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Berlusconi's 'bunga bunga' girls deny 'selling for sex'
Over 30 models and showgirls who were allegedly hired for Silvio Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" sex parties have denied being prostitutes, at the start of a trial in Milan. ANI

30 pc Aussie women sexually harassed at work
A third of Australian women have been sexually harassed at their workplace, a new survey has revealed. ANI

John McCain tweets support on daughter's first day at work
US Senator John McCain tweeted in support of his daughter Meghan McCain as she took up her new job as a paid contributor with MSNBC, appearing on the network's new show 'Now with Alex Wagner'. ANI

Global food demand to double by 2050: Study
Global food demand could double by 2050, a new University of Minnesota study has suggested. ANI

Pak 'not blocking' obscene mobile texts for now
Pakistan has assured that it is not "blocking or filtering" any obscene word in mobile text messages for the time being after an earlier declaration caused outrage among users and campaigners. ANI

7 out of 10 men 'happy with wives being family breadwinner'
Men today are happy with their wives earning more than them and have no qualms in looking after the house, a new study has suggested. ANI

US woman lists 'gamer' hubby for sale
A US woman put up her husband for sale on the online classified firm Craigslist after she was tired of watching him too engrossed in his video games. ANI

Teleworking 'not a family-friendly arrangement'
Teleworking can stress out parents to the point of burnout or exhaustion, as they have to work under a lot of domestic pressure, a new study has suggested. ANI

Munter denies 'joint meeting' with Pasha, Imran Khan in wake of memogate uproar
The United States Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has admitted to meeting the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant-General Shuja Pasha and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, but on separate occasions. ANI

Pak gives 'green signal' to Afghan committee for probe into Rabbani assassination
Pakistan has given a green signal to an Afghan commission to investigate into the assassination of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani by travelling to Islamabad for the same purpose. ANI

Japanese Supreme Court upholds cult member Seiichi Endo's death sentence for 1995 sarin attacks
The Japanese Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of senior Aum Shinrikyo cult member Seiichi Endo for his role in the 1995 twin sarin attacks. ANI

Brit grandmother says horny ghost gropes her like an octopus
A 73-year-old British woman claims that she is being haunted by a poltergeist who gropes her, as she tries to sleep. ANI

Romney's White House campaign TV ad aims at 'failed' Obama, ignores GOP foes
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's first television advertisement of the 2012 White House campaign challenges US President Barack Obama directly by declaring the latter has "failed" in his job. ANI

Ex-Bill Clinton pollsters want Obama to step aside for Hillary
Two pollsters, who once worked for former president Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, have said that President Barack Obama should give up on the idea of serving another four years in the White House and give way to Hillary Clinton to run as the Democratic nominee. ANI

Gilani investigating Pak memo scandal: Mukhtar
Pakistan Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar has said that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is investigating the memo scandal, and that the results will be made public soon. ANI

Pakistan Army denies having talks with Tehreek-e-Taliban
The Pakistan Army has vehemently denied media reports that they were in talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). ANI

UK govt. set to crackdown on Asian gangs who groom teenage girls for sex
The British government is finally planning to take measures to protect teenage girls who have been, or could be groomed, raped and sold by male gangs, most of whom are of Asian origin. ANI

'Russian' hackers hit US water treatment systems by remotely destroying pump
Russian cyber criminals destroyed a pump used to supply water to thousands of homes in Illinois, United States, by remotely turning it on and off quickly. ANI

Former Oz MP guilty of sex crimes against 12-year-old girl
A former Australian MP has been found guilty of sex crimes against a 12-year-old girl prostituted by her own mother in Tasmania. ANI

China's White Paper indicates climate change policies' progress in 11th Five Year Plan
China has highlighted various policies to mitigate climate change and its consequences during the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-2010) period. ANI

Haqqani's wife says 'legal action' to be taken against Ijaz over Pak memo row
The wife of Pakistan Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani has said that legal action would be taken against Pakistani-origin American businessman Mansoor Ijaz over the memorandum scandal. ANI

PPP has become 'Zardari League': Qureshi
Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has become the 'Zardari League'. ANI

Apple's Steve Wozniak gifted Google Android phone
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been gifted a new Samsung Galaxy Nexus by rival tech company Google. ANI

Bush told Bachmann to 'lose the gloves' in fashion tip
Michele Bachmann has revealed that former US President George W. Bush gave her fashion advice in her new book 'Core of Conviction'. ANI

Indian expatriates in UAE rejoice as rupee falls to new low
The fall of the Indian rupee to a new low of Rs14.1953 against the UAE dirham (and Rs52.20 against the US dollar), has brought a feeling of joy among Indian expatriates here. ANI

Justice Secretary Clarke reignites row over rape attacks in UK
Britain's Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has reignited the row over rape attacks by repeating his claim that "some are more serious than others". ANI

US State Department website removes Indian flag citing 'inaccuracies' over Kashmir issue
The US State Department has removed a map of India from its website, as it allegedly contained inaccuracies that needed to be fixed, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. ANI

Now, Hugh Grant accuses 'non-Murdoch' British tabloid of phone hacking
Actor Hugh Grant has accused a popular British tabloid of illegally accessing his voice mails in 2007. ANI

West imposes new sanctions on Iran for its nuke program
Western powers have imposed a fresh batch of sanctions on Iran, targeting the country's central bank and its vital energy sector, in response to the United Nations' (UN) damning UN report about Tehran's nuclear program. ANI

Obama tied with Romney in 12 US swing states for 2012 White House race: Poll
A new poll has shown that US President Barack Obama is tied with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in 12 swing states for the 2012 White House race. ANI

CIA informants in Iran, Lebanon outed over 'pizza code-word' blunders
Over a dozen Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) informants working in Iran and Lebanon were reportedly outed due to using trackable mobile phones and the code-word "pizza" to meet at a Pizza Hut. ANI

Chinese telecom firms to face US Congress probe over 'spying' claims
Chinese telecom firms will face a US Congress probe over claims that their equipment can be used to disrupt or spy on phone calls and emails. S House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee confirmed that it would examine "the threat posed by Chinese-owned telecommunications companies working in the United States, and the government's response to that threat". ANI

Qureshi to meet Nawaz Sharif to discuss political strategy
Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who has resigned from the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the National Assembly (NA), is scheduled to meet PML-N President Nawaz Sharif today to discuss his future in the country's politics. ANI

Were Saif Gaddafi's fingers chopped off by Libyan rebels?
A doctor, who examined Saif al-Islam Gaddafi's wounds, has fuelled speculations that his fingers were chopped off by the rebels. ANI

Radioisotope 'space battery' to power Curiosity's ambitious Mars expedition
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, which is scheduled to launch this week, may be the most productive Mars surface mission in history, thanks to its nuclear heat and power source. ANI

'Ex-stripper wife' claims 'sex obsessed' Saif al-Islam used to beat her after drug binge
A woman, who describes herself as the ex-wife of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, has emerged with extraordinary stories of domestic violence and womanizing. ANI

Egypt's cabinet offers to resign over 'doubtful' November 28 polls
Egypt's Cabinet has offered to resign, after 33 people were killed in clashes between protestors and security forces over implementing reforms promised after the exit of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. ANI

FBI passed on 'Qaeda NYC would be bomber's case thinking 'he was mentally unstable'
Federal investigative authorities in the United States declined to pursue a case against an "Al Qaeda sympathizer" who was arrested on suspicion of planning to bomb targets including police cars and postal offices, because they thought he was mentally unstable, it has emerged. ANI

Haqqani to meet Pak leadership to discuss memo row
Pakistan Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani would reportedly meet senior Pakistani officials to discuss the controversial memorandum scandal. ANI

Replica of Pippa's bridesmaid dress goes on sale for £1995
A dress identical to the bridesmaid dress Pippa Middleton wore on her sister's wedding to Prince William is now going on sale. ANI

Libyan officials to seek death penalty for Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam
Libyan officials have clearly said that they will seek the death penalty for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, as the slain Libyan dictator's son demanded a lawyer. ANI

Mullen did not believe Pak memo was sent by Zardari: Pentagon
Former US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen knew the emissary who had handed him the controversial memorandum through a mediator, allegedly from Pakistan Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani, but he did not believe it was from President Asif Ali Zardari, the Pentagon has said. ANI

Port of Los Angeles Marks Five-Year Anniversary of Its Clean Air Action Plan; Develops Recommendations to Participate in Global Clean Ship Program
The Port of Los Angeles is working with the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) to develop incentive program strategies to participate in the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) Program starting in 2012 Business Wire India

Intelligent Energy appoints James Batchelor as Managing Director, Motive Division
Intelligent Energy, the global clean power systems company, has today announced the appointment of James Batchelor as Managing Director, Motive Division. Business Wire India

Despegar Selects GlobalCollect as Preferred Payment Service Provider to Drive Latin American Expansion
Since its inception in 1999, Despegar has grown into the leading one-stop-shop online travel agency (OTA) in Latin America for leisure and corporate travel. Offering access to more than 500 airlines, 70 car rental agencies, thousands of leisure packages, as well as up to 100,000 hotels worldwide via Hotels Despegar.com Business Wire India

Clear2Pay Gains Scale in Payments and Cards Expertise with ISTS Worldwide Acquisition (US)
Clear2Pay, the international technology provider of next generation payment solutions for financial institutions announces that it has acquired ISTS Worldwide a US based services organisation, specialised in retail payments technology. Business Wire India

SNCF Look to Regus to Support the Shift to Flexible and Mobile Working
Regus, the world’s leading provider of flexible workspaces, has signed a ground-breaking deal with SNCF, the French national railway company, to open an initial six drop-in business centres in its railway stations. Business Wire India

Gemalto Deploys First Contactless EMV Payment Cards in Brazil for Santander Universities
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, was chosen by Banco Santander Brasil, one of the largest financial institutions in the world, with more than 90 million customers worldwide, to deploy the first contactless EMV payment system in Brazil Business Wire India

4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness
The three-day High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4), which is scheduled to take place at BEXCO, Busan from November 29th to December 1st, will provide a new vision and a strategy for international development cooperation and will be a milestone in enhancing Busan’s position on the global stage of development cooperation. Business Wire India

The Coca-Cola System Donates More Than $2 Million USD for Flood Victims in Thailand
The Coca-Cola system has committed more than $2 million USD to “Reunite to Relieve and Rebuild Thailand,” a sustainable flood relief initiative designed to provide emergency relief and rebuilding efforts to help victims of the devastating floods in Thailand Business Wire India

Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition Deploys Cegedim Relationship Management’s CRM Solution to Support Growth in China
Cegedim Relationship Management announced that Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition has deployed Mobile Intelligence to support their business unit in China. Cegedim Relationship Management is the world’s leading provider of pharmaceutical-specific customer relationship management (CRM) solutions with a 35 percent global market share Business Wire India

Structural Integrity Associates and Wachs Energy Services Company Join Forces to More Effectively Address Critical Component Repair and Systems Fabrication at Fossil Plants
Structural Integrity Associates, Inc Business Wire India

Internet Census Finds That IPv6 Adoption Grows by 1,900%
Infoblox Inc. announced results of an IPv6 Census conducted by the Measurement Factory and sponsored by Infoblox. The census revealed that the percentage of zones under .com, .net and .org that support IPv6 has increased by 1,900% over the past 12 months Business Wire India

Covidien Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire BÂRRX Medical, Inc.
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products and a world leader in advanced energy-based devices, announced a definitive agreement to acquire BÂRRX Medical, Inc. BÂRRX is the leader in treatment of Barrett’s esophagus syndrome using bipolar radiofrequency (RF) ablation devices. Business Wire India

IIG Capital LLC Launches Monthly Newsletter for the International Trade Finance Community
IIG Capital LLC has released the first issue of IIG Trade Finance Insights, a monthly newsletter addressing developments and trends affecting the international trade finance market. Business Wire India

Cigna and TTK Announce Joint Venture to Offer Health Insurance across India
Global health service company Cigna and TTK Group, the Indian conglomerate, announced they have signed a joint-venture agreement to sell a range of health, wellness and insurance products across India, making Cigna the first U.S. insurer to apply for entry into India as part of a stand-alone joint venture health insurance company. Business Wire India

Innovation - Airport of the Future - Aéroports de Paris Introduces the Automated Baggage Drop-off
Designed by the teams of Aeroports de Paris, a new system of automated baggage drop-off is to enable passengers to check in their baggage in only 30 seconds. Business Wire India

Hilco Industrial to Conduct Sale of Sun-Times Press Equipment
Hilco Industrial, LLC, is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Sun-Times Media Holdings, LLC (“Sun-Times”) as the exclusive selling agent for certain printing equipment and related assets Business Wire India

KBR Announces the Appointment of Mark Read as President, KBR Minerals
KBR (NYSE: KBR) today announced the appointment of Mark Read as President of KBR’s Minerals business unit. Read will be the business line leader for the new Minerals business unit, which will be headquartered in Melbourne, Australia Business Wire India

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