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Too much work doubles depression risk
People who work 11 or more hours a day are more than two times likely to go through major depression compared to those working seven to eight hours a day, a new study has warned. ANI

Women can never have it all, says Cherie Blair
Tony Blair's wife Cherie has revealed that she's never met a working mother "who didn't constantly feel that she wasn't doing either job very well." ANI

'Nuclear' Iran may be wild card in 2012 US prez election
Israel's possible military action against Iran's nuclear program will have a huge impact on the 2012 White House election, an assessment has said. ANI

Over one in six Americans view Republicans unfavorably
Washington's brutal political battles have taken a toll on Republicans. ANI

Karzai set to meet Taliban in Qatar to take Afghan peace process forward
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that he will personally attend a meeting with Taliban figures in Saudi Arabia, working around Western efforts to coordinate the peace process. ANI

Barack Obama leads Ron Paul in merchandise sales
Barack Obama has beaten Ron Paul in merchandise sales at the merchandise website CafePress, for the first time this election cycle. ANI

Michelle Obama reveals favourite snacks for 'low-key' Super Bowl
Michelle Obama has said that her family is planning to have a low-key Super Bowl this Sunday. ANI

Oz indigenous leader says anti-racism law only way to give succor to suffering victims
Australian indigenous leader Patrick Dodson has defended a proposal to outlaw racial discrimination in the constitution, insisting that many indigenous people still face intolerance and racism every day. ANI

Rudd 'needs to accept' he can't return as Oz PM: Federal Minister
Australian Minister Simon Crean has said that Kevin Rudd and his upporters must accept that he cannot become the prime minister again. ANI

Imran Khan vows to sweep Pak elections through "tsunami" much bigger than "leaderless Arab Spring"
Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has vowed to weep the polls through his "tsunami", which he thinks is "much bigger than the leaderless Arab pring". ANI

Will spy doctor who traced Bin Laden's hideout in Pak be charged with treason?
Uncertainty looms over whether a Pakistani doctor, who allegedly elped the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) gather information on former Al Qaeda chief sama bin Laden's hideout through a fake vaccination program, will be charged with treason. ANI

Majority of voters feel Obama 'understands Americans better than Romney, Gingrich do'
A majority of voters in the United States believe that President arack Obama understands the problems of an average American citizen better than other hite House hopefuls Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich do. ANI

US says Syrian President Assad 'will go'
The United States has said that the rule of Syrian President Bashar l-Assad is coming to an end, and added that 'he will go'. ANI

Seven Chinese officials detained over 'carcinogen' cadmium spill in river
Chinese authorities have detained seven chemical company officials after cadmium pollutants were detected in the Longjiang river in Guangxi region. ANI

HRW blasts govt. for letting 'law of its own' ISI remain beyond reach of Pak criminal justice system
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has expressed concern over a judicial inquiry of a commission into the killing of journalist Saleem Shahzad, indicating that it overlooked the alleged role of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the conspiracy. ANI

NATO attack that killed 24 Pak soldiers 'was unintentional': Munter
US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said the NATO attack on the Salala check post that killed 24 Pakistan soldiers was not deliberate, and assured that such incidents will never occur again in future. ANI

Mugabe 'plans to retire after next election, seeks immunity from prosecution'
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is planning to retire after his country's next elections and is seeking immunity from prosecution for a string of human rights abuses, it has emerged. ANI

UAE woman sets record of becoming first train attendant in Middle East
A 28- year old woman has become the first train attendant not only in the Untied Arab Emirates, but in the Middle East. ANI

Ex-Haiti dictator 'Baby Doc' Duvalier faces trial for corruption, not rights abuses
Haiti's former leader Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier will face trial for corruption and embezzlement charges, but not for widespread human rights abuses, a court has ruled. ANI

Newt Gingrich sued for using 'Eye of the Tiger' song at campaigns
Newt Gingrich has been asked by a music company to stop using its song 'Eye of the Tiger' for his campaigns and pay them damages for its improper use. ANI

Saudi Arabia beheads Pakistani drugs smuggler
Saudi Arabia has beheaded a Pakistani man who was arrested for trying to smuggle drugs into the kingdom, the interior ministry has said. ANI

Pak should redouble efforts to find journalist Shahzad's killers: HRW
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said the Pakistan government should redouble its efforts to find the killers of journalist Saleem Shahzad, following the failure of a judicial inquiry commission to identify the culprits. ANI

Prince Harry says Queen would be lost without hubby Prince Philip
Prince Harry has said that the Queen fulfils duties that "she shouldn't be doing at her age", and can only manage because she has Prince Philip by her side. ANI

US, Japan, South Korea's defense officials say 'North Korea leadership stable'
Senior defense officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan have said the current North Korean regime is 'stable' under its new leader Kim Jong-un. ANI

Pak SC orders spy agencies to produce missing prisoners
Pakistan's Supreme Court has directed chiefs of spy agencies to produce the seven missing prisoners, who were picked up outside the Adiala Jail after their release on February 9, 2010. ANI

White House denies Michelle Obama's $50k lingerie shopping claims
The White House has shot down reports that Michelle Obama spent 50, 000 dollars on a single visit to an Agent Provocateur store. ANI

Norway court convicts two for terror plot against Danish newspaper
Two Norwegians have been convicted for planning a terrorist attack against a Danish newspaper that had published caricatures of Prophet Muhammad. ANI

Pak-American businessman Ijaz seeks chief justice's assurance for safety in Islamabad
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, a key person in the Memo Gate scandal, has sought an assurance from Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry for his safety during his visit to the country. ANI

Obama defends drone strikes in Pakistan
US President Barack Obama has defended the need for drone strikes to eliminate suspected militants in Pakistan's tribal areas. ANI

Court upholds conviction of student in Palin e-mail hack
A federal appeals court has rejected a former University of Tennessee college student's appeal against being convicted for hacking former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account during the 2008 campaign. ANI

'Pak military initiated brutal operation in Bugti areas of Balochistan'
Pakistan's military has reportedly started a brutal operation in the Bugti areas of Balochistan. ANI

Balochistan lawmaker's Bakhtiar's wife, daughter, driver assassinated
The wife, daughter, and driver of Balochistan lawmaker, Sahibzada Bakhtiar Domki, have been assasinated near the Gizri Bridge in Karachi. ANI

Afghan woman killed by husband, mother-in-law for giving birth to third girl
A 22-year old woman in Afghanistan has been strangled to death by her husband and mother-in-law for giving birth to a baby girl. ANI

Syrian opposition figure says Assad, family 'will be killed like Gaddafi'
Syrian President Bashar al Assad and his family will meet a bloody end like former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi', as his regime falls from power, a leading member of the opposition movement has warned. ANI

Assad's UK-born wife, children 'stopped by rebel forces from trying to flee Syria'
Syrian President Bashar Assad's British-born wife Asma, and children have reportedly been stopped by rebel forces trying to flee the country with the help of the nation's security forces. ANI

Haqqani finally jets out of Pak after SC lifts travel ban over memo issue
Former Pakistan Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani has finally taken off for Abu Dhabi, after the Supreme Court lifted the travel ban imposed on him over the Memo Gate scandal. ANI

US 'gratified' over lifting of Haqqani's travel curbs
The United States has expressed its 'gratification' at the Pakistan government's decision of lifting the travel curbs imposed on Islamabad's former ambassador to Washington Husain Haqqani, following the Memo Gate controversy. ANI

Pak pro-government militia leader Akhonzada killed in bomb attack in Peshawar
Leading pro-Pakistan government militia leader Haji Akhonzada has been killed in a bomb blast in Peshawar, officials have confirmed. ANI

Regus Opens Doors for Business in Madagascar
Global workspace provider Regus has opened its first business centre in Madagascar, its 95th country. The centre will help businesses of all sizes to access new revenues in the region whilst keeping down the costs of expansion. Business Wire India

Cambrios Technologies Enters Strategic Growth Phase with New CEO, John LeMoncheck, and New Funding from Samsung Venture Investment Corporation
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Physio-Control Completes Sale to Bain Capital
Physio-Control, the world’s leading provider of emergency medical response technology for use in the intervention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest and other medical emergencies, today announced the completion of the sale of the company to an affiliate of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm Business Wire India

Belgium to Feature a New Automated Voting by Smartmatic in 10-Year Contract
Belgium's FPS Interior has chosen Smartmatic as the technology provider to supply –for 10 years- its innovative automated election system, starting with the local elections that will take place in October, 2012. Business Wire India

Asia Pulp & Paper Partners with Science Community to Help Solve Clean Water Shortages in Indonesia
Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) today announced its partnership with the Man and Biosphere Programme (MAB) Indonesia - LIPI on a major community based water treatment project in the heart of Sumatra that may potentially provide clean and safe water to millions of people in Indonesia. Business Wire India

FlexTrade Connects to Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX)
FlexTrade Systems, a global leader in broker-neutral multi-asset algorithmic trading systems, today announced it has become an approved Independent Software Vendor (ISV) with the Dubai, Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX). Business Wire India

Host Borough School Children Get Set to Perform in London 2012 Ceremonies
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MWH Contributes $50,000 USD to Help Bring Solar Lighting to Rural India
MWH Global, a sustainable engineering company, today announced a $50,000 USD donation to The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), an India-based, non-profit research organization focused on finding solutions for critical energy, environmental and sustainable development issues Business Wire India

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