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International News on January 7, 2012

Asian Industry Forum urges Asian investors and students to avoid racist Britain
The Asian Industry Forum has advised its members, press and governments in the South Asian and ASEAN regions to avoid new investments in the UK due to the increasing number of attacks against people of Asian origin in the UK. ANI

Pak, Afghanistan to revive high-level joint commission meetings for Taliban peace talks
Pakistan and Afghanistan have decided to revive high-level joint commission meetings to devise strategies for holding direct negotiations with the Afghan Taliban. ANI

Michelle Obama 'clashed with White House advisers'
In the much-anticipated book about the relationship between Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, the First lady has emerged as a powerful force willing to battle the President's top aides when she believed they were steering him off course. ANI

Mobile work force will surpass 1.3b people by 2015
The mobile work force will surpass 1.3 billion people by 2015, representing 37.2 percent of the world's overall work force, according to a new report by global market intelligence and advisory service firm International Data Corp. ANI

Obama's 2008 voter base as excited for 2012 US elections as conservatives: Poll
Voters who helped US President Barack Obama win the 2008 elections are just as excited and motivated about the 2012 presidential bid as Republicans, conservatives and tea party activists, a new survey has shown. ANI

Musharraf backs Pak to have sound ties with Israel
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has backed the country to have sound ties with Israel. ANI

Duchess Kate's criminal records checked for Scouts Association
The Duchess of Cambridge had to undergo a criminal records check before she could volunteer with the Scouts Association as an occasional helper. ANI

Sarah Palin in favour of girls with guns who know their purpose
Sarah Palin has said that she stands for the girls with guns who know their purpose, referring to a teen mom who shot a man to protect her child. ANI

UN urged to help find missing Lankan human rights activists believed in military custody
Campaigners in Sri Lanka have appealed to the United Nations to intervene in the case of two human rights activists believed to have been abducted last month. ANI

UK sends most powerful warship to Gulf to combat Iran's blockade threat
Britain is sending its most formidable warship to the Persian Gulf amid threats by Iran to block the Strait of Hormuz, the world's most important oil shipping lane. ANI

US team to grill Pak authorities on terror funding, money-laundering issues on Jan 9
A US Treasury delegation will call on senior Pakistani economic managers in Islamabad on January 9 to discuss money-laundering and terrorists funding issues ANI

Movie on Imran Khan's life slated for release across Pak in February
The much-awaited film Kaptaan based on cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's life is slated to be released across Pakistan in February. ANI

PPP lawmaker accuses ISI, MI of 'controlling' Balochistan affairs
A Pakistan People's Party member, Afzal Nadeem Chan has accused Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Military Intelligence (MI) of meddling in Balochistan's affairs. ANI

Ijaz not to appear before commission meeting probing memo issue over security fears
Pakistan-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz has refused to appear before a commission meeting on January 9 in connection with the Memo Gate probe. ANI

Pak releases 179 Indian fishermen, one civilian from Karachi Jail as goodwill gesture
Pakistan has released 179 Indian fishermen and one civilian from Karachi's Landhi Jail in a goodwill New Year gesture. ANI

Sailors' team breaks world's fastest circumnavigation record
A team of sailors has broken the world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the world in any type of yacht. ANI

Air pollution 'worsens' winter smog in India
Rapid rise in air pollution from fossil fuels and biomass burning has worsened winter smog and extended its duration in many parts of South Asia including India, scientists and officials have said. ANI

Japan plans to limit nuclear reactors' life to 40 years in wake of Fukushima fallout
The Japanese government has announced it plans to introduce a new law that would limit the life of a nuclear reactor to 40 years, and require operators to plan for worst-case scenarios. ANI

Ex- Rebekah Brooks aide arrested in NOTW phone-hacking probe
British police investigating the phone-hacking scandal at the now defunct tabloid News of the World, have arrested a long-serving former assistant to Rebekah Brooks. ANI

US says militants' safe havens in Pak 'obstacle' to restoring peace in Afghanistan
The United States has said peace cannot be restored in Afghanistan unless Pakistan makes efforts to wipe out militants' safe havens in its territory. ANI

Pak rejects India's Sir Creek stand over 'encroaching its territory' claims
Pakistan has rejected India's stance on the Sir Creek estuary border dispute, saying that the country does not recognize the baseline system, which encroaches upon its territory. ANI

US navy rescues 13 Iranian fishermen held by Somali pirates
The United States Navy has rescued 13 Iranian fishermen held hostage by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea. ANI

Jamaica to abandon Queen as country's official Head of State
Portia Simpson Miller immediately after taking oath as Jamaica's New Prime Minister has vowed to abandon the Queen as her country's official Head of State. ANI

'Worried' US to monitor Haqqani's Memo probe despite it being Pak's internal affair
The US has expressed hope that Pakistan would treat former envoy Husain Haqqani with due consideration under law, and vowed to maintain regular contact with his wife, Farahnaz Ispahani. ANI

Kate's 30th birthday to be 'private, low key' family event
The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to have a 'low-key, private' birthday with her family, as she turns 30 on January 9. ANI

Eleven killed in hot air balloon crash in New Zealand
Eleven passengers were killed when a burning hot air balloon crashed to the ground near a peaceful New Zealand township on Saturday. ANI

PPP decides to conduct Pak Senate elections in mid-February
The ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and its coalition partners have decided to hold the Senate elections in mid-February. ANI

FBI redefines rape to include male victims
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is changing its long-standing definition of rape to include men and those who do not physically resist as victims. ANI

Musharraf set to announce date of return to Pak amid early election reports
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf is set to announce a date for a return to his home country ahead of early elections reports. ANI

China says US militarism in Asia could create ill will, endanger peace
The United States has been warned against "flexing its muscles" in Asia-Pacific region after President Barack Obama unveiled a defence review switching focus to the region. ANI

Two more Tibetans self-immolate in China to demand return of Dalai Lama
A Tibetan protester has reportedly burnt himself to death near a monastery in the Chinese province of Sichuan. ANI

'Disguised Indian origin biscuits' featuring koala, Oz flag banned Down Under
An Australian consumer watchdog has banned biscuits imported from India, which use logos featuring a koala, gum leaves and an Australian flag to conceal its actual place of origin. ANI

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