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Life-size Barbie's shocking dimensions reveal dangers of eating disorders
A former anorexia sufferer has created a life-sized Barbie as a means to raising awareness about the dangers of eating disorders. ANI

Archbishop of Canterbury 'lauds Wills-Kat's maturity about married life'
The Archbishop of Canterbury, who is to marry Prince William and Kate Middleton next week, has praised the mature way in which the couple has approached their impending wedding. ANI

King of Cambodia not attending Wills-Kat wedding
Cambodia King Norodom Sihamoni has sensationally snubbed Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton by not replying to the couple's wedding invitation. ANI

Krishna raises issue of anti-India activities with Maoist leader Prachanda
Indian External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna on Friday met Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda and raised the anti-India activities by the Maoists. ANI

'Mastermind' audition fails to attract Bradford's Brit-Asians
'Mastermind', Britain's 40-year-old successful quiz show, suffered a setback to broaden its ethnic reach, as it failed to gather Asian would-be participants to take part in the auditions. ANI

Sarkozy could be eliminated in 2012 presidential polls
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is poised to become first sitting President of the Fifth Republic to be eliminated in the first round of the presidential election scheduled to take place in 12 months' time, a new poll has suggested. ANI

US likely to keep 10,000 troops in Iraq
Senior US and Iraqi military officials have been in negotiations about keeping some 10,000 American troops in Iraq beyond the scheduled withdrawal of all forces at year's end. ANI

Hindus critical of Hungary for failure to protect its Roma populace
The Hindus have strongly criticized Hungarian government for failing to protect its Roma (Gypsy) population. ANI

Zed blames religious leaders for what Pope warns as "people of God turning non-believers"
Make religion more vibrant, attractive and engaging if you wanted to keep your people in God's fold, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed suggested to organizations and leaders of various world religions and denominations. ANI

China likely to approve new nuclear power projects
Beijing, Apr 22(AN): China is likely to approve new nuclear power projects in August, a senior nuclear expert has said. ANI

Israeli intellectuals for creation of Palestinian state
A group of Israeli left-wing artists and academics attended an event where an actress who lost a leg in a Palestinian attack read out Israeli intellectuals' declaration of endorsing the creation of a Palestinian state. ANI

Queen celebrates 85th b'day at Westminster Abbey
The Queen recently celebrated her 85th birthday at Westminster Abbey. ANI

Wills-Kat pays emotional visit to late Diana's grave
It has emerged that Prince William and his bride to-be Kate Middleton paid an emotional visit to late Princess Diana's grave last month. ANI

Like Diana, Kate Middleton too will drop 'obey' from wedding vows
It's official. Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton will reportedly follow in late Princess Diana's footsteps by omitting the word "obey" from her wedding vows. ANI

Unease in China over Oz enhancing defense ties with Japan, S. Korea
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's move to strengthen defence ties with Japan and South Korea is reportedly adding to China's unease about new US-anchored security alliance emerging on its borders. ANI

US escalating airdrops of essential items to protect ground troops in Afghanistan
The U.S. military, using Google Earth and disposable parachutes, is escalating its airdrops to troops in isolated outposts, to avoid exposing ground convoys to ambushes and roadside bombs. ANI

Murdered Indian-origin bride's mum haunted by Anni's call night before death
The mother of Anni Dewani, the Indian-origin bride who was murdered during her honeymoon in Cape Town last year, has said the words of her daughter that she wanted to tell many things after returning back, keeps haunting her. ANI

Pak Govt silent on number of visas issued to Americans
The Pakistan Government has failed to provide information to the National Assembly on the number of visas issued to Americans over the last three years by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington. ANI

French police unions outraged over lunchtime alcohol ban
France's police unions have expressed outrage over an official decree that suggested Compagnies R‚publicaines de S‚curit‚, or CRS officers, would no longer be served wine or beer with their meals. ANI

Child p*rn charges against MP leaves South Australian Labor Party shocked
The Labor Party in South Australia is reeling from a sex scandal involving one of its lawmakers. ANI

24th Australian Sikh Games begins in Adelaide
The Premier of South Australia, Mike Rann, declared open the 24th Australian Sikh Games here on Friday. ANI

Cameron rules out UK's 'occupying army' role in Libya
British Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted that there is no prospect of his country's forces becoming part of an "occupying army" in Libya. ANI

100,000 paid subscribers for NYTimes.com
The New York Times has said that it has signed up over 100,000 paid subscribers since it began charging for full access to the newspaper's website three weeks ago. ANI

Electric Nissan Leaf named World Car of the Year
Nissan's Leaf electric car has been named the 2011 World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show. ANI

Many UK royal wedding security steps would not work in US
Americans may be surprised to know it would be difficult to implement many of the security preparations in the United States that are being put in place for the April 29 royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London. ANI

Church leaders compare climate disasters to Christ crucifixtion
The Japan crisis, the Christchurch devastation and the floods that ravaged Queensland were not the work of God, church leaders have said in their Easter message. ANI

'CIA tried to frame Bulgaria over Pope's assassination attempt to discredit communism'
A new book has revealed that America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had tried to frame Bulgaria for the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in 1981 to discredit communism. ANI

Queen approves 'beloved' Prince William's marriage to 'trusty' Kate
The Queen has given her formal consent to the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. ANI

US, Pak reaffirm commitment to strategic partnership
The United States and Pakistan "shared their strategic vision" and reaffirmed their commitment to wide-ranging strategic partnership as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir met at the State Department. ANI

Michelle Obama's 'mum does her own laundry in the White House'
US First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed in an interview that her mother, Marian Robinson, believes in doing her own laundry and plans to teach her granddaughter Malia to do the same. ANI

15 security personnel killed in militant attack on check post in northwest Pakistan
At least 15 soldiers were killed in a militant attack on a security checkpoint in northwest Pakistan early Friday morning. ANI

UK schools branded racist for having only 30 black male head teachers
There are just 30 black male head teachers in England's 21,600 state schools, official figures obtained by the Guardian show, triggering accusations that the country's education system is "institutionally racist". ANI

UK schools institutionally racist as it has only 30 black male head teachers
There are just 30 black male head teachers in England's 21,600 state schools, official figures obtained by the Guardian show, triggering accusations that the country's education system is "institutionally racist". ANI

Sri Lanka warns 'release of war crimes report'by UN could hitethnic reconciliation
Sri Lanka has warned the United Nations (UN) that releasing a report on the alleged war crimes committed by both the government and the Tamil Tigers, could affect the process of ethnic reconciliation. ANI

Victoria Cross winner Gorkha hero Pun who saved Lumley's father dies at 92
Britain paid tribute to Tul Bahadur Pun, a Gurkha hero who won the Victoria Cross for saving dozens of lives including actress Joanna Lumley's father's, after he died at 92 in Nepal. ANI

Islamist militants using mobiles as propaganda tool: Study
Islamic militants have developed sophisticated ways to distribute packages of information through the use of smartphones, a study has revealed. ANI

Ex-Harrods boss Al Fayed to make bid on 007 film studio
Former Harrods boss Mohamed Al Fayed is poised to make an offer on the James Bond studios ANI

Japanese villagers credit ancient rock for saving them from tsunami-earthquake
Residents of the village of Aneyoshi in Japan's Iwate Prefecture are thanking their stars today for obeying an ancient warning not to build their homes below a weather-worn four foot high stone. ANI

New Human Blood concept perfume 'might make you a prey to vampires'
A provocative fragrance line based on the four major human blood types- A, B, AB and O may soon have an ideal group of early adopters: vampires. ANI

Mood among Americans lowest in two years: NYT-CBS poll
Americans are more pessimistic about the nation's economic outlook and overall direction than they have been at any time since President Obama's first two months in office in 2009. ANI

Masonic Hall transformed into Hindu Temple in England
The former Central Masonic Hall in Hull (England, UK) is a Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre now. ANI

Hindus Find a Ganges in New York's Queens area
As the Hindu population has grown in Queens, New York, over the last decade, so too has the amount of ritual debris - clothing, statues, even cremation ashes - lining the banks of Jamaica Bay near Cross Bay Boulevard. ANI

Fukushima Gov. will not allow TEPCO to resume work at Fukushima nuke plant
Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato has said Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) would never be allowed to resume its operations at the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. ANI

Japan widens evacuation zone near tsunami hit Fukushima nuke plant
Japan has included some towns outside a 20-kilometer radius of the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to the list of areas covered by its evacuation directive over concerns of high levels of radiation. ANI

Canadian apex court clears way to recoup Kanishka accused's legal bill
The Supreme Court of Canada has cleared the way for the British Columbia government to wrest 5.2 million dollars in legal fees from a man acquitted of criminal charges in the 1985 bombing of an Air India flight. ANI

Mukhtaran gangrape accused's acquittal seen as setback to women's rights in Pakistan
The acquittal of five of the six accused in the Mukhtaran Mai gangrape case by Pakistan's Supreme Court is being seen as a setback to women's rights in the country. ANI

Abu Dhabi Indian schools to have 20,000 seats by 2013
The Abu Dhabi Education Council plans to provide more than 20,000 seats in Indian schools, while introducing another three new Indian schools by the 2012-13 academic year, seeing tremendous rise in demand for admissions. ANI

Brit tourist saves 2-yr-old girl in four-story fall at US hotel
An unattended two-year-old girl miraculously survived a terrifying fall from a fourth-floor hotel balcony in the US after landing in the arms of a British tourist. ANI

Chalk sketch found inside book thought to be Leonardo da Vinci's 'first drawing'
Tests are being carried out to discover whether an intricate red-chalk sketch of a man with a wispy beard found tucked inside a book is one of Leonardo da Vinci's first ever drawings. ANI

US Senator Ensign to resign in May over extramarital affair probe
US Senator John Ensign of Nevada, who is facing an ethics investigation over his affair with the wife of a top aid, has denied of 'violating any law', but said that he would resign next month while continuing with his fight against the allegations. ANI

Air travel 'is 22 times more safer than driving a car'
Melbourne, April 22: If the very thought of flying makes you panicky, then here is some respite. ANI

Nepal vows to address India's security concerns
Nepal Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal has assured visiting Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna that Indian security concerns will be addressed and that the government will not allow Nepali territory to be used for any anti-India activity. ANI

Indians working in Dubai fed up with chaos at new passport, visa centres
Indians working here are fed up due to continuous chaos at the Indian passport and visa service centre in Bur Dubai and elsewhere in the Gulf country. ANI

Obama approves use of Predator drones to tackle Gaddafi forces in Libya
US President Barack Obama has approved the use of unmanned Predator drones to attack the ground forces of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. ANI

Mukhtaran Mai fears being killed after Pak Supreme Court acquits rape accused
Mukhtaran Mai, a Pakistani victim of a village council-sanctioned gangrape, has expressed fears that she might be killed by the accused acquitted by the Supreme Court on Thursday. ANI

Barack Obama 'racially abused as boy in Indonesia'
US President Barack Obama was subjected to racial abuse as a child in Indonesia, according to a new book about his mother's troubled life. ANI

Pak nuclear missiles are horses as compared to 'donkey-like' Indian rockets: Nizami
Pakistan's nuclear missiles are superior to those possessed by India, The Nation Editor-in-Chief and Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chairman Majid Nizami has claimed. ANI

20 people killed in US drone attack in North Waziristan
At least 20 people were killed and several others seriously wounded in a US drone attack launched early Friday morning in northwest Pakistan. ANI

US to supply 85 drones to Pakistan
The United States will supply 85 small drones to Pakistan to help it fight militants in the country's tribal areas, according to a TV report. ANI

Brit Christian electrician wins battle to display cross in his van
A Christian electrician in the UK has won his fight to display a cross in his van following a nationwide outcry. ANI

Lesbian couple to sue UK hotel that 'banned them because they're gay'
A Lesbian couple is suing a UK guesthouse owner who they claim turned them away for their sexual orientation. ANI

US makes all decisions in own favour: Pak envoy
The United States makes all its decisions in its own favour, Pakistan's Ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani, has said. ANI

ISI chief holds 17th position in Time's 100 most influential people list
Pakistan's premier spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief, Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, has been ranked at the 17th position on Time's 2011 list of 100 most influential people in the world. ANI

Sarah Palin to be subject of 'True Hollywood Story'
Washington, April 22: Sarah Palin will be a subject on E!'s 'True Hollywood Story' later this month. ANI

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