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Honeymoon murder: Hubby offered 1,300 pounds to Brit-Indian bride's killers
A British Indian businessman whose wife was shot dead in a carjacking while on honeymoon in South Africa has been publicly accused of plotting her murder. ccording to The Telegraph, Shrien Dewani allegedly offered his taxi driver 1,300 pounds to have his newlywed wife Anni killed, the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town has heard. ANI

2014 Afghan victory not a sure thing: Petraeus
Top US commander General David Petraeus has said that while he is encouraged by the progress made by American troops in Afghanistan, he is not ready to go so far as to say he is "confident" the Afghan army would be able to assume control from U.S. forces by NATO's 2014 deadline. ANI

Hubby horrified at being suspected of murdering Brit-Indian bride
British Indian millionaire Shrien Dewani is said to be horrified at claims he will be named in court today as a suspect in his bride Anni Dewani's murder.illionaire Shrien, 30, is likely to be implicated by lawyers defending the driver of the hijacked taxi in which ex-model Anni was found shot dead. ANI

60,000 Pakistanis migrating annually increasing terror threats in UK: Cameron on Wikileaks
British Prime Minister David Cameron had warned in 2008 that every year around 60,000 people travel to UK from Pakistan, increasing terror threats in his country, according to the US diplomatic cables revealed by Wikileaks. ANI

Bush's job approval rating as President higher than Obama's: Poll
George W. Bush's job approval rating as President has spiked to 47 percent, a point higher than that of Barack Obama, according to the latest Gallup poll. ANI

Skyrocketing divorce rate in Iran leaves officials concerned
The skyrocketing divorce rate in Iran has left concerned officials looking at it as a national threat. ANI

Bristol Palin blasts Kathy Griffin for 'weight-gain' joke
Bristol Palin has blasted stand-up comedian Kathy Griffin for joking that she is the only contestant who gained weight while on the show 'Dancing with the Stars'. ANI

Mirrors will make it 'impossible to shut down WikiLeaks'
Shutting down whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks is proving to be an impossible task, and a concerted, multinational effort to censor it has failed. ANI

Kate Gosselin goes camping in Alaska with Sarah Palin
Television personality Kate Gosselin is being featured on former governor Sarah Palin's reality show as they both go camping in Alaska. ANI

Terrorism hampering economic growth in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Chief Minister
The economic growth of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has been seriously affected by the menace of terrorism, Chief Minister Ameer Haidar Khan Hoti has said. ANI

Pak urges international community to enhance cooperation in intelligence gathering
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has called upon the international community to improve cooperation in intelligence gathering for combating terrorism. ANI

Prince Harry to be feted with Golden Heart Award for charity work
Prince Harry, known for having a heart of gold, will now have an award to prove it. ANI

US warned Pak it might lose Pashtoon belt in few years: Wikileaks
Secret US diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' have revealed a US intelligence officer on South Asia saying, during a NATO briefing in 2008, that Pakistan might lose control over the Pashtoon belt within a few years. ANI

Pak woman publicly flogged by Taliban yet to get over her horror and humiliation
Nearly two years after the Taliban left Pakistan's Swat district, life seems to have returned to normalcy, but a woman named Saira Bibi still seethes with pain and anger remembering how she was flogged by the militants during their rule. ANI

Anne Boleyn death and burial secrets revealed
A new investigation has shed some light on one of the most bloody episodes of English history-the death and burial of Anne Boleyn, Queen of England and second wife of Henry VIII. ANI

Terrorists launch rocket attacks in South Waziristan following Kayani visit, no casualties
At least four rockets were fired in Pakistan's South Waziristan Agency (SWA) by terrorists, following Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani's visit in the area. ANI

SAS hit squads move to protect UK malls
With Christmas just 18 days away, Britain's SAS hit squads have been deployed in packed shopping centers to protect visitors and shoppers from terrorists. ANI

WikiLeaks' expose not worthwhile to be discussed in Assembly: Punjab Law Minister
It is not worthwhile to discuss the revelations made by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, or to pass any resolution in this regard in the august forum of the Punjab Assembly, provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has said. ANI

62-yr-old college principal jailed for 15 yrs for raping student
A principal for a secretarial college in Britain has been jailed for 15 years after he was found guilty of repeatedly raping one of his own students in an "appalling abuse of power". ANI

Botswana's President does not want short, fat wife
President of Botswana Ian Khama, who is considered one of Africa's most eligible bachelors, has revealed he would consider marrying a tall, slim, beautiful woman, but not one who is short or fat. ANI

Palin declines Tea Party offer to replace Steele as RNC chairman
A national tea party group wants former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to replace Michael Steele as the chairman of the Republican National Committee. ANI

US mom treated like terrorist by airport security over stored br*ast milk
A woman in the US has revealed that she was treated like a terrorist by airport security just because she was carrying stored br*ast milk along with her. ANI

UK stores selling 'p*rn star' tops, lap-dancing kits for kids to be fined
The British government has been announced yesterday that stores selling "sexy" children's clothes will be fined. ANI

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London
The founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police on charges of assaulting two women. ANI

Pak officials sharing sensitive matters with foreign diplomats breach of 'oath of office'?
The sensitive matters discussed by President Asif Ali Zardari and ministers with foreign diplomats, as revealed by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, do not amount to breach of their oath of office, as the authenticity of the reported statements is yet to be determined, a former chief justice of Pakistan and a senior lawyer have said. ANI

Brit MP publicly broadcasts swear word 'c'
Policing minister Nick Herbert has become the third high-profile figure to publicly broadcast the swear word beginning with 'c'. ANI

Vancouver to raise Komagata Maru memorial
Nevada (US), Dec 07: Vancouver in Canada will erect a commemorative monument to the 1914 Komagata Maru ship incident involving denial of entry to its passengers from Punjab (India) into Canada. ANI

Nearly 60% Afghans want foreign troops out of country: Poll
Nearly 60 percent of Afghans want foreign troops to leave their country now or start leaving by next summer, the date originally promised by US President Barack Obama for the beginning of a pullout, according to a media poll. ANI

WikiLeaks founder may sue Oz PM Gillard for defamation
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is reported to be considering the option of suing Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard for defamation. ANI

China operating world's longest high high-speed railway network
Chinese Railways Minister Liu Zhijun has claimed that his country is operating the world's longest and high high-speed railway network with a combined length totalling 7,531 kilometres. ANI

US skeptical about winning military struggle in "porous" Pak border areas: WikiLeaks
US diplomats are skeptical about eventually winning the military struggle in Pakistan's badlands, saying that peace talks go nowhere and murderous militants control key towns, a diplomatic cable unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

US woman steals credit card for bigger boob job, jailed
A 30-year-old Florida woman has been sentenced for stealing identity to get credit card so that she could afford bigger br*ast implants and liposuction on her arms. ANI

Pak Army ready with strategy for post-NATO Afghanistan: Military commander
Peshawar Corps Commander Lieutenant General Asif Yasin has ruled out rumours about a fresh offensive against terrorists, saying that an operation in North Waziristan is underway, a TV channel has reported. ANI

For parents, smacking kids 'should be a first resort'
In her new book, author Sue Edgerley has suggested parents to smack their children and run their families like an army unit. ANI

50pc Brit parents split up before their children turn 16
A study has revealed that half of all Brit parents split up even before their children reach the age of 16. ANI

Escort dies from cocaine binge supplied by Indian origin doctor
An Indian origin doctor in Australia has been charged with manslaughter after an escort, who he supplied with a large amount of cocaine, died. ANI

Passengers strip to undies in support, protest of new TSA regulations
Ever since the TSA implemented new pat-down security measures, passengers have been trying out different stunts in protest or support of the controversial regulations. ANI

Yemen diverted US counter-terrorism aid meant to tackle Al Qaeda: WikiLeaks
A December 2009 cable sent by the US embassy in Yemeni capital Sanaa, published by WikiLeaks, shows that Yemen deployed a US-funded counter-terrorism unit to fight domestic rebels instead of Al Qaeda. ANI

Facebook won't block Wikileaks page for now
Facebook, the social networking giant, has no plans to ban content from a 'fan page' associated with Wikileaks-at least, as of now, say bosses. ANI

How 'womanising' MP became obsessed with 'Russian' women
Brit MP Mike Hancock is under the spotlight for his obvious preference to hire Eastern European women as assistants. ANI

Burmese military junta chief thought of buying Man U: WikiLeaks
Myanmar Junta leader Than Shwe thought about spending a billion dollars to buy out Manchester United when his country was being devastated by Cyclone Nargis, whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks has revealed through exposed US diplomatic cables. ANI

Pak's "dysfunctional criminal justice system" threat to international security: ICG
Pakistan's dysfunctional criminal justice system poses serious risks for domestic, regional and international security, and therefore the federal and provincial governments must make its reform a top priority, the International Crisis Group, an independent and non-profit organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict, has said. ANI

Obama criticises Jintao over not condemning North Korea's provocative actions openly
US President Barack Obama has reportedly criticised his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao during a telephonic conversation between the two leaders, saying that Beijing was emboldening North Korea by not challenging its actions in public, according to a senior American administration official. ANI

US aiming to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Assange over diplomatic cables release
US Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has reportedly authorised "significant" actions aimed at prosecuting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over the release of thousands of diplomatic cables. ANI

Leaked Wikileaks' cables list 'vital US security' facilities
Secret US diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' have revealed a long list of key facilities around the world that the US describes as vital to its national security. ANI

Indians getting preference over black students at Oxford University
A report prepared by the UK admissions body, Ucas, has claimed that Indian students are getting preference compared to black candidates for undergraduate courses at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, as far as admissions are concerned. ANI

Pak's one-GW nuke plant project likely to be finalised during Jiabao's visit
Pakistan is expecting a major breakthrough regarding the establishment of a one-gigawatt (GW) nuclear power plant during the Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao's three-day visit to Islamabad starting from December 17, official sources have revealed. ANI

US lobbied UN climate head Pachauri to block Iranian scientist': WikiLeaks
Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the United Nations Inter-Inter-GPCC, was asked by US diplomats to help scupper the election of Dr Mostafa Jafari to the co-chairmanship of an IPCC "core working group", the whistle-blowing web site, WikiLeaks, has stated. ANI

Preventing gridlock - developing next generation internet infrastructure
To keep pace with society's ever increasing data-transmission requirements, the University of Southampton is leading a new project that is set to develop the next generation of internet infrastructure to enhance the capacity of broadband core networks, providing increased bandwidth of 100 times current capacity. ANI

Scottish artist wins Turner Prize for sound installation
Susan Philipsz, a Scottish artist, has become the first person to win Turner Prize for sound installation. ANI

Palin hunts caribou in Alaska on reality show
Sarah Palin has been filmed shooting a caribou for the latest episode of her reality television show. ANI

Now, 'smart' wallets that shrink when low on cash!
Now, buy yourself a 'smart' wallet that can control how much you spend this season.he set contains three wallets, which bear different characteristics to tell you when you have to stop shopping. ANI

Kate Middleton to throw 'normal' reception bash
Prince William's future bride Kate Middleton is set to hold huge pre-wedding party so friends and family can enjoy a "normal" reception. ANI

Mumbai attack masterminds Hafiz Saeed, Lakhvi guided LeT from Pak jails
The alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks was running his terrorist group even while in prison in Pakistan, according to documents released by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. ANI

NATO plans to defend Baltic States from Russian military agression: Wikileaks
NATO has drawn up contingency plans, for the first time since the end of the cold war, to defend the most vulnerable parts of eastern Europe from Russian military aggression, according to confidential US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks. ANI

Wikileaks founder Assange likely to hand himself to UK police today over rape charges
Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks', is reportedly preparing to hand himself to the British police possibly by Tuesday after a fresh European Arrest Warrant was issued by the Swedish authorities over rape and sexual molestation charges. ANI

Albert Einstein's skull x-ray fetches £24K at auction
An x-ray of Albert Einstein's skull has fetched 24,000 pounds - more than 20 times its expected price - at an auction. ANI

Britain is the world's booziest nation!
A new survey has revealed that Britain is the booziest nation in the world, with more people drinking - and more regularly - than any other country. ANI

I'm the 'star of summits', brags Silvio Berlusconi
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has bragged that he is the 'star' of international summits he attends and that foreign leaders line up to have their photographs taken with him. ANI

Five militants killed in US drone strike in Pak's North Waziristan region
Five suspected militants were killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border. ANI

Temple University teaches many Hinduism topics in its Ph.D. program in religion
Well known Temple University (TU) in Philadelphia (USA) is teaching various topics of Hinduism in its doctorate program in religion. ANI

Baloch Chief Minister condemns twin suicide blasts in Pak's Mohmand Agency
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Khan Raisani has strongly condemned the twin suicide bomb attacks in Mohmand Agency, terming them a barbaric act. ANI

Hindu temple launched in New Haven, home to Yale University
A new Hindu temple and community center has reportedly started functioning in West Hills area of New Haven (Connecticut, USA). ANI

Hindus greet Swedes on St. Lucia's day
Hindus have sent early greetings to Swedes in Sweden and world over on St. Lucia's day, which falls on December 13. ANI

Adults mimicking teen-speak 'turning English language sloppy'
An expert has said that adults mimicking teen-speak are to blame for spreading sloppy English, which is putting the future of the language at risk. ANI

Gemalto Receives Innovation Award at Sesames 2010 for eGoT
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced it has won the IT Security Sesames award for eGo™. This winning innovation is being showcased at CARTES & IDentification on the Gemalto booth (3E002). Business Wire India

Cinterion Launches New PH8 Flagship Module with HSPA+ for Machine-to-Machine Communication
Cinterion, the global leader in cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules and a Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) company, today launched the PH8, its new flagship HSPA+ M2M module Business Wire India

Gemalto Launches Advanced Solution for Strong Authentication and Traceability on the Trading Floor
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today launched Protiva One4all, a strong authentication solution specifically designed for trading floors where workstations have multiple trading terminals Business Wire India

Polaris Wireless Expands International Operations, Opens Regional Headquarters in Dubai, U.A.E.
Polaris Wireless, the global leader in high-accuracy, software-based wireless location solutions, has announced that it has opened a regional headquarters in Dubai Internet City, Dubai, U.A.E. to serve the growing demand from customers in the Middle East and Africa regions Business Wire India

Voice Commerce Launches KYC Secure®
In conjunction with Cartes & Identification 2010, Voice Commerce, the innovative financial services group, has announced the launch of KYC Secure®, a federated database developed to secure and authenticate a consumer’s identity over their mobile phone Business Wire India

Hilton HHonors Announces Any Weekend, Anywhere Sale
Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of hotel brands, has launched its Any Weekend, Anywhere Sale Business Wire India

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Partners with Skype
Humanitarian workers in the most remote parts of the world will soon have a new and low-cost way to communicate with colleagues, friends, and families thanks to an unprecedented partnership between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Skype. Business Wire India

LTX-Credence Issues Statement Following Announcement by Verigy of Receipt of Competing Unsolicited Proposal
LTX-Credence Corporation (NASDAQ: LTXC) has issued the following statement: Business Wire India

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