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International News on January 13, 2012

'White Only' pool sign termed racist
An Ohio civil rights panel has termed the 'White Only' sign posted near a Cincinnati swimming pool as a 'racist' act maintaining a previous finding. ANI

70 per cent civil airports endure loses in 2011: CAAC
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has said that 135 out of 180 civil airports in China had suffered losses in 2011 and the total loss amounts to 1.68 billion Yuan. ANI

Iranian clerics blame Israel for 'murdering' nuclear scientist, calls for vengeance
Iranian clerics have demanded retribution against Israel whom they hold responsible for the assassination of top nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan. ANI

Conservatives comprise largest segment of political views in US: Survey
At least 40 percent of Americans consider themselves conservative, comprising the largest segment of political views in the country and outnumbering liberals nearly two-to-one, a new poll has found. ANI

Oz man lashed 75 times for blasphemy in Saudi Arabia recounts horror tale
A 45-year-old Australian lashed for blasphemy in Saudi Arabia has recounted his horror tale of his three- month ordeal in prison, after returning home following an unexpected royal pardon. ANI

Nikki Haley's endorsement won't help Romney win South Carolina primary: Poll
A majority of South Carolina adults think Nikki Haley's endorsement will not help Mitt Romney win the state's primary, according to a Facebook poll conducted with Politico. ANI

Strauss-Kahn says had no idea orgy girls were hookers
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has hit back at allegations he had sex with prostitutes at orgies, saying that he had no idea that they were hookers. ANI

Treatment for depression increases work productivity
People who receive treatment for depression while still working are significantly more productive than those who do not, a new study has found. ANI

Pak journalist's murder commission says ISI, IB must be made more accountable
A commission constituted by the government to investigate into the circumstances leading to the killing of investigative journalist Syed Salim Shahzad has said that the InterServices Intelligence (ISI) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) should be made more accountable within their organisations and to the parliamentary committees concerned. ANI

Indian origin Sikh arrested for murder of professor
Oxfordshire Police have arrested an Indian origin Sikh for the murder of Professor Steve Rawlings. ANI

Overtime pay for Brazil employees who answer work emails after shift
A new law in Brazil allows workers to ask for overtime pay, if they answer work emails on their smartphones after office hours. ANI

Afghan minorities back peace talks with Taliban
Prominent Afghan minorities have backed possible US-brokered peace talks with the Taliban. ANI

Ijaz blamed Army, ISI of sheltering Osama after Abbotabad raid
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz might have sought the help of the Pakistani Army for his protection during his trial in that country over the Memo Gate issue, but research into his articles and statements has revealed that he had accused the army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of protecting Osama bin Laden right after the May 2 US raid in Abbottabad. ANI

Myanmar releases 651 political prisoners as part of national reconciliation move
Myanmar has freed several prominent political prisoners, signalling a step towards national reconciliation, which is a major condition imposed by Western nations for easing sanctions on the country. ANI

Ijaz's "unaltered truth" about Memo Gate scandal could spell trouble for Zardari, Haqqani
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz has said that would fly to Pakistan to stand trial in order to reveal the "unaltered truth" about the Memo Gate issue. ANI

Call for court-martial of 'biggest classified info leak to WikiLeaks' suspect Manning
An American army officer has recommended a court-martial for an intelligence analyst, who is charged with causing the biggest leak of US' classified information to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks in the country's history. ANI

Pak parliamentarians free to initiate no-confidence motion: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has said he did not need to take a vote of confidence, adding that parliamentarians were free to initiate a no-confidence motion if they wanted. ANI

Dissident Chinese author granted permission to go on self-imposed exile to US
A Chinese dissident author, who wrote a controversial book on Premier Wen Jiabao, has gone on a self-imposed exile to the United States, after being granted permission by the authorities. ANI

'Pak Army to back judiciary over NRO spat with government'
The Pakistan Army has reportedly decided to back the Supreme Court over the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) issue, a day after releasing a hard-hitting press release against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. ANI

Cameron tips London mayor Johnson as successor inviting close pal Osborne's fury
London, Jan 13 UK Prime Minister David Cameron has tipped London Mayor Boris Johnson to succeed him, sparking close pal and Chancellor George Osborne's anger. ANI

Zardari 'not worried' about political crisis gripping Pakistan: Spokesman
A spokesman for Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that the leader has returned from Dubai and is not worried about a political crisis in the country. ANI

Ijaz quiet about 'exact date' of Pakistan visit over Memo Gate issue
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz has not yet disclosed the exact date about his visit to Pakistan, though he assured that he would be going there to testify on the Memo-Gate issue. ANI

Gilani takes on army saying not ready to become "sacrificial goat" under "dictatorship"
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said all allegations against him over the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) issue are "baseless", insisting that the ruling leaders are not in the parliament to become "sacrificial goats". ANI

Michelle Obama's twitter debut sees 100,000 followers within a few hours
Michelle Obama has made a Twitter debut, which is being seen as part of her husband's re-election campaign. ANI

'Overmanned' Gurkhas to bear burden of 5000 UK armed forces' job cuts
Gurkhas are set to bear the brunt of the 5000 jobs cuts in the UK armed forces next week, Whitehall sources have said. ANI

'Urinating' troops identified by US Marines
The US Marines have claimed that two of the four US Marines shown urinating on dead Taliban fighters in a You Tube video have been identified. ANI

Obama's presidential campaign goes trendy
In an effort to help re-elect Barack Obama in 2012, the presidential campaign has officially gone upscale and chic with fashionable items. ANI

Imagining positive and confident co-workers boosts job performance
Making up imaginary peers, who exhibit positive traits can lead to better job performance at the actual workplace, researchers say. ANI

Boredom influences a quarter of office workers to drink
Chronic boredom leads one in four office workers to potentially harmful behaviour such as bingeing on chocolate or coffee or turning to alcohol after a shift, according to a new study. ANI

Pakistan should resolve 'internal' Memo-Gate issue through dialogue: US
The United States has urged Pakistan's civil and military leadership to resolve the "memo" issue through dialogue, insisting that it is an internal matter of Islamabad. ANI

Iran finally agrees to allow IAEA team to probe alleged secret nuke operations
A U.N. nuclear agency team will visit Iran on January 28 after the country agreed for the first time to discuss allegations that it is involved in a secret operation to develop nuclear weapons. ANI

Scotland Yard to probe allegations of MI5 and MI6 abuse of two Libyan rebels
Scotland Yard has revealed that it will be conducting an inquiry into allegations that British intelligence outfits MI5 and MI6 abused two Libyan rebels. ANI

Pakistan military rubbishes coup reports over Memo Gate scandal
The Pakistan military has rubbished reports of a coup amid the recent tension over the Memo Gate scandal. ANI

Cameron ducks 'derogatory' BBC Top Gear 'India special' programme controversy
UK Prime Minister David Cameron did not like a 90 minute BBC programme on India, and has "the utmost respect" for Indians, Downing Street sources have said in the wake of the programme coming under the scanner for showing Indians in a poor light. ANI

Sarah Ferguson faces 22-year in jail over secret orphanage film
A Turkish court has charged Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, for secretly filming in a state-run orphanage. She could face 22 years in jail if convicted. ANI

Second US drone strike in two days kills six in North Waziristan
At least six people were killed and two others were injured on Thursday when an unmanned US drone fired missiles at a vehicle in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan. ANI

Zardari returns to Pakistan after cutting short Dubai visit
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has cut short his Dubai visit and returned back to Islamabad. ANI

Omron Opens Regional Head Office in India
OMRON Corporation (TOKYO:6645)(ADR:OMRNY) today announced the commencement of operations at their newly established regional head office, the "Omron Management Centre of India," in the north Indian city of Gurgaon Business Wire India

O3b Networks Dramatically Expands Service Capabilities Through Partnerships with Industry Leading Vendors
O3b Networks announced today that the company has entered into partnerships with a series of industry leading vendors who will enable the company to deliver the benefits of its ground breaking technology to customers worldwide Business Wire India

Ichthys LNG Project Achieves FID and JGC/KBR/Chiyoda Joint Venture (JKC JV) Executes Letter of Award for Initial EPC Activities for LNG Plant Facilities
KBR (NYSE:KBR), JGC Corporation (JGC) and Chiyoda Corporation (Chiyoda) jointly announced that INPEX CORPORATION and Total S.A. (the Ichthys Owners) have notified the joint venture formed by JGC, KBR and Chiyoda, the JKC JV, that the Final Investment Decision (FID) for the Ichthys LNG project has been achieved Business Wire India

9th Annual BIO Asia International Conference to Feature New Deal Models and Discuss the Future of Innovation in Asia
The BIO Asia International Conference will feature industry leaders discussing the future of the Asian biotechnology industry and new deal models between Western and Asian companies. BIO Asia is the longest running biotechnology partnering conference in Asia Business Wire India

Bridgestone Contract Renewal For ASSE
Europe’s only continent-wide sign installation and maintenance company is celebrating the second renewal of a contract with tyre company Bridgestone. Business Wire India

Covidien Appoints Mark Trudeau President of Pharmaceuticals Segment
Covidien plc (NYSE:COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced the appointment of Mark Trudeau as president of its Pharmaceuticals segment and a senior vice president of the Company, effective February 1. Business Wire India

Taro Special Committee Continues Its Evaluation of Sun Pharma’s Proposal to Acquire Taro Shares
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Taro,” Pink Sheets: TAROF) announced today that the Special Committee of its Board of Directors formed to evaluate the offer from Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Reuters: SUN Business Wire India

TEOCO Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Network Optimization Leader, Schema
TEOCO, the leading provider of Assurance and Analytics solutions to communications service providers worldwide, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Schema, a leading provider of multi-vendor RAN optimization & analysis solutions for wireless operators. Business Wire India

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