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International News on June 25, 2011

India seeks global action to achieve higher agriculture production
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has stressed the need for concerted global action to achieve higher agriculture production in order to meet the growing demand of foodgrains. ANI

China represents most significant espionage threat to UK: Official
The Chinese government represents one of the most significant espionage threats to the United Kingdom, a British official has said. ANI

Drought in northwest China disrupts water supplies to 2 million people
A prolonged drought in China's Gansu Province has disrupted drinking water supplies to over two million people, provincial authorities have said. ANI

Seattle terror suspect Abdul-Latif 'full of praise' for Islamist radical cleric al-Awlaki
Seattle terror suspect Abu Khadir Abdul-Latif, a disciple of Islamist radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki had posted multiple comments on-line praising him. ANI

Outrage over p*rn pictures found in Malaysian mosque
Chief Imam of the State Mosque Yusuff Ahmad has lodged a police report after pornographic pictures were found among the pages of 11 copies of the Surah Yassin at Georgetown in Malaysia. ANI

Healthy eating, exercise, right sleep patterns vital to curb child obesity
A new report from the Institute of Medicine has suggested the imperatives for curbing the shooting rate of obesity among America's young children. ANI

French woman marries her dead fiance!
A woman in France is so in love with her fiance that two-years after he was killed in a car crash she married him. ANI

Afghan withdrawal plan will fail, could signal end of US empire: Expert
United States President Barak Obama's plan of withdrawing 33,000 American troops from Afghanistan by September 2012 will fail, a US expert has said. ANI

Pak accountability bureau's former bosses not answerable to anyone?
The former chairman and other senior officials of Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau do not believe in their own accountability, as they are enjoying official perks and privileges even after their removal from the NAB. ANI

Iranian films projecting country's political struggle hit box office success
Two Iranian films projecting politically sensitive topics have been big successes at the box office, after being screened in different theatres across Tehran. ANI

Nawaz agreed to a "sell out" on Kashmir during Vajpayee's Lahore visit: Musharraf
Former Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf has blasted ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, branding him a "liar" and accusing him of maligning the army. ANI

Famed Glastonbury Festival has a Krishna Tent
There is a Krishna Tent at the world famous Glastonbury Festival, said to be the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world, being held in England from June 22-26, according to reports. ANI

Pippa Middleton spends night at 'former boyfriend' Alex Loudon's home
Pippa Middleton, who is said to have split with boyfriend Alex Loudon, was recently spotted leaving the plush flat of the former England all-rounder, having spent the night there. ANI

TV is turning teenagers off learning foreign languages
A BBC journalist has suggested that the TV, Internet and music are turning teenagers off learning foreign languages. ANI

Most Australians believe gender equality is 'still a long way to go' in country
Nearly two-thirds of Australian women and almost half of the men believe the country is yet to achieve full gender equality, according to a new poll. ANI

Yemeni President Saleh to return home 'within days': Official
Embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who traveled to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment after being wounded in an attack on his compound, will return to Sanaa in the next few days, an official has said. ANI

US says it's "very gratified to see India, Pakistan talking"
The United States has expressed gratification over the just-concluded talks between India and Pakistan. ANI

Twitter, Facebook postings can kill dreams of landing your dream job
Getting selected for that dream job has just got tougher, as companies are now scouring Facebook and Twitter accounts to know an applicant's personal details before hiring. ANI

Pak must end 'policy of exporting jihad' for sake of own survival: Editorial
Pakistan must stop following its four-decade-old policy of exporting jihad, which has only yielded diminishing returns for the country, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

India not allergic to the K word anymore

Malay govt offers gold dinar, dinner to men who reveal polygamous marriages
Malaysian husbands may soon be given gifts in the form of a gold dinar or a dinner for two at a restaurant if they do not hide their polygamous marriages. ANI

'Style icon' Kate Middleton using personal shoppers to buy her outfits
Kate Middleton has taken to using personal shoppers to assemble her wardrobe ahead of her first overseas tour with Prince William. ANI

Real threat in the region emanates from Pakistan: Kerry
Now that the United States is set to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, it is time to focus on the real threat in the neighborhood- the one coming from Pakistan, US Senator John Kerry has said. ANI

Pakistanis consume $1.2bn of heroin every year: UN
Pakistanis consume 1.2 billion dollars worth of heroin every year, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. ANI

Musharraf, Zardari 'gurus' of each other: Shahbaz Sharif
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and former military ruler Pervez Musharraf are 'gurus' of each other, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said. ANI

Pak Army 'crown of our heads': Shahbaz Sharif
In contrast to the Pakistan Muslim League-N's sharpened attacks on the country's military leadership in recent days, party leader and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has called the army "the crown of our heads." ANI

American Medical Association slams photoshopping of images of celebrities
The American Medical Association has slammed photoshopping of images of celebrities as it says such alterations can contribute to unrealistic expectations of appropriate body image - especially among impressionable children and adolescents. ANI

Will-Kat cancel plan to attend Rugby World Cup in New Zealand
It has emerged that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have dropped their plans to visit New Zealand and Australia in October until next year. ANI

NATO's 'airpower alone' not enough to uproot Gaddafi regime: Defence experts
NATO lacks the firepower to uproot the regime of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, defence experts have warned. ANI

Brit High street stores duping women with 'fanta-sizing' vanity trend
High street stores in Britain have been criticised for starting a vanity trend dubbed "fanta-sizing", which dupes overweight women into buying clothes with size labels that are wildly inaccurate. ANI

NATO forces trying to 'kill Gaddafi', says top US admiral
The top US admiral involved in the Libyan war has admitted to a US congressman that NATO forces are actively targeting and trying to kill Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

US boosting Afghanistan's defence against 'overt and covert' security challenges
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has accused Pakistan of trying to have a say in Afghan affairs, and stated that the United States was building up Afghanistan's capacity to defend itself against regional and other players pushing to gain influence in the country. ANI

NATO forces tracking Gaddafi 'lair to lair', but less than half its airstrikes hitting their targets
NATO forces are reportedly tracking Colonel Muammar Gaddafi from 'lair to lair' around Libya, as reports emerged that less than 50 percent of airstrikes are hitting their targets. ANI

Indonesian court acquits Playboy editor in indecent photos conviction case
The former editor of the Indonesian version of Playboy magazine has been released from prison following his Supreme Court acquittal. ANI

Early chemical exposure may affect teen girls' breast development
Exposure to chemicals early in life may alter the way a teenage girl's br**ts develop and raise her risk of developing cancer in later years, a new research has warned. ANI

Obama administration assures Congress Pak leaders were unaware of Osama's presence
The Obama administration has sent a letter to US Congress, assuring the lawmakers that senior military and civilian leaders in Pakistan were not aware of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's presence in Abbottabad. ANI

Egyptian businessman pleads guilty to 'kissing, groping' NY hotel maid
Egyptian businessman Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar has pleaded guilty to kissing and groping a hotel maid at the Pierre hotel, and faces a possible seven-year prison term besides a five million dollar lawsuit. ANI

Pippa Middleton to get own bullet-proof car from her parents
Pippa Middleton whose butt had attracted worldwide attention since the Royal Wedding would be getting an armour-plated car as a gift from her parents. ANI

Iran prison guards doling out condoms to criminals to rape opposition activists: Report
Prison guards in Iran are giving condoms to criminals and encouraging them to rape young opposition activists locked up with them, it has emerged. ANI

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei banned from Twitter for a year
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei who was released this week after spending two months in detention, has been banned from posting on social networking site Twitter or accepting interviews for a year. ANI

Asians in Australia targeted in brazen conman's migration scam
Asians on temporary visas in Melbourne have been warned to be wary of a conman who is estimated to have stolen over two million dollars for fraudulent migration claims. ANI

"Terror has a religion and it is Islam," says Israeli PM's son on Facebook
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's 19-year-old son has posted obscene comments about Arabs and Muslims on his Facebook page, an Israeli paper has reported. ANI

World's most advanced robot with muscles, tendons that corrects its own mistakes created
A team of scientists at the University of Zurich have created the world's most advanced robot. ANI

Mullah Omar's son-in-law one of secret envoys at peace talks with US
Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, who is living in exile in Pakistan, has sent his son-in-law as part of a secret delegation which met British, American and German officials in Qatar this year, to broker an Afghan peace deal. ANI

US House slams Obama on Libya, but doesn't cut funds for operations
The House of Representatives strongly criticised US President Barack Obama over his handling of the U.S. military intervention in Libya, but fell short of cutting off funds for the conflict. ANI

NYT report "part of well-orchestrated campaign against Pak security institutions": ISPR
Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations has reacted sharply to a US media report suggesting that a militant group with ties to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) could have functioned as Osama bin Laden's support network in Pakistan. ANI

Now, hackers post Ex-British PM Tony Blair's personal details
Computer hackers have now hacked and published personal details of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair online. ANI

China to tighten nuke safety over storm surge forecast
China will tighten safety of its nuclear plants and other key projects in the coastal areas, as three to four typhoon-triggered storms are likely to hit the country's southeastern coast this year. ANI

Zardari vows to hunt down militants in Pakistan
President Asif Ali Zardari has denied that Pakistan is turning a blind eye to militancy inside the country. ANI

US focus shifted from Afghanistan to Pakistan two years ago: Obama
US President Barack Obama has said that the relationship between the United States and Pakistan has become more honest over time. ANI

Pak militant group HuM denies 'ever being in touch with Osama'
Pakistani militant group Harkut ul-Mujahideen (HuM) has denied US media reports that it had links with al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and was part of his support network in Pakistan. ANI

NY becomes largest state to approve gay marriage
The movement to legalize "gay marriages" in the US scored a landmark victory when New York lawmakers passed a bill in favour of same-sex marriages. ANI

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