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World leaders gather 'to discuss Somalia's future' at London conference
World leaders have gathered in London for a one-day conference aimed at discussing the future of Somalia, and to focus on finding peace and ending threats of terrorism and piracy. ANI

Wartime boffins planned to feed Britons with planktons during World War II
A pair of eminent scientists had proposed to feed Britain's wartime population with plankton to ward off critical food shortages during the Second World War, newly uncovered documents have revealed. ANI

Afghan Taliban rejects reports of talks with Kandahar Peace Council
The Afghan Taliban has rejected reports of it having talks with the Kandahar Peace Council in Pakistan. ANI

Syria says 'it has no records of two foreign journalists killed in Homs'
Syria's Minister of Information has said that they have no idea about the existence of the foreign journalists, who were reportedly killed in the city of Homs. ANI

Duchess of Cambridge in fake fur row
Duchess Kate is at the centre of an extraordinary spat between animal rights bosses and a disgraced former politician over a photograph of her wearing fake fur. ANI

Arrested Saudi teen indicted for singing in praise of Bin Laden on US flight
Police in Portland, Oregon, have accused a 19-year-old Saudi Arabian of singing about Osama bin Laden during a flight to Houston. ANI

Why thrill really lies in chasing the hottie
Journey towards the goal is usually more exciting than the end result, a new study including Indian origin researcher has revealed. ANI

Cameron to slam 'dangerous, snobbish' attacks on big business firms
British Prime Minister David Cameron will slam "dangerous" anti-business rhetoric and attack "snobs" who criticise big companies for making money. ANI

Iran's Supreme leader says country will continue advancing nuke technology 'powerfully'
Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said that Tehran will continue the course of advancing its nuclear technology "powerfully." ANI

Hitler's silver tray given to him on his 50th b'day expected to fetch £1K at auction
A silver tray presented to Hitler on his 50th birthday is set to go under the hammer next month, and the auctioneer expects it to fetch over 1,000 pounds. ANI

PPP kickstarts Sindh election campaign targeting Musharraf
The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has kick started its Sindh election campaign by targeting former military dictator General (retired) Pervez Musharraf and his erstwhile in-uniform aides and accused them being involved in former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination. ANI

New US consumer privacy bill 'seeks to give web users more control over their data'
The Obama administration plans to introduce a new initiative that would give web users more control over how their personal information is collected and used online. ANI

US boy brings pot to school for snack
A four-year-old Connecticut boy brought nine wrapped bags of marijuana to his elementary school for snack time, according to police. ANI

Man's comic collection from childhood fetches $4.2m at auction
The bulk of a US man's childhood comic book collection, which included many of the most prized issues ever published, sold at auction early on Thursday for about US 3.5 million dollars (NZ 4.2 million dollars). ANI

At least 12 killed in Peshawar bomb blast
At least 12 people were killed and another 32 wounded in a bomb blast on the outskirts of Peshawar. ANI

Karzai urges Afghans 'not to resort to violence' over Quran burning
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has urged his country security forces "not to resort to violence" over the burning of Qurans at a US airbase near Kabul. ANI

Syrian opposition believes outside military intervention 'only solution' to end crisis
The Syrian opposition has said it has concluded that foreign military intervention might be the "only solution" to end the crisis in the country. ANI

Your Facebook profile 'can help employers predict your job performance'
The idea of a potential boss trawling through your drunken pictures on Facebook can be a source of great fear, but according to a new study your profile can be used to quickly predict if you'll be a good worker or a straight-A student. ANI

Confidential British drone secrets lifted from Paris train station
Top secret documents, which contained classified information related to British drones, were stolen by two men at the Gare du Nord station in Paris. ANI

First ever online-based nominating process for presidential elections recommended
A non profit, non partisan organization plans to spice up the 2012 American presidential elections through the first ever online-based nominating process for a third and independent candidate to challenge President Obama and GOP contenders. ANI

US to continue drone strikes in Pak despite objections
The US has said that it would resume its drone strikes despite mounting objections from Islamabad. ANI

German lawyer urges Iran to free apostasy accused Christian pastor
Germany's top human rights lawyer has urged Iran to release a pastor sentenced to death for refusing to renounce Christianity for Islam. ANI

American official warns 'Anonymous may soon have ability to hack entire US power grid'
The notorious Internet hacking group, Anonymous, may soon have the ability to attack the entire U.S. power grid, the head of the country's National Security Agency has warned. ANI

Pak court clears Bhatti murder suspect of assassination charges
An anti- terrorism court here has cleared a suspect of the charges of assassinating former Pakistan Minorities' Minister Shahbaz Bhatti. ANI

Broken hearts really can be painful
"Broken-hearted" is not just a metaphor as researchers have now revealed that social pain and physical pain actually have a lot in common. ANI

Eight more bodies found on capsized Italian cruise ship
Eight more bodies have reportedly been found in the wreck of the cruise ship Costa Concordia that ran aground off the Italian coast last month. ANI

49 dead, over 600 injured in Argentina train crash
At least 49 people have been killed and over 600 injured a train crash in Argentina. ANI

Pak's NAB to review politicians' white collar crime cases
Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has formed a committee to review pending cases of white collar crimes involving politicians. ANI

JUI says US should tell India to stop human rights abuse in Indian Kashmir
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman has said the United States should tell India to stop alleged rights abuses in the Indian side of Kashmir, rather than taking up the Balochistan self-determination issue. ANI

US geological survey records low radioactive fallout from Fukushima
The U.S. Geological Survey has revealed that the radiation fallout from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power facility in Japan was measured in minimal amounts in. ANI

Zardari, Altaf discuss strategy with MQM for Senate polls
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has agreed to enhance cooperation between the Pakistan People Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) for the Senate polls and the general election. ANI

Pak will 'support' not 'lead' Afghan reconciliation process
Pakistan will lend its full support to any effort by the Afghan government to achieve a political settlement with the Taliban but does not want to lead a peace process that would impose a solution, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said. ANI

Cherie Blair sues NOTW over alleged phone hacking while Tony Blair was PM
Cherie Blair, the wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, has sued the publisher of the now-defunct British tabloid News of the World after it emerged she was an alleged victim of phone-hacking. ANI

Prostitute claims 'Strauss-Kahn helped her in getting US visa when he was IMF head'
A prostitute has reportedly claimed that Dominique Strauss-Kahn helped her to get a visa to work in the United States during his time as International Monetary Fund president. ANI

Oz Govt. crisis deepens with Gillard calling for party leadership vote next Monday
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called for a Labor Party leadership vote next Monday, deepening the crisis in her government that arose with the resignation of Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday. ANI

Pak-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz records statement before Memo Gate panel
Pakistan-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz has recorded his testimony in connection with the 2011 Memo Gate scandal from the Pakistan High Commission in London through videoconferencing. ANI

Hilton Worldwide Plans 500 New Restaurants Globally in Three Years
Hilton Worldwide announced today plans to have 500 new restaurants globally in three years. In support of this goal, and after the successful launch of Hilton Worldwide’s internal website, hiltonrestaurantconcepts Business Wire India

ZTE Set to Unveil LTE, Windows Phone and Multi-Core Android Devices at MWC 2012
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063 Business Wire India

MPEG LA Offers MVC Patent Portfolio License
MPEG LA, LLC today announced the availability of the MVC Patent Portfolio License. The joint license includes patents that are essential to the Multiview Video Coding (“MVC”) standard for encoding and decoding 3D video Business Wire India

Dynex Technologies Receives SFDA Approval to Supply DS2 Automated ELISA Processing System to China
Dynex Technologies announced today it has received approval from China’s State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) to market the DS2® automated enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) analyzer in China Business Wire India

NIKE Unveils Revolutionary NIKE+ Experience for Basketball and Training Athletes
NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) today unveiled Nike+ Basketball and Nike+ Training, two new experiences connecting digitally enabled footwear with interactive mobile applications that together deliver a revolutionary sport experience Business Wire India

Group FMG to Offer a Unique Social Media Benchmarking Solution with Competitive Insights Designed for Marketers
Group FMG today announced the launch of a unique social media benchmarking solution for Global 2000 companies that qualitatively and quantitatively evaluates their online presence against competitor activity Business Wire India

Itron to Present Water Management Solutions at the 6th World Water Forum
Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), a world leader in resource management solutions for the energy and water industries, today announced its participation in the 6th World Water Forum, which will take place in Marseille, France from March 12 to 17, 2012. Business Wire India

ABB: Breakthrough Order for DC Technology
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order from ship owner Myklebusthaug Management to supply the first ever direct current (DC) power grid on board a ship Business Wire India

Smith Micro Previews New Connection Manager at Mobile World Congress with Support for Windows 8 and Emerging Industry Standards
Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI), a leading provider of wireless and mobility solutions, will be demonstrating their latest connection manager solution, QuickLink® Zero, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 27-March 1, 2012 Business Wire India

Starr Companies Hires X. Rick Niu to Lead Starr Strategic Partners
Starr Companies announced today that X. Rick Niu has been named Senior Managing Director of Starr Strategic Partners, a newly formed division dedicated to serving the insurance and investment needs of Asian and other emerging market companies and individuals doing business in the U.S Business Wire India

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