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Picture shows Gaddafi dead after being captured by Libyan rebels
An image of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's dead body was aired by various news channels after he was killed by fighters of the country's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) in Sirte - the leader's hometown - on Thursday. ANI

Meet US man who turned fantasy into reality while quitting job
A hotel worker made sure that his fantasy was fulfilled, when he quit his job at the Renaissance Providence. ANI

Gaddafi 'killed' by NTC fighters in Libya?
Deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has reportedly been killed by fighters of the country's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) in Sirte - the leader's hometown. ANI

Prince Harry gets 'up, close and personal' with girls at night club
Prince Harry, who is in the US for helicopter training, was clicked getting close with two girls while partying at a California night club. ANI

'Foodie' Winston Churchill loved gorging on fizz, roasted deer and caviar
Winston Churchill was an ardent food lover and used to gorge on calorific treats and cocktails ranging from fizz, to roasted deer and caviar to satiate his craving for a good meal. ANI

Frisky French minister left red faced after 'personal' tweet goes public
A frisky French minister is said to have accidentally published a private tweet in which he has asked his wife to come to bed when he gets home. ANI

Gaddafi recruiting fighters from African countries: Libya PM
Libya's ousted ruler Muammar Gaddafi is believed to be recruiting fighters from other African countries and preparing for a possible insurgency, hoping to destabilize the country's new government. ANI

Some allies of PPP-led Pak Govt 'corrupt', some 'terrorists': Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that some among the government allies were corrupt and some were involved in terrorism. ANI

Pak must abandon using militant proxies to avoid 'catastrophic consequences': Editorial
Pakistan must abandon its strategy of reliance on militant proxies to gain influence in Afghanistan post-US troops withdrawal, otherwise it may face 'catastrophic consequences that might be impossible to recover from', an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has warned. ANI

Oz woman sues IBM for "get br**ts out to get sales" sexual harassment
A woman has filed a lawsuit against computer giant IBM, alleging that her senior manager harassed and bullied her throughout, asking her to "get her br**ts out" to get sales. ANI

Pakistan to restore biometric system along border with Afghanistan: Malik
Pakistan has decided to restore biometric system on its border with Afghanistan from November 30 to stop illegal crossing from both sides, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

Gilani irked with Rehman Malik's statement on Bilawal Bhutto abduction plot
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has expressed his serious reservations over Interior Minister Rehman Malik's latest claim about uncovering a plot to abduct Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Zardari Bhutto in Karachi. ANI

Benazir Bhutto made Nawaz Sharif's return to Pakistan possible: Awan
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif should be obliged to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership for making possible his return from exile, Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan has said. ANI

Seven-hour emergency at Karachi nuclear reactor following heavy water leakage
A seven-hour emergency was imposed at a nuclear power plant in Pakistan following leakage of heavy water from a feeder pipe of the reactor, a media report has said. ANI

Terrorists involved in Balochistan sectarian violence 'operating from prisons': Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that according to intelligence reports, terrorists, including those behind sectarian violence in Balochistan, are operating from prisons in the province and have contacts with banned militant organisations in Punjab. ANI

Barack Obama married Michelle for improving his 'gene pool'!
Barack Obama has revealed that he married his wife, Michelle Obama, to improve his gene pool. ANI

US commander in Afghanistan says new offensive focused on Pak-based Haqqani group
The US-led coalition in Afghanistan has unleashed a new offensive against the Haqqani network, and plans to bolster operations next year along the border with Pakistan before the American troops withdrawal gathers steam, the top US commander in the war-torn country has said. ANI

US, N Korea to discuss nuclear issue in Geneva
The United States and North Korean officials are to meet next week in Geneva to try to revive stalled international talks on ending Pyongyang's nuclear programme. ANI

Brit child beggars make 100K pounds a year each
Child beggars are raking in up to 100,000 pounds a year each for foreign crime gangs, an investigation reveals. ANI

Terrorists threaten Pak oil firm to stop fuel supplies to army, Afghan-bound NATO forces
Terrorists groups have threatened the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) to stop fuel supplies to the Pakistan Army as well as NATO forces operating in Afghanistan. ANI

Most Chinese don't trust each other: Survey
About 87 percent of respondents to a recent survey said the reason they are unlikely to help an old person who has fallen in the street is that they want to avoid being blamed for the accident. ANI

China opposes US report on its internal affairs
China has voiced opposition to an annual report by the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China, saying it interfered in China's internal affairs. ANI

James Murdoch knew phone hacking was widespread, UK MPs told
British lawmakers are of the view that News of The World CEO James Murdoch knew much more of the Tabloid's phone hacking scandal than he has already revealed after evidence emerged that he had been told it was not just the work of a single "rogue reporter". ANI

Carla Bruni gives birth to baby girl
French President Nicolas Sarkozy's wife Carla Bruni has given birth to a baby girl. ANI

China to support Pakistan's non-permanent UNSC seat bid
China wishes Pakistan to be elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu has said. ANI

Iran links dissident group to Saudi ambassador assassination plot
Iran has charged a dissident group-the People's Mujahideen of Iran (MEK) - for being behind the assassination plot to kill Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir. ANI

Islamic group calls Australia the 'real terrorists'
A radical Islamic group is facing fresh calls for it to be banned after accusing Australia and its allies of being the "real terrorists". report released by the local chapter of the group Hizb ut-Tahrir criticised senior MPs such as Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott for "welcoming" the killing of Osama bin Laden and for claiming he was responsible for some of the worst terrorist attacks in history. ANI

Australia recognises Amitabh Bachchan for his contribution to global cinema
Australia's High Commissioner to India Peter Varghese today congratulated Bollywood superstar, Amitabh Bachchan, on his honorary doctorate, awarded by Australia's Queensland University of Technology (QUT). ANI

French author drops sex assault charges against ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn
French writer Tristane Banon has dropped all legal action against 'sex attacker' and former International Monetary Fund (IMF) president Dominique Strauss-Kahn. ANI

Hitler 'personally planned 1934 putsch in Vienna'
German dictator Adolf Hitler personally planned a failed Nazi coup in 1934 that culminated in the assassination of the Austrian chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss, according to new findings by a Viennese historian. ANI

Pippa's boyfriend hunting for ring to 'pop her the question'
Pippa Middleton's boyfriend Alex Loudon is planning to pop the question to her, before someone else beats him to it. ANI

Brit beauty queen flees international pageant over 'votes for sex' ordeal
An international pageant turned out to be an ordeal for British beauty queen, Amy Willerton, after she was asked for sex in exchange for votes. ANI

US, Pakistan to push for 'Afghan endgame deal' during Clinton's visit to Islamabad
The United States and Pakistan will push for a 'deal' on the endgame in Afghanistan during US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's meetings with the civil and military leadership in Islamabad, according to a news report. ANI

UAE to back Pakistan's UNSC non-permanent seat bid
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has extended its support to Pakistan for its candidacy for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). ANI

Clinton to arrive in Islamabad today amid strained US-Pak ties
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to arrive in Islamabad on Thursday for talks with Pakistani leaders aimed at mending frayed bilateral ties. ANI

Ramco Systems Signs Columbia Helicopters for Series 5
Ramco Systems, the Global Aviation Maintenance & Engineering (M&E) and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) software provider, announced today that Columbia Helicopters, Incorporated (CHI) has purchased Ramco’s Series 5 Aviation software suite Business Wire India

Competition Commission Provisionally Clears BATS Global Markets’ Acquisition of Chi-X Europe
BATS Global Markets and Chi-X Europe welcome today’s announcement from the UK Competition Commission that it has provisionally decided to approve the acquisition of Chi-X Europe by BATS Global Markets Business Wire India

Gemalto reports third quarter 2011 revenue
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

Varicent Ranked Number 64th Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2011 Technology Fast 500™
Business Wire India

Quintiles Strengthens Late Phase Offerings with Acquisition of Outcome Sciences, Inc., Premier Observational Research Company
With late phase (Phase IIIB and Phase IV) research becoming increasingly important to multiple healthcare stakeholders, Quintiles today announced it has acquired Outcome Sciences, Inc. (Outcome), a privately held outcomes research firm headquartered in Cambridge, Mass Business Wire India

ASG Software Solutions and Zimory Launch Elastic Cloud IaaS Platform
ASG Software Solutions, a global software solutions provider, had announced a partnership with Zimory GmbH Business Wire India

Sun Pharma Proposes to Acquire Taro Shares
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Taro,” Pink Sheets: TAROF) confirmed that Taro’s Board of Directors received yesterday a letter from Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Reuters: SUN Business Wire India

BASIS Defends BBx Trademark After RIM’s Announcement
BASIS International Ltd. has taken swift legal action to preserve and protect their longstanding ownership of the BBx® trademarked operating system independent language, database, and toolset Business Wire India

AuthenTec Unveils New VPN Client for Android, World’s First to Combine VPN Security with Fingerprint Recognition
AuthenTec (NASDAQ: AUTH), a leading provider of security and identity management solutions, today introduced the world’s first security solution that combines VPN client security with fingerprint recognition for Android smartphones and tablets. AuthenTec’s QuickSec Mobile VPN Client 2 Business Wire India

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