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Shivshankar Menon in Dhaka to discuss preparations for Manmohan Singh's visit
Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon is in Dhaka on a two-day visit to carry out the required groundwork ahead of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's visit next month. ANI

Pak nurtured terror outfits threatening country's survival: Editorial
Pakistan should come out of the fallacy that surrounds the 'good Taliban' and 'bad Taliban' notion for its own survival, according to an editorial in a leading Pakistani newspaper. ANI

Kate joins hubby Wills' fight to help youngsters in riot-stricken UK
Kate Middleton is backing husband Williams' campaign to help the youngsters, who were affected by the riots that caused devastation across Britain. ANI

Hindu temple at British army base in Afghanistan
There is a Hindu Temple at the British army base in Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan, according to reports. ANI

Amando Bouda set to be Argentina's 'rock n roll' vice president
Argentina's Economy Minister Amado Bouda looks set to be the country's first rock 'n' roll Vice-President in general elections to be held in October. ANI

Gilani assures early recovery of Shahbaz Taseer
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani today visited the family of Shahbaz, the son of slain former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, and assured them of all efforts for his early recovery. ANI

Maid slapped with phone ban mixes menstrual blood in employer's soup
A domestic maid in China boiled soup with her menstrual blood and served it to her employer three times, because she was angry for not being allowed to use the telephone. ANI

More than seven in ten women want to go under the knife
More than seven in ten women want to get cosmetic surgery done, and almost half are actively planning to have it soon, a new survey has found. ANI

South African police probes 'racist' Facebook photo
South African police are investigating an image posted on Facebook of a white man posing with a gun and the seemingly lifeless body of a black child, like a hunter with his prey. ANI

'Gaddafi facing last 10 days of freedom': Libyan rebels
A Libyan rebel commander has said that the ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi is facing his "last ten days of freedom". ANI

Rehman Malik not rattled by Pak lawmaker's 'congenital liar' diatribe
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has forgiven Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) leader Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza despite being called a "congenital liar" and "the single biggest threat to Pakistan's future". ANI

Parents 'give up' on child discipline after smacking declared unacceptable
As smacking is no longer deemed acceptable, parents have given up on discipline altogether, a leading child expert in Australia has said. ANI

'Bored' youngsters fuelled UK riots
A new survey has suggested that youngsters, who were getting bored by their school holidays, had fuelled riots across the United Kingdom. ANI

Even at a miserly 50 paise 'haram' condoms remain strict no-go in Pa
It can cost as little as 50 paise for a condom to help a couple space out their family in Pakistan, but many health professionals are dumbfounded on why the message to use the contraceptive is not getting through - either to the population or the government. ANI

Puerto Rico Senator resigns after nude photos appear on iphone application
Puerto Rico Senator Roberto Arango has resigned after his explicit photographs surfaced on an iphone application for gays and bisexuals. ANI

Channel 4 to screen 'suicide bombing comedy' to mark 9/11 anniversary
British public-service private television, Channel 4, is likely to spark outrage by airing a controversial comedy film about Muslim suicide bombers as part of programmes to mark the tenth anniversary of September 11. ANI

Rebels using Gaddafi's private aircraft as a 'lounge'
Rebels have taken over Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's private airliner after securing control of Tripoli's International Airport and are reportedly using it as a 'lounge'. ANI

Gaddafi's teen girl admits shooting 11 rebels at point blank range last week
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's 19-year-old daughter has admitted to have killed 11 suspected rebel prisoners in the days leading up to the fall of the Libyan capital last week. ANI

Gilani highlights safeguarding national interest as government's key priority
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the safeguarding of national interest is his government's key prioritye said Pakistan wanted to maintain friendly ties with the United States on the basis of mutual respect and mutual interest, without compromising on each other's national interests. ANI

Gaddafi's son was in denial about Tripoli siege, says ex Playboy lover
The former girlfriend of Colonel Gaddafi's son has opened up about the "denial" the regime was in during its final days. ANI

Maharishi School in UK to offer 'free' yoga, meditation lessons to kids as young as 4
A UK school run according to the teachings of Indian-born guru Maharishi Yogi is set to be funded by the taxpayers. ANI

Pak security forces avert Eid- ul- Fitr terror attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province
Pakistan's security forces have averted terror attacks that planned for Eid- ul-Fitr, and have recovered a suicide jacket and a large quantity of explosives during a search operation in Char Bagh tehsil in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. ANI

China's microbloggers near 200 million
The number of Chinese microbloggers has reportedly been increasing sharply of late, as popular social networks have attracted 40 percent of the country's Internet users. ANI

Arab League chief to visit Syria with 'peace plan'
The Arab League is sending its chief to Syria with a peace plan to try to find a solution to the country's ongoing violent government crackdown on a five-month-old pro-democracy uprising. ANI

Indian booze flowing freely under law enforcers' noses in Pak Punjab
Various liquor shops have reportedly been established near police stations in Pakistan's Punjab province ahead of Eid ul-Fitr, a Muslim festival that marks the end of Ramadan. ANI

Former MI5 chief says 'Iraq was not a threat to Britain' when Blair declared war
Iraq did not pose any threat to Britain, when former Prime Minister Tony Blair took his country to war in 2003, a former MI5 chief has said. ANI

Social problems among Indian youngsters on the rise in Malaysia
Social problems among youngsters has reportedly become a major problem for the Malay- Indian community in the country. ANI

Gaddafi stashed $1.1 bln of Libyan government assets in New York-based banks: Report
Investment bank Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase are holding 1.1 billion dollars in Muammar Gaddafi's Libyan government assets, it has emerged. ANI

Beijing's new 'identity' policy leads to drop in people taking HIV tests
The number of Chinese people taking the HIV test has declined after the anonymity policy ended in Beijing, rendering detection and service delivery increasingly difficult. ANI

Victorian police given powers to ask Muslim women to lift veils
Police in the Australian state of Victoria have been given the power to demand Muslim women to remove their face veils. ANI

'Priceless, long-lost' portrait of Vincent van Gogh auctioned for just 1,500 pounds
A UK couple has bought a 'long-lost' pastel drawing, believed to be the only full-length portrait of famous Dutch post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh in existence, on an online auction for just 1,500 pounds. ANI

Brit camp that held Rommel's troops reveals 2nd World War secrets
A trove of Second World War memorabilia from soldiers of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps has been discovered from a wilderness camp where the British captivated them. ANI

Pak, US should not let 'isolated' incidents affect bilateral ties: Zardari
Pakistan and United States must clearly define and follow mutually agreed terms of engagement to avoid operational irritants that affect bilateral relations, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said. ANI

Colin Powell 'hasn't decided who he should vote for' in 2012 presidential race
Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said that there are some "interesting" presidential candidates for the 2012 Republican nomination, but that he has not decided yet who he will be voting for. ANI

'Qaeda No.2's killing blunts terror group's ability to stage mega-attack against US'
The death of Al-Qaeda's second in command in a US drone attack in Pakistan is a crucial blow to the core group that once surrounded Osama bin Laden, analysts have said. ANI

Pak-Afghan cross-border attacks can damage relations: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the possibility of Afghan elements being involved in the situation in Karachi and Balochistan cannot be ignored. ANI

Gaddafi still in Libya: Spokesman Moussa Ibrahim
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's spokesman Moussa Ibrahim has claimed that the toppled Libyan leader is still in Libya. ANI

Gaddafi loyalist forces holding civilians as human shields, allege Libyan rebels
Libyan rebels have alleged that loyalist fighters of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi have seized farms near his home town of Sirte and are holding civilians as hostages. ANI

Colin Powell slams 'cheap shots' in Dick Cheney's book
Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has accused former Vice President Dick Cheney of taking 'cheap shots' at him and others in a new book. heney, in his book 'In My Time,' wrote that he thinks Powell tried to undermine President George W Bush by criticising administration policy to people outside the government. ANI

Drought hits over five million people in southwest China
Severe drought, which has affected 87 counties of the Guizhou province in southwest China, has left over 5.47 million people facing a shortage of drinking water. ANI

Knocking sound signals signs of life in flooded mine in China's Heilongjiang Province
A sound of knocking was heard from a mine in North- East China's Heilongjiang Province, where 22 miners had been trapped, signalling that they might be alive. ANI

Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda wins Japan's ruling party presidential election
Japanese Finance minister Yoshihiko Noda is set to become country's next Prime Minister after winning the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) presidential election. ANI

Gaddafi and his sons 'raped' female bodyguards: Report
Five women who formed a part of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's select unit of female bodyguards have claimed that they were raped and abused by the now ousted dictator and his sons. ANI

Qantas apologises for racist 'blackface' stunt on Twitter
Qantas Airways has issued an apology for their 'racist' stunt of awarding free tickets to the Rugby Union Bledisloe Cup, to two men who 'blacked up' to impersonate their favourite player. ANI

Lockerbie bomber in coma, close to death in Tripoli family villa
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Libyan who was convicted of bombing Pan Am flight 103 while it was en route from London to New York in 1988, has been found in coma at his family's palatial villa in Tripoli, and is reportedly close to death ANI

Obama's 'long-lost' uncle detained as illegal immigrant, nabbed for drink driving
US President Barack Obama's 'long-lost' uncle, who left Kenya for the US in the 1960s, has been detained in the States as an illegal immigrant besides facing charges of drink-driving. ANI

Rebel government refuses to deport Lockerbie bomber from Libya
The interim government in Libya has to deport Lockerbie bomber Abdel-Baset al-Megrahi. ANI

Ex-girlfriend of Gaddafi's son escapes from Libyan rebels who threatened to 'burn her alive'
A glamour model and ex-girlfriend of one of Colonel Gaddafi's sons has recalled the terrifying moment when she was captured by Libyan rebels who threatened to 'burn her alive'. ANI

'50,000 people jailed by Gaddafi regime missing': Report
Atleast 50,000 people imprisoned by ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's retreating soldiers are missing, it has emerged. ANI

China has 929.84 million mobile phone subscribers
China's mobile phone operators have added 70.83 million new subscribers this year, bringing the country's total number of cell phone users to 929.84 million, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) statistics has shown. ANI

US' unilateral killing of Qaeda No.2 straining ties with Pakistan to breaking point
The United States' drone strike that killed Al-Qaeda's second in command has stoked Pakistani anger over Washington's aggressive unilateral pursuit of militants in their country. ANI

Maoist party leader Baburam Bhattarai elected Prime Minister of Nepal
Maoist party leader Baburam Bhattarai has been elected as the Prime Minister of Nepal. ANI

Zimbabwe's male MPs ordered to undergo circumcision to prevent spread of HIV
Zimbabwe's male ministers have been ordered to undergo circumcision as part of a campaign to prevent the spread of HIV. ANI

Iran sentences man to death for assassinating scientist
An Iranian man, who was accused of killing a scientist on behalf of Israel, has been sentenced to death. ANI

Meet Aline Westphal - the 1st woman to win air guitar world title
A German woman has become the first female to be crowned the winner of the annual Air Guitar World Championships. ANI

'Fete de Ganesh' held in Paris with fanfare and devotion
The streets in Paris (France) saw 'Fete de Ganesh', the 16th annual colorful and joyful procession including a flowers-fruits-leaves decked float of Lord Ganesh, on August 28, according to reports. ANI

University of London holding exhibition on Amritsar's Golden Temple
The University of London is holding an exhibition on Amritsar's Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of Sikhism. ANI

Bank of America Agrees to Sell 13.1 Billion Shares of China Construction Bank
Bank of America Corporation announced today that it has agreed to sell approximately 13.1 billion common shares of China Construction Bank Corporation (CCB) in a private transaction with a group of investors. The sale is expected to generate approximately $8.3 billion in cash proceeds and an after-tax gain on sale of approximately $3 Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Announces European Market Approval of Selectra: Advanced New Telescopic CRT Lead Delivery System
BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of implantable cardiac devices and pioneer of wireless remote monitoring technologies, today announced the European market approval of the Selectra left ventricular lead delivery system. Business Wire India

Boehringer Ingelheim Broadens its Breast Cancer Trial Programme for Afatinib*
FOR NON-US MEDIA ONLY Business Wire India

€1 Million Awarded to Winning Projects Which Aim to Prevent Atrial Fibrillation-Related Stroke
Last night at an award ceremony in Paris, the 32 winning projects of the global disease awareness initiative 1 Mission 1 Million – Getting to the Heart of Stroke were announced. The projects were chosen by the public and a panel of experts Business Wire India

AF AWARE: New Doctors’ Tool to Tackle Rising Atrial Fibrillation Threat
Business Wire India

German Federal President Nominates Novaled’s Founders Team for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis
Novaled AG, a leading company in OLED and organic electronics technology and materials, is pleased to announce that three of Novaled’s founders have been nominated for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis, the Federal Presidents Award for Innovation and Technology. Business Wire India

Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate) 150mg bid provides consistent stroke reduction over warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation taking antiplatelet or other concomitant therapies
For NON-U.S. & NON-UK Health Media Only Business Wire India

Kurion Announces Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Contaminated Water Cesium Levels Reduced by More than 40%
Kurion, Inc., an innovator in nuclear waste management, announced that as of August 17th cesium levels in the contaminated water within the facilities of the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant had dropped by more than 40% since startup of the Kurion Ion Specific Media System two months earlier on June 17th Business Wire India

Bazaarvoice, Inc. Files Registration Statement For Proposed Initial Public Offering
Bazaarvoice, Inc. announced today that it has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock. The shares will be offered by Bazaarvoice and certain of its stockholders. Business Wire India

Jefferies Group, Inc. Establishes $950 Million Credit Facility for Jefferies Bache
Jefferies Group, Inc. announced today the establishment of a $950 million senior secured revolving credit facility to support the operations of its futures and commodities platform, Jefferies Bache Business Wire India

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