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Manmohan Singh meets Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in China. ANI

World economic recovery uneven, says Chinese Trade Minister
Chinese Trade Minister Chen Deming on Wednesday said that after the global recession, the world economic recovery is still facing challenges in the form of debt risks in Europe, turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, and the tsunami that devastated Japan. ANI

UK 'sexual abuse victim' exhumed 22 years after suicide
The remains of a sister of a convicted child sex attacker were exhumed on Tuesday night, 22 years after she leaped to her death. ANI

Updates on social networking sites worth more than 30m dlrs a day
Penn State researchers have claimed that updates on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other real-time content sites could be worth more than 30 million a day, or nearly 10.9 billion dollars a year, to advertisers. ANI

Whiskey isn't just for men, says Bourbon Women
A group of US women, who call themselves Bourbon Women and share an affinity for Kentucky's signature whiskey, has said that they too can enjoy whiskey and the lifestyle that accompanies it. ANI

Kate Middleton 'getting her wedding ring resized'
Bride-to-be Kate Middleton is having her engagement ring made smaller because she is terrified it will fall off as she marries William. ANI

US Judge backs 'I (heart) b**bies' bracelets in school
A federal judge in Pennsylvania has ruled that breast cancer fundraising bracelets that proclaim 'I (heart) b**bies!' are not lewd or vulgar and can't be banned by public school officials who find them offensive. ANI

Kiwi war hero's lost Bible is returned to family after 94-yrs
A Bible that had been dropped by a New Zealand soldier during the bloody Battle of Messines, Belgium, in 1917, has been returned to the war hero's family after 94-years. ANI

Iran ready for nuclear talks with G5+1, but no compromise on nuke programme
Deputy Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Baqeri, has said his country is ready for the next round of talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany (G5+1). ANI

NATO allies divided over pace of attacks in Libya
The pace of attacks against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Libya seems to be dividing NATO allies with many participating countries refusing to carry out strikes against forces on the ground, even as they continue air strikes in the region, while others want to intensify the attacks. ANI

Manmohan Singh meets Chinese President Hu Jintao
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh met Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in China. ANI

Public Hospital, medical staff drawn into Bahrain strife
Bahrain's government forces have cracked down on its largest public hospital Salmaniya Medical Complex and arrested several doctors and other members of the medical staff, accusing them of anti government activities and protesting against the government. ANI

TEPCO President apologises for Fukushima emergency
The president of the Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) has apologised for a nuclear emergency at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Japan, which is leaking radioactive substances, following the March 11 earthquake-cum-tsunami. ANI

Harvard outpaces Oxford in admitting African-American, Latino students
Harvard University has outpaced Britain's Oxford University in admitting a record number of African-American and Latino students. ANI

Japan tsunami hit over 100 designated evacuation sites
The March 11 tsunami triggered by a massive earthquake, flooded more than 100 evacuation spot designated by local governments in north-eastern Japan. ANI

Brit teacher fired for teaching 'f-word' to Oz students wins legal suit
A British teacher, who was fired from his job for teaching students in Australia the various uses of the "f-word", has won his unfair dismissal claim. ANI

Six killed in first US drone attack in Pakistan since March 17
Six people were killed on Wednesday in the first US drone strike in Pakistan since March 17, when a similar drone attack had killed over 40 civilians in North Waziristan Agency. ANI

Online campaign tells Aussie men to 'soften the f--- up'
An online campaign that hopes to raise awareness of mental health issues, has told Australian men to "soften the f--- up". ANI

Pak Law Minister resigns, to plead Zulfikar Bhutto retrial case
Pakistan's Law Minister Babar Awan has presented his resignation to the Supreme Court in order to plead the retrial case of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. ANI

Kansas Governor signs late-term abortion ban
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed a law, which bans late-term abortions. ANI

Brit MPs committee demand reversal of BBC cuts
An influential cross-party committee of MPs in Britain has said that the cuts to the BBC's World Service should be reversed to protect its global reputation. ANI

BRICS worried over global economy uncertainty, vow to enhance coordination
A day ahead of the BRICS Summit to be held here, trade ministers of Brazil, Russia, India,China and South Africa met and unanimously agreed that uncertainty in world economy has grown in the light of recent events in Arab world and North Africa, and therefore, there was a need to enhance cooperation. ANI

BRICS Summit: China agrees to prioritise import of more value-added products from India, Brazil
China's Commerce Minister Chen Deming on Wednesday assured his Brazilian, Russian, Indian and South African counterparts about prioritising the import of more value-added products from BRIC nations. ANI

US Govt. critics slam delayed interrogation of Bali nightclub bombing suspect
Obama administration critics have slammed the government for delaying the interrogation of the Bali nightclub bombing suspect, Umar Patek, captured in Pakistan after a tip off from the CIA. ANI

Pakistan determined to uproot "toxic brew" of terrorism: Zardari
Pakistan is determined to uproot the "toxic brew" of terrorism, which poses a threat to the country's security, President Asif Ali Zardari has said. ANI

Olympic medallist Carl Lewis in race for New Jersey Senate
Former Olympic champion Carl Lewis has announced his plans to enter the American political arena and run for the New Jersey state senate. ANI

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo under house arrest
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has been placed under house arrest, said President Alassane Ouattara's Government. ANI

Outrage over UK decision to allow Libyan defector to fly to Qatar
The British Government has been accused of turning the country into a 'transit lounge for alleged war criminals' for allowing former Libyan former Foreign Minister Musa Kusa to travel to Qatar ahead of a meeting of the international alliance's Contact Group today. ANI

No decision on cutting US military trainers in Pakistan
No decisions have been made on cutting down the number of American military trainers in Pakistan as yet, but Washington is in discussions with Islamabad on this issue, a US military spokesperson has confirmed. ANI

Swiss Govt mulling ban on free beer
Free beer will soon be off the menu in Switzerland, if the government has its way. ANI

Syrian soldiers shot for refusing to fire at protestors in Banias
Syrian soldiers have reportedly been shot by security forces for disobeying orders to fire at protestors in Banias. ANI

US university lecturer suspended over class featuring lap-dancing strippers
A university lecturer in the US has been suspended after he allegedly held a seminar in which students received lap dances from strippers. ANI

Brits think using cocaine in middle-class dinner party is safe
A British chief drugs adviser has revealed that there was a 'popular misconception' in the UK that cocaine is safe to be snorted at 'middle-class dinner parties'. ANI

Khanal, Prachanda cabinet portfolio talks end inconclusively
A meeting between the ruling coalition partners-the UCPN (Maoist) and the CPN-UML-held to forge a consensus on Home portfolio ended inconclusively on Wednesday morning. ANI

Japan bans shipment of shiitake mushrooms near Fukushima nuke plant
Japan has imposed a ban on the shipment of shiitake mushrooms grown outdoors in areas near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, citing high levels of radioactivity, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. ANI

Indo-Pak impasse won't be broken soon: US admiral
India and Pakistan are unlikely to resolve their outstanding disputes in the near term due to the turmoil in Pakistan, a top US commander has said. ANI

Mubarak's sons questioned over violence against protesters, corruption allegations
Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's sons are being questioned over their role in the violence against protesters and corruption allegations, the country's state television has said. ANI

Predator drone attack may have killed US troops in Afghanistan
The US military is investigating whether a missile fired by a US drone killed two American service members last week in Afghanistan. ANI

Weight-loss doctor in US arrested for sexually assaulting his patients
A weight-loss doctor in the US, who claimed that an orgasm could burn 200 calories, has been arrested after his patients accused him of sexually assaulting them during "fat-burning" massages. ANI

US-Pak ties facing biggest crisis since 9/11: Report
US-Pakistan ties are heading towards their biggest crisis since the 9/11 attacks, owing to bitter disputes over covert CIA activities and drone attacks inside Pakistan, lack of progress over Afghan peace talks and rising Islamist-led opposition to the foreign forces' presence in the region, according to Pakistani politicians, intelligence officers and army sources. ANI

Burger King launches '1160-calorie Meat Monster' in Japan
A burger that clocks in at a gut-busting 1160 calories is the newest creation by Burger King and has been launched in Japan. ANI

UML leaders unhappy over PM Khanal's Cabinet appointments
Leaders of the United Marxist Leninist (UML) party have reportedly expressed their unhappiness over Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal's choice of new Cabinet ministers. ANI

British troops in Afghanistan hit out against 'ironed uniforms policy'
British troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan have hit out at the 'ironed uniforms policy' saying that they have enough to worry about without being forced to press their combat gear several times a week. ANI

Book implying Vatican OKs condoms temporarily suspended
Copies of a new book on Catholic Church teaching have been pulled off by its Italian publisher after a translation error suggested the Vatican approved of contraception. ANI

50 Oz students suspended for 'rating female teachers online'
A Brisbane Catholic school has suspended over 50 students following an investigation, which found students from years 9-12 had been "rating" the attractiveness of their teachers on a social networking site. ANI

Vietnam to host 44th ADB annual meeting
The 44th annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank's Board of Governors will be held in Ha Noi, Vietnam, from May 3 to 6. ANI

Obama's sister attacks Trump's birther movement
US President Barack Obama's sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, has slammed comments made by 'birthers', who claim that Obama was not born in Hawaii, saying it is time to put the argument to rest. ANI

Libyan gang rape victim reveals details of torture by pro-Gaddafi men
A Libyan woman who had burst into the hotel housing foreign journalists in Tripoli to say that she was gang raped by pro-Muammar Gaddafi militiamen, has revealed for the first time the horrifying details of her alleged attack. ANI

'Expanding' LeT no longer solely focused on India, South Asia: US general
A top US general has expressed concerns about the expanding reach of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), warning that the militant group had expanded its tentacles outside South Asia. ANI

'Women not suited for combat roles because of rape risk': Australia Defense Association
The Australia Defense Association (ADA) has raised concerns that women soldiers are more likely to be raped on the frontline which would distract male soldiers from facing the enemy. ANI

Pakistan, US to hold strategic dialogue in May
The United States and Pakistan have agreed to hold their next round of strategic dialogue in May. ANI

Chinese national charged in US Army recruiting scam
A Chinese national has been arrested and charged for his role in a U.S. Army recruiting scam in which he convinced nearly 100 people to join a military recruiting center, calling it a path to American citizenship. ANI

Virgin Galactic 'hiring world's first pilot-astronauts for private spacecrafts'
Virgin Galactic is hiring the world's first pilot-astronauts to fly passengers into space on the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo spacecrafts, which are currently undergoing flight tests. ANI

Czech Prez's pocketing pen act is YouTube hit!
A clip showing Czech President Vaclav Klaus apparently pocketing a ceremonial pen during his Chile visit has become an Internet sensation. ANI

US Special Forces in Pakistan at Pak Govt's invitation: State Department
The United States has said that its military trainers in Pakistan are at the invitation of the Pakistan Government to support security systems programs in the country, and that the US wants to keep that program alive. ANI

Pakistan has special responsibility to bring 26/11 perpetrators to justice urgently: US
The United States has said that Pakistan has a special responsibility to bring the 2008 Mumbai terror attack perpetrators to justice transparently and urgently. ANI

Rising trade deficit with China a matter of concern: Anand Sharma
Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, who is part of a high level delegation that is accompanying Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the BRICS summit being held in China, has said that the mounting trade deficit is a matter of concern for India. ANI

Qantas passengers say they were not told about emergency landing
Passengers on board Qantas flight QF 50 said Wednesday that crew did not inform them about the emegency landing at Sydney Airport until they were on the ground. ANI

Media magnate Packer's boat palace put up for sale
Gaming and media magnate James Packer has listed his 46 m motor yacht, Z Sydney, on the market just over a year after it was first moored in Rose Bay. ANI

Ex-Egyptian president Mubarak has heart attack during questioning
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak suffered a heart attack during questioning by prosecutors investigating graft and abuse allegations which prompted his admission to the hospital overnight. ANI

Oz PM Gillard to visit Japan, S. Korea, China and UK
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will visit Japan, South Korea and China before reaching London to attend the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton. ANI

Now, dubious man claims stake in Facebook
A man with a shady past has used old emails and a powerful law firm to press his claim to half of the social networking firm Facebook. ANI

Freelance journalist sues Huffington Post for unpaid blog use
A freelance journalist has sued The Huffington Post for not paying bloggers for the value they created for the website, which America On Line (AOL) bought for 315 million dollars. ANI

Soviet era space capsule sold for nearly 3 m dollars in New York
A Russian businessman has bought a 1960s Soviet space capsule for nearly three million dollars at auction in New York. ANI

Quantas flight makes emergency landing in Sydney
A Qantas flight that flew out of Auckland on Wednesday, had to make an emergency landing at Sydney Airport after the crew requested a priority landing due to reported fuel leakage. ANI

Three in ten New Zealanders think Asian newcomers are taking away Kiwi jobs
A majority of New Zealanders believe Asian immigrants are taking their jobs, a study has found. ANI

Pak to free 89 Indian prisoners on Friday
The Pakistan Government has announced that it will release 89 Indian prisoners, including fishermen, as a goodwill gesture aimed at boosting ties between the two countries. ANI

Gilani says Indian PM wants to resolve Indo-Pak issues
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh really wants to resolve important bilateral issues. ANI

BRICS to sign unique pact at Sanya to use own currencies for lending and grants
In what could be seen as signal of its growing clout in world economy , the group of fastest growing economies -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa-have zeroed down to sign first of its kind credit agreement during third BRICS summit in Sanya, the coastal town of China. ANI

ZTE Invests in Brazilian Industrial Park to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, has announced plans to build a new industrial park in the Brazilian city of Hortolândia. Business Wire India

CARTES in Asia: Over 3,000 Visitors and 120 Exhibitors Meet in Hong Kong to Showcase and Discuss the Future of ID and Innovative Payments
The 2nd edition of CARTES in Asia exhibition and conference attracted 3,056 visitors from 61 countries – an increase of 8% compared to 2010 Business Wire India

VTI Gyro Enables Earth's Rotation to be Measured
VTI Technologies’ proprietary 3D MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical System) technology enables extremely accurate gyroscopes to be designed and manufactured Business Wire India

SIAE: Solar Impulse at the Paris Air Show
The organisers of the International Paris Air Show are delighted and extremely proud to announce the presence of the solar aeroplane Solar Impulse as the show's "Special Guest". Business Wire India

Make-A-Wish® Celebrates the Launch of its Second Global World Wish Day®
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® will celebrate its second annual World Wish Day® on April 29, 2011. Make-A-Wish® affiliates in 36 countries will be participating on this global day of wish granting Business Wire India

Thinklogical demonstrates the Next Generation of Image Processing, Converting and Scaling at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2011 event held in Las Vegas April 11-14, 2011
Thinklogical, a worldwide provider of fiber optic infrastructure, extension and routing systems for the broadcast and post-production industries, will be showcasing the new ImageEvolution X3 at NAB 2011 (Booth SL10023). The X3 provides professional broadcasters with an easy to use method for converting and scaling 2D and 3D video signals Business Wire India

Merck & Co., Inc., and Sun Pharma Establish Joint Venture to Develop and Commercialize Novel Formulations and Combinations of Medicines in Emerging Markets
Merck & Co., Inc., (NYSE:MRK), a global health care leader, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd Business Wire India

RadiSys to Present on Mobile Network Security Challenges at LTE Summit 2011 India
RadiSys® Corporation (NASDAQ:RSYS), a leading provider of innovative hardware and software platforms for next generation IP-based wireless, wireline and video networks, has announced that it will present at LTE Summit 2011, to be held April 15, 2011 in Mumbai, India Business Wire India

IBASE and CONTEC Announce Global Strategic Alliance Partnership
IBASE Technology Inc Business Wire India

NTT DOCOMO Selects Gemalto for Japan's First LTE Commercial Roll-Out
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, has announced that NTT DOCOMO, INC. is deploying its LTE technology solution for Xi™ (read “Crossy”), the Japanese operator’s next-generation mobile communications service Business Wire India

HARMAN Expands Volkswagen Group Order to $1.6 Billion; Includes Asia
HARMAN, the premium audio and infotainment group (NYSE:HAR), announced that it has been awarded additional business to provide next-generation scalable Premium-High infotainment solutions for Volkswagen Group brands, Audi, SEAT, Skoda, and Volkswagen in the Asian markets Business Wire India

Linear Technology Settles Patent Enforcement Action Against AnalogicTech
Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:LLTC) announced that it has resolved its continued patent litigation with Advanced Analogic Technologies, Inc. (“AATI”) Business Wire India

MiX Telematics: Top Industry Players Collaborate to Boost Driver Safety
MiX Telematics (JSE:MIX), a global leader in fleet management technology and innovation, and Mobileye, world-renowned for its collision prevention systems, have collaborated to boost driver safety through integrating their world-class solutions Business Wire India

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