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Musharraf to 'return to Pakistan and face court cases' as soon as party "gains ground"
Former Pakistan President and All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief Pervez Musharraf has reiterated that he will "definitely" return to the country and face the lawsuits against him. ANI

Meet the Brit couple that was forced to cancel wedding ten times
Planning a wedding usually takes a lot of hard work and time, but for a British couple it was more like a nightmare, after they were forced to cancel it ten times. ANI

NA bill proposes 'eight national languages' for Pakistan
A private bill seeking 'eight national languages' for Pakistan has been introduced in the National Assembly. ANI

Karzai accuses 'foreign hands' of forcing him to open Afghan parliament
President Hamid Karzai has accused unnamed foreign hands of pushing him to open Afghanistan"""""""s parliament on Wednesday. ANI

29-yr-old layabout 'can't wait' to become Britain's youngest grandpa
A 29-year-old jobless father is claiming that he is set to create a record as Britain's youngest grandfather. ANI

State of the Union: Republicans say Obama not doing enough to reduce deficits
The Republicans have rebutted US President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, during which a request was made for another round of federal spending. ANI

PML-N, MQM exchange barbs in Pak National Assembly
The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement indulged in a nasty blame game in the National Assembly, accusing each other of point-scoring in the wake of the fragile law and order situation in the country. ANI

Brit consumer watchdog finds just 8 in 154 salesmen give sound advice
A product testing and campaigning charity in Britain has found that most store salesmen are clueless about the products they sell and that just eight out of 154 can give good advice. ANI

US woman accused of assaulting cop with s*x toy calls it self-defence
An Illinois woman accused of allegedly attacking a police officer with a s*x toy has said that she was acting in self-defence. ANI

Dubai's lewd massage parlours warned
Parlours in Dubai have been warned by prosecutors that if they hire massage therapists to offer sexual services in the parlour it will be categorised as a human trafficking crime. ANI

More religious leaders seek apology for Lord Ganesh mockery in SNL skit of Jim Carrey
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Methodists are also asking for apology for insulting of Hindu Lord Ganesh in a Saturday Night Live (SNL) skit of NBC in which actor-comedian Jim Carrey participated.everend Dr ANI

Brit man drowns in bath as wife cheats on him with stepson in hotel
A man in Britain is said to have drowned in his bath while his wife was having a fling with her stepson in a hotel room. ANI

Afghan-Pak-US talks on peace efforts in Afghanistan to be held next month: Qureshi
Trilateral talks among Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States on the Afghan peace efforts will be held in Washington next month, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said. ANI

US soldier develops Taliban-tracking iPhone application
An US soldier has contributed 26,000 dollars from his own pocket to develop an iPhone application that tracks down the Taliban. ANI

John Keats' love-letter expected to fetch 120K pounds
A love-letter in which the poet John Keats, already mortally ill, vowed to kiss Fanny Brawne's signature-since he could not kiss and risk infecting her- is expected to fetch 120,000 pounds at an auction. ANI

Jesse Ventura sues TSA for invasive pat-downs and body scans
Jesse Ventura, former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler, has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, claiming full-body scans and pat-down at airports violate his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. ANI

Drugs were to be given to Lockerbie bomber to extend life by 19 months
Doctors were preparing to treat Lockerbie bomber Adbelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi with drugs that could have extended his life by at least 19 months when he was released from a Scottish prison, according to a new investigation into the controversy. ANI

US man to sue NYPD for $1m over being arrested for stealing own car
A man in the US is set to sue the NYPD for 1 million dollars after he was arrested in front of his kids for stealing his own car. ANI

Over 160,000 'flood affected' people in Pakistan still displaced: UN spokesman
UN spokesman Martin Nesirky has claimed that over 160,000 'flood affected' people are still displaced in Pakistan nearly six months after the tragedy. ANI

S.Korea proposes to hold 'high-level inter-Korean military talks' on February 11
South Korea has proposed to hold a meeting with the North on February 11 in preparation for the high-level inter-Korean military talks, the Seoul's defense ministry has said. ANI

Husband of burnt Auckland Indian woman was son of Hindu priest
The husband of an Auckland-based Indian woman, who was burnt to death, is the son of a Hindu high priest and was nearly deported from New Zealand for overstaying. ANI

US approves revolt in Tunisia, says diplomat
The United States has said that it fully supports the revolt in the Northern African republic of Tunisia, and would do whatever is required and appropriate for conducting a general election in that country. ANI

Poll reveals 14 percent would choose pet over spouse in US
A survey has found that 14 percent of people in US would rather choose their pet over their spouse or partner. ANI

Obama jokes to Clinton over 'leaked speech' ahead of State of Union address
A few minutes before delivering his State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama joked with Secretary of State Clinton about his already 'circulated' speech, saying so much of it had already been leaked that he was not sure whether he really needed to go to the dais. ANI

Texas restaurant to forgo plan to serve lion-meat tacos after threats
A restaurant in Arizona has decided to give up its plan to serve lion-meat tacos, and cited safety concerns and following threats from angry protestors as the reason. ANI

Fonseka loses MP seat appeal as Sri Lankan SC rules court martial legal
Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka has lost a Supreme Court appeal to retain his parliamentary seat. ANI

Shot Congresswoman Giffords may be released from ICU next week
Gabrielle Giffords, the Democrat Representative who was in critical condition after being shot in Arizona, may be released from intensive care and transferred to a brain rehabilitation hospital as early as this week. ANI

UK to outline changes in controversial terrorism laws
The British Government is to outline a controversial reform of control orders for terrorism suspects, following a review of security laws. ANI

Baroness Ashton's plunging neckline covered up by Iranian media
EU foreign minister Baroness Ashton's plunging neckline was covered up by Iranian censors in newspapers that reported top-level talks over Iran's nuclear programme. ANI

Malaysia urged to speed up changes to Internal Security Act
Malaysia should expedite its amendments to the Internal Security Act (ISA) and other laws that are considered restrictive, says Human Rights Watch in its latest report. ANI

5 in 10 Americans see healthcare reform unfavorably
The Obama administration's healthcare reforms has attracted an unfavorable response from at least five in ten Americans, according to a joint survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. ANI

Malaysian Sikh sets record for longest stint as TV news presenter
A Malaysian Sikh has set a new record as the 'longest serving television news presenter' after working 38-years with RTM. ANI

US will not relent or waver, but 'defeat' al Qaeda and affiliates: Obama
The United States will relentlessly fight the ongoing war against terrorism until it defeats al Qaeda and their affiliates, President Barack Obama has said. ANI

American optimism surges to nearly a four-year high
American optimism has surged to nearly a four-year high - jumping 14 points in the past month alone, a poll released Tuesday suggests. ANI

Australians warned not to travel to terror risk Ethiopia
The Australian Foreign Ministry has warned the country's citizens to reconsider their need to travel to Ethiopia, East Africa, in the wake of reports of a possible terrorist attack. ANI

Moscow airport bombers were part of suicide squad trained in Pakistan: Report
The suicide bombers who carried out the Moscow airport attack were probably part of a suicide squad trained in Pakistan's al-Qaeda strongholds. ANI

NATO to begin 'new phase of campaign' in Afghanistan after 2014 transition: Official
A senior NATO official has claimed his organisation and the countries taking part in operations in Afghanistan would not leave the country even after handing over security responsibilities to Afghan forces in 2014. ANI

Queen's fax to guests: Keep April 29 free for Royal wedding
Those who have been invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding have received a fax from the Queen, instructing them to keep themselves free on 29th April this year. ANI

UK's MI6 prepared Palestine Authority's security strategy against Israel
The Palestinian Authority's security strategy to crush Hamas and other armed groups on the West Bank was originally drawn up by Britain's intelligence service, MI6, papers leaked by Al-Jazeera TV reveal. ANI

Obama's three State of the Union decent jokes
In a mostly serious State of the Union speech, US President Barack Obama managed to make three pretty funny jokes. Here they are, in order: ANI

Ban Ki-moon condemns UN HR official for 'US orchestrated 9/11 terror attacks' claim
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned one of the organisation's human rights officials for suggesting that the US had masterminded the 9/11 terrorist attacks. ANI

Pakistan warns against growing international support for India's nuclear programme
Pakistan has warned that growing international support for India's nuclear programme would force Islamabad to bolster its deterrence and destabilise the region. ANI

Analysis reveals Obama chose words carefully
Delivering his annual State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday chose his words carefully, repeating those that bolstered his key points, and furthered his unifying and optimistic themes, analysts have said. ANI

For first time, Chinese PM asks citizens to 'criticize and supervise the government'
For the first time after the formation of People's Republic of China in 1949, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has taken the extraordinary step of asking officials to address public complaints and create conditions for them to criticize and supervise the government. ANI

Obama backs Pentagon budget cuts
Stating that it is imperative for the United States to tackle its deficit, President Obama on Tuesday reiterated his support for 78 billion dollars in cuts to the Pentagon's budget over five years, in addition to the five-year partial freeze on domestic spending. ANI

US must out innovate, educate and out build rising powers like India, China: Obama
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said that with nations like China and India on the rise, America had no choice but to "out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world." ANI

People slam Lahore police for beefing up security 'after' suicide blast
In the aftermath of the twin suicide blasts on Tuesday, security has been beefed up across Lahore, with the City police having sealed the entire provincial capital besides launching a massive search operation in various areas to hunt the terror suspects. ANI

Americans must unleash creative spirit to protect jobs in shifting global economy: Obama
US President Barack Obama has called on Americans to unleash their creative spirits, set aside their partisan differences and come together around a common goal of out-competing other nations in a rapidly shifting global economy. ANI

Former Bin-Laden aide jailed for life for US embassy bombings in East Africa
Ahmed Ghailani, a former bodyguard and cook for Osama bin Laden who became the first Guantanamo detainee to be tried in a US civilian court, has been sentenced to life in prison over his involvement in the 1998 US embassies bombing in Kenya and Tanzania. ANI

Plot to kill PPP, MQM, ANP leaders in Karachi foiled, masterminds arrested: Malik
A conspiracy to eliminate the MQM, PPP and ANP leaderships as well as journalists in Karachi has been foiled and the masterminds behind it have been captured, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

Malay Sikh NS trainee's family wants "black-and-white" safety guarantee of son in camp
The family of a Malay Sikh National Service (NS) trainee, who had claimed that his hair was cut off in the camp while he was asleep, has said that they would allow the boy to return for training provided the authorities give a written assurance of his safety. ANI

Qantas 747 forced to return to Bangkok International Airport after facing engine problems
A Sydney bound Qantas flight carrying 352 passengers was forced to return to Bangkok Airport after it experienced engine problems. ANI

Future online games would be able to reveal gamers' personalities
A new study has revealed that a player's behaviour within the game mimics their real-world character traits. ANI

MJ's doc pleads not guilty
Michael Jackson's doctor has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the King of Pop's fatal overdose. ANI

Pak intelligence, top cops see "foreign hand" behind Lahore, Karachi suicide attacks
The back-to-back terror attacks in Lahore and Karachi were launched by foreign-sponsored terrorists, intelligence sources and top police investigators have claimed. ANI

UK jury finds peer guilty of swindling taxpayer of over 11K pounds
The British Conservative Party's first black peer, Lord Taylor of Warwick, has been found guilty of defrauding the taxpayer of 11,000 pounds in false claims for travel and overnight subsistence. ANI

Average Brit woman has 22 garments she never wears
A British survey has revealed that the average woman has about 22 garments in her wardrobe that she will never wear but absolutely refuses to throw out. ANI

Gold pendant with Admiral Nelson and his lover's hair discovered
A gold locket containing the hair of Admiral Lord Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton-made when they began their affair-has been discovered and is set to be auctioned. ANI

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