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Meet Wang Dalin - the 'bee bearding' champ!
A Chinese farmer has won a competition where a contestant is expected to wear as many bees as possible. ANI

US grandmother grows 14ft fingernails to gain international TV stardom
An American grandmother has spent 22 years to grow her fingernails to 14 foot in a bid to gain international TV stardom. ANI

Hottest Indian Chilli 'Bhut Jolokia' to be in British market this week
The hottest Indian chilli 'Bhut Jolokia' will be available across Britain this week, giving buyers a taste of hottest pepper in the world. ANI

Dalai Lama reveals his love for cheese, coriander on Oz MasterChef
Dalai Lama has revealed during an appearance as a guest judge on the Australian version of MasterChef that cheese and coriander are his favourite foods. ANI

Pak Parliamentary Committee seeks details of Govt's 'war on terror' ties with US
Pakistan's Parliamentary Committee on the National Security sought in detail the terms of engagement under which the government was cooperating with the United States in the war on terror. ANI

Pakistan Railways using money from ticket sales to pay workers' salaries
Pakistan Railways workers have been praying for increase in ticket sales in recent months, as instead of receiving their salaries from the bank, they are being paid from the funds received from ticket sales. ANI

China concerned over 'rapidly increasing' population in capital city
China's think tanks have expressed concerns over the capitals' fast increasing population and said population pressures are likely to become stronger in the next 20 years. ANI

Mother of French accuser claims she had 'brutal but consensual' sex with Strauss-Kahn
The mother of the French writer who claimed Dominique Strauss-Kahn attacked her, has revealed that she had a 'consensual but brutal' sexual encounter of her own with the former IMF chief. ANI

Hina Rabbani calls for "uninterruptible" India-Pak dialogue process
Pakistan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar has urged making the India-Pakistan dialogue process "uninterrupted and uninterruptible", saying that it needs to be result-oriented and used to help build trust. ANI

Egypt sacks 'Indiana Jones' antiquities minister for close links with Mubarak
Egypt's Antiquities Minister, Zahi Hawass, has been sacked from office after accusations that he was maintaining close proximity with the ousted Hosni Mubarak regime. ANI

Outrage as taxpayers' money is used to study effects of pe**s size in gay community
A US study on the effect a gay man's pe**s size has on his sex life and general well being, which was backed by the National Institutes of Health, has caused outrage over the use of taxpayers' money to fund it. ANI

Kiwi women slammed for 'downgrading sex to paddock-mating'
A Kiwi doctor has caused uproar by saying that New Zealand women treat sex 'like mating in a paddock'. ANI

Minnesota man admits helping men travel to Somalia to join terror group
A man Minnesota has admitted helping men of Somali origin travel to the African country to join the Al-Qaeda linked militant group. ANI

Iran installs 'better' nuclear centrifuges to improve uranium enrichment
Iran has said it is installing centrifuges with "better quality and speed" to improve the uranium enrichment process at its nuclear plants. ANI

Outrage over Sikhs being prevented from observing religious celebrations in Pak
A former Pakistan federal minister has expressed grief and condemnation after the Sikh community in Lahore was prevented from performing their religious celebrations by the Lahore police and Evacuee Trust Property Board officials. ANI

Structured orientation helps new employees adjust better to workplace
New employees adjust better to their workplace with structured processes, such as orientation training and mentorship programs, a new research has shown. ANI

1.5-meter high Buddha statue unearthed in Kyrgyzstan
Archaeologists in Kyrgyzstan have unearthed a 1.5-meter high statue of Buddha in the hills outside the capital Bishkek. ANI

Meet 22-yr-old Brazilian woman who has a full-sized ni*ple on her foot!
Brazilian researchers have reported a rare case of a woman with a full-sized extra ni*ple on the sole of her foot, possibly the first of its kind. ANI

CIA gets 87 Pak visas to resume normal operations
Pakistan has issued 87 visas to Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) personnel as required in an understanding to renew cooperation between the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the CIA. ANI

Pak court charges Sufi Muhammad with murder and treason
A Pakistani anti-terrorism court (ATC) has indicted Sufi Mohammad, chief of the outlawed Tanzim Nifaz Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM), in a case concerning the killing of 11 police and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel registered over 16 years ago in Swat. ANI

Four in ten Americans say US facing worst gridlock ever
Four in ten Americans say that the United States is facing the worst gridlock they've seen in their lifetimes, and have voiced their dissatisfaction with how President Barack Obama and members of Congress are handling the country's problems. ANI

Venezuela's Chavez to run in 2012 presidential polls
An aide to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said he will run for re-election in 2012, despite his struggle with cancer. ANI

Japan tsunami rose to 132.5 feet in height
The massive tsunami that struck north-east Japan on March 11 rose to a maximum height of 132.5 feet (over 40 meters), the researchers have said. ANI

Plagiarism allegation against Harry Potter author Rowling struck down
A plagiarism lawsuit against Harry Potter author, J K Rowling has been struck down after the claimant failed to pay 1.5 million pound security of costs into the court. ANI

US aid agency workers kidnapped from Balochistan
Seven Pakistani employees of a United States-based aid organization have been reportedly kidnapped from an Afghan refugee camp in Balochistan. ANI

Reunited father-daughter in UK to face jail for having sex 'as boyfriend, girlfriend'
A long-lost father and daughter in the UK, who reunited through a family tracing website, will be sentenced to jail after starting an illicit sexual affair 'as boyfriend and girlfriend'. ANI

Men 'still clueless when it comes to using home appliances'
Even though today's men are rolling up their sleeves and helping their better halves with more domestic chores, there's still division between the genders when it comes to laundry. ANI

Indo-UK groups pay tribute to Mumbai terror victims
Tributes were paid to the victims of the recent terror attacks in Mumbai at a meeting of the Indo-British all Party Parliamentary Group and the Indo-European Business Forum at the House of Commons here. ANI

Gadkari reaffirms BJP's commitment to economic reforms in India on UK visit
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari has reaffirmed his party's commitment to economic reforms, and said that the fast changing global scenario was helping India play a pro-active role in global recovery and redefining the new economic world order. ANI

Foreign woman shocks Miri residents with 'nude walk' on streets
A foreign woman in Malaysia is said to have left Miri residents shocked after she paraded around town in the nude. ANI

Pak drone crashes after bird hit in Karachi
A Pakistani Navy drone crashed near an oil refinery in Karachi today after a bird hit. ANI

NOTW phone-hacking whistleblower's death 'not thought to be suspicious'
British police officials are reportedly investigating the possibility that former News of the World reporter Sean Hoare, who launched the entire phone hacking scandal, had killed himself. ANI

Oz 'race-row' Muslim woman 'abandoned by own community' over burqa row
The lawyer for the 'veiled Muslim woman' in Australia, Carnita Matthews, has slammed the magistrate who convicted her of making a false statement about police abuse, saying that it has spoiled her life and has resulted in her being abandoned by the Muslim community in the country. ANI

Al-Qaeda likely to hit Western targets outside US under Zawahiri leadership
Under new Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, the group is likely to hit Western targets outside the United States, where plots are easier to execute than on American homeland. ANI

US to introduce bill to cut aid to Pakistan over lukewarm war on terror efforts
A United States House of Representatives panel has unveiled a bill that would block the country's aid to Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon and the Palestinian National Authority unless the Obama administration reassures the Congress that they are cooperating in the war against terror. ANI

Man in Sydney lashed 40 times for drinking under Muslim 'Sharia Law'
The 31-year-old man in Sydney, who was allegedly lashed 40 times with a cable has said he was the victim of the Muslim 'Sharia Law'. ANI

Chase Carey may succeed Murdoch as News Corporation Chief Executive: Reports
News Corporation is mulling to promote Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey to succeed Rupert Murdoch as Chief Executive, media reports have revealed. ANI

Showing cleavage in office - the worst fashion faux pas for women!
A survey has found that showing too much cleavage in office is the ultimate fashion blunder any women can commit. ANI

Pippa Middleton seeks patch up with beau on Wills-Kat reunion isle
Pippa Middleton is reportedly making big plans to re-ignite the spark in her relationship with on-off boyfriend Alex Loudon. ANI

Honeymoon murder suspect Dewani 'simply unfit to stand trial'
Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire who has been charged with masterminding his wife's murder during their honeymoon in South Africa last year, was ruled "too ill" to attend his extradition hearing in London yesterday. ANI

UK couple 'surprised' to know one of Hitler's bombers is buried in their garden
A couple in UK was 'surprised' to know that one of Hitler's bombers is buried in their garden. ANI

Two former Chinese vice mayors executed for bribery
Two former vice mayors of the East Chinese cities of Hangzhou and Suzhou were executed Tuesday morning for bribery. ANI

Nepal begins measuring Mt. Everest
Nepal has begun measuring the world's highest mountain, Mt. Sagarmatha or Everest (also called Qomolangma). ANI

Chinese vice-president vows to fight Dalai group's separatist activities
Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping on Tuesday vowed to fight separatist activities by the Dalai group as he addressed a rally in Lhasa marking the 60th anniversary of the peaceful liberation of Tibet. ANI

Pakistan Hockey Federation seeks govt. NOC to participate in India tournament
The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has said that the national team would participate in a four-nation tournament in India, if it gets a No Objection Certificate (NOC) form the federal government. ANI

Pak drone victims' relatives seek arrest of ex-CIA official
Relatives of US drone attack victims have formally lodged a first information report at a police station in Islamabad seeking the arrest of former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) legal chief John Rizzo for approving attacks that killed hundreds of people. ANI

US officials meet Gaddafi's representatives to negotiate end of Libyan crisis
The United States has acknowledged that its officials met Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's representatives to negotiate an end to the four-month long conflict in Libya. ANI

Now, The Sun's website falls prey to hackers
The hacker group Lulz Security has reportedly brought down the Sun's website and redirected viewers to a fake news story claiming Rupert Murdoch had been found dead at his home. ANI

Florida teen kills parents, throws beer party with bodies hidden in house
A 17-year-old Florida boy has been accused of killing his parents with a hammer, then hosting dozens of friends for a party while their bodies lay in the bedroom. ANI

Hindus hail Hague Court decision on famed Preah Vihear Shiva Temple
Welcoming the International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision on demilitarizing Preah Vihear Hindu temple on Thailand-Cambodia border, the Hindus have urged international organizations to urgently undertake its restoration work. ANI

Zardari to visit Afghanistan today
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is due to visit Kabul today to hold talks with his Afghan counterpart President Hamid Karzai. ANI

WNS Positioned as Industry Leader in Magic Quadrant for Comprehensive Finance and Accounting Global BPO
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc Business Wire India

AuthenTec Introduces New SafeZone™ Secure Platform Solution for Connected Mobile Devices
AuthenTec (NASDAQ: AUTH), a leading provider of security and identity management solutions, today introduced its new SafeZone™ secure platform solution for mobile and consumer systems on a chip (SoCs). With more and more devices offering network connectivity, it is imperative to protect these devices from both physical and logical attacks Business Wire India

Barclays Standardizes on Infoblox Platform
Infoblox Inc. has announced that Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays Bank PLC, is using Infoblox’s IP address management (IPAM) platform throughout its global network. Business Wire India

GCG, Inc. Provides Notice Regarding the Proposed Countrywide RMBS Settlement
The following statement is being issued by GCG, Inc. regarding the proposed Countrywide RMBS Settlement. Business Wire India

Sensordynamics Acquired by Maxim
SensorDynamics, a specialist in MEMS and wireless semiconductor products, announced that it was acquired by Maxim Integrated Products, a recognized leader in analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products. Business Wire India

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