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Syria important for India's energy security needs: President Patil
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, who left on nine day state visit to West Asia on Sunday, described Syria as an important country for India's energy security needs. ANI

Patil to project India as investment-friendly destination on visit to UAE
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Sunday said that she will use her state visits to the United Arab Emirates and Syria to project India as an investment-friendly destination and to enhance trade ties with the Gulf region. ANI

Bangladesh war hero to be buried with military honors on Monday
The funeral of Bangladesh war hero Lt. Gen. (retired) Mir Shawkat Ali, who died at his Gulshan residence on Saturday evening, will take place with full military honors on Monday. ANI

New Lanka Cabinet to be announced on Monday
Sri Lanka will have a new cabinet under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa from Monday. ANI

Royal wedding may take place in April
Prince William and Kate Middleton are hoping to marry at the end of April. ANI

Gilani to oust Religious Affairs Minister over defective Haj arrangements
Taking serious notice of inadequate Haj arrangements, corruption and irresponsible statement about the Saudi government, Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has decided to show the door to the Minister for Religious Affairs. ANI

Two of Pakistani origin appointed to British House of Lords
Two persons of Pakistani origin are among the 54 new members appointed to the British Parliament Upper House of Lords. ANI

UK Govt. may force tobacco companies to package cigarettes in plain wrappers
Tobacco companies could soon be forced to sell cigarette in plain brown wrappers, as a part of the UK Government's effort to stop young people picking up habit. ANI

Kiwi mine atmosphere potentially explosive, says rescue chief
Sending rescuers into the Pike River mine would be like asking them to walk up the barrel of a gun, the country's mine rescue chief has said. ANI

PPP demands suo moto in Saifur Rehman audio-tape issue
The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has demanded suo moto action by Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry against people involved in the Saifur Rehman audio-tape issue, Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister on Information and Archives, Sharmila Farooqi, has said. ANI

Somali piracy, a threat to UK gas, oil supplies: Commanders
Senior British commanders and other sources in the Ministry of Defence have warned the David Cameron Government not to underestimate the threat posed by Somali pirates. ANI

Magazine details al Qaeda's "Operation Hemorrhage" involving parcel bombs
A terror operation involving parcel bombs on UPS and FedEx flights in September and October cost a "total bill of 4,200" dollars, according to a report in a magazine that analysts say is published by al Qaeda's branch in Yemen. ANI

Becker denies 'discussions or contact' with Murray for coach role
Former German tennis star Boris Becker has denied suggestions that he may become coach or advisor to Britain's world No. 3 Andy Murray. Becker regularly practices at the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton, where Murray also works out when he is in Britain. ANI

Gawker ordered to remove Palin book excerpts
A federal judge ordered Gawker to take down excerpts the website posted from Sarah Palin's forthcoming book until at least November 30. ANI

62pc Australians sit on the beach without wearing sunscreen
A recent poll has revealed that despite endless reminders, most Australians still think it is safe to sit on the beach without sunscreen. ANI

Glenn McGrath's second marriage was his late wife's dying wish
Former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath's second wedding was his late wife Jane's dying wish. ANI

British forces hail 'Afghan Elvis' concert in Helmand
A musical concert by the 'Afghan Elvis' has been hailed as proof of the improving security in Afghanistan by the British forces. ANI

Former TVNZ 'India-race-slur' host eyeing expensive sports car, boat
Paul Henry, the controversial former TVNZ Breakfast anchor who had confirmed receiving a payout from the state broadcaster, is reportedly planning to buy a 360,000 dollars Aston Martin Rapide sports car and a boat that could cost him millions. ANI

Chinese dissident plans empty chair protest for Nobel peace prize ceremony
A Chinese veteran of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, Yang Jianli, has said that his decision not to attend the Nobel peace prize award ceremony in Oslo on December 10 will send out a strong international message to China to end its human rights violations. ANI

TATA-owned Jaguar to hire 1500 for production jobs, more in the offing
British car manufacturing giant Jaguar Land Rover, which is partly owned by India's TATA Group, appears to have come out of the red, and is on a hiring spree. ANI

Gordon Brown earns £60K for 50-minute speech in India
Former Brit PM Gordon Brown reportedly made a whopping 60,000 pounds for a 50-minute speech on Global Economic Crisis in New Delhi. ANI

Dog 'christened' in lavish church ceremony
A dog owner proved his love for his pooch when he got the puppy 'christened' in an exuberant church ceremony. ANI

Pak govt probing Transparency International's operations in country
Pakistan's Interior Ministry has asked all ministries, divisions and departments to sever contacts with Transparency International (TI), as the government has started investigating operations of the Pakistan chapter of the international anti-corruption organisation. ANI

Blasphemy accused Pak-Christian woman seeks President's mercy
A Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy has appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari to pardon her, saying that she had been wrongfully accused by neighbours due to a personal dispute. ANI

Mumbai-style attackers may target German Parliament
Terrorists could attack the Reichstag, Germany's security chiefs have warned. ANI

Brisbane leading the nation in rising online divorce applications
The biggest surge of e-divorce applications is in Brisbane, with one in 10 people turning to technology to begin their divorce proceedings, according to statistics. ANI

Obama would be 'in good shape' against Palin in potential 2012 Prez race: Biden
US Vice President Joe Biden has said former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has "a good chance" of winning the presidential poll in 2012, but added that President Barack Obama would also fare well in a race against her. ANI

Barbara Bush hopes 'beautiful' Sarah Palin 'stays in Alaska'
Former First Lady Barbara Bush has said that she 'hopes' Sarah Palin stays in Alaska. ANI

Unemployment made 1 in 5 Americans mentally ill last year
A new US survey has revealed that nearly one in five Americans, or 45 million adults, had experienced mental illness last year. ANI

Alcohol-flavoured fudge 'will entice kids'
Australian health experts have warned that alcohol-flavoured confectionery, including fudge, would aggravate the country's 'binge-drinking' culture. ANI

Turkish RPP is Pak's most expensive power generation pact
The Rental Power Plant agreement that Pakistan has signed with Turkey is the most expensive in the country's history. ANI

Meet the 21st century version of Oz bogans
Forget the flannie shirt, Winnie Blues and ugg boots, the new-age bogan is more likely to be spotted sporting a designer Ed Hardy T-shirt, drinking imported beer and relaxing in a Balinese themed home, says a new book. ANI

Use of condoms can be justified 'in certain cases', says Pope
Breaking with years of Roman Catholic teaching, the Pope has said the use of condoms can be justified 'in certain cases'. ANI

Let flat girls get boob jobs on Medicare, say Oz surgeons
In the wake of hundreds of women using taxpayer funds for br*ast enlargement surgery, many more should be eligible on medical grounds, say Australian surgeons. ANI

Musharraf discusses Pak political situation with AML chief
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf telephoned Awami Muslim League (AML) chief, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, and exchanged views on the political situation in the country as well as statements being given by former premier Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali. ANI

77pc of divorced man don't regret cheating: Study
When infidelity strikes a marriage, it breaks hearts. But a new study has found that most of the divorced guys don't regret cheating. ANI

NATO for phased transfer of security responsibility to Afghans by 2014
NATO and Afghanistan have agreed to the goal of a phased transfer of security responsibility to the Afghan government by the end of 2014. ANI

Sharif refused to quit politics in spite of 'death threats from dictator': Pervaiz Rasheed
Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif refused to quit politics even after receiving death threats from a dictator on October 12, 1999, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed has claimed. ANI

German officials on lookout for Mumbai-style terror attackers
German law enforcement officials are reportedly hunting for two suspected terrorists, who are believed to be present in or around Berlin, after investigations revealed that they have been sent by Islamic radicals to attack the nation. ANI

Pak Army continues to be "India-centric": Admiral Mullen
While Pakistan's border areas alongside neighbouring Afghanistan are the "epicentre of terrorism" in the world, the Pakistan Amy continues to be "India-centric," US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen has said. ANI

Killer 'New Delhi' superbug reaches New Zealand
A new killer strain of superbug-New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-has reached New Zealand and up to four patients have contracted the bacterial gene since December last year. ANI

Barack Obama defends TSA pat-downs
US President Barack Obama has defended Transportation Security Administration (TSA) amid a growing backlash against the airport pat-downs in the name of security. ANI

Indian mission launches Communal Harmony Week in Sweden
India has a millennia long experience of welcoming different religions and ethnic communities in its midst, and been the birth place of four major religions of the world, namely-Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, said the country's envoy to Sweden Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar while taking part in the launching of "Communal Harmony Week" in Sweden this week. ANI

Fury as bishop predicts Wills and Kate's marriage will last just 7yrs
A prominent bishop has sparked outrage by predicting that Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage will last just seven years. ANI

Wills, Kate hoping to marry at the end of April
Royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton have their hearts set on an April wedding. ANI

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