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Indo-Pak foreign secretary talks end in Thimpu
Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan -- Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir -- have concluded their talks alongwith officials of both sides on the sidelines of a South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation's (SAARC) Foreign Secretaries and Council of Ministers meetings being held here. ANI

Lahore protests against terrorism, attacks on Sufi shrines
A rally was staged in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province, on Sunday, against militancy and attacks on Sufi shrines. ANI

Indo-Pak foreign secretary talks begin in Thimpu
Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan -- Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir-have begun their talks alongwith officials of both sides on the sidelines of a South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation's (SAARC) Foreign Secretaries and Council of Ministers meetings being held here. ANI

Egypt panel 'to study constitutional reform'
Egypt's government and opposition have reportedly agreed to set up a committee to study constitutional reform to put the country on a path toward greater democracy. ANI

Muslim Brotherhood joins opposition-Egypt Government talks
Egypt's largest opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, joined talks with Egyptian Vice-President Omar Suleiman on Sunday in an attempt to end the country's political crisis. ANI

Custody battle involved Lahore-based girl returns to the UK
Molly Campbell, the Isle of Lewis schoolgirl who was taken to Pakistan by her father four years ago amid a tug-of-love battle between her divorced parents, has returned to Britain. ANI

Double murder-accused American diplomat in Lahore is a "former US Army officer"
The office identity card of Raymond Davis, the double murder-accused US diplomat, who has been detained in Pakistan, shows he is a former US Army officer and a defence contractor. ANI

Egyptian vice-president not an assassination target
Egyptian government officials have denied reports that newly named vice president Omar Suleiman had been the target of an assassination attempt last month. ANI

Resumption of Indo-Pak parley will be key topic in Thimpu: Experts
Indian and Pakistani experts have said the focus of the foreign secretary-level talks on the sidelines of a SAARC meeting in Thimpu, Bhutan will be on ways to resume the stalled dialogue. ANI

FBI focus on London to find links of 'previously unknown' 9/11 suspects
FBI has reportedly launched new investigations that focus its attention on London after it emerged that three Qatari men linked to the 9/11 terror attacks had gone unnoticed. ANI

Kevin '747' Rudd set to smash travel record as Oz PM
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has earned the nickname Kevin "747 Rudd for clocking up over 65 days of overseas travel since September. ANI

Egyptian Government to hold talks with Muslim Brotherhood
The Egyptian Government has reportedly decided to hold talks with the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, possibly on Sunday. Vice President Omar Suleiman will lead the talks with the intention of bringing the political unrest in the country to an end. ANI

Oz companies buying misspelt internet addresses to stop others from using their brands
Australian companies are reportedly buying misspelt Internet domain names with the intention of stopping others from gaining profit from their brand names. ANI

Oz politicians to protect workers' privacy from spying bosses
It is no secret that a vast majority of employers monitor workers' Internet use or personal emails - a practice that goes almost completely unregulated. ANI

Oz kidney buyers giving China's 'transplant tourism' a boost
Sick Australians are now buying kidneys from dead people in developing countries with just a click of a mouse and as little as 15,000 dollars. ANI

Perth bushfire engulfs 20 homes, over 100 residents evacuated
Up to 20 houses have reportedly been engulfed by a bushfire in Roleystone in Perth's south-east, while firefighters are simultaneously battling a blaze that had forced the evacuation of more than 100 people in the Swan Valley. ANI

Top Gears' Jeremy Clarkson fuels row over Mexican 'racist slurs'
While the BBC was forced to apologise after Top Gear host Richard Hammond described Mexicans as 'lazy, feckless... and flatulent' in their show, co-host Jeremy Clarkson has again insulted them in his newspaper column. ANI

'If I make 2012 White House bid, it will be with thick skin and steel spine,' says Palin
Former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has said that if she does make a bid for the White House in 2012, she will continue "having that thick skin and steel spine." ANI

British officials described Zardari as "highly corrupt", "numbskull": WikiLeaks
British officials described Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari as "highly corrupt" and a "numbskull" who would not last long in office, diplomatic cables unveiled by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Obama not doing enough to resolve Egypt crisis: Palin
Former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has criticized the Obama administration for not doing enough to resolve the crisis in Egypt, one of Washington's key allies in the Middle East. ANI

Republicans must try to aspire for Reagan mantle: Palin
Former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin told an audience of conservatives here on Friday night that there won't be another like (former president) Ronald Reagan, but that did not mean the next crop of Republican presidential candidates, her included, won't be reaching for his mantle. ANI

SAFTA, an important instrument to deepen intra-regional trade: Nirupama Rao
Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao on Sunday said that with the completion of 25 years of SAARC, the process is maturing and gradually the focus is now on providing more services for the economic and development needs of the people. ANI

Egypt crisis: CBS journalist incorrectly tweets about Mubarak's exit
CBS News anchor Katie Couric mistakenly informed her 140,000 followers that embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had stepped down after 30 years. ANI

Egypt's divided military will want Mubarak to go with dignity
Egypt's military brass, though divided over the fate of President Hosni Mubarak, would eventually like him to go with dignity. ANI

US develops new technology to penetrate through Chinese Internet censors
The U.S. government has reportedly figured out ways penetrate through Internet censorship filters to deliver news and other vital information to people in countries like China via e-mails. ANI

'Flying donkey' in Russia dies of heart attack
A donkey that rose to fame last year after being forced to parasail above the beaches of southern Russia has died of a heart attack. ANI

New Zealanders prefer sex to booze
Most Kiwi would rather give up alcohol than forgo sex, according to a new poll. ANI

Egypt Government still unconvinced over West demand for Mubarak ouster
The Egyptian leadership apparently seems unconvinced about asking President Hosni Mubarak to quit his post immediately, even though the United States and leading European nations called for his exit and threw their weight behind Vice-President Omar Suleiman. ANI

Oz man 'punches' attacking croc, escapes
A man in Far North Queensland has survived after being attacked by a crocodile, according to police. ANI

Brits adopting American-style pronunciation of certain words
British people are now adopting the American-style pronunciation of certain words. ANI

Jang Group expresses "deep sorrow" over notice on Zardari's possible remarriage story
The Jang group of newspapers has expressed "deep sorrow and regret over the release of a legal notice" issued by Pakistani authorities for publishing a story on President Asif Ali Zardari's possible secret remarriage. ANI

Egypt unrest: US distances itself from envoy's comment on Mubarak
The US State Department has distanced itself from comments made by a US special envoy Frank Wisner in which he said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak should stay in office during a power transition. ANI

UK helped Libya secure Lockerbie bomber's release: Secret documents
Secret documents have revealed that British ministers had arranged to meet their Libyan counterparts to give them advice on how the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi's could be released from a Scottish prison. ANI

Arab League chief Moussa may lead post-Mubarak Egypt
Former Egyptian Foreign Minister and Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa has emerged as a potential compromise figure to lead the country's potentially dangerous transition. ANI

Bangladesh court demands govt explanation over failure to protest 'whipped to death' teen
Amid massive protests, the Bangladesh High Court has demanded an explanation from the government over its failure to protect a teenage girl who died after being whipped in accordance with a fatwa (edict) issued in Shariatpur three days ago. ANI

Has Kate Middleton picked Princess Diana's label for wedding dress?
Kate Middleton has apparently picked late Princess Diana's label for her wedding dress. ANI

Hindus want disputed Thai-Cambodia Hindu Shiva temple be transferred to UN control
Hindus have asked that landmark Preah Vihear Hindu temple complex, cause of border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia, should be turned over to United Nations (UN) control. ANI

Wikileaks founder has support of "greatest minds in the world": Step-dad
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's stepfather has claimed that the Australian-born journalist has the support of the "greatest minds in the world". ANI

Anti-Mubarak Activists 'Becoming Divided'
There are signs of growing divisions among anti-Mubarak demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir (Liberation) Square. ANI

Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam to hit Muscat Festival stage on Feb 11
Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam will perform at the City Amphitheatre as part of the Muscat Festival on February 11. ANI

Oz travel group blasted for encouraging drivers to run down kangaroos
Wicked Campers, a travel group, has been slammed by animal rights activists for encouraging drivers to hit kangaroos. ANI

Indian-origin husband found guilty of '2006 pregnant woman's' murder
An Indian-origin former British Columbia schoolteacher has been found guilty of murdering his pregnant wife in 2006. ANI

72 year-old man becomes one of UK's oldest dads
A 72-year-old man has become one of the oldest dads in UK after his wife, almost 30 years younger to him, gave birth to a baby girl. ANI

Police officers to protect the Royals with taser stun guns
In a bid to protect the Royal family from protestors, police officers are being issued with controversial taser stun guns. ANI

Beijing denies reports of Somali hijacking of Chinese-flagged commercial ship
The China Maritime Search and Rescue Center (MSA) has denied reports of a Chinese-flagged commercial ship being hijacked by Somali pirates off the Yemeni coast. ANI

Bush cancels Swiss visit amid concerns of arrest over torture allegations
Former US President George W Bush has cancelled his visit to Switzerland amid concerns that he could be arrested for allegedly ordering the torture of prisoners. ANI

India will have to give up Kashmir to Pak through negotiations or talks: Zardari
Pakistan will not make any compromise on its stand on the Kashmir issue, and India will have to give up the disputed region through negotiations or talks, President Asif Ali Zardari has said. ANI

Pak provokes India with "Hindu terrorists" barb ahead of Thimphu talks
Criticizing India for its slow probe into the 2007 Samjhota Express blasts, Pakistan has said that its neighbour "seems to be lacking courage" to bring to light the accountability of "Hindu terrorists" in this regard, and also their links with some Indian Army personnel. ANI

1 in 3 UK adults say high street stores are still sexualising girls
A new survey by a London research firm has found that more than 1 in 3 adults think children's clothes ranges in high street stores are too grown-up. ANI

Man accused of interrupting 2009 Super Bowl broadcast with p*rn arrested
The FBI has arrested an Arizona man accused of interrupting 2009 Super Bowl broadcast with 37 seconds of p*rn. ANI

Brit cop in charge of 999 calls for anti-social behaviour caught drunk in street
A police inspector in charge of emergency calls for anti-social behaviour in central London has been arrested after she was caught drunk in the street. ANI

Taliban kill four people in northwest Pakistan on suspicion of spying for US
The Taliban have killed four people in northwest Pakistan after accusing them of spying for the United States, local officials have said. ANI

'We are going into talks with Pak with an open mind,' says Nirupama Rao
Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, who is here to attend the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation's (SAARC) Foreign Secretaries and Council of Ministers meetings, has said that India will go into talks with Pakistan on the sidelines of the event with an open mind ANI

Tory MP Patrick Mercer 'kicked to the floor' by his ex mistress
Tory MP Patrick Mercer has had police panic button installed in his office after he was allegedly kicked in the groin, punched and kicked on the floor by his former mistress, Sarah Coyle, who works as a House of Commons secretary. ANI

Royal wedding may be broadcast in 3-D
Don't have an invitation to the royal wedding? Well, you may still be able to witness it - jus like you were there. ANI

Rape case against Julian Assange 'weak'
A police report detailing the rape case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange reveal a series of apparent contradictions and inconsistencies in the evidence against him. ANI

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