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International News on May 27, 2012

Michelle Obama makes history by taking daughter to Beyonce
Michelle Obama accompanied her daughters Sasha and Malia to Beyonce's live performance in Atlantic City on Saturday. ANI

Bangladeshi opposition lawmakers get bail in arson attack case
A High Court Division bench of Bangladesh Sunday granted ad-interim bail for six months to five opposition alliance lawmakers accused of torching a vehicle during a dawn-to-dusk hartal last month. ANI

32 children massacred as Syrian forces target rebels
A regime-backed massacre in Syria has left almost 32 children among more than 90 dead. ANI

Pak Govt justifies 5,000 dollars fee for shipping containers
As Pakistan and the United States make some headway in bilateral talks, Islamabad's demand for 5,000 dollars per container for transporting goods to Afghanistan through its territory remains the biggest stumbling block. ANI

Charles and Camilla become Britain's 1st choice to become king and queen
A new poll reveals that the majority of Britain now want Prince Charles and his wife Camilla on the throne. ANI

Summer storm destroys nearly 20 houses in S. Thailand
Nearly 20 houses in downtown Songkhla province in southern Thailand were damaged by a summer storm on Sunday, according to a local officer. ANI

Iraqi president calls for national dialogue to avoid growing rifts
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani urged the country's deeply-divided political factions to resolve their political dispute through national dialogue to avoid growing tensions that could split the country. ANI

8 civilians killed in IASF air strike in east Afghanistan
Eight civilians were killed Saturday night in an air strike conducted by the NATO-led coalition forces in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia, an Afghan provincial official said Sunday. ANI

Obama's late mum was a pro at batik
Barack Obama's mother Ann Dunham's Indonesian batik collection will be showcased at a private collection in Malaysia. ANI

Wills-Kat 'undergoing SAS anti-kidnap training'
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are reportedly being given new SAS anti-kidnap training amid mounting fears that they might be targeted during the Jubilee celebrations and Olympics. ANI

Iran opens new parliament
The Islamic republic inaugurated the new Majlis (parliament) on Sunday. ANI

Syria denies involvement in carnage in central region
A Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman denied Sunday his country's government troops' involvement in the deadly carnage that had left more than 90 people killed in the central village of Houla two days ago. ANI

No reopening of NATO supply routes: JUI-F chief
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazl ur Rehman has said after the resolution of parliament, all agreements with America on NATO supplies have been cancelled and the government administratively could not restore NATO supplies. ANI

Saudi woman confronts religious police for trying to chastise her for 'painted nails'
A Saudi woman confronted members of the country's religious police after they accused her of breaking strict modesty rules with her painted nails. ANI

Top Pak leaders demand end to Balochistan military operation
Top political leaders who attended a National Conference on Balochistan have called for an end to the ongoing military operation in insurgency-hit Balochistan, and the withdrawal of military and paramilitary troops from the province. ANI

Queen lookalike makes surprise visit to China ahead of Diamond Jubilee
A lookalike of Queen Elizabeth was specially flown into Shanghai to greet Chinese shoppers at a local shopping mall, the Daning International Plaza, ahead of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. ANI

Office desk 'may jeopardise your health'
Office desks put workers at risk of serious illness because they are crawling with germs, experts have warned in a new study. ANI

Pak-origin UK politician under scrutiny for not declaring rental income
Pak-origin British politician Baroness Warsi is facing charges from Labour over her accommodation expenses and rental income. ANI

Headway on energy import from India soon: Pak minister
Pakistan's Federal Minister for Water and Power, Naveed Qamar, has said talks are underway for the import of electricity from India, adding that headway was expected on the project soon. ANI

CM Shahbaz Sharif calls on Punjab to march against "Ali Baba and 40 thieves"
The Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province, Shahbaz Sharif, has called on demonstrators to march with him to Islamabad against the government, whom he refers to as "Ali Baba and the 40 thieves". ANI

Ex-American prez Carter says irregularities will not affect final Egyptian poll results
Former American President Jimmy Carter has said that some incidents of violations were noted by monitors during the presidential elections, adding that such irregularities would not affect final results. ANI

15-point resolution passed to tackle Balochistan issue
Top leaders of major political parties, who attended the National Conference on Balochistan, unanimously passed a 15-point resolution calling for an end to the ongoing military operation in insurgency-hit Balochistan, and the withdrawal of military and paramilitary troops from the province. ANI

Brain drain of bright Afghan women taking place amid fear of Taliban return: Report
A brain drain of bright young women is taking place in Afghanistan before the 2014 handover, as most of them fear that Taliban-style rule would return to the country after of NATO forces withdraw. ANI

Blind dissident Chen's brother goes missing after fleeing to Beijing
Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng's brother Chen Guangfu has disappeared after escaping to Beijing. ANI

At least 6 seriously injured in grenade attacks in northern Kenya
At least six people were seriously injured in two separate grenade attacks in northern Kenya on Saturday night, police said. ANI

IAEA's insistence on Parchin visit due to international pressure: Iranian atomic chief
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Fereidoon Abbasi said that the insistence of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on visiting Iran's military site of Parchin is due to the pressure mounted by " certain countries," Iran's Press TV reported on Saturday. ANI

First body of missing soldiers in Pakistan's Siachen avalanche recovered
The first body of the 127 soldiers who went missing in Pakistan's Siachen avalanche on April 7th has been recovered in the wee hours of Sunday. ANI

4 NATO soldiers killed in blasts in Afghanistan
Four NATO soldiers were killed in separate explosions in restive southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the military alliance confirmed in a press release on Sunday morning. ANI

Kathmandu beefs up security to avert potential clashes
With the looming deadline of the Constituent Assembly on May 27 in Nepal, security in the capital Kathmandu has been beefed up in order to avert any untoward incidents. ANI

Around 150 people reach top of Mt. Qomolangma from Nepali side
A near-record number of climbers reached the summit of Mt. Qomolangma from Nepali side as the season ended Saturday without a repeat of last week's deadly accidents, which had raised fears of overcrowding on the world's highest peak. ANI

Myanmar to halt jade mining in Kachin amid security concerns
Myanmar authorities will suspend all jade mining work by private companies in the northernmost state of Kachin starting the end of this month, local media reported Sunday. ANI

Top UN officials slam deadly attack on civilians in Syria
Top UN officials on Saturday strongly condemned the killing of more than 90 civilians in Syria, and stressed that those responsible for the deadly attack must be held accountable. ANI

Egypt Leftist party candidate demands vote recount citing 'violations'
Hamdin Sabbahi, from the Leftist Al-Karamah party, has demanded a recount in Egypt's presidential election citing many violations. ANI

List of words to avoid online to stop US Big Brother from spying on you revealed
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of words it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media to look for signs of terrorist or other threats against America. ANI

Hafiz Saeed accuses India of attempting to 'destabilise' Pak
Jamaat-ud-Dawa Chief Hafiz Saeed has said it is not only the United States, but also India that is interfering in Pakistan's internal affairs and is equally involved in activities aimed at destabilisation. ANI

UK's former RAF air base at Machrihanish sold for 1 pound
The former Royal Air Force (RAF) airbase at Machrihanish on Kintyre Peninsula has been sold for a pound. ANI

Participation in NATO summit big 'mistake': Ex Pak army officials
Former Pakistan army officials have said participating in the NATO summit in Chicago was a "mistake", as the outcome was disappointing, where Pakistan was treated as an "accused". ANI

Mali rebel groups agree to create new Islamic state based on Sharia law
Two rebel groups that seized northern Mali have reportedly agreed to merge and create an independent Islamic state to rule the north of the country. ANI

Pope Benedict's butler formally charged in papal corruption, nepotism leak case
Vatican authorities have formally charged Pope Benedict's butler with illegal possession of secret documents. ANI

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