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Pak Christian accused of blasphemy dies in Lahore jail
A Pakistani Christian man accused of blasphemy against Islam has reportedly died in a Pakistan prison after he was allegedly denied medical care. ANI

Suicide bombers lured by sexual obsession, heroin before terrorist attacks: Report
Suicide bombers, who conducted terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia during the past years, usually used heroin to make them not feel pain when they blow themselves up, it is claimed. ANI

UK students 'world's most distracted by social media': Survey
A global survey has revealed that British students are the world's most easily distracted by social media and the second most-connected on the planet after the Chinese. ANI

First footage of Gaddafi's adopted daughter taken after 'her NATO attack death declaration' released
The first film footage of fallen Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's adopted daughter, recorded after the dictator had claimed that she was killed in an American bombing raid in 1986, has been published by The Daily Telegraph. ANI

Ben and Jerry's 'Schweddy Balls' flavoured ice cream slammed as 'vulgar'
A division of Mississippi-based American Family Association, One Million Moms, has slammed Ben and Jerry's new 'Schweddy Balls' flavoured ice cream, labelling it as 'vulgar'. ANI

Baseball painted for 34yrs gets Guinness nod for biggest in world!
A baseball, which is being painted by a US man everyday for the last 34 years since his son had given the first coat, has been officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the biggest ever painted ball. ANI

Al Gore claims 8.6m viewed climate change festival but figures show 17,000
Former US Vice President Al Gore's claim that his latest climate change campaign was watched by 8.6 million people has been refuted when actual figures showed that it was closer to 17,000 viewers. ANI

US can't live with or without Pakistan: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has reiterated that the United States can't effectively fight the ongoing war against terror in Afghanistan without his country's assistance. ANI

Pak denies Kabul attack originated from country's soil
Inter Services Public Relations Director General Major Genral Athar Abbas has denied that the September 13 Kabul attack was perpetrated from Pakistan. ANI

Rabbani's assassination a clarifying moment for Afghans: US expert
The assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was in charge of the High Peace Council pursuing reconciliation talks with the Taliban, is a clarifying moment for Afghans, feels Lisa Curtis, senior research fellow for South Asia in the Asian Studies Center at Washinton-based The Heritage Foundation. ANI

One in four American children below six years now living in abject poverty
A new research has estimated that one in four American children below the age of six lives in abject poverty. ANI

Pak women parliamentarians to lobby for domestic violence bill
Women activists and legislators have agreed to araft of Pakistan's 2011 Domestic Violence Bill. ANI

Who did Mirwaiz represent in Geneva?
Mirwaiz Omer Farooq, Chairman of one faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference was in Geneva to address a seminar on Kashmir arranged by proakistan Kashmiris during the UN Human Rights 18th Session. ANI

Strauss-Kahn ready to meet French writer 'face-to-face' over sexual assault claim
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is willing to meet face-to-face with the French writer who accused him of attempted rape. ANI

Factors that influence sex appeal in men and women revealed
A wealth of scientific studies have uncovered the factors which claim to influence sex appeal, for both men and women. ANI

Prince Harry heads for military training deep in Arizona desert
Prince Harry is heading for military training to a US town deep in the Arizona desert. ANI

FBI arrests suspected LulzSec and Anonymous hackers
The FBI arrested two alleged members of the hacking collectives LulzSec and Anonymous on Thursday morning in San Francisco and Phoenix and secured charges against a third suspect from Ohio, the US Justice Department has said. ANI

Gaddafi's last PM Ali al-Mahmoudi arrested in Tunisia
Fallen Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's last prime minister has been arrested in Tunisia. ANI

Top US senator urges inclusion of Haqqani network in terror blacklist
A top US senator has urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to include the militant Haqqani network in a terror blacklist in the wake of the latest Afghan attacks. ANI

Iran closes trade gate at Pak border over security concerns
Iran has closed the trade gate at its border with Pakistan over security concerns, after 26 pilgrims were killed in Mastung in Pakistan's Balochistan province. ANI

PETA wants Kate to stop royal 'bird shoot' on Prince Harry's birthday
Royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine Middleton have been targeted by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for bird hunting, which happens to be a centuries old royal tradition in the UK. ANI

Single-sex schooling 'ups gender stereotyping, sexism among students'
A new study has suggested that single-sex schooling might not be as advantageous as previously thought. ANI

US warned Pak army chief to halt truck bomb, but was ignored
An American commander asked Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff to halt a truck bomb two days before an explosion wounded 77 US troops at a base in Wardak, 50 miles southwest of Kabul. ANI

Oz man wins Guinness World Record for having the most tattoos
An Australian man has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the sixth year in a row for being the most tattooed man in the world. ANI

India ready to support IMF to fight global economic crisis: RBI Governor Subbarao
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Duvvuri Subbarao said here on Thursday that India is ready to extend support to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to overcome the global economic crisis. ANI

25-feet long Medusa set to create world record as longest snake in captivity
Medusa, a 25-feet long, 300 lbs snake is all set to make her way to the record books as the world's largest snake living in captivity. ANI

China's rich are young, single, and mostly men, finds survey
A new survey has found that the average age of wealthy people is 36 years, and 20 percent of them are single in China. ANI

World economy 'in dangerous phase', warn IMF, World Bank
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have warned that the global economy is in a dangerous phase and has narrower path of recovery. ANI

Pak to re-open 160 year old Hindu temple following Peshawar High Court order
The Peshawar High Court's has ordered the reopening of the 160 year old Goraknath Temple to allow devotees to worship. ANI

Eyewitnesses recall Troy Davis's execution
Three journalists-Rhonda Cook of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and JoAnn Merrigan of WSAV News in Savannah and Greg Bluestein of the Associated Press, who have covered more than 20 executions between them in the past, were among five reporters allowed to watch the controversial death of Troy Davis at Georgia State Prison earlier this week. ANI

Chinese 'Fritzl' arrested for keeping sex slaves in makeshift dungeon
A Chinese man has been arrested for allegedly keeping six women locked up inside a grim, temporary dungeon for two years while he used them as sex slaves. ANI

Short film shows Oz teenagers risk of being 'tagged for life' online
The Australian Government has released a 17-minute short film to demonstrate the risk of being "tagged for life" online for teenagers. ANI

Manmohan Singh condoles Tiger Pataudi's demise
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, who is currently in New York for the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), has condoled the death of former cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. ANI

Archaeologists uncover huge 2nd century Roman shipyard in Italy
Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of a large Roman shipyard while leading an international excavation of Portus - the ancient port of the city. ANI

Jews stand with Hindus on Ganesh vs. Hitler play in Melbourne Festival
The Jews have supported the Hindus on their concerns about "Ganesh versus the Third Reich" play premiering at Melbourne Festival in Australia on September 29. ANI

China urges US to annul arms sales plan to Taiwan
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has urged the United States to annul the arms sales plan to Taiwan to safeguard Sino-US ties and maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits. ANI

China removes 'transexual' dancer as television talent show judge
A Chinese dancer, who has been removed as a judge of a television talent show, believes her transexuality led to her removal from the post. ANI

3 Utah Councils in US opened with Hindu prayers for the 1st time
In Utah (USA), Council of Salt Lake County and City Councils of West Valley and Sandy reverberated with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on September 20, which is more than a century after these were established. ANI

Sydney schoolboy claims he was beaten, racially abused 'for being a Muslim'
A Sydney schoolboy, Hamid Mamozai, has claimed that he was beaten and verbally abused by over 20 fellow students for being a Muslim. ANI

US must stop accusing Pak otherwise it'll lose its allied partner: Hina Rabbani Khar
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has expressed outrage over US' top military officer Admiral Mike Mullen's accusations that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency is exporting terror through the Haqqani network, warning that American officials must stop accusing Pakistan otherwise they will lose its allied partner. ANI

Pak's ISI exporting terror through Haqqani network: Mullen
US' top military officer Admiral Mike Mullen has accused Pakistan's intelligence agency of exporting violence through the Haqqani network. ANI

Brussels to have all-night Mata Jagran
Brussels (Belgium) will have full-night Mata Jagran on October 1, which will be performed by Denmark Durga Bhajan Mandli. ANI

Indian optimistic about China's support for permanent UNSC membership
India is optimistic that a so far reluctant China will soon support India's bid for permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). ANI

Carl Lewis barred from New Jersey state senate ballot over residency issues
Olympic champion sprinter Carl Lewis' bid to run for the New Jersey's state senate office has again been disqualified after a federal appeals panel ruled that he does not meet the four-year residency requirement to stand for the election. ANI

Sarkozy distances himself from 'Karachi sub kickback' scandal following best man's arrest
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has distanced himself from a mushrooming party funding scandal on Thursday, after his best man and another close aide were charged with alleged corruption related to arms contracts. ANI

Meet the US woman who lives with 700 cats on her 12-acre sanctuary!
Lynea Lattanzio of Parlier, California, lives alone with 700 cats on her 12-acre spread, where she runs a huge cat sanctuary, and yet insists that she is not crazy. ANI

X-PM Strengthens Its Service Portfolio: Implementation Management and Executive Interim
X-PM, a project implementation specialist, launches executive interim services and expands its implementation management spectrum. Business Wire India

Yum! Brands, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Launch Annual World Hunger Relief with Global Spokesperson Christina Aguilera Lending Her Powerful Voice in New Public Service Announcement
Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), the world’s largest restaurant company and parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, announced today the launch of its annual World Hunger Relief effort featuring multi-Grammy Award winner and international superstar Christina Aguilera in a new public service announcement Business Wire India

Xpress Money Launches their Instant Money Transfer Service in Canada
Xpress Money, one of the leading providers of global money transfer services, has announced their recent expansion in Canada. Their state-of-the-art, secure and compliant system is now available in the country for those who need to send money across the world in minutes. Business Wire India

ZTE Officially Launches Skate 4.3-Inch Smartphone Globally
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, announced today it has completed the first phase of the global rollout of its new flagship smartphone, the Skate, in Hong Kong Business Wire India

SoftLayer® to Deliver Keynote Address at Parallels® APAC Summit 2011
SoftLayer® Technologies, the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed hosting, today announced that CEO Lance Crosby will deliver a keynote address at the Parallels APAC Summit 2011, in Sentosa, Singapore, on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 11:45 a.m. Business Wire India

The Force is Strong on Blu-ray - STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA
Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that STAR WARS is the bestselling catalog Blu-ray Disc of all time with worldwide sales totaling one million units, including 515,000 units sold in North America in its first week alone Business Wire India

Covidien Announces Dividend Increase of 12.5%
Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a 12.5% increase in the quarterly dividend rate, from $0.20 per ordinary share to $0.225 per ordinary share. Business Wire India

FDA Clears Verax Platelet PGD Test as “Safety Measure” for Platelet Transfusions
A $30 test that takes fewer than 30 minutes to perform can prevent potentially deadly transfusions of bacterial contamination in platelets, according to a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Transfusion. An early view of the study can be found at the journal’s web site. Business Wire India

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