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Hindu Temple of Kentucky "re-inaugurates"
After extensive renovation, the Hindu Temple of Kentucky in Louisville (USA) is celebrating its re-inauguration with a grand ceremony on June 12. ANI

Brit artist Lowry's Hawker's Cart fetches £555,000 at auction
British artist Lowry's work, the 'Hawker's Cart', depicting an urban landscape in northern England, has been sold for 555,000 pounds by the 'Royal Scottish Academy' at an auction in Edinburgh. ANI

A look at what tweens, teens will not reveal to their parents
A study into today's tweens and teens has revealed that they will not talk to their parents about their innermost fears and turmoil. ANI

No bloodshed in Tiananmen Square, but soldiers opened fire outside Beijing centre: Wikileaks
Secret cables from the US embassy in Beijing obtained by WikiLeaks have shown that there was no bloodshed inside Tiananmen Square when China put down student pro-democracy demonstrations on June 4, 1989, but revealed that Chinese soldiers opened fire on protesters outside the centre of Beijing while they fought to enter the square from the west of the city. ANI

Oxford University bans students from 'half-n*ked half-hour' strips in library
Students at Worcester College have been asked to stop their 'half-n*ked half-hour' tradition being practised in the library on Wednesday afternoons or face disciplinary action. ANI

China's urban youth postponing marriage due to housing pressure: Survey
A new survey has found that majority of China's urban youth are postponing marriage due to housing pressure. ANI

TEPCO detects high radiation at Fukushima nuke plant
The Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan, on Saturday said that extremely high radiation has been detected at the reactor building No.1 of the plant. ANI

China starts excavating 210 BC acrobatics-performing terracotta warriors
Chinese archeologists have started a second round of excavation at a burial pit of Emperor Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum in Shaanxi Province. ANI

Britain's 200th richest man struggles to fill forms, decipher road signs
A business tycoon who features amongst Britain's richest people has confessed that he suffers from dyslexia and cannot read. ANI

Government doing utmost for flood victims' rehabilitation: Pak Finance Minister
The Pakistan Government realizes the miseries of the victims of last year's floods, and is doing its utmost to ensure their rehabilitation, Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh has said. ANI

Brit Parliament's newest MPs complain of being overworked
They have only been in the job for 12 months, but British Parliament's newest MPs are already complaining about working long hours. ANI

China admits facing serious environmental challenges
China has admitted that it is facing serious environmental protection challenges, with pollution from toxic metals aggravating the public and a severe drought further damaging waterways. ANI

Milton Friedman's grandson makes waves with 'seasteading' plan
Milton Friedman's grandson Patri has a vision that might have made the economist proud- building a floating libertarian nation a dozen miles off the coast of California. ANI

UK High street shops to face ban on 'sexually suggestive' clothes for young girls
High street shops in UK will be banned from selling padded bras and sexually suggestive clothes for young girls under guidelines that are set to be unveiled. ANI

Press Club of India demands Pak Govt take concrete measures for journalists' protection
The Press Club of India has condemned the brutal murder of Pakistani investigative reporter Syed Saleem Shahzad, and demanded that the Pakistan Government take concrete measures for the security of journalists in the country. ANI

'Cash-starved' Pak Govt allocates Rs30mn for maintenance of Gilani, Zardari's gardens
The Pakistan Government's budget for the fiscal year 2011-2012 treats the president and the prime minister like Mughal emperors despite the sinking financial health of the country. ANI

Palin's latest 'patriot Revere's midnight ride' gaffe
Paul Revere might be well known to schoolchildren in the US for his act of bravery during the American Revolution, but apparently not so much to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, with reports saying that she wrongly described patriot Revere's historic 1775 ride at the start of the Revolutionary War. ANI

Now, 'freedom-loving' Palin says 'you don't need to be in office to effect positive change'
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin appears to have learnt where exactly she stands after completing her nation wide bus-tour, thought to be a test-run for a presidential campaign, with reports saying that she has now claimed all of a sudden that 'you don't need to be in office to effect positive change.' ANI

'Anti-obesity' apartment building in US comes with gym, slow-moving elevator
An "anti-obesity" apartment building in the US constructed at a cost of 18 million dollars has been fitted with an outdoor and indoor gym, children's exercise equipment and even a slow-moving elevator to encourage residents to take the stairs. ANI

Police give contradictory statements about place where Pak journalist's body was thrown
The Sara-i-Alamgir and Mandi Bahauddin police have come up with contradictory statements about the place where slain Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad's body was thrown. ANI

Shahzad's killers wanted to make his death "an example for other journalists": Police
The killers of Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad wanted to make his death "an example for other journalists", therefore they threw his body into a wide canal, so that someone could see the body and inform the police and his family, a police official has said. ANI

Hindu statesman Zed asks Brent Council in England not to axe Navaratri funding
Esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has urged Brent Council in England to not axe the Navaratri festival funding. ANI

Now, second Mormon expected to join race for White House
Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr. could become the second Mormon to join the race for the White House in 2012. The first is former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney of GOP. ANI

US won't back out of Asia even as Chinese military attempts to extend its influence there: Gates
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said that his country would maintain its commitment to defend its Southeast Asian allies, and invest in technologies to counter weapons meant to keep America out of the Pacific region. ANI

US' 'Act of War' treatment of cyber-attacks fails to answer harder questions: Experts
The Pentagon's new strategy to view certain cyber-attacks as 'acts of war' avoids hard policy and fails to answer harder legal questions, according to cyber security experts. ANI

Smurfs are anti-Semitic and racist, alleges French author
The Smurfs - the blue comic strip creatures living a peaceful existence in their toadstool homes - are actually anti-Semitic and racist, according to a French sociologist. ANI

"Pak Taliban's ultimate aim is to force Pak Govt to end alliance with US": TTP leader
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has warned of more large-scale attacks like the one on Karachi's Mehran Naval Station and the two targeting border security posts in Upper Dir and Lower Dir districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. ANI

92-year-old 'inseparable' twin brother friars die together in Florida
A pair of twin brothers, who were born within seconds of each other almost a century ago, died together as well in Florida. They were 92. ANI

US X Factor gags Cheryl Cole as part of 1.2 million pounds payout deal
Cheryl Cole could pocket 1.2 million pounds for four days' work, if she keeps silent over her US X Factor exit. ANI

HuJI chief Ilyas Kashmiri killed in US drone attack in South Waziristan: Report
Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (HuJI) chief Ilyas Kashmiri was among those killed in the latest US drone attacks in Pakistan's South Waziristan region, according to a news report. ANI

'Circumcision ban superhero' evokes images of anti-Semitism: Jewish activists
A ballot measure to ban circumcision in San Francisco has taken a strange twist with the publication of a comic book in which an anti-circumcision superhero battles evil Jewish characters who recall the stereotypical images of classic anti-Semitism. ANI

How billionaire Trump 'bullies residents coming in way of his dream golf resort'
One of the residents living on the edge of Donald Trump's 750 million pounds golf resort has alleged that the US billionaire's organisation is trying to "intimidate and bully" him by putting up a fence around his house and then billing him for it. ANI

Pak Govt forms independent commission to probe Shahzad's murder
An independent commission has been constituted to probe the gruesome murder of the Pakistani journalist Saleem Shehzad, Pakistan's Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan has said. ANI

America to cut two-third of aid projects to Pak, but not financial assistance: US official
The United States will cut two-thirds of the projects it funds in Pakistan, however, a slash of aid is not on the cards as yet, according to US officials. ANI

Pak Taliban claims responsibility for deadly cross-border Dir checkpoint attack
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the recent cross-border militant attack on a security post in Pakistan's Upper Dir district. ANI

Duchess of Cambridge's childhood home sells for 485K pounds
The childhood home of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has been sold for 485,000 pounds, which is 10,000 pounds less than the guide price. ANI

Shopper gets £10,500 payout after slipping on a grape in UK store!
A supermarket in England has been ordered to pay a 10,500-pound compensation to a shopper who slipped on a grape in one of its stores. ANI

Islamic Malay club tells wives to be obedient 'to curb hubby's social ills'
An Islamic group that had that raised eyebrows two years ago with its polygamy club has now launched 'The Obedient Wife Club' to provide tips to wives on ways to please their husbands better to prevent them from straying. ANI

Hitler's first anti-Semitic diatribe described Jews as being like 'racial TB'
Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's first written record of his obsessive hostility toward Jews, known as the 'Gemlich letter' has been bought by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre - the Holocaust remembrance organisation - in Los Angeles for 100,000 pounds. ANI

Australian National University climate scientists receive 'death threat emails'
Climate scientists at the Australian National University have been relocated to safe areas after they received death threats through abusive emails. ANI

Taliban masterstroke 'brings the war to Kandahar' to 'stay a step ahead' of US
The US military surge in their rural hideouts have reportedly driven the Taliban insurgents into Afghanistan's second-largest city, Kandahar. ANI

Bisexual men barred from Gay Softball event for 'not being gay enough'
The hearing in the one-if-its-kind case of three bisexual men suing a gay baseball association for disqualifying them on not being 'gay' enough continues in a U.S. court. ANI

Obama, Boehner to play a round of golf this month
US President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have settled on a date to play golf together-June 18. ANI

Afghan Taliban deny hand in Pak border attack, say operations restricted to Afghanistan
The Afghan Taliban have disowned the recent militant attacks in Pakistan's Upper Dir district, and declared that their operations were restricted to Afghanistan. ANI

Yemen could turn into another Afghanistan: ex US ambassador Hull
With the clashes between government forces and opposition tribesmen pushing the country to the brink of civil war, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Edmund Hull has said that such a situation could make Yemen a 'safe haven' for al Qaeda operatives, much in the same way as Afghanistan was before the 9/11 terror attacks. ANI

Ex-Prez candidate Edwards pleads not guilty to using campaign funds to support mistress, baby
Former US Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six counts of using campaign funds to support his mistress and child. ANI

Pak Army's 'sab theek hai' attitude in running business as usual "no longer an option"
The Pakistan military must realise that conducting business as usual with its 'all is well' attitude is "no longer an option" following a string of recent incidents that have put the establishment in a poor light. ANI

Robert Louis Stevenson's 'lost' letter set to fetch £8K at auction
A "lost" letter from Robert Louis Stevenson to Sir John Thurston, the governor of Fiji- who had threatened to deport the Scottish novelist from his Samoan home- is expected to fetch up to 8,000 pounds at an auction in London next week. ANI

Michelle Obama to tour Africa with daughters, mother
Michelle Obama will be visiting Africa with her daughters and mother later this month to continue her work of encouraging young people around the world to become active in their countries. ANI

Most Aussies want their troops out of Afghanistan by Christmas
Around two-thirds of Australians want the government to pull their troops out of Afghanistan, according to a poll. ANI

Dubai airports to raise capacity to 90 m. passengers with $ 5.9 bn.investment
Khalifa Al Zaffin, the Executive Chairman of Dubai World Central, said that the emirate plans to increase the capacity of the Dubai International Airport and the Al Maktoum International Airports to 90 million passengers annually by making investments amounting to 5.98 billion dollars. ANI

Chinese experts say Gmail hacking accusations are 'evil-intentioned'
Google's accusations that Chinese hackers are behind the alleged cyber attacks on hundreds of its email accounts lack evidence, and the timing to make such accusations is evil-intentioned, Chinese experts have said. ANI

Pak Govt to spend Rs56 billion on internal security during 2011-12
The Pakistan Government will spend 56 billion rupees on the country's internal security during 2011-12 in the wake of the increased intensity of terrorist attacks there. ANI

Ex-Mossad chief warns Israel that attacking Iran could give rise to "regional war"
Meir Dagan, a former chief of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, has warned that Israeli policies on Iran and the Palestinians could lead to a major conflict in the region. ANI

Sky News anchor apologizes for racist description of Chinese man
A Sky News anchor who was criticized for giving a racist description of a Chinese man has apologized "unreservedly" for his remarks. ANI

Indian-origin NY doctor faces 15-yr prison sentence in HIV prescription scam
An Indian-origin doctor in New York was busted in a 700,000 dollar Medicaid scam for prescribing HIV drugs to 150 patients who did not have the virus, and billing the public health system for their care. ANI

China to enhance nuke safety in wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster
China is likely to enhance the safety level for the construction and operation of its nuclear power plants in the wake of Japan's Fukushima nuclear crisis. ANI

US missile strike kills five people in South Waziristan
Five people were killed and six others injured in a US missile strike targeting a house in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region. ANI

Over 82 percent say Pak Govt's 2011-12 budget won't provide any relief to people: Survey
Over 82 per cent voters of a poll have rejected the Pakistan Government's budget for the fiscal year 2011-12, saying they do not think it would provide relief to the masses. ANI

America must continue to press Pakistan for increased action against LeT: US official
The United States must continue to press Islamabad for increased action against the Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), a US official has said. ANI

Al Qaeda retains capability to conduct transnational attacks from Pakistan: US official
Although Osama bin Laden is dead, Al Qaeda still has the capacity to stage international attacks from Pakistan, a US official has said. ANI

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