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10-yr-old Vogue model Thylane Loubry's raunchy pics get mum's support
The mother of 10-year-old French Vogue model Thylane Loubry Blondeau has reportedly defended her daughter's high fashion photoshoots. ANI

Brit student 'has tongue lengthened to speak Korean like natives'!
A British student has undergone a surgery to increase the length of her tongue so that she can speak Korean language like a native. ANI

Oz 'Rip 'n' Roll' sex ad stars to become 9-yr-old's foster parents
The couple, who featured in the controversial 'Rip and Roll' sex advertisements of Queensland Association of Health Communities, have decided to be foster parents to a nine-year-old boy. ANI

'Concerned' Pippa keeping tabs on slimmed-down Kate's eating habits
Pippa Middleton is so concerned about her newly-wed sister Kate's ever-shrinking size six frame that she has resorted to making repeated phone calls to the elder sibling in a bid to make sure that she eats more. ANI

American Apparel's controversial 'Teenagers Do It Better' T-shirt
A controversial T-shirt by American Apparel reading "Teenagers Do It Better" has landed in hot water after it was seen as sending out the wrong message. ANI

Jane Fonda pens sex guide for over-70 couples
Veteran actress Jane Fonda has penned a book for the couples of her generation on how to keep the warmth of passion ticking in a relationship even when the old age snatches the enthusiasm away. ANI

US woman disfigured in chimp attack gets a new face
Two years after she was attacked and horribly disfigured by a friend's pet chimpanzee, an American woman has revealed her new face on the television. ANI

Assad's brutal dictatorship likely to end without Saudi support
Following Saudi Arabia's decision to break its silence on the brutal killing of civilians in Syria and to withdraw its support for President Bashar al-Assad, his regime's ability to survive the uprising and to continue with its cruel dictatorship is now being questioned. ANI

Archbishop of Canterbury blames breakdown of British education system for riots
The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has condemned England 's current education system for failing to instill " virtue, character and citizenship " in children, and called for its overhaul. ANI

UK MOD blamed for 'pussy footing' on UFO probe
The Ministry of Defence did not carry out a thorough study of thousands of British Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) sightings since World War II because of a lack of resources and "higher priorities", the latest released batch of the UK's X-Files have claimed. ANI

Rising enmity haunts China-Japan relations: Poll
There has been drop among Chinese and Japanese people about the feelings of friendship towards one another following a year of often turbulent relations, a poll conducted simultaneously in both countries have revealed. ANI

US-Pak counterterrorism cooperation to continue: State Department
The United States would continue counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan, the State Department has said. ANI

Pakistan admits having operational-level difficulties in ties with US
Pakistan has admitted having operational-level difficulties in bilateral ties with the United States, and said that it has been working with Washington at every level to 'sort them out'. ANI

Indonesian fishermen 'abused, raped, beaten' on Korean boats in Kiwi waters
A study has revealed that Indonesian fishermen have been beaten, raped and forced to eat rotten food on Korean-owned fishing boats, operating in New Zealand's exclusive economic zone. ANI

Canadian tech workers 'lose jobs but win $7 min in lottery'
A group of 18 Canadian technology workers won a 7million-dollar lottery this week on the same day ten of them lost their jobs at an Ottawa manufacturing plant. ANI

Three cops killed as captured Taliban commander escapes in Peshawar
Three cops were killed by unidentified gunmen, who ambushed police ferrying terror suspects to dental treatment in a university campus in Peshawar and drove off with the detainees, including a Taliban commander. ANI

One Rangers man handed death penalty, others get life term for extrajudicial killing in Pakistan
An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan has awarded the death sentence to a Rangers official and life imprisonment to six others in the Sarfaraz Shah extrajudicial killing case. ANI

Gordon Brown's wife subjected to 'body search' in UK Parliament
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's wife Sarah Brown was subjected to a body search in the country's Parliament after security was raised ahead of yesterday's House of Commons debate on the ongoing riots. ANI

China's new nuke plants may get approval soon
China has concluded a nationwide safety inspection of its nuclear plants in the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis, an indication that it is getting closer towards securing approvals for new nuclear plants, a China Nuclear Energy Association website has claimed. ANI

Brit women labelled Europe's biggest holiday beach prudes
A survey has revealed that British women have been voted as Europe's biggest holiday beach prudes. ANI

Taliban's use of female suicide bombers may complicate security efforts in 'conservative' Pakistan
The use of females in suicide bomb blasts is a sign of militants' desperation to carry out high-level attacks in Pakistan, and this may also complicate security efforts as officials have been reluctant to search women. ANI

Oz girls' school teacher jailed over sex with 16-year-old student
A 58-year-old Australian girls' school teacher has been jailed for two years and 10 months for having sex with a 16-year-old student up to 30 times. ANI

Indian anaesthetist used hands of sedated patients to carry out 'obscene acts'
An Indian origin consultant anaesthetist in the US has been accused of using the hands of sedated patients to perform obscene acts on himself during abortion procedures. ANI

SA investigator in Anni Dewani murder case accused of calling guard "stupid black baboon"
A senior South African police officer who had been handling the mysterious murder case of India-origin bride Anni Dewani, has appeared in court after being accused of being both corrupt and racist. ANI

Miss America calls Newsweek depiction of Michele Bachmann 'sexist'
Miss America Teresa Scanlan has said that the Newsweek magazine describing Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann as the 'Queen of Rage' on its cover, is definitely 'sexist'. ANI

British Govt responsible for safety of Pak-origin UK nationals: Pak FO
The safety of British nationals of Pakistani origin is the responsibility of the British Government, Pakistan's Foreign Office has said. ANI

Fergie walks out of Oz TV interview following 'cash-for-access' ambush
Sarah Ferguson has reportedly stormed out of a TV interview during which her manager claims she was 'ambushed" over the cash-for-access scandal. ANI

Stay atop the sex doll to win world's wacky river race!
More than 800 Russians took part in the ninth Annual Bubble Baba (a rude Russian word for 'woman') Challenge, where they had to race each other floating down the river atop sex dolls. ANI

Chinese households save much more than US counterparts: Research
A new research has found that urban Chinese households save much more than American counterparts. ANI

Indian Americans emerging as fundraising force in 2012 presidential poll campaign
Indian Americans are emerging as a fundraising force in the 2012 campaign season, a move that is widely viewed as an initiative to expand the community's political influence in the country. ANI

Bachmann clarifies what being 'submissive' to her husband means
Minnesota Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann has issued a clarification about what she meant when she said "it was important for wives to be submissive," saying it means 'respect' to her and her husband. ANI

Maryland gallery exhibiting Hindu kolam quilts
The Himmelfarb Gallery of Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel (Maryland, USA) is holding a quilt exhibition based on Hindu kolam designs till August 27. ANI

Sparring Bachmann and Pawlenty 'drop gloves' at Iowa debate
The fierce battle between fellow Minnesotans, former Governor Tim Pawlenty and congresswoman Michele Bachmann came to a head, when the two met for the first time for debate in Iowa. ANI

Gilani vows to boost Pakistan's nuclear programme
The Pakistan Government is determined to boost the national nuclear programme, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

UK trainee pilots given chance to fly 'iconic' restored Spitfire
A flight academy in Britain is giving people a chance to become 'fighter aces' by flying three different World War II planes, including the iconic Spitfire TR-9 model that helped secure a decisive victory. ANI

US artist recreates 'Mona Lisa' with espresso!
Have you ever imagined indulging in some coffee art when you're sipping your espresso at a local coffeehouse? ANI

UK to seek US advice on combating gangs
Britain said Thursday that it would seek U.S. law enforcement advice on fighting gang violence, as the U.K. deals with riots that have gripped several of the country's cities. ANI

'Made in China' tag loses manufacturing cost advantage
China has lost the manufacturing cost advantage of almost 20 percent on goods because of a rise in raw material prices. ANI

Chinese train manufacturer to recall 54 high-speed trains over safety concerns
Train manufacturer China CNR Corp. Ltd. has said it will recall 54 high-speed trains plying on the Beijing-Shanghai Railway line due to safety concerns. ANI

China launches Pakistan's first communications satellite
Pakistan's first communications satellite PAKSAT-1R has been launched on board China's Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan province. ANI

Texas Governor Rick Perry announces 2012 White House bid
Texas Governor Rick Perry has declared that he will contest the 2012 presidential race. ANI

Libyan diplomats in London tried to sell assets before expulsion
London-based diplomats loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had tried to sell off embassy assets, including cars, to raise money for the cash-strapped Tripoli regime before being expelled by the British government, sources have revealed. ANI

CIA claim of zero civilian deaths from drone strikes 'bitterly disputed': NYT
The civilian casualties from the Central Intelligence Agency's drone campaign, which is widely credited with disrupting Al Qaeda and its allies in Pakistan's tribal region, has been in bitter dispute since the predator strikes were accelerated in 2008. ANI

Musharraf says Pakistanis' 'love, trust, support' have compelled him to contest next Pak polls
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said that the support, love and trust of people living in Pakistan and abroad have compelled him to take part in the next polls. ANI

Pak Taliban claim female suicide attack in Peshawar
The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for Thursday's female suicide blast and another bomb attack against police to "avenge" military operations in Pakistan's tribal belt. ANI

Confirmed: Grazia 'digitally slimmed Kate's waist in wedding issue'
Women's fashion magazine Grazia, which got into controversy for digitally slimming Kate Middleton's waist on its cover pic, has now admitted to the retouching after early denials. ANI

Levi Johnston's sis claims Bristol Palin had 5 lipo and plastic surgeries
Mercede Johnston, whose brother Levi was twice-engaged to Bristol Palin, has claimed that her former would-be sis-in-law had gone under the knife up to five times. ANI

Pak-origin families grieve over loss of sons in UK riots
Bereaved families of three British nationals of Pakistani origin who were killed during the intervening periods of Tuesday and Wednesday in a run-and-hit incident in Birmingham city during UK riots, have expressed grief over their loss. ANI

Anonymous denies claims it wants to 'kill' Facebook
Hacking group Anonymous has denied claims that it wants to destroy Facebook, saying the whole thing 'has been a misunderstanding'. ANI

Budgetary constraints, strained ties to affect US aid to Pakistan: Congressional report
Budgetary constraints are forcing US lawmakers to seek a balance between US national security interests in Pakistan and aid to the country, a congressional report has said. ANI

WNS (Holdings) Limited Announces Details of Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading global business process outsourcing (BPO) provider, today announced that the annual general meeting of its shareholders will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, beginning at 11.30 am (Jersey time), at Queensway House, Hilgrove Street, St Helier, Jersey JE1 1ES, Channel Islands Business Wire India

Covidien Announces Share Repurchase Program
Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a program to purchase up to $2 billion of the Company’s ordinary shares from time to time, based on market conditions. Business Wire India

eHarmony Names Jeremy Verba Chief Executive Officer
Jeremy Verba has been named eHarmony’s CEO and a member of its Board of Directors. Verba joins eHarmony at a compelling time in the brand’s history, which includes significant growth in mobile and continued international market expansion. Business Wire India

Delta Partners Expands Its Partners Group in Singapore
Delta Partners, the leading management advisory and investment firm specialized in telecoms, media and technology has promoted Juan Jose Rio to its partnership. Business Wire India

Cegedim Relationship Management Hosts Life Sciences Thought Leadership Events that Focus on Innovation
Cegedim Relationship Management, the leading global provider of technology solutions to the life sciences industry, hosted two life sciences thought leadership events in June and will conduct a third in September Business Wire India

Digital River Offers Consumer Electronics Manufacturers a Multi-Channel Online Distribution Program That Drives Sales from Product Presale Through Liquidation
Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), a leading provider of global e-commerce solutions, today announced the addition of a Multi-Channel Optimization Program to its enterprise Global Commerce™ solution Business Wire India

Genmark Automation Wins “YAW” Patent Infringement Judgment Against Innovative Robotics
Genmark Automation, Inc. represented by the law firm of McPharlin Sprinkles & Thomas of San Jose, California, today announced that the United States District Court Northern District of California - San Francisco Division, in its patent infringement legal action against Innovative Robotics Systems, Inc Business Wire India

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