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'Fake Indian' kidnapper loses appeal over subjecting girlfriend n*ked ordeal
An Australian kidnapper who forced his girlfriend to wander n*ked for six days and fled the country after disguising himself as an Indian, has lost an appeal against his conviction. ANI

World's first 'Santa friendly chimney' to perfectly fit Father Christmas
One of world's first 'Santa friendly chimney' has been constructed in Southern England after a 6-year-old boy feared that his new house would not have a chimney big enough to accommodate Father Christmas. ANI

India, Japan and US discuss 'wide range' of regional, global issues
India, Japan and the United States held their first trilateral dialogue in Washington on Monday over a "wide range" of regional and global issues of common interest. ANI

Beijing's 'English only' town abandoned
The local government has not approved The controversial "English-language town" project in Miyun, a county in the northeast suburbs of Beijing. ANI

UK woman conceives six times in five years despite contraception
A woman in UK is now pregnant for the sixth time in five years, despite trying every form of contraception available. ANI

Kim Jong-il's death to have 'little impact' on China-North Korea relations, regional stability
The immediate impact of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's sudden death on its relations with China, regional stability and the transition of power in the reclusive nation would be limited, analysts have said. ANI

Pak Supreme Court orders respondents to submit affidavits for Memo Gate probe
Pakistan's Supreme Court has directed all respondents and petitioners to file affidavits in an item-wise format in connection with the Memo Gate scandal. ANI

China's urban population to exceed rural by end of 2011
China's urban population will outnumber the rural population by the end of 2011 at the current speed of urbanization, a report has revealed. ANI

Afghan army officer colluded with India's RAW for conducting NATO raid: Pak probe
An Afghan National Army (ANA) officer colluded with India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security to launch the November 26 NATO airstrike, a Pakistan's probe has found. ANI

110,000 US State Department cables obtained from Manning's computer: Investigator
Some 110,000 classified cables were found on the computer of Bradley Manning, the US Army private accused of sharing secret documents with Wikileaks, a court has heard. ANI

Egypt's treatment of women protestors 'a disgrace': Clinton
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has accused Egyptian authorities of failing the country's women since the revolution to ouster president Hosni Mubarak began, and denounced the stripping and beating of a female protester as "shocking" and a "disgrace". ANI

Berlusconi's 'Ruby the Heart-Stealer' gives birth to baby girl
The Moroccan woman at the centre of a sex scandal involving former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly given birth to a baby girl fathered by a nightclub owner more than twice her age. ANI

Pak stops billing US for 'war on terror' expenses
Pakistan has stopped sending reimbursement claims to the United States for expenses incurred in its 'war on terror' ANI

Dozens of Syrian army deserters 'gunned down'
Dozens of army deserters have reportedly been shot dead by Syrian troops as they tried to flee their bases and join anti-government protests. ANI

JFK's hearse to go under the hammer
A US auction house specialising in collectible classic cars plans to auction the hearse used to carry the body of President John F Kennedy from a Dallas hospital to Air Force One. ANI

Queen set for biggest X-Mas bash ever
The Queen has invited the maximum number of royals to spend Christmas at her country retreat this year. ANI

Soon, telescope to look at cosmos from surface of moon
A telescope could soon be able to make celestial observations from the surface of moon for the first time, a new study has revealed. ANI

Now, 'magic cream' that can take 8 years off your face!
A new innovation in anti-aging eye care will now help women look eight years younger in just 15 minutes. ANI

Tea Party activist unleashes racist Facebook screed on Obama
California Tea Party activist Jules Manson has unleashed a racist Facebook screed against President Obama and the First Family. ANI

Queen goes 'green' to power Windsor Castle
The Queen will finally go green with the installation of the final turbine on a new hydroelectric scheme to power Windsor Castle. ANI

Pak says deadly November 26 NATO airstrike 'gross violation of UN charter'
Pakistan's Acting Permanent Representative at the UN Security Council, Raza Bashir Tarar has opposed the deadly November 26 NATO airstrike and described the incident as a gross violation of the UN Charter. ANI

Taliban 'not US enemy':Vice President Joe Biden
The United States has said the Taliban is not the country's enemy, which is seen as the Obama administration's latest move to extend an olive branch to Afghanistan- based terror group. ANI

Pak redeploys liaison officers at border centres: NATO
Pakistan Army has redeployed the liaison officers to the border coordination centres who were earlier called back following the deadly November 26 airstrike in Mohmand Agency, the NATO has said. ANI

Palin says 'its not too late' to enter 2012 Presidential race
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has revived the possibility that she might enter the race for the 2012 Republican nomination for the White House. ANI

Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton planning to re-enter 2012 Presidential race?
Speculations are rising that former and current female secretaries of states, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton, are planning to enter the 2012 presidential race. ANI

'Pakistan' keeps Obama awake at night: George Clooney
Hollywood actor George Clooney has reckoned that the state of affairs in Pakistan keeps President Barack Obama up at night. ANI

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's body displayed before stream of mourners
The body of North Korea's long-time ruler Kim Jong-Il was laid out in a glass coffin, as scores of weeping mourners paid tribute to their leader who died of a heart attack on Saturday. ANI

Zardari's return to Pak 'may be cameo appearance' for Bhutto's death anniversary: NYT
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's return to the country after seeking a medical treatment in Dubai could be just a "cameo appearance", ahead of his wife Benazir Bhutto's fourth death anniversary, a media report has said. ANI

Top 10 'craziest' claims about Kim Jong-il
Kim Jong-il, the North Korean dictator who passed away recently, was the subject of a string of fantastical yarns in his country. ANI

Turin Shroud may be Christ's genuine burial robe
The Turin Shroud, one of the most studied artefacts in human history, could be the authentic burial robe of Jesus Christ, researchers say. ANI

Kim Jong-il death sparks hopes of reunification for Korean-Americans
Korean-Americans believe that the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il raises the hope that the event could ultimately lead to the reunification of North and South Korea after nearly six decades. ANI

Global alarm as Dutch lab creates highly contagious killer flu
Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Dec.20 : A deadly strain of bird flu with the potential to infect and kill millions of people has been created in a laboratory by Dutch scientists who now want to publish full details of how they did it. ANI

Secret US-Taliban talks reach critical juncture
Washington, Dec.20 : Senior U.S. officials say their talks with the Taliban have reached a critical juncture and they will soon know whether a breakthrough is possible. ANI

'German Fritzl' who slept with daughter 500 times says he 'didn't rape her'
London, Dec 20 : A German father who slept with his daughter more than 500 times and produced three incest children was sentenced to less than three years in jail on Monday after a court declared he did not rape her. ANI

ISI rubbishes claim of 'Zardari- Kayani phone call leading to Zardari's return
An Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement has sought to dispel claims that the telephonic conversation between Pakistan President Asif Zardari and the Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani led to Zardari's return to the country. ANI

Obama gets highest job-approval rating since March: Poll
US President Barack Obama has advanced to a 49 percent job approval rating, the highest since March, according to a new poll. ANI

French magazine poll names Strauss-Kahn's wife Anne Sinclair as 'Woman of the Year'
The wife of shamed former International Monetary fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Anne Sinclair, who stood by her during his sex scandals, has been named as Woman of the Year in a poll for a French magazine. ANI

Pasha should have resigned after Abbottabad raid: Jahangir
Former Pakistan ambassador Husain Haqqani's lawyer Asma Jahangir has said Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha "should have resigned immediately" after the May 2 raid in Abbottabad that killed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ANI

Syria agrees to Arab League plan for allowing international monitors
The Syrian government has accepted an Arab League plan to allow international monitors into the country to observe a situation that anti-government activists call a bloody crackdown on protestors. ANI

Zardari consults legal team for replying to Pak Supreme Court's Memo Gate probe
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has consulted his legal team to form his reply to a Supreme Court probe into the Memo Gate scandal. ANI

Female representation in local Indian politics brings surge in documented crimes against women
The increase in number of females entering local Indian politics has caused a significant rise in documented crimes against women in the country, a research has claimed. ANI

Iraq political crisis looms as Maliki orders arrest of vice president on terror charges
Fears of a political crisis in Iraq have emerged after the country's Shia Muslim Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered the arrest of the Sunni vice president Tareq al-Hashemi on terrorism charges within hours of the final departure of US troops from the war-torn country. ANI

Too much stress at work can lead to stroke
Too much pressure at work increases risk of stroke, and those with senior jobs are at greater risk, according to a Danish study. ANI

Franklin Covey Co.'s 7 Habits Program Piloted and Funded by the Government of India in 20 Plus (NVS) Schools; 15,000 Teachers Trained in Additional Government Schools
Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) announced today that 20 plus Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) Schools in India are piloting Franklin Covey’s flagship training, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which is being fully funded by the Government of India. ( Business Wire India

Warwick Chemicals Ltd Awards $1.9M Order to Rockwell Automation
Warwick Chemicals Ltd, a division of Warwick International Group Ltd, has awarded a $1.9 million order to Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) and its Global Solutions team Business Wire India

WIN Consortium Announces the Scientific Program of WIN 2012 Symposium Where Leaders from Academia, Industry and Regulatory Agencies Will Debate Ways to Improve Efficacy of Cancer Therapeutics in Individual Patients
The 4th WIN Symposium in Personalized Cancer Medicine, to be held in Paris, France, June 28-29, 2012 (WIN 2012), will be again this year the unique forum featuring high-ranking speakers from academia, industry and regulatory agencies worldwide Business Wire India

DVD6C Announces Revised Rate Program for DVD Read-Only Discs
DVD6C Licensing Group(Authorized Licensor: Toshiba Corporation) Business Wire India

Frederique Constant's Response to Swatch’s Plan to Reduce Movements' Supply
For about 20-30 years, Swatch has been the supplier of mechanical movements and their components for most of the Swiss watch industry. Despite its historical relationship, Swatch would like to reduce deliveries of calibers and assortments. Business Wire India

Moody’s Corporation Acquires Barrie & Hibbert
Moody’s Corporation announced today that it has acquired Barrie & Hibbert Limited, a leading provider of risk management modeling tools for insurance companies worldwide. Business Wire India

Live your Passion with Frederique Constant!
Frederique Constant’s slogan is “Live your passion”, and we do. Passion definitely shows through our craftsmanship, as well as our charitable donations. We create beautiful watches with precision design that are assembled by hand, allowing for a high quality timepiece each and every time Business Wire India

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