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Chelsea Clinton hired as special correspondent for NBC News
Chelsea Clinton has been hired as a full-time special correspondent for NBC News. ANI

Pretty employees attract higher pay packages, perks!
Good looking employees attract more perks and higher pay packages than their below average looking colleagues, a US based author says. ANI

Photographs of Queen and Princess Margaret as kids to be auctioned
Photographs of Queen Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret as children will be sold at an auction this month. ANI

Drama teacher jailed for encouraging teen pupils to have sex in his car
A drama teacher who watched as two teenage pupils had sex in the back of his car has been jailed for three years. ANI

US school board selling advertising space on report cards
A county school board in US is selling advertising space on report cards to help make ends meet. ANI

Obama's low approval rating makes him 'more vulnerable' in 2012 elections:Poll
A new poll has shown that US President Barack Obama's low approval rating for tackling the economic crisis, and a growing sense that the country is on the wrong track, could further hit his popularity during the 2012 presidential elections. ANI

Iran admits nuke facilities targeted by 'Duqu' computer virus
Iran has finally acknowledged that its nuclear facilities have been targeted by the computer virus Duqu, also called "Son of Stuxnet" by many cyber experts. ANI

ANC leader Malema to meet Samrem members to clarify 'coolies' remark against Indians
African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema will call on South African Minority Rights Equality Movement (Samrem) representatives to clarify his recent reference to Indians as "Amakula" (coolies). ANI

Gillard says Australia can be US ally and friend of China
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said that it is possible for Canberra to be a close ally of the United States and friends with China at the same time. ANI

NOTW phone hacking was 'thriving cottage industry'
Phone-hacking at the now defunct British Tabloid News of the World was so widespread that it was tantamount to a 'thriving cottage industry', a lawyer said during a judicial inquiry into the matter. ANI

Henry VIII named greatest British rebel of all-time
Controversial monarch Henry VIII has topped a poll of all-time great British rebels. ANI

'Obama fever' among kids dies down amid faltering US economy
Recent interviews with American kids and their parents have suggested that President Barack Obama's appeal among youngsters has faded. ANI

Chinese mystery desert patterns sparks off online conspiracy debate
A series of images captured by Google Maps showing mysterious patterns in a desert near the Chinese province of Xinjiang, have caught online conspiracy theorists off guard. ANI

Sarkozy sends 'letter of condolence' to Netanyahu following 'liar' jibe
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has sent a letter of condolence to Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu, after having reportedly called him a "liar" in a private conversation with US President Barack Obama. ANI

Pak "Father of Taliban" asks for early US concessions
Pakistan's well known "Father of Taliban", Samiul Haq, has asked the US to offer concessions fast, a move that indicates that the sharp-tongued cleric is more than eager to talk peace than conduct a holy war. ANI

Myanmar President Sein 'genuine' in his desire for change, claims Suu Kyi
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said President Thein Sein is genuine in his desire to bring change across the country, and that she is ready for full- scale engagement in the country's military-dominated politics. ANI

Satirical photographer recreates royal wedding with Pippa look-alike
New pictures have emerged that show Pippa Middleton openly flirting with Prince Harry at the royal reception of the Prince William and Kate wedding. ANI

Salman Rushdie wins 'battle of name' with Facebook
Indian-British novelist Salman Rushdie has won a tussle with Facebook, where the social networking site 'deactivated' the author's account over a confusion about his real name. ANI

Jordan's King Abdullah becomes first Arab leader to urge Syria's Assad to quit
Jordan's King Abdullah has become the first Arab leader to openly call on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. ANI

Pak Information Minister slams Qureshi's resignation as 'political obituary'
Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had written his political obituary by resigning as member of the National Assembly(MNA) and quitting the Pakistan People's Party (PPP). ANI

Pak signs Gas Sales Purchase deal with Turkmenistan to make TAPI project operational
Pakistan has signed the Gas Sales Purchase Agreement (GSPA) with Turkmenistan, which will lead to the operationalisation of 7.6 billion dollar Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline. ANI

Smoke-free workplaces cut sudden cardiac deaths
Mayo Clinic researchers have provided additional evidence that second-hand smoke kills and smoke-free workplace laws save lives, by reducing the incidence of heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths. ANI

Qureshi will join Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has claimed that former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi would join his party. ANI

Malik writes to Interpol, seeks arrest of Pak fugitive Umer
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has sought the assistance of Interpol to arrest dangerous fugitive, Umer Farooq, and has also directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to send a team to Lyon, in France to co-ordinate with Interpol on his capture. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's wife 'deciding to leave him' after endless 'pathetic' sex scandal claims
Anne Sinclair, the wife of shamed former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has apparently run out of patience, and is deciding to leave him in the wake of a series of sex scandals that emerged last month. ANI

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf trying to woo Qureshi following resignation from PPP
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has expressed hope that former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi would join his party, after the latter announced the end of his 18 years association with the Pakistan People's Party (PPP). ANI

US Congress' approval rating continues at 'all-time rock bottom' 13 percent
A new poll has shown that approval rating of the US Congress' continues to be at an all-time rock bottom level of 13 percent in November. ANI

Radioactivity near Fukushima nuke plant 'eight times above safety limit', finds study
A new research has found that radioactive material near the Fukushima nuclear plant is eight times higher than the level considered safe for farming. ANI

Gaddafi ditched Blair by keeping chemical weapons 'hidden from world' in Libya
Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi broke his promise to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair by keeping chemical weapons hidden from the rest of the world. ANI

Social network Diaspora co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy's death an 'apparent suicide'
Ilya Zhitomirskiy, a former New York University (NYU) student who co-founded the social networking site Diaspora has died from an apparent suicide at the age of 22. ANI

Qureshi ends '18 years of ties with PPP' to join Pakistan Muslim League-Q
Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has broken his 18 years' of association with the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), citing the leadership's decision to ally the party with the Pakistan Muslim League-Q as the main reason for his expected move. ANI

Gillard plans to lift uranium ban on 'rising giant' India
The Australian government is planning to overturn a ban imposed on selling uranium to India. ANI

Mixing the old with the new: Politics, new media and Imran Khan
Picture this: A rundown tea-stall with wooden benches; an archaic 14-inch Sony television resting on a grimy shelf 6 feet from the ground; a huddled bunch of middle-aged, shawl covered men, sipping tea; nodding, gesturing, talking. One of them in the middle of a monologue, drawing sounds of approval from some in the crowd, disdain from others. ANI

US drone attack kills three militants in N Waziristan
A US drone attack has reportedly killed three militants in the tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghan border. ANI

Covidien Reports Fourth-Quarter and Fiscal 2011 Results
Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today reported results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 (July - September 2011). Net sales of $3.08 billion increased 15% from the $2.67 billion reported in the fourth quarter a year ago Business Wire India

EADS/Airbus and Boeing Confirm Position as Foundation Partners for Global Aerospace Summit 2012
EADS/Airbus and Boeing, the two largest Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) in the world, have confirmed their positions as foundation partners of Global Aerospace Summit 2012 to be held in Abu Dhabi from 16th- 19th April. Business Wire India

Cromwell Property Group Selects Yardi Voyager for End-to-End Fund & Property Management Operations in Australia
Yardi Systems, a leading developer of software solutions for the real estate investment, asset and property management industry is very pleased to announce that Cromwell Property Group has selected Yardi Voyager as platform of choice for their real estate fund and property management operation. Business Wire India

Vision Research Introduces Third-Generation Phantom Miro Digital High-Speed Cameras
Vision Research, a leading manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems, unveils its new line of Phantom® Miro M-Series digital high-speed cameras, which includes the M110, M310 and M120 Business Wire India

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 Kicks Off in 123 Countries Engaging More Than 10 Million Current and Aspiring Entrepreneurs Worldwide
Starting today, in 123 countries around the world, millions of current and aspiring entrepreneurs will kick off the third-annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2011, Nov. 14-20 Business Wire India

Axioma Appoints Melissa Brown as Senior Director of Marketing
Axioma, a leading provider of decision support, risk analysis and portfolio rebalancing and performance attribution tools, announced the appointment of Melissa Brown as Senior Director of Marketing. Brown was previously a Managing Director and head of the institutional business at Wintrust Capital Management Business Wire India

New RE-LY® sub-analyses demonstrate safety and efficacy of Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate) in patients with heart failure & those undergoing surgery
For NON-US and NON-UK Healthcare Media Only Business Wire India

Nyrstar Hobart Awards $2.5M+ Process Order to Rockwell Automation
Nyrstar Hobart, (NYSE EURONEXT: NYR) a leading global multi-metals company, has awarded a $2 Business Wire India

Moody’s Corporation Acquires Majority Stake in Copal Partners
Moody’s Corporation announced that it has acquired a majority stake in the companies of Copal Partners. Copal’s companies are among the world’s leading providers of outsourced research and analytical services to institutional customers. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Business Wire India

Gemalto Receives A New Innovation Award
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced it has won the IT Security Sesames award for Just4YourEyes™. The winning innovation was distinguished at the 2011 CARTES & IDentification industry fair and is being showcased on the Gemalto booth, Hall 3, entrance. Business Wire India

Cinterion Launches New High-Speed Automotive M2M Module
Cinterion, the global leader in cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules and a Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) company, launches AH3, its new high-speed automotive M2M module with a new triple-diversity antenna design Business Wire India

Infineon Presents First eFlash Microcontrollers on 65 Nanometer for Chip Card and Security Applications
Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) today announced the availability of first samples of the 65 nanometer (nm) embedded flash (eFlash) microcontrollers (MCUs) targeting chip card and security applications. This results from the development and production partnership for 65nm eFlash MCUs Infineon and TSMC established in 2009 Business Wire India

AMMROC selected as maintenance service provider for the UAE Armed Forces GHQ
Business Wire India

Stromasys Boosts CHARON Performance by Introducing AXP+ and Free Personal Alpha+
Stromasys S.A., the leader in legacy system virtualization, announces a significant extension of its virtual Alpha product range at both ends of the performance scale. Business Wire India

MPI Research Announces New Head of Laboratory Sciences Division
MPI Research, the largest single-site preclinical contract research organization worldwide, is pleased to announce that Roger N. Hayes, PhD, will be joining the company as Vice President and General Manager, Laboratory Sciences, effective November 21, 2011. Business Wire India

Leading E-Commerce and E-Marketing Thought Leaders to Speak at Digital River Globalocity 2012
Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), a leading provider of global e-commerce solutions, announced an expanded lineup of featured speakers for Globalocity 2012 – an international e-commerce conference for industry thought leaders – which will take place May 14-16, 2012, at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif Business Wire India

DTS Partners with Pantech to Deliver Best-in-Class Audio: Anytime, Anywhere
DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI) today announced a global partnership with Pantech to integrate DTS high-performance audio technology into Pantech devices including smartphones Business Wire India

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