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"I never get late in appointment with a General", says Biden, referring to Gen Kayani
US Vice President Joe Biden cut down on the time of his interaction with the media at the Prime Minister's House here, as he did not want to be late for a meeting with Pakistan's Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in neighbourhood Rawalpindi. ANI

Bangladesh govt.announces probe into Grameen Bank over diversion of aid money
The Bangladesh government has ordered an investigation into claims that Bangladeshi micro-credit pioneer Grameen Bank's Muhammad Yunus had wrongly diverted 100 million dollars of Norwegian aid money. ANI

US Presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee way ahead of Republican rivals, finds poll
A new poll has found that potential Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is ahead of his Republican rivals in next year's Iowa caucuses. ANI

Second-largest lottery jackpot in history shared by woman, couple in US
A lottery, thought to be the second-largest jackpot in history, is to be shared between a woman from Idaho and a couple from Washington. ANI

Drunken US men caught riding horse, donkey have DWI charges dropped
Two men, who were arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) after drunkenly riding a horse and a donkey down a crowded street in Austin, Texas, have had their charges reduced. ANI

Oz web developer tries to cash in on Brisbane floods with domain name
A web developer in Australia has tried to cash in on the Brisbane floods by offering a domain, named after the tragedy, to the highest bidder. ANI

Comic book superhero Captain America combats suicide in new issue
Comic book superhero Captain America has faced his biggest foe yet - suicide. ANI

Brit Imam 'serially raped young boy when he attended mosque for religious lessons'
An Imam of a mosque in Stoke-on-Trent, England, has been accused of serially raping a young boy during visits to the mosque for religious lessons in 2009. ANI

Global economy to grow 3.3 percent in 2011: World Bank
Washington, Jan 13(NI): The global economy is expected to grow 3.3 percent this year and 3.6 percent in 2012, according to a report released by the World Bank. ANI

Taseer's assassin guarded Zardari, Gilani even after being declared security risk: Report
Punjab Governor Salman Taseer's assassin, Malik Mumtaz Qadri, performed a total of 509 VIP and VVIP duties even after he was declared a security risk for these tasks in 2004, a report compiled by intelligence agencies has revealed. ANI

Japan PM's wife 'would not marry him again'
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's wife Nobuko has said that she wouldn't want to marry him if she had another life to live. ANI

Brisbane floods: Clean-up operations could take months, says Queensland premier
Queensland premier Anna Bligh has warned flood-besieged Brisbane residents to brace themselves for a long and arduous recovery that could take months, or even years, to complete. ANI

Is Kate Middleton's smile real?
It has been reported that Kate Middleton might have had a little extra help from a dentist to make her smile more dazzling. ANI

1 in 3 Brit women don't leave the house without make-up
A new survey has revealed that one in three women do not step outside their houses without make-up on. ANI

Thanks to bacteria, Titanic 'will be reduced to a rust stain in a few years'
Scientists have revealed that bacteria are eating away at the once magnificent Titanic, which sits at the bottom of the ocean now. ANI

David Cameron splurges almost 30K pounds on Downing Street garden
It has emerged that David Cameron has spent thousands of pounds in maintaining the Downing Street garden. ANI

Suu Kyi seeking to revive opposition Burmese party
Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is seeking to revive her political party in military-run Burma through an appeal to the country's Supreme Court. ANI

"Only Pakistan will determine when to launch North Waziristan operation": Haqqani
Only Pakistan will determine when to launch a military operation against terrorists in North Waziristan, a haven for Taliban and al-Qaeda along the Afghan border, Ambassador Husain Haqqani has said. ANI

China demolishes famed artist Ai Weiwei's Shanghai studio over political activism
Chinese authorities have demolished Chinese social activist Ai Weiwei's Shanghai studio, a move which he says is linked to his political activism. ANI

Brits spend more on wine than the French
Britons buy more wine than the French and drank nearly two billion bottles in 2010. ANI

Four police officers killed as militants target police vehicle, security checkpoint in Pak
Four police officers were killed and nine others wounded, when militants targeted a police vehicle and a security checkpoint with bombs in northwest Pakistan on Thursday. ANI

'China will never seek hegemony by force of arms'
China will never seek hegemony by force of arms and compete with the United States and other Western countries despite the landmark first test flight of the radar-evading J-20 stealth fighter jet, an expert has said. ANI

Pakistan "epicentre of terrorism" in the world, re-iterates Admiral Mullen
Pakistan is the "epicenter of terrorism in the world" right now, and the coalition forces fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan cannot win the war without eliminating the 'safe terrorist havens' in Pakistan, US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen has said. ANI

Zardari didn't attend Taseer's funeral but goes to US for Holbrooke's memorial service
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari did not attend slain Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer's funeral last week, but left for the United States on Wednesday to attend a memorial service for late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. ANI

Malay teen raped by Pakistani stepfather sends SMS to prosecutor in court
A teenager in Malaysia, who was raped by her Pakistani stepfather when she was 15, is said to have sent an SMS to the prosecutor in court to tell him she remained traumatised by the incident. ANI

Five-hour-long London shop siege ends
A man who threatened to blow himself up after barricading himself in a central London shop overnight has been arrested following a five-hour stand-off with police. Large parts of central London remained closed to commuters this morning as police aimed to ensure there was no threat to the public following the siege, which ended at 5.15am on Thursday, The Telegraph reports. ANI

Fisherman killing: India registers formal complaint with Sri Lanka
India has formally lodged a protest with the Sri Lankan Government over its navy opening fire on Indian fishermen near the Tamil Nadu coast. ANI

Obama urges Americans to debate Tucson shooting 'in a way that heals'
US President Barack Obama has urged Americans to draw a lesson from the lives of the Tucson shooting victims and the actions of the heroes and to usher in a new era of civility in their honor. ANI

Karunanidhi writes to PM over Lankan navy killing Indian fisherman
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has sent a telegram to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, demanding his immediate intervention in stopping the killing of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy. ANI

Now, parliamentarians fake attendance scam surfaces in Pak Punjab Assembly
Following the fake degree scam involving scores of Pakistani lawmakers, a new scandal of fake attendances by some parliamentarians has surfaced in the Punjab Assembly. ANI

US Republicans disappointed at Palin's 'blood libel' rant over attack on Giffords
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin missed a prime opportunity to demonstrate that she can play on the presidential stage when she delivered a video statement on the attack on US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, top Republicans have said. ANI

Asians awarded for their work on human development
Journalists from Bhutan and India and researchers from Indonesia and Vietnam have been recognized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for their work on women's status in the region and climate change, themes that are central to progress on human development. ANI

Abused, beaten Indian workers in Malaysia seek refuge with NGO
Thirteen Indian nationals working in Malaysia have sought refuge with a non-governmental group, claiming that their employer has been abusing them. ANI

83 pc of deaths from earthquakes occurred in corrupt nations: Study
A new study has shown that 83 percent of all deaths caused by the collapse of buildings during earthquakes occurred in countries considered to be unusually corrupt. ANI

Dozens of birds found dead in Romanian city 'drank' themselves to death
Tests have suggested that dozens of birds found dead on the outskirts of a Romanian city died from alcohol poisoning. ANI

German court rules bosses can order women to wear bras to work
A court in Germany has ruled that bosses have the right to order their female employees to wear bras while at the workplace. ANI

Obama "Hope" poster copyright case settled
An artist behind the iconic Barack Obama "Hope" poster and American news agency Associated Press (AP) have agreed to settle their copyright infringement claims. ANI

Assange says WikiLeaks has "insurance files" ready to nail Murdoch
Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, has said that the whistle-blower website possesses classified documents which can expose Australian-born American media magnate Rupert Murdoch and his company News Corporation, the world's third-largest media conglomerate. ANI

Second teacher fired for lesbian romp at Brooklyn School
The teacher, who was caught in a compromising position with another female teacher at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, has been fired from her job. ANI

Pak warns US against "new great game" in Afghanistan
Pakistan has made it clear to the United States that it will not become part of any "new great game" in relation to the US' troops withdrawal from Afghanistan, which is set to begin from July this year. ANI

Death threats against Sarah Palin at 'unprecedented level': Aide
Death and security threats to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin have increased to an unprecedented level since the attack on US Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, a close aide has said. ANI

US patience on Pak's indecision on N.Waziristan operation running out, warns Joe Biden
Making it clear that the US patience is running out over Pakistan's indecision on military action against terrorist sanctuaries in North Waziristan, US Vice President Joe Biden has unequivocally told his interlocutors in Islamabad that the Americans would not wait indefinitely. ANI

Arizona shooting: Palin 'blood libel'comment upsets American Jews
Former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has upset American Jews by using the term """blood libel""" against her critics in connection with last weekend's shootings in Tucson, Arizona. ANI

Australian floods death toll rises to 15
Another person has fallen victim to the devastating floods in Australia, with the toll now standing at 15. ANI

JuD head Hafiz Saeed wants Pak Govt to defend him in US court in Mumbai attack case
Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has moved the Lahore High Court seeking direction for the Pakistan Government to defend him, ISI chiefs and others before a US court, which has issued summons to them in connection with the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. ANI

Russian spy Anna Chapman 'to solve world's mysteries' on her TV show
Russian spy Anna Chapman is set to host her very own TV show and will be seen solving world's most complicated mysteries. ANI

MasterCard and Gemalto Partner on Global Card Replacement Services
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to be MasterCard’s preferred emergency card replacement vendor worldwide. The service enables premium cardholders to receive their new card in 24 hours or less, even when on the move, anywhere in the world. Business Wire India

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell: China Law Firms in ""Winner-Takes-All"" Battle to Stand Out When Marketing Their Corporate Legal Services, New Study Shows
Law firms often face a “winner-takes-all” contest to market their corporate legal services in China, a study released today shows, with the spoils going to those that can convince legal departments they offer the required expertise Business Wire India

Kolmar Group AG Selects SolArc RightAngle for Global Trading and Risk Operations
Kolmar Group AG has selected SolArc’s RightAngle™ integrated application suite to manage its global trading and risk operations. Business Wire India

Newline Announces Promotion of Craig Rowsell to Regional Manager, Newline Australia
Newline, a unit of Odyssey Re Holdings Corp., has announced that Craig Rowsell has been promoted to Regional Manager, Australia and will be responsible for managing Newline’s Melbourne operation. Business Wire India

Winning Team of LAGI Competition to Receive Award from Masdar at World Future Energy Summit
The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) calls on design teams to conceive of large-scale public artworks for specific sites that, in addition to their conceptual beauty, also have the ability to harness clean renewable energy from nature, convert the energy to electrical power, and distribute the power to the utility grid of the city. Business Wire India

Hillary Clinton Shows Strong Support for IRENA
The United States Secretary of State, the Honorable Hillary Clinton commended the goals of the International Renewable Agency (IRENA) towards accelerating the rapid development and deployment of renewable energy worldwide. Business Wire India

President Obama Supports World Future Energy Summit Held in Abu Dhabi
In a guide to U.S. exhibitors attending the World Future Energy Summit, the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, acknowledged the role of Abu Dhabi’s WFES in increasing economic growth and creating jobs. The letter follows on from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Masdar on Monday. Business Wire India

DocScanner Mac Turns Any Digital Camera to an OCR Scanner, and is Now Available From the Mac App Store
Norfello Inc. has announced that the DocScanner Mac, a Mac OS X version of the popular DocScanner iPhone scanning app, is now available on Apple's new Mac App Store that opened for business on January 6, 2011. Business Wire India

Fugro Updates Alaska Statewide Mapping
Funded under a state and federal cost partnership, the goal of the SDMI is to provide new and improved base mapping that can be used by many organizations to include local, state, tribal, and federal governments; businesses; and the scientific research community Business Wire India

Give2Asia Welcomes New Chairman of the Board
Give2Asia, a leading provider of services for philanthropy to Asia, has announced that Dr. Ta-lin Hsu has been named as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Business Wire India

Porsche Informatik Accelerates Business Productivity with WAN Optimization from Expand
Expand Networks, (www.expand.com) the leader in WAN optimization for branch office consolidation and virtualization, has announced that Porsche Informatik, a division of Porsche Holding Austria, has implemented its advanced WAN optimization technology Business Wire India

Earth Networks to Launch Global Greenhouse Gas Observation Network in Collaboration with Scripps Institution of Oceanography
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GoldMoney Adds Palladium to Cater for Growing Investor Demand
GoldMoney, the physical bullion provider which safeguards over $1.5bn of precious metals and currencies, has announced that it is now offering palladium to its customers Business Wire India

DrayTek's VigorIPPBX 2820 and VigorFly 200 Won the 19th Taiwan Excellence
DrayTek, a state-of-the-art firmware designer and quality hardware producer, is the reliable supplier of novel networking & telecommunications for SOHO and SMB. Our expertise has integrated many demanded network management features, such as VPN, Firewall, Content Security Management (CSM), IP PBX, etc Business Wire India

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