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Oz woman jailed for 10-yrs for masterminding 'house of horror' ordeal
A woman in Australia, who is said to have masterminded a cruel regime of starvation "beyond comprehension" of five children in her care, has been jailed for 10-years. ANI

Cat that looks like Harry Potter baddie struggling to find new home
An ugly stray cat in Britain has been unable to find a new home - because it looks so much like the Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort. ANI

Pak must be made 'Islamic welfare democratic State' as envisaged by Jinnah: Nizami
The two-nation theory is the basis of Pakistan's creation and efforts will be made to make the country an Islamic welfare democratic state, The Nation Editor-in-Chief and Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chairman Majid Nizami has said. ANI

Campus employee in US arrested for filming female students in showers
A former equipment manager at the University of Texas has been arrested and charged for filming women taking showers in the school's locker room. ANI

US tourism ad featuring scantily clad Bavarian women is YouTube hit
A quirky new tourism campaign in the US featuring scantily clad Bavarian women, a nutcracker and lots of beer has garnered a lot of attention. ANI

Pak court directs jail authorities to give Taseer's assassin all amenities as per Prisons Act
A Pakistani Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) has reportedly asked the Adiala Jail superintendent to provide Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, with all facilities as per the Prisons Act. ANI

Pakistan's top spy agencies incompetent, out of control: Report
Pakistan's top intelligence agencies seem to be out of control and "often cross the lines", a former top intelligence official has said. ANI

Dog owners end up walking over 23,000 miles - almost around the world
Dog owners end up walking more than 23,000 miles - almost as far as walking around the world - with their pet during its lifetime, according to a new study. ANI

Fears of Chinese lawyer, wife being beaten over house arrest video
Human rights campaigners have expressed fears that a Chinese grassroots lawyer and his wife may have been severely beaten up for secretly filming a video documenting their house arrest. ANI

US cab driver accused of masturbating on job loses taxi license
A cab driver in the US, who lost his license after he was accused of masturbating while driving, has been told he will not get his job back, by an appeals court. ANI

Hindus want 10 more festivals added to Los Angeles schools' Calendar of Observances
Hindus have urged Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in USA to add 10 more Hindu festivals, including Durgapuja, to its "Calendar of Commemorative Dates and Observances" (CCDO). ANI

Christians-Muslims-Hindus-Buddhists-Jews-Baha'is to dialogue at University of Nevada-Reno
"Second Annual Inner-Faith Night" of University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) in USA, to be held on February 23, will see major religious groups coming together in dialogue. ANI

Chinese men facing trial in Beijing over human organ trafficking
Two Chinese are undergoing trials at a Beijing court for their alleged involvement in the trafficking of human organ. ANI

Thai airline is world's first to hire transsexuals as flight attendants
New Thai airline PC Air has become the first to hire transsexuals as flight attendants, as it aims to set a unique identity for itself from the rest of the competitors. ANI

Corruption, security issues biggest hurdles for foreign investment in Pakistan
Financial corruption and the law and order situation in Pakistan are the biggest hurdles in attracting foreign trade and investment in the country, a business conference in London has heard. ANI

Expert says UK shops will need Chinese currency to meet demands of China tourists
British shops will soon need to start keeping Chinese currency amid a surge in tourists and brands becoming owned by China businessman. ANI

Assange's mother writes to Rudd demanding Wikileaks' founder's protection
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's mother has reportedly written a letter to Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd demanding the government to take necessary steps to stop her son from being extradited to Sweden or prosecuted in the US. ANI

Brit man who won world's 1st ever competition for p*rn star date
A British DJ has won the world's first ever competition for a date with a p*rn star. ANI

Parents back Michelle Obama's 'Facebook ban on her daughters'
Many parents have hailed US First Lady Michelle Obama's stance that she doesn't allow daughters Sasha and Malia to have Facebook profiles. ANI

World's smallest engraving completed on the edge of a razor blade
The world's smallest engraving has been completed on the edge of a razor blade and it says 'Nothing is impossible'. ANI

Asma Jahangir says Pakistan's judiciary not independent as yet
Pakistan's judiciary is not "independent as yet" as people are still not getting justice, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jahangir has stated. ANI

Inquiry ordered into Beatle George Harrison donated Hindu temple in England
A three-day public inquiry has reportedly been ordered against former Beatle George Harrison donated Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple over a temporary wedding marquee by Hertsmere Borough Council in England. ANI

US restaurant sells handbags made from cows customers have just eaten
A restaurant in America is offering its customers the chance to buy leather handbags made from the skin of the cow that they have just eaten. ANI

Chinese woman 'drugs ex-partner, chops off his pe**s'
A Chinese woman apparently added sleeping tablets into her former partner's dinner and waited for him to fall asleep before tying his hands and feet and cutting off his pe**s. ANI

Pak police says it has proof that US diplomat's shooting was "clear murder"
Double murder-accused US diplomat Raymond Davis intentionally killed two Pakistani men in Lahore and the act was not committed in self-defence, Capital City Police Officer Lahore Aslam Tareen has said. ANI

A-Rod, Cameron Diaz spotted house hunting in Miami
New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez and his alleged girlfriend Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz were reportedly spotted house hunting in Miami. ANI

Parrot 'pushes woman to the edge' with faulty fire alarm sound
A woman in Britain, who was almost pushed over the edge by the sound of a faulty fire alarm, is now breathing easy after discovering the sound had been made by a parrot in her garden. ANI

Pakistani toddler survives after falling into spinning washing machine
A Pakistani toddler aged 17 months has reportedly been saved after he fell into a washing machine and got spun for nearly two minutes. ANI

Danger for Musharraf if proceedings commenced against him in Benazir murder case
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf may get into trouble if prosecution proceedings are started against him for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination, according to jurists. ANI

Hacking collective 'Anonymous' plans attack on Iranian govt website on revolution anniversary
The hacking collective Anonymous is reportedly planning to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against Iranian government websites today. ANI

NASA astronaut hopes to stage 'out of this world' concert
A NASA astronaut is hoping to stage a concert that is literally out of this world, and plans on doing it with the help of Irish band The Chieftains and British band Jethro Tull. ANI

Now, super yacht that flies four metres above water at 400 km/h
Dreams of sailing and flying at the same time may soon come true, after an Australian designer revealed plans for a yacht that can fly four metres above the water at speeds of up to 400 km/h. ANI

Chinese hackers steal "confidential information" of five global oil companies: McAfee
A US cyber security firm has alleged that Chinese hackers have targeted at least five global oil companies, but kept the names of the companies secret. ANI

Breast pumps, lactation supplies are now tax deductible in US
Unlike India, where there are no rebates whatsoever on life-saving drugs, even breast pumps and lactation supplies are tax deductible in the US. ANI

Oz man caught filming up women's skirts at train station
A man in Australia has allegedly been caught filming up women's skirts at Sydney's Central Railway Station. ANI

Environmentalist Brockovich wants to be an Oz citizen
Environmental campaigner Erin Brockovich says she will seek to become a dual citizen of Australia and her native US. ANI

Michelle Obama wears $35 H and M dress on 'Today' show
US First Lady Michelle Obama reportedly wore a 'cheap' dress from H and M on "Today" show. ANI

Microsoft India chairman Ravi Venkatesan resigns
Microsoft's India chairman Ravi Venkatesan has put in his papers after leading the US software's Indian business for seven years. ANI

Americans split over GOP efforts to repel Obama administration's health care law: Poll
Although most American voters are in support of the "old" health care system, a majority of them believe that opponents of President Obama's historic 2010 health care law will fail to repeal it, a latest Fox News poll has found. ANI

Clapper downplays criticism that US intel services missed warning signs of turmoil in Egypt
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has rejected criticisms American intelligence services had failed to warn Egypt about the political unrest against President Hosni Mubarak's rule. ANI

Brit girl, 18, dies from rare heart condition after first kiss with boyfriend
A British girl, who shared a first kiss with her boyfriend, is said to have collapsed and died just minutes later from a rare heart condition. ANI

Trial delayed in Indian American insider trading case
A federal court judge in Manhattan on Thursday postponed the start date for the securities fraud trial of Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam until March 8. ANI

Domestic terrorism number one priority for US intelligence
Intelligence agency chiefs in the United State have unveiled the annual National Threat Assessment, and said that success against Al Qaeda means that domestic terrorism is now their 'priority No. 1.' ANI

David Cameron 'misses driving his Honda CRV'
David Cameron has revealed that the only thing he doesn't like about his job as a Prime Minster is that he doesn't get to drive his 'beautiful' Honda CRV. ANI

Prince William appointed Colonel of Irish Guards
The Queen has appointed her grandson Prince William as the Colonel of the Irish Guards. ANI

Mystery person sends Hurley flowers at Warne's mansion
Elizabeth Hurley on Thursday morning received a bunch of beautiful flowers at Shane Warne's Brighton mansion, but the sender's identity is a mystery. ANI

Rep. Christopher Lee deserved to get caught, says Craigslist woman
The woman who unknowingly forced Rep. Christopher Lee to quit office says she doesn't feel bad because she assumes he has a history of cheating on his wife. ANI

Gilani appreciates Indo-Pak dialogue resumption, Manmohan's vision for better ties
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has expressed his satisfaction on the decision taken by Pakistan and India to resume the full spectrum of their bilateral dialogue, and appreciated the vision of his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh in this regard. ANI

Mutilated Afghan girl Aisha asked to face cross-examination or risk attacker walking free
Bibi Aisha, the Afghan girl who had attracted international attention after it was reported by Time magazine that her nose and ears were chopped off by her in-laws, has been asked by a court to face cross-examination or risk letting her attacker walk free. ANI

Malaysian Youth wings condemn state govt's proposed Valentine's Day crackdown
Malaysian youth wings of MCA, Gerakan and DAP have reportedly condemned PAS youth's proposed crackdown on Valentine's Day, saying moral policing is an indication that the Pakatan Rakyat state governments are trying to start implementing 'Islamic policies'. ANI

Now, collagen meals to help banish those unwanted wrinkles
A restaurant in London is offering age-conscious diners, meals that contain collagen, the protein that gives skin its strength and elasticity. ANI

Yassin brushes aside former US envoy's 'Malaysia tolerated ethnic factionalism' views
Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has brushed off former US Ambassador John Malott John Malott's criticism that Kuala Lumpur had tolerated ethnic factionalism, saying his comments do not carry any weightage. ANI

Middle East people need to feel "masters of their own countries": Gorbachev
The political unrest in the Arab world has convinced former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that the Middle East should embrace democracy and allow it people to be masters of their own countries. ANI

Two vehicles of US consulate 'with fake license plates' held in Islamabad
The Islamabad police have caught two vehicles of the US consulate having fake license plates on them. ANI

Gorbachev urges Russia to adopt new approach to 'terrorism'
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has urged Russia to adopt a new approach to 'terrorism', insisting that it cannot be defeated with "cannons". ANI

Half of US women feel more successful than their man
A new poll has found that nearly half of all American women think they are doing much better in their career than the man in their life. ANI

Malaysian police analysing video of nude women dancing
Police in the Malaysian state of Sabah are analysing a video showing a group of women stripping and dancing in the nude amid speculation that the two-minute clip was shot somewhere in the state. ANI

1 in 5 women prefer tasty treat than partner's lips on Valentine's Day
One in five women prefer wrapping their lips around a tasty treat than their partner's mouth on Valentine's Day, suggests a new study. ANI

Pak court sends murder-accused US diplomat on 14-day judicial remand
A Pakistani court has sent double murder-accused US diplomat Raymond Davis on a 14-day judicial remand. ANI

Three injured in explosions at rail tracks in three Pakistani cities
Train services have been suspended in Karachi, Hyderabad and Nawabshah after rail tracks in the cities were blown up with explosives on Friday morning. ANI

Obama's threat of dire consequences to Pak if 'diplomat' not freed by Friday?
US President Barack Obama's National Security Advisor Tom Donilon delivered a presidential threat to Pakistan that it must release double-murder accused US diplomat Raymond Davis by Friday or face the consequences, according to Pakistani officials. ANI

List of 10 best places to get n*ked in 2011 revealed
A list of the ten best places where one can get n*ked in 2011 has been revealed, and it includes a French city dedicated to naturalism, a n*ked cruise, and a nude beach. ANI

Book reveals how German POW escaped from UK to Germany during First World War
It was an escape from a prisoner of war camp as daring and fraught with danger as any immortalised by Hollywood. ANI

Fox News Poll: Voters give mixed reviews for Obama's economy recovery efforts
A Fox News poll released Thursday shows that while about half of the American voters think the "worst is over" (48 percent), the same number -- 48 percent-think the "worst is yet to come." ANI

Multiculturalism has failed: Nicolas Sarkozy
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said that multiculturalism had failed, echoing the growing concerns about the issue among a number of world leaders or ex-leaders, including British Prime Minister David Cameron. ANI

US corrects intelligence chief for claiming Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is secular
The Obama administration has corrected its own intelligence chief after he claimed that Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is "largely secular." ANI

Egypt protests: Impatient Obama calls for credible transition
US President Barack Obama has called on the Egyptian government to come forward with a "credible, concrete and unequivocal" path to democracy. ANI

Iran presses opposition not to go ahead with rally
Iranian authorities are putting pressure on the country's political opposition not to go ahead with a rally in support of the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. ANI

Wikileaks founder 'abused cats and wanted women to know their place'
Julian Assange, founder of whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, has been accused of abusing his cat in an explosive new book. ANI

Former UK MP jailed for role in expenses scandal
Disgraced former Labour Member of Parliament Eric Illsley has been jailed for a year for fiddling with his parliamentary expenses. llsley, 55, is the first sitting Member of Parliament convicted of abusing expenses. He pleaded guilty last month to dishonestly claiming over 14,000 pounds of taxpayers' money, The Telegraph reports. ANI

Wikileaks founder 'boasted of fathering kids all around the world'
Julian Assange, founder of whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, apparently boasted about fathering kids all around the world, according to an explosive new book. ANI

Military caught between Mubarak, pro-democracy protesters
Though the Egyptian military has managed the crisis in the country for the past 17 days, it still appears that it is caught between remaining loyal to one of its own-President Hosni Mubarak-and or deciding to make that crossover, and go with the wishes of pro-democracy protesters. ANI

Wary of Egypt crisis repeat, Cuba cracks down on Internet opposition movements
The Government of Cuba is reported to be concerned about the burgeoning opposition movement in Egypt, and believes a similar situation could arise in Havan and other parts of Cuba with the help of the Internet. ANI

Egypt crisis: Experts say US will have to put everything on the line now
With cornered Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak playing a seemingly cat and mouse game with the Western powers, including the United States, rights activists and experts on Middle East affairs have said that Washington may just have to abandon a key ally and put everything it has on the line to ensure an orderly transition to a more democratic form of administration in Cairo. ANI

ZTE Ranked Second Worldwide for International Patent Applications
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063 Business Wire India

ExxonMobil Renews Mobil 1 Technology Partnership with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
ExxonMobil has announced that the company renewed its long-standing technology partnership with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1™ team. The new multi-year agreement maintains the longest continuous oil company sponsorship with a Grand Prix race team. Business Wire India

Thinklogical Unveils New Line of Fiber Optic KVM Extenders - Providing Revolutionary Chassis Design with High Reliability Features
Thinklogical, a leading provider of fiber optic KVM switching and extension technologies, has announced that it is now shipping the VelocityT-Series, a high reliability, rack space saving KVM extension solution Business Wire India

Thinklogical Showcases New Offerings for 3G, HD, SD SDI Fiber Extension at ISE 2011
Thinklogical, a major provider of fiber optic broadcast and Pro AV distribution and router transport solutions, displayed several new SDI extension products at Integrated Systems Europe, February 1 – 3 at the RAI, Amsterdam Business Wire India

Business Schools on the Threshold of Unprecedented Change Due to Globalization
Rarely, if ever, have business schools experienced change as far-reaching and powerful as the current wave of globalization Business Wire India

MPEG LA Announces Call for Patents Essential to VP8 Video Codec
MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in alternative one-stop patent licenses, announced a call for patents essential to the VP8 video codec specification used to deliver video images. The VP8 video codec is defined by the WebM Project at Business Wire India

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