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Now, a cream made of snail slime that promises to banish wrinkles!
A new face cream made of snail slime could nourish skin and iron out wrinkles. ANI

'Country folk in UK likelier to cheat on partners than city counterparts'
A survey has revealed that people who live in the countryside in the UK are more likely to cheat on their partners than city folk. ANI

New Brit dads 'scared of taking paternity leave' over career damage fears
A research has shown that new fathers in the UK are too frightened of damaging their career or losing their job to take full paternity leave. ANI

At 32, women use their mum's expressions while talking to kids
A poll has revealed that when women turn 32-year-old, they start talking to their children with phrases their own mothers used. ANI

Plan to question Brit kids about their sexuality slammed
A "sinister" plan to quiz 11-year-old children in Britain if they are straight, gay or bisexual has caused fury. ANI

13 killed in eastern Afghanistan suicide bomb attack
At least 13 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan on Monday. ANI

Pak's impressive bowling and passion will ensure them World Cup glory: ex pacer Zahid
Former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammed Zahid believes that the Shahid Afridi-led team's bowling attack can help them win the ongoing World Cup on the Indian sub-continent. ANI

Gingrich says no hypocrisy behind blaming Bill Clinton and not himself for marital infidelity
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a possible candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has said that it was not hypocritical for him to accuse former US President Bill Clinton while cheating on his own wife, because he never lied under oath. ANI

China, US among top countries when it comes to execution of prisoners
China and the United States still remain among top countries to execute prisoners, resisting the global trend of abolishing death penalty, an Amnesty International report has revealed. ANI

Chinese writers reject copyright infringement apology from search giant Baidu
Several Chinese writers have rejected an offer by country's most popular search engine, Baidu.com, in their ongoing dispute about alleged copyright infringements. ANI

Kate Middleton's mum sends sales of Dukan Diet soaring
Ever since Kate Middleton's mum Carole revealed she is a fan of Dukan Diet, the sales for the book have gone up. ANI

Prince Andrew's daughter given diamond necklace by Libyan businessman
More pressure is being piled on Prince Andrew over his work as Britain's special trade representative after it was alleged that his daughter Princess Beatrice was given a diamond necklace by a Libyan businessman on her 21st birthday. ANI

US woman claims airport pat down was more 'fondling' than 'frisking'
A woman in the US, who was left humiliated during an airport security pat down, has claimed that it felt more like fondling than frisking. ANI

Cops fear anti-monarchy anarchists may infiltrate royal wedding
Police fear anti-monarchy anarchists are planning to infiltrate the royal wedding next month and are considering using stop and search powers to prevent troublemakers disrupting it. ANI

Taliban abduct dozens of alleged Afghan police recruits
Afghan officials have claimed that Taliban insurgent groups have abducted dozens of men who tried to join the police force in the north-eastern parts of the country. ANI

Scientists debunk creationists' claim that dinos and humans co-existed
An ancient cave drawing high on a rock formation in Utah has ignited a firestorm between creationists and scientists. ANI

Parents outraged by Abercrombie and Fitch's padded swimsuit for girls
American retailer Abercrombie and Fitch has caused outrage among parents after it introduced a new swimsuit line for kids that included padded bikini tops. ANI

Three, including ANP activist killed in Pakistan
Three Pakistani people, including an Awami National Party (ANP) activist were killed in different incidents in Karachi on Sunday. ANI

Urbanization in China threatens nation's food security
Rapid urbanization in China is emerging as the reason for the sharp decrease in the country's arable land, and this poses a food security threat, claims a senior official. ANI

Kat-Will's wedding cake choice creates stir in fashionable baking quarters
A day after the wedding cake designs were revealed, Prince William and Kate Middleton's choice are now causing a stir in fashionable baking quarters. ANI

Davis release: LHC seeks explanation on Sanaullah's statement on missing families
Taking notice of Pakistan Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah's claim on missing families of the two young men shot dead by CIA contractor Raymond Davis, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday sought a reply from both the federal and provincial governments. ANI

Pak Interior Minister is an India, US agent: Jamaat chief
Jamat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hassan has called Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik 'an agent of India and America'. ANI

Best spot to view Royal wedding procession costs œ100K
Prime spots to watch the Royal wedding procession away from the crowds on April 29, are being offered for up to 100,000 pounds. ANI

UN rights body calls on China to release rights lawyer
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called on China to release that country's best known rights lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, who has been declared missing for nearly a year. ANI

Academics warn cheating is tarnishing Oxford University's image
Senior academics at Oxford University have warned that the institute risks being tarnished because of a failure to clamp down on cheating. ANI

Turkey ready to broker cease-fire over fears Libya may turn into "second Iraq or Afghanistan"
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signalled that his country is ready to become a mediator to help attain an early ceasefire in Libya over fears that the country could turn into a "second Iraq" or "another Afghanistan". ANI

Growing Pak poverty affecting school enrolment
Increasing poverty in Pakistan is emerging as the major reason for declining school enrolments, as poor families are sending their children to work, claims the Society for Educational Welfare (SEW) Vice President, Dr Tabassum Jaffery. ANI

More than one pub closing every day in the UK
One bar or pub closed every day in Britain in 2010, and according to a study, the number of restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs giving up their alcohol licenses rose by 13 per cent over the last year. ANI

UK pilots donning oxygen masks to counter poisonous fumes in aircraft
Airline pilots in Britain are secretly donning oxygen masks and issuing emergency warnings because of poisonous fumes seeping into passenger jets. ANI

No decision taken on supplying arms to Libyan rebels: Gates
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said that no decision has been made about supplying arms to Libyan rebels. ANI

Aim of military intervention in Libya not to oust Gaddafi: Carl Levin
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin from Michigan has said that the military intervention in Libya is not aimed at ousting Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

Working mums in Europe spend just an hour a day with their kids
Working mothers in Europe spend just over an hour a day with their children, according to a new study. ANI

Pak Govt. to file reference to revisit Z.A. Bhutto murder case
The Pakistan Government has decided to file a reference before the country's Supreme Court to revisit the 1979 Z.A. Bhutto murder case, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr. Babar Awan has said. ANI

Shane Warne's alter ego meets Kiwi Prime Minister in promotional video
A new promotional video to help market New Zealand's art deco capital Napier as a destination for Australians shows Kiwi Prime Minister John Key chatting with Shane Warne's alter ego. ANI

US pursuing carrot and stick focus on N. Waziristan operations
The United States is considering various options, including typical hardcore solutions based on its carrot and stick policy in repairing strained relations with Pakistan by demanding military operation in North Waziristan Agency without any further delay. ANI

Gates, Clinton defend Libyan intervention, say it may last for months
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary Hillary Clinton are of the opinion that the Obama administration's decision of carrying out military action to avert a massacre in Libya is justified, adding that the operation could drag on for months or even into next year. ANI

Clinton admits relations with Pak 'very challenging'
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described relations between the United States and Pakistan as "very challenging". ANI

Obama urged to clear confusion over US' interest in Libya mission
US President Barack Obama, who has contradicted Defence Secretary Robert Gates over America's intentions in intervening in Libya, has been urged to clarify the issue. ANI

Pak capital Islamabad observes Earth Hour
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) in Islamabad joined hands with the global community to observe Earth Hour-2011, for promotion of sustainable environment, conservation of energy and to mitigate the effects of climate change. ANI

US envoy regrets civilian casualties in Pakistan
US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Ambassador to Pakistan, Marc Grossman, has expressed regret over the civilian casualties in Pakistan, paving the way for resolving disagreements between the two allies after a drone strike in North Waziristan on March 17 killed several tribal elders. ANI

Pakistanis furious as UAE consulate fails to meet demand for passports
Pakistanis living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have expressed annoyance over the indifferent attitude of their government to requests to ease passport renewal services. ANI

Maldives frees World Cup terror suspect
Maldavian national Iqbal Mohamed, who was suspected of plotting an attack on the Cricket World Cup in South Asia, has been released on the basis of a court order in the Maldives. ANI

If Gaddafi stays, American enemies will get emboldened: Rumsfeld
Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said that if Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi remains in power, it will damage the prestige of the United States and embolden its enemies. ANI

Holocaust victim Anne Frank Museum to move close to Ground Zero mosque site
A museum commemorating the world's most famous Holocaust victim is planning to move across the street from the proposed Ground Zero mosque, The New York Post has learned. ANI

Efforts on to improve Karachi situation, says Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that all out efforts were being made to improve the law and order situation in Karachi. ANI

Sex scandal a killer for opposition Labour Party in New Zealand
It's election year in New Zealand, but the conservative National Party, which has been in power since 2008, is proving tough to beat thanks to the sky-high popularity of leader John Key, further boosted after the Christchurch earthquake. ANI

Florida reporter says Biden staffer confined him in closet at posh fundraiser
A Florida reporter said a staffer for Vice President Joe Biden, kept him confined in a closet during a recent fundraiser for Florida Senator Bill Nelson. ANI

Libya frees woman allegedly raped by militia after branding her a 'prostitute'
The Libyan government has said that it has released the woman who had burst into a hotel full of foreign journalists to say that she was abducted and raped by militia members working for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, after calling her "a known prostitute and a thief." ANI

Gilani to brief Pak cabinet ahead of India visit to watch Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final
Final touches are being given to arrangements for Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's visit to India to watch the much-awaited Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final in Mohali on Wednesday. ANI

Japan's TEPCO apologizes for massive radiation spike
The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) officials have apologized for the huge spike in radiation levels at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, saying it was a mistake. ANI

Queensland army barracks raided over drug trafficking claims
Queensland Police and Australian Defence Force (ADF) investigators have raided an army base in the northern part of the state following claims of drug trafficking and abuse by soldiers. ANI

Tighter UK visa controls risk losing non-EU engineers, firms: Expert
Vacuum cleaner tycoon Sir James Dyson, who sits on the Prime Minister's business advisory group, has said that he is "extremely concerned" at recent changes which will cut the number of non-European Union students in the country. ANI

David Cameron, wife to host royal wedding street party
It has emerged that David Cameron and his wife Samantha will be holding a street party to celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. ANI

Reduced BBC Hindi service will increase mistrust in India: Critics
Critics such as noted author Vikram Seth have described the BBC's decision to scale back its Hindi short wave radio service as a great disservice to its listeners, and predicted that it will lead to "a great loss of goodwill and increase of mistrust in India". ANI

6.5 magnitude quake rocks northeastern Japan, tsunami warning lifted
A strong earthquake measuring 6.5 magnitude has rocked the Miyagi Prefecture and its vicinity in the north-eastern parts of Japan this morning. ANI

Senior cop, four others arrested for rape and torture of Libyan woman
A senior police officer and four other men have been arrested for viciously raping and torturing a Libyan woman whose shocking claim of abuse made international headlines last week. ANI

Haley Barbour: President Obama thinks voters 'stupid'
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has said that the year 2012 is absolutely crucial to elect a new president of the United States, as he believes that incumbent Barack Obama thinks most Americans are "too stupid" to know what's good for them. ANI

China's huge labour pool 'dries up', says leading economist
China's vast worker pool that helped to create the country's economic miracle has finally 'dried up' due to the shortage of young workers, says Zhang Zheng, a leading economist. ANI

Ecron Acunova Srengthens Cinical Research Presence in Nordic Countries by Acquiring Majority Stake in aCROnordic
Ecron Acunova (EA), a full-service expert CRO with well-directed multi-continental spread, announced acquisition of majority stake of aCROnordic, a CRO specialised in clinical research in Nordic countries. aCROnordic is a full service CRO covering Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway, with its Headquarters located in Denmark’s leading bio-science park, SCION DTU in Hoersholm near Copenhagen. Mr Business Wire India

Royal Jordanian Signs Partnership Agreement With GlobalCollect
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Quintiles Named a Preferred Provider to Global Health Product Development Partnership Consortium
Quintiles announced that it has been named a preferred provider to a consortium of 14 global health Product Development Partnerships (PDPs) leveraging the combined size of their pipelines to ensure the most cost effective use of their research and development dollars. Business Wire India

Construction Begins on Steel Mill Off-Gases to LanzaTech Ethanol Demo Plant
LanzaTech, China¡¯s largest steel and iron conglomerate, Baosteel Group Corporation, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have launched the construction of a plant that will use LanzaTech¡¯s gas fermentation technology for the production of fuel ethanol from steel mill off-gases. Business Wire India

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