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Widow shocked by news that doc hubby delivered baby Obama
The wife of the doctor who delivered a newborn Barack Obama back in 1961 has revealed that she was shocked to see her husband's signature on the US President's birth certificate. ANI

German billionairess gave conman gigolo 6m as pounds 'an act of love'
One of the world's richest women has spoken out about how she paid a gigolo 6.2 million pounds as "an act of love", but was later blackmailed by him after she refused to give more. ANI

Call animals 'companions' not 'pets', demand academics
Animal right academics have called for a new animal language, insisting that animals be described as 'companions' and not as 'vermin', 'pests' or even 'pets'. ANI

Royal wedding: Syrian ambassador's invitation withdrawn
Syrian Ambassador to the United Kindom Sami Khiyami's invitation to the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton has been withdrawn, the Foreign Office has said. ANI

Internet helps Aussies' enhance social relations, political engagement: Report
Increasing use of Internet is having a positive impact on social relations and political engagement in Australia, according to a new report. ANI

Another Anwar Ibrahim sex video released on Internet
Another short clip of a sex video showing Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has made its way into the internet. ANI

Facebook's early investors likely to sell shares worth billion dollars
A group of Facebook shareholders reportedly want to sell the company's private stock worth a billion dollars with a valuation of over 70 billion dollars. ANI

Aging Chinese population expanding rapidly: 2011 Census
The head of China's National Bureau of Statistics, has said that the country's aging population is rising, while the birth rate remains low. ANI

Kabul base attack raises question about Afghan troop loyalty
The shooting of eight foreign soldiers and a contractor by an Afghan Air Force officer has once again raised questions about security maintenance inside government or military installations, as also the readiness and loyalty of Afghan soldiers ANI

Twitter banned at Wills-Kat royal wedding
Twitter has been banned at the wedding venue of Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton. ANI

Obama birther controversy filled four percent of US news coverage
A recent study of news coverage shows that top media organizations have been devoting relatively little time to the so-called "birther" issue. ANI

Patil calls for interaction between academic institutions of developing world
Asserting that India has always been willing to share its experience with all other developing countries, particularly traditionally close friends like Mauritius, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Thursday said that interaction between academic institutions of the developing world is an important aspect of their partnership. ANI

Muslim protesters agree to stay away on day of royal wedding
Muslim extremists who had threatened to disrupt the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, said they have agreed to stay away amid fears they could be attacked. ANI

China's energy consumption will stabilize by 2035: Study
The increasing energy demands in China will stabilize between the year 2030 and 2035, according to a study. ANI

Obama birth controversy row, a debasing low in US political life: NYT
The demand that President Barack Obama prove he is an American citizen by birth and was, therefore, a rightful occupant of the White House, must be seen as a profoundly low and debasing moment in American political life, the New York Times reports. ANI

Pakistan Air Force ready to tackle any aggression against nation: Qamar Suleman
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is ready to tackle any aggression against the country, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, has said. ANI

Nisar says he has 'solid' proof about facilitators of Raymond Davis' exit from Pakistan
Chaudhry Nisar Ali, Leader of the Opposition in Pakistan's National Assembly, has said that he has "solid evidence" about those who facilitated CIA contractor Raymond Davis' exit from the country. ANI

Royal wedding a 'legitimate terror target', says radical Muslim group
The royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on Friday is a "legitimate target" for a terrorist attack because of Britain's foreign policies and the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, a radical Islamic group has claimed. ANI

Pak provincial minister says suicide bombers being sold like commodities
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said that suicide bombers are being sold like a commodity, and that it has become a profitable business. ANI

Pakistan wants US "to succeed in Afghanistan": Husain Haqqani
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, has rejected the assertions made in a recent The Wall Street Journal report, which said that Islamabad was urging Afghan President Hamid Karzai to dump the United States, and instead team up with Pakistan for a solution to the decade-old conflict in Afghanistan. ANI

Malay women warned their drinks maybe spiked with sex stimulant
Women in Malaysia have been warned to be careful while having a drink with new male friends, as their drinks could be spiked with sex stimulants, which would make them easy targets for rape. ANI

Man survives 200 feet Grand Canyon plunge
A man survived a 200 feet drop into the Grand Canyon in Arizona after apparently driving his car off the South Rim. ANI

Brit universities are 'hotbeds of Islamic extremism': Report
Britain's homeland security strategy has failed to address in sufficient detail how to tackle the threat of extremism at universities, Members of Parliament and peers have said in a report. ANI

Ex-Miss USA tears up describing how TSA agent sexually assaulted her
A former Miss USA was filmed weeping as she described her ordeal at the hands of a TSA agent, who she said sexually assaulted her after she refused to go through a n*ked body scanner. ANI

Kate Middleton is handling stress well, says Prince William's cousin
Even as she is set to be watched by a billion people when she walks down the aisle with Prince William on Friday, Kate Middleton is handling the stress well, says her royal cousin. ANI

Pippa Middleton's post royal wedding party plans scare palace aides
Pippa Middleton, the younger sister and the maid of honor of Kate Middleton, has reportedly scared palace officials with her attempts to introduce a 'younger atmosphere' to the royal couple's evening reception. ANI

Carl Douglas slams 'Kung Fu Fighting' singer's arrest
Jamaican-born singer Carl Douglas has blasted a British pub singer's arrest for singing his classic chart hit 'Kung Fu Fighting', insisting that "it's not racist song." ANI

Contrary to public perception, ISI, CIA "best of partners": Husain Haqqani
Dismissing reports of tattered ties between the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, has said that the two spy agencies have been "the best of partners". ANI

NZ supermarket docket offers acre of land on moon for $20!
A man in New Zealand was startled to find an out-of-this-world deal on the back of his supermarket coupon this week - an acre of land on the moon for 20 dollars. ANI

Harper Lee's biog to reveal why she stopped writing after debut novel
It will soon be disclosed why Pulitzer Prize winning author Harper Lee stopped writing after her very first novel 'To Kill A Mockingbird', a semi-autobiographical story set in the segregationist Deep South in 1960. ANI

Pike river miners may have survived first blast, evidence reveals
Workers who died in New Zealand's Pike River mine disaster may have survived the first blast, new evidence has revealed. ANI

"We will protest against Pakistani injustice," says Kashmiri leader
Kashmir National Party leader Dr Shabir Choudhry said April 28 is an important date in modern history of Kashmir, as it was on this date Pakistani government illegally usurped areas of Gilgit Baltistan. ANI

Lost Mayan city discovered under Guatemala rain forest
The ancient Maya city of Holtun, or Head of Stone, which has been hidden for centuries has been discovered under Guatemalan rain forest. ANI

Malik orders IGPs to present details of 'missing persons' by April 30
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has directed the Inspector Generals of Police (IGPs) of all four provinces to present the details and efforts made by them for the recovery of the missing persons in their respective provinces by April 30. ANI

Obama's birth certificate would not end 'birther' controversy: Critics
United States President Barack Obama's release of his birth certificate does little to end to the 'birther' controversy which has pestered him since he began running for the White House, critics have said. ANI

Cameron labeled sexist for 'calm down, dear' jibe
British Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused by Labour of "patronising, sexist, insulting and un-prime ministerial" behaviour after he told a shadow minister to "calm down, dear" in the House of Commons. ANI

Obama confirms he is American by birth
The White House's move to unseal, and release, Barack Obama's birth certificate came after polls indicated a growing number of Americans doubting that basic fact. ANI

Prince William has a donkey named in his honour!
Since the royal wedding hoopla started, every possible thing has the imprint of Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton. ANI

UFO spotted hovering over Wills-Kat wedding venue
Looks like Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton will have some unexpected guests at their royal wedding. ANI

Hitler 'planned world's largest holiday resort inspired by Butlins'
Adolf Hitler wanted the Nazis to become the world's largest tour operator with holiday camps based on the British chain Butlins, according to secret files. ANI

Ex-Miss Russia arrested for shoplifting in US
A former Miss Russia, who was busted for forging prescriptions to get painkillers, has been arrested for shoplifting in a Manhattan clothing store. ANI

Kandahar jail governor arrested for mass escape
General Ghulam Dastgir, the head of the main prison in Kandahar, Afghanistan, has been arrested after about 500 inmates, many of them Taliban, escaped on Monday. ANI

Sheaf of paper in Kate Middleton's car contain her wedding vows?
Speculation is on that a sheaf of paper visible in the back seat of Kate Middleton's car, which had a passage from an unrecognised work on it, could be her own wedding vows. ANI

Is Panetta be Obama's right choice for US Defense Secretary?
Among President Barack Obama's greatest national security challenges has been deciding who will replace Defense Secretary Robert Gates. ANI

William spotted riding home on superbike after enjoying kickabout with mates!
Prince William was spotted riding home on his 180mph motorbike after enjoying a footie kickabout with his mates in a park. ANI

Kate Middleton insists natural look 'recognizable by William' for her big day
Kate Middleton has asked her hairstylist to keep her hair natural for her wedding to Prince William on Friday. ANI

Five killed, 18 hurt in another Pakistan Navy bus attack in Karachi
At least five persons were killed and 18 others reported hurt in a bomb attack on a Pakistan Navy bus in Karachi on Thursday. ANI

Palestine rivals Fatah, Hamas agree to form interim unity government
Palestine's rival factions Fatah and Hamas are on the verge of agreeing to establish an interim national unity government. ANI

Govt wants to modernise Pakistan Air Force: Gilani
The Pakistan Government wants to modernise the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and make it the world's leading air force, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

University of St Andrews to review Syria funding arrangement
The University of St Andrews, the third oldest university in the United Kingdom, has decided to review the work of one of its academic research centres because its funding was arranged by the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. ANI

Newly-liberal Bristol Palin 'bans mum Sarah from her home for being too Republican'
Bristol Palin, who is believed to have developed an increasing liberal stance since late 2010, has reportedly banned her overly Republican mother Sarah from her house in Arizona. ANI

China's population pegged at 1.3 billion
China's population has increased to 1.339 billion by 2010, according to recently released census figures. ANI

Gaddafi building civilian army with armed Libyan teenagers
Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi is reportedly arming teenagers, including girls, to build an "unofficial civilian army" against the ongoing NATO-rebel military campaign. ANI

China's defense policy 'ensures national security': Official
The development of weapons and equipment in China is to ensure national security and is not directed against any other country or specific target, said the country's defense ministry spokesman. ANI

Baloch Liberation Front claims responsibility for attacks on Pak Navy buses
The Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) has claimed responsibility for the two separate bomb attacks on Pakistan Navy buses in Karachi on Tuesday, in which four persons were killed and dozens wounded. ANI

Trump 'proud' of himself for Obama birth reveal
Potential Republican candidate Donald Trump, said he is 'proud' of himself after making President Barack Obama release his birth certificate. ANI

Media gave little time to 'birther' issue: Study
Top media organizations devoted little time to the so-called "birther" issue, according to a study. ANI

FBI agents lack necessary skills to investigate cyber espionage cases: Report
A U.S. Justice Department report has found that many agents attached to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)'s elite cyber unit lack the skills to investigate cases of cyberespionage and other computerized attacks. ANI

Pak rejects 'Gilani urges Karzai to dump US, ally with Islamabad' report as "baseless"
Pakistan has rejected the assertions made in a recent The Wall Street Journal report, which said that Islamabad was urging Afghan President Hamid Karzai to dump the United States, and instead team up with Pakistan and its ally, China, for help in striking a peace deal with the Taliban and rebuilding the economy. ANI

Pak, India expected to remove non-tariff barriers, open more trade routes
Pakistan and India are expected to eliminate non-tariff barriers and open more trade routes to facilitate the promotion of bilateral economic cooperation, according to sources. ANI

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

Private sectors of India, Pak to be facilitated: Zafar Mehmood
Private sectors of Pakistan and India will be facilitated for the benefit of the people and the greater goal of economic prosperity of both countries, Pakistan's Commerce Secretary Zafar Mehmood has said. ANI

Bilawal to take up 'some political responsibility' in September: Zardari
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will "take up some political responsibility in September this year," President Asif Ali Zardari has said. ANI

DiGi Appoints ZTE to Deploy LTE-ready Network
DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (DiGi) today announced the appointment of ZTE Corporation (ZTE) to build a unified mobile network that will provide DiGi with fully transformed 2G/3G/4G network starting third quarter this year. Business Wire India

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® Celebrates World Wish Day® on 29 April
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® will observe the second annual World Wish Day®, a global day of wish granting, on April 29, 2011 with 1000s of people participating from the 41 countries the Foundation serves around the globe. Business Wire India

Economic Recovery Leads Regus to Enter Latvian Market
The opening of a new Regus business centre in Latvia will help companies take advantage of returning economic optimism in this important Baltic business location. Business Wire India

DBS Appoints Two Industry Stalwarts to Board of Directors
DBS Group Holdings (DBSH) said today it has appointed consumer goods stalwart Nihal Kaviratne, 67, as well as seasoned banker and investment manager Ho Tian Yee, 58, to the Boards of DBS Group Holdings and DBS Bank. With their distinguished careers, both men will complement and strengthen the overall composition of the DBS Boards Business Wire India

Gemalto reports first quarter 2011 revenue
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

Inaugural Global Manufacturing Forum Will Be Held May 16 - 17, 2011
Manufacturing companies throughout the world have embraced an aggressive strategy of globalization, but governments have not kept pace with appropriate industrial policies that encourage a new era of sustainable development and radical innovation. Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Receives FDA Approval for Expansion of the Premium Evia Pacemaker Portfolio
BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of implantable cardiac devices and pioneer of wireless remote monitoring technologies, has announced FDA approval of the new Estella and Effecta pacemakers, as well as advanced new features and technologies for the Evia pacemaker family. Business Wire India

GT Solar Receives $218.9 Million Order for Advanced Sapphire Crystallization Furnaces from Guizhou Haotian Optoelectronics Technology Co. LTD
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 an order for its advanced sapphire crystallization furnaces totaling $218 Business Wire India

Pfizer Launches New Advanced GOLD Range Of Early Child Nutrition Products
Pfizer Inc. has announced the global launch of its new advanced GOLD range of child nutrition products, developed to meet the changing nutritional and feeding needs of young children Business Wire India

Better Place, China Southern Grid Sign Strategic Agreement Centered on Battery Switch Model
At a signing ceremony yesterday in Israel with officials from Guangzhou, Better Place announced a strategic agreement with China Southern Power Grid Co. (CSG), the world’s eighth largest utility according to the Fortune Global 500 Business Wire India

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