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Gaddafi still has many loyalists chanting "God, Moammar, Libya: Enough!"
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi might have been facing strong opposition from the international arena and within his own country, but latest reports have suggested that he is still being supported by many in the oil-rich country who gathered at Tripoli's central Green Square chanting the omnipotence of Gaddafi's self-ascribed role: "God, Moammar, Libya: Enough!" ANI

Brit man pays 100 pounds for painting that could be worth 40m pounds
A man in Britain, who paid 100 pounds for a junk shop painting because he liked the frame, could end up being a millionaire as the masterpiece is believed to be worth 40 million pounds. ANI

Dating site believes that couple who look-alike find perfect love
A newly launched dating site has insisted that people are more likely to find love if their facial features are similar to their partners. ANI

Russian man jailed for 6-yrs for airing p*rn on electronic billboard
A man in Russia has been jailed for six years after he hacked into the server of an advertising agency and made its electronic billboard show p*rn to motorists. ANI

GOP Congresswoman Bachmann set to launch White House bid
Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann is set to launch a run for the White House within weeks, advisers have said. ANI

Most Americans approve of Obama's decision to resume military tribunals in Gitmo
Most American voters, by a 51-25 percent margin, approve of President Barack Obama's recent decision to resume U.S. military tribunals for Guantanamo Bay detainees, a Fox News poll has shown. ANI

Nepal launches energy scheme to end power crisis within five years
The government of Nepal has launched a 275 million dollars initiative to root out the energy crisis in the country within five years. ANI

'Pregnant man' planning to have 4th child despite filing for bankruptcy
Thomas Beatie, who became the first man to have a baby, is planning to have a fourth child despite being forced to file for bankruptcy and live on food stamps. ANI

WB approves 400-mn-dollar aid to improve Pakistan's chronically ill education system
The World Bank has approved a 400-million-dollar assistance package to help the Pakistan Government improve the access, quality and relevance of education in the nuclear-armed country. ANI

Eight people killed in suspected sectarian violence in northwest Pakistan
At least eight people have been killed and fifteen others abducted as gunmen attacked vehicles carrying Shia Muslims through a volatile northwest Pakistan district on Friday, according to officials. ANI

Macho Mexican men get lesson in what not to say to women
The interior ministry of Mexico has published a guide for public sector staff on how to avoid using sexist language in the workplace. ANI

Ten bad work habits that test even the most amiable workers
A list of the ten most common habitual workplace offences shows how even the most amiable worker can be driven into becoming an office tyrant. ANI

Oz nightclub offers 'boob job worth $10K' as lottery prize
A nightclub in Australia is offering its customers a chance to win a breast enlargement surgery as a prize in a controversial lottery. ANI

Nearly 4 in 10 Americans believe natural disasters are 'sign of God': Poll
A recent poll conducted after the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Japan has found that nearly 40 percent of Americans believe natural disasters are a sign of God. ANI

Pakistan to sign extradition treaty with Uzbekistan
Pakistan is reportedly going to sign an extradition treaty with Uzbekistan as it faces security threats from the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, whose militants are most active in Pakistan's tribal areas as well as in Afghanistan. ANI

Shot US Congresswoman Giffords now able to walk and speak
Two-and-a half months after suffering a gunshot wound to the head, US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is beginning to walk and talk, her husband Mark Kelly has said. ANI

UK man survives being dragged through 5-inch small gap
A factory worker in England survived after being dragged through a 5-inch gap in machinery. ANI

International coalition divided over goals, exit strategy for Libya
The international coalition confronting Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi is reportedly divided over the ultimate goal and the exit strategy in the country. ANI

Nearly 70 percent of Americans 'okay' with having a mosque in neighbourhood
Nearly 70 percent of Americans have said that they would be 'okay' having a mosque near where they live or work, a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll has found. ANI

Girls' schools blown up in Pakistan's Khyber tribal region
Two primary schools for girls have been blown up by unknown assailants in Pakistan's Khyber tribal region. ANI

Pak officials counter UN criticism of high food prices in flood-hit country
Responding to criticism from the United Nations over exorbitantly high food prices in Pakistan, Food Ministry officials have said that lowering wheat prices would create food shortages in Pakistan and encourage smuggling. ANI

Beauty queen gets back her Miss San Antonio crown after suing organizers
A beauty pageant contender, who sued organisers after she was stripped of her Miss San Antonio title, has regained her crown. ANI

Naked US woman heading to nudist beach rescued from cliff
A woman in US, who was heading to a nudist beach, had to be rescued by lifeguards after she got stuck trying to climb down cliffs in the nude. ANI

US man claims to have filmed legendary Bigfoot
A man in North Carolina, US, has claimed that he has managed to capture the legendary Bigfoot on his video camera. ANI

Muslim Brotherhood in deal with military for big role in post-revolutionary Egypt?
The Muslim Brotherhood, the banned Islamic group that is considered as Egypt's main political opposition, is reportedly poised to be at the forefront of post-revolutionary Egypt, having reached a tacit agreement with the military. ANI

Palin slams Obama for interfering in Israeli 'zoning issue' following terror attack in Jerusalem
Hours after a terror attack in Jerusalem, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin slammed US President Barack Obama for not giving enough support to Israel, and for 'inappropriately intervening in a zoning issue in that country'. ANI

US, Pak working on resumption of bilateral strategic dialogue, high-level contacts
The United States and Pakistan are working together to resume their strategic dialogue and other high-level contacts that were delayed by recent strains in their bilateral relationship, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman has said. ANI

Zardari calls for addressing all issues souring US-Pak relationship
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has called for overcoming all difficulties that are souring the country's bilateral ties with the United States. ANI

Iranian state backed hackers accused of attacking online security systems to pry on opposition
Iranian hackers have been accused of trying to corrupt one of the net's key security systems, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). ANI

Beijing bans outdoor advertising promoting 'hedonism'
Beijing has banned advertising hoardings that promote hedonism, lavishness and the worship of foreign products. ANI

American Apparel founder sued for sexual assault by another ex-employee
The founder of American Apparel, Dov Charney, has been sued by another former employee, who said he sexually assaulted her "during what she believed to be a hiring interview" at his home. ANI

Graphic symbol for love is first to be added to Oxford English Dictionary
The "heart" symbol for love has become the first graphical entry in the Oxford English Dictionary in its 127-year history. ANI

Laundry staff on offshore construction projects in Oz to earn $420K yearly
A survey has revealed that laundry hands and cooks employed on offshore construction projects in Australia will potentially earn more than 420,000 dollars a year. ANI

China will overtake US, dominate global trade by 2030: Report
Leading accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has claimed that China will overtake the US and dominate global trade by 2030. ANI

China accounts for 9.5 percent of world total GDP
China's gross domestic product (GDP) accounted for 9.5 percent of the world's total in 2010, the National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS) has said. ANI

Gurkha gets Britain's second highest bravery medal for fighting Taliban in Afghanistan
A Gurkha who single-handedly fought off an attack by at least a dozen Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan has been awarded Britain's second highest medal for bravery, the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross. ANI

Traditional British tea brewing in decline as trendier brews are preferred
A survey has found that the traditional British way of brewing tea is in decline, as more young adults are choosing trendier brews. ANI

Obama momentarily locked out of White House after unexpected return from Latin America
A video clip has revealed that US President Barack Obama was momentarily locked out of the Oval Office as he tried to enter from a terrace at the White House shortly after his unexpected return from a trip to Latin America on Wednesday evening. ANI

4m Brit motorists 'don't even know how to open a car bonnet'
A staggering four million British motorists are so daft they do not even know how to open the bonnet of their vehicle, according to a new study. ANI

Japanese govt. asks people living within 30 km of nuke plant to voluntarily vacate
Japanese government spokesman Yukio Edano has said that people living within 30 kilometers of the troubled nuclear plant in Fukushima Prefecture have been voluntarily asked to leave the area over concerns of access to daily necessities. ANI

Facebook founder changes his status to 'in a relationship'
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has finally confirmed that he has been dating Priscilla Chan for the past seven years. ANI

Death toll in tsunami hit Japan tops 10,000 two weeks after disaster
The official death toll caused by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Japan has topped 10,000, while around 250,000 people are still taking shelter in some 1,900 evacuation centres, two weeks after the devastation that has left the country in a crisis situation. ANI

Foreign secret agents freely roaming in Pakistan: Musharraf
Former Pakistan President and All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief Pervez Musharraf has said that foreign secret agents are freely roaming in the country. ANI

Radiation over 10,000 times normal level hit 3 affected workers at Fukushima plant
Three workers at the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have been exposed to water at the plant that contained radioactive materials 10,000 times the normal level, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Corporation has said. ANI

Over 25 dead as 6.8-magnitude quake strikes Myanmar
A earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale struck northeastern Myanmar on Thursday night, resulting in death of over 25 people, with more damage reported on Friday. However, no tsunami was reported. ANI

Pakistan to boycott trilateral Afghan talks over US drone attack civilian casualties
Pakistan has acknowledged that last week's drone attack on a tribal peace congregation in North Waziristan Agency, which killed over 40 innocent people, has strained its relations with the United States, and that it has decided to boycott the March 26 trilateral talks in Brussels over the issue. ANI

"We have every right to use Kashmir door to teach India a lesson": Hafiz Saeed
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has alleged that India has been aiding terrorist activities in Pakistan, and that Pakistanis have "every right to use the Kashmir door" to throw the book at the neighbouring country. ANI

Emergent BioSolutions Observes World TB Day
Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) has released the following statement in observance of World TB Day. Business Wire India

Hilton HHonors Treats Members to Extra Points in Grand Nights Promotion
Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s ten distinct hotel brands, has announced its latest global promotion called Grand Nights. From April 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011, members can earn 1,000 additional Hilton HHonors Bonus Points each night at any of Hilton Worldwide’s 3,600 hotels participating around the world. Business Wire India

Dabigatran etexilate is cost-effective for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation, particularly in real-world clinical practice
A new economic analysis, published online in Thrombosis and Haemostasis, suggested that Boehringer Ingelheim’s novel oral direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran etexilate is cost-effective compared to current treatment options, particularly in real-world clinical practice.1,2 Business Wire India

‘World Cup’ on Sale in South Africa
Who in India owns one of the 30 cell phone numbers which spells the phone word, World Cup? Who in India will be an instant Rupee millionaire? Personalised mobile numbers a reality: Yes, you read right! Your mobile number could spell the name of your business, business concept, first name or the name of your favourite sports team such as 7 Bollywood, 9 Tendulkar or 777 Roobina Business Wire India

GuideMeHongKong.com Welcomes New Electronic Hong Kong Company Incorporation System
On March 18, 2011 the Hong Kong’s Companies Registry announced the launch of its new electronic incorporation system to facilitate the process of company formation in Hong Kong. The 24 hours e-Registry portal will fast-track the Hong Kong company incorporation timeline from 4-7 working days to one working day, reports GuideMeHongKong.com. Welcoming the new integrated system, Ms Business Wire India

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