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US inmate files lawsuit against jail over pornography ban
A US jail inmate has filed a lawsuit against the Macomb County Jail claiming that the prison is depriving him of pornography. ANI

Helen Mirren's 'twiggy effect'- fashion inspiration for older women!
A new survey has found that Helen Mirren, who emerged as the new face of 'M and S', must be acknowledged as a great help to make older women more fashion conscious. ANI

'Iron Lady' Margaret Thatcher voted 'most capable' British PM, Blair most likeable
Voters have rated 'Iron Lady' Margaret Thatcher as the most capable British Prime Minister of recent decades, but Tony Blair was the most likeable, according to a poll. ANI

British presenter Jeremy Clarkson lands in controversy after racist remark
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has landed in a controversy after making racist remarks against comedian Lenny Henry. ANI

Ex-fugitive Thai PM has no interest to return to job despite party's landslide victory
Thailand's ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has said that he does not intend to take charge of his old post again, despite the fact that his Pheu Thai Party established a landslide victory in the general election yesterday. ANI

Brit teen bullied for his hunchback to cycle in Tour de France after spinal op
A teenager in Britain, who was bullied for being a hunchback, will now be cycling in the Tour de France after he had a major spinal operation. ANI

Contaminated river water causing fish deaths in Moradabad
The discharge of effluents from factories or mills into the Ramganga River in Uttar Pradesh is leading to the death of large number of fish. ANI

Oz radical Muslims back Jihad against 'foreign forces' in Iraq, Afghanistan
An Islamic fundamentalist group in Australia has said that Muslims are obliged to engage in armed resistance against Israel and against the presence of foreign troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. ANI

Pak Taliban sold suicide bomber to Haqqani network: Afghan intelligence agency
Afghanistan's intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), has said that a Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander had sold a suicide bomber to the Haqqani network to attack a local commander. ANI

Convicted killer sues NY state for $50m for calling him 'inmate'
In a bizarre incident, the family of a convicted killer is suing the New York state for 50 million dollars, claiming that he is being "stigmatised" by being called an "inmate". ANI

EU to provide $14.5m food aid to N. Korea
The European Union has announced that it would provide about 14.5 million dollars in emergency aid to feed more than some 650,000 North Koreans. ANI

Greek crisis is a warning signal for India?
It is now for well over a year and some dozen interventions by the Reserve Bank of India, the Government has failed to control the demon of inflation. It is now running at over nine percent. The areas that are being hit hard by this inflation are food prices and prices of other essentials ANI

US, allies curb Afghan security forces' funds
The US and its coalition partners have only agreed to fund an increase of around 46,000 Afghan security forces next year, a significantly smaller expansion than had been expected, Western diplomats have said. ANI

Japan to re-start two nuke reactors at Genkai power plant
The resumption of two suspended reactors at Japan's Genkai nuclear power plant has been approved. ANI

Brit repairmen travel 300 miles to check cupboard door in Wales
Two carpenters travelled from Birmingham to the Bangor area of North Wales to fix the door of a cupboard, but left without fixing it. ANI

Would-be Thai PM announces success in forming five-party coalition to run govt.
Thailand's expected first female Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from the Pheu Thai Party has announced that her party has succeeded in roping in four other parties that would enable it to run a coalition government. ANI

Anglo-Saxon gold discovered in Brit farmer's field 'to help rewrite history'
A hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold discovered in a farmer's field in Britain could help rewrite history. ANI

US, Pak to hold counter-terrorism talks in Islamabad tomorrow
A meeting of the United States-Pakistan Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism will be held in Islamabad on Tuesday to discuss measures to fight terror. ANI

'Heroine' Chinese woman saves 2-yr-old girl from '10th-floor-fall'
A two-year-old Chinese girl survived a 10th-floor fall from her house-window after a passer-by came up with a quick reaction and caught her. ANI

List of useless gadgets includes infamous fondue set
A survey has found that most gadgets that we buy or are gifted are never used, and usually end up at the back of a cupboard. ANI

Now, a database of Brit's weirdest words!
Heard of bobowler, baffies, bishybarnabee, tittermatorter? Well, these are some of the weirdest words used in Britain. ANI

US GOP Senators term Obama's Afghan pull out plan 'unnecessary risk'
US Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have described President Barack Obama's decision to remove 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, as an "unnecessary risk". ANI

"Political terrorists' Sharifs should apologize for labeling Kashmiris 'for sale' '
Pakistan's Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) Chairperson Farzana Raja has described the Sharif brothers as 'political terrorists' and said they should apologize to the Kashmiri people for putting a 'for sale' label on them. ANI

Powerful tsunami will 'inevitably' hit eastern Oz coast, claims expert
A powerful tsunami, much bigger than the ones seen in the recent centuries, would 'inevitably' hit eastern Australia, the Australian Tsunami Research Centre has claimed. ANI

PML-N invites all political parties to join 'grand' opposition alliance
Pakistan's Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has invited all political parties, including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), to join a grand opposition alliance. ANI

Afghan soldiers fire mortar shells into South Waziristan Agency
Afghan soldiers fired ten mortar shells 800 metres into Pakistan's South Waziristan Agency. ANI

Brothers kill lovestruck sister for 'honour' in Pakistan's Punjab province
A 20-year-old girl identified as Kausar was shot dead in the name of honour in Nawab Town within Sattukatla police precincts in Pakistan's Punjab province. ANI

Gilani rejects PML-N calls for mid-term polls in Pak
Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has rejected the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)'s call for mid-term polls, saying that it was time for local government elections in the country. ANI

MQM against toppling ruling Pak government
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has welcomed the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) offer of joining an 'opposition alliance', but has said it is not ready to join any move to topple the ruling Pakistan's People Party government from power. ANI

'Feminist uproar' against France's machismo-sexism culture following Strauss-Kahn case
Dominique Strauss-Kahn might have been released without bail after prosecutors admitted that there were 'serious credibility issues' with his accuser, but reports suggest that he will return back to a 'much changed' France where there seems to be no end to the 'feminist uproar' against machismo, sexism and the harassment culture that started after his arrest. ANI

Ukraine's plan to build museum at Hitler's bunker site sparks outrage
Plans by Ukrainian officials to open a museum on the site of a bunker once used by Adolf Hitler has prompted fears such a place could become a shrine for neo-Nazis. ANI

Brisbane hotel to apologize for evicting turbaned Sikh
A Brisbane hotel that evicted a Sikh man for wearing a turban, are ready to apologize for their behavior. ANI

Age 'no longer a barrier for people over 60 to try adventurous activities'
A poll has revealed that age is no longer a barrier to trying adventurous activities for the first time, with 70 percent of over 60 taking up a new sport or hobby in the past year. ANI

Zardari calls for more intelligence sharing between Pak, UK
Pakistan needs to further enhance the intelligence sharing mechanism with the United Kingdom to combat militancy and terrorism, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said. ANI

Pak launches military operation against militants in Kurram agency
Pakistan has reportedly launched a military offensive against militants in Kurram agency located in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). ANI

Kate reveals her 'hopes' of starting a family during Canada tour
The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly told a British expat in Quebec City of her hopes of starting a family. ANI

Parents fear their children can be damaged by using Internet
A new study has found that more than one-third of parents fear that their children could be damaged from using the Internet. ANI

'Nothing' indicates Strauss-Kahn's rape accuser was 'targeting him': sources
The sequence of events that led to the New York hotel maid to accuse Dominique Strauss-Kahn of raping her in his suite has indicated that she may have had no premeditated plans to target him, sources have said. ANI

Pippa Middleton's see-through dress wows Wimbledon crowd
All present at the Wimbledon tournament were bowled over by Pippa Middleton's enviable figure in a navy blue see-through dress. ANI

Nepal to introduce plan to reduce population growth
The Nepali government is likely to introduce a plan to manage the population in 72 districts this year. ANI

Swedes voted the best-looking people
Swedes have been voted the best-looking people. ANI

US, Pak have complicated relationship beset with frustrations and disagreements: NSA
National Security Advisor in the Obama Administration, Tom Donilon, has said that the United States' relationship with Pakistan is complicated, and there are going to be frustrations and disagreements. ANI

Women over 50 feel 'happier than ever'
A survey has found that the best years of a woman's life starts once she is over 50. ANI

Iran to prosecute 26 American officials for human rights violations
Iran's Parliament is planning to prosecute and impose sanctions against 26 American officials, an Iranian lawmaker has said. ANI

Pak's Shamsi airbase never used by US for drone attacks: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that the United States was never given access to Shamsi airbase in Balochistan for carrying out drone attacks. ANI

Prince Albert's 'weeping' bride 'tried to flee away thrice' before marriage
It has emerged that Prince Albert's new wife tried thrice to flee home to South Africa before her 'arranged marriage' to the Prince of Monaco, a possible hint of why she shed a tear during her wedding. ANI

China to launch sight seeing helicopter service over Great Wall
In a bid to project the 'Great Wall' as a major tourist attraction, China has decided to launch a sight seeing helicopter service over the wall. ANI

Racism by teachers and students still rampant in British schools: Report
Racism is still prevalent in England's schools, with both pupils and teachers guilty of racist behaviour, a research has suggested. ANI

Brit phone company shifts call center from 'expensive' Mumbai to 'cheaper' Burnley
A British phone company is shifting its call center back from Mumbai to Burnley, because it is cheaper. ANI

Was FBI surveillance instrumental in Ernest Hemingway's suicide?
Famous American author Ernest Hemingway might have been thought to commit suicide under depression, but on his 50th death anniversary his pals have come out dismissing this long-conceived notion. ANI

Want to look younger sans wrinkles? Try a sheep placenta therapy
Do you want to look younger? Then, forget creams and Botox and try a latest treatment that has sheep placenta as its main ingredient. ANI

ISI links with Haqqani network, Taliban 'a reality': McCain
US Senator John McCain has said that the ties between Pakistan's premier intelligence agency, Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), and Afghan insurgents needed to be acknowledged. ANI

Strauss-Kahn rape accuser maid 'grew angry' when he refused to pay after sex
The New York hotel maid who alleged that former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn reportedly grew angry when he refused to pay her for sex. ANI

US asks Pak to ban production of ammonium nitrate used in IEDs
The United States is focusing on stopping the production of ammonium nitrate in Pakistan and hopes that a meeting in Islamabad this week would lead to a ban on the substance, Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman has said. ANI

'Krishna Bhakti Dham' planned in Pennsylvania
The Vallabh Youth Organization (VYO) is planning to build 'Krishna Bhakti Dham' (Krishna Devotion Abode) in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA. ANI

Hindus laud re-opening of Cambodia's ancient Shiva temple after 50 yrs renovation
Hindus have applauded the re-opening of renowned 11th-century Baphoun Shiva temple in Angkor Thom complex of Cambodia after decades of reconstruction work. ANI

8 in 10 employers rate attitude to work more important than skills to get first job
A new study has revealed that having a good work ethic is more important than skills in securing a first job. ANI

West 'will not win' and 'we will never surrender': Gaddafi's son
Colonel Mummar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam has threatened the West that only his father's regime could provide them with oil, and branded the suggestion of the dictator's resignation a "joke". ANI

Now, behind every successful woman is a stay-at-home hubby!
The proverb that behind every successful man is a woman may need to be reversed as there has been a rise of stay-at-home dads while their ambitious wives reach the top in their professions. ANI

New Qaeda manual tells terrorists to pretend to be gay to avoid 'female spy honeytraps'
Al-Qaeda fanatics in Britain were told to lie about their sexuality in an attempt to avoid women who may be spies, it has emerged. ANI

Indian businessmen urged to support Malay Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Malay Indian Congress has urged successful Indian businessmen to unite and contribute to the development of the Malaysian Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI). ANI

Brisbane hotel evicts man for wearing a turban
A Brisbane hotel has evicted a patron because he was wearing a turban. ANI

Gaddafi remains "direct threat" to US national security: McCain
US Senator John McCain has warned that Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi still remains a "direct threat" to American national security. ANI

Hindus, Jews condemn wall around Roma population in Romania town
Hindus and Jews have strongly criticized the reported initiative of erection of a wall around a Roma (gypsy) neighborhood in northern Romania, calling it a clear sign of apartheid. ANI

Polaris Software Enters the Sri Lankan Market
Polaris Software (POLS Business Wire India

NEC, Lenovo Finalize Joint Venture and Launch Japan’s #1 PC Company
Lenovo and NEC Corporation (NEC) today announced the launch of NEC Lenovo Japan Group, which becomes Japan’s biggest(*) PC provider. According to recent analyst figures, the new group will total nearly 25 percent of Japan’s PC market, with a strong presence in both the commercial/government sector and in consumer sales. Business Wire India

CREDIT BANK OF MOSCOW 1Q 2011 IFRS Net Income up by 38%, Compared to 1Q 2010, to RUB 1,211 mln
CBM has summed up its 1Q 2011 performance under international financial reporting standards (IFRS). Business Wire India

Zynga Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering
Zynga Inc. announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to a proposed initial public offering of its Class A common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined Business Wire India

Jefferies Completes Acquisition of Prudential Bache
Jefferies announced the successful completion of its previously announced acquisition of Prudential Bache from Prudential Financial Business Wire India

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