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New mystery could rewrite Mars' history
A geologist at the University at Buffalo has suggested that one of the supposedly best understood and least interesting landscapes on Mars is hiding something that could rewrite the planet's history. ANI

Plumbers not backing 'Joe The Plumber's' Congressional 'pipe dream'
Ohio man Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, also known as 'Joe the Plumber,' is now considering to run for Congress, but it seems he is not receiving enough support from the members of his own plumbing community. ANI

Mexican 65-storey 'earth scraper' to plunge 300m below ground!
A Mexican architect has found the cleverest alternative to get around tough building restrictions in Mexico City by building an inverted 65-storey skyscraper, which plunges 300 metres below ground. ANI

Gulf Air 1st airline to offer passengers live in-flight global TV service
A Bahrain airline has become the first in the world to offer passengers onboard live global television service during its flights. ANI

Oz party website brands Gillard "Madam Hitler" and calls for 'f** bitch to be shot"!
A senior Australian Liberal party senator has called the comments appearing on his party's website comparing Prime Minister Julia Gillard to Adolf Hitler and calling for her to be shot, as "unfortunate". ANI

UK Supreme Court judge criticises peers for scrapping 'forced marriage' law
A British Supreme Court justice has criticised his fellow law lords for using human rights legislation to "frustrate Government policy" over a law introduced to crack down on forced marriages. ANI

OWC sets off new controversy urging Muslim women to have joint sex
The controversial Obedient Wives Club (OWC) has once again sparked public outrage with an "explicit sex book" which encourages a Muslim husband to have joint sex with all his wives. ANI

Clinton yearning to return to private life after tenure completion next year
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she is yearning to return to private life after she completes her tenure next year. ANI

Herman Cain tops Romney as GOP front-runner in latest poll
Godfather's Pizza chief executive Herman Cain is now increasingly becoming popular among voters, and has been ranked above presumed front-runner, Mitt Romney, according to a recent poll. ANI

Amnesty International urges Canada to arrest George Bush for 'human rights violations'
The human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has called on Canadian authorities to arrest former US President George W. Bush when he attends an economic summit in British Columbia next week. ANI

NATO's night raids' success against Taliban in Afghanistan 'may be exaggerated'
The success of NATO's targeted night raids, aimed at killing or capturing insurgent leaders, may have been exaggerated to make the military campaign in Afghanistan look more effective, according to a new report. ANI

Columbian women end sex strike after govt meets demand for new road
The women of the Colombian town of Barbacoas have ended their sex strike. ANI

Christian girl, 12, raped for 8 months by alleged LeT member in Pakistan
A Christian girl was kidnapped and repeatedly raped for eight months in Pakistan by a friend's uncle, who also falsified marriage documents with her, it has been claimed. ANI

'Clinton's 'peace talks with Haqqanis' indication no shift in US war on terror policy'
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's statement about the possibility of reconciliation talks with the Haqqani militant network is not a change in the United States' policy, the State Department has said. ANI

New book helps older generations understand 'Gen Z' slang
A new book has been written to help the older generation understand the language of Generations Y and Z, who are influenced by the new technological age. ANI

Musharraf wants Nawaz to be punished for trying to sack him as Pak Army chief in 1999
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said that former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should be punished instead of him, as the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief had violated the constitution by trying to remove him before the completion of his tenure as army chief. ANI

Sydney voted world's best city
Sydney has beaten Paris and New York to be voted the world's number one city, according to a survey. ANI

'Pampered' UK prisoners complaining of 'missing DVDs, poor heating, less chocolates'
Prison officers at one of Britain's jails are receiving thousands of trivial complaints every year, including criminals demanding investigations into heating, DVDs, undelivered TV magazines and lack of hot chocolates. ANI

'Nothing has been taken off the table' as retaliation against Iranian terror plot: Biden
Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, has warned that 'no retaliatory options had been taken off the table,' when it comes to America's possible response to Tehran's alleged involvement in a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington. ANI

Over 50 injured in 6.0-magnitude earthquake in Bali
At least fifty people were injured as a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Bali today, causing panic in tourist areas of the Indonesian island. ANI

Haqqani network member among 3 militants killed in US drone strike in northwest Pak
At least three militants, including a ranking member of the Haqqani network, have been killed in a US drone attack in northwest Pakistan, according to media reports. ANI

46 killed in Nepal bus mishap
At least forty six passengers were killed when an overcrowded bus skidded off the road and plunged into the Sunkoshi River near Purano Jhagajholi in Nepal's Sindhuli District on Thursday morning. ANI

Albert Einstein's warning letter to Jews sells for nearly 14,000 dollars
A letter from Albert Einstein warning the Jews of the "calamitous peril" posed to them by the Nazis was sold at an auction for double the estimated price at nearly 14000 dollars. ANI

'Underwear bomber' pleads guilty saying, 'if you laugh at us now, we will laugh at you later'
A Nigerian man, who has pleaded guilty of trying to blow up an airliner over the US on Christmas day 2009, has warned America of a "great calamity", saying "if you laugh at us now, we will laugh at you later." ANI

Florida man arrested in Hollywood hacking probe
London, Oct 13 A Florida man, Christopher Chaney, 35 has been arrested by the FBI following a probe into the hacking of email accounts that targeted mainly Hollywood celebrities. ANI

The nudist beach that is literally 'explosive'
Experts at the Royal Navy have discovered 61 explosives at the nudist Leysdown beach on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, some of them dating back to the 19th century. ANI

Iran's attempt to launch monkey into space fails
Iran has acknowledged that its attempt to send a live monkey into space has turned out to be a failure. ANI

Cameron starts process to allow Wills-Kate's 1st born girl become Queen
British Prime Minister David Cameron has formally begun the process that could allow a first-born daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to accede to the throne. ANI

Chinese 'dissident' Ai Weiwei named art world's most powerful figure
Chinese artist and government critic Ai Weiwei, who was imprisoned earlier this year has been named the most powerful person in the art world. ANI

China`s repression in Tibet getting worse by the day, says Lobsang Sangay
Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay has said that China's repression in Tibet is getting worse by each passing day. ANI

Gaddafi's fifth son Mutassim captured `trying to escape Sirte`
Ousted Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son Mutassim has been captured while he was trying to flee the city of Sirte. ANI

Pakistan to grant Most-Favoured Nation status to India
Pakistan has, in principle, decided to grant Most-Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India. ANI

Hindus contribute to save Diwali, Christmas festive lights in UK town
The Hindus have offered to contribute to save the Diwali and Christmas festive lights in Wellingborough town in England, according to reports. ANI

US drone strike kills three in North Waziristan
At least three suspected militants have been killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, according to a news report. ANI

Balochistan HC seeks early issuance of Musharraf's arrest warrant in Bugti murder case
A division bench of the Balochistan High Court (BHC) has sought early issuance of arrest warrants of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and other co-accused nominated in the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case. ANI

Pak 'Osama raid' commission records Military Intelligence chief's statements
The inquiry commission set up by the Pakistan Government for probing the Osama bin Laden debacle has recorded the statement of the director-general of the Military Intelligence to ascertain whether the MI was aware of the then al Qaeda chief's presence in Abbottabad. ANI

Penn State Hosts U.S.-India Higher Ed Research Conference October 10-11, 2011
The U.S.-India Higher Education Research Conference hosted by Penn State University was inaugurated by Michael Adewumi on University Campus. The two day conference had the participation from high-level delegation of invited administrators and researchers from India and the U.S. on October 10-11, 2011 Business Wire India

AEG Power Solutions Inaugurates Power Electronics Factory in India
Business Wire India

Making Project Management for the Construction Industry Easy –Aurigo Masterworks (Capital Project Management Software)
Aurigo, a leading provider of project management software and services for capital project owners and general contractors, today announced the release of its latest capital project management suite, Aurigo Masterworks Business Wire India

Largest Printing Supplies Trade Event Launches Many Firsts
The world’s largest trade show for computer printing supplies has just opened in Zhuhai, China. Business Wire India

Cinterion Launches the World’s Thinnest HSPA+ Module for Machine-to-Machine Applications
CTIA Enterprise & Applications Business Wire India

Moody’s Analytics Launches Moody’s CreditView: An Innovative Solution for Credit Professionals
Moody’s Analytics, a global leader in risk management solutions, today announced Moody’s CreditView, an innovative solution that offers credit professionals a comprehensive, consolidated and streamlined view of credit information Business Wire India

Grass Valley Extends Leadership in IT-Based Playout Solutions with Acquisition of Integrated Playout Solutions Provider PubliTronic
Grass Valley™, the premier video technology solutions company, today announced that it has acquired PubliTronic, a privately-held, global provider of multichannel, integrated, automated playout solutions. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Business Wire India

KBR to Provide Program and Project Management Services for Unitywater in Queensland, Australia
KBR (NYSE: KBR) today announced it was awarded a three-year contract to provide program and project management services for Unitywater—a retail and distribution authority providing water to the fast-growing populations near Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Business Wire India

Allen Systems Group (ASG) Acquires Intelligent Search Firm RiverGlass
ASG Software Solutions, a leader in IT infrastructure, content management and cloud computing software solutions for global enterprises, announced today that it has acquired RiverGlass, a leading provider of eDiscovery, advanced information collection, data management and analysis solutions Business Wire India

The UK Readies Itself for a Welcomed Astérix Invasion
The world’s favourite, feisty hero, Astérix, will be joined by friends and foes for a first-of-its kind European touring attraction, it was announced today. Business Wire India

Frontier Silicon Introduces a Raft of New Features to Low Cost Digital Radios in Support of Major DAB+ Launch in Germany
Frontier Silicon, the leading supplier of digital radio and connected audio solutions announced today the launch of new software for its widely adopted DAB/DAB+ platforms. This latest release not only brings advanced text and image capability with DL Plus and RadioVIS technology, but also provides a 20% improvement in power consumption. Business Wire India

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