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No more New Zealand earthquake survivors: Officials
New Zealand authorities have given up hope of finding any more survivors from February 22's devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. ANI

Myanmar Times editor faces trial
Ross Dunkley, the co-founder of the Myanmar Times, has reportedly been charged with immigration offences and for drugging and assaulting a woman. ANI

Suspect with links to Muslim terror groups could have killed two US airmen in Germany
German investigators believe the gunman, who killed two U.S. military personnel outside Frankfurt airport on Wednesday, could have had links with Muslim terror groups. ANI

Northwestern University defends live sex demo on campus
The Northwestern University has defended its professor's decision to hold a controversial after-class live sex show on campus as part of his lecture. ANI

Thieves try to sell 'rare 1.2m pounds Stradivarius violin for just 100' pounds
A gang of thieves, who stole a rare 1.2 million pounds Stradivarius violin from an internationally acclaimed musician, tried to sell it to a random stranger for just 100 pounds, a court has heard. ANI

US army general apologizes for Afghanistan air strike
US Army General David Petraeus has apologized for an air strike in Afghanistan that killed nine civilians, after Afghan law makers warned that such raids was hampering efforts to end the war against the Taliban. ANI

Boxing injuries on the rise in US: Study
A study has found that boxing injuries are on the rise in the United States. ANI

UK army dog with record of finding most bombs dies of broken in Afghanistan
A British Army dog that held the record for finding the most bombs and weapons in Afghanistan has died of a broken heart shortly after his handler was killed in Afghanistan. ANI

Obama to meet Mexican President to sort out 'tense' relations
US President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon are set to meet to sort out heightened tensions over violence on their shared borders. ANI

White House eying sale of 14,000 'excess and vacant' federal buildings
The White House has announced plans to form an independent board of experts to help the federal government "cut through red tape and politics to sell 14,000 unused properties. ANI

Virgin Mary 'spotted' in Cornwall
A woman on vacation in the UK says she took a photograph of a craggy coastline and captured the image of the Virgin Mary. ANI

Now, meet the shrimp that makes more noise than a jumbo jet!
Smokey the cat, whose purr was said to be louder than a lawnmower, might get stiff competition from a saltwater shrimp just 4cm long. ANI

Libyan warplanes attack strategic oil port
Libyan warplanes reportedly struck the oil port of Brega on Thursday, a day after armed rebels foiled an attempt by loyalists of leader Moammar Gaddafi to retake control of the strategic installation in the rebel-held eastern half of the country. ANI

Ex girlfriend recalls near-fatal kayak trip with J.F.K. Jr.
Actress Christina Haag, the former girlfriend of John F. Kennedy Jr., has recalled a harrowing near-death kayak ride with him during a vacation to Jamaica. ANI

Egyptian PM resigns under opposition pressure
Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force officer, has resigned, meeting a key demand of the opposition protest movement. ANI

Mugabe threatens to seize UK firms in Zimbabwe
President Robert Mugabe has threatened to seize British businesses in retaliation for Western economic sanctions targeting him and his supporters over alleged human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. ANI

What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex: Blank book is surprise hit
A blank book entitled 'What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex' has become a bestseller after becoming a hit with students in the UK. ANI

Ponzi schemer Kenneth Starr sentenced to seven-and-a half years in fraud case
Kenneth Starr, who managed funds for high net-worth US business executives and Hollywood clients, has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison in a 33 million dollar scheme to defraud his clients. ANI

US holding back economic aid to Pakistan
Most of America's economic aid to Pakistan allocated for last year is still in US government coffers, according to an official report. ANI

Belly dancer involved in Berlusconi scandal 'wants a normal life'
The teenage belly dancer at the centre of Silvio Berlusconi sex scandal has said that she wants to resume a 'normal life'. ANI

US expert says Bhatti's murder "shows pattern of growing religious intolerance" in Pak
The assassination of Pakistan's Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti for advocating reforms of the controversial blasphemy laws establishes a "pattern of growing religious intolerance" in the country, noted South Asian affairs analyst Lisa Curtis has said. ANI

Spielberg to make movie on Wikileaks
Hollywood film maker Steven Spielberg has brought the rights to make a film on the wikileaks saga. ANI

Pak declares three-day official mourning for assassinated minister
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani announced three days of official mourning on Thursday for assassinated Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti. ANI

Pak court rejects Davis' plea for diplomatic immunity
A Pakistani court hearing the trial of US official Raymond Davis in connection with a double-murder case, has rejected his plea for diplomatic immunity, and adjourned the case for further hearing on March 8. ANI

Slain Pak minister's security squad taken into police custody
Islamabad Police have taken the security squad of assassinated Minorities Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti into custody. ANI

US Presidential wannabe Huckabee way ahead of Republican rivals: Poll
A new poll has found that potential Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee continues to edge out his potential 2012 rivals in next year's Iowa caucuses. ANI

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning facing 22 fresh charges
Bradley Manning, the prime suspect in the leaking of classified US documents to the WikiLeaks whistleblowing website, has been hit with an additional 22 charges, including aiding the enemy. ANI

Only six percent Chinese happy: Poll
Regardless of efforts put in by the government to improve the sense of happiness among people, only six percent of Chinese see themselves to be happy, a survey said. ANI

Kids who go to comprehensive school 'suffer no disadvantages in later life'
Children who attend grammar schools are no better off in terms of social mobility when compared with comprehensive pupils, according to a 50-year study. ANI

A third of UK teens don't consider credit cards as real spending
A third of teenagers in the UK do not consider credit card as real spending at all, according to a new study. ANI

US boy claims 'he met dead sister he never knew about in heaven'
A US boy, who almost died from a ruptured appendix at the age of four, has claimed that he went to heaven and met the dead sister his parents never told him about. ANI

Pope exonerates Jews for Jesus' death
Pope Benedict XVI, using biblical analysis, has exonerated Jews for the death of Jesus Christ, tackling one of the most controversial issues in Christianity in a new book. ANI

Ahmadinejad's 34-year-old jalopy sold for astonishing 1.5 million quid
Iran President Mohamed Ahmadinejad's boxy 1970s Peugeot that does 0 to 60 in 12.7 seconds, has been sold for an unbelievable 1.5 million pounds. ANI

Assange seeks to register his name as trademark
Wikileak founder Julian Assange is seeking to register his name as an entertainment service trademark in Britain. ANI

UK forces facing a billion pounds more cuts
The British armed forces are bracing themselves for further bruising defence cuts of up to a billion pounds. ANI

Bhatti's murder "a new low point" in Pak's struggle against religious extremism: UK
The United Kingdom has said the assassination of Pakistan's Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti "marks a new low point" in the country's struggle against violent religious extremism, and "poses questions about what kind of society Pakistan wants to become." ANI

Nine killed, 30 injured in suicide bomb attack on police van in northwest Pak
At least nine people, including three police officials, were killed and thirty others were wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a police van in the northwest Pakistan town of Hangu on Thursday. ANI

Meet the NY therapist who solves patients' problems by stripping off!
A 24-year-old New York woman, with an interest in psychology, conducts therapy sessions during which she removes her clothing. ANI

UK to spearhead emergency airlift of stranded refugees in Libya
Britain will today spearhead an emergency airlift of thousands of refugees stranded on Tunisia's border with Libya, amid fears of a humanitarian disaster following Colonel Gaddafi's bloody crackdown. ANI

Cameron had secret talks with Blair over Libya crisis
British Prime Minister David Cameron has been secretly consulting his predecessor Tony Blair about the crisis in Libya, despite criticizing the later and his supporters publicly. ANI

Pak Taliban threatens to target more blasphemy law reform supporters
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, the terror outfit that has claimed responsibility for the assassination of Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti has threatened to attack all those advocating reforms to the country's controversial blasphemy laws. ANI

US man wakes up to find his pet pooch had eaten his toes
A man in US, who was diabetic with no feeling in his feet, reportedly woke up to find that his dog had eaten part of his right foot, including three toes. ANI

Jewish smear campaign discrediting Wikileaks: Assange
The founder of the Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has claimed that the smear campaign launched against him were by those who were ' Jewish'. ANI

Robert Kennedy's assassin denied parole for 13th time
Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted assassin of late U.S. Senator Robert Francis Kennedy has had his parole rejected for the 13th time. ANI

25-30 bullet wounds found on assassinated Pak minister's body
Twenty five to 30 bullets wounds were found on the body of assassinated Pakistan Minister for Minorities Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Executive Director Professor Mehmood Jamal has said. ANI

Log on to for Wills-Kate marriage details
St James's Palace is considering plans to broadcast Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage service live on the web. ANI

UK magistrate's 'extreme p*rn collection included animal sex images'
A magistrate in England has reportedly been caught with a collection of extreme pornography - including images of women having sex with a gerbil and a frog. ANI

Sherry Rehman may be next on Pak terror hitlist
Liberal Pakistan parliamentarian Sherry Rehman, who had proposed a bill to reform the nation's draconian blasphemy laws, may be next on the Pakistan extremists' hitlist. ANI

Gilani vows "new strategy" to combat religious extremism in Pakistan
In the wake of the assassination of Pakistan's Minorities Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that his government would announce a new strategy to combat religious extremism in the country. ANI

Gaddafi says Libya could turn into 'another Vietnam'
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has promised "another Vietnam" if foreign powers answer a Libyan dissidents plea for military intervention. ANI

Gaddafi's troops routed in Libyan oil port battle
Rebel forces have reportedly routed troops loyal to Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in a fierce battle to establish control over the oil port of Brega. ANI

Stillborn Brit baby 'comes back to life after 25 minutes'
A British baby girl who died in the womb and was stillborn amazed doctors by coming back to life after 25 minutes. ANI

Christians "subjects of hate" inside Pakistan: Vatican
The Vatican has condemned the assassination of Pakistan's Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, and called the Pakistani Christians "subjects of hate" inside the country. ANI

Bhatti's position in Pak cabinet will be offered to his family: Zardari
The position fallen vacant after the assassination of Pakistan's Minister for Minority Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, would be offered to one of his family members, President Asif Ali Zardari has said. ANI

New 'Noah's Ark' - a floating city for 40,000 in case disaster strikes
Designers in Boston have created a unique Noah's Ark that can house 40,000 people at a time and is a city in itself, complete with hotels, shops, casinos and schools. ANI

Jews not responsible for Jesus' death, says Pope
Pope Benedict XVI has clearly said that Jews are not responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. ANI

Assange in anti-Semitic row for accusing journalists of 'Jewish conspiracy'
After Christian Dior's John Galliano landed in trouble for his anti-Jewish remarks, WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange is next in line - he allegedly accused a group of journalists of a 'Jewish conspiracy' against his website. ANI

RAW, MOSSAD or CIA could be behind Pak minister's assassination: Report
A "foreign hand" could be behind the assassination of Pakistan's Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, a Pakistani newspaper has claimed. ANI

Obama condemns Pak minister's assassination in "strongest possible terms"
US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the assassination of Pakistan's Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, in Islamabad on Wednesday. ANI

TVB Pay Vision, Hong Kong, Renews Three Transponders on SES WORLD SKIES' NSS-11 Satellite
SES WORLD SKIES, a division of SES S.A. (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), announces that TVB Pay Vision Ltd. has renewed the service of three transponders on the NSS-11 satellite with SES WORLD SKIES to provide pay TV services targeting the Hong Kong market. Business Wire India

ContextVision Introduces New Mammography and Next-Generation Interventional Radiology Solutions at ECR 2011
ContextVision, the software imaging partner for the most recognized medical imaging manufacturers worldwide, today introduced two innovative solutions at the 2011 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) Business Wire India

ABeam Consulting and BearingPoint Announce Strategic Consulting Alliance
Asian-based ABeam Consulting and European-based management and technology consultancy BearingPoint today announced that they have agreed to form a strategic consulting alliance Business Wire India

Exotic Vacation Destinations - Top 10 for 2011
HCC Medical Insurance Services, LLC (HCCMIS), a leader in international travel health insurance, recently released an infographic highlighting amazing places to visit in 2011 Business Wire India

WIN Consortium Announces Today, the Online Publication of a Special Issue of Nature Reviews in Clinical Oncology Dedicated to Personalized Medicine and Sharing Concepts Presented at the WIN 2Nd Annual Symposium, July 2010
Successful personalized cancer care requires a global collaborative effort so that diverse populations of cancer patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials and are treated with the latest innovative drugs which target the products of the abnormal genes which cause cancer Business Wire India

Bentley Advances Sustainable Licensing Through Portfolio Balancing
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, has introduced, during its first Annual Corporate Update conference call, an innovative new “sustainable licensing” business model based on annual Portfolio Balancing Business Wire India

Bentley Acquires SACS, Leading Software for Offshore Structure Analysis
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, has announced, during its first Annual Corporate Update conference call, that it has acquired the SACS business from Engineering Dynamics, Inc Business Wire India

Bentley Holds First Annual Corporate Update Conference Call to Announce Performance Highlights for 2010 and Important New Initiatives
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SIAE: The International Paris Air Show Is Now Full
With less than 4 months to go until the opening of the world's largest aviation and space industry show, the exhibition areas for the International Paris Air Show are now fully reserved. Business Wire India

Derrington Named President and COO at MPI Research
MPI Research, the largest single-site preclinical contract research organization worldwide, was pleased to announce that Tim Derrington is joining MPI Research as President and Chief Operating Officer, effective March 7, 2011. Business Wire India

Excelitas Technologies Announces Breakthrough Performance Results with its Solid State Silicon Photomultiplier (SiPM) Technology
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The Estée Lauder Companies Elects Wei Sun Christianson to Its Board of Directors
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) announced that its Board of Directors has elected Wei Sun Christianson as a Director effective March 1, 2011. Ms. Christianson will serve as a member of the Nominating and Board Affairs Committee Business Wire India

Microelectronics Innovation Collaborative Centre Licenses Alchimer's Wet Deposition Products for MEMS 3D Research
Alchimer, a leading provider of nanometric deposition technology for through-silicon vias (TSVs), semiconductor interconnects, MEMS and other electronic applications, today announced that the Centre de Collaboration MiQro Innovation / MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI) has licensed its suite of products. Business Wire India

Thanks to Conex, It is Possible to Handle EU Advance Security Declarations (Import Control System - ICS) Throughout Europe via a Single Point of Entry
European advance security declaration — a new security clearance system for goods entering Europe Business Wire India

Vitesse Joins AVnu Alliance to Support Audio Video Bridging
Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Pink Sheets: VTSS), a leading provider of advanced IC solutions for Enterprise and Carrier networks, has joined the AVnu Alliance, an organization formed to ensure interoperability in implementations of IEEE 802 Business Wire India

Covidien Launches New Global Packaging
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, has announced the launch of unified packaging that leverages “One look. One Covidien.” The new packaging unites the Company’s mission and brand, strengthening its recognition among customers, the healthcare community and the public. Business Wire India

AspenTech Releases New Local Language Versions of Products in aspenONE® Manufacturing & Supply Chain Suite
Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced the release of new local language versions of manufacturing and supply chain products in the 7.2 release of aspenONE V7 software. Business Wire India

Williams Grand Prix Holdings Lists on Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (ISIN: DE000A1H6VM4) joined the Entry Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange yesterday, 2 March. The IPO included an offering of 2,409,383 no-par value ordinary bearer shares. The issue price was €25.00 and the initial listing price €25.25. Business Wire India

element14 Offers Electronics Industry Free Legislation Guidance on RoHS Recast Directive
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Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (February 23 - March 02, 2011)
The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of February 23 – March 02, 2011. Business Wire India

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