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International News on May 15, 2011

Hindus want Diwali holiday in Fremont schools in California
Hindus want Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) in California (USA) to add Diwali, the most popular Hindu holy day, to the holiday calendar.steemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Sunday, urging FUSD to announce Diwali as school holiday, said that it was important for Hindu families to celebrate Diwali day together at home with their children. ANI

Soon, 'Barbie the builder' to decorate your kids' room!
After playing numerous characters in her more than 50 years career, Barbie is all set to take on a new avatar of an architect. tanding high at 11-and- half inches in her trendy ankle boots and carrying a hardhat and pink drawing tube, Mattel's Architect Barbie, icon of the building trades is ready for launch. ANI

Will-Kat splurge $72K a night on royal honeymoon accommodation!
Prince William and Kate Middleton have reportedly been following the 'no frills' approach in their married life, but the couple's honeymoon accommodation is costing upto 72,000 dollars a night. ANI

Kate to 'test the water' without lady-in-waiting during U.S. tour
Breaking the royal tradition, Prince William and Kate Middleton have decided to follow a 'no frills' approach and take a scaled-back entourage on their trip to Canada and California. ANI

China to ban two dogs in a family
China on Sunday has imposed a new law, which bans families from owning more than one dog in a bid to stop its population from increasing. ANI

JUI-F denounces ISI chief's behaviour as provocative
Acting Ameer of Jamiat Ulam-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri has described the attitude of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt. General Ahmad Shuja Pasha as provocative. ANI

German newscast confuses 'Star Trek' logo for SEAL Team Six
A German television news station recently confused the logo of a U.S. military group that was responsible for the daring mission that killed terrorist Osama Bin Laden with a fictional badge created by a Star Trek fan organisation. ANI

End unilateral Pak-US ties: Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) chief Nawaz Sharif has urged the federal government to end the unilateral ties with the United States and come out of what he termed 'US subservience'. ANI

Pak apprises UN chief of resolution on Abbottabad raid
Pakistan's National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza has apprised the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon about the adoption of a resolution by Pakistan's Parliament, condemning the Abbottabad operation, as a violation of the country's sovereignty. ANI

Don't bet on May 21 as the end of the world, says Baylor Prof
An associate professor of religion at Baylor University has said that claims that the coming May 21 will be the end of the world should not be believed. ANI

IMF chief arrested for allegedly raping a hotel maid in New York
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a possible French presidential candidate, has been charged with a criminal sex act and attempted rape over the alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid, after being arrested and removed from a plane on the tarmac of John F. Kennedy Airport. ANI

Pak Army, ISI's Osama debacle "has helped puncture culture of impunity": Editorial
The failure of Pakistan's military and intelligence services to detect Osama bin Laden's presence in Abbottabad and the May 2 incursion by US troops 'has helped puncture their culture of impunity', an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

'General Pants' may face anti-discrimination charges for its 'I love Sex' badges
Clothing chain General Pants may have to rue the step it had taken by asking its staff to wear 'I love sex' badges as they have been invited to lodge sexual harassment complaints with the Anti-Discrimination Board. ANI

Perfect look leads to pre-judging a person: Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne may have lost 50lbs in 18 months, but still the 'Fashion Police' Presenter feels that being known for beauty only is of no value as it always leads people pre-judging you as a person. ANI

US offering carrots and sticks to Pakistan amid strained bilateral ties
US Senator John Kerry, who is due to arrive in Pakistan on Sunday, will adopt a carrot and stick policy towards the hosts amid widening gulf between Washington and Islamabad. ANI

Schools should ban mobile phones, wireless networks: European leaders
A powerful European body has ruled that mobile phones and computers with wireless internet connections should be banned from schools, claiming exposure to these technologies pose a risk to human health. ANI

Many US affluent, educated women entering high-quality illegal sex market
A new study by an economics researcher at the University of Arkansas has revealed that many US women, especially educated and the affluent, are choosing to enter the prostitution market. ANI

Ahmadinejad criticised for firing three Iran Cabinet ministers
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been criticised by opposition for accepting resignation of three ministers, including that of oil, welfare, and mines and industries, as part of the government's plan to merge eight ministries into four, the semi-official Fars News Agency and letters posted to his own website have said. ANI

Isle of Man named fifth most likely country to return to moon
After US, Russia, China and India, the Isle of Man is the fifth most likely country to go back to the moon for the first time since 1972. ANI

Hindus and Jews censure Miley Cyrus for not raising Gypsy apartheid issue on 'Gypsy Heart' tour
Hindus and Jews are critical of American singer-actress Miley Cyrus for not utilizing her current 'Gypsy Heart' tour to spread awareness about the apartheid faced by about 15-million European Gypsies (Roma), despite their prior appeal to her. ANI

Obama administration divided over future of US-Pak ties: Report
The Obama administration is uncertain and divided over the future of its relationship with Pakistan following the killing of Osama bin Laden in the country, according to senior US officials. ANI

26/11 Chicago court trial 'next nail in coffin of US-Pak relations'
The 2008 Mumbai terror attack case trial in a US court may unmask Pakistan's links to militants, and potentially worsen already strained relations between Washington and Islamabad. ANI

Oz couple claim to be Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene
An Australian couple who claim they are Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene are asking their 'disciples' to donate to sustain them, raising concern among cult watchers and the Anglican and Catholic churches that the pair could draw in the vulnerable. ANI

Sarah Palin's daughter Willow fined for speeding in family Escalade
It has emerged that Sarah Palin's 16-year-old daughter, Willow, was ticketed for driving nearly 20 miles per hour over the speed limit in Alaska last week. ANI

Gaddafi planning 'dignified' exit to end NATO airstrikes
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi wants to 'lead a dignified life' by making a safe exit from public life, which he thinks will bring an end to NATO strikes on his country. ANI

Taliban, Arab followers freely visited Osama in Pak hideout
Taliban leaders and wealthy Arab supporters often visited Osama bin Laden without endangering their safety in Abbottabad, Pakistan, documents and computer files seized from his compound revealed. ANI

Clinton wants Internet agency to combat web rumors
Former US President Bill Clinton has said the U.S. government or the United Nations needs to create an Internet agency to combat malicious online rumors. ANI

Pak has "carried out rehearsal" for attacking India as part of contingency plan: ISI chief
Pakistan has already rehearsed its contingency plan to attack 'identified targets' in archrival India in case of an Indian strike on Pakistani soil, ISI chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha has said. ANI

US House Intel chairman believes Zawahiri in Pakistan
US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers has said that the word "ally" may be too strong a word to describe Pakistan, the country in which Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was found, and where Rogers believes Ayman al-Zawahiri has been hiding. ANI

Japan's nuke plant facilities damaged by quake rather than tsunami: Report
Data taken at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant suggest that plant's key facilities might have been damaged by the March 11 quake itself rather than tsunami-caused power loss that failed the reactor's cooling function, according to a utility source. ANI

Osama planned to target UK and five other countries
Osama bin Laden had listed Britain among six countries for terror attacks, the documents and computer files seized from his Aboottabad compound in Pakistan have revealed. ANI

Mike Huckabee will not run for US president in 2012
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has announced that he will not run for presidential in 2012. ANI

Obama to deploy US troops in Pakistan if nuclear installations under terror threat
The Obama administration will deploy US troops in Pakistan in case the nation's nuclear installations come under threat from terrorists, who have warned to avenge the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, according to a newspaper. ANI

Partner ready but Oz PM Gillard has 'no present plans' to wed
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's partner Tim Mathieson has declared he wants to marry her, but she has said that she has no present plans to wed. ANI

IMF chief taken into custody in NY over sexual assault allegations
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a possible French presidential candidate, has been taken into custody in New York over the alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid. ANI

ISI chief says impossible to carry forward cooperation with CIA without formal accord
The Pakistan military recently urged the US authorities to finalise a formal agreement on the relationship between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Inter-Services Intelligence, ISI chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha has said. ANI

No need for Labour leader Ed Miliband to be guilty about defeating elder brother David: Mentor
Labour leader Ed Miliband is reported to be still racked with guilt at defeating older brother David in the race to succeed Gordon Brown. ANI

US helicopters used in Osama raid most probably 'refuelled in Pakistan'
The United States' secret stealth-modified helicopters, which intruded into Pakistani territory and conducted nearly an hour-long operation to kill Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, were most probably refuelled after having landed on Pakistani soil. ANI

US charges six, including two imams, with aiding Pakistani Taliban
Authorities in the US have charged six people with providing financial support to the Pakistani Taliban. ANI

Zardari, Gilani ordered double murder-accused CIA contractor Davis' release: ISI chief
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha has revealed that double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis was handed over to the United States on orders of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. ANI

Defiant US 'reserves' option of more unilateral raids inside Pakistan
The United States may conduct another unilateral military operation inside Pakistan in case it locates Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar in the Asian nation, US Senator John Kerry has hinted. ANI

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