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EU simulates total cyber warfare to check state of defences
Essential web services have come under a simulated attack as European nations test their cyber defences. ANI

John Boehner expects "whale of a fight" with Obama, his Democratic allies over taxes
John Boehner, who as House Republican leader is in line to take over as speaker next year, has said that he expects a "whale of a fight" with US President Obama and his Democratic allies over taxes and spending during the lame duck session that convenes later this month. ANI

Kiwi shopkeepers do brisk business as Guy Fawkes coincides with Diwali
Shopkeepers in New Zealand are doing brisk business with Guy Fawkes Night and Diwali celebrations falling on the same day. ANI

WikiLeaks founder urges US to investigate alleged abuses by its troops
Julian Assange, the founder of the whistle blowing website 'WikiLeaks' has urged the US to investigate alleged abuses by its troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, saying it has a "proud tradition" of self-scrutiny. ANI

Wrong to see Muslim women who cover hair or body as a threat, says Cherie Blair
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife, Cherie, has backed Muslim women who wear 'burqas', saying that it was wrong to see those who cover their hair or their body as a threat. ANI

Hillary Clinton rules out another presidential run
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that she will not run for president even in the aftermath of this week's congressional midterms that saw Republicans take control of the House of Representatives and make big gains in the Senate. ANI

Lucky cat survives being shot three times and hanged
In the worst case of animal cruelty ever seen, a defenceless cat was held down, shot three times and nearly hanged in Britain. ANI

It takes just 10 minutes for Brits to lose patience in a queue
A survey has found that Britons have less patience than others while standing in a queue, and that it takes them just 10 minutes of waiting to lose their cool. ANI

Aussies have a laid back approach to nicknames
A survey has found that Australians have a very laid back approach to nicknames, pseudonyms and name changes. ANI

'Toy Story' hero Buzz Lightyear is Disney's top-selling toy in UK
'Toy Story' hero Buzz Lightyear has become Disney's top-selling toy of all time in the UK. ANI

1 in 3 people associates Nottingham to Robin Hood: Study
A new study has revealed that one in three people associates the brand identity of Nottingham to the famous heroic outlaw in English folklore-Robin Hood. ANI

Bush opens up about one of his worst drunken moments
Former US President George W. Bush has revealed that his worst drunken moment happened at his parents' dinner table in Maine, in front of a hot, old woman. ANI

Zardari, Gilani have disappointed Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani have disappointed the nation. ANI

US says its troops will keep helping in flood affected areas till Pak needs such aid
US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said that his country's troops would continue relief and rehabilitation efforts in the flood-affected areas as long as Pakistan needed this cooperation. ANI

Hindus welcome "Happy Diwali" wish of White House
Hindus have applauded White House for its Diwali statement published on its official website on November four, which said: " all those who will celebrate this joyous occasion on Friday, I wish you, your families and loved ones Happy Diwali". ANI

Qantas CEO blames 'engine material failure' for mid-air explosion on A380 engine
Qantas Airline CEO Alan Joyce has rejected as 'outrageous' union concerns over the outsourcing of maintenance of its aircraft, and added that the explosion of the engine on a Qantas flight was most likely a "material failure or a design issue" of the engine. ANI

22-carat diamond ring with 'world's best couple' title up for grabs
A jeweller in New Zealand is set to launch an international competition to find the "world's best couple" and is offering the successful couple a 22-carat princess-cut diamond ring.he retailer will start the Search for the World's Best Couple contest in New York's Rockefeller Centre later this month reported the Jeweller magazine. ANI

Twitter co-founder Williams steps down as CEO to focus on profitability
The co-founder of the social networking site Twitter, Evan Williams, has stepped down as the CEO, with COO Dick Costolo taking over as the company's new chief executive. ANI

Tea party could spell doom after splitting Republicans into thirds, says top GOP strategist
GOP strategist Bill McInturff has said that the tea party has split the Republicans into thirds, and warned that the division could complicate things for the party in the 2012 presidential elections. ANI

Muslim sues Oklahoma state for banning Sharia law
Two days after Oklahoma voters approved a ballot measure banning state courts from considering Islamic Sharia law or international law while making a judgement, a local Muslim has filed a federal lawsuit saying the measure is unconstitutional. ANI

Canadian couple who won 11.2m dlrs lottery donate the money to charity
A Canadian couple, who won a lottery of 11,255,272 million dollars, has given away all the money to charities, friends and hospitals. ANI

Did Nazis make lampshades from Jewish prisoners' "skin"?
An old lampshade, which was discovered to have been made out of "human skin", has left its shocked owner wondering if it had been made by the Nazis using Jewish prisoners' skin. ANI

Silvio Berlusconi blames mafia for latest s*x scandal
In a last-ditch attempt to save his government, Italy's beleaguered Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has blamed the mafia for the latest s*x scandal, claiming the underworld had framed him in reprisal for the recent police successes. ANI

Obama seeking foreign policy gain from four-nation Asian trip following poll setback
After a setback to his party in the mid-term elections, US President Barack Obama seems to be focusing on foreign policy in his four-nation Asian trip, whose rising middle class could drive future U.S. economic growth with its hunger for exports even as American consumers retrench. ANI

Pak Foreign Minister calls for fair treatment of UK-based Pakistanis
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has met British High Commissioner Adam Thomson in Islamabad after a report found that Pakistani immigrants are being discriminated by the UK Border and Immigration Agency (UKBA). ANI

Freed Chilean miner says running in NY Marathon 'a dream come true'
Freed Chilean miner Edison Peña delighted New Yorkers today in a trio of high-profile appearances before his dream dash in the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday. ANI

Oldest person in the world dies aged 114
The oldest person in the world has passed away at the age of 114. ANI

Malik dismisses Arthur's 'fixed 2007 Lahore ODI' claims as ridiculous
Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik has dismissed former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur's claims that he and his players suspected that a ODI played against Pakistan in 2007 was 'fixed'. ANI

Venezuelan man sets world freediving record in underwater tunnel network
A 34-year-old man from Venezuela has set a new world freediving record in an underwater tunnel network by making it 150m through a system of caves with no breathing apparatus.ll Carlos Coste had to help him was a torch to light the way and a monofin - a single giant flipper worn on both feet - to propel him along. ANI

Malaysian PM extends Deepavali greetings to Hindus
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has extended Deepavali greetings to the Hindus in the country, and assured them that his government would continue to be with the community. ANI

US slaps sanctions on terrorist groups behind Mumbai attacks ahead of Obama visit
The United States has imposed sanctions on two Pakistan-based terrorist organizations responsible for the 2008 and 2006 attacks in Mumbai. ANI

Brit boy suffers only minor cuts after swallowing a pair of nail scissors
A 12-year-old Bristol boy, who swallowed a pair of scissors, has suffered only minor cuts ANI

Oz man avoids jail on race-hate charges for bashing Indian student in Melbourne
A 20-year-old Australian man accused of bashing and robbing Indian student Lucky Singh in Melbourne last year has been spared a jail term, but has been sentenced to three years detention in a youth justice centre. ANI

UK officials deny 'Yemen bomb defused 17 minutes before scheduled explosion'
The claim by French interior minister Brice Hortefeux that one of the two mail bombs sent from Yemen was defused 17 minutes before it was set to explode, has been denied today by officials familiar with the investigation. ANI

Pak expects Obama to raise 'Jammu and Kashmir issue' during India visit
Pakistan is confident that United States President Barack Obama would take up the 'Jammu and Kashmir issue' during his upcoming visit to India, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit has said. ANI

Charter plane crashes in Karachi, no survivors
At least 20 people were killed when a small privately-owned aircraft crashed soon after taking off from Karachi's Jinnah International Airport on Friday morning. ANI

Oldest known stone axe discovered in Northern Territory
A piece of stone axe, discovered in the Northern Territory, is believed to be the oldest of its type in the world. ANI

Sri Lanka to build park for lovers
The Sri Lankan government is all set to build a park for romantic young couples who want freedom to be together without being victimised by police. ANI

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