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New North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not last long, says elder brother
Former North Korean leader Kim Jong il's eldest son has predicted that the new regime will not last long, with or without reforms, under the rule of his half brother Kim Jong Un. ANI

'Pak Army, ISI chiefs adopted wrong procedure to reply to SC in Memo Gate case'
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Yasin Azad has said that Army chief General Ashfaq Perevz Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha did not follow the right procedure for filing their replies in the Memo Gate case. ANI

Pippa Middleton threatens legal action against 'stalker' paparazzi
Pippa Middleton has threatened to take out an injunction to stop harassment by the paparazzi. ANI

'Stoppage of containers by Pak Customs may cause temporary food shortage in Afghanistan'
Afghanistan has expressed fears that stoppage of food containers by the Pakistan Customs could cause temporary food shortages in the country. ANI

China turning more urban than rural in historic population shift
City dwellers in China now outnumber rural dwellers for the first time as more people seek better economic opportunities, official figures show. ANI

Swiss govt. 'willing to cooperate' in Zardari graft cases
The government of Switzerland might have expressed complete neutrality on the graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari by terming it an 'internal matter', but it has now said that they will always be ready to cooperate with other states requesting mutual legal assistance through established channels. ANI

China defends human rights progress
China has defended its human rights record, and said that no country has the right to interfere in its internal affairs and violate its judicial sovereignty. ANI

Perry draws Turkey's ire for suggesting 'nation is run by Islamic terrorists'
US Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry has drawn criticism from Turkey after suggesting that the Middle Eastern nation and longtime NATO ally is run by "Islamic terrorists." ANI

'Authoritarian' Italian cruise ship captain drove liner 'like Ferrari'
The captain of a luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia that ran aground off the Italian coast last week, has been accused of skippering the liner "like a Ferrari" driver. ANI

Islamabad Court dismisses Ijaz's arrest petition
An Islamabad Court has dismissed the petition filed for the arrest of Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz when he arrives in Islamabad to testify on the Memo Gate issue. ANI

Iran toy firm offers US tiny replica of downed spy drone
While Iran has refused to return an American surveillance drone it captured last month, a toy company in the Islamic dominant regime has offered the United States a tiny pink colored replica of the downed plane. ANI

Gilani not guilty of contempt of court: Aitzaz Ahsan
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is not guilty of contempt of court, but should bow to pressure and ask Switzerland to re-open graft cases against the president, his lawyer has said. ANI

NYPD may soon scan people on streets for guns
The New York Police Department (NYPD) is testing new technology that could help to trace a firearm concealed under clothing. ANI

Stolen relics of 'true cross' returned to Tipperary abbey
Stolen relics, believed to be part of the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified, have been returned to the Holy Cross Abbey in Co Tipperary in Ireland. ANI

Islamabad HC to hear all parties views before ruling in Lodhi sacking case
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has issued notices to other parties in the case against the removal of Lt. General (rtd.) Khalid Naeem Lodhi from his office of Secretary Defence, insisting that the ruling will take place only after hearing from all the parties. ANI

Victoria tribunal says will not treat Indian origin woman's sacking as a racism issue
A tribunal here has said that claims by a woman that she was sacked because of her Indian heritage, will not be treated as a racism issue. ANI

Romney admits to paying lower taxes than millions of Americans
US Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has acknowledged that he pays a lower tax rate than millions of struggling Americans. ANI

Obama to visit Disney World without daughters
President Barack Obama will visit Disney World on Thursday without his family, including daughters Malia and Sasha. ANI

Kevin Rudd's 'master blender' emerges as perfect cup of Australian tea
Kevin Rudd, who used his family, staff and even pets as guinea pigs, has launched the soon-to-be classic Australian blend of Twinings tea. ANI

Zardari holds immunity even in Swiss courts under Vienna Convention: Aitzaz
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader and senior lawyer Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, who will represent Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani before the Supreme Court on January 19, has said that President Asif Ali Zardari holds immunity from prosecution even in Swiss courts. ANI

Police-army nexus could prevent Mubarak's prosecution
Prosecutors dealing with a case involving former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak have said that a military-police nexus could prevent them from putting him on trial and convicting him on capital murder charges. ANI

White House shooter charged with trying to assassinate Obama
A 21-year-old US man accused of firing shots at the White House last year has been formally charged with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama. ANI

Chinese dissident poet charged with subversion
A veteran Chinese dissident, Zhu Yufu, has been charged with subversion for writing and publishing a poem on the internet, according to his lawyer. ANI

US woman fired for skipping lunch wins unemployment claim
A Chicago woman, who was fired for skipping lunch at her job, has won an unemployment claim after an appeals court in Illinois found the denial of benefits "clearly erroneous". ANI

Wikipedia founder defends '24-hour-black out protest' over anti-piracy US legislation
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has defended his decision to shut down the website for 24 hours in protest against new laws being proposed in America to stop online piracy, despite other technology firms refusing to participate in the back out. ANI

Abu Qatada cannot be deported to Jordan: EU judges
Abu Qatada, once described as "Osama bin Laden's right hand man in Europe", cannot be extradited to Jordan, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. ANI

Syrian MP says Assad will be deposed within three months
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be driven from power within three months, an MP from the embattled nation has claimed. ANI

BBC refuses to apologise over 'offensive, tasteless' jokes on Indian culture
The BBC has refused to apologise for broadcasting a Top Gear special in December, which was widely criticised for offending India, and resulted in a complaint from the Indian High Commission over its cultural insensitivity. ANI

Grossman denied permission to visit Pakistan amid political crisis: US
The US State Department has confirmed that American special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman wanted to visit Islamabad, but he was not allowed entry because of the ongoing political crisis there. ANI

Ijaz to arrive in Pak on Jan 24 for Memo Gate deposition
Mansoor Ijaz, the Pakistani-American businessman key in the Memo Gate scandal, has reportedly received his visa and is expected to arrive at Chaklala Airbase in Pakistan on January 24th. ANI

Prince William becomes patron of charity for ex-offenders
The Duke of Cambridge has become the patron of a leading charity that helps former offenders get back on their feet and give up a life of crime. ANI

PPP leader Rabbani demands Musharraf's arrest under article 6 on return to Pakistan
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Raza Rabbani has demanded that the government arrest former president Pervez Musharraf by charging him under article six of the constitution. ANI

'Fleeing' Italy cruise ship captain was ordered to get back to sinking boat
As the luxury cruise ship lay crippled off the Italian coast with thousands of people scrambling to evacuate, a coast guard official repeatedly ordered the captain to get back on the sinking vessel, but he refused to do so, it has emerged. ANI

Ooyala and Tennis Australia Serve the World Free Internet Livestreaming of the 2012 Australian Open
Digital video solutions innovator Ooyala and Tennis Australia, the governing body of tennis within Australia, have partnered to bring one of the world’s greatest tennis tournaments to the web, for free live viewing around the globe. Beginning Monday, January 16, visitors to australianopen Business Wire India

Malév Takes Off with GlobalCollect to Boost Online Booking Service
Malév, a member of the oneworld airline alliance, operates scheduled flights to over 30 countries and offers access to flights in 150 countries via associated oneworld members Business Wire India

Zayed Future Energy Prize Announces Winners
His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today presented the prestigious 2012 Zayed Future Energy Prize to 3 winners and 2 runners up at the awards ceremony held in Emirates Palace. Business Wire India

WNS Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Earnings
Highlights: GAAP Financials1 -- Q3 revenue of $117.2 million, down 23.2% from the corresponding quarter last year (primarily due to change in accounting for repair payments)2 and flat sequentially -- Q3 profit of $4.0 million, compared to profit of $9.0 million in the corresponding quarter last year and profit of $3.4 million sequentially -- Q3 diluted earnings per ADS of $0 Business Wire India

Quintiles Launches Innovative Center of Excellence in Dalian, China
Quintiles today announced the opening of a business process outsourcing (BPO) and project management center of excellence in Dalian, a major city in northeast China with a multilingual workforce and location ideally suited to serve the Japanese, Chinese and South Korean biopharmaceutical markets. Business Wire India

Motorola Solutions Strengthens Vertical Solutions Portfolio with New MC2100 Value-Tier Series
Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI), a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers, is today announcing the new MC2100 series – to deliver industrial mobile computing solutions for retail, manufacturing and supply chain businesses. Business Wire India

Enhanced Business and Capital Alliance between Moelis & Company, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.
Moelis & Company (CEO: Ken Moelis), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (“SMBC” hereunder, President & CEO: Takeshi Kunibe), and SMBC Nikko Securities Inc Business Wire India

KBR to Support Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore Expansion in the Pilbara, Western Australia, with Major Fuel Infrastructure
KBR (NYSE: KBR) has been awarded a contract to upgrade Rio Tinto’s fuel assets as part of the mining company’s investment in power and fuel supply projects to underpin existing and future expansion of iron ore production capacity in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Business Wire India

Declaration of Commitment to Support Conservation of Tigers, Endangered Species
The Ministry of Forestry of Indonesia together with Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to agree on a series of public-private partnership principles to further enhance the protection of a number of endangered species in Indonesia, including Sumatran tigers and others. Business Wire India

Chartis Aligns Geographic Structure to Enhance Commercial and Consumer Strategies and Emphasize Growth Economies
Chartis today announced that it has aligned its geographic structure to enhance execution of the company’s commercial and consumer strategies and to add greater focus on its growth economies initiatives Business Wire India

IMS2012 Off to Record Breaking Start
The International Microwave Symposium (IMS2012), the annual conference and exhibition of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), this year received a record number of technical paper submissions with 1,225 papers submitted. Business Wire India

Masdar to Bring WFES Experience to Asia Future Energy Forum in Singapore
Masdar - Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted renewable energy company, and Reed Exhibitions today announced their plans to hold the ‘Asia Future Energy Forum & Exhibition’ (AFEF), as part of the annual Singapore’s International Energy Week (SIEW), which will be held from 22-25 October 2012, organized by the Energy Market Authority of Singapore. Business Wire India

Upsolar Completes Industry-Leading Module Life Cycle Assessment Study
Upsolar, a leading international provider of solar PV modules, today announced the completion of the initial life cycle assessment (LCA) of the production of its two best-selling PV modules, UP-M185M and UP-M230P Business Wire India

Mirus Biosciences Suit against Fugent Dismissed
On September 14, 2011, Mirus Biosciences, LLC sued Fugent, LLC for patent infringement, and approximately 3 months later, on December 23, 2011, the attorneys for Mirus Biosciences, LLC filed a dismissal of the suit with prejudice according to attorneys from Haus, Roman and Banks, LLP. Mirus Bio, LLC vs. Fugent, LLC, Case No Business Wire India

Afilias expands market leadership with acquisition of RegistryPro
Afilias Limited, the ICANN-designated registry operator for the .INFO top level domain (TLD) and a global provider of domain registry services, today announced that it has acquired Registry Services Corporation (d.b.a. RegistryPRO), the ICANN-designated operator of the .PRO TLD, from Hostway Corporation Business Wire India

Gale Technologies Achieves Strong Sales and Product Momentum in 2011
Gale Technologies, a leading provider of infrastructure automation software solutions that power Infrastructure as a Service for labs, enterprises, and service providers, had a very successful 2011 with releases of multiple new products, new customers, and growing awards recognition Business Wire India

Warren Jenson Appointed to MarkMonitor Board of Directors
MarkMonitor®, the global leader in enterprise brand protection, announced today that Warren Jenson is joining its board of directors. Jenson has more than 25 years of experience guiding industry-leading companies through product and service expansion as well as globalization. Business Wire India

The Valence Group Advises Kennametal on Its Acquisition of Deloro Stellite
The Valence Group, a specialist M&A investment bank offering advisory services to companies and investors in the chemicals, materials and related sectors, has advised Kennametal (NYSE: KMT) on its proposed acquisition of Deloro Stellite Group from Duke Street Capital for approximately Euro 277 million Business Wire India

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