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Half of busy Brit mums logging on late night in bid to get everything done
A survey of 3,000 women has revealed that half of British mothers log on to the Internet at night in a bid to get everything done. ANI

Iranian President's aide arrested
In what can be regarded as a severe blow to the embattled Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his aide Kazem Kiapasha has been arrested. ANI

Jude Law's 'phone-hacking' lawsuit seen as compensation 'test case'
Jude Law's legal action against the 'News of the World' for hacking his phone would be used as a test case to decide the amount of compensation that the newspaper will have to pay to the phone-hacking victims. ANI

Now, 'rent a friend' to hang out for a day!
'Pay per click', 'pay per ad'- these are terms that we often encounter, but now a new trend of 'pay per date' has been introduced where someone can in fact rent a friend to hang out for a day. ANI

Outrage at U.K school offering Pole dancing lessons for 12-yr-old students
After being accused of teaching children to 'parade like strippers', a pole dance and burlesque school in Plymouth, Devon, has insisted that the classes are simply aimed at making the youngsters fitter and stronger. ANI

Sexually suggestive ads drew greatest public complaints by Kiwis in 2010
A billboard for the Erotica Expo, which featured a n*ked woman's pelvic area covered with a dissected melon - with her finger inserted in the centre of the fruit - caused the greatest offence to Kiwis last year, who flooded the advertisers' websites with complaints. ANI

Poll reveals Labor's declining popularity in Australia
A Galaxy Poll conducted in Australia has revealed the declining popularity of the ruling Labor government. ANI

Syria rejects Obama's censure on killing of 21 protesters
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has rejected President Barack Obama's censure for the shooting of 21 opposition protesters. ANI

Obama to reaffirm UK-US 'special relationship': White House
The White House has said President Barack Obama would use his two-day visit to Britain next week to reaffirm the 'special relationship' between both countries. ANI

Nawaz trying to become CIA, RAW agent to serve their objectives in Pak: PPP leader
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif wants to become an agent of America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), a Pakistan People's Party (PPP) parliamentary leader has said. ANI

NZ pub offers half-price beer in return for dead rabbits
A bar in Wanaka, New Zealand is looking to help eradicate Central Otago's rabbit plague by offering half-price beer to patrons who bring in dead rabbits. ANI

A fifth of Brit adults go two days or more without brushing their teeth
A new survey has revealed that a fifth of British adults go two days or more without brushing their teeth. ANI

Sarah Ferguson admits her bad behavior cost her invite to royal wedding
Disgraced Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson has admitted that she was excluded from the recent royal wedding invitees list because of her bad behavior with men, money and monarchs. ANI

Prince William and Kate 'happily' end 10-day Seychelles honeymoon
Prince William and his new wife Kate have left the island nation of the Seychelles after a 10-day honeymoon, according to an official statement. ANI

'Embarrassed' Pak launches operation against al-Qaida remnants after Osama debacle
Pakistan's security agencies are carrying out a sweeping campaign across the country to capture al-Qaida activists and sympathisers following the bin Laden fiasco. ANI

China urges attacks on Somali pirate strongholds
Chief of General Staff of China's People's Liberation Army, General Chen Bingde, has said that Somali pirate strongholds must be attacked in order for counter-piracy campaigns to be effective. ANI

Gillard calls Abbott "love child of Sarah Palin and Donald Trump"
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said opposition leader Tony Abbott is acting like the 'love child' of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and American billionaire Donald Trump. ANI

Indo-Pak relations cannot be held "hostage" to Kashmir issue, Qureshi told Boucher
Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told a top US official that Indo-Pak relations could not be held "hostage" to the Kashmir issue, a diplomatic cable unveiled by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Now, another ex-teammate says Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs
After Tyler Hamilton, another ex-team-mate of seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has revealed that the latter took the performance enhancing drug EPO. ANI

Mystery behind 'exploding' Chinese watermelons unveiled
A Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) expert has cited various factors leading to bursting of watermelons in China's Jiangsu province earlier this month. ANI

Qureshi thanked US for convincing Musharraf to retire from Pak Army: WikiLeaks
Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had thanked the United States for its efforts to convince former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to retire from the Pakistan Army, a diplomatic cable unveiled by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

The 170 pounds Anastasia jersey dress that can be worn 10 ways
Next time you go for holiday you won't have the trouble of packing and unpacking heaps of clothes, a single dress may be just enough to see you happily through it. ANI

'Pyjama-parents' asked to 'dress up' while dropping kids to school in UK
Workaholic parents in the UK, who hardly get time and end up in pyjamas to drop their children to school gates, have been asked to dress up properly as it 'doesn't set a good example' for the children. ANI

Documents reveal Pope's 'memorandum of relaxing celibacy'
Documents have revealed that Pope Benedict XVI signed a memorandum as a young priest, that proposed relaxing celibacy rules to attract new priests. ANI

Eight killed in Pak gunship helicopters attack on militant hideouts in Orakzai
Eight suspected militants have been killed in an attack by the Pakistan Army's gunship helicopters on their hideouts in the Orakzai tribal region. ANI

Continuous drone attacks show US' 'utter disrespect' for Pak and its parliament: Report
The Pakistan Parliament's unanimous resolutions of October 2008 and May 2011, demanding an immediate halt to US drone attacks, do not seem to be worth a penny for either nation. ANI

Mystery surrounds Pak calling off Iranian minister's visit second time in a month
Pakistan has yet again cancelled a scheduled visit of Iranian Interior Minister Mustafa Najar to Islamabad, according to highly placed sources. ANI

Aussies are world's biggest gamblers, says The Economist
Australians have been ranked as the world's biggest gamblers per capita. ANI

China convicted 106 criminals in eight months over food safety violations
China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) has issued a statement saying that courts in the country have heard 61 cases involving food safety violations and convicted 106 criminals over the past eight months. ANI

London Mayor may confront Obama on congestion charge bill
London Mayor Boris Johnson plans to meet US President Barack Obama next week, and draw his attention to over five million pounds owed by the US embassy as congestion charges. ANI

'Antioxidants rich' mulberry hailed as new 'anti-ageing superfood'
Experts have indicated that mulberry, which is the latest fruit to be hailed a super food after blueberries, blackberries and cranberries, is packed with anti-ageing properties that could give skin back its youthful bloom and even reduce the onset of wrinkles and grey hair. ANI

Women warned about dangers of yo-yo diet
Obesity experts have urged women not to follow the yo-yo diet because it has detrimental affects. ANI

New al-Qaeda leader al-Adel vows attack on London to avenge Osama's death
Al-Qaeda's new leader Saif al-Adel has vowed to launch attacks on London to avenge Osama bin Laden's killing by US Special Forces in his Abbottabad compound in Pakistan. ANI

Osama planned Manchester Easter bomb plot
Osama bin Laden was directly linked to a terrorist cell in Manchester that plotted to bomb Easter shoppers in 2009, documents seized by US Special Forces from Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound in Pakistan have revealed. ANI

Palin has enough 'fire in her belly' to run for president in 2012
Former Alaska Governor has said she has "the fire in my belly" to run for the GOP presidential nomination. ANI

Pak's Tehrik-e Insaf to protest against drone strikes in Karachi
Pakistan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has asked his party workers to block the activities at Karachi Port in protest against the United Stated-led drone strikes. ANI

Face yoga: the miracle cure for wrinkles in just a few weeks
It is the news every woman would literally jump after hearing. ANI

Leaked cables reveal ground activities of US troops in Pakistan
New details about the ground activities of US forces in Pakistan have emerged through diplomatic cables unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. ANI

Pak, China to jointly launch satellite on August 14
Pakistan and China would jointly launch a communication satellite PAKSAT-1R on August 14 to replace the Sat-1 satellite, which is on the verge of expiry. ANI

Rare manuscript of Jane Austen's unfinished novel up for grabs
A rare handwritten manuscript of Jane Austen's unfinished novel 'The Watsons' is all set for auction at Sotheby's in London.he tidily written but heavily corrected pages, which is the only one that is still in private hands, is believed to be as good as her six completed novels. ANI

Tata steel to axe 1,500 UK factory jobs
Indian steel giant Tata Steel has announced plans to axe 1,500 jobs from three of its UK factories, a move that could affect the already British ailing economy. ANI

Frontrunner to head IMF 'had an affair with subordinate'
The culture of sexual liaisons and aggressive approaches by bosses within the Washington headquarters of the IMF was revealed Friday, after it emerged that one of the favourites to succeed Strauss-Kahn had a sexual relationship with his subordinate. ANI

Ahmadinejad says West 'stealing Iran's rain'
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused the West of plotting to "cause drought" in Iran by using high tech equipment to drain the clouds of raindrops. ANI

'Brit royals were 18th century medicinal cannibals and vampires'
A new book on medicinal cannibalism has revealed that possibly as recently as the end of the 18th century British royalty ate human flesh and drank blood as medicinal therapy. ANI

Ex-Minnesota Governor Pawlenty to announce White House bid on Monday
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will officially announce his bid for the White House on Monday. ANI

India, Pakistan agree to resolve Sir Creek dispute
India and Pakistan have agreed to resolve the Sir Creek dispute, keeping in view the interests of both countries. ANI

Obama praises CIA workers' role in tracking down Osama in Pak
US President Barack Obama has praised Central Investigation Agency (CIA) workers for their role in the operation to kill al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. ANI

Strauss-Kahn believed 'Russia plotted to stop him from running for French presidency'
Dominique Strauss-Kahn believes that he was targeted by Russia and France to have him fired as International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief, and to stop him from running for the French presidency, fellow French socialist politician Claude Bartolone has said. ANI

Ex-US president Bush rakes in staggering 15 m dollars from speaking engagements
Despite insisting that he wanted to keep a low profile after eight years in the White House, former US president George W. Bush has been able to pad up his bank account by a healthy 15 million dollars, thanks to the scores of speeches that he has been making. ANI

Pakistan orders exit of a fifth of US Special Forces trainers in country amid tensions
Pakistan has ordered the exit of up to 20 per cent of the US Special Operations forces trainers in that country in the wake of a series of clashes between the two governments, according to a US military official. ANI

'He likes sex, so what?': Strauss-Kahn's ex denies he was a violent lover
A Spanish writer has become the first of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged former lovers who has come forward to dismiss the sexual assault allegations against him. ANI

'Unfazed' New Yorkers organizing Rapture parties on 'doomsday' Saturday
While some New Yorkers are fearing their weekend plans might be severely affected by the end-of-the-world prediction made by self-styled prophet Harold Camping, most others are laughing it off and are busy organizing Rapture parties. ANI

Al-Qaeda planned to detonate oil tankers to provoke 'extreme economic crisis' in West
Documents seized by US Special Forces from Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound in Pakistan have revealed that al-Qaeda wanted to hijack and blow up oil tankers to provoke an 'extreme economic crisis' in the West. ANI

Rumsfeld says he preferred Musharraf's reign to "weaker" Zardari-led Pak Govt
Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said that he preferred the Musharraf government in Pakistan to the present Zardari-led government, which he said "is weaker". ANI

Sixteen people killed in militant attacks on NATO tankers in northwestern Pakistan
In the latest attack on convoys in Pakistan carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, NATO oil tankers were set ablaze at Landikotal and Torkham late Friday night, killing at least sixteen people. ANI

US doesn't want nuclear-armed Pakistan to be a failed state: Rumsfeld
The United States needs to "take a deep breath" before considering ending its military aid to Pakistan, because the last thing America wants is a failed Muslim state with nuclear weapons, former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said. ANI

CIA ready for emergency action against key Taliban, Qaeda leaders in Pakistan
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has finalised a plan of action in case it finds evidence about the presence of Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri and other key terrorists in Pakistan, a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Indonesia: Benchmark for Sustainable Palm Oil in Emerging Markets
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a multi-stakeholder organization that aims to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil, reaffirmed today that as the world’s largest palm oil producer, Indonesia, is in a strong position to be a benchmark for new emerging markets to adopt sustainable practices Business Wire India

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