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'US seeks to bridge military relations with China despite 'J-20 stealth fighters' revelations'
US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who is scheduled to reach Beijing on Sunday evening for a three-day visit to China, would seek to put military relations on a smooth surface despite recently released photos of China's J-20 stealth fighter, according to analysts. ANI

India confident of Afghanistan providing security to diplomatic missions: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Sunday voiced his concern over security, and said India is confident that the Afghanistan Government will provide security to the Indian diplomatic missions so that they can function smoothly. ANI

Entire burden on Pak masses as no major political leader pays tax: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said no major leader of the country pays any taxes, and that the entire burden falls on the masses. ANI

Analysts doubtful about North Korea's "unconditional and early talks" proposal
North Korea's call for "unconditional and early talks" is creating confusion among many observers. While some analysts see it as Pyongyang's attempt at reconciliation, others believe it is a well-timed effort to mislead diplomats and politicians about its intentions. ANI

New York's famed Rubin Museum to exhibit photos of India-Nepal sadhus
Prestigious Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) in New York (USA) will be exhibiting photographs of sadhus of India and Nepal from January 28 to May 30. ANI

Catholic-Hindu-Muslim-Protestant-Buddhist-Jewish leaders connect in dialogue in Nevada
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Catholic-Muslim-Hindu-Protestant-Buddhist-Jewish leaders today had a dialogue in Sparks (Nevada, USA) to explore connections among Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism. ANI

US church minister fired for surfing p*rn sites at work
A prominent conservative Anglican church in the United States has fired a long-time priest for repeatedly using a church computer to surf pornographic websites. ANI

UK parents face government 'fees' to break-up
As part of controversial plans to tackle family breakdown, parents who part ways face having to pay a 'fee' to the UK government to sort out their child maintenance arrangements.ew charges could be brought in for the first time under a drive to reform the complex and over-bureaucratic child maintenance system and make it more "family-friendly". ANI

US will counter China's military build-up: Gates
US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who is scheduled to reach Beijing on Sunday evening for a three-day visit to China, has said the Pentagon is stepping up investments on a range of weapons, jet fighters and technology in response to the Chinese military build-up. ANI

Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was Palin's target over 'health care reform' backing
Gabrielle Giffords, who is in critical condition after being shot in Tucson, had become a target of potential presidential candidate Sarah Palin in the mid-term elections last year, and had reportedly posted on her Facebook page that a U.S. map with crosshairs of a rifle scope over the districts repped by Giffords and 19 other Democrats. ANI

Oz woman's excuse for drink driving - her cat was hungry
A Victorian woman, who was caught drink driving, defended herself by saying that she was on her way home after buying her hungry cat some food. ANI

Girls lead the binge-drinking culture in New Zealand
More and more girls are joining the binge-drinking culture and ending up in hospital in New Zealand, it has been revealed. ANI

Cyber perverts caught stalking Oz politician Kristina Keneally
Several cyber perverts have been caught stalking Australian politician Kristina Keneally, it has been revealed. ANI

David Miliband approaches BBC for a TV role
In a surprise move, Labour leadership candidate David Miliband is reportedly considering a role in television apparently with the intention of splashing water on brother Ed's hopes that he can be persuaded to join the shadow cabinet. ANI

Pakistan aims to double trade with China in 'shortest possible time'
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has underlined the need for doubling trade with China from current seven billion dollars to 15 billion dollars in the shortest possible time. ANI

Peace Mumbai, Indian Muslim intellectuals condemn Taseer's killing
'Peace Mumbai' activists and Indian Muslim intellectuals have strongly condemned the brutal assassination of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer and expressed their apprehensions over growing religious intolerance in Pakistan. ANI

Pakistan seeks German defence equipment to enhance counter-terrorism capacity
Pakistan has asked Germany to allow the export of its defence equipment so that Islamabad can increase its capacity to fight terrorists. ANI

Vodafone mobile records leaked
Criminal groups have paid for the private details of some Vodafone customers to blackmail them. Other people have obtained logins to check their spouse's communications. ANI

Channel 4 show that teaches teens Kama Sutra positions labelled 'p*rn'
Britain's leading broadcasting watchdog has labelled a television show, designed to teach teenagers Kama Sutra positions, as 'p*rn'. ANI

Jack Straw under fire over Pakistan 'easy meat' remark
A prominent UK politician has been accused of 'stereotyping' a whole community after suggesting that some British Pakistani men regard white girls as 'easy meat' for sexual abuse. ANI

Secret Service officer visits UFC fighter Volkmann over 'fight to Obama' comment
Secret Service has reportedly visited Jacob Volkmann, a UFC fighter, after he said that he wanted to fight President Obama because he disagreed with his health care policy. ANI

Nepal will initiate "new process" if PM not elected by January 12
Nepal's Speaker Subas Nemwang has said parliament would initiate a "new process" if the Prime Minister is not elected by January 12. ANI

Oz considering banning electronic tickets, automatic baggage check-ins over security reasons
In a latest move on the crackdown of the airport security, Australia could soon ban electronic tickets and automatic baggage check-ins, and bar non-passengers from entering terminals. ANI

Blasphemy Law bill should 'immediately be withdrawn' from Pak NA: JUI-F
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has asked the Pakistan Government to withdraw a private bill seeking an amendment to the country's Blasphemy Law. ANI

'I wouldn't have left a dog to die like that,' says uncle of murdered Indian origin bride
The uncle of Anni Dewani, the Indian-origin bride who was killed in her honeymoon in Cape Town, has dismissed Shrien Dewani's earlier claims that he was pushed out of the hijacked car's window before his wife was shot dead, and asked why he failed to 'put up a fight' to save her. ANI

'Sarah Palin's Alaska' won't be renewed for 2nd season after finale
TLC reality show, 'Sarah Palin's Alaska', won't be renewed for a second season, according to a report. ANI

US Police looking for second Arizona shooting suspect
A second suspect is being sought in connection with the deadly shooting in Tucson in the United States, that killed six people and wounded a dozen others, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords. ANI

World's longest bridge built in China
China has set a new record after constructing the world's longest bridge over water. ANI

Princess Mary gives birth to twins
Princess Mary of Denmark has delivered twin babies - a healthy boy and girl - after going into labour yesterday in Copenhagen. Crown Prince Frederik told the gathered press at the hospital that following about 4 hours of labour, the boy came first, followed half an hour later by the girl, reports ANI

Zardari likely to appoint former AG Latif Khosa as Punjab Governor
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is likely to appoint former Attorney General Sardar Latif Khosa as the new Punjab Governor, according to Advisor to the President Qayyum Soomro. ANI

Indian in UK claims diplomatic immunity to escape prosecution for 'attack' on wife
A high-ranking Indian diplomat in the UK has claimed immunity from prosecution after being quizzed by police over allegations that he attacked his wife at their official residence. ANI

Pak investigators searching for cleric who motivated Qadri to kill Salman Taseer
Pakistani investigators are looking for a cleric who had motivated elite security force protector Malik Mumtaz Qadri to assassinate Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. ANI

Now, fatwas demanding death for Sherry Rehman over Blasphemy Law softening stance
Following the assassination of liberal politician Salmaan Taseer, it has been reported that fatwas are being issued against Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Sherry Rehman, declaring her a non-Muslim and demanding a death sentence for her. ANI

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