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Young Kiwis feel 'pay day is better than sex'
A new survey has found that young New Zealanders prefer money to sex. ANI

Vogue editor 'urged Kate Middleton to pick McQueen dress for wedding'
The editor of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman urged Kate Middleton to choose a wedding dress designed by the Alexander McQueen label, it has emerged. ANI

Berlusconi undergoes op to repair face damage following Milan attack
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has undergone a four-hour operation to repair damage done to his face when he was attacked more than a year ago at a political rally in Milan. ANI

Despite turmoil Libyans show interest in whisky festival
Despite the ongoing civil war, people in Libya are showing interest in the Inverness Whisky Festival in Scotland. ANI

Wills-Kate 'visit Abbey to see rehearsal of wedding music'
It looks like the Royal couple wants everything to be perfect at their weeding. ANI

New WTC drops plans for windows on world-type restaurant
Developers of the new World Trade Center have reportedly dropped plans for windows on the world-type restaurant on the tower's top floor. ANI

Brit teacher who had sex with 15-yr-old boy walks free
A schoolmistress in Britain, who bedded a 15-year-old boy, has walked free after a judge ruled that the lad had made the first move. ANI

Hindus send greetings to Jews on Purim
Hindus have sent greetings to Jewish communities world over on Purim, which falls on March 20 this year. ANI

Oz mums would rather change dirty nappies than get life insurance
A survey has found that mums in Australia would rather change dirty diapers, visit the dentist or get a pap smear than face the reality of getting life insurance. ANI

Indian man jailed for raping woman to prevent her from ever marrying
An Indian man in Australia has been sentenced to at least five-years jail for tying up and raping a young woman so that her life would be ruined and no other man would want her. ANI

GPS dependent UK can be dismantled instantly by terrorists
Engineers have warned that the Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) navigation system, on which Britain is greatly dependent, is vulnerable and could be misused by terrorists to create chaos in almost all banks, emergency services, power plants and airports in the country. ANI

Blackwater set to remain in Afghanistan despite reshuffling private security contractors
Blackwater is set to remain in Afghanistan after President Hamid Karzai has been forced by the Western partners to give up his plans of shunting private security companies out of his country. ANI

Double murder case against Davis adjourned until March 16
The hearing of the double murder case against CIA contractor Raymond Davis has been adjourned until March 16. ANI

Pakistan tops needy list in 1.4-bn-dollar UNICEF annual aid appeal
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has requested 1.4 billion dollars in its annual appeal to assist children and women caught in crises, with the bulk of that fund needed for Pakistan and Haiti. ANI

Kate Middleton releases intimate snaps ahead of her royal wedding
Kate Middleton has released an intimate set of childhood photos ahead of her wedding to Prince William next month. ANI

'Political case for US aid becomes complicated if Pak Govt gets subdued by radicalism'
The "political case for billions in civilian and military assistance" by the United States to bring stability to Pakistan's lawless regions will become complicated if the Pakistan Government gets intimidated by radicalism in the country, columnist Michael Gerson has said. ANI

Sindh HC directs probe agency to act lawfully on treason petition against Musharraf
The Sindh High Court has directed Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to act lawfully on a treason petition filed against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. ANI

Pak Supreme Court says ISI answerable to Balochistan Govt
Pakistan's Supreme Court has said that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and other spy agencies of the country are answerable to the government as well as to the courts. ANI

World's smelliest holiday spots are in Mexico, Italy, France
A survey has revealed the world's smelliest holiday spots and they fall in Mexico, Italy, France, Country Durham, and New Zealand. ANI

Pak Navy shows Indian warships in advertisement
The Pakistan Navy has apparently put a picture from an Indo-US Naval Exercise in its print advertisement. ANI

Here's why Guinness tastes better in Ireland than anywhere else on earth
Scientists, who conducted tests to find out the effects Guinness has on people's taste buds, have found that the drink tastes better when drunk in Ireland. ANI

Mexico's 21-yr-old police chief fired after she fails to return from US trip
The Mexican woman, who was the only person willing to become police chief of her town, has been fired after she apparently fled to the United States. ANI

Scottish schoolgirls forced into net p*rn by boyfriends
Delegates at a top-level conference on Internet security have been warned that Scottish schoolgirls are being forced by their boyfriends to pose for "Lolita-style" photographs, which circulate as child pornography on the net. ANI

2012 Republican election is most wide-open GOP race in 50 years: Gallup
The Republican presidential contest for 2012 is going to be most wide open GOP race in 50 years, according to Gallup analysis. ANI

Women 'make better managers than men'
Women make better managers on performance measures such as leadership, decision-making and people management, according to a new Oz survey. ANI

Fergie admits 'gigantic error of judgment' after taking 15K from paedophile
The Duchess of York has admitted to a 'gigantic error of judgment' after accepting 15,000 pounds from billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. ANI

Kathy Griffin invites Sarah Palin to her Broadway show
Kathy Griffin has responded to Sarah Palin's 'bully' comment about her - by offering the 'fellow reality star' tickets to her upcoming Broadway show. ANI

Russians party n*ked to celebrate Putin!
Russians chose a bizarre way of showing support for their beloved Prime Minister Vladimir Putin by going n*ked for a lavish party for the country's paramount leader, a year before presidential elections. ANI

British Imam retracts views on Darwin's theory of evolution
A British Imam has taken back his supporting statements theory of evolution and the right of Muslim women not to cover their hair after reportedly receiving death threats over his views. ANI

Karzai accepts Gates' apology over deaths of Afghan children in NATO air strike
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accepted an apology of US Defence Secretary Robert Gates for the deaths of nine children in a NATO air strike, a day after he had rejected the regrets of the top US commander in Afghanistan over the same issue. ANI

22 killed, over 100 wounded in Faisalabad CNG station explosion
At least 22 persons were killed and over a hundred injured in an explosion at a compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station situated near an intelligence agency's office in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad on Tuesday. ANI

Lesbian couple in Oz beat 60 million-to-one odds to have quintuplets
A lesbian couple in Australia has entered the record books after they became the proud parents of quintuplets. ANI

Meet the happiest man in America
A survey has found the happiest man in the US, and he is a married Chinese-American, Kosher-observing Jew who lives in Hawaii. ANI

Obama likely to nominate Gary Locke as new US Ambassador to China
President Barack Obama will nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the new US Ambassador to China, according to senior US officials. ANI

Brit mums get just 26 minutes of 'me time' a day
UK researchers have discovered the amount of time the typical working mum gets to relax each day - just 26 minutes. ANI

Malaysian Deputy PM heads for five-day visit to India
Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will reach Mumbai today on a five-day official visit to India from March 8 to12. ANI

Michelle Obama sets women's temperatures rising
A survey has found that US First Lady Michelle Obama is more likely to leave women feeling hot. ANI

More arrests possible in Air India bombing case: Canadian police
More arrests could be done in the 26-year-old Air India case after new efforts were being made to find two men who checked in bags with explosives at the Vancouver airport on June 22, 1985, according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Bass. ANI

Gilani seeks UK's role in urging India to resolve Siachin, Sir Creek disputes with Pak
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has called upon the United Kingdom and other mutual friends of India and Pakistan to play their role in an early resolution of issues like Siachen and Sir Creek. ANI

Petraeus, Gates caught joking about launching attack on Libya
Television microphones have picked up the US commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, joking with Defense Secretary Robert Gates about possible military intervention in Libya. ANI

Sri Lanka builds army headquarters at Tamil Tiger graveyard site
The Sri Lankan army's move to open it's headquarters in the northern parts of the country on the site of a Tamil Tiger graveyard that was earlier destroyed by the army, has come under criticism across the country. ANI

US "well-positioned" to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in July: Gates
US defence secretary, Robert Gates, has said that his country is "well-positioned" to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in July. ANI

Davis-like isolated diplomatic incidents must not spoil US-Pak ties: Zardari
Pakistan has urged the United States that their relationship should not be held hostage to isolated diplomatic incidents like the Raymond Davis case. ANI

Libyan military slows rebel advance on 'Gaddafi power base' Sirte
Libyan military has reportedly launched fresh air strikes on rebel forces to halt their advance on leader Muammar Gaddafi's hometown and power base, Sirte. ANI

US, Pak can only get back to business after amicable Davis issue resolution: Grossman
The United States has made it clear to Pakistan that there will be no business as usual until the Raymond Davis matter gets resolved. ANI

Archbishop of Canterbury calls slain Pak Christian minister 'a martyr'
The Archbishop of Canterbury has called slain Pakistan Minorities Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti a "martyr", and urged the Pakistan Government to do more to protect its minorities. ANI

Japan must develop nuclear weapons to counter threat from China: Tokyo Governor
Tokyo's Governor Shintaro Ishihara reckons that his country should build nuclear weapons to counter the threat from China, North Korea and Russia. ANI

BBC Hindi radio service gets temporary reprieve
The BBC Hindi radio service gets a temporary reprieve after a high-profile campaign opposing plans to end transmissions by the end of March 2011. ANI

China bans entry of tourists in Tibet ahead of uprising anniversary
The Chinese Government has banned the entry of foreign visitors to Tibet as the third anniversary of anti-government riots approaches. ANI

Obama reverses order halting military trials of Guantanamo detainees
US President Barack Obama has reversed his two-year-old order halting new military charges against detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. ANI

Abducted judges recovered from Balochistan's Jhal Magsi area after 10 days
Two judges, who were abducted in Jaffarabad district of Balochistan on February 27, have been recovered from Jhal Magsi area in the province. ANI

Doomsday campers predict Earth will witness apocalypse on May 21
A group of 10 Christians from Oakland who call themselves Family Radio are travelling around the country preaching that the apocalypse is slated to happen on May 21 this year. ANI

Lahore HC quashes petition to make Ambassador Munter party to Raymond Davis case
The Lahore High Court has quashed a petition seeking to make US Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, party to a pending petition on the immunity status of double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis. ANI

Gilani rules out any "back-door solution" between Pak, US on Davis' immunity row
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has ruled out any 'back-door solution' to the case of double murder-accused CIA contractor Raymond Davis, for whom the United States is seeking diplomatic immunity from trial in the country. ANI

Sarah Palin's gun-toting stalker arrested in Alaska
Sarah Palin's stalker, who sent threatening letters to her, has been arrested in her home state of Alaska. ANI

Sarah Palin's parents 'sleep with guns' after receiving death threats
Sarah Palin's parents have revealed that they 'sleep with guns' following death threats made against the US conservative champion and her family. ANI

US citizen held in Pakistan on 'illegal stay' charges released on bail
The bail plea of US national Aaron Mark DeHaven, who was arrested in Peshawar for overstaying his visa validity period and sent to jail on a 14-day judicial remand on February 26, has been accepted. ANI

Grants by ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation Spur Economic Advancement of Women in Developing Countries
In recognition of International Women’s Day, ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation announced today $6 million in grants to support economic opportunities for women around the world Business Wire India

The Rohatyn Group Expands Private Investing Business in Asia Through Acquisition of Ayala's 50% Interest in ARCH Capital
The Rohatyn Group ("TRG"), a private investment firm focused on emerging markets with approximately $3 billion in assets under management, announced today a definitive agreement to acquire Ayala Corporation's and Ayala Land, Inc.’s combined 50% interest in ARCH Capital Management Co., Ltd. and ARCH Capital Asian Partners, G.P Business Wire India

Ralink Enters High-Growth VDSL Market with 100Mbps Home Gateway Solution
Ralink Technology Corporation (TAIEX 3534, Ralink), a leading developer of high performance wired and wireless networking solutions, has announced its entry into the high-growth VDSL market with the introduction of the RT65168 VDSL2/ADSL2+ processor Business Wire India

Jefferies Appoints Naomi Fink as Japan Strategist
Jefferies today announced the appointment of Naomi A. Fink as Japan Equity Strategist, effective March 1. Ms. Fink, who joins the firm from Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, will be responsible for analyzing and forecasting trends and macroeconomic strategy for Japan. Ms. Fink will be based in the firm’s Tokyo office. Business Wire India

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