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Indonesian pop star jailed over online s*x tapes
An Indonesian pop star who rocked the Muslim-majority nation when s*x tapes he made with celebrity girlfriends surfaced online was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison on Monday. ANI

Should iPods, phones be banned for pedestrians crossing roads?
People in NSW may soon be required to stop using their iPods and phones while crossing the road. ANI

Israel fears Egypt may fall into Islamic fundamentalists' hands without fair polls
Israel is keeping an eye on the ongoing unrest in Egypt, fearing that the country could fall into the hands of Islamic fundamentalists if fair elections are not held. ANI

US reportedly preparing for an Egypt without Mubarak
In the wake of the current unrest in Egypt, the United States is reportedly preparing for an Egypt without President Hosni Mubarak, pushing the 82-year-old leader to meet the demand for greater political freedom. ANI

Nazi prisoner Hermann Goering was 'too heavy' for US plane transport
A Second World War US pilot has revealed that he asked for a bigger plane to transport his 21st Nazi prisoner, Hermann Goering, to army headquarters for interrogation. ANI

Anarchists plotting to ruin Wills-Kate royal wedding
Rebels are planning to wreck the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, it has emerged. ANI

Pakistan economy collapsing
Pakistan is not only wrestling with a problem of law and order, but struggling to get its collapsing economy back on rails. ANI

Swiss circus tightrope walker creates world record for highest cable walk
Daredevil Freddy Nocks has set a new world record for the highest ever cable wire walk. ANI

I was too square to take drinks, drugs: Ed Miliband
British politician Ed Miliband has revealed that he was too square to ever take drugs and drinks during his years at Oxford University. ANI

700 Brit men in line for 'moob' job
The second most common cosmetic procedure among British men is the removal of 'man b**bs,' it has emerged. ANI

Pakistan to cut BlackBerry services for foreign missions in country
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is reportedly planning to stop all Blackberry services to foreign missions in the country. ANI

US inmates forced to rub anti-lice cream on bodies, stand n*ked for 12hrs
A federal lawsuit filed by two prisoners has claimed that 29 northwest Georgia inmates were forced to rub cream on their bodies and stand in their cells n*ked for 12 hours. ANI

Spain's 'most aged village' where no one is younger than 65!
70 years is the average age of inhabitants of Spain's ANI

13-yr-old Indian girl falls to death from 11th floor apartment in Abu Dhabi
A 13-year-old Indian girl fell to death from her 11th floor apartment on Al Falah Street, Abu Dhabi on Saturday afternoon. ANI

UK climber who survived 1000-ft plunge determined to climb Everest
A UK climber, who survived a 1,000ft fall from a Scottish mountain, has said that he is determined to go ahead with the planned Mount Everest expedition. ANI

US Speaker Boehner wants to play golf with Obama
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, John Boehner, has said that he would take President Barack Obama up on his offer to play golf while talking over the nation's debt problems. ANI

ISI offered 1.5 million dollars to journalist to kill Indian envoy in Afghanistan
Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is allegedly reported to have offered 1.5 million US dollars (Rs.7.50 crores) to an Afghan journalist to assassinate India's Ambassador to Afghanistan Jayant Prasad and 0.8 million dollars (Rs.3.60 crores) to kill Baloch leader Brahmdagh Bugti. ANI

Top Jesuit University in USA teaches Vedas
Georgetown University in Washington DC, oldest and prestigious Catholic and Jesuit institute of higher learning in USA established in 1789, is offering various classes in Hinduism ANI

Oz man gets suspended sentence for raping, impregnating sister
A man in Australia has been given a suspended sentence and released on a bond for raping and getting his sister pregnant more than 20 years ago. ANI

Producer who optioned Assange's biography 'was a womanizer'
Producer Barry Josephson, who once option Julian Assange's biography seemed to share with Assange a love for women. ANI

Only 29 per cent women are literate in Pakistan
Only 29 per cent of women in Pakistan can read and write, and the rest of the population of women is engaged in labour work and household jobs, the National Commission on Human Development (NCHD) has said. ANI

248 Chinese officials arrested over food safety flaws in 2010
A total of 248 people have reportedly been detained in China for involvement in food safety cases last year. ANI

2.57 million Chinese affected by drought
Around 2.57 million people and 77.4 million mu (5.16 million acres) of crops have reportedly been affected by the ongoing drought in China. ANI

Most Americans consider China an ally of US: Poll
Several issues might have strained bilateral relations between Washington and Beijing, but a latest poll has found that nearly 71.8 percent Americans consider China as an ally of the US or maintained a neutral attitude toward it. ANI

Tamil film in Malaysia might get 20pc entertainment tax rebate
Following a request by Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim to the Finance Ministry, homegrown movie 'Ice Kacang Puppy Love' and other Malaysian productions in Chinese and Tamil are expected to be given a 20 pc entertainment tax rebate. ANI

Couples who 'get busy' on 14 Feb may have a baby on 11/11/11
Couples who will get down on Valentine's Day just might bring an extra special delivery date after nine months - 11/11/11.Absolutely - there's a significant chance of that," the New York Daily News quoted Dr. James Grifo, a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the NYU Langone Medical Center, as saying. ANI

Gordon Brown earns over #250K in just 3-months from book deal, speeches
Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has earned more than 250,000 pounds over the last three months from a book deal and appearances on the international lecture circuit. ANI

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will continue fighting against terrorism: Bashir Bilour
A senior minister of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Bashir Bilour, has said that militants were "targeting police to pressure and dishearten them". ANI

Flight attendant uniforms showcased in new exhibition in US
A new exhibition in the US is offering visitors an insight into the different uniforms worn by flight attendants in the past. ANI

Gilani declines to comment on US 'diplomat's' arrest
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has declined to comment on the arrest of American citizen Raymond Davis, who is charged with killing two Pakistani men in Lahore, saying that the matter was being probed by regional authorities. ANI

'Bold steps' by Pak govt. might help in Aafia Siddiqui's release, says sister
The sister of Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who was sentenced to 86 years in prison by a US federal court, has said that strong efforts by the Pakistan government might help in getting her released. ANI

Nicolas Sarkozy to force French kids to learn English from age three
President of France Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed a bill that would force the youth of the country to learn the English language from the early age of three. ANI

Christians-Buddhists-Jews support Hindus upset over depiction of Lord Ganesh as s*x act
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Christians-Buddhists-Jews-others backed upset Hindus demanding apology from NBC, Saturday Night Live (SNL) and actor-comedian Jim Carrey over the portrayal of Lord Ganesh as a s*x act. ANI

Brit school run by followers of Beatles' yogi to teach meditation daily
A private school in Britain run by followers of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the spiritualist who taught The Beatles transcendental meditation, is set to daily impart the technique to students. ANI

Iran approves Ahmadinejad backed candidate Salehi as Foreign Minister
Iran's parliament has reportedly approved President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's choice of Ali Akbar Salehi as the country's next foreign minister. ANI

Security lapse behind US army private's secret cable transfer to WikiLeaks
A book has claimed that the US army private, who has been accused of downloading and passing hundreds of thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks, was able to copy them due to a lapse in security. ANI

'Rapidly expanding' Pak arsenal now possesses over 100 deployed nuke weapons: Expert
Pakistan has doubled its nuclear weapons stockpile over the past several years, increasing its arsenal to over 100 deployed weapons, an expert has said. ANI

Pak situation can't be compared with events in Egypt, Tunisia: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that the current situation in Egypt or Tunisia cannot be compared with that of Pakistan, as the country's "institutions are working and democracy is functional". ANI

Queen's composer starts campaign against 'moronic muzak' in lifts, shops
The Queen's official composer has started campaigning against what he calls 'moronic muzak' that plays in lifts, shops and call centres. ANI

'Doves of Peace' released by Pope refuse to take flight!
It was an embarrassing situation when Doves of peace released by Pope Benedict XVI during the weekly Angelus prayer refused to leave the Vatican and flew right in. ANI

Gays probably suffered from childhood emotional or sexual abuse: GZ mosque imam
The new imam at the Ground Zero mosque and cultural center has voiced his concern for homosexuals, saying that such people were probably abused in their childhood. ANI

1 in 3 Brits fail to stick to their New Year resolutions
A survey has revealed that one in three people fail to stick to their New Year resolutions. ANI

Locket containing Lord Nelson's hair sells for 50K pounds!
A locket that contains Admiral Lord Nelson's hair has sold for more than 50,000 pounds. ANI

US will not suspend aid to Haiti over electoral crisis: Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has denied reports that Washington would suspend aid to Haiti with intention to pressurise that country to accept recommendations made by the Organisation of American States (OAS) to settle the electoral crisis. ANI

Ed Miliband 'thanks God' he is not married to mother of his children
British Labour Party politician Ed Miliband is said to have allegedly thanked God that he is not married to the mother of his children. ANI

Most international students in New Zealand are from India: Report
India has reportedly become the largest source of new international students in New Zealand. ANI

Analysts welcome US' demand for "orderly transition" to democratic govt in Egypt
Analysts have backed a US demand for "orderly transition" and formation of a democratic government in Egypt. ANI

Nearly 50pc Brit parents 'too busy to read their child a bedtime story'
Many of us have grown up listening to bedtime stories our parents read to us.owever, a new British survey has revealed that this tradition is dying out - thanks to parents' busy lives, reports the Daily Mail. ANI

WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange described as 'filthy bag lady' in new book
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been described as a "filthy bag lady" in a scathing new book by his former collaborator the New York Times. ANI

US woman wins $15K in lottery a month after her death
A widowed US man got one last gift from his wife - 15,000 dollars that she won in the lottery a month after her death. ANI

Muslim Brotherhood only a minor player in Egyptian protests
The Muslim Brotherhood said to be the oldest and best organized opposition group in Egypt, has said that it is only a minor player in the ongoing protests against the Hosni Mubarak regime in the country. ANI

Ex-IAEA chief El Baradei to represent unified opposition in talks with Mubarak regime
Former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed El Mubarak would represent a loosely unified opposition in talks with the military-backed regime of President Hosni Mubarak. ANI

Young Egyptian political organizers leading Old Guard in anti-government protests: NYT
In the midst of the ongoing unrest in Egypt, an informal clique of Internet-savvy young political organizers could become the effective leaders of a decades-old opposition movement previously dominated by figures more than twice their age. ANI

Senior Egyptian officials call for Mubarak's resignation
Two senior Egyptian officials-Vice President Omar Suleiman and Defence Minister Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi have reportedly asked President Hosni Mubarak to resign. ANI

Three key EU leaders call for fair polls in Egypt
Three key European leaders have urged Egypt to conduct free and fair elections over the weekend, and have asked President Hosni Mubarak to use his 'modulated approach' to handle the current situation rather than demanding his resignation. ANI

Revealed: RAF's bizarre plot to kidnap Hitler through his pilot
It has been revealed that the RAF chiefs had drawn up a bizarre plan to kidnap Adolf Hitler by hoping to recruit his personal pilot as a secret agent. ANI

Egypt must go for democratic transformation to avoid extremist control: UK Foreign Secretary
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned that Egypt runs the risk of falling into the hands of extremists if President Hosni Mubarak does not initiate democratic "transformation" in that country. ANI

Four killed in Peshawar suicide blast
At least four people, including a police officer, were killed and many others injured in a suicide attack in Peshawar on Monday. ANI

Over-the-counter morning-after pills 'have not cut teen pregnancies'
A new research has found that not only have over-the-counter pills failed to reduce teen pregnancies, they have also fuelled a rise in sexually transmitted diseases. ANI

Chirac's lawyers to seek postponement of fraud trial on grounds of Alzheimer's
Lawyers representing former French president Jacques Chirac have claimed that may have Alzheimer's disease, and therefore, may not be in a position to face a corruption trial next month. ANI

Berlusconi planned infamous 'bunga bunga' party hours before probe
A series of leaked SMS texts have shown that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was planning to host one of his infamous 'bunga bunga' parties just hours before prosecutors revealed he was under investigation. ANI

Pakistan rejects US demand for Raymond Davis's release
The Pakistan government has reportedly rejected the United States' calls for the release of a US consular employee charged of killing two Pakistani men in Lahore. ANI

Will Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy reunite at Wills-Kate wedding?
It seems like Prince Harry's on-off girlfriend Chelsy Davy could be returning back into his life. ANI

Taliban 'killing their own' to wrest back control in Afghan district
Taliban gunmen have begun assassinating their own rank and file in a desperate bid to stop a remote mountain valley sliding from their grasp, as well as bringing in new commanders to oversee their fightback in Sangin, Afghanistan's most violent district. ANI

Hindu statesman Zed invited to eminent Nevada Jewish synagogue
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, a prominent Jewish synagogue of Nevada (USA) has invited distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed to discuss Hinduism. ANI

Indian astrologer arrested after threatening clients for sex
An Indian astrologer has been arrested after a woman accused him of forcing her into having s*x when she approached him for help. ANI

Wills-Kate planning budget honeymoon in Scilly Isles
The royal couple, Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton, are considering a budget honeymoon in the Scilly Isles, the same place where Prince Charles took Diana in 1989. ANI

Zed urges Hindus to take Vasant Panchami vow to help a needy child in education
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, sending early Vasant Panchami greetings to one billion Hindus of the world, has urged them each to take a vow of helping a needy child to meet his/her educational goals on this sacred occasion. ANI

There is "Jewish Yoga" in America
Various establishments and individuals across USA now offer what is termed as "Jewish Yoga". ANI

Middleton's bodyguard tangled in 'racist and sexist abuse case'
Kate Middleton's personal police bodyguard was involved in a long-running campaign of racial and sexual harassment of a black policewoman, reveals the victim. ANI

Bacardi Limited Publishes 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report
Bacardi Limited, the world’s largest privately held spirits company, improved its global environmental efficiencies, increased engagement with responsible suppliers, expanded its award-winning “Champions Drink Responsibly” program and played an active role in enhancing local communities with employee volunteer programs. Business Wire India

Al Reyami Printing & Publishing LLC Wins Dubai International Print Award (Gold-Brochure Category)
Al Reyami Printing & Publishing LLC has been presented with the Dubai International Print Award (Gold in the Brochure Category) at the awards ceremony organized by “Printing & Publishing Group” in co-operation with Dubai Chamber, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. Business Wire India

Three Joint Venture Companies in India to Become Wholly-Owned Dentsu Inc. Subsidiaries
Dentsu Inc. (Tokyo:4324; ISIN: JP3551520004; President & CEO: Tatsuyoshi Takashima; Head Office: Tokyo; Capital: 58,967.1 million yen; hereinafter "Dentsu") announced today that it has purchased the respective 26% equity stakes held by Mogae Consultants Pvt. Ltd Business Wire India

Indonesian Conservation Group Launches Initiative to Save Endangered Sumatran Tigers
With the support the of Asia Pulp & Paper, Sumatran Tiger Preservation Foundation (YPHS) is launching one of its largest operations to date, the relocation of up to six Sumatran Tigers to a vast, protected area where they can flourish Business Wire India

Intero International Franchise Services, LLC. Signs First Franchise in Asia
Intero International Franchise Services, LLC. (“Intero”) announced the signing of its first international franchise in Asia located in Shanghai, China with Global Gate Property Corp (“GGP”). Business Wire India

Business Wire Opens Sales Office in Sydney, Australia, to Service Australasian Companies
Business Wire today announced an expanded Asia Pacific presence with the opening of a Sydney sales office to serve the Australia and New Zealand markets, enabling local clients to reap the benefits of guaranteed web postings, mobile delivery applications, and Business Wire's patented multi-channel delivery platform. Business Wire India

A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of General Insurance Corporation of India
A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of “a-” of General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re) (India). The outlook for both ratings is stable. Business Wire India

Sakhalin-1 Project Drills World's Longest Extended-Reach Well
Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) has announced that its subsidiary, Exxon Neftegas Limited, has successfully drilled the world’s longest extended-reach well at the Odoptu field, offshore far east Russia Business Wire India

Taro Provides Preliminary 2010 Full Year and Q4 Results
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Taro,” the “Company,” Pink Sheets: TAROF) has provided preliminary, unaudited and unreviewed financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2010. Business Wire India

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