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China warns other nations to stay out of its sea disputes
China has warned other countries to stay out of its escalating disputes with neighbours over the South China Sea. ANI

London juror faces jail over Facebook contempt case
A juror who used Facebook to contact a defendant during a six million pounds drugs trial faces up to two years in jail after becoming the first person ever to be prosecuted for contempt of court for using the Internet. ANI

Now, a safety device that protects bicycle riders by projecting laser image on road
A UK student has invented a unique safety device that projects a bright green laser image of a bicycle on to the road ahead, alerting motorists to its presence. ANI

US husband kills wife for disturbing his sleep
A husband has been arrested after he murdered his wife because she kept disturbing his sleep at their home in Vernon Hills, Illinois. ANI

Wednesday night - best chance to meet your Mr or Ms Right
Your chances of hooking up with Mr or Ms Right are better on Wednesday than any other day of the week. ANI

Two thirds of Brits confine in colleagues rather than partners
It has emerged that two thirds of Britons confide in their colleagues rather then their loved ones. ANI

India attaches great importance to its association with SCO: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna on Wednesday said India attaches great importance to its association with the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and values the consistent and mature contribution made by the organisation to peace, stability and prosperity in the region. ANI

India stands committed to prosperity of Afghan people: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna on Wednesday said India is doing its best for the reconstruction of Afghanistan to improve the social and economic lives of the friendly people, who have been suffering from conflict for the last almost three decades. ANI

New York Hindu temple honors Hindu statesman Rajan Zed
Asamai Hindu Temple in Hicksville (New York, USA) honored esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed for his work in Hinduism and promotion of interfaith dialogue. ANI

India would like to see SCO as a terror-free zone: Krishna
Asserting that regional counter-terrorism cooperation can indeed play an important role in supporting action taken by individual countries, External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna today said India would like to see the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as a terror-free zone. ANI

Japan to retain nuclear power as main energy source despite tsunami disaster: Kaieda
Japan's Industry Minister Banri Kaieda has reportedly said that nuclear power will remain a core energy source for Japan's electric power generation. ANI

Outrage over Gingrich's comparison of Muslims to Nazis
Potential US Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's comparison of Muslims and Nazis has outraged liberals, and even some conservatives, in the country. ANI

No Pak Army officer among detained 'bin Laden informants' for CIA: ISPR
The Pakistan Army has denied the arrest of any of its officers for having fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the months leading up to the US military raid on al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad. ANI

Indian origin sculptor Anish Kapoor cancels China show over Ai Weiwei detention
Indian-origin artist Anish Kapoor has called off a planned exhibition in China over the ongoing detention of outspoken artist Ai Weiwei. ANI

Pak committee proposes revenue collection from Afghan-bound NATO containers
Pakistan's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has proposed revenue collection from the containers supplying oil and other goods to NATO forces in Afghanistan. ANI

Pakistan trending to be 'deadliest country for journalists' for 2nd consecutive year: CPJ
With at least five scribes killed in the country in 2011 so far, Pakistan might become the 'deadliest country for journalists' for the second consecutive year, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has warned. ANI

Hu Jintao urges Iran to use dialogue to solve nuke issue
Chinese President Hu Jintao has urged Iran to accelerate the dialogue process, which he said was necessary for resolving that country's nuclear issue. ANI

Chinese-made counterfeit weapons parts 'posing risk to US national security'
Chinese-made counterfeit parts are making their way into US military weapons systems, it has emerged. ANI

Celeb lawyer, Mr Loophole, claims women who dress provocatively 'victimise men'
A celebrity lawyer, dubbed Mr Loophole for his success in getting clients off motoring cases, has caused outrage after he claimed that women who dress provocatively "victimise men". ANI

Youtube lip syncing may soon be declared illegal
Kids found lip-syncing their favourite songs from YouTube could soon find this activity declared as illegal, if a new bill on this is passed. ANI

New video shows Pak Army personnel 'sexually assaulting, beating' blindfolded men
Close on the heels of Rangers personnel being caught on camera shooting an unarmed youngster in Karachi, a new video shows alleged Pakistan armed forces personnel inflicting intense physical abuse on four blindfolded men. ANI

Pippa Middleton ends 1-yr-old relationship with beau Alex Loudon
Its official. Pippa Middleton has split with her cricketer-turned-finance whiz beau Alex Loudon after a year-long relationship. ANI

Fukushima City to give radiation dosimeters to 34,000 children
Japan's Fukushima city would reportedly give radiation dosimeters to 34,000 children to measure their exposure from the March 11 earthquake-cum-tsunami hit nuclear power plant. ANI

Starbucks was almost named 'Peqoud' after Moby-Dick whaleship
Writer Gordon Bowke, who co-founded the world's largest coffee house Starbucks, originally wanted to name the company 'Peqoud', after the doomed whaleship in the famous novel Moby-Dick. ANI

India named among five 'worst places for women' in the world
A new survey has named India among the top five countries in the world that are considered as 'most dangerous places' for women. ANI

NATO to attack Libya's heritage Roman ruins if Gaddafi found hiding there
NATO has said that it will not hesitate to attack Libya's ancient Roman ruins if Colonel Gaddafi is found to be using them for hiding military equipment. ANI

UN is about to recognise Taliban as political party: Pak politician
The United Nations is about to remove the Afghan Taliban from its list of terrorist organisations and recognise it as a political force, Akram Khan Durrani, Leader of the Opposition in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, has said. ANI

Low key Marine general to take over NATO operations in Afghanistan
Lt. Gen. John R. Allen has been nominated to take over as the fourth commander of US forces in Afghanistan. ANI

High demand for Weiner doll crashes site
It has emerged that the increasing demand for Rep. Anthony Weiner doll has crashed the site, which sells the pint-sized replica of the disgraced politician. ANI

Nine Asians on trail for sex abuse in UK
A gang of nine Asian men are on trial for 55 charges, including inciting child prostitution, sexual abuse and rape. ANI

Rapists, paedophiles in UK can de-list from sex offenders' register citing HR violations
Sex offenders in UK, including rapists and paedophiles, will be able to apply to be removed from the sex offenders' register because it breaches their human rights. ANI

Musharraf says Pak intelligence agencies weren't complict in bin Laden's cover
There is no way that Pakistani authorities helped hide al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in their country, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said. ANI

Women to sell lingerie in Saudi Arabia following king's diktat
A law in Saudi Arabia under which only men could sell lingerie to women has finally ended after direct intervention by the king. ANI

US suspicious of Pakistan's bomb facility leak to militants: Robert Gates
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said Washington is disappointed and suspicious that militants in Pakistan were apparently tipped off that American intelligence officials had discovered two of their suspected bomb-making facilities, but stopped short of concluding that Pakistani officials had leaked the information to the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani insurgents. ANI

iPhones users face hacking risk as they choose 'highly predictable' passwords: Study
Millions of iPhone users are at risk of having their devices hacked as they are picking up password combinations that are highly predictable, a new study has revealed. ANI

'Sympathisers' within both Pak military, ISI aided Osama bin Laden: Mike Rogers
Elements of Pakistan's military and intelligence service assisted al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden before he was killed in a US raid on his Abbottobad hideout on May 2, the US House Intelligence Committee chief has said. ANI

Indian-origin female attorney charged with prostitution in US
An attractive Indian origin attorney in the US, Reema Bajaj, has been charged with prostitution for allegedly 'offering to perform a sex act on man for 50 dollars.' ANI

Mukhtaran Mai refutes 'power abuse' charges levelled in US cable
Mukhtaran Mai, a Pakistani victim of a village council-sanctioned gangrape, has rejected the allegations levelled against her in a US diplomatic cable released by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. ANI

Men are cleaner around the home than women!
A survey has indicated that men are apparently cleaner around the home than women. ANI

NY man rescued 8 hrs after falling into 25-ft deep drywell
A man has been rescued eight hours after he fell into a 25-feet deep wet drywell which was filled with debris. ANI

FBI to see Aspen restaurant video to review Hamilton-Armstrong 'incident'
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials have requested surveillance video from an Aspen restaurant, presumably to determine if a weekend confrontation between Lance Armstrong and his former teammate Tyler Hamilton violated witness-tampering laws. ANI

Clinton's "new colonialism" remark aims to estrange China-Africa relations
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks likening China's presence in Africa as "new colonialism" is aimed at estranging relations between China and African countries, a leading Chinese expert has said. ANI

Aussie women soldiers to be on warfront by 2012
Despite rising causalities in Afghanistan, the Australian army top brass is pushing the government to open up combat roles to women on the warfront by next year. ANI

Berlusconi 'tried to cover up fling with Moroccan-born teenage dancer'
Prosecutors have claimed that Italian Prime Minister ilvio Berlusconi tried to cover up his relationship with a teenage nightclub dancer Karima El Mahroug, in what amounted to a 'military attack'. ANI

Libyan bombing alone will not budge Gaddafi, UK officials warn
British and NATO officials are getting increasingly convinced that Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi will not budge from Tripoli because of the repeated bombing raids. ANI

India tightens hiring rules to protect housemaids seeking employment in Oman
The Indian government has decided to tighten service contract regulations to protect Indian housemaids taking up employment in the Gulf nations. ANI

Pak leader offers to facilitate Afghan peace process on condition of 'no US influence'
High-level talks between the Taliban leadership and the Hamid Karzai-led Afghan government have begun in Dubai, according to Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F) sources. ANI

British MPs back aid to India despite criticism
British MPs have backed the controversial issue of giving aid to India till 2015 to ensure that it meets the millennium development goals, despite the fact that its economic growth is surging over the period of time. ANI

Labour leader Ed Miliband is dead if he goes off track politically: Blair
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that Labour leader Ed Miliband will never return Labour to power unless he follows his (Blair's) footsteps more closely. ANI

Sri Lankan asylum seekers to be deported from UK despite safety fears
About 40 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, including some with links to the Tamil Tigers, are expected to be deported back into the troubled country from Britain. ANI

There were days when I thought one term was enough: Obama
US President Barack Obama has said that there were days when he thought "one term was enough", but insisted that he still has 'got enough energy to do the work he is doing' if his family continues to support him. ANI

Quality parenting by dads cuts daughters' risky sexual behaviour
A new study conducted by researchers from Norton School shows that fathers who provided high-quality parenting to their daughters, reduced the incidence of risky sexual behavior. ANI

Iran bans men from wearing 'decadent Western' necklaces under "moral security plan"
Iran has prohibited men from wearing necklaces in the latest crackdown by the Islamic regime on "un-Islamic" clothing and haircuts. ANI

UK presses Sri Lanka to investigate 'war crimes' following 'horrific TV docu' telecast
The British Foreign Office has pressed Sri Lanka to investigate whether war crimes were committed during the civil war in the country, after a channel 4 documentary aired "horrific" footage showing an account of how the Sri Lankan troops had tortured Tamil separatists in 2009. ANI

Zardari to be 'father of all Pakistani kids having unknown parentage'
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has asked the National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) to use his name in the father's name box for all Pakistani children who were born legally, but their parentage is unknown. ANI

Pakistan arrests 'informants' that assisted CIA in bin Laden raid
Pakistan's top military spy agency has arrested five Pakistanis who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the months leading up to the US military raid on al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, according to American officials. ANI

US panel seeks to withhold 75 per cent aid to Pakistan
The US House Appropriations Committee has approved a defence spending bill that imposes limits on American aid to Pakistan, reflecting its frustration with Islamabad's efforts in the war on terror. ANI

Horasis Organizes Third Annual Global India Business Meeting in Naples, Italy
Horasis, The Global Visions Community, has announced that the third annual Global India Business Meeting will be held on 26-27 June 2011 in Naples, Italy. Organized by Horasis, the conference is co-hosted by The Region of Campania with the Naples Chamber of Commerce and FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry). Business Wire India

Arqueonautas Confirms the Recovery of the World's Biggest Ever Ming Porcelain Cargo
Arqueonautas Worldwide - Arqueologia Subaquática, S.A. (AWW), in direct cooperation with RM Discovery Inc. (RMD), confirms after successful completion of a marine archaeological reconnaissance operation, the recovery of the biggest ever found shipwreck cargo of Ming porcelain Business Wire India

Corning Opens Advanced Technology Center in Taiwan
Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced the opening of the Corning Advanced Technology Center, located in the Neihu Technology Park in Taipei, Taiwan. The facility will serve as a customer-focused applications engineering and design center in Asia. Business Wire India

Garmin® Ltd. Announces Signing of Agreement to Acquire Navigon® AG
Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) and Navigon AG has announced that Garmin Ltd. and the shareholders of Navigon AG have signed an agreement for a subsidiary of Garmin to acquire privately held navigation provider Navigon AG ("Navigon"). Business Wire India

Avolon Expands Middle East and Asian Customer Base and Sees Significant Long Term Opportunities within the Region
Avolon, the aircraft leasing group, has announced the significant growth of its business interests in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions, with the leasing of 26 aircraft to nine leading carriers Business Wire India

Global Leader Phonak Chooses Varicent for Increased Efficiencies in Sales Performance Management
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Innovative Global Science Network - STAR-IDAZ - to Target Animal Diseases
In an innovative approach for the animal health sector, a global research network aimed at tackling some of the world’s most devastating animal diseases has been launched. Business Wire India

Gemalto a Finalist for TechAmerica Foundation Software Award
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, has been selected as a finalist in the software category for TechAmerica Foundation’s American Technology Award for its Coesys Enrolment & Issuance solutions Business Wire India

Excelitas Technologies' Batam Facility Receives Indonesia's Golden Flag Award for Occupational Safety and Health Management System Excellence
Excelitas Technologies, a global provider of innovative, customized optoelectronics to OEMs seeking high-performance technology solutions, has announced that its Batam, Indonesia facility was awarded the prestigious Golden Flag Award by the Indonesian government for excellence in employee safety and health management systems Business Wire India

Hitachi Announces the Opening of Investment Discussions with Hi-Rel Electronics
Hitachi, Ltd. (President: Hiroaki Nakanishi, NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501, “Hitachi”) and Hi-Rel Electronics Pvt. Ltd. (Managing Director: Piyush Shah, “Hi-Rel”) today announced that they have agreed to open discussions regarding a business alliance, including Hitachi’s investment on Hi-Rel and creation of a new manufacturing facility Business Wire India

Companies Abandoning One-Size-Fits-All International Assignment Policies in Favor of Greater Flexibility; Employees and the Bottom Line Both Benefit
After decades of a “one-size-fits-all” approach to international employee assignments, growing numbers of companies are layering flexibility into their policies in an effort to increase employee satisfaction and better manage tighter relocation program dollars, according to a new report from Brookfield Global Relocation Services. Business Wire India

The Gores Group Completes Acquisition of Scovill Fasteners Assets
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GT Solar Completes Expansion of its Sapphire Manufacturing Facility
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, has celebrated the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art sapphire production facility located in Salem, Massachusetts Business Wire India

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