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Panetta set to be US Defense Secretary, Petraeus to be CIA chief
As part of a reshuffling of President Obama's Afghanistan war team, current CIA chief Leon Panetta will be named Secretary of Defense to replace outgoing secretary Robert Gates, while current International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) head General David Petraeus will replace Panetta at the CIA. ANI

Zimbabwe lacks funds to organize elections: Finance Minister
Zimbabwe Finance Minister Tendai Biti has said the country does not have the funds to organize elections that President Robert Mugabe plans to hold this year. ANI

Spanish gym offers nude exercise sessions to win back business
A struggling gym in northern Spain has launched nudist workout sessions in a bid to win back customers. ANI

Prince William's missing first Christmas pics discovered in cellar
With just days to go for the royal wedding, Prince William's first Christmas pictures taken in 1982 have been discovered in a dusty cellar. ANI

Japan royal couple visit tsunami-hit town Minamisanriku
Japan's royal couple on Wednesday made their first visit to the area that bore the full force of last month's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami. ANI

Chinese couple tie knot with royal wedding-inspired procession
A Chinese couple have married in a ceremony inspired by the forthcoming British royal nuptials, enrobed in ceremonial garb, riding in a horse-drawn carriage and surrounded by guards in furry hats and scarlet coats. ANI

Watching p*rn may save your marriage!
Porn has been praised for its freedom of sexual expression and demeaned for the exact same reason, but what many don't know is that it can actually save a marriage. ANI

Buses in Argentine town set to be driven exclusively by women
A town in Argentina, which has apparently grown wary of 'typical' male driving, has hired only women to drive its buses. ANI

Brit policy of sheltering terrorists made it 'Londonistan': WikiLeaks
Britain ignored repeated warnings to stop granting asylum to Islamic extremists wanted in other countries for terrorism offences, resulting in the 2005 London Tube and bus bombings, according to leaked US diplomatic cable. ANI

Assad can still abandon brutal repression of Syrian people: Hague
British Foreign Secretary William Hague believes it is "not too late" for Syrian President Bashar Assad to abandon brutal repression of his people. ANI

Ryanair slammed for 'fun in the sun' ads that led to chilly destinations
Budget airline Ryanair has been criticised by watchdogs for advertising "cheap flights to the sun" that turned out to be chilly destinations. ANI

Japan may set up underground tank to stop contaminated water from spilling into sea
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is reportedly considering setting up a big underground tank in the compound of the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to prevent contaminated water from spilling into the sea. ANI

Lady GaGa 'perfect marriage partner' for Prince Harry, finds online poll
Even as Prince William gets ready to tie the knot with long-time girlfriend, a new poll has found a potential bride for his brother Harry - Pop princess Lady Gaga. ANI

Libyan regime 'on the back foot' , says UK Defence Secretary
British Defence Secretary Dr. Liam Fox has said that the Libyan regime is "on the back foot". He said this after almost three hours of talks at the Pentagon with US counterpart Robert Gates. ANI

Bentley and publishers Hodder and Stoughten come out with 1500 dollar limited 007 book
British luxury car marque Bentley has teamed up with publishers Hodder and Stoughton to produce a special limited edition version of the new 007 novel, Carte Blanche, written by Jeffery Deaver and available in bookstores from May 26th. ANI

Cameron refuses to rule out arming Libyan rebels
The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has refused to rule out the possibility of arming Libyan rebels against Colonel Gaddafi as the Cabinet was told to prepare for a "long haul" ANI

'Ex-Gaddafi regime members in Libyan governing council still loyal to him'
Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi's daughter, Aisha, has suggested that some former Gaddafi officials, who are now in the opposition's governing council, still "keep in touch with us". ANI

CBS News anchor Katie Couric quits job
Katie Couric, the first female solo news anchor, has decided to quit the job, with reports saying that she is now looking forward to engaging herself with "multi-dimensional storytelling." ANI

Managers' belief about employees, impacts company success
A study has suggested that instead of spending money on leadership training for managers, more attention should be paid on what they believe about their employees. ANI

Prince Harry eyes Everest expedition for charity
Prince Harry, who is patron of the charity 'Walking with the Wounded', has hinted that he would like to take part in its next charity expedition to Mount Everest. ANI

Hindus greet Buddhists on Vesakha
Hindus have sent greetings to Buddhist communities worldwide for the upcoming Vesakha. ANI

Chinese military chief to visit U.S. in May
The chief of the general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, General Chen Bingde, will visit the United States in May. ANI

Myanmar, India to speed up renovation of Arnanda Pagoda
Myanmar and India have both agreed to speed up the renovation of the Arnanda Pagoda in Myanmar's ancient city of Bagan. ANI

Oz 7-Eleven operators fined for exploiting Indian, Zimbabwe students
Two former 7-Eleven operators have been fined 150,000 Australian dollars after exploiting six international students from Zimbabwe and India. ANI

President Obama's birth certificate continues to be a controversy
Reverend Jesse Jackson has said the birther movement is an attack on the legitimacy of the nation's first African-American president, Barack Obama, which raises "ancient racial fears." ANI

Only 31 percent Latinos, Asians voted in 2010 US midterm elections: Report
A record 14.7 million Latino voters sat out the 2010 U.S. midterm elections, a new report by the Pew Hispanic Center has said. ANI

China laughs off Oz concerns over Beijing's rights issues
China has laughed off Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's concerns about Beijing's human rights issues, and questioned Australia's own human rights performance, secret US diplomatic cables obtained by Wikileaks has suggested. ANI

Constructive engagement vital for both India, Pakistan: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that constructive engagement with India is vital for both nations to move towards the goal of establishing good-neighbourly relations. ANI

Will-Kat to spend royal wedding eve dusk away from each other
As per royal tradition, Prince William and Kate Middleton, will not be together on the eve of their Royal Wedding, it has emerged. ANI

Royal 'superfan' starts 3-day vigil to bag prime spot for Royal Wedding
A self-confessed 'super fan' of late Diana, Princess of Wales, has become the first person to camp out outside Westminster Abbey to wait for the start of the Royal Wedding on Friday. ANI

YouTube's new on-demand movie service locking horns with iTunes
It has emerged that Google Inc.'s YouTube is launching its own on-demand Hollywood film stream, a move that would position the online video giant to compete directly with Apple's iTunes. ANI

Iconic 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' car could fetch $2M in auction
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the car that was built for the 1968 film of the same name, will go on auction in Beverly Hills next month. ANI

Samantha Cameron bakes 'charity cakes' for royal wedding street party
Prime Minister David Cameron's wife Samantha is preparing scores of cupcakes along with four charity fundraiser children for the Downing Street royal wedding street party. ANI

U.S.-Iranian group slams Iran's 'Halal' Internet plan
The National Iranian American Council has slammed a plan by Iranian authorities to launch an Islamic internet to counter the influence of the Western-dominated World Wide Web. ANI

Afghan mass jail escape had 'inside help': Minister
Afghanistan's Justice Minister has said the 488 inmates who escaped from Kandahar's main prison through a tunnel, must have received inside help from prison guards or officials. ANI

Android phones more desired in US than iPhone or BlackBerry: Report
A new survey has found that Google's Android operating system is the 'most desired' OS for smartphone consumers in the United States. ANI

Kate Middleton to walk down tree lined aisle inside Westminster Abbey
Kate Middleton will be walking down a tree-lined aisle inside of Westminster Abbey. ANI

Power struggle led to violent attack in Queens area Sikh temple
A power struggle marked by frequent confrontations, death threats and a lawsuit, had led to the most public and violent episode among worshipers at a Sikh temple in New York's Queens area over the weekend. ANI

Kate Middleton dreams she is marrying Prince William at altar naked
With just two days to go for the royal wedding, bride Kate Middleton reportedly keeps dreaming that she is marrying Prince William at the altar n*ked. ANI

New York mayor Bloomberg asks Republicans to 'stand behind' Obama
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said Republican candidates lining up to topple President Obama next year should be supporting him for the good of the country. ANI

Prince William predicted to be a bundle of nerves before the Royal wedding
With just two days remaining for the Royal wedding, Prince William is likely to have butterflies in his stomach, after his RAF trainer revealed the groom-to-be 'will be extremely nervous' about D-day. ANI

Evidence of medical complicity in torture at Guantanamo Bay
An inspection of medical records, case files, and legal affidavits reveals compelling evidence of medical personnel who treated detainees at Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) failed to inquire and/or document causes of physical injuries and psychological symptoms they observed in the detainees, according to a paper published this week in PLoS Medicine. ANI

New Jersey rejects Carl Lewis' bid for state Senate
Nine-time Olympic champion' Carl Lewis has been prevented from running for the New Jersey Senate by the state's Lt. Governor. ANI

Gaddafi forces hide behind women, children in Misrata battle
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces are using women and children as human shields to protect themselves from attacks in Misrata. ANI

Brit pub singer arrested for singing racist 'Kung Fu Fighting' song to Chinese
A pub singer has been arrested in the Isle of Wight, the largest island of England, on suspicion of racism for singing the classic chart hit 'Kung Fu Fighting', a Hampshire police spokesman has said. ANI

Teleprompter inventor Hubert Schlafly dies at 91
Hubert Schlafly, a key member of the team that invented the teleprompter, which feeds scripts to actors, politicians and newsreaders, has died at the age of 91. ANI

Chernobyl radiation reduced population of birds with orange plumage: Study
The population of birds with an orange plumage was reduced as they suffered radiation effects from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, according to a study. ANI

Brit Government not in favour of Sikhs turban search
The British Government wants airport security staff to stop searching Sikhs' turbans using their hands. ANI

Prince William took part in 40M Pounds cocaine bust
Prince William took part in a 40-million-pound cocaine bust during his Royal Navy training, it has been revealed. ANI

Pak military indirectly rejects damning US 'war on terror' report, ISI double-game
Pakistan's Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee has indirectly rejected Washington's damning comments against the Pakistan military's counter-terrorism efforts, and said that it fully trusted the army strategy for fighting militancy. ANI

Senior al-Qaeda member put 'jihad over sex' by taking "impotence" injections
One of al-Qaeda's most senior members held at Guant namo, who used to directly report to Osama bin Laden, took injections "to promote impotence" to avoid being "distracted" by women." ANI

Pakistan expecting $981mn US disbursement by June
Pakistan is expecting a disbursement of 981 million dollars by the United States by June under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) and the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act. ANI

Viddy Launches Twitter for Video Mobile App
Viddy Inc. (www.viddy.co) announced today the launch of its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch application on the Apple app store Business Wire India

Gap Closing between Emerging and Western Online and Mobile Games' Markets Says Survey Sponsored by GlobalCollect
New and unprecedented results from Newzoo’s 2011 National Gamers Surveys involving more than 20,000 respondents in Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Spain, the US, and key EU countries reveal insights into gamers’ behavior and spending in countries perceived as low-priority markets for years Business Wire India

Annik Hires New Sr. V.P. of Global Business Development
Annik Technology Services Pvt. Ltd, a leading research technology firm based in India, with offices around the world, has announced the hiring of Rudy Nadilo as Sr. Vice President, Global Business Development. The hiring of Mr. Nadilo signals the start of Annik’s expansion to bring it’s wealth of cutting edge, high technology solutions to the global market Business Wire India

AGCO Develops Combine Business in China with Acquisition of Shandong Dafeng Machinery Co., Ltd.
AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE: AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, today announced it has agreed to acquire an 80% equity interest in Shandong Dafeng Machinery Co., Ltd. (Dafeng Machinery) in China Business Wire India

EA's Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Tournament Races to Tencent QQ's New Game Center
Tencent QQ users, start your engines! Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) will deliver Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit Tournament, a high-octane action game on QQ’s new Game Center. Business Wire India

Molex Selects Dyadem Stature as System of Record for Product Quality
Dyadem announced that it has been selected by Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX and MOLXA) as its system of record for product quality Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Announces US Market Release of Selectra: Advanced New CRT Lead Delivery System
BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of implantable cardiac devices and pioneer of wireless remote monitoring technologies, has announced the US market release of the Selectra left ventricular lead delivery system. Selectra delivers a significant advancement in lead placement systems for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices. Business Wire India

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