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International News on March 20, 2011

Fukushima nuclear plant shut for good
The earthquake and tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant will never operate again as a power station, the Japanese government has said. ANI

Gaddafi vows 'long war' in Libya
Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafihas said that he will fight a "long war" after Western air strikes against his forces to protect rebel-held areas. ANI

Animal rescue operations begin in Japan
Operations have begun in Japan to rescue lost and injured animals affected by the March 11 devastating earthquake and tsunami. ANI

Gay rights groups slam Apple for approving 'gay cure' app
Gay rights activists have slammed Apple after it approved an app by a religious organization that seeks to help gay people become straight. ANI

Michelle Obama urges Brazilian youth to build friendships 'around the world'
US First Lady Michelle Obama has urged Brazilian youth to build friendships 'around the world'. ANI

Ethically sourced chocolate a big hit in Oz
Sales of ethically sourced chocolate in Australia have seen incredible growth of more than 1,500 percent in the past two years. ANI

Japan finishes supplying water on tsunami hit No.4 reactor of nuke plant
Japan's Defense Ministry has said that it has succeeded in supplying water to the No. 4 reactor at the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. ANI

Greenwich girls labelled promiscuous on Facebook 'Smut List'
Facebook is always a hot bed of activity for students who more often use it as a means to ridicule others. ANI

Debate over whether women should tell potential bosses of their baby plans
Lord Alan Sugar has sparked intense debate among recruiters and politicians after saying that it's better for women to confess to baby plans in job interviews. ANI

Gaddafi regime brands UN resolution on no-fly zone in Libya as 'invalid'
Libyan government has said that it considers a UN resolution on a no-fly zone over the country as 'invalid' and demanded for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss after air strikes were launched by Western powers. ANI

China expresses regret over military strikes against Libya
China has expressed regret over the attack on Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces by the United States and its allies, saying that it did not agree with resorting to force in international relations. ANI

US diplomat was impressed with Rahul Gandhi: Wikileaks
Thousands of secret US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks have revealed that an American diplomat was impressed by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. ANI

US mums launch clothing line to address adolescent bullying
Two North Carolina mothers have launched a new clothing line - Be a Friend custom clothing, designed to generate dialogue about the importance of being a friend and standing up for anyone who is bullied or mistreated. ANI

Dalai Lama to honour Tibetan movement's Scot hero
George Patterson, a 90-year-old Scot, will receive a prestigious award from Dalai Lama for his work in the Tibetan movement. ANI

Number of armed teens doubles in a decade in UK
A new survey has revealed that the number of teenagers convicted for carrying knives has doubled in a decade in England. ANI

Kids 'fail to detect' cars travelling faster than 20mph
A new study has found that the inability of children to judge the speed of cars traveling at more than 20mph means they are at greater risk of being run down. ANI

Sarah Palin asks judge 'not to give stalker her address'
Sarah Palin has filed court documents requesting a judge to refrain from giving her personal information to her stalker who made an official request of her home address earlier this month. ANI

Chinese nuke plant safer than Fukushima: Experts
Experts have said that China's Daya Bay nuclear plant (built in the 1990s) is safer than the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan (1971), as it is newer and has been built considering the International Atomic Energy Agency's new standard, in terms of location, reactor type and structure. ANI

Biden compares GOP Economic Strategy to ' blaming rape victims' for being raped
United States Vice President Joe Biden has compared Republican approaches on economic reform in the budget to blaming rape victims for being raped. ANI

Most people 'willing to pay to reduce identity theft'
Most people are willing to pay to be protected from identity theft, according to a new study. ANI

Jimmy Choo wants to buy back shoe chain he co-founded 15yrs ago
Datuk Jimmy Choo wants to buy back the eponymous shoe chain he co-founded more than a decade ago. ANI

Libyans form human chain against airstrikes by allied forces at Gaddafi's compound
thousands of Libyans crowded into Muammar Gaddafi's heavily fortified Bab Al-Aziziyah compound in Tripoli, which also includes military barracks, to form a human shield against possible air strikes by the allied forces. ANI

Iran cracks down on web dissident technology
Iranian security authorities have blocked US government-backed technology to impose a new crackdown on dissidents online and stop them speaking out safely. ANI

Kate Middleton 'gets keys to œ500K fleet of Jaguar XJ limos for big day'
It's official! Jaguar has been selected as the vehicle to chauffeur bride-to be Kate Middleton to next month's royal wedding venue. ANI

China regrets multinational air strike against Libya
China's Foreign Ministry has expressed regret over the multinational military strike against Libya, saying it did not agree with resorting to force in international relations. ANI

15 pounds -a-head bash at Berkshire pub on royal wedding day irks Middleton's mum
With just six weeks to go for the highly-anticipated royal wedding, it seems the pressure is now mounting on bride-to-be Kate Middleton's normally composed mother Carole. ANI

In Karachi, Indian delegation calls for ending cross-border mistrust
An Indian delegation participating in a seminar organized by the Institute of Business and Technology (BIZTEK) here, has called on the governments of India and Pakistan to take note of the changing times and work towards ending cross-border mistrust that has been in existence since the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. ANI

Drivers 'risking life by using Twitter, Facebook behind the wheel'
The UK police are concerned about the increasing numbers of motorists using Facebook and Twitter behind the wheel, and have warned of potential 'catastrophic consequences'. ANI

Chinese Communist Party official fails to find love despite 700 blind dates in 3yrs!
Despite going on almost 700 blind dates in three years, a Chinese Communist Party official says he has failed to find true love - because women only want to know how much he earns. ANI

Obama, Clinton accept resignation of US envoy to Mexico
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama have accepted the resignation of Carlos Pascaul, the country's envoy to Mexico, following a reported spat with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. ANI

Cyber criminals target Japan disaster donators
Cyber criminals have taken over social media websites and e-mails to target consumers donating for Japan's disaster relief. ANI

Davis case: Pak SC told to initiate contempt proceedings against two judges
The case of double murder American accused Raymond Davis has taken a new twist with a lawyer petitioning Pakistan's Supreme Court to initiate court contempt proceedings against Additional and Sessions Judge Muhammad Yousaf Aujla and Judicial Magistrate Chaudhry Aneeq Anwar for ordering the release of Davis. ANI

Knut the polar bear's death could have been avoided: PETA
PETA has claimed that Knut - the famous German polar bear who passed away in his habitat of an unknown cause -could have been saved. ANI

US drones continue to hover over North Waziristan
Despite the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) putting its aircraft on a state of high alert, about a dozen US drones continue hovering over Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in search of targets. ANI

African Union urges US, EU to 'immediately stop' attack on Gaddafi's forces
The African Union's panel on Libya has urged the United States, France and Britain to 'immediately stop' their military action against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces. ANI

Gaddafi threatens Mediterranean war following "aggressive" international air strikes in Libya
Colonel Muammar Qaddafi has warned that the "aggressive, and foolish" international air and missile strikes inside Libya have turned North Africa and the Mediterranean Sea into a "real war zone." ANI

Sharif underwent series of heart procedures in London hospital
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is said to have undergone a series of procedures on his heart in a London hospital, sources in his Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PML-N) party revealed. ANI

Jack Straw has forgotten how to drive after 13 yrs of being chauffeured!
Former UK Home Secretary Jack Straw is taking learning lessons again. ANI

Tokyo tap water found to have radioactive iodine beyond Japan's regulated standards
Radioactive iodine beyond Japan's regulated standards has reportedly been detected in the tap water in Tokyo apparently because of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following the earthquake-cum-tsunmi earlier this month. ANI

Libyan Deputy FM claims Gaddafi is powerless, ceasefire with rebels is "credible"
Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim has claimed that a ceasefire with the rebels is being respected, and that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is just playing a 'symbolic role' in the country and possesses no real power. ANI

Wills-Kate 'invite exes to wedding'
Prince William and Kate Middleton have apparently invited their exes to the royal wedding. ANI

Gaddafi claims 48 civilians killed by US, EU missile strikes
At least 48 persons, if not more, are said to have been killed in overnight air and missiles strikes launched from American and European ships based in the Mediterranean Sea. ANI

Wills-Kate to honeymoon in Australia?
Prince William has declared that he could be back in Australia for his honeymoon with Kate Middleton after their wedding. ANI

US, EU forces launch broad air strikes on Libya
American and European forces have begun a broad campaign of strikes against the Libyan Government of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, unleashing warplanes and missiles in a military intervention on a scale not seen since the Iraq war. ANI

Former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta hits back at US regulator
Former Goldman Sachs Director Rajat Gupta, who is accused of sharing inside information with hedge fund trader Raj Rajaratnam, has hit back at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the allegations. ANI

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