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Tibetan writer says China blocking her from getting Dutch award
A prominent Tibetan writer living here in Beijing has claimed that Chinese Police have placed her under house arrest to prevent her from receiving a prize for culture from the Dutch Embassy. ANI

Putin reveals that he might run for president in 2018
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin, who is likely to win a third presidential term on Sunday, revealed on Friday that he might run for president for a fourth time in 2018, making him Russia's paramount leader for 24 years. ANI

Obama-Netanyahu talks in Washington next Monday to focus on Iran
U.S.President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet here on Monday, and are likely to focus their attention on Iran during their conversation. ANI

Obama attends four New York city fund raisers
U.S. President Barack Obama attended four fund raising events here on Thursday night. ANI

LiLo opens up about her terrifying jail stints and sobriety in TV interview
As Lindsay Lohan prepares herself for her screen comeback on 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend, the troubled star has spoken out about her previous struggles with drug addiction in a TV interview. ANI

Israeli PM Netanyahu in denial over taking lavish privately paid trips
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly been questioned by the country's state comptroller over allegations of taking lavish and privately paid trips abroad while serving in public office. ANI

North Korea nuclear envoy to attend US security conference
A senior North Korean nuclear negotiator will attend a security conference at New York's Syracuse University. ANI

Dutch Prince to receive treatment at Wellington hospital
Dutch Prince Johan Friso was transferred to a hospital in London on Thursday, two weeks after he suffered brain damage in a skiing accident in Austria. ANI

For first time, 100 secret Vatican documents put on public display in Rome
About 100 secret Vatican documents have been put on public display in Rome for the first time, and six of them are said to be the most intriguing documents in church history. ANI

Arizona sheriff says Obama birth certificates could be forged
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has revealed the preliminary results of an inquiry, conducted by members of his volunteer cold-case posse, into the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate. ANI

Hostile Syrian regime will face day of reckoning: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that the "dreadful" Syrian regime will face "day of reckoning" sooner than later. ANI

Brigadier Ali planned air strike on Pak Army headquarters
Brigadier Ali Khan, who is facing a court martial for treason and mutiny, has reportedly been charged with masterminding a conspiracy to bomb the Army's General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, Pakistan during a meeting of formation commanders. ANI

'Mohd. Amir will not appeal against 5-year-ban over spot-fixing row'
Pakistan's young cricketer Mohammed Amir will reportedly not challenge the sport's highest court in seeking an overturn his five-year-ban for his spot fixing role in a Test series against England in 2010. ANI

Legislative elections take place in Iran amid international tensions
Legislative elections were taking place across Iran on Friday, with the country's 48 million voters being called out in what is being seen as a test of how much support President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has among the ruling conservatives. eports from Tehran said that Supreme leader Ali Khamenei cast his ballot moments after polling began. ANI

Red Cross, other relief agencies hoping to get entry into battered Syrian city
The Red Cross and other relief agencies are reportedly hoping to gain entry to the bombarded Syrian city of Homs on Friday, a day after government troops delivered a telling blow to rebel fighters. ANI

UK PM Cameron might have ridden Rebekah Brook's ex-police horse
British Prime Minister David Cameron may be questioned by the Lord Justice Leveson Inquiry into press ethics for allegedly riding an ex-police horse that was once loaned to ex-News International CEO Rebekah Brooks. ANI

Ex-female crew claim Costa Concordia 'was a hotbed of sexual harassment'
Two female ex-crew members have told Italian prosecutors investigating into the sinking of the Costa Concordia that they saw officers snorting cocaine, drinking to the point of inebriation and harassing female staff. ANI

PML-N to form next govt. in Sindh: Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif has said that his party would form the next government in Sindh. ANI

Sitting too long as bad for your health as smoking
Sitting for long hours may increase risk of death from cardiovascular disease, say researchers. ANI

Gilani asks US not to interfere in Pakistan's internal matters
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has asked the US not to interfere in Pakistan's internal matters. ANI

Pak military coup threat following Abbottabad operation was real, says Ijaz
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, the key man in the Memo Gate issue, has said that there was real a threat of military coup in Pakistan following the US covert operation in Abbottabad, in which American commandos killed former Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.ansoor added that the threat was also confirmed by the security agencies of four other countries. ANI

Bob Carr replaces Kevin Rudd as Australia's new foreign minister
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has appointed Bob Carr as the country's foreign minister in her latest cabinet reshuffle. ANI

Ijaz accuses Rehman Malik of threatening him for planning to testify on memo issue in Islamabad
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz has said accused influential Pakistani and US officials, including Interior Minister Rehman Malik, of harassing him in connection with traveling to Islamabad to testify on the Memo Gate controversy. ANI

Pak SC warns Intelligence agencies not to consider themselves above law
The Pakistan Supreme Court has expressed dissatisfaction over the replies submitted by the intelligence agencies in Adiala Jail missing prisoners' case, warning the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) that they should not consider themselves superior to the civilians and work under the law of the land. ANI

Balochistan asks Pak govt. to transfer Bugti assassination case probe to FIA
Balochistan is reported to have asked the federal government to transfer the investigation of Nawab Akbar Bugti's murder to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). ANI

Pakistan to go ahead with Iran gas pipeline project against US wishes
Pakistan has decided to go ahead with the Iran gas pipeline project against the wishes of the US, which had been pressurising Islamabad to abandon it. ANI

KCI Chosen as Single Source Supplier of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Products Now Available to More than 65,000 Members and Affiliates Served by Novation
Kinetic Concepts, Inc., a global technology leader in wound care and therapeutic support systems, today announced it has been awarded a three-year, single-source contract for KCI’s Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) products, by Novation, one of the health care industry’s largest supply contracting companies. Business Wire India

Brevan Howard Systematic Trading Master Fund Available on the AlphaMetrix Global Marketplace
AlphaMetrix LLC, founder and operator of the AlphaMetrix Global Marketplace (AGM), a leading secure online marketplace for private investments, today announced that the Brevan Howard Systematic Trading Master Fund (the Fund) is now available as a transparent fund on AGM. Business Wire India

Tunstall Healthcare Finalises the Acquisition Of STT Condigi
Tunstall Healthcare Group Limited, a leading telecare and telehealth provider based in the UK has announced today that it has finalised its acquisition of STT Condigi, a leading provider of technology and services to the elderly home care and nursing home markets in the Nordic region Business Wire India

Hi3G Awards Contract to ZTE for Next Stage of Industry First LTE TDD/FDD Dual-Mode Network in Sweden
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063 Business Wire India

Hay Group Reveals “Best Practices” of the FORTUNE Magazine World’s Most Admired Companies
Despite economic change, technological advances and increased globalization during the past 15 years, the core business practices that distinguish the World’s Most Admired Companies (WMAC) have remained consistent, according to a report released today by Hay Group, the global management consulting firm Business Wire India

S2 Security Introduces Next Generation of Pronto and NetBox Plus
S2 Security Corporation (S2), the leader in IP-based integrated physical security systems, today introduced the next generation of its acclaimed Pronto and NetBox Plus products: the Pronto 2 and NetBox P2, respectively. The new systems are faster, offer more storage, and run S2’s latest software suite Business Wire India

Signal Hill Announces Launch of India Initiative
Signal Hill Holdings LLC (“Signal Hill”), the parent of Baltimore-based Signal Hill Capital Group LLC, a leading investment bank with a focus on growth companies, is pleased to announce the launch of Signal Hill Capital Advisory India Pvt. Ltd (“Signal Hill India”), a newly-created investment banking business based in Bangalore, India. Business Wire India

Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd. to Acquire Boston Biomedical, Inc. for up to $2.63 Billion
Boston Biomedical, Inc. (BBI) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd. (DSP) will acquire BBI. Under the terms of the agreement, DSP will acquire BBI for up to $2 Business Wire India

DENSO's Technical Center in India Starts Operations
DENSO Corporation (TOKYO:6902) today announced that it started operations of its sixth regional technical center in Gurgaon, India. The new technical center employs about 60 employees and the investment represents approximately 1.5 billion rupees (approximately US$30.9 million) Business Wire India

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