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International News on June 23, 2012

Syrian president orders cabinet reshuffle
The Syrian president ordered a cabinet shake-up Saturday, keeping three major portfolios unchanged, namely, the ministers of defense, foreign affairs and interior, while assigning an opponent as the minister of domestic trade. ANI

US mulls operating out of Vietnam War era military bases to counter growing Chinese military might: Report
As the administration of US President Barack Obama revamps its Asian strategy in response to China's rising army strength, the U.S. military is eyeing a return to some old bases in the South East Asian region, including those used during the Vietnam War. ANI

Turkey to do whatever required on jet incident
Turkish President Abdullah Gul vowed Turkey will do whatever is required after the incident, where a Turkish jet is shot down by Syria over the southwest of southern Hatay province, is made clear, semi-official Anatolia news agency reported Saturday. ANI

Iranian commander warns Israel against any attack on Iran
A deputy chief of staff of Iranian Armed Forces warned Israel against any military aggression on the Islamic republic, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Saturday. ANI

10 Taliban rebels surrender in W. Afghanistan
A total of 10 Taliban rebels surrendered to the government in western Afghan province of Herat on Saturday, a provincial government spokesman said. ANI

Cambodia not to extradite French architect with alleged links disgraced Chinese politican Bo Xilai
Foreign Minister of Cambodia Hor Namhong has said that it will not extradite a French architect who shared links with disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, pending further investigation. ANI

6.6-magnitude quake hits Aceh, Indonesia
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 jolted Aceh province in northern tip of Sumatra island on Saturday, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency reported here. ANI

11 insurgents killed, 51 detained in Afghan raids
The Afghan police and army, backed by NATO-led coalition troops, have eliminated 11 Taliban insurgents and detained 51 other suspects during 10 cleanup operations within the past 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said on Saturday. ANI

Egypt's liberals backing Muslim Brotherhood to prevent military from usurping sweeping powers
A coalition of non-Islamist leaders and revolutionaries in Egypt are extending their support to the Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate as they unite against the attempt of the country's military to hold on to power. ANI

Obama's 'same sex marriage' stance hasn't hurt him politically, poll finds
US President Barack Obama's support for same-sex marriage may not hurt him politically, a poll has revealed. ANI

68 Zimbabwean MPs to undergo circumcision as part of anti-HIV drive
Dozens of MPs from Zimbabwe are due to be circumcised in the parliament as part of a high profile anti-HIV drive in the country. ANI

Racism blamed for lack of success in Britain
Senior figures linked to a number of former UK entries for the Eurovision Song Contest have claimed that Britain's lack of success is down to racism. ANI

Apple store refuses to sell iPad to Farsi-speaking 'enemy' Iranian-American woman
An Iranian-American woman has said that employees at an Apple store refused to sell her an iPad after they heard her speaking Farsi. ANI

Chinese dissident artist Weiwei 'disappointed' over foreign travel ban
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has expressed his disappointment over his foreign travel ban as Chinese authorities continue to curtail his freedom despite his bail having ended. ANI

Just 1 in 3 Americans correctly identify Obama as Christian: Poll
Just one in three Americans know that President Barack Obama is a Christian, according to a new poll. ANI

Dick Cheney's daughter marries girlfriend of 20 years
The daughter of former US Vice President Dick Cheney, Mary announced her marriage with her longtime partner Heather Poe on Friday. ANI

US and South Korean troops 'target-practice' with North Korean flag in live-fire drill
A North Korean flag has been used for target practice by the South Korean and American troops in the largest live-fire exercise conducted since the Korean War. ANI

Pak Supreme Court asks Defence Ministry to produce memo on ISI political cell formation
Pakistan's Supreme Court has asked the Defence Ministry to submit the notification under which the notorious political cell of the country's spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), was created in 1975. ANI

'Players' turn virtual 'refugees' in UN agency's new smartphone game app
The UN refugee agency has released a smartphone game, which shows refugees as players and is aimed at raising awareness about the experiences of refugees around the world. ANI

U.S. rejects Iran's participation in proposed int'l meeting on Syria
The U.S. government on Friday expressed its opposition to the inclusion of Iran in a proposed international meeting on ending Syria's violence, demanding that Tehran break its ties with Syrian government. ANI

Racist NYPD cop sentenced to 57 months in prison for slurs against Black man during false arrest
A racist NYPD cop has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for falsely arresting a black man and participating in an off-duty beating of another victim. ANI

Fresh Israeli airstrike kills one, injures two militants in Gaza
A Palestinian militant was killed and two others wounded in an Israeli airstrike in northern Gaza Strip, medical sources said Friday. ANI

France's minister for women seeks abolition of prostitution in Europe
French minister for women is all set to organise a conference of experts on how to contain the sex-trade and human-trafficking. ANI

Assange could spend 'years' holed up in Ecuadorian Embassy in asylum bid, says expert
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could spend years holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy as his bid for asylum could take 'a long time to resolve,' an expert has said. ANI

Wife of fallen Chinese leader Bo Xilai admits murdering British businessman Heywood
Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has admitted to murdering British businessman Neil Heywood because he knew too much about her illegal financial dealings. ANI

Saudi Arabia plans to fund Syrian rebels to increase pressure on Assad regime
Saudi Arabia officials are planning to pay the salaries of the rebel group in Syria in a bid to encourage mass defections from the military and increasing pressure on President Bashar al-Assad's regime, according to a report. ANI

UK Muslim jailed for 12 yrs over internet threats against creators of 'South Park'
A Muslim in the UK, who admitted posting internet threats against the creators of the South Park TV show, has been sentenced to 11 years and six months in prison. ANI

US hopes election of new Pak PM will improve ties
The Obama administration has welcomed the election of a new prime minister in Pakistan, and has expressed hope that the move would help improving ties between the two countries. ANI

Assange says he sought Ecuador asylum after being 'abandoned' by Australia
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said that he has sought refuge in Ecuador's London embassy because his own country, Australia, had abandoned him. ANI

Turkey vows 'decisive' action after Syria shoots down fighter jet
Turkey has reportedly threatened to take 'decisive' action after one of its fighter jets was shot down by Syrian forces over the Mediterranean Sea. ANI

US-Pak on collision course after Fata-based militants blamed for Kabul hotel attack
The relationship between Islamabad and Washington is apparently heading towards a head-on collision after an American official blamed Friday's deadly attack on a Afghan hotel on Pakistan's Fata-based militants. ANI

'Frustrated' America mulls secret joint US-Afghan raids in Pakistan to hunt militants
Frustrated with Islamabad's failure to stop militant groups from attacking US troops in neighboring Afghanistan, American officials are considering to launch secret joint U.S.-Afghan commando raids into Pakistan to hunt terrorists. ANI

Now, Zardari put on notice for 'contempt of court' by Lahore High Court
The Lahore High Court has served a notice on Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari for holding multiple offices despite an earlier order against it, according to a report. ANI

Pak's women MPA's 'fear mistreatment' outside Assembly
Opposition members in the Punjab Assembly (PA) expressed grave concern over the recent violent attacks on women MPAs, who are now fearing mistreatment outside the Assembly premises as well. ANI

US-based Democracy group expresses concern over Pak PM's disqualification
South Asia Democracy Watch (SADeW), a US based group that reviews and updates democratic trends in South Asia, has expressed concerns over the ruling that ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. ANI

'Write a letter' bogey set to hit new Pak PM on June 27
Pakistan's three Supreme Court judge bench, led by Justice Nasirul Mulk, will resume hearing the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case on June 27th, the same case that led to the disqualification of Yousaf Raza Gilani as the Prime Minister of the country. ANI

George Washington's hand written book of US constitution sold for $10m
George Washington's personal copy of the US constitution has been sold for almost 10 million dollars at an auction. ANI

Google co-founder Larry Page reassures staff about health
Google's billionaire co-founder Larry Page has reassured his staff at the firm over his health, after he missed the company's annual meeting, and was set to miss two more important engagements in the coming weeks. ANI

Taliban says it attacked Afghan lakeside hotel's over its 'wild alcohol-fuelled parties'
The Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility for a recent attack on a hotel in Kabul, saying that the resort was a destination for 'wild parties' hosted by foreigners and wealthy Afghans, according to a report. ANI

Ecuador recalls UK envoy to discuss Assange's asylum bid
Ecuador has recalled his ambassador to the UK in order to discuss the case of Julian Assange, who has sought refuge in their diplomatic mission in London. ANI

Parents' work-life stress 'hampers healthy eating in family'
In a tight economy, with fewer jobs, many people end up working harder and sacrificing more to stay employed, and one of those sacrifices is sometimes their own and their family's nutrition, a new study has revealed. ANI

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