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Planking enthusiasts snub warnings despite tragic death
Despite pleas from the Australian Prime Minister and the police to avoid further deaths from the Internet phenomenon of 'planking', defiant trend-followers continue to post their antics on social networking sites. ANI

'Osama's Abbottabad compound highlights inefficiency of Pak military, intelligence'
The revelation that Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was living less than a mile from Pakistan's national military academy has raised serious questions about the inefficiency of Pakistan's military and intelligence services and brought into sharp focus the weakness of the Pakistani state, a retired Pakistan Army official has said. ANI

Saudi Arabia to improve security for its diplomats in Pak
Saudi Arabia will increase security for its diplomats in Pakistan after unidentified gunmen killed a diplomat in Karachi, a Foreign Ministry official said on Monday. ANI

'Osama held extensive meetings with Al-Qaeda, Taliban leaders in Abbottabad'
Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was not as isolated as the United States thought, as he was known to have had extensive meetings with Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders. ANI

Pak Taliban claims responsibility for killing Saudi diplomat
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the killing of a Saudi Arabian diplomat in Karachi. ANI

China artist Ai meets wife for first time following over 40 days of detention
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been allowed to meet his wife for the first time after being detained for over 40 days. ANI

US gives list of 'specific demands' to Pak over harboring militants suspicions
US Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry has reportedly given Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani a list of "specific demands" relating to US suspicions about Pakistan's harboring of militants, a Pakistani official has said. ANI

JuD activists hold anti-US, India rally in Lahore
Thousands of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) activists participated in the 'Istehkam-e-Pakistan Caravan' in Lahore to express anger over the secret military operation conducted by the US that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden on May 2. ANI

TEPCO to remove radioactive water at Fukushima nuke plant reactor
The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has said that it will start transferring highly radioactive water at the No. 3 reactor to a waste-disposing facility on Tuesday. ANI

Raymond Davis case: Victim's family finally comes to surface
The father of one of the two men killed by CIA contractor Raymond Davis in Lahore is living in Toba Tek Singh district in Pakistan's Punjab province. ANI

Petition filed in Pak court to expel US envoy over Abbottabad raid
A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking the expulsion of the US Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter. ANI

Health care reform bill will be challenge for Romney's primary prospects
Indian-origin South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has said the fallout of fallout the Massachusetts health care reform bill would remain a challenge for potential Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his primary prospects. ANI

Kids should be allowed to eat pizza, watch more TV: US academic
US parenting guru Bryan Caplan has advised parents to adopt a more relaxed approach when bringing up their offspring - such as letting them eat pizza and watch TV. ANI

Malaysian court orders Anwar Ibrahim to defend himself over Sodomy charges
A Malaysian court has ordered Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim to get prepared to defend himself against a charge of sodomising his former personal assistant Mohammed Saiful Bukhari Azlan three years ago. ANI

US should have informed Pak about Osama raid, says Ron Paul
US Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) has refused to back down from his earlier comments about Osama bin Laden, saying the Obama administration should have relied on the Pakistani government to arrest the killed al-Qaeda leader and turn him over to U.S. authorities. ANI

Kaneria submits Essex clearance letter to Pakistan Cricket Board
Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has submitted a clearance letter from his former county side Essex to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in his bid to be re-considered for national selection. ANI

Al-Qaeda London sleeper cell told to carry out terror attacks by Osama before his death
An Al-Qaeda sleeper cell dubbed the "London Boys" was told to carry out a wave of terror attacks in Britain by Osama Bin Laden before his death, it has emerged. ANI

Now, microwave Indian curries that whistle when cooked!
Though designed as the ultimate in modern convenience, microwave meals are still felt like a fiddly affair. ANI

Osama's death could be "game changer" in Afghan war strategy
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said Osama bin Laden's death could end up being be a "game changer" in the war in Afghanistan, partly because the killed al Qaeda leader won't be around to obstruct a possible deal with the Taliban. ANI

Gates' 'heart went to his mouth' while watching Osama operation from White House
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said his 'heart went to his mouth' as he watched from the White House 'a perfect fusion of intelligence collection, intelligence analysis, and military operations' being carried out to track down Osama bin Laden earlier this month. ANI

Gates praises Obama for making 'most courageous call' on Osama's raid
Outgoing US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has praised President Barack Obama for making one of the 'most courageous calls' that he had seen during his tenure under eight presidents, by ordering the country's Special Forces to track down Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad compound in Pakistan. ANI

'Hyper-scheduling' can seriously harm child's development
Australia's Minister for Family and Community services has said that hyper-scheduling by parents is running children ragged and can seriously harm their development. ANI

David Cameron assures British support to Pak to tackle political difficulties
British Prime Minister David Cameron has assured Pakistan of full support of the British government in tiding over political difficulties. ANI

Saudi Arabian diplomat killed in Karachi car attack: Pak police
A Saudi Arabian diplomat was killed in Karachi when unidentified gunmen fired at a car belonging to the country's embassy, police said on Monday. ANI

Taliban kill two 'US spies' in North Waziristan
Taliban militants have killed two men in North Waziristan after accusing them of spying for the United States, Pakistan police have said. ANI

Hindus laud British Catholics for re-establishing "meatless Fridays"
Hindus have commended Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) for re-establishing the practice of "abstaining from meat" on Fridays, which will come into effect from September 16. ANI

Ashes of Indian-origin bride Anni Dewani scattered into Swedish lake
The family of Anni Dewani, the Indian-origin bride who was murdered during her honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa, last year, have scattered her ashes in a lake near her Swedish home. ANI

Indian taxi driver in Oz admits to bashing elderly woman
An Indian origin taxi driver in Melbourne, Bhupinder Singh, has admitted that he terrorized and bashed an 81-year-old female passenger. ANI

Iran, Syria turning Arab Spring fury towards Israel, warn analysts
Israeli officials have warned that Syria and Iran are trying to leverage the unrest in the Middle East and direct attacks against their country. ANI

Are youngsters indulging in healthy 'sexting'?
A study on the 'sexting behavior' of college going population has revealed that around half of them in committed relationships had sent a sext photo to their partners and two-thirds had engaged in sext messaging. ANI

Why Will struggled to fit the wedding ring on Kate's finger?
Two billion people watching the royal wedding had thought that the awkward moment when Prince William struggled to fit the wedding ring on Kate's fingers, was due to sheer nervousness. ANI

US' Abbottabad operation disgraced Pak honour: Shahbaz Sharif
Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the secret military operation conducted by the United States that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad was a disgrace to Pakistan's honour and pride. ANI

Haqqani to be questioned over Pak visas issued 'without security clearance'
Pakistan Ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani, has been reportedly called back for questioning over visas issued to US nationals by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington. ANI

IMF chief to undergo DNA examination in New York on sexual assault charges
International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is likely to undergo a medical examination to decide whether he sexually assaulted a hotel maid over the weekend. ANI

French minister refuses to rule out 'IMF chief trapped over sexual assault' possibility
French Minister for Overseas Co-operation, Henri de Raincourt, has not ruled out the possibility of International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn being 'trapped' with sexual assault allegations for political gain. ANI

Clinton, Zardari agree to promote US-Pak ties
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has telephoned Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to exchange views on the Abbottabad operation that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and its fallout. ANI

Venezuelan Prez thanks Shakira for signed, red guitar
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who recently received an autographed, red guitar from Shakira is thankful to the Colombian pop star for the gift. ANI

IMF chief to undergo tests over sexual assault charges, court appearance postponed
A court appearance by IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn to face charges he sexually assaulted a hotel maid has been postponed so that he can undergo a medical examination, his lawyer has said. ANI

Osama raid 'very gusty call' by Obama: Gates
US President Barack Obama's decision to order a raid against Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan was a courageous and 'very gutsy call', U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said. ANI

Saudi Arabian embassy car attacked in Pak, driver killed
Unidentified gunmen reportedly fired at a car belonging to the Saudi Arabian embassy in Karachi on Monday. ANI

Afghanistan knew where Osama bin Laden was in Pak: Ex-spy chief
Afghanistan's former intelligence chief has said that the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden deep inside Pakistan didn't surprise him as he had been making that case for years. ANI

US-Pakistan relations at 'critical moment': Kerry
US Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry has said that the US relationship with Pakistan is at a 'critical moment' because of the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a secret US operation in Abbottabad city. ANI

Iran's 'eye for an eye' acid punishment postponed after outcry
An Iranian court took an 11th hour decision to postpone its 'eye for an eye' verdict that allowed a convicted man to be blinded by a 32 year-old female victim who underwent the same kind of treatment after turning down his marriage proposal. ANI

Smartmatic Signs Deal for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Colombia Worth US$370 Million
Cartagena, the most important touristic and cultural district of Colombia, selected joint-venture partners Smartmatic and Dataprom, for the task of implementing and operating an automated fare collection and fleet management system for the new Integrated Mass Transportation System, targeted for a service life span of the next 18 years. Business Wire India

Al Fajer Properties Completes Handover of its Flagship Jumeirah Business Centre 1 to End Users
Leading commercial real estate developer, Al Fajer Properties (AFP), today announced that its first commercial tower in its Jumeirah Business Centre (JBC) series has been handed over to customers Business Wire India

22nd Century Group Files First Quarter Report, Engages Redington, Inc. as Investor Relations Firm
22nd Century Group, Inc. (OTCBB: XXII.ob) filed its first-quarter 2011 report on Form 10-Q on Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The company reported first-quarter revenue totaling approximately $167 thousand, including net sales of $117 thousand, compared with zero revenue for the same quarter in 2010 Business Wire India

Expansion of Areas Supplying ""KDDI Internet Gateway""
KDDI Corporation (TOKYO:9433) will add first overseas points in six cities in three countries to provide "KDDI Internet Gateway," an internet connection service for corporate clients Business Wire India

Yamatake Launches InnovativeFieldTM Organizer, A Device Management System for Maximizing Use Of HART® and FoundationTM Fieldbus Communications
Yamatake Corporation (TOKYO:6845) of the azbil Group has announced that InnovativeField Organizer, a device management system which, used with HART and FOUNDATION fieldbus compliant related products, can achieve dramatically more efficient instrumentation maintenance, improving plant safety and productivity. Business Wire India

New Partnership to Help Preserve and Expand Population of Javan Rhino, One of World’s Rarest Mammals
Ujung Kulon National Park, which may be the last remaining safe haven of the near extinct Javan Rhino, signed an agreement this week with Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) to help fund a new conservation and rehabilitation initiative in an effort to expand the population of what is widely regarded as the world’s rarest mammal. Business Wire India

Hilton Worldwide Names Director, Corporate Communications, Asia Pacific
Hilton Worldwide has announced the appointment of Anne Marie Chua as director, corporate communications, Asia Pacific. In her new role, Chua will lead external and internal communications for Hilton Worldwide as it continues to expand rapidly in the Asia Pacific region. Business Wire India

Joint Statement from Alibaba Group and Yahoo! Inc. Regarding Alipay
Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) and Alibaba Group issued the following statement regarding Alipay: Business Wire India

GT Solar Announces Productivity Enhancement to DSS650 Multicrystalline Ingot Growth System
GT Solar International, Inc Business Wire India

BATS Global Markets Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering
BATS Global Markets, Inc. (BATS), a global operator of securities and derivatives markets, announced it filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a proposed initial public offering of Class A common stock. Business Wire India

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