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International News on January 8, 2011

KP Assembly passes joint resolution against any amendment in Pak's Blasphemy Law
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly has unanimously passed a joint resolution, demanding the Pakistan Government to make no amendment to the nation's controversial Blasphemy Law. ANI

Former Balochistan governor warns govt against being indifferent to troubled province
PML-N legislator Lt General (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch has warned the government that its indifference towards Balochistan would augur well neither for the province nor for the country's integrity. ANI

Cat flees after stealing more than 60 shoes from Kiwi neighbours!
A two-year-old cat Gus robbed more than 60 pieces of footwear from unsuspecting residents of his New Zealand neighbourhood. ANI

Female teacher in US fired over 'classroom s*x with co-worker'
A James Madison High School teacher has been fired after a janitor caught her n*ked from the waist up with a female co-worker in 2009. ANI

Radical Islamic cleric al-Sadr urges Iraqis to 'resist occupier US with all means'
Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shiite cleric whose soldiers had earlier battled with the American forces, has urged his followers to resist the United States "with all means" in his first public address in Iraq after four years in exile. ANI

George Clooney's high-tech plan to stop Sudan civil war
Oscar-winning actor George Clooney has revealed that his hi-tech attempt to prevent the continuation of civil war in Sudan is "the best use of his celebrity". ANI

Indian-origin men 'rape Oz woman in car'
Two Indian-origin men sexually assaulted an Australian woman in car after a night out in Geelong, it has emerged. ANI

Pakistan to fully facilitate Afghan peace efforts: Qureshi
Pakistan will not shirk from taking every step possible to promote and facilitate the Afghan reconciliation efforts, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said. ANI

Oz couple desperate for daughter abort twin boys
A couple in Australia are so determined to have a girl that they recently terminated twin boys conceived through IVF. ANI

Madoff aide Bongiorno released on bail
Annette Bongiorno, one of Bernard Madoff longest serving aides who faces charges related to the Ponzi scam, has been let out of jail after a judge cut her bail amount to three million dollars. ANI

Bearded cops to be withdrawn from Pak VVIPs security fleet following Taseer's killing
In a major policy shift in the aftermath of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer's assassination by one of his own elite security force protectors, the provincial government has begun proper screening and scrutiny of the officials of the Elite Force to avoid any further untoward incident. ANI

No room for secularism in Pakistan as Islam is its sole identity: Jama'at-e-Islami
Islam is Pakistan's sole identity, and there is no room for secularism and its believers in this country, Jama'at-e-Islami deputy Secretary General Hafiz Sajid Anwar has said. ANI

Women 'queuing up' to have s*x with Singapore Casanova
A number of Malaysian women are lining up to bed a Singaporean man after he posted recordings of him having s*x with his female partners on his blog. ANI

HMS Invincible may become a Chinese disco
A Chinese restaurant tycoon wants to turn HMS Invincible, the venerable warship, into a vast nightclub. ANI

TB sufferer given 6 months to live in 1951celebrates diamond wedding
A TB sufferer in UK, who had been given just six months to live in 1951, is now celebrating his 60th diamond wedding anniversary. ANI

Sri Lankan police recruits record number of Tamils in force
A record number of Tamils have reportedly been recruited by the Sri Lankan police force at a ceremony near Colombo. ANI

GOP presidential hopeful Pawlenty says Palin is a "force of nature"
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who is considering contesting the 2012 presidential elections, has said that he has "a long way to go" to match the recognition of potential rival Sarah Palin, who he considers a "force of nature." ANI

Obama "hell-bent" on weakening America: Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin, a possible Republican contender for the 2012 presidential bid, is of the opinion that US President Barack Obama is "hell-bent on weakening America" by pushing to raise the national debt ceiling. ANI

'Salmaan Taseer sacrificed his life for me': Blasphemy-accused Pak-Christian woman
Aasia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, broke down in her prison cell and wept inconsolably when she learnt of the assassination of Salmaan Taseer, the liberal politician who had visited her in jail and demanded that she be pardoned. ANI

New Starbucks logo 'could prove beneficial to company'
Despite general disappointment expressed by U.S. consumers in response to the redesigned Starbucks logo unveiled yesterday, scientists believe the move could do good to the company. ANI

Hindus back Pope's dictum that 'world needs God'
Hindus agree with Pope Benedict's assertion that 'The world needs God'. ANI

'Taking kids to see Satan' (not Santa): The funny side of mobile predictive texting
We all have ended up typing a text message that turned out to be something entirely different from what we meant to say, and that sometimes borders on bizarre behaviour - you could call it the downside of predictive texting. ANI

'Giuliani considering presidential bid for second time'
Former Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, is talking to his political advisers about contesting in the 2012 presidential elections, sources close to him said. ANI

US to call Pak's bluff with more aid despite its double game on terror
The Obama administration has decided to offer more military, intelligence and economic support to Pakistan, despite the ongoing frustration that Pakistani officials are not doing enough to combat terrorist havens in the country's tribal areas. ANI

Royal Family to be granted new right of secrecy
In a controversial legal reform, the Royal Family is to be granted complete protection from public scrutiny to keep the affairs of the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William a secret. ANI

Europe facing credible 'Mumbai-style' al Qaeda terror attacks threat, says leaked memo
A 'restricted' memo of UK's Department for Transport has revealed that al Qaeda's 'international operations wing' is plotting one or more Mumbai-style terror attacks in Europe, including the UK. ANI

US must end 'world's most dangerous place' Pakistan's double game on terror: Book
Pakistan is the most dangerous place on earth, and should be US President Barack Obama's top national-security priority, says a new book by a former CIA officer. ANI

US is 'demanding and intrusive' because it's Pakistan's largest donor: Munter
US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has justified Washington's meddling in Islamabad's 'financial and governance' matters, pointing out that the US is its largest aid provider. ANI

Michigan Sikh community upset over banning of kirpan in Canton schools
Members of a Michigan Sikh community are upset after a student was banned from bringing a religious sword called Kirpan to a public school. ANI

Jail for Asian gang of 'sexual predators' in UK
An Asian gang of 'sexual predators' in Britain who raped girls as young as 12 after picking them up from the streets have been jailed. ANI

Julian Assange hires PR firm to rebuild 'ruined' image
Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, has appointed a public relations firm after a series of damaging blows to his image. ANI

The mutt who mimicked the Nazi salute and mocked Hitler
Documents released by the German Foreign Office have revealed that back in 1941, while the U.S. joined the war after Pearl Harbour and Germany invaded the Soviet Union, the Nazis were busy dealing with a Finnish dog called Jackie. ANI

US' worst fears realised as Pak Govt stalls economic reforms to stay in power
Pakistan's governing party has patched its coalition government back together at a steep price that officials in Washington had feared: the collapse of the reforms critical to stabilising the nation's economy. ANI

US drone missiles kill six suspected terrorists in North Waziristan
Six suspected terrorists were killed in a US drone attack on a vehicle in North Waziristan, according to intelligence officials. ANI

John Edwards dismisses mistress engagement reports
Ex-North Carolina senator John Edwards has denied reports that he is getting married to his longtime mistress Rielle Hunter. ANI

Julian Assange signs £1m book deal to tell his 'fascinating life'
Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, has signed a one million pounds book deal to tell his life story. ANI

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