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International News on July 24, 2011

Prince William gifts Kate late mum's favourite earrings
Prince William has gifted his new wife Kate a pair of earrings that belonged to his late mother Princess Diana. ANI

UK forestry body warns of loss of ancient woodland if high speed rail goes ahead
Britain's Forestry Commission has warned that almost 30 hectares of ancient woodland could be destroyed if the authorities give the green signal for the construction of a high speed railway line from London to Birmingham. ANI

Pak man strangled to death 'for refusing to marry his lover'
A man in Pakistan was strangled to death after he refused to marry his lover. ANI

Top Oz wine worth more than $1m 'accidentally destroyed'
An Australian wine maker has been left shocked and numb when his 2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove McLaren Vale Shiraz worth more than 1 million dollars went down the drain after it was dropped by a malfunctioning forklift. ANI

Despite anti US sentiment, Pakistanis love American fast food
Even as anti US sentiment keeps on rising, American fast food continues to entice a majority of Pakistanis. ANI

Liberals, pro-democracy activists vie for Egyptian minds, votes
Los Angeles, (July 2011) Egypt's liberals and pro-democracy activists are having trouble moving on from revolution to politics. ANI

Feminine hygiene cream manufacturers accused of racism
The use of 'talking' hands of black, white and Latina women to represent female genitalia was always meant to be provocative in feminine hygiene cream commercials, but now have been branded racist by some. ANI

Canada arrests Pakistani war criminal
Canada has arrested a suspected Pakistani war criminal after the government listed 30 wanted foreigners in the country. ANI

Afghan peace council member contradicts US claims of talks with Taliban
A member of the Afghan High Peace Council has said the US has failed to establish any communication with the Taliban hierarchy and no negotiations are going on between the two sides. ANI

Massachusetts's baseball club sells world's most expensive hot dog
A Massachusetts baseball team has introduced what they claim is the world's most expensive hot dog to stadium kiosks at price 80 dollars each. ANI

Oslo blasts: Muslims feel sting of initial blame
Right-wing websites have quickly pointed the finger at "jihadis," for the recent terror strikes in Norway that claimed 92 lives on Friday. ANI

Pak, US share strategic objective on combating terror groups: Khar
The United States and Pakistan share the strategic objective of combating terror groups and Islamabad does not need any cajoling on the issue, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, has told media here on the sidelines of an Asian security conference. ANI

'I expect positive results from Delhi dialogue,' says Pak FM Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has told reporters that she expected positive results from a meeting with her Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna next week. ANI

Chinese investors buying BBC's one billion media city
Chinese investors are buying BBC's one billion pound media city in Salford, Manchester. ANI

Pak audit report reveals Rs.35 billion worth of irregularities
A federal government audit report for 2010-11 has unearthed Rs.35 billion worth of massive irregularities and embezzlement in public spending. ANI

Pak's FIA submits details of Musharraf's property
Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has submitted details of the moveable and immoveable property of former president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf before the Rawalpindi Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) number 3, in connection with the Benazir Bhutto murder case. ANI

Kate Middleton and family victims of phone hacking?
Prince William's wife Catherine, her family and many members of the Royal household may have been victims of the New Of the World phone hacking scandal. ANI

After Sri Lanka polls, civil society groups say 'voters were threatened'
Civil society groups in Sri Lanka have said thousands of voting cards were confiscated and voters threatened with violence during the local elections. ANI

Chidambaram meets Pak counterpart Malik on SAARC sidelines in Bhutan capital
India's Home Minister P Chidambaram met his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik on Saturday on the sidelines of the fourth South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) interior ministers' conference in Thimphu, Bhutan. ANI

SAARC must take steps to fight terror: Malik
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has called for collective efforts by the SAARC countries to eliminate terrorism and deal with money laundering and organised crime. ANI

Pakistan, India set 905 and 514 prisoners free
India released total 514 Pakistani prisoners during the last four years (2008-11), while during the same period Pakistan released 905 Indian prisoners. ANI

Anti-terrorism court records statement of Taseer killing eyewitness
A Pakistani Anti Terrorism Court has recorded the statement of an eyewitness in the assassination case of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. ANI

Zardari, Gilani condemn Norway attacks
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani have strongly condemned the horrific terrorist attacks in Norway, which resulted in the death of 92 persons. ANI

Pakistani court releases suicide bomber on bail
A court has granted bail to a teenage suicide bomber saying all the charges slapped by the police on him were bailable offences. ANI

Anarchist threat grows as countdown to London 2012 begins
London Olympics organisers believe there is a greater threat of disruption to the Games from anarchist protesters than Islamist terrorism. ANI

'I want to know what her last words were', says Anni Dewani's mother
The mother of Indian-origin bride Anni Dewani, who was murdered during her honeymoon in Cape Town last year, says she is desperate to know her daughter's final words. ANI

Norway terrorist's lawyer says he will 'explain reasons for blast on Monday
A lawyer representing a Norwegian suspected of involvement in Friday's bombing and mass shooting in Oslo that claimed 92 lives, has said that the latter will reveal why he did what he did on Monday. ANI

Tristane Banon's lawyer met hotel maid who alleged sexual attack by Strauss Kahn
The lawyer of French writer Tristane Banon, who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her, has revealed that he has met the New York hotel maid who charged the former IMF head with rape. ANI

Iran says man killed on Saturday was a student, not nuke scientist
Iran has said the victim of Saturday's shooting incident was not a scientist involved in a disputed nuclear program, but a student. ANI

Oslo blast suspect planned attack out of fear of Islam
The Norwegian man charged Saturday with a pair of attacks in Oslo that killed at least 92 people, has left behind a detailed manifesto calling for a Christian war to defend Europe against the threat of Muslim domination. ANI

China train tragedy death toll reaches 33, over 190 injured
The death toll from late Saturday's tragic train derailment in China's Zhejiang province has reached 33 with possibilities to increase.he number of injured persons has also increased to over 190. ANI

Racists, backward, dumb, drunks: What Indian call centres are told about Aussies
Indian call centres are teaching their staff that Australia is the world's "dumbest continent" where people "drink constantly" and are "quite racist", American news magazine Mother Jones has said in a report. ANI

52 percent of White voters now favour Republicans: Poll
The Republican Party has made big gains among white voters since Democrat President Obama came to power in 2008, a research poll has revealed. ANI

3 Utah councils to have first Hindu opening prayers in over a century
In Utah (USA), the councils of Salt Lake County, West Valley City and Sandy City will reportedly have their first Hindu invocation on September 20, which is more than a century after these were established. ANI

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