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Egypt's military accused of detaining and torturing anti-government protesters
The Egyptian military has been accused by human rights campaigners of targeting hundreds of anti-government protesters since the mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak began a fortnight ago. ANI

Young people taking longer to reach adult life
A new research has found that young Spanish people were by 2001 taking six years longer than in 1981 to reach full employment, residential and family independence. ANI

Human rights groups in Afghanistan shift focus from NATO to atrocities by Taliban
Human rights groups working in war-torn Afghanistan have shifted their focus from abuses attributed to NATO forces towards those committed by Taliban insurgents. ANI

Divorce filings rise 40pc around Valentine's Day in US: Study
A new study has revealed that Valentine's Day, which is an occasion for sweethearts to exchange gifts, has increasingly become a time for divorce in the United States. ANI

White House crashers escorted out of owners' suite at Super Bowl
White House crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi were escorted out of the owners' suite at the Super Bowl Sunday after they crashed it. ANI

Kate Middleton engagement outfit flying off shelves in US
Ever wished to own the white dress Kate Middleton wore for her engagement with Prince William? You could, as the outfit is currently available in US markets. ANI

Pain forces US prof to remove part of video cam implanted in his head
A New York University professor who had implanted a video camera in the back of his head, has been forced to remove part of the device after his body rejected it. ANI

Blended images depict 'average' female face for a country
A South African photographer, who has spent years compiling shots from around the world, has used hi-tech software to blend females' pictures to create individual images to represent different places. ANI

Bristol Palin on Kathy Griffin's joke: It shows her immaturity
Bristol Palin has hit back at actress/comedian Kathy Griffin's joke about her having gained weight while competing on "Dancing with the Stars". ANI

Sarkozy orders officials to "prioritize France" for vacations after PM's Egypt idyll
Following media outrage over French Prime Minister Frangois Fillon's admission to have enjoyed a free holiday on the Nile over the New Year at Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's expense, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in a bid to quick-fix the matter, has ordered his officials to holiday in France on private vacations. ANI

US government's onboard data recorder for cars sparks privacy concerns
A government proposal that would require new cars to have onboard data recorders is pitting safety concerns against privacy concerns. ANI

Malaysia's Sisters of Islam tells party not to play Valentine's Day moral police
The Sisters in Islam (SIS) has hit out at PAS Youth over its controversial plans to "check" sinful activities and play the moral police on Valentine's Day. ANI

Planned rally to support revolts draws Iranians anger
Iran's chief prosecutor has called an opposition request to hold a rally in support of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt "divisive" and "political." ANI

Reagan's children feel no Republican can claim their father's political legacy
Late US President Ronald Reagan's three surviving children have rubbished efforts by Republican presidential hopefuls to claim his mantle as a conservative reformer. ANI

Egyptian mass movement inspires Pakistan 'change agents' to get back into action
Inspired by the recent mass movements in Egypt, Sudan and Tunisia, Pakistan's change agents and social activists have begun reactivating and strengthening their networking in various parts of the country. ANI

Egypt Govt., opposition must together oversee transition process
The government and the opposition need to jointly set a date for elections and establish an independent commission to oversee the process, an analysis in the New York Times has said. ANI

Michelle Obama says Ikram Goldman is still her top style advisor
First Lady Michelle Obama has said that she will not part ways with her stylist Ikram Goldman, despite the recent fashion controversy. ANI

Most Americans wish they could read minds, be time travelers
The ability to read minds and the power to travel through time are the special abilities most Americans would like to have, a new Marist poll has revealed. ANI

Tips on how to help one's partner do away with unhealthy weight
When it comes to discussing weight issues, both sexes in a relationship often find it hard to address, but taking into consideration a partner's feelings can help make it easier. ANI

Pak Army-funded TV drama depicts heroism of Taliban-fighting soldiers
Emotive tales of Pakistan's Taliban-fighting soldiers are being aired on television in an army-funded drama that casts the war on terror in a positive light. ANI

Kiwi schools ban phones to fight 'sexting'
Some secondary schools in New Zealand have started banning cell phones in changing rooms in a bid to fight "sexting". ANI

Indian family still clueless about progress in apartment burglary case in Dubai
Seven months after 100,000 dirhams worth jewellery was stolen from his Dubai apartment, an Indian executive remains clueless of the progress made in the case. ANI

Woman given 6 weeks to live after 1998 cancer diagnosis still going strong
A woman who was given just weeks to live after her cancer diagnosis has stunned doctors by surviving for another 13 years -and is still going strong. ANI

Oz student jailed for seeking 'vampire sex' online from girls under 14
A Melbourne university student has been jailed for more than four years after he preyed on nine girls under the age of 14 that he met online, discussing vampire sex with them. ANI

No proof that Assange encouraged leaks, says WikiLeaks
Investigators in the United States are believed to have failed to find evidence to go ahead with the prosecution of Julian Assange, the head of the whistle-blowing WikiLeaks, for encouraging the leak of secret government documents. ANI

Obama's ratings rise but still struggling to sell economic policies, find new polls
US President Barack Obama's approval rating has improved a bit in comparison to that a month ago, but he is struggling to gain support for some of his policies, according to two new polls. ANI

More than two-thirds of girls under the age of 10 bullied: Oz study
A new Australian survey has shown that more than two-thirds of girls under the age of 10 have been bullied. ANI

El-Baradei was 'too soft on Tehran', says WikiLeaks cable
Former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed El-Baradei, now a key leader of the Egyptian opposition, was seen by both the United States and Israel as being too soft on Iran and becoming "part of the problem" in the Middle East, diplomatic cables leaked by the whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks have revealed. ANI

WikiLeaks: Mubarak told US not to topple Saddam
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is reported to have told former US vice-president Dick Cheney "three or four times" not to depose Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, according to diplomatic cables leaked by the whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks. ANI

Palin's 'Neanderthal' swipe at possible 2012 GOP rival Santorum
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has called Republican Party member Rick Santorum a Neanderthal after he suggested that she's not attending CPAC because she's out making money and taking care of her kids. ANI

US workers fired over email comparing Obama to 'tar ball' sues company
Two workers in the US, who were fired from their jobs after they forwarded an email that compared US president Barack Obama to a "tar ball", have decided to sue their company. ANI

Bleeding killed 'whipped to death' Bangladesh girl, finds fresh post-mortem report
A 14-year-old Bangladeshi girl, who was publicly whipped for allegedly having an illicit relationship with her married cousin, had bled to death, according to a fresh post-mortem examination. ANI

Prince Charles says climate change skeptics 'playing a reckless game of roulette'
The Prince of Wales has hit out at climate change skeptics saying that they are "playing a reckless game of roulette" with the future of their grandchildren.rince Charles said this while addressing a European Union conference on global warming in Brussels. ANI

Chihuahua causes freak house fire after chewing mobile phone
A pet Chihuahua in Britain is said to have caused a freak house fire when it decided to chew on a mobile phone belong to its owner. ANI

UK Olympic games should not be magnet for sex trafficking: Home Secretary
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has warned that Prime Minister David Cameron must do more to stop next year's Olympic Games from becoming a magnet for sex trafficking gangs. ANI

US beauty queen sues after she loses crown 'for failing to lose weight'
A beauty queen in the US has decided to sue pageant organisers after she lost her crown for failing to lose weight. ANI

Top US lawmaker says Pak faces cut in aid unless it drastically increases tax rates
US aid beneficiary nations, such as Pakistan, will have to shoulder more of the burden for their own growth as Washington eyes deep cuts in its overseas assistance, a top US lawmaker has warned. ANI

US man faces jail over sex with girl, 13, he married in online computer game
A man in the US is facing jail after he married a teenage girl in an online role-playing game and then had sex with her after meeting up with her. ANI

WikiLeaks: Suleiman told Israel he would 'cleanse' Sinai of arms runners to Gaza
Egyptian Vice-President Omar Suleiman told the Israelis he wanted to start "cleansing the Sinai" of Palestinian arms smugglers. ANI

Brit Muslim kids learning to cut off hands of thieves
British Muslim children are being taught how to chop off thieves' hands and being told that Jews are plotting to take over the world at a network of Islamic schools. ANI

Australia in secret uranium talks with India
The Australian Government is reportedly in secret negotiations with the Indian Government for the sale of uranium, though publicly it asserts that it cannot allow such exports as long as Delhi maintains a nuclear arsenal outside the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. ANI

Brit man used schoolgirl, 15, as sex toy in cult's initiation ceremony
A man from Britain has been accused of leading a cult and using a 15-year-old schoolgirl as a sex toy in an occult initiation ceremony. ANI

Zardari aides hope Pak, US will 'work out differences' on Raymond Davis' detention
Aides to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari have expressed confidence that Islamabad and Washington can amicably resolve a diplomatic crisis over the detention of double-murder accused US diplomat Raymond Davis. ANI

N. Korea walks out of talks, analysts warn of more nuke tests
Talks between officials of South and North Korea have broken down, suggesting that Pyongyang could now be taking steps to burgeon its nuclear program. ANI

WiliLeaks cables state Saudi oil reserves may be overstated by almost 40 percent
Leaked American diplomatic cables released by the whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks have revealed that the United States fears that Saudi Arabia, the world's largest crude oil exporter, may not have enough reserves to prevent oil prices escalating. ANI

Sikh community speaks out against Quebec kirpan ban
The World Sikh Organization has expressed its disappointment over a unanimous vote in the National Assembly to bar the kirpan from all legislative buildings. ANI

Iranian man accused of developing p*rn websites faces execution
An Iranian web programmer, who has been accused of developing p*rn websites, is now facing imminent execution after he allegedly confessed to the crime under torture. ANI

Shot Congresswoman Giffords speaks and asks for toast
The chief of staff of shot US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has said that she has recovered enough to speak, and has askedfor toast for breakfast. ANI

US steps up pressure on Cairo to end pro-democracy protests
The Obama administration has stepped up its criticism of Egypt's leadership after pro-democracy protests entered the 16th consecutive day on Wednesday against the 30-year-long rule of President Hosni Mubarak. ANI

UAE-based Etisalat denies involvement in Indian 2G scam
United Arab Emirates-based telecommunications services provider, Etisalat, has denied that its involvement in the 2G spectrum allocation scam in India. ANI

Brazilian 'Josef Fritzl' decapitated
A man who fathered seven kids with his daughter after raping her over nearly 20 years has been decapitated. ANI

Twenty killed, forty injured in Mardan Cantonment suicide blast
Twenty security personnel were killed and forty others wounded in a bomb explosion at Mardan Cantonment in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on Thursday. ANI

US facing highest terror threat since 9/11: Homeland Security chief
US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has warned that the country is facing its highest terror threat since 9/11. ANI

I hope you keel over with your tarts: Ronaldinho's ex texts Berlusconi
Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho's ex-girlfriend has been accused of texting Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that she hopes he keels over with his tarts. ANI

German Bourse in talks to buy New York Stock Exchange
The world's largest financial market could soon be a reality with the merger of the New York Stock Exchange with the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. ANI

Virgin Atlantic's 'red hotties' voted the most attractive cabin crew
Virgin Atlantic has the most attractive flight attendants with 53 percent of those surveyed picking Virgin's 'red hotties', according to a new survey. ANI

Osama's Sudanese cook to walk free in 2012 after sentence reduced to two years
A US military commission has reduced Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's former cook and driver Ibrahim al-Qosi's sentence to two years in prison. ANI

US attempt to 'assassinate' Osama bin Laden thwarted: Al-Qaeda
An alleged assassination attempt on Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by the United States has been thwarted. ANI

Pak Army too says only court can decide murder-accused US diplomat's case
The top brass of the Pakistan Army has supported the government's decision on the double murder-accused US diplomat Raymond Davis' case, saying that it is a sub judice matter and only the court was entitled to give a verdict in it. ANI

Indian embassy in US issues advisory for Tri-Valley Varsity students
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Rep. Chris Lee quits over Craigslist flirtation reports
Chris Lee, a married Republican congressman from New York state, has quit amid media reports he flirted online with a woman and sent his shirtless photograph to her. ANI

Silvio Berlusconi threatens 'total war' over sex trial
Silvio Berlusconi has threatened to launch a 'constitutional war' against the country's judiciary after prosecutors in Milan suggested the Italian Prime Minister should be put on trial immediately for sex crimes. ANI

Barack Obama doesn't dye his hair, says Michelle
In an interview, Barack Obama's wife Michelle has revealed that the US President doesn't dye his hair. ANI

ZTE to Launch Cloud-based iMarket at Mobile World Congress 2011
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced it will launch its cloud-based applications store iMarket to global operators at the telecoms industry’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. Business Wire India

Mobily in Saudi Arabia Partners with Gemalto for World's First Commercial Rollout of Bio-Sourced Subscriber Identification Module
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces that Mobily, the leading mobile operator in Saudi Arabia, has started deploying its bio-sourced SIM, made with renewable material and easily recyclable Business Wire India

Institutional Demand for Asian Equities Surges on Liquidnet
Liquidnet, the equities institutional marketplace, reported record volumes in the trading of Asian securities in January 2011, reflecting the company’s growing leadership role in serving institutional equity demand in Asia. Business Wire India

Deutsche Börse AG and NYSE Euronext Inc. Confirm Advanced Merger Discussions
In light of recent market rumors, Deutsche Börse AG and NYSE Euronext (NYX) has confirmed that they are engaged in advanced discussions regarding a potential business combination. They cautioned that no agreement has been reached Business Wire India

Agilent Technologies, GE Healthcare and Life Technologies Join the WIN Consortium
WIN Consortium (Worldwide Innovative Networking in Personalized cancer medicine) (http://www.winconsortium.org) proposed a unique alliance to fight cancer and invites you to join the 3rd annual symposium: Gateways to efficacy of cancer diagnostics and therapeutics to be held on 6th to 8th of July at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France. Business Wire India

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