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India committed to making a democratic, stable Nepal: Nirupama Rao
Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, who is presently on a three-day visit to Kathmandu, on Tuesday said that India is committed to working with them for a democratic and stable Nepal. ANI

Turkey allowed US to use airbase to take suspected terrorists to Guantanamo Bay
US diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' have revealed that Turkey had allowed the US to use its airbase at Incirlik to take suspected terrorists to Guantanamo Bay. ANI

Sino-US relations can't be hampered by trade frictions
A Commerce Ministry official in China has said trade frictions cannot hamper economic and trade relations between Beijing and Washington. ANI

Nearly 2.2 million Chinese population hit by drought
About 2.2 million Chinese are facing a drought-like situation, the country's drought relief authorities have claimed. ANI

Pak Rangers nab 150 suspects as Karachi door-to-door operation ends
The Rangers have ended a search operation launched in various localities of Orangi Town area in Karachi, detaining many suspects in the process. ANI

Brother 'raped 12-year-old sister on mum's orders'
A woman has revealed that she was raped at the age of 12 by her own brother on her mother's orders. ANI

Roman bathhouses discovered in Southern Syria
Roman bathhouses discovered in the archaeological city of Bosra are said to have played a very important role in the social life of the inhabitants during the Roman reign. ANI

UK woman jailed for 2-yrs for falsely claiming rape against four men
A woman in Britain has been jailed for two-years after she was found to have falsely accused four men of raping her in two separate attacks. ANI

Healthy UK women demanding gastric bands to stay thin
Cosmetic surgery companies in the UK have revealed that more and more healthy women are demanding gastric bands in a bid to stay thin and avoid going to the gym. ANI

60-yr-old Houston strip club waitress wins age discrimination case
A 60-year-old Houston strip bar waitress, who said she was fired four years ago for being too old, has won an age discrimination lawsuit. ANI

Missing people case: Pak SC warns intelligence agencies against 'illegal acts'
Pakistan's Supreme Court has warned the authorities- including the intelligence agencies- against taking any illegal actions, and reminded them that they were bound to trace the people who had been missing for years. ANI

Shot Rep. Giffords 'miraculously' smiles, rubs hubby's neck
The husband of shot Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords has claimed that she is 'miraculously' recovering, and added that she even smiled and raised up her hands to touch his face and rub his neck. ANI

US teens in soup after 'posting fake nude pic of classmate on Facebook'
Two teenage girls from Florida have been charged under the state's cyberbullying law for allegedly posting fake nude photographs of a classmate on Facebook. ANI

Scholarships to Malaysians for traditional medicine studies in India
The Indian Government is offering 20 scholarships to Malaysians wanting to pursue traditional medicine courses in India for the academic year 2011/12 onwards. ANI

Malaysia to set up special counters to help Indians without documents
Malaysia's National Registration Department (NRD) offices will set up special counters next month under the "MyDaftar" campaign to address documentation problems involving the Indian community. ANI

Case likely against Pak starlet Veena Malik for drinking and dancing with Indian star
Responding to a petition seeking registration of a criminal case against Pakistani artiste Veena Malik for indulging in 'illegal' activities in India, the Lahore High Court has summoned the Shalimar SHO by January 24. ANI

UK linked to Bangladeshi secret torture centres
UK authorities passed on information about British nationals to Bangladeshi intelligence agencies and police units before pressing for information while some of the men even died after being tortured in the secret centres. ANI

US woman wins payout from TSA after airport security exposed her breasts
A woman in the US, who sued the Transportation Security Administration after her br**ts were exposed during a pat down at a Texas airport, has been awarded a "nominal" payment. ANI

It's splitsville for January Jones, Jason Sudeikis
'Mad Men' star January Jones has apparently ended her relationship with SNL star Jason Sudeikis. ANI

Jimmy Choo launches new range of footwear for men
Glitzy accessories label Jimmy Choo has launched a new range of footwear for men. ANI

Italian food is now world's favourite
An international survey has revealed that Italian food is now the world's favourite. ANI

Oz education industry likely to suffer setback as US-UK-Canada attracting more Indians
Australia is likely to suffer a setback in its attempt to retain its international students as countries like US, Britain and Canada are reportedly becoming more competitive by absorbing more students from abroad, particularly India. ANI

Brit mum left horrified as singing toy puppy starts swearing
A woman in Britain, who bought a singing toy puppy for her baby daughter, revealed that she was left horrified when it started swearing. ANI

Palin defends Jewish "blood libel" comment, accuses opponents of trying to 'shut her up'
Potential 2012 presidential candidate Sarah Palin has defended her "blood libel" phrase that she had used in her video response to the Arizona shootings, and added that her critics cannot 'shut her up' over her conservative agenda. ANI

Pakistan's terrorist sanctuaries "rich hunting ground" for US: NYT
Pakistan's refusal to launch a military operation in North Waziristan to hit the terrorist sanctuaries on its northwest border may have created a magnet there for hundreds of Islamic fighters, which has a positive side for the United States. ANI

'Octomom' whips diaper-clad man in fetish video offered for sale
Nadya Suleman a.k.a. 'Octomom' is featured in a fetish video that is being offered for sale, whipping a man wearing a diaper. ANI

Most Americans disapprove of Palin's response to Arizona shootings: Poll
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's response to the Arizona shootings has been slammed by Americans, including most of her supporters, with a latest poll saying that 46 percent of respondents disapproved of her way of handling the outcry. ANI

US court tells pet cat he 'must attend' jury duty or face consequences
A pet cat in US that was summoned for jury duty has been told by a court that he "must attend", even though his owner did her best to point out that he is "unable to speak or understand English". ANI

Cheney believes Obama will only serve one term as president
Former US Vice President Dick Cheney has reiterated his belief that President Obama will serve just one term. ANI

Now, families of Air India bomb blast victims ask for memorial in India
Families of crew members who died in the 1985 mid-air bomb explosion aboard an Air India flight have asked for the wreckage to be sent back to India for a memorial to commemorate the tragedy. ANI

Blasphemy accused Pak-Christian woman may be shifted to women-only jail for safety
Aasia Bibi, the Pakistani-Christian woman sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, may be shifted to an all-women prison due to security concerns. ANI

China's uranium shortage likely to end by 2021
The state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation has predicted that uranium shortage for nuclear reprocessing technology may end by 2021. ANI

Awlaki's latest fatwa calls for destruction of buildings
The latest edition of al Qaeda's English-language web magazine "Inspire" offers readers a new fatwa from American-born jihadi leader Anwar al-Awlaki on how to destroy buildings using gas lines, and a primer on the AK-47 rifle. ANI

Obama may be more assertive during meeting with Hu
US President Barack Obama is likely to be more assertive with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, when the latter visits Washington later this week, American officials have said. ANI

French nun credits late Pope John Paul with giving her 'second birth'
A French Catholic nun has credited late Pope John Paul with curing her of Parkinson's disease, and also giving her a 'second birth'. ANI

China to test endurance of its astronauts in space
China plans to test the endurance of its astronauts in space through long-term missions. ANI

Iran hanged 47 people in past three weeks: HR groups
Iran has hanged nearly 50 people during the past three weeks, human rights groups have claimed. ANI

Guessing game over who could be Silvio Berlusconi's steady woman
After Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi claimed that he could not have had s*x with an underage prostitute as he is in a steady relationship, the guessing game is on as to who the mystery woman is. ANI

American Qaeda leader Al Awlaki urging followers to steal funds, property from West
Followers of Anwar Al-Awlaki, a rising leader of the Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda, are being told to steal, embezzle and seize property, especially from Americans, in order to finance their jihad. ANI

'Granite stitching' saves 1,250-yr-old Indian temple from collapse
A 1,250-year-old temple in the southern part of India, which was in total ruins with dense vegetation growing over its dome, has been stitched back together. ANI

Michelle Obama celebrates her birthday
US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama celebrated her birthday with a quiet dinner on Monday. ANI

Berlusconi's Milan housing complex branded a 'whore house'
Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi's Milan housing complex has been branded a 'whore house', say prosecution documents sent to parliament. ANI

'Even German civilians took part in killing concentration camp survivors'
A new book 'The Death Marches: The Final Phase of Nazi Genocide' by author Daniel Blatman chronicles how German civilians murdered many concentration camp survivors. ANI

Sindh Govt may launch "selective operation" in Karachi to curb target killings
In the wake of a fresh wave of target killings in Karachi, the Sindh government has decided to launch a selective operation in some 120 localities to maintain peace in the city before the local elections. ANI

Indian-origin Sikh priest charged for sexually assaulting girl in Glasgow temple
An Indian-origin priest has been charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Glasgow, Scotland. ANI

Brit-Pak man questioned for masterminding own abduction to get money from father
A British-Pakistani man is being questioned for allegedly 'masterminding' his own abduction along with his British wife to extract money from his father. ANI

PML-N wants Pak Govt to broaden trade with India to fight high inflation
The Pakistan Muslim League-N is likely to suggest to the Pakistan People's Party-led federal government to broaden the trade scope of daily use commodities with India through land routes, as a first and vital step to curb high inflation in the country, according to PML-N sources. ANI

Elderly British national dies in police custody in Pakistan
A 70-year-old British man died of kidney failure in Pakistan following his arrest for suspected arson, a police office has said. ANI

Pak people must make united effort to weed out terrorism from country: Altaf Hussain
Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has condemned the passenger van bomb blast in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Hangu district, in which 18 people were killed. ANI

Berlusconi 'paid a significant number of women to have s*x'
Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi has been accused of paying a 'significant' number of women to have s*x with him at parties he hosted last year. ANI

WNS Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2011 Earnings
Financial Highlights: GAAP Measures • Q3 revenues of $152.7 million, up 4.7% from the corresponding quarter last year and down 1.0% sequentially • Q3 net income of $5.8 million, compared to $0.3 million in the corresponding quarter last year and $4.9 million sequentially • Q3 diluted income per ADS of $0.13, compared to $0.01 in the corresponding quarter last year and $0 Business Wire India

Covidien Unveils Next Generation EverFlex+T Peripheral Stent System
Covidien (NYSE:COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced availability of the EverFlex+™ Self-Expanding Peripheral Stent System in Europe. Business Wire India

Moelis & Company Opens Dubai Office; Expands to Middle East
Moelis & Company, the New York-headquartered independent investment bank, today announced the establishment of a new office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates Business Wire India

SOFTBANK MOBILE in Japan Selects Gemalto for Mobile Contactless Payment Trial
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces its selection by SOFTBANK MOBILE for the latest mobile contactless payment trial in Japan. SOFTBANK MOBILE is a leading mobile operator in Japan with 21 million subscribers Business Wire India

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Commends UAE and Masdar's Leadership in Addressing Global Energy Challenges
His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, has commended Masdar’s ambition and commitment to advancing and commercialising innovations in renewable energy and clean technology. Business Wire India

Nike Introduces the New French Football Kit, Combining Elegant Design with Innovative Performance and Environmental Sustainability
Nike (NYSE:NKE) announced its partnership with the French Football Federation at the Espace Cambon, unveiling the new team kits with French players Abou Diaby, Alou Diarra, Florent Malouda and Yann MVila, France Coach Laurent Blanc and NIKE, Inc. President and CEO, Mark Parker. Business Wire India

SiliconCore Technology Shipments Exceed 200 Million Units
SiliconCore Technology, a leading fabless analog products company, has announced that its Laser Diode Driver (LDD) family of devices have exceeded customer shipments of 200 million units to date Business Wire India

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Inaugurates World Future Energy Summit 2011 in Abu Dhabi
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Singapore Employers Upbeat About 2011 Business Prospects, Reports
A joint survey by the Human Resources Institute and Remuneration Data Specialists indicates that 93% of Singapore employers are optimistic about business prospects in 2011. Further analysis by www.SingaporeStartup Business Wire India

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