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LA boutique to sell T-shits in Maria Shriver's support!
A LA boutique has decided to offer people a chance to show their support for Arnold Schwarzenegger's estranged wife Maria Shriver by purchasing a 'Team Maria' T-shirt. ANI

Putin ready to challenge arrogant Medvedev
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin 'has made up his mind' to challenge 'arrogant' President Dimitry Medvedev, Kremlin sources have said. ANI

Meet the CEO who lets staff chose their own offs!
The staff members at Aruba Networks, a wireless networking company based in California, could not have asked for more. ANI

Alcohol-fueled avian vertigo hits Darwin
A vet in Darwin is gearing up to deal with another alcohol-fueled avian vertigo this year, as many lorikeets were reported falling from the sky in a drunken state. ANI

Las Vegas to get a 500-foot viewing wheel bigger than the London Eye
A developer has unveiled plans to build a 500-foot viewing wheel on the Strip that would higher than the London Eye, and help in 'creating jobs and the recovery of the ailing economy'. ANI

Most of Fukushima nuke plant's fuel rods have melted: TEPCO
The Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO), the operator of Japan's damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, has said that fuel rods inside three of the facility's reactors probably melted in the days immediately after the devastating March 11 9.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami. ANI

US has fingerprint, forensic evidence of top Al Qaeda bomb-maker
The FBI has fingerprint and forensic evidence linking Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) bomb-maker Khalid Ibrahim al-Asiri to a trio of explosive devices used in recent attacks on the US, counter-terrorism officials have said. ANI

Cameron, Ed Miliband express contrasting views on marriage
British Prime Minister David Cameron and Ed Miliband have expressed contrasting views on 'marriage' after the latter insisted that the institution of marriage should not be the only basis for a 'stable relationship' in a family. ANI

City trader gives 15 novices 100K pounds each 'to prove anyone can win on stock market'
A veteran broker in UK is so confident that anyone can be successful on the stock exchange that he has handed 15 novices 100,000 pounds each to prove his point. ANI

Discrepancies galore in different official versions of Karachi naval base attack
Severe contradictions have emerged with regard to the Pakistani Taliban attack on Karachi's Mehran Naval Station. ANI

US, UK rename special relationship to 'essential relationship'
United States President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron today renamed the special relationship between the US and the US, the "essential relationship". ANI

America was concerned about Pak's 'direct opposition to US policies' at UN: WikiLeaks
US officials expressed grave reservations over Pakistan's positions at the United Nations that were "in direct opposition to US policies," a diplomatic cable unveiled by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Sri Lankan prisoners undergo hunger strike to demand commuting of sentence
Sri Lankan prisoners on a death row or serving life term are undergoing a hunger strike to persuade the government to set them free or commute their sentence. ANI

India will work with Africa to realise its vast potential
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said that India would work with African countries to help them realise their vast potential. ANI

Apple Macs are becoming a 'soft target' of hackers for their popularity
Online security officials have warned that Apple Macs are becoming a 'soft target' for hackers because of their popularity among users. ANI

US urged Pak against accepting Iran's concessional oil offer, providing it with foothold
The United States tried to influence Pakistan's policy with regard to Iran, US diplomatic cables unveiled by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks have revealed. ANI

Pak PM Gilani urges world to resolve Kashmir issue
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has called on the 'world's peace loving nations' to resolve the Kashmir issue, saying that regional peace cannot be guaranteed unless the solution to the issue is found. ANI

Pak President's father Hakim Ali Zardari passes away
Hakim Ali Zardari, a seasoned politician and father of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari passed away after prolonged illness on Tuesday. ANI

'Strauss-Kahn's pals offered seven-figure sum to victim's impoverished family to withdraw case'
Dominique Strauss-Kahn's friends secretly contacted the impoverished family of the hotel maid, who has accused the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief of raping her, and offered them money to withdraw the case. ANI

Scottish schoolgirl allowed to use iPod during exams
A year six schoolgirl in Scotland has won the right to use an iPod during her examination, saying she can't concentrate unless she listens to her favorite music. ANI

'Blackened-faced' Pak armed forces 'need to shut the shop of Jihad for good': Expert
The Pakistani armed forces' "face has been blackened" by the audacious terror attack on Karachi's Mehran Naval Station, and they need to wipe out the terrorist groups "they raised like pets", according to an expert on militant groups. ANI

Pak Navy 'soft underbelly of armed forces'
The Pakistan Navy is apparently the 'soft underbelly of the armed forces', and this weakness was exploited by the Pakistani Taliban, who attacked Karachi's Mehran Naval Station on Sunday. ANI

Brit teacher was 'brutally attacked' for mocking Islam by teaching Muslim girls
A British court has heard that four British Muslims attacked a male teacher because he was mocking Islam by teaching religion to Muslim girls. ANI

Zed favors higher pay for Hindu priests
Esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has stressed the need of according due reverence to the profession of priesthood in Hinduism. ANI

Millions of female foetuses aborted in India, finds study
A study has found that millions of female foetuses in India were aborted due to sex selection, which has led to 7.1 million fewer girls than boys up to age six. ANI

Harold Camping's new doomsday date: October 21
US preacher Harold Camping, who gained international fame with his prediction that the Rapture would come at 6 p.m. on May 21, apparently still stands by his theory and has unfolded a new doomsday date - October 21. ANI

Adolf Hitler's letter 'asking for time off job to contest polls' up for grabs
A rare letter from Adolf Hitler asking for break from his job so that he can fight for the Reich presidency in 1932 is all set to be auctioned next month. ANI

Kate 'played lovesick Prince Charming in school play at 10'
Kate Middleton has proved it earlier also that she is natural for a royal role- she played a role of Prince Charming in a play at the age of 10. ANI

India 'major beneficiary' of Taliban attack on Pak naval base: Ex-ISI chief
India is the major beneficiary of the terror attack on Karachi's Mehran Naval Station, former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Hamid Gul has said. ANI

Secret to eternal youth lies in exercising our DNA, claim experts
Experts have claimed that there is a way by which we can maintain our youthful looks, and that is by exercising our DNA. ANI

US national debt will reach 'three-quarters of the way to moon' if piled high in $5 bills
The U.S. national deficit would reach three-quarters of the way to the moon if it is piled high in five dollar bills. ANI

US Navy develops computer model to pinpoint pirates' attack
The U.S. Navy has developed a computer model, the Piracy Attack Risk Surface (PARS) that combines weather, ocean currents, shipping routes and classified intelligence data to pinpoint pirates' target areas. ANI

Indian students in Gulf outshine India based counterparts in CBSE Grade 12 exams
Indian-origin Gulf students outshone their counterparts in India in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) results for Grade 12 exams. ANI

International media links Taliban's Karachi naval base siege to Pak nukes' security issue
While the Obama administration has shown caution in its reaction to the Karachi siege by Taliban militants, media outlets across the globe have linked the attack to the disturbing questions over the security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons. ANI

Strauss-Kahn threatened hotel maid during sex assault
According to fresh revelations, former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn threatened the New York City hotel maid while sexually forcing himself on her. ANI

Computer usage hampering reading habit among students
Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have concluded that increased usage of computer leads to poor reading habit among children. ANI

Pakistan unable to confirm Mullah Omar's death as of now
Pakistan has said that it cannot yet confirm whether Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar has been killed or not. ANI

U.S., E.U. and Arab allies review support for Yemen
The Obama administration and its Arab and European allies are reassessing their military and economic support for Yemen in a desperate search for ways to force President Ali Abdullah Saleh's resignation before civil war erupts. ANI

Saudi woman arrested for a second time for driving campaign
The rulers of the ultraconservative Saudi Arabia arrested a woman for the second time for driving her car in what women's activists said was a move to suppress an Internet campaign encouraging women to defy a ban on female driving. ANI

India, Africa should work towards carving rightful place in global order: Krishna
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has said India and her African partners need to work towards carving their rightful place in the emerging global order. ANI

'Strauss-Kahn didn't want to be French president due to lack of permanent self control'
The mother of a woman who had claimed that Dominique Strauss-Kahn had tried to rape her in 2002, has said that she believes the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief never wanted to run for French President because of a lack of 'permanent self control.' ANI

US tornado death toll crosses 100
Missouri state officials have confirmed the death toll has crossed 100 in the tornado that hit Joplin in Missouri province of the United States on Sunday. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's wife Anne using 'family's fortune' to fight court menace
Anne Sinclair, the wife of former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is reportedly using her family's fortune to help her husband fight the court menace on a charge of raping a hotel maid in New York. ANI

Obama's healthcare approval rating improves: Latest Poll
An Associated Press (AP) poll has revealed that most percentage of Americans approve of President Obama's handling of health care. ANI

'Kuwait's blanket visa ban for Pakistanis' media report "baseless and incorrect": Pakistan
Pakistan has refuted media reports claiming that Kuwait has imposed a blanket ban on Pakistani nationals from entering the country. ANI

Another Azad Kashmiri becomes a victim of ISI butchery
Dr Rizwan, son of Mohammed Sarwar, a resident of Muzaffarabad was kidnapped by officials of ISI on May 7, 2011 from his house; and on May 23, he was killed. ANI

Vladimir Putin turned into 'Nordic character' in comic strip
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has got a new role to play- a comic superhero. ANI

Barack Obama 'sips pub-brewed Guinness in Ireland and pays for it'
US President Barack Obama recently drank a pub- brewed Guinness during a visit to Ireland and then paid his bill too. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's sperm found on New York hotel maid's dress
Traces of former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's sperm have reportedly been found on the dress of the New York hotel maid whom he had allegedly sexually assaulted earlier this month. ANI

Newly-released cables pushing US-Pak relations 'to an unprecedented low'
The relationship between the United States and Pakistan has been pushed to an unprecedented low following the release of a new cache of leaked diplomatic cables sent from the US Embassy in Islamabad to Washington. ANI

"Pakistan has hard choices to make": Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has clearly stated that Pakistan, which is facing not only political and economic problems, but also internal violence threats, has "hard choices to make". ANI

Karachi siege raises concerns about Pak military's ability to defend nuke weapons
The 17-hour siege of Karachi's Mehran Naval Station by Pakistani Taliban militants renews disturbing questions about the Pakistan military's ability to defend sensitive installations, including its nuclear weapons. ANI

Hindus greet Jews on Shavuot
Hindus have sent early greetings to Jewish communities world over on Shavuot, which falls on June 7-9 this year. ANI

Gay men 'seeking long-term romance online likelier to engage in safe sex'
A new study has suggested that men don't always look for sexual hookups from online dating but they also seek long-term romance, which are more likely to engage in protected sex. ANI

Cultural activities 'make men happier and healthier'
A study has revealed that men who visit art galleries, museums, and the theatre regularly tend to enjoy better health and are more satisfied with life. ANI

Pak says Headley's 'ISI provided aid to LeT for 26/11' statement "completely incorrect"
Pakistan has dismissed the statement of David Coleman Headley, who testified the Inter-Services Intelligence's role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, as "completely incorrect". ANI

WWE® Opens Mumbai Office
WWE® (NYSE:WWE) announced today it has appointed Rukn Kizilbash to be General Manager, WWE India to spearhead the company’s expansion across all lines of business, including consumer products and home entertainment, in India. Kizilbash will report into Dominic Hayes, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of WWE International Business Wire India

IET Smart Grid 2011 Conference Opens Globally for Virtual Delegates
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that for the first time attendees from all over the globe will be able to virtually participate in its annual Smart Grid conference Business Wire India

GT Solar Ships 3000th DSS Multicrystalline Ingot Growth Furnace
GT Solar International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOLR), a global provider of polysilicon production technology, and sapphire and silicon crystalline growth systems and materials for the solar, LED and other specialty markets, announced that it has shipped its 3000th DSS™ multicrystalline ingot growth furnace Business Wire India

Cinterion and TZ Medical Announce Advanced Heart Monitoring M2M Device to Improve the Lives of Millions Affected by Arrhythmia Disorders
Cinterion, the global leader in cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules and a Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) company, and TZ Medical, a leading manufacturer of critical-care medical products, today announced Aera-CT™, a lightweight and cost effective mHealth heart arrhythmia monitoring device Business Wire India

IET Electric Vehicles Event Open to Virtual Delegates to Encourage Global Presence
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that its 2011 Electric Vehicles seminar will be run simultaneously as a virtual event so that delegates from all over the world can participate from their desks Business Wire India

Bloomberg Tech Survey Finds CIOs Shifting to Managed Solutions
Leading financial technology executives say they want innovations that allow them to process more data more quickly, cheaply and reliably, according to results of a Bloomberg survey revealed yesterday Business Wire India

U R My Jaan Film is Set to Release in August 2011
Producer Aron Govil announced that his directorial debut feature film U R My Jaan, is under post production work after completing shooting and is expected to have a theatrical release in August 2011 all over India and worldwide. Business Wire India

Taro Receives FDA Approval for Cetirizine Hydrochloride Oral Solution, 1 mg/mL (Sugar Free Bubble Gum Flavor)
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Taro,” Pink Sheets: TAROF) reported that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application for Cetirizine Hydrochloride Oral Solution, 1 mg/mL (Sugar Free Bubble Gum) (“Cetirizine Oral Solution”). Business Wire India

SkyCross Raises $11 Million in Series E Funding to Ramp 4G/LTE Antenna Solutions
SkyCross, a global developer and manufacturer of advanced antenna and RF solutions that are powering the emergence of 4G networks including LTE, announced that it has closed on $11 million in financing, the first tranche of Series E, expected to be the company’s final round of equity financing Business Wire India

TA Associates to Establish Hong Kong Office; Industry Veteran Edward Sippel to Lead Asia Pacific Operation
TA Associates, a leading growth private equity firm, has announced it will establish operations in the Asia Pacific region with the opening of an office in Hong Kong. Edward F. Sippel has joined the firm as Managing Principal – Asia Pacific to open and lead the Hong Kong office Business Wire India

Jefferies Continues Expansion of Asia Equities Business
In the ongoing expansion of the firm’s global Equities business, Jefferies today announced the appointment of Sean Huang as Head of Securities Finance Trading in Asia. He is based in the firm's Hong Kong office and will be responsible for managing securities finance activities in Asia. Business Wire India

Sunny Future for Singapore’s Retail Sector:
Analysis done by Singapore company setup portal,, reveals that Singapore’s retail sector is showing signs of positive growth and is set to act as a key contributor to the Singapore economy this year Business Wire India

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