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India likely to stress on holding dialogue to resolve currency war at G-20
India is expected to press for intensive engagement to amicably resolve the currency war at the G-20 meeting of finance ministers beginning at Gyeongju, South Korea today. ANI

US announces 2 billion dollars as military aid to Pakistan
The United States on Friday announced two billion dollars package of military and security aid to Pakistan on the final day of the latest Washington-Islamabad strategic talks. ANI

Livid Brit cafe owner warned "smell of frying bacon offends Muslims"
A cafe owner in Britain has been ordered to tear down an extractor fan because the smell of her frying bacon "offends" Muslims. ANI

'Left-out-Pak' desperate for role in ongoing Afghan-Taliban reconciliation talks
Pakistan has claimed that there has been no communication from the United States or Afghanistan about the ongoing reconciliation talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. ANI

China eyeing independent Mars exploration
The Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST) plans to send an orbiter to Mars in 2013 for exploring the planet, the Xinhua reports. ANI

Taliban gaining foothold in South Korea: Report
The South Korean intelligence fears that Taliban members might be working secretly in the country, a local media reported on Friday. ANI

Another N Korean nuke test will be provocative: US
Another nuclear test by North Korea would be provocative, a US State Department spokesman has said. ANI

Brit MP's love triangle sees wife 'stealing mistress' kitten'
British politician and self-confessed 'love rat' John Hemming's wife has been accused of breaking into his mistress' house and stealing her kitten. ANI

US girl, 11, kicked off cheerleading team for 'not shaking her booty enough'
A girl in the US has been kicked off a cheerleading squad after she complained to her coach that she did not feel comfortable shaking her booty. ANI

Manhattan residents happier than those living in Bronx: Study
A survey has revealed that people who reside in Manhattan are far happier than people who stay in the Bronx. ANI

Bush has 'zero desire to be on YouTube' but promotes book on site
Former US President George W. Bush has told a Chicago audience he has "zero desire to appear on YouTube", though earlier in the month he had appeared on the site to promote his new book. ANI

Vogue Japan editor keeps two apartments for clothing collection
Anna Dello Russo, the editor of Vogue Japan, has revealed she has two apartments to house her collection of clothes. ANI

North Africa at risk of being overrun by al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda is poised to overrun five states in North Africa and the Middle East, creating terrorist safe havens from which the network can launch attack on the West, Europe and the US have been warned. ANI

Croc causes plane to crash, killing Brit pilot and 19 others
A British pilot and 19 others were killed in a plane crash that was caused by a crocodile that had escaped from a traveller's large sports holdall. ANI

US Muslims fear greater divide following NPR analyst's firing over 'sensitive barbs'
National Public Radio (NPR)'s decision to fire news analyst Juan Williams over his remarks on "seeing Muslims on airplanes" has been slammed by Muslim American activists and scholars. ANI

NATO forces put civilians in danger while pounding Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan
Civilians in southern Afghanistan are in greater danger now more than ever, with American-led forces mercilessly pounding Taliban strongholds in the region, especially in Kandahar province. ANI

If Pak had money to buy F-16s, why didn't it have money for flood victims: Expert
Pakistan is an oligarchy (a government in which a small group exercises control, especially for corrupt and selfish purposes), which has money to buy F-16s and exempts the rich from paying income tax, has money to keep an atomic arsenal capable of destroying half the planet, but does not have money to provide aid to flood victims, a media professional has said. ANI

Three killed, five injured in Peshawar bomb blast(Update)
At least three people were killed and five others wounded in an explosion in a mosque in Peshawar's Pishtakharra area on Friday, the Dawn reports. ANI

Dragons' Den star James Caan 'filmed offering to buy Pakistani baby girl'
Dragons' Den entrepreneur James Caan has become the subject of controversy after he was filmed offering to buy a baby girl from a poverty stricken family in Pakistan. ANI

Obama's 'tough love message' to Pak on fight against Haqqani network, LeT
US President Barack Obama has reportedly asked his administration to "deliver a tough love message" to Pakistan over its reluctance to act against the Haqqani network and Lashkar-e-Toiba havens bordering Afghanistan. ANI

Meet the diva pooch that walks on her hind legs, carries her own handbag!
For a dog, walking on its hind legs might be at most a smart trick, but for diva dog Lulu it's a habit and not just that - the fancy pooch prefers to carry her own handbag. ANI

California woman drives mummified body around for 10 months
In a case that may send shivers down your spine, a California woman drove a mummified body around for 10 months. ANI

New report shows a greater number of Jews in U.S. than in Israel
A new report has found that a greater number of Jews live in the US than in Israel. ANI

Israeli chess champ takes world record from Iran with 19-hour match
An Israeli chess grandmaster has taken the world record for concurrent chess games from Iran after a marathon 19-hour match against 523 players. ANI

Pak's double game on Afghanistan could backfire on it: Experts
Even as Washington ratchets up pressure on Pakistan to play a positive role in any future peace negotiations, experts are wary of Pakistan playing a double game, publicly supporting an end to the conflict in Afghanistan but ultimately undermining any kind of peace that interferes with the self-interest of some of its leaders. ANI

Mukherjee meets Canadian counterpart in Gyeongsang
Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee met his Canadian counterpart Jim Flaherty in South Korea's Gyeonsang province on Friday. ANI

For first time since 2001, Taliban feels political power within its grasp again
Bolstered by summer success on the battlefield, the Taliban, for the first time since they were ousted from power by U.S.-led forces in October 2001, believes that Kabul is once again within their grasp. ANI

Two killed, five injured in Peshawar bomb blast
At least two people were killed and five others wounded in an explosion in a mosque in Peshawar's Pishtakharra area on Friday, the Dawn reports. ANI

NYC teacher with foot fetish accused of having sex with underage student
A NYC teacher with a foot fetish allegedly had sex with an underage student at a hot-sheets motel and sweet-talked another into sending him X-rated pics. ANI

Canadian Government to discuss compensation package with bombed Air India victims families
Two Canadian Government ministers are reportedly meeting privately with relatives of Air India victims here on Friday to discuss a promised compensation package, though they and the families remained tight-lipped about the development. ANI

US' 'fight Taliban or lose funding' quid-pro-quo to Pak
The United States has reportedly warned Pakistan that continued inaction against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda havens bordering Afghanistan could jeopardize the billions of dollars provided to the country. ANI

Parents withdraw pupil from Milan school as teacher was 'too sexy'
A female teacher at a prestigious school in Milan has sparked fury among parents who claim that she is too attractive to teach and would only be a distraction to pupils. ANI

Women put up for sale to stop female trafficking in Tel Aviv
In a bid to draw attention to female trafficking in Tel Aviv, Israel, around fifteen women were put up for sale in a shopping mall of the country. ANI

Pak troops linked to abuses could lose American aid
The Obama administration plans to refuse to train or equip about a half-dozen Pakistani Army units that are believed to have killed unarmed prisoners and civilians during recent offensives against the Taliban. ANI

Italian town considering ban of miniskirts, low-cut tops for clean image
Officials at a seaside town in Italy have, in an effort to clean up the raunchy image of the place, threatened to ban miniskirts and low-cut tops. ANI

Brit prison governor's wife accused of naked romp with inmate serving life
A British prison governor's wife has been accused of romping naked with an inmate who is serving a life sentence. ANI

Chaperone for sex addicts tops odd hotel requests list
A list of strange requests that hotels get from their guests has revealed that asking for a chaperone for a group of sex addicts takes the cake. ANI

Six different types of smiles identified
In a new study, researchers have identified six different types of smiles. ANI

Nitin Garg murder case: Oz teen pleads guilty
More than nine months after Indian-origin student Nitin Garg was murdered while going to his part-time workplace, a 16-year-old Australian boy has pleaded guilty to his stabbing in a juvenile court here. ANI

Worried US demands China nuclear pact details from Pak
The United States has asked Pakistan to give a detailed account of its nuclear pact with China, US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke has said. ANI

Oz teenager pleads guilty of being accessory to murder of Indian student Nitin Garg
An Australian teenager has pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the murder of Indian accountancy graduate Nitin Garg, who was killed in Melbourne earlier this year. ANI

JFK told Secret Service to back off days before Dallas assassination
Former US President John F. Kennedy told his secret service agents to give him space to campaign days before he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. ANI

US won't mediate between India-Pak over Kashmir dispute: Holbrooke
US Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, has reportedly said that Washington would not play a direct role in resolving the Kashmir issue. ANI

Victoria Police says Melbourne rape suspects have fled to India
Victoria Police on Friday confirmed that two men they want to question over a vicious rape that took place in Melbourne earlier this month have fled to India last Sunday. ANI

The official 50 funniest jokes of all time
A team of researchers believe they have identified the 50 best one-liners. ANI

Two men convicted of murdering Indian-origin shopkeeper Gurmail Singh in UK
Two men have been convicted of murdering Indian-origin shopkeeper Gurmail Singh during a robbery at his store in Huddersfield, UK. ANI

Troubled Vedanta loses appeal for controversial Orissa refinery
The Indian government has blocked Vedanta Resources' plan to expand its highly controversial alumina refinery below the Niyamgiri hills in Orissa, in the latest setback for the company. ANI

What sexy spy Anna Chapman looks for in a man
Sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman has confessed what she looks for in a man. ANI

Quintiles Unveils Global Service Operations Center
Quintiles, today announced the official opening of its new Global Information Technology (IT) Service Operations Center in Bangalore, India. Business Wire India

Belarc's BelManage Product Helps Agfa Healthcare UK Achieve ISO 20000 Certification
Belarc, Inc. announced that Agfa Healthcare UK has used Belarc's BelManage product to successfully complete the ISO 20000 certification required for IT healthcare providers. Agfa Healthcare offers diagnostic image management solutions, and state-of-the-art systems for capturing and processing images in hospitals and healthcare facilities Business Wire India

SolArc Announces Alan Gunn, Vice President Product Marketing
SolArc (, a global provider of commodity trading and risk management solutions, has announced that Alan Gunn has been named Vice President, Product Marketing. In this role, Gunn will oversee all product marketing activities including market assessment and strategic product planning. Business Wire India

The Nielsen Company to Report Third Quarter 2010 Results on October 28, 2010
The Nielsen Company B.V. (Nielsen), a leading global information and measurement company, today announced that it will report its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010, on Thursday, October 28, 2010. Business Wire India

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