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Americans back US military's 'don't ask' repeal: Poll
A majority of 58 percent Americans support allowing gays to serve openly in the military, suggesting that they would favour repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, according to a new poll. ANI

Federal judge rules against 'Sharia law' restrictions in Oklahoma Constitution
An Oklahoma City federal judge has struck down a constitutional amendment aimed at restricting judges from considering Islamic 'Sharia law' while making a judgement in the United States. ANI

Sherry Rehman submits bill for removing draconian provisions of Pak blasphemy law
Amid announcements by religious forces in Pakistan to resist any move to change its blasphemy laws, former information minister and Pakistan People's Party MNA Sherry Rehman has submitted a bill to the National Assembly Secretariat, seeking an end to the death penalty under the existing blasphemy laws. ANI

US says Pak must honour its commitment to IMF on new tax measures
The United States and donor agencies want Pakistan to honour its commitments on new tax measures, US Coordinator for Economic and Development Assistance to Pakistan, Robin Raphel, has said. ANI

How companies can perk up depressed workers during recession
Researchers in business and management have formulated a model of how employee engagement could change during an economic downturn. ANI

Saudi King's block-booking of entire VIP wing at NY hospital irks patients
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has courted controversy for the second time after it emerged that he has taken over the entire wing of a hospital to recover from back surgery. ANI

Your profession influences which drugs you use to get a high
An Oz expert has suggested that a person's job can influence their drug use. ANI

Berlusconi says he only throws 'dignified, elegant' parties
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was depicted by US diplomats as a man who attends "wild parties", has claimed that he only throws parties in a "proper, dignified and elegant way". ANI

TIP chief receives death threats from "high-level" Pak officials for monitoring US aid
Corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) has claimed that it is facing intimidation in Pakistan because of its agreement with the United States to monitor its increased aid flows to the country. ANI

Steak, spaghetti beat tikka masala to third place as UK's favourite food
A survey has found that steak and chips are the all time favourite dish of Briton's, beating spaghetti bolognese to second and chicken tikka masala to third place. ANI

UK teacher accused of underage s*x with 15-yr-old admits abducting him
A UK ballet teacher is likely to be jailed after she confessed abducting a 15-year-old boy with whom she had been accused of having a sexual relationship. ANI

Brit OAP posts winning £1m lotto ticket instead of calling lottery office!
A British pensioner, who won 1 million pounds, posted his winning lotto ticket to Camelot as a way of claiming the prize. ANI

Sarah Palin still keeps everyone guessing on 2012 presidential run
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's plans to run for the 2012 presidential elections are still under ambiguity. ANI

Meet the couple that has slept with 5485 people-to rid them of s*x woes!
For most couples, getting ready for work means a rushed breakfast, a swig of coffee but for this unusual couple it is about preparing themselves to sleep with someone else's husband or wife-only to solve their bedroom issues. ANI

Lazy lifestyles 'killing people'
Queensland authorities have said that it's high time that people realize their lazy lifestyles are killing them. ANI

Pak Minorities Minister pledges recovery of 31/2-year-old kidnapped Hindu girl
Pakistan's Minister for Minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, has taken notice of abduction of a minor girl belonging to the Hindu community, and pledged to get her released at the earliest. ANI

Woman hailed as best boss in US after firing herself to spare jobs of staff
A woman, who owns a small business in Florida, has been hailed as the best boss in America after she fired herself to avoid making one of her staff redundant. ANI

MoD bans women soldiers from fighting on frontline
The Ministry of Defence has come to the decision that women soldiers will not be allowed to fight on the frontline in battle. ANI

Lollipop man in UK told it's unsafe to escort school kids across road
A lollipop man in Britain has been banned from escorting school kids across a busy road because council health and safety officials feel it is "not safe" for him. ANI

Qaeda's sarcastic new American mouthpiece
U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki may rely on sermons to recruit jihadis, but his Yemen-based understudy, 24-year-old New York-raised Samir Khan, uses sarcasm and idiomatic English. ANI

The truth about royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton's engagement dress
Danella Helayel did not personally design Kate Middleton's engagement dress and she bought it off-the-peg, it has emerged. ANI

Pakistani arrested by UK police for sham marriage to Lithuanian woman
A 40-year-old Pakistani groom to be and his 45-year-old bride to be were arrested by UK border police on suspicion of conspiracy to breach immigration law. ANI

Brit-Indian bride's family 'excluding no one' from suspicion in Cape Town murder
The brother of Brit-Indian bride Anni Dewani, who was killed during her honeymoon trip in Cape Town earlier this month, has demanded justice saying that his family does not want to "exclude anyone at this point," as far as suspicion is concerned ANI

Mahatma Gandhi statues and busts popular worldwide
Slovenia is the latest country to acquire the statue of peace icon Mahatma Gandhi. ANI

Catholic University of America offers Hinduism courses
The Catholic University of America (CUA), national university of the Catholic Church in the United States located in Washington DC, is offering various Hinduism related classes. ANI

Singer Lisa Stansfield calls recent Roma expulsion from swathes of Europe as "Nazism"
Well-known British singer Lisa Stansfield says: "The recent expulsion of the Roma from swathes of Europe has echoes of Nazism". ANI

Rowan Somerville beats Alastair Campbell to win Bad Sex in Fiction Award
Irish author Rowan Somerville has landed this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. ANI

WikiLeaks spurned NYT, but Guardian leaked State Department cables to it
The U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks were leaked not by the New York Times this time, but the London-based Guardian newspaper. ANI

'Yes we can' approach 'can end racism'
A new study has suggested that a 'yes we can' approach can really bring about a change in ending racism. ANI

World's most expensive ale made with melted Antarctic ice
The creator of the world's most expensive ale has revealed that he brewed it using melted Antarctic ice. ANI

Oz man kills landlord, hacks off 'genitals to keep as souvenir'
A man in Australia killed his landlord and then hacked off his genitals also because he wanted to keep them as a souvenir. ANI

Christianity in Egypt started 200 years earlier than thought
Brigham Young University researchers have unearthed evidence that proves Christianity in Egypt started two centuries earlier than previously believed. ANI

Pak a 'private nightmare' that could see extremist takeover overnight: Obama on WikiLeaks
United States President Barack Obama considers Pakistan as his "private nightmare", suggesting that the US' front-line ally in the war against terrorism could surprise the whole world waking up one morning to hear that the country had been taken over by the extremists. ANI

No end in sight to Qantas' flight break down woes
Qantas has been forced into a controversy yet again after passengers were removed from one of its planes, bound for Sydney, this morning because it reportedly suffered a brake problem. ANI

Even birds have personalities
It is well known that animals have personalities, but it may come as a surprise to many to learn that birds also do. ANI

Bad back? Now, you can 'grow' a new spine!
Suffering from chronic back pain? Worry not, for you can now 'grow' a new spine, thanks to a revolutionary treatment. ANI

Cost-effective, life-saving intervention for severe childhood malaria
A new study has suggested that giving emergency artesunate suppositories to children with suspected severe malaria before referring them for treatment is a cost-effective intervention. ANI

Plants starting to bloom later on Tibetan Plateau due to climate change
Plants in the Tibetan Plateau have started to bloom later in spring, making the growing season shorter, due to climate change. ANI

IQ linked to quantity, not quality, of short-term memory
Ever wondered why is one person's IQ higher than another's? Well, a new research has answered this question. ANI

How animals handle fear to obtain food
Like humans, animals too are capable of making instinctive safety decisions and judge when is it safe to move out of their safety zones to get food, suggests a new study. ANI

How missing molecule distorts path of crucial s*x hormones
A new research suggests that a hormone responsible for the onset of puberty can end up stuck in the wrong part of the body if the nerve pathways responsible for its transport to the brain fail to develop properly. ANI

Soon, a 'USB' for medical diagnosis
UC Davis researchers have developed a plug-in interface for the microfluidic chips that will form the basis of the next generation of compact medical devices.hey hope that the "fit to flow" interface will become as ubiquitous as the USB interface for computer peripherals. ANI

Amazonian biodiversity much older than previously thought
A new study has suggested that the Amazonian biodiversity originated with the formation of the Andes-and dates back further than previously realised. ANI

New genomic technique sheds light on obesity gene variants
A new study has identified DNA variants in two nervous system genes that are associated with an excessively high BMI. ANI

Queen Arsinoe II ruled Egypt 200 yrs before Cleopatra
A Swedish thesis has suggested that Cleopatra was not ancient Egypt's only female pharaoh - Queen Arsinoe II came first, 200 years earlier. ANI

'Cuddle hormone' brings back childhood memories of mum's affections
The so-called 'cuddle hormone' oxytocin intensifies men's memories of their mother's affections during childhood, says a new study. ANI

Weight Watchers unveils revolutionary revamp of popular diet plan
The biggest news in the weight loss world is that Weight Watchers, the company that has helped millions of people lose those extra pounds, is changing its diet formula. ANI

Mystery of diamond's soft side solved
A German research has decoded the atomic mechanism behind diamond grinding, explaining how the hardest known material in the world can be machined. ANI

Confronting sexism may be 'antidote' for workplace distress
A new study has revealed that women who publicly confront instances of sexism in the workplace tend to feel more capable and competent in their jobs and about themselves in general. ANI

Binge-drinking culture 'creating a generation of angry young girls'
Experts have claimed that more and more girls are binge drinking and - tired of being regarded as the passive s*x - are emulating male behaviour. ANI

Wisecracking and fist-bumping Bush boasts of 600,000 Facebook friends!
After his grim stint in the White House for eight years, former US President George W. Bush in a clear departure from stereotypes, shamelessly peddled his book in a live chat and boasted of his 600,000 Facebook friends. ANI

Cinnamon can replace toxic chemicals used to create gold nanoparticles
A new study has found a method that could replace nearly all of the toxic chemicals required to make gold nanoparticles. The missing ingredient can be found in nearly every kitchen's spice cabinet - cinnamon. ANI

Soon, tech that would disable cell phones in cars for safety
In a bid to stop the growing number of deaths and injuries related to distracted driving, the U.S. Department of Transportation is reportedly considering adding technology to automobiles that would disable cell phones. ANI

Christopher Columbus was Polish, not Portuguese: Historian
A new book has suggested that the man credited with discovering America was actually the son of exiled Polish King Vladislav III and not the son of a humble craftsman from Italy. ANI

Bannu suicide bomber kills five including two policemen, scores injured
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has strongly condemned the bomb blast in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday which killed five people, including two policemen. ANI

Singapore nightspot condemned for free entry offer to those with condoms
A nightspot in Singapore has been condemned by health counsellors after it offered free entry to patrons who carried condoms with them. ANI

Brit-Asian BA worker accused of offering to become suicide bomber, spreading terror in UK
Rajib Karim, a Bangladeshi born British Airways computer expert who is alleged to have offered himself as a suicide bomber, has denied terrorism charges against him at an Old Bailey hearing today. ANI

Parkinson's drug side effects turns IT manager into s*x-crazed transvestite
A former IT manager has revealed how he became a s*x-crazed transvestite and spent thousands due to side-effects from Parkinson's disease medication. ANI

No attempt made to entrap potential Oregon Islamic bomber: FBI
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has dismissed speculation that FBI agents entrapped potential Oregon bomber Mohamed Osman Mohamud. ANI

Sri Lanka 'p*rn stars' arrested and bailed
Seven people in Sri Lanka have been arrested and bailed after being accused of appearing in locally made pornographic films, according to the country's police. ANI

Meet the man who goes temporarily blind every time he has sex
A man, whose identity could not be revealed, was forced to seek medical help after temporarily losing his sight every time he had s*x. ANI

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be charged under US Espionage Act
Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblower website 'WikiLeaks' that released thousands of US State Department's secret documents on Sunday, is under the scanner of investigators who are trying to figure out whether or not he had violated criminal laws, and could even be charged under the Espionage Act, according to sources familiar with the inquiry. ANI

Next target is big business and their corporate secrets: Wikileaks founder
Big business will be the next target of the whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. ANI

Pak captured Mulla Baradar to stop him from reconciling with Afghan govt: Wali Karzai
According to the latest revelations made by whistleblower website WikiLeaks, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, has charged that Pakistan detained Mulla Baradar and other Taliban leaders because they were prepared to discuss reintegration with the Afghan government. ANI

Clinton condemns WikiLeaks 'attack' as harmful for US foreign relations
The United States has intensified its efforts at damage control, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton calling the massive release not just a problem for American foreign policy but "an attack on the international community." ANI

Meet the US soldier behind WikiLeaks breach
It may not come across as an easy task to steal data and smuggle it out of U.S. army base on CDs and finally download onto a memory stick, but it was for the prime suspect of WikiLeaks breach. ANI

I stopped book from being leaked, but Obama can't stop Wikileaks' treasonous act: Palin
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has blasted US President Barack Obama for the failure of his administration to stop the latest WikiLeaks release. ANI

Gen Next of Chinese leaders comfortable with a reunited Korea
A new, younger generation of Chinese leaders "would be comfortable with a reunited Korea controlled by Seoul and anchored to the United States in a benign alliance," a diplomat has said. ANI

Zardari considers Saudi King an 'elder brother', claims Pak following WikiLeaks expose
Following the WikiLeaks report claiming that Saudi King Shah Abdullah considered the Pakistan president the greatest obstacle to Pakistan's progress, Farhatullah Babar has said that President Asif Ali Zardari regards Shah Abdullah as an "elder brother". ANI

Zardari 'dirty but not dangerous', Sharif 'dangerous but not dirty': Abu Dhabi Crown Prince
According to the latest revelations made by whistleblower website WikiLeaks, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi described Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari as "dirty but not dangerous" and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as "dangerous but not dirty". ANI

WikiLeaks reveals Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has terminal cancer
US diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website 'WikiLeaks' include remarks of an Iranian informant telling American officials in 2009 that Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei had terminal cancer and could die within months. ANI

Prince Andrew's expletive-ridden rant against British anti-fraud officers exposed
Prince Andrew's expletive-ridden rant against British anti-fraud officers has been exposed. ANI

Awan calls WikiLeaks report 'conspiracy to harm Pak's ties with Islamic countries'
Terming the latest WikiLeaks release as a conspiracy to harm Pakistan's ties with Islamic countries, Federal Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Dr Babar Awan, has said that Pakistan's relations with Saudi Arabia will be strengthened further. ANI

Armed 15-year-old US student shoots himself after tense hostage situation
An armed 15-year-old US school student has shot himself after police stormed into the classroom at the end of a tense hostage situation in Wisconsin. ANI

US-S. Korea reject China's request to hold emergency six-party talks with N Korea
The United States, South Korea and Japan have reportedly rejected China's request to hold emergency six-party talks with North Korea over the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, saying that taking such a step would be like rewarding Pyongyang for its provocative behaviour over the past week, including the deadly attacks on a South Korean island and its disclosure of a uranium enrichment plant. ANI

Almost half of Britons believe in aliens
Existence of aliens may sound like an odd concept, but not for the Brits-almost half of them think that little green men exist. ANI

Race row after US bar promotes 'Drink like an Indian' offer
A bar in the US has sparked outrage after it launched a campaign inviting customers to 'drink like an Indian'. ANI

Pak has transited from 'most sanctioned' to 'most bullied ally' of US: Pak official
Pakistan "has transited from the 'most sanctioned ally' to the 'most bullied ally'" of the United States, a top Pakistani military official has claimed. ANI

AFP Foundation Training African Women Sports Reporters
Up to 100 African women sports reporters have begun receiving professional training in a programme sponsored by FIFA, football’s world governing body. The training is provided by the AFP Foundation, a non-profit-making organisation set up by the international news agency AFP. Business Wire India

smartTrade Technologies Unveils Advanced Trading Front End Application and Real-Time Market Data Visualizer
smartTrade Technologies, an industry leader in cross-asset liquidity management solutions today announced the release of smartTrade Technologies StudioAir™, a cross-asset trading front end that enables organizations to customize and tailor their Desktop views, including their Market Data. Business Wire India

Ralink Launches Mobile Wi-Fi Product Line for Cell Phones and Portable Consumer Electronics
Ralink Technology Corporation (TAIEX 3534, Ralink), a leading developer of high performance wired and wireless networking solutions, today announced its entry into the mobile Wi-Fi market with the introduction of the RT8180 for cellular phones and the RT3180 and RT3680 for portable consumer electronics products Business Wire India

GE Capital to Invest $10 Million Dollars in Nano Fiber Technology Company Finetex EnE, Inc.
Finetex EnE, Inc., a Korea based manufacturer of electrospun nano fibers, disclosed November 25, 2010 that its Board of Directors has approved the terms of a private issue of Convertible Bonds to GE Capital valued at $10 million. The anticipated subscription date is November 26, 2010 Business Wire India

CompactFlash Association Forms New Workgroup for Next-Generation Memory Card Format
The CompactFlash Association (CFA) today announced the formation of a new working group to develop a next-generation memory card. Nikon, SanDisk and Sony proposed the new format in order to meet the needs of professional type digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) and professional video markets over the coming years Business Wire India

Court Dismisses with Prejudice Nero AG’s Antitrust Claim Against MPEG LA
The US District Court for the Central District of California dismissed for a second time last week a Sherman Act Section 2 claim brought by Nero AG against MPEG LA, this time with prejudice. Business Wire India

Malaysia’s RHB Banking Group leads the way in Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing compliance with Norkom Technologies
The RHB Banking Group, Malaysia’s fourth largest fully integrated financial services group, has selected Norkom’s market leading Anti-Money Laundering (AML) solution to meet increasingly stringent regulations centered on anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing (AML/CTF). Business Wire India

New Research: Most U.S. Republicans Don’t Think Their Energy Use Affects Poor Countries
New U.S. consumer research conducted by EnviroMedia Social Marketing shows generational and political gaps in connecting personal energy use with living conditions in other countries. Results are being released today at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP16) in Cancún. Business Wire India

Former Illumination and Detection Solutions (IDS) Business Unit of PerkinElmer is now Excelitas Technologies Corp.
With a continued focus on delivering innovative, customized technology products and solutions to its global commercial and defense customers, the former Illumination and Detection Solutions (IDS) business of PerkinElmer was formally re-launched today as Excelitas Technologies Corp. Business Wire India

MEDIA ADVISORY: President Felipe Calderón Joins CEOs at COP16 to Drive Climate Protection
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De Montfort University: Indian Students in Elite International Sports Management Course
Two students from India are looking forward to high-flying careers in sports management after studying the unique FIFA Masters degree in the UK. Business Wire India

BlackLight Power, Inc. Announces Production of Electricity from a New Form of Hydrogen
BlackLight Power, Inc. (BLP) has announced that CIHT (Catalyst-Induced-Hydrino-Transition) technology has been independently confirmed by Dr. K.V. Ramanujachary, Rowan University Meritorious Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Business Wire India

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