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Japan's nuclear disaster plans require more work: IAEA
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said that Japan's two-stage test to determine the steadiness of its nuclear plants in the event of a natural catastrophe, requires more work. ANI

Prince Harry gets hostage lessons for Afghanistan return
Prince Harry was given brutal hostage training to prepare him for his return to Afghanistan. ANI

Michelle Obama talks re-election and apples with Jay Leno
Michelle Obama made an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" where she talked about subjects varying from President Obama's re-election to the importance of healthy eating. ANI

Wills-Kate dote over their new pup
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have fallen in love with the new addition to their family - a month-old male cocker spaniel pup. ANI

IAEA inspectors did not visit Iran's nuclear sites
United Nations inspectors did not visit any of Iran's nuclear sites where uranium is being enriched. ANI

'US- Hizb-i-Islami preliminary exchange likely to lead to more meaningful talks'
Preliminary talks held recently by the US and Afghanistan's Hizb-i-Islami resistance group have created the opportunity for more meaningful talks in the future, a political adviser to the group's leader Gulbadin Hikmatyar has said. ANI

Queen wholly approves of Duchess Kate
Prince William's choice of wife reportedly has the complete approval of the Queen. ANI

'Gilani to be charged with contempt if lawyer fails to convince judiciary tomorrow'
The Pakistan Supreme Court has said that contempt proceedings will be initiated against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani if his lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan fails to convince the judiciary in the February 2 hearing. ANI

James Murdoch's hacking was 'rife' at NOTW email deleted days before investigation
An email in which News International boss James Murdoch was informed that phone hacking was "rife" at the News of the World was deleted from his personal account days before police launched a new investigation in the matter. ANI

Obama's approval rating in swing states declined in 2011
A new Gallup survey of the US President Barack Obama's average approval rating in each state during 2011 has established that he had sustained year-over-year decline in his average overall approval ratings, with an average of just 44 percent. ANI

'Intrusive' toilet alarm restricts Norwegian workers' loo break to 8min
Call centre employees at Norwegian insurance company are protesting against a new surveillance system that sets off an alarm if they spend more than eight minutes per day in the toilet. ANI

Costa Concordia survivors hoping for bounty through sale of souvenirs on eBay
Passengers of the ill-fated Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia are trying to make money by auctioning items from the capsized liner on eBay. ANI

Clinton urges UN to back Arab League plan demanding Assad to step down
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged the United Nations Security Council to support an Arab League-backed plan that demands Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down. ANI

'Pak state radio incurred $9.4m expenses covering Gilani, Zardari's foreign tours'
Officials of the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) incurred a 9.4 million rupee expenditure in undertaking 49 official overseas visits from March 2008 to February 2011. ANI

'Al Qaeda will rely on Pak militants in carrying out transnational terror attacks in 2012'
The Al Qaeda will increasingly rely on ideological and operational alliances with Pakistani militants to carry out transnational terror attacks in 2012, US National Intelligence Director James Clapper has said. ANI

Five US urban counties lead terror hot spots list: Maryland Varsity research
Researchers at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) have warned that rural areas of America will continue to be the bases for launching of terror strikes due to the involvement of domestic actors. ANI

'Pak 's Memo Gate conspiracy aimed at diverting focus from Salala attacks'
Pakistan People's Party Information Secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira has said that the Memo scandal conspiracy was hatched only to divert international attention from the Salala checkpost attack. ANI

Beijing worried over Hong Kong-Mainland tiffs
A series of incidents in Hong Kong have highlighted the escalating resentment among Hong Kongers toward the ever-growing presence of mainland Chinese. ANI

Oz boss leaves staff dumbfounded with $15m bonus
A father and his two sons, who own Australia's largest bus company, have been dubbed the country's most generous bosses after they rewarded their staff a staggering 15-million-dollar gift-the ultimate pay-off for their hard work and loyalty. ANI

Faulty World Trade Center design could cost millions
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the main agency building the new World Trade Center, has said that a design flaw could add millions of dollars to the actual cost of the complex's signature tower. ANI

Costa Concordia captain 'changed uniform and abandoned sinking cruise ship'
Francesco Schettino, the captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia liner, that ran aground off the Italian coast, changed his skipper's uniform and abandoned his stricken liner, it has emerged. ANI

Aisha Gaddafi 'wants to help brother Saif by handing information about welfare to ICC'
The daughter of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Aisha Gaddafi, has asked to be able to make representations to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to help her brother Saif al-Islam. ANI

Islamists, Liberal protesters clash outside Egyptian parliament
Tensions have sharpened between Islamists and liberals over the fate of the Egyptian revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak. ANI

Iran-Pak gas pipeline project 'delayed' till end 2014
Pakistan Petroleum Secretary Ijaz Chaudhry has said that the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project, which was expected to be completed by June 2012, has been delayed by at least two years more. ANI

Voice recording of 19th century German statesman Bismarck found in US
Otto van Bismarck can be heard for the first time in over a century, as a wax cylinder recording of his voice has been released. ANI

Pak Supreme Court calls for 'independent' Benazir Bhutto murder probe
The Pakistan Supreme Court has called for an independent probe into former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's murder, which it termed as being serious in nature. ANI

Muslim teen's sisters 'branded her a whore, cut her hair for kissing white man'
A Muslim teenager was kidnapped and beaten by her own siblings after they caught her kissing a white man, a court heard today. ANI

Sarkozy welcomes India's decision to buy French fighter jets
French President Nicolas Sarkozy today welcomed India's decision to select Dassault as the preferred bidder for a multi-billion-dollar fighter jet contract. ANI

New Air Force One tapes give insight on Kennedy death
The US National Archives has released long-lost recordings of the Air Force One flight back to Washington on the day of John F Kennedy's assassination. ANI

US presidential candidates trying to influence Twitter users
Several US presidential candidates are taking help of the Twitter to reach out to millions of users during this year's presidential race. ANI

Iran 'renamed cargo ships to dodge West sanctions' on nuke equipment transfer
Iran has renamed over a dozen cargo ships in its container line in the past year to circumvent Western sanctions on arms transfers and on the supply of nuclear-related equipment, it has emerged. ANI

Grossman denies 'backdoor diplomacy' in Pak memo scandal
Special US representative for Pakistan-Afghanistan Marc Grossman has denied using any backdoor diplomacy in the Memo Gate scandal. ANI

No contempt proceedings against Gilani if Zardari's immunity is proved: Pak SC
The Pakistan Supreme Court said there is the need to initiate contempt proceedings against Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani if President Asif Ali Zardari's immunity is proved. ANI

13 killed in U.S. drone strike in North West Pakistan
At least 13 people were killed and several others were injured when a U.S. drone launched three strikes in Orakzai region in Pakistan's tribal area. ANI

India calls on global community to play constructive role in violence-hit Syria
India has called on the international community to play a constructive role in facilitating political dialogue to end the crisis in violence-hit Syria. ANI

China's security clamp down in Tibet to counter 'Dalai clique's criminal activities'
A top Chinese official has ordered police to step up security in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the wake of deadly protests in Sichuan province. ANI

US Intel chief warns of 'Iranian attacks on US soil'
Some senior Iranian leaders are more than willing to carry out attacks inside the United States in response to perceived threats from America and its allies against their country, the Obama administration's top intelligence official has said. ANI

CIA has 52 graphic Osama death photos, but wants to keep them secret
Though there has been a clamour for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to release secret images and videos of Osama bin Laden's death, the agency wants to keep them classified and secret. ANI

Oz water-skiers smash world record
A group of 145 water-skiers in Tasmania successfully marked their way to a new world record for the highest number to be pulled behind a single boat. ANI

Pak military, ISI 'hand-in-glove' with Afghan Taliban in fight against NATO forces
Pakistan's security services are directly helping the Taliban in Afghanistan, a secret NATO report has claimed. ANI

Mitt Romney wins Florida GOP primary
US presidential contender Mitt Romney has won a decisive victory in the Republican primary election in Florida. ANI

NYSE Euronext Statement on EU Decision to Prohibit Merger
NYSE Euronext announced today that in light of the decision by the European Commission to prohibit its proposed combination with Deutsche Boerse, the companies are in discussions to terminate their merger agreement. Business Wire India

Thailand’s Tisco Asset Management Co., Ltd Selects Charles River Investment Management System to Manage its Private, Provident and Mutual Funds
Charles River Development (Charles River), a front- and middle-office investment solutions provider, today announced that Tisco Asset Management Co., Ltd. (Tisco), one of the largest asset managers in Thailand with over $3.3 billion of assets under management, has selected the Charles River Investment Management System (Charles River IMS) Business Wire India

FDA approves Jentadueto™ (linagliptin/metformin hydrochloride) tablets for the treatment of adults with Type 2 Diabetes
Business Wire India

SES Relocates Satellite to Meet Growing Customer Demand
SES S.A. (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) today announced that the SES-3 satellite is being relocated from its former location over North America to Asia, an area experiencing great demand for state-of-the-art, reliable satellite capacity. Business Wire India

Ferranti Computer Systems: MECOMS™ 2012, Energy and Utilities Solution Receives “Certified for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012” Accreditation
Ferranti Computer Systems has announced today that its MECOMS™ 2012 Solution, offering Customer Information System and Meter Data Management process support for the energy and utilities market, has been awarded the “Certified for Microsoft Dynamics” accreditation. Business Wire India

Exxon Mobil Corporation Announces Estimated Fourth Quarter 2011 Results
Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM): Business Wire India

Arcadia Receives $4.5 Million Grant from USAID to Develop Salt-Tolerant Rice and Gather Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data from Nitrogen Efficient Crops
Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., an agricultural technology company focused on developing technologies and products that benefit the environment and human health, today announced that it has been awarded a 5-year, $4.5 million grant from the U.S Business Wire India

Prize Capital™ Report Profiles 90 Unconventional Carbon Capture Technologies
Prize Capital, LLC today released a supplement to its groundbreaking Carbon Capture and Recycling (CCR) Industry Overview report that profiles emerging technologies that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial facilities Business Wire India

Thailand’s Thai News Agency (MCOT Public Company Limited) Sets New Standard for Remote News Gathering with Aspera Mobile
Aspera, Inc., creators of next-generation software technologies that move the world’s digital assets at maximum speed, today announced that MCOT’s Thai News Agency has selected and implemented Aspera’s leading mobile data transfer solution for Apple iOS and Google Android Business Wire India

MiX Telematics Launches Its Latest Mobile App, MiX Fleet, For Premium Fleet Customers
MiX Telematics (JSE:MIX), a global leader in vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions, extends its innovative MiX Mobile suite of smartphone applications to its broad base of Fleet Manager (FM) customers with the new MiX Fleet iPhone application Business Wire India

Crédit Agricole Selects Gemalto for Large-Scale Deployment of Contactless EMV Payment in France
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces it is behind Crédit Agricole’s large-scale deployment of contactless EMV banking cards in France. The Crédit Agricole group is market leader in full-service retail banking in France and one of the largest banks in Europe Business Wire India

Infotrieve Launches New Features for Mobile Library
Infotrieve, Inc. (, the global leader in e-content business service solutions, today announced a new release of its cloud-based Mobile Library™, updated with an improved search function,additional features for Personal & Shared Libraries and general user interface enhancements Business Wire India

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