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International News on July 13, 2011

Women's love for shopping is handed down by their mums
The age-old mystery why women love shopping may finally have been answered - with a new research suggesting that mothers may be responsible for passing on the habit to their daughters. ANI

China pledges support for Pak in wake of US military aid cut
China has pledged its support for Pakistan following the United States' decision to suspended 800 million dollars in military assistance to Islamabad. ANI

Deadly haul of weapons seized from Brit school children as young as six: Report
Hundreds of deadly weapons including swords, knives, axes and a meat cleaver have been seized from school children in Britain. ANI

Wife of 'missing' Pak doc involved in Osama op not ready to believe he was CIA agent
The wife of 'missing' Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi is in disbelief that he had been working for the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to help them track down Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. ANI

Al-Qaeda posing 'cyber jihad threat' using Facebook, other social media sites, warns UK
The Al-Qaeda is increasingly using online technology to plan attacks in pursuit of a 'cyber-jihad', it has emerged. ANI

Notice issued to Pak govt. on plea for suspending Sarbajit Singh's death sentence
The Lahore High Court Chief Justice has issued a notice to the federal government over an application urging to suspend the execution of death sentence awarded to Indian prisoner Sarbajit Singh alias Manjit Singh. ANI

Hindus welcome Gaga's interest in Hinduism, reincarnation
The Hindus have welcomed American pop star Lady Gaga's reported interest in Hinduism and reincarnation. ANI

US woman drugs hubby, cuts off his pe**s, throws it in garbage disposal
A woman in California drugged her husband, and tied him to his bed, and when he woke up she cut off his pe**s and tossed it in the garbage disposal, police said on Tuesday. ANI

Now, Australians flock to Facebook to wage war on the burqa
People in Australia are now using social networking sites to urge others to participate in action demanding that burqas be outlawed and to express their anger against the controversial garment. ANI

Corruption in China tops list of netizens' concerns: Report
Official corruption in China is the chief cause of concern for netizens, a leading think tank has said. ANI

China says its protecting human rights by trying to curb forced confessions
China has taken steps to curb forced confessions and other illegal means of obtaining testimony, in order to protect human rights in the country. ANI

Brit scoops whooping œ161m in EuroMillions jackpot!
One person from the UK - who has not been identified - has overnight been catapulted into a premier league of millionaires. ANI

Obama, Putin battling with oversized penises in Moscow's sex museum
Moscow's first sex museum opened last month is already courting controversy for featuring soviet condoms, a wall of drawings celebrating spanking, and US President Barack Obama and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin fighting against each other with oversized penises as main attractions. ANI

Lost statue of Roman emperor Caligula unveiled in Rome
A massive statue of the notorious Roman emperor Caligula sitting on an elaborate throne, has been unearthed from an illegal dig south of Rome. ANI

US Senator slams Pak for not sharing key databases for identifying terrorists
A senior Republican on the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security has slammed Pakistan for not sharing its databases with the US. ANI

Truck spills 14 million bees, honey on US highway
Clean-up crews spent hours trying to deal with over 14 million bees and their honey after a delivery truck overturned on a highway in Idaho. ANI

Strauss-Kahn texted French writer 'Do I scare you?' following alleged rape attempt
Dominique Strauss-Kahn reportedly sent a text message to a French writer who has filed a criminal complaint against him for attempted rape, asking, 'Do I scare you?' ANI

UN steps up aid to thousands fleeing Pak military offensive in Kurram agency
The United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said that it is stepping up its help to people fleeing the recent Pakistan military operation against insurgents in Kurram agency. ANI

Princess Charlene's father forced to defend Monaco Royal marriage
The father of Monaco's new princess, Charlene Wittstock, has dismissed rumours that her state marriage to Prince Albert was a sham. ANI

China's growing space capabilities for military use
China is perfecting a ballistic missile capable of sinking American nuclear super carriers at long range by taking rapid strides towards creating a network of reconnaissance satellites, according to a report. ANI

Wali Karzai killing huge setback for US efforts in Kandahar: Officials
In the months before his death, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's half-brother Ahmed Wali Karzai had quietly rebuilt his relationship with the United States and emerged as the most influential ally for American commanders and diplomats seeking to quell the Taliban insurgency in Kandahar, US officials have said. ANI

Pastry chef to sue hotel for calling her a whore, harassing her with food
A pastry chef at the Plaza Hotel's Oak Room, is suing the restaurant and her former boss Eric Hara, on charges of physical and sexual harassment on a daily basis with food. ANI

Cheques will not be scrapped in 2018 because there are no better alternatives
Banks have dropped plans to axe the cheque by 2018, as they don't see viable alternatives. ANI

Corruption costing Pak three-trillion rupees annually sans the scandals: Transparency
Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) has revealed that during the last three years of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)-led coalition government in Pakistan, corruption has cost the nation over three trillion rupees. ANI

Now, a 'Sleep Tie' that doubles up as a pillow for quick snooze in office!
Now, Japan's overworked businessmen can have a quick nap at the office by resting their heads on their ties. ANI

Soon, Google online maps in real time videos
At first glance it looks like any other three dimensional map, but zoom in a little closer, and you will see cars moving and people walking around - all in real-time. ANI

Asian-American group takes aim at 'racist' 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' Brooklyn showing
An Asian-American group is up in arms over plans to screen "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in Brooklyn Bridge Park, alleging that Mickey Rooney's portrayal of a buck-toothed, bumbling Japanese man in the flick is offensive and racist. ANI

Japan to help build 3.48 million dollar flood warning system in Pak
Japan will grant an assistance of about 3.48 million dollars to Pakistan for a project to strengthen flood warning and management capacity of the country. ANI

GAO report shows gaping holes in US intelligence on overseas terrorists
Gaping holes remain in the United States' databases of overseas terrorists as well as in passport security even a decade after September 11 attacks, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has concluded. ANI

MQM chief accuses Pak govt. of plotting against armed forces, ISI
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has said that the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)-led coalition government was plotting against the armed forces, the ISI and institutions responsible for the national security in collusion with the United States. ANI

Pak-US ties resemble 'The Odd Couple', says Cameron Munter
The United States Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, has said that the relationship between the US and Pakistan bears resemblance with that of Scar and Felix, the two protagonists of Neil Simson's 1965 play 'The Old Couple', which he launched here at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA). ANI

Men who flirt in office maybe doing so just out of boredom!
Don't get smitten by men who flirt with you at work place - as a new study has indicated that many of them do so just to relieve boredom. ANI

How an active sex life will keep one young, toned, healthy
Sex, which is said to make one look and feel young by boosting the skin's production of Vitamin D, has, as revealed by an expert, many other advantages. ANI

54 percent French voters prefer 'sex scandal hit' Strauss-Kahn to Sarkozy: Poll
A majority of French voters would prefer to vote for Dominique Strauss-Kahn rather than for Nicolas Sarkozy, a survey has revealed. ANI

US debt fight hurting Barack Obama
The raising of the nation's debt ceiling is demoralizing consumers, analysts suggest, and threatening President's Barack Obama's bid for a second term in the White House. ANI

French document that decoded German WW1 'invisible ink formula' on display
A series of declassified documents that show how the French cracked Germany's secret ink formulas dating back to World War One has been put on display in Washington D.C. ANI

Gaddafi running out of both fuel and cash: US intelligence
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is facing dramatic fuel and cash shortages, according to latest US intelligence reports. ANI

Pak's ISI chief heads to US for bilateral talks
The Director-General of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Lieutenant-General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, will arrive in Washington today for bilateral talks, as relations between the two allies hit a new low over military aid cuts. ANI

Pak Navy constructing missile boat with China's help
The Pakistan Navy has started building a missile boat with China's cooperation in Karachi. ANI

Gordon Brown condemns 'disgusting work, criminal links' of News International
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has claimed Rupert Murdoch's media group has 'links with the criminal underworld' and accused it of using 'disgusting' methods to gain access to personal information. ANI

UK is Europe's top spot for permanent migrants: Report
Most immigrants prefer settling down permanently in Britain rather than any other European country, a study has revealed. ANI

Top US commander in Pak to defuse bilateral tension
The United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) Commander, General James N. Mattis, is in Pakistan in an apparent move to defuse tension with the close ally over the suspension of military aid. ANI

Threat of gossip helps keep selfishness at bay
Gossip, which can be hurtful and mean, has for once been seen as a way of making sure people will share and cooperate. ANI

US pressures Pak to free doctor who helped CIA track down Osama
The United States is pressing Pakistan to release Dr. Shakil Afridi, who has been arrested by the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) for helping the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) track down Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. ANI

Female salon owner keeps robber as sex slave, feeding him only Viagra
A Russian man who tried to rob a hair salon got more than what he had bargained for when the female shop owner, a karate black belt, overpowered him, stripped him n*ked, and for the next three days, used him as a sex slave to 'teach him a lesson' - force feeding him Viagra to keep the lesson going. ANI

Pak military offensive forces thousands to leave Kurram Agency
The Pakistan government has confirmed that around 85,000 people have left Kurram agency after a military operation was launched against militants in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) last week. ANI

Luanda is world's most expensive city, New York a distant 32
Angola's oil rich capital Luanda is the world's most expensive city, while New York is now placed at a distant 32 in a yearly study undertaken by the Mercer Group. ANI

Soon, 'social X-Ray' glasses to tell you what your date is thinking!
Wouldn't you just love to know what your date is thinking when the two of you are having conversations? ANI

US, Chinese officials named to key IMF posts
The International Monetary Fund will appoint White House aide David Lipton as its No. 2 official and elevate Zhu Min of China to a newly-created deputy managing director post. ANI

Now, savour a sound night's sleep at this special 'snore-proof' hotel!
There really is nothing worse than being kept up all night because of your partner's snoring. ANI

California explorer to use side-scan sonar to locate Bin Laden's body in sea
California-based explorer Bill Warren has announced that he will try to find the body of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden with the help of a side-scan sonar. ANI

Adolf Hitler's fake British currency notes to go under the hammer
Four examples from the 134 million-pound worth set of counterfeit bank notes that Hitler had got printed as part of 'Operation Bernhard' to spark inflation and a cash crisis in Britain during World War Two, will go under the hammer next month. ANI

Military aid cut will deepen Pak distrust of US: Official
The United States decision to suspended 800 million dollars in military assistance to Pakistan will deepen the distrust between Islamabad and Washington, a Pakistani military official has said. ANI

HRW urges Obama to probe Bush torture allegations
Human Rights Watch has urged US President Barack Obama to order a criminal investigation into alleged torture tactics sanctioned by predecessor George W. Bush and senior figures in his administration. ANI

KCI Announces Agreement to Be Acquired by Consortium Including Apax Partners, CPPIB and PSP Investments in Transaction Valued at $6.3 Billion
Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (NYSE: KCI) today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which a consortium comprised of funds advised by Apax Partners, together with controlled affiliates of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board, will acquire KCI for $68 Business Wire India

smartTrade Technologies to provide Connectivity to EBS for Streaming Prices
smartTrade Technologies, an industry leader in cross-asset liquidity management software today announced that the LiquidityConnect™ component will provide fully scalable and redundant connectivity for EBS customers wishing to stream prices directly to the EBS platform. Business Wire India

Power Integrations’ New HiperPFS™ Design Enables 97%-Efficient Active Power Factor Correction in a 900-Watt Power Supply
Power Integrations (Nasdaq:POWI), the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, today published a new design example report (DER-274) describing a 900-watt power supply with 97%-efficient active power factor correction (PFC) Business Wire India

JCOC Research Study to Analyze Hispanic Jewelry Consumer
In 2005 the Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council® (JCOC), a subsidiary of MVI Marketing Ltd.® (MVI), developed the first ever measurement of the U.S. Hispanic Jewelry Consumer Market. The Hispanic Jewelry Market in the USA: The Hidden Giant, released in February of 2005, revealed the jewelry buying habits and expectations of the U.S Business Wire India

BATS Global Markets and Chi-X Europe Extend Agreement Terms
The boards of BATS Global Markets (BATS) and Chi-X Europe has agreed to extend the terms of the proposed acquisition of Chi-X Europe by BATS. Business Wire India

Early Rapid Worldwide Success of iPhone MelApp Reported by Health Discovery Corporation
Health Discovery Corporation (OTCBB: HDVY), a molecular diagnostics company that uses patent protected advanced mathematical techniques for personalized medicine, says its game-changing iPhone app, MelApp, has the potential to change the face of early detection against the world’s fastest growing cancer. Business Wire India

Economist Intelligence Unit, Quintiles Find Innovation is Vital to Future of Biopharma
A new Economist Intelligence Unit survey sponsored by Quintiles highlights the urgent need for biopharmaceutical industry innovation. The survey comes as the biopharma sector reaches the patent cliff – this year and next, seven of the world’s 15 top-selling drugs, accounting for nearly $50 billion in sales in 2009, will go off-patent. Business Wire India

SafeNet Simplifies the Software Licensing and Entitlement Management Integration Process – Accelerating Cloud Service Time-to-Market
SafeNet, Inc., a global leader in information security, announced that Sentinel Cloud is now supported by the Dell Boomi AtomSphere cloud integration platform, enabling cloud service providers to easily connect SafeNet’s licensing and entitlement management services with their existing on-premise or cloud-based back-office systems Business Wire India

United Nations Federal Credit Union and Gemalto Publicize Increased Member Spend with Chip and PIN Payment Card
Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, marked the first year since the launch of United Nations Federal Credit Union’s (UNFCU) globally compliant chip and PIN credit cards with newly released results of the financial cooperative’s effectiveness study Business Wire India

Octagon Research Solutions, Inc. Advances Regulatory Cloud Strategy, Expands Internationally
Octagon Research Solutions, Inc., leading provider of breakthrough software and services to the life sciences industry, announces that Content Manager and Document Publisher join Submission Manager as the next applications built on Octagon’s QuantumTM platform Business Wire India

Singapore Company Registration Statistics for June 2011 Published by, a leading Singapore-focused business information portal has today published its Singapore Company Incorporation Statistics Report for June 2011 Business Wire India

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