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Salman Rushdie dumps magazine editor on Facebook
Salman Rushdie took to the social networking site, Facebook to write a break up note to magazine editor, Devorah Rose. ANI

Pippa Middleton, Kardashians among 'most fascinating people' of 2011
Barbara Walters' list of the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 will include Pippa Middleton, the Kardashian family and real estate mogul Donald Trump. ANI

Blair tried to get Saif Gaddafi place at Oxford before LSE gave him dubious PhD
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government had tried to pressurise Oxford University into giving Saif Gaddafi admission, but he was refused because he did not meet the requisite qualifications. ANI

US warns 'Russian roulette' playing Pak of dire consequences over another terror attack on India
The US has warned Pakistani leaders of dangerous consequences if there is another terror attack on India that originates from Pakistan, a former top adviser to President Barack Obama said. ANI

Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima plant's reactor was perilously close to full meltdown
Japan's earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was near a full meltdown than the company analyses had earlier indicated, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) has revealed. ANI

Obama will not apologise for NATO attack on Pak soldiers
The White House has said that US President Barack Obama will not formally apologise to Pakistan, at least for now, for the killings of 28 soldiers in the recent NATO attack. ANI

Abbottabad probe body interviews officials to gain insight into operation
Islamabad, Dec 1: The inquiry commission on the Abbottabad operation interviewed the Ministry of Law and Justice and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting secretaries to get an insight into the May 2 raid that killed Osama bin Laden ANI

Rameshwaram protest against arrest of fellow fishermen by Sri Lanka
Rameshwaram, Dec 1 : The fishermen community in Rameshwaram have protested the arrest of some of their fellowmen by Sri Lankan Navy officials for allegedly fishing in Sri Lankan waters. Rameshwaram, Dec 1 : The fishermen community in Rameshwaram have protested the arrest of some of their fellowmen by Sri Lankan Navy officials for allegedly fishing in Sri Lankan waters. ANI

Pak parliamentary committee to reveal national security norms on Dec 2
Islamabad, Dec 1: Pakistan's parliamentary committee on national security (PCNS) will announce recommendations on key issues regarding national security, including the NATO attack, Memogate and the drone strikes in FATA on December 2 ANI

Woman involved in 13-year affair with Cain says 'he would not make a good president'
A businesswoman, who claimed that she had a 13-year affair with Herman Cain, has said that the Republican candidate would not make a good president. ANI

Pak may summon BBC over Taliban documentary
Pakistan is reportedly planning to summon the BBC and demand an explanation over a documentary about the Taliban that has left the BBC World News channel blocked in the country. ANI

China urges rational view of PLA drills
China has called for an objective and rational view towards its military's exercises and training over the past few months. ANI

Experts say traditional Chinese medicines can help to fight AIDS
Experts in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) have claimed that it has helped in the recovery of at least 17,000 HIV carriers and AIDS patients in China since 2004. ANI

Ex-Israeli general says explosions that hit Iran nuke sites were no accidents
A retired Israeli major general has claimed that a mysterious explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility two days ago was no accident. ANI

'Top Gear' host calls for execution of public sector workers
Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has told a family TV show that "public sector workers should be executed in front of their families." ANI

Pak, US should learn lessons from deadly cross- border NATO airstrike: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said her country and Pakistan should learn lessons from the cross- border NATO attack to jointly tackle terrorism. ANI

Afghan MP says Pak not attending Bonn Conference to escape criticism
An Afghan MP has said that Pakistan is not attending the Bonn Conference by making the recent NATO attack a "much bigger issue than it is" to avoid being criticized for not taking required action "to stop terrorism". ANI

Get CIA out of long-term drone campaigns: ex-US intelligence chief
Former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, who previously proposed scaling back the armed drone operation run in Pakistan by the Central Intelligence Agency, is now urging that program be publicly acknowledged and placed in the hands of the U.S. military. ANI

Malaysia's first women's radio station takes to the airwaves
Malaysia's first women's radio station-Capital FM 88.9 - has taken to the airwaves. ANI

Oz PM Gillard to earn more than US Prez Obama, Brit counterpart Cameron
Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard' s salary will increase by 90,000 dollars to 470,000 dollars, making her higher- paid leader than US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron. ANI

Pak sets Dec 11 deadline for US to vacate Shamsi air base
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee has asked the US to vacate the Shamsi air base by December 11. ANI

Mystery surrounds Pak Army's delayed video release on NATO attack
Mystery surround the delayed release of a video shot by the Pakistani army, showing the remains of two bombed mountaintop outposts that were recently hit by NATO. ANI

UAE asks NATO for apology over Pak soldiers' killings
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has demanded that NATO apologise to Pakistan for the deaths of 28 soldiers in an airstrike at a post along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. ANI

Cherie Blair's pregnancy 'possibly revealed by phone hacking': Alastair Campbell
Alastair Campbell, once a strategist for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, has launched a sweeping attack on Britain's newspapers, claiming that a story about Cherie Blair's pregnancy was 'possibly' obtained by phone hacking. ANI

Lawrence of Arabia knife up for sale
The leader of Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War, Lawrence of Arabia's, pocket knife is up for grabs. ANI

World's first sex school opens in Austria
A Swedish schoolmistress has opened the world's first international sex school in Austria to teach students how to be better lovers. ANI

Man fined 1,000 dollars for spilling whiskey near South African President Zuma
A South African man has been found guilty of assault and fined 1,000 dollars for spilling a glass of whiskey near the country's president, Jacob Zuma, at a race course in Durban in July last year. ANI

New book offers tips on how to dress like Michelle Obama
A new hands-on-style guide has revealed the fashion secrets of the US First Lady, inspiring all women to inculcate her modern, fresh, classic and daring style. ANI

Russia may block NATO supply routes over missile shield dispute
Russia has threatened that it might not allow NATO to use its territory for supplying troops in Afghanistan if the alliance does not seriously consider its objections to a US-led missile shield for Europe, Russia's ambassador to NATO has confirmed. ANI

NATO attack on 28 Pak troops was "not deliberate": US
The US has strongly rejected Pakistan's allegations that the recent NATO attack that claimed the lives of 28 soldiers, was intentional. ANI

Cain says decision to stay in US Presidential race 'depends on wife'
Embattled Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has said his decision to stay on in the White House race would depend on what his wife says. ANI

Saudi Arabia used 'abusive practices' on Arab Spring protestors: Amnesty
Human rights group Amnesty International has accused Saudi Arabia of unleashing a wave of repression on Arab Spring protestors. ANI

China says US-Australia military pact shows 'Cold War mentality'
China has criticized the United State's plans to establish a permanent military presence in Australia, accusing Washington of perpetuating a 'Cold War mentality'. ANI

Xavier Drilhon Nominated as Chief Executive Officer of Oberthur Technologies
Yesterday, Oberthur Technologies’ Board of Directors, named Xavier Drilhon, Chief Executive Officer of the company, as of December 1st, 2011. Business Wire India

Advent International Completes Acquisition of Oberthur Technologies
Advent International, the global private equity firm and the François-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire Group, today announced the completion of the acquisition of the Card Systems and Identity divisions of Oberthur, following workers’ council consultation and the approval of the transaction by relevant market authorities. Business Wire India

Exciting Opportunities for Businesses in Zambia as Regus Expands Africa Network
Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, has opened its first business centre in Zambia, Lusaka, responding to growing demand for flexible workspace and rising business confidence in Sub-Saharan Africa Business Wire India

Ranbaxy Announces Launch of Atorvastatin, Generic Lipitor®, in the U.S.
Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. (RLL, NSE: RANBAXY, BSE: 500359) (“Ranbaxy”), today announced that it has received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to manufacture and market Atorvastatin and has launched the product in the U.S. market Business Wire India

Indonesian Ministry of Forestry Partners with Private Sector to Support Orangutan Foundation International
The Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, with the support of PT SMART Tbk (SMART) and Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP), announced a landmark partnership with Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) to create a two-year conservation programme geared towards the protection of orangutans, one of the more endangered animal species in the world. Business Wire India

Analogix SlimPort Accessories Program Welcomes Luxshare-ICT
Analogix® Semiconductor, the leading provider of DisplayPort mixed-signal circuits and IP, announced that Luxshare-ICT has joined the SlimPort™ Accessories Adopters Program (SAAP) Business Wire India

Grouponicus Holiday Weekend Reveals Shopping Local Is the New Black (Friday)
For the second year in a row, Groupon’s (NASDAQ: GRPN) Grouponicus Holiday Shop ( empowered Black Friday and Cyber Monday consumers in the U.S. to give unforgettable local experiences Business Wire India

Hilton HHonors Announces The December Sale
Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, launches The December Sale, offering guests up to 33 percent off their room rate for stays between December 8, 2011 and January 8, 2012. In addition, Hilton HHonors members will receive 1,000 bonus points for each stay of two nights or more. Business Wire India

NYA International and Chartis Collaboration Goes Live
The new collaboration between NYA International (NYA) and Chartis, which sees NYA providing kidnap, extortion, malicious product tampering and maritime piracy response consultancy services to Chartis’ crisis management policyholders, becomes effective on 1st December 2011. Business Wire India

Synergy Drive Announces iCHIMOK
Synergy Drive Inc. (Synergy Drive) announces "iCHIMOK" – a service which adds functionality to multiply provide 'like' on to timeline of audio and video streaming content. Business Wire India

StepStone Group Acquires Parish Capital
StepStone Group LLC has announced that it will acquire the funds management business of Parish Capital Advisors, LLP (Parish Capital), a private equity investment manager with US$2 billion in assets under management. The acquisition is expected to close in January, 2012 and is subject to customary closing conditions Business Wire India

WIN Consortium Announces the WIN Symposium 2012 in Personalized Cancer Medicine, Paris, June 28-29, 2012
WIN Consortium, initiated by Cancer Institute Gustave Roussy (France) and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (USA), is proud to announce WIN Symposium 2012 in Personalized Cancer Medicine, to be held in Paris, France, June 28-29, 2012 Business Wire India

Market Vectors® Index Solutions GmbH Focuses on Liquid, Investable Benchmarks
New York-based asset manager Van Eck Global today announced the launch of Market Vectors Index Solutions GmbH (“MVIS”) and the company’s new index website ( Business Wire India

Panduit Data Center Solutions Showcasing New Features of the Physical Infrastructure Manager Platform at Gartner Data Center Conference 2011
Panduit Corp., a global leader in Unified Physical InfrastructureSM (UPI)-based solutions, is proud to be an exhibitor at this year’s Gartner Data Center Conference 2011 in Las Vegas, NV December 5-8 Business Wire India

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