Tuesday, December 14, 2010

UK court frees WikiLeaks’ Assange on bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, arrested in Britain on Swedish allegations of sex crimes, was freed on bail by a British court on Tuesday.
Judge Howard Riddle granted him bail with conditions until another hearing on Jan. 11.
The 39-year-old Australian, whose website has provoked U.S. fury by publishing some of a trove of 250,000 classified U.S. diplomatic papers, was

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Hamid Kazmi, Azam Swati sacked

ISLAMABAD: Hamid Saeed Kazmi and Azam Swati have been sacked from their portfolios following a dispute involving hajj scandal, Geo News reported Tuesday.

Ice-cream parlour can prove my innocence: Butt

Butt says thousands of dollars found in his hotel room came from daily tour allowances, bat sponsorship and the ice-cream parlour opening. PHOTO: REUTERS
LONDON: Former captain Salman Butt on Monday insisted that a London ice-cream parlour could help clear him of ‘spot-fixing’ allegations made as part of the corruption scandal surrounding the Pakistan cricket team.
Butt said thousands of pounds discovered in his London hotel room after a ‘sting operation’ conducted by Britain’s News of the World (NoW) tabloid, came from

BlackBerry – Banned for official use in Pakistan

The government has decided to ban official use of BlackBerry cellphones to plug leakage of sensitive information to hostile parties, well-informed sources in Interior Ministry told Business Recorder.
Authentic reports suggest that the Indian government is attempting to acquire the capability of intercepting transmissions in the hope of extracting sensitive information. Pakistan Armed Forces ie Army, Air Force and Pakistan Navy have already banned the use of

Restorers put finishing touches to Leaning Tower of Pisa

Restorers put finishing touches to Leaning Tower of Pisa PISA: As a biting wind howls through the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Marco Berettini pulls his hat down closer over his ears and struggles across the slanted belfry to shelter behind a medieval pillar.

Berettini is battling the elements to put the finishing touches to an eight-year restoration project to remove sea salt, pigeon droppings and tourist graffiti from the tower before the scaffolding comes down early next year.

At just 12 kilometres (seven miles) from the

Skipping breakfast may not enlarge a kid's lunch

Skipping breakfast may not enlarge a kid NEW YORK: Skipping breakfast may not change how much food a kid eats during the rest of the day, suggests a new study.

But missing the morning meal still carries consequences, the researchers caution.

Some evidence has suggested that the increasingly common practice of skipping breakfast could lead kids to overeat at later meals, and eventually pack on extra pounds. Yet few studies have rigorously tested whether that's what really

Butt refutes spot-fixing allegations

Butt refutes spot-fixing allegations LONDON: Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has said thousands of pounds of cash discovered by police searches of his hotel room during spot-fixing inquiries was all part of his legitimate tour allowances.

Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammed Aamer were all provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following allegations resulting from a 'sting' operation conducted by Britain's News of the World newspaper that they'd all conspired in the bowling of deliberate no-balls as part of a

US diplomat Holbrooke dies at 69

US diplomat Holbrooke dies at 69 WASHINGTON: Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan and a key figure in the 1995 peace agreement that ended three years of war in Bosnia, died Monday from a heart ailment, media reported.

Holbrooke, 69, died after undergoing surgery for a torn aorta at a Washington hospital. He fell ill on Friday while working at the State Department on the building's seventh floor where US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has her office.

His death comes at a critical time for

Google Nexus S up for pre-order in the UK, will set you back £550

Brits can now pre-order the sophomore Google smartphone - the Google Nexus S. It will be the first ever phone to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Google has its eye on the future with this one with NFC built-in and a unique curved display.

The Google Nexus S starts off with an excellent technology base (the Samsung Galaxy S) and builds on top of that - the specs sound great on

WikiLeaks’ founder Assange seeks bail in UK court

assange protest AP 543 WikiLeaks founder Assange seeks bail in UK court
Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, some wearing masks depicting him and holding placards participate at a demonstration outside the Swedish Embassy In central London, Monday, Dec. 13, 2010. Assange remains in a U.K. jail ahead of a Dec. 14 hearing where he plans to fight Sweden's request to extradite him to face sex crimes allegations there. Marianne Ny, named on

Of Creating Fan Pages on Facebook!

We have all seen, visited, liked and even become fans of different fan pages on Facebook. For example, I am a fan of Akcent, Subway, Friends, Outfitters, BlackBerry, Dan Brown, and the list goes on and on.
Fan pages on social networks basically enable general public to interact and engage with their favorite brands, beloved celebrities and even provide them

Selena Gomez denies fresh Bieber dating reports

Pop singer and actress Selena Gomez has yet again brushed off rumours linking her with teen sensation Justin Bieber.

The Another Cinderella Story star who has been linked to 16-year-old Bieber earlier as well, sparked fresh rumours when they were spotted having a cosy breakfast together at the International House of Pancakes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

But the 18-year-old star has denied the reports, insisting the 'date' they were spotted on was an "innocent" breakfast, reported MTV News.

"It was pancakes. Who doesn't like

Kim Kardashian's got a brand new man

Kim Kardashian seems to be dating heavily. Just days after being spotted on a night out with Gabriel Aubry, the reality star was seen party-hopping with basketball player Kris Humphries.

Decked out in a white fur coat, the 30-year-old star made her new romance public while shuffling several events in New York City with the New Jersey Nets player on Friday, reported Us magazine.

After checking out the Z100's Jingle Ball concert - featuring Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Katy Perry - the pair headed to NYC's Provocateur lounge, where they were

Angelina and Johnny Depp's The Tourist bombs at box office

They are two of Hollywood's hottest stars but the presence of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp could not salvage The Tourist, which has now bombed at the box-office after getting panned by critics.

Despite the pulling power of Jolie and Depp, the romantic thriller set in Venice, Italy, failed to attract moviegoers and is set to take less than USD 20 million on its opening weekend.

The film was the first time the two Hollywood stars got together on screen, but despite the hype, movie experts predict that it will be pulled from US theatres in a matter of

Douglas, Zeta-Jones named top celebrity couple 2010

Cancer-stricken Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones have been named the top celebrity couple of 2010.

The "Wall Street" legend dominated headlines in August when he revealed he has been diagnosed with a throat tumour, reports contactmusic.com.

In a poll by dating website chemistry.com, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt came second, while Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher rounded out the top three of the

Father "sad" about bong smoking Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus' father Billy Ray has admitted he has been left bitterly disappointed over a video which surfaced online showing his teen star daughter smoking a bong.

The country singer, who is in the throes of a divorce from wife Tish, took to Twitter today to address the tape, which captures the 18-year-old giggling uncontrollably after puffing on the pipe with friends, reported Daily Mail.

"Sorry guys. I had no idea. I'm so sad. There is

Pussycat Dolls rows were "inevitable": Nicole Scherzinger

Pop star Nicole Scherzinger thinks her fight with her Pussycat Dolls bandmates was "inevitable".

The original members of the group - Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta and Melody Thornton - have now gone their separate ways amid rumours of tension between the women, but the Poison hitmaker insists they always handled their rows well, reported Contactmusic.

"It's inevitable that any girl group who are breathing the same airspace 24/7 are going to bicker. But I think we

Katrina Kaif voted 'Sexiest Woman in the World' again

Sheila Ki Jawani is showing no signs of waning as Bollywood beauty Katrina Kaif has been named the Sexiest Woman in the World for the third year in a row, beating off competition from her contemporaries like Freida Pinto and Priyanka Chopra.

The actress whose moves in the hit dance number earned her plenty of fans, topped London based newspaper Eastern Eye's list of the hottest women in the world.

The star of one of the year's biggest hits Raajneeti and hotly anticipated Christmas release Tees Maar Khan is

Ashmit is like an elder brother to me: Sara Khan

Ashmit is like an elder brother to me: Sara KhanShe never knew she would come out as a married woman when she entered reality show "Bigg Boss 4". But however hard TV actress Sara Khan is trying to be happy about it, the controversy over her televised wedding to Ali Merchant has left her disturbed.

"I am still getting over the fact that I am a married girl now. It does make me feel nice and happy, but as I am getting to know about the controversy over my wedding, I wonder what happened and why. It is very upsetting, " Sara told over phone from Mumbai.

Sara and Ali, who were dating each other for three years before tying the knot on the TV show, got embroiled into a mess when the bride's parents claimed that the couple had married two years back.

Now Sara, best known for her portrayal of Sadhna in "Sapna Baabul Ka...Bidaai", wants to go to the root of the issue and says she can't comment on

Kareena hits back at Priyanka: I Am Beautiful!

Kareena hits back at Priyanka: I Am Beautiful!The sets of television chat show 'Koffee With Karan' has turned into a battleground for all our Bollywood beauties.

With host Karan Johar fielding some of the most controversial questions to the celebrities sitting on his couch, they too, do not shy away from giving some of the wackiest answers in spite of the fact that they are on national television.

And if reports are to be believed, the celebrities have taken the show so seriously that they are suffering from the after effects of 'Koffee With Karan'! What else can we term the catfight between once good friends Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra?

When asked by Karan Johar what she would like to take away from Bebo's laptop, Piggy Chops promptly asked whether Kareena Kapoor at all has a computer in the first place!

And now it looks like that our catty Bebo is not prepared to sit back and listen to such

Deepika getting into shape for utterly sceret item song

Deepika getting into shape for utterly sceret item song

Deepika Padukone is getting into shape to shoot the sizzling Dum maro dum track for Rohan Sippy's film of that title at Yashraj Studios on Tuesday.

The Anand Bakshi-penned song re-written by Jaideep Sahni (who has scripted Yashraj's Chak De and Rocket Singh Salesman Of The Year) and re-composed by Pritam Chakraborty will be choreographed by Bosco-Caesar. The song will be shot in utter secrecy.

And now in the film's leading lady Bipasha Basu's absence (she's in Australia shooting for Roland Joffe's Singularity) the song is all set to sizzle with Deepika dazzling on the dance-floor, her second item song. The first was with Shah Rukh Khan in Billu.

This time she go-goes it alone.

Says a source from the