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Quarter of UK population to be on new police database
The personal details of 15 million British people, a quarter of the United Kingdom's population, will be held on a new police database which will include information about victims of crime. ANI

Dubai duo charged with consensual sex face 1-yr-jail, deportation
A Russian woman, who fell down from a first floor window while trying to be intimate with a Moroccan man, has been sentenced to one-year imprisonment. ANI

Brit school's braids ban ruled racist
A British school's ban on unconventional hairstyles, including cornrows, has resulted in "unlawful, indirect racial discrimination which is not justified", a London court has ruled. ANI

Al Qaeda posts 'hit list' of American targets
The US Homeland Security Department has sent out a warning after jihadist websites posted a 'hit list' of top American targets and vowed more attacks. ANI

'Zawahiri could launch 'big' attack on West to establish himself as effective leader'
Al-Qaeda's new Chief Ayman al-Zawahiri could launch a "big" attack on the West to avenge Osama bin Laden's death, and establish himself as a 'more effective and relevant' leader, counter-terrorism experts have warned. ANI

US will kill al-Qaeda's new 'less charismatic' Chief Zawahiri just like Osama: Mullen
US officials have said that new al-Qaeda Chief Ayman al-Zawahiri 'lacks a peculiar charisma that Osama bin Laden had', but warned that he would face the same fate as his predecessor. ANI

Pakistan "strangling alliance" with US by 'blocking supplies to drone base'
Pakistan has blocked food and water from reaching a remote base used by the United States for its covert drones programme, thereby severely hampering its counter terrorism strategy, according to a senior American official. ANI

Mass suicide fears as French cult predicts end of world in Dec 2012
The French Government has alerted the country to the risk of mass suicides by people who believe that the world would end by December 21, 2012. ANI

Human Rights groups urge UK to stop Tamil deportations
The Amnesty International and other human rights groups have urged the British Government not to deport 40 Tamils to Sri Lanka, saying that they may face risk of being tortured. ANI

'Poverty, low levels of education also affect death rates in US as heart attacks'
Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health have found that poverty, low levels of education, poor social support and other social factors contribute about as many deaths in the U.S. as such familiar causes as heart attacks, strokes and lung cancer. ANI

'Glass ceiling' for Black actors in Britain forcing them to seek work in US
Kwame Kwei-Armah and Paterson Joseph have warned that black actors are considering finding work in America because of Britain's "failure to fully embrace multicultural casting". ANI

Clinton condemns use of rape as a weapon in Libya
The US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton has accused Libyan forces of using rape as a weapon of war. ANI

US Airways kicks off passenger for refusing to pull up his baggy pants!
It has emerged that a passenger was deboarded from the plane at San Francisco International Airport and arrested after he refused to pull up his baggy pants. ANI

Obama says Wiener will ' bounce back'
US President Barack Obama has said he is confident that New York Congressman Anthony Weiner will bounce back. ANI

"Narada Falls" in USA
There are "Narada Falls" in the Washington state of USA. ANI

Oz hotel guests prefer TV to having sex with partner
A new survey has lifted the sheets in the habits of hotel guests around the world, with its findings that 79 percent of Australians prefer to watch TV or movies and 64 percent pull out a book instead of romping with their partner during their hotel stay. ANI

Australia's ancient Aboriginal rock art at risk of being lost
Archaeologists are launching a campaign to save Australia's ancient Aboriginal rock paintings, which experts have said could disappear over the next 50 years unless it is better protected. ANI

Britain a 'crude colonial power in decline': Argentina President
Argentina President Cristina Kirchner has described Britain as a "crude colonial power in decline" after British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the Falkland Islands should remain their territory. ANI

Security vacuum in Afghanistan could cause untold problems beyond its borders: Fox
British Defence Secretary Liam Fox has said that his country will play a crucial role in the development and reconstruction of Afghanistan even after the formal withdrawal of NATO forces, because 'a security vacuum could cause untold problems beyond its borders.' ANI

Withdrawal of two units from Afghanistan next month raises 'US drawdown' suspicions
Around 800 US troops would reportedly be withdrawn from Afghanistan next month and won't be replaced, raising suspicion that President Barack Obama's plans to bring back the troops by July 2011 have already been set in motion. ANI

US lesbian couple harassed by security guard for kissing at baseball game
A lesbian couple has filed a complaint with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights after they were allegedly harassed by a Twins security guard for kissing at a baseball game. ANI

US woman accused of raping, murdering boyfriend's 17-month-old baby
A woman in western Tennessee has been accused of ruthlessly raping and killing her boyfriend's 17-month-old baby girl. ANI

China to beef up maritime forces amid escalating territorial disputes
China's offshore surveillance force will have a total of 15,000 personnel by 2020, compared with 9,000 now, a senior official has said. ANI

Decision on newborn's racial identity slammed in Malaysia
Selangor MCA has expressed its sympathy to the Indian community who are unhappy with Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh over the racial identity of her newborn baby girl. ANI

"Divergence in goals" in Afghanistan, elsewhere clouds future of US-Pak ties: Editorial
The Pakistan military and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) are apparently trying hard to shut the mouths of their critics, but divergence in the goals of the United States and Pakistan in Afghanistan and elsewhere is already "fully on display", an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Youths in gangs choose dogs for socializing, companionship
A study has found that youths in groups or gangs choose to own dogs primarily for socializing and companionship, and not only for protection and enhancing status. ANI

BlackBerry maker RIM rapidly losing smart phone market share
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM), which once dominated the market for smart phones, is rapidly losing its market share as Apple's iPhone and devices powered by Google's Android operating system batter the Canada-based technology giant. ANI

Apartheid regime taught SA whites to be racist: ANC Youth League chief
The former apartheid regime in South Africa had managed to inculcate the racist ideology within the white community, African National Congress (ANC) Youth League President Julius Malema has said. ANI

Video of Pak Parliament's 11-hr session on Osama raid leaked to US diplomats?
Pakistani authorities are reportedly suspicious that the US mission in Islamabad has clandestinely obtained the video recording of the joint sitting of Parliament held on May 13 to discuss the May 2 raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad. ANI

Pak SC issues notice to Interior, Information, Law Secretaries in Shahzad murder case
Pakistan's Supreme Court has issued notices to the federal secretaries of the Interior, Information and Law Ministries on the petition of the Pakistan Union of Journalists (PFUJ) for a probe into the Syed Saleem Shahzad murder case. ANI

New York airport geese to be cooked for the poor
The city of New York plans to capture pesky geese that threaten planes flying in and out of airports and send them to Pennsylvania to be cooked for meals for the poor. ANI

Indo-Americans critical of Illinois' Evergreen Park High School nose piercing ban
Indo-Americans are critical of reported nose piercing banning policy of Evergreen Park Community High School District 231 (Illinois), saying it may be unfair to female students of India descent. ANI

Brit real life Robinson Crusoe for now
A "castaway", who has spent much of the last 26 years living in the remote shack he built up from driftwood, has been told to leave - because his home is illegal. ANI

China has 657 cities: Report
Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs report says that the country has 657 cities. ANI

Nearly half of American dads under 45 have one child out of wedlock
A new survey has revealed that nearly half of dads in America, who under 45, say they have at least one child out of wedlock. ANI

How 'brutal' Pak Rangers stay immune to prosecution despite sufficient evidence
The family of a child killed by Pakistan's Rangers last month has not been able to register a case against them as yet, despite having sufficient evidence. ANI

How Pakistan's 'filthy rich' ruling elite project themselves as 'poor' to public!
The assets declared by the ruling elites of the Sindh and Punjab assemblies demonstrate the laughably pitiful attitude of Pakistan parliamentarians to hide their wealth details. ANI

Clean energy pioneers from India winners of 'Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy'
Two companies from India - Abellon Clean Energy Ltd. and Husk Power Systems were on Thursday night announced as winners of this year's Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy'. ANI

'Atheist' Nick Clegg eyeing admitting son to 'outstanding' Catholic secondary school
British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has indicated that he might send his children to a leading Roman Catholic secondary school despite having declared himself an atheist, saying that he 'never made his kids an issue in politics.' ANI

"Pak Army will defeat terrorists with support of masses": Kayani
Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said that every soldier of the military is ready to defend the country, and that they will defeat terrorists with the support of the masses. ANI

Strauss-Kahn had 'falsely' claimed "diplomatic immunity" upon arrest
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn falsely claimed to have diplomatic immunity after being arrested and hauled off an Air France flight just moments before takeoff from Kennedy Airport, official police transcripts have revealed. ANI

US to replace two P3C Orion aircraft destroyed in Pakistan naval base attack
The United States will supply two P3C Orion aircraft to Pakistan to replace those destroyed in the May 22 terror attack on Karachi's Mehran Naval Station, diplomatic sources have said. ANI

Anthony Weiner, wife 'went grocery shopping after resignation speech'
The first thing former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner did following his resignation speech at a press conference in New York Thursday afternoon, was to head out for grocery shopping with his pregnant wife Huma Abedin, it has emerged. ANI

Porn mogul Larry Flynt wants Anthony Weiner to work for him
Porn mogul Larry Flynt has offered Anthony Weiner a job, after the disgraced US politician resigned from the congress for sending sexually explicit messages to several women. ANI

Picture of couple kissing in middle of Vancouver riot goes viral
A picture, which featured a couple lying in the middle of a road and allegedly kissing during riots in Canada, has become an internet sensation. ANI

Assange being spied on with CCTV cameras during 'house arrest' by UK govt: Wikileaks
The whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' has released a video claiming that the British government has mounted CCTV cameras to spy on Julian Assange's East Anglia apartment where he has been kept under 'house arrest' since the last six months. ANI

Ahead of return to Afghanistan, Prince Harry will be 'hunted and tortured' during SAS drill
Prince Harry will head back to war against the Taliban after SAS training that will see him hunted down and tortured. ANI

US, Pak form "joint counterterrorism task force" to oversee operations
The United States and Pakistan have formed a "joint counterterrorism task force" this month to oversee operations related to the ongoing war on terror. ANI

Cash-strapped US mum selling Obama's handwritten letter to help pay bills
An unemployed Indiana mother, who has fallen on hard times, is selling one of her most treasured possessions - a handwritten letter from US President Barack Obama - to help her pay off her bills. ANI

Mitsubishi unveils super-sized TV at 92-inch!
Mitsubishi has unveiled a mammoth 92-inch 3-D DLP Home Cinema TV. ANI

'Al-Qaeda might target Prince Harry in propaganda coup bid'
Fears have been raised that al-Qaeda's new Chief Ayman al-Zawahiri might target Prince Harry, as he vowed to launch a "big" attack on the West to avenge Osama bin Laden's death. ANI

Democrats slam multimillionaire Romney over his "I'm also unemployed" jibe
Former Massachusetts Governor and potential GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been slammed by Democrats for commenting before a group of jobless Floridians that 'he too is jobless'. ANI

Kids 'twice as likely to booze if they see parents drunk'
A new report has suggested that parents having a regular gin and tonic or bottle of wine in the home are more likely to see their children becoming binge drinkers. ANI

US firm offers discount on underground shelters ahead of Armageddon
A company in the US is offering a discount on underground shelters that have been built in preparation of Armageddon.obert Vicino, the owner of Vivos, the company that built the shelters, said that there are a number of ways by which humanity could be wiped out by the end of 2012, and the underground bunkers could provide protection. ANI

BBC forced to apologize for faking Indian child slavery footage
The British Broadcasting Service (BBC) has been forced to apologize for faking child slavery footage which it said had been shot in India in 2008. ANI

Pak Army regains control of Bajaur following operation against cross-border militants
An overnight operation by Pakistani security forces and local lashkars against a cross-border attack in Bajaur Agency has ended after the army regained control of the area on Friday. ANI

Nawaz vows to work for "early, peaceful" Kashmir solution on returning to power
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has vowed that his party would restart working towards an early and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute upon coming into power. ANI

Zawahiri faces hurdles as bin Laden successor: Experts
The selection of Egyptian doctor Ayman al Zawahiri as the new chief of Al Qaeda, though expected, is being widely viewed as a blow to the jihadist movement. ANI

Killing of US soldiers by Afghan troops seen as a systemic threat
The killings of American soldiers by Afghan troops are turning into a "rapidly growing systemic threat" that could undermine the entire war effort, according to a classified military study. ANI

UK court told Asian gang man raped 13-year-old girl
A member of an Asian gang, who sold white girls for sex, raped a vulnerable 13-year-old, a court has heard.hdel Ali, 23, lived in "a traditional Pakistani household" and was due to have an arranged marriage, it was said. ANI

Family of Madrasi 'drug trafficking' woman on death row in Malaysia appeals to India for help
The family of a 64-year-old Indian woman sentenced to death for drug trafficking in Malaysia has appealed to the Indian government to save her, saying that she was tricked into carrying out the act. ANI

Rudd denies indulging in shouting matches with Oz PM
Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has rejected reports that he and Prime Minister Julia Gillard indulged in screaming matches. ANI

Weiner resigns over sexting row
Representative Anthony Weiner has resigned from the congress after confessing to having sent sexually explicit messages to several women. ANI

Half-n*ked shoppers in UK queue in rain to win free clothes!
In the hope of winning free clothes, hundreds of half-n*ked shoppers have braved the rain dressed in just their underwear when they queued up outside a UK fashion store. ANI

Qaida suspects Pak's hand in Osama raid, worries it may "betray them as well": Gates
Al-Qaida is apparently suspicious that Pakistan may have been involved in the May 2 raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad, and subsequently worried that "the Pakistanis may betray them as well", US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has said. ANI

Growing use of Human Rights Act should be controlled: UK judge
A senior British judge has said there is a need to control the growing use of the Human Rights Act or it will be increasingly opposed by both government and Parliament. ANI

Driving a Porsche can pull the girls for flings, but not marriage!
Just as peacocks flaunt their tails before potential mates, men flaunt flashy products like a Porsche, to charm potential dates and have uncommitted romantic flings. ANI

Mullen says he 'fears Pakistan's nuke technology proliferation by terrorists in future'
US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and military chief Admiral Mike Mullen have expressed concerns over the security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal from terrorists. ANI

Libyan rebels, US reject Gaddafi's offer to hold elections
A son of Libyan dictator Colonel Moammar Gaddafi, has said that he was willing to hold free elections and step aside if he loses, but this offer has been swiftly rejected by the international community. ANI

Boys as young as 10 vomit to lose weight!
A study of nearly 16,000 schoolchildren has shown that children as young as 10 are making themselves vomit in order to lose weight and the problem is more common in boys than girls. ANI

US law enforcement officials warn hotels of possible 'Mumbai-Style' terror threat
Federal authorities are warning hotels in major U.S. cities to be vigilant after intelligence recently obtained in Somalia shows Al Qaeda was planning to launch a "Mumbai-style" attack on an upscale hotel in London. ANI

Indian origin tech guru Kundra leaves White House for Harvard
Vivek Kundra, the White House tech guru who spearheaded an administration effort to streamline the federal government's massive IT infrastructure, is leaving for Harvard. ANI

BBC to apologise for airing 'fake' Bangalore child slavery footage
The BBC will make an on-screen apology on BBC One to fashion chain 'Primark' over a 'fake' Panorama documentary, that had shown child slavery in the firm's workshop in Bangalore. ANI

US should give Pak Army some time, space for introspection over recent events: Mullen
The Pakistan Army and its chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, should be given some time and space to go through considerable introspection 'based on recent events', Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said. ANI

Pak rules out including 26/11 in agenda of Foreign Secretary-level talks with India
Pakistan's Foreign Office has said that fresh evidence regarding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks should not be discussed at the upcoming talks between the Pakistani and Indian Foreign Secretaries, and insisted that the agenda should be the same as agreed to by the two sides in Thimphu. ANI

Medvedev-Putin's 'image race' with glamorous female 'personal photographers'
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his strongman premier Vladimir Putin have sparked rumours of an image race, with the appointment of glamorous women 'personal photographers' to their teams. ANI

Women distrust men who say 'I love you' early in a relationship
A study has found that though men are the first to say 'I love you', taking almost three months to profess their emotions, women generally mistrust them and prefer males who wait long to get serious about a relationship. ANI

Police drops sexual assault case against Tory MP
London's Metropolitan Police have decided not take any action in a sexual assault case against Conservative Party MP Andrew Bridgen. ANI

World loves 'pasta' more than meat, rice and pizza!
Pasta, which is the staple dish of Italian cuisine has been ranked as world's favourite food, ahead of meat, rice and pizza. ANI

Pak cameramen threatened after recording extrajudicial killings by police
As Pakistani officials investigate two cases of extrajudicial killings by paramilitary police force personnel caught on video, both cameramen report that they have been threatened for having recorded the incidents. ANI

New Data Confirm Superior Blood Pressure Reductions in Diabetic Patients Treated with TWYNSTA® Compared to Amlodipine Alone
For NON-US and NON-UK Healthcare Media Only Business Wire India

IdentityX Wins Cyber Security Category at American Technology Awards
Daon has been named the winner in the Cyber Security & Authentication category for the American Technology Awards, which bestows the only “Best Of” awards that recognize all technology products and services for the technology industry Business Wire India

Debora Spar to Join Goldman Sachs Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) has announced the election of Debora L. Spar as an independent director of the firm effective immediately. Dr. Spar’s election expands the Board to 11 directors, nine of whom are independent directors. Dr Business Wire India

Deutsche Börse Supervisory Board and NYSE Euronext Board of Directors approve special dividend of € 2.00 per Holdco share and purchase of remaining stake in Eurex
The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Börse AG and the Board of Directors of NYSE Euronext has announced that they have approved two resolutions previously announced on June 7, 2011: Business Wire India

AFP Chairman Denounces Attack on Amman Bureau in Letter to Prime Minister
AFP Chairman Emmanuel Hoog wrote to Jordan's Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit on Thursday to denounce an attack on the agency's Amman office and the fierce criticism by the authorities of bureau chief Randa Habib and her staff Business Wire India

Photogram Available Now on iTunes App Store
Timelines, Inc. announced today the launch of Photogram, its free photo sharing app. With this new iPhone app, users can create a Photogram - a selection of up to four mobile photos wrapped in a unique, artistic theme - and share it via email, Facebook and Twitter all in one step. Photogram’s intuitive features combine efficiency with customization Business Wire India

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