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Gay rights activists plan kissing 'flashmob' for Pope's visit to Spain
Gay rights campaigners are planning a homosexual kissing protest when Pope Benedict XVI visits Barcelona this weekend. ANI

'Sleepwalking' Swedish man acquitted of drunken driving charges
A Swedish man has been acquitted of drunken driving charges after a court could not rule out the possibility that he could have been asleep when he got behind the wheel. ANI

Sydney hotel is first to offer personalised rooms
A hotel in Sydney, Australia is believed to be the first of its kind to offer guests personalised rooms. ANI

UK-France to unveil new military co-operation treaty
The United Kingdom and France will today announce the creation of a new Combined Joint Expeditionary Force (CJEF) of around 6,500 troops from the both the countries. ANI

It happens only in Pak: Islamabad IGP cares two hoots about Rehman Malik's diktats
Increasing tension between the Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IGP) Syed Kaleem Imam has resulted in the transfer of the latter. ANI

Obama to appear on TV with 'American Idol' host in last attempt to woo youth ahead of polls
In an attempt to woo the youth for one last time ahead of the mid-term polls, US President Barack Obama would reportedly talk to 'American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest in an interview and answer viewers' queries, Seacrest claimed on his Facebook account. ANI

Even a million roses a day sale brings no sweet succor for Lahore flower farmers!
Flower farmers in Pakistan have complained that despite an overwhelming sale of flowers in the country, particularly in Lahore, their earnings are low, as profits are pocketed by retailers. ANI

Pope says "God sees in everyone a soul to save", but Hindus find "God in all creatures"
God excludes no one, neither the poor nor the rich; His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI reportedly stated in an address in Vatican City on October 31.ope (as per Zenit translation) reportedly further said: God does not let himself be conditioned by our human prejudices, but sees in everyone a soul to save and is especially attracted to those who are judged as lost and who think themselves so. ANI

Hindus laud Brazil for electing first female President
Hindus have welcomed the election of Dilma Vana Rousseff, first female president of Brazil, and urged her to keep her reported promise of protecting freedom of worship and expression. ANI

Pope says love proposed on Internet does not make you happy
Pope does not seem to approve of love on the Internet. ANI

China inaugurates first international luxury hotel in Tibet
Chinese tourism authorities are expecting a boom in the country's tourism sector, following the inauguration of the first luxury hotel in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on Monday. ANI

Militants destroy yet another girls' school in Pakistan
Another girls' school has been destroyed in the Mohmand tribal area of northwest Pakistan, after unidentified militants detonated it with explosives, local officials said. ANI

China's future sustainable development in light of rapid urbanization in serious doubt: study
The rapid pace of urbanization in China has left cities challenged by air pollution, shortages of energy and water resources, and limited space for growth, according to a report by the Urban China Institute (UCI). ANI

UK woman shows off 'oldest' pooch in the world
A lady from UK lady has claimed that her 25-year-old dog is the oldest in the world. ANI

Rotherham 'UFO' spotted in Harrogate
A UFO was spotted hovering over Harrogate, just days after it was seen in Rotherham. ANI

Third of women who return to office post-birth 'envious of single colleagues'
A new study has revealed that mothers, who return to work after giving birth, feel 'dowdy' and 'undervalued' in comparison to their single counterparts. ANI

Mid-term polls an option for ending dismal PPP rule in Pak, says opposition leader
Opposition leader in the Pakistan National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, has said that mid-term elections could be one of the options to get rid of the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government. ANI

Malaysian tour agents cry foul over Air India's Chennai route cancellation
Malaysian tour agents are crying foul over Air India's termination of its Kuala Lumpur-Chennai route. ANI

China's census complicated by citizens' reluctance to reveal personal details
China's once-a-decade census, which was launched on November 1, is being complicated by a new reluctance on the part of citizens to disclose information or expose violations of the one-child policy. ANI

Bomb parcel tipoff came from al Qaeda turncoat
A terrorist turncoat tipped off the United States about the America-bound bomb parcels before they were intercepted last week, the New York Post has disclosed in its report. ANI

Fearless Taliban says it can strike and gain control of Afghan areas at will
Observers of the evolving situation in war-ravaged Afghanistan have concluded that so omnipresent is the fear of the Taliban, that their fighters don't even have to fire a shot to gain control of a particular area, in spite of the presence of foreign troops. ANI

Gestapo tortured ex-Brit spy Nearne, BBC documentary reveals after her death
More than a month after she died, a former British spy's tale of how she was tortured by the Gestapo of the German Nazi regime during the height of the Second World War, has come to light. ANI

Oz mums divided over revival of breastfeeding each other's babies
Mothers in Australia have been supporting one another by breastfeeding each other's babies, but some have disagreed with the practice and are not very keen with its revival. ANI

40pct of women unhappy with their bodies: Study
A survey conducted by Glamour magazine recently has revealed that 40 percent of women are unhappy with their bodies. ANI

Tips on handling pressure when looking for a job or keeping one
The recession has left many feeling stressed about not finding a job or losing one, and now an expert has come up with a few tips on how one can balance out life's daily pressures. ANI

Pak facilitating Afghan-Taliban secret meetings for own strategic advantage: Editorial
Pakistan would be facilitating secret meetings between Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Taliban leaders to take the heat off itself without having to launch a full-scale offensive against the Haqqani network in North Waziristan, an editorial in a leading Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Worrying increase in Afghan civilian deaths caused by US-allied forces in 2010
Internal U.S. military statistics have shown that American and allied forces have failed to reduce the number of civilian fatalities, and the figures rose to 160 in 2010, up from 144 by this time last year. ANI

Sir Edmund Hillary's Rolex watch up for grabs
Sir Edmund Hillary's family is selling a Rolex watch, presented to the explorer after his successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. ANI

'Internet offers militants real-time access to top-level spy systems'
Yuval Diskin, Israel's domestic security chief has said that civilian internet applications now offer militant groups access to intelligence that rivals information given to government spies. ANI

China to build world's fastest 510-km-long intercity high-speed rail line
China has approved plans for a 10.6 billion dollars railway link to connect two major western cities of Xi'an and Chengdu -being claimed as the world's fastest intercity high-speed rail line. ANI

Facebook generation of 16 to 24-year-olds 'loneliest of all age-groups'
A new research has revealed that despite thousands of friends online, the Facebook generation is the loneliest of all age-groups. ANI

Brit lesbian cop hangs herself after being 'bullied for her appearance'
A lesbian police officer in Britain committed suicide after she felt that her superiors bullied her over her sexuality, picked on her and ostracised her over her appearance. ANI

Now, Palin calls reporters child-molesting, puppy-kicking, chain smoking porn producers!
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has slammed a report by Politico and called it "crap", which claimed that top Republicans wants to stop her from winning the presidential nomination out of a fear that she would lose badly in the general election in 2012. ANI

Baby dino footprints discovered near Denver
Paleontologists have once again discovered infant dinosaur footprints in the foothills west of Denver, near the town of Morrison. ANI

Earlier flight might have been dry run for parcel bomb plotters
American intelligence officials who tracked several shipments of compact discs and other household goods from Yemen to Chicago, now believe that the parcels containing explosive material might have been a test run for a terrorist attack. ANI

Lahore High Court postpones hearing of petition against Musharraf
The Lahore High Court (LHC) has postponed the hearing of a petition challenging Pervez Musharraf's election as Pakistan President in 2007. ANI

Pak-based Lashkar-e-Tayyaba splits to form deadly Punjabi Taliban in Afghanistan
Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) has split to form a new and more sophisticated Punjabi Taliban in Afghanistan's Kunar province, NATO and ISAF command in Afghanistan have confirmed. ANI

Now, a 300 pounds test that reveals baby's s*x just 7 weeks after conception
A new test that claims to reveal a baby's s*x just seven weeks from conception could be a double-edged sword. ANI

Iranian 'stoning to death' woman may be executed by Wednesday, claim HR observers
Human rights observers have warned that Iran plans to execute Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman who was earlier sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery charges. ANI

Kate Middleton's parents attend shooting weekend at Balmoral
Prince William and Kate Middleton are poised to announce their engagement after a marathon eight-year courtship - at least that's what the latest hint suggests. ANI

'Qaeda terror bombs 50 times more powerful than needed to blow hole in aircraft fuselage'
The bombs smuggled in the cargo plane terror plot at East Midlands Airport and in Dubai reportedly contained explosives at least 50 times more powerful than required to blow a hole in an aircraft fuselage. ANI

Frenchman who 'heard Diana's dying words' exposed as a common thief
A Frenchman who allegedly heard Princess Diana's dying words and gave evidence in court as a key witness has been exposed as a career criminal. ANI

Josef Fritzl still 'loves' daughter he raped for 24 years
Josef Fritzl, the man who raped his daughter Elisabeth for 24 years, says he still 'loves' his victim. ANI

University of South Carolina offers Lady Gaga course
Now you can enroll in a course on Lady Gaga at a US university. ANI

Five reasons why Democrats could still turn poll odds and hold House
Though polling data suggests that the Republicans may win the House of Representatives on Tuesday, the Democrats might still be in a position to turn the odds to their favour and hold the House. ANI

Berlusconi an embarrassment to Italy, says former deputy
Silvio Berlusconi's alleged intervention to free a teenage belly dancer from police custody is an embarrassment to Italy that should force his resignation, according to former deputy. ANI

Security around Sarkozy tightened after Greek police intercept letter bomb
Security has been stepped up around French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni after Greek police seized a letter bomb which was sent to him. ANI

New Martindale-Hubbell Report: From Cost to Profit Centre - Redefining the Role of the Legal Department
Management boards and general counsel are urged to revaluate the remit of their legal teams in a thought-provoking new report, “The Profitable Legal Department: How legal departments can prosper by generating revenue for their company.” Business Wire India

smartTrade Technologies launches new connectivity suite to help Banks & ECNs access FX liquidity
smartTrade Technologies, an industry leader in cross-asset liquidity management software for banks, broker-dealers, ECN’s, asset managers, and large hedge funds today announced the release of LiquidityConnect™ for FX. Business Wire India

ZTE Deploys 3G Stations at the World’s Highest Point
ZTE Corporation, (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced it has successfully deployed eight 3G stations at the Mt. Everest National Park, which includes the Mt Business Wire India

3LCD Expands Technology Offering to Include 3LCD Reflective
3LCD, the world's number one1 projection technology, today announced that projectors featuring the world's first2 reflective high-temperature polysilicon (Reflective HTPS) liquid crystal chip for 3LCD will soon be available in major markets worldwide Business Wire India

$3 Million Equity Investment Funds Launch of Vertichem
Vertichem announced that it has received $3 million in capital-market funding. The investment will be used to develop the company’s innovative portfolio of green technology products and launch the newly formed enterprise. Business Wire India

Blu-ray Disc™ Honored with Emmy® Award for Technology and Engineering
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Bloomberg Professional Launches Specialized Newsletters
Bloomberg Professional® service executives has announced the launch of Bloomberg Briefs, a new series of specialized newsletters combining Bloomberg data and news with industry-specific original content and commentary. The newsletters, tested with Bloomberg customers, will now be offered to the public by subscription for the first time. Business Wire India

Orckit-Corrigent Receives Additional Multi Million Purchase Order for Immediate Deployment in Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Nationwide Broadband Network in India
Orckit Communications Ltd. (NasdaqGM:ORCT), a leading Carrier Ethernet + Transport (CE+T) networking vendor, announced receipt of additional purchase order and immediate deployment for its CM-4000 products from Alphion Corporation, for deployment in BSNL through ITI Business Wire India

Innovation, Strong Partnerships Key to Meeting Low-Carbon Challenges, Swiger Says
Innovation and strong partnerships are crucial to meet rising global energy demand at a time when there is growing pressure to lower carbon emissions to combat the risks of climate change, Andy Swiger, senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), said today. Business Wire India

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