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Bill Clinton tops celebrity auction list with $239k bid
A woman from Texas contributed 255,000 dollars to the William J. Clinton Foundation last year to spend a day with its Presidential leader Bill Clinton and provided charity-auction organizer with its biggest bid. ANI

Kevin Rudd resigns as Australia's Foreign Minister
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has stepped down after "attacks on his credibility". ANI

Alleged Iranian group used $27 portable radios to hide five bombs for Bangkok attack
An alleged Iranian hit squad used 27 dollar portable radios to hide at least five bombs that Israeli and American authorities said they intended to target Israelis in Bangkok. ANI

Pak fundamentalists ask people to boycott "outlawed" Muslim sect owned Shezan soft drinks
Religious conservatives in Pakistan have called on people to boycott Shezan soft drinks, as its owners belong to an "outlawed" Muslim sect. ANI

Two Western journalists killed in Syria violence
Two Western journalists, one American and one French, have reportedly been killed in the bombardment of Syrian city of Homs. ANI

Pak Army's putting pressure on US-India ties through Difa-i-Pakistan won't help Islamabad: Editorial
Pakistan military's deliberate attempt to put further pressure on the Americans and Indians through Difa-i-Pakistan Council is not going to benefit the country, an editorial has claimed. ANI

Terror bomb detonated in space 'can cripple UK's electronic networks': Report
Terror groups can launch nuclear attacks in space to target the United Kingdom's electronic networks and threaten its national security, a report has warned. ANI

Pak SC adjourns Gilani's contempt case hearing till Feb 28
The Pakistan Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of contempt case against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani till February 28. ANI

Plastic surgery may make you look 7.2 years younger
People often get plastic surgery hoping to turn back the ageing clock, but a new study gives an idea of just how many years they might be able to take off. ANI

Malik vowed to bring Musharraf back to Pak through Interpol over Benazir assassination
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has vowed to bring former President Pervez Musharraf back to the country through Interpol over his alleged negligence in not providing proper security to former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. e unveiled the report of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed by the government in the Sindh Assembly. ANI

US-India-Israel responsible for Balochistan killings: Pak military sources
Foreign countries including the US and India are responsible for killings in Balochistan, Pakistan military sources have claimed ANI

China devises new nuke safety plan after Fukushima disaster
China is aiming to improve the safety of its nuclear power plants as part of its plans to expand for industrial growth. ANI

Apple faces 'Nike moment' over criticism of Foxconn iPad factory's inhuman work onditions
Growing criticism of inhumane working conditions in factories owned by Apple's contractor Foxconn forced the tech giant to confront problems with staff welfare and the firm faced pressure similar to that which forced Nike to reassess 'sweatshop' suppliers in the Nineties, an inspector has said. ANI

Jay Carney says 'Obama focused on policy, not questions about his faith'
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has said that President Barack Obama is focused on policy and helping the middle class, and not questions raised by Republican candidate Rick Santorum and Christian evangelist Franklin Graham, over his faith. ANI

Why employees hate their bosses
One in three employees do not consider their boss to be doing an effective job, while almost half of workers think they could do their boss' job better than them, a new study has revealed. ANI

Kate reveals name of 'royal' pup
The Duchess of Cambridge inadvertently gave away the secret that Britain's royals had kept buried for months - the name of the new addition to her family. ANI

Nazi death camp guards 'were advised yoga to de-stress'
Nazi paramilitary organisation Schutzstaffel (S.S) overlord, Heinrich Himmler, was fascinated with the ancient discipline of yoga, a historian has revealed in a new book. ANI

Recent geological activity on moon captured
New images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft have revealed that the moon's crust is being stretched, forming minute valleys in a few small areas on the lunar surface. ANI

NASA rocket blasts into 'gleaming' aurora
A team of scientists on Saturday night launched an instrument-laden, two-stage sounding rocket arcing through shimmering green aurora, 186 miles above Earth. ANI

Karzai claims having indirect contact with one-eyed Taliban leader Mullah Omar
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said his government is indirectly in touch with Taliban leader Mullah Omar. ANI

Obama sings 'Sweet Home Chicago' with blues great BB King
President Obama once again flexed his vocal chords as he sang a few lines of 'Sweet Home Chicago' at the finale of a blues concert at the White House. ANI

Pak missing prisoners' counsel files contempt of court petition against ISPR chief
A counsel representing eleven Pakistan missing persons has asked Pakistan Supreme Court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Athar Abbas for interfering in a sub judice matter. ANI

'Bailed' Dotcom relieved to be heading home after being docked for alleged copyright violations
File -sharing site Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has said he just wants to go home after being granted bail. ANI

Malaysia bans Brit author's sex-ed book
The Malaysian government has banned writer Peter Mayle's book 'Where did I come from?' and has ordered shops to stop selling it. ANI

Hubble spots first-of-its kind 'steamy' planet
Our solar system comprises three types of planets, namely rocky, terrestrial worlds (Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars), gas giants (Jupiter and Saturn), and ice giants (Uranus and Neptune). ANI

27 terror groups were involved in Benazir's assassination: Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said 27 terror groups were behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. ANI

IAEA 'disappointed' as Iran stops UN nuke experts from visiting military site
Iran has stopped a team of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from visiting a key military site in the country. ANI

Radisson hotels' Brit-Indian boss sued by father for 'failing to share £415m fortune' per Hindu tradition
One of the richest Indian businessmen in Britain, Jasminder Singh, the owner of the Radisson Edwardian Hotels Group, has been sued by his father for 100 million pounds for excluding him from the family business and not sharing property according to Hindu tradition. ANI

Balochistan issue should be peacefully resolved through political process: US
The United States has said that the Balochistan issue should be peacefully resolved through a political process. ANI

Musharraf denies involvement in Benazir Bhutto's assassination
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has strongly denied his involvement in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. ANI

Burma 'seriously considering' allowing ASEAN observers to monitor elections
Burma is 'seriously considering' a proposal to allow observers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to monitor its upcoming by-elections. ANI

Western military official says Qurans burnt at US base in Kabul 'contained extremist messages'
Muslim holy books that were burnt at a US military base in Afghanistan contained extremist inscriptions, a western military official has said. ANI

'Mademoiselle' banned by French council for being 'condescending, sexist'
A French council has banned the word "Mademoiselle" from official documents as they feel it discriminates against women by asking them to reveal their marital status. ANI

Iranian commander threatens 'preemptive attack on enemies'
A senior Iranian military commander has warned that Tehran would consider launching preemptive strikes on anyone who threatens it. ANI

Pakistan will not support Taliban peace talks without Afghanistan's backing: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said her country will not support a US-driven initiative to start Afghan peace talks in Qatar unless it gets full backing from Kabul. ANI

Oberthur Technologies Chosen by Société Générale to Roll out Its NFC Services
Oberthur Technologies, the world’s second largest provider of security and identification solutions and services based on smart card technologies, announced the signing of a contract with Société Générale for the roll out of NFC services in France this year. Business Wire India

ZTE Extends Partnerships with Leading U.S. Technology Companies
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063 Business Wire India

CORRECTING and REPLACING SITEL Worldwide Corporation Announces Conference Call to Discuss Q4, 2011 Results
First graph, first sentence of release should read: SITEL Worldwide Corporation... (sted aSITEL Worldwide Corporation). Business Wire India

Dell Record Fiscal Year 2012 Highlighted By Enterprise Solutions and Services Strength
-- Revenue of $62.1 billion for the fiscal year, $16 billion in Q4 -- Record enterprise solutions and services revenue of $18.6 billion for fiscal year, $4.9 billion in Q4 -- Cash flow from operations of $5.5 billion for fiscal year, $1.8 billion in Q4 Dell’s further expansion as an enterprise solutions and services provider highlighted the company’s most successful financial year ever Business Wire India

Motorola Solutions Redefines Enterprise Communications with World’s Thinnest and Lightest Digital Radio in Its Class
Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today unveiled the SL Series portable radio as the latest addition to its MOTOTRBO™ professional digital communications portfolio. Business Wire India

Power Integrations Launches Convenient Online Selection Tool for LED Driver Reference Designs
Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI), maker of the world’s most efficient, longest-lasting off-line LED driver ICs, today launched an online selection tool that enables users to rapidly identify the best power supply reference design for their LED lighting application Business Wire India

Aptina Showcases Imaging Innovations at 2012 Mobile World Congress
Aptina, a leading provider of CMOS image sensor solutions to Tier 1 mobile device manufacturers and OEMs, will highlight and demonstrate its imaging technologies at their hospitality suite during the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from Feb. 27 – March 1, 2012 Business Wire India

Aptina A-PixHS™ High-Speed BSI Technology Enables a New Class of High Performance Smartphone Cameras
Aptina, a leading provider of CMOS image sensor solutions to Tier 1 mobile device manufacturers and OEMs, announced today the launch of the 8-megapixel (MP) AR0833 image sensor with Aptina™ A-PixHS™ technology. The new 1/3.2” optical format 1 Business Wire India

Knowles Boosts Sound Performance in Small Mobile Devices
Knowles Sound Solutions has launched a sound enhancing technology to increase the acoustic performance in consumer devices with small form factors. N'Bass™ stands for “enhanced bass“ and enables the smallest possible acoustic designs in smart phones, tablets and other portable media devices. Business Wire India

Nike Unveils Performance Innovations for Summer of Competition
NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) announced today a series of cutting-edge, lightweight performance innovations designed for the track, the basketball court and beyond for this summer. Multiple products were unveiled, ranging from Nike Flyknit footwear, to the Nike Hyper Elite basketball uniform to the next evolution of NIKE Lunarlon footwear. Business Wire India

Be Together: The Bentley User Conference Registration Now Open
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced that registration is now open for this year’s Be Together: The Bentley User Conference at Business Wire India

LS Cable & System and Mercury Cable & Energy Announce Global Agreement
LS Cable and System ( “LS Cable”), a global leader in the wire and cable industry, and Mercury Cable & Energy (“Mercury”), the leading developer of High Voltage Composite Reinforced Conductors (“HVCRC”) for electrical transmission lines, are pleased to announce that they have signed a multi-year global agreement Business Wire India

Itron Announces New Water Fixed Network Deployment in Australia
Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) announced today that it was chosen by the Cairns Regional Council, under the Port Douglas Demand Management Campaign, to deploy its advanced water metering solution. Itron has begun deploying its wireless fixed network system in the town of Port Douglas, in Far North Queensland Business Wire India

CARTES in Asia to Showcase Government Identity Technology on 28 & 29 March 2012 in Hong Kong
The convergence of biometrics, global operational standards and the integration of public and private services are forging government identity technology ahead in Asia Pacific Business Wire India

UK Businesses Target Surging £6.5 Billion Indian Tourism Market
A record number of British tourism businesses(1) are to join VisitBritain in India this week, looking to tap into one of the world’s fastest growing source markets and reap the benefits of the national tourism agency’s £25 million advertising campaign which kicked off in the country earlier this month Business Wire India

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