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US Republicans plan legal defense of marriage law
U.S. House Speaker John A. Boehner has announced plans to initiate a legal defense of the 1996 law that bars the federal government from giving legal rights or federal benefits to gay couples. ANI

Ex-Nepal PM Bhattarai' last rites to be held on Sunday
The last rites of former Nepal Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, who breathed his last in Kathmandu on Friday, will be performed with state honours on Sunday. ANI

Six killed in Antonov An-148 plane crash in Russia
At least six people were killed when an Antonov An-148 plane crashed during a test flight in Russia on Saturday. ANI

Mid-East crisis: Clinton backs Al-Jazeera, criticizes US media in Senate
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton praise for the Al-Jazeera's coverage of the Middle East crisis, and simultaneous criticism of American media reportage before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, has been welcomed by the Qatar-based Arab broadcaster. ANI

Brit actress finds playing role of Kate Middleton in film 'an honour'
The British-born actress, who is playing royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton in a forthcoming TV film, has said that it is "an honour" to win the part. ANI

Brooklyn Museum in USA to exhibit Lord Vishnu from June
Brooklyn Museum in New York (USA) will showcase Hindu Lord Vishnu in an exhibition June 24-October two next. ANI

Cambodia appeals Hindus for help to safeguard landmark Preah Vihear Shiva temple
Cambodia has sought the help of the Hindus worldwide to help safeguard the landmark Preah Vihear Shiva temple, which was reportedly damaged recently due to Thai-Cambodia border clashes. ANI

Religious statesman Rajan Zed awarded "Bishop Manogue Interfaith Award"
Distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed has been awarded "Bishop Manogue Interfaith Award'. ANI

Musharraf's arrest warrant issued for 'third time' in Benazir murder case
An Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan has reissued a non-bailable arrest warrant against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for the third time in connection with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination. ANI

Britain - a nation of secret telly addicts who watch 4 hrs of TV daily
A study has claimed that Britain is a nation of secret telly addicts, who watch a third more television than they think they do. ANI

Blasphemy accused gunned down in Pakistan
A man who had been accused of blasphemy and released last year was gunned down on the outskirts of Rawalpindi, just two days after the assassination of Pakistan's Minorities Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti in broad daylight. ANI

China formally invites N. Korea heir for a visit
China is reported to have formally invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's heir apparent Kim Jong-un for a visit, but no dates have been revealed. ANI

Pak Punjab seminaries are safe havens for extremists: Malik
Extremist elements have safe havens in seminaries located in south Punjab and are carrying out terrorist activities across Pakistan, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

Michelangelo's David 'may collapse due to train line construction'
Michelangelo's statue of David is at risk of collapsing due to the construction of a high-speed railway line beneath Florence. ANI

US defends making WikiLeaks suspect sleep n*ked in military cell
The Unites States has defended its decision to make US Army private Bradley Manning sleep n*ked in military cell. ANI

Brit primary school dinner lady jailed for 6-yrs for having sex with boy, 12
A primary school dinner lady in Britain has been jailed for six-years for having sex with a 12-year-old boy. ANI

British monarch to visit Ireland after a century
Queen Elizabeth will undertake an official state visit to Ireland - the first British monarch to do so since the first world war ANI

Two US law experts reach Lahore to provide legal assistance to Davis
Two US law experts arrived in Lahore on Saturday to provide legal assistance to double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis. ANI

Libyan intelligence chief vetted UK sociologist before Gaddafi saw him
Libya's intelligence chief, Abd Allah al-Sanusi, who is being blamed for the atrocities in the present uprising in his country, is said to have vetted former London School of Economics director and eminent sociologist Anthony Giddens before the latter met Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2006. ANI

How hoax of UFOs landing in UK sparked nationwide panic in 1967
A new book has revealed how Britain's most successful UFO hoax sparked a nationwide panic in 1967, and duped even the highest echelons of Whitehall. ANI

Gunman killed US soldiers in Germany in revenge for Afghanistan
The 21-year-old man suspected of killing two American airmen at Frankfurt Airport in Germany this week, has told investigators that he was seeking revenge for the deployment of Americans in Afghanistan. ANI

Tucson shooting suspect charged with murders of judge, congressional aide
Jared L. Loughner, the suspect in the Tucson shooting that critically wounded U.S. Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, has been charged on new counts that include the murders of a federal judge and a congressional aide. ANI

Two more eyewitnesses record statements in Taseer assassination case
The Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) in Rawalpindi has recorded the statements of two more eyewitnesses in connection with the Salmaan Taseer assassination case. ANI

China announces ambitious military spending plan
China on Saturday revealed that its military spending will rise 12.6 percent in 2011 to 583.6 billion renminbi, or about 88.6 billion dollars. ANI

Unrest in Libya, Middle East proves costly for Russian arms industry
Cancelled arms sales are likely to cost Russia upwards of 10 billion dollars due to the unrest in Libya and in other Middle Eastern countries. ANI

Pak Law Minister indicted in abduction, robbery case
A Rawalpindi court has framed charges against Pakistan's Law Minister Babar Awan in connection with a robbery and kidnapping case. ANI

4.8 magnitude aftershock jolts Christchurch
A 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand's second largest city, on Saturday. ANI

US unemployment rate dips to 8.9 percent, lowest in nearly two years
The U.S. unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to a nearly two-year low of 8.9 percent in February, according to the latest report from to the U.S. Department of Labor. ANI

US high school basketball player dies after making game-winning shot
A 16-year-old American basketball player in Michigan collapsed on the court shortly after hitting the game-winning basket and died hours later. ANI

UK man jailed for sex with teen after he approached 1,000 girls on Facebook
A Welsh man, who approached more than 1000 teenage girls for sex on social networking site Facebook, has been jailed for having sex with an underage girl. ANI

Sikh to assume charge as Singapore Army Chief on March 25
The Singapore Army will have a Sikh as its next chief. ANI

"Lobby opposed to religious circles" could have inspired Bhatti's murder: Fazl
The assassination of Pakistan Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti is being given a religious colour to pressurise religious circles in the country on the pretext of the controversial blasphemy law, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said. ANI

Gaddafi brutalizes rebel forces near Tripoli, claims control of town
Forces loyal to Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi have reportedly broken through rebel defenses at an opposition-held city closest to Libyan capital, Tripoli. ANI

"US encouraged Pak to do everything possible to provide for Bhatti's security"
The United States was aware that Pakistan's Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti had received multiple death threats, and it had "encouraged" the Pakistan Government "to do everything possible to provide for his security", State Department spokesman P J Crowley has said. ANI

More than quarter of young men, women in US are still virgins
An official study has found that more than a quarter of young men and women in America are still virgins. ANI

Taseer's killer interrogated in Shahbaz Bhatti assassination case
The scope of investigations into the assassination of Pakistan's Minorities Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti has been widened to include Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed killer of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, and the personnel of Bhatti's security escort. ANI

Four Germans arrested in Lahore released after documents' verification
Four German nationals, who were arrested in Lahore on Friday for not having their travel documents, have been released after the verification of their credentials. ANI

Zardari skips, Gilani attends Shahbaz Bhatti's funeral mass
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani visited a Roman Catholic church in Islamabad to praise slain Minorities Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti in front of a huge crowd of mourners. ANI

Two govt-run schools blown up in northwest Pakistan
Two government-run boys' schools were blown up in Pakistan's Kohat and Khyber Agency tribal region bordering Afghanistan in the wee hours of Saturday. ANI

David Cameron and wife Samantha christen daughter Florence
UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha have christened their youngest child. ANI

Hosni Mubarak has his name embroidered into the pinstripes of his suit
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has had his name embroidered into the pinstripes of his suit. ANI

At least six militants killed in Pak's Kurram region
At least six militants were killed and several others were wounded as Pakistani security forces attacked terrorist hideouts in the Kurram tribal region on Saturday. ANI

Lashkar accuses Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa legislators of supporting Taliban
A tribal militia fighting the Taliban in the Adezai outskirts of Peshawar has accused local legislators of supporting the Taliban, and threatened to stop its fight if the government does not issue ration and ammunition to the militia within a week. ANI

Oz Lib leader cleared of bum-pinching complaint
The allegations that a Liberal Party leader in New South Wales pinched the buttock of an independent candidate at a forum have been declared to be wrong. ANI

Maoists join Nepal Cabinet, ending month-long stalemate
Nepal Prime Minister Jhalnath Khanal included four Maoists in his cabinet on Friday, ending weeks of uncertainty over whether the former rebels would join his government or not. ANI

China will take an active part in multilateral diplomacy: Premier Wen

China aspires to reduce energy consumption per unit of GDP by 2015
China aims to reduce energy consumption per unit of GDP by 16 percent in the five years to 2015, according to Premier Wen Jiabao. ANI

Gilani assures international community against misuse of Pak's blasphemy law
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has reassured the international community that his government is serious about stopping the misuse of the country's laws, including the one on blasphemy. ANI

Nepal's first democratic prime minister Bhattarai dies
Nepal's first democratically elected prime minister, Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, has died at the age of 87. ANI

Sexy spy Anna Chapman launches her own website
Sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman is out on the Internet with a new official website. ANI

Prince Andrew vows to end friendship with billionaire child sex offender
Prince Andrew has vowed to cut his controversial links with billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. ANI

World's most 'typical' human face is a 28-yr-old Chinese man
The most typical human face in the world is a 28-year-old Chinese man, after experts discovered there are nine million of them in the world. ANI

Princess-to-be Kate Middleton - the new Mr Men character!
Prince William's bride-to-be Kate Middleton is to be immortalised in art as one of the Mr Men. ANI

UK troops on standby for deployment in crisis-hit Libya
British troops have reportedly been put on stand-by for deployment to Libya if the crisis in the country worsens. ANI

Bank of England chief says UK could face another financial crisis
The Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, has warned that the United Kingdom could face another financial crisis if reform is not carried out in the country's banks immediately. ANI

Libya telecom firm tells subscribers to attack foreigners
Libya's public telecom company has reportedly sent SMS messages to its subscribers to attack foreigners, accusing them of wanting to "sow trouble" and "destroy" the country. ANI

Less than 3 in 10 American youth just too busy for sex
A government survey has revealedthat American youth in the 21st century are just too busy for sex, and according to an Indian-origin health scientist, the decline in sex though small is significant. ANI

Libya blocks Internet to stifle information about insurrection
Internet services in Libya appear to have been completely halted in an attempt to stifle information about the insurrection. ANI

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