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Salman Rushdie denies romance with magazine editor
Salman Rushdie has quashed rumours suggesting that he is dating Social Life magazine editor-in-chief Devorah Rose. ANI

Indian academician calls for closer ties between India, China
A UNESCO peace chair and University of Manipal geopolitics professor has called for closer ties between India and China and blamed the West for portraying both sides as rivals. ANI

'Endangered' snow leopards' number lower than originally believed: Study
The number of snow leopards in central Asia is much lower than between 350 to 500 as originally believed, a new study has suggested. ANI

Bradley Manning's attorney says WikiLeaks disclosures didn't harm US national security
The defense lawyer of Bradley Manning, the US Army private accused of sharing classified documents Wikileaks, has said that thousands of diplomatic cables and military reports his client allegedly handed to the whistleblower website had no significant impact on national security. ANI

70 percent Britons don't even know names of neighbours: Survey
Community spirit seems to disappearing in modern British society as majority of people don't even know the names of people living next to them, and very few are willing to look out for their neighbours or ask them for help, a survey has revealed. ANI

Pak protestors ask govt. to 'break ties' with US over NATO aerial attack
Hundreds of protestors across Pakistan have demanded the government to break off its alliance with the United States and get out of the 'war on terror' in protest against Saturday's NATO attack on the country's soldiers. ANI

Aussies work the longest hours in world: Study
Australians work the longest hours in the developed world, though the country's workforce became the first in the world to secure an eight-hour working day, a recent study has suggested. ANI

French father charged for killing son in washing machine
A three year old boy got killed after his father allegedly shut him in a washing machine and switched it on as a 'punishment'. ANI

Now, Obedient Wives Club blames Malay women for hubby's illicit affairs
Obedient Wives Club in Malaysia has stirred up another controversy with a member blaming women for husbands who indulge in illegal sexual relationships. ANI

Pak to 'boycott' Bonn Conference over NATO aerial attack on country's soldiers
Pakistan has said it may boycott an international conference on Afghanistan's future in Bonn next week in protest against a NATO cross-border attack that killed up to 28 soldiers there. ANI

Daniel Radcliffe named richest under 30 Brit
Daniel Radcliffe has been named the wealthiest British star under 30, after amassing almost 52 million pounds. ANI

Men's 'honest' overconfidence leads to male dominance in leadership
Natural overconfidence in men regarding past performances leads to dominance of male leadership in organisations and thus a gender gap in the C-suite, a new study has suggested. ANI

UK not to have fully operational carrier till 2030
Britain may be without a fully operational aircraft carrier until 2030, according to a report published by the Commons spending watchdog. ANI

Kremlin accused of crackdown on Russians' access to western media
The Kremlin has been accused of launching a campaign to crack down on Russians' access to critical western media. ANI

Afghanistan to appeal to West not to abandon it like Soviets did in 1980s
When the German city of Bonn hosts the international conference on Afghanistan's future in the first week of December, officials from Kabul are expected to appeal to the West not to abandon the country like the Soviet Union did in the 1980s. ANI

NATO probe report on NATO air strike to be out by Dec 23
A US-led investigation into a NATO air strike that killed up to 28 Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border will report its initial findings by December 23, US officials have said. ANI

British Police arrest London-based woman for 'racist' rant on tram
A South London- based woman has been arrested for a racist rant on a tram that was caught on camera. ANI

Now, snowboarding game at urinal for men to 'aim' correctly
A British company has created a video game for public lavatories, giving men something to 'aim' at. ANI

Pope faces prosecution for failing to wear seat belt!
Pope Benedict XVI is facing prosecution for 'breaking the law' while on a drive in Germany.lthough the Popemobile was driven at snail's pace but, according to a German lawsuit, that didn't give his holiness an excuse for not wearing a seatbelt. ANI

German man charged for raping daughter for 34 years
A German man has been charged for raping his daughter repeatedly over a period of 34 years and fathering three children with her. ANI

US-Pak "imperfect partnership" "is not enough" to save Afghanistan: Analyst
A US political analyst has said that the "imperfect partnership" between America and Pakistan "is not enough" to save Afghanistan. ANI

US-Pak ties at "worst" phase following NATO attack on Pakistani soldiers: US official
A US official has said that last week's NATO attack on Pakistani troops has brought the relationship between the US and Pakistan to a "worst" phase. ANI

Hindus upset at Bhagavad Gita ban attempt by Russian city
Hindus are upset over reported attempts to ban their ancient scripture Bhagavad Gita in Russian city of Tomsk. ANI

Creative thinkers 'likelier to cheat'
Probability of cheating is more in creative people than in the non-creative lot, a new study has suggested. ANI

Iranian 'acid attack' victim to sue after losing compensation over pardoning her attacker
An Iranian woman is preparing to sue Tehran's Deputy Prosecutor for abuse of trust and depriving her of legal rights, after being denied compensation for showing mercy towards her attacker, who had blinded her by throwing acid into her eyes. ANI

Bhopal artists showcase work in Jaipur
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed was the "Guest of Honour" at the inauguration of six-day exhibition of paintings and drawings by three well known national artists in Jaipur (Rajasthan) on November 25 evening. ANI

Many Pakistan-controlled Kashmir residents view autonomy status as 'illusion'
An area of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir might have been given limited autonomy in 2009 and hailed as a successful model for the disputed region, but many of its residents still believe that autonomy there is nothing more than an "illusion". ANI

Pak says it 'won't compromise' on its nuke programme
Pakistan has said that there can be no compromise on the country's nuclear program. ANI

Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuke plant manager to quit due to 'undisclosed' illness
The on-site crisis manager of the Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Masao Yoshida has decided to resign on health grounds, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.(Tepco) has said. ANI

China's refitted aircraft carrier sets sail for second sea trial
China's refitted aircraft carrier set sail for its second sea trial on November 29, Chinese Ministry of National Defense has said. ANI

Syrian troops killed 2-year-old girl to prevent her from 'growing into a protester'
Syrian forces killed a two-year-old girl to prevent her from growing up to be a demonstrator, during the crackdown on protest movements against President Bashar al-Assad. ANI

Stalin's only daughter Svetlana Peters who opposed communism dies of colon cancer
Former Russian dictator Joseph Stalin's only daughter, Svetlana Peters, passed away after battling colon cancer in Wisconsin, United States ANI

Abbottabad Commission summons Haqqani to investigate memo scandal over Osama's killing
The commission investigating the US military raid, which killed former al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in his Abbottabad hideout and his presence in the country, has reportedly summoned the country's former US ambassador Hussain Haqqani to throw more light on the issue. ANI

Bangladesh passes bill allowing Hindus to reclaim seized property
Bangladesh has passed a landmark bill that would allow the return of property seized from the country's Hindu minority. ANI

Abusive boss may hamper your married life
Abusive bosses do not only cause problems at work but can also wreck a marriage, a new study has revealed. ANI

"Business as usual will not be there" between US and Pak: Gilani
Islamabad, Nov 29 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has expressed his outrage over the NATO strikes that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers, saying that "business as usual will not be there ANI

Violation of Pak sovereignty and territorial integrity unacceptable, Russia, China warn US
Beijing/Moscow, Nov 29 (ANI): Russia and China have warned that violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity was unacceptable. Beijing/Moscow, Nov 29 (ANI): Russia and China have warned that violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity was unacceptable. ANI

Obama terms NATO raid on Pak soldiers "a "tragedy"
Washington, Nov 29 (ANI): US President Barack Obama has termed the NATO raid that killed up to 28 Pakistani soldiers last week as a "tragedy." Washington, Nov 29 (ANI): US President Barack Obama has termed the NATO raid that killed up to 28 Pakistani soldiers last week as a "tragedy." ANI

Oz uranium sales to India will violate South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty: Expert
Canberra, Nov 29 (ANI): If India does not agree to open its military facilities to nuclear inspectors, then Australia's decision to sell uranium would breach the federal government's obligations under the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty, an expert has said ANI

Now, Cain accused of having 13-year affair with businesswoman
Washington, Nov 29 (ANI): Herman Cain, whose status as a Republican presidential candidate has already been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment, has now been accused of having a 13-year affair with a businesswoman ANI

LanzaTech Joins China's Yankuang Group on Coal to Fuel Project
LanzaTech and Yankuang Group, one of China's largest coal producers, are to produce fuels and chemicals using LanzaTech's biological fermentation process and synthesis gas from Yankuang's coal gasification unit. Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® Detects Atrial High-Rate Events Associated With Increased Risks for Heart Failure Patients
BIOTRONIK announced today the publication of “Detection of atrial high-rate events by continuous Home Monitoring: clinical significance in the heart failure-cardiac resynchronization therapy population” in Europace by Dr. Nesan Shanmugam et al Business Wire India

Drug Safety and Preclinical Sciences Leader Joins MPI Research
Paul Oskar III has joined MPI Research, the largest single-site preclinical contract research organization worldwide, as Vice President, General Manager of Drug Safety and Preclinical Sciences. Business Wire India

WIN Consortium Appoints Congress by Design as Congress Management Agency for WIN Symposium 2012
WIN Consortium, initiated by Cancer Institute Gustave Roussy (France) and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (USA), has appointed Congress by design B.V. as its congress management agency for the WIN symposium 2012 in Personalized Cancer Medicine, to be held in Paris, France, June 28-29, 2012 Business Wire India

Gen Re Promotes Pietro Toffanello and Martin Leitch
General Reinsurance Corporation announced that Pietro Toffanello has been promoted to Property/Casualty Treaty Manager of the Asia Pacific region and Managing Director of General Reinsurance Australia Ltd. Pietro has been with Gen Re since 1994 Business Wire India

Business and Innovation at the Heart of the Trade Show CARTES & IDentification 2011
CARTES & IDentification was in fine form, positioning itself more than ever as the sector's key global event. From the Conference to the SESAMES Awards and the high numbers at the stands, the event combined innovations and dynamism Business Wire India

Numerix & Bloomberg Extend Strategic Partnership Agreement
Numerix, a leading independent provider of pricing and risk analytics, announced a strategic partnership with Bloomberg to offer more coverage of exotic and structured products via the Bloomberg Valuation (BVAL) service. Business Wire India

Aptina Announces 8-Megapixel Smartphone Sensor With Industry Leading Performance
Aptina, a leading supplier of CMOS imaging solutions, today announced the expansion of its extensive product portfolio with the production ready AR0832E backside illuminated (BSI) sensor. The AR0832E is a 1/3.2” optical format, 8-megapixel sensor with a 1 Business Wire India

Medibank Selects Bloomberg's Foreign Exchange Trading Platform
Medibank Private Limited, Australia’s largest private health insurer, has chosen Bloomberg’s Foreign Exchange (FX) trading platform to manage the exchange rate risk associated with its $2.5 billion global equity portfolio, Bloomberg L.P. announced today. Business Wire India

Toshiba Elevator Middle East (L.L.C.) established Shinichiro Akiba announces
Mr. Shinichiro Akiba, President & CEO of Japan-based Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation (TELC) has announced at the company's Tokyo headquarters that TELC has boldly ramped up its Middle Eastern market operations by establishing a new company, Toshiba Elevator Middle East (L.L.C.) in UAE Business Wire India

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