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'New Concorde' SonicStar to fly from London to New York in just two hours
Supersonic travel is on the cards again after a manufacturer unveiled plans for a plane that will travel twice the speed of retired turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner Concorde. ANI

American rapper Lil Jon's alcoholic 'Crunk Juce' wreaking havoc in UK
British Police are warning about new alcoholic energy drink, 'Crunk Juce', that is as strong as wine and which they claim is responsible for a wave of anti-social behaviour in the country. ANI

Beer gut, tight trunks, man b**bs biggest turn-offs on beach
A survey has found that tight swimming costumes, a beer belly, and man b**bs are the most unwelcome sights on a beach. ANI

Germans brand Brit 'cousins' as fat, sex-mad lager louts
It has been just a week after it was revealed that around half of Britons have German blood gushing through their veins.ow, Germans have branded their English 'cousins' as fat, sex-mad lager louts. ANI

Protest planned for Prince William, Kate's Canada visit
A protest has been planned ahead of Prince William and Kate's upcoming visit to Canada. ANI

Anthony Weiner busy with his Blackberry during lunch date with wife
Former US congressman Anthony Weiner, who was in a scandal for sexting, was seen busy with his Blackberry during a lunch date with his pregnant wife. ANI

Aussie girl gains fame as 'Facebook song' goes viral on YouTube
An Australian teenager has gained fame after a video she posted on YouTube of herself singing with a guitar while describing her annoyances with Facebook, went viral. ANI

Brogues are back in fashion with sales climbing
Many men are doing away with their trusty black shoes in favour of versatile brown brogues. ANI

Meet the Brit magician 'who walked across the River Thames on foot'!
A British illusionist has stunned onlookers by 'walking' across the River Thames on foot. ANI

Ancient Chinese 'knew how to use ice to preserve food'
A researcher had found evidence of refrigeration being used to preserve food in Ancient China. ANI

Jemima Khan part ways with Luke Janklow
British heiress Jemima Khan and her New York literary agent Luke Janklow have apparently split up. ANI

Yemeni chaos allowing roving gangs of Islamist jihadists take control over important ports
The chaos caused because of the political crisis in Yemen is reportedly creating avenues for roving gangs of Islamist militia fighters, some linked to Al Qaeda, in gaining control over the ancient port city of Aden. ANI

Brit accident victim flew to Australia to watch Ashes 10 days after skull surgery
A road accident victim, who lost a huge part of his skull, and had to have it replaced with plastic surgery, flew to Australia ten days later to watch the Ashes. ANI

'Simpleton' Kate Middleton loves shopping in London 'on the sly'
The down-to-earth Duchess of Cambridge loves to sneak into posh London shops hunting for clothes and beauty tips, without having anybody notice her. ANI

Libyan defector Moussa Koussa living in Qatar
Moussa Koussa, Colonel Gaddafi's former intelligence chief and Foreign Minister is living in a four star hotel in Qatar. ANI

Weak probe, structural flaws responsible for low conviction rate: Pak Chief Justice
Pakistan's Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary has said weakness in investigation, structural flaws in the entire system and a lack of coordination among stakeholders at the grassroots level is responsible for the dismally low conviction rate and increasing litigation in the country. ANI

Queen, Mick Jagger on list of Brit's influential golden oldies
At first sight, they do not share anything in common. But the Queen, Rolling Stone Sir Mick Jagger and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson have joined a list of the country's most influential senior citizens. ANI

Britain has 'political and moral resolve' to continue Libya mission: Defence Secretary
British Defence Secretary Liam Fox has said that his country has the political and moral resolve to continue protecting Libyan civilian population against the "excesses and violence" of Muammar Gaddafi's regime. ANI

'Obama increasingly relying on 'gut instincts' than 'consensus' on key decisions'
The Osama bin Laden raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, has reinforced US President Barack Obama's tendency to go ahead with his instinct in making important decisions, contrary to his earlier moves in which he used to seek consensus among his top aides and political advisers. ANI

TV making today's kids put on weight
Paediatricians have warned that television is creating a 'perfect storm' for childhood obesity. ANI

Pak Punjab police turning a blind eye to court ruling on handling of blasphemy cases
Pakistan's Punjab police is either ignorant or dismissive of the Lahore High Court's instructions regarding the investigation of blasphemy cases, piling misery on those accused of the offence. ANI

Ex-Nazi doctor's hand behind world's worst medical disaster revealed
A former Nazi doctor grew rich by promoting the drug that caused the world's worst medical disaster, a British thalidomide expert has claimed. ANI

UK prisoners earned 10 million pounds as compensation in 5 years
Prisoners have pocketed more than 10 million pounds across UK in compensation over the last five years. ANI

Top Gear comes out with 'world's most unstoppable vehicle'
British television series, Top Gear, has introduced the "world's most unstoppable and indestructible vehicle" ever, which comes at a price of 300,000 pounds. ANI

Pakistan denies 'intentionally' firing rockets into Afghanistan
The Pakistan Army has denied allegations that it has fired hundreds of rockets into two eastern Afghan provinces over the past three weeks. ANI

PoK poll rigging: Imran Khan urges judiciary to intervene
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has urged the judiciary to save the country from what he called a complete collapse of state institutions. ANI

American man behind 'Gay girl in Damascus' blog pretends to be an Arab woman again!
The 40-year-old American man, who recently confessed to be the person behind "A Gay Girl in Damascus" blog, has reportedly created another fake persona. ANI

Pakistani Taliban splits over suicide attacks on mosques, innocent civilians
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander Fazal Saeed Haqqani has separated from the militant organisation and formed his own group. ANI

European Union's preferential trade package to Pakistan "a gone story"
The European Union has failed to get approval at the World Trade Organisation from member nations for granting trade preferences to Pakistan on 75 items, it has been learnt. ANI

Iran bans keeping of pet dogs branding it 'blind imitation of vulgar western culture'
The hardline Iranian parliament has slammed the latest fashion of keeping pet dogs by drafting a bill to criminalise the owning of dogs in private apartments or owners being found with them in public places. ANI

Ryan Giggs' wife Stacey forgives his serial philandering
Ryan Giggs' wife Stacey is reported to have said that she will forgive Ryan despite his affairs with his brother's missus and Big Brother babe Imogen Thomas. ANI

Bachmann says she is a 'serious' US Presidential candidate, not a 'flake'
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has said a new poll that shows her near the top of the Republican presidential pack in Iowa is proof that voters see her as a 'serious' candidate. ANI

'Islam-centric' Pak Army divided on US-led war against Muslim extremists
Disciplinary violations in Pakistan's defence forces have increased in the recent years as hearts and minds of military officials remain divided on the issue of the so-called American war on terror. ANI

Foreign Press Association accuses Israel of trying to intimidate Gaza flotilla journalists
The Foreign Press Association has accused Israel of using "threats and intimidation" to stop media coverage of a 10-ship flotilla scheduled to sail to the Gaza Strip this week. ANI

Michelle Obama calls meeting with Mandela "surreal, powerful" experience
US First Lady Michelle Obama said her meeting with former South African president Nelson Mandela was a "surreal experience". ANI

'Old news' Obama laments 'decline of coolness' ahead of 2012 presidential polls
US President Barack Obama has lamented that he is losing his earlier 'cool and young and vibrant' reputation in his campaign for the 2012 presidential polls. ANI

Immigration to drive UK population up to 70.4 million in 2026: Report
Increasing immigration rate will drive Britain's population above 70 million in 15 years, which is three years earlier than previously predicted. ANI

Pippa Middleton gets offer to appear on 'Strictly Come Dancing'
Pippa Middleton, whose butt has attracted worldwide attention since the Royal Wedding, has been offered a deal to appear on 'Strictly Come Dancing' by BBC. ANI

Swedish school bans 'him', 'her' to foster equality between sexes
A pre-school in Sweden has decided to stop referring to children as "him" or "her" in an effort to obtain equality between the sexes from childhood. ANI

"Kayani never said Pakistan had mortgaged itself to America": ISPR
Pakistan military spokesperson Major General Athar Abbas has refuted media reports that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had ever acknowledged that Pakistan had mortgaged itself to the United States. ANI

Kiwi TV presenter Henry says 'he's neither a bigot nor a racist' over Sheila Dikshit racial slur
Former New Zealand TV (TVNZ) Breakfast presenter Paul Henry, who was forced to resign last year over his 'racist' comments against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit during the Commonwealth Games, has said that allegations against him do not affect him much because he knows that he is 'neither a bigot nor a racist'. ANI

Men 'likelier to cheat on wives if their dads were unfaithful'
A study has revealed that cheating really does run in the family, at least as far as men are concerned. ANI

Oz children as young as 10 view pornography on school laptops
School-supplied netbook computers are being used by Australian children, as young as 10, to gain access to pornography. ANI

Middle children 'likelier to bully their brothers and sisters'
Children who are slapped or shouted at by their parents are more likely to bully their brothers or sisters, and middle children are more likely to be the bullies, according to new research. ANI

Edinburgh Hindu Mandir reopens after extensive renovation
The Edinburgh Hindu Mandir and Cultural Center in Scotland has reopened after an overhaul of about 322,000 pounds. ANI

Haqqani dismisses 'Pak Embassy issued 67 visas to CIA operatives' report as "rubbish"
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani, has dismissed reports that the Pakistan Embassy in Washington has issued 67 visas to Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operatives. ANI

Gen Y women feel they are expected to give oral sex
An Australian survey has found that Generation Y women feel pressured to give oral sex, and some even find that it is expected of them. ANI

Sharif working on Taliban agenda: PPP politician
Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) Information Secretary of Sindh Women Wing Sharmila Farooqi has accused Pakistan Muslim League -N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif of he is working for the Taliban. ANI

Sri Lankan woman faces 'death by beheading' in Saudi Arabia for allegedly killing baby
A woman in Saudi Arabia is poised to be executed by beheading in front of a crowd of people for allegedly killing a baby in her care. ANI

Billy the Kid's only existing image fetches £1.4m at Denver auction
Wild West gunslinger Billy the Kid's only existing picture has fetched 1.4 million pounds at Brian Lebel's annual Old West Auction in Denver. ANI

Pak Army undecided on action against servicemen arrested over Hizbut Tahrir links
Pakistan's military command has yet to decide on action against the five army officers recently arrested over their alleged links to Hizbut Tahrir, a banned extremist organisation. ANI

Pakistan 'unhappy' at being left out of US-Taliban talks for endgame in Afghanistan
Pakistan is upset at being left out of the ongoing negotiations between the United States and the Taliban, Pakistan's Ambassador to Washington, Hussain Haqqani, has said. ANI

15 Fukushima residents' urine contaminated with radiation
Over three millisieverts of radiation has been measured in the urine of 15 residents living near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, especially in the village of Litate and the town of Kawamata. ANI

74-yr-old Brit great granddad customises mobility scooter into the Batmobile
It has emerged that a retired construction worker in the UK has transformed his old mobility scooter into a superhero's car that looked like the iconic car in the 'Batman' films. ANI

Poll rigging allegations spark violence in PoK, Punjab
Allegations of poll rigging have sparked violent protests in many parts of Pakistan-administered Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab, with political activists clashing with each other. ANI

Climate change no longer a 'serious issue' for most Australians: Poll
Only 41 percent of Australians believe that the issue of climate change is a serious and pressing problem, according to a poll. ANI

Corrupt Afghan courts release most Taliban fanatics seized by UK troops: Report
Afghanistan's courts have freed over 1,000 Taliban fighters seized by British troops in the past year, it has emerged. ANI

Pakistan expels at least 18 British military trainers from country
Pakistan has expelled a team of British military trainers sent to help with the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaida. ANI

'Hindu Club' in Argentina without Hindus!
There is a 'Hindu Club' in Argentina and interestingly none of its associates is a Hindu. ANI

Ratha Jatra to be held in Maryland
Ratha Jatra (the Hindu Festival of Chariots) will be organized in Lanham (Maryland, USA) on July 3 afternoon. ANI

Karzai accuses Pakistan of firing 470 rockets into Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused Pakistan of firing 470 rockets into two eastern Afghan provinces over the past three weeks, which reportedly killed 36 people, including 12 children. ANI

Challenges of Testing High Frequency Trading Applications: AppLabs Webinar
AppLabs, the world's largest software testing and quality management company, today announced that it is holding a webinar on ‘Challenges of Testing High Frequency Trading Applications’. Hosted by Stephen Massel, AVP and Head of Capital Markets at AppLabs, the webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM EDT / 4:00 PM BST / 8:30 PM IST Business Wire India

Hilco Establishes HilcoBid Office in Singapore to Provide Online Asset Redeployment and Disposition Services Throughout the Asia-Pacific and Greater China Region
Hilco Trading, LLC, a world leader in tangible and intangible asset disposition and valuation services, today announced the opening of an office in Singapore, its first to serve the Asia-Pacific and greater China region Business Wire India

Coca-Cola Marketing Campaigns Put Spotlight on Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011
Harnessing the power of an integrated marketing campaign that includes engagement via social media, in-store retail displays, fund-raising activities, employee volunteers, a television commercial and experiential activity, The Coca-Cola Company is creating greater awareness for the Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011. Business Wire India

GroupM Launches Xaxis - Ad Industry's Most Comprehensive Audience Buying Solution
GroupM announced today the launch of Xaxis, a global audience buying company that combines all of the demand-side data and technology resources of WPP (NASDAQ:WPPGY) and the trading leverage of the GroupM agencies into a single comprehensive resource Business Wire India

New data for linagliptin* show clinically meaningful efficacy similar to glimepiride but with fewer cardiovascular events
Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced Phase III study results for linagliptin (proposed trade name Trajenta® in Europe), demonstrating improved glycaemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D) whose blood glucose is not adequately maintained Business Wire India

Monster Launches First Truly Global Professional Networking App for Facebook with Introduction of BeKnownT
Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW) today launched BeKnown™, a professional networking app designed to allow Facebook users to establish a professional network on the world’s most popular social platform Business Wire India

CitiFX Pro Voted Best Retail FX Platform
The readers of Profit & Loss, a leading UK magazine following the global currency and derivatives markets, have given Citi’s CitiFX Pro their “Reader’s Choice” Digital Markets Awards for margin FX trading. Business Wire India

Linagliptin Recommended for Approval in the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in Europe
Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) has received a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) medicinal committee recommending approval of linagliptin 5 mg film-coated tablets (to be marketed under the trade name Trajenta®) for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes Business Wire India

ebrary's Academic Complete E-book Database Surpasses 70,000 Titles
To continually support the needs of researchers throughout the world, ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, announced it has added more than 16,000 titles in all academic subject areas to Academic Complete™ Business Wire India

De Montfort University: Student's Indian Heritage Helps her Scoop top UK Fashion Award
A De Montfort University (DMU) student’s colourful knitwear collection made from shoelaces and inspired by her Indian heritage was awarded a top textiles award at one of the UK’s most prestigious student fashion events. Business Wire India

Travel Search Site Skyscanner Sets Sights on Singapore as Growth Takes off In Asia Pacific
Leading travel search site Skyscanner has announced turnover of £15.2 million – a year on year revenue increase of 75% – for the financial year ending May 31st 2011. Business Wire India

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