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Half of Americans disapprove Obama's way of handling his job: Poll
Half of Americans disapprove the way President Barack Obama is handling his job, a new Politico/George Washington University Battleground Poll has found. ANI

India, Bangladesh must work together to confront challenge of terrorism: Singh
Describing both India and Bangladesh as being vulnerable to the forces of extremism and terrorism, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said it was of paramount importance that the two countries work together to confront this challenge. ANI

More women 'turning to surrogate sex partners'
"Sex surrogacy", a controversial practice not commonly prescribed by therapists, is reportedly on the rise among women whose physical or mental health problems prevent them from enjoying a healthy sex life, say experts. ANI

Americans happier with progressive tax system than equal tax counterpart, finds study
A new study has revealed that progressive tax system rather than an equal tax system makes citizens happier. ANI

'Shoes-off' security screening at airports to end soon: US Homeland chief
US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has said that travelers may soon be able to keep their shoes on when they pass through airport security checkpoints. ANI

PM leaves for Delhi after ending two-day visit to Bangladesh
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left Dhaka on Wednesday evening after completing his maiden bilateral visit to Bangladesh during which the two sides signed a number of agreements, including one to resolve the long-standing border problem and a framework to enhance cooperation on development. ANI

Sharing of River Teesta waters with Bangladesh yet to conclude: Mathai
India has said that it will take ahead the parleys for an agreement on the sharing of River Teesta waters with Bangladesh. ANI

Gursharan Kaur visits Sikh shrine in Dhaka
During her two-day visit to Bangladesh capital Dhaka, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's wife, Gursharan Kaur visited a Gurdwara. ANI

Japan PM calls for enhancing ties with India further
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has called for further enhancement of established bilateral ties with India. ANI

Three Miss Italy contestants evicted for appearing in raunchy pictures
Three Miss Italy contestants have been shown the red card after judges saw indecent pictures of them. ANI

India, Bangladesh will intensify efforts to secure water sharing pact: PM
Describing water as a very sensitive subject in both India and Bangladesh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that though no deal on the sharing the waters of the Teesta and Feni rivers was reached during his visit, both countries would redouble efforts to arrive at a mutually acceptable pact. ANI

Meet the US student who can play piano by bending arms backwards
A US university student, who is suffering from a rare genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, has become an online hit after playing the a rendition of Clocks by Coldplay while facing away from the keys. ANI

Long-term Indian investment in Bangladesh will ensure greater economic activity: PM
Recognising Bangladesh's sensitivity to the large bilateral trade deficit that it had with India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that he has committed his government to providing greater market access to Bangladeshi products in India by removing both tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade. ANI

Hair salon's 'battered women can look beautiful' ad sparks outrage
A hair salon in Canada has been attacked and its owners sent death threats following an ad campaign featuring a model posing as a domestic violence victim, to highlight how their services could make even a beaten woman look beautiful. ANI

Sexy songs have detrimental effect on kids
Sexualized lyrics in popular music can have a deleterious effect on the sexual behavior and attitudes of adolescents, according to a new study. ANI

World's first commercial spaceport is now 90 pct complete, first flights in 2013
Phase one of the world's first commercial spaceport, which will be the hub for Virgin's consumer space flights, is now 90 percent complete. ANI

Oz man proposes to girlfriend with 'will you marry me' tattoo on wrist
A man from Brisbane popped the question to his girlfriend by getting 'will you marry me' tattooed on his wrists. ANI

4600-yr-old 'Iron Age' pub found at historic site in Scotland
A historic site in northern Scotland may have served as an Iron Age boozer - the oldest to be ever found in Britain, researchers say. ANI

Colorado coonhound gets Guinness World Record for longest dog-ears
A black-and-tan coonhound from Colorado has just earned himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest ears of any dog. ANI

Palestinian statehood critical factor in peace negotiations with Israel: President Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that achieving 'Palestinian statehood' is important for the peace negotiations with Israel. ANI

Sarkozy still unpopular among majority despite year- high approval rating
A new poll has shown that French President Nicholas Sarkozy's approval rating has climbed to the highest level in the past 12 months though he still remains unpopular among an overwhelming majority. ANI

9/11 terror attacks had greater impact on US than Vietnam War, JFK's assassination, Watergate scandal
A new poll has shown that American voters believe that 9/11 terror attacks had a far greater effect on the United States than the Vietnam War, former US President John F. Kennedy's assassination, the collapse of communism and the Watergate scandal. ANI

TTP plans to abduct top Pak officials in bid to get Osama's family freed from custody
The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) allegedly plans to abduct high-ranking civil and armed officials from all over the country in an attempt to mount pressure on the Pakistan Government to release Osama bin Laden's family from custody. ANI

Amnesty finds flaw with Sri Lanka's investigation into war crimes
Amnesty International, the human rights advocacy group, has come up with a report which says that Sri Lanka's own investigations into the final stages of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is deeply flawed. ANI

India will support Bangladesh's role in regional, global affairs: Singh
Describing Bangladesh as an important voice of the developing world, visiting Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that India will support Dhaka's efforts to play its due and commensurate role in regional and global affairs. ANI

Nude skinny dipper nearly drowns after getting stuck in mud away from shore
A 'skinny dipper' almost drowned after getting stuck in mud 76 metres away from the shore between Tipner and Whale Island, off Portsmouth in England. ANI

MQM 'inventor of extortion' in Karachi: Asma Jahangir
Pakistan's Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jahangir has said that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) introduced extortion in Karachi. ANI

Nearly one-third UK companies have banned social networking sites at work: Survey
Nearly one-third of British companies are now blocking access to social networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, at work, according to a survey. ANI

Pak Taliban says Quetta suicide blasts were to avenge Qaeda operatives' arrests
The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the twin suicide blasts in Quetta on Wednesday, in which at least 24 people were killed and over 80 others wounded. ANI

US-Pak ties 'frozen' in mistrust over 'unauthorised' bin Laden raid: Pak military leaders
Ties between the United States and Pakistan are "frozen" in mutual distrust over the unilateral US raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad on May 2, senior military and political leaders have said. ANI

Potential of S.Asia must be realized through cooperative effort: PM
Emphasizing that the people of South Asia are second to none when it comes to their talent, their enterprise or their ability to cope with adversity, visiting Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday, appealed to the inhabitants of the region to realize the area's potential. ANI

China's economic growth likely to fall below 9 percent in 2012, warns economist
China's economy is likely to fall below 9 percent growth next year, due to faltering economic recovery of developed countries. ANI

Dell to collaborate with Baidu to make smartphones in China
China's top search engine Baidu has signed a deal with Dell to build smart phones and tablets. ANI

Wife- beating will soon be punishable in China
China is set to approve anti-domestic violence law after four years of campaigning took place in the country. ANI

US likely to seek access to captured Qaeda 'external operations' commander in Pak
The United States is likely to seek access to senior Al Qaeda leader, Younis Al Mauritani, who is presently in Pakistani custody, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said. ANI

Wildfire destroys over 1,000 homes in Texas
Over 1,000 homes have reportedly been destroyed after one of the devastating wildfire outbreaks hit Texas on Tuesday for the third day. ANI

US not withdrawing 3,000 troops from Iraq by year end
The White House has denied media reports that the Obama administration has decided to drop the number of American troops in Iraq to 3,000 by the end of the year. ANI

Magician's suitcase of tricks vanishes from boot of car
A magician is seeking the help of the public after his suitcase of tricks vanished into thin air from the boot of his car. ANI

Manmohan Singh urges youth to work hard for building Sonar Bangla
Urging the younger generation to take over the mantle of carrying forward the sacred legacy of trust and amity enjoyed between Bangladesh and India, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday said they should "work hard to build the Sonar Bangla" of poet Rabindranath Tagore's dreams. ANI

PM describes Delhi HC blast as a cowardly act, viows not to succumb to terrorists
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who is currently on the last leg of his two-day visit to Bangladesh capital Dhaka, on Wednesday described the blast outside the Delhi High Court premises as a cowardly act and vowed that his government and the country would not succumb to the scourge of terrorism. ANI

Iranian magazine closed down over image mocking Ahmadinejad 's relations with top aide
An Iranian magazine has reportedly been closed after it digitally created an image mocking President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's relationship with his top advisor and close confident Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei. ANI

Potential threat of terrorist attack "remains very real" decade after 9/11 attacks: Panetta
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said the potential threat for another terrorist attack, following a decade of war with al Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks, still "remains very real." ANI

Sindh Rangers for 'special powers' on permanent basis for lasting peace in Karachi
Sindh Rangers Director-General Major General Ejaz Chaudhary has warned that killing incidents could revisit Karachi if the additional powers given to the paramilitary troops were withdrawn. ANI

Be ready to be 'awed by the odd' on 'Odd Day' Wednesday, 7/9/2011
Odd Day Wednesday, which happens only five times in a century, has been picked as the perfect day to tackle the odds and oddities in one's life. ANI

Blue-eyed blonde Miss India New Zealand becomes inspiration for contestants
The controversial crowning of a blonde, blue-eyed Miss India New Zealand last year has been a blessing in disguise for this year Miss India Wellington, according to the organisers. ANI

NATO suspends transfer of Afghan detainees to jails following torture allegations
The NATO-led mission in Afghanistan has suspended the transfer of detainees to several Afghan jails following allegations of torture. ANI

New pay structure for Indian drivers in Saudi Arabia
Saudis hiring Indian drivers will have to pay them at least 1,500 Saudi riyals a month, a Saudi daily said. ANI

China to tighten arms sales procedures after 'weapons sales to Libya' revelation
China promises to tighten the procedure for selling weapons to other countries after it was revealed that state-owned arms manufacturers negotiated weapons sales with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's government during the ongoing Libyan conflict. ANI

Niger President's spokesman denies Gaddafi sneaked into country with family members
A senior member of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's inner circle sneaked into Niger along with three carloads of collaborators, but the fallen Libyan leader or his family members were not among them, an official there has confirmed. ANI

Lockerbie bomber Megrahi 'too sick' to leave Tripoli, says his son
The son of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi has said that his father is 'too ill' to leave his home in Tripoli. ANI

Americans divided over sacrificing civil liberties to fight terrorism: Survey
People in America are deeply divided over whether their civil liberties should be sacrificed to fight terrorism, according to a new poll. ANI

Pippa Middleton maintains composure on wet and windy birthday
Pippa Middleton was left dishevelled as she made her way to work through the blustering windy weather in London. ANI

Sixteen killed, over 30 injured in twin suicide blasts in Quetta
Sixteen people, including three Frontier Corps (FC) personnel, were killed and over 30 others wounded in twin suicide blasts in Quetta on Wednesday. ANI

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Tribeca townhouse on rent for $50k
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Tribeca townhouse is up for rent for 50,000 dollars a month. ANI

Texting is the future of modern poetry, says laureate
Defending the use of text messages by young people, a poet laureate has claimed that texting is the future of modern poetry. ANI

US should 'tilt toward India' to take over role in Afghanistan post-troops pullout: US Senator
The United States should "tilt toward India" to take over the US' leadership role in rebuilding Afghanistan following American troops withdrawal, US Senator Mark Kirk has said. ANI

Continued US aid to Pakistan "naive at best, counter-productive at worst": US Senator
The United States should cut off all aid to Pakistan, whose own intelligence service has been backing and protecting the Haqqani network, US Senator Mark Kirk has said. ANI

Pak airspace being used by NATO flights with Islamabad's consent: US cable
A 2008 US diplomatic cable has confirmed that NATO planes had been using Pakistan's airspace with Islamabad's consent. ANI

Pak commission probing Osama raid bars CIA-collaborating doctor from leaving country
The Pakistani judicial commission probing the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad has imposed a ban on foreign travel for everyone, including Dr Shakeel Afridi, related to the incident. ANI

Indian-origin doc accused of groping patient says 'she tried to seduce me'
An Indian-origin doctor in England, who has been accused groping a patient during a physical examination, defended himself saying that she tried to seduce him, according to a hearing. ANI

Riparian tussle depresses Dhaka: Bangla media
The failure of Bangladesh and India to sign agreements on transit and Teesta and Feni rivers has been dubbed as an "unforseen casualty in bilateral relations" by Bangladeshi media. ANI

Pak Taliban sets conditions for freeing 27 children kidnapped last week
The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has set conditions for releasing the 27 children it has been holding hostage for about a week. ANI

Diplomatic row erupts over Danish envoy's arrest in Pak while travelling to Osama lair
A diplomatic row has erupted after the Danish Ambassador to Pakistan, Uffe Wolffhechel, and his wife were arrested while travelling to Osama bin Laden's former hideout in Abbottabad. ANI

James Murdoch's NOTW phone hacking testimony was 'misleading', say former executives
James Murdoch, the son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, mislead Members of the UK Parliament over what all knew about now-defunct tabloid News of the World's phone-hacking scandal, two of his former executives have claimed. ANI

Skyscanner Enters Asia; Expects 13M Visitors a Month
Leading travel search company Skyscanner Ltd, which is headquartered in Edinburgh, UK, has opened its Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Singapore this week. Business Wire India

KYOCERA Founder Kazuo Inamori Gives Keynote Speech at India-Japan Global Partnership Summit
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Adult Industry’s Top Level Domain .XXX Opens Its Doors
ICM Registry has today announced that .XXX, the new sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) for the adult entertainment industry, is open for registration to brand and IP holders inside and outside of the sponsored community Business Wire India

GI Dynamics Commences Trading on the ASX Following Successful A$80 Million Offers
GI Dynamics, Inc. (ASX: GID), a company pioneering the development of effective non-surgical approaches for treating type 2 diabetes and obesity, announced today that shares in the company (in the form of CHESS Depositary Interests or CDIs) have commenced trading on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) under the stock symbol “GID.” Business Wire India

SiliconBlue Ships 10 Millionth Custom Mobile Device
SiliconBlue® Technologies, the leader in Custom Mobile Device™ (CMD) solutions for handheld applications, today announced that it has shipped its ten millionth device since the introduction of the iCE65™ mobileFPGA™ family in 2009 Business Wire India

Power Integrations’ LinkSwitch™-PH Delivers Flicker-Free TRIAC Dimming for LED Downlights
Power Integrations (Nasdaq:POWI), the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for LED lighting, today introduced a new reference design (DER-281) detailing an 85%-efficient, 15 W PAR38 downlight driver that delivers flicker-free dimming without the use of unreliable high-voltage electrolytic bulk capacitors Business Wire India

PI Coresight Launched for Ad Hoc Analysis of PI System Data
OSIsoft, LLC (, provider of the PI System and the leader in real-time data and events infrastructure solutions, today announced the launch of PI Coresight, the newest, fastest way to visualize PI System data. Business Wire India

Making Solar Energy More Affordable – REC Wins 2011 Solar Industry Award for New Innovative Production of Granular Polysilicon
Today, REC received the 2011 Solar Industry Award for the Innovative REC proprietary Fluidized Bed Reactor (FBR) Process, which significantly reduces the energy required to produce Solar Grade polysilicon. This unique technology makes REC the first company to produce solar PV modules with a one year energy payback time Business Wire India

BIO Announces Keynote Speakers for BIO India International Conference
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announces the keynote speakers for the BIO India International Conference to be held September 21 - 22 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre in Hyderabad, India Business Wire India

Toshiba to Raise Ownership of Westinghouse by Acquiring Stocks Owned by Shaw Group
Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) announced today that the company will increase its ownership in Westinghouse Electric by acquiring all shares (20% of the holding companies of Westinghouse Electric) currently held by Nuclear Energy Holdings LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Shaw Group Inc., the U.S. engineering company Business Wire India

TE Connectivity Launches FlexWave Prism IRU
TE Connectivity announced today the FlexWave Prism IRU (Indoor Remote Unit), a new indoor version of its popular FlexWave Prism distributed antenna system that brings mobile coverage and capacity to the subscriber in enterprises, college campuses, and urban/suburban macro networks Business Wire India

CommScope Completes Acquisition of Argus Technologies
CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has completed its acquisition of Argus Technologies, a leading producer of innovative antenna solutions for wireless applications. Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed. Business Wire India

AES Announces CEO Transition
The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) today announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Hanrahan intends to leave the company November 30, 2011. He will step down from his position effective September 30, 2011, transitioning his management and board responsibilities to the company's Chief Operating Officer, Andrés Gluski. Mr Business Wire India

REC Guarantees More Power Output and Investment Security with New Linear Warranty for Solar Modules
REC announces an improved 25 year linear power output and 10 year material and workmanship product warranty guaranteeing customers 5.6 per cent more power output. Business Wire India

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