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Landmark agreement improves global preparedness for influenza pandemics
After a week of negotiations continued through Friday night and into Saturday morning, an open-ended working-group meeting of Member States successfully agreed upon a Framework that ensures that in a pandemic, influenza virus samples will be shared with partners who need the information to take steps to protect public health. ANI

Spoof royal wedding video showing Royal Family dancing goes viral
A spoof royal wedding video of the Royal Family dancing up the aisle has become a hit on the Internet. ANI

Half of Brit kids 'see parents divorce before they reach 16'
Nearly half of children in Britain see their parents separating by the time they turn 16, shocking figures have revealed. ANI

NBC to cut royal wedding coverage as Wills, Kate deemed 'too boring'
NBC Universal has cut a number of pre-taped segments of the royal wedding as insiders feel that Prince William and Kate Middleton are "too boring". ANI

Most March 11 Japan disaster victims aged above 65: Data
Over half of those killed in three Japanese prefectures due to massive earthquake and tsunami, were aged 65 or older, according to a data. ANI

UK police to crackdown on royal wedding stalkers
Royal stalkers and obsessives will face a crackdown by UK police in a bid to stop them trying to cause trouble at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding day. ANI

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy says she has "very real role" in international politics
French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has declared herself as a genuine "Premiere Dame" who has "a very real role" in international politics. ANI

Brit Met Office chief received death threats from climate change skeptics
The United Kingdom's Met Office chief, John Hirst, has revealed that he has received death threats from climate change sceptics. ANI

Brit ministers to hold join urgent UN talks over Libya's humanitarian situation
British ministers would reportedly hold a join urgent United Nations talks over the "great concern" of humanitarian situation in Libya, today. ANI

Cambridge overtakes Oxford as leading university of Britain
Cambridge has once again beaten Oxford to become the leading university of Britain, according to a league table published on Monday. ANI

Ikea slammed for using Mafia stereotypes in advert
International home products company Ikea has been accused of using offensive Mafia cultural stereotypes in an advertisement to promote its new kitchen range. ANI

Bubble wrap used on slopes of Scotland to prevent snow from melting
A scientist has found a novel way to prevent snow at Scottish ski resorts from melting immediately - by wrapping the mountains in bubble wrap. ANI

Winston Churchill's first painting after WW2 up for grabs
First painting made by Sir Winston Churchill after the end of the Second World War is set to go under hammer in London for the first time. ANI

Kate Middleton's mum 'clashes with designer over wedding outfit'
Kate Middleton's mother Carole has reportedly refused to wear the dress designed to wear on her daughter's wedding day after a fall-out with the couturier. ANI

Homeless girl who moved Prince William invited to royal wedding
A teenager girl, who shared homeless shelters with drug addicts while recovering from a serious stroke barely a year ago, is all set to attend the upcoming royal wedding in less than two weeks. ANI

'Drones taking combat situations towards a Terminator-like reality'
The growing use of unmanned aircraft in combat situations raises huge moral and legal issues, and threatens to make war more likely as armed robots take over from human beings, according to a UK Defence Ministry report. ANI

Notre Dame basketball star slams rumours of n*ked picture in Twitter rant
A Notre Dame basketball star has taken to Twitter to slam rumours that the nude pictures floating around online are not hers. ANI

Will Britain use Harriers to silence Gaddafi forces?
Sixty Harrier jump jets that could be used to deal with Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces are kept in British hangers, waiting to be scrapped under defence spending cuts. ANI

Kiwi women caught smuggling cannabis in bra, trunk at airport
Two women from Christchurch, New Zealand, have been remanded in custody after they were caught with cannabis at Queenstown Airport. ANI

Fear of uprising may affect Easter celebration in China
Many Christians in China have expressed concern about the country's house church leaders' decision to hold another outdoor service on Easter Sunday. ANI

'London Taliban' sharia law to target women and homosexuals
Women who do not wear headscarves are being threatened with violence and even death by Islamic extremist group Taliban, in a bid to impose sharia law in Britain. ANI

Protestors call for detained artist Ai Weiwei's release outside Chinese embassies
Hundreds of people across the world carried out silent protests outside Chinese embassies in support of detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. ANI

Kate Middleton's parents 'to pay 100K pounds for daughter's royal wedding'
Kate Middleton's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, are reportedly planning to shell out nearly 100,000 pounds for their daughter's wedding to Prince William later this month. ANI

Household tasks still divided on traditional lines in UK
A survey has shown that household tasks are still divided on traditional lines in Britain, with men doing DIY and lawn mowing while women are stuck with dusting and ironing. ANI

'Pak govt. failed to present Taseer's murder in right perspective'
Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jahangir has criticized the federal government over its "poor" reaction to the murder of former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer. ANI

Sri Lanka President demands mass protest against UN report on civil war
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has called for mass protests against a UN report that alleged that the war crimes were committed at the end of the civil war. ANI

Kate Middleton's grandaunt thinks her niece is too good for Prince William
Kate Middleton's relatives seem to be against her marrying Prince William, with her grandaunt even saying that she is too good for the royals. ANI

PPP leaders laud Awan's resignation to plead ZAB retrial case
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leaders have supported former Law Minister Babar Awan's decision to resign from his post in order to plead the retrial case of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. ANI

Delhi CWG organisers ask Oz company to give back 'overpaid' amount
An Australian company that was dudded out of millions by Delhi Commonwealth Games organisers has been asked to pay back some of the minimal money they have received. ANI

Hindus laud Ukraine for taking lead in interfaith dialogue
Hindus have applauded Ukraine for its reported announcement of hosting an annual international interfaith conference involving leaders of major religions to be called "Kyiv Interfaith Forum". ANI

Gurkhas, sonic arms, razor wire protecting cruise passengers from Somali pirates
Cruise passengers are being protected from Somali pirates by razor wire, Gurkhas and sonic weapons. ANI

How EU wastes aid billions in Africa revealed
Billions of taxpayers' cash is being spent on spurious aid projects through the European Union, including giving dance lessons to Africans who earn less than 70 pence a day. ANI

Miss York City 'stripped of crown for posing in nude photo'
A single mom who won the Miss York City title has been stripped of the crown over allegations that she posted nude photos of herself on Facebook. ANI

Oz man faces jail for having sex with 11-yr-old stepdaughter 15-yrs ago
A man in Australia, who had sex with his stepdaughter 15-years ago while she was 11-years of age, and had a child with her, could now end up in jail. ANI

UK's nuke submarine fleet secrets mistakenly revealed on website
British defence ministry officials are facing an embarrassing situation after secrets related to the country's nuclear-powered submarines was mistakenly published on a website. ANI

IMF concerned over rising inflation, fiscal deficit in Pak
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reportedly expressed concern over rising inflation in Pakistan and growing uncertainties over keeping fiscal deficit within a 5.5 per cent target set by the federal government last month. ANI

Scottish artist 'to burn Jesus at exhibition'
A renowned artist in Scotland has revealed that he plans to set ablaze faces of Jesus Christ and the Devil, during this year's Edinburgh Festival. ANI

Brit couple's pair of twins beat 17m-to-one odds to share same b'day
In what happens against incredible odds of 17 million to one, a couple in Britain has two sets of identical twins born on the same day, three years apart. ANI

Cameron rules out invading Libya over fears of alienating Arabs
British Prime Minister David Cameron has ruled out invading Libya against a UN mandate, amid concerns that the forces of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi were using cluster bombs to gain control over rebel strongholds. ANI

Weakened US, a laughing stock of the world : Trump
Billionaire Donald Trump has described the United States as the laughing stock of the world in so far as its foreign policy initiatives are concerned. ANI

Both US and Pak will fail in fight against terrorism if not together: Gilani
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has insisted that Pakistan and the United States have to fight terrorism in a combined manner, and warned that both risk failing if they don't stick together in dealing with this challenge. ANI

1.27 million Chinese students studied abroad last year
China had the largest number of overseas students in the world, with a record 1.27 million studying abroad at the end of 2010, according to statistics of the Ministry of Education. ANI

Brit teenage girls 'find growing up tougher than boys'
A new research has indicated that teenage girls are finding it tough growing up in Britain and are more likely to suffer with bad health compared with boys the same age. ANI

UK novelist Martin Amis calls Royal Family 'philistines'
Martin Amis, one of Britain's most famous novelists, has reportedly passed a sarcastic remark on the Royal Family. He has called them philistines. ANI

Gaddafi's troops ordered to rape
Troops loyal to Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi have been accused of raping women to strike terror in rebel forces. ANI

Libyan families flee Ajdabiya town as Gaddafi regime renew attacks
Many families have fled the rebel held key town of Ajdabiya after the Libyan regime renewed attacks in a bid to regain the territory in the eastern parts of the country. ANI

Pak F-16 fighter jets can't target US drones: Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the Pakistan Air Force cannot shoot down unmanned US drones. ANI

Libya will deal with "terrorists" first, then talk reform: Gaddafi's son
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has said his father's regime will deal with "terrorists" first, and then talk about reforms. ANI

Malaysian Hindu temples urged to get registered for aid
Hindu temples in Malaysia have been asked to register with the Malaysian Hindu Sangam (MHS) so that proper assistance can be given to them. ANI

17 killed, 188 injured in China hailstorm
Nearly 17 people were killed and 118 injured in a hailstorm that ravaged a south China province. ANI

Japan, U.S. reaffirm cooperation to tackle Fukushima nuke crisis
Japan and the United States have reaffirmed their cooperation in efforts to contain the ongoing nuclear crisis at crippled Fukushima Daiichi power station, as the plant operator unveiled a plan to bring the troubled reactors to stable condition within six to nine months. ANI

Deadliest tornado in US history claims 44 lives
The deadly tornado, one of the largest in U.S. history has reportedly killed 44 people in 14 states in an area between Oklahoma to North Carolina. ANI

Green traffic lights in Holland show couple having sex
A set of pedestrian traffic lights in Holland, which show a couple having sex whenever they turned to green, has turned the street into chaos. ANI

Leadership change essential for Pakistan's survival: Musharraf
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that the Pakistan People's Party (PPP)-led federal government has disappointed the country, and insisted that a change in leadership is essential for its survival. ANI

100,000 UK women in danger of their breast implants rupturing
It has emerged that tens of thousands of British women who have undergone breast augmentation have no idea that they have had an implant made by Poly Implant Prothese (PIP). ANI

Quofore Receives ""Strong Positive"" Rating in Leading Analyst Firm's Sales Force Automation MarketScope Report
Quofore, a world leader in retail execution and sales force automation (SFA) software solutions for global Consumer Products companies, today announced that it has received a “Strong Positive” rating in Gartner’s report entitled “Sales Force Automation in the Consumer Goods Industry.” Business Wire India

Dabigatran etexilate recommended for approval in atrial fibrillation for stroke prevention in Europe
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