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US has options despite Pak supply lines cut following NATO attack
Pakistan might have cut its supply lines for the US military in Afghanistan following last Saturday's NATO attack that claimed around 28 Pakistani soldier's lives, but this is not the end for Washington to make sure that their soldiers there are safe in the war-torn country. ANI

Pakistan's decision to boycott Bonn Conference 'early blow' to Afghan peace bid: Analysts
Pakistan's planned boycott of next week's Bonn conference deals an early blow to US efforts to have Afghanistan's powerful neighbours act as guarantors of the post-2014 peace, experts have claimed. ANI

Prince Harry made 'gorgeous' blonde girl 'feel sick'
Prince Harry reportedly partied so hard with a pretty girl, whom he met at a hotel in Beverly Hills and drank the night away, that she had call in sick at work the morning after. ANI

Pak rules out joint investigation into NATO attack claims
Pakistan defence sources have ruled out the possibility of a joint investigation into the November 26 NATO attack that claimed the lives of around 28 soldiers of the country. ANI

Japan bans shipment of rice harvested in Fukushima after high cesium level detected
The Japanese government has ordered a ban on the shipment of rice harvested in two more districts in Fukushima Prefecture after dangerously high levels of radioactive cesium were detected. ANI

Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson 'knew about phone hacking at NOTW': Ex-reporter
Former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson knew about the routine phone hacking, a former journalist at the now-defunct British tabloid has claimed. ANI

Pak sovereignty more important than Bonn Conference: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that his country's sovereignty is more than at this crucial hour than Bonn Conference on the future of Afghanistan. ANI

Apology not enough for Pak soldiers' killings in NATO attack: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has insisted that NATO attack on the country's security post, leading to deaths of around 28 soldiers, was not accidental, and therefore, only an apology is not enough. ANI

Clash between Pak troops, US gunships brought them to brink of war: Sun editorial
The clash between Pakistani troops and US gunships nearly brought the countries to the brink of a war, an editorial has claimed. ANI

Zimbabwean women rapists get death threats
Three Zimbabwean women, who have been accused of sexually attacking men, are now receiving death threats, a Harare court heard on Tuesday. ANI

Russian woman accused of spying allowed to stay in UK
Katia Zatuliveter, a former UK parliamentary aide accused of being a Russian spy has won her fight to stay on in Britain. ANI

US varsity students shed light on China's tunnel system for nuclear weapons
A group of Georgetown University students have assembled the largest public database of over 3,000 miles of tunnels dug by China to hide and move their missiles and nuclear arms. ANI

Reshma Saujani still eyeing public office despite September defeat
Indian-American lawyer Reshma Saujani, who made a splash in 2010 when she challenged nine-term N.Y. congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, is still said to have her eye on public office. ANI

UK pulls embassy staff out of Iran following ransacking of diplomatic offices
The United Kingdom has evacuated its diplomatic staff from Iran after two of its diplomatic compounds in Tehran were ransacked. ANI

Miniature Chinese snuff bottle sold for record-breaking œ2m
A miniature Chinese snuff bottle measuring just three inches high has smashed the world record for a snuff bottle, which was set 18 months ago, by selling for 2 million pounds. ANI

Melbourne overtakes Sydney as Australia's best city in survey
Melbourne has overtaken Sydney to be voted Australia's best city in a survey of travellers. ANI

Sir David Attenborough accused of global-warming bias
British Conservative politician and journalist Nigel Lawson has accused broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough of 'sensationalism' as he focuses on the effects of global warming on the Polar regions in his natural history series, Frozen Planet. ANI

Seeking to be 'perfect parent' may backfire for new moms and dads
Parents of newborns show poorer adjustment to their new role if they believe that the society expects them to be "perfect" moms and dads, a new study has claimed. ANI

Ongoing controversy over NATO attack "difficult challenge" for US-Pak ties: Toner
The US State Department spokesman Mark Toner has called the ongoing controversy over the NATO attack that has affected the bilateral relationship between Washington and Islamabad, as a "difficult challenge." ANI

Obama administration should apologise to Pak if NATO attack was "a mistake": US Senator
A key US senator has said that the Obama administration should apologise to Pakistan if an official investigation shows that last Saturday's NATO airstrikes on Pakistani soldiers were "a mistake ANI

Abstinence-only sex education often backfires
Including abstinence-only sex education programmes in school curriculum does not lead to reduction in teenage pregnancy but in fact contributes towards higher pregnancy and birth rates, a new study has revealed. ANI

NATO attack on Mohmand Agency was deliberate: Pak Army
Pakistan's Director General of Military Operations (DGMO), Major General Ishfaq Nadeem, has claimed that the NATO attacks on border checkposts in Mohmand Agency were deliberate and were carried out in violation of coordination procedures. ANI

Hackers target United Nations, leak e-mail info
A group of hackers has posted over 100 e-mail addresses and login details which it claimed to have extracted from the United Nations. ANI

Merkel hopes to change Islamabad's mind over attending Bonn Conference
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is 'very sorry' about Pakistan's announcement to boycott the Bonn Conference next week on the future of Afghanistan, and would try to convince it to attend. ANI

Karzai urges Pak to re-think on decision to boycott Bonn Conference
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has urged Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to reconsider the decision of boycotting the Bonn Conference during his telephonic conversation with the latter, officials in both countries have said. ANI

Cain 'reassessing' US Presidential bid amid extramarital affair allegation
With the sex allegations piling up, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is in the process of reassessing whether to stay in the race for the White House. ANI

US suspects Taliban lured NATO into Pak attack
NATO forces might have been lured by the Taliban into attacking Pakistani border posts, preliminary US military reports on the deadliest incident has claimed. ANI

Russia opens new missile warning station
Russia has displayed yet another show of strength with the launch of a new military early warning radar. ANI

China redefines poverty line, brings 100 million people in poor list
New Delhi, Nov 30 : China modified its definition of poverty in line with international standards, bringing nearly 100 million more people in the poor list. New Delhi, Nov 30 : China modified its definition of poverty in line with international standards, bringing nearly 100 million more people in the poor list. ANI

US hopes to secure Pak cooperation in future despite Bonn boycott
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has expressed hope to avail Pakistan's cooperation in the future, despite the latter's decision to boycott next week's international conference on Afghanistan following the NATO attack. ANI

'Operations against militants will be unharmed despite US decision to vacate vacate Pak air base'
The US is reportedly preparing to vacate a remote air base in Pakistan used for drone flights over the latter's demand following the NATO attack that killed about 28 Pakistani soldiers, but American government officials believe the move would not have a significant impact on operations against militants. ANI

2011 set to be 10th warmest year on record: WMO
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has said that temperatures in 2011 were nearing the top of records dating back to 1850 despite weather patterns which cool global temperatures. ANI

'Insane' Norway gunman Anders Breivik could be placed in psychiatric care, not prison
Psychiatrists assessing Norwegian man Anders Behring Breivik, who claimed the lives of 77 people in twin terror strikes in Oslo on July 22, have concluded that he is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. ANI

Gaddafi's daughter urges overthrow of Libyan government that 'arrived with NATO planes'
The daughter of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi has urged Libyan people to overthrow the transitional government that has toppled her father's regime. ANI

Pakistan blocks BBC World News TV channel for spreading 'anti-Pak propaganda'
Pakistani cable television operators have blocked broadcasts of the BBC's World News channel, and threatened to suspend other foreign channels showing 'anti-Pakistan' content. ANI

American Airlines files for bankruptcy protection
American Airlines' parent company AMR Corporation has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. ANI

Quintiles and Prodia Partner to Provide Central Lab Testing Solution in Indonesia
Quintiles today announced an expanded partnership with Jakarta-based Prodia Clinical Laboratory, through its sister company Prodia the CRO, to facilitate rapid testing of samples from patients in clinical trials in Indonesia Business Wire India

TOSHIBA TEC Wins Coveted International iF Product Design Award
Germany's iF International Forum Design assigned one of the world's most prestigious design awards to TOSHIBA TEC's advanced DB-EA4D label printer. Business Wire India

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Strengthens Leadership Team, While Affirming Ongoing Ramp in New York, Germany and Singapore
GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced it has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer while assigning two other senior executives to key positions, as it ramps capacity at its facilities in New York, Germany and Singapore to serve demand for volume and technology from customers. Business Wire India

New LED Driver Design from Power Integrations Maximizes Efficiency of High-Voltage LEDs, Targets Compact B10, GU10, E17 and A19 Bulbs
Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI), maker of the world’s most efficient, longest-lasting off-line LED driver ICs, today published a reference design (DER-297) describing a high-efficiency, ultra-compact driver for a B10-style LED light bulb Business Wire India

Aptina Announces Native 1080p System on Chip Solution for High Definition Video Imaging Applications
Aptina, a leading provider of CMOS imaging solutions to the world’s most popular consumer electronics manufacturers, today announced the AS0260 SOC (system on chip) imaging solution. The 2-megapixel native 1080p SOC delivers exceptional performance, and meets strict form factor requirements (z-height less than 3 Business Wire India

Covey Consulting Confirms Cottonsoft Products Are Made of Standard Fiber for Global Paper Industry
Covey Consulting, a world leader in technical investigation with expertise in pulp and paper, has confirmed that testing of three Cottonsoft retail products, produced by Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP), shows they are composed of standard species from pulpwood plantations. Business Wire India

Quintiles Named 2011 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific CRO of the Year
For the fourth time in six years, Quintiles has been named Asia Pacific Contract Research Organization of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, a leading business research and consulting firm, Quintiles announced Business Wire India

AcuFocus Raises $65 Million in Funding
AcuFocus, Inc. (, maker of an innovative corneal inlay, revolutionizing the treatment of near vision loss (presbyopia), announced the closing of a $65 million financing round led by Cowen Healthcare Royalty Partners Business Wire India

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