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Pak Punjab Governor Taseer assassinated by his own bodyguard
The Governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, Salman Taseer, was assassinated by one of his own elite security force protectors, who opened fire on him when he was moving towards his car in Kohsar Market here on Tuesday. ANI

Pak Punjab Governor Taseer shot dead in Islamabad
The Governor of Pakistan's Punjab province, Salman Taseer, was shot dead by some unidentified gunmen here on Tuesday. ANI

China claims new nuke technology
China's ambitions to lead the world in nuclear power were boosted today by reports that its scientists had mastered a key technique in the reprocessing of spent uranium. ANI

Oz man arrested for 'sexually assaulting teenage boys'
A man in Sydney, Australia has been arrested over allegations he sexually assaulted two teenage boys at Luna Park. ANI

'World's fattest man' became compulsive eater after lover dumped him
A British man, who bagged the title of world's fattest person, has revealed that he became a compulsive eater only after his girlfriend dumped him. ANI

Indian citizen 'overstays' Malaysian prison term by 32 months
An Indian citizen has been languishing in a Malaysian detention centre for more than 36 months despite being sentenced to a four-month jail term for illegal entry. ANI

British consulate employees in Jerusalem charged for arms trafficking
Israel has charged two Palestinian staff at British consulate in Jerusalem for arms trafficking. ANI

Malay Indian leader Palanivel figuring out ways to accept sacked members
Malaysian Indian Congress' (MIC) Information Chief P. Kamalanathan has said that the party's President, G. Palanivel is trying to figure out ways to accept earlier sacked members with an intention to regain grassroot support for the MIC and to strengthen the party. ANI

Zardari to visit Washington next week
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari will visit the United States next week, officials in Islamabad have confirmed. ANI

Obama reads "role model" Ronald Reagan's biography on holiday
US President Barack Obama, who is celebrating his Christmas and New Year holiday with wife Michelle and two daughters in Hawaii, has reportedly devoted time reading the biography of one of his predecessors Ronald Reagan. ANI

Magsi urges Pak army chief to help trace 'missing' Baloch people
Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Magsi has requested Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani to take steps for resolving the issue of missing Baloch people. ANI

Do lesbians earn more than straight women?
Lesbians who never married make more money than previously married lesbians and straight women, suggests Census data. ANI

Kayani's decision to oppose NW military operation 'example of patriotism': Saifullah
Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani's decision to reject a military operation in North Waziristan despite US pressure is an explicit example of patriotism, PML-Q (Likeminded) President Saleem Saifullah Khan has said. ANI

UK accused of "covering up" G8's failure to cut tuberculosis death toll in South Asia
Three Bangladeshi experts have reportedly accused Britain of "covering up" the G8's failure to reduce tuberculosis death toll in south Asia.he Guardian quoted the experts as saying that Britain's strategy against the disease was aimed at preventing its spread to the west, rather than tackling the living conditions in deprived communities where TB is endemic. ANI

Brit crematorium planning to freeze-dry, dissolve dead bodies
A council-run crematorium in Britain has proposed a plan to freeze-dry or dissolve dead bodies which they say would be more environmentally-friendly than traditional funerals. ANI

US man's 9th floor suicide bid lands him in pile of uncollected rubbish
A man in the US, who leapt from his ninth-floor New York apartment in an apparent suicide bid, has survived after he landed on a pile of rubbish left uncollected due to the recent snow storm. ANI

Christian Church transformed into Ganapathy Hindu temple in Scotland
Former Wardlawhill Church in Rutherglen (Scotland, United Kingdom) is reportedly Sri Sundara Ganapathy Temple now. ANI

Women want husbands who earn more than they do
A new report suggests that gender equality may be a myth after all - it found that women today still want to 'marry up' - they want husbands who earn more than they do. ANI

Son of Hitler's secretary accused of sexual abuses while being priest 50 yrs ago
Martin Bormann, the eldest son of Adolf Hitler's secretary, has reportedly been accused of being sexually violent with a young boy at an Austrian Catholic boarding school when he was its schoolmaster over 50 years ago. ANI

World's heaviest man became 'foodie' to heal broken heart
Paul Mason, the world's heaviest man who recently lost 127 kilogram after undergoing life-saving gastric bypass surgery, said he went on a massive eating binge after the love of his life dumped him. ANI

No visible planning for Pak though ICC World Cup only few months away: Abdul Qadir
Pakistan spin legend and former chief selector Abdul Qadir rues that there is no "visible planning" for Pakistan for the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2011. ANI

At least five children injured in school bus bomb attack in Balochistan
At least five children were wounded when a bomb explosion tore through a school bus in insurgency-hit Balochistan on Tuesday. ANI

Released former LTTE members facing rehabilitation problems in society
Sri Lankan authorities have said that there have been problems rehabilitating ex-Tamil Tiger fighters into society. ANI

Pak sessions court remands Shahzain Bugti to judicial custody
Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) leader Shahzain Bugti and his 26 security guards, who were arrested last month for allegedly carrying a huge cache of arms and ammunition, have been remanded to judicial custody by a judicial magistrate. ANI

Stuxnet may have destroyed 1,000 Iranian nuke fuel centrifuges a year ago
The Stuxnet cyber weapon might have destroyed around 1,000 Iranian nuclear-fuel centrifuges, over one-tenth of the Natanz uranium enrichment plant's capacity, in late 2009 and early 2010, according to a recent report by a nuclear arms-control watchdog group. ANI

The New Year baby who came into the world at 11.11 1.1.11!
Meet Baby Rose Gretton, who was born 11.11 on 1/1/11. ANI

Anglo-Indian heroine of Churchill's spy squad to be honoured
Noor Inayat Khan, who joined former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's sabotage force, the Special Operations Executive (SOE), at the height of the second World War, and was the first female radio operator sent into France, with the famous instruction to "set Europe ablaze", is to be finally honoured by the British Government. ANI

Cambodian snake wedding attracts hundreds of villagers
A wedding ceremony in Cambodia has attracted nearly 1,000 people - reason - the bride and groom are snakes. ANI

'Donald Duck' to go to court over 'groping' claims
A woman in the US has been told by a judge that she can sue Disney over claims that a staff member dressed as Donald Duck groped her at a theme park. ANI

Brit couple 'abused own children online for international paedophile ring'
A British couple, who allegedly abused their son and daughter online while others watched, has been arrested after police smashed an international paedophile ring. ANI

Iran denies WikiLeaks report that Ahmadinejad was slapped by Guards chief
Iran has denied a WikiLeaks report that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was slapped by the chief of the country's Revolutionary Guards in January last year. ANI

US downplays Pak political crisis' impact on war against terrorism
Downplaying the impact of the ongoing Pakistan political crisis on the war on terror, the US State Department has said it is closely watching the "political challenge" within the coalition government, "but meanwhile we're focused on our long-term partnership with Pakistan." ANI

PML-Q won't blackmail beleaguered PPP-led Pak coalition govt: Shujaat
The PML-Q will not blackmail the PPP-led Pakistan coalition government since it does not believe in following such policies, PML-Q President Shujaat Hussain has said. ANI

Musharraf says his party is prepared for early Pak polls
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said his newly formed party is prepared for possible early elections. ANI

China's next President Xi is man with "average intelligence", "boring"
A close friend Xi Jinping, who almost certain to take over as China's president from Hu Jintao in 2012, has reportedly told US diplomats that Jinping is a man with only "average intelligence" and added that women find him "boring", according to the leaked secret US diplomatic cables released by 'Wikileaks'. ANI

Russia recruits ex-criminals to fill vacant posts in Interior Forces
The Russian Interior Ministry had reportedly given a green signal to recruit ex-criminals to fill the vacant positions, after the number of conscripts recruited for the country's Interior Forces failed to reach the requirement. ANI

Karzai's spokesman to resign soon
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's spokesman, Waheed Omer, has declared his intention to resign from the post soon, adding that his motive for such a step is purely personal and not political. ANI

'Iran's move to invite EU members except America to nuke facilities a 'ploy': US
The Unites States has criticised Iran for inviting Russia, China and several European Union members to visit its nuclear facilities this month, while excluding America, and called it a "clever ploy" to divide the alliance of nations opposed to Iran's nuclear ambitions. ANI

Did son of Hitler's deputy abuse young boy while he was a priest?
The son of Hitler's deputy Martin Bormann is said to have sexually abused a young boy when was a priest 50 years ago. ANI

Zardari "solidly stands behind Gilani" against any attempt to destabilise Pak Govt
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has thrown his weight behind beleaguered Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani against any attempt to destabilise the coalition government. ANI

UK critics slam 'cheapskate' NHS plan for Indian call centers
A plan by NHS that will result in all hospital appointments calls being outsourced to Indian call centres has been slammed by critics as 'cheapskate'. ANI

Johnson Controls to Acquire KEIPER and the Automotive Seat Business of Recaro
Johnson Controls, a leading global supplier of automotive interior systems and electronics, announced today that it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire KEIPER and the automotive sport and specialty seat business of Recaro Business Wire India

Jefferies Hires Head of Hong Kong and China Equity Research
Jefferies announced today the hiring of Christie Ju, CFA as a Managing Director and Head of Hong Kong and China Equity Research. She will be responsible for managing the firm’s equity research practice in Hong Kong and China as well as providing coverage of the Property / Real Estate and Conglomerates sectors. Ms. Ju is based in Hong Kong. Business Wire India

Bank of America Announces Fourth-Quarter Actions With Respect to Its Home Loans and Insurance Business
Bank of America has announced agreements with the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) and the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) to resolve repurchase claims involving certain residential mortgage loans sold to them by entities related to Countrywide Financial Corporation (legacy Countrywide). Business Wire India

Smart Visitors Tour Taipei Pavilion and Flora Expo Outdoor Gardens First
While there are always hundreds of people waiting to get reservation tickets to the indoor shows or exhibitions at the 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition, smart visitors will visit outdoor gardens first Business Wire India

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