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Taliban sympathisers may be present within Pak security forces: Editorial
Pakistan's law enforcement agencies have failed to protect government offices and peace meetings, despite knowing that they are potential terror targets, which indicates the strong possibility of the presence of Taliban sympathisers within the ranks of the security forces, an editorial in a leading Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

'China keen on economic stability with N. Korea than condemning its nuke program'
America's hope that China would condemn North Korea over its nuclear enrichment seems to be a 'distant dream,' as Beijing is more interested in developing Pyongyang's economic stability than its nuclear program, according to Chinese and foreign observers. ANI

Kazakhstan President wants scientists to discover theories of 'eternal life'!
Kazakhstan's seventy-year-old President Nursultan Nazarbayev appears to be 'not too satisfied' with his 19 years of rule over the gas-rich central Asian state, with reports claiming that he has urged scientists to unlock the secret to immortality ANI

Foreign powers likely to slash deals with US following 'Wikileaks' revelations
The US State Department and the Pentagon have claimed that very few American diplomats are attending day-to-day meetings following the 'Wikileaks' revelations, and added that foreign powers would likely be pulling back from their dealings with America because they have lost trust in that country's ability to maintain privacy. ANI

China launches its own peace prize
China will hand out its own, very first peace prize, one day before the imprisoned activist Liu Xiaobo is honoured in Oslo with the Nobel Prize. he first recipient of the prize will be Lien Chan, the former vice president of Taiwan. ANI

International media watchdog calls on Taliban to stop bombing public places in Pak
International media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has called on the Taliban to stop bombings at public places after two journalists were killed in Monday's suicide attack in Pakistan's Mohmand Agency. ANI

US couple pull son out of school over assigned book defaming Jesus
A New Hampshire couple has pulled their son out of his local high school after the teen was assigned a book that refers to Jesus Christ as a "wine-guzzling vagrant and precocious socialist". ANI

Melbourne lawyer accused of rape "thanked victim" after assault
A high-profile Melbourne criminal lawyer accused of raping a woman he met at a bar allegedly said, "Thanks for that" and walked off after the assault. ANI

Oz school sacks Santa to make non-Christian pupils feel more included
A school in Victoria, Australia has banned the celebration of Christmas in its premises so that non-Christian pupils will not feel excluded. ANI

Macy's fires Santa Claus for telling 'naughty' joke
US department store Macy's has fired a popular Santa Claus in San Francisco after he told a naughty joke that the adults did not find funny. ANI

Mulberry bags prestigious designer brand gong at British Fashion Awards
Fashion company Mulberry has picked up the prestigious designer brand gong at the British Fashion Awards. ANI

8 out of 10 US diners willing to pay more to eat at 'green' restaurants!
A new study has revealed that 8 out of 10 American diners were willing to pay more to eat at 'green' restaurants. ANI

Call to ban alcohol from Oz strip clubs infuriates operators
A call to ban alcohol from Victorian strip clubs has infuriated venue operators. ANI

Turkey offers to dramatically increase sale of military hardware to Pak
Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to strengthen their bilateral ties to "greater heights" through enhanced cooperation in a range of areas, including defence, with Turkey offering military hardware and assistance in infrastructure building. ANI

Karzai told US to back "lonely, threatened and under siege" Zardari: Wikileaks cable
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai urged Senators to secure strong United States support for Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in his efforts to free his country from extremism, according to a classified US diplomatic cable released by whistleblower website Wikileaks. ANI

People in jobs usually held by other s*x 'more likely to get in trouble for mistakes'
A new study, which examined perceptions of people in high-powered jobs, has found that they are likely to be judged more harshly for mistakes if they are in a job that is not normally associated with their gender. ANI

1 in 10 Brit pensioners will spend Christmas alone
A new survey has revealed that more than one in 10 pensioners in UK will spend Christmas Day alone. ANI

Overseas call centre workers' spelling gaffes costing UK customers dearly
What's in a name, you ask? A lot, apparently. Research has shown that a slip of the keyboard from a call centre typist can cause serious issues for customers whose names are spelled incorrectly. ANI

Syria was shocked at top Hezbollah operative's assassination two yrs back: Wikileaks
US diplomatic cables exposed by Wikileaks have shown that Syrian officials of President Bashar al-Assad's regime were shocked at the assassination of a senior Hezbollah operative in Damascus two years back, which ultimately led to a blame game between rival security services and created a mystery across the Middle East about the actual culprits. ANI

An 'explosion' in the number of boob jobs in run-up to Christmas
Cosmetic surgery is on the rise as Christmas approaches, with more and more going for br*ast augmentation, fillers and anti-wrinkle treatments. ANI

Pak ATC grants bail to two police officers in Benazir assassination case
An anti-terrorist court (ATC) in Pakistan has granted interim bail to two senior police officers, who were arrested in connection with the Benazir Bhutto assassination case. ANI

Cheetah delays Qantas jet's take-off
Qantas passengers on a Melbourne to Adelaide flight were shocked to learn that a Cheetah had been behind the delay of their plane taking off. ANI

World's first Christmas cards to be auctioned off
The world's first ever Christmas cards launched in London in 1843 are set to be auctioned off. ANI

Al Jazeera English to be launched in India
Broadcaster Al Jazeera has said that its English language service has got a downlink license to broadcast in India. ANI

Assange extradition case could last many months
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will fight his extradition to Sweden in a case that could be dragged out for months, costing the British taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds. ANI

15 killed in Pak crowded market suicide bomb attack
At least 15 people were killed and over 20 others injured in a powerful bomb blast in Kohat, a town in northwest Pakistan, on Wednesday. ANI

1 in 3 Brits believes cancer is down to fate
A new UK research has found that more than a third believe cancer is down to fate and their is nothing they can do to avoid it. ANI

Ugandan President feared attack on aircraft on "mercurial" Gaddafi's Instructions
"Mercurial and eccentric" Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is often ridiculed by the West for his irritating behaviour, but is regarded with fear and mistrust in parts of Africa, according to the secret US diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks'. ANI

Us judge dismisses suit challenging government's authority to kill Qaeda's Al-Awlaki
US District Court Judge John D. Bates has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the Obama administration's right and authority to assassinate Al Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki, who is a U.S. citizen hiding in Yemen. ANI

Iranian naval commanders building fleet of suicide ships
Naval commanders in Iran have built over 9,000 "suicide" speedboats that contain deadly explosives engineered into their hulls. ANI

Father-in-law of Afghan girl whose nose and ears were lopped as punishment arrested
The father-in-law of an Afghan teenager, whose nose and ears were hacked off after she fled her husband's abusive home, has been arrested in the country's Chora district of central Uruzgan province, and is reportedly being questioned by police in this connection. ANI

World's 'most expensive' book on birds sells for 7.3m pounds
A stunning book by a wildlife artist who influenced Charles Darwin became the world's most expensive book when it went under the hammer at an auction on Tuesday night. ANI

Got the munchies? Try Oakland prof's savoury cannabis recipes!
Trying unusual cuisines isn't really a bad idea for those who like to tickle their taste buds with different foods. ANI

Asian-American men 'paid less than whites'
A new study has revealed that U.S. employers don't pay Asian-American men as much as they pay equally qualified white men. ANI

Hindus laud Germany for doubling aid to Holocaust survivors
Hindus have applauded German government for reportedly agreeing to double the funding for home care of Holocaust survivors, raising it to about $147 million annually. ANI

Fashion house Louis Vuitton to display Hindu motifs worldwide during December
Louis Vuitton, one of the leading international fashion houses, will "lit up with elegant displays of traditional Hindu motifs" during the entire month of December in its global network of stores as an extended celebration of Hindu festival of Diwali, according to reports. ANI

Hindus greet Christians on Christmas
Hindus have sent early greetings to Christian communities world over for upcoming Christmas. ANI

Pak investigating hacking of govt. websites by 'Indian Cyber Army'
The Pakistan government has reportedly formed a high-level investigation team to check the hacking of several government websites allegedly by the 'Indian Cyber Army'. ANI

US sitcoms turning Saudis against terror better than its official propaganda: Wikileaks
Secret cables released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' have revealed that Saudi youths, who watch the US TV shows like 'Desperate Housewives and Late Show With David Letterman', are being persuaded by these programmes to reject violent jihad far better than millions of dollars of US government propaganda. ANI

Saudi wanted joint Arab-US-NATO force to destroy Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon
Saudi Arabia had proposed creating an Arab force backed by US and NATO aerial and navy power to intervene in Lebanon two years back and destroy Iranian-backed Hezbollah, according to one of the US diplomatic cables released WikiLeaks. ANI

PETA slams Palin for using animal hunting controversy to boost show ratings
Sarah Palin has been slammed by PETA for using her hunting escapades to boost the ratings of her show 'Sarah Palin's Alaska'. ANI

Chinese publisher mistakenly releases erotic fairy tales
A publishing house in China had to recall a collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales after it translated an erotic Japanese version of the stories by mistake. ANI

US man's tongue bitten off during kiss
A 79-year-old Wisconsin man had to go for a surgery overnight to have his tongue reattached after his wife bit it off during a kiss. ANI

Air Indian bombing kin unhappy with Canadian Govt. compensation
Relatives of those killed in the Air India flight 182 bombing of June 23, 1985, have expressed disappointment with the Canadian Government's proposed compensation plan. ANI

Jemima Khan offers to help WikiLeaks founder in Swedish extradition fight
British socialite Jemima Khan has offered to help Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after he was jailed over sexual allegations originating from Sweden. ANI

Zardari told US "we are here because of you" after winning elections
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had thanked the United States government for its support of credible parliamentary elections, which brought his Pakistan People's Party (PPP) to power in September 2008, according to some classified US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website Wikileaks. ANI

Elizabeth Edwards succumbs to br*ast cancer at 61
Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of former senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards, has succumbed to br*ast cancer that she had been fighting for many years. ANI

WikiLeaks: Saudi princes enjoy lives full of 's*x, drugs and rock'n'roll'
WikiLeaks cables have revealed a world of s*x, drugs and rock'n'roll behind the official pieties of Saudi Arabian royalty. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner arrested in UK on 'masterminding wife's murder charges'
Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire whose wife was killed during their honeymoon in Cape Town last month, has been reportedly arrested in the UK at the request of the South African authorities. ANI

Zardari, Kayani systematically worked for Musharraf's 'honourable exit': Wikileaks
A series of political and strategic blunders by former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had given the cause and justification to current President Asif Ali Zardari and Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani to work for his "honourable exit", according to some classified US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website Wikileaks. ANI

Al Pacino says he was almost fired from 'The Godfather'
Al Pacino has revealed that director Francis Ford Coppola wanted to sack him from his iconic role as Michael Corleone in 'The Godfather' but late Marlon Brando helped him keep it. ANI

UK feared Col Gaddafi 'could cut off its knees' if Lockerbie bomber was not released
Secret cables released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' have revealed that Britain feared the fact that Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi could "cut us off at the knees, just like the Swiss", if the Lockerbie bomber was not released. ANI

US-Pak secret efforts on to weed out Al-Qaeda from FATA: Petraeus
The commander of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, has said that the United States and Pakistan were involved in secret efforts to put 'considerable pressure' on the Al-Qaeda and other extremists groups operating in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). ANI

WikiLeaks: Muammar Gaddafi and his 'voluptuous' Ukrainian nurse
The WikiLeaks cables has revealed new secrets again - this time about Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who apparently can't travel anywhere without his 'voluptuous blonde' Ukranian nurse Galyna Kolotnytska. ANI

ZTE Wins USD85 Million UMTS Contract with India's Aircel
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced that it has won a USD85 million UMTS contract with Aircel to build and deploy an advanced SDR-based 3G network for the pan-India mobile service provider Business Wire India

SensorDynamics: New 6-Axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6DoF IMU)
SensorDynamics, a producer of one-dimensional and multidimensional inertial and wireless sensors, is adding to its family of compact QFN40 packaged combined sensors: the new micromechanical SD746 combo sensor with six degrees of freedom comes with three measurement axes each for angular rate and acceleration Business Wire India

Leading Carrier Ethernet + Transport Networking Vendor Orckit-Corrigent To Exhibit Its Full Product Line At India Telecom, Region's Largest Annual Telecom-Focused Event
Orckit Communications Ltd. (NasdaqGM: ORCT), a leading Carrier Ethernet + Transport (CE+T) networking vendor, announced today that it will be exhibiting at the upcoming India Telecom, the most important and largest annual telecom-focused event in India. Business Wire India

Psion Introduces Low-Cost Rugged PDA For Organisations That Need Durable Compact Devices
As part of its new product development strategy, rooted in its Omnii product platform, Psion (LSE: PON.L) today announced its latest rugged PDA device – the ingenious Psion EP10 handheld computer. Business Wire India

Industry First: Gemalto Dual Interface Debit Card Receives Interac FlashT Certification
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced an industry milestone in Canada: its Optelio dual interface debit card is the first to be certified as compliant with the Interac Flash specification Business Wire India

Youku.com Inc. Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange
Youku.com Inc. ("Youku" or the "Company") (NYSE: YOKU), a leading Chinese Internet television company, announced that its initial public offering of 15,847,700 American depositary shares ("ADSs"), each representing 18 Class A ordinary shares of the Company, was priced at US$12.80 per ADS Business Wire India

Insurance Giant ING Chooses Varicent Sales Performance Management Tool to Help Facilitate Future Growth
Business Wire India

Cook Medical Names Phil Nowell Vice President, Aortic Intervention
Phil Nowell, who has served as global leader of Cook Medical’s rapidly growing Aortic Intervention business unit since February 2008, has been promoted to vice president of that division. The promotion is effective immediately, Cook confirmed today. Business Wire India

Warner Bros. Pictures International Continues to Forge New Ground in Digital Cinema in Partnership with Taiwan’s Showtime Cinemas, Miramar WV Cinemas Co. Ltd., Cinemark-Core Pacific Ltd. and Ambassador Theatres
CINEASIA – Building on its record of forging new territory in the delivery of high quality entertainment across multiple formats throughout Asia, Warner Bros. Pictures International (WBPI) has entered into digital deployment agreements directly with several key cinema circuits in Taiwan Business Wire India

Power Integrations' New LinkZeroT-LP Integrated Offline Switcher IC Cuts No-load Power Waste to 0.00 W
Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI), the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, today introduced the newest member of its “Zero” product portfolio, LinkZero-LP Business Wire India

Singapore Company Registration Statistics for November 2010 Now Available from GuideMeSingapore.com
www.GuideMeSingapore.com, a Singapore-focused portal that covers a wide range of topics on starting and doing business in Singapore has just released its monthly Singapore company registration statistics report for November 2010 along with a brief analysis of the trend in newly incorporated companies in Singapore over the past three months Business Wire India

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