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International News on June 30, 2012

Duchess of Cambridge 'has no plan to sleep rough
Duchess Kate is not going to follow in her husband's footsteps of spending a night sleeping out with the homeless in London's streets, a charity official has revealed. ANI

Pakistan, India and Bangladeshi origin people feel more 'British' than native whites
A new research has found out that among the citizens of the United Kingdom, people from of Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi origin feel more 'British' than their white counterparts. ANI

Saudi perfume and cosmetics shops now off-limit for men
Only women are going to be employed in cosmetics and perfume shops across Saudi Arabia from now on. ANI

Obama campaign cashes in on healthcare ruling with new tee slogan 'HEALTH REFORM STILL A BFD'
After the landmark ruling of the US Supreme Court on President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, the Obama campaign has launched a new t-shirt that says, "HEALTH REFORM STILL A BFD." ANI

Iranian FM, Annan discuss Syrian issue
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi and UN-Arab League joint envoy Kofi Annan discussed Syrian issue on the phone ahead of the Geneva talks, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported on Saturday. ANI

Zimbabwe President Mugabe wants 100 percent local control of economy
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Friday said the country wants 100 percent control over the economy by local people while foreigners come in as partners. ANI

Salaries of Obama's aides range from six-figure numbers to $0
The salaries of US President Barack Obama's White House staff range from six-figure pay scales to as low as zero dollars, a White House staffer salary report has revealed. ANI

Americans 'evenly divided' on 'Obama care' US Supreme Court ruling
Americans are starkly divided over the Supreme Court's health care ruling in the Affordable Care Act, and three in 10 say they want the law repealed entirely, a poll has revealed. ANI

NATO has no intention to intervene militarily in Syria: Rasmussen
NATO has no intention to intervene militarily in Syria and it wants to see a "peaceful and political" settlement in the turmoil-battered mideast nation, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Xinhua in an exclusive interview recently. ANI

'Healthcare' minor issue for Americans, finds poll
Even as the US Supreme Court's landmark decision on President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act loomed, only 6 percent of Americans cited health care as the most important problem facing the country, a poll has found. ANI

Afghan police kill 44 militants in 24 hours
Afghan police backed by army and the NATO-led forces have killed 44 anti-government armed militants over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. ANI

Media backs China's first sex comedy film after approval for distribution by censors
A film branded as China's first sex comedy has won a surprising approval for distribution from the country's official media. ANI

Pak-US need to deal together to destroy 'common enemy' Haqqani network: Panetta
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has made it clear to Pakistan that both Washington and Islamabad need to work together to deal with the Taliban-linked Haqqani network. ANI

Hollande's new Socialist government to legalise 'same-sex' marriage in France
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has confirmed that France would be legalising marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, which reflects a shift in the public attitudes in the majority Catholic nation. ANI

6.6-magnitude quake hits China's Xinjiang region
A 6.6-magnitude quake jolted northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region early Saturday morning, toppling houses and injuring 24 people, according to the latest official account. ANI

US man 'commits suicide' in court after being jailed for burning down $3.5mln mansion
The United States police is investigating whether a man, who collapsed in court and died after being convicted for burning down his mansion, may have taken a suicide pill. ANI

Pak human rights group blames security forces' 'criminal negligence' for Shia killings
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned the killing of Shia pilgrims in Balochistan, and claimed that the incident proved terrorism still persists in the country. ANI

Sri Lankan police arrest journos, shut news websites for 'publishing anti-govt material'
The Sri Lankan police have reportedly raided the offices of two news web sites and arrested nine people, mostly journalists. ANI

Mystery people most want to see solved - Are we alone in universe?
The question of whether we are alone in the universe still tops the list of mysteries people are most desperate to see solved, according to a new survey. ANI

Chinese blogger wins free speech trial
A Chinese blogger on Friday won a lawsuit seeking redress for his one-year detention for mocking a city's top officials' alleged interference in due judicial procedure in a high-profile anti-crime campaign. ANI

Why clocks will get one extra second on June 30
The day will be a little longer than usual on Saturday, June 30, 2012, and NASA has the explanation for this change. ANI

World Bank cancels credit for Bangladesh's mega bridge project
World Bank Friday has decided to cancel its 1.2 billion U.S. dollar credit for Bangladesh's Padma Multipurpose Bridge project, said a statement of WB received here Saturday in Dhaka. ANI

Mexican drug cartel members behead rival Zetas in 'horrific' 3 min. video clip
A new, horrific footage shows members of a Mexican drug cartel beheading hostages from a rival gang Zetas, marking the latest act of violence in the growing war over drug-smuggling territories in Mexico. ANI

Pak minister says 'Osama op doctor' not safe in Peshawar jail
A Pakistani minister has said that Dr Shakeel Afridi, who helped the U.S. locate Osama Bin Laden, is not safe in the Peshawar jail. ANI

Pakistan financial bodies to be hit by US law on Iran sanctions
Financial firms in Pakistan will now be hit by strict American law on Iran sanctions, according to a report. ANI

Carla Bruni expecting again!
Former French First Lady Carla Bruni, who gave birth to a baby girl just few months back, is reportedly pregnant again. ANI

'Powerful quarters' in Pak pressing to keep 'extremely damaging' Osama raid report classified
The Abbottabad Commission, which has completed its findings on the May 2 raid on Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound, is facing pressure from "certain powerful quarters" in akistan to not make the report public. ANI

US ready to discuss apology issue with Pak over deadly NATO attack
The Obama administration is ready to hold talks on the issue of a apology to Pakistan over the Salala incident in which US forces killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last year. ANI

New Egyptian President vows to free blind sheikh convicted in 1993 WTC bombing
Egypt first democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi has promised to free the blind sheik jailed in America for his role in plotting to blow up New York City landmarks. ANI

Watching others get bullied at work `gives employees urge to quit`
Researchers have suggested that merely showing up for work in an environment where bullying goes on is enough to make many workers think about quitting. ANI

China blocks Bloomberg for revealing assets of 'future president' Xi Jinping's family
China has reportedly blocked access to the Bloomberg website after it detailed the multimillion-dollar assets of relatives of the man expected to become the next president. ANI

Assange to remain in Ecuadorian Embassy after 'declining' police surrender order
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will ignore a British Police order to surrender himself after breaching his bail conditions by continuing his refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy, his representative has said. ANI

New Egypt President Morsi defies military saying 'I fear no one, but God'
Egypt first democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi has defied the country's military rulers by saying, 'I fear no one, but God.' ANI

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