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Forget planking, now it's 'Teapotting' that's making Oz youth crazy
Marketed as a safer alternative to planking, a new sporting pursuit dubbed 'Teapotting' is now bidding to become the latest craze to dominate social media sites, after it attracted dozens of pictures and nearly 2,000 fans on Facebook. ANI

Brits reach for chocolate biscuits to ease economic woes!
Seems like chocolate biscuits are helping Britons to ease their financial worries. ANI

US, Pak must restore confidence following Abbottabad operation: UK
British Minister for South Asia at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alistair Burt, has said that the United States and Pakistan must restore confidence following the secret military operation conducted by the US in Abbottabad that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden on May 2. ANI

59 is not old, says Brit Pensions Minister
Britain's Pensions Minister Steve Webb has challenged Britain's idea of youth, arguing that "old age" does not begin at 59. ANI

White House waves off Obama's 2012 re-election joke by Clinton
The White House has dismissed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's account that President Barack Obama told her he is confident he would be re-elected in 2012 Presidential elections. ANI

Pak not to introduce Reformed General Sales Tax
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed with Pakistan to give relaxation on the much-debated and much-controversial Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST), as Islamabad assured the international donor that it would bring Plan-B which would generate more revenue than the RGST in the coming budget 2011-12. ANI

Outrage over Egypt's decision to release Mubarak's wife on bail
Egyptian people are outraged after authorities released Suzanne Mubarak, the wife of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, on bail after she relinquished her assets to the government. ANI

Wine served at Wills-Kate wedding wins 'wine world's Oscars'
The United Kingdom-made Chapel Down wine, served at the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, has won the top prize at the International Wine Challenge. ANI

Gilani boasts of 'harmonious' Pak-China relationship
Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has boasted about his country's close and 'harmonious' relationship with China. ANI

Most Britons 'not excited' about 2012 Olympics: Poll
A majority of Britons are not excited about the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London, according to a poll. ANI

US working on understanding with Pak to thwart terrorism: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said Washington is 'working hard to have an understanding' with Pakistan to continue thwarting terrorism in the region following Osama bin Laden's death. ANI

'Pak Govt, Army elements feeding local media with distorted information about US'
Some elements in the Pakistan government and the military establishment have been feeding the local media with distorted information related to Washington to score points with the United States. ANI

Pak opposition says govt, army's new 'secret' accord with US "unacceptable"
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) stalwart and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, has rejected the government's new "terms of engagement" with the United States. ANI

IMF sex attack accuser lives in NY apartment for HIV/AIDS victims
International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged sex-assault victim reportedly lives in a New York apartment rented exclusively for adults with HIV or AIDS. ANI

Mobile phones can help underdeveloped nations to check diabetes: Study
"Telehealth programs" could help low-income patients across the globe manage diabetes and other chronic diseases, a new study by the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System and University of Michigan has revealed. ANI

Pak judges, generals who protected dictator Musharraf 'traitors': Nawaz
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that all those judge and generals, who had collaborated with former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, are traitors. ANI

British couple cycles 30,000kms to New Zealand to catch Rugby World Cup
A British couple will undertake a 30,000 kilometers long cycle journey together from England to New Zealand to watch the Rugby World Cup 2011 from September 9 to October 23. ANI

UK could have 'crushed Nazis within 3 years' had RAF not rejected jet planes' inventor
Britain could have crushed the 'Nazis in Germany within three years' had the Royal Air Force (RAF) not rejected one of the country's inventor's plans to build the world's first jet-powered fighter planes, a new book has claimed. ANI

Pakistan both "firefighter and arsonist" in US' war against terrorism
Congress has begun openly debating the United States' relationship with Pakistan, which seems to be playing the role of both "firefighter and arsonist", when it comes to helping the US fight terrorism. ANI

Malay Chinese women wear sarees for Wesak Day
Dozens of young Malay Chinese women were seen donning vivid and intricately designed sarees during the Wesak Day celebrations in Malacca, Malaysia. ANI

Brit-Indian nursery nurse faces jail for hitting toddler with Hopper
An Indian-origin nursery nurse in Coventry, Britain, could end up in jail for hitting a two-year-old boy over his head with a Space Hopper. ANI

Two cops killed as up to 100 militants attack northwestern Pak security checkpoint
Two policemen were killed and several others wounded in a militant attack on a security checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan. ANI

Gingrich owed upto 500,000 dollars to Tiffany
In 2005 and 2006, former US House Speaker turned presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was in debt to the tune of 500,000 dollars. He owed the money to premier jewelry company, Tiffany. ANI

Iranian acid victim demands 2m euros to spare attacker's 'eye for an eye' verdict
An Iranian who has been granted an 'eye for an eye' verdict against a man who poured acid on her face for turning down his marriage proposal, has demanded two million Euros to spare her attacker. ANI

US, Pak play blame game over military exchange of fire at Af-Pak border
US and Pakistani officials have offered different accounts as to what exactly prompted the firefight between a US chopper and Pakistani troops near the Afghan border on Tuesday. ANI

'Obama had 'subdued reaction' to Trump's 'not to run for president' decision'
White House press secretary Jay Carney has said US President Barack Obama had a 'surprisingly subdued reaction' after coming to know about Donald Trump's decision of not running for president in 2012. ANI

White House can't explain why US is still showering Pak with aid: Ex-State Dept advisor
The Obama administration "cannot even gets its story right" in explaining why the United States is showering Pakistan- which is widely suspected of playing a double game in the war on terror- with billions of dollars in assistance, a former US State Department senior adviser has said. ANI

Australian soldiers could face more charges over alleged manslaughter in Afghanistan
Two Australian Army Reserve soldiers who have been charged with manslaughter in Afghanistan, could face more charges in connection with the February 12, 2009 military operation that resulted in the deaths of six civilians, including five children. ANI

Early sexual abstinence doesn't prevent risky behavior: Study
Current sex education recommends abstinence as a way of reducing sexual risk-taking. ANI

Al-Qaida's Yemeni branch could launch attacks on U.S.
A report prepared by an American think tank has warned that terror network Al-Qaida could lauch a "spectacular attack" against the United States or U.S. interests from Yemen. ANI

CBI quiz Malay businessman over Chennai land scam
A Malaysian, believed to be an influential businessman back home and in the Indian business fraternity, has been questioned by investigators for his alleged link to a mega-million-ringgit land scam in Chennai. ANI

Mexico drug baron named 'world's most wanted' after Osama's death
Mexico drug baron Joaquin Guzman Loera has been named as the world's most wanted man following Osama bin Laden's death. ANI

Hindus suggest Brad Pitt to explore Hinduism in view of his "stifling" religious experience
Hindus have suggested Hollywood star Brad Pitt to explore Hinduism in view of his statement in People.com about his religious experience in childhood which he described: "I found it very stifling". ANI

Oz 'witch' claims earthly laws don't apply to her
An Australian woman who has been convicted for dangerous driving and recklessly causing injury has appealed against the convictions, claiming she is not subjected to earthly laws because she is a witch. ighton marriage celebrant Eilish De Avalon was sentenced to jail in Victoria last year after pleading guilty to dragging traffic policeman Sen-Constable Andrew Logan by the arm for 190m. ANI

Sex with hotel maid was consensual, not rape, claims Strauss-Kahn's lawyer
International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominque Struass-Khan would defend himself in court by claiming that he had consensual sex with a hotel maid in New York, his lawyer has said. ANI

Louisiana Governor Jindal praises Obama administration on flood response
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who has been one of the leading critics of the Obama administration's response to last year's Gulf oil spill, has said things are getting much better as his state deals with flooding along the Mississippi River. ANI

Saudi woman faces hate crime charge after spitting on people at Florida Walmart
A Saudi Arabian women could face a hate crime charge after allegedly spitting on several people at a Walmart outlet in Florida. ANI

CIA's stealth drones monitored bin Laden's Abbottabad hideout for months: US paper
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) conducted clandestine flights over Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan's Abbottabad city for months before the May 2 raid on the compound. ANI

New bin Laden raid details reveal how close US mission came to failure
The US Navy SEALs' raid on Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's hideout inside Pakistan ran into trouble after their original plan for a surprise assault was ruined as one of their helicopters clipped a wall, it has been revealed. ANI

Pippa Middleton credits pilates sessions for her sexy bum
Pippa Middleton has finally revealed the secret to her toned derriere and elongated frame. The 27-year-old has credited her weekly pilates classes for her great shape. ANI

A happy, stable marriage as good as earning œ65Ka year!
A new book has claimed that a happy and stable marriage holds the same emotional value to both the partners as earning 65,000 pounds annual salary. ANI

Al-Qaeda appoints 'Sword of Justice' Al-Adel as its interim operational head
Al-Qaeda has reportedly appointed Egyptian veteran militant Saif al-Adel as its interim operational head before finally appointing deputy chief Ayman al-Zawahri as Osama Bin Laden's successor. ANI

US must not think of hasty Afghanistan exit post bin Laden death: Expert
The death of Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden's death may signal a turning point in the fight against terrorism, but to use it as an excuse to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan would be shortsighted and could spell disaster for the region, where a plethora of Islamist extremist groups threaten stability in both Afghanistan and nuclear-armed Pakistan, warns a South Asian affairs expert. ANI

Developing nations eye IMF top job after Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest
Brazil, China and Turkey have begun pressing to strip Europe of its traditional hold on the top job at the International Monetary Fund, using the arrest of managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn to argue that his successor be chosen by merit and not geography. ANI

Libyan Oil Minister Ghanem reportedly defects from Gaddafi regime
Libyan Oil Minister and former Prime Minister Shukri Ghanem has reportedly defected from his country along with his family, a move that could prove to be another severe blow to the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

Malik says bin Laden's family not being handed over to US
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has stressed that the family of slain Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is not being handed over to the United States. ANI

Rare emerald and diamond tiara fetches world record 7.8m Pounds
London, May 18: A glittering tiara with 11 Colombian pear-shaped emeralds and weighing over 500 carats has become the world's most expensive tiara after it was sold for a record of 7.8 million pounds to an anonymous buyer at Sotheby's. ANI

Sharia law already being practiced in Sydney, say Muslim leaders
Sharia law is already being practiced in western Sydney, with hundreds of religious divorces granted by imams, Muslim leaders have said. ANI

IMF head under 'suicide watch' in New York prison
International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been placed on suicide watch in the New York jail where he is being held. ANI

Terror threat hits Avalon and Melbourne airports
Australian Police have swarmed Avalon and Melbourne airports after receiving warnings of an extremist threat. ANI

Gilani trying to forge Pak-Afghan-China alliance to undermine US influence in region?
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani may be trying to forge de facto alliance between China, Pakistan, and Afghanistan to undermine the United States' influence in the region, according to a report. ANI

'Double-faced' ISI talking 'peace' with Haqqanis while US wants Pak to declare 'war'
While the United States is demanding that Pakistan launch an offensive against the Haqqani network, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is instead wooing the terrorist group to join nascent Afghan peace talks, according to a newspaper report. ANI

Debt-ridden Pak's race to build fourth nuke reactor for plutonium production questioned
Pakistan, which already has 100 nuclear weapons, has been rapidly expanding its nuclear facility at Khushab for plutonium production, recent satellite images have revealed. ANI

Indian Executives Highly Mobile Yet Looking Abroad for Jobs, According to BlueSteps
BlueSteps 2011 Executive Mobility Report shows that 73% of employed senior executives around the world are actively seeking new job opportunities this year. In India, that number climbs to 79% making them some of the most mobile executives in the world. Business Wire India

Oerlikon Repeats ""10 BEST"" Survey Win
The results of the annual “10 BEST” customer survey from VLSI Research are in – and Oerlikon Systems has won the “Best Small Supplier of Wafer Processing Equipment” category as the #1 supplier, and placed 2nd in the “Focused Suppliers of Chip Making Equipment” sector Business Wire India

SoftLayer® Revenue & Operations Grow in First Quarter of 2011
SoftLayer Technologies®, the innovative provider of Cloud, Dedicated, and seamlessly integrated environments, has announced continued operational and financial growth in the first quarter of 2011. Along with other achievements, the company earned $78 million in revenue for January 1 – March 31, 2011. Business Wire India

Shaw's Mumbai Office Completes GAIL Furnace Project with Excellent Safety Performance
The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SHAW) today announced its Mumbai, India, office has completed services work for the addition of a Shaw proprietary Ultra Selective Cracking (USC®) furnace for GAIL (India) Limited in Pata, Uttar Pradesh, India Business Wire India

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