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Hindi introduced in Pennsylvania school district
A school district in Pennsylvania (USA) is offering Hindi, the official language of India, to its pupils from the next semester. ANI

Chicago NBC removes "objectionable" content after Hindus protest
NBC Chicago (USA) television station removed from its website within few hours the content which Hindus considered "inappropriate" as it labelled their deities "weird". ANI

Most of Americans want to give whole of Congress the boot: Poll
A new poll has revealed that if given a chance then a majority of American citizens would like to vote out every single member of the US Congress. ANI

Two Iranian bloggers to be executed for 'spreading corruption' in crackdown ahead of elections
Two Iranian bloggers will be executed for 'spreading corruption' - in the crackdown on the freedom of expression ahead of the parliamentary elections. ANI

Carl Bildt faces flak for 'Davos dinner to discuss global hunger' tweet
Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt has sparked ridicule for a tweet saying that he was looking forward to an elite Davos dinner to discuss "global hunger". ANI

US to deploy 'mothership' in Middle East amid tensions with Iran
The US Navy is converting an aging warship into a makeshift staging base for the commando teams in the Middle East amid escalating tensions with Iran, al-Qaeda in Yemen and Somali pirates and other threats ANI

'Only Panetta urged Obama to give go-ahead for Bin Laden Abbottabad raid'
US Defence Secretary and former CIA chief Leon Panetta was the only member of the inner circle who had urged President Obama to give a go-ahead to the Navy Seals raid on former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's compound, Vice President Joe Biden has claimed. ANI

Russian man denies Microsoft's botnet creating accusation
A Russian man accused by Microsoft of being the alleged operator of a huge botnet attack, has insisted that he is innocent. ANI

Archbishop of York calls Cameron's go-ahead to homosexual marriages 'dictatorial'
The second senior most cleric in the Church of England has warned that British Prime Minister David Cameron will be acting like a "dictator" if he legalises homosexual marriages. ANI

Stephen Lawrence's mother says UK government 'doing too little to fight racism'
The mother of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence has criticised the UK government for not doing enough to fight racism. ANI

'UK military's 'amateurish' Afghan campaign failed to learn lesson of Iraq War'
Britain's Chief of the Defence Staff has slammed the Afghan campaign as "amateurish" and "verging on the complacent" and accused the country of failing to learn lessons from the Iraq War. ANI

'Terrible' WikiLeaks scandal spurs massive US intelligence reform
The WikiLeaks disclosure of hundreds of thousands of American documents was such a 'terrible event', that it spurred an overall change in the way the nation will handle its classified information, the man in charge of the US' intelligence gathering has said. ANI

'Better President' Obama desperate to win reelection having learnt from 'every hour every day' mistakes
US President Barack Obama has said he wants to win the reelection "badly," insisting that he has proved himself to be a better leader now than when he began his stint, by learning from his mistakes that he committed "every hour, every day". ANI

Obama boosts Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together' sales by 490pc
Al Green's 1972 hit number 'Let's Stay Together' has shot up sales by 490 percent, after a video showing President Obama singing a few bars of the track at a fundraiser surfaced last week. ANI

GOP candidate Ron Paul signed off on racist 90s newsletters
Ron Paul, who is a well known as a physician, congressman and libertarian, has also been a businessman who pursued a marketing strategy that included publishing provocative, racially charged newsletters to make money and spread his ideas. ANI

China denies nuclear accident reports
China has denied that it has become the latest country to experience a nuclear accident, after reports emerged that it was forced to shut down its newest nuclear reactor last year. ANI

Gilani wants BBC World News back on air in Pakistan
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said he wants to see BBC World News back on cable television in his country after the recent ban. ANI

Pak family broke "every rule in book" to exploit UK lax immigration controls for benefits
A Pakistani family of five reportedly broke "every rule in the book" to exploit Britain's lax immigration controls and defraud taxpayers out of thousands. ANI

Over six in ten high-profile terror suspects acquitted in Pak in 2011
Sixty-three percent (282) of 447 high-profile terrorism cases that had been tried, were acquitted by anti-terrorism courts (ATCs) in Pakistan's Punjab state in 2011. ANI

Islamist group Boko Haram vows to 'continue violence' until Nigeria establishes sharia law
Nigeria's Islamist group Boko Haram, which has killed almost 1,000 people in the country, has vowed to continue its campaign of violence until the nation reverts to sharia law. ANI

Video of Brit student dancing n*ked in nightclub goes viral
A University student in Britain has been left embarrassed after a video of her dancing n*ked in an inflatable paddling pool at a nightclub went viral on the internet. ANI

Send Newt Gingrich to moon, says John McCain
While campaigning for Mitt Romney, John McCain took a swipe at fellow Republican Newt Gingrich with a space related joke. ANI

'Barefoot Bandit' sentenced to further 6 1/2 yrs in prison for committing slew of crimes
A US man dubbed the 'Barefoot Bandit' has been sentenced to a further six and a half years in prison for committing a series of crimes across the country. ANI

Facebook image showing T-shirt with Obama's bullet-ridden face under probe
The Secret Service has launched a probe into an incident involving a Facebook picture showing armed young men holding a T-shirt that depicts US President Barack Obama's face covered in what appear to be bullet holes. ANI

Pak Christian activist fears for life for taking legal action against police over religious remarks
A Christian human rights activist in Pakistan has expressed fears that he could be targeted by the police for initiating legal proceedings against them for making derogatory remarks about his religion. ANI

NASA's new mission to find Pluto's rings may prove to be dangerous
Scientists from NASA's New Horizons Pluto flyby mission are beginning to sweat as the planet's rings, which have not been seen yet due to its great distance, are expected to be a little more dangerous than exciting. ANI

Cuddles and cup of tea 'strengthen marriage bond'
Little things like a cuddle and a cup of tea in bed keep the spark in a relationship alive, a new poll has found. ANI

Uzbekistan cancels Valentine's Day
Uzbekistan has cancelled the celebration of Valentine's Day in the country, describing it as the result of "forces with evil goals bent on putting an end to national values." ANI

Healthy Pak-US ties needed to ensure peace, stability in region: Sherry Rehman
Pakistani Ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman has said the country's ties with Washington should be bilateral and not unilateral, insisting that Pakistan should be given its justified status. ANI

Pak 'not sidelined' on Taliban peace talks: US
The United States has said it is not sidelining Pakistan from peace talks with the Taliban, insisting that the South Asian country has an important role to play in the Afghan reconciliation process. ANI

Pak yet to inform India about exact visit date for Mumbai terror attack probe
Despite a lapse of about two weeks, Islamabad has not replied to the Indian government's letter about the Pakistani officials' exact date of visiting India to record their statements in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack probe. ANI

Duchess Kate is now 'Hat Person of the Year'
The Duchess of Cambridge has been given the title of 'Hat Person of the Year' by the Headwear Association. ANI

Moral imagination 'may help overcome work related stigmas'
Moral imagination is a necessary faculty for workers who must overcome the stigmas of ethical conflicts and social rejection associated with certain types of jobs, a new study has revealed. ANI

Panetta publicly acknowledges for first time Pak knew about Osama hideout
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has publicly said for the first time that Pakistan must have been aware about former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad hideout. ANI

Costa Concordia owner offers $14,460 as compensation to each survivor
The owner of Costa Concordia has offered a flat 14,460 dollars in compensation to all uninjured survivors aboard its cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast two weeks ago. ANI

Migrant workers filling gaps left by 'lazy' Aussies in 'menial low paid' service sector
A new underclass is developing in Australia, with a gamut of professional services in the service sector being managed by migrant workers, including Indians. ANI

Gilani says he's ready to be imprisoned if SC wants
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said he is ready to go to prison if the Supreme Court wants. ANI

Musharraf would "certainly be arrested" on arrival in Pakistan: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said former President Pervez Musharraf would "certainly be arrested" if he returns to the country. ANI

Obama's Indian origin technology czar Aneesh Chopra to leave White House
Obama's Indian origin first U.S. chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra is leaving the White House, an administration official has said. ANI

Musharraf 'postpones' his return to Pakistan till government-SC spat 'cools'
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has decided to postpone his return to Pakistan, one of his aides has said. ANI

Another Tibetan shot dead by Chinese police forces
Another Tibetan protestor has been killed in China's southwestern Sichuan province after security forces opened fired on thousands of demonstrators. ANI

Iran to restart nuke talks with IAEA
Iran will restart talks with a team of the United Nation's nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a bid to allay their suspicions of a covert weapons programme. ANI

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