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Meet the US mum who wants to be world's fattest at 726 kilos!
An obese US model wants to set a world record of the fattest woman ever by achieving a weight of 726 kilograms with a per day intake of 20,000 calories. ANI

Atleast 33 killed in past 24 hours in Karachi
Islamabad, Aug 18 Atleast 33 people have been killed in the past 24 hours in the ongoing bloodbath in Karachi. ANI

Indian couple accuses UK law firm of cast discrimination after losing job
An Indian couple has become the first in the UK to claim caste discrimination after they were forced to quit their jobs in a legal firm following their marriage. ANI

Royal Wedding increases sale of Hello! Magazine
The Royal Wedding and the excitement about the new Duchess of Cambridge have helped boost the sale of Hello! magazine by more than a quarter in the first six months of this year. ANI

Brit woman spends 15K a year raising her 6 bulldogs like kids
A British woman has revealed that she spends 15,000 pounds a year raising her six bulldogs like children, providing all with their own wardrobes, feeding them organic diets and giving regular beauty treatments. ANI

Alcohol firms 'targeting youngsters' on social networks
Alcohol companies have been accused of targeting young people with their drink campaigns on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. ANI

Pak Army waiting for tribal 'uprising' against foreign militants in North Waziristan
The Pakistan military is waiting for the Wazir and Dawar tribes to initiate a 'Wana-like uprising' against foreign militants in North Waziristan, where the United States wants action against the Haqqani network, tribal elders and military officials have said. ANI

Abducted US national was engaged in mysterious activities like Davis: Rana Sanaullah
Pakistan's Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has claimed that US national Warren Weinstein, who was abducted at gunpoint by unidentified men in Lahore last Saturday, was engaged in mysterious activities like those of CIA contractor Raymond Davis. ANI

Sindh CM directs mobilizing resources for relief work in flood-hit Sindh
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed concerned departments to mobilize resources for relief work in his province's flood- hit districts. ANI

UN human rights chief to ask International war crimes court to probe Syria violence
The United Nations human rights chief is likely to tell the Security Council that the International war crimes court should investigate Syria's violent crackdown on pro-democracy protestors, diplomatic sources have revealed. ANI

Now, 'Chat procedure' to help US identify terrorists
US security officials will seek to identify terrorists through their reactions and answers using a new 'chat down' procedure. ANI

Norway gunman 'prepared another bigger bomb'
Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik, had prepared a second bomb bigger than the one that exploded in Oslo, it has emerged. ANI

Young shun sunscreen as they think holidays without tan are 'uncool'
A new survey has found that thousands of young holidaymakers are avoiding sunscreen because they believe it is "uncool" to go home without a tan. ANI

Virgin Atlantic to issue 'emotional health warnings' before in-flight films
Virgin Atlantic is set to introduce "emotional health warnings" before passengers are shown its in-flight films, in a bizarre bid to prevent tears at 30,000 feet. ANI

'Paedo' Brit grandma caught having sex with 15-year-old boy
A predatory grandmother in the UK has been ordered to sign the Sex Offender Register for sleeping with a 15-year old boy. ANI

French fashion blogger says NY women 'pressurized' to stay 'thin to the brink'
French fashion blogger and illustrator Garance Dore has revealed how women in New York are always under pressure to maintain their 'thin-to-the-brink' figures quite unlike her native Paris, where women are also extremely slim. ANI

Pakistan may start 'de-radicalisation programme' to combat rising extremism
The Pakistan Government is considering starting a national de-radicalisation programme to combat rising fundamentalism and extremism in the country. ANI

US air force to discharge officer who doubted Obama's citizenship
The American Air Force is discharging an officer, who refused to report to duty in Germany for a few days earlier this month because he doubted President Barack Obama's citizenship. ANI

Thai cabinet ministers perform Hindu rituals before first day in office
Some newly appointed Thailand cabinet ministers paid homage to Hindu deities before stepping into new jobs, according to reports. ANI

Meet the Scottish girl who could die simply by combing her hair
Combing hair is a part of everyone's daily routine, but for a Scottish schoolgirl, who suffers from an extremely rare medical condition, it could mean life or death. ANI

Meet Otis, the parachuting pooch that loves to skydive
Most dogs are content with walks around the park, but 10-year-old Otis loves going "walkies" in the air, and he has taken part in 64 tandem skydives. ANI

UK Police looks into prisoners' complaint of fence obstructing their view
UK Prison inspectors have tried to resolve Worcestershire's Long Lartin prison inmates' complaint that a fence around the exercise yard obstructs the view thus damaging their eyesight. ANI

UK MP wants James Murdoch to quit BSkyB
James Murdoch, the son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, is facing fresh calls to resign as chairman of the satellite broadcasting company BsykB, as he is being hauled back before a parliamentary committee that is investigating phone hacking revelations. ANI

US remains worried about Chinese access to 'Osama raid' helicopter
The United States military continues to remain worried about the possibility of Chinese engineers having accessed the wreckage of a US Stealth helicopter that crashed during the Osama bin Laden raid in Abbottabad, despite clarifications from Beijing and Islamabad. ANI

'Internet jihadist' threatens American host David Letterman
American talk show host David Letterman has been threatened by a jihadist website contributor for making a 'rude' joke on his show. ANI

Strauss-Kahn accuser suffered 'rape, assault' injuries, says leaked medical notes(Re-issue)
Leaked medical notes have confirmed that the New York hotel maid, who claimed she was sexually abused by former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, suffered 'rape' and 'assault'. ANI

Syria issues shoot-on-sight order to prevent protestors' escaping to Turkey
Syrian security forces have issued a shoot-on-sight orders on refugees attempting to flee across the country's border into safety camps in Turkey. ANI

San Francisco police website falls prey to hackers
Hackers have reportedly attacked San Francisco Police websites, and posted personal information of the officers online. ANI

Kate Middleton, late McQueen give London world's fashion capital crown
Kate Middleton's exceptional sense of fashion and the tragic suicide of British designer Alexander McQueen have helped London usurp New York as fashion capital of the world in 2011. ANI

'Honest' Japanese return 50million pounds found in earthquake rubble to owners
Japanese people have proved their honesty by returning about 50 million pounds in cash found in the rubble left behind in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami to their owners. ANI

Indian couple in UK approach court over 'caste discrimination'
A young Hindu-Sikh couple in Britain has claimed 'caste discrimination', saying they were forced out of their jobs following their inter-caste marriage. ANI

Strauss-Khan accuser suffered 'rape, assault' injuries, says leaked medical notes
Leaked medical notes have confirmed that the New York hotel maid, who claimed she was sexually abused by former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, suffered 'rape' and 'assault'. ANI

'Cyber bullied' UK teachers fear social networking sites more than Ofsted
The United Kingdom's National Association of Head Teachers has said social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter pose a "devastating" threat to schools and are a "bigger fear than the school inspectorate Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted). ANI

Brooks 'to keep chauffeur-driven car for 2 years, paid for by News International'
Former News International chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, will be hanging on to her chauffeur-driven car, paid for by the company, it has emerged. ANI

Pak military's intentions towards India "overrated": Hina Khar
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said the army does not run the country's foreign policy, and that the military's intentions towards India have been overrated. ANI

Focus on employee engagement to boost work output, says study
A study has indicated that the performance management process should evaluate and focus on employee engagement in addition to job performance. ANI

US reiterates that diplomat's racial slur in Chennai was unacceptable
The United States State Department has reiterated that comments made by one of its diplomats in India was unacceptable and inconsistent with core American values. ANI

US not trying to destabilise India through Hazare's anti-corruption movement: State Department
The United States Government has rejected reports coming out of India that it has had a role to play in destabilizing that country during the anti-corruption campaign launched by socialist and civil activist Anna Hazare. ANI

Taliban cashing in on Karachi violence
The ongoing bloodbath in Karachi is helping the Taliban to raise cash and allowing their fighters to rest in Pakistan's largest city, a British newspaper has reported. ANI

Pakistan moves military personnel, assets from Indian border to Afghan side
Pakistani officials do not feel any threat to their national security from India despite relocating a considerable number of military personnel and assets from its eastern border to the western side to fight al-Qaeda and Taliban militants. ANI

Nawaz demands fresh polls in Pakistan
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has demanded fresh parliamentary elections in the country. ANI

Fifteen people killed, six vehicles torched in Karachi
At least 15 more people were killed and some half a dozen vehicles were torched in Karachi as the city's downtown and surrounding areas changed into a battle ground, where gangsters propelled rockets and hurled hand grenades freely, besides engaging in intense exchange of fire. ANI

Coca-Cola Invests US$4 Billion for Long-Term Sustainable Growth in China
The Coca-Cola Company and its Chinese bottling partners today announced a new investment of US$4 billion over the next three years, commencing 2012. Business Wire India

Lenovo Reports First Quarter 2011/12 Results
Lenovo Group today reported results for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2011, and for the seventh consecutive quarter, Lenovo grew faster than any of the top five PC manufacturers, helping the Company to become the world’s third largest PC vendor in total shipments.* During the first quarter, Lenovo’s worldwide PC shipments grew 23 Business Wire India

Cegedim Relationship Management Recognized by Frost & Sullivan with the Competitive Strategy Innovation Award in Mobile Sales Force Automation
Cegedim Relationship Management has announced that they are the recipient of Frost & Sullivan’s prestigious 2011 North American Competitive Strategy Innovation Award in Mobile Sales Force Automation (SFA) Business Wire India

CORRECTING and REPLACING Kurion Ion Specific Media System Achieving Water Cleanup Goals at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant
In the press release dated August 15, 2011, the first sentence should conclude "...since startup on June 17th", sted "...since startup on July 17th." Business Wire India

Geospatial World Honors CEO Greg Bentley for Lifetime Achievement in Geospatial Innovation
The Latin American Geospatial Forum – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced that Geospatial World, published by India-based Geospatial Media and Communications Pvt. Ltd. (formerly known as GIS Development Pvt. Ltd Business Wire India

Trianz Achieves Highest IBM Accreditation for Tivoli Deployments
Global Consulting and Turnkey Execution Services firm Trianz has won the AAA accreditation for its capabilities on IBM’s IBM Business Partner with the highest technical standards and certifications for delivering Tivoli solutions. Tivoli solutions are Integrated AAA accreditation for TPM is the first to be awarded by IBM anywhere in the world Business Wire India

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