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Rao to Pak: Rhetoric will not help activate dialogue process
Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has said Pakistan's repeated rhetoric on key bilateral issues such as the resolution of the decades-old Kashmir dispute, will not help in facilitating a quick resturn to the already suspended composite dialogue process. ANI

Hillary Clinton topples Condoleezza Rice as 'most travelled' US diplomat in first 2-yrs in office
Hillary Clinton has bagged the title of the 'most travelled' US Secretary of State during the first two years in office in terms of days, surpassing her predecessor, Condoleezza Rice's record by two days. ANI

Gene linked to major depression identified
A gene that influences how the brain responds to stress may also play a key role in depression, according to a new study. ANI

Construction on Bloodhound 'supercar' to begin this week
British engineers will this week begin construction on what they hope will be the world's fastest car. ANI

Is Qigong the new kid on the fitness block?
Just as yoga became popular when the Beatles came to India, a 5,000-year-old Chinese energy cultivation system is poised to become the new kid on the block among rat racers hungry for a more serene form of fitness. ANI

British ministers 'acted like lawyers for Libyans' to secure Lockerbie bomber's early release
The release of Whitehall papers have revealed that Britain's last Labour government had 'acted like lawyers for the Libyans' in securing the early release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds. ANI

CAIR urges US to repudiate growing Islamophobia in society
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has urged the United States to repudiate growing Islamophobia in the American society, following an attack on a Muslim man in Florida. ANI

Major Catholic University in USA teaches Hinduism courses
University of San Francisco (USF), premier Catholic and Jesuit institute of higher learning in USA founded in 1855, offers various classes in Hinduism. ANI

Man in China refused entry by wife for not bringing enough money home
A wife in China barred her husband's entry into the house because he did not bring enough money for the Lunar New Year celebration. ANI

Soon, floating pyramids filled with suspended skyscrapers, tree-towers
Floating pyramids filled with suspended skyscrapers, a 'solar valley' that has streetlights and swimming pools heated by the sun, buildings filled by tree towers, and houses floating on water-all these may sound like far-fetched things, but they are already here. ANI

Qantas awarded for 'best cellars in the sky'
Australia based airline, Qantas, has been voted as having the best onboard wine, scooping the top honours during a worldwide airline competition. ANI

Brit pensioner fights off 6 sledgehammer-wielding thugs with handbag
Six sledgehammer-wielding robbers, who were smashing their way into a jewellery store, got the shock of their lives when a Brit pensioner clobbered them with her handbag. ANI

'Headless monk' forces UK amusement park to relocate water ride
Workers at a UK amusement park experienced a real white-knuckle ride after allegedly spotting the ghost of a headless monk as they constructed a new water ride. ANI

Beijing Olympics pollution controls could cut lung cancer risk
The air pollution control measures that were put in place in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games - if continued - would cut almost in half the lifetime risk of lung cancer for the area's residents from certain inhaled pollutants, a new study concludes. ANI

Suu Kyi's party urges West to maintain sanctions on Burma
The party of the Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said that Western sanctions should be maintained in the country, refuting some analysts' opinion that restrictions hurt common people. ANI

Eight Pakistani Muslim preachers arrested in Burundi on terror suspicions
Burundian police have arrested eight Pakistani Muslim preachers in a mosque in the central province of Gitega, according to police and local officials. ANI

Germany probing playing cards of Hitler, other dicators
German prosecutors have begun proceedings against playing cards for children that feature Adolf Hitler and other dictators from history on them. ANI

Pakistani duo killed by US diplomat were 'spies assigned to tail him', claims official
The two Pakistani men shot to death by US diplomat Raymond Davis were not armed robbers, as he said, but intelligence agents assigned to tail him, a Pakistani intelligence official has claimed, further complicating the matter. ANI

Released 'anti-govt' Google manager vows to clear out 'all rubbish' from Egypt
Wael Ghonim, a Google Inc. marketing manager who was released over 10 days after being detained for protesting against the Egyptian government, has said that he, along with other protestors, would use his freedom as a driving force to clear out 'all the rubbish' that has become an integral part of his country. ANI

21-year-old woman caught with 50 condoms of cocaine in stomach
A young woman was caught with 50 latex condoms of cocaine stored in her stomach at Boston's Logan Airport. ANI

Wrong decisions made on how many troops to send to Iraq: Rumsfeld
Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has conceded that "it's possible" that decisions on how many troops to send into Iraq marked the biggest mistake of the war. ANI

US puts all bilateral contacts with Pak on hold until release of murder-accused diplomat
The United States has put all bilateral contacts with Pakistan on hold until Islamabad releases double murder-accused US diplomat Raymond Davis, diplomatic sources have said. ANI

UK's new proposals to protect Brit workers may hit skilled Indian migrants
Under new proposals to protect British workers, Non-European Union citizens especially skilled Indian migrants, are likely to face more hurdles in getting work visas in the UK. ANI

Egypt unrest may spawn 'illegal immigration' to UK, EU, warns NATO chief
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has warned that the political unrest in Egypt could lead illegal immigrants from there heading for Britain and the European Union (EU). ANI

No need to evacuate Pak nationals from Egypt as situation 'almost normal': Envoy
Pakistan's Ambassador to Egypt Seema Naqvi has said there is no need to evacuate Pakistani nationals from the country, as life is almost back to normal there now. ANI

Palin's application to trademark her name rejected
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's application to trademark her name has been rejected by US officials. ANI

Obama, Clinton hint at removing Sudan from global state terrorism sponsors list
The United States has said that it is keeping the door open for Sudan to be removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism if it meets its 'obligations,' including recognition of an independent South Sudan.oth President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sudan could soon be removed from the list. ANI

Hosni Mubarak richest man in world with estimated 70 billion dollar fortune: Report
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is likely the richest man in the world with an estimated fortune worth about 70 billion dollars. ANI

Rig-Veda inspired art show runaway hit in Berlin
Titled "Soma" after the Soma (ambrosial drink of the gods) of ancient Hindu scripture Rig-Veda, Carsten Holler's art exhibition in Hamburger Bahnhof Museum fur Gegenwart in Berlin (Germany), which ended on February six, was a grand success, reportedly attracting about 100,000 visitors ANI

Hindus ask ASEAN to save Shiva temple from further damage in Thai-Cambodia clash
Hindus have asked ASEAN to urgently play an effective role in protection and preservation of Preah Vihear Hindu Shiva temple complex which has reportedly suffered considerable damage due of Thai-Cambodian crossfire. ANI

Hindus ask Berlusconi, Pope visit Roma family whose 4 kids were burnt alive
Hindus want Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Pope Benedict to visit the grieving Roma (Gypsy) family, whose four children were burnt alive on February six in Rome outskirts, and offer them support. ANI

World's tallest model Amazon Eve ready to pose nude for Playboy
Amazon Eve has revealed that she's ready to pose nude for Playboy magazine. ANI

Malaysian govt. urged to recognise Malay-Indians' roles in country's development
A Malaysian group called the People's Service Movement has reportedly urged the government to give due recognition to Malay-Indians who have played major roles in the country's development. ANI

One cop killed, three injured in checkpoint bomb attack at Peshawar
A policeman was killed and three others wounded in explosions at a security checkpoint in Pakistan's northwest city of Peshawar. ANI

Indian-origin bride's murder during honeymoon in Cape Town was unintentional: Hitman
The revelation of a statement by one of the gunmen accused of killing an Indian-origin bride during her honeymoon in Cape Town last year, saying that they never intended to kill Anni Dewani, has raised doubts on police claims that her husband Shrien had plotted the murder. ANI

SAARC countries pledge to combat terrorism, human trafficking
Bhutanese Prime Minister Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y. Thinley today said that the member countries of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) would work together to stamp out terrorism, human trafficking and poverty from the sub-continental region. ANI

US teacher fired for posting pic of herself holding glass of alcohol on Facebook
A high school teacher in US has been sacked after a parent spotted her with pint of beer in one hand and a glass of wine in the other on her Facebook page. ANI

1 year-old Myanmar girl with 12 fingers, 14 toes sets new record
A Myanmar girl has entered the record books for having 12 fingers - six each hand, and 14 toes - 7 each foot. ANI

India committed to enhancing South Asia's prosperity: Krishna
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Tuesday said India remains fully committed to enhancing the prosperity of South Asia through implementation of various social development projects. ANI

Bangladesh court orders exhumation of 'whipped to death' girl's body for new autopsy
A Bangladesh High Court has ordered the authorities to exhume the body a 14-year-old girl who was whipped to death by a village body for allegedly having an illicit relationship with her married cousin, and conduct another autopsy on her. ANI

'Bristol Palin memoir to hit the shelves June 21'
It seems former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's 20-year-old daughter Bristol has put down her dancing shoes and picked up the pen. ANI

Possible Muslim Brotherhood govt "mother of all fears," for Egypt's Christians
Amid massive protests across the country calling for Hosni Mubarak's resignation, Christians in Egypt, who make up about 10 percent of the population, are reportedly living in fear over whether the political change in the near future may end up in them being persecuted in their own country. ANI

US regrets widow's suicide but insists Pak frees murder-accused diplomat
The United States has said it was aware of the fact that the widow of one of the two Pakistani man killed by a US diplomat last month had committed suicide, but reiterated that Pakistan must fulfil its international obligations under the Vienna Convention and release the accused. ANI

Sex strike urged to end Belgium's political deadlock
In order to break Belgian's nearly eight-month political deadlock, a senator has suggested that negotiators should stay away from having sex. ANI

Stand in Kate Middleton's shoes with wax work of Prince William
For many women who want to feel like they are engaged to Prince William, a US artist has made the dream come true. ANI

Buffalo jury convicts NY television executive for wife's 2009 beheading
After deliberating over a 2009 case involving the beheading of woman in a television studio, a jury here has found the latter's husband guilty and ordered his immediate conviction. ANI

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister rules out involvement of Navy in Indian fishermen's killing
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris has said the Sri Lankan Navy was not involved in the killing of Indian fishermen. ANI

Chechen rebel leader claims responsibility for last month's Moscow airport bombing
Chechen rebel chief Doku Umarov has reportedly claimed responsibility for last month's bombing at Moscow's main airport that killed 36 people. ANI

Nawaz Sharif "in bed with anti-Pakistan elements": Musharraf
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has accused Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif of providing political cover to religious extremists in the country. ANI

Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan battling illness
Legendary Pakistani Ghazal singer Mehdi Hasan, 84, has been battling infections and undergoing treatment for the same in Karachi. ANI

US backing Mubarak's "consigliere" Suleiman in Egypt transition moves
The Obama administration appears to be backing Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman, and expects him to play a pivotal role in a still uncertain transition process in that country. ANI

Prince Harry, Chelsy Davy 'reunited on secret night out'
Prince Harry and on-off girlfriend Chelsy Davy apparently clambered into the boot of a car to avoid being pictured together while leaving a private members club last week. ANI

Six Pakistanis get life terms for killing Indian guard in Dubai
Six Pakistani men have been jailed for life in Dubai after a court convicted them of murdering an Indian guard by stuffing a cloth in his mouth and battering him with concrete blocks. ANI

Suleiman has long been Israel's preferred choice to replace Mubarak as President: Wikileaks
The latest releases of secret US diplomatic cables by Wikileaks have claimed that Egypt's new Vice President, Omar Suleiman, has long been Israel's preferred candidate to replace President Hosni Mubarak, and spoke daily to the Tel Aviv government via a secret "hotline" to Cairo. ANI

Assange may be executed in US under Espionage Act if extradited to Sweden: Lawyers
The legal team of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has expressed fears that he could be forcefully taken to the United States and executed under the Espionage Act if he is extradited to Sweden. ANI

Pak probe team recovers 'spying equipment' from murder-accused US official's custody
A Pakistani investigation team has found maps and other 'spying equipment' from the possession of double murder-accused US diplomat Raymond Davis. ANI

US mounts pressure on Pakistan to release 'illegally detained' murder-accused diplomat
As the United States continues with its efforts to free its double murder-accused diplomat Raymond Davis, its requests to Pakistan in this regard have now turned into veiled threats. ANI

Prosecutor fighting to extradite Assange 'is biased against men'
The Swedish prosecutor seeking to have Julian Assange extradited to Sweden on sexual assault allegations has been accused of having a 'biased view against men'. ANI

Zuma accused of blasphemy after claiming supporters will go to heaven
South African President Jacob Zuma has been heavily criticised by religious groups after he claimed voting for his party would help supporters get to heaven. ANI

Kate Middleton's wedding dress 'will be modest'
Fashion designer Bruce Oldfield has predicted that royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton will wear a 'modest' dress on her wedding day that will cover up any bare flesh. ANI

Mafia 'possess compromising Berlusconi photos'
Mafia gangsters claim to possess compromising photos of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at wild 'bunga bunga' sex parties, a leading Italian photographer has claimed. ANI

24MAS Acquires THQ's Wireless Operations
24MAS, a leader in mobile advertising and application distribution, has acquired THQ Inc.’s wireless operations and its global carrier business from parent company THQ Inc Business Wire India

Sally Dewar to Join J.P. Morgan
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) announced today that Sally Dewar will be joining the firm as a senior member of its company-wide Risk team, reporting to Barry Zubrow, global head of Risk. Ms. Dewar was most recently the Managing Director of Risk and a Board member of the U.K.’s Financial Services Authority (FSA). She will join J.P Business Wire India

Crédit Agricole Selects Gemalto for Its Mobile Contactless Payment Program in Nice
Crédit Agricole selects Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, to support the bank in deploying Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile payment solutions in Nice Business Wire India

Navistar Engine Group Launches MaxxForce Power-Gen Line in Middle East
Navistar, Inc. has put a charge into the global power-generation industry by announcing its new line of MaxxForce® P brand power-generation diesel open-power units. The MaxxForce P family of engines will power gen-sets serving the Middle East and other markets around the world Business Wire India

Bentley Delivers eB Insight - the Foundation of Its AssetWise Platform for Asset Lifecycle Information Management
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, has announced its first release of eB Insight, the foundation of Bentley’s AssetWise platform Business Wire India

airG.com - The World's Largest Mobile Social Network - Experiences Rapid Growth; Now Includes More Than 55 Million Unique Mobile Users
2010 was a banner year for airG, the world’s leading mobile social entertainment provider, as its mobile social network grew to more than 55 million cumulative unique users worldwide, sending more than six billion instant messages on their mobile devices Business Wire India

Aptina 1.1 and 1.4-Micron BSI CMOS Image Sensors Expand Product Portfolio
Aptina, a leading innovator of CMOS imaging technology, has announced that it will be showing its new 1.1 and 1.4-micron backside illumination (BSI) image sensors at the 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Invited guests will see a live demonstration of an 8-megapixel (MP) 1/4” 1.1-micron BSI image sensor, and an 8MP 1/3.2” 1 Business Wire India

Aptina Showcases Imaging Innovations at 2011 Mobile World Congress
Aptina, a leading innovator of CMOS imaging technology, will highlight and demonstrate its imaging technologies at their hospitality suite during the 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from Feb. 14 - 17, 2011 Business Wire India

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