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Christ, Monalisa listed as history's top iconic images
An Oxford professor has listed Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the Coca-Cola bottle and Christ as history's top iconic images for his book 'Christ To Coke - How Image Becomes Icon'. ANI

US conducts test trial of "Minority Report" styled pre crime detection programme
A US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document has indicated that a program predicting whether a person will commit crime depicted in the hit Hollywood film "Minority Report", has already been tested on some people after seeking their permission. ANI

Zardari urges international community to help Pak in capacity building, relief efforts
President Asif Ali Zardari has urged the international community, particularly the countries with advanced technology and expertise to handle disaster management, to help Pakistan in capacity building to meet eventualities caused by natural calamities. ANI

Russia to reject US presence in Afghanistan post UNSC mandate expiry
Russian envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin has said that his country will not agree to US military presence in Afghanistan after the expiration of the UN Security Council mandate. ANI

US policy of 'talking down' to Pakistan 'not going to succeed': Abdullah Haroon
Pakistan's envoy to the United Nations, Abdullah Hussain Haroon, has asked the United States not to 'talk down' to Islamabad, saying that Washington must recognise its helpful role in the war on terror. ANI

Pak judge who convicted Taseer assassin 'transferred' from Rawalpindi to Lahore
The Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry has issued orders for the transfer of the judge who awarded the death sentence to Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer. ANI

Arabic, African sounding names were targeted during Heathrow's 'racial' terror checks: Official
Terror checks at Britain's Heathrow airport were 'racial,' and the counter-terrorism officials regularly put passengers with Arabic and African names on a security database, an official who worked with the airport authorities has claimed. ANI

UK kids believe Winston Churchill is 'animated TV advert dog'
Falling classroom standards and a shift towards creative learning has led to some schoolchildren believe that Winston Churchill is an animated dog, called Churchill from a TV ad, rather than one of Britain's greatest wartime leaders, according to a former deputy head teacher. ANI

Dalai Lama to celebrate Tutu's 80th birthday through Google+ following visa denial
Dalai Lama has decided to use Google's social network to host a Hangout session to celebrate Archbishop Tutu's 80th birthday after being denied a visa for South Africa. ANI

Pak Army ready to address US concerns over Haqqanis without launching NW offensive
The Pakistan Army is ready to address US concerns vis-…-vis the Haqqani network, but shows no signs of going after them in North Waziristan, where the insurgent group is believed to be headquartered. ANI

US responsible for all problems facing Pakistan: Hikmatyar
Former Afghan Prime Minister and Hizb-e-Islami (HIG) chief Engineer Gulbadin Hikmatyar has said that the United States is responsible of all the problems facing Pakistan. ANI

'Heathwick' plan to create "virtual hub" between two London airports to be world's first
The UK Government is planning an eight billion dollar high-speed rail service linking London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports to maximise air capacity. ANI

Chinese climate sceptics view global warming as US conspiracy to sell green technology
Chinese climate change sceptics view global warming as an elaborate American conspiracy amid their country's soaring carbon emission levels. ANI

Malaysian lawmaker urges written pledge to appoint Indian deputy prime minister
A Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) party leader has called on the Pakatan Rakyat, an informal political coalition controlling four state governments in the country, to give a written undertaking for appointing an Indian deputy prime minister. ANI

NATO forces' withdrawal from Afghanistan 'may lead to civil war or Taliban takeover'
A UK government review of the Afghan war, due to be released in mid- November, will likely warn that the withdrawal of NATO forces from the country by 2014 may lead to a civil war or Taliban takeover. ANI

Nawaz Sharif demands Pak Govt ban political parties having militant wings
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has demanded that the government ban political parties having militant wings. ANI

Two Tibetans injured in self-immolation bid in China
Two Tibetans suffered injuries after they tried to immolate themselves in Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province. ANI

Police foil terror plot in Islamabad
Islamabad police have foiled a massive terror plot in Pakistan's capital by recovering a heavy cache of arsenal, including two suicide vests. ANI

US restaurant serving dishes in plates from Saddam Hussein's palace
An Upper East Side restaurant in New York is seen serving eateries on glitzy, gold-painted plates looted from the palaces of Saddam Hussein. ANI

'The Simpsons' renewed for 2 seasons after cast ends row over pay
Fox television has announced that it has renewed its animated TV series 'The Simpsons' for two more seasons. ANI

Women eating 'provocatively' in public may face sex harassment case
A group of lawyers from Finland have suggested that new sexual harassment laws should include women eating "too provocatively" in public. ANI

Queen 'rejects' Duchess of Cambridge's appearance on vogue cover
The Queen has reportedly disapproved the possibility of the Duchess of Cambridge appearing on the cover of Vogue. ANI

Assad should either reform or step down as Syrian President: Medvedev
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said that his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad should either reform or step down over the uprising against his government. ANI

CIA, ISI chiefs 'in contact' over US-Pak counterterrorism cooperation
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) have been in contact in recent weeks over counterterrorism cooperation, despite a spate of public criticism of the Pakistani spy agency by US officials. ANI

Karzai blames Pak for failure of Afghan government, NATO 'to provide security to people
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has accused Pakistan of supporting the insurgents fighting NATO forces in his country, saying that the Taliban couldn't "lift a finger without the Pakistanis". ANI

Nixon's testimony in Watergate to be made public in November
Former US President Richard Nixon's testimony to a grand jury investigating the Watergate scandal will be made public next month, according to the National Archives. ANI

Pakistan contacts Saudi Arabia, Yemen for Osama bin Laden family's repatriation: Report
Pakistan has reached out to Saudi Arabia and Yemen to arrange for the repatriation of Osama bin Laden's three wives and their children, according to Pakistani intelligence and security officials. ANI

CIA operation chief was ordered to 'cut off bin Laden's head' following 9/11 terror attacks
Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) Gary Schroen, who had led an operation to hunt Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan following the 9/11 terror attacks, has said that he was ordered to 'cut off the killed al-Qaeda chief's head'. ANI

'Gifted novelist' Charles Dickens was a womaniser and heavy drinker
Author Charles Dickens was a heavy drinker with a violent temper, and he cheated constantly behind his wife's back, a new book has revealed. ANI

US adds 103,000 new jobs but employment rate remains unchanged at 9.1 percent
The latest Labor Department report, which indicated that the US added 103,000 jobs in September has eased recession fears slightly, but sparked off concerns over a sluggish economy. ANI

35 killed in North China road accident
At least 35 people were killed and 18 others injured in an expressway crash in north China's Tianjin city. ANI

Hertz suspends 34 Somali Muslims for 'extended prayer time' while on job
Rental car company Hertz has reportedly suspended 34 Somali Muslim shuttle drivers for praying during company time. ANI

111 arrested in biggest ID theft in US history
Over a hundred people have been arrested and charged in New York city in what authorities are calling the largest identity theft ring bust in US history. ANI

U.S. drones that killed Awlaki 'infected by virus' amid 'terrorists tracking movement' fears
The U.S. drones which were used to kill American-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and other Al Qaeda chiefs have reportedly been infected by a computer virus that logs their every move. ANI

Balochistan FC IG accuses India of using Afghan soil for 'subversive acts' in Pak province
A Pakistani Frontier Corps (FC) official has accused India of using Afghan territory to carry out attacks in Balochistan. ANI

Religious parties hold rallies across Pakistan for Taseer assassin's release
Religious and religio-political parties have held rallies across Pakistan to protest against the death sentence awarded to Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, and to press the government for his early release. ANI

Pak court confirms bail of accused involved in 2009 Lankan cricket team attack
An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan has confirmed the interim bail of an accused allegedly involved in the March 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. ANI

China to give $5million cash aid to Pakistan for flood affectees
China will provide five million dollars in cash to Pakistan for the flood-hit people in the country. ANI

Musharraf paying $25K per month to lobbyist to promote interests in US
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has hired a US lobbyist at 25,000 dollars per month, according to an official US record on lobbyists. ANI

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