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Painter Lucian Freud's pals feared he'd commit suicide after wife left
Lucian Freud was so devastated after his second wife left him that his friends feared he would kill himself. ANI

Taliban gaining more resources from kidnapping
A campaign of high-profile kidnappings has reportedly provided the Pakistani Taliban and its allies with new resources, arming insurgents with millions of dollars, threatening foreign aid programs and galvanizing a sophisticated network of jihadi and criminal gangs across the country. ANI

1,500-year-old Hindu temple in Pakistan to be renovated
One of the oldest Hindu temples in Karachi is finally being renovated after its management battled with land grabbers to regain partial control of its property. ANI

Buckingham Palace intruder 'given whisky by Queen's staff'
Michael Fagan, who broke into the bedroom of the Queen in 1982, has claimed that her staff had given him whisky after catching him, saying that he looked like "he needed a drink". ANI

Accomplices of Pakistan doc who helped US track down Osama 'suspended'
At least 11 accomplices of Dr Shakil Afridi, who was accused of helping the US track down former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, were suspended from their duties on Sunday. ANI

Ex-Baloch CM shocked over Pak's contradictory reaction to Baloch-Kashmir "self-determination" issue
Former Balochistan Chief Minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal has expressed surprise over Pakistan's damning reaction over the resolution tabled by a Congressman in the US House of Representatives to deal with issues in the fragile Pakistani province, saying Islamabad had been behaving like Washington as far as Kashmir is concerned. ANI

Abbottabad Commission starts finalising report
The Abbottabad Commission has started the process of finalising its report regarding the US incursion into Abbottabad on May 2 that killed former al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Mandla Mandela ordered to reveal whether he sold grandfather's 'funeral rights' in legal divorce battle
Mandla Mandela's wife has won her court bid to force him to eveal whether or not he sold the rights to his grandfather and former South African president elson Mandela's funeral. ANI

Victoria Premier Baillieu to arrive on trade mission to India
Australian politician and Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu will arrive on a six day trade mission to India. ANI

Alleged terrorist Patek confesses to preparing explosives for Bali bombings
Alleged terrorist Umar Patek has admitted to preparing explosives used for the 2002 Bali bombings, but denied knowing the full extent of the plan that killed 202 people. ANI

Jailed UK Islamic terrorists using website to spew Jihadi venom
Muslim extremists in Britain, who have been jailed for serious terror offenses, are exploiting a security loophole to spread their message of hate from behind bars, it has emerged. ANI

'Russian Paris Hilton' becoming Vladimir Putin's greatest critic
A socialite and reality show presenter, known as Paris Hilton of Russia, is taking on the country's powerful Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin. ANI

18-year-old Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in Sichuan province
An eighteen-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk has self-immolated himself outside a monastery in western China after shouting slogans in favor of Tibetan independence and spiritual Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama ANI

Taliban leaders willing to talk with govt. have been killed or arrested: Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has reportedly said that key Taliban leaders who have shown a willingness to negotiate with his government have either been killed or have been arrested. ANI

Gilani says early elections in Pakistan can't be ruled out
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that early elections in Pakistan cannot be ruled out, and added that the issue could be discussed after the Senate elections in March and the presentation of budget in May. ANI

Young Brit girls post pics on Facebook to advertise themselves to gangs
Girls as young as 13 are using Facebook to post explicit photographs to "advertise" themselves to older gang members, police in Britain claim. ANI

Why women do better than men in job interviews
Women, although typically more stressed about interviewing, perform better than their male counterparts in job interviews because they handle stress better than guys, say researchers. ANI

Burma's 'Saffron Revolution' leader to face legal action over 'squatting' charges
A prominent dissident monk in Burma, who helped organise the "Saffron Revolution", a 2007 anti-government uprising led by Buddhist monks against the former-ruling junta, will face fresh legal action for illegally 'squatting' in a monastery. ANI

US pressing Pakistan for bases in Balochistan to counter Iran
The US is reportedly pushing Pakistan for permission to establish bases in Balochistan for intelligence operations against Iran, despite recent reports that bilateral relations between both countries have worsened yet again over a resolution introduced in the US House of Representatives seeking sovereignty for the fragile province. ANI

Woman loves her 38KKK record setting b**bs 'like her kids'
A woman who has claimed that her record setting 38KKK br**ts saved her life, by acting as air bags during a car accident, has revealed the struggles she faces with her chest and the operations she underwent to get it. ANI

Baloch leaders tell Imran 'no talks on Balochistan possible' unless Pak military kicked out
Baloch leaders have told Tehreek-e-Insaf Pakistan (PTI) chief Imran Khan that no talks on situation of Balochistan would be started unless the military was kicked out of the province and abductions of Baloch people allegedly by the intelligence agencies come to an end. ANI

'Karzai says Pak can never achieve dream of setting up puppet govt. after US leaves Afghanistan'
Afghan Prsident Hamid Karzai feels Pakistan wants to set up a puppet government after the US leaves Afghanistan, a senior Pakistani official has said. ANI

World's most powerful X-rays reveal Moon has no active volcanoes
Using powerful X-rays to measure lunar rock densities, a team of scientists have found why our Moon, contrary to Earth, has no active volcanoes, and traces of its past volcanic activity. ANI

Contrary to Romney's stance, McCain supports US-Taliban talks
American senator John McCain has said he supports talks between the United States and the Taliban in Afghanistan, putting himself at loggerheads with Mitt Romney, who he is backing for Republican presidential nomination. ANI

Hitler had eye on UK mansion for headquarters
Hitler would have set up his headquarters in a sleepy Midlands market town in Britain if he had succeeded in invading the country. ANI

Top US military chief says 'challenges in Syria differ geographically, militarily from Libya'
A top US military commander has said security challenges in Syria are different geographically and militarily to those in Libya, and added that intervention by NATO forces would be difficult. ANI

Gilani says MFN status to India doesn't make it "most favourite nation" of Pakistanis
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that his government wanted to "strike a trade balance" by granting the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India, but many wrongly perceive the notion as the "most favourite nation." ANI

Gilani says he'll "either be martyred or return as victor" in contempt of court case
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said he would "either be martyred or return as a victor" in the contempt of court case framed against him over the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) issue. ANI

Hafiz Saeed to protest against US drone attacks in Islamabad today despite ban
The Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) has said that its supporters would gather in Islamabad on February 20 (today) to protest against drone attacks and the restoration of air supplies for NATO. ANI

UK warns Israeli military action against Iran would be 'unwise'
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned Israel that military action against Iran would not be a 'wise thing' to do, and insisted that economic sanctions and negotiations must be given 'a real chance' to convince Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions. ANI

Top US military chief warns Israeli attack on Iran 'would be destabilizing'
A top US military commander officer has urged Israel to hold off from launching any attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, warning that such a move at this time 'would be destabilizing.' ANI

“Leveraging Innovation is Essential To Gear Up for the Future Business Environment”, says Frost & Sullivan at GIL 2012: Middle East, The Global Community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership
Frost & Sullivan just concluded their 3rd Annual Flagship Congress - GIL 2012: Middle East, The Global Community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, U.A.E Business Wire India

ZTE to Announce Two New LTE Handsets at Mobile World Congress
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, is planning to launch two new LTE handsets running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with 1.2GHz and 1 Business Wire India

Motorola Solutions Gives Out Partner Accolades at Its First-Ever CEO Partner Conference in Asia Pacific
Leading communications solutions provider Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) on Friday recognized key channel partners for their achievements for 2011 at its first Asia-Pacific Partner CEO Summit, reaffirming its commitment towards strengthening support for its valued channel network. Business Wire India

Britain & Ireland India Mission 2012
VisitBritain, in partnership with Tourism Ireland, is hosting the Britain & Ireland India Mission 2012 from 20-23 February 2012. Led by our Director for Strategy & Communications, Ms. Patricia Yates, the delegation consists of 23 key suppliers from Britain and 8 key suppliers from Ireland. This mission will be held in Delhi and Mumbai Business Wire India

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