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Issa calls Obama administration 'one of most corrupt'
U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, the incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has branded President Barack Obama's administration as "one of the most corrupt administrations". ANI

Andrew Cuomo, Sandra Lee's live-in couple relationship 'no big deal'
It seems nobody has a problem with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his girlfriend Sandra Lee's live-in relationship. ANI

Malaysian man, 110, to marry 82-yr-old woman who agreed to be his bride
A man in Malaysia who is 110 years old is set to marry again after an 82-year-old woman agreed to become his bride. ANI

Gilbert and George use s*x workers' cards in latest works
Gilbert and George, the two UK artists who work together as a collaborative duo, have been collecting s*x workers' cards to use in their latest works at their studio. ANI

PML-N won't support unconstitutional change in Pakistan: Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif has said that his party will not concede to any unconstitutional change in the country, as he wants the rule of law and democracy. ANI

'Axing of terror law could give rise to 7/7-style terror attack in UK'
Britain's terror law watchdog has warned the Lib Dem coalition that it would never be forgiven if it 'turns a blind eye' on the crackdown on suspects, especially at a time when the country faces a new 7/7-style atrocity. ANI

NATO tanker destroyed in bomb explosion in Khyber, supply suspended
A NATO oil tanker was destroyed completely in a bomb explosion in Pakistan's Khyber Agency, however, no casualties have been reported. ANI

World's heaviest man loses 127 kg following gastric bypass surgery
Paul Mason, world's heaviest man who has recently undergone a life-saving gastric bypass surgery, has celebrated his success by making a rare trip from his home in Ipswich, Suffolk after losing an incredible 127 kg of weight in just a year. ANI

First Brit soldier's death in 2011 reported from Afghanistan
A soldier from Scottish regiment has become the first British military victim in the New Year to be killed in a roadside explosion in southern Afghanistan. ANI

Queen's first ever Christmas message is YouTube hit
The Queen's 1957 Christmas message received more than one million views on YouTube, making it the most popular in the Internet age. ANI

Stop treating Roma as pariahs: Hindus and Jews tell Europe
Europe needed to stop treating Roma as pariahs; Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, and Rabbi Jonathan B. Freirich, prominent Jewish leader in Nevada and California in USA; stated in Nevada today. ANI

US Navy probes top officer on aircraft carrier 'making lewd videos'
The US Navy has launched an investigation after it emerged that a senior officer aboard a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier had made a series of raunchy videos and then shown them to his crew. ANI

Octomom not evicted yet from home
Nadya Suleman, who earned herself the nickname Octomom after she gave birth to octuplets, has not been evicted from her home as yet. ANI

Chile hit by 7.2 magnitude earthquake
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake has been detected in the Pacific near the central coast of Chile, US authorities have said. ANI

Obama signs 4bn dlrs compensation bill for 9/11 ill rescue workers
US President Barack Obama has reportedly signed into law a bill to compensate emergency workers who fell ill following rescue and clean-up efforts during the 9/11 attacks on New York City. ANI

PML-N will bail out PPP coalition govt if no-confidence motion initiated: Shujaat
A no-confidence motion against the Pakistan People's Party-led coalition cannot succeed because the day the initiative is taken, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will bail out the government, PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said. ANI

Afghan transit trade through Gwadar port can boost Baloch economy: Raisani
Afghan transit trade through Gwadar port can boost economic activities in Balochistan, Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani has said. ANI

Afghan peace delegation to arrive in Pakistan on Jan 5
An Afghan delegation is scheduled to arrive on a three-day visit to Islamabad on January 5, as part of the Afghanistan Government's efforts to broker peace with the Taliban. ANI

'Iranian woman's 'stoning to death' sentence could still be quashed'
A senior judicial official has said that Iranian woman Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's sentence of 'stoning to death' could be avoided, but certain "ambiguities" still remain in her case. ANI

Samy Vellu to begin special envoy duties with India visit this week
Samy Vellu, the former Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) chief who assumed duties as the country's special envoy with ministerial rank on infrastructure to India and South Asia on Saturday, would reportedly begin his official tour on Thursday starting with a visit to New Delhi. ANI

Average adult in Britain tells 3 lies a day: Survey
The average adult in UK lies three times in a day and it is mostly about their whereabouts, hours of work and household chores, reveals a new study. ANI

US ambassador to China Huntsman hints at running for President in 2012
Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to China and a Republican, has hinted that he might contest for the presidential bid in 2012. ANI

'King Con' claims he earned 2m pound from crime, slept with 2,500 women
A conman in Britain, who was nicknamed King Con after he brazenly duped people, has claimed that he had earned 2 million pounds from his life of crime, and slept with 2,500 women. ANI

MQM will stand by PPP after 'realising ground realities': Kaira
Pakistan's Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira has said that prime minister has to take the vote of confidence only once, and that has already been done. ANI

Iran to supply 70MW electricity to Afghanistan, Pakistan
Iran will export 70MW of electricity to Afghanistan and Pakistan this Iranian year (which ends on March 20). ANI

NATO confirms killing of Taliban Deputy Governor in Afghanistan
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has confirmed that Taliban's Deputy Governor, Bahadur, has been killed during a combined Afghan and coalition forces operation in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province. ANI

S. Korea ready for talks with North provided not provoked
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has said that his country is willing to talk to North Korea over the recent tensions, but added that "any provocation" by Pyongyang will not be tolerated. ANI

Iran's 'stoning to death' woman, son to sue two Germans for 'illegal' interview attamepts
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery charges, and her son have said that they would sue the two German nationals for trying to conduct an 'illegal' interview with the son. ANI

Sri Lanka set to erase colonial name 'Ceylon' from state institutions
The Sri Lankan government has reportedly decided to change the names of all state institutions still bearing the nation's former British colonial name, 'Ceylon'. ANI

Pir Pagara asks Gilani to 'quit honourably' as PPP loses majority
Pakistan Muslim League- Functional (PML-F) President Pir Pagara has advised Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to 'quit honourably', rather than being dislodged after humiliation. ANI

Most size 12 Brit women still think they are too fat
About 17 percent of British women with healthy weight describe themselves as 'fat' - with almost as many saying they felt 'down' when they looked in the mirror, says a new research. ANI

Qureshi welcomes Krishna's statement on Indo-Pak dialogue
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has welcomed Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna's statement that India is willing to discuss all issues with Pakistan through bilateral dialogue. ANI

PML-N sees end of PPP-led Pak Govt
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Information Secretary Ahsan Iqbal has said that his party will back effective attempts to change the federal government, and that "he sees the end of the government", according to a TV channel report. ANI

MQM bombshell leaves PPP-led Pak coalition govt in crisis
The Pakistan People's Party (PPP)-led government has suffered a severe blow following its key ally Muttaheda Qaumi Movement's decision to sit in the opposition benches in parliament, leaving Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as Leader of the House without a majority. ANI

Pakistan "cannot ignore Kashmir" during talks with India: Basit
Pakistan cannot ignore the Kashmir issue while having bilateral talks with India, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit has said. ANI

Ecron Acunova CRO and Newcastle University Collaborate in Clinical Research
Ecron Acunova and Newcastle University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding signalling an intention by both parties to explore ways of working closely together in the area of clinical trials. The Memorandum of Understanding builds on a number of initial discussions, recently under the terms of Confidentiality Agreements, on how the two organisations can work together Business Wire India

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