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Brit school bans girls from wearing skirts, as they are 'inappropriate attire'
A school in Britain that is concerned about falling standards of uniform has banned girls from wearing skirts as they are deemed as "inappropriate attire". ANI

UK family threatened with eviction over 'fire hazard' doormat
A British family was left stunned when an eviction notice was issued to their doormat after their housing association said it was a health and safety hazard. ANI

World's best vampire-spotting locations!
The world's best vampire spotting location is said to be set at Wallachia, now a part of Romania, where you can tour to learn more about these creatures of the night. ANI

Norwegian massacre gunman believes 'like-minded friends will continue his crusade': Lawyer
Norwegian massacre gunman Anders Behring Breivik believes that his friends, who "think the same way" as him, will continue his "work" abroad, his lawyer has claimed. ANI

Gaddafi ready to step down if NATO halts airstrikes: Ex- Croatian President Stipe Mesic
Former Croatian President Stipe Mesic who has close ties with Muammar Gaddafi Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has said that the Libyan dictator is ready to step down from political life if NATO ends airstrikes. ANI

Soon, go on space tour 36 Km above Earth in 'bloon' helium balloon
A helium balloon, 'bloon', which is capable of reaching the Earth's stratosphere will soon give an opportunity to people to tour space. ANI

Protesters in US celebrate 'Go Topless Day' for women's equal rights
Hundreds of members of a UFO cult, including men and women, gathered at California's Venice Beach to protest for women's constitutional rights by taking part in the fourth annual 'Go Topless Day'. ANI

'Browsing Internet at workplace helps employees be more productive'
Next time you are surfing the Internet at your workplace do not minimise the window after seeing your boss, as a study has found that browsing the web can refresh employees and make them more productive. ANI

Japanese scientists attempt to breed caesium radiation resistant rice
Japanese scientists are attempting to breed a strain of rice, which is resistant to radioactive caesium, by testing over 100 varieties of the crop. ANI

'Abandoned' Japanese diver survives by swimming 20 miles through shark-infested sea
A Japanese diving instructor, Hishashi Koze, managed to survive in shark- infested seawaters by swimming 20 miles to the shore in 24 hours, after being abandoned by boatmen who has presumed him to be dead. ANI

Vogue's racist 'slave earrings' article sparks outrage
Fashion magazine Vogue Italia has sparked a worldwide race row after it published an article comparing the currently worn hoop earrings to items of jewellery worn by 'women of colour' brought to the US during the slave trade. ANI

Plea seeking Pak Army's assistance in violence-hit Karachi filed in Sindh HC
A constitutional petition has been filed in the Sindh High Court (SHC), seeking army deployment in Karachi to bring the deteriorating law and order situation in the city under control. ANI

Karachi is teeming with 'over 100,000 professional beggar families' this Ramazan
Professional beggars from across Pakistan have thronged Karachi, the economic hub of the country, to mint maximum charity during the month of Ramazan. ANI

New comedy features Tony Blair in bed with Margaret Thatcher
Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been featured as seducing Tony Blair before they end up in bed together in a new comedy for Channel 4. ANI

Oz woman sets man on fire after being told he touched her boobs
An Australian woman, who doused a man in petrol and set him alight after she found out that he had touched her br**ts the day before, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. ANI

How 8 in 10 women struggle with 'toxic friends'
A new survey has revealed that 84 percent of women put up with so-called "toxic friends", who are self-absorbed, emotionally draining, critical or backstabbing. ANI

Newborn girl at 3lb 5oz is smallest baby to undergo open-heart surgery in UK
A baby girl who was born prematurely weighing just 3lb 5oz with a serious heart condition that left her struggling to breathe, has become the smallest baby to undergo open heart surgery in Britain. ANI

Obama may face defeat as all White House hopefuls' struggle for votes
President Barack Obama might be struggling to find the right number of votes in the run up to 2012 re-election, but other White House hopefuls are failing to gather public support too. ANI

Libyan rebels loot Gaddafi villa treasures like designer clothing, revolvers
Libyan rebels have looted a truck full of possessions like revolvers, designer label clothing from the villa of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli. ANI

Daily 'multitask' commute seriously affecting women's mental health
The daily grind of travelling to and from work is seriously affecting women's mental health because they are not just travelling but multitasking, according to a new study. ANI

Sindh Govt to launch 'surgical operations' in violence-stricken Karachi
A special meeting of the Sindh cabinet, presided over by Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, has decided to launch 'surgical operations' against suspects involved in the ongoing violence in Karachi. ANI

Sindh HC issues notices to Zardari, Gilani, Kayani in Pak naval base attack case
The Sindh High Court (SHC) has issued notices to Pakistan's top political and military leadership in the Mehran Naval Station attack case. ANI

Pakistanis perceive corruption, not terrorism, as 'biggest threat' facing country
A majority of Pakistani people perceive corruption, not terrorism, as the biggest threat facing their country, according to a nationwide analysis. ANI

Pak Army has frequently intruded in Kashmir, often with perilous results: Analyst
The Pakistan Army has frequently intervened- both covertly and openly- in Kashmir, often with dangerous results, an analyst has said. ANI

Murdoch empire may have paid ex-NOTW editor Coulson while he worked for Cameron
Britain's Electoral Commission has been urged to hold an investigation into whether former News of the World editor Andy Coulson received hundreds of thousands of pounds from Rupert Murdoch's News International while working for the Conservative Party. ANI

Most 2012 GOP presidential candidates quiet on Obama's role in Libya success
Most Republican hopeful candidates for the 2012 presidential poll have given very slow and diplomatic views about the apparent success of President Barack Obama's role in the NATO campaign against the Gaddafi regime in Libya. ANI

UK taxpayers' money blown over 60,000 poudns jail gym for young rioters
A jail where UK's young rioters will be caged, will include a new gym equipment costing taxpayers' 60,000 pounds. ANI

Tea Party movement sympathizers have authoritarian, libertarian beliefs: Study
A new research has revealed that American voters sympathetic to the Tea Party movement reflect beliefs of authoritarianism, libertarianism, fear of change, and negative attitudes toward immigrants and immigration. ANI

Chinese couple sell foster daughter for 'afterworld marriage'
A Chinese couple has reportedly sold their sick foster daughter o a family which wants to conduct an afterworld marriage for their dead son. ANI

Top officials' tussle may damage Pak's case against India over Kishanganga dam
A dispute between top Pakistani government officials may seriously damage Pakistan's case at the International Court of Arbitration (ICA), where it has sought a stay against India's construction of the Kishanganga Hydroelectric Power Project (KHEP). ANI

Russia set to complete extension rail network to Siberia by 2030
Russia is all set to complete the extension of a rail network to the tip of Siberia by 2030. ANI

Bollywood 'bling' strongly influencing Malay traditional wear for Hari Raya
The traditional wear in Malaysia for Hari Raya or Eid ul-Fitr this year is featuring a lot of bright colours and shiny sequins that is often associated with Bollywood glamour. ANI

Europeans increasingly choosing fast rail over air travel
French Transport Minister Thierry Mariani has said Europeans are increasingly choosing fast rail over air travel as a mode of transport ANI

Top Pak seminaries' fatwa against Zakat for "anti-Islamic" film artiste-run charities
Five top seminaries in Pakistan have issued a fatwa (religious decree) that Zakat (alms) cannot be given to welfare organisations run by "anti-Islamic" film actors and other artistes, and that anyone doing so would be committing a sin. ANI

China to conduct safety checks on high- speed railways
Chinese inspection teams will conduct safety checks on the country's high-speed railways on the orders of the State Council, a government official has said. ANI

Briton dies after drinking 20 pints of water in just 1 day
A British man who suffered devastating brain injuries after drinking 20 pints of water in just one day has died after struggling for life for months. ANI

Chinese Police blame 'tainted vinegar' for Ramadan meal mass poisoning
China Police has blamed tainted vinegar for causing a mass food poisoning that killed at least 11 and left 120 people ill at a Ramadan meal in Sangzhu village in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in Northwest China. ANI

China cracks down on illegal food producers
Chinese Police have launched a major crackdown on illegal food producers and vendors, factories producing counterfeit goods, markets for the disposal of stolen goods, pornography, gambling and drug traffickers. ANI

Libya in state of confusion as endgame standoff lingers
Confusion continues to bedevil Libya, with reports saying that despite rebel forces' claims that they have gained control of Tripoli, Gaddafi's green flag is still flying in parts of Tripoli and over at least two major cities. ANI

Drug firm's online advert predicting 9/11 terror attacks sparks outrage
An advert launched by a pharmaceutical firm before September 11 that predicted terrorist attacks on Twin Towers, has sparked outrage after surfacing on the Internet. ANI

Gaddafi's son Saif makes surprise appearance before foreign journalists in Tripoli
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam, who was presumed to have been detained b y the rebels, surprisingly appeared at a hotel with foreign journalists. ANI

US Embassy denies its officials entered Peshawar forcefully without NOC
The US Embassy in Islamabad has refuted Pakistani media reports that four American officials had forcefully entered Peshawar without carrying a no objection certificate (NOC), after breaking a police blockage on the motorway toll plaza. ANI

Prosecutors tell court to drop 'lying maid's' criminal charges against Strauss Kahn
US prosecutors have requested the court to drop criminal charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, saying the New York hotel maid, who accused him of sexually assaulting her, told lies 'great and small.' ANI

"Gaddafi is gone, now it's your turn", Syrian rebels warn Bashar
Thousands of people across several Syrian cities took to the streets, shouting slogans that President Bashar Assad will meet the same consequences like that of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

Terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed accuses Indian Army of state terrorism in Kashmir
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed has expressed deep anxiety over the discovery of unmarked mass graves in Kashmir. ANI

Gilani's forthcoming US visit 'likely to remain routine affair'
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani's visit to the United States next month is likely to remain a routine affair, according to sources. ANI

19 NATO oil tankers set ablaze in Pakistan
In the latest attack on convoys in Pakistan carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, 19 NATO trucks were set ablaze in Mastung District by unidentified gunmen. ANI

Ten Karachi-based consulates ask Sindh Govt to provide adequate security
Expressing concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi, 10 big consulates have asked the Sindh Government to provide them with security and protection. ANI

Doug Lambert Appointed As General Manager – North America At GlobalCollect
Effective immediately, Doug Lambert joined GlobalCollect in the newly created position of General Manager North America. Working out of the San Francisco office, Mr Business Wire India

Richard W. Kunes to Retire as Chief Financial Officer of the Estée Lauder Companies
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) announced today that Richard W. Kunes, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), plans to retire effective on or about June 30, 2013. Mr. Kunes intends to continue to serve the Company as CFO until June 30, 2012, or such earlier time as his successor begins to serve as CFO Business Wire India

World's Largest Printing Supplies Expo CIFEX|RemaxAsia Expo to Open in October
The world's largest expo for printer consumables, will be larger than what it was in 2010. Business Wire India

Skype Acquires GroupMe
Skype today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire GroupMe, a provider of mobile group messaging services that helps users stay in touch and make decisions. GroupMe was founded in 2010 at the Techcrunch Disrupt Hackathon and is headquartered in New York, New York. Terms of the acquisition will not be disclosed. Business Wire India

Molycorp To Open Office in Tokyo
Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE: MCP), the Western hemisphere's only producer of rare earth oxides (REO) and the largest REO producer outside of China, announced that it is opening an office in Tokyo, Japan in order to better serve its customers there and to build new relationships in the world's largest rare earth consuming nation outside of China. Business Wire India

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