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Raymond Davis arrested in US over parking spot fight
Raymond Davis, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor who was freed from a Pakistani prison after the United States paid 2.3 million dollars in blood money, was arrested in Colorado after he allegedly fought with another man over a parking spot. ANI

Brit Govt joins forces to safeguard BC and AD from BBC dumping
The British Government is challenging the BBC over recent proposals to scrap Christian historic referencing for fear of offending non-Christians. ANI

Middleton family website promotes 'sculpt your own prince' clay doll
Kate Middleton's family online business website Party Pieces has launched a new 'sculpt your own prince' clay doll. ANI

Mexico lawmakers propose two-year marriage license
Leftist politicians in Mexico have proposed that the country issue a new kind of marriage licence - one that is only valid for two years. ANI

Obama jokes that meeting Lady Gaga 'was a little intimidating'
US President Barack Obama recently joked that "it was a little intimidating" to meet Lady Gaga at a California fundraiser last week. ANI

Kate to follow in footsteps of Diana, longing to start charity work
The Duchess of Cambridge is "desperate" to do some charity work, as she wants to "give something back". ANI

Fukushima spa complex welcomes hula dancers after reopening since March 11 disaster
A Hawaiian style spa complex, which is located around 50 kms south of the crippled the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, welcomed hula dancers after being partially reopened since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. ANI

2012 White House race 'to take on more twists and turns than 2008': Analysts
Analysts foresee many twists in the 2012 White House race, as there is no clear frontrunner and campaign rules will leave the field open even after first votes are cast. ANI

Calls for Internet security to be taught in Oz schools
Australian police investigating cyber crimes have said that Internet security should to be taught in schools amid fears that children's identities are being stolen through various social networking websites. ANI

Iranian lovers jailed for being friends with human rights activist commit suicide
Two Iranian lovers were driven to commit suicide by their country's regime after being imprisoned for being friends with a human rights activist. ANI

Yemeni al-Qaeda remains a threat to U.S. despite al-Awlaki's killing: US terror experts
US Intelligence officials and terrorism experts have claimed that Yemen based al-Qaida's top spiritual leader Anwar al-Awlaki might have been killed, but the group, which has a number of prominent members with a deep hatred for the United States, will continue to seize any opportunity to wound the West. ANI

David Cameron's 'sheep sketch' helps raise money for charity
British Prime Minister David Cameron's sketch of an outline of a sheep above the words, 'Thinking of Ewe', has reportedly helped in raising funds for charity. ANI

President Patil calls for 'mutually beneficial cooperation' between India, Switzerland
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Sunday said that India's growth offers many opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation with Switzerland. ANI

Aussie woman, partner held for keeping daughter as sex slave
An Australian woman and her partner have been charged with multiple sex offences, including procuring prostitution and indecent treatment of a child under 16. ANI

President Patil proud of Indian community's contribution in Switzerland
Stating that relations between two countries are built and nurtured by people on both sides, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Sunday said that India is proud of its people who went abroad and earned the respect of others by the dint of their hard work and enterprise. ANI

Female bosses engender rage in both sexes
A new report has revealed that women who step outside a stereotypical female paradigm and reach top positions in an organisation can engender rage in both male and female staff members. ANI

President Patil pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi in Geneva
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, who is presently on an eight-day official visit to Switzerland and Austria, on Sunday paid floral tributes to the apostle of peace Mahatma Gandhi at his statue at Ariana Park, adjacent to the UN office in Geneva, on his 142nd birth anniversary. ANI

'Terrorist haven' Pakistan heading towards isolationism: Editorial
The writing on the wall could not be clearer that Pakistan, whose policy of exporting terrorism has made it a terrorist haven, is heading towards isolationism, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Female doc kicked, sexually assaulted by police for helping anti-govt. protestors in Bahrain
A Muslim female doctor in the kingdom of Bahrain, who was sentenced to five years in prison for helping injured anti-government protestors, has claimed that she was dragged out of her house at midnight at gunpoint by about 30 plain-clothes police officers. ANI

Oz school kids being forced to sing 'alternative version' of national anthem
Thousands of schoolchildren in Australia are being forced to sing an alternative version of the national anthem that installs "Christ" as the nation's head of state and removes any reference to the Southern Cross. ANI

UK Home Secretary Theresa May wants Human Rights Act to be axed
British Home Secretary Theresa May has called for the Human Rights Act to be scrapped saying that it hinders the government's attempts to deport dangerous foreign criminals and terrorist suspects. ANI

'Slut walk' organized in New York as police tells women 'not to wear skirts to avoid rape'
Thousands of women protesters came out on the streets of New York after the New York Police Department (NYPD) warned women in Brooklyn to cover up themselves to avoid being raped. ANI

US wants long-term collaboration with Pakistan: Munter
Washington believes in a long-term collaboration with Islamabad, the US Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, has said. ANI

Gilani urges Karzai to stop suspecting Pakistan over Rabbani's assassination
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has called upon Afghan President Hamid Karzai to end misconceptions about Pakistan regarding High Peace Council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination. ANI

Gold Coast sets new world record for largest bikini parade
It's official. The Gold Coast has set a new Guinness world record for the largest bikini parade after 357 bikini-clad women strutted their stuff at Surfers Paradise. ANI

US using Pakistan as scapegoat for failure in Afghanistan: Musharraf
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has accused the United States of using Pakistan as a scapegoat for its failure in Afghanistan. ANI

Indian expatriates in UAE celebrate Navratri
Indian expatriates across the UAE are celebrating the nine-day Navratri festival by participating in traditional dances and worshipping Hindu goddess Durga. ANI

Millions of pounds squandered in ferrying prisoners' relatives to jail in UK
Huge amounts of UK taxpayers' money has been squandered in ferrying prisoners' relatives to jail and installing digital TV sets in cells. ANI

Hindus find Lord Ganesh's portrayal 'inappropriate' in Melbourne play
The Hindus are still upset with "Ganesh Versus the Third Reich" play which had its world premiere at Melbourne Festival in Australia on September 29. ANI

Hindus urge West Michigan's interfaith experiment to be all-inclusive
The Hindus have welcomed West Michigan's "2012 Year of Interfaith Understanding" initiative, calling it a "step in the right direction". ANI

Hindus seek EU intervention at mounting anti-Roma sentiment in Bulgaria
The Hindus have expressed concern at the rising anti-Roma sentiment in some quarters of Bulgaria. ANI

Iran says Christian pastor facing execution for 'rape, extortion', not apostasy
Iran has now claimed that imprisoned Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is facing death sentence for rape and extortion, and not for refusing to renounce Christianity for Islam. ANI

Plutonium traces found near tsunami hit Fukushima nuke plant in Japan
Trace amounts of plutonium have been found almost 28 miles from the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. ANI

Killed Indian-origin bride Anni's cousin gets threatening online messages
The best friend and cousin of Indian-origin bride Anni Dewani, who was killed during her honeymoon in Cape Town last year, has been left in a shocked state of mind after receiving a series of message criticising her for not doing more to save her life. ANI

US report less upbeat about Pakistan following chill in ties over Osama raid
A US report assessing the Obama administration's policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan is less upbeat about the latter, citing continued strains between Washington and Islamabad over the May 2 US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. ANI

US Court finds New York Fire Department guilty of racial discrimination
A US Court has ruled that Fire Department of New York (FSNY) discriminated against minorities in its recruitment procedure, applicant screening and probing discrimination complaints. ANI

Afghan peace process result in favour of India unacceptable to Pakistan: Musharraf
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has alleged that India is being accorded space in the Afghan peace process at the cost of Pakistan. ANI

US could wrap up military mission in Libya as early as next week
The top U.S. commander for Africa has claimed that the military mission in Libya is largely complete, and NATO's involvement could begin to wrap up by this coming week after allied leaders meet in Brussels. ANI

Sydney Islamic gang under police scanner for planning jihad
Counter-terrorism Police is probing an extremist Islamic gang, which was suspected of planning criminal activities across Sydney to raise money for the Taliban. ANI

US warns of possible homeland 'revenge attacks' following al-Awlaki death
US authorities have warned that the killing of US-born radical Islamic cleric and Al-Qaeda leader in the Arabian Peninsula Anwar al-Awlaki in a CIA-led strike could trigger revenge attacks inside the United States and against Americans traveling overseas. ANI

NATO captures senior Haqqani leader in Afghanistan
NATO and Afghan forces have reportedly captured Haji Mali Khan, a senior Haqqani network leader in Afghanistan. ANI

NTC source calls arrest of Gaddafi's spokesman 'untrue'
A source close to Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) has denied media reports that Moussa Ibrahim, spokesman of the fallen dictator Muammar Gaddafi administration, had been arrested. ANI

Musharraf wants Pak Army, Supreme Court to supervise next elections
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has demanded that the next general elections in Pakistan be held under the supervision of the army, as the politicians cannot be trusted with the job of holding fair and impartial polls. ANI

Pakistan denies receiving Afghan dossier on Rabbani assassination plot
Pakistan has denied receiving any dossier from Afghanistan containing details of a plot regarding Afghan High Peace Council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination, according to a news report. ANI

Pakistan's ISI involved in Rabbani's assassination without any doubt: Afghan minister
Pakistan's spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) played a role in the assassination of Afghan High Peace Council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani, Afghanistan's Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi has said. ANI

Four cops killed, 15 injured in bomb attack on police convoy in Pakistan
Four policemen were killed and fifteen others wounded when a bomb blast ripped through their convoy in Pakistan's Torghar district. ANI

Pakistan rejects Afghan allegations on Rabbani's assassination as "totally unfounded"
Pakistan has dismissed the allegations levelled by Afghanistan, that Afghan High Peace Council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination was planned in Quetta, as false and 'baseless'. ANI

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