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Barbie maker to acquire Thomas the Tank Engine owner for $680m
US toy maker, Mattel, famous for its Barbie dolls has revealed that it has finalized a 680 million-dollar deal to buy HIT Entertainment, the media group behind Thomas the Tank Engine and other popular children's brands. ANI

TSA agent leaves lewd message for woman after finding sex toy in luggage
A woman has claimed that a TSA agent left a lewd note for her after finding a sex toy stuffed inside her bag. ANI

Foreign escorts resorting to blogs to advertise services
Foreign escorts are now taking to blogs in a bid to attract more clients. ANI

Treasure hunters closing in on British Naval hero Sir Francis Drake's grave
A team of international treasure hunters led by Pat Croce, are close to finding the final resting place of British Naval hero Sir Francis Drake. ANI

James Murdoch's future at News Corp under threat
James Murdoch's future is hanging in the balance after News Corp's shareholders lodged a massive protest vote. ANI

Michelle Obama's first book 'American Grown' set for April release
Michelle Obama is all set to take on the role of an author. ANI

F-22 Raptor, America's most expensive fighter grounded again after oxygen scare
For the second time this year, the United States Air Force has grounded dozens of F-22 Raptors, some of the world's most sophisticated and expensive stealth fighter jets, after another pilot appeared to suffer from a lack of oxygen mid-flight. ANI

Chinese Army to improve its management of assets to promote scientific development
The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has agreed to better manage the Army's assets to promote a scientific development of the nation's defense and military sector, the Central Military Commission (CMC) has said. ANI

Turkey earthquake death toll rises to 366
The death toll in the earthquake-hit Van province in Turkey has increased to 366, the country's Disaster and Emergency Administration has said. ANI

Disillusioned Hispanic voters a hurdle for Obama
Disillusioned Hispanic voters don't see President Barack Obama as their choice for the White House after the 2012 presidential elections. ANI

Asia is US' next big priority after ten years of war: Defense Secretary Panetta
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that the United States views Asia as its next big priority. ANI

Libyan Govt. orders probe into Gaddafi's killing
Libya's interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil has ordered an investigation into the death of Muammar Gaddafi under pressure of the international community. ANI

Skype security flaw may put global Internet users at risk: Study
A severe security flaw in the massively popular Skype video chat service might put Internet users worldwide at risk. ANI

One of Libya's worst massacre sites 'cleaned' without investigation
Volunteers have cleaned up the Mahari Hotel compound, one of the worst massacre sites in Libya, where a number of Gaddafi loyalists and at least two officials were killed, but no one from the new government had reportedly come to investigate the spot. ANI

China jails two former officials for leaking data
A Chinese court has jailed two former officials for leaking confidential economic data, a rare punishment that is part of an effort to close gaping loopholes in how the world's second largest economy manages the release of market-moving information. ANI

Fazl urges Taliban groups in Pakistan "to end armed struggle"
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman has said that Talibanisation in Afghanistan is an organised movement whereas every armed group has established its own empire in Pakistan. ANI

Kashiwa's radioactive hot-spot just one of many to come: Expert
Japanese citizens have been warned that more radioactive hot-spot like the one discovered in Kashiwa city, Chiba Prefecture, can be found where rainwater accumulates. ANI

Suu Kyi sees welcome change in Myanmar
Dissident Aung San Suu Kyi said a series of reforms under way in Myanmar represents the biggest opening in the repressive Southeast Asian country since the 1980s. ANI

China reaffirms commitment to consolidate bilateral ties with India
China today said that it would work with India to consolidate ties after Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh spoke positively of the relations between the two countries. ANI

Kabul awaiting green signal from Islamabad for Rabbani murder probe delegation's visit
Afghan authorities say they are waiting for a green signal from Islamabad in order to send a delegation to Pakistan for talks regarding the investigations into the assassination of High Peace Council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani, according to a media report. ANI

China keen to set up military bases in Pakistan: Pak journalist
While Pakistan wants China to build a naval base at Gwadar in Balochistan, Beijing is more interested in setting up military bases either in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) or the Federally Administered Northern Areas (FANA) that border Xinjiang province, senior Pakistani journalist and author Amir Mir has said. ANI

US to dismantle last of its most powerful nuclear bombs
The last of the United States' most powerful nuclear bombs - the B53, will be dismantled today at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas. ANI

Pak Govt bestows highest civil award on former first lady Begum Nusrat Bhutto
The Pakistan Government has bestowed the highest civil award of Nishan-I-Imtiaz and the title of "Maadar-I-Jamhooriyat" (mother of democracy) posthumously on former first lady Begum Nusrat Bhutto, in recognition of her services to the cause of democracy in the country. ANI

Pak's Geo TV says it aired Karzai's controversial interview in "original form"
The Pakistani news channel that had interviewed Afghan President Hamid Karzai last week has insisted that the controversial interview was aired in its "original form", without adding or deleting a single word. ANI

Strauss-Kahn 'has no diplomatic immunity': New York court papers
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn does not have diplomatic immunity from a lawsuit by the hotel maid who claims he sexually assaulted her in his room, according to New York court papers. ANI

Steve Jobs' father boasts of having met "great tipper" son unknowingly
Steve Jobs's father has boasted that he had met the Apple chief executive at his restaurant, who he described as a "great tipper", without realising that he was talking about his son, Jobs disclosed before his death. ANI

Pakistan obtains hi-tech warfare suite pod to upgrade F-16 fighter aircraft
Pakistan has bought the American ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suite (AIDEWS) pod for their fighter aircraft, according to a media report. ANI

Gaddafi buried at secret location in Libya
The body of former Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi was buried at an unknown location today, according to National Transitional Council (NTC) officials. ANI

UK-based crook says he can get anyone from India for 3K pounds
A shady boss running a one-stop shop for illegal immigrants has revealed that he can get anyone from India for 3000 pounds. ANI

Prince of Wales praised Gaddafi in 2007 letter
The Prince of Wales tried to maintain a good relationship between Britain and Libya, and also praised its former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in a letter to him in 2007. ANI

Brit woman gives birth on same day as sister, again!
A British woman defied the odds of 125,000 to one, when she gave birth to her son on the same day as her sister and that too, for the second time. ANI

US-sponsored moot on Afghanistan to 'bear no fruit' without Taliban participation
The US-sponsored Istanbul Conference on Afghanistan would be nothing more than an agenda-setting exercise for the December 5 Bonn Conference, as none of major Afghan resistance groups- including the Taliban and Haqqani network- would participate in the November 2 moot, a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Christian club sues US school district authorities over media restriction
An Oklahoma school district is facing a lawsuit for allegedly forbidding organizers of a Christian club from promoting events on campus. ANI

Steve Jobs admired Facebook's Zuckerberg for 'dominating social networking space'
Steve Jobs expressed his admiration for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for not selling out and dominating the social networking space, his biographer has revealed. ANI

Over 6500 Indian students in Australia facing deportation for flunking visa tests
Around 6536 Indian students in Australia are facing deportation for flunking subjects or missing classes at a vocational training level, leading to cancellation of their visas in that country. ANI

Gaddafi's death still very much in dispute
The chain of events that led to ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's death continue to remain very much in dispute. ANI

Rajapaksa charged over Sri Lankan war crimes in Oz court
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been charged with war crimes in a Melbourne court over the civil war in his country. ANI

Pakistan, US agree on 'blueprint' seeking peaceful end to war in Afghanistan
The United States and Pakistan have agreed on a "blueprint" seeking a peaceful end to the decade-old war in Afghanistan, according to a media report. ANI

Musharraf denies ever striking deal over US drone strikes in Pakistan
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has categorically denied that he had ever struck a deal over allowing the United States to conduct drones strikes inside Pakistan or unilateral military action against Osama bin Laden. ANI

Bomb attack kills four people in northwest Pakistan
At least four people were killed in a powerful roadside bomb explosion in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, according to police. ANI

Tibetan nun who set herself alight in protest against Chinese policies in Kirti region 'dies'
A 20-year-old Tibetan nun who set herself on fire in protest against China's religious policies has reportedly died. ANI

Rebels sodomized Gaddafi with combat knife
The rebels who captured Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi reportedly dragged him from a drainage pipe and tortured him with a knife. ANI

'200 Pak Taliban ready to launch terror attacks in UK during Christmas'
A Pakistani warlord has warned that the Taliban is planning to launch attacks in Britain during Christmas. ANI

Gaddafi to be buried in "unknown location in desert" today
The body of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi will be buried today in a "simple" ceremony at an unknown location in the desert, the country's interim leaders have announced. ANI

US not seeking 'overt military action' against terrorists in Pak tribal region: Clinton
The United States has asked Pakistan to squeeze the Taliban and the Haqqani network on its side of the Afghan border, but that does not necessarily mean taking overt military action against them, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said. ANI

Clinton warns Pak of 'dire consequences' if it fails to contain terrorists operating from its soil
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned that Pakistan will have to face 'dire consequences' if it fails to contain threat from the terrorist networks operating from its soil. ANI

Karzai backtracks on 'Kabul to back Pak in case of war with US' statement
The Afghan President's office has sought to distance Hamid Karzai from his controversial remarks in a television interview, wherein he had asserted that Afghanistan would side with Pakistan in a hypothetical war against the United States. ANI

Pak judge who convicted Taseer assassin 'sent abroad following death threats'
The Pakistani judge who had awarded the death sentence to Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, has left for Saudi Arabia along with his family after receiving death threats from extremists. ANI

British Airways Extends Outsourcing Contract with WNS
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced a 20-month extension in the outsourcing contract with its founder company, British Airways (BA), U.K.’s largest flag carrier airline Business Wire India

Gemalto Trusted Services Manager Selected for Singapore’s Nation-wide Near Field Communication (NFC) Roll-out
Gemalto, (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces its selection by IDA as the trusted third party to deploy mobile NFC contactless services across Singapore. Business Wire India

TomTom Buys out Joint Venture Partner in Indonesia
TomTom announces it is strengthening its position in the Indonesian market by buying out its joint venture partner PT Navindo. Consequently, TomTom increases its ownership from 75% to 100% in PT Tele Atlas Indonesia Business Wire India

Smiles and Laughter for Xpress Money Customers in the Philippines
Xpress Money’s hugely popular promotion, “Pera Pang Xkwela,” ended amidst great fan fare recently. It was a joint promotion with agent partner M.Lhuillier Inc. The lucky winners of the promotion were announced resulting in some extremely happy and ecstatic Xpress Money customers. Business Wire India

Sparkasse Suedholstein Secures eBanking with Gemalto’s Ezio Optical Reader
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces that Sparkasse Suedholstein is deploying Gemalto’s Ezio strong authentication optical readers to better protect its online customers Business Wire India

Pop Test Cortisol acquires chemotherapy sensitizer Org34517 from Merck & Co.
Pop Test Cortisol LLC, under the umbrella of the POP Test companies, today announced pre-clinical trials in which the company has successfully demonstrated the efficacy of a chemotherapy sensitizer for “triple negative” breast cancer Business Wire India

Whitefield Marketing Has a New Name: Group FMG
Whitefield Marketing announced that it has changed its company name to Group FMG ( The change reflects Group FMG’s new mission and expanded capabilities and is part of a larger rebranding effort to meet the critical challenges facing today’s global brands— i.e Business Wire India

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