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Meghan McCain fires back at radio host Glenn Beck
Daughter of US senator John Mccain, Meghan, had fired back at radio host Glenn Beck in an open letter on the Daily Beast. ANI

Andy Warhol's first self-portrait sold for $38.4m
American painter Andy Warhol's first self-portrait has reportedly been sold for 38.4 million dollars at an auction at Christie's in New York. ANI

Vladimir Putin worshiped as Apostle of Jesus by Russian all-female sect
If reports are to be believed then, Vladimir Putin has become the object of worship for Russian all-female sect who believed that the Prime minister is a reincarnation of Christian missionary Paul, the Apostle of Jesus. ANI

Euratex rejects EU's proposal of changes in GSP
The European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex) has rejected the European Union Commission's proposal to implement changes in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). ANI

Muslim extremists deface bikini ad in UK
An advertisement featuring a bikini model in Birmingham has been blacked out with spray paint in an act of vandalism and local residents believe militant Muslims are behind it. ANI

Britain's cold homes leading to increased deaths: Study
A new study has revealed that cold homes in Britain are leading to increased deaths and environment damage. ANI

Half-n*ked woman hijacks tow truck, leads cops on high-speed chase in LA
A scantily-clad woman hijacked a tow truck and led cops on a high-speed chase on a Los Angles freeway. ANI

Goldman Sach's O' Neil predicts slow economic growth for China
China's economic growth could slow to 8 percent, as sagging commodity prices might lead to monetary tightening, Goldman Sach's Jim O'Neil said on Thursday. ANI

Trump to release book to be released this summer
Real estate agent, Donald Trump would release a book through Regnery Publishing House this summer, the RealClearPolitics reports.he book, currently without a title, is expected to fill the lacunae in Trump's political portfolio. The book lays down Trump's policy prescriptions. ANI

US conducts mock bombing to test safety measures
The US Bureau of Diplomatic Security, charged with protecting US embassies overseas, conducted the mock bombing at a building at Kirtland Air Force base in New Mexico, to test its new technology. ANI

Netizens among creators of new language
Netizens have become the biggest group of language creators of popular new Chinese words, the State Language Commission report has claimed. ANI

Aged British lady creates new sailing record
A British lady, Jean Socrates, 68 , became the oldest woman to sail solo around the world. ANI

US man survives pole through face
In what doctors have dubbed a medical miracle, a US man managed to survive after being speared through the face with a two-inch wide metal pole, ANI

US cop suspended for having sex with prostitute while on duty
- A Detroit Police officer, assigned to the Western District, had allegedly picked up a prostitute inside his cruiser and got engaged in sex acts while on duty. ANI

Rabbi jailed for groping sleeping Israeli soldier on plane
A New York Court has sentenced an Orthodox rabbi to six months of imprisonment for groping a 23-year-old sleeping Israeli soldier onboard a plane. ANI

EU moves to end 'passport-free Schengen travel' over immigration fears
European Union (EU) has moved to reverse their decade long passport-free travel across the continent amid fears of scores of migrants fleeing unrest in North Africa. ANI

Taliban uses Twitter to post message in English for first time
The Taliban has posted its first tweet in English using its Twitter account @alemarahweb. ANI

Man who threatened to 'blow up' NZ PM gets bail
A man appeared in Palmerston North District Court to face charges of trying to blow up New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. ANI

Security to be tightened around US Navy Seals following Osama's death
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said the Obama administration would tighten security around the US Navy Seal team that killed Osama Bin Laden in his Abbotabad compound in Pakistan over safety fears. ANI

Brit mom defends giving 8-yr-old daughter with 'Botox' and waxes
A controversial British beautician, who had admitted to injecting her eight-year-old daughter with Botox, has now boasted of her exploits in an American television interview. ANI

Bangladeshi Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus quits top post
Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, founder of the pioneering Bangladeshi micro-lending Grameen Bank, has stepped down as its head over a long-running discourse with the government. ANI

Will and Jada Smith to be Oprah Winfrey's final guests
Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith will reportedly be the final guests on Oprah Winfrey's farewell season, scheduled on May 25. ANI

Osama stayed connected to al-Qaeda through 'special method' without Internet access
Osama bin Laden had managed to stay connected to his network worldwide through a painstaking system despite having no Internet access in his Abbottabad hideout in Pakistan. ANI

Obama seeks to extend Mueller's term as FBI chief for two years
US President Barack Obama has announced his plans to extend Robert S. Mueller III's term as FBI director for two more years, saying he cannot afford to lose him at a time of transition elsewhere in the government. ANI

Gitmo file shocker: Mullah Omar had meeting with 'representatives from Pak Govt, ISI'
Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar had a meeting with "representatives from the Pakistani government and the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISID)", a recently leaked Guantanamo file has revealed. ANI

Britain condemns Osama death revenge attack in Pakistan as "cowardly, indiscriminate"
Britain has condemned the deadly bomb blasts in northwest Pakistan, which the Pakistani Taliban said was to avenge Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's killing. ANI

Sri Lanka says adverse motion defeated in European Parliament
A motion calling for the immediate establishment of an international justice mechanism to probe allegations of war crimes against Sri Lanka's Tamil diaspora made in the UN panel report has been defeated, Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry has said. ANI

Meet the Nigerian Islamic faith healer who married 107 women and has 185 kids!
Meet a Nigerian Islamic faith healer and polygamist man who has made marriage a full-time job, taking 107 brides and fathering 185 children. ANI

Calls for release of 'basic information documenting Osama's demise' increases
United States President Barack Obama may have ordered photos of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's dead body to be kept secret, but a growing number of news organizations, conservative groups and transparency activists are pushing for their release - pitting the public's right to know against fears of inciting anti-American violence. ANI

Pak SC wonders if 'finding mutilated bodies way of recovering missing Baloch persons'
Pakistan's Supreme Court has warned the Balochistan administration to protect the lives and properties of people in the province or face arraignment. ANI

Osama planned attacks on UK
Osama bin Laden was plotting attacks against Britain, his handwritten journal and files obtained by US Special Forces during the raid on his Abbottabad compound have revealed. ANI

'US raid in Abbottabad 'wake-up call' to Pak to improve counterterrorism cooperation'
The United States' unilateral military raid on Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad should be a 'wake-up call' to Pakistan's leadership that it must improve cooperation with America in the war on terror, or be ready to face more such operations, noted South Asian affairs analyst Lisa Curtis has said. ANI

Islamist group's hijab-linked death threats worries Brit Asians
Incidents of an Islamist group threatening to kill a British-Muslim woman for not wearing a veil, and launching more attacks on gay men and women, have left residents of London's Tower Hamlets area worried and afraid. ANI

Obama calls bin Laden 'jihad' leader despite adviser's warnings
Pundits and journalists frequently refer to Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and his followers as "jihadists", but United States President Barack Obama and his team are regularly advised against using such terminology. ANI

Jewish School in London becomes Hindu Primary School
A Jewish Primary School in London Borough of Redbridge in the United Kingdom will be a Hindu Primary School on September 1, 2012. ANI

Hindus have highest educational level and lowest divorce rate in America
Hindus top in education in America as compared to any other religious group, according to 'U.S. Religious Landscape Survey' of American adults by the prestigious Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life posted on its website. ANI

Blair, Campbell lied about Iraq war: Ex-UK spy chief
A former British spy chief has written to Sir John Chilcot, the Inquiry chairman, accusing former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and journalist Alastair Campbell of lying about the 'dodgy dossier' on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. ANI

Ex-drivers reveal fascinating insights about Thatcher, other UK politicos
Four retired former drivers of ministerial cars in the British Government's Car And Despatch Agency have revealed fascinating insights into the world of the country's politics. ANI

The 'orgasm' hotel in Sweden that offers to 'sex up' your love life
Wanna sex up your love life? Then visit Venusgarden Guesthouse in Sweden that offers services including an orgasm coach. he guesthouse near Skurup, in south Sweden, is a 'paradise of love' for some of the guests. ANI

130-yr-old letter reveals Florence Nightingale's wish for 'nurses of the right caliber'
A 130-year-old letter written by Florence Nightingale to a hospital administration, unearthed in a library in Boston, reveals the world's most famous nurse wanted women of the right caliber to join her training school. ANI

Kayani unlikely to break relations with militant leaders despite mounting US pressure
Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani seems unlikely to respond to American demands to uproot militant leaders from the country, despite mounting pressure since the US' military operation that located and killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in Abbotabad. ANI

PM calls for formation of India-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Forum
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday called for the formation of an India-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Forum. ANI

Zulqarnain Haider to continue as Pak cricketer
Pakistan's wicket- keeper Zulqarnain Haider has reversed his retirement decision from cricket, saying he would be available to play at every level. ANI

New York police arrests 2 terror suspects for planning synagogue bomb plot
New York Police have arrested two terror suspects in the city's Queens area after it emerged that they were planning to dress up as Hasidic Jews and slaughter worshipers at city synagogues. ANI

Mum of Cambridge youth who died at Pete Doherty's party accuses cops of cover-up
The mother of a Cambridge graduate, who plunged to his death following a row with British singer Pete Doherty and his friends, has accused the police of staging a 'cover-up' to save the rock star. ANI

Brit Christian driver prohibited from using 'phallic' cross
After a series of cases in the UK in which employees have been censured for displaying Christian symbols, a taxi driver now was banned from displaying a crucifix on his dashboard after a teenage customer complained that it looked "phallic". ANI

Manmohan Singh describes terrorism, extremism as alien ideas
Terming terrorism and extremism as alien ideas, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday said the ambitions and aspirations for growth and prosperity cannot be realized unless there is peace and tranquility that will allow the people to live and work in honour and dignity. ANI

Israel shows air defense weapons to ward off Palestinian rockets
Israel has for the first time shown the Iron Dome system, which in its first operational deployment last month, successfully intercepted rockets fired at southern Israeli cities by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. ANI

Beware! Office snacks can make you fat
A study, based on the increases in sick days, has concluded that although office snacks might boost morale they also sabotage your health. ANI

Mona Lisa search leads archaeologists to tombs, crypt
Archaeologists digging a former Italian church in search for the remains of Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa have unearthed a series of crypts and two tombs. ANI

Admiration for Pippa's bum lands Brit motorist in trouble
Honesty is not always the best policy- this was proved when a Brit motorist openly confessed to his partner that he preferred Pippa Middleton's bum to hers. ANI

Facebook admits hiring 'sleazy tactics' PR firm to pull down Google
Facebook has admitted to hiring a 'sleazy tactics' PR firm to promote negative stories about search engine 'Google,' insisting that it compromised users' privacy. ANI

Will-Kat munch on Brussel sprouts shipped to honeymoon hideaway
Prince William and Kate Middleton recently had a boatful of health food delivered at their island honeymoon hideaway in the Seychelles. ANI

Zardari's options shrink following LHC verdict against Aiwan-e-Sadr use for politics
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has few options available to persist with the use of the Aiwan-e-Sadr for political activities in the wake of the Lahore High Court (LHC) judgment in this regard. ANI

Bin Laden believed 'men should never share secrets with women'
Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was apparently against sharing any confidential information with his wives. ANI

Manmohan Singh calls for renewing friendship with Afghanistan
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday said the primary agenda of his visit to Afghanistan was to renew ties of friendship, solidarity and fraternity. ANI

McCain says waterboarding not a factor in tracking down bin Laden
US Senator John McCain has said that waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques were not a factor in tracking down al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ANI

Bin Laden was in underpants when shot dead: US senator
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead wearing just his underpants, a US senator has revealed. ANI

Indian-origin surgeon Patel to face new trial over botched surgery
Indian-origin former Bundaberg surgeon Dr. Jayant Patel is likely to face another trial over allegations that he had removed a healthy gland from a patient's neck during an operation, a Brisbane court has heard. ANI

Over 68 dead dozens injured in Charsadda twin blasts
Over 68 people have been killed and dozens were injured in two powerful blasts at the Frontier Corps Fort near Shabqadar in Charsadda on Thursday. ANI

International arrest warrant to be issued against Gaddafi
The International Criminal Court is poised to issue an arrest warrant against Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi after his first public appearance in weeks revealed that he had survived the NATO air strike that killed his youngest son Saif. ANI

Navy Seals helmet cams reveal Osama first shot in chest, then in head
The 25 US Navy Seals, who killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, recorded the entire operation on their tiny helmet cameras during their 40 minute long swoop. ANI

India consumes only 4 tons of world's four key resources - minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass : UNEP
India consumes just four tons of the world's four key resources - minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass per capita per year, while citizens of the developed countries consume an average of 16 tons of the same. ANI

ISI hired men to kill Indian Consul General, says Afghan Intelligence Agency spokesperson
Afghanistan National Intelligence Agency spokesperson Lutfullah Mashal has said that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) hired two men to kill the Indian Consul General of Jalalabad province. ANI

No increase in security threat to Indians, assures Afghan Security Advisor
Afghanistan's National Security Advisor, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, has said that there is no increase in the security threat to Indians and Indian interests in Afghanistan, but he cautioned that ' we have to be ready'. ANI

How bin Laden contended with three wives, 17 kids under one roof in Abbottabad
Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's rosy portrayal of being married to jihad was sorely tested as he lived with three wives and 17 children during his last days. ANI

US officials interrogate "hostile" widows of bin Laden
US intelligence officers have reportedly interrogated three widows of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden under the supervision of Pakistan's intelligence service. ANI

White teen mom killed after clash with Asian family of baby's dad
A white teenage mother was repeatedly stabbed and her body dumped in a canal after she clashed with the Asian family of the baby's father. ANI

CIA may continue to operate drones " under Pak supervision": Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has publicly offered for the first time to support US drone attacks inside his country, provided that Islamabad is in on the decision making. ANI

"No level of trust" between ISI, CIA now: Gilani
There is "no level of trust" between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) now, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has acknowledged. ANI

'Bin Laden hiding in Abbottabad for past six years' claim "not authentic": Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the claim that Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden had been hiding in the Abbottabad compound for the past six years "is not authentic." ANI

Oberthur Technologies wins the Élan award from ICMA for the best secure financial card design
Oberthur Technologies, a world leader in the field of secure technologies, was awarded the coveted Élan Award for Best Secure Financial Card Design at the International Card Manufacturing Association (ICMA) EXPO, held last week in Hollywood, Florida Business Wire India

Yamatake to Change Its Name to ""Azbil""
Yamatake Corporation (TOKYO:6845) of the azbil Group has announced that it will change its name to "Azbil" to consolidate and strengthen the "azbil" brand. Business Wire India

Moody's Acquires a Direct Equity Stake in KIS Pricing, a Leading Korean Bond Pricing Company
Moody’s Corporation announced that it has acquired a 16% direct equity stake in KIS Pricing, a leading Korean bond pricing company, positioning Moody’s to benefit from continued strong growth in the Korean domestic debt markets. Business Wire India

DTS Brings Premium Sound Experience to Consumers with Integration of DTS Ultra MobileT Technology into T-Mobile G2x
DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq:DTSI), a leader in high-definition audio, has announced that the T-Mobile G2x™ with Google™ by LG, specifically designed for gamers and music lovers, is the first smartphone to integrate DTS Ultra Mobile™, a technology that brings unmatched sound to consumers Business Wire India

FotoFinder: Mobile skin cancer screening with iPhone
handyscope is the first device for mobile skin cancer examinations with the iPhone. This digital handheld dermatoscope allows doctors capturing and saving microscopic pictures of moles using iPhone, handyscope device and corresponding App Business Wire India

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