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Wills-Kat to get young Brits their big Hollywood break!
In an attempt to promote British talent in Hollywood movies, the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge will help creative young boys and girls get their big break in different realms of filmdom. ANI

'Number 10 cat' Larry loves being stroked by Barack Obama
Larry the cat, who was deployed in 10 Downing Street to catch a rat is a big fan of US President Barack Obama, according to Britain Prime Minister David Cameron. ANI

Charged $1 more for manicure, US man sues nail salon for $2 lakh!
Taking the issue of gender discrimination to new heights, an American man has sued a Maryland nail salon for 200,000 dollars for being charged 1 dollar more than women for a manicure. ANI

China expresses confidence to build strong relations with US
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai has said that he expects his country's relationship with the US to continue to be warm, saying that both parties can build their cooperative partnership through mutual trust and deeper cooperation. ANI

Pak Brigadier arrested for having links to banned organization
Pakistani authorities have detained a serving brigadier over suspect of having close link with a banned organisation. ANI

Major flights cancelled as ash cloud from Chilean volcano looms over Australia
All major airlines including Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tiger Airways and Quantas cancelled flights en masse today as the ash cloud from the Chilean volacano made its second pass into Australian airspace. ANI

Specially designed greenhouse plants 'growing beautifully' in space: Astronauts
Astronauts and a team of scientists have successfully grown plants in space for the first time by using a specially designed greenhouse, and claimed that they are "very pleased" with the results. ANI

'Iran's clerical rulers' mounting pressure to remove advisors could isolate Ahmadinejad'
Iranian clerical rulers, who were instrumental in bringing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power in 2005, have criticised his inner circle of advisers for trying to gain absolute power in the country, and urged the president to distance himself from these pile of "garbage". ANI

Mercedes-Benz making greener, hybrid 'Popemobile' for Benedict XVI
It has emerged that Mercedes-Benz is designing a special eco-friendly hybrid Popemobile for Pope Benedict XVI. ANI

China pleased to see Afghan reconciliation progress
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei has said the country is pleased to see the reconciliation process in Afghanistan making progress. ANI

Kate Middleton gives 'fuddy-duddy' Kensington Palace pad makeover
The Duchess of Cambridge has given her new quarters at Kensington Palace a makeover in a bid to erase its "fuddy-duddy smell". ANI

UK law firm offering 'free divorces' to estranged couples!
A law firm in the UK has sparked outrage by attracting new customers with a special offer - 'free divorce' ANI

'10 pc middle-aged Europeans are on antidepressants'
A new research of nearly 30,000 Europeans has indicated that 10 pc of middle-aged Europeans took antidepressants in 2010. ANI

Indian origin couple charged for 600 million dollars swindle in United States
An Indian origin couple working for a New Jersey company has been charged with raking over 460 million dollars in crooked cash through a record-setting corruption scheme. ANI

Teenage Brit girl 'sold' to Asian men for sex after being enticed with drugs
A 15-year-old British girl told a courtroom she had been 'sold' to Asian men for sex after being enticed with drugs and alcohol. ANI

Israeli court denies that it ordered stoning of a dog to death
The court secretariat has strongly denied reports which claimed that it had passed out orders for stoning a dog to death because the judges believed that it was the reincarnation of a lawyer who had been cursed for insulting Jews. ANI

China willing to play constructive role in solving regional disputes
China is committed to properly handle and resolve disputes through dialogue and consultation, and is ready to play a constructive role in resolving regional hot issues, country's Vice Foreign Minister has said. ANI

Taliban - US talks may not yield results
The US is unlikely to broker a successful peace deal during talks with the Taliban. Pakistani analysts say that the Americans will not leave Afghanistan despite promising troop withdrawals. ANI

Ayman al-Zawahiri's military tactics should not be discounted: Experts
The military tactics of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the successor to Osama bin Laden, should not be discounted, even though he is disliked within Al Qaeda ranks, intelligence experts have said.l-Zawahiri is described as an irritable micro-manager disliked by even the organization's most loyal foot soldiers. ANI

Cheryl Cole runs out of friends on 'Ashley-reconciliation' issue
Shattered Cheryl Cole seems to be getting no support from her friends as they have slammed her plans of going back to cheating ex-husband Ashley Cole again. ANI

Iran shipping firms charged with conspiracy to move over $60 million through US banks
Eleven companies, including Iran's National shipping line, were indicted in New York City for allegedly conspiring to evade US trade sanctions by duping country's major banks to illegally move over 60 million-dollars. ANI

Chinese billionaire uses social media to express his love
Chinese billionaire Wang Gongquan has taken to a micro- blogging site to reveal his emotions about the nature of love. ANI

Saleh to return to Yemen on Friday to "resume constitutional duty as president": Official
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is being treated in Saudi Arabia after being injured in an attack on his presidential palace earlier this month, would come back to Sanaa on Friday and "resume his constitutional duty as the president", a senior official of Saleh's ruling party has said. ANI

Oz bank's "Break Up" ad named world's best campaign
National Australia Bank's (NAB) "Break Up" campaign, depicting the bank's decision to end an emotional relationship with other leading Australian banks, has been awarded with the Grand Prix in PR at the Cannes Lions Festival in France. ANI

Prince William on duty and not with Kate on his birthday
Prince William won't have a birthday bash this year as he will be on duty as a co-pilot with his Search and Rescue Force squadron. ANI

Why middle-class gay men in UK are fascinated with 'chav' culture
A new study is investigating the reason behind a growing fascination with "chav" culture among middle-class gay men in Britain. ANI

Oz prison offering yoga classes to violent criminals
One of Australia's biggest maximum-security prisons is offering breathing and yoga classes to some of the state's worst criminals to teach them how to relax and get over their criminal pasts. ANI

Over half a billion rupees 'missing' from Pak Interior Ministry accounts!
Over half a billion rupees have gone missing from the accounts of the Pakistan interior ministry, the government auditors have revealed. ANI

Woman has sextuplets in three minutes on Father's Day
A woman in the US has given birth to sextuplets in just over a three-minute period through Caesarean section. ANI

Vancouver kissing couple say kiss happened after police beat them
The young couple, who was pictured kissing on the streets of Vancouver amid the riot that took place, has said that they only kissed after they were beaten by police. ANI

Hindus and Jews laud Pope for embracing Gypsies
The Hindus and the Jews have applauded His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for finally embracing Gypsies (Roma), who they said were facing apartheid in Europe. ANI

When gays should come out of the closet
A new study has concluded that disclosing one's sexual orientation leads to several psychological benefits, but this is possible only in supportive environments. ANI

Meet the Americans who remember every minute details of their lives!
For most of us, it can be a struggle to remember what we did yesterday but there is a remarkable group of just 20 Americans, including Taxi actress Marilu Henner, who remember every detail of their life - with no effort at all. ANI

Improving selective hearing could do wonders for couple
A survey has revealed that though selective hearing may help you to avoid menial household tasks, your other half is well aware of your subterfuge. ANI

Four arrested in Vehari gang-rape case
Four men named in a gang-rape case were arrested after the victim's family blocked the National Highway in Vehari in Pakistan's Punjab province to protest against the police for failing to arrest the culprits. ANI

Chinese buyers snap properties overseas over fears of rising inflation
China's elite are snapping up properties overseas in anticipation of domestic inflation continuing to rise. ANI

America-Taliban peace deal justifies our seven-year stand: Imran Khan
Amid growing reports suggesting that the US is trying to broker a peace deal with the Taliban, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, has said that it is a clear vindication of his party's consistent seven-year long position. ANI

'No nationalization of military in China', says senior military official
A senior officer of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has said that it is resolutely opposed to nationalizing the military, and urged the PLA to uphold the principle of the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) over the military. ANI

Blair's lifestyle guru Carole Caplin to sue Daily Mail over 'sexpot' claims
Tony and Cherie Blair's former lifestyle guru Carole Caplin has been given the go-ahead to sue the Daily Mail for libel over her alleged portrayal as "some sort of sexpot or randy masseuse". ANI

Neuroscientists say fear of negative influences of pornography is misguided
Neuroscientists have found in one of the largest studies of Internet p*rn habits that any fears about the negative or corrupting influence of pornography are misguided. ANI

'Death-knell' sounded for US Navy's futuristic sci-fi 'death ray' and 'railguns'
The US Senate Armed Services Committee has reportedly voted on Friday to stop funding for two of the Navy's sci-fi guns, which are still under development. ANI

High time for Pak to see India as a friend, not as an enemy: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan newspaper has said that it is high time that Islamabad thought of India as a friend rather than as an enemy to ensure stability and peace in South Asia. ANI

Mercedes-Benz driver Calo sets new 'longest car drift world record'
Mercedes-Benz driver Mauro Calo has set a new world record for the longest car drift by continuously power-sliding a C63 AMG sedan for over 2.3 kilometres. ANI

Afghan reconciliation talks: Pakistan worried about being left out in the cold
Pakistan is reportedly worried about being left out in the cold in connection with the Afghan reconciliation talks, and is especially uneasy over Washington's recent overtures with insurgents. ANI

Brit wives '7 times likelier than French women to cheat on their hubbies'
A dating agency has found that British wives are more likely to cheat on their husbands than women in France and Ireland. ANI

Sexting can't substitute physical, face-to-face sexual relationships
The way people get involved in and develop sexual relationships with others has changed dramatically over the last 20 years due to the increased availability of devices such as computers, video cams and cell phones. ANI

Kayani's statement fabricated: Pak Army
The Pakistan Army has denied that its chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had hinted that the country was mortgaged to the US. ANI

Men more at risk of dying before 65 than women due to smoking, alcohol abuse
More men than women die before they reach 65 years of age because of smoking and alcohol abuse, according to a European Union study. ANI

Pakistan protests American troops misconduct after FC complex incident
Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with the United States against the conduct of American troops who tried to crash the gate at Frontier Corps Complex in Peshawar a few days ago. ANI

Japan to punish computer virus creators with fines, prison terms of up to three year
Japan has passed a new law to combat cyber attacks, under which, creating or distributing a computer virus could now result into prison terms of up to three years or 500,000 yen in fine. ANI

Karzai govt. executes Afghan mass killers for first time since Taliban ouster
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's government has taken the step of executing two men convicted of slaughtering 40 people during a bank robbery in February, the first sentence of its kind to be carried out by the government since the end of the Taliban rule a decade ago. ANI

Obama to announce Afghanistan troop withdrawal plans on Wednesday
US President Barack Obama will announce his decision on the scale and pace of troop withdrawals from Afghanistan in a speech on Wednesday. ANI

Wimbledon serves up "world"s first strawberry and cream sandwiches"!
Tennis fans can relish a taste of Wimbledon as the world's first strawberries and cream sandwiches go on sale from today. ANI

US Supreme Court rejects sex bias case against retail giant Walmart
The United States Supreme Court has rejected the biggest sex discrimination case in history, ruling that the claim against retail giant Walmart on behalf of 1.6 million women was too big to bring to trial. ANI

Gilani, Singh to meet in Nov on sidelines of 17th SAARC Summit in Maldives?
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is expected to meet his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the 17th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in Maldives in November, sources have said. ANI

Birmingham Museum in US exhibiting Hindu deities
The famous Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) in the USA is presenting various Hindu deities in an exhibition 'Faces of India' through October 2. ANI

Clinton opts for 'quiet diplomacy' to address ban on Saudi women driving issue
The US State Department has said that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is opting for "quiet diplomacy" with Saudi officials, over the issue of the kingdom's ban on women driving. ANI

Hillary Clinton's ex-intern is now a XXX p*rn star!
A former intern for Hillary Clinton who once wanted to become an attorney ended up becoming an adult film actress, it has emerged. ANI

Hubby's unemployed status affects marriage, but wife's doesn't
A study has found that while social pressure discouraging women from working outside the home has weakened, pressure on husbands to be breadwinners largely remains. ANI

Miss California Alyssa Campanella wins 2011 Miss USA pageant
Miss California Alyssa Campanella has won the 2011 Miss USA pageant. ANI

Hitler's drinking glasses replete with swastikas and dictator's initials up for grabs
A set of drinking glasses that once belonged to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler will put up for sale in Britain and are expected to fetch up to 8,000 pounds at the auction today. ANI

44 killed in Russian plane crash, 8 injured
At least 44 people were killed when a Tupolev-134 plane, carrying 43 passengers and nine crew, crashed in north-western Russia, an Emergency Ministry spokeswoman has said. ANI

Flashmob: Brit mums bare br**ts publicly to promote breastfeeding
The term 'flashmob' was given a new meaning when hundreds of Brit mothers gathered at a shopping centre and bared their br**ts in front of stunned shoppers to highlight the health benefits of breastfeeding. ANI

Archeologically proved: 50 pc Brits are German!
Geneticists have revealed that according to archaeological evidence, 50 per cent of Britons are German. ANI

Burqa saves Oz 'race-row' Muslim woman from jail
A Muslim woman in Australia, accused of lying about the police trying to tear her burqa off has avoided jail because her identity could not be proven. ANI

Brazil to create 'botanical Wikipedia' to catalogue Amazon's biodiversity
Brazil is planning to create a 'botanical Wikipedia' in order to catalogue thousands of plant species in the Amazon for future generations. ANI

Drones kill 12, including nine Haqqani men in Kurram attack
American drones have reportedly killed at least 12 militants, nine of them from the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network. ANI

One killed, eight injured in Quetta blast
A person was killed and eight others werenjured in a car bomb blast here on Monday. ANI

Afghanistan lodges cross-border shelling complaint with Pak
The Hamid Karzai Government in Afghanistan hasormally complained to the Pakistan about its alleged shelling offghan villages. ANI

Sharif pulls up PPP Govt. for peak corruption in Pak
Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslimeague-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has criticised President Asifli Zardari and the PPP-led federal government for its inability toontrol the spread of corruption in the country. ANI

Pak CJ names judges for Shahzad, Abbottabad probe commissions
The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Justiceftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, has appointed Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal andr.Justice Saqib Nisar to head the commissions set up to investigatehe Abbottabad operation and Saleem Shahzad murder, respectively. ANI

Sarfaraz Shah murder trial case to be heard from Wednesday
An anti-terrorism court here will begin hearings of the Sarfraz Shah murder case from Wednesday. ANI

Pakistan observes Benazir Bhutto's 58th birth anniversary
Pakistan is observing the 58th birth anniversary of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto today. ANI

Balochistan Finance Minister to present 2011-12 budget proposals
Balochistan Finance Minister Asim Kurd will ANI

Pak Punjab Police fails to access slain journalist Shahzad's e-mail
Police of Pakistan's Punjab province have told the country's Supreme Court that they have failed to get access to the email account of slain senior journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad. ANI

Target killings: Balochistan bans unlawful assembly, pillion rides
The government in Pakistan's Balocistan province ANI

Taliban force Pak girl to wear suicide vest, attack security checkpoint
A nine-year-old girl, who was on her way to school, was kidnapped by Taliban militants over the weekend and forced to wear a suicide bomb vest. ANI

Indian Consul General in NY accused of treating housekeeper like 'slave'
The Indian Consul General in New York has been accused of treating a former domestic help as a slave. ANI

China Mobile Research Institute and SkyCross Demonstrate Tunable MIMO Antenna for Multimode, Multiband Handsets in LTE Deployments Worldwide
China Mobile Research Institute and SkyCross today announced a demonstration of a tunable, MIMO antenna design for multimode, multiband handsets in LTE deployments around the globe. The world’s first compact, tunable MIMO antenna covers 12 frequency bands ranging from 700 MHz to 2 Business Wire India

AOL and the IPG Media Lab Release Groundbreaking Research on the Evolution of Digital Branding
AOL, Inc. (NYSE: AOL) and the IPG Media Lab today announced, at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, the results of a new study on the effectiveness and earned attention of IAB Portrait ad units versus traditional display advertising Business Wire India

Gemalto and Orange Group Extend Collaboration on NFC with Rollout of Poland's Largest Mobile Contactless Program
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces that PTK Centertel, an Orange group affiliate, is deploying the largest NFC program in Poland, with a commercial offer targeting several thousand users Business Wire India

Metaps Announces the Global Simultaneous Release of AppBonus, a Media Platform that Introduces Recommended Apps to Android Users
Metaps Pte. Ltd , the operator of media platforms for applications for Android devices, is happy to release the AppBonus Android app which both recommends apps to Android users and, at the same time, grants incentives as well. Business Wire India

ACE Acquires All Outstanding Shares of ACE Synergy Insurance Berhad in Malaysia
The ACE Group announced that its ACE INA International Holdings, Ltd. subsidiary has acquired all of the outstanding shares it does not already own, or approximately 49%, of ACE Synergy Insurance Berhad in Malaysia from Advance Synergy Capital Berhad for approximately $39 million in cash Business Wire India

J.P. Morgan Pledges £1.5 Million to GAVI Alliance
J.P. Morgan has has announced that it will donate £1.5 million to the GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership dedicated to saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in the world’s poorest countries. The firm’s donation will be matched by the U.K Business Wire India

UN Adopts New Methodology Developed by Masdar Carbon
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has formally adopted a methodology for identifying energy efficiency in buildings developed in Abu Dhabi by Masdar Carbon, one of the five integrated units of Masdar. Business Wire India

Aptina Launches 2-Megapixel Image Sensor with 720p/30fps for Mobile Video Applications
Aptina, a leading provider of CMOS imaging solutions has announced the introduction of its MT9D015 mobile image sensor. The 1/5-inch, 2-megapixel (MP) sensor meets the growing needs of the mobile market for primary and front-facing cameras for still image and video capture within smartphones. The sensor’s 1 Business Wire India

Afilias launches campaign to educate ""brand builders"" on ICANN new TLD program
In a historic move, yesterday the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved its long-discussed New gTLD Program. This program allows any brand or community of interest to apply for a unique “right of the dot” top-level domain. For example, instead of “.com,” a brand like Nike could apply for “ Business Wire India

O3b Signs Capacity Deal with Sky Fiber Corporation
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