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International News on January 1, 2012

PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif vows to make Pak strong economic power
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has vowed to make the country a strong economic power. ANI

Iran backs off threat to close key oil route Strait of Hormuz
Iran has backed down from its earlier threats to block the strategic oil route through the Strait of Hormuz, with the nation's Revolutionary Guard commander calling it a 'discussion of the past.' ANI

British MPs refuse to eat halal meat
British Muslim MPs and peers have been told that they cannot have meat slaughtered in line with Islamic tradition as the method that involves slitting an animal's throat without first stunning it, is offensive to many of their non-Muslim colleagues. ANI

Gingrich says he 'would consider Palin as running mate'
Former House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich has said that he would consider former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate for the 2012 election. ANI

Royal names top 2011's newborn baby list
Royal names including William and Harry have topped the list of most popular names for newborn baby boys for 2011. ANI

Pak Govt has 'excellent relations' with army: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Gilani has said the government has 'excellent relations' with the army. ANI

6 steps to prevent champagne cork from shooting your eye
Scientists led by an Indian-origin researcher have found that popping champagne cork incorrectly can cause serious eye injuries, which may even lead to blindness. ANI

US suspends all kinds of financial aid to Pak without prior information: Foreign Office
The US has suspended all kinds of financial assistance to Pakistan without any prior information, Pakistan's Foreign Office (FO) sources have said. ANI

Imran Khan vows to transform Pak as Islamic social welfare state
Pakistan Tehrik-e Insaaf Chairperson Imran Khan has vowed to transform the country into a real Islamic social welfare state, as envisioned by former leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah. ANI

Hindu statesman Zed welcomed at Darul Uloom Islamic University
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed was welcomed at Darul Uloom Deoband (Uttar Pradesh, India), a highly respected religious and academic center of the Islamic world. ANI

Afghan woman cuts off father-in-law's penis
An Afghan woman cut off her father-in-law's pe**s with a knife when he made sexual advances on her, a doctor said. ANI

Pak to assume seat today as non-permanent member of UN Security Council
Pakistan will assume a seat today in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as a non-permanent member for two years. ANI

Karzai welcomes US' 'Taliban not our enemies' remarks
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has welcomed US Vice President Joe Biden's remarks that Taliban insurgents are not America's enemies. ANI

'Jihadi kidnappings' on rise in Pakistan
At least five of over a hundred kidnappings in Pakistan in 2011 have been committed by "jihadi" groups, an increase from just one or two last year, according to a report. ANI

North Korea vows to defend Kim Jong Un 'unto death'
North Korea has pledged that the nation's army, ruling party and people will become "human shields" to defend Kim Jong Il's son and successor Kim Jong Un "unto death". ANI

PML-N chief Nawaz Sahrif vows to bring make Pak strong economic power
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has vowed to make the country a strong economic power. ANI

Workers relate bosses to holiday movie characters
Nearly 20 percent of employees admit that their boss is well liked and always willing to help others, just like the mild-mannered George Bailey of the classic 'It's a Wonderful Life,' according to a new poll. ANI

US man charged for using fake $1m bill
A man from Lexington, US, has been arrested after he tried to use a fake 1 million-dollar bill to pay for his purchases at a store. ANI

Romney leads in latest Iowa GOP poll
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney edged Texas Representative Ron Paul in a crucial indicator of voters' preferences with just three days left before the Iowa caucuses, according to a new poll. ANI

Malaysian wins Miss Tourism International 2011
Aileen Gabriella Robinson, daughter of a part Indian-part Chinese mother and an English father, became the first Malaysian to win the Miss Tourism International 2011 crown. ANI

Ex-Oz PM signed off on secret US plan to fire missiles at Australia, documents reveal
Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser signed off on a secret US plan to test MX missiles by firing them from California to the coast of Australia, it has emerged. ANI

Twitter crashes after being overloaded with New Year messages
Micro blogging site Twitter crashed yesterday after being overloaded with New Year messages. ANI

Murdered Indian student Anuj Bidve's parents speak about devastation at losing their son
The family of murdered Indian student Anuj Bidve, has revealed their devastation at losing him, and told how they emortgaged their home so that their son could study micro-electronics at Lancaster University. ANI

Wills-Kat spend New Year in £3000 reindeer herders' tent
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge spent their first New Year as a married couple in a grand tent that cost 3000 pounds to set up. ANI

Duchess Kate welcomes 2012 with parents and in-laws at Birkhall
Duchess Kate saw in 2012 with her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and her royal in-laws at Birkhall, the 53,000-acre estate on Royal Deeside. ANI

Afghan child bride 'locked in toilet, tortured' by in-laws for refusing to work as prostitute
A 15-year-old Afghan girl was brutally tortured, beaten and locked in a toilet by her in-laws for five months after she refused to become a prostitute, it has emerged. ANI

NASA's first Grail twin enters Moon orbit
The first of two NASA's Grail gravity twins has entered the orbit around the Moon. ANI

Iran delays missile test, ready to resume nuke talks
A senior Iranian navy commander has denied the country has already test-fired long-range missiles as part of military exercises in the Persian Gulf, but said it would do so in the next few days. ANI

Indian student Anuj Bidve's murderer 'laughed' as he fled
The killer of Indian student Anuj Bidve, shot dead at point-blank range in the UK, allegedly laughed as he collapsed with a gun wound to his head. ANI

UK police flying to India to meet murdered Indian student Anuj Bidve's family
British police officers are to fly to India to meet the family of 23-year-old murder victim Anuj Bidve who was shot in the head in Manchester. ANI

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