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Nine in 10 Washington elites consider Palin unqualified to be US President: Poll
A new poll has found that nine out of ten Washington elites believe that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is not qualified to be the United States' next President. ANI

Bug eyed pooch with crooked teeth may be UK's ugliest
A bug eyed pet dog with crooked teeth could be Britain's ugliest pooch. ANI

Comic book sequel on Sarah Palin released
A comic book on former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's life had come out in 2008, and now a sequel to it 'Female Force: Sarah Palin, Act 2', has been released. ANI

63 percent Americans favour military tribunals over civilian trials for terror suspects: Poll
A new poll has found that a majority of Americans are in favour of trying terror suspects in front of military commissions rather than in civilian courts. ANI

Meet UK's kindest kid who painted dozens of pics for cancer charity
A 10-year-old boy in UK has been voted as Britain's Kindest Kid 2010 after he painted dozens of pictures to help raise cash for a cancer charity. ANI

'Stupid' burglar posts pic of self, taken with stolen laptop on owner's Facebook page
A burglar in the US has been dubbed as the "most stupid criminal ever" after he took a picture of himself with a laptop he stole and then posted the snap on the owner's Facebook page. ANI

Iran's 'stoning to death' woman 'was sold for s*x to fund husband's drug addiction'
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman who was earlier sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery charges, had suffered years of abuse and was sold for s*x by her drug addict husband Ebrahim Ghaderzade, her lawyer Mohammed Mostafaei has said. ANI

Aussie launches 'business version of WikiLeaks'
An Australian online electronics retailer has launched what he calls the business world's answer to WikiLeaks. ANI

Only 13 percent of Americans polled approve of Congress
America's satisfaction with Congress has hit an all-time low in a Gallup Poll released Wednesday. ANI

Gay soldiers: US Congress votes to overturn military's 'don't ask, don't tell policy'
The fate of gays in the American armed forces has become more uncertain with the House of Representatives in the US Congress voting to overturn the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, setting up another showdown in the Senate. ANI

Brain fully 'matures' in middle age: Study
Contrary to previous beliefs, a new study has suggested that brain does not stop developing until late 40s. ANI

Mid-East experts warn US to take Iran threat to kill generals seriously
Middle East experts have said that the Obama administration must take the threat of a leader of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard to target American generals seriously. ANI

Smartphone becoming integral part of modern US soldier
Modern American soldiers are equipped with cutting edge military technology, but the latest addition to their arsenal isn't an artificially intelligent automatic weapon or a flying humvee-it's an iPhone. ANI

Now, Taliban extends reach to North Afghanistan
The roads heading south to Kabul and east to Tajikistan as well as north and west are no longer safe for Afghans, let alone Westerners, as the Taliban seems to have extended its control and reach in these areas. ANI

Opposition leader agrees to join Maliki Government in Iraq
Over nine months after Iraq's election propelled him to the brink of toppling his main political rival, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, and a month after he vowed he would not join the new government, Iraqi politician Ayad Allawi has changed track and agreed to join. ANI

Chinese vase that auctioneers valued at 10K pounds sells for 5m pounds
A Chinese vase that auctioneers had estimated to fetch just 10,000 pounds has been sold for almost 5 million pounds. ANI

Oz doc loses licence to practice after s*x with patients
An Australian doctor, who is also a former Cleo bachelor of the year nominee, has lost an appeal against a decision to ban him from practising after it was revealed he had s*x with his patients. ANI

Oz MPs viewing teen p*rn at parliament will not be referred to police
It seems the MPs and staff in Australia who viewed pornography at parliament, will be getting off the hook after the Crown Solicitor recommended the matter not be referred to police. ANI

Pakistan People's Party fails to persuade JUI-F to rejoin ruling coalition
The ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has failed to persuade Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman to change his stance regarding the sacking of JUI-F member and Science and Technology Minister Azam Swati. ANI

Pak needs to continue cooperation for US' Afghan war policy: White House
The Obama administration expects continued help from Pakistan to meet its challenges in Afghanistan, the White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has said. ANI

Malaysian teens exchanging 'girlfriends for pills'
Some Malaysian teenage drug addicts are offering their girlfriends, including schoolgirls, to drug peddlers for s*x in exchange for pil kuda (psychotropic pills). ANI

Pak holds nuclear weapons to ensure peace, stability: General Wynne
Pakistan's Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC) Chairman, General Khalid Shameem Wynne, has said that the country is compelled to maintain strong conventional forces backed up by nuclear weapons because of its regional environment. ANI

Two Brit Muslim converts killed in drone attacks in Pakistan
Two British Muslim converts working for al Qaeda have been killed in a drone attack in Pakistan's mountainous region, according to reports. ANI

Nigeria drops corruption charges against Cheney after oil firm agrees to pay fine
Nigeria has dropped corruption charges against former US Vice-President Dick Cheney, after Halliburton, the oil firm he used to run, agreed to pay 250 million dollars in fines, according to reports. ANI

Swiss bank orders female staff to wear loose-fitting skirts, flesh-coloured undies
One of the world's top investment banks has issued a 44-page dress code to its staff, and it includes female workers being ordered to wear loose-fitting skirts and flesh-coloured underwear. ANI

Apparition of Virgin Mary spotted on side of apartment building in US
Residents of an apartment building in a city in the US have reported seeing an apparition of the Virgin Mary, which they believe is a sign for them to mend their ways. ANI

Welsh gran, 103, is world's oldest Facebooker who uses iPad for updates
A great grandmother from Wales has become the world's oldest Facebook user at the age of 103, and she updates her status using an iPad. ANI

Having s*x more often 'could ruin your marriage'
Think having s*x with your partner would improve you married life? Well, you may want to reconsider that idea after reading this. ANI

Al-Qaeda repeats call to take revenge over Pak neuroscientist's US sentencing
Al-Qaeda has repeated calls to avenge Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who was sentenced to 86 years in prison by a US federal court for trying to kill American agents and military officers after Afghan police detained her in 2008. ANI

US seeks to build case for conspiracy by WikiLeaks
Federal prosecutors in America are seeking to build a case against the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for his role in the huge dissemination of classified government documents. ANI

WikiLeaks reveals Thai leaders doubt suitability of prince becoming king
Three senior members of Thailand's powerful privy council, a group of advisers appointed by the king, have made clear their preference for an alternative to Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, who is considered a political liability because of his extra-marital affairs in several European countries. ANI

Guyanese-American Muslim jailed for life over JFK Airport fuel plot
A Guyanese-American Muslim, who was one of the two men convicted for plotting to blow up fuel tanks at New York's John F Kennedy Airport, has been sentenced to life in prison. ANI

Fines, not death, top worry for speeding drivers: Oz study
A Queensland University study has found that speeding drivers are more concerned about getting caught than being hurt or killed. ANI

Pak clerics launch campaign to protect blasphemy laws
Political and religious parties in Pakistan have launched a campaign to protect the country's blasphemy laws. ANI

Egypt, not India, top place for visitors getting struck with Delhi belly
If you think that India is the country where travelers are most likely to fall ill, you are wrong. Egypt is the top place for visitors getting struck with traveler's diarrhoea, commonly known as Delhi belly. ANI

Good Morning America weather girl 'falsely cried rape'
A television weather girl has been suspended after police claimed the lady brewed the whole rape story. ANI

Karachi female students set world record by squeezing 19 people in car
A group of female students from Karachi Grammar and other schools have entered the record books by accommodating 19 persons in a smart car. ANI

Danish politician calls for topless women videos to scare away extremists
A Danish politician has come up with a unique way to scare away immigrants. ANI

US can't depend on 'game-playing' Pak to get job done in Afghanistan: Ex-Spl Envoy
Former U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan, Peter Tomsen, has said that the Obama administration cannot depend on Pakistan to get its job done in Afghanistan, despite having given billions in civilian and military aid as incentives. ANI

US Justice Department puts Pak-origin terror suspect on its wanted list
The US Department of Justice has put Manchester-based Pakistan-origin terror suspect Abdul Naseer on its wanted list after intelligence revealed that he was a part of an al-Qaeda plot to launch co-ordinated international bombings. ANI

Pakistan world's deadliest country for journalists: CPJ
Forty-two journalists were killed around the world this year, and Pakistan was the deadliest country of all, according to a study by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). ANI

Qaeda planning suicide attacks across Europe, US during Christmas
Iraqi authorities have obtained confessions from captured insurgents who claim Al Qaeda is planning suicide attacks in the United States and Europe during the Christmas holiday season. ANI

Melbourne court told that Indian toddler killer panicked
The man who dumped the body of Indian boy Gurshan Singh Channa after accidentally knocking him unconscious had acted out of fear, panic, naivety and stupidity, a Melbourne court has heard. ANI

"Improved' Sino-India ties not a threat for Pakistan: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that there is no comparison between Pak-China 'time-tested' relations and the Sino-India bilateral ties. ANI

Musharraf hints at pact with Taliban, military takeover to protect Pak from crisis
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said that the country might be forced to take matters into its own hands, which could include working with the Taliban, if it continues to feel alienated by the rest of the world. ANI

World's Top Travel Destinations Also May Be Most Dangerous
HCC Medical Insurance Services, LLC(HCCMIS) has produced a humorous and innovative look at the risks of traveling, whether it’s a skiing accident or a volcanic eruption. Surprisingly, the United States ranks near the top of the list when it comes to both of these kinds of accidents Business Wire India

Introducing the Information Mapping® Certified Consultant Program
Information Mapping International, the world’s leading organization for structuring content, has announced its Information Mapping® Certified Consultant (IMCC) Program. The goal of this program is to create a recognized corps of competent individuals who are using the Information Mapping® method as a part of their business. Business Wire India

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