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International News on July 3, 2012

Eiffel Tower lagging far behind Paris's real top attractions
Tourists choose Notre Dame Cathedral over Eiffel Tower, the city's tourism office revealed on Monday. ANI

Sri Lankan Tamil party says no progress on political solution
The main minority Tamil political party in Sri Lanka said on Tuesday that moves aimed at reaching a political solution to the ethnic issue in the country remained deadlocked. ANI

2 killed, 4 injured in attack on police vehicle in E. Pakistan
At least two policemen were killed and four others got injured on Tuesday morning when some unknown gunmen attacked a police vehicle in Pakistan's eastern province of Punjab, local media reported. ANI

Nepali gov't to begin ex-combatants' selection
Nepali government will resume the integration process of former Unified Communist Party of Nepal- Maoists (UCPN-M) combatants willing to serve in the Nepal Army (NA) on Wednesday. ANI

S. Korean president's brother faces questioning over bribery allegations
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak' s elder brother Lee Sang-deuk faced questioning by prosecutors Tuesday morning over bribery allegations. ANI

Iranian agents arrested with explosives planned to attack US, British, Israelis in Kenya
Two Iranian agents, who were arrested with explosives, had planned to attack American, British, Israeli people in Kenya, officials have claimed. ANI

Two NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Two NATO soldiers were killed in two separate insurgent attacks in Afghanistan, the military alliance confirmed on Tuesday. ANI

Iran test-fires ballistic missile capable of hitting Israel
Iran has reportedly test-fired a ballistic missile that is capable of striking Israel. ANI

Cruise liner Queen Elizabeth 2 to be converted into 300-room hotel
Dubai has finally decided the fate of the Queen Elizabeth 2, the 45-year-old ocean liner it bought during the peak of the economic boom five years ago and which has been lying idle in the emirate's Port Rashid ever since. ANI

'Weak, isolated' Pak only state Al-Qaeda can use as base to launch global jihad: Editorial
Pakistan is the only country that Al-Qaeda could use as a base to launch its global jihad through terrorism, a newspaper editorial has said. ANI

Queen Elizabeth's fav songs revealed
One of the Queen's favourite songs is Cole Porter's classic blue hit 'Miss Otis Regrets', which is about a woman who kills her lover after being seduced and then abandoned by him, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed. ANI

Assad regrets shooting down of Turkish warplane
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that he regrets the shooting down of a Turkish jet by his forces last month. ANI

Musharraf having 'pretty great' life in exile from Pakistan
Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf has said that his life in exile was pretty great, as he travelled around the world and gave speeches to enthusiastic audiences, but added that he would nevertheless risk his life to return to his home country out of a sense of duty. ANI

Musharraf 'tried to convince Iran to make peace with Israel, abandon nuke ambitions'
Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf has said that he tried valiantly as president to convince Iran to make peace with Israel and abandon its nuclear ambitions. ANI

Musharraf compares 2001 Pak military coup to Abraham Lincoln's saving state in Civil War
Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf has said that he will return to his home country next year to help save the failing state, even as he compared his 2001 military coup to the actions of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. ANI

Oz Foreign Minister confident 'US will not seek to extradite Assange'
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has said the United States is not interested in extraditing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. ANI

Dozens of Syrian soldiers, top-notch generals defect to Turkey
Dozens of Syrian soldiers, including top army officers, have defected to neighbouring Turkey. ANI

China confirms H5N1 bird flu outbreak in Xinjiang
China's northwestern Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has reported an outbreak of H5N1 in poultry, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) announced Monday. ANI

US accounts for 80% of 'global demands' for personal info on Twitter
American enforcement agencies have topped the list of governments that have made the most demands for users' personal details on Twitter, according to a survey conducted by the social website. ANI

ICC officials leave Libya after release from detention on charges of spying
International Criminal Court (ICC) officials, including Australian lawyer Melinda Taylor and three other colleagues, have flown out of Libya after they were released from four weeks of detention on suspicion of spying. ANI

Kim Jong Un shaping Pyongyang's new image by allowing women to wear 'platform shoes and earrings'
In an attempt to forge a new image for himself and his country, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is allowing women to wear pants, platform shoes and earrings, reducing restrictions imposed on his people. ANI

Pakistan civilian deaths due to US drone strikes 'lowest since 2008': Report
Less number of civilians in Pakistan have died in US drone strikes so far this year compared to any other time in the last four years, according to a report. ANI

Women 'deliberately' post ugly photos to humiliate friends on Facebook: Survey
One in four women deliberately post unflattering photographs of their friends wearing bikinis on social networking websites such as Facebook, according to a new study. ANI

Dilip Kumar's ancestral house in Pak to not get heritage status owing to property dispute
The Pakistan culture department's plan to declare Bollywood icon Dilip Kumar's ancestral house into a heritage site has been shattered owing to a dispute over the ownership of the property. ANI

'Bored' office workers pile on pounds by gorging on unhealthy snacks
Boring desk jobs are fuelling Britain's obesity epidemic as employees are opting for unhealthy snacks to pass the day. ANI

India's relationship with Tajikistan excellent: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has described India's relationship with Tajikistan as excellent. ANI

Pentagon seeks to 're-programme' defense budget as Pak route cut-off costs billions
The United States Department of Defense has requested the Obama administration to shift billions of dollars in the defense budget to pay for increased fuel costs to ferry supplies to Afghanistan after Pakistan closed its border to NATO convoys. ANI

CNN presenter Anderson Cooper reveals he is gay
CNN presenter Anderson Cooper, who hosts a prime-time news show on the channel has publicly announced that he is gay. ANI

US reaches technical-level agreement with Pak on NATO supply routes resumption
A technical-level agreement with the US regarding resumption of NATO supply routes to Afghanistan is ready to be signed, Pak government sources have revealed. ANI

Iran acknowledges Western sanctions hurting country's economy
Iran has acknowledged that Western sanctions imposed in the wake of its nuclear activities are hurting the nation's economy and alarming its decision-makers. ANI

Ex-boyfriend found guilty of killing three Singh siblings in Brisbane home
Convicted triple murderer Max Sica could be jailed for up to 45 years after being found guilty of killing three Indian-origin Sikh siblings at a home in the Australian city of Brisbane. ANI

Dr. R. Seetharaman Conferred with Honorary Doctorate by European University
The European University, one of the world’s top business schools, has conferred ‘Doctorate of Honoris Causa’ on Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group Chief Executive Officer, Doha Bank. Dr. Seetharaman received the honorary doctorate recently in Geneva, Switzerland at the Graduation Ceremony of the students of European University. The honour has been bestowed on Dr Business Wire India

BlackRock to Acquire Swiss Re Private Equity Partners AG; Announces Strategic Alternative Investment Partnership with Swiss Re; Enhances Private Equity Fund of Funds Capabilities; Deepens Presence in Switzerland
BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement whereby it will acquire Swiss Re Private Equity Partners AG (“SRPEP”), the European private equity and infrastructure fund of funds franchise of Swiss Re Business Wire India

Russia Could See Incoming Tourist Expenditure Double to US$15.3bn by 2016 If Vital Infrastructure Changes Are Implemented
A new report commissioned by Hilton Worldwide titled, Balancing Russia’s tourism deficit: A report on the future of the industry, reveals that incoming tourist expenditure in Russia could double to US$15.3bn by 2016 if vital infrastructure changes are implemented. Business Wire India

OpenLink Announces CEO Succession
OpenLink Financial LLC, the leading provider of cross-asset trading and risk-management software and services for energy, commodity, and financial service companies, has announced that Kevin Hesselbirg has decided to step down as CEO and that a formal search process for his successor is underway. Upon appointing a successor, Mr Business Wire India

AICPA Announces Expansion of to Include International Students
The American Institute of CPAs has recently expanded their website,, to allow international students to become members Business Wire India

CNA Financial Completes Acquisition of Hardy Underwriting Bermuda Ltd.
CNA Financial Corporation (“CNA Financial”) (NYSE: CNA) and Hardy Underwriting Bermuda Limited (“Hardy”) announced today the successful completion of CNA Financial’s acquisition of Hardy. CNA Financial paid approximately $230 million to purchase Hardy Business Wire India

Panasonic Receives Prestigious IEEE Corporate Innovation Award for Unique HIT Solar Technology
Panasonic Corporation was presented with the IEEE Corporate Innovation Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) on June 30 at the IEEE Honors Ceremony held in Boston, Mass Business Wire India

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