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'Sexy' ex-Citibank senior relations manager's arrest grabs attention in Indonesia
The arrest of a glamorous woman who worked for Citibank Indonesia as senior relations manager has drawn all the attention of the country's press and Internet sites. ANI

German tabloid gives sneak peek into Pippa's undie
Germany's biggest selling Bild newspaper has carried pictures of Pippa Middleton revealing all as she gets into a car in London. ANI

Top 10 excuses of Brit's fraud investigators in benefits offices revealed
The government in Britain has released a list of top 10 excuses made up by benefits cheats to con cash or to get people off the hook when caught making dodgy claims. ANI

Abortion rates among Brit women in their 40s up by 30 pc in a decade
New official figures have revealed that the number of abortions for women aged 40 and above in Britain has risen by more than 30 percent since 2000. ANI

Meghan McCain's bachelorette pad is full of skulls
She has tweeted about it, talked about transitioning to the left coast on the late-night shows and now Meghan McCain has shown off her 1,100-square-foot bachelorette home in West Hollywood. ANI

Ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee's wife turns detective to track cheating hubbies, missing people
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib's wife has become a private detective tracking down cheating husbands, missing people and disappearing cars. ANI

American woman claims seeing 'Bigfoot', posts video on YouTube
A woman hiker has posted a video of what she claims is Bigfoot on YouTube, saying she stumbled across it during a walk with a friend in Spokane, Washington. ANI

Pak Foreign Office seeks clarification over India's wanted list
The Pakistan Foreign Office has asked the Indian Government to give its clarification on errors in a list of 50 most wanted terrorists and criminals that New Delhi had asked Islamabad to hand over. ANI

New California law may require p*rn stars to wear condoms in sex scenes
Condoms would be soon made compulsory for p*rn films made in California. ANI

Palin tours in less favorable Northeast United States
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's bus tour is taking her to Northeastern United States, the part of the country that has been the least friendly to her, and an area she's mostly avoided since 2008. ANI

Writ petition filed against US in Lahore High Court
A constitutional petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court to seek the registration of a criminal case of the unilateral Abbottabad operation by the United States resulting in the death of Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Kevin Rudd invents his own tea blend for Twinings
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is on the verge of having his own tea blend released by multinational brewer Twinings. ANI

Pak Federal Review Board orders prisoners' release
Pakistan Federal Review Board comprising Justice Nasirul Mulk of the Supreme Court and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court have issued release orders for about 72 prisoners lodged in Pakistan for border crossing. ANI

N. Korea releases American held since last November
North Korea has released an American it arrested last November on charges of proselytising, which is illegal in the Communist country. ANI

EU team to visit N. Korea next month to assess food crisis
A team of European Union officials are reportedly planning to visit North Korea next month to assess the food situation there. ANI

Pak Navy official confirms al Qaeda's infiltration within naval ranks
The ongoing investigations into the Mehran Naval Station attack have determined that al Qaeda militants had indeed managed to infiltrate the ranks of the Pakistan Navy. ANI

Mental diseases on the rise in Pak: Medical Experts
Medical experts have said mental diseases are on rise in Pakistan due to worsening poverty, price hike, lawlessness and called on the government to take appropriate measures to ameliorate the situation. ANI

Trainee pilot sacked for dozing off for 55 min as plane flew by itself
A trainee pilot was suspended from flying after an incident in which he blacked out for 55 minutes and overshot the Parafield airport, heading out to the Great Australian Bight. ANI

Extra pounds hurt women's salary, job chances
Women who are overweight tend to earn less and are more likely to be unemployed, according to a new research. ANI

Six alleged TTP militants arrested in Sindh
Sindh's Crime Investigation Department (CID) claimed to have arrested six alleged terrorists. ANI

Best security tool 'iris scanning' in use everywhere but not in US!
Iris scanning, the most advanced security tool already used at airports and border crossings in United Arab Emirates, India and Jordan is nowhere to be found in the U.S, thanks to privacy concerns and infrastructure issues. ANI

Cambridge, Mass. tops Amazon's list of 'well-read' US cities
Amazon has released its top 20 'most well-read' U.S. cities, with Cambridge, Mass., home of Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), topping the list. ANI

China plans to ensure safety along high speed rail service
China is likely to launch a two-month crackdown on illegal activities that may pose a threat to the operational safety of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail. ANI

'Bad-tipper' Strauss-Kahn received food, patio furniture, but rebuffed balloons
Dominique Strauss-Kahn received food, patio furniture, but turned away six balloons, including one shaped like a shark, at his Manhattan mansion, an attempt that was apparently made to cheering up the strained former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief. ANI

Rolling Thunder won't let Sarah Palin overshadow the Memorial Day event
The Rolling Thunder will not give any extra attention to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who has been invited be a guest at the motorcycling group's annual Memorial Day ride. ANI

Jihadis, not India potent threat to Pakistan
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said jihadi warfare, rather than India is the potent threat to Pakistan. ANI

Pak naval, air force personnel 'inside job' suspected in Karachi naval base attack
Members of the inquiry board investigating the Mehran Naval Station attack suspect an 'inside job' not only on the navy's part, but also on the part of the air force personnel. ANI

UK lecturers support students' right to wear burkha
Leaders of the University and College Union (UCU) in UK will pledge their support for the right of people of all faiths "to wear the religious head-dress and other religious attire appropriate to their faiths". ANI

'More defence cuts could threaten UK-America's essential relationship'
Former head of the British army, Lord Richard Dannatt, has warned that Britain's "essential relationship" with the United States could suffer because of cuts to the armed forces. ANI

Divorces in Malaysia leading to child abuse rise
Malaysia's Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Senator Heng Seai Kie has claimed that children often became the victims of domestic abuse and neglect when their parents are stressed by messy divorce battles. ANI

US put pressure on S. Arabia to allow women to drive: WikiLeaks
The Obama administration has been quietly putting pressure on Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive, according to leaked US embassy cables. ANI

Kuwait busts alleged Iran and Hezbollah spy rings
Kuwait has busted new spy rings reportedly working for Iran and Hezbollah, a Kuwaiti daily said. ANI

Pak, US need 'marriage counselling' to salvage troubled ties
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said that the United States and Pakistan are in need of a 'marriage counselling' to salvage their troubled ties. ANI

Palestine using UK aid to buy 'hatred spreading' textbooks
The Palestinian Authority is reportedly using British aid to buy schoolbooks that incite anti-Semitism and martyrdom among children. ANI

Terrorists used US-made walkie-talkies in Karachi naval base attack
Three US-made walkie-talkie sets were used by terrorists to carry out the attack on Karachi's Mehran Naval Station last Sunday, investigations have revealed. ANI

Cooling system pumps stopped at Fukushima nuke plant
Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) has said that cooling system at the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi power plant's No. 5 unit has been stopped. ANI

UK PM's mom-in-law builds up 100 m pound furniture business empire
British Prime Minister David Cameron's mother-in-law, Lady Annabel Astor, has been successful in defying the global meltdown to build a 100 million pound business empire. ANI

4 Florida cities to have Hindu chariot processions
Ratha Yatras (Hindu Festival of Chariots) have been planned in the four cities of Florida. ANI

India, Pak were about to resolve Kashmir issue when Musharraf "opened Kargil front": Nawaz
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Islamabad and New Delhi were about to resolve the Kashmir dispute in 1999, when the then Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Pervez Musharraf "opened the Kargil front". ANI

Pak strategic sites fully secure: Foreign Office
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua has dispelled speculation about the security of Pakistan's strategic assets and assured that safety measures are of international standard. ANI

China sets up peer-led sex education program for teens
The China Family Planning Association (CFPA) has established a peer education body to educate young people about reproductive health. ANI

UK Islamic leaders slam praying in English, allowing women to run mosque
Islamic leaders in Britain have slammed suggestions of allowing community members to pray in English and to allow women to run mosques. ANI

Strauss-Kahn's victim's 'past sorrows' aggravated by rape: Maid's brother
The brother of the New York hotel maid who was allegedly raped by former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn earlier this month, has said his gentle sister had moved to America to 'heal her sorrows' of the past, but this incident will 'damage her for the rest of her life.' ANI

'Much-hated' rats now making perfect pets for New Yorkers!
The 'much-hated' rats are precious pets for many in New York as they can be trained like dogs and are clean like cats. ANI

2012 White House bid: Minnesota Congresswoman Bachmann might struggle in Palin's shadow
Some American voters are uneasy about the possibility of Minnesota representative Michele Bachmann making a bid for the White House next year, especially in the face of the formidable challenge posed by 2008 vice-presidential nominee and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. ANI

Three killed, eight injured in chemical plant blast in China
Three people have been killed and eight others were injured in a chemical plant blast in China's Zibo City, the city government has said. ANI

Afghan Taliban not interested in talks with US: Hamid Mir
The Taliban are not ready for talks with the United States, who has been desperately approaching them for reconciliation, Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir has said, citing Taliban sources. ANI

Sharif warns mutiny if Pak sovereignty is attacked
Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif has warned the government of a public mutiny if it continued pledging national sovereignty to foreigners and patronizing corrupt elements. ANI

Pak-US ties going through "course correction": Pak Foreign Office
Pakistan's Foreign Office has said ties between the Pakistan and the United States are on "course correction" and that they were co- operating in counterterrorism efforts to avert their strained ties in the wake of Osama bin Laden's killing. ANI

To counter West ideas, Iran moving towards new aggressive Internet censorship
Iran is moving towards introducing a new aggressive form of censorship --- a national Internet that could, in effect, disconnect Iranian cyberspace from the rest of the world. ANI

Nepal's Constituent Assembly gets three month extension
Nepal's Constituent Assembly (CA) on Sunday got a three-month extension after a last-minute deal was reached between key political parties under which Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal will step down. ANI

Pakistan a nuclear power without food, clothes: AQ Khan
Pakistan is a nuclear-armed nation, but without food and clothes, disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has said. ANI

Pakistan would have got ruined if it disobeyed US post-9/11 terror attacks: Musharraf
Former President Pervez Musharraf has said that Pakistan would have got ruined if it would not have obeyed the United States regarding the war on terror post-9/11 attacks. ANI

'Spiritual' Berlusconi helped me find God, says actress who arranged 'bunga bunga' parties
A glamorous actress who claims she helped organise Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's infamous 'bunga bunga' parties has revealed that he 'helped her get closer to God'. ANI

UK training Saudi forces used to crush Arab spring
Britain is training Saudi Arabia's national guard - the elite security force deployed during the recent protests in Bahrain - in public order enforcement measures and the use of sniper rifles. ANI

Mubarak, aides fined œ55m for disconnecting Internet during uprising
:Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and two senior members of his regime have been fined 540 million Egyptian pounds for disconnecting mobile phone and internet services during the uprising against his regime in January earlier this year. ANI

Libyan doctor reveals 259 women raped by Gaddafi militia
A Libyan doctor has revealed that 259 women said they were raped by militiamen loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

Lockheed Martin hit by unspecified cyber incident: US
Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMCO), the world's biggest aerospace company, has been hit by an unspecified cyber incident, the US government has revealed. ANI

Georgia lawmaker questions Obama's use of autopen to sign Patriot Act
A conservative Georgia congressman has questioned whether President Barack Obama had the constitutional authority to use a mechanical autopen to sign an extension of the Patriot Act into law. ANI

Pakistan's nuke programme "running without any break for past 10 years": AQ Khan
Pakistan's nuclear programme has been "running without any break for the past ten years" and the process of uranium enrichment is also in progress, disgraced Pakistani scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has revealed. ANI

UK govt video tells young Muslims how not to become extremists in Pak's Waziristan
The UK Foreign Office has been accused of wasting taxpayers' money for designing an animated film to stop Muslim teenagers from becoming Islamic extremists. ANI

Pakistan officially admits bin Laden had 'local support group' in country
For the first time since the May 2 raid, Pakistan has officially acknowledged that there was a local support group, most probably from al-Qaeda and its affiliates, that helped Osama bin Laden stay in Abbottabad undetected for five years. ANI

Zardari's chief security officer survives life attack
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's Chief Security Officer (CSO) Bilal Shaikh came under armed attack by unknown assailants, but escaped unharmed. ANI

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