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International News on June 25, 2012

Duchess Kate told to curtsey to 'blood princesses' Beatrice and Eugenie
According to the newly updated 'protocols' approved by the Queen, Duchess of Cambridge has been placed firmly down the royal pecking order. ANI

Prince Harry plans expedition to South Pole with injured ex war heroes
Prince Harry has revealed that he wants to join a group of injured servicemen on their race to the South Pole. ANI

David Cameron's girlfriends 'couldn't hang on to him for long'
David Cameron's first serious girlfriend was the daughter of a fine art auctioneer who was a good friend of his father, it has been revealed. ANI

Italian police cracks down on tourists taking parts of Rome as souvenirs
In a bid to prevent ancient monuments from getting damaged, the Italian police are cracking down on tourists who are taking cobblestones and marbles from ancient Roman buildings. ANI

5 insurgents killed, 9 detained in Afghanistan
Afghan police and army, backed by NATO-led coalition troops, have killed five Taliban insurgents and captured nine other suspects throughout the post 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Monday. ANI

Despite complaints of 'harassment' by U.S., surveillance of foreigners continues in Pak
Law enforcers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are continuing with their surveillance of all the foreigners travelling to the troubled areas without prior permission, despite concern by officials of foreign countries over security checks on their diplomats ANI

Pak's India-centric 'strategic depth terror safe havens' policy to be its downfall: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistani daily has said Pakistan is in no position to fight the United States and NATO, nor is it able to afford and withstand any sanctions that may follow, adding that a serious rethinking and revisit to its India-centric 'strategic depth' policy is required. ANI

Fukushima seafood on sale for 1st time since nuke crisis
Octopus and whelks caught off the coast of Fukushima went on sale Monday at supermarkets and retail stores in northeastern Japan's Soma City, marking the first sale since the Fukushima nuclear plant crisis. ANI

Iranian commander dismisses Western sanctions as "ineffective"
Commander of Iranian Army's Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan said Monday that Western sanctions have been ineffective on the Islamic republic, the official IRNA news agency reported. ANI

Mystery surrounding Easter Island statues 'may have been solved'
The massive stones heads on Easter Island were simply 'walked' by the island's native inhabitants, a new theory has suggested. ANI

Iraqi president congratulates Egypt's Morsi on election win
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani sent a letter of congratulation to Egypt's president-elect, Mohammed Morsi, for his victory and vowed to enhance ties between the two countries, the presidency website said Monday. ANI

Israel, U.S. planning largest-ever military drill
Israel and the United States are set to hold their largest-ever missile defense drill in October, local media said on Monday. ANI

Online books giant Amazon making huge profits selling e-books on 'terror, violence'
Online books giant Amazon has been accused of making profit by selling offensive, racist and potentially dangerous e-books on topics ranging from bomb-making to growing drugs. ANI

Pak-U.S. play 'music diplomacy' through 'fusion overture'
Despite the prevailing tension between the United States and Pakistan, Karachi witnessed a musical convergence between U.S. brass band The Stooges and Asif Sinan, a local vocalist, indicating that music diplomacy still prevails between both countries. ANI

Oz oil, gas plants face greater threat from 'deranged people like Breivik than terrorists'
Australia's offshore oil and gas plants face a greater threat from deranged individuals like Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik than terrorists, a report has claimed. ANI

Pakistan's Murree Brewery 'happy to be exporting beer instead of terrorism'
The oldest continuing industrial enterprise in Pakistan, Murree Brewery, which thrives in the country despite the fact that 97 per cent of the population cannot drink legally, has gained an export license. ANI

New Egyptian PM Morsi eyes closer ties with Iran for 'strategic balance' in region
Newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has called for closer ties with Iran in a bid to create a strategic 'balance' in the region, according to a report. ANI

Islamabad police saves Zardari's 'right hand man' from arrest by anti-corruption officials
Pakistan anti-corruption police officials failed to arrest real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, after Islamabad Police intercepted the team while on their way to Riaz's residence. ANI

Pakistan promises full protection to U.S. diplomats
Pakistan has assured full protection to U.S. diplomats in Islamabad after a U.S. State Department report said there was a marked increase in U.S. diplomats being harassed by the country's security agencies. ANI

Murdoch questions 'when Romney will look like challenger'
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has blasted Mitt Romney on the micro blogging platform Twitter, raising a question as to when will the Republican presidential contender 'look like a challenger' ANI

Judge upholds Indiana law banning sex offenders from social networking sites
A federal judge has passed a decision upholding an Indiana law that bans registered sex offenders from accessing Facebook and other social networking sites used by children. ANI

Zardari's immunity and dual posts challenged in Pak SC
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's immunity and dual posts held by him have been challenged in the Supreme Court. ANI

Gilani to live in lap of luxury with lifetime of perks and privileges post removal
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will continue to enjoy the perks and privileges that come with a premier, even after his ouster. ANI

Conflict over presidential powers to remain between Egypt military and Brotherhood: Experts
The conflict between the Egypt's military force and political wing Muslim Brotherhood will remain as the presidential powers are apparently seized by the generals, expert have warned. ANI

Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi's Egyptian presidential win in 'name only'
Egyptians might have elected Mohammed Morsi as their new President, but he is not in the real in charge as he still answerable to the country's military force and the leader of his own party Muslim Brotherhood, according to a report. ANI

Pakistanis prefer 'reasoning to passion' in decision making: Survey
A survey carried out by university students from various institutes in Pakistan to gauge the personality preference of Pakistanis, has revealed that a majority of the respondents preferred to function with 'reasoning' than with 'passion'. ANI

Pakistan Govt. 'impassive, incapable of running country', says Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)-led government is impassive and incapable of running the country. ANI

Assange wants Australia to treat his extradition to Sweden with 'seriousness it requires'
Wikileaks founder Julain Assange has said that he wants the Australian government to guarantee his safety, and treat the issue of his extradition to Sweden with the seriousness that it requires. ANI

Institutions must avoid confrontation to protect democracy, says Pak PM Ashraf
Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said institutions should avoid confrontation and "consolidate democratic institutions". ANI

Ex-Italian PM Berlusconi 'working on solutions' as he hints at comeback bid
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was jeered out of office last year after being accused of paying for sex with a 17-year-old girl, has hinted that he is planning on taking charge of the government. ANI

Political chaos linked to conspiracies against Pak nuclear assets: JI chief
Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hasan has said the rulers of the country are working on a dictated agenda to weaken Pakistan and pushing it towards a total anarchy so as to provide justification to external forces who want to keep the nuclear assets of Pakistan under some international watch mechanism. ANI

Rehman Malik protests Afghan militant attack on Pak security personnel
Adviser to the prime minister on interior affairs, Rehman Malik has expressed his grievances to Afghanistan over the recent Afghan militant attack on Pakistani security personnel in the Upper Dir area. ANI

Zardari issues ordinance granting indemnity to Gilani's post April 26 actions
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has issued an ordinance providing legal cover to all the actions taken by former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani between his conviction by the Supreme Court (SC) on April 26 and his actual removal on June 19. ANI

Powerful women in top jobs 'getting slimmer'
Career women who are at the upper echelons of their jobs in law, medicine and business are slimming down, a new study has revealed. ANI

UK historian makes racist 'sex gang had values entrenched in foothills of Punjab' remark
British historian David Starkey has provoked controversy after proclaiming that the Rochdale child exploitation gang, who raped vulnerable teenage girls, had values 'that were entrenched in foothills of the Punjab' or whatever it is. ANI

Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi vows to be 'President for all Egyptians'
Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohammed Morsi, who has been declared Egypt's first democratically elected President, has pledged to be a leader for all Egyptians and to unite the nation. ANI

Tunisian President says ex-Libyan PM's 'illegal' extradition 'without his consent'
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has slammed his country's decision to extradite Libya's former Prime Minister al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi as 'illegal'. ANI

US urges new Egyptian PM Morsi to respect rights of country's non-Muslim population
The Obama administration has urged newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to respect the rights of the country's religious minorities. ANI

Société Générale Bank & Trust Goes Live with Wolters Kluwer Financial Services' FRSGlobal Singapore and Hong Kong Regulatory Reporting
Wolters Kluwer Financial Services announced today that Société Générale Bank & Trust has gone live with its FRSGlobal regulatory reporting solution. Business Wire India

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Survey Reveals What American Companies Look for in International Law Firms
LexisNexis® Legal & Professional (, a leading provider of content and technology solutions, today announced results from the latest LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® study on what American (both North and Latin American) corporations want from international law firms. Business Wire India

FUJITSU TEN LIMITED: China Management Company Starts Operations
FUJITSU TEN LIMITED (Headquarters in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, President and Representative Director: Takashi Shigematsu, capital: 5.3 billion yen) is proud to announce that our Chinese business management company, FUJITSU TEN (CHINA) LTD., established with 100% capital of FUJITSU TEN LIMITED, is starting operations today (June 25). Business Wire India

UAE Announces “Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week” at Rio+20
To continue international dialogue on sustainable development taking place at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, the United Arab Emirates has announced the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), which will be held between January 13 – 17, 2013. Business Wire India

O3b Networks to Provide Ultra-Fast Internet Communications to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Aboard the World¡¯s Largest and Most Innovative Cruise Ship
O3b Networks has announced a milestone multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to provide high-speed satellite-delivered broadband service aboard the world¡¯s largest cruise ship Business Wire India

Tourists Prepare for Adventure Travel with the Right Gear and the Right Insurance
HCC Medical Insurance Services, LLC (HCCMIS), a provider of international travel health insurance, has released an explorer travel infographic showcasing the wide world of adventure travel Business Wire India

DVS Sciences and Cytobank announce partnership to analyze and manage high-parameter mass cytometry data
DVS Sciences, Inc., a privately held innovator and manufacturer of novel CyTOF® multi-parameter single-cell analyzers and reagents for biological research, has announced a business agreement with Cytobank, Inc., a privately held developer of cloud based scientific, informatics and software solutions for the flow cytometry market. Business Wire India

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