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Newt Gingrich wants Brad Pitt as his on-screen avatar
Newt Gingrich thinks Brad Pitt should play him in a movie. ANI

Taliban wouldn't have lasted 10 minutes without Pakistan, says author Gall
The Taliban wouldn't have lasted 10 minutes without Pakistan, senior journalist Sandy Gall well versed with the war in Afghanistan has claimed in his new book "War Against the Taliban". ANI

UK police to quiz The Times editor over police blogger's email hacking claims
James Harding, the editor of the British newspaper, The Times, has been recalled to the Leveson inquiry into media standards, following disclosures that the paper used email hacking in 2009. ANI

Pippa Middleton 'dating heir to Duke of Northumberland'
Following in sister Kate's footsteps, Pippa Middleton is reportedly in a serious relationship with a mega-rich Earl. ANI

Jailed Internet millionaire protests against attention from female inmates
Jailed Internet millionaire Kim Dotcom has complained of getting unwanted attention from an expert forger and women inmates wanting to befriend him. ANI

US fears 'Iran may have provided material aid to Al-Qaeda'
American officials have expressed concern over Iran's connection with Al-Qaeda, saying say they believe that Tehran recently gave new freedoms to some of top Al-Qaeda operatives, and may have provided some material aid to the terrorist group. ANI

Food poisoning killed 137 people in China last year
Over 8,324 people in China suffered food poisoning last year, and nearly 137 of them died because of it, a report has revealed. ANI

Imran Khan files appeal to stop Pak by-elections for not removing fake votes from voter list
Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has filed a civil miscellaneous appeal to his previous petition, seeking removal of fake votes from the voter lists and asked that the by-elections scheduled for February 25 be stopped. ANI

Seven Pakistani soldiers killed in Taliban attack: Officials
Seven Pakistani soldiers have been killed, while three others were wounded in a Taliban attack on their check post in the country's northwestern tribal belt, security officials have said. ANI

Rich paying more taxes coincides with Jesus teaching: Obama
US President Barack Obama has said that rich Americans should pay more taxes as it coincides with Jesus' teachings. ANI

Egypt Interior Ministry expecting fresh round of violence
The Egyptian Interior Ministry is reportedly gearing up for a new cycle of recriminations and violence in the wake of the Port Said football stadium violence that led to the death of 74 persons. ANI

Obama's old car listed at $1mn draws no auction bids
Barack Obama's 7-year-old gray Chrysler, which was once driven by him before he became the President, failed to find any buyers in an auction. ANI

Gilani's lawyer says "third force" can benefit from 'Pak govt.-SC confrontation'
Aitzaz Ahsan, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's lawyer in a contempt of court case, has said a "third force" could benefit from the ongoing confrontation between the judiciary and executive. ANI

Gilani vows to appear before Pak SC on Feb 13 for contempt case
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said he will appear before the Supreme Court on February 13. ANI

Prince William arrives in Falkland amid Britain-Argentina diplomatic row
Prince William touched down in Falkland Islands for his six-week deployment, amidst rising tensions between Britain and Argentina over the disputed area. ANI

Zimbabwe's media commission wants to ban foreign newspapers
Zimbabwe's media commission has said that it will ask authorities to ban foreign newspapers that are not registered to operate in the country. ANI

Panetta believes Israel just months from striking Iran
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes that Israel is just months away from striking Iran, even as the latter continues with its underground nuclear program. ANI

How Kate will keep busy while Prince Williams's away
The Duchess of Cambridge Kate is planning a shopping spree to keep herself busy while her husband Prince William is on duty in the Falklands. ANI

Beer banned from House of Commons' bar over half-n*ked woman on label
The House of Commons has ordered the removal of a beer called Top Totty from its bar because the beverage's pump plate, which features a half-n*ked woman, offended female MPs. ANI

Imran vows to quit politics if 'ISI funding party' claims proved true
Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has said he will quit politics if it is proven that his Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) party has been funded by the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI). ANI

Pakistan hints at ending NATO blockade "within a week"
Pakistan has hinted at ending the NATO blockade possibly "within a week", which lasted for over two months in protest against the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers on November 26. ANI

Moldovan ballet dancer's 'clothes, lingerie found in 'lover' Costa Concordia captain's cabin'
Clothing and lingerie belonging to a Moldovan ballet dancer, who was spotted with the captain of the capsized Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia on the night of the disaster, have been found in his cabin. ANI

Trump endorses Romney, saying 'he wont let bad things continue to happen'
American business tycoon Donald Trump has endorsed Mitt Romney, saying the Republican presidential front-runnner "won't allow bad things to continue to happen to us." ANI

How you imagine peers says a lot about your real self
If an interviewer is seeking to hire an employee and wants to know what kind of a worker the person will make, here's a good way to do it. ANI

Gaddafi's bloodied shirt and wedding band to be auctioned for $2m
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's shirt, which he had been wearing when he was killed, have reportedly been put up for sale along with his wedding ring. ANI

Air India bribery allegation against Cabinet Minister Praful Patel
Canadian Police has reportedly filed a case in an Ottawa court against a local businessman of Indian origin for bribing former Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel to get an Air India contract. ANI

Tibetan PM in-exile demands UN intervention in Chinese hardliner policies
Tibetan Prime Minister in-exile Lobsang Sangay has expressed concern over rising Chinese military repression against Tibetans and urged the United Nations to send a fact-finding delegation to China to investigate its hardliner policies. ANI

Egyptian comedian jailed for three months for 'insulting Islam'
One of the Arab world's most famous comedians, Adel Imam, has been jailed for three-months by an Egyptian court for offending Islam. ANI

'Optimistic' to think Pakistan will target Haqqani Network: CIA Chief
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director General (retd) David Petraeus has said it is optimistic to think that Pakistan will target the Haqqani Network. ANI

US issues travel advisory to Americans over safety risk in Pakistan
The US has issued a travel advisory, warning its citizens about the risks while traveling to Pakistan amid recent developments and tension in US-Pak ties in the aftermath of the NATO raid that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. ANI

Philippines military kills three top Al-Qaeda-linked militants
The Philippines' military has said that it has killed three senior militants from Al-Qaeda-linked groups in the south of the country. ANI

Mandela's personal chef launches cookbook
Nelson Mandela's personal chef has launched a cookbook which features some of the former South African president's favourite dishes. ANI

Merck KGaA and Threshold Announce Global Agreement to Co-Develop and Commercialize Phase III Hypoxia-Targeted Drug TH-302
Merck Serono, a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, today announced that a global agreement was signed with Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., South San Francisco, to co-develop and commercialize TH-302, Threshold’s small molecule hypoxia-targeted drug Business Wire India

SES Confirms Satellite Leadership in TV Channel Carriage and High Definition Transmission
SES (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) announced today that it is confirming its satellite leadership in TV channel carriage and high definition transmission. By year-end 2011, SES broadcasts over 5,200 TV channels, including over 1,200 High Definition (HD) channels. In the second half of 2011 alone, SES added more than 100 HD channels. Business Wire India

NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Boerse Terminate Business Combination Agreement
NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) announced today that in light of the decision by the European Commission to block the proposed merger agreement, both companies have agreed to a mutual termination of the business combination agreement originally signed by the Companies on February 15, 2011. Business Wire India

BrightSource Energy’s Power Tower Technology Selected by Sasol for South African Solar Power Plant Design
BrightSource Energy, Inc., a leading solar thermal technology company, today announced that Sasol has selected BrightSource’s power tower solar thermal technology following a worldwide review of solar technologies Business Wire India

Brooks Sports Brings Run Happy Spirit to World’s Second-Largest Running Market
Leading running brand Brooks Sports, Inc. ( today announced an important mile marker in global brand growth: It will open its first Asian subsidiary, Brooks Sports K. K., in the world’s second-largest running market, Japan. Partnering with Custom Produce INC Business Wire India

Corning and Samsung Mobile Display Form New OLED Glass Venture
Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) and Samsung Mobile Display Co., Ltd. have signed an agreement to establish a new equity venture for the manufacture of specialty glass substrates for the rapidly expanding organic light emitting diode (OLED) device market. The new business will be located in Korea. Business Wire India

Announcing The Ibsen Scholarships 2012
The Ibsen Scholarships award innovative projects in the field of drama and performing arts and projects that act as incentives for critical discourse in regards to existential and society-related subject matters concerning Henrik Ibsen and his plays. Business Wire India

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