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Britain's Thomson Airways plans to operate aircraft powered by cooking oil
Thomson Airways will become Britain's first airline to fly customers on biofuel - in this case cooking oil - when it operates a service to Spain on July 28. ANI

Defence lawyer argues Sarfaraz's murder was not terrorism
The lawyer of an accused in the Sarfaraz Shah murder case has argued that the latter's killing was not the case of terrorism. ANI

China reiterates Communist Party's absolute leadership over army
Chinese President Hu Jintao has stressed on the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) over the army. ANI

William and Kate arrive in Canada for Commonwealth country tour
Prince William and his wife Princess Catherine have arrived in Canada as they began their tour of the Commonwealth country. ANI

US senators should not intimidate Pakistan: Haqqani
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani has said Pakistan wants to maintain cordial relations with the US, and US senators should not intimidate Pakistan. ANI

Enzyme that regulates breast cancer development identified
Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have found an enzyme that appears to be a significant regulator of breast cancer development. ANI

Too many options impair consumers' ability to make best choices
A new study has found that too many choices can impair consumers from making appropriate decisions and erode their ability to determine the optimal choice for them. ANI

Robots with sweaty, smelly armpits alert humans to danger
A British designer has invented a robotic armpit complete with hair and a synthetic sweat gland that emit an odour designed to trigger sub-conscious responses in humans. ANI

Brit woman 'reduced her 36J b**bs to stop men groping her in street'
A lot of women these days are opting for enhancing their b**bs, but a British woman has undergone breast reduction surgery after men - and women - regularly groped her every time she left her house. ANI

US sees Iran hand in rising violence in Iraq
US is looking at a possible Iran backing to militant groups in trouble torn Iraq for the heightened attacks on coalition forces. ANI

UK Work and Pensions Secy will warn against migrants 'taking jobs away from young Brits'
Mass immigration poses the biggest threat to Britons, as they take even the low-paid jobs that otherwise could have been occupied by British school dropouts, the country's Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will warn today. ANI

US has 'limited contact' with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the US has been able to establish 'limited contact' with Egypt's largest Islamic group - the Muslim Brotherhood. ANI

China becomes 5th country in world to send submersible 5,000 meters deep
China has become the fifth country, following the United States, France, Russia and Japan, to have send a manned deep-diving submersible 'The Jiaolong' to over 3,500 meters below sea level. ANI

Kabul hotel attack raises doubts on progress of US-Taliban talks
The attack on InterContinental Hotel in Kabul last this week has raised doubts about America's efforts to reconcile and engage in talks with the Taliban. ANI

China still the largest developing country in the world: President Hu Jintao
Chinese President Hu Jintao has said that his country is still developing, and that that development is still the key to solving all the problems in the country. ANI

Fergie interrupts Time Mag interview over 'unrelenting' scandal questions
Sarah Ferguson recently interrupted an interview with Time magazine after a reporter kept on popping up unrelenting questions about her cash-for-royal-access scandal. ANI

US boy, 5, accidentally shoots 4-yr-old playmate in the back
A 5-year-old boy in America is said to have accidentally shot his 4-year-old neighbour in the back while they were playing. ANI

Octomom admits she 'hates' her babies, calls older kids 'animals'
Nadya Suleman, popularly known as octomom for giving birth to octuplets after fertility treatment, has admitted that she hates her babies who are now two years. ANI

Rare Charlie Chaplin WWI propaganda film fails to sell
A rare Charlie Chaplin film, which was put up for sale, has failed to attract any buyer despite it being expected to fetch "a significant six-figure sum". ANI

Gaddafi regime holding talks with Libyan rebels, claims daughter
The daughter of Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, Aisha, has said that both direct and indirect negotiations are being held between her father's authorities and the Libyan rebels. ANI

"ISI aids and abets terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan": Ex-US Army general
Pakistan's premier spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), not only "aids and abets" terror sanctuaries in the country, but also provides training, resources and intelligence to extremist outfits, a former top Pentagon official has said. ANI

Probe proves Shabhaz Bhatti was killed over Pak blasphemy law denunciation: Brother
The Shabhaz Bhatti assassination probe is finally on the right track, and a rapid conclusion of the case would be a good sign for the health of the state of law in Pakistan, the slain politician's brother has said. ANI

Iran ready to counter US on cyberspace, says Intelligence Minister
Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi has said Iran is already prepared to counter America's 'Internet in a suitcase' program. ANI

Pak-US counter-terrorism talks next week
Pakistan and the United States will hold a high level meeting of Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism Working Group in Islamabad during the first week of July. ANI

Pak Army continues to support terrorist groups post-Osama raid: Ex-US diplomat
The United States should implement a two-phase strategy to insist on real change in the hostile policies of Pakistan, whose powerful military continues to support the Taliban and other militant groups even after the May 2 raid on Osama bin Laden's lair in Abbottabad, a former US diplomat has said. ANI

Facebook to 'launch something awesome' next week
Facebook is preparing to launch a major new feature next week. ANI

Obama forgets daughter Malia's age twice
US President Barack Obama referred to his oldest daughter, Malia, as being 13-years-old twice during a news conference, even though she is just 12. ANI

Indians students back to being bullish about studying in Oz
More Indians want to study in Australia as the number of applications for student visas made to the Australian High Commission in Delhi has jumped by 21 percent to over 3700 applications in the first six months of 2011. ANI

LeT poses 'formidable terrorist threat' to Indian, Western interests in South Asia: US
The United States has said that the Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LeT)- the militant group held responsible for the 26/11 Mumbai carnage- constitutes a formidable terrorist threat to Indian, American and other Western interests in South Asia. ANI

Colombian women call sex strike until their men build new road
In a proverbial battle of the sexes, women of Barbacoas, Colombia, have banned their men from having sex with them until they start construction on a new road. ANI

Hindus urged to honor sacred 'guru-sishya' bond on Guru Purnima
Esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has sent early greetings to one billion Hindus worldwide on the occasion of upcoming Guru Purnima, which falls on July 15 this year. ANI

Why people share stories, news and information with other folks
People often share stories, news, and information with the people around them. Now, a new study has found that why is certain content shared more than others and what drives people to share. ANI

Old-fashioned wallet to be history by 2015
If claims by an electronic payments company are to be believed, then wallets will become obsolete in four years and will be taken over by digital currency.We believe that by 2015 digital currency will be accepted everywhere in the US - from your local corner store to Walmart," the Telegraph quoted Scott Thompson, president of California-based company PayPal as saying ANI

Children's urine tests show traces of two radioactive isotopes in Fukushima
A urine test performed by a French non-profit organization on a small number of children living in the Fukushima city have revealed that they might have suffered internal radiation contamination caused by reactor fuel from the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant despite the fact that they live outside the government announced 30-kilometer evacuation zone. ANI

LHC asks why Pak can't defend Hafiz Saeed like retired ISI chief in 26/11 US lawsuit
The Lahore High Court has sought a reply from Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on a point of law raised by Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed's counsel in connection with the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case in an American court. ANI

Indian-origin Nikki Haley's memoir to hit market in Jan 2012
Indian-origin South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is poised to come out with her memoir "Can't is Not an Option" in January next year. ANI

Michele Bachmann "dresses a lot like my mom", says Palin's daughter
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, has said that GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann "dresses a lot like my mom". ANI

David Petraeus confirmed as new CIA chief
The US Senate has confirmed General David Petraeus as the new CIA chief. ANI

Clinton praises GOP candidates, but insists he'll be surprised if Obama is not reelected'
Former US President Bill Clinton has praised Michele Bachmann and other Republican candidates, but cautioned about an anti-Obama campaign and says he will 'be surprised if Obama is not reelected'. ANI

Taliban trained by ISI, protected by Pak Govt: Afghan governor
An Afghan district governor has accused the Pakistan Government of protecting Taliban insurgents fighting US troops and the government in Afghanistan. ANI

Bugatti marks centenary by revealing porcelain fitted œ1.4m sports car in Berlin
French automobile manufacturers Bugatti, who celebrated their centenary two years ago, today unveiled their 16.4 Grand Sport 'L'Or Blanc' in Berlin. ANI

Now, chew a 'wonder' gum to look more beautiful!
Want to enhance your look? Chewing a new gum may help you in this. ANI

Ontario Govt funds expansion of Hindu temple
The Ontario government in Canada is reportedly helping cover the costs of the expansion of Devi Mandir in Pickering (Ontario). ANI

Gilani urges political parties to show unity, tolerance for Pak's sovereignty
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has stressed the need to demonstrate unity and tolerance by all political parties and leaders for the sake of national sovereignty and security. ANI

Meet the US woman who gave birth to 2 babies on same day but they are not twins!
A US woman shocked the world with an unusual pregnancy news - she became pregnant twice within two weeks and gave birth on the same day yet - medically speaking - they were not considered as twins. ANI

I think I'm in love: Prince Harry's girlfriend tells pals
Prince Harry's new girlfriend Florence Brudenell-Bruce has told pals that she thinks she might be in love. ANI

US' ties with Pakistan "not without tension or frustration", but 'essential': Brennan
Although the United States' relationship with Pakistan is "not without tension or frustration", it is working with Islamabad to overcome differences because this security partnership is absolutely vital for counterterrorism purposes, a top US official has said. ANI

Outgoing CIA Director Leon Panetta praised for 'Osama hunt down operation'
Outgoing Central Investigation Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta has been applauded for the agency's success in helping to hunt down Osama bin Laden, which finally led to the recovery of scores of confidential material from the killed Al Qaeda leader's hideout in Pakistan. ANI

US drones now target Somali Qaeda
The US is reported to have used unmanned drones to target high value Al Qaeda suspects in Somalia for the time. ANI

74-yr-old Berlusconi fit for sex up to 5 times a day!
Silvio Berlusconi's personal doctor has claimed that the 74-yr-old Italian Prime Minister is as robust as a 60- year-old and is capable of having sexual intercourse up to five times a day. ANI

Venezuelan President Chavez confirms he has cancer
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez confirmed late Thursday that he has cancer. ANI

US airport security lax highlighted after Nigerian flies with expired boarding pass
Airport security in the United States has come into question again after a Nigerian national was able to board a flight from Kennedy Airport to Los Angeles without a valid passport or ID-and carrying someone else's expired boarding pass. ANI

Yeoh 'shocked' at deportation by 'unhappy' Myanmar over her film 'The Lady'
Hong Kong- based Malaysian actress Datuk Michelle Yeoh has described her deportation from Myanmar as sad and shocking. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's case 'on verge of collapse' over accuser's doubtful allegations
The sexual assault case against former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse because the credibility of the accuser is doubtful, two well-placed law enforcement officials have claimed. ANI

US to focus on "delivering targeted, surgical pressure' to terrorist groups
According to the Obama administration's new counterterrorism strategy, the United States' best offence will not always be deploying large armies abroad, but delivering targeted, surgical pressure to the terrorist groups threatening the country, a top American official has said. ANI

Beijing- Shanghai high- speed trains make passenger debut
High-speed trains linking Beijing and Shanghai made their passenger debut on Thursday, extending China's high-speed rail network to nearly 10,000 kilometres. ANI

MSNBC suspends political analyst Halperin over 'd***' comment about Obama
Cable news network MSNBC has indefinitely suspended its top political analyst for calling US President Barack Obama a 'd***' during live TV debate on president's plan to tax the rich citizens. ANI

US rejects Pakistan's demand to vacate Shamsi air base used for drone attacks: Report
The United States is not complying with Pakistan's demands that American personnel abandon the Shamsi air base used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to stage drone attacks against militants, according to US officials. ANI

PETA asks Pak Govt for permission to paint bin Laden's lair with 'peace messages'
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the world's largest animal rights organisation, has asked the Pakistan Government for permission to paint Osama bin Laden's lair in Abbottabad with 'peace messages'. ANI

US-Pak strategic dialogue postponed 'indefinitely'
The strategic dialogue between the United States and Pakistan is said to have been postponed indefinitely, in the latest sign of worsening ties between the key 'allies' in the ongoing war on terror. ANI

NYU Stern, LSE and HEC Paris Mark 10-Year Anniversary of TRIUM Global Executive MBA with Announcement to Expand Enrollment
Business Wire India

General Mills Completes Yoplait Acquisition
General Mills announced the completion of its acquisition of a 51 percent controlling interest in Yoplait S.A.S., and a 50 percent interest in a related entity that holds the worldwide Yoplait brands, from PAI Partners and Sodiaal in a transaction valued at approximately US$1.2 billion Business Wire India

Singapore Companies Set to Benefit from Review of Companies Act and Regulatory Framework for Foreign Entities: SingaporeStartup.com
To keep abreast with the needs of Singapore’s rapidly-evolving business landscape, Singapore’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) of Singapore have invited the public to give their feedback on the recently proposed revisions to the Companies Act as well as the Regulatory Framework for Foreign Entities. SingaporeStartup Business Wire India

NYSE Euronext Leads IPO Markets Globally in First Half of 2011
NYSE Euronext (NYX) led the global market for listing Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) in the first half of 2011 with $25.40 billion in total capital raised on its European and U.S. markets, more than any exchange group in the world. During the most recent quarter, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) led the U.S Business Wire India

MusicDNA Launches Asia Academy of Music Arts & Sciences, Based in Singapore
MusicDNA Pte Ltd announced the formation of the Asia Academy of Music Arts & Sciences (AAMAS), Asia’s first-ever peer driven Academy established to honor and award excellence in the arts and sciences of music, and to foster collaboration between all sectors of the music industry across Asia and beyond. Business Wire India

WIN Consortium Announces Media Partnership with British Journal of Cancer – Published by Nature Publishing Group - for the 3rd WIN Symposium 6-8 July 2011 in Paris – Last Chance to Register
The WIN Consortium is proud to announce the British Journal of Cancer (BJC), published by Nature Publishing Group, as the official media partner of the 3rd WIN Symposium Business Wire India

More Than an Airport Terminal: Incheon Airport Fascinates Travellers with the Cultureport Campaign
Incheon Airport announces that the passengers will be able to enjoy the diverse range of art and cultural events all year round in its revamped Cultureport campaign, starting from June 30 Business Wire India

Much Cheaper Energy and a Great Leap Forward for the Environment (Krebs & Sisler L.P.)
Krebs & Sisler L.P. is licensing its clean water and power technologies. Our O2/CO2 combustion condensing boiler design will: Business Wire India

KBR Awarded U.S. Central Command’s Multiple Award Task Order Contract
KBR (NYSE:KBR) has announced that it has been awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District the U.S. Central Command’s (CENTCOM) Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC). This new MATOC program has an overall value of $3 Business Wire India

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