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Handsome Byronic looks more likely 'overweight, ugly and unpleasant'
People who are widely admired for their Byronic looks are actually "self-regarding posers", an expert says. ANI

US STD experiments in Guatemala during 1940s killed 83: Report
Nearly 83 people died Guatemala after being forcibly infected with sexually transmitted diseases in US medical experiments done in the 1940s, it has emerged. ANI

Wills and Kate to open palace for Halloween ghost tours
Prince William and his wife Catherine will open up their London residence for ghost tours this Halloween. ANI

Changing ties with mums influence teenage boys' behaviour
A boy's relationship with his mother changes over time during childhood and adolescence, which affects their behaviour when they become teens. ANI

'The Inbetweeners' presents Greece as ideal place for sexy boozy break
Greek film fans have praised the film 'The Inbetweeners' despite the British flick making their country look seedy. ANI

'Pervasive' US domestic surveillance post 9/11 destroying citizen's civil liberties
The domestic surveillance, that has been one of the major security measures adopted in America since the September 11 terrorist attacks, undermines the privacy and civil liberties of its citizens, it has emerged. ANI

Spectacular sixth- century cave temples resurrected through digital technology in China
The sixth- century cave temples of Xiangtangshan (meaning "Mountain of Echoing Halls") in China's Hebei Province, have been resurrected to their original appearance through intensive research and cutting-edge digital technology. ANI

India's first openly gay prince Gohil continued to party as Hurricane Irene raged
Hurricane Irene proved to be an annoyance for many people, but it failed to stop Indian Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, who is India's first openly gay prince, from partying. ANI

Bachmann signs publishing deal for memoir
US Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann has reportedly signed a publishing deal for her upcoming memoir. ANI

Model with 13-inch waist graces Vogue Italia's cover!
Vogue Italia is set to shock readers once again with its latest cover, as it features a British model with a 13-inch waist, nose ring and lip stud. ANI

Live-in couples more likely to split after marriage, finds study
Couples who live together before they get married are less likely to stay married, according to a report. ANI

UK couple threatened with £5K fine over 'noisy' 4-yr-old son
A four-year-old UK boy has been ordered to keep his noise down while playing in his own garden, or his parents could be hit with a 5,000-pounds fine. ANI

Security tightened up in Algeria following Gaddafi's family arrival over terror attack fears
Security has been tightened in Algeria following the arrival of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's family over fears that the country might be attacked by terrorists. ANI

Wikileaks publishes list of Aussies apparently linked to Yemeni Islamic radical cleric Aulaqi
Wikileaks has published details of 23 Australians believed to have links to Yemen-based American Islamic radical cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi. series of Wikileaks diplomatic cables released this week contains one from the US embassy in Canberra that recommends 11 Australians be placed on a no-fly list and a further 12 on another "selectee" watch list, the Courier Mail reports. ANI

State-funded Hindu and Sikh schools set to open in UK
Hinduism and Sikhism-centered schools are among the 24 pioneering state-funded "free schools" opening in the United Kingdom (UK) next month. ANI

LA p*rn filming halted after performer tested positive for HIV
Porn studios across Los Angeles area have been urged to temporarily halt filming after an adult film performer was tested HIV-positive. ANI

Thousands expected to join temple to celebrate Hindu festival in Malaysia
The Sri Sakthi Vinayagar temple in Brickfields will celebrate a major Hindus festival, Vinayagar Sathurthi. ANI

World would have been same today had Gore beaten Bush in 2000: Poll
A new poll has revealed that over half of American respondents have said the world would not have been much different had Al Gore won the 2000 presidential election. ANI

Malik seeks 'independent' judicial inquiry into Zulfiqar Mirza's allegations against him
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has sought an independent investigation into the allegations levelled against him by former Sindh minister Zulfiqar Mirza. ANI

Lack of trust in politicians fueled UK riots: Report
Apart from factors like poverty, unemployment and lax moral values, lack of people's trust in politicians played a major role in fueling the recent riots across England, a report has claimed. ANI

Zulfiqar Mirza's allegations against MQM, Malik have made him 'hero' among public
Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) leader Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza's allegations against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and criticism of Interior Minister Rehman Malik have led people to term him a 'hero'. ANI

Pak Chief Justice says CM duty-bound to protect provincial people
The Pakistan Supreme Court has said that Sindh's Chief Minister is duty-bound to protect the people of the province. ANI

Plant-based ice cream for lactose intolerance people hits European markets
In a bid to expand the number of options for people with lactose intolerance who cannot digest most dairy products, a plant-based ice cream has hit the European markets. ANI

Russian reality TV show sparks fury over prostitute, criminal impression
A new Russian reality TV show has sparked fury among the community and critics, for promoting the idea that people from the former USSR are trashy, money-obsessed drunks. ANI

UK varsities asked to inform police about 'vulnerable' Muslim students
British authorities have ordered Universities across the country to inform the police about Muslim students, who are depressed or isolated. ANI

Lockerbie bomber's family begs Scotland for medical aid to keep him alive
The family of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, who is believed to be on the verge of dying, has pleaded with Scottish authorities to send crucial cancer drugs to troubled Tripoli in Libya to help keep him alive. ANI

Pakistani among two men jailed for attempting car sex in Dubai
Dubai police has jailed two men including a Pakistani national for attempting to have sex inside a car near Mirdiff City Centre. ANI

One in seven people in US, UK believe Bush govt. staged the 9/11 terror attacks in conspiracy
One in seven Americans and Britons believe that the US government was involved in a conspiracy to staged the 9/11 terror attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people, findings of a poll released ahead of the 10th anniversary of the attacks have revealed. ANI

China's new judicial interpretation stiffens penalty for hackers
A new judicial interpretation issued jointly by the China's Supreme People's Court and Supreme People's Procuratorate has said hackers who break into 20 or more computers will face jail terms of upto seven years. ANI

Top Indian official hurt in mishap in Northwestern Malaysia
A top government official of Indian origin, Narayanan Gobalakrishnan was seriously injured while his mother-in-law died in a mishap when a balcony railing on which they were leaning gave way in Langkawi in Northwestern Malaysia. ANI

Amnesty calls on Pakistan to end 'enforced disappearances'
Amnesty International has raised concern over the widespread practice of enforced disappearances in Pakistan, and called for an immediate end to such incidents. ANI

Pak politician Altaf Hussain not under arrest in London: British HC
The British High Commissioner in Pakistan, Adam Thomson, has clarified that Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has neither been arrested nor have any restrictions been made on his movement by the British police. ANI

Fukushima rice to hit Japan market after being cleared in radiation test
Fukushima rice was expected to re-appear on Japanese supermarket shelves today, with reports saying that Japanese officials have given a green signal to a farmer near the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit crippled plant to sell his rice, after it proved to be free of radiation in the tests. ANI

Playboy planning to resurrect club in Chicago after 20-yrs
Playboy is said to be planning to resurrect Chicago's Playboy Club, which was shut down 20-years ago, close to where the original had been opened in the 1960s. ANI

High job strain and overwork ups risk for heart disease, mortality
Finnish researchers have shown that high job demands coupled with low job control to meet these demands, a situation referred to as "high strain job," increases risk for heart health and even mortality. ANI

Gaddafi's daughter-in-law threw boiling water on nanny for refusing to beat child
A nanny who worked for one of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's daughter-in-law was burned by boiling hot water poured over her head after she refused to beat her daughter. ANI

'Ailing' Esprit looks for brand makeover with 'new face' Gisele Bundchen
Fashion store Esprit has named Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen as its new face in a desperate bid to reinstate its position in the global market. ANI

Aussie man 'accidentally dumps wife's $50K jewellery in the trash'
An Australian man, who accidentally threw out 50,000 dollars worth of his wife's jewellery just two days before his 23rd wedding anniversary, is now petitioning his local council to scour local rubbish tips. ANI

Three people killed, several injured in Lahore train collision
Three people were killed and several other wounded in a collision between two trains at the Badami Bagh railway crossing in Lahore on Tuesday. ANI

Diana is still the People's Princess 14-years after her death
On the eve of her 14th death anniversary, a survey has revealed that Princess Diana is still Britain's favourite Royal. ANI

Twenty two rescued from flooded mine in Northeast China
Twenty two trapped miners have been rescued from a flooded mine in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. ANI

Pak court issues arrest warrants for two suspects in Shahbaz Bhatti assassination case
An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Rawalpindi has issued arrest warrants for two suspects in the Shahbaz Bhatti assassination case. ANI

'See-through tops' have most men distracted in office
One in three men feel distracted by women who dress sexily for summer in the office. ANI

Bachmann says Hurricane Irene was 'God's warning message to DC lawmakers'
Minnesotan Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has claimed that Hurricane Irene and last week's earthquake in eastern United States was God's way of sending a message to lawmakers in Washington. ANI

'Bulldog of Tibet' to now target Chinese Catholics
Former Tibet Communist Party chief Zhang Qingli, also known as 'bulldog of Tibet' has been appointed as Hebei province 's Communist Party Secretary. ANI

Local flood victims protest against Pak Foreign Minister for neglecting her constituency
Local flood victims have protested against Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar for neglecting her constituency during the floods. ANI

US 'wasted $30bn on Afghanistan and Iraq' over decade
The US government has wasted 30 billion dollars in contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last decade, a bi-partisan spending commission has said. ANI

Indian-American Bobby Jindal to endorse candidate in 2012 US presidential race
Louisiana Governor of Indian origin Bobby Jindal is set to endorse a candidate in the 2012 US presidential race. ANI

Melbourne world's most liveable city, Mumbai among worst: Survey
A new survey of 140 cities has rated Vancouver as the best city to live, and Mumbai as one of the worst with a ranking of 116. ANI

Prince Harry goes 'out of control' on night out in Croatia
Prince Harry reportedly went "out of control" on a night out in Croatia, and was seen repeatedly hurling himself into a swimming pool that had been cordoned off. ANI

UN warns about bird flu fear as mutant strain hits China and Vietnam
The United Nations has warned China and Vietnam against the spread of avian flu that can put human life in great danger. ANI

Afghan govt. leaked U.S. Taliban talks details over Karzai's fear of losing hold
The Afghan government has deliberately leaked details of the United States's secret meetings with a Taliban emissary, disrupting the U.S.-Taliban talks and sending the intermediary into hiding, a media report has suggested. ANI

India's 'non-violent' anti-corruption hero Anna Hazare no 'Gandhi', says Oz journo
Anna Hazare, India's first anti-corruption crusader who pressurized the government to enact the Jan Lokpal Bill (Citizen Ombudsman Bill) in a 'peaceful and non-violent' manner, did an impressive job of transforming his native village as well, but surprisingly, he did so in an entirely 'autocratic, violent way,' reveals the Sydney Morning Herald's international editor Peter Hartcher. ANI

Strauss-Kahn pays visit to IMF to say 'goodbye, and meet his successor'
Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, paid a visit to the IMF's Washington headquarters to say goodbye to staffers and to have a short meeting with his replacement, Christine Lagarde. ANI

Strauss Kahn may file counter lawsuit against hotel maid, warns his lawyer
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's lawyers have warned that they might file a counter lawsuit against the hotel maid, who accused him of sexually assaulting her, if her lawyers do not tone down attacks against the Frenchman. ANI

US Government approval rating hits all-time low of 17 pct
A new poll has shown that Americans' approval rating of the government has sunk to an all- time low of 17 percent, as compared to 63 percent, who had a negative impression of it. ANI

New Nepal PM Bhattarai vows to complete peace process within six months
Nepal's newly elected Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has said he expects to complete the country's peace process within six months. ANI

Gaddafi still a threat not only for Libya, but "entire world": NTC chief
Chairman of Libya's National Transition Council (NTC) Mustafa Abdel Jalil has urged NATO and other vital allies to continue helping the country, warning that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi still remains a threat "for the entire world." ANI

Crackdown against 'Afghan-trained jihadis' in Pak's Punjab province on the cards
The Punjab Home Department has directed all senior police officials to immediately launch a crackdown against the Afghan-returned militants across the Pakistani province. ANI

To improve ties, Scotland University to study Indian culture
In a bid to improve cultural ties with India, Scotland's Edinburgh University has opened a new partnership Indian Council of Cultural Relations. ANI

Did Gaddafi flee to Algeria in cloak-and-dagger desert escape with family?
Estranged Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's family members have reportedly been smuggled out to Algeria in a cloak-and-dagger operation, but there are no confirmed reports whether or not Gaddafi was among them. ANI

Ex-secretary of Hitler henchman Joseph Goebbels breaks silence after 66 yrs
She refused interviews ever since the World War II ended and remained silent for 66 years, but now the former secretary of Adolf Hitler's propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels has finally revealed the secrets of the man who made Germans hate the Jews. ANI

Two killed, several injured in Karachi motorcycle blast
At least two people were killed and several wounded in a motorcycle blast in Pakistan's Karachi city on Tuesday morning. ANI

Ill MQM chief Altaf Hussain recovering in London hospital
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain is reportedly undergoing treatment in a hospital here for the past week. ANI

Obama's uncle wanted to call White House on drink-driving arrest
US President Barack Obama's 'long lost' uncle told the cops that he would 'call the White House' after being caught while driving under the influence. ANI

Jihad to continue unabatedly till complete foreign troops pullout from Afghanistan: Mullah Omar
Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar has said that limited withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan is not a solution to the Afghan conflict, and that their Jihad will continue till the complete pullout of occupation forces from the war-ravaged country. ANI

Abducted Shahbaz Taseer still alive: Pak Punjab Governor
Shahbaz Taseer, the abducted son of slain Pakistan politician Salmaan Taseer, is still alive, Punjab Governor Latif Khosa has said. ANI

Merck Millipore Strengthens Bioscience Business by acquiring Amnis Corporation
Merck Millipore, the Life Science division of Merck, today announced it has agreed to acquire Seattle-based Amnis Corporation. Amnis designs, manufactures and markets high speed cell imaging instrumentation. The technology is used in flow cytometry applications in academic, biotech and pharmaceutical cell analysis and research Business Wire India

ECOST trial demonstrates for the first time that daily remote monitoring with BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® reduces inappropriate shocks and improves battery longevity for ICD patients
BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of implantable cardiac devices and the pioneer of wireless remote monitoring technology, announced today the first presentation of results from the ECOST randomized controlled trial. Business Wire India

Bytemobile Unveils Industry’s First Adaptive Traffic Management System for Evolving Mobile Networks
Bytemobile, Inc., the industry leader in video optimization and Smart Capacity™ solutions for mobile network operators, today launched its new product line – the T3000 Adaptive Traffic Management System Business Wire India

KBR to Provide Licensing and Engineering Services for Jaiprakash Associates Ltd, in Kanpur, India
KBR (NYSE: KBR) today announced it was awarded a contract by Jaiprakash Associates Ltd (JAL) – a Jaypee Group company – to provide license and engineering design services for JAL’s brownfield 2,200 metric tons per day ammonia plant in Kanpur, India. Business Wire India

New Infoblox Plug-In for VMware vCloud® Orchestrator Simplifies and Accelerates Private and Public Cloud Deployment
Today at VMworld® 2011, Infoblox Inc. announced it is delivering a fully integrated plug-in for the VMware vCloud® Orchestrator community. Working with VMware vCloud Director™, the integrated solution provides automated IP addressing and related management capabilities in real-time as virtual machines are created. Business Wire India

Industry-leading Blackfin® Embedded Processor Now Available For Under $2
Continuing to offer designers low-cost and high-performance digital signal processing options, Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) today introduced a 200-MHz version of its ADSP-BF592 Blackfin® embedded processor that delivers 400-MMAC performance for just $1.99 each (in 1,000-unit quantities) Business Wire India

DaVita Names Executives to Lead International Expansion Efforts
DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading provider of kidney care services committed to improving the quality of life for those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), today announced the appointments of Atul Mathur and Björn Englund to lead two separate international expansion efforts. Business Wire India

New Data Underscores Importance of Platelet Reactivity Testing to Aid in Risk Assessment
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GlobalCollect Joins Demandware LINK to Provide Pre-Built Integrations to Retailers
GlobalCollect has joined Demandware LINK, a best-of-breed technology partner community committed to removing the hurdles retailers face when integrating front end eCommerce technologies into an enterprise class eCommerce solution Business Wire India

DTS and LG Electronics Redefine Mobile Entertainment Experience with World’s First 3D Smartphone Featuring Tri-dual Architecture
DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI), a leader in high-definition audio, today announced that LG Electronics (LG) integrated DTS’ high-performance technology in its latest smartphone innovation—the LG Optimus 3D (LG-P920)—to create an immersive 3D audio experience that complements this smartphone’s stunning video display Business Wire India

Infoblox Chosen to Provide Automated IP Address Management for VMworld® 2011 Show Network
Infoblox Inc., today announced that it has been selected to deliver essential domain name system (DNS) resolution, IP address assignment (DHCP) and IP address management (IPAM) services for the VMworld® 2011 show network Business Wire India

Industry Leaders Join MSF VoLTE Testing
Following the Technical meeting in Denver, Colorado, the MSF (MultiService Forum) today announced that Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, Codenomicon, D2 Technologies, EXFO, IPneo, Metaswitch, Samsung, Stoke, Traffix Systems and VSS Monitoring are participating in the September Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Interoperability Testing Event Business Wire India

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