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Kamlesh Sharma re-appointed Commonwealth Secretary General
Veteran Indian diplomat Kamlesh Sharma was today re-appointed Secretary General of the 54-nation Commonwealth grouping for another four years. ANI

Commonwealth defends relevance
Commonwealth leaders on Sunday defended their moves to toughen support for human rights, rejecting criticism that the group was becoming irrelevant and had failed at their three-day summit to hold member Sri Lanka accountable for alleged abuses. ANI

Action taken against senior legal officer for 'boob-apron' gift to colleague
The government of New South Wales has confirmed that appropriate action has been taken against a senior legal officer for giving a "boob-apron" to a colleague as a birthday joke. ANI

Thousands throng Perth to see Queen at traditional 'Aussie barbie'
More than 200,000 people turned up at Perth's Swan River to see the Queen and witness traditional Aussie style barbeque organised in her honour. ANI

Queen seeking new travel aide preferably one who is teetotal
The Queen is now seeking a new travel aide in place of the former one, who has been suspended again on grounds of his notorious and unacceptable behaviour at the palace. ANI

Duchess of Cornwall may star in dance show
Duchess of Cornwall, who has admitted that she is a huge fan of 'Stricty Come Dancing', may herself star in the show next month after being invited by judge Craig Revel Horwood. ANI

Japanese fishermen catches bag containing 11 million Yen near tsunami-damaged city
A bag containing 11 million Yen in cash has been recovered form the ocean floor in Japan's Iwate Prefecture. ANI

New book reveals foodie side of Britain's Queen Mother
A new book has offered insights into Queen Mother's love for food and her life as a hostess. ANI

China plans to 'fine tune macroeconomic policy'
China has planned to fine tune its macroeconomic policy, keeping it 'more targeted, flexible and forward-looking' and will continue measures to control consumer prices. ANI

UK MP abused by Muslim fanatics at mosque
British counter terrorism police are investigating a Muslim group after its members called an MP a "Jewish homo pig". ANI

GOP contenders don't clear 'minimum threshold' needed to be president: Biden
US Vice President Joe Biden took a stab at making the foreign policy-based case against the GOP presidential field, arguing that the Republican contenders do not clear the "minimum threshold" required to be president. ANI

US plans military buildup in Persian Gulf after Iraq exit
The Obama administration is planning to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws troops from Iraq by the end of this year. ANI

UK court to rule Assange's fate over 'extradition to Sweden' within days
A UK court is poised to rule on Wednesday whether or not WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be extradited to Sweden to face questioning on sexual misconduct allegations. ANI

Taliban attack in Kabul indicates insurgents' growing reliance on high-profile attacks there
The Taliban attack in Kabul on Saturday that killed at least 12 Americans, a Canadian and four Afghans is an indication that the insurgents are largely relying on high-profile bombings in the capital and targeted assassinations to apparently destroy Afghans' confidence in their struggling government. ANI

Canadian man admits having helped Gaddafi's son flee Libya
A private security contractor and former soldier from Canada has admitted that he had helped Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi flee Libya last month, after Tripoli was captured by rebels. ANI

US demand from Pakistan to 'do more' against ground realities: Hina Khar
The United States' demand from Pakistan to "do more" in the fight against terrorism is against ground realities, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said. ANI

Lack of family planning cause of multiple socio-economic problems in Pak: Experts
The repercussions of the population boom in Pakistan have magnified into multiple socio-economic problems, from spiralling child and maternal mortality to rising inflation and the spread of terrorism, according to experts. ANI

Axe's 'angels falling from heaven' advert offends Christian viewer in South Africa
Axe, a brand of men's grooming products, has taken corrective measures after imaginary angels it used in an advert offended a Christian viewer. ANI

China planning to form separate law against domestic violence
Chinese lawmakers are considering forming a separate law to tackle the issue of domestic violence in the country. ANI

Commonwealth leaders branded 'disgrace' for refusing to publish human rights report
The Commonwealth leaders have been labelled a "disgrace" for refusing to publish a critical human rights report. ANI

US has no permission to launch drone strikes in Pakistan: Gilani
There is no permission given to the United States to launch any drone strike inside Pakistan's territory, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has categorically said. ANI

PML-N leader burnt to death in Pak's Punjab province
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Rana Shaukat has been burnt to death in the country's Punjab province. ANI

China's first A380 grounded by glitch
China Southern Airlines was forced to suspend the operation of its first Airbus A380 superjumbo Saturday due to a mechanical fault, the company announced, only 12 days after the jet was first put into use in China. ANI

Western action against Syria may "burn the whole region": Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that Western action against his country would cause an "earthquake" that would "burn the whole region", and turn it into "another Afghanistan". ANI

Air China conducts first biofuel test flight
Air China has reportedly become the first Chinese carrier to conduct a demonstration flight powered in part by biofuel, indicating the alternative energy's possible use in future commercial flights in the country. ANI

China revises Military Service Law to recruit 'well-educated young people' in army
China has adopted amendments to the nation's Military Service Law, that are aimed at recruiting more well-educated young people in the army. ANI

One still trapped in China coalmine explosion
At least 28 workers were killed after a gas explosion ripped through a coal mine in central China's Hunan Province. ANI

Libyan officials demand Saif Gaddafi's trial at home rather than at ICC
Libyan officials have demanded that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam should be brought back home to face trial instead of being tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC). ANI

Welcoming Gaga's interest in Hinduism, Hindus ask her to visit Hindu temple while in India
Welcoming international pop icon Lady Gaga's reported interest in Hinduism and reincarnation, Hindus have asked her to visit a Hindu temple and explore Hinduism firsthand during her current India trip.aga (Born This Way), 25, has been quoted as saying: "I actually find that a lot of my philosophies about art are mirrored in the Hindu religion...I love reading Osho (Indian mystic).. ANI

Saif Gaddafi 'hires team of South African mercenaries to smuggle him to safety'
Slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif has reportedly hired a group of South African mercenaries that would help him to move to a friendly African nation, it has emerged. ANI

Saudi court jails 'Al Qaeda lady' for 15 years on terror charges
A Saudi court has jailed a woman known as "Al Qaeda lady" for 15 years for her role in planning and supporting terrorist acts. ANI

Pak to act against terrorist sanctuaries in tribal areas: Military commander
Pakistan's top military commander fighting militants in the northwest has said that his country will act against terrorist sanctuaries on its side of the border, and urged NATO and Afghanistan to do the same on their side. ANI

US ready to negotiate with Taliban chief Mullah Omar
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that Washington is ready to negotiate with Taliban leader Mullah Omar, as his involvement is crucial for the prospects of peace in Afghanistan. ANI

Taliban urges fighters 'to target every participant, caller' of planned Kabul convention
The Taliban has urged its fighters to target 'every participant and caller' of the loya jirga (grand assembly) planned by the Afghan Government. ANI

No peace talks unless US changes 'dual-faced policies' on Afghanistan: Taliban
A Taliban spokesperson has said unequivocally that reconciliation dialogue cannot be held unless the United States abandons its "dual-faced policies" on Afghanistan. ANI

Unknown miscreants set ablaze several PML-N offices in interior Sindh
Unknown miscreants attacked Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) offices in a number of cities and towns in the Sindh province and set them ablaze late on Saturday. ANI

US State Department denies Musharraf visit to seek support for re-election bid
The US State Department has denied reports that former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had visited there to solicit support for his bid to win the next presidential election in his country. ANI

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