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2G scam row: Manmohan Singh expresses full faith in Chidambaram
Asserting that there is no infighting within the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government over the 2G scam note, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh expressing full faith in Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday said the matter is under sub judice. ANI

Berlusconi's 'smitten' ex mistress says sex with him was 'fantastic'
Embattled Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's former mistress has said that there was nothing fake about her four-year romance with the 75 year old, revealing she was smitten with him when they first met in 2005. ANI

Zardari had thanked US for 2008 election win, reveals Wikileaks
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had thanked the US delegation after winning the 2008 Pakistan's parliamentary elections, the whistle- blowing website Wikileaks has revealed. ANI

Breast slapping: latest craze for boosting ones bust!
Women who look for ways to have bigger assets may now not have to look further than Thailand, where a new craze in the form of breast slapping has emerged. ANI

PPP plotted to kill me, alleges Pakistan's Sindh party chief
Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) party chief Bashir Khan Qureshi has alleged that the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) had plotted to kill him. ANI

US Senate committee rules out aid to Pak unless it cracks down on Afghan militants
A United States Senate committee has voted to make economic and security aid to Pakistan conditional on its cooperation in fighting Afghan militants hiding in the country. ANI

China says US arms sale to Taiwan will cause 'severe obstacles' in military-to-military exchanges
China has said that the latest US decision to upgrade the existing fleet of Taiwan's F-16 US-built fighter planes and sell arms to defend itself, would create severe obstacles in the normal military-to-military exchanges of the two countries. ANI

India to pitch for Security Council reforms at UN general assembly meet
The Ministry of External Affairs has said the country has 'impeccable credentials' to prove it deserved to be a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. ANI

Brit alcohol giant slammed for targeting children through Facebook
One of Britain's biggest drinks companies has been accused of "targeting children" through a multi-million-pound deal that will see vodka advertisements appear on Facebook. ANI

Oz politician busts 'Rudd for PM' rumours
An Australian Labor Senator has dismissed the claims that Kevin Rudd called her up from the US seeking her support for the leadership, saying she hasn't spoken to the Foreign Minister in weeks. ANI

US warning over Haqqani network won't force Pak to 'launch military operation tomorrow': Pak official
Despite the United States' stern warning that Pakistan must cut ties with the Haqqani network based in its tribal region along the Afghan border and help eliminate the militant group's leaders, a senior Pakistani official has said that military action will be initiated only after thorough investigation. ANI

'World's party capital' Las Vegas named most miserable city in US
Since recession hit America, Las Vegas has become the single most dreadful place to live, according to a new economic study of the 100 largest U.S. cities. ANI

Prince William's best pal accused of horse whipping soldier
Prince William's best friend is being probed by military police over allegations that he assaulted a fellow soldier with a horse whip. ANI

Brit woman angers Muslims after taking pole dancing to 'strict' Saudi
A British fitness instructor has sparked outrage among Muslims back home after travelling to Saudi Arabia to teach a woman the art of pole dancing. ANI

Australia announces new visa rules to attract 'genuine' foreign students
The Australian government has announced new visa rules to attract more number of foreign students to its shores. ANI

Coming soon: Interactive map to help ships steer clear of Internet cables
A telecommunication firm, Telegeography, is set to launch a new interactive map to help ships steer clear of the high-power cables used by 99 percent of global internet traffic. ANI

Assange was warned of US' plan to set him up
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was warned that the US government was trying to trap him, the whistle blowing website creator has claimed in a new memoir that has been published without his approval. ANI

A 1905 Baptist church in Virginia is now Swaminarayan Hindu temple
The Manassas Baptist Church, raised in 1905 in Old Town Manassas (Virginia, USA) with tainted glass windows, is now BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, according to reports. ANI

New 10 Pounds-a-day jab gives hope to millions of arthritis patients
Researchers at New York's University of Rochester Medical Centre have suggested that a 10-pounds-a-day jab that can repair damaged joints could benefit millions crippled by osteoarthritis. ANI

Chinese scholars call for setting up independent human rights commission
Chinese scholars have proposed setting up an independent human rights commission for the country in line with internationally recognized standards. ANI

UK Home Secretary to decide on Brit Indian honeymooner Dewani's extradition
The family of the murdered British-Indian bride, Anni Dewani, has petitioned the country's Home Secretary Theresa May to ensure the woman's husband and businessman, Shrien, is extradited to South Africa. ANI

Three in four Republicans do not want Palin to run for president
A new poll has shown that nearly three quarters of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents do not want former Arkansas Governor Sarah Palin to run for the 2012 US presidential election. ANI

'Jewish al-Jazeera' satellite news channel launched in Europe
A 24-hour satellite news channel, Jewish News One will will begin airing today in Europe, and is slated to premiere in the US. ANI

'Top British footballers are big time gamblers betting 30,000 pounds a time'
Over 100 top British footballers are "big time" gamblers, snooker legend Willie Thorne has claimed. ANI

New tell-all book could end Sarah Palin's marriage, White House ambitions
Sarah Palin is running the risk of losing both her marriage and her political career, after the release of an explosive biography. ANI

International concerns grow over plight of Sri Lanka's Menik Farm refugees
As the Sri Lankan government plans to close the Menik Farm camp, one of the world's largest refugee camps, located in the country's northern region, international concerns have grown regarding the conditions of the refugees who will be located to new camp site. ANI

Veiled woman to run for French President in 2012
A Frenchwoman, who wears an Islamic face veil, wants to run for the 2012 French presidential elections. ANI

Hindu woman moves Sindh High Court to find missing daughters, grand children
A Hindu woman has moved the Sindh High Court (SHC) seeking a police order to find her two daughters and two grandchildren who had been missing since September 2. ANI

Oz PM Julia Gillard's 'sex under flag in office' sitcom flops with viewers!
Despite the media frenzy around the ABC sitcom which portrayed the Australian Prime Minister draped in the national flag after having sex on her office floor, ratings of 'At Home with Julia' tumbled on Wednesday night. ANI

Oz principal warns parents to get kids off 'Verbal sewer' Facebook
A school principal fed up with cyber-bullying has used his newsletter to send a blunt message to parents that reads: 'Get your kids off Facebook, this verbal sewer is harming your children'. ANI

'Chemical blast' brought down Twin Towers on 9/11, says scientist
A violent chemical reaction between molten aluminium from the aircraft and water from the sprinkler systems in the World Trade Centre felled New York's Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, a leading scientist has claimed. ANI

Independent voters in Florida could make the difference in 2012 prez polls
Florida's independent voters may possibly play a key role in deciding whether President Barack Obama continues in office for another four years, or a new candidate occupies the White House from January 20, 2013. ANI

Twitter introduces political ads ahead of 2012 US presidential election
Social networking and microblogging website Twitter has approved political advertisement for the first time since its inception in 2006. ANI

Obama welcomes release of US hikers jailed in Iran since 2009
United States President Barack Obama has welcomed the release of two American hikers who were detained in Iran for over two years. ANI

Kashmiris' self-determination struggle has gained a 'new momentum': Pakistan
United Nations, Sept 22 (APP): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has told a ministerial panel of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC)that Kashmiris' struggle for the right to self-determination has gained a "new momentum" that deserves full support of the international community and the Muslim Ummah (community). ANI

Assange blames publisher for 'unauthorised' Wikileaks memoir release
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has accused a British publisher of a breach of contract after the firm released drafts of his autobiography without his permission. ANI

Outrage over kids as young as 8 involved in 'cage fights' in UK
A video of young children fighting and getting involved in bouts at a city social club in England has been slammed as "disturbing" by the British Medical Association. ANI

Hugo Chavez's criticism of breast implants angers Venezuelan women
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez may have only few supporters left if he aims to ban breast implants in his country, where nothing is more valued than feminine beauty. ANI

'Text sacking' OK on some occasions, rules Oz workplace tribunal
An Australian workplace tribunal has ruled that sacking an employee by text message can be justified on some occasions, as it heard the firing of a spray painter who cost his employer tens of thousands of dollars. ANI

Pak Cabinet gives green signal for signing customs co-operation deal with India
The Pakistan Cabinet has given a green signal for starting negotiations with India for signing a customs cooperation agreement for facilitating trade. ANI

Global carbon emissions highest in 2010 despite reductions by developed nations
A new study has shown that global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased by 45 percent between 1990 and 2010, and reached a record high of 33 billion tonnes in 2010. ANI

Marijuana could stop post-traumatic stress symptoms after traumatic event
A new study has found that administration of cannabinoids (marijuana) after experiencing a traumatic event blocks the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-like symptoms. ANI

Pregnant Carla Bruni eager to deliver so she can drink, smoke again
French First Lady Carla Bruni, who is pregnant with President Nicolas Sarkozy's child, has revealed that she cannot wait to deliver her baby as she wants to start drinking and smoking again. ANI

Pakistan asks India to end violence in Kashmir
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has asked India to end alleged violence by security forces in Kashmir, and urged New Delhi to settle the Kashmir dispute peacefully through United Nations resolutions. ANI

It takes just six minutes to run out of patience while standing in a queue
A new survey has suggested that we are not as patient as we once were, by finding that people in Britain are losing their patience and can't stand for more than six minutes in a queue. ANI

Obama to meet Asian American caucus on Friday
U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus at the White House on Friday. ANI

65 percent of Balochistan voters were fake in 2008 Pak general election
New findings have revealed that Balochistan had the highest rate of fake voters during the 2008 general elections. ANI

China to launch lunar probe around 2013
China said Wednesday that China will launch the Chang'e-3 lunar probe mission around 2013, marking the first time for a Chinese spacecraft to land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body. ANI

Georgia executes Troy Davis after Supreme Court denies appeal
Georgia inmate Troy Davis has been executed for killing an off-duty police officer 22 years ago. ANI

China expresses 'strong indignation' over US arms sales to Taiwan
China has expressed strong indignation and resolute opposition over the US' decision to sell arms to Taiwan. ANI

China says arms sale to Taiwan to undermine bilateral ties, military cooperation with US
China has said that the US' latest decision to sell arms to Taiwan, and to upgrade its existing fleet of F-16 fighter planes will inevitably damage Sino-U.S. relations. ANI

Libyan rebels 'seize Gaddafi's chemical weapons site'
Libyan rebels have reportedly captured one of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's last strongholds deep in the Sahara desert, finding chemical weapons, and largely taken control of another. ANI

Pakistan delegation seeks Hazare help in fighting graft back home
A team from Pakistan, represented by retired jurists, peace activists and leaders met veteran social activist Anna Hazare and sought his cooperation in fighting corruption back home. ANI

Walter Mondale's daughter kept secret diary about her affair with Bill Clinton
Eleanor Mondale, the daughter of former US vice president Walter Mondale who died of brain cancer last week, is said to have kept a secret diary about her alleged affair with Bill Clinton. ANI

Peace- building efforts to continue even after Rabbani's assassination: Zardari
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said former Afghan President and Afghan High Peace Council head Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination would not deter peace- loving people from pursuing the path of peace and reconciliation, but strengthen their resolve for the cause. ANI

Haqqani network not on Pakistan soil, says Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has ruled out the possibility of Haqqani network's presence in Pakistan. ANI

Two of Sarkozy's close friends detained over 'Karachi sub deal kickbacks affair'
Two of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's close friends have been detained for investigations into whether legal commissions from French arms sales to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were illegally kicked back to fund the 1994-5 presidential campaign of Edouard Balladur. ANI

Bill Gates tops Forbes list of richest Americans
Microsoft founder Bill Gates stays atop the annual Forbes list of the richest Americans, with wealth valued at 59 billion dollars. ANI

Pak Army HQ attack was 'take-hostages-free-cronies mission', says mastermind
The perpetrators of Pakistan Army General Headquarters (GHQ) attack in Rawalpindi wanted to take top officials as hostages and then demand the release of their fellow terrorists, attack mastermind Aqeel alias Osman has told a military court. ANI

Shanghai Cooperation Organization vows to crack down on cyber terrorism
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states have vowed to crack down on cyber terrorism and online terrorist financing. ANI

China executes Pakistani man on drug smuggling charges
China has executed a Pakistani man, Zahid Husain Shah, over charges of drug smuggling despite last-ditch appeals for clemency, his family and human rights groups have claimed. ANI

Pando Networks Releases Global Game Download Speed Study
A study released today by Pando Networks, the leading digital game delivery company, revealed the speed and reliability of Internet connections around the globe with some surprising findings Business Wire India

Authentify Wows Crowd with First Live Demonstrations of New 2CHK ™ app for ‘always on’ Transaction Verification at Fall Finnovate Conference
Authentify chose the stage at the Fall Finovate 2011 Conference for the first ever public demonstrations of its new Authentify 2CHK™ transaction verification applications Business Wire India

POOL Inc. Announces a New Version of Talking Bird, the Standard and Popular App for Photo Manipulation in Japan, Will Be Released Worldwide on Wednesday, September 21st
Pool Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward, Tomoya Nakamura, CEO), is a company that provides strategic support for projects in the smartphone and social media era and services for content planning, production and development Business Wire India

KaMin LLC Announces Harlan Archer as President
Rankin Hobbs, CEO of KaMin LLC, announced Harlan Archer as President of KaMin LLC effective September 19, 2011. Archer, formerly Vice President of Operations, will provide the overall direction for KaMin LLC and will be charged with the execution of KaMin’s business plan Business Wire India

Groupon Launches in Denmark
Groupon today announces the launch of Groupon Denmark ( The website allows Danish customers to experience the best of what local business has to offer, with a range of deals offering the best to see and do in the four largest cities: Copenhagen initially, and Århus, Ålborg and Odense in due course. Business Wire India

Syniverse Speeds International Roaming Reach for India’s Aircel
With the mobile market in India poised for unprecedented growth, Syniverse has been selected by Aircel to provide roaming business management services that will rapidly increase the operator’s reach across that country and around the world Business Wire India

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