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Krishna hopeful about taking India-Sri Lanka bilateral talks forward
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday said that he was looking forward to his four-day visit to Sri Lanka and expressed hope about taking bilateral ties between the countries forward. ANI

S.M. Krishna in Colombo for bilateral talks
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna arrived in Colombo on a four-day visit on Thursday evening to hold bilateral talks with the Sri Lankan leadership. ANI

Trade, FDI will be cornerstone of India-UAE ties: Patil
Lauding the trading communities of India and the UAE for their role in making the two countries leading trade partners over the last four decades, visiting Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Thursday said that in the evolving global scenario, trade, commerce and foreign direct investment would be the cornerstone of India-UAE ties in the 21st century. ANI

Afghan-bound NATO supply convoys caused 82bn-rupee damage to Pak roads: Minister
The supply convoys for NATO in Afghanistan have caused around 82 billion dollars worth of damage to Pakistan's communication network, Communications Minister Arbab Alamgir has said. ANI

Rapist cop in UK finally jailed after attacking 30 women during 5-year reign
A rapist policeman in Britain has finally been jailed after he attacked up to 30 women during a five-year reign of terror. ANI

Six-ton Chinese "pearl" is world's biggest and costs 88m pounds
A huge luminous Chinese pearl weighing six tons and standing 5ft tall has been priced at 88 million pounds. ANI

Housing officials in UK ban welcome mats over health and safety fears
Health and safety officials in Britain have ordered the removal of welcome mats in communal areas because they are deemed to be a "fire risk". ANI

Russian summit sees 13 countries agreeing to double tiger numbers
At a summit held in St Petersburg, Russia, the government of 13 countries where tigers still live have endorsed a plan to save the big cats from extinction. ANI

Welsh woman owes 11,000 pounds for 160 parking tickets
A woman from Wales owes 11,000 pounds after she was slapped with fines 160 times for illegal parking outside her home. ANI

US man strips to underwear in protest of airport security screening
A New York man arrived at the LaGuardia airport wearing only his underwear, as a protest against the see-all body scanners and intrusive pat-downs. ANI

Pak's Blasphemy Law not applicable to non-Muslims, women: Supreme Court lawyer
Pakistan's Blasphemy Law does not apply to non-Muslims and women, and thus capital punishment under this law cannot be accorded to them, states a petition, which is likely to be filed in the Federal Shariat Court on Friday. ANI

Explosives "being transported from Afghanistan to Pak" for terror attacks: Malik
The explosives used in bomb attacks on Pakistani territory are being smuggled from Afghanistan, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

McDonald's introducing own degree for managers in UK
Fast food chain McDonald's is unveiling a foundation degree for its restaurant bosses in the UK. ANI

Rich, college educated Republicans likely to give Palin limited support
Plenty of well-to-do and well-educated voters are unlikely to support or give limited support to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin should she decide to run for president in 2012. ANI

Home-made stun guns built from cameras hit Oz streets
Home-made stun guns made from disposable cameras using instructions from the Internet are becoming increasingly common in Australia. ANI

Pak intelligence agencies can't be made respondents in constitutional plea: Spy chiefs
The intelligence agencies of Pakistan cannot be made respondents in constitutional petitions, the heads of these agencies have said. ANI

'Zardari to issue pardon or grant clemency to blasphemy convict Pak-Christian woman'
Aasia Bibi, the Pakistani-Christian woman sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy, will be granted a presidential pardon or clemency, an aide to President Asif Ali Zardari has said. ANI

Oz woman survives after being run over by own car twice
An Australian woman is reported to be in a serious but stable condition after she was run over by her own car twice. ANI

UK-based Taliban spend months fighting Nato forces in Afghanistan
British-based men of Afghan origin are spending months in Afghanistan fighting NATO forces before returning to the UK. ANI

Lazy Ferrer mastered tennis only after 'two by two metres dark room lock up' by coach!
Spanish tennis star David Ferrer's tough upbringing is set to ensure that he gives World No. 5 Andy Murray one hell of a battle when they face each other in the round-robin stages of the World Tour Finals in London. ANI

US to send aircraft carrier to Korean Peninsula waters
The United States has decided to send the aircraft carrier "George Washington" into the waters off the Korean Peninsula, besides other vessels as a warning to North Korea to cease further hostilities against South Korea. ANI

Patil inaugurates trade centre, asks UAE to join India's second Green Revolution
To make businessmen reach out to the lucrative Gulf region, visiting Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Thursday inaugurated the India Trade and Exhibition Centre (ITEC), and asked the United Arab Emirates to join India's second Green revolution so that both countries could progress together. ANI

Kate Middleton's parents will become 'royal in-laws' post wedding
Prince William has insisted that Kate Middleton's family will not be ignored when she becomes a princess next year. ANI

Obama doesn't think about Sarah Palin
US President Barack Obama, who was asked whether he thought he could beat Sarah Palin in the 2012 election, said he isn't thinking about the Tea Party darling these days. ANI

Meeting between Zardari, Nawaz expected soon: Raja Riaz
The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) will continue its policy of reconciliation, and a meeting between PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and President Asif Ali Zardari is expected soon, senior Punjab Minister Raja Riaz has said. ANI

Guns N' Roses files $20m lawsuit against 'Guitar Hero' makers
Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose has sued Activision Blizzard, the developer of video game Guitar Hero III, over a cartoon depiction of ex-bandmate Slash on the front cover. ANI

'Brit forces forcing Taliban to negotiation table through precision strikes'
An unprecedented level of "precision strikes" by British forces against Taliban leaders in Afghanistan is driving the insurgents to the negotiating table, Commander Task Force Helmand Brigadier James Chiswell has said. ANI

Russian secret service behind 1996 murder of six Red Cross nurses in Chechnya: Ex-agent
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) was responsible for murdering six Red Cross nurses in Chechnya in 1996, a former agent of the secret service unit has claimed. ANI

Pak security agencies carrying out abductions, killings in Balochistan: Chief Minister
Pakistan's security agencies are involved in extrajudicial killings in Balochistan, the province's chief minister, Sardar Aslam Raisani, has said. ANI

Wikileaks release will put lives at risk, damage US security
The plan by whistleblower website Wikileaks to release millions more classified US documents will put lives at risk and damage national security, the US State Department has warned. ANI

Terrorists could use Stuxnet Super Virus, warn cyber security experts
The Stuxnet super virus which disrupted Iran's nuclear programme earlier this year has been traded on the black market and could be used by terrorists, senior cyber-security figures have warned. ANI

Rehman Malik denies flood aid corruption
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has defended the way his country's government has distributed millions of dollars of flood relief. ANI

China devoted to maintaining peace on Korean Peninsula: Chinese Premier
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has said that his country is devoted to maintaining peace on the Korean Peninsula and opposed any military provocations. ANI

Regulator says Internet offers Chinese an avenue to express themselves
The Internet has become an increasingly important platform for the Chinese to express opinions on government policies and social issues, a senior Internet regulator has said. ANI

Call to try women, child sexual abuse cases in Pak in Anti-Terrorism Courts
Cases of women and child sexual abuse in Pakistan should be registered under the country's Anti-Terrorism Act, and tried in the Anti-Terrorism Courts (ATCs), Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Information and Archives, Sharmila Farooqui, has said. ANI

Global solo sailor Watson banned from Sydney to Hobart race due to age
Jessica Watson, who sailed solo around the world, has been banned from participating in this year's Sydney to Hobart race because of her age. ANI

Prince Harry's ex calls royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton to wish her luck
Prince Harry's ex girlfriend Chelsy Davy recently called bride-to-be Kate Middleton to wish her luck on her engagement with Price William and becoming a Royal. ANI

Sarah Palin refers to Bush family as 'blue-bloods'
In an interview, Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has dismissed the criticism of former First Lady Barbara Bush, who recently said that Palin stay in Alaska rather than run for president, referring to the Bush family as "blue-bloods." ANI

Oz woman pleads guilty to having s*x with 14-year-old boy
A 24-year-old Australian woman has pleaded guilty to sleeping with 14-year-old boy she was meant to be driving to school. ANI

Brit student says Indian-origin teacher begged for threesome with his pal
A 16-year-old Brit student, who was seduced by a female teacher, has told of her 'insatiable' appetite for s*x and how she begged for threesome with his pal. ANI

VS Naipaul pulls out of international writers' conference over Islam row
Trinidadian writer of Indian descent VS Naipaul has pulled out of an international writers' conference in Istanbul over objections to his previous criticism of Islam. ANI

Yet another gaffe: Sarah Palin refers to North Korea as "America's ally"
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's political skills have once again come under the scanner after she referred to North Korea as being "America's ally". ANI

Air Force One costs a staggering $181K to run every hour
The US military has provided an updated estimate on the cost of running Air Force One and the amount is a staggering 181,757 dollars per hour. ANI

Pak Army has allowed US military presence in Quetta: Pentagon report
Pakistan has allowed the United States military and its coalition partners in Afghanistan to maintain a presence in Quetta, Balochistan, the US Department of Defence told Congress in a report. ANI

Bangladeshi man in UAE lashed 100 times for s*x with Filipina maid
A Bangladeshi man in UAE has been lashed 100 times for indulging in unlawful s*x with his Flippina maid. ANI

Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkeys 'Apple' and 'Cider'
US President Barack Obama has pardoned Thanksgiving turkeys 'Apple' and 'Cider', but the two won't be making the traditional trip to Disney Land. ANI

US blacklists Pak charity foundation as "alias" of banned terrorist group LeT
The United States has added Pakistan's Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation, a charity group closely associated with banned terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, to its official list of blacklisted terror organisations. ANI

Pak likely to pull plug on CIA-operated drone strikes in N.Waziristan region
In a major policy shift, Pakistan is likely to say 'No' to the United States over its CIA-operated drone strikes in the North Waziristan Agency, thus bringing an end to the policy of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. ANI

Jindal wants Congressmen to stay out of Washington for more common sense governance
Louisiana's Indian-origin Governor Bobby Jindal wants members of Congress to stay out of Washington D.C. and be home more often. ANI

Two planes involved in near collision over Mildura in 2009
Two passenger planes with 443 people on board were involved in a near miss over the outskirts of Mildura outskirts last year after an air traffic controller failed to notice they were on a collision course. ANI

Asian gang of 'sexual predators' in UK raped girls as young as 12
An Asian gang of 'sexual predators' in Britain raped girls as young as 12 after picking them up from the streets. ANI

50pc of Brit men are bedroom flops
A new British survey has revealed that one in two men is affected by impotence at some point in their lives, with alcohol to blame more often than not. ANI

Zimbabwe recalls envoy to Australia over stripping, diamond smuggling charges
Zimbabwe's Ambassador to Australia, Jacqueline Zwambila, has been recalled to Harare following allegations of stripping and diamond smuggling orchestrated by Robert Mugabe. ANI

Argentina's 'Fritzl' arrested after fathering 10 kids with own daughter
In a case likened to that of 'dungeon dad' Josef Fritzl in Austria, a 62-year-old Argentinian man has been arrested for raping his own daughter over a 30-year period and fathering 10 children with her. ANI

Google Street View's 'pavement birth' in Berlin image exposed as fake
The alleged birth on a pavement in Germany captured by Google Street View has been deleted from the site after the image was exposed as fake. ANI

Indian-origin Kiwi resident stuffs toddler in washer after double murder
An Indian-origin New Zealand man has admitted stabbing a two-year-old toddler 10 times, stuffing her body in a washing machine and turning the machine on, only minutes after killing her mother. ANI

Pak govt won't seek Musharraf's extradition through Interpol: PPP
The Pakistan government may include former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in the investigation of former premier Benazir Bhutto's assassination case, but will not go to the extent of seeking his deportation through Interpol, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has said. ANI

Kate's 'œ100K' see-through black dress won William over!
Kate Middleton has her see-through black dress to thank for catching Prince William's eye and winning him over. ANI

NXP and Gemalto Sign Licensing Agreement for Adding MIFARE to UICC Cards
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq: NXPI) and Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announced a global strategic licensing agreement for NXP’s MIFARE™ technology, enabling Gemalto to integrate MIFARE into its UICC cards Business Wire India

ConvaTec Healthcare Announces Refinancing
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Weir to Form Chinese JV Focused on Shale Gas
The Weir Group PLC and Shengli Oilfield Highland Petroleum Equipment Co. Ltd. (“Highland”) announce the formation of a joint venture to provide high-pressure well service pumps and related flow control equipment to the developing shale gas industry in China. Business Wire India

MEDIA ADVISORY: Businesses Join Together to Drive Global Climate Protection at COP16
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President of Iceland Visits IRENA Headquarters in Abu Dhabi
The President of Iceland, HE Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson met with Interim Director General ag. of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Mr. Adnan Amin, on the sidelines of the President's visit to Abu Dhabi on Monday. Business Wire India

Daimler Selects CAD-Software from Siemens as New Platform for Worldwide Car and Truck Development
With the decision for the NX CAD Software of Siemens, Daimler completes their current implementation of Teamcenter, the company’s product data management backbone Business Wire India

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