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International News on November 3, 2011

PM urges G20 leaders to act against illicit money and tax havens
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has taken up the issue of black money in the G20 meet in Cannes and has urged the leaders to take lead in making the system more transparent and end bank secrecy. ANI

Dubai cinema hall bans lungi-clad patrons from entering
A Cinema hall in Dubai has banned 'Lungis' over complaints that the dress was a little too racy. ANI

Sex harassment 'rife' at Oz Defence Academy
A high-level inquiry has found that more than 70 per cent of female students at the Australian Defence Force Academy have experienced some form of sexual harassment. ANI

Liverpool Varsity scientists to grow blood from stem cells
Scientists at the University of Liverpool are leading a two million pound project to grow blood from stem cells which is set to remove the need for blood donation in the long-term. ANI

Kate Moss names new scent after daughter
Kate Moss has named her new perfume Lilabelle after her 9 year-old daughter, Lila Grace.nspired by Lila, the perfume was created for "women who want to remain young at heart and teens who want glamour and sophistication," Moss wrote on her website Kate Moss Parfums. ANI

'Harry Potter' bridge moving to Hampshire
The Handyside Bridge in Derby that featured in the Harry Potter films will be reinstalled on the Hampshire steam railway. ANI

Middle-income group eat more fast food than poor counterparts
Tucking in fast food becomes a common practice as earnings increase from low to middle incomes as opposed to the belief that fast food should be blamed for higher rates of obesity among the poor, a new study has found. ANI

China to establish manned space station around 2020
China will establish a manned space station around 2020, the country's manned space program spokeswoman said Thursday. ANI

Attorneys general, justice ministers to discuss national laws to make match fixing a criminal offence
Attorneys-general and justice ministers of the states, territories and the Commonwealth will meet later this month to discuss national laws to make match-fixing a criminal offence with penalties of up to 10 years' jail. ANI

Russian spy Anna Chapman in plagiarism row over Pushkin article
Anna Chapman, a former Russian spy turned model, has been accused of copying a passage from a book authored by a controversial Kremlin spin doctor, for her column in a tabloid. ANI

Oz authorities forced to take 'stronger action' to counter burgeoning cyber crime
The Fraud Squad of the New South Wales Police Force has been re-launched as the Fraud and Cybercrime Squad, in a bid to tackle exponentially increasing cyber crime in Australia in a more effective manner. ANI

Over 4 in 10 approve of Obama's job performance
President Barack Obama has received a boost in the polls over the last month, according to a new survey Wednesday. ANI

'Hacktivist' Anonymous in dispute over declaration of 'war' against Mexican drug cartel
Members of notorious hacker group Anonymous are in dispute over whether to reveal the identities of members and associates who collaborate with the Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas. ANI

Former ESPN executive files defamation case over masturbating charges
Former ESPN executive, Keith Clinkscales has filed a defamation lawsuit against a former colleague who claims that he masturbated on flight while sitting next to sports reporter Erin Andrews. ANI

Iran's Supreme leader Khamenei accuses US of terror attacks in Middle East
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that he had 100 "undeniable" documents proving the United States has been behind "terrorist acts" in his nation and the Middle East. ANI

Japan to expand safety zones around nuke plants to 30 km radius
Japan's nuclear safety panel is likely to expand priority areas that should be prepared for possible atomic accidents to a 30- kilometers radius of a nuclear power plant from the current eight to ten kilometers. ANI

Berlusconi's popularity ratings plunge to lowest level ever
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's popularity ratings have plunged further to 22 per cent, according to a poll. ANI

Cain accuses Perry of leaking sexual assault allegations
American businessman Herman Cain has launched a blistering attack on his rival Texas Governor Rick Perry, accusing him of orchestrating the reports about allegations of sexual harassment, to destroy his presidential candidacy. ANI

UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears
Britain's armed forces are stepping up their contingency planning for potential military action against Iran amid mounting concern about Tehran's nuclear enrichment programme, the Guardian has learned. ANI

Iran to defy UN sanctions, to test nuke weapons at banned production sites
Iran is attempting to engineer and test nuclear weapons at a series of banned production sites in defiance of United Nations sanctions, according to a report to be released next week. ANI

Zimbabwean politician urges men to deny sex to wives if they don't vote
A Zimbabwean politician has advised Ndebele men to deny sex to their wives if they are unable to prove that they have voted in the next election. ANI

BRICS leaders meet to forge common stance before G-20
Leaders of developing countries are meeting in Cannes to coordinate their strategies and forge a common stance before the G-20 Summit kicks off later today. ANI

China lauds Pakistan's 'Most Favoured Nation' status to India
China today welcomed the Pakistan government's decision to grant 'Most Favored Nation' (MFN) status to India. ANI

Imran Khan- Just landed or has he just arrived
The speech (at least on YouTube) lasted about 50 minutes, the mood euphoric, the crowd was raucous at times and the slogans were the usual eulogies 'Pakistan Zindabad and Imran Khan Zindabad' almost in the same breath. ANI

Swedish lingerie shop under fire for making staff wear tags with bra size
A lingerie shop in Sweden, which has mandated its staff to wear tags revealing their bust circumference and cup sizes, has come under fire from some employees. ANI

Syria accepts Arab League peace plan 'without reservations'
Syria has accepted "in its entirety" an Arab League peace plan that demands an immediate halt to eight months of violence, removal of military from the streets, releasing of prisoners and new international monitoring. ANI

Kate hopes to 'put the spotlight back on East Africa crisis'
After visiting Unicef's emergency relief depot in Copenhagen with Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge appealed to the world not to "forget the starving children in Africa." ANI

ICC to investigate NATO over 'war crimes' in Libya
The International Criminal Court will investigate NATO forces over the allegations of crime committed during the Libyan battle to ouster Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

'Next few weeks key to US-Pakistan ties'
Two United States Senators, who recently visited Pakistan and Afghanistan, have said that the coming weeks will show whether Islamabad can be a reliable ally against extremists. ANI

Pak needs to be vigorous on their side of border with Afghanistan: US
The United States has reiterated that Pakistan needs to eliminate terror safe havens on their side of the border to help build a secure and stable Afghanistan. ANI

Obama reclaims top spot as world's most powerful man
US President Barack Obama has reclaimed the top spot in Forbes magazine's list of the world's most powerful people, edging out last year's winner Chinese President Hu Jintao. ANI

Steve Jobs' biography tops best-seller list in debut week
Apple' s visionary co-founder Steve Jobs' authorized biography has sold nearly 379, 000 copies in the United States, and has become one of the best selling book this year. ANI

Coming soon: motorcycle that runs purely on air!
An Australian student has come up with a compressed air-powered motorcycle, as an alternative to bikes that run on fuel. ANI

Vladimir Putin 'a wife beater and philanderer', claims spy
Vladimir Putin has been alleged of abusing his wife and having numerous sexual affairs when he was a high-ranking KGB officer in Dresden, according to secret German service documents. ANI

Chinese spacecraft docks in orbit
China has joined two space vehicles together in orbit for the first time. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's sex scandal to be turned into p*rn film
The internationally publicized allegation of rape by a New York hotel maid against former International Monitory Fund head Dominique Strauss Kahn will now turned into a p*rn movie. ANI

Now, third woman claims sexual harassment by GOP hopeful Herman Cain
The sexual harassment scandal surrounding American businessman and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has apparently deepened, as now another woman has accused him of inappropriate behavior at workplace. ANI

Busy lifestyles making us forget five things every day!
Busy lifestyles and hectic schedules are taking such a toll on the mental health of people that they forget five important tasks or facts during the course of a typical day, a new study has said. ANI

India expects 'string statements on black money issue' during Cannes G20 summit
India expects strong action on the black money issue by the Group of Twenty (G20) nations during their deliberations at the November 3-4 summit in Cannes, France, the Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia has said. ANI

Israel reportedly planning military strike to neutralize Iran's nuke facilities
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly trying to hatch plans of launching a military attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. ANI

India ready to step in to help resolve Eurozone crisis: Ahluwalia
Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, has said that India is ready to support any reasonable multilateral action for resolving the Eurozone debt crisis and urged the International Monetary Fund to play a bigger role. ANI

Ahluwalia hails Pakistan's MFN status to India
Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia has termed Pakistan's decision to grant the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India as a 'very good development'. ANI

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S+S Sorting systems for Unmixed, Contaminant-free, high-quality Secondary Raw Materials
At the PETpoint 2011 trade fair that will be held from 9 to 11 November in Nuremberg, S+S Separation and Sorting Technology GmbH presents sorting systems for PET recycling in hall 7A, stand 530. The big challenge in PET recycling is that bottles or flakes must be separated to provide unmixed and contaminant-free output materials Business Wire India

Afton Chemical Launches New Website Allowing Customers to ‘Access All Areas’
Today sees the launch of Afton Chemical Corporation’s new website,, which will allow customers far more access to all areas of the business than ever before Business Wire India

Equity International Announces New Investment in SAMHI
Equity International (EI), the privately held investor and builder of world-class companies outside of the United States, announced the closing of a US$75 million commitment to SAMHI, a developer and owner of hotels in India. Business Wire India

Mubadala Aerospace Announces Formation of Leadership Team for Global MRO Network
Mubadala Aerospace announces the formation of a senior leadership team for its global Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) network, encompassing ADAT in Abu Dhabi and SR Technics, based in Zurich, Switzerland. Business Wire India

Ziptronix Announces Industry’s Lowest Distortion Capability For Backside Illuminated Image Sensor Applications
Ziptronix Inc., the leading developer of direct bonding technology for advanced semiconductor applications, announced that recent collaborations with major image-sensor manufacturers have shown that the Ziptronix ZiBondTM direct bonding process contributes minimum distortion in backside illuminated (BSI) image sensors. Business Wire India

Numerix and JustCommodity Partner to Deliver “Numerix Powered” Commodity Trading and Risk Management Solutions in Asia
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UAE Joins the International Group of Interpol for Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Programme
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HH Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan received on Tuesday November 1st 2011, the official certificate of accession of the UAE as of today to the universal membership of the Steering Group of Interpol for the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) programme. Business Wire India

Greenpeace Makes False Allegations against Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), Misleads Toy Industry on ‘Indonesian Rainforest’ Claim
Claims by Greenpeace International that two Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) products were ‘proven’ to contain ‘Indonesian rainforest fibre’ have no scientific basis, it has been confirmed. Business Wire India

MediaCorp Selects Oregan Media Browser for Delivery of Internet Video Programming and Context-relevant Applications
Oregan Networks today announced that it has been selected by MediaCorp, Singapore’s leading media company, as a key enabler of its up-coming Over-the-Top (OTT) interactive TV service on set top boxes Business Wire India

WellDog Awarded Downhole Gauge Supply Contract by Arrow Energy
WellDog announced today that it has won a competitive tender to provide hundreds of downhole pressure gauge systems to Arrow Energy Pty Ltd over the next two years, with work commencing immediately Business Wire India

Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (October 26 – November 2, 2011)
The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of October 26 – November 2, 2011. Business Wire India

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