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Krishna meets SCO leaders, calls on Kazakh President
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, who arrived here this evening to participate in the 11th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), met Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and exchanged pleasantries. ANI

Rana's statement indicative of what motivated Pakistan to act the way it did: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Tuesday said that whatever Pakistan-Canadian citizen Tahawwur Hussain Rana had said under oath in a court in Chicago in connection with his alleged links to the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and the 26/11 terror attack on the citizens of Mumbai, was certainly a pointer to what motivated Pakistan to act the way it did. ANI

Lesbian paedophile jailed for grooming teen girls for online sex
A lesbian paedophile has been jailed for 18 months after she allegedly pose as a teenage boy to groom two underage girls for sex over the Internet. ANI

Lost 'world wonder' rediscovered in New Zealand
Scientists from New Zealand's GNS Science and US Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have stumbled across a geological structure, dubbed as world's eighth wonder and thought to have been extinct in a volcanic eruption 125 years ago, south of Rotorua in New Zealand's geothermal region. ANI

The US club that allows you 'to destroy things' with weapons of your choice!
A club in US is offering a unique service to its clients. ANI

UK man arrested for secretly filming 'big busted' tenant taking showers
A married man in England was arrested for making secret recordings of his lodger taking showers after becoming obsessed following her breast enlargement therapy. ANI

Kate makes Prince William blush at Royal ceremony
The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted enjoying a brief hat romance with Prince William as he took part in a parade of members of the Order of the Garter in full ceremonial clobber on Sunday. ANI

US man trapped in Russia for 77 yrs speaks English again after stroke
An American man who was trapped in the Soviet Union 77 years ago - and was forced to learn the Russian language to survive his epic Communist ordeal - has again started speaking in his native English after suffering a stroke. ANI

Michelle Obama charges '10,00 dollars a photo' at re-election fundraiser in LA
US' first lady Michelle Obama charged a whopping 10,000 dollars to have a photograph taken with her at a fundraising luncheon in Los Angeles. ANI

Oz military in fresh sex row with navy cook claiming she was 'raped, thrown out n*ked'
The Australian military has been hit by another sexual assault scandal, with a woman claiming that she was sexually assaulted and thrown out n*ked after being raped when she was a teenage navy cook. ANI

Osama's 'burial ship' Captain fears for crew safety in aftermath of operation
The commanding officer of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier that buried Osama bin Laden's body in the depths of the Arabian Sea has raised concerns about the lives of his crew members, saying that 'appropriate precautions' must be taken for their safety. ANI

'Incensed' Egyptian officials see US' democracy funding as 'political interference'
The new Egyptian rulers have opposed a US plan to fund the democratic transition in the country as they see it as political interference in the aftermath of President Hosni Mubarak's downfall. ANI

Hartford City Council opened with Hindu prayer for first time in 227 years
City Council of Hartford, capital city of Connecticut (USA), reverberated with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on June 13 evening, which was reportedly for the first time since it was incorporated in 1784. ANI

Lima Mayor says 'Christ of the Pacific' statue mere 'clone of famed Rio masterpiece'
The mayor of Peru's capital will not attend a ceremony to erect a huge statue of Jesus similar to Brazil's 'Christ the Redeemer' on a hill in the city. ANI

Pak Army's 'good' and 'bad' Taliban doctrine recipe for disaster: Editorial
It is unfortunate that Pakistan's security establishment is bent on making a mythical distinction between 'good' and 'bad' Taliban, an editorial in a leading Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Krishna arrives in Kazakhstan to attend SCO Summit
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna arrived in Kazakhstan capital Astana this afternoon to attend a summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to be held on June 15. ANI

Another Gaddafi aide defects
Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi was given yet another setback when Sassi Garada, one of his regime's oldest members, fled the country. ANI

Plans to cut UK varsity foreign student population could cost 'billions'
Britain's Home Office has warned that government's plans to cut down the number of foreign students at universities and colleges will cost the country billions. ANI

After nearly 10 years, 'horrifying' 9/11 attacks still haunt New Yorkers: Poll
Osama bin Laden might have been killed, but the impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks masterminded by him still haunt New Yorkers, a Daily News/Siena College poll has found. ANI

Patrol cap to replace US army beret
United States Army spokesman Colonel Tom Collins has said the black beret, which proved highly unpopular with American soldiers, will be replaced by a patrol cap for everyday wear. ANI

Christine Lagarde among candidates shortlisted by IMF to replace Strauss-Kahn
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has shortlisted French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde and Mexican central bank chief Agustin Carstens for the IMF's top job after the post fell vacant following Dominique Strauss-Kahn's resignation over alleged sexual assault charges. ' ANI

74 percent of Japanese favour nuke power phase-out: Poll
Nearly three-fourths of Japanese voters favour a gradual phase-out of nuclear power, a newspaper poll has revealed. ANI

Michelle Obama says presidency has taken a toll of Barack
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama has told a fundraiser in Southern California of the toll the presidency has taken on her husband Barack Obama. ANI

Libyan cleared over Lockerbie may be retried under double jeopardy
Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, who was sent back to Libya on compassionate grounds, could still be tired under the United Kingdom's new double jeopardy law. ANI

Pak's paramilitary force chief transferred over teenager Sarfaraz killing
Islamabad, June 14 The Pakistani military has removed the Sindh Ranger chief Major General Ijaz Chaudhary from his post on the orders of the Supreme Court. ANI

High speed Beijing- Shanghai rail link to open by June end
The High-speed 1,318- Km long rail link between Beijing and Shanghai will be thrown open to the public by the end of this month. ANI

Britain becoming increasingly lonely place for its people
A research has shown that Britain is becoming an increasingly lonely place for many people. ANI

Men and women differ even in their secret wishes!
The secret desires of men and women are very different if one doesn't take into account 'money' as the objective, a new survey has revealed. ANI

US 'disappointed' by Pak's failed raids on militant compounds in Waziristan: Gates
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said that the Obama administration was disappointed by the unexplained failure of recent raids on two militant compounds in Pakistan's tribal areas. ANI

CIA set to replicate Pak-style drone strike operations in Yemen
The Central Intelligence Agency is planning to launch a secret mission to kill Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, where months of antigovernment protests, an armed revolt and the attempted assassination of the president have left a power vacuum, US officials have said. ANI

Rain-triggered floods, landslides kill 105 people in southern China
Floods and landslides caused by heavy rainfall have killed 105 people in southern China, while 63 others are still missing over the past 10 days, the Ministry of Civil Affairs has said. ANI

Surrey prison officers gave 'weekend release' to female inmates in return for sex
Two male prison officers at Downview Women's Prison in Sutton, Surrey, had sex with woman inmates in exchange for favours like weekend releases and alcohol, a court has heard. ANI

Merchandisers cashing in on Anthony Weiner's Twitter sexting scandal!
In order to cash in on Anthony Weiner's Twitter scandal, a score of merchandise companies have captured the market with action hero figures, t-shirts, mugs and stickers of the New York Democrat. ANI

Pak police foils plan to attack railway track in Balochistan
Pakistan police on Tuesday foiled a plan to blow up a railway track with explosive material in Jaffarabad district of Balochistan province. ANI

US, Pak reaffirm resolve to bolster bilateral cooperation
The United States and Pakistan have reaffirmed the resolve to bolster their bilateral cooperation and work closely in the fight against terrorism. ANI

Men, women often overlook subtle sexism of daily life, says study
A new study has found that men and women often overlook the more subtle daily acts of sexism they encounter. ANI

Malay man, who claims he had sex less than 20 times in 10-yrs of marriage, seeks divorce
A sex-starved man in Malaysia is seeking divorce after claiming that he and his sexually frigid wife had sex less than 20 times in 10 years of marriage. ANI

Doomsday preacher hospitalised after suffering stroke
The doomsday radio preacher, who received global publicity by predicting that the world would end on May 21, has been hospitalised in California after suffering a stroke. ANI

Women's brains are wired for mood swings
An expert has indicated that women's face increased anxiety, depression and mood swings just because their brains are wired differently. ANI

Report on Shah's killing to be shared with Pak parliament: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has assured the parliaments's upper house, Senate that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report on Sarfaraz Shah's killing by Rangers officials, will be shared with the parliament. ANI

Bangladesh to set up 'special force' to protect endangered Royal Bengal Tigers
Bangladesh is planning to set up a special force to save the critically endangered Royal Bengal Tiger and other animals. ANI

Brit defence will be at risk if Libyan conflict doesn't end in 90 days: Royal Navy Chief
The head of the Royal Navy has warned that Britain's defences would be at a risk if the war in Libya drags on for another three months. ANI

Pak Govt-JUI alliance to continue in future: Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has described the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) as the government's coalition partner in Balochistan and added that this alliance will continue in the future too. ANI

Bachmann announces 2012 White House bid at debate
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, a favorite of the Tea Party movement, has said that she intends to make a formal announcement for a bid for the White House in 2012 soon. ANI

Russia, China, India concerned about strategic US-Afghanistan partnership
News of the United States and Afghanistan holding secret talks on retaining foreign troops on Afghan soil beyond the stipulated withdrawal period, has sparked deep concern among other powers in the region and beyond. ANI

PML-N threatens legal action over Haideri's nomination as Opposition Leader
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) has threatened to take legal action if the notification for the nomination for Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri as Leader of Opposition in the Senate is not suspended. ANI

US contacts Mullah Omar to negotiate Afghanistan conflict end: Report
The United States has reportedly established contacts with Taliban leader Mullah Omar to negotiate an end to the conflict in Afghanistan. ANI

Six Indians among 22 set free by Somali pirates
At least 22 hostages, including six Indians and four Pakistanis have been released by Somali pirates after receiving a pay-off of 2.1 million dollars as ransom. ANI

Wrong to equate role of wife with first-class prostitute, says Malay minister
Kelantan Mufti Datuk Mohamad Shukri Mohamad has hit out at the Obedient Wives Club for giving an equal value to the role of a good wife with that of a "first-class prostitute". ANI

Seven NATO oil tankers destroyed in bomb blast in Pakistan
At least seven tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan were gutted when a bomb planted in one of the vehicles exploded at a terminal in the Kyber region in Pakistan. ANI

Wedding priest convinced that Will-Kat will be 'together forever'
Prince William and Kate Middleton could be the harbingers of successful royal marriages, believes Reverend Dr. John Hall, the Dean of Westminster Abbey, who performed the ceremonies at the recent royal wedding. ANI

TV boss urges viewers not to watch 'horrific docu' on Sri Lankan war crimes
The head of Channel 4 news has urged people, especially pregnant women, 'not to watch' tonight's documentary based on the war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan troops in 2009 in the fight against Tamil separatists. ANI

Bush's stolen $6.6 bln cash aid to Iraq could turn out to be largest theft in national history
As much as 6.6 billion dollars flown by the Bush administration to postwar Iraq may have been stolen when it got there in 'the largest theft of funds in national history,' investigators auditing the cash have revealed. ANI

US orders security review following Senate website hacking
The US has ordered a security review over the recent hacking of the Senate website. ANI

'Nation State' behind IMF' computer system hacking?
Hackers who broke into the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) computer system might have been backed by a nation state, security experts have said. ANI

'I would have resigned had I been in Weiner's position': Obama
US President Barack Obama has said that he would haveresigned if he was in the position of New York Democratic party Congressman Anthony Weiner, who has admitted sending lewd photographs of himself to women online. ANI

Pippa set for overseas adventure during 'three month separation' with boyfriend
Pippa Middleton is all set to travel abroad and work in the South of France after splitting with her banker boyfriend Alex Loudon. ANI

Wives' good night sleep key to marital bliss
A new research has suggested that the quality of interactions among married couples is affected by wives' inability to fall asleep at night, but not by husbands' sleep problems. ANI

Now, another 'lesbian blogger' turns out to be a man
A day after the true identity of a Syrian blogger of 'A Gay Girl in Damascus' fame was revealed as a 40-year-old American man, another supposedly leading lesbian blogger has now been exposed as a 'man' masquerading as a gay woman. ANI

Sarkozy 'always surrounded by women attracted to his power': ex-wife
Nicolas Sarkozy's ex-wife Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz has revealed that the French President was always surrounded by women, who were attracted to his power, offering him their phone numbers even when she was with him. ANI

TVNZ fined $3000 for its 'inadequate response' over Henry's 'racist' comments against Delhi CM
New Zealand's Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) has ordered Television New Zealand (TVNZ) to pay 3000 dollars because of its 'inadequate response' over its former presenter Paul Henry's 'racist' comments against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. ANI

One killed in suicide blast in Islamabad bank
At least one person was killed and six others were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a busy market in Islamabad on Monday. ANI

Dalai Lama thought Oz PM Gillard was a 'man'!
The Dalai Lama was so unfazed by the prospect of a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, that he didn't even know 'she' was a female. ANI

Landmark BBC Television Centre goes up for sale after 50 years
The BBC has put its landmark Television Centre up for sale after 50 years, and said it is looking for a deal which will "maximize the value" for the corporation itself and license fee-payers. ANI

The Valence Group Advises Tessenderlo on the sale of its PVC and Chlor-Alkali activities to INEOS
The Valence Group has successfully advised Tessenderlo Group (NYSE Euronext: TESB) on its sale of the PVC and Chlor-Alkali activities to INEOS subsidiary Kerling. Business Wire India

ATE-AeroSurveillance Introduces the ARDENT System for Next-Generation Intelligent Aerial Surveillance Solutions
ATE-AeroSurveillance Inc., a subsidiary of the ATE-Group, announced the introduction of its fully autonomous Airborne Real-time Detection and NoTification (ARDENT™) system Business Wire India

MeriTalk $50,000 Prize for Best Idea to Fix Government
MeriTalk (www.meritalk.com), the government information technology (IT) network, has launched the Merit Awards, a new innovation contest that challenges Americans and people throughout the world to bring forward ideas on how to use IT to improve the U.S. government Business Wire India

Walkers Management Services Marks First Year in Delaware
Walkers Management Services is delighted to mark its first successful year of operation in Delaware, with the firm's US office having recently celebrated its One Year Anniversary. Business Wire India

Afton Chemical Releases New Gasoline Performance Additive That Prevents Deposits in DIG Injectors
Afton Chemical announced a new gasoline additive developed to clean and prevent deposits in Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) engines. With car and truck manufacturers rapidly embracing DIG technology, the additive will be a robust remedy for an imminent problem Business Wire India

New Infoblox Network Infrastructure Automation Tools Accelerate Virtualization and Cloud Adoption
Infoblox Inc. has announced availability of new, network infrastructure automation capabilities essential to helping enterprise organizations accelerate deployment of virtualization and cloud computing initiatives. Business Wire India

Senator George J. Mitchell Returns to DLA Piper as Chairman Emeritus
DLA Piper has announced that Senator George J. Mitchell, the former U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace under the Obama administration, former Senate Majority Leader, and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company, returns to DLA Piper as Chairman Emeritus and as ex officio member of the firm’s Global Board. Business Wire India

Flextrade Rolls out New Options Trading Solutions for Risk Management and Order-Driven Market Making
FlexTrade Systems, Inc., a global leader in multi-asset, broker-neutral execution and order management systems, has introduced two new trading solutions for its FlexOPT options trading repertoire: FlexOPT-RM, an advanced risk management and stress testing platform, and FlexOPT-OMM, a flexible order-driven market making platform. Business Wire India

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