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International News on March 5, 2012

'Hustler' publisher offers 1 million dollars for dirt on US politicians
Larry Flynt has placed a full-page ad in a US newspaper offering 1 million dollars for information related to 'infidelity, sexual impropriety' on the part of any government official. ANI

China's GDP up by over 9 pct in fiscal 2011-12
China's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 9.2 percent in fiscal 2011-12, as compared to figures released in 2010-11. ANI

One hurt in bomb blast near Turkish PM's office in Ankara
One person was injured after a percussion bomb exploded near the office of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in national capital Ankara on Monday ANI

Moon-landing orbiter set be to launched by China in 2013
China will launch its third lunar probe, Chang'e-3 by next year and will conduct a moon landing and lunar explorations, according to its designer. ANI

China will make progress while maintaining stability: Jiabao
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday said the country would progress while maintaining stability. ANI

Doubts cast over possible clues about earliest Christian references
Experts in biblical research have quashed claims about the discovery of the earliest archaeological record of Christians ever, in a suburb of Jerusalem, saying that the findings are "unsurprising". ANI

World's first sex trafficking opera to premiere in UK
Opera is usually based on tales of romance, but this week people in Britain will see the world's first opera about sex trafficking. ANI

Romney eyeing Ohio for White House race after Arizona, Washington and Michigan wins
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is now eyeing the Ohio caucus after winning in Michigan, Arizona and Washington in the White House election race. ANI

Pippa and Prince Harry win admirers 5000 miles apart
Pippa Middleton, who participated in the annual Vasaloppet ski race to raise money for a children's charity, was kissed by a man moments after crossing the finish line. ANI

New book reveals Nixon's secret shrink sessions before 1960 election
A new book, which will come out this month, gives a whole new insight into the 1960s presidential election between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. ANI

Argentina jolted by 6.2 magnitude earthquake
A major earthquake of 6.1 magnitude has jolted Argentina, 69 miles (111 km) east southeast of Santiago del Estero at a depth of 340 miles (550 km). ANI

Sarkozy was worried Pope's visit 'would clash with wife's singing on TV'
Nicolas Sarkozy was worried by the timing of a visit from the Pope because it clashed with Carla Bruni singing live on television, sources have revealed. ANI

Venezuelan President Chavez reveals recently removed tumor was cancerous
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has revealed that a new tumor that was recently removed from his pelvic region was cancerous like the baseball-sized growth extracted from his body about seven months ago. ANI

US willing to transfer detention centers to Kabul
Prospects of the United Sates and Afghanistan having a long-term partnership appear to be receding but Washington has indicated its willingness to transfer its detention centers to Afghan authority within six months. ANI

"Loose talk of war" would only speed Iran towards attaining nuclear weapon: Obama
US President Barack Obama has warned that any "loose talk of war" would only speed Iran towards attaining a nuclear weapon. ANI

Picasso's 'Child with a Dove' sale raises fears it 'could leave UK'
Picasso's painting 'Child with a Dove' is up for auction, sparking fears that it would no longer remain in UK, where it has been displayed since the 70s. ANI

Two Indians killed as tourist bus overturns in Malaysia's Genting Highlands
At least two Indian nationals were killed on Monday in a bus mishap in Malaysia's Genting Highlands. ANI

UK equality quango likely to urge more rights for prisoners, terrorists, gypsies
A Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report is likely to claim that prisoners, gypsies, terrorists and union activists routinely have their human rights abused. ANI

Pakistan test fires short-range ballistic missile
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Monday confirmed that the Pakistani military has successfully test fired a short-range ballistic missile capable of carrying atomic warheads. ANI

UK Home Secretary to visit Jordan to discuss cleric Abu Qatada's extradition
British Home Secretary Theresa May is preparing to meet officials in Jordan this week, as part of the David Cameron government's efforts to extradite radical cleric Abu Qatada. ANI

Japan suppressed report warning of radiation leak from Fukushima plant
Japan suppressed a report that predicted radiation leaks from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011. ANI

At least 2,000 Syrians flee to Lebanon to escape Homs military onslaught
Up to 2,000 people have escaped the military onslaught in Homs in Syria, by trying to reach the Lebanon border. ANI

Bad boss 'may ruin your family life'
Having a bad boss not only has negative impact on mental and physical health of employees, but also on the well-being of their family, researchers say. ANI

North Korean leader orders nation's troops to be on high alert
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly ordered troops along his country's border with South Korea to be on high alert after a visit to the demilitarised zone between the two countries. ANI

Leading UK barrister found dead in Lahore hotel room
A leading British barrister has been found dead in a Lahore hotel room. ANI

Residence Pak doc who aided CIA in tracking Osama 'sealed in Peshawar'
The residence of Dr Shakeel Afridi, who is arrested over treason charges for aiding the CIA to track down former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, has been sealed in Peshawar due to law and order concerns. ANI

Iranian rights lawyer jailed for 18 years for spreading anti-govt propaganda
A Tehran court has reportedly sentenced a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer to 18 years in prison for spreading anti-government propaganda, endangering national security and accepting an illegal German human rights prize in 2009. ANI

Two ex-women employees claim discrimination by Virgin Blue in Brisbane court
Two ex-women employees have told a court in Brisbane that Virgin Blue dealt with them in a discriminatory manner when they went on maternal leave in 2009-10. ANI

Critics cry fraud as poll gives Putin third term in Kremlin
Opposition to Vladimir Putin becoming Russia's president for a third time, and that too for the next six years, shows no sign of abating, with critics claiming that Sunday's presidential polls were rigged and far from honest. ANI

Afghan camps for Baloch separatists closed: Rehman Malik
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said Afghanistan has closed training camps of Baloch separatists, allegedly on the intervention of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. ANI

Trial of Qaeda operatives begin in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has reportedly begun the trial of 55 suspected Al Qaeda operatives, some of whom are also charged in a deadly attack on a U.S. consulate in Jeddah in 2004. ANI

Putin claims Russian presidential election win, Opposition alleges widespread fraud
Russian Prime Minister Vlamidir Putin has claimed his victory in the country's presidential election provoking an opposition outrage. The latter haso alleged that the polls were marred by widespread fraud. ANI

Video reveals torture and abuse of Syrian hospital patients in Homs
A hospital worker has provided video evidence showing medical staff torturing patients under their care in Homs, Syria. ANI

Costa Concordia captain could not see radar 'because he wasn't wearing his glasses'
Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino was not wearing his glasses when the cruise ship toppled off the Tuscan coast, leading to the death of over 30 people, it has been revealed. ANI

Struggle to implement Sharia across Pakistan will continue: Fazl Rehman
Jamiat Ulema Islam-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that the struggle to implement Sharia across Pakistan will continue. ANI

New South Wales to introduce 'burqa-proof' identity checks from April 30
New South Wales has introduced "burqa proof identity checks" that would require women wearing burqas to show their faces to lawyers before witnessing their signatures. ANI

Another 'NATO Quran burning' like incident by Taliban will be disastrous: Afghan army chief of staff
The Afghan army chief of staff has warned that a repeat of a similar incident like the burning of the Quran at a NATO base in Afghanistan, which has already advanced the Taliban's cause, would be disastrous. ANI

Smiths Detection Unveils Mobile, Low-Cost Cargo Scanner
Smiths Detection has unveiled a next-generation X-ray cargo scanner that is smaller, more cost efficient and designed for easier operation in the field than traditional mobile systems. Business Wire India

OREO Turns 100 Years Young
Magic happened on March 6, 1912 when two decoratively embossed chocolate-flavored biscuits met up with a rich crème filling: OREO was born! In honor of this delicious milestone, the World’s Favorite Cookie is on a mission to reignite the spirit of childhood by celebrating the kid inside all of us. Business Wire India

Annik Technology Services Pvt Limited successfully implements Credit Management System (CMS) at National Bank of Fujairah
Annik Technology Services Private Limited has announced the successful implementation of its Credit Management System (CMS) solution at the National Bank of Fujairah (NBF). With CMS, the Bank is able to automate the credit application process end-to-end so as to provide faster turnaround times and provide better service to clients Business Wire India

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