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Tanzania seeks India's cooperation for fighting terrorism, piracy
Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete on Friday sought cooperation from India for fighting terrorism and piracy. ANI

Extremely happy with steady growth in India-Tanzania bilateral relationship: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday said that the strong and multifaceted relationship with Tanzania is one of India's great success stories in Africa. ANI

Tanzania supports India's bid for permanent UNSC seat
India's bid to get a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) got another boost on Friday after Tanzania assured of full support. ANI

PM calls for further strengthening of India-Tanzania cooperation, friendship
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday said that India attaches great importance to its relations with Tanzania. ANI

Pippa Middleton soars popularity charts leaving sister Kate behind!
According to web analysts, the new Duchess of Cambridge has been 'pipped' in the popularity stakes by her younger sister Pippa Middleton. ANI

LS Lowry's 63-yr-old soccer painting fetches record 5.6m pounds
It has emerged that a painting made by LS Lowry in 1949 has fetched 5.6 million pounds at an auction in London. ANI

US lawyer complains busty woman working for his rival is distracting the jury
A US lawyer has been accused of sexism after complaining that a busty woman working for his rival was too distracting to the jury. ANI

Lady Gaga's goo diet ups sales of baby food by 100 pc
It has emerged that Lady Gaga's goo diet is behind the massive leap in sales of baby food in the UK. ANI

UK rail firm apologizes for 'lack of attractive women' on train
It has emerged that a rail firm in the UK has apologized to a passenger after he complained that there were not enough attractive women on his train. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's lawyers claim 'can undermine accuser's credibility' of sexual assault
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's lawyers have claimed that they have found information that will "undermine the credibility" of the hotel maid who alleged that their client had sexually assaulted her earlier this month. ANI

US in direct talks in Taliban without Pakistan's participation
US officials have met with a senior aide to fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar at least three times in recent months in the first direct exploratory peace talks, according to officials in the region. ANI

Clinton arrives in Islamabad on surprise visit amid strained US-Pak ties
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Pakistan on a surprise visit aimed at soothing tensions between both nations. ANI

Rooney prostitute says friend of hers is charging an MP for sex
The prostitute, who slept with footballer Wayne Rooney, has claimed that a friend of hers is charging an MP for sex. ANI

Britain's immigration figures rise to unprecedented levels
Official records in Britain have revealed that immigration rose to unprecedented levels last year. ANI

'Countries with history of wars, natural disaster tightly control their people's behaviour'
Cross-cultural psychologists have claimed that a society with a history of threats like wars or natural disasters is more likely to tightly control the behaviour of its people than other societies. ANI

Filmmaker accused of turning women's tennis into 'soft p*rn' makes new racy ad
A filmmaker, who was criticised for making a film on women's tennis look like "soft p*rn", has been commissioned to make a new racy film for an advertising campaign. ANI

Half of Brit soldiers are overweight, over one in ten obese: Study
An Army personnel study funded by the British Ministry of Defence has revealed that 57 percent of the country's soldiers are too heavy for their height, and 12 percent have been classified as obese. ANI

Brit accountant takes counselling to get rid of sausage addiction
A British accountant bitten by the sausage bug is reportedly undergoing counselling after developing an unusual addiction to the bangers. ANI

Fad celeb diet sends baby food products sales soaring in UK
Britain has seen an increase of baby food products following celebrities' preference of taking such diet. ANI

Obama's comments would not cost him Jewish votes: US lawmaker
US Congress lawmaker, Debbie Wasserman Schultz has said President Barack Obama's recent comments about the Jewish community would not cost him community votes in the run- up to the 2012 presidential elections. ANI

Gaddafi regime held $30m in Commonwealth, National Australia Bank: Anti-corruption group
Anti-corruption group 'Global Witness' has revealed that a Libyan sovereign wealth fund controlled by the Gaddafi regime held 30 million dollars in Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank (NAB) bonds. ANI

Palin plans national bus tour sparking her 2012 presidential bid speculations
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's decision to undertake a national bus tour has further stoked speculations about her 2012 presidential bid. ANI

Not all citizens' votes created equal, and study says it shows in funding
"One person, one vote" is often the rallying cry for democratic reform, suggesting everyone should get an equal say in their government. ANI

Brit teen becomes youngest to conquer world's top 'Seven Summits'
A 16-year-old British boy has become the youngest climber in the world to conquer the Seven Summits when he reached the peak of Mount Everest. ANI

Hauritz, Smith making good progress following surgery, says Oz physio
Australian off-spinner Nathan Hauritz and all-rounder Steve Smith are making good progress following surgery in their attempts to be fit for the Test tour of Sri Lanka, team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris has said. ANI

Naqshbandi-Haqqanis taking lead in re-establishing Sufism in 21st century: Expert
Sufism is on the rise again in several countries almost a decade after the 9/11 terror strikes in America, a doctoral candidate of Islamology at the at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, in southern Sweden's Lund University, has claimed. ANI

Ed Miliband invites only one politician to his wedding... his brother David
Labour party leader Ed Miliband has only invited one politician to his wedding today ... his older brother, David. ANI

1 in 10 P-plate drivers in Oz are distracted by sex, sat-navs, mobile phones
A study has found that one in ten P-plate drivers in Australia are distracted by sex, sat-navs and mobile phones. ANI

Japanese cars dominate driver satisfaction poll
Cars from Japan have taken seven of the top ten places for most satisfying models from a drivers perspective, while Vauxhall and Ford languish around the bottom. ANI

Historic revolution through ballot box on cards in Pakistan: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has claimed that a big change is on the cards in Pakistan as the masses are looking towards his party to solve their problems. ANI

Belgium to become second nation after France to ban Burka
Belgium is to become the second European nation after France to ban the wearing of the Burka. ANI

Clinton warns Pakistan anti-Americanism won't solve its problems
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told Pakistan, where anti-US sentiments run deep, that it must understand that anti-Americanism will not make the country's problems disappear. ANI

Almost a million UK youngsters are 'neets'
Almost a million young people in Britain are 'not in education, employment or training', statistics published by the Department for Education (DfE) has revealed. ANI

Case against Mariah Carey on drinking beer while breastfeeding dropped
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family has dropped its investigation into claims that Mariah Carey was drinking beer while breastfeeding her twins, and concluded that both the children are in a safe and healthy environment with her. ANI

Aussie prostitute jailed for 'robbing and stripping'
A prostitute in northern Australia has been sentenced to eight months rigorous imprisonment for allegedly robbing a takeaway shop and then stripping while she absconded from the scene. ANI

US offers five million dollar bounty for 'Russia's bin Laden' Doku Umarov
The United States has offered a five million dollar bounty on the head of Russia's most-wanted terrorist, Doku Umarov, dubbed "Russia's Osama bin Laden". ANI

Lifestyle guru Carole Caplin denies having sex with Tony Blair
Carole Caplin, who was the style adviser to Cherie Blair, has denied that she had sex with Tony Blair after giving him a massage. ANI

TEPCO continued injecting water at Fukushima nuke plant's No. 1 reactor despite suspension claims
Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) has said that it is continuously injecting seawater into its No. 1 reactor of the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi power plant, reversing an earlier claim that it had suspended its work there after the prime minister's office expressed concerned about it. ANI

Saudi taps Muslim nations to curb Iran designs, US worried
Saudi Arabia is coming around to the view that the United States cannot be counted upon to restore and ensure stability in the Middle East, especially in the context of neutralising Shia dominant Iran's overt aggresive designs. ANI

Long-term estrogen exposure ups risks of high BP
An Indian-origin researcher has found that long-term exposure to estrogen can lead to higher risk of developing high blood pressure. ANI

Hindus welcome Church of Scotland's interfaith gestures
Hindus have welcomed Church of Scotland's efforts to extend the friendly hand for interfaith dialogue towards various religious traditions. ANI

U.S. Congress approves Patriot Act's four- year extension
The United States' Congress has approved the four year extension of the Patriot Act that empowers authorities in the country to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists. ANI

Palin, Romney battling to connect with GOP voters
No one does better than former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in connecting with GOP voters on social issues, according to a new Gallup poll. ANI

Bismarck sunk even after Germans tried to surrender, reveals sailor
A British sailor, who was left tormented by the "sinking of the Bismarck", is said to have revealed to his son that the ship was sunk even after the Germans tried to surrender. ANI

US Govt bulletin warns of terror attacks on military targets over Osama's killing
The US government has put out a bulletin warning that terrorists might attack the military to express their fury over the killing of Osama bin Laden in his Abbottabad compound in Pakistan. ANI

Rabid Brit Muslims who attacked RE teacher for 'mocking Islam by teaching Muslim girls' jailed
Four British Muslims who had attacked a male teacher because he was 'mocking Islam' by teaching religion to Muslim girls, have been jailed for being 'a danger due to their extreme religious beliefs'. ANI

Sino-Pak Friendship Express hits 'Gwadar naval base' bump
The 'all-weather friendship' between Pakistan and China has hit a bump over the Gwadar naval base issue. ANI

Left-handed people like Obama, Cameron are more creative, better leaders
A psychologist has revealed that left-handed people like US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron are more creative and make better leaders. ANI

UK school to ban skirts for girls as it 'could put pupils off their studies'!
A UK school is set to ban skirts for girls, fearing that they are too short and "could put pupils off their studies." ANI

Maids of Strauss-Kahn 'sex attack' hotel to wear trousers instead of skirts!
Female staff at the Manhattan hotel where former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly sexually assaulted a chambermaid, will now be wearing trousers instead of skirts. ANI

Now, an online dating site for dogs!
Kennel Club has launched an online dating site for dogs. ANI

Qatar eyeing record for world's largest Monopoly board at Doha Trade Fair
Qatar might hold a new Guinness World Record if their attempt for the largest Monopoly game board at the 2011 Doha Trade Fair turns out to be a success. ANI

ASEAN chief seeks IMF candidate from outside Europe, US
The chief of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has called for a candidate for the post of managing director of the International Monetary Fund from outside Europe or North America. ANI

Pak military leadership must bear in mind fate of Yemeni and Egyptian rulers: Paper
Pakistan's military leadership, which is 'fast falling from grace in the eyes of the public,' should bear in mind the fate of the Yemeni and the Egyptian rulers, and remember that wrong decisions would only hasten a similar episode in the country, a Pakistani newspaper has said. ANI

26 Republicans join Democrats in close troop withdrawal from Afghanistan vote
Republicans and Democrats appear to be on the same platform in rejecting an accelerated U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. ANI

China confirms existence of elite cyber warfare outfit
Today, cyber-war is very much a reality, and hina has set up a specialized online "Blue Army" unit that it claims will protect the People's Liberation Army from outside attacks. ANI

Churchill's painting auctioned off for over 313 K pounds
Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's painting of Walmer Beach has been auctioned off for 313,250 pounds by Christie's. ANI

UK's veiled warning to Pakistan over bid to influence outcome of Afghan peace efforts
Pakistan should hope not only for its own prosperity, but also for the whole South Asian region and the world, as it is better to live with the rest of the world than to seek Afghanistan's alignment on any side, the UK's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mark Sedwill, has said. ANI

Pakistan using "nuclear umbrella" to protect militant groups, expert tells US Senate
Pakistan has been using its nuclear umbrella to protect militant organisations like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which is the "most lethal terrorist group operating in and from South Asia," an expert on extremist groups in South Asia has told the US Senate. ANI

Obama's limousine 'The Beast' incurs 10-pound London congestion charge
The US government has been sent a London congestion charge bill for Barack Obama's convoy, including his limousine, nicknamed The Beast. ANI

Pak's Punjab CM demands transparent probe into Karachi, Abbottabad operations
The Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province, Shahbaz Sharif, has called for a transparent probe into the Abbottabad operation that killed Al Qaeda chief, Osama Bin Laden and the PNS Mehran base attack in Karachi. ANI

Red Cross, Vatican helped Nazis evade capture after war: Harvard academician
The book titled 'Nazis On The Run: How Hitler's Henchmen Fled Europe', authored by Harvard University research fellow Gerald Steinacher, has revealed how the Red Cross and the Vatican City helped Nazis, including top figures like Adolf Eichmann and Josef Mengele evade justice after the war. ANI

Romney to announce his 2012 presidential bid next week in New Hampshire
Republican candidate Mitt Romney would reportedly announce his 2012 presidential bid next week. ANI

Tension with India fuels risks of extremists seizing Pak's nuclear arms, US Senate told
An escalation in Indo-Pak tensions can allow extremists to seize Pakistan's nuclear arms because Islamabad mates its weapons with the delivery system only during a crisis, the US Senate has been told. ANI

Possible next IMF chief Christine Lagarde 'facing prosecution over financial sleaze'
French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, who is being touted as the possible successor to Dominique Strauss-Kahn as head of the International Monetary Fund, is reportedly facing prosecution for some financial impropriety. ANI

Lagarde to visit India, Brazil, China for IMF charm offensive
French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde will undertake a global tour that will include stops in China, Brazil and India to rally support for her bid to become the next president of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). ANI

Gilani says Pak needs global counterterrorism support
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the international community must help Pakistan diligently pursue counterterrorism efforts. ANI

India committed to welfare of its community living abroad: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has said the government is committed to the welfare of the Indian communities living in Tanzania and other parts of the world. ANI

Pakistan can bring Haqqani terror group to negotiating table if US asks so: Experts
Pakistan can and will like to bring the Haqqani network to the negotiating table if the United States asks it to do so, experts have told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. ANI

Obama facing problems because of the 'colour of his skin': Clyburn
An African-American Democrat has said that President Barack Obama is facing problems because of the 'colour of his skin'. ANI

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy shows off her 'round tummy' at G8
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy recently showed her baby bump while posing in a white smock dress for photographs with G8 world leaders' wives in France. ANI

'Paranoid' Gaddafi 'hopping hospitals every night' over fears of assassination
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has reportedly become 'very paranoid' and is hiding at a different hospital every night to escape NATO bombings and assassins. ANI

Now, p*rn star claims of 3-in-a-bed romp with 'sweet' ex-IMF chief
An Italian p*rn star has claimed that she had enjoyed a steamy threesome with former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. ANI

Pakistan shuts down US 'intelligence fusion' cells in country amid deepening mistrust
Pakistan has not only told the United States to reduce its military presence in the country, but also moved to close three military intelligence liaison centres, setting back American efforts to eliminate insurgent sanctuaries in largely lawless areas bordering Afghanistan, US officials have said. ANI

Pakistan allows CIA to search bin Laden compound in Abbottabad
Pakistan has agreed to allow the Central Investigation Agency (CIA) to send a forensics team to examine the Abbottabad compound where al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed, US officials have said. ANI

Lagarde qualified to be IMF chief, but US yet to decide:Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that Washington has not taken an official position as yet on who should be the next president of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but also believes that French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is qualified for the post. ANI

Clinton rules out sending US ground troops into Libya
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reiterated that the United States, Britain and France will not be sending ground troops into Libya, but will continue with aerial strikes to ensure that Libyans are safe from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's troops. ANI

US, NATO committed to Afghanistan exit, but Taliban still a danger: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that her country and its NATO allies are committed to a timetable to exit from Afghanistan by 2014, but maintains that the Taliban is still a major threat that needs to be countered. ANI

Pak diverted US aid for war on terror expenses towards boosting defence against India
Experts have pointed towards a mismatch between US hopes and the American aid provided to Pakistan. ANI

A Major Sale of Punjab Artefacts Coming up in UK, Organized by Mullock’s Auctioneers
A major sale of artefacts relating to the Punjab and India from the days of the Raj takes place next week in the UK. The sale by Mullock’s auctioneers, of Shropshire, (English Midlands), includes an antique reproduction of the British Imperial State Crown - possibly a proof for the Imperial Crown or made as a gift commemorating the coronation Business Wire India

ICON Selected by Pfizer as a Global Strategic Partner for Clinical Research and Development
ICON plc, (NASDAQ: ICLR; ISIN: IE0005711209), a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, has announced a strategic partnership with Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) which will see it serve as one of two preferred providers of clinical trial implementation services. Business Wire India

Taro Provides 2011 First Quarter Results
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Taro,” or the “Company,” Pink Sheets: TAROF) has provided unaudited financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. Business Wire India

Kanguru Defender Secure USB Product Family Enters Common Criteria Evaluation Process
Kanguru Solutions today announced its Kanguru Defender family of secure, encrypted USB drives and Kanguru Remote Management Console (KRMC) have entered into the Common Criteria evaluation process for information security. Business Wire India

Jefferies Adds 11 Awards in Financial Times / StarMine 2011 Analyst Rankings to Its #1 Broker Ranking
Jefferies today announced that it received 11 awards in the recently announced Financial Times / StarMine 2011 Equity Research Analyst Awards. These industry analyst awards follow Jefferies’ #1 broker ranking for U.S. stock picking announced by Financial Times / StarMine in March of this year. Business Wire India

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