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Clinton to Diaspora: India, US working together to fight terrorism, promoting ties
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that India and the United States is working together to create economic opportunity for people, to fight terrorism and violent extremism, and to halt the spread of nuclear weapons. ANI

Pakistan Minister threatens to kill Geo news reporter
Pakistan's Minister for Works and Services, Zulfiqar Mirza has threatened to kill a Geo television reporter while disallowing his news crew from covering his tour of the M A Jinnah Road Light House area. ANI

Libyan Government 'directly' negotiating with France: Gaddafi's son
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam has said the country's government was negotiating the solution to Libyan conflict with France. ANI

Chinese firm to gain world's focus through Bay Bridge project
Chinese machinery firm Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co Ltd (ZPMC) wants to change nation's manufacturing landscape by taking up the challenging global infrastructure projects. ANI

Bachmann's clinics counseling gays, reveals sting operation
New video evidence has surfaced proving that Republican White House hopeful Michele Bachmann clinics are counseling gays.ccording to the sting operation conducted by ABC News, A former patient who sought help from the clinic said he was advised prayer toget rid of his homosexual urges and that he could eventually be 're-oriented'. ANI

'China's rapid urbanization posing major threat to military facilities'
China's rapid urbanization and local governments' uncontrolled pursuit of fast expansion has threatened the country's military facilities and infrastructure, a senior army officer has said. ANI

Pakistan calls Ahmad Wali Karzai's assassination 'an act of cowardice'
Pakistan has condemned the killing of the brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, terming it as 'an act of cowardice'. ANI

Pregnant Carla Bruni flaunts baby bump in bikini
Pregnant Carla Bruni, the First Lady of France, bared her baby bump in a little bikini on the beach in the south of France. ANI

Prince Charles says end of 'Harry Potter' 'awful' for kids learning to read
Prince Charles of Wales has apparently said that the end of 'Harry Potter' series is a blow to children learning to read. ANI

Premiere China airline washes only 20 percent of its non-disposable blankets
An investigation has revealed that 80 percent of the non-disposable blankets used on one of China's biggest airlines are reused without being washed or disinfected ANI

Over 8 in 10 Americans disapprove of Congress' performance: Poll
Almost no one likes the US Congress, a Gallup poll has found. ANI

Iraq in talks to buy US fighter jets: Report
Iraq has reportedly started negotiations to buy US fighter jets and air-defense systems worth billions of dollars, it has emerged. ANI

Entire Royal family's personal info may have been hacked in NotW scandal
Detectives investigating the News Of The World scandal fear the entire Royal family's personal details were hacked. ANI

Pakistan threatens to pull troops from Afghan border if US cuts military aid
Pakistan has threatened to pull back its troops from the tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan as a reaction to the suspension of nearly 800 million dollars of military aid by the US. ANI

'More than 40 pc of employees would blank their bosses in street'
A new study has shown that volatile relationships between managers and staff are sending people over the edge on a daily basis. ANI

Now, outsize jacket to beat budget airlines' excess luggage charges
Having to shell out more money for excess baggage will be a thing of the past after an inventor came up with an outsize jacket that will allow one to carry things that would otherwise be put in the hold. ANI

Watch Mudpit belly flop, bobbing for pigs' feet, armpit serenading only at US' Redneck Games!
Started in 1996 as a spoof for the summer Olympics held in Atlanta, the 15th annual Summer Redneck Games featured some unique sports contests such as bobbing for pigs' feet, watermelon pip spitting, toilet seat tossing and mud pit belly flop. ANI

Tsunamis buried original Olympic Games site in Greece
Olympia, site of the famous Temple of Zeus and original venue of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece, was presumably destroyed by repeated tsunamis that travelled considerable distances inland, and not by earthquake and river floods as has been assumed to date. ANI

Chinese province calls for one-child policy relaxation
China's southern Guangdong province has asked the central government to relax a law that restricts most families to having one child. ANI

Anti-western suspicion in Pakistan has risen in 2011: Top ICRC official
Anti-western suspicion in Pakistan has increased during the current year, the outgoing head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Pakistan, Pascal Cuttat, has said. ANI

Pak's rocket fire into Afghanistan 'more of political than tactical threat' for NATO: CSM
Pakistan's cross-border attacks on militants in Afghanistan pose less of a tactical threat and more of a political threat for US soldiers in the war-ravaged country. ANI

US military aid suspension may harm Pak's civilian govt more than army: Analysts
The suspension of US military aid could harm Pakistan's civilian government more than the military, and might also have a harmful impact on the country's democracy, according to analysts. ANI

Social networks offer 'very little help' to cyber stalking victims: Study
Social and mobile networks do not provide enough help to victims of online stalking and harassment, a study has revealed. ANI

US military aid hold "directly tied" to Pak's visa refusal to US personnel: Pentagon
Pentagon spokesman Marine Corps Colonel Dave Lapan has emphasized that the delayed US aid to Pakistan is 'a hold, not a halt,' and that the funds may be delivered if the two nations resolve certain issues. ANI

Pak air force says it quickly put bases on high alert on learning about US' 'Osama' raid
Pakistan's air bases were put on high alert as soon as the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) received information about the US raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, a top air force official has informed the commission probing the May 2 incident. ANI

Bachmann ahead of Romney, Pawlenty in latest Iowa caucus poll
The latest poll has shown that Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachman leads the Republican candidates for the 2012 Iowa caucus. ANI

After hectic tour Wills-Kat to slower pace of life and 'enjoy marriage'
After their first successful overseas tour, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now planning for a low-key life. ANI

Now, 'funeral strippers' to dance away the deceased with a smile!
People in Taiwan have come up with a new way to honour the dead - they call strippers to dance for the deceased at funerals. ANI

Hamid Karzai's brother killed in Afghanistan
Ahmad Wali Karzai, a half brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and one of the most powerful men in southern Afghanistan, was killed on Tuesday, an official said. ANI

China's army chief confirms building of aircraft carrier
General Chen Bingde, Chief of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) General Staff, has confirmed that China is building an aircraft carrier to strengthen its grip on sea territory. ANI

NYC Rabbi 'caught red-handed in bed with hooker during Sabbath'
The estranged wife of a prominent New York Jewish leader secretly videotaped him enjoying the charms of a sexy call girl and an undercover private investigator, according to sensational Manhattan court records. ANI

China blasts US for conducting joint drills in South China Sea
The Chinese military has hit out at the United States for conducting joint drills in the South China Sea, saying the timing was 'inappropriate'. ANI

Watchdogs livid with Yahoo for sending customers' personal email info to advertisers
The World's largest email provider Yahoo's policy of searching through users' personal emails for information that they can use to sell in the advertising sphere, has angered privacy campaigners. ANI

UK downgrades terror threat level from 'severe' to 'substantial'
The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has downgraded the international terror threat level to the United Kingdom from 'severe' to 'substantial', the country's Home Secretary, Theresa May, has said. ANI

Halting of US military aid to Pak during Afghan war endgame may 'backfire': Experts
Washington's decision to hold back 800 million dollars in military aid to Pakistan will not necessarily force Islamabad into clamping down on militancy, but may instead imperil a fragile alliance at a critical time when the United States needs Pakistan's cooperation in securing a peaceful end to the war in Afghanistan, according to experts. ANI

1 in 4 Britons believe computers are the most 'irreplaceable thing' in life: Study
One in four Britons have said that their computer is "the most irreplaceable thing in their life", according to a new research. ANI

Tokyo's Haneda international Airport faces world's highest tsunami risk: Study
Tokyo's Haneda international airport is in line for the most frequent and severe catastrophes, a research has claimed. ANI

Strauss-Kahn court hearing postponed for two weeks
The court hearing of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been postponed for two weeks. ANI

Hacker group releases 90,000 stolen emails in 'military meltdown Monday'
A hacking group has published 90,000 military email addresses and passwords stolen from a large United States contractor in what it dubbed as the "military meltdown Monday". ANI

Now, win 10,000 pounds worth of bullion prize in Facebook's fantasy trading game
The fantasy trading game 'The Great American Express Gold Rush' has been launched on Facebook with a prize fund of over 20,000 pounds, including the grand prize of gold bullion worth 10,000 pounds. ANI

Gilani dismisses Manmohan's 'Pakistan should forget Kashmir' statement as "distorted"
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has said he disbelieves a recent statement attributed to his Indian counterpart, Dr. Manmohan Singh, that Pakistan should forget about the Kashmir dispute. ANI

US should hold talks with Pakistan to discuss exit strategy from Afghanistan: Gilani
The United States should hold talks with Pakistan to work out an exit strategy from war-torn Afghanistan, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

James Joyce's passport showing him falsely married up for grabs
Famous Irish novelist and poet James Joyce's recently discovered passport has revealed that the author had falsely claimed that he was married at the time. ANI

Meet 'Moose'- the heaviest ever 16-pound baby born in Texas!
A women in Texas has given birth to a baby boy who weighs 16 pounds, more than double the average weight of a newborn. ANI

82 Tamil schools to be relocated in Malaysia
Eighty-two Tamil schools with less than 25 pupils each in Malaysia will be relocated to suitable locations to benefit more children of the Indian community. ANI

Pak 'embarrassing' itself by refusing to shut down 'identified' militant training camps: US
The United States has compiled a wide body of intelligence on the locations of militant training camps in Pakistan, but has been unable to persuade Islamabad to shut them down, according to current and former officials. ANI

Multiple US drone attacks kill 31 in Pak's Waziristan region
Thirty-one people have been killed and fifteen others wounded in multiple US missile strikes in North and South Waziristan. ANI

Sparks city council in Nevada opens with Hindu prayers
The city council of Sparks (Nevada, USA), incorporated in 1905, reverberated with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on July 11 afternoon. ANI

French defense minister takes U-turn, wants Gaddafi to be 'welcomed for negotiations'
Military action against embattled dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is not working and Libyan tyrant must be welcomed to negotiations with pro-freedom rebels, France's defense minister has said. ANI

Strauss-Kahn files defamation lawsuit against young French writer
Former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a lawsuit for defamation against a young French writer who accused him of trying to rape her in 2003'. ANI

Clinton says Syrian Prez Assad has 'lost legitimacy' after mob attacks embassy
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has 'lost legitimacy', amid diplomatic tension between the two countries. ANI

News Corp considering selling off remaining UK newspapers
News Corporation Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch is considering selling all his British newspapers, his biographer has claimed. ANI

US backs Pak, Afghanistan's decision to form joint military working group
The United States has backed the decision taken by Afghanistan and Pakistan to form a joint military working group to address the recent spate of cross-border raids. ANI

Suspension of US aid to Pakistan to have "disastrous" consequences: Musharraf
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has predicted dire consequences from the recent US decision to suspend 800 million dollars of military aid to Pakistan. ANI

CIA organised fake vaccination drive to acquire DNA of bin Laden's family: Report
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) organised a fake vaccination programme in Pakistan's Abbottabad town, where it believed Osama bin Laden was hiding, in an elaborate attempt to obtain DNA from the fugitive al-Qaida leader's family, a British newspaper's investigation has found. ANI

WNS to Release Fiscal 2012 First Quarter Financial and Operating Results on July 21, 2011
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced the date that it will release its fiscal 2012 first quarter financial and operating results. Q1 FY 2012 Financial and Operating Results WNS will release its fiscal 2012 first quarter financial and operating results at approximately 6:00 a.m Business Wire India

LifeSize Supports Universal Video Collaboration with Enhanced Infrastructure Offerings
LifeSize, a division of Logitech (Nasdaq: LOGI) (SIX: LOGN), today announced enhancements to several of its infrastructure offerings, including a fully virtualized LifeSize® Transit™ server, 48-way video calling with LifeSize® Bridge™ and expanded multi-vendor interoperability with LifeSize® Control™ Business Wire India

IRENA and Africa partner for renewable energy breakthrough
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) yesterday opened its Africa High-level Consultative Forum, one of the year’s largest summits of African energy ministers and experts and the only to concentrate exclusively on renewable energy Business Wire India

Photo of The Duchess of Cambridge Presenting Prize to The Duke of Cambridge at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, July 9, 2011, Available on Business Wire's Website and AP PhotoExpress
The Duchess of Cambridge presents a player prize wrapped in a Tiffany Blue Box® to The Duke of Cambridge, following The Foundation Polo Challenge at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, July 9, 2011. The Duchess also awarded The Foundation Polo Challenge Trophy. As Title sponsor, Tiffany & Co Business Wire India

Unique FDA Approved Plastic Bottle Recycling System to be Installed in Vietnam
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MYHABIT Announces International Shipping
(NASDAQ:AMZN) – MYHABIT.com, a new private-sale fashion destination from Amazon, announced flat rate $15 priority international shipping with estimated import fees applied to the order at checkout. Customers in more than 50 countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas can now shop and buy designer luxury products, at up to 60 percent off. Business Wire India

Infoblox Launches First Commercial IPv6 Center of Excellence
Infoblox Inc. today announced the launch of the Infoblox IPv6 Center of Excellence (CoE). The Infoblox IPv6 CoE is designed to meet the growing demand by enterprise IT teams worldwide for expert IPv6 tutorials, resources, guidance, training and best practices Business Wire India

Thousands of Hilton Worldwide Fitness Centers to Offer Tech-Savvy Upgrades
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St. Jude Medical Receives FDA Approval for Expansion of BROADEN Deep Brain Stimulation Study for Depression
St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), a global medical device company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval for expansion of its BROADEN™ (BROdmann Area 25 DEep brain Neurostimulation) study for depression. This expansion will allow a maximum of 20 sites across the U.S. to enroll up to 125 patients. Business Wire India

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