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India, Africa to cooperate for increasing agricultural output
India and Africa on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate for increasing agricultural output and achieving the millennium development goal of halving the proportion of people, who suffer from hunger and malnutrition by 2015. ANI

Restoration of peace in Libya is of prime concern: Manmohan Singh
Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said that he is confident that the initiative of African Union would enable the people to overcome the crisis in Libya at the earliest. ANI

India and Africa call for action to combat piracy
India and Africa on Wednesday condemned piracy in all its forms and manifestations and called for active prosecution of those indulging in such crimes. ANI

India and Africa to strengthen cooperation to combat terrorism
Asserting that an act of terrorism anywhere is a threat to the entire international community, India and Africa on Wednesday said that there is a need to further strengthen international cooperation to combat global terrorism ANI

India calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Libya
Backing African Union's position on Libya, Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Libya and said on Wednesday: "We appreciate the lead taken by African Union and we endorse the stand taken by he African Union on the situation in Libya." ANI

The awkward moment during Obama's toast to Queen
An awkward moment took place when President Barack Obama stood up to raise a toast to the Queen. ANI

Man caught masturbating on united flight, arrested
A man has reportedly been arrested and charged with making an "obscene and indecent exposure of his person" after he was caught masturbating on an aircraft. ANI

US man reunited with ring he dropped down toilet 73-yrs ago
A man in the US has after 73-years been reunited with his commemorative high school ring, which he had accidentally dropped down a lavatory. ANI

Academy to introduce electronic ballot for Oscars
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has officially begun its shift toward electronic voting for the Oscars. ANI

Ex-Miss Russia who forged prescription drugs could be deported
Former Miss Russia Anna Malova, who allegedly forged prescription drugs, and who was later also charged for shoplifting, could be deported if she cannot take a plea deal. ANI

Couple raise 'genderless' baby so it can choose its own sex later in life
A Canadian couple has sparked controversy by deciding to keep the sex of their 4-month-old baby a secret as part of an attempt to raise a "genderless child". ANI

Foreign terror mercenaries converging on Pakistan
Foreign fighters are "converging" in Pakistan in the hope of carrying out attacks across the border in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force said late Monday after capturing a Moroccan al Qaeda operative in Afghanistan. ANI

Sour tweets to Sarah Palin from aide Rebecca Mansour
Sarah Palin's staff has given her a headache by expressing disdain for some conservative personalities and even criticizing her daughter on the social networking site Twitter. ANI

Did Peter Fonda commit federal crime by 'long-range rifles' threat to Obama?
Peter Fonda shocked many at the Cannes film festival after indirectly threatening US President Barack Obama, an act that could be considered a federal crime. ANI

Bigelow's Osama bin Laden film gets green light
Oscar-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow will direct a film about the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden after Colombia Pictures won the rights to distribute the movie. ANI

Book reveals mockery of Strauss-Kahn for his 'out-of-control libido'
Dominique Strauss-Kahn's out-of-control libido was such a running joke in France, that a radio station manager greeted him wearing a burka before an interview, reveals a new book. ANI

Soap giant Dove accused of racism over body wash advert
Soap giant Dove has been accused of racism after an advert for one of its products appeared to suggest it can change a user's skin colour. ANI

Gina Rinehart is Australia's richest woman
Gina Rinehart has become Australia's richest woman, according to a BRW rich list. ANI

It's still 24th of May 2008 for Barack Obama!
US President Barack Obama got the date wrong by three years while signing the Westminster Abbey guestbook despite apparently asking the dean what day it was. ANI

Karachi terror siege part of Indian, Israeli, Afghan, US spy agencies' conspiracy: Paper
The Taliban attack on Karachi's Mehran Naval Station is part of a conspiracy hatched by the American, Indian, Israeli and Afghan secret agencies, a Pakistani newspaper has claimed. ANI

Radio host slams Obama for downing Irish Guinness beer while tornado-hit Missourians suffer
Right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham has criticised US President Barack Obama for sipping Ireland's famous Guinesss ale, even as Missourians continue to suffer tornado-related death and devastation. ANI

Iran continuing to develop secret military nuke plant: IAEA
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has warned that Iran is continuing to develop its secret military nuclear plant despite the world's efforts to shut it down. ANI

Retired engineers 'offer to' replace young counterparts at Fukushima plant as their 'final mission'
Over 160 retired Japanese nuclear and civil engineers have expressed their desire to help their younger counterparts to fix the Fukushima nuclear power plant as their final mission. ANI

Coming soon-two-hour film on Sarah Palin titled 'The Undefeated'
A two-hour film promoting former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin apparently as a potential presidential candidate will be shown in Iowa next month. ANI

Duchess of Cambridge's œ175 dress crashes retailers website
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, has managed to crash a retailer's website with the 175 pounds dress she wore while meeting Barack and Michelle Obama at Buckingham Palace. ANI

Obama given Hindi code name 'Chalaque' during UK visit
US President Barack Obama was given the Hindi code name "Chalaque" during his visit to Britain. ANI

Hindus send greetings to Christians on Corpus Christi
Hindus have sent early greetings to Christian communities world over for the upcoming feast of Corpus Christi, which falls on June 23 this year. ANI

Hindus and Jews ask Berlusconi not to use Gypsies as scapegoat in Milan elections
Hindus and Jews are critical of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for reportedly using Gypsies (Roma) as a scapegoat in Milan mayoral elections. ANI

Most people go to fast-food outlets for full-fat items
A new survey has revealed that most customers choose full-fat items when buying fast food and ignore the healthier options. ANI

Anti-US 'biases, misperceptions' run deep in Pak military: 2008 cable
Anti-American 'biases' and 'misperceptions' run deep in the Pakistan military, a US diplomatic cable unveiled by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Boxer Muhammad Ali urges Iran to release US hikers
Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali has appealed to Iran to free two American hikers imprisoned in the Islamic republic since 2009. ANI

'Concerned' NATO following Pak nuclear arsenal security situation 'closely'
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has expressed concern over the security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons following the Taliban attack on Karachi's Mehran Naval Station on Sunday. ANI

Middle-class drinkers at increased risk of dying from alcohol at old age
A study has found that middle-class drinkers are at a greater risk of dying from alcohol, as they get older, than lower-income groups, as they do not realise that they are drinking to excess. ANI

Oz FM Rudd has logged air miles equivalent to flying to the moon
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has notched up a staggering 384,000 kilometres in overseas air travel since becoming Foreign Minister - the equivalent of flying to the moon. ANI

Israel prepared to make 'painful compromises' for peace with Palestinians: Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his country is prepared to make "painful compromises" to achieve peace with the Palestinians. ANI

1 in 4 fathers-to-be suffer mood swings, pregnancy pains like their partners
A quarter of expectant fathers have claimed that they too go through their own nine-month 'pregnancy symptoms' like mothers-to-be. ANI

Women 'more likely to take sick leaves from office then men'
A study conducted by Benenden Healthcare Society has indicated that women pull more sickies than men. ANI

Zardari told US he'd give IAEA access to AQ Khan "if he had his way": 2008 cable
Months before he became Pakistan's President, Asif Ali Zardari told the United States that if he had his way, he would allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to access disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan. ANI

Pak says it's suffered $68bn loss on US-led war on terror
Pakistan's economy has suffered a loss of 68 billion dollars in the aftermath of the country's decision to become an ally in the US-led war against terrorism, according to the Economic Survey 2010-11. ANI

Obama-Cameron no match for teenage duo at table tennis!
US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron were put to shame when they lost a game of table tennis to two 16-year-old schoolboys teamed up against them. ANI

UK, France soften demands for Gaddafi to go
Britain and France have softened demands that Col Muammar Gaddafi give up power before ceasefire talks can take place. ANI

Pak's plans to turns Osama's lair into 'holiday theme park' panned by victims' families
Pakistan's plans to turn former al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad into a holiday theme park has sparked outrage. ANI

Sarkozy's allies tried to expose 'Strauss-Kahn's 2007 sex scandal'
Friends of French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly tried to disclose a police report that said his former political rival Dominique Strauss-Kahn was found having sex with a prostitute in a car in Paris in 2007. ANI

US senators concerned about Pakistan's support to Afghan Taliban, LeT
US lawmakers are hopeful of political reconciliation in Afghanistan in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death, but fear that the fight against extremism is floundering in Pakistan. ANI

Women find happy guys less sexually attractive than moody men
A new University of British Columbia study has concluded that women find happy guys significantly less sexually attractive than swaggering or brooding men. ANI

Was Iran's oil refinery explosion an 'assassination attempt' on Ahmadinejad?
An explosion at Iran's largest oil refinery shortly before a visit of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has raised suspicion that the controversial leader might have been the target of an assassination attempt, despite claims by officials that it was the outcome of a 'gas leak'. ANI

Ex-IMF chief severance pay may partly be paid by US taxpayers
Tax payers in America are likely to be tapped to partly pay off the 250,000 dollar severance package of former International Monetary Fund president Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a New York City hotel maid. ANI

'Q' leaders to support Musharraf upon return to Pakistan: APML
Several Pakistan Muslim League-Q and PML-Q (Like-Minded Group) leaders have assured former military ruler Pervez Musharraf of their support on his return to the country, All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Chief Coordinator Chaudhary Shahbaz Hussain has said. ANI

Iran continuing to develop nuke weapons, says IAEA
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reportedly received more information suggesting that Iran's secret military nuclear program is steaming ahead despite efforts to shut it down. ANI

Indian origin surgeon Patel's lawyers hope to file high court appeal
Lawyers representing former Bundaberg Base Hospital Indian origin surgeon Jayant Patel hope to lodge a High Court application for special leave to appeal against his convictions on manslaughter and grievous bodily harm charges. ANI

Indian diplomat's daughter files 1.5 m dollar suit against NY City
An Indian diplomat's daughter who claims she was falsely arrested and suspended for sending obscene e-mails to teachers at her Queens high school, has decided to sue the city for a whopping 1.5 million dollars. ANI

US intensely monitoring Pakistan's nuclear programme
The United States has been intensely monitoring Pakistan's nuclear and missile programmes, US diplomatic cables unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks have indicated. ANI

Ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn to leave rented NY house soon
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Khan and his wife Anne Sinclair are expected to vacate their rented 71 Broadway Street house soon. ANI

Hitler tried to win World War II with army of talking dogs
Hitler believed that animals were almost as intelligent as humans and tried to win World War II with an army of talking dogs. ANI

Brit-Muslims protest Osama's killing outside Downing Street during Obama visit
Angry British Muslim activists staged a protest outside Downing Street over Osama bin Laden's killing during President Barack Obama's visit. ANI

Cops caught Strauss-Kahn in 'compromising position' with hooker
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is facing charges of allegedly raping a hotel chambermaid in New York, was caught with a hooker in West Paris. ANI

India asserts bilateral ties with Africa not part of any race
India has reiterated that it is not competing with any other country vis-…-vis building ties with African nations. ANI

Female rappers stress their sexual prowess rather than domestic skills
A Baylor University researcher has claimed that rappers represent less positive views of independent women in their lyrics. ANI

Manmohan Singh assures African nations of strong ties
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday assured leaders of African nations about New Delhi's commitment to have strong bilateral ties. ANI

Libyan Oil Minister Ghanem 'did not defect'
Libyan Oil Minister Shokri Ghanem has not defected the Gaddafi regime as reported earlier, but is secretly working to maintain ties with big oil companies, sources at western firms have claimed. ANI

Karachi naval base siege "defeat of Pak forces at hands of a few terrorists": Altaf Hussain
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has termed the Karachi naval base siege by Taliban militants as a defeat of Pakistan's defence institutions. ANI

Clinton likely to visit Pakistan this week
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has confirmed that she will visit Pakistan for an 'in-depth strategic discussion' about bilateral cooperation. ANI

Two killed, 19 injured in suicide blast at Peshawar's CID police station
At least two people have been killed and 19 others wounded in a suicide attack on the CID police station at Peshawar. ANI

Gilani orders security upgrade at Pak defence sites in wake of Karachi naval base attack
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has directed relevant authorities to revisit, improve and upgrade the security of all defence installations of the country. ANI

Polaris Launches First Ever Cloud-Ready Platform for the Insurance Sector
Polaris Software Lab Limited (POLS.BO), a leading global Financial Technology Company today announced that Polaris Software Lab, Inc. (a Polaris Group Company) has launched its first Cloud-Ready platform offering for the Insurance sector globally Business Wire India

Imec India Partners with Wipro to Bring Nanoelectronics Solutions to Emerging Markets
Imec today announced the establishment of imec India in Bangalore, Karnataka, making a first step towards the Indian market with the signing of an R&D partnership agreement with Wipro Technologies, the Global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) Business Wire India

Skyvue Las Vegas to Soar 500 Feet Above Strip
The Skyvue Las Vegas Super Wheel is about to get off the ground. Construction plans for the 500-foot observation wheel, larger than the world-famous London Eye, are being finalized. Site clearing has begun on 11 acres of prime strip property at Las Vegas Boulevard and Mandalay Bay Road Business Wire India

Psion Confirms the Start of Shipment of Its New Low Cost, Rugged Enterprise PDA: the Psion EP10
Psion PLC (LSE: PON.L) has announced the general availability of its latest rugged enterprise PDA, the EP10™ in all its major markets. The device is aimed at users that require a feature-rich, small form factor, robust mobile computer. Business Wire India

Grockit Launches Rupee Pricing and Additional Payment Options for Indian Customers
Grockit (www.grockit.com), the leader in collaborative and social learning, has announced it is responding to the Indian market’s need for online test preparation for American admissions tests with the launch of Rupee pricing, localized payment options and Indian marketing campaigns Business Wire India

Odersun AG Publishes Online Configuration Software for Solar Modules
Odersun AG, manufacturer of customized photovoltaic solutions for building integration (BiPV), has published a software tool to design individually fitted solar modules. The configuration software named “Solarmodule-Designer” addresses architects and planners in search of customizable photovoltaic elements. Business Wire India

Rockwell Automation Acquires Lektronix, A Leading Industrial Automation Repairs And Service Provider
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) announced that it has purchased Lektronix, a leading independent industrial automation repairs and service provider in Europe and Asia, headquartered in Cannock, U.K. Business Wire India

Quintiles' New Health Report 2011 Finds Patients, Physicians, Biopharma and Payers Are Optimistic About the Future of Drug Development, Yet Differ Widely on Defining Value
Biopharmaceutical executives, managed care executives, physicians and patients with chronic illness foresee better prescription medicines in the U.S. over the next decade Business Wire India

Community IPTV Channel, Cyberjaya TV goes LIVE via Cuzzy's Network
Malaysia’s Premier Cybercity – The City of Cyberjaya unveils it own community IPTV channel. It is called Cyberjaya TV. It is an original IPTV channel with first time airing content that showcases why foreign direct investment chooses Cyberjaya, Malaysia as their preferred “Silicon Valley” in Asia. Business Wire India

Stromasys Offers Freedom of Choice with the Availability of DEC Alpha Virtualization on Linux
Stromasys S.A., the pioneering leader in legacy system virtualization, has announced the first production release and availability of the DEC Alpha virtualization product line (CHARON-AXP/4100/DS10/DS20/ES40/GS80/GS160/GS320) for Linux Red Hat Enterprise 6 (64 bit) and Fedora 14 (64 bit) hosting platforms Business Wire India

Torresol Energy Commissions 19.9MW Gemasolar Power Plant in Spain
Torresol Energy, a joint venture between Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s leading future energy company, and SENER, the leading Spanish engineering and construction firm, has announced the commissioning of its flagship 19.9MW Gemasolar Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant in Seville, Spain. Business Wire India

Intel Creates AppUp Small Business Service on Hybrid Cloud
Intel® Corporation has launched the Intel AppUpSM Small Business Service, an innovative service running on the Intel® Hybrid Cloud platform that enables server manufacturers, software vendors, and service providers to offer small businesses key advantages of cloud computing with applications and data running on their own premises. Business Wire India

FUJITSU TEN Unveils Vivid View Processor 3, the World's First LSI with Color Correction in Direct Sunlight for Vehicle-Mounted Displays
FUJITSU TEN LIMITED, developer of the ECLIPSE car navigation brand, is proud to announce that it has developed Vivid View Processor 3 (VVP3), the world's first*1 LSI for improving visibility in vehicle-mounted displays when exposed to direct sunlight, while reducing power consumption at the same time Business Wire India

Hurricane Electric Announces Asian Network Expansion with Connections to the Japan Network Access Point and the Japan Internet Exchange
Hurricane Electric, the world’s largest IPv6-native Internet backbone and colocation provider, announced that it has significantly expanded its network reach in Asia with connections to the Japan Network Access Point (JPNAP) and the Japan Internet Exchange (JPIX). Business Wire India

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