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Ex-Taliban girl trainee warns of army of female suicide bombers
A 12-year-old girl who escaped the Taliban in Pakistan said the group is assembling an army of female suicide bombers to carry out attacks across the border. ANI

Political dynasties have to come to an end, says Altaf Hussain
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Sunday said that if the political dynasties do not come to an end, Pakistan's existence could come in danger. ANI

Afghan peace delegation to visit Pakistan
The Afghanistan Government's efforts to broker peace with the Taliban enter a new phase, as an Afghan delegation is scheduled to visit Islamabad this week. ANI

Bhutan seeks help of Brit experts to preserve endangered temple art
British art experts have been given access to the hidden heritage of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, including 16th to 19th century wall paintings from its 2,000 temples and monasteries, so that they can advice the country on ways to preserve the masterworks for the future generations. ANI

Afghan Air Force to deploy airborne surveillance system soon
Afghanistan Air Force would reportedly deploy a revolutionary airborne surveillance system 'Gorgon Stare' this winter, which will be able to transmit live video images of physical movement across an entire town. ANI

Starving North Korea's heir-apparent building 100mn pounds luxury villa
Kim Jong-un, North Korea's designated future leader, is building luxury offices and homes for himself worth over 100 million pounds while a huge number of population in the country is starving. ANI

Three police officials injured in bomb blast in Pak's Lower Dir area
Three police officials were injured in an explosion, when militants attacked a police mobile in Lower Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday. ANI

Resumption of dialogue only way forward as Pak, India can't afford war: Gilani
Dialogue is the only way to address outstanding problems between Pakistan and India, as both countries cannot afford wars, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

Pak's existence can be in danger if political dynasties don't come to end: MQM
Pakistan's existence can come in danger if political dynasties do not come to an end, Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has said. ANI

Pak can't take any irresponsible step to stop US drone attacks: Gilani
Taking a swipe at critics who advocate a tit-for-tat reply to US drone attacks, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said Pakistan "cannot take any irresponsible step" to stop drone strikes on its soil. ANI

Iran altering education system to get rid of Western influence
Iran is making changes by putting in Islamic values in its education system to reportedly get rid of Western influence. ANI

Health experts call for law against 'extreme piercing' in kids as young as 11
Health experts in Queensland have knocked the legislation calling for urgent changes in the law to check the growing demand of extreme piercing in children. ANI

Investigation agencies must disclose names of Benazir's killers: Qureshi
Pakistan's State Minister for Interior Tasneem Ahmed Qureshi has asked the investigation agencies, which probed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination, to disclose the names of her killers. ANI

Iran's 'stoning to death' woman brought out for dinner with children following son's appeal
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery charges, was taken out on prison leave to have dinner with her daughter and son, hours after he had appealed to the judiciary to spare her life. ANI

Brits welcome 2011 nursing hangover of the decade
New Year's Eve turned into a mess for Britain after millions drowned to gallons of wine, beer and champagne in pubs and clubs throughout the country. ANI

Mile High's 's*x flights' grounded after safety concerns
An airline that lets couples join the Mile High club has been grounded after safety concerns were expressed by the Civil Aviation Authority. ANI

Many Britishers of Indian descent awarded New Year British honors
Various Britishers of Indian descent have made the list for New Year British honors "for making difference in the community". ANI

Now for 15, pounds get catch a glimpse of Will, Kate's romantic London!
Do you wish to see where Prince Charles bought that ring for Princess Diana? Or where Prince William climbed on to a nightclub table and yelled 'I'm free' after he dumped Kate in 2007? ANI

PML-N hints at legal action against MQM members for "bad-mouthing" its leadership
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is contemplating legal action against the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) parliamentarians, who were involved in "bad-mouthing and using unparliamentary language" against the PML-N leadership. ANI

Gilani resolves to launch "jihad" against corruption in Pakistan
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has expressed his government's resolve to launch a "jihad" against corruption in 2011. ANI

'Indian-origin bride Anni 'wanted to tell something' before being murdered in SA'
The father of Anni Dewani, the Indian-origin bride who was killed during her honeymoon in Cape Town, has said that she wanted to tell him something urgent hours before her murder. ANI

Duchess of York bans skiing for daughters
The Duchess of York has banned her daughters from taking their annual family skiing holiday as she fears one of the family might break a limb before Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. ANI

Pope urges Christians to remain 'strong' following Egypt church blast
Pope Benedict XVI has urged Christians to remain strong after a car explosion outside an Alexandria church in Egypt killed at least 21 worshipers yesterday. ANI

Post New Year's Day, 7 in 10 Brits claim of plan to lose weight
A new survey has revealed that after the merriment of Christmas and New Year's Day, seven in 10 Britons claim they have a plan to lose weight. ANI

SA Judge in Brit-Indian honeymooner's trial dodged by controversy
The family members of Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire accused of conspiring to have his wife killed during their honeymoon in Cape Town, have expressed fears that he would not receive a fair trial in South Africa after it emerged that the judge presiding over the case has been dogged by misconduct allegations. ANI

Pakistani Hindu families demand bill on marriage registration
Families of the Scheduled Caste Hindus in Pakistan have demanded of the government that the Hindu Marriage Registration Bill should be passed by Parliament as early as possible. ANI

UK's 999 crews took 800 calls from drunken revelers on New Year's Eve!
New Year's Eve may be the most pleasant night for many but Brit emergency servicemen weren't lucky enough to enjoy it. ANI

Prince William and Kate wedding 'wide open to terror attack'
Grapevine has suggested that Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton is wide open to a terror attack. ANI

US drones killed 2,043 people, mostly civilians, in Pak during last five years
As many as 2,043 people, mostly civilians, were killed in US drone attacks in northwestern parts of Pakistan during the last five years, a research has revealed. ANI

Kate Middleton's uncle sobers up in hope of invitation to wedding
The cannabis-smoking, tattooed uncle of Princess-to-be Kate Middleton is on the tentative guest list for her wedding to Prince William. ANI

Schoolgirls should have kids between ages 20 and 35, says expert
School going girls should be taught that the best time to bear a child is between 20 to 35 years of age, says a Brit doctor. ANI

Meet the real 'Happy Feet' - the baby penguin who can't stop dancing!
Remember the adorable baby penguin in 'Happy Feet'? Turns out he really exists. ANI

Hindus okay for participation in Pope's religious peace summit
Welcoming Pope's proposal of religious peace summit in Assisi in October, Hindus said that they would participate in it if invited. ANI

Hindus term "European Year for Combating Poverty" a "total failure" to check Roma apartheid
Hindus have termed "European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010" as a total failure in combating Roma (Gypsy) apartheid in Europe. ANI

Hindus want religions join hands to tackle poverty
Hindus have applauded His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for his concern for families struggling with economic troubles. ANI

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange parties it up on Christmas
He might be in a lot of trouble for many different reasons but that didn't stop WikiLeaks' Julian Assange from enjoying a party on Christmas day. ANI

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