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International News on October 17, 2011

US-Pak ties improving, but challenges remain: Haqqani
Pakistan's Ambassador in Washington Hussain Haqqani has said that although the relationship between the US and Pakistan has improved, but there still remain challenges that need to be focused on. ANI

Northern Nevada's 1st Hindu Temple breaks ground
Northern Nevada's first Hindu temple had its ground-breaking ceremony on October 16 in Reno (USA) amidst chanting of mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures. ANI

Brit professors get 100k pounds to study lap dancing
Two academicians have been given more than 100,000 pounds to spend a year investigating about lap dancing clubs. ANI

Khamenei's veiled 'doing away with post of 'directly-elected President' threat to Ahmadinejad
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has hinted at making some changes in the functioning of the government, saying that the country could do away with the post of a directly-elected President. ANI

US unleashed Haqqani network, Quetta Shura: Fazl
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that the US had unleashed the Haqqani Network and Quetta Shura, and is now preparing to pressurize Islamabad to freeze its nuclear programme. ANI

'French cop flew prostitutes to New York to host orgy for Strauss-Kahn'
Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is in yet another controversy, this time for allegedly taking help of a police chief to have an orgy in a Paris hotel. ANI

Nepal's political unrest poses big threat to India: Subramanian Swamy
Commenting on the political unrest in Nepal, Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy has said that it posed a big threat to India. ANI

Hitler didn't kill himself in Berlin, but died an old man in South America
A new book has claimed that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler did not kill himself in Berlin in 1945 but ended his days in Argentina. ANI

Pak leaning toward talks with Taliban, not battle as demanded by US
Pakistan seems to be least interested in challenging insurgent groups and is instead more inclined to make peace with them despite America's growing frustration with Islamabad over its handling of Islamic militancy. ANI

Manmohan Singh arrives in Pretoria to attend IBSA Summit
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, arrived here on Monday to participate in the fifth trilateral India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Summit. ANI

Lost CS Forester's lost crime novel 'The Pursued' to be published
A crime novel written in 1935 by Horatio Hornblower creator CS Forester, that was thought lost, is set to be published for the first time. ANI

Artist captures late Steve Jobs in life-like 3D sculptures
An artist has created unusual 3D sculptures of late Apple founder Steve Jobs and American Democrat Stephanie Tubbs Jones. ANI

Oz woman lost on Island drank own urine, sucked green ants to survive
A woman, who became lost on a remote island off Australia's northern coast, has revealed that she had to drink her own urine and suck the moisture from green ants to survive. ANI

Canadian man arrives home after 11-year walk around world
A 56-year-old Canadian man who left home after his business went bankrupt has completed a 11-year walk around the world, and finally made it back to his homeland. ANI

Pippa Middleton lifted off her feet at glitzy charity event
Pippa Middleton had no dearth of admirers around her during the annual Boodles Boxing Ball at London's Westminster, which she recently attended. ANI

German yachtsman feared eaten by cannibals during Pacific Ocean tour
Trip of a lifetime turned out to be a nightmare for a German traveller, who is feared to have been eaten by cannibals in South Pacific. ANI

Late Punjab Governor Salman Taseer's kidnapped son kept near Pak-Afghan border: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that former Governor of Punjab Salman Taseer's son Shahbaz is alive, and being kept near the Pak-Afghan border. ANI

UK sending inspectors' to visit Indian jail over Gujarat bombing accused's 'torture' claims
British taxpayers are paying up to 10,000 pounds for human rights "inspectors" to visit an Indian jail to see if it would be a safe place to hold a man wanted over a bombing that killed a girl of eight. ANI

Pak pir repeatedly rapes teen girl on pretext of curing her migrane
A pir allegedly repeatedly raped a teenage girl in Pakistan after being approached by her father to cure her migraine. ANI

'Heroin' pill costing 50p soaring in popularity among UK school kids
School kids in Britain are hyped about a new drug, which has the same effect as heroin, but is much cheaper. ANI

Chinese netizens outraged over passerby's 'apathy' towards 'bleeding car-hit child'
Chinese media and Internet users have slammed people of Foshan city in Guangdong province, saying that they lack morality for overlooking a two-year-old girl who was left bleeding by the side of a road after being hit-and-run over by a car. ANI

Now, specially designed bra for 9-yr-olds as kids reach puberty earlier
A bra, specially designed for girls as young as nine, is going on sale at UK's biggest retailer as youngsters now reach puberty at an increasingly early age. ANI

Rare 99-yr-old Titanic deck plan likely to fetch 50,000 pounds at auction
A rare Titanic deck plan that was owned by an elderly couple in first class who died when the doomed liner sank, is all set to fetch 50,000 pounds at an auction. ANI

75 percent of arrested terror suspects get acquitted in Pak's Punjab province
Three out of every four terrorism suspects arrested in Punjab over the last two decades were set free by the courts, data compiled by the provincial government in Pakistan has revealed. ANI

Lady Gaga enjoys first real 'Marilyn moment' at Bill Clinton's birthday bash
Lady Gaga enjoyed her first real 'Marilyn moment' over the weekend, as she serenaded former President Bill Clinton with a personalised version of her hit Bad Romance as part of his birthday celebrations. ANI

US gathering troops near Pak border: Tribal elder
Tribesmen living in the North Waziristan region are worried as the United States troops in Afghanistan gathered along the border with Pakistan's insurgents-infested area. ANI

Pak will recognise new govt. in Libya: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that his country will recognize the new government in Libya. ANI

ERCOM launches the first secured triple-play Smartphone for ''voice, mail/SMS and internet''
With the considerable development of the Smartphone market, security threats are becoming more and more widespread: downloadable applications, social networks, mixed usage (private and professional), etc. The usage of Smartphone is a breach for organizations who wish to protect their intangible assets. Business Wire India

MKU Offers Modern Ballsitic Gear for Modern Soldier
With the armed forces ever more heavily engaged in ever evolving asymmetric warfare of today’s combat zones, many governments have expressed concern about the protection of troops engaged in combat Business Wire India

Mr. Akihiro Sawa, Executive Senior Fellow of the 21st Century Public Policy Institute and Director of International Environment and Economy Institute (NPO) Issued a Proposal: Japan Should Maintain Its Nuclear Power Technologies
Mr. Akihiro Sawa, Japan's leading policy analyst, issued a proposal. It emphasizes the importance of maintaining and improving Japan's nuclear power technologies for its future energy policies while there is a storm of controversy on discontinuing nuclear power generation after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. Business Wire India

Octagon Global Regulatory Affairs Expert Nancy Smerkanich to Present at 2011 DIA India Conference
Octagon, a leading provider of breakthrough software and services to the global life sciences industry, today announced its participation in the 6th Annual DIA Conference on Drug Discovery and Clinical Development: Convergence of Science, Medicine, and Market Access Strategies to Benefit Patients, 15-18 October 2011 in Mumbai, India Business Wire India

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