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Shot Congresswoman now singing, enjoying matzo ball soup
Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot at point blank range in Tucson in January this year, has been showing emotion and an impressive grasp of song lyrics as she recovers in a Houston hospital. ANI

Britain has one CCTV for every 32 people, reveals study
A study has revealed that Britain has one CCTV camera for every 32 citizens, and the revelation that 1.85 million cameras are watching their every move has come as a big shock. ANI

Prince Andrew 'made regular phone calls to paedophile Jeffrey Epstein'
Prince Andrew has landed in further trouble over his friendship with a child sex offender after a witness described how the two were in contact every week. ANI

Ex-Democrat prez Edwards aide demands more info on sex tape
Attorneys for a former aide of two-time presidential candidate John Edwards are reportedly trying to compel the latter to part with more information involving a purported sex tape. ANI

Indian-origin Louisiana Guv Jindal facing flak over donation to wife's charity
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has attracted controversy over his wife's charity accepting about 790,000 dollars in donations from corporations that have also donated to the governor's campaign committee since 2007. ANI

Oz students' racism fight on Facebook erupts onto streets
A racism fight among Australian students on social networking site Facebook caused a brawl between a student's relatives and the police to erupt. ANI

New Zealand earthquake death toll rises to 163
The death toll in New Zealand's devastating earthquake has reached 163, and is expected to rise further. ANI

Oz train driver wins appeal against C-word use in workplace rant
A train driver in Australia has escaped punishment for using the C-word in a workplace rant after a court ruled that it is fine to use the taboo swear word in some circumstances. ANI

Hamas team embarks on Arab tour via Egypt
A Hamas delegation has reportedly embarked on an Arab tour for the first time since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down last month. ANI

'We will look at 2012 presidential run very seriously': Gingrich
Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich has said he is "seriously" considering a 2012 presidential run, and unveiled a website to explore a potential bid for the White House. ANI

London bank directors to be sentenced for 'turning blind eye' to criminal's deposits
Two directors of a corrupt safe deposit company in London will be sentenced today for running a 50 million pound 'treasure trove' for criminals, ANI

Pak Govt reverses fuel price hike by 50 per cent "under public pressure"
The Pakistan Government has announced the withdrawal of 50 per cent increase in petroleum product prices amid public anger and strong objections by opposition and allied parties. ANI

25 percent of adult Brits have seen ghosts
A record one out of four adult British people have had a ghostly encounter - up from seven per cent in the 1950s. ANI

Bhutan jails first offender under anti-smoking law
Sonam Tshering, a monk in Bhutan, has become the first person to be jailed under that country's anti-smoking law. ANI

Ivory Coast on brink of civil war as security forces kill seven female peace marchers
Seven women have been killed in Ivory Coast's commercial capital, Abidjan, when security forces opened fired at peace protestors, with many analysts saying that the country could come into the grip of a civil war. ANI

Seven killed, 25 hurt in bomb attack on northwest Pakistan shrine
At least seven people were killed and twenty-five others were wounded when a bomb went off at a crowded Sufi shrine at Nowshera in northwest Pakistan on Friday. ANI

"Pakistanis committing the mother of all blasphemies by keeping silent"
Most Pakistanis are committing the blasphemy of keeping silent as the country's mullahs and muftis have managed in a very short span of time "to blur the line between what God says and what they say", Pakistani journalist Mohammed Hanif rues. ANI

'Concerned' Obama administration tried to protect Bhatti from extremists
The Obama administration had 'tried in the weeks before the assassination' of Pakistan Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti to secure an armoured car and beef up protection for him due to safety concerns, an American official has revealed. ANI

Ten Chinese crewman arrested, one wounded by S. Korean coastguard
South Korea's coastguard has reportedly captured 10 Chinese crew members and wounded another with a gunshot after allegedly being attacked by illegal fishermen in a boat. ANI

Prince William, Kate Middleton will dance to ABBA songs at reception
Prince William and Kate Middleton will be playing hit Abba songs at their reception it has been revealed. ANI

Princess Di's niece probed over claims she covered up for 'accomplice'
Late Princess Diana's niece Lady Amelia Spencer is facing a new police probe over claims she covered up for an "accomplice" after an alleged assault at a McDonald's. ANI

US judge decides against prohibiting release of Tucson shooting autopsy reports
An effort to block the release of autopsy results on the six people killed in the January 8 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, has been denied by a federal judge. ANI

Two American men plead guilty to terrorism conspiracy charge
Two Americans have pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder individuals outside the United States by joining a Somali terrorist group, prosecutors have said. ANI

11m Brit adults 'have seen ghost'
A quarter of British adults - more than 11million people - claim to have had an experience with a ghost, according to a new survey. ANI

Evidence found regarding Shahbaz Bhatti's assassination
Evidence regarding the assassination of Pakistan Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti have been found, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Friday. ANI

Nepal bans sale of 'marijuana' at Hindu festival
Nepal has reportedly banned the sale of marijuana during a popular Hindu festival wherein the male devotees traditionally smoke the drug and share it with young men and women. ANI

China plans to launch two manned spacecraft in 2012
A spokesman for the China Manned Space Engineering Office has said that China plans to launch two manned spacecraft in 2012 to dock with its space module, Tiangong-1, which will itself lift off later in 2011. ANI

17th century notebook reveals how women were punished for witchcraft
A 17th Century notebook revealing how women were tried, tortured, convicted and hanged for witchcraft has been published online. ANI

Brits' average time for an evening swig - 7.11pm
A survey has revealed that 40 percent Britons love to take a swig after a hard day's work, with the average time for a drink being 7.11pm. ANI

American youth 'too busy to have sex'
A government survey has shown that fewer American teens and young adults are having sex. ANI

Lahore HC rejects plea to block 'possible transfer' of Davis to Rawalpindi prison
The Lahore High Court has rejected a petition seeking to block a possible transfer of double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis from Lahore's Kot Lakhpat prison to the Adiyala Jail in Rawalpindi. ANI

Assange calls US soldier accused in Wikileaks case an "unparalleled hero"
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said that Bradley Manning, the US Army Private accused of sharing classified documents with the whistleblower website, is an "unparalleled hero". ANI

UK's Olympic swimming team poses n*ked for underwater photo-shoot
A dozen of swimmers from Britain's Olympic team have got together to pose n*ked for a daring underwater photo-shoot. ANI

Two NATO oil tankers destroyed in bomb explosion in Pak's Khyber region
In the latest attack on convoys in Pakistan carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, two oil tankers were destroyed in a bomb explosion near the Torkham border in northwestern Pakistan's Khyber tribal region on Friday. ANI

US soldier accused in Wikileaks case stripped, left n*ked in military cell: Lawyer
The lawyer of Bradley Manning, the US Army Private accused of sharing classified documents with WikiLeaks, has claimed that his client was stripped of his clothes and left n*ked in a cell for seven hours. ANI

40 major South Korean websites hit by DDoS attacks
Around 40 major South Korean websites, including that of the presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, came under distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks this morning. ANI

Obama asks Gaddafi to step down over 'losing legitimacy to lead' Libya after protests
US President Barack Obama has again reminded Colonel Gaddafi to step down because he has "lost the legitimacy to lead" Libya in the wake of his violent attempts to crush pro-democracy protestors. ANI

Looted Libyan arms may land in hands of terrorists, warn experts
Security analysts say the armed uprising in Libya could see looted weapons in wide circulation, and landing in the hands of terrorists. ANI

Belly dancer involved in Berlusconi sex scandal causes stir in Austria
The teenage belly dancer involved in Silvio Berlusconi sex scandal has caused a stir in Austria as the guest of a local millionaire. ANI

US students 'watch woman being pleasured by sex toy as part of class'
About 100 students at Chicago's Northwestern University reportedly watched a woman being brought to orgasm with a powerful sex toy last month as part of class. ANI

State of terror prevails in two Tripoli neighbourhoods
A state of terror has seized two working class neighborhoods here, with residents reporting constant surveillance, searches of cars and even cell phones by militiamen armed with Kalashnikovs at block-by-block checkpoints. There have also been a rash of disappearances. ANI

UK freezes Libyan security chiefs' assets to pressurise Gaddafi to step down
Britain has frozen the assets of 20 of Colonel Gaddafi's security chiefs with the intention of pressurising the Libyan leader to step down. ANI

Shahbaz Bhatti's assassination result of his own negligence towards security: Malik
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has claimed that foolproof security was provided to slain Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, and that his death was the result of his own negligence. ANI

Is the Earth headed for a Moonageddon in 2 weeks?
In two weeks, the Earth could be headed for a big showdown according to some, for the Moon will be at its closest point to Earth in 18 years, an event that is known as a "lunar perigee". ANI

Frankfurt airport shooter shouted 'Allahu akhbar' before opening fire
The man arrested for shooting dead two US servicemen at Frankfurt Airport earlier this week, screamed "Allahu akhbar" before opening fire, German police has revealed ANI

India, a nation of hard working super geeks
India has about as many illiterate adults as the entire population of the United States, but there is no doubt in anyone's mind that it possesses the ingredients to become a science super power. ANI

Maid faces beheading in Saudi Arabia for killing boss who 'tried to rape her'
Campaigners have took to TV and social networking sites like Facebook to raise half a million dollars to save an Indonesian maid who faces beheading in Saudi Arabia after killing the employer who allegedly tried to rape her. ANI

Missing US girl, 13, fled her home 'to avoid arranged marriage in Pakistan'
A 13-year-old California girl, who had been missing for more than a week, left home as she was terrified of her mother and stepfather's alleged plan to send her to Pakistan for an arranged marriage, it has emerged. ANI

Celebrities, politicians added to Gaddafi's Facebook support group without consent
A Facebook group supporting Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi's regime, has reportedly signed on several eminent personalities from the world of politics, television, and films without their permission. ANI

Former FBI agent Levinson 'somewhere in southeast Asia': US
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that former FBI agent Bob Levinson, who disappeared when visiting Iran in 2007, is still alive. ANI

LSE head resigns over financial links with Gaddafi regime
London School of Economics (LSE) head Sir Howard Davies has resigned from his post over his instution's controversial financial links with Libya. ANI

Pak lawmakers blame 'lapse of security' for Bhatti's assassination
A majority of Pakistan's parliamentarians have blamed a 'lapse of security' for the assassination of Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti. ANI

Pakistan mindful of its international obligations in Davis case: Bashir
Pakistan's Foreign Office is mindful of its constitutional, legal and institutional responsibilities in the case of US official Raymond Davis, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir has said. ANI

Petition challenges removal of seven PPP ministers from Pak Punjab cabinet
A petition has been filed before the Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court, challenging the removal of seven Pakistan Peoples' Party Ministers from the Punjab province cabinet. ANI

Indo-Pak composite dialogue on March 28-29 in Delhi
Pakistan and India will resume the composite dialogue process from March 28 in New Delhi. ANI

6 out of 10 male drug-addicts abuse their intimate partners
New research has revealed a high rate of gender-based violence -both physical and psychological- directed by drug-addict men against their partners. ANI

JFK Jr smoked dope, liked tantric sex, reveals ex
John F Kennedy Jr's former lover Christina Haag has revealed how the man had a penchant for tantric sex and smoked marijuana. ANI

Women’s Leadership Programs Missing Key Elements; Could Mean Missed Opportunities for India Inc., New Catalyst Study Finds
According to Catalyst’s latest report on India Inc., 2010 India Benchmarking Report, 68 percent of companies in India have formal strategies for women’s advancement in place—yet these programs lack elements crucial to their success, including metrics and indicators to measure their impact, hold managers accountable, and engage men in advancing women to leadership Business Wire India

International Omega-3 Awareness Day™ with World Expert William Harris PhD, Co-Founder of Omega-3 Index as on Dr. Oz
The 2nd International Omega-3 Awareness Day™ Thursday, March 3rd kicks off with a panel of world omega-3 experts including noted William Harris, PhD, Co-Founder of the Omega-3 Index, a new bio-health marker recently discussed by Dr. Oz Business Wire India

OdysseyRe Elects New President and Chief Executive Officer
Odyssey Re Holdings Corp. – has announced that effective April 1, 2011, Brian D. Young will become President and Chief Executive Officer of Odyssey Re Holdings Corp. (OdysseyRe), replacing Andrew A. Barnard who will be assuming a senior leadership role at parent company Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Introduces Industry's Smallest Implantable Cardiac Device Programmer
BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG has announced the European market launch of their new Renamic implantable cardiac device programmer. Renamic is the latest addition to BIOTRONIK’s new portfolio of external devices launched within only a few months. Business Wire India

element14 Collaborates with Artist Ben Innes to Construct ""Exploded Electronics Art"" Installation Showcasing the Evolution of Electronics
From a Tandy TR-S80 to an iMac, punch cards to terabyte hard drives, or super-8 movie projectors to Blue-ray DVD players, the evolution of electronic technology is undeniable, unstoppable and awe-inspiring Business Wire India

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