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Fukushima Governor slams Japan's nuke agency for late radioactive data
Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato has criticized the government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency for its late release of radioactivity data related to local farm produce shipments, which have been partly restricted amid the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan. ANI

Dogs overtaking cats as UK's favourite pet
New figures from Britain have revealed that number of dogs in the country is increasing rapidly. ANI

World Bank report shows enormous rise in suicide rate in Pakistan
The World Bank has shown an enormous rise in the suicide rate in Pakistan in its recent report, and quoted a shocking figure of 7,000 cases of suicide in 2008, the first year of the incumbent government. ANI

Gilani to visit London for son's surgery
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani will begin a four-day private trip to London on Wednesday to be present during his son's liver surgery in a hospital there. ANI

Indian rescuers step up efforts to stabilise tsunami-hit Japan town
The Indian rescue team that has taken charge of the search for people in the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit town of Onagawa in Japan, has reportedly taken out the body of a woman from a pile of debris over 10 meters high. ANI

Nepal says Maoists must expedite constitution writing process
Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) leader and former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on Sunday said the Unified CPN (Maoist) should be pressurized to expedite the constitution writing process and take the peace process to its logical conclusion. ANI

Koran protests resume in Afghanistan's Kandahar province
The burning of a copy of the Koran in the United States has led hundreds of people to take to the streets of Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Sunday to protest against it. ANI

Kate Middleton 'quit her first public school because she was bullied'
By asking her wedding guests to donate to an anti-bullying charity, royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton made a tacit admission that she herself was a victim at school. ANI

Wills-Kat wedding 'a chance to re-brand royal family business'
The upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is a chance to re-brand the British royal family business, according to an expert. ANI

Guns N' Roses' DJ Ashba to undergo knee surgery
Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba took to Facebook recently to inform fans about his impending surgery to repair a torn knee ligament. ANI

Ultra low calorie diet advert banned from TV for misleading viewers
An advertisement that allegedly led viewers to believe that the key to lose weight was through a diet involving a calorie intake of around a quarter of normal recommendations has been banned. ANI

Indian painter Murali Nagapuzha to display artwork in Muscat
An exhibition of paintings by the world renowned painter Murali Nagapuzha will be held from April 6, 2011 at the Indian Embassy Auditorium. ANI

'Religious sentiments lead to massive violence in Afghanistan over Koran burning issue'
The Koran burning issue has created a massive protest leading to deaths of many in Afghanistan compared to the incident of US soldiers posing with dead Afghan civilians because "Afghans are highly tribal and religious and this religious sector always motivates things," analysts have said. ANI

JUI-F dissatisfied with security provided to Fazlur Rehman
The Jamiat Ulema Islam-F (JUI-F) has expressed dissatisfaction over the strength of security provided to party chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman following two back-to-back life attempts on the Pakistani politician, who also holds the key portfolio of Chairman Kashmir Committee. ANI

Tony Blair's fund raiser suspected for fixing papal honours
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's key fundraiser Anthony Bailey has been accused of offering papal knighthoods in return for charity donations. ANI

US pastor who burned Koran considering putting Prophet Mohammed on trial
Terry Jones, the Florida pastor, who oversaw the burning of a Koran last month after conducting a self-styled mock trial of the holy book, has vowed to step up his provocative campaign against Islam, and is reportedly considering putting Islamic prophet Mohammed 'on trial' for his next 'day of judgement'. ANI

Ian Chappell says Clarke must take control as Oz skipper
Now that Michael Clarke has been named Australian captain in his own right, the first thing he should understand is all the wins and losses now go against his name, and it is his responsibility to ensure the Australian players fall into line, says former skipper Ian Chappell. ANI

Japan tsunami-hit town to move 1100 evacuees to other areas
The town office of Minamisanriku, one of the coastal communities hardest hit by the tsunami that followed the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan on March 11, has decided to move around 1100 residents to other areas in Miyagi Prefecture. ANI

'Britain using soft approach with Gaddafi defector Koussa'
Former Libya Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa might have been named as one of the key men behind the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, but British officials have adopted a "softly-softly" approach with him apparently to encourage other henchmen of Colonel Muammur Gaddafi to flee the country, sources have said. ANI

Vengeful Gaddafi troops renew assault on rebel-held Misrata
Troops loyal to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi have renewed their assault on rebel-held Misrata in a final push to crush the opposition that rose up against him six weeks ago ANI

Catholic college in New Jersey provides "Hindu prayer space"
Saint Peter's College, only Roman Catholic Jesuit college of New Jersey (USA), is providing a "Hindu prayer space" on its campus. ANI

Musharraf can't escape arrest in BB murder case for long: Experts
The British government's refusal to hand over former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to Pakistan in connection with the 2007 Benazir Bhutto assassination case, owing to the absence of any extradition treaty between both nations, cannot be construed as ending the case against the former president or letting him get off the hook. ANI

Clinton tops Obama and others in administration: Gallup
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has received the highest approval ratings and beats other top members of the administration, including President Barack Obama, says a Gallup poll. ANI

'Libya defector Mousa Koussa was double agent for MI6, CIA for a decade'
Mousa Koussa, the former Libyan head of Intelligence who had defected to the UK last week, has been acting as a double agent for MI6 and the CIA for a decade, sources have claimed. ANI

Obama to launch 2012 re-election campaign this week
US President Barack Obama intends to file his re-election papers as early as this coming week with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for 2012 Presidential campaign, Democratic officials familiar with his plans have said. ANI

Dead bodies of two missing workers found at Fukushima nuke plant
Two dead employees of the Tokyo Electric Power Corporation have been found at the troubled Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. ANI

Dalai Lama issues warning on melting Tibetan glaciers
The Dalai Lama has warned that glaciers in Tibet are melting faster than those in other parts of the world. ANI

Reporter recalls how she fought Gaddafi's goons to try to rescue raped woman
Sky News foreign affairs correspondent Lisa Holland has revealed how she fought Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's henchmen to try to protect a raped woman and how her efforts turned in vain. ANI

Over one in 10 nuke plants worldwide can be hit by natural disasters
Over one in ten nuclear power plants worldwide are at risk from earthquakes or tsunamis similar to the natural disaster that crippled Japan's Fukushima reactors, warns a research. ANI

Image found in Jordanian cave could be the first-ever portrait of Jesus
After lying hidden in a Jordanian cave for nearly 2,000 years, the fine detail is difficult to determine. But in a certain light it is not difficult to interpret the marks around the figure's brow as a crown of thorns. ANI

Pak, UK to initiate 'enhanced strategic dialogue' during Cameron's Islamabad trip
Pakistan and the United Kingdom will initiate an 'enhanced strategic dialogue' when British Prime Minister David Cameron visits Islamabad for a one-day trip on Tuesday. ANI

NZ Indians outraged over 'Indian-hate-slur' host Henry's appointment by MediaWorks
New Zealand's Indian community has expressed outrage at MediaWorks for hiring Paul Henry, the former controversial TVNZ host who had created a controversy ahead of the Commonwealth Games by mispronouncing Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's name several times in a crude manner, to host a number of shows. ANI

Indo-Pak talks on Siachen, Sir Creek issues on April 22
India and Pakistan are set to resume stalled talks on the world's highest battlefield- Siachen- in yet another attempt to demilitarise the area. ANI

Gilani congratulates Manmohan on India's World Cup victory
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has congratulated his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh on the Indian cricket team's victory in the ICC World Cup 2011. ANI

UK refuses to hand over Musharraf to Pakistan in absence of extradition treaty
The British government has refused to hand over former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to Pakistan in connection with the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, owing to the absence of any extradition treaty between both nations. ANI

Backward bra promises to keep cleavage looking wrinkle-free (re-issue)
A new, backward-looking bra by La Decollette promises to keep your cleavage in tiptop shape. ANI

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