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Consumers likely to identify with brands appearing on their Facebook pages
Consumers are likely to identify with a brand that advertises alongside their personal information on Facebook profile, specially if they have high self-esteem, a new study has revealed. ANI

Oz police issue corruption warning to elite sports
Senior police have warned Australia's elite sporting bodies that they are at risk of being infiltrated by organised gambling networks unless administrators take aggressive action to protect their codes. ANI

James Murdoch was sent email in 2008 suggesting phone hacking was 'rife' at NOTW
News International boss James Murdoch was sent two e-mails in 2008 suggesting that phone hacking was "rife" at the now defunct British tabloid News of the World, it has emerged. ANI

Pak to renegotiate two key agreements with US
Pakistan may renegotiate two key agreements signed with the United States and its Western allies nine years ago as part of a wider policy review following last month's deadly NATO air raids that killed 24 soldiers. ANI

Pak SC seeks replies from Zardari, Gilani in NRO implementation case
Pakistan's Supreme Court has directed President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Fasih Bokhari to submit their replies in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case. ANI

UK academics asked to avoid handshake with 'sensitive' foreign students
Cambridge University academics have been cautioned against automatically shaking their hands with foreign students in case it causes offence. ANI

Pak diplomats want written US apology over NATO attack before reopening Afghan supplies
Pakistani diplomats serving in about 15 countries have suggested that NATO supplies to Afghanistan should remain blocked till the US officially releases a written apology and gives security assurances over the recent attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. ANI

Competitive streak most prevalent at 50!
The age of 50 marks the most competitive phase of our lives, when we desperately try to outperform our opponents, a new study has revealed. ANI

NASA's spacecraft begins radiation research on journey to Mars
NASA's Curiosity rover has begun collecting data during its 8-month trip from Earth to Mars, which will help in planning future human missions to the red planet, researchers say. ANI

Hu Jintao tells Chinese navy to 'make extended preparations for military combat'
Chinese President Hu Jintao has reportedly told the nation's navy to 'make extended preparations for military combat.' ANI

Muslim Brotherhood plans to turn Egypt's holiday resorts 'sin-free'
The Muslim Brotherhood, which won success in the first round of parliamentary elections in Egypt last month, is reportedly set on turning the country's holiday resort 'sin-free'. ANI

NTSB recommends putting nationwide ban on cellphone use while driving in US
The United States' National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended that all states in the country must ban telephone conversations while driving. ANI

Shift workers likelier to face social exclusion
People who work non-standard hours are less likely to feel integrated into the society, a new study has found. ANI

1 in 4 employees prefer texting bosses rather than calling to say they're ill
More workers are ditching the traditional telephone call, and are texting their bosses instead to take a sick leave, a new survey has found. ANI

'Creative' and 'effective' most overused biz buzzwords
'Creative' and 'effective' have topped the list of most popular business buzzwords. ANI

Russian magazine editor sacked for publishing anti-Putin photo
The editor of Russia's most popular weekly news magazine has been fired after publishing a photograph containing an vulgar words aimed at Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin. ANI

Afghanistan should take "a leaf out of India's book" rather than "accusing" Pak: Haroon
Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.N. Abdullah Hussain Haroon has said Afghanistan should "take a leaf out of India's book" and learn from the "enormous maturity" it has shown in dealing with issues, instead of being "accusatory towards Pakistan." ANI

Pak SC accepts Haqqani's plea in Memo Gate case
Pakistan's Supreme Court (SC) has accepted the country's former Ambassador to United States Hussain Haqqani's plea in the Memo Gate case, rejecting objections from the Registrar Office. ANI

Pakistan communicating again with US-led coalition: NATO
A top NATO commander in Afghanistan has said there are signs of Pakistan taking steps to gradually lift its communications blackout imposed on the US-led coalition following the recent NATO attack that killed Pakistani 24 troops. ANI

US to continue drone campaign along Iran-Afghan border despite 'setback'
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that the stealth drone campaign along the Iran-Afghanistan border will definitely continue despite the loss of a valuable surveillance drone to Tehran. ANI

Early withdrawal of troops could nullify decade-old Afghan war gains: US military
Any large-scale withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan would help the enemy and undermine gains, a confidential US military report has claimed. ANI

Guardian accused of 'sexing up' murdered Brit schoolgirl Milly Dowler's hacking story
The Guardian has been accused of 'sexing up' coverage of the phone-hacking scandal that led to the closure of British tabloid News of the World. ANI

Ahmadinejad says 'Iran can control' captured US spy drone
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said his regime has been able to control the American surveillance plane it downed earlier this month. ANI

'Brit-Indian honeymooner Dewani may kill himself if extradited to South Africa'
Brit-Indian businessman Shrien Dewani, who has been charged with masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year, may kill himself if he is extradited to South Africa, a London court has been told. ANI

Panetta to meet Karzai today to reaffirm America's commitment to Afghanistan
US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta is to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai today after arriving in Kabul to reaffirm America's commitment to Afghanistan. ANI

Musharraf may return to Pak by last week of Jan next year: APML
Former Pakistan President Pervaz Musharraf's return date to Islamabad has been preponed from March 23 to the last week of January or the first week of February next year, Vice President of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) USA, Jawaid Siddiqui has said. ANI

Rabbani was assassinated by Afghan refugees living in Pakistan: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that former Afghan president Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani was assassinated by Afghan refugees living in Pakistan. ANI

Sarah Palin struggles to find buyers for latest reality show
Sarah Palin has so far been unable to find a buyer for her latest reality show idea, which would focus on her husband Todd's career as a champion snowmobile racer. ANI

China expects new nuclear projects to be cleared within six months
Chinese regulators may be able to again approve new nuclear projects within six months. ANI

Wills-Kat raise œ1 mln for charity in just 1 day!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were delighted to have raised more than 1 million pounds in a single day for the victims of East Africa's famine. ANI

China regrets Republic of Korea coast guard's death
China has expressed regret over the death of a Republic of Korea (ROK) Coast Guard officer during a clash with crew members of a Chinese fishing boat in the Yellow Sea. ANI

Wikipedia founder threatens to 'turn off' site over US anti-piracy bill
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has threatened to shut down the entire English-language site in protest against new US laws designed to clamp down on online piracy. ANI

'Threatened' Iran threatens to make 'world insecure' by shutting crucial Strait of Hormuz
Iran has threatened to close off the world's most important oil shipping lane as tensions between Tehran and the West increase following the capture of an American surveillance drone. ANI

Iran demands apology from US for 'violation of airspace' by spy drone
Iran has demanded an apology from the United States for violating their airspace before they would even consider any request to return a captured American surveillance drone. ANI

Apple's founding contract fetches $1.59mln
The original three-page document that established Apple as a corporate entity in 1976 has been sold for 1.59 million dollars at an auction in New York. ANI

US not cutting $700m civilian aid to Pakistan: State Department
US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland has said that Washington has not cut 700 million dollars civilian aid to Pakistan, while the Defence Authorization bill is under discussion in the Congress. ANI

Aujan Industries and The Coca-Cola Company Announce Signing of $980 Million Agreement
Aujan Industries, one of the largest independent beverage companies in the Middle East, and The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) today announced a binding agreement for The Coca-Cola Company to acquire approximately half of the equity in Aujan’s existing beverage business. Business Wire India

GE Healthcare and M+W Group Form Strategic Alliance in Vaccines, Insulin and Biopharmaceuticals
GE Healthcare, the healthcare business of GE (NYSE: GE) and M+W Group, a leading global engineering, construction and project management company, announced today that the companies have formed a strategic alliance aimed at overcoming the lack of key biopharmaceuticals, especially in emerging nations Business Wire India

Ten Million FINO Customers in India Use Multiple Micro-Banking Applications on Gemalto Smart Cards
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announces that ten million Financial Inclusion Network & Operations (FINO) customers in India now enjoy the benefits of micro-banking, using Gemalto smart cards, as part of FINO’s broader branchless banking program Business Wire India

Starr Companies Announces Ed Navarro as Head of International Insurance Operations
Starr Companies announced today that Ed Navarro has been appointed Head of its International Insurance Operations. Business Wire India

Global Environment Fund Announces the Addition of Three New Team Members
Global Environment Fund (GEF) announced today the addition of three senior professionals to the firm. With these additions, GEF bolsters its capabilities in terms of timber investments, Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) and fund formation. Business Wire India

4th Reach Out To Asia Gala Dinner, A Spectacular Success Raising 13 Million USD for Education Development Projects in Asia & The Middle East
In the presence of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, Qatar Foundation Chairperson, the 4th Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) Gala Dinner & Charity Auction raised 13 million USD to support ROTA education projects in troubled Asian communities. Business Wire India

Jury Awards MPEG LA Damages in Breach of Contract Lawsuit against Audiovox
MPEG LA is pleased to announce that in a breach of contract action against Audiovox Electronic Corporation, now known as VOXX International (http://www.mpegla.com/Lists/MPEG%20LA%20Legal%20Action%20List/Attachments/193/n_07-12-20_pr Business Wire India

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Calls for Facts Not Fiction about Forest Protection
Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has called on WWF International to disassociate itself from a report by Sumatra-based NGO ‘Eyes on the Forest’ (EOF) which contains ‘clearly false’ allegations regarding the company’s operations. Business Wire India

Digital River Offers Online Merchants Enhanced Administrative Toolset for Managing their Global E-Commerce Sites
Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), a leading provider of global e-commerce solutions, announced an enhanced administrative toolset that offers multi-national software and games publishers as well as consumer electronics manufacturers greater control, flexibility and speed to build and manage their online stores Business Wire India

Intarcia and Quintiles Finalize Innovative Alliance to Advance Global Phase 3 Program for ITCA 650 in Type 2 Diabetes
To speed development of a potential ground-breaking therapy for Type 2 diabetes – a debilitating and deadly disease that currently affects almost 350 million people worldwide – Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc Business Wire India

Intellectual Property Exchange International Welcomes Corporate and University Founding Members
The Intellectual Property Exchange International, Inc. and related entities (IPXI) announced today commitments from initial Founding Member corporations and universities to sponsor Unit License Rights™ Contracts (ULR Contracts). Business Wire India

Intellectual Property Exchange International, the World’s First Financial Exchange Focused on Intellectual Property, Announces Completion of Funding for U.S. Operations and Initial Board Appointments
The Intellectual Property Exchange International, Inc. and related entities (IPXI) announced today the completion of a $10 million funding round by a group of U.S. and European investors including CBOE Holdings, Inc Business Wire India

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