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Baby cured with pioneering liver treatment
A baby boy in England has been cured of a life-threatening disease, which was destroying his liver. ANI

Russian woman claims having alien in her fridge
A woman in Russia has sparked an alien investigation after she claimed that she had an extra-terrestrial in her fridge. ANI

Egyptian artist defies Islamic extremism by posting nude self-photos on web
A 20-year-old Egyptian blogger has defied Islamic prudes in her country by posting nude photographs of herself on the Internet. ANI

Heinrich Himmler's postcards to mum up for sale
Postcards written by Heinrich Himmler, the feared head of the Gestapo, to his mother during the Second World War have been put up for auction. ANI

Singaporean parents hire strippers for their children's parties
Parents in Singapore hire strippers to spice up the birthday parties of their adult children. ANI

Turkish PM Erdogan warns Syria on 'knife-edge'
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayipp Erdogan has stepped up pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying that his government was on a "knife-edge" and that Ankara was suspending joint oil exploration and considering stopping electricity supplies to its neighbour. ANI

News International admits NOTW staff may have continued phone hacking until 2009
Reporters at the now defunct British Sunday newspaper News of the World continued hacking phones for two years after the tabloid's royal editor, Clive Goodman, was jailed for the practice, a lawyer for News International has conceded. ANI

Bullet hits White House window
The US Secret Service has said that a bullet has hit an exterior window of the White House and was stopped by ballistic glass. ANI

'Gilard's decision to export uranium to India is meant to appease big miners'
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's decision to push for uranium exportation to India might be the outcome of a deal struck with big miners over the Mineral Resource Rent Tax (MRRT), Fortescue Metals Group Chief Executive Neville Power speculated. ANI

Chinese 'dissident' Ai Weiwei pays off œ800,000 tax bill
'Dissident' Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has paid 800,000 pounds to the Chinese government after tax officials threatened to call in the police. ANI

Obama, Gillard confirm Oz military boost
Australia has reportedly decided to deploy US troops on its shores from next year under a new agreement to bolster the military might of both nations, after US President Barack Obama's long awaited visit to Canberra. ANI

US to buy Britain's scrapped fleet of Harrier jets
The United States is in the final stages of negotiations to purchase Britain's entire fleet of Harrier jets, which have been permanently grounded since last year. ANI

Australia's decision to lift uranium sale ban on 'rising giant' India right thing to do: Expert
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's decision of overturning a ban imposed on uranium sales to India is a right thing to do and is a mature act that banishes hypocrisy, according to an expert. ANI

Republican sparks fury by demanding Muslims to be 'kicked out' of US military
A Republican politician has sparked religious fury by saying that Muslims posed a significant threat, and should be forced out of the US military. ANI

Rare Emily Bronte portrait estimated to fetch 15k pounds at auction
A newly discovered oil painting, believed to be of novelist Emily Bronte, could fetch 15,000 pounds at auction. ANI

Pippa spends weekend away with old flame
Pippa Middleton sparked speculation of rekindling romance with former boyfriend Earl George Percy when she was seen stepping out of a train with him after a weekend away at his country estate. ANI

Royal Family keeps away from mentally ill cousin
A new documentary by Channel 4 will reveal that five of Queen Elizabeth's cousins have been in mental asylum for many years but the royal family simply ignored their existence. ANI

Pak Assembly passes Prevention of Anti-Women Practices Bill
The National Assembly in Pakistan has passed "The Prevention of Anti-Women Practices Bill 2008" aimed at prohibiting certain practices leading to exploitation and discrimination against women. ANI

Hundreds march in Pakistan's Hyderabad city in protest against murder of three Hindus
Hundreds of protesters marched in Pakistan's Hyderabad city against the murder of three Hindus in Shikarpur on the call of the Joint Action Committee for Peace and Justice. ANI

Al-Qaeda chief Zawahiri praises Osama's human side in new video
Al-Qaeda's new leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has released a new video describing Osama bin Laden as a "delicate, nice and shy man". ANI

'Afghanistan, US should consider Pak as enemy not ally'
A Professor at King's College with extensive knowledge about Pakistan, has said Afghanistan and its partner, the United States, should consider Islamabad "as an enemy" till the end of the Afghan war. ANI

US colleges buying up XXX domain names to prevent p*rn-site confusion
Colleges and universities are busy buying up websites with their names attached to the new .xxx domain, just in case some adult sites want to cash in on their co-eds. ANI

Afghanistan turning away from Taliban, claims Asian body poll
A new survey in Afghanistan shows that support for the Taliban has dramatically declined over the last two years. ANI

US looks to Asia, but sees China everywhere
President Obama has arrived in Australia with a plan to announce that the United States hopes to use Darwin as a new center of its operations in Asia as it seeks to reassert itself in the region and grapple with China's rise. ANI

US military calls controversial book on Osama's death 'a lie'
The US military has denounced a former Navy SEAL's book that describes the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, saying the book and the events mentioned are 'not true'. ANI

Russia's Putin honoured with China's Confucius Peace Prize
China has named fifty-nine-year-old Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin "Peacemaker of the Year." ANI

Six Nepalese men get life terms for murders to acquire 'Himalayan viagra'
A court in Nepal has found six men guilty of murdering seven rivals in a fight over a rare caterpillar fungus highly prized as an aphrodisiac. ANI

Obama's Australia visit details stored in old van
Sensitive details of US Secret Service agents and preparations for President Barack Obama's visit to Australia have been stored in an old van parked at a Canberra hotel. ANI

Four arrested over 'trip to Pakistan terrorist training camp'
Four Birmingham-based men have been arrested on suspicion of travelling to Pakistan to undertake terrorist training and of raising funds for terrorist purposes. ANI

Gillard faces political backlash over Australia's decision to lift uranium ban on India
Australian Prime minister Julia Gillard's decision to push Labor to overturn a ban imposed on selling uranium to India has apparently triggered a fight with her party's Left, as some MPs remain vehemently opposed to the proposal. ANI

Zardari holds closed doors meetings with Kayani, Munter
Two key meetings were reportedly held in the Pakistan Presidency late on Tuesday after President Asif Ali Zardari summoned his country's Ambassador to the US back to Islamabad. ANI

Knitted 'Coat of Many Colours' breaks world record
A coat made from more than 8,000 knitted squares has set a new Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest jacket. ANI

World's largest yellow diamond sold for record 7.8 m pounds
The world's largest pear-shaped yellow diamond was sold for 11.28 million Swiss francs, a world record, at an auction at Sotheby's on Tuesday night. ANI

India plans to fix 'loopholes, weak regulations' of 'guinea pig' medical trials
Indian authorities have vowed to tighten regulations over the way medical trials are conducted in the country, after it emerged that many poor and illiterate people are becoming 'guinea pigs' for drugs trials conducted by various Western firms. ANI

I resigned from PPP for being forced to grant political immunity to Raymond Davis: Qureshi
Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said he had resigned from the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) because he was being allegedly forced to give diplomatic immunity to alleged American CIA agent Raymond Davis. ANI

Qureshi seeks PPP-NA members' support to decide future political course of action
Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi would reportedly decide his future political course of action after ascertaining support from the sitting Assembly members belonging to the Pakistan People's Party (PPP). ANI

28 militants killed, 12 others injured in Orakzai gunship operation
At least 28 militants were killed and 12 others were injured, during the shelling of gunship helicopters in Upper Orakzai Agency on Tuesday. ANI

Newly discovered tape after JFK assassination on sale for $500k
A new tape which captures the moments on Air Force One just after President John F. Kennedy's assassination has been discovered and is on sale for half a million dollars. ANI

Assange to appeal against extradition in UK Supreme Court
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will approach the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom to appeal against his extradition to Sweden to face sexual misconduct allegations. ANI

9pc of Oz employees drink at work
Sydney, Nov 16 (ANI): The first study of drug and alcohol use in Australian workplaces has found that nearly one in 10 people usually drink while they are at work. ANI

VTI Technologies: SCC1300 Combined Sensor Improves Positioning Accuracy in Map-Matching Applications
The numerical probabilistic map-matching algorithm was developed and demonstrated by a group of researchers at the Department of Computer Systems of Tampere University of Technology (Finland), already well known and respected for its research in the field of inertial and integrated navigation. Business Wire India

AquaFold Launches AquaClusters Cloud-Based Social Collaboration Tools for the Open Source Software Community
AquaFold, Inc. has launched AquaClusters.com, a new social collaboration tool for software developers and the Open Source community. AquaClusters features a simple but powerful design that is helping redefine how groups of users work together on Issue Tracking, Wiki documentation, Discussions, and Questions & Answers Business Wire India

New Revenue Opportunities for Business as Regus Opens First Centre in Slovenia
Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace, has opened its first business centre in Slovenia, in Ljubljana. The launch follows openings in Croatia and Serbia earlier in 2011, and brings the number of countries where Regus offers flexible workspace to 92. Business Wire India

Quintiles Sells Minority Interest in Invida, Asia Pacific Commercialization Joint Venture
Quintiles announced that it has sold its minority interest in Invida, an Asia Pacific commercial solutions joint venture, to the Italy-based Menarini Group, which is acquiring Invida in its entirety. Invida was formed in 2006 by Quintiles; The Zuellig Group; and TLS Beta Pte. Ltd., an Asia investment company. Business Wire India

Interface Masters Launches 40 Giga Bit PacketMaster for Data Monitoring
SC11 – Interface Masters Technologies, an industry leader and innovator in networking solutions, announced its first non-blocking 40Gb sophisticated PacketMaster and Hardware-based Load Balancing system Business Wire India

Power Integrations’ LinkSwitch™-PH LED Driver ICs Now Available in Low-Profile Package for Fluorescent Tube Replacements
Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI), the world leader in high-efficiency, high-reliability LED driver ICs, today announced the availability of LinkSwitch-PH LED driver ICs in a low-profile eSIP™-7F (L package) that measures just 2 mm high Business Wire India

Change to Taro’s Board of Directors
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Taro,” the “Company,” Pink Sheets: TAROF) announced today that Ilan Leviteh resigned as a member of its Board of Directors (the “Board”) effective November 14, 2011. Mr Business Wire India

Intematix Delivers ChromaLit Ellipse, Candle and Dome Remote Phosphor Products Enabling Innovative LED Light Bulb and Lighting Designs
Intematix, a leading innovator of patented phosphors and phosphor components for high-quality LED lighting, today announced the production availability of its ChromaLit™ Ellipse, Candle and Dome light sources for use by manufacturers of LED light bulbs, fixtures and other indoor and outdoor lighting applications Business Wire India

Asia Foundation Releases 2011 Survey of the Afghan People
While nearly half (46%) of Afghans say their country is moving in the right direction, more respondents than at any time since The Asia Foundation began polling there in 2004 say Afghanistan is headed in the wrong direction Business Wire India

Samsung Electronics Acquires Nexus Division of ITC
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in technological innovation, announced today it has acquired the Nexus division of ITC Nexus Holding Company (ITC), a leading provider of cardiac point-of-care testing solutions. Business Wire India

The Body Shop Goes Live with RedPrairie Execution Management
RedPrairie Corporation, a global supply chain and retail technology provider, announced today that The Body Shop has gone live with RedPrairie Execution Management at more than 70 stores in Indonesia Business Wire India

Numerix Leader of Customer Satisfaction and OTC Pricing & Analytics Categories in Chartis Research’s RiskTech 100™ Rankings for the Second Year in a Row
Numerix (www.numerix.com), the leading provider of cross-asset analytics for derivatives valuations and risk management calculations announced today that the firm has secured wins for both Customer Satisfaction and OTC Pricing & Analytics categories in Chartis Research’s RiskTech 100 Rankings for the second consecutive year Business Wire India

Singapore Travel Agency Setup Guide Released by GuideMeSingapore.com
In light of the robust performance of the tourism industry and the growth in e-travel businesses, www.GuideMeSingapore.com - a leading Singapore-focused business information portal - has released a guide for entrepreneurs keen on setting up travel agencies in Singapore Business Wire India

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