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Meet the two women who have been 'inseparable' neighbours for 76 years
Best pals Catherine Bradley and Violet Price of Mold, North Wales, have been inseparable neighbours for a staggering 76 years. ANI

Skeletons reveal 1100-year-old Oxford Viking massacre
Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of a brutal massacre of Vikings in Oxford 1100 years ago. ANI

Stockton City Council in USA to have its 1st Hindu opening prayer in 161 years
Stockton City Council in California (USA) will reportedly have its first Hindu invocation on December 13, which is more than 161 years after the city was incorporated. ANI

Hindu temple planned for Brussels
A Hindu temple is being planned in Brussels (Belgium). ANI

Hindus laud California city on amending code for Swaminarayan Mandir
Hindus have applauded Chino Hills City Council (California, USA) for reportedly accepting the long-standing request of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir by raising the allowable height limit to 80 feet. ANI

Education does not wean people away from religion
We often hear that the more educated people are, the lesser their level of religiousness is as they start forming ideas of their own. ANI

News Corp's phone hacking probe fails to find evidence of journalists hacking 9/11 victims' phones
The probe into the News Corporation's phone-hacking scandal has so far failed to find any evidence of UK-based journalists being responsible for hacking the phones of 9/11 terror attack victims. ANI

Great grandma gets boob job at age 83!
An 83-year-old great grandmother has wronged the belief that cosmetic surgery was not the domain of the elderly by admitting she has had a boob job. ANI

Obama's approval rating slips to record-low in New York for first time
A new poll has shown that US President Barack Obama's approval rating has slipped to a record low, with 49 percent respondents disapproving of him and only 45 percent being in his favour in New York. ANI

Couples don't need similar personalities to have successful marriage
Neither personality similarities nor differences have much of a role to play in a successful long-lasting marriage, according to a new study. ANI

UK Sikhs proud of keeping rioters at bay
The Sikh community in London is basking in the glory of the pat received from British Prime Minister David Cameron for resisting mobsters and violence during the recent riots in the country. ANI

Coco Chanel spied for Nazis throughout WWII: book
Iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel spent WWII collaborating with the Nazis as their intelligence operative, a shocking new book on her life has revealed. ANI

Shahbaz Sharif says he's "getting threats" from 'corrupt' Zardari
Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab Province, has alleged that he is getting threats from President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

Malik sees 'connection' between Pak's western borders, Karachi unrest
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has blamed 'anti-state elements' active in the country's tribal areas on the western borders for fuelling the Karachi unrest. ANI

Nine people killed in firing and grenade attacks in Karachi, 50 suspects arrested
At least nine people were killed and over 16 vehicles torched in different incidents of violence in Karachi as all major markets in the city remained closed following the strike call by Sindh nationalist parties against the restoration of Sindh Local Government Ordinance 2001. ANI

Suspected terrorist granted bail in UK over 'change of heart on terrorism' claim
A suspected terrorist has been granted bail in Britain after he claimed in black and white that he had changed his mind on terrorism. ANI

Brit daredevil breaks Houdini's straitjacket record by 45secs
A British daredevil has beaten escapology legend Harry Houdini's straitjacket record by 45 seconds when he performed the stunt in 1min 22secs while dangling from a helicopter. ANI

US stands with Pakistan as "committed partner and friend": Hillary Clinton
The United States has extended its best wishes to the people of Pakistan on the occasion of its Independence Day, and said that it stands with the country as a "committed partner and friend". ANI

Pak, Indian politicians to meet for Parliamentarians' Dialogue in New Delhi on Aug 17
A multi-party parliamentary delegation from Pakistan is set to leave for India on August 17 to participate in the second round of the Indo-Pak Parliamentarians' Dialogue. ANI

Brit woman teacher faces jail over sex with girl pupil
A British female geography teacher has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a girl pupil. ANI

Riot survivor Polish woman says 'England has become a sick society'
A Polish woman, who escaped death after rioters torched her home has said 'England has become a sick society'. ANI

Rapid urbanization leading to China opening new hotel every four days
Rapid urbanization and property development is resulting in China opening a new hotel every four days. ANI

US appeals court strikes down Obama healthcare law's insurance mandate
In a major blow to the Obama administration, a federal appeals court has struck down a central provision of the 2010 healthcare law, ruling that Congress has overstepped its authority by requiring virtually all Americans to obtain health insurance. ANI

'Golden Eye' diamond expected to rake in millions at auction next month
A rare, 43-carat yellow diamond, 'Golden Eye', is expected to fetch millions of dollars at an auction next month. ANI

Yemeni Qaeda trying to acquire toxins for bombs: US
The Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda is trying to produce the lethal poison ricin, to be packed around small explosives for attacks against the United States, fear American counter-terrorism officials. ANI

Miss Mexico distraught at being stripped of title over 6 pound weight gain
Miss Mexico 2010, Cynthia De La Vega, has been axed of her title, as well as her bid to contest in the 2011 Miss World pageant, because she gained six pounds in weight. ANI

Monaco's Prince Albert 'banned from seeing ex-lovers' by new wife
Prince Albert of Monaco's new wife Charlene Wittsto has reportedly banned her playboy husband from seeing his legion of ex-lovers. ANI

Unidentified men abduct US national in Pakistan
A US national has been abducted by unidentified men from Pakistan's Lahore city, according to police and neighbours. ANI

Looted Brit-Indian shopkeeper holds no "negative emotions" against London rioters
A London-based Indian origin businessman, whose electrical goods shop was looted by rioters, has said that he does not hold any grievances against them. ANI

'Dungeon dad' Fritzl's rape hell basement to be filled with concrete
Josef Fritzl's basement, where he imprisoned and repeatedly raped his daughter Elizabeth for 24 years, is to be filled in with concrete, the liquidator of his estate has said. ANI

Six in ten US voters believe Obama 'inherited' messy economic crisis
While most Americans are of the opinion that the economy is in a mess and fear things are going to get even worse, they believe President Obama cannot be blamed for it, a McClatchy-Marist Poll has revealed. ANI

US rubbishes report claiming 'massive civilian casualties' from CIA drone strikes in Pak
The United States has disputed a recent research published by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism that the CIA drone campaign has killed hundreds of civilians in Pakistan, including over 160 children. ANI

UK MPs-supported organisation using secret funding to promote Pak interests on Kashmir issue
The Justice Foundation, for which British MPs hosted events in Parliament, is alleged to have been promoting Pakistani interests in the long-running conflict between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region, using millions of dollars of covert funding. ANI

US courtroom 'Law and Order' drama to air Strauss-Kahn rape case episode
American television courtroom drama 'Law and Order' is reportedly planning to air an episode based on the assault case of former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, showing a prominent European being arrested over rape charges. ANI

FATA people get political rights as Pakistan amends century-old draconian law
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has signed amendments made to the century-old Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) that will give the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) people the right to appeal against decisions of the political agent for the first time. ANI

Umar Patek 'admits' role in 2002 Bali bombing
Umar Patek, the suspected mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombing, has admitted his role in making bombs for the fatal incident that claimed the lives of hundreds of people, according to police. ANI

Reports that US diplomats stopped from entering Peshawar "untrue": State Department
The United States has denied media reports that four American diplomats in Pakistan were stopped from entering Peshawar earlier this week because they lacked proper travel documentation. ANI

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