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International News on January 1, 2011

Year 2011 seen as make-or-break year for coalition forces in Afghanistan
2011 will become the make-or-break year for the Afghan mission after ambitious campaigns and a US troop build-up in 2010 failed to yield dramatic results against the Taliban. ANI

Several US states to propose bills for fighting illegal immigration
Legislative leaders in at least half a dozen states in the United States have said that they would propose bills similar to a controversial law to fight illegal immigration that was adopted by Arizona last spring, even though a federal court has suspended central provisions of that statute. ANI

Pakistan, China declare 2011 'Year of Friendship'
Pakistan and China have declared year 2011 as the 'Year of Friendship' between the two nations. ANI

Millions of Pakistanis still in need of post-flood assistance: UN
Millions of Pakistanis are 'still in need of assistance' as they recover from the unprecedented 2010 floods that inundated large portions of the country, senior United Nations officials have stated. ANI

Musharraf's former staff officer goes missing
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's former staff officer (Retd) Colonel Manzoor Hussain has been missing for the last one day. ANI

Iraq moves to ban toy weapons over fears of making children violent at early age
Iraq Ministry of Public Health has reportedly has urged the government to ban all toy weapons over fears that in a country where guns and military gear are extremely prevalent, the use of such toys could encourage children to begin a basic training at an early age. ANI

China's female students eat roundworm eggs to look thin for job interviews
Female students in China are said to be eating roundworm eggs in a desperate bid to lose weight and look thin when appearing for job interviews. ANI

Queen's most trusted aide resigns amidst Buckingham Palace s*x scandal
One of the Queen's most trusted aides has resigned from his post as Crown Equerry amid allegations of a Buckingham Palace s*x scandal. ANI

Hula hooping in the nude can help you lose lots of weight
A woman in Britain has revealed how after being mistaken for actress Lisa Riley she decided to start hula hooping in the nude and ended up losing half her body weight. ANI

Colin Farrell went into deep depression after flop of 'Alexander'
Irish actor Colin Farrell is said to have gone into a deep depression after his blockbuster movie 'Alexander' flopped. ANI

Prince William 'offered help to cure his growing bald spot'
Ahead of the royal wedding in April, a leading hair replacement brand has reached out to Britain's Prince William to help him cure his growing bald patch. ANI

Outgoing New Mexico Governor denies pardon to "Billy the Kid"
Bill Richardson, the outgoing Governor of New Mexico, has denied a pardon to Henry McCarty, AKA William Bonney, better known as "Billy the Kid", saying there was not enough proof to forgive the infamous outlaw. ANI

Car blast outside Egyptian church kills 21
A car explosion outside an Alexandria church has killed at least 21 worshipers. ANI

Georgian President pardons 407 prisoners on New Year's eve
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has reportedly pardoned 407 prisoners on New Year's eve. ANI

Zardari likely to visit Washington for Holbrooke's Jan 12 memorial service
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is likely to make a two-day visit to Washington in January to pay his last respects to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, who died on December 13, according to official sources. ANI

Pak ATC transfers Shahzain Bugti's case to sessions court
An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has ordered that the case registered against Jamhoori Watan Party (Balochistan) chief Shahzain Bugti be transferred to a sessions court. ANI

Europe, US, other nations celebrate New Year with gusto, fireworks
People from all walks of life celebrated the beginning of the new year with gusto and fireworks in Europe, the United States and in other parts of the world. ANI

Northern Irish families flushing toilets with lemonade!
Left without water for almost two weeks, families in Northern Ireland have now resorted to flushing their toilets with lemonade. ANI

US efforts fail to convince Pakistan's top general to target safe Taliban havens
Countless efforts made by the United States to persuade Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Kayani to target safe terrorist havens inside Pakistan territory have failed so far, and recent US intelligence estimates have concluded that he is unlikely to change his mind anytime soon. ANI

Pak forms probe team to see if Benazir murder plot was hatched in Brigadier's house
The Pakistan Government has set up a joint investigation team (JIT) comprising three officials of the police, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to investigate media reports that the plot to assassinate former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had been hatched in a brigadier's house. ANI

Palestinian President Abbas UN, EU to draft new peace plan
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has urged Middle East power brokers to draft a new peace plan for the region that could help revive failed U.S.-backed negotiations with Israel. ANI

Hindus greet Sikhs on Guru Gobind Singh birthday
Hindus have sent early greetings to Sikh communities world over for upcoming birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib (1666-1708), tenth Guru of Sikhism. ANI

Prince William and Kate say no to servants!
Royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton have revealed their plans to live a modest life after they tie the knot. ANI

Coalition forces have killed Taliban leader Mullah Bahador
Coalition forces in Afghanistan have killed top-ranking Taliban official Mullah Bahador in restive Kunduz Province during an overnight raid, according to Afghan police and a local governor. ANI

N. Korea ship sinks, killing two, 15 others declared missing
A North Korean-registered cargo ship sank in the Yellow Sea on Friday, killing two sailors. Fifteen others are reported missing. ANI

Men from Mars and women from Venus? No, says study
The 20th century adage that "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" is a myth, says a new research. ANI

China, Russia oil pipeline operation significant to global energy market: Expert
The launch of a new oil pipeline between Russia's East Siberia and Chinese city of Daqing can be significant for the global energy market, a Russian expert has said. ANI

Pak security forces have not committed rights violation: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has rejected charges of human rights violations by security forces made in a US State Department report, terming it part of propaganda to malign the country's institutions. ANI

Japan PM might visit China to improve the soured bilateral ties
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is reportedly considering a visit to China next spring with the intention of improving the soured bi-lateral ties. ANI

Pak Taliban releases 23 tribesmen it abducted for meeting army chief
The Pakistan Taliban have released a group of 23 tribesmen, who were abducted following their meeting with army chief General Ashfaq Kayani during a recent trip to the lawless tribal belt. ANI

A treat for Prince William on New Year's - Queen's cider
Soon-to be-married Prince William was given a special festive treat to unwind himself after working on Christmas Day-the Queen's cider. ANI

Brits ready to travel miles for 1st date
Single and ready-to-mingle Brits are ready to travel more than 20 miles for a first date. ANI

Retail store Costco launches sale of alcoholic chocolate milk
First there was the alcoholic whipped cream, now it's alcoholic chocolate milk. ANI

Over 50 injured in New Year firing in Karachi
At least 50 persons were injured in Karachi from incidents of firing during celebrations on the eve of New Year 2011. ANI

Why girls just love bad boys
Why is it that a bad boy is so appealing to a girl? ANI

US woman, daughter held for sexually abusing same underage boy
The daughter and wife of an Arizona county supervisor have been arrested for sexually abusing the same underage boy and the police say they did it without knowing about each other's relationship with him. ANI

130 yrs on, legendary outlaw 'Billy the Kid' denied posthumous pardon
Henry McCarty, better known as Billy the Kid- one of the New Mexico's most famous Old West Outlaws- has been denied a posthumous pardon 130 years after his death. ANI

Lightning strikes, rat bites, falling off toilet-how Brits got injured in 2010!
Rat bites, lighting strikes, falling off toilets-are some of the top reason why Brits had to run to the hospital in 2010, reveals new data. ANI

Three US drone strikes kill 11 suspected militants in North Waziristan
At least eleven suspected insurgents were killed in three US drones attacks in North Waziristan near the Pak-Afghan border on Saturday. ANI

Kate Middleton's pal questioned over 'shooting illegal immigrants' joke
Kate Middleton's friend was called in for questioning after she joked about 'shooting illegal immigrants' on Facebook. ANI

Anna Chapman named Russia's Woman of the Year
Even after being expelled from the US, undercover Russian spy Anna Chapman has been named Woman of the Year by a Russian TV station. ANI

China unveils world's longest sea bridge
The world's longest sea bridge has been unveiled by China. ANI

Julia Roberts is among top "Religion Stories" of 2010
Oscar winner Hollywood star Julia Roberts' (Pretty Woman) conversion to Hinduism is among the top-20 "2010 Religion Stories of the Year" list created by Religion Newswriters Association (RNA). ANI

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