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No plans to prepare for limited war with China: Krishna
Emphasizing that India has always been a peace-loving nation, visiting External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Tuesday rejected a US intelligence official's assessment that the Indian Army was preparing for a limited war against China. ANI

India, China making steady progress to resolve boundary issue : Krishna
India and China are making steady progress on the complicated boundary issue, said visiting External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Tuesday. ANI

India hoping Maldives crisis will be resolved soon: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Tuesday said India has friendly relations with The Maldives and expressed hope that all issues surrounding the resignation of Mohamed Nasheed as the President of the country will be resolved in a peaceful manner. ANI

Paratrooper docked for punching Taliban insurgent
A paratrooper is facing trial for punching an escaping Taliban member. ANI

Virgin Active's muted response to racism provokes outrage on social network
A muted response by a gym group Virgin Active to a racist incident at its Morningside branch has provoked an outcry on social networks. ANI

Pak parliament should limit intelligence agencies' criminal activities to protect Baloch people: Editorial
Pakistan's parliament should do something to protect people in Balochistan by stopping the intelligence agencies from carrying out their criminal activities, showing power, an editorial has said. ANI

'US Congressional hearing may prove troublesome for Pak over atrocities in Balochistan'
The United States (US) Committee on Foreign Affairs' congressional hearing on Wednesday (February 8) for an exclusive discussion on Balochistan may lead to a problematic situation for Pakistan. ANI

Bahrain Interior Minister condemns attacks on Indian, expat community
Bahrain's Interior Minister Shaikh Rashid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa has condemned attacks on the country's expatriate communities in the wake of an Indian and Britons being subjected to assaults. ANI

China breaks Guinness record for longest parade float
China has created a Guinness record for the world's longest parade float of 791.5 meters. ANI

'Obama Girl' stuck with tag from 2008
The 29-year-old New Yorker, who became famous as the Obama Girl in 2008 when her YouTube videos supporting Obama's presidential campaign went viral, says that her act back then "doesn't necessarily mean" she'll have to be the 'Obama Girl' forever. ANI

Clint Eastwood says 'no pro Obama political spin' in Chrysler Super Bowl ad
Actor Clint Eastwood has insisted there was "no spin" in the Chrysler Super Bowl advertisement in which he starred, and that the spot was not meant to reflect a message about the Obama administrative success or failure regarding the American auto industry. ANI

'Official' Iranian website calls for justified 'killing of Jews, destroying Israel in 9 minutes'
An Iranian website with close ties to the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has laid out the legal and moral justifications to kill all Jews and annihilate Israel. ANI

US-Pak ties need to be reinvented, says Sherry Rehman
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman has said that the relationship between both the countries need to be reinvented on the basis of a parliamentary review on the current bi-lateral status. ANI

Pak SC admits petition to stop Kayani, Pasha removal over Memo Gate scandal
Pakistan's Supreme Court has admitted a petition filed in anticipation of a perceived move to sack Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt-Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha over the Memo Gate scandal. ANI

Coup attempt in Maldives, president has reportedly resigned
A coup has reportedly been launched in the The Maldives by the opposition and rogue elements of the police. ANI

Egyptian military hints presidential elections may be held earlier than planned
Egyptian military rulers have suggested that presidential elections may be held earlier than planned in an apparent effort to stem the country's ongoing political turmoil. ANI

AQ Khan blasts Atlantic mag report about his 'brazen act of illegality' over Rawalpindi house
Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the founding father of Pakistan's nuclear programme blamed by the West for making Pakistan a nuclear power, has condemned inaccuracies in The Atlantic magazine's November 2005 cover story, which he says falsely accused him of a 'brazen act of illegality' when it claimed that his Rawalpindi house was "built in blatant disregard of the law." ANI

'No decision yet on granting US citizenship to Pak doc who aided CIA to track Osama'
US State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland has said that the decision over granting US citizenship to Dr Shakil Afridi, the man who allegedly helped the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) track down former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad hideout, was still pending. ANI

Obama would win re-election by 51-45 pc over Romney if polls held now
US President Barack Obama is leading over his nearest Republican rival Mitt Romney by six percentage points, a new poll has shown. ANI

UK 'had to plead with US to tag along in flotilla challenging Iranian power'
The United Kingdom was forced to plead with the US to take part in the flotilla challenging Iranian power in the Gulf after American commanders decided the British military had nothing to contribute to the mission, it has emerged. ANI

'US mulling apologising to Pak for deaths of 24 soldiers in NATO attack to ease strained ties'
Almost after three months, the Obama administration is reportedly considering apologising to Pakistan for the deaths of its 24 soldiers in the NATO attack on a border post in November last year. ANI

Costa Concordia captain 'could be jailed for over 2,500 years on shipwreck, manslaughter charges'
Francesco Schettino, the captain of the ill-fated Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia could be sentenced to a cumulative total of over 2,500 years in prison if convicted of causing a shipwreck, abandoning ship and multiple counts of manslaughter. ANI

U.S. toughens sanctions on Iran by freezing country's and Central Bank's properties
The U.S. has imposed a fresh set of sanctions on the Iranian government to pressure the latter to halt its nuclear program. ANI

'Osama's right-hand man in Europe' gets bail despite posing 'grave threat to UK national security'
Abu Qatada, a radical Muslim cleric described as 'Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe" will be released on bail within days, despite accusations that he poses a grave threat to Britain's security. ANI

Egyptian activists outraged over criminal trial of 44 NGO workers for illegal acts in country
Egyptian activists and civil society groups have expressed outrage over the announcement that 44 NGO workers, including 19 Americans, will face a criminal trial for illegal acts, calling it a 'politically motivated investigation into the foreign funding of pro-democracy groups.' ANI

Iran bans Simpsons dolls but ok with Superman and Spiderman
The Simpsons have joined Barbie on the list of dolls prohibited in Iran as part of a decades-long crackdown on signs of western culture. ANI

Intense cold wave grips Europe
Europe continues to battle the intense cold and heavy snowfall and it is expected that the weather will stay the same till the end of the week. ANI

Five dead in Pak factory gas blast collapse
At least five have died and more than 30 others are injured or trapped after a three-storey factory collapsed here on Monday following a gas explosion. ANI

Pakistan assures Iran 'gas accord will be honoured on fast track basis'
Pakistan has assured Iran that it would implement, on a fast track basis, multi-billion-dollar gas and electricity import projects, despite international sanctions and concerns over the latter's nuclear programme. ANI

Malaysian PM asks Hindus to keep trust in government
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has urged the Hindu community in the country to continue placing their trust in the government. ANI

Imran Khan warns Afghanistan may slide into civil war once NATO forces leave country
Pakistan cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has warned that Afghanistan could slide into civil war once NATO forces leave the country for good.My fear is that they are going to leave a far bigger mess than was left by the Soviets when they left because there could be a civil war there now," Sky News quoted him, as saying. ANI

Iran arrests several journalists over links to BBC Farsi service
Iranian authorities have reportedly arrested several people over alleged links to the British Broadcasting Corporation's Farsi-language service. ANI

Tibetan officials warned to maintain stability or 'face dismissal, criminal charges'
The Tibetan regional government has warned its officials that failing to maintain stability ahead of the Tibetan new year could result in job loss or criminal prosecution. ANI

Gender wage gap decreased faster than previously thought
The gap in wages between men and women has reduced sharply over the past 30 years, and that decline was even greater than previous estimates, a new study has revealed. ANI

Norway mass killer Anders Breivik wants 'medal of honor' for massacre
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who claimed the lives of 77 people in twin terror strikes in Oslo on July 22, 2011, told a court that he deserves a 'medal of honor' for the bloodshed. ANI

Al Rajhi Bank in Saudi Arabia Issues 15,000 Cards per Day with Gemalto’s Instant EMV Card Issuance Solution
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces that Al Rajhi Bank, the largest financial institution in Saudi Arabia, has completed the main phase of the Dexxis Instant Issuance deployment program for on-the-spot EMV card delivery Business Wire India

Intelligent Energy and Suzuki Motor Corporation Establish Joint Venture Company to Develop and Manufacture Fuel Cell Systems
Intelligent Energy, the global clean power systems company, and the Suzuki Motor Corporation, have today announced the creation of a joint venture company called SMILE FC System Corporation, to develop and manufacture air-cooled fuel cell systems for a range of industry sectors Business Wire India

Areion Asset Management Implements Imagine Software for Risk Management
Imagine Software announced the implementation of its award-winning, cloud-based ASP service at Hong Kong-based Areion Asset Management Company. A hedge fund focused on Japanese and Asian equity markets, Areion employs long/short equity and event-driven strategies to invest in a diversified portfolio of equities, options, and futures Business Wire India

ILS Chooses Gael as Middle East Representative
Inventory Locator Service,® LLC (ILS), home of the world’s most active aviation marketplace, ILSmart, recently selected Gael Ltd to represent and promote their Supply Chain Solutions across the Middle East region. Business Wire India

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