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Charles Dickens' first novel that led to death of illustrator goes on sale
The novel of Charles Dickens, which contributed to the death of a man after the writer stole a project from him, is being put on sale. ANI

Michelle needs chocolates to survive through 'annoying' White House life
Michelle Obama has revealed that life at the White House does get 'a little annoying, a little hot' at times and when it does, she turns to chocolates. ANI

'Outraged' PETA files complaint against Dr Murray over Propofol study
PETA has called for federal investigation against physician Conrad Murray, who tested the drug Propofol on Beagle dogs to help him with his case in the Michael Jackson death trial. ANI

Car crashes dropped by 40% in Middle East during Blackberry outage
Road accidents dropped down to 40 percent in the Middle East during the three-day blackout of Blackberry services. ANI

University of Nevada to hold 'Diwali Utsav'
University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) in USA is celebrating "Diwali Utsav" on October 30. ANI

U.S. Army unveils tiny kamikaze 'Switchblade' drones to kill militants
The US Army has unveiled its new 'kamikaze' drones named 'Switchblade', which are small enough to fit inside a soldier's backpack, and help transmit live video from overhead to identify and destroy the enemy target. ANI

Woman slapped with $201k phone bill after bro leaves phone on in Canada
An American woman got the shock of her life when her cell phone company hit her with a 201,000 dollar bill, after her brother left his phone on during a trip to Canada - way out of her plan's service region. ANI

Cyber war may never take place: UK Expert
Cyber war, long considered by many experts within the defence establishment to be a significant threat, may never take place, Dr Thomas Rid of King's College London has claimed. ANI

US opted out cyber attack on Gaddafi's forces fearing Russia, China would follow suit
US administration officials and certain military officers had rejected the idea of launching a cyber attack on Libya's air-defence system days before air strikes hit Gadaffi forces, saying that 'cyber capabilities are like the Ferrari that you keep in the garage and only take out for the big race'. ANI

Chinese 'car-hit' toddler who condition caused outcry close to 'brain dead'
A two-year-old girl who was run over by two vehicles in Foshan in China's Guangdong province last week, remained close to brain dead as donations poured in for her and her rescuer. ANI

Jailed Egyptian blogger prefers 'suicide' to being prisoner of Army 'Nazi criminals'
An Egyptian blogger jailed for criticising the country's military junta has aid that he would rather have the honour of committing suicide than becoming a prisoner. ANI

Britain's household spending 'plunging'
An economic study has claimed that household spending in Britain has fallen at an unprecedented rate over the past three years. ANI

Pak Govt to call peace conference in Quetta to end sectarian violence: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the government would call a peace conference of local and foreign religious scholars in Quetta to end sectarian violence. ANI

Steve Jobs tops list of world's 49 most influential men survey
Steve Jobs has been named as the winner of the world's 49 most influential men survey. ANI

US school slammed for setting bathroom visit limit for students
A school in Chicago has issued a new policy which allows students to visit the bathroom only thrice in a semester to ensure that they do not miss out on valuable learning time. ANI

Dual nationality-holding Pak parliamentarians under fire in National Assembly
Members of Pakistan's National Assembly have sought action against parliamentarians holding dual nationality. ANI

Prince William takes to Internet to urge Brit public to save open spaces
Prince William has taken to the Internet to urge the public to save Britain's open spaces. ANI

'Time-tested' Pak-US ties shouldn't succumb to 'fleeting estrangements': Haqqani
Pakistan and the United States must iron out their differences to bring their terms back to normal, Pakistan's Ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, has said. ANI

Shoplifting costs Britain's stores 4.9billion pounds a year
A new survey has claimed that shoplifting costs Britain's stores a staggering 4.9 billion pounds in a year. ANI

Imran says his 'team' will not only rebuild Pakistan but also 'emerge as match-winner'
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that his team would emerge as a match-winner for the country. ANI

Oz Tea Party's Facebook comment urges citizens to throw "rocks" at Obama upon landing
The Australian Tea Party's Facebook page has been flooded with anti-Obama comments ahead of his next month's tour to that country, with one saying that the citizens should throw things like "bottles, rocks" at the visiting President when he steps off the plane. ANI

Stuxnet clone found, possibly preparing for power plant attacks
Security researchers have detected a new Trojan, scarily similar to the infamous Stuxnet worm, which could disrupt computers controlling power plants, oil refineries and other critical infrastructure networks. ANI

Another Pak child off to India for free heart surgery under 'Aman Ki Asha' initiative
Another Pakistani child is set to be provided free heart treatment in India under a peace initiative. ANI

Michelle Obama's inspiration to keep fit stems from vanity
Michella Obama has admitted that it is her vanity, which drives her to exercise and keep fit. ANI

Medieval-armour clad man arrested for duelling with daughter till collapse
A man from Washington has been arrested for challenging his teenaged daughter to duel and beating her with a wooden sword. ANI

Obama disapproves of kids watching Kardashians, says Michelle
Michelle Obama has admitted that President Barack Obama does not like his daughters watching 'Keeping up with the Kardashians'. ANI

Married Brit MP allegedly had 'steamy' four yr affair with Russian spy
A married British Lib Dem MP allegedly had a four year affair with a suspected Russian 'spy', who could have been tasked with stealing out secrets, a tribunal heard yesterday. ANI

White House 'Big Dig' sparks speculation on 'top secret project'
A huge hole being constructed in the White House premises, which has given way to several claims that President Obama is getting a swimming pool or a spa installed. ANI

Five people shot dead as target killings return to Karachi
At least five people, including a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist, lost their lives in target killing incidents as violence returned to Karachi. ANI

'Western power' tried to create rift between Zardari, Kayani: Pak minister
A Pakistan cabinet member has claimed that 'an important Western power' had tried to create a serious rift between President Asif Ali Zardari and Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. ANI

US warding off 'clearly defined terms of engagement' sought by anxious Pakistan
Pakistan is awaiting a nod from the United States to its proposal seeking clearly defined new terms of engagement for cooperation in the ongoing war on terror. ANI

Web commerce hack attack may 'happen again', says security system inventor
The creator of the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology that is used to keep many different types of web transaction safe, has warned that this key web security system is no better defended now than when hackers undermined it in September. ANI

UK sent 'child soldiers' to battlefronts in Iraq and Afghanistan despite govt. ban
British military chiefs reportedly sent four child soldiers to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan despite a Government ban. ANI

IBSA countries seek to boost cooperation over security issues
India, Brazil and South Africa have sought to strengthen mutual cooperation in dealing with militancy, piracy and organised crime. ANI

IBSA leaders express serious concern on WTO impasse
Leaders of India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) have expressed serious concern over the ongoing impasse in WTO negotiations. ANI

Six militants killed in Pak tribal region
Pakistani security forces have killed six militants and wounded several others in Kurram tribal region. ANI

Jewish sect trashes ice cream parlour, claims licking cones in public promotes promiscuity
An ultra-orthodox Jewish sect has trashed a Jerusalem ice cream parlour because it was disgusted by people licking cones in public believing it promotes promiscuity. ANI

US issues terror advisory to travellers during festive season in India
The United States has warned its citizens of possible terror attacks throughout India during the holiday season between October and January. ANI

Radical party calls on Pak Govt not to grant 'Most Favoured Nation' status to India
The Central Shoora of the Jamaat-e-Islami has urged the Pakistan Government to withdraw its decision to accord the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India, and extend its full support to the Kashmir liberation movement as a party in the Kashmir dispute. ANI

Shift work ups teens' MS risk
Teenagers who engage in shift work may be at risk for multiple sclerosis due to a disruption in their circadian rhythm and sleep pattern, Swedish researchers say. ANI

Historic India-UAE prisoner transfer deal on the cards
An agreement between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) allowing prisoner transfers between both countries is in the offing. ANI

South Brunswick schools in New Jersey closed next week for Diwali
Hindus have applauded South Brunswick School District (New Jersey, USA) for declaring Diwali as a school holiday, calling it "a step in the right direction". ANI

US high-end men's boutique accused of 'cashing in' on Steve Jobs' death
A US brand selling hand-made high-end knitwear for men has been accused of "cashing in" on Steve Jobs' death over claims that the late Apple founder wore its turtlenecks. ANI

Nepal Army plane crash kills all six on board
Six people, believed tobe Nepal Army personnel, were killed after a plane in which they were travelling, crashed on the Chaudhulko Dhuri hillock in Baglung district in western Nepal on Tuesday evening. ANI

Prince Harry 'wows' instructors after topping Apache helicopter course
Prince Harry has stunned instructors on his Apache helicopter course in America by topping his class. ANI

Julian Barnes wins Man Booker Prize for 'The Sense of an Ending'
Julian Barnes has finally been awarded the Man Booker Prize for his novel 'The Sense of an Ending' after having been shortlisted on three previous occasions. ANI

NATO "very close" to terminating bombing campaign in Libya
A NATO spokeswoman has said that the Western military alliance is "very close" to terminating the seven-month long bombing campaign in Libya. ANI

Obama's trusted see-through teleprompter 'stolen' ahead of Chesterfield visit
US President Barack Obama may e find himself in a spot of bother while addressing crowds during his campaigns, with reports saying that a truck containing his trusty see-through teleprompter was stolen by thieves recently. ANI

Afghans, NATO launch operation "Knife Edge" against Haqqanis along Pak border
The Afghan Army and their NATO allies have stepped up their fight against the Haqqani network along the militant-infested Pakistani border, according to a news report attributed to senior defence officials. ANI

Tibetan nun sets herself alight in protest against Chinese policies in Kirti region
A Tibetan nun has set herself alight while protesting against Chinese policies in the region. ANI

Pak Army has no objection on govt's talks with Taliban: Kayani
The Pakistan Army has no objection over the government having dialogue with the Taliban, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pevez Kayani has said. ANI

Musharraf, Imran trying to forge covert political nexus for Pak elections
All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) President Pervez Musharraf and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan are busy forging a covert political alliance through friends, according to a news report attributed to sources. ANI

Pak Army, FC personnel deployed in areas bordering Afghanistan to stop militant attacks
The Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel have been deployed in areas bordering Afghanistan to stop cross-border militant attacks, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Athar Abbas has said. ANI

US may launch offensive in N.Waziristan, but it'll have to think ten times: Kayani
Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has not ruled out the possibility of a US ground offensive in North Waziristan, but told parliamentarians at a briefing that Washington will have to think many times before launching such an attack. ANI

Himalayas may be the new Saudi Arabia of solar energy
Some of the world's coldest landscapes-including the Himalaya Mountains, the Andes, and even Antarctica-could become new Saudi Arabias of solar energy, a new study has suggested. ANI

Obama's approval rating hits new low in New Hampshire poll
President Barack Obama's approval rating has hit a new low in New Hampshire, with a latest poll saying that only 35 percent of independent voters there approve of how he is handling his job, with fifty-three percent saying they disapprove. ANI

Vistaprint Obligated to Disclose and Compensate print24
With its subsidiary print24, internet print house SE scored another victory over Vistaprint. The starting point for the present decision against Vistaprint is a verdict already passed on 11/30/2010 by the Regional Court Dresden under the reference number 3 O 949/10 Business Wire India

WNS Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2012 Earnings
Highlights: GAAP Financials1 -- Q2 revenue of $117.9 million, down 23.5% from the corresponding quarter last year (primarily due to change in accounting for repair payments)2 and down 6.2% sequentially -- Q2 profit of $3.4 million, compared to profit of $6.0 million in the corresponding quarter last year and profit of $0.7 million sequentially -- Q2 diluted earnings per ADS of $0 Business Wire India

Ernst & Young: Entrepreneurs Call on G20 Governments to Recognize Their Vital Role in Job Creation and Innovation
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Christie Medical Holdings Launches VeinViewer® Flex
Christie Medical Holdings, Inc. has announced the market launch of the company’s newest product, VeinViewer® Flex Business Wire India

Business Wire Enters Into a New Distribution Pact with The Associated Press, Expands Global Reach
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Outfit7’s Talking Tom and Ben News App Soars to #1 in 99 Countries
Out Fit 7 Limited, the mobile entertainment leader behind the blockbuster Talking Friends collection of apps, has announced that Talking Tom and Ben News has reached the #1 iPhone and iPad chart position worldwide Business Wire India

Hilton HHonors Announces Three Additional Room Rewards
Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, has unveiled three new ways for its members to redeem points for free reward stays at most of the 3,750 hotels worldwide. No other hotel loyalty program has more reward options for members to use their points to book a room Business Wire India

Brookfield Global Relocation Services Invites Firms Worldwide to Participate in Acclaimed Annual Global Relocation Trends Survey
Brookfield Global Relocation Services is inviting multinational companies worldwide to participate in its acclaimed annual “Global Relocation Trends Survey Business Wire India

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