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Hurley affair: Warne admits on Twitter that his marriage is over
Former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne has announced on Twitter that his marriage with Simone Callahan is over following reports of him being in a relationship with British actress-cum model Liz Hurley. ANI

Sweden suicide bomber's abridged audio message
Following is an abridged text of an audio message attached to an e-mail sent to Swedish news agency TT shortly before two explosions in Stockholm on Saturday. ANI

US Koran-burning pastor says will fight all moves to bar him from UK
Firebrand American pastor Terry Jones on Monday said that he would fight all moves to ban him from coming to Britain because of his recent threat to burn the Koran. ANI

Pak expresses gratitude for Iran's support over Kashmir
Pakistan on Monday expressed its gratitude to the support extended by Iran's Supreme leader, Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, over Kashmir. ANI

After 16 months, Islamabad HC to hear case against Musharraf
A petition has been filed before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking registration of a case against former president Pervez Musharraf on charges of being the author of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), an executive order that removed all civil cases against political parties. ANI

2007 Prophet Mohammed cartoonist now used to being Islamic extremist target
Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who shot to prominence after drawing cartoons of Prophet Mohammed in 2007, has said he is getting used to being a target of Islamic extremists. ANI

Malaysia, Brunei ink 'significant' joint oil exploration deal
Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam took their political and diplomatic ties to a new level by signing an agreement between the national oil company of the two countries to jointly develop offshore block CA2 off Borneo. ANI

Pak military 'hampered' US embassy operations: WikiLeaks
A secret cable sent by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad to the State Department in 2009 accuses Pakistan's military and intelligence service of harassing embassy employees, sabotaging contracts and denying the purchase of protective gear. ANI

Pak Supreme Court dismisses PCO judges case objections
Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday continued the hearing of a case regarding contempt of court notices to PCO judges, a day after dismissing further objections filed against the bench hearing it. ANI

Stockholm bomber sent 'love message' to two daughters before blowing himself up
Taymour al-Abdaly, the Iraqi suicide bomber who blew himself up on a Stockholm street full of holiday shoppers, had reportedly sent an email before his attack telling his wife to kiss their two toddler daughters. ANI

Peshawar bomb blast kills bus driver, wounds children
A school bus was severely damaged in a bomb blast here on Monday. ANI

Many of 128,000 Malaysian voters above 85 missing from electoral roll
A majority of Malaysians aged 85 years and above don't figure in the country's electoral records. ANI

Former MIC Chief Vellu appointed special envoy to India-South Asia on infrastructure
Former Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) President Samy Vellu has been appointed special envoy to India and South Asia on infrastructure, barely a week after he resigned from his post. ANI

Top KGB defector claims Lib Dem aide was Russia's best spy in 30-yrs
A top KGB defector has claimed that the blonde Commons researcher, who is facing deportation from Britain after being accused of espionage, is Russia's most effective spy in 30 years. ANI

By going public with criticism, ex- UK army chief lost Brown Government's trust
Former British Army chief General Sir Richard Dannatt did not always have a good relationship" with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown because he had a habit of embarrassing the government and the army hierarchy with his public disclosures. ANI

N Korea thought Clapton may encourage 'good will' towards US: Wikileaks
Whistle blowing web site Wikileaks has revealed that North Korea asked the US to arrange an Eric Clapton concert in Pyongyang as Kim Jong-il's son was 'a great fan' of the rock legend. ANI

UK's first halal beauty shop launched by UB40 drummer's daughter
UB40 drummer Jimmy Brown's daughter has launched UK's first halal beauty shop. ANI

Yorkshire Ripper put on strict diet to stop him from eating himself to death
English serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, who was dubbed as The Yorkshire Ripper for murdering 13 women, has been put on a strict diet over fears that he is eating himself to death. ANI

Suspected Russian spy worked on BBC series about ties with Moscow
A suspected Russian spy was employed as a translator and fixer for a major BBC series about Russia. ANI

Brit-Indian carjack hubby plotted bride's murder in South Africa: New suspect
Brit-Indian business tycoon Shrien Dewani masterminded the 'assassination' of his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa last month, a new suspect has alleged. ANI

UB40 drummer's daughter opens first halal beauty shop in UK
UB40 drummer Jimmy Brown's daughter has launched the first halal beauty shop in Britain. ANI

US Air Force makes new computer with nearly 2,000 PlayStation Consoles
The United States Air Force has transformed almost 2,000 Japanese Sony PlayStation consoles into a powerful supercomputer suitable for military tasks. he new device will handle tasks, including artificial intelligence research, The Telegraph reports. ANI

Six-Party Talks will ease tensions in Korean Peninsula: Chinese FM
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi believes that six-party talks should resume as soon as possible to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula. ANI

N. Korea wanted Clapton to perform in Pyongyang: WikiLeaks cable
The latest US diplomatic cables released by the whistle blowing web site Wikileaks reveal that North Korea wanted British musician Eric Clapton to perform in Pyongyang because dictator Kim Jong-il's son was a great fan of his. ANI

Iranian man sentenced to have acid poured onto face for blinding lover's hubby
An Iranian man, who blinded his lover's husband by throwing acid onto his face, is to suffer the same fate, as Iran's Islamic code allows for "an eye-for-an-eye, a tooth-for-a-tooth" retribution. ANI

5,700 cops to monitor Muharram processions in Karachi
To avoid any untoward incident of terrorism or crime during Muharram, which falls on Friday, the Karachi Capital City Police will deploy 5, 700 of its personel to monitor the mourning processions. ANI

Russia-Finland launch Allegro speed train
Russia has launched an Allegro speed train, along with Finland, linking Helsinki and St Petersburg. ANI

Prince William, Kate's engagement pics 'airbrushed'
Royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton's official engagement portraits were airbrushed, it has emerged. ANI

GOP committee battle: Steele to reveal whether he wants top job
The battle for control of the Republican National Committee will take a new turn on Monday when Michael Steele is set to announce whether he will step down as party chairman or disregard the onslaught of criticism about his leadership and seek a second term. ANI

Air New Zealand cuts gay kiss snub scene from video over complaints
Air New Zealand has decided to scrap a scene from an All Blacks-themed in-flight safety video over complaints it received after a gay flight attendant was refused a peck on the cheek. ANI

List of suspects behind John F. Kennedy's assasination up for grabs
A list of suspects that was made by late President John F. Kennedy's secretary at the time of his assassination is to be auctioned off. ANI

Krishna temple to be built on Moscow outskirts
A new Krishna temple is being planned on the northern outskirts of Russia's capital Moscow, after authorities allocated a plot for it, according to reports. ANI

US Senate to vote on key new tax measures for middle class
The U.S. Senate is poised to hold a key vote on Monday on the tax cut deal between President Obama and Republicans, and it is believes that a major portion of the 858 billion dollar tax package will benefit middle- and upper-middle-income Americans. ANI

New violence forces Christians to flee Iraq
Thousands of Iraqi Christians have reportedly fled abroad or to northern parts of the country amid a campaign of violence against them and growing fear that the country's security forces are unable or unwilling to protect them. ANI

Facebook's decision to guard 'illegal contents' spurs debate over free speech on internet
The step taken by social networking site Facebook to establish a "hate and harassment team" as part of a virtual police squad charged with taking down content that is illegal or violates Facebook's terms of service, has spurred debate over freedom of speech on the Internet. ANI

Japan to release new military guidelines to focus more on China
Japan is expected to release new military guidelines to reduce its heavy armoured and artillery forces against Russia in favour of creating more mobile units that could respond to China's growing presence near its southernmost islands. ANI

Pak intelligentsia urges Obama to change Afghan strategy
Pakistani academicians, journalists and members of various non-government organizations (NGO) have forwarded a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, urging him to change America's strategy in Afghanistan. ANI

POK premier says US also a party to Kashmir issue
The Prime Minister of Pakistan administered Kashmir, Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, has said that the United States has also become a party to the Kashmir issue after the November visit of President Barack Obama to India. ANI

Pak clerics warn of protests if blasphemy laws are amended
Religious parties in Pakistan have warned that they will launch a movement called the Tehreek Namoos-e-Risalat (TNR), if the government moves to amend the country's blasphemy laws. ANI

51pc parents can't tell if a kid is obese
A poll of almost 1,200 parents has shown that more than half of parents cannot spot a child who is clinically obese. ANI

Zardari sends over flowers, get well message to critically ill Holbrooke
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is reported to have telephoned Mrs. Richard Holbrooke on Sunday night and inquired about the health of her husband, who is US President Barack Obama's Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan. ANI

It takes only 7 seconds for us to judge another person
A clinical psychologist has stated that it takes just seven seconds for us to judge another person when we first meet them. ANI

Five dead, several other crews missing as S. Korean boat sinks in Antarctica
Five crew members were reported killed on Monday when a South Korean fishing trawler sank in the chilling waters off Antarctica. Seventeen other crew were said to be missing and presumed dead, New Zealand rescue officials said. ANI

Hindus welcome reports of Jolie-Pitt undergoing ancient Vedic wedding ceremony
Hindus have welcomed the reports of Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt wedding ceremony being performed by a Siddha Guru. ANI

Philadelphia Museum of Art displaying Radha-Krishna in its miniatures exhibition
Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) in USA is currently displaying "Monumental Miniatures: Large-scale Paintings from India" exhibition, which includes extraordinary depiction of Lord Krishna and Radha. ANI

Zed asks India to make healthcare more accessible
Well known religious statesman Rajan Zed wants India to make healthcare more accessible. ANI

Now, Wikileaks suffering its own 'financial' leaks
Whistle blowing web site Wikileaks is now facing questions over its finances, as lawyers for its alleged main source, Private Bradley Manning, said they had not seen a penny of tens of thousands of dollars raised by the site to help pay for his defence and promised to them three months ago. ANI

Dewani honeymoon murder: Husband denies role in 2007 killing
A spokesman for British Indian millionaire Shrien Dewani, who has been arrested on suspicion of having his wife, Anni, killed during their honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa, has denied his involvement in a second killing that took place in 2007. ANI

Now, Nepali women to work in Gulf countries
Nepal has approved Terms of Reference (TOR) prepared by its Ministry of Labour and Transport Management (MoLTM) giving a green signal to Nepali women to work as domestic helpers in Gulf countries. ANI

NY Mayor Bloomberg rules out 2012 Presidential bid
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has denied that he would run for President in 2012 elections. ANI

Three dead, dozens injured in police firing in Bangladesh
At least three people were killed and dozens of others were injured after police opened fire on tens of thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers who were demanding better pay during protests here and in Dhaka on Sunday. ANI

UK Home Secretary says police could use water cannon to tackle rioters
UK Home Secretary Theresa May has reportedly signalled that police could use water cannons to tackle violent protests like the recent one over tuition fees. ANI

Prince Charles worried for motorbike loving sons
Prince Charles is worried about the fact that his sons Prince William and Prince Harry ride motorbikes on busy roads. ANI

Afghanistan to deploy 7,000 troops to guard TAPI pipeline
Afghanistan will deploy about 7,000 troops to secure a major transnational gas pipeline slated to run through some of the most dangerous parts of the war-torn country. ANI

Tiny letters, numbers found hidden in Mona Lisa's pupil
A fresh look at the Mona Lisa portrait has revealed that artist Leonardo da Vinci has hidden some tiny letters and numbers in the dark paint of the masterpiece pupils. ANI

Winter storm leads to cancellation of 1,000 flights in Chicago
A heavy winter snowstorm in Chicago has led to the cancellation of over 1, 000 flights across the region, and are not expected to improve till Monday midnight. ANI

Baloch towns observe shutdown strike over student leader's arrest
Several towns in the Pakistan province of Balochistan observed a shutter-down strike on Sunday in protest against the arrest of Balochistan Student Organisation (BSO) leader Abdul Qayyum in Gwadar. ANI

Wikileaks hacktivists attack shopping web site Amazon
Popular shopping web site Amazon was unavailable for some time in several countries on Sunday after it reportedly was attacked by 'hacktivists' sympathetic to the whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks. ANI

Swedish suicide bomber was a British varsity graduate
The suicide bomber who attempted to attack Christmas shoppers in Stockholm on Saturday, Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, was a British university graduate and was living in Britain until a fortnight ago. ANI

Close Jinnah aide Zuberi passes away
A close aide of Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and well known journalist, M.A. Zuberi, passed away on Sunday. He was 90. ANI

Sharif ready to mend fences with Zardari, accepts banquet invite for Chinese premier
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari seems to have achieved some success in breaking the ice with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif, with the latter accepting the former's invitation to attend a banquet to be held in honour of visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Islamabad this week. ANI

Wipro Technologies Launches New European Development Center
Wipro Technologies, the Global Consulting, System Integration and Outsourcing Business of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT), today announced the opening of a new development center in Budapest, Hungary Business Wire India

Molycorp and Sumitomo Agree to USD$130 Million Equity and Debt Investment in Molycorp in Exchange for Rare Earth Supply Agreement
Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP) announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sumitomo Corporation pursuant to which Sumitomo will assemble an equity and debt financing package in the aggregate amount of $130 million for Molycorp’s use in completing its rare earth “Mine-to-Magnets” manufacturing supply chain Business Wire India

QAI Launches Competency Development Programs in Business Analysis
QAI (, which administers Software Certifications' examinations has recently launched Business Analysis Foundation Workshop, a three day course and Business Analysis Certification Exam Prep Workout of one day Business Wire India

Global Semiconductor Alliance Announces Its 2010 Award Recipients
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) has announced its 2010 awards recipients. The awards are presented each year to outstanding semiconductor companies worldwide that have demonstrated excellence through their success, vision and strategy in the industry Business Wire India

KDDI Invests $22M in MFIC to Jointly Build Mobile Payment Platform Worldwide
KDDI Corporation (KDDI)(TOKYO:9433), a Japanese telecom giant, and Microfinance International Corporation (MFIC), a US financial solution provider, announced a partnership involving KDDI's US$22 million investment in MFIC to support its global expansion. The partnership will develop an open mobile payment platform worldwide. Business Wire India

The Griffin Coal Mining Company Pty Ltd (Administrators Appointed) ACN 008 667 285 (Griffin Coal)
The voluntary administrators of Griffin Coal sent a notice to holders (the "Noteholders") of the 9 Business Wire India

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