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Tanzanian prosecutor investigating BAE "dirty deal" 'feared for life': Wikileaks
Edward Hoseah, the Tanzanian prosecutor investigating a "dirty deal" by BAE to sell Tanzania an overpriced radar system, told US diplomats that "his life may be in danger," according to secret US diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks'. ANI

Zardari extends hand of friendship to Nawaz for Pak's development
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has urged Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif to shun his party's differences with the Pakistan People's Party (PPP). ANI

'Egyptian President Mubarak 'turned down' black-market nuclear weapons deal'
Maged Abdelaziz, Egypt's ambassador to the UN said that the country's President Hosni Mubarak had 'turned down' a black-market nuclear weapons deal following the collapse of the Soviet Union, according to secret US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. ANI

Oz teacher banned for telling kids to 'f--- off and go home'
A former Queensland teacher has been banned from reapplying for teaching registration for at least a year after he was found misbehaving with his students. ANI

Wills, Kate wedding memorabilia up for grabs, but sans couple's pics on it
The official wedding memorabilia of the royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton is up for grabs but without the couple's faces on it. ANI

'Yemen's radioactive products were easy al-Qaeda targets': Wikileaks
A senior Yemeni government official had told US diplomats that poor security at the country's main store of radioactive products could give terrorists an easy access to dangerous materials, according to the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks'. ANI

Premier Wen's visits to India, Pakistan produced strategic, fruitful results: Chinese FM
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said on Sunday that Premier Wen Jiabao's visits to India and Pakistan from Dec. 15 to Dec. 19 were fruitful and successful with rich achievements. ANI

Somali pirate ranked fourth richest in global shipping business
A Somali pirate has been ranked alongside a billionaire trade magnate and the Chinese transport minister as among the most powerful people in shipping. ANI

'Blame-game' over CIA's Pak station chief leak to harm 'fragile democracy' Pak: Kerry
US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, John Kerry, has rejected the claims that the pull out of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)'s station chief from Pakistan was a 'major setback', and called for an end to heaping blame on Islamabad for the development. ANI

Biden says "high-tech terrorist" Assange to face prosecution in America
Terming Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a "high-tech terrorist", US Vice President Joe Biden has said that the journalist is facing prosecution in America for leaking secret cables. ANI

Ex-colleague says Palin should be allowed to reveal her multiple flaws
A former colleague of Sarah Palin, Nicolle Wallace, has become the latest senior Republican to state that she has multiple flaws ANI

Sexually inappropriate teacher-pupil relationships 'just tip of iceberg'
The Rape Prevention Education (RPE) in New Zealand has said that the sexually inappropriate teacher-pupil relationships censured by the industry body are "just the tip of the iceberg". ANI

Kiwi broadcaster in dock for airing "raunchy", "sexually explicit" scenes
The Broadcasting Standards Authority in New Zealand has warned and fined a broadcaster 4000 dollars for airing two "raunchy" and "sexually explicit" scenes at inappropriate times. ANI

Outrage over non-airing of Tamil news in Malaysia
Many Indian viewers in Malaysia are disappointed with Bernama TV for failing to air the one-hour daily Tamil news on Friday. ANI

TV channels must be allowed to air biased news programmes: BBC broadcaster
Television channels should be allowed to broadcast opinionated and politically biased news programmes, according to veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. ANI

Obama now being touted by some to be the "Comeback Kid"
Despite facing a setback during the mid-term polls, events like the recent successful trade deal with South Korea and the approval of the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays serving openly in the military, appears to be repairing US President Barack Obama's image, with many observers now reportedly hoping that the "comeback kid" can handle the current situation. ANI

Drunken passengers as dangerous as drunken drivers!
A new survey has pointed out that drunken car passengers could be as dangerous as drivers who drink. ANI

Bristol Palin 'happy for ex Levi Johnston's new relationship'
Bristol Palin is 'happy' that his ex-fiancee Wasilla mayoral candidate Levi Johnston has found a new girlfriend. ANI

Move to block Internet pornography at source from entering Brit homes
The British government has called a meeting with the country's biggest broadband providers in a bid to curb Internet pornography from entering the homes of people with children. ANI

Pak not seeking permanent UN Security Council seat: Qureshi
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that his country was not seeking a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). ANI

Pak could face 'a lot of trouble' if ISI blew CIA's station chief's cover: Editorial
Pakistan could be in for a lot of trouble in coming days, if the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is indeed responsible for blowing Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)'s station chief Jonathan Banks' cover, according to an editorial in a leading Pakistan newspaper. ANI

'Saudi king might move controversial NY Ground Zero mosque to West Village'
A Manhattan lawyer with ties to the Saudi royal family has claimed that King Abdullah might move the controversial Ground Zero mosque away from its proposed site near the world Trade Centre to the West Village. ANI

Wills broke off with Kate on cellphone in 2007, reveals new book
Prince William broke off with Kate Middleton over his cellphone and then got loaded with pals in the pub, reveals a new book on the royal couple. ANI

Cops take window smoker to psych ward after mistaking it for suicide bid!
A lawyer smoking on the sill of his second-floor apartment window was taken to a psychiatrist after a pair of blundering cops mistook it as a suicide attempt, it has emerged. ANI

Oz PM Julia Gillard laughs off engagement ring rumours
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has laughed off the suggestion that she was wearing an engagement ring on her finger during her press conference. ANI

Entry requirements changed for students wanting to study in Australia
Australian universities have welcomed the federal government's decision to lower entry requirements for overseas students applying to take courses in Australia. ANI

Zimbabwe President Mugabe threatens to "crush" opposition ahead of early polls
Amid allegations that his forces are spreading out across the country in order to frighten voters ahead of elections, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has said that he and his party are still fit to be in power and those who stand on their way would be "crushed". ANI

British commanders want tanks to fight Taliban'
Senior British Army commanders have asked for Challenger 2 tanks to be deployed in the southern Afghan province of Helmand to fight the Taliban. ANI

12 arrested in major UK anti-terror swoop
Twelve men have been arrested in a major national counter-terrorism operation, West Midlands Police said Monday. ANI

Pope lumps "secularism" with "religious fundamentalism"
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has criticized Pope Benedict for herding secularism and religious fundamentalism together. ANI

Giant heated 'condoms' fitted over freezing UK trains to keep them moving!
Trains in Britain are being fitted with giant heated "condoms" in a bid to thaw them out and keep them moving. ANI

2 NATO tankers destroyed by militants in Pakistan
At least two tankers, carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, were attacked by militants in Pakistan's Khyber tribal region on Monday. ANI

'Threats were received on Jiabao's three-day visit', says Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has disclosed that threats of terrorism had been received during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabo's visit to the country. ANI

China helped create political instability in Pacific islands: Wikileaks
Secret US diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' have revealed that New Zealand defence officials had warned the US that the Chinese army was creating political instability in the Pacific islands. ANI

'Crew cut boat engines hours before Christmas Island crash'
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said that the death toll of last week's Christmas Island boat tragedy has risen to at least 48 so far. ANI

Wen's speech in parliament 'alarm bells' to Pak's enemies: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has described Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's speech to the joint sitting of the country's parliament as a strong message to the enemies of Pakistan. ANI

Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis teaches Gita and Upanishads
Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis (Indiana, USA) has been reportedly teaching ancient Hindu scriptures Bhagavad-Gita and Upanishads. ANI

Now, take a lunch break to get sterilized in secret!
Women are these days opting for secret 'lunch hour breaks', where instead of the usual lunch, they get themselves sterilization appointments. ANI

Julian Assange has groupie s*x fan following like that of Mick Jagger
WikiLeaks founder's former colleague has claimed that Julian Assange had a groupie following like that of Rolling Stones frontman and lothario Mick Jagger. ANI

Assange's lawyers mad over leaked report detailing his rape charges
WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange's lawyers and supporters are furious over someone leaking the confidential police report detailing graphic rape allegations against him. ANI

Over 90 pc street kids in Karachi are drug addicts: Study
A new study has revealed that over 90 percent of the estimated 30,000 street children in Karachi are addicted to different drugs. ANI

Fireworks blast kills 12 in Central China
At least 12 people have reportedly been killed in a fireworks blast in Central China's Hunan province. ANI

Al-Qaeda aims to bring down 'nuclear power' Pakistan: Biden
United States Vice President Joe Biden has said that the Osama bin laden led-Al Qaeda is trying to "bring down" nuclear-armed Pakistan. ANI

Greater Awareness of the Functional Benefits of Ingredients Drives the Health Foods and Beverages Market, Finds Frost & Sullivan
The higher demand for innovative food and beverage ingredients is catalyzing the growth of the health beverages and foods in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Business Wire India

BookIT Oy: Already 50 % of Finns Use Mobile Phone for Bookings, Tickets and Payments
The secret of this success is the next version of SMS called iSMS® which allows secure business transactions using SMS and normal credit card. It is quick and easy for the consumer to use this service since it works on any phone without any additional software or hardware. Business Wire India

Statement of Eugene A. Ludwig On the Death of Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Eminent Financial and Political Figure Who Led Promontory Europe
Eugene A. Ludwig, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Promontory Financial Group, issued the following statement on the death of Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, who died in Rome at the age of 70. Mr. Padoa-Schioppa was Chairman of Promontory Europe at the time of his death. Business Wire India

RadiSys and Ethrix Deploy Integrated Mobile Media Server Solution with Planet41 for Emerging India 3G Market
Business Wire India

GrapeCity Announces ActiveReports 6 Silverlight Report Viewer Beta Preview with Enhanced Windows Azure Reporting
GrapeCity PowerTools has announced the availability of ActiveReports 6 Silverlight Report Viewer Beta Preview for .NET developers. The preview build also includes enhanced support for Windows Azure reporting. Business Wire India

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