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Stressed mid-level Taliban reluctant to taking orders from Pak-based leaders
Mid-level Taliban commanders have reportedly expressed a reluctance to return to the battle field, suggesting that there is a fissure developing in the insurgent outfit's rank and file. ANI

Qaddafi's grip slipping in Libya, opposition takes control of security in some pockets
Libya appeared to slip further from the grip of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi on Tuesday, as opposition forces in eastern Libya moved to consolidate control of the region, arming themselves with weapons taken from security warehouses, and fighting continued in Tripoli, witnesses said. ANI

Junior angler aged 9 lands record-breaking catch in Oz
A budding angler in Australia has landed a record-breaking catch that was bigger than him. ANI

Brit kids as young as 5 'being rushed to hospital after binge drinking'
Experts have blamed parents after a recent survey revealed that Brit children aged just five are being treated in hospital for drinking dangerous levels of alcohol. ANI

Brits to be asked if they are happily married in survey of nation's well-being
The first official attempt to measure the "well-being" of Britons will see almost half a million people being asked whether they are happy with their marriages. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner admitted in London hospital following apparent suicide attempt
The Brit-Indian millionaire charged with masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year has been admitted in a hospital in London after he took an overdose of tablets, indicating a possible suicide attempt. ANI

103-year-old UK woman puts her longevity down to her single status
A British woman, who is 103 years old, says that secret behind her longevity is her single status. ANI

Laptops banned at British military academy over porn
Personal laptops have been barred at the military academy where Princes William and Harry trained after one worker was caught viewing his girlfriend's home-made p*rn website while at work. ANI

Queen's photos found in attic show off-duty life of the Royals
A number of never-before-seen candid photographs of the British Royal family that had been stashed away in an attic have been released. ANI

Not "a single piece of evidence" found against Gilani's son in Haj scam
Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) Director General Waseem Ahmed has claimed that his department has not found "a single piece of evidence" against Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's son, Abdul Qadir Gilani, in the Haj scam, adding that he is only being investigated about his luxury bullet-proof jeep. ANI

Zardari wants India-like peaceful nuke cooperation from Japan
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari said that Japan should extend similar kind of cooperation to his country on peaceful uses of nuclear energy like that of India. ANI

Prince Andrew takes a stroll with billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein
Prince Andrew and child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein were seen strolling through Central Park in December, just a short time after the billionaire moved back to his 50-million-dollar Upper East Side town house from his Palm Beach, Fla., mansion. ANI

From citing God as reference to rhyming CVs - what people do to get jobs!
It's true that one should try to stand out to garner more attention but some people cross the line when it comes to creating their resumes. ANI

Plumber rescues US woman's $10k diamond ring from sewer line
A plumber rescued a 10,000-dollar wedding ring from the sewer line after a Pennsylvania woman accidentally flushed it down the toilet. ANI

Davis' trial to be held at Lahore's Kot Lakhpat prison
A Lahore court has ruled that trial of Raymond Davis, who was arrested on January 27 after shooting dead two Pakistani motorcyclists, will be held inside the jail premises. ANI

Rights groups concerned over Afghan Govt. move to take control of women shelters
Human Rights groups worry that Afghan government-run shelters will be disastrous for women and girls fleeing abuse. ANI

Beer is no longer thirst quencher of Aussies
The sale of beer in Australia has gone down dramatically in the past 12 months, and the wet weather, metrosexual men, changing tastes and rising living costs are being blamed for it. ANI

Davis was providing security for a CIA team-tracking militants: Report
US national Raymond Davis, who has been accused of murdering two Pakistani citizens, was assigned to protect a CIA team tracking militants in Pakistan, according to a British newspaper. ANI

Nawaz terms PML-Q supporters of dictators, rules out alliance
Terming an alliance with the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) a curse, the PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has said that his party would not shake hands with the supporters of dictators. ANI

Pakistani kidnapping syndicate busted in Malaysia
The Malaysian Police have busted a syndicate of Pakistani men who kidnapped rich compatriots here and demanded huge ransoms from their families back home. ANI

Pak Interior Minister says Davis came on diplomatic passport
Brushing aside accusations that the Pakistan Government had changed Raymond Davis' passport into diplomatic one, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the passport of Davis is in the custody of the Punjab Government. ANI

Libyan regime collapse could create 'tidal wave' of refugees to EU
European Union ministers have warned that their shores could be hit by a tidal wave of refuges should the Colonel Gaddafi-led regime in Libya collapse. ANI

US appoints legal counsel for Davis
US Embassy acting spokesperson to Pakistan, Courtney Beale, has said his country has appointed a legal counsel for Raymond Davis, but denied to disclose his name. ANI

Today's young male 'continues to act like 'man-child' well into adulthood'
A new book has claimed that many men in their 20s are stuck in 'pre-adulthood phase' due to financial and sexual hierarchies. ANI

HMAS Success engineers blamed for sexual misconduct
A report on the sexual misbehaviour aboard the Royal Australian Navy supply ship HMAS Success has blamed a small group of sailors in the engineering department. ANI

Brit woman jailed after Facebook wedding pics expose her as benefit chea
A woman in Britain, who claimed to be a single mom, has been jailed after wedding pictures she posted on Facebook exposed her as a benefit-cheat. ANI

Lollywood against Pak artistes visiting India for fame and money
Pakistan's film industry has advised their performers to stop frequent visits to India, and avoid acting in Indian films and participating in television shows, after severe threats from Shiv Sena to Bollywood against giving assignments to Pakistani artists. ANI

Pak movie stars to play cricket in US to strengthen country's image
In order to strengthen the positive image of the country, a Pakistani showbiz stars' cricket team will play Twenty-20 matches in the United States. ANI

Investigation demanded against Australian over war Sri Lankan war crimes
Two international Tamil organisations have lodged a complaint in the International Criminal Court against Palitha Kohona, an Australian citizen and senior Sri Lankan diplomat, accusing him of being involved in the murder of three surrendering Tamil Tigers. ANI

Ex Miss Venezuela's book on her breast cancer battle breaks taboos
Former Miss Venezuela Eva Ekvall's book on her battle with breast cancer has encouraged other women to seek breast examinations. ANI

JuD comes out in open, pressurizing victims' family in Raymond Davis case
The front organization of the hardcore banned terror group Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JuD), is organizing countrywide strikes and pressurizing families of the two people allegedly murdered by American Raymond Davis not to strike any deals that would allow for Davis' release. ANI

One migrant a minute landed in the UK under Labour regime
Research has shown that when immigration was at its peak before 2009, one immigrant legally moved to the UK every minute. ANI

US woman, 95, sets new 60m-sprint record after training in her hallway
A woman in the US has set a new 60m-sprint record at the age of 95. ANI

Muslim men slashed UK teacher's face for 'teaching other religions to our sisters': Court hears
Four Muslim men had brutally attacked a school teacher, slashing his face and leaving him with a fractured skull, in London for giving lessons to Muslim girls about other religions, a court here has heard. ANI

Pak, US differ on applicability of international laws in Davis case
Pakistan has made it clear that the case of Raymond Davis, an American national who murdered two Pakistani citizens in Lahore, will be decided by the judiciary and applicability of international and national laws will be taken into account. ANI

Cameron branded a disgrace for taking arms dealers on Egypt visit
British Prime Minister David Cameron was last night branded a 'disgrace' after it emerged that he has taken eight defence firms with him on a four-day visit to the Middle East. ANI

Guide on how to shoplift by Brit university newspaper angers retailers
A guide on the "art of shoplifting" produced by a university newspaper in Britain has angered retailers who feel it could cost them financially. ANI

Proposed bill may allow students to carry guns in Texas universities
Texas lawmakers are considering passing a bill allowing students and academicians in the universities to carry guns on campus, in an attempt to ensure their safety following last month's Arizona shootings. ANI

Protein that fuels inflammation in pancreatic and breast tumors identified
Scientists have identified a protein that drives tumor-promoting inflammation in pancreatic and breast tumors. ANI

MI5 missed opportunity to identify 7/7-terror ringleader over poorly edited picture
British Intelligence outfit MI5 missed an opportunity to identify the ringleader of the July 7 bombers as terrorists because a surveilance photograph of him that could have been shown to an overseas al-Qaeda supergrass was poorly edited, the inquest into the 2005 attacks on London's transport system has heard. ANI

UK Commonwealth Director sacked over racist bullying allegations
Mark Collins, the Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, has been sacked from his post over claims that he oversaw an environment of racist bullying at the organisation. ANI

Pakistan all set to overtake Britain as world's fifth largest nuke power
Pakistan is all set to overtake Britain as the world's fifth largest nuclear power as it has increased its nuclear weapons stockpile by nearly 40 percent in last two years, having more than 100 deployed weapons. ANI

US man reunited with lost wallet 40 yrs after thief hid it behind wall
A US man, whose leather wallet was stolen at his office, has amazingly been reunited with it 40 years later. ANI

Christchurch quake toll rises to 65
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said that so far, 65 people have died as a result of the 6.3 Richter Scale earthquake in Christchurch. ANI

Father of micro finance Mohommad Yunus asked to quit Grameen Bank
Nobel peace laureate and micro credit pioneer Muhammad Yunus is facing calls to quit as Grameen Bank Managing Director. ANI

Reagan's adopted son trashes filmmaker's documentary, says 'Gipper's' legacy has been hijacked
Michael Reagan, the adopted son of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, has accused a television filmmaker of hijacking the Reagan legacy through a documentary titled "Reagan". ANI

Michelle Obama branded a 'hypocrite' for 'eating ribs on ski vacation'
US First Lady Michelle Obama has been slammed after she was reportedly spotted in Colorado snacking on some calorie laden short ribs. ANI

Pak nuke build-up has US anxious and worried: NYT editorial
Pakistan may claim that it would like to have minimum nuclear deterrence, but if American intelligence agency assessments are to be believed, Islamabad could soon have the world's fifth largest nuclear arsenal, and this development has Washington quite concerned and anxious. ANI

Hindus upset with goddess Lakshmi image on a Potion promoted as boosting sex
Hindus are upset with image of goddess Lakshmi being used on the bottle of 'Potion 9' 'mood enhancement shots', which some of the sellers are claiming to boost sex drive. ANI

Pak fully aware of held American's CIA antecedents
Even before Pakistani authorities arrested Raymond A. Davis, a retired Special Forces soldier, his affiliation with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was known to authorities in Islamabad. ANI

Members of Libya's mission to UN ask genocidal war criminal Qaddafi to step down soon
Members of Libya's mission to the United Nations have slammed Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi and his regime for carrying out a "genocide" against the citizens of the country, and even went to the extent of calling for his resignation "as soon as possible." ANI

Many dead, scores missing following 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch
A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck the city of Christchurch in New Zealand for the second time in less than six months, killing a number of people, while scores of others are still trapped in buildings. ANI

Meet the world's 'loudest' cat whose purr is as noisy as a Boeing 737!
A feline's purr is usually a soothing, content sound - but not in the case of Smokey - the cat whose purr sounds as noisy as a Boeing 737. ANI

Jacqui Smith admits her hubby liked watching porn
Former UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has admitted that her husband liked watching p*rn. ANI

Indian head teacher sues UK school after 'bloody Indian', 'Paki lover' slurs
An Indian head teacher has sued her primary school in Reading, Berkshire, after parents who had "deeply held racist attitudes" had made her life miserable. ANI

Cartoon satire of 'development' launched in India
Survival International has launched in India a cartoon book satirizing the destruction of tribal peoples in the name of 'development'. ANI

Eltek Valere Receives Indus Towers Partner Award for Outstanding Achievement in Technology & Innovation
Eltek Valere, the world leader in high efficiency power systems, today announced that it has received the prestigious Indus Towers award for Outstanding Achievement in Technology and Innovation Excellence for 2010-2011 Business Wire India

GE and Transnet Celebrate Introduction of First AC Diesel-Electric Locomotives to South Africa
During a trackside ceremony yesterday outside Pretoria GE South African Technologies (GESAT), GE Transportation’s entity in South Africa, and Transnet Limited celebrated the introduction of the first two of 100 new GE locomotives for South Africa. Business Wire India

Seattle Children's Hospital Deploys Gemalto Strong Authentication Solutions to Protect Network Data
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CARTES in Asia : How Smart and Contactless Technologies Are Changing Everyone's Lives
Imagine a world where there are no fake goods, no one needs to carry a wallet or where cars make meals. In just a few years, smart and contactless technologies such as NFC, RFID and the ‘Internet of Things’ could make this possible. Business Wire India

Diversey Holdings and Diversey Announce Chairman S. Curtis Johnson will take Leave of Absence; Helen Johnson-Leipold named Chairman
Diversey Holdings, Inc. and Diversey, Inc. has announced their boards of directors have named Helen Johnson-Leipold as Chairman, following the notice from Chairman S. Curtis Johnson that he was resigning from the boards of directors of both companies and taking a leave of absence as chairman. Business Wire India

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