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International News on March 26, 2011

Libya mission saved lives of countless civilians: Obama
US President Barack Obama has said that the international mission in Libya was clear and focused, and succeeding by saving countless innocents from a "bloodbath" threatened by the country's dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi. ANI

Anand Sharma inaugurates India Show in Switzerland
Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has inaugurated the India Show in Switzerland along with Swiss Home Minister Didier Burkhalter. ANI

28 percent US nuclear power plants fail to report defective parts: NRC report
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has reported that 28 percent nuclear power plant operators in the country have failed to report to the federal regulators about problems incurred by defective parts used in the nuclear plants, which could lead to major safety hazards in other reactors across the country. ANI

Pak likely to replace Haqqani as Pak envoy to US
Pakistan Ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani, is likely to be replaced after expiration of his tenure in May. ANI

Newt Gingrich sought "God's forgiveness" for marital affairs
Potential US Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said that he had sought 'God's forgiveness' for his marital affairs. ANI

Sex therapist says Oz men struggle with rejection in bedroom
A sex therapist has said that Australian men are struggling with rejection in the bedroom. ANI

Political debate intensifies over US' role in Middle East amid unrest in region
Amid concerns over the ongoing unrest in the Middle East, the debate has intensified about how far the United States should go in seeking to shape the outcome. ANI

Lost siblings reunite after 35 years via dating website!
A brother and sister, who separated during their childhood, were reunited after 35 years after meeting via a dating website in London. ANI

US-Pak 'preparatory' talks in Washington to pave way for strategic dialogue
Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir is expected to visit Washington in a few days for talks aimed at ironing out the differences that have adversely affected the US-Pakistan relationship. ANI

US denies withdrawing security personnel from Pakistan since Davis' arrest
The United States has rejected the suggestion that it had withdrawn some security personnel from Pakistan since the arrest of double murder-accused American Raymond Davis, who was accused of running an underground CIA cell in the country. ANI

Imran threatens to obstruct NATO supplies if Pak Govt doesn't stop US drone campaign
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has threatened to obstruct convoys carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan in retaliation against US drone attacks in the country's tribal areas. ANI

US Jesuits agree to 166 million dollar sex abuse pay-out
The Pacific Northwest chapter of the Roman Catholic Church's Jesuit order has agreed to pay 166 million dollars to settle more than 500 Native Americans sexually abused by priests at its schools sexual abuse claims against priests. ANI

Chinese farmer claims sheep gave birth to 'puppy'
A farmer in China has insisted that one of his sheep gave birth to a puppy that has wool like a lamb's, but mouth, nose, eyes, paws and tail like a dog's. ANI

French women strip to undies to celebrate different body shapes
A number of French women stripped down to their underwear to celebrate different body shapes. ANI

Gaddafi's fall might allow al-Qaeda affiliates take over southern Libya: Analysts
The fall of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi might see the al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic terrorist groups filling up the void, US analysts have said. ANI

Genghis Khan dentistry book wins award for oddest title
A book, titled 'Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way', which advices dentists on how to run their practices, has won the Diagram prize for oddest book title of the year. ANI

US military action in Libya 'unconstitutional': Law expert
Michael Dorf, a constitutional law expert and a professor of law at Cornell University, has said that US President Barack Obama's decision to take military action in Libya is unconstitutional. ANI

Japan's tsunami hit nuke plant workers unlikely to take up given option to quit
Tokyo Electric Power Corporation has reportedly given an option to workers of Japan's earthquake-cum-tsunami hit nuclear power station in Fukushima Prefecture to decide whether or not to continue at the plant, but many experts believe that the workers are not in a position to decline job offers as 'it would affect them in the future'. ANI

Lahore HC rejects application seeking Musharraf treason case adjournment
The Lahore High Court (LHC) has rejected an application seeking an adjournment of the court proceedings to register a treason case against former President Pervez Musharraf. ANI

Two govt schools blown up in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province
Two government schools have been blown up in northwest Pakistan's Sherkera and Matni areas. ANI

Canadian school worker suspended after student exposed her secret p*rn life
A school worker in Canada has been suspended after her secret p*rn life was exposed by a student who asked her for an autograph, after watching one of her illicit movies. ANI

Weight training safe and beneficial for pregnant women
A new study has found that weight training is safe and beneficial for pregnant women provided it is a supervised, low-to-moderate intensity program. ANI

24-year-old woman prefers cats to marriage
A 24-year-old woman says she can live without being married or having friends, but would be lonely without her cute cats. ANI

US to recall 331 'diplomatic staffers' as per secret Davis release deal with Pak
As many as 331 American officials, most of whom are suspected of being engaged in espionage under diplomatic cover, have been identified to leave Pakistan as part of a deal reached between relevant officials of both countries in exchange for the release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis. ANI

Fresh coolant to be injected into Japan's Fukushima No. 2-reactor
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will inject fresh water into Fukushima No. 2 nuclear reactor core, to enhance its cooling efficiency. ANI

Egypt Air strikes out Israel from route map
Egypt Air has removed Israel from its route map, even though its subsidiary, Air Sinai, flies to its capital, Tel Aviv, four times a week. ANI

Clarke warns UK could face new Lockerbie-style attack if Gaddafi remains in power
British Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has stepped up pressure on the government to depose Colonel Muammar Gaddafi by warning that the Libyan dictator could organise a Lockerbie-style attack in revenge for London's role in the enforcement of the UN resolution, if he manages to survive all efforts to oust him from power. ANI

New ethics code will ban Russian MPs from wearing miniskirts
A new ethics code has been passed that will forbid Russian MPs and their aides from wearing miniskirts and indiscreet behaviour that may tarnish the image of parliament. ANI

US man dubbed 'Mr Elastic' attempts record with feet turned backwards
A man in the US, who is known as "backwards feet man" and "Mr Elastic", is hoping to enter the Guinness Book of Records by rotating his feet 120 degrees behind him. ANI

No move to derail nuke power development plans, says China
China's largest nuclear plant operator - the China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC), has said that Japan's nuclear crisis should not derail its plan to develop its own nuclear power industry. ANI

At least 55 killed in Syria pro-democracy violence
The "Jasmine Revolution" has now spread to Syria, where at least 55 people have been reported killed in clashes with security forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. ANI

Yemeni President ready to hand over power, but only to "safe hands"
Amid huge protests across the country over his removal from power, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has said that he is ready to give up his position only if he finds "safe hands" capable enough to handle the affairs of the country. ANI

Radioactive materials' level found 1,250 times higher than legal limit in sea near Fukushima plant
Levels of radioactive materials are increasing in the sea near the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit nuclear power station in Fukushima Prefecture in Japan, the government's nuclear safety agency has said. ANI

Gilani to decide on Manmohan's Indo-Pak WC semi-final game invitation today
Pakistan has confirmed receiving an invitation from Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to his Pakistani counterpart Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari for watching the Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final clash next week, and Gilani will take a final decision in this regard on Saturday (today). ANI

100 WW II bombs washed up on UK beach due to Super Moon phenomenon
The unusual proximity of the moon to earth or, the Super Moon phenomenon that took place earlier this month, is being cited as the key reason for the washing up of almost 100 unexploded Second World War bombs on Calshot Beach in Hampshire. ANI

Libya ready to implement African Union road map for peace
The Muammar Gaddafi Government in war ravaged Libya has said that it is ready to implement a road map envisaged by the African Union for a solution. ANI

More than 5 in 10 US adults use Facebook
More than 5 in 10 American adults use the online social networking service Facebook, according to a report by Edison Research and Arbitron Inc. ANI

By 2050, whites 'will be the minority race in US'
Whites will be a minority in the U.S. by 2050 as black and Hispanic birth rates soar, according to official figures. ANI

American Apparel CEO's lawyer says nude photos show ex-worker wasn't sex prisoner
A lawyer for American Apparel's CEO has said that photos emailed by the female ex-worker, who accused his client of sexual abuse, show that her claim of being held as a sex prisoner is not true. ANI

Hillary Clinton's handbag contents revealed
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has an essential list of items she carries in her purse no matter where she travels. ANI

Prince William's 'bachelor party set for this weekend'
Prince William, who is set to marry fiance Kate Middleton on April 29, is having his bachelor party (or, as the Brits call it, the 'stag' party), this weekend. ANI

Gaddafi went under knife too look young, claims Brazilian doctor
A Brazilian doctor has confirmed that Colonel Gaddafi has had plastic surgery to look young. ANI

US has no plans to 'assassinate' Gaddafi, Obama tells lawmakers
US President Barack Obama has told congressional leaders that the US military would not be used to assassinate Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, sources familiar with Friday's briefing at the White House have said. ANI

Pakistani jailed for 60 years in British boy kidnapping case
A Pakistani man has been jailed for 60 years for kidnapping a five-year-old boy in Pakistan last year. ANI

Stephen Harper Government in Canada falls after no-confidence vote
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government has fallen after a no confidence vote was passed in the country's parliament. ANI

SA detective who led Indian-origin bride Anni Dewani's murder case charged with fraud, racis
A senior South African detective who had led an investigation into the Indian-origin bride Anni Dewani's murder case in Cape Town last year, appeared in a court charged with racism and fraud for calling a black security guard a 'black baboon'. ANI

Obama to give address on Libya on Monday
Facing increasing pressure from the U.S. Congress to clarify the American military mission in Libya, President Barack Obama will address the nation in a televised speech on the issue on Monday. ANI

Men feel old at 58, but women at 29
A new study has revealed that women consider themselves old at 29 - half the age of men who don't feel over the hill until they are 58. ANI

UK Tornado jets launch precision bomb raids on Libya
Heavily armed British Tornado jets fired guided Brimstone missiles at Libyan forces as they threatened pro-democracy supporters in the city of Ajdabiya. ANI

Seven more fall prey to Karachi target killings
The ongoing wave of target killings in the Pakistani metropolis claimed at least seven more lives on Friday. ANI

Terrorist arrested for planning World Cup attack 'of Maldives origin': Malik
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has claimed that the terrorist arrested in Colombo, who was planning an attack on cricketers during the ICC World Cup 2011, is of Maldivian origin. ANI

Benazir Bhutto's assassins arrested: Malik
The assassins of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto have been arrested and the facts of the case will be made public soon, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

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