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Romney's favourability ratings amongst women up but still way behind Obama
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's favourability amongst American women has risen by 13 percent, a poll revealed. ANI

Russia's Mark Zuckerberg spent weekend throwing cash out of window
Millionaire Pavel Durov - founder of Russia's most popular social network website 'Vkontakte' - was pictured throwing paper planes made out of 5,000-rouble notes - the equivalent to 102 pounds- from his office window. ANI

Romney favourability rating amongst women up by 13 pct: Poll
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's favourability amongst American women has risen by 13 percent, a poll revealed. ANI

Now, a website that records politicians' tweets!
A new website that records every tweet published and is subsequently deleted by politicians on social blogging site Twitter, was launched recently. ANI

Veteran Lebanese fighter trains new generation of 'jihadis' to fight against Assad's regime
A Lebanese veteran fighter using his past military experience to train dozens of volunteers in his country who are eager to enter Syria to join the armed opposition to topple the President Bashar al-Assad's regime. ANI

Syria releases 500 crisis detainees
Syria released Thursday 500 detainees who were arrested during the 15-month crisis and not involved in homicide acts, state-run SANA news agency reported. ANI

London Mayor to review police anti-racism measures
London mayor Boris Johnson will launch a review of measures introduced to eradicate racism within the city's police force. ANI

'Obama-hating' supremacist charged with illegal possession of AK-47
An alleged white supremacist, who ranted about shooting President Barack Obama for removing him from office, has been charged with illegally obtaining an AK-47 assault rifle. ANI

First commercial spacecraft released from space station
U.S. company SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule, the first commercial spacecraft to visit the International Space Station, was released from the orbital outpost Thursday morning. ANI

UN chief urges Syria to stop violence
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday called on Syria to stop violence, saying "the UN did not deploy in Syria just to bear witness to the slaughter of innocents. " ANI

Bomb discovered at McDonald restaurant in Turkey's Istanbul
A bomb was discovered on Thursday by an employee of a McDonald's restaurant in Fatih district in Turkey's Istanbul, local Dogan news agency reported. ANI

Royal chef reveals Queen Elizabeth's daily diet and fav meals
A former royal chef has offered a rare glimpse into the normal diet of the Queen when she is not banqueting. ANI

Ahmadinejad hints Iran could stop producing 20 pct uranium enrichment
Iran's president has said related countries should explain why Tehran is not allowed to enrich uranium to 20 percent and that what they would reciprocate if Iran stops uranium enrichment to that purity, the official IRNA news agency reported Thursday. ANI

'Defector testimonies' reveal acute horror of Korean notorious concentration camps
A new research based on testimonies of defectors and satellite imagery reveals the high level of desperation and horror inside the North Korea's prison camps. ANI

India fears resurgence of 'Islamic radicals' in Afghanistan after NATO pullout
Voicing fears that Islamic radicals would gain strength once Western forces pull out of Afghanistan, India has called for greater coordination between the United States and Afghanistan. ANI

U.S. does not see Chinese nukes as 'direct threat' to country
The U.S. head of Strategic Command has said China's nuclear weapons do not pose a "direct threat" to the country, and called for greater dialogue with the Chinese. ANI

US judge defends Dharun Ravi's 'light' 30-day-jail term in webcam spying case
A New Jersey judge has defended his decision to give former Indian- origin Rutgers student Dharun Ravi a 'light' 30-day jail sentence for web-streaming his gay roommate's encounter with his date. ANI

Indian-born Dubai expatriate in quest for answers following 'mysterious disappearance' of younger brother
A Dubai-based Indian expatriate is desperately looking for answers following the mysterious 'disappearance' of his younger brother in Saudi Arabia early this month. ANI

Obama apologises to Poles after 'death camp' gaffe
U.S. President Barack Obama has apologized to Poles for calling Nazi death camps in Poland 'Polish death camps'. ANI

UN sees significant decline in Afghan civilian casualties
The number of civilian casualties has significantly dropped in Afghanistan, according to United Nations officials in Afghanistan. ANI

US' First Lady still way more popular than hubby, finds poll
U.S.'s First Lady Michelle Obama has maintained high favorability among Americans, making her more popular than President Barack Obama, a new poll has found. ANI

Pak claims of real reasons behind 'Osama doc' sentence fall flat after militants deny links
Pakistan's latest claim that the reason for sentencing Dr Shakil Afridi to 33 years in prison for treason was his links with banned group Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI), suffered a serious blow, after the militant group denied they had anything to do with him and that they would actually kill him if they had the chance. ANI

'Desperate' Musharraf seeks ex-servicemen support to return to power
All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) founder Pervez Musharraf, after failing to garner political support for the APML, is now making efforts to gather the support of ex-servicemen in a bid to broaden the base of his party. ANI

Oz govt. claims to have 'no knowledge of US' plan to extradite Assange'
The Australian government has claimed that it has no knowledge of any intention by the United States to prosecute and extradite the WikiLeaks founder Julain Assange on espionage or conspiracy charges. ANI

Satellite photos indicate Iran's 'cleanup' of alleged nuclear site
New satellite photographs published by a US-based think tank appear to indicate attempts by Iran to clean up a military site south of Tehran suspected of being used for nuclear-weapons research. ANI

Obama 'smoked pot' until father's death
Michelle Obama has opened up about her husband's past drug use during an appearance on Comedy Central's The Daily Show to promote her new cookbook. ANI

Defence Secretary Panetta calls for strengthening US naval presence in Asia
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has emphasised the importance of having a strong American naval presence in Asia. ANI

Zardari signs Human Rights Bill into law
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has given his consent to the National Human Rights Commission Act, clearing the way for the formation of an independent body to protect and promote human rights in the country. ANI

Chinese dissident Chen claims China has no 'rule of law'
Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, writing in his column in the New York Times, has said that the absence of the rule of law is a "fundamental question" that the Chinese government has to face. ANI

American voters agree Obama 'inherited mess' from Bush: Bolton
Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton has said that American voters agree with Barack Obama's claim that he inherited 'a mess' from George W. Bush. ANI

Fox News draws flak for anti-Obama video
Fox News has come under fire for a campaign ad-style four-minute video that is highly critical of President Obama, which ran twice on the channel's morning program "Fox and Friends" on Wednesday. ANI

No U.S. military trainers in Pak: ISPR
The Pakistan Army has rejected media reports claiming the presence of U.S. military trainers in Pakistan. ANI

U.S. concerned about Al-Qaeda operatives' continued movement back and forth from Pak
The Pentagon has expressed serious concern over the continued movement of Al-Qaeda elements back and forth from Pakistan. ANI

Lankan Tamil asylum-seekers to be forcibly deported from UK: Report
Dozens of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers will be forcibly removed from Britain on a secretive deportation flight, despite evidence that they face arrest and retribution on their return, according to report. ANI

Pak successfully test fires Hatf-VIII missile
Pakistan has successfully conducted a test flight of the indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile Hatf-VIII (Ra'ad) on Thursday, said an ISPR statement. ANI

West may intervene in Syria to prevent toxic gas stockpile from falling into 'wrong hands'
Western troops could intervene in Syria if the collapse of President Bashar al-Assad's government leaves stockpiles of his chemical weapons vulnerable to terrorists, sources have revealed. ANI

Oz lawmakers playdown xenophobic concerns over hiring foreign workers for mining projects
Australian lawmakers have backed away from reports that a debate over the hiring of foreign workers for big mining projects may send xenophobic messages to overseas investors. ANI

'Miffed' top Pentagon official to resume talks with Pak
U.S. Assistant Defense Secretary Peter Levoy would be returning to Islamabad next week to lead the American team which is negotiating a resolution to the NATO routes dispute with Pakistan, diplomatic sources have said. ANI

Russian jailed for spitting on Putin portrait
A man in Russia has reportedly been jailed for 15 days for spitting on President Vladimir Putin's portrait. ANI

70pc single women admit indulging in unprotected sex sparking STD fears
Seven out of ten single women regularly practice unprotected sex, a new study has revealed. ANI

U.S. seeks clarity from Pak on 'real reasons' behind CIA-helping Dr Afridi's arrest
The U.S. State Department has said the administration has sought clarifications from Pakistan on the issue of convicted doctor Shakil Afridi's sentence. ANI

Nicolas Sarkozy's brother 'dating Mary-Kate Olsen'
Nicolas Sarkozy's brother Olivier Sarkozy has moved on from Stella Schnabel and is now dating former child star, Mary-Kate Olsen, according to reports. ANI

Tibetan mother of three dies after self-immolating over 'Chinese repression'
A mother of three young children in a Tibetan area of southwestern China has reportedly died after setting herself on fire, in an apparent protest against Beijing's rule. ANI

Shedding tears at work 'may help women climb ladder of success'
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has suggested that it is okay for women to cry at work. ANI

New tourism campaign to cut out iconic heart in 'I Love NY'
NY governor Andrew Cuomo and Empire State Development Corporation Kenneth Adams announced a new 5-million-dollar tourism marketing campaign that features a revamped "I Love New York" logo, on Wednesday. ANI

Obama will beat Romney in 2012 Presidential election, predict astrologists
US President Barack Obama will win the upcoming November election, a panel of astrologers has predicted. ANI

Syria rebels give Assad regime 48-hour deadline to observe UN ceasefire plan
Syria's main rebel group has given President Bashar-al Assad's government a two day deadline to observe a UN ceasefire plan. ANI

Mitt Romney launches mobile app to campaign for 'a better Amercia'
White House hopeful Mitt Romney has meticulously spelled out his vision for a better America while on the campaign trail this year with his new mobile application. ANI

Experience James Cameron’s Epic Masterpiece Like Never before When Titanic Comes Home for the First Time Ever on Blu-ray™ 2D and 3D
The two-billion-dollar box office phenomenon and winner of 11 Academy Awards®, TITANIC, makes its highly anticipated debut on Blu-ray 2D and 3D on September 14, 2012 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution Business Wire India

Zeal Softech Enhances Service Offering with Nimsoft Unified Manager
Business Wire India

Temptime Announces Business Expansion in Asia
Temptime Corporation, the world leader in time temperature indicators, announced the opening of a business office in Beijing, China, marking a significant advancement in their global effort to improve distribution of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products in and around the Asian region Business Wire India

Gemalto Supports “la Caixa” in Spain’s First Large Scale Deployment of Contactless EMV Payment
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

Kiramec Releases ""Cozi Asia,"" a Family-Focused Social Networking Service (FNS) in Asia
Kiramec Co., Ltd. has released Cozi Asia service since April 2012, a free FNS (Family Networking Service, SNS for family) that helps busy families balance home, work and school with today's seemingly endless family commitments and tasks. Business Wire India

Sony Digital Network Applications, Inc.: Free Smartphone App ""million moments"" Now Available. ""Turn Your Cherished Moments into Beautiful Albums - Effortlessly""
Sony Digital Network Applications, Inc. (hereafter: SDNA) announces the availability of "million moments", a free smartphone app that allows users to create beautifully laid out photo albums automatically, just by loading in their photos. Business Wire India

CARTES 2012: The electronic wallet – at the heart of the mobile payment challenge
The major players in the payment sector, where mobility already represents a key strategic approach, have made the electronic wallet their chief issue Business Wire India

Leonard Green & Partners Closes $6.25 Billion Private Equity Fund
Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. (“LGP”) has announced the closing of the firm's sixth private equity investment fund, Green Equity Investors VI, L.P. (“GEI VI”). GEI VI substantially exceeded its original target, closing at its hard cap of $6 billion in limited partner commitments along with $250 million from affiliates of LGP. Business Wire India

MiX Telematics Launches MiX Insight Analyser for Premium Fleet Customers
MiX Telematics (JSE:MIX), a global leader in driver safety, vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions, has launched MiX Insight Analyser to its broad base of Fleet Manager (FM) customers Business Wire India

NYSE Euronext Announces Departure of Garry P. Jones
NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) has announced that, as part of an organizational realignment of its customer facing product and sales organizations, it was eliminating the role of Global Head of Derivatives. As a result of the realignment, the company said that Garry P Business Wire India

Ooyala Video Index Report Shows Increasing Viewer Engagement, Growing Revenue Opportunity with Online Video
Ooyala, the fastest growing company in online video, has released its Q1 2012 Video Index report revealing current global trends in digital video consumption Business Wire India

i2c, Inc. and KargoCard Announce Partnership to Power Prepaid, Mobile Payments and Loyalty Solutions in China
i2c, Inc., a payment processing technology company, and KargoCard, a Shanghai-based prepaid service provider, have partnered to deliver prepaid, mobile payment and loyalty solutions to merchants in China. i2c will provide payment processing services to enable KargoCard to offer a robust suite of products within China. Business Wire India

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