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Brit woman finds engagement ring lost for 17 years under pile of garbage
A woman who had lost her engagement ring 17 years ago found it in a council clean-up. ANI

State within state won't be allowed in Pak: Babar Awan
There must be no politics within an institution, and the Pakistan Parliament is the sole authority to amend the Constitution, Federal Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Senator Dr Babar Awan has said. ANI

Taliban remain deadly threat in Peshawar despite Pak Army's 'purging' claims
Although the Pakistani military claims it has been eliminating the Taliban presence in the Peshawar Frontier Regions (FR), the locals there have little hope, as following the end of earlier operations, the Taliban had regained control of the area. ANI

Canada monitoring second shipload of Sri Lankan migrants to country
The Canadian government is reportedly monitoring a second ship full of Sri Lankan migrants preparing to head towards the country, and has stepped up its co-operation with other countries against human smugglers. ANI

UK man's 33-yr-old ache was due to tooth stuck in ear!
A man's earache in the UK that made him partially deaf and kept him in pain for 33 years, has been cured after a tooth was removed from his ear. ANI

MQM 'quitting decision' on hold after Zardari vows to probe into Karachi target killings
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has put on hold its decision to withdraw support from the beleaguered government, after Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari assured Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad that a probe would be conducted into the events of target killings in Karachi and the culprits would be brought to book. ANI

Princes William and Harry thank mum Diana 'for making them tough men'
Prince William and Harry have credited their mother Princess Diana for making them tough men. ANI

Young cinemagoers in Pak against traditional segregated seating arrangement
In what may be seen as an emerging trend in Pakistan, cinemagoers in its second largest city are rejecting the traditional concept of separate seating enclosures for families and single males in cinema halls. ANI

Now, 'Ground Zero' mosque developer sued by bank over unpaid loan
Valley National Bank is suing the developer in charge of building the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near ground zero in New York City, and his real-estate company, Soho Properties, seeking over 95,778 dollars interest for an unpaid loan. ANI

The piglet that thinks she's a dog
It's not often that one sees a feisty piglet, much less a piglet who thinks she is a dog. ANI

FoDP-suggested reforms for aid should already have been taken by Pak govt: Editorial
The Pakistan government should have unilaterally initiated the reform measures necessary in the country under present circumstances, so that the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP) would not have to suggest the same to it in the group's meeting at Brussels, an editorial in a leading Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Al-Qaeda in Pakistan still remains Britain's primary threat
The primary threat to Britain comes from al-Qaeda in Pakistan and its associates in Somalia, Yemen and North Africa, who continue to plan attacks against targets in the country, according to British National Security Strategy. ANI

Brit shoppers not connected with Internet may be paying 2.7 billion dollars more per year
Nine million British people, who are not connected with the Internet, may be paying 2.7 billion dollars a year more for their shopping than those online, a survey has said. ANI

Muslim men can legally discipline wife, kids without leaving beating marks: UAE SC
The United Arab Emirates (UAE)'s Supreme Court has ruled that a man has the right to discipline his wife and young children as long as the beating leaves no physical marks. ANI

Chinese firms, banks bypassing UN sanctions to aid Iran's nuke weapons programme: US
The Obama administration has stated that Chinese firms are aiding Iran to improve its missile technology and develop nuclear weapons, and has urged China to stop such activities, according to a senior U.S. official. ANI

Only increased political mutual trust can ease strained US-China military ties: Analysts
Increased political mutual trust between the United States and China is the only way to ease strained military relations between the two countries, analysts have said. ANI

Two Malaysian school principals suspended for making racist remarks
Minister in the Malaysian Prime Minister's Department Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz has said that two school principals who uttered racist remarks were suspended immediately pending investigations. ANI

Bin Laden, deputy, living in luxury in northwest Pak protected by ISI: NATO official
The world's most wanted terrorist and Al-Qaeda's top leadership, Osama bin Laden, and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, are believed to be hiding close to each other in houses in northwest Pakistan, but are not together, a senior NATO official has said. ANI

66pc of police time 'is wasted in red tape procedures'
Should the police force run after burglars or should they complete relevant paperwork? That seems to be the dilemma most police officers feel, complaining that majority of their time is wasted on bureaucracy. ANI

Kevin Rudd called Ban Ki-moon 'Spanky Banky', reveals book
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and his office privately referred to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as 'Spanky Banky', a new book has revealed. ANI

'Dulux dog' looking cloud snapped
The dramatic image, looking uncannily like the 'Dulux dog' was snapped by a 55-year-old man near Chesil Beach. ANI

More than 50 pc Kiwis regret career choice
A new survey has suggested that more than half of New Zealand's university-educated professionals would have chosen a different career if they could turn back the clock. ANI

German company patents 'night milk' that improves sleep
A German company has patented its product -'night milk' taken from cows, which helps improve sleep. ANI

Chilean 'Casanova Nurse' miner has second mistress!
The rescued Chilean miner dubbed as the "Casanova Nurse" after his wife and girlfriend were at loggerheads, reportedly has a second mistress. ANI

Iran negotiating behind-the-scenes deal for pro-Tehran govt in Iraq
Iran has, in a behind-the-scenes move, reportedly negotiated a critical deal with its regional neighbours that could help install a pro-Tehran government in Iraq, a move that would empower the country to shift from a sphere of western influence. ANI

Vice presidency means no privacy says Joe Biden's wife
Jill Biden, wife of the US's vice president Joe Biden has said that privacy and romantic dinners go out the window when you become Mrs. VP. ANI

Miner "Super Mario" Sepulveda calls talk of sex 'wrong'
Chilean miner "Super" Mario Sepulveda has finally opened up about the ordeal he and fellow miners faced while they were trapped underground for months. ANI

Can dark chocolate control diabetics' cholesterol levels?
One of the ingredients of dark chocolate may help diabetics control high cholesterol levels, it has been claimed. ANI

Brigitte Bardot to challenge Sarkozy for French Presidency
Brigitte Bardot, the sixties sex symbol, has announced that she could be running for French president in the next election in 2012. ANI

Racial profiling undermining moral authority of democracy in UK: Jesse Jackson
US civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson has said that Britain's image is being damaged by the government's failure to stop the police from discriminating against ethnic minorities. ANI

UK college's 'charter of dunces' offers £5K to A-level failing students
A college in the UK has offered a 'charter of dunces' that awards 5,000 pounds of taxpayer's money to every student who fails their A-Level exams. ANI

Gilani urges Pak judiciary to work in tandem with govt
Judges should work together with the government to pursue the goals of social, economic and legal justice, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani stated during his address to the nation. ANI

Brit kids get drunk for half the cost of a chocolate bar
Youngsters in the UK can get drunk for half the price of a chocolate bar, a new study has revealed. ANI

School meetings in evening 'are sexist', says Human Rights Commission
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has released a new guideline for the school and local councils stating that they could be guilty of discrimination against women if they hold parent or meetings in the evening. ANI

Islamic students at top UK university ' preaching hard-line extremism'
Radical Islamic extremism is being openly practised by Muslim students at a leading university campus, according to a report by a UK counter-extremism think tank Quilliam. ANI

Pak politicians dismiss Gilani's 'evasive' address to nation 'mere eye wash'
Leaders of various Pakistani political parties have pointed out the lack of substance in Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani's address to the nation, and have called it a desperate effort to win back the credibility that his government is fast losing. ANI

Community cop 'ran sleazy sex parlour with wife'
A police community support officer has reportedly been charged with running a brothel along with his wife for six years. ANI

US Charity 'offering £200 bribe' to Brit drug junkies to get sterilized
Drug addicts in the UK are now being offered 200 pounds to get sterilized. ANI

'Racist' UK policies behind deaths of 77 asylum seekers, migrants: IRR
Racist asylum and immigration policies in the UK have led to the deaths of 77 asylum seekers and migrants over the past four years, according to a report for the Institute of Race Relations (IRR). ANI

Zardari's greed behind 'all problems bedeviling Pak': Nawaz
Amid reports that the Pakistan government and the country's judiciary could be on a collision course, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid Nawaz Sharif has accused President Asif Ali Zardari of being behind the current crisis in the country. ANI

Pakistan man 'to marry twice in 24 hours'
A 23-year-old Pakistani man has decided to marry two women in 24 hours as the young lad was in a dilemma of whether to marry the woman he loves or the one his family chose. ANI

1 in 10 Aussies live in poverty: Report
A new study has revealed that one in ten Australians lives under poverty. ANI

Pak feels let down by US over its mere lip-service but little action
With the third round of the US-Pak strategic dialogue all set to take place in Washington next week, Pakistani authorities are getting irritated over the lack of US interest in resolving the country's long-term regional issues, providing economic support, and appreciating its sacrifices, despite publicly declaring it a key ally in the war on terror. ANI

Texas candidate pictured 'with near-naked model in his PJs'
A Texas Republican probably experienced the lowest point in his political career when he was pictured with a near-naked model in his pyjamas. ANI

Gibbs promises Obama will end military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy on gays
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has assured that US President Barack Obama will end the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy that prohibits homosexuality in the armed services. ANI

TVNZ upholds hundreds of complaints over Henry's "India race slur" comments
Television New Zealand has reportedly upheld hundreds of complaints over "offensive" comments by its former Breakfast host Paul Henry. ANI

1 million votes may be nullified amid reports of widespread fraud in Afghan elections
In the wake of the preliminary results of the September 18 Afghan parliamentary elections having been postponed, interviews with Afghan and Western officials have indicated that fraud was pervasive in the elections, and nearly 25 percent of the votes are likely to be thrown out. ANI

50pc of Brit women over 55 log on to Facebook
A research has found that social networking sites are a guilty pleasure shared by astonishingly high numbers of 'silver surfers'. ANI

Death toll from China's coal mine accident reaches 31
The death toll from Saturday's coal mine gas leak in China's Henan Province has climbed to 31 with rescuers still battling to reach the six miners, who are still trapped inside. ANI

KDDI and Skype Partner to Bring a New Communications Experience to Japanese Consumers
KDDI Corporation and Skype™, a leading provider of Internet communications software, announced a strategic alliance that will integrate Skype across KDDI’s services, starting with its mobile offerings – “au”. Business Wire India

EQECAT Receives “Innovation of the Year” Award for Basin-wide Asia Typhoon Model at 2010 Asia Insurance Industry Awards Ceremony
EQECAT, Inc. is proud to announce that its Business Wire India

Enviva LP Continues Growth with Acquisition of Premium Wood-Pellet Manufacturer
Enviva LP (“Enviva”), a leading manufacturer of processed biomass fuel in the United States and Europe, today announced it has acquired a controlling interest in Tomorrow’s Energy, LLC and its Piney Woods pellet manufacturing facility. This strategic investment marks the third major transaction in as many months for Enviva’s growing biomass Business Wire India

Prudential Corporation Asia Selects Datanomic for Client Screening
Prudential Corporation Asia, the Asia business unit of Prudential plc, has selected Datanomic’s Business Wire India

Sigma Designs’ HomePlug AV CG2110 SoC Earns LAN Certification
Sigma Designs (NASDAQ:SIGM), a leading provider of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for delivering entertainment and control throughout the home, today announced that its Business Wire India

Shinobii Technologies Announces High-Tech Table Tennis Bat with Authentic Look and Feel for Wii™
Even though the Wii Table Tennis game provides a nearly realistic experience, playing the game using the standard Wii RemoteTM controls leaves a lot to be desired. Anyone who has played any of the sports games knows that lightweight plastic replicas of table tennis bats, baseball bats, golf clubs, and tennis rackets aren’t much b Business Wire India

Celgene Completes Acquisition of Abraxis
Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) has announced it has completed its acquisition of Abraxis BioScience, Inc. For each share of Abraxis common stock, Abraxis shareholders will receive (i) $58.00 in cash (ii) 0.2617 shares of Celgene common stock, and (iii) one tradeable Contingent Value Right (CVR), which entitles its holder to receive a pr Business Wire India

Diplocom Communications: World Health Organisation’s Tobacco Guidelines Will “Promote Poverty and Starvation in Africa”
African tobacco growing countries have spoken out unanimously against the World Health Organisation (WHO) saying the proposed ban on the use of ingredients in the manufacture of tobacco products would actively promote poverty. Business Wire India

Superior Essex Announces Acquisition and Expansion Of IVA Enamel Manufacturing into China
Superior Essex Inc. announced the acquisition of a 70% majority ownership in Changzhou Olong Electrical Insulating Materials Co., Ltd. (‘Olong’), located in Changzhou, China. Olong is a leading Chinese producer of enamel coatings used in the manufacture of copper and aluminum winding wire for the electrical motor, transformer and power gene Business Wire India

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