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100-yr-old Brit grandma gets b'day wish of seeing male stripper fulfilled!
A British grandmother's wish came true when her relatives fulfilled her request to see a male stripper on her 100th birthday. ANI

$1 million interview awaits Amanda Knox as court clears her of 2007 murder
Amanda Knox, the 24-year-old American found guilty in 2009 of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher, has a potential 1 million dollar interview waiting to receive her after being cleared of her murder charges. ANI

Oz kids get 'passports' to go barefoot, get wet and dirty to become smarter
Kids in Western Australia are being told to get barefoot, wet and dirty, all with the aim of making them smarter, wiser and more able to handle the challenges of the modern world. ANI

Pound slumps after computer's 'fat finger' mistakenly enters large sell order
The UK sterling collapsed from just under 1.5580 dollars to just over 1.5480 dollars, after a computer mistakenly entered a large sell order. ANI

Skeleton of US man 'obsessed' with Queen found near Buckingham Palace
An American who was obsessed with the Queen lay dead in a park near Buckingham Palace in London for about three years before being discovered. ANI

Majority of Americans expect GOP to win 2012 presidential race: Poll
A majority of Americans expect a Republican nominee to win the 2012 Presidential election, according to a poll. ANI

Stress hormone cortisol may up cardiovascular risks for shift workers
Previous studies have shown that long-term elevated cortisol levels lead to increased abdominal obesity, hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular risk. ANI

UK set to axe HR laws allowing criminals to escape deportation
Deportation rules in Britain are likely to be changed to stop foreign criminals and terrorists using the Human Rights Act to remain in the nation. ANI

62 percent Americans want troops out of Afghanistan: Poll
After a decade of war in Afghanistan, nearly two out of three Americans want troop levels to be decreased in the war-torn country, according to a poll. ANI

Egyptian party leaders criticized for signing deal pledging 'full support' to military
Egyptian representatives of 60 political parties have been criticized by their own members for inking a deal, which pledges 'full support' for the ruling military council, ahead of elections. ANI

Chelsea boss Abramovich sued in 'most expensive' 3.5 billion pound court case
Russian oligarch Boris Berozovsky has claimed that Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich had forced him to sell shares worth over two billion pounds at a low price by threatening that then Russian President Vladimir Putin would seize Berozovsky's assets if he failed to comply with the order. ANI

Plutonium traces found outside Fukushima nuke plant compound
Traces of plutonium fallout outside the Fukushima No.1 power plant's compound have been confirmed by Japan's Ministry of Science through tests conducted in June. ANI

Pak judge who announced verdict in Salmaan Taseer murder case goes on 'indefinite leave'
The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) judge who awarded the death sentence to Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, has gone on indefinite leave. ANI

Nawaz Sharif calls Zardari "threat to Pakistan's democracy"
Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said his prediction that President Asif Ali Zardari is a threat to the country's democracy, has come true. ANI

Pak 'Osama raid' commission records ISI officials' statements
The inquiry commission set up by the Pakistan Government for probing the Osama bin Laden debacle has recorded statements of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officials, who reiterated claims that the United States had conducted the May 2 raid without the consent of Pakistani authorities. ANI

Tepco told to double cost cuts to compensate Fukushima nuke crisis victims
A Japanese Government panel has called on the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to double its cost cuts to compensate Fukushima nuclear crisis victims. ANI

ESPN yanks Hank Williams from broadcast for comparing Obama to Hitler
The voice of Hank Williams Jr., famous for asking millions of viewers if they're ready for some football, has been pulled from Monday's broadcast of "Monday Night Football" over a comment he made on Fox News this morning. ANI

Barack Obama got pre-release iPad directly from Steve Jobs
U.S. President Barack Obama recently revealed that one of the perks of his job includes having received his iPad directly from Steve Jobs himself before the product's official release. ANI

The Aussie couple that gives free sex show to public from balcony!
A couple in Australia is gaining notoriety by performing sex acts in broad daylight and in full view of people in their balcony of Darwin's La Grande apartments. ANI

Pak-Afghan ties at 'very low ebb once again' following Rabbani's killing: Editorial
The relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan is at a very low ebb once again, in the wake of intensifying Afghan accusations that High Peace Council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination was planned in Quetta, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Blasphemy furore exposes Pakistan's ideological, legal fragility
The blasphemy furore in Pakistan exposes the fragility of the state- ideological, legal and security-wise, a British newspaper has said. ANI

Pakistan must decide whether it's with US or Taliban in war on terror: Romney
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has said it is unacceptable that Pakistan is playing a double game in the US-led war on terror. ANI

Thai PM's Twitter account hacked
The Twitter account of Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been hacked and used to post questions about her competence. ANI

De Niro hopes to win 'record-breaking' five Oscars for kids
Hollywood icon Robert De Niro wants to break the record for the highest number of Oscars handed to one actor, so he can give each of his five children a statuette. ANI

Iran rejects US' 'direct military hot line' proposal
Iran has reportedly rejected a proposal by the United States to establish a military-to-military hot line between Washington and Tehran. ANI

Oz public sector teeming with 'systemic corruption'
An investigation carried out by Australia's Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) into 88 councils and 22 government authorities has found "systemic corruption within the public sector". ANI

Attacks emanating from Pak 'safe havens' biggest challenge: US commander in Afghanistan
General John Allen, the eighth US commander in charge of the war in Afghanistan, has said that the biggest challenge is the attacks on his troops by fighters coming from 'safe havens' in Pakistan. ANI

Foreign docs must speak English or be banned from working in UK hospitals
Foreign doctors who cannot speak English are to be banned from working in the Newcastle Hospitals (NHS) hospitals and clinics, the British Health Secretary will announce. ANI

Syrian govt. accused of torturing relatives of overseas activists
The Syrian government has been accused of torturing the relatives of Syrians protesting overseas to put an end to international criticism about President Bashar al-Assad's regime. ANI

Taliban release eight NGO workers abducted near Quetta in July
Eight aid workers belonging to a foreign non-governmental organisation (NGO) have been released by the Taliban in Pakistan's South Waziristan Agency. ANI

TTP welcomes Gilani's peace overtures, says it wants 'direct talks' with Pak Govt
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has welcomed the Pakistan Government's offer for peace talks with all insurgent groups. ANI

Senate pushes bill to punish China for cheating to steal US jobs
The US Senate has voted to push a bill that would punish China for manipulating its currency to step up exports. ANI

Brit teacher's alleged affair with female pupil caught out 'by love bite'
An IT teacher was allegedly caught having an affair with a 17-year-old female pupil after he showed colleagues a love bite on his neck. ANI

British Army has more generals than tanks
A former British spy has found that the country's army has more generals than main battle tanks. ANI

Hitler's 'Jewish threat' letter to be displayed at L.A's Museum of Tolerance
A letter written by Adolf Hitler in 1919, that reveals his disdain for the Jewish people and his plans to exclude them from society, will be displayed for public viewing for the first time in an exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. ANI

American student Amanda Knox cleared of murdering British roommate in Italy
American student Amanda Knox has been freed from an Italian prison after winning an appeal against her conviction for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007. ANI

Lockerbie bomber Megrahi says his 'role was exaggerated' in attack
Abdul Basset al Megrahi, who was convicted of carrying out a Pan Am flight attack over Lockerbie in 1988, said his role in the bombing has been "exaggerated". ANI

China's KFC rip-off 'Obama Fried Chicken' draws US ire
A fast-food restaurant in Beijing using a cartoon caricature of President Obama in an imitation of KFC's Colonel Sanders logo, has sparked outrage among the president's US supporters. ANI

Pak's double game as one of main exporters of terrorism 'glaringly revealed': Oz daily
The polite veil finally has been torn off, exposing Pakistan- one of the pivotal countries fighting the "war on terror"- as also having been one of the main exporters of terror. ANI

UNSC must reflect today's geopolitical realities, says Patil
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has said the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) must reflect on contemporary geopolitical realities in order to combat global security challenges better. ANI

Obama admits being "underdog" over crippled economy
US President Barack Obama has admitted that he is an "underdog," and that the faltering economy, which has been dragging on, could affect his chances of winning back his post in the 2012 polls. ANI

Libya's new leaders say war against Gaddafi 'has been won'
Libya's new leaders have claimed that the war against fallen dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has been won, and that a new transitional government has been appointed in the country under Mahmoud Jibril, who has been acting as Libya's de facto Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister on behalf of the rebels. ANI

Massachusetts terror suspect accused of planning Pentagon, DC attacks pleads innocence
A 26-year-old man, Rezwan Ferdaus, who is accused of planning to attack the Pentagon and Washington through flying explosive-packed remote-controlled model planes, has pleaded not guilty before a US court. ANI

Yahoo, ABC News unveil new online news alliance
Internet services company Yahoo and ABC News have formed a new content alliance that will make ABC the leading news provider on the Web portal and reach a combined US audience of over 100 million monthly. ANI

American troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014: US General
The top U.S. General in Afghanistan has said that the U.S. troops will remain there for a "long time," likely far beyond a planned 2014 handover of security responsibilities. ANI

Openly gay men less likely to get interview calls for job openings
Openly gay men face substantial job discrimination in certain parts of the U.S., according to a new study. ANI

Pakistan seeks US inquiry into Raymond Davis shootout incident in Lahore
Pakistan has asked the United States to conduct an inquiry into the January 27 shooting incident in Lahore, wherein CIA defence contractor Raymond Davis had killed two Pakistani citizens, a news report has said. ANI

Karzai accuses Pakistan of playing 'double game' in fight against militants
In a barely veiled reference to Pakistan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that a "double game" is being played in the fight against militants. ANI

Twelve people killed in apparent sectarian attack in southwest Pakistan
Twelve people were killed and six others injured in an apparent sectarian attack on a bus carrying Shia Muslims in southwestern Pakistan. ANI

Hindus ask Europe not to make Roma a "scapegoat" for all their ills
The Hindus have asked Europe to find another scapegoat in place of Roma (Gypsies) to blame for their ills and instead work on ending long time apartheid faced by them. ANI

Sydney's 'Old Toongabbie Uniting Church' is Hindu Shakti Temple now
The Sydney Shakti Temple in Australia, which used to be Old Toongabbie Uniting Church, now regularly performs poojas, abhishekams and aartis, according to reports. ANI

Amin Fahim says Dr Manmohan Singh has accepted invitation to visit Pakistan
Pakistan Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim has formally invited Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan, reviving hopes that both nations would fully exploit the potential of economic and business ties. ANI

Brain Disorder Bill Hits €800 Billion as Europe Faces ‘Ticking Bomb’, Warns New Study from The European Brain Council
The annual cost of brain disorders in Europe has soared to 798 billion euros in what a new study describes as a social, political and financial “ticking bomb”. Business Wire India

The Valence Group acts as M&A advisor to PolyOne on Agreement to Acquire ColorMatrix Group, Inc.
PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL), a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, today announced an agreement to acquire ColorMatrix Group, Inc., a leading global innovator in liquid colorants, additives and fluoropolymers, for $486 million, including transaction tax benefits of $10 million. Business Wire India

Avira Chooses GlobalCollect as Preferred Payment Service Provider
Avira, a specialist with sound experience in developing security solutions for both single workstations as well as cross-system protection of professional networks, will be using GlobalCollect to process and reconcile international e-payments Business Wire India

Ernst & Young Reports 2011 Global Revenues of US$22.9 Billion
For immediate release 5pm GMT 3 October 2011 Business Wire India

BrightSource Energy Delivers World’s Largest Solar-to-Steam Facility for Enhanced Oil Recovery to Chevron
BrightSource Energy, Inc., a leading solar thermal technology company, is providing its proprietary LPT solar thermal technology for use in the world’s largest enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project. The solar facility, built for Chevron Technology Ventures, a division of Chevron U.S.A Business Wire India

GE Healthcare Announces 25 ‘GE Global Pink Ribbons’ to Mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month
GE Healthcare today announced ‘GE Global Pink Ribbons’ to take place in 25 locations around the world during October. Thousands of GE employees will form ‘human ribbons’ to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout the month of October Business Wire India

Covidien plc to Report Fourth-Quarter Results on November 15, 2011
Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) will report fourth-quarter results on November 15, 2011, before trading begins. The Company will hold a conference call for investors at 8:30 a.m. ET. The call can be accessed in the following ways: Business Wire India

Coverity Collaborates with HP to Bring Development Testing to HP Application Lifecycle Management
Coverity, Inc., the development testing leader, today announced the integration of its development testing platform with HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Business Wire India

Coverity Unveils Industry’s First Development Testing Platform
Coverity, Inc., the development testing leader, today announced the industry’s first developer-friendly and enterprise ready development testing platform, Coverity 5.5. With enhancements to analysis speed in its core technology, Coverity® Static Analysis, and integrations with some of the most widely-used development technologies, Coverity 5 Business Wire India

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