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London court allows Russian female spy suspect to work for Russian TV
Katia Zatuliveter, a former assistant to Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock in Britain who was accused of being a Russian spy, has been reportedly granted permission by a London court judge to work for Russian television as a political commentator. ANI

Bible translated in Malaysian language no affront to Muslims: Ulema
The translation of Bible in the traditional Malaysian language is of no affront to Muslims and is perfectly fine in the eyes of Federal Constitution, according to religious advisor Fathul Bari Mat Jahya. ANI

History made as all horses fall during UK race and fail to finish
For the first time ever in the history of horseracing in Britain, none of the horses in the competition managed to finish the race after every horse fell. ANI

Radiation is good for you, says Ann Coulter
Right-wing blowhard Ann Coulter has become the latest celebrity to cause a stir with her controversial remarks on the disaster in Japan. ANI

D.C. fourth-grader 'brings cocaine to school, shares with classmates'
A fourth-grader in Washington D.C. allegedly brought cocaine to school and shared the drug with classmates. ANI

NY Attorney General demands earthquake study on nuclear plant before relicensing
In the wake of the current nuclear crisis in Japan, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has demanded that the federal nuclear regulators must conduct a seismic study to check the earthquake resistance status of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, before renewing its operating license. ANI

Food items with high radiation levels found near Japan's tsunami affected nuke power plant
Milk and spinach have been contaminated in areas near the earthquake-cum-tsunami affected Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, with reports saying that radiation levels in these food items have been found above Japan's regulated standards. ANI

Libyan rebels shoot down fighter jet as Gaddafi forces 'break ceasefire and enter Benghazi'
Libyan rebels have reportedly shot down a fighter jet after Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces breached the UN ceasefire and tried to encroach into the territory of Benghazi. ANI

Nuclear radiation levels from Fukushima nuclear power plant not harmful to humans: IAEA
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts have said that the radiation levels detected in Japan and areas surrounding it, post the nuclear crisis in its Fukushima nuclear power plant, do not pose any harm to human health. ANI

Pak NA motion calls to debate state institutions' role in Davis' acquittal
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has submitted an adjournment motion in the National Assembly calling for a debate on the role of the army, the intelligence agencies, the judiciary, the parliament and the political parties. ANI

Pak Air Force on 'high alert' following US drone strike
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is reportedly on a high alert, and is conducting strict vigilance of the country's airspace after a US drone attack in North Waziristan killed at least 40 civilians. ANI

Obama Elementary School to shut down due to low enrolment
A school that bears President Barack Obama's name is reportedly set to be shut down due to low enrolment. ANI

Two Malay women summoned for not wearing full-sleeved T-shirts
Two women in Malaysia, who were promoting their company's new car series, were summoned for not wearing T-shirts with sleeves reaching their elbows. ANI

Consider views of Indian panelists on 'Interlok' issue: MIC Chief
Malaysian Indian Congress President G. Palanivel has asked the government to take the views of the three Indian representatives on the Interlok panel seriously. ANI

Size two ex-Miss San Antonio accused of eating too many tacos
The former Miss San Antonio, who lost her crown after she was told to lose weight, has revealed that she was accused of eating too many tacos. ANI

Beauty potions, creams of 15th-century recreated
An art historian and an herbalist have joined hands to recreate some of the creams and potions used by 15th-century women to enhance their looks. ANI

Pak FIA told to produce Musharraf in court on March 26
An Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) in Rawalpindi has directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to produce former President Pervez Musharraf in court during the Benazir Bhutto assassination case's hearing on March 26. ANI

Govt. to convene APC after Zardari's address to joint parliament: Babar Awan
Pakistan Law Minister Babar Awan has said that an All Parties Conference (APC) to discuss and find solution to all national issues would be summoned after President Asif Ali Zardari's address to the Joint sitting of the Parliament. ANI

Book imagines what if Diana had faked her own death, started life anew
An author has written a book that imagines what would have happened had Princess Diana faked her own death and started life anew. ANI

Indian peace delegation meets Sindh Chief Minister in Karachi
A 15-member Indian peace delegation of intellectuals, writers, parliamentarians, educationists and social activists led by veteran journalist Kuldip Nayyar has met Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in Karachi. ANI

US expects to get 'blood money' bill over Davis' acquittal: Official
The Obama administration "fully expects to get the bill" over double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis' acquittal at some point and would pay it, a US official has said. ANI

Patrol frequency in Indian waters increased to thwart Somali pirates
Indian Coast Guard Deputy Inspector General S.D. Bhanot has said that the frequency of patrols have been increased to keep the Somali pirates at bay, thereby keeping Indian Coast Guard busy thwarting pirates off Indian waters. ANI

"Few rotten eggs" within government damaging democratic system: Qureshi
Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that a small group of politicians in the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) is damaging the country's democratic system and determining the nation's fate. ANI

Brit engineers find image of Virgin Mary in sandpit through Google Earth
Construction engineers in Britain were left stunned when they saw an image of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus in a sandpit through Google Earth. ANI

Couple's illegal treehouse love nest in Malaysia raided
A couple's love nest on top of a tree at Pantai Kundor, near Malacca, has been found during a raid. ANI

UK's Sellafield nuke site blamed for 'death and cancer' cases in Cumbria's contaminated areas
Amid concerns that the radioactive plume from the earthquake-cum-tsunami affected nuclear complex in Japan could spread and lead to serious health hazards across the world, Britain's Sellafield nuclear processing site has been pointed out as one of the major causes of a range of death and cancer cases in nearby areas, by experts and inhabitants of Cumbria. ANI

US wants Pak action against Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in North Waziristan
The US commander in Afghanistan, General David H. Petraeus, has said that it is important that Pakistani forces launch an operation to crack down on Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in North Waziristan. ANI

Inappropriate to hold one institution responsible for Davis' acquittal: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the country's leadership including the Opposition had reached a consensus that the final decision on double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis would be taken by the court. ANI

People with symmetrical faces aren't that good looking: study
The myth that people with symmetrical faces are better looking has been set straight by a photographer, who studied the faces of 11 subjects. ANI

Israel threatens 'military action' against Iran if it disobeys sanctions on nuke programme
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned of 'military action' if Iran continues with its nuclear programme by disobeying international sanctions, following reports that a cargo ship heading towards Tehran with weapons equipment was intercepted by Malaysian police earlier this month. ANI

North Waziristan elders declare jihad against US as revenge for drone attacks
A jirga of tribal elders from Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency has said that they would wage jihad against the United States to avenge those killed in drone attacks. ANI

Gaddafi regime committed to a ceasefire against rebels: Libya's Deputy FM
Libya's Deputy Foreign Minister, Khaled Kaim, has assured the Western powers that his government is committed to a ceasefire against the rebels. ANI

'Gaddafi may open up terrorism front to remain in power amid UN-backed air strikes concerns'
US President Barack Obama's top counter terrorism official has warned that Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who has a track record of being a sponsor of terrorism, might try to try to play its trump card to cling to power amid heightened worries of being attacked by UN-backed air strikes. ANI

World's most prolific source of spam emails shut down
In a series of coordinated raids by Microsoft and US federal authorities, the world's most prolific source of spam emails has been shut down. ANI

Fulham fans protest against Michael Jackson's statue at Craven Cottage ground
Fulham football supporters are crying foul over plans to unveil a statue of pop star Michael Jackson at Craven Cottage ground. ANI

Japan attaches power cable to crippled nuke plant to stop radiation
Hopes rise at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant as engineers attached a power cable outside the plant on Saturday in an attempt to restart water pumps to cool overheated fuel rods that are threatening to melt down. ANI

Pak to boycott trilateral US-Afghan talks in protest against drone strike
Angered by Thursday's drone strike which killed around 44 people in Pakistan's northwest tribal region, Pakistan has told that United States that it would not participate in a trilateral meeting between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US meeting later this month. ANI

Houston mum jailed after 20-month-old toddler gets drunk on Four Loko
A mother from Houston has been arrested after her 20-month-old daughter was found drunk on Four Loko. She has also been charged with child endangerment. ANI

Pak warns US not to take it for granted or treat it as a client state
Pakistan has demanded an apology and explanation from the United States over Thursday's drone strike which killed around 44 people in the country's northwest tribal region. ANI

Zimbabwe becoming a police state: Tsvangirai
Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said that the country is sliding into a 'police state' and regional leaders should intervene to save the shaky coalition he formed with President Robert Mugabe two years ago, after police banned a rally that he was due to address. ANI

Obama administration disappointed with ICANN's approval of .xxx domain
President Barack Obama's administration has expressed its disappointment over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) giving its approval for an .xxx sex domain. ANI

'Five-star jails' used for Hitler's 'special' prisoners of war, reveals tell-all
A new book has revealed the secret SS 'luxury jails' that became home for prominent prisoners during the Second World War. ANI

New York's most expensive house on sale for $90m
A luxurious New York townhouse, believed to be the city's most expensive, has gone on sale for a staggering 90 million dollars. ANI

Croc on menu for Wills' Oz visit
Prince William, who has arrived in Australia for a three-day tour of flood and cyclone damaged regions, will be offered crocodile as part of an afternoon meal. ANI

Japan's nuclear plant's radioactive plume reaches U.S., but experts assure no threat to Americans
A very low level radioactive plume from the earthquake-cum-tsunami affected nuclear complex in Japan has reportedly been detected in Sacramento, US, but health experts are of the opinion that the radiation carried by winds have been largely diluted on its way and poses no threat to people in America. ANI

'Sworn enemies' Musharraf, Sharif and Zardari are 'famous Facebook friends'!
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, former President Pervez Musharraf, PML-Q chief Shujaat Hussain, and PTI chief Imran Khan are friends on social networking website Facebook. ANI

Japan "racing against time" to prevent nuclear disaster: IAEA
Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has said that Japan's battle to stabilize the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant and its attempt to prevent further leakage was "a race against time." ANI

Now, a 'hook-up' site for date-shy University of Chicago students
University of Chicago students have created UChicago Hookups, a dating site, in which users should be at least 18 and belong to the prestigious school. ANI

Bangladeshi BA worker jailed for 30 years for conspiring with Al Qaeda to blow up flight
A convicted British Airways computer expert from Bangladesh has been jailed for 30 years for plotting to launch a 9/11-style terror attack from Britain after conspiring with radical US-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. ANI

Obama's "non-negotiable ultimatum" to Gaddafi to withdraw forces or face air strikes
US President Barack Obama has issued a "non-negotiable ultimatum" to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gadafi to accept an immediate ceasefire, pull back from the country's rebel strongholds and permit humanitarian assistance, or be prepared to face UN-backed air strikes against his forces. ANI

US sumo wrestler aims to become heaviest person ever to run marathon
A 29-stone sumo wrestler from the US is aiming to become the heaviest person ever to run a marathon this weekend. ANI

Raymond Davis himself paid blood money: Pak Attorney General
Pakistan Attorney General Maulvi Anwar ul-Haq has revealed that double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis had paid the blood money to the heirs in his individual capacity. ANI

US opposes China-Pak nuclear deal
The United States has said that it opposes China's plans to build two nuclear reactors in Pakistan, but also emphasized that the Obama administration has been very clear on the need to support Pakistan's energy development. ANI

Survivor pulled out alive 8 days after Japan disaster
Japanese military has found a young man under a crushed house, eight days after massive earthquake and tsunami tragedy that hit Japan. ANI

Important partner India, a very constructive force in the world: US
The United States has said that the relationship with India is one of the defining partnerships in the 21st Century, adding that New Delhi is going to be a constructive force and a responsible stakeholder in the world. ANI

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