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International News on May 18, 2012

Sri Lanka's ex-army chief granted bail
Sri Lanka's jailed former army commander Sarath Fonseka was granted bail in a case where he is accused of harboring army deserters during last presidential election. ANI

Israeli PM: Iran playing "chess game" in nuclear talks
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that Iran is good at playing "chess game" in negotiations about its nuclear program, local media reported, quoting an official statement. ANI

China refutes India's accusation of overstepping border
China on Friday refuted the accusation from India that Chinese armed forces had overstepped the boundary between the two countries. ANI

Pak needs to own up to flaws rather than always blame neighbours: Ex-envoy Haqqani
Former Ambassador to the U.S., Husain Haqqani has said "Pakistan tends to blame its neighbours, and does not take into account the internal problems in the country's system". ANI

U.S. considering lifting secrecy on drone strikes
The Obama administration is considering a proposal to lift up secrecy from controversial drone strikes. ANI

Pak's benefits being NATO conduit to Afghanistan 'short lived apparition': Haqqani
Former Ambassador to the U.S., Husain Haqqani has said the advantages that Pakistan has as being the conduit for NATO supply routes into Afghanistan will not last forever. ANI

Operation continues to rescue Japanese ship stranded on Cape Town beach
The rescue operation continued on Friday to salvage a Japanese ship that ran aground on a Cape Town beach in South Africa last week. ANI

US Republican Senator Coffman apologizes for branding Obama 'non-American'
US Republican Senator Mike Coffman has apologized for branding President Barack Obama 'non-American.' ANI

Indonesia to deploy peacekeeping mission to southern Philippines
The Indonesian Military is preparing a peacekeeping team to be deployed to the southern Philippines under the command of the United Nations, a statement released by Indonesian military headquarters said on Friday. ANI

200-year-old shipwreck found in Gulf of Mexico
A 19th century shipwreck has been discovered off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico during a scientific expedition led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. ANI

AK-47 makers hope to cash in on Kalashnikov name for selling clothes
The makers of the AK-47 assault rifles are said to be in talks with the family of the gun's namesake, Mikhail Kalashnikov, to obtain the rights to the Kalashnikov brand. ANI

Myanmar forms top-level peace-making group
The Myanmar government has formed a new 11-member top-level peace-making group, led by President U Thein Sein, to effectively carry out peace negotiation tasks with ethnic armed groups in the country, according to the website of the Presidential Office Friday. ANI

U.S. ruling on China-made solar cells signals protectionism: MOC
China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Friday that the U.S.'s preliminary ruling on China-made solar cells sends "negative signals of trade protectionism" to the world. ANI

Kayani's decision to skip Summit aimed at distancing army from reopening NATO routes decision
Amid talks between the U.S. and Pakistan to reopen the NATO supply routes, and confirmation of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's participation in the Chicago Summit, questions have arisen regarding army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani's decision not to attend the summit. ANI

Two NATO service members killed in eastern Afghanistan(Update: Nato)
Two NATO service members were killed Friday morning in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan, the military alliance confirmed in a press release. ANI

Russia launches Canadian telesat
Russia has put a Canadian communications satellite into space, the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Friday. ANI

Smuggler's conviction inspires more China-Canada justice cooperation
China will enhance law enforcement cooperation with Canada, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei promised on Friday upon the sentencing of Lai Changxing, a Chinese smuggler who bribed officials and spent time on the run in Canada.. ANI

Australia, US sign security deal in bid to tackle cyber threats
Australia and United States have signed a cyber security deal that will allow both nations to enhance sharing of technology. ANI

Syrian opposition alliance president offers to resign amid rumours of rifts within group
The president of Syrian National Council, main opposition alliance, Burhan Ghalioun has offered to quit amid growing criticisms and rifts within the group. ANI

Iran's LGBT community subjected to horrifying treatment, finds study
The lifestyle of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people has exposed them to brutal punishments in Iran, according to a study. ANI

North Korea 'resumes work' on light water reactor to support its nuclear programme
North Korea has resumed construction work on a light water reactor in a move to support its nuclear programme, according to a United States institute. ANI

Iran to sue Google over dropping name of Persian Gulf from Google Maps
Iran has threatened to sue Google over dropping the name of the Persian Gulf on Google Maps. ANI

Proposed 'landslide amendments' in Pak security laws could see ISI come under civilian control
The Pakistan Parliamentary Committee on the National Security (PCNS) has decided to propose landslide amendments in laws governing the country's counter-terrorism campaign to address the burning issue of enforced disappearances, especially in Balochistan, and to bring intelligence agencies under civilian control. ANI

U.S. Visa sanction solely to Prez Castro's daughter sparks fury among Cubans
Conservative Cuban-American leaders and American scholars have expressed anger over the Obama administration's decision to grant a visa only to the daughter of Cuban President Paul Castro. ANI

Time Pak military dumped hawkish "pure emotions" stance for strategic concerns: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said the country "has been guided by pure emotion rather than strategic concerns for too long", adding that there was a lot of emotional chest-thumping and rhetoric when what was really needed was realism and pragmatism. ANI

Pakistan haggling with US for 5,000 dollars transit fee for each NATO container
Pakistani negotiators have proposed a fee of about 5,000 dollars for each NATO shipping container and tanker that transits its territory by land into and out of Afghanistan, said a Washington Post report. ANI

Taxing avoiding Facebook co-founder Saverin may not be allowed back into U.S.: Experts
Legal experts have said that Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin may not be allowed back into the United states if the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) and the U.S. State Department arrive at the conclusion that he renounced his American citizenship to avoid paying taxes. ANI

Pak SC rules no special law needed to protect Hindus from 'forced conversions'
Pakistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, while disposing a petition, has said there is no requirement for special legislation regarding the protection of the rights of minorities, as Article 20 of the Constitution already protects minorities in the country. ANI

Obama's Secret Service agent gets busy in sexual romp while on duty
A married US Secret Service agent, who was supposed to be minding President Obama, went to score with a busty beauty at a Dublin nightclub. ANI

Non-Hispanic white births now minority in US
White births in the US have been surpassed by racial and ethnic minorities, according to the estimates of the latest US census data. ANI

Carla Bruni had 'very passionate affair' with France's new foreign minister
Carla Bruni is facing embarrassing revelations about her past love affair with France's new foreign minister. ANI

Pakistan "second most negatively perceived" country in world, reveals BBC poll
Pakistan has been ranked second in the list of most negatively rated countries in the world by a global poll for BBC World Service, which surveyed 24,090 people around the world. ANI

'Real progress' in talks with Pak on reopening NATO supply routes, says White House official
White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon has said there has been "real progress" in talks with Pakistan on the issue of opening NATO supply routes to Afghanistan. ANI

'Rehman Malik is alien to Pakistan'
Lahore, May 18: The media coordinator of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), has demanded the removal of Interior Minister Rehman Malik from the cabinet, dubbing him an 'alien' because of his controversial citizenship. ANI

U.S. House approves amendment linking Pak aid to re-opening of NATO supply routes
U.S. lawmakers in the House of Representatives have voted 412-1 for an amendment that could block up to 650 million dollars in proposed payments to Pakistan, unless Islamabad lets coalition forces resume shipment of war supplies across its territory. ANI

Young Indian mother found mysteriously hanging in Abu Dhabi apartment
A young mother, who hailed from Kottayam in the South Indian state of Kerala committed suicide by hanging herself after sending her six-year-old daughter and her son to buy groceries, leaving her family baffled. ANI

Obama's own literary agency's promotional booklet claims he was born in Africa
A promotional pamphlet edited from publishing imprint Acton and Dystel claimed that Barack Obama, then president of the Harvard Law Review, was "born in Kenya". ANI

US appoints special envoy Mitchell as full ambassador of Myanmar
The Obama administration has named the first full ambassador to Myanmar in more than two decades as political ties between the two countries are improving. ANI

Obama tagged as 'Metrosexual black Abe Lincoln' by Republicans
US elections have shifted back to the economy as campaign teams for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are trading barbs. ANI

Thai court disqualifies red-shirt leader as MP
Thailand's Constitution Court on Friday disqualified Jatuporn Prompan, a key leader of the red- shirt movement, for the ruling Pheu Thai party-list member of parliament, Thai News Agency reported. ANI

1 killed, 13 injured in Taiwan factory blast
A blast Thursday evening and ensuing fire at a metal product factory in Taiwan's western Chang-hua county has left one person dead and 13 others injured, the county's fire department said Friday. ANI

US 'ready' with plans to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro has said Washington is ready to activate measures to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. ANI

U.S. Congress vetoes bill restricting aid to Pak for ISI-backed killing of Americans
Members of the U.S. Congress have cast a substantial 335 votes against the Pakistan Terrorism Accountability Act 2012 bill presented by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, vetoing it out of the Congress. ANI

Afghan suicide attack kills 7 in Farah province
A suicide attack in Farah Province of western Afghanistan has killed seven people and left 13 wounded. ANI

Unidentified North Koreans capture 29 Chinese fishermen
Unidentified North Koreans have captured almost 29 Chinese fishermen and have demanded a ransom for their release, according to Chinese media. ANI

US House endorses continued war in Afghanistan despite war-weariness of Americans
The Republican-controlled US House has endorsed continued war in Afghanistan, despite recognizing from the Republicans and Democrats that the Americans were tired of more than a decade conflict. ANI

Australian Federal Police seize 120 kg of illicit drugs in nationwide parcel post blitz
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service have seized 120 kilograms of illicit drugs, including 80 kilograms of heroin, imported into Australia through the postal service during a three- month targeted operation, the AFP said on Friday. ANI

Two-seater plane crashes in N. Philippines, casualties still unknown
A two-seater military aircraft crashed along La Monja Island in Bataan, western Luzon Island, the casualties is still unknown, the Philippine Coast Guard said Friday. ANI

Zardari to attend Chicago summit, confirms Pak FO
The Pakistan Foreign Office has confirmed the participation of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in the NATO summit in Chicago on the future of Afghanistan, with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar expected to accompany him. ANI

Pak, India cannot be treated equally on civil nuclear technology issue: Australian envoy
Australian High Commissioner Tim George has said Pakistan and India could not be treated equally for provision of civil nuclear technology from Australia, adding that both countries have totally different situations for the provision of nuclear supply. ANI

Robert F Kennedy Jr's wife 'hung herself'
Robert F Kennedy Jr's estranged wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, died of asphyxiation caused by hanging, according to medical officials in New York. ANI

Search operation continues on site of plane crash in Indonesia
Indonesian and Russian rescuers keep searching the small parts of remains of bodies and another part of black box of plane crash in a mountain in Bogor town near Jakarta, Indonesian rescuer said here on Friday. ANI

U.S., Pak decide to reach "conclusion" on NATO supply route opening: White House
The U.S. and Pakistan have decided to "reach a conclusion" to their standoff over Pakistan's blockade of a key supply route, the White House has said. ANI

Two NATO service members killed in Afghanistan
Two NATO service members were killed Friday in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan, the military alliance confirmed in a press release. ANI

Obama pays tribute to disco queen Donna Summer
Barack Obama marked the passing away of singer Donna Summer in a statement. ANI

Chinese smuggling kingpin gets life imprisonment
Lai Changxing, the kingpin of a notorious smuggling ring, was sentenced to life imprisonment Friday for smuggling and bribery, the Intermediate People's Court of Xiamen said. ANI

Women looking to get ahead at work 'need to shut up'
Female employees who want to succeed in the workplace should keep their mouths shut, while the more often men voice their opinions the better they are seen at doing their jobs, a new study has revealed. ANI

Jailed former Sri Lankan army chief Fonseka set to be released, says wife
Jailed former Sri Lankan army chief, General Sarath Fonseka could be released from prison, according to his wife. ANI

RTX Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) Platform Broadens the Scope of IntervalZero’s Solution
IntervalZero Inc., whose RTX software transforms Microsoft Windows into a real-time operating system (RTOS), is broadening the scope of its solution through a vertically integrated RTX RTOS Platform. Business Wire India

Success for Broadband-IP&TV Asia 2012
Broadband-IP&TV Asia 2012 has been hailed a huge success, with well over 1,000 visitors attending the event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this week Business Wire India

Hilton HHonors Announces The Great Getaway Sale
To kick-off the busiest travel season of the year, Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, has launched its latest global sale – The Great Getaway Business Wire India

GT Advanced Technologies Announces Orders Totaling $8 Million for DSS™450 MonoCast™ Upgrades and DSS™450HP Furnaces to Taiwan-based Utech Solar Corporation
GT Advanced Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: GTAT), today announced that it has received two orders totaling $8 million from Taiwan-based wafer manufacturer UTECH Solar. One order is for its new DSS™ 450 MonoCast™ silicon growth technology and the other order is for additional GT DSS™450HP casting furnaces Business Wire India

Dow Corning and Hemlock Semiconductor Reaction to Preliminary U.S. Department of Commerce Determination Regarding Solar Tariffs
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following statement can be attributed to Robert D. Hansen, president and CEO, Dow Corning Corporation & Andrew E. Tometich, president, Hemlock Semiconductor Group. Business Wire India

Alpine Global Premier Properties Fund Commences Tender Offer
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Avery Dennison Joins the Sustainable Apparel Coalition Dedicated to Reducing the Industry’s Environmental and Social Impact
Avery Dennison Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS) division, a global leader in apparel and footwear industry solutions, has become the first solution provider to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a newly formed organization committed to addressing the apparel and footwear industry’s sustainability challenges. Business Wire India

OSIsoft Receives Presidential “E” Award for Exports
OSIsoft was awarded the Presidential “E” Award for Exports by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary John Bryson at the White House in Washington, D.C. The “E” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Business Wire India

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