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International News on January 26, 2012

Gingrich, Romney in dead heat in new Florida poll
Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich has erased the double-digit lead his GOP rival Mitt Romney once held in Florida, leaving the two candidates in a dead heat in the latest poll out of the Sunshine state. ANI

'Abducted' US aid contractor in Pak Al Qaeda affiliate's custody
A US aid contractor, who was abducted five months ago, is reportedly in the custody of a Pakistani Al Qaeda affiliate. ANI

Philippines may allow greater U.S. military presence to counter China's military rise
The Philippines is in talks with the Obama administration about expanding American military presence in the island nation, the latest in a series of strategic moves aimed at countering China's expanding presence in the region. ANI

Obama and Arizona governor have tense exchange at Arizona airport
Barack Obama and Arizona governor Jan Brewer apparently had a confrontation on Wednesday when the president touched down at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport. ANI

Egypt's revolutionaries target military
Religious and secular groups are now back on the streets of Cairo demanding the exit of the military from the corridors of power. ANI

David Cameron bangs car while reversing
David Cameron bumped his family nanny's car into a stationary vehicle while parking. ANI

Pak ranked 151 below Afghanistan in Press Freedom Index, India 131
Pakistan is ranked 151st in a global media organisation's World Press Freedom Index for 2011-12, lagging a rank behind Afghanistan, and India is ranked 131st. ANI

Pentagon to expand global drone and special operations network
The Pentagon plans to expand its global network of drones and special-operations bases to project U.S. power, while cutting back on conventional forces. ANI

Pak SC issues notices to ISI, army over death of four detainees in GHQ attack case
The Pakistan Supreme Court has issued notices to Inter-Services Intelligence chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha and army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani over the deaths of four suspects detained for allegedly attacking the General Headquarters and ISI's Hamza camp ANI

US falls 27 places in Press Freedom Index, ranks 47th: Media assessment report
Paris based press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders has presented a new assessment report on global media freedom during 2011, and interestingly, the US has fallen 27 places to rank 47th in the latest Press Freedom Index. ANI

French Elle under fire for calling Obamas first fashionable Black Americans
French Elle has been accused of racism after suggesting that the Obamas are the first African-Americans to be fashionable. ANI

x cops quizzed over suppressing Princess Diana's car crash evidence
Two leading former British policemen appeared before a French enquiry to explain why they withheld vital clues about Princess Diana's fatal car accident. ANI

UN raises concern over 'Libyan militias, detention of Gaddafi loyalists'
The United Nations has expressed concern over Libyan militias being out of control and holding thousands of people hostage at secret detention centres, even as the weak interim government struggles to assert its authority. ANI

US pursuing Pak to abandon gas purchases from Iran
The United States has confirmed that it has stepped up efforts to pursue Pakistan to abandon gas purchases from Iran. ANI

Rebekah Brooks 'overjoyed' at becoming mother to baby girl by surrogate
Former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks and her husband are 'overjoyed' at becoming parents to a baby girl by a surrogate mother. ANI

Obama skips Pak-US ties to highlight military successes in State of Union address
US President Barack Obama skipped talking about the deteriorating Indo-Pak ties, and instead, highlighted his military successes, including the killing of former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and the withdrawal of troops from Iraq in his election-year State of the Union address. ANI

Russian TV channel to broadcast Assange's talk show
A Russian state-owned television channel has brought the broadcasting rights for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's upcoming talk show. ANI

1 in 5 German youths unaware of 'Auschwitz'
Over one-fifth of young Germans have no idea about Auschwitz, which was the most infamous Nazi extermination camp, a new study has revealed. ANI

ICJ calls on Pak to respect rights of 'under threat' Haqqani
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has expressed concern over the "infringement of rights" of former envoy to the US, Husain Haqqani. ANI

Pakistani Sikhs demand Senate seat
Pakistan's Sikh community has demanded a Senate seat be reserved for their community in the upcoming elections. ANI

Panetta says 'Al Qaeda still real threat'
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said that Al Qaeda still remains a "real threat" to America despite the killing of Osama bin Laden. ANI

Gingrich promises 'permanent US moon base' if elected President
White House contender Newt Gingrich has promised to have a permanent US base on the moon by the end of his second term if he is elected as president. ANI

Exporting uranium to India will be a 'irresponsible' step, says ex-Oz PM Fraser
Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser has warned the Julia Gillard Government that its decision to allow exports of uranium to India will contribute to a global spread of nuclear weapons. ANI

Plan to publish Adolf Hitler's memoir 'Mein Kampf' put on hold
A British publisher has put on hold his plans to print excerpts of Adolf Hitler's infamous memoir 'Mein Kampf' in Germany due to the threat of legal action from the state of Bavaria. ANI

Pak's delay in taking up Nimoo-Bazgo Hydropower Project issue may benefit India
The delay by Pakistan's Indus Water Commission in approaching the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) over the construction of 45-megawatt Nimoo-Bazgo Hydropower Project may benefit India. ANI

Argentina President Cristina Kirchner resumes official duties following cancer scare
Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner has resumed her official duties after 20 days of medical leave following a cancer scare that led to the removal of her thyroid earlier this month. ANI

UK Muslim man raped women 'to teach them lesson for being out late'
A Muslim man in Britain has been jailed indefinitely for raping women at knifepoint to 'teach them a lesson' for being on the streets at night. ANI

60 pc of men seek style advice from partners before heading to work
60 percent of men consult their partners on what to wear before heading to work, a new survey has revealed. ANI

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