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Banned terrorist outfits' activities will be hard to stop until Pak Army stops supporting them: Editorial
The activities of banned terrorist outfits will definitely be a humongous task to stop because they were allegedly created and nurtured by Pakistan's military, an editorial has claimed. ANI

Gilani to travel to Qatar over Taliban office set up talks
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will travel to Qatar on Monday for talks on the Taliban's plans to set up a representative office in the Gulf state, Pakistani officials have said. aliban leaders had said last month the insurgent movement plans to set up an office in Qatar, a U.S. ally, as part of a fragile peace process. ANI

US plans to keep special forces in Afghanistan after NATO mission ends in 2014
The United States has planned to keep its Special Operations forces, which hunt insurgent leaders and train local troops in Afghanistan, despite its decision to end the NATO mission in the war-torn nation in late 2014. ANI

Duchess Kate ready to go solo following Queen's royal lessons
The Duchess of Cambridge is being offered a series of "training sessions" by the Queen of England herself, to enable her to take on solo engagements that are coming her way. ANI

US congressmen want US citizenship for Pak doc who aided CIA to track Osama
A group of congressmen has sought the US citizenship for jailed Pakistani doctor Shakeel Afridi, who helped the CIA track down and kill former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden last year in his Abbottabad hideout. ANI

Minister says he was breathtaken when he saw Kate
The clergyman who married the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has revealed that he had his breath taken away when Kate appeared at the Great West Door. ANI

Imran Khan planning to discuss "grave concern" Balochistan issue with leaders
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said the Balochistan issue is a "grave concern", adding that he is planning to talk to Baloch leaders - even those in exile over the issue. ANI

TV channels declare Romney winner of Nevada US prez caucus
Former Massachusetts governor and the 2012 White House contender Mitt Romney secured his third victory of the GOP primary season, as television networks declared him the winner of Nevada's first-in-the-West presidential caucus. ANI

Chinese minister says rise of Asia signals 'greater balance in international power structure'
China's Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun has said that the rise of Asia represents greater balance in the international power structure. ANI

Hate cleric Anjem Choudary pictured with London Stock Exchange bomb plotter
London based hate cleric Anjem Choudary has been photographed with one of the terrorists who recently pleaded guilty to plotting to blow up the London Stock Exchange. ANI

US should suspend military aid to Egypt until establishment of civilian government: Article
The US should suspend military assistance to Egypt until the civilian government is established because such a step "could help Egypt avoid decades of the violence, terrorism and cloak-and-dagger politics that continue to plague Pakistan," an article in a daily has said. ANI

Appeal to suspend Pak SC contempt charges against Gilani to be filed soon
An intra-court appeal requesting Pakistan's Supreme Court to suspend its decision of framing contempt charges against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is expected to be filed in a couple of days. ANI

China plans to carry out safety overhaul of high-speed trains
China is planning to carry out a special campaign to check safety issues of high-speed trains this year. ANI

Muslim Brotherhood official calls on West to provide financial aid, diplomatic support to Egypt
Egypt is on the brink of political and economic collapse and the West has an obligation to sustain the country with financial aid and diplomatic support, a senior Muslim Brotherhood official has warned. ANI

Hollywood biggies shelled out for Obama's campaign
Hollywood A-listers Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith and Melanie Griffith opened their wallets for President Barack Obama's campaign in the last three months of 2011, according to federal filings released earlier this week. ANI

Secret contents of Queen's handbag revealed
For years, people have debated if Queen Elizabeth II carries cash in her ubiquitous handbag. ANI

Canada, US imams issue fatwa declaring honour killings, domestic violence 'un-Islamic'
Imams across Canada and the United States have issued a moral ruling condemning honour killings, domestic violence and misogyny as "un-Islamic." ANI

Afghan Taliban deny Mullah Omar 'sent letter to Obama indicating interest in peace talks'
The Afghan Taliban has denied that the group' leader Mullah Omar wrote any letter to US President Barack Obama, indicating an interest to initiate peace talks. ANI

UN report says Afghan civilian death toll rises for fifth year in row
A UN report has claimed that the number of civilians killed and injured in the Afghan conflict has risen for the fifth year in a row. ANI

Fidel Castro launches 2-volume memoir
Fidel Castro presented his two-volume memoir called 'Guerrilla of Time' in a rare appearance shown on Cuba's state television on Saturday. ANI

Zardari says Pak will extend 'political-moral support' to settle Kashmir issue peacefully
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has assured that his government would continue to extend its fullest political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris to help settle the Kashmir dispute peacefully. ANI

New videos of police's role in Andaman's human safari scandal surface
Two videos have revealed the role of Indian police personnel in the human safari scandal in the Andaman Islands. ANI

UK govt. facing 'grave political embarrassment' over not needed 'peanuts' aid to India
The UK government is facing 'grave political embarrassment' after it emerged that India rejected around 280 million pounds in aid from Britain, calling it 'peanuts' and wanted to "voluntarily" give it up. ANI

India-Fest 2012 attracts thousands in Abu Dhabi
Over 15,000 people were present on the first two days of the India Fest 2012, showcasing India's cultural diversity alongwith its cuisine, in Abu Dhabi. ANI

Pak hardline party submits Bill in parliament seeking clipping of intelligence agencies' draconian powers
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) senators have reportedly submitted a bill in Pakistan's Upper House of Parliament, seeking a reduction in powers of ntelligence agencies regarding preventive detention. ANI

JUI-F chief urges India, Pakistan to resolve Kashmir issue through dialogue
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has urged India to withdraw its 'unfinished agenda' in Kashmir, and to renew talks with Pakistan afresh to resolve the decades old dispute. ANI

Syria's release of July 7 London bombings mastermind 'warning' to West?
Syrian authorities have reportedly released the alleged terrorist mastermind behind the July 7 London bombings, that killed 52 people and injured over 700 in 2005. ANI

Russia, China veto UN resolution demanding Syrian President Assad to step down
Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down in the wake of his government's deadly crackdown on protestors. ANI

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