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India is proactive in dealing with climate change, says Maldives President
Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed on Friday said that India is constantly investing and assisting in climate change at a rate much higher than several other developed nations. ANI

Japanese car makers continue to build the world's most reliable vehicles: Study
Japanese car makers continue to build the world's most reliable vehicles, a latest annual survey by US magazine 'Consumer Reports' has revealed. ANI

The ingredients that form the recipe of the perfect job
Australians consider the perfect job to be one in which one can dodge peak hour rushes, allow time for a lunchtime siesta, include a workday workout, and permit to take a time-out day when needed, according to a new survey. ANI

Kate reveals huge 'tumour' scar on head from childhood operation
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, has revealed an unknown childhood secret while conducting her first solo engagement as a member of the Royal Family. ANI

Global warming target to stay below two degrees requires more action this decade: Study
Climate scientists have said the world's target to keep below a global warming of two degrees, made at the United Nations conference in Copenhagen in 2009 and Cancun 2010 will require decisive action this decade. ANI

Granny punches crocodile in eye to repel ferocious attack
An old woman from a longhouse in Sibuti, near Miri, fended off a crocodile attack by punching it hard in the eye. ANI

TV terrorism coverage causes women to lose psychological resources more than men: Study
Exposure to television coverage of terrorism causes women to lose psychological resources much more than men, which leads to negative feelings and moodiness, a study has revealed. ANI

Taseer's daughter wins human rights award for promoting religious tolerance in Pakistan
A US-based international human rights organisation has honoured Pakistani journalist Shehrbano Taseer, daughter of the assassinated former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, for "her courage in carrying out her father's legacy of religious tolerance." ANI

Pak religious parties denounce govt. decision to grant MFN status to India
Pakistan's leading religious parties have denounced the government's decision to award Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India. ANI

China targets internet users in online rumour probes
China is intensifying restrictions on internet use after official reports revealed that three people have been "punished for spreading false rumours" online. ANI

Drunk topless woman leads police on 128 mph high speed chase
A topless and drunken woman led the police into a car chase at speeds of up to 128 mph on a highway before they were finally able to capture her. ANI

Afghan Taliban publicly admit receiving help from Pak's ruling establishment members
The Taliban in Afghanistan have for the first time publicly admitted receiving help from members of Pakistan's ruling establishment, according to a media report. ANI

Clinton would trounce Perry, Romney in race for White House
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would trounce Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney in hypothetical head-to-head match-ups for the presidency, a new poll has shown. ANI

'China seeking military bases in Pakistan' report "rubbish": Foreign Office
Pakistan has rejected a media report claiming that China is keen to set up military bases in either in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) or the Federally Administered Northern Areas (FANA) that border Xinjiang province. ANI

Pakistan moving closer to China as US-India ties deepen: Congressional report
Pakistan is moving closer to China in the wake of strained ties with the United States following the Osama bin Laden raid and the deepening of New Delhi-Washington relationship, a Congressional report has said. ANI

Rudd pressurized to join push to sell uranium to India
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin is reportedly being pressurized to join the strong push to change ALP policy to allow uranium sales to India. ANI

Pakistan irked over proposal for setting up 'regional structure' on Afghanistan
Pakistan has expressed reservations over the proposed draft of the declaration of the upcoming Istanbul Conference on Afghanistan, which may complicate international efforts for evolving a consensus on the document. ANI

Prince Charles is a descendant of 'Count Dracula'!
Prince Charles has joined a campaign to save Transylvania's forests because of his family connections to 'Count Dracula'. ANI

Rajapaksa slams Perth Tamil community's 'war crimes' allegations
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has slammed Tamil protestors in Perth over continuing allegations of war crimes during the end of the civil war in 2009, saying that the "eradication of terrorism" was the basis of Sri Lanka's prosperity. ANI

Pakistan kept out of loop on Afghan reconciliation process: ISPR
Pakistan has neither been informed nor taken into confidence on the objectives and participants of the Afghan peace process, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major-General Athar Abbas has said. ANI

Pakistan conducts successful test fire of Cruise Missile Hatf-VII
Pakistan has conducted a successful test fire of the indigenously developed Cruise Missile Hatf-VII (Babur) having radar avoidance features and pin point accuracy. ANI

Iranian actress Vafemehr spared lashing for appearing in Oz film without 'hijab'
Iranian actress Marzieh Vafemehr has been spared 90 lashes and further imprisonment for her role in the South Australian film 'My Tehran for Sale', Amnesty International has claimed. ANI

Foreign spies targetting America's maritime drones, say military spooks
Some of the American military's top counterintelligence analysts have claimed that in recent years there have been a significant increase in both old school spying and cyber operations, especially by unnamed East Asian nations. ANI

Ashraf to finally take charge as new PCB chief today
The vacant post of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman will finally be filled on Friday when the newly-appointed Mohammad Zaka Ashraf takes charge of the top position. ANI

Catholic varsity being probed for insisting that Muslims pray surrounded by Christian symbols
The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights confirmed that it is investigating allegations that Catholic University violated the human rights of Muslim students by not allowing them to form a Muslim student group and by not providing them rooms without Christian symbols for their daily prayers. ANI

Pak rejects US allegations of 'security forces-militant collaboration' in Afghan attacks
Pakistan has rejected US allegations that its armed forces allow insurgents to fire on American troops across the border in Afghanistan. ANI

Over 7 in 10 Americans dissatisfied with direction country is going
Three-quarters of American voters -- 76 percent-are dissatisfied with how things are going in the country, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday. ANI

In wake of controversial Euro deal, angry Greeks lampoon German 'overlords' as Nazis
Greeks angry at the fate of the euro are comparing the German government to the Nazis who occupied the country in the Second World War. ANI

'Hardline' Saudi Interior Minister Nayef bin Abdulaziz named new crown prince
Saudi Interior Minister, Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has been appointed as the new crown prince by Saudi Arabian King Abdullah, the royal court said in a statement broadcast by state television. ANI

Moderate Islamist party wins maximum seats in Tunisian polls
Ennahda, a moderate Islamist party in Tunisia, has won 90 seats in a 217-member assembly tasked with writing a new constitution. ANI

Oz Tamils demand Rajapaksa's arrest in Perth over Sri Lankan war crimes
Tamil protestors in Perth, Australia, have demanded that visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa should be arrested and charged with war crimes over atrocities in his country that eventually led to the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009. ANI

Berlusconi paid 2.5m pounds in cash to sexy women for 'bunga bunga' parties
Silvio Berlusconi reportedly paid more than 2.5million pounds in cash to women invited to his bunga bunga parties, according to court documents. ANI

World's first 'forest in the sky' to come up in Italy
Two tree-covered blocks of flats are coming up in Italy in what is being described as the first 'forest in the sky'. ANI

Lord Nelson's 1799 letter fetches 20,200 pounds at auction
A letter by Admiral Lord Nelson dated August 2, 1799 has sold for 20,200 pounds at an auction at Mackworth Hotel in Derby. ANI

Pak security forces, militants seem to be 'collaborating' in Afghan attacks: US general
Pakistani security forces and insurgents appear to be collaborating in some cross-border attacks in Afghanistan, a top-ranking US military commander in the war-torn country has said. ANI

Nine, including 5 Pak Taliban commanders, killed in two US drone attacks in Waziristan
Nine people, including five senior commanders of Pakistani Taliban leader Maulvi Nazeer, were killed and seven others injured in two separate drone attacks in South Waziristan and North Waziristan tribal regions. ANI

Jemima to participate in Imran-led jirga, protest walk against US drone attacks in Pak
Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan will preside over a tribal jirga and lead a protest walk on Friday (today) against US drone attacks in the country's tribal areas. ANI

UNSC unanimously votes to end foreign intervention in Libya
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously voted to end its authorization of foreign military intervention in Libya, which had allowed NATO attacks on Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces during the eight-month civil war that toppled him from power. ANI

Saif Gaddafi in Niger awaiting safe exit to The Hague: NTC official
A senior official in the National Transitional Council (NTC) has claimed that former Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam has crossed the Libyan border into Niger. ANI

Clinton wants 'Quetta Shura' included in Afghan peace talks
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told a congressional panel that any Afghan-led reconciliation process would have to include the Quetta Shura and its leader Mullah Omar. ANI

Clinton appeals to 'sceptical' US lawmakers for patience on Pakistan, Afghanistan
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has appealed to sceptical lawmakers for patience and support as the Obama administration tries to mend a deep rift with Pakistan, encourage Afghan peace talks and prepare for the promised troops withdrawal from Afghanistan by 2014. ANI

Pak Army strongly denies backing Taliban in Afghanistan
The Pakistan Army has strongly denied claims made in a BBC documentary that Pakistani security services are supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. ANI

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