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India committed to staying engaged with Afghanistan well into future: Krishna
The International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn, Germany, is an expression of the international community's determination, that even as it reduces its footprint in Afghanistan, it does not abandon Afghanistan as it did in the 1990's, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said today. ANI

Rehman Malik says Memo Gate involved businessman trying to destabilise Pakistan
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has urged the United States to take action against Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, involved in the Memo Gate scandal, and alleged that he tried to destabilise Pakistan by "telling lies." ANI

Pakistani Taliban splintered into over 100 smaller factions: Experts
The Pakistani Taliban has splintered into over 100 smaller factions, weakened and running short of cash, over the country's military operations and US drone strikes, security officials, analysts and tribesmen from the insurgent heartland have said. ANI

Japanese mobsters suspected of stealing money raised for tsunami victims
A group of mobsters in Japan have been suspected of stealing money that was raised to help victims of devastating tsunami that stuck the nation on March 11 this year. ANI

UK court allows Assange to continue extradition fight in Supreme Court
A British court has given permission to Julian Assange, founder of the whistle blowing website WikiLeaks, to continue his legal battle to avoid extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crime charges. ANI

'UK Police had to use mobile phones to tackle August riots after radio system collapsed'
UK Metropolitan Police were forced to use their own mobile phones during the riots that took place earlier this year after the multi-billion pound Airwave radio system collapsed, a new report has said. ANI

Former Miss USA Rima Fakih docked for drunk driving
Former Miss USA Rima Fakih, 26, has been arrested on charges of drunk driving in Detroit, Michigan. ANI

China open to talks on binding emission cut after 2020: Delegation head
China has agreed to discuss binding emission cuts after 2020, the Chinese delegation head said at the climate change conference in Durban, South Africa. ANI

Siberian tigers may disappear within 20 years: Experts
The last remaining Siberian tigers living in North- East China could disappear within decades due to poaching and illegal logging, experts have warned. ANI

Chinese warships visit Oman on a goodwill visit
Two Chinese warships docked at Port Sultan Qaboos in Oman's capital Muscat to begin a five-day goodwill visit to the country. ANI

Bachmann slams Iowa's decision to legalize gay marriage
Republican Presidential contender Michele Bachmann has slammed the Iowa Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriages. ANI

NATO attack that killed Pak soldiers "unpardonable": Defence analyst
A noted South Asia defence analyst who spent six years in Pakistan as Australia's military attache has said NATO's attack on border posts in Mohmand that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers is "unpardonable." ANI

China to achieve 80 million kilowatt wind power generation capacity by 2015:Report
China has achieved nearly 40 million kilowatt wind power generation capacity, and the figure is expected to double by 2015, a new report has said. ANI

Controversial Memo Gate involved businessman says ISI not under Pak govt.
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, a key man involved in the Memo Gate scandal, has now claimed that the S wing of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is not under the control of Pakistan government and that the army uses it to influence the governments. ANI

Brazilian Labour Minister Carlos Lupi quits amid corruption scandal
Brazilian Labour Minister Carlos Lupi has resigned over mounting corruption allegations. ANI

UK Queen buys new 500,000 pounds horse despite facing pay freeze till 2015
The British Queen has splashed out 500,000 pounds on a horse, despite facing a freeze to her income until 2015 as part of austerity measures imposed in a shake up of the royal finances. ANI

Pippa Middleton invited to Christmas Day pheasant shoot with royals
Pippa Middleton got herself an invite to join the Queen and other senior royals in their traditional Boxing Day Pheasant Shoot. ANI

'Depressed' UK doctor disappears from home after leaving 'gone for walk' note
A prominent UK general practitioner, David Lidgey, who was suffering from depression, left home leaving a note behind saying he had gone 'for a walk', and has not yet returned over the past five months, his wife has said. ANI

85-year-old granny to sue US transport security agency over 'strip search' despite apology
An 85-year-old woman in the United States, who claimed to be injured and humiliated during a strip search at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, has accepted an apology by the nation's Transportation Security Administration (TSA), but would still sue the agency for their inappropriate behaviour. ANI

Brit PM says watching James Bond on TV makes for ideal Christmas Day
David Cameron has revealed that watching James Bond movies on TV is a Christmas ritual for him and so is listening to the Queen's Speech. ANI

Imran Khan misled media by sharing incomplete asset details: Pak opposition leader
Pakistan's National Assembly Leader of Opposition, Chaudhry Nisar, has alleged that Chairman Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Imran Khan misled media by sharing incomplete details about his assets. ANI

Taliban's absence in Bonn Conference may hinder peace process in Afghanistan: Experts
The Taliban's boycott of the Bonn conference on Afghanistan, ten years after they were removed from power, raises doubts about the future of peace in Afghanistan, experts say. ANI

Nawaz Sharif paid Rs2.5m, Shahbaz Rs5m in taxes in Pakistan
Nawaz Sharif paid 2.5 million rupees in taxes in 2010-11, while Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif paid five million rupees, according to records of the Federal Bureau of Revenue. ANI

Why modern women are turning into 'nightmare bosses'
An increasing number of women in positions of power are bullying their colleagues and employees, a new survey has found. ANI

8 Ferraris involved in 'world's most expensive car crash'
In what could be the most expensive car crash ever, fourteen luxury cars - including eight Ferraris - were involved in a pricey pile-up in western Japan. ANI

Global carbon emissions rose to 10 billion tonnes in 2010 for first time: Report
Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion, cement production, deforestation and other land use emissions reached 10 billion tonnes of carbon in 2010 for the first time, a new research has shown. ANI

West must see Afghanistan job through after making 'investment in blood': UK military chief
Western nations cannot turn their back on Afghanistan and must see the job through after making an "investment in blood", the commander of British forces in that country has said. ANI

Somalia, N Korea perceived as 'most corrupt', India at 95th : Report
Somalia and North Korea are perceived as the most corrupt countries in the world, while India is ranked 95th behind China (75th), but ahead of Pakistan (134th). ANI

No govt. in world or Pak knew about Osama operation beforehand: US
The US has refuted claims by Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz about Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, and former Ambassador Husain Haqqani having knowledge about the Abbottabad operation in which former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed, insisting yet again that no one in Pakistan, or any other government was informed in advance about the raid ANI

Indonesia hit by two mild earthquakes
Two moderate earthquakes hit West Irian Region and Banda Sea in Indonesia on December 5. ANI

Bahrain says blast near UK embassy caused by 'unknown high explosive'
Bahrain has said that the blast in a minibus near the British embassy on Sunday in Manama was caused by an "unknown high explosive." ANI

Now, poo-powered 'glowing' bacteria to give your house a warm, cosy glow
A Dutch based electronics company has devised a "bio-light" that will provide any room in the house with a warm, cosy glow and will run on nothing more than recycled household waste. ANI

Germany calls for international support in reconstruction of Afghanistan
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has said the stability and reconciliation in Afghanistan is in the interest of the international community and the region as well. ANI

Afghan Hindus, Sikhs protest ahead of International Afghan Conference in Bonn
Over 50 Afghan Hindus and Sikhs living in Germany protested here on Sunday on the eve of an International Conference on Afghanistan in Germany, demanding the right to practice of religion and the right to education for their communities in Afghanistan. ANI

India is one of key partners for Afghanistan, says foreign ministry official
Hamidullah Nasser-Zia, an official of the Afghan Foreign Ministry, has said India is one of Kabul's most important partners. ANI

Hillary Clinton reaches Bonn for Afghanistan Conference
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Bonn on Sunday for international talks aimed at charting a course for Afghanistan after NATO combat troops withdraw in 2014, even as her aides played down a boycott by Pakistan. ANI

Norwegian FM urges Pakistan to participate in Bonn Conference
Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store called Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to urge that Pakistan should participate in the Bonn Conference. ANI

'Ouster of Syria's Assad will bring war to Middle East': Iraq PM Al-Maliki
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has warned that the Middle East would be engulfed by sectarian bloodshed if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is removed. ANI

US troops set documents on fire while preparing to vacate Shamsi airbase
American troops have reportedly set fire to several documents and other belongings as they prepared to leave the Shamsi airbase in Pakistan's Washuk district. ANI

Obama assures Zardari of "full investigation" into "not deliberate" deadly NATO attack
US President Barack Obama has told his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari during a telephone conversation that the recent NATO attack that killed 24 soldiers was "not deliberate", and promised a "full investigation" into the tragedy. ANI

Putin's party shows massive decline in support in Russian parliamentary election
Russian Prime minister Vladimir Putin's party has captured less than 50 percent of votes in the country's parliamentary election. ANI

Police stopped Strauss-Kahn in Paris park notorious for transvestite prostitutes: French minister
Shamed former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was stopped by police while they were trying to 'clean up' a Paris park notorious for transvestite prostitutes, a French minister has claimed. ANI

Over 350 Afghan women languishing in prison 10 years after Taliban downfall
Over 350 women, who escaped violence and forced marriage, are languishing in prisons in Afghanistan even after ten years of the end of Taliban rule. ANI

US official says 'no indication Iran shot down American spy drone'
A US official has said there is no indication that an American reconnaissance drone had been shot down in Iran. ANI

“14 Days of element14” Launched to Highlight the Key Features of Premier Farnell’s Online Global Community
Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), the global electronics distributor, today launches a two week campaign to celebrate the 14 days of its element14 community, the industry-first portal for electronic design engineers and like-minded professionals launched in June 2009 Business Wire India

Premier Farnell Enhances Technology Leadership in Key Markets through Global Agreement with Infineon Technologies
Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), is to become a globally franchised distributor for Infineon Technologies AG, enabling engineers worldwide to take advantage of Infineon’s advanced, high-quality semiconductor solutions and Premier Farnell’s broad range of high-value customer services and supporting technologies Business Wire India

DVS Sciences Appoints Joseph Victor as President and CEO
DVS Sciences, Inc., a privately held innovator and manufacturer of novel CyTOF® multi-parameter single-cell analyzers and MAXPAR® reagents for biological research and potential clinical applications, today announced that Joseph Victor has been appointed President and CEO and a Director. Mr Business Wire India

Round Table Pizza Expands into Vietnam with Twenty Restaurant Development Agreement
Round Table Pizza, an American pizza restaurant icon known for gourmet quality and fresh innovation, announced the signing of an exclusive agreement with the Mesa Group to develop 20 restaurants in Vietnam Business Wire India

Digital River Launches High-Capacity E-Commerce Solution that Captures over 6,000 Online Orders per Second
Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), a leading provider of global e-commerce solutions, announced that it engineered and launched a new, high-capacity e-commerce solution that can capture in excess of 6,000 online orders per second on a global basis Business Wire India

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