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India, Malaysia agree to enhance cooperation to counter terrorism
Condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, India and Malaysia on Wednesday agreed to enhance cooperation to counter terrorism including information sharing. ANI

Brit mum kills 3-year-old daughter, dissolves body in acid
A schizophrenic Brit mother killed her 3-year-old girl by stabbing the child to death and then tried dissolving the body in acid. ANI

Syrian boy, 5, engaged to 3-year-old girl
You listen to the word 'couple' and generally visualize an adult pair or at most, a teenage duo. However, this story would change your perception-Meet 5-year-old Khalid and 3-year-old Hala, both from Syria, who recently got engaged. ANI

30 Congolese deportees 'gang-raped by Angolan officials in dungeon'
At least 30 women were kept as prisoners in a dungeon-like structure and gang-raped over several weeks at the Congo and Angola border before being left naked in scrubland. ANI

Victory in Afghanistan 'impossible': Gorbachev
Former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev has said that Afghanistan risks turning into another Vietnam, and has told the US-led NATO military alliance that victory in that country is impossible. orbachev apparently knows what he is talking about as he was the one who pulled Russian troops out of Afghanistan in 1989 after a 10-year war. ANI

Republicans 'in position to win' US midterm elections, says new Gallup poll
Republicans hold a significant lead among likely voters on a generic congressional ballot heading into the last week of the campaign for the forthcoming US midterm elections, according to a new Gallup Poll. ANI

China formally launches its manned space station program
China has formally launched its manned space station program, aiming to complete the construction of a "relatively large" manned space laboratory around 2020, a spokesman for the national manned space program has said. ANI

Flirting Brit drivers caused almost 1m crashes!
A Brit poll has claimed that almost one million crashes have been caused by distracted drivers who flirt at the wheel with other motorists. ANI

Khadr a 'rock star' in Guantanamo, psychiatrist testifies
In powerful, sweeping testimony, a forensic psychiatrist has described Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr as a "rock star" at the US maintained detention camp. ANI

12-year-old Malaysian girl falls to her death after sex with 3 teens
A Malaysian girl aged 12 fell to her death while trying to escape onlookers who caught her having sex with three teenagers on the roof of the Lestari Apartment, Damansara Damai in Petaling Jaya on Sunday. ANI

Brit man found guilty of blackmailing celeb with 'sensitive' pics
A Brit man has been jailed for blackmailing an international superstar with "highly sensitive" photos stolen from her home. he celebrity received threatening letters and emails from Stephen Bennett, 24, demanding tens of thousands of pounds in cash for the shots, reports the Sun. ANI

Parents of Prince Williams' girlfriend 'cash in on X Factor'
Parents of Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton have allegedly been using X Factor's red and white "X" logo to promote parties on their website. ANI

Hindus welcome Pope's message of "One human family" and ask him to embrace Roma cause
Hindus have applauded "One human family" message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the "97th World Day of Migrants and Refugees" and urged him to take up the cause of Roma of Europe who are facing apartheid conditions. ANI

'American Al-Qaeda militants now pose biggest terror threat to US'
American Al-Qaeda militants are even more dangerous than foreign fighters, as they know the United States' psyche and its soft targets, and its local recruits can often move about the country freely, top government officials have said. ANI

Musharraf cronies, PPP backing Asma to beat Pak CJ loyalists in SCBA polls
With the crucial Supreme Court Bar Association polls taking place today, old cronies of former president Pervez Musharraf are pinning strong hopes on candidate Asma Jahangir to bundle out the loyalists of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry by winning the election. ANI

'Simples', 'tweetheart' and 'fauxmance' - new additions to dictionary!
It has been a while since the English dictionary was updated but now a string of new words have made their way to the latest Collins English Dictionary. ANI

India's energy security, climate change action plan linked: PM
Visiting Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that his government has formulated an ambitious National Action Plan on Climate Change that is intimately linked to our energy security. ANI

India determined to overcome constraint of inadequate infrastructure: PM
India is determined to overcome the constraint of inadequate infrastructure, visiting Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, said on Wednesday. ANI

More than a third of young Brits don't feel part of their community
A new UK study states that almost a third of young people, aged 16 to 24, do not feel part of their local community and around a quarter feel ignored by the older people. ANI

It may be the end of time for the humble wristwatch
The wristwatch may finally be heading towards obsolescence, for one in seven prefer to check time on their mobile phones or computers. ANI

Nearly five in ten American voters want Obama to run for president again
Nearly half of today's voters - 47 percent - say they would like to see Barack Obama run for re-election in 2012, versus 36 percent who said in August 1982 that Reagan should run again, according to the latest Pew Research Center/National Journal Congressional Connection poll. ANI

Britain's first newspaper in 25 years 'for people on the go'
Britain's first daily newspaper has been launched and is being touted as the paper for 'time-poor'. ANI

Vatican asks Iraq not to execute 'Christian' ex-minister Tariq Aziz
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has asked Iraq not to carry out the death sentence on former foreign minister Tariq Aziz. ANI

NATO planning vastly stepped up Russian involvement in Afghanistan
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is reportedly in the final stages of negotiations with Russia for a joint initiative in Afghanistan. ANI

Clinton says reports of Democrats demise exaggerated
Former US president Bill Clinton has told ABC News in an interview that Republican and general public reports predicting the demise of the Democrats are a bit exaggerated. ANI

Three killed, six injured in bomb blast in Quetta
At least three people, including a policeman were killed, and six wounded in a bomb blast in Quetta district of Pakistan. ANI

UK must dump US' 'redundant' airport security checks' line: BA Chairman
British Airways Chairman Martin Broughton has claimed that some of the security checks faced by passengers in Britain are 'completely redundant' and should be scrapped. ANI

India, Malaysia ink six pacts to take bilateral ties forward
India and Malaysia on Wednesday signed six bilateral agreements with the objective of taking their exisiting bilateral ties to new heights. ANI

Discussions with Malaysian PM have laid the ground for multi-faceted partnership: Manmohan Singh
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that his discussions with Malaysian counterpart Najib Tun Razak have laid the ground for evolving a multi-faceted partnership between the two countries. ANI

Pak clerics' refusal to issue 'fatwas' against terror raise sinister conspiracy theories
With fatwas (legal pronouncements in Islam) playing an important role in Muslim countries, it is questionable why most prominent clerics and muftis in Pakistan refuse to issue them against terrorist organisations and suicide bombings, which are responsible for killings of over thousands of innocent Muslims. ANI

Penguin to launch social network for bookworms
Here's good news for teen bookworms and aspiring authors. Penguin Digital is planning a social network for them where they can communicate and interact about their shared pastime. ANI

UK's top all-girls school bans skirts as girls wear them too short
One of the UK's top all-girls school has ordered its pupils to wear trousers after a 'complaint' about 'indecent' length of their skirts. ANI

Young Indian population an asset in taking nation to greater heights: Manmohan Singh
Describing people as India's biggest asset, visiting Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday said at a time when the industrialised world is aging rapidly, India has the advantage of a young population. ANI

Reluctance to ask for directions makes men drive an extra 276 miles a year
A new UK study has shown that men's reluctance to ask for directions on the road lead them to drive an extra 276 miles a year whereas women settle at 256. ANI

Tata's water purifier wins top innovation prize
Tata's inexpensive water purifier, aimed at households that may not have electricity, bagged the top prize in The Wall Street Journal's Asian Innovation Awards. ANI

Manmohan Singh says RBI will look into Malaysian model of Islamic banking
Visiting Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said that he will ask the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to look into the Malayasian model of Islamic banking. ANI

4 out of 5 applicants for new sickness benefit in UK are 'fit to work'
Tests have revealed that 78 pc of Brits who applied for a new sick benefit were fit to work. ANI

Brit-Indian doc ordered to pay back £1m after selling dangerous diet pills
Corrupt doctor Sudesh Madan who was jailed for 18 months for selling dangerous diet pills to fund her lavish lifestyle has been ordered to pay back more than 1million pounds. ANI

Woman wins men's dream 'mud baths and sexy models' vacation!
A contestant has won the ultimate dream vacation for a man - sexy wake up calls from models, mud wrestling, massages by lovely women - only the contestant is a woman. ANI

World large enough to accomodate ambitions of India and China: PM
Visiting Indian Prime Minister Dr. manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that the world is large enough to accomodate the demands, ambitions and aspirations of both India and China, the two economic giants of Asia. ANI

'Pak govt must provide immediate justice for Baloch atrocities': Amnesty International
The Pakistan government must investigate the torture and killings of more than 40 Baloch leaders and political activists over the past four months, human rights group Amnesty International has said. ANI

Follow India's example, give land to Pak poor to avoid Taliban tentacles
A University of Washington academic has said Pakistan can learn from India's example of helping landless poor build better lives from themselves. ANI

Manmohan Singh concludes pacts to boost India-Malaysia bilateral ties
India and Malaysia have signed an agreement to implement Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), which will come into force from July next year. ANI

Jon Stewart pips Barack Obama to 'Most Influential Man' title in poll
US President Barack Obama may be the leader of the free world, but he is not even close to being America's most influential man, suggests latest rankings by an online men's magazine. ANI

Obama, Zardari agree 'more needs to be done' to tackle Pak-based terror threat to West
US President Barack Obama and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari agreed during a telephonic conversation that 'more' needs to be done to deal with terrorist groups in Pakistan posing a 'direct threat' to the West. ANI

Malaysian woman with New Delhi superbug never travelled overseas
A Malaysian woman has been detected with a superbug, which is resistant to Antibiotics. ANI

Half of Italians cheat on their partners: Study
An Italian survey has revealed that 55 per cent of men and 45 per cent of women cheat on their partners. ANI

India, Malaysia ink pacts to boost bilateral ties
India and Malaysia have signed an agreement to implement Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), which will come into force from July next year. ANI

UK declines Pak request to return 'visa processing' to country from Abu Dhabi 'hub'
Britain is not ready to entertain the Pakistan government's request for returning visa processing from Abu Dhabi to Islamabad, but has committed to streamline the procedures to ensure swift processing of visa applications from the country. ANI

Gorbachev accuses Putin of obstructing democracy in Russia
Former Soviet Union president Mikhail S. Gorbachev has expressed his growing frustration with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and accused him of undermining the country's fledgling democracy by crippling the opposition forces. ANI

UK ministry blames three military units for Afghan civilian casualties
The conduct of three British military units in Afghanistan has come under serious question after the Ministry of Defence released unprecedented details of incidents in which troops attacked Afghan civilians. ANI

Chinese Twitter user arrested for supporting jailed 'uncle'Nobel winner Xiaobo
Beijing Police have arrested a woman after she tweeted her intention to march with a banner praising jailed Nobel peace prize winner Lui Xiaobo. ANI

Pak Army blockades fiercely anti-Taliban tribe near Afghan border
Pakistan's military has blockaded a strategically important district in the country's north, sealing in a fiercely anti-Taliban tribe. ANI

Why holidaying Brits declare themselves 'pregnant' to French waiters
Declaring yourself 'pregnant' to French waiters or asking for a 'condom' at an eatery are evidently the most common gaffes Britons make while abroad, a survey has revealed. ANI

WC psychic Paul the Octopus is dead - or is it all a cover-up?
Paul the Octopus, who made it big during the World Cup this year, is dead but many believe that he has been for a long time. ANI

Malaysia party appeals to Indian PM to highlight discrimination against Indian minorities
A Malaysian party has urged visiting Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to highlight alleged discrimination against Indian minorities during his visit to the country. ANI

Reluctant Pak, resilient Taliban scuppering US-led NATO military campaign in Afghanistan
Given Pakistan's long-standing connections to the Haqqani network and the Taliban in Afghanistan, the United States-led NATO forces in that country have been unable topple the insurgents, who have become increasingly resilient. ANI

India,Malaysia to intensify economic ties during Manmohan Singh's visit
After seven rounds of rigorous consultation over a period of seven months, India andalaysia are all set to conclude negotiations on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation agreement (CECA). ANI

Visa row between India, China ahead of Singh-Jiabao meet
A visa row has reportedly surfaced between India and China on the eve of a meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, between Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao. ANI

Meet the New Myspace
Today Myspace announced a new brand, website and a suite of products that together redefine the company as a social entertainment destination for Gen Y. Myspace is creating a rich, highly personalized experience for people to discover content and connect with other fans who share similar interests Business Wire India

MoneyGram International Sponsors ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
MoneyGram International (NYSE: MGI), a global leader in money transfers, announces that the company has signed a long-term sponsorship agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC). Per the agreement, MoneyGram will have a presence at all ICC cricket tournaments around the world during 2011-2015 Business Wire India

Animal Airways Provides Perfect Solutions for the Upcoming Holiday Season
The holiday season is fast approaching and millions of pet owners are scheduled to travel abroad. Animal Airways, the global pet flight provider, is prepared to offer comprehensive pet boarding services worldwide. Whether you wish to fly with your pets or leave them close to home during the holidays, Animal Airways' pet boarding services will provide you with the best solutions possible Business Wire India

WNS Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2011 Earnings
Financial Highlights: GAAP Measures • Q2 revenues of $154.2 million, up 5.6% from the corresponding quarter last year and up 2.8% sequentially • Q2 net income of $4.9 million, compared to net income1 of $1.4 million in the corresponding quarter last year and net loss1 of $6.0 million sequentially • Q2 diluted income per ADS of $0.11, compared to diluted income per ADS of $0 Business Wire India

ACE to Acquire New York Life’s Operations in Hong Kong and Korea; Expanding the Company’s Life Business to Two New Markets in Asia
ACE Limited (NYSE:ACE) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire New York Life’s Hong Kong and Korea life insurance operations for approximately $425 million in cash Business Wire India

Smartmatic Appoints Gilles Souche as New President for Europe, Middle East and Africa
Smartmatic, a leading technology supplier around the world, has announced the addition of Mr. Gilles Souche to its management team as President of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). With more than 17 years of experience in international sales, Mr. Souche possesses the skills to help Smartmatic achieve its expansion goals. Business Wire India

Molex Reports Record Revenue and Earnings Per Share
Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX)(NASDAQ: MOLXA), a global electronic components company, has reported results for its fiscal 2011 first quarter ended September 30, 2010. Business Wire India

KKR Forms Partnership with RPM Energy LLC
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (together with its affiliates, “KKR”) today announced the formation of a partnership with RPM Energy LLC (“RPM”), a privately-owned oil and gas exploration and development company led by veteran energy professionals Claire Scobee Farley and David Rockecharlie. The partnership, RPM Energy Partners L.P Business Wire India

Expand Networks Appoints Christian Honore as Vice President of Sales EMEA
Expand Networks (www.expand.com) the leader in WAN optimization for branch office consolidation and virtualization, announced that Christian Honore has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Sales, EMEA, to oversee the Company’s continued growth and investment across the region Business Wire India

TruePosition Awarded Patent that Enables Advanced Mobile Phone Triggering
TruePosition, Inc Business Wire India

SPIRIT’s Voice and Video Software Platforms Unify China Mobile’s On-line and Mobile Communities
SPIRIT DSP, the world's leading provider of carrier-grade voice and video over IP software communication solutions, has announced today that its TeamSpirit® platform is now powering the latest release of Fetion – a unified, cross-network communication IM service that seamlessly connects Internet and mobile subscribers of China Mobile Business Wire India

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