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Rapper seeks legal action against Romney over song use
Rapper K'naan is upset with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who used his song Wavin' Flag during his Florida primary victory speech. ANI

Julia Gillard's shoe redesigned to ensure she's never left barefoot again
Midas Shoes, the company that made the shoe Julia Gillard lost on Australia Day, has redesigned it to have a strap. ANI

Full trailer of HBO's 'Game Change' shows Sarah Palin in bad light
'Game Change', which has an all-star cast, narrates the story of Republican John McCain's failed 2008 presidential campaign through the lens of the then unknown Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. ANI

'Cyclone' of sheep surrounding driver becomes YouTube hit
A short video, which shows a herd of sheep running rings around a car in Russia has gone viral on the internet. ANI

'Black UK actors told to go to Hollywood to find leading roles'
Black British actors should head to Hollywood as quickly as possible because they will not get leading roles in the United Kingdom, an acclaimed National Theatre performer has said. ANI

Obama establishes lead over 2012 GOP White House contestants in Ohio: Poll
US President Barack Obama leads all four potential 2012 Republican White House contenders in Ohio, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Michelle Obama wins push-ups challenge on Ellen's show
Michelle Obama completed 25 push-ups on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday after she accepted a challenge from the TV talk show host. ANI

Pak military's 'kill and dump' policy made political solution in Balochistan impossible: Editorial
The highhanded criminal operations and the 'kill and dump' policy of the Pakistan Army have hardly left any space for a political solution in Balochistan now, an editorial has said. ANI

Malaysian clients asked to avoid Indian astrologers
Local women, particularly housewives and factory workers, have been warned to be cautious of astrologers from India. ANI

Romney attracts flak for "not concerned about the very poor" comment
Republican presidential front-runnner Mitt Romney has been criticized by conservatives for remarking that he's "not concerned about the very poor". ANI

Hindu trader kidnapped at gunpoint from Mastung in Balochistan
A Hindu trader has been kidnapped from the Bazaar area of Mastung, some 45 kilometres from Balochistan. ANI

Suspect involved in smuggling of Gaddafi's son claims to being abused and tortured in prison
A Canadian woman, who was arrested on the suspicion of trying to smuggle Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son to Mexico, has claimed that she was abused and tortured in prison. ANI

Kashmir and the politics of fear and intimidation
Kashmir is not only known for its natural beauty; but was also famous for culture of tolerance, peace and co existence. All this was shattered when backed by Pakistani secret agencies culture of gun, violence, fear and intimidation was introduced in 1988/89. ANI

Several Afghans gearing for Taliban rule after NATO troops' withdrawal: Report
Several Afghans are gearing for the return of the Taliban to power, even as the United States and its allies enter what they hope to be the final phase of the war, a new report has revealed. ANI

Pak SC to indict Gilani in contempt case on Feb 13
Pakistan's Supreme Court has indicted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in the contempt case, and summoned him on February 13. ANI

Pak SC to frame charges in Gilani's presence on Feb 13 in contempt case
Pakistan's Supreme Court has concluded its hearing of the contempt case against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and summoned the premier on February 13, saying that it would frame charges against him during the hearing. ANI

Gilani contempt case: Ahsan blames law ministry for putting PM in a spot
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan has blamed the law ministry for putting the former in a spot in connection with the Supreme Court Contempt notice case. ANI

UK outraged over Mumbai-style bomb gang's release in 6 years
Britishers across the board have expressed outrage over the proposed release of a terror gang who planned a Mumbai-style bomb blitz in London in less than six years. ANI

CIA Chief feels US-Pakistan relation still under strain
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director General David Petraeus has said that the internal situation in Pakistan will take some time to get back to normalcy. ANI

Speculation on Twitter about Egyptian police attacking Ultras after deadly Port Said violence
In the wake of Wednesday's clashes in Egypt's coastal city of Port Said, which led to the deaths of at least 73 people, there is now speculation on Twitter that Egyptian police may continue to target Ahly hooligans, also known as Ultras. ANI

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood slams 'foreign funded' protests
The Muslim Brotherhood has slammed the ongoing protests in Egypt, and echoed the country's military rulers' view that secular and liberal were funded by foreign countries to spread chaos across the country. ANI

Canadian police agencies suppressing data on racism: Study
University of Toronto and Nipissing criminologists have in a study charged Canadian police agencies with suppressing data on race. ANI

Israeli commando unit formed to dismantle Iranian nuke programme
An elite unit of Israeli commandos called the 'Depth Corps' has reportedly been created to stop Iran's nuclear weapons programme. ANI

NATO report shouldn't have impact on US-Pak ties mending efforts: US
A US State Department spokesperson has said that a leaked NATO report about the alleged links of Pakistan with the Afghan Taliban should not have any impact on Washington's efforts to ease tensions with Islamabad. ANI

Israel's military leaders warn against Iran attack over fears of war in Mid-East
Former Israeli Defence Chief Lt-Gen Amnon Lipkin-Shahak has warned against a strike on Iran, insisting that almost the entire senior hierarchy of Israel's military and security establishment is worried about a premature attack on Tehran over fears that it could lead the Middle East into a war. ANI

Taliban deny possible peace talks with Afghan govt. in Saudi Arabia
The Taliban has rejected reports of holding talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government in Saudi Arabia. ANI

NATO to end combat role and focus on training of Afghan troops in 2013: Panetta
NATO forces aim to withdraw from the front lines in Afghanistan in the middle of 2013 and focus on training Afghan troops, ahead of a complete withdrawal by 2015, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said. ANI

Pak brands NATO report on Afghan Taliban links as "old wine in an even older bottle"
Pakistan has strongly turned down a NATO report about Islamabad's alleged links to the Afghan Taliban. ANI

'Parcel sent to Pak PM Secretariat in Oct 2011 contained anthrax'
A small parcel sent to the Pakistan Prime Minister's Secretariat in October last year contained anthrax, the PM's House has revealed. ANI

Barack Obama sings to me all the time, says wife Michelle
First Lady Michelle has revealed that President Barack Obama serenades her all the time by singing songs from Al Green, Marvin Gaye and other R 'n' B greats. ANI

Pakistan will no longer tolerate "unilateral US actions" like Osama raid: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has warned that Islamabad will not tolerate any further unilateral action by the US, like the raid that killed former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in his Abbotabad hideout. ANI

US deeply concerned over ISI's links with extremist organizations
The US has expressed its deep concerns over links between Pakistan's premier spy agency the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) and some extremist organizations. ANI

Hanging out with co-workers ups workplace productivity
Building strong friendships at work may improve office productivity, a new survey has revealed ANI

Gemalto Supports Diners Club Spain’s EMV Migration
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), a world leader in digital security, announces the availability of an approved EMV application which will be deployed by Diners Club Spain during 2012 Business Wire India

Results from Solitaire with the Intention for Thrombectomy (SWIFT) Study Announced at the International Stroke Conference on February 3
Covidien: Business Wire India

Media Say Children’s Suit by Korein Tillery Against Facebook for Using Names in Advertising Could Impact Impending IPO
Just days before Facebook plans to launch its Initial Public Offering (IPO) of stock to investors, the potential financial liability facing the company in a federal suit filed Korein Tillery LLC of St. Louis has become an issue that could impact the IPO that analysts predict will generate billions of dollars for Facebook. Business Wire India

Free 3D Software Including 3D Animation Software from DAZ3D.com
Digital Art Zone (DAZ) today announced the immediate availability of a free 3D software download at DAZ3D.com. DAZ is offering full retail versions of the following 3D software for free: Business Wire India

Patton Unveils High-Density Carrier-Grade/ VoIP Media Gateway Today at ITEXPO
Today at ITEXPO Patton raises the curtain on the new high-capacity SmartNode™ 10200 VoIP media gateway series for carriers and large enterprises. The newest member of the SmartNode family supports up to 2048 voice or fax calls—with extensive inter-protocol transcoding*—while providing T1/E1, DS3 or STM-1/OC3 trunks with SS7 signaling. Business Wire India

SoftLayer® Blurs the Lines Between Physical and Virtual Servers with Flex Images™
The lines between physical and virtual IT resources are being erased with the introduction of SoftLayer Flex Images. Flex Images allow users to capture, replicate, and store an image of a cloud or dedicated server, and then deploy the image on either type of computing environment Business Wire India

Health Discovery Corporation Launches Android Version of Popular MelApp, Melanoma Risk Analysis Mobile Phone App
Health Discovery Corporation (OTCBB: HDVY), the molecular diagnostics company that launched MelApp, the first SVM-based image analysis iPhone app for melanoma risk assessment, today debuts its popular MelApp mobile app for Android™ devices Business Wire India

Genesys Sets Course for New Future
News Facts Business Wire India

New Global Report Reveals That the Spirit of Childhood is at Risk
The results of a new global report released today by the OREO brand and Ipsos Public Affairs indicate that from China to Poland and Portugal to Venezuela, the spirit of childhood – that is, the chance for children and adults alike to enjoy simple, carefree moments – may be destined for the endangered species list Business Wire India

S2 Security Introduces New Product Category to Industry
S2 Security Corporation (S2), the leader in IP-based integrated physical security systems, today introduced an entirely new product category with the launch of its VR Series Business Wire India

LeasePlan Reports 13% Net Profit increase to EUR 225 million in 2011
LeasePlan Corporation N.V., the world's leading fleet and vehicle management company, today published its annual results for 2011. KEY HIGHLIGHTS -- Net profit increased by 13% to EUR 225 million, compared to EUR 199 million in 2010 -- Total number of vehicles increased by 2.7% to over 1 Business Wire India

Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (January 25, 2012 – February 1, 2012)
The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of January 25, 2012 – February 1, 2012. Business Wire India

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