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At 680 feet now and climbing, One World Trade Center finally joins New York skyline
One World Trade Center, aka the Freedom Tower, has finally joined the New York skyline, as its steel frame now stands at 58 stories - with a new floor being added every week. ANI

Most Brits believe military action in Libya too risky
Some 53 percent of Britons taking part in a ComRes poll, for ITV News, feel it would be unacceptable for British soldiers to die fighting against the Gaddafi regime in Libya. ANI

Meet the goldfish that looks a lot like Hitler!
A family in the UK has a goldfish that looks a lot like Adolf Hitler. ANI

Japan may need 3 extra budgets to finance reconstruction work in tsunami struck areas: Minister
Japanese National Policy Minister Koichiro Gemba has said that the government might need to create three different supplementary budgets for fiscal 2011 to finance reconstruction work in the earthquake-cum-tsunami struck country. ANI

Guatemalan first lady to divorce for presidential bid
Guatemala's first lady Sandra Torres de Colom is ending her eight-year marriage so she can seek to succeed her husband as president, according to a court official. ANI

Palin gives no reason for not visiting Palestinian occupied Bethlehem during Israel trip
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has not given any reason why she had skipped crossing an Israeli checkpoint to visit the Palestinian occupied territory of Bethlehem during a three-day visit to Jerusalem. ANI

Grandmother, 90, weds toyboy, 73, in Britain
A British couple - with a combined age of 163 - have finally tied the knot after their relationship 'blossomed' since meeting seven years ago. ANI

Gaddafi no longer has wherewithal to launch terror attacks on US: Experts
US intelligence experts have said that Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi has dangerous weapons, but no longer has the means to launch a terror attack. ANI

Feminists livid over Samoa PM's 'one female in cabinet more than enough' remarks
Samoa's newly re-elected Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has outraged feminist groups in the country by claiming that the appointment of one female MP in his cabinet is "more than enough". ANI

Pakistan accuses international community of giving more leverage to India
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has alleged that the international community is giving more leverage to India. ANI

Ex-Israel president sent to jail for seven years for rape
Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav has been sent to jail for seven years and two years probation for rape and sexual harassment. ANI

Brit female drama teacher plied girl, 13, with alcohol while grooming her for sex
A female drama teacher in Britain has landed in court after it emerged that she seduced a 13-year-old pupil, who went to her for help over bullying. ANI

Pak spy agencies involved in over one thousand murder cases in Balochistan: Report
Pakistan intelligence agencies, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and its sister organisations have been involved in over one thousand murder cases in Balochistan, according to a report. ANI

UK to slash foreign student visas by 100,000 annually
British Home Secretary Theresa May would reportedly announce that the number of foreign student visas issued annually would be slashed by 100,000. ANI

Robber crash-tackled by n*ked man in Oz
A man in Australia chased a robber almost 200 metres down the street and then crash-tackled him to the ground in nothing but his birthday suit. ANI

US man charged with polygamy after Facebook pic with 2nd wife emerges
A man in America is facing polygamy charges after his first wife saw wedding photos of his with another woman on social networking site Facebook. ANI

44 per cent Pakistanis drinking unsafe water as world observes Water Day today
As many as 72 million Pakistanis out of a 180-million population do not have access to safe drinking water as the country observes World Water Day today. ANI

Pawlenty becomes first GOP 2012 Presidential contender to announce intention to run
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has become the first Republican to openly declare his intentions of running for the 2012 presidential elections, in a video posted to his Facebook page. ANI

Disasters hold back Queensland Tourism's Million Dollar Memo campaign
The disasters that have struck Australia have held back Queensland Tourism's Million Dollar Memo campaign, which is like the successful Best Job in the World promotion of 2009. ANI

38 percent of 1,000 US citizens fail basic citizenship test!
The New York-based Newsweek magazine recently had 1,000 US citizens take the official citizenship test - and 38 percent of them failed. ANI

'Pak must dump nuke fission power production as can't handle Fukushima-like disaster'
Pakistan must downsize its nuclear fission power production, as the country cannot handle a crisis like that caused by the stricken Fukushima power plant in Japan, whose radioactivity emission threatened a major disaster, nuclear physicist Pervez Hoodbhoy has said. ANI

Now, a royal wedding-themed mobile phone from Alacatel
Alcatel is celebrating the royal nuptials by launching a customised mobile phone. ANI

Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis will be effectively overcome: IAEA chief
The situation at Japan's quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remains very serious, but it will be effectively overcome, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukiya Amano has said. ANI

Babies 'safest in rear-facing car seats until age 2'
Safety experts recommend that children should ride in rear-facing car seats until they are at least two years old. ANI

China says faces no immediate threat from Japan nuke plant's radioactive leaks
The radioactive leaks from Japan's earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima nuclear plant will not have any impact on China over the next three days. ANI

11.1-bn-rupee bailout package insufficient for multibillion loss-stricken Pak Railways
The Pakistan Railways is set to get a hefty 11.1-billion-rupee bailout package to improve its current situation, but insiders believe that this amount would be nothing more than peanuts before the multibillion losses faced by the organisation. ANI

Green caterpillars force down plane at Brisbane Airport
A plane was forced to land at Brisbane Airport, and the cause for it was blamed on green caterpillars that had got into the aircraft's pressure-sensitive instruments. ANI

Malaysia may be a transit point for weapons of mass destruction: Hishammuddin
Malaysia's Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has said that police are probing the possibility of the country being a transit point for weapons of mass destruction (WMD). ANI

Kate Middleton's parents eye Camilla's old manor house
The parents of bride-to-be Kate Middleton are said to have gone and taken a look at a substantial manor house that is up for sale and which had belonged to Camilla Parker Bowles. ANI

NYT journalists recount horror of six-day detention, torture in Libya
Four journalists working for the New York Times in Libya have recounted the horror of spending six days in the captivity of Muammar al-Gaddafi's security forces. ANI

Lahore police chief ignorant about whereabouts of heirs of Davis shootout victims
The Lahore police chief has expressed his ignorance regarding the mysterious disappearance of the families of the January 27 shootout victims. ANI

Fukushima nuke plant compromised safety over cost-cutting drive during construction
Japan's earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima nuclear plant reportedly had one of the country's worst safety records and had a excess stock of uranium rods when the quake rocked the nation. ANI

Kate Middleton may wear Posh's dresses for honeymoon
Kate Middleton apparently wants to wear evening dresses designed by fashion designer Victoria Beckham during her honeymoon. ANI

How to be a good parent, by David Cameron and Nick Clegg
Here's how British Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg navigate their family lives in government matters. ANI

US-led assault nears goals in Libya, European allies likely to take over command
The US-led military campaign to destroy Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi's air defenses and establish a no-fly zone over the country has nearly accomplished its initial objectives, American officials have said. ANI

Geologists warn of another powerful quake in Japan
Geologists have warned that another earthquake could strike Japan as the one that struck the nation on March 11 had altered the earth's surface. ANI

US sumo wrestler becomes heaviest person in history to finish marathon!
A sumo wrestler from the U.S. has broken the Guinness World Record for Heaviest Person to Complete a Marathon. ANI

UK Chief of Defence Staff shoots down Downing Street's Gaddafi assassination possibility
The issue of assassinating Colonel Muammar Gaddai has reportedly become a 'bone of contention' between Downing Street and Britain's Chief of Defence Staff General Sir David Richards, who suggested that the UN resolution did not sanction taking out the Libyan dictator. ANI

Pak opposition locks horns with Zardari over reappointment of 'annulled' NAB chief
Leader of the Opposition in Pakistan's National Assembly (NA) Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has rejected President Asif Ali Zardari's proposal to reappoint Justice (retd) Deedar Hussain Shah as National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman. ANI

Three top Yemen generals join opposition against President Saleh
Three top generals of Yemen, including Major General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, have thrown their support behind the protesters, as have several ambassadors and diplomats. ANI

4High radioactivity detected in seawater near Japan's tsunami hit nuke plant
Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) has said that highly concentrated radioactive substances have been detected in seawater close to the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima nuclear power plant after the radioactive substances were passed into it through the nuclear plant's discharging outlets. ANI

Two nuke reactors at Japan's tsunami hit plant connected to external power supply
Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) has claimed to have connected No. 1 and No. 4 reactors at the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima nuclear power plant to an external power supply after smoke was found coming out of the No. 2 and No. 3 reactor buildings. ANI

Man in US is first to get full-face transplant
A man in America has become the first to get a full-face transplant after a team of Boston doctors worked for 15 hours to reconstruct his face. ANI

PML-Q demands open debate in Pak Punjab Assembly on Raymond Davis' release
The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q)- an opposition party in Pakistan's Punjab Assembly - has demanded an open debate on the issue of the release of double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis. ANI

Malay leader Anwar lodges FIR, says sex video a conspiracy to malign him
Malaysia's Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today lodged a police report at the Dang Wangi police station in Kuala Lumpur, denying that he is the man in a sex video screened to media personnel on Monday. ANI

'Peace-loving' Pak to continue credible minimum nuke deterrence policy: Air Force chief
Pakistan does not wish to enter into a nuclear arms race, but will continue to maintain the policy of credible minimum deterrence, Pakistan's Air Force chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman has said. ANI

Kate Middleton to arrive at wedding venue in car damaged by protests
Kate Middleton will arrive at Westminster Abbey on her wedding day next month in the same Rolls-Royce car that was attacked and damaged by student protesters last year. ANI

Balochistan CM strongly condemns killings of eleven people by gunmen in Gwadar
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani has strongly condemned the killings of eleven people by unidentified armed men at a Frontier Works Organization (FWO) camp in Palari area of Balochistan's Gwadar district. ANI

US in no mood to tender apology to Pakistan over 41 civilian drone attack casualties
The United States is showing a cold response to Pakistan's efforts in seeking its apology over last week's drone attack that targeted a tribal peace congregation in North Waziristan Agency, in which at least 41 innocent people were killed. ANI

Nawaz advised two-week rest following heart surgery in London hospital
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was shifted to his residence after undergoing heart surgery in a private London hospital, has been advised to take complete rest for at least two to three weeks by doctors. ANI

Pakistan disapproves of foreign military strikes in Libya
Pakistan has issued a veiled disapproval of the air strikes over Libya by foreign forces, and said that a "peaceful political solution" has to be evolved. ANI

Oz teens 'too blase' about online legal dangers: Study
A Monash University-led study has found that Victorian teenagers are ignorant of the legal pitfalls of using social media - such as posting explicit photographs of themselves or others online. ANI

Actress Jane Seymour takes up the fight against common heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation and its link to stroke
For non-UK, non-US and non-Canada media Business Wire India

SkyCross Announces 4G LTE MIMO Antenna Solution Design Win
Business Wire India

SkyCross Announces Commercial Availability of State-Tuned iMATT Antenna Solutions (ST-iMAT) for 4G Devices
SkyCross, a global developer and manufacturer of advanced antenna and RF solutions that are powering the emergence of 4G networks, today announced the commercial availability of its State-Tuned Isolated Mode Antenna Technology (ST-iMAT™) for embedded antenna solutions in 4G MIMO devices Business Wire India

Ayantra Integrates Cinterion's BG2 M2M Module into New Asset Management Solution
Cinterion, the global leader in cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules and a Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) company, and Ayantra, a leading remote asset management solution provider, together announce the launch of FleetWare, an innovative remote monitoring solution for tracking assets that do not have a power source Business Wire India

Asia Pulp & Paper is First Indonesian Pulp and Paper Company to Commit to UN CEO Water Mandate
Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) marked World Water Day by becoming the first Indonesian pulp and paper company to commit to the United Nations Global Compact CEO Water Mandate Business Wire India

3M Increases Global Manufacturing Capacity for Optically Clear Adhesives
3M announced that it has increased its global manufacturing capacity of the company’s 3M Optically Clear Adhesives (OCAs) at multiple locations throughout Asia in Korea, Taiwan, China and Singapore. The increased capacity supports the growth of consumer electronics devices including smart phones, tablets, touch displays and e-readers. Business Wire India

Illycaffè Earns the First DNV Responsible Supply Chain Process Certification
illycaffè on Friday became the world’s first company to receive a Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Responsible Supply Chain Process certification, attesting to the company’s long-running sustainable approach to production and its relations with stakeholders throughout the production chain, particularly with green coffee suppliers Business Wire India

Disney Publishing Worldwide Grows U.S. Magazine Publishing Business with the Launch of Kid-Focused Subscription Magazines and Special Interest Publications
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) will extend its U.S. magazine business - currently targeted to moms with the monthly Disney FamilyFun - with new magazines aimed at kids. The first magazine in the program, Phineas and Ferb, will be a bi-monthly magazine available at retail outlets and by subscription. Business Wire India

Sitel Named to The Global Outsourcing 100 List for the Sixth Consecutive Year
Sitel, a leading global customer care outsourcing provider, has announced that for the sixth consecutive year it has been named to The Global Outsourcing 100 list. Business Wire India

Jefferies' Clients, Employees and Shareholders Contribute $5.25 Million (424 Million Yen) for Japan Relief Efforts
Jefferies has announced a total donation of $5.25 million to ten organizations providing immediate help to victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The firm’s clients helped to generate $3 Business Wire India

Cricket World Cup with Darefriends on Facebook, Tourney Brackets and Prizes
Cricket fans around the world with a Facebook account will be thrilled to know that the Darefriends App is running with 2011 Cricket World Cup celebrations. Users can create tournament brackets – pick the teams they think will win the quarters, semifinal and final, and then invite their friends to pick winners and perhaps win one of five prizes of one hundred virtual dollars Business Wire India

Beat and Boom - Launches an iPhone and Android Music Application to Raise Money for a Village Primary School in India
Beat and Boom, LLC provides an outlet for South Asian artists to share their music through Beat and Boom’s website and mobile applications. Now, Beat and Boom is working to serve the young children in a village in Punjab, India through “Project Primary Edu Business Wire India

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