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Medvedev Visit: Yet another step in strengthening Indo-Russian ties
India and Russia are keen to expand areas of cooperation, and, the forthcoming visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to New Delhi on December 21 and 22, will further boost efforts in this regard, said a Indian Government official. ANI

Bomb blast: Too early to say Varanasi was the work of Pak-based Jehadis
Investigating authorities looking into the December 8 bomb explosion in Varanasi, have not yet arrived at the conclusion that the attack was the handiwork of Pakistan-based terror groups. ANI

China probably unstapling the visa issue
The stapled visa issue between India and China seems to have been settled ANI

Crushing Afghan-based terrorists is US, NATO's responsibility: KP minister
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's Minister for Information, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, has said that terrorists have had their roots in Afghanistan for the past thirty years, and now it is the responsibility of the United States and NATO to crush them. ANI

'Angry' Karzai puts Afghan corruption investigations in 'deep-freeze': Officials
Western-funded attempts to flush out high-level corruption in Afghanistan have been stalled after President Hamid Karzai objected to the arrest of a close aide, officials have said. ANI

Civilian victims' kin protest against CIA drone attacks in N.Waziristan
Two-dozen tribesmen hailing from the North Waziristan tribal region are staging a silent protest in Pakistan's capital against US drone attacks along the Afghan border. ANI

I'm the biggest klutz in the world: Palin says in clip shown on 'The View'
A clip featuring former Alaska governor Sarah Palin describing herself as a "klutz" was recently aired on 'The View'. ANI

Brits changing names for mad monikers like Willy Wonka, Ms Jelly St Tots
A survey has found that a record number of people in Britain changed their names by deed poll in 2010, and the names included Willy Wonka, Miss Jelly St Tots and Mr Her Majesty The Queen. ANI

Hunting expert grades Sarah Palin's shooting skills
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's shooting skills have been a hot topic after it took a few shots for her to hit a caribou. ANI

HIV-positive p*rn star calls for compulsory condom use in films
Adult film star Derrick Burts, who tested positive for HIV, is calling for mandatory condom use in the industry. ANI

Lockerbie bomber said to be close to death
Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was last night said to be "close to death".ccording to The Scottish Sun, the freed mass murderer, 58, was on life support after slipping into a coma about a week ago. ANI

Oz Government says WikiLeaks disclosures likely to be illegal
The Australian Government has declared the whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks initial leaking of classified documents and their subsequent distribution as likely to be illegal. ANI

US wary of China's military, intelligence support to Kenya: Wikileaks
The United States believes that China was providing military and intelligence support to Kenya with the help of a corrupt official, according to classified US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website Wikileaks. ANI

Trinidad-Tobago to build one-of-a-kind Lakshmi-Narayan Hindu Temple
A 14-million dollars Hindu temple and community center has been planned for Freeport in Trinidad and Tobago, according to reports. ANI

Showing too much cleavage at work might cost you a raise!
If you thought dressing provocatively could get you a raise, you would be wrong. ANI

US acting like 'retrogressive Pak' in its attempts to censor WikiLeaks: Pak editorial
The WikiLeaks-Assange episode indicates that the 'backwardness' of underdeveloped countries like Pakistan, which was called 'retrogressive' for banning social networking site 'Facebook', has now spread to the developed world, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Uganda's Prez filing lawsuit against hip-hop rappers over campaign song
The president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, is suing the rappers who mixed his renditions of Ugandan folk songs to create a hugely popular rap song. ANI

Dental check-up still a nerve-racking experience for millions of Britons
A survey has shown that going to the dentist is still a terrifying experience for millions of Britons. ANI

Mystery and intrigue behind Pak Punjab Governor's '72-hr vanishing act'
The whereabouts of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer became a subject of wild speculation in the Pakistani province after sources in the provincial government revealed that he had been 'missing from the system for the past 72 hours'. ANI

Russian warplanes interrupt US-Japan drill
Russian airplanes flew in the region of a joint US-Japanese military drill, a naval spokesman said on Wednesday, heightening tensions in a territorial dispute between Tokyo and Moscow. ANI

'SWAGs' pose for sexy calendar to support their men in Afghanistan
Gone are the days when letters and calls from home used to motivate soldiers to stay strong in the battleground. ANI

US working towards convincing 'sceptical' Pak of "enduring relationship": Crowley
The United States recognises that Pakistani people are sceptical about it, and will work hard towards trying to convince them that the US-Pakistan relationship will serve the interests of both countries, US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley has said. ANI

Brit parents 'can take pictures of their children's nativity play'
Parents in Britain have been told by the Government's privacy watchdog that they can take pictures of their children taking part in Nativity plays even if the school bans them. ANI

Lingerie firm's ad shows models singing notes according to their bra sizes
Lingerie firm La Senza has come up with a Christmas advertising campaign video that features its models singing notes according to their bra cup size. ANI

Rapid population aging will raise tough challenges for Asian govts
A new report has claimed that responding to challenges raised by rapid population aging will be one of the toughest tasks for Asian governments this century. ANI

Karzai told Brown that Pak "actually a more violent country than Afghanistan": Leaks
Given an increase in al Qaeda training activity in Pakistan, it is a more violent country than Afghanistan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in an August 2008 meeting, a diplomatic cable unveiled by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Nigeria was in total 'confusion' when President was in "semi-comatose state": Wikileaks
Nigeria's leadership was in total confusion over who was in charge earlier this year with then-President Umaru Yar'Adua was thought to be in a "semi-comatose state", according to classified US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website Wikileaks. ANI

Majority of Singaporeans hit by mobile phone syndrome
A Singaporean survey found that majority of people constantly think that their mobile phone is ringing - when it's not. ANI

Norway gives all-clear to Bangladesh-based Grameen Bank
Norway has reportedly said that there are "no more unanswered questions" into claims that Bangladeshi micro-credit pioneer Grameen Bank's Muhammad Yunus had wrongly diverted millions of dollars of aid money. ANI

WikiLeaks cables reveal secret plan to remove Mugabe from power in Zimbabwe
A coup was planned to remove Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe with the help of pressure from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, according to classified US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website Wikileaks. ANI

Americans see Al-Qaeda as greatest security threat, North Korea next: Poll
A new poll has found that nearly two-thirds of Americans consider Al-Qaeda as a greater security threat to the United States, than North Korea or Iran. ANI

US strategy working in Afghanistan: Robert Gates
United States Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said that he is "convinced" that the US strategy in Afghanistan is working. ANI

Brit man told by hospital he's pregnant, maybe with twins
A man in Britain was left "flabbergasted" after a hospital told him that he was pregnant and could be expecting twins. ANI

Britain sets new record for biggest ever pass the parcel
Britain has set a new record for the biggest ever pass the parcel, delivering over 10,000 pounds worth of toys to over 100 families during its 1,000 mile two-week tour of the UK. ANI

Wikileaks sympathizers behind website, credit card info cyber attack: Palin
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has claimed that Wikileaks supporters are behind the cyber attack of her website and credit card information. ANI

Married US teacher who got teen pupil pregnant jailed for 3 years
A married US teacher, who got a teenage girl pregnant, has been jailed for three years. ANI

Royal couple to get pre-marital counselling
Before walking up the aisle, Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton will meet some of the country's most senior clerics to receive counselling on how to handle marital pressures. ANI

'Loner' teacher in UK jailed for lesbian affair with 15-year-old pupil
A British teacher has been jailed for 20 months after having a lesbian affair with a teenage pupil. ANI

21-year-old US man arrested in undercover 'bomb plot' sting operation
A 21-year-old American construction worker was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as part of an undercover sting operation when he tried to detonate what he thought was a car bomb at a military recruiting station in Maryland. ANI

US diplomats monitored Gillard's progress: Wikileaks
US diplomats had closely followed the rise of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, according to classified US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website Wikileaks. ANI

Indian-origin pharmacist accused of groping teen's breast
An Indian-origin pharmacist in UK apparently groped a teenager's br*ast while checking her heartbeat. ANI

Baloch CM denies presence of US troops or Taliban leadership in Quetta
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani has dismissed foreign media reports about the presence of US troops and the Taliban leadership in Quetta, calling them false and baseless. ANI

India's ambassador Meera Shankar frisked at US airport
Indian Ambassador to the US Meera Shankar was recently patted down by an American security agent at the Jackson - Evers International Airport in Mississippi. ANI

Rolls-Royce engine worries continue for Qantas' A380 fleet
Sydney-based Qantas Airways' headaches over its A380 fleet have been compounded after a defect was found in an engine on one of its superjumbos, which is still on the factory floor in France. ANI

Brit-Indian carjack hubby 'plotted earlier killing in South Africa'
Brit-Indian business tycoon Shrien Dewani, accused of plotting the 'assassination' of his wife on their honeymoon, had tried to orchestrate a similar hit on a previous visit to South Africa, a London court has heard. ANI

Brit-Indian carjack hubby 'paid off murder cabbie on CCTV'
Brit-Indian business tycoon Shrien Dewani, accused of plotting the 'assassination' of his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa, was reportedly seen on CCTV paying cash to taxi driver Zola Tongo, who claims the millionaire arranged the killing. ANI

'Sarah Palin's Alaska' branded a 'snuff film'
West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin has accused Sarah Palin, a contender for 2012 Republican presidential nomination, of shooting an animal on national television 'for political gain'. ANI

US, Pak officials deliberately overlooking high civilian death toll in drone attacks
United States and Pakistan officials are deliberately overlooking civilian deaths that outnumber the killings of militants in CIA drone attacks, a report released by Conflict Monitoring Centre (CMC) has revealed. ANI

Former Hitler aide, 97, signed 'start order' for mass execution of Jews
An elderly German man has been accused of signing the orders that began the Nazis' campaign of genocide. ANI

Cameron snubbed by Gilani over visit request to Pak at end of Afghanistan trip
British Prime Minister David Cameron's attempts to mend fragile relations with Pakistan have been dashed after being snubbed by Pakistan's prime minister. ANI

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange's rape case gets murkier
Are the sexual assault charges against Julian Assange really true or is he being framed? As more details surface, the case gets murkier by the minute. ANI

Zardari, Manmohan may meet on sidelines on Turkmenistan summit this weekend
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari may meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this weekend on the sidelines of a summit in Turkmenistan, which both leaders will be attending on December 11. ANI

SYNNEX Corporation Announces Acquisition of Worldwide Tech Support, Customer Service and Telesales Divisions of e4e Inc.
Concentrix Corporation, SYNNEX Corporation’s (NYSE: SNX) Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) segment, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the worldwide Tech Support, Customer Service and Telesales divisions of e4e Inc., a privately-held BPO company. e4e will continue to focus on its Healthcare and Interactive Entertainment Service divisions Business Wire India

The Reciprocal Importance between Water and Climate Change is Recognized
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