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Indiandefence.com hacked to avenge defence.pk defacement
Indiandefence.com, an online portal displaying information on Indian Armed Forces providing defence news, information, defence forum and military pictures, was reportedly hacked by a group called the 'Pakistan Cyber Army' (PCA)ccording to the Express Tribune, the PCA claims that it successfully penetrated into indiandefence.com's server for a targeted defacement to avenge defence ANI

Meet the UK mum who spray tans 4-yr-old daughter to boost confidence
A UK beautician mother is giving her 4-year-old daughter spray tans in a bid to boost her 'confidence'. ANI

Over 40K Chinese following Bush kin on popular micro-blogging network
The brother of former U.S. President George W. Bush has opened an account with China's most popular microblogging service, where his musings on his daughter's wedding have attracted tens of thousands of followers. ANI

Australia 'threatened' by Chinese influence in South Pacific region: US cables
Australia fears the expansion of Chinese influence in the South Pacific region and sees China's role growing at Australia's expense, according to the secret US cables leaked to the whistle blowing website, WikiLeaks. ANI

Cutting work hours for exercise could boost employees' productivity
A new Swedish study has suggested that reducing work hours for exercise may increase employees' productivity ANI

Space debris orbiting Earth has reached tipping point, warns report
A new report has warned that the amount of space debris orbiting the Earth is at the tipping point and can cause fatal leaks in spaceships or destroy satellites. ANI

Detectives hunting for Brit Nazis for possibly aiding Norwegian mass murderer
Norwegian detectives are reportedly carrying out a hunt operation along with Scotland Yard to track British Nazis, who they believe might have helped Anders Breivik murder 77 people. ANI

Birds of a feather flock together in cyberspace
Social Media experts have concluded that online networking users choose whom to interact with - their choices revealing the motivations and processes that create collective networks. ANI

Berlusconi denies being victim of extortion over 2009 sex scandal case
Silvio Berlusconi has been struck with yet another controversy after a businessman linked to a 2009 prostitution case was arrested on suspicion of extorting hundreds of thousands of euros from the Italian Prime Minister. ANI

Batmobile replica up for grabs at $578,000
An exact replica of the Batmobile, the super car that featured in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film, is up for sale for 578,000 dollars. ANI

Exercise improves health by influencing stem cells to become bone, not fat
McMaster researchers have found that exercise triggers influential stem cells to become bone instead of fat, thereby improving overall health by boosting the body's capacity to make blood. ANI

Michele Bachmann invokes 'Iron Lady' Thatcher comparison in campaign speech
Republican US presidential candidate Michele Bachmann used her Thursday's speech to prove herself to be eligible enough to lead the country as its Commander in Chief, by comparing herself to tough former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. ANI

Pakistan's security establishment playing double game in war on terror since 9/11: Expert
Pakistan's security establishment has been playing a double game in the war on terror since 9/11, Stephen Tankel, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment, where his research focuses on insurgency, terrorism, and the evolution of non-state armed groups, has said. ANI

10-year-old Brit boy youngest to climb all 283 'Munro mountains' in Scotland
Ben Fleetwood, a 10-year-old British hiker, has become the youngest person to climb every one of the 283 mountains in Scotland that stand at over 3,000ft. ANI

Family conflicts are prolonged due to emerging adults living with parents
Experts have said that there are more domestic disputes because emerging adults are continuing to live at home with their parents. ANI

UN peacekeepers lured underage Ivory Coast girls to have sex in exchange for food: Wikileaks
United Nations peacekeepers in Ivory Coast lured poor and underage girls in the West African nation to have sex with them in exchange for food, a United States Embassy cable released by WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Zardari for early establishment of connectivity between Central Asia, Pakistan seaports
President Asif Ali Zardari has said that Islamabad is looking forward to an early establishment and development of air, road and rail links in the region connecting Central Asia to the seaports in Pakistan. ANI

Pakistan to follow Saudi Arabia's de-radicalisation policy: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the government will follow the policy of de-radicalisation being pursued by Saudi Arabia. ANI

Legal fraternity boosting fundraising for Bobby Jindal's second term run
Louisiana Governor of Indian origin Bobby Jindal's support from the legal fraternity for fundraising has grown sharply as he cruises to a second term. ANI

Former MI5 chief slams Iraq invasion as 'distraction in the pursuit of Al-Qaida'
British intelligence service, former M15 chief Lady Eliza Manningham- Buller has launched a scathing attack on the invasion of Iraq, which she described as a "distraction in the pursuit of al-Qaida" and held out the prospect of talks with the terror group, Al- Qaida. ANI

Meet the US man who donated a kidney to his wife's ex-husband
This is called humanity. An American man has donated a kidney to his wife's ex-husband. ANI

Ex-boxer Oscar de la Hoya dumped as ambassador for tequila brand
Retired Mexican American boxer Oscar de la Hoya has been dumped as brand ambassador for tequila Tres Generaciones after he went to rehab. ANI

Rights groups urge Nepal Govt. to scrap amnesty of people involved in rights abuses
Human rights groups have asked Nepal's Maoist-led government to scrap any plans to grant amnesty to people involved in human rights abuses during years of conflict. ANI

Two Canadian, two Indian photographers shortlisted for $50K Grange Prize
Four photographers - two each from Canada and India - have been shortlisted for The Grange Prize 2011, Canada's largest cashrize for photography. ANI

Iraqi suicide bombings killed 12,000 civilians, 200 coalition soldiers since war began: Study
Suicide bombers in Iraq have killed at least 12,000 civilians and 200 coalition soldiers since the war began, a study has revealed. ANI

Employers risk being sued for spying on staff via social networks
A UK body has warned employers that they could end up being sued for discrimination if they use websites like Facebook to spy on the private lives of their workers. ANI

US man suffering 'painful' erections 'tries to rob' dad for drug money
An Upper East Side man suffering from a painful long-lasting erection disorder has been arrested after he allegedly tried to rob his father to fund his need for drugs. ANI

Most overused words in office include net-net, touch base, incentivize
Office workers have been found to overuse words that often are not even real, and they are words like net-net, ping, incentivize, impactful, learnings, synergy, influencer. ANI

Oz textbooks' dumping of AD, BC 'like writing Christ out of human history'
Students in Australian High Schools will no longer use the terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) when referencing dates under the new national history curriculum. ANI

Bush 'fine with Cheney's memoir' despite outrage by former administration officials
Former U.S. President George W. Bush has said that he is fine with Dick Cheney's new memoir, despite the former Vice President having been criticized by some members of his administration. ANI

BBC building in Salford voted 'worst-realised development' in Britain
The BBC building in Salford has been chosen as the winner of the 2011 Carbuncle Cup- the prize for the worst-realised development of the past 12 months - by a panel of architecture critics. ANI

Anti-Israeli protesters disrupt Zubin Mehta's performance in BBC Proms concert
A group of anti- Israeli protestors disrupted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's Proms concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. ANI

BBC to complete Charles Dickens' unfinished thriller for two-part drama
BBC is taking the risk of completing Charles Dickens's unfinished novel 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'. ANI

Majority Americans foresee major political uprisings in US in next ten years
A new poll has revealed that most Americans voters consider the United Sates' political system has broken and over half think the county will witness major political uprisings. ANI

North Korea enters world of luxurious cruising 'with frugal ageing liner'
North Korea has launched its first cruise liner, where cabins are shared and the ship is rusty. ANI

Most Americans oppose US military intervention in Libya despite Gaddafi's downfall: Poll
Most American voters oppose the use of the U.S. military in deciding Libya's fate, despite the fact that its intervention has helped to almost overthrow the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

Over 7 in 10 voters feel Palin should stay out of 2012 US prez race
Most American voters think that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin should stay on the sidelines for the 2012 US presidential race while only 20 percent say she should run for US President. ANI

We are not women to give up, and will engulf Libya in flames: Gaddafi
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has asked his loyalists to 'engulf Libya in flames', insisting that they are 'not women' and will not give up fighting easily. ANI

Pak minister gives Rs25K cash to boy for breaking toy gun on his advice
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has given 25,000 rupees in cash to a boy upon breaking a toy gun. ANI

Obama's favourite chef opens his 1st restaurant in London
US President Barack Obama's favourite chef has opened his first restaurant in the UK. ANI

Indian wines to compliment spicy curries set to take Britain by storm
A UK supermarket chain will put two upmarket wines from India- each said to match spicy food- for the first time on it shelves. ANI

Militants attack tribal leader's residence in Pak's Mohmand Agency
Militants have attacked a tribal leader's residence in Mohmand Agency, a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

'Strauss-Kahn's allies tried to 'buy ex-lover's silence' to stop her 'talking too much' about their affair'
Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's allies tried to "buy the silence" of one of his ex-lovers with a four million pound pay off to stop her 'talking too much' about their affair. ANI

British magazine names 'iconic' Jaguar XF as 'best car of the decade'
The Jaguar XF has been crowned the best car of the decade by a British car news magazine. ANI

China's largest retail firm in dock for selling fake furniture
China's largest furniture retail chain, Red Star Macalline has come under scanner for selling fake products. ANI

China's environmental watchdog to ban new industrial projects till removal of toxic waste
China's Ministry of Environmental Protection, will suspend all new industrial project reviews and ban new projects in Qujing in Yunnan province till it cleans up toxic chromium slag and de-contaminates polluted soils. ANI

CIA's focus shifted from traditional espionage to 'capture or kill' targets since 9/11
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) continues to gather intelligence and furnish analysis on a vast array of subjects, but its focus and resources are now increasingly centred on the counterterrorism objective of finding targets to capture or kill, a US media report has said. ANI

Nepal's Maoists hand over weapons
Nepal's former Maoist rebels have begun handing over their weapons to a multi-party committee. ANI

Home-grown Oz jihadis plotting terror strikes as 9/11 attacks anniversary nears
Home-grown extremists are actively considering launching terrorist attacks in Australia, as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 terror attacks nears. ANI

Jackie O's 'explosive tapes' after JFK's death to be aired on Sept 13
The tapes that Jacqueline Kennedy recorded just after her husband John F. Kennedy's assassination will now be aired on September 13. ANI

Swedish man with mental illness history claims to have shot down UFO
A Swedish man with a history of mental illness claims to have shot down a UFO he believed was coming to kidnap him. ANI

'Frustrated' Berlusconi vowed to leave 'shitty' Italy over sex scandal slurs
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi vowed in July to leave Italy, which he described as a "shitty country" that "sickened" him, in a telephone conversation that was secretly recorded by police investigating claims he was being blackmailed about his sex life. ANI

Cameron vows to stop Libya becoming another Iraq after Gaddafi warns to turn country into 'hell'
British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to do his best to stop Libya from becoming another Iraq, after Colonel Muammar Gaddafi ordered his leftover loyalists to turn the country into 'hell'. ANI

Zardari, Karzai welcome joint military commission to deal with Af-Pak border incidents
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, have welcomed the setting up of a joint military commission to deal with unwanted cross-border incidents that could hamper the amicable equation of the two countries. ANI

China sets eyes on new media, Internet technology to end Western media dominance
China's news media and its Central Asian counterparts, including Pakistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, have vowed to fulfil the role of news and media in promoting peace and development in the region. ANI

'Marked improvement' in law and order situation in Karachi: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the situation in Karachi has made a marked improvement from before, and that there has been no report of target killings during Eid. ANI

China unlikely to replace US role in Pakistan: Analysts
While China is of growing importance to Pakistan, it is unlikely to replace the United States' role as a dominant influence there, according to regional analysts. ANI

Salt Lake County Council in USA to have its first Hindu invocation
The Council of Salt Lake County (Utah, USA), settled in 1847, will reportedly have its first Hindu invocation on September 20. ANI

1942 Life mag 'imagined Hitler's plan to invade America'
Experts had predicted that Hitler might try to invade the U.S. from the East Coast with the help of their allies, according to a 1942 issue of a magazine. ANI

Odersun‘s Solarmodule-Designer Receives Red Dot Design Award
The Solarmodule-Designer is an online configuration software tool, which enables interactive design of an Odersun’s customized solar module for building integrated photovoltaics (BiPV) Business Wire India

APP-China Unveiled Reinforced Sustainability Commitment in Paper Contract with China 2011 Manifesto
Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP), one of the world’s largest pulp and paper producers, has announced its Paper Contract with China 2011 manifesto Business Wire India

Goldman Sachs Completes Sale of Litton Loan Servicing
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) today announced that it has completed the sale of Litton Loan Servicing to Ocwen Financial Corporation (NYSE:OCN). Business Wire India

NYSE Euronext Completes Acquisition of Metabit
NYSE Euronext (NYX) today announced the completion of its acquisition of Metabit, a leading Tokyo-based provider of high performance market access products with a trading community of more than 140 trading firms throughout Japan and Asia. As announced previously on Aug Business Wire India

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