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31 killed in Moscow airport bombing
At least 31 persons have been killed and over hundred others are reported to be injured in the blast that rocked Moscow's Domodedovo airport on Monday. ANI

Now "Catholic Yoga" in America
World-famous Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago (USA) is offering "Catholic Yoga" classes. ANI

Pak Punjab Governor's assassin appears in Rawalpindi court for trial hearing
Pakistan Punjab Governor Salman Taseer's assassin, Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, on Monday appeared in a prison court in Rawalpindi for a preliminary trial hearing. ANI

Brits rejecting mournful funerals in favour of pop songs
A new study has found that Britons are turning away from traditional funerals in favour of "celebrations" featuring favourite pop songs, football teams and hobbies. ANI

300m-1 odds: All 3 children of Brit couple born at 7.43
A British couple is over the moon after the birth of their third child who entered the world exactly at 7.43. ANI

UK undercover agents used s*x as tool to gather info during operations
A former agent has revealed that police in Britain used s*x as a tool when gathering information during undercover operations and that tactical "promiscuity" was viewed as "part of the job". ANI

Kids who stay up late at weekends 'more likely to be obese'
A Chicago University study has found that kids who are allowed to stay up late at weekends are more likely to be obese. ANI

Brown 'asked police whether his phone had been hacked while he was PM'
Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown asked the Metropolitan Police during his term whether his phone had been hacked, it emerged yesterday. ANI

Facebook hacker takes over Sarkozy's account
A Facebook hacker took over French president Nicolas Sarkozy's account and posted a false message that he was abandoning plans to run for re-election. ANI

Asian gang forced UK girls into s*x for food, booze, phone top-up
The Asian gang in UK, that has been arrested, is said to have forced six schoolgirls to sell s*x in return for food, booze and mobile phone top-ups. ANI

25 pounds-a-night hotel in Greece voted 'best in the world'
A hotel in Greece where rooms can cost as little as 25 pounds a night has been voted the best in the world by its guests. ANI

Indian docs inspired by Gandhi treat people by listening to them
Indian doctors Abhay and his wife Rani Bang have revolutionised the approach to healthcare for mothers and babies. ANI

Dead Space 2 is so gruesome it scares its creator
Dead Space 2, an upcoming survival horror third-person shooter video game, is so gruesome that it even scares its creator. ANI

Toyota top global carmaker of 2010 with sales of 8.42 million vehicles
Toyota sold 8.42 million vehicles globally in 2010 to remain the world's top automaker for the third year straight. ANI

France wants British, German armies to unite
France wants Britain to join with Germany to form a military partnership in which all three countries will share equipment and troops. ANI

Tasmania creates history, elects first female premier
Tasmania's first female premier, a career politician, has revealed what it felt like to be the youngest woman to be elected to an Australian parliament as a 23-year-old in 1996. ANI

Foreign diplomats owe more 1 million pounds in parking fines
A look at foreign diplomats and the illegal way they park their vehicles has revealed that they owe more than 1 million pounds in parking fines to England. ANI

Living next door to Octomom Nadya Suleman is a nightmare: Neighbours
Octomom Nadya Sulema's neighbours say living next door to her is a never ending nightmare. ANI

Brit woman banned from buying or drinking alcohol in UK breaks ASBO
The British woman, who had been banned from buying or drinking alcohol anywhere in England and Wales, has broken her ASBO after filming a documentary for BBC on how rehab changed her. ANI

One year after extinction of Bo, Andaman tribe in danger
One year after the death of the last member of the Bo tribe of the Andaman Islands (January 26), Survival International has warned that the neighbouring Jarawa tribe is also in danger. ANI

New-age Aussie 'a tech-savvy workaholic'
The lifestyle of people Down Under seems to be changing, with more people ditching backyards for balconies. ANI

Malaysian bloggers chalk up revenues of up to RM1mil annually
If reports are to be believed, then Malaysian bloggers and blog operators are able to chalk up revenues of up to RM1mil annually. ANI

Wills-Kate to stay out of spotlight for first 2 years of their marriage?
If sources are to believed, then the Queen has apparently told Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton that they can stay away from the spotlight for the first two years after their wedding. ANI

Asian-origin accountant sues UK firm for racial discrimination
A Asian-origin employee in a British accountancy firm is suing the company for racism on grounds that the firm gave him inferior clients as he was not a 'White Briton'. ANI

Marriott to bar access to adult movies in new hotels
Marriott International has revealed that it will bar access to adult movies in new hotel rooms that it is planning to open in some years. ANI

Scotland wants 40-yr US ban on haggis to be lifted
The Scottish Government has invited a delegation of US politicians in a bid to persuade them to overturn a 40-year ban on the haggis. ANI

'Find Your Car' system in US gaining fans amidst privacy concerns
Santa Monica Place in US has installed the nation's first camera-based 'Find Your Car' system, which can help absent-minded shoppers locate their vehicles. ANI

Alcohol, poor diet linked to high rates of br*ast cancer in UK
A new report by the respected World Health Organization has revealed that binge drinking and unhealthy lifestyles are contributing to high rates of br*ast cancer in Britain. ANI

Australia under pressure to reject Sri Lankan envoy
Australia is under pressure to reject Sri Lanka's choice of naming former Navy Chief as its next envoy in Canberra. ANI

'Cranky and fickle' Independent voters may be turning back to Obama
President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats learned at least one big lesson in the November 2010 elections-What the independent voter gives, the independent voter can also take away. ANI

Married UK House of Lords leader's affair with single mum exposed
The leader of the House of Lords, Lord Strathclyde, who is married and has three children, has according to claims by a single mother been having an affair with her for almost eight years. ANI

US drone strikes kill 13 militants in North Waziristan
At least 13 militants have reportedly been killed in a series of unmanned US drone strikes in Pakistan's North Waziristan province. ANI

Dubai opens 'world's highest restaurant'
Dubai has set a new record by opening world's highest restaurant. ANI

Powell still supports Obama, but uncertain about his choice in 2012 Presidential polls
Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said that he still supports US President Barack Obama, but is not certain about who to vote for in 2012. ANI

International crime groups spreading 'trafficking of Chinese women' abroad
A Chinese police officer has claimed there has been a rise in the number of women from his country being forced into prostitution abroad by international crime groups. ANI

US committed to help Pak promote tolerance, work against hardliners: Posner
United States Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Michael H. Posner, has said that Pakistan is an ally of the Obama administration, and was committed to working against hardliners. ANI

Obama has "learned a lot" in two years of presidency: McCain
John McCain, the Republican Arizona Senator who was placed opposite Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential polls, has praised the latter as someone who has "learned a lot" in the first two years of his presidency, and improved his politics following last year's mid-term polls. ANI

WWI soldiers' autograph book found in Cambridgeshire
A book containing inscriptions written by World War I soldiers has been discovered in Cambridgeshire. ANI

Gunman injures four in Detroit police precinct
A gunman walked into a police precinct in Detroit Sunday evening and shot four persons before being gunned down. ANI

Oxbridge students compete in depraved challenge to win free £2K holiday
Students from Oxford and Cambridge were seen competing in depraved challenges to win a free five-star holiday worth 2,000 pounds at a French ski resort. ANI

Kiwi police confirm burnt body as being that of an Indian woman
South Auckland Police have identified the body of the woman who was burnt to death on a Waikato roadside as being an Indian. Her name, they said, was Ranjeeta Sharma. ANI

Obama was born in the US, says Eric Cantor
House majority leader Eric Cantor has said that he thinks Barack Obama was born in the US, but refused to call birthers' disproved claims 'crazy talk.' ANI

New lover's bad breath is most Brit girls' morning-after nightmare
British girls say that the worst morning-after nightmare is waking to their new lover's bad breath. ANI

China used downed US F-117 Nighthawk to reverse engineer its first stealth jet
China built the radar-evading Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter jet by using technology gleaned from a downed F-117 Nighthawk, a stealth ground attack aircraft formerly operated by the United States Air Force, military officials have claimed. ANI

Deal between Karzai, lawmakers over parliament session initiation is 'uncertain'
The deal between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and rebel lawmakers on the opening of the lower house of parliament appears to be in doubt as the MPs are demanding the abolition of the Karzai-backed tribunal, terming it 'unconstitutional'. ANI

Israeli soldiers fired at Gaza-bound aid ships in self-defence, says inquiry
The Israel Government-appointed Turkel Commission has claimed that the country's soldiers opened fire in self-defence during a deadly attack on a Gaza-bound flotilla of aid ships May 31, 2010 that led to worldwide condemnation. ANI

Palestinian negotiators had secretly agreed partial Israel annexation
Palestinian negotiators had secretly agreed to accept Israel's annexation, leaked confidential documents have revealed. ANI

Berlusconi's party gaining support despite s*x scandals
It looks like the latest scandal over Italy's prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's riotous private life has done nothing to weaken his supporters' faith in him. ANI

Controversial JFK ambulance sold for $120K at auction
A controversial ambulance has fetched 120,000 dollars at Barrett Jackson auction after people questioned whether the ambulance ever carried the body of late U.S. President John F. Kennedy. ANI

Palestinian negotiators deny Al-Jazeera report on Mideast peace compromise
Palestinian negotiators have denied an Al-Jazeera TV report that claimed that the Palestinians were prepared to compromise over two of the toughest issues, Jerusalem and refugees, during peace talks in 2008, and claimed that parts of those documents were fabricated. ANI

Vladimir Putin's 'mistress' denies she gave birth to his baby
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's alleged mistress, Alina Kabayeva, has denied she gave birth to his baby son. ANI

'Dobber' Julian Assange named 'Un-Australian of the Year'
WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange has been named Un-Australian of the Year by a men's magazine. ANI

Drunken Delta Air Lines pilot jailed for 6 months in UK
A Delta Air Lines pilot was jailed for six months by a UK court after he turned up drunk at a London airport to fly a transatlantic passenger plane. ANI

Zardari to visit US in February
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari will visit the United States next month. ANI

Tony Blair didn't have a cell phone during his PM tenure
Former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown have a less well-known distinction - their attitude towards mobile phones. ANI

Princess Diana music used in Wills-Kate engagement photos
Celebrity photographer Mario Testino has revealed the inspiration behind Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement photos. ANI

6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Pakistan
A major earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale jolted parts of Pakistan on Monday, the country's meteorological department said. ANI

Berlusconi 'paid £100K to TV weather girl'
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi paid 100,000 pounds to a glamorous TV weather girl after she attended his infamous s*x parties, it has emerged. ANI

Global Pulp & Paper Leader Announces New Research and Development Initiatives
Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP), one of the world’s largest pulp and paper producers, is announcing a series of social and environmental initiatives to kick off the United Nations' Year of the Forest and mark the company’s support for Indonesia’s two-year moratorium on new forest conversions. Business Wire India

Welch Allyn to Showcase Suite of Powerful and Scalable Diagnostic Care Solutions at Arab Health Congress 2011
Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical products and solutions, will showcase its newest suite of devices that capture, format and transmit vital signs from the point of care to electronic medical records (EMRs) this week at the 2011 Arab Health Exhibition & Congress in Dubai, UAE Business Wire India

Kowa Announces Subgroup Analyses of Peretinoin (NIK-333) Phase II/III Trial in Patients Following Curative Therapy for Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) Indicate Populations Who May Gain Most Benefit from Peretinoin Therapy
Kowa Company, Ltd Business Wire India

Discera Ships World's Highest Performance MEMS Oscillators with Femtosecond Jitter for Networking, Server, Storage, and Video Applications
Discera, Inc., a leading provider of silicon timing technology announced the volume availability of the world’s highest performance MEMS oscillators for Networking, Server, Storage, and Video applications. The DSC11XX silicon oscillators are available at accuracies up to 10 ppm, and temperature ranges up to 125 degrees Celsius Business Wire India

AspenTech Marks 30 Years of Innovation and Leadership In the Process Industries
The year 2011 marks 30 years of innovation and leadership in the process industries for Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of optimization software and services Business Wire India

Ernst & Young: Globalization On the Rebound Despite National Tensions
Business Wire India

Performics Becomes First Performance Marketing Agency Globally; Appoints Andras Vigh Managing Director Worldwide
Performics, the performance marketing agency unit of ZenithOptimedia, owned by Publicis Groupe, announced today that through a global extension across 14 major markets it will become the most comprehensive search and performance marketing agency worldwide. Business Wire India

CORRECTING and REPLACING Tupperware Brands Corporation CEO is Made a Knight in the French Legion of Honor
Business Wire India

print24 Reports 50% Growth and Invests in the World's Largest Printing Press
Operating globally as Europe's leader in online printing, print24 achieved a growth of 50% in orders in 2010. Business Wire India

Left Behind Games Acquires Assets of MyPraize® Christian Social Media Network
Left Behind Games Inc. (OTC:LFBG), dba LB Games®, the leading publisher of exclusively Christian video games, announced that it has acquired the assets of MyPraize®, one of the largest Christian social media networks, established in 2005 Business Wire India

Bank of America Reports Fourth-Quarter and 2010 Financial Results
Bank of America Corporation has reported a net loss of $1.2 billion, or $0.16 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2010, including the previously announced goodwill impairment charge of $2.0 billion in the Home Loans and Insurance segment. Excluding the goodwill impairment charge, the company earned $756 million, or $ 0 Business Wire India

DTS® Partners with Huawei Device Co., Ltd. to Integrate Superior Sound Technologies
DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI), the leader in high definition audio, announced that it has officially entered into an agreement with Huawei Device Co., Ltd., a leading telecom terminal device and solutions provider headquartered in China, to integrate DTS technologies into its products Business Wire India

PRAZAXA® (dabigatran etexilate) Approved in Japan for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation
For Media outside the U.S. and Canada Business Wire India

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