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International News on February 26, 2012

George Percy could make Pippa Middleton's duchess dream a reality
Pippa Middleton could be one step closer to becoming a duchess as she reportedly went on a skiing trip with her old friend George Percy, heir to the ancient Duchy of Northumberland. ANI

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie get trendy Range Rovers
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have taken the delivery of new high-end Range Rovers, reportedly priced at 40,000 pounds each. ANI

US negotiating Afghan exit routes with 5 Asian countries to avoid dependency on Pak
US officials are reportedly discussing new transportation agreements with five Central Asian countries that would enable the military to withdraw from Afghanistan without having to rely mainly on land routes through Pakistan. ANI

Sri Lanka seeks to block UN resolution demanding probe into alleged war crimes
Sri Lanka is reportedly working to block a UN resolution demanding the country to fully investigate who was responsible for the deaths of thousands of Tamil civilians during military operations against ethnic rebels. ANI

US drone crashes in North Waziristan
An unmanned US aircraft crashed in the Machikhel area of North Waziristan, officials have said. ANI

London Olympics board member outraged over Saudi discrimination against women athletes
Tessa Jowell, a member of London Olympics Board has expressed anger over reports suggesting that Saudi Arabia discriminated against women in sports and physical education. ANI

Miss Universe Australia in row over 'peepshow' underwear ads
Miss Universe Australia has been embroiled in controversy over a new advertising campaign accused of glorifying peeping Toms. ANI

Office politics 'a necessary evil to advance your career'
Almost 60 percent workers consider office politics to be a necessity for career growth, a new study has revealed. ANI

Pippa Middleton to take up ski challenge for charity
Pippa Middleton will brave sub-zero temperatures, along with her brother James, to take part in the world's longest cross-country ski race to raise money for needy children. ANI

'Fully conscious' Nelson Mandela may leave hospital within two days
Former South African president Nelson Mandela, who was admitted to a hospital in Johannesburg after complaining of a long-standing stomach ailment, could be sent back to home within two days. ANI

Iran warns 'attack on nuke facilities would lead to collapse of Israel'
A senior Iranian official has warned Israel against launching an attack on its nuclear facilities in the wake of rising international tension over Tehran's uranium enrichment programme. ANI

Prince Charles and Camilla 'leading separate lives'
Prince Charles and Camilla are leading separate lives as she is struggling to cope with the pressures of being a royal, it has been revealed. ANI

Rebekah Brooks 'was passed details of NOTW phone-hacking probe by senior police official'
Former News International chief-executive Rebekah Brooks was allegedly passed details of the original News of the World phone-hacking inquiry by a senior police official, it has emerged. ANI

Indian-origin security official at Oz casino claims 'bullying, racism rife at work place'
A former Indian-origin security officer who worked at Australia's one of the most popular casinos, has claimed that bullying and racism were rife at her work place and the staff treated "VIP drunks and prostitutes" with kid gloves. ANI

Moldovan dancer admits 'sharing passionate kiss' with Costa Concordia's captain before disaster
A Moldovan ballet dancer, who was allegedly dining with the captain of Costa Concordia before the Italian luxury cruise ship capsized, has admitted to sharing a passionate kiss on the evening of tragedy. ANI

Indo-Pak issues including Kashmir should be solved trough peaceful ties: Shahbaz
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and India will have to develop peaceful relations and make efforts to resolve all outstanding issues between the two countries, including Kashmir. ANI

Chinese netizens 'occupy' Obama's Google+ page
US President Barack Obama's Google+ page has been flooded with messages from Internet users in China after the social networking site suddenly became accessible in the country. ANI

Italian court ends Berlusconi's bribery trial over statute of limitations
Italian judges have ended former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's trial on charges of corruption, saying the statute of limitations had run out and a verdict could not be reached. ANI

Osama's secret Abbottabad compound demolished in Pakistan
The secret three-storey compound of killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad is reportedly being demolished by Pakistani authorities. ANI

Pope calls IVF 'arrogant', sex in marriage only 'acceptable' way to conceive
Pope Benedict XVI has called on married couples to shun artificial methods of conception, as sex between a husband and wife is the only acceptable way to conceive. ANI

Indian parents in UAE told not to delay registration of newborn babies
Indian parents living in the United Arab Emirated have been asked not to delay the registration of their newborn babies. ANI

Muslim Brotherhood wins 58 percent seats in Egypt's upper house election
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, one of the nation's most powerful political forces, has won 58 percent of the seats in the parliament's upper house, election officials have announced. ANI

Pak govt. decides against extending Pasha's tenure as ISI chief
The Pakistan government has reportedly decided against extending the tenure of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief, Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha. ANI

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