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40 killed, 85 injured in Pak suicide bombing
At least 40 people were reportedly killed and 85 other were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque in northwest Pakistan today. ANI

James Patterson tops Forbes' list of world's best-paid authors with $84m
American thriller author, James Patterson has topped the list of Forbes magazine's annual look at the world's best-paid authors earning 84 million dollars last year. ANI

Girl, 15, becomes Europe's youngest to be fitted with bionic fingers
A 15-year-old girl has become the youngest in Europe to be fitted with bionic fingers in a 38,000-pound operation. ANI

Indonesia to regulate salt intake by 2012 to reduce rising mortality rate
Indonesia will regulate salt intake by next year to address rising mortality rate due to non-communicable disease (NCD). ANI

Russia opposes international calls for Syrian Prez Assad's departure
Russia has opposed US and European demands for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad 's departure, saying the embattled leader needs time to implement reforms. ANI

Norway gunman to make his second court appearance
Anders Behring Breivik, the man behind the July 22 terror strikes in Oslo and Utoya, will make his second court appearance on Friday. ANI

Libyan rebels tighten grip west of Tripoli
Libyan rebels have tightened their grip west of Tripoli by seizing an oil refinery in Zawiyah and taking control over Sabratha further west on the main highway from Tripoli to Tunisia. ANI

'Justin Bieber Way' street sign goes missing in Texas
Just two days after a small Texas town allowed a 'tween' mayor to rename a street 'Justin Bieber Way', the street sign has been stolen. ANI

Lincoln document returned to US National Archives
An 1862 letter sent to President Abraham Lincoln from three military surgeons requesting for a chaplain to tend to the wounded and dying soldiers after the Battle of Antietam, accompanied by the president's signed response, has been returned to the National Archives here. ANI

Obama leads diplomatic push for Syrian Prez Assad's departure
The international calls demanding embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's departure is being lead by US President Barack Obama, who issued a statement accusing Assad of 'imprisoning, torturing and slaughtering his own people.' ANI

Couples in long-term intimate relationships pick up each other's unhealthy habits
While previous research links marriage with multiple health benefits, a new US research has suggested that married straight couples and cohabiting gay and lesbian couples in long-term intimate relationships may pick up each other's unhealthy habits as well. ANI

Bali bomber to face mass murder charges in Indonesia
Indonesian authorities have charged Bali bomber, Umar Patek of mass murder in the 2002 Bali bombings which had killed 202 people. ANI

Gaza militants, Israel aircraft launch counter attacks
Gaza militants launched barrages of rockets deep into Israel early Friday and Israeli aircraft struck targets in the Palestinian territory in the aftermath of the deadliest attack against Israelis in three years. ANI

Man linked to Times Square bomber pleads guilty
A New York man accused of providing 7,000 dollars to a Connecticut man who tried to set off a bomb in Times Square last year has pleaded guilty to a charge that he conducted an unlicensed money-transmitting business. ANI

Harsh punishments handed down to London rioters: Report
British courts are giving prison sentences to convicted rioters that are on average 25 percent longer than normal, according a report. ANI

US nutrition experts outraged over diet book for girls as young as six
A diet book targeted at girls as young as six has sparked outrage among American nutrition experts. ANI

Jihadi group blamed for Indian Parliament attack reassumes full-scale public activity
After remaining underground for a decade since being banned in 2001, the Pakistan-based jihadi group Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) has reportedly resumed full-scale public activity, including fundraising, while security agencies appear to be overlooking its 'resurgence'. ANI

Rupert Murdoch 'quietly' sells his sprawling ranch in California
Media magnate Rupert Murdoch has quietly sold off his ranch in Carmel Valley, California because his wife, Wendi, "doesn't see it in her future portfolio". ANI

Couples who argue on honeymoon likely to fight throughout their married life
A new study by Ohio State University has revealed that couples who argue on their honeymoon are more likely to have a stormy marriage over the long term compared with newlyweds that get on well. ANI

Biden, Jiabao take pains to call for improved Sino-US ties
United States Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao took pains on Friday to highlight the need for improving bilateral ties, describing the current weaknesses in the relationship as a passing phase rather than a sign of decline. ANI

Japan finds first case of radioactive contaminated rice
Japanese inspectors on Friday reportedly found the first case of radioactive contamination in rice, adding the national grain to the list of foods harmed by the accident at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. ANI

Obama administration to deport fewer youths under new policy
The Obama administration has announced that it would suspend deportation proceedings against many illegal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety. ANI

Oxfam calls for effective disaster reduction steps in flood-prone Pakistan
An effective disaster reduction mechanism could have prevented fresh flooding in the southern areas of Pakistan, international aid agency Oxfam has said. ANI

Pak Army ends military operation in Kurram Agency
The Pakistan Army has announced the ending of its military offensive in Kurram Agency after clearing only Central Kurram of militants, without the opening of a crucial road link. ANI

Japan PM cancels US visit, under pressure to quit
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has scrapped plans to meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington next month, as pressure is building up on him to resign in coming weeks. ANI

Global terrorist attacks rose by 5 pct, deaths declined by 12 pct in 2010: Report
The US State Department report has said global terrorist attacks rose by almost five percent but the number of deaths declined for a third consecutive year, dropping 12 percent from 2009. ANI

Burmese Govt. invites Suu Kyi to economic forum
The Myanmar government has formally invited pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi to take part in a government-sponsored economic forum. ANI

Virginia executes man using 'lethal injection'
The US state of Virginia has executed a 30-year-old convicted murderer and rapist by lethal injection, despite objections from the drug manufacturer. ANI

US report points to 'increased resource-sharing between Qaida, Pak-based allies'
The United States has raised concern over the danger posed by the Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LeT) and increased resource-sharing between Al-Qaida (AQ) and its Pakistan-based allies and associates. ANI

China county imposes liquor ban on civil servants
China's Yueyang County in central Hunan Province has imposed a liquor ban on civil servants during working hours. ANI

Victoria Police may soon apply burqa removal law on Muslim women in prison, courts
Victoria Police may soon be given permission to apply new laws that allow them to insist that Muslim women remove their burqas for identification in prison or in court. ANI

Tsunami warning lifted after Japan quake
A tsunami advisory that was issued after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit off Japan's northeast coast this afternoon has been lifted. ANI

Karachi Police arrest 100 suspects in crackdown against terrorists
Karachi Police have claimed to have arrested over 100 suspects involved in terrorist activities in the violence-stricken Pakistani city. ANI

China urges Nepal parties to reach consensus on political disputes
China has urged Nepal's political parties to arrive at a consensus and settle their disputes. ANI

China to provide 'more pro active' assistance to street children
China has vowed to provide "more pro-active" assistance to its street children by severely cracking down on crimes involving children. ANI

US supports Pakistan in completing final phases of two hydroelectric dams
The United States has provided support to complete the final phases of two hydroelectric dams in Pakistan. ANI

Libyan PM calls for dialogue to resolve Libyan crisis
Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Ali Mahmudi has called for dialogue to resolve the ongoing Libyan crisis. ANI

Girl, 15, becomes youngest in Europe to get bionic fingers
A 15-year-old girl has become the youngest person in Europe to be fitted with bionic fingers in a 38,000 pound operation. ANI

Hamleys unveils Kate, William wedding dolls that resemble 'Thunderbirds'
World famous toyshop Hamleys has unveiled the Prince William and Princess Catherine wedding dolls, which are targeted at 14-year-olds. ANI

At least seven killed, scores wounded in cross-border attack in Israel
Atleast seven people were killed and scores wounded in a series of militant attacks from across the Egyptian border ANI

Gilani rejects Nawaz's call for snap polls in Pakistan
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has rejected Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif's demand for snap polls. ANI

Indiana to have Omkaar Hindu temple
A Hindu temple has reportedly been planned for Fort Wayne (Indiana, USA), which is expected to be complete in 2012. ANI

Darwin's evolution has gaps in it: US presidential candidate Perry
Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry has said that the theory of evolution has 'some gaps in it.' ANI

Prince Harry 'shocked' by UK riots
Britain's Prince Harry has expressed shock and dismay over the actions of the rioters after paying a visit to the areas worst affected by last week's violence across the UK. ANI

Four killed in Taliban attack on British Council in Kabul
At least four people were killed in a militant attack on the British Council in Kabul early on Friday, British and Afghan officials have said. ANI

Mathai undertakes first official visit to Bhutan
Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai is in Bhutan on his first official visit abroad after assuming charge earlier this month. The visit concludes today. ANI

20,000 remember 3 Brit-Pakistanis killed for protecting community from looters
Nearly 20,000 people turned out in Britain for an open-air funeral of three British Pakistani men who had died defending their community from rioters more than a week ago. ANI

Congressman terms US drone attacks as "summary executions, extra-judicial killings"
US Congressman Dennis J Kucinich has strongly criticised the Obama administration for using predator drones as a tool of war in Pakistan and elsewhere, terming these strikes as "summary executions" and "extra-judicial killings". ANI

Retweet, sexting and cyberbullying make it into new Oxford Dictionary
Retweet, sexting and cyberbullying are among a host of new words that have been added into the new edition of Concise Oxford English Dictionary for the first time. ANI

Middle East billionaire rents London penthouse for 2.86 million pounds per year
Despite the ongoing financial crisis adversely affecting the global economy, a Middle East billionaire will be renting a four-bedroom luxury penthouse, which costs a whopping 2.86 million pounds per year in London's Knightsbridge. ANI

Pakistan says it can bring Haqqani network to negotiation table
While Washington is pushing Islamabad for an army operation against Haqqani hideouts in the tribal region, the Pakistan military says it can bring the Haqqani militant network to the negotiation table, according to a media report. ANI

Inferiority complex, envy 'led Nazis to the Holocaust of 6 million Jews'
A new book by a leading German historian has claimed that a peculiar German inferiority complex coupled with a lust to 'get on' led to the country's collective moral collapse which led to the Holocaust of six million Jews. ANI

NOTW Hollywood reporter held over phone hacking
An award-winning Hollywood-based News of the World reporter, James Desborough, has been arrested by the officers investigating the phone hacking scandal. ANI

Gaddafi making plans to flee Libya: Report
Embattled Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is reportedly preparing to flee the nation over the next few days. ANI

Hindu temple in New Jersey plans expansion
The Sri Raja Ganapathi Temple in Swedesboro (New Jersey), also known as Veda Agama Sudha and Sivaguru Ashram, is planning expansion, according to reports. ANI

US demands safe recovery of American abducted in Pakistan
The United States has asked Pakistan to ensure safe and early recovery of US national Warren Weinstein, who was abducted at gunpoint by unidentified men in Lahore last Saturday. ANI

US-Pak dispute over American diplomats' travel restrictions resolved
Washington and Islamabad have successfully resolved the bilateral dispute over travel restrictions placed on American diplomats in Pakistan, the US State Department has said. ANI

Pak's Kurram Agency in danger of becoming 'hotbed for terrorist activity': Report
Pakistan's Kurram Agency, bordering Afghanistan, is in danger of becoming a hotbed for terrorist activity, according to a new Institute for the Study of War (ISW) report. ANI

Frontier Silicon Announces Full Support for the Hong Kong Digital Radio Market
Frontier Silicon, the leading supplier of digital radio and connected audio technology, today announced the addition of a Chinese User Interface (UI) option to its widely adopted range of digital radio platforms to coincide with the launch of Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB+) services in Hong Kong in November 2011. Business Wire India

CTC Cable’s Business Acquired
Industrial conglomerates Kaskol and RU-COM have completed the acquisition of all the assets of CTC Cable’s business. The business will continue to operate from the same location in Irvine, California and will be operated as CTC Cable Corporation Business Wire India

GT Advanced Technologies Announces Korea-Based Polysilicon Producer OCI Selects the Newest Generation SDR™ Reactors as Part of Its Phase 4 Expansion Program
GT Advanced Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: GTAT), today announced that it has received $33 million in additional bookings from Korea-based polysilicon producer OCI Company, Ltd, resulting from OCI’s exercise of an option under a previously announced contract to support its Phase 4 expansion Business Wire India

Conrad Hotels & Resorts Unveils New Brand Campaign
In honor of its 25th anniversary, Conrad Hotels & Resorts is celebrating its impressive milestone by debuting an entirely refreshed global marketing campaign. Taking a page from the fashion world, the brand and its creative agency, Young & Rubicam (Y&R), have created a breakthrough campaign that captures the individuality of its guests. Business Wire India

TOSHIBA TEC Introduces Its Green Printing Solution, DB-EA4D Two-Sided Label Printer
TOSHIBA TEC CORPORATION (TOKYO:6588) has launched the DB-EA4D, a two-sided direct thermal label printer. The first of a new series, the DB-EA4D can print directly onto a label’s backing paper, thus increasing usability without effecting functionality Business Wire India

Celgene Announces Additional $2 Billion Share Repurchase Authorization
Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) announced the Company’s Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $2 billion of the Company’s common stock. Business Wire India

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