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China conducts first test-flight of stealth plane
China has conducted the first test-flight of its J-20 stealth fighter. ANI

Australia floods: Brisbane residents urged to evacuate
Authorities in Queensland are urging people to leave parts of Brisbane, the country's third largest city, Brisbane, in the wake of floods said to be one of the worst in decades. ANI

Hundreds of kids report s*x abuse at hands of women in UK yearly: NSPCC
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in the UK has revealed that hundreds of children call the ChildLine helpline every year to say they have been sexually abused by a woman. ANI

Qantas to start A380 services to Los Angeles this month
Qantas has said it would resume flights to Los Angeles using its Airbus A380 superjumbos from January 16. ANI

Afghanistan will not hold peace jirga with Pakistan: Rabbani
Former Afghanistan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who is the leader of a peace delegation to Pakistan, has denied that the two countries had reached an agreement to hold a peace gathering, contradicting an earlier statement from Islamabad. ANI

Brits waste 37mn pounds every year on broken resolutions
A new survey has revealed that Britons spend a whopping 37 million pounds every year on unused purchases and broken resolutions. ANI

Almost a third of Brit women aged over 18 have taken antidepressants
A new survey has revealed that almost a third of Brit women aged over 18 have taken antidepressants. ANI

US Vice President to visit Pakistan
US Vice President Joe Biden will be arriving in Pakistan this week on a short unscheduled visit. ANI

China's 2010 'lowered trade surplus' trend to continue in first half of 2011
Chinese economists have claimed that the country's trade surplus had narrowed in 2010 for the second straight year, and the trend is reportedly expected to continue for the first half of 2011, said. ANI

Chinese man reveals 3-inch horn sprouting from his head
A man in China has revealed that he has a bizarre 3-inch horn protruding from his head, and that it is still growing. ANI

Chinese citizens spent $48 billion overseas in 2010
Wealthy Chinese citizens were estimated to have spent 48 billion dollars abroad in 2010, a research group said. ANI

Overloaded Brit airline orders passengers off plane with threats of arrest
British airline Easyjet is said to have threatened dozens of its passengers with arrest if they did not step off the plane, which was too heavy to take off. ANI

Pak Punjab Assembly condemns Taseer's assassination
The Pakistan Punjab Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution condemning the assassination of Governor Salmaan Taseer. ANI

Hindus laud Passaic for declaring Diwali as schools' holiday
Hindus have applauded Passaic City School District (New Jersey, USA) for declaring Diwali as a school holiday, calling it "a step in the right direction". ANI

Man blames Viagra, wife's menopause for filming women in changing room
A middle-aged man in Britain, who escaped being jailed after he filmed women in a changing room at a leisure centre, has blamed Viagra and his wife's menopause for his perverted behaviour. ANI

Indian's sham UK marriage exposed after bride-to-be beds another man
An Indian man's plan to stage a fake marriage to a Latvian woman in Britain has been exposed after the bride-to-be was caught in bed with another man. ANI

Brit grandma, 56, promises wedding to 9th toyboy is for keeps
A grandmother in Britain, who is set to marry for the ninth time, has insisted that the marriage, to a toyboy 32-years her junior, will last forever. ANI

Scottish Indian comedian's nervous ordeal for gaining Oz citizenship
Scottish Indian comedian Danny Bhoy, who is a self-confessed hobo, has revealed that he went through a very nervous time while trying to gain citizenship in Australia. ANI

Iranian president's 34-yr-old Peugeot set to fetch 1m dlrs at auction
Iranian president Mahmood Ahmadinejad's 34-year-old Peugeot 504 is up for grabs and expected to fetch 1 million dollars at auction. ANI

Amid criticism, Palin's e-mails to commentator Glenn Beck claims "I hate violence"
Amid an ongoing debate that her depiction of controversial crosshairs symbols on her Facebook page ahead of the mid-term polls last year had led to violence in the country, potential US presidential candidate Sarah Palin addressed the issue through an e-mail to the conservative commentator Glenn Beck, saying "I hate violence". ANI

Pakistan-China friendship going strong: Zardari
The friendship between Pakistan and China is growing from strength to strength and has withstood the test of time, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said. ANI

Blasphemy laws should remain intact in Pakistan: PPP leader
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan has said the country's blasphemy laws should remain intact, and if Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer committed any mistake or blasphemy, instead of killing him he should have been punished by the courts. ANI

Pastor says Oz FM Rudd to blame for floods
A Christian pastor has blamed Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd for the floods devastating Queensland. ANI

Nawaz Sharif expresses grief over ex-Pak Interior Minister's death
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has expressed grief and sorrow over the death of former Interior Minister Naseerullah Babar. ANI

Malaysian casanova conman nabbed in India
A Malaysian national has been arrested in India on charges that he had married and cheated at least four women. ANI

Ex-Pak Interior Minister Naseerullah Babar passes away
Former Pakistan Interior Minister Naseerullah Babar died of protracted illness on Monday at the age of 83. ANI

Gilani urges Pak media not to highlight activities of extremists
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that extremism is the biggest challenge the country is facing, and insists that it is the collective obligation of the media not to highlight their ideology and activities. ANI

Extra-marital activities among women on the rise in UK
A new Manchester Metropolitan University research has revealed that more than 15 per cent of women indulge in extra-marital activities. ANI

China, US agree to reduce "miscalculation" risk between two armed forces
China and the United States have reportedly agreed to jointly reduce the risk of "miscalculation" between the two powerful armed forces. ANI

'Superstreet' traffic design boosts travel time, safety
North Carolina State University researchers say that the so-called "superstreet" traffic design results in significantly faster travel times, and leads to a drastic reduction in automobile collisions and injuries. ANI

International sanctions delaying Iran's nuke program ambitions: Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is currently in Abu Dhabi on a tour of Gulf countries, has said that Iran's ambition to produce a nuclear weapon soon has been delayed by international sanctions. ANI

Wikileaks losing 600,000 francs every week since first publication
Julian Assange, the founder of the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks', has said his site has been losing 600,000 francs (about 618,000 dollars) every week since it first began publishing diplomatic cables. ANI

Queensland flood toll to expected to rise "dramatically"
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has said the death toll from floods in the state might rise "quite dramatically" as rising waters and continuing heavy rain continue to hamper rescue efforts. ANI

"Israeli linked" spy, terrorist network arrested by Iran
Iran's Intelligence Ministry has reportedly detained a "network of spies and terrorists" allegedly connected to Israel and held them responsible for the assassination of a prominent scientist in 2009. ANI

UK woman to freeze her eggs so infertile daughter can give birth to sibling
A woman in Britain has decided to freeze her eggs so that her two-year-old daughter, who was born without ovaries, will be able to give birth in the future, even though it would be to her own sibling. ANI

PML-N wants PPP govt. to complete its term: Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that his party does not seek mid-term elections and wants the country's coalition government, led by the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), to complete its full term. ANI

Pak seeks 'Samjhauta Express' investigation report from India
The Pakistan government has asked India to inform it about developments in the investigations into the 2007 Samjhauta Express bombings. ANI

Italian shot in head on New Year's Eve sneezes out bullet!
An Italian man who was shot in the head during New Year's Eve celebrations has stunned doctors by sneezing out the stray bullet. ANI

Clinton demands crackdown on extremism in Middle East, US in wake of Tucson shooting
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is currently in Abu Dhabi on a tour of Gulf Arab countries, has praised Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and added that extremists must be stopped both in the Middle East and in America. ANI

Musharraf vows to return to Pak before next polls
Former Pakistan President and chief of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Pervez Musharraf has vowed to return to his country before the next mid-term elections. ANI

US Vice-President Biden in Afghanistan on two-day visit
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is in Afghanistan on a surprise visit. ANI

ATM machines as 'dirty as public toilets'
New tests have suggested that cash machines are as dirty as public toilets because they carry bacteria that can cause sickness and diarrhoea. ANI

Iran jails HR lawyer for 11 years over voicing dissent against regime
Iran has reportedly sentenced a human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, to 11 years of imprisonment for crimes that include "activities against national security" and "propaganda against the regime." ANI

Prince Charles to build 'green utopia' for 15,000 poor Indians
The Prince of Wales is planning to build a shantytown for 15000 poor people in India inspired by the one he saw in Slumdog Millionaire. ANI

Wipro Technologies Launches Next Generation Shrink Management Solution
Wipro Technologies, the Global Consulting, System Integration and Outsourcing Business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT), today announced the launch of a strategic retail solution – “Profit Lock”, at the 2011 edition of the National Retail Federation Conference. Profit Lock is a pioneering solution providing an end-to-end and integrated view of the inventory shrink management lifecycle Business Wire India

GlobalCollect Appoints New Chief Executive Officer and Chief Commercial Officer
Effective immediately, Thomas Staudt is CEO of GlobalCollect. This follows the recent development of Jan Manten, former CEO, changing his role to become Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cerceris BV, the holding company of GlobalCollect. Mr Business Wire India

Claro Brazil Selects Gemalto for Mobile Network Optimization
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announced the selection by Claro in Brazil to deploy an innovative software solution that enables significant optimization of network capacity and reduction in logistics costs Business Wire India

ZTE Holds 235 LTE Essential Patents
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced that it is now one of the leading vendors in the world of essential patent (EP) for LTE standards, securing 235 of these patents. Business Wire India

Daiwa Capital Markets Bolsters Electronic Trading Platform with smartTrade Technologies
smartTrade Technologies today announced that Daiwa Capital Markets has deployed a new Liquidity Management System to strengthen their Asian equities trading capabilities Business Wire India

Frost & Sullivan: Saudi Arabian Logistics Market Races to $13.78 Billion due to the Rising Importance of Manufacturing
The return-to-form of the Saudi Arabian oil industry and the country's active diversification into oil-based businesses are expected to cause a surge in exports (nearly $271.58 billion in 2010), creating opportunities for the nation's freight forwarding market Business Wire India

PPD Establishes Joint Venture for Drug Discovery of Large Molecules
PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPDI) announced that it has established a joint venture with Taijitu Biologics Limited (TBL) in the area of the discovery of novel biotherapeutics Business Wire India

Tesla's Groundbreaking Vehicle Engineering on Display in Detroit
Tesla Motors has unveiled an inside look at the Model S, showcasing Tesla’s revolutionary approach to vehicle engineering. The Model S, engineered from the ground up as an EV, is meticulously designed for superior aerodynamics, stability and handling, crash safety, performance and range Business Wire India

Hillary Clinton Praises the Vision of Masdar and Abu Dhabi's Leadership to Answer the World's Energy Challenges
The Secretary of State of the United States of America, Hon Business Wire India

BIO Announces Life Sciences Companies Selected to Present at the 8th Annual 2011 BIO Asia International Partnering Conference
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has announced the companies selected to present at the BIO Asia International Partnering Conference. Hosted by BIO, the exclusive partnering forum brings together U.S Business Wire India

Ux Consulting Issues Groundbreaking Study on Small Modular Reactor Assessments
The Ux Consulting Company, LLC (UxC), a leading provider of global market and consulting services in the nuclear industry, announces the release of a groundbreaking, in-depth report on Small Modular Reactor Assessments (SMRA). Business Wire India

Tesla Exceeds 1,500 Roadster Deliveries Worldwide
Tesla Motors has delivered more than 1,500 Roadsters worldwide, a significant milestone as the automaker’s momentum builds in North America, Europe and Asia. Business Wire India

EffRx Pharmaceuticals SA Announces Submission of New Drug Application to FDA for Osteoporosis Treatment Targeting Increased Convenience for Patients
EffRx Pharmaceuticals SA, a Lausanne, Switzerland based drug delivery company has announced the NDA submission of the company’s lead project to the US Food and Drug Administration. Business Wire India

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