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Obama ordered Osama hit despite intel doubts of his presence in Pak Abbottabad compound
A last-minute double intelligence check before the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, had cast fresh doubts on whether he was really in the Pakistani compound where he was found, a new documentary has revealed. ANI

Cheney "fears being tried as a war criminal": Former Powell aide
An aide to former US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, has said that former Vice President Dick Cheney fears that he might be 'tried as a war criminal'. ANI

A third of hubbies 'hide assets in divorce battles', lawyers reveal
Husbands in the UK are hiding assets in nearly a third of divorce cases, as a result of new rules based on human rights laws, family lawyers have revealed. ANI

Volkswagen Group labeled as most powerful automaker
German automobile manufacturing group Volkswagen has been labeled as the world's most automotive manufacturers in a new report by Center of Automotive Management (CAM). ANI

'Falling out of love' now bigger reason for divorce than partner's infidelity
A research has reported that extramarital affairs are no longer the main reason for divorce, suggesting that unfaithful celebrities have made infidelity more acceptable. ANI

Foreigners took nine out of 10 jobs in UK last year: Report
Nine out of ten people who joined the workforce in Britain last year were foreign nationals, official figures have revealed. ANI

Zimbabwe sold $200m worth 'blood diamonds' to foreign buyers this year: Report
Zimbabwe has secretly sold over 200-million dollars in illicit diamonds to foreign buyers this year, funneling the money through three banks that are partly owned by Western shareholders, a leaked document has suggested. ANI

Barack Obama's lost 'Uncle Omar' found living in US illegally
President Barack Obama's lost uncle, who left them 25 years ago, has been found to be living in the U.S. illegally after he was arrested for drunk-driving last week. ANI

1 in 3 workers skip lunch breaks as job stress increases
A new study has found that workers are increasingly facing job stress, leading them to skip lunch breaks and overeat at their desks. ANI

Cheney's book heaps praise on 'greatest ally' Tony Blair for war on terror role
Former US vice-president Dick Cheney, has praised Britain's former Prime Minister Tony Blair in his latest book, and called his government 'one of America's closest and best allies in the war on terror'. ANI

Bernie Madoff living in 'alternate reality' believing he's blameless for $50bn Ponzi scam
Bernard Madoff is living in an 'alternate reality' where he feels that he should not be blamed for losing over 50 billion dollars of other people's money, as he believes that he is equally a victim as the thousands of people who lost their life savings in his Ponzi scheme. ANI

Services of Pak youth to be availed for community policing in all major cities: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that youth are the assets of the nation, and that their services will be utilised for community policing across the country. ANI

Chinese leader takes overall command control of foreign militants in Pak tribal region
Abdul Shakoor Turkistani, a Chinese Uyghur, has taken control of the overall command of foreign militants in Pakistan's tribal region. ANI

Zardari assures China of Pak's full cooperation in fighting terrorism
President Asif Ali Zardari has assured China of Pakistan's fullest cooperation in defeating the evils of extremism and terrorism. ANI

Manhattan man sues strip joint Hustler Club over $30K bar bill!
A New York strip joint, Hustler Club, is once again in the news for hustling a drunk patron out of big bucks. ANI

Zulfiqar Mirza's 'monstrous' allegations 'laughable as well as grave': MQM
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has levelled several counter-allegations against Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) leader Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza, who recently shook up the country's political landscape with his diatribe against the party. ANI

China to participate in 6th Expo Pakistan 2011
China will participate in the 6th Expo Pakistan scheduled to be held in Karachi from October 20- 23, 2011. ANI

88 protesters, including children, tortured and killed in Syrian prisons: Amnesty
Human Rights organization Amnesty International has revealed that at least 88 people, including ten children, were killed in detention centers in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime began in March. ANI

Women 'will have to wait another 98 years for pay parity with men'
A study has revealed that it will take almost a century for UK women managers to be paid the same as their male counterparts. ANI

Berlusconi felt 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks were result of Pakistan's flawed policy: WikiLeaks
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi felt that the 26/11 terrorist attacks in India were a result of Pakistan's flawed policy, according to a December 2008 US diplomatic cable released by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. ANI

French broker's estranged wife could hold key to 'Karachigate' submarine kickback deal
A British woman acrimoniously divorcing a French millionaire arms broker could hold the key to "Karachigate" that threatens to poison the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy over allegations of political corruption and murder. ANI

Kim Jong-il survives on 'herbal remedies' first tested on human 'guinea pigs'
A former North Korean doctor has revealed the nation's supreme Leader Kim Jong-il is surviving on a diet of herbal remedies that is first tested on ordinary citizens who suffer from heart disease. ANI

'China's nuke industry expansion to slow down following Fukushima crisis'
The former head of the Chinese National Energy Administration has said that the expansion of Beijing's nuclear power industry will slow down from the rapid rate of the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-2010), but the country should avoid making drastic changes in its nuclear development policies. ANI

NOTW's ex-managing editor 're-arrested' for involvement in phone hacking
Stuart Kuttner, the former managing editor of the now-defunct British tabloid News of the World, has been re-arrested on suspicion of phone-hacking and inappropriate payments to the police. ANI

Obama's approval rating hits all time low mark
US President Barack Obama's approval ratings have fallen to their lowest level, Gallup's tracking poll has revealed. ANI

Roman prostitutes killed newborns at English 'brothel' and buried them in mass graves
Roman prostitutes were forced to kill their own children and bury them in mass graves at an English 'brothel,' it has emerged. ANI

Man chases out wife for refusing to wear skirt while having sex
A man is said to have kicked out his wife for refusing to wear a skirt while having sex with him. ANI

Parental stress can alter kids' genes permanently, finds study
Parents beware. Your anxiety and stresses could alter your kids' genes permanently, says a new study. ANI

Ryan Reynolds, Rosie Whiteley and David Gandy new faces of M and S
David Gandy and Ryan Reynolds have joined Rosie Huntington Whiteley to become the new faces of Marks and Spencer for its autumn campaign. ANI

50,000 people killed in Libya since onset of uprising against Gaddafi's rule
Around 50,000 people have been killed in Libya since the beginning of the uprising to oust Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

August was 'deadliest' month for American troops in Afghanistan
August 2011 has been the deadliest month for US forces in Afghanistan since the conflict began nearly ten years ago, according to a report. ANI

Intercepted calls show Pak handlers, Taliban nexus in Kabul hotel attack plot
Intercepted phone calls show the Taliban and a Pakistan-based outfit planning the June 28 suicide bomb attack on a popular hotel in Afghanistan. ANI

Russian Foreign Ministry low paying sexist 'bastion of Slavic males': Wikileaks
The Russian foreign ministry is a sexist 'bastion of Slavic males' where all the top jobs are given to men and women are not taken seriously, new US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower WikiLeaks have revealed. ANI

Libya faces "power vacuum" over division among rebels for leadership
As Colonel Gaddafi's regime faced its downfall a week after the rebels' victory following the uprising in the country, Libya arrears to be divided over the leadership now. ANI

Suspending aid to Afghan govt. will jeopardise UK troops withdrawal process : World Bank
The World Bank has warned British ministers that the decision to suspend aid to the government of Afghanistan will jeopardise the process meant to allow UK troops to leave the country. ANI

Ten killed, 13 injured in suicide car bomb attack in southwest Pakistan
At least ten people were killed and 13 others injured in a bomb blast in Pakistan's Quetta city on Wednesday. ANI

Germany introduces parking meters for prostitutes to increase tax revenue!
In a bid to increase tax revenue from world's oldest profession, the German city of Bonn has introduced parking meters for prostitutes. ANI

Women managers in 20s getting better pays than men in same jobs
A survey has revealed that young women managers are now earning more than their male rivals. ANI

Indian HC in Malaysia to offer financial help to students for pursuing higher studies
Indian students in Malaysia will now get financial assistance for their studies at selected higher education institutions in the country for the 2011-2012 academic year. ANI

'Armed to teeth' Pak party in process of procuring nukes with Uncle Sam's help: Mirza
Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) leader and former provincial senior minister Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza has upped the ante against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) barely 48 hours after shaking up the country's political landscape with his explosive allegations. ANI

Obama's 'illegal immigrant' uncle had valid ID, driver's license for 19 yrs
President Barack Obama's uncle, an illegal immigrant who was arrested in Massachusetts last week for drink driving, had a valid Social Security number and Massachusetts driver's license for at least 19 years, it has emerged. ANI

Huge residues of toxic industrial waste endangering health, environment in China
Huge amounts of untreated toxic industrial waste is piling up across China, posing a major risk to the environment, a non-governmental organization has warned. ANI

Gaddafi headed south after fleeing Tripoli, claims son's bodyguard
Former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was last seen heading towards the south of Tripoli after attending meetings in the capital on Friday, one of his son's bodyguards has revealed. ANI

Pak Govt rejects demand for judicial inquiry into Zulfiqar Mirza's allegations
The Pakistan Government will not constitute any judicial commission to probe the allegations levelled by former Sindh minister Zulfiqar Mirza against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan has said. ANI

Rebels reject UN plan to send international troops into liberated Libya
Rebel leaders have rejected plans by the United Nations (UN) to send hundreds of international forces into liberated Libya, insisting that they will secure the country themselves. ANI

China gives stiff jail terms to Tibetan monks for aiding self-immolation of colleague
Chinese officials have sentenced two Tibetan monks to long prison terms for intentional homicide over another monk's death by self-immolation. ANI

Strauss-Kahn has 'mental illness', says Ex French PM Rocard
Former French prime minister Michel Rocard has described former International Monetary Fund chief and a frontrunner for the socialist presidential nomination, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, as 'mentally ill'. ANI

Libyan slits daughters' throats in 'honour killings' after they were raped by Gaddafi's troops
A Libyan father slit the throats of his three teenage daughters in an 'honour killing' after they were raped by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's loyalists during the siege of the port city of Misrata. ANI

Qaeda-linked '313 Brigade' appoints slain chief Ilyas Kashmiri's successor
The 313 Brigade, an operational arm of the Al-Qaeda, has appointed a new chief, Shah Sahib, following the death of its commander Ilyas Kashmiri in a US drone attack in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region in June. ANI

Al-Qaeda's 'nerve centre' lies in Pakistan: Pentagon
The "nerve centre" of Al-Qaeda lies in Pakistan, even though the recent killings of Osama bin Laden and Atiyah abd al-Rahman in the country has dealt a severe blow to the global terrorist organisation, the Pentagon has said. ANI

Pak police trace 3 mobile numbers in Shahbaz Taseer abduction case
Pakistan police have traced three mobile phone numbers that were allegedly used in the abduction of Shahbaz Taseer, son of slain former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer. ANI

'Al Qaeda sympathisers occupied key slots in Musharraf-led Pak Govt': Cheney
Former US Vice President Dick Cheney has alleged that the Musharraf-led Pakistan Government had 'Al Qaeda sympathisers' on key posts. ANI

Huber Health & Nutrition Expands Calcium Carbonate Granulation Capacity to Meet Growing Customer Demand
Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), a division of J.M. Huber Corporation, announces an expansion of its Quincy, Illinois manufacturing operations to accommodate additional capacity for calcium carbonate granulation production for its Health & Nutrition business unit Business Wire India

ZTE Records 21.52% Increase in Revenue to RMB37.3 Billion in H1 2011
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced a 21.52% increase in operating revenue to RMB37.337 billion for the six months ended June 30, 2011. Business Wire India

Rosneft and ExxonMobil to Join Forces for Development of Arctic and Black Sea Resources, Expand Technology Sharing and Implement Joint International Projects
Rosneft and ExxonMobil have executed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement under which the companies plan to undertake joint exploration and development of hydrocarbon resources in Russia, the United States and other countries throughout the world, and commence technology and expertise sharing activities. Business Wire India

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