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International News on March 25, 2012

Gilani denies Pakistan's link to North Korea nuke program
Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has said allegations that his country cooperated with North Korea's nuclear program were unfounded and represented a thing of the past. ANI

India, Pak PMs may meet on Seoul nuke security summit sidelines
The Prime Ministers' of India and Pakistan could meet on the sidelines of the nuclear security summit being held here from Monday, though sources are saying that there is still no finality on the event taking place. ANI

UK army, police on standby to deliver petrol over 'likely' tanker strike
The UK Army and police are on standby to ensure fuel deliveries do not come to a halt due to a proposed tanker strike. ANI

US student body president sues school for removing him 'over gay prom proposal'
An American student body president has sued his school, claiming he was removed from his post for pushing an idea to make the titles of prom king and queen open to gay couples. ANI

UK riots panel likely to call for action against youth-targeted brand advertisements
An inquiry ordered by UK Prime Minister David Cameron into the 2011 riots is likely to demand action against aggressive advertising, citing evidence that rampant materialism was an underlying cause of the lawlessness. ANI

Cancer hit Venezuelan President Chavez flying to Cuba for radiation therapy
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said he is flying to Cuba to begin radiation therapy on Sunday, a month after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. ANI

'Ailing' Suu Kyi cancels Myanmar poll campaign tour
Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has cancelled her extensive tour outside Rangoon after falling ill while campaigning in the south of the country for the upcoming by-elections. ANI

Pakistan Taliban threatens to attack lawmakers if NATO supply routes to Afghanistan reopen
The Pakistan Taliban has threatened to attack lawmakers if they decide to re-open NATO supply routes to Afghanistan. ANI

Ex-Irish PM Bertie Ahern quits political party over corruption inquiry
Former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern has resigned from his political party in the wake of a corruption inquiry. ANI

Cancer-hit-Venezuelan President Chavez flying to Cuba for radiation therapy
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said he is flying to Cuba to begin radiation therapy on Sunday, a month after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. ANI

Leung Chun-ying declared winner of Hong Kong's chief executive election
Former convenor of the Non-Official Members of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying has been officially declared as the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. ANI

Gilani predicts split mandate in future Pak elections
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has predicted a split mandate in future elections, where no single party would be in a position to independently form government ANI

Pippa Middleton's ski trek raises 12k pounds for children's charity
Pippa Middleton and her brother James raised 12,000 pounds for charity by completing a 56-mile cross-country skiing course. ANI

South Korea says North Korea has moved rocket to launch site
South Korea has claimed on Sunday that North Korea has moved a long-range rocket to its northwestern site in preparation for a launch next month. ANI

Gilani asks Sharif to stop criticising PPP coalition partners
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has asked Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif to stop criticising coalition partners of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP). ANI

French gunman's brother 'proud' of school slayer's actions
The older brother of a French gunman, who killed three young children and a rabbi at a Jewish school, has said that he was "proud" of his brother's actions, according to the police. ANI

Mysterious Turin Shroud 'supports resurrection of Christ'
A British researcher has revealed a new theory that links the Turin Shroud to Resurrection. ANI

India seeks South Korea's support for NSG membership
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday asked South Korea to support India's bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and other international regimes. ANI

UK to change law to ensure halal meat is not sold to unwilling customers
The United Kingdom is preparing to change the law to ensure that meat slaughtered in accordance with strict Islamic law cannot be sold to unwilling customers. ANI

Work to remove fuel from capsized Costa Concordia completed
Work to remove fuel from the wreck of the capsized luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia, that ran aground off the Italian coat on January 13, has been completed. ANI

Gilani committed to enhancing Pakistan's nuclear security
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is committed to enhancing the nation's nuclear security, the country's envoy to China, Masood Khan, has said. ANI

US investigators believe soldier committed Afghan massacre in two episodes
A US soldier, who has been accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians in their homes, had split the slaughter into two episodes, returning to his base after the first attack and later slipping away to kill again, two American officials have said. ANI

Margaret Thatcher said 'she wouldn't go into politics, if she had her time again'
Britain's 'Iron Lady', Margaret Thatcher, told a leading Conservative MP that she would not have gone into politics if she had "her time over again" because of what it had done to her family, according to a new book. ANI

Taliban training French Muslims in northwestern Pakistan: Intel officials
Dozens of French Muslims are reportedly being trained by the Taliban in northwestern Pakistan, intelligence officials have revealed. ANI

Queen surprises couple by turning up for wedding
The Queen of England stunned a couple tying the knot by arriving at their wedding to congratulate them. ANI

Prince William to whisk Kate away for romantic ski holiday in Switzerland
Prince William is going to take his wife Duchess Kate for a romantic weekend on a high-end ski resort in the Alps to make up for missing Valentine's Day. ANI

Did Brit-Indian honeymooner hand over plastic bag full of cash to taxi driver for arranging wife's murder?
Previously unseen CCTV footage has shown British-Indian millionaire Shrien Dewani handing over a plastic bag to a taxi driver, Zola Tongo,ho has been jailed for 18 years for organizing his wife Anni Dewani's murder. ANI

Obama visits US troops at Demilitarised Zone separating two Koreas
US President Barack Obama has reportedly visited the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea, amid increasing tensions over Pyongyang's planned long-range rocket launch next month. ANI

FIA declares ex-media advisor to Pak PM Rasool guilty of fraud in Hajj scam
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has declared former media advisor to the prime minister, Khurram Rasool, guilty of making money of people on the false pretext of sending them for Hajj. ANI

Islamic book telling husbands to 'beat wives with hand, stick or pull ears' sparks outrage
An Islamic 'marriage guide' has sparked off outrage for advising men to beat their wives with 'hand or stick or pull her by the ears'. ANI

Transgender beauty queen booted from Miss Universe pageant
A beauty pageant contestant has been thrown out of the competition after she was found to be a transgender. ANI

British MPs likely to give 'gagging orders for Facebook, Twitter'
Gagging orders should be routinely served on social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as newspapers, British lawmakers are expected to recommend next week. ANI

North Korea holds memorial service for late leader Kim Jong Il
North Korea on Sunday held a national memorial service on the 100th day since the death of leader Kim Jong-Il. ANI

Zardari reaches Tajikistan for regional security talks with Karzai
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have arrived in Tajikistan for regional security talks with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai. ANI

Workplaces with higher percentage of women managers more 'democratic'
Decisions are taken more democratically in workplaces that have high number of women in management positions, a new study has revealed. ANI

US gives clean chit to US soldiers in 2nd probe report over last year's Salala attacks in Pak
US military has decided not to take action against those service members involved in the Salala check post attacks, which had killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on November 26 last year. ANI

Four people killed in firing in Peshawar
Four people were killed and two others sustained bullet injuries in a round of firing by unidentified armed men in Peshawar. ANI

Dick Cheney recovering at hospital after heart transplant
Former US Vice-President Dick Cheney has had a heart transplant and is now recovering in a Virginia hospital. ANI

Rick Santorum wins Louisiana Republican presidential primary
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has won the Republican presidential primary in Louisiana. ANI

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