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How mainstream media undermines US women in influential positions
A documentary titled 'Missrepresentation' has been released, which explores how mainstream media undermines American women in influential positions. ANI

ANC calls for media to stop speculating about Mandela's health
The African National Congress (ANC) has asked the media to stop speculating about former president Nelson Mandela's health and give the family some privacy.We appeal, particularly to the media fraternity to refrain from making unfounded and unwarranted speculation in relation to Madiba's health," News 24 quoted ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu as saying. ANI

Poor sleep affects 1 in 3 Brits
Amid a growing epidemic of insomnia, a new survey has found that one in three Brits is suffering from sleep problems. ANI

Nawaz warns PPP-led Pak govt to implement ten-point agenda or pack up
Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif has categorically stated that either the federal government should implement his ten-point agenda or be ready to pack up and go home. ANI

Celebrity journalist says he never talked to Hawaii Gov about Obama birth certificate
Celebrity journalist Mike Evans has backtracked from recent statements made regarding US President Barack Obama's original birth certificate. ANI

Bristol Palin to earn big bucks for talking abstinence at Washington University
The fact that Bristol Palin will be the keynote speaker for Washington University's Sex Week in St. Louis hasn't gone down well with all students. ANI

Archaeologists unearth 127-km long 'Great Wall' of Vietnam
Archaeologists have recently uncovered a 127-km long wall in Vietnam, which locals call as "Vietnam's Great Wall". ANI

At 93, Hitler's last bodyguard gives up on fan mail
A former bodyguard for Adolf Hitler has given up on fan mail. The 93-year-old says it is "no longer possible" due to age. ANI

Teaching of Urdu in UK schools 'has almost doubled in 4 years'
Figures released by CILT, the national language learning center, show that the number of state secondary schools offering Urdu as a foreign language has almost doubled in the past 4 years. ANI

Verdict against judges who took oath after Musharraf declared emergency reserved
Pakistan's Supreme Court has reserved its verdict in the contempt charges against superior court judges for taking oath under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO). ANI

UK court rules criticising, shouting at partner is domestic abuse
The Supreme Court in Britain has ruled that criticising and shouting at partner and not giving them money constitutes as domestic violence. ANI

Obama's State of Union address 'a snooze fest'
US President Barack Obama's recent State of the Union address was so boring that it put a lot of people to sleep - one of them being one of his biggest supporters. ANI

Labrador Retriever named America's top dog
The Labrador Retriever has been named as America's top dog for the 20th consecutive year by the American Kennel Club. ANI

Indian-origin woman burning case: Kiwi Police interviewing 'person of interest'
Police investigating the murder of a South Auckland Indian-origin woman Ranjeeta Sharma have confirmed they have interviewed a "person of interest" in Fiji. ANI

1 in 3 Australians struggling with post-holiday blues
Although holidays are meant to leave you feeling refreshed and energised, a survey has found that almost 30 per cent Australians are struggling with post-holiday blues. ANI

Letters reveal JD Salinger's warm, affectionate side
JD Salinger had a warm, affectionate side, according to correspondence from the "reclusive" American author. ANI

Sikh teen to continue army training in another camp
The family of the Sikh national service trainee whose hair was snipped off as he slept at the Sungai Bakap camp has given their consent for their son to return for training at another camp soon. ANI

Putin says Chechens not behind deadly Moscow airport bombing
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said Chechen terrorists were not behind the deadly suicide attack on a Moscow airport. ANI

Another petition seeking Karachi handover to Pak Army filed in Supreme Court
Another petition seeking the handing over of Karachi to Pakistan's Armed Forces has been filed in the Supreme Court's Lahore registry. ANI

New Zealand's Pike River miners died within minutes of first blast: Chief Coroner
Chief Coroner Neil MacLean has closed the inquest into New Zealand's Pike River Coal mine deaths, saying that he believes the 29 miners died soon after the first blast. ANI

Melbourne playing host to history's richest poker tournament
The Australian city of Melbourne, and not Las Vegas or the Caribbean, is playing host to the world and history's richest poker tournament. ANI

Oz PM slaps levy on taxpayers to pay for 5.6 billion dollar flood bill
Australian taxpayers earning over 50,000 dollars a year will be hit with a new levy to help pay the estimated 5.6 billion dollar bill for flood devastation in the country. ANI

Parents who share caregiving for their kids 'experience more conflict'
A new study has found that parents who share caregiving for their preschool children may experience more conflict than those in which the mother is the primary caregiver. ANI

HRCP concerned over 'abduction of Hindus, extra-judicial killings' in Balochistan
The Balochistan chapter of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed its deep concern over lawlessness, increasing incidents of abduction of Hindus, recovery of mutilated bodies and death and destruction in the province. ANI

US court finds 'mentally impaired' Stanford 'incompetent' to face trial in fraud case
The upcoming trial of former Texas billionaire Allen Stanford, accused of fleecing investors out of seven billion dollars in a pyramid scheme, has been delayed after a federal judge declared that he is mentally incompetent to go forward with his case. ANI

Nelson Mandela hospitalized for 'routine tests'
South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital on Wednesday for 'routine tests'. ANI

Bristol Palin offered job on Phoenix Radio Show
Bristol Palin is apparently considering a radio gig co-hosting the morning show on Phoenix radio station Mix 96.9. ANI

Only 44pc trust government in India
In India only 44 percent trust government, according to the 2011 Edelman Trust Barometer findings. ANI

US lawmaker proposes to castrate s*x offenders to save state money
A member of the Senate of Virginia, US, has proposed a bill to castrate s*x offenders instead of confining them to costly state treatment programs. ANI

UK security could be compromised if RAF's Nimrod fleet is scrapped
Leading British militayr figures have warned that the David Cameron Government faces a huge security risk if it decides to go ahead with plans to scrap the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) four billion pound Nimrod surveillance aircraft fleet. ANI

Chinese man jailed for 8 years illegally exporting US military equipment
A US court has sent a Chinese man to jail for eight years for illegally exporting military electronics components to a China. ANI

Palin yet to begin 2012 presidential run
Former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is yet to start a potential run for becoming the president of the United States in 2012. ANI

Davos Summit CEOs see China remaining global growth engine
World business leaders continue to see China as the engine of global economic growth despite the tremendous challenges it faces in shifting from an investment and export-led development pattern to a consumer-led one in the coming years. ANI

Netizens hail Nepalese man for slapping politician, call him 'a hero'
A Nepalese man who slapped a senior politician in anger at the lack of political progress in his country has been hailed as a hero on the Internet. ANI

Bangladesh 'death squad' trained by UK police resumes extra-judicial killing
A Bangladeshi paramilitary unit that receives training from British police has resumed killing people in so-called "crossfire" incidents that human rights groups say are extra-judicial killings. ANI

'Easy access to hate literature' main cause behind rising extremism in Pakistan: Ashrafi
The easy availability of instigating literature in Pakistani markets is the core reason behind the rising extremism in the country, Pakistan Ulema Counsel (PUC) Chairman Allama Tahir Ashrafi has said. ANI

Turkish man seeks cops' protection from wife's insatiable appetite for sex
A Turkish man living in Germany sought police protection from his wife of 18 years over her insatiable appetite for s*x. ANI

Afghan Police promise justice for couple killed by Taliban stoning
Afghan Police has promised that it will bring to justice the men who stoned a couple to death in north Afghanistan. ANI

Sarah Palin on Obama's speech: 'WTF'
That's what former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin had to say about US President Barack Obama's speech themed 'winning the future'. ANI

Over 500,000 British adults did not work under Labour regime
Over half-a-million British adults and a quarter of a million children failed to find work when the Labour Party was in power, official figures have revealed. ANI

Volkswagen unveils world's most economical car doing 313 miles per gallon
Automobile manufacturer Volkswagen has unveiled the world's most economical car, which it says can travel 313 miles on a gallon of diesel. ANI

Assange is arrogant, thin skinned and conspiratorial, say NYT reporters
New York Times reporters are of the unanimous opinion that whistle blowing website WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may look and appear smart, but is actually "arrogant, thin-skinned, conspiratorial and oddly credulous." ANI

China replaces Spain as world's 3rd most popular destination
China is now the world's third most visited country, behind France and the United States, according to figures from the UN World Tourism Organisation. ANI

Being called 'Pommy bastard' in Oz shaped my character: Prince Charles
While sympathising with Australia over its recent devastating floods, Prince Charles revealed his 'huge affection' for the Australians who called him a 'Pommy bastard' in his youth and said it helped him shape his character. ANI

US federal program incapable of detecting Moscow type attack: Critics
Critics of the Transportation Security Administration's 212-million-dollar federal program called "SPOT", which has been designed to spot suspected terrorists at American airports, have said that it is "not capable of detecting what took place in Moscow last week. ANI

Michelle Obama says she thinks about military families when she's down
Michelle Obama has said that whenever she feels down or sorry for herself, she thinks of America's military families. ANI

Canadian becomes 1st person to graduate with a degree in The Beatles
Canadian singer Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy has become the first person in the world to graduate with a Masters degree in The Beatles. ANI

Sexy news anchors distract male viewers: Study
Male viewers snap to attention at the sight of a female anchor they find attractive, but are distracted by her looks and therefore less likely to remember what she had to say, a new study from researchers at Indiana University has found. ANI

Global Muslim population to grow at 'double rate' of non-Muslims in next 20-yrs
The world's Muslim population is expected to grow at about twice the rate of the non-Muslim population over the next two decades, and constitute over a quarter of the total projected global population in 2030, according to an analysis. ANI

Italian woman seeks divorce after hubby brings mother on honeymoon
An Italian woman has filed for divorce from her husband of just one month after he brought along his mother on their honeymoon.ccording to a foreign news agency, the 36-year-old woman's lawyer said she was shocked to find her new mother-in-law at Rome's Fiumicino airport all set to join her and her husband on their honeymoon to France in December. ANI

Funeral rites of burnt Indian-origin woman to be held in Fiji
The funeral rites of the fatally burned woman had lived in New Zealand for five years, will take place in Nadi, Fiji, tomorrow, state radio reports in Suva. ANI

Karzai left increasingly isolated post new Parliament polls
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai appears to be getting increasingly isolated and outmaneuvered by his country's lawmakers. ANI

BBC World Service to lose 650 jobs, 30 million listeners following cuts
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has announced cuts in its World Service program that could see the loss of 650 jobs and at least 30 million listeners. ANI

Iran-Pakistan 'Taftan border' reopened after six months
Iran has reopened its border with Pakistan, which was closed following a suicide attack in an Iranian border city that was blamed on an anti-Iran group based in Pakistan, officials said. ANI

'Bunga bunga' parties were dignified soirees, say Berlusconi's lawyers
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's lawyers have claimed that his parties were not wild "bunga bunga" orgies but gentle soirees where modestly dressed young women sipped mineral water and watched movies. ANI

Shot US Congresswoman Giffords moved to rehab center in 'good' condition
Democratic Party Representative Gabrielle Giffords has been moved from a Houston hospital to a nearby rehabilitation center after doctors upgraded her condition from "serious" to "good ANI

US to ditch terror colour warning system
The United States Government has announced that it will no longer describe its terror-related warnings in shades of green, blue, yellow, orange and red. ANI

US historian denies tampering with Lincoln's last pardon
An American historian has denied tampering with one of President Abraham Lincoln's last official acts before he was assassinated on April 14, 1965. ANI

Islamabad HC rejects petition for cancellation of case against Salman Taseer's assassin
The Islamabad High Court has set aside an intra-court appeal seeking cancellation of a case against late Punjab Governor Salman Taseer's assassin Mumtaz Qadri, primarily on technical grounds. ANI

Obama, Clinton hail vibrancy of US-India ties on India's Republic Day
US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have both hailed the vibrancy and stability of US-India bilateral relations on the occasion of India's 62nd Republic Day. ANI

Sarah Palin's husband not involved in prostitution ring: Cops
Police have dismissed reports that Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, is embroiled in a s*x scandal involving an extramarital affair with a massage therapist. ANI

Berlusconi 'has made Italians a laughing stock around the world'
Italy's bestselling Catholic publication has said that the s*x scandal swirling around Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has made Italians a laughing stock around the world. ANI

Soon, you could 'swipe' your iPhone instead of a credit card!
There's plenty you can do with them - play music, send pictures and what not - but soon, you could be using your iPhones for shopping. ANI

Lenovo and NEC Form Joint Venture to Create Japan's Largest PC Group
Lenovo and NEC Corporation (NEC) today announced a strategic relationship that creates a joint venture between the two companies and forms the largest PC group in Japan. The agreement aligns NEC, Japan’s number one PC company, with Lenovo, the fastest growing top-five PC maker in the world* Business Wire India

Moelis & Company Expands to Asia; Acquires Hong Kong-Based Asia Pacific Advisers
Moelis & Company, the New York-headquartered independent investment bank, has announced its plans to expand into Asia with the acquisition of Asia Pacific Advisers (“APA”), an independent financial advisory firm based in Hong Kong Business Wire India

Covidien Delivers 20,000th ForceTriadTM Energy Platform
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, has announced the delivery of the Company's 20,000th ForceTriad™ energy platform. The Dongzhimen Hospital, an affiliate of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, in Beijing, China, took delivery of the device earlier this month Business Wire India

Hurricane Electric Predicts Exhaustion of IPv4 Address Space will Occur Next Week
Hurricane Electric, the world’s largest IPv6-native Internet backbone and leading colocation provider, has predicted that the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) will allocate its final block of IPv4 addresses sometime next week. Business Wire India

CIGI and INET Announce Partnership to Advance Innovative Thinking Globally
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) were pleased to announce a new partnership aimed at furthering their complementary missions. Business Wire India

Bloomberg Announces Turnkey Solution for Hedge Funds
Bloomberg Trading Solutions executives has announced the launch of Bloomberg Hedge Fund Tool Box (HBOX), a complete platform that meets the growing number and needs of hedge funds. Bloomberg also revealed the results of a hedge fund survey that showed regulations are prompting reviews of fund technology and operations. Business Wire India

The Nielsen Company Announces Pricing of Its Initial Public Offering and Concurrent Offering of Mandatory Convertible Subordinated Bonds
Nielsen Holdings N.V. (“The Nielsen Company”) announced that it has priced its initial public offering of 71,428,572 shares of its common stock at $23.00 per share. The Nielsen Company’s shares of common stock are expected to begin trading yasterday, January 26, on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "NLSN Business Wire India

Connectiva Systems to Showcase Catalyst Project at TM Forum's 2011 Management World Asia
Connectiva Systems, Inc., a leading provider of revenue optimization solutions, has announced that it will present its Catalyst project on mobile analytics at TM Forum’s 2011 Management World Asia. The conference will be held in Singapore on January 26-27, 2011. Business Wire India

AspenTech Announces OPTIMIZET 2011 Global Conference
Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, has announced its global conference, OPTIMIZE 2011, will be held in Washington, D.C. in May 2011 Business Wire India

Gemalto Rolls-out Electronic Passport Solution in Korea
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announced that it has started to deliver its electronic passport solution to Korea’s National Printer, Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation, through its local partner LG CNS Business Wire India

N-trig Elevates the Slate, Netbook, and Tablet Experience through its DuoSense Digital PencilT Further Enhancing Creativity and Productivity
N-trig, providers of DuoSense®, a pen and projected capacitive multi-touch solution enabled over a single digitizer, has demonstrated how the DuoSense Digital PencilTM advances basic touch consumption to a more creative and interactive onscreen experience Business Wire India

Power Integrations Expands Popular LinkSwitchT-PH Family of LED Driver ICs for General Lighting
Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI), the leader in high-voltage drivers for offline LED lighting, has announced seven new members of its popular LinkSwitch-PH family of LED driver ICs Business Wire India

Molex Reports Record Revenue and Earnings Per Share
Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX and MOLXA), a global electronic components company, has reported results for its fiscal 2011 second quarter ended December 31, 2010. Business Wire India

Bacardi Limited Names New President of Latin America Region
Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, has announced with immediate effect the appointment of Robert Furniss-Roe as Regional President of Latin America with responsibility for leading all operations in the region for the internationally known portfolio of premium spirits. Business Wire India

Bacardi Limited Names New President of Middle East & Africa Region
Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, has announced with immediate effect the internal appointment of Jon Grey as Regional President of the newly created Middle East & Africa (ME&A) region. Mr Business Wire India

Catalyst Honors Initiatives at Kaiser Permanente, McDonald's Corporation, and Time Warner Inc. with the 2011 Catalyst Award
Catalyst announced that initiatives from Kaiser Permanente, McDonald’s Corporation, and Time Warner Inc. are the recipients of the 2011 Catalyst Award, the annual award honoring exceptional initiatives from organizations that support and advance women in business. Business Wire India

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