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Queen Elizabeth's staff believe they're in 'happiness business'
Queen Elizabeth is always surrounded by a "lot of laughter" and her Ladies in Waiting say that they are in the "happiness business". ANI

Elle magazine apologises for 'racist' article on Obamas' 'white fashion'
French magazine 'Elle' has apologised for a 'racist' article posted on its website that suggested that black American elite, inspired by the Obamas, were finally embracing 'white' fashion, after it garnered lot of protest from various quarters. ANI

Black CEOs comprise just 1% of leaders of largest companies in US
African -American CEOs account for a mere one percent of the chiefs of the 500 largest companies in the US, a new study has revealed. ANI

Khamenei warns 'consequences of war 10 times more detrimental for US'
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned that Iran will respond on its nuclear program, saying the consequences of war would be "10 times more detrimental" for the US. ANI

China paying heavy price for pollution brought by economic development
China is paying an increasing price for environmental and ecological damage brought about by rapid economic development, a report has claimed. ANI

Gilani to visit Qatar next week for Afghan peace talks
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani will explain his country's stance on the issue of peace talks with the Afghan Taliban during hid visit to Qatar next week to meet the Gulf state's leaders, a government spokesman has said. ANI

US' declining January unemployment rate may favour Obama's re-election chances
The latest job report, which pegs US unemployment at 8.3 percent may be a turning point for President Barack Obama ahead of the 2012 White House race. ANI

Khamenei warns Iran will back 'any nations, any groups' fighting Israel
Iran's leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned that his country will back any group or nation targeting Israel. ANI

Kate Middleton meets drug and alcohol addicts during charity visit
Kate Middleton made a secret trip to meet recovering alcoholics and drug addicts as she begins a hectic programme of visits to her new charities. ANI

Rehman Malik admits weak Anti-Terrorism Act allowing banned organisations' continued activities
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has stressed the need for improving a law to control activities of banned organisations. ANI

EU regulators ask Google to delay new privacy policy rollout
European regulators have asked Internet search giant Google to delay the rollout of its new privacy policy, scheduled for March 1. ANI

S. African court says Dalai Lama visa issue 'dead in the water'
The Western Cape High Court has dismissed an application on the Dalai Lama's visa, claiming that it was too late to fix the past, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) said on Friday. ANI

Pak doctor who aided Abbottabad raid on Osama said to be in danger
Concerns are being raised about the safety of a Pakistani doctor who might have played a crucial role in the final take-down of former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad hideout. ANI

Anonymous attacks Greek ministry website to protest country's signing of copyright treaty
Notorious Internet hacking group Anonymous has launched a cyber-attack on the Greek Ministry of Justice website and threatened further action if Athens does not withdraw its decision to sign a global copyright treaty. ANI

Anonymous leaks FBI and Scotland Yard conversation discussing hacking investigations
Notorious Internet hacking group Anonymous has intercepted and published a recording of a conference call between Scotland Yard in the UK and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. ANI

ISI chief Pasha ready to 'get out of job' despite apparent third term extension?
Speculations might be at its peak that chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt General Ahmed Shuja Pasha's tenure could be extended by the Pakistan government, reports suggest that he is much keen in 'getting out of the job'. ANI

Republicans 'have better sex than Democrats'
Republicans are more likely than Democrats to achieve orgasm during sex, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Cezanne's Card Players painting fetches highest ever price at 160m pounds
One of Cezanne's best-loved paintings has been sold for 160 million pounds, which is the highest price ever paid for a work of art. ANI

Romney splits with key debate coach Brett O'Donnell
A Republican operative who won plaudits for bolstering Mitt Romney's recent debate performances is not being retained by the frontrunner's campaign. ANI

Pippa Middleton may not be dating heir to 'Harry Potter' castle
Reports that Pippa Middleton is in a 'serious relationship' with an earl who is heir to one of Britain's richest and grandest dukedoms, are in doubt now. ANI

40 pc of couples feel 'intensely in love' even after 10 years of marriage
Even after ten years of marriage, the level of love can be as intense as it was at the start of the relationship, a new study has found. ANI

'Israeli assets in US and worldwide under severe Iranian security threat'
Israel's facilities in North America and around the world are on high alert, as they face an Iranian security threat, an internal document has said. ANI

Taliban leader Mullah Omar 'sent letter to Obama indicating interest in peace talks'
Mullah Omar, the reclusive leader of the Taliban, has reportedly sent US President Barack Obama a letter, indicating an interest to initiate peace talks. ANI

China admits cutting Internet, phone access in areas rocked by violence against Tibetans
Chinese authorities have admitted to cutting off mobile phone and internet connections in areas where Tibetans were shot dead last month. ANI

Bradley Manning to face court-martial over Wikileaks disclosures
A full court-martial has been ordered for Bradley Manning, the US Army private accused of sharing classified documents with Wikileaks. ANI

Banned jihadi groups like Jaish-e-Mohammad get their money-trains back online: Report
Banned jihadi groups, including the Jaish-e-Mohammad, have seen a revival after affiliates started opening local and foreign currency accounts to restart their money-trains. ANI

Over 200 killed in Syrian government's worst crackdown till date: Activists
At least 200 people were killed and hundreds wounded in Homs in the most brutal government crackdown till date in the 11-month old uprising in Syria, activists have said. ANI

Taiwanese man dies after 23 hours of gaming
A man from Taiwan was found dead after playing a computer game for 23 hours at an internet cafe. ANI

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