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International News on January 5, 2011

Killing of Pak Punjab Governor deepens political crisis in Pakistan
The assassination of Pakistan Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, an outspoken secular politician, by one of his elite police guards on Tuesday has plunged the government deeper into political crisis. ANI

Former Budweiser beer baron devastated by girlfriend's death at his estate
The former CEO of Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser beer, has revealed that he has been left devastated by the death of his girlfriend at his estate. ANI

Taseer's assassination branded as beginning of 'dark age' in Pak by HR activists
Human Rights activists and members of civil society have condemned Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer's brutal murder, branding it as the beginning of a 'dark age' in the country. ANI

Pak Punjab Governor's assassination points to religious extremists' mounting power
Pakistan Punjab Governor Salman Taseer's assassination has come out as an act that violently highlights religious extremists' tightening grip on the country. ANI

Assassinated Pak Punjab Governor laid to rest in Lahore
Pakistan Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, who was assassinated on Tuesday, was laid to rest at the Cavalry Ground graveyard in Lahore today. ANI

China's GDP growth is likely to reach 10 percent by 2010
China's central bank Governor, Zhou Xiaochuan, has said that the country's 2010 economic growth is expected to be about 10 percent. ANI

'White women leading number of Britons converting to Islam'
As many as 100,000 Britons have converted to Islam since 2001, with White women leading the number embracing the religion, according to a latest research. ANI

Afghan Taliban attacks elderly truce talks negotiator
An Afghan village elder, who had been negotiating on behalf of his village with the Government, has reportedly been attacked by the Taliban. ANI

China joins world's elite offshore energy club
China has become a part of the world's elite club of offshore oil producers following China National Offshore Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) announcement that its oil and natural gas output surpassed 60 million metric tons in 2010. ANI

Online marriage databases to deter cheating!
Chinese officials have put in action their plan of creating an online database of all married couples in order to deter extra marital affairs. ANI

Musharraf condemns assassination of Salmaan Taseer
Former Pakistan President and chief of the All-Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Pervez Musharraf has expressed deep sorrow and grief over the assassination of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer. ANI

Writer turned down 100 times bags top children's award
Following in the footsteps of JK Rowling and Philip Pullman, a debut children's writer has won a major literary prize after being turned down by as many as 100 publishers. ANI

Chinese set new record after standing in ice for 2 hrs
Two Chinese men have made a new world record for endurance after they stood encased in ice for two hours. ANI

Pak Punjab Governor's assassin had informed fellow guards about plot
Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of Pakistan Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, has reportedly disclosed during investigations that he had informed his intentions about the assassination to his fellow guards. ANI

'Israeli spy' vulture arrested in Saudi Arabia
A vulture tagged by scientists at Tel Aviv University was 'arrested' on suspicion of being a Mossad spy after the bird strayed into Saudi Arabian territory, according to reports. ANI

United Nations condemns assassination of Pak Punjab governor
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the assassination of Pakistan Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. ANI

Alarming increase in incidents of honour killings: Pak rights organization
Incidents involving killing of women in the name of honour has increased to alarming proportions in Pakistan, with 36 women being killed for honour in the past year, women's rights organization Aurat Foundation has said. ANI

US TV meteorologist charged with falsely claiming rape
A TV meteorologist in America has been charged with falsely claiming that a man had tried to rape her last Fall as she jogged in Central Park. ANI

Crazy sport 'noodling' sees anglers using their arms as bait to lure catfish
A new sport that sees anglers using their arms as bait to lure enormous catfish from their lair has emerged in the form of 'noodling'. ANI

'Iran to boost missile systems to safeguard itself from US-Israel aggression'
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has said his country plans to boost its military power further to safeguard itself from potential threats of the US, and Israel. ANI

Meet the US man who has been jailed at least 99 times in 30 years!
A US man has been jailed at the Mobile County Metro Jail in Alabama at least 99 times in the last 30 years - more times than anyone else in the modern era of record-keeping. ANI

Teenage student considers auctioning off virginity to fund tuition fees
A female teenage university student is considering auctioning off her virginity so she can pay her tuition fees for the next three years. ANI

China's latest stealth aircraft J-20 takes a test run
China may have started testing a new stealth aircraft and photographs of the latest J-20 taking high-speed taxi tests at an airfield have appeared on several websites, fuelling speculation that Beijing is not particularly concerned about keeping its latest weapon under wraps, according to aviation experts. ANI

Rows over money are the most likely cause of break-ups in UK
Brits are more than twice as likely to move out of a relationship due to differences over money as they are for any other reason, reveals a new survey. ANI

Nawaz Sharif gives Gilani 72 hour ultimatum on reform
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has given a 72 hour ultimatum to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to agree to key reforms, or face expulsion from the government in Punjab province. ANI

Lib Dem support sinks to lowest level since origin: Poll
The support for Britain's Liberal Democrat Party has gone down to its lowest level in over a decade because the voters are now dissatisfied over coalition partner's U-turn on promises to oppose higher university fees, according to a media poll. ANI

Palin hints at support for 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has finally hinted that she is in favour of the 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal in the US military. ANI

Medvedev, Schwarzenegger form tweet friendship
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have become Twitter buddies, and they may soon go skiing together. ANI

Pakistan's political crisis hints at possibility of change
The shaken-up coalition democratic set up in Pakistan, a frontline ally of America in its deepened "war on terror," has triggered a serious political crisis, indicating the possibility of an orchestration in the country's internal and external dynamics in the future. ANI

Ambulance that carried JFK's casket up for grabs
The 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ambulance that carried the body of former US President John F. Kennedy following his assassination will be auctioned later this month. ANI

Chilean miners accuse President Pinera of failing to keep 'medical care deal'
Chilean miners, who earned international recognition after surfacing from a gold and copper mine after two months, have reportedly accused the country's President, Sebastian Pinera, of failing to honour a promise of providing at least six months of free medical care to them. ANI

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's birth anniversary programmes cancelled
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has cancelled all programmes related to former President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's 83rd birth anniversary on account of the assassination of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer. ANI

Culprits behind Taseer's assassination will be brought to justice: Gilani
Condemning the assassination of Pakistan Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said the culprits would be brought to justice. ANI

Hillary Clinton condemns assassination of Pak Punjab governor
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned the assassination of Pakistan Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, calling his death "a great loss". ANI

Iranian scientist 'tortured' on suspicion of leaking Tehran information to CIA
Shahram Amiri, the Iranian scientist who had claimed to have been abducted by the Central Investigative Agency (CIA) and eventually returned to a hero's welcome in Tehran in July last year, has been imprisoned and tortured on suspicion of leaking state secrets, according to an opposition website. ANI

S. Korea denies military cooperation with Japan
A South Korean foreign ministry official has turned down reports that Seoul has discussed a joint declaration with Japan on boosting bilateral military cooperation between both nations. ANI

World's oldest twin sisters celebrate 101st birthday
Twin sisters Ena Pugh and Lily Millward are the officially the world's oldest twins - the two celebrated their 101st birthday on January 4th. ANI

French are the saddest people on the planet: Poll
French people have topped the charts for being the most pessimistic people looking ahead to 2011, reveals a new poll. ANI

Urgent steps sought for saving world's poor children dying of neglect
World should take immediate steps to save the poorest children dying of neglect and failed government policies, well known religious statesman Rajan Zed stated in Nevada (USA) today. ANI

Stem Cell Therapy Program Launched by World-Class Apollo Bramwell Hospital
Global Biohealth Solutions, in conjunction with the world-class Apollo Bramwell Hospital on the island of Mauritius is proud to announce the launch of the Apollo Bramwell Stem Cell Therapy Program Business Wire India

ZTE's Global Terminal Sales Volume Jumps 50% to 90 Million Units in 2010
ZTE, (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced total annual sales volume of terminal products jumped nearly 50% to a record number of 90 million units in 2010. Business Wire India

Top Companies from City of Surrey, Canada, Travel to India for Trade Mission
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HARRIS TEA Acquires Keith Spicer Ltd in the UK
Harris Tea, a division of Harris Freeman along with Jay Tea, a division of Madhu Jayanti, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Keith Spicer Ltd in Dorset, UK. Business Wire India

Starr Hires Ed Navarro to head Accident & Health Group
Starr International USA, Inc. (Starr International USA), a member of the Starr Companies, has announced that Edward Navarro will join Starr International USA as Head of Accident and Health business worldwide, including the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Business Wire India

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