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US apology cannot bring back soldiers martyred in recent NATO attack: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said although the US does want to apologise for its attack on the Salala check post, that will not be of much value because it cannot bring martyred soldiers back to life. ANI

Overwhelming 64 percent Americans' feel big government biggest threat: Poll
A new poll has shown that overwhelming Americans' describe big government as the biggest threat in 2011. ANI

Chelsea Clinton's debut as TV reporter gets mixed reviews
Former US president Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton's debut as a reporter for NBC has received mixed reviews in US media, with some saying she was nervous and lacked charisma. ANI

'Pakistan considering taxing NATO trucks'
Pakistan is reportedly considering imposing millions of dollars of annual taxes on NATO trucks and fuel tankers. ANI

Record- high 64 percent Americans dispute US Congress' honesty, ethics: Poll
A record 64 percent of Americans said the honesty and ethical standards of Congress members is low or very low, which is even worse than telemarketers and lobbyists, a new poll has shown. ANI

US puts drone strikes "on hold" to improve ties with Pak
The US has put its air campaign that targets al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives in Pakistan's tribal region, "on hold" after bilateral relations soured over the recent NATO attack. ANI

'US vacating Shamsi airbase to have little impact on American air campaign'
The decision taken by the US to vacate the Shamsi airbase after being asked by Pakistan will have little impact on the American air campaign, though it is a big political win for Islamabad, a senior Pakistani military source has said. ANI

Iran indicts 15 on charges of spying for US, Israel
Iran has reportedly indicted 15 people on charges of spying for the United States and Israel. ANI

Pak Senator terms US intention to freeze $700m aid to Islamabad 'unwise' move
A senior Pakistani senator has termed the intention by a US Congressional panel to freeze 700 million dollars in aid to Islamabad as an 'unwise' move. ANI

Pak police recovers over 50 chained students from Karachi's seminary basement
Pakistani police have recovered over 50 students chained in the basement during a raid late Monday on an Islamic seminary in the southern port city of Karachi. ANI

Pakistan wants to maintain diplomatic relations with all key countries: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said Islamabad wants to maintain diplomatic relations with all key countries, and not wage a war against anyone. ANI

Syria death toll 'exceeds 5000': UN human rights chief Navi Pillay
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has said that the death toll in Syria's nine-month crackdown on an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad has now crossed 5000. ANI

Oz Minister incharge of broadcasting standards drops F-word bomb on live TV
Australia's Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has dropped the F-word live on national television during children's viewing hours. ANI

Biden-Musarraf spotted chatting during football game in US
US Vice President Joe Biden and former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had a short conversation during an Army-Navy football game. ANI

US forces burnt equipment before vacating Shamsi airbase
American forces reportedly burnt all redundant and useless equipment before vacating the Shamsi airbase in Balochistan. ANI

'Rise of Imran Khan as 'alternative third force' in Pak politics worrying Musharraf'
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is reportedly worried that the rise of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan as an 'alternative third force' in mainstream politics could diminish his chances of using the public anger against conventional opposition parties ANI

Tea Party defends 'Obama's skunk description' as satirical amid outrage over comment
The ultra-conservative 'Tea Party' group has said its description of US President Barack Obama as a skunk was satirical, after it was slammed as a racist group. ANI

Stable US-Pak ties crucial for Afghanistan's future: Panetta
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has expressed confidence that Washington can improve its strained relationship with Pakistan as it is very crucial for winning the ten-years-old war in Afghanistan. ANI

Bahrain security forces do not indulge in 'ethnic cleansing: King
Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa defended his policy of tackling protests in the country, saying the government would not "go and kill people on the roads" to crush dissent. ANI

Death toll in China school bus accident rises to 15
Three critically wounded students have died in a hospital in East China's Jiangsu Province, raising the school bus accident toll to 15. ANI

Iran to 'reverse engineer' captured US spy drone
Iran has claimed that it had begun exploiting a captured US surveillance drone equipped with the latest radar evading technology, and is planning to 'reverse engineer' the aircraft. ANI

TV presenter Mary Portas says 'sickly' high streets of UK may 'disappear forever'
Britain's high streets have reached a "crisis point" and may "disappear forever" unless repaired, journalist and television presenter Mary Portas has warned.he also said that several town centers and marketplaces could become extinct over the next few years due to "erosion, neglect and mismanagement". ANI

Pak passes women centric bill, allows14 yr jail term for acid-throwers
Women in Pakistan now have something to cheer about as far as their security is concerned. The Senate has unanimously passed two bills, one that upholds the rights of women, and a second that allows the guilty to be sentenced to 14-years of jail term for pouring acid on women. ANI

Canada imposes face veil ban at citizenship oath ceremony
The Canadian government has introduced a ban on wearing any kind face coverings while swearing the oath of citizenship. ANI

I support 'Taliban struggle' in Afghanistan not arms in Pakistan: JUI Chief
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman has said he supports the 'Taliban struggle' in Afghanistan, but not the picking up of arms in Pakistan. ANI

US freezes $700m to Pakistan for inaction in eliminating IEDS
American lawmakers said they have agreed to freeze 700 million dollars in US aid to Pakistan until it provides some assurances of assistance in the fight against improvised explosive devices (IEDS) in the region. ANI

Punjab, Balochistan assemblies pass resolutions against NATO
The Punjab and Balochistan provincial assemblies passed resolutions on Monday, condemning last month's NATO attack at the Salala border post in Mohmand Agency in which 24 officers and soldiers were killed. ANI

Working moms healthier than their stay-at-home peers
Working moms are less likely to be depressed and are healthier and happier compared to their counterparts, who prefer to stay at home when their kids are very young, a new study has suggested. ANI

Human rights group calls for probe into 'disappearance' of two Sri Lankan activists
A human rights organisation has urged the Sri Lankan government to launch an investigation into the disappearance of two activists in the northern city of Jaffna. ANI

Tibet's India-based government-in-exile reaches out to China to end suicide protests
Leaders of the exiled Tibetan community in India have expressed their desire to restart negotiations with Beijing over the deteriorating human-rights conditions of Tibetans in China. ANI

Canada becomes first nation to pull out from Kyoto Protocol on climate change
Canada is formally withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol, becoming the first nation to abandon the agreement on climate change after ratifying it. ANI

Obama calls on Iran to return downed US spy drone
US President Barack Obama has formally requested Tehran to return an American surveillance drone captured by Iranian armed forces last week. ANI

Berlusconi thought Ruby the Heart Stealer was Mubarak's granddaughter
Silvio Berlusconi helped Karima el Mahroug, a nightclub dancer dubbed Ruby The Heart Stealer, released from a theft charge in May 2010 because he believed her when she told him she was the granddaughter of the then Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, a court in Milan has heard. ANI

Adperc and IntelliSAW Bring Next Generation Wireless Sensor Technology to Brazil’s Smart Grid Market
IntelliSAW, a leading provider of next generation wireless sensor systems for smart grid applications has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Adperc of Brazil Business Wire India

Ascom Wireless Solutions Opens New Test Center in Russia
On December, 7, a brand-new Ascom Wireless Solutions test center was officially opened at MERA in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The new facility, an important part of Ascom's long-term R&D investment, aims to speed up future market launches of new technologies Business Wire India

USB-IF Announces Intel® 7 Series Chipset and Intel® C216 Chipset Family SuperSpeed USB Certification Achievement
The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) today announced the upcoming Intel® 7 Series Chipset and Intel® C216 Chipset Family host silicon has achieved SuperSpeed USB certification by the USB-IF Business Wire India

Quintiles Launches China CRO, Kun Tuo
Further deepening its commitment to China, Quintiles today announced the launch of Kun Tuo, a local contract research organization (CRO) built to service the unique needs of the Chinese biopharmaceutical industry and multinational biopharma companies operating in China. Business Wire India

Napo Terminates Glenmark Pharmaceuticals for Failure to Commercially Develop Crofelemer
Napo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Napo”) announced today that it has terminated its Collaboration Agreement with Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (“Glenmark”), dated July 2, 2005. Pursuant to the Collaboration Agreement, Glenmark was to develop and commercialize the drug crofelemer in over 140 countries Business Wire India

3M Food Safety Unveils Innovative Molecular Detection System for Dangerous Foodborne Pathogens
After decades of transforming the food processing industry with 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates, 3M is once again revolutionizing the industry – this time in the area of pathogen detection. Today, 3M Food Safety introduces the 3M™ Molecular Detection System: a fast, accurate and easy-to-use method of detecting dangerous pathogens, like Salmonella, E Business Wire India

Masdar Partners with Germany’s Fraunhofer Gesellschaft to Establish Facade Testing Centre in Abu Dhabi
Masdar today announced it is partnering with Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, one of the world’s leading research institutions, to build a facade test centre within Masdar City, the world’s first low carbon, low energy city based in Abu Dhabi. Business Wire India

THQ Partners and Machinima Join Forces to Publish and Promote Nexuiz, a Downloadable Arena Shooter from IllFonic
THQ Inc Business Wire India

BizLink Technology Joins Analogix’ SlimPort Accessories Adopters Program
Analogix® Semiconductor, the leading provider of DisplayPort mixed-signal circuits and IP, announced that BizLink Technology, Inc. has joined the SlimPort™ Accessories Adopters Program (SAAP). Business Wire India

GP Synergy Chooses RADVISION for Video Collaboration Programs
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Gemalto Selected by Isis to Deploy Mobile Payment and NFC Services in the U.S.
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, has been selected by Isis to secure its mobile commerce platform through Gemalto’s Allynis Trusted Service Manager (TSM) solution Business Wire India

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