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International News on March 12, 2011

End NATO operations in Afghanistan: Karzai
President Hamid Karzai has appealed to international troops to stop operations in Afghanistan. ANI

China offers aid to quake- hit Japan
China is ready to take part in rescue operations in Japan after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake that triggered a tsunami, hit the country on Friday. ANI

Japan tsunami toll likely to rise over 1,600
The death toll from the devastating earthquake-cum-tsunami in Japan is likely to be over 1,600. ANI

Japan battles to reduce pressure on quake damaged nuke plants
Japan continues to struggle to reduce the pressure on two nuclear plants that were damaged by a massive earthquake on Friday. ANI

Earthquake casts doubt over Chinese hydropower project
The 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Yingjiang county in China's Yunnan province, has convinced local officials, to delay hydraulic power projects in the Nujiang River Valley. ANI

Malaysia unlikely to experience tsunami chain effect
The head of Malaysia's meteorological department has said the country is unlikely to experience severe chain effects from the tsunami. ANI

Less than one third of children wake up when home smoke alarm sounds
An Australian study has found that when it comes to school-aged children waking up to their home smoke alarm, 78 percent sleep right through, even when the alarm has been sounding for 30 seconds. ANI

Aussie teen is world's fastest texter
Melbourne teenager Cheong Kit Au has been formally recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest texter on the planet. ANI

Wikileaks suspect being mistreated in jail: State Department spokesman
US State Department spokesman PJ Crowley has said the Pentagon is being 'ridiculous and stupid' in subjecting American soldier Bradley Manning to mistreatment at Quantico in Virginia over the alleged leak of US diplomatic cables through the Wikileaks website. ANI

New Zealand cancels Tsunami warning
New Zealand's tsunami warning prompted by the Japanese quake-generated tsunami has been cancelled. ANI

US model turned boxer Patricia Alcivar says looks are her secret weapon
Many models dream of making it big in Hollywood but Patricia Alcivar has different plans - she wants to own a boxing world title and says that looks are her secret weapon. ANI

Gay couple 'spark off Heathrow terror alert' through hoax call
Two gay lovers sparked off a terror alert at Heathrow Airport's Terminal Five through a hoax call to the police saying that the other was going to 'blow up something '. ANI

Japan quake search team leaves New Zealand for disaster in own country
A Japanese search team working in the earthquake-devastated Christchurch city of New Zealand is returning to Japan to deal with the crisis there. ANI

Young Brits not too excited Will-Kate wedding
Young Britons are not much bothered about the Royal wedding between Prince Williams and Kate Middleton, and prefer to be part of a reality TV show and meet one of its judges than see Kate becoming a real-life princess. ANI

Public reaction to Taseer killing depicts the real Pakistan
Celebration of former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer's assassination and garlanding of his murderer Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri with roses by hundreds of lawyers depicts the real Pakistan, Pak Institute for Peace Studies Director Amir Muhammad Rana has said. ANI

PPP lawmaker Lot richest in Pak Parliament
Senator Gul Muhammad Lot of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) is the richest member of the Upper House of Parliament, with his property valuing 1.351 billion rupees in and outside Pakistan, besides 1.420-billion-rupee worth of investments. ANI

AV voting system will be profoundly un-British: Historians
Historians have warned that introduction of an Alternative Vote system in Britain, which will be put to a national referendum on May 5, would be 'profoundly un-British' and undermine democracy. ANI

Pink Panther sculpture expected to sell for $30m
American artist Jeff Koons' porcelain sculpture of a pink panther hugging a bare-breasted blonde is expected to fetch 30 million dollars at a New York City auction. ANI

Japan tsunami waves crush boats on US coast
Tsunami waves from Japan's massive earthquake have damaged boats on the US West Coast and left one man missing after racing thousands of miles across the Pacific. ANI

Japan declares nuclear emergency as second plant fails to operate
Japan has declared an emergency at its second nuclear plant, Fukushima 2, after cooling systems in three reactors of the plant failed to operate. ANI

China will not change plans for developing nuke power projects: Government
China's Vice Minister of Environmental Protection, Zhang Lijun, has said Beijing will continue developing nuclear power projects but will learn a lesson after the massive earthquake in Japan, which resulted in a radioactive leakage. ANI

International community cannot 'stand by' after witnessing Gaddafi's 'barbaric acts': Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said the international community cannot "stand by" and witness the "barbaric acts" of the Gaddafi regime against rebels to suppress them. ANI

Pak Supreme Court terms govt's summary on FIA chief as 'classified joke of the year'
Pakistan's Supreme Court has described the secret summary of the government pertaining to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General Waseem Ahmed as the 'classified joke of the year', and observed that its obduracy in retaining Ahmed's services was a violation of the court's order. ANI

Obama administration disagrees with Intel chief's remarks over Libyan unrest
The Obama administration has distanced itself from its top intelligence official over his remarks that the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi will outlast rebel forces in the country. ANI

Zardari proposes to reappoint Deedar Shah as NAB Chairman
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has proposed to reappoint Justice (retired) Syed Deedar Hussain Shah as National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman after the Supreme Court ordered him to relinquish the charge on Thursday. ANI

Nevada Assembly in USA to open with Hindu prayers
Nevada Assembly will open with ancient Hindu prayers on April 25 in Carson City. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will recite from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures, in Sanskrit and then provide translation in English. ANI

'Hindu Cowboys' in America
There is a 'Hindu Cowboys' band in America, based in Orlando metro area of Florida, with "Om" as part of their logo. ANI

Japan nuke plant explodes
Japan's Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant exploded on Saturday, a day after a massive earthquake damaged the facility's cooling system. ANI

Brits 'healthier than Americans': Study
A new research has revealed that people living in England enjoy better health than Americans, despite less investment in healthcare. ANI

Barbie maker's new dolls that 'have to wax' spark outrage
New dolls from the makers of Barbie have sparked outrage especially after one was described as needing to "pluck, shave and wax". ANI

Palin 'doesn't mind sharing wealth with actresses playing her'
Sarah Palin has said that she doesn't mind if the actresses and comedians playing her on screen shared the wealth a little. ANI

54 Aussies stuck in Japan quake zone
At least 54 Australians are stuck in disaster zones in quake-cum-tsunami hit northeast Japan. ANI

Two NATO oil tankers torched in Balochistan
In the latest attack on convoys in Pakistan carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, gunmen torched two NATO oil tankers in Balochistan on Saturday. ANI

Ronald Reagan's guards didn't know he had been shot
A newly released Secret Service audiotape concerning the attempted assassination of late Ronald Reagan in 1981, has revealed that his guards were not aware he had been shot. ANI

Social networking sites flooded with Japan earthquake news
The massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan has triggered off a social networking frenzy, as Twitter and Facebook are flooded with videos, pictures and messages about the magnitude 8.9 event. ANI

Six militants killed, three soldiers wounded in Orakzai shootout
Six militants were killed and three soldiers injured in a shootout in Pakistan's Orakzai tribal region on Saturday. ANI

IMF unveils wish-list for economic crisis-hit Pakistan
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed its concerns over rising debt, higher government borrowing and quasi-fiscal operations (subsidies) in Pakistan, and unveiled a 'wish-list' that Pakistani authorities must adhered to during the remaining period of the current fiscal year. ANI

China removes tsunami warning
China has removed a tsunami warning after huge waves caused by a massive earthquake in Japan were reduced to less than 50 centimeters by the time they reached Taiwan. ANI

Gaddafi forces intensify fight to retake oil port of Ras Lanuf
Libyan troops loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi have reportedly intensified their fight against rebels while attempting to retake the oil port of Ras Lanuf on Friday. ANI

Pak Islamist parties manipulating public events to suit desired outcomes: Writer
While the protests by religious Pakistani parties against double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis' release have finally begun to subside, the eruption of Islamist parties back into the public life reveals much about their "tactics, goals, and how they manipulate public events to suit their desired outcomes", author Arif Jamal has said. ANI

Five people washed away off US coast by Japan tsunami
Five people have reportedly been washed off the US coast by the massive earthquake-cum-tsunami in Japan. ANI

Malaysian embassy in contact with its citizens in Japan
The Malaysian Embassy in Japan is keeping in touch with Malaysian citizens and students in areas that have been affected by Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami. ANI

Japan tsunami alert sparks evacuations across Pacific
A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake followed by the devastating tsunami in Japan has generated evacuation orders across the vast expanse of the Pacific. ANI

Afghanistan's historic Bamiyan Buddhas won't be rebuilt: UNESCO
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has said that the 1,500-year-old historic Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, that had been destroyed by the Taliban 10 years ago, will not be reconstructed. ANI

WikiLeaks probe: Judge says Twitter users must hand over accounts
A federal magistrate judge has ruled that Twitter users targeted by federal agents have no right to dispute the release of their account records to investigators probing controversial WikiLeaks postings. ANI

Noose around Qaddafi tightening: Obama
The United States and the international community "are slowly tightening the noose on Qaddafi," President Barack Obama said in a news conference on Friday. ANI

Japanese PM says small amounts of radioactive material leaked from plant
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has said that small amounts of radiation have been released from one of the reactors after visiting a quake-stricken nuclear power plant in the country's Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday. ANI

Indian-Australian to contest polls for NSW seat
An Independent Indian community candidate has announced he will run against former New South Wales premier Nathan Rees in Toongabbie. ANI

Radical Internet remarks a prod for wise foreign policy: Chinese official
The voices of the roughly 450 million Internet users in China have taken on an important role in crafting foreign policies and similar matters, a top political advisor of the Chinese Government has said. ANI

Malaysian medical relief society prepared to help Japan tsunami victims
The Malaysian Medical Relief Society (MERCY Malaysia) has alerted its Rapid Assessment Team, the Emergency Response Unit and volunteers to be deployed to Japan for providing help to earthquake and a tsunami victims. ANI

US returns seized ancient artifacts to China
The United States has returned over a dozen ancient artifacts to China, after they were seized by law enforcement officers from illegal traffickers as part of Operation Great Wall, targeting illicit imports from China. ANI

China will face "abyss of internal disorder" if it strays: lawmaker
One of China's top legislators has warned of a possible "abyss of internal disorder" if the country strays from the "correct political orientation". ANI

Two criminals of France claim they fathered MEP Rachida Dati's love child
Two murderers in France have claimed that they fathered MEP Rachida Dati's love child after a wild sex session in a locked prison room. ANI

Shot US Congresswoman Giffords speaking, but has no memory of being shot
Gabrielle Giffords, the US Congresswoman who is recovering from serious injuries after being shot in Tucson, is reportedly speaking in full sentences, but she has no memory of being shot in the head. ANI

Veena Malik not to seek asylum in India over Taliban threat
Pakistani artiste Veena Malik, who has reportedly been threatened by the Taliban, has said she will not seek asylum in India. ANI

Half of Brit women avoid sex because of their weight
More than half of women avoid having sex with their partners because of their extra weight, according to a UK survey. ANI

Pak Senate declines funds for submarines purchase
The Pakistan Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production has rejected recommendations for buying submarines owing to the country facing an economic crunch. ANI

Pak council protests use of padded bras by Muslim women: Report
The Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan has protested the use of padded and colourful bras by Muslim women, and recommended that Pakistani Muslim researchers should try to invent an innerwear that makes female assets unnoticeable. ANI

Pakistan expresses "total solidarity and support" to quake, tsunami-hit Japan
Pakistan has expressed its "total solidarity and support" to the government and people of Japan in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country on Friday. ANI

Pakistani community in Japan reportedly safe: Foreign Office
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry is in contact with its embassy in Tokyo in the wake of an earthquake and a tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on Friday, and the Pakistanis living there are reportedly safe, Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson has Tehmina Janjua said. ANI

Karachi violence death toll rises to eight in 24 hours
The death toll in the ongoing wave of violence in Karachi has mounted to eight in the last 24 hours. ANI

Millions stranded in Tokyo as transportation system shut down following tsunami
Millions of Japanese people reportedly spent a sleepless night on Friday in Tokyo after the transportation system was shut down following the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked the country. ANI

US Air Force launches 'secret' spy satellite into space
An unmanned Delta 4 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Friday apparently carrying a spy satellite. ANI

Andy's femme fatale Goga had love child, hunted wolves with Saif Gaddafi
Aside from his mother and wife, Prince Andrew, a close pal of billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has found a loyal apologist in Kazakhstani bombshell Goga Ashkenazi. ANI

Did the Japanese tsunami occur because of the 'supermoon'?
The Japanese tsunami caused yesterday is forcing everyone to think - could the movement of the moon trigger unpredictable events on Earth? ANI

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