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International News on September 12, 2011

One killed, three injured in French nuke plant explosion
One person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion at a nuclear plant in Marcoule, southern France, on Monday. ANI

Al-Qaeda becoming 'Pakistanised' and getting stronger, says columnist Amir Mir

Oz lesbian foster couple dress boy, 6, in girl's clothes, post pics on Facebook
A lesbian foster couple in Australia are said to have dressed up a six-year-old boy placed in their care in girl's clothes and then posted pictures of him in the attire on their Facebook page. ANI

290 lbs stockbroker sues fast food joint for not fitting in its booth!
A stockbroker from New York is suing fast food chain White Castle over claims that he could not fit in a booth at the chain's restaurant in Nanuet, New York. ANI

Meet the Brit great-great grandfather who still plays golf at 100
A British great-great grandfather is not letting his age slow him down, and is still turning up for a game golf at the ripe age of 100. ANI

Archbishop of Canterbury 'planning retirement in 2012 to take up academic post'
The Archbishop of Canterbury is planning to retire next year to pursue a life in academia, it has been revealed. ANI

Bus commuters 'walk nearly 300 miles a year'
Commuters catching the bus walk nearly 300 miles a year, a new research has revealed. ANI

Filming sexual conquests 'very common' at Oz navy training base
A Royal Australian Navy sailor, who filmed himself raping a female colleague, has revealed a culture of recording sexual conquests existed at his Victorian navy training base. ANI

Number of runaway marriages on the rise in Pakistan
The number of runaway marriages in Pakistan is reportedly increasing due to forced marriages and opposition to love marriages by the parents. ANI

Afghan refugees in Pak don't want to return to 'chaos'
Afghan refugees, who are languishing in Pakistan, have little hope of stability in their home country inspite of ten years of US-led efforts to restore peace. ANI

Aussie parents more than happy to smack kids into submission
85 per cent of Australian parents admit smacking their kids, and only 8 per cent regret it, according to a new survey. ANI

Agyness Deyn quit modelling to find herself
Agyness Deyn has revealed that she stopped modelling to find herself because it was starting to control her life. ANI

SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon blamed for kids' poor attention spans
Watching fast-paced cartoons such as SpongeBob SquarePants harms young children's ability to concentrate, solve problems and behave with self-control, psychologists have warned. ANI

Labour party women ban male members from attending 'What Women Want forum'
Female members of the Labour party will reportedly hold a 'What Women Want forum' at this month's annual party conference, from which men will be barred. ANI

UK police free 24 men kept as 'slaves' for 15 years at traveller's site
British police have reportedly freed twenty-four men who were held at a Bedfordshire traveller site in "shockingly filthy and cramped" conditions for up to 15 years. ANI

Japan's industry minister resigns for calling Fukushima 'town of death'
Japan's industry minister, Yoshio Hachiro, has reportedly stepped down in the wake of the criticism he drew after he describing the nuclear no-go area surrounding the damaged Fukushima power plant as a "town of death". ANI

Sydney a step closer to get Oz's biggest brothel despite protests
Despite resident objections, Australia's biggest brothel is a step closer to reality after it is tipped to get the Sydney council's nod on Monday night. ANI

China, Iran to provide emergency humanitarian aid to flood-hit Pakistan
China has decided to dispatch relief goods worth 4.7 million dollars for the flood-affected people in Pakistan. ANI

Protestors turn down Arab League's proposal of letting Assad rule Syria till 2014
Syrian protestors have rejected the Arab League's proposal keep Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his post until 2014. ANI

Pippa Middleton, family being watched over by ex-army team
Pippa Middleton and her family are being advised by an ex-army team after their profile rose since the announcement of Kate's engagement to Prince William last year.eyrick Bond Gunning, 40, a former captain in the Grenadier Guards, is the director of Salamanca, a "global risk consultancy". ANI

Militant wings present in all Pak political parties: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan reckons that militant wings are present in all the political parties of the country. ANI

Comic books portraying politicians as superheroes flying off shelves!
Comic books portraying politicians as superheroes are flying off the shelves, proving to be a big success. ANI

'Making out' mile high in loo causes panic on flight on 9/11!
An incident that took place on a Frontier Airlines flight left everybody panic stricken on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, but it turned out that it was caused by a little "making out" between an amorous couple. ANI

'Rich but lonely' married Malay women seeking men to fulfil their lust
Despite being beautiful and having rich husbands, many women in Malaysia are on the lookout for new partners to fulfil their sexual desires. ANI

Meet the man who clicks wacky images with pinhole camera inside his mouth
By placing a miniature camera inside his mouth, a photographer in London has taken some wacky pictures around the world of everything from the Sydney Opera House to his bath tub. ANI

Pak pays tribute to victims of 9/11 attacks
Pakistan paid tribute to the 9/11 victims on the 10th anniversary of the attacks and said it is also a target of terrorism. ANI

'Arch-rivals' Zardari, Nawaz in touch through aides?
Despite growing bitterness between them, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif have been reportedly maintaining a backdoor communication channel. ANI

Bahraini woman sets record after being elected to parliament
A Bahraini woman has set a record by becoming the second female candidate ever to find a place in the country's lower chamber of parliament after she was declared the winner of a planned September 24 run-off when her four opponents pulled out of the election. ANI

PPP holding secret talks with Musharraf's aides
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has reportedly begun secret negotiations with the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) for a possible return of its chief and former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to the country. ANI

Canadian firm in UK plans to recycle nappies to make roof tiles
A Canadian company, Knowaste, plans to develop a total of five nappy recycling plants across the UK over the next four years. ANI

Jamaat-e-Islami supporters stage anti-US demonstrations in Pak
Supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami, a Pakistani political party, staged anti-US demonstrations in Islamabad on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sunday. ANI

Cambodian toddler suckles milk from cow after mum leaves him in search of work
A toddler in Cambodia has been suckling milk directly from a cow ever since his mother left him to look for work in Thailand with his father. ANI

Ex-Tory minister asked Gaddafi's son to help him get 1m pounds for helping to free Lockerbie bomber
A former Conservative minister, who worked under former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, had reportedly asked Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's fugitive son Saif al-Islam to help him recover almost a million pounds in fees for his efforts to free the Lockerbie bomber. ANI

Outrage over European ruling that prohibits fetal sex determination
A Council of Europe committee ruling that would prohibit doctors from telling mothers the sex of their unborn children, has sparked outrage among members of a leading parenting group in Britain. ANI

US may be attacked if it withdraws too soon from Iraq, Afghanistan: Ex Defense Deputy Secretary
Former US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz has warned that the country faces the risk of being attacked if it withdraws too quickly from Iraq and Afghanistan. ANI

Drought affects over three million in South West China
A drought has left over three million people and 1.5g million cattle facing shortage of drinking water in Southwest China's Yunnan province. ANI

2.5 million children affected by Pak floods: UNICEF
Around 2.5 million children have been affected by the severe floods in Pakistan's Sindh province, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). ANI

UN to begin mission to help victims of Pak floods
The United Nations has said that it would help victims of flooding in Pakistan's Sindh province, which has left around 200,000 people homeless. ANI

UK troops to soon get hi-tech 'Universal Soldier' battle gear
British soldiers are set to receive new battle gear that can also serve as a radio network. ANI

Its official: 'Moanday' is the most miserable day of the week
One in three people hate Monday's more than any other day of the week, a new survey has found. ANI

Experts fear West, Central Africa could turn into "powder keg" in Gaddafi's absence
The defeat of Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi will lead to a proliferation of arms and fighters in the desert areas of West and Central Africa, turning the region into a "powder keg," regional experts. ANI

Iran ready for nuke talks with world powers
Iran has reportedly announced that it is ready to hold nuclear talks with the world's major powers. ANI

Over 60 Brisbane employees in dock for watching p*rn, impersonating cop,drink-driving
Over 60 Brisbane council employees are being probed for unethical behaviour. ANI

Dubai court pardons 17 Indians on Sharjah death row
A Dubai court has pardoned 17 Indian expatriates who were on death row in Sharjah for the January 2009 murder of a Pakistani. ANI

Zardari undergoes medical check-up in London
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari underwent a medical check-up at London's Royal Brompton Hospital on Sunday. ANI

Iraq's anti-American cleric asks followers to halt attacks on U.S. troops
Anti-American cleric Muqtada Sadr has asked his followers not to launch attacks on U.S. troops who are scheduled to leave Iraq by the end of the year, but warned that they would face consequences if Washington refuses to withdraw troops by the set time. ANI

Ahmadinejad again says US staged 9/11 attacks
As millions of Americans remembered 3,000 men, women and children killed in the 9/11 attacks, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeated his claims that the US staged the attacks as a pretext for war. ANI

African leaders gave Chirac and Villepin 'suitcases stuffed with cash,' to fund campaign
Former French President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, received suitcases stuffed with millions of francs on a regular basis from some African leaders, it has emerged. ANI

Muslim radicals burn American flag on 9/11 anniversary in London
A group of Muslim protesters in London set fire to the American flag outside the US embassy during a minute's silence to mark the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, terror attacks. ANI

Gaddafi's son flees to Niger as new leaders focus attention on govt. setup
One of fallen Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's sons has reportedly fled to Niger, as the new rebel leaders focus their attention on bringing the country under their full control. ANI

Why we often live to regret office parties
Drinks at an office party are more likely to put us at risk of embarrassing ourselves and acting inappropriately than drinks with colleagues in a bar, according to a new study. ANI

Deutsche Bank Launches Groundbreaking Autobahn App Market
Deutsche Bank today announced the launch of the groundbreaking Autobahn App Market, the first ‘App-based’ electronic distribution system in the financial services industry, offering clients a central access point to the rich suite of electronic services offered by the bank. Business Wire India

Dirk Michiels Appointed as CEO of Ferranti Computer Systems N.V.
Ferranti is pleased to announce the appointment of Dirk Michiels to the position of Chairman of the Executive Committee with the title of Chief Executive Officer.Ferranti Computer Systems and Dirk Wauters have reached mutual agreement whereby Dirk Wauters has resigned from his position as Chairman of the Executive Committee Business Wire India

Ferranti and Microsoft Sign Global Agreement for Energy and Utility Industry
Microsoft and Ferranti are proud to announce that a global collaboration for Ferranti’s flagship product, MECOMS™, has been signed, helping energy and utility companies around the world coping with the ever changing market conditions. Business Wire India

WNS Partners with AAA NCNU in a Finance and Accounting Services Contract
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced its partnership with AAA of Northern California, Nevada and Utah (AAA NCNU), the second largest regional member club of AAA, a federation of affiliated automobile clubs throughout North America, for Finance and Accounting (F&A) services Business Wire India

NO FEAR Community: 41 Global Thought Leaders Provide Their Views on Globalization’s Next Phase, Leading Young, Digital Talents and Success in Turbulent Markets
Today, 41 global thought leaders are letting us know their personal views on the next phase of globalization, the increasingly hot talent wars and growth Business Wire India

Signs of Hope in Battle to Save the Javan Rhino
The head of Ujung Kulon National Park, home to the last 50 Javan Rhinos on earth, has said he sees ‘hope for the future’ in the delicate battle to protect the species from extinction. Business Wire India

Groupon Philippines Establishes G-Team to Help Local Communities
Groupon Philippines ( today announced the launch of G-Team Philippines, Groupon’s philanthropic arm, with the first ever campaign supporting “The Love Yourself Project,” which aims to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Philippines through education and counselling. Business Wire India

Gen Re Names A. Morris Tooker Global Head of Treaty Business
General Reinsurance Corporation announced today that A. Morris Tooker has been promoted to Executive Vice President of General Reinsurance and Global Head of Property/Casualty Treaty business. Business Wire India

Belkin Founder Chet Pipkin Resumes Leadership Role as President and CEO
Belkin today announced that company founder and Chairman of the Board Chet Pipkin will permanently resume the post of president and CEO, effective immediately. Pipkin takes over for Mark Reynoso, who has stepped down as the company’s president and CEO. Reynoso also vacated his position on Belkin’s board of directors. Business Wire India

eBay Debuts Unique Star Wars™ Experience With Exclusive ‘Use the Force for Good’ Charity Auction
Every two seconds a Star Wars-related item is sold on eBay, the world’s largest online marketplace. To celebrate the much anticipated release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray available beginning on September 12th internationally and on September 16th in North America, eBay is partnering with Lucasfilm Ltd Business Wire India

McCormick Completes Joint Venture Agreement with India-Based Kohinoor Foods Ltd.
McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE:MKC), a global leader in flavor, today completed the formation of a joint venture with Kohinoor Foods Ltd. to market and sell basmati rice and food products in India. McCormick’s Satish Rao will lead the new joint venture, Kohinoor Speciality Foods India Private Limited, as Managing Director. Mr Business Wire India

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