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"Papa" Gaddafi presented loyal staff 'Italian gold watches' every year, claims nurse
One of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's nurses has revealed that the Libyan leader rewarded loyal staff each year with gold watches with his picture on them. ANI

UK PM says he is not averse to sending Musharraf back to Pakistan
Visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that his government is not averse to sending former president Pervez Musharraf back to Pakistan if a formal request is made by Islamabad. ANI

How good are Obama's chances to win a second term?
US President Barack Obama has officially started his re-election campaign that has raised questions about his chances of winning the 2012 presidential elections. ANI

Triptych by Chinese artist sets record after it was sold for 6.3m dlrs
A three-panel oil painting by a Chinese artist has set a new contemporary art record after it was sold for 6.3 million pounds or 79 million Hong Kong dollars. ANI

Cops investigating pig's foot sent to US congressman's Washington office
Capitol Hill Police has said that a package containing a bloody pig's foot and a hate-filled note was mailed to the Washington office of Republican Party leader Peter King. ANI

Oz mayoral candidate says boob jobs will up Gold Coast's economy
An Australian mayoral candidate has said that boob jobs are the answers to Gold Coast's financial predicament. ANI

Wills-Kat 'to have a low-profile honeymoon in Greece'
It has emerged that Prince William and Kate Middleton will have a low-profile honeymoon in Greece. ANI

'I would rather die than stop preaching against Islam': Pastor Jones
Firebrand American pastor Terry Jones, who has sparked off riots in Afghanistan, has said he would die than stop preaching against Islam. ANI

TEPCO eyes removal of 60,000 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima nuke plant
Japan's Industry Minister Banri Kaieda has said that around 60,000 tons of radioactive water is believed to be flooding the basement of reactor buildings and underground trenches connected to them at the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima nuclear plant. ANI

Drug used to treat alcoholism may help those with Fragile X, autism
In a new study, adults and children with autism and Fragile X syndrome have shown improved communication and social behavior when treated with acamprosate. ANI

Indian Petroleum Minister R P N Singh visits LPG plant in Jakarta
Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas R. P. N. Singh along with his delegation today visited an LPG Bottling Plant of Pertamina near Jakarta to study Zero Kero Programme implemented by Indonesia. ANI

Idea of man who named Pakistan remains a dream six decades after death
Chaudhary Rehmat Ali's dream of having a Pakistan much bigger than what it was in 1947 continues to remain a distant dream 60 years after his death. ANI

Hotel shaped like upside-down table tennis racket to be built in China
The building of a new hotel shaped like an upside-down table tennis racket is being planned in China. ANI

UK to provide economic, trade assistance to Pakistan: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is on a one-day visit to Islamabad, has assured Pakistan that the United Kingdom would provide economic and trade assistance to the country. ANI

Thrice-convicted officer reinstated in Pakistan's FIA
A Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officer, who is Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik's sidekick, has not only been reinstated for the fourth time after being convicted and dismissed thrice, but also appointed to oversee his own and Malik's corruption record. ANI

Rise in number of US children suffering injuries from using adult-sized ATV's
A survey has found that the number of children in America suffering injuries from using adult-sized ATV's is on the rise. ANI

Pak Supreme Court to take up Zulfikar Bhutto reference on April 13
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has set April 13 for the hearing of a presidential reference seeking its opinion on revisiting the controversial death sentence passed against former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1979. ANI

What it's like being a supermodel in Pakistan
Pakistani supermodels have revealed their experiences, trials and triumphs of walking the runway in the Islamic republic. ANI

French police warned against arresting veiled Muslim women near mosques
French Interior Minister Claude Guent has warned the country's police against arresting Muslim women covering up 'in or around' mosques. ANI

Red Bull dismisses speculation of Hamilton link-up
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has played down speculations that British Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton could join the team in the future. ANI

US terms reports of BP resuming Gulf of Mexico drilling as 'misconception'
US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has rejected claims that British petroleum giant BP has reached an agreement to restart drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. ANI

100-year-old whisky to benefit Antarctic Heritage Trust
Crates of the world's oldest whisky and brandy found encased in ice in the Antartica after 100 years could turn into a financial windfall for the Christchurch-based Antarctic Heritage Trust. ANI

150 Gurkhas to lose jobs under UK Strategic Defence, Security Review cuts
Britain Army's redundancy programme is poised to axe 150 Gurkha troops in the country. ANI

Brit teacher, nicknamed Salford Stallion, slept with three of his pupils
A deputy head teacher in Britain, nicknamed "the Salford Stallion", was exposed as having an affair with two of his pupils at the same time after one found him in bed with the other. ANI

Pakistan, US heading towards another diplomatic clash?
Pakistan and the United States seem to be heading towards another diplomatic row after the Raymond Davis standoff that got resolved last month, as Islamabad has barred a number of American military men from leaving the country due to expired visas and other documentary irregularities. ANI

Lahore HC allows Pak Law Ministry to go through Zulfikar Bhutto case record
The Lahore High Court has granted Pakistan's Law Ministry access to the record of the case against former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. ANI

Obama announces 2012 re-election bid
US President Barack Obama has announced that he make a bid for the White House again in 2012. ANI

Wright wants veteran New Zealand cricketers to play on
New Zealand coach John Wright has indicated his desire to see the old players like Jacob Oram and Scott Styris to continue playing at international level. ANI

Malay opposition leader's wife denies man in YouTube sex video is her husband
The Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR or the People's Justice Party) President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has insisted that the man shown on a sex video posted on YouTube is not her husband Anwar Ibrahim. ANI

Malay leader denies man in YouTube sex video is her husband
The Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR or the People's Justice Party) President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has insisted that the man shown on a sex video posted on YouTube is not her husband Anwar Ibrahim. ANI

Al- Qaeda acquiring weapons in Libya, may target passenger plane
Militant Islamist group Al-Qaeda is using the ongoing Libyan conflict to acquire weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, which is heightening fears that they could shoot down a passenger plane in the Mediterranean. ANI

Petraeus being considered for CIA top job: Report
The US commander in Afghanistan, General David H. Petraeus, is reportedly being 'seriously considered' for the job of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director. ANI

YouTube removes sex video implicating Malaysian opposition leader
YouTube has removed a sex video implicating Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, citing violation of its policy on 'nudity and sexual content'. ANI

Malay woman raped, kept as sex slave by stepfather for 15 years
A woman in Malaysia has revealed that she was repeatedly raped by her stepfather and kept as his sex slave since she was 11-years-old and had seven abortions. ANI

Nazi plot to terrorize US during WWII faltered after drunken leader revealed he was saboteur
Released MI5 files have revealed that a small group of Nazi spies had planned to unleash a campaign of terror and sabotage on the United States from within its borders during the Second World War, but failed after their drunken team leader revealed that he was a secret agent. ANI

Millions of Americans caught in e-mail breach
In what could be one of the largest data security breaches in history, the email addresses of potentially millions of Americans have been stolen from a Texas-based online marketing company. ANI

Delays under NATO's command proving deadly for Libyan rebels'
A senior Libyan rebel leader has criticized NATO for bureaucratic delays that he said were putting civilians' lives at risk and complicating rebel efforts to fight dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi's forces. ANI

Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech was written in Liverpool
Liverpool Tourism officials have claimed that African American civil rights leader Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech was written at a city centre hotel. ANI

Alleged Libyan rape victim says she was freed after medical test proved her story
Libyan woman Eman al Obaidi, who has accused government troops of raping her in Tripoli, said she was released from three days of questioning only after a medical exam proved she was telling the truth. ANI

UK's 'dirty secret' of selling arms to Libya months before war revealed
Britain sold weapons to Libya and other dictatorships in North Africa and the Middle East just four months before Colonel Muammar Gaddafi ordered a crackdown on a pro-democracy uprising in the country, a report has revealed. ANI

US should not hesitate to arm Libyan rebels: Bill Clinton
Former US president Bill Clinton has said the Obama administration should seriously consider arming the rebels who were fighting against Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gaddafi. ANI

Doubts about Obama's US citizenship ludicrous: Bill Clinton
Former US president Bill Clinton has said that the doubts being expressed about President Barack Obama's citizenship are ludicrous. ANI

Coming soon: œ2.50 a day pill to help 1m Brits beat strokes!
A revolutionary drug, hailed as the biggest breakthrough in blood-thinning treatments in 50 years, is expected to benefit more than a million Britons to beat stroke. ANI

Japan seeks Russia's help to dispose radioactive water
The Japanese Government has asked Russia to send a special radiation treatment vessel to help dispose of contaminated water from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. ANI

Holder blames Congress for forcing 9/11 mastermind, accomplices' trial at Guantanamo Bay
US Attorney General Eric Holder has held the Congress responsible for not allowing the Obama administration to initiate trials of the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks and his accomplices in civilian courts, which eventually led the government to refer the cases to the Defense Department for trial. ANI

Captured 14-year-old suicide bomber unrepentant after Sunday's terror attack in Pakistan
The 14-year-old suicide bomber, who was captured after his explosives failed to detonate during Sunday's terror attack on a shrine in Pakistan, remains unrepentant as he tells police that he wants to be a "martyr" and send them "to hell." ANI

'Toppling of Yemen regime will aid Al-Qaeda increase terror plotting against US'
Counterterrorism operations in Yemen have come to a halt, allowing Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to operate more freely inside the country and to increase plotting for possible attacks against Europe and the United States, American diplomats and intelligence analysts have said. ANI

Italian women's rights group seeks compensation from Berlusconi
An Italian women's rights group is seeking compensation from Silvio Berlusconi, claiming that he has offended the dignity of all Italian women. ANI

USAID freezes 250-mn-dollar aid project in Pakistan over HEC devolution issue
The USAID has put its 250-million-dollar project in Pakistan on hold while the World Bank has threatened to scrap its 300-million-dollar programme, showing their deep concerns over the devolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC). ANI

Cameron arrives in Pakistan for 'making a fresh start' in bilateral ties
British Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in Pakistan on a one-day visit on the invitation of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani. ANI

No Pakistani personnel included in Cameron's inner security cover during Islamabad trip
British security specialists have arrived in Islamabad to take charge of the security arrangements made locally for British Prime Minister David Cameron's day-long visit to the Pakistan capital on Tuesday. ANI

David Cameron to visit Pakistan today
British Prime Minister David Cameron will visit Islamabad on April 5 (today). ANI

Million Dollar Memo - Tourism Queensland Offers Businesses 50,000 Extra Reasons to Enter
Tourism Queensland today revealed an added incentive for companies to enter the Million Dollar Memo – a $50,000 Queensland “recce” for contenders who submit their entry by April 17. Business Wire India

HTA to Issue RFP for External Marketing Management Services on April 5
The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, announced that it will be issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for external tourism marketing management services on April 5, 2011 Business Wire India

Cellphone Number Spell World Cup – New Concept
Who owns the cellphone numbers that ends with 96753287 (Wold Cup)? Yes, you’ve read right. A telephone number CAN spell a word. A telephone number that spells World Cup could be worth a million or two (or even more) Rupees. It is possible that there are 30 cell phone numbers in India that spell the phone word World Cup (examples: 71 96753287, 72 96753287, 85 96753287, etc.) Business Wire India

UAE Confirmed as the Permanent Headquarters of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Yesterday, during the historic first session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), member nations officially confirmed the United Arab Emirates as the permanent home to the global organisation. The first session of the General Assembly gathered 800 delegates from 150 nations and was attended by more than 90 ministers Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Announces Positive 6-month Results for Pantera® Lux Paclitaxel Releasing Balloon
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Breakthrough therapy dabigatran provides consistent benefit across all atrial fibrillation types and stroke risk groups
For NON-US Healthcare Media Only Business Wire India

Al Aan TV Exclusive Interview with the First Witness of Mercenaries' Presence in Libya
A representative of Al Aan TV in Libya has taped an exclusive interview with Chad national Bashir Mohammad who is considered the first witness to African mercenaries engaged by Qaddafi to fight against rebels and kill Libyans Business Wire India

EFILM® Deploys Thinklogical VelocityKVM Extenders and VX Router Systems
EFILM®, a subsidiary of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group has selected and deployed Thinklogical’s VelocityKVM Extension Systems and the VX Fiber Matrix Router as a high-performance infrastructure for its digital laboratory business Business Wire India

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