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Murdoch may face new legal fight in US over News Corp journalist's illegal practices
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is likely to face new legal action in the United States over allegations of illegal practices by the firm's journalists. ANI

'Islamabad under threat from militant outfits'
Pakistan capital Islamabad is once again under threat from militant outfits, well-placed sources have said. ANI

Egypt's crackdown on US funded NGOs to have 'chilling effect': Analysts
A crackdown on U.S.-funded pro-democracy groups and a proposed bill that would further restrict nongovernmental organizations has impeded development work in Egypt, analysts have said. ANI

John F Kennedy tried to make teenage White House intern have abortion
A former White House intern and mistress of John F Kennedy has revealed that the President tried to make her have an abortion after he feared he'd made her pregnant and forced her to take drugs. ANI

Wills-Kate's flight takes 'mid-air emergency' to avoid collision on runway
Prince William and Kate Middleton were left 'terrified' after a plane flying them into Britain narrowly avoided colliding with another aircraft which hadn't cleared a runway in time, it is claimed. ANI

'Fukushima No. 2 reactor's 'faulty' thermometer shows new high temperature of 93.7 C'
Thermometer readings at the bottom of the No. 2 reactor at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant rose further to exceed 90 C for the first time since it attained a cold shutdown in December. ANI

Hindu trader kidnapped "at gunpoint" near Quetta
A Hindu trader was allegedly kidnapped from Veer area of Khuzdar's Wadh tehsil, some 370 kilometres from Quetta. ANI

Seven missing Adiala jail prisoners presented before Pak SC
The Pakistan Supreme Court adjourned the hearing of missing prisoners of Adiala jail till March 01 on Monday, after conducting trials of seven prisoners. ANI

Palin not convinced of 'great candidate' Romney's conservative credentials
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has called former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romeny 'a great candidate', but she isn't yet convinced that the Republican presidential contender is 'instinctively' a constitutional conservative. ANI

Statue of Carla Bruni as factory worker sparks outrage in France
A French mayor's plan to erect a life-size statue of President Nicolas Sarkozy's wife Carla Bruni sporting a factory worker's attire in a Paris suburb has angered the opposition and embarrassed the first lady. ANI

30pc of office romances culminate in marriage
More than a third of office romances end in a walk down the aisle, a new study has claimed. ANI

HR violations in Balochistan are a big problem: Munter
US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said that human rights violations in Balochistan are a big problem. ANI

'Pak Army using non-state actors like Difa-e-Pakistan to communicate'
Many independent researchers and senior military officials believe that Difa-e-Pakistan is highlighting foreign policy issues, which the army command has historically dominated in Pakistan. ANI

US Navy official says forces prepared to combat possible Iran attack
A top U.S. Navy official has said that he is aware of Iran's military capabilities, but stressed that his forces are prepared to confront any Iranian aggression in the region. ANI

Islamic group demands tax concession for migrants visiting relatives in Oz
An Islamic group has told the Australian government that new migrants should get taxpayer subsidies to enable them visit overseas relatives. ANI

New Al Qaeda leader al-Zawahr urges Syrians not to rely on West in uprising against Assad
New Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahr has urged Syrians not to rely on the West or Arab governments in their uprising against President Bashar Al Assad. ANI

'2008 Mumbai terror attacks monitored-managed live by planners from Pak'
The 2008 Mumbai terror attacks were reportedly monitored and managed live by planners from a rented house in the North Nazimabad neighbourhood of Karachi. ANI

Maldives suffering after effects of brutal police repression
The Maldives are suffering from the effects of the brutal police repression. ANI

Bahrain deports US activists arrested in crackdown before anti-govt uprising anniversary
Bahrain has deported two female American activists to New York after arresting them as part of a security crackdown ahead of the first anniversary of the anti-government uprising in the country. ANI

Santorum opens wide lead over Romney in latest poll
Powered by a new national poll, plus an infusion of campaign cash thanks to victories in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum appears to have opened a wide lead over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in his home state of Michigan. ANI

Murdoch faces revolt from angry Sun journalists 'thrown to wolves'
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch is facing a revolt from staff at The Sun, over the arrest of five senior colleagues on charges of inappropriate payments to police. ANI

Indian woman in UAE ready to give police statement after surviving suicide bid
An Indian woman, who was found in her apartment in Dubai with her wrists slashed in an apparent suicide bid, along with the bodies of her husband and daughter, has recovered and will soon give a statement to the police. ANI

Video yields fresh evidence of torture, abuse by anti-Gaddafi protestors
A video of a Tripoli refugee camp showing a terrified man being beaten and tortured with electric shocks, indicates fresh evidence that protestors of former ruler Colonel Gaddafi are adopting brutal methods. ANI

JuD leader Hamza says legs of any 'whore' going to India to act in films should be broken
Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) leader Ameer Hamza has said the legs of any 'whore' going to India to sing or act in films should be broken. ANI

Gilani refuses to write to Swiss authorities over NRO issue despite SC declaring him guilty
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has denied all Supreme Court charges in connection with the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) contempt of court case, saying he will not write to Swiss authorities on the issue. ANI

Syria rejects Arab League decision to forge contacts with opposition
Syria has rejected the Arab League's decision to open communication channels with the opposition and send a joint peacekeeping mission to the chaotic Middle East country. ANI

Osama told his children 'not to follow him down path of jihad', claims brother-in-law
London, Feb 13 : Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden told his children to live in the West where they would get good education and "not to follow him down the road to jihad", his brother-in-law has revealed. ANI

Pak doesn't support "counter-productive" US drone strikes against al Qaeda-Taliban militants: Gilani
Islamabad, Feb 13 : Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said US drone strikes targeting the Al Qaeda and the Taliban militants are counter-productive and that his government has not given permission for such attacks. ANI

Pak SC indicts Gilani over contempt of court in NRO case
Islamabad, Feb 13 : Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has been indicted by the Supreme Court over contempt of court charges in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case. ANI

PV EXPO - An Easy Way to Access the Growing Japanese Photovoltaic Market
Reed Exhibitions Japan will be organising Japan's largest PV exhibition 'PV EXPO' at the end of this month. Since the Great East Japan Earthquake, the nation's concern against nuclear energy is on the rise Business Wire India

Frost & Sullivan’s GIL 2012: Middle East, The Global Community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership Embarks on ‘The Journey to Visionary innovation’ on 19th February 2012
As companies’ endeavour to thrive in a rapidly accelerating global economy, their emphasis on innovation as well as leveraging industry’s best practices has grown multi-fold. Business leaders across the region face the onus of identifying and securing long-term growth. Their choices in turn are driven by an appreciation of a multitude of variables, and how to innovate to succeed has been pivotal Business Wire India

Heartbeat Experts Announces 20 New Asia-Pacific KOL Management Projects Sold in Fourth Quarter
Heartbeat Experts reported today selling 20 KOL identification and KOL management software projects in the Asia-Pacific region in the fourth quarter of 2011. These projects include implementations in China, Japan, Korea, India, Indonesia and Australia Business Wire India

Quintiles Launches New Capabilities to Enable BioPharma Success in Asia
To help biopharmaceutical companies navigate the complexities of the Asia market, Quintiles today launched two unique services – Strategic Drug Development and Consulting at Quintiles – to bolster the probability of success in developing and commercializing new medications in the region. Business Wire India

The Rohatyn Group to Acquire Majority Stake in CapAsia, Leading Asian Private Equity Infrastructure Investor
The Rohatyn Group ("TRG"), a private investment firm focused on emerging markets, announced a definitive agreement with the CIMB Group (“CIMB”) to acquire a 60 percent stake in CapAsia, a Singapore-based mid-market infrastructure private equity firm focused exclusively on non-BRIC Emerging Asia Business Wire India

Media Update Statement on the release of the Written Transcript of the Judgment in favour of Econet on the ownership of the 5% in Bharti Airtel Networks Nigeria
The Federal High Court of Nigeria, on 10th February 2012, released the written transcript of its judgment handed down on 24th January 2012. The transcript is a public document which can be obtained directly from the Federal High Court in Kaduna. Business Wire India

Bentley Partners with Crossrail to Provide Collaborative BIM tools for Europe’s Largest Construction Project
Bentley Systems has announced two key initiatives to support the construction phase of Crossrail – Europe’s largest construction project. The initiatives are aimed at integrating the whole Crossrail supply chain to create best practices in information modelling for construction. Moreover, they are in keeping with the U.K Business Wire India

Taro Provides Preliminary 2011 Full Year and Q4 Results
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Taro,” or the “Company,” Pink Sheets: TAROF) has provided unaudited financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2011. Business Wire India

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