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Krishna to raise issue of stranded Indian traders with Chinese FM
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Wednesday said that he would be raising the issue of the two Indian traders stranded in Yiwu during his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jeichi tomorrow ANI

Krishna meets Chinese Vice Premier in Beijing
The visiting Indian External Affairs Minister, S.M. Krishna, met Chinese Vice Premier Li Kaqiang here on Wednesday during which the two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest to the two nations. ANI

Saudi teachers share students' funny exam paper comments online
Schoolteachers in Saudi Arabia have taken to social networking sites and smart phone features to post funny remarks made by students on their exam papers. ANI

Michelle Obama reveals top 10 facts about gardening
Michelle Obama continued her campaign drive for her husband Barack by appearing on David Letterman's Late Show to share her top 10 "fun facts" about gardening. ANI

Obama 'Call Me Maybe' mashup video goes viral
President Barack Obama can be heard singing Carly Rae Jepsen's hit song 'Call Me Maybe', in a video posted on YouTube by user baracksdubs. ANI

Half of New Yorkers denounce Mayor's ban on giant sodas
About half of New Yorkers believe that Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban of sugary drinks over 16 ounces from the city's eateries is an example of government going too far, while 42 percent insist that it would be good health policy, according to a poll released on Monday. ANI

IOC asks Pakistan to respect Olympic Charter
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has told the Pakistan Government to respect the Olympic Charter and the Olympic Movement in the country. ANI

Pak Supreme Court orders to get allegedly slaughtered 'fornication' girls to court in choppers
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, while hearing the suo motu notice of media reports that a Kohistan jirga had condemned four girls to death for defying tribal customs hasordered the chief secretary of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to bring the girls to the court in a helicopter. ANI

Video games 'making kids rude, uncooperative and aggressive'
In a new study, researchers have linked children's aggressive, rude and uncooperative behaviour to their addiction to computer games. ANI

Pak Chief Justice's son dismisses financial impropriety allegations as 'baseless'
Arsalan Chaudhry, the son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that financial impropriety allegations leveled against him are baseless. ANI

46 pc of Americans reject evolution in favour of creationism
A new poll has found that nearly half of Americans still believe that God created the human race as it is today. ANI

New York kids win brat race
New Yorkers spoil their children more than any other city in the country, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Obama's visit spikes sandwich shop sales
President Barack Obama's stop at the Washington sandwich shop Taylor Gourmet has led to a spike in sales. ANI

North Korea's hereditary caste-based system 'underpins rights abuses': Report
North Korea's hereditary caste-based system, which ranks citizens on the basis of their family's political background, has long underpinned the country's human rights abuses, according to a new report. ANI

Brawl between two Syrian airhostesses on country's deadlock results in delayed flight
A fight between two Syrian airhostesses over the political crises in their country resulted in the delay of their Saudi Arabian Airlines flight. ANI

NATO's new Afghan transport deal via Central Asia won't end Pak negotiations: US
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's (NATO) deal with three key Central Asian countries to evacuate military equipment and vehicles from Afghanistan does not mean that the U.S. has given up on its negotiations with Pakistan, American officials have said. ANI

'Vegan' Bill Clinton inspired Michelle Pfeiffer to change diet
Michelle Pfeiffer has revealed that former president Bill Clinton inspired her to become a vegan. ANI

Obama shares Nicorette gum with TV show host
'60 Minutes' host Steve Kroft, who has interviewed Barack Obama multiple times, has revealed that they have bonded over their old smoking habits. ANI

Boring in Oregon to pair with Dull in Perthshire
The US town of Boring in Oregon has voted in favour of "pairing" with the Scottish village of Dull. ANI

Soon, night-time necklace to stop pain of heartburn
A necklace worn in bed at night could help get rid of the pain and discomfort of heartburn. ANI

Belgium right-wingers offering bounty for giving information about veiled women
Belgian right-wing extremists have offered to pay a bounty of 250 euros to anyone who reports about a veiled woman to police. ANI

Pak should probe plot to kill rights activist Asma Jahangir: Human Rights Watch
Pakistan should launch an investigation into allegations that elements in the country's military and intelligence agencies have plotted to kill the prominent human rights activist Asma Jahangir, a human rights organization has said. ANI

Undeleted secret e-mails expose Romney's double standards on healthcare bill
Undeleted secret-e-mails of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during his tenure as Massachusetts Governor have exposed his double standards on healthcare, a provision in President Barack Obama's law that has strongly been criticized by the Republicans. ANI

Sarah Palin claims Obama's 'goose has been cooked'
Republican party member Sarah Palin has sarcastically said that President Barack Obama's goose has been cooked, after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was declared the winner of Tuesday's recall election in the battleground state. ANI

Early Wisconsin recall exit polls show Obama having edge over Romney in presidential race
President Barack Obama would have an advantage over presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the battleground state of Wisconsin, if the presidential elections are held today, a poll has revealed. ANI

Vatican denies Pope Benedict's butler acted as 'double agent' in leaks scandal
Vatican authorities have denied claims that Benedict XVI's butler, who is being interrogated on suspicion of stealing confidential documents, had been acting as a 'double agent' to help officials uncover others involved in the so called 'Vatileaks' scandal. ANI

Russian woman who killed pensioners for vodka money dubbed 'Satan in Skirt'
Russia's worst woman serial killer has been dubbed "Satan in a Skirt" after she murdered 17 pensioners in an eight year reign of terror. ANI

California attracts U.S. presidential candidates with money, votes
U.S. President Barack Obama will come Wednesday to Los Angeles, his fourth trip to the Golden State this year, to drum up money and support for the November presidential elections. ANI

Stuffed dead cat helicopter sparks global outrage
The Dutch artist, who stuffed his dead cat and turned it into a helicopter is under attack from various animal rights groups, after images of his flying helicopter cat went viral on the Internet this week. ANI

Mitt Romney's camp makes third spelling mistake in 1 week
Less than a week after the "Amercia" gaffe, two other major spelling mistakes have emerged in Mitt Romney's campaign, one of them front and centre on the candidate's Facebook page. ANI

80 pc Aussies support whistleblowers at work
Four in five Australians back protecting whistleblowers, but less than half have the confidence that they will be protected in their workplace if they expose wrongdoing, a new study has revealed. ANI

Cambodia, UN hold forum to promote women's entrepreneurship
Cambodia's ministry of women' s affairs and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on Wednesday jointly organized a forum on women's entrepreneurship promotion to discuss challenges women are facing in business management. ANI

China, Kazakhstan vow to enhance strategic partnership
Chinese President Hu Jintao and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday vowed to enhance the strategic partnership between the two nations as they held talks in Beijing. ANI

Chinese president holds talks with Turkmen president
Chinese President Hu Jintao held talks on Wednesday with his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. ANI

81pc Aussies backing Prince William to become king
More than 80 per cent of Australians have voted for young Prince William to be king instead of his father, a new poll has revealed. ANI

Breivik's childhood experiences of being 'slapped by Pakistani' shaped view on Muslims
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who is accused of kiiling 77 people in a shooting and bombing rampage last year, said that some of his childhood experiences helped shaping his views towards Muslims. ANI

Sri Lanka has 'no idea' about missing 'anti-government' website reporter's whereabouts
A senior Sri Lankan official has said that he has no clue about the whereabouts of a missing journalist. ANI

FIA seeks Musharraf's trial in absentia in Bhutto assassination case
Pakistan authorities have reportedly filed a petition in an anti-terrorist court seeking former president General Pervez Musharraf's trial in absentia in connection with the assassination of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto. ANI

Tamils deported from UK to Sri Lanka recount harrowing tales of 'torture'
Tamils forcibly deported by the Britain Government to Sri Lanka are being severely tortured, said a victim, who was left scared after a brutal two-week ordeal. ANI

Obama pays tribute to Queen with special Diamond Jubilee message
Barack Obama has paid a moving tribute to the Queen in a special video message, expressing America's "heartfelt congratulations" to mark her Diamond Jubilee. ANI

27 insurgents killed in eastern Afghanistan
A total of 27 Taliban insurgents were killed in an operation carried out by the Afghan forces and NATO-led coalition troops early Wednesday morning in eastern Afghan province of Logar, a provincial government spokesman said. ANI

SCO summit meeting makes way for Beijing test-takers
The Thursday schedule for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit has been altered to make way for students and their parents in Beijing for the National College Entrance Examinations (NCEE) that day, China's Foreign Ministry (FM) said Wednesday. ANI

Sri Lanka bars entry to two British journalists
Sri Lanka said Wednesday it refused entry into the country to two journalists of a British television station which had aired a series of videos accusing the military of war crimes. ANI

Disney bans junk food ads
The Walt Disney Co. has become the first major media company to ban junk-food advertising on its television channels, radio stations and websites, hoping to stop kids from eating badly by taking the temptation away. ANI

Rush Limbaugh calls Obama 'male Kardashian'
Radio show host Rush Limbaugh criticized President Barack Obama's celebrity fund-raising ties on Tuesday and labelled him 'Barack Hussein Kardashian' charging that he's now even more out of touch with average Americans. ANI

US Senator introduces legislation seeking to cut Pak aid unless Dr Afridi is released
A United States Senator has introduced a legislation that demands that American aid to Pakistan be cut off unless Dr Shakil Afridi, who helped in CIA locate Osama bin Laden, is released. ANI

Oz Defence Minister leaves laptop in Hong Kong to evade Chinese spies on visit
Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith has taken extraordinary precautions to counter Chinese espionage during his Beijing visit. ANI

Japanese nuclear agency sorry for 'angry wife' quip on website
A government backed research agency in Japan has apologised for comparing radioactive material to an "angry wife" quarelling with her husband, on its website. ANI

Mubarak put on ventilator following dramatic deterioration in health
Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been placed on mechanical ventilation following complaints of difficulty breathing, an official at Cairo's Torah Prison has said. ANI

Russia says Assad could go as part of Syrian peace settlement
Russia has said that it was prepared to see Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stepping down from power in a negotiated solution to end 15 months of bloodshed that has claimed over 13, 000 lives. ANI

Solar plane completes first intercontinental flight
A solar-powered plane that took off on the world's first intercontinental flight has landed in the Moroccan capital Rabat after flying across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain. ANI

NJ among states focussing on pets to fight against distracted driving
Shifting its focus from pedestrians distracted by their cell phones and other gadgets, New Jersey is now taking a hard look at drivers who travel with their pets unrestrained. ANI

Romney's email account hacked
The presidential campaign of Mitt Romney has confirmed that authorities are investigating whether his private email account was hacked. ANI

Pakistan summons US charge d'affaires to convey 'serious concerns' over drone strikes
Pakistan on Tuesday summoned a U.S. envoy to the Foreign office here, to convey its "serious concerns" over American drone strikes, according to a report. ANI

JuD-backed terror group bays for 'Osama doc' Afridi's blood
The JuD-backed Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) has reportedly said that Islamabad should not 'commit the mistake' of handing spy doctor Shakil Afridi over to the U.S., and should give him 'nothing less than a death sentence'. ANI

Boundary sharing main bone of contention between India, China: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna has said that the main bone of contention between India and China is the boundary issue and added that this problem would be mutually resolved. ANI

Oz High Court begins hearing of Indian-origin surgeon 'Dr Death's' manslaughter appeal
The Australian High Court has begun hearing the appeal of jailed former Indian-origin surgeon Jayant Pate, who was convicted of killing three patients and severely injuring another. ANI

Al-Qaeda's number two leader Al-Libi was last 'capable pillar' of terror group
Al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi, who has been killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan, was one of the last-remaining pillars at the core of the terror group, according to a report. ANI

US pulls plug on funding of Pakistan Sesame Street version over corruption allegations
The United States has terminated the 20 million dollars funding for the Pakistani version of the children's TV series Sesame Street. ANI

Man foils raid at home via webcam while 1,500 miles away
A man from Turkey stopped two burglars from raiding his house by shouting at them through a webcam while speaking to his wife. ANI

Covidien Funds Educational Grant to Support Brazilian Stroke Network
Business Wire India

Aspect Introduces Mohamad Ali as CEO for Aspect’s New Workforce Optimization Division
-- New role designed to accelerate Aspect’s market growth for the company’s Next Generation Customer Experience solutions Business Wire India

SMARTRAC supports FujiFilm photo printing kiosks in the UK with its BullsEye(TM) NFC inlays
SMARTRAC N.V., the leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of RFID transponders and inlays, today announced that it supplies BullsEye(TM) NFC inlays for FujiFilm SmartPix kiosks in the United Kingdom Business Wire India

Compliance Insider Launches: Delivers Sought-after Advice From Field Experts for Legal and Compliance Leaders
The Red Flag Group, a global professional services firm in the areas of corporate governance and compliance, today releases the inaugural issue of its new quarterly publication, Compliance Insider Business Wire India

Power Integrations Announces 150 W LED-Driver Design with 93% Efficiency, 30% Reduction in Component Count
Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI), maker of the world’s most efficient, longest-lasting off-line LED driver ICs, today announced a reference design kit for a 150 W, 48 V power supply for LED streetlights and other industrial/infrastructure lighting systems Business Wire India

GE Healthcare Completes Acquisition of XPRO, a Medical Device Company in Brazil
Today, GE Healthcare announced the acquisition of XPRO, a Brazilian Interventional X-ray equipment manufacturer company with over 15 years of experience and with more than 120 systems installed at private customer sites Business Wire India

Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly to feature 30 presentations on type 1 and type 2 diabetes at the 72nd American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions
EX US & UK. Business Wire India

Hilton Worldwide and International Youth Foundation Launch Global Youth Initiative
Hilton Worldwide has announced a $3 million, three-year partnership with the International Youth Foundation (IYF), a global organization that realizes the power and promise of young people and since its founding in 1990 has prepared nearly 16 million young people to learn, work and lead Business Wire India

Corning Extends Line of EAGLE XG® Slim LCD Glass Substrates
Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) has announced the extension of its EAGLE XG® Slim glass substrates product line to support LCD panel manufacturing for portable display applications. The announcement came at the Society for Information Display’s Display Week, an industry trade show in Boston. Business Wire India

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