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Every citizen of Pakistan owes over Rs.57,000 in debt: Report
Every man, woman and child in Pakistan owes over Rs.57,000 to foreign and domestic lenders, according to the country's Debt Policy Statement. ANI

Pak wants closer ties with ASEAN, Asia-Pacific Region: Zardari
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that his country wants closer ties with the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and the Asia Pacific Region. ANI

Pakistan has become 'factory of issuing fatwas': PUC chief
Pakistan has become a factory of issuing fatwas (religious edicts), Pakistan Ulema Counsel (PUC) Chairman Allama Tahir Ashrafi has said. ANI

Zimbabwe rejects China's $10bn economy's aid can prop up Mugabe regime
Zimbabwe has rejected concerns that China's move to help the country's ailing economy with a10 billion dollar package can prop up the Robert Mugabe regime.he Zimbabwean government has instead said that Beijing's investment in mining and agriculture could lift up its already crumbling economy. ANI

Diplomats can be tried for 'grave' criminal acts despite immunity, say Pak experts
Although staff members of foreign embassies enjoy several privileges and immunity in host countries, they can be tried and convicted under the Vienna Convention in a grave criminal case, according to legal experts. ANI

Pak embassy in Cairo to wait a bit 'before going for the last straw' to evacuate citizens
Pakistan's Ambassador to Egypt, Seema Naqvi, has said that they would wait for another two to three days before evacuating the Pakistan nationals living in the crisis-hit country. ANI

Kiwis 'fritter away more than $16m on impulse buys every day'
A new survey has revealed that New Zealanders waste more than 16 million dollars on impulse purchases every day. ANI

Quebec man on 11-yr walk around the world arrives in Vancouver
The Canadian man, who started off on his walk around the world to raise awareness about children facing violence and conflict, has arrived in Vancouver. ANI

India, China facing overheated threats of unemployment-financial crisis: IMF Chief
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that global imbalances that caused the recent financial crisis and unemployment can recur, and added that developing countries like India and China are already facing a threat of overheating. ANI

Nancy Reagan was "de facto chief of staff" throughout Ronald's stint at White House
A new PBS documentary about former First Lady of the United States Nancy Reagan is set to highlight that she was something of a 'Rove-esque' figure throughout her husband and President Ronald Reagan's political career. ANI

'US should do more to support anti-Islamist forces along Pak's Arabian Sea coast'
As the Islamist nightmare envelops Pakistan, the United States should do more to support anti-Islamist forces along Pakistan's southern Arabian Sea coast, director of the Asia Program at the Center for International Policy, Selig S. Harrison, has said. ANI

Abu Dhabi to review apartment safety after Indian girl falls to her death
The Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) in Abu Dhabi has said that it will be reviewing apartment safety steps, after a 13-year-old Indian girl fell to her death from the window of her apartment. ANI

Maliki controlled security forces abusing detainees at secret sites: HR Watch
Security forces under the control of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki are reportedly running secret detention sites in Baghdad where prisoners are being abused, the Human Rights Watch has claimed. ANI

British Airways employee conspired with al-Awlaki to blow up US bound flight
An Islamic extremist, who landed a job as a British Airways computer expert, conspired with American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to blow up a plane bound for the US, a court has heard. ANI

Meet the Brit boy who stalked Queen Victoria, stole her bloomers
A British boy has been revealed to have been the first celebrity stalker after he repeatedly broke into Buckingham Palace and stole Queen Victoria's bloomers. ANI

Baloch rebel chief Brahmdagh Bugti seeks political asylum in Switzerland
Brahmdagh Bugti, chief of an outlawed Baloch rebel group, is seeking political asylum in Switzerland, the party's spokesperson has said. ANI

London mayor's sister gives details of her Brazilian bikini wax
Mayor of London Boris Johnson's sister has revealed how she came to get a Brazilian bikini wax done after her teenage daughter told her she had got one. ANI

Yves Saint Laurent perfume 'drug simulation' advert banned
An advertisement for Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) perfume has been banned in UK for appearing to show a woman simulating drug use. ANI

PML-N accuses Pak Govt of playing 'double role' in murder-accused US diplomat's case
The Pakistan Government is playing a double role in the case of murder-accused US diplomat Raymond Davis, a Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) politician has said. ANI

Unusual requests of plane passengers revealed by cabin crew
A list of the unusual requests plane passengers make has been revealed by a cabin crew and it includes the most asked question - "Please can you open the window?" ANI

Ex-US President Carter sued for five million dollars over falsehoods in 'Palestine' book
Former United States President Jimmy Carter is facing a five million dollar-plus lawsuit over his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid", which was published by 'Simon and Schuster' in November 2006. ANI

Pak court defers Salman Taseer assassin's indictment till February 4
An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan has postponed the indictment of Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of late Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, till February 4. ANI

Chinese use honey traps to spy on French companies
Leaked French intelligence reports have revealed that Chinese spies are using honey traps to extort information in their industrial espionage operations. ANI

Afghan Taliban commanders willing for peace talks if given safety guarantees
Taliban commanders in Afghanistan have said that they are willing to explore peace talks with the Hamid Karzai-led government, if they can have more solid guarantees about their own future and safety. ANI

Procedural lapses behind Wikileaks Army private breaching classified military network
The Army private accused of leaking secret US diplomatic cables to Wikileaks had been sent to Iraq by his immediate commanders against the advice of his mental health specialist, a military official familiar with a new Army investigation has said. ANI

Afghan Taliban "not on the ropes yet": NATO chief
Lieutenant General David Rodriguez, head of the NATO Joint Command and Deputy Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, has warned that the Taliban is far from being defeated and would soon change its strategy to carry out political assassinations. ANI

2,421 civilians killed in Afghanistan in 2010, mostly by insurgents: Report
The number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan since the United States-led invasion began in 2001 hit record levels last year, according to a new report. ANI

Al-Qaeda actively planning to make 'dirty bomb'
After getting close to producing workable and efficient "biological and chemical weapons", Al-Qaeda is actively trying to get nuclear material and recruiting rogue scientists from Pakistan to build a "dirty" bomb, according to leaked diplomatic documents. ANI

WikiLeaks: Terrorist plan to use teddy bear bombs to blow up planes revealed
Diplomatic cables leaked by the whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks have revealed terrorist plans to use children's toys such as teddy bears to get bombs onto planes. ANI

Gordon Brown 'ordered' Zardari to "take Osama bin Laden out": WikiLeaks
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown had ordered Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to have al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden killed, a diplomatic cable unveiled by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Wills-Kate 'to snub celebs expecting Royal wedding invite'
Kate Middleton and Prince William are not planning to invite some celebrities who were expecting to attend the Royal wedding. ANI

Kuwait parliamentary committee rejects ban on bikinis
A parliamentary committee in Kuwait has rejected a motion that aimed to ban bikinis, saying it was unconstitutional. ANI

Pak shifting troops from Afghan to Indian border will be "very damaging" to US interests
US Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asian Affairs Robert Blake has appreciated Pakistan for deploying approximately 140,000 troops from its Indian border to the Afghan border, and said re-deployment of Pakistani troops back to the eastern border would be "very damaging" to American interests. ANI

FBI looking out for 'previously unknown' 9/11 terror attacks suspects: 'Wikileaks'
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has started hunting for a previously unknown team of men suspected to be part of the 9/11 terror attacks, according to new revelations by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks'. ANI

UK Immigration Minister vows to provide more jobs to British graduates
The UK Immigration Minister Damian Green has pledged that British graduates would be given more jobs after it emerged that the arrival of thousands of non-European Union (EU) graduates every year has deprived Britons from finding jobs in their own country. ANI

KFC ad in China has Obama look-alike promoting new fish sandwich
An advert for KFC in China has featured a President Barack Obama look-alike to promote its Soft Roll Fish Fillet sandwich. ANI

Nine killed, several injured in car-bomb explosion in Peshawar
At least nine people were killed and over a dozen others injured after an explosive-laden car went off in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday. ANI

China's largest insurers guilty of three billion yuan fraud
China's national auditor has revealed that two of the country's largest insurers committed financial misconduct involving over three billion yuan in 2009. ANI

North, South Korea to hold working-level military talks on February 8
North and South Korea will reportedly hold working-level military talks on February 8. ANI

UK convicts Muslim minister of rape, sexual acts
A British Muslim minister has been convicted for raping a 12-year-old boy, and sexually abusing another at a mosque in Stoke-on-Trent. ANI

UK faces serious 'online juhadist attacks' : Security Minister
British security minister Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones has warned that the UK national infrastructure faces serious cyber threats from terrorists. ANI

Gillard rejects Assange's legal help plea over Wikileaks disclosure of US cables
A day after Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sought the Australian government's help over the ongoing secret US diplomatic cables leak fiasco, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said she would not intervene in the journalist's legal obligations. ANI

Obama calls for immediate 'orderly transition' in Egypt
United States President Barack Obama has said an orderly political transition in Egypt "must begin now", and lead to free and fair elections. ANI

Pennsylvania's "Jihad Jane" admits to terror plot
A US woman, nicknamed "Jihad Jane", has pleaded guilty in Pennsylvania to conspiring to support terrorists and to kill a person in a foreign country. ANI

Winning Afghan war "still doable without" Pak's help in N.Waziristan: US commander
The coalition forces can still win the ongoing war in Afghanistan even if Pakistan does not launch a military operation against terror sanctuaries in North Waziristan, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command (IJC) has said. ANI

Pakistan calls its nuke arms expansion claim "unnecessary alarmist reporting"
Pakistan has dismissed as "unnecessary alarmist reporting" that it has steadily expanded its nuclear arsenal, and the number of its deployed weapons now ranges from the mid-90s to over 110. ANI

Kate Middleton's parents to 'cash in on her wedding to Prince William'
It has emerged that Kate Middleton's family are cashing in on her wedding to Prince William by releasing street party paraphernalia to coincide with the date. ANI

65pc of Americans 'not interested' in Wills-Kate wedding
A new poll has revealed that 65 per cent of Americans have no interest in the royal wedding of Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton. ANI

Vladimir Putin praises female students who posed for 'erotic' calendar
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is all praise for twelve female students who posed for an "erotic" calendar to honour his 58th birthday. ANI

Ottawa fears 'extremists' will rise from Egypt's protest movement
The Stephen Harper government in Canada has expressed concern about ongoing developments in Egypt, and about what might come next, and whether it will lead to democratic reform or extremism. ANI

Cyclone Yasi worse than any in Queensland's recent history: Premier Bligh
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has described Cyclone Yasi as the most devastating storm to ever hit the state. ANI

PETA's new Veggie Love ad for Super Bowl deemed too raunchy for TV
An advert by PETA showing scantily clad models in raunchy poses with vegetables has been deemed too risque to be aired on television during the Super Bowl. ANI

Indian man jailed for five years for killing toddler Gurshan in Melbourne
A 25-year-old Indian man has been jailed for a maximum of five years for killing three-year-old toddler Gurshan Singh Channa, whose body was found near Melbourne Airport in last March. ANI

New Zealand PM John Key stands by 'hot' Liz Hurley comment
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who has been criticized for calling British actress and model Liz Hurley 'hot', has brushed off claims that he's a sexist. ANI

Italian women to come together for 'knicker-throwing' Berlusconi protest
As if his sexcapades aren't enough to embarrass him, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is about to face more - a group of women plan to throw pairs of knickers at his mansion in protest of his involvement in an alleged prostitution ring. ANI

Now get an iPad free with a job interview, even if you don't make it!
In order to get graduates to apply for jobs, a firm in Britain is giving away free iPads to all those who secure an interview, whether they get a final call back or not. ANI

Bacardi Limited Contributes $100,000 to Disaster Relief Efforts in Australia and Brazil
In response to the devastating floods impacting Australia and Brazil, Bacardi Limited, the world’s largest privately held spirits company, has donated $100,000 for immediate relief to aid victims in these countries. Business Wire India

GoldMoney Forges Strategic Partnership with Fidor Bank
GoldMoney, one of the world’s largest providers of physical bullion for retail and institutional investors, has entered into its first strategic partnership with a financial institution Business Wire India

AIS and Gemalto Bring Instant Messaging to All Mobile Subscribers in Thailand
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Holtec International Subsidiary SMR, LLC Launches the Detailed Design of the Holtec Inherently Safe Modular Underground Reactor (HI-SMUR)
Holtec International is pleased to announce that the proof-of-principle studies on Holtec's 140 MWe (Min.) modular reactor that began a year ago have been successfully completed. The new reactor is named HI-SMUR 140, derived from Holtec Inherently Safe Modular Underground Reactor Business Wire India

Time Warner Cable to Acquire NaviSite, Inc.
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and NaviSite, Inc. (NASDAQ: NAVI) today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Time Warner Cable will acquire NaviSite, a premier provider of enterprise-class hosting, managed application, messaging and cloud services, for $5 Business Wire India

De Montfort University: Ancient Practice of Clay Eating Putting Pregnant Women at Risk
Pregnant women eating baked clay could be exposing themselves and their unborn child to toxic chemicals, according to research by De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester, UK. Business Wire India

Odyssey Logistics & Technology Continues Double-digit Growth
Continuing its rapid global expansion, Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corp. (OL&T), a leading global logistics and transportation service provider, announced today that revenues grew 28 percent in 2010 beating 18 percent revenue growth in 2009. The company bolstered its Asian operations by opening additional offices in China and Japan Business Wire India

2010 A Significant Success at Varicent
Varicent Software, an innovator and global leader in providing incentive compensation management and sales performance management (SPM) solutions launches into 2011 on the heels of a record year Business Wire India

DesignArt Networks Releases LTE Advanced Baseband SoC
DesignArt Networks takes the wrapper of its ground-breaking 40nm 4G SoC platform family with the launch of five distinct SoC solutions. The DAN3800 Baseband SoC is the 4G performance flagship, targeting next-generation distributed macro base station equipment Business Wire India

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