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UK sir sacked after calling rioters 'jungle bunnies' on Facebook
A school teacher who called rioters "jungle bunnies" on Facebook has been sacked. ANI

Obama unveils 447 billion dollar new job plan for US
US President Barack Obama unveiled new job plan at a US Congress joint session to stimulate recovery and strengthen the employment scenario.he 447-billion dollar plan, which is also called the American Jobs Act, is the third major stimulus package to revive economic fortunes of the US. ANI

SA teen girl becomes first black child to be diagnosed with progeria
A 12-year-old South African girl, who calls herself "the first lady" for being the first black child to have been diagnosed with progeria, dares to dream for a prosperous future despite the fact that doctors said she will not live more than a couple of years. ANI

US assessing possible Qaeda plot to attack New York, Washington around 9/11 anniversary
The United States is investigating a possible al-Qaeda plot to detonate a vehicle-borne bomb in Washington or New York around the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. ANI

Former M15 head admits for first time 'illegal' water boarding technique worked
Former M15 head Eliza Manningham-Buller has admitted for a first time that the water boarding technique provided intelligence to prevent terrorist attacks but denounced it as an immoral and illegal technique. ANI

BBC Breakfast presenters hit back at Tory MP over 'too much Botox' remarks
BBC Breakfast presenters have blasted a Tory MP who claimed that some of the Corporation's newsreaders were using "too much Botox". ANI

Its "too late" for US to stop Palestinians from applying for UN membership: Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that it is "too late" for American and other international powers to prevent Palestinians from applying for membership in the United Nations this month. ANI

Hindus laud US school board proposal allowing student to wear nose rings
The Hindus have commended Johnston County School Board (Smithfield, North Carolina, USA) for reportedly considering a policy revision, thus allowing students to wear nose rings. ANI

Mums-to-be show off baby bumps in pregnant bikini pageant
A beauty pageant in the US, reserved specially for mothers-to-be, saw contestants stripping down to bikinis and showing off their burgeoning bumps. ANI

EU warns al- Qaeda offshoot extending footprint in Africa
The European Union's counterterrorism coordinator has warned that al- Qaeda's North African offshoot is extending its footprint around Africa, adding that local governments need more help fighting it. ANI

Malaysian PM greets Malayalee community on Onam
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has greeted the country's Malayalee community on the occasion of Onam. ANI

International powers conspiring to dismember Pakistan: Altaf Hussain
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has said that international powers were conspiring to dismember Pakistan. ANI

Al-Qaeda's roots grow deeper in Pakistan, says journalist
Ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent "war on terror" launched by United Stated-led forces against al-Qaeda, the terrorist outfit "continues to pose a serious threat to the world as it keeps surviving and thriving mainly on the Pakistan-Afghanistan tribal belt," a senior Pakistani journalist and author has said. ANI

It will be "foolish" not to initiate talks with al-Qaeda for peace process: Ex- MI5 boss
Former MI5 boss Dame Eliza Manningham Buller has said it would be "foolish" not to talk to al-Qaeda in an attempt to start a peace process. ANI

Former Yahoo CEO slams 'doofus' company board over her firing
Former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz has slammed the company board for firing her and referred to them as a bunch of 'doofuses'. ANI

Fidel Castro alive and in good health
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has given an interview to a Venezuelan television station, first time after the rumours emerged that he was very ill and near to his death. ANI

9/11 anniversary: Obama says al-Qaeda nearing total defeat
US President Barack Obama has said that al-Qaeda is nearing total defeat after having failed to destroy America's "unique" leadership role in the world. ANI

NATO apologises for mistakenly killing journalist in Afghanistan
NATO has admitted that an American soldier has mistakenly killed an Afghan journalist working for the BBC, assuming him to be a suicide bomber, during a complex attack in southern Afghanistan in July. ANI

ISAF resisting Islamabad's pressure to act against Pak Taliban in eastern Afghanistan
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan is resisting Islamabad's pressure for a big push against terrorists in eastern Afghan provinces, where most of the Pakistani Taliban have set up sanctuaries, according to a newspaper report. ANI

Asia's 'First of its kind' skybridge to open in Malaysia
Malaysia will open a skybridge, the first of its kind in Asia, located in new Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2(KLIA2) next year. ANI

Zardari warns Sharif to talk sense, lest either of them reaches jail
In a thinly veiled reference to another military coup in Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari has warned former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to understand the gravity of the situation and act wisely, lest either of them has to visit the other in jail. ANI

Chinese Premier Jiabao vows to step up rural education investment
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has vowed to increase rural education investment and improve rural students' welfare as a part of a measure to tackle the uneven distribution of educational resources between rural and urban areas. ANI

China launches programme to prevent corrupt officials from fleeing country
Ten Chinese provinces and municipalities have launched a pilot programme to prevent corrupt or undisciplined officials from fleeing the country. ANI

Gilani to visit Iran on Sept 11
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani will visit Iran from September 11 to 13 for talks with the Iranian leadership. ANI

China to facilitate global investment
China will encourage a positive investment environment in the long- term, the country's Commerce Minister Chen Deming, has said. ANI

US national Weinstein, Shahbaz Taseer 'sold by original abductors'
Pakistani law enforcement agencies probing the abduction of Shahbaz Taseer and Dr Warren Weinstein have reportedly made a breakthrough, but have simultaneously arrived at a dead-end, according to a newspaper report attributed to unnamed officials. ANI

114 audio recordings over attacks released ahead of 9/11 anniversary
The US has released 114 audio recordings, projecting the confusion that prevailed among air traffic controllers, pilots and the military during the terrifying chaos of the 9/11 hijackings, ahead of the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks. ANI

China to crack down on illegal mining activities
China has vowed to crack down on illegal mining activities and strengthen its efforts to prevent underground flooding, after two recent mining mishaps killed 13 people and left three others missing. ANI

Outrage over security firm Blackwater showing players as mercenaries in new video game
Controversial US security firm Blackwater has provoked outrage over plans to launch a video game where players perform the role of mercenaries. ANI

China issues revised rules on police supervision
China has issued revised rules regarding the supervision of police conduct.he amended rules will come into effect from October 1,Xinhua reports. ANI

Pak Cabinet asks Afghanistan to ensure release of Taliban-kidnapped kids
The Pakistan cabinet has asked Afghanistan to help secure the release of over 30 Pakistani children kidnapped by the Pakistani Taliban and allegedly detained in Afghanistan's Kunar province. ANI

Drought affects over 12 million people in South West China
A drought has left over 12.6 million people short of drinking water in China's southwestern region. ANI

WWF-UK's new President Prince Charles warns of 6th mass extinction
Prince Charles, who has been recently appointed as the UK President of the World Wide Fund for Nature, warned about the occurrence of the sixth mass extinction, saying "I'm an endangered species". ANI

Libya's new PM says country's 'civil war is not over yet'
Libya's new Prime Minister, Mahmoud Jibril, has said rebel leaders not to start "political games" now, as the country's civil war is not over yet. ANI

Pak rejects India's concerns over China's developmental activities in PoK
Pakistan has rejected India's concerns over developmental activities by China in Pak-occupied Kashmir region. ANI

Back for the Future: Nike Partners with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Original Film Creators to Pursue a Future without Parkinson’s Disease
Nike (NYSE:NKE) today announced that 1500 pairs of the mythical 2011 NIKE MAG shoes will be auctioned on eBay,, with all net proceeds going directly to The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Business Wire India

Pall Corp. Opens Latest Life Sciences Centre of Excellence in Singapore
Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL), a global leader in filtration, separation and purification, today inaugurated its Pall Life Sciences Centre of Excellence in Singapore, the latest addition to the company’s global customer support network Business Wire India

SES Sets Signs for Further Growth
SES S.A. (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) is continuing its push for growth and has presented a new brand identity and logo at the opening of the industry’s leading annual trade show IBC in Amsterdam. The new brand is centered on the consistent use of the SES name and logo throughout the markets in which SES operates worldwide Business Wire India

Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) Expands Professional Credentials
Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) announces a new certification option for professionals who aim to prove their experience and broad-based knowledge in all the major components of supply management Business Wire India

Covidien Announces Highlights from Investor Meeting
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today outlined the strengths, strategies and innovations that are expected to drive the Company’s growth in 2012 and beyond at a meeting held here for the investment community. Business Wire India

Rainforest Realities Offers a Gateway into Forests and the Life Within
The world’s tropical forests provide valuable natural resources and play a vital role in balancing the Earth’s ecosystem, yet few people ever have an opportunity to experience them firsthand Business Wire India

Full-Scale Solar-Turbine Testing Completed by Southwest Solar Technologies, Inc.
Southwest Solar Technologies Inc. announced today the successful on-sun testing and proof of concept of a highly advanced solar-turbine power system being developed by the Company Business Wire India

Four of Top-Ten Global Pharmaceutical Companies Utilize Cegedim Relationship Management’s AggregateSpend360™
Cegedim Relationship Management today announced that four out of the top-ten global pharmaceutical companies utilize AggregateSpend360™ to manage compliance with disclosure reporting and transparency regulations and laws Business Wire India

TruePosition Acquires Intellectual Property from Rosum
TruePosition, Inc., a leading provider of wireless location technologies and solutions and a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, today announced that it has acquired all of Rosum Corporation’s intellectual property portfolio. Business Wire India

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