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Qantas jet forced down with potential wing flap problem
Terrified passengers onboard a Qantas aircraft braced for a crash landing after being told by the pilot the plane had problems with its flight controls. ANI

White House moves to remove disgruntled, untrustworthy employees
The White House has instructed every US government department and agency to create "insider threat" programmes that will ferret out disgruntled or untrustworthy employees who might be tempted to leak the sort of state secrets recently made public by the website WikiLeaks. ANI

Indian economy to grow robustly with inflationary pressure: IMF
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) report has said that the real gross domestic product (GDP) of India will grow at nearly nine percent during the period of April 2010 to March 2011 year on year, with high inflationary pressure, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a report on Wednesday. ANI

North Korea proposes unconditional dialogue with South Korea
North Korea has reportedly proposed unconditional dialogue with South Korea as soon as possible. ANI

US-China to build world's largest solar plant
A US-based renewable energy company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a Chinese company to jointly develop the world's largest solar power plant. ANI

Edited "n-word" in 'Huckleberry Finn' stirs heated debate
A heated debate has started after a new version of Mark Twain's book 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' was published without use of the "n-word". ANI

Tamara Mellon stars in campaign for Jimmy Choo fragrance
Tamara Mellon, the co-founder of luxury brand Jimmy Choo, has starred in a campaign for the first Jimmy Choo fragrance. ANI

Gilani most corrupt person in Pakistan's history: Azam Khan Swati
Former Minister for Science and Technology Azam Khan Swati has called Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as the most corrupt person in the country's 63-year history. ANI

Man threatens to sue Tourism Australia over Winfrey's visit
A man in Australia has threatened to sue Tourism Australia after he claimed that the idea to bring talk show host Oprah Winfrey Down Under was actually his suggestion. ANI

World food prices enter 'danger territory' to reach record high
Soaring prices of sugar, grain and oilseed drove world food prices to a record in December, surpassing the levels of 2008 when the cost of food sparked riots around the world, and prompting warnings of prices being in "danger territory". ANI

Terrorists planning to attack Danish newspaper had links with British network
Suspected terrorists arrested on their way to launch a 26/11 Mumbai-style attack on a Danish newspaper reportedly had links with a network in Britain. ANI

'Peace deal may collapse if UN leaves Nepal'
The Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M), the Maoist party in Nepal, has warned that the country's peace process could collapse if United Nations' peacekeepers leave next week. ANI

BP's 'cost-cutting decisions' blamed for 'avoidable' Gulf of Mexico oil spill
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was an avoidable disaster caused in part by a series of 'cost-cutting decisions' made by BP and its partners, the White House oil commission has said. ANI

'Cry rape' weather girl lied out of 'stress'
TV meteorologist Heidi Jones admitted she made up the rape story out of 'stress', according to court documents. ANI

US remains committed to help Pak Govt "root out violent extremism": Gibbs
The United States' commitment to help Pakistan "root out violent extremism" will not waver following Punjab Governor Salman Taseer's assassination, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has said. ANI

Punjab Governor's assassination deepens polarisation in Pakistan
The emotional funeral of assassinated Punjab Governor Salman Taseer and the cheering of his killer in court highlights the intensifying struggle between secular and religious forces in Pakistan, that has grown nastier than ever before in the country's history. ANI

'Storm in a coffee cup' over new nameless Starbucks logo
It's one of the most popular coffee brands in the world, but Starbucks, in an attempt to go beyond coffee, has come up with a new nameless logo - but will it retain its old customers? ANI

Hindus say 'model' Royal wedding might bolster dwindling institution of marriage
Hindus have commended the "model" wedding planned for Prince William and Catherine Middleton of United Kingdom, saying that it might help uplift the institution of marriage which is changing in dramatic ways world over. ANI

The buzz around anonymous novel on Obama
A forthcoming novel about the Obama administration has been causing quite a stir especially since nothing much is known about its contents or its author. ANI

Bald Miss Delaware to take part in Miss America beauty pageant
Miss Delaware, Kayla Martell, who suffers from alopecia areata, a disorder that causes hair loss, is all set to take part in the Miss America beauty pageant which will be held next week. ANI

'What if Princess Di had lived?'
A new book by author Monica Ali could possibly kick up a hornet's nest by asking the question "What if Princess Diana were still alive?" ANI

Pakistan brewery 'to give Indian beers a run for their money'
Pakistan's colonial era brewery has stepped up to challenge the dominance of India beer brands in Britain. ANI

MMR scare was 'deliberate fraud': British Medical Journal
The British Medical Journal has declared that an infamous article in Lancet last year that linked the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to a new combined disorder of bowel problems and autism, was in fact, a 'hoax'. ANI

Women splash out 71 pounds in the sales on clothes they will never wear: UK study
The average Brit shopper squanders 71 pounds in the sales on clothing that is too small to squeeze into, according to a new study. ANI

Gangster who inspired The Godfather was a 'fake'
A historian has claimed that the mobster who inspired 1970s blockbuster The Godfather was a "fake". ANI

Now in UK, one in three s*x offenders, muggers will get right to vote
Tens of thousands of s*x offenders, muggers, drug dealers and burglars will be allowed to vote in prison under controversial new rules. ANI

Battery factory poisons 24 children in China
Twenty-four children, aged between nine months and 16 years old, have been hospitalised for lead poisoning caused by battery factories in their east China village, state media said, marking the latest in a string of battery-related poisonings in recent years. ANI

News of the World suspends staff member over 'phone hacking'
UK's News of the World has suspended a staff member over "serious allegations" of phone hacking. ANI

Islamic group was a front for CIA: Ex-Turkish intelligence chief
A former Turkish intelligence official has claimed that a worldwide moderate Islamic movement based in Pennsylvania has been providing cover for the CIA since the mid-1990s. ANI

5,000-year-old civilization found in southern Iran
Archaeologists working on Bam riverside in Kerman Province, Iran, have discovered ruins of a large ancient site that they believe belonged to a 5000-year-old civilization. ANI

Polygamist in Pakistan thrashed by wives for planning 5th marriage
A man in Pakistan was beaten up by two of his wives for allegedly conducting a secret marriage with a fourth, and for planning to marry a fifth. ANI

Now, scanner-proof undies to hide private parts at airports
A lawyer in the US, who was fed up with the strict full body scanning at airports, has created a number of scanner-proof undies that hide private parts. ANI

Pak assures support to Afghan Govt's reconciliation efforts with Taliban
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan has assured Pakistan's full support to the Afghan Government's reconciliation efforts with the Taliban to ensure lasting peace in the war-torn country. ANI

Anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr returns to Iraq
A radical anti-American cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, whose supporters once led armed uprisings against U.S. forces in Iraq, has returned to the country after spending over three years of voluntary exile in Iran. ANI

'Pakistan needs courage from all its leaders following Taseer's killing'
Pakistan needs courage from all of its leaders at a time when bigots are condoning Punjab Governor Salman Taseer's assassination in the name of religion, The Heritage Foundation has said. ANI

Reagan's handwritten changes to 'Evil Empire' speech on display
The National Archives in Washington DC has put Ronald Reagan's handwritten changes to his 'Evil Empire' speech on display for the first time. ANI

Stalin statue explosion was 'an act of terrorism': Ukraine
Ukrainian authorities have described a New Year's Eve explosion that destroyed a statue of Soviet-era dictator Joseph Stalin as an act of terrorism rather than an intentional destruction of property. ANI

Wills, Kate's 'balcony kiss' key wedding moment!
Of all the things that Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding will bring to the world, the most anticipated moment seems to be that on the balcony - the Royal kiss, so to speak. ANI

US official in China for Korean Peninsula solutions
US Special Representative for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Stephen Bosworth is in Chinese capital Beijing as part of a flurry of diplomatic activity to defuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula. ANI

Salman Taseer's killer remanded to police custody for a day
Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the bodyguard who assassinated Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, has been remanded to police custody for a day by the area magistrate. ANI

John Edwards's name appears nowhere in his late wife's will
Elizabeth Edwards, who lost her 6-year battle with br*ast cancer on Dec. 7, left estranged hubby John Edwards out of her will. ANI

Rape risk on rise in Haiti refugee camps: Amnesty
Women and girls who survived the earthquake in Haiti almost a year ago are facing an increasing risk of rape and sexual violence, according to Amnesty International. ANI

Judicial commission to probe Salman Taseer's assassination
The government has decided to form a judicial commission to investigate the murder of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, a TV channel has reported. ANI

Robert Gibbs to step down as White House press secretary
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is to step down from his current assignment to serve as an outside political adviser to US President Barack Obama in his re-election campaign. According to the New York Times, Gibbs said he intended to leave the post in early February. ANI

Salman Taseer's assassinator finds "fans" on Facebook
Hundreds of Facebook users have welcomed liberal Pakistani politician Salman Taseer's killing as a strike against reformers of the country's tight blasphemy laws. ANI

Royal wedding route Kate Middleton will take to Abbey revealed
Palace officials have revealed details about the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton - including the route the bride will take to Westminster Abbey. ANI

Hindu guru Swami Nithyananda ' was blackmailed over s*x video release'
Investigations have revealed that a Hindu guru was blackmailed just before his s*x scandal broke out. ANI

1.8m female infant, child deaths in India linked to violence against mums
A new study led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has revealed that the deaths of 1.8 million female infants and children in India over the past 20 years are related to domestic violence against their mothers. ANI

President Obama breaks another historic trend in his 'flip flops'
US President Barack Obama seems to be breaking one fashion trend after another as far as presidential casual wear is concerned - he was seen wearing nothing more than a flimsy strip of rubber on his feet in Hawaii. ANI

Carla Bruni embroiled in 'left-wing terrorist extradition' controversy
French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has come under fire for allegedly intervening to prevent the extradition of a left-wing terrorist convicted of four murders from Brazil to Italy. ANI

Nike and TomTom Unveil Game-Changing Nike+ SportWatch GPS
NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) and TomTom (AEX: TOM2) have collaborated to create the Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom Business Wire India

Ubicom and Ralink Announce Connected Multimedia Reference Designs for Emerging CE Products
Ubicom, a leading networked CPU provider, and Ralink Technology Corporation (TAIEX 3534, Ralink), a leading developer of high performance wired and wireless solutions, today announced general availability of turnkey reference designs for several consumer multimedia products Business Wire India

Gemalto Successfully Deploys OTA Platform and UICC for Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE Network
From the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Gemalto has announced the successful deployment of its newly integrated over-the-air (OTA) platform and Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) for the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network. Business Wire India

The Gores Group Closes the Sale of Vincotech
The Gores Group, LLC (“Gores”), a leading Los Angeles based private equity firm,has announced that on December 31, 2010, it completed the previously-announced sale of Vincotech Holdings Sàrl (“Vincotech”) to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (“Mitsubishi Electric”). Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Business Wire India

GCT Semiconductor, Inc. Displays Highly-Integrated LTE Single-Chip Solution at Verizon Wireless Booth During CES 2011
From the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), GCT Semiconductor, Inc., a leading supplier of 4G solutions to the global market,has announced the display of a LTE PCI Express full mini card and a LTE portable router highlighted at the LTE ecosystem wall at the Verizon Wireless booth Business Wire India

A.M. Best to Participate in 4th India Rendezvous
A.M. Best, the leading international credit rating agency dedicated to the insurance industry, will be participating in the 4th India Rendezvous, to be held 19-21 January 2011 at the Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai, India. Business Wire India

Expand Networks Heralds Breakthrough Year for its Virtual Accelerator Sales & Cloud/Managed Service Provider Solutions
Expand Networks (www.expand Business Wire India

Hilton Worldwide Checks-In ITB Asia 2011
Hilton Worldwide has been named the ‘Official Partner Hotel 2011’ for ITB Asia 2011 by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd, the organiser of ITB Asia, the primary business-to-business travel show for Asia Pacific. This is the first hotel partnership for the region’s top travel trade show Business Wire India

Cooper Named Director of Clinical Medicine at MPI Research
MPI Research, the largest single-site preclinical contract research organization worldwide, pleased to announce that Dale M. Cooper, DVM, recently joined MPI Research as its Director of Clinical Medicine. Dr Business Wire India

Corning® Gorilla® Glass Selected for Sony's BRAVIA® Line of LCD TVs
Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced that Corning® Gorilla® Glass has been designed into select models of Sony Corporation’s (NYSE: SNE) latest BRAVIA® line of LCD televisions. The models are being displayed in Sony and Corning booths at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Business Wire India

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