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Indian call centre employees accused of peddling Brit customers' confidential bank data
Thousands of Brits' 'confidential' bank and credit card details held by Indian call centres are being peddled to crooks by corrupt staff, according to a report by The Sun. ANI

'Double-walled' beer glass that freezes your drink in 5 minutes flat!
Dutch brewing company Heineken has introduced a beer glass that instantly cools your drink however hot the summer weather. ANI

Oz woman sues obstetricians for her own birth
A woman in Australia is suing the country's most respected obstetricians for her own birth, claiming her delivery more than 25-years-ago was negligent because he did not follow her mother's wish for a caesarean. ANI

Guest sues Hilton hotel over 75-cent newspaper charge
A California man is suing the Hilton hotel chain for charging him 75 cents for a newspaper he thought was complimentary. ANI

Naked New Yorkers arrested for stripping down on Wall St.
Three New Yorkers have been arrested after they stripped on Wall St. as part of a performance art project. ANI

Pro-Palin flick a flop at box office
'The Undefeated', the much-hyped documentary about Sarah Palin, has been a big box office disappointment, earning less than 100,000 dollars after its third weekend of release. ANI

'Scathing' Brit voters compare Cameron and Miliband to 'snakes and lizards'
British voters have delivered a scathing end-of-term report on the country's political leaders by comparing Prime Minister David Cameron and Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband to snakes and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to a sheep. ANI

Now, a canine-only bakery for pampered pooches in Australia
Dog lovers in Australia can now pamper their pets even more, with the opening of a canine-only bakery in Melbourne. ANI

Pak bars 23 banned organisations from collecting donations during Ramazan
The Home Department of Punjab has reportedly barred 23 banned organisations from collecting donations during the month of Ramazan in Pakistan. ANI

New Coco Chanel biography claims drugs use, lesbian affairs, Nazi spy lover
A new Coco Chanel biography has claimed that the fashion icon used drugs, had lesbian affairs and loved a Nazi spy. ANI

Now, 450 people embarking on 200,000- dollar space tour 70 miles above Earth
The world's first space tourists, including an eclectic mix of celebrities, scientists, and entrepreneurs are set to embark on a two-and-a-half hour space ride costing 200,000 dollars (123,000 pounds). ANI

Pak border town villagers pick up arms to wipe out Taliban
The Taliban is facing resistance of a different kind from villagers in the border town of Pashat along the Afghan border in Pakistan. The locals are taking up arms to fight and wipe out the Taliban from their villages. ANI

Pak, US, Afghanistan to hold trilateral talks
The fourth round of trilateral talks between Pakistan, United States and Afghanistan will be held in Islamabad today. ANI

Fears arise over Mubarak's court absence triggering violence again
As the trail date of embattled Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak comes closer, there are fears that the fallen dictator's failure to appear in court may trigger violence in the country once again. ANI

China issues curbs on newspapers after being criticized over train crash
The Communist Party of China has banned newspapers in the country from mentioning the train crash which occurred last month, except for 'positive news or information released by authorities. ANI

Putin's bikini babes show him support with sexy car wash stunt
A bunch of scantily-clad young Russian women showed their support for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin by staging a sexy car wash in downtown Moscow last week. ANI

US pushes Pakistan to lift curbs on diplomats' movement
The United States has said it is making progress towards pressing Pakistan to lift curbs imposed on its diplomats travelling in the country. ANI

Lettuce craving helps UK woman diagnose breast cancer!
A woman in England is crediting her sudden addiction for lettuce and her husband's quick thinking for saving her life from breast cancer. ANI

9 things you should never say to your hubby
Do you fake an orgasm when you actually didn't? Or find faults with the your husband's way of handling the kids, or pester him to find a new job? If yes, you may be making irreparable damages to your relationship. ANI

Muslims join Christians in mourning Gojra dead on second anniversary
A handful of Muslims joined the Christian community on the second anniversary of the Gojra riots in Pakistan to commemorate the attack, in which seven Christians were burnt alive. ANI

MQM Chief sets Pak Govt 48 hr deadline to end Karachi violence
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has given an ultimatum to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and the Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to end the ongoing violence in Karachi within 48 hours. ANI

Deporting sex offenders living on taxpayers' money in UK breaches their 'human rights'!
A dangerous sex offender in Britain, whose claim for asylum was rejected eight years ago, is still living in the country and costing the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds. ANI

Senior Tory minister admits talks with Gaddafi only way to end Libyan crisis 'stalemate'
Britain needs to open talks with embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime as the crisis in the country have reached a 'stalemate situation,' a senior Conservative MP has said. ANI

MQM accuses Sindh govt. of backing elements in Karachi takeover
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Pakistan has accused the Sindh government of backing elements in their push to Karachi through acts of violence. ANI

EU urges Pak to speed up reform programme in interests of bolstering ties
The European Union (EU) has called on Pakistan to speed up its reforms programme, as both sides agreed on a number of measures, notably launching a Strategic Dialogue later this year, to bolster their ties. ANI

Libyan crisis can only be solved through political dialogue: Putin
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said the Libyan conflict cannot have a military solution and called for a political dialogue on resolving the crisis in that country. ANI

Lanka accepts civilian causalities occurred during operations against LTTE
Sri Lanka has admitted for the first time that civilians were killed during the final offensive to wipe out the Tamil Tigers in 2009. ANI

Govt, not army, should talk to angry Baloch nationalists over insurgency: Kayani
Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said it is the responsibility of the government, not the army to directly hold talks and negotiate with "angry Baloch nationalists". ANI

Italian models travel to Libya to 'express solidarity with Gaddafi'
Embattled Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is getting some amount of support from Italian models who have travelled to his country to show solidarity with the Libyans in a time of crisis. ANI

Zardari calls for clear terms of engagement between Pak, US to protect bilateral relations
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said clear terms of engagement should be agreed upon between Pakistan and the United States in the war against militants to avoid any kind of unilateral action that could have a serious impact on bilateral relations. ANI

US, India should consider co-developing weapons technology: Experts
The United States and India should consider co-developing weapons technology in light of U.S. legislative restrictions on technology transfer, two experts have said. ANI

Pippa's 'Royal Mocha' glow named 'most desirable celebrity tan' of 2011
Pippa Middleton's complexion dubbed as 'Royal Mocha' has been named as the most desirable skin tone by a new study, which discovered the most and least desirable celebrity tans of 2011. ANI

Needle-free 'nanopatch' vaccines come closer to reality!
Can't stand the sight of needles? Cheer up, as the nanopatch is on its way. ANI

Shah Rukh, Priyanka, Kareena set to rock Eid event in Dubai
Bollywood king Shah Rukh Khan along with Indian musicians Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan and actresses Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor are all set to perform at an Eid event in Dubai. ANI

Hindus upset at Oz radio station remarks on river Ganga and India
The Hindus are protesting against a Sydney (Australia) radio station where a popular radio host reportedly termed river Ganga as 'junkyard' and India a 'sh*t hole'. ANI

Gayatri Mantra to open yearlong 'Interfaith Studies Program' in California
"Gayatri Mantra", considered the most sacred mantra in Hinduism, will reportedly open the maiden yearlong "Interfaith Studies Program" at California's capital Sacramento (USA) on October 15. ANI

US House of Representatives passes historic debt deal
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the historic debt deal reached between Democrats and Republicans by a vote of 269 to 161. ANI

Nobel winning economist says Obama has given in on US debt deal
Nobel prize-winning US economist Paul Krugman has accused President Barack Obama of surrendering to Republican opponents on the issue of the US debt deal. ANI

Roman Catholic support for Lord Ganesha in US
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, 'Ganesha' sculpture in downtown Coeur d'Alene (Idaho, USA) has Roman Catholic support now, despite opposition by various other groups. ANI

Hindus greeted on upcoming Raksha Bandhan
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has sent early greetings to Hindu communities world over on upcoming Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) festival, which falls on August 13 this year. ANI

People tend to exaggerate influence of political advertisements on others: Research
The push for campaign finance reform may be driven by a tendency to overestimate the power of political messages to influence others' opinions, according to researchers. ANI

New U.S. tech to track terrorists through computers that identify photograph's location
U.S. spies are developing technology that would allow computers to pinpoint where in the world a picture was taken. ANI

Al Capone's son threatened hit on Ted Kennedy after Robert Kennedy's assassination
Three weeks after New York Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated in June 1968, mobster Al "Scarface" Capone's son was overheard drunkenly threatening that then Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy might "get it too", a recently released Federal Bureau of Investigation file on Kennedy has revealed. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's wife 'fell to ground, howled like animal' when she first heard of rape charges
Dominique Strauss Kahn's wife, Anne Sinclair, 'fell to the ground and howled like an animal' when she first heard of the rape allegations against her husband. ANI

Israel ready for 1967 border solution for future Palestinian state
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has bowed to US pressure by agreeing for the first time that a Palestinian state should roughly follow the contours of the 1967 ceasefire lines separating the West Bank from Israel. he offer appeared to represent a major climb-down by Netanyahu, who has consistently refused to discuss specific borders of a future Palestinian state. ANI

Biden denies calling Tea Party Congress members 'terrorists'
US Vice President Joe Biden has denied reports that he referred to Tea party linked congress members as 'terrorists' during the a debt meeting. ANI

Afghan teen couple may face stoning to death for falling in love
A teenage Afghan couple have been jailed and could be hanged or stoned to death for the 'crime' of falling in love and trying to get married. ANI

Indian IT firm reveals News International asked it to delete 200,000 emails nine times
An Indian IT firm has revealed that media company News International asked them to delete a large number of emails from its system on nine separate occasions in the past 15 months. ANI

Ninety vehicles set ablaze in Karachi
Ninety vehicles, including trucks, passenger coaches and 80 motorbikes, were torched in different parts of Karachi on Monday, police have said. ANI

Pak SC summons records related to Benazir Bhutto's assassination
The Supreme Court in Pakistan has summoned the entire record related to the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto within two weeks, and hinted at constituting a larger bench to hear this important matter. ANI

US SEALs had no intention of 'capturing or detaining' Osama during Abbottabad raid
The United States never planned of "detaining or capturing" Osama bin Laden during the secret military operation in Pakistan's Abbottabad city - even though the White House always insisted that the Al-Qaeda chief would not have died if he had surrendered, according to an article in this week's New Yorker magazine. ANI

WNS Appoints David Mackey as Senior Vice President - Finance and Head of Investor Relations
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced that David Mackey has been appointed as Senior Vice President - Finance and Head of Investor Relations. David will be based in Michigan and focus on investor relations, capital markets and facilitating business finance for the company Business Wire India

Growth Potential in Ivory Coast Sparks Regus Investment in Abidjan
Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, is helping local and international companies seize business opportunities in the Ivory Coast as the country’s economy comeback begins. Business Wire India

Sumatran Tiger Relocated into New Home Marks Success Story for Indonesian Tiger Partnerships
“Putri” has a new home and is now safely roaming the forests of Sembilang National Park on Betet Island of South Sumatra, marking a moving success story of public-private partnership that saved the life of a rare Sumatran Tiger. Business Wire India

AlertEnterprise Readies for Phenomenal Growth in Asia-Pacific with the Opening of a Subsidiary in Singapore and Addition of Christoph Theisinger to the Executive Team
AlertEnterprise, Inc. a leading provider of enterprise security software for critical infrastructure protection, cross-enterprise business application security and the true prevention of insider threats today announced the opening of a subsidiary in Singapore with the addition of Mr Business Wire India

CREDIT BANK OF MOSCOW Has Successfully Placed Its USD 200 Million Eurobonds
On July 28, 2011 CREDIT BANK OF MOSCOW (CBM) successfully placed its 3-year Eurobonds with a fixed coupon rate of 8.25% p.a. at par. The issue was preceded by a road show in Vienna, Amsterdam, Zurich, London and Riga. Raiffeisen Bank International AG acted as sole lead manager. Business Wire India

General Cable Reports Second Quarter Results
General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC), one of the most globally diversified industrial companies, reported results for the second quarter ended July 1, 2011. Diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2011 were $0.68. Included in these results was $0.09 per share of non-cash convertible debt interest expense Business Wire India

Hilton Worldwide Names Chairman for Greater China
Hilton Worldwide has announced the appointment of Edmond Ip as Chairman, Greater China Business Wire India

SumTotal Awarded for Excellence in Talent Management at Annual Asia-Pacific Event
SumTotal® Systems, Inc., the innovator in strategic Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, has announced the company has been recognized for excellence in Talent Management at the 2nd Annual Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards held in Singapore Business Wire India

Thunderhead Names Marchai Bruchey Chief Marketing Officer
Thunderhead, the company that builds loyalty and profitability by optimizing customer engagement, announced the appointment of Marchai Bruchey as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Bruchey previously served as CMO of NASDAQ-listed Chordiant Software, the customer experience provider recently acquired by Pegasystems. Business Wire India

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