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Kayani "most powerful man in Pakistan" despite civilian govt's presence: Pak editorial
Even in the presence of a civilian government in Pakistan, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is the "most powerful" man in the country, a Pakistani newspaper's editorial has said. ANI

Cablegate highlights America's deep role in Pak's power politics
The latest leak of classified U.S. diplomatic cables out of Pakistan have highlighted America's deep role in the country's power politics. ANI

Mumbai exposed fruits of "previous ISI policy to create Lashkar-e-Taiba": WikiLeaks
Pakistan's intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) created terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and the spy agency, along with the Pakistan Army, still has its primary focus on India instead of the militancy concentrated on the Pak-Afghan border, a February 2009 cable unveiled by WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Gifts left by secret Santa on trees in UK 'are litter hazard'
The phantom Santa who has been leaving gifts on trees in Wales has been banned from doing so as it could see him being prosecuted under the litter and fly-tipping laws. ANI

Kitten rescued after being flushed down toilet by callous owner
A tiny four-week-old kitten nicknamed Flush is said to have survived after being flushed down a toilet by its callous owner. ANI

US woman, protesting TSA pat-downs, confronts security in bra and panties
An elderly woman in America tried to clear security at the Will Rogers World Airport by wearing only her bra and panties.ccording to the Oklahoman, Tammy Banovac, 52, a retired surgeon who uses a wheelchair, wore a trench coat when she arrived, but disrobed when it came time to go through security. ANI

Oz artist's explicitly nude life-size model shocks passers-by
An Australian artist's exhibition featuring a life-size male model is causing pedestrians to stop in their tracks with its full-frontal nudity. ANI

Gay couple in dilemma after Skype wedding is declared invalid
A gay couple, who tied the knot over the Internet to bypass state law, has been told their union is invalid because they were not present when the ceremony took place. ANI

Bungling Brit police eat crime scene evidence
Police officers at a crime scene in Britain are said to have eaten Domino's pizza without realising that they had been ordered by the very suspects they had been hunting. ANI

Court allows gay sperm donor to spend time with his kids by lesbian mum
A gay sperm donor in Britain has won a custody battle brought about by a lesbian who had his children, after the court ruled that he can spend 152 days of the year with them. ANI

Leak of classified US diplomatic cables perfectly legal: WikiLeaks
The release of a trove of classified US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks is perfectly legal, a spokesperson for the whistleblower website has said. ANI

Brit school serves ostrich, camel, and crocodile for dinner!

Bomb-proof boxers perfect Xmas gift for Brit troops in Afghanistan!
Bomb-proof boxer shorts seem to be the perfect gift this Christmas for the troops fighting in Afghanistan. ANI

Research reveals exotic source of Vishnu rock in Grand Canyon of USA
Possible source of sedimentary material that became Vishnu Schist in Grand Canyon (Arizona, USA) include Australia, North China, and Antarctica, suggests a new research. ANI

Now, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXL undies for women with a 105in waistline!
A firm that manufactures the world's biggest knickers has now made even larger underwear for women who are a size 74 with 105in waistlines. ANI

Bloodstained flag from Custer's Last Stand expected to fetch £3.2m at auction
The bloodstained flag which was with General Custer when he and his troops were murdered by Sitting Bull's Sioux warriors at the Battle of Little Bighorn is set to go under the hammer and is expected to fetch 3.2 million pounds. ANI

'Drug syndicates using Facebook to recruit young Malaysian women as smugglers'
Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister Richard Riot Jaem has said that young Malaysian women using social networking website Facebook were being lured by international drug syndicates with promises of significant rewards for delivering drugs for them. ANI

Fake Afghan negotiator incident "stigma on forehead of Americans, allies": Taliban
The Taliban have mocked NATO by praising the 'impostor', who reportedly duped British intelligence agents into believing that he was Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansur, one of the most senior commanders in the Taliban movement, and took part in the Afghan reconciliation talks in exchange for 'a lot of money'. ANI

Oz school house mistress says she gave s*x education to abused boys
A school house mistress accused of sexually assaulting boys aged 11 and 12 rationalised her behaviour as providing s*x education, a Sydney judge has been told. ANI

Problem of toxic lead in used consumer products extremely widespread
In a new paper, researchers have revealed that the problem of toxic lead in used consumer products is extremely widespread and present at levels that are far beyond safe limits. ANI

'Bush didn't oppose AQ Khan's release to keep Pak interested in war on terror'
While the Bush administration remained silent amid rumours that Pakistan was about to release disgraced nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan from house arrest, a top US official urged Washington to 'strongly oppose' the move, a diplomatic cable unveiled by WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Meghan McCain picks a bone with Palin over 'blue bloods' remark
Meghan McCain once again seized an opportunity to confront Sarah Palin, who dismissed the Bush clan as blue bloods on the Laura Ingraham radio show last week. ANI

1 in 5 Brits wear their undies at least 250 times before buying new ones!
Talk about dirty secrets - a new UK survey has revealed that one in five people admit to wearing their pants 250 times or more before buying new ones. ANI

Bingo wings - a real fashion killer for Brit women
A new survey has revealed that it's not a saggy tummy or dimpled thighs that women hate the most - it's "bingo wings". ANI

Oxford Union cancels Rajapaksa's lecture under LTTE activists' pressure
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's scheduled lecture at the Oxford Union, debating society of the Oxford University, has been cancelled because of "security concerns". ANI

Co-pilot seat adjustment causes AI jet to plunge a terrifying 7,000-ft
Passengers on an Air India Express flight were nearly killed when a co-pilot tried to move his seat and accidentally sent the airliner into a terrifying 7,000-foot plunge. ANI

Did Sarah Palin force Bristol to do DWTS as revenge for pregnancy?
Did Sarah Plain persuade her daughter Bristol to participate in the 'Dancing With The Stars' show as a revenge for getting pregnant? ANI

"ANP chief declined Kayani's offer to replace Zardari owing to lack of support"
The Awami National Party (ANP) chief, Asfandyar Wali Khan, was offered the post of Pakistan president but he turned it down, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said, confirming a disclosure made in a US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks. ANI

'US due for deadly terrorist attack by homegrown terrorists'
A top counterterrorism official has warned that a spate of thwarted bombing attempts proves that the United States is facing an evolving threat from homegrown terrorists. ANI

Putin knew about plot to 'assassinate' former Russian spy in London: Wikileaks
Senior US officials believed that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin knew about the operation to murder former spy Alexander Litvinenko in London, according to classified US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website Wikileaks. ANI

Impact of violent video games no greater than comparable movies, music
A study on the impact violent video games have on players has revealed that they are no greater than movies or music clips, paving the way for R18 plus games being given the go ahead in Australia. ANI

Only 15pc of Brit women who cheat get caught by partners
A new survey in Britain showed that only 15 percent of females who had affairs were caught by their partners. ANI

Obese US women hide shoplifted boots and jeans under belly fat, br**ts!
Two women in America arrested for shoplifting are said to have hidden the merchandise under their belly fat and br**ts. ANI

'Nazi princess' daughter of SS head still the heroine of shadowy Nazi group
Stille Hilfe or Silent Aid - the world's only support group for mass murderers - has 25 to 40 members including Gudrun Burwitz, the daughter of Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS. ANI

Swedish royals in fresh scandal after Nazi past of Queen's father revealed
Weeks after revelations of the King's secret affair with a pop singer, the Sweden royal family has been thrown into fresh turmoil over the Nazi past of the queen's father. ANI

Sugababe Keisha Buchanan dreaming of Prince Harry
Kate Middleton's relationship with Prince William has led former Sugababes singer Keisha Buchanan to believe that she may have a chance with his brother. ANI

A third of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youth suffer mental disorders
A new study by University of Illinois at Chicago has revealed that one-third of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth have attempted suicide in their lifetime - a prevalence comparable to urban, minority youth - but a majority do not experience mental illness ANI

Saudi rulers looking for 'another Musharraf' in place of 'rotten head' Zardari as Pak ruler
The leaked US cables posted on whistle-blower website Wikileaks highlight how, in recent years, Saudi rulers have played favourites with Pakistani politicians, wielded their massive financial clout to political effect and even advocated a return to military rule in Pakistan. ANI

Meet the first single mum to reach final of Miss Great Britain
A woman in UK has become the first single mum to reach the final of Miss Great Britain. ANI

Mexican drug gang kills woman who took police chief job men didn't want
The unending war between gangsters and the authorities in Mexico has led to a female police chief, who took on the job because men didn't want it, being murdered by a drug gang. ANI

US Parliamentarians' office to be torn down to build female restroom
The US Parliamentarians' office in the Capitol building is set to be torn down to build female members of Congress a restroom. ANI

Fashionable condoms to promote safe s*x debut on World AIDS Day
Condom manufacturer Proper Attire collaborated with The Keith Haring Foundation to debut a line of art-inspired products at the Museum of Contemporary Art to mark World AIDS Day. ANI

1.5m Brits 'would like to be buried with their mobile phones'!
A new survey has found that an estimated 1.5 million Britons would like their mobile phones to be placed inside their coffin. ANI

France has not integrated its minorities, WikiLeaks quotes US cables as saying
France has not done enough to integrate its ethnic and religious minorities and needs to give Muslims a place in mainstream society, U.S. diplomats have said in leaked cables published on Wednesday by a French newspaper. ANI

WikiLeaks expose 'US tactic' to ignite clash among Muslim nations: ex-Pak Army chief
Calling the WikiLeaks revelations a tactic by the United States to ensue a clash among the Muslim countries, former Army chief Aslam Beg has claimed that the US wanted to divide Afghanistan into three units. ANI

Canadian envoy offers to resign as leak threatens ties to Afghanistan
Canada's Ambassador to Afghanistan, William Crosbie, has offered to resign following the leak of U.S. diplomatic cables that threaten bilateral relations between his country and Afghanistan. ANI

Russia under Prime Minister Putin a 'corrupt, mafia state': Wikileaks
Russia is a corrupt, autocratic kleptocracy centred on the leadership of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in which officials and organized crime are bound together to create a "virtual mafia state", according to classified US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website Wikileaks. ANI

WikiLeaks suspect 'designed Facebook' as a schoolboy, say pals
Friends of Bradley Manning, the prime suspect in the leaking of top secret documents to the WikiLeaks website, have revealed that the 23-year-old was such a computer expert that he designed a version of Facebook years before modern social networking sites took off. ANI

NSW MPs may have watched child p*rn on parliamentary computers
A report tabled by the New South Wales Speaker has revealed that MPs or their staff may have accessed websites containing child pornography on their parliamentary computers. ANI

India needs to "decrease footprint in Afghanistan" to gain Pak's trust: Gilani to Kerry
India needs to "decrease its footprint in Afghanistan and stop interfering in Balochistan" in order to gain Pakistan's trust, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani told US Senator John Kerry during a meeting earlier this year, according to a leaked US embassy cable posted by WikiLeaks. ANI

US-based stops hosting Wikileaks on its Web servers
America's largest online retailer,, has stopped hosting whistleblower website WikiLeaks from its Web servers after being contacted by a US Senator. ANI

PML-N refutes Zardari's claim of Shahbaz tipping off JUD prior to asset freeze order
Reacting to the WikiLeaks' revelation about Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari claim that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had tipped off Jamaatud Dawa (JUD) about the United Nations' move to freeze its accounts, a PML-N spokesman has criticised the government for using a diplomatic forum to malign the opposition by levelling false charges against it. ANI

Potential manufacturing defect blamed for Qantas' A380 Rolls Royce engines' blasts
Sydney-based Qantas Airways has said that it will conduct more detailed inspections of its A380 Rolls-Royce engines after the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued a new safety alert today. ANI

White House creates post to analyze security leaks
The Obama administration has created a position to investigate the gaps in security that led to the WikiLeaks release of diplomats' private conversations, the White House announced. ANI

WikiLeaks cables: Medvedev 'plays Robin to Putin's Batman'
American diplomats consider Vladimir Putin to be the real ruler of Russia and not President Dmitry Medvedev, according to diplomatic cables leaked by the whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks. ANI

Asymmetrical US-Canada ties because of 'Robin Vs Batman' perception: US diplomats
In a confidential diplomatic cable sent back to the State Department from Ottawa, the American Embassy warned of increasing mistrust of the United States by Canada with which it shares some 500 billion dollars in annual trade, the world's longest unsecured border and a joint military mission in Afghanistan. ANI

Pak Army's re-focus on Indian border instead of FATA was terrorists' aim behind 26/11?
The 2008 Mumbai attacks may have been a success for terrorists, if their plan was to ensure that the Pakistan Army would not shift its troops from the Indian border to the tribal areas neighbouring Afghanistan, according to a leaked US embassy cable posted by WikiLeaks. ANI

Pak nuclear arsenal under "foolproof control and command system": Hasan
Pakistan's High Commissioner to the UK, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, has dismissed fears raised in some classified US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website Wikileaks that its nuclear material may fall into terrorist hands. ANI

Zardari, Gilani decide to keep mum over WikiLeaks releases
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani have decided to keep quiet on the US diplomatic cables released by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. ANI

Sarah Plain's husband Todd could be next on 'DWTS'
After Bristol Palin's 'Dancing with the Stars' stint, the show's producers are reportedly trying to rope in Sarah Palin's husband Todd. ANI

'Brinkley, Miliband pressed Zardari to send ISI chief to India following 26/11': Cable
Following the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, the then British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, and Ambassador Robert Brinkley pressed Pakistan to send ISI MG Ahmed Shuja Pasha to India, a US embassy cable posted by WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Bruni praises Pope over condoms comment to mark World AIDS Day
French First Lady Carla Bruni lauded Pope Benedict XVI on World AIDS Day after the pontiff said the use of condoms could be justified to prevent the dreadful disease. ANI

S+S Magbox MXP Inline Magnet also available in high-temperature Version
At the K-2010 trade fair in Düsseldorf S+S Separation and Sorting Technology GmbH presented the Magbox MXP inline magnet in a completely re-engineered version. Magbox MXP inline magnets primarily are used in (already existing) pipelines where they thor-oughly separate fine and very fine ferrous metal contaminations from powdery and grainy bulk materials Business Wire India

New Regional Casualty Manager for ACE Asia Pacific
ACE Asia Pacific, a part of the ACE Group of Companies®, global leaders in insurance and reinsurance, announced today the appointment of Neil Moon as the new Regional Casualty Manager, Asia Pacific. Business Wire India

‘Energy Intelligence Top 100’ Oil Company Rankings: Industry’s Center of Gravity Trending toward Asia
The center of the oil universe is moving steadily eastward as oil companies throughout Asia add capacity to meet the region’s growing demand for oil and natural gas Business Wire India

Business Leaders Make Case for Building a Global Low-Carbon Economy
On opening day of COP16, CEO’s of leading global multinationals and the head of WWF joined together to emphasize the urgency of building a low-carbon economy for our global prosperity, health, security and safety Business Wire India

Patrick Brownlow Named Asia & Pacific Region Ad Sales Director at Bloomberg Markets Magazine
Patrick Brownlow has been named Advertising Sales Director for Asia and the Pacific Region at Bloomberg Markets magazine, the magazine for the Global Financial Elite; it was announced today by Publisher Mike Dukmejian. Business Wire India

ACE Completes Acquisition of Jerneh Insurance Berhad in Malaysia
The ACE Group announced that it has completed its acquisition of 100% of Jerneh Insurance Berhad, a general insurance company in Malaysia, for approximately US$200 million in cash. Business Wire India

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