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Obama approval rating drops in all states Home
US President Barack Obama's approval ratings during his second year in office, has dropped in most states, except in Hawaii, the state where he grew up, which was the highest, and in Washington, the city where he now spends most of his time, Gallup found in an analysis of its 2010 polling. ANI

Indian voluntary organizations in UAE to be regularized
Operations of 60 Indian social and voluntary organizations in the United Arab Emirates will be recognized as entities in their own right. ANI

US man agrees to pay neighbours $2K every time he smokes cigars
A man in US has agreed to fork over 2,000 dollars to his next-door neighbours every time he smokes a cigar inside his apartment. ANI

US envoy to China 'flees scene' after being spotted at 'Jasmine Revolution' rally
The United States Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, was caught on tape at an anti-government protest in Beijing, but quickly left the scene after someone in the crowd noticed his presence and accused him of wanting to see chaos in the country. ANI

Hillary Clinton backs US' cautious response to 18-day Egypt revolution
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that the Obama administration was "walking a balance" in Egypt because it wanted to make sure that its support didn't lead to an outbreak of violence. ANI

Pak Govt. in consultation with international legal experts on Davis' immunity issue
The Pakistan Government is in serious consultations with international legal experts on the Raymond Davis case, Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua has said. ANI

Sharif blames 'traitor of democracy' Zardari for all of Pakistan's problems
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has blamed the government for all the crises faced by the country, and reiterated that his party has experts to take the country out of the problems. ANI

US man dubbed 'most stupid criminal ever' pleads guilty to burglary
The US man, who was dubbed as "the most stupid criminal ever" after he posted a photo of himself on the Facebook page of the owner of a laptop he had stolen, has pleaded guilty to burglary. ANI

China blocks UN report on N. Korea's new nuke facility
China is blocking the release of a report by a UN expert panel on the revelations of a new and highly sophisticated uranium enrichment plant in North Korea, according to Security Council diplomats ANI

US woman, 96, still earns £50K a year as an escort
A woman in the US, who has been working as an escort since the end of the Second World War, is still earning 50,000 pounds a year from her sex services and that too at the age of 96. ANI

Indian embassy begins NRI registrations in Oman
The Indian mission starts online registration of Non-Resident Indians in Oman today. ANI

Pak Govt must urgently provide accountability for Baloch killings: Amnesty International
The Pakistan Government must immediately provide accountability for the "alarming number of killings and abductions in Balochistan attributed to government forces" in recent months, Amnesty International has demanded. ANI

All Pakistanis safe in Libya: Envoy
Pakistan's Acting Ambassador to Libya Ali Javed has said that all 18,000 Pakistanis in Libya are "safe, and the embassy is in contact with them." ANI

Hindus call for prayers for New Zealand quake victims
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, called for prayers for the victims of Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand. ANI

Oz doctor jailed for raping exotic dancer after she refused him sex
A doctor in Adelaide, Australia, who became obsessed with an exotic dancer who refused him sex even after he wooed her with expensive gifts, has been jailed for raping her. ANI

Uproar over anti-abortion billboard in New York
A billboard featuring a young black girl has sparked outrage in New York because of its anti-abortion message - the most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb. ANI

FBI sued over targeting Muslims for their religious beliefs
The First Amendment rights of hundreds of Muslims were violated when FBI agents directed an informant to infiltrate mosques in California, according to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Council on American-Islamic Relations. ANI

Oklahoma Police official faces disciplinary action for refusing to cover Islamic event
Tulsa Police Department Captain Paul Fields is under investigation for refusing an order to assign officers to attend an Islamic event in Oklahoma. ANI

Pakistan ranked 10th in UNDP's Human Development Index progress list
Pakistan has been ranked tenth in terms of Human Development Index improvement in the United Nations Development Programme's 20th Human Development Report 2010. ANI

British MPs for putting Kashmir at top of Foreign Office agenda
The British parliament's Kashmir Committee Secretary General Richard Irwin Harrington has vowed to put the Kashmir issue at the top of the agenda list of the British Foreign Office. ANI

Pakistan looking for trade and market access, not international aid: Zardari
Pakistan is not looking for aid, instead it is looking for trade and market access to "turn around" its shattered economy, President Asif Ali Zardari has said. ANI

Dangerous driving tops list of 'sins of commuting' in Malaysia
A survey has revealed the seven sins of commuting that causes high stress levels among Malaysian commuters while on their way to work. ANI

Horndog High teachers accused of lesbian sex romp sue NYC for $2m
The two teachers, who were sacked after an alleged lesbian sex romp in a Brooklyn classroom, have decided to sue New York City for 2 million dollars for slandering their names. ANI

Brazilian woman finds alligator behind her living room sofa
A Brazilian woman was shocked when she saw her 3-year-old son playing with a 5-foot alligator in her living room. ANI

Sarah Palin hailed as typical representative of frontier naming
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been hailed as the perfect representative of frontier naming by the author of a book. ANI

Man pays price for scratching his 'itchy' private part in front of woman
A Malaysian man who claimed that he accidentally scratched his 'itchy' private part in front of a female neighbour had to pay the price for his act. ANI

Palin blames White House for not supporting Libya
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has accused the White House of not showing support to the people of Libya in their protests against the country's dictator Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

Libya rejected offers to invest with Bernie Madoff, Allen Stanford: WikiLeaks
Libya's Moammar al-Gadhafi regime had turned down offers from American Ponzi schemers Bernie Madoff and Allen Stanford, according to classified US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. ANI

US Christian leaders seek Obama's help to free jailed Afghan convert
Christian leaders in the United States have sought President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's help for the release of Said Musa, who could be put to death in Afghanistan for abandoning Islam and converting to Christianity. ANI

Best-looking flight crew survey dubbed 'very offensive'
A survey that asked respondents to choose the airline with the best-looking flight crew has been dubbed as being "very offensive". ANI

Website deemed 'despicable' for blaming gays for Kiwi quake
A website, which claimed that the devastating earthquake that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand, had been triggered by the gay community, has been dubbed "despicable". ANI

Michelle Obama's personal assistant is her new stylist
US First Lady Michelle Obama has reportedly chosen a new stylist - her personal assistant Meredith Koop. ANI

UK PM defends evacuation of Brits from Libya
British Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the attempted evacuation of British nationals in Libya and attacked homophobia in football. ANI

Girls as young as 9 selling sex for drugs, says Oz politician
An Australian politician has said that girls as young as nine are selling sex for drugs and alcohol. ANI

Zardari's quiet UAE visit to find solution to Pak's economic woes
As Pakistan was busy watching the Raymond Davis saga unfold, President Asif Ali Zardari quietly took an unannounced trip to Dubai to explore options to solve the country's economic crunch. ANI

238 missing and 78 dead in New Zealand earthquake
Nearly 238 people are reported missing and 78 are dead in Christchurch earthquake. ANI

Now, a radio toaster to save kitchen space
A new gadget that can help save kitchen space has emerged in the form of a radio toaster, which allows consumers to heat up their bread while listening to their favourite breakfast show. ANI

Romanian women endured 22 million abortions after ex-dictator's ban on contraception
Romanian women went through over 22 million abortions as a result of policies introduced by former communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, health statistics have revealed. ANI

Booze puts Brits in the mood for sex: Study
The more alcohol Brits drink, the more turned on they become. ANI

Amended Chinese law says organ traffickers will get death penalty
Criminals convicted for organ trafficking will be given the death penalty, says an amendment submitted to the National People's Congress (NCP) Standing Committee of China. ANI

Hallmark Channel's TV film about Wills-Kate romance set for August
After Lifetime, the Hallmark Channel is planning to make a TV film about Prince William and Kate Middleton's romance. ANI

Internet words 'bloggable' and 'scareware' enter Oxford Dictionary
A slew of new words, including 'bloggable' and 'scareware', have been added to the Oxford Dictionaries for the first time, thanks to the Internet. ANI

Diplomats attack Sarkozy for pursuing 'amateurish' French foreign policy
An anonymous group of French diplomats known only by the name "Marly" has hit out at President Nicolas Sarkozy for pursuing a foreign policy that is impulsive, amateurish and preoccupied with the nation's image in the media. ANI

Murder attempt on Shumaila's uncle for refusing to patch-up with Davis
A relative of Shumaila Kanwal, who had committed suicide after the murder of her husband Fahim by US official Raymond Davis, is battling for his life after three armed men forcibly fed him poisonous pills. ANI

Is Chelsea Clinton's husband on the verge of a breakdown?
Chelsea Clinton's husband Marc Mezvinsky is on the verge of a breakdown, according to friends. ANI

Son says Gaddafi wants to remain Libya's 'Big Father'
One of the seven sons of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has revealed that the tyrant wants to stay on as the "Big Father" of Libya in spite of the unrest that is spreading across the country. ANI

US, India to convene Joint Task Force on reducing climate damaging HFCs
The United States and India have agreed to convene a Joint Task Force (JTF) that will examine effective approaches to reduce the use of climate-damaging hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). ANI

Lost WWI diary reveals horrors of battle
For the first time over 40 years, the horrors of the first World War have been revealed in the diary of British Army officer Edwin Vaughan. ANI

US shifts legal stance on gay marriage
Gay rights activists in the United States are celebrating another step forward after the Obama administration announced that it would no longer defend the legislation that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. ANI

ISI halts talks with CIA at all levels over being treated as "their lackeys"
Pakistan's premier spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence has stopped talking with the US' Central Intelligence Agency at any level, including the most senior, an ISI official has revealed. ANI

UK brewery creates beer as the latest Royal Wedding souvenir
A brewery in Cambridgeshire has created a new beer to celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal wedding. ANI

Double murder-accused US official 'not immune from criminal prosecution': Qureshi
Double-murder accused US official Raymond Davis is not immune from criminal prosecution as per Pakistan's Foreign Office record, former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said. ANI

Qadri killed Pak Punjab Governor in his own capacity, says head of probe team
The investigation into the Salmaan Taseer assassination case has been completed and it has been confirmed that Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri had killed the then Punjab Governor in his own capacity, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Bani Ameen has said. ANI

Rahat Ali thanks Indian Govt for support, very good treatment during detention
Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has appreciated the Indian Government's efforts to secure his release following his detention at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport for allegedly attempting to leave the country with over 124,000 dollars. ANI

Murder-accused American ends hunger strike over "substandard food" in Pak jail:Sources
Double-murder accused US official Raymond Davis, who had gone on a hunger strike in a Lahore prison to protest against "substandard food" being given to him and to press for removing security cameras, has reportedly ended his strike. ANI

Davis case may end up in International Court of Justice if US-Pak standoff persists
The lingering US-Pak dispute over the diplomatic immunity issue of double-murder accused American official Raymond Davis may end up in the International Court of Justice, if efforts to resolve the matter diplomatically and bilaterally do not succeed. ANI

Sarah Palin coming to India next month
Sarah Palin will visit India next month to participate in the annual conclave of a magazine, according to an aide. ANI

Power Integrations Releases Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Russian Versions of PI ExpertT Suite PSU Design Software
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Be Together: The Bentley User Conference Registration Now Open
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, has announced that registration for this year’s Be Together: The Bentley User Conference is now open to all architects, engineers, constructors, geospatial professionals, and CAD managers Business Wire India

Jefferies Group, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and LoanCore Capital Form Joint Venture Real Estate Finance Company
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