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Calvin Klein's new F-word billboard causing controversy in US
Fashion brand Calvin Klein has caused controversy with its new billboard, which appears to subliminally spell out the F-word. ANI

18 pc Brit women drink more than recommended alcohol units a week
Figures from a recent survey has revealed that the proportion of UK women drinking more than the recommended levels has grown by a fifth in recent years. ANI

Wikipedia helps UK student diagnose his rare heart illness
A UK student, who was fobbed off by 10 doctors, has finally diagnosed his rare heart illness himself - thanks to Wikipedia. ANI

Oz firms are not female-friendly: Survey
Australia offers more flexible work arrangements than Asia or the US, but only few companies have strategies to retain top female employees ANI

Oz Senator, hurt by April Fools' Day pranks, vows to ban nasty jokes
To help stem the "ever-growing annual tradition of playing practical jokes on less intelligent Australians', outgoing Victorian Senator Steve Fielding now wants to ban telling of lies on April 1. ANI

US cops relieved of duties over claims of sexual assault, strip poker game
Two policemen in the US were relieved of their duties after a woman claimed that they sexually assaulted her after a game of strip poker. ANI

Indo-Pak dialogue only way to resolve Kashmir issue: UK historian
Victoria Schofield, a well-known British journalist and historian, on Friday said dialogue between India and Pakistan is the only alternative to resolve the Kashmir issue. ANI

Tokyo Electric warned for having few dosimeters for workers' Fukushima plant safety
The Japanese government's nuclear regulatory agency has issued another warning to Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPC) over concerns that the management workers are constantly getting exposed to high levels of radiation at the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, after it was found that there were not enough dosimeters to cover all of the workers. ANI

Brit Muslims should think long-term future lies in UK: Minister
It is not enough for Muslims to "rub along" without breaking the law, they must be persuaded that their long-term future lies in Britain, Minister of State for Security and Counter Terrorism, Pauline Neville-Jones, has said. ANI

Hundreds apply for Swedish lifestyle magazine's 'beach bum' job
A Swedish lifestyle magazine has offered a job that involves getting full-body massages, drinking wine at local taverns, and reading books. ANI

Hefner's ex Kendra Wilkinson 'pissed off' with wedding snub
Kendra Wilkinson is apparently upset over not receiving a 'save the date' card for former beau Hugh Hefner's wedding to 24-year-old Crystal Harris on June 18. ANI

JUI-F chief offered to mediate between US, Taliban during 2007 India visit: WikiLeaks
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman had hinted at offering his services as a mediator between the United States and the Taliban during his visit to India in 2007, whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Dead granny in US found stuffed in closet as grandson had sex in room
A woman in the US was found dead and stuffed in a bedroom closet by relatives, who walked in on her grandson having sex with a woman in the same room. ANI

Christie, Huckabee and Romney run close with Obama for 2012 poll
Two Republican presidential aspirants Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are running close to President Barack Obama, according to the latest poll conducted by the New Jersey-based Farleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind. ANI

Relatives demand UK to grill ex Libyan FM over Lockerbie bombing
Relatives of victims of the Lockerbie bombing have demanded that former Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa should be questioned over claims that he masterminded the 1988 bombing of the Pan Am flight which killed around 270 people. ANI

Now, 'personal air-conditioning units' for F1 drivers, armies and firefighters
Brazilian company 'Embraco' has developed a 'personal air-conditioning unit' that could be fitted into the clothing of everyone from firefighters to Formula One racing drivers. ANI

Nixon Library lifts the lid on Watergate scandal
The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum has left the doors open for people to have a close view of the Watergate scandal during the tenure of the former US President, which had eventually led to his resignation way back in 1974. ANI

Singapore takes over counter-piracy maritime task force from Pakistan
The Pakistan Navy has handed over the command of the counter-piracy fleet Combined Task Force-151 (CTF-151) to the Singapore Navy after an eventful period of four months. ANI

Life attacks on JUI-F chief reveal gulf between militants and sympathetic Pak politicians
The back-to-back assassination attempts on Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman depict the growing disdain of Islamic militants towards even sympathetic political leaders in Pakistan. ANI

UK report paints dismal picture of Pak in critical areas in 2010
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has launched the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office's 2010 Human Rights and Democracy report, which shows that Pakistan made little progress in key areas during the last year, and is likely to follow a similar course this year as well. ANI

US high school coach resigns after showing p*rn to students
A high school coach in the US has resigned after he reportedly showed a pornographic video to students during practice. ANI

Permission to build 590ft "Triangle" Paris tower outrages critics over 'spoiling beauty' fears
The Paris town council has been given permission to build a 590 feet controversial "Triangle" tower, which critics say is an "attack on the beauty of the French capital". ANI

Brits fed up with Prince Williams, Kate Middleton's wedding
The people of Britain are so fed up with Prince Williams and Kate Middleton's wedding that they have made plans to flee the country. ANI

Russian billionaire buys most expensive home in US for $100m!
A Russian billionaire has reportedly splashed out 100 million dollars to buy a house in the US, which is believed to be the highest known price ever paid for a single-family home in the country. ANI

'Obama-robber' nabbed in Austria
Police in Austria have arrested a man suspected of robbing banks while wearing a mask of US President Barack Obama, soon after another heist. ANI

Brits will spend œ153 billion on holidays this year despite recession
A survey has found that recession hit Britons will be spending 153 billion pounds on holidays this year. ANI

ADB lends 250 million dollars to help build Bangalore metro rail system
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending up to 250 million dollars for a metro rail system in Bangalore that will bring substantial economic and environmental benefits to the fast-growing city. ANI

Petition challenging Pak Govt's latest fuel price hike filed in Lahore HC
A petition challenging the recent increase in petroleum prices in Pakistan has been filed in the Lahore High Court. ANI

AirAsia CEO awarded CBE at Buckingham Palace
AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes has received the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) award from Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace. ANI

Seven staff fall pregnant after sitting in Brit hotel's 'fertility chair'
A blue chair in the reception of a hotel in Britain has been dubbed as the "fertility chair" after seven women fell pregnant in the space of just 18 months after sitting on it. ANI

Oz horse brought back from the dead with XXXX beer after bout of colic
A horse in Australia, which suffered from a bout of colic, was brought back from the dead after its owner remembered an old bush tale fed the animal XXXX beer. ANI

Female roles in films affect views of how women in real world should be
A study has found that exposure to attractive, aggressive, female leads in films affects how men and women think about who women ought to be in the real world. ANI

Beauty can buy both money and happiness
They say that money does not buy happiness, but a new study involving more than 25,000 people worldwide has suggested that beauty can buy both money and happiness. ANI

Australian Defence forces capture two Taliban leaders in Afghanistan
The Coalition Forces Headquarter in Afghanistan has stated that The Australian Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) and the Afghan police have captured two Taliban leaders in Oruzgan province. ANI

Pakistan was world's 8th largest asylum-seeker in 2010
More than 10,000 Pakistani nationals applied for asylum in 44 countries last year, making Pakistan the eighth largest asylum-seeker in industrialised nations, according to a report of the United Nations Refugee Agency. ANI

Roman Abramovich to finance œ1.25bn to turn Gorky Park into Moscow version of Hyde Park
Russian business tycoon Roman Abramovich would reportedly finance 1.25 billion pounds for the makeover of Moscow's Gorky Park, that will draw inspiration from London's Hyde Park and include a London Eye-style Ferris wheel. ANI

Brit school rocked by art teacher's topless photographs
Topless photographs of an art tutor at a 30,000 pounds-a-year private school in Britain were circulated among students, staff and even out of the institution. ANI

'p*rn Wikileaks' enrages adult industry by revealing p*rn stars' real names
A p*rn Wikileaks site has enraged the adult industry by revealing the real identity of p*rn stars. ANI

Sri Lanka arrests editor of website known for exposing govt. corruption
A dissident Sri Lankan journalist has been arrested for allegedly threatening another man, but press freedom campaigners are of the opinion that it is a move to silence an independent voice critical about the government flaws. ANI

Three-day intensive search for missing people begins in tsunami hit Japan
Self-Defense Forces personnel and the U.S. military have reportedly begun a three-day intensive search for people who are still missing in coastal cities and towns of Japan that were hit by the devastating earthquake-cum-tsunami on March 11. ANI

Brit couple receives threatening letter for trimming home bush into shape of 'Buddha'
A British couple has received a threatning letter from an anonymous detractor for trimming one of their bushes into the shape of 'Buddha' in their five-bedroom 1850 home, Hill House Garden and Nursery, near Ashburton in south Devon. ANI

Obama gains popularity among young American voters: Poll
United States President Barack Obama's approval ratings among young American adults have increased, a new poll suggests. ANI

China shuts down 62 pornographic websites
China has legally shut down 62 websites which contained or disseminated pornographic pictures, videos and ads, the Information Office of the State Council has said. ANI

US unlikely to provide weapons to Libyan rebels
US President Barack Obama's top two national security officials have indicated that America was unlikely to provide weapons to Libyan rebels, raising the possibility that France alone will arm the forces who are fighting against the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

Gilani to invite Pakistan cricketers to acknowledge World Cup performance
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani will invite the national cricket team members to acknowledge their performance in the World Cup and making to the semi-final stage. ANI

Prince William invites RAF friends, transsexual pilot to weddin
Prince William has invited his RAF helicopter friends, including a transsexual pilot, to his wedding. ANI

11-yr-old Florida boy conquers Mt Kilimanjaro
A 11-year-old South Florida boy has become one of the youngest climber to conquer the top of Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and one of the biggest volcanoes on Earth. ANI

Gaddafi envoy in Britain for secret talks on exit strategy
Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi is reported to have sent a trusted envoy, Mohammed Ismail to London to discuss an exit strategy with the British Government. ANI

11-year-old American schoolboy charged with anti-Muslim hate crime
An 11-year-old American schoolboy, Osman Daramy, has been arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime for trying to rip the religious headscarf of a Muslim classmate in New York. ANI

JUI-F slams Pak Govt for non-provision of enhanced security to Fazlur Rehman
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has expressed complete dissatisfaction over the security provided by the government to party chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman- who also holds the key portfolio of Chairman Kashmir Committee- despite repeated requests made since 2008. ANI

Prince William 'not to wear wedding ring' after he marries Kate
Prince William has decided not to wear a wedding ring following his marriage to Kate Middleton, according to palace officials. ANI

Gaddafi army 'not at breaking point' despite repeated Allied air strikes
The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen has said that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's armed forces are not at a 'breaking point' despite hundreds of allied air strikes in which almost 25 percent of his military has been wiped out. ANI

Prince Harry's speech as best man will be 'selective' due to Queen's presence
Prince Harry has revealed that his best man's speech at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding will have to be "selective" as his grandmother, the Queen will be present. ANI

Gaddafi regime facing collapse as 12 ministers set to defect to UK
Libyan security sources have said that around a dozen senior officials are expected to abandon Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's inner circle, leaving his regime on the verge of collapse. ANI

JUI-F blames 'Raymond Davis network' for suicide attacks on Fazlur Rehman
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has blamed the Raymond Davis network for the two suicide attacks on party chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, and said the murder attempts were a reaction to Fazl's stand taken on the Davis detention issue and drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal region. ANI

Japan ignores UN advice on expansion of nuclear exclusion zone
Japan has said that there is no need to expand the 20-kilometre evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, despite warnings from the United Nations nuclear watchdog and the country's own nuclear safety agency. ANI

Pak terms 'cricket diplomacy' meeting with India as win-win situation for both nations
Pakistan has described Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's meeting with his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh during his 'cricket diplomacy' visit to Mohali on March 30 as a win-win situation for both nations in their renewed engagement process. ANI

Pakistan rules out US role in resolving bilateral issues with India
Pakistan has ruled out any possibility of a US role in resolving its outstanding issues with India as it clearly stated that both Islamabad and New Delhi should endeavour to "take ownership of their own affairs" without the interference of any third country. ANI

Pak staffer's brief detention kept under wraps to prevent Indo-Pak diplomatic tension
A Pakistan High Commission employee was picked up by Indian security agencies from Delhi on Wednesday at a time when Pakistani and Indian prime ministers were watching the Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final clash at Mohali, and was released the next day. ANI

Pak terms Gilani-Manmohan meeting as 'new opening' for resolution of disputes
The Pakistan Government has termed the Mohali meeting between Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh as a new opening for both countries to settle their outstanding disputes through dialogue. ANI

Wipro to Acquire SAIC’s Global Oil and Gas Information Technology Services Business
Business Wire India

Qatar Foundation Announces Solís Doha, a New Five-Star Hotel in Qatar
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development today announced the appointment of Solís Hotels & Resorts, led by legendary hotelier Horst Schulze, to manage the new five-star Solís Doha in Qatar Business Wire India

Daon Releases New Version of IdentityX™ – A Product that Protects Against Fraudulent Transactions and Ensures Privacy
Daon, a recognized innovator and global leader in identity assurance software and services, announced that it had released the latest version of IdentityX™, the mobile platform that significantly decreases the risk of unauthorized transactions protecting consumers and businesses against on-line fraud and hacking. Business Wire India

Estée Lauder Companies to Assume Exclusive Worldwide License for Ermenegildo Zegna Fragrances
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) announced that its Aramis and Designer Fragrances Division will assume the exclusive worldwide license for the fragrance and grooming business of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, a one-hundred year old, billion-dollar Milan-based men’s luxury clothing and accessory business Business Wire India

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