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International News on February 4, 2011

190 Pakistanis deported from US during last two years following detention
The United States has deported 190 Pakistanis during the last two years after arresting them under different charges, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan has said. ANI

761 Pakistanis currently detained in Indian prisons: Qureshi
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has told the National Assembly that around 1,786 Pakistanis are imprisoned in 14 countries for various crimes, out of which 761 are imprisoned in Indian jails. ANI

UK Crown Prosecution slaps tainted Pak trio with "corruption and cheating charges"
British prosecutors have "authorised charges of conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments, and also conspiracy to cheat" against the three Pakistani players implicated in the spot-fixing scandal as well as alleged bookmaker Mazhar Majeed. ANI

No one in Arab world is pro-American anymore, says Middle-East expert
The United States' role and influence in the Arab world has vastly diminished in recent years, Middle-East activists and experts have said. ANI

Oz council sparks outrage flying gay flag instead of Australian flag
Port Phillip Council in Australia has sparked outrage after it decided to hoist a gay pride flag in place of the Australian flag. ANI

64pc of Aussies participate in sports, other physical activity
A new study has found that nearly two-thirds of Australians aged 15 and over engage in sports or some form of physical recreation. ANI

Online scheme offers bachelors 'virtual wife' to get taste of married life
An online scheme is offering single guys the chance to get a taste of marriage before they go through with the real thing by letting them choose a "virtual wife". ANI

Ruins of "Wooden" Great Wall discovered in NE China
Archaeologists have discovered ruins of the "Wooden" Great Wall in Northeast China, establishing new facts that the landmark wall of China was not made only of stone and earthen bricks. ANI

UK pledged millions to lawless Somali region linked to pirate gangs: Wikileaks
Thousands of secret US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks have revealed that Britain had pledged millions of pounds worth support to leaders of a lawless region of Somalia, despite being aware of the fact that they had links to pirate gangs. ANI

UK Government trying to make money out of Royal Wedding
Britain apparently is attempting to cash on the Royal Wedding fever. ANI

Ex-SAS officers hired as "human bait" to protect vessels from Somali pirates: Wikilaeks
Foreign shipping firms are hiring former SAS officers as "human bait" to safeguard their vessels from being hijacked by Somali pirates, the latest secret US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks have said. ANI

Lahore HC moved for acquiring complete details of foreign nationals in Pakistan
The Lahore High Court has asked the federal and provincial governments of Pakistan to reply to a petition seeking the complete details of the Americans and other foreigners living in the country. ANI

It's official! 10 Downing Street is full of nits
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed that his residence-10 Downing Street -has nits, thanks to his two kids who came home from school with head lice. ANI

Massive brawl breaks out between rival gangs at Oz shopping centre
A massive brawl, which had been sparked by a war of words on Facebook, broke out between rival groups at a Sydney shopping centre. ANI

Younger immigrants adjust to new cultures faster
A new study has shown that the process of adjusting to a new culture is easier for children, but quickly becomes more difficult after about the age of 15. ANI

One in four Brits 'most concerned' about immigration
Britons are more fearful about immigration than other nations, according to a poll of people conducted across the United States, Canada and Western Europe. ccording to the Transatlantic Trends survey almost one in four (23 percent) said immigration was the most important issue facing the country. ANI

America's power grid too vulnerable to cyberattack, US report finds
America's power grid remains vulnerable to a cyber attack, a result of sluggish implementation of weak computer security standards and insufficient federal oversight, says a tough new report from the US Department of Energy Inspector General. ANI

Now, a Toepener to open bathroom doors with the foot
A student from the University of Minnesota has invented what is called as a Toepener, which allows people to use their feet instead of their hands when opening bathroom doors. ANI

Assange tells internet generation 'their time has come' to hit back at abuse
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said that the 'hue and cry' caused by revelations of secret US diplomatic cables is a challenge for the internet generation, and added that he would continue to expose "abusive organisations". ANI

Hindus want UK to issue postal stamp to mark Sister Nivedita's 100th death anniversary
Hindus have asked United Kingdom (UK) to issue a postal stamp to commemorate Northern Ireland born Sister Nivedita's (1867-1911) 100th death anniversary, which falls on October 13 this year. ANI

Hindus want emergent solution to rising world food prices
Hindus have expressed serious concerns at the recent historic rise in global food prices. ANI

US launched anti-extremist campaign in UK to reverse radicalisation: WikiLeaks
The United States had launched a secret campaign to reverse the radicalisation of young Islamists in Britain, according to classified US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. ANI

Musharraf involved in Benazir Bhutto's assassination, claims Zardari's dad
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was involved in former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination, President Asif Ali Zardari's father, Hakim Ali Zardari has said. ANI

Stamping out cancer like corruption biggest challenge: Kalam
Former president Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has said that corruption is a cancer engulfing India's political-bureaucratic-judicial system, and requires urgent treatment. ANI

Senior public servant in Oz sacked for Googling 'knockers' at home
A senior public servant in Australia has been sacked after he Googled the word "knockers", and looked at legal pornography on a work laptop at his own home. ANI

Pakistan has all ingredients of the current Mideast revolt
Though Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has dismissed the possibility of protests similar to what is happening in some Middle Eastern capitals taking place in his country, there is a belief in the minds of many Pakistanis that the threat exists. ANI

Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic group behind UN aid agency's exit from Somalia: WikiLeaks
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) had suspended its activities in Somalia after being manipulated by Al-Shabaab, a group linked to Al-Qaeda, according to classified US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. ANI

One in five British workers 'fears losing job': Poll
One in five UK workers fear they could lose their jobs, a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has claimed. ANI

US girl finds naughty adult message on kids' Valentine's Day candy
A girl in the US has said that she found a naughty adult message on a piece of kids Valentine's Day candy. ANI

House Republicans agree to drop "Forcible Rape" language from Abortion Bill
Republicans in the United States House of Representatives have dropped the word "forcible rape" from a section of an Abortion Bill that is before the House, following widespread condemnation by Democrats and abortion rights activists. ANI

UK Muslim counsellors' refusal to applaud Afghan war hero outrages colleagues
The act of showing outright "disrespect" for a young Afghanistan war hero by two UK Muslim counsellors during an award ceremony has spurred a outrage among their colleagues who insisted that the duo should be "ashamed" of their 'disrespectful' move. ANI

Pak envoy to Egypt's 'charge for flight' stand nixing evacuation of citizens from Cairo
Pakistan's Ambassador to Cairo Seema Naqvi has become a virtual hurdle to the evacuation of Pakistanis from the riot-torn Egyptian capital by asking the Foreign Office to charge money for the act, diplomatic sources have confided. ANI

Oz hotel offers guests chance to experience -190 degrees temperature
A hotel in Sydney, Australia, is offering its guests the experience of a lifetime, by exposing their bodies to temperatures as low as -190C. ANI

Obama prays for charity, humility, closeness to God, longer skirts for Malia
US President Barack Obama has revealed that he has three main points when he says his prayers: charity, humility, and closeness to God. ANI

Nepal TV station broadcasting night bulletin using 'lantern' to protest against power cuts
A top television network of Nepal has reportedly been broadcasting its nightly news bulletin in semi-darkness using a lantern to highlight the effects of massive power cuts. ANI

KFC pulls fish sandwich ad campaign using Obama look-alike
KFC in Hong Kong has pulled an Obama-themed commercial selling a fish fillet sandwich. ANI

Kuwait may pardon prisoners who memorise Quran
Kuwait's Endowments and Islamic Affairs ministry has said that prisoners who can memorise the Quran might be eligible for the annual pardon. ANI

Swedish ad condemned for portraying men as 'mere sex objects'
Sweden's advertising ombudsman has slammed an advertisement featuring a muscular man clad only in a pair of boxer shorts as offensive to men as it portrays them as "mere sex objects". ANI

McCain opts out of 2012 GOP presidential candidature endorsements
US Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) has said that he would "most likely" opt to keep himself away from endorsing any presidential candidate in 2012. ANI

Proposed US defence radar on Czech soil was 'blind' to long-range missiles: Wikileaks
The United States' plans to build a missile defence system on Czech soil experienced troubles when defence chiefs discovered that the proposed radar lacked the ability to quickly detect long-range missiles. ANI

Has Zardari secretly married US-based PPP activist?
Pakistan's Presidency and Dr Tanveer Zamani, a practicing surgeon and PPP activist in the US, have commented quite differently on a flood of reports and Internet blogs referring to the possibility that Asif Ali Zardari may have secretly married Zamani. ANI

Tequila is causing major environmental problems in Mexico
The process of making Tequila from fibrous agave plants is causing major environmental problems in Jalisco, the Mexican state where the drink originated. ANI

Indian worker faces three years in Dubai jail for hitting colleague leading to death
An Indian worker faces three years imprisonment for throwing a fatal punch at his colleague whose head hit two iron pipes before he suffered a haemorrhage and died. ANI

Chinese stealth fighter maker may soon be flying Obama in its choppers!
Barack Obama and future US presidents may one day fly on Chinese made helicopters, as the United States is looking to replace the aging Marine One fleet used by its president. ANI

Berlusconi wins brief respite from sex scandals
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi won some brief respite from the sex scandals when parliament denied prosecutors' request to search some of his properties. ANI

American media crew carjacked, threatened with beheading in Egypt
A group of angry Egyptian men carjacked an ABC News crew and threatened to behead them in the latest and most menacing attack on foreign reporters trying to cover the anti-government protest in the country. ANI

Now, Muslim Brotherhood calls for Mubarak's exit for Egypt's interim govt
The Muslim Brotherhood, the largest opposition group in Egypt, has issued a statement asking President Hosni Mubarak to step aside and pave way for a transitional government. ANI

European Human Rights court rulings making UK 'safe heaven' for foreign terrorists'
Human Rights rulings have made Britain a 'safe haven' for foreign terrorists, the independent reviewer of anti-terror laws has warned. ANI

Three killed, dozens injured in Lahore shrine blast
Three people were killed and 27 others injured in a bomb blast outside the Baba Haider Sayeen shrine near Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore. ANI

Bolshoi ballerina from Putin's party quits over portrayal as sex-object
A Bolshoi ballerina who belonged to Vladimir Putin's United Russia has quit because she is fed of the dishonest politicians using her glamorous image for political purposes. ANI

US, high-level Egyptian officials mulling interim govt headed by VP Omar Suleiman
The United States is reportedly discussing with Egyptian officials a proposal for President Hosni Mubarak to resign immediately and hand power to a military-backed interim government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman. ANI

Jhalanath Khanal elected new Prime Minister of Nepal
Nepal's Parliament has elected CPN (UML) chairman Jhalanath Khanal as the 34th Prime Minister, ending the six-month long stalemate. ANI

British Muslims travelling to Somalia for "jihadi tourism": Wikileaks
Thousands of secret US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks have revealed that British Muslims are travelling to Somalia for "jihadi tourism" to train for terrorist attacks in the UK. ANI

Benazir's mobile phones recovered from Bilawal House, Karachi
The two Blackberry cell phones of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, which were lost on the day of her assassination, have been recovered from her former residence 'Bilawal House' in Karachi. ANI

Sikh father 'kills daughter over loud music, white boyfriend'
A Sikh father in the UK allegedly murdered his daughter during an argument about her playing loud music, it has emerged. ANI

Ed Miliband likened to lizard for bizarre way he licks his lips
Ed Miliband, leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, has been has been likened to a lizard because of his bizarre way of repeatedly licking his lips to stay calm when giving a speech. ANI

Mubarak 'fed up' of unrest, but fears chaos if he resigns
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has said that he is 'fed up' and 'wants to resign', but worries that his country will sink into chaos if he surrenders his post now. ANI

MI6 warns of "unique" threat from home-grown terrorists: WikiLeaks
The MI6 believes that Britain faces a "unique" threat from home-grown terrorists who are not on the intelligence services' "radar", according to classified US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. ANI

German actress claims she organized Berlusconi's 'bunga bunga' parties
Sabina Began, a German actress, has claimed that she's the one who organized 'bunga bunga' sex parties for Silvio Berlusconi. ANI

UK MP's wife poses n*ked under sheet, reveals bedroom secrets!
Sally Bercow, wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, has posed in a racy photograph that sees her n*ked under a sheet in her bedroom gazing provocatively. ANI

Nitto Denko Acquires Avecia Biotechnology
Japan’s leading diversified materials manufacturer, Nitto Denko Corporation, today announced that it has acquired Avecia Biotechnology, Inc. through Nitto Americas, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary in Teaneck, New Jersey. Business Wire India

Fabrice Bakhouche Appointed Deputy CEO of AFP
Born in 1974, he is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1996) and ENA (2001-2003). Business Wire India

Components to Construct Two 49,000-dwt Jones Act Tankers to be Sold at Auction
Hilco Industrial, LLC, and partners Myron Bowling Auctioneers, Maynards Industries, and PPL Group, will conduct a public auction sale of the assets of Keet Seel Tankships, LLC, and First Mesa Tankships, LLC on February 15, 16, and 17, 2011 The auction will feature the components necessary to construct two 49,000-dwt Jones Act Tankers Business Wire India

Rockwell Automation Names New Leaders For Its Two Operating Segments
The board of directors of Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE:ROK) has elected two new corporate officers who will lead the company’s two operating segments effective April 1, 2011. Blake Moret is being promoted to senior vice president of the Control Products and Solutions (CP&S) segment Business Wire India

Best In-Market Broadband Now Top Requirement for Global Telecommunications Firms
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Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (January 26 – February 2, 2011)
The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of January 26 – February 2, 2011. Business Wire India

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