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Indonesian Tsunami victim finds way home after missing for 7 years
An Indonesian girl who was considered lost in the tsunami that engulfed Aceh in December 2004 has found her way back to her home in Lr Sangkis, West Aceh. ANI

Michelle Obama wants to be family dog Bo in next life
Michelle Obama wishes to be her family's Portuguese water dog, Bo, in her next life. ANI

Ex- hooker teacher to pose 'partly nude' in Penthouse mag
A former Bronx teacher who was forced to leave her teaching job after it was revealed that she worked as a hooker and stripper, will be posing for Penthouse Magazine's February issue. ANI

Imran Khan most popular political leader, PTI party more capable than counterparts, finds survey
Former Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan is the most popular political leader in Pakistan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party is viewed as more popular, capable and trustworthy as compared to its counterparts, a new survey has shown. ANI

Christian population declines by 10 percent in UK over past five years, finds survey
The number of people who declare themselves as Christians in England and Wales has fallen by almost ten percent over the past five years, a new survey has shown. ANI

Chinese diplomat visits Pak for talks amid worsening ties with US
Senior Chinese diplomat Dai Bingguo has arrived in Pakistan for talks in the wake of the latter's worsening ties with the United States ANI

Iraq Vice President says PM al-Maliki behaving like Saddam Hussein
Iraq Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, who is facing an arrest warrant on terror charges, has accused Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of behaving like former leader Saddam Hussein. ANI

Militants abduct 15 soldiers in Frontier Corps base attack in Pakistan
A soldier was killed and two civilians wounded when militants attacked a paramilitary base in Mulazai in Tank district in Pakistan on Friday. ANI

'Former billionaire 'competent' to stand trail for duping $7bn'
Former Texan billionaire Allen Stanford, 61, is mentally fit to face trial, a US judge has ruled. ANI

Suu Kyi's party to contest upcoming Myanmar by-election
Burmese opposition leader and pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has formally registered her National League for Democracy (NLD) party in Naypyitaw for contesting the upcoming by- election. ANI

Obama made a mistake 'once a day' during first term
US President, Barack Obama has admitted that he was quite prone to making blunders during the first three years of administration and made one mistake a day. ANI

U.S. deal with Taliban breaks down
The Obama administration's tentative accord with Taliban negotiators that would have included the transfer of five Afghans from U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the Taliban's public renunciation of international terrorism, has collapsed. ANI

91-year-old becomes 'world's oldest yoga teacher'
A US woman has recently been awarded the title of Oldest Yoga Teacher by Guinness World Records. ANI

Kim Jong Un couldn't speak English, failed exams, loved basketball and computer games'
He is the heir poised to become the next leader of rogue state North Korea. ANI

UK bookseller sorry for calling Hitler's 'Mein Kampf a 'perfect Xmas present'
British bookseller Waterstone has apologized for suggesting that Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' would be a fitting stocking stuffer for Christmas. ANI

Arizona student survives after being trapped in snow for 10 days
An Arizona student was stranded in snow for 10 days after her car got stuck in a blizzard. ANI

Berlusconi's ex-lawyer 'invented' bribe claims against him
David Mills, former lawyer of Silvio Berlusconi has confessed that he had 'invented' the bribe claims against the former Italian Prime Minister. ANI

China jails democracy activist for nine years in 2011's most severe dissent punishment
A Chinese court has sentenced a democracy activist to nine years in prison in what may be described as the most severe punishment for dissent this year. hen Wei was sentenced to nine year in prison after being convicted of inciting subversion through his four online articles. ANI

US announces $10m reward for information on alleged Al Qaeda financier
The United States has offered ten million dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of an alleged Al-Qaeda terror network financier Yasin al-Suri. ANI

Egypt based terror group aims to fulfill Bin Laden's oath
A new Egypt-based terror group has announced itself online with the aim of "fulfilling the oath" of Osama bin Laden, according to jihadi monitors. ANI

Facebook aims to be recognized as a Blue Chip firm
Founder and CEO of the social-networking giant Facebook has spent the last 18 months methodically preparing to look and act more like a blue-chip business. ANI

Emirati man gets 80 lashes for insulting and beating wife
A court in Ras Al Khaimah has passed an order to inflict 80 lashes on a newly-wed man for insulting and beating his wife. ANI

Indo-Pak conventional, nuclear confidence building talks on Dec 26,27
India and Pakistan will discuss conventional and nuclear confidence building measures during their bilateral talks on December 26 and 27 in Islamabad. ANI

Pak Govt, army at loggerheads over ongoing Supreme Court's Memo Gate probe
The Pakistan Government and the army seem to be at loggerheads in the wake of the Supreme Court vowing to go ahead with the probe into the Memo Gate scandal rather than calling it off. ANI

'Pak army wants to oust Zardari through legal means without military coup'
Pakistan army wants to oust President Asif Ali Zardari through legal means rather than staging coups, military sources have said. ANI

Court convicts French Muslim man for punching nurse
Punching a nurse has costs as twenty-four year old Nassim Mimoune found out when he was sent to jail for six months. ANI

Wills and Kate make Christmas pies for young homeless people
Prince William and his wife Catherine visited one of Princess Diana's favorite charities in London and cooked up a Christmas treat for young homeless people. ANI

Several quakes jolt New Zealand
A series of earthquakes, including a magnitude 6 and three at or above magnitude 5, have hit Christchurch, toppling already damaged buildings, injuring residents and disrupting power, phone services and retailers. ANI

Pak rejects 'biased' US probe findings of deadly November 26 airstrike
Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence has rejected the findings of a US-NATO probe into the November 26 airstrike that had killed 24 soldiers. ANI

Pak postpones decision to re-open NATO supply route along Afghan border
The Pakistan Government has put off the decision on re-opening the NATO supply route along the country's border with Afghanistan, saying it would oppose the opening of the border in parliament. ANI

Michelle Obama spending 'completely out of control'
Michelle Obama reportedly insisted on a 4million dollars trip to Hawaii when her husband Barack Obama sought instead to make the short trip to Camp David in Maryland. ANI

Pak SC approached for placing Zardari's name on Exit Control List for Memo Gate probe
Former Pakistan Science and Technology Minister Azam Swati has moved the Pakistan Supreme Court (SC) to constitute a high-level commission to probe the Memo Gate scandal and to include President Asif Ali Zardari's name in the Exit Control List (ECL). ANI

Putin worth just $179,612 by Russian poll officials
Russian central poll officials have estimated Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's wealth to be just 179,612 dollars, despite him being confronted with claims of being the richest man in Europe, presiding over a mafia state and with a personal fortune of Over 40 billion dollars. ANI

US politician to apologise for criticising Michelle Obama's 'large posterior'
A US congressman has landed himself in trouble after making ungentlemanly remarks about Michelle Obama's derriere. ANI

Strong UV-wavelength absorber discovered on Pluto's surface
A strong ultraviolet-wavelength absorber has been discovered on the surface of Pluto, indicating the possible presence of complex hydrocarbon and/or nitrile molecules on the planet, a new study has revealed. ANI

KBR to Provide Ammonia Technology and Services to Revamp North Fertilizer Plant in Iraq
KBR (NYSE: KBR) announced today that it has been awarded a contract by First Global Company to revamp the North Fertilizer Plant in Baiji, Iraq. Business Wire India

Numerix Takes First Place in 2011 Risk Technology Rankings for Credit Valuation Adjustment (CVA) and Structured Products and Cross-Asset Pricing Analytic Categories
Numerix, (www.numerix Business Wire India

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