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NATO claims it has killed second most wanted Al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan
The US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday that they had killed the second most wanted insurgent in the country. ANI

Gilani demands evidence to nail ISI
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has asked opposition lawmaker Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to produce irrefutable and concrete evidence to enable him to take the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency to task for alleged misdemeanours. ANI

Osama did not escape to Pakistan, but headed north: GITMO documents
A secret intelligence report compiled by officials at Guant namo Bay has claimed that Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden did not escape to Pakistan, but headed up north in December 2001. ANI

ISI being wrongfully defamed internationally: Malik
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday angrily rejected documents leaked by the whistle-blowing web site WikiLeaks showing the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in bad light. ANI

Sex toy noise leads Berlin cops to break down apartment door
Berlin police smashed down the door of a city flat after a noise complaint from neighbours, only to find a sex toy buzzing around on the floor. ANI

Level of China's largest freshwater lake at lowest point in history
The water level of China's largest freshwater lake, Poyang Lake in the Jiangxi Province, has reportedly dropped to the lowest point in its history for the same period. ANI

Anti-Palin movement brands her "unintelligent" to head Oval Office
A self-styled anti-Palin movement, whose members span across the globe, has revealed some facts about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin her family and allies, including claims that Palin wants to be president despite being "promiscuous, petty and unintelligent." ANI

President Patil lauds efforts of Indians in development of Mauritius
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, who visited the "Aapravasi Ghat" here on Tuesday, lauded the efforts of Indians in the development of Mauritius. ANI

World's most premature baby, born at 21 weeks, goes home healthy!
A German baby girl, born at just 21 weeks and five days, has been released from the hospital and sent home with her parents after five months in neonatal care. ANI

Nepal's palace museum opens for general public
The seven-story palace museum in Nepal's Nuwakot district has been declared open for general public. ANI

BBC may be al-Qeada's 'propaganda media network': Wikileaks
Hundreds of US secret diplomatic cables released by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' have suggested that the BBC could be part of a 'propaganda media network' for al-Qeada. ANI

Meet the artist who carves appealing sculptures on bananas
Keisuke Yamada, a Japanese artist excels at carving sculptures out of bananas, only to be eaten once the masterpiece is photographed and posted on the internet. ANI

Trump and De Niro's free-for-all over Obama birth issue criticism
American business tycoon Donald Trump said at Oscar-winner Robert De Niro is "not the brightest bulb on the planet," and therefore, should not comment on the birther issue, especially when it comes to President Obama. ANI

Conservation efforts help increase Nepal's rhino population
The population of one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) has increased in Nepal, according to the country's National Rhino Census. ANI

IMF considers Pak economic policymakers 'cheaters and liars': Ex-official
The International Monetary Fund considers the economic policymakers of Pakistan to be 'cheaters and liars', the country's former representative in the IMF board, Dr Ehtisham Ahmad, has said. ANI

Pak spy agencies pulling strings of "test-tube" politicians: Chaudhry Nisar
The role of Pakistani intelligence agencies has once again marked the proceedings of the Lower House of Parliament, with Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan raising questions on their role in domestic as well as foreign issues, and accusing them of propping up 'test-tube' politicians. ANI

BBC courts controversy for filming 84-yr-old cancer patient's death
The BBC has been accused of trivializing death in a new documentary showing the final moments of a terminal patient. ANI

Palestine President feels betrayed by Obama on Israeli settlement issue
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that US President Barack Obama let him down on the Israeli settlement issue. ANI

Brit taxpayers' money was used to fund al-Qaeda' in Afghanistan
British taxpayers' money meant for destroying Afghanistan's poppy crop was instead used to fund al-Qaeda. ANI

US Govt 'to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco'
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) has announced its plans to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products. ANI

Westminster Abbey chapel will be paparazzi-free when Will-Kate 'sign the register'
Prince William and fianc‚ Kate Middleton will get to enjoy some private moments sans the media, as they sign the marriage register on April 29. ANI

Japan nuke crisis evacuees to begin home visits from May
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has said people evacuated from a 20-kilometer radius of the crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, would be allowed to briefly visit their homes from May. ANI

Radar scan can check athletes, soldiers for concussion: PIO's study
A study involving an Indian-origin researcher has suggested that a simple test using radar technology can quickly determine whether an athlete or a soldier has suffered a concussion. ANI

President Patil lauds Mauritius for its support to India over UNSC seat
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Tuesday lauded the Mauritius government for its consistent support to India's candidature for permanent membership of an expanded United Nations Security Council (UNSC). ANI

US media outlets' coverage of Royal wedding is twice that of Brits
A survey has showed that the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is getting twice more coverage from American media outlets than British media. ANI

Brit Muslim cleric warns royal wedding 'prime target' of al-Qaeda, aspiring 'jihadis'
A British Muslim cleric has warned that the upcoming royal wedding is a prime target for al-Qaeda operatives, and aspiring 'jihadis'. ANI

China asks Gillard to respect country's progress on human rights
China has urged Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, to study its "tremendous progress on human rights" and "show basic respect". ANI

UK 'Human cannonball' man killed during 'Daredevil Stunt Show'
A man performing as a "human cannonball" for a stunt show in Kent, Britain, has been killed after his safety net failed to provide him adequate support. ANI

Casio wristwatches considered "sign of al-Qaida" among GITMO inmates
Guant namo Bay interrogators regarded the Casio F-91W wristwatch as a sign of al-Qaida involvement. ANI

French shoe designer patents his œ400 flexi-soles creations
A French shoe designer has created a range of shoes for women that are guaranteed to make wearers feel comfortable all day, and he has patented his designs. ANI

AEA declares Pak nuclear programme as safe
The International Atomic Energy Agency has declared Pakistan's nuclear programme as safe and secure. ANI

White House defends response on Syria situation
The White House is defending its response so far to the unrest in Syria by arguing that the two scenarios are different. ANI

US exploring new sanctions against Syria
The White House said on Monday it was exploring new sanctions against Syria - mostly involving the assets of top officials around President Bashar al-Assad. ANI

Levi Johnston to pen "tell-all" book about Sarah Palin's family
Levi Johnston is all set to tell-it-all about the Palin family in his book titled, "Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs." ANI

Countdown begins for China's space station in 2020
The China Manned Space Engineering Office has unveiled plans to build a 60-ton space station, made up of three capsules, by the year 2020. ANI

Sri Lankan govt. shelling killed thousands in last phase of civil war: UN
A United Nations (UN) report has revealed that widespread shelling by the Sri Lankan government had killed most of the tens of thousands of civilians across the country during the final phase of 25-year-old long war, in 2009. ANI

Leaders of world's most controversial regimes on Royal wedding guest list
The leaders of some of the world's most controversial governments have been included as guests for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. ANI

'Fuelled by Viagra' Gaddafi forces using rape as weapon against rebel children, women
Fuelled by Viagra, the forces of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, are reportedly using rape as a weapon of war against rebels, including children as young as eight years. ANI

Petraeus discusses 'ways to improve regional security' with Kayani
General David Petraeus, Commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, has held talks with Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on ways to bolster regional security. ANI

Olivier Theyskens almost reveals Kate Middleton's wedding dress designer
Fashion designer Olivier Theyskens, who apparently knows who the creative force behind Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress is, almost let slip the dressmaker's name recently. ANI

Obama was too poor a student to qualify for Ivy League: Donald Trump
Real estate mogul Donald Trump has claimed that President Barack Obama had been a poor student who did not deserve to be admitted to the Ivy League universities he attended. ANI

Obama fears his birth certificate may reveal his father's identity: Hawaii senator
The 'real issue' behind U.S. President Barack Obama's reluctance to releasing his long-form birth certificate may be because he wanted to hide the identity or citizenship of his father, a Hawaii State Senator has claimed. ANI

World's last typewriter factory 'shuts down' in Mumbai
Godrej and Boyce - the last company left in the world that was still manufacturing typewriters - has closed its production plant in Mumbai, India. ANI

Ex-ISI officials may be behind 2008 Mumbai attacks: Pak Army
Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Athar Abbas has hinted at the involvement of retired Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officials in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, but categorically denied any role of serving spies. ANI

Hitler ordered creation of Nazi UFOs to destroy London, New York
Top-secret Nazi archives have revealed that Adolf Hitler's fantasy about creating a fleet of Nazi UFOs, capable of destroying London and New York, was in fact a reality. ANI

GITMO detainees were radicalised in London to attack Western targets
At least 35 terrorists incarcerated at Guant namo Bay were indoctrinated by extremist preachers in Britain to fight against the West, secret files obtained by The Daily Telegraph can disclose. ANI

GITMO files say Qaida assassin also 'worked for MI6'
An Al-Qaida operative, accused of bombing two Christian churches and a luxury hotel in Pakistan in 2002, was reportedly working for Britain's MI6 intelligence outfit, according to secret files on detainees shipped to the US military detention facility at Guant namo Bay. ANI

Seven injured in violent clash in Queens area Sikh temple
At least seven persons were injured during a violent clash inside a Sikh temple in New York's Queens area on Monday. ANI

Three killed, 40 injured in two attacks on Pakistan Navy buses in Karachi
At least three persons were killed and 40 others wounded in two separate terror attacks on Pakistan Navy buses in Karachi on Tuesday morning. ANI

'Give up war or face assassination', Liam Fox warns Gaddafi
British Defence Secretary Liam Fox has warned Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his loyalists to give up their fight against civilians in that country or face possible assassination. ANI

Medvedev hints he may not run for president again
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said he might choose a job as the "angel" of high-tech business when he leaves office, giving a clear hint that he may not run for re-election. ANI

Punter bets on Kate 'borrowing Queen's diamond tiara' for royal nuptials
A gambler has placed a massive bet of 72,000 pounds that Kate Middleton will adorn the Russian fringe tiara, belonging to the Queen for her April 29 wedding. ANI

Soaring food prices threatening to push millions of Asians into poverty again: ADB
Resurgent global food prices, which posted record increases in the first two months of 2011, are again threatening to push millions of people in developing Asia into extreme poverty, says a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) titled 'Global Food Price Inflation and Developing Asia'. ANI

Heavy rains may pour misery on Will-Kat royal wedding day
It could be a wet wedding for Prince William and Kate Middleton as forecasters are predicting that the celebrations could be dampened by the notorious British weather. ANI

3-year-old 'miracle' Brit girl overcomes 4 killer heart defects
Three-year-old Taylor Rutherford has been hailed a miracle girl in Britain, after she made a startling recovery from a major heart operation never before attempted by surgeons. ANI

Low American support for Obama's management of Afghan war: Poll
Majority of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama's management of the Afghanistan war, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. ANI

Obama reviews US-Pak cooperation in war on terror
US President Barack Obama has reviewed the cooperation between Washington and Islamabad in the ongoing war on terror. ANI

Nevada Assembly in USA opened with Hindu prayer
Nevada Assembly reverberated with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures in Carson City, USA, on Monday. ANI

Chernobyl recovery officer criticizes Japan's "slow motion" efforts at Fukushima
Soviet efforts to contain the Chernobyl nuclear disaster were much better than Japan's "slow-motion" response to the disaster at Fukushima nuclear plant, according to a leading member of the 1986 recovery team. ANI

US charges four Pakistanis as co-conspirators in 2008 Mumbai terror attacks
Four Pakistani nationals have been charged as co-conspirators in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, according to US prosecutors. ANI

ISPR rejects 'Kayani-Manmohan secret contacts' report as "totally baseless"
Pakistan has denied a British newspaper report that Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had been communicating with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh through a secret envoy, terming the report as "unfounded and totally baseless". ANI

ISI denies links with militants as claimed in Guantanamo dossiers
The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has denied claims made against it in the Guantanamo dossiers, saying that it has no links whatsoever with militants. ANI

Coverity Integrity Control Governs Code Risk From Third Party Suppliers
Coverity , Inc., the software integrity leader, today announced the release of Coverity Integrity Control. Coverity Integrity Control is a new solution for code governance that enables software development organizations to set policies for code quality and security, and then manage, monitor and report on these policies as code is tested Business Wire India

Al Fajer Properties Takes Leadership in Aftermarket Services
Al Fajer Properties (AFP), one of the leading commercial real estate developers with a successful track record of handing over five of its nine Jumeirah Business Centre (JBC) towers, today said it has become the first in Dubai to launch a post-delivery aftermarket sales and service to its investors for their finished properties. Business Wire India

AppLabs Survey finds 88 Percent Enterprises Considering Automation Strategy for Testing
AppLabs, the world's largest software testing and quality management company , announced the results of a survey it conducted recently among several quality assurance analysts and IT decision makers from Global 2000 companies. The study was to assess the readiness of the organizations to adopt software test automation Business Wire India

mBlox Closes New Fund Raising Round with Singapore's EDBI to Accelerate Growth and Geographic Coverage
mBlox, the world’s largest mobile transaction network, today announced that it has completed its latest round of fund raising Business Wire India

NYSE Euronext Moves Up Date for First-Quarter 2011 Earnings Release to April 28, 2011
NYSE Euronext (NYX) will announce earnings for the first quarter of 2011 before the market opens on Thursday, April 28, 2011. A news release will be issued at approximately 2:30 a.m. (New York) / 8:30 a.m Business Wire India

Taro Resolves FDA Warning Letter
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Taro” or the “Company”, Pink Sheets: TAROF) has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has informed the Company that after a February 2011 re-inspection of its Canadian manufacturing facility, the site has an acceptable regulatory status Business Wire India

GT Solar Receives $93.9 Million Order for Polysilicon Production Equipment and Technology from Taiwan-based Powertec Energy Corporation
GT Solar International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOLR), a global provider of polysilicon production technology, and sapphire and silicon crystalline growth systems and materials for the solar, LED and other specialty markets, announced that it has received a $93 Business Wire India

ExxonMobil Foundation Marks World Malaria Day with Increased Commitment to the Fight against Malaria
The ExxonMobil Foundation has announced grants for 2011 aimed at making further advances to combat malaria and raise awareness of this disease. The new grants will be highlighted at the opening of the “Champions to End Malaria” photo exhibition at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Business Wire India

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