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Jaipal Reddy calls for international cooperation to meet global energy security callenges
India has called for intensifying global efforts for realization of sustainable global energy order for all. ANI

India, Russia discuss enhancing cooperation in oil sector
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister S. Jaipal Reddy and Russian Energy Minister Sergey Shmatko have made a strong pitch for further deepening cooperation in the hydrocarbon sector. ANI

Azad reaffirms commitment to mainstream Ayush
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has reaffirmed his commitment to lay greater emphasis on the traditional system of medicines and utilise the AYUSH and allopathic systems in a synergistic and complementary fashion. ANI

PETA slams White House for making light of bestiality
PETA has taken exception to White House press secretary Jay Carney's non serious response to a repeal of the military ban on bestiality. ANI

Rajendra Pachauri reheats Glaciergate row
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chairman Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri has reasserted that the glaciers in general were melting back, after the publication of the most authoritative report produced on those in the Himalayan-Hindu Kush region. ANI

47 percent South Africans want Dalai Lama to visit the country: Survey
Nearly half of people in South Africa believe that Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama should be allowed to visit the country, a survey has revealed. ANI

Hu Jintao tells Chinese Navy to 'speed up development, prepare for war'
Chinese President Hu Jintao has told the nation's navy to accelerate its development and prepare for war. ANI

Soon, 'surreal' 1000ft Taiwan tower to house world's highest roof garden
A steel superstructure with a 1,000 feet high roof garden is all set to be built in the city of Taichung, Taiwan, which could end up becoming one of the most surreal buildings ever. ANI

Gingrich emerges as clear GOP front-runner: US polls
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich is emerging as the clear Republican frontrunner for the 2012 presidential elections, several polls have revealed. ANI

US military a growing terrorist target, nation's lawmakers warn
There is growing evidence that homegrown terrorists see military personnel and bases as legitimate, high-value targets, lawmakers said ahead of a joint session of the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees on Wednesday,. ANI

US should apologise to Pak over deadly NATO attacks
U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich has said the US should apologise to Pakistan over deaths of its 24 soldiers in NATO air strikes last month, insisting that the incident should not hamper bilateral ties any further. ANI

David Guterson wins Bad Sex in Fiction award for Ed King
US writer David Guterson has won the annual Bad Sex In Fiction Award for his account of a mother and son having sex in a shower. ANI

US committed to addressing challenges with Pak to improve bilateral ties: Toner
The United States has said it is committed to addressing challenges in its relationship with Pakistan to improve bilateral ties. ANI

Swat in strike against NATO attack
A strike is on in Pakistan's Swat region in protest against the recent NATO attack that claimed the lives of around 24 Pakistani soldiers. ANI

EU launches probe into Apple, publishers' 'illegal' deal over e-book prices
Now, consumers would be required to pay more for their favourite novels because of an investigation launched by the European Union into whether Apple and five major publishing houses illegally raised the prices of e-books. ANI

Lawyer representing phone-hacking victims says 'NOTW publishers spied on her'
A lawyer who represents phone-hacking victims has claimed that she and her colleagues were spied on by publishers of the now defunct British tabloid News of the World in an attempt to stop her from working on the cases. ANI

Amanda Knox inks multi-million deal with Blair and Obama's book agent
Amanda Knox, who along with her boyfriend has been cleared by the Italian court in the killing of her British roommate, has signed a multi-million deal with a literary agent, whose client list comprise Barack Obama, Tony Blair, George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Sarah Palin. ANI

Egypt's military to shift some authority to premier
Egypt's interim military leadership has pledged to cede some of its executive powers to newly appointed premier Kamal al-Ganzouri, a move pro-democracy activists dismissed as little more than lip service to their calls for civilian rule. ANI

Trip to 'Mars' takes its toll on Chinese volunteer
Wang Yue, the only Chinese volunteer in the 520-day Mars-500 experiment program, has admitted that the stay in a mock-up spacecraft has taken its toll healthwise, but given an opportunity, he would willingly do it again. ANI

Pakistan's role crucial for future of Afghanistan: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said Pakistan still has a crucial role to play in the future of Afghanistan, despite boycotting the recent Bonn Conference. ANI

Haqqani sues US magazine over Pak-American businessman's article on Osama raid
Former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani has sued the US magazine Newsweek for publishing an article written by Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz against him and President Asif Ali Zardari over the Memo Gate issue. ANI

Rotating shift work ups diabetes risk in women
Working women, who are subjected to rotating schedules, comprising of three or more night shifts per month are more vulnerable to type 2 diabetes risk compared to women who only work on day or evening shifts, a new study has revealed. ANI

Australian man in Saudi Arabia sentenced to 500 lashes for blasphemy
An Australian man has been sentenced to 500 lashes and a year in prison in Saudi Arabia for religious offences. ANI

Flexible workplaces promote better health and well-being
Flexible workplaces improve employees' health and well-being, including an increase in the amount and quality of sleep, a new study has suggested. ANI

Japan's TEPCO confirms 150-liter radioactive leak at Fukushima nuke plant
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has confirmed that around 150 liters of water containing strontium and other radioactive substances has flowed into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. ANI

US hopes Pak officers will return to Afghan border liaison centers soon
Captain John F Kirby, the Acting US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, has expressed hoped that Pakistan's officers would return to border coordination centers soon. ANI

US made covert plan to 'retrieve or destroy' stealth drone captured by Iran
US officials were planning to conduct a covert mission to retrieve or destroy a stealth drone that recently crashed in Iran, but ultimately dropped the secret operation as it wasn't worth the risk of provoking a more explosive clash with Tehran, an American official has revealed. ANI

Pakistan has important role to play in Afghan peace process, says Karzai
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has said Pakistan has an important role to play in the Afghan peace process, including in any negotiations with the Taliban. ANI

Iran bans video game showing 'American invasion of Tehran'
The Iranian authorities have officially banned a video game because it includes a scene in which a US aircraft launches an assault on Tehran. ANI

US-Pak ties "very complex" following deadly NATO attack: Toner
US State Department spokesman Mark Toner has said the relationship between America and Pakistan has grown "very complex" following the recent NATO attack. ANI

Rehman Malik shocker: Thanks Taliban for bomb free Muharram celebrations in Pak
In an address that may come as a shock to many both in the country and the world, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has thanked the Taliban for maintaining peace during Ashura processions. ANI

Facebook 'security glitch' reveals Mark Zuckerberg's private photos
Even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has become a victim of privacy loopholes in the social networking site, after some of his private pictures were posted online. ANI

.xxx top-level domains go on sale today
Porn material will now have their own top-level domain, as .xxx sites goes on sale today. The new domain makes it easier to classify adult content for consumers, providers and avoiders. ANI

Afghanistan twin blasts not homegrown: Analysts
Analysts have said the twin blasts in Afghanistan were not home grown, but an act of "the enemies" of the country. ANI

Aides deny Zardari may resign over 'ill health'
Aides of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari have denied reports that he would resign over his 'ill health'. ANI

Indian student in UK 'lured' ex-boyfriend to his death in 'revenge for rape attempt'
An Indian origin medical student in Britain ordered 'gangster friends' to kill her ex-boyfriend in revenge after he tried to rape her, a court has heard. ANI

Pak militant group claims responsibility for twin blasts in Afghanistan
A Sunni militant group based in Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the twin attacks in Afghanistan that killed at least 60 Shiites last evening. ANI

Iraq denies Tariq Aziz's planned execution after US withdrawal
Iraq has denied a report suggesting that it would execute former foreign minister Tariq Aziz after U.S. troops withdraw at the end of the year. ANI

US opens 'virtual' online embassy for Iranians
The United States has opened a virtual online embassy to reach out to Iranians. ANI

Gatwick Express Launches New State-of-the-Art Gates as Part of Their ‘Smarter Way to Travel’ Campaign
From Monday 12th of December, Gatwick Express, the non-stop rail-air link between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport, will be testing the new ticket gates that have been installed at both London Victoria train station and Gatwick Airport train station. Business Wire India

Dell and Intel Global Research Reveals Emerging Markets Faster To Embrace Consumerization of IT
Dell and Intel today released the findings from Phase 2 of its Evolving Workforce Research Program, highlighting the responses of employees to major evolving workforce trends Business Wire India

element14 Announces “The Innovation Series” Event
element14 (formerly Farnell), the first electronic component distributor that fuses commerce and community, today announced it is hosting a two-day virtual event “the element14 Innovation Series” on the 16th and 17th of January 2012 Business Wire India

US Federal Court Bars RIM (BlackBerry) from Using BASIS’ BBX Trademark
The United States Federal Court in Albuquerque today granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Research in Motion (RIM), immediately barring RIM from using BASIS International Ltd.’s incontestable federally registered BBX trademark at RIM’s Asian DevCon on December 7-8 in Singapore. Business Wire India

OSIsoft Releases PI Coresight and PI Server 2010 R3
OSIsoft, LLC (, provider of the PI System and the leader in real-time data and events infrastructure solutions, today announced the release of PI Coresight and PI Server 2010 R3. Business Wire India

Financial Tracking Announces Insider Trading Detection Service Expands To Global Coverage
Announced today that it has expanded the coverage of its Insider Trading Detection (ITD) compliance module to include international markets. Insider Trading Detection™ and its companion module, MarketACE™ database, automatically consolidate issuer events (ACE), including news, on a company-by-company basis Business Wire India

New ‘Supercharged’ ISYS Enterprise 10.0 Makes Enterprise Search Up to 4 Times Faster
ISYS Search Software, the Master of Enterprise Search™, today announced the release of its next generation ‘supercharged’ Enterprise 10.0 family of software. Business Wire India

DTS Enhances Audio Entertainment Experience on ASUS All-in-One PC Series
DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI), a leader in high-definition audio, has announced that DTS UltraPC II™ has been integrated into the newly launched ASUS ET2700 All-in-One PC Series, further enhancing the audio experience by delivering superior quality and multidimensional sound Business Wire India

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