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Malaysian teen flees home after step-dad made her 'sex slave'
A 15-year-old Malaysian girl has fled her home after her stepfather made her his 'sex slave' and sexually assaulted her at least 11 times. ANI

UK gym offers workouts for women wanting a Pippa bum!
Body-conscious women can now grab celebrity bums by getting off their backsides and signing up for Yummy Bummy lessons. ANI

Facebook's shocking trend of rating teen's sexual prowess sparks outrage
In a disturbing new Facebook trend in Australia, teenage lovers are being rated on their sexual performance on a scale of 10 before the ratings are published for public viewing. ANI

US lawmaker Anthony Weiner neither confirms nor denies sending obscene Twitter photograph
New York Democrat Anthony Weiner continues to maintain that his Twitter account was hacked,but is neither confirming nor denying that he had sent a college student a lewd photograph of himself. ANI

Chinese teen sells kidney for 2,000 pounds to buy iPad 2
A 17-year-old Chinese boy has sold one of his kidneys for just 2,000 pounds to pay for Apple's tablet computer iPad 2. ANI

China calls Gmail hacking accusations "unacceptable"
Google's claim that China tried to break into hundreds of Gmail accounts, including those of senior US government officials, has been condemned as "unacceptable" by Beijing. ANI

Cancer drug may help cure common, inherited dementia
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found that a cancer drug could be used to treat a common form of dementia. ANI

Iranian lawmakers vote to take Ahmadinejad to court
Iranian lawmakers have voted in the country's parliament to refer President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the judiciary to rule on whether his move last month to name himself Oil Minister, after dismantling the ministry and sacking Minister Masoud Mir Kazemi, was legal. ANI

US develops cyber-weapons list to streamline computer warfare
The United States has reportedly developed a list of cyber-weapons and tools, including viruses that can sabotage an adversary's critical networks, to streamline how the country engages in computer warfare. ANI

UK border agency blunders help 161K asylum seekers to stay
Immigration blunders by the UK Border Agency have helped tens of thousands of asylum seekers to stay on the country under an amnesty scheme. ANI

Photographer proposes to girlfriend with giant scrabble mural on street
A photographer in New York has risked public humiliation by proposing to his girlfriend with a giant mural spelled out in scrabble letters, on a busy street. ANI

Tiger Woods may play Australian Open in Sydney
American golfer Tiger Woods appears headed for his first Australian Open start in 15 years. ANI

30 troops, 45 insurgents killed in militants' attack on Pak border checkpost
The daylong clash between Pakistani security forces and militants, who crossed the Afghan border and attacked a Pakistani checkpoint, has left at least 30 troops dead. ANI

Mubarak to face trial in August over protest death charges
Egyptian prosecutors have announced that former president Hosni Mubarak will go on trial on August 3, on suspicion of conspiring in the fatal shooting of protesters. ANI

Brit girl aged three with IQ of 140 set to join Mensa
Even as children of her age may be learning nursery rhymes, a 3-year-old girl from Britain knows the alphabet, can write and count to 50, and work out maths equations. ANI

Four in ten Republicans 'unhappy' with 2012 White House options
Nearly four in ten Republicans have said they are not happy with the presidential choices for 2012. ANI

Oz parliament in sexism row over 'meow' 'mincing poodle' and 'Doberman' remarks
The recent 'cat call' incident in the Australian parliament has seemed to ignite a sexism row in the country, as now Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Leader of opposition Tony Abbott have been dragged into the row for calling a senior Liberal leader a "mincing poodle". ANI

No US-Pak pact on military operation in North Waziristan: Pak minister
There has neither been an agreement between Pakistan and the United States for a military offensive in North Waziristan, nor has any final decision been taken on the operation, Pakistan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar has said. ANI

UK's ability to fight wars at risk without sufficient cash: Army chief
Britain's ability to fight wars will be threatened within a decade if more cash is not put into defence, the country's chief of army staff, General Sir Peter Wall has warned. ANI

Mumbai Press Club demands impartial inquiry into Pak journalist's brutal murder
The Mumbai Press Club (MPC) has condemned the brutal killing of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad, and demanded an impartial inquiry into his murder to bring the culprits to justice. ANI

Ed Miliband branded Labour 'disaster' by UK poll
Ed Miliband is leading his Labour Party to 'disaster', it was claimed last night as an opinion poll revealed that it had lost its lead over the Tories for the first time in seven months. ANI

If GOP fields weak candidates, I may enter White House fray as independent: Trump
Real estate mogul Donald Trump has said he will "absolutely" run for the White House in 2012 as an independent if the Republicans nominate a weak candidate. ANI

Alcohol abuse is one of major sins of our time: warns UK Bishop
A Bishop in Britain has warned that binge drinking is one of the major sins of our time, and he also hit out at the Government's "derisory" minimum pricing plans for alcohol. ANI

Aussies who attacked India-born doctor seek reduced jail term
Three Australian youths involved in an attack on India-born doctor and former head of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Mukesh Haikerwal are appealing their jail terms. ANI

Pak Govt's 'Osama raid' probe commission formation challenged in Lahore HC
The formation of the Abbottabad probe commission has been challenged in the Lahore High Court. ANI

Palin's e-mail exchanges while Alaska Governor to be published
Thousands of emails written by Sarah Palin as Alaska governor will be published, although some parts of the exchanges will be censored. ANI

Woman with low libido books hookers for partner so he would not cheat
A woman, who was worried her partner would cheat on her because of her low libido, has revealed she booked prostitutes for him so that he would be sexually satisfied and stay faithful to her. ANI

Naipaul's 'No woman writer will ever be as good as me' diatribe draws flak
Nobel laureate V S Naipaul, who is no stranger to controversy, has lashed out at female authors saying there is no woman writer whom he considers his equal - expressing particular ire for the work of Jane Austen. ANI

'Aid-ending' talks in America can affect US-Pak ties: Husain Haqqani
Talks in the United States about ending aid to Pakistan could affect ties between both nations, Pakistan's Ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, has warned. ANI

'Octomom' Nadya Suleman's fertility doc to lose medical license
The California doctor who helped "Octomom" Nadya Suleman conceive octuplets will have his state medical licence revoked, the Medical Board of California ruled Wednesday. ANI

Pak Govt "not taking dictation from anyone" on North Waziristan operation: Gilani
The Pakistan Government is 'not taking dictation from anyone' on launching a military operation in North Waziristan, but will instead work out a strategy on the subject on the basis of its assessment of the on-ground situation, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

Pak newspaper alleges India launched attack on Karachi's naval base
The May 22 terrorist attack on Karachi's Mehran Naval Station was conceived and launched by India with the primary objective of killing the Chinese engineers present there, a Pakistani newspaper has claimed, citing "informed sources". ANI

Chinese engineers were prime target of Karachi's naval base attack: Pak paper
The twin aim of the recent terrorist attack on Karachi's Mehran Naval Station was to harm the eleven Chinese engineers present there and destroy the US-supplied Orion aircraft, according to sources. ANI

Saudi woman alleges she was 'raped by chauffeur' in Medina
A woman in Saudi Arabia has claimed that a male chauffeur she had been forced to hire raped her at gunpoint. ANI

3D scanner helps women choose jeans with right size, shape, cut
Women will no longer have to spend a lot time shopping for jeans, thanks to a revolutionary machine that helps them choose the right size, shape and cut. ANI

Pak Govt's Abbottabad commission crashes even before taking off
With some members of the Abbottabad commission expressing their doubts about their role in the probe body, its continuance is somewhat threatened. ANI

Baloch scholar shot dead in Quetta
Renowned Baloch scholar, writer and poet Professor Saba Dashtyari was shot dead at Sariab Road in Quetta on Wednesday. ANI

Anni Dewani murder trial delay boosts Brit-Indian millionaire's extradition battle
Brit-Indian millionaire Shrien Dewani's battle to beat extradition has been given a boost, as the trial of two men accused of murdering Anni Dewani in South Africa has been delayed after one of them fell ill. ANI

Three Indian schools in Qatar achieve 100 per cent pass in Class X
Three Indian schools in Qatar have reported 100 per cent pass in Central Board of Secondary Examination's (CBSE) Class 10 examinations. ANI

Stereotypical men, women more realistic about their dating prospects
Psychologists, who studied speed-dating, have suggested that men and women, who exhibit extremely stereotypical gender behaviours, know exactly when somebody is interested in them. ANI

Facebook set to reach one billion users by 2012
Nearly 700 million people are using the social network site Facebook worldwide now, and the number is likely to reach one billion by 2012. ANI

Bangladeshi killed in BSF firing on Benapole border
A Bangladeshi cattle trader was shot dead by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel at the Dhaniakhali checkpoint, as the border patrol agency continues to pursue a shoot-on-sight strategy. ANI

US should delay $7.5bn assistance to Pak for "ultimate effectiveness" of aid: Report
The United States should delay much of its 7.5-billion-dollar assistance package to Pakistan, especially in sectors where it has committed to disbursing its aid "funding primarily through government channels," a new report has recommended. ANI

Palin to home-school 'wild-child' daughter to protect her presidential run chances
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will reportedly home-school her 16-year-old daughter Willow in the run up to her likely 2012 US presidential election bid. ANI

Sarah Palin slammed for eating pizza with fork in NY!
Potential GOP presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been slammed for eating pizza with a fork in New York. ANI

Strauss-Kahn ally accused of 'orgy with young boys' in Morocco
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's ally Jack Lang, has been accused of 'an orgy with little boys' in Morocco. ANI

US' Af-Pak envoy reportedly trying to access Mullah Omar for Afghan peace talks
US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Marc Grossman, is possibly seeking to make a negotiating partner out of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar as the United States is looking for a way to reconcile Afghanistan's warring factions and get out. ANI

Sri Lankan police chief resigns over crackdown on workers' protest
Sri Lankan police chief Mahinda Balasuriya has resigned after violent clashes occurred between police and factory workers, in which over 200 people were injured and one protester was killed. ANI

Afghanistan judge whips man for drinking alcohol
A man in Afghanistan was publicly whipped by a judge as punishment for drinking alcohol. ANI

Gmail accounts of senior US officials hacked by China, claims Google
Hackers based in China tried to break into hundreds of Google mail accounts, including those of senior US government officials, the Internet company has claimed. ANI

UK, France call for thorough probe into Pak scribe's killing to prosecute perpetrators
Britain and France have called on Pakistan to ensure that those responsible for the brutal killing of Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad are brought to justice. ANI

Seized documents show how al Qaeda "functioned really like a multinational": Report
The documents seized from Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan's Abbottabad city in the May 2 raid confirm that the then al Qaeda chief was obsessive about documenting everything, and that the terrorist organisation functioned like a multinational corporate company. ANI

Now, rats ground Qantas Airways' Boeing 767 plane!
Sydney-based Qantas Airways was forced to ground one of its Boeing 767 jets after five rats were found on board. ANI

Pak Army rules out North Waziristan operation
A top Pakistan Army commander has ruled out an imminent offensive in North Waziristan, contradicting a news report that Pakistan had agreed to launch an offensive on militants in the region following pressure from the United States. ANI

Ernst & Young: Entrepreneurs Are Made, Not Born
An Ernst & Young report released today, Nature or nurture: Decoding the entrepreneur, based on survey of 685 entrepreneurs worldwide and in-depth interviews with winners of the Entrepreneur Of the Year award, provides insights into the shared characteristics, frustrations and career goals of some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs. Business Wire India

Varicent Named One of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies
Varicent Software Incorporated, the leading innovator and provider of incentive compensation and sales performance management (SPM) solutions, announced that it has ranked 4th in the 23rd annual PROFIT 200 ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by PROFIT Magazine Business Wire India

Gemalto to Provide Silicon Valley Bank with U.S. Issued EMV Chip Cards
Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, announced that it has been selected by Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) to deliver U.S issued globally compliant EMV chip payment cards for their entire cardholder base Business Wire India

David Goldstein and Gerald Rokoff Join DLA Piper in New York
DLA Piper has announced that David Goldstein and Gerald Rokoff, both formerly with White & Case LLP, have joined the firm as partners in New York. Goldstein joins the firm’s global Finance Group and will lead the Investment Funds Practice. Rokoff joins the Tax Group. Business Wire India

IPv6 Expert Cricket Liu to Share Readiness Needs for World IPv6 Day and Beyond in Live Global Event
Infoblox Inc. has announced that the company’s resident IPv6 expert, Infoblox Vice President of Architecture and Technology, Cricket Liu, will host a live webcast Tuesday, June 7, 2011 on IPv6 readiness. Business Wire India

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and Mobibucks Launch First Generic Mobile Payment Service
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (“ADCB”), one of the UAE’s leading banks, and Mobibucks, a leader in mobile payment solutions in the U.S., has announced their alliance to offer - “Mobi” - a first-of-its kind payment product for making purchases using a mobile phone number Business Wire India

Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (May 26 - June 1, 2011)
The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of May 26 – June 1, 2011. Business Wire India

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