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International News on July 17, 2011

Modern employees prefer 12-hr, three-day-a-week shift model
It has emerged that modern employees favour longer shifts with fewer days over the traditional nine-to-five, Monday-to-Friday working system. ANI

ISI chief's Washington visit, a case of more divergence than convergence of ties
Though there is a view that the US visit of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt. Gem. Ahmad Shuja Pasha was a success in terms of mending bilateral ties, there is another school of opinion that casts doubts over this feeling of convergence, and believes that divergences still exist between the two allies on Afghanistan and the war against terrorism. ANI

Whisked off to Paris on private jet was last time Anni Dewani's family saw her 'truly happy'
For Anni Dewani's family, the woman murdered on her honeymoon in South Africa, the picture of Anni and her husband taken on the plane shortly before their engagement has a special significance because it was the last time they believe she was 'truly happy'. ANI

Indian students in Manchester start signature campaign against terrorism
Indian students in Manchester have started a signature campaign against terrorism. ANI

Pak Army responsible for poor ties with US, India: Taseer
Pakistan's defence forces, particularly the Army, should be blamed for the poor relations that the country has with both India and the United States, feels the son of slain former Pakistan Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. ANI

'Dying breed' butlers are back in vogue in Scotland
The 21st-century Scotland is seeing a renaissance of that most traditional of professions - the butler. ANI

Drop in US tourists sparks debate of Oprah effect on Australia Tourism
Australia spent 5 million dollars to bring Oprah Winfrey and 300 of her audience in December 2010, seeing it as an amazing opportunity for the country's tourism. ANI

Inmate wins payout for 'hurt feelings' from NZ Govt
A prison inmate, who took umbrage when he found out the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development (MSD) had wrongly listed him as having a conviction for domestic violence has won a compensation payout of 3500 dollars for breach of privacy and hurt feelings. ANI

Half of family docs in UK wish to have sex with patients
A new survey has revealed that half of family doctors in the UK want to relax the strict ethical rules, which ban them from having sexual relationship with their patients. ANI

Murdoch aide Rebekah Brooks arrested over NOTW phone-hacking scandal
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has been arrested in connection with an investigation into British tabloid News of the World's phone hacking scandal. ANI

Brit mum of 14 not shocked but 'jealous' of teen daughter's pregnancy!
A British mother of 14 - who receives more than 2,000 pounds a month in state handouts - has always encouraged her daughters to use contraception - but, rather inevitably, they have chosen to follow in her footsteps. ANI

US woman arrested for groping female TSA agent
A Colorado woman, who allegedly groped a female TSA agent at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix is facing a felony count of sexual abuse. ANI

Hindus 'critical of nose piercing ban in Orebroschool in Sweden'
Hindus are critical of the reported nose piercing banning policy of Grenadjar School (Grenadjarskolan) in Orebro in central Sweden, saying it may be unfair to female students of India descent. ANI

Kate Middleton mulling LA visit again with bikini
The Duchess of Cambridge has expressed her desire to visit Los Angeles yet again, this time with her bikini to relax. ANI

Zoomer the snail races to victory in world championships
A snail called Zoomer beat 120 competitors to win the world snail racing championships in Norfolk. ANI

Murdoch facing new allegations in phone-hacking scandal
Australian American media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his family are facing a series of damaging new allegations over their handling of the phone-hacking scandal. ANI

FBI probe into 'News Corp's 9/11 hacking claims' divides US along party lines
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation scandal has divided American politics along party lines, with senior Democrats calling for investigations into the company while some senior Republicans are playing down the crisis. ANI

Pak-Iran gas pipeline to be completed next year: Ahmadinejad
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that Tehran is likely to complete its section of the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline by the end of next year. ANI

Putin's German prize revoked after criticism across Europe
Germany has revoked its decision to award a prestigious political prize to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, citing criticism in Europe. ANI

Will Pippa compete against Prince Harry on 'Strictly Come Dancing'?
'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Craig Revel Horwood is looking to sign up Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry for the show's new series. ANI

Brit prison officer guilty of 'Carry On' sex romps with female inmate
A prison governor in Britain who regularly demanded sex from a woman inmate in a situation likened to a 'Carry On' film is now facing jail. ANI

Somali Al-Qaeda terror group 'recruited over 20 Minnesota men': Report
A Somali terror group linked to Al-Qaeda allegedly recruited over 20 young men from Minnesota to fight the Ethopian army. ANI

PPP leader killed by gunmen in Karachi
A senior Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader was killed by unidentified gunmen in Karachi late last night. ANI

'M and S' shoppers 'twice as likely to enjoy orgies than average Brits'
The customers of Marks and Spencer are twice as likely to enjoy orgies than other average Britons, according to a new survey. ANI

Reviewers slam Palin-documentary for one-sided portrayal of protagonist
Movie review critics have slammed the pro-Palin film 'The Undefteaed' for its faulty one-sided portrayal of Palin's rise to power in Alaska and national prominence. ANI

Aircraft carrying Zardari entourage escapes disaster, makes emergency landing
An aircraft carrying Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's entourage escaped disaster when the plane developed a snag mid-flight. ANI

Indian embassy in Oman to outsource passport, visa processing
The Indian embassy in Oman has decided to outsource processing service of passports and visas shortly. ANI

US urges Pakistan to improve trade ties with India
A top US official has urged Pakistan to improve its trade relations with India. ANI

Oz woman puts her kids up for sale on eBay as 'joke'
A woman from Victoria, Australia, is under investigation after she offered her two young children for sale to the highest bidder on eBay. ANI

Pak does not need US military trainers for counter-terrorism operations: ISI chief
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director-General Lieutenant-General Ahmad Shuja Pasha has conveyed to his CIA counterpart that Pakistan does not need military trainers for counter-terrorism operations. ANI

'Digvijay Singh can't be taken seriously,' says Gadkari in London
Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari, who is on a six-day visit to London, on Saturday criticized Congress Party general secretary Digvijay Singh for saying that the involvement of radical Hindu outfits could not be ruled out in the recent serial Mumbai bombings. ANI

Pak singer Asma Latta rejects allegations of being an 'Indian spy'
Renowned Pakistani singer Asma Latta has rejected the allegations of being a spy for India, saying she could never think to spy against the country that gifted her respect and popularity. ANI

No delay in FM talks with India, says Pakistan
Pakistan has said that there will be no delay in Foreign Minister level talks between Pakistan and India and expressed hope that talks will be held at the end of this month in New Delhi as per schedule. ANI

ISI chief's visit has nothing to do with military aid: ISPR
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Athar Abbas has said ISI Chief Lt General Ahmad Shuja Pasha's US visit has nothing to do with military aid. ANI

Democratic change needed in Pakistan: Musharraf
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said his country needs a real democratic change to over come the prevailing political situation. ANI

Hindus seek representation on Serbia 'Inter-religious Council'
The Hindus have commended Serbia for reported establishment of 'Inter-religious Council'. ANI

Pak Army partially takes over Shamsi airbase in Balochistan used for US drone strikes
The Pakistan Army has reportedly taken control of the Shamsi airbase, which was being used by US forces for operating and launching drone attacks. ANI

Pakistani woman in burqa assaulted at Niagara Falls
A 26-year-old Pakistani woman wearing a hijab was assaulted while on a visit to the famous Niagara Falls. ANI

Pak says negotiations on with US for resumption of military aid
Pakistan has said that its relations with the US are developing, especially on the civil side, and that the US has ensured continuation of civilian assistance to Pakistan, while negotiations are underway for the resumption of military assistance. ANI

Texas man set for execution for killing Indian in spree of 'patriotic' attacks after 9/11
A man in Texas will face execution for killing an Indian man in a string of hate crimes in the wake of the September 11 attacks. ANI

China calls Obama-Dalai Lama meeting 'gross interference in its internal affairs'
China has accused the United States of "grossly" interfering in its internal affairs and damaging relations between the two countries after President Barack Obama met the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. ANI

Hindus ask Macedonia to end Roma apartheid in its Presidency of Roma Decade
Despite six years into high-flown 'Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015' initiative, the Roma (Gypsy) people of Europe still reportedly live in apartheid like conditions, the Hindus have stressed. ANI

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