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Manmohan Singh says India wants to give new thrust, new meaning to relationship with Russia
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, who arrived here on a three-day visit today said India wants to give a new thrust and a new meaning to it's relationship with Russia. ANI

Manmohan Singh arrives in Moscow for 12th Indo-Russian Annual Summit
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh arrived here on Thursday to participate in the 12th Indo-Russian Annual Summit 2011. ANI

Relentless optimism helps ugly men woo girls
Men who have a less blessed appearance often overestimate their looks, which helps them approach more women, a new study has claimed. ANI

Royals to go globetrotting for Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are all set to visit South Pacific during a world tour by the Royal Family to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. ANI

Oz women in twenties 'most-tattooed'
Women in their twenties are the most-tattooed Australians, according to a new research findings. ANI

Billboard showing Virgin Mary with pregnancy test kit sparks outrage
A church billboard which shows a shocked Virgin Mary gasping as she examines a pregnancy testing kit has sparked outrage in New Zealand. ANI

China vows to crack down on Wukan village rebellion
China has vowed to "severely punish" people leading the Wukan rebellion in Lufeng City, Guangdong Province, which has entered the fifth day. ANI

Nicolas Sarkozy calls David Cameron 'obstinate kid'
Nicolas Sarkozy has said that David Cameron acted like an 'obstinate kid' at the summit in Brussels last week. ANI

Bill Gates rules out return to helm of Microsoft
Bill Gates has ruled out the possibility of ever returning to the helm of Microsoft and dismissed harsh barbs aimed at him by his former rival Steve Jobs. ANI

Massive gas cloud falling into Milky Way's black hole to meet its end
A gas cloud that is destined to be ripped, shredded and largely eaten in just a few years is invading the normally quiet neighbourhood around the massive black hole at the centre of our Milky Way Galaxy, according to scientists. ANI

China plans to ban movies 'promoting fanaticism, disturbing social stability'
China is planning to ban several types of movie content that disturb social stability and promote religious fanaticism. ANI

Imran Khan's politics based on blame game: PML-N leader
Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) leader Chaudhry Nisar has said that Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan's politics was based merely on blaming other politicians. ANI

Bizarre apple shower leaves Coventry confused
The residents of Coventry were left stunned when it started raining apples from the sky. ANI

Parliament to decide on Pak-US ties: Hina Rabbani Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar today said that the country's Parliament would decide on the bilateral relations with the United States. ANI

Six armed North Korean soldiers 'flee to China'
Some armed North Korean soldiers tasked with the responsibility of preventing defections, have reportedly fled to China. ANI

Deported Tamils face risk of torture on return to Sri Lanka, warn human rights groups
Upto 50 Tamil passengers onboard a UK Border Agency flight face the risk of being tortured on their return to Sri Lanka, human rights organisations have warned. ANI

U.S. may sell armed drones to key allies
The United States has been secretly pushing to sell armed drones to key allies, but the plan is being opposed by lawmakers, who are worried about the proliferation of technology. ANI

Pak-American businessman Ijaz submits statement on memogate scandal case in Pak SC
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, who is at the center of the Mullen memogate scandal, today submitted his statement to the Supreme Court. ANI

Oz police raid Age newspaper offices over ruling party's database hacking allegations
Offices of the Australian newspaper, The Age, have been raided by the police following allegations of illegal access of the ruling Labour Party's database. ANI

Jobs' 'dodgy deal' made Apple co-founder Wozniak cry
A new documentary about Apple's visionary co-founder Steve Jobs has reveled that he reduced his business partner Steve Wozniak to tears by cleverly keeping most of the money paid to them for a computer code deal. ANI

'Pak unlikely to re- open NATO supply route on Afghanistan border soon'
US allied commander in Afghanistan has said his country's efforts to repair ties with Pakistan had led to a 'moderate' progress but there is no indication that Islamabad would re- open crucial supply routes soon. ANI

Duchess Kate set for first royal Christmas 'laced with pitfalls'
Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge is set to face a tremendous challenge as she will spend her very first Christmas weekend with husband Prince William and the entire royal family at Sandringham manor, Queen Elizabeth's retreat in Norfolk, England. ANI

US House passes 662 billion dollars defense bill
The US House of Representatives has passed a legislation to freeze some Pakistan aid, slap harsh new sanctions on Iran, and endorse indefinite imprisonment of suspected terrorists. ANI

Female bosses 'more tolerant' towards workers' need of work-life balance
Female bosses are more tolerant of employees doing personal chores during work hours as compared to male managers, a new study has found. ANI

Obama marks end of Iraq War by lauding 'extraordinary achievement' of US troops
US President Barack Obama has marked the end of the Iraq War by lauding the "extraordinary achievement" of his country's troops. ANI

China's first aircraft carrier photographed by US satellite company
A commercial US satellite company has managed to take a photograph of China's first aircraft carrier during its sea trials in the Yellow Sea. ANI

'ISI chief Pasha visited Arab countries to discuss military coup in Pakistan'
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, who is at the centre of the Mullen memo-gate controversy, has now claimed that Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant-General Ahmad Shuja Pasha had visited Arab countries for discussions on a possible coup by the army. ANI

Raped Afghan woman jailed for adultery freed 'unconditionally'
An Afghan woman, who was jailed for adultery after being raped by her husband's cousin, has been released from prison, her lawyer has said. ANI

India releases British paedophile from prison after four years
The Indian Government has released a former British naval officer, who was charged with sexually abusing street urchins in Mumbai. ANI

Carla Bruni looks tired during first post-baby appearance
Carla Bruni reportedly showed the strain of motherhood as she made her first public appearance since the birth of her daughter Giulia. ANI

Killer clawed dinosaurs yield new theory about flight in birds
In a new study, scientists have described how dinosaurs like Velocriaptor and Deinonychus used their famous killer claws, which leads to new hypothesis on the evolution of flight in birds. ANI

New Alzheimer's drug may help prevent disease progression
A new drug candidate that may be the first capable of halting the devastating mental decline of Alzheimer's disease has been developed by scientists. ANI

Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren E. Buffett Suggests Open Communications, Marketing Savvy, and a Strong Value Proposition Are Keys to Success in Today's Global Economy
For companies to succeed in today's global economy, they need to engage in open communications, possess marketing savvy coupled with manufacturing know-how, and offer customers a strong value proposition, noted Warren E. Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, in remarks made during his first visit to Japan. Business Wire India

Regus supports business growth with launch in Uruguay, its 94th country
Growing demand for flexible workspace in Latin America has persuaded global workspace provider Regus to open its first business centre in Uruguay, in the capital Montevideo. The opening expands the support available to businesses in Latin America, where the Regus network now covers 14 countries with over 85 locations in 27 cities. Business Wire India

ESPN STAR Sports Bolsters Cricket Syndication Team
Asia’s top sports content provider, ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) today announced two new appointments strengthening its Cricket Syndication Team. Guy Le Grew, who previously supported the syndication team in his capacity as Assistant General Counsel of ESS will now assume the role of Director, Syndication Business Wire India

Mobile World Asia 2012 will be Held in Shanghai on Feb. 21-23, 2012
Welcome to the world of MOBILE! With recognition of Asia’s increasing significance in the global mobile ecosystem, the organizing committee is proud to announce that Mobile World Asia 2012 will be held during Feb. 21 – 23, Shanghai, China. The theme of this year’s event is: Share Ideas•Inspire visions Business Wire India

Clozette Partners with Glam Media Japan to Launch Japanese Fashion Social Network
Clozette Pte Ltd and Glam Media Japan today launched Glam-Clozette ( ), Japan's version of the interactive portal targeted towards the fashion-forward female community. Business Wire India

TSYS Releases White Paper on the Delivery of M-Payments and Prepaid Services to Rural India
TSYS today announced the completion of a white paper titled ‘M-Payments and Prepaid Poised to Define Financial Institutions’ Delivery of Banking & Payment Services to Rural India,’ which considers the key imperatives that will enable m-payments to fulfill their promise in India. Business Wire India

Covidien Announces Conference Call and Webcast
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced that it will hold a conference call and webcast for investors on Thursday, December 15, 2011, at 8:00AM ET. Business Wire India

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and ARM Deliver Optimized SoC Solution Based on ARM Cortex-A Series Processors
GLOBALFOUNDRIES and ARM today revealed the latest advances in their longstanding collaboration to deliver optimized system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for ARM® Cortex™-A series processor designs using ARM Artisan® advanced physical IP and GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ leading-edge process technologies Business Wire India

The West Paces Hotel Group Changes Name to Capella Hotel Group to Capitalize on Its Successful Luxury Brand; Partners with Private Equity Firm Stoneleigh Capital for Rapid Global Expansion
The West Paces Hotel Group, the fastest growing luxury hotel management company, announced that effective immediately it has changed its name to Capella Hotel Group to capitalize on the successful luxury brand it has created in Capella hotels and its expanding global operations Business Wire India

SES Further Increases Its Sales Focus on Emerging Markets
SES (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) announced that it further increases the focus on emerging and growth markets and introduces four global sales regions with a dedicated management leading the strong SES teams in each region. The regions are: Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia-Pacific/ India/ Middle East Business Wire India

Itron Estimated as Top Global Supplier of Water Meters and Communications Modules
Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI) announced that it is ranked number one in a number of market position estimates in the latest water meter market analysis report published by IMS Research Business Wire India

Possible Worldwide Adds Two Execs to Global Team; Eric Wong Joins as Managing Director, Greater China; Deborah Womack as Senior Director, Relationship Marketing
Possible Worldwide, a WPP Digital company, announced today the addition of executives Eric Wong and Deborah Womack to its global staff. Wong, who will be based at the firm’s Shanghai office, joins as managing director, Greater China and will be responsible for leading agency operations across Greater China Business Wire India

Premier Farnell Launches element14 TV – Industry’s First Online Television Channel specifically for Electronics Engineers and Tech Enthusiasts
Premier Farnell (LSE:pfl) has today announced the launch of element14 TV, a dedicated channel on its global online community that offers instant access to an expansive range of information-rich videos in one, easy-to-search destination Business Wire India

Brooks Sports, Inc. Seizes Counterfeit Product in Australia in Defense of Global Trademarks and Product Designs
In early 2011 Brooks Sports, Inc., suspected counterfeit product was being actively imported into and sold in Australia by retailer Paul’s Warehouse. In response, Brooks filed an action with the Federal Court of Australia to seize all suspected inventory for authenticity testing without prior notice to the retailer Business Wire India

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