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Chatwal's NYC hotel bar sued for sexual harassment of female workers
A bar in a New York hotel owned by an Indian-origin man has been sued over X-rated harassment of female workers who were known as "Double Ds," "Thighs," "whores" and "f--- sticks. ANI

Amazon jungle video shows alien-like creature
A still from a video apparently taken in Amazon jungle showing an alien-like creature standing in the jungle has raised a question that we may not be alone in the universe. ANI

Vatican sends Deepavali greetings to 'Hindu Friends'
Hindus have applauded Vatican for its "message for the feast of Deepavali" wishing "joyful celebration of Deepavali" to "Hindu Friends", published at "Vatican: the Holy See" website on October 20 ANI

Hindus critical of Slovakia turning Roma into a tourist attraction
Hindus have strongly criticized the reported proposal of turning Roma (Gypsy) settlement in a Slovakia town into a tourist destination. ANI

England primary schools' students participated in Diwali activities
Hindus have lauded Bridlewood Primary School and East Wichel Community Primary and Nursery in Swindon in South West England for reportedly celebrating Diwali on October 19 and have urged all elementary and secondary schools of United Kingdom (UK) to include Diwali celebration as an annual activity. ANI

Yoga can cost practitioner $10,779 per year
According to research by Bloomberg Rankings, "the potential cost for a woman living in New York to start practicing yoga and to continue for one year" came to $10,779. ANI

Unique Char Dham Hindu Temple to break ground in Texas
Bhoomi-Puja (ground-breaking) for a unique Char Dham Hindu Temple will be held in The Woodlands (Texas, USA) on November 12. ANI

85% of women satisfied with family status in China
About 85.2 percent of Chinese women are satisfied with their status in the family, a survey by State Council Information Office of China has found. ANI

Law firms rate men jurors higher based on stereotypes
A new study has found that partners in Wall Street law firms write equally nice things about the work of their male and female junior lawyers, but when it comes to using hard numbers, they rate the men higher bases on stereotypes. ANI

75 percent Britons want nation to quit EU membership: Poll
Seventy-five percent of people in Britain have said that they would vote in a referendum to quit the European Union membership or renegotiate the terms, a poll has revealed. ANI

China nuke targets to be cut over lessons learnt from Fukushima disaster
China's nuclear capacity targets for 2020 are likely to be scaled down after the country imposed a moratorium on new-project approvals following the March 11 earthquake-cum-tsunami, that eventually led to the leakage of radioactive materials from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. ANI

Its official: First born daughter of Wills-Kat will accede to throne!
Under an agreement to be struck between Commonwealth leaders next week, the first-born daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be able to accede to the throne ahead of her brothers. ANI

Gaddafi's killing breached Geneva Conventions: Russian FM
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that the Geneva Conventions had been breached with the killing of former Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

Bernie Madoff treated "like Mafia don" in prison, says daughter-in-law
Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff has written a letter to his daughter-in-law from prison, saying that that he is "quite the celebrity" and is being treated "like a Mafia don" there, the latter has claimed. ANI

NATO plans to end Libyan mission by October end
NATO plans to end its seven-month mission in Libya on October 31, but will issue a formal decision next week after consulting the United Nations and Libya's interim authorities, its Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said. ANI

PTI to 'rid Pakistan of US slavery' if comes into power: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has vowed to rid the country of 'US slavery', if his party comes to power. ANI

Karachi nuclear reactor leakage incident reported to IAEA: PAEC
The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) has said that the recent incident of heavy water leakage in the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP) was minor in nature, and has been reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency. ANI

Steve Jobs considered Bill Gates 'unimaginative', took LSD to keep things in perspective
Apple's visionary co-founder Steve Jobs had accused Microsoft chairman Bill Gates of being "unimaginative," saying that he never invented anything, his biographer has claimed. ANI

Nearly one in four Chinese women facing discrimination in job market: Survey
Women in China are facing discrimination at work places and are earning less than men despite spending more time on the job and working at home, a survey has revealed. ANI

Steve Jobs' biological father livid with 'media trying to explore father-son relations'
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' biological father, Abdul Fattah Jandali, is tired of the media's interference in his life and has said that media persons are continuously poking at all his private affairs to explore his relationships with his son. ANI

Membership of 231 Pak parliamentarians suspended over failure to declare assets
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has suspended the membership of 231 parliamentarians for their failure to submit annual statements of their assets and liabilities. ANI

NATO troops deployed on Afghan border with North Waziristan again
Hundreds of US-led coalition forces have again shifted, along with heavy arms, to Afghan areas bordering Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency, according to a media report. ANI

Intelligence reports alert Pak Govt of Taliban regrouping in Balochistan
At least two intelligence agencies have reportedly alerted the Pakistan Government about the reorganisation of the Taliban and other militant groups in Balochistan since the replacement of police with Levies force in the province. ANI

Steve Jobs warned Obama of 'one-term presidency' over business policies
Steve Jobs had warned US President Barack Obama last year that he risked losing re-election over his policies related to business, the official biography of Apple's late co-founder has revealed. ANI

Pak, US military commands continue to disagree over Haqqani presence in N. Waziristan
The military commands of the United States and Pakistan have agreed to act against militant sanctuaries on the respective sides of the Pak-Afghan border, according to a news report. ANI

Queen dwarfed by 7-ft basketball player at exclusive Oz reception
Queen Elizabeth was left straining her neck recently when she was dwarfed by a towering 7 feet tall basketball player at an exclusive reception in Australia. ANI

Pak FIA, Interior Ministry officers arrested in connection with Indian visa issuance scam
A gang involved in the illegal issuance of Indian visas has been busted in Pakistan. ANI

Pak Army sets up check posts in Dir along border with Afghanistan
The Pakistan Army has established check posts along the Pak-Afghan border in Dir to prevent militant intrusion into the country, Operation Commander Dir Brigadier Saqib Rashid has said. ANI

Malay man pays for lover's divorce to marry her
A Malaysian man paid 20,000 Malaysian Ringgit to the Syariah court to pay for the divorce of the woman he loves so that he could marry her. ANI

BBC London newsroom 'overrun' by mice
The BBC newsroom at the Television Centre in London has been 'overrun' by mice as the cold weather is driving the rodents indoors. ANI

US First Lady Michelle Obama tweets for first time
US President Barack Obama's wife Michelle Obama has reportedly tweeted for the first time. ANI

Pic shows Gaddafi's son Mutassim having last smoke before being killed by rebels
Several cell phone images have shown that killed Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son Mutassim was allowed a last smoke before being killed by the rebels in Sirte. ANI

Clinton rules out possibility of US boots on ground in Pakistan
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has ruled out the possibility of US boots on Pakistani ground, saying that the option "may have been raised, but it was not at all considered" at a national security meeting in Washington. ANI

Gaddafi's 'critically' injured playboy son Saif captured close to Tripoli
Killed Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's eldest and favourite son, Saif al-Islam, has been captured close to Tripoli after suffering critical injuries in a bombing raid, officials have claimed. ANI

Prince Harry romancing sexy Californian cocktail waitress
Prince Harry is said to have been "bowled over" by a Californian cocktail waitress whom he met merely two weeks back at the Andaz Hotel in San Diego. ANI

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince passes away
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz has died abroad after a prolonged illness, the country's Royal Court has said in a statement. ANI

Libyan rebels argued whether or not to kill Gaddafi as he pleaded for life
New footage of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi after being captured shows that the rebels argued over whether or not to kill him as he tried to persuade them to spare his life. ANI

Hitler went blind by mental illness, not British mustard gas attack
Adolf Hitler's temporary loss of sight was actually caused by a mental disorder known as 'hysterical blindness', and not by a British mustard gas attack as a heroic First World War soldier as he had claimed, a new research has revealed. ANI

Gaddafi's 'trophy' body becomes tourist attraction at Misrata's refrigerated meat store
Hundreds of ordinary Libyans gathered outside a refrigerated meat store in Misrata to have a last look at Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's 'trophy' body, which was dumped on a cheap mattress there. ANI

Gaddafi's widow demands probe into husband's killing at hands of rebels in Sirte
Killed Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's widow, Safia, has urged the United Nations to investigate how her husband was killed at the hands of the rebels in the former dictator's home city of Sirte. ANI

Major breakthrough on Haqqani issue between US, Pak 'unlikely': Analysts
A major breakthrough on the Haqqani network issue between the United States and Pakistan, as the outcome of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's meeting with Pakistani leaders, is not likely, say analysts. ANI

Obama declares end of Iraq war
US President Barack Obama has declared an end to the Iraq war, announcing that all American troops will be withdrawing from the country by the end of the year. ANI

Strauss-Kahn brought mistress to 'orgy of 8' at luxury Paris hotel
Former International Monitory Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn brought his mistress to an eight-person orgy at a luxury hotel in Paris, it has emerged. ANI

UNSC urges Yemeni President Saleh to step down "immediately"
The United States has said that the transfer of power in Yemen must begin "immediately," after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed a resolution urging President Ali Abdullah Saleh to quickly step down. ANI

Pakistan 'partner' as well as 'challenge' to US: Clinton
Pakistan is both a partner and a challenge to the United States, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said. ANI

Pak's comeback to UNSC 'resurgence of its diplomatic image in world body': Gilani
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has termed Pakistan's victory in contest for the non-permanent berth in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as its great comeback on the international horizon. ANI

US senator threatens to cut ties with Pakistan over links with Haqqani network
The United States will have no option but to break diplomatic ties with Pakistan if it continues to retain links with the Haqqani militant network, the chairman of a powerful congressional committee has warned. ANI

Clinton confirms US held meeting with Haqqani network
The United States has held a preliminary meeting with representatives of the Haqqani militant network, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has revealed. ANI

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