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Pir Pagara slams PML-Q move to rejoin Pak Cabinet
The decision of the PML-Q to rejoin the Pakistan Cabinet hasmet invited the disapproval of Pir Pagara, the head of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F). He condemned the decision saying it was being done by vested interests and said it would be a futile measure. ANI

Muttahida Quami Movement(MQM) to rejoin federal Cabinet
Islamabad, May 2: The possibility of the MQM rejoining the federal Cabinet seems likely. An MQM delegation is expected to meet Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to discuss the issues pertaining to the matter. ANI

The reconciliation between MQM-PPP likely: Sources
Karachi, May 2: The possibility of Muttahida Quami Movement(MQM) rejoining the coalition seem imminent following the approval of Deputy Convener, Dr. Farroq Sattar's decision by party's chief, Altaf Hussain and party's coordination committee, reported Daily Times on Sunday. ANI

Gilani clears air on alliances with various parties
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has clarified his stand on the coalition government's alliance with various parties. ANI

After Osama's elimination, FBI updates its most wanted list
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has updated its most wanted list. The list now shows Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda, the number one wanted on the list as deceased. ANI

Alliance with PML-Q conducive to Pak national interest: Gilani
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has termed the alliance between Pakistan's People Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) as crucial to national interests to achieve stability. ANI

Four killed, five injured in Pak bomb blast
A woman and three children were killed in a bomb blast near a mosque in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Monday, just hours after the US announced that it killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a secret operation in Abbottabad. ANI

Pakistan Taliban threaten US, Pak over Osama bin Laden's killing
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Monday threatened to attack the United States and Pakistan over the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a secret US operation in Pakistan. ANI

How long will paparazzi promise to show restraint on Will-Kat?
From the moment the first photograph of Prince William and Kate Middleton was taken and published in a British newspaper, the couple has been the subject of intense scrutiny by gossip magazines and tabloids alike. ANI

'Falklands posting' to keep William and Kate apart
The newly wedded Duke and Duchess are set to be separated for two-and-a-half months while Prince William serves in the Falklands. ANI

Shove away those textbooks and welcome the digital way of learning
The traditional education system of attending lectures and reading from the textbooks is likely to get replaced by more contemporary style of learning through text, videos, quizzes and interviews with experts. ANI

Osama's death could deepen suspicions about Pakistan
The killing of Osama bin Laden deep inside Pakistan in an American operation, seems almost certain to further inflame tensions between the United States and Pakistan and raise suspicion about the role of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) ANI

Workers in China's Apple factories forced to sign 'no suicide' pledge
Workers in China's Apple iPad and iPhone factories were forced to sign pledges that they would not attempt to kill themselves, an investigation has revealed. ANI

'Jihad' Jack Thomas fears further attacks if bin-Laden gets 'martyr' status
'Jihad' Jack Thomas, an Australian man who had met Osama bin Laden at an al-Qaeda training camp before the 9/11 terror attacks, has welcomed his death, but expressed fears of further attacks if he gets the status of a 'martyr'. ANI

War against terror not over with bin Laden's death: Gillard
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has welcomed the killing of Osama bin Laden, but cautioned that the war against terrorism 'must continue'. ANI

Dungeon dad's Austrian home to be pulled down after becoming tourist attraction
Austrian authorities have decided to pull down dungeon dad Josef Fritzl's house of horrors this week after becoming tourist attraction. ANI

Tracking of couriers provided tip to Osama's Pak location
An exhaustive streak of intelligence gathering and high-level meetings notwithstanding, it was a tip received in August last year convinced the American establishment that they had what they needed to locate and eliminate Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ANI

More Brits shun keeping 'key under the mat' tradition
A survey has revealed that the tradition of leaving 'key under the mat' while being away from home has virtually disappeared in modern-day Britain. ANI

Will Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton end up as a couple?
The warning bells for Prince Harry's on/off girlfriend Chelsy Davy have started ringing with people seeing the younger prince and Pippa Middleton as the next royal couple to walk down the aisle. ANI

American leaders hail killing of Osama bin Laden
US political leaders have hailed the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted terrorist, in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. ANI

Lord Ganesha worshiped to open Nevada Earth Day Celebrations
Nevada Earth Day 2011 celebrations here today opened with prayers from ancient Sanskrit scriptures and Baha'i prayer in Farsi. ANI

Hindus laud District of Columbia for encouraging vegetarianism in schools
Hindus have applauded Council of the District of Columbia (DC) in USA for encouraging vegetarianism in its public schools. ANI

Grand Silver Jubilee celebrations planned for Balaji Temple of Greater Chicago
Sri Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) Temple of Greater Chicago (Aurora, Illinois, USA) has planned grand 25thanniversary celebrations from May 29 to June five. ANI

Malaysian woman leaves hubby who married 15 others!
A Malaysian woman has left her husband who have married up to 15 other women, each in different states. ANI

Al-Qaeda affiliates will still pose threats: US experts
US counterterrorism officials and experts have described Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's death as a devastating blow to the terrorist network he helped found and build. ANI

Pak highlights 'significant role' in counter-terrorism efforts
After the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a secret US operation in Pakistan, the Pakistan government on Monday said it had played a "significant role" in counter-terrorism efforts. ANI

US multi-million dollar aid to Pak floundering: NYT
A multi-billion-dollar aid plan that the Obama administration hoped would win over Pakistanis and buttress the weak civilian government is foundering because Washington's fears of Pakistani corruption and incompetence has slowed disbursal of the money. ANI

Musharraf says he would not have allowed US operation to kill Osama
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Monday said the United States had violated Pakistan's sovereignty by sending in Special Forces to kill Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ANI

If Syria collapses, a doomsday scenario awaits Middle East: Experts
The potential collapse of the Syrian regime could wreak havoc of a very different kind in the Middle East. ANI

Ed Miliband 'dated Andrew Marr's super-injunction lover'
It has emerged that Labour leader Ed Miliband had a fling with the former lover of Andrew Marr involved in his 'super-injunction'. ANI

Annual Sikh Day 'free food' distribution overshadows Queens' temple tensions
Sikh-American generosity on the annual Sikh Day Parade in the Flatiron district of New York overshadowed last week's violence at a Queens temple by distributing free food and drink to passer bys and giving out the message of peace and equality. ANI

Finding Osama near Islamabad doesn't bode well for Pak: US official
It would be hard for the Pakistani government to explain how slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden could have been living in a high-profile residence "without their knowing", a US official has said. ANI

Malaysia to set up marketing centers for China, India goods
Malaysia is planning to set up permanent trading centres within Iskandar Malaysia, in Johor city, to market a wider range of consumer products from China and India. ANI

Osama bin Laden's body buried at sea: US official
Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's body has been buried at sea, as the United States does not want his burial place to become a terrorist shrine, a US official has said. ANI

Kate Middleton shopped for saucy underwear like Billie Piper's
Kate Middleton is said to have shopped for saucy underwear from the shop that supplied to actress Billie Piper when she starred as the infamous Belle de Jour in 'Secret Diary Of A Call Girl'. ANI

Will-Kate drove in wine-powered converted Aston Martin post wedding
Everything about the royal wedding ought to be grand, including the wine-powered converted Aston Martin in which Prince William took his new wife for a public spin around Buckingham Palace. ANI

Parents' role key in preventing kids from becoming a bully
New research has shown that children whose parents are more involved in their lives are less likely to become bullies. ANI

Osama death: Pak says raid 'in accordance with declared US policy'
The Pakistan government on Monday said that the operation carried out by the US to find and kill Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was conducted in accordance with declared policy of that country. ANI

What Bin Laden's May 1 death has in common with Bush, Hitler
May 1, 2011 will be noted in the history books as the date President Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden was killed. ANI

Royal wedding audience tops only an episode of 'Only Fools And Horses'
The British TV audiences who watched the royal wedding are thought to be the 10th biggest in history, but interestingly, it topped just one episode of television sitcom 'Only Fools and Horses' from 1996, which was watched by 24.4 million. ANI

McCain commends Obama on bin Laden killing
Senator John McCain, who was President Barack Obama's GOP opponent in the 2008 election, praised the president Sunday night for approving a military raid that took out Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. ANI

Trump not a "serious" presidential candidate: Republican senator McCain
Arizona Senator John McCain has said that Donald Trump cannot be perceived as a "serious" Republican presidential contender. ANI

Osama death: Zardari, Gilani, Pak security chiefs in emergency talks
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has convened an emergency meeting with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and security chiefs following US confirmation that Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. ANI

Gilani to visit France to discuss security, trade
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani will embark on a four-day official visit to France on Tuesday to hold discussions with French leadership on a range of issues, including security and trade. ANI

Flight attendants urged to boycott 'ridiculous, insulting beauty contest'
American Airlines flight attendants have called for an end to what they have dubbed as a company "beauty contest" to find the best-looking female and male attendants. ANI

Bin Laden news comes on anniversary after 'Mission Accomplished"
May 1, 2011 will be noted in the history books as the date President Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden was killed. ANI

Osama killing: Obama says 'Justice has been done'
US President Barack Obama has said that with the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin "Justice has been done." ANI

Egyptians fear Muslim Brotherhood will impose Islamist ideas
The Muslim Brotherhood's plans to contest the September parliamentary elections has raised concerns about it imposing Islamist ideas on Egyptians. ANI

Drone strikes are counter-productive: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that drone attacks are counter-productive and have an adverse impact on the military and the political strategy against terrorism. ANI

TTP says Osama bin Laden alive
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has denied the reports that Osama Bin Laden was killed, Geo News reported. ANI

'Gates took credit for my ideas': Microsoft founder Paul Allen
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has described his bizarre working relationship with Chairman Bill Gates, and claims it was him, not Gates, who had visionary ideas for the company. ANI

Osama death: US conducting DNA tests
The United States is reportedly conducting DNA testing on the body of slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. ANI

Middletons to move into 5mn Pounds manor house?
Since their daughter has now become the Duchess of Cambridge, Michael and Carole Middleton are also said to be looking at a move up in the world from their one-million-dollars family home in the close-knit village of Bucklebury. ANI

Will-Kat postponed honeymoon 'weeks ago' following location speculation
It has emerged that the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate, decided "weeks ago" to postpone their honeymoon following frenzied speculation about where they would begin their married life. ANI

Osama death: Al-Qaeda down but not out, says former Oz foreign minister
Former Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer has said that while Al-Qaeda is down, it is not completely out following the death of terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Married man tipped to be Canada's next PM was found n*ked in illegal brothel
A married man, who has been tipped as the next Prime Minister of Canada, is said to have been found n*ked by police in a suspected illegal brothel. ANI

Laden's body to be buried at sea: US officials
Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's body will be buried at sea, as the United States does not want his burial place to become a terrorist shrine, officials have said. ANI

Palin chooses anti-abortion fundraiser over White House Correspondents' Dinner
Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has boasted to a group of anti-abortion advocates that she had a chance to attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner, but instead chose to spend her time with them. ANI

Sri Lankans protest against UN findings on civil war
Thousands of Sri Lankans hit the streets to protest against a United Nations report calling for both the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to be investigated over possible war crimes. ANI

Wiil-Kat 'did not sign a prenup agreement'
Senior royal sources have confirmed that the recently married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did not sign a pre-nuptial agreement before the wedding. ANI

Raid to kill Laden in Pak was planned to minimize collateral damage: US officials
The US operation to find and kill Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Sunday was planned as an elite strike by a small team to minimize any collateral damage or death in the area, officials have revealed. ANI

Medvedev 'breaking agreement' to run for President for second time: Russian MP
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is putting an effort to extend his tenure in the Kremlin against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's wishes, a senior politician from the country's ruling party has said. ANI

Inside information led to shootout at Laden's Pak fortress
The operation to find and kill Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden began in earnest when the CIA learned that the world's most wanted terrorist was in a specific compound in Pakistan, US officials have revealed. ANI

'Trump's question over Obama's intelligence, background is racism by inference'
An African-American Professor of the Georgetown University has termed business tycoon Donald Trump's act of questioning Obama's intelligence and background as "racism by inference". ANI

Kate Middleton's first lesson is learning when to curtsey to whom
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will be learning her first Royal lesson of when to curtsey and to whom. ANI

China to expand maritime surveillance forces
China's marine surveillance forces will be expanded rapidly to better protect the country's marine security, said a senior official. ANI

Kate Middleton's 250K Pounds wedding dress to go on public display
Kate Middleton's 250,000 pounds wedding dress is to go on public display. ANI

Latif backs Tillakaratne's 'match-fixing charge against Lankans since 1992' claims
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has backed Hashan Tillakaratne after former Sri Lankan skipper came under fire for claiming that Sri Lanka has been involved in match-fixing for almost two decades. ANI

A woman in black robe saved me from Cairo rapists: Lara Logan
CBS war correspondent Lara Logan, who was stripped n*ked by a mob of crazed men in Egypt's Tahrir Square, has revealed that she was rescued by a woman dressed head to toe in black religious robes. ANI

Sikh pray for peace outside violence hit Queens area Sikh temple
A group of worshipers held a prayer session outside a Sikh temple in New York's Queens area to protest against last week's violent attack that had left seven dead inside the temple. ANI

Will-Kat to have 4K-a-night Pounds honeymoon in Seychelles!
It has emerged that Prince William is set to whisk his new bride away to a 4,000 pounds-a-night luxury villa on an exclusive island in the Seychelles. ANI

Celebs laud Osama Bin Laden's death
Even as the whole world is buzzing about the news that Osama Bin Laden has been killed in Pakistan, stars from across the world of show business have shown they are no different when it comes to voicing their shock and celebrate the death of America's public enemy number one. ANI

Bush congratulates Obama on Bin Laden killing
Former US president George W. Bush has congratulated President Barack Obama and the members of the military for the successful elimination of Al Qaeda chief Osama Bi Laden in a firefight in Abbotabad, Pakistan. ANI

Delegates arrive in Vietnam capital for ADB's 44th annual meeting
Delegates began arriving at Hanoi's National Convention Center today to register for the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) 44th Annual Meeting of its Board of Governors. ANI

President Obama's statement on Osama bin Laden
Following is US President Barack Obama's statement announcing the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. The statement was delivered from the East Room of the White House: ANI

Obama called Bush, Clinton before releasing statement on Osama's death
US President Barack Obama called his predecessors George W. Bush and Bill Clinton on Sunday before announcing to the world that Al Qaeda Osama bin Laden had been killed. ANI

Laden's death near Islamabad will cause tension between US, Pakistan: Expert
The fact that Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed by US forces in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Sunday, was apparently living in relative luxury not far from Islamabad could pose awkward questions for Pakistan, a security analyst has said. ANI

US issues travel warning over anti-American violence in terror-threat countries
The United States has alerted its citizens traveling and residing abroad to the enhanced potential for anti-American violence due to the country's recent counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan. ANI

China enacts law to exempt 13 crimes from capital punishment
China's newly revised Criminal Law has exempted 13 crimes from the death penalty. ANI

'Bin Laden death won't stop war': Ex Guantanamo Bay detainee Habib
The death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will not end the war on terror and there is no evidence he masterminded the September 11 attacks, said former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib. ANI

Libya regime targets British embassy after Gaddafi 'assassination' attempt
Libyan forces set alight the British embassy in Tripoli, and also targeted other Western buildings after NATO airstrikes were carried out to assassinate Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

India-Malaysia Joint commission meeting to discuss strategic partnership
A wide range of bilateral issues are likely to be discussed during the fifth India-Malaysia Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) to be held tomorrow in Malaysia. ANI

PPP, PML-Q strike power-sharing deal
The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) have agreed to form a coalition government and cooperate in the next general elections. ANI

US Special Troops kill Osama Bin Laden in Attotabad
President Barack Obama announced late Sunday that Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been killed by US forces in Pakistan. ANI

Hilton Worldwide Expands DoubleTree by Hilton Presence in Malaysia and Signs Management Agreement with Hatten Group for Hotel Development in Melaka, Malaysia
Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Hatten Group to manage the DoubleTree by Hilton, Melaka in Malaysia’s thriving tourism destination, located in the west coast of the country. The agreement will see the second DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Malaysia and Hilton Worldwide’s entry into Melaka (Malacca) Business Wire India

Brown-Forman Names Accardo Managing Director of China
Brown-Forman (NYSE:BFB) (NYSE:BFA) has announced the appointment of John Accardo to Managing Director, China, effective May 1. In this role, Accardo will be responsible for the leadership and performance of Brown-Forman’s business in China. Business Wire India

The CARTES & IDentification Trade Show 2011 Kicks Off
Never have the words "Business, Innovation, Discovery" more aptly described the CARTES & IDentification Trade Show — the world No. 1 event in digital security, smart technology, payment and contactless — to be held in Paris from 15 to 17 November 2011 Business Wire India

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