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India, Kazakhstan sign seven bilateral agreements (update)
India and Kazakhstan inked seven treaties on Saturday in Astana, Kazakhstan, including an accord in civil nuclear field and in the oil sector to consolidate their strategic partnership. ANI

Australian Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee formed
The Sikhs in Australia have decided to set up a separate Australian Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (ASGPC) on the pattern of American Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee. ANI

European Parliament condemns Pak support to Taliban
The European Parliament has taken the bold step towards issuing two declarations against the Pakistan Government and instructing European Commission to re-evaluate the size of financial packages provided to Pakistan to eradicate terrorist from its soil. ANI

Kazakhstan supports India's bid for permanent UNSC seat
India's bid to get a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has got another boost after Kazakhstan assured of full support. ANI

India, Kazakhstan to enhance collaboration to expand economic relationship
India and Kazakhstan have agreed to enhance collaboration in international economic and financial organizations and to use new opportunities arising as a result of integration processes in the global economy for the benefit of both countries. ANI

Sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman says she was proud to be British
Anna Chapman has broken her silence over life as a sexy Russian spy and claimed that she was proud to be British. ANI

India, Kazakhstan welcome civil nuclear cooperation agreement
India and Kazakhstan have appreciated the signing of the agreement on cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy between the two nations. ANI

India, Kazakhstan express firm commitment to consolidate strategic partnership
India and Kazakhstan have expressed their firm commitment to further consolidate the strategic partnership during Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's two-day official visit to Kazakhstan. ANI

Car battery firm sues maker of sexual enhancement spray over branding
A car battery firm has filed a lawsuit against the makers of 'Die Hard', a male sexual enhancement spray, claiming that the branding is too similar. ANI

'Dying' US man gives engagement ring to wife after 65 years of marriage
A 97-year-old Massachusetts man has been able to fulfill his lifelong dream to give his beloved wife the diamond ring he could never afford. ANI

Early school time ups crash rates among sleep restricted teen drivers
A new study has found increased automobile crash rates among Virginia Beach teen drivers who start school earlier in the morning. ANI

India, Kazakhstan sign seven strategic deals
India and Kazakhstan inked seven treaties on Saturday in Astana, including an accord in civil nuclear field and in the oil sector to consolidate their strategic partnership. ANI

Hindu statesman greets Pope on 84th birthday
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has sent greetings to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on his 84th birthday, which falls on April 16. ANI

Microsoft co-founder says his book is tech history, not revenge against Gates
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has said that his upcoming book 'Idea Man' is technology history, not a criticism of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. ANI

Pak agencies to probe two ministries over India's success in getting carbon credits
Pakistani intelligence agencies have seized the records of at least two federal ministries to investigate an alleged institutional lapse in raising objections over India's bid to secure international carbon credits on hydropower projects disputed by Pakistan. ANI

US to create national cyber-identity system to boost privacy, online security
To boost privacy and security online, American Commerce Department has come up with a plan to create a national cyber-identity system that would give consumers who opt in a single secure password and identity for all their digital transactions. ANI

Pakistan should part with US assistance to stop drone campaign: Shahbaz
It is not possible to stop deadly US drone attacks in Pakistan merely by resolutions and protest statements, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said. ANI

Pak Finance minister to promote foreign investment in IMF, WB meetings
Pakistan Finance Minister Adbul Hafeez Shaikh, who is in Washington to attend International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) meetings, has reaffirmed Islamabad's resolve to facilitate foreign investment to overcome economic challenges and put the country on a path to sustained development. ANI

Man accused of defaming Zardari online, hacking website sent to jail
A cyber crime case involving a man accused of publishing defamatory material against Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and hacking a local website has been adjourned till May 11, and the accused has been sent to jail. ANI

Finnish man gives his Chevrolet eco-friendly makeover to run on wood chips
A classic 25-year-old Chevrolet has been given an eco-friendly makeover to run on wood chips. ANI

NATO running short of ammunition to carry out Libyan operations
NATO is running short of crucial ammunition like precision bombs following less than a month into the Libyan conflict, indicating the limitations of the participating European Union nations in sustaining the military action over an extended period of time, NATO and U.S. officials have said. ANI

Hillary Clinton's fondness for British Foreign Secretaries
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's fondness for British Foreign Secretaries has once again come into the limelight. ANI

Scottish butcher claims his 'Devil's Sausage' is world's hottest
A Scottish butcher has claimed that his "Devil's Sausage" is the world's hottest. ANI

Obama's private 'candid comments' accidentally leaked into White House press room
An audio feed of US President Barack Obama's question and answer session at one of his three re-election fundraisers in Chicago was accidentally leaked into the White House press room. ANI

Obama accepts stalemate on ground in Libya
US President Barack Obama has said that there is a "stalemate" on the ground in Libya, but he still expects that the NATO allies will succeed in eventually ousting tyrant Colo. Muammar Qaddafi. ANI

Japan to dismantle Fukushima Daiichi plant owner after crisis is averted: Report
The Japanese Government is reportedly set to dismantle the Tokyo Electric Power Co. after it fixes the damage at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility, according to a secret plan. ANI

India to work with Kazakhstan in bringing peace, development
Emphasising that Kazakhstan has a key role to play in bringing peace and development to Central Asia, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday said India would like to work with Kazakhstan in this noble endeavour. ANI

Brit kids considering sex change given access to puberty blocking drugs
British children as young as 12 have been given access to drugs that block puberty while they contemplate to have a sex change. ANI

Pakistan indulging in illicit nuclear trafficking activities: ISIS
Pakistan remains an active procurer of nuke dual-use goods and continues with its illicit nuclear trafficking efforts despite publicly claiming to be a responsible nuclear nation, a leading US thinktank has said. ANI

Elderly Sikh man succumbs to gun injuries following 'hate attack' in N. California
A 78-year-old Sikh man has succumbed to injuries over a month after he was shot in the Sacramento suburb of Elk Grove, which investigating officials in Northern California are viewing as a 'hate crime'. ANI

London Philharmonic Orchestra to record national anthems for Olympic medal ceremonies
The London Philharmonic Orchestra would reportedly record the national anthems of all 205 countries participating in the 2012 London Olympics. ANI

US man, who bit police dog, sues cops for violating his rights
A man in the US, who bit a police dog as it apprehended him for a burglary, is suing two Arizona cities for violating his civil rights and using excessive force during his capture. ANI

US pressing Pakistan to take increased action against LeT, other terror groups
Pakistan is still being used as a base for terrorist organisations operating in the Af-Pak region, and the United States continues to press the Asian nation for increased action against Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LeT) and other terrorist groups that undermine the security of the region and beyond, a top US counter-terrorism official has said. ANI

5.3-magnitude aftershock shakes Christchurch
A strong aftershock measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale has hit Christchurch city of New Zealand on Saturday. ANI

Hollywood siren Marlene Dietrich's plot to assassinate Hitler revealed
In Charlotte Chandler's personal biography on legendary Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Dietrich's boyfriend at the time) is quoted as saying that the screen goddess told him of her plan to assassinate Hitler and asked him for help. ANI

'Macho man' Putin's latest fad is ice hockey
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin who has created the image of a "macho man" by taking part in various sporting activities, reportedly took part in a 40-minute training session with two teenage ice hockey teams in Moscow. ANI

Al-qaeda 'thrives' in countries having weak governance: FBI
Militant group Al-qaeda thrives in the countries facing political unrest and weak governance, said the US's top counter-terror official. ANI

Pakistani Consul General visits Aafia Siddiqui at Texas detention facility
Pakistan's Consul General in Houston, Aqil Nadeem, has visited Pakistani neuroscientist and terror convict Dr Aafia Siddiqui in the Carswell detention facility in Texas. ANI

Reshuffle in top brass of Pakistan Army
In a major reshuffle in the Pakistan Army, Major General Ashfaq Nadeem has been appointed as the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO). ANI

Pak Govt to shut down country's first private detective agency
The Pakistan Government is considering shutting down the country's first private detective company "Fact Finders", terming its functioning as illegal and unconstitutional, sources have revealed. ANI

Prince William, Kate Middleton's daughter could become Queen
If plans to alter "discriminatory" rules governing the line of succession go through then Prince William and Kate Middleton's eldest daughter would become Queen ahead of her younger brothers. ANI

Baroness Warsi used taxpayer-funded Pak trip to attend lavish family wedding
Tory party co-chairman Baroness Warsi, the first Muslim woman to serve in the British Cabinet, had used a taxpayer-funded official visit to Pakistan to attend a family wedding in Mir Pur last February, but the Foreign Office made no official announcement about the issue. ANI

US military conducts 'most challenging' ballistic missile defense test
The US military has successfully conducted its "most challenging test to date" of its ballistic missile defense (BMD) system. ANI

Pak-origin teen girl in US runs away to escape arranged marriage back home
A Pakistani-origin teenage girl reportedly ran away from her parent's home in Skokie, Illinois, to avoid an arranged marriage back home. ANI

US golfer shoots world record 16 on par-four 9th hole at Valero Texas Open
American golfer Kevin Na has said that he does not have any idea about how many shots he had taken as he shot a record 16 at the par-four 9th hole of the Valero Texas Open. ANI

When stunning blonde violinist burst out of Easter egg to serenade Berlusconi
A Swedish violinist has revealed that she was paid to serenade Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi by bursting out of a giant Easter egg at a party at his Milan mansion. ANI

Musharraf reiterates he'll return to Pakistan before elections
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is currently in self-exile from Pakistan, has said that he will give a surprise to his nation by staging a come back before the next general elections. ANI

'Exasperated' Obama says White House tech is "30 years behind" time
US President Barack Obama has expressed disappointment at the lack of new technology in the White House, claiming the gadgets he has at his disposal are "30 years behind" time. ANI

Somali pirates want Indian hostages swapped with jailed colleagues
Despite receiving a multimillion dollar ransom, the Somali pirates have kept the Indian hostages, and demanded release of their colleagues in India. ANI

US should re-serve 9/11-like ultimatum to Pak to crack down on terror: WSJ
Pakistan needs to be served an ultimatum by the United States on the same lines as the warning given to it immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks, a US newspaper has said. ANI

Israeli media separating country's secular, religious groups: Study
The Israeli media groups are using their ability to select and present information to divide religious and secular groups of the country, says a research conducted by a Penn State Altoona political scientist. ANI

Gaddafi forces using schoolboy conscripts to regain Misurata
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is reportedly using schoolboy conscripts as young as 15 in a bid to regain the rebel-held town of Misurata. ANI

Turkey in talks to open Taliban office in Istanbul for Afghan peace talks
Turkey is working to open a political office for the Taliban in Istanbul to help facilitate their leadership for talks with the Afghan government to resolve the issue for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan as well as the entire region, a close aide to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has said. ANI

British Air Force 'forced' lesbian recruits to undergo treatment
Britain's Royal Air Force used to discourage recruitment of bisexual officials and forced suspected lesbians to undergo a medical treatment to 'cure' their 'perversions,' reveals newly declassified documents. ANI

Gaddafi forces firing cluster bombs into residential neighborhoods in Misrata
The forces of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi are reportedly firing cluster bombs into residential neighborhoods, which have been banned by much of the world, in their bid to overtake Misrata. ANI

CIA has established spy network in Pakistan, doesn't need ISI collaboration anymore
The Central Investigation Agency (CIA) has established its own spy network in Pakistan, a US newspaper has quoted an official, as saying. ANI

Pak playing 'cheap politics' by secretly backing and publicly bashing US drone attacks
The Pakistan Government, led by President Asif Ali Zardari, has been "playing a particularly cheap form of politics" by secretly allowing the United States to increase drone strikes in the tribal areas on the one hand, and complaining about them publicly to shore up its waning popularity on the other hand, a US newspaper has said. ANI

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