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International News on March 26, 2012

Bangladesh observes 42nd Independence Day
Bangladesh on Monday observed its 42nd Independence Day, paying homage to its martyrs with several cultural programmes organised to commemorate the special day. ANI

Indian, Italian PMs meet in Seoul
The Prime Ministers of India and Italy, Manmohan Singh and Mario Monti, met in Seoul on Monday and reviewed bilateral ties on sidelines of the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit. ANI

China, South Korea to augment ties
Seoul, March 26 China and South Korea have agreed to utilize the China-South Korea Friendly Exchange Year as an opportunity to augment their bilateral ties. ANI

Afghan soldier kills two troops at NATO base
A man in an Afghan Army uniform has killed two troops at a NATO base in southern Afghanistan. ANI

Brit composer creates music out of car sounds
A British composer has composed a unique track by sampling everyday car sounds, including the blast of a horn. ANI

Obama 'challenges' North Korea 'to have courage to pursue peace'
U.S President Barack Obama has 'challenged' North Korean leaders 'to have the courage to pursue peace' while warning of the wrath of the world if they don't. ANI

'Pakistan court to charge bin Laden's family for illegally entering, residing in country'
A defense lawyer for Osama bin Laden's family has said that a Pakistani court is set to charge his clients with illegally entering and residing in the country. ANI

Pak SC allows Yasin Malik to record his statement before memo commission
The Pakistan Supreme Court commission probing the 'Memo Gate' scandal has granted Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Yasin Malik to record his statement before the commission. ANI

Prince Harry to turn TV host for show honouring Queen
Prince Harry will take the role of a television presenter in a planned tribute to his grandmother, the Queen of England, to mark her Diamond Jubilee year. ANI

US senators call for probe into bosses asking job seekers to reveal Facebook passwords
Two US senators have urged America's Attorney General, Eric Holder, to investigate whether employers asking job seekers to hand over their Facebook passwords are violating federal law. ANI

'Divided' Syrian opposition seeks 'national pact' to unseat Assad's govt
Opposition groups in Syria have planned to meet in Turkey in an attempt to draw up a "national pact" on how to ouster President Bashar al-Assad's government. ANI

Pak MP's wife Fakhra's acid attack case cannot be reopened: Law experts
Law experts have said the acid attacks case of former Pakistan MP Bilal Khar's wife Fakhra Younus can no longer be reopened. ANI

Turkish shampoo ad featuring Hitler sparks outrage
A Turkish shampoo commercial featuring Adolf Hitler has drawn outrage from Jewish groups worldwide and immediate withdrawal of it has been called for. ANI

Santorum calls Romney 'worst Republican' to face Obama
US Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum has described rival Mitt Romney as 'the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.' ANI

Obama warns North Korea would achieve 'nothing' by making threats
U.S. President Barack Obama warned North Korea that it would deepen its isolation if it carried out a planned rocket launch, and would achieve 'nothing' by making threats. ANI

Wife defends US soldier accused in Afghan killings
The wife of a U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan villagers has defended her husband, describing the charges against her husband as "unbelievable." ANI

Duchess Kate to embrace tweed on advice of Prince Charles
Duchess Kate has reportedly been asked by her father-in-law Prince Charles to promote Harris Tweed. ANI

BBC boss says Murdoch criticism looks 'bit rich' in light of phone hacking scandal
The woman who is likely to replace BBC's top man Mark Thompson, has hit back at past attacks on the corporation by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and his son James Murdoch, saying that their comments are "a bit rich" in the light of the phone hacking scandal engulfing News International. ANI

Yasin Malik appears before Pak memo commission to prove Ijaz's allegations wrong
Kashmiri leader Muhammad Yasin Malik reportedly appeared before the judicial commission probing the Memo Gate scandal on Monday as the commission resumed its proceedings. ANI

Grandma, 83, sues Apple for $1m after breaking nose on store's glass door
An 83-year-old American woman has sued Apple for 1 million dollars after she failed to see the glass door at the tech giant's office and smashed her face. ANI

Margaret Thatcher regretted getting into politics
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had reportedly confessed that she would not have joined politics if she had her time again. ANI

French gunman's brother charged over murders
The brother of the French gunman, Mohamed Merah, who killed three young children and a rabbi at a Jewish school, has been charged for the murders. ANI

Obama to seek nuke arms reductions with Russia
US President Barack Obama has vowed to pursue further strategic nuclear arms reductions with Russia, saying that America has more warheads than required. ANI

Yasin Malik's participation in memo case hearing objected to by Haqqani
Petitioner to the memo case, Barrister Mohammad Zafarullah Khan has objected to Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Yasin Malik being made a party to the court proceedings in the memo case, claiming that he has no connection with it and his participation would serve to stretch the case. ANI

US pays $50,000 to each Afghan shooting victim
The United States has reportedly paid 50,000 dollars in compensation for each Afghan killed in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by an American soldier in Kandahar province. ANI

Office workers find team building exercises 'waste of time'
Most workers feel that team-building exercises do little to improve office morale, according to a survey. ANI

Powerful quake rocks Chile, no major damage reported
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central Chile last night, but no major damage or deaths due to quake-related accidents have been reported. ANI

Islamists win majority seats in Egypt's Constitution drafting panel
Egypt's Islamists have won a majority of seats on a 100-member panel tasked with drafting a new constitution. ANI

Pak religious party Sunni Tehreek to participate in elections
Many Pakistani religious parties are reportedly turning political, with reports saying that the Pakistan Sunni Tehreek (PST) has announced its willingness to participate in the upcoming elections. ANI

JFK's honeymoon house up for sale at 60 million pounds
The Los Angeles mansion John F Kennedy used for his honeymoon is in the market for a staggering 60 million pounds. ANI

Powerful Libyan militia begins withdrawing from main airport
A powerful Libyan militia has said that it has started withdrawing from the country's main airport and will hand over security to the government. ANI

Medvedev calls Annan's peace plan 'Syria's last chance to avoid bloody civil war'
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said that former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's peace mission in Syria might be the last chance for Damascus to avoid a 'protracted bloody civil war'. ANI

Santorum says 'bad math, inaccurate delegate tally' makes Romney's lead look larger
US Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum has claimed that an 'inaccurate delegate count' makes it seem that rival Mitt Romney has a larger lead than he actually does. ANI

US military pays 'thousands' in compensation to Afghanistan shootout victims
Relatives of 17 people shot dead in a rampage by a US soldier in southern Afghanistan have been paid tens of thousands of dollars in compensation, a tribal chief and government officials have said. ANI

Singh-Gilani likely to meet on sidelines of Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul
Indian Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani may reportedly meet in Seoul on the sidelines of the second Nuclear Security Summit that begins here on Monday. ANI

Pak parliament opens debate on US ties today
A joint session of parliament to formulate new terms of engagement with the United States and take decision on resumption of NATO supplies will begin on Monday in Pakistan. ANI

Egyptian couple arrested for creating 'spouse swapping' Facebook page
Egyptian security forces have arrested a married couple who created a Facebook page for spouse swapping. ANI

N. Korea's atomic plans to be discussed on sidelines of Nuclear safety summit in Seoul
US President Barack Obama and dozens of other world leaders will begin a summit Monday on curbing the threat of nuclear terrorism, but North Korea's atomic plans will be in focus on the sidelines. ANI

RED Micro Wire Announces Breakthrough Technology for Semiconductor Bonding Wire
RED Micro Wire (RMW), a subsidiary of RED Equipment, today announced new high-quality copper wire featuring glass insulation for use in semiconductor wire bonding Business Wire India

IIG Capital LLC Announces Rebranding of Its Trade Finance Division
IIG Capital LLC, a supplier of innovative financing solutions to domestic and international small- and medium-sized businesses, with a focus on emerging markets, is pleased to announce that it is rebranding its trade finance division as IIG Trade Finance LLC Business Wire India

Covidien plc to Report Second-Quarter Results on April 27, 2012
Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) will report second-quarter results on April 27, 2012, before trading begins. The Company will hold a conference call for investors at 8:30 a.m. ET. The call can be accessed in the following ways: Business Wire India

CSOP Asset Management Deploys Imagine Software’s Risk Solution
Imagine Software today announced that CSOP Asset Management has implemented its award-winning, cloud-based ASP solution to support the risk management requirements of its Greater China Absolute Return fund, a long/short equity and derivatives fund. Business Wire India

UN World Water Day 2012 Recognized at Sustainable Water Management Event
On UN World Water Day 2012, March 22, 2012, the Indonesia Water Mandate Working Group hosted a seminar on ‘Collaborative Actions for Sustainable Water Management in Indonesia.’ This seminar supports the Global UN World Water Theme of “Water and Food Security.” Business Wire India

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