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Terrorist complains about not being allowed to use Skype within jail premises
Bangladeshi terrorist Rajib Karim has filed an official complaint for not being able to use Skype so that he can make low cost calls to contact his family within the jail premise. ANI

Wills-Kate '2012's most desired couple for sex tape'
Prince William and his wife Kate have been named by Vivid Entertainment as the hottest couple whose sex tape they would like to sell. ANI

Queens' jewels to go on display for diamond jubilee celebrations
Buckingham Palace is set to display Queen's personal jewels to mark her Diamond Jubilee (60 years on the throne). ANI

Female MPs judged on looks, says Louise Mensch
Louise Mensch, a Conservative Party politician, has claimed that female politicians are promoted on the basis of their looks. ANI

Pantomime under fire for naming ugly stepsisters as Beatrice and Eugenie
A pantomime in England has earned disapproval for featuring two ugly sisters in Cinderella called Beatrice and Eugenie. ANI

Rumors swirl that Mubarak may walk free
After a delay of around two months, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak returned to court in Cairo for his trial and according to rumors flowing in the media, the 83 year old might be acquitted of the charges. ANI

Iraq war death toll at 162,000 since 2003 US-led invasion
About 162,000 people, almost 80 per cent of them civilians, have been killed in Iraq from the start of the 2003 US-led invasion up to withdrawal of American forces in 2011, a British NGO has said. ANI

Vinyl album sales soar as CDs fall in UK
Sales of vinyl albums in the UK rose by 40 per cent in 2011, despite a fall in CD sales and an overall decline in the music market, official figures have shown. ANI

29 honour killing cases filed in Pak in October 2011: Report
Twenty-nine cases of honour killings were reported across Pakistan in October 2011, a new report has said. ANI

Arab League chief Elaraby admits monitors failed to halt Syrian killings
Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby has admitted for the first time that monitors have failed to restrain the Syrian security forces from killing unarmed protesters. ANI

Shashi Tharoor calls for peaceful Indo-Pak ties upon arrival in Lahore
Indian Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor has said both India and Pakistan should maintain peaceful ties. ANI

Kevins and Mandys have worse chances of finding love online
People with 'unattractive names' like Mandy, Justin, Chantal or Kevin do not score well when it comes to finding online love as these names are all associated with troublemaking, a new study has revealed. ANI

Missing Chinese dissident lawyer Gao Zhisheng held in remote prison
China has jailed a prominent dissident lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, who was missing for 20 months, in the remote western region of Xinjiang. ANI

'Redefined Pak-US ties to be very formal, business like with no more free run of past'
Pakistan and the United States are considering lowering their expectations of working together and remain in limited contact, which can be described as the biggest change in the decade-old ties since the 9/11 terror attacks. ANI

Sharif says Pak would have prospered had Zardari accepted his Charter of Democracy
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan would have been a prosperous country had President Asif Ali Zardari accepted to implement the former's agenda for the Charter of Democracy. ANI

Workers in Zimbabwe accuse Chinese firm of physical punishments, meagre pay
A Chinese contractor and his managers have been accused of meting out physical punishments, miserable conditions and meagre pay to workers involved in building of Zimbabwe's national defence college. ANI

Imran Khan says his party not to allow corrupt people to contest Pak elections
Pakistan Tehrik- e -Insaaf Chariperson Imran Khan has said his party is probing the assets of all its members to ensure that corrupt people do not contest Pakistan's elections. ANI

Nawaz Sharif calls on Pak Govt to announce early elections to ensure democracy
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has called on the Pakistan government to declare fresh elections soon to maintain a democratic set-up in the country. ANI

Israeli minister says Assad has 'few weeks left to remain in control in Syria'
Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak has said that embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is running out of time, and with demonstrations growing throughout the country he has just 'a few weeks' left before he is toppled'. ANI

Commissions on French arms to Pak, Saudi Arabia haunts Sarkozy
A two-decades-old financial scandal threatens to engulf the former French Prime Minister Edouard Balladur and can derail re-election campaign of his former lieutenant and present president, Nicolas Sarkozy. ANI

Hackers publish emails, passwords of 860,000 Stratfor clients
Notorious Internet hacking group Anonymous, that stole thousands of credit card numbers from an American security firm Stratfor, have now published the email addresses of over 860,000 of its clients. ANI

Steve Jobs immortalized as '12-inch action figure'
Just three months after his death, former Apple's visionary co-founder Steve Jobs has been immortalised as an action figure by a pair of toy companies. ANI

'Sherry Rehman's task to lift US-Pak ties from all time low will be difficult'
With the Pak-US ties at an all time low following the deadly November 26 NATO airstrike on the Pak- Afghan border, Pakistan's new ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman's task to improve ties will be difficult, and will likely restrict her working space, diplomatic sources have said. ANI

Sharjah gifts land for Hindu-Sikh crematorium
Dr. Sheikh Sultan III bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, ruler of conservative Sharjah emirate in United Arab Emirates (UAE), has reportedly gifted about 10 acres of land for a new crematorium for Hindus and Sikhs. ANI

Iran yet to issue verdict on alleged CIA spy after completion of trial
The trial of an American-Iranian man accused of being a CIA spy has ended and he is awaiting the verdict. ANI

Humble people likelier to help others
Humble people are more likely to offer time to someone in need than arrogant people are, researchers say. ANI

'Body' washed up ashore turns out to be ET replica
A coastguard found a life-size replica of 'ET' when he was following up on a report that a 'body' had washed up on shore. ANI

'Brutally tortured, beaten' Afghan child bride was sent back to in-laws by local authorities
A 15-year-old Afghan girl, who was brutally tortured, beaten and locked in a toilet by her in-laws for five months after she refused to become a prostitute, attempted to escape from her attackers, but was sent back home by local authorities, it has been revealed. ANI

'Illegal Mosque' demolition sparks mass unrest in China
Hundreds of Muslim villagers in China fought with riot police who tore down a mosque declaring it an 'illegal religious place'. ANI

Bangladesh approves 10-years-jail sentence for making, selling pornography
The Bangladeshi government has approved an anti-pornography law that includes a maximum ten-year jail sentence for making or selling any kind of pornographic material using children. ANI

Lunar orbiter captures huge crater on moon
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured shots of a massive Aristarchus crater on moon, which is even visible to the n*ked eye. ANI

Molotov cocktails hurled at Hindu temple, Mosque, bodega in New York
New York authorities are investigating attacks at three locations in the city, in which molotov cocktails were hurled at a Hindu Temple, a mosque with 100 people inside and a bodega. ANI

Pak Bar Council backs Asma in calling SC probe into Memo scandal 'unjustified'
The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has backed Asma Jahangir's view on the court's judgement in the Memo Gate scandal and added that the superior judiciary cannot play the role of an investigator in any issue. ANI

'Psycho' Briton charged with Anuj Bidve's murder refused to stand in dock in court
A 20-year-old Briton charged with the murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve called himself a 'psycho' during a court appearance, and refused to stand in the dock. ANI

The Gores Group Signs Agreement to Acquire the Hay Group
The Gores Group, a leading Los Angeles-based private equity firm, announced that through an affiliate it has signed an agreement to acquire The Hay Group, one of the leading European manufacturers of high precision forged and machined components for engines, gearboxes and axles for the automotive, commercial vehicle and bearing industries Business Wire India

Connected TVs and Smartphones Providing Polar Opposite Challenges for CDNs
In the next five years CDNs are not only going to be faced with the challenge of delivering increasingly large volumes of OTT video. In 2011 Informa expects OTT video will account for 32.6 Exabytes (EB) of network traffic over fixed line broadband in Asia alone, and forecasts this traffic to grow by over 200% by the end of 2015 Business Wire India

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