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Yemen forces 'open fire on protesters'
At least 33 anti-government protesters were reportedly shot dead by Yemeni forces in Sanaa. ANI

NASA's Messenger spacecraft begins historic orbit around mercury
A NASA spacecraft has successfully entered Mercury's orbit, where it will spend a year helping scientists better understand the planet closest to the sun. ANI

Libya declares ceasefire after UN no-fly resolution
Libya's government has declared an immediate ceasefire, hours after a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution backed a no-fly zone over the country. ANI

Japan raises nuclear alert to level 5
Japan has raised the alert level at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant from four to five on a seven-point international scale for atomic incidents. ANI

Donald Trump seriously considers running for upcoming US presidential polls
Real estate mogul Donald Trump has said that he is seriously considering running for the 2012 presidential polls as a Republican. ANI

EU to have right 'to be forgotten' law online
The European Union has said it will soon introduce a legislation called 'right to be forgotten,' that will allow people to have all their stored personal information permanently deleted from websites. ANI

Deciding whether intersex babies should be boys or girls
An estimated 1 in 2,000 children born each year are neither boy nor girl, they are intersex, and the question as to who should decide what their gender should be has emerged. ANI

Legendary songwriter Baez to get Amnesty rights award
Well-known folksinger,songwriter and Amnesty activist Joan Baez will receive an award named for her for advancing the cause of human rights. ANI

Pak Punjab Assembly passes resolution against drone attacks
The Assembly in Pakistan's Punjab Province has unanimously passed a resolution condemning US drone attacks in the country's northwestern tribal areas. ANI

Brit girl, 5, digs up 160 million-year-old fossil with plastic seaside spade
A little girl in Britain has discovered a huge 160 million-year-old fossil after digging with a children's seaside spade. ANI

Lahore HC CJ refuses to hear petition against Davis' release
The Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court (LHC), Justice Ijaz Chaudhry, has refused to hear a petition challenging the release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis today. ANI

Around 200 Pakistanis return from strife-torn Libya
Around 200 Pakistanis have reportedly been evacuated from Tripoli, and reached Islamabad to avoid unrest in Libya. ANI

Brit Army to get supergun to counter Taliban snipers
The British Army is testing rifles fitted with a "gunfire locator" pod which uses sonar to calculate an enemy's position within 1.3 seconds in order to counter Taliban snipers in Afghanistan. ANI

Bangladeshis say being forced to take part in Bahrain pro government rally
Bangladeshi expatriates in Bahrain say they have been forced to take part in pro-government rallies, which has provoked attacks from a majority of the Shia population of the country in return, leading to the death of two Bangladeshis in the clashes. ANI

US Govt.mum as p*rn industry nears approval for web site
The American p*rn industry is about to get .xxx as its own .com - and after years of protests by the Bush administration, the Obama administration is standing on the sidelines as it happens. ANI

Obama rules out radiation from Japan harming US
President Barack Obama has said that he did not expect harmful levels of radiation from Japan to reach the West Coast, Hawaii, Alaska or U.S. territories. ANI

Virtual conversation simulator beneficial for autistic adults
A new study has shown that simulated interactions in which adults with autism converse with a virtual partner may help them develop better social interaction skills. ANI

Japan's nuclear crisis could create serious health problems
A professor of pharmaceutical sciences has said that the nuclear power plant crisis in Japan could create serious health problems if too much radiation is released into the atmosphere. ANI

'First-cousin marriages behind Brit-Pak men seeking sex with vulnerable young white girls'
A senior Muslim politician in Britain has voiced his concern that some Pakistani men, who are unhappy with arranged marriages to cousins, target vulnerable young white girls to fulfil their sexual desires. ANI

Clinton vindicated over UNSC Libya no-fly zone proposal
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's who has been pushing President Barack Obama to join the fight to liberate Libya from Muammar Gaddafi, felt vindicated Thursday, when the UN Security Council approved a resolution authorizing "all necessary measures" to protect Libyan civilians, including a no-fly zone. ANI

US, Pak to move beyond recent tensions over Raymond Davis: Petraeus
The US commander in Afghanistan, General David H. Petraeus, has said that the US and Pakistan could move beyond recent tensions over the Raymond Davis issue, and take their bilateral cooperative relationship forward. ANI

Unidentified terrorists destroy govt. primary girls school in Pak's Landikotal town
Terrorists reportedly blew up a government primary school for girls in Landikotal town of Pakistan on Thursday. ANI

Sexual assault of American women soldiers on the rise
In a bid to address sexual crimes within the American defence forces more effectively, the United States Air Force will release a survey later this week in which it states that one in five women have been sexually assaulted since joining the military service. ANI

Research says randomness could 'improve democracy'
Democracy can be better served by randomly selecting representatives, argue Italian researchers. ANI

US organ recipient contracts HIV after donor had post-screening sex
An organ recipient in America has contracted HIV from a kidney donor, who had unprotected sex post-screening. ANI

Conrad Murray seeks fingerprint test on syringe found under MJ's deathbed
Lawyers representing Dr. Conrad Murray want a broken syringe found under Michael Jackson's deathbed to be tested for fingerprints. ANI

Afghan warlord on US payroll accused of terror campaign
An Afghan warlord backed by US special forces is facing persistent allegations that he launched a two-year spate of violence involving burglary, rape and murder of civilians, desecration of mosques and mutilation of corpses. ANI

Haye preparing for Klitschko bout by gym workouts with 500 pounds-a-week stripper
WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye is preparing for his upcoming title bout against Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko with the help of X Factor lapdancer Amie Buck. ANI

UK MPs warn government over new student visa controls
An all-party committee of British MPs has warned Immigration Minister Damian Green not to go ahead with changes in student visa control plans as it could severely damage the country's education industry, which contributes roughly 40 billion pounds a year to the economy. ANI

US teen's debut single 'Friday' goes viral for being worst pop song ever
A debut single from a teenager in America has gone viral after it was revealed to be the worst pop song ever. ANI

Stent inserted in ailing Nawaz Sharif's artery to ease blood flow in London
A stent has successfully been inserted in an artery of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, who was admitted to a Central London hospital with chest pain on Tuesday, to ease the flow of blood. ANI

US had 'near-miss' nuke mishaps at Indian Point, 13 other plants
Federal inspectors found "near-miss" accidents at Indian Point on the Hudson and 13 other U.S. nuclear power plants last year, a watchdog group charged on Thursday. ANI

Tokyo passengers trigger off radiation detectors at Chicago airport
Passengers coming in from earthquake and tsunami hit Japan triggered off radiation detectors at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport while passing through customs. ANI

Sri Lankan Tamils protest Sonia Gandhi's London visit
Sri Lankan Tamils protested outside a London venue where Congress President Sonia Gandhi delivered a lecture on Thursday. ANI

New York Police busts oxycodone drug trafficking ring
With the indictment of 31 members allegedly involved in oxycodone drug trafficking, the New York prosecutors have claimed that a million dollar a year oxycodone-trafficking business that was being operated from a Lickety Split ice cream truck on Staten Island has been busted. ANI

New York Times to charge online readers
The New York Times (NYT) has announced that it will charge frequent users to its website for access to its online content. ANI

US-Pak relations to remain "transactional" following Davis standoff: Analysts
The release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis might have ended a damaging spy row, but the bilateral ties between the US and Pakistan are expected to merely remain "transactional" following the issue, analysts have said. ANI

1 in 4 UK pupils admit swapping p*rn images of selves by text message
A survey has found that there is an increase in the number of children in UK taking pornographic images of themselves and swapping them with friends via text messages or the internet. ANI

Opposition parties point out Pak Punjab govt's crucial role in Davis' release
Opposition members in the Punjab Assembly have accused the state government of playing a crucial role in the safe release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis. ANI

History says New York is earthquake prone
If the past is any indication, New York can be hit by an earthquake, claims John Armbruster, a seismologist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. ANI

Berlusconi's bunga bunga beauties 'wore AC Milan shirts for stripteases'
It has emerged that scandal-hit Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi asked some of the beauties at his villa parties to dress in the shirts of AC Milan, the club he owns. ANI

Kate Middleton's see-through dress sold for 78K Pounds
Kate Middleton's see-through dress, which she wore at a charity fashion show at St Andrews University, has been sold for 65,000 pounds plus 13,000 pounds buyer's fees. ANI

Did Saudi Arabia arrange blood money for Davis' release?
Saudi Arabia is believed to have arranged the 'blood money', making the release of double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis possible after spending two months in a Lahore jail. ANI

Brit man has surgery after girlfriend 'bites off' his testicles
A man in Britain had to undergo surgery to have his testicles reattached after his girlfriend allegedly bit them off. ANI

Over 6 in 10 Americans don't want military sent to Libya: Poll
Regardless of the belief that the United States should always promote democracy, over 6 in 10 Americans don't want the country's military to be sent to Libya, according to a Fox News poll. ANI

UAE prison inmate says Indian jails are 'hell'
A 76-year-old prisoner, Vinayak, in jail on drug charges, says he doesn't want to go to India to serve his remaining term. ANI

Radiation levels decline near Japan nuke plant
Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has said radiation levels near the damaged Fukushima No 1 nuclear power plant are declining following water-dousing measures taken to cool down the reactor's overheated spent fuel storage pool. ANI

Chinese seawater safe from radiation
The National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center has said that China's seawater, which is an important source of salt, will not be affected by radioactive leaks from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in Japan. ANI

Fukushima workers admit being on a " suicide mission"
Brave technicians fighting to avoid a nuclear catastrophe in Japan have sent heart-breaking messages to their families while admitting that they know they are on a " suicide mission." ANI

Nearly 5 in 10 Americans think nuke power is safe energy source
Nearly five in ten Americans think nuclear power is a safe source of energy, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday. ANI

Davis' release paves way for Zardari's 'on-hold' visit to US
The release of double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis has paved the way for Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's visit to the US, with reports saying that governments of both the countries have now worked out dates and agendas of the meeting. ANI

Gaddafi vows to 'get crazy' in face of foreign attack
Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to 'get crazy' in the event of a foreign attack on his country. ANI

Irish beer Guinness does not travel well: Study
A new study has suggested that famous Irish beer Guinness does not travel well, as it loses most of its appearance, flavour and aftertaste after being exported to countries outside Ireland. ANI

Southwest Airlines apologises to Muslim woman for being thrown off flight
Southwest Airlines has publicly apologised to a Muslim woman, who was thrown off a flight at San Diego International Airport, California, because she was wearing an Islamic headscarf and one of the crew thought her behaviour was 'suspicious'. ANI

Kayani 'loses cool' calling latest US drone attack as "intolerable and unjustified"
Pakistan's army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has condemned the recent United States' drone attacks on his country as "intolerable and unjustified". ANI

India, four others abstain from UN's Libya no-fly zone resolution
India, China, Russia, Germany and Brazil have abstained from voting on a resolution to approve a no-fly zone over Libya. ANI

Obama's long-lost Irish relatives 'not pleased at hearing ancestry'
A family history website has said that US President Barack Obama has 28 living relatives, including a Vietnam veteran and school nurse, descended from an Irishman who fled the potato famine. ANI

Iran creates 'world's first flying saucer'
An aircraft created by scientists in Iran is, they claim, the world's first flying saucer. ANI

Tony still excites me in all possible ways, says wife Cherie Blair
Cherie Blair has revealed that husband Tony still turns her on after 35 years together. ANI

Global Market for Mobile Payments to Exceed US$1 Trillion by 2014 - Asia Pacific Leads the Way
CARTES in Asia 2011, Asia Pacific’s leading digital security and smart card technologies exhibition and conference gets underway in just two weeks. The second edition of CARTES in Asia will be held at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong, from 29 to 31 March 2011. Business Wire India

General Mills to Enter Exclusive Negotiations with PAI and Sodiaal on Acquisition of Yoplait Interests
General Mills announced today that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with PAI Partners and Sodiaal to purchase interests in Yoplait S.A.S., and affiliated companies. Business Wire India

NRI Opens Colombian Office
Natural Resources International, LLC (NRI), has announced that it has advanced its strategy towards developing a greater presence in South America by opening its first office in Bogotá, Colombia Business Wire India

Covidien Statement on the Impact of the Japanese Earthquake
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global supplier of healthcare products, has provided an update on its operations in Japan. Business Wire India

AFP moves bureau in Japan
AFP has decided to remain in Japan for the time being to continue its mission to provide complete news coverage while applying strict security measures to ensure the safety of its team, which remains flexible so as to be able to change course at a moment's notice. Business Wire India

Bloomberg FIT Breaks $1 Trillion in OTC Derivative Volume
Bloomberg Fixed-Income Trading executives has announced that they have broken through the $1 trillion mark in electronically traded interest-rate swaps and credit default swaps for 2011. Business Wire India

ZTE Announces 2010 Annual Results
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, has announced its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2010. Business Wire India

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