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'1998 US Embassy bombings' suspect killed in Somalia
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, suspected of having played a key role in the 1998 US Embassy bombings in East Africa, has been reportedly killed in Somalia. ANI

Brits are the biggest snack eaters in Europe
A new report has shown that Britons are the biggest snack eaters in Europe, as every individual on average spent 55 pounds on crisps and nuts last year, more than double the 22.50 pounds of their nearest rival, Germany. ANI

Counter-demonstrators outnumber Ganesha protesters in Idaho
Protesters against display of Lord Ganesha sculpture in downtown Coeur d'Alene (Idaho, USA) on June 10 evening were outnumbered by approximately six times by counter-demonstrators, according to reports. ANI

Glass staircase in Ohio courthouse leaves women open to ogling eyes!
Women have been advised to exercise caution when they visit the brand new courthouse in Franklin County, Ohio, which has a glass staircase that gives a clear view of the person climbing up. ANI

Romney attacked from all sides as he wades into White House race
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who recently made official his long-expected bid for the Republican presidential nomination, has been facing criticism from all sides. ANI

Voters have five times more influence in early primaries in selecting presidential candidates: Varsity study
The research conducted by Brown University economist Brian Knight has shown that voters in early primary states have up to five times more the influence than voters in later states when it comes to selecting presidential candidates. ANI

US 'slaps UK in the face' by siding with Argentina over Falkland sovereignty issue
The Obama administration appears to have stabbed Britain in its back by supporting Argentina in the ongoing dispute over the highly sensitive Falkland Islands sovereignty issue. ANI

NJ Governor Christie far behind Obama in Presidential survey
New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie does not tand up as well against President Barack Obama now as he did just a few months go, according to a poll. ANI

Gingrich's 'problematic' wife accused of undermining presidential campaign
The wife of potential Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has been accused of undermining his campaign by persuading him to take a luxury cruise to the Mediterranean. ANI

Palin emails show an engaged governor who was mistrustful of media
Thousands of pages of Sarah Palin's emails from her tenure as governor of Alaska reveal her fraught relationships with both officials and the media. ANI

Upstate police chief admits to sexting on duty
Saratoga Springs Police Chief Christopher Cole has admitted that he committed an "error in judgment" on Thursday for sending sexually explicit text messages and photos to a girlfriend while in his City Hall office. ANI

Police called after love-tussle between pair of Brit Lord's 75 'wifelets'
Police were called to the Marquess of Bath's Longleat estate in Wiltshire after two of his 75 "wifelets" clashed over who would share his bed that night. ANI

German man who typed Schindler's List passes away
Mietek Pempe, the man who typed up German industrialist Oskar Schindler's list, the paperwork that helped save 1,200 Jews from the Nazis during the Holocaust, has died in Germany. He was 91. ANI

Cyber crime, sexual partner surveys are subject to 'catastrophic errors'
A study has suggested that surveys of cyber crime and numbers of sexual partners have a lot in common, as both are subject to "catastrophic errors". ANI

Outrage over Germaine Greer's 'UK soldiers raping in Libya' remarks
Germaine Greer infuriated military leaders after claiming that British troops might rape women while at war in Libya. ANI

Veteran Channel 4 News presenter quits over 'scruffy hair' slur by bosses
One of Britain's Channel 4 News' senior news presenters has quit after being told that her hair was too scruffy for television. ANI

Was radiation near Fukushima plant behind birth of earless rabbit?
Fresh fears over a nuclear leak at Japan's tsunami-ravaged Fukushima nuclear power plant have re-ignited after a rabbit born close to the facility was discovered with no ears. ANI

Ganesha's presence in Coeur d'Alene might prove auspicious for city, Hindus assert
Ganesha's presence is always considered auspicious, esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has suggested in view of the publicly displayed sculpture "Ganesha" in downtown Coeur d'Alene (Idaho, USA) and subsequent protest by a group. ANI

Women dress up to impress each other, not their men
A survey has found that the myth that women spend hours in front of a mirror to impress their men is nowhere true, as most dress up to impress their peers. ANI

London 'billionaire bling' penthouse costs œ40K a week to rent!
In what is believed to be the most expensive rent bill in London, a penthouse in the capital has been put on rent for 40,000-pounds a week. ANI

Woman pictured walking topless in New York becomes Internet sensation
A mystery woman, who was photographed walking topless through the streets of New York, has become an Internet sensation. ANI

Sarah Palin discussed trampolines, tanning beds in official e-mails!
It appears that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin had exchanged quite a many personal e-mails which had nothing to do with the state's policy and planning. ANI

PML-N launches 'verbal war' against Pak military in Parliament
The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) has sharpened attacks on the country's military leadership over the army's rare defensive statement lashing out at its critics. ANI

Gilani, Karzai discuss Afghan peace talks, regional security in one-on-one meeting
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai had a one-on-one meeting focused on issues relating to the reconciliation process and peace and security in the region. ANI

US says it has "nearly completed" troop reduction in Pakistan
The US military has confirmed that it has reduced the number of its personnel in Pakistan following a request from the government. ANI

Microcredit may have opposite results than perceived
Micro-credit, which involves giving small loans to very small businesses in an effort to promote entrepreneurship and reduce poverty, might not be an efficient tool in promoting business growth or improving the lives of its beneficiaries, a new research has found. ANI

Oz shop sells baby clothes featuring Hitler, Osama bin Laden, Ivan Milat
An Australian company has caused outrage by selling baby clothes that feature pictures of killers like Adolf Hitler, Osama bin Laden, Ivan Milat, Ted Bundy and Charles Manson. ANI

Tory MP says he was "mischievously targeted" over 'drunken sexual assault' on former aide
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, who was arrested over claims that he had sexually assaulted a former political aide after drinking with her at a Westminster pub, has said that he had been "mischievously targeted". ANI

Palin praised Obama weeks before being chosen as McCain's running mate
In one the emails written to her staffers in 2008, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin had praised an energy speech by then presidential candidate Barack Obama over three weeks before being picked as the Republican Party's vice presidential candidate. ANI

Palin's emails reflect scrutiny she faced after emerging as vice-presidential nominee
The trove of emails released from Sarah Palin's first two years as Alaska's governor gave an idea of the sudden scrutiny she faced after being selected as the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee in 2008. ANI

Queen Elizabeth II makes Philip head of the Royal Navy
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has awarded her husband Prince Philip a new title as a 90th birthday present. ANI

How one look puts the fear of God into a person
A study has found that it takes just one look or an image of a pair of eyes to put the fear of God into a person. ANI

Indian delegation meets Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, who is leading a high-level delegation to Colombo, met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday morning. ANI

Duchess of Cambridge says marriage is making her feel blissfully happy
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has revealed that she has been experiencing incredible happiness ever since her marriage to Prince William. ANI

Email shows Bush joked with Palin about "VP buzz" ahead of 2008 presidential polls
An email written by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to her chief of staff Mike Nizich has revealed that she joked with the then President George W Bush about the "VP buzz" during a meeting in early August 2008, just a month before Senator John McCain picked her as his running mate. ANI

UK to probe Facebook's facial recognition technology amid privacy concerns
The world's leading social networking site 'Facebook' is poised to be probed by the British authorities after it was criticised for launching its facial recognition technology without giving any prior notice to its users. ANI

Panetta confronts Kayani, Pasha with Pak security personnel-militants collusion evidence
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta has confronted Pakistan's intelligence and military leadership with evidence of collusion between pro-Afghan Taliban militants and Pakistani security officials. ANI

Oz bakers target world's biggest lamington record
A baker team in Australia is set to make a new record with the world's biggest edible lamington that might weight between 2500kg to 2800kg. ANI

Larry, the Downing Street rat catcher, makes his first kill
Tomcat Larry, the Downing Street rat catcher, has started performing his duty and was seen making his first kills, though Prime Minister David Cameron says he still has not got it right. ANI

Dalai Lama to appear as guest judge on Australian 'MasterChef'
Australian 'Masterchef' host, Matt Preston has confirmed that the Dalai Lama would be appearing as a guest judge in an episode of the cooking show. ANI

Pak court issues arrest warrant against Musharraf in Benazir murder case
An Pakistani Anti-Terrorism Ccourt (ATC) has issued an arrest warrant against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with the Benazir Bhutto assassination case. ANI

Family arrested after mid-air mass brawl
The passenger, Derek Edmond, 76, his daughter Zoe King and her husband Martin have been arrested following a 'vicious' punch-up on a flight. ANI

Gaddafi writes letter to WH urging US to lead in negotiating a ceasefire
Libyan leader colonel Muammar Gaddafi has reportedly written a letter to the US congressional leaders, urging the to take a lead role in negotiating a ceasefire. ANI

US sending agents to Afghanistan to crop Taliban infiltration in local forces
The US military is reportedly sending 80 counterintelligence agents to Afghanistan to minimise the threat of the Taliban infiltration in the Afghan National Security Forces. ANI

China concerned about 'black marketing' of human breast milk
The Chinese Ministry has reportedly expressed concerns about the black marketing of human breast milk across the country. ANI

Miss USA organizers' intimidating questions 'scaring contestants to death'
Organizers of the Miss USA 2011 pageant have been criticized for putting controversial and intimidating questions to the contestants. ANI

Lawsuit filed against CIA for release of 'photo and video records' of Osama's killing
Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit against the Central Investigation Agency (CIA) and the US Department of Defense to release "all photographs and video records" of Osama bin Laden taken during or after the attack on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 1 last month, no matter how gruesome they might be. ANI

British lawmakers need Neighbourhood Watch scheme to prevent crimes: Keith Vaz
British parliamentarian Keith Vaz has said the House of Commons is so crime ridden that it needs a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.He said this after 25 laptop computers were reported missing in the last six months. ANI

US court rules lap dances 'are not art' hence taxable!
Private lap dances are not artistic performances, and therefore should be subject to state sales tax, a state appeals court has ruled. ANI

Polygamous hubbies behind 'Obedient Wives Club', says Malay minister
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister' Department Senator Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim has said that polygamous husbands are likely to be behind the formation of the Obedient Wives Club, and that that most women who were members practiced polygamy and many were second wives. ANI

Single mobile call can cause a plane to crash, reveals leaked study
A leaked study has warned that using just one mobile phone or electronic device during a flight can cause a complete systematic failure of the plane. ANI

World's smallest man set to make it to Guinness on 18th birthday
Junrey Balawing indulged in a beer nearly equivalent to his own size as he rejoiced over becoming the world's smallest man. ANI

Now, 3-D printed bikinis to custom fit every curve!
For the first time ever, designers have created bikinis called the 'N12 bikini' made from 3-D printers which could adapt to fit every woman's curves perfectly. ANI

Top Oz cop's taxpayer-funded business trip to India with ex-cheerleader raises eyebrows
Australian Federal Police commisioner Tony Negus took his ex-cheerleader secretary on a taxpayer-funded business-class trip to India and Singapore last year on police business. ANI

Now, 'sexting' Congressman Weiner's tweets to teenage girl under police scanner
Police in Delaware are investigating the online communication between 'sexting' US Democratic party Congressman Anthony Weiner and a 17-year-old girl in New Castle. ANI

Balls brands reports of him plotting with Brown to overthrow Blair 'total balderdash'
Britain's Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ed Balls, has denied reports that he had conspired to overthrow former Prime Minister Tony Blair as early as July 2005, saying that the allegations were 'complete and utter total balderdash'. ANI

US citizen arrested in Islamabad on 'illegal stay' charges
An American citizen has been arrested in Islamabad for staying illegally in Pakistan. ANI

US will lose interest in NATO unless Europe pulls up its 'war-effort' socks: Gates
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said that the future American leaders may view the European nations' insufficient defence spending and investment in the NATO effort, and the use of the US taxpayers' money to fill the gaps, as 'not worth the cost'. ANI

US to continue drone programme in Pakistan 'as is' for now
The White House National Security Council has decided to continue US drone attacks in Pakistan 'as is' for now, following a debate on the slowdown in the drone campaign, according to a US official. ANI

US woman hit on head by boss' pe**s wins $95m in largest sex harassment payout
A woman, who was hit on the head by her boss' pe**s, has been awarded 95 million dollars as compensation in a sexual harassment case against her former employers, and it is believed to be the highest payout ever in America. ANI

Kate would have been perfect daughter Di always longed for: Fergie
Prince William's bride Kate Middleton would have been the perfect daughter that Princess Diana always longed for, according to Sarah Ferguson. ANI

Osama 'was a sex machine who would vanish into the bedroom with his wife for days'
Osama bin Laden's first wife, Najwa, has revealed that the killed al-Qaeda chief was a 'sex machine' who used to vanish into his bedroom for days with her after returning back from waging Jihad. ANI

Nawaz warns he won't let Pak Army become a Constitution-subverting 'sacred cow'
Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif has said in a veiled reference to the country's military that no institution should try to become a 'sacred cow'. ANI

Dalai Lama 'very positive' on spread of democracy in China
China's authoritarian system could not remain forever impervious to democracy, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has predicted. ANI

Chimpanzee attack victim receives full face transplant in Boston
A US woman, the victim of a gruesome chimpanzee attack in 2009, has received a full facial transplant. ANI

'Out of control' ISI leaking US intelligence secrets to help terrorists flee
The United States' intelligence sharing with Pakistan as part of a trust-building effort by the Obama administration post-May 2 raid has only led to tip-offs to militants, indicating that some Pakistani security personnel are colluding with insurgents. ANI

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