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Pak-based militant group claims responsibility for attack on J and K minister
The attack on Jammu and Kashmir Rural Development and Panchayats, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister took a fresh twist on Monday evening with the Pakistan-based Jamiatul Mujahideen claiming responsibility for Sunday's assault. ANI

Unemployment 'most discussed problem' globally
Unemployment is now one of the world's most talked-about problems, according to a new study. ANI

China announces plans to set up first military base in Seychelles
China has announced that it plans to set up its first military base in Seychelles to "seek supplies and recuperate" facilities for its navy. ANI

Over three in four Americans say Congress members do not deserve re- election: Poll
A new poll has shown that over the three in four Americans think that most Congress members do not deserve to be re-elected. ANI

Men want racy cars while women prefer humble motors
A poll has revealed a gender difference in terms of preference of cars. ANI

Russian vote results will stand despite massive protests: Putin aide
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's spokesman has said that the results of the country's recent parliamentary polls will stand despite massive street protests and an ongoing investigation by the election authorities. ANI

Former Miss Universe says contestants 'as career driven as other women'
Former Miss Universe Australia Rachael Finch has slammed the pageant critics and said that contestants are "just as career driven as other women". ANI

UK soldiers face probe over chopping off fingers of Taliban member's corpse
UK Royal Military Police is probing the incident in which soldiers of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders allegedly chopped off the fingers of a dead Taliban fighter in Helmand, Afghanistan ANI

Lobsters replace turkey this Christmas to cheer up recession-hit Brits!
Recession hit Brits are turning to luxury grub 'Lobsters' instead of conventional 'turkeys' this Christmas to overcome their low mood, experts say. ANI

Men-only historic Turkish Baths banned due to 'inappropriate behaviour'
Men-only sessions at historic Turkish Baths have been banned by authorities on grounds of 'inappropriate behaviour' as officials owned up to hiding the incidents to shield the spa town's reputation. ANI

Artist behind failed Pippa portrait now cashing in on her bum
Pippa Middleton paintings are set go on sale in Glasgow for 1,700 pounds, but its her famous rear view not her face that will profit the artist behind it. ANI

Pakistan official claims N. Korea attempted to bribe him over nuke programme in 1995
Former Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) General (r) Ziauddin Khawaja has disclosed for the first time that North Korea had tried to bribe him by providing him five million dollars in Benazir Bhutto's last tenure as the prime minister in 1995, over the "missile programme". ANI

Pakistan threatens to shoot down intruding US drones
Pakistan will shoot down any US drone that intrudes into its airspace as per new directives, a senior Pakistani official has said. ANI

Musharraf urges youth to end politics of "liars and gangsters" in Pakistan
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that winds of change have started to blow in the country, and urged the youth to end the politics of "liars and gangsters." ANI

China detains over 90,000 people for illegal food production, gambling, drug trafficking
Chinese police have detained over 90,000 suspects by November in a crackdown on several offences, especially food and drug safety cases. ANI

Concerns over US national security being compromised by Google maps technology
Google has been accused of compromising US national security as its online Maps allows aerial shots of secret military bases to be viewed by the general public in the name of better mapping technology. ANI

Osama's third wife starts hunger strike for freedom from Pak custody
Former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's widow Amal Ahmad has reportedly started a hunger-strike, demanding her release from custody in Pakistan. ANI

Repeat of Mohmand-type mishap cannot be 'guaranteed' in war: ISAF
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander in Afghanistan General John R Allen has said that a repeat of Mohmand-type mishap cannot be guaranteed. ANI

PTI 'absolutely comfortable' working with US on all issues: Imran Khan
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said his party would be 'absolutely comfortable' working with the US on all issues, including the war against terrorism. ANI

Italian women rally against 'macho culture', demand equal rights
Thousands of Italian women held demonstrations across the nation on Sunday, denunciating the country's 'macho culture' for its ongoing crisis, demanding greater rights and called for putting an end to discrimination. ANI

Gujarat CM Narendra Modi invited to Pak to share secret of economic model's success
A delegation from the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) has invited Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to visit Pakistan and share the secrets of his successful economic model. ANI

UK lawmaker 'sorry' over 'inappropriate behaviour' at Nazi-themed party
A UK Tory Member of Parliament (MP), Aidan Burley, has apologized for attending a stag party having Nazi theme. ANI

Russians providing jamming equipment to Iran is worse news than downed spy drone: Bolton
Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton has said that reports suggesting that Russia provided jamming equipment to Iran is even worse than the news of Tehran capturing an American spy drone. ANI

NATO training mission in Iraq likely to be withdrawn by month end
The NATO's training mission in Iraq is on the verge of being closed because the alliance failed to win assurance from the government that its forces would not be liable for persecution.raq officials said they had been informed that NATO troops would withdraw by the end of this month after failing to reach a consensus on the issue. ANI

Fukushima nuclear disaster cleanup won't begin until March 2012: Japan
Japan has said that efforts to decontaminate areas polluted by radioactive matter from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster cannot begin until late March or later. ANI

Zardari to submit reply in Pak SC over Memo Gate scandal
Ailing Pakistan President Asif Ali Zradari would not return to Islamabad by December 19, when the first hearing of the memo case is scheduled in the Supreme Court, but will reportedly submit his reply over the issue. ANI

Oz fishermen climb tree to escape hungry crocodile
Two fishermen in Australia climbed up trees to save their lives when a crocodile tried to eat them for dinner. ANI

Pippa enjoys cosy dinner date with hunky ex-beau JJ Jardine-Paterson
Pippa Middleton was spotted enjoying a cosy dinner with her hunky ex-boyfriend JJ Jardine-Paterson. ANI

North Korea warns South of 'unexpected consequences' over Christmas lights near border
North Korea has warned South Korea that it faces "unexpected consequences" if it displays Christmas lights near their tense border. ANI

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor denies reports of peace talks with militants
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Masood Kausar has denied reports of the government having "peace talks with any militant group." ANI

Govt. won't hold peace talks with Pak Taliban until they surrender: Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said the government would not hold talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) until terrorists surrender before the authorities. ANI

Manuel Noriega sent back to Panama to serve 20-year jail term
Panama's former dictator Manuel Noriega has been returned to his home country from France after serving over 20 years in prisons in the United States and Paris for drug trafficking and money laundering. ANI

US commander backs expansion of Afghan militia program
The commander of U.S. Special Operations Forces has backed the expansion of a local militia program in Afghanistan, saying it has been successful in securing remote parts of the country. ANI

Sarkozy's ex-wife 'secretly' visits Carla Bruni to bury 4-year feud
Nicolas Sarkozy's ex-wife Cecilia Attias has visited French First Lady Carla Bruni secretly in a bid to end their bitter four-year feud. ANI

China to implement personal income tax reforms by 2014: Expert
China will likely implement reforms in personal income tax system within three years, a senior expert has said. ANI

Medvedev's failure to probe electoral fraud sparks outrage among Facebook users
Russian Facebook users have slammed President Dmitry Medvedev for failing to probe reports alleging fraud in the State Duma election. ANI

De Villepin announces bid for 2012 French presidency
Former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin has declared that he will stand for president in the 2012 election. ANI

US vacated Shamsi air base 'within time limit': Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the United States has vacated the Shamsi air base within the time limit. ANI

Pakistan blockage of NATO convoys 'may last weeks': Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the blockage of NATO convoys into Afghanistan might continue for several weeks. ANI

Workplace affairs growing popular among employees
Office romances are on the rise as more than a third of employees admit that it is the best place to find love. ANI

Nine Kuwaiti men get head shaving punishment for harassing women
Nine men in Kuwait had their heads shaved by the police after they were caught harassing women in shopping malls. ANI

Iran refuses to return captured US spy drone
Iran has said that it would not return a recently downed American surveillance drone. ANI

LTTE recruited young children in fight against Sri Lankan army, claims official
Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels recruited children as young as 14 years to take part in final defences against government forces, a former senior official has revealed. ANI

CSG and Better Place Open Switchable Electric Car Experience Center in Guangzhou
China Southern Power Grid (CSG) and Better Place announced opening their Switchable Electric Car Experience Center in Guangzhou’s Pearl River New Town Business Wire India

ICON Acquires BeijingWits Medical Consulting Ltd
ICON plc, (NASDAQ: ICLR; ISIN: IE0005711209), a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, today announced that it has agreed, subject to closing conditions, to acquire BeijingWits Medical Consulting Ltd., a leading CRO in China Business Wire India

LexisNexis: Global Study Finds Law Firms Use Social Media – But Not as Well as They Could
LexisNexis (, a leading provider of content and technology solutions, today announced results from its latest study on law firm engagement in social media methods Business Wire India

Dimension Data Revenues Top US$ 5.8 Billion
Dimension Data, the specialist IT solutions and services provider today announced a strong set of results for the year ended September 2011 with revenue increasing 14.8%(1) to reach US$ 5.79 billion from US$ 4.74 billion in 2010, and double digit operating profit growth of 10.8%(2). Business Wire India

Intelius CEO Naveen Jain Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award for His Significant Contributions to Technology Industry and for Fostering Global Entrepreneurism
Intelius CEO Naveen Jain received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at this year’s prestigious Red Herring Global 2011 Conference for his continued leadership in the technology industry and his support of other entrepreneurs Business Wire India

WellDog Completes Successful Coal Seam Gas Tests in China
WellDog announced today that it has completed its first coalbed methane gas tests in China. The tests, conducted in Far East Energy’s Shouyang field in the Shanxi Province, provided the company immediate data on the amount of natural gas in their coal seams. Business Wire India

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