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US jewellery store under fire for selling swastika look-alike earrings
Politicians have slammed selling of swastika look-alike earrings at a Bejeweled store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. ANI

US report feels war in Afghanistan caught in deadlock
The new secret assessment known as the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) has claimed that the war against Taliban in Afghanistan is caught up in an impasse. ANI

US security firm Stratfor back online after hacking attack
US-based security firm Stratfor has relaunched its website after hackers brought down its servers and stole thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to its customers last month. ANI

US aircraft carrier enters Arabian Sea amid mounting tension with Iran
A new American aircraft carrier strike group has entered the Arabian Sea and another is on its way as a part of a U.S. fleet reshuffle, a Pentagon official said. ANI

Woman says diplomat asked for 'sex on desk'
A woman has complained against a diplomat to an employment tribunal alleging that he wanted to have sexual intercourse with her "over a desk". ANI

Seven in ten Pakistani women drug addicts are school, college educated: Survey
An official survey has revealed that 47 percent of the women drug addicts are college graduates, and 21 per cent have had primary or matriculation education. ANI

Burma signs cease-fire deal with ethnic rebels to end decades-long insurgency
Myanmar has signed a ceasefire agreement with the country's ethnic Karen rebels, taking a major step forward to end one of the world's longest-running insurgencies and meeting a key condition for better ties with the West. ANI

Woman refused entry to men's only beer competition
An Australian woman is vexed after she was denied entry to a home brew competition because it is a men-only event. ANI

Class warfare between rich and poor visible for many in the US, says Pew poll
Although the Occupy Wall Street movement has receded from the headlines, a majority of Americans have said in a new poll that they see a major class conflict between the rich and poor. ANI

Indian, Pak experts call on govts to declare Himalayan glaciers "protected areas"
Pakistani and Indian experts have urged their respective governments to declare all Himalayan glaciers as "protected areas", and demanded immediate demilitarisation of Siachen to preserve the world's second longest glacier. ANI

Romney closing in on Obama
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is narrowing the gap with President Barack Obama's lead in the 2012 race, a new poll finds. ANI

Indian origin researcher accused of fabricating data on red wine
An Indian origin researcher allegedly provided false data on red wine's benefits to cardiovascular health in over 100 instances, according to University of Connecticut officials. ANI

Only parliament, people, not judiciary can decide fate of Pak government: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has called on the country's Supreme Court to exercise judicial restraint and instead allow the country's citizens or the parliament to find a way out of the current political impasse. ANI

Just 3 in 10 Americans view economy unfavourably
Just three in 10 Americans say they are now hearing mostly bad news about the nation's economy, according to a new poll out Wednesday. ANI

Now, Oz University teaching foreign students 'how to use toilets correctly'
An Australian University is teaching foreign students how to use a toilet correctly after receiving complaints from the cleaners that they were leaving them in an unhygienic state. ANI

Family overjoyed at return of Oz man lashed 75 times for blasphemy in Saudi Arabia
A 45-year-old Australian is finally heading home from Saudi Arabia where he was sentenced to 500 lashes and a year in jail for blasphemy. ANI

Imran Khan says free, fair elections only solution to resolve current Pak crisis
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan has said free and fair elections are the only solution to resolve the current crisis after the Pakistan Supreme Court gave a verdict against the government on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) issue. ANI

Michelle Obama dismisses 'angry black woman' image
Michelle Obama has claimed that she has been wrongly portrayed as "some angry black woman" in a new book released this week. ANI

US court rejects Assange petition to access army's legal proceedings
The U.S. military's highest appeals court has rejected a petition by WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange to give their lawyers guaranteed access to the Army's legal proceedings against the Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking thousands of military reports and diplomatic cables, Private First Class Bradley Manning. ANI

Obama gets about 300 Republican votes in New Hampshire primary
President Barack Obama secured the support of nearly 300 registered Republicans in New Hampshire, suggesting that not all in the Grand Old Party (GOP) dislike him and see him serving a second term as president. ANI

Imran rules out aligning with PML-N but open to all other Pak parties
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan has ruled out the possibility of an alliance with the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) for the upcoming elections. ANI

Serving customers with a smile leaves staff 'exhausted and cynical'
The effort to always appear cheerful and friendly with customers takes a toll on staff, as they start feeling emotionally exhausted and cynical, a new study has revealed. ANI

Work issues likelier to cause trouble at home for same profession couples
Couples who do similar jobs find it harder to maintain a proper work-life balance, a new study has found. ANI

Afghan Taliban says peace talks 'don't signal end to Jihad'
Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents have said that their support for peace talks does not mean a surrender from Jihad, and have vowed to continue their armed struggle. ANI

Zardari leaves for Dubai for 'further medical check-up': Report
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has reportedly left for Dubai on a scheduled one-day trip today. ANI

Islamabad High Court moved to prevent possible sacking of army, ISI chief
A petitioner has moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking to block any government move to sack army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha. ANI

Pak's nuke facilities second-least secure after North Korea: Study
A study has ranked Pakistan's nuclear facilities the second- least secure after that of North Korea. ANI

Organised Mafia crime is Italy's biggest bank: Report
Organised crime is the biggest earner in Italy with a turnover of over 100 billion pounds per year, claims a new report by business chiefs. ANI

Pak Supreme Court moved against sacking of Lodhi as Defence Secretary
A petitioner has moved the Pakistan Supreme Court against the sacking of Defence Secretary Khalid Naeem Lodhi by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. ANI

Same sex co-workers feel 'pain' of discourteously treated colleagues
Same gender co-workers feel the pain of their 'victimized' colleagues, who are treated rudely at workplace, a new study has revealed. ANI

Gilani says Kayani spoke to him before issuing army's 'grave consequence' warning
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has sought to downplay the escalating tensions between the army and the government, saying that military chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had a telephonic conversation with him before the issuance of an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement conveying the military reaction to Gilani's earlier comment. ANI

Imran Khan says won't support army's 'unconstitutional' step to topple govt
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan has said that his party will never support any undemocratic and unconstitutional step by the army to topple the government, even though it wants to get rid of the latter. ANI

Pak army likely to refuse working with new Gilani-appointed Defence Secretary: Report
The Pakistan army will likely refuse to work with new Defence Secretary Nargis Sethi following the sacking of Khalid Naeem Lodhi by Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. ANI

North Korea punishing those who 'didn't display enough sadness over Kim Jong Il's death'
North Korean authorities are reportedly punishing citizens who did not display enough sadness over the death of long-term ruler Kim Jong Il. ANI

'Gilani- Lodhi ties broke down over pressure to contradict army's 'memo' stance'
The relationship between Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and former Defence Secretary Khalid Naeem Lodhi broke down after the prime minister's staff pressed the latter to contradict the army's statement stressing the existence of the alleged memo, sources have said. ANI

US says no deal concluded yet for opening Taliban office in Qatar
The United States has said that Afghan and Taliban statements show there is support for opening a Taliban political office in Qatar, but stressed that nothing has been concluded as yet. ANI

US denies role in Iranian nuclear scientist's death
The United States has flatly denied being involved in the recent car bomb assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist. ANI

Homicide no more major reason for deaths in US
Homicides are no longer the major reason of deaths in the US, a new study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has claimed. ANI

'Pak army reluctant to stage military coup amid escalating tensions with govt'
Western diplomats have dismissed claims of an imminent military takeover in Pakistan saying that the army which is already engaged in targeting the Taliban strongholds in areas along the Afghan border, is deeply reluctant to seize control of the country. ANI

'Pak army's 'grave consequences' warnings result of govt. nod to US drone strikes?
The Pakistan army likely strongly reacted to Prime Minister Gilani's statement criticising army chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and Inter Services Intelligence Director General Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha over the Memo Gate probe because it opposed the government's silence on the drone strikes and its lenient stance over NATO supplies' blockade, sources have said. ANI

Indians in UAE want 'long, cumbersome' voting procedure to be simplified
The Indian community living in the UAE feels the procedure to exercise their franchise is too complicated, and has urged the government to simplify the voting process. ANI

Azam Khan criticizes S.M Krishna's visit to Israel
Terming Israel as a hub of militancy, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan hit out at the Congress party and External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, accusing both of receiving training from Israel to malign Muslims in India. Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, Khan questioned Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi the sanctity of his party and its intentions towards Muslims in India. ANI

US probes video of soldiers urinating on Taliban corpses
The US military has launched an investigation into an online video that shows American Marines urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters. ANI

India demands apology over Clarkson's 'tasteless, offensive' jokes on country's culture, people
The Indian High Commission in London has formally complained to the BBC, accusing Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson of offensive behaviour for making jokes about Indian people and culture. ANI

Indian cabbie in US accused of rape 'has no idea' how his DNA got on woman
An Indian-origin cabbie, who was arrested in the United States for allegedly raping a young passenger in his taxi at knifepoint, has said that he had "no idea" how his DNA came to be recovered from the woman. ANI

Asma says Pak parliament rather than judiciary supreme in country
Former Pakistan's Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Asma Jahangir has stressed that the parliament rather than the judiciary is supreme in the country in the wake of the ongoing probe into the Memo Gate scandal. ANI

Gilani rules out threat to Pak democracy amid tensions between army, govt
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has ruled out any threat to the country's democracy in the wake of escalating tensions between the army and government over the sacking of Defence Secretary Khalid Naeem Lodhi. ANI

'Pentagon has neither sought or received assurances against Pak military coup'
The Pentagon has neither sought nor received assurances that the Pakistan army will not stage a coup in the wake of a near-open conflict between the civilian and military leadership in the country. ANI

Pippa Middleton photographed 400 times a day, says editor
A picture editor of Britain's Daily Mail newspaper has revealed that he sees up to 400 photographs of Pippa Middleton cross his desk every day. ANI

Certified Polished Diamond Prices Rise 19% in 2011
Certified polished diamond prices rose in 2011 spurred by strong buying in the first half of the year. However, global economic uncertainties and tight liquidity in the cutting centers caused prices to soften in the latter half. While confidence has improved since January 1, following a period of relative price stability and a satisfactory U.S Business Wire India

ITW Sexton Executive Addresses India Trade Group
Yurij Wowczuk, general manager of ITW Sexton, a world leader in the production of refrigerant and high-pressure aerosol cans, recently announced his company’s entry to the Indian market with a presentation to the Aerosol Promotion Council (APC) in Mumbai titled High-Pressure Aerosol Containers: An Overview. Representatives of western India’s leading aerosol manufacturers attended the event Business Wire India

Covidien Donates Additional $1 Million to Support Haitian Hospital
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced an additional $1 million in-kind contribution to non-profit Partners In Health (PIH) to provide medical supplies for a new, state-of-the-art hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti, that is scheduled to open this year. Business Wire India

Vinci Establishes a Presence in India in the Infrastructure Sector
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

Ban Ki-moon to Launch UN’s International Year of Sustainable Energy for All at World Future Energy Summit 2012 in Abu Dhabi
His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, will return to the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012 to launch the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All Business Wire India

Crystal IS Announces Merger with Asahi Kasei
Crystal IS Inc. today announced its merger with Asahi Kasei. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi Kasei, the merger will enable Crystal IS to accelerate commercialization of its UVC LEDs leveraging Asahi Kasei’s strength’s in product engineering and manufacturing excellence. The effective date of the merger was December 28, 2011 Business Wire India

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