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Russian billionaire asks Putin to stop FSB secret service agents from stealing his empire
Russian businessman Alexander Lebedev has told Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that a gang of corrupt FSB secret service agents and policemen were plotting to steal his multi-billion pound business empire. ANI

Chelsy Davy enjoys night out with Kate Middleton's sister
Prince Harry's off-on girlfriend Chelsy Davy was seen enjoying a night out with Kate Middleton's sister Pippa. ANI

Sarah Brown 'claims Berlusconi once asked for Naomi Campbell's number'
Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown's wife Sarah has revealed that Silvio Berlusconi, the embattled Italian Prime Minister, once asked for the phone number of supermodel Naomi Campbell at a dinner of world leaders in London. ANI

Kate Middleton's 2002 see-through dress to go under the hammer
Kate Middleton's see-through dress that she wore as part of a university fashion show in 2002 is set to go under the hammer next month. ANI

'Egyptian prison guards killed inmates during uprising leading to Mubarak's resignation'

Recent uprising in Cairo 'not an Islamic Revolution': Egypt expert
Indiana School of Law-Indianapolis Professor Frank Emmert, an expert on Egyptian politics, has said that the recent protests in Cairo that ousted President Hosni Mubarak is an 'uprising of the middle class against a brutal dictator, not an Islamic revolution'. ANI

New al Qaeda online message slams Mubarak regime as 'corrupt, unjust'
Osama bin Laden's terrorist deputy has reportedly released his new audio message on the Internet, the first message from al Qaeda since the unrest in Egypt began, terming the ousted President Hosni Mubarak's government as a 'suppressive regime that had ruled the people with suppressive forces'. ANI

Chinese man bitten by snake on pe**s while sitting on toilet
A man in China was bitten on his pe**s by a snake as he was sitting down on the toilet. ANI

Downing Street cat Larry 'gatecrashes' Kevin Spacey photocall
Downing Street cat Larry, who is the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office, is said to have tried to gatecrash a Kevin Spacey photocall. ANI

Mukherjee arrives for G 20 summit in France
Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee arrived for the ongoing G-20 Meet of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors here on Saturday. ANI

Half of modern Brit women are not as shapely as they would like to think
A survey has found that almost half of British women mistakenly believe they have figures that match the ideal body shape desired by men. ANI

Cameron directly lobbies with Indian PM to further Brit companies' interest
British Prime Minister David Cameron has personally intervened on behalf of two British companies facing problems in India, Cairn Energy and Vodafone, by raising their concerns with his Indian counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh. he letter to Dr. Singh from Cameron has been described as 'friendly, not finger wagging,' by officials who are anxious to develop British trade relationship with India. ANI

Michelangelo De Caravaggio's crimes revealed in Rome's police files
Late Italian artist Michelangelo De Caravaggio's police record has been revealed, and they show the tumultuous life he led from the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th centuries. ANI

Only MQM can bring Pakistan out of financial crisis, corruption: Altaf Hussain
Muttahida Qaumi Movement is the only political party that can rescue Pakistan from problems like the financial crunch, nepotism and corruption plaguing the country, party chief Altaf Hussain has said. ANI

PPP should be lauded for refusing to hand over Davis to US despite pressure: Awan
The leadership of the Pakistan People's Party must be applauded for not bowing to the United States' demand to hand over double murder-accused official Raymond Davis to the country, Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said. ANI

Brit dentist struck off for undoing trousers in front of female patient
A married dentist in Britain, who pinned a female patient down and undid his trousers while asking "Do you want to see the goods?", has been struck off from the General Dental Council register. ANI

Hindus worldwide urged to help needy on Mahashivratri
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, sending early Mahashivratri greetings to one billion Hindus of the world, has appealed them each to take a vow of adopting at least one charitable project on this auspicious occasion for less fortunate members of the community. ANI

Hindus back Catholic Bishops on Climate Change policy protecting world's poor
Hindus have commended the Global Climate Change policy statement of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) which says, "Policies addressing global climate change should enhance rather than diminish the economic situation of people in poverty". ANI

Pak assures Kerry of no espionage charges against Davis, no custody of other US accused
Pakistani authorities have assured US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John F. Kerry that double murder-accused American official Raymond Davis will not be tried on espionage charges. ANI

'Sexy' sumos pose in new advert for Japanese car manufacturer
A Japanese car manufacturer has featured a number of "sexy" sumos in its car advert in a bid to beat competitors. ANI

Nawaz accuses Zardari of failing his efforts to achieve reconciliation in Pak
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief, Nawaz Sharif, has said that President Asif Ali Zardari has failed his efforts to achieve national reconciliation, mitigate poverty and other problems of the country's citizens. ANI

'Even a partly successful US-Taliban negotiation will favour Afghan strategy'
Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist Steve Coll believes that it is past time for the US to shift some of its capacity for risk-taking in the war off the battlefield and into diplomacy aimed at reinforcing Afghan political unity, neutrality, civil rights, and social cohesion. ANI

US in secret direct talks with Afghan Taliban
The Obama administration is reportedly holding direct, secret talks with senior Taliban leaders in Afghanistan as part of an effort to forge a political settlement with the group. ANI

5 myths about the male body exposed
There are many myths surrounding men and their physiques, right from the size of their feet to their sex lives. ANI

Anti-Terrorism Court re-issues warrant for Musharraf's arrest in Benazir murder case
An Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan has reissued a non-bailable arrest warrant against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination. ANI

Distrust between Pakistan, Afghanistan "major cause of regional instability": Clinton
The historic distrust between Pakistan and Afghanistan remains a 'major cause of instability' in the region, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pointed out. ANI

Chechnya President Kadyrov plans friendly football match against Brazil's WC heroes
Chechnya President Ramzan Kadyrov is about to take to the football field and lead a select XI against the stars of Brazil's 2002 World Cup winning squad, according to the republic's Sports Minister. ANI

Americans rate Ronald Reagan as best-ever US President
A new poll has found that more Americans identify Ronald Reagan as the best-ever US President than Abraham Lincoln or Franklin Roosevelt. ANI

Sarah Palin's breastfeeding joke backfires
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's joke about breastfeeding seems to have backfired, especially since it is a universally agreed-upon problem. ANI

Musharraf taps patriotic fervour to wish Pak cricket team ahead of World Cup 2011
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has wished the national cricket team good luck in their endeavour to lift the coveted ICC World Cup 2011 trophy. ANI

Spanish nun kicked out of order for spending too much time on Facebook
A Spanish nun has been expelled from the religious order she has been living at for 35-years because she spent too much time on social networking site Facebook. ANI

US Navy's new record setting laser can down cruise missiles in seconds
The US Navy has set a new world record, by coming up with a new type of laser that can shoot cruise missiles from the sky in seconds, with greater accuracy. ANI

BBC's busty weather girl told to cover up?
A busty BBC weather girl has sparked rumours that she was told to cover up, after she appeared for a later broadcast wearing a jacket. ANI

Uproar over village pub sign showing Queen in muscle-vest, 'Phil' tattoo
A sign on the door of Queen's Arms Hotel in Acomb, Northumberland, which shows the Queen in a black muscle-vest with a tattoo bearing the name 'Phil' on her huge forearms, has caused outrage amongst villagers. ANI

Why you shouldn't trust someone who scratches his or her nose!
Body gestures say a lot about a person - whether they look up or scratch their nose, or even tilt their head. ANI

Ferguson eyeing Rooney 'burst' ahead of important Premier League games
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has urged striker Wayne Rooney to use his 'scissor-kick' goal, an overhead kick he hit in the derby against Manchester City last week, as his Premier League season's launchpad. ANI

50-plus Brit women cry discrimination against potential employers
A new study has revealed that 80 percent of 50-plus British women believe their age has prevented them finding work. ANI

French journalist found guilty of passing racial comments
Eric Zemmour, a well-known commentator and coloumnist for Le Figaro, a French daily newspaper, has been found guilty of inciting racial hatred after passing comments that were hurtful for certain ethnic communities. ANI

Hillary Clinton warns Taliban to cut ties with Al-Qaeda
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned the Taliban to cut ties with al-Qaeda or face increased military pressure from the United States and its allies. ANI

Prince Harry spotted at UK club that holds n*ked shows, extols drugs use
Prince Harry and his on-off girlfriend Chelsy Davy were spotted at a club in Britain, which features n*ked shows and praises drugs use. ANI

6'8" model Amazon Eve hopes to win Guinness world record
Amazon Eve, named the world's tallest model by the Federation of World Records, has now set her sights on winning the Guinness world record. ANI

'Hard working' shot US Congresswoman Giffords tells husband her condition is "better"
Gabrielle Giffords, the US Democratic Representative who was shot while meeting with her constituents in Tucson, Arizona, is working hard to "speak more and improve," with reports saying that she had even uttered the word "better" on being asked recently by her husband how she was doing. ANI

Oz Senator receives death threats over 'Islam is problem, not Muslims' claims
Australian Parliamentary Secretary Cory Bernardi has said that he has received death threats over his claims that 'Islam itself is the problem, not Muslims.' ANI

UK cancels arms licences to Bahrain and Libya over protestors' suppression fears
Britain has cancelled over 50 arms export licences for Bahrain and Libya fearing that the security forces of these Gulf countries would use weapons supplied by London to suppress protestors, which might eventually give rise to 'prolonged regional or internal conflicts'. ANI

US Embassy employee involved in third death in Davis saga slips back to America
The US Embassy employee who ran his car over a Pakistani citizen- Ibadur Rehman- while rushing to assist American official Raymond Davis on January 27 in Lahore has slipped out of Pakistan, according to a senior US official. ANI

New pics of English Loch Ness monster or 'Bownessie' hailed as best ever
New pictures of a long humpbacked creature surfacing from Lake Windermere have been hailed as the best ever taken of the English Loch Ness monster or "Bownessie". ANI

Diana's friend Sarah not invited to Wills-Kate wedding
Sarah, Duchess of York, who was late Princess Diana's friend, has not been invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. ANI

Sarah Palin once promoted breastfeeding like Michelle Obama
Sarah Palin, who recently mocked Michelle Obama for her breastfeeding campaign during an appearance on Long Island, once encouraged women to do the same thing. ANI

Obama is not the leader of the United States, claims Republican Senator
Republican Senator from South Carolina Jim Demint has said that President Barack Obama isn't the leader of the United States, nor have any of his predecessors been the country's true leaders. ANI

Musharraf accused of 'providing direct assistance' to Benazir's killers: Sources
Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), which is investigating the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, has refused to succumb to enormous pressure from high-ups regarding dropping former president Pervez Musharraf's name from its challan list, sources have said. ANI

Australia expects Sweden to treat Assange justly under Swedish, international law if extradited
The Australian ambassador to Sweden has written to the country's justice minister seeking assurances that the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange would be treated justly based on Swedish and international law if he is extradited to Sweden over sexual assault charges. ANI

Italian women's tolerance for Berlusconi's sexcapades finally runs out
According to Sophie Arie of The Guardian, Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi's latest scandal involving an underage prostitute was the last straw - women are finally fed up of the man. ANI

"Shocking, unjustified anti-Americanism" not a solution to Pak's problems: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned that Pakistan faces a major instability and extremism threat at home if it does not implement economic reforms and curb the fomentation of anti-American sentiments in the country. ANI

Indian art, culture and cuisine on display in three-day Abu Dhabi fest
A three-day cultural and entertainment event is being organized at Abu Dhabi's Indian Social and Cultural Centre (ISC) to give a glimpse of Indian art, culture and cuisine to national and international tourists. ANI

BRIC now becomes BRICS with entry of South Africa: Pranab
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has confirmed that South Africa was the latest entry in the BRIC-Brazil, Russia, India and China association of countries. ANI

'Indian-origin bride's murder suspect instructed by SA police to give statement against husband
The lawyer of one of the accused in the murder case of the Indian-origin bride, Anni Dewani, in Cape Town, has claimed that the South African police had suggested to his client to give a statement against her Brit-Indian millionaire husband Shrien. ANI

India to focus on expanding ties with France: Mukherjee
India's Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that his meeting with his French counterpart Christine Lagarde were quite satisfactory and India would focus on expanding ties with France. ANI

US hopes spirit of Indo-Pak dialogue spills over for political solution in Afghanistan
The United States is 'encouraged' by the news that India and Pakistan have decided to resume bilateral dialogue aimed at building trust, and it encourages both nations to work in that same spirit to support a political process in war-torn Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said. ANI

Guests were n*ked at Berlusconi's bunga-bunga parties: Belly dancer
A teenage belly dancer at the center of Silvio Berlusconi sex scandal has claimed that guests were n*ked at the Italian Prime Minister's infamous bunga bunga parties. ANI

Mukherjee wants each country to adjust its currency as per market forces
Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that in the current global scenario, each country should adjust its currency as per the market forces. ANI

Investigators freeze millions belonging to Mubarak or associates in Swiss bank
Investigators in Switzerland have said that they have discovered millions of dollars in Swiss bank accounts belonging either to the ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, his family or five of his prominent associates. ANI

King Hamad warned US Bahrain opposition received training from Hizbollah: Wikileaks
Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa had warned senior US military officials that opposition groups in his country were receiving training from Iran-backed Hizbollah in Lebanon, the whistleblower website Wikileaks has revealed. ANI

35 anti-government protesters shot dead, 200 injured in Libya
At least 35 people were shot dead and 200 others injured in a crackdown on anti-government protests in Libya. ANI

US "not always sees eye-to-eye with Pak" on issue of terror havens in its tribal areas
The United States has "not always seen eye-to-eye with Pakistan" on how to deal with the threats posed by safe terrorist havens in the country's tribal region along the Afghanistan border, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has acknowledged. ANI

Qureshi questions Pak Govt's 3-week-time plea in court to reply on Davis' immunity
Pakistan's former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has questioned the three-week time given by the Lahore High Court to the Foreign Ministry to file a reply on the immunity status of double-murder accused US diplomat Raymond Davis. ANI

Rahat Ali's arrest in India 'conspiracy against Pakistani artistes', claims Pak MPA
Commenting on Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's detention issue, MPA Zobia Rubab Malik has said that Pakistan expresses love towards Indian stars but gets only hatred in return. ANI

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