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Facebook users will now become corporate financers
Facebook users can become the unconscious corporate ambassador if Facebook's latest plans are implemented. ANI

Twitter account lands employee in court
Noah Kravitz, who used to work with PhoneDog Media has been taken to court by his former employers. The reason being the twitter account, which Kravitz used to operate on the behalf of PhoneDog, hasn't been returned to the company. ANI

Brit soldiers decry new uniform as 'Action Man' costume
British soldiers in Afghanistan have thoroughly criticized their new uniforms calling them a shapeless 'fashion faux pas' that looks like an Action Man costume. ANI

Downing Street cat Larry 'not allowed to set paw' in Brit PM's house
Larry, the Downing Street cat, has been barred from entering the Prime Minister's house, which got a 64,000-pound makeover last year. ANI

One in three Britons claiming unemployment benefits are criminals
One out of every three people in Britain claiming unemployment benefits have a criminal record, official statistics have revealed. ANI

Brit woman sees face of Jesus in drying sock
A British woman has claimed that she saw the face of Jesus in the creases of a drying sock. ANI

'Fractured' man defends bikini-clad robber with crutches
Two women have been sent to a Florida jail after they allegedly attempted to mug a man, who fought them off using his crutches. ANI

US security firm Statfor's hack victims targeted again after speaking out
Victims of a hack attack on a US-based security firm Statfor are apparently being targeted again after speaking out about the hacking. ANI

Mary Queen of Scots sent letter to Pope begging for her life
Mary Queen of Scots had sent a letter to Sixtus V, in which she asked for forgiveness for her sins and urged him to save her from the executioner's sword, according to a document kept in Vatican's secret archives. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's sex scandal being turned into film starring Gerard Depardieu
The sex scandals surrounding the shamed former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has inspired an American film director to develop the story for the big screen. ANI

Faulty French boob implants were 'identified a decade ago'
The faulty breast implant scandal, which broke out two weeks ago, was actually first identified in May 2000 by US Food and Drug Administration, as disclosed on Tuesday. ANI

'Honour' violence against women from ethnic minorities in UK doubles in three years
The number of women from Britain's ethnic communities stepping forward to report honour- related violence has more than doubled in three years, new figures have revealed. ANI

Nazi spy was Britain's first double agent in reality
A British engineer, who has been regarded as a Nazi spy for years, was actually UK's first double-agent who played a vital role in helping Allies defeat Germany, according to a recently released book. ANI

Kean promises new signings to keep Blackburn in hunt
Manager Steve Kean has promised to make new signings that will keep Blackburn up, despite the club's dire finances. ANI

Compelling book draws comparison between Elagabalus and Gaddafi
An eminent Cambridge classics professor has drawn comparisons between the Roman Emperor Elagabalus's behaviour and that of Colonel Gaddafi to show how the trademarks of tyranny have survived for two millennia. ANI

Romney rebounds as favourite to win GOP presidential nomination
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has re-established himself as the favourite contender to win the Republican presidential nomination, with aides claiming his victory is now inevitable as former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich's polling numbers have plunged. ANI

How Obama enjoys Christmas vacation in Hawai
Barack Obama had a low-key Christmas as he vacationed with his family in Hawaii. ANI

US calls Iran's threat to block key oil route 'bluster'
The United States has described Iran's threat of closing off the world's most important oil shipping lane as nothing but 'bluster'. ANI

US pushing for Saleh's assurance on Yemen deal
To accelerate a government transition in Sana, the Obama administration is trying to influence Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's decision to come to the US for medical treatment. ANI

Putin 'ready to fight clean presidential election next year'
Embattled Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said that he is ready to fight a clean presidential election next year. ANI

Australian military 'to recruit UK soldiers facing redundancy'
Australia is planning to recruit up to 1,000 British soldiers facing redundancy as part of defence cuts. ANI

Egyptian court bans army's 'virginity tests' on female detainees
An Egyptian has ordered the country's military rulers to stop conducting 'virginity tests' on female detainees, a practice that has outraged many activists and rights groups. ANI

Zardari accuses Pak chief justice of doing nothing to find Benazir's assassins
Paying tribute to slain Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto on the fourth anniversary of her death, President Asif Ali Zardari accused the nation's chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry of doing nothing to uncover the truth about his wife's assassination. ANI

Wills-Kat to ring in the New Year with family
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will reportedly be welcoming the New Year surrounded by family. ANI

Obama, Hillary most admired among Americans: Poll
More Americans admire President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton than any other figures, according to a survey. ANI

Is poor diet of shift workers a new form of occupational hazard?
The poor diet of shift workers should be considered as a new occupational health hazard, a new study has claimed. ANI

US removes Mullah Omer from most wanted terrorist list
Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar has been removed from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation's list of "most wanted terrorists". ANI

China launches own GPS to gain 'independence' from US' satellites
China has begun operating a homegrown satellite navigation service in order to reduce its 'dependence' on the US' Global Positioning System (GPS). ANI

Iran seeks death penalty for alleged CIA spy
Iran is seeking the death penalty for an American man accused of working for the Central Intelligence Agency. ANI

Argentines to sue surgeons if faulty breast implants are not replaced for free
A group of 50 Argentine women have threatened to take legal action against their plastic surgeons if they fail to replace their faulty breast implants free of cost. ANI

Jehangir questions Pasha's motive behind meeting Mansoor Ijaz
Asma Jehangir has questioned a meeting between the ISI chief Lt-Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha and Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz who had allegedly authored the controversial memo, a day after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had adopted a soft attitude towards the military leadership. ANI

Unlike adults, kids weigh the evidence and then reach a conclusion
Many adults use labels as category markets, but children do not, a new study has found. ANI

Parents 'mortified' after tot gives Obama a mouthful in Hawaii
While Barack Obama laughed off the mouthful of fingers given to him by an 8-month-baby during his visit to the US troops in Hawaii, the tot's mother said that she was 'mortified'. ANI

Imran Khan: Has his time come? Part I
If Lahore on November 30, 2011 heralded Imran Khan taking center-stage on the national political stage, Karachi on December 25, 2011 cemented that position. Not that Imran has been an unknown political quantity in Pakistan. On the contrary, he has been on the fringes of political life for the past 15 years, having set up his Tehrik-e-Insaf in 1996 ANI

Three arrested over 'unprovoked' murder of Indian student in UK
Two youths and a man are being questioned in connection with the 'unprovoked' murder of 23-year-old Indian student in Brtitain. ANI

Kazai backs setting up Taliban liaison unit in Qatar
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has backed the opening of a Taliban representative office in Qatar for the purpose of holding peace talks. ANI

Argentina President Fernandez to have surgery for thyroid cancer
Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will undergo surgery for thyroid cancer on January 4, a government spokesperson has announced. ANI

New Year's resolution to lose weight may ruin friendships
New Year's resolution to lose weight may result in dire consequences when it comes to friendships, researchers say. ANI

India, Pakistan discuss demilitarization of LoC
Pakistan has proposed to India to move heavy artillery away from the Line of Control (LoC). ANI

Pakistan rejects US' NATO strike inquiry report
Pakistan has rejected the findings of a joint US-NATO inquiry into the November 26 airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, saying the bombardment went on long after it reported its troops were under fire. ANI

ILS Announces Proton Launch Delay of SES-4 Satellite
ILS has informed SES (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) that the launch of the Proton launch vehicle with the SES-4 satellite was postponed for approximately 25 days for technical reasons with the avionics system of the launch vehicle’s Breeze M upper stage Business Wire India

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