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Krishna discusses Afghan situation with Russian Foreign Minister
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna discussed the international situation, particularly the situation in Afghanistan, developments in the Middle East and North Africa, the Iran nuclear issue and developments in the Asia Pacific region with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. ANI

Myanmar no longer ASEAN's problem child
ASEAN is all set to set to endorse Myanmar's bid to chair regional meetings in 2014. ASEAN chairmanship rotates annually in alphabetical order among its 10 countries and hosts summits that bring together leaders from Asian countries as well as the U.S., China, India and Russia. ANI

India does not see its nuke liability laws as impeding civil nuke cooperation with US
India decision to notify liability laws on the eve of talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of ASEAN summit being held here, is likely to go down well with Washington, and is also expected to add more substance to the bilateral talks. ANI

Obama in Bali, to meet PM Manmohan Singh tomorrow
United States President Barack Obama arrived on the Indonesian island of Bali early Thursday morning, several hours before the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. ANI

US man claims Parkinson's medication turned him into sex addict
A former US politician who denied three child sex charges told the police that he developed an addiction to sex because of medication he was taking for Parkinson's Disease. ANI

Brit couple ordered to swap social website passwords by divorce judge
A judge in England has ordered an estranged couple to swap Facebook and MySpace passwords as part of their divorce proceedings. ANI

Leeds students strip off for charity calendar
Seven girls, from Leeds University's Equestrian Society, stripped down to their underwear and riding boots to bare all for a new charity calendar. ANI

Smaller ASEAN nations to voice concerns over Beijing's aggressive moves in S.China Sea
Tensions over China's recent aggressive moves in the South China Sea are likely to be reflected at the ninth ASEAN Summit, where the claims of Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei over the same waters will be raised and addressed. ANI

Iraq Inquiry report delayed over secrecy concerns by six months
The United Kingdom's Iraq Inquiry report, which aims at probing the role of the country in the war, will be delayed by at least six months over secrecy concerns triggered in a run-up to the war after 2003. ANI

Two US satellites targeted by malicious cyber activity: Report
Two American earth observation satellites have been targeted by cyber hackers in the past, a report has said. ANI

60k pounds Jetpack that lets you walk on water unveiled
A water-propelled jetpack, which enables people to walk on water has been put up on sale for 60,000 pounds. ANI

ASEAN: The Talking Shop
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Bali today to take part in the 19th ASEAN Summit and sixth East Asia Summit at Nusa Dua. ANI

US military build-up in Australia not aimed at China, any other nation: Rudd
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has said that American military in his nation is a 'contingency', but not aimed at China or any other country in particular. ANI

Manmohan Singh arrives in Bali for ASEAN and East Asia Summits
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh arrived here on Thursday to attend the ninth ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit. ANI

Princess Diana's naughty Christmas card expected to fetch 600 pounds
A naughty Christmas card sent by Princess Diana is expected to fetch 600 pounds when it is put up for auction. ANI

German neo-Nazi terrorists had 'hit list' of 88 targets including politicians
A neo-Nazi terrorist group that was responsible for several murders and bombings across Germany, had a hit list of 88 possible targets, which included prominent politicians, it has emerged. ANI

Flying in US 'no safer than it was before 9/11 terror attack': GOP Report
In spite of 56 billion dollar investment in aviation safety, flying is no safer than it was before 9/11 terror attacks, and passengers' bare hands would be best defence if terror strikes on- board, according to a Republican report. ANI

Australian govt. urged to stand up for Assange's 'legal and humanitarian rights"
The mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has used US President Barack Obama's visit to Australia to call on the government to lobby the US to not extradite him. ANI

News Limited chief denies claims of biased campaign against Oz government
News Limited's chief executive John Hartigan has rejected claims that his newspapers are waging a biased campaign against the Australian government and described an inquiry into the media as based on false presumptions. ANI

Pak scribes hail ongoing Indo-Pak talks
A visiting delegation of journalists from the Lahore Press Club in Pakistan, have called on both the Indian and Pakistan governments to relax visa formalities so that people from both sides can visit each other. ANI

Pak envoy to US offers to resign over 'alleged US link' criticism
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, has reportedly offered to resign following criticism over his alleged close links to Washington. ANI

Are Chinese Gobi Desert structures being used to calibrate spy satellites?
After a Google Maps satellite spotted a series of mysterious structures located in Gobi Desert in China, the Internet has been buzzing with theories about what their purpose is, with the latest one suggesting that the structures are used to calibrate the nation's spy satellites. ANI

MI6 foiled Gaddafi's suicide bomb assassination plot against Western diplomats
British intelligence agency M16 has exposed a plot by former Libyan ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to assassinate Western diplomats and his country's revolutionary leaders, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has said. ANI

Ten Americans briefly detained in Pak for taking Islamabad airport's photographs
Islamabad, Nov 17(ANI): Ten American citizens, including a woman, were briefly detained in Pakistan for allegedly taking photographs and making a video footage of sensitive installations around Benazir Bhutto International Airport ANI

Heavy workload ups risk of fatal heart disease in unfit men
In case of physically unfit men, high physical work demands are linked to an increased risk of death from ischemic heart disease (IHD), a new study has revealed. ANI

Nuclear liability to dominate Manmohan-Obama talks on Thursday
India decision to notify liability laws on the eve of talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of ASEAN summit being held here, is likely to go down well with Washington, and is also expected to add more substance to the bilateral talks. ANI

Defectors from Syrian army warn Assad regime they can strike 'anywhere, anytime'
Soldiers who have defected from the Syrian security forces have warned President Bashar al-Assad's government that they could strike 'anywhere and anytime,' soon after they attacked military facilities around Damascus. ANI

Only 10 people had high radioactive exposure after Fukushima nuke meltdown:Study
A new research has shown that just ten people reported having high radioactive exposure level that did not need decontamination, after one month of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. ANI

Obama to counter China threat by increasing US influence in new Asian world order
US President Barack Obama has targeted China in his speech, highlighting his country's intention to increase its influence in the Asia-Pacific region. ANI

Iran insists Israel not behind blast that killed top ballistic missile program commander
Iran has dismissed reports claiming that a recent explosion at a Revolutionary Guard base, which killed its ballistic missile program's top commander, was carried out by Israel or the US. ANI

Austrian airline denies demanding extra 20,000 pounds from passengers as fuel cost
An Austrian airline has denied asking passengers to pay 20,000 pounds as fuel cost during their journey to the United Kingdom. ANI

Over 8.4 million Britons have never used Internet
Over 8.4 million Britons have never used the web, despite a sharp fall in non-internet users in the country, official figures have shown.ccording to the UK's Office of National Statistics (ONS), the number of adults who had never been online fell by 299,000 till September, as compared to a decrease of 12,000 people in the previous quarter. ANI

Chinese authorities confirm self-immolation act in Beijing's Tiananmen Square
A Chinese man had set himself ablaze in October, the country's authorities have confirmed. ANI

Strauss-Kahn to be quizzed over alleged ties to French hooker ring
Shamed former International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is likely to be quizzed by the French Police over his links to a high-end call girl ring in northern France. ANI

Duchess of Cambridge 'six weeks pregnant', claims magazine
The Duchess of Cambridge is reportedly expecting her first child with husband prince William, and the couple are hoping for a girl, sources have revealed. ANI

Mullen's spokesman confirms existence of secret Zardari 'coup fear' memo
Former US Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen's spokesman has confirmed that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had sent a secret memo. ANI

Indian cabbie in Australia acquitted of molesting teenage passenger
An Indian-origin taxi driver in Australia has been acquitted of charges of molesting an 18-year-old female passenger. ANI

Karzai says 'no US military base pact until night raids cease'
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has said Kabul would not allow long-term US bases unless American troops stop conducting the controversial night time raids. ANI

Suspect arrested in White House shooting 'hates Obama'
A 21-year-old Hispanic man in Pennsylvania has been arrested for firing rifle shots near the White House last week. ANI

Pak turns down completion certificate for Musharraf's Islamabad farmhouse
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's application seeking completion certificate for his palatial farmhouse in Islamabad has been turned down by local authorities. ANI

Pak envoy to US Husain Haqqani offers to resign
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, has reportedly sent a letter to President Asif Ali Zardari, offering to resign if he is found guilty of writing a letter which has strained relations between the President and the military establishment. ANI

Sarkozy angers mums after describing breastfeeding as 'slavery'
French president Nicolas Sarkozy has enraged mothers after he publicly described breastfeeding as 'slavery' while speaking out about wife Carla Bruni's struggle to produce enough milk for their newborn baby. ANI

US drone strike kills 18 Pak Taliban insurgents in South Waziristan
At least 18 Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) insurgents have been killed in a US drone attack near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. ANI

No decision on granting MFN status to India yet, says Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that a final decision on granting Most Favored Nation (MFN) status to India has not been taken. ANI

United Arab Emirates Elected to Chair IRENA Council
The United Arab Emirates has been elected as Chair of the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) by its 21 members Business Wire India

Panda Power Funds Closes $420 Million Private Equity Fund
Panda Power Funds announced the final close of the Panda Power Generation Infrastructure Fund with $420 million in capital commitments. The Panda Fund plans to develop or acquire U.S. natural gas-fueled power plants and utility-scale solar projects in select states Business Wire India

From Bad Boy Hacker to Founder and CTO of Silicon Valley “hot start-up” Palo Alto Networks – Nir Zuk Launches NetEvents 2011 APAC Summit
Today’s opening keynote at NetEvents 2011 APAC Summit introduced the founder and CTO of one of this year’s most talked-about Silicon Valley start-ups. Business Wire India

Jack Freker Named CEO of First Advantage
First Advantage, a Symphony Technology Group (STG) company and a leading provider of talent acquisition solutions,announced the appointment of Jack Freker to the position of CEO of First Advantage Business Wire India

ZWSOFT Announces ZWCAD 2012
ZWSOFT, a leading supplier of 2D and 3D CAD/CAM solutions to the AEC and MCAD industries, announced ZWCAD 2012, the newest version of their flagship software for computer-aided design. This exciting new release features more than 900 enhancements in drafting, visualization, publishing, and stability. Business Wire India

BNY Mellon Clearing, LLC Selects Jefferies Bache to Partner on Clearing Initiatives
Jefferies Group, Inc. announced that Jefferies Bache was selected by BNY Mellon Clearing, LLC to provide clearing services and support for its futures commission merchant offering. Business Wire India

India’s Supply Chain: Markets and Opportunities Conference (ISCMOC) is being Organized on January 23, 2012 at TSRB, Georgia Tech in Atlanta, USA
ISCMOC is being organized by USA India Initiatives, Inc. (USIII), the Georgia Tech Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER) and Georgia College, with support of the U.S Business Wire India

Researchers at Harvard University Report the Adoption of UpToDate® by Hospitals is Directly Associated with Shortening Patient Stays and Saving Lives
Business Wire India

Asia Pulp & Paper in ‘Full Compliance’ with EU Ecolabel
An official report by the European Commission has ruled that key products manufactured by Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) in Indonesia meet all of the criteria for the EU Ecolabel - a standard designed to reassure consumers that they are buying goods which are ‘kindest’ to the environment. Business Wire India

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