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International News on October 18, 2011

IBSA leaders express support for a democratic, pluralistic and stable Afghanistan
Expressing support for a democratic, pluralistic and stable Afghanistan, IBSA leaders on Tuesday acknowledged the need for continued international assistance to further enable the Afghan National Security Forces to guarantee Afghanistan's sovereignty, independence and stability. ANI

IBSA leaders condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations
IBSA leaders have condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes, as it constitutes one of the most serious to international peace and security. ANI

India urges European countries to take effective steps to avoid double dip recession
The group of world's fastest growing economies India, Brazil and South Africa urged the Eurozone countries to take effective measures to arrest the slipping global economy. ANI

No UN reform possible without a reform of Security Council, say IBSA leaders
IBSA leaders today reiterated their demand for the urgent reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in a strongly worded Tshwane Declaration. ANI

PM downplays Hisar by-polls defeat
A day after the Congress Party suffered a humiliating defeat in the Hisar by-polls, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today rubbished suggestions that the party's defeat in the Lok Sabha by-election be considered a referendum on the performance of the government or the party. ANI

Manmohan Singh says IBSA can promote international peace and security
Stating that IBSA can play a role in promoting the cause of international peace and security, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the three countries have acted in concert on the global stage, dealing with complex regional and international political and security issues, including recently in West Asia. ANI

Kate writes moving letter to boy fighting leukaemia
The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton wrote a moving letter to a nine-year-old boy who is battling leukaemia. ANI

Obama voted as 'best boss' relative to fellow 2012 presidential hopefuls
President Barack Obama would make the best boss relative to other likely 2012 presidential candidates, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Communist-era leaders did not have 'will' to run Russia: Putin
Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has praised himself as the country's "most hard-working" leader since the Second World War, and blamed that Communist-era leaders did not have "the will" to run the country the way he did. ANI

Pippa's mystery man revealed as Samantha Cameron's relative
The Duchess of Cambridge's sister, Pippa Middleton's new man has been revealed as Charlie Astor, a relation of Samantha Cameron, wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron. ANI

Iran's controversial nuke program suffering setback over technical problems: Western experts
Western diplomats and nuclear experts have warned that Iran's nuclear program, which suffered a heavy setback after a reported cyberattack last year, appears to be faltering because of poorly performing equipments, shortages of parts and other such problems. ANI

Football '350 years older than first thought'
Football was played in an organised form at least 350 years before it was thought to have been created, new evidence suggests. ANI

Norwegian musician plays instruments made out of ice
An extraordinary music composer from Bergen, Norway plays instruments carved out of ice in his concerts. ANI

Karachi police arrest 'target killer' involved in 42 murders
An alleged target killer said to be involved in the killings of 42 people has been arrested in Karachi. ANI

Pakistani boy describes daring escape from Taliban's captivity
A teenager who escaped from the captivity of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) last week has given details of his daring getaway. ANI

Pakistan must make sure terrorists don't have safe havens on its soil: NATO chief
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Ramussen has underscored the need for the West to continue to cooperate closely with Pakistan's military and civilian leadership "to convince them to clamp down on the Haqqani operation". ANI

Over 400 claims of physical abuse on children attending Brit madrassas registered in past 3 yrs
Over 400 allegations of physical abuse against young people at British Islamic schools were made in the last three years, figures have shown. ANI

Tens of thousands watch as Diwali lights are switched on in Leicester in UK
Diwali lights were switched on Belgrave Road in Leicester (United Kingdom) on October 16 and tens of thousands of people reportedly watched. ANI

Hindus critical of Susan Sarandon for branding Pope 'Nazi'
Hindus are critical of Oscar winner Hollywood star Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking), 65, for reportedly labeling His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI as a Nazi. ANI

Michelle Obama back to campaigning mode to support husband ahead of 2012 presidential polls
US First Lady Michelle Obama is reportedly back to her role of campaigning for her husband ahead of the 2012 presidential elections, though reports suggest that she is avoiding delivering "a hard hit speech on the opponent" of the Democratic Party. ANI

Cain leading Obama in new general election poll
American Businessman Herman Cain is leading President Barack Obama in a new general election poll. ANI

I will not run for president ever again: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made it very clear that she would never run for President again, though she did not completely discount another run for office. ANI

Chavez has less than two years to live: Former doctor
Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, who is undergoing cancer treatment, has less than two years to live. ANI

International terrorism, anti-piracy measures are serious issues of concern: MEA
International terrorism and anti-piracy measures are expected to be major talking points in the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) summit to be held in Pretoria on Tuesday. ANI

Oz police examining Sri Lankan "war crimes" dossier
Australian police are reportedly examining a so-called "war crimes" dossier of information that claims to confirm that Sri Lankan forces bombed and shelled civilians during the country's civil war. ANI

Japan nuke plant's radioactive leaks diminishing: TEPCO
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant has said that emissions of radioactive materials from the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit plant have fallen by half over the past month. ANI

Benazir was killed the day she was going to reveal Musharraf's rigging plan: Khosa
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had been hours away from revealing former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's plan to rig the 2008 elections on the day she was assassinated, Punjab Governor Latif Khosa has claimed. ANI

Sesame Street back online after hackers' p*rn attack
The YouTube channel for Sesame Street is back online after hackers forced its shutdown for a day by loading X-rated material. ANI

US, Pak vow to bolster bilateral ties
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and the US Ambassador to Islamabad, Cameron Munter, have vowed to bolster ties between both nations. ANI

Strauss-Kahn wants end to 'insinuations' linking him to 'prostitution ring'
A lawyer for Dominique Strauss-Kahn has said that the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief wants an end to all 'insinuations' against him, with the latest ones suggesting that he was involved in a prostitution ring. ANI

Octavia Spencer ran in her undies when Obama was elected
Hollywood actress Octavia Spencer has revealed that she ran down the streets half-n*ked after Barack Obama was elected as the US President in 2008. ANI

Musharraf to arrive in Pakistan on March 23 next year: APML Secretary General
Former military ruler and All Pakistan Muslim League chief Pervez Musharraf will arrive in Pakistan on March 23, 2012, and will face all cases registered against him in the court, APML Secretary General Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif has said. ANI

Pakistan under 'enormous threat' from extremist groups: US
Extremist groups pose enormous threat to Pakistan, and the United States wants to find ways to work constructively with Islamabad to address these challenges, the State Department has said. ANI

NATO violated Pak airspace in Balochistan: ANP
The Awami National Party (ANP) has accused NATO forces of violating Pakistani airspace in Qila Abdullah, a district that shares the border with Afghanistan. ANI

US troops pullout from eastern Afghanistan leaves Pak vulnerable to militant attacks
Pakistani militants are exploiting a security vacuum left by US troops withdrawal from a swath of eastern Afghanistan to mount attacks inside Pakistan, according to a news report. ANI

Ramco Systems Wins Order from T’way Airlines, South Korea
Ramco Systems, the Global Aviation Maintenance & Engineering (M&E) and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) software provider, announced today its agreement with T’way Airlines for Ramco’s Series 5 Aviation M&E software Business Wire India

Bank of America Reports Third-Quarter 2011 Net Income of $6.2 Billion, or $0.56 Per Diluted Share
Bank of America Corporation today reported net income of $6.2 billion, or $0.56 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2011, compared with a net loss of $7.3 billion, or $0.77 per diluted share, in the year-ago period. Revenue, net of interest expense, on a fully taxable-equivalent (FTE) basis1 rose 6 percent to $28.7 billion. Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Launches First 20 mm–200 mm Stents on 4 F Platform for Treatment of SFA and BTK Disease
BIOTRONIK AG, a leading manufacturer of vascular interventional devices, announced the introduction of a line extension to its popular 4 F compatible, self-expanding stent system dedicated for the treatment of long disease segments in the superficial femoral artery (SFA) and infrapopliteal arteries. Business Wire India

Bring Caesar Home on Blu-Ray - RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a battle unlike any other when RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES makes its worldwide debut on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on December 13th in North America and starting December 7th Internationally Business Wire India

DTS Expands Global Footprint with Opening of Singapore Office
DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI), a leader in high-definition audio technology, announced today the opening of its newest office: the DTS Singapore Technology Center. This is a key strategic move to establish an R&D and customer response facility in Asia with close proximity to many of the company’s significant customers Business Wire India

OCT Intravascular Imaging Technology Platform Now Available In India
St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), a global medical device company, today announced the launch of the C7-XR™ Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Intravascular Imaging System with the C7 Dragonfly™ Imaging Catheter in India Business Wire India

Panasonic Takes on Hawaii Triathlon in EVOLTA World Challenge IV
Panasonic Corporation (NYSE:PC) (TOKYO:6752) ("Panasonic") is taking on one of the toughest challenges for its EVOLTA Robot on October 23, 2011 (HAST), titled EVOLTA World Challenge IV to prove just how durable its EVOLTA rechargeable batteries are Business Wire India

Green Award in Indonesia Highlights Positive Impact of Forest Plantations on the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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Asian Growth Provides Opportunity to Attract Capital Flow Through Regional Exchanges
Seth Merrin, the founder and CEO of Liquidnet, the global institutional trading network, says surging economic growth in Asia Pacific presents an increasing opportunity for regional stock exchanges to attract a greater share of global capital flows to their domestic markets. Business Wire India

Cleantech Group Reveals the 2011 Global Cleantech 100
Cleantech Group, the leading research firm focused on cleantech innovation, today released the third annual Global Cleantech 100 list at the Global Cleantech 100 Gala Dinner Business Wire India

KBR Announces First License for the Advanced Catalytic Olefins (ACOTM) Process
KBR (NYSE: KBR) today announced it was awarded a License and Process Design Package contract for a new olefins production unit using the Advanced Catalytic Olefins (ACOTM) technology Business Wire India

SGI Establishes New World Record Apache Hadoop Benchmark
SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), the trusted leader in technical computing, today announced that it has established a new world record performance benchmark for Terasort data processing and analysis using Apache Hadoop clusters running on Cloudera’s Distribution Including Apache Hadoop (CDH) Business Wire India

Equity International Announces Sale of Yupei Stake
Equity International, the privately held investor and builder of world-class companies outside of the United States, announced today the sale of its ownership interest in Shanghai Yupei Group Co., Ltd. (Yupei) to Global Logistic Properties (SGX:GLP/MC0.SI). Business Wire India

Moody’s Analytics Launches Through-the-Cycle Probability of Default Measure
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Hilton HHonors Launches World’s Largest Global Social Treasure Hunt to Award 500 Free Nights
Five cities around the world. Five days. 500 winners. One amazing giveaway Business Wire India

MF Global Acquires Multi-Asset Retail Trading Platform
MF Global Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: MF), a broker-dealer providing trading and hedging solutions, today announced that it has acquired Strategy Runner Trading Ltd Business Wire India

Phyton Biotech Receives ""Research Group of the Year"" Award
Phyton Biotech announced that it has won the international “Research Group of the Year” 2011 Life Science Award from Select Biosciences. The award was presented on June 29th at the inaugural European Lab automation congress in Hamburg, Germany Business Wire India

Numerix Introduces LiquidAsset 1.6
Numerix (, the leading provider of cross-asset analytics for derivatives valuations and risk management announced today the availability of its newest version of Numerix LiquidAsset―the easy-to-use solution for independent pricing and risk analysis of debt and derivative instruments. Business Wire India

Singapore Exchange Selects Clerity for $3M USD Mainframe Migration
Clerity Solutions, a full-service provider of mainframe migration, modernization, and optimization solutions, announced today that Singapore Exchange (SGX) has chosen Clerity’s UniKix Mainframe Rehosting software and mainframe migration services for a $3 million USD modernization project Business Wire India

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