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Parks, libraries, swimming pools, coffee contribute to Brit happiness
A survey on what really makes the Britons happy has found that some feel parks, libraries, swimming pools, and the smell of coffee can boost their happiness. ANI

EU to ban 'Conventionally fuelled' cars from cities by 2050
The European Union has planned to ban all petrol and diesel cars by 2050, and replace them with alternatives such as electric and hydrogen powered vehicles. ANI

Pew Research says over 4 in 10 Americans think Libya military action is right
New data from the Pew Research Center shows that 47 percent of Americans, or over 4 in 10, thinks that the US military air strikes in Libya were right. ANI

Royal Mail to release Wills-Kate stamps to celebrate royal wedding
The Royal Mail is planning to release a new set of stamps to celebrate the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29. ANI

Putin embroiled in animal cruelty row
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is being criticized over claims that a snow leopard used in the latest macho photo shoot was abducted from reserve, injured and held for a week. ANI

Palin, Trump, other 2012ers take aim at Obama's Libya speech
Republican presidential hopefuls wasted no time in lambasting President Barack Obama's national address on Libya Monday night. ANI

Donald Trump wants to verify Obama's birth certificate
Tycoon Donald Trump who is thinking of making a run for the White House on a Republican ticket in 2012, has demanded a copy of President Barack Obama's birth certificate after his own birth certificate was declared a fake by New York's Department of Health. ANI

Prince Harry travels to Arctic ahead of North Pole trek
Britain's Prince Harry has arrived in Norway to take part in a charity walk to the North Pole with four disabled soldiers injured in the war in Afghanistan. ANI

Russians want alternative to Medvedev, Putin: Report
A Centre for Strategic Research report has claimed that a majority of Russians want an alternative to President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. ANI

Malik for targeted action against Karachi criminals
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has announced that law enforcement agencies will take targeted action against criminals to end killings and lawlessness in Karachi. ANI

Pak blasphemy law reform advocate Sherry Rehman says being scared "no longer works"
Liberal Pakistan parliamentarian Sherry Rehman, who is facing death threats for proposing a bill to reform the nation's draconian blasphemy laws, has said that being scared "no longer works". ANI

China 'to overtake US on science' by 2013
A new study by the Royal Society, the UK's national science academy, has concluded that China is on course to overtake the US in scientific output possibly as soon as 2013 - far earlier than expected. ANI

Brit supermarket worker sacked for drinking Lady Grey instead of store brand
A supermarket worker in Britain has revealed that he was sacked from his job after he drank Lady Grey tea instead of the supermarket's own brand of Fair Trade drinks. ANI

Men 'less likely to seek debt advice'
A new UK research has revealed that men are less likely to seek debt advice than women because they are too embarrassed to admit they owe money. ANI

Princess Diana's wedding dress voted the best ever
Princess Diana's wedding dress has topped all those worn by other royal and celebrity brides in a new poll. ANI

Crows in Malaysia steal panties, bras to make nests
When a number of panties and bras left to dry outside several homes in Malaysia disappeared, the initial suspicion fell on a sexual predator, until it was discovered that crows had been stealing them to build their nests. ANI

Gilani opts for India cricket diplomacy visit over London trip for son's surgery
Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has given preference to visiting India to watch Wednesday's Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final in Mohali on the invitation of his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh, over dashing to London for being present during his son's liver surgery. ANI

Pakistan to write to Pope, Interpol for action on Florida Quran desecration
Pakistan will write to Pope Benedict XVI and the Interpol for taking appropriate action against controversial US pastor Terry Jones, who oversaw the burning of a copy of the Quran at his small Florida church last Sunday after the revered Islamic book was put on trial. ANI

Japan's nuke plant radiation traces detected in US
Low levels of radiation from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have now been detected in 13 US states and three union territories, said country's federal and local authorities. ANI

Alleged rape victim still held by Gaddafi: Family
The parents of a Libyan woman who claimed she was detained by Muammar Gaddafi's troops and later gang raped said in interviews aired Monday that their daughter is still a hostage inside the Libyan leader's compound in Tripoli. ANI

Russian spy Anna Chapman talks of new TV show 'Secrets of the World'
Russian spy Anna Chapman has in a rare interview with the BBC in Moscow revealed about her gig as a host for a new show called 'Secrets of the World'. ANI

UFO over Lafayette, Colorado, caught on camera
A strange triangular formation of red lights over Lafayette, Colorado, which was caught on camera, has left many spooked and wondering if it was a UFO. ANI

French experts to tackle Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis
A French nuclear fuel company will send two experts to Japan to help tackle the crisis at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, French Industry and Energy Minister Eric Besson has said. ANI

Traces of Japanese radiation detected in Cleveland
A researcher has detected tiny amounts of Iodine 131 from Japan in rainwater collected from the roof of a campus building in Cleveland. ANI

Italy leading move to get Gaddafi liability free exile in Africa
British newspapers are reporting that negotiations are currently underway to offer Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi a liability free exile. ANI

Experts rule out Japan type nuke disaster in the US
Though the U.S. earthquake zone is active, scientists say ingredients do not exist there for a Japan-style nuclear disaster. ANI

US Army apologizes for new Afghan civilian Corpses' photos
The US Army has issued an apology for the distress it caused after new images of US troops posing with the dead bodies of Afghan civilians, were published in a magazine. ANI

Bogus Indian origin female dentist jailed for three years in UK
An Indian origin dentist who is said to have earned almost 230,000 pounds by using a fake degree certificate to land work at a string of National Health Service (NHS) hospitals, has been jailed for three years. ANI

Pak Punjab Govt didn't bow to foreign pressure to release Davis despite threats: Shahbaz
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led Punjab government has claimed that it had been pressurised, even intimidated, by foreign powers seeking the release of double murder accused CIA operative Raymond Davis, but it did not give in to the demand. ANI

Brit police plan to stop-and-search to prevent Royal Wedding disruption
The police in Britain are considering using stop-and-search powers to prevent protesters from disrupting the Royal Wedding after 149 people were charged following a mass protest in London. ANI

Gaddafi forces carrying out disappearance campaign: Amnesty
Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has accused the Gaddafi regime of carrying out a campaign of forced disappearances in an attempt to crush opposition to his rule. ANI

Queen's head chef promises 'best of British produce' at Royal wedding
The Queen's head chef has promised to lay out a great feast at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding reception that will have "the best of British produce". ANI

Suspect Chinese spies hack Oz PM Gillard's emails
Suspect Chinese spies have reportedly hacked the parliamentary computers of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, Defence Minister Stephen Smith and at least seven other federal ministers. ANI

Dalai Lama's claim of retirement a 'farce': Living Buddha
The Dalai Lama's plan to step down as the political head of the "exiled Tibetan government" is "a self-directed and played out farce", said Shingtsa Tenzinchodrak, the vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region's People's Congress. ANI

Mubarak and family under house arrest: Egypt military
Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and his family are under house arrest in Egypt, said the country's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. ANI

4,000 bodies still remain unidentified following Japan earthquake
The identities of around 4,000 bodies collected following the March 11 9.0-magnitute earthquake and ensuing tsunami still remain unconfirmed, the country's National Police Agency has said. ANI

Japan PM denies trip to Fukushima nuke power plant hindered emergency response
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has said that his inspection of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant shortly after the emergency broke out there was appropriate. ANI

French 'Spiderman' scales world's tallest tower in Dubai
A French skyscraper climber, who has been dubbed 'Spiderman', has scaled the world's tallest tower in Dubai. ANI

Cricket invite shows Pak, India can play as well as talk on important issues: Gilani
Taking the Pakistan cabinet into confidence over his visit to India to watch the Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final clash on the invitation of his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has told the ministers that he took the decision to avail this opportunity in the larger interests of the country. ANI

Afghan official sacked over concert featuring female singers without headscarves
The Deputy Governor of Afghanistan's Helmand province, Abdul Satar Mirzakwal, has been sacked for organizing a concert that featured female performers without headscarves. ANI

34st man vows to lose weight after docs fail to find his heart
A man in the UK has vowed to shed weight after doctors failed to detect his heartbeat - because he was so fat. ANI

Radioactive trench water not confirmed to have overflowed: Japan's nuke regulatory body
Radioactive water that has been filling up underground trenches connected to the crippled reactors at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has not been confirmed to have overflowed, the country's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) has said. ANI

'Racist' UK village residents want to remain white and middle class
Many residents of British countryside towns and villages consider themselves the 'last bastion' of old-fashioned English traditions. ANI

High radiation water found outside Japan's Fukushima nuke plant
Highly radioactive water has been found outside No.2 reactor of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, said Tokyo Electric Power Company officials. ANI

China detects 'extremely low level radiation' from Japan
China has detected extremely low levels of radioactive material in the air from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. ANI

China to check its food, water for radiation
China's Ministry of Health has ordered local administrators in 14 areas, including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and some coastal provinces to test their drinking water and food for radiation. ANI

Cameron says Gaddafi should not be exiled, must face a war crime trial
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi should face a war crime trial rather than being given the option of going into exile as is being suggested by Italy and Germany. ANI

Berlusconi 'earns 35m Pounds a year'
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi appeared in court yesterday on tax fraud charges - as it emerged he earns 35 million pounds a year. ANI

Obama says Libya military mission ordered to prevent a massacre
US President Barack Obama has defended his decision to send American forces to Libya, saying Washington acted to "prevent a massacre". ANI

Like Prince William, Kate Middleton too opts for low-key hen night
It has emerged that Kate Middleton has followed the example of her fiance, Prince William, by opting for a quiet evening for her hen night. ANI

14 security officials killed in militant ambush in Pak's Khyber tribal region
A militant ambush on a convoy of Pakistan security forces in the country's Khyber tribal region has left 14 officials dead. ANI

Indo-Pak WC semi-final, not Kashmir, on Gilani's India visit agenda: Awan
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is going to visit India to watch the Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final match in Mohali, and "not to discuss the Kashmir issue" with his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh, Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan has said. ANI

Covidien plc to Report Second-Quarter Results on April 21, 2011
Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) will report second-quarter results on April 21, 2011, before trading begins. The Company will hold a conference call for investors at 8:30 a.m. ET. The call can be accessed in the following ways: Business Wire India

ISACA Extends CRISC Grandfathering for Risk and Control Professionals
Due to overwhelming demand, ISACA, a nonprofit association of more than 95,000 IT professionals worldwide, has extended the grandfathering program for its new Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) designation until 30 June 2011 Business Wire India

GoldMoney Completes ""GoldMoney Standard"" Testing
GoldMoney, one of the world’s largest providers of physical bullion for investors, has completed testing of all the gold bars stored for customers in London, Zurich and Hong Kong. This marks the advent of the GoldMoney Standard, which now offers every customer added safety assurances. Business Wire India

Cegedim Relationship Management and MeLLmo Unveil Combined Mobile Analytics Solution for Life Sciences Customers
Cegedim Relationship Management the Life Sciences industry’s leading provider of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions, and MeLLmo Inc Business Wire India

Gemalto Mobile NFC Payment Application First in the World Certified by MasterCard
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces the world’s first UICC-embedded software application compliant with Mobile MasterCard® PayPass™ M/Chip 4, the brand new MasterCard payment specification designed for mobile near field communications (NFC) Business Wire India

New Silk Route Expands Leadership Team with Addition of Global Healthcare Industry Veteran Supratim Bose as Partner
New Silk Route, a leading Asia-focused private equity and growth capital firm focused on investing in private companies in the Indian sub-continent and other rapidly growing economies of south Asia, today announced that Supratim Bose has joined the firm as Partner. Based in Singapore, Mr Business Wire India

ZTE to Deliver World's First LTE TDD/FDD Dual-Mode Infrastructure Equipment to Hi3G
ZTE, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, will deliver LTE infrastructure equipment to operator Hi3G which plans to build the world’s first LTE TDD/FDD dual-mode networks in Sweden and Denmark Business Wire India

Total Safety Acquires Webb, Murray & Associates, Inc.
Total Safety, the leading global provider of integrated safety services and compliance solutions, announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets and ongoing business of Webb, Murray & Associates, Inc., a Houston-based fire protection and safety services company. Business Wire India

VXL Launches 'Xentrix®' Zero Clients Specifically for Citrix Users
Worldwide thin client manufacturer, VXL Instruments, announced the introduction of two new, Xentrix, Zero Client desktops for an unbeatable solution for the Citrix environment – the mid-range Xentrix 1512-z and high performance D12s-z. Business Wire India

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