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Ivanka Trump criticises Obama in Harper's Bazaar mag interview
Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump has criticised US President Barack Obama during an interview with Harper's Bazaar magazine. ANI

The Scrummy World Cookbook reveals celebs' favourite meals
A soon-to-be-launched charity cookbook will reveal the favourite recipes of famous celebrities and MPs. ANI

Brazilian woman 'legally allowed to masturbate at office'
A Brazilian woman, suffering from a chemical imbalance that triggers severe anxiety and hyper sexuality, has won the legal right to masturbate at office to relieve her from the pressure. ANI

YouTube goes gaga over boyfriend's 'greatest marriage proposal' video
He filmed the 'Greatest Marriage Proposal EVER!!!' video at a cinema to propose his girlfriend, who was due to watch a film there. And now, the video is taking a round on YouTube attracting more than half a million views in two days. ANI

Man tries to board train with pony in Wrexham
CCTV has captured a man trying to get on a train at Wrexham General station accompanied by a white pony, leaving the staff in a state of shock. ANI

Quetta killings: Chechens were unarmed, say witnesses
The witnesses of the Quetta killings have claimed that the slain Chenchens were unarmed and did not put up any resistance. ANI

Study group stresses commitment to ensure Pak's economic growth
Asian Policy Pakistan 2020 Study Group report has laid stress on the need to ensure long term commitment from the Pakistan government and its various stakeholders to promote genuine reform in the country. ANI

Chinese official rejects US claims of Chinese military buildup
Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army General Chen Bingde has rejected American claims of a rapid military buildup by Beijing. ANI

Arab TV networks cannot be blamed for anti- Americanism : claims Study
A new study has claimed that Arab television networks could not be blamed for stoking anti -American resentment. ANI

Lahore High court adjourns plea against Facebook
The Lahore High Court(LHC) has adjouned till Thursday a plea seeking a permanent ban on the social networking site Facebook for its plans to hold a blasphemous contest on May 20. ANI

Hindu Temple of Greater Springfield in Illinois plans expansion
Hindu Temple of Greater Springfield (HTGS) in Chatham village (Illinois, USA) is reportedly embarking upon a majestic expansion project. ANI

Obama's approval ratings improve following Osama's death: Poll
U.S. President Barack Obama's job performance ratings have improved since the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, according to a new poll. ANI

Israeli artist aims to break David Blaine's endurance record
Israeli illusionist and endurance artist Hezi Dean is aiming to break the record of American artist David Blaine by standing on a 89ft-high tower for 35 hours. ANI

Mixed views on Obama's decision to raid Osama's Pak compound: Poll
American voters are evenly divided over how tough a decision it was for US President Barack Obama to order a Navy Seal raid on Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan earlier this month, according to a new poll. ANI

'Bee wrangler' US Prof can attract 100K insects on to his body without being stung
Meet the 'bee wrangler' US professor, who can attract one lakh insects on to his body without being stung and can even get them to perform complex manoeuvres. ANI

How Pippa Middleton can use her charm and talent to make millions
The latest speculations doing the rounds are related to the fortune that Pippa Middleton could make in the coming years. ANI

Study claiming Black women less attractive sparks international race row
A British psychologist has sparked an international race row with his research claiming that black women are less attractive than others. ANI

'Saudi diplomat was murdered in Pak over Saudi indifference towards Osama's family'
Pakistani investigators have established links between the killing of a Saudi diplomat in Karachi on Monday with Saudi Arabia's refusal to accept the family of slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ANI

Saudi Arabia declines Pakistan's formal request to accept Osama's family
Saudi Arabia has flatly refused to accept the three widows and nine children of slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who are currently in protective custody in Islamabad. ANI

Nikki Haley 'muscle-flexing' her way to claim place on US national stage
Nikki Haley, the second Indian-American governor in the United States, is signaling her intent to use South Carolina's key early presidential primary to claim a place on the national stage. ANI

Clinton urged to designate Pak as 'country of particular concern' over religious intolerance
The Congressional International Religious Freedom Caucus Co-chairs and over two dozen American NGOs and rights bodies have asked US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to designate Pakistan as a "country of particular concern" under the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA). ANI

U-2 spy planes were often confused for UFOs: New book
Test flights of the U-2 spy planes, built at the United States' Area 51 military base, were often confused for UFOs, Annie Jacobsen, a contributing editor and investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times Magazine, has revealed in her new book. ANI

China has told US to respect Pakistan's sovereignty, says Gilani
China has given a clear message to the United States that it must respect Pakistan's sovereignty, and has offered Islamabad 'anything' it needs to make its defence impregnable. ANI

Pakistan has "taken Americans for a ride for the longest time": Editorial
The Pakistani leadership, which has "taken the Americans for a ride for the longest time", should work towards preserving US-Pak relations through openness and honesty, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

One of Britain's first black soldiers' 'Great War' diaries unearthed in Scotland
The World War I diaries of one of Britain's first black soldiers, Private Arthur William David Roberts, have been unearthed in Scotland nearly 100 years after they were written. ANI

Fruit, wine and bread secrets behind world's oldest person's longevity
A 114-year-old Brazilian woman has revealed that the secret to her long life is eating a roll of bread for breakfast along with fruit daily. ANI

Atheists offer to protect departed Christians' pets post 21st May doomsday!
For those Christians worrying about the welfare of their pets they leave behind on the day of the Rupture, a suitable option could be to make arrangements with the atheists. ANI

US intelligence now launches hunt for terrorists named Osama files
The entire U.S. intelligence community is busy pursuing leads from files recovered from Osama bin Laden's Abbottobad, Pakistan, compound to determine whether bin Laden's plots had gone beyond the discussion and planning phase to concrete threats, government sources told ABC News. ANI

Berlusconi paid mafia 300 K pounds as protection money
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi paid his mafia godfathers 300,000 pounds a year in protection money, a mobster super grass told a court yesterday. ANI

Musharraf's party suing UK paper for $5mn over Mush-Bush 'Osama deal' report
The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) has served a legal notice of five million dollars to a British newspaper over allegations it levelled against the political party and its head, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. ANI

Ex IMF chief ready for electronic monitoring,home detention
Former International Monetary Fund(IMF) Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has suggested that his movements be monitored an electronically and that he be allowed to stay at his daughter's home during his sexual assault charges trial. ANI

Sarkozy had warned IMF chief about his behaviour with women
French President Nicolas Sarkozy had reportedly warned Dominique Strauss-Kahn about his behaviour with women when he was sent to the US as head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). ANI

IMF chief called 'a rutting chimpanzee' and 'gorilla'
A French blog has revealed an account of an actress who called Dominique Strauss-Kahn a 'gorilla' in 2008. ANI

Pak to lose 30,000 Stone Age rock carvings due to Diamer-Basha Dam construction
Pakistan is going to lose one of the world's most precious rock art carvings due to the construction of the Diamer-Basha Dam, as the proposed site hosts some 30,000 ancient carvings and inscriptions. ANI

Pak Govt, Army tell media to help cool heated US-Pak ties
Top Pakistani military commanders believe that the army is not yet ready to go on the warpath with the United States, and both civilian and military leadership are trying to 'bring down the temperature', a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Sarah Palin slams Arnie's silence on love-child as 'pretty disgusting'
Sarah Palin has reacted to Arnold Schwarzenegger's shocking revelation of having fathered a love child out of wedlock, calling his behaviour "disgusting." ANI

Staff survey delivers damning verdict on the UK Football Association
Staff attached with Football Association (FA) general secretary Alex Horne have delivered a damning verdict that exposes serious flaws in the sporting body's leadership. ANI

HIV death rates in China drop by 60 percent following targeted scheme
A recent assessment of the Chinese Government scheme of free anti-retroviral drugs has revealed that the HIV death rates have significantly dropped by 60 percent in the country. ANI

UK tourist faces a year in Dubai jail for calling Prophet Muhammad a 'terrorist'
A British tourist called Prophet Muhammad a terrorist in a heated row with an electronics salesman in a Dubai shopping mall, and now faces the possibility of at least a year in jail. ANI

Seven in 10 American voters want US to stop aid to Pak: Poll
Nearly seven out of 10 Americans voters say the United States should stop sending foreign aid to Pakistan till it demonstrates a deeper commitment to the war against terror, according to a new poll. ANI

Maid attacked by IMF chief not HIV positive, did not consent: Lawyer
International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged sex-assault victim is not HIV positive, and did not consent to sex in his Sofitel Hotel room, her lawyer has said. ANI

Spitzer call girl madam claims Strauss-Kahn paid $2,500 for prostitute
It has emerged that IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn employed the services of a notorious New York madam who supplied him with call girls. ANI

Teenage woman in dock for putting 2-yr-old cousin for sale on eBay as 'a joke'
Police are investigating a Michigan teenage woman after she allegedly put a two-year-old-girl on eBay for sale. ANI

Hindus ask for Diwali holiday in Sunnyvale schools in California
Hindus want Sunnyvale School District (SSD) in California (USA) to add Diwali, the most popular Hindu holy day, to the holiday calendar.steemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Thursday, urging SSD to announce Diwali as school holiday, said that it was important for Hindu families to celebrate Diwali day together at home with their children. ANI

Liberals accuse Medvedev of squandering re-election announcement opportunity
Russian liberals have accused President Dmitry Medvedev of squandering an opportunity to announce the re-launch of an election campaign in his first press conference during his three year tenure. ANI

Afghanistan delaying recruitment of Taliban defectors
The Hamid Karzai Government in Afghanistan is reported to be moving too slowly to recruit Taliban defectors, and a number of factors are being blamed for it. ANI

Largest excavation in history launched at Peking Man site
Chinese archaeologists have launched the largest protective excavation since the Zhoukoudian Peking Man Site was first excavated in 1921. ANI

Study reveals cheating, shoplifting acceptable to teenagers
A recent study of about 10,000 pupils aged between 13 to 15 has shown that one in four teenagers are okay with cheating in exams. ANI

US author Philip Roth wins Man Booker International Prize
Philip Roth, the prize-winning author of 'American Pastoral' and 'Portnoy's Complaint', was named Wednesday as the winner of the fourth Man Booker International Prize. ANI

Obama's 2012 campaign making killing hawking 'born in the USA' t-shirts
The Obama re-election campaign has apparently decided that if the "birthers" will never believe Obama was born in the U.S., it may as well play up the controversy and make some money off them. ANI

UK's minority population went up by 37 percent in 2001-09 period
The United Kingdom's minority population went up by 37 percent in the period between 2001 and 2009. ANI

Al Qaeda operative Makki lived in Pakistan for 10 long years!
Al Qaeda operative Abu Sohaib al-Makki, who was recently arrested in Pakistan, had been living in the country for almost ten years. ANI

Texas congressman fears US' next occupation will be of Pakistan
Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has said he thinks that the United States is going to occupy Pakistan. ANI

Kim Davy will not survive if extradited to stand trial in India: Peter Bleach
A British spy turned arms dealer has told a Copenhagen court that Danish national Kim Davy aka Neils Holck, the prime accused in the 1995 Purulia arms drop case, would not survive if he is extradited and forced to stand trial in India. ANI

Al Qaeda releases posthumous Bin Laden's audio praising Arab Revolution
Terror group, Al Qaeda has released an audio recording by its slain chief Osama Bin Laden in which he has lauded the Arab revolution. ANI

Equal commitment is the recipe for long lasting love
Wondering what prepares us to make a strong commitment and work out differences with an intimate partner? And what happens when one person is more committed than the other? ANI

New survey shows Obama's outreach to Muslim world has failed
US President Barack Obama's much-heralded outreach to the Muslim world has failed, with only 11 per cent Pakistanis and 20 per cent Egyptians viewing the United States and Obama favourably, according to a new survey. ANI

Democrat senators urge Clinton, Gates to review US security aid to Pakistan
US senators have urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defence Secretary Robert Gates to ensure that Pakistan was doing its utmost in the ongoing war on terror before disbursing further US security aid to the country. ANI

Cigar box of Titanic captain discovered
An antique cigar box that once belonged to the captain of the ill-fated vessel Titanic has been discovered in a bedroom cabinet in North West England. ANI

IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn quits over sex charge
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund over allegations that he had sexually attacked a hotel maid in New York. ANI

"Somebody in Pakistan knew" about bin Laden's presence there: US Defense Secretary
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said his supposition is that "somebody" in Pakistan knew about the presence of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. ANI

China to immediately provide 50 Thunder jets to Pakistan
China will immediately provide fifty JF-17 Thunder aircraft to Pakistan, according to an official. ANI

Few takers for priest sex abuse scandal study's '1960s permissiveness' conclusion
A study done on youth sexual abuse by Catholic clergy has provoked condemnation for concluding that the permissive society of the 1960s was to blame for the rise in sexual offences by priests. ANI

Parts of the Bible written by 'people pretending to be apostles'
Was the Bible forged? Yes, according to an American New Testament scholar. ANI

Toshiba Acquires Landis+Gyr
Business Wire India

Gemalto Wins Two Awards at LTE World Summit 2011:""Best contribution to LTE standards"" and ""Best enabling technology""
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces it has won two Informa LTE Awards in the “Best contribution to LTE standards“ and “Best enabling technology“ categories at the LTE World Summit 2011 Business Wire India

Jefferies Adds to Global Fixed Income Group
In the continued development of the firm’s Fixed Income business, Jefferies today announced the appointment of Masakazu Kannaka to lead the firm’s fixed income sales effort with Japanese corporations, regional institutions and endowments. He will be based in the firm’s Tokyo office. Business Wire India

ASCO, EORTC, ESMO, INCA and OECI endorse the 3rd WIN Symposium 6-8 July 2011 in Paris [France]: Addressing efficacy of cancer diagnostics and therapeutics with worldwide leaders from pharma, biotech, academia and patient associations
Business Wire India

BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research Tops Institutional Investor All-Asia Research Team Survey
BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research (BofAML) is the top ranked Research house according to Institutional Investor magazine’s 2011 All-Asia Research Team Survey Business Wire India

Industry's First Hybrid Drug-Eluting Stent from BIOTRONIK Demonstrates Safety and Efficacy in First-in-Man Clinical Experience
Final first-in man (FIM) results from the BIOFLOW-I trial on the use of the Orsiro Hybrid Drug-Eluting Stent (DES) were presented yesterday in a late-breaking clinical trials session at the EuroPCR congress in Paris by the clinical coordinating investigator, Prof. Martial Hamon of University Hospital of Caen, France. Business Wire India

CORRECTING AND REPLACING BIOTRONIK Announces Positive 6-Month Results for DREAMS, the Pioneering Drug-Eluting Absorbable Metal Scaffold
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GT Solar Receives $228 Million Order for Polysilicon Production Equipment and Technology from South Korean Polysilicon Producer OCI Company, Ltd.
GT Solar International, Inc Business Wire India

ISDA Hosts Asia Pacific Regulators Summit
The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) hosted an Asia Pacific Regulators Summit in Thailand today with regulators from nine jurisdictions across the Asia Pacific region participating Business Wire India

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