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Memo row to turn Pak politics into another "bout of quasi-military rule"?
The memo row might turn out to be a turning point in Pakistan's domestic politics, with some analysts saying that the country may be heading to another "bout of quasi-military rule." ANI

Editorial calls for clarity in Pakistan People's Party's policy in Sindh
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has expressed scepticism at the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)'s policies in the Sindh province regarding former provincial minister Zulfiqar Mirza. ANI

Pippa Middleton chased by paparazzi in 'Diana-esque' style
Kate Middleton's sister Pippa Middleton is being chased by photographers after her break-up from Alex Loudon. ANI

Zardari's friends in UAE trying to woo back Quereshi to PPP
Close friends of President Asif Ali Zardari living in the United Arab Emirates 9UAE) have reportedly approached former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in an effort to get him to rejoin the Pakistan Peoples Party, or at least to persuade him not to ally with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. ANI

Sexual harassment risk at work could mean bigger pay cheques
Workers who are more exposed to sexual harassment at workplace get higher pay cheques, a new study has revealed. ANI

Haqqani returns to Pak to answer his role in memo row
Pakistan's ambassador to Washington returned to Islamabad on Sunday to explain himself over claims that he wrote a letter seeking US help against the country's powerful military. ANI

'Anti-litter' leaflets targeting UK Muslims sparks outrage
A British Labour council has sparked a race row after printing a leaflet targeted at Muslims that invoked the name of Allah in urging them to stop littering the streets. ANI

Burma poised to 'release' political prisoners as country heads closer to democracy
Burma would reportedly release hundreds of its political prisoners as the country heads closer to democracy. ANI

Demonstrations in UK to be banned during 2012 Olympics to prevent Occupy-style protests
British ministers are planning legal action to restrict public protests during 2012 London Olympics, amid fears that the upcoming sport event could be disrupted Occupy-style protests. ANI

Civilian supremacy must end military high-handedness in Pakistan: Editorial
A leading Pakistan editorial has stressed the need to end the high- handedness of military regime and allow a strong civilian set-up to prevail that would ultimately lead to civilian supremacy. Daily Times editorial says that the activities of military and intelligence forces should be accountable to parliament instead of blaming the political class for all the ills. ANI

NOTW journalists' computers destroyed by 'putting them through grinder'
The computers used by now defunct British tabloid News of the World journalists were destroyed by putting them 'through a grinder,' a court has heard. ANI

Manmohan Singh unveils Jawaharlal Nehru's bust and marker in Singapore
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today unveiled a bust and marker of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in Singapore. ANI

US affirms support for democracy in Pak following memo row
The US State Department stressed the need to continue the democratic process in Pakistan as ambassador Husain Haqqani headed home to appear before a parliamentary committee over the memo row. ANI

Saif Gaddafi's Libyan trial may reveal "embarrassing" secrets about links with Blair, Prince Andrew
The trial of Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif-al-Islam, in Libya could reportedly embarrass some of the influential British figures, including Duke of York, Prince Andrew and the country's former Prime Minister Tony Blair if he reveals details of the close links he enjoyed with them. ANI

China launches two satellites into space
China has send two satellites, Chuangxin 1-03 and Shiyan Satellite 4, into space from China's Gansu Province. ANI

Poll shows Romney, Gingrich in statistical head to head tie
A new poll has shown that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich are at a statistical head to head tie in New Hampshire for the 2012 White House race. ANI

Japanese anti-revisionist group calls for ending nuke production
A Japanese anti-revisionist group has stressed the need to exclude nuclear power from the country's energy policy taking into account Article 9 of the Constitution and the Fukushima meltdown following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. ANI

Chinese GDP growth to dip to 9.2 percent in 2012: Report
Chinese economic growth is expected to slow down to 9.2 percent in 2012, as compared to 9.4 percent this year, a university report has suggested.ccording to the Beijing-based Renmin University report, Chinese economic expansion will continue the easing trend in the first half of 2012, and inflation would dip next year, Xinhua reports. ANI

Malik asks 'Taliban to lay down arms' to see 'youths carrying book, not suicide jackets' in Pak
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has asked the Taliban to lay down their arms besides refraining from playing in the hands of the enemy. ANI

14 killed in chemical plant explosion in China
Fourteen workers were killed and five other were injured in a chemical plant explosion in China's Shandong Province.he explosion occurred at about 2 p.m.(local time) at a melamine production facility of Shandong Liaherd Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. in Xintai when workers were repairing a condenser, the city government said. ANI

Pak suicide bomber had US passport: Rangers
A suspected militant who blew himself up following a security forces' raid in Karachi was carrying a US and a Pakistani passport. ANI

World's most expensive bag up for sale in Dubai for $3.8 m
The most expensive bag in the world, which is made out of 18 carat gold and studded with 4,517 diamonds, is on sale in Dubai for 13.9 million dirhams (3.8 million dollars). ANI

Singapore supports India's bid for permanent UNSC seat
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today pledged his country's support for India's presence at an expanded United Nation Security Council (UNSC). ANI

Prince Harry spotted partying up in Vegas
Prince Harry indulged in a wild night of partying in Las Vegas. ANI

Piper Laurie lost virginity to Reagan who she says 'was no gentleman'
Piper Laurie has revealed that she lost her virginity to ex US President Ronald Reagan, who was playing her on-screen father when she was in her teens. ANI

Kensington Palace 'needs £3m overhaul' before Wills-Kat move in
Kensington palace, which has been chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as their official London residence, will need a 3 million pounds security overhaul to make it safe enough for the Royal couple, according to experts. ANI

700 'Wikimedians' attend 'largest' Wikipedia conference' in Mumbai
Wikipedia, the world's leading online encyclopedia, is hosting its first conference in India, which has been attended by over 700 'Wikimedians' on the first day of the event organized in Mumbai. ANI

Herman Cain makes another gaffe suggesting Taliban playing role in Libya
American businessman Herman Cain has added another foreign policy misstep to his stumbling presidential campaign, by saying that the Taliban were playing a role in Libya's new government. ANI

Traditional Afghan assembly backs Karzai's call for security pact with US
A traditional Afghan national assembly has backed President Hamid Karzai's call for a long-term security pact with the US, but on a condition that American troops stop conducting the controversial night time raids. ANI

Manmohan Singh invites Singapore Prime Minister to visit India
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today extended an invitation to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to visit India to take note of the manner in which Singapore has contributed to India's progress in recent years. ANI

Singapore, a valued partner for India's ambitious plans for infrastructure development: PM
India places the highest priority on its relations with Singapore and looks forward to working closely to evolve an even more ambitious roadmap for the future, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said today. ANI

Militants kill Pak mosque cleric for resisting 'terrorist value' preaching there
A mosque cleric was shot dead by militants in the Nowshera district of Pakistan, after he resisted to their attempts to preach terrorism in his mosque, a police official has claimed. ANI

Iran to triple electricity exports to Pakistan
Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad has said that the Islamic Republic will triple its electricity exports to Pakistan to help the Asian country ease its power shortages. ANI

Haqqani did not write letter seeking US help against Pak military: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the country's ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani, did not write a letter seeking US help against Islamabad's powerful military. ANI

US planning to slap new sanctions on Iran's petrochemical industry
The United States is reportedly is planning a new round of sanctions against Iran, which would be aimed at preventing foreign investment in the Islamic regime's petrochemical sector. ANI

Iranian Revolutionary Guard's top commander died during missile testing, says brother
A recent mysterious explosion at an Iran's Revolutionary Guard base was caused due to the failure of an experimental intercontinental ballistic missile test, the brother of the missile program's top commander who was killed in the incident has said. ANI

War Crimes Prosecutor heads to Libya for talks on Gaddafi's 'captured' son's trial
A prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has said that he would travel to Libya next week for talks with the country's transitional government on where Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam will be tried. ANI

China escalates campaign against 'dissident' artist Ai Weiwei
China has stepped up its campaign against artist and dissident Ai Weiwei to silence his criticism. ANI

Nawaz Sharif threatens to move SC if memo row not probed
Pakistan Muslim League (N) chief Nawaz Sharif has warned that he would move the Supreme Court to deal with the memo row if a commission was not formed to do so. ANI

Chinese attitude 'constructive' on South China Sea disputes: US
The United States has described China's attitude on the South China Sea territorial dispute as "constructive", after talks between President Barack Obama and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the East Asia summit in Indonesia. ANI

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