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Mumbai and Samjhauta discussed during first day of Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary talks
The Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan-Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir-discussed all issues pertaining to terrorism during a two-hour long meeting held at the Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad on Thursday. ANI

Pak PM Gilani flags Kashmir issue ahead of Foreign Secretary level talks
Even as Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan were discussing confidence building measures about peace and security in the Foreign Office in Islamabad, Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said that Kashmir was the "jugular vein of Pakistan". ANI

Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary talks 'substantive and forward looking', says official
The talks between Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan-Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir-have been 'substantive and forward looking' and focused on all aspects related to peace and security, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said on Thursday. ANI

US man charged with animal cruelty for eating baby rat
A Utah man has been charged with cruelty towards animals after he posted a live video of himself eating a baby rat on his Facebook page. ANI

Muse tops the best ever Glastonbury performance
English rock band Muse has been voted as the best ever performance on the stage at Britain's legendary Glastonbury music festival. ANI

Google broke billion visitors barrier in May
Web search engine Google attracted over a billion visitors in May, marking the first time an Internet company has hit that landmark figure, according to Camscore, the company compiling internet data. ANI

Brit parents admit taking money from kids' savings
More than half of parents in Britain have admitted to taking money from their children's piggy banks, a shocking new survey has revealed. ANI

PML-N would continue struggle to achieve its goals: Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said his party would continue its struggle to achieve the goals for which Pakistan was established. ANI

India, US agree to re-invigorate Trade Policy Forum
India and United States agreed to re-invigorate the Trade Policy Forum (TPF) and make it more robust and effective in resolving bilateral commercial issues. ANI

Pak state foreign minister asks if Kashmir is not the core issue between India, Pak, then what is?
State Foreign Minister (soon to be a full fledged minister) Hina Rabbani Khar today said that it was Kashmir that was the core issue between India and Pakistan, and if that was not clear to the people, not much headway could be made. ANI

Forget Mumbai terror, can we just find something to help common people of India, Pak
Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan began deliberations in hot and sultry Islamabad this afternoon, but well before the talks began, officials of both countries have already issued statements saying nothing dramatic should be expected from these two day talks. ANI

Sea poses rising threat to China: Experts
China will face an increasing risk of marine disasters during the next ten years, the country's top marine environmental forecasters said. ANI

UAE Foreign Minister to visit India to cement ties
United Arab Emirate Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan will pay an official visit to India on June 27 along with a high-level delegation, UAE government sources and the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi told Gulf News Wednesday. ANI

Self-styled Oz witch jailed for dragging traffic cop by arm in her car
A self-styled witch in Australia, who says she is not subject to earthly laws, has been sentenced to two months jail for dragging a traffic cop by the arm for 200m in her car. ANI

US Air lets scantily clad cross dresser fly, but bans student for saggy pants
A US airline has landed in hot water after it allowed a scantily clad drag queen to fly without hassle just a week before crew kicked a college football player off a plane because he was wearing saggy pants. ANI

Qatar Airways named world's best airlines at Skytrax World Airline Awards
Qatar Airways has been named the as best airline in the world at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards, held during the Paris Air Show. ANI

Wills-Kat's œ1m wedding gift fund to be used for '26 good causes'
St James's Palace has announced that donations to the Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding gift fund raised more than 1 million pounds. ANI

US couple held for having sex publicly on beach in front of kids
A young couple was arrested on the grounds of having sex on a Florida beach in front of almost 100 people, including children. ANI

PML-N, says Zardari has become Pak army's spokesman
The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) launched a scathing rebuttal on Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in response to his recent onslaught against their leader Nawaz Sharif, terming it "unethical" and a result of frustration over failure of his government's policies. ANI

'Unhealthy' retired men feel better when their wives stop working too
Most married men who look forward to retirement actually feel in worse health once they stop working. ANI

Pakistan's future linked to resolution of Kashmir dispute: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said the future of the country is closely linked to the resolution of the Kashmir dispute and assured complete political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris till their complete freedom. ANI

Obama calls on Zardari to mend Pak US- ties
Pakistan and the United States agreed to take steps to mend ties after US President Barack Obama telephoned his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday. ANI

Pak National Assembly protests against Minority Affairs Ministry dissolution
Members of Pakistan's National Assembly (NA) especially those belonging to religious minorities, including a cabinet minister, staged a sit-in before speaker's chair against the dissolution of the Ministry for Minority Affairs before being assured by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani that a solution was being found. ANI

Five million Pakistanis at risk from floods: UN
Upto five million people in Pakistan are at risk from floods this year, partly due to poor reconstruction and inadequate rehabilitation of survivors who are still reeling under past year's epic deluge, the United Nations has said. ANI

Pak to fence, mine Afghan border to check militant incursions
Pakistan will 'fence and mine' some important parts of the Pak-Afghan border, in the wake of increasing cross-border incursions by militants into Bajaur, Upper Dir and Mohmand tribal regions, sources have said. ANI

Banned Hizb ut-Tahrir freely disseminating message despite military officers' detention
The arrest of five military officers over their links to the Hizb ut-Tahrir appears to have not affected the banned organisation much, with reports saying that its work has not been hampered much, and that its website is still accessible in Pakistan. ANI

Chilean volcano ash clouds over Australia posed no danger to jet engines: Expert
An expert from Australia's leading authority on volcanic ash has said no jet engine would have been shut down by the ash cloud that brought domestic aviation to a halt recently in the country's southeast region. ANI

Taliban still connected to Al-Qaeda despite Osama's killing: Hague
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that the Taliban is still is still in league with Al Qaeda, and insisted that the death of Osama bin Laden should be taken as an opportunity by the former to break its ties with al-Qaeda. ANI

Google Australia is the best workplace: survey
Google Australia has been ranked as the best work place by a survey conducted by BRW magazine. ANI

Scientists plan to dig up Shakespeare's grave to establish how he died
Scientists have forwaded a formal application to the Church of England to exhume the body of world famous writer William Shakespeare, to figure out how he died. ANI

Bristol Palin talks about ex Levi, losing virginity and McCains in memoir
Sarah Palin's famous daughter Bristol has disclosed some of the most personal moments of her life in her new tell-all memoir, which hit the stores this week. ANI

Pak Supreme Court issues notices to National Bank officials on illegal funds
The Pakistan Supreme Court has issued notices to the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) Chairman, President and 14 executives, who were paid huge amounts of money illegally from the NBP's Staff Welfare Fund as 'achievement awards'. ANI

Hindu statesman and spiritual master discuss bhakti-yoga in Nevada
Esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed and spiritual master Swami Rishi Avadhootanandaji met in Nevada (USA) on June 22 and discussed bhakti-yoga (yoga of devotion) and its importance in our lives. ANI

Pakistan open to discussing terrorism and 26/11 probe with India
Ahead of the foreign secretary-level talks in Islamabad, Pakistan has said that it is open to discussing issues of terrorism and the 26/11 probe with India. ANI

Pakistan rejects Pew poll findings
Pakistan has rejected the latest findings of an opinion poll released by the Pew Research Center as an exercise in undermining democracy and wrongly portraying Pakistan's counter- terrorism efforts. ANI

Pakistan to grant over three dozen visas to CIA officials
Pakistan and the American officials have said that Pakistan has pledged to grant over dozen visas to officers of the Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) as part of confidence-building measures after the Abbottabad raid that resulted in the death of Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Brit woman, her lover, his ex-girlfriend jailed in Dubai for sex outside marriage
A former lapdancer from Britain, her lover and his ex-girlfriend have been jailed for one month in Dubai after the three has a bitter bedroom bust-up. ANI

Palin says 'One Nation' bus tour only on hold for jury duty, not cancelled
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has said that she has paused her "One Nation" bus tour to answer the call of jury duty, and denied media reports that her bus tour is winding down. ANI

Giant Roman palace discovered in Egypt
A giant palace from the Roman ages (31-395 BC) has been discovered in Egypt, the Ministry of Antiquities has announced. ANI

Veteran spy novelist John le Carre to be honoured with Goethe medal
Germany will honour renowned spy novelist John le Carre with the prestigious Goethe Medal for his contribution to the development of coalescence, peace and creativity in Europe. ANI

One in four primary school pupils in UK are from ethnic minorities: Report
One in four primary school children in Britain are from an ethnic minority, which is an increase of almost half a million since 1997, according to a survey. ANI

Thatcher tagged as "bombshell" in rejected 'embarrassing' navy recruitment advertisement
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was tagged "the bombshell that hit the Armilla Patrol" in a navy recruitment advertisement, but it was never used. ANI

'UK to withdraw 1,000 troops 'out of Helmand by 2012', full exit by 2014'
British Prime Minister David Cameron has planned to withdraw up to 1,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year, and call back overall combat troops by 2014. ANI

UK in peace talks with the Taliban: Hague
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that his country is in talks with the Taliban to strike a peace deal in Afghanistan. ANI

Germany planned 'gas attack' during UK war invasion: Report
Germany had planned to use chemical and biological attacks during a wartime invasion of Britain, newly released documents have revealed. ANI

Obama's Afghan troops withdrawal announcement could see shift in war tactics
US President Barack Obama's announcement of withdrawing 33,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by next summer from Afghanistan could lead to a shift in war tactics, including where and how the war has been fought over the past two years. ANI

'Wealthiest divorcee in history' Patricia Kluge files for bankruptcy
Former nude model and socialite Patricia Kluge who became the richest divorcee in history after splitting from her billionaire husband has declared herself bankrupt. ANI

I can't recall anti-Semitic, racist slurs, John Galliano tells court
British fashion designer John Galliano has told a Paris court that he cannot recall making alleged anti-Semitic, racist slurs in a bar earlier this year because of his addictions to alcohol and drugs. ANI

NY Federal Reserve Bank silent on stolen $6.6 bln cash aid to Iraq
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is refusing to disclose how much money it sent to Iraq during the first years of the US invasion. It aid an official is investigating millions of dollars in missing funds. ANI

Ahead of rains, TEPCO to reduce water generated from Fukushima plant
The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has begun operations to reduce the amount of radioactive water being generated from the Fukushima nuclear plant. ANI

'Going with open mind and hope to normalise ties with Pakistan,' says Foreign Secretary Rao
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao on Thursday said that she was looking forward to her two-day visit to Pakistan capital Islamabad for bilateral talks with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir. She said that she would be going there with an open mind and added that her focus would be on ways to normalise ties between the two countries. ANI

Nirupama Rao keen to build trust between India, Pakistan
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, who is in Islamabad for foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan, today said she will work towards building trust and confidence between the nations. ANI

Lord Nelson 'wrote love letters in disguise to hide affair with Lady Hamilton'
A letter has revealed that naval genius Lord Nelson used the name of a certain Mr. Thomson to write love letters to Lady Hamilton alias Mrs. Thomson, just to stop tongues wagging about their affair. ANI

Wimbledon sees Bethanie Mattek-Sands in another Gaga-inspired outfit
Known as the 'Lady Gaga of tennis', Bethanie Mattek-Sands baffled the viewers when she appeared on the Wimbledon court in her second round match against Japan's Misaki Doi in a quirky Gaga-inspired outfit. ANI

Foreign Secretary Rao expects satisfactory outcome on release of jailed Pak doctor
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, who is visiting Islamabad for two days for talks with her Pakistan counterpart Salman Bashir, said on Thursday that all efforts are being made to secure the release jailed Pakistani national Dr. Mohammed Khaleel Chisty. ANI

Chinese experts call for better nuke safety
China should improve its system of nuclear safety, experts in the country have said. ANI

Role reversal since 9/11: US to now rely on Afghanistan to deal with Pak threats
The United States took Pakistan's help to eliminate terrorists after the 9/11 attacks, but 10 years later the entire scenario has changed with Washington relying on Afghanistan to deal with threats emerging from Pakistan. ANI

Hitler's drinking glasses expected to fetch around œ8,000, sold for just œ3,000
A set of drinking glasses that once belonged to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler have been sold at an auction for 3,000 pounds. ANI

Obama didn't consider opinion polls before Afghan troops withdrawal order: officials
US President Barack Obama did not take opinion polls into account, that show Americans are more than weary of waging wars overseas, before deciding how many troops he would pull out of Afghanistan, a senior administration official has said. ANI

Obama orders withdrawal of 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by 2012
US President Barack Obama has announced the withdrawal of 10,000 American troops from Afghanistan this year, and another 23,000 by the end of September 2012. ANI

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei released on bail after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges
Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been released after over two months' detention at a secret location in the country without access to a lawyer. ANI

Diana's 14 gowns up for grabs to bail out bankrupt US woman
Fourteen dresses of the late Princess Diana are set to go under the hammer in Canada after a US business woman who bought them for charity went bankrupt. ANI

Mullah Omar sends trusted envoy for Taliban- western officials talks
Taliban's spiritual leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, who is living in exile in Pakistan, has given his blessing to Afghan peace talks and sent a "trusted envoy" to meet British, American and German officials to stabilize Afghanistan. ANI

Russian 'under-age', 'dead souls' opposition party barred from upcoming elections
Russia's justice ministry has denied registration to a new political party created by opposition leaders, effectively barring them from participating in upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections. ANI

Nadar, Premji and Vivek in Forbes Asia's heroes of philanthropy list
Indian business tycoons Shiv Nadar and Azim Premji have made into Forbes Asia's Heroes of Philanthropy list for providing poor children access to education, which has been a top priority for other philanthropists from the country as well. ANI

26/11, Kashmir to dominate Indo-Pak foreign secretary talks
Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan-Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir-will be meeting here on Thursday for the first round of two-days of talks, which will focus on peace and security. It is expected that a full session will be dedicated to the Jammu and Kashmir issue on the second day on Friday. ANI

X-PM Transition Partners reinforces its operations in India and Brazil
X-PM Transition Partners (X-PM), a leading French executive interim management firm, has reinforced its operations in India and Brazil in order to respond to the pressing needs in these fast growing countries for quality managers. Business Wire India

Intesa Sanpaolo Deploys Gemalto Contactless Prepaid Card Designed for Tourists Visiting Italy
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces that Intesa Sanpaolo is deploying a new contactless prepaid card specifically designed for tourists taking part in the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification this year. The bank is issuing the cards through its service center Setefi Business Wire India

Connectiva Systems Ranked as #1 Vendor for Revenue Assurance and Fraud Management in the Middle East and Africa
Connectiva Systems Inc., a leading provider of revenue optimization solutions for the telecommunications and media industry, announced that it has been rated by Gartner as the number one vendor in Revenue Assurance and Fraud Management for the Middle East and Africa based on market share for 2010 Business Wire India

Global Stroke Prevention Awareness Initiative Draws Two Million Votes around the World
For non-UK and non-US media Business Wire India

Investors Form Whitefield to Acquire and Build Global Network of Innovative Marketing Solutions Companies
Whitefield, a company formed to build and acquire an innovative global network of best-of- breed marketing solutions companies, announced that it has received significant private investment to deepen its portfolio of creative, analytics-driven digital marketing solutions for Fortune 1000 brands Business Wire India

Newline Group Announces New Commercial Motor Underwriter
Newline Group, a division of OdysseyRe, has announced that Roy Fenn has been appointed as Underwriter for Commercial Motor Fleet business. Business Wire India

The Valence Group Successfully Advises German Specialty Chemicals Company CABB to Acquire KemFine Group Oy
CABB, a global fine and specialty chemicals company, and a portfolio company of Bridgepoint Capital Group, has acquired KemFine Group from 3i Private Equity. Terms were not disclosed. Business Wire India

Wealth Management Firms Should Leverage an Integrated Enterprise Response to Better Address HNWIs' Complex Post-Crisis Needs, According to 15th Annual World Wealth Report
Wealth management firms and advisors need to provide a broader and more integrated set of capabilities to meet the complex needs of today’s high net worth individuals (HNWIs)2, according to the 15th annual World Wealth Report, released yesterday by Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management and Capgemini Business Wire India

Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management and Capgemini Release 15th Annual World Wealth Report
The world’s high net worth individuals (HNWIs)1 expanded in population and wealth in 2010 surpassing 2007 pre-crisis levels in nearly every region, according to the 15th annual World Wealth Report, released yesterday by Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management and Capgemini Business Wire India

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