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US teacher sent on paid leave over questionable sex survey
A teacher in Rio Rancho has been sent on paid leave after administering a sex survey to ninth-grade biology students without parental consent. ANI

Prince Charles enjoys rousing welcome in Africa
Prince Charles and Camilla tapped their feet to the beat of African drummers on their visit to Tanzania. ANI

Activists on Gaza flotilla once again 'roughed up' by Israeli forces
An Australian on a peace flotilla trying to break the Gaza blockade has said that activists were beaten up and tasered by the Israelis commandos. ANI

Pressure builds up for China to implement stricter air quality monitoring standards
China is facing increased pressure from media and public intellectuals to modify the present standards used in monitoring Beijing's air pollution. ANI

Venezuelan terrorist 'Carlos the Jackal' to face trial over 1980s Paris bombings
Venezuelan terrorist, Ilich Ram¡rez S nchez, better known as Carlos the Jackal, will stand trial in Paris for terrorist bombings in France in 1982 and 1983 that killed 11 people and injured over 100. ANI

Chinese civil servants to receive 'compulsory' ethics training
Civil servants in China will be given systematic and compulsory training in ethics over the next five years. ANI

Opposition demands Oz govt. to investigate spouse 'visa racket'
The opposition party in Australia is demanding an investigation into an alleged visa racket involving teenage immigrant girls marrying older men. ANI

English version of Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' to fetch 1,500 pounds at auction
A rare English translation of Adolf Hitler's notorious book 'Mein Kampf' is expected to rake in 1,500 pounds at an auction. ANI

China's independents find it hard to get on ballot
Independent candidates in China who do not have the blessing of the Communist Party say they are being harassed, detained, followed and threatened - or just taken off the ballot. ANI

Catholic Church-owned German publishing house accused of selling porn
Germany's biggest Catholic-owned publishing house, Weltbild, has been rocked by disclosures that it has been selling thousands of pornographic novels with the full consent of the country's leading bishops. ANI

Withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan will create turmoil between India and Pak: Musharraf
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has warned that the US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan would lead to Islamabad and New Delhi struggling over influence in the war-torn country. ANI

Muslim Brotherhood trying to woo back Egyptians through charity works on Eid al-Adha
Egypt's Islamist powerhouse Muslim Brotherhood is using its long-standing charity networks to gain an edge over more liberal and secular candidates ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled in two weeks time. ANI

'Obama could win 2012 presidential polls despite low ratings'
A state-by-state examination of the battleground map has suggested that US President Barack Obama will manage to win 270 electoral votes he needs to win the 2012 elections, despite facing one of the most challenging political environments during his tenure. ANI

Suicide attack kills ANP leader Hanif Jadoon, gunman in Pakistan
A suicide attack has killed Pakistan's Awami National Party (ANP) leader and ex-union Nazim Hanif Jadoon, along with his gunman. ANI

Far right groups 'on rise' across Europe: Report
The eurozone crisis and immigration is fuelling the rise of the far-Right groups across Europe, a study has revealed. ANI

Roman Catholic priests told to spice up their sermons with scandal
A senior official from the Vatican has asked Roman Catholic priests to liven up their 'dull' sermons by inserting scandalous parts from the Bible. ANI

Dog poop on shoes among bizarre cases handed to accident and emergency
People in England go to accident and emergency for a number of "inappropriate" reasons including women not being able to remove false fingernails or a man wanting his sick dog treated, a new research has found. ANI

Pakistan seeks full SCO membership
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will today address the 10th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in St. Petersburg, Russia, and will seek full membership of the intergovernmental mutual-security organisation. ANI

Kuwait denies reports of US troop deployment following Iraq withdrawal
Kuwait has denied reports that American troops would be shifted to its borders after concluding their mission in Iraq. ANI

Obama was golfing just 20 minutes before Osama was killed: New book
US President Barack Obama was playing golf just 20 minutes before Osama Bin Laden was killed in his Abbottabad hideout in Pakistan, a new book has revealed. ANI

Tehrik-e-Insaf party 'will not just win next Pak elections, but will sweep them': Imran Khan
Pakistan cricketer turned politician Imran Khan has predicted that his Tehrik-e-Insaf party will win the next elections by a thumping majority. ANI

White House denies having information about aliens
White House has denied having any knowledge or communication links with extraterrestrial life. ANI

US warns of terror attacks on luxury hotels in Nigeria
The United States has warned that a militant Islamist group is planning to bomb three luxury hotels in Nigeria's capital Abuja. ANI

Arab League warns of 'disastrous consequences' if Syria fails to adopt peace plan
Arab League's Secretary General Nabil Elaraby has warned of "disastrous consequences" for the Middle east if Syria fails to implement its peace plan. ANI

Oz politicians' winner bet had prize of trip to Bali with two virgins
Australia's Liberal National Party (LNP) treasurer Barry O'Sullivan and Sunshine Coast official Greg Newton have been accused of betting on last federal election in which the winner was promised a trip to Bali with two virgins. ANI

Pak-Russia ties are in greatest interest of region: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has urged the Russian people and the government to further improve relations between the two nations, saying that bilateral ties are in the region's interest. ANI

Hafeez Sayeed's JuD not on Pak list of banned terror groups: Lawyer
Jammat-ud-Dawah (JuD) leader Hafeez Sayeed's lawyer A K Dogar said on Monday that the outfit has never been banned in Pakistan in reponse to the Pakistan Government releasing a new list of 31 banned terror outfits that did not include the JuD. ANI

India keen to join Central Asian security alliance
Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has said that India has expressed an intent to join a Central Asian security alliance that would also include Pakistan and Iran. ANI

Lost cat walked 2000 miles to reach home
A cat in Australia who went missing reportedly walked nearly 2000 miles to get back to her old home. ANI

Thailand flooding death toll crosses 500
The death toll from flooding in northern Thailand has risen to over 500. ANI

Karzai 'chose' India to train Afghan troops after 'dumping' Pak offer: Musharraf
Former Pakistan leader Pervez Musharraf has slammed Afghan President Hamid Karzai for forging a training alliance with India, saying that Islamabad had offered him similar help, which he refused. ANI

Iran on brink of building nuke weapons, thanks to foreign assistance: IAEA
Iran has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon, receiving assistance from foreign scientists to overcome key technical hurdles, a UN nuclear watchdog has claimed. ANI

Greek PM agrees to step down as leaders reach deal to form new government
Greece's political leaders have agreed to form a national unity government after the nation's embattled Prime Minister George Papendreou agreed to step down half way through his four-year-term under pressure from a European ultimatum. ANI

'US should do everything it can to bring down Iran government': Condoleezza Rice
Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said that Washington should consider tougher penalties against Tehran and should 'be doing everything possible to bring the Iranian government down.' ANI

Japan detains Chinese fishing boat captain for straying in waters
The Japanese coast guard has reportedly detained the captain of a Chinese fishing boat after his vessel strayed into the nation's waters. ANI

Venezuelan who dreamt of becoming nun crowned Miss World 2011
Miss Venezuela, Ivian Lunasol Sarcos Colmenares, who spent five years studying in a nunnery, has bagged the title of Miss World 2011 amid much fanfare at Earls Court Two in London. ANI

Malik invites Taliban, other terrorist organizations to adopt peace on Eid-ul-Azha
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has invited the Taliban and other terrorist organizations to adopt peace. ANI

Zardari, Gilani urge Pakistanis to promote 'brotherhood' on Eid-ul-Azha
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani greeted the nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, and urged people to promote affection, tolerance, patience and brotherhood. ANI

Tourism Receives Welcome Injection of Funding to Encourage Overseas Visitors to Choose Great Britain
The Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has today announced that VisitBritain will benefit from a further £27 million of funding to help promote Britain in key overseas markets in a concerted effort to drive greater numbers of visitors to the country over the next four years Business Wire India

Connect with Game, G-STAR 2011
G-Star 2011, organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism, Republic of Korea, and the Busan Metropolitan City and co-hosted by the Korea Creative Content Agency and the Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency, is putting on final touches for opening on November 11th (Thursday) at BEXCO Convention Center in Busan, South Korea. Business Wire India

RIMES Voted Best Data Provider to the Buy-Side for 5th Consecutive Year
Business Wire India

Peter Shea Joins Sitel Board of Directors
Sitel, a leading customer care outsourcing provider, today announced that Peter Shea, has been named a director of the company. Mr. Shea serves as the designee of Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Systems (“OMERS”) pursuant to the company’s Amended and Restated Stockholder Agreement, as amended to date. Business Wire India

Continua Health Alliance to Launch Continua-India at International Telemedicine Congress 2011
Business Wire India

Digital River Offers Enterprise Software Publishers New Revenue Channel via In-Product Commerce Technology
Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), a leading provider of global e-commerce solutions, offers enterprise software publishers a new revenue channel via its In-Product Commerce technology Business Wire India

Numerix and Prism Valuations to Host Forum on OIS Discounting and OTC Derivatives
Numerix (www.numerix Business Wire India

Panasonic & GAMBA Osaka Held an Event to Set a New “Guinness World Record™”, “Most People Shaving with an Electric Shaver” at One Time
Panasonic Corporation (NYSE:PC) (TOKYO:6752) ("Panasonic") in Japan and GAMBA OSAKA Co Business Wire India

SiliconBlue Awarded ISO 9001 Quality Management System Standard Certification
SiliconBlue® Technologies, the leader in Custom Mobile Device™ (CMD) solutions for handheld applications, today announced that it has been awarded the ISO 9001:2008 registration (Certificate No: US004204-1) of its quality management system for the design and manufacture of its mobileFPGA™ devices. Business Wire India

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