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Sydney hotels were world's 'most-occupied' in 2010
A new analysis has found that Sydney hotels were the most occupied in the world in 2010. ANI

Soon, showers, personal mini-bars and draught beer from kegs on planes
In a bid to stand out and attract new customers, airlines are now coming up with innovative luxury systems. ANI

Prince William fails to spark 'media tsunami' during lacklustre Oz visit
Prince William's short visit to Australia has surprisingly failed to earn him the kind of rave reviews and cheering he got last year. ANI

'World's worst' wedding photographer sued over 'wonky' shots of big day
British couple Martin and Heidi Shubrook claim they paid photographer Clayton Bennett hundreds of pounds to record the wedding but were left in tears over the disastrous coverage. ANI

Prince Charles' official online shop sells Wills, Kate jigsaw puzzle
Prince Charles' official online shop is selling a jigsaw featuring Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton. ANI

Prince William gets marriage proposal during visit Down Under
Prince William was proposed to during his recent visit to Victoria, Australia. ANI

Gaddafi's son given special assistance while in London: Sources
Questions have been raised over London's Labour Party's ties with Libya after it emerged that Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi's son Siaf al- Islam Gaddafi was provided special assistance by British secret intelligence service MI6, as a student in London. ANI

Indian pays 'blood money' to save four counrtymen in Saudi Arabia
Cheril Krishna Menon, an Indian entrepreneur in Doha has offered 'blood money' to save the lives of four Indians who had been sentenced to death by a Saudi Arabian court. ANI

Hotel is first in Australia to offer women's only floor
A hotel in Australia has become the first to offer a women's only floor. ANI

Prince William 'moved by 11-yr-old Oz flood victim's survival story'
Prince William was moved to tears after hearing the heartbreaking story of an 11-year-old boy, whose life was saved when his brother sacrificed himself during the Australian floods. ANI

Oz doctor used ultrasound probe like sex toy reveals patient
A woman in New South Wales has revealed that a gynaecologist under investigation used an ultrasound probe like a sex toy while examining her. ANI

Four men killed in Pakistan for allegedly collaborating with the US
Four people have been killed in northwestern Pakistan for allegedly collaborating with the United States. ANI

British defence secretary admits Gaddafi is a 'legitimate target'
British Defence Secretary Liam Fox has admitted that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is a legitimate assassination target. He said he would sanction a 'bunker buster' attack on the dictator's lair, as long as civilian casualties could be avoided. ANI

School mistress in Oz offered boys aged 11-12 oral sex
A school house mistress in Australia has been brought before the courts for sexually abusing six boys in the age group of 11 to 12. ANI

Grayish smoke spotted in No. 3 reactor building of Japan's affected nuke plant
Grayish smoke was noticed coming out of the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station's No. 3 reactor building on Monday, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Coorporation has said. ANI

Hill forts in North Wales used to test how Iron Age people communicated
A test on how Iron Age people communicated from their hilltop homes 2,500 years ago has been conducted using hill forts in North Wales. ANI

US Army apologizes for shocking photos of soldiers posing with corpses
The US army has issued an apology for photographs of its soldiers posing with bodies of Afghan civilians they had killed. The German magazine Der Spiegel published the photographs. ANI

US State Dept. to fund BBC for developing anti-jamming technology for problem countries
The US State department would reportedly be giving a "significant" sum of money to the BBC World Service for its efforts to combat the blocking of TV and internet services in countries like Iran and China, and develop an anti-jamming technology and software to deal with such problems. ANI

Brits using sharia law to pose as Muslims to avoid paying stamp duty
House buyers in the United Kingdom are reportedly using Sharia law to pose as Muslims to dodge stamp duty. ANI

Oz FM Rudd warns of lengthy Libyan action
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has said it is important to see this week's initial bombardment of Libya as "phase one" in a multi-phase operation. ANI

Air New Zealand CEO says sensational media reports overblowing Japan nuke plant disaster
Air New Zealand's CEO Rob Fyfe has criticised media reports in two messages to his staff, saying that if the coverage of the Japanese and earthquake-cum-tsunami and nuclear disaster led to a loss of lives and exacerbated human suffering is in those areas affected by the earthquake, it would tantamount to a "humanitarian travesty". ANI

Dialogue better way to win "War on terror" against al-Qaeda: Former MI5 Chief Buller
Former MI5 Chief Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller has said that Britain should hold 'talks' with the al-Qaeda, insisting that the "war on terror" cannot be won without dialogue. ANI

Google accuses China of interfering with Gmail systems
Search giant Google has accused China of interfering with the operations of the company's famous Gmail services. ANI

Spinach with radiation 27 times more than limit found 100 km away from affected nuke plant
Spinach with radioactive iodine 27 times more than the government-regulated limit has been found in the city of Hitachi in Ibaraki Prefecture, which is located over 100 kilometers away from the earthquake-cum-tsunami affected Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. ANI

Lahore HC seeks explanation on 'disappearance' of heirs of Davis shootout victims
The Lahore High Court has sought an explanation from the Capitol City Police Officer (CCPO) of Lahore regarding the mysterious disappearance of the families of the January 27 shootout victims. ANI

Could artefacts in remote Jordan cave reveal Jesus' last years?
Biblical artefacts discovered in a remote cave in Jordan could reveal the last years of Jesus' life if they are found to be genuine. ANI

Missiles hit Gaddafi compound in Tripoli
A missile fired by the US led coalition destroyed a four-story compound in downtown Tripoli that was one of the homes of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

Japan resumes cooling operations at quake-hit nuke plant
In an effort to cool down reactors and overheating spent fuel pools, Japan's Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and firefighting personnel resumed spraying water at the crisis hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Monday. ANI

It will be "unwise" for allied forces to try to kill Gaddafi: Gates
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said that it would be "unwise" on the part of the forces of his country's international allies to try to kill Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in military strikes in Libya. ANI

Australian distrust of Muslims widespread: Rights report
A new Australian Human Rights Commission report to be released today has said the Australian distrust of Muslims is widespread. ANI

Japan earthquake, tsunami disaster could cost up to 235 billion dollars: World Bank
The World Bank has said in its latest East Asia and Pacific Economic Update report that the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, could result in an economic loss of up to 235 billion dollars, or four per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP). ANI

Brit priest resigns after his hooker attire at charity party earns him threats
The parish priest, who had dressed up as a hooker for a charity "tarts and vicars" party in Britain, has resigned after he was called a pervert and threatened with violence. ANI

Egypt's historic referendum could bolster Islamists
Final results of Saturday's historic referendum show that 77.2 percent of voters have backed constitutional changes in what was the freest vote in Egypt in more than half a century, but opponents say the result give an unfair advantage to Islamist-dominant entities such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the former ruling National Democratic Party. ANI

Mullen says stalemate may allow Gaddafi to remain in power in Libya
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen has admitted that a stalemate could allow Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to remain in power despite facing intenational military action gainst his forces. ANI

Western military strikes on Libya may threaten Gaddafi regime continuance: NYT
The military strikes on Libya by Britain, France and the United States that began on Saturday may threaten the government of that country itself, notwithstanding the Obama administration's denial that it is seeking to unseat Colonel Muammar Gaddafi from power. ANI

Yemeni President left isolated following officials' resignation over killing of protestors
Senior Yemeni officials have resigned to protest against the killing of 52 protesters who were demanding the resignation of the country's President Ali Abdullah Saleh. ANI

80-year-old, teenage boy rescued nine days after Japan quake
An 80-year-old woman and her teenage grandson were rescued nine days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. ANI

Mishandling of Davis issue has made Pakistan a laughing stock: Chaudhry Nisar
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, a Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) politician and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, has told Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani that the method employed to release double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis was highly controversial, and in no way had his party agreed to it. ANI

Boeing's 'world's longest' 747-8 jumbo makes 'perfect' maiden flight
The first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, newest and biggest jumbo jet from the US aerospace giant, successfully took off on its maiden flight Sunday. ANI

US, Pak had agreed to date of Davis' release: Report
The United States had informed the proposed dates for the Trilateral Dialogue to Pakistan one week before the release of double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis, which indicates that both countries had reached a consensus that the American would be released before the talks. ANI

Karachi violence death toll rises to sixteen in 24 hours
At least sixteen people were killed, including a policeman, in separate firing incidents in several parts of Karachi during the last 24 hours, sending the affected areas in a grip of tension over the fresh wave of killings in the Pakistani metropolis. ANI

19 workers die in Balochistan coalmine blast, 32 still trapped inside mine
At least 19 mineworkers were killed and 32 others trapped when an explosion rocked a coalmine at Sorenj in Balochistan on Sunday. ANI

Victims' heirs weren't under any pressure to accept blood money, pardon Davis: Lawyer
The heirs of the two Pakistani men shot dead by CIA operative Raymond Davis in Lahore were not pressurised in any way to accept blood-money and pardon the American, their lawyer has said. ANI

Pakistan offers help to Japan in containing radioactivity emission
Pakistan has offered assistance to Japan in controlling the radioactivity emission from the stricken Fukushima power plant, which took place after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake, followed by tsunami, hit the northern part of the country on March 11. ANI

PPC®’s Mark Davies to Participate in Panel Discussion “The Growing Importance of Network Health on the Road From 2G to 4G” at Convergence India 2011
PPC®, a leader in connector and filter technology for more than 65 years, today announced that Mark Davies, vice president and general manager of the company’s international wireless division, will be participating in the panel discussion “The Growing Importance of Network Health on the Road From 2G to 4G” at Convergence India 2011, taking place from March 24-26 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi Business Wire India

Gemalto and STMicroelectronics Partner to Jointly Develop Expanded Range of Secure Solutions for NFC Applications
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a world leader in secure microcontroller ICs, and Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced a new partnership to develop a range of solutions to initiate and distribute digital security services for NFC (Near Field Communications) applications Business Wire India

Intelsat 17 Expands Programming Reach for India's Sun TV Network
Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of fixed satellite services, today announced that Sun TV Network Ltd. (Sun TV) has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract for C-band capacity on the recently launched Intelsat 17 satellite (IS-17) at the 66º E orbital location Business Wire India

APWG Unites Global Cybercrime Fighters in Kuala Lumpur in April
Cybercrime fighters from across the globe will be meeting in Malaysia next month to plan the next stage in the global confrontation with cybercrime. Business Wire India

Asia Pulp & Paper Group Commits 100 Million Yen to Habitat for Humanity Japan for Disaster Assistance
Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) is committing 100 million Yen (about US$1.25 million) and additional essential hard goods to support the immediate disaster relief efforts and critical rebuilding of the affected areas in northern Japan, the areas suffering the greatest loss and devastation caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Business Wire India

SiliconBlue Well Poised for the ""Year of the Smartphone""
SiliconBlue® Technologies, the leader in Custom Mobile Device™ solutions optimized for mobile handset applications, announced that it has captured design wins in over 30 different smartphones and mobile internet devices driven by the intense competition and growth in this segment of the handset market. Business Wire India

Two AFP Correspondents Missing in Libya
Two Agence France-Presse journalists are missing in Libya, where they were covering the conflict around the eastern city of Tobruk. Business Wire India

Tupperware Brands Assists with Relief Effort for Japan
One week after northeastern Japan was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami, the country is continuing to suffer from powerful aftershocks and a nuclear emergency. In addition, essential services remain disrupted, with more than 843,000 households experiencing power shortages and some 1.4 million households without water Business Wire India

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