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International News on February 18, 2012

Bruce Springsteen unlikely to campaign for Obama this time
Bruce Springsteen doesn't seem as enthusiastic about Obama these days as he was in 2008. ANI

North Korea's first girl band performs at Kim Jong Il's birthday bash
Kim Jong Il's 70th birthday celebrations at Pyongyang saw North Korea's first girl band take centre stage, as they performed live in front of hundreds of senior officials, military leaders and citizens. ANI

Michelle Obama described 'most incredible gift' for J.Crew
J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons has said that the fact that Michelle Obama loves wearing clothing from her brand is "the most incredible gift that keeps on giving." ANI

Kevin Rudd's swearing YouTube video becomes instant Internet hit
A video posted on YouTube, under the title "Happy Little Vegemite", which features Kevin Rudd swearing at the camera, has become an instant Internet sensation. ANI

Afghanistan, Pakistan poles apart following trilateral summit over Karzai's Taliban demand fiasco
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's blunt demand to Pakistan for bringing Taliban leaders to the negotiating table has shocked the political and military leadership in Islamabad, keeping both countries poles apart in terms of reconciliation with the Taliban even after two days of high-level talks. ANI

Pakistanis no longer shies from accepting link with Taliban: Afghan official
A high-ranking Afghan official has said Pakistanis no longer shy away from accepting their links with the Taliban. ANI

With country's economy in ruins Mugabe plans 'lavish $1mln birthday bash'
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is all set to have a near million-dollar birthday bash when he turns 88 next week, at a time when most people in his country are scavenging for food and millions are unemployed following years of economic and political strife. ANI

Karzai warns Pakistan of external intervention over failure to give up radicalism
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has warned Pakistan that the region would remain prone to external intervention if it failed to rein in radical elements. ANI

Iran-Pak gas pipeline project has history of 'false starts and hiccups': US
The US State Department has refused to predict whether or not the proposed Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project would succeed, saying that it had already seen many 'false starts'. ANI

School teacher jailed for 40 years over affair with 14-year-old boy
A 39-year-old elementary school teacher has been sentenced for 40 years for having an affair with a teenage boy. ANI

UK says Iran's nuke ambitions could trigger 'new Cold War'
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned that Iran's nuclear ambitions are likely to trigger 'a new Cold War' in the Middle East, which would be more dangerous than that between the West and the Soviet Union. ANI

Dubai police release accused in Shahbaz Bhatti murder case
The Dubai law enforcement agency has reportedly released an accused in the Shahbaz Bhatti murder case. ANI

US lawmakers condemn Iran for Christian pastor's death sentence over apostasy
American lawmakers have joined the fight to save an Iranian pastor who has been sentenced to death for refusing to renounce Christianity for Islam. ANI

Pakistan terms inclusion in money-laundering blacklist "unjustified and unreasonable"
Islamabad, Feb 18 : Pakistan has termed the international money laundering watchdog's decision to blacklist it as "unjustified and unreasonable," insisting that the government believes it has already met all international standards regarding amendments to the Anti-Terrorism Act. ANI

Finnish First Gentleman caught staring at Princess Mary's cleavage
Princess Mary of Denmark caught the Finnish president's husband - called the First Gentleman - staring down her dress at a state dinner. ANI

Santorum compares 2012 US elections to World War II
Republican presidential candidate and former US Senator Rick Santorum has compared the stakes in the 2012 election to conditions leading to the World War II, and added that Americans must model themselves after the Great Generation that fought Germany and Japan in the 1940s. ANI

US officials believe 'Iran sanctions will fail' making military strike 'only option' left
Some Obama administration officials reportedly believe that sanctions will not be enough stop Iran from pursuing its nuclear programme, leaving Washington with no option but to launch an attack on that country or watch Israel do so. ANI

'Mastermind' of suicide attack on Faisalabad ISI office arrested
The alleged mastermind of a suicide attack on the Inter Services Intelligence's (ISI) Faisalabad office on March 8, 2011, has reportedly been arrested. ANI

Baloch body thanks US Congressman for moving resolution on their right to self-determination
The Baloch Society of North America, a leading Baloch diaspora non-profit organization based in Washington, has thanked Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (Republican-California) for introducing an unprecedented resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that recognizes Balochistan's right to self-determination and its right to establish their own sovereignty. ANI

Pak I and B Minister says NATO supply lines not restored yet
Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that NATO supply lines had not yet been restored and that only shipments of books for Afghan children had been released on the request of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. ANI

Nearly nine in ten Americans view first president George Washington favorably
George Washington still ranks as Americans' first president, according to a new poll out Friday. ANI

Pakistan slams US Congressman for having tabled resolution for Balochistan independence
Pakistan has slammed US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher for having tabled a resolution in the US Congress, calling for the independence of Balochistan. ANI

Emergency crew takes four hours to locate lost Indian tourist in Queensland
It took four hours for an emergency crew to find an Indian tourist, who had lost his way and ended up on an isolated dark road in Queensland, while traveling from Melbourne to Cairns. ANI

Pak judicial commission to visit India in March for 26/11 Mumbai attack probe: Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that a Pakistani judicial commission will visit India in March in connection with the investigation of the 'Mumbai terror attacks'. ANI

US Congressman tables bill for granting highest civil award to Osama informer
A US congressman has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives, asking the Obama government to honour the Pakistani doctor who played a crucial role in tracking former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, with its highest civilian award. ANI

US' demand to put curbs on JuD, Hafiz Saeed disrespects Pakistan's SC: JuD
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) has said that the demand of the United States to put curbs on the group in compliance with international sanctions disrespects the Supreme Court of Pakistan. ANI

JuD confirms banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi founder Malik Ishaq was at Difa-e-Pakistan rally
Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) spokesperson Yahya Mujahid has said Malik Ishaq, one of the founders of the banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, was present on the stage of the recent Defense of Pakistan Council (DPC) rally in Multan. ANI

Hitler may have had lovechild with French woman
New evidence has come up to support the claims of a late Frenchman, that he was Hitler's lovechild with a woman from France. ANI

US proposal to cut troops, police forces could endanger Afghanistan: Defense Minister
Afghanistan's Defense Minister General Abdul Rahim Wardak has warned that an American proposal to reduce the size of Afghan security forces by more than one-third after 2014 could lead to a catastrophe in the country. ANI

UK student gets eight month jail term for Facebook hack
A 26-year-old British student, who stole sensitive information from Facebook's internal network, has been jailed for eight months. ANI

Iranians behind Bangkok terror plot pictured 'partying with prostitutes' before botched attacks
The three Iranian men detained for allegedly plotting bomb attacks in Bangkok reportedly cavorted with prostitutes on a beach days before the botched attacks. ANI

Moroccan man planning to bomb US Capitol held following FBI sting operation
A 29-year-old Moroccan man has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as he sought to carry out a suicide bomb attack on the US Capitol. ANI

Men stress about work while women worry about life
While personal matters like family problems and living situations might cause the most stress for women, on-the-job issues cause men the maximum anxiety, a new study has found. ANI

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