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Chinese man has 3-hr operation after eel swims up his bladder through his penis
A Chinese man is said to have got an eel removed from his bladder after it entered his body through his pe**s. ANI

Crazy passenger creates panic trying to open flight doors at 36,000ft
A maniac man created panic among the passengers of a Thomson Airways flight after he leapt from his seat and tried to open its door at 36,000ft. ANI

50 Cent teaming up with Bieber, Gaga, Usher for energy drinks fundraiser
Rapper 50 Cent is discussing collaboration with Justin Bieber, Usher and Lady Gaga to boost sales of his new energy drink to aid hunger relief in Africa. ANI

Kids' favourite 'Peppa pig' could be sold for 360m pounds
Owners of kids' favourite British animated television series, 'Peppa Pig,' have revealed that they might sell her for a whopping 360 million dollars. ANI

Paul McCartney's third wedding will be 'small family affair', says fiancee
Sir Paul McCartney's American fiancee Nancy Shevell has revealed that their marriage, which is expected to be held next month at the same London venue in which he wed late wife Linda more than 40 years ago, will be a "small family affair". ANI

Obama confident of being re-elected in 2012
US President Barack Obama has said that his chances of being re- elected to the post in 2012 are "much higher" than they were in 2008. ANI

'Oz jurors using social media are putting criminal trials at risk'
A Sydney barrister has warned that jurors using the social media are putting criminal trials at risk. ANI

Men banned from Oz council to prevent mixing with Muslim women
The Darebin City Council ban in Australia has banned men because it is "not appropriate" for men to mix with Muslim women. ANI

Sarah Palin's husband says his wife's biography contains 'disgusting lies'
Sarah Palin's husband Todd has said that 'The Rogue: The Search for Sarah Palin', the biography on his wife contains "disgusting lies". ANI

UK reviewing European rights laws to crackdown on foreign criminals
UK Immigration Minister Damian Green has ordered setting up of a commission to consider replacing European human rights laws with a British Bill of Rights in a crackdown on foreign criminals avoiding deportation from the country. ANI

Insurgent Afghan teens "can't be changed" to join mainstream society
The Afghan government might have crafted a program to reintegrate the country's youngest insurgents into mainstream society, but the teenagers are much keen in joining a holy was in favour of the Taliban. ANI

Here's what drives kids to brands and celebrity culture
A new study has claimed that brands and logos are very important for some children, and that it is brought on by family attitudes, peer pressure and celebrity culture. ANI

US medical community slams Michele Bachmann over HPV vaccination comments
Republican US presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has been slammed by the medical community over her remarks about the HPV vaccination. ANI

More Americans want Congress to approve Obama's proposed job bill
A new poll has shown that more Americans want Congress members to vote in favour of jobs bill proposed by US President Barack Obama to revive the economy. ANI

UK police arrest man over allegations of 1.3 billion pound UBS rogue trading
UK police have arrested a man who was allegedly involved in 1.3 billion pound rogue trading at the Swiss banking giant UBS. ANI

UK school sued for £20K after someone slips on sweet wrapper
A school is being sued for 20,000-pounds-compensation by someone who slipped on a sweet wrapper in a carpeted corridor. ANI

Good teachers can significantly boost children's exam results by 45 pct
A study has suggested that children, who are taught by good teachers, score better during their exams. ANI

Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine in Sri Lanka
Buddhist monks have reportedly destroyed a Muslim shrine in Sri Lanka. ANI

Prince Harry to celebrate birthday by shooting scores of birds
Prince Harry will be celebrating his birthday by shooting scores of birds after his brother Prince William organised a 10,000 pounds hunt in his honour. ANI

Pak military's flawed policies of supporting sectarian outfits must end: Editorial
The Pakistan military's flawed policies of supporting sectarian outfits and other religious organisations must come to an end, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Rifts crop up among militant outfits in North Waziristan
Rifts have cropped up among militant outfits in Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency for the first time, according to a newspaper report. ANI

Meet the Yemeni who drinks motor oil and radiator water as 'meals'!
A Yemeni resident of Makkah is stunning the viewers at his vehicle maintenance workshop by drinking engine oil, radiator and battery water. ANI

Death ratio of children below five drops: UN report
The number of children under five who die each year has dropped from 12 million in 1990, to 7.6 million last year, the United Nations (UN) has said. ANI

Racism in UK is "disgusting": Kelis
Singer Kelis has expressed outrage on Twitter against racism in the United Kingdom, calling it "disgusting", after being referred to as a "slave" by a British man. ANI

Krishna discusses bilateral, regional and global issues with Vietnamese counterpart
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, who is presently on a three-day visit to Hanoi held wide-ranging discussions covering the entire gamut of bilateral, regional and global issues between the two nations with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh this morning. ANI

Gilani cancels US visit due to Sindh floods
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has cancelled a visit to the United States to attend the UN General Assembly session, owing to massive floods in the southern area of the Sindh province. ANI

Ban Ki-moon pledges continued UN assistance to Pak flood victims
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced concern over the flood disaster in Pakistan, and called for continued solidarity of the international community in support of disaster management and risk reduction in the country. ANI

US links Pak Diamer-Bhasha Dam funding with Congress approval
The United States has linked the one-billion-dollar loan for Pakistan's Diamer-Bhasha Dam with the approval of the US Congress. ANI

Four out of ten Jewish Americans disapprove of Obama: Poll
A new poll has shown that four out of ten Jewish Americans disapprove of US President Barack Obama. ANI

Three NASA space crew members land safely in Kazakhstan
Three International Space Station crew members safely returned to Earth today, wrapping up a six-month mission of research and exploration. ANI

'Unemployment' overtakes 'economy' as top concern for US
A new poll has shown that 'unemployment' has overtaken 'the economy' as the top concern for Americans. ANI

Granddaughters 'absolutely horrified' by Jackie Kenedy's views on women
Caroline Kennedy has revealed that her daughters are 'absolutely horrified' after listening to taped interviews released this week of grandmother Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' old-fashioned views on the role of women. ANI

Berlusconi recruited 'harem' of prostitutes for his 'bunga bunga' parties
Silvio Berlusconi hired more than 30 women, most of them prostitutes, to attend his infamous 'bunga bunga' parties at his mansion in Rome, Italian investigators said on Thursday. ANI

Pakistan pavilion shut down after 'banned' cluster bomb ads caught at UK arms fair
The Defence and Security Equipment international (DSEi) has permanently shut down the Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF) stand and Pakistan's Defence Export Promotion Organisation Pavilion at the London arms fair for distributing promotional material containing references to 'banned' cluster bombs. ANI

Top US yoga event draws thousands of yogis to Colorado Mountains
Thousands of yogis in the US will head to the mountains of Colorado on September 18 to attend the premiere Yoga Journal Conference in Estes Park, which will include some of the most celebrated yoga teachers in the world. ANI

Indo-Americans laud Tamil Nadu for free laptops for schoolchildren
The Indo-Americans have applauded Tamil Nadu, India, for ambitious plan to hand out free laptops to its schoolchildren, first for any state in India. ANI

Scotland Yard announces 20,000 pounds reward for MQM leader's murder case information
The Scotland Yard has issued an extraordinary video appeal and a reward of 20,000 pounds for information in connection with the murder investigation of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Imran Farooq. ANI

Pakistan to ask Afghanistan to check cross-border TTP intrusions during strategic talks
Pakistan will ask Afghanistan to check cross-border intrusions by the Taliban, allegedly based in Kunar and Nuristan provinces, when top diplomatic officials from both sides open a fresh round of strategic talks today, a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

More than half of raunchy Brits admit to having made love outdoors
A sex survey has found that Britons love to romp in the great outdoors, and that more than half of them have indulged in alfresco lovemaking. ANI

China orders two Shanghai firms to stop production after 25 kids suffer lead poisoning
Two Shanghai- based lead-emitting companies have been asked to stop production after 25 children suffered lead poisoning. ANI

Holland to become third European country to ban burka
Holland is expected to ban the wearing of the burka soon, becoming the third European country after France and Belgium to do so. he Dutch government is expected to agree to introduce the ban on Friday, The Telegraph reports. ANI

Hospital birth campaign has halved newborn deaths in China: Study
A new study has found that newborn deaths have reduced to a half in China following a campaign to promote hospital deliveries since 2000. ANI

Belgium to form govt. after over a year without one
The Belgian coalition are close to finalising a deal to form a government, after 459 days. ANI

Chinese police arrest 2,200 in crackdown on organized crime
Beijing, Sept 16 Chinese police have cracked down on 18 criminal gangs and arrested nearly 2,200 people. ANI

China unveils first ultra-light civil helicopter
China has unveiled its first ultra-light civil helicopter at the first China Helicopter Exposition in Tianjin. ANI

Pak-US meeting on UN session sidelines 'uncertain' following Kabul militant assault
US-Pakistan bilateral engagements scheduled in New York could be an immediate casualty of this week's 20-hour militant assault against the US Embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul, which has turned the gradually warming bilateral ties frosty once again. ANI

Strauss-Kahn to be interviewed first time after NY hotel maid rape charges
Former International Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn would be facing a television interview for the first time soon after being charged for raping a Midtown hotel maid in New York in May. ANI

'Miffed' Pak says Panetta's accusatory remarks 'not in line' with US-Pak cooperation
Sharply reacting to US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta's warning that America is 'going to do everything it can to defend US forces' in the wake of this week's Kabul attack, Pakistan has said that his remarks are not in line with the counter terrorism cooperation between both nations. ANI

US designates Indian Mujahideen a terrorist outfit
The United States Government has declared the Indian Mujahideen a terrorist outfit. ANI

Spain confers highest military honour upon Kayani for Pak Army's role in war on terror
Spain has conferred its highest military honour upon Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, who is currently on visit to the country. ANI

Pak's FATA epicentre of "world's worst of global jihad": Top Pentagon official
Pakistan's border region remains the most dangerous place in the world and its Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) remains the epicentre of the "world's worst of global jihad", the US Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, Michael G. Vickers, has said. ANI

US threatens to invoke sanctions over Iran-Pak gas pipeline project
The United States has renewed its opposition to the multi-billion-dollar Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, warning that Islamabad's continuous pursuit of the plan may invoke US sanctions, according to a news report. ANI

Al-Qaeda chief of operations in Pakistan killed in Waziristan
Al-Qaeda's chief of operations in Pakistan, Abu Hafs al Shahri, was reportedly killed in the country's Waziristan tribal region this week. ANI

ONGLYZA™ (saxagliptin) When Added to Insulin in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Maintained Reductions in Blood Sugar Levels (HbA1c) Over 52 Weeks in Investigational Study Extension
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New data for once-daily linagliptin show durable efficacy over two years
Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced results of a 102 week Phase III study for linagliptin (trade name Trajenta® in Europe), which show meaningful and durable reductions in blood glucose for adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D) Business Wire India

St. Jude Medical Highlights Leading Technologies and Physician Training at Cardiac Arrhythmia Congresses in Japan
St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), a global medical device company, is pleased to again participate in the Asia-Pacific Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Session (APHRS), which is being held this year in conjunction with the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society (JHRS) and the Japanese Society of Electrocardiology (JSE) in Fukuoka, Japan. Business Wire India

CREDIT BANK OF MOSCOW’S 1H 2011 IFRS Net Income up by 47.4%, Compared to 1H 2010, to RUB 1,859 mln
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BIO Announces Program for BIO India International Conference
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announces the program for the BIO India International Conference to be held September 21 - 22 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre in Hyderabad, India Business Wire India

Quintiles Market Research Expert Honored by American Marketing Association Foundation
Quintiles today announced that The American Marketing Association (AMA) Foundation selected an article co-authored by Pieter Sheth-Voss, of Consulting at Quintiles, to receive the 2011 David K. Hardin Award. Business Wire India

GE Healthcare to Invest $1 Billion in New Oncology Solutions
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Use the Force For Good! Lucasfilm Launches Initiative to Benefit Stand Up To Cancer
Lucasfilm announced today that in celebration of the September launch of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray, it is linking up with celebrities and eBay to ask fans to Use the Force for Good to support Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). SU2C funds groundbreaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. Business Wire India

Corning Celebrates in Kaiserslautern, Germany
Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today hosted a ceremony to recognize two of its emissions control facilities in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Company leadership, local government officials, and customers gathered at the Corning Kaiserslautern Diesel Manufacturing Facility to celebrate its grand opening Business Wire India

Analogix Introduces Battery-Preserving Internal Display Translators for Tablets and Notebooks
Analogix Semiconductor, Inc., a leader in DisplayPort-based interconnect technologies, today introduced its line of power-efficient display translator devices that convert a system platforms’ DisplayPort™ output to existing single or dual LVDS embedded screens. (see diagram) Business Wire India

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