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International News on January 9, 2012

Pak man docked for sending blasphemous SMS to recover Rs 45K bill
A 45-year-old man has been arrested for sending at least two dozen blasphemous text messages to unknown mobile numbers in the hope of recovering a pending 45,000 rupee bill for printing blasphemous material. ANI

Honour killing perpetrators acquitted in 77 percent of Pak legal cases: Study
Honour- killing perpetrators in Pakistan were acquitted in 77 percent of the registered cases in the country, a pilot study has revealed. ANI

Chinese train ticket website gets 1 bln clicks daily amid complaints
China's official website for booking train tickets received a daily average of over a billion hits during the first week of January, a railway official has said. ANI

10 Pakistani troops' bodies found: Officials
Pakistani authorities have recovered the bodies of ten soldiers who were earlier taken away after a clash with militants in the Upper Orakzai region, security officials have said. ANI

Ijaz agrees to appear before Pak judicial commission probe on Jan 16
Pakistan -American businessman Mansoor Ijaz has agreed to appear before the judicial commission on January 16 in connection with the memo probe. ANI

Trip to London girls' school was Michelle Obama's turning point
A visit to a London girls' school proved to be a turning point for Michelle Obama, where she discovered a public role for herself and evaded the isolation she felt at the White House, a new book has claimed. ANI

Henry VIII's secret daughter would have been 'true Elizabeth I'
Henry VIII had a secret daughter, Elizabeth Tailboys, who could have been the legal heir to the throne instead of Elizabeth 1, had the King acknowledged her as his daughter, a new book has claimed. ANI

Musharraf taps Pakistani- Bengali voter base in Karachi rally
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf sought to tap the Bengali vote during his telephonic speech to a Karachi rally over the weekend. ANI

'Billionaire Musharraf has seven to ten offshore accounts in Dubai, London'
Former Pakistan president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf has at least seven to ten offshore accounts in Dubai and London containing huge amounts of cash besides his property, a source has said. ANI

China vows to have an astute monetary policy this year
The People's Bank of China(PBOC) has claimed that China will maintain an astute monetary policy with 'timely and appropriate adjustment'. ANI

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait reject Pak's request to supply oil on long-term credit
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have rejected Pakistan's request to supply oil on long-term credit. ANI

Independence poll offered to Scots
The Scottish National Party in Britain would reportedly be offered the chance of a binding referendum on independence, but only if it is held within 18 months. ANI

Romney faces heat during Republican debate
US Republican favorite Mitt Romney was confronted by fellow Republicans Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich during a nationally telecasted debate on Sunday. ANI

Iran sentences alleged 'CIA spy' to death
Iran has sentenced an American man to death on charges of spying for the CIA. ANI

Angry Tibetans parade monk's body in China after self-immolation
Hundreds of angry Tibetans forced Chinese police to hand over the body of a monk who died after setting himself on fire on Sunday, and then carried it through the streets in the country's northwest region. ANI

TV footage shows Kim Jong Un vowing 'real war' if enemies shoot down rocket
New North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed in 2009 to wage war if the nation's enemies shot down its long-range rocket, a footage aired on state television has shown. ANI

Hindus greeted on upcoming Makar Sankranti
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has sent early greetings to Hindus world over on upcoming Makar Sankranti festival; praying for their happiness, peace, and prosperity. ANI

Enquiry demanded into racism allegations in Michigan school
Hindus have asked through probe into the racial profiling allegations against Livonia Public Schools in Michigan (USA) leveled by a former school Principal as reported in media. ANI

Krishna arrives in Israel to boost bilateral ties
External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna arrived here Monday to further strengthen bilateral ties between India and Israel. ANI

Hindus shocked at maltreatment of Gypsies in Slovakia
Hindus have expressed shock at Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights report on Roma (Gypsies) human rights in Slovakia. ANI

Tamilians greeted on Pongal
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has sent early greetings to Tamilians world over on upcoming Pongal festival; praying for their happiness, peace, and prosperity. ANI

Hindus laud Bulgaria for Roma Integration Strategy
Hindus have applauded Bulgaria for adopting National Strategy for Integration of Roma in Bulgaria (2012-2020), saying that "it is a step in the right direction". ANI

Teenage Oz girls indulging in violent crimes
More and more Australian teenage girls are committing violent crimes, with a 36 per cent increase in the past decade, new figure reveals. ANI

Carla Bruni accused of giving AIDS charity money to friend
French first lady Carla Bruni has been accused of giving more than 2 million dollars from an AIDS charity to one of her closest friends. ANI

White House 'hushed up' Alice in Wonderland Halloween party
The White House covered up a Alice in Wonderland-themed Halloween party, which was staged by film director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp, for fear of sending out wrong messages during 2009 recession, a new book 'The Obamas' has revealed. ANI

Bernards School District in New Jersey considering Diwali holiday
Hindus have applauded Bernards Township School District (BTSD) in New Jersey (USA) for considering Diwali as a school holiday, calling it "a step in the right direction". ANI

'Pak's Abbottabad Commission to submit report by Jan- end'
Pakistan's judicial commission tasked with probing the US Navy Seals' operation in Abbottabad that had killed former Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, is expected to finalise its report by the end of this month, the commission's head has said. ANI

Iran says new uranium enrichment site 'safe' from enemies
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has said that the nation's second uranium enrichment site is safe from any kind of threat from enemies. ANI

Pak judicial commission directs authorities in UK to issue visa to Mansoor Ijaz
A Pakistan judicial commission probing the Memo Gate scandal has directed concerned authorities in England to issue a visa to Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz to allow him to appear before it. ANI

British Airways jet makes emergency landing after both pilots 'pass out' at controls
A British Airways passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing after both pilots reported feeling light-headed, and almost 'passed out' at the controls. ANI

'Pak failed to foil Mehran base attack despite knowing Al Qaeda plans since 2009'
The Pakistan government failed to avert the attack on the Mehran naval base in Karachi despite being aware of Al Qaeda's plans to target the Islamabad's National Defence University (NDU) and naval installations since 2009. ANI

Philippines blame China for Spratlys infringement
Philippines has accused China of intruding into its waters around the Spratly Islands. ANI

Arab League plans to continue Syria observer mission despite criticism
The Arab League has vowed to carry on with its monitoring mission in Syria, despite the Bashar al-Assad regime's failure to put a regional peace plan in place. ANI

US likely to resume drone strikes in Pak under new conditions
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is likely to resume drone strikes that were apparently halted following the deadly November 26, 2011 NATO airstrike on Pakistan's border posts. ANI

7 in 10 Brits are bullied in their jobs
Workers in Britain are most bullied with seven in 10 being picked on by bosses or colleagues, according to a new survey. ANI

US, UK officials' emails, passwords exposed by hackers
Thousands of email addresses and encrypted passwords belonging to British, American and NATO officials, have been posted online following a security breach by hackers. ANI

'Foreign hands' involved in Sharif's return to Pak: Imran
Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has suggested in his book titled 'Me and my Pakistan' that foreign hands were involved in former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's return to Pakistan. ANI

Haqqani to escape punishment even if link with memo proved:Lawyer
Pakistan's former envoy to the United States Husain Haqqani's lawyer Zahid Hussain Bukhari has said that his client will escape punishment even if the ongoing Memo Gate probe establishes a link between him and the memo. ANI

US agrees to allow Haqqani network as part of Afghan peace talks
The US has taken Pakistan into confidence about involving the Haqqani network in the sustained 'dialogue' on the Afghan peace process despite Pak-US ties suffering serious setbacks after the deadly November 26 airstrike. ANI

'Proclaimed offender' Musharraf can be arrested on return to Pak, says Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said former president Pervez Musharraf can be arrested upon his return to the country because he has already been declared a proclaimed offender in the Benazir Bhutto murder case ANI

US expels Venezuela consul general over cyber attack plot allegations
The United States has ordered a Venezuelan diplomat based in Miami to leave the country, accusing her of discussing possible cyber-attacks on American soil. ANI

Iran arrests 'several US spies' trying to disrupt elections
Iran's secret services claim to have arrested several people on charges of spying for the US and seeking to disrupt the country's parliamentary elections. ANI

'I am not among the afraid' says Musharraf on his return to Pakistan later this month
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has announced that he will return to Pakistan later this month. ANI

Assured Guaranty Guarantees £100 Million UK Hospital PFI Bond
Assured Guaranty (Europe) Ltd. (“AGE”) announced today that, together with its indirect parent Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp Business Wire India

ICON Selected by Shire plc’s Specialty Pharmaceuticals division as Global Strategic Partner for Clinical Research and Central Laboratory Services
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Infoblox Files Registration Statement for Initial Public Offering
Infoblox Inc. today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined. Business Wire India

Companies Face Important Choices in Global E-Commerce Initiatives
Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), a leading provider of global e-commerce solutions, announced today the availability of a new white paper on the important factors to consider in launching international e-commerce initiatives Business Wire India

Beverage Partners Worldwide Joint Venture to Focus on Europe and Canada
The Coca-Cola Company and Nestlé S.A. today announced that they have agreed to focus the geographic scope of their ready-to-drink tea joint venture, Beverage Partners Worldwide (BPW), on Europe and Canada. In Taiwan and Hong Kong, The Coca-Cola Company will enter into a license agreement with Nestlé for the NESTEA brand Business Wire India

Crypton Future: ""Everyone, Creator. The Web Is What You Make of It."" Google Chrome's New TVC Achieved 1 Million Views One Week after Its Launch. Japan's Nth Creation Movement ""Hatsune Miku"" Is on Its Way to the Global Stage.
Virtual singer "Hatsune Miku," a music software made by Crypton Future, sing any song designated by users.Since its launch in 2007, it has generated an explosive "Nth creation movement" through the Internet, not only in the field of music, but in illustration, video, CG, cosplay, live performances and dance as well Business Wire India

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