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Politicians cannot be silent about NOWT's phone hacking scandal: Ed Miliband
British Labour Party politician Ed Miliband has insisted that simply reopening the "News of the World" as "the Sunday Sun" would not be enough to answer critics. ANI

Oz "do-it-yourself" jihad book author released after serving three years in jail
A 42-year-old Australian man jailed for writing a "do-it-yourself terrorism guide" has been released from jail after spending almost three years behind bars. ANI

Customer complaints force UK bank to bring call centres back from India
Santander, the third largest bank in the UK in terms of deposits, has brought all its call centres back from India to the UK in what it said was an effort to reduce complaints from customers. ANI

Canada tour has been the making of me and Kate: Prince William
Prince William has said that the experience of touring Canada and meeting its people has been the making of himself and his wife Kate. ANI

Wills-Kat join Calgary Stampede rodeo in 'cowboy spirit'
Prince William and Kate were spotted dressed in cowboy uniform as they visited Calgary for the annual Stampede rodeo festival on the final leg of their tour of Canada. ANI

Brit thief gives CCTV camera clear view of face while trying to knock it off
A thief in Britain made it easy for police to identify him after he gave a CCTV camera a clear view of his face while trying to knock it off before stealing a dinghy. ANI

Lady Gaga uses drugs, starves for weeks reveals new book
A new explosive book has accused pop superstar Lady Gaga of starving herself for weeks at a time to fit into her tiny costumes and experimenting with every drug under the sun. ANI

Cameron hired ex-NOWT editor as communications chief to "give him a second chance"
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the decision to hire former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his communications chief was "mine and mine alone". ANI

Somali terror suspect captured in US 'linked to Anwar al-Awlaki'
A Somali terror suspect, Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, captured and detained by the United States, has links to Anwar al-Awlaki, a key leader of Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen. ANI

Brit twins born two days apart beat million-to-one odds to survive
Twin boys, who were born two days apart, and in two different counties in UK, are said to have beaten million-to-one odds to survive. ANI

Speech gene also controls brain functions
A new study has found that a gene best known for its role in enabling speech and language also controls how brains are wired. ANI

UK launches helpline for 1.2 million p*rn addicts
The United Kingdom has launched its first 24-hour counselling service, for online pornography addicts. ANI

UK becoming development hub for terrorists says former government reviewer
British Government's former independent reviewer has said that Britain has become ' something of a hub for the development of terrorists.' ANI

Cameron vows to get to bottom of News of the World phone hacking scandal
British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a judge-led inquiry into the News of the World phone hacking scandal, and admitted turning "a blind eye" to the crisis that had been plaguing the British media industry for long. ANI

Indiana schools to teach kids typing instead of handwriting
Schools in the US state of Indiana will teach children how to type instead of joined up handwriting from the age of eight. ANI

Princess Diana 'feared her phone was constantly tapped'
Princess Diana constantly feared that her phone was being hacked during the last years of her life. ANI

Ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson arrested
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been arrested by British police investigating charges of alleged phone hacking and illegal payments to police during his tenure as the editor of the Sunday tabloid. ANI

Julia Gillard wants to keep Obama's platter
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard wants a silver platter given to her by the US President Barack Obama during an official visit. ANI

Obama cancels Montana vacation to hammer 'debt ceiling' deal
US President Obama has cancelled a vacation to Montana scheduled this weekend to hammer a deal on debt ceiling. ANI

Pakistan must stop exporting jihad to India, Afghanistan or face disaster: Editorial
Pakistan must abandon its distorted policies of harbouring terrorists and exporting jihad to Afghanistan and India, otherwise a disaster may soon overtake the country, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has warned. ANI

1 in 3 kids prefer watching TV than climbing a tree
An expert has warned that a generation of children are in danger of growing into dysfunctional adults because they do not play outside. ANI

Iran brands proposed BBC documentary on Prophet Muhammad as ruining sanctity of Muslims
Iran has branded a BBC documentary on Prophet Muhammad as an attempt to ruin the sanctity of all Muslims, and has threatened to take serious action if it is screened. ANI

Pak Army proposes 3-tier mechanism to curb incursions along Af-Pak border
The Pakistan Army has proposed a three-tier mechanism in order to secure the Pak-Afghan border. ANI

Afghan, NATO forces fire rockets into Pakistan
Afghan and NATO-led troops reportedly fired rockets into Pakistan's northwest tribal region of North Waziristan on Friday. ANI

Mullen's 'Islamabad's hand in scribe's murder' remarks "extremely irresponsible": Pak
Pakistan has denounced top US military official Admiral Mike Mullen's statement, in which he had accused the Pakistan Government of having "sanctioned" the murder of journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, as "extremely irresponsible". ANI

Private firms produce half of China's GDP: Repor
The businesses generated by private firms contribute more than 50 percent to China's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), reports said. ANI

Hack victim George Michael thrilled about News of the World shutting down
British musician and singer-songwriter George Michael, who has often featured in 'News of the World' exposes, is thrilled that the tabloid is shutting down, insisting that the announcement is "a fantastic day for Britain". ANI

Pakistan's SC told country has become 'international hub of organ trafficking'
Pakistan has become an international hub of organ trafficking and a destination for 'transplant tourism', the country's Supreme Court has been told. ANI

China rejects Japan's 'high-speed rail technology patents' claims
China has rejected a Japanese claim accusing China of violating intellectual property rights concerning high-speed rail technology. ANI

US Embassy in Pakistan deeply concerned about Karachi bloodbath
The US Embassy in Pakistan has expressed its deep concern over the ongoing bloodbath in Karachi, and urged concerned parties to refrain from further violence. ANI

Munter admits US-Pak ties "in a rough patch"
US Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, has admitted that the US-Pak relationship is going through "a rough patch." ANI

Kate Middleton 'too skinny to have baby' warns top UK doctor
The Duchess of Cambridge is on the brink of being too underweight to be able to conceive a baby, warns a top UK doctor. ANI

U.S. citizen convicted for supporting overseas terror
A U.S. citizen, Betim Kaziu, has been convicted on terror charges for avenging the abuse of Muslims in the Middle East. ANI

India, Bangladesh are beneficiaries of development-democracy-demography dividend
External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna on Friday said that India and Bangladesh are the beneficiaries of the development-democracy-demography dividend. ANI

Former Honduran beauty queen arrested for money laundering
Honduran Police has arrested Miss Honduras 2009 Belgica Su rez on money laundering charges. ANI

Krishna promises fair resolution of India, Bangladesh land boundary issues
External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna has hoped that the outstanding land boundary issues between India and Bangladesh will be resolved in the near future in a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable manner. ANI

Sarah Palin denies 'crying' claim, says she's grateful to 'The Undefeated' filmmakers
Sarah Palin has rubbished claims that she was reduced to tears after watching Hollywood celebrities criticize her in the documentary 'The Undefeated'. ANI

Krishna unveils Department of Theatre and Music at Dhaka University
External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna on Friday unveiled the plaque at the Department of Theatre and Music of Dhaka University. ANI

Man planning to assassinate Obama at golf range arrested in US
A 41-year-old American man, James V. McVay, who is charged in the stabbing death of a 75-year-old woman in South Dakota, has claimed that he had planned to assassinate President Barack Obama "at a golf range". ANI

Kate Middleton makes wish of seriously ill little girl come true
Kate Middleton helped a seriously ill little girl to realise her dream of meeting a real life princess on the last day of her Canada tour with Prince William. ANI

US Deputy Defense Secretary set to resign from post
Pentagon's second-ranked official William Lynn has announced that he would resign from his post this fall. ANI

Having a 3rd child kills women's career
A new research has shown that having three children kills a woman's career. ANI

Casey Anthony's release 'revised', to walk free in 10 days
Casey Anthony's release date has been revised and now she will walk free from jail in 10 days by just paying a previously allotted fine of 4,000 dollars. ANI

After being convicted, Brit Asian man evading police for 25 years
A 72-year-old man British-Pakistani man has been evading the police for over 25 years after being convicted for rape. ANI

Islamic terrorists spend less than three years in UK prisons: Survey
A majority of Islamic terrorists in Britain spend less than three-and-a-half years in prison, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Eleven suspected militants killed in Pak military offensive in Kurram
Eleven suspected militants have been killed in a military offensive in Pakistan's Kurram tribal region. ANI

Musharraf struck clandestine deal with US following 1999 bloodless coup: Pak daily
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf had a clandestine deal with the United States after he toppled the then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government and seized power in October 1999 in a bloodless coup, according to a Pakistani newspaper. ANI

Pak claims ties with US back on track despite 'obnoxious' statements from Washington
The relationship between Pakistan and the United States, which experienced some difficulties in the recent past, is back on track now, Pakistan's Foreign Office has said. ANI

NATO strikes at Libyan oil to weaken Gaddafi
In a bid to cripple Gaddafi's army, NATO forces have launched an attack on Libya's major oil facilities as the rebels have moved within 50 kilometers of capital Tripoli. ANI

Earthquake hits Japan's Fukushima region again
An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter Scale shook the Japanese island of Honshu at 3:35 a.m. this morning. ANI

17th Karmapa to attend Kalachakra ceremony in Washington
The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will travel to Washington DC today to attend Kalachakra ceremonies. ANI

Balotelli gets a chauffeur after paying 10 K pounds in parking fines
Manchester City's eccentric Italian ace Mario Balotelli is hired a 3,000-pound-a-week chauffeur to drive him around after racking up 10,000 pounds in parking fines. ANI

Now, hackers target Washington Post website, affecting 1.27 million users
In the latest cyber- attack on U.S. government agencies and corporations, hackers have targeted an online jobs database maintained by the flagship website of the Washington Post, that has affected about 1.27 million user IDs and emails. ANI

7/7 bomber turned me into a lesbian, says lover
The lover of one of the 7/7 bombers has told how his suicide mission made her a lesbian hooked on booze. ANI

Sindh Govt gives 'shoot at sight' orders to curb bloodbath in Karachi
The Sindh Government has given 'shoot at sight' orders to the police and Rangers on the special directives of President Asif Ali Zardari in a bid to control the deteriorating situation in Karachi, where the death toll has risen to 77 in three days. ANI

People more happy with traditional grid-style housing: Oz study
A new study has found people who live in traditional grid-style streets are more happy with where they live, and are more likely to be good terms with their neighbours. ANI

James Murdoch may face jail for News of the World hacking scandal
Media scion James Murdoch may face jail for News of the World engineered phone hacking scandal. ANI

Yellow tie may have blown cover of CIA mastermind who hunted Bin Laden down
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative who was responsible for tracking down and ultimately killing Osama Bin laden may have had his cover blown because of his distinguishing yellow tie. ANI

Did Berlusconi pay p*rn star œ90K hush money after molesting her?
Silvio Berlusconi has been hit by yet another scandal - a p*rn star has claimed that the Italian Prime Minister gave her hush money after he sexually abused her. ANI

Segregating Taliban and Qaeda for Afghan peace talks 'recipe for disaster': UN expert
Martin Scheinin, the UN Special Rapporteur on Counterterrorism, has slammed the UN Security Council's measure to 'separate' the Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorists in the backdrop of making 'peace' with insurgents in Afghanistan. ANI

Obama's parents 'planned to put him up for army adoption'
An immigration document has revealed that the parents of US President Barack Obama had plans to put their unborn child for adoption to the Salvation Army. ANI

Pak says 'N Korea bribed Pak generals for nuclear know-how' report "totally baseless"
Pakistan has dismissed scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan's statement that North Korea bribed top military officials in Islamabad to obtain access to sensitive nuclear technology in the late 1990s, as "totally baseless and preposterous". ANI

Pak Govt "sanctioned" murder of investigative journalist Shahzad: Mullen
The Pakistan Government "sanctioned" the murder of Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, who had written scathing reports about militant infiltration in the country's military, US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen has said. ANI

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Agincourt Capital to Launch on July 14 the World’s First Renminbi Secured Convertible, Off-Shore Bond Fund for Australian Real Estate
Agincourt Capital (AC), a global real estate funds management company, today announced its plans to launch on July 14 the world’s first and only Renminbi (RMB) secured convertible, offshore bond fund for Australian real estate Business Wire India

Global Green Growth Institute – GGGI - Opens Abu Dhabi Office in Masdar City July 7
Following a memorandum of understanding signed with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), headquartered in Seoul, Korea, inaugurated its Middle East and North Africa (MENA) office in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City on July 7, 2011. Business Wire India

IAVI Appoints Margaret McGlynn President & Chief Executive Officer
The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Margaret (Margie) McGlynn as President and Chief Executive Officer. McGlynn, who has been a member of the IAVI Board of Directors since July 2010, replaces Seth Berkley, IAVI’s Founding President and CEO Business Wire India

Quintiles, Queen Mary University Collaborate to Accelerate Clinical Research
Quintiles has reached a significant milestone in its prime site program with the official opening of a clinical research facility within Queen Mary, University of London. Business Wire India

Milestone Adds ImmerVision Enables 360-degree Panomorph Lens Support to XProtect Enterprise
Milestone Systems, the leading global developer of open platform software for managing IP network-based video surveillance, and ImmerVision, inventor of the 360° panomorph lens and worldwide expert in immersive optical technology, announce that Milestone has added ImmerVision Enables panomorph lens support to XProtect Enterprise 8 Business Wire India

NYSE Euronext Shareholders Overwhelmingly Approve Combination with Deutsche Boerse
NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) has announced that its shareholders have approved the adoption of the business combination agreement with Deutsche Boerse AG (XETRA: DB1) and related proposals Business Wire India

Ernst & Young Announces a Global Alliance Sponsorship with Family Business Network International
Ernst & Young is delighted to announce a global alliance with Family Business Network International (FBN-I). As part of this initiative, Ernst & Young has established a Family Business Center of Excellence, the first of its kind, designed to support family businesses and their owners wherever they operate in the world Business Wire India

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