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Pak Army questions four majors over brigadier's links to terror group
The Pakistan Army is reportedly questioning four majors in connection with a brigadier who was detained over links to the banned Hizbut Tehrir group. ANI

US man without arms can change a tyre in minutes!
An American man was born without arms, but is determined "to do what everybody else does" and not sit back "expecting handouts". ANI

Brit politician likens 'eco-fascist' Oz climate change tsar Garnaut to 'Hitler'
A British politician has called the Australian Government's chief climate change adviser, Professor Ross Garnaut, a 'eco-fascist'. ANI

Charles Darwin book returned to Oz library after 122 years
A first edition copy of Charles Darwin's 'Insectivorous Plants' book has been returned to an Australia library after 122 years. ANI

UK boss 'spanked female employee, encouraged staff to grab his genitals'
A sales manager in an England marine supplies firm has been accused of bullying and harassing female employees in the office. ANI

US bride held for beating and biting new hubby just hrs after tying the knot!
A 30-year-old Florida woman was arrested just hours after her wedding for beating and biting her new husband during an attack, it has emerged. ANI

'Double dealing' Pak needs to be prepared for post-US withdrawal situation: Editorial
The United States-led war on terror is about to reach its conclusion and both Afghanistan and Pakistan have to be prepared to deal with the new ground realities, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Real life Barbie admits to secret hooker past in tell-all book
A woman in UK, who loves to undergo surgery and has been dubbed as a "Real life Barbie", has revealed her secret hooker past in a tell-all book. ANI

Children may prefer to interact with kids of same ethnicity, finds study
A study on preschoolers has found that these children may have a preference to interact with kids of their own ethnic group. ANI

Now, China wants to build UK's high-speed rail link
Chinese ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming has said that Beijing is considering building a high-speed rail link between London, the Midlands and the North. ANI

Lufthansa jet screeched to a halt to avoid slamming into EgyptAir plane at NY airport
A jumbo jet speeding towards takeoff had a terrifying near miss as it screeched to a halt to avoid colliding with another plane that made a wrong turn into its path on a Kennedy Airport runway. ANI

Tests reveal most networking sites failing to protect children from online bullying
Tests have revealed that most networking sites like Facebook are not doing enough to protect children from potential dangers such as grooming by pedophiles or online bullying, European authorities have said. ANI

China says it is 'not responsible' for South China Sea dispute
China's Vice-Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai has said the country is not responsible for disputes in the South China Sea. ANI

Van Gogh's painting of his brother uncovered by museum
The Van Gogh Museum has uncovered a painting that they believe to be of Vincent van Gogh's brother, Theo. ANI

Hacker group crashes Brazilian Gov. websites after Brit teen 'mastermind' arrest
Hacker group Lulz Security has claimed that it brought down two Brazilian government websites in fresh attacks after a 19-year-old British teenager accused of being part of the hacker group, was arrested. ANI

Pakistan ranks 12th on failed states index: Report
Pakistan has been ranked 12th on a list of the "most failed states" by the Foreign Policy, a global magazine of politics, economics, and ideas. ANI

Suspect in Shahbaz Bhatti's killing arrested in Karachi
Pakistan police have arrested a man suspected of being involved in the assassination of former Minorities Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti. ANI

Bristol Palin lashes out at Meghan, Cindy McCain in new memoir
Bristol Palin has taken many jabs at Cindy McCain and her daughter Meghan in her new memoir 'Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far' which will hit the stores Friday. ANI

Ahmadinejad fails to place supporters in key posts
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has failed to place his supporters in key government slots. ANI

PPP to continue politics of reconciliation: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP)-led government will continue politics of reconciliation according to the vision of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. ANI

Raytheon to shield helicopters with lasers
Raytheon is developing common infrared countermeasures (CIRCM) systems to be installed on Army and Navy helicopters, and large-aircraft infrared countermeasures systems for the Air Force. ANI

UK hospital gives elderly patients tambourine to call nurses!
A hospital in the UK has been criticised by the National Health Service for giving its elderly patients a tambourine to call nurses when in need instead of electronic alarms. ANI

Chelsea Clinton, hubby Marc Mezvinsky spotted in happier mood
Despite their fair share of ups and downs, Chelsea Clinton and her hubby Marc Mezvinsky were recently spotted in New York looking happier than ever. ANI

Women visiting Rikers Island in revealing clothes made to wear XXL green smocks
Women, who visit Rikers Island in revealing clothes, are forced to cover themselves up with an unflattering XXL neon green T-shirt issued by the prison so as to keep sex-starved inmates calm. ANI

China to launch new ice breaker for 2013 polar expedition
China will launch a new icebreaker during the upcoming 2013 polar expedition, a senior Chinese oceanic official said. ANI

32,000-year-old human fossils unearthed in Ukraine
A team of archaeologists has uncovered 32,000-year-old human remains in Ukraine. ANI

Beijing's second airport to be ready by 2017
A new airport meant to deal with traffic and to ease worries of passengers travelling in and out of the booming metropolis, is expected to be completed by October 2017, an airline source has said. ANI

Wills-Kat to compete in Canada Dragonboat race
It has emerged that Prince William and his wife Kate will participate in a boat race competing against each other as part of their North American tour next month. ANI

Distracting back-seat drivers cause 1 in 7 accidents and near misses
A new study has revealed that one in seven motorists in Britain are having a road accident or near miss caused by a distraction from a rear passenger, also called backseat drivers. ANI

Cat survives fall from 120ft tall building with just a broken tooth!
A cat had a miracle escape with just a broken tooth after she fell more than 120 feet from the top of a 12-storey tower block in Oldbury, West Midlands. ANI

Golfers 'groped' by two female promotional models at Oz golf course
Guests at a corporate golf day have revealed that they were "groped" by two female promotional models and "had their faces pushed on to the girls' br**ts" too at a Darwin golf course. ANI

Virgin's cabin crew face axe over abusive message sent to passengers' screens
A cabin crew of Virgin Atlantic is facing the axe after an abusive message meant for two stewards having a nap in empty seats was sent to passengers' TV screens. ANI

Ad encouraging extramarital affairs causes uproar among cheated partners
A roadside advertisement for an online matchmaker, which arranges 'casual encounters' for married people, has sparked outrage, with several cheated spouses claiming to have caught their other halves on the site. ANI

Researchers find Van Gogh's self-portrait actually depicts his brother
A painting of Vincent van Gogh, earlier thought to be the painter's self portrait and now believed to be a painting of his brother Theo, has been uncovered. ANI

Olay's 'Botox in a bottle' promises younger-looking skin in just 28 days!
Olay has launched its newest anti-ageing treatment called 'Botox in a bottle' in the UK, claiming it will lead to younger-looking skin in just 28 days. ANI

'Horror film to end all horrors' warns audiences of nuke arms stockpiles' dangers
A movie that shows the history of the atomic bomb, which is being screened as part of the international nuclear awareness campaign 'Global Zero', has been dubbed "the horror film to end all horrors". ANI

Why Prince Harry and Pippa call each other 'Commando' and 'Captain'
It has emerged that Best man Prince Harry and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton could be the next hot couple after meeting up a handful of times since their siblings got married in April. ANI

Britons become first dad and son to conquer Everest
Two Britons are on top of the world after becoming the first father and son combination to conquer Mt. Everest. ANI

Syrian men promise to marry women raped during unrest
A group of men in Syria have pledged to marry women who were raped during the violence that swept the country in the recent months. ANI

Haqqani urges mutual respect for US-Pak long-term relationship
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, reckons that the two countries can forge a long-term relationship only through demonstration of mutual respect. ANI

Now, 'Her Royal Hotness' Pippa Middleton stars in comic strip!
Pippa Middleton became a star when she stole the show at the Royal Wedding. ANI

US Senate unanimously confirms Panetta as new US Defense Secretary
The US Senate has unanimously confirmed Central Investigative Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta as the next Secretary of Defense. ANI

Arab League chief giving second thought to Libya airstrikes
Amr Moussa, the outgoing head of the Arab League, who had played a major role in securing Arab support for NATO airstrikes, is now giving a second thought to his earlier decision and calling for ceasefire and 'political solution' to deal with the issue after realising that innocent 'children are being killed' in the airstrikes. ANI

World's oldest person passes away at 114
A Brazilian woman who was acknowledged as the oldest person in the world by the Guinness Book of Records, died on Tuesday. She was 114. ANI

Former French minister arrested over sexual assault allegations
A former French minister has been arrested over allegations of sexual assault that forced him to resign last month. ANI

Kate Middleton's handwritten 'thank you' note to Wimbledon officials unveiled
Kate Middleton's handwritten note to Wimbledon officials thanking them for allowing her to mingle unnoticed at the Championships, has gone on public display for the first time. ANI

SAS pulling out of Afghanistan to guard London 2012 Olympics Games
Britain's Special Air Service are believed to be returning back to the country to provide security during next year's Olympic Games in London. ANI

Five militants killed by Pak police in clash near Peshawar
At least five militants were killed by the Pakistan police when they attacked a checkpoint near Peshawar today. ANI

Osama bin Laden involved in Benazir Bhutto's assassination: Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has revealed that Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. ANI

Three-in-four Pakistan citizens have unfavorable opinion of India: PEW research
Pakistani views of India have grown increasingly negative in recent years, a new research has found. ANI

Six out of 10 Pak citizens disapprove US' Abbottabad military operation: PEW research
Most Pakistanis disapprove of the US military operation that killed Osama bin Laden, and a majority describe the Al-Qaeda chief's death as a bad thing, a new research has found. ANI

Nawaz biggest threat to Pakistan's security: Zardari
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has asked Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif to refrain from "defaming the Pakistan Army and institutions of the country for his personal gains". ANI

Obama likely to withdraw no more than 10,000 US troops from Afghanistan: Report
US President Barack Obama is likely to announce plans to withdraw no more than 10,000 troops from Afghanistan, sources have said. ANI

Taylorsville, South Jordan and Draper City Councils in Utah to open with Hindu prayers
In Utah state of USA, City Councils of South Jordan and Draper will reverberate with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on July 5, while Taylorsville will do the same on July 6. ANI

Partners more likely to cheat 'if they worry about their performance in bed'
Anxiety related to sexual performance and a lack of concern about the consequences such as pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases make both men and women more likely to cheat on their partners, a new study has found. ANI

FSI enters into ERCOM’s capital
ERCOM, a French company specialized in design and development of innovative telecom solutions, has announced a large capital increase. Business Wire India

Genencor Launches a Market-Leading Enzyme Product to Advance Cellulosic Biofuel Production Worldwide
Genencor today announced a product advancement, Accellerase® TRIO. This new product will enable biofuel producers to more cost-effectively manufacture cellulosic ethanol from a wide range of renewable nonfood feedstocks such as switchgrass, wheat straw and corn stover as well as from municipal solid waste. Business Wire India

J.P. Morgan Launches Full Prime Brokerage Offering in Europe
J.P. Morgan has today launched a full prime brokerage offering for clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The investment bank now has the local infrastructure in place to serve international and regional clients across the entire spectrum of both cash and synthetic products for the first time. Business Wire India

LanzaTech and DARPA to Work on CO to Jet Project
Clean energy technology company LanzaTech announces it has been awarded funds from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to perform research focusing on novel, low cost routes for the production of jet fuel (JP-8) from carbon monoxide (CO) rich sources. Business Wire India

Shell Global Solutions and KBR Announce Hydroprocessing Technology Alliance Agreement
KBR (NYSE: KBR) and Shell Global Solutions International B.V. (NYSE: RDS.A) has announced the formation of a new alliance in which KBR will market, sell and provide technology and design packages with Shell Global Solutions on hydroprocessing solutions worldwide. Business Wire India

Moody's Analytics Introduces Sovereign Correlations to RiskFrontier 3.0
Moody’s Analytics, a leader in enterprise risk management solutions, has announced the release of RiskFrontier 3.0, the latest version of its credit portfolio management and economic capital calculation solution Business Wire India

Cegedim Relationship Management Named as a Leader in IDC MarketScape Pharmaceutical Sales Force Automation Report
Cegedim Relationship Management has cited as a leader for Life Sciences Sales Force Automation (SFA) solutions in a recent IDC Health Insights report entitled, "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Pharmaceutical Sales Force Automation Applications 2011 Vendor Assessment" (Document # HI228379, June 2011) Business Wire India

ITC Finds Patent Infringement by Suprema and Mentalix
Judge Paul Luckern of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), has issued an initial determination in favor of claims made by Cross Match Technologies, Inc., a global provider of biometric identity solutions, that its patents were infringed by Suprema, Inc. and Mentalix, Inc Business Wire India

ZAGG Acquires iFrogz
ZAGG Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAGG) (www.ZAGG.com) announced today the acquisition of privately held iFrogz, Inc. (www.iFrogz.com), a leading mobile device accessories company specializing in lifestyle audio products and protective cases, for approximately $105 million. Business Wire India

Jefferies Establishes Equity Sales, Trading and Research in India
Jefferies announced today the establishment of full-service equity capabilities in Mumbai, India as part of the firm’s continued expansion of its global equities franchise Business Wire India

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