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Michelle Obama best endorsement ever for clothing company
Michelle Obama's patronage has been "the most incredible gift that keeps on giving" for clothing company J Crew. ANI

Why consumers choose certain products over others
Researchers have shed light on why consumers change their minds or switch their loyalties to other brands. ANI

Most hate crimes in UK are racially aggravated
Most hate crimes prosecuted in Britain last year were racially aggravated, according to a report. ANI

World's largest atom smasher to be strengthened to find 'God particle'
Swiss scientists hope to solve the mystery of Higgs boson, the most elusive particle in modern science, by boosting energy through the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). ANI

'Catchy' mobile phone ringtones make you more stupid
Keep your mobile phone in silent mode if you are trying to solve a tricky problem. ANI

Woman made to go through body scanner thrice at airport for 'cute' figure
A married mother was subjected to repeated body scanning at an airport after being told by one of the employees that she had a "cute" figure.llen Terrell, who was travelling with her husband Charlie, was stopped by airport security and told she had been "randomly selected" for screening by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). ANI

Pak AG to submit reply in Gilani's contempt of court case on Thursday
Pakistan's Attorney General Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq would reportedly submit reply in the Supreme Court in Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's contempt of court case on Thursday. ANI

Barely clothed living human skeletons of 'missing' Adiala Jail prisoners' horrified people in Pak SC
The seven missing prisoners of the Adiala Jail who were produced before the Pakistan Supreme Court were effectively human skeletons, wearing minimum clothes in freezing weather and barely able to walk without support. ANI

Iran 'smart enough not to attack Jews, Israeli institutions in America'
The United States intelligence community has said there is no increased threat to Jews in America, in spite of car bombs in India and Georgia recently targeted Israeli officials. ANI

Gay couple sets world record for longest Kiss with 50-hour embrace
A male couple in Thailand were awarded the Guinness World Record for the longest kiss this Valentine's Day after locking lips for an exhausting two days. ANI

China admits 'there is room to improve human rights in country'
China's Vice-President Xi Jinping has defended his country's record on human rights, saying it has made 'tremendous and well-recognized achievements' in the past 30 years, but also admitted that there was "room for improvement". ANI

European regulations demanding web censorship 'will turn Google into censor-in-chief for EU'
A leading British lawyer has condemned new European regulations that force websites to delete data on users' request, saying such rules could transform search engines like Google into a 'censor-in-chief for the European Union, rather than a neutral platform'. ANI

'Great people to fly with' PIA ferrying flyers in toilets due to shortage of seats!
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) reportedly carried two passengers on its flight from Lahore to Karachi in the toilet due to non-availability of seats. ANI

After 'offensive jokes on Indian culture' rap, BBC now fails to curb bad language on Top Gear
After facing huge criticism for making offensive jokes about Indian people and culture, the British broadcasting corporation has now failed to curb the use of bad language on its popular television show Top Gear. ANI

Pakistan to resume 'regular' NATO supplies from March
Pakistan would reportedly resume the 'regular' NATO supplies in the first week of March. ANI

Pakistan politicians don't want Americans to leave, says Ambassador Munter
US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said that Pakistani politicians don't want Americans to go away from their country. ANI

'US used 2005 Kashmir earthquake to send JSOC operatives in Pakistan'
The United States used the 2005 Kashmir earthquake to send operatives from the Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC - the elite military unit that killed former al-Qaeda leafer Osama bin Laden - into Pakistan, a new book has revealed. ANI

More people turn to their husband or wife for help when they have problems
In times of need, most of us are likelier to turn to family rather than friends. ANI

Wills-Kat to be made into Barbie dolls
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will soon be immortalized as a set of Barbie dolls. ANI

9 couples get married n*ked on V-Day at Jamaican beach
Nine tourist couples tied the knot in the buff at a sun-baked beach in Jamaica on Valentine's Day. ANI

Online role-playing games lower marital satisfaction
Online role-playing games negatively impact real-life marital satisfaction as it leads to discords or disturbed bedtime routines, a new study has suggested. ANI

'Missing' Adiala Jail prisoners now in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt. custody instead of ISI
The father of one of the seven men, who went missing from Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail in 2010, has said that they are now in the custody of the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and not of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). ANI

Fukushima at increased earthquake risk, says Japanese scientists in new report
Seismic risk at the Fukushima nuclear plant has increased after the magnitude 9 earthquake that hit Japan last March, scientists report. ANI

Lawmaker says Pak doctor who helped find Osama should be given US citizenship and medal
A Republican in the House of Representatives has said that the Pakistani doctor who helped the Navy SEALs bring down Osama bin Laden deserves U.S. citizenship and a medal. ANI

2012 presidential race slipping away from Republicans, says expert
The Republican Party appears to be facing the realistic possibility of losing the 2012 presidential race, due to the chaotic infighting among contenders. ANI

CBS News poll says Obama holds edge over GOP hopefuls
U.S. President Barack Obama holds a significant lead over each of his potential Republican opponents in the general election, according to a poll released Tuesday by CBS News and the New York Times. ANI

Heightened security in US over Iran threat
With Iran allegedly striking out at Israeli citizens and Jewish targets around the world, Israeli and American security officials in the U.S. are on high alert. ANI

Bahrain defence chief says a coup was attempted on anti-govt. protest anniversary
The commander-in-chief of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) has claimed that a coup was attempted on the government on the first anniversary of anti-government protests. ANI

Workplace email language predicts if they are sent up/down the ladder
Certain words and phrases are certainly reliable indicators of whether workplace emails are sent to someone higher or lower in the corporate hierarchy, a new study has revealed. ANI

James Murdoch's name 'inextricably linked' with News Corp phone hacking, corruption scandal
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's son James Murdoch is now being 'inextricably linked' with News Corporation's failure to deal properly with phone hacking at News International, an influential shareholder group has claimed. ANI

News Corp hands over journalists' sources to police investigating corruption allegations
The ongoing 'civil war' in Rupert Murdoch's media empire has apparently deepened as the firm has handed over details of some of its journalists' sources to police investigating corruption allegations. ANI

Aitzaz says Gilani's contempt of court case will take 'time to solve'
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's counsel Aitzaz Ahsan has said his client's contempt of court case will take time to solve. ANI

Ex-President Eisenhower secretly met 'aliens' 3 times
Former American President Dwight D. Eisenhower had three secret meetings with aliens at a remote air base in New Mexico in 1954, a former US government consultant has claimed. ANI

SA woman freed after being held captive by husband in Pakistan for 2 yrs
A South African woman and her two children have been freed after she was allegedly held captive by her abusive husband in Pakistan for nearly two years. ANI

'Missing' jail prisoners' mother dies of shock after seeing sons in miserable condition in Pak SC
Rohaifa, the mother of three detainees of Adiala Jail, who had filed the petition in the Supreme Court regarding the release of prisoners, has died of shock after seeing her two sons in a miserable condition in the courtroom. ANI

Obama tweets Valentine's Day wishes for first lady
Barack Obama took to his Twitter account to post a Valentine's Day message for wife Michelle. ANI

Prince William sends Duchess Kate V-Day gifts from 7,000 miles away
The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed that Prince William has sent her a card for Valentine's Day, even though he is currently in Falklands Islands. ANI

Imran wants open border between Pakistan, Afghanistan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that he wants to see an open border between Pakistan and Afghanistan ANI

Pak admits allowing NATO to use airspace for ferrying supplies to troops in Afghanistan
Pakistan Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar has admitted that Islamabad has allowed NATO to use its airspace for ferrying supplies to troops stationed in Afghanistan. ANI

Leaked documents reveal 'Iran gave Syria $1bln to relieve pressures of West's sanctions'
Iran gave Syrian government over one billion dollars to help the country relieve pressures of international sanctions imposed for the brutal slaughter of its civilians, it has emerged. ANI

Obama warns China to 'live up to its international responsibilities'
US President Barack Obama has warned China that it must live up to its international responsibilities, and help in bringing 'stability, order and security' to what has been dubbed the 'Asian century'. ANI

Wen Jiabao says 'China will absolutely not protect Syrian government'
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has said that it will not protect the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. ANI

50th SES Spacecraft in Orbit after Successful ILS Proton Launch
SES S.A. (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) announces that the SES-4 satellite roared into space on board an ILS Proton Breeze M booster today at 1:36 am Baikonur time (20:36 CET and 14:36 EST on February 14th, 2012) Business Wire India

A10 Networks Increases Data Center Efficiency with Mid-range AX 3200-12 and AX 3400 Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs)
A10 Networks™, the technology leader in Application Networking, today unveiled two new 64-bit models in its AX Series ADC family, the AX 3200-12 and AX 3400. The new models provide significant performance and cost advantages to enterprise organizations and service providers Business Wire India

Accenture Opens New Research & Development Lab in Beijing to Develop Technology Innovations for Clients in China and Asia-Pacific Region
Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is expanding its global research and development capabilities by opening a new R&D lab in Beijing, China. Business Wire India

Miniature M2M Module by Cinterion Enables Linyang Electronics Smart Meters and Power Management Solutions
Cinterion, the global leader in cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules and a Gemalto company (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO), announces that Linyang Electronics is integrating Cinterion’s tiny BGS2 in their smart metering products and power utilization management terminals Business Wire India

KBR Awarded VCC License and Basic Engineering Package for TAIF Group’s Refinery at Nizhnikamsk, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia
KBR (NYSE: KBR) today announced it was awarded a contract by TAIF Group to provide licensing and engineering services for the Veba Combi Cracker (VCC) to be implemented at the Nizhnikamsk refinery in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. Business Wire India

Lasya, Inc. Announces Strategic Partnership with Maxey Cosmetics of Ann Arbor, Michigan
Lasya, Incorporated has entered into a strategic partnership with Maxey Cosmetics, makers of the advanced cosmetic eyeliner Maxeylash Maintenance, with operations in Estonia and the Czech Republic. This partnership will facilitate a global distribution of Lanterna, the cosmetic alternative to hydroquinone-containing products Business Wire India

A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of General Insurance Corporation of India
A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of “a-” of General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re) (India). The outlook for both ratings is stable. Business Wire India

American Clinical Laboratory Association Welcomes Pathway Genomics as New Member
Pathway Genomics, a genetic testing laboratory specializing in genetic testing for nutrition and exercise response, inherited disease, prescription drug response and health condition risks, has received membership in the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) Business Wire India

SoftLayer® Introduces Searchable Object Storage
SoftLayer Technologies today announced the immediate worldwide availability of SoftLayer Object Storage, a redundant and highly scalable cloud storage service that allows users to easily store, search and retrieve data across the Internet, with optional CDN connectivity, or across SoftLayer’s global private network. Business Wire India

GLORY LTD. to Acquire Talaris Topco Limited
GLORY LTD Business Wire India

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