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International News on February 3, 2011

Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris' to premiere at Cannes
Director Woody Allen's new romantic comedy 'Midnight in Paris' will reportedly open the Cannes Film Festival on May 11. ANI

US warns citizens against travelling to Pakistan due to Al-Qaida, Taliban threats
The United States has warned its citizens against travelling to Pakistan owing to militant threats, saying that terrorists have "disguised themselves as Pakistani security forces personnel to gain access to targeted areas." ANI

UK couple married for 55 years die minutes apart
Such was the commitment of a couple that had been married for 55 years - inseparable both in life and death. ANI

Oz man appeals against jail sentence for toe sucking
A man in Australia has appealed against a jail sentence that was given to him after he became a toe sucking "slave" to a teenage "foot master". ANI

Gilani emerges 'king of contradictions' in utterances over Pak's blasphemy law
Apparently in a desperate bid to appease Pakistan's conservative religious groups, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has been making widely contradictory statements regarding the country's controversial blasphemy law. ANI

British firms ignored international trade sanctions on Iran to further trade: WikiLeaks
British companies were selling or leasing items to Iranian companies which were the subject of international trade sanctions, according to classified US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. ANI

Oz woman accused of killing hubby 'sent used condoms to his lover'
An Australian court has heard that a woman accused of murdering her husband had sent a used condom to one of his lovers. ANI

How kids believe anything they see on the Internet!
Today's children are gullible to just about anything they read on the Internet - a study has revealed. ANI

Malaysian man raped underage daughter in front of mum, jailed for 80yrs
A father of nine was sentenced to 80 years in jail and ordered to be whipped 40 times for raping his underage daughter in front of his wife. ANI

Rumsfeld unapologetic about US going to war against Iraq
Sounding characteristically tough and defiant in his 800-page autobiography "Known and Unknown," former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld remains largely unapologetic about his overall handling of the Iraq conflict and concludes that the war has been worth the costs. ANI

Jailed child rapist wins #50K legal fight to be allowed to eat chocolate
A child rapist in Scotland has won a 50,000 pound case funded by taxpayers' money to be allowed to eat chocolate and guzzle fizzy drinks while he is in jail. ANI

Some elements in Pak using religion for political gains: Zardari
Some elements in Pakistan want to achieve political gains by using the name of religion, President Asif Ali Zardari has said. ANI

Obama needs Palin on the same ticket to win Arizona in 2012
US President Barack Obama's best hope of winning the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, according to a new poll, lies in him having former Alaska Republican Governor Sarah Palin on the same ticket when general elections take place in 2012. ANI

No one willing to spearhead revolution in Pakistan: Prabodh Panda
No one in Pakistan is willing to 'spearhead' a revolutionary movement there, veteran Indian politician and Lok Sabha member Prabodh Panda has said. ANI

Hindus denounce Romania proposal of renaming "Roma" as "Gypsy"
Hindus strongly object to reported Romania proposal of officially changing the term "Roma", currently used for its largest minority group, to "Gypsy". ANI

Muslim-American terrorism study: Not many incidents, but it only takes one
In the years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the number of Muslim-American terrorism suspects and perpetrators has averaged about 16 per year. ANI

News Corp launches iPad only newspaper
Australian-American media magnate Rupert Murdoch has launched News Corp's latest online venture, a digital newspaper for the Apple iPad called 'The Daily'. ANI

New York City Council bans smoking in parks, beaches, Times Square
The New York City Council has approved to extend the city's smoking ban to municipal parks and beaches. ANI

Pak Chief Justice to decide if Musharraf should be prosecuted for defying SC order
Pakistan's Supreme Court has declined to accept the pleas of two sitting superior court judges facing contempt charges, who sought the prosecution of former president Pervez Musharraf and former prime minister Shaukat Aziz among others for defying a restraining order issued by the apex court on November 3, 2007. ANI

Palin would be a 'great' President: Romney
Former Republican Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has said that Sarah Palin would make a great president of the United States. ANI

Somali pirates using aggressive new tactics like torture
The commander of the European Union naval force has said that Somali pirates have started using aggressive new tactics, including torture on their captives. ANI

Brit fighter plane up for grabs on eBay for just 69,999 pounds
A two-seater Harrier jet that that helped Britain triumph in the Falklands War, is now being offered for 69,999 pounds on eBay, complete with both cannon and missile storage pods. ANI

Hindus welcome "World Interfaith Harmony Week"
Hindus have applauded the launching of "World Interfaith Harmony Week" by United Nations (UN). ANI

Influx of foreign-trained medics in UK can put patients' lives at risk: Experts
The tide of foreign-trained medics in the United Kingdom could put patients' lives at risk because some may have poor English language skills, experts have warned. ANI

Blair could have pulled troops back on brink of 2003 invasion of Iraq: Straw
Former British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jack Straw has revealed that former Prime Minister Tony Blair could have pulled troops back on brink of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. ANI

Brits 'are consumed by the green-eyed monster'
A new survey has revealed that Brits are a people consumed by envy. ANI

South African teaching unions slam HIV testing for school kids
South African student and teacher unions have strongly criticised a state plan to introduce HIV testing for children as young as 13 at schools. ANI

HRW 'appalled' over Pak Govt's blasphemy charges against teenage student
The Pakistan government should immediately drop blasphemy charges against a 17-year-old student and ensure his safe release from detention, Human Rights Watch has said. ANI

UK man sues female colleague who repeatedly slapped his butt
A male shop assistant in Britain has launched a sex discrimination case against a female colleague of his after she repeatedly slapped his bottom. ANI

Four arrested after 14-year-old girl 'lashed to death' in Bangladesh
Four people, including a Muslim cleric, have been arrested in Bangladesh in connection with the death of a 14-year-old girl who was publicly lashed. ANI

Rebuffed U.S. turns to Egypt military in the crisis
The Obama administration has stepped up its contacts with the Egyptian military to try to exert influence over events rocking a key ally. ANI

Winter storm cripples two-thirds of U.S.
Two thirds of the United States of America (USA) has been brought to its knees by a winter snowstorm and ice turned streets. ANI

'Miraculous weeping statue' of Virgin Mary in Ohio baffles visitors
Visitors to a small, non-descript building in Reading, Ohio, have claimed that a small statue of the Virgin Mary is crying tears. ANI

Egypt crisis: US foreign policy in recast mode
With the Obama administration strongly condemning the violence against demonstrators in Egypt and calling on President Hosni Mubarak to speed up his exit from power, experts are suggesting that this is a drastic shift in American foreign policy. ANI

Chelsea Clinton, hubby Marc Mezvinsky 'spending 3 months apart'
Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky are apparently spending three months away from each other. ANI

WikiLeaks reveals US threatened to take military action against China over space missiles
The United States threatened to take military action against China during a secret "star wars" arms race within the past few years, according to documents leaked by the whistle-blowing web site WikiLeaks. ANI

India records 'modest growth' of forest area despite population boom: FAO report
India, China, Vietnam and the Philippines have seen their forested areas increase in size largely due to a switch from felling to planting, according to a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report. ANI

Mario Balotelli's girlfriend claims Berlusconi badgered her at his party
Italian footballer Mario Balotelli's girlfriend has revealed how Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi kept badgering her at one of his bunga bunga parties. ANI

UK plastic surgeon sued for £50m 'for ruining woman's face, career'
A businesswoman has reportedly sued her plastic surgeon - who she claims ruined her career by leaving her with a facial twitch - for more than 50 million pounds. ANI

Kuwait not to allow military men to grow beards
Kuwait's government has rejected a draft law submitted by the parliament allowing military and securitymen to grow beards. ANI

Cyclone Yasi's Oz ground zero looks like Vietnam in 'Apocalypse Now': Eyewitness
The scene at Cyclone Yasi's ground zero in Australia has been described by one businessman as "apocalyptic". ANI

Indian businessman asks Dubai police to reopen theft case
Dubai based India businessman R. Wadia, who lost jewellery worth 80,000 dirhams, is desperate to get the theft case reopened after it was closed for lack of evidence. ANI

U.S. reexamining its relationship with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood
The Obama administration is rapidly reassessing its tenuous relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, an opposition movement in Egypt whose fundamentalist ideology has long been a source of distrust in Washington. ANI

Bollywood, Hollywood stars names linked to Dubai property scam
The names of Bollywood actress Minissha Lamba and Hollywood movie star Tara Reid have been used in a property scam in the United Arab Emirates to fleece investors of more than nine million dirhams. ANI

MI5 missed implicating 7/7 ringleader despite knowing his terrorist links, inquest told
The MI5 was unable to identify the ringleader of the July 7, 2005, London bombings, despite having his picture and having seen him associating with other terrorist suspects, the inquest into the attack has heard. ANI

Does 'UFO' sighting above Jerusalem shrine suggest alien existence?
Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) enthusiasts have claimed that videos showing a shining ball of light hovering above a Jerusalem shrine could finally prove aliens exist. ANI

Gilani forces Sherry Rehman to withdraw Pak blasphemy law amendment bill
Pakistan parliamentarian Sherry Rehman will withdraw the bill seeking amendments to the country's blasphemy law as per the party's directions, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

US "continues to encourage" Pak Govt. to 'release' double murder-accused diplomat
Despite Pakistan's snub to the US demand for the double murder accused diplomat's immediate release, the United States' "continues to encourage" the Pakistan Government to free him on the 'immunity' ground. ANI

US believes atomic arms race in Middle East, Asia can 'lead to nuclear war': WikiLeaks
The United States believes that an atomic arms race in the Middle East and Asia has the 'direct potential to lead to nuclear war', according to classified US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. ANI

Europe Leaders Call for faster transition in Egypt
European leaders have called on the Egyptian leadership to effect a faster transition of power to ensure stability in that country. ANI

Italian MP caught ogling at escort website on his iPad during debate
One of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's MPs has been caught looking at escort girls on his newly issued government iPad while attending a debate in parliament. ANI

'Mysterious caller from Pakistan instructed 7/7 London suicide bomber on phone'
The ringleader of the 7/7 suicide bombings on London's transport system received bomb-making instructions from a mysterious caller in Pakistan just days before the attacks, an inquest into the 2005 bombings has heard. ANI

Pak soldier killed in border clash with Afghan troops
A Pakistani soldier was killed and three others wounded in a clash with Afghan forces on the Pak-Afghan border, Pakistani officials said. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner murder accused says hubby ordered killing
One of the men accused of murdering Brit-Indian woman Anni Dewani in South Africa has claimed that the hijacking, which led to her death, was staged by her husband Shrien. ANI

Pak court extends double murder-accused US diplomat's remand till Feb 11
The Lahore High Court (LHC) has extended the physical remand of double murder-accused US diplomat Raymond Davis till February 11. ANI

Berlusconi to face charges 'most likely on Monday or Tuesday'
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is set to face charges as soon as possible for allegedly paying an underage prostitute for sex, prosecutors have said. ANI

Was Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa a man?
For centuries, people have been speculating about who modelled for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. ANI

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