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Ex-JetBlue flight attendant joins Mile High Text Club
The former jetBlue flight attendant, who made headlines when he quit his job and then deployed the evacuation slide of the plane he was on, is set to introduce the "Mile High Text Club" contest. ANI

Filmmakers from Taliban-hit Pakistan dream of stamping out militancy
Filmmakers from Pakistan's Taliban-hit northwest are dreaming of making movies that will stamp out militancy and restore their culture of a bygone era. ANI

It's official! Prince William will marry Kate Middleton in 2011
Britain's Prince William will marry his long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton in 2011, Clarence House has announced. ANI

Video of US man refusing full-body scan at airport goes viral
Footage of a US man refusing to undergo a full-body scan at an international airport has attracted more than 210,000 YouTube viewings. ANI

"Pak's Blasphemy Law gives state-backed stamp of approval to intolerance": Editorial
Religious minorities in Pakistan live in the most adversarial of circumstances, as the Blasphemy Law, a draconian law promulgated by General Zia ul Haq, hangs over their heads like the sword of Damocles, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Lovesick govt employee sends 7000 emails from official ID in search of girl!
A lovesick Department of Immigration employee in Australia has landed in hot water after he sent about 7000 emails to staff members in search of a girl he met at a party. ANI

Now, transparent bubble tent to see hues of dawn, dusk and the Milky Way!
Camping out has always been a great experience, and now campers can enjoy it even more with a transparent blow-up bubble tent that will allow them to get even closer to nature. ANI

Edinburgh International Festival to focus on Asian cultures
The Edinburgh International Festival, which will take place next year, will be focusing on Asian cultures, with performers from countries like China, India, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Vietnam taking part. ANI

Its official: First-born kids do hog families' photo albums!
A British survey has found that when it comes to favourites, the first child is always the one whose picture is taken the most of. ANI

Couple enjoy 572 pounds meal, pop out for cigarette, and leave without paying!
A British couple has been revealed to have enjoyed a 572 pounds meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant before stepping outside to smoke a cigarette and then disappearing without paying the bill. ANI

Store removes pig from kids' toy farm set in case it upset Muslims, Jews!
A British shop, which sells toys for kids, has been put down for removing a pig from a toy farm set just because it might upset Muslim and Jewish parents. ANI

Sphinx-lined road unearthed in Egypt
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered an ancient road lined with sphinxes in Luxor. ANI

Oz undie thief nabbed with 10 garbage bags full of underpants in apartment
A man in Australia has been arrested and charged for stealing hundreds of pairs of undies after the police allegedly found 10 garbage bags full of underpants in his apartment. ANI

Meet the bird that thinks she's a dog!
A 10-month-old Australian emu called Emma thinks she's a dog. ANI

Safe s*x project involving quirky condoms cost Oz taxpayers $50,000!
A safe s*x project in Australia involving artists getting paid to design quirky condom packets has been slammed after it cost taxpayers 50,000 dollars. ANI

Ex-Iranian female MP hails UN decision to keep Iran away from gender equality seat
Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, an female Iranian MP who had to resign in 2004 after many fellow Reformist candidates for parliament were disqualified by Iran's Guardian Council, has hailed last week's decision of the United Nations member states to prevent Iran from obtaining a seat on the board of a new organization dedicated to gender equality. ANI

Honesty is the top quality voters expect in their presidential candidates
Presidential candidates pay attention, please! A new study has found the key characteristics that voters consider when they're choosing a candidate for the post of president. ANI

1 in 10 Brit men like cooking in nude!
One in 10 Brit men like to cook in the buff, says a new poll. ANI

Brit nurse's 'three-in-a-bed' cuddle with patients
A hospital ward manager in the UK climbed into bed with two patients for a 'three-in-a-bed' cuddle, a hearing was told. ANI

Donors urge Pak to implement "painful" reforms for additional resource mobilization
Donors and development partners of Pakistan have made it clear that they would provide help to Pakistan if there was a consensus between the federal and provincial governments. ANI

US woman charged with aiding Somalia-based militia with Al-Qaeda links
A Californian woman has been charged with aiding a Somalia-based militia with ties to Al-Qaeda, the US Department of Justice has said. ANI

Chinese mine project threatens to destroy major 7th Century Afghan Buddhist site
Archaeologists in Afghanistan have warned that they are racing against time to rescue a major 7th Century religious site unearthed along the famous Silk Road from a Chinese company that is eager to develop the world's second-biggest unexploited copper mine, which lies beneath the ruins at the site. ANI

RAW was trying to kill off Pashto film industry, claims Pak director
In an outrageous claim, a Pakistani film director has accused India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of "trying to kill off" the Pashto film industry. ANI

Hindus ask Pamela Anderson to take some Indian ethos back home
Hindus have welcomed Hollywood diva Pamela Anderson's wish "to soak in Indian ethos" during her India visit to participate in popular television reality show "Bigg Boss". ANI

New York's famous Rubin Museum sells dolls made by Dharamsala Buddhist nuns
Hindus have welcomed the prestigious Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) in New York (USA) for launching its annual "Holidays in the Himalayas" shopping event from December one to five of handcrafted items selected directly from traditional artisans and craftspeople of Himalayas. ANI

Christian-Hindu-Jewish leaders join to open Holocaust related play in California
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, clergy belonging to various religions and denominations opened a historical play "Kindertransport" in South Lake Tahoe (California, USA). ANI

Meet the Brit man paid to scoff 2lb of sweets a day!
A British man has what many would consider the best job in the world - he is paid to scoff 2lb of sweets a day. ANI

Stuxnet worm possibly targeted Iran's nuke programme to enrich uranium gas: Study
The Stuxnet computer worm that infiltrated industrial systems in Iran this fall may have been specifically designed to deliberately attack the country's newly-opened nuclear program, potentially crippling centrifuges used to enrich uranium gas, according to new research. ANI

British forces to be "out of Afghanistan by 2015": David Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that a NATO summit later this week would mark the beginning of the end of Britain's involvement in Afghanistan, adding that combat forces would be out of the region in five years' time. ANI

Afghan officials dismiss split between US and Kabul govt over Karzai criticism
As a damage control measure following Afghan President Hamid Karzai's criticism of the U.S. military's use of special operation raids, his government officials have claimed that the critique does not signal a deepening split between the strategic partners. ANI

"Corruption blooming in Pak due to lack of good governance": Gilani
Corruption has been flourishing in Pakistan due to the lack of 'good governance', Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has acknowledged. ANI

Indian-origin mum killed autistic son fearing that UK social services would take him away
An Indian-origin mother killed her severely autistic son by force-feeding him bleach just hours after being told he would be taken away by social services and put in care. ANI

Organic milk ad making waves in cyberspace
A song about organic milk is gaining popularity as consumers have become increasingly concerned about where their food comes from. ANI

13-yr-olds in trouble with cops for running unlicensed cupcake stand!
Two 13-year-old boys got themselves into trouble when a local politician called the cops on them for selling cupcakes, cookies, brownies and Rice Krispie treats without a license. ANI

Terror attack at CIA office in Pak foiled
A terror attack plot at the CIA office in Pakistan was foiled after a man carrying a bag laden with explosives and addressed to a deputy superintendent of police was arrested on Monday when he was about to deliver the parcel. ANI

UK to pay millions to ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees over torture claims
Britain would reportedly pay out millions of pounds in compensation to former detainees held in the US military prison at Guant namo Bay. ANI

Mulla Umar refused Karzai's 35,000-govt jobs offer for Taliban fighters
Taliban Supreme leader Mulla Umar has turned down the Afghan government's offer of 35,000 jobs for his fighters, putting an end to all hopes of a breakthrough between them for possible reconciliation. ANI

'Breakthrough imminent" in Indian-origin honeymooning bride's murder in SA'
South African police have reportedly identified the murderer of a British Indian woman, who was killed in Cape Town during her honeymoon. ANI

Plus-sized women pose nude to raise funds for charity
A group of eleven overweight women from Singapore have bared all for a calendar to raise funds for a young Vietnamese leukaemia patient. ANI

Clinton defends US Afghan war strategy after Karzai criticism
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has defended the US strategy in Afghanistan after Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged Washington to reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations in his country and end the increased American Special Operations forces night raids that aggravate Afghans and could embolden Taliban insurgents. ANI

Pak won't open any new front against militants in near future: Kayani
Pakistan will not open any new front until it consolidates gains in the areas already recovered from militants, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani reportedly told the US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke. ANI

'Hookers for Jesus' mission to save Las Vegas prostitutes
A former prostitute in the US has started a faith-based mission, called "Hookers for Jesus", which is aimed at saving Las Vegas prostitutes. ANI

Younger women regret one-night stands more than their older counterparts
A UK survey has revealed how Brit women really feel about one-night stands, and abortion. ANI

Now buy an old, used truck - and get an AK-47 rifle absolutely free!
Buy one get one free offers are not uncommon but when you get an AK-47 assault rifle free with used trucks, that's something to think about. ANI

Pennsylvania school sued over 'I (heart) b**bies ' bracelet ban
A Pennsylvania school has been sued for banning 'I (heart) b**bies ' bracelets. ANI

Palin's reality show breaks TLC history after drawing nearly 5m viewers
It seems Sarah Palin's new reality-television show has become a huge hit. ANI

Khamenei urges Islamic world to "sympathise, provide assistance" to Kashmir
The Supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has urged the Islamic Ummah to sympathise and provide assistance to Kashmir, and called the United States an arrogant, "self-styled commandant of the Islamic region and the real sponsor of the Zionist regime". ANI

Oz-Indian "dangerous" driver jailed over crash leading to death of unborn baby
An Indian origin driver in Australia, Amrick Sing Thind, has been sentenced to three years and five months of imprisonment over a crash that led to the death of an unborn baby. ANI

No room for terrorism in Islam: Saudi Arab Grand Mufti
Islam is based on justice and equity, and does not admit terrorism, extremism or injustice, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arab, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, has said. ANI

Indian origin Kal Pen re-joins White House job after filming 'Harold and Kumar' sequel
Kalpen Modi, the Indian-American political aide who resigned from his post as US President Barack Obama's associate director of public engagement this summer to act in a sequel to the popular "Harold and Kumar" movie, has reportedly made a return to his job in the White House. ANI

Oz tattooist charged with GBH for tattooing pe**s on friend's back
An Australian man, who tattooed a 40cm pe**s and a crude slogan on his friend's back, has been charged with GBH (grievous bodily harm). ANI

Climate scientist involved in emails controversy says he did no wrong
A year after he was accused of being at the centre of a political and scientific storm over hundreds of leaked climate science emails, researcher Dr. Phil Jones remains unrepentant, and claims that he did no wrong. ANI

Alaska senator not to support Palin's 2012 US Prez bid as she lacks 'intellectual curiosity'
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has said she would not support former governor Sarah Palin bid for the US presidency in 2012 because she lacks "intellectual curiosity" for the job. ANI

Iranian 'death by stoning' woman tortured to accept 'sin of adultery': HR activist
Mina Ahadi, an activist of the German-based International Committee Against Stoning (Icas), who has been accused on TV of spreading the case of the Iranian woman sentenced to 'death by stoning' worldwide for her own benefit, has again claimed that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and her wellwishers have been "tortured" in prison to make such statements against her. ANI

"Pak's nuclear weapons are secure": Musharraf
Pakistan's pursuit of nuclear weapons was an "existential and defensive imperative" to compensate for the new imbalance of power tilted towards India, former president Pervez Musharraf has said, adding that the nation's nuclear weapons are "secure". ANI

UK Muslim mob threatens to fly black flag of Islam over Downing Street, White House for jailed cleric's release
Hate-filled Muslim extremists have vowed to fly the black flag of Islam above Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister, and the White House, the official residence of the US President, in protest over the imprisonment of cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed in Lebanon. ANI

US drone strike kills seven in Pak's tribal belt near Afghan border
Seven people were killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on Monday. ANI

Filipina maid, Bangladeshi boyfriend to get 100 lashes each for adultery
A Filipina housemaid and her boyfriend will be lashed 100 times each, jailed and deported for committing adultery, according to a court ruling. ANI

UK MPS get advice on what to do during Mumbai type terror attack
British parliamentarians and workers at Westminster have been told to get out of the building and the area that it occupies as quickly as possible in the event of a Mumbai-style terror attack. ANI

Militants blow up govt. school in Pakistan's Mohmand Agency
Unidentified miscreants blew up a government primary school in Pakistan's Mohmand Agency, a private TV channel reported on Monday. ANI

Dresser® Becker® Anti-Surge Valves Chosen for Compression Station on China’s West-East Pipeline
Dresser, Inc., a leading manufacturer of highly-engineered products for the natural gas industry, has received its first order to supply Becker anti-surge valves to China. The 6-inch Becker FPBV-S anti-surge valves will be installed in a compressor station on China’s West-East natural gas pipeline. Business Wire India

Bloomberg Launches First Daily China Credit Derivatives Pricing
Bloomberg Professional executives today announced the launch of the first daily reference prices for the Chinese Renminbi credit derivatives market. The new service is designed to reduce risk and increase transparency Business Wire India

KaMin LLC to Increase Kaolin Prices for Industrial Markets
KaMin LLC announced that it will increase prices for kaolin clay products for global industrial markets effective January 1, 2011, or as contracts allow. KaMin continues to improve productivity and manage its cost base to provide cost effective products and services to industrial markets Business Wire India

2010 GSA Award Nominees Announced
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) has announced the 2010 award nominees for the GSA Awards Dinner Celebration taking place on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif Business Wire India

Alvarez & Marsal Expands in Asia with the Appointment of Thomas Jones and Oliver Stratton as Co-Heads of Asian Practice
Alvarez & Marsal, a leading independent global professional services firm specializing in performance improvement, turnaround management and business advisory services, has named Thomas L Business Wire India

Drewry Study: Zim's Schedule Reliability Improves Dramatically
The recent Q4 2010 “Schedule Reliability Insight” Survey, analyzing container carriers’ service performance levels, published by independent maritime advisor Drewry Shipping Consultants, indicates a significant upgrade in Zim’s schedule reliability Business Wire India

Soldes by Paris 2011: a Spectacular 5th Anniversary
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P2i Annual Results Highlight Strong Revenue Growth and Progress in Key Markets
P2i, the world leader in liquid repellent nano-coating technology, announces results for the year ended 31 July 2010. Business Wire India

J.P. Morgan Launches iPad Research App
J.P. Morgan has unveiled a new iPad app, giving clients instant access to the Investment Bank’s award-winning research from the convenience of their iPad. The J.P. Morgan Research iPad app provides clients with reports and analysis from more than 1,000 analysts on economic indicators, markets, companies and asset classes around the world Business Wire India

Boston Limited Launch their Latest SmartCluster M Series based on Windows HPC Server 2008 R2
Boston Limited, now in its 18th year as a distribution partner for silicon valley based Super Micro Computer, Inc, (NASDAQ: SMIC), today has formally announced the launch of their latest generation of Microsoft HPC Server 2008 R2-based SmartCluster M Series portable blade solutions. Visit stand 4538 for more information Business Wire India

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