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Ex-Nepal PM Bhattarai' last rites performed in Kathmandu
The last rites of former Nepal Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, who breathed his last in Kathmandu on Friday, were performed at the Pashupati Aryaghat here with state honours on Sunday. ANI

Japan Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara 'offers to resign' over South Korean's gift
Japan Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara has reportedly decided to resign after becoming embroiled in an illegal political donation scandal. ANI

6.3 magnitude earthquake jolts Chile
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake reportedly struck northern Chile on Sunday. ANI

Petition filed in Pak Supreme Court for reopening, re-adjudication of Sarabjit case
A constitutional petition has been filed in the Pakistan Supreme Court for reopening and re-adjudication of the matter of Indian prisoner Sarbajit Singh, who was awarded death sentence by the apex court in 2006. ANI

'Topless' Ukrainian feminists protest Kiwi 'Win a Wife' event
A Ukrainian feminist group turned up topless to protest a controversial New Zealand 'Win a Wife' competition that offer Ukraine ladies in prize. ANI

Young Mexican woman police chief to seek US asylum after death threats
Young Mexican police chief Marisol Valles Garcia, who accepted to be in charge of one of state's most dangerous drug war border towns, has reportedly fled the city to seek asylum in the US. ANI

Christchurch's central business district cordon opens to residents and business owners
Parts of the central business district cordon have been lifted for residents and business owners. ANI

31 schools ready to re-open following devastating Christchurch earthquake
After a devastating earthquake in Canterbury, 31 affected schools have reportedly indicated that they will open for students over the next three days. ANI

Did Prince William skip his share of pub bill at stag party?
Prince William and his five pals reportedly enjoyed food at a London pub but only five of them contributed the bill. ANI

Last survivor of plot to kill Hitler terms German military 'gentle'
Ewald von Kleist, the last survivor of the German plot to kill Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during the Second World War, has said that the country's current army is very gentle, and needs to be "placed in a situation where he can handle the horrible things he's likely to experience." ANI

Did Robert Ludlum's gold-digger wife kill him?
A new book telling the story of Robert Ludlum, the writer and creator of the Bourne movies, has raised questions about the writer's 2001death under mysterious circumstances. ANI

Top-level US-Pak talks underway to negotiate settlement on Davis standoff
A top-level dialogue between the United States and Pakistan is underway to excogitate a settlement on the sensitive Raymond Davis issue. ANI

Brit security experts raise concern over Huawei's links to Chinese military
US officials have raised concerns about Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, a former member of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Security, after British Business Secretary Vince Cable backed a giant Chinese company that is trying to build a mobile phone network on the London Underground. ANI

Terrorists gaining from yearly 6bn pounds trade of animal smuggling
Animal smuggling has developed into a six billion pounds-a-year criminal industry, and the profits have reportedly become a major source of funding for terrorist and militia groups, including al-Qaeda. ANI

US Air Force launches second robotic space plane on mystery mission
The United States Air Force has launched its second 37B Robotic Space Plane on Mystery Mission. ANI

Helicopter gunship attacks kill six militants in Pak's Kurram region
Six militants were killed in helicopter gunship attacks in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of Kurram on Sunday. ANI

Police fears mobile meltdown on Royal Wedding day
The police fear that the UK might witness a mobile meltdown thanks to the Royal Wedding in April. ANI

Mike Huckabee justifies comments on Portman's out-of-wedlock pregnancy
In a bid to justify his comments on Natalie Portman's out-of-wedlock pregnancy, former Arkansas governor and Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee has insisted that he was only talking about society. ANI

Lincoln urged Britain to help set up colony for freed slaves
Abraham Lincoln had told freed slaves that they should found a colony in Latin America, and also urged Britain's help in proving land to these slaves in British Honduras, now Belize, a new book has claimed. ANI

Hindu prayer recited at Catholic youth rally in Nevada
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Sixth Annual Catholic Diocesan Youth Rally held on March five in Reno (Nevada, USA), involving Catholic teenagers from all over northern Nevada, heard from area Muslim-Hindu-Buddhist-Jewish leaders. ANI

260mn pounds NASA rocket crashes into sea
A NASA rocket carrying satellite worth 260 million pounds plummeted into the sea after a failed launch attempt. ANI

Lincoln had 'secret talks' with Britain to set up colony for freed slaves
Abraham Lincoln made contact secretly with the British to help found a colony in the then British Honduras, now Belize, for freed slaves, reveals a new book. ANI

Is the US army 'babying' troops with physical training of yoga, resting?
The US Army is overhauling its physical fitness tests for the first time in 30 years by adding a new 'combat readiness test' that incorporates cross-training, elements of yoga, and the benefits of rest. ANI

Pak, US must avoid Davis-like incidents to remain allies in war on terror: Zardari
President Asif Ali Zardari has said if Pakistan and the United States are to work together against terrorism, both nations must avoid "political incidents" like the Raymond Davis case. ANI

Conflicting statements by Malaysian government create confusion over Indian workers
Indian Businessmen in Malaysia who rely on workers from India are confused and angry over conflicting views on their status by the Human Resources Ministry and the Home Ministry. ANI

Jailed soldier accused in Wikileaks case loses underwear over sarcastic suicide remark
The lawyer of the jailed Army private accused of handing over classified documents to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, has said that his client's cloths were taken away after making a sarcastic remark about suicide. ANI

High-speed rail network to continue: China's Railway Minister.
China's new Railway Minister Sheng Guangzu has said that he would continue to develop high-speed rail network under national medium-to-long-term program. ANI

US prof apologizes for after-class sex toy demonstration
A Northwestern University professor has apologized for his post-class lecture involving a sex toy demonstration after the news caused an Internet firestorm. ANI

Extremism-moderation battle in Pak to affect West's war on terror success: Zardari
The assassinations of Pakistan Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti and former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer serve as a warning that the battle between extremism and moderation in the country "affects the success of the civilized world's confrontation with the terrorist menace," President Asif Ali Zardari has said. ANI

Anti-Gaddafi group 'hold British SAS' in Libya after mess up diplomatic mission
A British special forces unit was reportedly being captured by rebels in Libya, following a bungled mission to put a diplomat in touch with them. ANI

China to address problems of migrant workers
Members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee said that China needs to take measures to address problems of migrant workers' welfare and illegal expropriation of rural land. ANI

Police unable to get hold of slain Pak minister's cell phone, driver
Police officials probing the assassination of Pakistan's Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti have neither been able to access his cell phone nor his driver, which could help yield valuable clues. ANI

Gaddafi seeks UN probe into unrest in Libya
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has said that the United Nations (UN) or the African Union should probe into the unrest rocking Libya, and promised investigators free access. ANI

'Libyan academic' helped Gaddafi son draft PhD thesis
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son had reportedly plagiarised his PhD thesis at the London School of Economics, with reports saying that he had gathered "some PhD holders from Garyounis University in Benghazi in Libya to help him write his doctoral dissertation." ANI

Study shows 'God had a wife'
A new research claims that God had a wife. ANI

US, Brit spies puts 10 million pounds bounty on Gaddafi
British and US spies are reportedly secretly trying to lure Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's closest bodyguards and aides with 10 million pounds so that they could hand over the dictator to the spies 'dead or alive'. ANI

Request for insurance cover soars as Middle East unrest spreads
Insurers have been inundated with requests for cover from rich individuals, oil traders and multinationals in North Africa and the Middle East amid fears that civil unrest will spread further. ANI

A peek into Hugh Hefner's luxurious 1969 private jet-the Big Bunny!
Playboy boss Hugh Hefner bought a luxurious big jet in 1969, nicknamed 'the Big Bunny.' ANI

US woman's revenge on cheating ex by strip show sale of his stuff on eBay
A heartbroken US woman has taken to eBay to take revenge from her cheating ex-beau by using headless, semi-n*ked images of her modelling to sell his clothes and other accessories. ANI

10m bounty to nab Colonel Gaddafi - dead or alive
A whopping 10 million pounds bounty has been placed on the head of Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi. ANI

Teen girl hired by Jerry Epstein insists she was never 'lent out' to Clinton
Virginia Roberts, who was recruited by Jerry Epstein has said that she was never 'lent out' to former President Bill Clinton. ANI

Berlusconi will defend himself in under-age prostitution trial
Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian PM, will defend himself in the court for having allegedly paid for sex with a Moroccan teenager. ANI

ISI redefining terms of engagement with CIA before Davis immunity row settlement
Infuriated by the 'shock revelation' about the expanding CIA spy network in Pakistan, the nation's premier spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence is trying to redefine its terms of engagement with the Central Intelligence Agency before any settlement of the Raymond Davis immunity row. ANI

Fazl vows not to let Shahbaz Bhatti's killing to be 'used against Islam'
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has vowed not to let the assassination of Pakistan Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti to be used against Islam and for the destruction of Islamic institutions. ANI

Two US law experts meet Davis, discuss legal issues in double murder case
The US government has reportedly assigned two American legal experts to defend double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis, who is being tried in an additional district and sessions court in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail. ANI

Pak Interior Ministry denies issuing visa to US firm Blackwater
Pakistan's Interior Ministry has categorically denied having issued any visa to the notorious US security firm Blackwater, as claimed by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. ANI

Qureshi calls for resolution of Indo-Pak water row through dialogue
Pakistan and India should seriously solve the most sensitive issue of water through dialogue, former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said. ANI

Pak probe agency gets 15 days to produce Musharraf in court in BB 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, giving the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) 15 days to deliver the warrant and ensure his presence in the court. ANI

Club dancer tells tales of 'crazy' 6-yr fling with Gaddafi's son
A Bulgarian former nightclub dancer, who had a six-year fling with Saadi Gaddafi, has revealed how the third son of Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi squandered millions on his breathtakingly extravagant lifestyle. ANI

Paedophile's pal' Prince Andrew 'won't quit trade emissary role'
Prince Andrew has reportedly promised not to quit his role as the UK's special representative for international trade and investment despite a week of damaging revelations concerning his relationship with a convicted paedophile and links to Colonel Gaddafi and other shady figures in the Middle East. ANI

'Meera' dance-drama to be enacted in England
"Meera", a spectacular dance-drama about legendary Meerabai, a Rajput princess devotee of Lord Krishna, will be enacted in Southampton (England) on March six. ANI

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