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New Al- Quaeda magazine offers beauty tips mixed with bombing advice
Al-Qaeda has launched a women's magazine Al Shamikha (meaning the majestic woman), which mixes tips on skin care with articles on 'marrying a mujahedeen' and carrying out suicide attacks. ANI

Friends brand death of Indian-origin student in Australia as "painful"
Friends of Tosha Thakkar, an Indian-origin student who was sexually assaulted and killed before the murderer dispatched off her body into a canal in a suitcase, described her as "a lovely human being" who did not deserve such "painful" death. ANI

US nuke plants safer than those in Japan
The US nuclear industry has said that it does not expect an emergency similar to what has taken place in earthquake-cum-tsunami-hit Japan ANI

'Modernist Cuisine' - the world's heaviest recipe book?
Do you want to cook some unknown recipes from tech visionary Nathan Myhrvold's 'Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking'? Well, first try lifting it. ANI

Oz girl cancels Facebook party after 20,000 claimed they would attend
A 15-year-old girl from Chatswood had to call off an "open house party" she had organized on Facebook, when more than 20,000 people claimed they would be attending. ANI

Gulf forces intervene in Bahrain after violent clashes
The Crown Prince of Bahrain has asked neighbouring Gulf States to intervene after violent clashes broke out between police and anti- government protestors in Manama. ANI

Hacker group releases US bank's e-mails' after WikiLeaks rumours
A group called Anonymous last night released material relating to mortgages issued by a major US bank. ANI

Burger King CEO criticized for calling Brit women 'ugly' and UK food 'terrible'
Bernardo Hees, CEO of the fast food chain Burger King, has been criticized for telling students that British women are ugly and UK food is terrible. ANI

Malay daily says sorry for ill-timed tsunami cartoon
The Malay daily, Berita Harian, has issued a public apology over its publication of a cartoon depicting the devastating tsunami and earthquake that swept Japan and killed thousands. ANI

Dubai royal family aide spills the beans on UK palace 'sex secrets'
An aide to United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's family was fired after refusing to spy on a dignitary suspected of conducting an affair at one of their British palaces, a court has heard. ANI

Putin's United Russia Party wins regional elections
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party scored a resounding win in regional elections that serve as a test run for the December parliamentary elections and next year's presidential polls. ANI

Fictitious Messiah portrayed as alcoholic who impregnates prostitute
Controversial author James Frey is set to spark another firestorm with his new book, 'The Final Testament of the Holy Bible.' ANI

Secrets of the Queen Mother's record collection revealed
Caribbean steel bands, Rodgers and Hammerstein showtunes, Canadian yodelling and Paul Simon's pop hit You Can Call Me Al-all of them were the Queen Mother's favourites, it has emerged. ANI

Poll says most Aussies prefer Rudd to Gillard
The latest Age/Nielsen poll has indicated that most voters prefer Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd to Prime Minister Julia Gillard as federal Labor leader. ANI

Earthquake, tsunami death toll estimates rise in Japan
Japan is facing mounting humanitarian and nuclear emergencies as the death toll from the earthquake and subsequent tsunami on Friday is rising rapidly as relief efforts intensify. ANI

UK radio series to highlight Churchill's unknown skills
Winston Churchill was not only one of England's longest serving prime ministers', but also had many other attributes and skills. ANI

Japanese professor warned of nuke catastrophe in 2007
A Japanese university professor is said to have warned concerned authorities in the government three years ago that building nuclear reactors in an earthquake zone risked "nuclear catastrophe". ANI

Pak Army should remain restricted to defence, national security issues: Rafique
Pakistan Muslim League- N (PML-N) leader Khwaja Saad Rafique has criticised Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas's statement regarding the country's defence budget, and said the military should limit itself to defence issues. ANI

Libyan rebels warn of a 'fight till death' with Gaddafi's loyalists
As the forces of Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi advanced towards Ajdabiya town, rebels vowed to 'fight till death' if a no-fly zone was imposed by the West to stop troops loyal to the former. ANI

Asian stocks fall due to Middle-East unrest, Japan quake
Maximum Asian shares fell last week, dragging down a regional benchmark index since August, as unrest in Middle-East escalates and massive earthquake hit Japan. ANI

Brit journalist says tsunami affected Japanese town resembles atom bombed Hiroshima
A British journalist has described the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit coastal town of Minami Sanriku as resembling the atom-bombed cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima at the end of the second World War. ANI

Frontiers of expression have shrunk in 'democratic' Pakistan: Shehrbano Taseer
The boundaries of expression have shrunk in Pakistan, Shehrbano Taseer, daughter of slain former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, has said. ANI

Asians are rubbish between the sheets, says NY author
A politically incorrect book on interracial dating by a white women author is all set to spark a controversy. ANI

Scottish experts to digitally scan ancient Indian landmark
A group of Scottish experts is set to digitally record one of India's most historic landmarks in an effort to preserve its every detail. ANI

Parents who ditch fairytales 'miss chance to teach kids morality'
A British education expert has warned that parents who ditch traditional fairytales are missing the chance to teach their children moral code of life. ANI

Pak Govt bars ICRC from monitoring plight of detainees in KP, FATA jails
The Pakistan Government has refused to allow the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from monitoring the plight of hundreds of prisoners arrested on charges of militancy and insurgency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). ANI

Pak Army responsible for country's existential confusion: Mira Sethi
Pakistan's existential confusion is the outcome of the "grand strategic designs" of its army, which advocates an anti-India ideology, shelters jihadists and cows liberal civilian politicians, Mira Sethi, assistant books editor at the Journal, has said. ANI

Meet the cat that can predict epileptic fits!
Lilly the cat is the ultimate life-saver, for the animal can sense when its owner is about to have an epileptic fit and alert the family. ANI

Severn Road in Hong Kong is world's most expensive address!
Severn Road in Hong Kong has topped the list of the world's most expensive addresses. ANI

'Pocket money bras' for 8-yr-olds in UK
Fashion giant Matalan has come under scanner after it emerged that the company is selling padded bras for girls as young as eight. ANI

Brothel business booming Down Under
Melbourne is witnessing a huge increase in the number of sex parlours - more than 2500 are now registered to operate freely across suburban locations. ANI

Michael Blake gives mathematical constant Pi a musical note
Canadian musician Michael Blake has created a piece of music based on mathematical constant Pi to celebrate Pi Day- the 14th day of the third month. ANI

Indian-origin Auckland man found guilty for policeman's murder
A Indian-origin man accused of shooting an Auckland policeman four times has been found guilty of attempted murder. ANI

Oz body calls for student visa regime reform
The Australian Government has been urged to reform its international student visa program to curb the overseas students downturn. ANI

Ex-ISI official alleges CIA, RAW, Mossad behind Baloch insurgency
The insurgents in Balochistan are Indians operating in connivance with US security firm Blackwater, former Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Punjab chief Brigadier (retired) Mohammad Aslam Ghuman has alleged. ANI

Defector "Curve Ball" reveals how he fooled Western intelligence into attacking Saddam
An Iraqi defector has indirectly revealed how he fooled western intelligence services into believing that Iraq had a secret program to brew mobile biological weapons, which convinced the international community to invade that country. ANI

US Senator wants brakes on nuke power plants until Japan tsunami ramification is known
US Senator Joseph I. Lieberman has said that the Obama administration must put brakes, if not stops, on nuclear power plants in the country till they understand the ramification of what went wrong in Japan following an earthquake-cum-tsunami. ANI

Prince Andrew denies soliciting cash gift to ease ex-wife's debts
A day after it emerged that a property magnate secretly helped pay off Prince Andrew's ex-wife's debts, the Duke of York has strongly denied soliciting any cash gift. ANI

Kate Middleton's pre-wedding diet revealed - bags of sweets!
With only weeks to go before the big day, most brides subject themselves to strict pre-wedding diet to ensure they look their best - but not Kate Middleton. ANI

Hitler's heroic exploits in World War I 'were a Nazi propaganda myth'
Adolf Hitler's claims to have been a First World War hero who 'looked death in the eye' have been debunked in a new book. ANI

BA sets new world record for 'highest stand-up comedy gig in the world'
British Airways has set a new Guinness World Record for the 'highest stand-up comedy gig in the world' in aid of Comic Relief. ANI

Parents 'pass on road-rage habits'
A new study has suggested that road-rage habits are being passed on to young drivers by their parents. ANI

China not to compete with US in exerting influence in Middle East
China's envoy to the Middle East, Wu Sike, has said that Beijing is not competing with Washington in exerting influence in the area, but is confident about its ties with the region. ANI

After Musharraf's exit, Zardari 'new face of disaster for Pak': Nisar
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is the new face of disaster for the country after the exit of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, has said. ANI

Vatican to unveil Facebook page for Pope John Paul II this week
The Vatican will unveil a Facebook page dedicated to the forthcoming beatification of Pope John Paul II this week. ANI

Kate Middleton shows off hot bikini bod in never-before-seen pics
Some never-before-seen pictures of Kate Middleton and Prince William have been discovered that show the bride-to-be flaunting her super-hot bikini body. ANI

China develops new stealth fighter using downed US bomber
China has developed a new stealth fighter, called the J-20, from parts of an American F-117 Nighthawk stealth bomber that had been shot down over Serbia during the Kosovo War. ANI

Pak's defence budget pales in comparison to India's, says spokesman
Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas has said his country is allocating only four billion dollars to defence whereas India's defence budget is 36 billion dollars. ANI

Hayley Westenra plans NZ Quake Aid gig
Singer Hayley Westenra is planning a huge benefit concert, dubbed Quake Aid, to raise funds for her home town of Christchurch in New Zealand. ANI

3-year-old is Britain's youngest booze sufferer
In what has been called a 'horrifying' case, a child aged just three years old has been treated for alcoholism at a hospital. ANI

Japan rocked by second nuclear explosion
The second hydrogen explosion in three days occurred at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant on monday, sending a huge cloud of smoke into the air and wounding six workers. It is not clear if any radiation has been released in the blast. ANI

ADB offers support for quake-hit Japan victims
Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Haruhiko Kuroda has expressed his condolences and offered support to the people and Government of Japan, following a powerful earthquake-cum-tsunami in the northeastern coast of the at country. ANI

Chinese 'Red Army lab' raises cyber attack fears
Chinese telecom company Huawei, is developing equipment, which will be used as part of Britain's BT Internet's 2.5 billion plans for super fast broadband. Huawei's close links to the Red Army, the Chinese military, has raised fears among security experts who warn that Britain could be vulnerable to cyber attacks and spying. ANI

Japan earthquake moves its coastline by 13 feet
Massive 8.9 quake in Japan has moved its coastline as much as 13 feet, averaging eight feet along a stretch measuring 300 miles, according to the Geographical Survey Institute. ANI

Karachi violence death toll rises to thirty
The death toll in the ongoing wave of violence in Karachi since Thursday has mounted to thirty as nine more people fell prey to target killings in the metropolis on Sunday. ANI

Wikileaks suspects' well-being a factor in his treatment in jail: Obama
Amid concerns that the American Army soldier accused of leaking thousands of classified military reports to 'Wikileaks' is being mistreated in jail, US President Barack Obama has said that Bradley Manning's well-being is a factor in his treatment. ANI

Lahore trial court to decide Davis immunity issue
The Lahore High Court has ruled that the trial court will decide the immunity status case of CIA contractor Raymond Davis. ANI

Crowley resigns over 'Wikileaks suspect being mistreated in jail' remarks
US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley has resigned over his comments that Pentagon's mistreatment towards the American Army soldier accused of leaking thousands of classified military reports to the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' is "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid." ANI

Global boss of Burger King brands UK food 'terrible', women 'unattractive'
The global boss of Burger King has apologised after calling British women 'unattractive' and describing English food as 'terrible'. ANI

Queen 'makes her own tea at 5pm every day'
The Queen is a very traditional lady who makes her own cuppa at exactly the same time every day, it has been revealed. ANI

Texas beauty pageant winner must behead and skin a rattlesnake!
A beauty pageant in Texas is unusual by all means.t's probably the only contest in the world that requires the winner to decapitate and skin a rattlesnake, reports the Daily Mail. ANI

Tsunami crisis: Troops rescue 60-year-old Japanese man
Japanese troops have rescued a 60-year-old man who floated 15 kilometers out to sea on the roof of his home after a tsunami engulfed the country's northeastern coast on Friday. ANI

Emotional welcome for Aussies returning from quake-hit Japan
Australians returning from earthquake-cum-tsunami-hit Japan were given a emotional welcome at Sydney Airport on Monday morning. ANI

Musharraf hints Britain tacitly approved torture against subjects
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has cast doubt on Britain's stance against torture of British subjects by saying that he was not told about the country's disapproval of torture. ANI

Pak rejects India's request to grill 2008 Mumbai terror attack suspects
Pakistan has turned down an Indian request to allow an inquiry commission to interrogate Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other Pakistanis arrested in connection with the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, according to a newspaper report. ANI

Radioactive releases following Japan tsunami can last for months: Experts
US and Japanese experts have suggested that radioactive releases of steam from the crippled nuclear plants in the aftermath of an earthquake-cum-tsunami in Japan could go on for weeks or even months. ANI

Glossy Al-Qaeda mag offers beauty tips with suicide bombing advice
Al-Qaeda has launched a magazine for women that not only offers beauty and fashion tips but also gives advice on suicide bombings. ANI

Americanisms aren't taking over the British language: Study
The differences in pronunciation on either side of the Atlantic have been well known since Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers sang 'Let's Call The Whole Thing Off' in the 1937 film 'Shall We Dance'. ANI

2000 bodies found on Japan prefecture sea shore
About 2000 bodies have reportedly been found on the shores of the Japanese prefecture of Miyagi. ANI

New Hepatitis C Data from Boehringer Ingelheim HCV Portfolio to Be Presented at EASL
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Spaulding Clinical Receives 510k Approval for Proprietary ECG Device
Leading-edge Clinical Pharmacology and Cardiac Core Lab provider, Spaulding Clinical Research, proudly announces the 510k approval of their proprietary ECG device platform: Spaulding IQ. Business Wire India

Reynolds Group Holdings Limited to acquire Dopaco from Cascades
Reynolds Group Holdings Limited (“RGHL”) has entered into an agreement to acquire Dopaco, Inc. and Dopaco Canada, Inc. from Cascades Inc. The consideration for the acquisition will be US$400 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments for net debt and working capital Business Wire India – Finally an Independent and Unbiased Public Opinion Site, a beta phase opinion-polling site, collects and displays public opinions on key and controversial issues. Launched on August 15, 2010, a date handpicked for symbolic reasons, it was conceived with an aim to let people raise their voice on variety of topics and discuss them openly without external interference Business Wire India

Goldman Sachs to Donate ¥500 Million to Japan Earthquake Relief Efforts
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) today announced a financial contribution of ¥500 million (US$ 6.1 million) to assist the emergency relief efforts in the wake of the devastating earthquake which struck northeastern Japan on March 11. Business Wire India

Jefferies to Support Japan Earthquake / Tsunami Relief
Jefferies has announced that the firm and its staff will contribute to the relief efforts to assist the people who are suffering from the recent tragic events in Japan and will offer investors around the world the opportunity to join these efforts Business Wire India

New A.M. Best Report Examines Opportunities and Challenges in the Indian Insurance Market
The full potential for growth in India’s non-life and life insurance markets is far from being reached, although the challenges to operating in a desirable, though competitive, market are mounting, according to a new report by A.M. Best Co. Business Wire India

Asia is Key to Driving Innovation in Drug Development, Overcoming Industry Challenges
Asia is rapidly becoming a new frontier for drug development as Western companies seek to develop and register their products, while emerging Asian companies seek new capabilities to globalize products. Business Wire India

BGC Partners Is Open to Serve Clients in Tokyo
BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP), a leading global intermediary to the wholesale financial markets, has announced that its Tokyo office is prepared to open on Monday, March 14. Should the Tokyo markets be delayed in opening, BGC is completely ready at any time to serve clients. Business Wire India

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