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Al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki sentenced to ten years in prison
A Yemeni court has sentenced fugitive al-Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki to ten years in prison for his role in the murder of a French energy contractor. he court said the killing of Jacques Spagnolo was "committed under the incitement" of al-Awlaki. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner may voluntarily stand trial in SA, but under certain conditions
A close friend of Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire who has been allegedly accused of masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon in Cape town, has claimed that Dewani might be prepared to voluntarily come to South Africa to face trial, but under certain conditions. ANI

President Hu puts forward four proposals to improve 'Sino-US ties'
Chinese President Hu Jintao has put forward four proposals to improve the bilateral ties between Beijing and Washington ahead of his visit to the US this week. ANI

China's new millionaires buying up Britain
China's billionaires and millionaires are buying up not only fine wines, paintings and jewelleries, but also properties in Britain. ANI

435 people arrested in Karachi for violating pillion-riding ban
As many as 435 people riding bikes were arrested from different parts of Karachi on Monday for violating of the pillion-riding ban imposed in the Pakistani metropolis. ANI

Royals feared Prince Charles would be attacked at Diana's funeral
Prince Charles was apparently at the risk of being attacked by a member of the public at Princess Diana's funeral, reveals a new account. ANI

MQM submits bill seeking de-weaponisation of entire Pakistan
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has tabled a bill in Pakistan's National Assembly, calling for de-weaponisation of the entire country. ANI

'Wicked Bible' stating 'Thou shalt commit adultery' to be displayed in UK
A rare copy of the 'Wicked Bible', which shocked readers with the phrase 'Thou shalt commit adultery', is to go on public display for the first time. ANI

Flood crisis may be largest, costliest natural disaster in Oz history: Deputy PM
Deputy Australian Prime Minister Wayne Swan has said that the widespread and destructive flooding in Queensland and Victoria may prove to be the costliest natural disaster ever to hit Australia. ANI

Helping someone in need is the best way to make yourself happy
A new survey has revealed that the best way to make yourself happy is to help someone in need. ANI

Cosmetic surgery a booming business in China
Despite a wave of disasters in recent years, cosmetic surgery is a big business in China where the industry is now worth 10billion pounds a year. ANI

Pak Army-funded TV drama to depict heroism of Taliban-fighting soldiers
Emotive tales of Pakistan's Taliban-fighting soldiers will air on television in an army-funded drama that casts the war on terror in a positive light. ANI

China modernisation still a long way off: President Hu
Chinese President Hu Jintao has described his country as a developing country, and being a long way off from "modernisation". ANI

Oz woman rides s*x toy down flood-swollen river!
An Australian woman who decided to ride her inflatable doll down the flood-swollen Yarra River was ditched by the rescue team when she lost her s*x toy in a rough patch. ANI

Youngest Arizona shooting victim's organs donated to Boston girl
The organs of nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, the youngest victim of last week's shootings in Arizona, have been donated to save the life of a young girl in Boston, her father has said. ANI

'Kisstory' tells the history of kissing
Want to know what a kiss reveals? A new book, 'Kisstory' tells the history of kissing and reveals that not all smooches are romantic. ANI

US woman finds $280K worth of drugs inside vacuum cleaner!
An American woman has found more than a quarter-million dollars worth of drugs inside her new vacuum cleaner. ANI

Child s*x trafficking in UK on the rise with younger victims being groomed
A survey has found that trafficking of British children around UK cities for sexual exploitation is on the rise with some as young as 10 being groomed by predatory abusers. ANI

UK dad turns 3 year-old son into a 'superhero'
A UK dad has turned his three-year-old son into a superhero by writing a children's book. ANI

Victorian towns facing one-in-200-year flood threat
Towns in the southern Australian state of Victoria were on Monday bracing for their biggest floods in 200 years as the death toll from the natural disaster in Queensland rose. ANI

70 per cent increase in proclaimed offenders, court absconders in Pak Punjab during 2010
Pakistan's Punjab province witnessed a 70 per cent increase in the number of proclaimed offenders (POs) and court absconders (CAs) in 2010. ANI

China denies reports of 'Beijing dispatching troops' to N. Korea to protect citizens
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman has negated South Korean claims that China is sending troops to the North for protecting its citizens in that country, terming them as "sheer fabrication." ANI

World's most expensive $150m mansion still looking for buyer
Socialite Candy Spelling is still waiting for a buyer for her 150 million dollar mansion, which is said to be the most expensive listing in the world. ANI

No 'meat' in fake attendance scam involving 27 Pak Punjab Assembly MPs: Speaker
Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Iqbal Khan believes there is no 'meat' in the fake attendance scam involving 27 parliamentarians, which surfaced on January 12. ANI

Brit-Pakistani rape convicts banned from meeting, staying with under-age girls Home
Five Asian s*x gang members who were jailed for over 32 years on charges of rape and sexual assaults, have been banned from meeting and staying with under-age girls. ANI

Retired NYPD cop makes his living as a teen spy!
A retired NYPD cop has found a new way to keep an eye on people's misdeeds and earn daily wages at the same time. ANI

Evil UK culture responsible for Asian s*x gang attacks: Hate preacher
Britain's evil culture is primarily responsible for the recent Asian s*x gang attacks in the country, hate preacher Anjem Choudhry has said. ANI

Free media main pillar of Pak Govt's policy: Gilani
A free and robust media is the main pillar of the Pakistan Government's media policy, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

One-week pillion riding ban imposed in violence-hit Karachi
The Sindh Government has imposed a one-week ban on pillion riding in Karachi. ANI

Wills texts congratulations to best pal Becks on 4th child news
Prince William was so happy and excited to hear that footballer David Beckham is expecting his fourth child that he sent his congratulations by text. ANI

Hindus laud Hungarian Presidency of EU for adopting Roma Policy as its "main issue"
Hindus have welcomed initiative of Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) for making "Developing European Roma Policy" as one of its nine "main issues". ANI

Italian magistrate 'Ilda the Red' plans to quiz Berlusconi on s*x offences
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has come under the scanner of a Milan magistrate, known as 'Ilda the Red', who plans to quiz him about his alleged s*x offences with underage prostitutes. ANI

Martin Luther King Memorial Silver Jubilee Service opened with Gayatri Mantra in Nevada
The 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Interfaith Community Memorial Service in Nevada opened with Gayatri Mantra, most sacred mantra in Hinduism, on January 16. ANI

Dead Tunisian fruit and vegetable seller could unleash wave of revolutions in Africa
Fruit and vegetable seller Mohammed Bouazizi, who burnt himself in the center of Tunis after police confiscated his produce because he ahd no permit, is today seen as a hero by the people of Tunisia. ANI

$1b 'floating Monaco city' yacht that has beach, buildings!
Ever thought of a yacht having buildings, helicopters, submarines and a beach? Well, you could take a ride in one such yacht worth a billion dollars-the most expensive ever-very soon. ANI

Ex-Tunisian president's wife's greed drove nation to revolution
The greed shown by former Tunisian President Ben Ali's wife, Leila, forced people to revolt against the ruling dispensation. ANI

Afghanistan, partners may approve 'Army-police forces' surge plan
Afghanistan and its international partners are reportedly all set to approve a plan for increasing army and police forces in that nation to about 378,000 personnel. ANI

Most Chinese view Sino-US ties as "very-important" : Poll
Nearly 50 percent of Chinese participating in a survey organised jointly by the China Daily and Horizon Research Consultancy Group believe that ties between Beijing and Washington is "very important" despite the problematic situations that existed between the two countries in the recent past. ANI

NY couple sues neighbour for $500K over 'second-hand smoke'
A Manhattan couple has sued their cigar-smoking neighbour for 500,000 dollars, claiming that his second-hand smoke is making their lives hell. ANI

India's first comic convention to be held in February
India is set to hold its very own comic convention this February. ANI

Internet campaign alleges George VI 'had Nazi sympathies'
An online campaign has said that George VI, the father of the Queen, had Nazi sympathies. ANI

Salman Bashir likely to replace Malik as Pak HC to India
Pakistan is likely to appoint Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir as its next High Commissioner to India after incumbent envoy Shahid Malik's term ends in June. ANI

Indian kindergartener, 4, raped by school bus driver, conductors in Dubai
A school bus driver and two conductors in Dubai have been arrested after they were accused of having raped a four-year-old girl of Indian origin while dropping her home. ANI

17-yr-old becomes youngest to win Miss America in 90 yrs
A 17-year-old from Nebraska has become the youngest ever to be crowned Miss America in 90 years. ANI

Brit-author Dalrymple in controversy over "Raj", "racist" claims
Award-winning historian William Dalrymple has found himself in the middle of a racist controversy over claims that British authors writing about India are inheritors of "a Raj that still lingers". ANI

'I can never even imagine that Pak Army will be against me': Musharraf
Former president Pervez Musharraf, who launched his own political party last year in a bid to return to Pakistan politics, has said he can "never even imagine" that the army will stand up against him. ANI

Combined computer attacks could have 'catastrophic' global effects
A new study has found that coordinated computer attacks could have 'catastrophic' global effects. ANI

ANC slams Nelson Mandela twitter 'death' hoax
The African National Congress (ANC) has dispelled reports claiming that former South African President Nelson Mandela had passed away. ANI

Michael Reagan calls half-brother Ron an 'embarrassment'
The controversial claim by Ron Reagan in his forthcoming book 'My Father at 100' that his father and former US President Ronald Reagan suffered the early stages of Alzheimer's disease while in office has now descended into sibling rivalry. ANI

Has Kate chosen Princess Di's favorite designer for her wedding dress?
Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton is reportedly discussing wedding dresses with one of Princess Diana's favorite London designer. ANI

Ritu Beri, Pankaj Udhas to take part in Spirit of India in Oman event in Muscat
Indian fashion designer Ritu Berry and popular ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas will take part in the Spirit of India in Oman event to celebrate double occasion of the 40th National Day of Oman and the Republic Day of India. ANI

Revealed: French stained glass window depicting Hitler as King Herod
A church stained glass window created in France at the height of the Nazi Occupation, which reportedly shows Adolf Hitler portrayed as a blood-thirsty King Herod killing a Jew, has been revealed for the first time after 70 years. ANI

Shot Congresswoman Giffords' condition upgraded from 'critical to serious', says husband
The husband of shot Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords has claimed that she has been upgraded to serious from critical. ANI

Former dictator 'Baby Doc' Duvalier reappears in Haiti
Haiti's political crisis took a stunning turn on Sunday when Jean-Claude Duvalier, the dictator known as Baby Doc, returned unexpectedly to the capital Port-au-Prince 25 years after being sent into exile in France. ANI

Pakistan lacks effective counter-terrorism policy: PIPS report
The internal security situation continues to be a pressing challenge for Pakistan, as the rule of law is lacking not only in KPK and FATA but all across the country, a Pakistani think-tank has said in its report. ANI

18 killed in passenger van bomb blast in Pak's KP province
At least 18 people have been killed in a bomb attack on a passenger van in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. ANI

'Brit-Indian honeymooner said couple's relation was a disaster from start to finish'
A fellow holidaymaker who had spend some time with the Indian-origin couple during their honeymoon in Cape Town, has testified that murdered bride Anni's husband acted strangely during their trip, adding that she was puzzled when Shrien told her their relationship had been a "disaster from start to finish" following Anni's death. ANI

China looking for common ground with US: President Hu
China will seek to find common ground with the United States in a bid to resolve existing bilateral disputes, said President Hu Jintao ahead of his visit to Washington scheduled for later this week. ANI

India to lead solar energy drive in Asia-Pacific region: ADB
With its rapidly growing electricity demand, ample land availability and strong government commitment to sustainable economic growth, India can play a leading role in generating solar energy in the Asia and Pacific region, the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Director General for South Asia said today. ANI

Assange's hacking offences revealed in Oz court documents
New documents revealed in an Australian court have revealed how WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange created a program that allowed him to access about 11,000 computers belonging to the giant Canadian telecommunications company Northern Telecom. ANI

Silvio Berlusconi's 's*x orgy' flats found
Italian prosecutors have discovered series of properties in the outskirts of Milan where Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi use to keep young women to perform striptease for him. ANI

Wife 'beaten' by Indian diplomat immune from prosecution hides in fear
The wife of a high-ranking Indian diplomat who was allegedly attacked by her husband at their official London residence a fortnight before Christmas, has gone into hiding with their 5-year-old son in fear of her life. ANI

Tunisian military takes action against Ex-President's aides
The Tunisian military has detained some of the aides of ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, just 24 hours after he fled the country. ANI

China's rising wealth and influence concerns Washington ahead of Hu visit
As Chinese President Hu Jintao prepares to visit Washington this week in an attempt to defuse tensions with the United States, Obama administration officials are grappling with what they describe as a more complex reality-China being far wealthier and more influential than the United States. ANI

Musharraf blames Nawaz Sharif for bloodbath in Karachi
Former president Pervez Musharraf has blamed Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Nawaz Sharif for the current violent situation in Karachi, saying that he had ignored the military's advice and tried to corner the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (Altaf faction). ANI

Berlusconi denies paying teen for s*x, says he's in 'stable' relationship
Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has denied allegations that he paid a teenager for s*x, saying that he has no need to as he is enjoying a "stable, affectionate relationship" with one woman. ANI

"Doing away with Pak's blasphemy law not at all possible, mustn't be done": Musharraf
Pakistan "must not" do away with its controversial blasphemy law, former president Pervez Musharraf has said. ANI

China's IPR campaign expanded to prevent online piracy
With the Internet becoming a major battleground for China's intellectual property rights (IPR) protection campaign, a spokesman for the National Copyright Administration, has said the government is more than determined to prevent online piracy. ANI

Hindus, Jews Ask Pope to Abandon Double Standards on Roma Apartheid
Hindus and Jews claim that Pope Benedict holds double standards on the issues of Roma (Gypsy) apartheid in Europe. ANI

Hindus upset with Jim Carrey, NBC for mocking Lord Ganesh
Hindus are disturbed over the portrayal of Lord Ganesh as a s*x act on NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL) and want apologies from all those responsible for it, including actor Jim Carrey and NBC. ANI

Wills, Kate to ask for charity donations instead of wedding presents
Prince William and Kate Middleton are likely to ask the public to donate money to charity instead of buying them wedding presents. ANI

Frost & Sullivan: Dual-fuel Cars to Drive the Iranian Passenger Cars Market to More than 2.2 Million Units
Car manufacturers have immense opportunities to tap the passenger cars market in Iran, as the Government’s new scrapping policy is expected to phase about 1.2 million passenger cars off the road by March 2012. This is likely to trigger a demand for more than 2.2 million units by 2015 to replace the old models and target new buyers, as well. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www Business Wire India

Astellas Enters into License Agreement with TOLMAR
Astellas Pharma Inc. (TOKYO:4503"Astellas") announced today that its European subsidiary Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd.("Astellas Pharma Europe", headquarters: Stains,U.K.)" acquired the license for commercialization of the treatment for advanced prostate cancer Eligard®from TOLMAR Inc. ("TOLMAR", headquarters: Colorado, U.S.A Business Wire India

Air Techniques Announces The Addition Of Territory Manager For Australia and New Zealand
Air Techniques, Inc., a leading dental equipment manufacturer, was proud to announce that Len Tanne has joined the company as a Territory Manager for Australia and New Zealand. Mr Business Wire India

Al Fajer Properties to Take Legal Action against Customers in Default
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Young Future Energy Leaders Poised to Make a Contribution to the solution of clean energy and sustainability at WFES 2011
The Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL), a program of the Masdar Institute, committed to raising awareness and engaging students and young professionals in the renewable energy and sustainability fields, announces its program and sponsors for 2011. Business Wire India

@Masdar Expands Social Media Efforts to Enable Global Conversation During #WFES2011
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