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Japan working to develop Virus assassin squad
Japan is set to build a self-replicating Virus assassin squad, which is nothing but a computer virus and when set in the network can track down and kill other viruses. ANI

Pakistan witnessed 2,985 violent incidents in 2011
Pakistan witnessed a total of 2,985 violent incidents, including terrorist attacks, security forces operations, ethno-political violence, inter-tribal clashes, drone attacks, and cross-border attacks, in 2011, a report has revealed. ANI

Husain Haqqani fears he 'would be killed if he leaves Gilani's official residence'
Pakistan's former ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, has said he feared he would be killed if he leaves his sanctuary in the official residence of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. ANI

Pippa and Harry planning wild birthday party for Duchess Kate
Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton are reportedly planning to throw the Duchess of Cambridge a wild and raucous 30th birthday party. ANI

Roman brothel token used to pay for sex found in Thames
An amateur archaeologist has unearthed a Roman coin that was probably used by soldiers to pay for sex in brothels, on the banks of the River Thames. ANI

Key Stephen Lawrence Inquiry member says UK police still blighted by racism
The British police still remains 'institutionally racist', and their tactics remained biased against the black population, a member of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry panel has claimed. ANI

Murder trial of Stephen Lawrence exposes deep rooted racism in Britain
The murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 and his family getting justice after a long wait of 18 years, has once again exposed the presence of racist elements in the British society. ANI

Taliban openly conveys desire to conduct talks with US
The Taliban for the first time ever has expressed their interest in finding the middle ground with the United States on Tuesday. However they haven't mentioned any role for the Afghan government during the negotiations. ANI

Romney edges out Santorum in historically close Iowa caucuses
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney scored a narrow win in the Iowa caucuses, edging out former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum by just eight votes. ANI

US hopeful Pakistan will reopen Nato supply routes
The United States continues military dialogue with Pakistan despite recent serious setbacks, because the US-Pakistani relationship is very important, Pentagon spokesman George Little has said. ANI

US 'would not be deterred by Iranian warning against navy carrier in Persian Gulf'
The United States would not be deterred by Iran's blunt warning to keep an American carrier out of the Persian Gulf, a senior military official has said. ANI

Canadian man enters US by showing iPad image of passport
A Canadian man who forgot his passport managed to enter the United States using a copy of the document he had scanned on to his Apple iPad. ANI

Fake account of Murdoch's wife Wendi fools Twitter verification process
A Twitter account, set up in the name of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's wife Wendi Deng, has turned out to be fake, despite being officially verified as genuine by the micro blogging site. ANI

Barack Obama joins photo-sharing site
Barack Obama expanded his social media presence and joined the photo-sharing website Instagram. ANI

Zed greets Punjabis worldwide on Lohri
Distinguished Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed has sent early greetings to Punjabi communities world over for upcoming Lohri. ANI

Now, 'virtual sky' to recreate outside lightning conditions for office workers
A German company has come up with a dynamic luminous ceiling system for offices that can make workers feel as though they are working under the open sky. ANI

Secret dialogue with Pak security agencies-TTP enters decisive phase
The secret dialogue between Pakistan's security agencies and the local Taliban has entered a decisive phase, and both sides are hopeful that their negotiations will restore peace in the country's lawless tribal lands. ANI

'Impossible' crystals came to earth from space
Quasicrystals, which were once thought to be 'impossible' in nature, may have arrived on earth from space, a new study has revealed. ANI

Powerful people perceive themselves to be taller
The more powerful people are, the taller they think are, a new study has found. ANI

China reduces TV entertainment shows by 69 percent amid tough government restrictions
China's state-run TV broadcasters have slashed over two-thirds of prime-time entertainment programs to comply with tough new government restrictions. ANI

US says Pak-Iran gas pipeline will violate financial deal restrictions on Tehran
The United States said has said that a gas pipeline project, which Pakistan was negotiating with Iran could violate US restrictions on major financial deals with Tehran. ANI

PPP leader calls Nawaz, Imran 'two sides of same coin'
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's adviser Naveed Chaudhry has called Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) head Imran Khan 'two sides of the same coin'. ANI

Ex- colonel in Gaddafi's military becomes Libyan army's new chief of staff
A former colonel in slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi's military has been appointed as the new chief of staff of the Libyan army, the country's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) members have said. ANI

Iran threatens to close border with Pak over arrest of security personnel
Iran has reportedly threatened that it would close its border with Pakistan for a prolonged period. ANI

Older women more sexually satisfied
A woman's sexual satisfaction increases with age despite low sexual desire, a new study has revealed. ANI

Ex- Iranian President Rafsanjani's daughter jailed over anti-regime propaganda
The daughter of the former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been sentenced to six months in prison for "spreading propaganda against the country's ruling system". ANI

Fake tweet says Fidel Castro dead
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro is dead, claimed an unverified rumor that spread like a forest fire throughout micro blogging site Twitter on Monday. ANI

Hindus upset at Russell-Katy divorce
English actor-comedian Russell Brand and American musician Katy Perry, who reportedly underwent elaborate Hindu wedding ceremony in October 2010 in Rajasthan (India), are reportedly divorcing and Hindus are upset. ANI

Covidien plc to Report First-Quarter Results on January 26, 2012
Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) will report first-quarter results on January 26, 2012, before trading begins. The Company will hold a conference call for investors at 8:30 a.m. ET. The call can be accessed in the following ways: Business Wire India

SkyCross Names Brian Hurst as Vice President, Worldwide Sales
SkyCross, a global antenna and radio-frequency (RF) solutions company and industry leader in advanced tunable antenna technology for 4G mobile devices, today announced the appointment of Brian Hurst as vice president of worldwide sales Business Wire India

Jérôme Ronze Appointed Chief Financial Officer of Oberthur Technologies
Jérôme Ronze has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Oberthur Technologies by Xavier Drilhon, CEO. Jérôme will be in charge of all finance, legal, tax and insurance matters. He will also be a member of the Executive Committee. Business Wire India

Welch Allyn President & CEO Announces Intention to Retire
Welch Allyn, a leading manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, announced today that Julie Shimer, president & CEO of the company for the past five years, has announced her intention to retire at the end of this year. Business Wire India

AGI World and Shorewood Packaging complete merger, creating global leader in specialty packaging solutions
Atlas Holdings LLC today announced the closing of its agreement with International Paper to combine their consumer-packaging solutions businesses Business Wire India

Quintiles Forms Digital Patient Unit
Quintiles today announced the formation of its new Digital Patient unit, which, for the first time, brings together the company’s online communities and digital expertise to directly engage patients. Business Wire India

Corning Secures New Long-Term Diesel Supply Agreements
Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today that it has entered into new long-term supply agreements with industry-leading, heavy-duty diesel engine, truck, construction, and agricultural equipment manufacturers Business Wire India

Printronix Offers Direct Support for InfoPrint Industrial Solutions Products
Printronix, Inc., the worldwide leader in business-critical printing solutions, today announced it is offering their comprehensive range of printers, consumables, services and support to meet the continuing customer needs for InfoPrint Industrial products effective immediately Business Wire India

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