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ISI "supporting proxies for extended period of time" as part of Pak strategy: Mullen
The United States has accused the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of "supporting proxies for an extended period of time", and stressed on the need for the Pakistani spy agency to disconnect from the Haqqani network. ANI

Children with alcoholic parents likely to be driven to drink under stress
A study has revealed that children whose parents are alcoholics are at a greater risk of consuming alcohol when they come across stressful situations. ANI

Meet the 2ft tall cheerleader crowned world's shortest woman
A 2ft tall cheerleader from America has been named the world's shortest living woman by the Guinness Book of World Records. ANI

Pak Army Chief Kayani snubs some corp commanders call for military takeover
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is reported to have rejected suggestions for an army takeover of the country at the last Corps Commanders' meeting. ANI

Terrorists distributing leaflets asking people to maintain 'hit list' of anti-jihadi personalities
Unidentified terrorists have reportedly distributed leaflets in various outskirts of this city to maintain a 'hit list' of anti-jihadi personalities and kill them and their family members. ANI

Michaele is behaving like 'a groupie slut', says Tareq Salahi
Tareq Salahi has described his estranged wife Michaele's actions as those of' "a groupie slut". ANI

Lesbian couple's honeymoon ruined after discrimination by holiday firm
A lesbian couple has claimed that their honeymoon became their worst nightmare after they were discriminated against by a holiday firm. ANI

Oz politician 'disgusted' by racist 'money-hungry coconuts' remarks against Aborigines
West Australian Premier Colin Barnett has said that he is disgusted by the racial vilification of Aboriginal land owners who support a liquefied natural gas hub near Broome. ANI

Republicans support jobs creation, too: Poll
Republicans and Republican leaners support the provisions within the American Jobs Act, a poll has found. ANI

Bristol Palin lied about way she lost her virginity: Levi Johnston
Levi Johnston has slammed claims made by former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol in her book that he "stole" her virginity. ANI

Chelsea Clinton embracing spotlight with launch of Facebook fan page
Former US first daughter Chelsea Clinton, who stayed low-key as her parents pursued their political ambitions, has made her first foray as a public persona by launching a Facebook fan page. ANI

World leaders on spending spree in New York ahead of UN General Assembly
World leaders, including Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Argentina President Cristina Fernandez and Moroccan Foreign Minister Taieb Fassi Fihri, have been on a spending spree in New York ahead of this week's United Nations General Assembly ANI

Commando WAGs create steamy calendar to lift their men's spirits
The wives and girlfriends of 12 Commandos serving in Afghanistan have joined forces to create an eye-catching calendar to boost their men's moral as they battle the Taliban. ANI

Cameron to make final decision on Prince Harry's deployment in Afghanistan
British Prime Minister David Cameron is likely to make the final decision on whether Prince Harry will be deployed to the front line in Afghanistan, as he prepares for the final stage of his Apache helicopter pilot training. ANI

Obama's low job approval ratings similar to that of re-elected past US Presidents
United States President Barack Obama's overall job approval rating was down to just 43 percent in the latest CBS News/New York Times Poll, his lowest rating so far. ANI

Intervention in China and Taiwan conflict will put US at risk: Analysts
It has become increasingly risky for the United States to intervene in China and Taiwan's conflict as it plans to upgrade Taiwan's existing F-16 fighter jet fleet to defend itself, experts have warned. ANI

Brit artist who does 'tasteful nudes' paints Queen's latest portrait
An artist, who is known for his nude paintings, has painted the Queen's latest portrait. ANI

Ann Widdecombe slams Nancy Dell'Olio
Former British MP Ann Widdecombe has nothing good to say about Italian/American property lawyer Nancy Dell'Olio. ANI

Iran to hand over detained US hikers to Swiss embassy in Tehran today
A lawyer for American hikers convicted of spying in Iran has said that they would be handed over to the Swiss embassy in Tehran today. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner Shrien Dewani sought hitman for wife's murder in SA
Brit-Indian businessman Shrien Dewani, who has been charged with masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year, had sought a hitman for the same task after arriving at a hotel there last November along with his 28-year-old wife, , a court in South Africa has heard. ANI

Chinese bullet trains to 'stay slow' during checks
A Chinese expert investigating the cause behind the deadly Wenzhou crash has said the country's bullet trains will continue remain at slow speed for some time to allow for further technical inspections. ANI

Negative approval for Rick Perry in Texas: Poll
US Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry regularly touts his successes during his three terms as Texas Governor, but in Texas, there's not too much satisfaction with the work he has done, according to a new poll. ANI

Second trial of Melbourne-based terrorist Benbrika ruled 'oppressive'
A second trial for a convicted Australian terror leader and his followers has been abandoned after a judge found that it would be "oppressive". ANI

ISI seeks one week's time to submit reply in Saleem Shahzad murder case
The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has sought one week's time from the judicial commission probing journalist Saleem Shahzad's murder, in order to submit a reply on the matter. ANI

'High risk' of international spread of poliovirus from Pakistan: WHO
The risk of a deadly strain of poliovirus spreading from Pakistan is high, particularly given the large-scale population movements associated with Umrah and the upcoming Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) in the coming months, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. ANI

Interim Libyan PM pledges new government within ten days
The new Libyan government to be formed after the ouster of embattled dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi will be named within ten days, interim Prime Minister Mahmud Jibril has said. ANI

Over a million people evacuated as typhoon hits Japan's north-east coast
Over a million people have been evacuated after a strong typhoon hits Japan's ravaged north-eastern coast today. ANI

Human rights groups urge China to stop Pak convict's execution
Human rights groups have called on China to stop the execution of Pakistani national Zahid Husain Shah, who has been convicted of drug smuggling, and also urged Islamabad to come forward and save his life. ANI

UK learning website for unemployed full of spelling, grammatical errors
A British website, set up to provide the unemployed basic literacy and interview skills, has come under fire after spelling mistakes, grammatical and typographical errors were seen on its online page. ANI

Pak Govt tells LHC no mercy petition on behalf of Sarabjit pending before Zardari
The Lahore High Court has disposed of a petition challenging a possible grant of presidential pardon to Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who is on death row. ANI

Nelson Mandela warmly welcomes 12th great-grandchild
Former South African president Nelson Mandela has warmly welcomed his 12th great-grandchild into his illustrious clan. ANI

Strong typhoon hits Japan's main island
Japan's largest island of Honshu has been hit with a strong typhoon on Wednesday and is expected to make its way across the archipelago, with the Japan Meteorological Agency calling for "the greatest possible vigilance." ANI

UK cannot deport Nigerian rapist as it would 'violate' his right to family life
A Nigerian man, accused of raping a 13-year-old girl, has escaped deportation after European judges ruled he had a right to a 'private life' in the UK. ANI

'Iconic' Watergate office building in Washington to be sold
The Watergate office building, home to the infamous break-in that led to former President Richard Nixon's resignation, is reportedly under contract to be sold to a private firm. ANI

Iran defends 'deterrent' public executions
Iran, the nation that has been conducting a large number of public executions for many years, has dismissed criticism against its 'inhuman' forms of punishments, saying it is an effective deterrent. ANI

'US caused the 9/11 terror attacks' and Bush 'regretted Iraq war': Bennett
Legendary singer Tony Bennett has given a shocking statement that 'America had caused the 9/11 terror attacks,' and that former President George Bush had told him that he regretted the war in Iraq. ANI

Pippa's front row mini skirt faux pas at Temperley London Fashion Week
Pippa Middleton's was seen tussling with her dress at Temperley London Fashion Week as she tried to ensure that she didn't reveal too much in her mini skirt. ANI

Duchess of Cambridge hailed as new Grace Kelly
The Duchess of Cambridge has been honoured for her dressing sense and style, with Britain's top designers hailing her as the new Grace Kelly. ANI

Sex on first date can lead to meaningful relationship
Some of the most famous rules in a popular dating guide say "No more than casual kissing on the first date" and "don't rush into sex, wait at least three dates." ANI

Pakistan linked to assassination of Afghan peace negotiator Rabbani: ABC Radio
Most analysts are reading the assassination of former Afghanistan President Syed Burhanuddin Rabbani as the Taliban's clearest response yet to the Karzai government's attempts to negotiate an end to the war, but some say it shows a disturbing collaboration between two leading factions of the Taliban- one led by Pakistan, according to a news report. ANI

N. Korean concentration camp captives made to eat 'rats, frogs, snakes'
Detailed satellite pictures have identified concentration camps in North Korea that hold over 200,000 men, women and children. ANI

Chinese unmanned module launch to pave way for planned space station
China will launch an unmanned module next week, paving the way for a planned space station, a spokesman for the space program has said. ANI

Murder suspects of Indian-origin bride Anni Dewani to face trial in Feb in South Africa
The trial of two men accused of murdering Indian-origin bride Anni Dewani on the orders of her Brit-Indian husband, Shrien Dewani, will reportedly start in the High Court in Cape Town in February. ANI

Palin says there is 'still time' to enter 'unconventional' 2012 presidential race
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who has ignited a storm of speculation about whether she will bid for the presidency in 2012, has said there is still time to jump into the "unconventional" race. ANI

Monty, Rommel can't help me, says leader of Libya's unruly rebels
He has written the history of Montgomery and Rommel's war in the African desert and has studied conflict from the days of Sparta to the French Revolution, but the commander of Libya's rebel army has said this knowledge is of no use, as his forces don't like taking orders. ANI

Indian-origin doc banned in UK for secretly recording showering female colleagues
An Indian-born doctor studying for a PhD in Leeds, West Yorkshire, has been asked to leave the United Kingdom and ordered to undergo a 10-year sex offender treatment programme by a court after he pleaded guilty to secretly recording female colleagues showering in the bathroom, on his laptop. ANI

Malay Hindus reject multi-religious crematorium proposal
Administrators of Malaysian city Ipoh's largest Hindu cemetery have unanimously rejected a state government proposal to build a multi-religious crematorium. ANI

Malaysian PM 'punk's' radio listeners
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak successfully pulled off a prank on an unsuspecting senior executive of a radio station over the's popular Gotcha Call segment. ANI

Revealed: How America planned to attack Britain in 1930
Believe it or not, the United States had prepared a military plan to attack the United Kingdom and wipe out a major part of the British Army in 1930, a mere nine years before World War Two. ANI

Pak Govt refuses to defend Hafiz Saeed in 26/11 US lawsuit
The Pakistan Government will not defend Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed before a US court in connection with the 2008 Mumbai attacks. ANI

IMF trims China's economic growth to 9.5 percent in 2011
The International Monetary Fund has said that it expects the Chinese economy to remain robust at 9.5 percent in fiscal 2011-2012, after growing 10.3 percent in fiscal 2010-2011. ANI

Twenty-six Shia pilgrims shot dead in Mastung sectarian attack
At least 26 Shia pilgrims were killed in cold blood in Pakistan's Balochistan province on Tuesday. ANI

Duchess of Cambridge being groomed for senior Royal duties
The Duchess of Cambridge is being given private lessons on the workings of Britain's most respected institutions to prepare for a lifetime of royal duties, aides have disclosed. ANI

Oz PM to skip TV show showing her draped in flag after sex in office
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she won't be watching the ABC's political satire 'At Home With Julia', which shows her draped in an Australian flag after having sex on her office floor. ANI

US reduces military personnel footprint, suspends training in Pakistan
Washington and Islamabad have agreed to limit the number of American troops in Pakistan. ANI

Obamas Martha's Vineyard 'vacation' home on sale for $23.7mn
The Martha's Vineyard home where President Barack Obama and his family have vacationed for the past three summers has been put on the market for a whopping 23.7 million dollars. ANI

Al Jazeera replaces top news director amid WikiLeaks disclosures on collusion with US
Qatar-based pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera Network has reportedly replaced its top news director in the wake of WikiLeaks revelations that he modified the network's Iraq war coverage in response to pressure from the US. ANI

US gives ultimatum to Pak: Hit Haqqanis or we will do it ourselves
The United States has sharply warned Pakistan that it must cut ties with the Haqqani network based in its tribal region along the Afghan border and help eliminate the militant group's leaders, according to officials from both nations. ANI

Female suicide bombers out to target political elite in Pakistan: Intelligence report
Pakistan's top intelligence agency has warned the federal and provincial authorities that various Taliban and al-Qaeda splinter groups are making all out efforts to target the country's political elite by using female suicide bombers, according to a news report. ANI

Pakistan condemns assassination of "friend" Burhanuddin Rabbani
Islamabad has condemned the assassination of former Afghanistan President Syed Burhanuddin Rabbani, describing him as a "friend" with whom Pakistan was working closely on Afghan reconciliation efforts. ANI

No US ultimatum to Pakistan on action against Haqqani network: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has rejected an impression that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave an ultimatum to Islamabad to act against the Haqqani network. ANI

BIOTRONIK Announces Japanese Market Release for Renamic: Next-Generation Programmer for Implantable Cardiac Devices
BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of implantable cardiac devices and pioneer of wireless remote monitoring technologies, announced today the Japanese market release of Renamic, their next-generation programmer for implantable devices used in cardiac rhythm management (CRM). Business Wire India

Boehringer Ingelheim enrols first patient in Phase III program for new once-daily fixed-dose combination of tiotropium plus olodaterol in COPD
Boehringer Ingelheim today announced enrolment has commenced in its TOviTO Phase III clinical trial program. It will investigate tiotropium plus olodaterol in a once-daily fixed-dose combination for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Business Wire India

Rakuten to Acquire
Rakuten, Inc. (JASDAQ: 4755) and today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Rakuten will acquire UK e-commerce site for approximately 25 million pounds sterling (approx. 3.3 billion yen) in cash. The agreement has been approved by the board of directors of Rakuten. Business Wire India

Growth Opportunities for Businesses in Balkans Lead Regus to Open First Centre in Croatia
Growing demand for flexible workspace in the Balkans region has persuaded global workspace provider Regus to open its first business centre in Croatia, Zagreb after opening in Belgrade, Serbia last February 2011 Business Wire India

Louis Kuijs Joins MF Global as Chief Economist for Asia
MF Global Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: MF), a broker-dealer providing trading and hedging solutions, today announced that Louis Kuijs has joined the firm as chief economist for Asia Business Wire India

SoftLayer® Launches Asia-Pacific Operations
SoftLayer® Technologies, the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed hosting, today announced the upcoming opening of the company’s new data center in Singapore and network Points of Presence (PoPs) in Singapore, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Beginning Sept Business Wire India

Billionaire Ty Warner's Personal Gift to Japan
Ty Warner, CEO and President of Ty, met with Mr. Tadateru Konoe, President of the Japanese Red Cross Society and Mr Business Wire India

Syncada Processes Record $2 Billion in Payments During August 2011
Syncada announced today that during the month of August 2011 the global financial supply chain network processed a record number of payments in any one-month period, surpassing $2 billion (USD) throughout its network, with a grand total of $2.016 billion. Business Wire India

ASSIA Announces Smartphone App for Quick and Easy DSL Diagnostics and Optimization
ASSIA® Inc., the leading provider of high-performance Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM) software tools that are revolutionizing Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks, today announced its popular DSL optimization solution, ASSIA DSL Expresse, can be accessed by technicians via an iPhone application Business Wire India

ExxonMobil Foundation Funds Study by Cherie Blair Foundation for Women on Mobile Phone Use by Women Entrepreneurs in Developing World
The ExxonMobil Foundation today announced a $1.5 million grant for research into how mobile phone technology can enhance women’s economic opportunities and entrepreneurship in the developing world. The grant to the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women will be highlighted at the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. Business Wire India

Debevoise Expands Disputes and Investigations Capabilities in Asia
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP today announced it will expand the firm’s disputes and investigations capabilities in Asia. Litigation partner Christopher K. Tahbaz will lead the initiative as Co-Chair of Asian Litigation from the firm’s Hong Kong and New York offices Business Wire India

New Yardi Systems Office in Singapore Follows Strong Demand and Growth in South East Asia
Following strong growth and a higher demand for solutions and services across the Asia Pacific Region, Yardi Systems, one of the leading global developers of real estate software for investment, asset and property management, has announced the opening of a new office in Singapore and a further expansion of resources in South East Asia. Business Wire India

AN Capital Markets Expands Research Offering, Adds Award-Winning Recognia® Investment Research
Recognia, an industry leader providing independent investment research for online brokers, announced today that AN Capital Markets, one of the leading stock broking firms in India, has deployed Recognia’s technical analysis investment research products for their online retail brokerage account holders. Business Wire India

Quintiles Approach to “Real-World” Research Helps Biopharma Customers Drive Competitive Advantage
A perfect storm of stakeholder demands, unprecedented data access, new data channels and technologies is driving a dramatic shift in research methodologies among biopharmaceutical companies, according to a new report from Quintiles. Business Wire India

Garmin® Acquires South African Distributor
Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today that it has acquired Garmin Distribution Africa (Pty) Ltd. (GDA), the distributor of Garmin’s automotive, outdoor recreation, fitness and marine products in Southern Africa, and Garmap (Pty) Ltd., a South African mapping and mobile applications provider. Business Wire India

smartTrade Technologies Builds up on Foreign Exchange
smartTrade Technologies, an industry leader in cross-asset liquidity management software today announced that Peter Atkinson, will assume the newly created role of Head of FX Products Management effective immediately Business Wire India

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