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More sexual assault on women at work in China
Women activists at a seminar in Beijing claimed that more and more Chinese women are receiving counseling for sexual harassment at their workplace nowadays but only few of them are turning up in court. ANI

Dmitry Medvedev invites Brit rock band Smokie to Kremlin Dinner
Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has invited British rock band Smokie to play at a Kremlin dinner. ANI

Duchess of Cambridge to be patron of four charities
The Duchess of Cambridge has announced the charity picks she would be working with, four as patroness and one as a volunteer, giving hands-on help. ANI

Iran stirring anti American sentiments in Afghanistan ahead of troop pullout
Iran is trying its best to spread anti American feelings in Afghanistan due to the fear of the US troops staying in Afghanistan beyond 2014. ANI

Pak should hit 'demoralised' Taliban instead of relying on peace talks: Editorial
The Pakistan government should speed up its operations of combating the Taliban immediately rather than relying on peace talks, an editorial in a Pakistan daily has suggested. ANI

Pak army's militant rehabilitation programme hits roadblock due to lack of funds: Report
A Pakistan army initiative aimed at rehabilitating lower-cadre militants seems to have hit a roadblock due to financial constraints, a new report has said. ANI

Pak Taliban denies rumoured move to end violence in country
The Taliban spokesperson in Pakistan, Ensaullah Ehsan, has denied that his wing has joined the Haqqani network in a council to resolve infighting and end violence against Pakistani citizens. ANI

US drone strikes in Pak declined by 50% in 2011 as compared to 2010
Drone strikes in Pakistan have dropped by almost 50 percent from 118 in 2010 to 67 in 2011, a new analysis by the Express Tribune has shown. ANI

US yet to decide on release of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to facilitate Taliban talks
The United States has said it has yet not taken a decision to release prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay prison to facilitate peace talks with the Taliban. ANI

Big Brother technology tracking shoppers' mobile phones sparks privacy row in UK
The use of "Big Brother" technology, which allows tracking customers using their mobile phone signals in Britain's shopping centers, has raised privacy concerns and has angered most of the people in the country. ANI

Fake 'Wendi Deng' user says 'Twitter never contacted him before verifying account'
The verification process of micro blogging website Twitter has come under fire after a user who created the fake account in the name of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's wife Wendi Deng, claimed that it was marked 'verified' without him being contacted. ANI

Extremist views gaining ground in Libya: Report
Extremist views are gaining ground in Libya after change of regime and a new report suggests a key figure emerging in the north African country formerly tied to al Qaeda has not changed his stripes. ANI

Obama 'most ridiculed in late-night TV shows in 2011'
Barack Obama was the top target for late-night humour in 2011 with 342 jokes made at his expense, a new study has revealed. ANI

US admits error, posts new India, Pak maps online after Jammu and Kashmir row
The US State Department has admitted to an error in depicting Jammu and Kashmir on its online maps and has posted revised ones. ANI

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar confirms peace talks with US
Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar has confirmed that peace talks are on with the United States. ANI

Romney vows to 'influence' Pak to advance US' interests
Republican White House contender Mitt Romney has vowed to explore ways to "influence" Pakistan to advance US interests. ANI

Pak parliamentary body finalizes 'new terms of engagement with US'
Pakistan's Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) has finalized its recommendations regarding 'new terms of engagement' with the United States' after the deadly November 26 airstrike. ANI

Psychiatrists say Norwegian mass killer Breivik 'is not psychotic'
Prison psychiatrists monitoring Norwegian mass killer, Anders Behring Breivik, have ruled he is not psychotic and has not been put on medication. ANI

Ex-NOTW editor joining NY Daily News could spark another New York newspaper war
Colin Myler, the former editor of the now-defunct British tabloid News of the World has been made editor-in-chief of The New York Daily News. ANI

Technology merges best parts of celebs to get world's 'ultimate celebrity'
Technology has merged the best parts of some of the world's most beautiful celebrities to show what the world's ultimate head turner would look like. ANI

Family of alleged CIA spy fear worst over Iran 'not giving him fair trial'
The family of an American man detained in Iran said that he could soon face the death penalty on alleged charges of spying for the CIA, and that the Iranian government has not given him a fair trial. ANI

North Korea slams Japan 'for lack of respect over Kim Jong Il's death'
North Korea has slammed Japan for a what it calls 'a lack of respect' over the death of the nation's long-term ruler Kim Jong Il. ANI

Musharraf's party moves court seeking permission to hold Jan 8 rally in Karachi
Former Pakistan President Parvez Musharraf's party, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) has filed a petition in the High Court of Sindh (SHC) seeking permission to stage the January 8 rally at the Shahrae Quaideen area in Karachi. ANI

Sarabjeet Singh's lawyer says 'bright prospects' exist of his release
Convicted Indian spy Sarabjeet Singh's lawyer Awais Sheikh has said that he anticipates his client's release in the wake of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari paying attention to the fresh mercy petition. ANI

Can Veena Malik help secure Sarabjeet Singh's release?
Veteran Indian actor Raza Murad has sought Pakistan's counterpart Veena Malik's help in securing the release of Sarabjeet Singh, who has been lodged in Pakistani jails for over 20 years. ANI

Teenager brandishes pellet gun, Texas cops shoots him down
An eight grader was shot to death by the Brownsville Police cops after he refused to put down his pellet gun which was pointed towards them. ANI

Magnetically-levitated flies may help in space missions
A team of scientists has found that simulating weightlessness in fruit flies here on earth with the use of powerful magnets causes flies to walk more quickly - the same effect observed during similar experiments on the International Space Station. ANI

Why 'disgruntled' employees succumb to abusive treatment at work
Employees are often unable to cope with stress of abusive treatment at work, as they tend to keep mum and avoid confronting their boss about their obnoxious conduct, a new study has revealed. ANI

Astronomers still have a long way to go to reach out to stars
Interstellar travel is studded with colossal challenges and a one-way trip would take 80,000 years to travel the four light-years to the star system nearest our Sun, Alpha Centauri, according to a US researcher. ANI

Saleh cancels US trip for medical treatment because of escalating turmoil in Yemen
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has cancelled his plan to travel to the United States for medical treatment because of escalating turmoil at home, a senior official from the ruling party has said. ANI

US says good counterterrorism relationship with Pak in both nations' interests
US Bureau of Counter- terrorism head Ambassador Daniel Banjamin has stressed the need for maintaining good counter-terrorism ties with Pakistan. ANI

Taliban kills all 15 abducted Pak Frontier Corps personnel
All the 15 Pakistan security personnel who were kidnapped by the Taliban from northwest Tank district in December 2011 have been killed, a Pakistan Taliban spokesperson has confirmed. ANI

Afghan police struggling to find 'tortured' Afghan girl's husband after arresting father-in-law
The Afghanistan police has arrested the father-in-law of the teenage girl who was tortured, beaten and locked in a toilet for five months after she refused to become a prostitute, but is still looking for her husband. ANI

Bangladeshi man given jail term for 'wishing PM Sheikh Hasina's death' on Facebook
A Bangladeshi university lecturer has been sentenced to six months in jail after he posted a Facebook status wishing for the death of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. ANI

Khar says Pak committed to sustained, constructive talks with India
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has stressed that her country is committed to sustained and constructive talks with India. ANI

Bachmann drops out of US presidential race after rout in Iowa caucus
Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann has announced that she is dropping out of the race after a poor finish in the Iowa caucuses. ANI

Pak Chief Justice says days of martial law in country now history
Pakistan's Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said the Supreme Court had blocked the way for establishing military courts through its judicial orders, and added that only the constitutional system would function in the country. ANI

Indian-origin police constable in UK accused of 'using database to target women for sex'
An Indian-origin police constable in Britain has been accused of misusing his force's database to target vulnerable women for sex while on duty. ANI

500 'unpaid' Indian workers stage protest in Oman
Nearly 500 Indian workers protested in Oman demanding action against their company for not paying them for working overtime and deducting random amounts from their salary every month. ANI

Ramco Systems Wins Order from Ornge
Ramco Systems, the Global Aviation Maintenance & Engineering (M&E) and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) software provider, announced today its agreement with Ornge Issuer Trust, of which Ornge is the beneficiary, for Ramco’s Series 5 Aviation M&E software Business Wire India

GIA Launches 4Cs iPad App in Simplified Chinese
GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has announced that its 4Cs iPad application (app) for consumers and retailers is now available in Simplified Chinese. The free app is designed to educate and engage consumers on the 4Cs (Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat weight) of diamond quality through video and interactive tools. Business Wire India

AirWatch™ Named an Innovator in Independent Research Firm’s Market Overviews for Cloud-Hosted MDM Solutions and Managed Services and On-Premise MDM Solutions
AirWatch™, the global leader and innovator in mobile security, mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM), today announced that it has been named an “innovator” in the Forrester Research, Inc. Market Overviews: Cloud-Hosted MDM Solutions and Managed Services and On-premise MDM Solutions Business Wire India

.aeDA Continues Its Efforts in Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Related to Domain Names
As part of its commitment toward the local internet community in the UAE, the .ae Domain Administration (.aeDA) of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) continues to implement the best international practices in protecting Intellectual Property Rights for its registrants Business Wire India

The Valence Group Advises TA Associates and Microban on the Sale of Microban to WM Barr
The Valence Group, a specialist M&A investment bank offering advisory services to companies and investors in the chemicals, materials and related sectors, advised TA Associates, a Boston-based private equity firm, on the sale of its portfolio company, Microban, a world leader in the provision of branded antimicrobial ingredients, to W.M Business Wire India

MediGuard’s 2.5 Million-Strong Patient Community Offers Safe Home for Former Google Health Users
With the ringing in of the new year, patients and family members of the now bygone Google Health can still find a well established, thriving and successful online option for managing personal healthcare information in Quintiles’ MediGuard.org service. Business Wire India

Analogix SlimPort Accessories Adopters Program Welcomes Simula Technology
Analogix® Semiconductor, the leading provider of DisplayPort mixed-signal circuits and IP, announced that Simula Technology, Inc. has joined the SlimPort™ Accessories Adopters Program (SAAP) Business Wire India

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