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Smile 'the 1st thing men are attracted to in a woman, not cleavage or legs'
A new study has suggested that a woman's smile is the first thing that attracts men, not cleavage or legs. ANI

Art scholar claims 'lost' Michelangelo find in Oxford University
A veteran Italian art scholar is claiming to have identified a previously unknown painting by Michelangelo at the University of Oxford. ANI

'Made In Chelsea' hunks fail to break Indian 'kissing' record, left gutted
'Made In Chelsea' stars Frederik Ferrier and Frances Boulle were left disappointed this week after they failed to break a kissing record held by India. ANI

800 n*ked men and women in Belgium fight with pillows for art project
Eight hundred men and women in Belgium have shed their clothes and fought with pillows for an art project. ANI

News of the World editor calls his staff 'most professional people' he ever worked with
British tabloid News of the World editor Colin Myler addressed staff at paper's Wapping headquarters as the last edition was sent to print, and told them that they were the 'most professional people' he had ever worked with. ANI

Rupert Murdoch arrives in London
News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch has arrived in London to diffuse tensions arising out of the closure of his tabloid, the News of the World over a phone hacking scandal. ANI

Australia to impose carbon emission tax on worst polluters
The Australian government has unveiled its plans to impose tax on carbon emissions from the nation's worst polluters. ANI

Churchill's secret World War II bunker unearthed in Coleshill
Archaeologists have unearthed a secret World War II 'bunker' that was used to train ordinary British people. ANI

Outrage over dog meat being sold in Philippines restaurants
Over half million dogs, snatched off the streets and illegally killed in the Philippines, end up in the country's restaurants which flout the law to satisfy the growing taste for dog meat. ANI

Fukushima nuke plant clean- up could take decades: Naoto Kan
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has said it could take decades to clean- up and decommission the Fukushima nuclear plant, which was crippled after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. ANI

Factionalism complicates talks between Nepal Govt, armed outfits
The Nepal Government has initiated talks with underground-armed outfits having political demands but the dialogue process appears complicated with different factions claiming to be the authentic group. ANI

UK Islamic radicals set to implement 'Sharia-controlled-zones'
Hardcore Islamists in Britain are set to kick off their new 'Sharia law enforcement zones' across the country, under which gambling, smoking, drugs and prostitution would be strictly prohibited. ANI

Cameron cools off at beer festival after cops arrest pal Andy Coulson
As British Prime Minister David Cameron knocked back one ale after another at the Charlbury Beer Festival, he appeared as though he is trying to cool off amid the growing phone hacking scandal which involves his mates Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson. ANI

Wills-Kat's 'love jet' offered them a real haven for privacy during first tour
The royal 'love jet' that has been a refuge for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their tour of Canada is being described as "no more luxurious than a good motor home", but it has certainly served as a paradise for the newly married couple who have been craving for some privacy. ANI

Amnesty International set to launch online TV program that offers 'edutainment'
Human rights organization Amnesty International is set to launch its first regular television program that aims mobilize new generation with entertainment and inspiring stories. ANI

China's railways carry 910 million passengers in first six months of 2011
China's Ministry of Railways has announced that the country's railways transported nearly 910 million passengers during the first half of the year, an increase from 12.2 percent during the same period in 2010. ANI

HuJI warns Pakistan against sharing information about it with India
The Al Qaeda-linked terrorist organisation, Harakat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI), has warned Pakistan against sharing information about it with India, according to police sources. ANI

People in Independent South Sudan seeks India's assistance
Residents of newly formed South Sudan have sought India's assistance in building of infrastructure in their country after celebrations to mark the first independence day on Saturday. ANI

Days before court hearing, Assange has birthday bash
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hosted a huge birthday bash this weekend, seemingly not worried about his crucial high court appearance on Tuesday. ANI

Honeymoon murder husband Dewani "visited gay fetish club"
Police are investigating claims that honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani regularly visited a gay fetish club for sex. ANI

'Hindu prayer room' in prestigious Mount Holyoke College of US
Munt Holyoke College, highly selective residential research college for women in South Hadley (Massachusetts, USA), reportedly has a 'Hindu prayer room'. ANI

Layton City Council in Utah opened with Hindu shlokas
The City Council of Layton (Utah, USA), settled in 1850, reverberated with Sanskrit shlokas from ancient Hindu scriptures on July 7 evening. ANI

Muslim women in New Zealand want to lift "veil of ignorance"
Muslim women in New Zealand have only one message for the world that they choose to cover their faces out of personal choice, and want to lift the "veil of ignorance" surrounding the way they dress. ANI

Egyptian PM orders sacking of 'pro- Mubarak' security officers
Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has ordered the sacking of all security officials who are accused of killing protestors during mass demonstrations that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in February. ANI

PTI to focus on political approach rather than force to end terrorism in Pak: Imran
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said his party's counterterrorism strategy would focus on a political approach, with force being the last and the least preferred option. ANI

Hindu and Episcopal leaders engage in dialogue in Utah
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed and Episcopal Bishop of Utah Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi met in Salt Lake City (Utah, USA) on July 7 and had a dialogue. ANI

Liberal advisor in Australia sacked after 'anti Prophet, anti-Islamic' web post
A liberal advisor in Australia has been sacked for posting anti-Islamic comments online, including a description of the Prophet Muhammad as "the first terrorist of Islam". ANI

Contaminated foreign-made components threatening US cyber security
A security official at the Department of Homeland Security has claimed that some foreign-made computer components are being manufactured to make it easier to launch cyber attacks on American companies and consumers. ANI

Iraq still confused over US troop pullout
Iraq's coalition government has failed to reach an agreement on whether to seek an extension of the US troop presence in the country beyond the December pullout date. ANI

Pak Court directs probe agency to present Mushraff's property details
An Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan has directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to provide full details of former military ruler, Parvez Musharraf's property. ANI

Chinese regulator not to shut down Google, Microsoft mapping services
China's State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping has said it will not shut down the online mapping services of Google and Microsoft. his is the first time that the regulator has denied that it would close the online mapping services of these two companies. The statement also banishes concerns that Google, might have to shut down its service in China due to a drop in its market share. ANI

Pakistan capable of capturing nuclear exports market in Middle East: Expert
Pakistan can capture the nuclear exports market in the Middle East by offering to share its expertise and services in this field, South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) Director General Maria Sultan has said. ANI

Foul-mouthed female 'Archie' CEO yells 'Penis! Penis!' in office!
A new lawsuit has slammed the female chief of 'Archie Comics' as an abusive tyrant, who is prone to vile office outbursts about the male genital organ. ANI

Iran reveals conducting missile tests into Indian Ocean under nose of US
Iran has revealed that it secretly conducted missile tests in the Indian Ocean earlier this year, right under the nose of the United States. ANI

Slain Pak scribe Shahzad's laptop still missing
The Pakistani judicial commission investigating the murder of journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad has received the call records from his mobile phone, however, the reporter's laptop is still missing. ANI

Former NotW editor says she had 'no knowledge whatsoever' of phone hacking
News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has told a committee of MPs' that she had 'no knowledge whatsoever' of any case of hacking while she was the News of the World editor. ANI

Gilani says his govt won't say 'Yes Boss' to US blindly like past Pak rulers
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has declared that his government will not follow the past rulers' policy of saying 'Yes Boss' to the United States on every matter. ANI

UK author jailed for criticizing 'Singapore's use of death penalty' freed
A British author has been freed from a Singapore prison after serving time for contempt of court over his book that insulted the judiciary in Singapore. ANI

Strauss-Kahn entered hotel with 'secret girlfriend' hours before alleged attack
Hours before Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly sexually assaulted a hotel maid, he was seen getting into the elevator with a mystery woman who has been identified by sources as his 'secret girlfriend'. ANI

NYT's 'wild claims' against Pak Army, ISI "baseless and mischievous": ISPR
Pakistan's military has rejected The New York Times reports accusing the army of colluding with militant groups and the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of ordering the killing of a Pakistani journalist over his scathing reports about militant infiltration in the country's military. ANI

Zawahiri is one of the terrorists residing in Pakistan's tribal region: Panetta
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said that al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is most likely in hiding in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). ANI

US to defer over one-third of annual military aid to Pakistan: Report
The Obama administration is suspending and, in some cases, cancelling hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to Pakistan's military over the expulsion of US military trainers from the country and to press its army to fight terrorists more effectively. ANI

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