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High time to hold Pak intelligence agencies accountable for their crimes: Editorial
Lack of transparency has made Pakistan's intelligence agencies feel that they are above the law, an editorial in a leading Pakistan newspaper has said. ANI

OZ voters angry with Gillard, want new election
Australian voters are angry with Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and are in favour of another election, even if it meant another campaign and more cost to the taxpayer, according to the Ipsos Mackay Mind and Mood October report. ANI

Pak Ahmadi man forcibly exhumed from Muslim graveyard in Punjab province
Pakistan Police have reportedly forced a family of the Ahmadi sect to exhume the body of a relative because it was buried in a Muslim graveyard. ANI

Pak's 260 billion dollar gold mines being negotiated behind closed doors?
Corporate bosses and lobbyists of two of the world's largest gold mining groups have reportedly been meeting Pakistani officials including President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to negotiate decisions regarding the 260 billion dollar gold and copper treasures found in Balochistan. ANI

Indian starlet returns home to Malaysia to celebrate Deepavali
Actress Shantini Theva, who is the rising star of several south Indian movies, has returned to her hometown of Banting in Malaysia to celebrate Deepavali. ANI

China won't significantly cut rare earth exports next year
Yao Jian, spokesman of China's Ministry of Commerce, has said that the country will reduce its rare earth export quotas next year, but not by a very large margin. ANI

77-year-old Spanish granny is world's oldest skydiver!
A Spanish woman has become the world's oldest professional freestyle parachute jumper at the age of 77, having jumped 903 times in her life so far. ANI

Female worker claims American Airlines staff grabbed her breasts
An American Airlines staffer has filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that co-workers, and even bosses, grabbed her br**ts and made lewd comments. ANI

Chateau Lafite-Rothschild vintage wine sold for a record 147,020 pounds
An 1869 vintage wine of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild was recently sold at auction in Hong Kong for a record 147,020 pounds, leading experts to warn that fine wines could soon become unaffordable. ANI

Afghan Government falling short of filling key Kandahar positions
The Afghan government has failed to fill dozens of key positions in Kandahar, leaving an ineffectual local administration that U.S. officials fear will cripple the battlefield progress the military says it is making in the Taliban stronghold. ANI

China rejects US' offer to host trilateral talks with Japan over Diaoyu Islands
Beijing has rejected America's offer to host trilateral talks with China and Japan over the Diaoyu Islands. ANI

British MPs cast doubts on efficacy of immigration cap
British MPs have warned that the government would struggle to achieve its aim of limiting net migration to the UK to "tens of thousands" in five years, and added that it could "hamper businesses and prevent top-class international professionals from coming to the UK." ANI

Rehman Malik backs ruling PPP to complete five-year term
The Pakistan People's Party government would complete its five-year constitutional term, Interior Minister Rehman Malik. ANI

Palin says "sleazy" old boys club Republicans are out to get her
After a Politico report claimed that top GOP operatives in Washington want to stop her from winning the presidential nomination out of a fear that she would lose badly in the general elections in 2012, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has said that "sleazy" establishment Republicans are out to get her. ANI

Backing Nobel laureate Grass's call, Hindus ask Germany to stop deporting Roma children
Hindus have expressed shock at reported German policy of deporting Roma children who were born in Germany, and have supported Nobel laureate Gunter Grass who has reportedly accused Germany of an appalling breach of human rights on Roma deportations to Kosovo. ANI

Yemen charges US-born radical cleric Al-Awlaki for first time
Facing intense U.S. pressure to crack down on al-Qaida, Yemen has reportedly put an American-born radical cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, on trial in absentia on Tuesday on charges of plotting to kill foreigners and being a member of the terrorist group. ANI

Canada condemns Iran for planning Iranian woman's execution
The Canadian government is "deeply troubled" by reports that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning could be executed as early as Wednesday, and added that that her planned execution is "completely out of line." ANI

Pak to lose international funding if power sector not reformed, warns IMF
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned Pakistan of an aid cut-off if the country fails to come up with a credible and irreversible plan to implement power sector reforms. ANI

US in process of setting up a very successful India visit by President Obama
The United States is in the process of setting up a very successful visit to India by President Barack Obama. ANI

Pak opposition leader hints at 'in-house change' to topple PPP government
Opposition leader in the Pakistan National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, has now said that an "in-house change" could be the third option to get rid of the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government. ANI

New Barbie with hidden camera branded a "gift to paedophiles"
Child protection experts have branded a new Barbie doll that features a hidden camera and costs 59.99 pounds as a "gift to paedophiles". ANI

Emu's 30kmh Road Runner dash makes constable feel like Wile E Coyote
An Emu that escaped from a farm in New Zealand is said to have run at speeds of 30kmh chasing children before being apprehended. ANI

India baiter Dan Burton all set to head S. Asia sub-committee in US Congress
Leading India baiter Dan Burton, the U.S. Republican Representative for Indiana's 5th congressional district, is all set to become the chairman of the House Sub-Committee of the on the Middle East and South Asia of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. ANI

Bomb blast damages railway track in Pakistan
A powerful blast has partially damaged a railway track and affected train service in Nawabshah city in Pakistan's Sindh province on Wednesday. ANI

Christina Aguilera 'rakes in roughly 1,000,000 dlrs for Halloween gig'
Christina Aguilera was busy working during the Halloween weekend, but her efforts seem to have paid off. ANI

Bush almost dumped "Darth Vader of administration" Cheney as running mate
Former US President George W Bush has revealed in his memoir "Decision Points" that he considered dumping Vice President Dick Cheney, who was considered as the "Darth Vader of the administration," from his 2004 re-election to dispel the myths about Cheney's power in the White House and "demonstrate that I was in charge." ANI

Bush had 'sickening feeling' over failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
Former US President George W Bush has revealed in his memoir "Decision Points" that he still has "a sickening feeling" about the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. ANI

Romanian girl aged 10 gives birth to healthy baby in Spain
A ten-year-old Romanian girl has become one of the world's youngest mothers after she gave birth to a baby in a hospital in Spain. ANI

Republicans capture control of House of Representatives, but not the Senate
President Barack Obama was given a stern message by the American people on Tuesday when the Republicans,riding a wave of voter discontent, captured control of the House of Representatives, but fell short of capturing control of the U.S. Senate. ANI

Pak airports on high terror alert following foiled Al-Qaeda parcel bomb plot
The Pakistan government has reportedly issued a 'high terror alert' at all international airports in the country after the alleged Al-Qaeda plot of parcel bombs on two United States-bound flights was foiled by intelligence agencies. ANI

Sarah Palin 'not qualified' to be the next US President: Levi Johnston
Levi Johnston has once again targeted Sarah Palin, saying he believes that the former Alaska governor is 'not qualified' to be the next President of the United States of America. ANI

NATO helicopters violate Pak airspace yet again despite formal apology
Despite assuring Pakistan of stopping further intrusions into its territory, NATO aircraft once again breached the country's airspace close to the Afghan border. ANI

Sarkozy stops of short of committing French help to UK over Falklands
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has ducked out of vowing to send in a French aircraft carrier if Britain needs its to defend the Falklands. ANI

South African pastor sparks outrage with 'Jesus was HIV-positive' claim
A South African pastor has sparked anger with a bizarre claim that Jesus Christ was HIV-positive. ANI

Democratic Party likely to retain control of US Senate
The Democratic Party is likely to retain control of the Senate, the upper house of the bicameral legislature of the country, after claiming victories in key states. ANI

Nikki Haley wins Republican nomination for governor of South Carolina
Indian-origin woman Nikki Haley has won the Republican nomination for governor of South Carolina, a commanding victory that places her within one step of being elected this fall as the state's first female governor. ANI

Republican party takes control of US House of Representatives
The United States' Republican party have picked up enough seats to gain a majority in the House of Representatives, one of the two Houses of the US Congress, on Tuesday. ANI

It's better to be passionate about girls than be gay, says Berlusconi
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has hit back at his opponents over the latest scandal involving Moroccan belly dancer Karima Keyek. ANI

AGCO Grows Harvesting Business with Acquisition of Remaining Share of Laverda S.p.A
AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, today announced that it has agreed to acquire the remaining 50% stake in Laverda S.p.A from the Italian ARGO Group for €65 million Business Wire India

IHS Global Insight Names Rajiv Biswas Chief Asia Economist
IHS Global Insight, the recognized leader in providing the most comprehensive global economic information, analysis and consulting services around the world, has named Asia-Pacific expert Rajiv Biswas its Asia Chief Economist. Business Wire India

Huber Receives Approval to Produce Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients
Huber Engineered Materials, a division of the J.M. Huber Corporation, has received approval for its Health & Nutrition business to begin producing active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), such as calcium carbonate granulation for use in the manufacturing of antacids and other pharma applications. Business Wire India

National Geographic presents Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology: The Exhibition
For the past thirty years, audiences around the world have followed Indiana Jones on his quests for treasure, adventure, fortune and glory. And now, Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology, a redefined modern exhibition experience, is coming to a museum near you. This innovative exhibition,made possible by Lucasfilm Ltd Business Wire India

univadis® and The Lancet Announce New Partnership
MSD (known as Merck in the United States and Canada) is pleased to announce an exciting and exclusive new partnership between univadis® – (MSD's medical education and unbiased health information website) and The Lancet – (one of the world's leading independent general medical journals) Business Wire India

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