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Arnie agrees to pay œ155m as alimony to Maria Shriver
Former California's former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has had a change of heart and has finally agreed to provide spousal support to his estranged wife Maria Shriver, which is worth 155 million pounds. ANI

Zara Phillips exercising 'like a demon' before big day!
Zara Phillips is said to be exercising 'like a demon' in order to look her best for her wedding on Saturday. ANI

Zimbabwean jailed in UK for knowingly infecting 2 women with HIV
A Zimbabwean has been sentenced to four years' jail in the UK after he knowingly infected two women with HIV and had unprotected sex with seven others. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's alleged sexual assault victim to meet Manhattan prosecutors
The New York hotel who maid accused former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her, is expected to meet with Manhattan prosecutors in a bid to revive the case and prove she is not a money-hungry opportunist. ANI

US broadcaster defends his right to use Hitler, Nazi for comparisons
American broadcaster, Glenn Beck, has defended his 'right to make comparisons between Norway blast victims and Hitler Youth.' and argued that any impediment on his freedom to do so, or criticism of such remarks, portends the 'Nazification' of America. ANI

Under construction high-speed rails in China may cost over 849 billion yuan
China's high-speed rails under construction may cost up to 849 billion yuan, estimates have revealed. ANI

China to refurbish aircraft carrier for conducting research
China is planning to use a refurbished aircraft carrier for conducting research so that country is able manufacture its own vessels in the future. ANI

Virginia Police on hunt for 'serial butt slasher' attacking women
Virginia Police are looking for a suspected 'serial butt slasher' after a spate of brazen attacks on young women in shopping stores. ANI

Fai acknowledged getting money from ISI
The Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai has reportedly accepted that he received funding from Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence. ANI

Southampton varsity research on imaging technology throws new light on ancient artifacts
New technology which makes it possible to study the finer details of some of the world's greatest historical artefacts has been developed by computer scientists and archaeologists at the University of Southampton in conjunction with academics at the University of Oxford. ANI

Father kills six daughters in Faisalabad for having relations with boys
A man killed six of his daughters on suspicion that two of them had relations with boys in the neighbourhood. ANI

Recession worsens wealth gap between whites and minorities in US
The wealth gaps between whites and minorities in America have grown to their widest, leaving whites on average with 20 times the net worth of blacks and 18 times that of Hispanics, a study has revealed. ANI

12 killed in Karachi violence
The death toll in Karachi violence has risen to twelve over the past 24 hours. ANI

Over 100,000 people displaced, as Pak Army launches operation in Kurram region
Over 100,000 people have left their homes in the Kurram tribal region on the Afghanistan- Pakistan border, after the army launched an operation to flush out Taliban militants. ANI

Indian couple make bid to overturn UK rule requiring immigrants to speak English
An Indian couple in Britain has launched a legal bid to challenge a new immigration rule requiring people to be able to speak English to move to the country to be with their spouse, saying the rule is a breach of human rights, ANI

World's most expensive bottle of white wine sold for 75K pounds
A 200-year-old bottle of 1811 Chateau d'Yquem has set a new Guinness World Record for the world's most valuable bottle of white wine, after it was sold for 75,000 pounds. ANI

Anders Breivik asked me 'how many people were killed in my attack,' says lawyer
Anders Breivik, who went on a killing spree in Oslo last week, asked his lawyer 'how many people were killed' as a result of his firing and the bomb blast. ANI

Uproar over pole dance classes for girls aged 7
In what has sparked outrage among parents and councillors, pole-dancing classes are being offered for children as young as seven at a gym in Bolton, and pictures of them practicing have been posted on Facebook. ANI

US atheist group sue to prevent display of Christian cross at 9/11 memorial in NY
An atheist organization in America has filed a lawsuit to prevent the Christian cross from being placed at the 9/11 World Trade Center memorial and Museum in New York City. ANI

Dubai court fines UK woman for calling colleague a 'Bin Laden supporter'
A Dubai court has fined a British woman for insulting Islam after she accused her Muslim co-worker of being 'a fan of Osama bin-Laden' on Facebook. ANI

Taliban forced Afghan boy to step on bomb: Report
The Taliban reportedly forced a young Afghan boy to step on a bomb. ANI

Kandahar mayor killed in suicide attack
The mayor of Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province was killed in a suicide attack on Wednesday morning, officials said. ANI

Why women dread working with 'Queen Bee' bosses
The Queen Bee syndrome - generally associated with rude female bosses who are 'unlikely to mentor younger female colleagues' - has long been recognised by psychologists, and several studies have been carried out on the phenomenon. ANI

Rs.8 crore blood money paid to secure release of 17 Indians on Sharjah death row
A hotelier on Wednesday paid Rs.eight crore (3.43 million Dirhams) to a representative of a Pakistan-based family, whose sole bread winner was murdered in Sharjah in January 2009 by 17 Indian expatriates, including 16 from Punjab and one from Haryana. ANI

Legendary saxophonist Frank Foster dies at 82
Frank Foster, the celebrated jazz saxophonist and composer best known for his association with the Count Basie Orchestra, has died. He was 82. ANI

Fai gets bail, and two good lawyers
Kashmiri propagandist Ghulam Nabi Fai, accused of fronting for Pakistan's ISI in the United States, was granted bail, but put under house arrest and electronic monitoring by a federal judge. ANI

Michelle Obama says 'no' to politics
Despite having a high profile among the American public by spearheading a campaign to combat child obesity, US First Lady Michelle Obama has insisted that she will not join politics. ANI

Now, Italian cyber police falls pray to hackers
An international hackers group has claimed to have breached security at the government agency responsible for protecting vital computer networks in Italy, in retaliation for the arrest of some its members. ANI

Somalia's Islamist group bans samosas, calling it 'too Western'
Somalia's extremist Islam fighters have banned samosas after ruling that the popular snacks are too 'Western' ANI

Blood money to secure release of 17 Indians on Sharjah death row to be paid
Seventeen Punjabi boys on death row may escape the death penalty as about 3.5 million dirhams would be paid today in the Sharjah court of appeal. ANI

US congressman David Wu quits amid sex scandal
A Democratic congressman, David Wu, accused of having an 'unwanted sexual encounter' with the teenage daughter of a friend has resigned, saying he needs time to fight 'these very serious allegations'. ANI

Uzbek man indicted for threatening to kill Obama, obtaining weapons
An Uzbek man, living illegally in the US, has been indicted for allegedly making multiple threats to assassinate President Barack Obama, then gaining possession of explosive material and a machine gun. ANI

PML-N for 'direct action' against Pak Govt. for violating court verdicts
The opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has threatened to take 'direct action' against the Pakistan People's Party-led federal government for violating superior courts' verdicts. ANI

Republicans move bill to restrict aid to Pakistan
U.S. President Barack Obama's intent to provide more aid to Pakistan has come unstuck with Republicans in the House of Representatives proposing a foreign aid bill that would restrict Obama's authority to provide money to Pakistan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, while cutting money for international organisations. ANI

US court release 'ISI backed' Kashmiri leader Fai on bond
A district court in Alexandria, Virginia, has released Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, the Kashmiri separatist leader charged with working for Pakistan's spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), while trying to influence US lawmakers. ANI

Abdul Majeed takes oath as new prime minister of Pakistan Kashmir
Pakistan-administered Kashmir has a new prime minister. Chaudhry Abdul Majeed took oath of office on Tuesday at a ceremony in the assembly. ANI

Pak bureaucrat demoted by government for following SC orders

Nine killed in Karachi violence
Nine more people, including that of activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Sunni Tehreek (ST) have been killed in Karachi, while several others have been injured in different areas of the city. ANI

KBR to Provide Purifier Technology for Pupuk Kalimantan Timur’s Kaltim-5 Plant in Bontang, Indonesia
KBR (NYSE: KBR) has announced it was awarded a contract by Toyo Engineering Corporation to provide licensing and engineering services for PT Pupuk Kalimantan Timur (Pupuk Kaltim) – the largest urea and ammonia manufacturing company in Indonesia Business Wire India

Recognia Releases Unique Chart Pattern Recognition iPad App
Recognia, in partnership with missingSTEP, announced the release of a unique stock chart pattern recognition iPad application available through the Apple Inc. AppStore Business Wire India

Huber Engineered Materials Announces Global Price Increase for Precipitated Silicas and Silicates
Huber Engineered Materials, a division of the J.M. Huber Corporation, announced a global price increase for its precipitated silicas and silicates. The increase is effective beginning Sept. 1, 2011, or as current contracts allow. Prices will increase up to eight percent. Business Wire India

Maldives President Nasheed, South Africa Minister of Energy Peters, Cherie Blair, Timothy Wirth, Leonardo DiCaprio, Andre Agassi join Zayed Future Energy Prize Jury
A distinguished group of international leaders in government, business, academia and renowned Green activists has been selected to join the Jury for the Zayed Future Energy Prize Business Wire India

Garmin® Completes Acquisition of Navigon®
Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Navigon AG (“Navigon”), a privately-held navigation provider headquartered in Hamburg, Germany. Business Wire India

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