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200 theatregoers storm out of 'filthy and depraved' Shakespeare play
Droves of have been walking out of the Royal Shakespeare play disgusted by its scenes of nudity, violence and rape. ANI

Prince Charles plans to turn 'Buckingham Palace into museum'
Prince Charles has a secret desire to shift the royal court from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle and turn the former into a museum, according to reports. ANI

Obama handouts cheques to struggling Americans
Barack Obama has admitted that he sometimes handouts personal cheques to Americans who write him their tales of economic woe, according to a new book. ANI

Ground Zero mosque developer can't take care of rat-ridden NY apartment building
Sharif El-Gamal, the main developer behind a planned 100 million-dollar Muslim community center to be located two blocks from New York's World Trade Center site, can't take care of a rat-ridden apartment building in the city, it has emerged. ANI

Pak schoolgirls stunned over student's murder by fiance for refusing to quit education
School girls in Pakistan have expressed shock over a female student in Peshawar being killed by her fiance for refusing to abandon her education. ANI

Saddam Hussein's 'torture doctor' to stay in UK under human? rights laws
A doctor involved in horrific torture by Saddam Hussein's regime has been allowed to stay in Britain because of human rights laws. ANI

Oz man charged with public nuisance for 'mooning' Queen in Brisbane
A 22-year-old Australian man has been charged with wilful exposure and public nuisance offences by Queensland Police after he allegedly "mooned" the Queen during her visit to Brisbane. ANI

Bhattarai defends BIPPA deal with India, rubbishes criticisms
Under sharp criticism from various quarters including his own party UCPN (Maoist) for signing the Bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement (BIPPA) agreement with India during his recent visit to New Delhi, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Monday said such criticisms were "baseless and inaccurate". ANI

Steve Jobs' belief in afterlife behind no 'on/off switch' on Apple devices: Biographer
Late Apple Inc. chief executive Steve Jobs' hope that there might be an afterlife led him to avoid putting simple "on/off" switches on the company's devices, his biographer Walter Isaacson has disclosed. ANI

4,000 drivers banned for failing eyesight
The number of drivers who have been banned for failing eyesight has tripled in the last five years. ANI

Panther-like cat spotted at Prince William and Kate's island home
A panther like big cat is said to be roaming around the island home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. ANI

Princess Mako becomes 19th adult member of Japan's Imperial Family
Japan's Princess Mako has become the 19th adult member of the country's Imperial Family after celebrating her 20th birthday. ANI

Saudi Arabia may face backlash for appointing 'hardline conservative prince' as heir apparent
The decision of making Saudi Arabian Interior Minister Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz's successor, could cause a popular backlash against the rulers of the world's biggest oil producer, a human rights activist has warned. ANI

Afghanistan can't afford to set up security force after US troop withdrawal: Ex-envoy
Former United States Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry believes that setting up a national security force will cost the Afghan government almost three times as much as it collects in revenue. ANI

New book reveals why Hitler hated being called a Nazi
A new etymological guide has revealed origins of hundreds of everyday words and phrases, from Nazis and film buffs to heckling and humble pie. ANI

Oz Muslim organization to run TV commercial 'equating Islamic values to Christianity'
The controversial Muslim organization in Australia has planned to release a national television commercial promoting the religion. ANI

Gaddafi's will called on followers to fight on, remember "heros"
Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi called on his followers to fight on and remember their "heroes" in a will that has appeared on a loyalist website as the debate continues over what to do with his body. ANI

UK PM Cameron sends out Diwali greetings
British Prime Minister David Cameron has sent out his best wishes to all communities celebrating the festival of Diwali. ANI

War on terror: Fearful IDPs of North Waziristan reluctant to return
The Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre says there are currently around 980,000 displaced persons in Pakistan, and of these, at least 80,000 are from North Waziristan. ANI

'Hacking by foreign governments, corporations may bust UK firms'
Britain will lose its position as one of the world's leading hi-tech manufacturers unless companies improve cyber security, it has been claimed. ANI

British schoolgirls learned sari-wrapping on 'Diwali Day'
Children at Charlotte House Pre-Prep and Prep School in Rickmansworth (England, United Kingdom) reportedly learned how to wrap a sari as a part of its Diwali Day celebrations. ANI

Autopsy shows Gaddafi 'died from gunshot to head'
An autopsy has confirmed that Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi died from a gunshot to his head. ANI

'Embarrassingly-high' percentage of shareholders may have voted against Murdoch
There is growing speculation that a very high percentage of shareholders might have voted against the re-election of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan in the News Corporation Annual General Meeting in Los Angeles. ANI

Various religions debate 'reincarnation' in Nevada
Leaders belonging to various religions participated in panel discussion on "reincarnation" at prestigious Truckee Meadows Community College in Nevada on October 22. ANI

Karzai's a charm offensive a good sign for Pak-Afghan ties: Editorial
A combined strategy of political and military means will bring back peace to war-ravaged Afghanistan, claims an editorial in the Daily Times. ANI

Women working night shifts at high risk of heart disease
Women who do shift work may be at increased risk of heart disease, according to a new study. ANI

Portsmouth lifts ban on anti Charles Dickens' book after 80 years
Portsmouth, the birthplace of Charles Dickens, has finally decided to lift the 80-year ban on the book, which portrayed the author in bad light. ANI

Nearly 14 percent people involved in UK riots came from 44 foreign countries: Report
Rioters who were involved in the widespread looting and violence across Britain in August came from 44 foreign countries, it has emerged. ANI

Karzai's decision to 'stand by Pakistan in clash with US' remark jolts West
America's attempts to strengthen its ties with Afghan President Hamid Karzai received an unexpected hard blow, as the Afghan leader said his country would back Pakistan in a clash with the US. ANI

US praises Pak for crackdown on al Qaeda
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has praised Pakistan for its crackdown on al Qaeda, saying that Washington and Islamabad would work together for peace and security in Afghanistan. ANI

Chinese influence suspected as Tibet-leaning Chef Kwong's New Year role ends
For the past five years, celebrity chef Kylie Kwong has proudly celebrated her Chinese ancestry and been an official ambassador for the Chinese New Year in Sydney. ANI

'Bunga bunga' is only dancing and not sex, says Berlusconi
Silvio Berlusconi has claimed that his notorious "bunga bunga" parties were innocent, and only involved dancing. ANI

Pak FIA arrests seven for issuing fake Indian visas
Pakistani authorities have arrested seven people involved in extending the visas of Indian nationals without following legal procedures. ANI

Perry, Trump still think Obama's birth certificate is fake
Texas Governor Rick Perry has reactivated debate over the so-called 'birther issue,' by expressing doubts about the authenticity of US President Barack Obama's birth certificate ANI

Turkey quake death toll rises to over 200
Over 200 people have been killed in a powerful earthquake in eastern Turkey. ANI

Pak has "definite reasons" not to act against Haqqani Network: Musharraf
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said his country's government has "definite reasons" for not acting against the Haqqani Network, as such action might hinder its current interests. ANI

Pakistan is poorer without you: Rest in peace Begum Bhutto
She had been ill since long. In fact after 1996, when her son was killed, none of us ever saw her or heard from her. Yet the news of Begum Nusrat Bhutto's passing away came as a devastating one ANI

Fair elections in Pak 'a distant dream' under President Zardari: Punjab CM
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that fair elections cannot be possible as long as Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari is the President of Pakistan. ANI

U.S. may consider military action in Syria: McCain
US Senator John McCain has said that his country might consider military action to protect civilians in Syria, especially now that NATO's air campaign in Libya is ending. ANI

Two arrested in hit-and-run death of Chinese toddler
Chinese police has reportedly arrested two drivers suspected of running over a toddler who was then ignored by passers-by on a busy market street and later died. ANI

'I shot Gaddafi in head and chest', claims Libyan youth on YouTube video
As confusion shrouded over who exactly killed Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan rebels posted a YouTube video of a young fighter claiming that he had shot the former dictator in the head and chest. ANI

Defence probing Australian Navy sailor's death onboard during visit to Mumbai
An Australian Navy sailor has died while the ship was conducting a port visit to Mumbai. ANI

Countdown Begins: 7 Days to 7 Billion People
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, will release a world anthem today entitled United. Performed by more than 50 musicians from 13 countries, United commemorates United Nations Day and marks the beginning of a week-long countdown to 31 October, when the world population is projected to reach 7 billion. Beginning today, visit www.7billionactions Business Wire India

MSCI Launches New Chinese Name ""MSCI Ã÷êÉ""
MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, including indices, portfolio risk and performance analytics and corporate governance services, announced today the launch of its new Chinese name for use across Greater China - ¡°MSCI Ã÷êÉ¡± (¡°Ming Sheng¡±). Business Wire India

CaridianBCT and Terumo Transfusion Unveil New Milestones in Progress toward Becoming Terumo BCT at AABB Annual Meeting & CTTXPO 2011
CaridianBCT and Terumo Transfusion today unveiled that they are uniting to become Terumo BCT, the world leader in blood component technology, products and services in the blood banking, transfusion medicine and cell therapy industries Business Wire India

UAE Exchange to Celebrate Its 31st Anniversary
UAE Exchange, the leading global remittance and foreign exchange brand, is celebrating its 31st Anniversary which falls on 23rd October, 2011, marked by a three-day long celebration across its global operations Business Wire India

UAE Participates in ITU Telecom World 2011 in Geneva
The UAE, Represented by a high level delegation headed by H.E. Mohammad Al Qamzi, Chairman of the TRA, will participate the in ITU Telecom World 2011 which will be held in Geneva during 24 and 27 October 2011, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Business Wire India

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