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Holbrooke was America's most dedicated public servant: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing her grief over the untimely demise of Richard C. Holbrooke, the Obama administration's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2009, said America has lost one of its fiercest champions and most dedicated public servants. ANI

Schoolbook describes Jesus as 'wine-guzzling vagrant and precocious socialist'
A New Hampshire couple has pulled their son out of his local high school after the teen was assigned a book that refers to Jesus Christ as a "wine-guzzling vagrant and precocious socialist". ANI

Shopper left horrified after finding newborn mice in Tesco crisps packet
A shopper in Britain has revealed that she was left horrified and disgusted after newborn mice burst out of a packet of crisps she had just picked up in Tesco. ANI

Brit lawyer fired for steamy 'Sexpat' blog sues for 3.5m pounds compensation
A British lawyer, who was fired after she wrote a thinly disguised erotic novel about her experiences as an expat in Russia, has sued the firm for 3.5 million pounds compensation. ANI

Cat hailed a hero after saving house from fire by opening window
A cat in Britain has been hailed as a hero after it prevented its owner's house from burning down by opening a window. ANI

Melbourne's five-star hotels found to be "stomach-churning" due to filth
A survey of Melbourne's five-star hotels has found that most of their luxury rooms are "stomach-churning" due to unsafe hygiene standards. ANI

US scientists find flaws in full-body airport scanners
Scientists in the US have found flaws in full-body airport scanners, which they say could let terrorists smuggle guns and explosives onto planes. ANI

Naughty nurses in UK to get pulses racing with saucy calendar shoot
A group of nurses in Britain have put down their thermometers to turn pin-ups for a raunchy calendar shoot. ANI

Roma in Balkans live in hazardous areas, according to a new study
Roma (Gypsy) in Balkans live in overcrowded residences, in hazardous areas without access to infrastructure, further exacerbated by lack of security of tenure and vulnerability to forced evictions, according to research undertaken by European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC). ANI

Michigan Tri-Cities to have Hindu temple
A Hindu temple, named Tri-City Hindu Temple (TCHT), has been planned for Kochville Township in Michigan (USA). ANI

Hindus and Jews critical of Romania proposal of renaming "Roma" as "Tsigan"
Hindus and Jews are highly critical of Romania proposal of changing the term "Roma", currently used for its largest minority group, to "Tsigan". ANI

Canadians divided over Govt's plan to keep soldiers in non-combat role in Afghanistan
Forty-eight percent of Canadians support government's plan to keep soldiers in a non-combat role in Afghanistan, while 44 percent oppose it, according to a new Angus Reid poll. ANI

Risk of war rising in Korean peninsula: Adm. Mullen
Admiral Mike Mullen, the top US military officer, has warned that the danger of war or hostilities is rising in the Korean peninsula. ANI

'Glenn Beck's '10 per cent of Muslims in world are terrorists' claims are "total nonsense"'
Fareed Zakaria, an Indian-born journalist who is best known as political pundit, has slammed Fox News host Glenn Beck over his claim that 10 percent of Muslims across the world are terrorists, and questioned his ability drawing exact calculation as far as maths is concerned. ANI

Pak teachers being killed in Balochistan: Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch has warned that a number of teachers are being targeted and killed by militants in Pakistan's south-western province of Balochistan. ANI

Pak doctor accused of blasphemy released
Hyderabad Cantonment police has released a Pakistan doctor who was accused of blasphemy. ANI

Pak gets last batch of 5 F-16s from US
Pakistan has received the last batch of five new F-16 aircraft from the United States. ANI

WikiLeaks cable says US wanted moderate Pak Imams in UK
The latest leaked US diplomatic cable reveals that the United States was mulling to import moderate Pakistani Imams in UK to take control over rising extremism in Britain. ANI

Stockholm suicide bomber named son 'Osama'
The Stockholm suicide bombings suspect, Taimour al-Abdaly, had named his first-born son after the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Brides-to-be snap up replicas of Kate Middleton's ring
A replica of Kate Middleton's sapphire and diamond heirloom has become popular among brides-to-be. ANI

New Yorker loses 30 pounds by biking to work
A man in the US lost 30 pounds in less than a year by hopping off the train and onto a bike. ANI

Stockholm suicide bomber 'stormed out of mosque over philosophical attitude to jihad'
The Stockholm suicide bombings suspect, Taimour al-Abdaly, had reportedly stormed out of a British mosque where he worshipped after being confronted over his radical views. ANI

Pak issues demarche to French, German envoys over 'terror' remarks against nation
The Pakistan Foreign Office has conveyed its disappointment over the reported remarks of French President Nicholas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the envoys of the two countries. ANI

Baby boy named after Zardari dies
A baby boy named after Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, has died of a severe chest infection in a government hospital. He was nine months. ANI

Tibet to start its first expressway by May next year
Tibet is in the final phase of completing its first expressway, a four-lane road linking Lhasa's city and Gongkar Airport, and is expected to resume its services in six months. ANI

'Chinese Premier's visit to India will smoothen two nations' trade ties'
Senior Chinese officials have said that Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to India this week would pave the way for a number of commercial deals, which would eventually smoothen trade relations between the two emerging economies. ANI

Ahmadinejad shows whose boss by sacking Iran's foreign minister
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has fired Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki at a key moment in the country's nuclear talks with the West. ANI

UK's drive of reaching out to Muslims made 'little progress': WikiLeaks
The United Kingdom made "little progrss" in reaching out to Muslim communities despite investing "considerable time and resources" after the 7/7 London bombings in 2005, according to classified US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks. ANI

Pak Govt. in full control of internal situation: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said the government is in full in control of the internal situation in the country and would not allow anybody to pursue vested personal agendas, or derail the country from path of economic prosperity and sustained democracy. ANI

Vitamin D deficiency widespread across India
The results of various studies show severe Vitamin D deficiency across India and Pakistan in all age groups, as well as insufficiency in populations of South-East and East Asia. ANI

Unlawful killing of newborns '5 times higher than thought'
A new research has found that the true incidence of neonaticides - the unlawful killing of a baby within the first 24 hours of its life - is more than five times as common as official estimates suggest. ANI

Incarcerated Madoff will not attend son's funeral, says lawyer
Ponzi king Bernie Madoff will not attend his son Mark's funeral. ANI

The slightly less Leaning Tower of Pisa after 8-year makeover
The Leaning Tower of Pisa finally got its beauty back after it was cleaned and partially straightened in an eight-year restoration project. ANI

New Japanese defense strategy to focus more on China, N. Korea
Japan's proposed new military plan will be designed to address the increased threat from China. ANI

Chinese archaeologists discover 2,400-year-old soup pot
Archaeologists in China have discovered what they believe is a 2,400-year-old pot of soup. ANI

Bone find may end mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance
A tiny bone fragment discovered on a desert island may finally answer the questions surrounding legendary woman aviator Amelia Earhart's disappearance. ANI

'The Social Network' inspired website lets pupils rate each other's looks
A new website inspired by 'The Social Network' that allows students to rate each other's looks has raised questions about privacy and respect. ANI

Wikileaks founder Assange appeals for his release in UK
'Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange, who was arrested in the London for sexually assaulting two women during his stay in Sweden, has reportedly appealed to the Westminster magistrates court to release him ANI

Aasia Bibi blasphemy case: A symbol of Pak's religious intolerance
Pakistan's handling of the case of Aasia Bibi, a 45-year-old Christian facing the death penalty for insulting the Quran, symbolizes religious intolerance in that country and a willingness to let extremists have their way. ANI

Stockholm bomber's wife claims she knew nothing of her husband's intentions
The wife of Taymour al-Abdaly, the Iraqi suicide bomber who blew himself up on a Stockholm street full of holiday shoppers, has said she knew nothing about her husband's intentions. ANI

Celebrities sign open letter urging Iran to release 'death by stoning' woman
International celebrities including Hollywood actors Robert Redford, Robert De Niro, and English musician Sting have signed an open letter urging Iran to release Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman who had been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, saying that 'she had suffered enough'. ANI

How WikiLeaks' Julian Assange described himself on dating website
Just a few years ago the mastermind behind WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, was nothing more than a lonely single male who was looking for love on an on-line dating website, it has emerged. ANI

Blair's company 'to earn 27m pounds for advising Kuwait on how to govern itself'
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's company is apparently set to make 27 million pounds for advising the oil-rich Kuwaiti government on how to govern itself. ANI

Holbrooke's death leaves major void in Obama's Afghan strategy
A major void has been created in U.S. President Barack Obama's strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan with the death of his Special Envoy for these two countries, Richard C. Holbrooke. ANI

US diplomat Richard Holbrooke dies at 69
Richard C. Holbrooke, the Obama administration's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2009, died on Monday evening in Washington at the age of 69. ANI

Virgin boss Branson to dress as AirAsia stewardess after losing bet
Virgin Group boss Sir Richard Branson will be dressing up as an AirAsia stewardess after he lost a bet he made during the Formula 1 season. ANI

Tholons Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations Annual Report Announced for 2010
Tholons, an Advisory, Investments and Research Firm for IT and Business Services Globalization (ITO/BPO/KPO), announced the release of TheTholons Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations 2010 Report. In recognition of the increasing demand and competitiveness of emerging cities for services, this year’s report has a larger geographical scope – from 50 cities to 100 cities and 10 identified regions Business Wire India

ICC Footage Archive Database Goes Live
The memory of the great moments at ICC events will be preserved forever with an online footage archive database going live today Business Wire India

Chiyoda Acquired Shares of Toyo-Thai Corporation PCL
Chiyoda Corporation ("Chiyoda")(TOKYO:6366)(ISIN:JP3528600004), Japan's leading engineering and construction firm, today announces that Chiyoda acquired 7% of the total issued shares of Toyo-Thai Corporation Public Company Limited (Head Office: Bangkok, President: Hironobu Iriya) registered on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Business Wire India

Connected World Magazine Names Gemalto Top Technology Provider of M2M and Connected Devices
Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, today announced that it has been named to the CW 100, Connected World Magazine’s prestigious list of the most innovative technology providers of machine-to-machine (M2M) and connected devices. Business Wire India

Placing the First Stone for Delphi's New Building on the Aéropole of Charleroi
Delphi Genetics SA (“Delphi”) has organised a ceremony marking the placing of the first stone of its new building on the Aéropole de Charleroi. Business Wire India

INNOVATION and EMC Collaborate to Improve Enterprise Data Protection
INNOVATION Data Processing, in conjunction with EMC’s announcement of support for the new IBM zEnterprise mainframe together with EMC Symmetrix multi-platform access from System z (i.e. z/SOS for Symmetrix), is announcing FDRSOS V5.4.75 as well as SOSINSTANT. Business Wire India

New Venture for INR Energy's Management Team
After selling its coal mining operations in July 2010, the management team for INR Energy, LLC has started a new company – Natural Resources International, LLC (NRI). NRI’s strategic focus will be on acquisitions and investments in mining and minerals related assets worldwide. Business Wire India

Top 40 Shorlisted to Compete for the Prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize
The Zayed Future Energy Prize, has announced the top 40 entries to compete for the 2011 Prize. The Prize is the most prestigious and internationally recognised award for innovation, performance and leadership in sustainable and renewable energy projects Business Wire India

ADC African Development Corporation Places EUR 43 million in IPO ++ Initial Listing Planned for 14 December 2010 ++ Shares Placed Exclusively with Domestic and Foreign Institutional Investors
Following a successful capital increase, ADC African Development Corporation (ADC), ISIN DE000A1E8NW9, a rapidly growing financial services group focusing on the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region, has joined the Entry Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange Business Wire India

PMC-Sierra Announces Industry's First 6Gb/s Unified Serial RAID Controller Channel Storage Solution with Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection
PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS), the premier Internet infrastructure semiconductor solution provider, has announced the Adaptec by PMC family of Series 6 RAID controllers designed to excel in high I/O transaction and high bandwidth processing applications Business Wire India

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