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Joe Brooks, Eliot Spitzer two of Manhattan Madam's worst clients
Composer Joseph Brooks, who won an Oscar for composing 'You Light Up My Life', has been revealed to have been an avid but deeply troublesome customer of the New York escort service that also provided women to disgraced former governor Eliot Spitzer. ANI

Yet another terrorism-accused acquitted by Pak Supreme Court due to lack of evidence
In the latest case of terrorists' acquittal in Pakistan due to a lack of evidence, the Supreme Court has acquitted a person who was earlier awarded the life sentence on two counts by an anti-terrorism court on the charges of being involved in the Ichhra bicycle bomb blast. ANI

Mum left shocked as Toys 'R' Us video turns out to be X-rated
A woman in the US has revealed she was left shocked after a kid-friendly 'Go, Diego, Go!' video sold to her by a Long Island Toys "R" Us store turned out to be an X-rated movie. ANI

US Consulate contacts Pak Punjab Govt. for murder-accused diplomat's release
The United States Consulate has contacted Pakistan's provincial government of Punjab and demanded the release of double murder-accused US diplomat Raymond Davis. ANI

Pak admits to "navigating through difficulties" with US over diplomats' detention
While admitting that Pakistan's relations with the United States are going through difficulties as a fallout of the arrested diplomat issue, Islamabad has insisted that their bilateral ties are strong enough to navigate through the crisis. ANI

Americans favour health care law repeal by double-digit margin: Poll
Less than a year after the Obama administration passed the health care law, most voters still favour repealing the overhaul by a double-digit margin, a new poll has found. ANI

Yemeni terror offshoot now bigger threat to US than Osama's al-Qaeda group: CSIS
While US drone attacks in the tribal areas of Pakistan have reportedly weakened Osama Bin Laden's al Qaeda group, the insurgent group's Yemeni offshoot headed by American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki has become the primary source of threat, a report has said. ANI

US teen says looking after tiger cub is like raising a dog
A teenage girl in America has revealed that she finds looking after a tiger cub is just like raising a dog. ANI

Will the Aussie Rocks T-shirt boost Australian tourism?
Hoping to rival the classic 'I heart NY' logo, two Australian designers have created a T-shirt they hope will boost the country's tourism. ANI

Kate Middleton dethrones Lady Gaga as top fashion buzzword
Kate Middleton is the top fashion buzzword for the upcoming fashion season that starts in New York on Thursday, according to a new survey. ANI

71pc of Brit men 'cry in public'
A new survey has found that almost three-quarters of British men have shed a tear in front of others. ANI

Four gopuras of landmark Shiva temple on Thai-Cambodia border damaged: Hindus concerned
"Very serious" damage has been caused to four gopuras (towered gateways found at the entrances to temples) of landmark Preah Vihear Shiva temple, according to a Cambodian Government communique. ANI

17-year-old girl in China kills self after Facebook post
A troubled teenager in China has died after falling from the second floor of her school - just days after posting in her Facebook wall about willing to end her life. ANI

High school students in Oz grow up to be heart attack victims: Study
A survey of secondary students in Australia has revealed that teens of today will end up being victims of heart attack in the future. ANI

'Insensitive' Jobcentre tells UK transsexual to dress as a man to get job
A transsexual in Britain has considered taking legal action after Jobcentre workers told her she would have a better chance at getting a job if she was dressed as a man. ANI

Asia, cyber attacks headline list of growing threats to US, military says
The US military in its first revision of the National Military Strategy since 2004, has singled out Asia as a region of rising power and concern, and pointed to the increased threat of cyber attacks. ANI

Naked African woman causes stir in Kuala Lumpur
A n*ked African woman caused a stir at a junction near Taman Cheras in Kuala Lumpur, it has emerged. ANI

Brit woman spends 100K pounds on her Yorkshire Terriers
A woman in Britain has admitted to spending 100,000 pounds on her three Yorkshire Terriers over a period of six years, buying them the latest designer accessories and Swarovski crystals. ANI

china's nuke power sector target too 'aggressive', says expert
An "over-aggressive" target for the nuclear power industry by 2020 may harm the sector's healthy development, an industry expert from the National Development and Reform Commission's (NDRC) think tank cautioned. ANI

Over half of Americans think Obama will lose 2012 presidential re-election bid
Over half of Americans are of the opinion that President Barack Obama will lose his 2012 re-election bid, a new CNN/ Opinion Research Corporation poll has found. ANI

Pakistan cabinet resigns for 'right sizing' in bid to cut down govt expenditures
Federal Cabinet ministers of Pakistan have tendered their resignations to Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, who intends to dissolve the cabinet and appoint a smaller version to tackle the economic problems plaguing the country. ANI

Free, fair elections still distant prospect in Egypt
Free and fair elections in Egypt are still a distant prospect if democracy activists are to be believed. ANI

US going slow on Egypt under pressure of Mid-East allies
Key allies of the United States such as Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates have reportedly advised the Obama administration not to act hastily against the Mubarak regime in Egypt. ANI

Karzai asks foreign reconstruction teams to leave Afghanistan over 'hindering governance'
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has accused foreign reconstruction teams of obstructing the progress and "hindering the governance" of his country, and asked them to leave as Afghan forces take over security. ANI

Brit couple beat 196 trillion to 1 odd after matching lotto numbers twice
A couple in Britain, who lost out on an 8.5 million pounds jackpot six-years ago, has beaten odds of 196 trillion to one by matching the correct numbers twice and winning 4.8 million pounds. ANI

Egypt's future depends on democracy, education and research reform: Experts
Egyptian researchers and scientists have said that the country's future depends on democracy, education and research reform, and have added that there is a pool of talent among the youth in Egypt that is unbelievable and that there is a yearning for the freedom to express themselves. ANI

French PM's admission of enjoying free holiday courtesy Mubarak outrages opposition
French Prime Minister Frangois Fillon's admission to have enjoyed a free holiday on the Nile over the New Year at Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's expense has outraged the opposition in Paris who condemned Fillon's government, saying it has lost a "sense of public spirit". ANI

Brit woman rower strips off with her five-man crew to break world record
A British athlete, who was the only woman on a five-man crew trying to break the record for crossing the Atlantic, shed all her inhibitions aside and joined her team-mates in stripping to heal blisters. ANI

Romanian witches could be fined or jailed for wrong predictions
A new bill has been proposed by Romanian authorities that could see witches being fined or even jailed if their predictions do not come true. ANI

Applying make-up while driving 'more distracting than using cell phone'
A new study has revealed that applying make-up or reading a map behind the wheel could be far more distracting than talking on the mobile phone. ANI

US Surgeon General approves of Obama's fat-filled Super Bowl party
President Barack Obama's fat-filled Super Bowl party was approved by the U.S. Surgeon General at an event celebrating the White House's war on childhood obesity. ANI

UK tourist 'dies after receiving silicone bottom jabs'
A British tourist who received silicone injections in her butt at a Philadelphia motel, has suddenly died, it has emerged. ANI

Kiwi 'win a bride' radio competition sparks outrage
A radio station in New Zealand has sparked outrage after coming up with a competition that will see the winner fly to Ukraine and be given the chance to pick a bride from an agency. ANI

Planned Tehran march in support of Egypt protests will test Iranian regime: Opposition leader
Iranian opposition leader, Mehdi Karroubi, has said that a planned demonstration in favour of the protests in Egypt and Tunisia in Tehran next week would be a test for both the Iranian government and its opponents. ANI

Ex-PM Brown's adviser told former NATO commander to play down Afghan failures
A senior adviser to former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is reported to have put pressure on a NATO commander to play down troop-related failures in Afghanistan. ANI

Kate Middleton to be given diplomacy lessons
Kate Middleton will get training in diplomacy from Sir David Manning, a veteran diplomat who already advises Princes William and Harry. ANI

Musharraf will have to face Pak court in Benazir assassination case: Babar Awan
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf will have to prove his innocence before the court in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, Law Minister Babar Awan has said. ANI

Hearing of Musharraf's extradition, trial pleas put off until February 24
The Lahore High Court has deferred the hearing of two identical petitions seeking the extradition and trial of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on high treason charges until February 24. ANI

Adult novelty shop in US offers sex toys in exchange for guns
A drive-thru adult novelty shop in the US has come up with a new promotion called Guns for Toys, which offers customers sex toys in exchange for guns. ANI

Milan prosecutors seek immediate trial for Berlusconi
Prosecutors in Milan today will formally ask that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi stand trial immediately in connection with an investigation of his relations with an underage girl. ANI

7.5-bn-dollar US aid to Pak fails to show "measurable progress" so far: Official report
The United States' civilian-aid program for Pakistan, meant for developing its infrastructure, has failed to "demonstrate measurable progress" since the Congress approved the five-year, 7.5-billion-dollar assistance package in late 2009, according to an official US government assessment. ANI

Michelle Obama defends 'fattening' White House Super Bowl party menu
US First Lady Michelle Obama, who has been campaigning against childhood obesity for a year now, has defended the decision to serve bratwurst, cheeseburgers and deep dish pizza at the White House Super Bowl party over the weekend. ANI

Bristol Palin says she would 'probably' run for office one day
In an interview, Bristol Plain has revealed that she has plans to follow in her mother's political footsteps. ANI

Assange's accusers 'sent texts discussing revenge'
The women who accused Julian Assange of sexually assaulting them sent text messages to each other, discussing 'revenge' and extracting money from the WikiLeaks founder, a London court has heard. ANI

Michelle Obama to take 'Let's Move!' anti-obesity drive global
US First Lady Michelle Obama wants to take her signature campaign to reduce childhood obesity to a bigger audience. ANI

Air India Kanishka bomber Reyat appeals against perjury conviction
Inderjit Singh Reyat, the only convicted man over the bombing of an Air India jet, has reportedly appealed against a perjury conviction in his alleged accomplices' trial in Canada. ANI

Saddam placed $60m bounty on Rumsfeld's daughters' heads as revenge for sons' killings
Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has revealed that he had faced an awkward" moment in a 2003 National Security meeting when he was informed that Saddam Hussein had put a 60 million dollar bounty on his daughters heads as revenge for the slaying of his two sons. ANI

US denies suspending all bilateral contacts with Pakistan on Raymond Davis issue
The United States has denied reports that it has put all bilateral contacts with Pakistan on hold until Islamabad releases double murder-accused US diplomat Raymond Davis. ANI

Picasso's portrait of his teenage mistress sells for œ25m at auction
A Picasso portrait of his teenage mistress has fetched 25,241,250 pounds at an auction. ANI

Extradition case date set for Brit-Indian honeymooner Dewani over wife's murder
The extradition case for Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire charged with murdering his wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year, would reportedly begin on May 3 at Woolwich Crown Court in London. ANI

US threatens to cut aid to Pak if Islamabad doesn't free murder-accused US diplomat
The United States has intensified its pressure on Pakistan to release double murder-accused US diplomat Raymond Davis, with US lawmakers threatening to cut aid to Islamabad unless it frees him. ANI

Malay Sikh trainee adjusting well at new National Security camp
National service Malay Sikh trainee Basant Singh, whose hair was allegedly snipped off at Penang's Sungai Bakap camp last month, is fitting in well at his new camp in Perak. ANI

World's 'oldest beer' to be analysed, brewed again
Samples of the world's oldest beer-found in 2010-have been taken for a scientific study to be conducted to determine its recipe - and brew it again. ANI

Obama has finally kicked the butt, says proud First Lady Michelle
U.S. President Barack Obama has finally given up smoking, according to his wife Michelle. ANI

Union Gaming Announces Official Opening of Macau Office
Union Gaming Research Macau Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Las Vegas-based Union Gaming Group, announced the official opening of its Macau office on Wednesday. Business Wire India

Inventory Locator Service,® LLC (ILS) Now Provides More Functionality to ILSmart, the Most Active Marine Marketplace
ILS unveils a new and improved version of its marine marketplace (ILSmart), to provide increased functionality and more business opportunities for its global customer base. Business Wire India

GoldMoney introduces a new way to verify your ID with Postident
GoldMoney, one of the world's largest providers of physical bullion for retail and institutional investors, gives customers the ability to purchase and store precious metals in a secure environment Business Wire India

Major USA Cable Operator Time Warner Cable Chooses Green Packet's Intouch Connection Manager
Greenpacket, a leading developer of next generation mobile broadband and networking solutions, signed an agreement with Time Warner Cable, the second largest cable operator in the U.S. with 14.5 million customers across 28 states, to provide its next generation connection management solutions. Business Wire India

ZTE Recognized for Industry Best Practices As Frost & Sullivan's SDR Equipment Vendor of the Year
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063 Business Wire India

O3b Signs Global Framework Agreement with Etisalat Group
Business Wire India

3LCD Hits the Milestone in the Projection Industry: the Shipping of 70 Million Chips
Year 2010 ended with a flourish for 3LCD, hitting another important milestone in the projection industry. Last month, 3LCD celebrated its being the first projection technology in the world to have shipped more than 70 million chips. Business Wire India

General Cable Reports Fourth Quarter Results
General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC), one of the most globally diversified industrial companies, has reported results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010. Diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2010 were $0.66. Included in these results was $0.09 per share of non-cash convertible debt interest expense Business Wire India

DesignArt Networks Delivers Simultaneous Multi-Protocol SoC
DesignArt Networks unveiled its ground-breaking 40nm 4G SoC family with the launch of five distinct SoC chips. Yesterday the company released its second open SoC platform – the DAN3400. Business Wire India

euronews, the international news channel, takes on a new dimension in 2011
To start the year, euronews is switching to a 16/9 format and revamping the channel: a new on-air look, new pace and more reasons for viewers to tune in to euronews. Business Wire India

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