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International News on January 12, 2011

'Some s*x products liable to cause ill health effects'
Malaysian authorities have warned customers who take s*x stimulants to rev up their bedroom lives that some of these products are not safe and liable to cause ill health effects. ANI

Pak Election Commission doubtful about degrees of 298 lawmakers
The Pakistan Election Commission is reportedly unhappy over the eligibility of 298 lawmakers who despite being reminded repeatedly, have failed to submit their graduation degrees. ANI

Pak Punjab Minister says Bhutto murder suspect no terrorist
Punjab Home Minister Rana Sanaullah has said that freed al-Qaeda suspect who has been linked to attacks on former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is not a terrorist. ANI

Imran for end to war on terror
Former Pakistan cricket captain and chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan, has given three suggestions to steer the country out of the current crises, warning otherwise the consequences would be disastrous. ANI

Biden repeats 'do more' mantra for Pak on terror
U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden has cautioned that success against the Taliban and Al Qaeda is 'fragile and reversible,' and added that it required strengthening of local security forces and more pressure by Pakistan. ANI

Brit woman fired by BBC for being too old to work wins 150K pounds
The British woman, who took BBC to court after it fired her for being too old to continue working, has won the case and a likely payout of 150,000 pounds. ANI

Five-legged calf is back on Kiwi auction site Trade Me
A five-legged calf is up for grabs again on Kiwi auction site Trade Me after the husband of the woman, who won the bid, put a stop to the sale by telling the calf's seller "she went a bit ape". ANI

Royal Wedding tea towels to be officially manufactured
The British Royal Household has turned around on its decision not to allow Royal Wedding tea towels, saying they will be officially manufactured to commemorate the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton. ANI

Giffords' husband keeps agonizing vigil by her side
Critically wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords husband is holding her hand while keeping an exhausting vigil by her side, clearly showing the family's agony over the ordeal. ANI

Costly high-speed trains concern budget conscious Chinese
The opening of more fast train services in China has led to fewer regular trains being available for budget-conscious passengers during the upcoming Spring Festival holiday period. ANI

Kennedy likens Palin's crosshair images to Arizona shootings
Slamming potential 2012 presidential candidate Sarah Palin over her Facebook comments she made last year, Patrick Kennedy, the recently retired Rhode Island congressman and the son of longtime Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy, has linked the Arizona shootings to violent rhetoric of today's politics. ANI

Two British men believed to be kidnapped in Pakistan
Police in Pakistan are searching for two British men believed to have been kidnapped close to the Khyber Pass, an area notorious for Taliban activity and criminal gangs. ANI

China's civilian leadership was unaware of stealth fighter jet test flight
China's civilian leadership has apparently been caught off-guard by the country's military conducting a test flight of a new stealth fighter jet on Tuesday. ANI

Over 4,000 Chinese arrested for copyright violations
Over 4,000 people have been arrested for violating intellectual property rights (IPR) since last October 2010, a senior Chinese Government official has said. ANI

Social activist actress Jagger slams Obama for GITMO closure failure
Nicaraguan-born social and human rights advocate and a former actress and fashion icon Bianca Jagger has criticized US President Barack Obama for failing to restore 'America's moral stature in the world.' ANI

Washington to help Pak become stable, secure and prosperous: Official
US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip J. Crowley has said that Washington is committed in its resolve to help Pakistan become more stable, secure and prosperous. ANI

PEMRA fines two TV channels for promoting terrorism, blood and gore
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has imposed a fine of one million rupees each on two private TV channels-SAMAA and Waqt TV -- for projecting terrorists and airing blood and gore on their respective news channels. ANI

Arizona shooting suspect's parents shocked at son's involvement
Expressing shock at Arizona shootings, parents of Jared Lee Loughner, the detained suspect, have said that they still did not understand what led their son to carry out such an act that left Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition and six others dead. ANI

Scottish Pc jailed for life for raping, sexually assaulting vulnerable women
A Scottish policeman has been ordered to serve two life sentences after he was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting vulnerable women, and warned he might never get out of jail. ANI

Briton's love affair with marmalade fast shifting to peanut butter, chocolate spread
Traditional British preserve marmalade, which used to be a favourite breakfast staple, is fast losing its place on the table as more people prefer peanut butter and chocolate spread. ANI

UN-backed project to conserve Buddha's birthplace underway
An international team of archaeologists has begun a three-year survey, coordinated by the UNESCO, of the ruins of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal. ANI

UK cops couldn't comment on Asian s*x gangs for fear of appearing racist
Police in Britain have revealed that they could not speak out about the Asian s*x gangs working in UK because they were afraid of appearing "institutionally racist". ANI

China's rights 'action plan' falls short of fulfilling promises: HR watchdog
China's National Human Rights Action Plan of the past two years has led to 'a series of unfulfilled promises,' Human Rights Watch has said. ANI

UK slams Obama's 'France is America's biggest ally' comments
British political observers have criticised US President Barack Obama's recent statement that France is America's biggest ally, warning that such a message can undermine American-British ties. ANI

Jihadi media is booming in Pakistan
The media is viewed by terrorist organisations as one of the fronts of jihad against their enemies. ANI

Over four in ten Americans say politics motivated attack on US Congresswoman
Forty-five percent of Americans, or over four in ten, believe that Jared Loughner's political views were "probably" a factor in leading him to shoot a US Congresswoman and others in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday. ANI

American politics must change after Arizona gun attack, says Bill Clinton
Former US President Bill Clinton has said that the political climate in the United States must change in the wake of the shooting of a US Congresswoman and others in Arizona. ANI

After Labor leadership defeat, David Miliband signs up for Sunderland FC
Since younger brother Ed Miliband defeated him to win the Labour Party leadership, former British foreign secretary David Miliband has left everyone guessing about what he would be doing next. ANI

Jindal is cracking down on fake bath salts used by drug dealers
What could possibly be menacing about bath salts? Well, if you are the Indian-origin Governor of the American state of Louisiana, the issue is actually more than serious than it sounds. ANI

'Hugely embarrassing' film on Sarkozy to show rise to power, divorce
A new 'hugely embarrassing' film will depict French President Nicolas Sarkozy's life, right from his rise to power to the day his previous wife left him. ANI

'China's military hardware development not aimed at any other country'
Guan Youfei, Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs Office of the Chinese Defense Ministry, has said that his country's military hardware development is not aimed at any other country. ANI

Biden says US troops could stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 if asked
US Vice President Joe Biden has pledged that his country would continue to help Afghanistan beyond the 2014 target, which was set by both countries to have Afghan forces fully in charge of their own security. ANI

Gilani seeks constant OIC support on Kashmir issue
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has asked the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) to provide constant support to it for realizing the Kashmiri people's right to self-determination in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions. ANI

Five police officers transferred for hampering Taseer killing probe
The Pakistan Government has ordered the transfer of five police officers who it felt were hampering investigations into the assassination of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. ANI

Names of Zardari, Nusrat removed from Cotecna reference
A Rawalpindi accountability court has removed the names of President Asif Ali Zardari and his mother-in-law Begum Nusrat Bhutto from the Cotecna reference. ANI

Hajj corruption scandal: Pak SC cracks down on investigating agency
Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday said the apex court would not let anyone hush up the Hajj corruption scandal. ANI

Supermodel claims Prince Charles asked her for 'private catwalk show'
In an autobiography, a supermodel has claimed that Prince Charles flirted with her before asking her to perform a 'private catwalk show' for him. ANI

Queensland floods: Eerie calm as Brisbane braces for worst
An eerie calm prevails in Brisbane, the capital of the Australian state of Queensland, as it braces for an expected devastation of life and property through floods. ANI

Shot US Congresswoman chances of survival 101 percent, say doctors
Doctors attending to critically wounded Democrat Representative Gabrielle Giffords have said that her chances of survival are now 101 percent, and added that she is making a remarkably strong recovery. ANI

Two Malaysian couples welcome daughters at 11.11am on 11-1-11
A Malaysian couple has become the proud parents of their second child born at 11.11am on 11-1-11. ANI

Five North Korean defectors 'shot dead'
Five North Koreans trying to escape from the rogue state have reportedly been shot dead while trying to cross into China. ANI

North Korea may attack US with intercontinental ballistic missiles within five years: Gates
US Defence Secretary Robert M. Gates, who is on a three-day visit to China, has warned that North Korea could attack the United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile within five years, adding that the country "is becoming a direct threat to America" with its efforts to expand its nuclear program. ANI

Wikileaks founder Assange fears 'execution or Guantánamo detention' if extradited
The lawyer of Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks', has said that the journalist faces the threat of the death penalty or detention at Guantánamo Bay if he is extradited to Sweden on accusations of rape and sexual assault. ANI

'Poor healthcare' jeopardizing Indian economic growth
Indian economic growth would not be able to flourish properly unless quick action is taken to improve the health of its growing population, suggests a report. ANI

""Vendor Financing in China"" Featured on CIT's ""Executive Spotlight"" Series
The vendor finance market in China is poised for continued rapid growth, according to Adrian Pang, Managing Director, CIT Vendor Finance, Asia for CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), a leading provider of financing to small businesses and middle market companies Business Wire India

A clarification Following the Statement Made by the Acting Interim Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Mr. Adnan Amin to Reuters, Published Today
IRENA: Business Wire India

IEEE Members Elect Gordon W. Day as 2012 President
Gordon W. Day, of Boulder, Colorado, has been elected president of IEEE for 2012. IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association, supports the technical and professional interests of over 400,000 members in 160 countries Business Wire India

Former President of Global Knowledge Canada, Donna de Winter, Joins Varicent as Chief Financial Officer
Varicent Software, an innovator and global leader in providing Incentive Compensation and Sales Performance Management (SPM) solutions, has announced that Donna de Winter has joined the company’s Management Team as Chief Financial Officer Business Wire India

First Conrad in Mainland China Opens in Sanya Haitang Bay
Conrad Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of its first luxury Conrad property in Mainland China, located in picturesque Haitang Bay in Sanya, Hainan Island Business Wire India

Bloomberg Tradebook First to Automate Global Portfolio Trading
Bloomberg Tradebook®, a leading global agency broker, has announced the launch of Bloomberg Tradebook's Portfolio Algorithm, the first algorithm to fully automate global equity portfolio trading. The new Bloomberg Tradebook Portfolio Algorithm connects to over 70 liquidity venues in more than 41 countries around the globe. Business Wire India

Nordson EFD Wins the Good Design Award
Nordson EFD, a division of Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq: NDSN) has won the coveted “GOOD DESIGN AWARD” for 2010 for the Optimum Cartridge System. Business Wire India

Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company Announce Strategic Alliance to Bring New Diabetes Treatments to Patients Worldwide
Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today has announced a global agreement to jointly develop and commercialize a portfolio of diabetes compounds currently in mid- and late-stage development Business Wire India

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to Speak at World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi
His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, has announced his participation and attendance at the fourth annual World Future Energy Summit (WFES), held in Abu Dhabi from 17-20 January 2011, and hosted by Masdar. Business Wire India

EffRx Pharmaceuticals SA Announces Move from United States to Switzerland and Appointment of New Management and Board Members
Former EffRx, Inc., Jupiter, FL, USA is now EffRx Pharmaceuticals SA, Biopôle, Route de la Corniche 4, Epalinges/Lausanne, Switzerland. The move took place on September 18, 2010 through a share exchange agreement. Business Wire India

Groupon Expands Local Commerce Platform to India, Israel and South Africa
Groupon ( has announced the launch of Groupon India, Groupon Israel and Groupon South Africa via acquisition of daily deal sites SoSasta (, Grouper ( and Twangoo (, respectively. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. Business Wire India

Dow AgroSciences Identifies Lead Molecule in Collaboration with GVK Biosciences
AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), announced today that the company has identified a new lead molecule for advancement in its alliance with GVK Biosciences (GVK BIO), Asia’s leading Contract Research Organization Business Wire India

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