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Parents approved of Karachi madrassa's brutal methods to discipline children
Parents of the children who were abused at a Karachi madrassa, have said they approved of the brutal methods used in the premises, as they feel it is the only solution to tackle teenagers. ANI

Seven in ten Americans can't wait want for 2012 elections to be over: Poll
Seventy percent of Americans have said they cannot wait for the 2012 election race to end, as compared to just 26 percent who cannot wait for it to begin. ANI

BBC changes ending of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations
The BBC has altered the ending of Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations in both a film and a TV series adaptation. ANI

Japan to tighten nuke power plant operation laws
Japan is prepping to tighten laws and regulations related to atomic power plants, obliging operators of existing reactors to comply with the latest safety requirements, government sources have said. ANI

Tech savvy students turn soft drink bottles into 'cheating device'
Tech savvy students having access to sophisticated gadgets both at school and at home, have found a new way of cheating in exams to get ahead when they haven't studied- digitally inserting answers into soft drink labels. ANI

Airservices Australia in dock over women discrimination claims
Senior Australian managers overseeing the country's air-traffic controllers have allegedly ignored complaints of bullying, the distribution of pornography and degrading behaviour towards women. ANI

US weighs North Korea nuke talks, food aid policy after Kim Jong-il's death: Officials
The Obama administration is likely to postpone decisions on re-engaging North Korea in nuclear talks and providing it with food aid in the wake of news of the reclusive country's leader Kim Jong-il's death, American officials have claimed. ANI

UK riots spread 'because police lost control of streets': Report
UK riots spread across the country because protesters realized that the police had "lost control of the streets" a parliamentary inquiry has found. ANI

Now, click of a mouse to catch criminals in Australia
Project Eyewatch in Australia is putting crime fighting at people's fingertips. ANI

Peshawar hall screening p*rn films in Pashto
A theatre in Peshawar has started screening pornographic movies in Pashto, also called 'barband', in addition to adult English-language ones. ANI

U.S. military, Taliban use Twitter to wage war
U.S. military officials assigned to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have been waging the 140-word Twitter as a medium to wage a broadside against the Taliban. ANI

Besieged Chinese villagers vow to continue protests
Residents of the besieged southern village of Wukan have vowed to carry on their protests amid indications that the government has stepped up security efforts in the region. ANI

Prince Harry to testify in friend's mugging case
Prince Harry may have to appear in court as a witness after he reported a mugging incident involving his friend to the police. ANI

Pak speeds up gas pipeline project with Iran
Pakistan has speeded up the pace of work on the Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline Project. ANI

Soccer corruption trials start in China
Long-awaited trials for Chinese soccer corruption started on Monday morning in the northeastern Chinese city of Tieling with Zhang Jianqiang, ex-director of the Chinese Football Association (CFA) referee committee, first appearing on court. ANI

China asks US to play constructive role in Asia-Pacific region
China hopes the US can play a constructive role and respect China's core interests in the Asia-Pacific region, assistant Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said. ANI

Burma's military junta 'killed, tortured' ethnic minority rebels: Report
Burma's military junta has been accused of killing and committing abuses against civilians during a brutal six-month conflict between the government and ethnic minority rebels from Kachin, a state in northern Burma bordering China. ANI

Sarah Palin set for 'Alaska' season 2
Sarah Palin is ready to get back to work as a reality TV star with a new series of 'Alaska.' ANI

South Korea declares emergency alert after Kim Jong Il's death
South Korea has placed all military units on emergency alert following the news of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's death. ANI

Syrian government threatens to execute 21 Free Army rebels within 24 hours
The Free Syrian Army, which waged a rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad's regime since June, has said that the government forces have threatened to execute 21 captured defectors within 24 hours. ANI

Gilani, Kayani forged 'joint strategy' to tackle Memo Gate controversy: Sources
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani have discussed plans to evolve a joint strategy to tackle the Memo Gate controversy ahead of a trial related to the incident, sources have said. ANI

Jamaat-ud- Dawa chief Saeed vows to continue jihad against India
Jamaat-ud- Dawa (JD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has vowed to continue the jihad to oust Indian security forces from Kashmir. ANI

Bachmann says Obama's spending policies have US 'acting like banana republic'
Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann has accused President Barack Obama of leading the country as if it were a "banana republic". ANI

Pak Govt counsels submit documents for visit to India for 26/11 probe
Five Pakistani defence counsels have submitted their passports and other relevant documents to an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) to facilitate their travel to India and take part in the 26/11 judicial probe. ANI

Christmas party hangovers to cost economy 242m pounds loss in productivity
Boozy nights on Christmas will adversely impact workplace routine and the next morning hangovers will cost the economy 242 million pounds loss in productivity as one in four workers will plan a day off to recover, a new study has revealed. ANI

Companies turning to social media to boost workplace productivity
Global and competitive businesses are turning to social media to bridge distances and build relationships with its customers and employees, a new study has revealed. ANI

Ex- Pak president Musharraf to return in January
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has said he will return to the country next month. ANI

Severing diplomatic ties with any nation detrimental to Pak's interest: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said the country wants amicable ties with all nations, as severing relations is detrimental to Islamabad's diplomatic interests. ANI

Zardari returns to Pakistan after completing medical treatment in Dubai
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, has returned home on Sunday after completing his medical treatment in Dubai. ANI

'Optimistic' Arab League says Syria will sign observer mission plan soon
Omani Foreign Minister Yussef bin Alawi has said that the Arab League is 'optimistic' that Syria will sign a proposal to send an observer mission to the restive country by Monday. ANI

World leaders pay tribute to "great European" Czech leader Vaclav Havel
Various leaders across the world paid tribute to former Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel, who died on Sunday morning after a prolonged period of bad health. ANI

Assange could be handed over to US if UK allows Swedish extradition, claim supporters
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is fighting a legal battle in the UK to avoid extradition over alleged sex crime charges, could be handed over to the US if British authorities agree to Swedish extradition, his supporters have claimed. ANI

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il passes away
North Korea's Supreme leader Kim Jong Il has died at the age of 69. ANI

Starr International Company, Inc. Acquires Assist-Card International Holdings S.A.; Expands Offerings to Include Travel and Emergency Assistance Services
Starr International Company, Inc. (“Starr”) announced today the acquisition of Assist-Card International Holdings S.A. (Assist-Card), a leading provider of travel and emergency assistance services Business Wire India

ACE’s Dental Care Plan Gains Traction in Asia Pacific
ACE Asia Pacific, part of the ACE Group of Companies, global leaders in insurance and reinsurance announced today the successful roll-out of the ACE Dental Care Plan in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, providing more than 700,000 active policy holders with valuable dental insurance Business Wire India

Juggernaut Capital Management Selects Imagine Software for Risk Management
Imagine Software, a leading provider of real-time portfolio and risk management solutions worldwide, today announced that Juggernaut Capital Management selected its award-winning, cloud-based ASP service for portfolio management, real-time P&L, and risk exposure analysis Business Wire India

Afton Chemical Opens New Research and Development Laboratory in Suzhou, China
Afton Chemical Corporation increases customer support in Asia Pacific with the opening of their most recent Research and Development laboratory in Suzhou, China Business Wire India

SiliconCore Technology Introduces Breakthrough 1.9mm Fine Pitch LED Display Panel Technology
SiliconCore Technology, a leading silicon based technology provider, today announced its breakthrough 1.9mm pitch LED display panel technology for indoor applications Business Wire India

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to Attend World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will be attending the 5th annual World Future Energy Summit (WFES) that will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from January 16-19 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Business Wire India

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