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US Homeland Security shuts down websites trafficking counterfeit goods
U.S. Department of Homeland Security has shut down over 80 websites, which it alleges have been trafficking in counterfeit goods. ANI

PML-Q offers help to JUI-F in ousting Balochistan government
The Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) has offered help to the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) in ousting the Balochistan government. ANI

"No foreign forces allowed or required to operate inside Pakistan": Haqqani
Pakistan will not allow any foreign troops to operate on its soil, Pakistan's Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, has said in response to a media report that US military commanders in Afghanistan are pushing for an expanded campaign of Special Operations ground raids across the border into Pakistan's tribal areas. ANI

UK paramedics criticised for posting pictures of daft antics on Facebook
Paramedics in the UK have been criticised for posting pictures showing them fooling around on Facebook. ANI

725kg buffalo gets driven to bar for pint of ale
A male bison weighing 725kg likes to take a ride in his owner's car and to also join him for a pint at a bar in Canada. ANI

Yacht owned by founder of Turkey used by prostitution ring
A yacht that belonged to the late founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, is said to have been used by an international prostitution ring catering to rich businessmen. ANI

Indian-origin man shocked to find transvestism termed as 'abnormal desire'
An Indian-origin man in Sydney has revealed that he was very shocked and offended to find the term "transvestism" defined as an "abnormal desire" in The Macquarie Dictionary. ANI

US legislator plans hearings on Muslim radicalization
Incoming Chairman of the US House Committee on Homeland Security, Peter King, has said that he will call for hearings into the radicalization of Muslim Americans when he takes over in the new congressional term in January. ANI

Pak Govt reshuffles economic team to gear up for new IMF-backed tax regime
The Pakistan government has pulled up its socks to fulfil the commitments it made to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as it reshuffled its economic team to gear up for the imposition of the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) regime. ANI

BMW 'burns' logo on viewers' eyes to 'see' ad even when they're shut!
Talk about leaving an imprint on someone's mind! BMW has come up with a new idea - to 'burn' their logo on the eyes of viewers so they can see it even when they close their eyes. ANI

Pak can't progress unless intelligence agencies work within law: Chaudhry Nisar
Pakistan cannot progress unless its intelligence agencies are circled within laws and the Constitution, the opposition leader in the National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, has said. ANI

Brit anti-Islamist group's donors' details 'stolen after database hacked'
Members of the controversial Brit anti-Islamist group, English Defence League (EDL), have been told to remain vigilant after hackers stole a database containing names and addresses from one of the organisation's websites. ANI

'Pak Govt charged extra 153mn rupees as "royalty" from Haj pilgrims'
The Pakistan Government levied an extra charge of 153 million rupees on Haj pilgrims in the name of 'royalty', and paid the amount to two airlines, a Senate committee has been informed. ANI

Kate Middleton effect: Brit girls would rather be princesses than WAGs
British girls would rather swap lives with Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton than footballers' wives Victoria Beckham or Coleen Rooney, according to a new survey. ANI

Austerity: 2010's most searched for term
'Austerity' was the most-searched for term in 2010, and has been named Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year. ANI

Top job and family can't go hand-in-hand for women: Expert
A sociologist at the London School Of Economics has claimed that women should forget about trying to work at a top job and manage their families well at the same time. ANI

Gordon Ramsay's cookbook named worst of 2010 for unhealthy recipes
TV chef Gordon Ramsay's cookbook has been voted worst of the year for its unhealthy recipes. ANI

Groom murders bride, best man and himself at Brazilian wedding
A groom in Brazil shot his new wife, his best man and then himself after declaring to horrified guests that he had a 'surprise' for them. ccording to witnesses, 29-year-old sales manager Rogerio Damascena did not give any clues that something was wrong at his wedding reception, said police investigator Joao Brito. ANI

'Over 36mn rupees corruption' reported in Haj arrangements in Pak: Malik
An embezzlement of over 36 million rupees reportedly took place in Haj arrangements this year, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

Pak Interior Minister calls for law 'restricting opposition from meeting foreign high ups'
The Pakistan Government should bring in a legislation to bind the opposition members as well as the government functionaries for getting permission from the competent authority before meeting any foreign diplomat, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

Hindus and Jews laud Pope on his call for "greater energy to healthcare structures"
Hindus and Jews have applauded Pope Benedict for his call to the authorities to dedicate "greater energy to healthcare structures". ANI

Thai Cabinet revokes emergency decree, approves bail for 104 opposition Red supporters
The Thai cabinet on Tuesday decided to revoke the emergency decree, set up a new situation monitoring centre and allow Rights and Liberties Department officials to seek the release on bail of 104 red shirts detained for minor offences. ANI

Oz Govt. agrees to give Indian origin doctor substantial payout for wrong terror allegation
An Indian doctor wrongly held in custody over terrorism allegations will receive a "substantial" and confidential payout from the Australian Government. ANI

Obama staging comeback in the eyes of American people, finds new poll
A new poll suggests that United States' President Barack Obama may be staging a comeback in the eyes of the American people. ANI

China to stick to its national family planning policy but seek improvements
China will stick to its national family planning policy, but improve its policies in aspects like reproduction, migration and gender equality to achieve a more balanced and sustainable population development, a senior official has said. ANI

NYPD trains personnel to anticipate, counter Mumbai type terror attack
The New York Police Department recently ran an anti-terrorism exercise that deliberately mirrored the November 2008 terror massacre on the city of Mumbai. ANI

Pak successfully test fires 'Ghauri Hataf-V' ballistic missile
Pakistan has successfully test-fired its ballistic missile- Ghauri Hataf-V. ANI

'China committed to building two more units at Pak's Chashma Nuclear Plant'
China is committed to construct Unit no.3 and Unit no.4 of the Chashma Nuclear Power Plant (CHASNUPP) in Pakistan, Board of Investment (BoI) Chairman Saleem Mandviwala has said. ANI

Al-Qaida's latest threat to US: poisoning food in hotels, restaurants over single weekend
The latest Al-Qaida terror threat to the United States reportedly involves the possible use of poisons aimed at food in hotels and restaurants over a single weekend. ANI

Author of 'Paedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure' arrested
The author of the guidebook 'Paedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover's Code of Conduct' has been arrested. ANI

Indian-origin airhostess jailed for smuggling 250K pounds of cocaine into UK
An Indian-origin airhostess, who worked for Air Canada, has been jailed for 8 years after she was found guilty of smuggling 250,000 pounds worth of cocaine into Britain via Heathrow. ANI

North Korea says South's "childish play with fire not worth responding to"
North Korea has said that it "was not worth reacting" to the latest "military provocation" by South Korea. ANI

Hindus and Jews ask upcoming Hungarian EU Presidency to end European Roma apartheid
Hindus and Jews have asked the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), starting January one, to work on ending European Roma (Gypsy) apartheid. ANI

Pope accepts "humiliation" on abuse of minors by priests
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, while exchanging Christmas greetings with Roman Curia in Vatican City on December 20, reportedly accepted humiliation over abuse of minors by priests and added that they were aware of the gravity of this sin and their responsibility. ANI

Mum-of-two in UK jailed after being caught in bed with 14-yr-old lover
A mother-of-two in Britain has been sentenced to do three years of jail time after she was caught n*ked in bed with her 14-year-old schoolboy lover. ANI

Nevada's Buddhist Center honors Hindu statesman Rajan Zed
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, well known Hindu statesman Rajan Zed was welcomed in Padma Rigdzin Ling Buddhist Center in Nevada (USA). ANI

UK govt's plan to block Internet p*rn 'not possible'
A plan by the British government to block Internet pornography at source has been deemed as not possible by experts. ANI

Catholics to continue dialogue with Hindus-Muslims-Protestants-Buddhists- Jews in Nevada
Catholics in northern Nevada (USA) want to continue the annual dialogue tradition with Jews-Muslims-Protestants-Buddhists-Hindus next year also in Sparks. ANI

Indian Army Chief VK Singh to be honoured in Nepal
Indian Army Chief General VK Singh, who is in Kathmandu on a four-day official visit to Nepal, will be decorated with the honorary rank of General of the Nepal Army. ANI

Syria believed Israel was behind sniper killing of President's security aide: WikiLeaks
Syria believed that Israelis were "the most obvious suspects" in the assassination of President Bashar al-Assad's top security aide in August 2008, according to a classified US diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks. ANI

Marc Jacobs picks transgender model for campaign
Marc Jacobs has selected a transgender model for his 2011 campaign. ANI

Average Briton frets about something 7 times a day
The average Briton frets about something seven times a day, for at least eight minutes on each occasion, according to a new survey. ANI

Kazakh Government launches 80 new major industrial projects
A total of 80 new industrial projects will be launched by the Kazakh government today - marking the completion of the initial phase of the country's Programme of Accelerated Industrial and Innovative Development (PAIID) for 2010-2014. ANI

Japanese scientists create 'world's hardest artificial diamond'
Japanese scientists have successfully synthesised what is believed to be the world's hardest artificial diamond. ANI

Kazakhstan pushes ahead with nuclear fuel bank plan
Kazakhstan is pushing ahead with an international plan for it to host a global nuclear fuel bank to allay fears of Iranian raw material enrichment, despite Iran's lukewarm response to the plan when it received the go-ahead from the world's nuclear watchdog at the start of this month. ANI

Julian Assange says he was locked up with paedophiles, child killers
WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange has revealed that he was locked up alongside paedophiles and child killers in jail. ANI

Assange 'had affair with a 16-yr-old girl, fathered son'
Controversial whistleblower Julian Assange, who is in Britain after being released on bail and awaiting extradition to Sweden to face rape allegations, always kept his personal life under wraps. ANI

'Pak may launch military offensive in N.Waziristan Agency in 6 months'
Pakistan's military officials are mulling over carrying out a deadly offensive against the hiding militants and fleeing insurgents in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA), an American TV channel has claimed. ANI

Sarah Palin mocks Michelle Obama's anti-obesity drive
Sarah Palin is picking a fight with the US First Lady - over dessert. ANI

Musharraf vows to return to Pak before mid-term elections
Former Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is nurturing the desire to make a political comeback, has vowed to return to his country before the next mid-term elections. ANI

UK terror plot: Suspects of Bangladeshi origin, but born in Britain
The 12 suspects arrested by Britain's anti-terror police on charges that they were plotting to launch a Mumbai type massacre of Christmas shoppers, were born in Britain of Bangladesh parents and the others are here legitimately, said sources. ANI

Ahmadinejad asks Zardari to hand over 'known terrorists' to Iran
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has told his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari to arrest and hand over 'known terrorists' to Iran. ANI

Bill Clinton named PETA's 2010 Person of the Year
Former US President Bill Clinton has been named PETA'S 2010 Person of the Year. ANI

'Frustrated' US military seeking to expand ground raids in Pak tribal areas
Senior US military commanders in Afghanistan are pushing for an expanded campaign of Special Operations ground raids across the border into Pakistan's tribal areas. ANI

The people who can remember every single moment of their lives
You might forget who that fellow was you were introduced to at the party yesterday, but for five Americans, memory has a completely different meaning - they can remember every moment of their lives. ANI

DSI® Announces New Field Service Automation Module for dcLINK® MOBILEAppsT
Data Systems International® (DSI®) has announced the general release of MOBILEApps™ Service for DSI’s mobile platform, dcLINK®. MOBILEApps Service enables field technicians to gain control of work order data remotely, boosting productivity while reducing duplicate entries and paperwork. Business Wire India

Varicent Rated in Leading Analyst Firm's MarketScope Report for Insurance Incentive Compensation Management Applications
Varicent Software, an innovator and global leader in providing Incentive Compensation and Sales Performance Management solutions, has announced that it was rated in Gartner’s report entitled “MarketScope for Insurance Incentive Compensation Management Applications Business Wire India

Covidien plc to Report First-Quarter Results on February 1, 2011
Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) will report first-quarter results before trading begins on February 1, 2011. The Company will hold a conference call for investors at 8:30 a.m. ET. The call can be accessed in the following ways: Business Wire India

Toshinori Kurihara, Former Financial Services Agency Official, Joins Promontory
Promontory Financial Group, the premier consulting firm for financial services companies worldwide, announced that Toshinori Kurihara has been named a Managing Director in its Japanese affiliate, Promontory Financial Group Global Services-Japan LLC. Business Wire India

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