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International News on May 25, 2012

'Traitor' Afridi's arrest used as 'example' by Pak intelligence services: Expert
An expert has said there is no reason that Islamabad can't come to its senses on the issue of Dr Afridi's arrest and sentencing, realising that the two countries are together in this long struggle against dark forces. ANI

Obama leads by thin margin over Romney in crucial swing states, finds poll
U.S. President Barack Obama has a narrow advantage over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in three most crucial states, Florida, Ohio and Virginia, according to poll. ANI

Anti-Americanism blinding Pak from acting in its own interest: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said the only message the world will get from the sentencing of Dr Shakil Afridi is that Pakistan is not serious about fighting Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and that the anti-Americanism in the country is so severe, it prevents Pakistan from seeing and doing things that are in its own interest. ANI

Obama doc sentencing shows Pak backs terrorism and radical Islam: U.S. Congressman
U.S. Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher has said the persecution and unjust imprisonment of Dr Shakeel Afridi, who helped the U.S. locate Osama Bin Laden, explicitly demonstrates the fact that the Pakistan Government is on the side of terrorism and radical Islam. ANI

Chinese Police crack down on online gun sales network
Chinese police have arrested a gang suspected of being behind an online network that sold smuggled firearms to gun enthusiasts across the country, it was announced on Friday. ANI

Africa Day observed in South Africa
South Africans marked Africa Day on Friday, with events of the first global African Diaspora Summit (ADS), cultural activities and a parliament debate with the theme of "Celebrating African Cultural Renaissance through Dialogue". ANI

About 100 killed during mutiny in eastern Congo
The mutiny by soldiers of the DR Congo Armed Forces (FARDC) at Katchanga area of North-Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) could have resulted into deaths of almost 100 people, a source from the North-Kivu civil society has said. ANI

Syria asserts economy still solid amid sanctions despite price soaring
With recession and sky-high unemployment, the Syrians officials, while confessing that the European Union (EU) and U.S. sanctions have hit the Syrian people hard, are still sending assurances that the country's economy is stable. ANI

Two killed in Turkey police station blast
A suicide bomber attacked a police station in Anatolian Kayseri province in central Turkey on Friday, leaving at least two people killed and 10 others injured, local newspaper Hurriyet Daily News said on its website. ANI

NASA scientist weighs space rock from millions of miles away
A NASA scientist has accurately determined the mass of a nearby asteroid from millions of miles away. ANI

Rare transit of Venus to be visible 5-6 June
Venus will cross the face of the Sun on 5-6 June, a rare occurrence that will not be seen again for over a hundred years. ANI

Canines pose for 'tongue-in-cheek' calendar in yoga positions
A photographer from Texas and his former yoga teacher wife have created a calendar, where rescued canines are pictured mastering a series of tricky yoga positions. ANI

Pak lawyers to appeal against treason sentence of Osama operation doctor
Pakistani lawyers have said they would appeal against the conviction for treason handed to Dr Shakeel Afridi, the physician recruited by the CIA to track down Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Prince William hails 'brilliant grandmother' Queen Elizabeth
Prince William has admitted that he has always had a healthy respect for his grandmother because she juggled the task with her royal responsibilities well. ANI

Why 55-year-old Dame Helen Mirren still clicks among fashionistas
Nine out of ten women believe that women over 55 years of age are more stylish than ever- to the extent that older celebrities have now become fashion role models for the younger generation, according to a survey ANI

Court case over drone strike 'could force UK to reveal intelligence exchanges with U.S.'
Human rights lawyers acting on behalf of a Pakistani student are seeking a judicial review aimed at forcing the Foreign Secretary to say whether there is such a policy, in a case which threatens to expose ministers to allegations of war crimes. ANI

Quite a lot of Americans have no access to health care: Report
The United States declares it has the best health care service in the world, but quite a lot Americans can not enjoy due medication and health care, said a Chinese report on the U.S. human rights record on Friday. ANI

Services resume on rain-hit S. China railway
Trains on a major railway in south China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region began running again late on Friday afternoon, after they were disrupted by torrential rain earlier in the day. ANI

U.S. leads in gun violence, gun deaths: Report
The United States is the leader among the world's developed countries in gun violence and gun deaths, according to a report on the U.S. human rights record released on Friday. ANI

State of alert imposed on Israeli-Lebanese border
A high state of alert has been imposed since the early hours of Friday near the Israeli- Lebanese border as Lebanon celebrates the 12th commemoration of the Israeli withdrawal from its south. ANI

Blind dissident Chen describes house arrest sufferings in China as 'beyond imagination'
Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has described his suffering during 20 months of house arrest in China as 'beyond imagination'. ANI

Blind dissident Chen demands China to probe harassment of family by officials
Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has said that China should thoroughly investigate and prosecute those responsible for harassing his family and supporters. ANI

NA Speaker abused her position, says Nisar
Leader of Opposition in the Pakistan National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has lashed out at the Speaker's decision on Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's resignation. ANI

Obama reaffirmed revival of Pak-U.S. relations: White House official
A White House official has said U.S. President Barack Obama has reaffirmed the reset of U.S.-Pakistan relations in a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari that took place on the sidelines of the NATO Summit on May 20-21. ANI

MJ overdose drug propofol to be used in Missouri executions
The anesthetic, whose overdose had caused the death of pop star Michael Jackson, has now become the drug of choice for executions in Missouri, causing a stir among critics who question how the state can guarantee a drug untested for lethal injection won't cause pain and suffering for the condemned. ANI

US Muslim soldier found guilty for plotting attack on Fort Hood troops in 2011
A U.S. soldier, who was charged with plotting an attack on Fort Hood troops in 2011, has been found guilty on all counts. ANI

Post-Fukushima radiation readings in Japan 'below cancer-causing levels', says WHO
A World Health Organisation report has revealed that radiation levels across most of Japan are below cancer-causing levels, since the Fukushima plant accident occurred due to an earthquake a year ago. ANI

Ex-Lankan army chief barred from political office for seven years, despite release
Former Sri Lankan army chief General (retired) Sarath Fonseka has been barred from political office for seven years, despite being freed from jail, his lawyer has said. ANI

U.S. claims deterioration of human rights conditions in China
The U.S. State Department has said that human rights conditions have deteriorated in China. ANI

Francois Hollande 'to pop the question to girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler'
French President Francois Hollande and girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler are set to marry 'in the near future', it has been revealed. ANI

Obama urged to force Pak to free convicted Osama op doc Afridi
A key U.S. lawmaker has asked President Barack Obama to demand from Islamabad the release of Dr Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani physician who has been sentenced 33 years imprisonment on treason charges for helping the CIA trace the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Controversial auction of Ronald Reagan blood vial cancelled
A vial said to contain a sample of late Ronald Reagan's blood has been withdrawn from sale by an online auction house, after criticisms from the former US president's foundation group. ANI

Iran nuclear deal over uranium stockpile ends in deadlock
Iran and the world's six leading powers over the former's nuclear stockpile have collapsed after two days of negotiations in Baghdad. ANI

Gilani calls Speaker's decision not to disqualify him "victory for democracy"
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the National Assembly Speaker's refusal to send a reference against him to the Election Commission is a "victory for democracy". ANI

Russia claims secret US operation sabotaged its superjet plane that crashed in Indonesia
Russian military intelligence has claimed that a U.S. undercover operation could have damaged its new superjet plane that crashed in Indonesia two weeks ago. ANI

NYPD surveillance of Muslims not in violation of New Jersey laws
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration has said that the New York Police Department (NYPD) did not violate state laws when they conducted a surveillance of Muslim businesses, mosques and student groups. ANI

Muslim Brotherhood heading towards victory in first round of Egyptian elections
The Muslim Brotherhood is moving towards a surprise victory in the first round of presidential elections in Egypt. ANI

Flexibility scores over 9-5 timings in job preference
It seems that 9-5 desk job is losing it's popularity, with a new survey suggesting that Australia is leading the world in freelance and part-time work. ANI

Nepal political crisis looms over failure of interim government to draft new constitution
The Supreme Court of Nepal has rejected a proposal by the interim assembly to extend its term by three months giving it a chance to draft a new constitution. ANI

Jesus was crucified on Friday April 3, 33 A.D.
A study on earthquake activity at the Dead Sea has revealed the exact date of Jesus' crucifixion, which has been debated for years. ANI

U.S. concerned over massive human rights violations in Pak
The U.S. State Department, in its annual report on human rights, has said the "most serious human rights' problems" in Pakistan include extrajudicial killings, torture and disappearances by both security forces and terrorists. ANI

Michelle Obama wishes to be Beyonce
Michelle Obama has revealed that she secretly wishes she could be Beyonce. ANI

Sarah Palin's ex fiance Levi Johnston 'broke and living with mum'
Bristol Palin's former fiance Levi Johnston is said to be broke after he squandered it on "guns, boats and four-wheelers." ANI

Bill Clinton made it a point to meet us, say p*rn stars at Monaco fundraiser
Porn starlets Brooklyn Lee and Tasha Reign have revealed that former President Bill Clinton took the initiative to meet them at a fundraiser in Monaco. ANI

Musharraf 'murdered my mother': Bilawal Bhutto
The son of slain Pakistan leader Benazir Bhutto has accused ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf of "murdering" his mother, by sabotaging her security. ANI

Gospel of Barnabas find will cause Christianity's collapse, Iran claims
Iran has claimed that a leather-bound religious text, thought to date from the fifth century but discovered only 12 years ago, will cause the collapse of Christianity worldwide. ANI

Pak student sets Guinness Record for Microsoft Professional Certificate programming
A Pakistani student has set a world record by achieving 998 marks out of a total of 1000 in a Microsoft Professional Certificate programme. ANI

U.S. should respect country's decision to imprison Dr Afridi: Pak FO
The Pakistan foreign ministry has said the United States should respect the country's decision to imprison Dr Shakil Afridi, a doctor accused of helping the Central Investigation Agency find Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Livid U.S. cuts 33 mln dollars in aid to 'double dealing' Pak over Osama doctor sentence
In a fresh blow to the battered relations between America and Pakistan, U.S. Congressmen on the powerful Senate appropriations committee have voted to deduct 1 million dollars from the 800 million dollars annual budget for each of the 33 years that Dr Shakeel Afridi has been sentenced to, for working with the U.S. Central Investigation Agency (CIA). ANI

Deutsche Telekom’s Wi-Fi Mobilize Provides Telna’s and dtac’s Customers with Worldwide Wi-Fi Access and Best User Experience
Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS), the wholesale arm of Deutsche Telekom AG, announced today that Telna in North America and dtac in Thailand have signed contracts for Deutsche Telekom’s Wi-Fi Mobilize solution Business Wire India

DAZ 3D Revolutionizes 3D Clothing with Genesis Supersuit
Digital Art Zone (DAZ) today announced GenesisTM Supersuit, a revolutionary product which reinvents 3D clothing for its free software DAZ StudioTM. This single product allows users to create an almost unlimited number of costume designs. DAZ announced its free 3D software offering on Feb. 1, 2012, resulting in over 250,000 new users. Business Wire India

Intellectual Property Exchange International Attracts Leading Global Corporations, Universities, National Laboratories as New Members
The Intellectual Property Exchange International Inc. (IPXI), the world’s first financial exchange that facilitates non-exclusive licensing and trading of intellectual property (IP) rights with market-based pricing and standardized terms, announced today that its membership has grown to 27 organizations Business Wire India

DoubleTree by Hilton Debuts in Okinawa, Japan
Hilton Worldwide has opened the DoubleTree by Hilton, Naha in Okinawa, Japan – the tenth Hilton Worldwide hotel in Japan and the first in the fast-growing, upscale DoubleTree by Hilton brand portfolio Business Wire India

Taro Provides Results for Three Months Ended March 2012
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TARO) (“Taro,” or the “Company”) today provided unaudited financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2012. Business Wire India

GlobalCollect and Newzoo Join Forces to Provide Unique Insights into Video Game Monetization
GlobalCollect, the world’s premier payment service provider of local e-payments, has announced it has extended its partnership with games research firm, Newzoo, to provide fresh data on key emerging and western markets for 2012 Business Wire India

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