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Nixon phone transcript reveals US-UK special relationship collapse in 1973
A transcript of a phone call between former US president Richard Nixon and his Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has now revealed the depth of the collapse of the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom in August 1973. ANI

Ongoing probe suggests US national 'abducted for ransom' in Pakistan: Official
The abduction of US national Warren Weinstein in Lahore seems to be a case of kidnapping for ransom, according to a senior official close to the investigators. ANI

Canada to add word 'royal' to navy, air force
In a bid to embrace its traditional roots, Canada will restore the 'royal' label to its navy and air force today. ANI

Twelve killed within 24-hr time span as violence revisits Karachi
At least twelve people have been killed in firing incidents in Karachi within the last 24 hours as violence revisited the Pakistani port city after a brief period of relative calm. ANI

Allies nearly gave West Berlin to Soviets in return for more land in Germany
Declassified secret files have revealed that at the height of the Cold War, the West was poised to trade West Berlin in exchange for other territory in then East Germany. ANI

Yoga offered at many Christian universities in USA
Many Christian universities/colleges in USA have been offering yoga, according to reports. ANI

Lost manuscript claims Butch Cassidy did not die in 1908 shootout
A lost manuscript has claimed that notorious American outlaw Butch Cassidy did not die in a gunfight in a shootout alongside his partner in Bolivia in 1908. ANI

Rikers Island gets 4.5 stars for being New York's best prison
A popular online review site has revealed that Rikers Island has been awarded 4.5 stars for being New York's best prison. ANI

Davy Crockett's 'fabled' stand at Alamo 'lasted just 20 minutes'
The defiant last stand of the legendary Davy Crockett at the Alamo, helped define a young America's pursuit of liberty, but as it turns out, it was just a myth. ANI

Cisco sued for aiding dissidents' torture in China's Golden Shield Project
Cisco, one of the world's largest technology companies, is in the dock for allegedly aiding the Chinese Communist party to implement the 2000 Golden Shield Project. ANI

New financial disclosures reveal Bachmann worth at least 912,000 dollars
US Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has assets worth at least 912,000 dollars that includes her clinic in Minnesota and a family farm in Wisconsin, according to new financial disclosures. ANI

It's time Pak gets over India-centric obsession, adopts 'more sensible' policies: Editorial
The Pakistan Government must pay attention to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's recent advice to move beyond its India-centric obsession and adopt a "more sensible set of policies" for a better future, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Scarcity of safe drinking water, food in Pak's flood-hit Badin district
Recent floods and rain in the Pakistani district of Badin have resulted in the scarcity of safe drinking water and food there. ANI

64-yr-old Pakistan still not independent as 'local elite' replace British rule
While Pakistan marks 64 years of independence from the British rule, the country seems to be going backwards in many areas. ANI

Hoax collar bomb suspect arrested in US
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested a 50-year-old man in the United States over allegations that he had strapped a fake bomb around the neck of a schoolgirl in Sydney, Australia. ANI

Some folks in Congress would rather see their opponents lose than America win: Obama
US President Barack Obama harshly criticized the Republican candidates for their opposition to raising taxes as part of a deal to lower the nation's debt, during his three-day Midwest bus tour. ANI

15mins of exercise per day can extend life by 3 years!
As little as 15 minutes of exercise everyday can extend your life by as much as three years, a new research has found. ANI

Museum of Broken Relationships celebrates failed romances
When a relationship falls apart, the once shared relics and accumulated possessions often give a heartache of sorts. ANI

US tipped off Gorbachev about Kremlin coup, but he didn't believe it till he was toppled
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has revealed that he was tipped off by former US President George Bush Senior about a Kremlin coup against him, but he didn't believe the it till he was toppled. ANI

Pak civilian convicted in Karachi extrajudicial killing case 'challenges life term'
Afsar Khan, the Pakistani civilian who was convicted along with six Rangers personnel in the Sarfaraz Shah extrajudicial killing case, has challenged the verdict of the anti-terrorism court that sentenced him to life imprisonment. ANI

Pak cops who attended US Consul General's Iftaar party 'face axe'
The Pakistani cops who attended the Iftaar party hosted by Carmela Conroy, the US Consul General in Lahore, without getting permission from the quarters concerned, are likely to get the axe. ANI

California based Aptera automaker halts electric car for good?
Would-be California automaker Aptera has announced that it is returning all deposits it currently holds for its two-seat, three-wheel electric car. ANI

Norway gunman understands he is 'demon' but deems attacks 'necessary'
Anders Behring Breivik, the man behind the July 22 terror strikes in Oslo and Utoya, understands that he is seen as a 'demon' but deemed massacre of over 70 people as 'necessary'. ANI

Quality of life for over-50s in UK suffering due to protracted downturn
A new study has found that the quality of life for the over-50s in the UK is suffering due to rising inflation and unemployment. ANI

Bachmann accused of doing a 'Madonna' to snub Perry at party dinner in Iowa
US Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has been accused of snubbing Rick Perry, her new rival for the White House, at a party dinner in her home town, for entering the hall "like she was Madonna". ANI

China's seawater found contaminated by Fukushima radioactive effluents
China's ocean watch-dog has warned that the country's seawaters are at the risk of being contaminated by radioactive effluents discharged from Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant that was crippled by the March 11 earthquake. ANI

US drone attack kills four people, including one child, in North Waziristan
At least four people have been killed in a US drone strike in northwest Pakistan. ANI

Radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki may have played major role in 9/11 attacks: Report
The US Congress has reportedly initiated an investigation into whether the radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was an overlooked 'key player' in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. ANI

'Football bad boy' Barton plays 'Good Samaritan', stops burglary at neighbour's house
Football bad boy and Newcastle United player Joey Barton played good samaritan by helping to catch a burglar who broke into his neighbour's house. ANI

Prince Harry rumoured to have split with lingerie model girlfriend
Prince Harry is said to have split with his current lingerie model girlfriend Florence Brudenell-Bruce. ANI

Explosive detectors to be installed at Mecca's mosque gates to step up security
Saudi authorities plan to step up security at the Holy Mosque in Mecca by installing explosives detectors at its entrances. ANI

Chinese citizens can now sue government for refusing to release public information
The Supreme People's Court, the apex court in China, has ruled that Chinese citizens can sue any government department that refuses to release information liable to made public by law. ANI

China admits revision of personal Income Tax document was forged
China's State Administration of Taxation (SAT) has said that a widely-circulated document concerning revisions in the country's individual income tax law was forged. ANI

Indian jailed in US for sexually abusing passenger on flight
An Indian man in America has been sentenced to a year in prison for sexually abusing a female passenger sleeping next to him on a flight. ANI

FBI 'collaborating' with Pakistan on hunt for abducted US national: State Dept.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been collaborating with the Pakistanis on an investigation into the abduction of US national Warren Weinstein. ANI

Six NATO tankers set ablaze in Pakistan
In the latest attack on convoys in Pakistan carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, at least six NATO oil tankers were set ablaze in Muzaffargarh in the wee hours of Tuesday. ANI

China inflation may rise to 6.2 percent in third quarter: Report
China's inflation rate is likely to rise from its existing 5.7 percent to 6.2 percent in the third quarter, a state think tank has predicted. ANI

Hillary Clinton 'can't resist' White House run: Ed Rendell
Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has said that he does not believe that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is ready to retire from public life without putting an effort towards becoming 'the first American female president in history'. ANI

Pakistan denies giving China access to US 'Osama raid' helicopter
Pakistan has rejected foreign media reports that its spy agency had allowed Chinese engineers to take photographs of the wreckage of a US Stealth helicopter crashed during the Osama bin Laden raid. ANI

US aid cut directly linked to trainer reduction in Pakistan, not any new policy: US official
A US defence official has rubbished a media report about a new 'pay-for-performance' mechanism put in place by the US government to gauge how best to measure Pakistani co-operation and make decisions on aid. ANI

Zawahiri urges "Muslim brothers everywhere" to "hunt down" US, avenge Osama's killing
New al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged Muslims around the world to continue to target the United States and avenge the killing of his predecessor Osama bin Laden. ANI

Quake Global Introduces Inmarsat Capability to its Q-Pro M2M Modem
Quake Global, Inc., a leading manufacturer of asset tracking satellite M2M modems, announced today the availability of QUAKE’s Q-Pro Satellite Data Modem for use on the Inmarsat network. The service will enable QUAKE™ to offer its customers low-cost satellite tracking and data services globally over the Inmarsat-4 satellite constellation Business Wire India

Kurion Ion Specific Media System Achieving Water Cleanup Goals at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant
Kurion, Inc., an innovator in nuclear waste management, announced that its Ion Specific Media System has been achieving its cesium removal goal of approximately 99.9% at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant since startup on July 17th Business Wire India

SGI Acquires OpenCFD Ltd., the Leader in Open Source Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Software
SGI (NASDAQ:SGI), a trusted leader in technical computing, announced that it has completed the acquisition of OpenCFD Ltd., the leader in open source computational fluid dynamics. Business Wire India

Welch Allyn Names Anil Dass Country Manager for India
Welch Allyn, a leading global manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, announced Anil Dass will be joining the company as the Country Manager for India. Dass will lead all Welch Allyn business activities to advance strategy and goals, including seeking significant sales and margin growth in the years ahead Business Wire India

Bank of America to Exit International Credit Card Businesses
Bank of America Corporation announced that it has agreed to sell its credit card business in Canada to TD Bank Group and that it will exit its credit card businesses in the U.K. and Ireland. Business Wire India

SiliconCore Technology Patent Issued for Laser Diode Driver “Thin Gate Driver”
SiliconCore Technology, a leading fabless analog products company, announced that the US Patent Office has approved its patent application for “Higher Performance DVD Writing Current Circuit” and has issued the patent under patent number US 7,916,613 B2 Business Wire India

IDG Connect Launches IT White Paper Library App for the iPad
IDG Connect has created a new iPad app which gives users full access to its global IT white paper library. This application is free to download through Apple’s iTunes store and enables users to search over 6,000 pdfs and save them to their own personal ‘bookshelf’. Business Wire India

Changing the Future of Guided Wave Technology for the Energy Industry
As a global leader providing innovative solutions to the power generation industry for nearly three decades and in response to the industry needs for a stronger technical foundation when employing guided wave technologies, Structural Integrity Associates, Inc. (SI) announces the acquisition of the Inspection Services Group from FBS, Inc Business Wire India

Molycorp Announces Major Rare Earth Supply Agreement with Hitachi Metals
Molycorp, Inc Business Wire India

A Stunning, High-Speed Recovery for European and North American Auto Suppliers as EBITDA Skyrockets, According to Annual PRTM Global Auto Supplier Study
While most auto suppliers traveled a bumpy road during the last two years, European and North American auto suppliers increased EBITDA from 2009 to 2010 by 76% and 68%, respectively, and North American suppliers emerged as the most likely global consolidators in 2011 Business Wire India

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