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China accuses US diplomats in Hong Kong of plotting against country
China has accused US diplomats in Hong Kong of plotting against the country in connivance with the 'Gang of Four', comprising prominent Hong Kong's pro-democracy figures. ANI

UN report finds 39 percent rise in violence in Afghanistan in 2011
A United Nations report has found a 39 percent rise in violent incidents in Afghanistan this year, as compared to the same period in 2010. ANI

Bristol Palin heckler Stephen Hanks apologizes for bar fight
Stephen Hanks, the man who infamously heckled Bristol Palin at a Hollywood bar last week, has issued an apology to the 20-year-old former first daughter of Alaska. ANI

London-based NGO withdrew staff from Pakistan after CIA's fake vaccination scheme
Fears that a fake Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) vaccination scheme created to hunt Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has compromised the operations of aid agencies in Pakistan have intensified after it emerged that a NGO was forced to evacuate its staff following warnings about their security. ANI

Hindu festival Dashain celebrated at British army base in Afghanistan
Royal Gurkha Rifles reportedly celebrated the Hindu festival of Dashain near Laskhar Gah in Afghanistan. ANI

'International forces responsible for Pak's Dir, Chitral cross-border attacks'
A Pakistan's senior defence official has said foreign forces in Afghanistan were responsible for carrying out the recent cross border attacks in Dir and Chitral. ANI

Karzai alludes Pak fomenting instability to nix peace talks with Taliban
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has indirectly blamed Pakistan for fomenting instability to nix peace talks with the Taliban. ANI

11mln News International emails handed to police probing NOTW phone hacking scam
UK police has reportedly received millions of News International emails that could disclose the full extent of phone hacking at the now defunct British tabloid News of the World. ANI

Mubarak's information minister jailed for 7 years over corruption charges
Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's powerful information minister has been jailed for seven years on corruption charges. ANI

Pak National Assembly committee terms drone strikes as violation of human rights
Expressing concern over the unabated drone attacks by the United States on Pakistani soil, the Pakistan National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights has said that it causes severe human rights violations. ANI

French feminists seeking ban on 'sexist and condescending' mademoiselle
French feminists, who consider the term 'mademoiselle' as 'sexist and condescending', have called for abolishing the term from all official documents. ANI

Terror tag for Haqqani network may spell more trouble for Pak: Expert
If the United States designates the Haqqani network as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), it could lead to severe ramifications for Pakistan, according to a former State Department intelligence analyst on Afghanistan and Pakistan. ANI

US will work with Pak on 'intractable' issues to keep relationship alive: Grossman
Dubbing the United States-Pakistan relationship an important one for both countries, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Marc Grossman has said that the Obama administration wants the relationship to work. ANI

Child adoptions plummet in UK with just 63 babies adopted in 2010
The child adoption system has declined in the United Kingdom, with just 63 children adopted in 2010. ANI

US may step up military pressure in Pak to protect its interests: Senator Lindsey Graham
The United States may think about stepping up military pressure in Pakistan to fight the Haqqani network and protect its interests, Senator Lindsey Graham has said. ANI

Strauss-Kahn meets 'face-to-face' with French writer over rape accusations
Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the French journalist, who accused him of trying to rape her in 2003, have reportedly arrived at a police station to be brought face to face. ANI

Oz theatre behind Ganesh vs. Hitler play apologises to Hindus
The theatre behind the play "Ganesh Versus the Third Reich", which was due to premiere at the Melbourne Festival in Australia on September 29, has apologized to the concerned members of the Hindu community. ANI

Americans rapidly accepting homosexuality, finds study
A new research has shown homosexuality is rapidly gaining acceptance among Americans, especially among the younger generation. ANI

Donkey put up as candidate for post of mayor in Bulgaria!
Town Hall campaigners in Bulgaria are all set to put up a donkey as a candidate for the post of mayor. ANI

Assange's memoir sells just 644 copies in three days
Despite huge publicity and endless scandals, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's autobiography sold just 644 copies in its first three days. ANI

Meet the man who gets paid to sleep on the job!
For most of us sleeping at office is the stuff dreams are made of, but a Chinese man, who only sleeps during his working hours, still gets paid for it. ANI

'Royal' Kate Middleton still goes shopping with reward cards!
Kate Middleton might have become a part of the royal family now, but that has certainly not held her back from carrying reward cards (to accumulate points at stores) while she goes to shopping. ANI

Pak court releases Osama bin Laden's bodyguard over lack of evidence of Al-Qaeda link
A Pakistan court has reportedly freed a senior Al-Qaeda commander, who served as a bodyguard to Osama bin Laden. ANI

Palestinian accusation of 'Israel bias' may put Blair's Middle East envoy role at risk
Tony Blair's job as Middle East peace envoy could be in trouble as Palestinian authorities have accused him of being 'biased' towards Israel. ANI

'I have no personal ambitions, my ambition is Pakistan,' says Musharraf
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who is currently in self-imposed exile, has said that he will return to Pakistan to fulfill the ambitions of the country. ANI

Libyan rebels believe Gaddafi being sheltered by paid tribesmen near Algerian border
Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is believed to be hiding near a town on Libya's borders with Algeria and Tunisia, sheltered by tribesmen who are in his pay. ANI

'Kiss and Tell' Chinese 'prostitute' blogger unmasked as married man
An author of a sex blog, which exposed a Chinese prostitute's life and had a huge following has been found to be a married man, who is intent in plagiarising foreign literature. ANI

Michelle Obama's 'just relax' tips for to-be diners with hubby Barack
Michelle Obama has tipped to-be diners with husband Barack 'to relax' and enjoy the occasion. ANI

Indians, Egyptians may face visa restrictions from Kuwait
Kuwait is planning to impose restrictions on the number of visas to be issued to Indians and Egyptians after a sharp increase was noticed in the number of visas given to the nationals of both countries. ANI

Poll reveals three way tie between Romney, Perry, Cain for 2012 GOP White House race
A new poll has found that former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain's support among Republicans has tripled to 17 percent, leading to a three way tie between Romney, Perry and Cain for the 2012 White House race. ANI

Pak support to Haqqani network all to nullify Indian threat in Afghanistan: Musharraf
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has suggested that his country allows the Haqqani network to operate on its soil to stop India from creating an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan. ANI

Prince Harry bags Francesca Hull's phone number after flirting at pals' club
Prince Harry was seen bagging the phone number of 'Made in Chelsea' star Francesca Hull, after they flirted heavily in a club. ANI

Schwarzenegger-Shriver reunion on the cards?
Arnold Schwarzenegger was seen dining with his estranged wife for the second time this week, and it is being speculated that a reunion might be on the cards. ANI

Pak wrongly claiming 'victory' after 'defeat' in Kishanganga Dam case
The man who represented Pakistan at the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) to explain the country's case on the Kishanganga Dam is claimed to have played into India's hands and wrongly projected Islamabad's loss as its gain. ANI

How a desk job can send you early to the grave
Bad news for those who have desk jobs - a new study has found that sitting down for long periods of time increases risk of early death. ANI

Berlusconi's 'Queen Bee' 'got hypnotised by him after he whispered in her ear'
A showgirl has revealed how she became 'smitten' with Silvio Berlusconi after he whispered in her ear at their first meeting and had sex with him. ANI

US citizen arrested for planning to blow up Capitol building, Pentagon
A 26-year-old US citizen has been arrested for plotting to attack the Pentagon and the Capitol building with a large remote-controlled aircraft filled with explosives. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner to be extradited to S. Africa for wife's murder trial
British Home Secretary, Theresa May has approved Brit-Indian honeymooner's Shrien Dewani extradition to South Africa to stand trial for the murder of his wife, Anni, while on their honeymoon. ANI

Nepal PM vows to resign if he fails to complete peace process by November end
Nepal's newly elected Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has said he will resign if he fails to complete the peace process with Maoists and produce the new constitution's first draft by the end of November. ANI

Gang-raped Pak girl's family defies honour-killing tradition to fight for justice
The family of a 17-year-old Pakistani girl, who was kidnapped for three days and gang-raped by four men, is fighting for her life and justice despite receiving death threats. ANI

Saudi King Abdullah saves woman from 10 lashes for breaking car driving ban
Saudi King Abdullah has revoked a sentence of ten lashes imposed on a woman for defying the nation's ban on women driving. ANI

Iran produces new cruise missile that can 'sink giant warships'
Iran has started the large-scale production of a domestically developed cruise missile designed for sea-based targets and capable of destroying warships. ANI

18 killed in Indonesia plane crash
Eighteen people were reportedly killed when a small plane crashed near Indonesia's Sumatra island early Thursday morning. ANI

New BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® Quick View Report Enhances Efficiency of Cardiac Device Patient Management
BIOTRONIK, a worldwide leader in manufacturing cardiac medical devices and pioneer of remote patient management solutions, today announced the introduction of a new online Quick View report designed to deliver even greater efficiency when managing patients using BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring® technology. Business Wire India

Phill Jeffrey Joins Greenline as Head of Asia
Greenline Financial Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of electronic trading marketplace solutions, today announced the appointment of Phill Jeffrey as Head of Asia. Mr. Jeffrey will be responsible for Greenline’s operations in Asia and its continued expansion across the region. Mr. Jeffrey is based in Greenline’s Hong Kong office. Business Wire India

Power Integrations Updates PI Expert™ Suite Design Software with Support for HiperLCS™ and TOPSwitch™-JX Product Families
Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI), the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, today published Version 8.5 of its popular power supply design productivity software, PI Expert Suite Business Wire India

Smartmatic Receives 2011 U.S. Commerce Association Award in Identity Management
Smartmatic, a leading multinational technology supplier, has been selected by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) as a recipient of the 2011 Best of Boca Raton Award in the Identity Management Systems category. Business Wire India

Introducing the All-New Latest Generation Kindle
(NASDAQ:AMZN) Millions of people around the world are already reading on Kindles and Kindle is the world’s bestselling e-reader for four years running. Today, Amazon introduced the new latest generation Kindle that is the lightest, fastest and most affordable Kindle ever Business Wire India

Faiveley Transport to Supply Door & Air Conditioning Systems for Passenger Trains in Adelaide
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

ASSIA Wins Prestigious Broadband InfoVision 2011 Award at Broadband World Forum 2011
ASSIA Inc., the leading provider of high-performance software tools for Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM) of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks, is pleased to announce it has won the Broadband InfoVision 2011 award for Broadband Access Network Technologies and Services – Fixed, with its flagship product, ASSIA DSL Expresse Business Wire India

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