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Now get across Dublin without passing a pub, says Irish software developer
An Irish software developer has claimed that he has solved James Joyce's notorious near century-old riddle - can you cross Dublin without passing a pub? ANI

Pak will lose U.S. aid if it fails to fulfill counter-terrorism promises: Editorial
If Pakistan wants billions of dollars worth of American aid to it to continue, it needs to stop trying to fool the world, and deliver on the counter-terrorism promises that it has made in the past, says an editorial. ANI

Now, new pics of Anthony Weiner in bra and pantyhose surface!
Yet another embarrassing pictures of Anthony Weiner have emerged, showing the congressman vamping in a bra and pantyhose. ANI

The first full-size transparent 1939 'Ghost Car' up for grabs
The first full-size transparent car so-called "Ghost Car" is set to go on sale next month. ANI

Vulgar seaside postcards censored 56 yrs ago on sale for 1st time
Prolific artist Donald McGill's seaside postcards that was censored for more than 50 years ago for obscenity have gone on sale the first time since they were banned. ANI

Brit man shoots off own finger to remove 'painful' wart
A British man has shot his own finger off to get rid of a painful wart that had been plaguing him for over five years. ANI

Dads 'spend whole year of their lives taxiing their kids around'
Fathers spend a whole year of their lives as taxi driver to their kids by the time they reach 18, a new research has revealed. ANI

Seeking help from others can benefit fathers as parents
Not just mothers, fathers also need to sacrifice some of their earlier behaviors for the sake of their children. ANI

Three in ten Brits at mercy of their 'neighbours from hell': Study
More than five million people in the UK are suffering due to the anti-social behaviour of their annoying neighbours, according to research. ANI

NY man gets hi-tech, $95K bionic leg
A New York man has been fitted with a bionic leg that uses a knee joint with the same motion sensing technology as the Nintendo Wii and Apple iPad. ANI

Wills, Kate not hiring their household staff just yet
Prince William and Kate have put off hiring household staff for now. ANI

'Frontrunner' Romney still to shake Obama's lead over GOP for 2012 election
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has surged to a clear lead in the Republican race for the 2012 US presidential nomination, but he is yet to shake President Barack Obama's lead over the GOP, a new poll has found. ANI

Japan's Takabisha ride set to grab title of 'world's steepest rollercoaster'
A new rollercoaster with seven major twists over 1,000 m of track, and a drop of 43 m in Japan is all set to grab the title of 'world's steepest rollercoaster'. ANI

Wills-Kat to have 'tight' first tour abroad with just 7 aides
Prince William and his wife Kate will be accompanied by just seven aides on their first official tour abroad as they want to keep their entourage on the 11-day trip as 'tight as possible'. ANI

IPCC plans sending aerosol "mirrors" to space to tackle climate change: Report
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is considering sending reflective aerosols into space under a series of radical "geo-engineering" measures being considered by the UN climate science body to tackle climate change, it has emerged. ANI

1 in 3 of us lose 3 week's sleep a year to partners' snoring
A new study has found that 1 in 3 of us loses the equivalent of more than three weeks' sleep every year because of a partner's noisy nose. ANI

Women becoming dull with 'celebrity culture of empty-headed narcissism'
Experts have revealed that celebrity culture is making educated women as dull as the Z-list celebrities they mock at. ANI

Che Guevara's diary provides fresh insight into Fidel Castro and Cuban Revolution
A diary of Che Guevara, providing fresh insight into his relationship with Fidel Castro and the guerrilla campaign that led to the Cuban revolution, has been unveiled. ANI

Virgin America 'releases video on mile-high etiquette'
Virgin America, who has apparently had enough of passengers who behave badly in the skies, has released a video that treads lightly on the unspoken rules of air travel. ANI

"Gayatri Mantra" concludes Religious Leadership seminar at Hartford Seminary in USA
Weeklong "Religious Leadership in an Interfaith World" seminar ended with "Gayatri Mantra", the most sacred mantra of Hinduism, at Hartford Seminary (Connecticut, USA). ANI

Five killed, eight injured in cross-border attack in Bajaur
At least five people were killed and eight injured when 300 to 400 miscreants attacked the Mamond area of Bajaur Agency. ANI

'Paraded n*ked' Pak woman's 'rape victim' "wasn't ever assaulted"!
An alleged rape victim, whose physical abuse claims had led to a woman being paraded n*ked in Pakistan's Haripur city, has now denied that she is pregnant or was ever assaulted. ANI

Reality TV show word 'babe' added to Oxford English Dictionary
The word 'babe', which became popular by the TV reality show 'The Only Way Is Essex', has made it into the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. ANI

US may use drones to eliminate Yemeni Al Qaeda
The Central Investigation Agency (CIA) is reported to be mulling the use of unmanned drones to target high value Al Qaeda extremists living in Yemen. ANI

Now, surf net using your voice with Google's new tech!
Google has unveiled a new technology that allows its users to use their voice to surf the Internet via a PC or laptop without the need for a keyboard. ANI

Iran to send monkey into space: Report
Iran has planned to send a live monkey into space, the country's top space official has said. ANI

Radical Indonesian cleric Bashir sentenced to 15 years over terrorism charges
Radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has been found guilty of terrorism charges and sentenced to 15 years in prison. ANI

Nurses ordered not to show too much cleavage after patients complained
Nurses in Britain have been told to cover and not show too much cleavage by bosses who claim that they have been receiving complaints from patients. ANI

TEPCO to put giant polyester shield over Fukushima nuke plant reactor to stop leaks
The Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan, has said that it would start building a giant cover shield around reactor building No.1 of the plant on June 27. ANI

Musharraf's party facing legal objections over proposed name, election symbol
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has enlisted 14 new political parties, but did not take up the registration application of former President Pervez Musharraf's All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), applied by his party members last year. ANI

Arrest of CIA 'bin Laden informants', ISI chief's retaliation against US' humiliation
Pakistan's move against Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) informants appears to be an attempt to stand up to what the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) sees as American unilateralism, and in particular, an unauthorized expansion of the CIA's footprint in Pakistan. ANI

US school under fire for surveying 7th graders on oral sex
A middle school in the US has come under fire after it asked children to complete a graphic sex survey that included questions about sexual partners and oral sex. ANI

Human Rights Watch accuses China of covering up lead poisoning among children
A Human Rights Watch report has accused local authorities in China of sending sick children back to contaminated homes in heavily-polluted industrial areas as part of a cover-up to conceal the amount of lead poisoning in the country. ANI

Murdered Brit-Indian honeymooner's SA cabbie in fresh 'bribery' row
The man who claims Brit-Indian millionaire Shrien Dewani hired him to help kill his wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year has been quizzed in jail over having accepted a "bribe" to change his original statement. ANI

Relatives of Frenchmen killed in Pakistan bombings to sue judge
Relatives of Frenchmen killed in a 2002 bombing in Pakistan are suing Judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere for wrongly calling it a suicide attack. ANI

Reports of Pak Major acting as 'CIA informant' body blow to Pak Army's image
Media reports alleging that a Pakistan Army major was among five informants arrested for gathering intelligence on Osama bin Laden's compound for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) could further harm the military's image, which is facing a rising backlash at home. ANI

US discrediting Pak Army and ISI: Senior official
A senior Pakistani official has said the United States and Western media are discrediting the Pakistan Army and other security agencies which could create a situation that led to the disintegration of once the Soviet Union in 1990. ANI

Oz bar described as 'insidious' for featuring topless waitresses
A nightclub in Australia, which employs topless waitresses, has been described as "insidious" by tourism groups because it is not in sync with the hotspot's family-friendly image. ANI

Germany launches new hiking trail for nudists
A new hiking trail for nudists has been launched in Germany, and it has garnered a lot of interest. ANI

New York prison official says radical Islam infiltrating American jails
A former New York prisons official has testified that radical Muslims have made "sustained efforts" to indoctrinate inmates in America, at the second hearing on Islamic radicalization held by Representative Peter King. ANI

UK's Eton College and Hotel Ritz on Al Qaeda hit list
Eton College and The Ritz Hotel are on a hit list drawn up by a ruthless al-Qaeda commander, The Sun reveals. ANI

US p*rn star says 'sexting' Congressman Weiner asked her to lie about their relationship
American p*rn star Ginger Lee has claimed that disgraced New York Democratic party Congressman Anthony Weiner had asked her to lie about their online relationship. ANI

Report says White House gave kickback administration jobs to 200 donors
The Obama administration gave 200 of its biggest campaign donors key assignments within the government or granted their business interests with federal contracts, a new iWatch report has claimed. ANI

New York assembly passes bill to legalize gay marriages
The New York Assembly has passed a bill to legalize gay marriage 80-63. The bill will now head to the Senate ANI

Pak Army Major among those paid by CIA to spy on Osama's hideout: Report
Major Amir Aziz, a doctor in the Pakistan Army's medical corps and al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's neighbour for years, is among those arrested by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) on charges of gathering intelligence for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). ANI

White House says US can act in Libya without Congress approval
The White House has said that President Barack Obama does not need congressional approval for the US to act in Libya. ANI

Google denies providing 'special deal' for Obama's re-election campaign
Google has denied that it gave US President Barack Obama's re-election campaign special access to a new advertising program, which a sales representative from the search and advertising giant had claimed in an email to customers. ANI

Al-Qaeda names al- Zawahiri as new chief following bin Laden's death
Al-Qaeda has named Ayman al- Zawahiri as its new chief following the killing of Osama bin Laden in a US raid in Pakistan last month. ANI

Women more likely to divorce if they start having sex in their teens
A study, examining the link between teen sex and divorce rate, has found that women who started having sex in their teens are more likely to divorce. ANI

Indian origin woman to plead guilty for $ 45 m fraud
An Indian an origin woman is expected to plead guilty for defrauding her employer of 45 million dollars. ANI

Indonesian court to deliver Bali bombing verdict
A court here will announce its verdict against radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir who planned and plotted the 2002 bombings in Bali and the 2003 J.W. Marriott bomb attack in Jakarta. ANI

Karzai intends to quit after US troops pull out in 2014
US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates has indicated that Afghan President Hamid Karzai will quit office by 2014. ANI

Iran plans to launch 'cyber command' to counter soft warfare
Iran has planned to establish its first cyber command for the country's armed forces in order to counter soft warfare against it. ANI

US-Pak security ties at lowest ebb since post-9/11 alliance in 2001: Report
The security relationship between the United States and Pakistan has sunk to its lowest level since both nations agreed to cooperate after the 9/11 attacks, endangering counterterrorism programs that depend on the partnership, according to US and Pakistani officials. ANI

Female Russian scientist plunges n*ked in freezing Arctic to tame belugas
A Russian scientist diver is taming belugas in the freezing Arctic in the nude, as it is believed that the white whales do not like to be touched by artificial materials such as diving suits. ANI

US in horns of dilemma over future ties with 'complicated' ally Pakistan
The United States has acknowledged "challenges" in its relations with Pakistan following a report about the Inter-Services Intelligence's arrest of informants who helped American intelligence locate and hunt down elusive al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. ANI

Nazis did not have space program just rocket program
There have been many theories about the Nazis having a space program, but according to a Smithsonian space history curator, the Third Reich only had a rocket program. ANI

'Ally' Pakistan's spying on US represents "real world that we deal with": Gates
The detention of several Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) informants by Pakistan before the May 2 US raid that killed Osama bin Laden is a reflection of the harsh realities of today's world, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has told senators. ANI

Nawaz describes Shahzad's murder as 'assassination of journalism'
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has described the murder of Syed Salim Shahzad, the bureau chief of online portal Asia Times Online, as an assassination of journalism and of Pakistan. ANI

Radical Indonesian cleric Bashir calls US, Australia 'enemies of Allah'
Radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has accused Australia and the US of playing a major role in having him brought to court and tried on terror charges, and called both the nations 'enemies of Allah'. ANI

18 killed in Waziristan drone attack
At least 18 suspected militants were killed in three US drone attacks in South and North Waziristan on Wednesday. ANI

'Oldest light bulb' still shining in US after 110 years!
A light bulb in a northern California town has been shining almost continuously for 110 years and has been declared the oldest known working light bulb by the Guinness Book of World Records. ANI

CIA 'bin Laden informants' released by Pak spy agency 'subsequently gone missing'
The alleged Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) informants who were released by Pakistan's premier spy agency, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), have subsequently gone missing. ANI

Outraged US Congress says 'enough is enough' about supporting 'lying' ally Pak
The detention of CIA informants by Pakistan's top spy agency has sparked palpable outrage in US Congress at a putative ally that receives more than two billion dollars a year in American aid. ANI

Prince Harry to return to Afghan war frontline as gunship pilot
Prince Harry is likely to return to Afghanistan as an Apache attack helicopter pilot after completing his training next year. ANI

Now, CIA web site falls prey to hackers
Hacker group Lulz Security has claimed that it brought down the public-facing website of the US Central Intelligence Agency. ANI

China declares all its operating nuke reactors 'completely safe'
China has declared that all the country's operating nuclear reactors are safe and sound, following an inspection after the disaster at Japan's earthquake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. ANI

BBC reporter detained in Tajikistan for 'Islamist links'
A BBC reporter has been detained in Tajikistan for allegedly links with a banned militant Islamic group and using his position to promote its extreme ideology. ANI

Rehman Malik stresses on improving Indo-Pak political ties
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has urged for effective communication between New Delhi and Islamabad in a bid to strengthen relations between both the nations, and said it is important that both countries should contribute equally to improve political and cultural ties. ANI

India wants Pak to take concrete steps to combat militancy emanating from its soil
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has said that India has repeatedly brought into notice about the militant training camps that still exist in Pakistan, and hoped that the country would take effectual steps to combat against militancy. ANI

Panetta lobbying ISI to release 'bin Laden informant' for CIA
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief Leon Panetta is lobbying his Pakistani counterpart to free a local doctor detained for allegedly helping the United States hunt down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, according to a Western official. ANI

Rehman Malik asks India to be cautious about double agent Headley, not doubt Pak
Pakistan has asked India to be cautious about Pakistani-American citizen and "double agent" David Hedley, who is undergoing trial in the US for his links to terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. ANI

Pak Army chief facing colonels' coup from rabidly anti-American Corp commanders?
Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is fighting to save his position in the face of seething anger from top generals and junior officers since the May 2 US raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, according to Pakistani officials. ANI

Scientists say men who are good listeners are better at sex
A study has revealed that an understanding male partner, who can communicate and listen well, is more likely to give his female partner an orgasm. ANI

Gemalto Wins 2011 A.T. Kearney Best Innovator Award
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announces it has been distinguished with the A.T. Kearney 2011 Best Innovator Award, in recognition for its best-in-class innovation management and leadership Business Wire India

Intelsat Affirms its Commitment to the Asia-Pacific Region with $1.3 Billion Fleet Investment
Intelsat S.A., the world’s largest provider of commercial satellite services, today confirmed its upcoming launch schedule for four satellites, part of a $1.3 billion fleet investment program in the Asia-Pacific region Business Wire India

Daon Awarded Contract with Internal Revenue Service to Provide Return Preparer Fingerprinting Services 
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WIN Consortium Acknowledges the Support of Roche, AstraZeneca and Nerviano Medical Sciences for the 3rd WIN Symposium 6-8 July 2011 in Paris
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SugarCRM Expands Revenues and New Customer Numbers in the Pacific Rim
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smartTrade Technologies named ""Best Multi Asset Trading Platform""
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Dolby Sues Research In Motion for Patent Infringement; Seeks Sales Halt Of Unlicensed Blackberry and Playbook Devices and Monetary Damages For Past Use
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Dolby International, has filed patent infringement lawsuits in the U.S. and Germany against Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RiMM), a Canadian manufacturer of wireless handset and tablet devices Business Wire India

Covidien Announces Organizational Changes
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, announced several leadership changes that will streamline its organization to accelerate growth and innovation. These changes are all effective July 1, 2011. Business Wire India

Solid Edge ST4 Delivers New Tools to Help Machine Designers And Engineers Develop Better Products Faster
Solid Edge® software ST4 (Solid Edge ST4) aimed at helping machine designers and engineers develop better products faster. The latest Solid Edge release includes a wide range of new customer-driven functionality including enhancements to synchronous technology to facilitate better product designs, improved multi-CAD collaboration using the widely adopted Teamcenter® software or www.siemens Business Wire India

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