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Italian court waters down Berlusconi immunity law
An Italian constitutional court has opened the way for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to be put back on trial, throwing out crucial parts of the law that represented his latest attempt to shield himself from prosecution. ANI

EU sends diaries to schools listing Hindu-Muslim festivals, omitting Christian celebrations
The European Union has reportedly sent millions of diaries to schools, which list the dates of Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish and Chinese festivals, but leaves out Christian festivals. ANI

Clinton warns Arab leaders, Middle East will 'sink into sand' if extremism not stopped
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is currently on a tour of Arab countries, has reportedly told leaders of those countries that the Middle East could 'sink into the sand,' of chaos caused by extremists if they fail to liberalise their political system. ANI

KP Chief Minister warns that 'undeclared third world war' underway in the region
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has stated that 'an undeclared third world war' is underway in the region. ANI

Conservative party politician slammed for badmouthing David Miliband
A British politician from former Foreign Secretary David Miliband's constituency has been slammed for calling him 'cheap' and a w****r. ANI

Doctors say Giffords recovering, but still not stable
Doctors attending to Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded after being shot in Tucson, Arzona, have claimed she is recovering, and is able to keep her eyes open for at least 15 minutes. ANI

Jemima uses Twitter to campaign against being called 'socialite'
Jemima Goldsmith hates being called a socialite but it looks like she has failed to persuade all her Twitter fans. ANI

Aussies seek relief from Queensland floods in Facebook drinking game
A new TV drinking game created in the wake of the Queensland flood disaster in social networking site Facebook is creating ripples among its more than 19,000 fans. ANI

California hacker hunted n*ked photos from women's emails
A California man hacked hundreds of women's email accounts in search of n*ked pictures, then sent it to their friends and even posted some of them on their Facebook pages. ANI

Lost Shakespearean play to return on stage after 200 yrs
'Double Falsehood', a controversial lost play by Shakespeare will be shown at the National Theatre for the first time since the 18th century. ANI

Sequel to Catcher in the Rye 'banned in US' over copyright dispute
A book billed as the sequel to JD Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye has been banned from release in the US over copyright dispute. ANI

Cop accused of 'intentionally' decreasing Benazir's security during assassination rally
Former SSP (Operations) Rawalpindi Yaseen Farooq has accused former CPO Saud Aziz of "intentionally" decreasing former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto's security during her rally at Liaquat Bagh. ANI

Kate Middleton's thrifty fashion sense big headache for designers
Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton is said to be causing quite a headache to designers with her frugal fashion sense. ANI

After Snuggie, now it's time for the Forever Lazy suit
Want to feel blanket like comfort and coziness? Try on wearing the one-piece, zip-up outfit- Forever Lazy suit. ANI

Golf course owner offers $1K reward after pe**s is drawn on greens
The owner of a golf course in Australia has offered a 1000-dollar reward to anyone who can help catch the person who carved the outline of a huge pe**s into one of the course's greens. ANI

Bull sharks spotted swimming down flooded main streets in Oz
A couple of bull sharks have been spotted swimming down flooded main streets in Australia, 30km from the coast. ANI

US judge rules inmate 'bitten on pe**s by rodent' may sue
A prisoner in a jail in New York has been given the green light by a judge to sue county officials after a rat bit him on his pe**s, for which he says he had to endure a course of rabies jabs. ANI

Malik orders immediate blockage of anti-Islam websites
Interior Minister Rehman Malik has taken strong note of websites and SMSes propagating an anti-Islam agenda, and ordered an immediate blockage of such sites within 24 hours. ANI

Militants kill female constable, five family members in Pak's KP province
In a gruesome terror attack, militants shot dead a female constable and her five family members in Pakistan's militancy-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Friday. ANI

Escaped prisoners say Burmese Army using them as human mine sweepers
Three prisoners who managed to escape from the clutches of the Burmese Army have claimed that military junta in Myanmar is using about 600 prisoners as human mine sweepers along the country's border with Thailand. ANI

Palin's critics post video, hate messages on her tweeter page
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's critics have posted a four-minute video and 'hate messages' on her tweeter page, suggesting that she should be "shot" or "assassinated" because of her crosshairs posts ahead of last year's mid-term polls that they think led to the Arizona shootings. ANI

'Send us cash or we'll rape her again': Thai men call victim's mother in UK
A British woman has revealed that she was gang raped for two hours in a Thailand hotel by Swedish and Thai men, who then phoned her mother in the UK to demand money for her release. ANI

Poll: Health care reform is Barack Obama's best and worst
Americans are evenly divided over health care that nearly identical percentages say reform is President Barack Obama's greatest accomplishment and his worst one since taking office, according to a new poll. ANI

German s*x offenders paid 105K pounds for breach of right to liberty and security
Three s*x offenders in Germany have been awarded 105,000 pounds in damages by the European Court of Human Rights after they were kept in prison for an indefinite period. ANI

Relatives of miners furious over Kiwi govt. decision to seal Pike River mine
Relatives of 29 miners killed in the Pike River mine in Greymouth, New Zealand, have described the government's decision to seal the mine as a "bloody disgrace". ANI

Police will target troublemakers at 2011 Australian Open
Melbourne Police have said they will target potential troublemakers wanting to attend the 2011 Australian Open even before they reach the venue. ANI

Wounded fox shoots hunter in leg
A hunter in Belarus was shot in the leg by a fox that he had wounded and was trying to kill. ANI

Hindus congratulate Mrinalini Mata on being elected Self-Realization Fellowship President
Congratulating Sri Mrinalini Mata on her election as President of Los Angeles (USA) headquartered worldwide Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) and Yogoda Satsanga Society (YSS) of India, Hindus hope that she would further promote the ancient concept of "realization of Self". ANI

Saudi Arabia looking for Bin Laden's son-in-law, 47 others
Saudi Arabia is reportedly hunting for 47 al-Qaeda commanders, including Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law as it sees them as being a 'serious threat to the public'. ANI

Indian-origin cabbie Hiren Mohini's widow 'confused' whether to attend trial in China
The widow of Indian-born Auckland taxi driver Hiren Mohini, who was stabbed to death a year ago, is reportedly facing a dilemma on whether or not to attend her husband's murder trial in Shanghai. ANI

Brit couple die within hours of each other after 70-yrs of wedded bliss
A British couple, who was truly devoted to one another, passed away within 11 hours of each other after being married for nearly 70 years. ANI

Israel's Press Office apologizes for journalists 'Bra-Gate' howler
The director of Israel's Government Press Office has apologized for the intensive security screening several journalists had to endure before meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. ANI

Israeli security asks woman reporter to take off bra to meet Prime Minister
A pregnant producer has revealed that she was asked by Israeli security personnel to take off her bra in order to meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. ANI

Pak playing "own little games" in bid to maintain control over Kabul: Editorial
While Pakistan has warned the US against any "new great game" concerning Afghanistan, it itself harbours a desire to maintain control over Kabul by "playing its own little games", an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Palin's e-mail hacker starts prison term
David Kernell, a student convicted of hacking US potential presidential candidate Sarah Palin's e-mail during the 2008 presidential campaign, has reportedly begun serving his prison term at a federal corrections institute in Ashland, Kentucky. ANI

Pakistan's Afghan policy flawed, counterproductive: Ahmed Rashid
Pakistan's Afghan policy is flawed and has proved to be counterproductive for the interests of the country, veteran journalist and renowned author Ahmed Rashid has said. ANI

US to help Bangladesh organise "transparent" war crime trials
An American envoy has said his country would help Bangladesh "hold an open and transparent trial" in connection with the 1971 independence war. ANI

Pakistan unlikely to defend Hafiz Saeed in 26/11 US lawsuit
Pakistan has dodged the issue of defending Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in a US lawsuit, which has issued him summons in connection with the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, saying it would only protect the interests of ISI officials who had been named in the case. ANI

US committed to withdraw troops from Iraq by end of 2011: Biden
US Vice President Joe Biden, who is in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi leaders about the future of U.S. troops in the country, has said America is committed to leaving the war-torn country by the end of 2011. ANI

Third of young Japanese men have no interest in sex
Japan's birth rate is plummeting because more than a third of Japanese males have no interest in or are actively averse to s*x, says a survey. ANI

Taliban prepared to withdraw ban on girls' education in Afghanistan: Education Minister
Afghanistan's Education Minister, Farooq Wardak, has claimed that the Taliban leadership is no longer against female education, and is prepared to withdraw its ban on girls' schools. ANI

Malay Indians to celebrate Pongal in grand way
Hindu temples across Malaysia are gearing up to celebrate Pongal or the harvest festival this weekend in a grand way. ANI

British officer terms handing of combat operations to Afghans 'disaster'
A top British commander serving in Afghanistan has expressed fears the handing over of combat operations in 2014 to the Afghan Army, terming such a move as a 'disaster'. ANI

Israel bars AESA radar export to India
The Israeli Defence Ministry has blocked the potential export sale of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)'s EL/M-2052 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar to a number of countries, including India. ANI

BIOTRONIK congratulates Endosense on the FDA IDE approval of the TOCCASTAR clinical trial and first patient enrollment
BIOTRONIK SE Co Business Wire India

Parallels Announces Impressive Speaker Line-up for its 6th Annual Summit, Plans to Reveal Proprietary Research Results
Parallels has announced an impressive speaker line-up at the Parallels Summit 2011, the leading global annual gathering of the Cloud industry Business Wire India

Singapore Gains Steam as Major Regional R&D Hub: asserts that Singapore is gaining traction as a center for research and innovation and is set to emerge as a leading R&D hub in Asia. SingaporeSetup Business Wire India

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