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Queen's mannequin makes œ12 an hr by begging on Birmingham streets
A Birmingham-based artist has made a Queen Elizabeth II-look-alike model and earned 12 pounds an hour by putting it on show on the streets, leaving passers-by stunned with its intricacies. ANI

Pak's silence over Syria crisis criticized by country's former officials
Pakistan has been criticized for being silent on the growing chaos in Syria, despite the fact that President Bashar al Assad's regime is being criticized across the world for trying to suppress the pro-democracy citizens. ANI

Chinese court blocks media from Oz entrepreneur's trial
A court in China has barred media from covering the controversial trial of Australian entrepreneur Matthew Ng, charged with embezzlement, despite China's repeated pledge to conduct transparent proceedings. ANI

Columbia varsity research claims hobbits are just stunted humans
A research team led by anthropologist Ralph Holloway at Columbia University has compared brain scans and internal casts, or endocasts of skulls from children affected with dwarfism with unaffected children, and found hobbits to be stunted humans. ANI

Six n 10 Americans say economy getting worse
Six in ten Americans think the economy is still getting worse and 75 percent believe the nation is doing badly. ANI

Taliban downing of chopper in Afghanistan no "watershed or trend": Pentagon spokesman
Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan has said that the recent incident of a US forces' helicopter being shot down after being lured by the Taliban "does not represent any kind of watershed or trend". ANI

US traffic safety body probing complaints of Chinese manufactured car transmissions
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is probing complaints of reported transmission problems in 2011 and 2012 Ford Mustangs. ANI

'Norwegian gunman took drugs before July 22 attack': Police
The Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik was under the influence of drugs when he carried out twin attacks on July 22.I can confirm that he had used illegal drugs. I do not want to comment on what kind of products, but he had consumed some," the New York Post quoted police prosecutor Paal-Fredrik Hjor Kraby, as saying. ANI

'Queen backs my return to Afghanistan more than anybody else': Prince Harry
Prince Harry, who is likely to be deployed in Afghanistan next year, has said his 'grandmother understands the duty to serve one's country more than anybody else'. ANI

Desperate Gulf-based father continues search for son missing in India
Two years ago, 56-year-old Majid Abdul Majid had dinner with his son Nishad, who was 21 at the time. ANI

London riots: Brit stars appeal for peace
British stars have called for peace in London, where rioters have been causing damage and destruction in the streets since Saturday. ANI

Women more likely to recruit other women for political office: Research
The gender composition of those responsible for candidate recruitment plays a crucial role in either encouraging or discouraging women candidates to run for office, according to a study. ANI

The strangest calls made by guests to cancel hotel reservations
Hotel booking website Wotif.com has revealed some of the bizarre complaints and excuses it received from its customers in order to cancel their reservations. ANI

'Harassing conditions indicate growing Talibanisation in Lahore'
The recent incident of a woman being harassed at the Nairang Gallery in Lahore, Pakistan, is among numerous such incidents that indicate the tendency of growing Talibanisation in the city. ANI

Meet, the widow who 'can't stop' licking her late husband's ashes
A reality show on TLC, 'My Strange Addiction', which takes a look into the less-than-orthodox compulsive habits of some interesting characters, has featured a woman who is so close to the memory of her late husband that she eats his ashes. ANI

FAA probing News Corp over drone use
News Corp. is facing a probe into the use of drones by its US-based digital publication, The Daily. ANI

Saudi beheading fuels backlash in Indonesia
The beheading of Ruyati binti Satubi, a 54-year-old Indonesian grandmother, in June for killing an allegedly abusive Saudi employer, has stirred such revulsion here that even the most strictly observant Indonesian Muslims now ask how the guardians of Islam's most sacred sites can be so heedless of their faith's call for compassion. ANI

Amnesty slams Oz Govt. 'Closing the Gap' policy saying it forces Aborigines off their homelands
Human Rights organization Amnesty International has claimed that Australian government policies are driving the country's Aborigines from the homelands where they stand the best chance of leading healthy, fulfilling lives. ANI

Syria's Assad faces isolation as Arab world turns against regime's crackdown on civilians
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is facing increasing isolation as his 'sympathetic' Arab nations withdrew their ambassadors in protest at the regime's killing of civilian demonstrators. ANI

'Curvy' Holly Valance recreates iconic Goldfinger pose for beer launch
Holly Valance has shown off her curvy figure in little more than a pair of hot pants when she recreated the famous 'James Bond Goldfinger' pose for a photshoot to promote the launch of a new premium bottled beer. ANI

Higher gender equality means more sex, finds study
A new global research has shown that people have more sex in countries with higher gender equality. ANI

'Positive illusion' helps lovers overlook beer bellies, big noses in partners
Looks like love is blind when it comes to looks and attractive features. ANI

Man offers to be pet dino for year in return for free home in Vancouver!
Ever wished you had your own pet dinosaur? If you do and own an extra house, your dream can become a reality. ANI

Japan facing flak for hiding Fukushima radiation path
Japanese bureaucrats are reportedly facing flak for seeking to avoid responsibility and escape criticism for hiding the actual path of radiation emanating from the nuclear plant at Fukushima at the height of the March 11, 2011 earthquake-cum tsunami. ANI

'New clues show family rivalry led to Pak Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti's murder'
Assassinated former Pakistan Minorities' Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti was a victim of family rivalry and not religious differences, investigators have claimed. ANI

Depraved Aussie dad faces 18-yr jail for raping his minor kids over 14 yrs
An Australian man has been sentenced to 18 years of imprisonment for allegedly raping his four minor children for more than 14 years and forcing them to indulge in sex with their mother. ANI

Levi Johnston's sister calls Bristol Palin 'sociopath and evil'
Levi Johnston's sister has yet again taken a pot shot at her would-have-been sister-in-law Bristol Palin, branding her a 'sociopath.' ANI

'I don't have control of the plane at all' were last words of Air France pilots as jet crashed into Atlantic Ocean
The astonishing conversation between the two pilots of Air France jet that crashed into the ocean during a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris in June 2009, has now been released, highlighting that poorly-trained pilots were responsible for the disaster. ANI

20-year-old UK man gets life for killing schoolboy with golf club
A 20-year-old man in Britain has been jailed for life for murdering a schoolboy who was stabbed to death with a broken golf club outside his school gate. ANI

Beware! Being buddies with your men's close pals can ruin their sex lives!
Is your male partner losing interest in sex? Well, this can be because of your friendliness with his close pals. ANI

A fifth of all congressmen taking paid-for holidays to Israel this summer
A fifth of members of the House of Representatives will be taking their summer holidays in Israel this year with almost all the trips being paid for by one of America's most powerful lobby groups. ANI

Economic prosperity vital for Pak's political stability: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that economic prosperity is vital for the political stability of any nation, including Pakistan. ANI

Bomb wounds 10 soldiers in Pak's South Waziristan
Ten Pakistani soldiers have reportedly been wounded in a bomb explosion that took place in the Taliban and al Qaeda hotspot of Waziristan on the Pakistan-Afghan border. ANI

Now, a home-made drone that can launch airborne cyber attacks
Two computer security experts have developed a 6,200 dollar home-made drone that is capable of launching airborne cyber attacks and hijacking mobile phone calls. ANI

Single middle-aged parents at greatest work stress risk
A national survey of almost 800 workers has revealed that middle-age single parents are at highest risk of work stress. ANI

Now, a flying camera that can be fired with a grenade launcher
Two inventors attending the Defcon Hacking Convention here have announced plans to introduce into the civilian market a piece of military technology that potentially can save hundreds of soldiers' lives across the globe, especially during dangerous missions. ANI

Court clears US contractors to sue Ex-Defense Secretary Rumsfeld for 'Iraq torture'
Two former American security contractors who claimed to have been imprisoned and tortured by the US army in Iraq have been allowed by a court to sue the former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld for damages. ANI

'US is pretty darn f****d' over credit downgrade', says ex-Obama aide
A former aide of US President Barack Obama has said that the country is 'pretty darn f****d' after Standard and Poorcut downgraded its credit rating for the first time in history. ANI

NY hotel maid files civil lawsuit over 'violent and sadistic' sex attack by Strauss-Kahn
The hotel maid, who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her, has filed a civil lawsuit seeking unspecified damages as a result of what she calls the 'violent and sadistic' attack in his New York hotel room. ANI

Haqqani asks US to 'win over the hearts and minds' of 'suspicious' Pakistanis
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani has said that both the countries need each other, and urged Washington to take steps to win over the hearts and minds of the Pakistanis who often remain "suspicious" over activities of the US. ANI

US warns citizens against visiting Pak over 'disguised terrorists' attacks fears
The United Stated has cautioned its citizens from travelling to Pakistan, insisting that "terrorists have disguised themselves as Pakistani security personnel to gain access to targeted areas" and therefore, could prove to be harmful to Americans across the country. ANI

Sarah Palin becomes grandma for 2nd time
Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin has become a grandmother for the second time - after her daughter-in-law gave birth to a baby girl. ANI

Downed US military helicopter in Afghanistan targeted Taliban leader: ISAF
The 38 US Navy Seals and other troops, who were killed over the weekend in Afghanistan when their Chinook helicopter was shot down, were on a mission targeting a Taliban leader in the Tangi Valley, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has said. ANI

Korea National Folk Museum exhibiting Hindu gods and goddesses
The National Folk Museum of Korea (NFMK) in Seoul is exhibiting various Hindu deities in a special exhibition "Journey to India Mythology" from August 9 to September 19. ANI

ZTE Achieves 35 Million Handsets Milestone in First Half of 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 that it had shipped 60 million terminal products including 35 million handsets in the first half of 2011 Business Wire India

BackOffice Associates® Names Technology Executive Krish Datta as CEO of Asia Pacific Japan
BackOffice Associates, LLC, the leader in data quality, data governance and data migration solutions for SAP®, Oracle® and other ERP vendors, announced today the appointment of Krish Datta as CEO of BackOffice Associates® Asia Pacific Japan and CPM Consulting, where he will oversee all operations in the region. Business Wire India

Varicent Announces Record Fourth Quarter and Continued Explosive Growth
Varicent Software Incorporated, a pioneer and global leader in incentive compensation management and sales performance management (SPM) solutions, is pleased to announce a record Q4, highlighted by significant new customer acquisitions, customer go-lives, industry recognition and the most successful annual customer conference to date Business Wire India

GT Solar Completes Name Change to GT Advanced Technologies
GT Advanced Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: GTAT), today announced that the name change from GT Solar to its new name, GT Advanced Technologies Inc., is now complete. As part of the rebranding and new corporate identity, the company is now trading under its new GTAT stock ticker symbol on NASDAQ. Business Wire India

22nd Century Enrolls First Patients in X-22 Phase II-B Smoking Cessation Clinical Trial
22nd Century Group, Inc. (OTCBB: XXII), a company focused on smoking cessation and tobacco harm reduction products, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, 22nd Century Limited, LLC, enrolled the first patients in its Phase II-B clinical trial for X-22, a prescription smoking cessation aid in development. Business Wire India

Cortec® Corporation Launches Biobased Film Products for Marine and Anaerobic Digestion Markets
Cortec® Corporation, a leading bioplastics producer located in Minnesota, USA, is pleased to announce the launch and commercial availability of EcoOcean™ Business Wire India

INNOVATION Data Processing and CA Technologies announce a strategic partnership to introduce UPSTREAM for Linux on Z and UPSTREAM for UNIX on Z
Business Wire India

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