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India, Austria sign two MoUs during President Patil's visit
India and Austria on Wednesday signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU), one on technology specific cooperation in the field of railways and the second on cooperation in science and technology, during the visit of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil. ANI

US study on Iraq, Afghanistan say focus on small projects to win hearts, minds
Three American researchers have suggested in a study that U.S. efforts to bring stability to Iraq and Afghanistan will depend on spending money on small projects to win the hearts and minds of the local populace. ANI

Gwyneth Paltrow 'hosts Obama fund-raiser at London home'
American actress Gwyneth Paltrow has reportedly hosted a dinner in aid of Barack Obama's re-election campaign. ANI

Forget Oxford University admission unless you know 'why lions have manes'
Want an admission at the Oxford University? Well, get prepared to face some very bizarre questions during the interview process. ANI

While N. Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il bans internet, his grandson joins Facebook
While North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il has denied his people access to the internet and telephone, his grandson has joined Facebook that shows he is clearly enjoying life at a college in Europe. ANI

Future Hong Kong chief admits adultery
The man tipped to take over as the next Chief Executive of Hong Kong has admitted to adultery. ANI

Bush responded to 9/11 according to traditional US foreign policy: Study
Former US President George W. Bush might have been criticized for declaring the war on terror following the 9/11 attacks, but a recent doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows that his decisions, actions and ideas really did not differ much from previous U.S foreign policy. ANI

Rick Perry collapsing, Herman Cain surging ahead in 2012 presidential elections: Polls
Texas Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry is collapsing, businessman Herman Cain is surging and Mitt Romney is holding steady at the top, a new poll has found. ANI

UK laws don't allow for deportation of illegal immigrants if they have pet cats!
UK Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has jumped to defend the nation's Human Rights laws after Home Secretary Theresa May claimed that they were responsible for blocking the deportation of an illegal immigrant because he had a pet cat. ANI

New Jersey Governor Christie confirms he will not join 2012 US Presidential race
New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie has announced that he would not seek the Republican nomination for president, ending speculations that he would make a dramatic late entrance to the 2012 US Presidential race. ANI

Panetta calls for "trusting relationship" with Pakistan in war on terror
The United States should build a "cooperative and trusting" relationship with Pakistan to pursue the common goal of eliminating terrorism as their major effort, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said. ANI

Majority of Pakistani men want 'educated women' as wives: Survey
A majority of Pakistani men give importance to the education of their prospective wives when making marital decisions, according to a new survey. ANI

London turning into 'apartheid-era South Africa', says city school headmaster
The headmaster of a school in London has said that parts of the city are starting to resemble apartheid-era South Africa, with black and white pupils being separated at a young age. ANI

Vladimir Putin wants Soviet-style power bloc to rival EU
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said he wants to forge a "Eurasian Union" on the vast territory that used to be the Soviet Union to compete with the European Union and the United States. ANI

US using drone attacks for 'punitive approach' towards Pakistan: Report
The Conflict Monitoring Centre (CMC), an Islamabad-based independent research organisation that monitors drone attacks and anti-state insurgencies in South Asia, has accused the United States of using drone strikes "for its punitive approach towards Pakistan." ANI

Pakistan to pursue war on terror till 'logical end': Zardari
President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Pakistan has been paying the heaviest price in the war on terror, and that it is determined to pursue the struggle till its logical conclusion. ANI

Zardari Network more dangerous than Haqqanis for Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif
The 'Zardari Network' is more dangerous for Pakistan than the Haqqani network, as the Zardari-led government is bent upon destroying the institutions of the country, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said. ANI

Haqqanis pushing TTP for peace deal with Islamabad to protect its safe havens in Pak
The Haqqani network has started its efforts to push the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to negotiate a peace deal with the Pakistan Government, according to a news report. ANI

Stressed-out employees 'may exercise more and work less'
A new study has found that employees who exercise to manage high job stress may actually have reduced levels of work productivity. ANI

Kate Middleton takes on first royal patronage
The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has become patron of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, which was set up in 2009 to allow the two young Princes to raise funds to support their favourite charities. ANI

'Overwhelmed' Amanda Knox returns home to Seattle after British student murder acquittal
American student Amanda Knox, who has been freed from an Italian prison after winning an appeal against her conviction for the murder of British student, told her cheering friends and supporters that she was "overwhelmed" to be home. ANI

Now, lap-dance your way to debt-free premium college degree!
The bosses of a lap-dancing chain have said that hard-up students anxious about piling up their debts should consider working as lap dancers. ANI

Australia's Sex Party says proposed bong ban racist
Australia's Sex Party has said that a proposed ban on bongs will be seen as racist because it gives special exemptions to Middle Eastern communities for the hookah. ANI

'Top Gear' stars shooting in Mumbai for Christmas special episode
The automobile show 'Top Gear' trio are in Mumbai for the shoot of the festive episode which is slated to be aired during Christmas. ANI

Spectacular assaults, use of modern methods strengthening Taliban sway over parts of Afghanistan
With the Taliban controlling the hours of usage for mobile use, defying the government's authority, in more than half the provinces in Afghanistan, it exemplifies its new and more subtle ways of assertion. ANI

Freed Amanda Knox reveals prison sex ordeal in diary
Amanda Knox, the American student who was cleared of killing her British flatmate Meredith Kercher, kept a diary of her private interviews in jail, which revealed she was repeatedly questioned in intimate detail about her sex life by a male guard. ANI

"Underwear bomber" Abdulmutallab yells in US court "Awlaki is alive"
The trial of suspected "underwear bomber" Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab took a tricky turn after he claimed that al Qaeda cleric Anwar al Awlaki is alive. ANI

Bachmann agrees with supporter's "impeach" Obama wish
US Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has agreed with a man who expressed a desire to "impeach" President Barack Obama" and get him out of the way." ANI

Tutu attacks S. African Govt. over Dalai Lama ban
A visibly angry Archbishop Desmond Tutu has compared the South African government unfavourably with the apartheid regime and threatened to pray for the downfall of the African National Congress (ANC) after Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, said he was forced to pull out of Tutu's 80th birthday celebrations because he had not been granted an entry visa. ANI

Prominent Iraqi leaders say US military trainers can stay beyond deadline but without immunity
Iraqi leaders have said that they want U.S. military trainers to stay beyond a year-end deadline for American forces to leave, but the troops should not be granted immunity from prosecution. ANI

New minimum wages for Indian labourers will be effective in Malaysia from next month
The Indian High Commission has formulated a new minimum wage for its citizens working in Malaysia. ANI

8-limbed Indian boy shows off post-surgery 'miracle' body for 1st time
A seven-year-old Indian boy, who was born with eight limbs, has shown off his 'miracle' body for the first time after doctors carried out a pioneering operation to transform him last year. ANI

Kate Middleton's wedding dress helps raise almost 10m pounds in 10 weeks
Kate Middleton's wedding dress, which had been put up for exhibition at Buckingham Palace this summer has helped raise almost 10 million pounds from visitors from all over the world. ANI

Boob-job implants save woman from husband's stabbing attempt!
A Russian woman was saved from an attempted stabbing by her husband due to her breast implants. ANI

Motorist caught drinking, driving and using laptop at the same time!
In a crackdown on distracted driving, the Hampshire police caught a motorist drinking coffee, using a laptop and writing down answers to a quiz on the radio simultaneously while behind the wheel. ANI

'Underwear bomber' claims 'al-Awlaki is alive' during US court hearing
A Nigerian man, who is accused of trying to blow up an airliner over the US on Christmas 2009, claimed during the court hearing in the US that American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki "is still alive." ANI

US outreach to Haqqani network signals 'fresh approach' in bid to end Afghan war
The United States' behind-the-scenes outreach to the Pakistan-based Haqqani network signals a new approach in effort to end the ten-year-old war in Afghanistan. ANI

Prince Harry set to take 8-week intensive 'Apache' helicopter training in US
Prince Harry is set for an eight-week intensive helicopter training programme codenamed Crimson Eagle in California, due to begin within the next few days. ANI

Hitler's 'secret' reading glasses set to fetch 5,000 pounds at auction
Adolf Hitler's reading glasses, that he considered as a weakness and tried to keep them secret, have been put on sale, and are expected to fetch 5,000 pounds. ANI

India abstains as Russia, China veto UN resolution condemning Syria for crackdown
Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that threatened sanctions against Syria if the nation's bloody crackdown on protesters continues. ANI

India-Afghanistan alliance to cause 'great heartburn' in Pakistan, say analysts
With the signing of a strategic pact between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, the focus has shifted to what role India can play in Afghanistan in the days to come. ANI

California Museum exhibiting Tantric paintings from Rajasthan
The Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMOA) in California is currently organizing "Tantra Song: Contemporary Tantric Paintings from Rajasthan" till December 10.his is a collection of 39 anonymous works from India; made in tempera, gouache, and watercolor on salvaged paper. ANI

Hank Williams Jr. apologises for comparing Obama to Hitler
American country singer-songwriter-cum-musician Hank Williams Jr. has issued an apology for comparing President Barack Obama to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during a TV interview. ANI

Case against Hazare supporters dropped in Dubai
The Dubai Public Prosecution has reportedly dropped the cases against five Indians who were arrested on charges of violating UAE national security laws after they organised a walk in support of anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare. ANI

4 in 10 workers would rather sacrifice colleagues than take pay cuts
A new survey has found that four in 10 workers would rather lose a colleague than take a pay cut themselves. ANI

US embassy confirms military aid to Pakistan linked with war on terror 'cooperation'
The United States has linked the resumption of military aid to Pakistan with Islamabad's 'cooperation' in the war on terror. ANI

English woman celebrating 40th birthday dies in NY tourist chopper crash
A British woman celebrating her 40th birthday died after she and her family plunged into a New York river inside a tourist helicopter. ANI

Hacker group Anonymous threatens to "erase" NYSE from Internet
Notorious hacker group Anonymous has threatened to hack into the computer system of the New York Stock Exchange. ANI

US says 'job one' in ties with Pak is to work on problem posed by Haqqani network
"Job one" in the United States' relationship with Pakistan is to work on the terror and the problem that the Haqqani network is posing to both nations as well as Afghanistan, the State Department has said. ANI

Gaddafi forces turn Sirte hospital into fortified military centre
Forces loyal to fallen Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi have transformed the Sirte hospital into a fortified military base as rebel fighters close in on the city centre. ANI

358-yr-old Taj Mahal 'in danger of collapsing within 5 years'
The Taj Mahal will collapse within five years unless urgent action is taken to fix its rotting foundations, campaigners warn. ANI

TTP says talks with Pak can't succeed until US troops pullout from Afghanistan in 2014
A senior Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader has said that talks with the government in Islamabad cannot succeed until US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014. ANI

Pakistan reiterates commitment to help Kabul probe "dearest friend" Rabbani's killing
Pakistan has rejected news reports that it has refused to help Afghan investigators probing the assassination of High Peace Council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani. ANI

Indian origin billionaire investor Rajaratnam accused of netting $72mln illegally
Billionaire Indian American hedge fund boss Raj Rajaratnam made over 70 million dollars through illegal trades, a US prosecutor has claimed. ANI

Personal Argentina and Gemalto Deploy SIM-based Facebook® Service
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces that Personal Argentina will go live with the Facebook for SIM software application. Personal Argentina will provide its more than 17 Business Wire India

Glimmerglass Unveils the CyberSweep™
Glimmerglass, the premier supplier of optical cyber solutions, today announced the availability of the CyberSweep™, an end-to-end solution for managing cyber security. CyberSweep enables dynamic selection of optical signal sources and the extraction and monitoring of actionable information. Business Wire India

Proterra Introduces New CEO at 2011 APTA EXPO
Proterra, the leading maker of zero-emission commercial transit solutions, announced today at the 2011 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) EXPO that it has appointed David Bennett as its new chief executive officer. Business Wire India

LifeSize to Bring Enterprise-Class Video Conferencing to iPhone 4S
LifeSize, a division of Logitech (NASDAQ: LOGI) (SIX: LOGN), today announced that LifeSize® ClearSea™ (formerly Mirial ClearSea), an enterprise-class desktop and mobile video conferencing platform, now supports iOS 5 and will soon feature support for the new iPhone 4S Business Wire India

Bentley Announces Project Finalists in 2011 Be Inspired Awards Competition
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced the project finalists in the 2011 Be Inspired Awards competition and the four winners of the 2011 Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards Business Wire India

His Majesty the King of Spain Juan Carlos I and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Inaugurate Gemasolar Solar Power Plant in Spain
Fuentes de Andalucía -- Today, His Majesty the King of Spain Juan Carlos I and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces officially inaugurated the new solar power plant Gemasolar in Fuentes Andalucía, Spain. Business Wire India

Equity International Closes Fifth Investment Fund
Equity International (EI), the privately held investor and builder of world-class companies outside of the United States, announced today the closing of its newest fund, EI Fund V. The Fund comprises $650 million of equity capital commitments and represents EI’s largest fund to-date. Business Wire India

Bentley Systems Receives 2011 Oracle® Spatial Excellence Award for Partnership
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced that it has received the 2011 Oracle® Spatial Excellence Award for Partnership Business Wire India

TheStreet and GateHouse Media Enter Strategic Content-Distribution Agreement
TheStreet, Inc. (Nasdaq: TST (TheStreet)), a leading digital financial media company, and GateHouse Media, Inc Business Wire India

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