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Kilos creeping up among Oz mums under 40
A new study has revealed that mothers under 40 are now gaining weight at the fastest rate in Australia - posing a threat to the health system and future generations. ANI

Royal Wedding guests to undergo 9 security checks over terror attack fears
Amid fears the April 29 royal wedding could be targeted by dissident Irish republicans, Al Qaeda or other groups, anti-terror chiefs are planning their most rigorous security operation to date. ANI

'Breakfast Beer' set to be launched in NZ horrifies alcohol watchdogs
Alcohol watchdogs in New Zealand have slammed a new beer, promoted as a "breakfast beer" and to be launched Thursday, as "irresponsible." ANI

'Bored' Prince Harry back to smoking
Prince Harry, who tried to give up smoking after his 10-week stint in Afghanistan in 2008, is reportedly back to his old habit. ANI

Oz 'cannibal' sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering flatmate
The Australian man, who was dubbed a "cannibal" for the way he "brutally slaughtered" his flatmate, has been jailed for life. ANI

'Too perfect' Kate Middleton was 'badly bullied' in her boarding school
It has emerged that Kate Middleton was 'very badly bullied' in her school days. ANI

Brit school kids, parents are bad losers when it comes to sports
A survey has suggested that the UK's schoolchildren find it difficult to lose graciously in sport, and their parents can be just as bad. ANI

Pak unlikely to get hold of US drone technology
Pakistan wants to get hold of the US drone technology to effectively combat terrorism on its soil, but the efforts are likely to remain unheeded, sources have said. ANI

Workplace stress 'costing Oz billions of dollars a year'
A new report has suggested that the workplace stress is costing Australia billions of dollars a year. ANI

Afghan President asks US Congress to condemn Quran burning
Afghan president Hamid Karzai has called on the US Congress to condemn Christian preacher Terry Jones' burning of the Quran, which prompted mob killings in Mazar- e- Sharif. ANI

Transocean gives bonuses for 'safety' after Gulf of Mexico oil spill
The American offshore oil and gas drilling contractor, Transocean, which is also responsible for running the Deepwater Horizon rig, has paid its top executives bonuses for its "best year" in terms of safety, despite a deadly explosion in the rig last year, which killed 11 workers and caused a huge oil spill in the area. ANI

All-female US Air Force team launches historic mission in Afghanistan
A team of female US Airmen has made history in Afghanistan, by planning, maintaining and flying the first all-woman combat mission from the Bagram Airfield. ANI

X-ray analysis on artwork shows artist repainted blonde woman brunette
An X-ray analysis of a 19th century painting by an unknown artist has revealed that the woman in the picture had initially been painted a vivacious blonde before being repainted a sedate brunette. ANI

No deal of immunity struck between UK and Libya defector Mousa Koussa: William Hague
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that his government has not struck any deal with former Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, who had defected to the UK last week, to grant him immunity. ANI

Married UK woman weds second man then runs off with third after honeymoon
A woman bigamist in Britain is said to have married a second man, who is 20 years her junior, while still being married to her first, and then running off with a third after her honeymoon. ANI

ZA Bhutto case being reopened to rectify a historic wrong: Gilan
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that the reopening of the Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto case was aimed at rectifying a historical wrong. ANI

Kate Middleton to have six hair stylists on wedding day
Kate Middleton will have six hair stylists on hand on the day she gets married to Prince William. ANI

China's State Council warns state governments not to abuse rural land-use reform
China's State Council has urged local governments not to abuse the rural land-use reform by forcibly occupying farmers' land and demolishing their homes. ANI

Mystery over Gaddafi's whereabouts as fighting continues in Libya
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has not made any television appearances for over a week, and there is a mystery over his whereabouts. ANI

George Bush frets about fishing these days, says wife Laura
Former U.S. President George Bush's wife Laura has revealed that her husband keeps himself occupied by fishing near their Texas ranch these days.he said that while other former presidents have maintained a presence on the world stage through ambassadorial work, Bush spends his days "always worried" about the bass in his lake. ANI

Sketches of Hitler's artist who erased name from files post war up for grabs
The sketches of one of Adolf Hitler's official artists, who erased his name from the records in shame after the World War II, are now being bought to light after 65 years. ANI

Five killed in Pak bomb blast
A bomb exploded at a bus terminal in northwest Pakistan on Monday, killing at least five people. ANI

PPP not to unveil Benazir Bhutto assassination report
The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has said that the Benazir Bhutto assassination investigation report will not be made public. ANI

US woman finds staying in 90 sq ft flat totally worth it!
A woman in America, who stays in a 90 square ft flat, without any kitchen and whose ceiling is 23 inches from her face when she's in bed, has said that it is worth every bit of her money. ANI

Libya military intervention more in interest of Europe than US: Jim Jones
Former US National Security Advisor Jim Jones has said that the military intervention in Libya was more in the vital interest of Europeans" than Americans. ANI

Victorian Muslims feel threatened by racism
Victorian Muslims feel threatened by racism and say it is an issue that needs to be addressed. ANI

US wants Yemen President to leave
The United States has shifted its position on the future of Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and now believes his hold on office is untenable. ANI

US pledges 500 million dollars for Pak's Diamer-Bhasha dam
The United States has agreed to provide over 500 million dollars for the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam in Pakistan, which is expected to be completed by 2021. ANI

US condemns double suicide bomb attack outside Pak shrine
The United States has condemned the double suicide bomb attack outside a shrine in Pakistan's Punjab province, which killed at least 41 people on Sunday. ANI

BP seeks to resume drilling in Gulf of Mexico
British petroleum giant BP plc is seeking permission from US regulators, to resume drilling at 10 existing deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico, in exchange for adhering to stricter safety and supervisory rules. ANI

Sons want to remove Gaddafi as Libya's leader, favour transition government
Two of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar el-Gaddafi's sons have said that they are ready to convicne their father to quit and make way for a transition government in an effort to end the ongoing conflict. ANI

Oz woman survives six-storey car park plunge
A woman miraculously survived after her car plunged six storeys off a Melbourne carpark. ANI

Nazis plotted 'to poison sausages, chocolate, coffee of Allies in event of loss'
Newly declassified files have revealed that the Nazis plotted to poison sausages, chocolate and Nescafe coffee of the British and American soldiers as part of a resistance plan if they were to lose the Second World War. ANI

Japan nuke plant could continue releasing radiation for months
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan could continue to release dangerous radiation into the air for several months, said Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency officials. ANI

Taiwanese woman pays husband RM10K for sex
A woman in Taiwan has revealed that she had to pay her husband about RM 10,000 to have sex with her. ANI

Bilawal against premature release of Benazir Bhutto assassination report
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the premature release of the Benazir Bhutto assassination investigation report could legally sabotage the ongoing case. ANI

Jewish extremist hatched plan to assassinate Winston Churchill in 1944: MI5
A Jewish extremist who had murdered a British government minister during the Second World War had hatched a plan to assassinate former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, MI5 files have revealed. ANI

Gaddafi sends envoy to Athens to deliver 'personal message'
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has sent his Deputy Foreign Minister Abdul-Ati al-Obeidi to Athens to meet the Greek Government with a personal message, sparking renewed speculation that he is seeking an exit strategy. ANI

General Kayani major "obstacle" in almost done Indo-Pak deal on Kashmir
Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has been a major "obstacle" to an India-Pakistan deal on Kashmir, as both the neighbours were close to signing a historic agreement on several occasions. ANI

Air Lease Corporation Commences Initial Public Offering of Class A Common Stock
Air Lease Corporation (the “Company”) today announced the launch of its initial public offering of 25,000,000 shares of Class A Common Stock. All shares included in the initial public offering are being sold by the Company. The estimated initial public offering price is between $25.00 and $28.00 per share Business Wire India

EA SPORTS Collaborates With Orad To Bring Virtual Sports To Life For Football Broadcasters
EA SPORTS™, a label of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS), and Orad Hi-Tec Systems Ltd. have worked together to bring EA SPORTS Virtual Playbook and its powerful digital capabilities to global football broadcasters. The joint solution will be demonstrated at Orad’s booth (SL6514) at the NAB Show in Las Vegas April 11-14. Business Wire India

NYSE Euronext to Review Unsolicited Proposal from Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. and IntercontinentalExchange, Inc; Shareholders Advised to Take No Action Pending Review
NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) confirmed that it has received an unsolicited proposal from Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) and IntercontinentalExchange Inc. (NYSE: ICE) to acquire all outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext for a combination of $14.24 in cash, 0.4069 shares of Nasdaq stock and 0 Business Wire India

Bessemer Venture Partners Closes $1.6 Billion Global Fund
Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), a global investment firm, has announced the closing of Bessemer Venture Partners VIII. BVP VIII is a $1.6 billion venture capital fund that will sustain the firm’s focus on investing in and partnering with innovative, high-growth companies across multiple industries and geographies Business Wire India

A.M. Best: New Developments in the Indian Insurance Market Supported by Special Report on the Indian Insurance Sector
With Berkshire Hathaway unveiling a distribution agreement with Bajaj Allianz and Japan’s Nippon Life Insurance Company buying a stake in India’s Reliance Life Insurance in the past fortnight, the spotlight has again been turned on the Indian (re)insurance market’s opportunities and challenges Business Wire India

Sustained viral response achieved in 83% of hepatitis C infected patients with new HCV protease inhibitor from Boehringer Ingelheim
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UpToDate Provides Free Access to Its Medical Content to All Users in Japan
UpToDate, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health, has announced that it is providing free access to its online medical content to all users in Japan. This decision was made by the company immediately following the recent earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country’s northeast coast Business Wire India

Boehringer Ingelheim's lead hepatitis C compound moves into Phase III - the first within the BI HCV portfolio
Boehringer Ingelheim has announced the study outline for the pivotal Phase III clinical trials designed to evaluate BI 201335, its investigational once-daily oral protease inhibitor, in both treatment-naïve and -experienced patients with chronic genotype-1 hepatitis C virus (HCV), the most challenging genotype to treat. Business Wire India

SiliconBlue Unveils 40nm mobileFPGA Roadmap Targeting Sensor Management and Display/Video Custom Mobile Devices
SiliconBlue® Technologies, the leader in Custom Mobile Device™ solutions for handheld applications unveiled its mobileFPGA™ platform device roadmap utilizing TSMC’s leading edge 40nm low power standard CMOS process Business Wire India

Broadband World Forum Asia 2011 Launches Free Seminar Programme
The largest broadband event in the Asia-Pacific region - Broadband World Forum Asia 2011, co-located with IP&TV Forum Asia - has announced the launch of a free show floor seminar programme. Business Wire India

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