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Growing interest in religion boosting China's religion-related tourism market
A growing interest in religion is helping boost religious tourism in China, where about 130,000 religious sites have been turned into tourist attractions. ANI

D.C. condom program sending wrong message, says abstinence group
The "Rubber Revolution" campaign launched by the District of Columbia Department of Health has been seen as sending the wrong message by an abstinence group. ANI

Kate Middleton - from coal pits to the throne
An ancestor of Kate Middleton, who is Prince William's fiancee, toiled for a pittance in the dark and filth of a coal pit. ANI

"P*rnogr*phic" ads for men's suit in UK shopping centre spark fury
A firm dealing in men's suit has landed in hot water after it put up 8ft tall, sexually explicit posters in a shopping centre as part of its 'Shameless' campaign. ANI

Oxford University undergrads brand themselves 'worst behaved in Britain'
While most students brag about their mental prowess, the best of undergraduates at Oxford University have instead boasted about being the "worst behaved in Britain". ANI

7 men busted for playing chess at US park!
Police officers in bullet-proof vests charged seven men with the "crime" of playing chess in an area off-limits to adults unaccompanied by kids. ANI

Firing at Ahmedi worship place in Lahore
Unknown assailants opened fire at an Ahmedi worship place in Lahore, however no casualties were reported in the incident. ANI

Putin to host Asian summit on tiger conservation aimed at doubling population by 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin will host emissaries of 12 Asian nations to the first-ever international summit on tiger conservation beginning in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sunday. ANI

'Despicable' cop fired for having 'non-consensual s*x ' with drunk woman
A Scotland Yard police constable, who has been branded "despicable", has been sacked after he had "non-consensual sex" with a drunken woman at a central London rail station. ANI

US helping Pak to renovate over 2,000 schools, build 150 new ones: Munter
The United States will work with the Pakistan government to renovate over 2,000 schools and build 150 new ones over the next two years as part of its efforts to improve education in Pakistan, US ambassador Cameron Munter has said. ANI

US strategy envisages role for both India, Pak in Afghan transition: Crowley
As part of its regional strategy, the United States has invited both India and Pakistan to be engaged in and support the transition in Afghanistan, where it will take greater responsibility for its own security, a top US official has said. ANI

Chinese Army deputy chief calls for 'strengthening cooperation' with US
Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), General Ma Xiaotian, and Charles Freeman, a China specialist at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies, have held a meeting to help improve the bilateral ties between China and the United States. ANI

African lizard fossil linked to modern-day Komodo dragon in Indonesia
A new research has found a mysterious link between the bones of ancient lizards found in Africa and the biggest, baddest modern-day lizard of them all, the Komodo dragon, half a world away in Indonesia. ANI

'Rough and tumble' side of Kate's family to be absent from her wedding
Several of Kate Middleton's relatives will not be invited to her wedding, courtesy a family feud. ANI

Diana's dazzling sapphire ring caught Prince Harry's eye first
Late Princess Diana's sapphire ring, which Prince William gave to his fiancee Kate Middleton for their engagement, caught Prince Harry's eye first. ollowing the Paris car crash that killed Diana in 1997, the brothers picked out special objects of hers at Kensington Palace. ANI

Accents are a real turn-off for Scottish listeners
If you don't sound like the Scots, you are likely to turn them off as a new study has found that they dislike accents that don't sound like their own. ANI

U.S. army's XM-25 soon be seen combating in Afghanistan
Coming directly from the sci-fi movie, the US army has the a lethal combination of technology and explosives-XM-25-that fires highly specialized rounds that can be programmed to explode at the precise location where the enemy is hiding behind cover. ANI

'Operation Mousetrap' launched against Taliban mice plaguing Brit troops in Helmand!
Britain's toughest troops deployed in Afghanistan are calling for more equipment to battle 'new insurgents in Helmand- mice'. ANI

Unity Church's brunch in Nevada blessed with Hindu shlokas
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed blessed the "Adventure in Faith Celebration Commitment Brunch" of Unity Church of Today in Carson City (Nevada, USA) with mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures. ANI

Las Vegas city council to open with Hindu mantras
City Council of Las Vegas (USA), world's entertainment capital, will reverberate with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on January 19, 2011. ANI

Prince William's first child could become his heir after change in law
If Prince William and Kate Middleton's first child is a girl, she would become the Queen, under a change in the royal succession laws being discussed by the British Government. ANI

Things you never knew about Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin makes sure she's never too far from the media spotlight, and after her reality TV show debuted recently, now it's time for her latest tome 'America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag' that comes out next Tuesday. ANI

New way of keeping up with the Joneses: If you are poor, flaunt it!
'If you have got it, flaunt it' is passi now, because for Britons, it's not being wealthy that's in vogue anymore but being frugal. ANI

Kiwi B-school to hold sex-ed classes for 'sexually ignorant Asian students'
A private business school in New Zealand has decided to start s*x education classes for its students from Asia, who are "sexually ignorant". ANI

Earthquake risk high in Panama: Study
A new research has found that the Limon and Pedro Miguel faults in Central Panama have ruptured both independently and in unison over the past 1400 years, indicating a significant seismic risk for Panama City and the Panama Canal. ANI

Obama administration to continue terrorism trials in civilian court despite criticism
The Obama administration remains committed to trying terrorism suspects in civilian courts, even though a federal jury acquitted a Tanzanian of all but one charge in the 1998 US embassy bombings, senior Justice Department officials said on Thursday. ANI

Fake doc arrested for giving breast exams in bars
A woman from Idaho, who impersonated a plastic surgeon so she could carry out breast exams to random strangers, has been arrested. ANI

World's biggest freshwater fish caught by a woman
A Brit angler has caught the world's biggest freshwater fish in Canada's Fraser River. ANI

Queen joins the '3D revolution'
When the Queen donned a pair of 3-D glasses to see footage of a scientific research project; it seemed just the latest step in the monarchy adapting to new technologies. ANI

Ex-JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater stars in rap video
Former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater is now trying his hands at rap. ANI

London more attractive city to visitors than Paris, say the French
The French have conceded that London is better than Paris, says a new tourism survey. ANI

Sri Lanka celebrates Rajapaksa's re-inauguration with world's 'biggest rice cake'
The world's biggest ever 'kiribath', or rice cake, has been prepared in Sri Lanka to celebrate the re-inauguration ceremony of Mahinda Rajapaksa as the country's President on Friday. ANI

Brit sisters become world's oldest twins at 101
Two sisters in Britain have become the world's oldest twins after celebrating their 101st birthday. ANI

Recession-hit Brit men facing s*x problems
A survey has suggested that the recession is affecting the s*x lives of British men. ANI

Irish mining boss who sleepwalked naked awarded 10m euros libel payout
A mining company boss in Ireland has been awarded 10 million euros in libel damages after the story of him sleepwalking naked into a female colleague's bedroom appeared in a press release. ANI

Obama updated on US progress in working with Pak to eradicate "violent extremists"
US President Barack Obama received an update on Afghanistan and Pakistan, including the progress made at the latest US-Pak strategic talks regarding "working with Pakistan to root out violent extremists and support regional stability," during his routine monthly meeting at the White House. ANI

Britain needs to slash 'outside EU student visas' by half to meet immigration targets
The number of students coming to Britain from outside the European Union will need to be more than halved if the government is to meet its immigration targets, officials have said. ANI

Oz Muslim woman sentenced to six months' jail for false hijab complaint
An Australian Muslim woman has been sentenced to six months' jail for falsely accusing a police officer of forcibly removing her hijab, face veil, in Sydney. ANI

US couple set up website poll to decide on abortion
A couple expecting their first child have launched a website,, to ask people to vote on whether they should have an abortion.arried Pete and Alisha Arnold, both 30, said they launched the site because they are "unsure" if they want to have the kid. ANI

Russians biggest fans of the Royal Family
People from Russia are currently the biggest fans of the Royal Family, according to a new survey. ANI

Brits' toilets 'not clean enough'
Britons' dirty secret is out - nearly eight in 10 householders fail to clean the loo every day. ANI

Husband, father-in-law arrested over Asian woman's death in England
A 27-year-old Asian woman's husband and father-in-law have been arrested on suspicion of her murder in Sussex, England. ANI

Bin Laden funded Nawaz for taking part in elections: Musharraf
Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden funded PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif for taking part in elections, former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has claimed. ANI

Amnesty blasts China for jailing woman for year in labour camp over satirical tweet
A 46-year-old Chinese woman has been sentenced to a year in labour camp for posting a satirical 'anti-Japanese' message on Twitter. ANI

4 in 10 Americans believe that marriage is becoming obsolete
A new survey in the US has revealed that almost four in ten couples believe that marriage is becoming obsolete. ANI

West interference in Iran's affairs could affect nuke talks: Ahmadinejad
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has criticized foreign attention on the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who was sentenced to death for adultery, and warned that the West needed to lift pressure on the Islamic Republic if it wanted progress in talks about its nuclear program with six world powers tentatively scheduled for next month. ANI

Iran's HR boss justifies 'stoning', calls UN censure "politicisation of human rights"
Iran's top human rights official has given a robust defence of his country's right to engage in the stoning of criminals and imprison lawyers viewed as threatening the stability of the Islamic Republic, as he assailed the United Nations' censure against Tehran for what it said was an accelerating crackdown on its opponents. ANI

Second suspect arrested for Indian-origin Brit woman's murder in S. Africa
Cape Town Police have arrested a second suspect in connection with the weekend death of an Indian-origin British tourist who was honeymooning in the area. ANI

200,000 people worldwide celebrate Guinness World Records Day
The annual Guinness World Records Day saw more than 200,000 people worldwide taking part in a series of oddball events, right from heroic deeds to performing the silliest of stunts. ANI

Indian-origin woman in US stole £21m to go shopping
An Indian-origin woman in the US, who stole 21 million pounds from her work to go shopping, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. ANI

China Telecom denies 'hijacking' of 15 percent of world Internet traffic
China Telecom, a major wireless service provider in China, has denied allegations that its servers had "hijacked" nearly 15 percent of the world's Internet traffic, including data from the US Department of Defense and other government and commercial websites, in April. ANI

Royal-bride-to-be 'will leave job but won't be a working princess right away'
Prince William's soon-to-be bride Kate Middleton is to give up working for her parents' company. ANI

Brit nurse struck off for three-in-a-bed romp with patients
A hospital ward manager, who had three-in-a-bed romp with two patients, has been banned from working as a nurse. ANI

Neolithic engineers 'used ball bearings in Stonehenge construction'
Experts from the University of Exeter have claimed that Neolithic engineers might have used ball bearings in the construction of Stonehenge. ANI

Oz govt. in dock for stonewalling "US requests for additional troops in Afghanistan"
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard must respond immediately to the allegations that the country has turned down repeated US requests to send more troops to Afghanistan, as being the premier, it is her duty to be "open and honest with the Australian public," the Opposition has said. ANI

Palin's 2012 challenge: To reduce gap between favorable, unfavorable ratings
Though former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has revealed that there is a possibility of her challenging US President Barack Obama in 2012, the gap between her favorable and unfavorable ratings is fairly large. ANI

Qantas A380 flight passengers 'very very lucky' plane didn't explode: Expert
Qantas' A380 flight QF32 passengers and crewmembers were "very, very lucky" that the highly flammable jet fuel in the aircraft's wings did not ignite from the ruptured fuel pipe or from a spark from severed wiring, an Australian expert has said. ANI

Sarah Palin admires Simon Cowell in new book 'America by Heart'
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has admired X Factor mogul Simon Cowell in her soon to be released new book 'America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag'. ANI

Prince William's wedding day to be 'national day of celebration'
The entire UK is apparently poised to get a day off for Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding. ANI

Pak minister calls for "re-investigation, fair trial" of blasphemy accused Christian woman
Pakistan's Minister for Minority Affairs has called for a thorough re-investigation and fair appeal for a Christian mother sentenced to death for blasphemy, after the Pope called for her release. ANI

Qantas A380 flight pilots faced 'unprecedented' failures before emergency landing
New details have revealed that the pilots of the ill-fated Qantas A380 flight QF32 were forced to deal with an "unprecedented" number of issues during the two-hour ordeal. ANI

Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in a hut in Kenya
Prince William popped the question to Kate Middleton as they stayed in a hut in Kenya. ANI

India lost 462 bln dollars through tax evasion, crime and corruption since 1948: Report
A new report has said that India has lost 462 billion dollars in illegal capital flows between 1948 and 2008. ANI

"Karachi will witness ethnic cleansing like Bosnia if govt doesn't wake up"
Karachi may witness ethnic cleansing like that in Bosnia, if the government continues its apathy towards ethnic clashes and target killings rampant in the city, the Secretary General of Citizens for a Better Environment has warned. ANI

Malaysia ready to play role in India-ASEAN partnership: PM Razak
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has said that his country is ready to facilitate the entry of Indian entrepreneurs into South-East Asia and play its role as India's gateway into ASEAN. ANI

Radioactive mouse on the loose in Washington state
Authorities in the US state of Washington are looking for a radioactive rodent - just two weeks after a radioactive rabbit was trapped. ANI

Meet the man who breaks 50 world records a year!
He holds 122 Guinness World Records - and one of them is the official record for holding the most world records - New Yorker Ashrita Furman doesn't pass up the chance of breaking a world record, no matter what he has to do. ANI

UK teen decides not to go back to school after facing Muslim threat
A terrified boy who received death threats from Muslim pupils has quit school in fear of his life. ANI

Air India Kanishka bomber apologies to victims' families
Inderjit Singh Reyat, the only man convicted in the 1985 Air India Kanishka bombing, has offered an apology to the families of the 329 victims of the bombing. ANI

Brit Muslims, Hindus hijacking Christmas, feel UK town residents
ABOVE: British residents Rochdale, a large market town in Greater Manchester, England, have expressed anger and dismay over local Muslims and Hindus "hijacking" the forthcoming Christmas celebrations festivals with their own popular festivals such as "Eid" and "Diwali". ANI

Karzai, Petraeus 'agree' on Special Forces raids in Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US commander General David Petraeus had a one-hour long meeting to discuss the former's call for US forces to leave the country by 2011. ANI

PML-N lashes out at Zardari-led govt over ever-increasing corruption, inflation
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal has criticised the PPP-led government, and said that the Zardari government has broken all records of corruption and inflation in the country. ANI

Now, Virgin Blue aircraft makes emergency landing in Melbourne
A Virgin Blue aircraft, en route to Sydney, was forced to return to Melbourne on Friday morning after experiencing a problem with the aircraft's electrical system. ANI

Just like dad, Prince William too is marrying his 'nanny'!
They say men subconsciously look for women who remind them of their mothers, but Prince William seems to have found a woman who is a reflection of his nanny. ANI

PPC Worldwide Acquires IPS Worldwide to Serve Demand For Mental Health and Wellness Support in Asia-Pacific and Australia
PPC Worldwide, a business of OptumHealth, announced plans to acquire leading Australian employee assistance program (EAP) provider IPS Worldwide to enhance its global EAP capabilities in Asia-Pacific and Australia Business Wire India

Tennant Company Sets the Record Straight about its Proven ec-H2O™ Technology on Floor Scrubbers
Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC), a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that help create a cleaner, healthier world, has put its competitors on notice that it stands behind its proprietary ec-H2O technology and will defend this industry-leading technology from misleading claims against its cleaning effectiveness Business Wire India

The CompactFlash Association Announces the CF 6.0 Specification, a Refresh to the CFA Logo and Website
The CompactFlash Association (CFA) announces the CF 6.0 specification, a new CFA logo, and a refreshed website coinciding with the CFA celebrating fifteen years of performance leadership in flash memory card markets. Business Wire India

Love Indonesia: BlackBerry Super App Winner from Asia Pacific
Love Indonesia has been selected as the Regional Winner of the 2010 Super Apps BlackBerry Developer Challenge for Asia Pacific Region ( More than hundreds of companies from all over the world participated in the Challenge Business Wire India

Aéroports de Paris Acts on Some of the Suggestions it Has Received and Launches an English-Language Version of its Participatory Space
Two months after the launch of the participatory space dites-nous1, which gathers passengers' opinions on the subject of service quality, Aéroports de Paris (Paris:ADP) (Pink Sheets:AEOPF), announces it will shortly be providing new services in the Paris airports and launches an English-language version of the site. Business Wire India

Bloomberg FX Survey Reveals Anxiety on Market Regulations
Bloomberg Foreign Exchange executives said a survey of FX professionals showed uneasiness over the impact of regulation and changes to market structure. More than 80 percent of those polled at a Bloomberg FX conference said they were concerned about the impact of recent regulations on their businesses. Business Wire India

Fixnetix Announces Single Digit Microsecond Trading
Fixnetix announced a USA patent has been filed for an integrated microchip for single digit microsecond trading. The Programmable Logic Device, (PLD,) microchip is called iX-ecute and has been in development for the last twelve months Business Wire India

Live Webinar: Pfizer Achieves Efficiencies with Automated QC Micro
Lonza will offer a live Webinar on the benefits and value of implementing LabVantage Micro/EM™, powered by MODA™—a paperless QC Micro solution by Lonza—on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 8:00 AM EST (International) or 11:00 AM EST (US). Business Wire India

Validity of KCI Patents Upheld in United Kingdom
Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (NYSE: KCI) has announced that the Court of Appeal of England and Wales has upheld the validity of important claims of two KCI patents relating to negative pressure wound therapy (“NPWT”). The Court also found that NPWT products marketed by Smith & Nephew plc (“SNN”) infringe one of the patents. Business Wire India

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