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'I have not cut short my US visit', says Pranab Mukherjee
Stating that certain suggestions that cropped up during the India-US Business Council, the CEOs Forum and Investors Forum meetings required immediate attention, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday refuted reports that he had cut short his United States visit to meet Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in New York. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee refuses to comment on 2G scam note
In the wake of a controversy surrounding the 2G scam note, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, here today refused to comment on the issue saying the matter is sub judice and he shall have to take the opinion of legal experts and party leaders on the issue. ANI

PM, Mukherjee meeting begins in New York
The crucial meeting between Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has begun here. ANI

Middle-aged Brit woman jailed for having sex with dog
A 45-year-old woman from Kent is facing a 16 month-imprisonment sentence after she was caught having sex with a dog. ANI

Modern life eroding childhood, warn experts
A group of experts from all walks of life have written a letter calling for a drive to "interrupt the erosion of childhood". ANI

Experts believe Gaga, other celebs could teach kids horrors of bullying
A researcher at the University at Buffalo has claimed that Lady Gaga and other celebrities commenting on bullying have a chance to teach young people about the horrors bullying abuse. ANI

Tony Blair 'romantically' linked to Israeli businesswoman Ofra Strauss
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has reportedly developed a personal friendship with Ofra Strauss, one of the most controversial and richest women in Israel, prompting speculations the two are having an affair. ANI

Kayani calls emergency Corps Commanders meeting
Pakistan's army chief General Ashfaq Kayani has called a 'special' meeting of his top commanders to discuss the security situation after the war of words with the United States escalated following the latter's accusation that Pakistan's intelligence agency is exporting violence through the Haqqani network, the military has said. ANI

'We were addicted to Murdoch like crack cocaine': UK Labour Party politician
A senior member of British Labour Party politician Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet has said that the Labour lost the confidence of voters after 13 years in power because it was addicted to the "crack cocaine" of courting media barons such as Rupert Murdoch rather than listening to the public's concerns. ANI

Blair had six 'secret meetings' with Gaddafi
Tony Blair had held secret talks with Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi six times in three years after he stepped down as British Prime Minister, it has emerged. ANI

Hacker puts sex message on female British MP's voicemail
A hacker reportedly disabled the British House of Commons telephone system, penetrated an MP's voicemail and left a sexually offensive message on it. ANI

Pak not responsible for US, NATO forces' security in Afghanistan: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan cannot be held responsible for the security of the US, NATO, and ISAF forces in Afghanistan. ANI

Kate's wedding gown 'to be kept out of public eye'
To the inevitable disappointment of many, the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress will probably not go "on tour", royal aides have revealed. ANI

UK commanders ignored warnings about troops facing risk of attack by Afghan army
British Commanders ignored warnings that their troops were at risk of attack from their allies in the Afghan army, it has emerged. ANI

Pak wants to see Afghanistan to be stable, successful: Khar
Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar has said that Pakistan and Afghanistan share the same future and that her country will stand by the latter for its prosperity and progress despite all circumstances. ANI

CIA efforts to recruit Arab Americans hit series of roadblocks
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)'s efforts to recruit Arab Americans have hit a roadblock after it removed the advertisement regarding linguists recruitment from the largest Arab American newspaper's online edition because the paper had published a story about domestic spying on Muslims. ANI

Some annalists believe US-Pak in a fix with or without each other: DT editorial
The US might have blamed Pakistan's intelligence agency for allegedly exporting violence through the Haqqani network, some political analysts believe in Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani's assertion that the US "cannot live with us and cannot live without us", a Daily Times editorial said. ANI

World's oldest running car likely to fetch $1.6m at auction
The world's oldest running car is expected to fetch 1.6 million dollars when it goes under the hammer at auction next month. ANI

Bomb threat grounds SpiceJet flight in Kathmandu
A SpiceJet aircraft, scheduled from Kathmandu to New Delhi, was evacuated at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport on Sunday after airport officials suspected that a bomb had been planted in the aircraft. ANI

MQM chief Altaf slams US for allegations against Pak
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has strongly condemned the allegations made by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States (US) Admiral Mike Mullen against Pakistan, the armed forces of Pakistan and the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI). ANI

10 Indians among 19 killed in Nepal plane crash
Ten Indians were among 19 people killed when a Buddha Air plane (9N-AEK 1900D) crashed near Nepal's Kotdanda village on Sunday morning. ANI

Michelle Obama extends 'limited' support for homeless veterans on reality TV
Michelle Obama has tried her hands at building liveable homes for families in need to extend her support to ABC's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'. ANI

Japan to conduct more rice radiation tests after detecting increased level in Fukushima Prefecture rice
The Japanese Government has ordered to carry out more radiation tests on rice growing near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after finding increased levels of radiation. ANI

Significant changes in Japanese citizens' attitudes since March 11 catastrophe: Survey
A new survey has shown that Japanese citizens' attitudes have changed significantly since the March 11 "triple disaster" of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident. ANI

Obama plays round of golf with Clinton
US President Barack Obama played a round of golf with former President Bill Clinton at Joint Base Andrews Base in Maryland. ANI

Herman Cain wins Florida GOP straw poll
Former Godfather's Pizza chief executive Herman Cain has won the Republican presidential straw poll in Florida with 37 percent of the votes. ANI

BBC accused of 'absurd political correctness' by dumping AD, BC
The BBC has been accused of 'absurd political correctness' after dropping the terms BC and AD for fear of offending non-Christians. ANI

Post balcony kiss, William 'drove new wife in dad's car with handbrake on'
Prince William is said to have left the handbrake on as he drove his new bride Kate Middleton in a classic Aston Martin just after the now-famous kiss on Buckingham Palace's balcony. ANI

India ranks very low in treatment of women
India ranks at 141 among 165 countries analyzed by Newsweek magazine in the treatment of women. ANI

Maoist issue not discussed in Indo-Nepal Prime Ministers meet: Foreign Secretary
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his counterpart from Nepal, Baburam Bhattarai, did not discuss the issue of Maoist violence during their bilateral meeting in New York, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai has said. ANI

China to spend 313 billion dollars on 'green economy, low carbon development' over next 5 years
The Chinese Government will invest 2 trillion Yuan (313 billion dollars) to promote green economy and low-carbon development in the next five years, which would reduce energy consumption by 16 percent per unit GDP as compared to 2010. ANI

Was Shehla Masood killed for information that could "shake BJP government in MP to its core"?
RTI activist Shehla Masood, who was shot dead by an unidentified assailant outside her house in Bhopal on August 16, was possibly silenced because 'she had information that would shake the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh to its core,' it has emerged. ANI

Sarah Palin offered $1m if she passes polygraph test over new book's claims
Sarah Palin has been offered a cool 1million dollars if she manages to prove herself innocent by passing a lie detector test over the claims made in a new book about her. ANI

Pak capable enough to deal with terrorists on its own: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that Pakistan is capable enough to launch an offensive against terrorists. ANI

Pak spread nuke weapon technology across world for cash and clout, Khan documents reveal
Two documents written by A.Q. Khan, who headed Pakistan's nuclear program for some 25 years, has revealed that Islamabad spread nuclear weapon technology across the globe in exchange for cash, political influence and help for its own atomic bomb program. ANI

India 'happy' with US recognition of Pak intelligence agency's links with Haqqani network: Krishna
Union Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna has said that the United States was well aware of the links between Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency and the Haqqani network, and stressed that it was a vindication of India's stand on the matter. ANI

Kayani demands joint investigation into cross-border attacks
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has discussed military relations with top US military commander General James Mattis and demanded a joint investigation into cross-border attacks on his country from Afghanistan, a private TV channel reported. ANI

Nepal PM calls on UN to devise relief package for poor in 'underdeveloped countries'
Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has called on the United Nations to devise a plan to provide relief to the poor in "underdeveloped countries". ANI

Indians amongst 19 passengers killed in plane crash in Nepal
An aircraft of Bouddha Air Flight crashed early Sunday morning, while returning from mountain flight. ANI

'New' Libya 'coming to life' after Gaddafi's ouster: Interim leader
Libya is 'coming to life' as it recovers from a conflict that ousted its embattled dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, an interim leader of the country has said. ANI

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