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India, EU have similar approaches to fighting terror: Katju
A senior official in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs on Friday admitted that there is a problem of terrorism in Afghanistan, which needs to be addressed, but emphasized that India and the European Union (EU) have similar approaches on these matters. ANI

EU-India FTA and game negotiations most difficult: Khullar
India's Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar on Friday said that end game negotiations relating to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union and New Delhi could be expected to be the most difficult. ANI

EU-India FTA, a case of so near yet so far
Recognizing that substantive progress has been made in several areas of bilateral cooperation, India and the European Union (EU) on Friday agreed to expedite the process of concluding Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations by the spring of 2011. ANI

Potential for India-EU bilateral ties huge: European Council chief
The president of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, on Friday, expressed satisfaction with both the substance and the quality of discussions and decisions taken at the 11th EU-India Summit held here with an Indian delegation led by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. ANI

EU, India reaffirm commitment to global and non-discriminatory disarmament
The European Union (EU) and India on Friday reaffirmed their commitment to global and non-discriminatory disarmament and to preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems. ANI

EU, India resolves to work for balanced post-2012 climate change pact
The European Union and India on Friday voiced their firm resolve to continue working for an ambitious, comprehensive and balanced post 2012 agreement as soon as possible based on the principles of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. ANI

India, EU welcome Seoul pact on IMF reform
Leaders of India and the European Union (EU) on Friday welcomed the agreement on reform in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reached at Seoul, which they hoped would strengthen the legitimacy of the IMF and increase the involvement of emerging economies in global economic governance. ANI

EU, India to work for terror free, stable, peaceful Afghanistan
Leaders of the European Union (EU) and India on Friday reiterated their common interest in creating a stable, peaceful and inclusive Afghanistan, free from terrorism, as well as their support to the Kabul Process, which seeks to build upon broad international partnership towards further Afghan responsibility and ownership in security, governance and development. ANI

India, EU commit to promoting democracy, rule of law, human rights
India and the European Union issued a joint statement after the 11th EU-India Summit here on Friday in which they reiterated their commitment to share common values relating to democracy, rule of law, civil liberties and respect for human rights, and agreed to reinforce their strategic partnership. ANI

India, EU agree to enhance cooperation on energy, climate change
India and the European Union issued a joint statement after the 11th EU-India Summit here on Friday in which they reiterated their commitment to bilding on the 2008 EU-India Joint Work Programme on energy, clean development and climate change. ANI

India, EU praise progress on maritime transport cooperation
Taking part in the 11th EU-India Summit here on Friday, leaders of EU and India expressed satisfaction with the recent progress in negotiations on a maritime transport agreement and called for the continuation of the negotiations aiming at the conclusion of a mutually beneficial agreement. ANI

EU, India agree to structured dialogue on migration issues, to pursue MDGs
Recognizing the important implications of the movement of people for India and EU, leaders of the two sides agreed here on Friday to explore initiatives that could lead to a regular, comprehensive and structured dialogue on migration issues, with a view to deepening cooperation in this field. ANI

India, EU ink pact to boost cultural cooperation
India and the European Union on Friday took steps to enhance cultural ties between the two regions through a joint declaration to reinforce cooperation and dialogue in the field of culture. ANI

India, EU agree to take political dialogue on combating terror forward
India and the European Union (EU) on Friday issued a Joint Declaration on International Terrorism, in which leaders of both sides agreed to take the political dialogue on this issue forward. ANI

India,EU fail to reach FTA, focus shifts from boosting trade ties to creating JWG on terror
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India, EU still some distance away from finalizing trade,investment pact: Manmohan Singh
India and the European Union are close to signing a broad-based trade and investment agreement, visiting Indian Prime Minister, Dr. manmohan Singh, said here on Friday during a joint media interaction with the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso. ANI

India, EU should take lead in avoiding global protectionist trends: PM
India and Europe should take the lead in avoiding protectionist trends, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, said during a joint media interaction with the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, here on Friday after the 11th India-EU Summit. ANI

China cracks down on Liu Xiaobo's supporters ahead of Nobel peace prize ceremony
China has prevented supporters of jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo from travelling abroad just a day ahead of Nobel peace prize ceremony in his honour. ANI

PML-N to bring 'Remove Taseer' resolution in Punjab Assembly over 'vanishing act'
The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) has decided to introduce a resolution, seeking the removal of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer in the Punjab Assembly, for his alleged misconduct and violation of the Constitution. ANI

Pakistan floods released stored toxic chemicals into environment
The unprecedented floods that tore through Pakistan earlier this year released some 3000 tonnes of dangerous chemicals into the environment, a report due to be published next year has said. ANI

Pakistani newspapers apologise for publishing 'fake' anti-India WikiLeaks cables
Leading Pakistani newspapers, which had published fake WikiLeaks cables attacking the Indian Army for false propaganda, have acknowledged that their reports were unauthentic. ANI

'China losing patience with Burma': Wikileaks
The Chinese government, Burma's closest ally, is losing patience with the military regime over its failure to implement political and other reforms, according to classified US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website Wikileaks. ANI

'Afghanistan scares the hell out of' Rudd: Wikileaks
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was deeply pessimistic about the country's progress in the Afghanistan war, according to classified US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website Wikileaks. ANI

UK expedition team makes world record by crossing Antarctica in 13 days!
A British expedition team to Antarctica has claimed that it has established a new record, the fastest land crossing of the southernmost continent, in less than 13 days. ANI

2 Brit-Indians placed among 'migrants living in Britain doubles to 6.9m in 30 yrs' list
Brit-Indian singer Cliff Richard and actress Joanna Lumley have been listed among the number of people living in Britain who were born abroad, a figure that has reportedly doubled to 6.9 million in the past 30 years. ANI

Are terrorists using Facebook to exchange bomb recipes?
According to a new report from the Department of Homeland Security, terrorists may be using Facebook to share operational information and to target. ANI

US school official 'sexually assaulted woman with handyman tools'
An US school official was accused of sexually assaulting a woman by tying her up, shoving a hammer and nail in her va**ina and taking pictures, the police have said. ANI

Hindus critical of university tuition hike in UK
Hindus have strongly urged United Kingdom (UK) to not take away the accessibility to higher education from the youth by raising the university tuition. ANI

France-India N-deal will result in "mistrust, non-cooperation": Pak Foreign Office
The multi-billion-dollar agreement finalised by France to sell two nuclear reactors to India would "inevitably result in mistrust" and have "serious security implications" at the regional and global levels, the Pakistan Foreign Office has said. ANI

US woman sues McDonald's claiming employee spat in her face
A woman in the US is suing McDonald's claiming that an employee of the fast food joint spat in her face after refusing to sell her a cheeseburger, or to make her a ham, egg and cheese bagel. ANI

Brit primary school teacher accidentally shows p*rn to pupils
A primary school teacher in Britain has been disciplined after she accidentally showed a p*rn film to pupils. ANI

Designer Bruce Oldfield 'will design Kate's wedding dress'
The bridal gown of Kate Middleton will be designed by Bruce Oldfield, claims fashion designer Ben de Lisi. ANI

Traffic warden sticks ticket on car unaware driver was dead in back seat
A traffic warden in Britain is said to have stuck a ticket on an illegally parked car unaware that the driver lay dead on the back seat. ANI

Sarah Palin actually reads - ex-governor reveals reading list
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has revealed that she does read and her list includes C.S. Lewis, Dean Karnazes, Newsmax and Wall Street Journal. ANI

Couple romp on Tube train is an Internet rage
The latest internet sensation is a steamy mobile phone footage of a randy couple having s*x on a Tube train in front of cheering passengers. ANI

Prince Charles' car under attack from tuition fees protesters
A car the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in was caught up in a riot and came under attack from students who were protesting the rise in tuition fees. ANI

Jesus 'is coming again' on May 21, 2011!
Based on analysis of Scripture and biblical genealogy a Christian group has proclaimed that Jesus will return to earth on May 21, 2011. ANI

Every year, 30M Americans drive drunk on average
30 million Americans drive drunk, while 10 million drive under the influence of drugs over the course of an average year, reveal a new survey. ANI

WikiLeaks hackers threaten UK government
An army of computer hackers is planning to bring down British government websites if Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is extradited to Sweden. ccording to The Telegraph, the 1,500-strong network of online activists has already sabotaged the websites of MasterCard, Visa and the Swedish government with millions of bogus visits. ANI

Balochistan "most dangerous place for journalists in Pakistan", says press club
Balochistan is the most dangerous area in Pakistan, especially for journalists, a resolution issued by the Gwader Press Club has said. ANI

'Brit-Indian "monkey" conspired to have his wife killed in Cape Town'
The murder case of Brit Indian bride, Anni Dewani, in Cape Town took a new turn after a top policeman branded the victim's husband a "monkey" who came all the way from London to have his wife killed in South Africa. ANI

Sarah Palin to visit Haiti
Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin would travel to earthquake ravaged Haiti as a part of charity relief foundation. ANI

Iran blogger Hossein Derakhshan released on temporarily bail
Iran has reportedly released pioneering blogger Hossein Derakhshan, who was jailed for anti-state activities, on temporary bail, an Iranian human rights group has said. ANI

UK police arrest 'suspect' involved in MQM leader Imran Farooq's murder
British police have arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of him being behind the September murder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Imran Farooq. ANI

International human rights groups demand detailed Lanka war crimes probe
International human rights groups have reportedly joined Tamil diaspora groups and the United Nations (UN) to demand for a detailed investigation into possible Sri Lankan war crimes. ANI

Ahead of Manmohan Singh's visit, two suspect Sikh extremists arrested in Germany
Two men have been arrested in Germany on suspicion of supplying weapons to a Sikh separatist group, just days before Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's visit to that country. ANI

Assange did not commit rape, says mother
Julian Assange's mother has said that her son is not guilty of the rape charges against him and that "massive forces" are out to get him. ANI

'I'm not gay,' says hubby of murdered Brit-Indian woman
The millionaire husband of murdered Brit-Indian woman Anni Dewani has denied that he is secretly gay, and that he may have dashed Anni's dreams of starting a family due to his sexual preferences. ANI

Dutch police arrest teenager over pro-WikiLeaks hacking incidents
Dutch authorities have reportedly arrested a 16-year-old teenager over his alleged involvement in the pro-WikiLeaks hacking attacks on the Visa and MasterCard websites. ANI

Nepal lifts ban on its women working in the Gulf
Nepal has reportedly lifted a ban on the country's working women going to Gulf countries to earn their livelihood, and introduced new rules designed to protect them. ANI

Brit-Indian hubby's alleged involvement in bride's murder 'unforgivable': Anni's sister
Brit-Indian Anni Dewani's sister has said that Shrien Dewani's alleged involvement in her fatal shooting in South Africa last month was completely "unforgivable". ANI

Pak spy agencies admit having Adiala Jail's "missing prisoners" in their custody
The mystery of eleven missing prisoners of Adiala Jail has finally been solved, as Pakistan's top intelligence agencies have confessed before the Supreme Court that the terror accused are in their custody, and are being tried under the Army Act. ANI

An American church celebrated Diwali
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, First Universalist Church of Norway (FUCN) in Maine (USA) celebrated Hindu festival of Diwali. ANI

Scottish officials skeptical about Lockerbie Bomber being close to death
Scottish Government officials are reportedly skeptical about the Lockerbie Bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi being close to death. ANI

Venting about boss with colleagues may boost productivity: Study
Keeping your feelings buried has never done anybody any good, and now a new study suggests the same applies even at work. ANI

Now, Malay Indians want a deputy prime minister
A leader of a Malay Tamil political party - the Makkal Sakthi - has called on Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leader Anwar Ibrahim to consider appointing a Malay Indian as the country's deputy prime minister. ANI

'Low-carb beer myth' duped Oz drinkers: Poll
A poll has revealed that the low-carb beer "myth" has duped Australian drinkers. ANI

Iran's media denies reports of 'stoning to death' woman's release
Iran's media has denied reports that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman who was earlier sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery charges, had been released. ANI

Burma taking North Korea's help to build secret nuclear sites: Wikileaks
Scores of secret US diplomatic cables released by the Whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' have revealed that witnesses in Burma had claimed to have seen evidence of secret nuclear and missile sites being built in remote jungle areas in Burma. ANI

Afghan women still face brutal abuses, says UN report
Afghan women still reportedly suffer horrible abuses, including forced marriages, 'honour' killings and are compelled somehow or the other to take the extreme step of self-immolation. ANI

'Jamie's 30-Minute Meals' cookbook breaks record in UK
Chef Jamie Oliver's latest cookbook, 'Jamie's 30-Minute Meals' has become the UK's fastest selling non-fiction title of all time. ANI

Oz man who raped 10-yr-old girl while driving drunk ordered to pay $18K
An Australian man has been ordered to pay 18,750 dollars in compensation for raping a 10-year-old girl almost five years ago. ANI

UN criticism unlikely to stop CIA drone strikes in Pak
Despite new criticism from a UN human rights expert against CIA drone attacks, the United States government's covert program using unmanned aerial vehicles to strike at terrorists inside Pakistan is unlikely to stop or be changed. ANI

Ex-WikiLeaks staff to launch rival site in protest against 'autocratic' Assange
A group of former Wikileaks staff who quit the whistleblower website would reportedly launch a new campaigning site next week to protest against Julian Assange, according to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. ANI

Estrogen alone can cut risk of br*ast cancer
A new study has suggested that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) utilizing estrogen alone helps in reducing br*ast cancer risk. ANI

Just one puff of cigarette is enough to trigger a heart attack!
Think a single puff won't harm you? Well, you may be wrong, as smoking even one cigarette is sufficient to block your arteries and trigger a heart attack, warns scientist. ANI

Pak media publish 'fake' WikiLeaks cables attacking India for false propaganda
The whistle blower website WikiLeaks is being exploited for propaganda purposes against India by Pakistani newspapers, which have published fake cables attacking the Indian Army. ANI

Russia jibes US by calling for Assange to be awarded Nobel peace prize
In an apparent dig at the US, Russia has suggested that Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks', should be nominated for the Nobel peace prize. ANI

Obama takes to nicotine gum to kick the butt
US President Barack Obama is working hard to get rid of his smoking habit and is chewing nicotine gum instead, said the White House. ANI

US woman returns 74-year overdue library book
An American woman has been fined 2,700 dollars after she returned a library book 74 years after her husband borrowed it. ANI

Frequent s*x can save an unhappy marriage: Study
An American research has suggested that regular s*x can be a relationship saver for neurotic couples. ANI

'Cheated' Anti-Taliban lashkars in Pak threaten to end support to govt in war on terror
Anti-Taliban militias in Pakistan have threatened to withdraw their support to the government and police in the war on terror if their demands are not met within ten days. ANI

Top 9 s*x-related myths busted
Do you know everything about s*x? Think again for the more someone claims to know, the less they generally do know. ANI

India more corrupt over the last three years
About 74 percent Indians feel that corruption has increased over the last three years, according to Transparency International (TI) survey "Global Corruption Barometer 2010" released on December nine. ANI

1 in 3 Brits believe cancer is down to fate
A new UK research has found that more than a third believe cancer is down to fate and there is nothing they can do to avoid it. ANI

Getting divorced does wonders for men's health
For some it may be an agonizing thing, but divorce doesn't seem to have the same effect on all. ANI

Setting up a Hong Kong Company is an Effective Way for HNWIs to Manage Investments:
A recent analysis done by has identified a number of key advantages for High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI) in setting up a Hong Kong offshore company for growing and managing their investments. Hong Kong, the Special Administrative Region of China, has established itself as an unrivaled international financial and investment center in Asia Business Wire India

Reval Says IASB Accounting Rules Allow Companies to Hedge More Risk
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Pat Boone Acquires Luxury Estate on The Utopia Residential Ocean Liner
Legendary entertainer Pat Boone and Utopia Residences has announced that Mr. Boone and his family have just acquired a luxury estate onboard the new residential ocean liner. Business Wire India

Mobiclip: Smartphone Application RFI/MONTE CARLO DOUALIYA Available on all Application Stores
Extending its broadcast to new media platforms, RFI launched a multiplatform mobile application enabling people to listen news bulletins and programs from RFI and its subsidiaries Monte Carlo Doualiya, and RFI România, live and on-demand. Business Wire India

Chartis Expands Passport Service Platform Capabilities for Financial Institutions
Chartis announced that it has expanded its Passport service platform to include three additional products from its Executive Liability Division that are specifically designed for financial institutions: Investment Management Insurance, Private Equity Professional EdgeSM and Bankers Professional Liability Insurance Business Wire India Inc. Announces Exercise of Green Shoe Option Inc. ("Youku" or the "Company") (NYSE: YOKU), a leading Chinese Internet television company, announced that the underwriters of its initial public offering exercised their over-allotment option to purchase an additional 2,377,155 American depositary shares ("ADSs") from Youku at the initial public offering price of US$12 Business Wire India

New subgroup analysis of the LUX-Lung 1 trial suggests benefit from afatinib* in lung cancer patients likely to have EGFR mutations
New data to be presented show that afatinib (BIBW 2992) leads to a significant four-fold extension (4.4 months vs. 1 month for placebo) in progression-free survival, - the time before a tumour starts to grow again- , for lung cancer patients most likely to have an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation Business Wire India

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