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Incessant killings rule out peaceful resolution of Balochistan crisis: Editorial
The incessant killings by the Pakistan military in Balochistan has ruled out a peaceful resolution of the Balochistan crisis, an editorial in a Pakistan daily has said. ANI

Trilateral summit: Zardari denies Pak army involved with militants in Afghanistan
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has denied that his country's armed forces are involved with militants in Afghanistan. ANI

Sammy doing fantastic job as West Indies captain: Walsh
Former West Indies bowler Courtney Walsh has backed his side skipper Darren Sammy saying that he has been doing a fantastic job. ANI

Extremism greater threat to Pakistan than terrorism: Report
Pakistan's problem of extremism is a greater threat to the country than terrorism, a new report by the Jinnah Institute has said. ANI

Tareq Salahi sues ex-wife for $50 million over Neal Schon affair
Tareq Salahi, who gained notoriety in 2009 after crashing a White House dinner with his now estranged wife Michaele Salahi, is suing her over an affair with Journey guitarist Neal Schon. ANI

Pak assures Ahmadinejad that Pak-Iran gas pipeline project will proceed despite sanctions
Pakistani leaders have assured Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that they would go ahead with the gas pipeline and electricity import projects despite international sanctions on Tehran. ANI

Interracial marriages increasing in US
One in 12 American marriages are between two people of different races - more than double the rate of 30 years ago, a new study says. ANI

Kids seek 'sugar daddies and mommies' to pay college fee in return for sex
Broke students seeking new ways to put themselves through college are finding success in a new website, which helps them find older men or women who are willing to fund them in exchange for a sexual relationship. ANI

Mitt Romney makes his 'pink nail polish prank' public
Mitt Romney, who spilled the beans on what may be one of his more impressive pranks, told a crowd of hundreds at the Cuyahoga County Lincoln Day dinner on Thursday evening in Ohio what he claims is a never-before-told story from his past. ANI

Amanda Knox signs $4m book deal to tell all about trial and arrest
Amanda Knox, the American student who had been convicted and then cleared of murdering her British room-mate, has reportedly signed a 4 million dollars (2.5 million pounds) book deal for a "full and unflinching" account of the events surrounding her arrest and trial. ANI

Hairdressers quitting jobs over costumers' tales of woes
Many desperate hairdressers, who are overburdened by their customers' stories of domestic struggles, are giving up their profession and getting out of the game, a new study has found. ANI

Now, 'beauty and the geek' jeans with in-built keyboard
Computer experts have invented an avant-garde pair of jeans that are equipped with a set of speakers, a wireless mouse and a keyboard embedded into the upper thigh regions. ANI

Nazis 'flooded Europe with fake British bank notes'
Nazi forgers successfully swarmed fake British bank notes in Europe, thus 'destroying' confidence in the UK currency, according to secret MI5 files. ANI

Pakistan added to money-laundering countries blacklist
An international money-laundering watchdog has added Pakistan, Indonesia, Ghana, Tanzania and Thailand to its blacklist of nations that fail to meet international standards. ANI

Muslim Brotherhood party chief says US warning to cut aid can risk Israeli peace deal
A Muslim Brotherhood party leader has rejected the US' warning to cut aid to Egypt in the wake of the latter's crackdown on non-profit groups operating in the country, saying it could imperil the peace deal with Israel. ANI

US spy chief suspects Al-Qaeda behind Syrian suicide bombings
A US spy chief suspects that Al-Qaeda's offshoot in Iraq carried out the recent suicide bombings in Syria and is infiltrating the Syrian opposition challenging President Bashar al-Assad's regime. ANI

South African Minister of women to join miniskirt march against rape
Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana is set to take part in Friday's march to protest against assaults on women wearing miniskirts. ANI

Obama fears he would lose votes because of singing voice
Barack Obama demurred from joining Al Green as the singer sang 'Lets Stay Together' at a fundraiser in San Francisco on Thursday. ANI

Notorious US police chief to reform security forces in Bahrain
A controversial American police chief has been hired by Bahrain to train and reform the nation's security forces. ANI

Israel successfully test fires Arrow missile defense system
Israel's ability to defend itself in a future war has once again been demonstrated by it successfully testing the Arrow missile defense sytem. ANI

44 percent Americans say economy will be better in 2013
Almost half of all Americans say they expect the economy will be better a year from now. ANI

Sir Isaac Newton's 'theological' obsessions revealed
Sir Isaac Newton, who laid the foundations of classical physics and is considered to be one of the greatest scientists ever, also had a keen interest in the occult and applied a scientific approach to the study of scripture and Jewish mysticism, according to newly uploaded texts. ANI

Iran intelligence agency could face sanctions from US over suspected terror ties
The United States could impose sanctions on Iran's ministry of intelligence and security, claiming that it supports global terrorism, commits human rights abuses against Iranians and is a part of the ongoing repression in Syria. ANI

Ijaz claims to have met Zardari, Pasha and Shaukat Aziz since 2003
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, the key man in the Memo Gate scandal, has revealed that since 2003, he had met President Asif Ali Zardari, ISI Director General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and former ISI chief Ehsanul Haq. ANI

Karzai urges Pakistan to resume NATO supplies for Pak-Afghan benefit
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has urged Pakistan to resume NATO supplies and charge increased levy, insisting that such a move would benefit both countries. alking about talks between the US and the Taliban and the Afghan government role in the issue, he said Afghanistan was aware of the US-Taliban contacts, but it would decide where to hold Afghan-Taliban talks, The News reports. ANI

US intelligence officials pessimistic on war in Afghanistan
Senior American intelligence officials have offered a bleak view of the war in Afghanistan in testimony to Congress. ANI

Amnesty report claims Libyan militias torturing alleged Gaddafi supporters
Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has warned that Libyan militia are torturing alleged supporters of former dictator Col. Muammar Gaddafi at various camps across the country. ANI

Bangkok blast suspects aimed at targeting Israeli diplomats: Thai Police
Suspects detained for the Bangkok blast aimed to target two Israeli diplomats, Thai police have said. ANI

Christians opposed to equality laws likened to Muslims wanting sharia imposition in UK
The UK human rights watchdog chief has compared Christians who want to be exempted from equality legislation to Muslims trying to impose sharia on the country. ANI

Karzai gives 'hard and blunt' ultimatum to Pak to produce Taliban leaders for peace talks
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has bluntly demanded that Pakistan produce Taliban leaders to negotiate with him, during his ongoing visit to Islamabad. ANI

Aircraft straying into path of Obama's copter found loaded with cannabis
A light aircraft that had strayed into the path of US President Barack Obama's helicopter was reportedly found to be packed with cannabis after it was intercepted by fighter jets. ANI

Russia, China isolated in opposing UN resolution to halt violence in Syria
Russia and China were left isolated in voting against a United Nations resolution calling for a halt of the ongoing violence in Syria. ANI

Gilani will not seek Presidential pardon even if convicted in NRO case: Aitzaz Ahsan
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani will not seek a Presidential pardon even if the Supreme Court convicts him in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case, his counsel Aitzaz Ahsan has said. ANI

Afghan Taliban deny peace talks with "careless' Karzai govt.
The Afghan Taliban has rejected claims by President Hamid Karzai that the US and Afghan governments had begun peace talks with the hardline group aimed at reaching a peace deal to end the 10-year Afghan war. ANI

'God is great' says underwear bomber after life imprisonment for failed 2009 attack
Nigerian al-Qaeda operative, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, dubbed as the underwear bomber, shouted 'God is great', as he was led from court following a life imprisonment sentence for the failed 2009 attack on a flight. ANI

Twin drone strikes kill 21 militants in North Waziristan in Pakistan
Two US drone strikes have reportedly killed at least 21 suspected militants in north-west Pakistan. ANI

US reads riot act to Pak over 'banned' Hafiz Saeed's 'brazen' public appearances
The US State Department has expressed concerns about Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed's public appearances, including at the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) rally held in Karachi earlier this week despite the fact that his organization was internationally sanctioned because of its associations with the al Qaeda. ANI

How supportive spouses help cope with work-related stress
Researchers have shed light on the role of support in households where daily stress is common to both spouses. ANI

Architects Ortner + Ortner Baukunst have built a PV pavilion with customized solar modules from Odersun on the campus of Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
The 35-meter-long photovoltaic pavilion adds the finishing touch to the university campus of Potsdam University of Applied Sciences and is to be used as a space for social events, brainstorming ideas and presentations. The Odersun solar modules, which are just under 4 meter high and 1 meter wide, cover the whole building Business Wire India

Digital River’s Advanced Commerce Reporting Analytics Provides Merchants Detailed Metrics on Online Store Performance and Customer Lifetime Value
Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV), the revenue growth experts in global cloud commerce, introduced 360⁰ Dashboards, an advanced reporting analytics system for its Global Commerce™ and Commerce Express™ solutions Business Wire India

MPEG LA's Librassay® Featured in Genetic Diagnostic Testing Testimony at USPTO
MPEG LA, LLC, world leader in alternative one-stop patent licenses, testified today at a public hearing on Genetic Diagnostic Testing at the US Patent and Trademark Office to introduce Librassay®, a market-based solution addressing genetic diagnostic patent licensing issues of concern to the panel Business Wire India

Kimball Electronics Receives 2011 ‘Excellent Supplier Award’ from BWI Group; Honor Recognizes Manufacturing and Delivery Performance
Kimball Electronics Group has been named recipient of the 2011 “Excellent Supplier Award” by BWI Group, an automotive electronics assembly supplier focusing on brake and suspension systems for passenger vehicles. The award was recently announced and presented to Kimball management during the annual BWI Supplier Day meeting in Shanghai Business Wire India

Gemalto Wins 2012 Cloud Award for Security Innovation
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces it won the Security Innovation award in the inaugural 2012 Cloud Awards program. Gemalto was recognized for its Protiva Strong Authentication Service, a robust strong authentication platform that enables secure access to cloud resources and applications Business Wire India

NYSE Euronext Announces Acquisition of Strategic Shareholder Interest in Fixnetix
NYSE Euronext today announced an agreement to subscribe for shares in Fixnetix Limited, a leading service provider of ultra-low latency data provision, co-location, trading services and risk controls for more than 50 markets worldwide Business Wire India

Silicon Image Opens New Research & Development Center in Hyderabad, India
Silicon Image (NASDAQ: SIMG), a leading provider of wireless and wired HD connectivity solutions, today announced the opening of its newest research and development (R&D) center in Hyderabad, India Business Wire India

International Tribunal awards damages to Econet in claim over 65% stake in Bharti Nigeria
Econet Wireless Limited (“EWL”) has been victorious for a second time in less than a month in long-running legal cases to establish its ownership rights to shares in the Bharti Airtel operator in Nigeria (“Bharti Nigeria”). Business Wire India

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