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Canadian federal department computers hit by suspected Chinese cyber attack
Key Federal departments in Canada have detected an "unauthorized attempt" to access their computer networks, and investigations have revealed that the cyber attack originated from servers based in China. ANI

66pc permafrost to melt by 2200, speed up global warming in coming years
A new study has warned that global warming could cause up to two-thirds of the Earth's permafrost to disappear by 2200, releasing carbon equal to half the emissions of the entire industrial age. ANI

London really is the 'shopping capital of the world'
A new study has found that shoppers spent a staggering 64.2 billion pounds in London last year - more than anywhere else on the planet. ANI

New security plan for visitors to New York's Statue of Liberty delayed
Changes in screening procedures for New York's 'Statue of Liberty' visitors have been put off after police objected, officials have said. ANI

Belgium breaks Iran's record of 249 days without a government
Belgium is now officially ahead of Iran - the European state has been functioning without a government for more than 249 days. ANI

Davis' diplomatic immunity issue shouldn't be decided by Pak courts: US
The United States has said that the diplomatic immunity issue of double murder-accused American official Raymond Davis is "certainly not a matter that should be resolved by courts in Pakistan." ANI

Pizza delivery man in Australia had sex with 14-year-old girl for 9 months
A pizza delivery man has admitted that he had a 9-month sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl in Melbourne's southern suburbs. ANI

Pope's September 2010 UK state visit cost taxpayers seven million pounds
Pope Benedict XVI's four-day state visit to the United Kingdom last September cost the taxpayer at least seven million pounds, the UK Foreign Office has disclosed. ANI

'Egyptian military accused of using divide and conquer strategy in run up to reform'
The Egyptian military, which took direct control of the country for what it insists will be a maximum of six months before restoring civilian rule, has been accused of seeking to exploit the divisions in the country. ANI

Chinese man with migraines shocked to find he had knife in his brain for 4-yrs
A Chinese man, who visited a doctor to complain about continuous migraines, was shocked when he was told that he had a 4in knife blade stuck in his brain. ANI

Kim Jong-Il's son prefers Eric Clapton gig to dad's b'day celebration!
It seems that Kim-Jong Chol, one of the sons of Kim Jong II, would rather attend an Eric Clapton concert than celebrate his father's birthday. ANI

Art Institute of Chicago has created "Be a Vishnu Avatar" lesson plan for students
Art Institute of Chicago (USA), one of the major art museums of the world, has developed a "lesson plan" for classroom activity in which students of 4-8 grades solve a global issue by taking the role of one of Hindu deity Vishnu's avatars (incarnations). ANI

Hindus decry racist jibes at British Roma singer Cher Lloyd
Hindus have come to the aid of "The X-Factor" finalist songstress Cher Lloyd in view of her racism filled bullying because of her Traveler (Gypsy) roots. ANI

Oz man fined for running nude in floodwaters in exchange for cigarette
A man, who ran nude into Brisbane floodwaters in exchange for a cigarette, has been fined 150 dollars. ANI

Obama had ordered secret report to identify potential Middle East uprisings
United States President Barack Obama had ordered his advisers in August last year to produce a secret report on the unrest in the Middle East, officials have said. ANI

Racial harassment complaints on the rise in Western Australia
Figures released by Western Australia's Equal Opportunity Commissioner show that racial harassment complaints have increased considerably in the state. ANI

51 percent of 2012 Republican primary voters believe Obama born outside US: Poll
Fifty-one percent of Americans who say that they will vote in next year's Republican primary do not believe that US President Barack Obama was born in the US, according to a new poll. ANI

Mexican brewery produces first gay beer
A small Mexican brewery has unveiled what it claims is the world's first beer aimed at the homosexual community. ANI

Americans respond faster to those with high social status: Study
Past research has shown that people respond faster to their own faces than to the faces of others, suggesting we have a different and privileged system for processing ourselves versus others. ANI

Singaporean women prefer to marry wealthy men
A new survey has found that women from Singapore prefer to marry rich men. ANI

Pak film lauds 'death for blasphemy' in name of Islam reminiscent of Taseer's murder
An upcoming Pakistani movie lauds extra-judicial killings in the name of Islam, in a grim reminder of last month's killing of liberal Punjab Governor Salman Taseer by one of his own bodyguards because of his support for the release of Pakistani-Christian woman Asia Bibi, who has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges. ANI

Osama and Zawahiri to be kept at Guantanamo if captured: CIA
Central Intelligence Agency director Leon Panetta has said that dreaded al Qaeda leaders like Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri will be kept at Guantanamo Bay if they are captured, despite President Barack Obama's vow to close the military-run prison. ANI

Iranian leaders split over developing nuclear weapons: US intelligence report
Fear of international sanctions may be behind growing discord among Iranian leaders as they are engaged in heated debate over whether to move further toward developing nuclear weapons, according to a new classified US intelligence assessment. ANI

Moving in with your lover can make you richer by 500 pounds in UK
In order to promote stable families in UK a scheme has been proposed through the benefits system by which couples will be paid 500 pounds per year for staying together. ANI

Pak Govt has decided to grant Davis diplomatic immunity to end row with US: Official
The Pakistan Government has decided to grant diplomatic immunity to double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis, a high-ranking government official has said. ANI

Powell questions why CIA never told him of unreliability of Iraq defector's WMD claims
Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain why they failed to alert him to the unreliability of a key source behind claims of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's bio-weapons capability. ANI

Married 7/7 bomber begged to "bed" girlfriend night before attacks
Nicki Pike, the ex girlfriend of 7/7 London tube bombing accused Jermaine Lindsay, has claimed he asked her to stay with him the night before he planted the bomb on the Piccadilly line between King's Cross and Russell Square, killing 26 people. ANI

Porn stars to take part in Cambridge University Union debate
Three p*rn stars will be the guest speakers in an X-rated debate at the Cambridge University. ANI

New Zealander denies having illicit sex with two women in Dubai
A New Zealander has dismissed the accusation of having consensual sex with his current girlfriend, a British woman, and his ex-girlfriend, a Brazilian woman. ANI

Brit sisters busted for buying £8K boob jobs with stolen credit cards
Two sisters in Britain are facing jail for using stolen credit cards to pay for their breast enlargement surgeries, which amounted to 8,090 pounds. ANI

Musharraf smoked cigars and had coffee with Zardari even after Benazir's assassination
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that he had meetings with Asif Ali Zardari even after former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination. ANI

Arabs think Wikileaks made world a better place
More than 60 percent of Arabs support wikileaks and believe it may change the way governments behave, according to the Doha Debate poll. ANI

Malaysian government and MIC's new campaign to help 'stateless Indians'
The Malaysian Indian congress along with the Malaysian government are finally addressing the longstanding issues bedevilling local Indians - the lack of official documents. ANI

AIDS ranked as top killer disease in China for third year in a row
AIDS has been ranked as the deadliest infectious disease in China for the third year in a row, claiming 7743 lives in 2010. ANI

UK's supergran to auction off handbag she battered robbers with on eBay
The British supergran, who battered robbers with her handbag as they tried to break into a jewellery store, has revealed on a US TV show that the famous bag will be a auctioned off on eBay. ANI

EU's Afghan police mission 'failing' in building up civilian policing capability: Report
A United Kingdom parliamentary committee has said that the European Union (EU)'s police mission to Afghanistan is "failing" and the timetable for withdrawing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led troops in the country is at risk. ANI

Brit boss has to sell home to pay off employee he forced to wear 'thief' sign
The head of a flooring business in Britain, who shamed an employee by forcing him to wear a "thief" sign, has revealed that he now has to sell his home to pay compensation to the latter. ANI

"Jihadist nuclear-armed Pak worst nightmare for India, US, world": Riedel
A jihadist takeover in Pakistan- which is a "real possibility today"- would have devastating consequences not only for the country but the entire world, and particularly for India, says Bruce Riedel in his new book. ANI

Putin furious over customs officers' corruption joke on YouTube
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has slammed a group of customs officers over a video clip they posted on YouTube celebrating the lavish lifestyle they say comes with their government jobs. ANI

Wills-Kate choose the same photog for big day as Charles and Camilla
Prince William and Kate Middleton have chosen Prince Charles and Camilla's favourite society photographer Hugo Burnand to take the official pictures of their big day, it has emerged. ANI

PML-N firm that Davis case 'must be dealt in accordance with law of the land'
Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif has said that his party's stance on the case of double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis is very clear- that the country's independent judiciary will decide his fate. ANI

Call to ban 'cancer-causing' caramel colouring used in Coke, Pepsi
An influential health lobby group has urged the US government to ban an artificial brown colouring agent used in Coca-Cola and Pepsi, warning that the ingredients could cause cancer. ANI

US concerned for Aung San Suu Kyi's safety after state media's "tragic end" threat
The Obama administration is concerned about the safety of Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi after what it called a "veiled threat" against her in a state-run newspaper article. ANI

Abramovich symbolizes 'rich debauchery' which has plagued Russia, says Gorbachev
Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev has launched a scathing attack on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, saying that he is a symbol of Russia's 'rich debauchery'. ANI

24 more Indian fishermen arrested in Sri Lanka
Twenty four more Indian fishermen have been arrested by the Sri Lankan Police, taking the total number of arrested Indian fishermen to 136 in the past two days. ANI

Davis case adjourned till March 14 after Pak FM seeks more time to reply on his status
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry has sought more time from the Lahore High Court to file its reply on the immunity status of double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis. ANI

'Friends of Grameen Bank' defend Nobel laureate Yunus from aggressive govt attacks
A group of charities led by former Irish President Mary Robinson has come to the defence of Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus after the Bangladeshi government asked the Grameen Bank chief to retire as he has reached the normal retirement age for executives at private banks. ANI

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown was sexually abused at 10
Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has revealed that he was repeatedly sexually abused at age 10 by a male camp counselor. ANI

Pic of Heinrich Himmler moments after suicide to go under the hammer
A previously unseen photograph of Heinrich Himmler, taken minutes after he committed suicide, is all set to go under the hammer next month. ANI

BA worker plotted 'to blow up jet' in 'John Le Carre moment' at Heathrow
Rajib Karim, 30, charged with terror offences held a secret meeting with an extremist at Heathrow airport in a 'John Le Carre moment' to plot blowing up a jet, a court in London has heard. ANI

Obama calls CBS correspondent Lara Logan after sexual assault
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called CBS News correspondent Lara Logan, who was sexually assaulted in Cairo last week while covering Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation, to express his concern for her condition. ANI

I sent a grand total of 2 e-mails as president, says Bill Clinton
Former US President Bill Clinton has revealed that he sent just two e-mail messages during his time in the White House. ANI

UK teacher banned for 2-yrs for spraying Asian pupils with air freshener
A nursery teacher in Britain, who sprayed Asian pupils with air freshener for smelling of curry, has been banned from teaching for a minimum of two-years. ANI

Teenage belly dancer 'claims Berlusconi knew her real age'
A teenage belly dancer involved in the Silvio Berlusconi sex scandal apparently told prosecutors that the Italian Prime Minister knew she was a minor. ANI

I'm not worried at all: Berlusconi laughs off looming prostitution trial
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has laughed off the looming prostitution trial he is about to face, saying that he is not worried at all. ANI

Eminent writers, public figures launch "Don't silence BBC Hindi radio" appeal
Well known writers and public figures like Arundhati Roy, Sir Mark Tully, Ram Guha and Vikram Seth, have appealed to the British government to reconsider the funding cuts, which will end BBC Hindi broadcasts. ANI

I was more afraid of being raped than shot, says female war correspondent
A day after it was emerged that CBS correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted while covering the Egyptian protests, another female war correspondent has exposed life on the front line. ANI

CBS correspondent Lara Logan 'vows to return to work within weeks'
Despite being sexually assaulted in Egypt, former GMTV reporter Lara Logan - now at CBS News - has vowed to return to work 'within weeks'. ANI

Afghans fear creation of anti-Taliban militias could revive dreaded warlords
Afghans fear that the dramatic build up of a controversial anti-Taliban militia could revive the country's detested warlords. ANI

Fertiliser tycoon Oswal's luxury cars up for grabs in Perth auction following asset freeze
Indian billionaire Pankaj Oswal, who runs Burrup Fertilisers Pty Ltd (BFPL) in Pilbara, has said that he will fight the Commonwealth Bank's attempts to freeze his Australian assets, accusing the bank of seizing his Gulfstream private jet over a "technicality". ANI

Cornered Zardari asks US to respect Pak judiciary in Davis issue standoff
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has asked the United States to respect his country's judiciary, which has put US official Raymond Davis on trial for shooting dead two Pakistani men in Lahore last month. ANI

Belly dancer cashes in on Berlusconi scandal by appearing semi-clothed in TV ad
The teenage belly dancer who is believed to have slept with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has cashed in on the scandal by appearing in an Italian TV advert. ANI

Brazilian woman with 'world's largest b**bs' in coma after 'suicide attempt'
A Brazilian woman, who claimed to have the world's largest fake br**ts, is reportedly in coma after a suicide attempt. ANI

Gilani hints at pardon by victims' family to murder-accused US official as solution
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has hinted at a pardon by the victims' family to double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis. ANI

Pak Govt "caught between devil and deep sea" on Davis' detention issue: Gilani
The Pakistan Government is "just caught between the devil and the deep sea" on double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis' detention issue, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has candidly admitted. ANI

Tehmina Janjua replaces Basit as Pak Foreign Office spokesperson
Following the ouster of Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi just a few days back, now the Foreign Office spokesperson has also been replaced. ANI

Pak Foreign Ministry denies 'reported statement' on Davis' diplomatic immunity
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry has denied any reported statements regarding the diplomatic immunity issue of double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis, dismissing them as 'rumours'. ANI

ZTE Exclusively Demonstrates LTE-A CoMP-based Services at Mobile World Congress 2011
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063 Business Wire India

SES WORLD SKIES Commissions SES-8 for Asian DTH Operations
In order to respond to the strong demand for additional DTH capacity in Asia, SES WORLD SKIES, a division of SES S.A. (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG), today announced that it has commissioned the SES-8 spacecraft from Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) for a launch in the first quarter of 2013. Business Wire India

Lenovo Reports Third Quarter 2010/2011 Results
Lenovo Group today reported results for its third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2010, and for the fifth quarter in a row, the Company grew faster than any of the top five PC manufacturers, resulting from Lenovo’s continued focus on balanced growth across all geographies, customer segments and product lines Business Wire India

Partners ZTE and KPN Mobile International Announce LTE Trials
ZTE and KPN today announced a joint development programme focussed on the application of LTE technology in Germany and Belgium. KPN Mobile International and ZTE have scheduled a field trial program for 2011 to investigate the capabilities of ZTE’s commercial equipment Business Wire India

The E-Plus Group, China Mobile and ZTE Collaborate for TD-LTE Field Trial in Germany
The E-Plus Group will launch a TD-LTE field trial in Germany in Q1 2011. The trial is based on 2.6 GHz spectrum that E-Plus acquired in the German spectrum auction. China Mobile, with its leading position and rich experience in the operation and maintenance of TDD networks, will provide technical support to this trial Business Wire India

The Gores Group Closes $2 Billion Private Equity Fund
The Gores Group, a leading Los Angeles based private equity investment firm, has announced the closing of its third private equity fund, Gores Capital Partners III, L.P. (“GCP III”), with capital commitments of $2 billion Business Wire India

Ahmed Butti Delivers a Speech in the 18th Asian Seminar in Tokyo
Business Wire India

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