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International News on November 17, 2010

'Stepped-up military operations only way to bring Afghan Taliban to negotiating table'
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that stepped-up military operations on the ground might be the only way to bring Afghan insurgents to the negotiating table. ANI

Obama's 'Of Thee I Sing' book a hit among Brooklyn youth
US President Barack Obama's first children book 'Of Thee I Sing' has proven to be quite a hit with the youth of Brooklyn. ANI

Female Indian Pashto singer in Sweden gaining worldwide popularity
A Pashto singer from Mumbai, India, who has settled in Sweden, is making a big name for herself. ANI

Pak women never compromise on attire shopping during Eidul Azha
As Muslims everywhere make arrangements for sacrificial animals to celebrate Eidul Azha, which is a "meaty festival", women in Pakistan are also busy shopping for clothes and shoes. ANI

Rare bottle of whisky raises 286K pounds for charity
A rare bottle of whisky, which in Gaelic means "water of life", has helped raise 286,000 pounds for a charity that provides safe drinking water in developing countries. ANI

Frisky UK students project 30ft-high porn images on to building as prank
A group of students at a university in England pulled a prank by projecting an x-rated video on the wall of an opposing hall of residence, covering four whole floors. ANI

Meet the 'shades-wearing ram' worth Rs 850,000 on Karachi livestock market!
A ram, wearing sunglasses, continues to draw stares from every newcomer at Karachi's livestock market near Super Highway. ANI

Imports from India lower onion, tomato prices in Lahore
Prices of onions and tomatoes got slightly lowered in Lahore ahead of the festival of Eid, following the arrival of Indian vegetables in the domestic market. ANI

Canada to pull civilian staff from Kandahar, base training mission in Kabul
Canada is slashing aid to Afghanistan and abandoning any presence in Kandahar by withdrawing not only troops but civilian officials who manage development projects from a Provincial Reconstruction Team, next year. ANI

80m pounds for Prince William, Kate Middleton's wedding security
The cost of security arrangements for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is expected to cross a mammoth 80 million pounds. ANI

Bush's faith in history's judgement beginning to come around, says Cheney
Former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney shared a stage together Tuesday for the first time since the two left office in 2008, with Cheney claiming that the faith Bush had in "history's judgment is beginning to come around." ANI

Bookies stung for 1m pounds as Prince William announces engagement
Reports are abuzz that bookies were stung for a whopping 1million pounds as pals of Prince William and Kate Middleton piled cash on bets they would get married next year. ANI

Jinnah Institute blasts Pak-Christian woman's shocking death sentence for 'blasphemy
The Jinnah Institute in Pakistan has expressed its shock and dismay at the death sentence awarded to Aasia Bibi, a Christian lady and mother of five, by a court in the Nankana sahib under the Blasphemy Law. ANI

Ancient Roman settlement unearthed in west London
A Roman settlement filled with ancient artefacts and human remains has been unearthed at a building site for a luxury hotel in west London. ANI

Half of Brit men think s*x with drunk women is not rape
A new UK survey has revealed that nearly half of young men still think that having s*x with women too drunk to know what is going on is not rape. ANI

Palin's daughter uses homophobic slurs to attack mum's critic
Willow Palin, 16-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin, reportedly used multiple homophobic slurs to attack a Facebook user who criticized her mom's new reality show. ANI

Would you like to have a cup of 2,160 dlrs tea with long lasting fragrance?
State Guest Da Hung Pao tea's fragrance is believed to be so long-lasting that if you drink a glass one morning, the delicate perfume will still be detectable the morning after. ANI

Rare pink diamond sold for record 29mln pounds
A rare pink diamond, which has been sold for 29 million pounds, has broken the world record for a jewel sold at auction. ANI

Blog posts 'nude body scanner pics' online to highlight pressing dangers to privacy
Gizmodo, the website that posted dozens of pictures of visitors to a Florida courthouse being x-rayed by the controversial new body scanners revealing their intimate body parts, has said that despite TSA's claim of eliminating identifying features, there remains the danger of similar pictures being viewed by others in the near future. ANI

CEOs 'compensated 100 times more than average workers'
The typical CEO is pocketing almost 100 times what the average worker gets paid. ANI

Oz students threatened with detention for hugging
Students of a primary school in Australia have been warned not to hug their friends, and have been told that if they did so they will face detention. ANI

Number of men reporting abuse by women doubles in decade:Scottish study
A survey has found that the number of men claiming to have been abused by women has more than doubled up in less than a decade. ANI

Teen daughter sold in exchange for car used as s*x slave for 3 years
In a shocking incident, a couple allegedly traded in their daughter for a used car to another family who used her as a s*x slave for three years. ANI

Brit boy finds 500-yr-old gold locket 'worth 2.5m pounds'
A British boy is said to have found a 500-year-old gold locket, which could be worth 2.5million pounds, while playing with his grandad's metal detector. ANI

Temple dedicated to goddess of virgins, wild animals discovered
A Roman temple that is almost 2,000-years-old and dedicated to Diana, the goddess of virgins and wild animals, has been found in a protected park in the Italian region of Tuscany. ANI

Batmobile replica goes on sale for 120k pounds
Good news for Batman fans: they can now own a real Batmobile. ANI

Kashmir dispute between India-Pak continues to hold international relevance: Qureshi
Despite the US-India ties, the Kashmir issue continues to hold international relevance, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said. ANI

18 people injured in shootout inside mosque in southwestern Pak
Eighteen people were wounded in a shootout inside a mosque in southwestern Pakistan's Khuzdar district, according to police. ANI

Russian tycoon faces 'biggest divorce settlement in history' over wife's $6bn demand
Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who is also the 79th richest person in the world, is fighting what could end up being the biggest divorce settlement in history, but he wants to keep proceedings secret. ANI

"Pak journalists caught in vice between terrorists, local govt. officials": Media watchdog
Two incidents in recent weeks have again highlighted the dangers for journalists in Pakistan, an international media watchdog has observed. ANI

Influential Pak politicians helping Taliban carry out terror strikes, claims terror suspect
Some influential Pakistani politicians have been patronising the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a terror suspect has revealed during his interrogation. ANI

'China hijacked 15 percent of world Internet traffic, including US govt. websites in April'
Nearly 15 percent of the world's Internet traffic, including data from the US Department of Defense, the office of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other government and commercial websites, was briefly redirected through networks in China in April. ANI

Outrage over 30m pounds torture money payouts to Guantanamo inmates
Britain's move to pay millions of pounds to 16 terror suspects has provoked a public uproar, with relatives of those killed in the 7/7 London attacks saying that the settlement was a sickening taint to the memories of the victims. ANI

Hindus urge Prince William, Kate to visit Hindu temple after wedding to seek blessings
Hindus have sent congratulations to Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton on their engagement and wished them every happiness on their journey together. ANI

No nation immune to ongoing and evolving global threat of terrorism: Ertugrul Apakan
The Chairman of a UN Security Council Committee has urged the member states to be vigilant and resilient in the wake of the "ongoing and evolving threat," and act in full cooperation with each other to counter the menace of terrorism. ANI

Iranian govt. continuing its crackdown on lawyers who defend opposition voices
In what appears to be yet another example of Iran's crackdown on lawyers who defend influential opposition politicians, activists and journalists, a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer was put on trial on Monday for allegedly 'endangering national security'. ANI

Kashmir remains on UNSC agenda list for this year: UN spokesman
The Jammu and Kashmir dispute remains on the United Nation Security Council's agenda, a UN spokesman stated on Monday, and rejected the reports that suggested it had been removed from the list of unresolved issues. ANI

Traveller claims she was sexually assaulted during US airport pat down
A traveller in the US has revealed how she was left shocked and humiliated by airport officials, who patted her down in a way that made her feel sexually assaulted. ANI

Indian doc jailed for raping, taking photos of victim during sexual assault
An Indian doctor in Australia has been jailed for six years after he was found guilty of raping a woman seven times in one night and taking photographs of her during the assault. ANI

World's smallest woman delighted with title
A Turkish woman, who weighs a little more than a newborn baby and is 28in tall, has expressed her joy at being named as the world's smallest woman. ANI

How Kate Middleton's in-laws-to-be reacted to engagement announcement
Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton was given a taste of the future after her in-laws-to-be reacted with typically idiosyncratic humour to the engagement news. ANI

First Americans 'reached Europe 500 years before Columbus voyages'
Scientists, who studied the genetic origins of an Icelandic family, have claimed that the first Americans reached Europe a full five centuries before Christopher Columbus set off on his first voyage of discovery in 1492. ANI

Susan Sher to step down as Michelle Obama's top aide
The US first lady Michelle Obama's office has announced that chief of staff Susan Sher would head back to Chicago after January 1 next year. ANI

Virgin boss Branson to shave his legs, wear make-up after losing bet?
Virgin Group boss Sir Richard Branson, who will be dressing up as an AirAsia stewardess after he lost a bet he made during the Formula 1 season, also has to deal with requests to shave his legs. ANI

Water issue between Pak-India can assume 'dangerous proportions': Pak envoy to UK
India wants to control the flow of water to Pakistan, and this issue between the two nations can assume 'dangerous proportions', Pakistan's envoy to the United Kingdom has said. ANI

World's first fully functioning s*x robots 'can simulate an orgasm'
The world's first fully functioning s*x robots could be heading to the UK. ANI

Prince William on starting a family with Kate Middleton
Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton have opened up a little about their plans to start a family. ANI

Crusade against Muslims costs 'Ground Zero' Koran-burning pastor his flock
Pastor Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who threatened to burn copies of the Koran on 9/11 this year to protest against the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, has said that he has lost his followers because of his crusade against Muslims. ANI

Pak must act against LeT, bring Mumbai perpetrators to speedy justice: Blake
Pakistan must make progress against terrorists in places like North Waziristan, and there must be progress against the Punjab-based groups such as Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LeT) that pose a threat to India as well as Pakistan, and it should also take concrete steps to bring the Mumbai attack perpetrators to justice "as quickly as possible", a US official has said. ANI

Indian-American police impersonator charged with raping two women in NYC
A Indian-American man, Suraj Persaud, has been charged with raping two women after impersonating a police officer and threatening to have them arrested as hookers. ANI

Kate Middleton's parents 'thrilled' by her engagement to Prince William
Kate Middleton's parents are extremely happy now that their daughter is engaged to her long-time boyfriend Prince William. ANI

Celebrity cougar Charmyne Palavi-Browne in India for her 3rd baby
Celebrity cougar Charmyne Palavi-Browne has posted a video footage on her Facebook site that reveals the identity of her newly selected Indian surrogate - and it is Pushpaben Pandaya, a 33-year-old Brahmin housewife. ANI

Brit-Indian pleaded with killers to 'leave his wife, take engagement ring instead'
Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian whose newly weeded wife was killed during their honeymoon in Cape Town, had pleaded with the culprits to leave Anni and take their costly belongings, including her engagement ring, the bride's brother has claimed. ANI

Two Al Qaeda men arrested from Karachi
Two important Al Qaeda figures have been arrested from Karachi's Sohrab Goth area by law enforcement agencies, who have shifted them to Islamabad for investigation. ANI

Pak journalist disappointed over Bush's 'plagiarism'
Ahmed Rashid, one of Pakistan's most respected journalists, has said that he is disappointed that parts of his work appear to have been plagiarized by former US President George W Bush. ANI

Saturday August 13 is bookies favourite for Prince William's big day
Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton's wedding date has certainly become talk of the town. ANI

No royal residence for Prince William, Kate Middleton after wedding
Prince William and Kate Middleton, who will be getting married next year, are planning to spend the first years of their marriage in rural North Wales, instead of in a royal residence. ANI

Prince William's wedding to be 'the biggest TV event in history'
One thing is for sure - the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will be the biggest television event in history. ANI

Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with mum's ring
Prince William honoured his late mother by giving her engagement ring to his fiancee Kate Middleton. ANI

Two men get life sentences for murder of Brit-Indian shopkeeper Gurmail Singh
Two men have been jailed for life in connection with the murder of an Indian-origin shopkeeper, Gurmail Singh, during a robbery at his village store in West Yorkshire. ANI

Musharraf quit Pak presidency on my prodding: Bush
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf stepped down from his post because the then US President George W Bush asked him to do so, the latter has revealed in his book "Decision Points". ANI

Man arrested in connection with murder of Brit-Indian honeymooner's wife in SA
South African police have reportedly arrested a 26-year-old man from Cape Town's Khayelitsha slum in connection with the slaying of Brit-Indian Shrien Dewani's wife, during their honeymoon trip in that country. ANI

Greenpeace Co-Founder and Former Leader Commends Asia Pulp & Paper’s Commitment to Sustainability, Social Programs and the Environment
Greenspirit Strategies, the global environmental and sustainability consulting organization led by the co-founder and former leader of Greenpeace, released today its assessment of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) following an intensive two-week on-the-ground analysis of the company’s Indonesian operations Business Wire India

Welch Allyn Launches Flexible Bedside Monitoring Solution in Markets Outside the United States and Canada
Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical diagnostic equipment, today launched the company’s first comprehensive bedside monitoring solution at Medica 2010 World Forum for Medicine International Trade Fair with Congress as it introduced the Welch Allyn 1500 Patient Monitor Business Wire India

Welch Allyn Adds Ear Thermometer Option to Connex® Vital Signs Monitor
Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of frontline medical products and solutions, today announced it has added the Braun ThermoScan® PRO 4000 Ear Thermometer as an accessory option to the Welch Allyn Connex® Vital Signs Monitor, part of the Welch Allyn Connex® Electronic Vitals Documentation (EVD) System Business Wire India

SkyCross Appoints New CEO and Chairman
SkyCross, a global developer and manufacturer of advanced antenna solutions, today announced it has appointed Ben Naskar, a wireless industry veteran, to the position of CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors Business Wire India

PerkinElmer Launches New LED Fiber Optic Illuminator Module for Endoscopy, Surgical Microscopy and Headlamp Applications
PerkinElmer, Inc., a global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment, today announced the debut of its new LED Fiber Optic Illuminator Module. The new LED Module is designed for ease of integration by medical OEMs in endoscopy, surgical microscopy and headlamp applications. Business Wire India

China Unicom and ZTE Jointly Launch WoStore in Hong Kong
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 will jointly introduce China Unicom’s multi-platform, multi-device application store called the “WoStore” into Hong Kong. Business Wire India

OPTEX to Sell Turbidity Meter That Meets the International Standard
OPTEX CO., LTD. (TOKYO:6914) is ready to formally enter the water quality testing market when it begins selling a new turbidity meter that uses 90-degree scattered light method on November 30th. The method meets the international standard for measuring turbidity. Business Wire India

LanzaTech and PNNL to Convert Syngas to Drop in Jet Fuel
LanzaTech is to work with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) on converting some of LanzaTech’s products to drop in jet fuel. Business Wire India

Data Systems International® Announces Significant Expansion in the Asia Pacific Region
Data Systems International® (DSI®) announces the opening of new sales and service offices in Singapore, Shanghai, and Mumbai. Business Wire India

Intelligent Energy: Industry-Led Study Presents Unprecedented and Most Accurate Analysis of the Decarbonisation of Personal Mobility
This study, based on proprietary industry data provided by the participating companies, compares the economics, sustainability and performance of four vehicle types and infrastructures Business Wire India

KaMin LLC Announces 2011 Energy Surcharge Policy for Paper Markets
KaMin LLC announced that its 2011 energy surcharge policy, effective January 1, 2011 will remain unchanged from the KaMin 2010 energy surcharge policy. The threshold of $6/MMBTU and incremental surcharges by product type will remain the same Business Wire India

KaMin LLC Announces Price Increase for Paper Grade Kaolin Clays
KaMin LLC announced that it will increase prices for kaolin clay products for the global paper industry effective January 1, 2011, or as contracts allow. KaMin is committed to investing the necessary resources in technology, innovation and people for long-term sustainability in order to continue to serve its paper customers at a high level Business Wire India

Quintiles and Kadrige Partner to Improve Commercialization of Pharmaceutical Brands
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SafeNet Unveils Next Generation Secure Platform for New PKI Applications and Virtual Environments
SafeNet, Inc., a global leader in information security, today announced the availability of its Luna SA 5.0 Hardware Security Module (HSM) for next generation PKI, cloud and virtual environments Business Wire India

Authentify and DocuSign Deliver More Than 35,000 Securely Signed Documents in First 90 Days of e-signature collaboration
Michael Neumann, an independent real estate agent in the Chicago area would worry about the confidentiality of offers he would pass to prospective clients via email Business Wire India

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