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Suicide attack kills six people in Kabul super market
At least six people, including foreigners and two women were killed in a suicide attack in Kabul supermarket on Friday. ANI

US will have to offer India generous terms to seal combat aircraft deal: Expert
If the United States is keen to win the race for supplying new medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) to the Indian Air Force, it will need to offer generous terms on the transfer of technology, assure India access to fifth-generation U.S. combat aircraft, and provide strong support for India's strategic ambitions -to counter the perception that the older U.S ANI

Princess Diana is the dead person Britons would most like to reach
A new survey has revealed that most Britons think it is possible to talk to the dead - and the person they would most like to reach is Princess Diana. ANI

Pak court sends US consulate worker on six-day remand on double murder charges
US consulate worker Raymond Davis has been sent on a six-day remand after he was produced in a Pakistan court on charges of shooting dead two Pakistani men in a busy market in Lahore. ANI

Parts of Malaysian school textbook hurtful to Indians' sentiments to be edited
Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has said that the novel 'Interlok' would continue to be considered as a textbook in the literature component of the Bahasa Malaysia subject, but some parts that are viewed by Indian community as sensitive will be altered. ANI

Brit couple remarry 57-yrs after bitter divorce
A British couple has remarried 57-years after they went through a bitter divorce and severed all ties with one another. ANI

Plan to disintegrate Pakistan foiled: Rehman Malik
The Pakistan Army and the government jointly managed to foil a plan to disintegrate the country, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

Pak SC warns police, spy agencies over increasing 'illegal disappearances'
Pakistan's Supreme Court has observed that the country's law-enforcement agencies have been flagrantly violating the court orders despite repeated warnings. ANI

Iconic Raphael self portrait under scrutiny after identical painting surfaces
Experts are flummoxed after a self-portrait of Renaissance master Raphael, similar to that on display at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, was uncovered from a bank vault. ANI

Is 60 the new 44?
A survey has revealed that people in sixties feel younger - as young as a 44-year-old perhaps. ANI

Blair Govt. had no sense of being at war in Iraq: Ex-defence chief
A former British chief of defence staff has said that the Tony Blair government lacked "any sense of being at war" during the invasion of Iraq. ANI

SA author boycotts Sri Lankan book festival over human rights issues
Internationally acclaimed South African author Damon Galgut has boycotted a book festival in Sri Lanka because of concerns over that country's human rights record. ANI

UK man pulled over for erratic driving had eight different drugs in his body
A man in UK, who was pulled over for driving erratically, has been arrested after he was found to have consumed eight different drugs. ANI

1 in 6 Brits has sworn off alcohol
Alcohol consumption may not be as popular in Britain as previously thought, according to new official figures, which revealed that one in six Brits has now sworn off alcohol. ANI

Only 1 in 10 British office staff wears a suit daily
A new survey has confirmed the changing attitudes to office attire in Britain. ANI

Angry Canadian mums take br*ast-feeding to the mall
About a hundred mothers in Montreal staged a 'nurse-in' protest at a downtown shopping complex, br*ast-feeding simultaneously before a crowd of reporters, mall security guards and passers-by. ANI

Now, synthetic gasoline that is cheaper, eco-friendly
Have the soaring oil prices given you a headache? Well, you are about to get some relief. ANI

Brit woman, 106, puts her longevity down to fish and chips
A widow in the UK who has just celebrated her 106th birthday has said that the secret behind her longevity is fish and chips. ANI

Obama's Q-A session on YouTube
US President Barack Obama touched on a variety of topics, from legalisation of marijuana to civil unrest in Tunisia and Egypt, during a wide-ranging, online 'virtual town hall' with YouTube viewers. ANI

Obama will use state of US economy to build 2012 White House bid
Some political observers and experts are of the view that US President Barack Obama is in "survival mode", while others predict he will make the state of the economy the cornerstone of his bid for a second term in office in 2012. ANI

Brits spend more time driving than socialising with friends, family
Britons have become so dependent on their cars that most spend more than one working day (10 hours) every week driving. ANI

UK airport tells traveller toy soldier's three-inch rifle is safety threat on plane
Airport officials in UK banned a Canadian tourist and his wife from carrying a toy soldier onto a plane because the three-inch rifle that came with it posed a safety threat. ANI

Ban Ki-moon ends hands-on involvement in climate change talks
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who made global warming his personal mission, is ending his hands-on involvement with international climate change negotiations. ANI

GOP voters now active on social networking sites for 'political purposes' like Democrats
The concept of approaching people ahead of elections through social networking might have been popularised by the Democrats in 2008, but the Republicans voters and tea party activists caught up with them in 2010, according to a new Pew report. ANI

'Paranoid' about India, Pakistan desperate to expand its nuclear arsenal
The acceleration of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is being driven by its 'paranoia' about India, according to a newspaper analysis. ANI

Obama discusses US' goals for Afghanistan, Pakistan in year 2011
US President Barack Obama discussed American goals for Afghanistan and Pakistan in the year 2011 during a meeting with senior officials at the White House, as he gears up for a landmark visit to both countries later this year. ANI

South Korea says North's statement "unhelpful" for better inter-Korean ties
South Korea has criticized a statement issued by North Korea, calling it a "propaganda offensive" that is "unhelpful" for mending strained ties between the two countries. ANI

Hindus demand enquiry into kicking out of Roma from Poland restaurants
Hindus have demanded enquiry into the reported racist incidents in Poznan (western Poland) in which Roma (Gypsy) were reportedly banned entry into restaurants and pubs. ANI

Brit manager has best sickness record with no leaves taken in 43-yrs
A man in UK, who works as a manager, can boast of having Britain's best sickness record, as he has not taken a single day off in 43 years. ANI

Third-grader in US finds sexually explicit book in school library
A third-grader in the US got more information than he bargained for when he picked up a sexually explicit book from his school library. ANI

Brazilian man arrested for locking wife in cellar for 16-yrs
A Brazilian man has been arrested after he allegedly locked his wife up in a cellar for 16 years. ANI

Jackie Kennedy's 'JFK assassination day' pillbox hat missing
Jackie Kennedy was dressed in a pink wool boucle suit and matching pillbox hat the day her husband was assassinated, and though the suit is now stored at the National Archives and Records Administration's complex, the pillbox hat is missing. ANI

Bed warmers, pigeon chasers are some of world's strangest hotel jobs
A look at the quirky jobs offered by leading hotels worldwide has revealed that now they also employ people to work as bed warmers, pigeon chasers, and even bedtime storytellers. ANI

Malaysian men hire themselves out as husbands
Many Malaysian men have been busted for hiring themselves out as husbands to foreign women who need a pass to remain in the country. ANI

Experts rejected study that say microcredit helped Bangladeshi families raise their incomes
Experts have rejected a US-based Microcredit Summit Campaign study that claims that work by the Grameen Bank and other institutions involved with microcredit, helped many Bangladeshi families to raise their incomes above 1.25 dollars a day. ANI

Pakistan threatens to undertake nuke arms race over India's NSG membership bid
Pakistan has threatened to activate a new nuclear arms race in South Asia after the United States supported a move that Islamabad claims will allow India to further expand its weapons programme. ANI

Over half of Brit mums feel they don't spend enough time with their kids
A new study has found that over 50 per cent of British mothers struggle to find quality time to amuse the children due to busy lives and hectic work schedules. ANI

Salesman in dock after woman claims yogurt sample tasted of semen
A supermarket worker in the US has been accused by a woman of handing out a yogurt sample contaminated with semen. ANI

India Model of growth, responsibility gaining recognition, appreciation: US official
A senior official of the Obama Administration has said the India Model of widening its economic and strategic interests in a changing global scenario in the 21st century, is gaining growing recognition and appreciation. ANI

Former journalist Jay Carney to take over from Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary
The US Vice-President's Communications Director Jay Carney is all set to replace Robert Gibbs as the next White House press secretary. ANI

Iranian book eulogizing Islamic suicide bombers, militants found in Arizona desert
A book published in Iran containing short biographies of Islamic suicide bombers and other Islamic militants who died carrying out attacks has been reportedly discovered in the Arizona desert, just north of the U.S.-Mexican border. ANI

Spark for Arab revolutions started during Bush era: Experts
The spark for the current wave of revolutions in the Middle East may have started during the Bush administration when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave a seminal speech at the American University in Cairo, say experts and analysts. ANI

HIV street drug 'Whoonga' is South Africa's latest high
South Africa's battle against Aids is being threatened with a street drug called 'Whoonga', which is a cocktail that includes the antiretroviral (ARV) medication prescribed to people with HIV. ANI

US-India collaboration in key human security areas will enhance agri value chain
A senior official of the Obama administration has said that collaboration between the United States and India in key human security areas will enhance the agricultural value chain and strengthen market institutions to reduce post-harvest crop losses. ANI

Kiwi actor lands lead role in film about Wills-Kate marriage
A little-known New Zealand actor has bagged the lead role in a film about Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage. ANI

Is McCain adviser Mark Salter the author of 'O: A Presidential Novel'?
The identity of the anonymous author behind 'O: A Presidential Novel' has been confirmed by Time magazine. ANI

US "will cooperate fully" with Pak probe into consulate worker killing two in Lahore
The United States will 'cooperate fully' with the Pakistani investigation into the killing of two Pakistani men by a US consulate worker in Lahore, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip J Crowley has said. ANI

US hoping to become 'close partner' of India in space exploration
A senior official of the Obama administration has said that United States is hoping to become 'close partner' of India in space exploration. ANI

Terrorists may be getting access to nuke materials 'every second day': IAEA
Yukiya Amano, Director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has warned that nuclear material may be falling into the hands of terrorists. ANI

Al Jazeera creditted for galvanizing Arab frustration
Aggressive coverage by the Qatar-based satellite television channel Al-Jazeera helped propel insurgent emotions in the Arab world this week. ANI

New Thai airline recruits transsexual stewardesses
A newly launched Thai airline has recruited three transsexuals among its first batch of flight attendants. ANI

WikiLeaks leaked cable reveals delicacy of US ties with key ally Egypt
A US diplomatic cable leaked by the whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks has revealed that the American ambassador to Egypt, Margaret Scobey, had advised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to avoid even mentioning the name of jailed opposition leader Ayman Nour during her talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. ANI

Pakistani 'lesbian' pulp fiction 'too hot to be read aloud' in Jaipur Literary Festival
One of Pakistan's best selling and most salacious pulp fiction serial novels, Challawa, was considered 'too hot to be read aloud' in India's annual Jaipur Literary Festival. ANI

Outgoing Google CEO Eric Schmidt wants to expand firm's business in China
Google's outgoing Chief Executive, Eric Schmidt, has said that he intends to expand his web firm's business in China. ANI

Illinois SC allows Rahm Emanuel to run for Chicago's Mayor post
The Illinois supreme court has finally allowed President Barack Obama's former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to run for the Mayor's post in Chicago, overturning a lower court's decision. ANI

US, India believe clean energy future makes clear economic sense
The United States and India are both committed to charting a clean energy future because it makes clear economic sense and because it supports mutual objectives to help slow the pace of climate change, a senior official of the Obama administration has said. ANI

Now a blood-vessel-busting 5000-calorie burger available in UK
An American-themed burger bar in Britain has come up with what has been termed as a blood-vessel-busting burger because of the 5000 calories contained in it. ANI

85-yr-old woman sexually assaulted at busy train station in Melbourne
An 85-year-old woman was sexually assaulted at one of Melbourne's busiest train stations in broad daylight. ANI

Afghan war brought 'radicalization' biggest disaster for US-Pak people: Imran Khan
Former cricket star turned Pakistani politician Imran Khan has criticised the war in Afghanistan, saying that is causing 'radicalization' that would be disastrous not only for the people of the US, but also of Pakistan in a bigger way. ANI

Civilian unrest spreads to Yemen, shakes Mid-East region
The civilian unrest that began in the North African republic of Tunisia, has now spread to Yemen, one of the Middle East's most impoverished countries, after engulfing Egypt. ANI

British-made movie 'Slackistan' banned in Pakistan
A British-made movie 'Slackistan' has been banned in Pakistan due to its content. ANI

Nelson Mandela 'alive and kicking', says SA's acting president
South Africa's acting president Kgalema Motlanthe says Nelson Mandela is "alive and kicking". ANI

450-year-old Titian painting sells for record $16.9m at NY auction
A 450-year-old painting by Renaissance master Titian fetched a record 16.9 million dollars on Thursday at a Sotheby's sale of Old Master works in New York. ANI

Murdered Indian-origin woman's husband returns to N.Zealand
The husband of the Indian-origin woman who was burnt alive in Auckland's Huntly area last week, has returned to New Zealand from Fiji, and is likely to be charged with murder. ANI

ISI blames India of 'playing dangerous game' by funding 'extremist elements' in Karachi
Pakistan's intelligence and military officials have accused India of "playing a dangerous game" by attempting to "destabilise Pakistan". ANI

Building strong economic plank key to taking US-India strategic ties forward: Official
The United States is of the view that building a strong economic plank with India is the key for building and taking forward the existing strategic partnership into the future. ANI

SA police chief who called Brit-Indian honeymooner 'a monkey' calls himself "legally illiterate"
South African police chief General Bheki Cele who had branded the Brit-Indian honeymooner Shrien Dewani 'a monkey' for allegedly going all the way to Cape Town to have his wife killed, has admitted that he is "legally illiterate". ANI

Pakistan gets 'facilitator' role in Afghan peace talks with Taliban
Afghanistan has finally assigned a formal role to Pakistan in its peace and reconciliation process- that of a facilitator. ANI

Will there be a chocolate drought in 2014?
The world is facing a chocolate drought, an expert has warned. ANI

Middle class professionals 'more likely to binge drink'
A new UK study has revealed that middle class professionals are much bigger drinkers than blue-collar workers. ANI

US official to be produced in court today on charges of killing two Pakistanis in Lahore
US consulate worker Raymond Davis will be produced in a Pakistan court on the charges of shooting dead two Pakistani men in a busy market in Lahore. ANI

'3kg of cocaine' found in flat given to Berlusconi's model friend
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is already embroiled in a s*x case, has also been accused of keeping drugs in a flat that he lent to one of his female guests. ANI

Half-Brit woman at centre of Berlusconi scandal brands him a 'piece of s***'
The s*x-crime accusations surrounding Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi are mounting. ANI

Being a monarch 'is more dangerous than living in war zone'
Beware Prince Charles and Prince William! Being a monarch is more dangerous than living in a war zone, says a Cambridge University researcher. ANI

Vincent Amalvy, New Head of the AFP Sports Service
Vincent Amalvy, 50, has taken over as head of sports at Agence France-Presse. He is the first former head of the photo department to take the reins of a major general service at AFP. Business Wire India

Diversey Announces Worldwide Partnership Agreement with Green Globe Certification
Diversey, Inc Business Wire India

Monster Worldwide Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Results
Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW) has reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2010. Business Wire India

BST Global and the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) Announce a New Seven-Year Strategic Partnership
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AFP: 3.7% Increase in 2011 Budget
The Board of Directors at its meeting of 27 January 2011 took note of the estimated 2010 results and unanimously adopted the budget for 2011. Business Wire India

ExxonMobil's Energy Outlook Shows Rising Global Energy Demand, Shift Toward Natural Gas, and Energy Efficiency Gains
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ZTE Announces Preliminary Financial Results for 2010
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE” or the “Group”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ) has announced its 2010 Preliminary Financial Results. Business Wire India

SEE Virtual WorldsT Purchases Virtual Property from MindArk for $6 Million USD
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Wipro Technologies Inaugurates Mobile Computing Lab to Develop and Deploy Next-Generation Mobile Applications and Devices
Wipro Technologies, the global Consulting, System Integration and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT), today announced the launch and inauguration of its Mobile Computing Lab at its Atlanta Strategic Delivery Center in the United States. This mobile computing lab will enhance the engagement between Wipro, the local Atlanta community, its customers and its developer partners Business Wire India

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