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Singers to receive royalties after approval of law named after Cliff Richard
When the EU approves a ruling dubbed Cliff's Law, named after Sir Cliff Richard, it will mean that a generation of Sixties stars will receive royalties for 70 years instead of 50. ANI

Being in US hastened Howard's resolve to join Bush's war on terror
Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard has said that being in Washington at the time of September 11 terror attack may have led him to commit his unqualified support to US President in the war on terror more quickly than if he had been in Australia. ANI

English couple beat odds of 1 in 133,225 with baby birth on their birthdays!
A couple from Plymouth, England has defied odds of 1 in 133,225 when their child was born on the same day as their birthdays. ANI

Staying connected on Facebook more vital than flushing loos for Britons
Britons find staying connected on Facebook more vital than having a flushing loo. ANI

Heidi Klum's 'Project Runway' influences social media the most
'Project Runway' was polled to have the maximum influence on the social media. ANI

Many Afghans ignorant about 9/11 attacks a decade after
Ten years after the US invaded Afghanistan to eliminate Al Qaeda following the 9/11 terror attacks, many Afghans are not only ignorant about the dreaded attack, but also suspicious about the presence of US troops in the country. ANI

Production on major part of China's jumbo rocket completed
Production on a major part of China's Long March-5 large-thrust carrier rocket has been completed and its maiden voyage is likely to take place between 2011-2015. ANI

Your hairstyle could be the reason you are piling on the pounds
Most people blame their ever-expanding thighs and tummies on age, a slow metabolism or even bad genes, but what they don't know is that even their hairstyle can hinder their plans to lose weight. ANI

'Lack of moral sense of right and wrong led to UK riots': Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI has said loss of awareness of what is right and wrong among people was the reason behind last month's riots in Britain. ANI

Norwegian gunman sticks to claims he belongs to Knights Templar
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik is sticking to his claim of belonging to the militant order of Knights Templar, despite any evidence supporting his claim. ANI

Keralites in UAE celebrate Onam
Thousands of Keralites in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) celebrated the south-Indian harvest festival of Onam, enjoying Onasadya (Onam feast) yesterday. ANI

Japan to open solar power plant 15.5 miles from Fukushima
A Japanese children's theme park company is planning to open a major new solar power plant just 15.5 miles away from the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. ANI

'Sacred' Phoenix Goddess temple busted for being a brothel
The Phoenix Goddess Temple in Arizona, an alleged brothel, that defines itself as "a sacred place to know the secret inner wisdom of the Cosmic Mother," was raided by police on Wednesday, culminating in the arrest of 18 people. They are still hunting down the other 19. ANI

Albanian spy chief wanted for torture living in UK council flat on benefits for 15 yrs
A former Eastern European spy chief wanted for torture and kidnapping has been reportedly living in a council flat on benefits in Britain for 15 years. ANI

'Musharraf decided to become US ally only after 'detailed discussion' in Pakistan'
Pakistan's decision to side with the United States in the war on terror following the 9/11 terrorist attacks was not taken on a single call from former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, Lieutenant General (retired) Hamid Javed, who served as Chief of Staff (COS) to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for six years, has said. ANI

Pak must stop 'Britisher' Altaf Hussain from meddling in country's affairs: ANP
Pakistan must stop meddling of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain, a foreigner, in the country's affairs, Awami National Party (ANP) Central Vice President Bushra Gohar has said. ANI

China plans to build world's biggest airport near Beijing
China is set to become the world's biggest aviation hub with its plans to construct a new mega-airport that would have as many as nine runways. ANI

Home grown terrorism flourishing in Minneapolis
A decade after the 9/11 terror attacks, the White House believes that home-grown terrorism is one of the greatest threats to the US. ANI

23,900 Afghan Transit Trade containers disappeared in last 30 months: Pak official
Pakistan's Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Salman Siddique has revealed that over 23,900 Afghan Transit Trade containers have disappeared during the last two and a half years. ANI

Over 182 people dead, 5mn displaced in Sindh rain calamity: Report
Recent heavy monsoon rains and flash floods in Sindh have left over 182 people dead and over five million others displaced, according to a news report. ANI

Pak national in US pleads guilty in scheme to illegally export nuke material to Pakistan
A Pakistani national has pleaded guilty in a US court to conspiring to commit export violations and to defraud the United States in connection with a scheme to illegally export nuclear-related materials to his home country. ANI

Self proclaimed vampire bites chunks off elderly man's face, lips and arm
A US woman who calls herself a vampire was charged Friday with aggravated battery after violently biting a senior citizen during an attack that left him with "chunks of flesh missing from his face, lips and arm". ANI

Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson unite to watch Princess Beatrice graduate
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson were seen together at their daughter Princess Beatrice's graduation from Goldsmiths university. ANI

US and China claim to be united against extremism
US Ambassador to China Gary Locke has said that both the countries have participated along with rest of the world in bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan and eradicating extremism. ANI

Mark Siegel becomes prosecution witness against Musharraf in Benazir murder case
Mark Siegel, a US journalist and former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's lobbyist, has decided to become the prosecution's witness against former President Pervez Musharraf in her assassination case. ANI

Indian artist's brush strokes churn out Obama through cylindrical mirror!
An Indian artist has created an artwork that looks like random swirls of paint - but which when viewed in a cylindrical mirror reveals a portrait of the subject or object. ANI

Ex-diplomat blames Taliban support in Pakistan for continued conflict in Afghanistan
The main factor contributing to continued conflict in Afghanistan is the presence of "very sophisticated forms of support" for the Taliban in Pakistan, former Canadian Ambassador Chris Alexander has said. ANI

'Austin Powers' actor sentenced to life in jail for rape, torture
An actor best known for his part in the hit 1997 film 'Austin Powers' has been sentenced to life in prison in connection with the 1990 abduction and gang rape of a 20-year-old California woman. ANI

Cameron feared his wife Samantha might have been killed in the 9/11 attack
British Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed his personal torment on September 11, 2001, saying that he feared his wife Samantha might have been killed in the terror attack in New York. ANI

Obama team sets ambitious goal of collecting 55 m dollars for 3rd quarter for re-election bid
Officials involved with the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama, have set a goal of collecting 55 million dollars for the third quarter of the year that closes at the end of this month. ANI

Obama, Netanyahu discuss Cairo's Israel embassy security
US President Barack Obama reportedly talked with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about security at the Israeli embassy in Cairo. ANI

Americans' views on whether 'U.S. is winning war on terror' remain almost same after a decade: Poll
After a decade of 9/11 terror attacks, Americans' views on whether the U.S. is winning the war on terror have not changed much when compared to their views just a month after the World Trade Centers fell, a poll has revealed. ANI

Sri Lanka's child protection body wants children's homes to be closed over 'rampant' abuse
The head of Sri Lanka's child protection body has said that all children's homes in the country should be closed down due to 'rampant' abuse. ANI

I tried to convince Gaddafi to quit power following Libyan uprising: Blair
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he tried to convince Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to give up power after the start of the revolt against his regime. ANI

U.S. to veto Palestinians to seek UN membership
The Obama administration has announced for the first time publicly that it will veto any bid by the Palestinians to seek statehood recognition at the United Nations (UN) later this month. ANI

Real-life child thief may have inspired Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist
Until now it was accepted the cheeky pickpocket Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist was an invention of Charles Dickens' imagination. ANI

CIA needn't release records about drone aircraft use in Pakistan, elsewhere: US judge
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) does not have to release any records related to its use of drone aircraft to kill suspected terrorists in Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere, a US judge has ruled. ANI

Jackie Kennedy loathed 'terrible man' Martin Luther King and his 'sex parties'
It has been revealed that former first lady Jackie Kennedy hated Martin Luther King and called the leader a 'terrible man" and "phoney". ANI

30% of Karachi police force terrorist sympathisers: Sindh IGP
Sindh Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Wajid Ali Durrani has acknowledged politicisation in the police force, with the gang wars linked to party affiliations in Karachi. ANI

Hindus send greetings to Jews on Rosh ha-Shanah
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Hindus have sent early greetings to Jewish communities world over for upcoming Jewish New Year of Rosh ha-Shanah, celebrations for which will be held during September 28-30. ANI

Berlusconi made 'lapdancers dressed as nuns perform sexy striptease'
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is said to have enjoyed a sexy striptease from lapdancers who were dressed as nuns at one of his infamous "bunga bunga" parties. ANI

Family of 'falsely implicated' Pak convict in China seeks govt's help
The family of a Pakistani convict, who has been sentenced to death by the Chinese Supreme Court in a drug-related case, are seeking help from China's Ambassador to Islamabad and the Pakistan Government to get him released. ANI

Pak would have faced combined military might of US, India after 9/11: Musharraf
Pakistan would have faced the combined military might of the United States and India, had it not allowed American troops on its soil to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan after the 9/11 terror attacks, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said. ANI

Musharraf reiterates vow to return to Pakistan despite arrest warrants against him
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who is currently in self-imposed exile, has reiterated his resolve to return to the country by March 2012, even if he is arrested. ANI

Biocon Announces Project Commencement for first high-end Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and R&D Facility in Bio-XCell, Malaysia
Biocon, Asia’s premier biotechnology company, today held a project commencement ceremony for its biopharmaceutical manufacturing and research and development facility in Bio-XCell, a custom-built biotechnology park and ecosystem in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor. The Chief Minister of Johor, Y.A.B. Dato' Haji Abdul Ghani bin Othman unveiled the plaque commemorating the project’s initiation Business Wire India

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