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Pen removed from woman's stomach still worked after 25 years
A pen, which was swallowed by a British woman more than 25 years ago, still worked even after it was removed from her stomach. ANI

Pak Punjab Assembly passes resolution urging Balochistan to resolve people's problems
Pakistan's Punjab Assembly has passed a resolution with majority calling for Balochistan to resolve its people's problems and demanding killers of former governor Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti be brought to book. ANI

Over 4 in 10 Americans say there isn't a candidate who would make a good president
In a figure that's dramatically higher than four years ago, almost half of Americans (over four in ten) are not satisfied with the field of 2012 White House candidates, saying they don't think any of the hopefuls would make a good president. ANI

Prince William wows homeless teenagers with 'swag' dance
Prince William created his own 'swag' dance when he and Duchess Kate visited a charity for homeless young people. ANI

70 percent Chinese feel pressured by rising prices: Survey
Nearly 70 percent of Chinese people believe that rising prices have adversely affected their living standards, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Indian origin Republican Bobby Jindal steals Rick Perry's thunder in Iowa
Louisiana's Indian origin Governor Bobby Jindal had decided to join Rick Perry's bus tour through a handful Iowa towns, and ended up stealing the spotlight from the former. ANI

Eight American soldiers charged over fellow's death in Afghanistan
Eight American soldiers deployed in southern Afghanistan, have been charged for shooting a fellow soldier to death. ANI

Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al Megrahi gives 'last interview'
Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al Megrahi has given his 'last interview' ANI

Pak national security committee summons Kayani, Pasha over Memo Gate probe
Pakistan's National Security Committee has decided to summon the country's Army Chief ,General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and spy chief Lt. General Ahmad Shuja Pasha to present their viewpoints on the Memo Gate scandal. ANI

Charges dropped against woman accused of offering sex for World Series tickets
A tall, buxom blonde, who allegedly offered sex in desperate need' for World Series baseball tickets through an online advert, has been acquitted after a two-year-long legal battle. ANI

Khar says Pak committed to engaging with India on Kashmir issue
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said the country is committed to pursuing a constructive, sustained and result-oriented engagement with India, including on the Kashmir issue. ANI

Chinese teacher forces students to slap each other
Students as young as nine year old were made to slap each other for indiscipline by their teacher in a school in Suzhao which is part of Jiangsu province in East China. ANI

Miliband boasts of prowess over Rubik's cube
Ed Miliband revealed his nerdy side when he said that his secret talent was doing the Rubik's Cube in 90 seconds. ANI

Christmas display with 331038 lights sets world record
A family in Australia has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records after decorating their home with the largest number of Christmas lights. ANI

Prince Harry secretly meets ex Chelsy
Prince Harry has sparked rumors that he has rekindled his romance with his former girlfriend, after he was spotted leaving the home of Chelsy Davy late at night. ANI

Duchess Kate to wear five outfits for first Christmas with Queen
The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed that she will change into five different outfits in a single day for her first Christmas with the Queen since her marriage to Prince William in April. ANI

$132 million luxury yacht features on-board limousine
A new luxury yacht called Sovereign comes with a matching on board limousine for its owners to travel while at port. ANI

Cambodia, Thailand agree to withdraw troops from disputed temple land
Cambodia and Thailand have reached a deal to withdraw their troops from a disputed border area near the ancient temple of Preah Vihear. ANI

Music labels slam Google for failing to prevent illegal downloads
Music labels around the world have slammed Google for failing to tackle illegal file-sharing. ANI

Chinese scientist in dock for stealing US trade secrets
A Chinese scientist has been sentenced to over seven years imprisonment for stealing trade secrets of major American agri -business firms to benefit his country. ANI

Heather Mills denies disclosing McCartney's 'heartbreaking' message to Piers Morgan
Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney's ex-wife Heather Mills has denied she had never disclosed her private voice mail messages to former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan. ANI

Yemen envoy says President Saleh will hand over power to vice president
The United Nations Special Advisor on Yemen Jamal Benomar has said that he expects President Abdullah Ali Saleh to step aside and transfer power to his deputy, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. ANI

Obama acts petrified over credit card failing to go through while shopping
Barack Obama, who was spotted heading on an impromptu Christmas shopping trip with first dog Bo on Wednesday, pretended to be petrified that his credit card won't work. ANI

Muslim baby born out of wedlock was adopted to prevent honour killing, says UK court
A British court has ruled that a baby born to a Muslim couple having an affair had to be adopted to save it from being murdered by its mother's family in the name of 'honour killing'. ANI

US Naval lesbian couple share first same-sex dockside kiss
Two female American sailors have become the first lesbian couple to share the traditional dockside "first kiss" since the United States ended a ban on gays in the defence forces. ANI

US confident about Pak re-opening NATO supply route
The Pentagon has expressed confidence that US-Pak ties can be improved, and hoped that Islamabad will re-open NATO supply route on a border with Afghanistan. ANI

Good looks 'as important as uni degree' for career success
Wages, promotions and perks at work are linked to a person's attractiveness, a new study has found. ANI

Bill Clinton says Obama has over 50/50 chance of being re-elected president
Former US president Bill Clinton has said that incumbent President Barack Obama has a more than 50/50 chance of being re-elected as president in November 2012. ANI

French Police might still question Strauss-Kahn on sex rap
French Police might still question former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn over allegations that he had sex with underage prostitutes. ANI

Gilani highlights new rules for Pak-US engagement
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the country has devised new rules for future engagement with the United States. ANI

Kayani describes Memo Gate as an attempt to demoralize Pak Army
Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has described Memo Gate as an attempt to demoralise the military, and called on the Supreme Court to probe the scandal. ANI

Dmitry Medvedev 'gropes blonde woman' in Russian travel agency ad
A video which shows Dmitry Medvedev groping a blonde woman during a commercial for a Russian travel agency has become an internet hit. ANI

Pak Police fail to book man for shaving off wife's head due to lacunae in law
Pakistan Police have failed to book a man for shaving off his wife's head due to a lacunae in law which aims to protect women from such humiliation. ANI

Spanish model with cocaine stuffed implants caught at airport
Italian airport police made a startling discovery when they strip searched a busty Spanish model and found 2.5 kilograms of pure cocaine stashed as implants in her bust and backside. ANI

Nativity display tradition in California under threat by atheists
The tradition of erecting nativity scene displays in Santa Monica may end after atheists put up numerous exhibits of their own version of the scene. ANI

Indian woman accuses Dubai school of racial discrimination
An Indian woman, looking for a teacher's job, has accused a Dubai school of discrimination after an ad it posted on an online jobsite sought to keep candidates from two nationalities - Indian and Pakistani-out.he Gulf News reports that Chaitra Prabhakar, a Mirdif resident, said a school in Al Warqa had posted the advertisement on an online forum on December 15. ANI

Romney favours deportation of Obama's Kenyan-born uncle
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney told a Boston radio host Wednesday that he supports deporting President Barack Obama's undocumented Kenyan-born uncle. ANI

Kim Jong-il did not die traveling on train: South Korean intelligence
Disputing circumstances of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's death, South Korean intelligence has said that the leader did not travel by train the day he died. ANI

Pak Defence Ministry says it has no control over Army, ISI
Pakistan has admitted it has no operational control over the army or the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). ANI

Mugabe's loyalist pays tribute to 'lovely man, great friend' Kim Jong Il
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's loyalist has paid tribute to late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, describing him as a 'lovely man', who 'was chosen by his people and regularly conducted elections'. ANI

Chinese hackers attack US Chamber of Commerce
Hackers in China have reportedly been able to break into the systems at the United States Chamber of Commerce, the country's largest business-lobbying organization. ANI

Oz teen gets 13 years in jail for Indian student Nitin Garg's murder
An Australian teenager who fatally stabbed an Indian student Nitin Garg in a park last year has been jailed for 13 years. ANI

Smartphone Monetization Platform ""Metaps"" Secures US$4.2 Million Funding, Accelerating Its Asian Expansion from Singapore
Metaps Inc. (HQ: Tokyo, Japan, President and CEO: Katsuaki Sato), is proud to announce that they have arranged a private placement financing to raise proceeds of US$4.2 million from five venture capitals Business Wire India

The Middleby Corporation Announces Acquisition of Armor Inox
The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD) today announced that it has acquired Armor Inox. Armor Inox is a leading manufacturer of thermal processing systems for the food processing industry with approximate annual revenues of $25 million Business Wire India

Online Video Fuels a Traffic Explosion in Asia Pacific
Informa estimates that users in Asia Pacific generated approximately 67,000 petabytes (PB) of Internet traffic in 2010 and forecasts that this volume will rise to almost 530,000PB in 2015. Business Wire India

2011 A Record Year for Accumetrics and Platelet Reactivity Testing
Accumetrics, Inc., developer of the VerifyNow® System, the first rapid and easy-to-use point-of-care system for measuring platelet reactivity to multiple antiplatelet agents, closes 2011 with strong support regarding the clinical value of measuring response to antiplatelet therapy Business Wire India

Funding for Angel Telecom Corporation
Angel Telecom Corporation (NASDAQ:AGLT) is pleased to announce that it has successfully closed a capital increase with a group of private investors Business Wire India

Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (December 14 – December 21, 2011)
The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of December 14 – December 21, 2011. Business Wire India

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