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China forcing prisoners to do lucrative Internet gaming work
A former Chinese prisoner has revealed that scores of prisoners in the country are forced into 'gold farming'- the practice of building up credits and online value through the monotonous repetition of basic tasks in online games. ANI

Krittika Biswas case: US should follow international norms to resolve it, says Krishna
Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has asked the United States to follow all international norms, accepted practices and conventions in resolving the case of the arrest of a daughter of an Indian diplomat in New York City. ANI

Sarah Palin 'furious' at daughter Bristol's new Disney star boyfriend
Sarah Palin is apparently angry at her daughter Bristol's new relationship with Disney's Kyle Massey, who she met on 'Dancing with the Stars' last year. ANI

Queen's 1.5 million dollar state coach goes missing in Australia
Five years after the Australian government spent 245,000 dollars to help build a luxurious state coach for the Queen, the country's Senate has been told that no government official knows where it is. ANI

Hikers' mothers undergo hunger strike for their sons' release
Mothers of imprisoned hikers, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer are undergoing a hunger strike for their son's release. ANI

Boeing 747-200 jet used to build unique Wing House
The parts of a commercial Boeing 747-200 jet have been used to build a luxurious home known as a Wing House. ANI

Thieves desecrate three Hindu temples in Malaysia
Thieves have desecrated three Hindu temples and stole gold platelets and navarathinam (precious stones) placed in the sanctum ground before the deity in Kuala Selangor in Malaysia. ANI

Watergate scandal journalist Woodward's 'Deep Throat' apartment up for sale
American investigative journalist Bob Woodward's 500-square-foot "Deep Throat" apartment in Washington which he lived in during the Watergate scandal is up for sale for 200,000 dollars. ANI

Fury over Mugabe's 'torture-expert' ex-bodyguard getting UK asylum
The United Kingdom's decision to give asylum to a former bodyguard of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who helped "slowly kill" members of Zimbabwe's opposition MDC party, has left many people fuming. ANI

Al Qaeda taking advantage of security vacuum in Yemen
Al Qaeda is taking advantage of the security vacuum and worsening political turmoil in Yemen to smuggle weapons into the capital, Sana'a in preparation to attack the Western targets. ANI

Hindus ask Diwali holiday in Edison schools in US
Hindus want Edison Township Public Schools (ETPS) in New Jersey (USA) to add Diwali, the most popular Hindu holy day, to the holiday calendar. ANI

Sarah Palin sparks speculation about her 2012 White House bid
Former Alaska governor, Sarah Palin's flurry of actions has triggered speculation about her bid for the 2012 White House. ANI

Hindraf files review petition to be registered as NGO
Hindraf Makkal Sakti (Hindraf) has filed a judicial review petition to be a registered as a non-governmental organization. ANI

Cameron's wife went missing in New York during 9/11 attacks
British Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed for the first time that his wife, Samantha, was in New York when the World Trade Center was attacked on September 11, 2001, and had gone missing for hours. ANI

Now Botox boob job for œ700 gives instant lift with no side effects
A new treatment to lift up saggy br**ts has emerged in the form of Botox, which promises instant results with no side effects, no recovery time and at just 700 pounds. ANI

Suu Kyi to test limits of her freedom through Burma tour
Burmese opposition leader Suu Kyi has said that she intends to test limits of her freedom through a rallies that will culminate in a visit to Burma's former capital Mandalay, six months after the military-led government ended her seven-year spell of house arrest. ANI

Manmohan Singh thanks Ethiopia for India's UNSC's support
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday thanked Ethiopia for its support to India's bid for permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). ANI

Manmohan Singh recalls Nehru in address to Ethiopian Parliament
In his address to the Ethiopian Parliament on Thursday, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh recalled how Abyssinia's invasion by Italian forces in 1935 had deeply affected Jawaharlal Nehru. ANI

Turning blind eye to activities of 'LeT front' JuD will put Pak in 'deep trouble': Editorial
The 26/11 Mumbai terror siege trial in Chicago spells "deep trouble" for Pakistan, where authorities have turned a blind eye to Jamat-ud-Dawa activities in the public domain, despite knowing that the JuD is a front for the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT), an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

15 Mexican cops suspended for 'forcing female suspect to strip for her release'
Fifteen police officers in Tijuana, Mexico, have been suspended after a video surfaced of the men forcing a female detainee to perform a striptease in exchange for her freedom. ANI

Japan disaster's impact reaches far beyond slow-down in auto exports
Japan's devastating March 11 9.0-magnitude earthquake, ensuing tsunami and the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant crisis have done more than reduce shipments of popular automobiles and car parts to the United States. ANI

Manmohan Singh asks U.N. to take lead in combating piracy
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Thursday asked United Nations to take the lead in evolving a comprehensive response to the threat of international piracy. ANI

'9/11 produced permanent shift to Republican Party among new young US voters'
Research led by the University of Warwick's Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy has found that not only did the events of 9/11 produce an immediate shift in favour of the Republican Party among new young US voters, but that shift persisted into later years. ANI

Pak's terror "Frankenstein monster has come back to haunt it": Editorial
The recent terror attacks in Pakistan have made it clear that the country is "facing a Frankenstein's monster that has come back to haunt it", an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

Chinese courts told to consider two-year suspension of non-immediate executions
The Supreme People's Court of China has called for courts in the country to pronounce a two-year suspension of executions for condemned criminals if an immediate execution is not deemed necessary. ANI

David Cameron's 'grilling of US President' joke at BBQ fails to impress
British Prime Minister David Cameron was left embarrassed when his "grilling of a US President" joke during a BBQ at Downing Street was met with silence. ANI

Nearly quarter of Americans choose great body over money
A survey has found that nearly a quarter of Americans would rather have a great body than be 1 million dollars rich. ANI

Dubai-based Pak-origin real estate salesman in spotlight after Headley revelation
A real estate salesman in Dubai has come under the spotlight after his name and mobile number were mentioned in Lashkar-e-Taiba's Pakistani-American operative David Coleman Headley's testimony in an United States court. ANI

Russian-made walkie-talkie set found near Mehran navy station runway
Investigative authorities have found a walkie-talkie set from the eastern side of the runway at Karachi's Mehran Naval Station, which was attacked by terrorists on Sunday night. ANI

Pakistan public left at terrorists' mercy due to Gilani govt's apathy
The Pakistan government has practically left the countrymen at the mercy of terrorists, as it has not framed any counter-terrorism strategy so far, even though over 35,000 Pakistanis have lost their lives to terrorism. ANI

Arrested Pak Navy commando had warned of PNS Mehran attack back in January
A Pakistan Navy commando arrested in January for his links with the Taliban and al-Qaeda affiliates, had then disclosed about the impending attack on Karachi's Mehran Naval Station. ANI

Headley 26/11 statement: Pak Govt, ISI has a lot to answer for, says Krishna
Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna has the recent statements made by David Headley, one of the prime accused in the Mumbai 26/11 terror attack, are being keenly followed and assessed by New Delhi for its import in the larger context. ANI

Air India paying fines through nose for workers landing in UAE with fake visas
Air India is paying thousands of dirhams in penalties while sending back workers who land in the United Arab Emirates on fake, cancelled, or mismatched visas, a top official of the airline has said. ANI

YouTube users uploading 48 hours of video every minute
YouTube, the video site, receives more than 48 hours of video upload every minute, showing an increased of more than a third over the last six months. ANI

Top UN official likens 'racist' Australia to 'apartheid' South Africa
The United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has said there is a strong undercurrent of racism in Australia because of the country's tough refugee policies and the treatment of Aborigines. ANI

Fury over computer game featuring 7/7 London-style bomb attacks
Supporters of those affected by the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London which killed 52 people, have called for computer game 'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3' to be banned. ANI

US feared Pak Govt would 'tap war funds for non-military purposes': Cable
While previously published cables have revealed US concerns about possibly inflated Coalition Support Fund claims made by the Pakistan Army, a new cable shows that the United States also feared that the Pakistan government would tap the CSF for non-military purposes. ANI

Leaked cables expose civil-military tensions in Pakistan over US funding for army
The Pakistan government complained to the United States in 2009 about being 'unaware' of the American funding provided directly to the Pakistan military, diplomatic cables unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks have revealed. ANI

Gossip on Twitter, Facebook hamper major investigations: Brit police detective
A British detective has said that people should "think twice" before gossiping about crimes on social networking websites Twitter and Facebook, as they are increasingly hampering major police investigations. ANI

Irish PM accused of ripping off Obama's 'Yes we can' inauguration speech
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has been accused of plagiarism amid claims that he ripped off one of United States President Barack Obama's own speeches to welcome him to Ireland. ANI

Women 'more likely to cheat on romantic partners than men'
Think that women are more loyal to their partners than men? Think again. ANI

Hairy armpits, beer bellies top list of most-hated beach sights
This survey will surely make beach goers think twice before flaunting their bodies. ANI

Saudi men launch Facebook campaign to whip women who dare to drive
Saudi Arabian men have launched a Facebook campaign in response to women planning to protest against the law banning them from driving in the ultra-conservative nation. ANI

Hiroshima resets its peace clock following US-led nuke tests
Japanese city Hiroshima has reset its peace clock following plutonium experiments carried out by the United States. ANI

Brits spend 12 hours a day gazing at electronic screens
A new survey has revealed that the Britons spend an average of 12 hours a day in front of an electronic screen. ANI

Zuckerberg, Schidmt against Internet over-regulation
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google boss Eric Schmidt have warned governments worldwide against over-regulating the Internet. ANI

White House crasher Michaele Salahi now a bikini contest judge
It has emerged that the alleged White House crasher, Michaele Salahi has been chosen to judge a bikini contest at the 'First Annual Stars and Stripes and Spokes' event. ANI

US to store airline passengers' data for 15 years to check terrorism
To check terror and illegal immigration, a draft agreement between the United States and the European Union has revealed that the US Department of Homeland Security will store data of passengers who fly between the US to Europe for fifteen years. ANI

A 45-minute commute to office 'is a passport to divorce'
Those who spend a long time on trains or stuck in cars shuttling to the office are up to 40 per cent more likely to split from their spouse, according to a new study. ANI

Baby boomers 'the worst colleagues to work with'
A new survey has revealed that baby boomers are the worst colleagues that employees want to work with, labelled difficult even by their own generation. ANI

Pak declares it will "use all means necessary to eliminate terrorists" post-Karachi siege
Pakistan's Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) has decided to utilise 'all means' to eliminate terrorists and their sanctuaries in the country. ANI

China to reduce number of illiterate citizens by 10 million in next five years
China plans to reduce the number of illiterate people by two million each year over the next five years, according to an outline issued Wednesday by the Ministry of Education. ANI

NZ's pay-by-the-hour 'love hotel' miffs nearby business owners, residents
New Zealand's newly opened 'love hotel' may have received rave reviews from satisfied customers, but it has found little love with its neighbors. ANI

Headley's testimony "nail in coffin of US-Pak strategic cooperation": Ex-CIA officer
The testimony of David Coleman Headley, a central figure in the 26/11 Mumbai terror siege, alleging close cooperation between the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)- is a "nail in the coffin of US-Pakistani strategic cooperation," a former Central Investigation Agency (CIA) officer has said. ANI

China to train 2,000 nuke fusion experts
China is planning to train 2,000 skilled experts to carry out research and development into a promising form of nuclear fusion that could become a major new source of power. ANI

Containing Pak 'not feasible' as it "simply has many asymmetric options": Expert
The United States should consider containing Pakistan per se "only as a last resort" because the latter "simply has many asymmetric options," an expert on extremist groups in South Asia has told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. ANI

JFK feared Apollo moon mission would cost him 1964 re-election
Former United States President John F. Kennedy worried that NASA's Apollo space program had "lost its glamour" and might affect his 1964 re-election bid, newly released tapes have revealed. ANI

Gaddafi may eventually step down as Libya's leader: Deputy Foreign Minister
Muammar al-Gaddafi might eventually step down as Libya's leader, the country's Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim has said. ANI

Drop in sales of Chinese watermelons after reports of injecting chemicals
Reports suggesting that watermelons are being injected with growth-accelerating chemicals, has led to a drop in the sales of the fruit in Danyang city in East China's Jiangsu province. ANI

US Congresswoman criticizes 250,000 dollar 'golden parachute' for Strauss-Kahn
A US Congresswoman has reacted angrily to reports that former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is accused of a sex attack on a New York City hotel maid and is currently free on a million dollar cash bail, is set to receive a 250,000 dollar 'golden parachute' severance payment and pension. ANI

'Bored' Ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn moves to New York townhouse
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been moved to a new location in New York, where he will remain under house arrest as he awaits trial in his attempted rape case. ANI

Even Kashmir resolution won't be enough to motivate Pak to abandon LeT: Expert
Even a resolution of the Indo-Pak dispute would not be sufficient to motivate Pakistan to strategically abandon the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), an expert on extremist groups in South Asia has told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. ANI

PNS Mehran probe to be made public: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said facts regarding the PNS Mehran attack would be made public after investigations are completed. ANI

Tuscon shooting rampage: Accused Loughner ruled mentally unfit for trial
U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns has declared Tuscon shooting rampage accused Jared Lee Loughner mentally unfit to stand trial. ANI

Africa, India congruent on UNSC reforms issue: Vivek Katju
Highlighting the aspects that India and African nations are on the same wavelength over the issue, senior Indian diplomat Vivek Katju has stressed on the need for reforms in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to enable inclusion of other nations in its fold. ANI

Manmohan Singh urges developing nations to stand united for IMF reform
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has urged the developing countries to come together and be united on the issue of reforms vis-…-vis the Bretton Woods institutions and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). ANI

Terrorists may target New York mass transit systems following Osama's death: Expert
Terrorists still fixate on mass transit systems, and the trains and ferries that thousands of New Yorkers ride each day offer enticing targets, a counterterrorism expert has said. ANI

US lawmakers say Obama violating War Powers Resolution on Libya
With US President Barack Obama missing a legal deadline for obtaining the permission of the US Congress to go ahead with military operations in Libya, Democrat and Republican legislators have criticised Obama for disregarding the 1973 War Powers Resolution. ANI

Taliban say no plans to attack Pakistan's nuclear weapons
The Taliban have no plans to attack Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, the Islamist organisation's spokesman has declared. ANI

LeT, JeM attacks "risk sparking war between nuclear-armed India, Pakistan": Kerry
US Senator John Kerry has said that another major terrorist attack in India by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has the potential to destabilise South Asia. ANI

Gossiping is good for us, says a psychologist
A psychologist has revealed that gossiping is actually good for us. ANI

Why 'quitting in wrong situation' is best way to be a winner
A psychologist has advised that at times when you feel burdened with your work or relationship, the best thing is to quit. ANI

Berlusconi doubts death of Gaddafi's son
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has expressed doubt about reports suggesting that Muammar Gaddafi's son and three grandchildren were killed in an April 30 NATO air strike. ANI

Pope shuts down 1,500-yr-old Roman monastery of 'dancing nuns'
Pope Benedict XVI has shut down a 1,500-year-old famous monastery in Rome that organized dances by a stripper-turned nun and hosted VIPs like Madonna. ANI

Hindus upset at depiction of Lord Shiva on leggings by Indian fashion label
Hindus are upset at the depiction of the image of Lord Shiva in Nataraja form on leggings, harem-pants and skirts, by internationally acclaimed "Manish Arora" fashion label, which they termed repugnant. ANI

Bin Laden's death "doesn't dampen domestic or external utility of LeT": Expert
Former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's death "will not temper the vicious violence of the Pakistan Taliban," an expert on extremist groups in South Asia has said. ANI

US reducing military footprint in Pakistan at per Islamabad's 'wishes': Pentagon
The United States is reducing its military presence in Pakistan after Islamabad made a formal request in this regard, the Pentagon has said. ANI

Lenovo Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010/11 Results
Lenovo Group today announced results for its fourth fiscal quarter and full year ended March 31, 2011. Lenovo was the fastest growing of the top five PC manufacturers for the sixth quarter in a row, and for the eighth quarter in a row outgrew the worldwide PC market as a whole Business Wire India

Actress Jane Seymour's appeal generates over one million votes to help prevent atrial fibrillation-related strokes
For non-UK and non-US media Business Wire India

GE Capital Announces Sale of Stake in Banco Colpatria to Mercantil Colpatria
GE Capital announced today that it has agreed to sell its 49.77% stake in Banco Colpatria to its current joint venture partner Mercantil Colpatria, for an undisclosed amount. Deal closing is subject to the customary regulatory approvals and the parties anticipate closing by June 30th 2011. Business Wire India

Kristin Campbell Joins Hilton Worldwide as Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Hilton Worldwide has announced the appointment of Kristin Campbell as executive vice president and general counsel. Beginning on June 27, she will report to Hilton Worldwide’s president and chief executive officer, Christopher J. Nassetta, and will be responsible for leading the company’s legal team. Business Wire India

DoubleTree By Hilton Celebrates Year-Long Global Rebranding Initiative
After commemorating their 250th hotel worldwide this month in Istanbul, Turkey, DoubleTree by Hilton is launching a new, year-long, global rebranding initiative Business Wire India

Annual Auction for Lunch with Warren Buffett to Benefit San Francisco's GLIDE, June 5 - 10
Warren Buffett, legendary investor and philanthropist, will host his 12th annual power lunch with the winning bidder of eBay’s charity auction to benefit GLIDE, which provides help and hope for San Francisco’s neediest residents. Last year’s winning bid set a world-record at $2,626,300. Business Wire India

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