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India's economic rise presents a huge opportunity for Pakistan
A senior official of the Obama administration has said that India's economic rise presents a huge opportunity for Pakistan. ANI

India, US should think more ambitiously about their partnership: Official
The United States and India should think more ambitiously about their partnership and what more can be achieved in the 21st century, a senior Obama administration official has said. ANI

Partnership with India helping to address great challenges of 21st century: US official
India and the United States are now cooperating on nearly every important challenge in the 21st century, from counter-terrorism to non-proliferation; from economic growth to reconstruction in Afghanistan; from food security to economic security, and Washington views New Delhi as an important partner in addressing the great challenges of the time, said a senior government official this week. ANI

Chinese doctor attempts to cure country of 'bad driving' disease
A Chinese doctor is attempting to cure the country of bad driving by treating it like a disease. ANI

Forget planking, it's now 'owling' that is making waves online!
Seems like the bizarre Internet craze for planking is over. Owling is the latest trend sweeping across workplaces around the world. ANI

World's fattest mom earns $90k a year from fans who watch her eat online
An American woman who is aiming to become the world's fattest woman has already started profiting from her challenge - by earning 90,000 dollars a year from fans who pay to watch her eat online. ANI

Facebook, Twitter blamed for 'breaking marriages'
Kuala Lumpur: Social network sites like Facebook and Twitter have been held responsible for extramarital affairs leading to the breakdown of marriages. ANI

New exit strategy likely to allow Gaddafi to stay in Libya after leaving power
NATO and world leaders are discussing a new exit strategy for Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, which would allow him to stay in the country after leaving power, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said. ANI

Karzai's killer traveled to Pak to meet Taliban insurgents weeks before assassination
Investigators are trying to determine whether Ahmad Wali Karzai's killer was a long-term Taliban sleeper agent or he had joined the insurgents recently. ANI

Hugh Grant 'proud' of role in 'News of the World' demise
Actor Hugh Grant has said he is proud of playing a role that led to the shutdown of the News of the World. ANI

Napkins may soon be history on British dining tables
A survey has found that the napkin, which was once a staple of the British dinner table, is being replaced by a kitchen roll as evening meals have become a more informal affair. ANI

Bahraini poet says she was beaten, threatened with rape during custody
A young Bahraini woman poet has said she was beaten, electrocuted and threatened with sexual assault while in custody in Bahrain. ANI

Civilian deaths in Afghan war up 15 percent this year: UN report
The Afghan war has claimed 15 percent more civilian lives in the first half of this year than in the same period a year ago, the United Nations has said in a report. ANI

Dinner with Obama comes with a 35,800 dollar price tag!
If you want to wish U.S President Barack Obama happy birthday on August 3, then be ready to empty your pockets. ANI

Over 5 in 10 Americans won't take summer vacation in 2011
An annual survey by Marist Poll reveals that 55 percent of Americans will not be booking a summer vacation this year. ANI

Immigrant maids, supporters to rally outside Strauss-Kahn's New York digs
African immigrant hotel maids and their supporters plan to come knocking at Dominique Strauss Kahn's 50,000-dollar-a-month digs at 6 p.m. tonight-and they're not offering the kind of room service he may be used to. ANI

More than 5 in 10 Americans approve Obama's role on economy, debt
A majority of U.S. voters have given their thumbs down to President Barack Obama's handling of the economy, but they trust him more than congressional Republicans to get the country back on track - and favor his approach to trimming the nation's debt, a poll out Thursday finds. ANI

Rare Jane Austen manuscript sells for more than œ990K
A rare manuscript of late English novelist Jane Austen has sold for 993,250 pounds at an auction in London. ANI

Militant havens exist in Afghanistan: Pak's ISPR
Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations Director General, Major General Athar Abbas has said terrorist havens exist in Afghanistan. ANI

Cost of living in Beijing higher than New York, says Mercer survey
Global consulting firm Mercer, which is trusted for human relations and related financial advice, products and services, has shown that the cost of living in Beijing is higher than in New York for expatriates. ANI

Pak to continue pursuing 'credible minimum deterrence' nuke policy
Pakistan has declared that it would continue pursuing a policy of maintaining "credible minimum deterrence" as a responsible nuclear-weapon state and cautioned the world that any nuclear policy based on partiality and preconception could disturb the strategic balance in South Asia. ANI

US officials confirm 24,000 Pentagon files hacked
A top US official has admitted that over 24,000 Pentagon files were hacked by a foreign intelligence service in March this year. ANI

Eat dry onion skin to reduce cancer, diabetes risk
Next time around while you're in the kitchen don't throw away the dry onion skin, as it are 'rich in compounds that are beneficial for human health', according to scientists. ANI

Mother bear at Ranthambore Reserve stuns tourists by defeating 300kg tiger
A mother bear left tourists stunned at the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, India, when she defeated a tiger in a fight. ANI

Man becomes UK's youngest granddad after 14-yr-old daughter gives birth
A man in Britain has expressed his excitement at becoming UK's youngest granddad at the age of 29 after his 14-year-old daughter gave birth. ANI

Giant crop circle appears next to Stonehenge
The mystery behind who built Stonehenge is still unsolved, and now a 200ft giant crop circle has appeared next to it, adding to the puzzle. ANI

Britain hit by a burglary every 40 seconds in 2010
Britain was hit by three burglaries every two minutes last year as the number of break-ins soared. That works out to a burglary every 40 seconds ANI

Now, 'doga' classes to help dogs find their 'inner' peace!
A yoga instructor in Hong Kong is offering yoga classes for dogs to help them find their 'inner' peace. ANI

Murdoch docked further, now FBI launches probe into phone hacking of 9/11 victims
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched an investigation into claims that News of the World had allegedly hacked the phones of September 11, 2001 terror victims. ANI

Pak govt. too weak to deal with Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jamat-ud-Dawah: Experts
The Pakistan government is too weak to deal with terror organizations, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which is blamed for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, analysts have said. ANI

Philippines assessing whether to seek custody of top terror suspect
The Philippines is assessing whether to seek custody of a top Asian terror suspect who allegedly plotted the deadly attacks with Filipino militants before he was arrested in Pakistan earlier this year. ANI

Harry Potter's fictional Butterbeer 'bought to life' by chef in US
Now, you too can taste the beverage that Harry Potter and his friends drink in the book and film series- with a chef in the U.S having created the fictional Butterbeer in real. ANI

Maryland varsity study calls for concurrent US-India action against terror attacks
The University of Maryland's Laboratory for Computational Cultural Dynamics has said that recent advances in computer science can be used by both the United States and India to neutralise terrorist attacks. ANI

State Bank of Pakistan Governor resigns over mounting budget deficit
State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Shahid Kardar has resigned because of policy differences with the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)-led coalition government over the country's mounting budget deficit. ANI

Ex-US Defense Secretary Rumsfeld patted down by Transportation Security Administration
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has shown that no one is immune to the probing hands of its agents, including former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. ANI

Al Jazeera explores freedom as a private broadcaster
Pan-Arab television channel Al-Jazeera has reportedly been given the go-ahead to alter its legal status to become a "private organisation devoted to public interest" through an amendment ratified by Qatar's Emir Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani in May. ANI

Now, Brits want Pippa Middleton on back of a 10 pounds note
Pippa Middleton is one of the celebrities that Britons would like to see replace Charles Darwin on the back of the 10-pound note, according to a new survey. ANI

Osama was assembling militants to attack US on 9/11's10th anniversary
Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was working to assemble a team of militants to attack the United States on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, according to the treasure trove of intelligence found at his compound in Pakistan's Abbottabad city. ANI

Pak calls on India to work together for regional peace
Pakistan National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi has stressed that India and Pakistan should make joint efforts for regional peace and progress. ANI

One injured in plane collision at Boston's Logan Airport
At least one person was injured after two planes collided on a taxiway at Boston's Logan Airport on Thursday night. ANI

Pak peacebuilding organization denounces Mumbai blasts
The Pakistan Peace Coalition (PPC) has strongly condemned the Mumbai blasts that killed 21 people and injured 150 on July 13. ANI

US to continue civilian assistance to Pakistan despite military aid holdback
The United States has reassured Pakistan that it would keep sending it civilian assistance in the wake of its decision to hold back a third of its military aid over disagreements in the war on terror efforts. ANI

US backs CIA's 'fake vaccination' tactics to nail Osama in Pak
The United States has defended the CIA's tactics of using a fake vaccination drive to spy on Osama bin Laden. ANI

US securities watchdog still dragging feet on key anti-corruption and transparency laws
One year out from passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and three months after it was supposed to come into effect, a key anti-corruption and transparency measure-Section 1504-is still sitting on the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) drafting board. ANI

Murdoch defends hacking allegations, will not shut any more of his newspapers
News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has dismissed claims that he is planning to sell or spin off all of his newspapers. ANI

July 13 or September 13? Kasab's birthday spurs Wikipedia war
At the time of Wednesday's bombings in Mumbai, crowd-sourcing encyclopedia Wikipedia had listed Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab's birthday as July 13, 1987, attributing the date to a newspaper article written just days after the 26/11 2008 Mumbai attacks. ANI

DeepOcean Group Holding AS Forms Board of Directors
DeepOcean Group Holding AS (“DeepOcean Group” or the “Company”), an integrated provider of subsea, trenching and marine support vessels and services, today announced the formation of its Board of Directors Business Wire India

Cities Worldwide Destined to Save Billions While Becoming More Livable
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Motorola Solutions Expands Global Services
Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI) has announced it is expanding its current services offering to help enterprises and government agencies maximize the benefits of their business- and mission-critical communications assets Business Wire India

TruePosition and ABI Research Report That GPS Technology Fails to Locate 9-1-1 Calls Made from Cell Phones
TruePosition, Inc., a leading provider of wireless location technologies and solutions and a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, announced the findings of a significant research study conducted in collaboration with ABI Research Business Wire India

NYSE Euronext Notified of Preliminary Acceptance by Deutsche Boerse Shareholders of Proposed Combination
NYSE Euronext (NYSE:NYX) announced that it has been notified by Deutsche Boerse AG (XETRA DB1) that, on a preliminary basis, more than 80% of Deutsche Boerse shareholders tendered their shares by July 13th, 2011, surpassing the requisite 75% needed to approve our proposed combination. Business Wire India

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