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'Only Fools and Horses' episode named most memorable Brit Christmas TV moment
An episode of the BBC sitcom 'Only Fools And Horses' has been named as Britain's most memorable Christmas television moment. he 1996 episode saw Del Boy and Rodney dress up as Batman and Robin for a party, which turns out to be a wake beat scenes from 'Wallace And Gromit and the Snowman', according to a survey for TV channel Gold. ANI

Heavy snowfall disrupts northern Europe's airports and roads
Heavy snowfall has caused disruption across northern Europe, closing airports and bringing traffic to a standstill on Wednesday. ANI

'N. Korea could attack South again prior to power succession'
There is reportedly a 'high possibility' that North Korea could attack South Korea again before its ailing leader Kim Jong-il hands over his power to his youngest son Kim Jong-un, according to Seoul's intelligence chief. ANI

Pak 'privately approved' US drone strikes while publicly condemning them: Wikileaks
The Pakistan government privately approved US drone strikes while publicly condemning the CIA's covert raids, according to diplomatic cables posted whistle-blower website Wikileaks. ANI

Brit teacher sends off school report with 16 errors in it!
A teacher in Britain has sent off a school report that contains 16 grammatical errors and spelling mistakes to the parents of a pupil. ANI

Thousands of men in UK shave off moustaches as Movember ends
As the month of November ended, thousands of men in Britain were very ecstatic, reason being that they could finally cut off the moustaches they had been growing to bring awareness of prostate cancer. ANI

US builder survives being shot in the face by nail gun
An American man, who is a builder, has revealed the lucky escape he had when he was shot in the face by a nail gun. ANI

Telegraph Media Group plans to charge for some digital content
Britain's Telegraph Media Group has announced plans to start charging for some digital content next year. ANI

Australian man ties the knot with best friend - a dog!
An Australian man from Toowoomba has tied the knot with his best friend - a 5-year-old labrador. ANI

Irish woman accused of raping female says she just kissed the victim
The Irish woman, who allegedly raped a woman in the toilets of an inner-Brisbane city hotel, has claimed that she kissed the victim but never raped her. ANI

Spanish police arrest Pakistanis 'linked to 26/11 Mumbai attacks'
Spanish police have reportedly arrested at least seven Pakistanis suspected of links to those responsible for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. ANI

Norway boss orders female staff to wear red bracelets during periods
A look at the "tyrannical" toilet rules in Norwegian companies found one boss asking his female staff to wear red bracelets during their periods. ANI

Brit-US forces' secret strikes kill 3,200 Afghan Taliban in 90 days
Secret strike operations led by British and American Special Forces have reportedly killed 3,200 Taliban insurgents in Kabul in just 90 days time. ANI

Ex- ISI chief Gul claims US making him a scapegoat for Afghan-war defeat
Former chief of the Pakistan spy agency ISI, Hamid Gul, has been accused in several of the leaked documents, posted by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, of regularly meeting al Qaeda and Taliban commanders to order suicide attacks in Afghanistan. ANI

'Better times' ahead for Obama if he takes his case to American public: Jimmy Carter
Former United States President Jimmy Carter thinks that "the next two years might be better" for President Barack Obama if he drops his efforts at bipartisanship. ANI

'PML-N a "pro-American" party', Nawaz, Nisar told US envoy: WikiLeaks
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told the then US envoy to Pakistan, Anne W. Patterson, that his party- Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz was pro-American, according to whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. ANI

Polish fire brigade rebel against 'Heil Hitler' commander
A Polish fire brigade has rebelled against its commander after an alleged campaign of humiliation and abuse of power in which they were forced by him to greet each other with a "Heil Hitler" every morning. ANI

Asma Jahangir assails LHC stay order against presidential pardon for Aasia Bibi
Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association President Asma Jahangir has denounced the stay granted by the Lahore High Court against any action leading to a presidential pardon for Christian woman Aasia Bibi, who was sentenced to death by a district judge on charges on blasphemy. ANI

Original model for Michelangelo's Pieta 'found'
An art historian from the US claims that he has found the original model created by Michelangelo for one of his greatest works - the 'Pieta' statue. ANI

Iran hangs woman for murdering football hubby's first wife
An Iranian woman convicted of murdering the first wife of her football player husband was hanged in Iran today. ANI

Google Earth uncovers second 'Star of David' in Tehran
A satellite image taken from Google Earth service has uncovered a 'Star of David,' a symbol associated with Judaism, on the roof of the Iran's national airline's building at the Tehran airport. ANI

Race-related hate crimes growing at alarming rates in UK
Over 50,000 hate crimes were reported last year, a 12 percent rise in the total number of hate crimes from 46,300 in 2008, according to UK Home Office figures. ANI

Arsenic contamination of water toxic to Bangladesh economy: Study
An international team of economists has stated that arsenic contamination of drinking water in Bangladesh has now been shown to have an immediate and toxic effect on the struggling nation's economy. ANI

Hindus and Jews want resignation of Romania minister found guilty of Roma discriminatory remarks
Romania's Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi has been reportedly found guilty of discriminatory remarks about Roma (Gypsy) population by country's anti-discrimination board and now Hindus and Jews want him to resign.istinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed; and Rabbi Jonathan B ANI

Aussie hacker infected over 2000 computers
A computer hacker from Adelaide in Australia infected more than 2000 computers in and outside the country, a court has heard. ANI

'Santa Claus' with gifts robs office in Papua New Guinea
Two men, one dressed as Santa Claus and the other carrying a box supposedly full of presents from a local coffee and tea producer, robbed an unsuspecting office in Papua New Guinea. ANI

US man busted for indecent exposure during screening of new Potter film
A man in South Carolina has been arrested after allegedly fondling himself during a screening of the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." ANI

Breast cancer campaign slammed for asking women to post b**bs online
A br*ast cancer campaign that asked woman to post topless photos online has been slammed as being an offensive and gratuitous way for a website to gain traffic.ifestyle site NZgirl launched the "I've got a lovely pair" fundraiser, saying it would donate 1000 dollars for every 50 pictures of br**ts uploaded. ANI

Brit girl's life ruined by disorder that leaves her praying for dead animals
A British teen has revealed that her life is in turmoil, as she cannot seem to stop counting and praying when she sees dead animals on the road. ANI

Coffee made from cat poo is 'world's most expensive' at $15 a cup!
The world's most expensive coffee, Kopi Luwak, made from beans that have passed through the digestive system of a civet is gaining fast in popularity and priced at 15 dollars a cup. ANI

Assange's mother does not want son to be 'hunted down and jailed'
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's mother has said that she does not want her son to be "hunted down and jailed", after international police organization Interpol issued an arrest request this morning. ANI

'Britain was involved in al-Qaeda man's torture in Pakistan'
A Briton convicted of serious terrorism charges in the country has launched an appeal, saying that the UK was complicit in his torture in Pakistan. ANI

Pak woman claims Taliban 'publicly lashed' her over adultery allegations
A 27-year-old Pakistani woman has claimed that Swat-based militants had publicly lashed her over allegations of adultery in 2008. ANI

Palin raised nearly $500K in just the last month, courtesy new book
Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission have revealed that Sarah Palin had raised nearly 500,000 dollars in just last month, thanks to her new book 'America By Heart'. ANI

US firm to develop flying cars for military
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a 65 million-dollar program to develop a four-person vertical take-off flyable and roadable vehicle for the military. ANI

London hotel's 9-course, $1,480 per person meal has few takers
An exclusive hotel in London's Mayfair district offers nine courses and a rare Krug champagne, but the expensive fare has few takers. ANI

Afghan officials shocked at "reliable policeman" killing six US-NATO forces
An Afghan citizen, who shot and killed six American soldiers on Monday, had been reportedly a reliable police officer since he joined in 2008. ANI

Why 'men like blonde bombshells' and 'most suicide bombers are Muslim'
There are times when one might put their foot in their mouth, but for evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa, the expression doesn't even begin to cover it. ANI

The top 20 online questions of 2010
'Why are England so bad at football?' and 'Is The X Factor fixed?' are the most common new questions being put to the Ask Jeeves search engine. ANI

US, UK, Russia share concerns over Pak nuclear stockpile, proliferation: WikiLeaks
United States and British diplomats fear that Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme could lead to fissile material falling into the hands of terrorists or a devastating nuclear exchange with India, according to whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. ANI

Are good-looking people likelier to get jobs?
Appearances do matter sometimes - especially when looking for a job. ANI

Oz woman 'burns man alive' for touching her boobs
An Australian woman has been charged with murder after she allegedly doused a friend in petrol and then set him alight for touching her br**ts while she was sleeping. ANI

Most Christmas Day family bust-ups take place at 7pm in UK
A study has found that a quarter of families in Britain usually have a bust-up between 7pm and 9pm on Christmas Day, and the reason for it is because they argue over what to watch on TV. ANI

Arjun Deb gets Katz Basic Science Research Prize for Young Investigators
Arjun Deb of Indian origin has been awarded the Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Science Research Prize for Young Investigators. ANI

Ocean lost boys say they hatched sailing plan while drunk on vodka
Three boys from New Zealand, who were recently found and reunited with their family after 50 days of going missing, have admitted that they were drunk when they hatched their sailing plan. ANI

Nearly 60pc of Aussies don't know who's living next door!
A new study has revealed that nearly 60 per cent of Australians do not know their neighbours at all. ANI

Safer doesn't necessarily mean slower when it comes to road safety
A new British research has shown that safer doesn't necessarily mean slower and formal advanced training for bikers can demonstrate improved safety on our roads. ANI

Richard Branson unveils digital mag for iPad
Richard Branson of Virgin Group has launched a digital magazine for Apple's popular iPad tablet computer. ANI

Saudi-Pak strained relations due to Zardari being perceived "corrupt", reveals WikiLeaks
Revealing the "strained" Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relations, a US embassy cable posted by WikiLeaks has said that the Saudis do not trust and instead consider Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari as well as other leading politicians of the country "corrupt". ANI

Meet the man who lived as 'Marilyn Monroe' in his past life!
At first sight, Chris Vicens looks like any other man, but what you don't know is that he once lived as the blonde bombshell herself, Marilyn Monroe, at least according to him. ANI

Shabbaz Sharif tipped off JUD prior to asset freeze order by govt: Zardari to Patterson
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari discussed with the then US envoy to Pakistan, Anne Patterson, his increasing frustration with former premier Nawaz Sharif's government in Punjab, whom he believed, had tipped off Jamaat ul-Dawa (JUD) about the assets freeze ordered by the federal government, according to whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. ANI

'Kayani doing backdoor politics after learning from Musharraf's mistakes': Wikileaks
Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani is doing backdoor politics after learning lessons from former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's mistakes, according to whistle-blower website Wikileaks, a private TV channel has reported. ANI

US-UK share 'deep concerns' over Pakistan's nuke weapons programme: Wikileaks
The latest release of around 250,000 US diplomatic cables by the whistleblower website Wikileaks has revealed that Britain and the US have 'deep concerns' about the safety and security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme. ANI

Hillary Clinton should quit as Secretary of State: WikiLeaks founder
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange believes that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should resign if it is proved that she was responsible for ordering U.S. diplomatic figures to engage in espionage in the United Nations, in violation of the international covenants to which the U.S. has signed up. ANI

Lib Dem campaigner for battered women 'assaults Tory husband'
A Liberal Democrat councillor, who campaigns to help battered women, assaulted her Conservative husband when their own coalition came to a bitter end, a court heard. ANI

Interpol issues wanted notice for WikiLeaks founder Assange over 's*x crimes'
The Interpol has issued a 'wanted' notice in Sweden against Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, in connection with "s*x crimes" that he had denied earlier. ANI

'Apologetic' US in damage control mode amid WikiLeaks expose about Pak
The United States has expressed its regret over the disclosure of confidential cables by whistleblower website WikiLeaks, which, among other things has revealed the tensions between the US and Pakistan. ANI

US failed to remove weapon grade uranium due to Pak delaying tactics
The United States failed to remove from Pakistan a stash of highly enriched uranium capable of providing enough material for multiple "dirty bombs". ANI

US kept Pak Army's extra-judicial killings in Swat secret
The United States refused to comment publicly on the culture of revenge in the Pakistan Army resulted in hundreds of extra-judicial killings in Swat Valley and tribal belt of the country since 2009, according to a secret US assessment last year. ANI

Legalizing child p*rn could deter child s*x abuse: Study
Researchers from University of Hawaii have suggested that legalizing child pornography could aid in reducing the rates of child s*x abuse. ANI

Tamil activists seek arrest of Rajapaksa during Britain visit over last year's war crimes
Lawyers working for Tamil activists are reportedly trying to obtain an arrest warrant against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and one of his senior associates, who have arrived in Britain, over 'war crimes and human rights violations' during the last phase of combat between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) last year. ANI

Zardari prepared for assassination, named his successor
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who feared he would be assassinated, had made extensive preparations for his family to live in the United Arab Emirate, according to US Embassy cables. ANI

Kayani considered plans to oust Zardari, send him into exile
Pakistan's Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani considered plans to oust President Asif Ali Zardari from office to prevent opposition leader Nawaz Sharif coming to power, according to US embassy cables. ANI

'US aid will not stop Pak from supporting LeT terror against India': WikiLeaks
Pakistan's army is covertly sponsoring four major militant groups- including the Afghan Taliban and the Mumbai attackers, Lashkar-e-Taiba- and "no amount of money" will change the policy, the US ambassador to Pakistan warned in a frank critique revealed by the state department cables, according to WikiLeaks. ANI

Who will design Kate Middleton's wedding dress?
Kate Middleton's wedding dress has been the topic of a lot of speculation ever since she got engaged to Prince William. ANI

WikiLeaks: Sarkozy is 'thin-skinned, erratic, tyrannical and hyperactive'
WikiLeaks cables have described French president Nicolas Sarkozy as thin-skinned, erratic, tyrannical and hyperactive. ANI

Peer Review Article Shows VeinViewer Improves Vascular Access Success, Demonstrates ROI
The first peer review journal article regarding the efficacy of the VeinViewer® imaging system was recently released in the September/October issue of Pediatric Nursing®. Adding to a sizeable existing body of evidence, this article reaches the upper echelon of the stringent level-of-evidence requirements for medical devices Business Wire India

GlobalMedia Launches Telemedicine Equipment Sales Program In India
GlobalMedia Group – the leading telemedicine design, manufacturing and marketing firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona – has signed a distributor agreement with Presto Infosolutions of India, a leading system integrator and Value Added Distributor headquartered in New Delhi Business Wire India

Nordson EFD Honored For Sustainability, Engineering, Advertising Excellence
Nordson EFD, a division of Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq: NDSN) has won three awards recognizing them for environmental management, innovative fluid dispensing technology, and advertising credibility. Business Wire India

PKO Bank Polski Selects Gemalto for First Large-Scale Rollout of EMV Contactless Payment Cards in Poland
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces it has been selected by PKO Bank Polski for the migration of its entire portfolio of Visa debit cards for individual clients, from magnetic stripe technology straight to EMV contactless. PKO Bank Polski S.A Business Wire India

Lidl Enters into MPEG-2 License with MPEG LA
MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in alternative one-stop patent licenses, today announced that Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG, Lidl Dienstleistung GmbH & Co. KG and affiliates (“Lidl”) have entered into the MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License offered by MPEG LA Business Wire India

Groupon Announces Continued Expansion in Asia
Groupon ( has announced the launch of Groupon Hong Kong, Groupon Singapore and Groupon Philippines and Groupon Taiwan via acquisition of daily deal sites uBuyiBuy (, Beeconomic ( and Atlaspost (, respectively Business Wire India

EKR Therapeutics First in Life Sciences Industry to Implement Cegedim Relationship Management’s Innovative iPad™ Solution
Cegedim Relationship Management and EKR Therapeutics Inc. announced that EKR has contracted for Mobile Intelligence™ on the iPad™, and will be the first customer to implement this innovative Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution, the first of its kind in the Life Sciences industry Business Wire India

Nike Furthers Its Commitment to Open Innovation and Sustainability by Releasing Environmental Apparel Design Tool to Industry
In an effort to further industry sustainability efforts, NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) released its Environmental Apparel Design Tool. Based on Nike’s Considered Design Index, the release of the tool aims to accelerate collaboration between companies, fast-track sustainable innovation and decrease the use of natural resources like oil and water Business Wire India

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