who led Indian doctor Dr Mohamed Haneef's compensation claim has been recognised for his efforts in the successful campaign. ANI

Obama, potential Republican rivals neck-and-neck in 2012 Presidential race
US President Barack Obama and his yet to be named Republican rival, got 45 percent American votes each in the latest poll conducted by Gallup, previewing the 2012 elections. ANI

"Diehard cricket fan" Veena Malik to appear in two Indian 'crick-o-tainment' TV shows
Pakistani artiste Veena Malik, who became a household name in India following her stint on reality TV show Bigg Boss, will now appear in two more shows on the Indian television. ANI

Only "authorised ministers" to speak about double murder-accused US official: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has directed that only "authorised ministers" should speak about the issue of double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis, as the matter remains sub judice. ANI

Pak tells Kerry that 'only court will decide' murder-accused US official's fate
The Pakistan Government has made it clear to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John F. Kerry that the case of double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis is sub judice and only the court will decide his fate, Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Firdaus Ashiq Awan has said. ANI

Three ex-Egyptian ministers arrested over corruption allegations
Egyptian security forces have arrested former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly and two other ex-ministers as part of an investigation into corruption. ANI

Berlusconi mag claims 'bunga bunga sex parties never happened'
A magazine owned by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has fought back allegations that he hosted wild 'bunga bunga' sex parties in which escort girls and starlets performed pole dances and strip teases. ANI

Sarah Palin mocks Michelle Obama's breastfeeding initiative
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has slammed First Lady Michelle Obama after the latter promoted breast-feeding as part of her campaign against childhood obesity. ANI

The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan: Submission of a Written Opinion to the United Nations Concerning the Bilateral Offset
We hereby report that Masataka Shimizu, Chairman of FEPC, has announced at the regular press conference today that he has submitted a written opinion (a copy of which is attached below) to the United Nations, requesting approval of "the bilateral offset", as a new post-Kyoto mechanism. Business Wire India

Embraer Embraces Florida's Space Industry Work Force
Rocket scientists and technicians abound in the Melbourne, Fla., region, and international aviation giants like Embraer are embracing the high-caliber work force that the space shuttle’s retirement is leaving behind Business Wire India

Power Integrations Announces Immediate Availability of QspeedT Family of Advanced Diodes
Power Integrations (Nasdaq:POWI), the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, today announced the immediate availability of the Qspeed family of advanced diodes Business Wire India

Recognia Now Offers Technical Analysis of Futures
Recognia, the industry leader in providing actionable investment research products for both market professionals and self-directed investors, introduced the expansion of two products, AlertWire™ and Technical Insight™, to include futures contracts. Business Wire India

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