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Meet the world's oldest living animal Jonathan - a 178-yr-old tortoise!
The world's oldest living animal has been recognized as a 178-year-old tortoise - Jonathan. ANI

BNP chief Chris Hurst gives Hitler salute to Breivik heroine
British National Party (BNP) chief Chris Hurst gave a Nazi salute at a fascist gig by far-right Swedish singer Saga, whose horrific racist lyrics inspired massacre monster Anders Breivik. ANI

Brit MP aged 76 warns of MPs' 'sexual magnetism'
A 76-year-old Labour MP has warned that he along with all other members of the parliament have a baffling "sexual magnetism". ANI

'Pak's quiet acquiescence to US drone attacks one of the worst kept secrets in the world'
The tacit acceptance of the United States' drone campaign on Pakistani soil by Pakistan's top military brass is one of the worst kept secrets in the world, according to an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper. ANI

Aussie ladettes becoming as violent as men after booze binges
Young Australian women drinkers are just as likely to get involved in an alcohol-fuelled aggression as young men, a new study has shown. ANI

Will Google + topple Facebook?
With in few months of its launch, search giant Google's social network site has attracted 25 million users and is growing at a rate of one million every day, compared to its rival Facebook that attracted same number of users in about three years. ANI

China expresses 'strong dissatisfaction' with Japan's defense paper
China has expressed 'strong dissatisfaction' with Japanese defense white paper, saying that the document that plays up the 'China threat theory,' has 'ulterior motives'. ANI

'Cat population' - the growing concern at US Embassy in Kabul
Apart from handling many issues, one thing that has drawn immediate attention at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul seems to be the cats. ANI

Bangkok most economical holiday destination, Paris steepest
Keen to go on economical holiday? Then, rule out Paris, Zurich and London. Instead look forward to visiting Bangkok and Beijing, as it may be the best value for your money. ANI

China downplays rift with Pak, praises its counter-terrorism ally
China's Foreign Office has praised Pakistan for being its firm ally against terrorism, playing down the reports of bilateral ties being strained over a recent Kashgar attack that Chinese officials had blamed on terrorists trained in Pakistan. ANI

Is China 'state actor' behind biggest-ever global cyber attacks?
Cyber analysts have been speculating that the 'state actor' behind recently revealed world's most extensive case of cyber-espionage involving the infiltration of the networks of 72 organizations worldwide, is China. ANI

Intelligence report identifies seminaries behind fanning radicalism in Pak Punjab
An intelligence agency report has revealed that certain religious seminaries in Pakistan's Punjab were actively involved in fanning radicalism, and that there had been a visible increase in the activities of the Pakistan institutions in the past six weeks. ANI

Pak Army rejects rights body reports on Balochistan as a plot to destabilize country
The Pakistan Army has rejected reports by several human rights organizations about Balochistan as an attempt to destabilise and malign the country. ANI

Pak Army, Rangers should be deployed full- time to curb Karachi bloodbath: MQM Chief
Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has said the Pakistan Army and Rangers should be deployed on a full-time basis to stop the ongoing bloodbath in Karachi. ANI

Sixteen Pakistanis working as slaves in Afghanistan set free
The government of Afghanistan has handed over 16 Pakistani citizens to country's officials after releasing from private jails in Afghanistan. ANI

Iran claims progress in speeding up nuke program
Iran has claimed to have made significant progress in speeding up its nuclear program, raising new concerns in Washington and other Western capitals that Tehran could significantly shorten the time it would need to produce nuclear bombs. ANI

Stone-tool making technique spread from China to Japan 20,000 years ago: Experts
A stone-tool making technique prevalent in North China made its way to Japan about 20,000 years ago. ANI

Amphibious 1000 - the $500m floating resort to be built on coast of Qatar
A semi-submerged extravagant resort will be constructed on the coast of Qatar under a 500,00-dollar project. ANI

Brits in their 30's are suffering from 'quarter-life' angst
A study has revealed that most Britons in their thirties suffer a "quarter-life" angst worrying about where their lives are going. ANI

Pak rookie Yasir Shah confident of delivering his best in Zimbabwe
Pakistan leg - spinner Yasir Shah has said he will try to perform to the best of his potential in the forthcoming cricket series against Zimbabwe and added that if given the chance, he would justify his selection in all formats of the game. ANI

Obama takes staff out for burger treat after debt deal
US President Barack Obama took his staff members out for a burger lunch to celebrate the resolution of months' long debt crisis. ANI

Diplomats free to move in Pakistan: US
The State Department has said US diplomats in Pakistan are free to move around while performing their diplomatic duties. ANI

'UK at greater terror attack risk than any other Western nation': Study
Britain is at greater risk of a terrorist attack than any other Western nation, a research has claimed. ANI

Here's how heaven looks like!
What happens when you die? It is most certainly one of life's biggest questions. ANI

Reconciliation in Afghanistan not possible without Pak, says US envoy
US Special Evoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman has said reconciliation in Afghanistan would not be possible without Pakistan's help. ANI

Rangers to take targeted action to curb Karachi bloodbath: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said the Rangers would take only targeted action on intelligence information, rather than conducting a full-scale operation to curb the ongoing bloodbath in Karachi. ANI

UK railway minister in dock for telling sacked workers to take up jobs in India
British Railway Minister Theresa Villiers has attracted criticism for suggesting that sacked call centre workers should head back to India in search of employment. ANI

New US strategy seeks treating Muslims as 'crucial government ally' to combat radical Islam
As a new strategy to combat domestic militancy, the US has vowed to avoid actions and sentiments that cast suspicion towards Muslim Americans' as it might turn out to be counterproductive and alienate a religious minority. ANI

Senior PML-N leader proposes dividing Pak Punjab into four provinces
Senior Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi has called on his party leadership to divide Pakistan's Punjab into four provinces. ANI

Japan to sack top nuclear officials for Fukushima disaster
Japan is set to dismiss three officials, who were in charge of nuclear power safety and policy, amid the ongoing crisis at the tsunami-hit Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. ANI

Girls born today '8 times more likely to live to 100 than 80-yrs ago'
New UK government figures have indicated that girls born today and two decades ago are more likely to live longer than those born 80 years ago. ANI

Republicans say sorry for calling Obama 'tar baby' and 'boy'
Republican Representative Doug Lamborn of Colorado and commentator Pat Buchanan, a former candidate for president, have both apologized for using racially charged terms to describe President Barack Obama. ANI

Facebook founder's sister Randi Zuckerberg quits to start own media firm
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's sister Randi Zuckerberg has announced her resignation from the social network site and is planning to start her own company. ANI

Lockheed Martin to provide F-16 upgrade kits to Pakistan
The United States Defense Department has awarded a 42.3 million dollar contract to Lockheed Martin, one of the world's largest defense contractors, to provide 10 upgrade kits for Pakistan's F-16 A/B aircrafts. ANI

Malay woman gutted over forced separation from long-lost Indian son
A 60-year-old Malay woman has expressed her distress over being forcefully separated from her Indian son again. ANI

I have zero sexual interest: Octomom Nadya Suleman
Nadya Suleman, who was dubbed Octomom after she gave birth to eight babies, claims she has not had sex in 12 years and that she has zero sexual interest. ANI

Three Pak naval officers face court martial for role in PNS Mehran attack
Three Pakistan Navy officers are facing court martial proceedings for their alleged negligence during the attack on the naval airbase Mehran in Karachi. ANI

Zardari authorised to negotiate with political forces for Karachi peace
Coalition partners of the Sindh Government have authorised Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to hold negotiations with all political forces to restore peace and normalcy in Karachi. ANI

Mullen's decision to skip Pak during last tour signals stalemate in US military ties
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen's decision to skip Pakistan during his last tour to the region suggests a continuing stalemate in Pakistan-US military ties, especially on counter-terrorism strategies. ANI

Kuwaitis in shock after police officer goes on killing spree
Residents of Kuwait are reportedly in a state of shock after a police officer went on a killing spree that claimed the lives of four Asians on the first day of Ramadan. ANI

US, Pak heading towards confrontation on nuke production issue
The United States and Pakistan are heading towards yet another confrontation, perhaps more devastating than all previous disputes, as the Obama administration prepares to persuade Islamabad to halt production of nuclear bomb materials at the United Nations General Assembly in New York next month. ANI

BBC journalist narrates his encounter with UFO in England
A BBC journalist has claimed that he has seen a UFO when he was just outside the Hertfordshire village of Cottered, England. ANI

HRW slams Sri Lanka for failure to investigate aid workers' deaths
A leading human rights group has condemned the Sri Lankan government over its lack of will to investigate the killings of 17 aid workers in 2006. ANI

Lithuania Mayor crushes Mercedes with tank to fight illegal parking
Infuriated with motorists parking their luxury cars illegally around the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, Mayor Arturas Zuokas took the drastic step of driving an armoured vehicle over a Mercedes S-class, which was parked in a cycle lane. ANI

Sarah Palin's beehive inspires new TLC reality show 'Big Hair Alaska'
Sarah Palin's signature hairstyle has inspired TLC to produce a new reality show called 'Big Hair Alaska'. ANI

Son says Qaddafi regime to forge alliance with Libyan Islamists
Cornered Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi's son and one-time heir apparent, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, has revealed that he is reversing course to forge a behind-the-scenes alliance with radical Islamist elements among Libyan rebels to drive out their more liberal-minded confederates. ANI

Self- styled British superheroes 'The Dark Spartan', 'The Black Void' have no crime to tackle!
A British pair of a financial advisor and shopkeeper identified as self-styled British heroes 'The Dark Spartan' and 'The Black Void' have vowed to check crime in their locality, but are yet to make a mark. ANI

Oz radio host apologises for anti-Ganga, anti-India remarks
An Australian radio show host has apologised to the Hindu community over his alleged derogatory remarks on India and her holy river the Ganges. ANI

US charges 72 people of involvement in global online child porn
The US has charged 72 people for their alleged involvement in an online child pornography network used to share photos and videos of sexual abuse. ANI

Indian-origin 'Hare Krishna' devout guilty of child sex attacks freed by Oz court
A devout Hindu in Australia, who pleaded guilty of molesting three young girls, has been set free by a court. ANI

Kate joins Michelle, Carla on 'Vanity Fair Best Dressed' list
The Duchess of Cambridge has been named one of the world's best-dressed women by Vanity Fair magazine. ANI

Berlusconi hosts another 'bunga bunga' party despite Italy's crisis
Even as the Italian economy is on the verge of a financial meltdown, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi hosted another one of his infamous 'bunga bunga' parties last Sunday, Italian media has reported. ANI

Hindus express dismay at Hungary's new religion law
The Hindus have expressed dismay at Hungary's new law on religion, which they said was a setback to religious equality. ANI

Gruner + Jahr Acquires Majority interest in MaXposure Media Group, India
G+J International is acquiring a 78.75 percent interest in MaXposure Media Group India Pvt. Ltd., the effective date being July 1st, 2011. The remaining 21.25 percent are held by the Group’s founder, Prakash Johari, who will continue to serve as CEO & Managing Director after G+J’s takeover of the majority. His brother and co-founder Vikas Johari will be appointed COO Business Wire India

Quintiles Names Jeffrey Spaeder Chief Medical & Scientific Officer
Quintiles today announced the appointment of Jeffrey A. Spaeder, M.D., as its Chief Medical and Scientific Officer. He succeeds Dr. Oren Cohen who now leads Quintiles’ Phase I clinical research business. Business Wire India

Molson Coors Releases 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report
Molson Coors Brewing Company today announced it has issued its 2011 online corporate responsibility report, reporting on its performance in five key areas: Governance and Ethics, Alcohol Responsibility, Environmental Stewardship, Employees and Community, and Responsible Sourcing. Business Wire India

Exclusive Rare Footage of Endangered Sumatran Tiger Taking Her First Steps into New Home
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) releases rarely seen video of a Sumatran Tiger taking her first steps towards a new life after her relocation to Betet Island in South Sumatra on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Business Wire India

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Names Carl Haney Executive Vice President, Global Research and Development, Corporate Product Innovation, Package Development
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE:EL) announced today that Carl Haney will join the Company as Executive Vice President, Global Research and Development (R&D), Corporate Product Innovation, Package Development, beginning January 1, 2012. He will report to President and Chief Executive Officer, Fabrizio Freda. Business Wire India

Molex Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results
Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX and MOLXA), a global electronic components company, today reported results for its fourth quarter and its full fiscal year ended June 30, 2011. Business Wire India

Merck and Serum Institute Announce Collaboration to Develop and Expand Global Access to Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)
Merck (NYSE: MRK), known outside the United States and Canada as MSD, and Serum Institute of India Limited, an Indian company, announced today an agreement to work together to develop and commercialize a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) for use in the emerging and developing world countries Business Wire India

Janus Welcomes ACRA’s New Guidelines for Singapore Company Directors
Singapore’s Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) has recently released its inaugural guide book for directors called “ACRA & I – Being an Effective Director Business Wire India

Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (July 28 – August 3, 2011)
The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of July 28 – August 3, 2011. Business Wire India

Jefferies Expands Asia Equities Sales and Trading
In a further expansion of the firm’s global equities business, Jefferies announced today the addition of four Managing Directors in Asia Business Wire India

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