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International News on July 20, 2011

Indian Ambassador to Oman releases self-help book for teens
Indian Ambassador to Oman, Anil Wadhwa released a new self-help book for teenage students titled 'I Too Am a Teenager, Born To Excel, Excel I will' on Tuesday. ANI

Oz women enraged over 'sexist' billboard advertisement of 'women with tools'
A Billboard advertisement about 'tools' in Australia has caused a furore among its women. ANI

US asks Pakistani aid agencies to advertise they get American money
In a bid improve its public image, the United States is pushing aid organizations working in Pakistan to advertise that they receive American assistance. ANI

With 5 babies born per second World population will hit 7 billion mark by October
The world's population will reach seven billion mark by October with five babies born every second, experts have claimed. ANI

HRCP slams barring of Sikhs from observing religious celebrations in Pak
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed concern after the Sikh community in Lahore was prevented from performing their religious celebrations by the Lahore police and Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) officials. ANI

Pak security officials impede foreigners entering Peshawar without NOCs
Pakistan security officials prohibited seven US citizens from crossing the Peshawar toll plaza without a No Objection Certificates. ANI

More than half Brit parents use Facebook to 'spy on children'
Most parents in Britain log onto social networking sites like Facebook to spy on what their children are doing, a study has revealed. ANI

Sharia law at working as 'shadow legal system' in Oz to promote polygamy, underage marriages
The Sharia law has become a 'shadow legal system' within Australia, endorsing polygamous and underage marriages that are outlawed under the country's legal systems. ANI

US missiles missed Al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki by inches in Yemen: Report
Just days after a US Navy SEALs raid killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, the American forces reportedly came within inches of killing US-born radical Islamic cleric and Al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen's Shabwa province. ANI

Murdoch firm 'deliberately thwarted' phone hacking police inquiry, says UK MP's report
News International, the United Kingdom newspaper publishing division of Rupert Murdoch-led News Corporation, was guilty of attempting to "deliberately thwart" the 2005-06 phone hacking investigation, a cross-party British parliamentary committee has concluded in its report. ANI

Man's call to 'shoot' Obama on web is 'free speech, not crime,' court rules
A US court has overturned the criminal conviction of a man accused of posting racial epithets and a call to 'shoot' US President Barack Obama on an Internet chat site, by calling it 'constitutionally protected' freedom of speech. ANI

Gadkari pitches for UK, European investments in BJP-ruled states
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari has invited British and European Union investments in BJP -ruled states in the field of green technologies and non-conventional energy sources like solar power, wind energy, bio-energy - bio-fuels etc. ANI

Gadkari meets UK foreign secretary, informed that Pak told to dismantle terror havens
British Foreign Secretary William hague has told visiting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari that the David cameron Government has firmly told Pakistan to take steps to dismantle the terro infrastructure on its soil. ANI

Karzai aide's killer received congratulatory calls from Pak post-assassination
The killer of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's close ally Jan Mohammad Khan had received telephone calls from Pakistan before and after the deadly shooting, Afghanistan Interior Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi has said. ANI

Ex-Oz PM Kevin Rudd to undergo heart surgery for second time
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will undergo heart surgery to replace his aortic valve. ANI

Python orgy sparks search for 7m-monster snake in Oz
A number of pythons that gathered for an orgy in a boatshed roof of a canoe club in Australia have sparked off a search for a 7m female snake nicknamed 'Nigini'. ANI

Gallup Poll chief puzzled by Obama's high approval rating
The editor in chief of the Gallup Poll, Frank Newport, has expressed surprise over the high approval rating of President Barack Obama. ANI

Obama fined 120 pounds for unpaid London congestion charge
United States President Barack Obama has been fined 120 pounds for not paying the congestion charge during his state visit to the United Kingdom in May. ANI

'I don't hate Obama for killing my father Osama', says Omar bin Laden
Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's fourth eldest son, Omar, has said that he doesn't hold a grudge against United States President Barack Obama for his father's slaying. ANI

CIA trains covert units of Afghans to continue fight against Taliban
Covert forces of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-trained Afghan paramilitaries are being built up to continue the US-led war on the Taliban as thousands of US troops prepare to leave the country. ANI

Indonesia urged to treat Lankan Tamil refugees with care
Malaysian Deputy Chief Minister P. Ramasamy expects the Indonesian government not to send back the 89 Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka detained off the Indonesian coast, and hopes they will be treated with care and compassion. ANI

Kate, Wills get 200 pounds compensation after in-flight entertainment fails on trip home
The Duke and Duchess Cambridge have been given 200 pounds as compensation after their in-flight entertainment failed during their trip home from the States. ANI

Michelle Obama to help build homes for military families on TV debut
First Lady Michelle Obama is set to appear on ABC show 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' as part of her initiative to support military families, the network announced on Tuesday. ANI

Queen's hairdresser urges Prince William to do a Wayne Rooney!
The Queen's hairdresser is reportedly encouraging balding Prince William to get a hair transplant like footballer Wayne Rooney. ANI

Taliban deny Mullah Omar death rumours
The Taliban on Wednesday said that the terrorist group's leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, was still alive. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymoon murder suspect Dewani accused of faking illness
Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire who has been charged with masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon in South Africa last year, may be sabotaging his own mental health, a London court has heard. ANI

Bahrain to investigate poet's prison torture claim against royal family member
Allegations of torture against a female member of Baharian's royal family made by the 20-year-old student poet Ayat al-Gormezi, are to be investigated by a special committee of the Interior Ministry. ANI

China's motor vehicles hit 217 million mark
The number of motor vehicles in China hit the 217 million mark at the end of June, according to a report. ANI

Chinese police 'gunned down' 14 rioters in Xinjiang attack
Chinese Police shot down 14 rioters who attacked a police station in Hotan city of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur region, an official has said. ANI

British troops to handover Lashkar Gah city to Afghan security forces
British troops are planning to hand over the control of the city of Lashkar Gah in volatile Helmand province to Afghan security forces. ANI

ISI didn't shelter Osama in Abbottabad: Pak official
A former Pakistan army officer, who is part of the commission probing the secret US military raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, reckons that that Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was not sheltering the Al-Qaeda chief in Abbottabad. ANI

Osama 'confronted' US Navy SEALs in 'fierce battle' before death: Al-Qaeda magazine
A new edition of Al-Qaeda's official magazine, Inspire, claims that Osama bin Laden had fought back in a "vicious battle" with the US Navy SEALs before being killed on May 2. ANI

Baidu's new pay deal aims to clean up China's piracy-plagued music market
China's leading search engine Baidu has announced it will now distribute music from three global labels under a new deal that could help clean up the country's piracy-plagued music market. ANI

'India-baiter' US Republican Dan Burton largest recipient of ISI Kashmir cause cash
US Republican Party member Dan Burton is reportedly the largest individual recipient of money from two alleged Pakistani spies who channelled million of dollars to influence members of the US Congress on the Kashmir issue. ANI

Women who constantly worry about their weight may hinder career
A survey has found that women who constantly worry about their weight could end up endangering their own career prospects. ANI

Wills-Kat move into 'modest' home at Kensington Palace
Royal newlyweds Prince William and Catherine have finally moved into their first official marital home in Kensington Palace, it has been revealed. ANI

Over 20 'hackers' arrested in US, UK and Netherlands
Police in the US, Britain and the Netherlands have arrested over 20 people as part of an investigation into major cyber attacks. ANI

GOP hopeful Bachmann says 'migraines won't affect her ability to serve as president'
Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann has admitted she suffers from migraines, but added that the headaches are 'easily manageable with medication' and would not hamper her ability to serve as President. ANI

US to cut off Pak aid unless 'given access to Osama's relatives in Abbottabad'
A United States House of Representatives panel has unveiled a bill that would block the country's aid to Pakistan unless it allows access to Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's relatives living in Abbottabad. ANI

'Frayed' US-Pak relations set to worsen with arrest of alleged ISI spy in Virginia
Relations between Washington and Islamabad are set to deteriorate further with the US Justice Department charging two men alleged to have been Pakistani spies. ANI

Has Carla Bruni turned Sarkozy into nascent 'culture vulture'?
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is reportedly in a quest to polish up his cultural credentials to join the ranks of well-read leaders like Francois Mitterrand. ANI

Controversial Diana Memorial Fund to finally close by end of 2012
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund set up after her death in 1997 will be closed at the end of 2012 after donating more than 100million pounds to 350 good causes, it has emerged. ANI

Nazi war criminal 'Angel Of Death' Mengele's diaries up for grabs
The diaries of Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele, the so-called "Angel of Death" are set to go under the hammer in the US. ANI

Cows to be decorated on Janmashtami at Beatle Harrison-donated temple in England
Former Beatle George Harrison-donated Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple in England will reportedly dress a herd of Jersey cows in multi-colored decorations to celebrate Lord Krishna's birthday Janmashtami on August 21-22. ANI

Hindus greet Pagans on Lughnasadh/Lammas
The Hindus have sent early greetings to various Pagan communities world over for upcoming Lughnasadh/Lammas festival. ANI

Kashmiri American Council's London office tilting UK policy over Kashmir issue?
The Pakistan government has been operating a front organization in London to exert political pressure on the British government over the Kashmir issue, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has claimed. ANI

Phone hacking whistleblower Sean Hoare's death 'not suspicious' say police
The death of News of the World phone hacking scandal whistleblower, Sean Hoare is not suspicious and there is no evidence of 'third party' involvement, police have said. ANI

Man accused of Rupert Murdoch foam pie attack charged
The protester accused of throwing a paper plate of foam at Rupert Murdoch has been charged with a public order offence. ANI

Veggie Hindus served meat in NJ eatery sue for 'purification' trip to India payment
A group of vegetarian Hindu diners have sued a restaurant in New Jersey for serving them meat-filled pastries, asking the restaurant to pay for their trip to India for a 'cleansing ritual'. ANI

ISI plotted for decades to influence US policy over Kashmir issue: FBI
Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spent four million dollars over two decades in a covert attempt to influence US policy over the Kashmir issue, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has claimed. ANI

WNS Ranked Among Global Services 100
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, announced that the company featured as 2011 Global Services 100 provider in the 6th Annual GS100 study conducted by Global Services (GS), an annual global outsourcing industry analysis firm, in association with NeoGroup, the globalization and sourcing advisory firm Business Wire India

LifeSize Connections Merges Simplicity and Performance by Bringing HD Video Conferencing to the Cloud
LifeSize, a division of Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGI) (SIX:LOGN), today announced LifeSize® Connections™, a cloud-based HD video conferencing platform that delivers immersive, multiparty communication at enterprise-level quality Business Wire India

LifeSize Introduces LifeSize Passport Connect, Optimized for Cloud Video Conferencing
LifeSize, a division of Logitech (NASDAQ: LOGI) (SIX: LOGN), today announced LifeSize® Passport Connect™, an HD video conferencing system optimized for cloud-based platforms with plug-and-play technology and a price that can enable broader deployments for telecommuters and remote offices. Business Wire India

ZTE to Team with Industry Giants to Develop 10 International Innovation Centers
ZTE Corporation (ZTE) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced that it would team up with several global telecommunications giants to create 10 international innovation centers in Europe and South America Business Wire India

Reebok and Swizz Beatz Announce “It’s Showtime!”
Last night in New York City, to an audience of global celebrities and influencers, Reebok Classics and Swizz Beatz unveiled their biggest joint project to date – the 2011 Reethym of Lite campaign Business Wire India

Pemco Converting B737-400 Combi for the US Department of the Interior
Pemco World Air Services disclosed details of a joint project to convert a number of B737-400 passenger aircraft to Combi configuration with the U.S. Department of the Interior. These aircraft will be operated by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a separately organized agency within the U.S. Department of Energy. Business Wire India

Global Top-Fifteen Pharma Company Selects Cegedim Relationship Management’s SaaS Solution for Optimizing Alignment of Sales Forces and Territories
Cegedim Relationship Management, the world’s leading provider of Life Sciences-specific customer relationship management (CRM) solutions, announced that a global top-fifteen pharmaceutical company selected its sales force alignment solution, Organization Manager™, for implementation in 70 countries Business Wire India

PetroAlgae Feed Meal Confirmed as New Source of High Value Commercial-Scale Feed for Dairy Cattle
PetroAlgae Inc. (OTCPK: PALG), a leading renewable energy company that licenses its commercial micro-crop technology globally, announced the completion of a major third party study showing that PetroAlgae micro-crop meal performs as well as alfalfa in dairy cattle diets Business Wire India

First MEF Certified Professionals Announced and On-line Registration for MEF-CECP Certification Now Available
Following the March announcement of the MEF Professional Certification program, the MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) is pleased to announce that online registration for the MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) exam is now available at and Business Wire India

GEO-COALTM undergoes SGS’s Performance Sampling and Laboratory Tests
Total Sinergy International (TSI) today announced that byproducts of its proprietary coal upgrading technology, GEO-COAL™, underwent performance sampling and laboratory tests by an internationally accredited independent entity, Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) Business Wire India

Bank of America Reports Second-Quarter 2011 Financial Results
Bank of America Corporation has reported a net loss of $8.8 billion, or $0.90 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2011, compared with net income of $3.1 billion, or $0.27 per diluted share, in the year-ago period. Excluding certain mortgage-related items and other selected items, net income was $3.7 billion1, or $0 Business Wire India

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