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International News on January 6, 2012

Australia, New Zealand top global illicit drug use
Australia and New Zealand are the highest users of cannabis in the world, with up to 15 per cent of 15 to 64-year-olds having used the drug at least once in the past year, a study has found. ANI

RM500 fine for man who divorced wife in car
A man in Malaysia was fined RM500 by the Syariah Court for divorcing his wife inside a car. ANI

Ladies-only buses launched in Lahore to save women from sexual harassment
A company has rolled out a women-only bus service in Lahore, Pakistan. ANI

Coming soon: Robot farm to boost agriculture in tsunami-devastated areas of Japan
The Japanese Government is planning to launch a robot farm as part of an experimental project on the land, which was devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. ANI

Panetta dubs 'cyber warfare' US' biggest security threat
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has cited cyber warfare as the biggest security threat because it can severely hit the country's financial system. ANI

PPP sticks to 'immunity' stance on money- laundering case against Zardari
The Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) has reaffirmed that the government cannot write a letter to Swiss authorities for seeking the re-opening of the money laundering case against President Asif Ali Zardari due to the immunity enjoyed by him in his presidential tenure. ANI

Shashi Tharoor dubs Pak military as 'key hurdle' to peaceful Indo-Pak ties
Indian Member of Parliament Dr Shashi Tharoor has dubbed the Pakistan's military establishment as the 'main hurdle' in ensuring peaceful Indo-Pak ties. ANI

'Money laundering case against Zardari cannot be re-opened due to immunity'
The money-laundering case pending against Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in Switzerland cannot be re-opened even on Pakistan's insistence, sources have said. ANI

Colourful food fare may help boost appetite of fussy eaters
Parents of picky eaters can encourage their children to eat more nutritionally diverse diets by introducing more colour to their meals, a new study has found. ANI

Classified Laden film leak by Obama administration claims being probed
Claims made by a Republican politician that confidential information regarding the killing of notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden had been disclosed to Oscar winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, are now being probed by the US military and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). ANI

Munter rules out ex US security advisor Jones' visit to Pak for Memo Gate probe
US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said that former US national security adviser General (retd) James Jones has no intention to visit Pakistan to record his statements in the ongoing Memo Gate probe. ANI

Three US senators express concerns over Haqqani's treatment in Pak amid Memo probe
American senators John McCain, Joseph Lieberman and Mark Kirk have expressed concerns over the treatment meted out to former Pakistan ambassador Husain Haqqani since he has returned to his home country in the wake of the Memo Gate probe. ANI

Wills-Kate's Kensington palace security secrets revealed
Security plans for Prince William and Kate's new home have been made public, raising doubt on their safety. ANI

Hitler may have been saved from drowning by priest when he was 4
A four year-old boy, who was saved by a future priest from drowning in an icy river, has surfaced in a German archive and historians believe it could have been Adolf Hitler. ANI

British Red Cross doctor abducted at gunpoint in Quetta
The Quetta police have confirmed the abduction at gunpoint of British doctor Khalil Ahmad Dale, who had been working with the International Committee of the Red Cross. ANI

New US 'lean-mean' defence strategy cuts expenditure, focuses on China
The United States has revealed a major strategic review that will cut its defence expenditures to a big extent over the next decade. ANI

Karzai demands US hand over Bagram Air Base alongwith prisoners to Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has demanded that the United States hand over its detention centre at Bagram Air Base to his country within a month, along with all detained prisoners. ANI

MP apologises for tweeting 'white people love playing divide and rule'
Shadow health minister Diane Abbott has apologised after a comment she posted online sparked a race row. ANI

Titanic artifacts appraised at $89m to be auctioned
More than 5,000 artifacts plucked from the debris of the passenger liner RMS Titanic that have been appraised at 189 million dollars will be sold at an auction in one chunk. ANI

Prosecutors want death sentence for Mubarak over 'mass killings' in Egyptian uprising
The prosecution team has demanded the death sentence for former Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak on charges of killing thousands of protestors during the uprising against his 30- year rule in the country. ANI

China vows to continue supporting 'all weather friend' Pak's sovereignty, independence
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has stressed that his country will continue supporting Pakistan's efforts to maintain its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and aid its economic growth. ANI

The Panasonic 2012 World Heritage Calendar Released in Online Version
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre and Panasonic (NYSE:PC)(TOKYO:6752) have released an online version of the 2012 World Heritage Calendar in five languages. It is available as a website, a wallpaper, or as a stand-alone application that can be downloaded. Business Wire India

KBR to Perform Simulation Study for Matix Fertilizers and Chemicals, Panagarh Fertilizer Plant in West Bengal, India
KBR (NYSE: KBR) today announced that it was awarded a contract by Matix Fertilizers and Chemicals, Ltd., to perform a dynamic simulation study for the complete steam system at its grassroots Panagarh Fertilizer Complex in West Bengal, India Business Wire India

Covidien Completes Acquisition of BÂRRX Medical, Inc.
Covidien plc (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of BÂRRX Medical, Inc., for an aggregate consideration of approximately $325 million, net of cash and short-term investments acquired. Business Wire India

Panasonic LIVE @ CES, An Interactive Broadcast, Connects Enthusiasts Around the World to Live Action From International Consumer Electronics Show 2012
Panasonic (NYSE:PC) (TOKYO:6752) (@PanasonicEvents) is pleased to announce that the company will host a global interactive video stream broadcast, Panasonic LIVE @ CES, during the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 10-11 from Panasonic’s booth (#9405) at the Las Vegas Convention Center Business Wire India

iForex Trading Platform Extends Its Reach to the Asian Market
Forex trading platform and CFD provider has today announced its continued movements into the Asian forex market Business Wire India

Hilton HHonors Launches More Points Promotion
Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, announces its More Points global promotion Business Wire India

Dick Bromley Named Group Vice President, Northern California, Pacific Northwest and Asia-Pacific Region
Dick Bromley, who played a key role in Business Wire's emergence as one of Europe's leading commercial news services during a decade of explosive growth, will relocate to the United States to become group vice president, Northern California, Pacific Northwest, and Asia Pacific region, Gregg Castano, company president, announced today. Business Wire India

GT Advanced Technologies Announces Two New Orders Totaling $66.5 Million for Silane and TCS Production Equipment and Technology
GT Advanced Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: GTAT), today announced that it has received an order for Silane production equipment and technology from SMP Ltd. a joint venture between Samsung Fine Chemicals and MEMC Singapore, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials (collectively referred to as “MEMC”) Business Wire India

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