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US broadcaster criticized for comparing Norway massacre victims to 'Hitler Youth'
An American broadcaster has sparked off outrage after comparing teenage victims of the Utoya Island massacre to the Hitler Youth organization in Nazi Germany. ANI

13 injured in suspected gas blast in Macao restaurant
At least 13 people were reportedly injured in a suspected gas explosion in a Macao restaurant on Tuesday. ANI

Telecom scam: Raja's statement cannot be treated as evidence, says Mukherjee
Visiting Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that former telecom minister A. Raja's statement on Monday suggesting that the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and the then finance minister, P ANI

President Patil pays floral tribute at Tagore statue in Seoul
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil paid floral tribute at the statue of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore here on Monday in remembrance of his 150th birth anniversary. ANI

President Patil invites more foreign investment from South Korea
Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Tuesday invited foreign investment from South Korea into India's growing infrastructure sector. ANI

Mumbai blasts accused held in Nepal
Nepal Police has reportedly arrested a man in connection with the serial blasts in Mumbai, which claimed 19 lives and left over 130 others injured. ANI

Web monitoring forcing Chinese businesses to cancel Internet access
Business establishments across China are objecting to a move by the Public Security Bureau to install costly web monitoring software in bars, restaurants, hotels and bookstores. ANI

Kandahar tribal leaders adopt wait and watch after Karzai's brother's killing
The assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai, a step brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, two weeks ago, has forced that country's tribal elite to adopt a wait and watch approach to future developments in the Kandahar region. ANI

Cryonics pioneer Robert Ettinger dead
Robert Ettinger, a pioneer of the cryonics movement, has died at his home in Detroit. He was 92. ANI

Indo-Pak border residents 'optimistic' about bilateral talks
With the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan holding consultations in New Delhi to finalise the agenda for Wednesday's meeting between their foreign ministers, border area residents in the Kashmir Valley expressed hope about the dialogue yielding positive results. ANI

China's submersible reaches record depth of 5,057 meters in Pacific Ocean
The Jiaolong, China"s manned deep-diving submersible, reached 5,057 metres, its lowest-ever depth, in a dive in the Pacific on Tuesday. ANI

Norwegian attacker Breivik reveals more killings in the offing
Right-wing Norwegian extremist Anders Behring Breivik has said that there are at least two more cells from his terror network still at large, who could soon be killing more people anywhere in the world. ANI

Oslo attacker praises Japan 'for not allowing many Muslims to immigrate'
The Norwegian terrorist who killed over 90 people in two recent attacks in Oslo, has described Japan as a 'model country', praising it for shying away from multi-culturalism. ANI

Hafiz Saeed declares suicide bombings on Muslims un-Islamic
Lashkar-e-Toiba founder and the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Hafiz Saeed, has termed suicide bombings on Muslims as un-Islamic, saying that attacks on Muslims by Muslims could never be Jihad. ANI

US violated Pakistan's trust: Abbottabad Commission told
The US abused Pakistan's trust and the army was taken by surprise on the day American troops carried out the secret operation to kill Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Director-General of Military Operations (DGMO) Major General Ashfaq Nadeem has told a judicial commission investigating the May 2 raid. ANI

Oslo attacker's father says 'his son should have shot himself'
The father of the Norwegian man behind the Oslo massacre, has said that his 'son should have turned the gun on himself'. ANI

Pak still not prepared to deal with natural disasters
Pakistan is still not sufficiently prepared to cope with flooding and other natural disasters, a year after the worst floods in its history that killed 1,750 people, aid agency Oxfam has said. ANI

Gaddafi must step down, but may not leave Libya: Hague
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi must relinquish power, but may not leave Libya. ANI

India-Pakistan talks only way forward: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that his country desires cordial relations with all neighbours, and added that talks were the only way to improve ties with India. ANI

US not in a rush to exit Afghanistan: Envoy
New US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, has said that Washington is not rushing to leave the country and cautioned that what would happen in the months ahead would have far-reaching effects across the globe. ANI

Now, EU plans to impose tax on Chinese leather shoes
The European Commission is planning to impose a provisional tax on imported Chinese leather shoes, despite disagreement about the move among member states. ANI

US, North Korea plans to resume six-party talks
Representatives of the United States and North Korea are likely to meet 'at the end of the week' in New York for preliminary talks, in a bid to revive the six-party negotiations. ANI

US helping Pakistan to make it stronger: Munter
United States Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said that his country has been providing assistance to Pakistan to make it strong. ANI

'Very difficult time' in Pak-US military ties: Admiral Mullen
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen has said US-Pakistan military-to-military ties are at a 'very difficult' crossroad. ANI

'Nude' Dominique Strauss-Kahn grabbed my br**ts, says maid
The hotel maid who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault has claimed that he emerged n*ked from his room to greet her when she entered his room and then grabbed her br**ts. ANI

Cameron orders review into threat of far-Right groups following Norway attacks
British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an urgent review of threats from far-right extremist groups in the country in the wake of the terror attacks in Norway. ANI

Jews, Buddhists, Hindus laud Coeur d'Alene in US for 'Ganesha' display
The Jews, Buddhists and Hindus have applauded the City of Coeur d'Alene (Idaho, USA) for the public display of 'Ganesha' sculpture in its downtown. ANI

Norway attacker to be in 8-week detention
An Oslo court has extended the detention of the Norwegian terrorist, who killed over 90 people in two recent attacks, for an additional eight weeks. ANI

Oslo attacker listened to Lord of the Rings music to drown out victims' screams
The Norwegian behind last Friday's Oslo massacre listened to film music from the Lord of the Rings on his iPod to drown out the screams of his victims, it has emerged. ANI

Bangladesh Hindu Temple opens in Michigan
The Bangladesh Hindu Temple in Hamtramck (Michigan, USA) reportedly had a grand opening on July 24. ANI

Hindus upset at fashion designer's misstatement about Kamasutra
The Hindus are upset at India's famous fashion designer Suneet Varma for reportedly calling Kamasutra the most celebrated Hindu text in the world. ANI

Zardari's son Bilawal to contest next Pakistan election
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has announced that his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who is the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman, will contest the upcoming general elections from the party's stronghold of Lyari in Sindh province. ANI

Oslo attacker had extensive links with Brit right-wing extremists
The Norwegian terrorist, who killed over 90 people in two recent attacks in Oslo, reportedly had extensive links to the far-Right English Defence League (EDL). ANI

Strauss-Kahn accuser feared 'she'd be killed' after discovering his identity
The New York hotel maid, who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her in a Manhattan hotel suite in May, said that she feared for her life after finding out he was a 'powerful man.' ANI

Covidien Reports Third-Quarter Results
Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today reported results for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 (April - June 2011). Net sales of $2.93 billion increased 14% from the $2.56 billion reported in the third quarter a year ago. Foreign exchange rate movement added approximately five percentage points to the quarterly sales growth rate. Business Wire India

IDG Connect Report Shows IT Professionals Want More Local Content
IDG Connect’s global content survey of 3,217 IT professionals in 114 territories reveals that whilst 72% of respondents find vendor white papers extremely useful, the majority outside of North America still struggle to find the localised content they need Business Wire India

Taro Provides 2011 Second Quarter and Year to Date Results
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Taro,” or the “Company,” Pink Sheets: TAROF) today provided unaudited financial results for the quarter and year to date periods ended June 30, 2011. Business Wire India

Jefferies Expands Global Technology, Internet, Media and Telecommunications Equity Research
In a further expansion of the firm’s global equity research effort, Jefferies announced today the addition of Jason Kupferberg, Mark Lipacis, David Reynolds and Robert Lea, who join the firm as Senior Equity Research Analysts. Mr. Kupferberg will cover the Computer Services and IT Consulting sectors and is based in New York, Mr Business Wire India

The Valence Group Acts as M&A Adviser to Tessenderlo on the Divestiture of Chelsea Building Products
Tessenderlo Group (NYSE Euronext: TESB) announced the sale of its subsidiary Chelsea Building Products Inc. (US) to Graham Partners, a US-based, privately-held investment company. The Valence Group provided M&A advisory services to Tessenderlo on the transaction. Business Wire India

TE Connectivity Deploys Distributed Antenna System in Vietnam
TE Connectivity has announced that its partner ITT (Indochina Telecommunication Technology- www.itt.vn) has deployed TE Connectivity’s FlexWave™ Prism distributed antenna system to provide mobile services for Vietnam Mobile Services (VMS2) in Phu My Hung, a suburb of Ho Chi Minh City Business Wire India

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