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Meet the Chinese couple that's clueless about sex!
A couple from China, who were apparently clueless about sex, thought that simply sleeping on the same bed would get the wife pregnant. ANI

Iran successfully testfires surface-to-sea missiles
Iran has testfired two surface-to-sea missiles successfully as part of its war games in the Persian Gulf. ANI

Candidates gain votes by taking a 'green' position on climate change: Study
Candidates gain votes by taking a "green" position on climate change-endorsing the existence of warming, human causation, and the need for taking action to address it, according to a new study of US adults. ANI

Twisted secrets of Disneyland theme park in California revealed
An article has claimed that the Disneyland theme park in California, which is known as the happiest place on earth, is actually full of twisted secrets. ANI

White van drivers have most knowledge on road, survey reveals
A survey in UK has found that white van drivers are the brainiest and have the most knowledge on the road. ANI

'China could become dominant economic power by exploiting competitive advantages'
A research by Jack McCann of Lincoln Memorial University has suggested that China could become the dominant economic power within few years if it exploits its competitive advantages politically, culturally, legally and economically. ANI

Indian women newscasters can now wear traditional outfit on Malaysian TV
Malaysia's Information Ministry has said Indian women newscasters can wear traditional costume, while reading the news over TV channels Bernama and TV2. ANI

Nepal bans Tibetan exiles from celebrating Dalai Lama's birthday under Chinese pressure
Police officials in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu have arrested three Tibetan exiles and prevented hundreds more from attending a party to celebrate the spiritual leader Dalai Lama's 76th birthday. ANI

Cyber-thieves targeting Facebook to spread 'identity detecting' malware infections
Cyber-thieves are reportedly targeting trusted social networking sites like Facebook by spreading malware infections that can quietly hack users' passwords as they go about logging into their profiles and bank accounts, with the intention of stealing their identities and money. ANI

Prince William is no 'king' when it comes to taking street hockey penalties!
Prince William's courtship of Canada was taken up a notch yesterday when he decided to take penalties in a game of street hockey, or 'shinny', in Yellowknife. ANI

Elderly Oz woman's skeletal remains found in Sydney home 8 yrs after death
The skeletal remains of an elderly Australian woman have been found by the police in her home in Surry Hills, Sydney, eight years after she died. ANI

Risque poster for animal welfare charity deemed 'low', 'disgusting'
A risque poster, titled 'What's New Pussycat', which was released by a salon in Gold Coast to raise money for the Animal Welfare League, has caused an uproar. ANI

Terrorists 'triple' price of would-be suicide bombers in Pak, Afghanistan
Militant groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan have raised the trade price of would-be suicide bombers by up to three times of what they were paying just two years ago. ANI

Meet the 4-yr-old Brit girl who swam 2000 metres in less than two hours
A four-year-old girl from England has stunned the world after she swam 2,000 metres non-stop in less than two hours. ANI

Afghan militants launch another attack in Pakistan's Upper Dir district
Hundreds of Afghan militants have launched another attack in Pakistan's Upper Dir district, destroying a government school and injuring one volunteer. ANI

India, Bangladesh resolute on fighting terrorism: Krishna
Asserting that India remains committed to a partnership in the development and prosperity of the people of Bangladesh, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has said that both the countries remain steadfast in their efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism. ANI

Major blow for Obama looms if top advisor decides to quit
US President Barack Obama is likely to lose one of his most trusted advisers as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has reportedly planned to quit. ANI

Pak Christians on hunger strike in Khushab over denial of jobs 'reserved' for minorities
A group of over 40 Christian residents in Pakistan's Khushab city have been observing a hunger strike outside the district coordination officer's house for three days over the denial of jobs reserved for them. ANI

Six militants killed in clash with Pak security forces in Kurram
Six militants have been killed in a clash with Pakistan security forces in the Kurram tribal region. ANI

Amnesty accuses Syrian forces of 'crimes against humanity' in crushing protests
Amnesty International has said that Syrian forces may have committed crimes against humanity while crushing pro-democracy protests in the town of Tel Kelakh in May. ANI

Now, foldaway steering wheel that disappears into car's dashboard
A US car components maker has developed a steering wheel that disappears into the dashboard when not needed. ANI

2 Utah City Councils opened with Hindu prayers on same day
The City Councils of South Jordan and Draper in Utah (USA) reverberated with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on July 5 evening. ANI

Sikh marriages to finally be registered in Pakistan's national database
The Pakistan Government has directed the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to register marriages of people belonging to the Sikh community. ANI

Japan 'to hold stress tests at all nuke plants' following Fukushima meltdown concerns
Japan would reportedly conduct safety tests on all its nuclear plants to determine how well nuclear plants can withstand major disasters like the tsunami, which had led to a nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi plant earlier this year. ANI

Muslim women in Australia ready to show faces, but won't give up wearing burqas
In the wake of the new powers that would allow the Australian police to force Muslim women to remove head coverings during security checks, many have raised concerns that the decision was part of a renewed push to ban the Islamic garb. ANI

Obama campaign rejects claim Biden may be replaced by Cuomo on 2012 ticket
US President Barack Obama's aides have denied reports that Vice President Joe Biden could be replaced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, saying the former is on the 2012 re-election ticket. ANI

Over 1,100 people killed in Karachi bloodbath during January-June 2011: HRCP
Over 1,100 people- including 65 women and 30 children- have been killed in Karachi during the first six months of the current year, a Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) report has said. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's wife plots revenge on people who "spat in our face" over attempted rape case
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's loyal wife is plotting her revenge against those who turned their backs on her husband while he was going through the court ordeal over the attempted rape case. ANI

Mitt Romney way ahead of GOP candidates in New Hampshire: Poll
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney continues to retain a strong lead among Republican presidential candidates in New Hampshire. ANI

'Bizzare' portrait gifted by Zardari to Camerons merits 'place in toilet': UK paper
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has been slammed by a British newspaper for gifting Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha a painting of themselves with their baby daughter Florence. ANI

New IMF chief 'contractually bound by tough ethics regime' post Strauss-Kahn tenure
Christine Lagarde, who recently took office as the International Monetary Fund managing director, will be bound by tough ethical rules as the fund tightens its rules following last month's departure of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. ANI

UK soldier jailed for 'disobeying orders to fire gun' over opposition to 'immoral' Afghan war
A Royal Navy medic has been sentenced to seven months imprisonment after he refused to fire a gun because he disagreed with the war in Afghanistan. ANI

Radical Pak party blasts US' imposition of 'perverted gay rights values on Pak society'
A Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) parliamentary leader has written a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hina Rabbani Khar, urging them to take serious notice of the recent gay pride event held by the US Embassy in Islamabad. ANI

Libyan govt. terms 'Gaddafi considering stepping down' report 'untrue'
The Libyan government had denied reports that Muammar Gaddafi is considering 'stepping down' or seeking refuge 'inside or outside' the country. ANI

Terrorists taking US support to check IEDs' use by terrorists: Malik
Pakistan is taking practical measures with the support of the United States to check Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by terrorists, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

Islamic extremists call to set up independent states in UK that fall under sharia law
Islamic extremists in UK have called on British Muslims to establish three independent states with sharia law within the country. ANI

Pak Govt gets July 13 deadline to reply to plea seeking Sarabjit Singh's execution
The Lahore High Court has directed the Pakistan Government to submit a reply by July 13 to a petition seeking the execution of the 20-year old death sentence to alleged Indian terrorist Sarabjit Singh. ANI

Now, PayPal UK's twitter account falls prey to hackers
Online payment service PayPal has reportedly become the latest victim of hackers. ANI

RAF admits to mistakenly killing four Afghan civilians in drone attack
Four Afghan civilians were mistakenly killed in a RAF drone attack, which was actually targeting insurgent leaders in Helmand province. ANI

Nearly three in ten American Jews disapprove of Obama's job performance
A Gallup survey of the American Jewish community has found that nearly three in ten of them don't approve of President Barack Obama's job performance and have rejected his proposal that Israel's 1967 borders should be the basis for peace talks. ANI

CIA analyst 'John' revealed as brains behind 'Osama hunt operation' in Pak
A CIA analyst, identified only as "John", who refused promotion to continue to track down al-Qaeda leaders, has been revealed as the brain behind the successful operation to kill Osama bin Laden in his hideout in Pakistan. ANI

New international body ICSPA launched to fight cybercrime globally
A new body that brings together businesses, governments and law enforcement agencies has been launched to fight cyber crime on a global scale. ANI

All foreign troops 'on track' for pullout from Afghanistan by 2014: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the planned pullout of foreign troops from Afghanistan is going as per schedule, and believes that the withdrawal will be completed by the end of 2014. ANI

ISI chief welcomed TTP's offer to join Pak Army for war with India post 26/11: Book
The 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks were launched by Al Qaeda with the help of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), with an objective of precipitating a war between India and Pakistan that would force the latter to shift its troops from the tribal areas to the eastern border, slain journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad's posthumously released book has revealed. ANI

Israeli archaeologists discover house dating back to Kingdom of Israel period
Archaeologists from the University of Haifa in Israel have uncovered the remains of a house dating back to the period of the Kingdom of Israel at Tel Shikmona, on the southern edge of Haifa city. ANI

Voting emotionally and physiologically stressful: Israel study
Voting in elections can be both emotionally and physiologically stressfull,a Israeli university study has claimed. ANI

US says it will speak out for gay rights anywhere in world, including in Pakistan
The United States has said it will continue to speak out for gay rights anywhere in the world, including in Pakistan. ANI

Taliban can be part of political future of Afghanistan if it 'puts down weapons: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that members of the Taliban could play a crucial role in the future government of Afghanistan, just as ex-militants in Northern Ireland did. ANI

North Korea behind cyberattack on US, South Korea government websites: Report
The major cyber attacks that brought down government Web sites in the United States and South Korea may have been launched from North Korea, a new analysis has suggested. ANI

Australia to phase out aid to 'economic giants' India and China
The Gillard government is to phase out foreign aid to economic giants India and China, but has planned to boost spending in Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East and Africa. ANI

Strauss-Kahn rape accuser maid sues NY Post for calling her a 'hooker'
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged sexual assault victim has filed a libel suit against The New York Post over a series of articles it published claiming that she was a prostitute. ANI

Trusted traveler program might shorten airport security wait in US
Travelers fed up with long security lines at US airports may soon be offered a way to avoid them. ANI

US court indicts Somali on nine terrorism-linked charges
The United States has indicted a Somali terrorism suspect on federal charges after completing his interrogation over a period of more than two months aboard a U.S. Navy ship. ANI

Pak commission bars repatriation of bin Laden's family till completion of probe
Pakistan's inquiry commission on the Abbottabad incident has directed the Interior Ministry and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency to ensure that Osama bin Laden's family is not repatriated from Pakistan till the completion of the probe. ANI

US to continue drone operations from Shamsi airbase despite Pak's demand to vacate it
The United States plans to keep using the Shamsi airstrip in Pakistan for its drone operations against militants near the Afghanistan border despite being asked to vacate the base, according to American officials. ANI

Canada officially lists Pakistani Taliban as terrorist organization
Canada has officially listed the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as a terrorist organisation. ANI

GT Solar Receives $81.7 Million in New Orders for Polysilicon Production Equipment and Technology
GT Solar International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOLR), a global provider of polysilicon production technology, and sapphire and silicon crystalline growth systems and materials for the solar, LED and other specialty markets, today announced that it has received orders from two new customers in Asia for polysilicon production equipment totaling $81 Business Wire India

Western Union to Acquire Travelex Global Business Payments
The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) today announced it has signed an agreement with Travelex Holdings Limited to acquire the Travelex Global Business Payments division, a leading specialist provider of international business payments, for £606 million in cash. Business Wire India

GCT Semiconductor Announces New WiMAX 2 (802.16m) 4G Single-Chip with 4x4 MIMO System
GCT® Semiconductor, Inc. (GCT), a leading designer and supplier of 4G solutions to the global market, announced a new WiMAX 2 (IEEE 802.16m) single-chip, GDM7225, integrating RF, MAC and PHY into a single-chip Business Wire India

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