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'Kensington Street' richest avenue in UK with house prices of 19.5m Pounds
A study conducted by real estate company Zoopla has come up with jaw-dropping figures of property in Kensington Palace Gardens in London. ANI

To get high, UK clubbers now turning to nail varnish remover that contains 'coma drug'!
It has emerged that UK clubbers are going to extraordinary lengths to get instant highs on nights out - they are now squeezing out a banned rave drug in a nail varnish remover. ANI

China's 'giddy, unprepared' nuke ambitions could end up being "mission impossible": Scientist
A leading Chinese scientist who worked on China's atomic bomb has warned that the country's "giddy speed and zero preparation" on its nuclear energy programme gives him a feeling that it will end up being a "mission impossible". ANI

UK trichologist wants hair extension to be banned
An increase in the number of women seeking help after their locks were ruined by the trendy hair extensions has prompted hair specialists in the UK to call for a ban on the treatment. ANI

'Palin's bus tour treating mainstream reporters like paparazzi'
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has refused to inform the media about where she is going on her current bus tour, saying the wants reporters to do "a little bit of work on a tour like this". ANI

Explosion, oil spill at Fukushima nuke plant caused only 'limited damage': TEPCO
Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) has said that an oil spill and a small explosion took place at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but assured that it has caused limited damage. ANI

'Chernobyl jumper' expresses concern for Fukushima nuke plant workers' health
Sergei Belyakov, a scientist who helped clean up debris after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, has expressed his concern about Japanese workers or "jumpers" who are risking their lives to contain the core meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant caused by the March 11 earthquake-cum-tsunami. ANI

Wills-Kat to make 1st public appearance at charity event since wedding
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have officially announced attending a gala dinner in aid of a children's charity as their first public engagement together after their wedding on April 29. ANI

Palin, Trump praise each other over pizzas at Times Square joint
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin "talked about specific candidates and potential candidates" of the 2012 US presidential election when she met business tycoon Donald Trump for dinner at a Times Square pizza joint. ANI

U.K school blasted for reprimanding 7-year-olds for playing army games
A primary school in Warwickshire London that had reprimanded two seven-year-old boys for playing an army game with their fingers shaped like guns, has attracted condemnation from the parents group. ANI

Gaddafi plans retaliatory attacks if forced from leadership
Retaliatory attacks are being plotted by the Libyan regime if Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is forced to quit as leader. ANI

Noah's Ark recreation could arrive in London for 2012 Olympics
A giant recreation of Noah's Ark is likely to be moored in the River Thames during the London 2012 Olympic games. ANI

Taliban behind surge in attacks on Afghan, western troops: Report
The Taliban is behind the growing number of attacks by members of local security forces on western forces and advisers in Afghanistan, it has emerged. ANI

Rajan Zed receives Interfaith Leadership Award
Esteemed religious statesman Rajan Zed has bagged the 'Northern Nevada Interfaith Leadership Award'. ANI

Single men in 40s 'deluded about their sex appeal'
A demographer has claimed that single men in their mid-40s are suffering from a severe case of 'hotness delusion syndrome' because they receiving lots of attention from women. ANI

Washington moves to classify cyber attacks as acts of war
The US government is rewriting its military rule book to make cyber-attacks a possible act of war, giving commanders the option of launching retaliatory military strikes against hackers backed by hostile foreign powers. ANI

Intelligence cache from Osama's lair "might implicate Pakistani agents": US report
Although the US government reportedly has no conclusive evidence indicating Pakistan's alleged complicity in Osama bin Laden's sheltering in Abbottabad, some of the cache of intelligence seized from the slain terrorist's hideout "might implicate Pakistani agents", a Congressional report has said. ANI

Ex-ISI chief Hamid Gul has become "bogeyman of sorts to Pak's neighbours": Guardian
Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief General Hamid Gul is Pakistan's guardian angel of jihad, and has become a bogeyman of sorts to the country's neighbours, a British newspaper has said. ANI

Ex-Pak diplomat fears Pak nukes not safe from May 2-like US assault
The most troubling question for Pakistan in the wake of the United States' unilateral military raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad is "whether our nuclear deterrent is safe from a similar US assault," former Pakistani diplomat Asif Ezdi has said. ANI

US economy performance may hurt Obama 2012 campaign
The U.S. economy could once again prove troublesome for President Barack Obama and his chances of re-election in 2012 campaign would be underpinned by an economy that was clearly accelerating out of the Great Recession, showing strong growth and job creation. ANI

Here's a website where members share sex lives to save trees!
In a rare of its kind, a Norwegian organisation is using sex and orgies as a non-profit way of raising money to help save the environment. ANI

Brit Army 'not prepared nor capable' of fighting in urban areas: Study
The British Army is not prepared or capable to fight in densely-populated urban areas and lacks the ability to anticipate threats from future enemies, a study by the Force Development and Training Command team has revealed. ANI

Michele Bachman says Palin is her 'friend, not competitor'
Potential Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachman has said that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is 'not her competitor'. ANI

US denied advanced missile system to Pak over fears of use against India: WikiLeaks
While the United States cleared billions of dollars' worth arms sales to Pakistan for the war on terror, it denied the sale of an advanced missile technology to Islamabad over concerns that it could be used to target India. ANI

Palin seeks troop pullout, suspension of aid following Karzai's "unilateral action" threat
Potential Republican presidential candidate Sarah Palin has raised concerns over Afghan President Hamid Karzai's warning of taking "unilateral action" against NATO, saying that 'a growing divide' between the two parties could lead the US to immediately withdraw both troops and aid from Afghanistan. ANI

China bans use of endocrine disruptor 'Bisphenol A' in babies' bottles
China has banned the use of Bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine disruptor, in the production of babies' bottles in order to protect the health of infants. ANI

US govt.'s limo fleet increased 73 percent under Obama administration
A new report from a watchdog group shows that the number of limousines owned by the US government rose by 73 percent during the first two years of President Barack Obama's administration. ANI

Obama 'not paying much attention' to Palin bus tour: White House
US President Barack Obama isn't bothering to follow former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's 'One Nation' bus tour, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has said. ANI

US defence officials concerned that Pak offensive on Haqqanis may fail
While Pakistan appears to be making preparatory moves for an offensive on militants in North Waziristan, some US defence officials are concerned that Pakistan's overstretched military is in no position to take on the Haqqani network. ANI

Pak Navy admits 'security failure' led to Karachi naval base attack
The Pakistan Navy has admitted that "security failure" led to the terrorist attack on Karachi's Mehran Naval Station. ANI

OZ woman sets record after helping create 19 kids through egg donation
Meet the Australian woman who has set a world record by donating her own eggs to help create 19 children for couples struggling with infertility. ANI

'Proclaimed offender' Musharraf better off avoiding minefield of Pak politics: Editorial
It does not seem to be gainful proposition for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to leave behind a luxurious life in London and enter the minefield of politics in Pakistan, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

'Obama condoms' promise 'ultimate stimulus package for hard times'!
A New York street vendor who sells Obama condoms with the sales pitch 'It's the ultimate stimulus package for hard times' has been arrested for a third time. ANI

Engagement pic reveals Wills-Kat's excitement over impending big day
Prince William and Kate Middleton grace the cover of next month's Vanity Fair magazine in a never-before-seen photograph shot before their royal wedding. ANI

Alleged rape victim 'devastated' by NYPD cops' acquittal
A American fashion executive who accused two New York Police Department (NYPD) cops of raping her said their acquittal last week has left her heartbroken and shattered. ANI

NY hotel supervisor suspended for not reporting maid's abuse claim
The supervisor of a housekeeper at New York's 'The Pierre' hotel, owned by Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, has been suspended after she failed to report to the police the housekeeper's complaint that she was sexually assaulted by a Egyptian businessman, causing a 15-hour delay in the investigation. ANI

Men don't separate mental and sexual arousal, whereas women do
A new study has given some startling insights into what men and women may really want from each other - at least sexually. ANI

Murdered child martyr with 'hacked off genitals' becomes symbol of Syrian uprising
Thirteen-year-old Hamza Ali al-Khateeb has been hailed as a 'child martyr' by protestors across Syria after his severely wounded body with 'hacked off genitals' was returned to his family a month after being picked up by the security forces of the Bashar al-Assad regime from the rebel province of Dar'a on April 29. ANI

Quebec lawmaker bristles at cost of welcoming 'parasites' Will and Kate
Not everyone in Canada is looking forward to hosting royal newlyweds Prince William and Princess Katherine. ANI

Japan's Lexus tops car satisfaction survey again
Japanese luxury manufacturer Lexus has topped the charts for the eleventh year in a row in J.D. Power's annual vehicle ownership satisfaction survey. ANI

Mitt Romney enjoys watching "Twilight," but doesn't "like vampires personally"
Potential Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has explained himself as a fun loving person who enjoys pop culture and loves watching "American Idol" and "Twilight" series despite not having a personal liking for 'vampires'. ANI

Pak Interior Minister says Shehzad's murder may be case of personal enmity
Pakistani investigative reporter Syed Saleem Shahzad's murder could be a case of personal enmity, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

"Pak journalists face threats both from militants and intelligence agencies": Editorial
Journalists in Pakistan are between a rock and a hard place as they face threats both from militants and the country's intelligence agencies, resulting in harassment, abduction and even murder, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Japan underestimated tsunami hazard for nuke plants: IAEA
A fact-finding mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has claimed that Japan had underestimated the hazard for several sites caused by the March 11 earthquake-cum-tsunami for its nuclear power plants. ANI

Mitt Romney gives "ineffective" Obama an 'F' for his tenure as President
Potential Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has given President Barack Obama an 'F' rating for his job over the last two years, insisting that he is one of the 'most ineffective presidents' that he has ever seen. ANI

William and Kate watched their own wedding on TV after tying the knot
Prince William and Kate Middleton watched their own wedding on TV after kissing in front of billions of people- it has emerged. ANI

Pakistan identifies Osama's couriers; trail leads to village 3-hr drive from Abbottabad
Pakistan has identified the Kuwait-born brothers who were al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden's main links to the outside world during his stay at Abbottabad. ANI

Colossal statue of King Tut's grandfather unearthed on banks of Nile
A unique statue of King Amenhotep III, who is believed to be the grandfather of King Tutankhamun, has been unearthed at his funerary temple on the west bank of the Nile near Luxor. ANI

Kids using cannabis before age 15 at high risk of brain damage: Study
Children who start smoking cannabis before turning 15, struggle with mental exercises, doing much worse on tests than those who take it up later in life, a new research has warned. ANI

Brit cop fired for pursuing 14-year-old girl for sex
A British cop has been sacked after he pursued a 14-year-old girl for sex - via Facebook and phone. ANI

Outrage, grief over investigative reporter's killing jolts Pakistan
A surge of outrage and grief jolted Pakistan last night following the discovery of the body of a journalist who had highlighted alleged links between al-Qa'ida and the country's military. ANI

Oz HIV campaigners livid over removal of safe gay sex ad under 'Christian' pressure
A billboard company in Australia has defended its decision to bow to pressure to remove advertisements promoting safe sex among gay couples. ANI

Shahzad's work brought to light "troubles posed by extremism to Pak's stability": US
The United States has strongly condemned the abduction and killing of a Pakistani investigative reporter, who had published an article alleging that al-Qaeda had infiltrated the Pakistan Navy and carried out the recent attack on Karachi's Mehran Naval Station. ANI

US military prosecutors file 'new charges' against 9/11 terror suspects at Gitmao
US military prosecutors have reportedly filed new charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks, and four other co-conspirators held at Guantanamo Bay. ANI

Pak spy agencies' hand suspected in investigative reporter's death after torture
The death of Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, who had investigated al-Qaida's alleged infiltration of the navy and told a rights activist that he had been threatened by the country's spy agencies, has immediately sparked fresh criticism of Pakistan's intelligence apparatus. ANI

Kiwi PM's son named country's 'top planker'
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's son has been named the country's "top planker" after being photographed performing the internet craze with his father looking on. ANI

Goldman Sachs offered Gaddafi huge chunk of company shares after investment losses
Goldman Sachs had reportedly offered Libyan officials a huge chunk of the firm's shares after it lost its investments in bank trades and currency baskets, it has emerged. ANI

Karzai's "unilateral action" warning to NATO could complicate US troops withdrawal plans
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's recent warning of taking "unilateral action" if NATO does not stop airstrikes in his country could complicate US President Barack Obama's uncertain decision on how quickly to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. ANI

Berlusconi's 'Ruby the Heart Stealer' desires role in Woody Allen film
Karima El Mahroug who is at the centre of President Silvio Berlusconi's under-age prostitution trial had written to director Woody Allen, suggesting that she would like to appear in his next film. ANI

US' counter-insurgency aid to Pak linked to 'genuine' action in war on terro
US House Republicans have unveiled a nearly 650-billion-dollar defence package, which would attach new conditions demanding a better explanation from the Obama administration of the counter-insurgency aid promised to Pakistan. ANI

Brit people at risk as 70 convicted terrorists to be released
British people will be at risk as up to 70 convicted terrorists due be released this year will not be properly monitored. ANI

US House rejects debt limit increase without cuts
US House Republicans have rejected a measure to increase the government's debt limit without requiring any spending cuts. ANI

Sri Lanka war crimes footage is 'authentic', claims UN expert
A UN human rights expert has claimed that gruesome footage from the final days of Sri Lanka's civil war is authentic and proves war crimes took place there. ANI

BBC is anti- Christian, ageist, says its own survey
The BBC is anti-Christian and discriminates against people on the basis of their age, the corporation's own survey has revealed. ANI

67 per cent Pakistanis want Islamisation of society
As many as 67 per cent Pakistanis want the government to take steps for Islamisation, which is a clear indication that they have lost faith in the existing system. ANI

Russian official says five foreigners killed in Quetta "not Chechens"
The five foreigners who were killed in police firing in Quetta two weeks ago were not Chechens, the Vice Consul of the Russian Consulate in Karachi, Tural Dzhavadov, has said. ANI

Pak's N. Waziristan offensive to be 'very selective', not exclusively against Haqqanis
Pakistan's armed forces will carry out a limited operation in North Waziristan, primarily targeting Al Qaeda, Taliban and foreign fighters, as against the widely held belief that the focus will be exclusively on the Haqqani network. ANI

Maria Pinelli Announced as New Ernst & Young Global Vice Chair for Strategic Growth Markets
Ernst & Young, the global professional services organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of Maria Pinelli as the new Global Vice Chair for our Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice Business Wire India

GE Healthcare Challenges the World to ""Get Fit""
Today GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE) launched a global competition on Twitter to raise public awareness about cancer prevention and healthy living Business Wire India

Automation becomes easy- Flexible Automation Solutions at LIGNA
At LIGNA 2011, KUKA Roboter GmbH is presenting the new QUANTEC product generation, the KUKA.WorkVisual software platform and the KR C4 robot controller, which is set to simplify automation in the wood industry. Hall 25, Booth C60 is where KUKA will demonstrate that its motto “Automation becomes easy” is no empty promise Business Wire India

Upsolar Unveils New Production Platform in Portugal
Upsolar, a leading international solar module supplier, today announced the commissioning of its newest solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing platform in Braga, Portugal, in partnership with a major Portuguese player Business Wire India

Adoption Ramps for AMD FusionT Processor Companion Chips from Analogix
Analogix Semiconductor, Inc., a manufacturer and innovator of high-performance analog and mixed-signal devices for the digital media and communications markets, is driving high-volume production and low-power innovation for OEMs and ODMs with its DisplayPort™ translators for AMD Fusion™ APUs. Business Wire India

European Commission Adopts European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Recommendation to Lift the Suspension of the Marketing Authorization of octagam® and octagam®10%.
On 30 May 2011 The European Commission adopted the EMA's recommendation of 14 April 2011 revised on May 12, 2011 to lift the suspension of the marketing authorization of octagam® and octagam®10%, thus allowing both products back on the European markets. Business Wire India

WIN Consortium Announces a Breakthrough Achievement of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to be Presented during the WIN 3rd Symposium in Paris 6-8 July 2011: BEYOND THE SHOCK® Educational Program.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation ( is a founding member of the WIN Consortium ( created in 2010 and Janelle Hail, founder of NBCF and breast cancer survivor, is on the WIN Board of Directors and Steering Committee. Business Wire India

License and Settlement Agreement with Elpida relating to Qimonda's patent portfolio
Dr. Michael Jaffé, the insolvency administrator over the estate of Qimonda AG, reached a settlement and license agreement with the Japanese memory chip manufacturer Elpida Memory, Inc., Tokyo. Business Wire India

Mobile manufacturers respond to IARC Classification of RF energy
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) assessment, published on 31 May 2011, has classified exposure to radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields, which are emitted by mobile phones, wireless devices, radar and radio and television broadcasts as possibly carcinogenic to humans (IARC Group 2B). Business Wire India

Micronor Invents World's First Absolute Fiber Optic Position Sensor with EMI Immunity, Lightning Resistance and 13-Bit Resolution
MICRONOR has introduced the world's first commercially-available Absolute Fiber Optic Position Sensor. The new Model MR330 series position sensor offers an all-optical design which makes it immune to any electro-magnetic interference such as lightning, radiation, magnetic fields and other extreme conditions Business Wire India

Lenovo Acquires MEDION AG to Expand Its Business in Western Europe
Lenovo, the world’s fastest growing major PC Company, today announced that it is acquiring Germany’s MEDION AG, a leader in PC, multimedia products, mobile communications service and consumer electronics Business Wire India

Indonesia Village Leaders Challenge Validity of Rainforest Action Network Report on Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), Claims ""Not True""
“It is not true” is the message from Pak Maharun Ibrahim to the US-based NGO Rainforest Action Network (RAN) after seeing the new RAN report “Corruption, Land Conflict and Forest Destruction.” Business Wire India

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