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How materialistic adverts negatively shape the female body image
A new study has shed light on how materialistic advertising messages negatively shape the female body image. ANI

Three quarters of Brit families to go on holiday with grandparents
A survey has found that three quarters of British families with young children plan to take their grandparents along on their holiday this year. ANI

Gul's absence in Pak team will not be felt: Cheema
Pakistan's main fast bowler Umar Gul's replacement in the one day and Twenty20 squad, Aizaz Cheema, has said that Gul's absence in the team will not be felt. ANI

Opioids now most prescribed class of medications in US
Two reports by addiction researchers have shown that there has been a drastic increase in opioid prescriptions in America. ANI

Al- Qaeda returns to Afghanistan: US, Afghan officials
Militant Islamist group Al-Qaeda is re-establishing itself as a force in Afghanistan's Korengal valley, claim both the US and Afghan officials. ANI

'Tiger Mother' author's daughter accepted into Harvard
The daughter of the author of the book, 'Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother', has been accepted into Harvard. ANI

Muslim Brotherhood to rejoin protests to reclaim revolutionary bona fides before Egypt elections
Muslim Brotherhood members have said that they would render their support to protestors against Egypt's provisional military leadership following two months of violence that led to the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak. ANI

'Koussa knows nothing about Lockerbie bombing': Gaddafi's son
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Seif Gaddafi has said that Libya's former foreign minister Moussa Koussa knows nothing about the Lockerbie bomb. ANI

Carlsberg axes iconic 'probably the best lager in the world' slogan
Lager giant Carlsberg has done away with what has been deemed as the world's best-known advertising slogan. ANI

Brit taxi driver murders his wife, cuts her up with electric saw
A taxi driver in Britain is said to have murdered his waitress wife at their home and then cut her up with an electric saw. ANI

Kate Middleton's engagement photo blouse back on sale at $200
The cream silk blouse that Kate Middleton wore during her engagement photo shoot with Prince William is back on sale. ANI

Sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman hits Moscow catwalk with a pistol!
Sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman hit the catwalk at Moscow Fashion Week on Tuesday with a sleek black pistol pointed to a male model's head. ANI

Pakistan's economy faces considerable challenges: ADB
Pakistan's economy faces considerable challenges, and though recently falling, its still high inflation may well accelerate, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has warned in a new report. ANI

Washington invites Bashir to mend US-Pak ties tattered by drone attack, visa issues
The United States has invited Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir for crucial talks to mend ties with Islamabad, which have been in tatters since the March 17 drone attack on a peace congregation in North Waziristan Agency that left over 39 innocent people dead. ANI

Tetley launches tea-scented perfume
Tea-manufacturer Tetley has launched a perfume that smells like a fresh cup of tea. ANI

Swedish couple endures 6 natural disasters on honeymoon
A newlywed Swedish couple's four-month long honeymoon trip turned out to be a disaster tour after they experienced six natural disasters, including the Christchurch quake. ANI

Oz lawmaker lands Liberal Party in another race row
Conservative Australian lawmaker Bernie Finn has landed his Liberal Party into another race row with comments about the Muslim community. ANI

Obama will have to sign 9/11 suspect Sheikh's death warrant if military court says so
US President Barack Obama will have to personally sign the death warrant for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed if the military tribunal he's going to face sentences him to the ultimate penalty. ANI

Obama's grandfather was tortured by Brit officials reveal secret documents
A collection of secret documents detailing efforts to suppress the Mau Mau uprising has revealed that US President Barack Obama's grandfather and others were brutally tortured by British officials. ANI

'Karzai widened divide between US, Afghanistan by condemning Koran burning issue'
Afghan President Hamid Karazi's act of condemning US Reverend Terry Jones over his role in the little known Koran burning incident led to the widespread violence in the war ravaged country, indicating the prevalence of the divide between the two nations, U.S. and other Western officials in Afghanistan have said. ANI

US airline 'apologises' for booting tall passenger from plane
Horizon Air flight has apologised to a "humiliated passenger" who was told to get off the plane for being too tall to fit into his seat properly. ANI

Nepal government staff to begin Mt. Everest expedition
A team of 15 Nepali government employees is all set to start an expedition to scale Mt. Everest on Thursday. ANI

Lloyds bank worker fired for comparing her salary to boss' on Facebook
A worker for Lloyds Banking Group in Britain was fired from her job for comparing her 7-pounds-an-hour wage to her boss' 4,000-pounds-an-hour salary on her Facebook page. ANI

China's aquatic diversity in danger: Experts
Almost 70 percent of fish resources in the Pearl River, China's third longest river, is under threat due to excessive damming, experts have warned. ANI

Hindus urged on Ramnavmi to seek ideal characteristics exhibited by Lord Ram
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has urged Hindus world over to take a vow on upcoming Ramnavmi to aspire to emulate ideal characteristics of an individual as displayed by "maryada purshottam" Lord Ram. ANI

Hindu Temple planned for Oxford
A Hindu Temple and Community Centre is being planned for Oxford (United Kingdom). ANI

"Papa" Gaddafi is a camel meat and pasta lover, claims nurse
One of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's nurses has said that the Libyan leader is a foodie who enjoys Italian food and couscous with camel meat. ANI

Brit firm places ad for 'nude web coders' on Craigslist
A Web company in Britain has put an ad for nude Web coders on Craigslist. ANI

Brit fashion brand falls foul of advertising rules with n*ked models
The latest marketing campaign by a British fashion brand has fallen foul of advertising rules after it featured n*ked models in its clothing catalogue. ANI

Media prints Malaysian sex video stills, airs parts of video
Stills of the video clip allegedly implicating top opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim have been splashed across the front pages of many local newspapers in Malaysia. ANI

Sex scandals harming Australia's national security: Defense Minister
Australia's Defense Minister Stephen Smith has said the nation's security is being harmed by "betrayal of trust" in sex scandals that have hit the defense services. ANI

China comes out with world's first 3D p*rn film
China is making waves with the world's first major 3D pornographic movie, which will be released in Hong Kong and Taiwan next week. ANI

Pak Govt to seek Musharraf's extradition only on court's order
The Pakistan Government will formally write to Britain for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's extradition in connection with the Benazir Bhutto assassination case only if the court directed so, Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan has said. ANI

Hookah use common among college students
Hookah smoking by young adults is popular despite a potentially negative effect on their health, a new study has found. ANI

Pakistan to review safety of nuclear power plants following Japan disaster
The Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) has ordered a safety review of the atomic power plants in the country in the wake of radioactivity emission at the stricken Fukushima power plant in Japan, and warned that additional measures might be required at the Karachi and Chashma nuclear power plants. ANI

Al-Qaeda making major gains amid political unrest in Yemen: FM Dr Abu Bakr al-Qirbi
Yemen's Foreign Minister Dr Abu Bakr al-Qirbi has warned that al-Qaeda is taking advantage of the political unrest in country to plot new terror attacks. ANI

UK firm to make Naans for Indians
British firm Honeytop Speciality Foods has revealed that it has spent three million pounds on a factory in India, where it plans to make naans, a leavened, oven-baked flatbread. ANI

Confessions of Nazi soldiers reveal their thirst for innocent people's blood
A book of transcripts to be published in Germany has revealed Nazi soldiers found it "fun" and "pure enjoyment" massacring innocent civilians and enemy troops. ANI

SpaceX unveils plans for world's most powerful rocket
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), an American space transport company, has unveiled plans for a new rocket that it says will be the world's most powerful. ANI

New technology for stroke rehabilitation developed
Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed devices, which could be used to rehabilitate the arms and hands of people who have experienced a stroke. ANI

Sprints better than marathon for heart health
New research has suggested that high intensity exercise is more beneficial than traditional endurance training when it comes to heart health. ANI

Weight gain 'ups recurrence risk among breast cancer survivors'
Scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, have revealed that breast cancer survivors who experience large weight gain have an increased risk of death after diagnosis. ANI

British MPs angry over Cameron's 650mn pounds aid, bomb technology cooperation with Pak
British Prime Minister David Cameron has sparked fury among British MPs by unveiling a 650-million-pound aid programme and agreeing to pass bomb technology to Pakistan to patch up links with the Asian country. ANI

US warns of new threats from Japan nuke plant
United States government engineers sent to help Japan deal with its nuclear-related crisis, have warned of fresh threats from the Fukushima nuclear plant. ANI

Millions in UK overseas aid 'being ripped off', claims watchdog report
Millions of pounds in overseas aid are almost certainly being stolen through fraud in developing nations, says a scathing report from a Whitehall spending watchdog. ANI

Ivory Coast President negotiating exit with UN
The United Nations has said the Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo's departure from power is being negotiated following a fierce assault by forces loyal to his rival Alassane Ouattara, backed by U.N. and French helicopter air strikes. ANI

News of World journalists arrested over phone hacking scandal
Chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, and former assistant editor Ian Edmondson of at News of World have been arrested over phone hacking as Sienna Miller won a High Court bid to view phone records. ANI

UK tycoon Branson to explore ocean's deepest parts
British business tycoon Sir Richard Branson has revealed plans to dive to the deepest parts of the world's oceans in a single-person submarine. ANI

Berlusconi 'promised Anglo-Italian 'bunga bunga madam' seat in Parliament'
It has emerged that scandal-hit Silvio Berlusconi promised a regional councilor, accused of hiring hookers for his infamous 'bunga bunga' parties, a seat in Parliament. ANI

Dubai based company begins Indian visa services
BLS International Services, a Dubai-based company will start handling outsourced Indian passport and visa services from five centres across the UAE. ANI

Now, a comic book on royal wedding
The romance between royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton has been illustrated in a comic book, which has hit the shelves alongside Spiderman and Archie. ANI

'Mona Lisa's remains' to be dug up in order to recreate her face
The centuries-old mystery about the identity of the woman in Leonardo da Vinci's portrait Mona Lisa may soon be solved. ANI

German girl takes to show jumping with cow after she is denied horse
A teenager in Germany, who was denied a horse by her parents, decided to fulfil her dream of riding by using a cow. ANI

Two NATO fuel tankers torched in Balochistan
In the latest attack on convoys in Pakistan carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, unidentified assailants torched two NATO fuel tankers at Dhadhar in Balochistan on Wednesday. ANI

Gaddafi's son wanted F-16s, says WikiLeaks
Had the U.S. agreed to meet the ambitious military "wish list" of one of Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi's sons two years ago, it would have found it difficult to go along with its allies in establishing a no-fly zone over Libya. ANI

Berlusconi's wiretapped conversations released ahead of trial
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's wiretapped conversations that reveal his worries over the age of the teenage erotic dancer he is accused of paying for sex have been released ahead of his trial. ANI

Brit woman, 92, breaks world record after finishing Honolulu Marathon
A British woman, aged 92, has broken the world record for the oldest person ever to complete a marathon. ANI

Ecuador ready to declare US envoy persona non grata over Wikileaks police corruption statement
Ecuador reportedly wants Heather Hodges the U.S. ambassador to the country, to leave after the whistle blowing website Wikileaks released a cable quoting her as saying that police corruption was very high. ANI

Hispanics, Asians keeping top 50 US cities from shrinking
More than 50 percent of United States'100 largest cities have seen a ANI

Holocaust organizer Eichmann regretted not killing more Jews
Newly declassified recordings have revealed that Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief organizers of the Holocaust in Germany, regretted not killing more Jews during the second world war. ANI

Highly radioactive water leak in tsunami hit Fukushima nuke plant plugged: TEPCO
Tokyo Electric Power Corporation has claimed that it has succeeded in stopping highly radioactive water from leaking into the Pacific Ocean from the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant early Wednesday morning after injecting a chemical agent. ANI

Tina Fey says Sarah Palin impersonation may have hurt' '30 Rock'
In her new book Bossypants, Tina Fey says that her Emmy-winning impersonation of Sarah Palin may have hurt ratings for her NBC sitcom '30 Rock'. ANI

Meet the US woman who has spent $100K on 52 cosmetic procedures!
A women, who is from Ohio but is based in the UK, has spent over 100,000 dollars on 52 cosmetic treatments. ANI

Cyber criminals to target social networks, mobile devices: Security Report
Mobile devices and social networking sites are likely to become the next target of cyber criminals, claims Symantec in an Internet security report. ANI

Gaddafi loyalists using civilians as human shields to safeguard weapons from airstrikes: NATO
NATO has accused Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime of using civilians as human shields to safeguard their heavy weapons from being targeted by international air strikes in Libya. ANI

Unwed mother Bristol Palin rakes in $262K for teen pregnancy work
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, earned more than 262,000 dollars for her role helping raise awareness for teen pregnancy prevention in 2009, it has emerged. ANI

Pakistan has not yet requested Britain for Musharraf's extradition: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that his government has not yet received any formal application from Pakistan for the extradition of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with the Benazir Bhutto assassination case. ANI

Britain responsible for many of world's problems, including Kashmir: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has held his own country responsible for many of the world's historic problems, including the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan. ANI

US report blasts Pakistan's failing insurgency eradication efforts
The Obama administration has given a harshly critical assessment of Pakistan's efforts towards eradicating terrorists in a new report, saying that even after years of work with the Pakistani military, "there remains no clear path toward defeating the insurgency" thriving in the country. ANI

India, Pakistan to resume talks on trade issues on April 27
India and Pakistan will reportedly resume talks on trade expansion and the removal of non-tariff barriers between both countries on April 27. ANI

Knowledge Universe® Technologies India Earns International Accreditation
Knowledge Universe®, a leading private provider of early childhood and school-age education and care, announced that their subsidiary, Knowledge Universe - Technologies India Pvt. Ltd, has achieved Maturity Level 3 by the Software Engineering Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) version 1.3 Business Wire India

Shaw and Axens Selected to License Next Generation Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Technology
The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SHAW) and Axens have been selected to license a next-generation catalytic cracking technology that will help refiners maximize the production of propylene and other high-value refinery products. Business Wire India

Asia Pulp & Paper Group Partners with Carbon Conservation on Vision 2020: A Roadmap to Global Leadership in Sustainable Pulp and Paper Production
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LanzaTech and LCY to Target Bio-based Chemicals Market
Clean energy technology company LanzaTech is partnering with LCY Chemical Corporation (LCY), one the world’s leading chemical companies, to identify key bio-based chemicals to produce for global fuels and chemicals markets. Business Wire India

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