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International News on May 7, 2011

27 killed in Indonesia passenger plane crash
Indonesian aviation authorities on Saturday said that all the passengers on board the Merpati Nusantara Airlines MA-60 aircraft, which crashed in the country's West Papua province, have been killed. ANI

India-France foreign office consultations held in Paris
The annual foreign office consultations between the Indian and French government were held in Paris this week. ANI

About 15 killed in Indonesia air crash
Indonesian aviation authorities on Saturday said that about 15 people may have died in a plane crash in the country's West Papua province. ANI

Smokers at airport charged œ1 for quick puff before take off
Smokers who wish to light up before they fly away from Belfast International Airport are being charged 1 pound to do so to pay for a "designated smoking area". ANI

Climategate scientists secretive, but study is sound
Investigations into the Climategate email scandal has criticised scientists at the University of East Anglia for being too secretive about the data underlying its temperature records, but concluded that they were honest and did not manipulate data to strengthen the case for manmade global warming. ANI

Osama death could encourage homegrown jihadists in US
Osama bin Laden's death must have brought celebrations across America, but a terrorism expert at Indiana State University has warned that his death could encourage 'homegrown jihadist groups' to add on 'list of grievances' against the United States. ANI

Bridegroom sues bride for 444K pounds for jilting him at altar
An Italian bridegroom has sued his bride for 444,000 pounds as compensation for the "emotional distress" he went through after she jilted him at the altar. ANI

Robert Pattinson finds fans crying out his name 'surreal'
British heartthrob Robert Pattinson has revealed that he is still not used to fans shouting and screaming his name, and that it all seems "unreal" to him. ANI

'Designer baby' saves life of sick older brother
A 12-year-old child in Britain has beaten a devastating illness after his "designer baby" brother gave him the gift of life. ANI

150-year-old time capsule unearthed beneath Oz fountain
A time capsule in the form of a bottle containing coins, newspapers and a memorandum of the 1800's has been uncovered beneath a monument in Ballarat, Australia. ANI

Middleton family in spotlight over Pippa's raunchy photos
The Middleton family has come into the spotlight after raunchy photos of Philippa "Pippa" Middleton were leaked onto the Internet. ANI

Hindus upset at depiction of Goddess Lakshmi on swimwear at Sydney fashion show
Hindus are upset at the depiction of the image of Goddess Lakshmi on swimwear reportedly displayed atRosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) held in Sydney (Australia) from May 2-6, which they termed repugnant. ANI

Study links life satisfaction with Govt backed social security
According to a new study, citizens of countries with higher government backed social security enjoy a more satisfied life compared to people in a 'free market capitalism' situation. ANI

Chinese granny becomes latest dancing sensation with Jackson routine
A 65-year-old grandmother from Beijing has won accolades after her energetic, Michael Jackson-inspired dance routine on television show, 'China's Got Talent'. ANI

India Cultural Center opens in Utah
An India Cultural Center of Utah (ICCU) has started functioning in South Jordan (USA) whose "primary function is to promote the heritage, arts, crafts, sports and culture of India". ANI

'CIA recruited Pak-Americans, Pashtuns to track Osama'
Washington, May 7 The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) regularly recruited Pakistani-Americans and Pashtuns since 2001 to track Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, former CIA official Michael Scheur has revealed. ANI

US technology widely misused by corrupt governments, terrorists to propagate agenda
Various terrorist groups, corrupt governments and anti-American forces rely on U.S. technology to repress citizens and conduct terror campaigns, it has emerged. ANI

Pak's Washington lobbyist in overdrive to ward US anger over sheltering Osama
Pakistan's top Washington lobbyist Mark Siegel, has urged U.S. officials not to take out their anger on the country despite the fact that Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden spent at least five years living in Islamabad. ANI

US violation of Pak sovereignty "not acceptable to any Pakistani individual": Musharraf
The violation of Pakistan's sovereignty by the United States is "not acceptable to any Pakistani individual," former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said. ANI

Osama's compound in Abbottabad must be preserved for sake of history: Expert
The demolition of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad will be a disservice to history, an eminent Pakistani historian and expert has said. ANI

PPP Chairman Bilawal to be assigned larger role from September
Pakistan People's Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto would be given a larger political role from September, his father and Pakistan President Asif Zardari has revealed. ANI

70 percent of Gaddafi's land armoury destroyed by NATO airstrikes
Seventy percent of land armoury belonging to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has reportedly been destroyed by NATO airstrikes. ANI

'Russian Obama' quits Putin's party for failure to 'fulfill election promises'
Joaquim Crima, dubbed "the Russian Obama", has quit the United Russia party over complaints that it has become a party of bureaucrats rather than a party for the people. ANI

Roberts, Clinton appreciate cleaner stoves used in India, China, Mexico
Actress Julia Roberts and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have said that providing cleaner burning stoves to developing countries could save lives and help the climate. ANI

Osama's killing 'should serve as warning' to Gaddafi
General Sir David Richards, Britain's Chief of the Defence Staff, has said Osama bin Laden's death should serve as a warning to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

'Hale and hearty' Osama was living in urban Pakistan for seven and half years
Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden had left Pakistan's tribal areas sometime in 2003, and had been living in the country's northern urban regions since then, his Yemeni widow has revealed. ANI

Indonesian plane with 27 onboard crashes into ocean
An airplane carrying 27 people crashed into the ocean Saturday as it was about to land at an airport in the Indonesian province of West Papua. ANI

Mothers are worth $61,436 a year without the love and affection
A survey has shown that mothers are worth an estimated 61,436 dollars a year for doing various jobs without counting the love and affection they give. ANI

'Terrorist disaster waiting to happen at Oz airports'
Australian airport workers representatives have called for an overhaul of the country's aviation security protocols, branding lax standards as a "terrorist disaster waiting to happen". ANI

Co-accused to help prosecutors of Indian origin student in US in classmate suicide case
Molly Wei, a former Rutgers University student charged after allegedly spying on a classmate who then committed suicide, has reached a deal to co-operate with the prosecution of Indian origin student Dharun Ravi. ANI

'US must use 'lie detector' on 'terrorist general' Pasha to locate Qaeda links'
The United States should arrest Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha and Pakistan's Ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, and use polygraph test on both to determine their role in shielding Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, the American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) has said. ANI

Three charged with aiding, abetting prostitution in Berlusconi's 'bunga bunga' parties
Prosecutors in the trial of Silvio Berlusconi have called for three others to be put on trial over the 'bunga bunga' parties, charged with aiding and abetting prostitution. ANI

'Good looks' get you better jobs than 'qualifications'
A new study has revealed that employers give more importance to 'lookness' than qualifications and job experience while hiring a candidate for a job. ANI

Iran's supreme leader asks Ahmadinejad to accept minister or resign
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has given an ultimatum to the country's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to either accept his intervention in a cabinet appointment or quit his post, as the power struggle between the two leaders intensifies. ANI

TEPCO starts filling more water at tsunami hit Fukushima nuke plant's No 1 reactor
Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) has started pouring in increased amount of water at the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan with an intention to cool the damaged nuclear fuel inside ANI

Kate Middleton hailed as international superstar for boosting UK's economy
Looks like Britain is all set to revamp its economy after the royal wedding. ANI

Princess Beatrice and Eugenie 'to be stripped of 24-hour protection'
It has emerged that Prince Andrew's daughters are to lose their round-the-clock police protection after a growing row over the 500,000 pounds annual costs of their bodyguards. ANI

German Playboy chief claims nude cover model Sila Sahin is not Muslim
She had caused quite a stir as the first Turkish woman to undress for Playboy, but it is now being claimed that Sila Sahin is not actually a Muslim. ANI

Pak radars were 'inactive, not jammed' during US' Osama operation: Air chief
The entry of American helicopters into Pakistani air space for 'Operation Geronimo' went undetected because the radars deployed on the western borders were not active on May 2, the Pakistan Air Force has said. ANI

Bin Laden' s supporters condemn US raid
Pakistani supporters of Al-Qaeda mastermind,Osama Bin Laden took to the streets to condemn the unilateral US raid on their soil. ANI

Osama's ex- right-hand man Fawwaz to stand trial in US over 1998 embassy bombings
Osama Bin Laden's former right-hand man Khalid al-Fawwaz could soon be extradited to the United States to stand trial over his role in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. ANI

Osama's youngest injured widow could be extradited to US
Osama bin Laden's youngest widow, who is recovering in a hospital after being injured during the raid on the al-Qaeda leader's Pakistan compound, could reportedly be extradited to the United States. ANI

Myth exposed: Men think about food, sleep more than sex
The saying, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, seems to be true, as a study has shown that men, who are believed to have a one-track mind, actually think more about food and sleep than they do about sex. ANI

Pak extremist groups' muted reactions to Osama's killing 'calm before storm'
The killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden has met with muted reactions from Pakistani extremist organizations so far, but many of them say they are still in mourning, and are calculating their response. ANI

Osama's death could benefit U.S in Afghanistan: Robert Gates
The death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is likely to benefit U.S military efforts in Afghanistan, according to US Defense Secretary Robert Gates. ANI

Bin Laden's stay at Abbottabad facilitated by ISI's "willful blindness": Ex-CIA officer
Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was able to hide at a luxury Abbottabad compound right under the nose of the Pakistan Military Academy because of "willful blindness" on the part of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer has said. ANI

Telephonic chat between Osama's courier, friend was where 'movie about his hunt started'
A telephonic conversation between Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the main courier for Osama bin Laden, and one of his old friends last year had finally led the U.S. forces to the doorsteps of the killed al-Qaeda leader. ANI

Malay Hindus rush for gold during 'Akshaya Tritiya'
Indians in Malaysia, particularly Hindus, purchased gold ornaments on the auspicious occasion of 'Akshaya Tritiya'. ANI

Baby Spice girl gives birth to baby boy
Former Spice girl Emma Bunton and her finace Jade Jones have become proud parents of a baby boy. ANI

Voting begins in Singapore general elections
Singaporeans have begun voting in the parliamentary election that are being conducted for the 11th time since independence. ANI

SNP poll win could create independence headache for UK Government
The Scottish Nationalist Party's (SNP) majority win in elections has not only humiliated the Labour Party, but also created a major headache for Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to block a move for the independence of Scotland from the rest of the United Kingdom. ANI

US demands Pak spy agents' identities as it probes Bin Laden's 'support network'
The Obama administration has demanded that Pakistan reveal the identities of some of its top intelligence operatives as the United States tries to determine whether any of them had contact with Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden or his agents before his death, according to Pakistani officials. ANI

Gaddafi's 'voluptuous blonde' applies for political asylum in Norway
The Ukrainian 'voluptuous blonde' nurse named Galyna Kolotnytska, who was Muammar Muhammad al- Gaddafi's companion has applied for political asylum in Norway. ANI

Ex-MP Dosanjh to challenge acquitted Air India bombings man
Former Canadian lawmaker Ujjal Dosanjh has revealed that he intends to challenge Ripudaman Singh Malik in court over his connection to the mid-air bomb explosion aboard an Air India flight that killed 329 people in June 1985. ANI

'London "woefully" unprepared for terrorist attack during 2012 Olympics'
Lady Justice Hallett has warned in her 7/7 inquest report that London is "woefully" unprepared for a terrorist attack during the 2012 Olympic Games, as there is a shortage of air ambulance crews and fast response teams. ANI

Five myths about Osama revealed
Almost a week after US Navy Seals shot and killed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the Washington Post has sought to dismantle myths and clarify common misconceptions about him. ANI

40 people suspected of having Bin Laden links arrested in Abbottabad
Pakistani security forces have arrested 40 people in Abbottabad, suspected of having connections to Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ANI

Musharraf terms not knowing of Osama's hideout during his presidency as "terrible"
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said it is "terrible" that he did not know during his rule that Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was hiding at a luxury compound right under the nose of the Pakistan Military Academy. ANI

Americans spend half of food budget in restaurants putting children's diet at risk
Americans are spending about half their food budget in restaurants putting children's dietary quality at risk, according to a new study. ANI

Radical Muslims' mock Osama funeral near 7/7 attack mourners in London
Hundreds of Osama Bin Laden supporters staged a mock funeral service for the Al-Qaeda leader outside the US Embassy in London on Friday in protest against his killing. ANI

US drone strike fails to kill Yemen Al-Qaeda head Awlaki
The drone strike launched by the U.S in Yemen was aimed at killing the American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, but he evaded the attack, Yemeni and U.S. officials have said. ANI

Failure to locate Osama in Abbottabad shows Pak spy agencies' "incompetence": Musharraf
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said he believes that the failure to locate Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was hiding at a luxury compound right under the nose of the Pakistan Military Academy, depicts Pakistani intelligence agencies' "incompetence". ANI

ISI chief leaves for US to explain Pak position on Osama's discovery in Abbottabad
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha has left for Washington to explain Pakistan's position on the presence of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in the country before he was killed in a US operation on May 2. ANI

ISI chief Pasha may be made scapegoat for Pak's Osama bin Laden debacle
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha may have to step down as the Pakistan government looks for a fall guy for the Osama bin Laden debacle, according to Pakistani officials. ANI

Shuja Pasha meets CIA station chief in wake of US' unilateral raid at Osama's hideout
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha has held a meeting with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Station chief Mark Carlton in the wake of the United States' unilateral military operation against Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden inside Pakistani territory. ANI

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