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Clinton discussed Obama visit, situation in region with PM: Menon
National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon said on Saturday that U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton called on Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in Vietnamese capital Hanoi, and both had discussed the forthcoming visit of President Barack Obama to India. ANI

PM stays neutral on issue of cabinet reshuffle
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday, opted to maintain a non-committal and neutral stance on the issue of when he would reshuffle his cabinet. ANI

Food security: PM says will seriously evaluate NAC recommendations
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday, said that on his return to New Delhi, he would study the recommendations made by the National Advisory Council (NAC) on the issue of food security. ANI

Obama visit: India and US have entered a new phase in bilateral ties, says PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday, said that he was looking forward to the four-day visit of US President Barack Obama in the first week of November, and added that he believed that both countries were entering a new phase in their bilateral ties. ANI

'I am satisfied with talks with Wen Jiabao,' says Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday expressed satisfaction over the talks he held with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of ASEAN summit a day ago. ANI

India's vital interests will never be surrendered to Pakistan: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday, said India's vital interests would never be surrendered to Pakistan. ANI

Manmohan Singh defends PMO decision to take charge of CWG
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday, defended his decision to take charge of the preparations of the XIXth Commonwealth Games that were held in New Delhi from October 3 to 14, when the Organising Committee of the Games was faced with charges of corruption and mismanagement. ANI

Adarsh Society scam: PM says will make 'meaningful comment' after collecting facts
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday, said that while he was aware of the controversy surrounding the allotment of flats to retired senior defence personnel and the upper strata of Mumbai in the Adarsh Society in Colaba through the papers, he would only give a "meaningful comment" on the issue after ascertaining all facts on his return to New Delhi from a three-nation visit. ANI

2G Scam: Manmohan Singh says will look into it after SC rap
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday, interacted with media persons accompanying him a three-nation visit on a wide range of subjects onboard his special aircraft. ANI

Manmohan Singh heads home after 3-nation Asia tour
Having concluded his substantive weeklong three-nation tour of Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is returning to New Delhi today evening. ANI

Pak's toothless criminal justice system seeing terrorists 'laughing all the way to freedom'
Pakistan's outdated criminal justice system, coupled with its financial constraints in training police or buying the forensic equipment needed to adequately investigate and prosecute terrorism cases, is resulting in a rising tide of acquittals of terrorists. ANI

Medvedev almost as popular as Putin in Russia, finds poll
A new poll shows that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's approval rating is edging closer to that of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. ANI

US to stick with 'Transparency' aid monitoring mechanism despite Pak govt's objections
Despite the Pakistan government's objections over the Transparency International's latest report on mounting corruption in Pakistan, the United States will continue with its anti-fraud agreement signed last month with the global watchdog to ensure corruption-free spending of the 7.5-billion-dollar Kerry Lugar aid in the next five years, its Embassy spokesman has said. ANI

UK terror probe reveals PETN explosives found on US-bound jet
A huge transatlantic terror investigation is under way after a suspected mail bomb plot was smashed when a device was found on a jet at a British airport. ANI

Your profile picture on Facebook says it all
An Adelaide-based social media strategist has revealed how the profile pictures on Facebook can tell more about the person than they realise. ANI

Woman in UK finds out about bigamist husband through Internet
A woman in Britain has revealed how she found out through the Internet that her husband, who she had been married to for 21-years, was a bigamist with lovers on three continents. ANI

Brit pupils make more efforts for male teachers: Study
A study has found that pupils make more effort to please, display greater self-esteem and are more likely to believe they are being treated fairly, when the teacher is male. ANI

65 percent of American voters want to axe every Congress member
An overwhelming majority of Americans say, if given the choice, they would want to axe every member of the U.S. Congress. ANI

NATO's dilemma is how to stop Taliban's return
NATO and Afghan forces are drawing up plans to stop the Taliban from re-infiltrating in the country and preventing it from waging a campaign of intimidation against local inhabitants. ANI

Chinese woman files police report against 'sex-hungry' hubby
A 42-year-old Chinese woman has filed a police report against her 52-year-old Singaporean husband for clicking photographs and making illicit videos of them having s*x . ANI

Manmohan doesn't hold any grudge against NZ over Henry's 'racial-slur': John Key
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has said that his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh did not seem to hold any lingering resentment over the infamous 'Paul Henry affair' when the two premiers met at the East Asia Summit in Hanoi last night. ANI

Vatican hailed for its Deepavali wishes to "Hindu Friends"
Hindus have applauded Vatican for its "message for the feast of Deepavali" wishing "joy-filled Deepavali" to "Hindu Friends", published at "Vatican: the Holy See" website on October 28. ANI

Brit man gets 7-yr jail term for blackmailing international pop star
A man in Britain has been handed a seven-year jail sentence for trying to extort thousands of pounds from an international pop star in exchange for highly sensitive photographs. ANI

Obama, Clinton India visits aimed at counter balancing rising China: Experts
US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make trips to India and the South Asia region in the coming weeks, with an eye toward strengthening alliances to counter-balance China. ANI

Irishman Morgan ready to do his number for Ashes batting spot
Irish-born England middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan has cautioned those quick to clad him prematurely in a reserve tracksuit for the Ashes that if he gets a chance in any of the three warm-up games leading up to the first Test to be played at the Gabba in Brisbane, he will grab it. ANI

Obama will 'try his level best to avoid taboo 'K-word' during India trip': WSJ
United States President Barack Obama is expected to "try his level best to avoid the 'K-word'- Kashmir"- during his three-day trip to India that starts next week, a newspaper reported. ANI

Palin not amused by State Department's B-Day Tweet to Ahmadinejad
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley sent a birthday message to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad via Twitter Friday, prompting a response by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who described the post as "mind boggling foreign policy." ANI

'Aggrieved' Marine could be behind all three Pentagon building shootings: FBI
The United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has said that the shooter who targeted three Washington-area military buildings recently may be a Marine or someone with a grievance against the US Marine Corps. ANI

New security checks at US airports like 'foreplay'
Airline passengers and civil liberty groups have slammed TSA's new pat-down procedure, likening it to 'foreplay'. ANI

US publicly lauds India's role in making historic Af-Pak trade agreement a reality
The Obama Administration has publicly acknowledged the significant role played by India in the signing of the historic Transit Trade Agreement between Afghanistan and Pakistan after a protracted negotiation of 40 years. ANI

Marie Claire readers protest against blog maligning obese people
Readers of magazine Marie Claire, who were angered by a blog maligning overweight people, are protesting against it by staging a "Big Fat Kiss-in". ANI

Budget supermarket Aldi sells miracle cream at cut-price version
A new cream made from the world's rarest apples is being sold at budget supermarket Aldi at a price that is 28 times cheaper than the designer versions. ANI

Oxford University girls forced to dress as babies in bizarre initiation ritual
Shocking images of a number of female students forced into a booze-fuelled initiation ceremony dressed as babies at Oxford University have appeared on Facebook. ANI

India hopeful for place in UN Security Council, says Meera Shankar
India's Ambassador to the United States, Meera Shankar, in an exclusive interview to Asian News International, on Friday said that India is hopeful of securing permanent membership to the United Nations (UN) Security Council. ANI

"No indication" that Taliban leadership is interested in Afghan peace talks: Holbrooke
The Taliban leaders in Afghanistan have shown no interest so far in the Afghan reconciliation talks to end the war, despite an intensified and increasingly effective NATO military offensive in the region, a senior Obama administration official has said. ANI

Japanese statements violate China's sovereignty, territorial integrity
Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Hu Zhengyue has accused Japanese representatives of violating China's sovereignty and territorial integrity through statements to the media during the summit meetings between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its partners. ANI

Sex toy exhibit at NZ kids' show appalls parents
Display of s*x toys in a parent and child show by an exhibitor invited strong criticism from fellow stallholders and many of the visitors. ANI

Abducted Indian principal regains freedom in Nigeria
The Indian-born principal of the Exxon Mobil Pegasus Schools in Eket in southeast Nigeria's Akwa Ibom, Lakshmi Tombush, has been released. ANI

Man killed by farmer in Portugal for having s*x with donkey
A 68-year-old man was killed by a farmer because the former had s*x with the latter's donkey. ANI

Bomb discovery underscores threat from Yemen, al-Qaeda: US official
The discovery of two bombs on planes bound for the United States from Yemen has underscored once again the threat from Yemen and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. ANI

Moroccan model says 'sorry' over Berlusconi s*x scandal
A 17-year-old Moroccan model, Karima Keyek, has said 'sorry' over a s*x scandal, as Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faced calls for his resignation. ANI

Suspicious packages, a credible terrorist threat to the US: Obama
President Barack Obama has described the discovery of two packages containing explosives, shipped from Yemen and addressed to synagogues in Chicago, as very "credible terrorist threat" to the United States. ANI

Say goodbye to wrinkles with new 'vampire filler'!
Doctors have come up with an innovative albeit a bit macabre way of treating wrinkles - vampire fillers. ANI

'Tubeless toilet paper' to drive away your bathroom woes!
It's a pesky thing to get that last bit of toilet paper off the cardboard tube but a new tubeless toilet paper promises to rid people of their toilet paper struggles. ANI

Muslim man told his divorce joke to wife on Skype stands
A Muslim man, who jokingly told his wife "talak, talak, talak" (I divorce thee, I divorce thee, I divorce thee) in an online Skype messenger conversation, has been told the separation stands. ANI

Global terrorist Carlos the Jackal was feted, pampered by Stasi backers
Recent evidence on global terrorist Carlos the Jackal has shown that he was not only supplied weapons and given sanctuary by the East German secret police, but also feted and pampered by them. ANI

US ambassador 'justifies' drone attacks in Pak as 'part of war on terror'
The newly appointed US ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Phelps Munter, has termed drone attacks in its tribal region as part of their war on terror, as they are targeted against militants, a private TV channel has reported. ANI

Frenchman who asked Rachida Dati for 'an inflation' locked up for 2 days
A 40-year-old Frenchman who sent a joke email to the former Justice Minister Rachida Dati, asking for 'an inflation', was locked up for two days and is facing criminal charges.he unnamed contacted the MEP at the European Parliament in Strasbourg last week following her appearance on a national radio station when she confused the words "fellatio" and "inflation" - which sound similar in French. ANI

Hillary Clinton arrives for ASEAN Summit in Vietnam
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Vietnamese capital Hanoi on Saturday for the Association of South East Asia Nations (ASEAN) Summit, even as the United States gets set to join the East Asia Summit group. ANI

At 28, Prince William suffering from 'hair thinning'
Prince William, the heir to the throne of England has recently been spotted with his mane, which has become increasingly thin. ANI

'Wrong to say 4-year-old approaching fifth birthday not incapable of negligence': NY judge
A New York State Supreme Court judge has said that it is wrong to say that four-year-olds approaching their fifth birthday are not "presumed incapable of negligence." ANI

Manmohan Singh promises visa on arrival for citizens of four ASEAN nations
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday announced that nationals from Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines and Laos would be given visas on arrival from January 1, 2011. ANI

Now wake up at the crack of a 'fake' dawn!
Ever looked outside on a wintry morning and sidled back into bed feeling lackluster? Now, a British firm has created an alarm clock that creates an artificial dawn to drive your blues away. ANI

CCTV footage shows Brit cops pinning down naked mum in cell
A mother, who was accused of assaulting cops, has been cleared by the court after watching a CCTV footage which showed cops attacking her. ANI

US likely to provide additional 400mn-dollar military aid to Pak
The United States is likely to provide an additional annual military assistance of 300-400 million dollars to Pakistan, besides the package of 2.029 billion dollars announced last week, after having a "better understanding" of the latter's position on North Waziristan during the latest round of their strategic dialogue in Washington. ANI

Taliban demands removal of leaders names from US, UN terror blacklist
The Afghan Taliban is demanding that the names of its senior leaders are removed from US and United Nations terror blacklists and that a number of prisoners are released as a precondition of further peace talks. ANI

Obama a bigger threat to U.S. than Al Qaeda: Colorado governor candidate
Colorado gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo has claimed that President Barack Obama is a bigger threat to the United States than Al Qaeda or terrorism, ANI

Australia on alert after bomb packages found on US-bound cargo jets
Australian authorities are on alert after American authorities intercepted two bombs meant for Jewish organizations in Chicago. ANI

Manmohan Singh takes part in ASEAN Summit in Vietnam
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday began talks with other leaders attending the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Vietnam capital Hanoi. ANI

Walt Disney, Virgin and Google amongst top 10 dream employers
Are you one of those who want to work someplace else? If so, you aren't alone - a study released this week showed that 73 per cent of workers want to work somewhere else. ANI

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