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NATO 'regrets' loss of life following 'friendly fire' on Libyan Rebels
NATO has said that it "strongly regrets the loss of life" after a "friendly fire" attack on rebel tanks in eastern Libya, which left at least four dead. ANI

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao holds wide-ranging consultations in Tokyo
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao today held constructive and useful discussions with Japanese Vice-Foreign Minister Kenichiro Sasae and Deputy Foreign Minister Koro Bessho in Tokyo on bilateral, regional and global issues. ANI

Wills-Kat invited to honeymoon in Spain
Prince William and Kate Middletown have received an invitation to honeymoon in Spain from the mayor of tourist mecca Benidorm. ANI

David Cameron celebrates wife's 40th b'day with budget tour to Spain
British Prime Minister David Cameron took a low-cost flight for a holiday with wife in an apparent show of austerity. ANI

'300 suicide bombers being trained in Pakistan'
The suicide bomber who tried to detonate outside a shrine in Pakistan's Punjab province has revealed that he was trained in Mir Ali tribal area in North Waziristan along with 300 others. ANI

New prototype gasoline engine will improve car efficiency
A new prototype gasoline engine that requires no transmission, crankshaft, pistons, valves, fuel compression, cooling systems or fluids has been developed. ANI

Radioactive water spills out of Japan nuke plant after quake
Radioactive water spilled from pools holding spent nuclear fuel rods at the Onagawa power plant in Miyagi Prefecture after an earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale rocked the region last night. ANI

Latest WikiLeaks cables reveal Israel's alliances and worst fears
The latest Wikileaks cables show an intimate co-operation between US and Israeli intelligence organisations and also give a detailed insight on Israel's military analyses of its other enemies and friends in the region. ANI

Meet the UK mum who welcomed her 3 kids at the same time - 7.43
It looks like pregnancy has always gone like clockwork for a mother in UK as all her three children were born exactly at the same time - 7.43. ANI

Shanghai Disneyland construction begins
Yu Zhengsheng, head of the municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), has announced the commencement of the construction work on the Shanghai Disneyland theme park after a ground-breaking ceremony was held at the city's Pudong New Area today. ANI

Gordon Brown claims £4K for 4-min speech!
Gordon Brown, British Labour Party politician, has caused an uproar after claiming more than 4,000 pounds on his MP expenses in just two months for making a four-minute speech. ANI

Royal Mail turns down 'rude' Bamforth postcard stamps
Britain's national postal service Royal Mail has rejected Bamforth's suggestive postcards featuring buxom women displaying their cleavage as stamp designs. ANI

Press warned against using Kate Middleton's family pictures
Kate Middleton's family has asked the UK media watchdog to warn newspaper and broadcasters against breaking the editors' code of practice. ANI

No 'faint prospect' of becoming PM again: Rudd
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has said that there is not a 'faint prospect' of him becoming the Prime Minister again. ANI

Sri Lankan editor known for exposing govt. corruption released on bail
Bennett Rupasinghe, a dissident Sri Lankan journalist, who was arrested for allegedly threatening another man last month, has been granted bail. ANI

Church issues prayer for Prince William, Kate Middleton's marriage
The leaders of the Church of England have published a prayer for Prince William and Kate Middleton, urging the soon-to-be married couple to stay faithful. ANI

US woman becomes cheerleader at 42-years of age
A woman in the US has become a cheerleader at the age of 42 - twice the age of the rest of her team. ANI

Zulfikar Bhutto had blamed US for his 'horrible' fate
Though ignored by Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in his reference seeking to reopen the case of slain former Prime Minister and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the latter had blamed Washington for the fate that he ultimately met. ANI

US healthcare system unprepared for catastrophic release of radiation: Officials
US officials have said that he country's health-care system is not capable enough to cope with a catastrophic release of radiation. ANI

Four-yr-old boy in US becomes New Jersey's governor for one day!
A four-year-old boy in the US, who was upset he could not be Governor of New Jersey, was granted his wish after a video of his outburst went viral. ANI

FBR chief figures in report on Rs9bn Pakistan bank loan scam
Pakistan's Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Salman Siddique has been accused of approving unlawful credit proposals of 1.1 billion rupees in July 2006 in a report submitted by the Punjab Government to the Supreme Court on the nine-billion-rupee Bank of Punjab (BoP) loan scam. ANI

New weight loss plan, 'The 17 Day Diet', goes viral
A new diet plan that promises to help people lose weight for a lifetime has gone viral, after appearing on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, and even on DVD. ANI

'Dancing with the Stars' star Karina Smirnoff poses n*ked for Playboy
Ukrainian American ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff has posed n*ked for Playboy magazine. ANI

PPP probe report confirms Musharraf, Elahi not involved in Benazir's assassination
Investigations into the Benazir Bhutto assassination case have not found even an iota of evidence about the involvement of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, former Punjab Chief Minister Pervez Elahi or any other person nominated by Benazir during her life. ANI

Regan-era lawyer drafts Obama impeachment over Libya intervention
A libertarian constitutional lawyer and Reagan-era Justice Department official Bruce Fein has drafted an article of impeachment against US President Barack Obama stating that he had crossed a legal line, by intervening in Libya without congressional approval. ANI

Brit police hid sexual abuse of 60 girls by Asian takeaway workers for political correctness
British police had hidden facts about at least 60 schoolgirls being groomed for sex mainly by Asian staff at fast food outlets in Blackpool, for reasons of political correctness. ANI

Top cop says he would have ranting Rooney in jail
A top police officer has said he would have thrown Wayne Rooney in a cell if his vile TV rant had taken place on the street. ANI

18 per cent increase in Pakistan's defence budget approved
Pakistan's National Assembly Committee on Defence has approved the proposal for an 18 per cent hike in the country's defence budget for the next fiscal year. ANI

S.A. police dossier proves Indian-origin UK businessman planned his wife's murder
A police dossier claims to prove honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani planned his wife Anni's murder. ANI

Soon, UK bookstore will offer divorce advice to customers
For generations, WHSmith has been a place to pick up book tokens, magazines and greetings cards, but soon it may sort out a divorce or personal injury claim. ANI

Secret facilities making Iran's uranium enrichment program's centrifuges: Dissident group
An Iranian dissident group has claimed that secret industrial facilities are making parts for the centrifuges used in the Iranian regime's uranium enrichment program. ANI

US was told of Yemen leader's vulnerability two years ago: WikiLeaks cable
A classified U.S. diplomatic cable leaked by the whistle blowing web site WikiLeaks has revealed a secret plan to overthrow Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh two years ago. ANI

More Americans want a new president than Obama to be re-elected: Fox News poll
A Fox News poll has revealed that forty eight percent of American voters think the country would be better off with a new president. Only 44 percent think that Barack Obama deserves to be re-elected. ANI

Former Rawalpindi police officers released on bail in Benazir assassination case
Former Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) Saud Aziz and Superintendent Police (SP) Khurram Shahzad have been released on bail in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case. ANI

Rescue operation underway to save Buddhist relics from former Bin Laden camp in Afghanistan
A rescue operation is underway to excavate Buddhist relics from Mes Aynak, a former training camp of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, before being taken over by a Chinese mining company for copper production. ANI

Mussolini's granddaughter lashes out at Carla Bruni over immigrants
Benito Mussolini's granddaughter has lashed out at France's First Lady Carla Bruni saying that she should welcome illegal immigrants into her numerous "chateaux". ANI

Four foreign journalists detained by Gaddfi forces on outskirts of Brega
Four foreign journalists have reportedly been detained by Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi while they were reporting from the outskirts of Brega, an oil town in eastern Libya. ANI

Scottish police questions Libyan defector Moussa Koussa over Lockerbie bombing
Former Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa has reportedly been questioned by Scottish police investigating the Lockerbie bombing that had killed 270 people in 1988. ANI

CENTCOM chief discusses US-Pak military cooperation with Wynne
United States Central Command (CENTCOM) chief General James Mattis has discussed bilateral issues with Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne in separate meetings. ANI

US-Pak discussions on visa-related administrative issues underway: Foreign Ministry
Pakistan and the United States are discussing the issue of visas to the US diplomatic staff posted in the country to resolve the matter that threatens to worsen their already-strained bilateral relations. ANI

US may use Facebook, Twitter to issue terror alerts
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is planning to use social networks such as Facebook and Twitter to spread terror alert warnings. ANI

7.4 magnitude earthquake rocks Japan's Miyagi Prefecture
The strongest aftershock since the devastating March 11 earthquake, measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale rocked Japan's Miyagi Prefecture last night. ANI

Pakistan terms reports of Chinese soldiers' presence along LoC as "totally baseless"
Pakistan has denied reports of alleged Chinese presence along the Indo-Pak Line of Control (LoC) as "absurd" and "totally baseless". ANI

References to Pakistan in White House report on terror "unwarranted": Foreign Ministry
Pakistan has rejected the recent White House report that gave a harshly critical assessment of its efforts towards "defeating the insurgency" thriving in the country, and termed the remarks as "unwarranted". ANI

Alcon Shareholders Approve Merger with Novartis
Alcon, Inc. (NYSE:ACL) announced that its shareholders approved the merger of Alcon into Novartis AG at its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. Under the terms of the merger, Alcon shareholders will receive 2.9228 Novartis shares or American Depositary Shares plus a cash payment of $8.20 for each Alcon share Business Wire India

Thinklogical Unveils HDX 80 and HDX 576 Fiber Optic Routers at NAB 2011
At NAB 2011 Thinklogical will launch the new powerful line of Fiber optic router platforms for the Broadcast industry. This new line of HDX Fiber optic routers is designed to meet the needs of the Broadcast industry by providing the performance, resilience and versatility required in pre-production, post-production and broadcast operations. Business Wire India

ZTE Announcement on Litigation
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Jefferies to Acquire Prudential Bache for Approximately $430 Million
Jefferies Group, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Prudential Bache’s Global Commodities Group from Prudential Financial, Inc. for a purchase price equal to tangible book value, or approximately $430 million Business Wire India

Criteo Taps Greg Coleman as President
Criteo, the global leader in personalized retargeting, has announced that Greg Coleman, former president and chief revenue officer of The Huffington Post and EVP global sales for Yahoo!, will join the company as president. Coleman will contribute to global business strategy and lead the U.S Business Wire India

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