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Stolen missiles from Gaddafi targets Britain chopper pilots
Thousands of missiles which were stolen from Colonel Gaddafi's arms hoard are being smuggled into Afghanistan to target British chopper pilots, according to intelligence chiefs. ANI

Argentina accuses UK of treating Falkands as 'last refuge of declining empire'
Argentina has claimed that Britain is treating the Falkland Islands as the "last refuge of a declining empire," as it urged the United Nations to stop the "militarisation" of the area. ANI

Wastewater plant in NY offers special Valentine's Day tour
New Yorkers have an option of a highly unusual place they can take their Valentine this year - the Newtown Creek Wastewater Plant. ANI

Imran Khan accuses Gilani of putting system at risk to save corrupt Zardari
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has accused Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani of putting the whole system at risk to save a corrupt President, Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

New survey shows Santorum trails Obama by just four percent in White House race
Former US Senator Rick Santorum could give President Barack Obama tough competition in the White House if he is elected as the Republican presidential nominee, a new poll has suggested. ANI

Egypt's generals reject calls for civilian cabinet
Egypt's ruling generals have rebuffed calls to allow the elected Parliament to appoint a civilian cabinet. ANI

Burma's 'Saffron Revolution' leader detained within weeks of release
Burmese authorities have detained a young monk who helped organise the "Saffron Revolution", a 2007 anti-government uprising led by Buddhist monks against the former-ruling junta, weeks after being released in a prisoner amnesty deal. ANI

20th Amendment Bill deadlock restored in Pakistan
The deadlock between the government and the main opposition party, the PML-N, over the 20th Amendment Bill has finally been resolved, paving the way for at least some political stability, at least till the impending Senate and general elections, a Daily Times editorial has said. ANI

Gillard calls video of Taliban soldier claiming to kill Oz army men 'untrue propaganda'
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has condemned a video showing a former Afghan soldier boasting about shooting Australian troops last year, calling it an "untrue propaganda". ANI

US military trying to upgrade 30,000-pound bunker buster bomb
The US military's 30,000-pound bunker buster bomb called the Massive Ordnance Penetrator requires an "urgent" upgrade, Pentagon officials have said. ANI

Google privacy policy does not violate settlement with US regulators
Internet search giant Google has claimed that the upcoming changes in its privacy policy do not violate a settlement it struck with US consumer protection agency last year. ANI

Qureshi asks Gilani to either apologise to SC or resign over contempt of court
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi has asked Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to either apologise to the Supreme Court or resign. ANI

Love Hearts factory could be 'most romantic workplace in Britain'
The Love Hearts factory in Derbyshire, which spends its days making sweets bearing heart-felt messages like 'I Love you' or 'All mine', has 122 of its 500 workers in a relationship with each other, the company has claimed. ANI

Men 'hopeless' at observing changed curtains and wallpapers
Men may not fully appreciate their partner's efforts towards turning their house into a home, a new study has revealed. ANI

Woman credits 38KKK b**bs for saving her life in car crash
A woman has credited her record-setting b**bs for saving her life after she lost control of her car and slammed it into a tree. ANI

"Third force" behind Balochistan crisis: Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that external forces are responsible for the volatile situation in Balochistan. ANI

'Jihadit' organizations like Difa-e-Pakistan now on the rise in Pak
Jihadis urge for resurgence seem to be gaining momemtum in Pakistan, with reports saying that the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (Defence of Pakistan Council) movement has strengthened its hold across the country and their leaders seem unperturbed by serious accusations against them. ANI

Pak parliament takes notice of Munter's statement about using its airspace for NATO supplies
Pakistan's Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) has taken serious notice of US Ambassador Cameron Munter's statement that they were using Pakistani airspace for NATO supplies, and has sought an explanation from the Foreign and Defence Secretaries about who has given Washington permission. ANI

US Navy to name littoral combat ship after former congresswoman Giffords
US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced that the next Independence variant littoral combat ship will be named after former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt last year. ANI

Barack Obama's re-election playlist unveiled
The soundtrack to Barack Obama's re-election campaign, which reveals the political condundrum faced by his image makers, has been revealed. ANI

Taliban says will use 'all power' to kill or capture Prince Harry
The Taliban has vowed to use 'all their power' to kill or capture Prince Harry when he returns to Afghanistan as an Apache helicopter pilot. ANI

Diana's letters referring to mysterious 'she' to go under the hammer
A letter, in which a young Princess Diana appears to be referring to her love rival Camilla Parker Bowles, is to be auctioned. ANI

Awlaki directed 'underwear bomber' to carry out Christmas Day terror plot
Slain America-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki personally directed a terror plot to take down a plane over Detroit, which a Nigerian man tried to carry out on Christmas Day in 2009, a memo has revealed. ANI

Michelle Obama judges 'Top Chef' to promote healthy eating
Michelle Obama judged a 'Top Chef' cooking competition in Dallas on Friday as part of her three-day national tour to celebrate the second anniversary of her Let's Move campaign. ANI

Costa Concordia to be salvaged by US firm
An American company is likely to salvage the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia, which ran aground off the Italian island of Giglio in late January. ANI

'Womaniser' Spain's King Don Juan Carlos 'had affair with Princess Diana'
Princess Diana was apparently one of the many young ladies The King of Spain, Juan Carlos, had an affair with, a new biography has claimed. ANI

Bristol Palin promises to give away free copies of memoir
Bristol Palin has promised to give away free copies of her memoir to people who join her at a book-signing event, according to an ad posted on classified advertising website, Craigslist. ANI

Vatican brushes aside reports of Pope's assassination plot
The Vatican has dismissed media reports of a plot to kill the Pope, saying that it is not something meant to be taken seriously. ANI

Rising Islamism in Maldives could pose potential terror threat to India: Report
The emergence of hard-line Islam in the Maldives, a relatively new development for the country, has sparked off concerns in India that it could be used as a potential base for Islamist militants. ANI

Saadi Gaddafi warns of leading uprising against transitional Libyan government
Saadi Gaddafi, one of the surviving sons of the slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has said he plans to lead an uprising against the country's transitional government. ANI

U.S. hoping to utilize 'once in a decade' chance to augment ties with China
The US is gearing for a visit by Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to become the country's next leader, and use the once in a decade opportunity to augment its ties with Beijing. ANI

Iran cuts off access to Internet fearing protests during Islamic Revolution anniversary
Iran has reportedly cut off access to the Internet, leaving millions of people without email and social networks. ANI

No early polls in the offing in Maldives: President Waheed
Maldivian President, Mohammed Waheed on Saturday ruled out the possibility of early polls in the country. ANI

Australia maintains' studious silence' on legality of Bin Laden's killing in Abbottabad
The Australian government has maintained its silence on the legality of former Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden's killing by US special forces on May 2, 2011. ANI

Dissident Chinese writer jailed for seven years for inciting subversion
A dissident Chinese writer Zhu Yufu has been jailed for seven years over writing a poem alleged to be inciting subversion. ANI

Pakistan blasts "ill-advised" US Congressional hearing on Balochistan
Pakistan Ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman has strongly condemned a US Congressional hearing on Balochistan, and termed it as an "ill-advised" move that could damage bilateral ties between both countries. ANI

Imran says PTI will shoot down US drones if voted into power
Pakistani cricketer-tuned-politician Imran Khan has said that if his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party comes to power, it would shoot down US drones that target Pakistan. ANI

Pak SC gives ISI-MI Feb 13 'ultimatum' to produce missing persons held in illegal custody
Pakistan's Supreme Court has granted more time to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Military Intelligence (MI), asking them to produce seven prisoners, who went missing from Adiala Jail, before the court on February 13 and file a compliance report with the Registrar's Office. Our order has not been complied with ANI

Uzbek man admits to plotting to kill Obama
A 22-year-old Uzbek man has admitted to plotting to kill US President Barack Obama. ANI

US says Twitter rumors claiming death of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un 'untrue'
United States officials have said that rumors claiming that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been assassinated in Beijing are not true. ANI

'Psychotic' Indian woman who threw tot in NY river allowed to return to homeland
A 34-year-old Indian woman who threw herself and her 19-month-old daughter into the frigid Hudson River two years ago after a sudden onset of psychosis, can now return to her country and children. ANI

CIA website falls prey to hackers
Notorious Internet hacking group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for bringing down the Central Intelligence Agency's website. ANI

Working in groups 'makes people stupider'
Social pressures that come from meetings or group settings cause a drop in individual intelligence levels, a new study has revealed. ANI

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