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Da Vinci's Last Supper 'winning war' against air pollution
Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece Last Supper is effectively being saved from outdoor air pollution, but fighting pollution inside the church still remains a challenge, a new study has suggested. ANI

Obama's die hard fans mocked in e-book
Supporters of Barack Obama have been mocked in a new e-book, saying they are so obsessed with the US President that they can't even find the smallest fault in him. ANI

Fiat's new car ad deemed unsuitable for airing in US, Oz
A raunchy new ad campaign from Italian car brand Fiat is unlikely to be aired in Australia or the US because it features some risque subject matter and some risky driving manoeuvres. he ad known as "Seduction", which has been put together for the US launch of the 500 Abarth city car, features an attractive Italian-speaking woman accosting a geeky looking man that she catches ogling her behind. ANI

Silvio Berlusconi launches new music CD of love songs
Former Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi has launched a new music CD, titled 'True Love' with long-time musical collaborator Mariano Apicella, ANI

Rampant racism among Oz indigenous university staff: Survey
Racial discrimination is rampant among highly-educated university staff of Australia, a survey has revealed. ANI

Hackers infiltrate Xbox Live gamers' accounts
Accounts belonging to users of Xbox Live, the online gaming service from Microsoft, have reportedly been hacked. ANI

Al Qaeda NYC would be bomber' asked cops for ticket instead of arrest
An "Al Qaeda sympathizer" who has been charged for planning to bomb targets including police cars and postal offices in New York, used to think that being arrested was 'no big deal', and was 'surprised' when police showed up to arrest him. ANI

PML-N moves Pak SC to deal with memo scandal
Lawyers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have filed a constitutional petition with regard to the 'memo controversy' in the Supreme Court. ANI

100k pounds gold coin commemorating 2012 London Olympics revealed
A gold coin commemorating the 2012 London Olympics, worth 100,000 pounds, has been revealed by the Royal Mint at London's Royal Academy of Art. ANI

Hacked UK university e-mails likely to reignite 'Climategate' before Durban UN summit
A batch of e-mails and documents from the University of East Anglia's (UEA) Climatic Research Unit has been released on the Internet just days before the United Nations climate summit in Durban, South Africa. ANI

Fans post nude-self photos in support of Chinese 'dissident' Ai Weiwei
'Dissident' Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's fans have begun a new campaign to support him by posting nude pictures of themselves on the internet. ANI

Zardari 'responsible' for Pak memo row: Imran Khan
Tehreek-e-Insaaf Pakistan (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has blamed President Asif Ali Zardari for the Memo Gate issue. ANI

Haqqani's "insights will be missed" following his resignation over memo row: John Kerry
Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry, has expressed regret over the resignation of Pakistan's Ambassador to his country, Hussain Haqqani', insisting that his "insights will be missed." ANI

Benazir killing case: Pak court reserves judgment on plea to change charge sheet
An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan has reserved judgment on applications seeking an amendment to the charge sheets against two of the accused persons in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case. ANI

Malik denies reports of 'Taliban ceasefire with Pak govt.' in favour of peace talks
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that although the Government had asked the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for dialogue, no talk can take place until the militant outfit decides to give up their arms and terrorism. ANI

Yemeni President Saleh in Riyadh to sign Gulf-backed power transfer deal
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has traveled to Riyadh to attend the signing ceremony of a Gulf-sponsored power transfer deal between the government and the opposition. ANI

Qureshi 'keeps options open' about future political stand despite meeting Sharif
Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has reportedly met Pakistan Muslim League-N President Nawaz Sharif, but is still keeping his options open about his future in politics. ANI

Workers want employers to fully support them in staying healthy
Despite many companies offering workplace health services and financial incentives to improve the health of their employees, workers in Canada and the U.S. don't feel their employers are fully supportive in helping them stay healthy. ANI

Murdoch's News Ltd under scanner over 'vote deal' with ex- Oz senator
Australian police are investigating claims by a former senator that a News Corp executive offered him favourable newspaper coverage and 'a special relationship' if he crossed the floor on a vote of financial interest to the company. ANI

Pak memo row can lead to military coup: Analysts
Political analysts in Pakistan believe the country's former ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani's resignation, following the Memo Gate scandal, could lead to a military coup there. ANI

Sherry Rehman appointed Pak's new Ambassador to US following Haqqani's resignation
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader and member of the National Assembly (MNA) Sherry Rehman has been appointed as Pakistan's new Ambassador to the United States following Hussain Haqqani's resignation over the Memo Gate scandal. ANI

Girls hurt more than boys when friends fail them
Girls are even more devastated than boys, when their friends let them down and fail to meet their expectations, a new study has suggested. ANI

India and UAE to sign agreements for exchange of prisoners, security cooperation
India and the UAE will sign two major bilateral agreements for exchange of prisoners and security cooperation today in New Delhi. ANI

Libyan tribesman snubbed Saif Gaddafi's million Euros offer to have him captured
A Libyan tribesman has been feted as a hero after it emerged that he turned in Saif al-Islam Gaddafi depite being offered a million Euros to drive him to the nation's border with Niger. ANI

Memo Scam: All Pak parties want culprits 'to be dealt with sternly'
Political parties in Pakistan might have given very cautious statements about the whole Memo Gate issue, but all of them are firm that everyone found guilty should be dealt with sternly. ANI

Bachmann terms Rick Perry's views of cutting foreign aid to Pak as "highly naive"
Michele Bachmann, a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, has branded Texas Governor Rick Perry's views of cutting foreign aid to Pakistan as "highly naive", and warned that if the government in Islamabad collapsed, "Al Qaeda could get a hold of nuclear weapons." ANI

Pakistan in danger of becoming a 'failed State': Romney
Leading US Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said that Pakistan is in danger of becoming a failed state. ANI

Obama hates driving around with air conditioner on in summertime!
United States President Barack Obama's special assistant and personal aide, Reggie Love, says that one of the coolest jobs in the world sometimes has its downside - no air conditioning. ANI

Indian-origin magistrate found guilty of manslaughter of 2-year-old in UK
An Indian origin magistrate in Britain has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a two-year-old girl scalded in a shower. ANI

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi can face trial in Libya: ICC
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has said that Libya can put Muammar Gaddafi's son and one-time heir apparent Saif al-Islam on trial at home, provided that international standards are met. ANI

Egypt unrest continues as protesters reject military 'concessions' over democracy
Thousands of Egyptians have continued to voice their outcry for democracy, despite apparent concessions offered by the nation's ruling military council. ANI

US confident "democratic Pak" people will attain justice over memo scandal: Munter
US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said his country supports the "democratic process in Pakistan", and insisted he is confident that the people in that country will get justice in this issue. ANI

Tiny flame sheds new light on supernova explosions
A team of researchers has gained new insights into the titanic forces that drive Type Ia supernova explosions after studying the behaviour of small flames in the laboratory. ANI

Haqqani's decision to resign over memo scandal is 'right one': Qureshi
Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the decision taken by the country's Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani to resign from his post over the memogate uproar was the 'right one'. ANI

I respect Haqqani's resignation over memo row: Mansoor Ijaz
Mansoor Ijaz, the Pakistani-origin American businessman who brought to light his country's memogate scandal, has said he respected Islamabad's Ambassador to Washington Hussain Haqqani's resignation over the issue. ANI

Optimism boosts performance for female students
A new study found that female students achieved higher grades by being optimistic, whereas male students were scoring less by being overconfident. ANI

STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition
For thirty-five years, audiences around the world have followed the adventures of Luke and Anakin Skywalker, Jedi heroes from a galaxy far, far away Business Wire India

Pradaxa® Awarded Prix Galien for Most Innovative Product in Canada
For NON-US, Non-Canada and NON-UK Healthcare Media Only Business Wire India

Confirmit and Trained Talent Enter Exclusive Agreement to Deliver High Quality MR Programming Skills in India
Confirmit, the leading global software provider for Customer Feedback, Employee Feedback and Market Research (MR), has entered into an agreement with TrainedTalent which will become the Exclusive Approved Confirmit Training Institute in India. The agreement marks the increasing demand for expert Confirmit programming skills by the growing market research industry in India Business Wire India

GIA Creates Diamond 4Cs App for iPad
GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is using the latest technology to help educate and engage consumers on the 4Cs (Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat weight) of diamond quality. The new GIA 4Cs iPad application (app) is now downloadable for free on iTunes. Business Wire India

IMERYS Pigments for Paper and Packaging North America to Increase Kaolin and Calcium Carbonate Prices
IMERYS Pigments for Paper and Packaging North America announces price increases for kaolin and calcium carbonate, effective January 1, 2012, subject to any provisions in individual customer contracts. Business Wire India

Sponsoring Japan's Largest Environmental Exhibition, ""Eco-Products 2011""
Nikkei Inc Business Wire India

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Makes Senior Appointments to Growing Asian Business
KBW, Inc. (NYSE: KBW), a full-service investment bank that specializes in the financial services sector, announced the hiring of John Spence and Henry Fan as Managing Directors in the Investment Banking Division. Mr. Spence will be responsible for deals in the insurance and asset management sectors throughout Asia-Pacific. Mr Business Wire India

Hilton Worldwide Partners with Good360 to Donate Reusable Goods to Charitable Organizations
Hilton Worldwide today announced a partnership with Good360 to connect hotels donating high-quality used goods to charitable organizations that can repurpose and serve needs within their communities. Business Wire India

KBR to Develop and Deliver Virtual Training Program for Royal Australian Navy’s Landing Helicopter Dock Ship
KBR (NYSE: KBR) today announced it has been contracted by BAE Systems to develop and deliver a virtual training program to train crew for the Royal Australian Navy’s Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship, which is under construction Business Wire India

Digital River Supports Global Launch of New Cisco Linksys European Online Consumer Stores
Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), a leading provider of global e-commerce solutions, today announced that it is providing e-commerce services to support the launch and e-commerce operations of the Cisco Linksys® online stores throughout Europe Business Wire India

G-STAR 2011 Wrapped up with the Largest Crowd Ever
G-STAR 2011 which attracted 384 exhibitors from 28 countries successfully wrapped up its four-day game trade show, recording an all-time high attendance with 290,000 visitors (a preliminary figure). Business Wire India

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