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General Franco's paintings similar to Adolf Hitler's
General Franco is said to have shared many similarities with fellow tyrant Adolf Hitler through his artwork. ANI

Jeans promising Pippa Middleton bottom expected to fly off shelves
A pair of jeans, which promises a bum like Pippa Middleton's, has been launched and it is expected to fly off the shelves. ANI

'Underwear bomber' shouts 'Osama 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, reportedly shouted "Osama is alive" during the court hearing in the US. ANI

Four arrested in Indian man's carjacking murder case in London
Four men have been arrested in connection with the murder of an Indian man, who was fatally stabbed by a masked knifeman trying to steal his car. ANI

Washington asks Pakistan for 'realistic wish list' of energy projects for US funding
Even as the United States has shown willingness to finance large-scale energy projects in Pakistan, Islamabad has yet to prioritise its 'wish list', forcing Washington to ask Pakistani officials to focus only on strategically important projects, a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Terror attacks on US forces by Pak-based militants won't be allowed to go on: Panetta
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned that his country will not allow attacks on US forces by Pakistan-based militants, such as the Haqqani network, to go on. ANI

31 killed, 60 wounded in Lower Dir suicide bomb attack
At least 31 people were killed and another 60 were injured in a suicide bomb attack on a funeral of a member of a pro-government Pashtun tribe in a village in northwest Pakistan on Thursday. ANI

Drunken 25-yr-old Brit woman charged with assaulting Virgin crewmember
A British woman has been charged with assaulting and demanding sex from an airline steward after drinking almost a pint of whisky. ANI

Woman dubbed The Dutchess enters Guinness Book for longest hand nails
A woman from Las Vegas has entered the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest nails. ANI

Fortress between Tel Aviv, Ashdod was Islamic power's stronghold rather than harbour
Tel Aviv University(TAU) researchers have revealed that an archaeological site between Tel Aviv and Ashdod on the Mediterranean coast, Yavneh-Yam, was the Islamic power's stronghold rather than a functional harbour from the second millennium B.C. until the Middle Ages. ANI

Al Qaeda in Yemen taking advantage of 'Arab Spring' uprisings to expand operations
As winds of revolt are blowing across the Arab World, Yemen based Al-Qaeda network is taking advantage of the political instability to further expand its operations in the country, a senior Pentagon official has claimed. ANI

Texas Muslim outraged after getting burger with "Happy 9/11" greeting on box
A Texas restaurant reportedly served a Muslim customer a burger with a disturbing '9/11 greeting' written on a take-out box. ANI

People with lower socio-economic status influence consumer decisions
Celebrities and high-status individuals influence people's buying behaviour, it has been assumed. ANI

'Banned' Islamic preacher to sue UK over 'false imprisonment'
A banned Islamic preacher, who was allowed into the UK because of a Home Office blunder, is now filing a lawsuit against British authorities for his wrongful imprisonment. ANI

Whitehouse crasher Michaele Salahi not kidnapped?
The famous Whitehouse gatecrashers are in the midst of yet another controversy. ANI

India proposes special STI fund for BRICS countries
India has proposed special Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) fund for Brazil, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) to the tune of USD two million. ANI

Unemployed youth in Pakistan being lured by terrorists: Gilani
Pakistan is facing the huge challenge of extremism and its unemployed youth are being lured by terrorists, primarily because of the lack of opportunities and jobs, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

White House plays down Democrats' New York special election loss
The White House has been attempting to play down the Democrat party's New York special election loss. ANI

Pakistan makes no headway in quest for acquisition of drone technology
Pakistan has made no headway regarding the acquisition of sophisticated technology for aerial surveillance, as no developed country is willing to share it with Islamabad. ANI

Evidence suggests Kabul attackers had come from Pakistan
The 20-hour militant assault against the US Embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul has been blamed on the Haqqani network, with evidence suggesting that the attackers had come from Pakistan. ANI

Indian-origin UK MP being probed for 'accepting donations from foreign sources'
The UK Electoral Commission has launched an investigation into the claims that the India Tourism office in London had donated 5,000 pounds for a party to celebrate Labour MP Virendra Sharma's general election victory. ANI

Spreading gossip in office can harm your career, friendships
Those who spread gossip at work are more likely to risk their careers and friendships, according to a new study. ANI

ISAF assures Pakistan of deeper cooperation in checking TTP's Afghan sanctuaries
The top brass of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan has pledged to work closely with Pakistan in checking and combating Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants enjoying sanctuaries in some parts of the war-ravaged country. ANI

Pak lobbying to block US military presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014
Pakistan has begun secret diplomatic manoeuvres to forge a consensus among regional countries to thwart the United States' plan to maintain a military presence in Afghanistan beyond the stipulated 2014 deadline, according to a news report. ANI

Pak police claims progress in abduction cases of US national Weinstein, Taseer
The Lahore city police have claimed progress in the abduction cases of Shahbaz Taseer and Dr Warren Weinstein, but refused to share the latest developments with the media. ANI

TV hampers parent-child communication and literacy
Watching TV can lead to less interaction between parents and children, with a detrimental impact on literacy and language skills, a new study has shown. ANI

College 'hook-ups' are more talk than action
When it comes to college hook-ups - the slang term for casual intimate encounters outside of dating or exclusive relationships - there is more talk than sex, a new study has shown. ANI

No room for criminals in MQM: Altaf Hussain
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has said that there is no room for criminals in his party. ANI

Now, new 'super-spaghetti' made with barley to keep heart healthy
Pasta lovers can now have their favourite dish without fear of having heart problems after the development of a new genre of pasta made with barley, a grain famous for giving beer its characteristic strength and flavour. ANI

98 percent of Chinese colleges doing nothing to tackle smoking
China's tobacco control organization has said 98 percent of 800 colleges in the country have barely tackled smoking.hina's Tobacco-control Association (CTA) investigation found only 16 of 800 colleges imposed the tobacco-control check, and that too leniently, the China Daily reports. ANI

China makes sex and love course compulsory for college students
The Chinese Government has introduced a psychological course, which includes sex and love, as mandatory part of the curriculum for university students from this month onwards. ANI

Japan expresses deep concern over Chinese military buildup
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has expressed concern over China's military development, and has urged that the nation to act as a "responsible member of the international community". ANI

Saudi restaurant fines diners for ordering more than they can eat
A Saudi restaurant has reportedly started charging its customers if they order more food than they can eat. ANI

Islamic preachers contributing to radicalisation of Pakistanis across all classes: Analysts
Pakistan's Islamic preachers have gotten far less international scrutiny than terror outfits since the 9/11 attacks, but the social and religious conservatism they preach could be an even more radicalising force that would ultimately lead to more silent support of militant groups, a news report has warned. ANI

Libya warns of diplomatic row if Pak fails to recognise NTC-led administration
Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) will not revalidate residential visas of Pakistani diplomats in Tripoli, if Islamabad does not recognise the new administration soon, according to a newspaper report attributed to official sources. ANI

Clothing brand Topman withdraws 'sexist' T-shirts taking poke at domestic violence
Men's clothing brand, Topman, has withdrawn two of its T-shirts from sale in the wake of the claims that they are 'sexist' and made fun of domestic violence. ANI

Is a power struggle behind Iran denying release of jailed US hikers?
A power struggle between Iran's President Mohamed Ahmadinejad and the country's hard line clerical establishment, is being touted as the reason for the delay in the release of two American hikers, who have been in prison for the past two years on charges of spying. ANI

Sarah Palin hit by cocaine intake and fling-before-wedlock allegations
Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin has been hit by allegations that she was involved in a fling with a basketball player just before her marriage and that she resorted to cocaine while out snowmobiling. ANI

US agencies squarely blame British Petroleum for Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Two American federal agencies-the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and the US Coast Guard (USCG) - have in a two-volume 505 page report - squarely blamed British Petroleum (BP) for the April 20, 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. ANI

Social media shaped political scenario in Arab Revolution, claims study
A new study has found that social media had played a significant role in shaping political scenario in the Arab Spring revolution. ANI

Chinese court sentences four to death over Xinjiang terror attacks
Four people accused of being involved in two deadly terrorist attacks in July in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have been sentenced to death. ANI

Kiwi officials redfaced after asking Oz PM Gillard to board bus for spouses
New Zealand officials have apologised to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard after a bus driver in Auckland refused to let her on to the bus with other leaders during the Pacific Island's forum, and told her to get on the spouses bus instead. ANI

Gaddafi's third son being detained in Niger 'playboy luxury hideout'
American diplomats claimed to have tracked down Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's third son, Saadi Gaddafi and detained him under house arrest. ANI

'Osama raid' commission records statements of 30 people, including 2 Pak Army officers
An inquiry commission set up by the Pakistan Government for probing the Osama bin Laden debacle has recorded the statements of at least 30 people, including senior officials. ANI

Pak Army behind WSJ ad 'claiming glory for sacrifices for world peace'?
It remains unclear whether the Pakistan Army was behind the half-page advertisement in a US newspaper last weekend to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. ANI

Rare snaps showing Hitler's rise to power before 2nd WW up for grabs
Some rare colour pictures of Adolf Hitler, showing his rise to power after he plunged the world into the Second World War, are up for sale. ANI

Silvio Berlusconi under fire for 'crude joke' about Angela Merkel
Silvio Berlusconi, the embattled Prime Minister of Italy, is at the centre of a fresh controversy, this time for allegedly making a crude joke about the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, during a taped phone call. ANI

US pledges to help Pakistan in addressing energy crisis
The US Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs, Carlos Pascual, has pledged that the United States will support Pakistan's efforts to address energy crisis in the country. ANI

Kayani, Mullen to meet in Spain in bid to mend US-Pak military ties
Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and of US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen will meet in Spain later this week on the sidelines of a NATO conference, to inject fresh momentum into efforts for normalising military ties between both nations. ANI

Al-Qaeda chief Zawahiri in Pakistan: Pentagon
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is still in Pakistan, a Pentagon official has said. ANI

Covidien Announces R&D Center in China
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced the creation of its flagship research and development (R&D) center for China, which will be based in Shanghai. Business Wire India

GCT Files S-1 Registration Statement for Initial Public Offering
GCT® Semiconductor, Inc. (GCT) a leading fabless designer and supplier of advanced 4G mobile semiconductor solutions, today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock Business Wire India

QAD Announces China Explore 2011 Customer Conference in Guangxi Province
QAD Inc. (NASDAQ: QADA) (NASDAQ: QADB), a leading provider of enterprise business software and services for global manufacturing companies, today announced it will unveil QAD Enterprise Applications 2011 Business Wire India

Moody’s Analytics Releases 2011 Banking Industry Survey on Stress Testing
Banks are increasingly integrating stress testing into their risk management and business planning processes, although most still find deploying stress testing best practices throughout all their businesses very challenging, according to a survey conducted by Moody’s Analytics, a leader in enterprise risk management solutions. Business Wire India

Wells Fargo Names John Rindlaub Regional President for Asia Pacific
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced that John Rindlaub, a 10-year veteran of the company, has been named the new regional president for its Asia Pacific operations effective December 1, 2011 Business Wire India

Jefferies Adds to Asia Equity Research
As part of the firm’s ongoing expansion in global equity research, Jefferies announced today the addition of four Senior Research Analysts who have joined the firm over the last few months in the firm’s Hong Kong office: Business Wire India

Yahoo! Open Hack All-Stars 2011 Winning Team Creates Interactive Online Sharing and Collaboration App, Wins $10,000
Today at its Open Hack All-Stars event, Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), the premier digital media company and pioneer of open hack events, named “D1W,” the 2009 Yahoo! University Hack Day HackU champion team from Carnegie Mellon University, the winner of the inaugural Hack All-Stars competition. Business Wire India

Power Integrations’ New HiperLCS™ High-Frequency LLC Converter IC Family Maximizes Power Supply Efficiency, Minimizes Footprint
Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI), the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, today introduced HiperLCS, a family of high-voltage LLC power supply ICs that incorporate the controller, high- and low-side drivers, and both MOSFETs into a single low-cost package Business Wire India

Desktop Virtualisation Approaching Tipping Point
Cost reduction, security, manageability and simplifying the migration to Windows 7 are driving organisations to adopt an aggressive deployment approach when it comes to desktop and application virtualisation. Business Wire India

ImmerVision Introduces the Security Industry’s First 360° 5MP Panomorph Lens
ImmerVision, the world leader in immersive optical technology and inventor of the 360° panomorph lens, introduces the security industry’s first optimized 360° 5MP panomorph lens. A prototype of this state of the art technology will be shown at the ASIS Show, Booth #1473 in Orlando, FL, Sept. 19-22, 2011 Business Wire India

GT Advanced Technologies Announces Commencement of DSS MonoCast™ Beta Shipments and Production Testing Partnership with Korean PV Manufacturer Nexolon
GT Advanced Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: GTAT), today announced that it has begun final production testing for its new DSS MonoCast™ ingot growth technology with Korea-based PV manufacturer Nexolon Business Wire India

Upsolar Voted Winner of SOLAR Industry Award
Upsolar, a leading international provider of solar PV modules, was selected as a winner of the 2011 SOLAR Industry Awards in the Module Manufacturing Innovation category. Business Wire India

The Estée Lauder Companies and Marni to Collaborate on Fragrances
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) announced today that its Aramis and Designer Fragrances Division (ADF) will assume the exclusive worldwide license for the fragrance business of Marni, a Milan-based luxury fashion company found by Consuelo and Gianni Castiglioni in 1994 Business Wire India

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