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International News on January 7, 2011

We've got a lot in common with cougars: Kiwi police's hiring ad says
The New Zealand Police have launched a campaign to hire school leavers and under-25s, with their ads saying we like 'em young. ANI

China mulls new law that forces people to look after parents or face jail
China is considering a new law that will force people to either visit their elderly parents or face jail time. ANI

Ruggiero assures Pakistan of US' commitment to strategic ties
Acting US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Frank Ruggiero has assured Pakistan leaders that Washington remains fully committed to its strategic relationship with Islamabad. ANI

Musharraf calls Nawaz Sharif "closet Taliban"
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has called former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a "closet Taliban". ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner Shrien Dewani's family to fund school in India
The family of Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire accused of conspiring to have his wife Anni killed during their honeymoon in Cape Town, has said that they are raising money to fund a school in India in her honour. ANI

Musharraf's counterterrorism formula: a three-tiered strategy
If elected back to office in Pakistan, former president Pervez Musharraf will apply a three-tiered strategy- military, political, and the socioeconomic- to fight terrorism. ANI

US downplays authenticity of 'Chinese stealth aircraft prototype' report
A day after Chinese newspaper has published a prototype of a stealth aircraft developed by the country, the US has downplayed the development saying it is invisible to all redder system. ANI

Tea Party star Bachmann to compete with Palin for White House dreams
Tea Party star Michele Bachmann, U.S. Representative for Minnesota, is reportedly scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a political fundraiser in Iowa on January 21, which is fuelling speculation of a potential 2012 presidential run. ANI

Smoking related health problems hampering China's economic growth
An international panel of experts have warned that loss in productivity because of health problems caused by smoking related habits would hamper China's economic growth. ANI

Pak security elements having sympathy with Taliban 'must still be there': Musharraf
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has acknowledged that some parts of the state security apparatus have sympathies with the Taliban or al Qaeda, and they may as well be cooperating with them. ANI

Mobile phone saves US man's life by deflecting bullet aimed at his chest
The life of a nightclub worker in the US was spared when his mobile phone deflected a bullet fired at him by a disgruntled customer. ANI

US woman, 68, sexually assaulted by man who raped her 7 months earlier
A woman in the US was sexually assaulted in Germantown by a man who is suspected of having raped her seven months earlier. ANI

Meet Phoenix Jones, the masked vigilante protecting streets of US town
A masked "superhero" vigilante going by the name Phoenix Jones is said to be protecting the streets of an American town. ANI

Oz woman beats 1 in 53 billion odds to win Keno twice with same numbers
A woman in Australia has beat 1 in 53 billion odds to win Keno twice in 12 months - with the same eight numbers. ANI

Las Vegas police issue jaywalking ticket to coma victim in hospital
The mother of a teenage girl in the US has lashed out at the Las Vegas Metro police, after they issued her daughter, who had just been hit by a car, a jaywalking ticket in the hospital. ANI

'Selfish' men blamed for NY's 'terrible' dating scene
'Millionaire Matchmaker' Patti Stanger has blamed 'selfish' men in New York for the city's 'terrible' dating scene. ANI

Banned energy drink gets new life as fuel source in Big Apple
Fuel Loko-which was pulled from shelves across the New York City recently- could soon be found close to home: in your gas tank. ANI

Police set to reopen News of the World phone hacking case
It has emerged that an investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World is likely to open after the suspension of a senior journalist at the newspaper. ANI

Hard-line militants now targeting Pak's most popular brand of Islam- Sufism
Pakistan's most popular brand of Islam, Sufism, has been condemned as un-Islamic by fundamentalist groups and has repeatedly come under extremists' attacks, as in 2010 alone, minority hard-line militants took responsibility for five shrine attacks that killed 64 people. ANI

BP unlikely to face charges over Gulf oil spill disaster
The US Presidential commission on last year's Gulf oil spill has criticised British Petroleum (BP) for its role in the disaster, but reports indicate that chances of it being charged with gross negligence is less likely. ANI

London's oldest structure discovered
A team from Thames Discovery Programme (TDP) has discovered London's oldest structure on the foreshore of the Thames just metres from the MI6 building in Vauxhall. ANI

Hindus ask for speedy solution to global food prices hike
Hindus have expressed serious concerns at the recent rise in global food prices. ANI

Majestic Hindu temple planned in Canada
A grand Hindu temple is reportedly being planned for Brampton (Ontario, Canada), whose construction is claimed to start this summer. ANI

Oz intelligence agencies fear China hiding military build-up: Wikileaks
Australia's intelligence agencies are of the opinion that China is hiding a huge military build-up that goes beyond national defence and threatens regional stability, according to secret US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. ANI

Only three in ten Americans consider themselves 'Democrats': Poll
Only three in ten Americans consider themselves Democrats, according to the latest poll. ANI

Fears over blasphemy-accused Pak-Christian woman's safety after Taseer's assassination
In the wake of liberal politician Salman Taseer's assassination in Pakistan, human rights workers have expressed fears over the immediate safety of Aasia Bibi, the Pakistani-Christian woman at the heart of the blasphemy furore in the country. ANI

Malaysian assemblyman urges Indian parents to send children to Tamil schools
Malaysian lawmaker Wong Koon has reportedly urged Malay Indian parents to admit their children to Tamil schools. ANI

Over 30 women beaten, raped in Congo on New Year's Day
Over 30 women were beaten and raped in eastern Congo on New Year's Day. ANI

West has little option other than to support 'fragile' Zardari govt in Pak: WP
Under the prevailing circumstances in Pakistan, especially in the wake of liberal politician Salman Taseer's assassination, the West has "little choice other than to try to support and strengthen" the Zardari government, an editorial in a US newspaper has said. ANI

YWCA drops Christian word from historic name after 156 years
The Young Women's Christian Association, which is one of UK's best-known charities, has dropped any mention of the word Christian from its historic name after 156 years. ANI

The latest drink and drive warning- but this time it's for coffee
Experts have challenged UK government's advice that urges drivers to drink caffeinated drinks if they feel tired, saying that the stimulant could have potentially dangerous side-effects. ANI

Joe Biden's advice to girls - 'No dates till you're 30'
US Vice President Joe Biden has some dating advice for the daughters of incoming senators: Don't date 'till you're 30. ANI

Romanian witches to use 'cat poo, dead dog' curse on country's taxmen
It's bizarre way of protesting against taxes, and a bit scary too - Romanian witches are threatening to use cat excrement and dead dogs to cast spells on the country's government, for introducing taxes on those practicing the paranormal. ANI

'Big fat Indian wedding' brings New Zealand traffic to a halt
The lavish Indian wedding of Chicago millionaire and heir Vikram Aditya Kumar is said to have disrupted traffic on Balmoral road in Auckland. ANI

Philippines likely to impose no-s*x rule on the beach
Philippine authorities may soon impose no-s*x rule on the world famous beaches of Boracay island, according to the local mayor. ANI

US dance teacher arrested 'for having s*x with student, 16, in car'
A 27-year-old teacher at Plainfield North High School, Illinois, has been arrested for allegedly having s*x with one of her own teenage students. ANI

Jilted US man arrested for 'making exploding s*x toy' to send to ex-lover
A jilted man in the US has been arrested after he allegedly made an exploding s*x toy to give to his ex-girlfriend as a Christmas gift. ANI

MQM set to rejoin PPP-led Pak coalition govt
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the estranged ally of the Pakistan People's Party, has expressed its willingness to rejoin the PPP-led government if Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani takes concrete steps to remove its reservations. ANI

Murdered Brit Indian woman told pal that crying had become her new hobby
Murdered Brit-Indian woman Anni Dewani is reported to have texted her close pal a message that said:"Crying has become my new hobby" six days before she died. ANI

Pentagon seeks 78 billion dollar defense budget cut
US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has said that Pentagon will seek 78 billion dollars in cuts to the defense budget over the next five years in a surprise move that will reduce the size of the Army and Marine Corps. ANI

Talks on North Korea should begin soon: US envoy
On North Korea's request for negotiations to end the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, Obama administration envoys reportedly met with their Chinese counterparts to initiate six party talks, with one saying that he is hopeful that serious talks on Pyongyang would begin soon. ANI

Meet the dog that can understand more than 1000 words!
Ever wonder if your pet dog can understand what you are saying? Well chances are it might, and to prove it, is a pet border collie that can understand more than 1000 words. ANI

US, IMF criticise Pak fuel price hike reversal
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called the Pakistan Government's decision to reverse the controversial fuel price hikes a "mistake", as it undermined its efforts to bolster the nation's ailing economy. ANI

Hitler's exhibition in Berlin extended due to throngs of visitors
The first post World War II exhibition dedicated to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler has been extended by three weeks due to throngs of visitors. ANI

Salman Taseer's killer remanded to five-day police custody
Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the bodyguard who assassinated Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, has been sent on a five-day physical remand to police custody. ANI

Nicolas Sarkozy in soup over 'vulgar' language
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of using vulgar language and not paying due attention to normal grammatical rules. ANI

Security tightened around Bangladesh PM following militant threat
Security has reportedly been tightened around Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed in wake of Islamic militants threatening to assassinate her and to blow up a high-security jail in Chittagong. ANI

Most of French, Germans consider Islam 'a threat' to national identity: Poll
Almost half of the French and German populations considers Islam 'a threat' to national identity, according to new Media poll. ANI

UK warns of 26/11style terror attack threats on airports, transport system
UK has issued a fresh terror alert in the country amid fears of a Mumbai-style attack on airports and the London transport system. ANI

PPP will honour Salmaan Taseer's memory by continuing his mission: Bilawal Bhutto
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed his grief over the brutal assassination of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, and said the party would honour his memory by continuing his mission. ANI

'Courageous' Salmaan Taseer's sacrifice will not go waste: Zardari
Slain Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer was courageous enough to stand up to bigots and fanatics in Pakistan, and his sacrifice will not go waste, President Asif Ali Zardari has said. ANI

US rejects Pak demand for supply of 'armed longer surveillance range' drones
Pakistan-US talks for a surveillance drone aircraft deal seem to be heading nowhere, with Islamabad privately voicing concern about what it says are exorbitant prices and a snail-pace delivery timeline. ANI

John Edwards engaged to longtime mistress Rielle Hunter
If reports are to be believed, then ex-North Carolina senator John Edwards has got engaged to his longtime mistress Rielle Hunter. ANI

The Force is Strong with This One - Star Wars: The Complete Saga
The most anticipated Blu-ray release ever – the Star Wars™ Saga – emerges from light speed this September 2011. For the first time, all six of George Lucas’ epic films (Episodes I-VI) are united in one complete set. Fans worldwide are able to pre-order now with online retailers. Business Wire India

Do More Together Wherever You Are with Skype Group Video Calling
Yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Skype has officially launched group video calling for consumers and enterprises, allowing people to do more together wherever they are Business Wire India

New Business Version of Skype for Windows Available with Group Video Calling
Skype announced that it has updated its software for enterprises with Group Video Calling, which is available immediately in the new Business version of Skype (version 5.1 for Windows PCs) Business Wire India

ISS Corporate Services and NAEM Launch Strategic Alliance
Yesterday ISS Corporate Services, Inc Business Wire India

Skype to Acquire Qik
Skype has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Qik, a provider of mobile video software and services that enable individuals to capture, instantly share and preserve great moments on video from anywhere. Qik has 60 employees, and is headquartered in Redwood City, California and has an office in Moscow, Russia Business Wire India

WirelessHD® Consortium's New Member Growth Reflects Consumer Demand for Highest Quality Wireless Solution
The WirelessHD® Consortium, dedicated to the advancement of a next generation wireless digital network interface specification for consumer electronics and personal computing products, has announced continued growth and support from leaders in the consumer electronics, personal computing and service provider industries Business Wire India

SiBEAM Showcases Growing Ecosystem of 60GHz-Based WirelessHD Products and Reveals Next Generation Solutions at CES 2011
SiBEAM, Inc., the leading provider of millimeter wave (mmWave) solutions and developer of high-speed wireless communications platforms, will showcase the growing ecosystem of 60GHz-based WirelessHD products at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011), which began yesday Business Wire India

Aptina Rolls Out New Full HD 1080p60 Digital Video Sensor with Image Stabilization Support for Consumer Digital Video Applications
Aptina, a leading innovator of CMOS imaging technology, has introduced its new 1/3-inch native full high-definition (HD) 1080p60 video sensor with support for electronic image stabilization (EIS) Business Wire India

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