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Be smart about getting a PhD
A recent article in The Economist ( concluded that a PhD was a waste of time for most and that students would discover that "that they would be better off doing something else." ANI

'Appeasing Tamil flood victims best chance for Sri Lanka to improve maligned image'
In the wake of the recent floods in parts of the country, many political observers are of the opinion that the Sri Lankan Government could improve its image damaged by war crimes allegations, by undertaking reconciliation measures for the safety of the Tamil minorities in the country. ANI

Canadians training in Al-Qaeda terrorist camps in Pak for future strikes in homeland
About 12 Canadian converts to Islam are reportedly undertaking terrorist training in Pakistan. ANI

Tech-savvy Pak politicians increasingly using tweets to communicate with voters
The widespread popularity of social networking sites and other Internet-based tools have led certain tech-savvy Pakistani politicians to use them liberally to communicate with voters and complain about their opponents. ANI

Samantha Cameron is breath of fresh air for British Fashion Council
Welsh fashion designer Julien MacDonald has said that UK Prime Minister David Cameron's wife Samantha Cameron is a breath of fresh air for the British Fashion Council. ANI

Debate on relationship between sports, alcohol to be held in New Zealand
A conference, aimed at sparking a debate on the role alcohol played in sport, is to be held in New Zealand.. ANI

'Canadian troops in Afghanistan will end up training Taliban insurgents'
Changing Canada's military mission from combat to training in Afghanistan would mean that Canada would train and equip many who will later join Taliban, New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jack Layton has said. ANI

Two Christian women beaten, humiliated in Pakistan over 'false' blasphemy allegations
Two Christian women were beaten and publicly humiliated by an angry mob in Pakistan over apparently frivolous blasphemy allegations, and subsequently, the duo, along with the family, has gone in hiding over fears of being killed. ANI

WikiLeaks a lesson to help recognise enemies, say Pakistani forum speakers
Pakistani think-tank forum Shura Hamdard's Karachi Chapter has said the WikiLeaks incident has been a lesson that one should not rely on others. ANI

Americans urged to cut salt consumption
The American Heart Association has issued an advisory, urging Americans to cut salt intake so as to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. ANI

UK truckers caught drinking lager, texting on phones while driving
Some truckers driving on Britain's busiest motorways have been caught drinking lager, texting simultaneously with a mobile phone in either hand, and watching DVDs from a laptop on the dashboard, while at the wheel. ANI

Woman in UK 'poses as man for 9 yrs to trick women into having s*x'
A woman in the UK tricked two other women into having sexual relations by pretending to be a man for nine years, it has emerged. ANI

Detroit bus driver suspended for driving with passenger on lap
A bus driver in Detroit has been suspended for 30 days after a cell phone video emerged, which showed him operating the bus with a woman passenger sitting on his lap. ANI

US woman busted for running boob, booty silicone clinic inside home
A woman in New York has been busted for operating a silicone clinic for boob and booty jobs inside her apartment. ANI

Middleton family's 'Party Pieces' in legal trouble?
Universal Music has sought legal advice over a CD promoted by Party Pieces, a firm owned by Kate Middleton's family. ANI

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes to marry long-term boyfriend
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, 27, is planning to marry his long-term boyfriend, Sean Eldridge. ANI

Obama working to ease US-Cuba travel restrictions
US President Barack Obama is reportedly looking to ease US citizens' travel restrictions to Cuba, allowing educational and religious groups to visit the communist country. ANI

Zardari took 'massive secret commissions' for securing French submarine deal: Report
Official Pakistani documents, detailing how President Asif Ali Zardari benefited from massive, secret payments connected to the sale of French submarines to Pakistan, have been seized as evidence by a Paris magistrate investigating a suspected widespread scam surrounding the deal. ANI

Indo-Americans shocked at Sabarimala tragedy
Indo-Americans have expressed shock and dismay at the tragedy in remote Kerala (India), where stampede caused the deaths of dozens of returning Sabarimala pilgrims and injuring many more on Friday night. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner Shrien Dewani on 24-hour suicide watch
Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire accused of conspiring to murder his wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town, is reportedly on 24-hour suicide watch. ANI

Brit gay man, straight woman spark fury after marrying for degree art project
A gay man and a straight woman from the UK have sparked outrage after they got married for a university art project. ANI

Online outcry forces China to grant retrial for man sentenced to life for evading road tolls
China has granted a retrial for a man sentenced to life in prison for evading road tolls, after the severity of the sentence caused a huge online outcry. ANI

US hints at renewing nuke talks if 'right signals' emanated from North Korea
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has reportedly hinted that America might be willing to renew nuclear talks with North Korea without preconditions, if the right signals emanated from Pyongyang. ANI

Brit tycoon re-allowed to host 's*x orgies' in mansion after judge lifts ban
A British property developer and entrepreneur, who had been banned from hosting 's*x parties' at his 20 million pounds mansion, could do so again after a judge lifted the ban. ANI

Imam associated with Ground Zero mosque bows out as leader of project
The controversial imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, who was the public face of an Islamic community center planned near Ground Zero, has bowed out as the religious leader of Park51. ANI

Facebook fuelling divorce epidemic
Facebook, which was first blamed for encouraging illicit encounters, is being increasingly cited as an evidence while seeking divorce. ANI

Malaysian assemblyman apologises for using 'racial slurs' against Indian restaurateur
A Malaysian legislator Ng Wei Aik has apologised to the Indian owner of a nasi kandar restaurant over his rough conduct during an enforcement operation at the restaurant 12 days ago. ANI

Brit troops allegedly sent to Afghanistan to avoid reduction in size of army
Britain's former Special Representative to Afghanistan, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, has said that British troops were sent to Afghanistan simply to avoid a reduction in the size of the Army as operations in Iraq reduced. ANI

Vijay Mallya 'hand-carries century old bottles of whisky to Glasgow'
Indian liquor baron Vijay Mallya jetted into Christchurch to hand-carry three bottles of whisky, left from British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1907 Antarctic expedition, to Glasgow. ANI

Obama to press China to dismantle suppressing free speech, political freedom'
Just days after US Defense Secretary Robert Gates' visit to China over improving the relationship between the two nations, President Barack Obama is reportedly risking destabilizing bi-lateral ties by looking for ways of convincing Chinese leaders to focus on their country's 'suppressing free speech and political freedom' records in the coming weeks. ANI

Latif Khosa offers cooperation to PML-N through reconciliation process
Newly-appointed Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa has made an offer of cooperation and "cordial relations" to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), as part of the reconciliation policy adopted by the Pakistan People's Party. ANI

Ronald Reagan suffered from Alzheimer's while still in White House: Son
Former US President Ronald Reagan's son has claimed in his new book that his father suffered from Alzheimer's disease while he was still in the White House. ANI

Branson's stint as stewardess put on hold after he injures his knee
Virgin Atlantic founder Sir Richard Branson has gained some time from having to dress as an AirAsia X stewardess after he injured his knee. ANI

Brit girl speaks out against Asian s*x gang predator who was her lover
A British girl has come forward to reveal the ordeal she went through at the hands of her ex-lover, a British-born man of Pakistani origin, who orchestrated the biggest s*x-abuse ring ever in UK. ANI

Experts decipher Burmese letter to King George II after more than 250yrs
Experts have finally deciphered a letter made from pure gold that was sent to King George II from a Burmese king in 1756. ANI

Arizona gunman posed in G-string with semi-automatic pistol before attack
US officials have revealed that they have photos of the suspected Arizona shooter posing with a Glock semi-automatic pistol while wearing a red G-string a night before the rampage ANI

Oz deputy PM says flood-ravaged Queensland will need over 2 yrs to recover
Deputy Australian Prime Minister Wayne Swan has said that Queensland will need more than two years to recover from the widespread and destructive flooding. ANI

Tunisian President Ben Ali's departure over massive protests- a "lesson" for Arab leaders
Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali's act of fleeing the country amidst massive protests is seen by political observers, including media persons, as a historic day in Arab politics and triumph of the common people who have shown that such an extensive outrage can force a powerful leader out of power. ANI

Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Catriona' based on real woman 'he loved'
A new research has concluded that Robert Louis Stevenson's novel 'Catriona' was based on a real woman the author fell in love with. ANI

Princess Di's niece charged with assaulting man on crutches in burger bar
Princess Diana's niece Lady Amelia Spencer, 18, has been charged with assaulting a man on crutches during a row in a burger queue, it has emerged. ANI

Nude Indian artist a hit at art exhibition in Singapore
A male Indian artist who poses in the nude is a hit at an art exhibition in Singapore. ANI

Queen offers to share Buckingham Palace with Wills, Kate
The Queen has invited Prince William and Kate Middleton to live with her at Buckingham Palace after their wedding. ANI

Yorkshire Ripper to die in jail after losing appeal against life sentence
British serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, dubbed 'The Yorkshire Ripper', will be spending the rest of his life in Broadmoor Hospital after he lost an appeal against his whole life sentence. ANI

Arizona survivor blames Palin's 'crosshair' posting for shooting mayhem
Eric Fuller, a 63-year-old veteran who survived the Arizona shootings after being shot in the knee and the back, has blamed US potential presidential candidate Sarah Palin, House Speaker John Boehner, Fox TV host Glenn Beck and former Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle for the tragedy. ANI

Being part of Afghanistan's political solution "absolutely essential" for Pak: Akram
Pakistan must be part of the attempts to forge a political solution in Afghanistan rather than simply be urged to kill extremists on its soil, a senior Pakistani diplomat has said. ANI

US not bent on 'constraining' China's rise and growth: Hillary Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that the Obama administration is not bent on containing China. ANI

Obama, Zardari discuss counter-terrorism efforts, Pak's Blasphemy Law
US President Barack Obama and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari discussed about the war or terror, promotion of regional stability and Pakistan's controversial Blasphemy Law during their "closed press" meeting at the White House on Friday. ANI

Father of modern Chinese navy Liu Huaqing dies at 95
Liu Huaqing, former Vice-Chairman of China's Central Military Commission and the country's father of the modern navy, has died at 95. ANI

20 NATO tankers torched in Pak's Balochistan province
At least 20 fuel supply tankers for NATO forces in Afghanistan were torched by unidentified miscreants, who opened fire on them near Dear Murad Jamali in Balochistan. ANI

China to be US' largest trading partner within ten years: Geithner
US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has claimed that China is expected to be the United States' largest trading partner ten years down the line, adding that America is benefiting because of the economic ties between the two nations. ANI

Police detain 20 suspects as Karachi death toll rises to 27
Police have detained twenty suspects from Bukhari colony of Orangi Town in Karachi after a fresh wave of targeted killings and armed attacks in the city claimed 27 lives. ANI

Polo player in UK jailed for having s*x with 15-yr-old
A polo player has been sent to jail for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl after showering her with text messages and complimenting her on social networking websites. ANI

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