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Over half Americans endorse Obama's job creation programme despite declining popularity
A new poll has shown that support for US President Obama is rapidly eroding and both Republicans and Obama are losing support of Independent electoral group. ANI

Obama administration defending itself against new book's 'dysfunctional White House' claim
US administration is defending itself against the new book 's portrayal of the White House as a dysfunctional organization during Obama's tenure. ANI

US will continue targeting al-Qaeda anywhere in world: John Brennan
The White House's top terror adviser John Brennan has said that the US would keep targeting al Qaida everywhere in the world, including in countries that are unable or unwilling to do it themselves. ANI

Michelle Obama's campaign forces top restaurant to introduce 'PG' menus
Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign has proved to be a success yet again as a major restaurant operator in the US is introducing a "PG" system for their menus. ANI

I've got more chance of fighting Klitschko next than Haye: Fury
British boxer Tyson Fury has said that he is the man who can defeat the Klitschkos, and not David Haye. ANI

China encouraging women entrepreneurs to contribute to economy
Chinese women organization head Meng Xiaosi has said the country is encouraging women entrepreneurs to play a significant role in boosting economic growth. ANI

Egyptian military's 'expanding emergency law' reminder of Mubarak's dictatorial regime
Egyptian military government's move to expand its emergency powers to detain people without evidence in the wake of recent mob assault on the Israeli embassy, has been denounced as the most significant curbs on personal freedoms since the fall of former dictator Hosni Mubarak, and also reminds people of his dictatorial regime. ANI

California High school cheerleaders asked to cover up skimpy uniforms
High school cheerleaders in California have been asked to cover up with sweat pants or other alternatives considered to be indecent. ANI

German police baffled by unidentified teenage boy living in forests for five years
German police is baffled by a rare case of an unidentified, English-speaking teenaged boy, who has claimed before the Berlin authorities that he has been living in the forests alongwith his father for the past five years after his mother died in a car accident. ANI

Utah's Sandy City Council to have its first Hindu invocation
Sandy City Council (Utah, USA), established in 1871, will reportedly have its first Hindu opening prayer on September 20. ANI

Ardent football fan to shift to one-bedroom home on touchline of club stadium
An ardent football fan is shifting to a new home located on the touchline of Cambridge-based club's stadium. ANI

Washington narrative on Pakistan seems stuck in a bygone era
The narrative on Pakistan sustained by American policy wonks appears stuck in old think, unduly rationalizing Islamabad's destructive behaviour while showing a curious inability to understand India. ANI

Pak has already contributed a lot, now US should do more in war on terror: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that his country has contributed hugely in the ongoing war on terror, and it is time the United States "does more" in this regard. ANI

Cameron offers help to Pak flood victims
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that his country is ready to help Pakistani people affected by devastating rains and floods in Sindh. ANI

Over 5,300 dengue cases reported in Lahore
Dengue cases are still on the rise in Lahore, with 5,344 such cases having been confirmed so far in the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province. ANI

Chinese local authorities deny Pak connection in Xinjiang attacks
A spokeswoman for the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has said there is no evidence that the recent attacks in the region in China were carried out by attackers trained in Pakistan. ANI

Florida political insiders believe Romney can beat Obama in 2012 presidential elections: Poll
Most of Florida's experienced political professionals believe that Mitt Romney has the capability to beat Barack Obama in the city during the 2012 presidential elections, a poll has found. ANI

U.S. increases drone attacks on Yemen amid rising concern about political collapse there
The US has significantly increased the frequency of drone attacks and other air strikes against the al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen in recent months amid rising concern about political collapse there. ANI

Gilani cancelled US trip because of Obama's refusal to meet him: Pak daily
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani cancelled his planned visit to the United States at the eleventh hour due to American President Barack Obama's refusal to meet him on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, according to a news report. ANI

Pak decides to say 'goodbye' to IMF for time being
Pakistan has decided not to seek fresh loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the time being after the existing 11.3-billion-dollar Standby Arrangement (SBA) programme ends on September 30, according to a news report attributed to a senior cabinet official. ANI

US officials suspect ISI elements 'directly linked' to Kabul militant attack
US officials say they are looking for evidence that directly links Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) elements to this week's 20-hour militant assault against the US Embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul, according to a news report. ANI

Malik says some Taliban groups have invited him for talks
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that some Taliban groups have invited him for talks, according to a newspaper report. ANI

Offensive against Haqqani network remains key sticking point between US, Pak
Despite renewed US pressure to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries from the Pakistani tribal belt, the Pakistan Army has no plans to launch a full-scale offensive against the Haqqani network, according to military officials. ANI

'Haqqani network ready to take part in Afghan peace talks if Taliban does'
The Haqqani network no longer has sanctuaries in Pakistan, and it will participate in Afghan peace talks only if the Taliban does, the insurgent group's leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, has said. ANI

Chinese lawmaker fired over online sex scandal
A Chinese lawmaker, Tian Hanwen, has been fired after sex video images of him were posted online last month. ANI

Miss Universe 2011 accused of faking documents to enter pageant
Controversy hounds the 2011 Miss Universe pageant after new allegations that the winner, Miss Angola, used false documents to enter and win a qualifying contest in England. ANI

White House gatecrasher Tareq Salahi files for divorce from wife Michaele
Celebrity White House gate crasher Tareq Salahi has filed for divorce, supporting reports earlier this week that his wife Michaele has run off with Neal Schon, the lead guitarist for the rock band Journey. ANI

Barack Obama garners 10 million followers on Twitter
US President Barack Obama has just garnered 10 million followers on Twitter. ANI

UNSC eases sanctions against Libya to help rebuild country following Gaddafi regime fallout
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has voted to ease sanctions on Libya to help the country rebuild following its civil war that crippled the Gaddafi regime. ANI

Two Americans arrested for driving with dead friend's corpse, using his ATM card
Two Americans from the city of Colorado have reportedly been arrested after they were caught driving with their dead friend's corpse in the car's backseat, and using his ATM card to finance a night drinking binge. ANI

Fury over 'community spitting' Muslim only free school in UK
British government's decision to open a free school for Muslim pupils in the country has been slammed by some critics claiming it would deprive state schools of funds and would lead to a segregated education system. ANI

Kate Middleton to take time to settle in prior to solo official engagements
Kate Middleton will not be undertaking any solo official engagements until next year, preferring to spend the rest of the year supporting Prince William in his engagements. ANI

Hilary Clinton overtakes Obama as US' favourite politician: Poll
A new poll has shown that US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has overtaken President Barack Obama as the Americans' favourite politician. ANI

Arab magazine breaks taboo by featuring first ever model in bikini on cover
An Arab magazine based in Israel has broken taboos by being the first to feature a bikini-clad model on its cover. ANI

Nepal hosts literary festival for first time
Nepal is hosting a literary festival at the Patan Palace in Kathmandu for the first time, where 60 writers are expected to take part. ANI

Muslims defying French ban on mass public prayers
Muslims in Paris are defying a newly introduced French law that prohibits them from conducting mass prayers in public. ANI

Al-Qaeda chief of operations' killing not confirmed by Pak Army, NATO
The Pakistan Army and NATO have said that they do not have confirmed details about the reported killing of Al-Qaeda's chief of operations in Pakistan, Abu Hafs al Shahri, in the country's Waziristan tribal region this week. ANI

Kerala to eliminate on illegal nurse-recruitment racket in UAE
Kerala has vowed to provide hassle-free nursing staff to the UAE and protect Indian nurses from fraudulent recruitment rackets. ANI

US Congress approval rating sinks to record low of 12 percent
A new poll has shown that US Congress approval rating has hit- record low for the second time, with just 12 percent of Americans approving its performance. ANI

Unilateral action in Pakistan by US to stay on the table: Mike Rogers
Unilateral action in Pakistan cannot be ruled out because the United States needs to keep all its options open to safeguard its national security interests, House Intelligence Committee Chairman and Republican Congressman Mike Rogers has said. ANI

Strauss-Kahn says he was only trying to kiss, not rape French author
Former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn admitted that he tried to kiss the French author Tristane Banon, but denied attempting to rape her in a Paris flat in 2003. ANI

Britain plans to legalise gay marriage by 2015
Britain is likely to unveil its plans of legalizing gay marriage in the country before 2015. ANI

Canadian Bank serves in Punjabi-Gujarati-Telugu-Hindi-Marathi-Urdu-Bengali-Tamil
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), a leading Canadian financial institution, offers service in Punjabi, Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Urdu and Tamil in many of its over 1,100 branches. ANI

Hindus congratulate Helle on becoming Denmark's 1st woman PM
Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has warmly congratulated Danish Prime Minister-elect Helle Thorning-Schmidt on election victory of the bloc lead by her, thus creating history of becoming Denmark's first woman Prime Minister. ANI

Obama makes history brewing his own beer at the White House
US President Barack Obama will go down in history as the first Commander in Chief to have brewed his own beer at the White House, though the real work is being done by his chefs. ANI

Italian actress hailed as heroine for rejecting Berlusconi's invitation for sex
An Italian actress, who refused an alleged invitation to sleep with Silvio Berlusconi in exchange for a chance to host the country's most prestigious music festival, has been hailed as a heroine by the people of the country. ANI

The 5-minute face cream that beats 'Botox in bottle' in battle against wrinkles
The latest weapon for women promising to fight wrinkles is a face serum that claims to achieve smoother skin in minutes with just a few gentle dabs. ANI

Joanna Lumley target of Facebook hate campaign against 'Gurkha influx' in UK
Actress Joanna Lumley has become the target of a Facebook hate campaign for her role in attracting huge numbers of Gurkhas to Britain. ANI

3 killed, over 50 injured in plane crash at Nevada air show
At least three people have been killed and over 50 others were injured after a vintage World War II-era fighter plane plunged into the grandstands at Reno Air Races in Nevada during a popular annual air show. ANI

New AQ Khan documents suggest Pakistan cashed in on nuke weapon technology
Pakistan spread nuclear weapon technology around the globe in exchange for cash, political influence and help with its own atomic bomb programme, suggest documents obtained by a US news channel. ANI

Pakistan seeking 'third-generation nuclear technology' import from China
Islamabad plans to import latest Chinese nuclear technology, a senior Pakistan government official has said. ANI

Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on blueprint for cooperation on Afghan peace talks
Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed on a blueprint for cooperating on the Afghan reconciliation process. ANI

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