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India, South Africa to hold joint naval exercise
India and South Africa on Thursday agreed to hold the second round of joint naval exercise. ANI

Bollywood music enhances Sino-India bonhomie
Bollywood numbers amused the milieu during the BRICS summit at China's resort city Sanya on Thursday. ANI

China indicates support for India's UNSC bid
China for the first time has shown signs of support for India's bid for permanent membership of the expanded United Nations Security Council (UNSC). ANI

Long-sought fossil mammal with transitional middle ear found in China
Palaeontologists have announced the discovery of Liaoconodon hui, a complete fossil mammal from the Mesozoic found in China that includes the long-sought transitional middle ear. ANI

Gordon Brown a 'clear favorite' to be next IMF head
Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is emerging as the first choice for becoming the next Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). ANI

Six more dead in Yemen clashes
Intense clashes between troops devoted to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and anti- government troops loyal to General Ali Mohsin in Yemen have led to six more people being killed and many others being wounded. ANI

Pakistan, Turkey vow to support Afghan peace moves
Pakistan and Turkey have vowed to support peace efforts in Afghanistan amid statements by Afghan officials that Turkey is preparing to host a Taliban office to facilitate Afghan reconciliation talks. ANI

US drone attacks killed over 900 people in Pakistan in 2010: Report
Over 900 people were killed in US drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has said in its annual report. ANI

Kate Middleton secretly confirmed into Church of England
Kate Middleton has been secretly confirmed into the Church of England, revealed St James' Palace. ANI

FBI files reveal 'mass cow sacrifices by aliens' sent White House into panic
Declassified FBI files have revealed that the mass killing of cows believed to be by aliens had sent the White House into a panic. ANI

A 23-passenger-Superbus that can travel at 155mph!
A design team from TU Delft University has unveiled a 15ft-long, six-wheeled Superbus. ANI

Brits 'can't differentiate between cheap plonk and fine wine'
A "blind" wine tasting challenge in the UK has revealed that most drinkers are unable to tell a cheap plonk from a wine costing up to six times as much. ANI

Chinese President calls for joint efforts to maintain world peace, stability
Chinese President Hu Jintao has called for joint efforts to maintain world peace and stability, saying that it forms the prerequisite and foundation for development. ANI

India, Russia to review nuke sites safety, don't want brakes on projects
Alarmed over the recent nuclear catastrophe in Japan, India and Russia have decided to jointly review the safety of nuclear reactors installed in India, and also agreed not to impose brakes on ongoing projects. ANI

Chinese President calls for immediate Libya cease-fire
Chinese President Hu Jintao has called for an immediate cease-fire in Libya to prevent an even worse humanitarian crisis in the country. ANI

Pakistan embassy official wounded in Kathmandu shootout
Two unidentified gunmen on motorcycles shot and wounded a Pakistan embassy official in Kathmandu on Thursday, according to authorities. ANI

Michelle Obama has new stylist?
US First Lady Michelle Obama is rumoured to have changed her stylist, replacing Meredith Koop, who has been working for her, with somebody else. ANI

World's first ever carbon neutral bra goes on sale in UK
With Earth Day just over a week away, a leading retailer in the UK has already given shoppers an eco-makeover. ANI

Manning's mother calls on Hague to check on his deteriorating condition
Susan Manning, the mother of Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking confidential data to WikiLeaks, has called for British Foreign Secretary William Hague to visit her son in the military prison to check on his physical and mental health, which she claims has deteriorated. ANI

British tourist beaten to death in Dubai prison
A British tourist was beaten to death at a Dubai police station after being arrested over allegations of assault, intimidating behaviour and use of abusive language. ANI

Putin could run for Russian President again
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has announced that he could run for the Russian presidency again in 2012. ANI

Manmohan Singh cautions BRICS nations not to be complacent
BRICS nations today signed framework agreement which enables these nations to grant credit in local currencies, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said. ANI

Extremely unreasonable for Russia to be excluded from WTO: China
China has expressed strong support for Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) this year. ANI

Wills-Kat movie 'the naffest royal film ever made'
It is yet to be released to the public, but the movie on Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal romance has already been branded 'the naffest royal film ever made. ANI

North Korea detains another US citizen
An American citizen, Jun Young Su has been detained in North Korea for his involvement in illegal missionary work in that country. ANI

Japan calls for verifiable probe of Fukushima nuke crisis
Japan Atomic Energy Commission vice-chairman Tatsujiro Suzuki has said the country should thoroughly investigate the nuclear crisis in Fukushima in an internationally verifiable manner. ANI

BRICS leaders want force to be avoided in Libya
Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa issued a joint declaration on Thursday, saying that force should be avoided in resolving regional turbulence. ANI

BRICS countries continue to enjoy strong, sustained economic growth
Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa today said that BRICS countries will continue to enjoy strong and sustained economic growth. ANI

BRICS leaders strongly condemn terrorism
Stressing that there can be no justification, whatsoever, for any acts of terrorism, leaders of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) today recreated their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. ANI

BRICS leaders call for reforms in international monetary system
Recognizing that the international financial crisis has exposed the inadequacies and deficiencies of the existing international financial system, leaders of BRICS countries called for reform and improvement of the international monetary system. ANI

Pakistan frees 89 Indian prisoners
Pakistan has released 89 Indian prisoners from the Malir District Jail in Karachi in a follow-up to the Interior/Home Secretaries' meeting in New Delhi last month. ANI

India, China eyeing intensifying partnership, continue boundary talks
India and China have reaffirmed their resolve to maintain peace and stability in border areas until the dispute is finally settled. ANI

India, China looking to cooperate in energy sector
Ahead of the BRICS summit in China's resort town of Sanya, where Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will be meeting Chinese President Hu Jintao, a senior Indian diplomat has said that new and renewable energy sources are expected to be one area where the two neighbours can cooperate to their mutual benefit. ANI

Citizenship not the reason to get Obama out of White House: Romney
Former Massachusetts Governor and potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has ripped the notion that President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States. ANI

UK young girls' waistlines 4 inches larger now than 30 yrs ago!
A new study has raised the alarm over rising levels of obesity in the UK - it found that the waistlines of young girls are four inches larger than those of their counterparts 30 years ago. ANI

Pak national nabbed in Chile not IC-814 hijacking accused: Pakistan
Pakistan has refuted a Chilean Police claim of having arrested Mufti Abdul Rauf, the younger brother of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar, who is accused of financing and coordinating the 1999 hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane, according to a media report. ANI

Cameron to discuss how migrant influx has divided Britain
British Prime Minister David Cameron will deliver a speech to Conservative Party members in Hampshire in which he will highlight how the migrant influx has divided the country. ANI

Murdered bride's family pleads with Shrien Dewani to reveal truth
The family of Anni Dewani, Shrien Dewani's murdered bride have begged the British businessman to reveal how Anni (28) died adding that they could not rest until they knew what really happened and whether her husband was involved. ANI

Pakistan urging 'friends' to pressurise US to end drone attacks: Gilani
Pakistan is urging friendly countries to exert diplomatic pressure on the Unites States to stop its deadly drone attacks in tribal areas. ANI

US to continue with drone attacks in Pakistan despite ISI objections: Report
The United States has reportedly decided to continue with its unmanned drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas despite objections raised by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) against the Central Intelligence Agency-led campaign. ANI

BRICS working for shared prosperity: Manmohan Singh
Emphasising that BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) economies occupy a strategic economic position, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said that all these countries share the vision of inclusive growth and prosperity in the world. ANI

Mubarak arrested in his bed after heart collapse
Egyptian prosecutors arrested ousted President Hosni Mubarak while he was in his bed last night on charges of alleged corruption and abuse of power during his 30-year rule. ANI

US expands search for weapons of mass destruction to East Africa
The United States government is expanding a 20-year-old program to secure and destroy Cold War-era nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction to East Africa, according to the American Chemical Society (ACS). ANI

Libyan rebels refuse to talk to Koussa, accusing him of having 'blood on his hand'
The Libyan rebels have refused to talk to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's former Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa at a summit in Qatar, saying he has blood on his hands, having been part of Gaddafi's inner circle. ANI

Pakistan lodges strong protest with US over Angoor Adda drone attack
Pakistan has lodged a protest with the United States over the Angoor Adda drone attack on Wednesday, and described the continued drone strikes as a 'core irritant' in counter-terrorism cooperation. ANI

All 26/11 terror attack perpetrators must be brought to justice expeditiously: India
India has demanded that all perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks need to be brought to justice expeditiously. ANI

COPC Inc. Expands Footprint in South East Asia
Customer Operations Performance Center Inc. (COPC Inc.), the world’s leading authority on customer contact centres and vendor management operations, today announced that Brandt International Inc Business Wire India

Bloomberg LP Opens Expanded Shanghai Office
Bloomberg LP executives today announced the opening of expanded offices in Shanghai to accommodate expanded news, customer support and regional-specific services to meet growing demand in China Business Wire India

Academy Award Winner Sally Field to Star as Mary Todd Lincoln for DreamWorks Studios
Two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field will star as Mary Todd Lincoln, wife to the 16th President of the United States, in DreamWorks Studios’ “Lincoln” to be directed by Steven Spielberg. The announcement was made yesterday by Spielberg and Stacey Snider, Co-Chairman and CEO of DreamWorks Studios. Business Wire India

The 3rd WIN Symposium, Endorsed by E.O.R.T.C., Brings Worldwide Pharma, Biotech, and Academics Together to Address the Rapidly Advancing Field of Personalized Cancer Medicine
Worldwide Innovative Networking (WIN) Consortium announced the scientific program of its 3rd annual symposium to be held from 6th to 8th July 2011 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, France ( Business Wire India

Bloomberg Tradebook Poll Says M&A Targets Are Abundant
Mergers and acquisitions will remain strong in 2011 because of an abundance of attractive targets and valuation, Bloomberg Tradebook® executives said , revealing the results of a survey of leading institutional investors. Business Wire India

Ty® Donates $2 Million to Japan for Earthquake & Tsunami Relief
Ty Warner, CEO and President of Ty, announced the introduction of two special Beanies® created to help relief efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Mr. Warner has collaborated with Licensing partner Sanrio®, Inc Business Wire India

Sanrio®, Inc. and Ty Announce Collaboration to Aid in Disaster Relief to Japan and Pacific
Sanrio, Inc., and its beloved Hello Kitty character have been an important part of the Japanese culture for over 50 years. In their ongoing disaster relief efforts to earthquake stricken Japan and the Pacific nations affected by the tsunami, the North American subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sanrio, Co. Ltd Business Wire India

Tesla Reinvents the Car Buying Experience
Yesterday Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) reinvented the car buying process with the grand opening of its store in the popular Santana Row retail district of San Jose, California. Business Wire India

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