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International News on October 6, 2011

Patil invites foreign, Austrian firms to invest in India
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Thursday invited foreign companies to invest in India, as the country was focussed on improving infrastruture. ANI

Pakistan warns Afghanistan after strategic partnership pact with India
Pakistan on Thursday warned Afghanistan to behave responsibly in the wake of Kabul signing a strategic partnership agreement with India on Tuesday, at a particularly sensitive time in relations between the two countries. ANI

Germany's 2.5m-wide five-star hotel 'Eh'haeusl' is world's smallest
A miniature 2.5m-wide guesthouse located in Germany that spans over a 53 sq/m has been named the world's smallest hotel. ANI

12 pregnant Brit soldiers sent back to home from Afghanistan
Twelve British female soldiers have been flown back to the country from Afghanistan after falling pregnant this year. ANI

Oz Rail workers asked not to wear colourful underwear under 'transparent' uniforms!
Rail workers in Queensland, Australia, have been ordered not to wear coloured underwear after the introduction of new uniforms that are almost see-through. ANI

US dominates global varsities' ranking list
The US has dominated the latest universities' global ranking list. ANI

Former journalist reveals 'Trinity Mirror' employees regularly hacked mobile phones
A former journalist of the tabloid, The People, which is owned by Mirror Group, has revealed that his colleagues regularly hacked phones, but their acts were covered up by senior executives. ANI

Pak religious parties to launch countrywide movement for Taseer assassin's release
All major religious parties in Pakistan, affiliated with all schools of thought, have rejected the death sentence awarded to Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, and announced launching a countrywide movement for his release. ANI

Pak film industry committee demands complete ban on Indian movies' screening in country
The Pakistani Film Industry's Central Coordination Committee has demanded that the government impose a complete ban on the screening of Indian movies in Pakistani theatres. ANI

Mangal Baagh, Fazlullah, Brahamdagh Bugti declared 'most wanted terrorists' in Pakistan
The Pakistan Government has formally included the names of Mangal Baagh, Maulvi Fazlullah and Baloch separatist leader Brahamdagh Bugti in the list of the country's most wanted terrorists, according to a news report. ANI

Libya's transitional forces burn, loot village homes near Gaddafi's birthplace
Forces loyal to Libya's transitional leaders looted and burned civilian homes on Wednesday in the recently captured village of Abu Hadi, near ousted ruler Muammar Gaddafi's besieged tribal homeland of Surt. ANI

Iran accused of 'harassing' relatives of BBC Persian Television journalists
Security forces in Iran have arrested, questioned and intimidated relatives of journalists working for the London-based BBC Persian Television. ANI

Pakistan's failed Afghan policy proves its 'troublemaker extraordinaire' credentials: Editorial
Pakistan, which is already isolated internationally and seen as a 'troublemaker extraordinaire' regionally, will be the real loser in the Afghan conflict, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said in the wake of the signing of an strategic partnership between Afghanistan and India. ANI

Bloated BBC to axe 2,000 workers as part of cutbacks
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is set to announce a series of cutbacks, including laying off 2000 employees, reducing entertainment budgets, selling off buildings and stop producing late night programmes. ANI

Pak commission probing Saleem Shahzad murder case quizzes ISI high-ups
The Pakistani judicial commission investigating the Saleem Shahzad murder case has questioned the high-ups of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) regarding the matter, according to a news report. ANI

HRCP urges Zardari, Gilani to 'personally intervene' to protect Hazara community
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called upon President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to take immediate, direct and personal initiative to prevent the killing of members of the Hazara community in Quetta. ANI

TERI opens European head office in Netherlands
Utrecht (Netherlands), Oct.6 (ANI-Business Wire India): The European head office of the Indian research institute TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) has been opened in Utrecht, Netherlands. ANI

Pak Govt "has been all talk and no action" in protecting Shias: HRW
The Pakistan Government should take all necessary steps to ensure the security of Shia Muslims in the Balochistan province, and dismantle and hold accountable Sunni extremist groups responsible for targeted killings against the Shia community, the Human Rights Watch has said. ANI

Ming era vase sold for record 21.6 million dollars in Hong Kong
An early Ming era cobalt blue Meiping vase was sold for a record 21.6 million dollars despite recent financial market turmoil. ANI

Oz Defence Minister welcomes Karzai's tough new approach towards Pakistan
Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith has welcomed a tough new approach by Afghan President Hamid Karzai towards Pakistan and the Taliban, according to a news report. ANI

Japan develops radiation monitoring smartphone
A smartphone cover that monitors levels of radiation has been unveiled at Ceatec, Japan's biggest consumer electronics show. ANI

'Overdrunk' UK lawmakers can barely stand in House of Commons, claims MP
A UK Member of Parliament, Sarah Wollaston, has claimed that the country's lawmakers are often too drunk to stand up in the House of Commons. ANI

Romney would beat Obama if US presidential elections were held now
A new poll has shown that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney could win against US President Barack Obama if elections are held now. ANI

Norway says 'Bridge Builder Award 2011' given to Gilani has 'no official worth'
The Norwegian government has refused to give official status to Pakistan Information Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan's recent visit to Oslo to collect the 'Bridge Builder Award 2011' on behalf of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, according to a news report. ANI

Fox News hired Sarah Palin 'because she was hot'
Fox News chairman Roger Ailes has revealed that he hired Sarah Palin, not because of her political experience, but because she was hot and got good ratings. ANI

Palestine wants 'pro-Israel' Middle East peace envoy Blair axed as he is 'of no use'
A senior Palestinian official has called for the removal of Tony Blair from his position as Middle East peace envoy, saying the former British leader is 'biased towards Israel' and is 'of no use at all.' ANI

NATO defence ministers meet to debate ending of Libyan air war
NATO defence ministers would debate on Thursday about when to declare an end to the air war in Libya amid concerns over mounting costs of the campaign and the vagueness of the alliance's war aims. ANI

Hindus send greetings to Jews on Yom Kippur
The Hindus have sent greetings to Jewish communities world over for the holy day of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), the most important day in the Jewish liturgical year, which will be observed on October 7-8 this year. ANI

US First Lady Michelle thanks Secret Service for protecting her family
US First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Secret Service headquarters to thank its employees for protecting her family. ANI

'Macho Man' Putin stage-managed scuba dive to recover ancient treasure
Continuing to experience listless approval ratings, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stage-managed a dive to the bottom of a bay in a wet suit to retrieve two sixth century A.D. ceramic jugs. ANI

India serious in fight against corruption, says President Patil
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, who is on a four-day state visit to Austria, has said India was serious about tackling corruption and would soon join the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) to combat the issue effectively. ANI

Six men held as plot to assassinate Afghan President Karzai uncovered
A plot to kill Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has been foiled by the nation's intelligence agents in Kabul following the arrest of six men, including one of his own bodyguards. ANI

Indo-Pak relations to normalize if conducive atmosphere is created: Patil
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, who is on a four-day state visit to Austria, said that India's relations with Pakistan would improve if a conducive atmosphere is created between both countries. ANI

Pak's Abbottabad Commission interviews ISI chief, Osama widows, children
The inquiry commission set up by the Pakistan Government for probing the Osama bin Laden debacle has interviewed the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief and family members of the slain Al Qaeda founder, according to an official statement. ANI

Third of US post 9/11 attack veterans disapprove of Iraq, Afghan wars
A new poll has shown that a third of post 9/11 attack veterans disapprove of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. ANI

Palin 'finally' rules out 2012 US Presidential bid
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has officially confirmed that she would not run for president in the 2012 elections. ANI

Malakand Taliban willing to reconcile if Pak Govt ensures 'true Shariah' implementation
Maulana Fazlullah-led militants have agreed to negotiate with the Pakistan Government on the condition that it ensures the implementation of 'true Shariah' in the country's Malakand division. ANI

"Haqqani sahib" shouldn't use Pak territory for wrong activities: Musharraf
"Haqqani sahib" has no right to use Pakistani territory for wrong activities that would harm the country, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said. ANI

World mourns Apple's visionary leader Steve Jobs passing away
Apple co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, has died at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer. ANI

TERI opens its European head office in Utrecht, Netherlands
Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of The Netherlands officially opened the European head office of the globally renowned Indian research institute TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) in Utrecht Business Wire India

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