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Linguist makes use of cartoons to teach science of language in new book
A linguist who has been teaching students the complex concepts about the science of language through jokes, puns and cartoons for 20 years, has used the same approach in his new book. ANI

Royal brothers pledge support for soldier's charity
Princes William and Harry have pledged their support to a new charity for helping former servicemen and women ease back into everyday life after serving on the front line. ANI

Tony Blair's huge fortunes revealed
Tony Blair has struck a number of lucrative deals that have earned him millions of pounds, since walking out of Downing Street in June 2007. ANI

Lull in US drone strikes in Pakistan helping militant factions
A nearly two-month pause in US drone strikes in Pakistan has helped Al Qaeda and several other militant factions in the country to regroup as well as increase their attacks against allied forces in Afghanistan, analysts have said. ANI

Defence of Pakistan Council warns govt against re-opening NATO supply route
The Defence of Pakistan Council (DPC) has warned of the countrywide protests if the government re-opens the NATO supply route on its border with Afghanistan. ANI

Musharraf's wife challenges court order declaring him proclaimed offender.
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf's wife, Sehba has challenged a court order that declared him a proclaimed offender. ANI

'Ijaz to arrive in Pak to testify version of Memo scandal before judicial commission'
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz will arrive to Pakistan to testify his 'version' of the Memo Gate scandal before the judicial commission probe as and when required, his lawyer has said. ANI

Stephen Lawrence Inquiry member says police should be charged for 'racist' stop and search
Officials who abuse their powers of stop-and-search to further a racist agenda should be charged for wasting police time, a member of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry panel has said. ANI

Kim Jong Il's eldest son gives own frank account of North Korean leader in upcoming book
Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of Kim Jong Il, has given his own frank account of late North Korean leader in his upcoming book, including his reluctance to let any of his sons take power, it has emerged. ANI

Pakistan People's Party holds talks with political parties for conducting early general elections
Pakistan's People's Party has reportedly opened discussions with all political parties to hold early elections. ANI

Scottish hotel bridges language barrier through coffee shop
A Scottish hotelier has come up with the ides of using a coffee shop to help people learn a new language and meet speakers of other tongues. ANI

'Sweatworking' replaces networking in business
The US concept of networking while working out, known as sweatworking, is proving to be increasingly fashionable in the UK. ANI

97 pc of all new jobs grabbed by men in US
Men have outpaced women in getting jobs as a staggering 97 percent of all the new jobs created since the US economic recovery started in mid-2009 have gone to guys, a new study has revealed. ANI

BBC asked to axe teen sex documentary dubbed 'freak show'
The BBC is facing pressure not to air a documentary about teenage sex that it accepts is not educational. ANI

Swedish government recognises church of file sharing as religion
A 'church' whose central tenet is the right to file-share has been officially recognised as a religious group by the Swedish government. ANI

Sudanese President Bashir's offer to help disarm Libyan militias outrages rights group
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has offered help to Libya in disarming the nation's former rebel fighters. ANI

Michelle Obama's former aide claims book's allegations are exaggerated
A former top aide to First Lady Michelle Obama has refuted the suggestions made in a new book, about significant tensions between her allies in the White House and some of President Barack Obama's top political advisers. ANI

Afghan inmates 'tortured, abused' at US-run prison
The US Army has been accused of abusing and torturing Afghans held at a prison near Kabul. ANI

Hard-line Iranian media calls US Navy's rescue of fishermen 'Hollywood drama'
The hard-line Iranian media has dubbed the US Navy's rescue operation of 13 Iranian fishermen held by pirates, as 'Hollywood dramatization of a routine event,' while the government has welcomed it as a 'positive humanitarian gesture.' ANI

'Tortured' Afghan girl wants husband, in-laws behind bars
A 15-year-old Afghan girl, who was tortured, beaten and locked in a toilet for five months after she refused to become a prostitute, has said that she hopes her husband and in-laws are jailed for her abuse. ANI

Interviewers look for unobvious things in job candidates
There are key things interviewers look for in an interviewee that help them determine whether the person they are interviewing will actually be a good hire, but those things are not always obvious, an expert has claimed. ANI

Indian couple could be oldest married couple in UK
An Indian couple living in Bradford have been married for 86 years, and could be UK's oldest married couple. ANI

Scotland police under pressure to re-open case of 'racist' murder of Indian man
Following the sentencing of two men for the racist killing of Stephen Lawrence, the Scotland police is facing growing pressure to re-investigate the murder case of an Indian man who was stabbed to death in an apparent race-related murder in 1998. ANI

Indian kindergartener honoured for anti-smoking campaign in Dubai
A five-year-old Indian origin boy has been honoured by Public Health and Safety Department of Dubai Municipality for his efforts towards anti-smoking campaign. ANI

Argentina President Cristina Kirchner 'never had cancer' post op tests reveal
Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner is not suffering from cancer as initially believed, her spokesman has said. ANI

Egypt's Islamists sweep third round of parliamentary elections
Egypt's Islamists parties have secured a majority of seats in the third round of the nation's landmark parliamentary elections. ANI

Senior Pak lawyer says Musharraf will be arrested from airport on his return
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf will be arrested from the airport when he returns to the country, a senior lawyer has said. ANI

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