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WikiLeaks website back up on Swiss network after six-hour shutdown
WikiLeaks is up and running again on a Swiss network a few hours after the company providing its DNS services terminated the whistleblower website's account. ANI

Pak to hold trials of TNSM-Taliban operatives next year
Pakistan's provincial Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has reportedly given a green signal for holding of trials against arrested Taliban commanders and other operatives of banned Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat Muhammadi (TNSM) in January next year. ANI

Pak SC accepts 'contempt of court' petition against Musharraf, Shaukat Aziz
Pakistan's Supreme Court has accepted a petition against former president Pervez Musharraf, former prime minister Shaukat Aziz and other top military and civilian functionaries for violating the apex court's November 3, 2007 verdict. ANI

LHC overstepped in barring Zardari from pardoning blasphemy-accused Christian: HRW
The Lahore High Court's order to bar President Asif Ali Zardari from pardoning Aasia Bibi, the Christian woman sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy, contravenes Pakistan's constitution and should be withdrawn immediately, an international human rights organisation Watch has said. ANI

The colour of your car can determine your road accident risk
A new survey has found that silver vehicles have a 10 percent higher crash risk than white on Australian roads. ANI

Lahore HC rejects plea to ban Wikileaks
The Lahore High Court has reportedly dismissed a petition registered by one Arif Gondal seeking a ban on the Wikileaks website, which created a huge controversy because of its release of secret US cables this week. ANI

Spitting Image puppets of Lady Thatcher and her Cabinet up for grabs
Puppets of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her Cabinet, from British show Spitting Image, are to be auctioned off later this month in a special sale of TV memorabilia. ANI

Australia lags behind developed countries in gender equality
A survey has found that Australia lags behind developed countries when it comes to gender equality. ANI

US prisoners to make their own toilet paper
Prisoners in the US state of Iowa could soon be making their own toilet paper, in what officials describe as a bid to save taxpayers money. ANI

Snow causes crosswalk sign in US to show middle finger
A crosswalk sign in the US, which shocked many when it showed the middle finger instead of the full hand signal, has now been fixed. ANI

Hindus laud Pope's interest in solar-powered electric "popemobile"
Hindus have praised Vatican's preference in having solar-powered electric popemobile, thus showing care for the planet and promotion of sustainable and green energy. ANI

With 29 members, PML-N tops list of 105 'fake degree-holding Pak parliamentarians'
Around 105 current and former Pakistani politicians, belonging to different political and religious parties, used unfair means to become members of parliament. ANI

Citibank sues Ground Zero developer over failure to repay $ 100,000 debt
Citibank has sued Ground Zero developer Sharif El-Gamal and his real estate firm, Soho Properties, over failure to pay back nearly 100,000 dollars (99,489 dollars) borrowed from a business credit account last year, according to a complaint filed in a Manhattan court. ANI

Lockerbie bomber's family to sue Scotland over 'medical neglect' in jail: Gaddafi
Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi has revealed that the family of Lockerbie bomber Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi is preparing a multi-million pound compensation claim against Scotland for false imprisonment and medical neglect. ANI

1-hr security search of bra, panty clad US woman makes her miss her flight
A wheelchair-bound woman in the US, who protested against the airport security pat down by stripping to her bra and panties, missed her flight because it took over an hour to hand search her. ANI

Dick Cheney faces bribery charges in Nigeria over LNG plant scandal
Nigeria's anti-corruption agency would reportedly charge US Vice-President Dick Cheney for his alleged involvement in a bribery scandal involving Halliburton, the company he once headed. ANI

US believed Rajapaksa was responsible for 2009 Tamil massacre: Wikileaks
The US ambassador in Colombo, Patricia Butenis, believed that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was responsible for the alleged 2009 massacre of Tamils, according to US diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website 'WikiLeaks.' ANI

Afghan militants have entered Pak to launch terror activities: Rehman Malik
Illegal migrants from Afghanistan are involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has claimed. ANI

Brits prefer debit cards to cash for payments
For the first time, debit cards have overtaken cash to become the UK's most popular payment method. ANI

Christine O'Donnell seals book deal
Christine O'Donnell has signed a deal to tell the story of her 2010 run, which drew national tea party support and the backing of the former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. ANI

'Bingo Wings': a cure for saggy underarm skin launched
It's out: the world's first support garment for women with saggy underarm skins was launched yesterday. ANI

Pak says its classified information can never been leaked like under US 'cablegate'
In the wake of US diplomatic cables being made public by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit has said that his country's classified information had never been leaked. ANI

WikiLeaks revelations "don't change anything fundamental" in US-Pak ties: Holbrooke
The White House is confident that the US-Pakistan ties will withstand any negative effect emanating from the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, US Special Representative Richard Holbrooke has said, while vowing continued efforts towards building mutual trust. ANI

Irish woman found guilty of raping another woman
A jury has found an Irish woman guilty of raping another woman in a toilet cubicle at an inner Brisbane hotel. ANI

UK war effort in Helmand branded 'utter failure' by US, Afghanistan: Wikileaks
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, top Afghan officials and the US commander of Nato troops, had slammed Britain over its failure to impose security and connect with ordinary Afghans in the troubled Helmand province, according to US diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website 'WikiLeaks.' ANI

Brit women spend more on themselves during Christmas
A UK survey has found that women spend more on themselves at Christmas than on presents for partners, family and friends. ANI

Teen whose waist can fit in a man's hands named America's Next Top Model
The teenaged model, who caused controversy when a judge showed he could fit both hands round her tiny waist, has now been named as America's Next Top Model. ANI

Noah's Ark and Tower of Babel to be built in Kentucky
A full-scale Noah's Ark is to be constructed in Kentucky, as part of a proposed 100-million-dollars creationism-themed amusement park. ANI

Now, WikiLeaks taken offline by 'domain name system' provider
WikiLeaks went offline again on Friday after the company providing its DNS services decided to terminate the whistleblower website's account. ANI

'Shaken' Pak govt seeks to work out joint civil-military strategy on WikiLeaks expose
Shaken by "Cablegate", the Pakistan government has convened a meeting of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) to deliberate on the crisis. ANI

Brit mum gives birth on back seat of car for the 2nd time
A British woman delivered her own baby on the back seat of a car and that too for the second time. ANI

Mitt Romney scared to criticise Sarah Palin after seeing her kill fish
Republican Party politician Mitt Romney has revealed that he would never ever speak badly of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin especially after he saw how she killed a fish on her show. ANI

Iran funding Afghan religious-political leaders, Taliban militants: WikiLeaks
Secret cables released by the whistleblower website 'WikiLeaks' have revealed that Iran is financing a number of Afghan religious and political leaders, grooming Afghan religious scholars, training Taliban militants and even influencing MPs in the country. ANI

'US was urged to quash 'foreign contractors hiring Afghan dancing boys' scandal'
WikiLeaks' recently released secret cables have revealed that former Afghan Interior Minister Hanif Atmar was in panic over a scandal involving foreign contractors employed to train Afghan policemen who took drugs and paid for young "dancing boys" to entertain them in northern parts of the country, and begged the US embassy to stop a journalist from publicising the story. ANI

US' strategic partnership with Pak to continue despite WikiLeaks fallout: Crowley
Despite the fall-out from the deluge of diplomatic cables having been released by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, the United States expects that cooperation, support and partnership in the US-Pakistan relationship will continue. ANI

US wrote off ex-British PM Brown for his 'abysmal track record': Wikileaks cables
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was written off a year into his term by the United States, who mocked his 'abysmal track record' and treated his international initiatives with disdain, according to classified US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website Wikileaks. ANI

'10-yr-ban on politics' claim "highly ridiculous" for politically active Nawaz: PML-N
Denying the statement in a cable released by WikiLeaks that former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was under a ten-year ban on taking part in politics, the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) has issued a detailed "fact-sheet" highlighting various political activities in which Sharif had participated during his days in exile. ANI

Grameen Bank founder accused of diverting millions of dollars of aid to other projects
Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi economist and the founder of Grameen Bank who received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2006, has been accused of diverting millions of dollars of aid money from the bank. ANI

Only pilots' expertise saved Qantas A380 from disaster following mid-air explosion
Australian investigators have found a faulty oil pipe in the engine of the Qantas A380 plane, which was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore following an engine explosion mid-air minutes after taking-off on November 4, adding that the skills of the pilots had saved any further devastation from taking place. ANI

Brit Indian Sikh found guilty of wife's murder over her asking for divorce
The husband of a mother-of-two Brit Indian woman, who had her hand severed as she was killed in a street attack in Greenford last November, has been found guilty of her murder. ANI

US convinced 'Kandahar strongman' Karzai's half-brother is corrupt: WikiLeaks cable
The United States is convinced that Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's half-brother and a senior figure in Kandahar, Ahmed Wali Karzai, is corrupt, according to a classified US diplomatic cable released by whistleblower website Wikileaks. ANI

Nawaz 'disappointed' Saudis by violating promise of abstaining from politics: WikiLeaks
During his exile, former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had promised the Saudis not to engage in any political activity, but he violated his commitment much to their disappointment, a diplomatic cable unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Spectacles - a huge turn-off in bed for Brits
A new Brit survey has found that spectacles make people look sexier - but are a huge turn-off in bed. ANI

Bin Laden, Zawahiri might be in hiding in Pak's Bajaur Agency: Musharraf to McCain
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf told United States Senator John McCain about the possibility of the presence of al Qaeda leadership- Osama Bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri- in Pakistan's tribal region, a diplomatic cable unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Ex-Iranian soccer star's 'permanent' wife's son kicked stool to hang mum's 'love rival'
Shahla Jahed, the ex-lover of former Iranian soccer star Nasser Mohammad Khani who was found guilty of murdering the footballer's 'permanent' wife, was hanged at Tehran's Evin prison on Thursday morning, with the victim's son kicking away the stool on which she stood awaiting for her execution. ANI

Pak fears "US will again desert Islamabad" after getting Bin Laden: WikiLeaks
Pakistan is concerned that the United States will "again desert Islamabad" after it gets al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, due to which the Asian nation is hesitant to fully cooperate with its key ally, a diplomatic cable unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

HR council condemns murder of Baloch politician's relatives by Pak Army
Baloch Human Rights Council (UK) has condemned the "brutal and inhuman act" of the Pakistan Army, who reportedly bombarded a Baloch politician's house and killed five people there. ANI

Medvedev's 'chin-ups stunt' to match Putin's exploits 'looks silly'
Russian president Dmitry Medvedev's publicity stunt of performing a series of chin-ups to match rival Vladimir Putin's strong man persona ended up looking rather silly. ANI

WikiLeaks: Berlusconi 'took kickbacks from Putin on energy contracts'
Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi has been accused of 'profiting handsomely' from his relationship with Russian premier Vladimir Putin, in the latest WikiLeaks scandal. ANI

Gemalto Wins 2010 Innovation Award at European Nanoelectronics Forum
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces that the CATRENE* Trusted Secure Computing project has won the “2010 Innovation award” at the Nanoelectronics Forum in Madrid Business Wire India

Sponsoring Japan's Largest Environmental Exhibition, Eco-Products 2010
Nikkei Inc Business Wire India

Sunbay AG Announces the Appointment of Juan Villalonga Navarro as Chairman of Its Board of Directors
Sunbay AG (www.sunbay.com) announced the appointment of Juan Villalonga Navarro as Chairman of its Board of Directors. In this role, Mr Villalonga will draw from his extensive experience to help the Sunbay Group of companies exploit growth opportunities and create value. Business Wire India

BioMarine: The Unique and High-Level Business Convention Dedicated to Marine Bio-Resources September 7, 8, 9 2011 Nantes – St-Nazaire, France
The global players in marine biology will meet on September 7, 8 and 9, 2011 in Nantes-St-Nazaire, France. The region is a world leader, boasting high levels of academic expertise and cutting-edge industry working to preserve marine bio-resources and put them to productive use. Business Wire India

Johnson Controls Signs Purchase Agreement to Acquire C. Rob. Hammerstein Group (CRH)
Johnson Controls, a global leader in automotive seating systems, interior components and electronics, signed a purchase agreement to acquire the C. Rob. Hammerstein Group (CRH). CRH is a leading, global supplier of metal seat structures and mechanisms and is recognized for its high level of quality Business Wire India

MiaSolé Achieves 15.7% Efficiency with Commercial-Scale CIGS Thin Film Solar Modules
MiaSolé, the leading manufacturer of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic solar panels, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) independently confirmed the 15.7% efficiency of its large area production modules (1 square meter in size). Business Wire India

Henderson Global Investors Adopts Bloomberg TCA
Bloomberg Professional executives announced that Henderson Global Investors (‘Henderson’), a leading independent global asset management firm with over GBP 59 billion in assets under management, has adopted the Bloomberg Transaction Cost Analysis (BTCA) tool globally for Henderson’s equity business. Business Wire India

Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (November 24 – December 1, 2010)
The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of November 24 – December 1, 2010. Business Wire India

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