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India and China's thinking on global problems similar: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday said that he shares good relations with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. ANI

Manmohan Singh welcomes Pakistan's 'Most Favoured Nation' status to India
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today welcomed the Pakistan government's decision to grant 'Most Favoured Nation' (MFN) status to India. ANI

Manmohan Singh calls for creating environment to bring black money stashed in banks abroad
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said that he doesn't know the magnitude of the black money stashed in banks abroad and called for creating an environment where 'people with surplus money' can bring their funds back. ANI

Manmohan Singh says Cannes G20 Summit overtaken by sudden developments of Eurozone debt crisis
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said that the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit in Cannes, France, reviewed progress on the 'existing agenda' and also discussed the implications of the Eurozone debt crisis. ANI

Hindus greet Baha'is on Baha'u'llah's birthday
Hindus have sent early greetings to Baha'i communities world over for Baha'u'llah's upcoming 194th birth anniversary, which falls on November 12. ANI

Nevada s capital Carson City issues a "Diwali" proclamation
Nevada's capital Carson City in USA issued a proclamation on November three "recognizing the religious and historical significance of the festival of Diwali". ANI

Jews and Buddhists join upset Hindus in asking apology from Kentucky politician
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Jews and Buddhists have also joined Hindus in asking apology from Kentucky (USA) governorship candidate David Williams for reportedly inappropriate comments about sacred Hindu ceremony of "bhumi-pujan" (earth-worship). ANI

UK man throws sex worker out of window after quarrel over intercourse duration
A British man has been charged with pushing a sex worker out of his first-floor hotel room window in Dubai following a quarrel over the duration of sexual intercourse. ANI

Pak playing dual "role of fireman, arsonist" in Afghanistan: US senators
Two US senators, who recently came back from a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan, have said it appears that Pakistan is playing both the "role of fireman and arsonist" in Afghanistan. ANI

US tightens drone rules over 'Pak-US ties damage' fears
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has made a series of secret concessions in its drone campaign after military and diplomatic officials complained large strikes were damaging the already soured relationship between the US and Pakistan. ANI

Concerns grow as Egypt's military seems unwilling to relinquish power
Many activists and politicians have raised concerns over the fact that Egypt's ruling military council is giving signals to perpetuate their hold on power even after a new parliament is formed by next year. ANI

Former land speed record holder aiming to break 800mph speed limit
Former land speed record holder Craig Breedlove is eyeing breaking the 800 mph speed limit with the Bloodhound SSC in 2013. ANI

Brit man proposes to girlfriend mid-air while skydiving at 13,000 ft!
An English skydiver proposed to his girlfriend while skydiving together 13,000 feet above the ground. ANI

Cameron faces backlash for 'neglecting women and making pro-men policies'
Equality campaigners in Britain have launched a devastating attack on the government's treatment of women, saying that Prime Minister David Cameron has concentrated too much on promoting policies that appeal to men and not women. ANI

UK police finds 5800 more possible NOTW hacking victims
Almost 5800 victims, including celebrities, politicians, sports stars, may have been targeted in the phone-hacking scandal at the now defunct British tabloid News of the World, it has emerged. ANI

Iraqi cleric says US is occupying country
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has said the United States is out to occupy Iraq - and the rest of the Middle East. ANI

Nepali filmmaker Rauniyar hoping to raise cash to finance movie 'Highway'
A Nepali filmmaker who wants to publicize highway rallies that cripple his South Asian homeland will host a fund-raiser in Queens today in a push to finance the movie. ANI

Spanish man withdraws vicious snake along with cash from ATM!
A Spanish man was dispensed a vicious snake along with his cash when he withdrew money from an ATM. ANI

35m Americans hate Jews as US economy continues to stall
A new Anti-Defamation League survey has found 15 percent of Americans hold deeply anti-Semitic views. ANI

Sketches of Hitler in Munich HQ during 1931 up for grabs
Sketches by a British woman of Hitler and his Nazi compatriots in their headquarters have been put up for auction at Dominic Winter auction house near Cirencester, Gloucester. ANI

Outrage as Muslim extremist's website attacks dead Australian soldiers
Australian federal police are investigating a heartless website campaign by a Muslim extremist desecrating the memory of fallen soldiers. ANI

US pledges to provide civilian financial aid to Pak despite tense relationship
The Obama administration has reportedly pledged to provide financial aid to Pakistan despite having a somewhat of a sour relationship with Islamabad of late. ANI

Boston police officers accused of paying for sex at spas
Several local and state police officers are accused of regularly paying for sex with prostitutes at three spas in the Boston area, in an illicit enterprise that was allegedly covered up by authorities. ANI

Herman Cain now faces fourth accusation of sexual harassment
The sexual harassment scandal surrounding Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has deepened further, as now a fourth woman has accused him sexually harassing her. ANI

Japan's spectacular 'back-up city' plan in case earthquake damages Tokyo
The Japanese government has unveiled plans to build a standby city in case earthquake or other natural disaster cripples Tokyo. ANI

'Mars mission' ends after 520 days on Earth
A year-and-a-half isolation experiment that had been conducted to simulate a return flight to Mars is about to end very soon. ANI

Kate's no to allergy-linked peanut paste sparks pregnancy rumours
Rumours that Prince William and Kate are expecting their first baby gained momentum after the Duchess of Cambridge was seen refusing to eat peanut paste. ANI

Pak military not US ally: Senator Gary Ackerman
US Senator Gary Ackerman has said "Pakistan military is not our ally", and added that that Islamabad's self-centred interest' is in contradiction with American interest. ANI

US questions Iran's intent on nuke program
Even as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) prepares to release its latest report on Iran's nuclear program, an Obama administration official said Thursday that the Islamic regime has a credibility problem. ANI

'Osama's deputy Zawahiri ditched him to become al-Qaeda leader'
A startling book about the special forces mission which killed the world's most wanted man claims Ayman al-Zawahiri double-crossed his boss so that he could become the new al-Qaeda leader. ANI

US report calls China, Russia 'kingpins' of cyber espionage
China and Russia are the most active perpetrators of economic cyber-espionage against companies in the Unites States, an intelligence report has claimed. ANI

Malay breast cancer surgeon in UK finally stuck off after botching boob jobs
A Malaysian-born breast cancer surgeon in Britain, who carelessly operated 35 women, leaving many disfigured and in pain, has finally been struck off the medical register. ANI

Malaysian Obedient Wives' Islamic Sex guide 'banned'
Malaysian officials have banned the controversial Islamic Sex guide published by the country's Obedient Wives' Club. ANI

Meera Syal's teen daughter cleared of glass attack charges
Indian-origin actress Meera Syal's teenage daughter has been cleared of a alleged glass attack on her friend's ex boyfriend at a garden party. ANI

Gaddafi's obsession with me was "weird and a bit creepy": Condoleezza Rice
Former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice has said that killed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's obsession with her was "weird and a bit creepy". ANI

Is Saif Gaddafi plotting counter-revolution from hideout in Sahara Desert?
Slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam is said to be hiding in the vast Sahara Desert and could remain hidden there for months. ANI

Scottish distillers' outrage over world's first non-alcoholic 'halal whisky'
The world's first alcohol-free 'halal whisky' goes on sale just in time before the party season starts. ANI

'Strauss-Kahn's ancestor ran a whorehouse in France,' reveals book
Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is descended from the owner of a whorehouse, a book has revealed. ANI

San Francisco slaps ban on n*ked dining in public
Its tolerant and liberal image notwithstanding, San Francisco has banned n*ked dining in public. ANI

Osama was killed within 90 seconds of raid: US Navy SEAL commander
A former commander of US Navy SEAL, which had carried out the Osama operation, has claimed that the al-Qaeda leader was shot dead within 90 seconds of the raid beginning rather than killed in a 45-minute firefight, as earlier claimed. ANI

Another Tibetan nun burns herself to death in China over repression of religion
A 35-year-old Tibetan Buddhist nun has burnt herself to death in south-west China in protest against the repression of Tibetan culture. ANI

India signs Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax matters at Cannes
R. Gopalan, Secretary (Department of Economic Affairs), Government of India, on behalf of the Finance Minister, affirmed the intention of the Government of India to sign the Convention along with China and Saudi Arabia, on the occasion of the signature ceremony of Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters at G20 Summit in Cannes on Thursday. ANI

Petrol price hike in India will raise headline inflation, says Ahluwalia
The Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, has said the petrol price hike in India would certainly give an upward tick to headline inflation. ANI

India urges G20 leaders to not lose sight of needs of developing economies
As the Euro zone crisis deepens and G20 leader's firefight to bail out the Euro zone amid worries of contagion spreading from Greece to other parts of Europe, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday cautioned the leaders to not lose sight of the needs of developing economies. ANI

EU bail out package should be quickly put in place in Greece, hopes India
While India welcomed the deal reached by the European leaders to bail out debt-ridden Greece at the G20 Summit, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has expressed displeasure over sudden announcement of referendum on the Euro zone deal by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. ANI

Groupon Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering
Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) today announced the initial public offering of 35,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a price of $20 per share. In addition, Groupon has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 5,250,000 shares of Class A common stock to cover over-allotments, if any Business Wire India

MPI Research Congratulates Dr. David Serota, Incoming President of the American College of Toxicology
MPI Research is pleased to announce that David Serota, PhD, DABT, Senior Vice President of Drug Safety Development and Senior Principal Study Director, will serve as the 2012 American College of Toxicology (ACT) President. Dr Business Wire India

The Procter & Gamble Company and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Announce Formation of New Consumer Health Care Partnership
The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG) and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) has announced the creation of a new partnership and joint venture (JV) in consumer health care. The JV, to be named PGT Healthcare, will be headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and will operate in essentially all markets outside of North America Business Wire India

KCI and Consortium Led by Apax Partners Announce Completion of Executive Management Discussions
Kinetic Concepts, Inc Business Wire India

World Vision meets French Premier Sarkozy in the run up to G20
As global leaders convene in Cannes, French President Nicholas Sarkozy invited certain Civil Society Organisations to a meeting in Paris to get their inputs on various issues as he prepares to host the G20 Summit in Cannes. World Vision was represented by Dr Jayakumar Christian, the CEO and National Director of World Vision India. Millennium Development Goals 1 Business Wire India

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