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Da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi' that once sold for œ45 could be worth œ120m!
A painting by Leonardo da Vinci that had once been sold for 45 pounds, has now been estimated to be worth a whooping 120 million pounds. ANI

Obama bags over 400,000 donors in first quarter of 2012 poll campaign
US President Barack Obama's camp has collected money from 493,697 individual donors at the end of the first significant fundraising quarter of the 2012 election cycle. ANI

French court rules against libel claim from Uzbekistan President's daughter
A French court has ruled against a lawsuit filed by President Islam Karimov's youngest child, saying that it is not slanderous to describe her as "a dictator's daughter". ANI

'Corrupt' local WHO officials behind 'mysterious' fire at Islamabad godown?
Some 'corrupt' World Health Organisation (WHO) officials may be involved in the fire incident at the organisation's godown in Islamabad, according to a Pakistani newspaper. ANI

Oz ultra-low cost domestic airline Tiger Airways grounded due to safety concerns
Australian air safety regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), has suspended all Tiger Airways Australia flights, saying that it has lost confidence in the Melbourne-based ultra-low cost airline's ability to manage its safety. ANI

Feminists claim pornography is desensitising male brain
Feminists have warned that watching pornography comes with damaging, and addictive effects and can desensitise males to the erotic appeal of their partners. ANI

GOP hopeful Huntsman raising adopted Indian-born daughter in Hinduism
Hindus have welcomed Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, Jr. reportedly raising his adopted daughter Asha Bharati in the Hindu faith, to which she was born. ANI

Blair accused Prince Charles of 'screwing' government
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair believed the Prince of Wales publicly interfered in government policies in such a manner that sometimes over stepped constitutional boundaries historically respected by the royal family, according to Blair's former director of communications Alastair Campbell. ANI

Pak Govt raising natural gas prices on advice of US-based contractor
The prices of natural gas are being raised in Pakistan on the advice of a US-based contractor, who has carried out a detailed study on the economic value of the commodity in the country's various sectors. ANI

Was Strauss-Kahn's rape accuser maid a 'hooker'?
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's accuser was not a mere hotel maid, as she served the male guests as a 'hooker', a source close to the defense investigation has said. ANI

US Navy SEALS who killed Osama trained to have 'superhuman levels of willpower'
A former member of the US Navy SEAL Team Six (ST6), which was involved in the secret operation to kill Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, has revealed that the infamous 'Hell Week' training involves physical activity of 20 hours a day with one hour's sleep a night and recruits urinating on each other's hands to keep warm. ANI

'Pakistan's nuclear assets secure and not easily accessible': Top diplomat
Pakistan's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, has asserted that his country's nuclear assets are in safe hands and well protected under the control and command structure. ANI

Haqqani network disowns 'rebel' Pak militant commander
The Haqqani network, a dominant faction of the Afghan Taliban, has disowned Pakistani militant commander Fazal Saeed Haqqani, saying that he is not part of their network. ANI

CIA operating drone attacks inside Pakistan from Afghan air bases now: Sources
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is using Afghanistan's Jalalabad and Bagaram airstrips to stage drone attacks against militants in Pakistan's border region, according to sources. ANI

Holland's 'Heartbreak Hotel' offers estranged couples divorce in 48-hrs
An agency in Holland named 'Heartbreak Hotel' is offering estranged couples the chance to divorce in 48 hours. ANI

British Banker quits high street job to become witch doctor in Africa!
A British banker has revealed that he gave up his profession to become a witch doctor in Africa after he got a spiritual calling. ANI

Nuke experts cool down pool temperature at Fukushima plant's reactor No 3
Experts at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have reportedly managed to decrease the temperature of the pool at its reactor No 3, stopping the evaporation of radioactive water. ANI

Russian cops asked to loose weight and look fitter
The Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev has issued an advisory to its police officers asking them to lose weight and get fitter. ANI

Afghan police were unable to fight militants in Kabul hotel without NATO help
Afghan officials have admitted that they could not have retaken the Intercontinental Hotel from Taliban militants without the help of NATO Special Forces. ANI

Malaysian man jilts bride-to-be and marries another on wedding day
A bride-to-be in Malaysia was left shocked after her fiance married another woman on their planned wedding day, using their invitation cards. ANI

'Silver Slimmer' women in their 60's taking to dieting with a vengeance
A new study has found that older people are dieting in record numbers in a bid to get the perfect body like glamorous sixty-something model Twiggy and actress Dame Helen Mirren. ANI

Obama collects from over 400,000 donors in first quarter of 2012 poll campaign
US President Barack Obama's camp has collected money from 493,697 individual donors at the end of the first significant fundraising quarter of the 2012 election cycle. ANI

Sri Lanka releases video to counter "horrific TV war crimes documentary" telecast
The Sri Lanka government on Saturday released a video allegedly taken during the final stages of the civil war in 2009 to counter a similar video which led to calls for a war crimes investigation in the island country. ANI

NASA sues ex-American astronaut over missing Apollo 14 camera
NASA is suing former American astronaut Edgar Mitchell to get back a camera that went to the moon on the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. ANI

Meet the jetrosexuals who spend their time planespotting
A new breed of humans has emerged in the form of jetrosexuals, who get their name from the hobby they spend time on - planespotting at Brisbane Airport. ANI

Michelle Obama reveals how 'huge burden of office' creasing Barack's face
US First Lady Michelle Obama has given a detailed insight into how the weight of office has taken its toll on President Barack Obama, and how she worries about the increasing number of lines on his face. ANI

Halperin suspension for calling Obama a 'd-k': An overreaction?
Not everyone in the Washington D.C. press corps is in agreement with the suspension of political analyst Mark Halperin for calling President Obama a "d-k" on live television Thursday. ANI

US accuses Iran of sending sophisticated weapons to Iraq, Afghanistan
Senior American officials have accused Iran's elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, of sending military weapons to its allies in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent months. ANI

Saddam Hussein's torture doc working in UK for seven years
Dr Mohammed Kassim Al-Byati, the doctor who was involved in horrific torture while working for Saddam Hussein, has been working in British hospitals for seven years. ANI

Dalai Lama slams China's interference in picking his religious successor
The Dalai Lama has said that China cannot decide who succeeds him as the leader of Tibetan Buddhists, and called Beijing's meddling in the issue "a disgrace". ANI

Strategic dialogue with Pakistan to continue despite 'serious challenges' in ties: US
The strategic dialogue between the United States and Pakistan will continue despite "some pretty serious challenges" in their bilateral relationship, the US State Department has said. ANI

US wars have killed 225,000, displaced 7.8 million, cost $4.12 trillion: Study
Wars launched by the US post 9/11 terror strike have left over 225,000 dead and cost up to 4.4 trillion dollars, a new study has revealed. ANI

Oz burqa wearing women should show faces when stopped by police: Court
An Australian court has ruled that women wearing the burqa or other full-face veils should show their faces when stopped by police. ANI

Pakistan, UK pledge to combat terrorism
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and the British Prime Minister David Cameron have agreed that both countries will continue working together to fight militancy and promote peace in the region. ANI

Swiss couple abducted in Balochistan
A Swiss couple- Divid Oliver Och and Daniela Widmer- was abducted in Loralai district in Pakistan's Balochistan province. ANI

Nivea fined $900K over TV ad implying body lotion could help lose weight
Cosmetic company, Beiersdorf, has been fined 900,000 dollars after its advertisement for the body lotion, Nivea, implied that it could tone stomach and help slim the waist. ANI

Now, drink cool and tangy 'Tango' from new aerosol-powered bottle squirt!
A UK drinks manufacturer has taken the technology used in aerosols to create a drink that can be delivered to the mouth in a spray form. ANI

One killed as JuD, Sunni Tehreek fight over mosque in Pakistan
One person was killed and almost a dozen others wounded in an armed clash between the banned outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Sunni Tehreek (ST) in Pakistan. ANI

Indian student becomes 'Young Victorian of the Year' for fighting racial attacks in Australia
An Indian student, who raised the issue of violence against the community in Australia, has become the 2011 Young Victorian of the Year. ANI

'Thrilled' Wills-Kate say they 'will never forget' their Canadian adventure
Prince William and Kate, who are on their first official international outing, celebrated Canada Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on July 1 as thousands lined up on the street at dawn to secure a view of the royal couple. ANI

Pak's 'Sarah Palin' Imran taps anti-Americanism to become most popular politician
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan is to Pakistan what former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is to the United States- controversial, an antidote to the current administration and, arguably, a force to be reckoned with. ANI

Gaddafi warns of attacks against Europe if NATO continues airstrikes on Libya
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has warned to carry out attacks in Europe against "homes, offices, families," unless NATO halts its airstrikes against his regime in Libya. ANI

Strauss-Kahn released from house arrest over 'serious credibility issues' with his accuser
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been released from his house arrest after prosecutors admitted that there were 'serious credibility issues' with his accuser, a New York hotel maid alleged that the former tried to rape her in May at the Manhattan hotel. ANI

Men can't resist women with size five feet
Want to get noticed by men? Here is the clue. ANI

Malay women NGOs slam 'heartbreaking' massage-cum-sex centres
A group of women NGOs in Malaysia has expressed their outrage over the rising number of massage parlours that also function as vice dens, saying that they are causing a lot of heartache. ANI

Over 150 'freed' rapists in UK went on 'rape-sprees' again: Report
Over 150 convicted rapists in Britain, who were freed early from prison, went on to rape again, it has emerged. ANI

'Racist' UK telesales firm forced Indian employee Rahul to call himself 'Rob'
A telesales firm, owned by Indians in Britain has been found guilty of race discrimination for forcing an Indian employee to anglicize his name. ANI

Bin Laden cache trove reveals 'cash-hit' al-Qaeda was reeling under US drone strikes
Osama bin Laden was spending as much time exchanging messages about al-Qaeda's struggles- including a financial crunch and CIA drone attacks- as he was plotting ways for the terrorist organisation to reassert its strength, according to US officials who have completed an exhaustive review of the trove of files seized from his hideout during the May 2 raid. ANI

US troops pullback has let Taliban open new bases in Afghanistan: Pak Army
The Pakistan Army has said that a US pullback of troops from northeast Afghanistan over 20 months has let Islamic guerrillas establish bases in the area and carry out unusually huge attacks inside Pakistan in recent weeks. ANI

CIA suspended drone strikes from Pakistan base three months ago: Officials
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) suspended its long-standing use of an air base in Pakistan to stage drone attacks against militants three months ago, according to American and Pakistani officials. ANI

Pak hasn't asked US to vacate Shamsi base used for drone attacks: Information Minister
In yet another blatant U-turn by the Pakistan Government, Information Minister Firdous Aashiq Awan has contradicted Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar's statements that Pakistan had asked the United States to vacate the Shamsi air base. ANI

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