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Irish terrorists may target royal wedding: Brit security officials
A group of Irish terrorists responsible for over 40 significant terror attacks last year, may target Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding, said senior British security officials. ANI

Meet the 5-yr-old Brit boy who is already 4ft 2ins tall
A boy in UK, who suffers from an overgrowth disorder, has already grown 4ft 2ins tall in just five-years, making him Britain's biggest toddler. ANI

UK PM Cameron to block Brown's IMF bid
British Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated that he will block a potential bid by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown to become the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). ANI

1 in 4 Brit kids 'to live until their 100th birthday'
More than one in four children in Britain can now expect to live until 100th birthday, official figures have revealed. ANI

Security lapse triggers chaos at Sydney airport
A security lapse caused by the power failure at a domestic terminal of Sydney Airport resulted in chaos for passengers. ANI

Sacked UK woman wins 12,300 pounds after gay man gropes her breasts
A livery yard manageress in Britain, who was sacked after she complained that a homosexual stable-boy groped her br**ts after telling her gay men love b**bs and bums, has been awarded 12,300 pounds damages. ANI

Assange's urinating into hat with US flag painting wins Bald Archy prize
A painting of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has won this year's Bald Archy prize. ANI

Young people are 'resentful' towards old workers at workplace: Survey
A new study has indicated that young people are becoming resentful towards workers staying in jobs well into their sixties, creating ageist attitudes in the workplace. ANI

Worried Brit security officials think Irish terrorists may target Will-Kate wedding
British security officials are reportedly concerned about Irish terrorists targeting the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. ANI

Cyber attacks on critical global systems rising
Internet-based attacks on critical systems such as gas, power and water have increased around the world, a report suggests. ANI

Natalie Barr's on-air gaffe about 'virgin' sized Barbie doll
Australian television presenter Natalie Barr made an on-air gaffe when she referred to a life-size version of Barbie as a "virgin" instead. ANI

China to double workers' wages in five years
China is likely to increase the average wages of workers by 15 percent annually in a bid to achieve a two-fold increase in pay by the end of 2015, said the Ministry of Human Resource and Social Security (MHRSS) ANI

Astronomers see end of world in 90-years
World is likely to end in 90 years and civilization has only a 50 per cent chance of surviving to 2100 without suffering a man-made catastrophic event, the Astronomer Royal Martin Rees will warn at a debate in the finale of 2011 Edinburgh International Science Festival. ANI

American university holds unique one-of-a-kind-in-the-world Hindu Baccalaureate Service
Unique, one of a kind baccalaureate service in the world, was held at University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) in USA on April 17 evening. ANI

NATO tankers paying no tax in Pakistan: Senate Committee
Pakistan's Senate Committee on Ports and Shipping has revealed that NATO tankers in the country are only paying 450 rupees as handling charges at Port Qasim. ANI

Rift over Rajapaksa's call to protest against UN report on war crimes
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's call to protest against a UN report on war crimes on May 1, has divided trade unions affiliated to the ruling coalition as they are of the view that the May Day protest should be reserved for workers' issues. ANI

Pak Army to pull out of Sui, Gwadar in two months
Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has expressed his intent to pull out troops from Sui and Gwadar in the next two months. ANI

Attention-savvy Sarah Palin keeps stirring presidential run speculations
Though there is no definitive evidence on whether former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be running for US President in 2012, her recent activities- her speech over the weekend in Wisconsin, promotion thereof and the re-launch of her official website- suggest that she very much wants to be part of the political conversation. ANI

58 competitors hurl down 600ft hill for Germany's 3rd office chair race
A group of 58 men, who apparently like to make their office chairs aerodynamic, launched themselves headlong from a ramp onto a 600ft downhill course, as they took part in the 3rd annual German office chair championship on Saturday. ANI

Doc accused in MJ's death saves life on flight
Dr. Conrad Murray, accused of accidentally killing Michael Jackson, has saved a man's life on a flight to Minneapolis. ANI

Oz man who had baby with 11-yr-old stepdaughter 15-yrs ago escapes jail
An Australian man, who had sex with his stepdaughter 15-years ago when she was 11 and father a child by her, has been given an 18-month suspended jail sentence. ANI

Taliban attack signals shift from direct engagement to short suicide strikes
Monday's attack in Kabul suggests that the Taliban may have shifted from direct engagements with NATO and Afghan forces in favor of being able to infiltrate secure compounds and carry out suicide attacks. ANI

Kate Middleton to overtake Diana to become world's most talked-about woman
A new study has predicted that royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton will soon overtake Princess Diana as the most talked-about woman in the world. ANI

US campaigned heavy-handedly to help Israel escape UN war crimes probe: WikiLeaks
The United States led a vigorous campaign to hinder the progress of an independent UN investigation into possible war crimes in the aftermath of Israel's 2008-2009 intervention in the Gaza Strip, according to diplomatic cables unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. ANI

Fish transaction volume returns to pre-quake level at Tokyo wholesale market
The volume of fish transactions at the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market has returned to the same levels as before the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, indicating a recovery in the consumer demand, according to market officials. ANI

Pak Supreme Court threatens to summon Gilani as govt counsel withdraws in NRO case
Pakistan's Supreme Court has threatened to summon none other than Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani himself in connection with the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) review petition as Advocate on Record (AOR) Raja Abdul Ghafoor withdrew himself as the government's counsel, citing medical reasons. ANI

Kate Middleton pips Diana to become '3rd most beautiful royal'
A poll has indicated that Kate Middleton's marriage to Prince William will make her the third most beautiful royal in history, beating the late Diana, into fourth place. ANI

Prince William voted 5th in best-looking royal men list
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden has topped the list of best-looking royal men, while Prince Harry and Prince William have made it to fourth and fifth spots respectively, according to a poll. ANI

The Duchess of Cornwall is '8th lowest royal'
Princess Eugenie has topped the list of lowest ranking royals, a survey found. ANI

Chinese man appeals against death sentence for 116 rapes
A 46-year-old Chinese farmer, who was sentenced to death in December for raping 116 women, has appealed against his conviction. ANI

Pakistan trying to sidestep US to safeguard own interests in Afghanistan: NYT
Pakistan is making efforts to befriend Afghan President Hamid Karzai, so that it can sidestep the United States and improve its own leverage in Afghanistan, a US newspaper has said. ANI

Talks on US presence in Afghanistan after pullout unnerving region
The proposed pullout from Afghanistan by American troops is now being viewed as a delicate development, as it will take place at a critical time. There are also concerns over reports that American troops may consider staying on after the 2014 deadline for evacuation of all foreign troops expires. ANI

Berlusconi's ratings halved since elected in 2008 over sex scandals
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's ratings have halved to 31 percent, since the time he was elected, over multiple legal and sex scandals. ANI

Pak man jailed for three months in UAE on drink-driving charge
A Pakistani shepherd, who milks cows in the UAE, has been jailed for three months for driving under the influence of alcohol. ANI

Arizona Governor vetoes guns on college campus
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed guns on public college campuses. ANI

'China's inflation to surpass Govt target despite measures'
Wang Tao, the head of China Economic Research at UBS AG, has said that the country's inflation will surpass the government's target despite more expected tightening measures, this year. ANI

EU awaits UN approval for deploying military forces in Libya
The European Union is awaiting the United Nations' approval to a "concept of operations" document that they have developed for deployment of military forces in Libya. ANI

David Cameron to 'shun morning suit tails' at royal wedding
In an attempt to shake off accusations about his 'toff' past, British Prime Minister David Cameron will become the first prime minister ever to attend a royal wedding without wearing morning suit tails. ANI

LiLo mulls pleading guilty in grand theft trial
After insisting on her innocence for months, Lindsay Lohan is apparently considering to agree to a guilty or no contest" plea in her forthcoming trial for grand theft. ANI

Michelle Obama 'works out twice a day as she doesn't get to walk much'
US First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed that she often has to work out twice a day since security measures don't allow her to walk outside. ANI

Ex-NATO commander McChrystal cleared of wrongdoing in Rolling Stone piece
The Pentagon has cleared a sacked US general of wrongdoing in connection with a magazine report that said his staff and he had spoken disrespectfully about top US officials. ANI

Mugabe hounding rivals in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has reportedly intensified his campaign of harassment against his opponents in Parliament. ANI

Michelle Obama reveals daughter's party clothes left President gulping!
US First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed during a talk show that her husband, President Barack Obama, was left worried after he saw the dress his daughter had on for her first party. ANI

Bush to go on two-day expedition with wounded US servicemen, servicewomen
Former US President George W. Bush has said that he would join 14 severely wounded U.S. servicemen and servicewomen for a mountain bike ride through deserts. ANI

UK Koran burner jailed for 70 days
Andrew Ryan, a former British squaddie who had burnt the Koran after seeing Muslims set fire to poppies, has been jailed for 70 days. ANI

No proof of Gaddafi violence against civilians: Britons
A British campaign group that spent a week touring Tripoli and other towns of Libya claimed they had seen 'no evidence' that Colonel Gaddafi's forces had attacked, bombed or killed any civilians in the country. ANI

ADB to give 150 million dollars as credit to scale up India's solar power sector
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide up to 150 million dollars in credit guarantees to help India scale up its use of solar power as a major renewable energy source. ANI

Evidence of a 'massacre' linked to Iron Age warfare found in Britain
Archaeologists in Britain have excavated the remains of a large fortified Iron Age settlement at Fin Cop in the Derbyshire Peak District. ANI

Was JFK assassinated to stop him discovering the truth about UFOs?
One of the two letters written by John F Kennedy asking for access to UFO files, on November 12 1963 - 10 days before his assassination, have been released by the CIA for the first time. ANI

Pakistan successfully test fires nuclear-capable ballistic missile
Pakistan has successfully test fired a new ballistic missile Hatf 9 "NASR". ANI

Pakistan fails to convince IMF to release final tranche of $11.3bn loan
The Pakistani delegation to the International Monetary Fund-World Bank spring meetings is set to return home without any agreement on the release of the final tranche of an 11.3-billion-dollar loan package to the country. ANI

Palin launches website to interact with supporters ahead of 2012 presidential polls
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has started a new website with more contents, features including a vehicle that gathers email addresses and information from her supporters, in a bid to provide her organisation to interact with her supporters ahead of the 2012 presidential poll. ANI

US House Speaker holds "frank, productive" discussions with Gilani, Kayani
US House Speaker John Boehner has called for "mutual interests and mutual respect" between Islamabad and Washington during what he termed as "frank and productive" discussions with Pakistani leaders. ANI

Arizona Governor vetoes presidential 'birther bill'
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would require President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship in order to get their names on the state's election ballot. ANI

If cooling continues, no meltdown in Japan's nuke plant
Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant will not have a total meltdown if the current cooling of its overheating reactors continues, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. ANI

Defence rests case against Indian-origin billionaire Raj Rajaratnam
The defence team of Raj Rajaratnam, the Indian-origin billionaire co-founder of the Galleon Group who has been accused of making tens of millions of dollars on insider tips, rested their case on Monday without calling Rajaratnam to the witness stand. ANI

UK doc 'sexually assaulted patients and told a colleague to keep quiet'
A UK doctor had sexually assaulted patients and told a colleague to keep quiet, a hearing was told. ANI

Nobody can stop Musharraf's return to Pakistan: APML
Nobody can stop former president and All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief Pervez Musharraf, who is currently in self-exile from Pakistan, from returning to the country, the party's central leader Naeem Tahir has said. ANI

Half of Brits 'would erase all personal data online over reputation fear'
A survey by security firm Norton has revealed that more than half of British adults are so concerned about their online reputation that they would erase everything they have ever posted on the Internet about themselves. ANI

Secret memos expose link between UK Govt, oil firms and invasion of Iraq
British Government documents have revealed plans to exploit Iraq's oil reserves and the world's largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq. ANI

Obamas' tax return shows income drop to less than half in 2010 than 2009
Income for US President Barack Obama and his family dropped to 1,728,096 dollars in 2010, almost less than half of 5.5 million dollars he earned in 2009. ANI

Giant security operations underway for royal wedding
Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding will be covered by huge security operations, including surveillance by the UK police and CCTV cameras on ground and in the sky. ANI

China's cyber hackers target UK firms
Cyber hackers based in China are targeting highly guarded computer systems of western governments and corporations. ANI

Zardari believes LeT-supporter Pak Army playing double game on terror: Ex-CIA officer
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has accused the army, which covertly supports the 2008 Mumbai attacks perpetrator Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), of playing a double game in the ongoing war on terror, and an "abundance of evidence backs him up," Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer, has said. ANI

ZTE Posts 13.8% Growth in Operating Revenue for Q1 2011
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, today announced a 13.80% increase in operating revenue to RMB15,085 million (USD 2,300.81 million), for the quarter ended 31 March, 2011 Business Wire India

Publication of Survival Benefit in Leading Journal Emphasizes Importance of Erbitux in 1st Line mCRC
Merck Serono, a division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, today announced that an updated analysis of the Phase III CRYSTALa study has been published in the latest edition of the Journal of Clinical Oncology Business Wire India

Air Lease Corporation Prices Initial Public Offering of Class A Common Stock
Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL) today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 30,283,020 shares of its Class A Common Stock at a public offering price of $26.50 per share. All shares included in the initial public offering are being sold by the Company Business Wire India

Upsolar Showcases Zep Compatible PV Module Worldwide
Upsolar, a leading international solar module supplier, will showcase its solar photovoltaic (PV) modules compatible with Zep Solar’s comprehensive mounting solutions for residential and commercial systems at a variety of upcoming international solar industry events Business Wire India

Solís Hotels & Resorts to Debut in China
In a landmark partnership, China’s largest residential real estate developer, China Vanke Company Limited, has joined with Solís Hotels & Resorts, headed by one of the world’s leading luxury hoteliers, Horst Schulze, to introduce the first Solís Hotels & Resorts property to the People’s Republic of China. Business Wire India

Taro Receives FDA Approval for Imiquimod Cream, 5%
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Taro,” or the “Company,” Pink Sheets: TAROF) reported that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Imiquimod Cream, 5% (“imiquimod cream”). Business Wire India

Tesla Motors Announces Date for First Quarter 2011 Results
Tesla Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) hasannounced that it will release its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011, after market close on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Tesla management will hold a webcast at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time) to review and discuss the Company’s results. Business Wire India

Vogel Branches out into India
Vogel Business Media India Private Limited: that is the name of the new publishing company which Vogel Business Media is setting up in Mumbai Business Wire India

Become an Activist on Earth Day: Save Water with Gardena
About two thirds of our planet Earth is covered with water. Yet only 0.3 per cent of it is available as fresh drinking water. And that is even distributed very unevenly regionally Business Wire India

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