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Russia's Mars probe may fall to earth in early 2012
Fragments of the country's Mars probe Phobos-Grunt could fall to earth in January or February in 2012, a Russian Defence Ministry space forces spokesman said Thursday. ANI

Chinese economic growth may be below 8 pct between 2011 Q3 and 2012 Q1: Report
Economic growth in China is likely to slow down to less than eight percent in the last quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 due to a cooling property market and sluggish foreign demand, according to a new report. ANI

Zardari "happiest person" over Sherry Rehman's appointment as New Pak envoy to US
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari appeared the happiest person after his Pakistan People's Party (PPP) colleague Sherry Rehman was appointed the country new ambassador to the US following Hussain Haqqani's resignation, sources have claimed. ANI

Half of US voters say bomb Iran if sanctions fail to stop nuclear development: Poll
Half of Americans believe that taking military action against Iran would be necessary if economic sanctions fail to stop the Islamic regime from developing nuclear weapons, a survey has revealed. ANI

US school teacher charged with rape, giving drugs to 6th grader
A female school teacher in New York has been charged with raping a 6th grade male student and plying him with drugs and alcohol. ANI

Raped Afghan woman given 'choice' to spend 12-years in jail or marry her attacker
Lack of adequate laws to protect the integrity of women in Afghanistan is once again been questioned after it emerged that a woman, who was raped by her cousin's husband and was jailed on charges of adultery, has been given an option to marry the man who attacked her honour and start a new life with him. ANI

Furious gamers accuse Microsoft of 'covering-up' Xbox hacking
Angry users of the online gaming service Xbox Live have accused Microsoft of 'covering up' the true extent of the recent fraud where criminals stole thousands of pounds by tricking gamers into revealing vital information. ANI

North Korea threatens 'sea of fire' if South fires on its territory
North Korea has threatened to turn South Korea's presidential Blue House into a "sea of fire" after South Korea conducted military drills near an island attacked by North Korean last year. ANI

Pak "greatest beneficiary" of India's MFN status: Former FM Burki
Pakistan would benefit the most from the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status given to India by Islamabad, the country's former Finance Minister Shahid Javed Burki has said. ANI

Egyptians doubtful about military's vow to fulfil Arab revolution's aims: Poll
Egyptians are doubtful whether the country's military will achieve the aims of the revolution that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak, a new poll has found. ANI

Social insecurity leads Pak 'eloped' Christian couple to convert to Islam
A Christian couple was reportedly forced to convert to Islam in exchange for protection of the woman's family, after they eloped. ANI

Sunni Tehreek "not satisfied" with 'anti- blasphemy' Rehman's appointment as Pak envoy to US
The Sunni Tehreek (ST) in Pakistan has expressed serious concerns, and disappointment over the appointment of Sherry Rehman as the country's ambassador to the United States (US) following the resignation of Hussain Haqqani. ANI

Death of Zawahiri, Libi may defeat al-Qaeda: US officials
With the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) lists al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri and his second in command, Abu Yahya al-Libi, as high value targets in the drone campaign against the terror group in Pakistan, US counterterrorism and intelligence officials insist that their demise could lead to the group's defeat. ANI

President Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkey
US president Barack Obama carried out the annual presidential duty of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey at the Whitehouse. ANI

Medvedev says Russia will deploy missiles to counter NATO proposed missile system
Russia can deploy missiles on its western and southern borders to counter a NATO missile defence system in Europe if the United States refuses to comply with Russian demands over the system, President Dmitry Medvedev has warned. ANI

Hitler's 'Third Reich Eagle' embroidered bed linen expected to rake in 3K pounds at auction
Former German dictator Adolf Hitler's bed linen bearing his eagle monogram, is expected to fetch over 3,000 pounds at an auction. ANI

UK Muslim cleric jailed for slapping, assaulting boys in mosque
A Bradford Magistrate's Court has sentenced a Muslim cleric to serve 10 weeks in jail after he was caught on a secret camera kicking and slapping children in a mosque. ANI

Lighting 'sprites' in outer space may signal alien life
Colourful bursts of sprites, which are one of the most indefinable phenomena occurring in earth's atmosphere, may also flash in outer space, signalling the existence of alien life, a new study has revealed. ANI

Strongest limit for the mass of 'mysterious' dark matter set
Though the presence of dark matter in the universe remains a mystery, Brown University physicists have set the strongest limit to date on its mass. ANI

Washington Post-ABC News poll says US Congress hits 25-year low rating
The United States Congress has achieved its lowest favorable rating in more than 25 years, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Wednesday. ANI

King Herod may not have built Jerusalem's holy city
Jerusalem's Western Wall, a holy site for both Muslims and Jews, may not have been built by King Herod after all, new discoveries have suggested. ANI

Prince Charles could be contender for King of Romania
Central European newspapers have speculated that Prince Charles could lay claim to the throne in Romania because of his ancestral links with Vlad the Impaler and King Michael. ANI

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood faces backlash over 'self-interest' talks with army
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, one of the nation's most powerful political forces, is facing a growing backlash from protesters after it was accused of collaborating with the country's military leaders to prevent an immediate transition to civilian rule. ANI

Republican presidential candidate Santorum backs Muslims' racial profiling at US airports
Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum has backed racial profiling of Muslims at airports during the November 22 CNN debate on national security in Washington. ANI

Imran Khan threatens 'legal action' against UK newspaper over 'Khan-Pasha-Munter' meeting allegations
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that his party will take legal action against a British newspaper that published a report alleging that he was introduced to Ambassador Cameron Munter in the presence of the Director General of the Pakistani intelligence agency. ANI

Insecure women likelier to fake orgasms
Women regularly fake orgasms to ensure that their partners remain faithful to them, a new report has claimed. ANI

Imran Khan wants 'new vision for new Pakistan'
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that he wants a 'new vision and a new Pakistan'. ANI

Bahrain vows to act on 'huge human rights violations' probe
Bahrain has vowed to act on the report of an independent inquiry commission probe that pointed out that the government used excessive force, intimidation and torture in a crackdown on protesters that led to fear among citizens. ANI

Afghan team's meeting with Pak officials on Rabbani assassination "not negative"
A meeting between an Afghan delegation and Pakistani officials on Wednesday about the assassination of the Chief of the Afghan High Peace Council and former president Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani was "not negative", a source has said. ANI

China to conduct naval drills in Pacific
China will conduct annual naval exercises in the Western Pacific at the end of this month. ANI

Russian female anchor makes offensive 'one-finger' gesture while talking about Obama
A top Russian female newsreader has caused a stir after she made an insulting one-finger gesture at the camera while speaking about US President Barack Obama. ANI

Saif Gaddafi could face trial in as early as two months: Libya's interim justice minister
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, could be put on trial in as little as two months, the nation's interim justice minister has announced. ANI

Pak Taliban denies 'cease-fire' with govt. reports
The Pakistani Taliban's spokesman has refuted claims by other commanders that the group had agreed to a cease-fire and exploratory peace talks with the government. ANI

Pak Parliamentary Committee to discuss memo scandal soon
Pakistan's Parliamentary Committee on National Security would reportedly meet on November 25 under the chairmanship of Senator Raza Rabbani to discuss the Memo Gate scandal, which eventually led to the ouster of Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani. ANI

US lauds Haqqani's 'strong support for US-Pakistan ties'
The United States has praised the service of Pakistani Ambassador Hussain Haqqani, whose resignation was accepted yesterday after being accused of urging the Americans to stop the Pakistani military from seizing power following the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. ANI

Brits ditch 'Thank You' in favour of 'cheers' and 'cool'
The most important two-word phrase in British vocabulary, "thank you" is falling by the wayside and has been replaced increasingly with less formal expressions of gratitude like cheers, fab or cool, a new poll had found. ANI

Brit women in 20s narrow wage gap earning 3.6 pc more than men
British women in their 20s earn 3.6 percent more than men of same age, shrinking the overall gender pay gap with men to less than 10 percent for the first time, a new study has revealed. ANI

Coca-Cola Taps Natasha Bedingfield to “Shake up Christmas” for Global Holiday Campaign
Coca-Cola is going global for the holidays again this year, this time with the help of international pop star Natasha Bedingfield Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Introduces the World’s First and Only Implantable Defibrillators Eligible for Magnetic Resonance Imaging
BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of innovative medical technology, announced the first implantations of the new Lumax 740 implantable cardiac defibrillators—the world’s first and only ICDs eligible for use with magnetic resonance imaging Business Wire India

N-trig Expands Activities in Asia Pacific Marketplace With Exhibition at C-TOUCH 2011
N-trig, provider of DuoSense®, a pen and multi-touch solution, this week expands its activities in the APAC region by exhibiting at the 2011 China International Touchscreen Exhibition (C-TOUCH) from November 24-26 in Shenzhen, China (Booth #A353) Business Wire India

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