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Rampant cases of sexual abuse and child pornography in Australian defence revealed
Secret defence documents have revealed dozens of unreported incidents of sexual assault, child pornography, drug abuse and trafficking and even attempted murder by defence staff. ANI

US look to crackdown source of Pakistani fertilizer CAN explosive
The US government has decided to clean-up the major source of fertilizer CAN which is a key component for making any improvised explosive device (IED). ANI

Pak Army corps commanders expected to meet in next 24 hours
Key corps commanders of the Pakistan Army are expected to meet in the next 24 hours at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to assess the impact on the armed forces of a statement made by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. ANI

Allegations by Gilani against COAS, DG ISI very serious: Pak ISPR
Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has said the allegations leveled against Chief of Army Staff General (COAS) Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Ahmed Shuja Pasha were very serious, as they were just respondents in Memo scandal and did not go against Constitution by giving statements. ANI

Gilani sacks Secretary Defence Khalid Naeem Lodhi over misconduct
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has sacked Secretary Defence Khalid Naeem Lodhi. ANI

North Korea claims US offered food aid in exchange for nuke concessions
North Korea has said that before the death of the nation's long-term ruler Kim Jong Il, the United States offered to provide food aid if Pyongyang halted its uranium enrichment programme. ANI

Pak's new terms of engagement with US may be delayed amid ongoing tensions in country
The process of rewriting the terms of engagement with the US is reportedly expected to be delayed due to the government's ongoing tensions with the judiciary and the military establishment. ANI

Queensland government publishes "Handbook on Hindu Patients"
Queensland government in Australia has come up with a "Health Care Providers' Handbook on Hindu Patients" as a "quick-reference tool for health workers to use when caring for Hindu patients". ANI

US names Mexican Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman 'world's most powerful drug trafficker'
The United States Treasury Department has described Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman as "the world's most powerful drug trafficker". ANI

Pak hardline party blames intelligence agencies of brazen abduction of citizens
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Secretary General Liaquat Baloch has said that the intelligence agencies have broken the law time and again by abducting citizens. ANI

68pc passengers hassled by screaming children on flight
Screaming children are the worst aspect of air travel for almost 68 percent of passengers, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Duchess Kate gifted 302-diamond brooch on maiden royal trip
The Duchess of Cambridge was presented with a 'brooch,' which is a specially commissioned platinum piece studded with 302 diamonds on her first foreign trip to Canada and the US with Prince William in the summer of 2011. ANI

3000 Brits apply for jobs at South Pole
With a freeze on recruitment everywhere else, almost a record numbers of people in the UK are applying for just a handful of jobs in the South Pole, choosing sub-zero temperatures over the chill wind of recession at home. ANI

Iran blames Israel for nuclear scientist's death in car bomb blast
An Iranian nuclear scientist, who worked at the country's Natanz uranium enrichment facility has been killed in a car bomb attack in Tehran. ANI

Pakistan cabinet reposes full confidence in Zardari, Gilani's leadership
Pakistan's cabinet has reposed full confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

Al Qaeda targeting more American jihadist recruits in Yemen
An Al-Qaeda outfit in Yemen, also known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), is targeting more American jihadist recruits, the US Department of Homeland Security and the FBI has warned. ANI

Obama's advisers clashed over Afghanistan war, reveals book
A new book on President Barack Obama and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama reveals that his advisers clashed over the war in Afghanistan. ANI

White House was a "hostile" workplace for women, says new book
"The Obamas," by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, which went on sale Tuesday, has revealed that the White House was a "hostile" workplace for women. ANI

Michelle Obama saw presidency as opportunity for her husband to achieve sweeping change
A new book on President Barack Obama and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama reveals that Michelle Obama saw the presidency as an opportunity for her husband to rise above petty politics and achieve sweeping change. ANI

Pak SC sets six options for Zardari, Gilani to avoid disqualification
A five member bench of the Supreme Court has decided to refer the six options relating to the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case to the Chief Justice for constitution of a larger bench for hearing of these options. ANI

Obamas' plan to write their memoirs after White House exit
A new book on President Barack Obama and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama reveals that part of the post-presidency plan for both Obamas is to write memoirs to boost their legacies and their bank accounts. ANI

Pakistani Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan hospitalized
Pakistani Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan has reportedly been put in an intensive care unit of a private hospital in the country. ANI

Tiger mums' parenting approach draws criticism
A Michigan State University scholar has refuted "tiger mother" philosophy that parents should drive their children to succeed even at the expense of the kids' happiness. ANI

UK woman saves own life by coughing up cancerous throat tumour
A UK woman miraculously saved her own life by coughing up a cancer tumour and was congratulated by a doctor on her good fortune. ANI

2,000-year-old Roman cavalry helmet sheds new light on conquest of Britain
Historians have pieced together a 2,000-year-old Roman cavalry helmet 10 years after its discovery in an Iron Age shrine and claim that it sheds new light on the conquest of Britain. ANI

Russia hints foreign sabotage may be behind space program troubles
A humiliating string of accidents that has beset Russia's space program over the past year, and only seems to be getting worse, may be the result of foreign sabotage, the head of the Russian Space Agency (Roskosmos), Vladimir Popovkin, has revealed. ANI

Five UK Muslim men face trial for distributing 'gay death penalty' flyers
A group of five Muslim men in Britain are facing trial on charges of inciting hatred after distributing flyers calling for gay people to be executed as punishment for their sexuality. ANI

US court finds Oklahoma Sharia law ban 'unconstitutional'
The US state of Oklahoma has been ordered not to introduce an amendment to its constitution that bans judges from considering Islamic law in deciding cases. ANI

58% of Pakistanis are food insecure: Survey
A National Nutritional Survey (NNS) 2011 has found that about 58 percent of Pakistanis are food insecure. ANI

Former White House pastry chef says Clinton had big 'scary' appetite
A former White House pastry chef has revealed that he was astonished at Bill Clinton's big appetite, calling it "scary." ANI

Obama heeds advice of those with policy expertise, not me: Michelle
US First Lady Michelle Obama has claimed that she is the 'biggest confidante' of US president Barack Obama. ANI

Romney records consecutive win in New Hampshire primary
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney recorded a straightforward win in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary elections. ANI

Chinese diplomat says 'attack on Iran, Syria would be disaster'
A senior Chinese diplomat has strongly opposed the use of military force against Iran or Syria, saying that a war in the region would be a disaster both on a humanitarian level and for the world economy. ANI

Northern Sumatra shaken by 7.3 magnitude earthquake
Northern Sumatra's West Coast was shaken by a powerful earthquake measuring 7.3 magnitude on the Richter scale, which resulted in the issue of a tsunami advisory that was removed two hours later. ANI

Sherry Rehman presents credentials as ambassador to US State Department
Pakistan's new Ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman has met with the American Special Representative for Afghanistan-Pakistan Ambassador Marc Grossman. ANI

Six months on 'no institution or individual' held responsible for Pak journalist Shahzad's killing
A Commission set up to investigate the abduction, torture and murder Pakistani investigative journalist Saleem Shahzad has held no institution or individual responsible for the crime in its report. ANI

Veteran Pak political oracle Pir Pagara passes away
Veteran Pakistani politician and spiritual leader of the Hur Jamaat, Pir Pagara breathed his last in London on Tuesday. ANI

Obama Campaign closely watching Romney poll results
The Obama team is closely watching the vote pattern of independents, as well as other key demographic groups with a focus on how former Massachusetts Governor and Republican Mitt Romney performs. ANI

Support for Obama, Romney dropping among Independents
Support among independents has dropped for both U.S. President Barack Obama and emerging Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney. ANI

Pak ISPR calls Osama's Abbotabad hideout 'to be razed' report baseless
Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) has denied a British newspaper report that Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad will be razed. ANI

Doomsday clock ticks a minute closer to midnight
The Doomsday Clock, a figurative timepiece used as a barometer of humankind's fate, was moved one minute closer to midnight on Tuesday, the first time it has been nudged forward since 2007. ANI

Men twice more likely than women to take risks
Men are twice more likely than women to take risks at work, so a healthy balance of both genders at work place would be a good idea to make business thrive, a new research has said. ANI

What 2012 has in store for Prince Charles
A British astrologer and media personality looked at Prince Charles' stars to see what the New Year 2012 beholds for him. ANI

Sharif introduced NRO by signing agreement with Musharraf in 2000: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has made public an agreement signed between former President Pervez Musharraf and the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif related to the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) in 2000. ANI

Fresh US drone strike kills four militants in Pakistan
Two US missiles have reportedly destroyed a militant compound in Pakistan's tribal area near the Afghan border, killing four militants late on Tuesday, security officials have said. ANI

US forces rescue stranded Iranian mariners again
A US warship has rescued six Iranian mariners after the engine of their ship malfunctioned in the North Arabian Gulf. ANI

I am ready to resign if PPP, coalition partners want: Zardari
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that he was ready to resign from his post if his party (PPP) and the coalition partners so wished. ANI

US, France condemn Assad for blaming 'foreign conspiracy' for Syria uprising
The United States and France have condemned a speech by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in which he blamed a "foreign conspiracy" for the mass uprising against his rule. ANI

Russia 'concerned' over Iran's new uranium enrichment facility
Russia has expressed concern and regret over Iran's launch of an underground uranium enrichment facility. ANI

ICC gives Libya more time to provide information about Saif al-Islam's health, status
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has extended a deadline given to Libya for providing information on the health and status of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam. ANI

Hats top Wills-Kate's travel gift list
Hats have been listed as the most popular gifts that were presented to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their overseas trips last year. ANI

Valve Rewards Outstanding GlobalCollect Service with Contract Renewal
Valve is the creator of award-winning games, leading-edge technologies, and a groundbreaking social entertainment platform. Case in point is Steam, the world's largest online gaming platform that guarantees instant access to more than 1,800 game titles and connects 35 million active users to each other Business Wire India

Ascom Miratel Oy Receives Largest Order Ever for Nurse Call System
According to an agreement made with Turku University Hospital (TYKS), Ascom Miratel Oy will deliver the IP-based Innova Nurse Call System to the new Turku University Hospital extension during 2012. The deal consists of equipment to almost 200 patient beds in 24 wards and other care facilities Business Wire India

Frost & Sullivan: The Middle East and North Africa Membrane Bioreactor Market to Grow at a CAGR of 17.77 per cent by 2015
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is the fastest-growing regional Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) market. The world’s largest MBR systems are anticipated to be commissioned in the here, and the competition in this sector is expected to intensify. Despite the severe water crisis, the MENA region has been at the vanguard of embracing new technologies Business Wire India

James Bond Celebrates Fifty Incredible Years with Golden Anniversary Blu-Ray Collection BOND 50
In celebration of James Bond’s monumental golden anniversary, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today unveiled BOND 50, a collectible box-set featuring all 22 James Bond films on Blu-ray Disc for the first time in one complete offering Business Wire India

ISYS Search to Provide Enhanced Text Data Extraction Capabilities for New Generation of SAP® Solutions
ISYS Search Software, the Master of Enterprise Search™, today announced an OEM agreement with SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), through which its class-leading Document Filters technology will be used to enhance the capabilities of SAP’s new generation of enterprise applications. Business Wire India

SkyCross Unveils VersiTune-LTE™ Tunable Antenna Module for Multiband 4G LTE Devices
SkyCross, a global antenna and radio-frequency (RF) solutions company and industry leader in advanced, tunable antenna technology for 4G mobile devices, today announced commercial availability of the SkyCross VersiTune-LTE™ tunable antenna module for 4G LTE mobile devices. Business Wire India

IIT Software: SwiftMQ 9.0 Implements AMQP 1.0 Specification
As the first vendor worldwide, IIT Software is offering full implementation of the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) specification 1.0 with its messaging system SwiftMQ and as a result complete integration with the Java Message Service standard (JMS). Business Wire India

Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Tours Masdar and Reaffirms Strong Relationship with Abu Dhabi’s Renewable Energy Company
Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs His Excellency Mr. Koichiro Gemba today visited Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s multifaceted renewable energy company Business Wire India

Hilton HHonors Announces The Any Weekend, Anywhere Sale
Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, launched The Any Weekend, Anywhere Sale. Guests can save up to 33 percent on any weekend stay worldwide throughout the year from January 9, 2012, to December 30, 2012 Business Wire India

Cinterion Receives “2011 Smart Grid Excellence” Award
Cinterion, the global leader in cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and a Gemalto company (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), today announced that its EU3 M2M module won a 2011 Smart Grid Excellence Award from SmartGrid.TMCnet.com. The award honors innovative technologies that enable smart grid deployments for global utility companies. Business Wire India

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