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People with higher degrees lack basic workplace skills
Employers believe too many graduates are unfit for the workplace because they lack skills in communication, problem solving, presentation, customer relations and even punctuality, according to a new study. ANI

Being Playboy bunny is just a job: Felixia Yeap
Malaysian model Felixia Yeap has revealed that being a Playboy bunny is just a job. ANI

FB users counter Malaysian 'sexist' wives club with new group
Facebook users, after reading about the Obedient Wives Club (OWC), have created a group called "We Do Not Want Sexist Nonsense From Global Ikhwan Sdn Bhd". ANI

Aussie's love for beer being destroyed by culture change
It was a love affair that helped define the nation's culture, but Australians' beer intake has hit its lowest level in 62 years and people's guilt over expanding waistlines and their search for a more refined tipple are being blamed for the downturn. ANI

3 left in trance after hypnotist falls during stage show
Hypnotist David Days temporarily left three people in trance after he tripped on stage at the Royal Manor Theatre in Portland. ANI

Headley can't be trusted, ISI will be exonerated in 26/11 Mumbai attacks case: Malik
Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Coleman Headley, who testified about the Inter-Services Intelligence's role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks before a US court, "has no credibility and cannot be trusted," and the ISI will "stand exonerated", Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

1st western geisha leaves 'sisterhood' after clashes with fellow members
The first ever westerner to be admitted to the closed world of Japan's geisha hostesses has been asked to leave the organisation for bringing the movement into disrepute. ANI

Pak police releases four detained Americans
The Pakistan police have released four foreigners bearded in Taliban-style after detaining them for a short while, at a checkpoint near Gora Qabristan in Peshawar. ANI

Cameron wins row with Nick Clegg over crackdown on Islamist extremism
British Prime Minister David Cameron has managed to win over a long cabinet debate over multiculturalism, with reports saying that the government would unveil a strict strategy to tackle Islamist extremism. ANI

Brit boy,13, set for a œ250K-windfall after developing burglar-deterrent bell
A 13-year-old schoolboy, who has invented a doorbell that will trick burglars into thinking that somebody is home at an empty property, is on the course for a 250,000-pound windfall. ANI

Saudi actress arrested for driving in Jeddah
A well-known Saudi actress has been arrested for driving a car in the Red Sea resort of Jeddah in what may be regarded as a crackdown on women drivers by the government. ANI

Pak government allocates Rs150 billion for strategic defence programmes
The Pakistan government has allocated Rs 150 billion in the budget for fiscal 2011-12 for three strategic programmes of the country, including Rs 80 billion for the Armed Forces Development Plan (AFDP), Rs 50 billion for war against terrorism and Rs 20 billion for armed forces' participation in the UN peacekeeping missions, sources have said. ANI

'Pakistan military behind recent attempt to assassinate Zardari'
The recent bid to assassinate Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is part of the military's policy to "attempt on those lives with whom they have a difference," a professor of Law at Trinity University in Washington has said. ANI

Pakistan military is "basically a mafia" looting country's wealth: Law professor
Pakistan's military is a mafia that loots and plunders the wealth and natural resources of the country, a professor of Law at Trinity University in Washington has said. ANI

Switzerland mulling 'sex boxes' to organize prostitution
In an attempt to organize Switzerland's expanding legal sex industry, local officials in Zurich have proposed to set up 'sex boxes' for prostitutes and their clients. ANI

Al-Maliki feared withdrawal of Brit troops could cause chaos in Iraq: Wikileaks
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had expressed 'deep concern about security and economic deterioration' in his country in 2006, saying that the withdrawal of Western forces and Britain's failure to bring order to Basrah could lead to chaos across his country, Wikileaks has revealed. ANI

MJ's ex-lawyer Benjamin Brafman to defend Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Lawyer Benjamin Brafman who had helped Michael Jackson beat 10 child molestation charges would be defending the infamous Dominique Strauss-Kahn. ANI

Dog reunited with Colorado family after travelling 1,200 mile from home!
Meet a Labrador dog that made an unbelievable 1,200 miles journey to California after getting lost from its owner's house in Colorado. ANI

Coal mine floodings kill 21 workers in China
Atleast 21 workers have been confirmed dead in two separate mine flooding accidents in southwest China. ANI

Royal couple plans trip to Los Angeles' Skid Row
Prince Wiliam and Kate Meddliton are heading for a trip to Los Angeles' legendary Skid Row next month, it has emerged. ANI

200,000 ancient coins unearthed in east China's Jiangsu Province
Archaeologists have unearthed about 200,000 ancient coins from a well on a construction site in the city of Suzhou in east China's Jiangsu Province. ANI

Court rules 'migrant couples should have UAE residence visa to marry'
Federal Courts in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have implemented strict regulations wherein expatriates without a UAE residence visa would not be allowed to marry there. ANI

Julian Assange says Britons suffer from 'mid-brow squeamishness'
Controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said Britons suffer from "mid-brow squeamishness" and are afraid of taking blame 'for the tiniest thing'. ANI

Japanese PM to step down by August
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is likely to step down by August due to growing calls from the opposition and within his own ruling party to resign as soon as possible. ANI

Hugh Hefner's UK 'Playboy' club re-launch draws feminists' ire
A day after Hugh Hefner reopened the 'Playboy club' here, he has come under the wrath of women's rights groups for exploiting women. ANI

Oz clothing brand under fire over ad campaign with 'sexualised' content
Teen clothing brand 'Supre' is facing allegations over running sexual advertisements in its latest clothing campaign that featured a topless model. ANI

UK restaurant being probed over serving 'bare-boob cake' to 12-yr-old
A UK restaurant is being investigated over charges that it presented a 'boob-shaped cake' at a 12-year-old boy's birthday party. ANI

Pak law commission recommends legislation against female abuse
The Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP) has recommended amendment in laws for giving strict punishments against the judgments of panchayats and jirgas, whereby girls are abused in exchange for heinous crimes to settle local disputes. ANI

Now, Malaysia's Islamic 'Obedient Wives Club' to give wives sex lessons
'Obedient Wife Club' launched in Malaysia on Saturday by the banned Al-Arqam Islamic group will offer sex lessons to help wives 'serve their husbands better than a first-class prostitute'. ANI

Seven killed, several wounded in passenger van bomb blast near Peshawar
At least seven persons have been killed and several others wounded in a bomb attack in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. ANI

Congresswoman expresses confidence in continuation of Pak-US ties, aid to Islamabad
The Pakistani caucus chairperson in Congress, Sheila Jackson Lee, has expressed her confidence in the continuation of the US-Pak relationship and aid to Islamabad under the Kerry-Lugar Bill. ANI

9-yr-old US boy creates history with 26-min solo hot-balloon flight
Bobby Bradley, aged only nine, etched his name into world history, as he not only took off solo in a hot air balloon, but also landed perfectly near Tome, New Mexico, about a half-an-hour later to become the youngest trained pilot to achieve such a feat. ANI

Derek Hough dumps Cheryl Cole for her reclusive living
American dancer Derek Hough has revealed that he has dumped Cheryl Cole after one year of their relationship because she was living like a recluse. ANI

Liquor in APML female leader's luggage causes embarrassment to Musharraf's party
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's political party had to face embarrassment over the brief detention of one of its central office-bearers at the Islamabad airport for carrying liquor. ANI

Woman's leg crushed by tombstone during 'sex in cemetery'
In a shocking incident, a 39-year-old woman's leg got crushed after a dislodged tombstone fell on her when she was engaged in having sex with a male friend in Ahavath Israel Cemetery in Trenton. ANI

Maradona blames Blatter and his FIFA "dinosaurs" for messy football scandals
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has said that corruption and match-fixing scandals would continue to tarnish the image of the game as long as FIFA, the game's international governing body, is run by "dinosaurs". ANI

US' axis with India to get closer as Pak veers towards China, Saudi Arabia: Report
With the tortured US-Pakistan marriage clearly in trouble, Osama bin Laden dead and the Obama administration determined to get the bulk of American troops out of Afghanistan as quickly as possible, there are new dynamics now at play, noticed by analysts who liken this era to the years immediately after the cold war. ANI

Mystery surrounds Yemeni Prez Saleh's medical treatment in Saudi Arabia reports
Yemeni officials have now rubbished reports that President Ali Abdullah Saleh has traveled to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment after being wounded in an attack on his compound. ANI

Pak defence authorities unsatisfied with amount allocated for 2011-12: Finance Minister
Pakistan's defence authorities are not satisfied with the amount allocated for defence needs in the budget for the fiscal year 2011-2012, Finance Minister Senator Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh has said. ANI

Changes in NATO-led military campaign in Afghanistan would be 'premature': Gates
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has warned that making any change to the current NATO-led military campaign in Afghanistan would be "premature". ANI

Woman forced to have sex in return for free trips
A 48-year old Malaysian woman has claimed that she was forced to have sex with a cab driver in return for driving her ill husband to a haemodialysis centre in Kuala Lumpur. ANI

Sitting Supreme Court judge to probe Pak journalist's murder: Rehman Malik
A sitting Pakistan Supreme Court judge will investigate the brutal murder of Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

ISI still in bed with LeT, Afghan Taliban: Ex-CIA officer
Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is still in bed with some parts of the jihadi terror syndicate like the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) and the Afghan Taliban, a former CIA officer has said. ANI

Oz bishop brands Islamic "Jesus: a prophet of Islam' billboards as 'provocative and offensive'
An Australian Catholic bishop has slammed controversial Islamic billboards across Sydney with the slogans "Jesus: a prophet of Islam" as being "provocative and offensive", and has demanded for their removal immediately. ANI

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