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Relationships get marred when spouses are too close to each other
A new study has suggested that relationships can get marred if spouses are too close to each other. ANI

Rudd to intensify Australia's bid for UNSC seat
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd will intensify the country's campaign for a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) seat during a 13-day tour to Africa, the Middle East and Europe. ANI

Bigg Boss participant Veena Malik becomes first Pak woman 'to trend on Twitter'
Veena Malik, one of the Bigg Boss Season 4 contestants, has become the first Pakistani woman ever to trend on Twitter worldwide. ANI

Woman gets stuck in rubbish chute with only b**bs sticking out of hatch
A woman in Russia, who tried to dodge cops by jumping down a rubbish chute, got stuck halfway with only her b**bs sticking out of the hatch. ANI

Pak NA body categorically rejects bill implying country's sovereignty needs protection
The National Assembly's Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs has categorically rejected the "Sovereignty of Pakistan Act 2010" bill, expressing confidence over the sovereignty of the country. ANI

World's smallest bar situated in Oz measures 1.37m by 1.42m
The world's smallest bar is situated in Australia and it measures just 1.37m by 1.42m. ANI

Dubai's paradise isles are sinking, say experts
Experts have warned that the luxury islands in Dubai shaped like countries of the world are sinking into the sea. ANI

Kate Middleton shares Prince Charles' alternative medicine passion
The Prince of Wales, who has been slammed for his passionate advocacy of alternative health treatments, may have found a kindred spirit in his prospective daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton. ANI

Gillard's bid to censor Internet not an 'effective move,' says Vint Cerf
Google's chief web evangelist Vint Cerf has said that Oz Prime Minister Julia Gillard's bid to censor the Internet is not an "effective move." ANI

Karzai needs to be reminded of his 'constitutional role' as President, not uncrowned king: NYT

Pak Supreme Court moved for calling in army to stop bloodbath in Karachi
A petition has been moved in Pakistan's Supreme Court over the continuous target killing incidents in Karachi. ANI

Gaudy electric lamp sells for 445K pounds in UK after it was found to be Roman urn
An old urn that has been turned into a gaudy electric lamp has sold for a staggering 445,000 pounds after it was discovered to be a 2,000-year-old Roman relic. ANI

US' blacklisting of Pak Taliban 'suicide boss' Qari Hussain shows he may still be alive
The United States' decision to blacklist Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Qari Hussain has cast serious doubts over an earlier claim made by its intelligence sleuths that he was killed in an October 7, 2010 drone strike in North Waziristan. ANI

Pakistani-origin 'stalker' of JFK's granddaughter 'not dangerous'
A man of Pakistani-origin, who is accused of stalking John F. Kennedy 's granddaughter, is not violent or dangerous, his lawyer has said. ANI

Russian spy Anna Chapman makes debut as TV presenter
Former Russian spy Anna Chapman has made her debut as a television presenter. ANI

Alan Johnson's bodyguard bedded politician's wife, personal assistant
The cop, who had been British politician Alan Johnson's bodyguard, has been revealed to have bedded the Labour bigwig's wife and his personal assistant. ANI

'Communist' monopoly played with bread, loo paper!
A new version of Monopoly that is rather communist in nature lets players trade in bread and toilet paper instead of the usual houses and hotels. ANI

'Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars' actually contain toxins!
A candy manufacturer has recalled its Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars after tests revealed that the bars actually did contain toxins. ANI

US man sues hooker, seeks refund for committing illegal s*x act on him
A New York college student has filed a lawsuit against the company of the dancer he hired during his Vegas vacation for committing an "illegal sexual act" on him. ANI

Birmingham is capital of 'child prostitution'
Birmingham, a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands county of England, has been highlighted as the s*x capital for child prostitution. ANI

Obama's approval ratings soar despite disappointments over health-employment issues
Despite undergoing difficult times during his presidency ranging from issues of unemployment to health care reforms, US President Barack Obama's overall approval ratings have shot up from 48 percent in December last year to 53 percent in January, according to a new media poll. ANI

Michelle Obama 'to appear on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'
Michelle Obama is set to appear on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'. ANI

Bill Clinton dines with A-Rod, Cameron Diaz in Miami
Former US President Bill Clinton had dinner with Cameron Diaz and her alleged boyfriend Alex Rodriguez last night. ANI

Aussie man sues UK bosses claiming 'G'day sport' tag was racist
An Australian man, who has been working in the UK, has decided to sue bosses claiming colleagues made racist comments, including constantly greeting him with "G'day, sport". ANI

Sydney is Australia's worst city, say inhabitants
Despite its charms, ranging from the iconic Opera House, the beautiful harbour and ready access to numerous beaches, Sydney has been named Australia's worst city by its own residents. ANI

Afghan peace dialogue talk "propaganda of occupation forces": Taliban commander
In the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan, 'dialogue for peace' with the Taliban is baseless and nothing more than propaganda, Taliban commander Maulavi Abdul Kabir has said. ANI

Belgium Ice sculpture festival displayed Lord Shiv and Ganesh
Internationally renowned 10th annual UNESCO Brugge Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival in Belgium, which ended on January 16, displayed sculptures of Lord Ganesh and Lord Shiv.istinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has commended the organizers for carrying sculptures of Hindu deities in this world-level exhibition. ANI

Indian barbers tell Malays to cash in on hair sacrificed during Hindu festival
Several barbers from India have said that hair sacrificed by devotees during Thaipusam, a Hindu festival, is worth big bucks internationally. ANI

Cameron's communications chief quits Number 10 post over phone hacking scandal
Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson has resigned amid growing controversy over his role in a phone hacking scandal while he was a British tabloid editor. ANI

US concerned about emerging al-Qaida threat in Arabian Peninsula: Crowley
The United States has expressed its concern about the threat posed by terrorist organisation al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. ANI

Singaporean man with female wallet fetish arrested again
A man in Singapore, who has a fetish for women's wallets, has been arrested again for theft. ANI

Pak Govt revises economic plan to reduce fiscal deficit, win over IMF

Faulty luxury planes ferrying Oz VIP's living only on hope and prayer
The fleet of luxury planes that fly Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and other VIPs in the country and abroad, has been reportedly facing mechanical faults, resulting in cancellation of flights. ANI

Oz spy agencies intensify secret operations with US, Japan to counter China: WikiLeaks
To get sensitive information out of China, North Korea and Iran, Australian spy agencies have intensified secret operations with the US and Japan, according to WikiLeaks cables. ANI

Hu Jintao's US visit 'made progress' in enhancing China-US ties: Expert
Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit to the United States was "very important" and "made progress" in enhancing the relations between the two countries, a US international affairs expert has said. ANI

Pak tribesmen rally against US drone attacks in FATA
Over 2,000 Pakistani tribesmen rallied to demand an end to US drone attacks, which they said were killing innocent civilians in the Tribal Areas. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner murder suspects splurged in Cape Town slum bar after event
Two hitmen accused of murdering Brit-Indian woman Anni Dewani in South Africa had reportedly partied at a Cape Town bar in new clothes hours after the shooting. ANI

Gentleman seeks lady of soft lips, full bosom: 1695 lonely-hearts ads
A look at the history of lonely-hearts ads from 1695 onwards has shown that while some were hilarious others were demanding and heartbreaking. ANI

Iran offered peaceful nuke technology if it surrenders enriched uranium stockpile
Baroness Ashton, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union (EU), has reportedly offered Iran access to peaceful nuclear technology and an end to UN sanctions, provided Tehran agreed to surrender its enriched uranium stockpile that could be used to develop nuclear weapons. ANI

Benazir assassination probe: Pak ATC extends remand of detained police duo
In the latest development in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, a special Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Pakistan has extended the physical remand of two former police officials, Saud Aziz and Khurram Shahzad, for ten days. ANI

Harvard University will present literary cultures of India to global community
World famous Harvard University of USA will make literary heritage of India available to English-language readers. ANI

Lauding Italian firm on Colosseum, Hindus ask Indian conglomerates to rescue historical sites
Hindus have commended Tod's S.p.A., luxury shoes and goods firm for its reported offer to cover the cost of restoring the Colosseum in Rome (Italy). ANI

Vatican stresses 'truth' as focus of new technologies: Hindus agree
The truth must remain the firm and unchanging point of reference of new media and the digital world, opening up new horizons of information and knowledge, a Vatican communique points out. ANI

Jews back Hindus asking apology from Jim Carrey, NBC for mocking Lord Ganesh
Jews have come out in support of Hindus, who are disturbed over the portrayal of Lord Ganesh as a s*x act on NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL) and want apologies from all those responsible for it, including actor Jim Carrey and NBC. ANI

Orhan Pamuk, Kiran Desai pull out of Sri Lanka literary festival
Prize-winning novelists Orhan Pamuk and Kiran Desai have both pulled out of Sri Lanka's main literary festival. ANI

Lee's praise for navy's strike against Somali pirates 'veiled threat to Pyongyang': Expert
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's national television appearance praising the navy for rescuing the crewmen of Seoul's cargo ship in the Arabian Sea from Somalia pirates, is seen by analysts as an indirect warning to North Korea that his country is prepared to fight back if the situation ever warrants. ANI

Now, an L cup bra for women who are more than well endowed
A lingerie firm has come up with an L cup size bra for women who are well endowed. ANI

Movie about Julian Assange's life in the works
A new film based on the life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being fast-tracked before he can reveal his own life story. ANI

New array of smartphone apps to help you spot singles!
A whole new array of applications on the Web and smartphones are designed to help you spot singles near you. ANI

Berlusconi 'had sexual relations one at a time every 5 mins'
As Silvio Berlusconi undergoes formal trial for paying a juvenile prostitute and then abusing his authority to cover up the fact, a witness has come forward with apparently damaging evidence against him. ANI

Gabrielle Giffords successfully transferred to rehab in Texas
US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been successfully transferred from a hospital in Tucson, Arizona to a rehabilitation centre in Texas. ANI

Brit couples' favourite time for s*x -10.12 on Saturday night
Saturday night is Brit couples' favourite time to have s*x, says a new survey. ANI

'Serious challenges' plague massive US aid to Pakistan: Report
The ambitious US civilian-aid program, which has made Pakistan the world's second-largest recipient of American economic and development assistance, is facing a host of serious challenges on the ground. ANI

China welcomes proposed 'inter-Korean military talks'
China has expressed support for the proposed inter-Korean military talks, with hopes that Seoul and Pyongyang would sort out their differences through dialogues. ANI

Obama presidency proving to be 'Clinton's third term': Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich, a possible candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has said he believes that the Barack Obama presidency is gradually becoming "the third term of the Clintons," as many of Bill Clinton's former staffers are part of the Obama administration. ANI

Meet the 2-yr-old boy who is world's youngest pole dancer
The world's youngest pole dancer, a two-year-old boy, showed some of his moves at an event in New York, under the approving gaze of his mother. ANI

'Obama Robber' being hunted by Austrian police
Austrian police is hunting a gunman who robs banks wearing a rubber mask of US president Barack Obama. ANI

Sarah Palin to speak to Long Island Association next month
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will speak to the Long Island Association on February 17. ANI

Over a quarter of voters on Zimbabwe's electoral rolls 'are dead'
Over a quarter of the names on Zimbabwe electoral roll are dead, according to a report by an independent electoral organisation. ANI

Iraq war victims' relatives shout, "it's too late" as Blair regrets loss of lives
Relatives of people who lost their lives in the Iraq war expressed anger at former British Prime Minister Tony Blair during the Chilcot Inquiry proceedings as he regretted the loss because of his decision to back the US in invading the oil-rich country. ANI

World Bank approves 285-mn-dollar credit for Pak's 'militancy crises affected areas'
The World Bank has approved a 250-million-dollar credit and a 35-million-dollar grant for Pakistan to assist the "poor and vulnerable households to cope with the income shock due to militancy crises' in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). ANI

Rafael Nadal is new Armani underwear model
Tennis ace Rafael Nadal has been unveiled as the new face of Giorgio Armani's underwear and jeans campaign. ANI

Obama's 9-year-old daughter practices Chinese with Prez Hu Jintao
US President Barack Obama's nine-year-old daughter, Sasha, tested her developing Chinese skills with none other than Chinese President Hu Jintao, it has emerged. ANI

Pope's 'message to Berlusconi': 'Officials must rediscover moral roots'
With Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi getting embroiled deeper in s*x scandals, the Pope has said that 'public officials need to rediscover spiritual and moral roots'. ANI

Proceedings to continue against "stressed" Brit-Indian honeymooner over wife's murder case
Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire who has been accused of hiring a hitman to have his wife killed during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year, would reportedly face legal proceedings despite his solicitor's claims that he is suffering from 'acute stress'. ANI

Malay-Sikh trainee offered to shift camp over 'cutting hair while asleep' allegations
The Indian-origin Sikh boy, who created a controversy by alleging that his hair was cut off while he was asleep at a National Service (NS) training camp in Malaysia, has been reportedly given the option to shift to another camp. ANI

US must fulfil pledges made to Pakistan: Zardari
The United States must fulfil its pledges made to Pakistan, as the country is passing through a difficult phase and needs to be pulled out of its economic crunch, President Asif Ali Zardari has said. ANI

Obama admin discussing 'preferential trade access' for Pak with Congress: Crowley
The Obama administration supports the concept of Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs) for Pakistan, and is discussing this issue with the US Congress, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip J Crowley has said. ANI

Berlusconi's 14 'bunga bunga' girls evicted from luxury 'Dolls House' flats
Fourteen women who were regulars at Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's infamous 'bunga bunga' s*x parties have been evicted from their homes. ANI

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