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International News on November 2, 2011

Manmohan Singh arrives in Cannes to attend G-20 Summit
Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, arrived here on Wednesday to attend the Cannes Group of Twenty (G-20) Summit. ANI

Pak FM Khar calls for conclusive environment to forge better ties with India
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has reiterated to forge a good relationship with India in all spheres and emphasised that there is a need to build a conclusive environment between the two neighbouring nations. ANI

UK court orders extradition of WikiLeaks founder Assange to Sweden
The founder of the whistleblowing web site WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, lost his appeal on Wednesday against his extradition to Sweden to answer sex crime allegations after British judges rejected claims that moves to return him to Scandinavia were unfair and unlawful. ANI

Cameron warns over "heavy-handed" crackdown on Internet freedom
British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that fears of cyber attacks and increasing online crime should not be used as an excuse for a "heavy-handed" crackdown on freedom on the internet. ANI

Chinese HR activists beaten for trying to visit 'illegally confined' colleague
A group of around 40 Chinese Human Rights activists were thrashed when they tried to visit blind civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who has been illegally confined in his house. ANI

'Pak to restrict Haqqani movement, but will not directly confront them'
Pakistan might have agreed to restrict the movement of Haqqani network in the country, but diplomats believe the army will not directly confront the group. ANI

Hillary Clinton's mother passes away at 92
Hillary Clinton's mother Dorothy Rodham died at the age of 92 on Nov 1. ANI

Tony Blair's former advisor wins payout from newspaper over defamation
Tony and Cherie Blair's lifestyle advisor has launched a bitter attack on the Daily Mail for falsely claiming that she was planning to expose the sex secrets of the couple. ANI

Expert warns of 'cyber world war' with 'catastrophic consequences'
A leading internet security expert has warned that a cyber terrorist attack with "catastrophic consequences" looked increasingly likely in a world that is already in a state of near 'cyber war'. ANI

Hindus shocked at dragging of sacred ceremony into Kentucky governor's race
Hindus are upset at unnecessarily dragging of a Hindu ceremony of bhumi-pujan (earth-worship) into an electoral battle for governor's race in Kentucky (USA). ANI

IMF ends loan programme for Pakistan over failure to meet conditions
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has ended its emergency lending programme to Pakistan. ANI

Greek Govt.on brink of collapse due to euro crisis
The Greek government was on the brink of collapse last night after an "extraordinarily reckless" decision to hold a referendum on euro bail-out plans sparked turmoil in stock markets across the world. ANI

Meet US girl with world's longest tongue
A girl from Houston has made it to Guinness for having the world's longest tongue. ANI

China relaxes tattoo, weight rules for army recruits
China's annual winter army conscription is underway with lower standards set to allow recruits with small tattoos and excessive weight to enlist. ANI

Satirical French magazine office naming 'Prophet Mohammed chief editor' firebombed
The offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have been destroyed by a petrol bomb, after it named Prophet Mohammed as "editor-in-chief" in its latest issue. ANI

New crisis at crippled Fukushima nuke power plant?
Radioactive particles associated with nuclear fission have been detected at Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, suggesting that one of its reactors could have a new problem. ANI

'Afghanistan lost faith in Pakistan over its "impulsive" actions': Hekmatyar
Afghan warlord Gulbudin Hekmatyar has said his country has lost faith in Pakistan due to the latter's "impulsive" actions. ANI

Navy says it has no ships left to defend UK shores
Britain has been without a single warship to defend its shores for a month because of defence cuts and operations in Libya, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. ANI

US 'virtual embassy' for Iran under threat from hackers
The Islamic Union of Iranian Students (IUIS) has vowed to break in and occupy a "virtual" United States embassy website for Iran due to be launched this year. ANI

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange loses UK extradition appeal
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today lost his London High Court appeal against extradition to Sweden to face sexual misconduct allegations. ANI

Baloch court directs govt. to seek Musharraf, Aziz extradition over Bugti murder case
The Balochistan High Court (BHC) has directed the federal government to seek the extradition of former Pakistan president Prevez Musharraf, former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and other accused in the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case, all of whom are abroad. ANI

In Libya, fighting could outlast revolution
Many local militia leaders who helped topple dictator Muammar Gaddafi are abandoning a pledge to give up their weapons. They now say they intend to preserve their autonomy and influence political decisions as "guardians of the revolution." ANI

'Musharraf to return to Pak by March next year'
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf will return to Pakistan on March 23, 2012 at any cost, All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) central vice presidents Dr Ghulam Mujtaba and Haris Nawaz have claimed. ANI

James Murdoch's position at News International "untenable": Independent's editor
Chris Blackhurst, the editor of the British newspaper Independent, has said that James Murdoch's position at News International is "untenable" after the publication of potentially-damaging emails related to the phone hacking scandal. ANI

Pak court orders FIA to submit 'Hajj scam' report by Nov 5
Senior Pakistan Civil Judge Mahmood Haroon has ordered the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) Special Investigation Unit (SIU) to submit its investigation report on an ex-additional secretary of the Establishment Division in connection with the Hajj scam till November five. ANI

Unseen 9/11 footage shows WTC Building 7 consumed by a fire
A recently released video reveals that the fall of World Trade Center Building 7 during the 9/11 terror strikes was due to a fire rather than an explosion as conspiracy theorists would have you believe. ANI

Afghanistan urges Pak to "move beyond words" in dealing with militants
Afghanistan has urged Pakistan to "move beyond words" and take concrete steps to deal with militants, which are a threat to both countries. ANI

Nude model examined for testicular cancer on live TV
A nude model had his testicles examined by doctors to check for testicular cancer, on live television. ANI

Herman Cain's 'bound' sexual harassment accuser wants to tell her side of story
One of the two women who accused American businessman and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment wants to come forward and tell her side of the story, her lawyer has said. ANI

US slaps sanctions on top Haqqani network commander
The United States State Department has freezed the assets and property of Haqqani commander Mali Khan, after identifying him as a specially designated global terrorist. ANI

Pakistan, Turkey vow to expand cooperation for regional progress
Pakistan and Turkey have vowed to further expand bilateral cooperation to play more active role in ensuring peace, progress and stability in the region, besides the welfare of the people of both countries. ANI

New documents reveal NOTW 'knew hacking was widespread since 2008'
Some newly unveiled emails and memos have revealed that News International bosses were aware at least three years ago that phone hacking was widespread at the now-defunct British tabloid News of the Word. ANI

Rival gangs in UK using rape as 'weapon of choice': Home Secretary
Girls in Britain are being raped by gangs to get back at their rivals, Home Secretary Theresa May has claimed. ANI

Nepal parties agree to final part of landmark peace deal
Nepal's main political parties have agreed the last part of a landmark peace deal after years of wrangling. ANI

Polish president hails pilot as a hero after emergency landing of plane in Warsaw
Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski has hailed the pilot of a Boeing 767 aircraft as a hero after effecting a terrifying emergency landing along the runway on the plane's belly in Warsaw. ANI

Abramovich paid ransom to free 2 British hostages from Chechen rebels
Billionaire Roman Abramovich told a court that he paid a cash ransom for the release of two British aid workers from Chechen rebels more than a decade ago, but his former business partner Boris Berezovsky took the credit. ANI

Satirical French magazine with 'Prophet Mohammed as chief editor' set to spark outrage
A leading French magazine is likely to spark off anger across the world by calling itself the 'Sharia Weekly' and naming Prophet Mohammed as its editor-in-chief. ANI

Karzai rules out resumption of peace talks with Taliban
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ruled out direct peace talks with the Taliban, saying "they cannot keep talking to suicide bombers." ANI

Asian bride in UK 'drugged, held prisoner by family' after secret love marriage
A 23-year-old Asian woman was drugged and held captive by her family in Britain after she broke off her arranged engagement to her first cousin and secretly married another man. ANI

Pak to welcome Indo-Afghan strategic pact if it promotes peace: Rehman Malik
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that Islamabad has no objection to a pact between India and Afghanistan, if it promotes peace. ANI

'NATO prevented Gaddafi forces from reaching mustard gas stockpiles'
NATO air power prevented former Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi's forces from reaching secret stockpiles of mustard gas during the nine-month conflict in the country, it has been claimed. ANI

Two-thirds of employees 'badvocate' their employers
A new survey has revealed that a majority of employees in Australia aren't satisfied with their companies, and so wouldn't recommend their employer to anyone else. ANI

Women wearing skirts at workplace 'more successful'
Women who wear skirts in the workplace are more likely to make a good impression and get a promotion, according to a new study. ANI

Nexans Awarded 75 Million Euro Contract to Supply Power Cables, Umbilicals and Accessories for Statoil's Åsgard Oil and Gas Field in Norwegian Sea
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

ABB and IO to Deliver World’s First Direct Current-Powered Data Center Module
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, and IO, the leading provider of next-generation modular data center technology and services, have agreed to partner in the development of a new data center module based on direct current (DC) power to meet increasing demand for DC data centers Business Wire India

WNS Acquires Partner’s Minority Stake in Philippines JV
WNS (Holdings) Limited (WNS) (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Paxys, Inc., its joint venture partner in WNS Philippines Inc., to acquire the latter’s 35% stake in the joint venture Business Wire India

NICE issues Final Appraisal Determination (FAD) with unrestricted recommendation for Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate) for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation1
For NON-US, UK & Canada Media Only Business Wire India

Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing Adds Chairman Role as Founder Liu Chuanzhi Turns Focus to New Challenges
Lenovo Group, which earlier announced that it has become the number 2 global PC maker after achieving record worldwide market share in its second quarter, today announced that its CEO Yang Yuanqing will assume the dual role of Chairman and CEO Business Wire India

Lenovo Reports Second Quarter 2011/12 Results
Lenovo Group today reported results for its second fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2011. Demonstrating the Company’s rapid growth, Lenovo has become the world’s second-largest PC vendor, just one quarter after being named the world’s third-largest PC vendor. During the second quarter, Lenovo’s worldwide PC shipments grew 35 Business Wire India

Xpress Money Unveils New Avatar
The new look of Xpress Money was unveiled at a gala dinner in Dubai on the 31st of October 2011. Major stakeholders, VIPs and Xpress Money agent partners from across the world were present at this landmark event. Business Wire India

StatPro Group Aligns Company for Future Growth in Asia
StatPro Group plc, (AIM: SOG), a leading global provider of portfolio analytics and data valuation solutions, announced an expansion of their operations into Asia. The new office located in Hong Kong will expand StatPro’s global sales reach and provide localized support for the region Business Wire India

Financial Analyst Mike Mayo Blows the Lid Off the True Inner Workings of the Big Banks in New Book EXILE ON WALL STREET: One Analyst’s Fight to Save the Big Banks from Themselves
Near Wall Street, a protestor wears a dollar bill covering his mouth and carries a sign reading “I could lose my job for having a voice Business Wire India

ebrary Announces Student Survey Results and Downloads
In an ongoing effort to better understand the research requirements and expectations of students, especially as they relate to books, ebrary® announced the initial results of its 2011 Global Student E-book Survey Business Wire India

Launch of Xylem’s Flygt Experior Delivers Energy Savings of up to 50 Percent, Marking Breakthrough in Wastewater Pumping
Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), the global water technology company which yesterday spun off from ITT Corporation, has unveiled a revolutionary new wastewater pumping system, called Flygt Experior Business Wire India

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