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Washington Communique to be used to ensure global nuke security cooperation
Leaders attending the second nuclear security summit in South Korean capital Seoul on Tuesday said that they would be guided by the 2010 Washington Communiqu‚ and Work Plan in strengthening regional and international cooperation in achieving nuclear security objectives. ANI

Nuclear Security Summit participants renew pledge to strengthen nuclear security
Leaders attending the two-day second nuclear security summit in South Korean capital Seoul, on Tuesday renewed their political commitment to work toward strengthening nuclear security, reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism, and preventing terrorists, criminals, or other unauthorized actors from acquiring nuclear materials. ANI

Hungarian man first to cross Atlantic Ocean in canoe
A man from Hungary has become the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a canoe after he traveled from Europe to the Caribbean. ANI

Nuclear Security Summit: Gilani-Manmohan decide to intensify dialogue to improve bilateral ties
Pakistan Prime Minister Yuusuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh have expressed their desire to intensify the bilateral dialogue process for further engagements during their informal meeting on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea. ANI

Obama hits back following criticism over assuring Medvedev flexibility in missile defence negotiation
US President Barack Obama hit back at Republicans who had slammed him for telling Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he could adopt flexible approach in the missile defence negotiations if re-elected to the post. ANI

Gillard faces national poll wipe-out: Poll
The latest poll has found the Julia Gillard government can be wiped off, with its primary vote falling to 28 percent, which is just one point short of the depth Labor plunged in Queensland. ANI

Video showing Al Qaeda flags parade in Gaddafi hometown surfaces
A new video has surfaced showing a convoy of Libyan military and police vehicles passing through the hometown of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi, while bearing a flag similar to the black banner of al Qaeda. ANI

Rabbani Khar wants to pursue result-orientated process to resolve bilateral issues
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said a result-orientated process of dialogue would help India and Pakistan resolve bilateral issues. ANI

Pak family in UK pips Indian counterpart as world's biggest albino clan
A Pakistani origin Muslim clan from England has been found to be the world's biggest albino family, and not the Pullan family from India, as it was reported earlier this month. ANI

Poll shows US' support for Afghan war drops sharply
Support for war in Afghanistan has dropped sharply among Americans, according to a new poll. ANI

Non-Muslim Filipinos in Saudi Arabia told to be cautious after top cleric issues 'fatwa'
The Filipino population in Saudi Arabia has been told to be more watchful while expressing their faith by an official of a migrant watch group, after one of country's most influential Islamic cleric issued a fatwa against religious structures in the Arab Peninsula. ANI

Panetta says Afghan attacks on NATO troops 'not a trend'
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that the killing of US and NATO troops by Afghans are sporadic incidents and do not represent a trend. ANI

News Corp crisis spreads with new hacking allegations at European TV subsidiaries
The crisis surrounding media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is spreading as the firm is now facing allegations of corporate espionage in the lucrative satellite television market dominated by News Corp companies. ANI

Obama hopes Pak parliamentary review will respect US security needs
US President Barack Obama has expressed hope that a Pakistan parliamentary review of ties with Washington would be balanced and respect US security needs. ANI

India, Pak should focus on result-orientated dialogue: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Tuesday said a result-orientated dialogue would help India and Pakistan resolve their bilateral issues. ANI

Yasin Malik doubts 'mentally sick' Ijaz's credibility in Memo Gate scandal
Jammu-Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Yasin Malik has described Mansoor Ijaz a 'mentally sick' man, whose credibility in the Memo Gate scandal is doubtful. ANI

UK govt urged to 'force' Google to censor search results
The British Government has been urged to consider coming out with a legislation that would force Google to censor its search results to block material that a court has found to be in breach of someone's privacy. ANI

Meet world's tiniest dog 'Beyonce'
A puppy named after pop star Beyonce could set the world's record for tiniest dog. ANI

Forget childhood! People happiest at 33
The happiest part of life for most people is when they are at the age of 33, according to a survey. ANI

Python in surgery to remove golf balls he mistook to be eggs
A costal carpet python is to be operated upon, to remove the two golf balls that he swallowed after mistaking them for chicken eggs. ANI

Middletons' diet guru faces ethics charge over 'dangerous' food advice to teens
Diet guru Pierre Dukan, a favourite of Carole Middleton, has been accused of breaching French medical ethics for suggesting that slimmer school kids should be awarded higher exam marks than their fatter friends. ANI

UK asks China to re-open Communist party- linked businessman's murder probe
The UK Foreign Office has called on China to re- open a probe into the death of a British businessman amid speculation of poisoning and murder due to his involvement with the city's Communist Party secretary and son of Communist party founder Bo Xilai. ANI

U.S., Oz to broaden military ties amid Pentagon's focus on South East Asia
The United States and Australia are planning to augment military ties, including possible drone attacks from a coral atoll in the Indian Ocean and increased U.S. naval access to Australian ports. ANI

Assange seeks to 'bring liberty back to Australian politics' if elected to Senate
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has announced his plans to run for the Australian Senate, has said he wants to restore liberty to the centre of the country's politics by defending free speech and the "citizens' right to live their lives free from state interference'. ANI

US will wait for Pakistan's request for nuclear technology needs: State Department
A US official has said that Washington will wait for a request from Pakistan on its need for nuclear technology and energy before deciding if it can accept the demand. ANI

Google beats Facebook in employee satisfaction
Google appears to have stolen the title of 'the best place to work' from Facebook this year, according to a survey on employee satisfaction. ANI

China mulls over asset declaration policy of govt officials
China will mull over the possibility of publicising assets of officials to a limited circle to combat corruption. ANI

Nuclear terrorism remains potent threat for India: PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that nuclear terrorism will remain a 'potent threat' for India as long as there are terrorists seeking to gain access to nuclear material and technologies for malicious purposes. ANI

Canadian court allows sex workers to work from brothels, but bans soliciting
A Canadian court has ruled that sex workers should be allowed to work from brothels, but soliciting must remain illegal. ANI

India reassures world leaders about security, safety of its nuke programme at Seoul summit
India, which has been a strong votary and supporter of the nuclear security summit (NSS), and has hosted a meeting of Sherpas in Januaryhis year, has reassured summit participants about the safety and security of its nuclear installations. ANI

Sri Lanka minister condemned by colleague for threatening to 'break limbs' of 'traitors'
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris has condemned a cabinet colleague for threatening to 'break the limbs' of those who 'betrayed' the country. ANI

Amnesty International says China executed more people than whole world combined
China has sentenced more number people to death in 2011 than the rest of the world put together, Amnesty International has said. ANI

Indian PM asks Norwegian counterpart to find amicable solution to NRI kids custody row
Visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked his Norwegian counterpart Jens Stoltenberg to find an "amicable and good" solution to the NRI kids custody row, especially with a focus on keeping the welfare of the children and the interest of the parents in mind". ANI

Gilani urges world leaders to give Islamabad access to nuke technology for peaceful use
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has urged the international community to give Islamabad access to nuclear technology for peaceful use on a non-discriminatory basis. ANI

Gilani has brief interactions with Singh, Obama
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had brief interactions with US President Barack Obama and his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul on Monday. ANI

Sarkozy bans radical imams from entering France after Mohamed Merah killing spree
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced that his government has planned to ban radical Muslim preachers from entering the country as part of a crackdown after shootings by an al Qaeda-inspired gunman in Toulouse. ANI

Strauss-Kahn handed preliminary charges in French prostitution ring probe
Shamed former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been handed preliminary charges alleging he was involved in a hotel prostitution ring in France. ANI

Pak SC adjourns Gilani's contempt of court case hearing till April 12
The Pakistan Supreme Court (SC) has adjourned the hearing of contempt of court case against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani till April 12. ANI

Owens Corning Launches FoodContact™ Glass Fiber Solution for Reinforced Plastics
Business Wire India

S2 Security Launches Enterprise Video Solution at ISC West
S2 Security Corporation (S2), the leader in IP-based integrated physical security systems, today announced a tailored video solution for enterprise customers: NetVR version 1.1. Joining the company’s recently launched VR Series, NetVR version 1 Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK NAMES Baseball Legend and Hall of Famer, Tommy LASORDA, BRAND AMBASSADOR
BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of implantable cardiac devices and pioneer of wireless remote monitoring technologies, today announced that baseball legend and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda has been named BIOTRONIK’s new Brand Ambassador Business Wire India

EPAM Systems Reports Earnings Results for Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011
EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE: EPAM), a leading software engineering and IT outsourcing (ITO) provider with development centers across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), today announced results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2011. Business Wire India

Foundation Medicine, Cambridge, MA, Joins WIN Consortium (Paris) and Becomes Member of the Worldwide Innovative Networking in Personalized Cancer Medicine
The Worldwide Innovative Networking (WIN) Consortium in personalized cancer medicine proudly announces today that Foundation Medicine, Inc. (FMI), Cambridge, MA, joins WIN Consortium and becomes a member of the Consortium Business Wire India

Talal Al Zain Appointed Head of Pinebridge Investments Middle East and North Africa
PineBridge Investments (“PineBridge”), the global multi-asset class investment manager, is pleased to announce the appointment of Talal Al Zain as Chief Executive Officer of the firm’s Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) operations Business Wire India

Novasep opens new 2,000 m2 expanded Shanghai facilities to meet increasing East Asia demand
Novasep, a leading supplier of manufacturing solutions to the life sciences industries, today announces the opening of a new 2,000 m2 facility in Shanghai Pudong district, China. The site will boost Novasep's process development and engineering capabilities to cater for ever-increasing Chinese and East Asian demand Business Wire India

STADA Founds a Subsidiary in Australia - Business Activities Expected to Commence in the Third Quarter of 2012
In the current first quarter of 2012 STADA Arzneimittel AG founded a subsidiary based in Sydney, Australia, under the name STADA Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd, which is expected to commence its business activities in the third quarter of 2012. Business Wire India

Smiths Detection Wins €100M Doha Airport Order
Smiths Detection, part of global technology business Smiths Group, has won a contract worth more than €100 million to supply all the main security scanning systems at the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) in Qatar. Business Wire India

Indonesian Forestry Sector Sets Out Eight Practical Steps to Achieving ‘World-Class’ Production
Business Wire India

Hilton HHonors Announces 2012 Spring Promotion
Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio of 10 distinct hotel brands, has announced a new 2012 Spring Promotion Business Wire India

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