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US, Pak military officials met secretly in Oman to resolve diplomatic crisis
American and Pakistani military officials reportedly held a secret day-long meeting in Oman earlier this week in an attempt to resolve their bilateral diplomatic crisis arising out of the arrest of Raymond Davis, the CIA contractor, for fatally shooting two armed Pakistani men. ANI

India closely monitoring 'obviously bad situation' in Libya: Krishna
Admitting that the situation in Libya was "obviously bad", External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Friday said India is closely monitoring events in North Africa as also in some Arab countries. ANI

American jihadist sentenced to 25 yrs over 'South Park', Facebook death threats
Zachary Chesser, an American Muslim convert and college dropout, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to three charges, including threatening the lives of 'South Park' writers and participants in 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.' ANI

World's oldest Monopoly set sold for 90K pounds
The world's oldest Monopoly set has been auctioned off for 90,000 pounds. ANI

Zumba banned after Oz Education Department building shakes violently
The federal Education Department in Australia has banned Zumba, a fitness program, from its headquarters after a dance class caused the new building to shake violently. ANI

China and Islamist insurgents fear fuels Russia's 400 billion pounds rearmament
Fear of China and radical Islam on its southern borders has forced Russia to spend more than 400 billion pounds to upgrade its armed forces. espite having warm ties with Beijing in recent years, Russia is aware of China's own rise as an economic and military power. ANI

Australians among earthquake looters in Christchurch
Australians are allegedly among bogus officials who are going door-to-door in quake-struck Christchurch scouting out appliances to steal from stressed and vulnerable locals. ANI

Childbirth more nerve-racking than marriage, buying a home
A survey has found that childbirth can be more nerve-racking than first-time sex, marriage, surgery or buying a house. ANI

Parents give birth to twins - one ebony, the other ivory!
An Ohio couple has given birth to twins but this is no ordinary pair, because one baby is white, and the other is black. ANI

Chinese online activists charged with subversion over calls for Jasmine revolution
Three Chinese online activists have reportedly been charged with subversion for re-posting calls for a Jasmine revolution on the Internet. ANI

Pakistan has sacrificed more than NATO in 'war against terrorism': Gilani
Pakistan had to suffer more casualties and render more sacrifices than NATO in the 'war against terrorism', Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

Zardari convenes 'emergency meeting' of PPP Punjab ministers
Pakistan President and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari has convened an emergency meeting of Punjab ministers belonging to his party on Friday. ANI

Pak politicians oppose scrutiny of asset declarations by auditors, revenue board
Pakistan political parties have collectively opposed a proposal floated by the Election Commission to get parliamentarians' assets scrutinised by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the Auditor-General of Pakistan (AGP). ANI

Davis double-murder hearing adjourned until March 3 after he refuses to sign challan
A Pakistani court hearing in the trial of US official Raymond Davis in the double-murder case has been adjourned until March 3. ANI

Brit school bans football from being played in playground
A school in Britain has banned its pupils from bringing modern synthetic or leather footballs into the playground and told them to use balls made of sponge instead. ANI

'Sex dungeon' discovered during cottage raid in UK
Police have discovered a masochistic sex dungeon when they raided a quiet country cottage in Britain on the suspicion of being a brothel. ANI

9-year-old Oz girl saves father from drowning
A nine-year-old Australian girl has saved her father from dying in the pool. ANI

Victorian criminal records show female convicts got harsh punishments
The harsh punishments handed out to female convicts in Victorian times have been revealed through thousands of criminal records. ANI

Vogue suggests apparels for White House Correspondents' Dinner
Vogue magazine has come to the rescue of those who are unsure of what to wear to the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner by suggesting a few apparels. ANI

851 US nationals enjoy diplomatic immunity in Pakistan
The United States has 851 officials with diplomatic immunity in Pakistan, which is also the largest number of such officials among all nations with diplomatic missions in the country. ANI

School for pregnant teenagers being planned in New York
Pregnant teenagers and pupils who already have babies may soon have a school of their own if plans of a secondary school in New York especially for them go through. ANI

Kate Middleton impresses Brit crowds in first Royal test
Kate Middleton is on her way to becoming a Royal soon and you could say that she just passed her first test. ANI

University creates scholarship in Wills-Kate's honour
The University where Prince William and Kate Middleton met has created a special scholarship in their honour as a wedding present. ANI

Brit engineer returns £2m paid by mistake to him by employer
A turbine blade engineer in Britain has been lauded for his honesty after he repaid 2 million pounds that had been given to him by mistake by his employer. ANI

Pak artistes will need Culture Ministry's NOC for foreign shows following Rahat fiasco
In the backdrop of Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's detention in New Delhi for violating India's customs laws, Pakistan's Interior Ministry has announced that the country's artistes will need to take permission from the Culture Ministry before visiting any other country. ANI

US clothing firm courts controversy with ad of model baring breasts
A clothing firm in the US has courted controversy after it released an ad for its latest swimwear collection with a model exposing her br**ts. ANI

Grave of LTTE chief's mother 'desecrated' by leaving dead dogs at site
The cremation ground of late Tamil Tiger chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran's mother has been desecrated by the leaving of the dead bodies of three shot dogs at the site, relatives have claimed. ANI

UK's exams watchdog calls for end of pen, paper usage in written exams
The head of Britain's exams watchdog has called for usage of pen and paper in written exams to be brought to an end. ANI

Libyan revolutionaries used dating website to organize anti-Gaddafi protests
Libya's revolutionaries used a dating website to organize their revolt against dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, and to avoid detection by the country's secret police, former opposition leader Omar Shibliy Mahmoudi has revealed. ANI

China to fulfill duty as rotating Security Council president in fair way: Envoy
To effectively maintain international peace and security, China will perform its duty as the rotating president of the UN Security Council in March in a fair, neutral way. ANI

Wikileaks founder "gang raped" by flawed legal process: Assange's Mother
The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said that her son's ordered extradition to Sweden represents a "David and Goliath" situation, wherein Assange has been "gang raped" by a flawed legal process. ANI

John McCain ranked most conservative US senator in 2010
US Senator from Arizona John McCain, who was labeled a moderate during his presidential campaign, had one of the most conservative 2010 voting records in the Senate, according to the National Journal. ANI

Petraeus orders probe into use of 'psych ops' to manipulate US senators for Afghan war
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) chief General David Petraeus has ordered an investigation into claims that an army unit trained in psychological operations was told to manipulate American senators to get more money and troops for the Afghan war. ANI

46 Zimbabwe political activists charged with treason for watching Egypt protests video
Zimbabwe has charged dozens of political activists with treason for allegedly plotting "Egypt-style" protests against Robert Mugabe's rule. e arrest of the activists is being seen as another sign that Mugabe is attempting to tighten his grip on Zimbabwe ahead of possible elections this year. ANI

Opponents say Thai PM can lose job over British citizenship acknowledgement
The political opponents of Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejajjiva have said that he could lose his job over his acknowledgement that he also retains a British citizenship. ANI

Gaddafi's son hiding on Venezuelan island
One of the sons of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is in hiding on an island off the coast of Venezuela, a politician in the South American country has claimed. ANI

Saudi 'jihadist' arrested for trying to blow up George Bush's house, other US targets
A Saudi national has been arrested in Texas for allegedly plotting to blow up former President George W Bush's house and other targets in America in the name of 'jihad'. ANI

'Suicidal' Brit-Indian honeymooner granted bail over father's assurance to keep him "safe"
A British court has granted bail to Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire who tried to commit suicide months after being accused of murdering his wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year, after his father assured that he would do his level best to keep him "safe and prove his innocence". ANI

US warns Pak that CIA-ISI impasse may be taken over by uncontrollable political forces
The United States has warned Pakistan that once beyond a tipping point, the standoff between the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pakistani Inter-services Intelligence (ISI) would be taken over by political forces that could not be controlled. ANI

U.S. says not 'abandoning' critical Pech Valley but repositioning troops in Afghanistan
The United States military is planning a significant repositioning of its troops that would reduce the number of bases in eastern Afghanistan, which was once central to its campaign against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. ANI

'Convoluted' Davis case appears to be based on smoke and mirrors: US legal expert
The case of double-murder accused American official Raymond Davis is very convoluted, and no matter what the US government says, this is not an open-and-shut case, former State Department lawyer Ron Mlotek insists. ANI

UK set to seize Gaddafi's billions in London
Britain is expected to seize billions of pounds in assets that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and the Libyan regime have deposited in London, within a few days. ANI

New Zealand earthquake survivor trapped in 'foetal position' marries
A New Zealand woman who miraculously survived Tuesday's 6.3 magnitude earthquake after being trapped "in a foetal position" for a terrifying seven hours married her fiance in Christchurch today. ANI

Gaddafi's son seeks friend Tony Blair's "diplomatic" assistance in 'crushing their enemies'
Colonel Gaddafi's son has urged former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to utilise his "diplomatic skills" in helping his father's regime in 'crushing their enemies'. ANI

'Totally natural' human breast milk ice cream on sale in London
A shop in London is selling ice cream containing human breast milk. ANI

Gaddafi 'shot by soldier' rumour sweeps oil markets
Oil prices dropped below 100 dollars on rumors that Muammar al-Gaddafi, who is desperately clinging to his role as leader of Libya, was shot by a soldier in Tripoli. ANI

Pak cites US report as validation of its concerns over dam-building by India
Pakistan has cited a US Senate report "Avoiding water wars in South and Central Asia", released on February 22, as vindication of its stance that building of dams by India on the western rivers was in violation of the Indus Waters Treaty. ANI

Pak court 'refuses to declare Kasab proclaimed offender' in Mumbai terror attacks
The Lahore High Court has refused to declare Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, a proclaimed offender under Pakistan's Criminal Procedure Code. ANI

US drone strikes kill five militants, including two foreigners, in Pak tribal region
At least five militants, including two foreigners, have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, according to officials. ANI

Taliban warn to whisk away PPP leaders if Pak Govt allows Davis to go scot-free
The Taliban have warned the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) against releasing alleged Central Intelligence Agency agent Raymond Davis, who is facing murder charges for killing two Pakistani men in Lahore. ANI

Berlusconi 'spent £240K on cars for his showgirls'
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi reportedly spent 240,000 pounds on new cars as gifts for starlets in his inner circle. ANI

Arun Nayar 'enjoying with new girlfriend as Hurley tries to forget Warne'
Indian textile tycoon Arun Nayar, who recently parted ways with wife Liz Hurley, looked pretty pleased as he stepped out in Soho with his new girlfriend, model Kim Johnson. ANI

Gayatri Mantra opened University of Nevada 'Inner-Faith Night' celebrations
'Second Annual Inner-Faith Night' of University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) on February 23 saw various religious groups coming together in dialogue. ANI

CIA mulls targeting Pak envoys abroad as reprisal against Davis' continued detention
The Central Intelligence Agency is contemplating trapping or targeting Pakistan nationals serving as diplomats abroad in retaliation against double-murder accused US diplomat Raymond Davis' continued detention in a Lahore prison. ANI

OSIsoft Expands Presence in China
OSIsoft, LLC (www.osisoft.com), provider of the PI System and the leader in real-time data infrastructure solutions, has announced the opening of a customer support center in Beijing in conjunction with the launch of its Chinese website (www.osisoft.com/china) Business Wire India

NanoPhotonica Develops Breakthrough Technology for QLED Flat Panel Displays
NanoPhotonica, a developer of advanced materials, has perfected realizable, breakthrough QLED display technology that it is commercializing for mass production. Business Wire India

International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk: Millions of Overweight People Unaware of Cardiometabolic Dangers
Experts meeting at the 2nd International Congress on Abdominal Obesity (ICAO) has issued a warning that millions of individuals around the globe are at risk from the cardiometabolic consequences of being overweight. Worryingly, the experts suggest that these people are not being identified by their doctors. Business Wire India

Silver Lake to Launch New Investment Strategy Focused on Innovation in the Energy and Resource Sectors
Silver Lake, the global leader in private investments in technology and technology-enabled industries, has announced that it will launch Silver Lake Kraftwerk (“SLKW”), a new investment strategy focused on providing growth capital to business innovators in the energy and resource sectors Business Wire India

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