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Users of website Formspring are putting their careers at risk
Teenage girls who belong to the controversial social website Formspring are risking their careers as the site holds a very bad image. ANI

'Invisible ink' Al-Qaeda terrorist released early from UK prison
An Al-Qaeda terrorist, who was given a jail sentence of ten years in Britain in 2008, has been released early from prison. ANI

Cheney trying to cause mischief for Democrats in 2012 presidential race: Bill Clinton
Former US President Bill Clinton has said that he has high respect for former vice president for Dick Cheney's political skills, even if he is trying to cause mischief for the Democrats. ANI

China urges revival of nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea
China has urged regional parties to revive nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea. ANI

Microsoft paid 'over œ1million' to silence female executive overlooked for top position
Software company Microsoft paid over one million pounds to silence a female executive who was unfairly overlooked for the role of managing director at the firm in Britain. ANI

Pak to not seek IMF assistance due to 'comfortable forex reserves position'
Pakistan will not seek a new International Monetary Fund (IMF) assistance nor ask for an extension of the current programme, which is due to end on September 30. ANI

Obama's deficit-reduction plan to trim government spending by $3 trillion
US President Barack Obama is likely to unveil a new deficit-reduction plan that uses entitlement cuts, tax increases and war savings to reduce government spending by over three trillion dollars over the next ten years, administration officials said. ANI

JFK feared son's fascination with flying
John F. Kennedy was afraid that his son's fascination with flights could land him in trouble, it has been revealed. ANI

Pak yet to spend five billion rupees collected for last year's flood disaster
Pakistan has launched an appeal for international assistance for the victims of the floods in the country despite the fact that it has not utilized five billion rupees collected for last year's flood disaster. ANI

Kuwait re-introduces work permit through commercial visa transfer system
Kuwait will re-introduce a system, which would allow immigrants to obtain a work permit through transferring their commercial visa by next year. ANI

UN appeals for 357 million dollar aid for Pak flood victims
The United Nations and Pakistan Government have appealed for 357 million dollars in foreign aid to help over seven million people affected by floods in Sindh province.ver 342 people have been killed and 633 injured in Sindh floods. ANI

Former colleague accuses London Mayor of being a serial seducer with 'no moral compass'
Writer Sonia Purnell has accused London Mayor Boris Johnson of being a 'philanderer' in a new book, which claims that he fathered a love child.ierre Rolin, whose ex-girlfriend Helen MacIntryre is alleged to have given birth to the London Mayor's daughter, accused him of lacking a 'moral compass', the Daily Mail reports. ANI

After Australia, UK to have 'sex-free' category passports for transgenders
UK is considering plans to allow transgenders to opt out of the gender category in their passports. ANI

'Pak must stop treating Afghanistan like its colony and come down hard on Haqqani network'
Pakistan must stop treating Afghanistan like its colony and fight the war against terror for its own good, according to an editorial in a leading Pakistani newspaper. ANI

Sarah Ferguson to move permanently to Los Angeles
Sarah Ferguson, who is the ex-wife of Britain's Prince Andrew, is said to be planning to move permanently to Los Angeles as she is sick of the way she is being portrayed in UK. ANI

Hina Rabbani Khar leading Pak delegation for UN General Assembly in New York
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar is leading her country's delegation for the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which will be held in New York this week. ANI

Wills-Kat install œ1mn alarm system at Kensington Palace
Prince William and Kate Middleton have reportedly installed an alarm system worth a million-pound in their Kensington Palace home, in a bid to keep intruders out and prevent eavesdroppers snooping on their private lives. ANI

BBC Farsi staff arrested in Iran
Authorities in Iran have reportedly arrested five people working for the BBC's Farsi-language service. ANI

Suu Kyi says she is 'too busy' to use Facebook and Twitter
Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent years under house arrest without any telephone or Internet facility, has said that she has been 'too busy' to use Twitter or Facebook, since her release from detention. ANI

Archbishop Rowan Williams admits UK struggling to counter image of atheism as "the new cool thing"
The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted the Church of England is struggling to counter the image of atheism as "the new cool thing". ANI

UK Defence Minister's Gurkha dispersal demand invites calls for his resignation
British Defence Minister Gerald Howarth faced calls to resign yesterday after he said retired Gurkhas must be dispersed in the UK like "asylum seekers". ANI

Magnitude of flood disaster is much beyond Pakistan's capacity: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has again asked the international community to help the flood victims in the country's Sindh province. ANI

Obama's approval ratings will be high once GOP announces presidential candidate: Bill Clinton
Former US President Bill Clinton has empathized on Barack Obama's weak poll numbers, but said the latter would see higher approval ratings once voters know who his Republican opponent will be. ANI

Russian media mogul Lebvedev 'neutralises' fellow billionaire on TV
Russian media mogul Alexander Lebedev, who owns The Independent and Evening Standard, unleashed a flurry of punches on another businessman taking part in a TV debate on the global economic crisis, leaving the studio audience astonished. ANI

British police arrest seven people in anti-terror operation
Britain's West Midlands Police have arrested six men and a woman in Birmingham as part of a large counter-terrorism operation. ANI

'Comfy' Google still a 'dream workplace' for many
A new survey has revealed that most Australians dream of working for Google than any other organization. ANI

Situation in Libya in state of flux post Gaddafi era
The post-Gaddafi period in Libya is turning out to be a nightmare as the new leaders within the National Transitional Council (NTC) are becoming more focused on the power game business rather than trying to stabilize the country after months of uprising against the brutal dictator, which has weakened the country immensely. ANI

Pak Commerce Minister's son barred from travelling out of UAE over bounced cheque
Pakistan Commerce Minister Ameen Fahim's son Makdhoum Najeeb has been barred from travelling out of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to a bounced cheque. ANI

Parents warned of baby sling risks after two-day-old infant dies
Parents are being warned about the risk of using baby slings after a two-day-old Adelaide infant, who was placed in a sling worn underneath his mother's shirt and jumper, died. ANI

Zara Phillips to see hubby over 'kissing and groping buxom blonde' incident
Zara Phillips is planning to see her husband of six weeks Mike Tindall at the World Cup after watching a leaked CCTV footage of the rugby player getting to grips with a mystery beauty at a night club. ANI

UK based toy company to model plastic soldier on Prince Harry
A UK based toy company is to bring out a range of toys based on the British Army in Afghanistan and one of the plastic soldiers will be modelled on Prince Harry. ANI

15 killed over Taliban checkpost attack in Pak's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province
At least five people were killed in a Taliban attack on a security checkpost in Akakhel area in Bara sub-division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. ANI

Pak army battled Taliban before recovering US drone wreckage
Pakistan army soldiers reportedly battled Taliban fighters in an attempt to seize precious debris from a suspected US drone that crashed area near the Afghan border on Saturday. ANI

US arms sale to Taiwan could 'trigger strong Chinese reaction'
The United States' decision to sell arms to Taiwan is likely to damage Washington's relations with Beijing and could spark off a strong reaction from China, analysts have claimed. ANI

Outraged Palestinian leaders say 'Blair sounds like an Israeli diplomat' on Palestine statehood bid
Palestinian leaders have expressed outrage over former British Prime Minister Tony Blair for allegedly 'sounding like an Israeli diplomat' while attempting to derail their bid for statehood at the UN. ANI

Bush's comment on my memoir "appropriate": Cheney
Former US Vice President Dick Cheney has said that former President George W. Bush's comment on his memoir was "appropriate under the circumstances." ANI

Mini skirt clad Indonesian women in "my body is not p*rn, it's your dirty mind" protest
Indonesian women wearing colourful mini-skirts and tight leggings are protesting against Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo's statement blaming provocatively dressed women for sexual assaults. ANI

US plans to upgrade Taiwan's existing F-16 fleet rather than selling new ones
The United States has reportedly decided not to sell new F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, but plans to upgrade that country's existing fleet. ANI

Pak Taliban claims responsibility for Karachi suicide bomb blast
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has reportedly claimed responsibility for the suicide car bomb attack in Karachi early on Monday morning, which killed eight people and injured several others. ANI

Detained American hikers' release stalled in Iran again in judge's absence
Freedom for two Americans detained for spying in Iran have been stalled, after being locked up for over two years. ANI

Over 340 dead, 6 million affected by Sindh floods
Over 340 people have been killed and another six million have been affected by the recent floods in Sindh. ANI

US trying to stop China,India from making inroads through cheaper biotech drugs
The Obama administration is reportedly trying to stop an effort by poorer nations to strike a new international bargain that would allow them to get around patent rights and import cheaper Indian and Chinese knock-off drugs for cancer and other diseases, as they did to fight AIDS. ANI

US express 'deep concerns about increasing activities' of Haqqani network in Pakistan
The United States' Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen has restated his strong desire to see the Pakistani military take action against Haqqani network and their safe havens in North Waziristan. ANI

West Valley City Council in Utah to have its first Hindu prayer
West Valley City Council, the second largest city in Utah (USA), will reportedly have its first Hindu opening prayer on September 20. ANI

Clinton presses Pakistan to target Haqqani insurgent network
The United States is pressing Pakistan to target the Haqqani insurgent network in the wake of attacks on the American embassy and NATO Kabul headquarters in Afghanistan. ANI

1,000 strip to raise awareness of diminishing water levels of Dead Sea
Another n*ked photo shoot has taken place, and this time it involved over 1,000 people stripping and floating in one of the world's saltiest seas - the Dead Sea. ANI

Hindus to organize 'Milk Pot Procession' in Malaysia on Vijayadashami
The Hindus in Miri (Sarawak, Malaysia) plan to organize 'Milk Pot Procession' on Vijayadashami Day on October 6, according to reports. ANI

China to set up bribers' online database to combat corruption
China will establish a national online database of convicted bribers by the end of this year in a move to combat corruption. ANI

Chinese police cracks down on 112 suspects in illegal sex racket
Chinese police have cracked down on 112 people, including 27 foreign women, who were allegedly involved in the illegal sex trade. ANI

Hindus concerned at Ganesh vs. Hitler play in Melbourne Festival
Hindus are concerned at the play "Ganesh Versus the Third Reich", which is having a world premiere at Melbourne Festival in Australia on September 29. ANI

China clones 'heroic pig' who survived 2008 earthquake
Chinese scientists have successfully cloned a 'heroic' pig that survived for more than a month buried under rubble after the 2008 earthquake in China's Sichuan province. ANI

Lloyd's insurer sues Saudi Arabia for indirectly funding al-Qaeda for '9/11 attacks'
A Lloyd's insurance syndicate has begun a legal case against Saudi Arabia, accusing the kingdom of indirectly funding al-Qaeda and demanding the repayment of 136 million pounds it paid out to victims of the 9/11 attacks. ANI

Qantas terminal closed, planes emptied following security breach at Sydney Airport
Sydney Airport's Qantas terminal has been closed and passengers has been asked to deboard from a plane following a security scare. ANI

Pakistani Hindus yet to get legal matrimonial recognition through 'Hindu Marriage Act'
Pakistani Hindus are struggling to register marriages due to chronic delays in the passage of Pakistan's Hindu Marriage Act. ANI

Strauss-Kahn calls sexual encounter with NY hotel maid a 'moral failing'
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has finally broken his silence on the recent sex assault scandal that crippled his political career, by describing his sexual encounter with a New York hotel maid as a 'moral failing,' and admitting that he would always 'regret' the incident. ANI

UK prisoners to get phones inside cells to 'thwart black market of mobiles'
Prisoners in British jails could soon have telephones fitted inside their cells in a bid to reduce the illegal use of mobiles in prisons and the flourishing black market in smuggled phones. ANI

China, Iran, Iraq, US and Pak- countries registering most executions since 2007
China is the global leader in terms of the number of people executed since 2007, according to Amnesty International's annual Death Sentences and Executions report. ANI

Seven killed in Karachi suicide bomb blast
At least seven people were reportedly killed and several others were injured when a suicide car bomb attack was carried out in Karachi early on Monday morning. ANI

Kate following Princess Diana's footsteps in secret charity visits
Kate Middleton is said to be following in the footsteps of the late Princess Diana by making personal visits to charities. ANI

Organic Monitor’s Research Findings Show Minneapolis Based Beauty Company Intelligent Nutrients Leading the Organic Beauty Market
Intelligent Nutrients, a certified organic health and beauty brand created by renowned environmentalist and Aveda founder, Horst M. Rechelbacher, recently received high marks in a brand assessment study by Organic Monitor, for the brand’s high naturalness in their products Business Wire India

QuEST Global Announces acquisition of INTERFACE to further enhance its Service Offerings
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Molex Reports Quarterly Cash Dividend
Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX and MOLXA), a global electronic components company, reports that a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share will be paid to holders of Common Stock (MOLX), Class A Common Stock (MOLXA) and Class B Common Stock, payable on October 25, 2011 to stockholders of record on September 30, 2011. Business Wire India

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