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Pak Parliament condemns US raid to kill Osama in Abbottabad
Pakistan's parliament on Saturday adopted a resolution condemning the US raid that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad city. ANI

Three killed in US drone attack in Pak's North Waziristan district
At least three militants have been killed in a US drone attack in Kharkamar in Pakistan's district. ANI

American citizen barred from leaving Pakistan
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has stopped an American national Aaron Mark DeHaven at Peshawar airport as he was facing a lawsuit for illegally staying in the country. ANI

Tunnel dug by German PoWs found under UK Christian conference centre
A Christian conference centre in England has a wartime history hidden beneath it. ANI

How 3D glasses saved Britain from Hitler's deadly 'doodlebugs'
Recently released photographs shown in a BBC documentary 'Operation Crossbow' have revealed how 3D glasses like those in modern cinemas helped British intelligence saved the country from Nazi's deadly missiles. ANI

Chinese actress loses role in Chairman Mao film over nude scenes
A Chinese actress, Tang Wei has been dropped from the role of Chairman Mao's first lover "Tao Yi" after the emergence of her earlier explicit nude scenes. ANI

More than half of teens are victims of bullying, Oz survey finds
Every so often, we hear on the news or know someone that is a victim of bullying. ANI

Pakistan's inability to locate bin Laden "intelligence failure": Shaukat Aziz
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that the country's inability to track down Al Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, who was living near the Pakistan Military Academy for years, was due to "an intelligence failure". ANI

Nawaz seeks to clip Pak Army, intelligence agencies' wings
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has demanded that the budget of the country's army and intelligence agencies be presented in the assembly. ANI

America's Trinity College with Episcopal roots now teaches from Vedas and Gita
Prestigious Trinity College in Hartford (Connecticut, USA), whose earliest heritage was Episcopalian, now reportedly teaches from Vedas, Upanisads and Bhagavad-Gita in some of its courses. ANI

China to spend 150 mln Yuan to ensure nuke safety
China's Ministry of Environmental Protection would reportedly spend 150 million Yuan (about 23.08 million dollars) on nuclear and radiation safety supervision and control besides offering relevant technical support this year to ensure nuclear safety. ANI

'Wigan's Premier League relegation shootout bigger than championship play-off'
Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has said that his team would be fighting to keep their pride intact during Sunday's Premier League relegation shootout against West Ham United. ANI

Britain to control aerial drones over Afghanistan from Lincolnshire air base
The United Kingdom will bring its drone controllers back from the United States and set them at an air base in Lincolnshire, Air Chief Marshal Stephen Dalton has announced. ANI

ISI chief calls US' unjustified Osama raid "sting operation" on Pakistan
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha has issued a rousing denunciation of the United States for its unilateral military operation that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, and denied that Pakistan maintained any links with militant groups. ANI

Amnesty International questions Bin Laden's killing by US
Amnesty International (AI) has questioned the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden by US Special Forces, saying that he should have been arrested and brought to justice. ANI

'1 in 10 UK parent's sleep separately for a year after first baby arrives'
A survey of 2,000 UK parents has found that one in ten new parents are still sleeping in separate beds a year after the birth of their first child. ANI

Two-year-old girl safe after swallowing 3.5-inch screwdriver
A two-year-old girl, Shelia Martinez from Alamosa, Colorado is reported to be recovering after she swallowed a 3.5-inch screwdriver. ANI

"No sign that Pakistan ready to stop playing all sides" even after Osama raid: NYT
There is no sign that Pakistan is ready to stop playing its double game in the war on terror, even after the discovery and killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden just a mile from the Pakistan Military Academy, an editorial in an American newspaper has said. ANI

Japan completely shuts down Hamaoka nuke reactor over earthquake fears
Japan's Hamaoka nuclear power plant has been completely shut down today at the request of the government, over fears that a large earthquake could soon hit the area. ANI

Malaysian imam says use of Quranic verses in songs can turn listeners into 'polytheists'
A Malaysian imam has asked nasyid lyricists and singers to avoid using Quranic verses in their songs, as mispronunciation risks the chance of converting a listener into a 'polytheist'. ANI

Toyota retakes top spot from BMW as world's most valuable car brand
Toyota has reclaimed its spot as the world's most valuable car brand, according to a study. ANI

Kate first captivated Wills when she became his 'slave' for œ200
Kate Middleton first won Prince William's affections when he paid 200 pounds for her during a 'slave' auction at a Harry Potter-themed party months before seeing her in a see-through dress in a March 2002 fashion show, reveals a former housemate of the couple. ANI

Pak Govt's doublespeak on US drone attacks, war on terror policy exposed by khakis
The in-camera briefing by Pakistan's security and intelligence officials to a joint sitting of parliament in the wake of the United States' May 2 unilateral military operation in Abbottabad, has made the Pakistan Government conspicuous as the prime suspect for the continuation of US drone attacks as well as the post-9/11 Washington-centric policy on the war against terrorism. ANI

Iran court gives 'eye for eye' verdict against man who poured acid on lover's eyes
An Iranian court has given out 'an eye for an eye' judgement, allowing a 32 year-old woman to inject acid to blind the person who had done almost the same act after she turned down his marriage proposal in 2004. ANI

Hillary Clinton even kept hubby in the dark over 'Osama operation'
Former US President Bill Clinton has claimed that he was kept in the dark by his wife, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, about the raid on Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound in Pakistan. ANI

Brits think 'a drop in the bucket' originated from Tony Blair and not Bible!
A survey of more than 2,300 Brit people has found that the influence of the Bible on everyday language was not being recognised. ANI

Texas bans 'intrusive' TSA security pat downs
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security pat downs have now been banned in Texas, thus making it the first state to ban such intrusive searches. ANI

Paper apologizes after ' 10 hottest female sex offenders' list triggers outcry
The Houston Press, a newspaper in Texas has been forced to apologize after a list of the 'top 10 hottest sex offenders' it published, caused an uproar. ANI

Siddons cool on Murali playing for Wellington Firebirds
Spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan will be playing for Wellington Firebirds in the New Zealand domestic Twenty20 cricket competition next season, but the likely coach was lukewarm in his response about the highest wicket taker playing under him. ANI

Islands between India and Sri Lanka sinking due to coral reef mining activities: Experts
Two small islands between India and Sri Lanka have sunk into the sea primarily as a result of coral reef mining, according to experts. ANI

Murdered Indian-origin bride Anni was victim of sexual assault: SA police
South African police have gathered evidence that indicates that Anni Dewani, the Indian-origin bride who was murdered during her honeymoon in Cape Town last year, was sexually assaulted before her death. ANI

Pasha blames US' "technological superiority" for failure to detect choppers inside Pak
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha has informed Pakistan's parliament that the United States had used stealth technology during its unilateral military operation against al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden inside Pakistani territory. ANI

Amnesty International slams Oz PM Gillard over indifference to human rights issues
Amnesty International has slammed the Australian Labor government over indifference to human rights issues and discrimination against indigenous communities. ANI

Worker dies at tsunami hit Japan's Fukushima nuke plant
Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) has said that a contract worker in his 60s has died after collapsing at the waste disposal building of the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. ANI

Science advocacy group points to inadequate U.S. safety mechanisms
Inadequate safety mechanisms have left American nuclear plants vulnerable to accidents, according to a non-profit science advocacy group. ANI

Expert confirms Anwar Ibrahim sex video is genuine
The sex video of a man resembling Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is authentic, a foreign video expert has claimed. ANI

Pak threatens to withdraw transit facility to NATO if US doesn't end drone campaign
Pakistan's parliament has threatened to withdraw the transit facility used by Afghan-bound NATO forces in case of continued US drone attacks in the country's tribal areas, signalling a widening rift between Islamabad and Washington. ANI

Leading PR firm says Facebook's 'sleazy tactics' to pull down Google are 'not unusual'
A leading public relations executive has defended Facebook's recent attempt to promote negative stories about Google in the US press using a top PR firm, saying playing dirty tricks are not unusual. ANI

Kate and Pippa's royal wedding looks 'send fake tan sales soaring'
Kate and Pippa Middleton's glowing appearance at the Royal Wedding last month has sent sales of fake tan 'soaring', according to a UK retail store chain. ANI

Arnie's estranged wife 'humbled by love of fans' post split
Arnold Schwarzenegger's estranged wife Maria Shriver has opened up for the first time since announcing her separation from the former California governor earlier this week. ANI

Lakshmi swimwear's Australian designer Lisa lived in a mud hut in India
Lisa Burke, Australian designer-owner of Lisa Blue Swimwear label, whose depiction of the image of Goddess Lakshmi on swimwear in a recent Sydney fashion show upset Hindus worldwide, has reportedly lived in a mud hut in India. ANI

Spa offers back massage by snakes, hot beer bath to soothe the body!
Here is a spa which rejuvenates your senses and relaxes the body in the most peculiar way, with snakes slithering along the back instead of a masseuse's hands, followed by a hot beer bath. ANI

1947 Roswell UFO landing was Joseph Stalin's plot to scare Americans!
Since the late 1970s the Roswell Incident of 1947 has been the subject of intense controversy and of conspiracy theories as to the true nature of the 'alien spacecraft' that crashed in the desert of New Mexico. ANI

Kayani stopped Pasha from resigning as ISI chief over Pak's Osama debacle
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha has said that he was stopped from stepping down from the position by Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. ANI

'Clash of the Titans' like maniac beheads Brit woman in Tenerife holiday island
A 60-year-old British woman was beheaded by a maniac on the holiday island of Tenerife on Friday. ANI

Pakistan likely to "get divorce from rude ally" US: Top defence official
Pakistan is most likely to "get a divorce from its rude ally"- the United States, senior defence officials have said. ANI

Musharraf to return to Pak by Mar 23, 2012 to 'contest elections from all provinces'
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is currently in self-exile from Pakistan, has announced he will return home by March 23 next year, and said that he would contest the next general elections from all four provinces of the country. ANI

Oz NT Shire dumps plans to hire Indian call centre
Australia has dumped plans to hire an Indian call centre to monitor garbage collection and rental payments in the MacDonnell Shire area, after over 100,000 dollars was spent setting it up. ANI

Medvedev's dig at Putin with 'one person holding 'excessive power dangerous' remarks
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned that attempts to build the country's political system around one individual are dangerous, in an apparent dig at Russia's powerful Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. ANI

Bush says he was 'not overjoyed' when Obama told him about Osama's death
Former US President George W. Bush has said that he was "not overjoyed" when President Barack Obama told him that Osama bin Laden was dead. ANI

After herbal viagra, Osama's penchant for hardcore p*rn revealed
Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden had built up a 'fairly extensive' stash of pornography at his final hideout in Pakistan's Abbottabad city, US officials have said. ANI

I'm in a place where "coward crusaders" cannot get me: Gaddafi
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has taunted the West in a newly released audio recording, saying he is in a place that cannot be tracked by "the coward crusaders". ANI

'Obsessed' bin Laden was plotting to assassinate Obama during 2012 US elections
Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was plotting to assassinate US President Barack Obama during the 2012 presidential elections, intelligence has revealed. ANI

Hindus, who protested "Love Guru", congratulate Mike Myers on fatherhood
Hindus, who vehemently protested against his 2008 release "The Love Guru", have congratulated actor-comedian Mike Myers on the news of his becoming dad for the first time and hope that he would not to attempt to lampoon Hinduism in his future movies. ANI

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