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Miley Cyrus asked to raise Gypsy apartheid issue on her "Gypsy Heart" tour
Hindus and Jews want American singer-actress Miley Cyrus to use her upcoming "Gypsy Heart" world tour to spread awareness about the apartheid faced by about 15-million European Gypsies (Roma). ANI

'Father of CD,' Norio Ohga dies at 81
Norio Ohga, the former president and chairman of Sony, who was credited with developing the compact disc, is dead. He was 81.ony said Ohga, who led the company from 1982 to 1995, died of multiple organ failure in Tokyo. ANI

Prince Harry takes charge of the 'wedmin' of brother Williams
Prince Harry is putting his heart and soul into making his brother Prince Williams marriage to Kate Middleton an affair to remember. ANI

US teen wins £500K jackpot after eating first Big Mac
A teenager walked away with a 500,000 pound jackpot after winning McDonald's Monopoly Game. He had just stepped in for his first Big Mac ANI

The 'Love Train' where singles get to mingle
Nearly 300 men and women caught the Tui Love Train from Dunedin to participate in the annual Middlemarch Singles Ball. ANI

Naval Training Center Great Lakes employs 3D simulations to measure individual performance
Naval Training Center Great Lakes is employing computer-based 3D simulations to measure individual performance and help recruits prepare for on-board training and damage control measures. ANI

Michelle Obama's Plane flew less than 3 miles to C-17 military jet
The White House plane carrying US First lady Michelle Obama came even closer to a C-17 military cargo jet than earlier reported, a new National Safety Transportation Safety Board report has said. ANI

Magnificent Hindu Temple to open in Texas in June
A majestic Hindu Temple, currently under construction in The Woodlands (Texas, USA), will reportedly open in June next. ANI

Hindus condemn dismantling of Gypsy camp in Rome
Hindus have strongly criticized the reported dismantling of a Gypsy (Roma) camp in Rome forcing families homeless and some taking refuge in an ancient basilica. ANI

Princess Di's family to occupy front row at Wills-Kate wedding
The Spencers, the family of the late Princess Diana, will occupy front row seats during the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton. ANI

Oman expatriates asked to get residency card for their 15-year-old children
The Royal Oman Police (ROP) has urged the country's expatriates to get residency card for their children once they turn 15 to meet the Expatriates Residency Law. ANI

China's high-speed rail project moving on slow track
China's expanding high speed rail network, which is considered country's symbol of modernization, is now coming under scrutiny over costs and because of concerns that builders ignored safety standards in the quest to build faster trains in record time. ANI

Pope Benedict XVI may make first call to space on May 4
A NASA official has revealed that Pope Benedict XVI may make a special call to the International Space Station during the upcoming flight of the space shuttle Endeavour. ANI

Brit rewarded for saving US toddler
A British tourist has been rewarded with the Orange County Sheriff Office's Medal of Merit for saving the life of a 16-month old American toddler. ANI

Outcome of latest US-Pak talks: 'Meet American demands to get aid' ultimatum
The outcome of Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir's visit to Washington is nothing more than an American ultimatum that Islamabad must give in to US demands to maintain the current level of assistance it has been receiving, a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Zardari vows to work for interfaith harmony on Easter
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has felicitated Christians on the occasion of Easter, and vowed to work for the promotion of human equality, religious tolerance and interfaith harmony. ANI

Malay Indians lack awareness of ETP benefits, says Razak
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has said that there is a lack of awareness among the country's Indian community of the potential benefits they can receive from the government's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). ANI

Irish terror groups may attack UK: Police
The Irish terror groups have developed the capability to mount an attack on the British mainland, said the latest security assessment by UK police. ANI

Failed Talban suicide bomber shot in Afghanistan was 'British sleeper'
A Talban suicide bomber who was shot dead before being able to blow himself up in Afghanistan's defence headquarters was allegedly a sleeper agent from Britain. ANI

Giant carrion-stinking flower blooms in Swiss botanical garden
Visitors are thronging the botanical garden at Basel Universityin Switzerland to see the rare blooming of a giant flower that is taller than a man, but smells of carrion. ANI

India Hicks' urges Middleton to 'enjoy marriage intimately'
Former model India Hicks, who was one of Princess Diana's bridesmaids at her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981, has urged Kate Middleton who is to marry Prince William on April 29, to enjoy her big day and marriage intimately. ANI

Anarchists planning to disrupt UK royal wedding
UK Uncut, a decentralised protest group established in October 2010 to protest against tax avoidance in Britain, is planning to disrupt peaceful protests against the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and launch violent attacks in central London. ANI

Two Tibetans killed by Chinese officers during monastery raids
Two Tibetans have been killed by Chinese paramilitary officers during a raid on a monastery in Sichuan Province to detain rebellious monks, a Tibet advocacy group based outside China has said. ANI

North Korea says Seoul shunned inter-Korean relation talks
North Korea has accused South Korea of refusing to talk about improving relations between the countries and driving inter-Korean relations towards catastrophe. ANI

Pak Christians say they're being persecuted for US drone attacks
Pakistani Christians are being persecuted for US drone attacks on Islamic militants hiding in Pakistan's tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, according to community members. ANI

Thailand denies using chemical weapons against Cambodia
Thailand has strongly rejected accusations that it used chemical weapons against Cambodian troops in a clash that killed 10 soldiers and forced thousands of civilians from their homes. ANI

Blair, Brown not invited to Wills-Kat wedding
Former Labour Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, have not been invited to the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Westminster Abbey here. ANI

SA prosecutors tried to 'trick' Brit-Indian honeymooner's detention without extradition agreement
South African prosecutors attempted to 'trick' Shrien Dewani, the Indian-born millionaire charged with masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town, to detain him without the need for an extradition agreement. ANI

China blacklists 151 materials forbidden in food, feed
China has blacklisted 151 materials that are forbidden or abusable in food and feed over the past nine years, according to the country's food safety committee. ANI

Brit royal wedding invitation to Bahrain's crown Prince draws criticism
Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding invitation to crown Prince of Bahrain has drawn criticism in light of his government's brutal treatment of pro-democracy protesters. ANI

7000 unregistered seminaries functional in Pakistan, 37 in Islamabad alone
The Pakistan Government remains incognisant of the actual number of students enrolled with some 37 unregistered seminaries functioning across the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), according to a report. ANI

UAE-based Indian doctor publishes book on legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar
UAE-based Indian-origin doctor Mandar Bichu has published a book on legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, encompassing her six-decade-long enigmatic career. ANI

FIA asks Pak court to declare Musharraf 'absconder' in Benazir murder case
Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has requested the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) hearing the Benazir Bhutto assassination case to declare former military ruler Pervez Musharraf an absconder, and order all his property to be seized. ANI

Pak suspends NATO supplies to Afghanistan due to protests against US drone attacks
Pakistan has suspended NATO supply shipments to Afghanistan as thousands of protesters began a sit-in on the supply route against the US drone campaign in the country's militant-infested tribal areas. ANI

Yemeni leader Saleh ready to step down within 30 days
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has finally agreed to step down within 30 days, and hand over power to his deputy on the condition of being given immunity from prosecution. ANI

US' first unmanned Predator attack destroys Libyan govt. multiple rocket launcher
The US military has confirmed that its first attack by an unmanned Predator drone aircraft has destroyed a Libyan government multiple rocket launcher near Misrata. ANI

Wills-Kat to spend honeymoon on Great Barrier Reef Lizard Island?
Rumours are abuzz that Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton will spend their honeymoon at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. ANI

Two Syrian lawmakers resign over killing of 12 protesters
At least 12 mourners have been killed in Syria during an ongoing clash between country's pro-democracy protesters and authoritarian government, which also prompted two politicians to resign in disgust over the killings. ANI

World War II bunker set to become world's smallest restaurant Down Under!
According to an enterprising plan, a World War II shelter in Australia's South Coast could be transformed into the world's smallest restaurant. ANI

Rebel leaders puzzled over withdrawal of Gaddafi's troops from Misurata
The quick withdrawal of forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi from the western city of Misurata on Saturday has puzzled the rebel commanders, and there are no large scale celebrations after the move. ANI

Malay Muslim clerics firm on ban on Christian-rooted poco-poco dance
Islamic clerics in Malaysia are firm on their ban on 'poco-poco' a popular dance form, claimed of having Christian roots, despite the country's National Fatwa Council's decision to allow the dance. ANI

Mukhtaran Mai to seek review of Pak Supreme Court verdict in gangrape case
The legal counsel for Mukhtaran Mai, a Pakistani victim of a village council-sanctioned gangrape, will file a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict acquitting five men accused of raping his client. ANI

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