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One in five Brits back ban on trick-or-treating on Halloween
One in five people have supported the ban on customary trick-or-treating this year in wake of recent riots in cities across England, according to a survey. ANI

'Seoul won't flinch from tough approach towards North Korea': South Korean President
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has said he would not back off from his tough approach on North Korea for the sake of political gain, as he heads into his final year his single five-year term in 2012. ANI

GOP presidential hopefuls share their favorite movies
US president Barack Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain might differ on political ideologies but they do share an interest when it comes to watching movies. ANI

Greek boss 'chased employee n*ked', 'forced tongue into her mouth'
A Manhattan woman has claimed that her boss 'chased her around his house n*ked' and once 'forced his tongue into her mouth'. ANI

Former US chief prosecutor says Guantanamo Bay is 'law-free zone'
A former lawyer for the US government at Guant namo Bay has accused the administration he served of operating a "law-free zone" on the island. ANI

Iran complaints over US allegations of Saudi ambassador assassination plot
Iran has formally complained to the Unites States over claims that Tehran was involved in an alleged plot to kill Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington. ANI

Libyan brings down Gaddafi's luxurious 'Bab al-Aziziya home' in Tripoli
Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's luxurious home, Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, was torn down today by bulldozers. ANI

BBC journalists receive training for Queen's death
BBC journalists are being trained on the correct way of reporting the British Queen's death in order to avoid an on-air blunder. ANI

MQM chief Altaf slams PML-N for badmouthing Zardari
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has slammed Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for making derogatory remarks against President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

Pak denies spying on German forces in Afghanistan
Pakistani officials have rejected a German newspaper report that suggested that the country's secret service spied on German security forces in Afghanistan. ANI

Radioactive cesium exceeding designated limit detected in Fukushima's shiitake
Radioactive cesium exceeding the designated limit has been detected in Shiitake grown in greenhouses at a farm in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, the prefectural government has said. ANI

Zardari arrives in Istanbul for trilateral summit on Afghanistan
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari arrived in Istanbul on Sunday at the invitation of Turkish President Abdullah Gul to participate in the sixth trilateral summit to find a peaceful and everlasting solution of the Afghanistan issue. ANI

South African lesbians becoming victims of barbaric 'corrective rape'
Life for lesbians in South Africa is increasingly becoming daunting, as they live in fear of barbaric sex attacks dubbed "corrective" rape. ANI

Berlin restaurant offers paleolithic cuisine for Stone Age diners!
A trendy restaurant in Berlin is offering its diners prehistoric cuisine, which our caveman ancestors relished during Stone Age. ANI

Pak lawmaker escapes Taliban attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Housing and Physical Planning Minister Amjad Khan Afridi today escaped unhurt when Taliban militants opened fire on his vehicle in Kohat district. ANI

Mastermind behind terror plot to attack Pak Parliament arrested
Pakistani law enforcement agencies have arrested the alleged mastermind behind the terrorist plot to attack the Pakistan Parliament earlier this month. ANI

'Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow': Steve Jobs' last 'enigmatic' words
Describing Steve Jobs a tender and loving soul, Apple's visionary co-founder's biological sister has revealed his last moment and the enigmatic words he uttered before he died. ANI

GOP hopeful Herman Cain denies sexual harassment charges
American Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has denied accusations of sexual harassment. ANI

'Disturbing' number of cyber attacks hit UK
Britain has been subjected to a "disturbing" number of cyber attacks, an intelligence agency official has claimed. ANI

Pak population to reach 210m by 2020
Pakistan's population would reportedly reach an estimated 210 million by 2020, leading to a situation that might make it difficult for the country to meet the requirements of additional people. ANI

'Pakistan committed to peace and stability in Afghanistan'
Pakistan has decided to present its upright stance in the US-sponsored Istanbul conference on Afghanistan, slatted for November 2. ANI

Viagra girl refuses to return $400k 'error' check
An American woman has refused to return a severance check for more than a half-million dollars she received by mistake from Viagra maker. ANI

'Pak ISI spied on German officers in Afghanistan'
Pakistan's the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) reportedly spied on German security forces in Afghanistan, leading to suspicion that sensitive information could end up in the hands of the Taliban, a German paper has reported. ANI

Military operations 'not a sustainable solution' for militancy problem: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that military operations are not a sustainable solution to end militancy, as the political process had to be initiated to bring peace. ANI

Pippa to sign 1m pounds book deal on how to play perfect party host
Pippa Middleton is believed to be close to signing a book deal on how to be the perfect party hostess. ANI

South Asia eyes turn to Parramatta for Parramasala festival
Over 80,000 people are expected to flock to the Sydney suburb of Parramatta this week for a taste of arts and culture from South Asia as part of the annual Parramasala festival. ANI

China to conduct another manned space mission by 2012
China has announced plans to conduct another manned space mission by 2012. ANI

Malaysian province to offer help to budding Indian contractors
Malaysia's Muar provincial government has announced plans to look into creating a special category for budding Indian contractors and entrepreneurs in Johor. ANI

To ward off India threat, Pak among top nations planning spending spree on nuke weapons
Pakistan is among several nations planning a spending spree on nuclear weapons, the others being the United States and Russia. ANI

NATO all but rules out no-fly zone over Syria
NATO has all but ruled out the possibility of establishing a no-fly zone over Syria after the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, warned that any western intervention would cause an "earthquake" that would "burn the whole region". ANI

China to launch Shenzhou-8 spacecraft on Tuesday
China will launch the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft on Tuesday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, located about 1,600 kms from Beijing. ANI

Libya PM confirms presence of chemical weapons in country
Libya's Interim Prime Minister, Mahmoud Jibril, has confirmed the presence of chemical weapons in Libya, and said that foreign inspectors would arrive later this week to deal with the issue. ANI

PPP, PML-N term Imran Khan's speech in Lahore rally 'directionless'
The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) have slammed cricketer turned politician Imran Khan over his 'contradictory rally' in Lahore, saying that he 'lacked direction' and 'clarity'. ANI

'Treasure of Benghazi' looted during Libyan uprising
A priceless collection of ancient gold, silver and bronze coins was stolen by robbers in the Libyan city of Benghazi earlier this year. ANI

Bill Gates says Steve Jobs' criticism 'doesn't bother him at all'
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has coolly responded to some harsh criticism by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, saying that 'none of it bothers him at all'. ANI

Berlusconi named on US government's people trafficking 2011 report
Controversial Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been named in a US government report on people trafficking for his alleged relationship with a minor girl. ANI

UK extreme Muslim group planning 'Hell for Heroes' protest on Nov 11
An extreme Muslim group in Britain, which caused outrage by burning a poppy last Remembrance Sunday, is planning to further cause disruption on November 11, with a twisted 'Hell for Heroes' protest. ANI

Qantas ordered back into skies
Australia's embattled national carrier Qantas Airways will start flying again from today after an unprecedented grounding. ANI

Imran Khan asks Pak rulers to declare assets within months or face civil disobedience movement
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan has asked leaders of the ruling party to declare their assets within few months or face a civil disobedience movement, which might lead to their ouster. ANI

Pak govt's alliance with US 'main reason' for home-grown Taliban insurgency: Imran Khan
Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan "cursed" the government in a rally, insisting that its alliance with the US was the main reason why his country was facing home-grown Taliban insurgency. ANI

ZTE Nine-Month Operating Revenue Rises 26.5% to RMB58.29 Billion
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, announced that its operating revenue rose to RMB58.29 billion for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, an increase of 26.5 per cent year-on-year. Business Wire India

Exxon Mobil Corporation Announces Estimated Third Quarter 2011 Results
Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) Business Wire India

Government of Singapore Investment Corporation invests US$300m in Avolon
Avolon, the international aircraft leasing group, announces that it has successfully secured a third round of equity capital with a US$300 million equity commitment from the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (‘GIC’), subject to customary regulatory approval. Business Wire India

22nd Century Group Licenses X-22 to Pharmaceutical Subsidiary; New York Times Reports Company Delivers Government Research Cigarettes
22nd Century Group, Inc. (OTCBB: XXII), a company focused on smoking cessation and tobacco harm reduction products, announced today that the company licensed Hercules Pharmaceuticals LLC, its wholly-owned pharmaceutical subsidiary, exclusive worldwide rights to X-22. Business Wire India

Monster Worldwide Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results
Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW) has reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2011. Business Wire India

NYSE Euronext Announces Stock Buy-Back Plan
Business Wire India

OnCore Manufacturing Acquires Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Suzhou, China
OnCore Manufacturing Services, LLC, a leading global provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), announced the acquisition of Alta Electronics International Inc Business Wire India

Sumatran Tiger Conservation Foundation Rescues Another Endangered Tiger, Begins Relocation Process
The Sumatran Tiger Conservation Foundation (YPHS) has announced the successful rescue and planned relocation of an endangered two-year-old Sumatran tiger. The tiger, named Bima, was rescued in Riau Province, after being caught in human-tiger conflict. Business Wire India

3,000+ Patient Meta-Analysis Reinforces Importance of Platelet Reactivity Testing to Aid in Risk Assessment
Accumetrics, Inc Business Wire India

Sartorius Concludes Agreement to Acquire the Liquid Handling Business of the Finnish Laboratory Supplier Biohit
Sartorius, a leading international process and laboratory technology provider, signed an agreement to acquire the liquid handling business of the Finnish laboratory supplier Biohit Oyj Business Wire India

Quintiles Agrees to Acquire Premier GLP Bioanalytics Laboratory, Creating Full-Spectrum Lab Solution for Drug Development
To provide a more comprehensive and efficient global solution for its laboratory customers, Quintiles today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Advion BioServices, a premier U.S.-based bioanalytical laboratory providing Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) testing and other services. Business Wire India

Printronix Appoints Mark Edwards Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing
Printronix, Inc., the worldwide leader in business-critical printing solutions, announced the appointment of Mark Edwards as senior vice president of global sales and marketing Business Wire India

The GSA Bestows Its Highest Honor to Dr. Henry Samueli
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), the voice of the global semiconductor industry, proudly announces the 2011 winner of the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award: industry pioneer and co-founder of Broadcom Corporation, Dr. Henry Samueli Business Wire India

Brammo Drives Growth with $28 Million Series B and Forms a Strategic Partnership with New Investor Polaris Industries
Brammo Inc., a leading developer of electric vehicle technology and manufacturer of two-wheel electric vehicles, announced today that it has closed a $28 million Series B funding round designed to accelerate the company's development plans. Business Wire India

Stromasys S.A.: CHARON-HPA, the World’s First Virtual HP3000 Hardware
Stromasys S.A., the leader in legacy system virtualization, today publicly announces that the Zelus project, an advanced development project to create a virtual version of the 30+ year old HP 3000 hardware, has achieved its goals Business Wire India

Bloomberg Named 'Technology Company of the Year' by Asia Risk
Asia Risk, the leading magazine for risk and derivatives professionals in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, has named Bloomberg LP the 'Technology Company of the Year 2011.' The award recognizes Bloomberg for creating innovative technology, data and analytics that increased participation and investment in the APAC derivatives markets. Business Wire India

Ziptronix Signs Licensing Agreement with Sony for Ziptronix’s Oxide Bonding Technology for Backside Illuminated Imaging Sensors
Ziptronix, Inc. has signed a licensing agreement with Sony Corporation for the use of Ziptronix’s patents regarding oxide bonding technology for backside illumination imaging sensors. Business Wire India

China’s Commitment to Embrace Forest Certification – APP-China PCwC Quarterly Report Seeks to Clarify Confusion around Responsible Purchasing of Paper Products
The Paper Contract with China – China Paper Industry Sustainability Forum 2011, held in August, highlighted that responsible procurement and certification systems are critical to achieving sustainable forest management and long-term economic growth for the Asia Pacific region Business Wire India

HDMI® Forum, Inc. Call for Members and Contributions
HDMI Forum, Inc., a non-profit, mutual benefit corporation, is announcing a call for members and contributions. The HDMI Forum has been established to foster broader industry participation in the development of future versions of the HDMI Specification Business Wire India

Sabana Real Estate Investment Management Pte. Ltd. Selects Yardi Voyager Software to Manage Industrial Portfolio in Singapore
Yardi Systems, one of the leading global developers of real estate software for investment, asset and property management, has announced that Sabana Real Estate Investment Management Pte. Ltd. has chosen Yardi Voyager™ to manage Sabana REIT’s industrial portfolio in Singapore. Business Wire India

Kurion Cesium Removal System Continues Operation In Spite Of Small Leakage Found in Drip Pan
Kurion, Inc., an innovator in nuclear waste management, announced that approximately 3 metric tons (3 cubic meters) of leaked water was discovered a week ago in a processing skid within the Kurion supplied Ion Specific Media System (a.k.a. Cesium Absorption System) at the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Business Wire India

HDMI® Founders Announce Initiative to Broaden Industry Participation in HDMI Specification Development
HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface® (HDMI®) Specification on behalf of the HDMI Founders, announced HDMI Forum, Inc., a new organization designed to foster broader industry participation in the development of future versions of the HDMI Specification Business Wire India

Infineon Strengthens Its Position as the Market Leader in Power Semiconductors – Renewable Energy Sources and Smart Grids Opens Up Additional Growth Potential
Infineon Technologies is the global market leader in power semiconductors for the eighth consecutive year. According to IMS Research* data, Infineon again strengthened its position in 2010 and commands an 11.2 percent share of the overall market, ahead of Toshiba (6.8%), STMicroelectronics (6.5%) and Mitsubishi (6.5%). The IMS Research study shows that Infineon holds a market share of 8 Business Wire India

Biogen Idec Announces Positive Top-Line Results from Second Phase 3 Trial Investigating Oral BG-12 (Dimethyl Fumarate) in Multiple Sclerosis
Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB) announced positive top-line results from CONFIRM, the second of two pivotal Phase 3 clinical trials designed to evaluate the investigational oral compound BG-12 (dimethyl fumarate) in people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) Business Wire India

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