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Vogue Japan under fire for taping American model Crystal Renn's eyes
Vogue Nippon (Japan) has been criticised by fashion critics for photographing American model Crystal Renn with her eyes taped back. ANI

Palin rails against 'crony capitalism, permanent political class' in Iowa speech
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who has ignited a storm of speculation on whether she will seek the presidency in 2012, delivered a populist broadside in Iowa against US President Barack Obama, the entire political establishment and what she called the 'crony capitalism' that she said is destroying the country. ANI

Rick Perry's book a treasure trove for foes
Texas Governor Rick Perry's book appears to be a treasure trove for his foes, with reports saying that he himself noted that he 'wouldn't have written that book if he had the intention of running for the 2012 presidential polls. ANI

Emperor penguin Happy Feet released into Southern Ocean
Happy Feet has finally been released into the Southern Ocean - two months after he was found on Peka Peka beach, exhausted and hungry after journeying 1,000 km north away from his normal habitat. ANI

Airline meal chokes Kiwi to death
A New Zealander working in Singapore died on board a flight to Auckland after he choked on his in-flight meal. ANI

'Thirsty 13' make record for 'maximum pubs visited in 24 hours'
A group of 13 bold drinkers has set a new Guinness World Record for "Most Pubs Visited in 24 Hours by a Team". ANI

Microsoft executives demand enquiry into sexual misconduct by at 'boozy' Atlanta party
Microsoft's US executives have demanded an inquiry into allegations of heavy drinking, sexual harassment and unwanted advances by some of the executives at a company party in Atlanta. ANI

Ex Thai sex slave to sue Aussie man who prostituted her at 13
A former child sex slave from Thailand is planning to sue a Sydney man she claims forced her into prostitution at a Surry Hills brothel in 1995, when she was 13. ANI

Former Ukraine President Kuchma ordered journalist's killing: Witness
A former senior Ukrainian police official accused of murdering journalist Georgiy Gongadze in 2000 has reportedly admitted playing a role in the killing after being ordered by the then President Leonid Kuchma. ANI

Religion plays important role for 2012 US presidential race: Experts
Experts believe that religion will be an important factor in the United States presidential election of 2012. ANI

Pak's Nadra says its database can't be shared with any nation on any individual's wish
Pakistan's National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has vehemently denied that its massive database of Pakistani citizens could be replicated or shared with any country or entity on the wish of an individual. ANI

'Blair's Labour govt. lied about Lockerbie bomber's release over Gaddafi's 'holy war' warnings'
Former British Labour government reportedly misled the world over the controversial release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Al Megrahi after being threatened by fallen Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to ignite a 'holy war' if Megrahi died in the Scottish prison. ANI

Thailand's Phuket Island celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi with fanfare
Phuket, southern island of Thailand, celebrated Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi with fanfare and the Governor Tri Augkaradacha participated, according to reports. ANI

China plans to legalize abduction of political activists
The Chinese government is rewriting criminal procedure to legalize the disappearance of political activists, which would allow authorities to detain any citizen without giving reason or notification. ANI

Dubai Manipal University gets state-of-the-art campus
The students of Dubai Manipal University are set to move to the institution's new state-of-the-art 750,000 square foot campus with the kicking-off of the new semester. ANI

Pak Govt to set up check posts at Sindh-Balochistan border to prevent criminal activities
A joint force of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the Coast Guards and the Frontier Constabulary will be established on the Sindh-Balochistan border to check movement of terrorists and smuggling of arms into Karachi, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

'China offered weapons to Gaddafi to fight rebels in final months of his regime'
China offered huge stockpiles of weapons to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi during the final months of his regime, according to papers that describe secret talks about shipments via Algeria and South Africa. ANI

Malayalees greeted on Onam
The Hindus have sent early greetings to Malayalees world over on upcoming Onam festival, praying for their happiness, peace, and prosperity. ANI

Zulfikar Mirza claims to have handed over proof against MQM to ISI chief
Former Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza has claimed that he has handed over evidence against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant-General Ahmed Shuja Pasha. ANI

Hindus hail introduction of religion in Russian schools
The Hindus have welcomed the introduction of a course in religion in Russian schools from next year. ANI

Oz call centre workers told to time their loo breaks
Workers at Centrelink call centre, Australia, have been asked to time their toilet breaks and are reprimanded if they take more than five minutes. ANI

Prince Harry in 'interview without coffee' over his wet 'n' wild Croatia night out
Prince Harry is apparently in for a stiff lecture from a senior officer - known in the Army as an "interview without coffee" - for bringing the Army into disrepute after his wet and wild weekend in Croatia. ANI

U2 lead singer Bono defends Steve Jobs over criticism about his philanthropy
Irish rock band U2's lead singer, Bono, has defended Apple's co-founder, Steve Jobs, after a columnist wrote that the billionaire businessman does not give enough to charity. ANI

Men 'more willing to have sex with stranger than females'
Eight out of 10 men would bed an attractive stranger if she offered them no-strings sex, but women are much pickier if they are propositioned by blokes, scientists have claimed. ANI

Gaddafi kept female bodyguards to show Libyan women enjoyed "equal rights to their male counterparts"
One of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's former female bodyguards, who was arrested by the rebels recently, has claimed that the fallen Libyan leader used to keep female guards to project to the world that women in his country had "equal rights to their male counterparts." ANI

One in seven Afghan soldiers quitting army: Report
Nearly one in seven Afghan soldiers walked off the job during the first six months of this year, according a new report. ANI

Oz women offered cash to marry Chinese men seeking citizenship
Women in Australia are being offered as much as 60,000 dollars for marrying Chinese men desperate for citizenship, it has emerged. ANI

China seizes 13 million illegal publications in intellectual property rights campaign
China's publication authorities have cracked down on 13 million illegal audio and video products and print publications to protect intellectual property rights (IPR). ANI

Rick Perry leads GOP 2012 US presidential race, ahead of Obama: Poll
A new poll has shown that Texas Governor Rick Perry is leading the GOP 2012 US presidential race, way ahead of President Barack Obama. ANI

Pakistan, Russia agree to broaden scope of existing bilateral ties
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, have agreed to broaden the scope of the existing equation between both nations with extended trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation. ANI

England's 1st state-funded 'Free School' is a Krishna School
The Krishna-Avanti Primary School in Leicester City, which opened on September 1, is the first one along with another London school among the 24 pioneering flagship state-funded "Free Schools" set to open in the UK, according to reports. ANI

Hindus, Jews urge world to 'wake up' on the plight of 15-mln stateless
The Hindus and Jews have urged the world to wake up and improve the plight of about 15 million stateless people worldwide who suffer rejection day after day. ANI

Neville Chamberlain 'tried to reach more deals with Hitler after disastrous Munich pact'
Former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain is said to have had secret talks with Hitler's henchmen to work out ways of making the Nazis look more sympathetic to ordinary Britons, according to classified documents released last week. ANI

Polls are for strippers and cross country skiers: Palin
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin ridiculed the negative polling that dogged her recently, saying they are for "strippers and cross country skiers". ANI

Kate 'learning to speak Welsh to fit in with Anglesey locals'
Kate Middleton is reportedly learning Welsh so that she can fit in with the locals of Anglesey. ANI

US pressing Pakistan for release of 'Osama raid' CIA doctor
The United States has sought the intervention of Pakistan's top political leadership to secure the release of a doctor, who allegedly worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to track down Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. ANI

'Imran attributes political success to anti-corruption theme's popularity in Pak, and on TV'
Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan, now topping polls as the country's most popular politician, attributes his success to an anti-corruption theme that has finally caught on, and to television, an American newspaper has said. ANI

British intelligence, government co-operated closely with Gaddafi's regime: Report
The British Secret Intelligence Service and government worked closely with ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime, it has emerged. ANI

Pippa's 'disgraceful' posterior poster taken down from UK pub sign!
A poster of Pippa Middleton showing her famous posterior in a figure-clutching bridesmaid's dress during her sister Kate's royal wedding has been taken down from a pub of Ampthill, UK. ANI

Ex-ISI chief warns de-weaponising civilians will lead to bloodbath in Karachi
General Ziauddin Khawaja, former head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, has warned against launching a de-weaponisation campaign in Karachi. ANI

Gaddafi's sons, loyalists flee stronghold ahead of rebel onslaught
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's sons and some of his loyalists have reportedly fled the town of Bani Walid on Saturday after residents raised rebel flags in a show of defiance. ANI

Pak military 'concerned' over Karachi turmoil
Pakistan's military establishment is sitting uneasy over the way civilian law enforcement agencies (LEAs) are carrying out 'surgical operations' against miscreants in Karachi, and has demanded an indiscriminate and effective action for restoration of peace in the commercial hub of the country. ANI

Nawaz told US senators he was convinced 26/11 attackers were Pakistanis: WikiLeaks
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif believed that the terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008, were Pakistani in origin, according to a US diplomatic cable unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. ANI

Strauss Kahn headed back to France
Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who has been in the US since being arrested in May over sexual assault charges, is reportedly moving back to France. ANI

Prince Harry 'planning party trip to Las Vegas during US helicopter course'
Prince Harry, famous for his wild ways, is planning to spend 48 hours in Las Vegas, the world's party capital, with fellow pilots during a tough 12-week helicopter course that's part of his Army training. ANI

Kayani told US envoy he could have toppled Pak Govt in 2009 if he wanted to: WikiLeaks
Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani could have overthrown the democratically-elected government if he had wanted to, but he had no such plans, a US diplomatic cable unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Bin Laden's obsession with 9/11 spectaculars prompts heightened security across US
The numerous references to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, in the documents seized from Osama bin Laden's lair in Abbottabad, have prompted heightened security measures across the United States in the build up to the sensitive date. ANI

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