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Queen's Diamond Jubilee 'will be better than Olympics': London Mayor
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has vowed that the centrepiece Thames river pageant Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend be "more exciting than the Olympics" ANI

Bangladesh Army claims foiling coup planned by 'fanatic military officers'
The Bangladesh Army has claimed that it has foiled a coup planned against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government. ANI

US Army burns off 90 percent of largest stockpile of chemical weapons in Utah
The U.S. Army has destroyed about 90 percent of its chemical weapons in Utah, a region housing the country's largest stockpile of weapons. ANI

Co-CEOs battle for sole control of 'Archie' comic empire
In a recent legal filing, Jonathan Goldwater has criticized his Archie Comics' co-CEO, Nancy Silberkleit, of running the company into ground. ANI

Gingrich campaign reacts to ex-wife's TV interview
Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich 's campaign has released a letter from his daughters to ABC News executives seeking to blunt the perceived damage from an interview the network reportedly plans to air with the former House speaker's ex-wife. ANI

Virginia Congressman Cantor most powerful in Washington
GQ has released its "50 most powerful people in Washington" list on Wednesday, and the winner is House Majority Leader Eric Cantor - dubbed by the magazine as "The Republican whom Democrats - especially Obama - hate most." ANI

Sharp divide on how to judge Obama
Three years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is drawing mixed reviews from Americans, who continue worry about the state of the economy and feel pessimistic about the direction of the country. ANI

CIA failed to strike deal with two Taliban factions to target outfit's chief
The Central Intelligence Agency has reportedly failed to negotiate with two powerful Taliban factions to wipe out group chief Hakimullah Mehsud, before resuming drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region. ANI

GOP poll: Romney leads Obama in 5 of 6 swing states
Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney currently leads President Barack Obama by competitive margins in five general election swing states, according to private polling conducted for the Idaho-based GOP firm GS Strategy Group and shared with POLITICO. ANI

Iraq leaders seeking Prime Minister Maliki's exit
Iraq's political crisis has escalated with two groups within the government's ruling coalition meeting to discuss the possibility of ousting Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. ANI

US Second Lady Jill Biden pens kids' book to honour military families
The wife of US Vice President Joe Biden, Jill has written a children's book to honour soldiers and their families. ANI

Iran makes offer to restart nuclear program talks
Iran has reportedly expressed readiness to return to negotiations over its nuclear program. ANI

Israel's decision to strike Iran still 'far off', says defence minister
Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak has said that his country's decision to strike Iran's nuclear facilities is still "very far off". ANI

Capsized Italian cruise ship captain's home town comes forward to support him
Local residents from Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia captain's home town have come forward to support him, and have said that he has been 'unfairly vilified'. ANI

US cancer society blogger apologizes for 'callous' comment on Bald Barbie
A blogger who wrote that the Bald Barbie movement could "do more harm than good for kids and parents" has apologized after catching the wrath of the nearly 130,000 people who have joined a social media campaign urging Mattel to make a bald Barbie. ANI

Taliban commanders endorse talks with US
Taliban field commanders in several volatile Afghan provinces have said in interviews that they are largely supportive of their leadership's decision to open talks with the United States, but cautioned that some of their fellow militants might reject any peace deal. ANI

China to launch 21 rockets, 30 satellites in 2012
China will launch 21 rockets and 30 satellites into space in 2012, as a part of its space program. ANI

Meet the fortune teller who predicts future using asparagus
A fortune teller, who has made dozens of accurate predictions in recent years including the demise of Gordon Brown, has revealed tips for 2012, using asparagus. ANI

Judge questions how Pak man was allowed 16 applications to stay in UK
A senior judge has condemned the immigration 'merry-go-round' that allowed a Pakistani asylum seeker to stay in Britain for a decade. ANI

Shift in Independent vote could be a hurdle for Obama: Poll
The latest New York Times/CBS News poll suggests that U.S. President Barack Obama could face some hurdles in his bid for re-election due to a shift in Independent vote patterns. ANI

Legal case against Gilani related to contempt rather than Zardari's immunity: Lawyer
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's lawyer, Aitzaz Ahsan has said that the ongoing case was concerned with whether his client had committed contempt of court by not writing a letter to the Swiss authorities seeking to re-open a money-laundering case against President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

Panetta unveils measures to curb sexual assaults in US military
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has outlined new measure designed to try to curb sexual assaults in the military, while describing the issue as a stain on the honor of the nation's armed forces. ANI

China to extend regulation requiring real name registration on Internet blogs
China is planning to compel more Internet bloggers to register with their real names, by extending pilot regulation beyond five cities. ANI

Travel guide names New York's JFK as world's worst airport terminal
A travel website has included New York's John F. Kennedy Airport as one of the ten worst airport terminals in the world. ANI

Gilani says recent Indo-Pak talks have reduced trust deficit
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that recent meetings between Pakistan and India have helped reduce the trust deficit between the two sides. ANI

Prosecutor dropped Strauss-Kahn hotel maid rape case due to doubts over 'what transpired between them'
A prosecutor who charged International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn with sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid, has said he dropped the case because he was not sure what transpired between the two. ANI

Workers at risk from toxic PFCs in office air
Indoor air in offices is an important source of worker exposure to potentially toxic substances released by carpeting, furniture, paint and other items, a new study has revealed. ANI

Brit office workers now spend only 15 mins for lunch
Office workers in Britain now hardly have time for lunch, with most of them only managing a 15-minute snack break, a new survey has revealed. ANI

'The King's Speech' credited for rebirth of traditional elocution classes
Colin Firth's 'The King's Speech' has been cited as one of the main reasons for resurgence in traditional elocution lessons, a new study has revealed. ANI

Romney's main backer tells him to release tax returns 'sooner rather than later'
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, one of Mitt Romney's main backers, has asked the Republican presidential candidate to release his tax returns without any delay. ANI

Krishna hands over Galle-Hikkaduwa Railway section to Sri Lanka (Update)
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday handed over to Sri Lanka the Galle-Hikkaduwa segment of the Southern Railway project built with Indian assistance. ANI

Why workaholism is good for you
Workaholism, which is usually considered as a negative addiction, may actually be good as it can lead to lead to positive outcomes for individuals, business and society, researchers say. ANI

Racism in Australia is still prevalent
World-renowned neurosurgeon, Dr Charlie Teo has said that racism is still practiced on a wide scale in Australia. ANI

Musharraf to be arrested upon return to Pak: Malik
The Pakistan Government will arrest former military ruler Pervez Musharraf if he returned to the country at the end of the month, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

Musharraf puts off return to Pak amidst political turmoil
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has reportedly decided to not to return to the country yet amid political turmoil. ANI

Russia slams new US envoy over meeting with opposition figures
Authorities in Russia have objected to America's new ambassador meeting with opposition figures on the second day of his work at the US embassy here. ANI

Capsized Italian cruise ship captain admits 'turning liner too late'
The captain of luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia that ran aground off the Italian coast last week, has admitted that he made a navigational mistake slamming the cruise liner onto the rocks. ANI

Chinese premier says keeping Strait of Hormuz open 'is in world's interest'
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has stressed the importance of keeping the Strait of Hormuz open, following threats by Iran to block the world's most important oil shipping lane if the West continues to impose sanctions. ANI

Porn industry threatens to leave LA if city agrees to condom use
Los Angeles p*rn vendors have threatened to leave the nation's p*rn capital if authorities carry through with their effort of condom use on adult film sets. ANI

UK PM attacked over MP 'dinosaur' jibe
Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused of ageism after branding a veteran Labour MP a "dinosaur". ANI

Malaysian Chinese body chief claims Indians disrespected by political coalition Pakatan
The vice-president of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung has claimed that the Pakatan Rakyat political coalition doesn't respect Indians. ANI

Obama's first 2012 ad to defend energy record on Solyndra
The Obama Campaign will begin to air its first television advertisement on Thursday, a campaign official told Fox News. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's wife Anne Sinclair to head French Huffington Post
Anne Sinclair, the wife of shamed former International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been named as the editor of the French version of the Huffington Post. ANI

India expands educational assistance to Sri Lanka students by three fold
Taking developmental assistance to Sri Lanka to a new level, India announced a substantial expansion in scholarships to Sri Lankan students on Thursday. Indian educational grant funding to Lankan students would increase three-fold to 2.5 billion Sri Lankan rupees. ANI

India hands over Galle-Hikkaduwa Railway section to Lanka
India on Thursday formally handed over the completed section of the Galle-Hikkaduwa Railway track in southern Sri Lanka to Colombo. ANI

Hitler's secret Poland fortress to be turned into major tourist attraction
Adolf Hitler's secret fortress 'Wolf Lair', located deep in the heart of a forest in north-eastern Poland, is to be turned into a major tourist attraction. ANI

Ijaz yet to obtain Pak visa for attending Memo Gate probe in Pak: Malik
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz has not been granted a visa to return to the country for attending the Memo Gate probe. ANI

Pak envoy Sherry Rehman presents credentials to Obama
United States President Barack Obama has formally accepted Sherry Rehman's credentials as Pakistan's new ambassador to the United States. ANI

'Pak govt not to extend ISI chief's tenure'
The Pakistan G has said it would not give an extension to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha. ANI

Imran Khan to attend 'banned' JuD's Difa-e-Pakistan convention
Banned terror organization Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) has said that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan has confirmed his presence at the January 29 Difa-e-Pakistan gathering. ANI

Pak Taliban admit killing VOA reporter 'for not conveying outfit's viewpoint'
The Pakistan Taliban has admitted to killing a journalist, who was praying at a mosque near Peshawar on January 17. ANI

Titanic theme tune played onboard as Costa Concordia began to sink
The theme tune from the film Titanic was playing onboard as the luxury Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia struck rocks and started to keel over, it has emerged. ANI

US navy rescues Iranian fishermen for third time in a month
The US Navy has come to the rescue of distressed Iranian fishermen for the third time this month at a time of increasing tension between the two countries. ANI

Man charged over brutal murder of Indian origin couple in UK
A 37-year-old man has been charged with the murders of an Indian-origin couple in Birmingham. ANI

Boss or company may be behind unhappiness at workplace
An over controlling boss or lack of organizational support may hamper employees' well-being at work as it frustrates a worker's basic needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness, a new study has suggested. he way we feel, or our well-being, can account for more than a quarter of the differences observed in individuals' performance at work ANI

SES: First Disaster Communications Terminals Deployed in South Sudan
SES S.A. (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) and its partners in announce that the communication service has been successfully deployed in full operational field service for the first time. emergency Business Wire India

NRI Acquires Anshin Software
Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (NRI) [TOKYO:4307], a leading provider of consulting services and system solutions, today announced the acquisition of Anshin Software Pvt. Ltd (Anshinsoft), an IT consulting and software development company based in India. The company capitalized at 5.7 million INR (about $113,000 USD) Business Wire India

Hennessy Industries Announces Partnership with Hockman-Lewis, Ltd.
Hennessy Industries has partnered with Hockman-Lewis, Ltd., one of the world’s foremost international export management companies, to manage the sales and marketing of the renowned COATS, AMMCO and BADA brands throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim Business Wire India

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Launches International Water Summit
Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has launched the International Water Summit to be held alongside the World Future Energy Summit in January 2013. Business Wire India

Syncada Network Processed a Record $21 Billion in 2011
Syncada from Visa announced that its global financial supply chain network processed more than $21 billion in payments during 2011, a substantial increase from 2010 and a record in annual payments for the company. Business Wire India

Quintiles Joins World-Leading Oncology Experts in Forming New Biomarker Research and Development Company
Continuing its commitment to advancing personalized medicine by offering world-leading experts and cutting-edge tools, Quintiles has announced that it has invested in a new company formed to provide oncology consulting services and new cancer biomarkers, the key to scientific selection of the right drug for the right patient. Business Wire India

Wipro Technologies Partners with Vendornet to Provide Retailers Next Gen Omni-Channel Retail Capabilities
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