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Edinburgh police apologize for racially driven killing
Edinburgh police have reportedly apologized to the family of a Chinese man for failing to recognize that his brutal killing at the hands of youths was racist. ANI

Alaska mom faces jail for forcing son to drink hot sauce on 'Dr. Phil' show
An Alaska mother of six, who allegedly abused her son to get a spot on the 'Dr. Phil' show, could face one year in prison for making her son drink hot sauce as punishment. ANI

Five detained over toxic waste dumping in China's Yunnan province
Five suspects have been detained over a Chinese chemical company's dumping of carcinogenic industrial chemicals near Qilin District in Qujing prefecture, which could threaten the water sources for tens of millions of people, police in the southwestern Yunnan province have said. ANI

Congressional staff mistakes earthquake for terrorist attack
US Congressional staff feared a terrorist attack when an earthquake struck the Rayburn House Office Building here. ANI

Fan builds 170mph F1 look-alike car out of motorbike, other spare parts
A motor racing fan has built a 170mph look-alike Formula One car from a Kawasaki motorbike engine and other spare parts, and it can legally be driven on public roads. ANI

Allegations against Oz MP Craig Thomson threaten Gillard's fragile govt
The allegations that Australia's Labor MP Craig Thomson misused funds as a union official to pay for prostitutes and bankroll his election campaign, are seen now seen as a threat to the Gillard government. ANI

Criticizing Obama too much will "turn off people who want solutions": Jeb Bush
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has warned Republican presidential hopefuls against criticizing US President Barack Obama too much, as it would "turn off people who want solutions". ANI

Oz men more optimistic about future than women: Study
Australian men are more optimistic about the future than women, a new survey has revealed. ANI

US school district apologizes over lesbian and gay sex books
A New Jersey school district has apologized to parents for a required summer reading list for middle and high school students that included books containing graphic depictions of lesbian sex and a homosexual orgy. ANI

Saudi Arabia releases visa entry, health requirements for Hajj 2011
Saudi Arabia has announced entry visa requirements and recommendations for pilgrims, who will be visiting the country for Hajj and Umrah this year. ANI

Gaddafi asks Tripoli residents to "cleanse" Libyan capital of insurgents
Claiming that he would rather die like a martyr that being defeated by the rebels, Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi urges Tripoli residents to "cleanse" the Libyan capital of insurgents. ANI

Pak Army diverting US military aid to suppress the Baluch: Brahumdagh Bugti
Baloch Republican Party leader Brahumdagh Bugti has called on the United States to end aid to the Pakistan Army, which, he said, was diverting resources from intended counterterrorism goals and using them to suppress the Baluch. ANI

Sino-Pak talks focusing on economic, defence ties among other aspects
The ongoing talks between Pakistan and China are focusing on several aspects- including economic and defence- of bilateral ties. ANI

Nigella Lawson's neighbours claim they can see her in the nude
Voluptuous television cook Nigella Lawson has come under controversy after her neighbours claimed that they can see her n*ked though the bathroom window of her multi-million pound London mansion. ANI

China asks West to change "old ideological stereotypes about it"
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying has said that Western countries to give up their "old ideological stereotypes about China." ANI

China to amend criminal procedural law to prevent forced confessions
China has initiated its proceedings to amend the Criminal Procedural Law with an intention of stopping judges from accepting confessions obtained through torture or violence. ANI

Hotel maid in Strauss-Khan case could face perjury charges: Experts
The New York hotel maid, who claimed that former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually attacked her, could now face perjury charges, legal experts have warned. ANI

Islamabad has again failed to normalise ties with Washington: Pak daily
Pakistan has again failed in normalising its strained ties with the United States and in evolving a well-considered policy vis-…-vis Washington, a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Chinese railway official dies during inspection of crash site
A 55-year-old general manager of the Chinese Railway collapsed and died during an inspection of July 23 high-speed train crash site earlier this week. ANI

Pak Govt unwilling or unable to address vulnerability of journalists: CPJ
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern over the midday attack on three Khyber TV personnel in Peshawar, saying that it underscores the vulnerability of Pakistani journalists amid the government's unwillingness or inability to address the impunity with which such attacks take place. ANI

Bristol Palin's ex Levi Johnston 'too busy' to run for mayor
Levi Johnston has decided not to run for mayor in Wasilla, Alaska, the post that shaped the political career of his son Tripp's grandmother Sarah Palin, because he is "too busy". ANI

Invasive anti-aging methods still viewed more negatively than non-invasive
People who use more invasive anti-aging methods such as Botox injections or surgery are viewed more negatively than those who use milder techniques such as sun-avoidance and facial creams, studies have found. ANI

Gold mine worth £9 bln discovered in Germany
A massive seam of pure gold worth at least nine billion pounds has been discovered in one of the poorest regions of eastern Germany. ANI

Venice launches crackdown on 'love locks' over making historic bridges look ugly
Venice is considered as one of the world's most romantic cities, but some measures are now being taken to keep young lovers' actions under control. ANI

Wax statues of Bollywood stars draw huge crowd in Madame Tussauds' museum.
A large number of Indians throng to see the wax models of the Bollywood superstars in London's Madame Tussauds. ANI

Porn blamed for 'designer va**ina' epidemic amongst young women
Young women are increasingly seeking cosmetic genital surgery to make their vaginas match pornographic images, a new study has found. ANI

People choose higher-paying jobs over happiness
A survey results have indicated that people are willing to choose higher-paying jobs over their happiness. ANI

Iran allows UN atomic inspector access to nuke advancement site
Iran has allowed a top United Nations (UN) atomic inspector access to a site where it is developing advanced centrifuges that can be used to either make nuclear fuel or warheads, diplomats have said. ANI

One in five women prefer talking to their pet dogs than partners
A survey has found that dogs, which are considered to be man's best friend, are now very much a part of women's lives too, with one in five preferring to talk to their pets than their partners. ANI

Australian MP's to present petition opposing same sex marriages
Canberra, August 24 Federal lawmakers in Australia will present a petition to the parliament today opposing gay marriages. ANI

Lanka lawmakers to probe 'grease-devil' violence
Sri Lanka would soon set up committees led by Members of Parliament to investigate series of vigilante violence, sparked by a fear of night-time prowlers known as "grease devils". ANI

Militants execute suspected 'US spy' in northwest Pakistan
Suspected militants killed an Afghan refugee in northwest Pakistan, accusing him of spying for the United States, local intelligence officials have said. ANI

US offers to restore military aid to Pak in return for recalling US military trainers to country
The United States has offered to restore 800 million dollars in military aid to Pakistan, if it reverses its decision of expelling US military trainers from the country in the aftermath of the US raid that had killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad lair on May 2. ANI

Austrian climber becomes first woman to conquer all 14 Himalayan summits sans oxygen
An Austrian has become the first woman to reach all 14 Himalayan summits above 8,000metre (26,000 feet) without using bottled oxygen. ANI

Gaddafi says abandoning Tripoli compound mere "tactical withdrawal" after NATO attack
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, whose regime is now on the verge of collapsing, has said that he has abandoned his Tripoli compound in a "tactical withdrawal" after it was targeted by NATO missiles. ANI

Cracks develop in Washington Monument following 5.8-magnitude Virginia quake
Engineers inspecting the Washington Monument, following a strong 5.8-magnitude earthquake in central Virginia, have found some cracks in the stones at the top of the Monument. ANI

'Gaddafi loyalists could try to unleash Libya's chemical weapon stocks to target rebels'
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that desperate members of the Gaddafi regime, which is in its "death throes", could try to unleash Libya's stocks of chemical weapons. ANI

Strauss-Kahn 'deeply grateful' to his wife as sexual assault case dismissed
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was accused of sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid, paid tribute to his loyal wife, Anne-Sinclair, as he was cleared of charges. ANI

'Vegetarian' Kiwi-Hindu woman's ordeal after being served 'chicken meal' on flight
A Hindu woman, who has never eaten non-vegetarian food in her life, was mistakenly served chicken on a flight from New Zealand to India. ANI

Pak Taliban involved in Shahbaz Bhatti's assassination: IG Islamabad
The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were involved in the assassination of former Pakistan Minorities Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IG) Bin Yamin has said. ANI

Pak Police arrest three suspects in US citizen abduction case: Report
Pakistani Police have arrested three suspects in the abduction of US national Warren Weinstein, a police official has said. ANI

US Embassy denies over 250 of its officials ordered to leave Pakistan
The US Embassy in Islamabad has rejected Pakistani media reports about notices given to its diplomats to leave Pakistan. ANI

Pak Govt decides against calling in army to restore peace in violence-hit Karachi
The core committee of the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has dismissed any possibility of looking to the General Headquarters for army intervention to restore peace in violence-stricken Karachi. ANI

US aid cut to send "negative signal" to Pak public about America's commitment: Zardari
Islamabad has cautioned Washington that any move to reduce US aid would not only ruin Pakistan's already troubled economy, but also hurt the United States' image in the country. ANI

Covidien Announces Investor Meeting Agenda
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced the agenda for its investor meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2011. The event will be held at The Plaza Hotel, Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, New York, NY Business Wire India

Diversified Nano Corporation Selected by Hewlett Packard Company to Supply High Performance MICR Ink for the HP Inkjet Web Press
Diversified Nano Corporation (“DNC”) is pleased to announce that Hewlett Packard Company (“HP”) has selected DNC to supply high performance MICR ink (Magnetic Ink Character Recognition) for use with HP’s high speed Inkjet Web Presses Business Wire India

Investors Trust Joins AILO
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Infoblox and Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) Team to Help Optimize Development of Critical Open Source Internet Infrastructure Software
Infoblox Inc. today announced that it has joined the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) “Friends of ISC” program Business Wire India

SumTotal Releases Powerful Integrated Social Learning Solution, Expanding Leadership in Talent Management Market
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IPexpert Inc. – the Global Leader in Cisco Training enters India with a Strategic Partnership with Indian Leader ACIT
IPexpert Inc., a global leader in Cisco certification training, announced today that it will be entering a strategic partnership with ACIT, India's most prestigious Cisco certification training institute, to provide cutting-edge Instructor Led Training throughout the country. CCIE Lab Training, CCNP Training and The World's Most Recognized CCIE Training Company Business Wire India

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