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Pak Army's dual war on terror policy may lead to break down of ties with US: Editorial
Pakistan military establishment's history of following a dual policy on the war on terror may lead to a complete break down of ties with the US 'sooner or later', a Daily Times editorial has said. ANI

US online ad spending to surpass print in 2012
US online advertising spending is likely to surpass total advertising spending in print newspapers and magazines this year, a report has revealed. ANI

Ijaz to reveal truth in Pak about Memo Gate scandal
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz has said he would reveal the truth about the Memo Gate scandal, irrespective of "who's behind them". ANI

UK judge orders NOTW executives' computers search over 'cover-up' of email hacking
A British judge has ordered a search of News of the World executives' computers in the wake of claims that the company deleted emails which could have shown its journalists' participation in phone hacking. ANI

Zardari, Kayani agree to keep NATO supplies blocked till parliament's decision
Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kiyani has told President Asif Ali Zardari to keep NATO supplies blocked till parliament takes a decision on it. ANI

France planning to unveil œ180 million Napoleon theme park by 2017
The French Government is planning to build a theme park in honour of former dictator Napoleon Bonaparte, which will stage daily re-enactments of the battles of Waterloo and Trafalgar. ANI

Mussharaf govt. pushed Iran to abandon nuke-weapons programme: Secret US cables
Former Pakistan President Pervez Mussharaf's government pushed Iran to abandon their nuclear-weapons programme to stop another Muslim country from achieving that status, secret American cables have revealed. ANI

Grossman arrives in Afghanistan for talks with Karzai
US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman arrived in Kabul on Saturday for talks with President Hamid Karzai on preliminary peace negotiations with the Taliban. ANI

Gilani rejects opposition's early call for polls
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has turned down demands of the opposition to hold early election, saying that polls would be held at their proper time. ANI

'Sexual assault, use of child pornography and suicide rampant in Australian military'
The Australian Defence Department has released 116 documents that reveal several unreported incidents of sexual assault, use of child pornography and suicide in the military. ANI

Aborigines plan 1972-style street protests on Australia Day to demand sovereignty
Aborigines are planning to launch a street protest on the Australia Day similar to the 1972 demonstrations that led to the formation of a Canberra Tent embassy, to demand sovereignty, a top body representing the country's indigenous population has warned. ANI

Moldovan ballet dancer denies being Costa Concordia captain's lover
A Moldovan ballet dancer, who was allegedly dining with the captain of Costa Concordia on the night the Italian luxury cruise ship capsized, has denied claims that she was his lover. ANI

Gingrich's ex-wife says 'open marriage story is the truth'
Newt Gingrich's ex-wife Marianne has rebutted Gingrich's denial that he had sought an "open marriage" insisting "my story is the truth." ANI

Pak senators concerned over foreign intelligence network's existence in country
Pakistan senators have expressed concern over the existence of a foreign intelligence network in the country. ANI

UK Muslim men jailed for seven years for distributing 'gay death penalty' flyers
A group of Muslim men in Britain have been jailed for seven years for inciting hatred after distributing flyers that called for gay people to be hanged, stoned and burned as punishment. ANI

Capsized Italian cruise ship owner faces class-action lawsuit in US
Carnival Cruises, the company operating the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia that ran aground off Italian coast, is facing a class-action lawsuit in the United States. ANI

Putin promises to review football stadium beer ban
Vladamir Putin has pleased football fans by promising a review of the current ban on the sale of beer at Russian football stadiums. ANI

Sun helping to 'scrub' space trash from orbit
Scientists say the sun that threatens the safety of multi-million dollar satellite systems has the wonderful side effect of helping mankind with an increasingly pressing problem: the specter of space junk. ANI

Accelerated infant growth ups asthma risk in kids
Accelerated weight gain from birth to 3 months, but not fetal growth, increases risk of asthma symptoms in young children, researchers have warned. ANI

Meet UK's most romantic man who gave wife flowers every week for 70 yrs
Britain's most romantic man, who is a World War II veteran, has attributed the success of his marriage to buying his wife flowers every week for 70 years. ANI

Prosecutors appeal against Malaysian opposition leader Anwar's acquittal in sodomy case
A Malaysian High Court has been moved by the prosecution to appeal against Opposition Leader Seri Anwar Ibrahim's acquittal on sodomy charges due to lack of evidence ANI

Primary school children as young as 7 licensed to use shotguns in UK
On the day the MPs are due to debate a possible ban on shotguns for children, figures have revealed that hundreds of primary school-age children have been granted licences over the past three years. ANI

Costa Concordia: Parent firm announces safety review
Carnival Cruises, the parent company of the ship Costa Concordia that toppled over near an Italian island, has announced a safety review for their entire fleet. ANI

Former Gaddafi spokesman reportedly captured
A former spokesman for the Gaddafi regime, Moussa Ibrahim, has been captured in Libya, according to reports. ANI

'Fourth civilian facing court martial under Pak Army Act for GHQ attack dies mysteriously'
A fourth civilian facing a court martial under the Pakistan Army Act on charges of attacking the GHQ and ISI Hamza camp died mysteriously on Friday, a brother of the deceased has claimed. ANI

Duchess Kate leaves for Mustique family holiday sans Prince William
The Duchess of Cambridge has jetted off to the Caribbean holiday spot of Mustique for some quality time with her family, including sister Pippa. ANI

'Senior Al-Qaeda commander killed in Pak drone strike had planned to attack West'
A senior Al Qaeda commander killed last week had been living for four years in Manchester and was plotting to launch attacks on the West. ANI

US to give Pak adequate time to resume dialogue to rectify soured ties: State Department
US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland has said that Washington wanted to grant Islamabad appropriate time for dialogue, with the intention of resolving issues affecting both the countries. ANI

T-shirts with Costa Concordia harbour master's 'get back on board damn it' order big hit in Italy
An Italian coast guard official who repeatedly ordered the Costa Concordia captain to get back on the sinking vessel, has been hailed as a national hero with his "get back on board damn it!" order being printed on T-shits and selling online across the country. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's 'free woman' wife defends decision to stand by him during sex scandals
Anne Sinclair, the wife of shamed International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has blasted critics who slammed her for standing by her spouse during a series of sex scandals, insisting she 'is a free woman' to make her own decisions. ANI

Over 6 in 10 Americans may vote for third party candidate
Sixty-eight percent of American voters have said that they would "definitely vote for" or "consider voting for" a third-party candidate whom they agreed with on most issues. ANI

Mansoor Ijaz says has US 'support' for Pak visit over Memo Gate issue
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, the key person in the Memo Gate scandal, has said he had now been assured by the US government of its support during his upcoming visit to Pakistan. ANI

Musharraf calls for unification of all Muslim League factions under APML
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has called for the unification of all Muslim League factions under the umbrella of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML). ANI

'Resurgent' Gingrich warns of upsetting Romney's apple cart in South Carolina primary
White House contender Newt Gingrich has warned of turning his popularity into a surprise victory in the South Carolina's Republican presidential primary. ANI

Pak govt. will implement all court decisions: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said the Pakistan People's Party-led government respected the judiciary, and that all its decisions would be implemented. ANI

'Connected TVs to become norm by 2015'
Connected televisions are expected to become the norm for the majority of customers by 2015, a new report has predicted. ANI

US preparing to close embassy in Syria amid worsening security conditions
The United States is preparing to shut down its embassy in Syria in the wake of the deteriorating security situation in Damascus, senior State Department officials have said. ANI

Employees' 10 most 'outrageous' excuses for coming in late
Employees tend to be extremely creative when it comes to giving excuses for being late for work, researchers say. ANI

Pakistan to allow US military trainers to return, with stipulations
U.S. military trainers would reportedly be invited back into Pakistan "as early as April or May," but the nation has ruled out allowing CIA drones back into the country. ANI

Ballet dancer says 'hero' Costa Concordia Captain 'saved at least 3000 lives'
A ballet dancer, who was on board the Costa Concordia that ran aground off the Italian coast last week, has come forward to support the captain of the capsized luxury cruise ship, saying he saved at least 3000 lives. ANI

Indian schools in Oman plan infrastructure expansion to meet growing admission demands
Indian schools in Oman have planned a massive infrastructure expansion to meet the increasing demand for admissions. ANI

Costa Concordia chaplain says captain 'cried like a baby' after crash
The captain of the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia that ran aground off the Italian coast, 'cried like a baby' as he hugged its chaplain hours after the crash. ANI

Gaddafi's secret stockpile of chemical weapons discovered in south -east Libya
Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi did have an undeclared stockpile of chemical weapons, international inspectors have confirmed. ANI

Iran cracks down on 'un-Islamic' Barbie doll sales
Iranian police have shut down toy shops for selling Barbie dolls as a part of an ongoing campaign against the spread of Western decadence in the country. ANI

Pakistani Taliban leader Mehsud 'alive and safe' in N. Waziristan: Sources
Hakimullah Mehsud, the top militant commander of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), is still alive and safe at some unknown location of North Waziristan, sources have claimed. ANI

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