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New hacking group 'The Unknowns' infiltrates NASA, Air Force and European Space Agency websites
A new hacking group by the name of "The Unknowns" has hacked into the NASA website and published a list of their passwords and documents. ANI

Oxford student fined 120 pounds over 'great rack' remarks
An Oxford University student who boasted about her body in an election flyer has been fined 120 pounds for bringing the Union into "disrepute". ANI

Hillary Clinton never said a word about Osama kill to hubby Bill
The former president of United States Bill Clinton has said that he had learned about America's mission to kill Osama bin Laden from the White House and not from Secretary of State and wife Hillary Clinton. ANI

UK's head of cyber security says hackers breaching defence systems should be rewarded
UK's military head of cyber security has said that hackers who broke defence systems and then showed how they did it should be rewarded. ANI

Asian students prone to myopia due to 'intense level of education'
Experts have blamed 'intense' levels of education for an epidemic of shortsightedness sweeping across eastern Asia. ANI

'Bin Laden's last days in Abbottabad were similar to Hilter's in Berlin bunker'
According to declassified documents released by the US, it has emerged that Osama bin Laden spent his last days in the Abbottabad compound similar to how Hitler spent inside a bunker in Berlin. ANI

US drone strikes 'crippled' Bin Laden's plans, cache of new Al Qaida documents reveal
A cache of Al Qaida documents which were recently discovered from Osama Bin Laden's Abbottabad compound reveal that the U.S. drone strikes had forced him to consider withdrawing his allies in Pakistan. ANI

Egypt's military 'committed' to handing over power to civilian president by June-end
Gen. Mohamed El Assar, a member of Egypt's ruling military council, said military council is committed to handing over power to a civilian president by July as it promised. ANI

Australia signs new 'counter-terrorism agreement' with US
Australia has signed a new counter terrorism deal with U. S. which highlights the threat of extremism at home and abroad, ANI

UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency website shut down by cyber attack
UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency's (SOCA) website had to be shut down after it fell victim to a cyber attack for the second time in less than a year. ANI

List consisting 170 Al Qaeda names and their fate published
A list consisting 170 names of Al-Qaeda members discovered in Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan during US raids has been published. It also discloses the fate of these terrorists. ANI

Russia threatens to strike NATO facilities in Eastern Europe if US missile shield talks fail
Russia has threatened to strike U.S.-led NATO missile defence facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington's talks with Moscow about its plan to build a missile shield fail. ANI

New sensing tech could lead to 'smart doorknobs' and gesture-controlled smartphones
How about a doorknob that knows whether to lock or unlock based on how it is grasped, a smartphone that silences itself if the user holds a finger to her lips and a chair that adjusts room lighting based on recognizing if a user is reclining or leaning forward? ANI

'Vacation' from work emails 'cuts stress and increases concentration'
Being cut off from work email considerably reduces stress and lets employees to focus far better, according to a new study. ANI

Yahoo CEO 'lied' about past, doesn't have degree in computer science
Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson does not hold a degree in computer science in contrast to his past claims, it has emerged. ANI

Buddha's parietal-bone relic flown back to Nanjing
After a 10-day tour in Hong Kong and Macao, the parietal bone of Sakyamuni, founder of Buddhism, was flown back to Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province from Macao on Friday. ANI

'Hellish' Bangladeshi teacher 'burns legs' of madrassa girls over failure to 'offer prayers'
Bangladesh Police is looking for a Muslim teacher who allegedly placed burning hot iron rods on the legs of her students for failing to offer daily prayers. ANI

Japan to close down last nuclear reactor on Saturday
Japan's last running nuclear reactor is scheduled to shut down on Saturday, resulting in the complete shutdown of 50-strong reactors in the country, leaving it without nuclear power for the first time since 1966. ANI

Expelled ANC youth leader Malema accuses party of 'using him like a condom'
Expelled African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema has claimed the ANC used him for its own purposes before throwing him away. ANI

South Korea's Incheon Airport named world's best airport once again
The names of top 10 best airports in the world have been revealed in the annual World Airport Awards. ANI

Karzai says U.S. has bowed to his 'hot button' demands on Afghanistan governance
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, explaining his signing of a strategic pact with the United States, said Washington has bowed to many of his demands. ANI

11 Taliban militants killed in southern Afghanistan
A total of 11 Taliban militants were killed over night when the NATO-led forces launched an air attack in Gereshk district of southern Helmand province, a police source said on Friday. ANI

Apple plans to use Liquidmetal technology in next iPhone 'breakthrough product'
Apple plans to use a Liquidmetal technology, a new alloy, in its 'breakthrough product', one of its inventors has revealed. ANI

Mukherjee says his nomination for president's post is mere speculation
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said that if his name is doing the rounds for the post of president, it was speculative. ANI

Six missing in central China coal mine accident
Rescuers in central China's Hunan province are racing to locate six miners who were missing in a coal mine accident, local authorities said Friday. ANI

English sailors 'may have discovered America decades before Columbus set sail'
A new investigation has shed fresh light on the voyages of John Cabot, the Italian navigator and explorer, divulging that he may have had prior knowledge of European expeditions to the 'New World' that predated Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage. ANI

Nepal Cabinet to be reshuffled, political parties seek solution before deadline
In fresh effort to resolve the political stigma prevailing in Nepal, leaders and political parties reached yet another agreement late Thursday night. ANI

Reporters Without Borders condemns attacks on journalists
The Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has called for improved security arrangements for journalists working in conflict-affected regions across the world, saying that as many as 21 journalists and six netizens have been killed since the beginning of 2012, many of them in war zones such as Somalia and Syria. ANI

Sudan agrees to halt hostilities with South Sudan
The Sudanese government announced on Thursday to halt all hostilities with South Sudan in response to a UN resolution, while reiterating its right to respond to any aggression targeting its lands. ANI

17 killed, over 40 injured in suicide attack in NW Pakistan
At least 17 people were killed and over 40 others injured when a suicide blast ripped through a crowded bazaar in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Bajaur Agency on Friday morning, according to official sources. ANI

Chinese premier meets Clinton, Geithner
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Friday. ANI

Escaped blind Chinese dissident Guangcheng hoping to study abroad
Chinese Foreign Ministry said here Friday that escaped blind dissident Chen Guangcheng could apply for studying abroad in accordance with laws of the relevant departments. ANI

Canada may act as global peace-broker in 21st century, former PM says
Canada can help lead the world as a peacemaker in the 21st century, one of the country's former prime ministers said in a speech in Toronto on Thursday night. ANI

New Zealand border security breaks up people smuggling operation
Three Chinese victims of a people smuggling ring have been sent home after New Zealand immigration officials identified a Malaysian people trafficker, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) announced Friday. ANI

Blind Chinese dissident Chen pleads for seat on Clinton's plane to flee China
Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who recently took refuge in the US Embassy in Beijing after his escape from house arrest, has pleaded to be allowed to leave Beijing on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's plane, who is currently in China for bilateral talks. ANI

Osama plotted to kill Obama, but not Biden who would plunge US into chaos
Slain Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin laden was plotting to kill US President Barack Obama and military chief General David Petraeus, letters found at Osama's hideout have revealed. ANI

Pakistan seeking alternative to 'illegal' drone strikes from U.S.
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Khan has said that the country is working with the United States at various levels to resolve all outstanding issues, including an alternative to drone attacks, in a mutually beneficial and acceptable manner. ANI

US committed to resolving bilateral issues with Pak despite 'problems': U.S. State Dept
The U.S. State Department has said the United States and Pakistan were committed to working through bilateral problems, as doing so was in both countries' national interests. ANI

Hitler had 'Messiah complex' and 'Jew phobia' during WW II
Adolf Hitler had a "Messiah complex" and became increasingly obsessed with the perceived Jewish "enemy within" as World War II turned against Germany, a newly discovered report has revealed. ANI

India has toughened stance on Siachen, says Kayani
Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani has said that India has toughened its stance on the Siachen dispute. ANI

Trip Accidents While Visiting South America Can Get Expensive Without Travel Medical Insurance
HCC Medical Insurance Services, LLC (HCCMIS), a provider of international travel health insurance, releases an infographic pinpointing the potential perils of vacationing in South America Business Wire India

Covidien and GE Healthcare Form Five-Year Collaboration
Covidien (NYSE: COV) and GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE), leading global providers of healthcare products and recognized innovators in patient monitoring and respiratory care devices, today announced a five-year, global collaboration to incorporate Covidien measurement technologies into GE Healthcare patient monitors. Business Wire India

Microsoft Selects Dolby to Create Immersive Entertainment Experiences on Windows 8 Tablets and PCs
Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) today announced that Microsoft® has selected Dolby® Digital Plus to create the most realistic and immersive audio experiences for Windows® 8 on tablets and PCs. The addition of Dolby Digital Plus enables the playback of Dolby-encoded content across a growing number of devices Business Wire India

Port of Los Angeles Pioneers International Clean Ship Incentive Program in North America and the Pacific Rim
The Port of Los Angeles today became the first seaport in North America and the Pacific Rim to adopt an international clean air program that rewards ocean carriers for bringing their newest and cleanest vessels to the Port Business Wire India

The CARTES Exhibition & Conference unveils its key themes for 2012:Mobile Payment and Security in the Cloud
The 2012 CARTES Exhibition & Conference (formerly "CARTES et IDentification") will take place at Paris-Nord Villepinte exhibition centre between 6 and 8 November 2012. This year, 2 major themes explored at the show will be mobile payment and security in the Cloud, and the special guest country will be India Business Wire India

Fluor Selected by Reliance for Project Management of Refinery and Petrochemicals Expansions in India
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) has announced that it was selected by Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) to perform project management services for its projects to be executed at its world-scale Jamnagar refining and petrochemical complex on the west coast of India in Gujarat. Business Wire India

Harland Financial Solutions Announces Alliance with Rockboro Analytics
Harland Financial Solutions has announced its alliance with Ireland-based Rockboro Analytics Business Wire India

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