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Pope urges Pakistan to scrap blasphemy law
Pope Benedict XVI has called on Pakistan to scrap its draconian blasphemy law following the assassination of a provincial governor last week, saying the legislation is a pretext for "acts of injustice and violence." ANI

Stores trading off on 'brand Kate Middleton' could be sued
Clothing retailers hoping to make a quick buck by using the royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton's name on their outfits could be sued for tens of thousands of pounds. ANI

Having a job, not amount of salary key to happy life
Having a job is more important to Britons than how much they are paid, according to a new survey. ANI

Quarter of Brit kids looked at pornography in 2010: Study
An LSE research used in a Panorama programme about the sexualisation of young children, has indicated that a quarter of children looked at pornography in 2010. ANI

'Insensitive' Damien Hirst slammed for using baby's skull in new artwork
Artist Damien Hirst has been criticized for using a infant's skull studded with 8,000 diamonds for his latest art work, 'For Heaven's Sake.' ANI

Megan Gayle to host 3rd season of Project Runway Australia
Model turned fashion designer Megan Gayle has revealed that she is ecstatic to have been chosen to host the third season of Project Runway Australia. ANI

Prince William, Kate Middleton's wedding reception to have just 300 guests
The wedding reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace will have just 300 guests attending, with both given permission to invite just 100 each. ANI

Two-metre tall US passenger forced to stand on flight due to his height
A man in the US, who measured over two metres high, was forced to stand up during a two-and-a-half-hour plane trip as he was not able to fit into his seat. ANI

Bhatti calls Taseer's assassination an act to 'sabotage peace and interfaith harmony'
Pakistan's Minister for Minorities Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti has called the assassination of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer as an act to sabotage peace in the country, adding that the killer wanted to disturb peace and interfaith harmony in the country as Taseer had always tried to protect the minorities' rights. ANI

Joint US-Sino efforts only way to develop 'healthy and stable military' ties, says China
Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie has reportedly reminded his US visiting counterpart Robert Gates that a joint effort is a must to resolve disagreements, and develop healthy and stable military ties between the two nations. ANI

BBC to test whether practice or personality creates great musicians
The BBC, along with the researchers at Goldsmiths College in London, is conducting a nationwide experiment in the UK to find out whether personality or practise creates great musicians. ANI

Stop and search powers to be re-introduced in UK
Police powers to stop and search people at random are likely to be revived under new counter-terrorism legislation. ANI

Full security will be provided to Salmaan Taseer's family: Shahbaz Sharif
Full security will be provided to the family of slain Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said, adding that he did not deserve to die the way he did. ANI

Former Miss England 'Combat Barbie' all set for Afghan war duty
Former Miss England Corporal Katrina Hodge, who returned to army life after her stint as a beauty queen, faces deployment to Afghanistan. ANI

O.J. Simpson's ex lawyer claims he can prove his innocence
Former American football star O.J. Simpson's former lawyer says that he can prove his innocence. ANI

Torrential rain raises flood alarm in Queensland
Flood waters have cut the southeastern Queensland city of Gympie in two, with about a dozen businesses already under water. ANI

Whole nation will besiege Pak Parliament if Taseer's assassin given death sentence: ST
Sunni Tehreek (ST) activists have warned that the entire nation will besiege Pakistan's Parliament House if Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the assassin of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, is given the death sentence. ANI

'Heroic' Salmaan Taseer lived and died for secular Pakistan, says daughter
Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, who was assassinated by his own bodyguard last Tuesday, "lived and died for Pakistan", his daughter Shehrbano Taseer has said. ANI

S Korea says Pyongyang's renewed call for inter-Korean talks 'lacks sincerity'
South Korea has dismissed the latest call for inter-Korean talks by the North saying it 'lacks sincerity', and urged Pyongyang to address pending issues first. ANI

Bob the Builder designer nominated for prestigious book award
The designer of children's favourite television show 'Bob the Builder' has been nominated for a prestigious book award. ANI

100 Londoners ride Tube in underwear as part of annual No Trousers day
Around 100 people were spotted taking part in the annual No Trousers Tube Ride: London, riding the capital's underground system minus their trousers. ANI

'Opposing US' arms sales to Taiwan is part of Chinese policy'
Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie has said that opposing United States' arms sales to Taiwan has always been his country's policy. ANI

Clinton urges world powers to continue tightening sanctions against Iran over nuke program
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is on a tour of Gulf Arab countries, has said that despite evidences showing that Iran's nuclear weapons program has suffered a setback, the world powers should not stop their continuing efforts of tightening their economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic. ANI

Pak probe unearths massive NATO container liquor and arms smuggling scam
The investigation into the NATO containers scam has confirmed the smuggling of liquor and arms in the containers supposed to carry goods for the forces based in Afghanistan. ANI

China to overturn death sentences if evidence obtained through torture
China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) would reportedly overturn death sentences in cases where evidence was collected by illegal means in a bid to limit applications for capital punishment and pressurise local courts to check evidences more strictly. ANI

Pak minorities term slain liberal politician Taseer as 'Shaheed-e-Haq'
The minority communities in Pakistan have termed slain Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer as 'Shaheed-e-Haq' for his outburst against the extremist forces, and for protecting the rights of minorities in the country. ANI

Nazi mass murderer shielded from justice for 10-yrs by West German intelligence
Adolf Eichmann, who was the supreme logistical mastermind of the Nazi Holocaust of six million Jews, is said to have been shielded from justice for a decade by West German intelligence. ANI

Hitler's propaganda chief Goebbels revealed as a 's*x-crazed lothario'
A book has revealed that Nazi Germany's propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, who walked with a limp, had scores of affairs and was a lothario nicknamed "the ram". ANI

World's oldest dad, 94, puts '3-times-a-night' s*x life on hold to raise newborn
Indian farmer Ramjeet Raghav, who became the world's oldest father at 94, has put his 'three-times-a-night' s*x life on hold. ANI

UK tour firm slammed for $3100 Adolf Hitler tour
A British tour company has been slammed over plans for a luxury 3,100 dollars package tour of sites relating to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. ANI

Now, hi-tech material undies that promise girls perfect hourglass figures
Lingerie firm Ultimo has launched a new range of undies that promises to give women perfect hourglass figures. ANI

US scientist figures out what would be perfect performance in sports
A sports scientist in the US has worked out what would be the perfect performance in sports like golf, running, swimming, and others. ANI

Call to allow Malay-Indian workers staying abroad to return to country within 30 days
The Malaysian Associated Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Maicci) has reportedly proposed that foreign workers of Indian origin should be allowed to return and work in the country within 30 days. ANI

Hacked N. Korean Twitter account shows Kim Jong-il and 'heir' are 'sworn enemies'
North Korea's Twitter account has reportedly been attacked by hackers, who posted tweets on the page against leader Kim Jong-il and heir apparent Kim Jong-un describing the duo as their sworn enemies, and urged people to remove them from power. ANI

Yoga has "avatars" in America
Yoga seems to have been "reincarnated" in America and some other parts of the world. ANI

Palin aide denies 'crosshairs symbols on Facebook led to Arizona massacre'
An aide of the potential presidential candidate Sarah Palin has turned down claims by the opposition that Palin's depiction of controversial crosshairs symbols on her Facebook page ahead of the mid-term polls last year, led to the Tucson massacre in the United States that ultimately wounded Representative Gabrielle Giffords. ANI

Hindu guru Swami Nithyananda admits 'sleeping with more than 20 women'
A Hindu guru embroiled in a s*x scandal has admitted to sleeping with more than 20 women, including a Tamil p*rn actress. ANI

Liberals blame Palin for Arizona shooting over Facebook comments against Giffords
Amid tensions related to the deadly shooting in Tucson in the United States that killed six people and wounded a dozen others, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Liberals have blamed potential presidential candidate Sarah Palin for the incident over her Facebook comments against Giffords ahead of the mid-term elections last year. ANI

Mammoth Pak rally demands Taseer assassin's release, Blasphemy Law bill withdrawal
A conglomerate of religious and politico-religious parties organised a mammoth "Tahaffuz Namoos-e-Risalat" rally in the Pakistani metropolis on Sunday, and demanded of the government to immediately withdraw the private bill seeking amendments in the controversial Blasphemy Law. ANI

Detained Arizona shooting suspect "planned to assassinate Giffords"
Evidence seized from the house of Jared Lee Loughner, the primary suspect in connection with the deadly shooting in Tucson in the United States, has revealed that he had planned to 'assassinate' Representative Gabrielle Giffords, according to documents filed in the Federal District Court in Phoenix. ANI

Coalition with PPP intact but political crisis not over yet: PML-N
The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) has said it has decided not to force Pakistan People's Party (PPP) ministers out of the Punjab Government, but warned that the political crisis is not over yet. ANI

PPP gives in to PML-N's charter of demands
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has bowed to the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) demands, thus bringing the three-day 'ultimatum' issued by the party to an end. ANI

US underestimated China's military modernization: Gates
US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who is on a three-day visit to China, has said that his country was surprised by the pace of China's military development, adding that the American intelligence has underestimated elements of Beijing's military modernization. ANI

India must resume composite dialogue with Pakistan to resolve outstanding issues: Gilani
India should resume composite dialogue with Pakistan to resolve all outstanding issues- including the Kashmir dispute- peacefully and expeditiously, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

Congresswoman's attacker to appear in court today, charged on five federal counts
Twenty-two-year-old college drop-out Jared L. Loughner was charged with five federal counts on Sunday, including the attempted assassination of a member of Congress, for his role in a shooting rampage that left 20 people wounded, six of them fatally, on Saturday morning. ANI

Wipro Technologies Launches Next Generation Ecommerce Experience Engine
Wipro Technologies, the Global Consulting, System Integration and Outsourcing Business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT), announced the launch of a strategic retail solution, ENCORE (Enhanced Commerce Retail Ecosystem), today at the 2011 edition of the National Retail Federation Conference Business Wire India

Fairholme Capital Management, L.L.C. Issues Statement on Acquisition of China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co. Ltd Common Shares
Fairholme Capital Management L.L.C. on behalf of The Fairholme Fund (NASDAQ:FAIRX), The Fairholme Allocation Fund (NASDAQ: FAAFX), each a series of Fairholme Funds, Inc. and certain institutional accounts acquired over US$600 million of China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co. Ltd. common shares listed on The Hong Kong Exchange (HKSE:2601). Business Wire India

China WLCSP Co. Ltd Established R&D Subsidiary in Sunnyvale, CA
China WLCSP Co. Ltd a leading provider of Wafer Level miniaturization technologies for the electronics industry, has confirmed its commitment to the US market with the opening of a new R&D center in Sunnyvale. Business Wire India

Retaligent Launches Charisma 1:1TM - A Retail Customer Engagement Solution Utilizing Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011
Retail software company Retaligent Solutions, Inc. (“Retaligent”) announced its new retail-specific Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution Charisma 1:1TM. Built on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 platform, Charisma 1:1 provides a fully integrated, end-to-end Retail CRM, Clienteling and Loyalty solution Business Wire India

A Giant Leap for Users of Industrial Printers - The TOSHIBA B-EX4 Industrial Label Printer!
Toshiba Tec Corporation (TOKYO:6588) announced the newest evolution of Toshiba Tec heavy-duty industrial printers now brings unparalleled user-friendliness to the production line Business Wire India

Delta Electronics Blazes a Trail in Color QR-LPD Electronic Paper Applications at CES 2011
Delta Electronics, Inc., the world's leading energy saving solutions provider, showcased a full range of color electronic paper (e-paper) applications at CES 2011 in Las Vegas. The new color e-paper applications are jointly developed by Delta Electronics and Bridgestone Corporation and are based on the latter’s Quick Response Liquid Powder Display (QR-LPD) technologies Business Wire India

HARMAN and Sierra Wireless collaborate to bring 4G/LTE broadband connectivity to the car
(www.harman.com/automotive) – HARMAN, the leading global audio and infotainment group (NYSE:HAR), and Sierra Wireless, a leader in high-speed mobile computing and wireless machine-to-machine communication (NASDAQ:SWIR – TSX:SW), has underlined their commitment to bring automotive customers the first 4G broadband connectivity. Business Wire India

Dresser Announces Renewal of Strategic Supply Agreement with Major Global Engineering, Construction, Project Management Customer
Dresser has announced the renewal of a strategic supply agreement to serve as a global alliance supplier for a major engineering, construction, procurement, maintenance and project management (EPC) customer Business Wire India

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