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Radioactive water from Fukushima nuclear power plant leaking into sea: TEPCO
Radioactive water is leaking into the sea from a 20-centimetre crack in a containment pit at Japan's quake and tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant, its operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has said. ANI

"Libyan crisis 'a lesson' for Iran, N. Korea not to give up nuke ambitions"
The Libyan crisis will make it difficult for the Western powers like the United States in convincing Iran, and North Korea to drop their nuclear ambitions, an American analyst has said. ANI

French mayor throws patriotic statue out because its br**ts were too big
The mayor of a French town is said to have thrown a patriotic female statue out of his town hall after deciding that her br**ts were too big. ANI

Koussa says Palestinians, not Libya behind Lockerbie bombing
British Labour Party politician Tam Dalyell has said former Libyan Minister Moussa Koussa told him that the Gaddafi regime had not been responsible for the Lockerbie bombing and pointed the finger at Palestinian terrorists instead. ANI

US man leaves behind t-shirt printed with own face at house he burgled
A man in the US is said to have left his t-shirt, which had his face emblazoned on it along with the slogan "making money is my thang", behind at a house he allegedly burgled. ANI

Prince William 'wore chest wig and hairpiece at stag party'
Although Prince William tried hard to keep his bachelor party under wraps, it has emerged that the he was forced to wear a chest wig and hairpiece by pals on his boozy stag do. ANI

Mystery whether 'Gaddafi is Jewish' heats up
Amid the political unrest in Libya, the stir about rumours whether Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is Jewish, has heated up. ANI

Hannah to 'auction herself' to collect funds for Japan disaster victims
Malaysian artist Hannah Tan is "auctioning" herself to raise funds for the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. ANI

Have a look at the big fat fake royal wedding!
British photographer Alison Jackson's take on Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding shows the royal family in a tantalizing and scandalous new light. ANI

US presidential limo 'The Beast' will not go green
US President Barack Obama's "green fleet initiative" to ensure that all new government vehicles will run on electric, hybrid or alternative fuels by 2015, raised the question if the presidential limo will also go green. ANI

New test material to fight explosives terrorism
Scientists have developed a new test material that enables users of trace-explosives detectors (TEDs) to evaluate their performance and reliability. ANI

Reopening Zulfikar Ali Bhutto case will strengthen Pak judiciary: Awan
The reopening of the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto case will strengthen Pakistan's judiciary, Law Minister Babar Awan has said. ANI

Gaddafi is a psychological wreck, says ex-Libyan Foreign Affairs Minister
Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi is a psychological wreck, former Libyan Foreign Affairs Minister Moussa Koussa has told British spy chiefs.ccording to the Sun, Koussa said that Gaddafi is cowering in the rubble of his bomb-battered bunker in Tripoli, surrounded by bitterly feuding henchmen. ANI

Pakistani charged with 14 criminal counts in Canada
A Pakistani businessman-turned-politician in Canada has been arrested and charged with 14 criminal counts related to mortgage fraud, credit-card fraud and forged cheques. ANI

Pakistan collects one trillion rupees as taxes in nine months
Pakistan's Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has collected over one trillion rupees in taxes in the first three quarters of the current fiscal year. ANI

'Fears of 'catastrophic' return of Islamic fundamentalists in Egypt'
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Golden Temple honors Hindu statesman
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed was honored with a siropa on March 19 evening in Amritsar (India) in the Golden Temple complex, which contains the holiest shrine and highest seat of Sikhism. ANI

US lesbian student wins right to wear tuxedo to senior school prom
A lesbian student in the US has won the right to wear a tuxedo to her upcoming senior prom ANI

Unit block in Oz is first to ban residents from smoking
A Sydney unit block is believed to be the first residential building in Australia to ban smoking in all residents' homes. ANI

Male menopause really does exist
Menopause is not limited to women, it hits men too, say researchers. ANI

Protein that contributes to ulcerative colitis revealed
A new study has revealed that a protein called PUMA (p53 upregulated modulator of apoptosis) contributes to ulcerative colitis. ANI

Afghan Government bans revealing wedding outfits
The Afghanistan Government has planned to ban women garments contrary to Islamic sharia and will close down the shops dealing with outfits that are semi-n*ked, n*ked, transparent, or tight in a way that reveals part of the woman's body. ANI

Unemployed Americans complain of discrimination when looking for work
A survey has found that unemployed Americans are having a tough time re-entering the job market, with most complaining that they face discrimination. ANI

Malay Prime Minister's wife launches bhangra band
Malaysia Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak's wife Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor has launched a new music album by a Malaysian bhangra band. ANI

Pak security agencies averse to aerial survey of Balochistan by foreigners
Pakistani security agencies have reportedly conveyed their concerns to the government over a proposed aerial survey of the three-billion-dollar Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline route by foreign consultants. ANI

Malaysia bans Christian-rooted 'poco-poco' dance for being 'haram for Muslims'
Muslim clerics in Malaysia have issued a fatwa banning the "poco-poco", a popular line dance, saying that it is 'haram for Muslims' because of its Christian roots. ANI

Britain's ambassador to US denies involvement in helping Saif Gaddafi get 'dodgy' LSE degree
Britain's ambassador to the United States Sir Nigel Sheinwald has denied reports that he had helped Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif Gaddafi, to get his 'dodgy' PhD thesis from London School of Economics (LSE). ANI

Brother of Raymond Davis' victim denies striking 'blood money' deal under pressure
The elder brother of Faheem Shamshad, one of the two Pakistani men shot dead by CIA contractor Raymond Davis on January 27, has dismissed speculations that his family was forced to accept 'blood money' and forgive Davis, thus paving way for the release of the US national. ANI

Ten schoolchildren kidnapped in Pak's Kurram region
Ten schoolchildren have been abducted by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of Kurram. ANI

Trump accused of discrediting Republicans by saying 'Obama may be a Muslim'
American businessman Donald Trump has been accused of discrediting the entire Republican Party, as he speculates that US President Barack Obama's birth certificate may say he is a Muslim.rump, a potential presidential candidate, also claimed that the President may have duped the entire nation about his birthplace and calls it 'one of the greatest scams of all time'. ANI

New EU anti-terrorist body will be 'like KGB'
Senior European administrative officials are planning to set up a new European Union counter-terrorism agency, which critics warn, could turn into a Europe-wide secret police force that would be "like the KGB". ANI

Queen's underwear supplier unveils UK's biggest bra - the 48N cup
With the female form expanding at such a rapid pace, now the Queen's underwear supplier has unveiled Britain's biggest bra, which is a 48N cup. ANI

India, Pak staffers' brief detentions dampen renewed Indo-Pak peace process
The recent incident of brief detentions of each other's High Commission employees by Pakistan and India threatens to hamper the renewed peace process between the two nations, just two days after both countries' prime ministers provided fresh momentum to the re-engagement process through 'cricket diplomacy'. ANI

Berlusconi's girls were described as 'parcels' to be 'delivered' to PM
Silvio Berlusconi's women were referred to in code as 'parcels' to be 'delivered' to the prime minister, it has emerged. ANI

Afghan insurgent believed to be ringleader of attack on U.N. Office over Koran burning issue
An Afghan insurgent from one of the militants' strongholds in the country is believed to be the ringleader of a bloody attack at a United Nations compound that killed 12 people in the city of city of Mazar-i-Sharif. ANI

Atlantic City cocktail waitresses fired for looking 'too old for skimpy outfits'
A group of Atlantic City waitresses, who were fired for not looking sexy enough in their skimpy new uniforms, are now suing their casino bosses. ANI

Brit framer buried in unmarked grave is outlaw behind Robin Hood legend?
A historian has claimed that a farmer buried in an unmarked tomb in Britain, could have been the outlaw who became the basis for the Robin Hood legend. ANI

Malaysian Police confirms sex video featuring top politician as genuine
Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar has said experts have confirmed that the sex video clip featuring top opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has not been doctored. ANI

28pc of U.S. women have kids by more than one man
An American study of the prevalence of multiple partner fertility has found that 28 percent of all U.S. women with two or more children have children by more than one man. ANI

Cameron rules out deal to offer refuge to Saif Gaddafi
British Prime Minister David Cameron has denied reports of offering Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif Gaddafi, any special deal or treatment if he wishes to leave Libya, Downing Street officials have said. ANI

Prince William's RAF colleagues given role at royal wedding
Prince William's military colleagues will line the route when he leaves Westminster Abbey after tying the knot with Kate Middleton. ANI

US pastor who burned Koran says violent attack in Afghanistan 'proves his point' about Islam
Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who oversaw the burning of a Koran last month, has said that he does not feel responsible for a violent protest at a United Nations compound that killed 12 people in Afghanistan. ANI

Japan's PM to visit Fukushima nuke operation base to encourage workers
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan will pay a visit to an operation base in Fukushima Prefecture to give encouragement to Self-Defense Forces members and other workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power pant. ANI

Fake student visa applications from India increase before new UK law comes into force
Indians desperate to enter Britain before tough new rules come into force next week have applied in large numbers for visa as fake students. ANI

Brit soldiers serving in Libya, Afghanistan could face redundancies
Britain's military commanders from the Army and Navy have been told to inform soldiers and sailors currently serving in Afghanistan and Libya that they could be among the 2000 personnel to be made redundant in September. ANI

'Ladies man' Julian Assange can't dance!
Julian Assange may be the scourge of governments and evil corporations worldwide, but it seems Wikileaks founder has one fatal weakness - he can't dance. ANI

'Long battle' to resolve Fukushima nuke crisis: Japanese PM
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has admitted that there will be a long-term battle to stabilize Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. ANI

Giving ISI chief one-year service extension "very much the right of Pak Govt": Gilani
The Pakistan Government has given a one-year service extension to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant-General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, as it is "very much the right of the government," Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

Carla Bruni delays launch of her new album for hubby
French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has decided to postpone the release of her new album - to put her husband's career before her own. ANI

Militants behead owner, watchmen of NATO convoy parking lot in Khyber Agency
In the latest attack on convoys in Pakistan carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, militants beheaded the owner and two watchmen of a private parking lot of NATO supply containers in Khyber Agency, and also torched the empty trucks and oil tankers parked there. ANI

India has shared Samjhauta probe report with Pakistan, will talk on Kashmir: Malik
Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that India has provided the Samjhauta Express train blast investigation report to Pakistan, and that both countries have agreed to talk on Kashmir and other pending issues. ANI

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