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Lovers keep Dubai police waiting for 2 hrs after car romp
A couple in Dubai reportedly locked themselves inside their SUV for two hours before surrendering to the police for having consensual sex. ANI

Brit paramedic axed for groping unconscious patient in ambulance
A paramedic in England has been sacked for groping an unconscious young woman in an ambulance. ANI

Latest trend in US - Whole cow roasts for 'nose-to- tail' eating
Whole-animal cookery has grown trendy in recent years in the US, as celebrity chefs including Mario Batali and Britain's Fergus Henderson, have promoted "nose-to- tail" eating. ANI

Prisoners serving up to four years 'less likely to re-offend': UK Study
Re-offending rates fell in cases of criminals who were handed up to four years of imprisonment, instead of just one or two, a Ministry of Justice report has said. ANI

Scammers hack NASA, Stanford University website
Software scammers offering cheap Adobe software have hacked into numerous web pages of NASA, just days before its final launch of the shuttle Endeavor, and Stanford University. ANI

Russian anti-corruption blogger accused of defrauding state-owned company
A Russian anti-corruption blogger is facing a criminal probe after being accused of defrauding a state-owned timber company, but whitsleblower Alexei Navalny termed it an act of 'revenge' for his efforts to expose fraud in Russian state companies. ANI

TEPCO accepts Japanese govt. conditions over nuke compensation
The Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) has accepted government conditions for state support in paying compensation over Japan's worst nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. ANI

Police more vulnerable because of Facebook, Twitter use
Officials are warning that the success of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter has made police even more vulnerable. ANI

Some US officials call for new Afghan strategy after Osama's death
The death of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and growing pressure from Congress to shrink the U.S. footprint and expense in Afghanistan have given new impetus to some officials within the Obama administration to call for a draw down of U.S. forces. ANI

Nepalese "Super Sherpa" sets Everest record with 21 ascents
A 51-year-old Nepalese mountaineer has scaled Mount Everest for the 21st time, extending his own record for the number of successful ascents of the world's highest mountain. ANI

Two NATO containers set ablaze in Pak's Balochistan province
In the latest attack on convoys in Pakistan carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, unidentified miscreants torched two NATO containers at Mastung in Balochistan on Wednesday. ANI

Gilani urges political leaders to stand united to counter "serious threats" to Pak
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has urged the country's political leaders to stand united in order to counter the "serious threats" to the nation. ANI

Brit boy wears skirt to school to protest against shorts ban
A 12-year-old boy in Britain wore a skirt to his school on Tuesday to protest against 'discriminatory' rules which ban boys from wearing shorts. ANI

Kevlar blankets to protect Brit police from 26/11 Mumbai style attacks
Britain's police force will be issued with bullet and bomb-proof blankets to be used during terror attacks similar to the 26/11 Mumbai massacre. ANI

Pak has 'inescapable choice' of uprooting terrorists or letting US do so: Editorial
The current stance of the United States implies that the option for Pakistan to allow Washington to launch a unilateral operation on its soil to act against terrorists, and later vociferously denounce the raid, remains on the table, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Indian origin artist Kapoor condemns China's "barbaric" detention of activist Weiwei
Indian-origin Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor has condemned China for its "barbaric" act of imprisoning artist Ai Weiwei, and called for museums and galleries all over the world to close for a day in protest. ANI

Trump's presidential prospects dipping: Poll
US millionaire Donald Trump's presidential prospects have started to diminish, as President Barack Obama's step of releasing his 'long form birth certificate is beginning to change the public viewpoint about his birther issue. ANI

Bill proposing 'minimum 14-year jail term for acid throwers' passed in Pakistan
Pakistan's National Assembly has passed 'The Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill 2010', which proposes stricter punishment for the culprits, and rehabilitation and compensation for victims of acid crimes. ANI

Half of Brit employees banned from Facebook, Twitter at work: Report
Half of Britain's businesses have banned Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites from the workplace, a study of 2,500 employers has found. ANI

Royal wedding snub was difficult: Fergie
Sarah Ferguson, the former royal family member and Prince Andrew's ex-wife has admitted to being hurt over the royal wedding snub last month. ANI

Hindus back Pontifical Academy of Sciences' call to 'protect the habitat'
Hindus have supported the call of Pontifical Academy of Sciences to 'people and nations' to 'recognise the serious and potentially irreversible impacts of global warming'. ANI

Will-Kat ride old bicycles on Seychelles' island
Prince William and Kate Middleton are revelling in the lap of nature on an isolated island in the Seychelles where they are spending their honeymoon. ANI

Pak political party accused of supporting Taliban, promoting terrorism
Six Pakistan People's Party (PPP) ministers have accused the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), their coalition partner in the government, of supporting the Taliban and promoting terrorism. ANI

Pakistan hasn't been alienated after US' Abbottabad operation: Gilani
Pakistan has not been alienated by the international community since Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's discovery and killing in Abbotabad by US troops, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

U.S., China reach agreement on economic and military issues
The United States and China have pledged to overlook prevailing differences and deepen their cooperation on economic and military matters. ANI

People with less education 'prone to age faster'
A study has indicated that people with fewer qualifications are prone to age more quickly. ANI

7.5m underage kids on Facebook are at risk, finds survey
A new survey has revealed that despite Facebook's prohibition, as many as 7.5 million kids under the age of 13 are using the social networking site in which 5 million under the age of 10. ANI

'JetMan' finally makes his flight over Grand Canyon in 8 min!
Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy, dubbed JetMan, has successfully completed his eight-minute flight over the five-mile radius ofrand Canyon in a jet suit. ANI

JUI-F lawmakers offer fateha in Pak NA for salvation of bin Laden's soul
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) members have offered fateha for the salvation of the soul of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan's National Assembly (NA), without the permission of Acting Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi. ANI

Pak-US ties likely to be shakier following Pak military's briefing on Osama debacle
Relations between Pakistan and the United States are expected to enter a new phase of turbulence after the Pakistani military leadership gives a briefing to an in-camera joint session of parliament on Friday on the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by US troops in Abbottabad. ANI

US likely to withdraw 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by year end
The United States may withdraw 10,000 soldiers from Afghanistan by the end of the year and ask its Special Forces to only train Afghan commandos. ANI

Two US hikers to go on trial in Iran for spying
Two Americans held in Iran on spying charges for nearly two years will go on trial today. ANI

Flying robot intelligence system Aeryon Scout to replace CCTV cameras
The Aeryon Scout, a remote-controlled miniature unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with the world's most sophisticated intelligence systems is likely to replace the CCTV camera. ANI

WikiLeaks founder Assange awarded top Sydney peace prize
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been awarded the Sydney Peace Foundation's Gold Medal for "exceptional courage in the pursuit of human rights". ANI

Pak military giving 'silent treatment' to US forces following bin Laden debacle
The Pakistani military cut off its communication with US forces in Afghanistan for two whole days after Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed in a US raid on his Abbottabad compound, an American general has said. ANI

Will Rome be shaved off the face of the Earth today?
Hundreds of thousands of Romans are spooked by the reputed forecast of a self-taught seismologist who died more than 30 years ago that the Eternal City will be reduced to a pile of rubble following a massive earthquake on Wednesday. ANI

Ilyas Kashmiri may replace Osama as Al-Qaeda chief: US official
Ilyas Kashmiri, who has been linked to multiple terror plots such as a series of '26/11 Mumbai style' attacks in Europe, could take over from Osama Bin Laden as Al-Qaeda chief, a US official has said. ANI

Book of Ronald Reagan's quotes and jokes released
A collection of former President Ronald Reagan's favorite quotes and jokes has been released. ANI

Karzai's officials urge US to get tough with Pak on terror issue
Afghan officials in President Hamid Karzai's administration have urged the United States to take a tough approach towards Pakistan in dealing with the insurgency problem, especially after Osama bin Laden's death. ANI

Average Brit breaks law '21 times a year'
A new study has revealed that the average Briton breaks the law around 21 times a year. ANI

New 'Viagra' condom 'offers longer erection, safe sex'
Large numbers of men have complained that they struggled to maintain erections when using conventional condoms in sex. ANI

Taliban to exploit power vacuum in Afghanistan after West quits: British commander
Taliban would exploit the power vacuum in Afghanistan after the West hands over the security to local forces in 2014, the commander of British forces in the country has warned. ANI

Iran's Bushehr nuke plant begins operating at a low level
Iran's first and the most controversial nuclear power station at Bushehr has begun operating at a "minimum controllable level of power", a Russian company that built it has said. ANI

Obama's visit to Pakistan not postponed: Bashir
US President Barack Obama's visit to Pakistan has not been postponed, but the date of his arrival is yet to be confirmed, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir has said. ANI

'Embarrassing tidbits likely to come out if US gets direct access to Osama's widows'
Pakistanis will find it "virtually impossible" to refuse the United States access to Amal al-Sadah, the Yemeni wife of slain Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, a US Army reservist has said, adding that "some embarrassing tidbits" might come out if America gets direct access to her. ANI

Osama's sons say US broke international law by killing him in Pak
The sons of Osama bin Laden have said they do not believe in news about their father's death in Pakistan, and have added that if true, then the US has violated international law. ANI

US unlocking new Osama electronic data leads every hour
The United States is reportedly finding new angles of interest from the electronic data, including computers and thumb drives that their assault team had seized during a 40-minute operation to kill Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan's Abbottabad city. ANI

Iran says ready to resume talks on controversial nuke programme
Iran has formally agreed to resume talks on its controversial nuclear programme with six major powers which have been stalled since January. ANI

Getting along with co-workers may increase your life span
A research has suggested that people who have a good peer support system at work may live longer than people who don't have such a support system. ANI

Obama to send text message warnings on mobiles under new 'PLAN' system
US President Barack Obama will now be able to send any mobile phone in the United States a text message warning of imminent danger, from a terror attack to a natural disaster, under a new system. ANI

Dog with 'armour-piercing titanium teeth' joined US forces in Osama raid
A dog with titanium teeth had accompanied the US military team that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. ANI

India, Pakistan to hold Wullar Barrage-Tulbul Project talks in Islamabad
Water resources secretaries of India and Pakistan will hold talks in Islamabad for four days from Wednesday on the Wullar Barrage-Tulbul Navigation Project. ANI

Microsoft set to buy Skype for 8.5 billion dollars
Microsoft is on the verge of buying Internet phone service Skype for 8.5 billion dollars. ANI

Pak may give 'interested' China access to secret US copter remains in Abbotabad
China may soon get its hands on the wreckage of the United States' secret stealth-modified helicopter, which was abandoned by its troops during a raid on Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden's compound in Abbotabad, according to Pakistani officials. ANI

Osama's 'Crown Prince of Terror' son may have escaped US raid in Pak
Three of Osama bin Laden's captured wives have claimed that the killed al-Qaeda leader's youngest son, who has been dubbed as the 'Crown Prince of Terror', has gone missing in Pakistan since the night the US Special Forces stormed into bin Laden's compound and killed him. ANI

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy longing for a baby for 3 years, says family priest
French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's family priest has revealed that she has been 'longing for a baby for three years'. ANI

Most people 'choose mates with matching political views'
Contrary to popular belief that variety is the 'spice of life' and 'opposites attract', a new study has found that most people choose mates with matching political views, and those attitudes were among the strongest shared traits, which count stronger than qualities like personality or looks. ANI

CIA to show Osama's death photos to some US Lawmakers
The Central Intelligence Agency will allow a select group of US lawmakers to see photos of Osama Bin Laden's corpse, but only if they travel to the agency's headquarters. ANI

Kerry to visit Pakistan to help get US-Pak bilateral ties back "on right track"
US Senator John Kerry will visit Pakistan this week to help get relations between both nations back "on the right track", in the wake of strained bilateral ties following the discovery and killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in Abbotabad. ANI

US, Pakistan must decide whether they're "real allies": Boehner
The United States and Pakistan need to figure out once and for all, the nature of what has often been described as a "complicated" relationship between the two 'allies', US House Speaker John Boehner has said. ANI

US 'optimistic' about accessing bin Laden's widows through Pak cooperation
The United States is 'optimistic' that it will be able to work through any obstacles with Pakistan and have access to any information provided by the three widows of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, a State Department spokesman has said. ANI

Citi Appointed Depositary for Renren's Level 3 ADR Program
Citi today announced that its Global Transaction Services business, acting through Citibank, N.A., has been appointed by Renren Inc., a leading real name social networking internet platform in China, as depositary for Renren’s Level III American Depositary Receipt program Business Wire India

Allos Therapeutics and Mundipharma Announce Strategic Collaboration for FOLOTYN
Allos Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTH) and Mundipharma International Corporation Limited (Mundipharma) has jointly announced that the companies have entered into a strategic collaboration agreement to co-develop FOLOTYN® (pralatrexate injection) Business Wire India

Varicent Shows Continued Momentum with Strong Q3
Varicent Software Incorporated, an innovator and global leader in incentive compensation management and sales performance management (SPM) solutions, wass pleased to announce that a strong Q3 contributed to the continuing story of significant growth, positioning the company well for an exciting finish to the year Business Wire India

Broadband World Forum Asia is Back with a Bang
Broadband World Forum Asia 2011 – recognised as Asia’s largest broadband and solutions showcase - kicked off yesterday after a brief absence from the industry calendar. Business Wire India

GT Solar Receives $91 Million in Orders from Customers in Asia for its Advanced Sapphire Furnaces
GT Solar International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOLR), a global provider of polysilicon production technology, and sapphire and silicon crystalline growth systems and materials for the solar, LED and other specialty markets, announced that it has received three new orders totaling $91 million for its advanced sapphire crystallization furnaces (ASF) Business Wire India

Thinklogical Achieves Prestigious Accreditation for Common Criteria EAL-4 Certification for its line of VX Routers
Thinklogical, a leading provider of fiber optic routing and extension solutions, announced that it has received accreditation for Common Criteria Part 3, EAL-4 for their VX320, VX160, and VX40 switches Business Wire India

Bloomberg Tradebook Launches Independent Research Initiatives
Bloomberg Tradebook, a leading global agency broker, has announced innovations in research access, transparency and service and an expanded team of independent research providers (IRPs). Business Wire India

Analogix Announces SlimPortT Accessories Adopters Program
Analogix Semiconductor, Inc., an innovator of high-performance analog and mixed-signal devices for the digital media and communications markets, invited manufacturers to join in developing SlimPort™ accessories that build on the high-resolution, low-power interface to deliver HD Everywhere. Business Wire India

Report Reveals Less Than Fifty Percent of Third Party Code is Tested for Quality and Security in Development
Coverity, the software integrity leader, announced today the results of the “Software Integrity Risk Report,” a commissioned study conducted by Forrester on behalf of Coverity. The software integrity research surveyed 336 software development influencers in North America and Europe on current practices and market trends for managing software quality, security and safety Business Wire India

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