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Cooperative action amongst SAARC nations crucial for development: Chidambaram
Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said the cooperative action amongst the SAARC nations in areas of common interest and concern will be crucial in meeting the efforts to provide a more secure environment to enable cooperation and development in the countries and the region. ANI

Terrorism is the most significant challenge to peace and security: Chidambaram
Stating that the lives and safety of the people continue to remain at significant risk from targeted, deliberate and cowardly terrorist outrages, Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said terrorism is the most significant existential challenge to peace and security in the region. ANI

Ex-model sues JetBlue over being offloaded for 'not wearing knickers'
A former model has sued JetBlue after its supervisor threw her out of a Florida-bound flight on the grounds that she was not wearing knickers. ANI

Democrat senator accused of 'sexual encounter' with friend's teenage daughter
Washington, July 23 Representative David Wu has been accused of having an 'unwanted sexual encounter' with the teenage daughter of a longtime friend. ANI

NY subway bomber's father found guilty of 'obstructing' terrorism investigation
The father of a man who plotted to bomb New York's subways has been found guilty of obstructing a terrorism investigation. ANI

UK woman jailed for helping paedophile rape her own schoolgirl daughter
A woman in Britain has been jailed after she helped a paedophile rape her own schoolgirl daughter and then went shopping while he did it. ANI

Romney wins Ohio GOP straw poll netting 25 percent votes
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has won the Ohio Republican Party Presidential Straw Poll with 25 percent of the vote. ANI

Proposed Saudi counter terrorism law that 'jails for criticizing king' sparks outrage
Human rights activists have said that a counter-terrorism law proposed by the Saudi Arabian government, that mandates jail sentences for criticizing the king, would effectively quash political dissent. ANI

Man with paralyzed legs becomes first ever to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with his arms
Chris Waddell has become the first man to climb Mount Kilimanjaro without using his legs. ANI

Combination strategies help get rid of Asian tiger mosquitoes
In an experimental research, a combination of mosquito eradication strategies was found to reduce the population of tiger mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus) by more than half. ANI

Ex-Daily Mirror journalist claims phone hacking was 'endemic' at organisatio
A former journalist for the Daily Mirror has claimed that the illegal phone hacking practice was 'endemic' at the newspaper during the time he worked there. ANI

Pak says 'will never accept Indian hegemony in region' following Clinton's clarion call
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Army chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani have stated that under no given circumstances will Pakistan accept Indian hegemony in the region. ANI

Motorized replica of Flintstone's iconic car goes on sale for 2,200 euros
A working replica of iconic Fred Flintstone's car is expected to fetch 2,200 euros when it goes on sale in Paris. ANI

A cautionary tale on Kashmir
The wings of Pakistan's notorious Inter-Services Intelligence are slowly being clipped by the US Justice Department, painstakingly and case by case. ANI

LA traffic cop fired for appearing in p*rn film during duty in uniform
A traffic cop in Los Angeles had to lose his job after he was caught appearing in a p*rn film while on duty and in uniform. ANI

Michelle Obama attacks 'food deserts' to combat child obesity
Michelle Obama has taken up a fight against "food deserts" - places where fresh produce and affordable, healthy choices are nonexistent - to battle the child obesity epidemic in the U.S. ANI

Fire Brigade called to cut ring stuck on Oz man's penis
The metropolitan fire brigade in Melbourne has urged men to be more careful while dealing with stainless steel washers and rings, and not risk getting them stuck on their penises. ANI

Skoda crowned most satisfying car to own in Britain
Even though Skoda has been the butt of motoring humour for decades, its drivers are having the last laugh, after the Czech carmaker came in tops for user satisfaction in the UK in a recent survey. ANI

Queen finds Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress display 'horrid'
The Queen has described the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress display as "horrid", after she and Kate were given a sneak preview of the exhibition. ANI

Many Oz Muslim women prefer to live under 'shadow civil code' sharia law
Thousands of Muslim women in Australia choose to live under a 'shadow civil code' known as sharia law, as they consider it a more secular option than the country's legal system. ANI

Pak providing security to 'bailed' terrorist behind Sri Lankan team attack
The Pakistan government has provided security guards to Malik Ishaq, a key suspect in the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, who was released from Kot Lakhpat Jail after the country's Supreme Court granted him bail. ANI

Obama hopeful of avoiding 'debt default' despite breakdown of talks
An emergency meeting called by US President Barack Obama with lawmakers on averting the debt default failed to yield any results, pushing the country closer to an economic crisis. ANI

Russian billionaire agrees for biggest divorce settlement in history!
A Russian billionaire's decision to pay "hundreds of millions of pounds" as divorce settlement to his second wife has made it the costliest marriage split in British legal history. ANI

US opposing disclosure of Abbottabad Commission report
The United States is reportedly pushing Pakistan not to make public the findings of the judicial commission investigating the May 2 raid on Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's compound Abbottabad. ANI

US mom arrested for forcing beer and cocaine on her kids
A Connecticut mother has been arrested on charges that she forced her 4-year-old son to drink a bottle of beer, and gave her 10-month-old daughter alcohol and cocaine. ANI

Romney would defeat Obama if elections were held today: Poll
US President Barack Obama could lose the presidency to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney if the election was held today, a poll has indicated. ANI

Abandoning Pak 'not an option': US
The United States' relationship with Pakistan is complicated and important, but walking away from the ties with the key ally is not an option, US President Barack Obama's National Security Adviser has said. ANI

Pak refuses permission for US Embassy in Quetta in latest sabre rattling episode
Pakistan has reportedly refused permission to the United States for opening an embassy in Quetta, the largest city and the provincial capital of Balochistan. ANI

Amnesty condemns surge of 'barbaric' public executions in Iran
Human Rights Group Amnesty International has denounced the renewed surge in the use of public executions across Iran. ANI

Apple overtakes Nokia as world's leading smartphone maker
Apple has surpassed Nokia to become the No.1 smartphone maker globally. ANI

Obama repeals 'don't ask, don't tell' policy to allow gays to openly serve in US army
Gays and lesbians will be able to openly serve in the US army within the next 60 days after the Obama administration repealed the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy. ANI

NZ bans 'Lucifer' and 'Adolf Hitler' baby names
Authorities in New Zealand have banned parents from calling their children Lucifer or Adolf Hitler. ANI

Is Large Hadron Collider's latest 'blip' indication of elusive 'God particle'?
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator- has picked up tantalising fluctuations which might - or might not - be hints of the sought-after Higgs boson particle. ANI

Your email style can reveal your identity
A new research has revealed that writing emails with too many typos or excessive punctuation could make you look apathetic or girly.o come to the conclusion, Frank McAndrew, of Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., and his colleagues asked 166 undergraduates to read emails with slight tweaks to their style and grammar. ANI

FBI arrests 12 more suspects for links with 'Pak spy' Fai
The United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested twelve people for allegedly having links with Kashmiri American Council (KAC) executive director Ghulam-Nabi Fai, who has been accused of acting as a Pakistani spy in the US. ANI

Google+ signs up 20 million people in just 3 weeks
Search giant Google's new social networking site has drawn 20 million users around the world, figures have revealed. ANI

BBC apologizes after presenter compares breastfeeding in public to 'sex in a restaurant'
The BBC has issued an apology after its radio presenter compared breastfeeding in public to having sex in front of other people. ANI

Assange's lawyer's phone records were hacked too by NotW
The lawyer of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said that he was among the people whose phones were hacked by Rupert Murdoch's 'News of the World'. ANI

NATO kills 50 Haqqani fighters in Afghanistan
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan special forces killed over 50 Haqqani fighters during an operation in the east of Afghanistan. ANI

Terrorism suspect ordered to leave London over fears of fundraising for Pak militants
A suspected terrorist has been ordered to live outside London because of the risk that he might participate in fundraising for Pakistani militant groups. ANI

NY baby beats odds of 48 million to 1 by sharing same b'day as his parents
A newborn baby boy in New York beat odds of 48 million to one when he came into the world on the same day his mom and dad were born. ANI

Hindu, Sikh teens in UK 'twice as likely to go to university' than Christians: Study
Hindu teenagers in Britain are almost twice as likely to go to university than those of a Christian faith, a research has found. ANI

Over 80 dead as Oslo comes under terror shooting-cum-blast attack
Two apparently coordinated attacks struck Norway, with at least 80 people shot to death at a youth political conference outside Oslo after a massive explosion in the capital's government district killed nearly seven people. ANI

Murdoch's Times of London 'starving Somalian bellyful of hacking' cartoon draws flak
A cartoon published in Rupert Murdoch owned British newspaper 'The Times of London' this week has drawn severe criticism. ANI

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