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No scramble for Africa between India and China
While the West continues to project and pit India against China in Africa, India has rejected reports that it is competing with China. ANI

Manmohan Singh arrives in Addis Ababa for Africa-India Forum Summit
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the second Africa-India Forum Summit. ANI

Wedding bells for Monaco's Prince Albert in July
Reports have emerged about a royal wedding in the waiting after Monaco's Prince Albert announced his plan of marrying his Rhodesian-born fiancee Charlene Wittstock. ANI

Barack Obama inspires African Americans to trace their Irish roots
Ever since the emergence of US President Barack Obama's connection with Ireland, genealogical firms have seen a rise in the number of African Americans tracing their Irish roots. ANI

Taliban commander Mullah Omar has 'disappeared' from hideout, says Afghanistan
Taliban leader Mullah Omar has "disappeared from his hideout" in Pakistan, claimed Afghanistan's intelligence services on Monday, but refused to confirm his death despite an earlier claim that he had died between two to five days ago. ANI

For the first time, 53 percent Americans wants 'gay marriage' to be legalised: Poll
Fifty-three percent of Americans have supported for the first time a move to make gay marriage legal. ANI

Armed gangs outnumber police in Karachi:says Report
A secret assessment of 'The Gangs of Karachi' by the former US consul general Stephen Fakan has revealed armed gangs outnumber police in Karachi. ANI

Hartford City Council in USA to open with Hindu prayer
City Council of Hartford, capital city of Connecticut (USA), will reverberate with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on June 13. ANI

Islam is a religion of peace: Zardari
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said Islam is a religion of peace and tranquillity as opposed to terrorism and friction. ANI

PM Gilani to preside over Defence Committee of the Cabinet meeting
Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani will preside over a meeting of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) on May 25. ANI

UK taxpayer forked out upto 25 m pounds to send foreign criminals home
The British taxpayer paid between 20 and 25 million pounds to send back about 7,000 criminals in the past 16 months. ANI

Obamas' arrive in Ireland
US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama arrived in Ireland today on a whistle stop visit. ANI

Christian doctor in UK could lose job for talking to patient about Jesus
A Christian doctor in Britain is facing the threat of being struck off after he discussed Christianity with a patient. ANI

Indiana Governor Daniels opts out of 2012 White House bid
Citing family considerations, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has said that he will not run for president in 2012. ANI

Has Palin bought a house in Arizona?
For months, rumors have circulated in Arizona political circles that former Alaska governor and possible 2012 presidential contender Sarah Palin either was shopping for homes in Scottsdale or had already bought one. ANI

Obama very proud of Queen Elizabeth
US President Barack Obama has expressed admiration for Queen Elizabeth II, saying he is 'very proud of her'. ANI

US firm unveils world's smallest drone in Florida
A Northern California-based aerospace company has unveiled the smallest drone yet that can carry weapons behind enemy lines. ANI

Pakistan daily stresses need for addressing Balochistan's alienation
An editorial in a Pakistan newspaper has stressed the need to address Balochistan's growing sense of alienation. ANI

Texas teacher's 'man crush' on Vladimir Putin wins him rare interview
A Texas schoolteacher won a rare chance of interviewing Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin after he wrote on his blog that he had a 'man crush' on the political figure. ANI

World's only swimming bull elephant nears his retirement
The world's only swimming bull elephant has almost reached the 37,000 pounds target his owners need to pay back the loan they took out to buy his freedom. ANI

Israel-Palestine peace deal: Netanyahu aides play down differences with Obama
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his aides are playing down the dispute with President Obama over his call for a peace deal based on Israel's 1967 boundaries,, calling reports of a crisis overblown. ANI

Joint commission to discuss Afghan war solution
Pakistan and Afghanistan are working to set into motion a joint commission for negotiations with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan. ANI

We will fight those forcing us to remove super-injunction info: Wiki boss
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has said that he would fight anyone who would put pressure on them to censor information related to super-injunction. ANI

MI-6 warns Obama, Cameron about Taliban rejecting peace deal
Britain's MI-6 intelligence out fit has warned both US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron that their secret plan to cut a peace deal with the Taliban will fail to see the light of day. ANI

Artist Ai's four associates may be detained by Chinese authorities: Supporters
Four friends of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei who went missing after his detention, could be held by the Chinese authorities, supporters have said. ANI

No expenses spared to ensure Obama's safety during UK visit
The safety of US President Barack Obama during his UK visit is being taken very seriously, with his bomb-proof Cadillac 'The Beast' being flown in for his use in Britain. ANI

US needs strong military to protect trade routes, energy supplies: Gates
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said his country needs a strong military not only to win the war in Afghanistan, but also to 'protect trade routes and energy supplies' and stop 'would-be adversaries from making the kind of miscalculations' that often lead to war. ANI

Iran to operate nuke plant despite quake warnings
Iran is reportedly going ahead with plans to operate the nuclear reactor in Bushehr despite scientists warning that a future earthquake could devastate the plant. ANI

Obama to announce joint security drive during three-day Britain visit
British Prime Minister David Cameron and United States President Barack Obama are to unveil an unprecedented joint national security drive during Obama's first state visit to Britain. ANI

Pak naval base siege has ended, says naval spokesman
A Pakistan Navy spokesman and various local media outlets have said that the over 16-hour-long siege of the naval base Mehran has ended after an intermittent battle between security forces and a group of terrorists. ANI

High-earning, successful women turning into 'alpha adulteresses'
A new survey has found that high-earning, successful women are every bit as willing as men to use their power to attract younger lovers for quick flings. ANI

Pakistan newspaper stresses the need for earnest counterterrorism campaign
An editorial in a Pakistan newspaper has stressed the need for launching an earnest counterterrorism campaign and said it would be futile to make a hue and cry about the United States- led drone strikes while providing a safe haven to terrorists. ANI

Beijing to operate Gwadar Port: Pak Defence Minister
Pakistan's Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar has said China has agreed to Islamabad's request to operate the underused Gwador Port on the expiry of Port of Singaporean Authority's (PSA) term of agreement. ANI

24X7 helpline for Indians in UAE gets poor response
Indian Ambassador to the UAE, M.K. Lokesh, has said that a 24-hour helpline launched in November 2010 for Indian workers in distress has received very few complaints about mental stress or personal problems. ANI

Pawlenty confirms bid for 2012 US presidential polls
Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has released a video highlighting the problems in the United States to announce his bid for the 2012 presidential poll. ANI

Militant attacks at Pak naval base kills at least 11 soldiers
At least 11 soldiers have keen killed after the militants attacked the Mehran naval aviation base in Karachi, Pakistan. ANI

Chinese military personnel among hostages taken by militants in Pak naval base attack
Chinese military personnel are among many others taken hostage by gunmen who attacked the Mehran naval aviation base in Karachi, Pakistan. ANI

Al Qaeda's No 2 al-Zawahri asks Libyans to fight West to protect oil wealth
Al Qaeda's No 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, has released a 49-minute audio recording, urging Libyans to take up the fight against the West over fears that NATO could set up a puppet government to take control of Libya's oil wealth by toppling the Gaddafi regime. ANI

Mumbai attack: Headley's testimony could reinforce Pak double game in terrorism fight
Pakistani American businessman and former informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration, David Headley, is all set to claim that ISI helped terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba to carry out the 2008 Mumbai massacre. ANI

Pakistani with money tie with failed Times Square bomber deported
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have deported a Pakistani man arrested in Massachusetts during the investigation last year into the failed Times Square bombing. ANI

New York bans smoking in outdoors
New York City is all set to implement a new law that goes into effect tomorrow, banning smoking outdoors-at beaches, boardwalks, parks, and pedestrian plazas. ANI

BBC foreign aid charity under attack for producing safe sex ads in India
BBC has come under fire after it emerged that its little-known charity is spending more than 15 million pounds of taxpayer cash a year on overseas projects, including a safe sex campaign in India called 'Condom Condom'. ANI

IAEA experts arrive in Japan to probe nuke crisis
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) investigation team has arrived in Japan to assess safety issues and find solutions to problems related to the leaking of radiation in the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. ANI

"The Taliban now is back on its heels," says Obama
US President Barack Obama has warned that 'the Taliban is back on its heels,' adding that there can be no long-term solution in Afghanistan without the terrorist group. ANI

Pippa Middleton gets new job at ex-boyfriend's environmental firm
She became the nation's most eligible sweetheart when she wowed the world as a stunning maid of honour at her sister's wedding. ANI

Black box reveals Air France pilot was not in cockpit when it crashed
The pilot of the Air France flight that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean nearly two years ago was not in the cockpit when the plane ran into trouble. ANI

UK bill for Libya conflict to reach one billion pounds by autumn
British taxpayers are likely to face a bill of a billion pounds for the conflict in Libya if it continues into the autumn as expected. ANI

Is Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar dead?
Conflicting signals are emerging out of Afghanistan and Pakistan that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been killed in Pakistan. ANI

Princess Beatrice's royal wedding hat fetches 81K Pounds
The controversial hat worn by Princess Beatrice at last month's royal wedding has been sold for a whopping sum of 81,000 pounds in an online auction. ANI

US has assured there will be no unilateral action: Pak Foreign Office
US President Barack Obama might have said that his government would repeat the 'Osama raid' if a 'high value target' was found in Pakistan, but the Pakistan Foreign Office has cautiously claimed of being assured by Washington that there would be no unilateral action in the future. ANI

'Nice a**' - Strauss-Kahn's last words to air hostess moments before arrest
Former IMF chief and rape suspect Dominique Strauss-Kahn made a sexist remark to an airhostess seconds before he was pulled off the plane and arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel chambermaid, it has been claimed. ANI

Mullah Omar killed in Pakistan?
Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has reportedly been killed in Pakistan, an Afghanistan private television channel has reported. ANI

Rape accused 'You light up my light' composer Joseph Brooks commits suicide
The Oscar-winning composer of 'You light up my light' Joseph Brooks, who was waiting trial for rape while his son faced murder trial, committed suicide in his Upper East Side apartment on Sunday. He was 73. ANI

Insider likely to have passed on information about Osama's hideout to US
An in-depth pocket guide to Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan that was used by U.S. Navy Seals has revealed that the killed al-Qaeda leader was betrayed by someone living with him in his Abbottabad compound, and leaked all the information to the US. ANI

What women carry in their handbags - sex toys, screwdrivers and spare knickers!
A survey has revealed that women usually carry everything from sex toys, screwdrivers to spare knickers in their handbags. ANI

Berlusconi 'paid mafia œ300K as protection money'
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi paid his mafia godfathers 300,000 pounds a year in protection money, according to a mobster informant. ANI

Zayed Future Energy Prize Announces New Categories for 2012 Competition and Increases Total Prize Fund to US$4 Million
Zayed Future Energy Prize, the world’s preeminent award for innovation and development of solutions for renewable and sustainable energy, has announced expanded categories for the 2012 competition and an increased prize purse of US$4m. Competition guidelines and registration can be found at Business Wire India

Covidien Launches Conscientious Collaboration Compliance Resource for Healthcare Professionals
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced the launch of Conscientious Collaboration, an online resource to promote the importance of ethical and clinically meaningful collaboration between healthcare professionals (HCPs) and the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Business Wire India

WNS Opens New Center in Europe
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, announced the opening of its fourth office in Europe at Hyde Park Hayes, Middlesex, to support its rapid expansion in the region. This new facility will house WNS’s consulting division, revenue recovery group, client partners and general administration for Europe Business Wire India

Knowles Ships 2 Billionth SiSonicT MEMS Microphone
Knowles announced that it has reached another major milestone in the history of its MEMS technology with the shipment of its 2 Billionth SiSonic™ MEMS microphone. SiSonicTM microphones are found in all Tier 1 mobile phones and in many other consumer electronic devices including notebooks, headsets, and digital still cameras. Business Wire India

ELIQUIS® (apixaban) Approved In Europe For Preventing Venous Thromboembolism After Elective Hip Or Knee Replacement
The European Commission has approved ELIQUIS® in the 27 countries of the European Union (EU) for the prevention of venous thromboembolic events (VTE) in adult patients who have undergone elective hip or knee replacement surgery Business Wire India

Logos Technologies Joins Medidata Solutions Technology Partner Program
Medidata Solutions (NASDAQ: MDSO), a leading global provider of SaaS-based clinical development solutions, has announced London-based Logos Technologies as a Medidata Technology Partner Business Wire India

The UAE Participation in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2011
The UAE, represented by the National WSIS Committee, participated in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2011, held in Geneva during 16-20 May 2011, as the official sponsor and the strategic partner of the event. Business Wire India

BRE & TUV Rheinland Provide Worldwide Access to UK Microgeneration Approval
BRE Global and TUV Rheinland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide access to the UK Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) approval for manufacturers of photovoltaic systems. Business Wire India

TUV Rheinland Japan Introduces ""Radiation Protection Measurements Monitored by TUV Rheinland"" - New Certification That Validates the Manufacturers' Own Radiation Protection Measurement Systems
In response to the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant and the resulting challenges the Japanese industry will face in the future, TUV Rheinland Japan has launched new radiation protection measurement services to support the industry and public. Business Wire India

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Global Education Challenge, $250,000 in Awards Available for Breakthrough Innovations in K-12 Education
Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has launched the HMH Global Education Challenge to identify and incubate game-changing ideas for solutions with the potential to dramatically improve student outcomes in K–12 education Business Wire India

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