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Libyan rebels doubt Gaddafi's son is dead
Libyan rebel fighters have questioned government's claim that dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi's youngest son and three grandchildren were killed in a NATO missile attack last night. ANI

Saudi media law amended to protect religious figures
In what is seen as a move to protect senior figures in religious establishment and other senior public officials amid growing media and internet criticism, the Saudi monarch King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz has issued amendments to the Saudi Press and Publications Law. ANI

Republican lawmaker Pawlenty apologizes for cap-and-trade support
Potential Republican Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty has issued an apology for his past support for a cap-and-trade environmental policy. ANI

Sexual assault an unseen foe for US troops
Sexual assault poses 'intolerable' threat to US military troops, amid poor record of reporting and prosecution, a broad survey finds. ANI

Oz kids as young as four hospitalized after going on dangerous 'slimming' diets
Children as young as four are being hospitalized for eating disorders after refusing to eat and going on dangerous diets in their quest to be thin, according to an Australian clinical report. ANI

UK govt. urged to review cyber-stalking laws
A senior British police officer has urged the government to review cyber-stalking laws, and empower police to seize computers used to harass victims online. ANI

Diplomacy what? Barack Obama mocks Donald Trump at 'Nerd Prom'
Barack Obama is known for his diplomacy, but he surprisingly made Donald Trump the butt of his jokes in a speech at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night. ANI

US mom sues school for issuing sex-ed book to 10-yr-old daughter
A Washington state mother has filed a complaint against her daughter's school after she brought home a sex education book that was "too graphic". ANI

White House accused of 'hypocrisy' after banning reporter
The White House has been accused of hypocrisy after it banned a San Francisco Chronicle reporter who had posted an online video of President Barack Obama commenting on accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Bradley Manning. ANI

Shutter-down strike in Sindh against MQM leader's killing
A complete shutter-down strike is being observed in Karachi, Hyderabad and other cities of Sindh against the killing of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Liaquat Qureshi. ANI

Michelle Obama dons Halston to celeb-studded White House Correspondents' Dinner
Sources from the White House has said that US First Lady Michelle Obama wore a Halston dress for the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night, where many other celebs also appeared with their favorite fashion labels. ANI

Imam demands Islamic crescent moon symbol on Russian emblem
A top imam has called for the addition of the Islamic crescent moon symbol on the Russian emblem. ANI

Lollywood movies existing only on paper?
Lollywood, the Pakistani film industry based in Lahore, seems to be in action only on paper, as some 18 films have been registered with the Pakistan Film Producers Association (PFPA) this year, but not a single Urdu or Punjabi film has been released so far. ANI

Another female worker exposed to radiation at Fukushima nuke plant
Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) has said a second female employee has been exposed to radiation exceeding the legal limit of five millisieverts at the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. ANI

Beware! Your boss may be spying on you at work
It has emerged that employers are spying on electricians, plumbers, pool cleaners and childcare workers through secret surveillance cameras and mobile phone and road toll records. ANI

Pak poll body seeks advice about dual nationality politicians
The Pakistan Election Commission has sought the law ministry's advice on whether it can compel politicians to reveal details of nationalities they may have acquired while submitting their nomination papers for elections. ANI

Nine people killed in China coalmine accident
At least nine people were killed in a coalmine accident in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. ANI

Ricky Gervais offered Prince Harry help with his best man speech
Multi-award-winning writer and comedian Ricky Gervais has revealed that he had offered assistance to Prince Harry for writing his best man speech. ANI

Malay PM earns wife's ire with his late night tweeting
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has revealed that his wife gets angry over his late night tweeting habits. ANI

Royal wedding guests feel 'jaded' after night of heavy celebrations
Even as Prince William and wife flew off from Buckingham Palace in a helicopter to begin married life together, the guests at Friday's royal wedding have admitted to feeling a little jaded following celebrations which continued into the early hours. ANI

Will-Kate 'toasted married life with a cup of tea'
In a quintessentially British way to celebrate Friday's events, newly titled Duke and Duchess of Cambridge toasted married life with a cup of tea after their wedding, it has emerged. ANI

Intimate exchange that led to 2 royal kisses at Palace's balcony revealed
The intimate exchange between Prince William and his bride Kate that led to two royal kisses at Buckingham Palace's balcony has been revealed. ANI

Why Prince William's wife will not be called as Princess Kate
Prince William's wife Kate will now be called as Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge and not Princess Kate. ANI

UK becomes biggest target for cyber criminals
Britain has become the number one target for cyber criminals, according to security experts. ANI

Libyan children 'congratulate' royal couple in a bizarre way
Four young Libyan children have 'congratulated' Prince William and Kate Middleton on their marriage in a bizarre news conference in Tripoli. ANI

Prince Harry's 'emotional' speech leaves Kate in tears
Prince Harry's heartfelt speech at the post royal wedding evening reception on Friday moved his new sister-in-law Kate. ANI

NATO airstrikes on Libya "a form of new colonialism": S. African expert
A South African expert on international affairs has said ongoing NATO airstrikes on Libya represent a 'form of new colonialism', and added there is a risk that the Libya crisis could evolve into a prolonged conflict. ANI

Would-be suicide bomber arrested in northwest Pakistan
A 17-year-old suspected suicide bomber has been arrested from Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. ANI

Pakistan safeguarding interests in Afghanistan 'through people having guns': Expert
Pakistan has safeguarded its own interests in Afghanistan "through people having guns", in contrast to India and Iran, which launched many development schemes for the war-ravaged country, Aimal Khattak, an expert on Pak-Afghan relations, has said. ANI

Official wedding pics hint Will-Kat's future will be happier than Charles and Diana's
The backdrop is the same-the opulent red-and-gold decor of the grand Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. And the mischievous smiles on the faces of some of the bridesmaids and pageboys - and endearingly bewildered expressions on the others - are strikingly similar. ANI

Hairstylist reveals Kate's wedding 'hair do' secrets
The secrets behind the enchanting hairstyle sported by royal bride Kate that wowed the world have been revealed by the hairdresser himself, who said he had to fight back tears as he saw her walk up the aisle. ANI

Will-Kat danced their way to post wedding reception!
Just 300 close friends and family scored an invite to the intimate post wedding bash of newly wed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate, at the Buckingham Palace on Friday. ANI

Now, Chinese tailors copy Kate's wedding gown
It has emerged that Duchess of Cambridge Kate's elegant wedding dress is now being copied by Chinese tailors. ANI

Romney's comment of 'hanging Obama' sparks controversy
Comments by Mitt Romney, the front-runner for the Republican party's 2012 presidential nomination, about 'hanging' US President Barack Obama has sparked controversy. ANI

Attacks on church, Christian properties in Gujranwala over blasphemy allegations panned
The All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) Central Executive Committee (CEC) has condemned the attacks on a church and Christian properties in Gujranwala. ANI

24.5 million watched royal wedding on terrestrial TV
Over 24 million viewers watched Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding on terrestrial television in Britain, according to broadcasters. ANI

Mubarak's wealth came from gas exports to Israel, arms deals: Justice Minister
Egypt's Justice Minister Mohammed el-Guindi has said ousted President Hosni Mubarak gathered his wealth from gas exports to Israel through a company owned by his friend, and arms deals. ANI

Middletons' 250,000 pounds royal wedding setback
Just when the Middletons are waking up to their royal wedding blues after a long day and night of celebrating, speculations have intensified over the family's wealth after it emerged that the wedding has cost them at least 250,000 pounds. ANI

UK tourism marketing campaign to net 2 billion pounds, 50,000 jobs
Friday's royal wedding and next year's Diamond Jubilee (Queen Elizabeth completes 50 years as a monarch) and the London Olympics will be marketing bonanza for the tourism industry, claims Culture Minister John Penrose. ANI

Kate's ex-designer 'upset' over double snub
Kate's former favourite designer Daniella Issa Helayel reportedly took off to her native Brazil, upset at an apparent double snub - after Kate chose another designer and for not receiving an invitation to the big day. ANI

6,00,000 fake doctors operating across Pakistan
As many as 6,00,000 quacks are operating all over Pakistan, while 70,000 to 80,000 are present in Karachi alone. ANI

Abbey's web sensational cartwheeling verger rebuked by clerics
The Westminster Abbey senior staff has warned the verger who became an internet sensation after cart wheeling down the red carpet following the royal wedding not to speak publicly about the incident. ANI

US tobacco firms win case against hospitals seeking compensation to treat sick smokers
Six major US tobacco companies have defeated a lawsuit by hospitals seeking compensation for treating patients with smoking-related illnesses, claiming the firms misrepresented the health effects of smoking. ANI

Pope John Paul II may become saint within 5 years: Oz pastor
Australia's head of the Catholic Church, Cardinal George Pell, has said that Pope John Paul II might become a saint within five years. ANI

David Cameron beats Boris Becker in 'very competitive' charity match
British Prime Minister David Cameron defeated former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker in a charity match. ANI

Benazir's 'assassin' being made Pakistan's Deputy PM: Qureshi
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi must not be made the country's Deputy Prime Minister, as former premier Benazir Bhutto had alleged before her assassination that he would be responsible for any attack on her, former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said. ANI

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood to contest September polls
The Muslim Brotherhood, one of Egypt's most powerful political forces, has announced plans to contest the September parliamentary elections. ANI

Kate is my rock, says Prince William
Prince William has declared that his new wife Kate is 'his rock' in a speech to guests during the intimate evening reception after the wedding. ANI

Indian embassy in Oman to take up labour harassment issues with ministry
Indian embassy in Oman is ready to take up all the cases of harassment of the Indian expatriate labour force with the country's Manpower Ministry. ANI

Pakistan's 'honour' not to be bartered for 'prosperity': Kayani
Pakistan's honour and integrity will not be traded just in exchange for "prosperity", Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said. ANI

'Keen learner' Bilawal Bhutto not to jump headfirst into Pak politics
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who is set to "take up some political responsibility in September this year," will not be jumping headfirst into politics, but will first learn the workings of the party inside-out, according to PPP leaders. ANI

Will-Kat put work before honeymoon
Putting an end to speculations over their honeymoon, the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have revealed they would not be immediately travelling overseas for the traditional post-wedding break. ANI

Waldorf waiter told to change name from Mohamed to avoid frightening guests
An Arab waiter at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel named Mohamed said he was forced to change his name to prevent guests from being frightened. ANI

Pakistan, US to hold talks on Islamabad's defence needs
A Pakistani defence delegation will arrive in Washington on Sunday for talks on a five-year plan for meeting the country's defence needs, according to diplomatic sources. ANI

Karzai moves to allay US' concerns over recent Af-Pak agreements
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has sent a known pro-US official to Islamabad for follow-up talks with the top leadership to allay Washington's apprehensions about the recently concluded Pak-Afghan agreements in Kabul, according to sources. ANI

Gaddafi escapes unhurt as NATO missile strikes kill youngest son, three grandchildren
Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has survived a NATO missile attack that killed his youngest son and three grandchildren last night. ANI

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