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UK Defence Secretary warned that military is 'critically ill'
British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has been warned that the country's armed forces remain "critically ill" and has been asked to reopen last year's Strategic Defence Review. ANI

Brazil to overtake UK as sixth-largest economy
Brazil will overtake the United Kingdom to become the world's sixth biggest economy this year, according to new projections. ANI

Government funding 3 Hindu temples in Malaysia
Government is reportedly allocating funds for building three Hindu temples in Sabah state of Malaysia. ANI

GOP hopeful Cain giving contradictory accounts of sexual harassment claims
American businessman and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has given two contradictory accounts of sexual assault allegations levelled against him, by saying now that a financial settlement was paid to one of two women who accused him of inappropriate behavior. ANI

Bride sends text messages in middle of wedding ceremony
A bride in California was caught on camera texting behind her veil after her father walked her down the aisle. ANI

Bugle from Charge of the Light Brigade to be sounded once again
The bugle that announced the Charge of the Light Brigade is to be taken out of the museum and played once again. ANI

Why women score lower in technical aptitude tests
Boys are more interested in technical things as compared to girls, which is the root cause as to why boys fare better in technical aptitude tests, a new research has claimed. ANI

China slaps $2.3m tax demand on 'dissident' artist Ai Weiwei
'Dissident' Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has said that he has been ordered by tax officials to pay a tax bill of 2.3 million dollars within 10 days or face unspecified further measures. ANI

'Pak will not take action against insurgents, Haqqanis, despite US pressure'
The US may pressurize Pakistan to distance itself from insurgent groups like the Haqqani Network, but analysts believe there are end number of reasons why Pakistan might avoid paying heed to one of its closest ally's demands. ANI

Half of China's millionaire families prefer emigrating for better opportunities: Survey
Nearly half of China's rich families prefer emigrating mainly to seek better opportunities for their children's education, a survey has found. ANI

Japanese MP drinks 'decontaminated' Fukushima reactor water to prove its safe
A Japanese lawmaker drank a glass of water taken from a radioactive puddle inside a reactor building of the Fukushima nuclear power plant premises. ANI

Obama depicted as zombie in GOP email
United States President Obama has been depicted as a zombie in an email being circulated by the Loudoun County GOP this Halloween. ANI

Female journalists face danger reporting the news
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) has acknowledged and accepted that women journalists continue to face danger while reporting news from around the world. ANI

Al Qaeda flag atop Benghazi courthouse fuels Libyan Islamisation fears
The black flag of Al Qaeda was spotted flying over a judicial building in Benghazi, as NATO formally ended its military campaign in Libya. ANI

China, Russia behind 'cyber war' aimed at stealing security secrets: Ex-UK minister
Britain's former security minister Baroness Neville-Jones has accused China and Russia of carrying out cyber warfare attacks aimed at stealing national security secrets from other countries. ANI

Libya struggles to create army out of militias
There is no political consensus in Libya on forming a national army, raising concerns that irregular, gun-toting groups could become entrenched and pose a long-term challenge to the government. ANI

Shahbaz challenges Imran Khan saying he "declared my assets in 2007"
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has indirectly taunted Pakistan cricketer turned politician Imran Khan over his demand that all leaders of the ruling party should declare their assets, saying he had already done it way back in 2007 on return to Pakistan after exile. ANI

Teacher banned from working with kids for sending sex texts to pupil
A religious studies teacher in a school in UK has been banned from working with children for life after she was found guilty of bombarding a boy pupil with explicit text messages. ANI

India's participation in Istanbul Summit on Afghanistan significant
Leaders of twelve nations will engage in discussions today at Istanbul that could lead to the signing of a draft that will go a long way in shaping the future of international involvement on Afghanistan. ANI

Sarkozy and Bruni make first public appearance with baby
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni were spotted on their first public stroll with their newborn daughter on Monday. ANI

Stalin wanted to imprison, torture Nazis in revenge for betraying Russia in WWII
Josef Stalin wanted to imprison and torture Nazi diplomats in secret after the end of WWII in revenge for Germany's betrayal of Russia, a new book has revealed. ANI

Libyan revolutionaries turn on each other as fears grow for law and order
Hundreds of revolutionaries fought each other at a hospital in Tripoli on Monday, raising fears about a deteriorating law and order situation in the North African nation after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

Obama declared in 'excellent health' and 'fit for duty' by doctor
The White House physician has given President Obama a clean bill of health after a physical exam at the White House Medical Unit. ANI

US media says Imran Khan's rally signals political shift in Pakistan
American media has given wide coverage to Pakistan cricketer turned politician Imran Khan's anti-government rally in Lahore on Sunday, suggesting that it marks a political shift in Pakistan. ANI

US targeting top Yemen Al-Qaeda bomb maker
US counter terrorism officials have targeted a top bomb maker of al Qaeda's Yemeni branch, identifying him as the central figure in at least three new potential terror threats. ANI

Egyptian revolutionary Alaa Abd El Fattah arrested
One of Egypt's most prominent revolutionaries has been taken into custody by the country's repressive military rulers. ANI

Afghans, Pak can use trilateral talks to sort out their differences: Turks
Turkish officials have said that Pakistan and Afghanistan can use the sixth trilateral summit to hold dialogue and end the blame game over a series of militant attacks that have deepened their mutual mistrust. ANI

China calls launch of Shenzhou-8 spacecraft a success
China has said that it has successfully launched the nation's Shenzhou-8 unmanned spacecraft from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, located about 1,600 kms from Beijing. ANI

US soldier admits cutting 'trophy fingers' off Afghan bodies
A US Army staff sergeant, who was charged with killing three Afghan civilians, has admitted cutting fingers off dead bodies as 'war trophies', his lawyer has said. ANI

China calls US' satellite hacking claims 'not worth a comment'
China has dismissed a US commission's claim that it may be responsible for hacking attacks on the country's satellites, and accused the commission of "ulterior motives". ANI

Libya names electronic engineer as new interim President
Libya's National Transitional Council has selected an electronics engineer as the nation's new interim president. ANI

2007 attack on US troops was not Pak plot: US report
An attack on US troops in 2007 that had left an American officer dead was the act of a rogue Pakistani gunman and not a plot by the country's military, a US probe report has claimed. ANI

India satisfied with results of Perth Commonwealth Summit: Hamid Ansari
Brushing aside reports of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit Meeting (CHOGM) failing to steer reforms at Perth, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari has said the Summit was satisfactory. ANI

Alliance possible with PML (N) if Nawaz Sharif declares assets: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said he could consider forming an alliance with the Pakistan Muslim League (N) if its leader Nawaz Sharif declares his assets. ANI

Suicide bombers attack US, UN offices in Kandahar
Suicide attackers blew up a truck bomb and raided UN and US development offices in Kandahar, killing five Afghans there. ANI

Logitech Selected for Membership in Avaya DevConnect Program
Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today announced it has been selected by Avaya, a global provider of business collaboration systems, software and services, for membership in the Avaya DevConnect program. Additionally, several of Logitech’s unified communications (UC) peripherals are now compliant with key UC solutions from Avaya. Business Wire India

Xylem and GE sign multi-region distribution agreement for advanced water and wastewater membrane technology
Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), the global water technology company that this week spun off from ITT Corporation, and GE (NYSE: GE) today announced that they have entered into an agreement for Xylem to become GE’s distribution partner into the public utilities market for its advanced membrane filtration products Business Wire India

Ascom's Mobile Monitoring Gateway Achieves MDD Clearance
Ascom Wireless Solutions, a leading supplier of mission critical on-site wireless communications announced today that they have received Medical Device Directive clearance by the Swedish Medical Products Agency for their Mobile Monitoring Gateway (MMG). The MMG is a component in the GE Ascom Solution. Business Wire India

Toys“R”Us, Inc. Acquires Majority Stake in Existing Retail Business Operations Throughout Southeast Asia and Greater China
Toys“R”Us, Inc. and Li & Fung Retailing today announced they have entered into a joint venture agreement for the Toys“R”Us® business in Southeast Asia and Greater China Business Wire India

Virtual Delegates to join Reliability of Transmission Distribution Networks Conference
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) today announces that attendees from all over the world will be able to attend its annual Reliability of Transmission Distribution Networks Conference from their desks through a virtual event option Business Wire India

Abiquo Opens New Sales and Support Center in Melbourne, Australia
Abiquo, the leading Enterprise Cloud software company, today announced the opening of a new sales and support center in Melbourne, Australia, adding to its existing office network across the U.S. and Europe. Business Wire India

CARTES in Asia 2012: Global Mobile Industry Embraces NFC Technology - China’s 900 Million Mobile Users Create Vast Opportunities for Developers
The global Near Field Communication (NFC) industry has taken off this year with Google Wallet making an impact and major handset vendors including Nokia, Samsung (Google), RIM, LG and ZTE launching large volumes of NFC devices. With over 900 million mobile users, mainland China has the biggest potential for the future of NFC deployment Business Wire India

Menicon to Introduce World's Thinnest Daily Disposable Contact Lens Flat Pack
Menicon Co., Ltd. announced today "Magic," a daily disposable contact lens packaged in a revolutionary wafer-thin and exceptionally hygienic flat-pack, which will be introduced at the company's Magic Store concept shop in Tokyo, Japan on November 7. Nationwide marketing in Japan will begin next spring. Business Wire India

Glimmerglass Unveils First Dynamic Optical Layer Management System for the Intelligence Community
Glimmerglass, the premier supplier of optical cyber solutions, today announced the release of CyberSweep Path Manager™, a component of the CyberSweep Platform™ which fully integrates and dynamically controls the various stages of the CyberSweep™ process Business Wire India

Noble Investment Group and Interstate Hotels & Resorts Announce New Dedicated Hotel Management Platform
Noble Investment Group (Noble), a leading lodging and hospitality investment organization, and Interstate Hotels & Resorts (Interstate), the United States’ largest independent hotel management company, announced today that Noble’s hotel operating business, Noble Management Group, has become part of the Interstate organization Business Wire India

General Cable Reports Third Quarter Operating Income 51% above Prior Year; Board of Directors Authorizes Share Repurchase Program
General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC), one of the most globally diversified industrial companies, reported today results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011. Diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2011 were $0.07. Included in these results were $0.10 per share of non-cash convertible debt interest expense and $0 Business Wire India

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Board of Directors Appoints Ajit Manocha Chief Executive Officer
GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Ajit Manocha as the company’s Chief Executive Officer on a permanent basis, effective immediately. He had served as interim CEO since June. Business Wire India

Digital River to Host Globalocity 2012, an International E-Commerce Conference for Industry Thought Leaders
Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), a leading provider of global e-commerce solutions announced it is hosting – Globalocity 2012 – an international e-commerce conference for industry thought leaders. Business Wire India

Interface Masters Launches 24 Port 10 Gigabit Hardware PacketMaster Integrated with Twelve 10 Gigabit Passive TAP Segments
Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions, announced the first member of a new product family of 10G PacketMaster Systems that supports 24 Ports of 10Gb sophisticated Hardware-based LoadBalancing tightly integrated with 12 built in segments of 10G Passive Fiber TAP Business Wire India

Panasonic EVOLTA Finishes the 230km Triathlon in Hawaii
Panasonic Corporation (NYSE:PC) (TOKYO:6752) ("Panasonic") announced that the EVOLTA Robot finished its toughest challenge yet, the EVOLTA World Challenge IV, at 10:56am on October 30, 2011 (HAST). Business Wire India

N-trig to Exhibit DuoSense® Pen and Multi-Touch Solution At C-TOUCH 2011
N-trig, providers of the DuoSense® pen and multi-touch user interface, announced that the company will exhibit its technology at the 2011 China International Touchscreen Exhibition (C-TOUCH) from November 24-26 in Shenzhen, China (Booth #A353). Business Wire India

Infoblox Keeps the World Connected with New Turbo-Charged DNS Appliance
Infoblox Inc. announced availability of the Infoblox-4010, the industry’s highest performance domain name system (DNS) resolution appliance Business Wire India

Arthur D. Little Identifies Solutions for the Future of Urban Mobility
With existing systems close to breakdown urban mobility is one of the toughest challenges that cities face. In its new study The Future of Urban Mobility: Towards networked, multimodal cities of 2050, innovation consultancy Arthur D Business Wire India

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