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International News on September 11, 2011

Obama commemorates 9/11's 10th anniversary in New York
United States President Barack Obama opened today's tribute to the thousands who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 with a reading from Psalms 46, saying "God is our strength" and "therefore we will not fear". ANI

Oz security experts worried over funds as country's terrorism bill edges towards $30bn
As Australia's bill for fighting terrorism edges towards 30 billion dollars, security experts are beginning to question whether they are getting value for money. ANI

Obama's half-uncle released after drunk-driving arrest
US President Barack Obama's half-uncle who was arrested last month for drunk-driving has been released from custody. ANI

NATO jets blast desert stronghold of Bani Walid
NATO launched air strikes on Saturday against Bani Walid, one of the last remaining Libyan towns still held by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

'Labour secretly put Libyan dissidents under house arrest at Gaddafi's behest following Blair's deal'
Labour used controversial control orders to put Libyan dissidents in Britain under house arrest at the behest of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

Men 'happier than women with their work-life balance'
A new study has found that men are consistently happier than women with their work-life balance. ANI

4.6 magnitude earthquake hits China
A 4.6 magnitude earthquake hit Ruichang in China's Jiangxi Province. ANI

UK 'faces continued terror threat', warns Ex-Home Secretary
Former British Home Secretary John Reid has warned that the lapse of time since the 9/11 attacks "should not blind us to the continuing threat from terrorism". ANI

Morale in UK's armed forces plunges: Survey
Morale among Britain's army officers has plunged, a Ministry of Defence survey has revealed. ANI

Research on US radiation level after Fukushima nuke disaster can aid similar detections
A new research measuring the level of radiation in Washington after the Fukushima nuclear disaster could aid similar radiation detections in future. ANI

Brit schoolchildren as young as seven carrying weapons into classroom: Report
Schoolchildren in Britain, as young as seven, are taking knives and other weapons into the classroom, a research has revealed. ANI

Pakistan seeks Baloch separatist leader Bramdagh's extradition from Switzerland
The Pakistan Government has asked Swiss authorities to reject the political asylum plea made by Bramdagh Bugti, the head of an outlawed Baloch rebel group, and extradite him to Pakistan. ANI

'Fake' sale of Princess Diana's 'Travolta' gown that fetched œ510K!
It has been revealed that the dress worn by Princess Diana while dancing with John Travolta at a White House gala dinner in 1985 hosted by Ronald and Nancy Reagan, which was reported to have been auctioned off this year, has not been sold. ANI

NY GOP mailer depicts mosque, ground zero in Queens congressional special
New York Republicans have reportedly sent out a kitchen-sink mailer in the Queens congressional special election, depicting a mosque superimposed over the scarred Ground Zero site on one side, and Democrat David Weprin alongside President Barack Obama on the other. ANI

Shahbaz for importing 'urgently needed' dengue medicines from India
Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province, has directed concerned officials to negotiate for the import of dengue medicines from India to make up for the shortage of medicines there. ANI

'I'm not on drugs,' says Peaches Geldof
British journalist/model Peaches Geldof has hit out at claims that she has been using heroin following her new slim body. ANI

Gilani seeks international help for rehabilitation of Sindh flood victims
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has urged the international institutions, the world community and the people at home and abroad to extend full support and cooperation to the government in tackling the Sindh rain calamity. ANI

Berlusconi has no regrets about his deeds
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has revealed that he has no regrets about what has happened in his life in recent times because there's nothing that he consider a real mistake. ANI

Pak court defers 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case hearing till Sept 17
An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan has deferred the hearing of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case till September 17 after the defence lawyer expressed no-confidence in the trial judge. ANI

Prince Harry to celebrate 27th b'day sans booze and girlfriend
Prince Harry, who will be turning 27 on 15th September, will be celebrating a sober birthday this year. ANI

China opposes Mexican president's meeting with Dalai Lama
China has expressed strong opposition to the meeting between Mexican President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa and the Dalai Lama. ANI

Radicalised Muslim extremists still pose major terror threat: Blair
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that "significant blows" had been struck in the war on terror, but insisted that radicalised extremists still posed a major threat. ANI

Plunging popularity lands Obama in a 'soup'
US President Barack Obama and his older daughter Malia helped prepare food at the DC Central Kitchen to commemorate the 9/11 10th anniversary with the intention to underscore the call to national service that rang so loudly after the terrorist attacks. ANI

NYPD searching for three stolen construction vehicles over fears of 9/11 Al Qaeda car bombing plot
New York City cops are reportedly searching for three stolen construction vehicles over fears of an Al Qaeda car bombing plot timed for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday. ANI

Nikki Haley regrets young reporter's "little girl" slur over 'uncomfortable' article
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has said that she regrets calling a female reporter a "little girl" after having read an article, which according to her created "a grossly inaccurate picture" about her. ANI

'Pak politicians must not use Quran to achieve political mileage': CII member
A member of Pakistan's Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has advised politicians not to use the Holy Quran in a bid to achieve political mileage. ANI

Pak-based CIA informant who tipped off US car bomb threat has 'never been wrong'
The tip on the unconfirmed terror plot to launch car bomb attacks in New York or Washington came from a reliable Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) informant in Pakistan who "has not been wrong before," according to a US newspaper report attributed to sources. ANI

Pak FIA keen on Mark Siegel's testimony against Musharraf in Benazir murder case
Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has decided to present former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's friend and lobbyist, Mark Siegel, before an anti-terrorism court in her assassination case. ANI

Altaf distorted Kargil episode in bid to bail out 'benefactor' Musharraf: PML-N
Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PML-N) Deputy Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal has accused Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain of deliberately distorting the Kargil episode. ANI

CBS News in dock following 'Steve Jobs passed away' bloomer
CBS News accidentally tweeted that Apple co-founder and long-time successful CEO Steve Jobs had 'passed away'. ANI

Japanese air traffic controller in dock after blogging details of Obama's 'Air Force One'
A Japanese air traffic controller is being interrogated by authorities after he reportedly blogged details pertaining to the flight plans of US Presidential jet, Air Force One. ANI

Rudd most popular Oz politician with 1 million Twitter followers
Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd has become the most popular leader in the nation with one million followers on Twitter. ANI

Pak seals off borders with Afghanistan, bans issuing Visit Visas to Afghans
Pakistan has sealed off all borders with Afghanistan in order curb the massive influx of Afghans into the country and prevent cross-border terrorist attacks, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

Pak court asks Salman Taseer's assassin to submit written defense
An Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) in Rawalpindi has asked Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, to submit his defense in writing. ANI

Pak heaps praise on its 'sacrifices for world peace' in US paper ad on 9/11 anniversary
Pakistan has made an attempt to reach out to the American public, telling them that it has been a victim, not the perpetrator of terrorism. ANI

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