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India elected chairman of International Sugar Council
India has been elected chairman of the International Sugar Council (ISC), an apex organization of 88 countries dealing with development of sugar sector in the world. ANI

Musharraf govt.'s terms of engagement with US behind current mess: Pak editorial
The hullabaloo about Shamsi airbase has shed light on some questions that need to be answered about the terms of engagement that were agreed upon by the Pervez Musharraf government, enabling the United States to take Pakistan and its sovereignty for granted, an editorial in a leading Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Pak Hindu Council condemns deadly NATO strike
The Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) has strongly condemned the NATO's unprovoked air strike on army posts in Mohmand Agency that killed over two dozen officers and jawans, describing it as an attack on Pakistan's sovereignty. ANI

Pak should take strict diplomatic measures against deadly NATO attack: Musharraf
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has condemned the recent NATO attack, saying that the Pakistan government should take strict measures at the diplomatic level. ANI

Pak Senate unanimously says 'country will be united' against any NATO-like future attack
The Pakistan Senate has passed a unanimous resolution against NATO's attack on a Pakistani checkpost, insisting that the nation would stand united for the country's defence in case of any foreign aggression. ANI

UK should pursue 'ingenious diplomacy' to avoid war with Iran: Ex Foreign Secretary
Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has warned that the country should pursue "ingenious diplomacy" to avoid a war with Iran, since military action would be unjustified. ANI

Socialite tags Rushdie 'unchivalrous' after being dumped on Facebook
The New York socialite, who was recently dumped by Salman Rushdie on Facebook, has accused him of 'unchivalrous behaviour'. ANI

FBI used outreach programmes 'to illegally spy on Muslims' in US: Human rights group
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has illegally spied on Muslim community groups under the cover of holding outreach meetings, a US human rights group has claimed. ANI

US Defense Secretary Panetta relishes Osama bin Laden death with $10K wine
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta enjoyed a rare 10,000 pound wine, as a reward for killing former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden on May 2. ANI

U.S., Israel describe Iran's nuke program as 'greatest challenge' in Middle East
The United States and Israel have described Iran as the greatest challenge in the Middle East, as it is pursuing a nuclear programme. ANI

Celebrity fundraising game for Obama's re-election postponed till 2012
A celebrity fundraising game, Obama Classic, which was scheduled for December 12, has been postponed until next year. ANI

Afghanistan faces 4 billion dollar defence funding shortfall
Afghanistan's security forces face a four billion dollar funding shortfall after 2014 - when they are supposed to take over the main responsibility for fighting the insurgency. ANI

Graham, Jobs, Winfrey, Obama under consideration for first 'living persons or recently deceased' postage stamp
A tech visionary, a veteran talk show host, two presidents - current and former - a preacher and a baseball player with good attendance are among the people under consideration for the first-ever postage stamp to honor a living or recently deceased American, according to U.S. Postal Service officials not authorized to speak publicly. ANI

Egypt delays results of first stage parliamentary polls for the second time
Egypt has postponed the announcement of results of the first phase of People's Assembly elections till December 2. ANI

I have no shelter in Saudi Arabia: Haqqani
Former Pakistan Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani has said he neither has any intention to leave the country nor any place to take refuge in Saudi Arabia. ANI

Amnesty under fire for demanding Bush's arrest during trip to Africa
Former members of the George W. Bush administration (2000-2008) have assailed human rights watchdog Amnesty International for demanding the former president's arrest while he and his family are in Africa. ANI

Now, WikiLeaks founder Assange exposes global surveillance industry
Whistle blowing website WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has revealed the activities of about 160 companies in 25 countries that develop technologies to allow the tracking and monitoring of individuals by their mobile phones, email accounts and internet browsing histories. ANI

PPP govt. following footsteps of Musharraf: Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif has said the government headed by President Asif Ali Zardari is following in the footsteps of its predecessor Pervez Musharraf. ANI

Bachmann makes gaffe in saying she would close non-existent US embassy in Iran
Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann committed a gaffe when she said that she wanted to shut down the non-existent U.S Embassy in Iran, but later moved to say she was speaking hypothetically. ANI

YouTube unveils new design 'to marry the best of TV with the best of online'
YouTube, the world's most popular video-sharing website, has unveiled the biggest change in its history. ANI

Pak may not support US-led war on militancy if sovereignty violated again: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said "enough is enough" to describe the level of outrage among Pakistanis over the recent NATO attack that killed 28 soldiers of the country, warning that Islamabad could end support for the US-led war on militancy if its sovereignty is violated again. ANI

Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai blames Mugabe's agents for his divorce after 12-day marriage
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has divorced his wife, Locadia Tembo, just 12 days after his marriage, and held his rival, Robert Mugabe and agents responsible for the 'plot'. ANI

Saudi Arabia stops diplomats from visiting Oz man imprisoned in blasphemy case
Saudi Arabia has refused to allow Australian officials to visit a man imprisoned for more than a fortnight under the country's draconian religious blasphemy laws. ANI

Oz radio presenters call Gillard 'whore' and boyfriend 'gay' on Twitter
Australian PM Julia Gillard and her partner Tim Mathieson were attacked by the country's radio station Triple J presenters on Twitter calling her a "whore", and Mathieson her "gay boyfriend". ANI

Prince Harry smitten by his new 'pal' - a colossal 6ft toy whale!
A 6 feet toy whale literally became a tour mascot for Prince Harry, as he carried his giant 'pal' everywhere he went in Vegas. ANI

Office-skipping 'burnout syndrome' may herald future depressive disorders
'Burnout syndrome' may be a precursor to depressive disorders, researchers say. ANI

Afghanistan releases jailed rape victim after 'she agrees to marry attacker'
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has pardoned a rape victim, who was imprisoned on charges of adultery, after she apparently agreed to marry her attacker. government statement said the victim Gulnaz agreed to the marriage, although her lawyer, Kimberley Motley, denied the claim, the BBC reports ANI

Nepal's opposition refuses to integrate more ex- Maoist fighters into army
Nepal's main opposition has turned down Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai's request to allow more former rebels into the army. ANI

Gilani rules out "judicial" or "military" coup in Pakistan
Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that there is no threat of either "judicial" or "military" coup as both the institutions are pro-democracy and do not want to derail the system. ANI

Republican Cain sets Monday deadline for deciding on White House run
Republican White House hopeful Herman Cain said Thursday night that he will decide by Monday whether to suspend or continue his campaign for president. ANI

Sikh origin taxi driver blames racism for Melbourne bashing
A Sikh-origin taxi driver, who was bashed by four men in Melbourne's south-east on Thursday, fears the attack was racially motivated. ANI

Pak rights lawyer Asma Jahangir to defend Haqqani over Memo Gate scandal
Leading rights lawyer and a former president of the Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association, Asma Jahangir, has said she would defend the country's former Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani in the Memo Gate scandal. ANI

EU to impose further sanctions on Syria
The European Union (EU) has decided to impose further restrictive sanctions against Syria "in light of the continued repression" in the country. ANI

'Uninhibited' sex life cost me chance to lead France: Strauss-Kahn
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) president Dominique Strauss Kahn has finally admitted that his 'uninhibited' sex life cost him his chance to become president of France. ANI

Pak-American businessman prepared to face Pak SC over Memo Gate scandal
Mansoor Ijaz, the Pakistani-American businessman who played a crucial role in the controversial Memo Gate scandal, has said he is ready to face the Supreme Court in Islamabad that had ordered an inquiry into the issue. ANI

Syria in state of 'civil war': UN
The United Nations (UN) has declared that Syria is in a state of civil war, as the death toll has risen to over 4,000 people during the nine months of uprising against the Government of President Bashar al-Assad. ANI

Accused doc denies buttock cement-injecting allegations
A fake doctor, who allegedly injected cement into her plastic surgery patients, has denied all charges levied against her. ANI

Al Qaeda claims responsibility for abducting American development expert
Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for abducting an American aid worker in Pakistan during August, and demanded several measures to release him. ANI

Munter says "Hamey bohat afsos hay" to Pak over deadly NATO attack
US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has extended his condolences over the death of 28 Pakistani soldiers on Saturday's NATO air strike, saying in Urdu "Hamey bohat afsos hay". ANI

India squandering millions of UK taxpayers' money: Report
A new report has suggested that huge amounts of British taxpayers' money is being squandered away in India. ANI

Pakistan gave "go-ahead" order for deadly NATO air strike: US officials
Pakistani military officials gave the "go-ahead" to NATO air strikes that led to the death of 24 Pakistani soldiers in Mohmand Agency on November 26, American officials have claimed. ANI

U.S. Senate attaches strings to giving further military aid to Pakistan
The United States Senate has voted to attach strings to military aid to Pakistan, even as an independent think tank has urged policymakers to continue 'robust' civilian assistance. ANI

Army Chief Kayani orders Pak troops to retaliate, respond to future US, NATO aggression
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, has told his troops to retaliate if they are attacked anywhere in the future. ANI

S+S PET Microsite in Six Languages
Since the microsite of S+S went online on 18 May 2011, more than 6000 visitors have clicked this site. In view of this successful start it was soon clear for S+S that additional language versions are required apart from German and English. The microsite there-fore now also is available in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Turkish language Business Wire India

LDR Receives Approval to Market Two New Stand-Alone Spine Products in China
LDR, a privately held medical device company offering innovative spinal implants for both non-fusion and fusion applications, announced that it has received approval to market two innovative spine device systems in China Business Wire India

LanzaTech Gets US$3 Million Contract From FAA For Alcohol To Jet Project
LanzaTech has received a US$3 million contract from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), through the Department of Transportation's John A. Volpe Center, to accelerate commercial availability of the next generation of alternative aviation fuel. Business Wire India

Digital River’s Global, Cloud-Based Subscription Billing and Commerce Helps Companies Increase Online Revenue and Customer Retention
Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), a leading provider of global e-commerce solutions, delivers advanced Cloud-Based Subscription Billing and Commerce Business Wire India

HCCMIS Unveils the Top Snowbird Travel Destinations
HCC Medical Insurance Services, LLC (HCCMIS), a provider of international medical insurance, released an infographic detailing the top snowbird travel destinations and their amenities ahead of the busy holiday travel season. The days leading up to Thanksgiving begin the busiest American travel season Business Wire India

The Coca-Cola Company Joins (RED) to Help Eliminate AIDS
The Coca-Cola Company today announced a multi-year partnership with (RED) to raise awareness and money for the Global Fund’s efforts to virtually eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015. Business Wire India

Quintiles Expands World’s Largest CAP-Accredited Lab Network
Continuing the expansion of its Global Laboratories’ capabilities and resources, Quintiles today announced the opening of a new, expanded central lab in Centurion, South Africa, further adding to its world-leading network of fully harmonized, College of American Pathologists (CAP)-accredited central labs. Business Wire India

Hilton HHonors Announces Resort Escapes Promotion
Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, has announced its Resort Escapes promotion Business Wire India

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