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6.8-magnitude quake strikes north east Myanmar
A earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale struck northeastern Myanmar on Thursday night, shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok. However, no tsunami was reported. ANI

Pak ministerconfirms arrest of World Cup terror suspect
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Thursday confirmed that the country's security forces have arrested an alleged terrorist who had made plans to launch an attack at the 2011 World Cup venue. ANI

Fear grips Indian Bengali residents in Malaysia after arson attacks
Nearly 40 Bengali families of Indian origin in Rawang District of Malaysia are living in fear due to recent cases of arson attacks. ANI

Malaysian men behind sex video unmasked
Two Malaysian politicians and a businessman have been unmasked as the mysterious 'Datuk Trio' that was behind a sex video scandal that shook the nation recently. ANI

Nepal Christians demand burial grounds
Hundreds of minority Christians in Nepal have asked the government to provide them with designated burial grounds. ANI

Ferrari's ultimate opus super-book comes with a 275,000 dollar price tag!
Ferrari has come up with a 275,000 dollar book, "The Official Ferrari Opus", which is being termed as the most lavish and most valuable historical reference the Italian sports car manufacturer has ever produced. ANI

'Plummeting' Palin loses another long-time admirer
Bill Kristol, an American political analyst who has been one of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's most prominent boosters, has said that he feels Palin is "unlikely to be the Republican nominee" for the 2012 presidential election. ANI

Polar bear Knut to become world's most famous stuffed animal
Knut, the polar bear who was born and bred in captivity at the Berlin Zoological Garden, may soon become world's most famous stuffed animal. ANI

Moscow teens risk their lives for new metro surfing craze
A new craze has come up in Moscow called metro surfing, which has teenagers risking their lives by clinging to the back of underground trains as they hurtle through darkened tunnels. ANI

Japan thanks India for tsunami-related aid
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his kind words of condolence and India's offer of 25,000 blankets in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami. ANI

Fukushima workers hospitalised with skin lesions after radiation exposure
Three men have been hurt by radiation while working at Japan's quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, with two being taken to the hospital after developing skins lesions on their legs. ANI

Outrage over horrific racist taunts against locals by Oz soldiers in Afghanistan
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has launched an investigation into racist videos, photos and comments posted by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan on social networking website Facebook. ANI

Oz MP's bid to microchip, castrate sex offenders rejected
A Queensland MP's call to microchip and castrate convicted child sex offenders, has been rejected by child protection advocates. ANI

Pak felicitates Afghanistan for initiating security takeover from NATO, ISAF
Pakistan has felicitated Afghanistan for initiating the taking over of security from international forces, and expressed solidarity with the war-torn country. ANI

Pakistan's efforts to eradicate terrorism "heading for a paralysis"
A row between Pakistan's anti-terrorism courts and security agencies over the acquittal of militants, coupled with the federal government's inability to push through a critical anti-terror amendment bill, may paralyse Islamabad's effort to root out terrorism from the country. ANI

Middle East unrest can subside US focus on Pak, Afghanistan: Expert
Pakistan cannot replicate the ongoing wave of unrest in the Middle East, however it will have to suffer the implications of the Arab turmoil, such as diversion of the US focus from the Af-Pak region, STRATFOR Middle East and South Asia Regional Director Kamran Bukhari has said. ANI

UK mum injects 8-yr-old daughter with Botox to make her a superstar
It has emerged that a UK mother regularly injects her eight-year-old daughter with Botox and fillers in a bid to make her a superstar in the future. ANI

US memory champion reveals his techniques for remembering
US memory champion Joshua Foer has revealed the technique he used to unravel the secrets of the brain. ANI

Indian yoga enthusiasts harassed by Dubai park security
An Indian yoga group has lodged a complaint that they were harassed by Dubai's Al Nahda Pond park security officials while practicing yoga. ANI

Mattel to give Barbie's boyfriend Ken makeover in new reality series
Toymaker Mattel is giving its best-selling doll Barbie's long-time beau, Ken, a makeover in a new Internet reality series where young male contestants vie to be the new face. ANI

Obama most popular candidate for 2012 election: Survey
US President Barack Obama has got the maximum number of supporters for the 2012 elections, reveals Pew Research Center poll. ANI

Christians pressurised into signing so-called 'peace deal' with Muslim clerics in Lahore
Muslim clerics and hardliners, who tried to attack a church in Lahore's landmark Badami Bagh, have agreed to avoid doing so on a condition that the church authorities would suspend its activities, especially at the time when Muslims living in the area offer prayers. ANI

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra helps science by playing to plants
British Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for once had a deathly audience, reason being they were performing for plants, with the sole purpose of helping science prove a theory. ANI

Oz school mistress jailed for 5 years for sexually abusing boys
A New South Wales woman will spend at least five years in jail for sexually abusing six boys at the school where she worked. ANI

Pak to record protest at all international forums against Florida Quran desecration
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani have directed the Foreign Ministry to record a protest at all international forums against the desecration of the Holy Quran in Florida by controversial US pastor Terry Jones and develop a categorical stance in this connection, according to government sources. ANI

Obama defends his Nobel Peace Prize following growing criticism over Libya campaign
United States President Barack Obama has said that he does not see any contradiction between his Nobel Peace Prize and his actions in Libya. ANI

Sudan to unleash cyber jihadists on dissenting opposition
Sudan's ruling National Congress Party has warned that its "cyber jihadists" will "crush" internet-based dissent. ANI

Four Oz boys aged 11 to 14 charged with sexual assault
Four boys in Australia, in the ages of 11,12,13 and 14, have been charged with sexual assault against women and other offences over a two-day period. ANI

Indian American ex-director violated Goldman Sach's policies
Goldman Sachs Chief Lloyd Blankfein has told a federal court jury here that former Indian American director Rajat Gupta had breached the bank's confidentiality in telling hedge fund boss Rajaratnam that Goldman's board had considered buying a commercial bank and insurance giant AIG. ANI

Investigation report blames failure of 'blowout preventer' for Gulf of Mexico oil spill
A buckled section of drill pipe prevented a blowout preventer from properly sealing to stop last year's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a report released by the US Interior Department and the US Coast Guard. ANI

Women 'as likely as men to enjoy casual sexual'
A Deakin University researcher has said that women are as likely as men to enjoy casual sexual arrangements, but for different reasons. ANI

UK couple shares their bungalow with 240 love dolls
An English couple shares their bungalow with a world-beating collection of 240 love dolls. ANI

Crippled Japanese nuke plant shows positive development: IAEA
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said there are some positive developments related to the availability of electrical power supply to Japan' s stricken nuclear power plant. ANI

Mother of victim in Dubai school bus molestation accused of blackmail
The mother of the chid, who was molested on a Dubai school bus by three Indian men, has been accused of blackmail by a lawyer for the school. ANI

Sikhs in Pakistan protest against plaza construction on gurdwara land
Sikhs in Pakistan will stage a protest in Lahore on Friday over the construction of a plaza on gurdwara land. ANI

Hiring illegal maid lands UAE Indian expatriate sponsor in a fix
Hiring maids illegally in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can land the person or family hiring with a fine of 50,000 Dirhams. ANI

Taliban threat shuts mobile networks in Afghanistan's Helmand province
All mobile companies in Afghanistan's Helmand province have switched of their networks after a Taliban threat. ANI

Japan nuke disaster affects search for missing in Fukushima
The search for missing people in Japan's devastated quake and tsunami hit Fukushima region has been hindered by the nuclear disaster there, said rescue workers. ANI

Zardari has sold Pakistan's independence, sovereignty to US: Jamaat-e-Islami
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has sold the country's independence and sovereignty to the United States, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Munawar Hasan has said. ANI

'I will stay until beginning of next term', says Hillary Clinton
United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that she isn't planning to quit her job anytime soon. ANI

Royal wedding album to be released on iTunes
Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding is set to make musical history - a recording of the ceremony will be available to download within hours of the service finishing. ANI

Gaddafi's "eyes and ears" air force no longer exists as a fighting force: RAF commander
The United States-led military campaign has wiped out Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi's air force, RAF Air Vice-Marshal Greg Bagwell, who commands the United Kingdom's air operations, has said. ANI

Work resumes to restore power and key cooling functions at Fukushima Plant in Japan
The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has resumed work to restore power and key cooling functions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. ANI

Bill Maher slammed for calling Sarah Palin a 'dumb twat'
After first declining to comment on the matter, the National Organization for Women (NOW) has finally come out to slam Bill Maher for calling Sarah Palin a 'dumb twat'. ANI

Egyptian women protesters forced to take 'virginity tests'
Women arrested by Egyptian military personnel during protests at Cairo's Tahrir Square were subjected to "virginity tests" and other forms of humiliation, claims an Amnesty International report. ANI

US soldier jailed for 24 years for killing three Afghan civilians for sport
Jeremy N. Morlock, a soldier of US Army's 5th Stryker Combat Brigade, has been jailed for 24 years for killing Afghan civilians for sport. He also agreed to testify against other defendants in the case.4 ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner extradition hearing to include South African experts' evidence
An extradition hearing of the case involving Shrien Dewani, the Brit-Indian millionaire charged with murdering his wife during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year, is set to hear from two South African criminal justice experts. ANI

Qantas' woes continue as 'scary' cockpit fire forces Sydney-bound jet to divert to Cairns
A Sydney-based Qantas Airways' flight from the Philippines has made a forced landing in Cairns after a fire broke out in the plane's cockpit. ANI

Five killed, 25 wounded in suicide blast at police station in northwest Pakistan
At least five people, including a policeman, were killed and 25 others injured in a suicide bomb blast in Hangu district of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Thursday. ANI

Talks, not war, only way forward for Pak, India to resolve outstanding issues: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that his government would like to continue to work with the Indian Government to resolve all outstanding issues in a peaceful manner, as talks, not wars, are the only way forward for both nations. ANI

Carla Bruni sues French newspaper for pirating song
Carla Bruni, the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, is suing a French newspaper for 'counterfeiting' after it aired her take of a popular French wartime song due to feature in her forthcoming album without her permission. ANI

Zardari, Gilani congratulate Pakistan cricket team on reaching World Cup semifinal
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani have congratulated the national cricket team on its big-margin win against West Indies in the 2011 World Cup quarterfinal match at Mirpur, Bangladesh. ANI

Hyatt Continues Building Presence in India’s Large and Midsize Markets with 2011 Hotel Openings and Expansion of Properties under Development
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) has announced that Hyatt affiliates have signed management agreements for nine new Hyatt-branded hotels in emerging cities across the country. This continued expansion in India brings the total number of Hyatt hotels under development there to 38. Business Wire India

Mark Bellissimo Announces $80 Million Dollar Expansion Plans for Wellington Equestrian Industry
Mark Bellissimo, Managing Partner and largest shareholder of Wellington Equestrian Partners (WEP), unveiled an $80 million dollar expansion plan for Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) and surrounding areas Business Wire India

Hilton Worldwide Initiates Matching Disaster Fund in Response to Relief Efforts in Japan
Hilton Worldwide has announced it has made an initial donation of $75,000 to assist in relief efforts for survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan Business Wire India

3i-MIND to Acquire iJET International, Inc.
3i-MIND, a leader in threat management software solutions, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire iJET® International, Inc., the leading operational risk management provider that delivers predictive intelligence, technology and response services. Business Wire India

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