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'China may overtake US as premier nation for scientific and technological innovation'
US President Barrack Obama's science adviser has warned that China could overtake America as the premier nation for scientific and technological innovation, if "we don't lift our game". ANI

Detained Chinese Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo's wife claims her family is 'hostage'
The wife of the Chinese imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has told a friend online that her 'whole family has been held hostage', adding that she had seen her husband only once since his Nobel award was announced in October, the friend's transcript of the conversation has revealed. ANI

Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol helps her with research work
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol recently said that she might run for office down the road. ANI

California school district uses GPS to track students who skip class
A California school district is using GPS devices to keep tabs on students who have a penchant for skipping classes. ANI

Fuel strike to mar royal wedding spirits?
Around 3,000 tanker drivers in Britain are threatening to go on a strike that will coincide with the royal wedding and with the Easter holidays, according to industry sources. ANI

Brit student expelled over 'dangly bits in teacher's mug' prank
A pupil in Britain has been expelled and three others have been suspended for their involvement in a sick prank - he and his friends took a picture of one of them putting their dangly bits in a teacher's mug. ANI

Brown attacks Blair: Politicians justify decisions in God's name
Former British Prime Minister Gorden Brown has launched an attack on his predecessor Tony Blair saying that many lawmakers try to justify their political decisions by insisting that "God has sanctioned or ordained a course of action". ANI

Twenty militants killed in military operation in Pak's Mohmand Agency
Twenty militants were killed and 30 others wounded in Pakistan's Mohmand Agency in a military operation launched in retaliation against insurgents' attack on a security check post on Sunday. ANI

Pak Taliban releases video of killing of former ISI officer
The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has released a video footage of the killing of former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officer Colonel Sultan Ameer Tarar, commonly known as Colonel Imam. ANI

Pro-democracy Egyptian protestors fear army will install a 'new Mubarak' to cling on to power
Amid concerns that the current military regime in Egypt is strongly anti-reformist, the pro-democracy protestors fear that the army would promote a candidate as a "new Mubarak" in a presidential election later this year. ANI

Australia committed to Afghan war, says Gillard
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said that Australia will remain committed to the war in Afghanistan, despite the rising death toll. ANI

Davis had ID card of US consulate in Peshawar
The identity card recovered from double-murder accused US diplomat Raymond Davis is not of the US Consulate in Lahore, but of that in Peshawar. ANI

No takers for world's first gay beer
The launch of world's first beer specifically targeted at gay drinkers has been branded 'silly'. ANI

UK public bodies splurge taxpayers' money to teach officials how to walk
Public bodies in the UK spent tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money telling officials how to walk, it has emerged. ANI

10-yr-old girls addicted to vodka-laced alcopop WKD, reveals poll
Girls as young as 10 have named vodka-laced alcopop WKD their favourite drink in a UK poll. ANI

'Running of the Brides' draws more than 200 at NY department store
As many as 200 brides-to-be took part in the chaotic 'Running of the Brides' tradition in a New York department store, to pick up dresses once worth 10,000 dollars for a mere 249 dollars. ANI

Slain LTTE leader Prabhakaran's mother passes away in Sri Lanka
The mother of V. Prabhakaran, the founder and leader of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), passed away in a Jaffna hospital on Sunday morning. ANI

Major American museums carry Hindu Lord Shiva statues
Most major museums of USA carry statues and other artifacts of Lord Shiva, one of the divine trio of the Hindus-Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva. ANI

Sperm drought in Victoria prompts calls to ease restrictions on imports
Women in Victoria are finding it difficult to start a family because IVF clinics here are already running low on sperm donor supplies. ANI

Brits underestimate cost of life's big events by 124K pounds
It has emerged that Britons are underestimating the cost of life's major events by at least 124,000 pounds. ANI

Hindus greet Chaplin's grandson for undergoing traditional Hindu wedding in India
Hindus have greeted film-icon Charlie Chaplin's grandson Mark Joplin for reportedly going through a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony in India. ANI

Hague approves largest Hindu temple complex in mainland Europe
Hague in Netherlands will have the largest Hindu temple complex in mainland Europe, according to reports. ANI

Oz Liberal party divided over Bernardi's "Islam is problem, not Muslims" claims
The Liberal party of Australia appears to be divided after Tony Abbott rejected Parliamentary Secretary Cory Bernardi's claims that "Islam is the problem, not Muslims". ANI

Michelle Obama, with daughters, skiing in Colorado
US First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, are on a private family trip to Colorado. ANI

Military rulers demand apology from Suu Kyi's party for supporting western sanctions
Burma's military rulers have demanded an apology from pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party for backing western sanctions, which it said were restricting development in the country. ANI

Cathay Pacific accused of racism after refusing job to Muslim worker
Algerian born Salim Zakhrouf (38), a Muslim airport worker, has accused Cathay Pacific airline of racism, after he was denied an interview, only to be offered one two days later when he applied again, using a fake British sounding name. ANI

Islamic fundamentalists burn brothels in Tunisia
In an attempt to show force, Islamic fundamentalists burnt down a street of brothels in Tunis. ANI

Rapists, killers challenge UK govt. over right to benefits
The detained rapists and killers in psychiatric hospitals are challenging the British Government in a test case at the European Court of Human Right, demanding for State benefits. ANI

Magician Paul Daniels' 'Paki' tweet branded 'racist'
Magician Paul Daniels' Twitter message that the word 'Paki' is no more offensive than the abbreviation "Brit" has been slammed as 'offensive' and 'racist'. ANI

Gordon Brown was billed for 200 breakfasts when he left No 10
When the Browns were packing up to leave Downing Street, they were presented with a bill for 200 breakfasts. ANI

"CIA spy" Davis was giving nuclear bomb material to Al-Qaeda, says report
Double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis has been found in possession of top-secret CIA documents, which point to him or the feared American Task Force 373 (TF373) operating in the region, providing Al-Qaeda terrorists with "nuclear fissile material" and "biological agents," according to a report. ANI

SA Prosecutor calls Brit-Indian honeymooner 'guilty fugitive' over wife's murder
A South African Director of public prosecutions has claimed that Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire accused of masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year, is a "fugitive" and guilty of "committing a heinous crime".' ANI

Becks, Posh among royal wedding guests?
David and Victoria Beckham are believed to be among the 1,900 guests to receive a gilded invitation from the Queen to attend Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding in April. ANI

Obama coaches daughter Sasha's basketball team while she goes skiing
US President Barack Obama on Saturday took over as the coach of his younger daughter's basketball team even though she was not there. ANI

Malaysian men getting hitched to foreign women for a price
Some Malaysian men are being paid to marry women from China, Vietnam and other neighbouring countries so that these women can obtain visas to stay longer in the country. ANI

US, Pak working on 'out of the box' solution to Davis detention standoff
The United States has revived its high-level engagement with Pakistan after keeping it suspended for almost a fortnight over the diplomatic immunity issue of double murder-accused American official Raymond Davis. ANI

Brit-Indian bride was 'sexually assaulted before being gunned down' in Cape Town
New evidences in the murder case of Anni Dewani, the Indian-origin bride who was killed during her honeymoon in Cape Town last year, has indicated that the victim was sexually assaulted before being gunned down by the abductors. ANI

UK to let in 20,000 skilled Indians yearly bypassing government's new immigration caps
Britain would reportedly allow thousands of Indians to enter the country every year under a European Union (EU) trade deal. ANI

ISI declares war on CIA following Davis double murder incident
Pakistan's premier spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has hardened its stance against US' Central Intelligence Agency following the Raymond Davis incident in Lahore on January 27. ANI

Wills-Kate invite 1,900 guests to their royal wedding
Around 1,900 guests will witness Prince William and Kate Middleton exchange wedding vows on April 29. ANI

Qureshi's diatribe against US policy, Pak leadership following ouster as Foreign Minister
Having nothing to lose after having already been ousted as Pakistan's former Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi has lambasted the United States over a number of matters, and also revealed that he was asked to keep silent on the Raymond Davis issue. ANI

Indian man has world's biggest family with 39 wives, 94 children, 33 grandchildren
An Indian man, from Mizoram, has the largest family in the world with 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren.iona Chana and his family live in a 100-room, four-storey house set amidst the hills of Baktwang village in Mizoram, where the wives sleep in giant communal dormitories. ANI

Berlusconi's sleazy political generation should retire: Mayor of Florence
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's, who is embroiled in controversies pertaining to his sexcapades, has been slammed by the mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi. ANI

Gaddafi regime's snipers kill 15 mourners attending funeral of protesters in Libya
Sniper commandos have reportedly shot dead at least 15 mourners and wounded many others attending the funeral of protesters killed during the Libyan uprising as Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime attempted to crush dissent. ANI

Wahab resigns as PPP Information Secretary following remarks on Davis' immunity
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) politician Fauzia Wahab has resigned from the post of party's Central Information Secretary following her statement on double-murder accused US diplomat Raymond Davis. ANI

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