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Austrian skydiver to create world record for highest parachute plunge
An Austrian skydiver is all set to create a new world record for the highest, longest parachute jump from the edge of space. ANI

Finnish couple wins 'wife-carrying' championships for 3rd yr in a row!
It was three on the trot for a Finnish pair, who won the country's annual wife-carrying competition this year yet again. ANI

WikiLeaks founder Assange spoofs classic Mastercard ads
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has decided to give Mastercard a taste of their own medicine by spoofing the credit card company's signature 'priceless' advertisements. ANI

Somali pirates 'outwit us', says Royal Marine commander
British Major General Buster Howes of the Royal Marines has said that over time Somali pirates have become more intellectually cunning. ANI

Gaddafi smuggling cold coins, watches to UK for raising money to buy arms
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is reportedly smuggling gold coins stamped with his face and Audemars Piguet watches worth upto 100,000 pounds into Britain to use the cash from sales to buy arms for his war. ANI

Coalition Govt. will be formed even if Pheu Thai wins: Thaksin Shinawatra
Thailand's ousted Prime Pinister Thaksin Shinawatra has said that the Pheu Thai Party will not form a one-party government even if it has enough seats and will invite other parties to join in the coalition. ANI

Opposition forecast landslide victory in Thai election
Exit polls in Thailand are showing that the party allied to ousted Prime Minster Thaksin Shinawatra is winning with a landslide margin. ANI

Oz docs slam celebs favouring 'anti-ageing drink'
Doctors have warned celebrities against speaking in favour of an anti-ageing collagen drink 'Taut', saying the product is a sham. ANI

Oz aboriginal elders slap curse on Rottnest Island amid legal dispute
Aboriginal elders in Australia have put a curse on the iconic vacation destination Rottnest Island, warning it will suffer "endless misfortune." ANI

Obama to go on Twitter, will answer public queries during web cast on July 6
US President Barack Obama will hold a 'town hall' web cast on Twitter on Wednesday to answer public queries on economy and jobs. ANI

1 in 6 Aussies falling prey to identity theft and misuse in last 6 months
A new survey has found that nearly one in six Australians has been a victim of identity theft or misuse or known somebody who has fallen prey in the past six months. ANI

Iranian minister brands Gates arms allegations as "baseless"
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi has slammed the arms allegations made by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates against the Iran, branding it as "baseless". ANI

Being half black doesn't qualify Obama to be president: Jon Huntsman backer
Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a former Hillary Clinton fundraiser who is now a major financial backer of the Jon Huntsman campaign, has said that 'being half black doesn't qualify Barack Obama to be president'. ANI

White House to spend $ 37.1 million on salaries this year
The White house have been earning huge salaries. The White House administration is scheduled to pay 37.1 million dollars in salaries this year, despite the recession scare that hit US economy in 2010. ANI

Provocative adverts claiming 'Jesus is a prophet of Islam' to be rolled out in Adelaide
Controversial billboards proclaiming 'Jesus is a prophet of Islam' will be rolled out in Adelaide as a part of a campaign launched by an Australian Muslim group claiming to promote religious tolerance. ANI

Some American troops may stay back in Iraq if asked: U.S. envoy
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq F. Jeffrey has said that the US is ready keep thousands of troops in Iraq beyond the end of the year if asked, but will require Iraqi forces to provide them with greater security. ANI

University of Chicago has 'Hindu Prayer Room'
The prestigious University of Chicago in the U.S. has a dedicated "Hindu Prayer Room". ANI

Key Pak Taliban commander arrested from Islamabad
A key commander of banned terrorist organisation, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has been arrested from Islamabad. ANI

Strauss-Kahn rape accuser maid facing perjury charge
The New York hotel maid, who accused former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of rape, is now facing a perjury charge and could even be deported from America. ANI

Three policemen killed in Taliban attack on Pakistan check post
Three policemen have been killed and one wounded in a Taliban attack on a police check post in northwest Pakistan. ANI

Voting begins in tense Thailand general elections
Voting has started in Thailand's general election, which is considered to be very crucial for the future of the nation's fragile democracy. ANI

Indian-origin 'manslaughter' surgeon says his drug, sex addiction was 'spiraling out of control'
An Indian-origin neurosurgeon in Australia, who left a young prostitute dead in his bed for almost two days, said that he realized his drug and sex addiction was "spiraling out of control". ANI

Kate fears hubby William will have an accident during risky operations
The Duchess of Cambridge has for the first time confessed that she lives under constant fear regarding her husband Prince William's safety. ANI

Brit-journalist Sir David Frost was paid 57,000 pounds to boost Gaddafi's image
British journalist Sir David Frost was paid 57,000 pounds by a shadowy management consultancy for helping to boost the image of the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

Murdered Indian-origin bride Anni Dewani wanted to call off wedding: Cousin
A cousin of Indian-origin bride Anni Dewani, who was murdered during her honeymoon in Cape Town last year, has said that she wanted to call off her wedding because she was unsure if she loved, or even liked, her husband. ANI

Woodstock in US has a yoga studio for each 1000 of its residents
The Woodstock town in New York state of the US, known as 'Colony of the Arts', is now one of the '10 fantastically yoga-friendly towns' of USA, as declared by August 2011 issue of Yoga Journal. ANI

Indian construction workers in Oman living without wages for six months
Twenty-six Indian construction workers employed in Oman are living without salary for nearly six months. ANI

Less priced Asian prostitutes fuelling exotic sex trade in Oz
It has emerged that Asian sex workers are fuelling the growth of exotic sex trade in Australia, as they charge much less for their services compared to their Caucasian counterparts. ANI

Prince Harry's 'new love' Florence bags enticing modeling offer
After hitting the headlines for her affair with Prince Harry, Florence Brudenell-Bruce now has earned a multi-million pound modeling contract. ANI

Americans don't even leave computers, mobiles during their honeymoon!
A new survey has revealed the extent to which Americans are attached, perhaps even addicted, to their computers and mobile devices. ANI

Wills-Kat fulfill dying Canadian man's last wish
Prince William and his wife Catharine have fulfilled a terminally-ill man's last wish during their tour of Canada. ANI

China rebuffed US offer to open supply route for NATO forces in Afghanistan: Cables
China rebuffed an American offer to open a major supply route on its soil for US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, diplomatic cables unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks have revealed. ANI

Up to 1 million people may be hit by floods in Sindh this year: Pak monitoring agency
Up to one million people in Sindh may be hit by floods this year, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has warned in its contingency plan. ANI

Newly-wed Prince Albert of Monaco to undergo 'paternity test'
The colorful past of Prince Albert of Monaco threatened to overshadow his wedding to one-time Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock on Saturday, after it was announced that he would have to take a paternity test for a possible third illegitimate child. ANI

'Big eating' women eyeing world record of 41 hot dogs, buns in 10 mins!
Four American women will compete against one another in a bid to break the women's world record of 41 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes at the Coney Island hot dog eating contest. ANI

Prince Harry's affair with new girl 'Flee' infuriates ex Chelsy Davy
Prince Harry's fuming ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy has revealed that she feels 'badly let down' by his recent involvement with a new girl who happens to be her former school friend Florence Brudenell-Bruce. ANI

RAF's rare anti-Nazi leaflet to be donated to UK Holocaust Centre
A rare anti-Nazi leaflet dropped over Germany by the RAF during the World War II will be donated to the UK Holocaust Centre this week. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's sexual assault victim spoke of his wealth on call after attack: Report
The woman who accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her, spoke about his wealth on a call after the attack, it has emerged. ANI

US in secret deal with Libyan rebels to capture Lockerbie bomber
US President Barack Obama has reportedly struck a secret deal with the Libyan rebels to capture freed Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, in the troubled country and hand him over to US Special Forces. ANI

'Once all-mighty' Pak military tainted with series of scandals since bin Laden raid
The recent accusations of incompetency, corruption and abuse of power on Pakistan's 'once all-mighty' military establishment show that its crisis management efforts have faltered, in part because it is not used to open challenges, according to analysts. ANI

Monaco's Prince Albert weds Charlene Wittstock in star-studded religious ceremony
Friday's civil ceremony and Saturday afternoon's religious wedding marked the end of Monaco's three-decade wait for a new princess as Prince Albert II married one-time Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock in a religious ceremony on Saturday. ANI

Clinton says Gaddafi's threat to 'bomb' Europe won't deter 'NATO airstrikes on Libya'
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that Muammar Gaddafi's warning to attack Europe will not deter NATO from carrying out its military action in Libya. ANI

11-year-old Indiana boy charged with murder of 6-year-old brother
An 11-year-old Indiana boy has been charged with the murder of his six-year-old brother, making him the youngest person to face a murder charge in the state in 90 years. ANI

Zardari gifts Camerons 'bizarre' portrait of themselves with baby Florence
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has given British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife a bizarre painting of themselves with their baby daughter Florence. ANI

Facebook and Skype to team up for video chat function?
Social networking site Facebook is reportedly planning to team up with Skype to launch a video chat function for its millions of users. ANI

US Embassy hosts 'gay, lesbian and transgender ceremony' in Islamabad for first time
The US Embassy in Islamabad has hosted the first ever gay, lesbians and transgender (GLBT) pride celebration ceremony there, and assured the Pakistani participants that Washington would continue to support their cause. ANI

African Union members 'not to cooperate' in executing ICC's arrest warrant for Gaddafi
The body representing nations in Africa has urged its members 'not to cooperate' in executing the International Criminal Court's (ICC) arrest warrant for Muammar Gaddafi, saying that the move would "seriously complicates" efforts by the organization to find a solution to the Libyan crisis. ANI

Endgame near as US seeks alternatives to Pak's supply routes to Afghanistan
The American military is rapidly expanding its aerial and Central Asian supply routes to the war in Afghanistan, fearing that Pakistan could cut off the lines used for providing US and NATO forces with fuel, food and equipment. ANI

Afghans lawmakers, public infuriated by cross-border shelling from Pakistan
The recent spate of cross-border shelling from Pakistan has sparked huge public and political anger in Afghanistan, with protesters taking to the streets of the capital, lawmakers demanding explanations from the central government, and a senior border police official submitting his resignation in protest against the rocket strikes. ANI

Bin Laden had "support mechanism" while operating out of Abbottabad: Tom Donilon
US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon has said that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden "had some sort of support mechanism" while operating out of Pakistan's garrison town of Abbottabad for six years. ANI

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