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International News on March 8, 2012

Murdered Oz-Indian siblings' dad feared for daughter's safety after break-up with ex lover
The murdered Indian-origin siblings' father had told police before their deaths that he was worried for his daughter Neelma's safety after her relationship with accused killer Max Sica had hit the rocks, an Australian court has heard. ANI

Obama campaign's senior strategist Axelrod says Romney heading on 'death march' to nomination
President Barack Obama campaign's senior strategist David Axelrod has said GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is heading on a death march to nomination due to the persistent negativity of the Republican campaign. ANI

Two News International journalists try to commit suicide amid phone hacking, corruption probes
Two News International journalists are recovering in hospital, after surviving apparent suicide attempts in the wake of the phone hacking and corruption scandals that have engulfed media mogul Rupert Murdoch's empire. ANI

Pak kids grow faster than global counterparts because of spicy food, claims minister
Pakistan's Interior Minister has said that the nation's children grow up more quickly than in other countries due to the hot climate and spicy food. ANI

New UN report claims 'rights abuses' surged in Iran during past decade
A new United Nations report has said that Iran has radically augmented executions over the past decade and abused the rights of students, women, journalists and religious minorities. ANI

Thousands of claims of sexual abuse in Oz military in last 50 years being investigated
Australia's military is facing investigation into accusations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse after a preliminary assessment by a legal firm, which was set up in 2011 following a sex scandal at a military academy in 2011. ANI

Pak SC orders Babar Awan to be indicted on March 20 over contempt of court charges
The Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered that former Law Minister Babar Awan will be indicted on contempt of court charges on March 20. ANI

Jalil vows to keep Libya united by force after declaration of autonomy by eastern region
Libyan leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil has vowed to use force to stop the country from disintegrating following leaders' declaration of autonomy in the eastern region. ANI

Rape continues to be used as tool to suppress women in Pakistan: AHRC
Rape continues to be used as tool to suppress women in Pakistan, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has said, expressing its deep concern on occasion of the International Women's Day. ANI

'Indian- origin student had tried to apologize for web- streaming gay roommate's encounter'
The lawyer of former Indian-origin Rutgers student accused of spying on his roommate has said that his client had tried to explain and apologize for recording his hostel room-mate, Tyler Clementi's intimate encounter with his date on September 22, 2010. ANI

Pak SC orders Gilani to write letter to Swiss authorities to reopen Zardari graft cases
The Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to write a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen cases against President Asif Ali Zardari without seeking advice. ANI

BBC World News TV channel restored in Pakistan
BBC World News television has been fully restored in Pakistan after being taken the off air last November. ANI

Prince Harry achieves near perfect score at firing exercise in Jamaica
British Prince Harry achieved a near perfect score at a live firing exercise at a military base in Jamaica. ANI

China to resume approval, construction of nuke plants
China will soon resume the approval and construction of nuclear power plants, senior officials have said. ANI

Iran 'trying to remove evidence showing that it tested detonators for nuclear weapons'
Iran is trying to destroy evidence indicating its scientists tested detonators for nuclear weapons by clearing a military site, ahead of an inspection, the International Atomic Energy Agency has claimed. ANI

Switch to daylight saving time leads to 'cyberloafing' at workplace
The annual shift to daylight saving time and its accompanying loss of sleep results in employees spending more time than normal surfing the Web for non-work-related content, a new study has revealed. ANI

Panama City sets new record for world's largest bikini parade
A group of 450 bikini-clad women broke the Guinness World Record for the world's Largest Bikini Parade on Tuesday in Panama City Beach, Florida, beating Australia's record. ANI

Western diplomats admit there's no clear mechanism for toppling Assad regime in Syria'
Syria President Bashar al-Assad can survive for some time as the West does not have a "clear mechanism" for toppling his regime, senior Western diplomats have said. ANI

Syria's deputy oil minister resigns
Syria's Deputy Oil Minister Abdo Hussameddin has announced his resignation, saying he is joining the anti-government revolt. ANI

Now, Twitter available in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu
Micro-blogging social communication medium Twitter has rolled out versions of its site in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu, all right-to-left languages for the first time. According to the BBC, Twitter use the help of 13,000 volunteers to translate its menu options and support pages into these four languages ANI

MQM chief greets Pak Hindu community on "Holi"
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has greeted the Hindu community on the occasion of their religious festival of "Holi". ANI

Pak security agencies were 'very close' to capturing Osama before US raid: Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has claimed that his country's security agencies were 'very close' to capturing the slain al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden. ANI

Most Pakistanis believe Osama's mysterious presence in Abbottabad will remain a mystery forever
The Pakistan government may have promised to get to the roots of the mystery surrounding Osama bin Laden's presence in the Abbottabad compound, yet few believe that the Abbottabad Commission will succeed in doing so. ANI

Whitehall squandered 1.4bn pounds to make 'efficiency savings' of just 159m pounds
Government departments in Britain have reportedly squandered 1.4 billion pounds over the past seven years to make 'efficiency savings' of just 159 million pounds. ANI

Two Indian schools in Abu Dhabi to add 1,400 seats
Two Indian schools in Abu Dhabi have got approval to add about 1,400 seats in the next academic year. ANI

Mistrust ran rampant between Osama's wives in Abbottabad
A retired Pakistan Army brigadier has claimed that there was mistrust between Osama bin Laden's wives, with one of them even accusing the other of betraying the killed al-Qaeda leader by passing on information to American intelligence. ANI

Mexico's Carlos Slim is Forbes richest person in the world for second consecutive year
Forbes magazine has declared Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim as the world's richest man, in its annual listing of the world's wealthiest people. ANI

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