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Patil lauds UAE's visionary leadership in education
Lauding the visionary leadership of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in promoting and ensuring affordable education, visiting India President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Wednesday said India empathizes with these missions and goals. ANI

US National Endowment for the Arts funds travelling exhibition on Hindu deity Vishnu
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a US federal government agency, has awarded a grant to Frist Center for the Visual Arts of Nashville (Tennessee) to support an exhibition on Hindu deity Vishnu ANI

'Angelina Jolie Temple' in world-famous Angkor temple complex in Cambodia?
Is there is an 'Angelina Jolie Temple' in Cambodia's UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor temple complex after the name of the Hollywood star? ANI

US assures shoulder to shoulder support for 'close friend and ally' South Korea
United States President Barack Obama has said that his country would stand "shoulder to shoulder" with South Korea and stage joint military exercises in response to 'a provocative, outrageous attack' by North Korea on its neighbor. ANI

Bush pardoned fraudster and then became first US president to revoke it
Former US president George W. Bush's claim in his autobiography "Decision Points" that he resolved not to pardon anyone who went outside the formal channels, has been exposed as a lie. ANI

Oz man pops the question in most hi-tech marriage proposal Down Under
A Sydney man went to great lengths to propose marriage to his girlfriend by spending thousands of dollars and using a custom-built iPhone app. ANI

4 out of 5 so-called Brit Neets are 'fit to work but choose to claim benefits'
A survey has found that four out of five Neets, youngsters in Britain, who are not in education, employment or training, are capable of working but claim benefits instead. ANI

Kayani orders probe into multi-billion rupee NLC scam implicating army officers
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has ordered a high-level inquiry into the charges of massive financial irregularities in the National Logistics Cell (NLC). ANI

US couple behind birthornot.com are Internet fraudsters
The US couple, who started the website birthornot.com, on which they claim to be torn about aborting or keeping their healthy baby boy, have been revealed to be Internet fraudsters. ANI

Oz MP condemns 'Be a man and... Hold Your Load!' billboard
A sexual health company's billboard stating "Be a man and... Hold Your Load!" has become the centre of a controversy after a federal MP condemned it as being offensive. ANI

Ahmadinejad adviser says US sanctions against Iran have failed
A key adviser of Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that the sanctions spearheaded by the United States against his country have failed to have an impact. ANI

Pak will pay "heavy price" over failure to meet international commitments: Finance Min
Pakistan would be required to pay a "heavy price" for failing to meet international commitments, Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh said on Tuesday. ANI

Brit woman didn't know she was pregnant until baby arrived in the bath!
A 25-year-old nursery nurse in Liverpool got the shock of her life when she gave birth in the bath - because she didn't even know she was pregnant. ANI

Benazir 'betrayed by own party' more than Musharraf over assassination probe: Pak editorial
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Killing of missing Baloch persons during Eid "unreservedly condemnable": HRCP
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called the killing of six missing persons, whose bullet-riddled bodies were found from different parts of Balochistan during the Eid festival, "appalling and unreservedly condemnable." ANI

Ancient Egyptian temple sits submerged in sewage
An ancient Egyptian temple of Ptah, located in the village of Meet Rahina near Memphis, just south of Cairo, now sits in stinking effluent.he temple, built during the reign of Ramesses II (1279 BC - 1213 BC) and once a major tourist attraction, now serves as a home for stray dogs, reports Almasry Alyoum. ANI

Birth of baby on German pavement captured on Google Street View
Google Street View has apparently captured the birth of a child on a German footpath, but some users say that it is almost certainly a hoax. ANI

Mother abandons baby girl on the street in China because she's blonde
A newborn baby was abandoned on the street in China by her mother - because the little girl was blonde. ANI

How Thanksgiving is a battle for your pearly whites!
Thanksgiving is usually a time for cheer and good food and wine, but it could be a trying time for your teeth. ANI

Will-Kat to wed on the same day as Hitler and Eva!
Kate Middleton and Prince Williams will share their wedding anniversary with Hitler. ANI

10 tips to keep your healthy habits intact during holidays
Dreading the holiday season, as it would crash your plans to maintain a healthy diet? Well, you don't have to worry, for an expert has come up with a few tips to help you keep healthy habits intact during this time of the year. ANI

Oz women increasingly putting off motherhood until their late 30s
A new report has revealed that Australian women are increasingly putting off motherhood until well into their 30s because of economic pressures and technology that helps to slow a ticking biological clock. ANI

Couple called Wills, Kate getting married on the same day as Royal pair
A couple named Wills and Kate are tying the knot on the same day as the Royal pair. ANI

German pensioner catches world record halibut weighing over 34 stone
A German pensioner has managed to reel in a halibut that weighed more than 34 stone, smashing a previous world record. ANI

Sarah Palin outrages US animal rights group by clubbing fish to death
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has come under fire after she was filmed clubbing a fish to death, then holding its still-beating heart in her hands for television cameras. ANI

Pak must repeal 'abominable' Blasphemy Law to stop abuse in name of religion: HRW
The Pakistan government should immediately introduce a legislation to repeal the country's Blasphemy Law, an independent organization dedicated to defending human rights has said. ANI

Jemima Khan sorry over Middleton does not have 'heir-bearing hips' remark
Socialite Jemima Khan has received intense criticism after she posted a Twitter message saying that bride-to-be Kate Middleton does not have "heir-bearing" hips. ANI

Why people hate new TSA screenings
The Transportation Security Administration's new airport screening procedures have received intense criticism over the last few days, with some calling it an invasion of privacy. ANI

100 members of the public to 'win' seats at Royal wedding
Prince William and Kate Middleton will hold a Willy Wonka-style "Golden Ticket" draw to invite members of the public to their April 29 wedding. ANI

Scanning trials at Oz airports could end liquid ban
The latest airport security technology being trialled at Australian airports could open the door for passengers to bring oversized liquid containers onboard international flights again. ANI

French granny rescued after getting stuck in loo for 3 weeks
A French pensioner who was locked in her own bathroom for three weeks has been freed by the police. ANI

'Public places in Sindh under grave threat of terrorist attacks'
Sindh Home Minister Zulfikhar Mirza has hinted that government buildings, hospitals, the assembly and other important places in the Pakistani province are under the threat of terror attacks. ANI

'Zia's remnants trying to malign Zardari, children by using Benazir banner': PPP
The remnants of former Pakistan President General Zia ul Haq are once again trying to create chaos within the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) as President Asif Ali Zardari is trying to fulfil the dreams of assassinated leader Benazir Bhutto, a Bilawal House spokesman has stated in a press release issued on Tuesday. ANI

Zardari-Gilani-Kayani troika for delay in NW operation despite commitment to US
This is not the right time for Pakistan to open another warfront, be that North Waziristan, the troika of President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, and Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani reportedly decided in a meeting held at the Presidency on Tuesday. ANI

Cambridge student braves the cold to bare all in a field for newspaper
A Cambridge student has braved the cold to pose semi nude for student newspaper Varsity. ANI

Housekeeper put foetus in jar, not Barbara Bush
During a recent interview, Barbara Bush dispelled George W. Bush's notion that it was she who showed him a foetus in a jar after her miscarriage. ANI

Hindus want Newsweek's latest issue showing Obama as Nataraja banned
The Malaysia Hindu Sangam, an NGO, has asked the Government to ban the latest issue of Newsweek showing US President Barack Obama as Nataraja (Lord Shiva) with the caption "God of All Things". ANI

IAS urges Pope to strongly support condom use
Following Pope's comments that condom use could, in specific circumstances, be acceptable, the International AIDS Society (IAS) has urged him and the Catholic Church to come out clearly and strongly in support of all evidence-based methods of HIV prevention, including condom use. ANI

Hungary to hold beauty pageant for cosmetically enhanced contestants
While most beauty pageants insist competitors should have natural looks, a special competition however is insisting on its beauties being ones who have undergone plastic surgery. ANI

Doll that jiggles br**ts when bra is taken off a hit in Malaysian market
A doll that jiggles its br**ts when its bra is taken off is said to be attracting a lot of attention and customers at a market in Wang Kelian, Perlis. ANI

Influential climate change report 'derived from Wikipedia'
Research questioning the validity of global warming was allegedly lifted from Wikipedia and textbooks, it has emerged. ANI

Saudi employer accused of hacking off Indonesian maid's lips
Shocking photographs of a young Indonesian woman lying in a Saudi Arabian hospital with her head bandaged, her lips cut off, burns all over body and broken bones, has created an uproar in her home country. ANI

Pak religious parties say pardoning blasphemy accused Christian woman 'unIslamic'
Religious parties in Pakistan have come down heavily on the PPP-led government, especially Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, for their 'anti-Islamic' attempts to pardon and exile blasphemy convict Asia Bibi to the United States, and demanded Taseer be immediately dismissed as governor, and punished in accordance with the law. ANI

Brit mayor faces calls to resign after Hitler comments
A mayor has sparked outrage by allegedly referring to Adolf Hitler in a discussion on travellers. ANI

'Sarah Palin's Alaska' ratings drop
Ratings for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's new reality show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska", reportedly plummeted for the second episode. ANI

Kate Middleton's parents offer £100K towards Royal wedding
Kate Middleton's parents have offered 100,000 pounds towards their daughter's fairytale wedding with Prince William, it has emerged. ANI

Southampton Varsity creates online map of maternal health to inform,influence world leaders
Researchers at the University of Southampton have helped construct an online interactive world map which gives stark facts and figures about the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and following the birth of their child. ANI

Pentagon report says violence in Afghanistan is at an all-time high
Violence in Afghanistan has reached an all-time high, with clashes up fourfold since 2007, the Pentagon has said. ANI

N. Korea attack: US weighing options, likely to ask China to act
Top national security aides of President Barack Obama have said the United States Government is weighing all options, including pressing China to put pressure on the North Korean regime to cease hostilities against neighbouring South Korea. ANI

29 trapped Kiwi miners feared dead after second blast at mine
All 29 miners trapped in the Pike River Coal Mine are feared dead after a "horrific" second explosion this afternoon. ANI

JUI-F chief Fazl 'shocked' at 'friend' Burney's terror-allegiance' allegations
Responding to former Pakistan minister Ansar Burney's call for banning the entry of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazl -ur-Rehman in the United Kingdom, the latter has said that he was in complete shock to hear about Burney's allegations as he always considered him as his friend. ANI

Royal wedding 'will cost economy 5bn pounds'
The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will cost the country's economy 5 billion pounds by creating consecutive four-day weekends in April, according to businesses. ANI

Millions to celebrate 'People's Royal Wedding' on April 29!
Prince William and Kate Middleton will tie the knot on April 29 this year, and millions of people will be invited to celebrate the 'People's Royal Wedding'. ANI

Drone or chopper strikes will not be allowed in Pak: Chief of Naval Staff
Drone or helicopter attacks inside Pakistan's territory will not be allowed, as that would be an attack on the country's sovereignty, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir has said, according to a TV channel. ANI

NATO choppers violate Pak airspace again
Two NATO helicopters again violated Pakistan's airspace in Khyber Agency, a TV channel reported on Tuesday. ANI

Women as well as men can use condoms to stop HIV: Vatican
The Pope Benedict XVI has suggested that condoms may be used by both men and women, as it is lesser evil than transmitting HIV to partner. ANI

Grab a 16 Pounds copy of Kate Middleton's £399 engagement dress!
Kate Middleton's engagement dress worth 399 pounds flew off the shelves last week within hours of her appearance, but for those still looking - copies of her outfit are now available and will cost you just 16 pounds. ANI

UK bishop suspended after William, Kate marriage slur
A bishop who suggested that Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage will fall apart after seven years has been suspended from duty. ANI

WNS Inaugurates New European Headquarters in London
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, inaugurated its new European Headquarters in London, on 17 Nov. 2010, to support its rapid expansion in the region. Group CEO, Keshav R Business Wire India

Outsource Partners International Launches “OPInvoice” A Complete Source-to-Pay Solution
Outsource Partners International, Inc. (OPI), a leading provider of finance & accounting business process outsourcing, analytics, and related consulting & advisory services, announced the launch of OPInvoice, an on-demand end-to-end solution for purchasing, payables and payments Business Wire India

TV Energy Regulations Drive Continued Industry Support for 3M Dual Brightness Enhancement Films in LCD TVs
TV manufacturers are continuously seeking ways to differentiate their low power technology solutions, without sacrificing visible display quality. TV sizes are getting larger, and TV usage is on the rise, with consumers watching more television, DVDs and playing video games. As a result, energy consumption has gone up dramatically Business Wire India

Analog Devices Wins MEMS Microphone Patent Case
Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications, announced today that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled decisively against Knowles Electronics. Administrative Law Judge Robert K. Rogers, Jr. concluded that Knowles’ patents were invalid Business Wire India

Visa Offering International Online Shopping Solutions for Consumers This Holiday Season to Access the Global Brands They Love
Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) has announced a series of promotions with two online shopping services - Borderlinx in 12 countries around the world and SkyBOX in more than 40 countries in Latin America - making it easier for Visa cardholders to shop on the internet for items from the United States this holiday season. Business Wire India

Nike Selects “The Chance” Final 100 in Global Search for Elite Football Players
NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) announced the final 100 players participating in “The Chance,” a global search for elite amateur players to join the Nike Academy, a high performance program supported by the Premier League in England. Business Wire India

Motorola Solutions and Kopin Corporation Announce Agreement to Develop Hands-Free Wireless Computing Headset
The Motorola Solutions business of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Kopin Corporation (Nasdaq: KOPN) to develop a hands-free computer and communications headset Business Wire India

Gavilon Announces Expansion Plans in China
Gavilon, LLC has announced plans to expand its business in China to support the company’s grain-trade initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region Business Wire India

Administrative Law Judge Rules in Favor of Knowles on the Issue of Patent Infringement by Analog Devices, Inc.
Judge Rogers of the International Trade Commission issued his Initial Determination holding that certain MEMS microphone products of Analog Devices are covered by the language of Knowles’ U.S. Patents 6,781,231 and 7,242,089, ruling against Analog Devices on the issue of infringement. Business Wire India

Dresser Consolidated® Selected as Main Steam Safety Valve Supplier for Westinghouse AP1000™ Nuclear Reactors
Dresser Consolidated® has announced it has been chosen by Westinghouse Electric Company LLC as the main steam safety valve supplier for four of the company’s AP1000™ pressurized water reactors (PWR) in the United States. Business Wire India

Merck Serono: ASCO Highlights Erbitux Research as Major Advance for Third Year in a Row
For the third year in a row, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has included Erbitux® (cetuximab) research in its annual report, Clinical Cancer Advances, which features the most significant studies of 2010 Business Wire India

Sitel Expands Call Center Footprint in Nicaragua
Sitel, a leading global business process outsourcing (BPO) provider, today announced that it is opening an additional call center in Managua, Nicaragua to serve English and Spanish-speaking U.S. consumers Business Wire India

Bombay Sapphire® - World’s Top Valued Premium Gin for the Second Year Running
Bombay Sapphire gin, the fastest growing of the major premium gin brands, is the world’s number one premium gin by value for a second consecutive year. Bombay Sapphire has increased its share by value within the premium gin category from an impressive 31.7 percent to an even more remarkable 32 Business Wire India

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