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International News on June 8, 2011

Pakistani experts say US drones using 'deadly chemical materials'
Pakistani physicians and experts say that the US uses chemical munitions in its drone attacks on the country's civilians, according to a news report. ANI

Ex-boyfriend dragged to court for displaying abortion billboard in Mexico
A man in New Mexico has been charged for harassing his girlfriend by putting up a controversial billboard that suggested his ex-girlfriend had an abortion. ANI

Surgeons slam 'human Barbie' parties paying 4K pounds reward to winner
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has criticised plastic surgery parties, which reward the winner with 4,000 pounds top prize, calling it 'insane' and 'depraved'. ANI

Google satellite captures 'pe**s prank' pics at Hamilton high school!
Google satellite has captured the aerial view of a pe**s prank at a Hamilton high school, which has been seen by millions around the world on the Internet map. ANI

Julia Donaldson named new children's laureate
Gruffalo author, Julia Donaldson has been appointed the new children's laureate after taking over the post from Anthony Browne. ANI

I don't date Barbie who is into deforestation: 'Greenpeace' Ken
Greenpeace activists have slammed Barbie maker, Mattel, for using rainforests products in packaging the doll. ANI

Malaysian clerk who lost her boyfriend set to lose her b**bs too!
A Malaysian clerk who was dumped by her boyfriend after a surgery to enlarge her br**ts went wrong is all set to lose her b**bs too. ANI

Women as resilient to combat stress as men
Contrary to the widely accepted view that women are more vulnerable to the negative impact of trauma exposure than men, a new study has suggested that they may be as resilient to combat stress as men. ANI

Soaring grain, oil prices pushing China towards high inflation
China is facing great inflationary pressure due to soaring international grain prices and oil prices, a senior economic planning official has said. ANI

Stark differences in media use between minority and white youth in US: Study
Minority youth aged eight to 18 years in the US consume an average of 13 hours of media content a day, about 4-1/2 hours more than their white counterparts, a study by Northwestern University has claimed. ANI

Strauss-Kahn set to be poster boy for NY Bill to protect hotel housekeepers
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Egyptian businessman Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar could soon become the poster boys for an effort to protect hotel housekeepers in New York. ANI

'Sexting' New York Congressman Weiner's wife stands by him
New York Democratic party Congressman Anthony Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, won't ditch him, and is actually working overtime to help salvage his gravely wounded political career, a close friend has revealed. ANI

China's cash-for-vehicles scheme allow motorists to receive subsidy worth 18,000 Yuan
China has announced a new cash-for-vehicles program that would allow automobile owners to receive up to 18,000 Yuan for scrapping unused vehicles. ANI

US student wins right to wear a nose stud on religious grounds
A North Carolina high school student has won the right to wear a nose stud in class after claiming that it was an essential part of her faith in the Church of Body Modification. ANI

Is Hamlet's Ophelia based on Shakespeare's tragic cousin?
A two-and-a-half-year-old girl who fell into a pond and drowned while out picking flowers in 1569 - when Shakespeare himself was five - could have inspired the tragic demise of the character of Ophelia, it has emerged. ANI

Felicity Kendal says Pippa Middleton should be proud to win 'rear of year'
Actress Felicity Kendal has said that Pippa Middleton should be proud to have been nominated for the Rear of the Year Award. ANI

US lawmaker accused of 'using congressional phone' for sex chat with blackjack dealer
Anthony Weiner, the US congressman who lied about exchanging sexual messages and pictures with his female admirers online, has now been accused by women of using his office phone to carry out affairs. ANI

Soon, pain-free jab that will make agonizing dentist injections history!
A British researcher has developed a pain-free jab that could stop the agony of having an injection at the dentist. ANI

Facebook 'eroded online privacy of its users' by introducing facial recognition technology
Social networking site 'Facebook' has 'eroded the online privacy of its users' by introducing its facial recognition technology without giving them any prior notice, a senior technology consultant at Sophos has said. ANI

Pippa Middleton loses Rear of the Year Award to Carol Vorderman
Pippa Middleton has lost the coveted Rear of the Year Award to 'Countdown' host Carol Vorderman. ANI

Meet the 'Pipparettes'- Pippa Middleton's posse
Pippa Middleton's may have a never-ending list of acquaintances, but the royal bridesmaid swears by her Pipparettes, Alice St. John Webster, Camilla Campion-Awwad and George Percy. ANI

Filipino traffic cop becomes street sensation with unique dance moves
A Filipino traffic cop has become a street sensation after he exhibited his unique dance moves while directing traffic. ANI

Obedient Wives Club not welcome in Malaysia's Johor
An organisation in Malaysia, known as The Obedient Wives Club, has been banned from Johor as it proposes to give women "sex lessons", which will enable them to keep their husbands. ANI

Foreign firms to offer online mapping services in China only through joint ventures
Foreign companies are forbidden to offer online mapping services in China, and the only way to provide these services is to set up joint ventures, according to a new regulation. ANI

Weinergate girl was voted 'most likely to be involved in tabloid scandal' in school
Gennette Cordova, the college student who was sent lewd Twitter photos by Congressman Anthony Weiner, had been voted "most likely to be involved in a tabloid scandal" in high school. ANI

Anthony Weiner prepared his alleged p*rn star Twitter pal's press speech
Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner, who has been cleared of the "Weinergate" scandal after a press conference on Monday, had instructed p*rn star Ginger Lee on what to say when the press asked her about their X-rated tweets, it has emerged. ANI

China to get new skyscraper every five days for three years: Study
China will build a new skyscraper every five days for the next three years as it continues to embark on the biggest building boom in history, according a report. ANI

210 feet Oriental plane as big as football pitch is 'most spreading' tree in UK
A tree as big as the size of a football pitch has been identified as the "most spreading" tree in the UK. ANI

One in four hackers in US 'is an FBI informer': Report
One in four online criminals is secretly working for the FBI and US secret service, to inform on their peers, it has emerged. ANI

Palin not a 'serious' GOP candidate for 2012 election: Bachmann strategist
US House of Representatives member Michele Bachmann's new political consultant, Ed Rollins, has criticized former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for failing to be a "serious" Republican candidate for the 2012 US presidential election. ANI

Asma Jehangir wants Pak military to be brought under civilian oversight
Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jehangir has backed the public representatives' demand that the country's military be subjected to accountability. ANI

Cross-border militant attack on Dir checkpoint sponsored by NATO, not TTP: Pak cop
Pakistan's intelligence sources have rejected a Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) statement claiming responsibility for the recent cross-border militant attack in Upper Dir. ANI

Japan's Fisheries Agency opposes Fukushima nuke plant's 'radioactive water release plan'
Tokyo Electric Power Corporation's (TEPCO) plan to release water containing traces of radioactive materials from the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant to the sea, has been reportedly cancelled after facing objections from the Fisheries Agency. ANI

19 killed in US drone attack on militant training camp in North Waziristan
Nineteen people were killed in a US drone attack on a suspected insurgent training camp in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on Wednesday. ANI

Top Pentagon lawyers had lunch with Islamist radical cleric al-Awlaki in 2002
The Pentagon's top lawyers and the Executive Director of controversial Muslim group 'Council of American Islamic Relations' (CAIR) were reportedly invited to have lunch with Yemen based Islamist radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki on February 5, 2002, as part of the Defense Department's efforts to get connected to moderate Muslims. ANI

Army chief confirms that China is close to completing its first aircraft carrier
The Chief of General Staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), General Chen Bingde, has confirmed that Beijing is building an aircraft carrier. ANI

Drinks giant to mark Queen's Diamond Jubilee with 100K pounds whisky
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee next year will be marked by the sale of 60 limited edition whisky bottles at 100,000 pounds apiece. ANI

US drone attack kills five in North Waziristan
Five people were killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on Wednesday. ANI

Now, a œ60 cream to give you toned arms just like Michelle Obama's!
A cosmetic cream which claims to banish 'up to two centimetres of fat off dreaded 'bingo wings' and promising women toned arms like Michelle Obama's goes on sale this week. ANI

Nuke power countries urged to review safety measures in wake of Fukushima fallout
Representatives of over thirty countries have demanded all countries with nuclear energy to conduct safety stress tests, and periodic safety reviews to avoid accidents like that at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan following a massive earthquake-cum-tsunami. ANI

Romney tied with Obama in poll, as voters express frustration over US' economic crisis
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney appears to be giving tough competition to President Barack Obama, with a latest poll showing both leaders tying with 47 percent of favourable rating votes, as the citizens expressed their concern over the country's 'failed' economy and jobs. ANI

'Smuggled Royal Marine sniper rifles to Iran ended up in hands of Taliban'
Concerns have been raised in the British Foreign Ministry about Iran's "hypocritical, and highly dangerous" actions, after an investigation revealed that a former Royal Marine had helped to smuggle a number of sniper rifles to that country, which eventually ended up in the hand of the Taliban. ANI

Pakistan's civilian, military leadership in 'back-scratching alliance': PML-N
The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) has sharpened attacks on the country's military leadership, accusing it of having a 'back-scratching alliance' with the civilian government, ignoring the ruling Pakistan People's Party's advice against targeting "our own institutions". ANI

Nawaz wonders 'why Pak Govt's afraid of forming commission' to probe Osama raid
Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif has reiterated his demand for the formation of an independent commission to investigate the May 2 raid by US troops in Abbottabad, and wondered why the government was afraid of setting up the committee. ANI

'Iron Lady' Thatcher snubs 'nuts' Palin's plea to meet in London
Sarah Palin was hoping to meet Britain's first and only female Prime minister Margaret Thatcher in London next month, but Thatcher's aides have refused Palin's idea calling her 'nuts' and an 'embarrassment' to mainstream Tories. ANI

UK Defense Ministry foiled over 1,000 cyber attacks: Fox
British Defense Secretary Liam Fox said the Ministry of Defense is a "prime target" for cyber attacks after disclosing that it has dealt with over 1,000 "potentially serious" incidents over the past year. ANI

UK nursery worker admits to raping toddler in his care
A nursery worker in UK, who was charged of raping a toddler in his care, has pleaded guilty to the offence and a string of other offences linked to the online grooming of more than 20 other girls. ANI

Gilani calls for early conclusion of Free Trade Agreement between US, Pak
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has impressed upon the United States that Pakistan prefers trade, rather than aid. ANI

US Congress must be sensitive to views of Pakistanis for long-term ties: Gilani
The US administration, and particularly US Congress, must to be sensitive to the opinions and views of the people of Pakistan, as this is the only way to forge a long-term strategic partnership based on mutual trust, respect and interest, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

Mandela building in Johannesburg to be auctioned on June 23
The historic Nelson Mandela Building in Johannesburg's Central Business District, where the former president served his legal articles, is to be auctioned on June 23. ANI

'Tubby' Brits are chocolate and crisps 'addicts'
Six in ten people in Britain eat chocolate or crisps every day, despite health experts warning that 60 per cent of men, half of women and 25 per cent of children will be obese by 2050. ANI

Tribesmen not joining lashkar over 'Pak military helping militants' suspicions
Pakistani tribesmen near the Afghan border would rise up in large numbers against infiltrating militants "if only they could be certain that the military would support them," according to a tribal leader from South Waziristan. ANI

More than half of New Yorkers want 'sexting' Congressman Weiner to stay: Poll
New York City registered voters are divided on whether Democratic party Congressman Anthony Weiner should resign after admitting that he exchanged sexually suggestive messages with a half dozen women and lied about it, according to two polls. ANI

'Re-consecration' for Hindu Temple in New York
The Hindu temple of Rochester in Pittsford (New York, USA) is celebrating its 're-consecration'. ANI

US' 223 million dollar 'doomsday plane' to save President in Apocalypse scenario
The United States has built the most impressive aircraft in the world to keep the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff and other key personnel in the air and out of danger from the ultimate worst-case scenarios. ANI

Future hotel rooms will offer virtual sex to guests travelling alone
A look at future hotel rooms has revealed that they will enable guests to have virtual sex, check their emails using high-tech contact lenses, and also control their dreams. ANI

US' ambitious Afghan nation-building programs may not be sustainable after withdrawal: Report
The hugely expensive Afghan nation-building programs initiated by the US have had limited success and might not be sustainable after the American withdrawal of forces, and that the overflow of cash in the country could distort local culture and economies, the findings of a two-year congressional investigation have revealed. ANI

South Australia to back federal action on match fixing in sport
South Australia has said that it will support a federal government crackdown on match fixing in sport. ANI

UK extremist groups funded by taxpayer's money earmarked to counter terrorism: Report
Islamist extremist groups in UK were funded by hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money earmarked to counter terrorism, it has emerged. ANI

Is Jesus' 'Shroud of Turin' a fake created by Giotto?
An Italian art expert has claimed that the 'Shroud of Turin' known to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ is a fake copy created by famous artist Giotto. ANI

Nirupama Rao prepares ground for Manmohan Singh's visit to Bangladesh
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has said that she is optimistic that some historic agreements will be reached during the proposed visit of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Bangladesh later this year. . ANI

Nepal capital Kathmandu to host 4th National Tourism Fair
The fourth National Tourism Fair will be held here from June 10 to attract more tourists and tourism business entities to Nepal. ANI

UK ministers slammed for axing powers to ban Mumbai-style terror suspect
British government ministers have been criticised for axing powers used to ban a terror suspect feared to be plotting a Mumbai-style massacre from living in London. ANI

Ahmadinejad admits '180 degree' rift with Iran's senior Islamic figures
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has admitted for the first time that a rift has developed between him and some of the most senior figures of the country, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. ANI

NATO airstrikes can't harm Gaddafi in his 'nuke attack proof bunker': Libyanofficial
A Libyan official has claimed that Gaddafi will be 'safe' despite being attacked by NATO airstrikes because he is hiding in a bunker that has the capability to withstand a nuclear attack. ANI

Einstein exhibition cancelled in China after Confucius merger move
The Historical Museum of Bern, Switzerland, has cancelled plans to put up an exhibition about Albert Einstein in China after a Shanghai museum suggested merging the Einstein show with a display about Chinese philosopher, Confucius. ANI

Lesbian blogger of 'gay girl in Damascus' fame kidnapped in Syria
A popular Syrian-American lesbian author of the Syrian blog called "A Gay Girl in Damascus" has been kidnapped by armed men in Damascus. ANI

US economy will strengthen in second half of 2011: Bernanke
US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has said that the country's economic recovery is likely to rebound in the coming months. ANI

Gaddafi vows to remain in Libya 'dead or alive' after NATO attacks on his compound
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has pledged to remain in his 'land dead or alive' after a number of low-flying NATO jets his compound. ANI

UK exhibition to raise awareness of Turban's history, its significance for Sikhs
An exhibition, 'Turbanology: Sikhs Unwrapped', will be held in Birmingham to raise awareness of the history of Turban and its significance for Sikhs. ANI

US says cooperation with Pakistan in own long-term security interest
US-Pak ties have certainly faced "bumps in the road", but ultimately, cooperation with Pakistan is in the United States' long-term security interest, the State Department has said. ANI

Female war prisoners should be sex slaves for men, says female Kuwaiti politician
A woman politician from Kuwait has sparked anger and disbelief by calling for legalization of sex slaves, saying it would protect men from adultery, and suggesting that female prisoners from war-torn countries should be purchased for the same, as it would be a "better life" for them, and they would not die of starvation. ANI

Scales of justice go missing from Brisbane Supreme Court
Queensland's justice system is suffering from a "perceived bias" after the scales of justice went missing from a statue of Lady Justice - a woman armed with a sword and scales outside the Supreme Court on George Street. ANI

Hitler's earliest letter that reveals his plans to eliminate Jews on display
The earliest letter of Adolf Hitler that reveals his plans to exterminate Jews will be put on display for the first time at an exhibition in Los Angeles. ANI

US aiming to sabotage Pak's nuke facilities to dominate country: Ahmadinejad
The United States plans to sabotage Pakistan's nuclear facilities in a bid to weaken its government and gain dominance over the country, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said. ANI

Pakistan Govt failing to protect religious minorities: Report
The Pakistan Government is failing to protect the country's religious minorities, a new report has said. ANI

Vidyo Shatters Telepresence Price Barrier for Immersive Interactions with 1080p60 Resolution on Up to 20 Screens and Opens Untapped Markets
Vidyo®, Inc. today announced VidyoPanorama, a groundbreaking personal telepresence solution that delivers the industry’s first affordable 1080p at 60fps solution supporting up to 20 screens at 10% the cost of current telepresence solutions Business Wire India

Apex Fund Services Secures $30 Million Commitment from FTV Capital
Apex Fund Services (“Apex”), one of the world’s largest independent fund administration companies, announced that it had secured a $30 million commitment from FTV Capital for a minority interest in the Company Business Wire India

Brookfield Global Relocation Services Expands With New Service Center in Bangalore, India
In a strategic expansion that positions it to serve companies and employees in the world’s fastest-growing region, Brookfield Global Relocation Services has announced the opening of a major service center in Bangalore, India. Business Wire India

UxC Announces Major Report Analyzing Fukushima Nuclear Accident
The Ux Consulting Company (UxC), a leading provider of global market and consulting services in the nuclear industry, has announced the release of a special report on Nuclear Power in the Post-Fukushima Era Business Wire India

Deutsche Boerse AG and NYSE Euronext Announce Special Dividend of ?2.00 Per Share for Shareholders of the Combined Group
Deutsche Boerse AG (XETRA:DB1) and NYSE Euronext (NYSE:NYX) has announced that they have recommended to the Board of Directors of the holding company of the merged group, Alpha Beta Netherlands Holding N.V. (“Holdco”), to pay a one-time special dividend of €2 Business Wire India

Mitsui Embraces LanzaTech's Clean Energy Technology
Clean energy technology company LanzaTech has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute (MGSSI), part of Mitsui and Co. Ltd (“Mitsui” head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, President: Masami Iijima). Business Wire India

Motorola Solutions New WiNG 5 Wireless LAN 802.11n Portfolio Offers Customers More Choice and Flexibility at Less Cost
Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI) today announced WiNG 5 WLAN, the next generation architecture along with an expanded portfolio of single-, dual- and tri-radio 802 Business Wire India

Burel Industries Selects Univation's UNIPOLT PE Process for Two New Lines
Burel Industries selected Univation Technologies’ UNIPOL™ PE Process for two polyethylene production lines with a combined capacity of 500 KTA at Gebang Industrial Park at Kuantan, Malaysia Business Wire India

Federal Circuit Affirms Ruling That Knowles Patents Are Valid and Infringed
Knowles Electronics, LLC has announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) final determination that MEMS Technology Berhad’s (MemsTech) importation and sale of certain MEMS microphone packages infringes Knowles’s U.S. Patents 7,242,089 and 6,781,231 Business Wire India

Archibald Cox, Jr. Steps Down as Chairman of Barclays Americas
Archibald Cox, Jr. has announced that on June 30th he will step down as Chairman of Barclays Americas to focus on a number of outside interests. Business Wire India

Visible Assets, Inc. Adds Richard A. Clarke to Board of Directors
Visible Assets, Inc. (Visible®), a global provider of RuBee (IEEE 1902.1), wireless asset visibility and security networks, today announced the appointment of Richard A. Clarke to its board of directors. Business Wire India

Asia Pulp & Paper Challenges Greenpeace Attack on Indonesia and the Toy Industry
Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP) meets the legal requirements for all countries to which we distribute our products throughout the world. Additionally we follow the legal guidelines of the Government of Indonesia Business Wire India

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