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International News on October 29, 2011

Hindus laud White House for Diwali celebration
Hindus have applauded reports of United States President Barack Obama celebrating Diwali with community leaders and administration officials on October 28 in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building located next door to White House in Washington DC. ANI

Hindus laud ending gender discrimination in British throne succession
Hindus have applauded the decision of granting girls equal rights to British throne succession. ANI

Sydney Murugan Hindu Temple having grand re-consecration
Sydney Murugan Temple in Australia will hold elaborate re-consecration (Kumbhabhishekam) ceremony from November 5-7, according to reports. ANI

Swedish King investigated for further allegations about sex parties
Police are investigating the origins of a data stick, which contains material from a documentary that alleges Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf attended sex parties hosted by a Serbian gangster at his underground club in Stockholm almost 40 years ago. ANI

'NATO nations may avail 'commercial advantages' from Libya in return for help'
Western diplomats are of the opinion that the NATO countries will try to venture into Libya to spread their businesses there after the end the Gaddafi era, especially by trying to convince the new government in return for their help in toppling the dictator's four decades old regime. ANI

Japan lowers limit of radiation in food from five to one millisieverts
Japanese Health Minister Yoko Komiyama has announced that the government will lower the allowable amount of radiation in food products from five millisieverts per year to one. ANI

Egyptian rights activists accuse Cairo prison guards of torturing inmate to death
Egyptian human rights activists have accused guards at a Cairo prison of torturing an inmate to death. ANI

Central Bangkok largely spared from severe flooding
The central part of Bangkok has been largely spared from flooding that has inundated other parts of Thailand since July and killed over 370 people. ANI

China will resolve Iranian nuke issue through diplomatic negotiations: Foreign Ministry
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Jiang Yu has said that her country will continue to maintain close communication with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and try to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomatic negotiations. ANI

Chinese delegates leave country for India, Pakistan, Indonesia visit
A delegation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has left the country on a good will visit to Indonesia, India and Pakistan. ANI

Winning 2018 Commonwealth Games bid will be 'life-changing event for Sri anka': Rajapaksa
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said winning the bids for hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games would be a 'life-changing event' for his nation. ANI

How Steve Jobs legally drove Mercedes without license plates in California
Apple's visionary co-founder Steve Jobs legally drove his Mercedes in California with no license plates, but was never arrested. ANI

Decommissioning Fukushima nuclear power plant to take over 30 years: Report
Decommissioning the crippled reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is likely to take 30 years or more, according to a report by the Japan government's Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). ANI

Musharraf arrest warrant in Bugti murder case to open Pandora's box: APML spokesman
Commenting on the issuance of arrest warrant of All Pakistan Muslim League President Pervez Musharraf in the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case, APML spokesman Fawad Chaudhry has said that the court's judgment 'would open Pandora's box'. ANI

Pak Hindu student challenges compulsory Islamic or Bible studies at 'O' level
The Sindh High Court has provisionally allowed a Hindu student to appear in the forthcoming placement test for MBBS admission to the Dow University of Health Sciences. ANI

Pak to 'do everything to facilitate talks among all Taliban elements it can reach': Haqqani
Pakistan firmly shares the United States' goal of peace in Afghanistan and will do everything it can to facilitate discussions among 'all elements of the Taliban', the country's envoy to Washington has said. ANI

Imran vows to take issue of US drone attacks in Pak to International Court of Justice
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that his party would take the issue of US drone attacks in the country's tribal areas to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). ANI

'Fanatical' militant leaders blocking polio vaccinations in Pakistan: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has warned that some militant leaders in his country would not allow polio vaccines to be distributed. ANI

Gilani urges world community to help repatriate 3 million Afghan refugees from Pak
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has called on the world community to help shift the three million Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan back to Afghanistan in order to stop illegal cross-border movement and prevent the spread of the polio in the country. ANI

Imran condemns NGOs' 'criminal silence' over Pak civilian killings in US drone attacks
Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has condemned what he called the "criminal silence" of non-government organisations (NGOs) that claim to be champions of human rights, over the killings of civilians in US drone attacks in the country's tribal areas. ANI

Qantas Airways grounds global fleet over labor dispute
Qantas Airways Limited, the flag carrier of Australia, today grounded its entire fleet of 108 aircrafts around the world due to the ongoing strike by its workers. ANI

Nine Thai army men arrested for killing Chinese sailors on Mekong River
Nine arrested Thai army men have confessed to killing 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River in the Golden Triangle earlier this month, Thai police chief has confirmed. ANI

West fears Islamic rise and hijacking of Arab Spring benefits
There is a fear in Western capitals that radical Islamists might rise up and try to hijack the so-called Arab Spring.any analysts say that fear has been realized. ANI

Anti-govt. insurgents, Haqqani commander captured in Eastern Afghanistan: ISAF
A number of anti-government insurgents, including a group commander of the Haqqani network, have been detained in eastern Afghan provinces on Friday night, a statement of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has claimed. ANI

Violence in Afghanistan dropped over the summer: Pentagon report
A new Pentagon report has claimed that violence in Afghanistan decreased over the summer, the first drop after five years of steadily increasing attacks. ANI

Pak ministers warn Sharif brothers against Zardari's character assassination
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Information Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan and Senator Babar Awan have warned the Sharif brothers to refrain from character assassination of the President Asif Ali Zardari, and said that he would quit only after the completion of his five-year term. ANI

Will-Kate's first baby will be British monarch whether its boy or girl
Prince William and Kate's first-born child will succeed to the throne even if she is a girl, leaders of the 16 countries that recognize the British monarch as head of state have agreed. ANI

8 out of 10 Brits 'too busy for after-meal pudding'
Busy lifestyles of Britons are taking away their desert time with eight out of ten people saying they are too tired to eat puddings after a meal, according to a new survey. ANI

Most Americans think Afghan war turning into another Vietnam: Poll
Support for the Afghan war has fallen to a record low, with a poll saying that most Americans feel the conflict is turning into another Vietnam.en years into the war, just 34 percent say they are in favour of it, while 63 percent say they oppose American involvement, Politico quoted a CNN/ORC International Poll, as saying. ANI

America's famous 'Sugar Daddy' parties moving to UK
Britain is set to witness parties where young women agree to enter into relationships with wealthy older men in return for large sums of money, after the trend had developed quite a following in the US. ANI

Brits happiest and most content at 38
People in Britain are at their happiest and content with life at the age of 38, a new survey has suggested. ANI

EU urges China to respect Tibetan sentiments
Thubten Samphel, a spokesperson of the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, has said the European Union has appealed the Chinese government to respect Tibetan sentiments. ANI

Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam holding 'informal, indirect' talks with ICC
Slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam is negotiating with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to hand himself in, its chief prosecutor has said. ANI

India, Seychelles discuss multilateral issues in Australia
Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari met Seychelles President James Michel and discussed bilateral and multilateral issues, on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth. ANI

US, S. Korea militaries to respond jointly to North's future provocation
The US and South Korea have said that their militaries would respond jointly to any future provocation by North Korea. ANI

Krishna plans to take Japan partnership to a 'higher level'
Emphasising that the India-Japan Strategic and Global Partnership is stronger than ever before, External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna has said his aim is to take the partnership to an even higher level. ANI

PML-N to Zardari: Resign, return looted Pak wealth or face public wrath
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has called upon President Asif Ali Zardari to resign from his position and return looted national wealth. ANI

India played 'major role' in Pakistan's UNSC non-permanent seat victory: Haroon
Pakistan has appreciated India's support for its candidacy for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) at a time when many countries that Islamabad had considered as friends "were no longer friends". ANI

Terror safe havens in Pakistan greatest threat to success in Afghanistan: Pentagon report
The ability of insurgents to hide across the border in Pakistan is the greatest threat to success in Afghanistan, according to the latest Pentagon evaluation of the war. ANI

Arrest warrants issued for Musharraf, Shaukat Aziz in Bugti murder case
A judicial magistrate has issued the arrest warrants of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case. ANI

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