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International News on January 2, 2012

41 suicide attacks in Pak killed 606 people, injured over 1,000 in 2011: Report
At least 606 people were killed and over 1,000 injured in 41 suicide attacks carried out by 51 suicide bombers in Pakistan in 2011, an official report has said. ANI

Pak to challenge UN's decision of granting carbon credits to India in world court
Pakistan has decided to challenge a UN agency's decision to grant carbon credits to India on a controversial hydropower project in the international court of arbitration. ANI

Obama signs bill to freeze $700 mln aid to Pak
US President Barack Obama has signed a massive 662 billion dollars national defence authorisation bill into law, which among other sweeping measures, seeks to freeze 700 million dollars in aid to Pakistan. ANI

Zardari-Sharif likely to meet to counter growing Imran Khan electoral threat
Pakistan President and Pakistan People's Party(PPP) Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif are considering arranging a meeting to discuss a strategy to counter the growing popularity of the Pakistan Tehrik- e Insaf (PTI). ANI

Pakistani detained by Oz authorities over security threat pleads innocence
A Pakistani warehouse worker detained by the Australian authorities for allegedly being a security threat, has said he is not an extremist and pleaded for his release. ANI

Why 'self-obsessed' natural leaders fail to become good bosses
People who are naturally dominant often succeed in reaching to the top of the corporate ladder but their self-obsession and boastful arrogance makes them worst bosses, a new study has revealed. ANI

Teachers told to be careful on Facebook and Twitter
Teachers in Scotland have been warned against putting up too much information about their personal lives on Facebook and Twitter as it could endanger their careers. ANI

Roman Abramovich rings in 2012 with 'little party' costing 5m pounds
Roman Abramovich and his girlfriend threw a "little party" for 400 guests costing 5 million pounds to welcome the New Year on the island of St Barts. ANI

What does a pair of jeans worn-in and unwashed for 3 months smell like?
A Melbourne researcher has recruited 30 volunteers to see what will happen if one is made to smell a pair of jeans worn-in and unwashed for three months. ANI

Wales converts Duchess Kate into rugby fan
Duchess Kate, who is often hailed as an English rose, seems to have been converted into a keen Wales rugby fan. ANI

Men find brunettes more attractive but prefer chatting with blondes
A study led by an Indian-origin researcher has found that while men are more likely to chat up with blondes on a night out, they actually find brunettes more attractive.niversity of Westminster researchers sent a woman to three London nightclubs with her hair dyed brunette, blonde and then red, and watched how many men approached her. ANI

Gingrich says Romney would 'buy an election if he could'
Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich has launched one of his harshest attacks on rival Mitt Romney, saying the former Massachusetts governor would "buy an election if he could." ANI

Fragments of 'stranded' Phobos-Grunt may fall back to Earth
London, Jan 2 : Fragments of Russian space craft Phobos-Grunt, which got stranded in low Earth orbit while on its way to Mars last year, are expected to strike Earth next week. ANI

Romney compares Obama's promises to Kim Kardashian marriage
Washington, Jan 2 : Mitt Romney took a jibe at Obama by comparing his campaign promises to Kim Kardashian's short-lived marriage. ANI

Winston Churchill's 1923 Silver Ghost Rolls Royce restored to former glory
London, Jan 2 : After rusting away in the garbage for decades, the 1923 Silver Ghost Rolls Royce used by Sir Winston Churchill has been restored to its former glory and is now estimated to be worth a whopping 250,000 pounds. ANI

NY woman claims boss made her have abortion to avoid the sack
New York, Jan 2 : A woman from New York claims that when her boss found out she was pregnant with her third child, he gave her the choice of either undergoing aborting or losing her job, according to a federal lawsuit. ANI

'Imran's party PTI to decide on forming alliance with Musharraf based on circumstances'
Islamabad, Jan 2: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said his party will take a decision on forging an alliance with former president Pervez Musharraf after taking 'circumstances' into account. ANI

Rookie tweeter Murdoch learns pitfalls of tweets in a hurry!
Canberra, Jan 2 : Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who joined Twitter less than 48 hours ago, has quickly deleted a tweet suggesting that the British have too many holidays for a "broke country". ANI

Taliban to stop killings, kidnappings, suicide attacks in Pak to focus on US-led forces
Islamabad, Jan 2: The Afghan and Pakistani Taliban have vowed to stop targeting their own armed forces and instead focus on tackling US-led forces in Afghanistan, after orming a joint five-member Shura or council with Pakistani militant organisations. ANI

JI leader says "only bearded men and veiled women will change Pakistan's destiny"
Karachi, Jan 2: Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Munawar Hassan has said Pakistan " should prepare itself for a revolution" because people are now demanding an Islamic set-up in the country. ANI

Kim Jong-Il's elder playboy son secretly visits father's grave using fake passport
Kim-Jong-Nam, the estranged playboy son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, has made a secret visit to the country using a false passport to pay respects to his late father. ANI

Hackers may have accessed Gordon Brown's emails during his time as UK Chancellor
E-mails sent and received by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown during his time as Chancellor might have been illegally accessed, it has emerged. ANI

JUI- F leader Rehman says US-Pak ties should be based on mutual respect
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that ties between Pakistan and the US should be based on mutual respect, taking into account the national interest. ANI

Waves generated by lightning leaking out into space
Some electromagnetic waves generated by lightning flashes in Earth's atmosphere may be unpredictably leaking out into space, a new study has suggested. ANI

Bugs turned into 'tasty' lollipops, bread and biscuits in Oz
An insect breeder from Australia is encouraging everyone to try eating cuisine made of bugs. ANI

Now, new way to measure properties of Earth's magnetosphere
Scientists have now come up with a new method to compute properties of Earth's magnetosphere, the magnetic bubble that surrounds the planet. ANI

Saturn moon may cause bursts of radiation in planet's magnetosphere
Saturn's moon Enceladus may be causing periodic bursts of radiation, known as the Saturn kilometric radiation (SKR) in the planet's magnetosphere. ANI

Iran claims to have produced 'first nuclear fuel rod'
- Iran has claimed that its scientists have produced the nation's first nuclear fuel rod. ANI

Libyan militia captures Gaddafi loyalists 'trying to blow up Tripoli power grid'
A Libyan militia has captured nine supporters of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi who had been plotting to blow up Tripoli's power grid on New Year's Eve. ANI

Asma steps down as Haqqani's lawyer in Memo case
Asma Jahangir has stepped down as former Pakistan envoy Husain Haqqani's lawyer in the Memo gate scandal, expressing lack of confidence in the country's Supreme Court's judges and the judicial commission formed to probe the issue. ANI

South Korea leaves 'window of opportunity' open for better ties with North
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has said that the Korean peninsula is at a "turning point" and there are opportunities for change. ANI

Soon, anti-wrinkle cream that will 'trick' human skin cells to regenerate
A leading cosmetic company will soon be coming out with a new range of anti-ageing cream that will 'trick' human skin cells into regenerating themselves. ANI

Ed Miliband prefers 'big glasses and nasty jumpers' to designer suits
Ed Miliband, who has been criticised for being socially awkward, said in an interview that he would be much happier if he did not have to worry about his clothes. ANI

News Corp. boss Rupert Murdoch joins Twitter
The 80-year-old CEO of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, has joined the microblogging platform Twitter. ANI

French kids more disciplined as their mums display 'tough love'
French women are tougher on their children who have fewer tantrums as compared to British and American youngsters, according to a new book. ANI

'Poor, illiterate' Indians becoming 'guinea pigs' for Western drugs firms' trials
Pharmaceutical companies in the West have seized on developing countries like India over the past five years as a testing ground for drugs, where the research costs for lucrative products to be sold in the Western nations are very low. ANI

Ahmadinejad slams US' sanctions against Iran's central bank
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has condemned new US sanctions against Iran's central bank. ANI

UK man charged with Indian student Anuj Bidve's murder
A 20-year-old Briton has been charged with the murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve who was shot in the head at point-blank range a day after Christmas. ANI

Arthur D. Little announces the successful completion of its Management Buy-Out
Arthur D. Little today announces that it successfully completed its Management Buy-Out (“MBO”) with Altran Technologies on 30th December, 2011. In its 125th anniversary year, the world’s first management consulting firm has once again become a Global Private Partnership, with 100% of the ownership of the company now held by its Partners Business Wire India

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