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Indian Air Force receives first 'C-130J Super Hercules'
Lockheed Martin Corporation delivered the first of six 'C-130J Super Hercules' for the Indian Air Force here on Friday. ANI

Nawaz Sharif rules out joining anti-govt campaign, offers 'olive branch' to Zardari
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has once again offered an 'olive branch' to President Asif Ali Zardari, saying he is ready to cooperate with the latter provided he implements the Charter of Democracy (CoD). ANI

Cat ends up in English village after 250-mile Channel hop
A cat that crossed the Channel from France has come a long distance away from home after he was found 250 miles away in an English village. ANI

Short skirts, cleavage revealing blouses 'not appropriate for office parties'
Experts have said that short skirts, cleavage-revealing blouses and skin-tight slacks are not appropriate attires for office parties. ANI

Quick-talking meerkat is UK's "most-liked" television advert of the year
The title of top television advert of the year has been taken by a quick-talking meerkat, who has been voted as Britain's "most-liked" ad. ANI

Sarah Palin says Americans, love for her country inspired her new book
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has in an interview revealed that Americans and love for her country was what inspired her to write her new book. ANI

"Opportunist" Musharraf puts foot in mouth every time he voices his opinions: Editorial
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf suffers from the foot-in-mouth disease, and even though his statements are hardly taken seriously anymore, the incumbent government should 'straighten the affairs of the state' so that "opportunists" like him are not given a chance to issue such outrageous statements, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Chinese Premier Jiabao arrives in Pakistan on three-day visit
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Pakistan today on a three-day official visit aimed at boosting Sino-Pak commercial ties. ANI

'Next-gen high-speed broadband mobile phones could compromise railway safety'
Lord Berkeley, chairman of UK's Rail Freight Group, has warned that the next generation of high-speed broadband mobile phones that are due to be launched from 2014, could cause a rail crash by interfering with a train's electronics and signalling. ANI

Obama's approval ratings 'remain steady' despite several setbacks: Poll
Despite facing a setback during the mid-term polls, US President Barack Obama's approval and public opinion remains steady, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll. ANI

New Mexico governor considering 'Billy the Kid' pardon petition
Billy the Kid, a 19th century American frontier outlaw whose exploits have been widely chronicled in US popular culture, is under consideration for a pardon by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. ANI

World's tiniest computer memory - a big step towards quantum computing
Scientists stored information for 112 seconds in what may become the world's tiniest computer memory: magnetic "spins" in the centers or nuclei of atoms. ANI

67 per cent support military operation in terrorist-infested Pak tribal region: Opinion poll
The public support for military operations against terrorists in Pakistan's Swat region has increased dramatically over the last year, a new opinion poll suggests. ANI

US airport security glitches exposed, Iranian-American claims he boarded plane with loaded gun
The Transport Security Administration (TSA) in the United States failed to detect a loaded gun being carried by Iranian-American businessman at a Houston airport last fall. ANI

Kate Middleton's pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace
Kate Middleton attended the Royal Family's annual pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace yesterday. ANI

Enid Blyton falls out of children's top ten authors list
Enid Blyton, the author of the Famous Five and The Secret Seven, has fallen out of the top ten list of children's authors. ANI

US drone attacks kill 15 in Pak's Khyber tribal region
At least fifteen people were killed in two US drone attacks in northwest Pakistan's Khyber tribal region. ANI

Palin using media to make signature statement ahead of 2012 Prez bid
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has started cautiously cooperating with some of the same media outlets she and her supporters have accused of unfair and inaccurate coverage, as openly weighs a bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. ANI

Indian-origin man accused of sexually assaulting Oz teenager
An Indian-origin man has been accused of sexually assaulting a sleeping Australian teenage girl at a railway station in Sydney. ANI

People with highest salaries in UK are also binge drinkers
In UK, those with the highest salaries are also the biggest drinkers. ANI

Police probe clears WikiLeaks 'cablegate' of breaking Australian criminal laws
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has given a clean chit to whistleblower website WikiLeaks, which was under investigation over the leaking of a cache of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables. ANI

Pak rejects Bangladesh's demand for apology over troops' excesses in 1971 war
Pakistan has turned down Bangladesh's demand for a formal apology over what Pakistan's troops did in the then East Pakistan during the 1971 war, making it loud and clear that both nations have to look forward to enhance bilateral ties rather than dwelling on the past. ANI

China vows to be more transparent in delivering news about country to outside world
Wang Chen, minister of China's State Council Information Office, has said that his country would be more open and transparent from next year in giving information and news about China to the outside world. ANI

China exposes 19 websites in latest crackdown on pornography
Nineteen Chinese websites have been exposed by the country's watchdog for spreading obscene flash and cell phone games. ANI

Campaigners seek High Court's help to save Sherlock Holmes creator's home
Campaigners, who are against plans to redevelop the former home of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, have sought the help of the High Court. ANI

US students defend decision to defy 'b**bies' bracelets ban
Two middle-school students in the US have defended their decision to defy a school district ban of the popular 'I [heart] b**bies!' bracelets, saying they did it for br*ast cancer awareness. ANI

America is ready to elect a gay president: Jimmy Carter
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says America is ready to elect a gay president. ANI

Magnetic bras could spell end for tricky hooks
The battle to fasten and unfasten lingerie using those tricky bra hooks seems to have come to an end - thanks to magnets. ANI

Brit man breaks world's quickest meat pie eating record in 23.91 seconds
A man in Britain has become the quickest eater of meat pies after he broke the world record in 23.91 seconds. ANI

Indian-origin man jailed over s*x with 14-year-old girl in Australia
An Indian-origin man living in Australia has been jailed after he had s*x with a 14-year-old girl during an afternoon of drinking. ANI

Oz to review strict student visa program following drastic drop in Indian enrolments
Australia's Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans has announced that a review of the international student visa program will be conducted following which changes may be carried out to prop up the ailing sector. ANI

Stockholm suicide bomber could have had helping hands: Swedish investigators
Swedish officials have claimed that Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, the suicide bomber who blew himself up on a Stockholm street full of holiday shoppers, was likely to have been helped by others in preparing for the attack. ANI

Conman has s*x with 70 Facebook pals to ward off bad luck
A conman apparently cheated 70 Facebook friends into having s*x with him to ward off his ill luck. ANI

New MIC Chief G. Palanivel to discuss 'issues affecting Indian community' next week
The newly-appointed Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) President G. Palanivel would reportedly hold a meeting with his central working committee members next week to discuss issues affecting the Indian community. ANI

Bobby Jindal hit by fifth recall petition by disillusioned voter in 2 yr office term
Bobby Jindal, the Indian origin Governor of Louisiana, was hit by another recall petition on Wednesday after an independent voter sought Jindal's removal because of cuts to higher education and health care programs. ANI

UK Defence Secretary cancels Lanka trip over Colombo's war crimes complicity
Suggestions surfacing in US diplomatic cables leaked by the whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks that the Sri Lanka Government precipitated war crimes against the minority Tamil population at the height of the war against the LTTE, has prompted British Defence Secretary Liam Fox to abandon plans for a private visit to the island nation. ANI

Pak "not fast enough" in uprooting terror havens along Afghan border region:Obama
Pakistan's progress in rooting out terrorists has "not come fast enough", and so the United States will continue insisting it to deal with the terror havens within its borders, US President Barack Obama has said. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner was refunded wife's return airfare following her murder
Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire whose wife was killed during their honeymoon, was reportedly refunded Anni's return air fare days after her murder in South Africa. ANI

Angry Assange determined to continue secret-spilling work after release
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was released on bail yesterday after nine days in solitary confinement in London for sexually abusing two women in Sweden, has said that his stay in jail has made him more angry and determined to continue his secret-spilling work. ANI

Bailed Assange preparing for 'extremely serious' US espionage charges
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been freed on bail in London, has said that he is preparing for indictment on US espionage charges. ANI

First edition of Jane Austin's classic novel Emma fetches #79,250
A first edition of Jane Austen's classic novel Emma has fetched 79,250 pounds at an auction. ANI

Pak "can and must do more" to shut down terrorist flow across Afghan border: US
It is important for the United States to keep making progress in eliminating sanctuaries for extremists in Pakistan, and Pakistanis "can and must do more" to shut down the flow of insurgents across the Afghanistan border, top US officials have said. ANI

1 in 5 Brit workers 'call in sick' after office party due to hangovers
A new study has suggested that one in five British employees drinks so much at the office Christmas party that they call in sick the next day. ANI

Afghan review report: Notable for what it did not say as much for what it did
The White House report on Afghan strategy released Thursday was notable as much for what it did not say as for what it did. ANI

Dr. Haneef says 'traumatic' wrongful arrest in Oz marred his 'family-career' reputation
Mohamed Haneef, the Indian-origin doctor who wrongly accused of terrorism and detained by Australian Federal Police in July 2007, has said that his arrest was traumatic and had hugely interrupted his career. ANI

WikiLeaks: Boucher, Menon disagreed on tactics regarding Pak elimination of LeT
India's National Security Adviser, Shiv Shankar Menon, and US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian and Central Asian Affairs, Richard Boucher agreed that there was a need for Pakistan to eliminate the Lashkar-e-Toiba terror group, but differed on the tactics to be adopted for such an exercise. ANI

Af-Pak report shows 'two-faced' Pakistan remains Obama's 'biggest nightmare'
The toned-down, public version of the one-year progress report on Afghanistan and Pakistan released by the White House has made it clear that US President Barack Obama is still in search of the leverage he needs to persuade, or compel, Pakistan to close down the safe haven for terrorists and insurgents that has let a battered al Qaeda leadership and a vigorous Taliban survive. ANI

Only few young Indian Muslims gravitating towards radical Pak bodies: WikiLeaks
Whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks has revealed that only a small minority of young Indian Muslims are gravitating towards pan-Islamic and pro-Pakistan organizations, while the majority is community are largely not attracted to extremism. ANI

US wanted India to send Bollywood stars to Afghanistan to stabilise country: Wikileaks
US diplomats had suggested that India should send Bollywood stars to Afghanistan to help international efforts to stabilise the war-ravaged country, according to a March 2007 cable released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks'. ANI

WikiLeaks: US voiced fears India could be target of biological terrorism
American diplomatic cables leaked by the whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks have revealed Washington's concerns about India becoming a target of biological terrorism. ANI

Obamas will not be invited to Prince William's wedding
In a break from tradition, US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are unlikely to be on the guest list when Prince William marries Kate Middleton next year. ANI

Leaked cables show warming relationship between US and its "true partner" India
Unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, four thousand diplomatic cables from the US embassy in New Delhi reveal a difficult but increasingly warm relationship between India, an emerging power anxious about its security despite its size and increasing wealth, and the United States, a superpower that is keen to be friends but very much on its own terms. ANI

Hindu extremists "bigger threat" to India than Muslim militants: Rahul Gandhi to US
Hindu extremist groups could pose a greater threat to India than Muslim militants, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi told the US ambassador to India, Timothy Roemer, at a lunch last year, a diplomatic cable unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin sells for 55K pounds
The wooden coffin that was supposed to be John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's final resting place has been sold for more than 55,000 pounds at an auction. ANI

Merck KGaA and sanofi-aventis Sign Agreement to Jointly Investigate Novel Combinations Against Cancer
Merck Serono, a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, announced today that Merck, has signed a worldwide research and development agreement with sanofi-aventis U.S. Inc., under which Merck Serono and sanofi-aventis U.S. Inc Business Wire India

Outsource Partners International to Offer Automated Account Reconciliation Software from BlackLine Systems to Global Client Base
Leading professional services firm Outsource Partners International (OPI) has partnered with financial software provider BlackLine Systems to bring BlackLine’s automated account reconciliation and financial close software to OPI’s global client base, mainly comprised of large organizations looking to outsource accounting and finance department functions Business Wire India

Seals Technologies Ltd Presents All-weather Phone SEALS VR7
Introduction: Bauma 2010, the fifth international exhibition for construction and building material machines, construction vehicles and equipment, was held on Nov 23-26, 2010 in Shanghai China. With a wide range of products and services, Bauma 2010 attracted over 150,000 professional visitors from more than 165 countries Business Wire India

Nordson EFD Announces Two New Dispense Valve Controllers
Nordson EFD (Nasdaq: NDSN) has introduced two new products designed to increase output and profitability for manufacturers in the estimated $10 billion* product assembly market. Business Wire India

3M Drug Delivery Systems Signs Licensing Agreement with Spirig Pharma AG
3M Drug Delivery Systems has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Spirig Pharma AG, a Swiss manufacturer of dermatological and dermocosmetic products. Spirig Pharma AG will utilize one of 3M’s immune response modifier (IRM) molecules to further its development of treatment for sun damaged skin Business Wire India

Scantron Corporation to Acquire Education Technology Company GlobalScholar
Harland Clarke Holdings Corp., the parent company of Scantron Corporation, announced that Scantron has signed a definitive agreement to acquire GlobalScholar, a privately-held education technology company Business Wire India

American Express to Expand International Customer Base with Acquisition of Loyalty Partner
American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) has announced that it will acquire Loyalty Partner, a leading marketing services company best known for the loyalty program it operates in Germany, Poland and India. Loyalty Partner also provides market analysis, operating platforms and consulting services that help merchants grow their businesses. Business Wire India

Huber Enters into Agreement for Fire Retardant Products with Almatis
Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), a division of J.M. Huber Corporation, and Almatis, Inc. (Almatis) have reached an agreement under which Almatis will toll produce for HEM certain specialty hydrate flame retardant products previously produced and marketed by Almatis. Business Wire India

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