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German man breaks own record riding over 127 beer bottlenecks
A German man challenged his own record riding his unicycle over the necks of 127 beer bottles. ANI

The 3-year-old girl addicted to eating rocks, bricks, lightbulbs and sticks
A young girl who is suffering from a rare medical condition is so addicted to eating harmful objects that she ate an entire lightbulb. ANI

Most Pakistanis blame country's alliance with US for surge in suicide bombings since 2001
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen's comments that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is linked to the network appear to have started a blame game not only in the Pakistani political arena, but also among general public, with a report saying that many in that country blame Islamabad's association with the US for a surge in the number of suicide bombings there. ANI

China reaffirms support to 'all weather friend' Pak's sovereignty
China has reaffirmed support to Pakistan's sovereignty, and pledged to work with the country to maintain peace and progress in the region. ANI

Toast is still overwhelmingly Britons favourite breakfast
A research into the breakfast market has found that eight in 10 Britons prefer a piece of toast to any other type of breakfast. ANI

Pak women lawmakers bemoan their 'decoration piece' status in Kyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly
Pakistan's women legislators of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, who are mostly elected on reserved seats, have revealed that they are discriminated against compared to their male counterparts in the parliamentary session, and consequently get comparatively less time to convey their views. ANI

Perry leads over Romney in 2012 GOP White House race
A new poll has shown Texas Governor Rick Perry leading over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in the 2012 White House race. ANI

Pak was behind 2007 Afghan border ambush on American troops too
A new revelation has suggested that Pakistan was involved in the 2007 ambush in Teri Mangal that had left an American major killed and three American officers wounded, an allegation that could further strain the relationship between Washington and Islamabad following US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen's Haqqani network comment against the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). ANI

Pakistan Supreme Court website falls prey to hackers
The official website of the Supreme Court of Pakistan has reportedly been hacked. ANI

Frost's interview with Nixon after Watergate scandal voted TV's best ever
British TV host Sir David Frost's interview with erstwhile US President Richard Nixon has been voted television's greatest broadcast ever. ANI

Bus accident kills nearly 30, mostly school students, near Islamabad
At least 30 people, mostly school students, were killed in after a bus crashed in the southeast of Pakistan's capital Islamabad Monday, police have said. ANI

NY's Metropolitan Museum to show Shiva-Parvati playing chaupar
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) of New York is organizing "Master Painters of India, 1100-1900" exhibition from September 28 to January 8 next year. ANI

Sarah Palin threatens to sue biography author Joe McGinniss
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has threatened legal action against the author and publisher of an unflattering biography, which she says contains "a series of lies and rumours". ANI

'Pampered' UK prisoners say denial of more Sky Sports channels 'breach of human rights'!
Inmates in a British prison have threatened to take legal action against the government if they can't get more sports channels on their cell televisions. ANI

UK's days as global military superpower all but over: Study
A new study has said that Britain's shrinking military will never again be among the global superpowers, but will have enough capability to assist in operations such as Libya and Afghanistan. ANI

Bristol Palin 'homophobic fight' was setup by reality show, says co-star
The argument between Bristol Palin and a man who slammed her famous mother in a Hollywood bar was "set up by the producers of her reality show", says Bristol's co-star Kyle Massey. ANI

Thai men fight extradition over murder charges to avoid trial in 'racist' Victoria
One of the two Thai men facing extradition to Melbourne over the murder of a Australian man have told Bangkok's Ratchada Criminal Court that he doesn't want the charge against him heard in 'racist' Victoria. ANI

Prison van travels 100 miles to drive handcuffed suspect to nearby court to protect human rights!
A prison van was sent 100 miles to take a suspect to court because it was claimed that walking in handcuffs for 30 seconds in public could breach the prisoner's human rights. ANI

Burglars in UK using Facebook, Twitter to target victims
A majority of burglars in Britain use social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter to target their victims, a survey has revealed. ANI

Obama leads by 20 points over Romney, Perry in New York
A new poll has shown that US President Barack Obama leads over top Republican White House contenders, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney by at least 20 points in New York, though the voters are evenly divided over re-electing Obama over "someone else." ANI

China's enemy is enemy of Pak, gushes Malik
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has vowed to attack Chinese militants hiding out in his country's tribal regions, saying China's enemies were also Islamabad's. ANI

Queen Noor's gardener sues over sex discrimination, being bullied out of job
Queen Noor of Jordan has reportedly been charged by an ex employee for sex discrimination. ANI

Growing US-Pak tensions over Haqqani Network issue spurs diplomatic frenzy
The recent fallout in relations between the US and Pakistan has led to a flurry of diplomatic activity across the world, with reports saying that Saudi Arabia is now quietly working to mediate between both the countries. ANI

'Pak secretly lobbying for defence pact with China'
Pakistan has been secretly lobbying in recent months for a bilateral defence pact with China, tough there is little hope for an immediate breakthrough, Pakistani officials have said. ANI

China's cyber-espionage forcing US business travelers to take preventive measure
The United States' business travelers are reportedly becoming increasingly concerned about working in China amid electronic surveillance that is sophisticated and pervasive, and are also taking extreme precautions to avoid cyber-espionage. ANI

America's 'most wanted' paedophile caught secretly living in London for 17 years
One of America's most wanted paedophile's convicted of child molestation has been caught secretly living in London. ANI

Hitler 'look-alike' key rings spark outrage in Taiwan
Key rings bearing an Adolf Hitler-style cartoon figure have caused an outrage after going on sale in Taiwan. ANI

Treasure worth 150m pounds found on 70-year-old sunken shipwreck off Ireland
A shipwreck holding silver worth more than 150million pounds has been discovered in a ship sunk 70 years ago near Ireland. ANI

'The Simpsons' could soon have their very own TV channel
Iconic American animated sitcom "The Simpsons" could soon be given its own 24-hour channel. ANI

Australia under STI epidemic as couples fail to practice safe sex
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are reaching epidemic levels in Australia, as more and more couples are having unsafe sex, according to new figures. ANI

Will Duchess of Cambridge grace U.S. Vogue's cover?
U.S. Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is said to be desperately trying to convince Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, to pose for her magazine's cover. ANI

Chelsea Clinton made board director in top web company
Bill Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, has been hired as a new board director of media mogul Barry Diller's IAC/Interactive, the websites company behind the Daily Beast and Match.com. ANI

Kids of pregnant working mums more likely to have asthma
People exposed to certain substances and chemicals are known to be at risk of developing asthma. However, there has been little research investigating whether a mother's work exposure during pregnancy can lead to asthma in their children. ANI

'Lockerbie bombing case is closed,' says Libya to Scots' request for further investigation
Scotland has asked Libya's interim government to help track down those responsible for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, but Libyan Justice Minister Mohammed al-Alagi says that "the case is closed". ANI

China reiterates staunch opposition to US arms sales to Taiwan
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has once again urged the US to immediately withdraw the arms sales proposal to Taiwan. ANI

Beijing to 'mass relocate' residents to suburbs by 2015 to ease overcrowding
Beijing plans to relocate tens of thousands of downtown residents to the city's suburban districts over the next five years to ease overcrowding. ANI

Chinese spacecraft set to embark on maiden 'rendezvous, docking' mission
China's Tiangong-1 spacecraft will soon embark on the country's first rendezvous and docking mission, as the final preparations for its launch are underway. ANI

US, Pak agree to remove 'misunderstanding' over 'ISI linked to Haqqanis' issue
A meeting between US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter and Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir seems to have ended on a positive note, with a source saying that both the sides agreed to remove 'misunderstandings' and continue with the negotiation process to avoid further confrontation over the Haqqani network allegations. ANI

No proof whether Haqqanis closed havens in Pak: ISAF
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) spokesman Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson has said that there is no confirmed information whether or not the Haqqani Network has eliminated its safe havens in Pakistan. ANI

Oz women soldiers given 'green signal' for frontline combat roles
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is set to put women in frontline combat roles in the next five years. ANI

Iranian court orders waiter to blinded in one eye as 'eye-for-eye' retribution
An Iranian waiter will be blinded in one eye as retribution for hurling acid at a man five years ago. ANI

'UK could suffer a complete meltdown by terrorists' electromagnetic pulse bomb'
British MPs fear that terrorists could hit the country with the help of a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) device. ANI

Vladimir Putin sparks facelift rumours with sleek wrinkle-free new look
Vladimir Putin's taut and wrinkle-free appearance at a party conference this week has prompted speculation that he's undergone plastic surgery ahead of his bid to return to the top job of president next March. ANI

Merely snapping yourself in UK court premises can land you in jail!
A teenager has been jailed for two months for merely taking a photograph of a court premises using his Blackberry phone.aul Thompson, 19, who had been watching a friend's robbery trial, took a quick snap of Luton Crown Court to convey his location to a girl known to him. ANI

Manmohan Singh celebrates his birthday onboard aircraft
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh celebrated his 79th birthday with members of his official delegation and media persons onboard a flight enroute to Frankfurt from New York on Monday. ANI

Three Indian women forced to work as farm slaves rescued in Malaysia
Three Malay Indian women, who had been forced to work as slaves in a Perak farm for the past two years, have been rescued in a crimebuster raid following a tip-off from the public.he victims claimed that they were lured by a family to work in the farm and beaten, held captive and forced to work without receiving wages, Kosmo! reports. ANI

Strauss-Kahn asks NY court to dismiss hotel maid's civil suit over diplomatic immunity
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has asked a New York court to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed by the hotel maid, who accused him of sexual assault, claiming he has diplomatic immunity. ANI

Oz Foreign Minister Rudd blames jet lag for his job gaffe
Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd has blamed jet lag after he forgot about his job live on ABC radio. ANI

Hitler 'given speeding ticket for driving at 35 mph in 1931'
Adolf Hitler was given a speeding ticket for going too fast in his supercharged Mercedes limousine, a little over two and-a-half years before he became the chancellor and Fuehrer of Germany, according to a document found in German archives. ANI

Russian finance minister 'forced' to quit after public spat with Medvedev
Russian finance minister has resigned following a televised confrontation with President Dmitry Medvedev, who had angrily demanded Alexei Kudrin resign for disloyalty, or take back critical remarks he had recently made against his policies. ANI

China says only it can choose Dalai Lama's successor, not him
China has said that exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, cannot choose who will succeed him when he dies, and that Beijing will make the decision. ANI

'Record- high' four in five Americans dissatisfied with running of country
An new poll has shown that dissatisfaction with the running of the country has reached a record high, with over four out of five Americans endorsing the view. ANI

Obama administration committed to "working constructively" with Pak: US Official
The US is committed to "working constructively" with Pakistan espite the recent controversy over the Inter-Services Intelligence's (ISI) alleged link to the Haqqani network, a US official has said. ANI

Gilani calls for All Parties Conference on Thursday over US ultimatum
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has called for an All Parties Conference on Thursday to discuss ways to deal with the recent US allegations that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is linked to the Haqqani network. ANI

Obama heckled as 'antichrist' during Los Angeles fundraiser
United States President Barack Obama was heckled as an antichrist by a man during an appearance at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. ANI

Hindus ask City of Melbourne to withdraw support from Ganesh vs. Hitler play
The Hindus, who are concerned at the play "Ganesh versus the Third Reich" premiering at Melbourne Festival in Australia on September 29, have asked the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, and City of Melbourne to severe partnership from it. ANI

BIBF 1120* in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer as effective as bevacizumab with less serious adverse events
FOR NON-US MEDIA ONLY Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Selectra Lead Introducer System Gets Strong Reviews in First Cases
The BIOTRONIK Selectra CS Lead Introducer System has received overwhelmingly positive reviews in the first device implantation cases across the US and Europe. Physicians are unanimous that Selectra delivers a significant advancement in lead placement systems for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices. Business Wire India

SoftLayer® Launches Mobile Apps for Windows Phone 7 and iPad®
SoftLayer® Technologies, the innovation leader in Cloud, Dedicated, and Managed Hosting, today announced the release of its Mobile app for Windows Phone 7 and Mobile HD app for iPad Business Wire India

GT Advanced Technologies Receives Order for Large Optical Sapphire Blank for Gravitational Wave Telescope
GT Advanced Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: GTAT), today announced that its subsidiary, GT Crystal Systems, has received an order for a large, low absorption, optical sapphire blank for the Large-Scale Cryogenic Gravitational Wave Telescope (LCGT) program located in Japan Business Wire India

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