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Twenty five words every toddler should use
Scientists have listed the 25 "must have" words every child should know by the age of two. ANI

Gingrich says defeating 'dangerous' Obama in 2012 election 'duty of national security'
US President Barack Obama is "the most dangerous president in modern American history," Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich has said. ANI

Three in 10 Americans consider Iran to be US' greatest enemy
Nearly three in ten Americans believe that the United States' enemy number one is Iran, a poll has revealed. ANI

Afghanistan to spy on its soldiers to end attacks on Western counterparts
Afghanistan will now spy on its own soldiers in an attempt to prevent attacks by Afghan troops on their Western comrades-in-arms. ANI

US' F-35 fighter jet makes first test flight with external missiles
The United State's most sophisticated fighter jet the F-35, which is currently under development, has begun its first flight tests with external missiles. ANI

Mugabe claims he has beaten Jesus Christ in resurrection
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who turned 88 today, has said that he has died and come back to life more times than Jesus Christ. ANI

2,000 part-time troops to be deployed for London Olympics security over terror attack fears
An army of 2,000 part-time troops would reportedly be brought in to boost security at the London Olympics amid growing fears of a terror attack. ANI

Egypt working 'diligently' to resolve US NGO crackdown issue: McCain
Egypt is working to resolve the issue of the crackdown on American civil society groups, US senator John McCain has said, signaling easing of relations between both countries. ANI

BBC weatherman drops C-word on air
A BBC weatherman found himself in a soup after he uttered the C-word during a forecast. ANI

Motorists to carry breathalyser kit while driving in France
French police have issued a law that insists holidaymakers keep a breathalyser kit in their cars. ANI

David Cross confesses to snorting cocaine near Obama
David Cross has revealed that he snorted cocaine while President Obama was sitting just a few feet away at a White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2009. ANI

Ex-NOTW reporter says 'Murdoch should take back defunct tabloid's staff for Sun on Sunday'
Former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck has said that News Corporation chief Rupert Murdoch has a 'moral duty' to employ journalist of the now defunct British tabloid on his upcoming newspaper 'The Sun on Sunday'. ANI

Phone line service launched in UK to help victims of Islamophobia
A first help line service has been launched in Britain to provide assistance to victims of Islamophobia amid concerns that incidents of Muslim hate crimes are not being reported or categorised properly. ANI

Awan's counsel urges Pak SC to spare client as parents spare an 'errant child'
Former Pakistan Law Minister Babar Awan's lawyer has urged the Supreme Court to overlook his client's media jibe as parents spare an act of an errant child. ANI

Iran blocks Internet access again ahead of parliamentary polls
Access to the Internet in Iran was disrupted once again on Monday, sparking worries that the country is stepping up censorship ahead of up-coming national elections. ANI

Foreign Correspondents Club in China issues safety warning to reporters
The Foreign Correspondents Club in China has issued a security warning to all of its members after three European media officials were attacked last week while covering protests in a village in the country. ANI

Imran Khan says PTI will never form alliance with 'politics of gun' promoter MQM
Pakistan cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has said his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party will not form any alliance with the Muttahida Qaumi Movemement (MQM), which encourages 'politics of the gun'. ANI

Suu Kyi's party says election campaign restrictions lifted
Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's political party has said that government authorities have lifted campaigning restrictions ahead of an upcoming by-election. ANI

UK grants visa to Haqqani's counsel for questioning Ijaz on memo issue
Britain has granted a visa to a counsel of former Pakistan ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani to question Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz on the Memo Gate issue on February 22. ANI

500,000 people entered UK without border checks in last five years
Over 500,000 people were allowed to enter Britain without adequate checks in the last five years, an official investigation has revealed. ANI

Obama, Karzai discuss Afghan reconciliation with Taliban
US President Barack Obama has spoken to Afghan President Hamid Karzai over ways to reconcile with same elements of the Taliban, including his last week's meeting with Pakistani and Iranian leaders. ANI

Apple workers in China get 25pct pay hike following criticism of inhumane working conditions
Apple's main manufacturing partner, Foxconn, which faced criticism over inhumane working conditions at its suppliers' plants in China, will now increase workers' salaries by up to 25 percent. ANI

Work boredom 'may be responsible for employees calling in sick'
It is actually a slow day at the office that makes an employee more likely to call in sick, a new study has found. ANI

Malaysian chef makes world's best sandwich
A sandwich, made with a little kunyit (turmeric) by a Malaysian chef, was named Best Sandwich in the World at a competition in France. ANI

Paris Hilton tweets 'I love gambling' after $30k blackjack win
Paris Hilton, who celebrated her birthday in Las Vegas over the weekend, won 30,000 dollars at blackjack. ANI

Global research group's defense report aimed at playing up Chinese military threat: Scholar
A Chinese military scholar has criticised a global research group's report on the country's defense budget growth, saying the report intended to play up the military threat. ANI

Islamabad HC summons ISI major in connection with missing people's case
The Islamabad High Court has summoned an army major attached with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency to appear in connection with the missing people's case. ANI

Pak summons US envoy to protest against Congress resolution on Balochistan
The Pakistan Foreign Office summoned acting American envoy on Monday to lodge a strong protest over a US Congress resolution that sought the right to self-determination for Balochistan. ANI

Pak hard-line groups participate in Difa-e-Pakistan rally about 10 minutes' drive from parliament
Pakistani religious and hard-line groups took part in a rally organised by Difa-e-Pakistan in Islamabad on Sunday, only about 10 minutes' drive from parliament. ANI

Bali bomber Umar Patek 'denies meeting Bin Laden in Abbottabad'
Umar Patek, the suspected mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombing, has said he never met Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in a Pakistani town where both were living. ANI

Sikh temple volunteer in UK wins right to be paid minimum wage
A Sikh temple volunteer in Britain, who used to receive 50 pounds a week from the donations of worshippers, has now won the right to be paid a minimum wage. ANI

Arab League envoy to Russia rejects military intervention in Syria
The Arab League (AL) envoy to Russia, Giuma al-Ferjani, has rejected plans for foreign military intervention in Syria, saying that neither opposition groups in Damascus nor international powers support the idea. ANI

L.A p*rn industry may move out of town over condom law
Porn film producers are weighing taking legal action or moving out of town when a Los Angeles measure requiring performers to wear condoms will come into effect from 5th March. ANI

Sarah Palin 'thought Queen was in charge of Brit forces in Iraq'
Sarah Palin believed that it was the Queen of England, rather than the prime minister of the country, who was responsible for the decision to keep British forces in Iraq, according to research done for a new film chronicling her brief political rise. ANI

Contaminant Removal Guarantees Pure Food
At Anuga Foodtec 2012 which takes place in Cologne from 27- 30 March, S+S Separation and Sorting Technology GmbH will be exhibiting magnet systems, metal detectors/separators, and X-ray scanners at our stand D010 in hall 5.2 Business Wire India

Smartphone App Monetization Platform ""metaps"" Has Raised Additional US$1.3 Million Totalling US$5.5 Million Funding - Accelerating Its Global Expansion
Metaps Inc. (hereafter "Metaps") has secured additional US$1.3 million of financing through a third-party allocation to two VCs. Metaps reports that this completes a series A financing round with a total amount of US$5.5 million, including the US$4.2 million raised as of December 2011. Business Wire India

Red Lion Announces PAX2S Strain Gage Meters
Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation, today announced the expansion of its next-generation line of panel products with the addition of the new PAX2S Strain Gage Meters Business Wire India

ZTE to Show New Mimosa X Handset Featuring NVIDIA Tegra Dual-Core Processor and NVIDIA Icera Modem at MWC 2012
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063 Business Wire India

TOSHIBA TEC Launches Comprehensive Program of Newly Designed Self Service Kiosk Solutions
TOSHIBA TEC (TOKYO:6588) has launched an innovative new series of Kiosk solutions to deliver the most accurate and up-to-date information to retail customers in an accessible manner. Business Wire India

Jotun’s Revenues Rose by 9% in 2011
Jotun’s long-term growth trend continued in 2011 with improved sales in most segments and divisions, due to improved markets in Asia and parts of the Middle East. Business Wire India

SPI Lasers Launches New Language Websites
SPI Lasers, a leading designer and manufacturer of industrial fiber lasers, is proud to announce the launch of four new language websites. Business Wire India

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