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Manmohan Singh arrives in China for BRICS summit
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, arrived in China's resort city of Sanya on Tuesday to take part in the third BRIC (Brazil-Russia-India-China) summit, which will now be called BRICS after the formal inclusion of South Africa this year. ANI

Kate Middleton getting super-svelte for wedding
Looks like Kate Middleton is, like many brides, slimming down in time for her wedding photos. ANI

Vehicles with letter Z in registration plates have most crashes
A study has found that vehicles having the letter Z in their registration plates have the most crashes. ANI

Ad sparks controversy by featuring boy applying neon pink nail polish
An ad that features a top designer painting her young sons toenails neon pink has sparked outrage among parents and doctors. ANI

McIlroy lost Master 2011 final due to not playing enough: Coach
Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy lost the final round in the Masters 2011 golf tournament due to 'not playing enough,' said his coach Chubby Chandler. ANI

Pak Home Ministry given a week's time to reply in Davis shootout victims' heirs case
The Lahore High Court has granted a week's time to the Pakistan Interior Ministry to submit its reply on the mysterious disappearance of the legal heirs of the January 27 Raymond Davis shootout victims. ANI

UK Navy gives captured Somali pirates 'halal meat', nicotine patch before released
Royal Navy officials have been accused of providing captured Somali pirates with halal meat, medical checks, cigarettes and in one case even a nicotine patch before releasing them to their boats. ANI

New Zealand to spend 8.5 billion dollars on Christchurch rebuild
New Zealand Finance Minister Bill English has said the government will spend about 8.5 billion dollars over the next few years to help the rebuilding of Christchurch. ANI

New US Army chief to form transition plan in June
The US Army General Martin Dempsey has said he will lay out a plan by June for facing the challenges of the future in a better manner. ANI

Pakistan opposition demands probe into Raymond Davis' release
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, a Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) politician and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, has demanded the formation of a parliamentary committee or a judicial commission to probe the release of double murder-accused US national Raymond Davis from Pakistani custody. ANI

Saudi Royal family plans to make world's tallest building for 12b pounds
The Saudi Royal family has plans to construct the world's tallest building, which will be an incredible one mile high, take 12 minutes to reach the top by lift, and cost 12 billion pounds. ANI

Gaddafi's finance minister fears Libya may run out of cash
Libya's Finance Minister Abdulhafid Zlitni fears the Muammar al-Gaddafi regime may run out of funds within months if there is no quick resolution to the political and military crisis. ANI

S. Korea hold second round of volcano activity talks with N. Korea
South Korea and North Korea have had a second round of talks over joint research into volcanic activities at the highest mountain on the peninsula. ANI

Oz to allow women to fight on frontline
The Australian Government has said it would lift the ban on female soldiers by allowing them to fight on the frontline. ANI

David Cameron in race row with Oxford University
British Prime Minister David Cameron was embroiled in a race row with Oxford University on Monday after claiming that the institution admitted only one black student in 2009. ANI

Hafiz Saeed rubbishes Indo-Pak cricket diplomacy
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has criticised the efforts made by India and Pakistan to resume bilateral diplomatic ties, saying he would accept nothing less than a withdrawal of Indian troops from Kashmir. ANI

President Barack Obama misses being anonymous
US President Barack Obama has revealed that he misses being anonymous, and doing things that he would normally do. ANI

Brit boy, 2, is world's first to be born with an extra strand of DNA
A British boy, aged two, has become the first and only person in the world to be diagnosed with an extra strand of DNA. ANI

Fire breaks out at Japan's Fukushima nuke plant, but extinguished
A fire broke out at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan on Tuesday morning, but was extinguished soon, said the plant's operator. ANI

Assange claims to be more popular among Aussies than any Oz PM
Controversial Wikileaks founder Jullian Assange has claimed he is more popular among Australians that any of the country's prime ministers have been for years. ANI

Obama welcomes end of Gbagbo's 'illegitimate claim to power' in Ivory Coast
United States President Barack Obama has welcomed the "decisive turn" of events in the Ivory Coast and the end of former President Laurent Gbagbo's "illegitimate claim to power" as a victory for democracy. ANI

Libya could become "new Somalia" if civil war breaks out: Koussa
Former Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa has warned that the crisis hit nation run by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi could become a "new Somalia" if a civil war breaks out. ANI

US-Pakistan ties not in intensive care: Munter
Ties between Pakistan and the United States are "not in the intensive care unit," rather they are very healthy, claimed US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter. ANI

Cameron disappointed over Oxford University's decision to admit one black student in 2009
British Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed disappointment ovet Oxford University's decision to accept only one black student in 2009. ANI

Pakistan tells US to halt drone campaign, sharply reduce CIA operatives in country
Pakistan has demanded that the United States sharply cut the number of Central Intelligence Agency operatives and Special Operations forces working in the Asian nation, and that it suspend the CIA drone campaign aimed at militants in the country's tribal region. ANI

Berlusconi is so sexy he does not need to pay girls, says friend
A Russian friend of Silvio Berlusconi has defended the Italian Prime Minister - who is in the middle of a sex scandal over alleged paid sex with an underage dancer - saying that he is so attractive that he doesn't need to pay for sex. ANI

Ex-Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo to face legal proceedings
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo will face legal proceedings, the country's internationally recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, has said. ANI

Indonesian politician resigns after caught watching p*rn in parliament
An Indonesian politician has resigned after he was caught watching sexually explicit videos on his tablet computer in parliament. ANI

11 killed, 126 injured in metro station blast in Belarus
At least eleven people were killed and 126 others were wounded in an explosion which tore through a metro station in the Belarus capital Minsk on Monday evening. ANI

Berlusconi says he 'gave Ruby 40K to Pounds open beauty spa'
For the first time, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has admitted that that he gave 40,000 pounds to teenage belly dancer Karima El Mahroug - better known by Ruby the Heart Stealer - to help her buy a laser hair-removing equipment and open a beauty clinic. ANI

Rumours about Gaddafi stepping down "ridiculous: Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, has rubbished talks of a change of leadership, and termed rumours of his father stepping down as "ridiculous." ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner arrested following heated argument in London clinic
Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire who has been charged with masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year, has been arrested following a heated argument with another patient at 'The Priory clinic'. ANI

PM Khanal visits injured Nepal Minister Bista
Nepal Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal visited the Manmohan Memorial Hospital on Tuesday to meet Energy Minister Gokarna Bista, a day after he was attacked by an unknown gang and severely injured. ANI

Japan upgrades nuke emergency to highest level 7, says disaster as bad as Chernobyl
Japan's nuclear authorities have raised the nuclear emergency level at the Fukushima nuclear plant to seven on par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, described as the world's worst ever-peacetime nuclear event. ANI

Women 'look for well-paid job in partner first'
Good looks or a sense of humour are increasingly taking a back seat to money when it comes to the criteria women use to find a partner, according to new research in Germany. ANI

12 new ministers to take oath in Nepal on Wednesday
Nepal's Prime Minister, Jhala Nath Khanal, has expanded his eight-member cabinet by inducting five United Marxist Leninist (UML) leaders as cabinet ministers and seven others as state ministers. The ministers will take oath of office on Wednesday. ANI

You tube unveils live broadcasting service
Video sharing website You Tube has launched a live broadcasting service called You Tube Live in a bid to broadcast increasing number of sports and music events. ANI

Ketchum Acquires Majority Stake in India’s Sampark PR
Ketchum, one of the world’s largest global public relations consultancies, today announced it has acquired a majority stake in a leading agency in India, Sampark PR. This move, which follows recent acquisitions in Greater China and nominated as Indian Consultancy of the Year by the Holmes Report , was founded in 1994 by Bela Rajan and N.S Business Wire India

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