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Tories clinch majority in Canada polls
Canadians have handed the Conservative Party its long-coveted majority after a game-changing election that boosted the New Democrats to the Official Opposition, decimated the Bloc Qu‚b‚cois and humbled the Liberals. ANI

Public supports equal custody for children of divorced couples
Researchers at the Arizona State University, through polls and ballot initiatives have found that the public favors equal custody for children of divorced couples. ANI

Pak PM Gilani emphasizes constructive ties with U.S.
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has once again emphasized the need of constructive relationship with United States. ANI

Pippa's maid-of-honour dress identical to Diaz's Golden Globes outfit?
Pippa Middleton's maid-of-honour dress at the royal wedding was very much identical in style with the one worn by Cameron Diaz in 2010 Golden Globes ceremony, it has emerged. ANI

Wills, Kate's world tour next year will help ease Queen's Diamond Jubilee workload
Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will be going on a world tour next spring to help ease the Queen's Diamond Jubilee workload. ANI

Pak Interior Minister rules out military courts
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has ruled out the possibility of establishing military courts by amending the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. ANI

Osama's death "shared achievement" by US, Pak, Afghanistan: Grossman
The killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is a "shared achievement" by the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan, US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Marc Grossman, has said. ANI

Pak, Afghanistan, US hold trilateral talks in Islamabad
Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States held trilateral talks on Tuesday on the situation arising from the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ANI

Afghans fear bin-Laden's death will divert US' attention from Kabul
Senior Afghan government officials now fear that the United States would forget about their region after tracking down Osama bin-Laden. According to the Washington Post, much fear the situation could become worse with the US thinking seriously about withdrawing its troops. ANI

Osama's stay in Abbottabad without support system in Pak "inconceivable": Brennan
It is "inconceivable" that Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden did not have a support system in Pakistan that allowed him to remain there for an extended period of time, US President Barack Obama's top counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan, has said. ANI

US intelligence examining bin Laden's PC, electronic equipment
The assault team involved in the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden has reportedly managed to grab personal computers, thumb drives and electronic equipment during their 40-minute operation, which is now being examined by American intelligence outfits. ANI

Kate to be housewife for two-years before taking up Royal duties full-time
The new Duchess of Cambridge has revealed that she will not become a full-time working Royal for two-years, as she wants to concentrate on being a housewife. ANI

India keen on stronger bilateral, regional ties with Malaysia
Emphasising India's keenness to take its relationship with Malaysia forward, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said: "We are on the path to stronger and more diverse cooperation in both bilateral and regional fields." ANI

Bog butter found in underground store in Ireland could be from Iron Age
A wooden vessel containing bog butter, thought to be 5,000 years old, dating from the Iron Age, was found buried in an underground store in Ireland. ANI

Pippa Middleton's beau 'preparing to pop the question to her', pal reveals
In what may come as a blow to royal fans who wanted to see sparks fly between Harry and Pippa, it has emerged that the royal maid of honour's lover Alex Loudon has told pals he is determined to marry her. ANI

Zardari denies reports of Pak sheltering Osama, other terrorists
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has denied suggestions that his country's security forces may have sheltered Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, and added that Islamabad's cooperation with the U.S. had helped to pinpoint bin Laden's whereabouts. ANI

Stradivarius violin to be sold for Japan tsunami victims' relief
A well-preserved Stradivarius violin, the Lady Blunt, which had fetched ten million dollars at its last sale in 2008, would reportedly be auctioned to raise money to help Japan's earthquake-cum-tsunami victims. ANI

US will be forced to reveal 'bin-Laden combat' pictures: CIA official
CIA official Michael Scheuer has said the Obama administration would be forced to release photographs of combat operations that killed Osama bin-Laden to avoid conspiracy theories throughout the Muslim world. ANI

1303 foreign sea incursions, 214 airspace ones in Chinese territorial waters in 2010
Chinese territorial waters were entered 1,303 times by foreign ships and 214 times by foreign airplanes in 2010, according to the State Oceanic Administration's report. ANI

Pakistan in for a tough time following US killing Osama on its soil: Report
Pakistanis, along with Afghans, are most likely to pay a blood price in terms of revenge attacks for the slaying of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by US troops, according to a report. ANI

Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago celebrating 25th anniversary
The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago (HTGC) in Lemont (Illinois, USA) has planned majestic Silver Jubilee Celebrations from June 8 to 12. Called 'Rajatotsavam 2011', these will include events involving musical opera, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, fusion music, Kuchipudi ballet, spiritual and literary discourse, dance drama, etc. ANI

Pakistan has lost dignity, self-esteem following US' Osama operation: Imran Khan
Pakistan has "lost its dignity and self-esteem" in the wake of the discovery and killing of elusive Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by US troops in a luxury compound in Abbotabad, home to the country's military academy, cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan has said. ANI

Most Brits risking hearing with MP3 volumes louder than pneumatic drill
A new survey has revealed that millions of Britons are risking their hearing by listening to music at a volume louder than that of a pneumatic drill. ANI

China's smoking ban likely to go up in smoke
China's pledge to ban smoking indoors seems to have failed to ignite action against cigarettes. ANI

US avoided 'high profile trial' by killing bin-Laden: Analysts
By killing Osama bin-Laden, the Obama administration has avoided a high profile trial and denied al-Qaeda a chance of getting a propaganda boost. ANI

Brits angry over 650 mln pound aid to terrorist haven Pakistan
The news that Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was living in Pakistan for more than five years has sparked off fresh anger and dismay in Britain over the David Cameron government's recent decision to give Islamabad 650-million-pounds in aid. ANI

China's economy threatened by country's ageing population
China's ageing population is likely to contribute to slower economic growth and higher inflation, according to analysts. ANI

For Obama, economic challenges remain after Osama's killing
A political science professor at the American University, Professor James Thurber, has said jobs and the performance of the economy will be the primary factors influencing the 2012 presidential elections, and not Osama bin Laden's killing as many think. ANI

Carla Bruni's non-denial strengthens pregnancy rumours
Shedding more confusion than clarity over her pregnancy rumors, French First Lady, Carla Bruni said she would "remain tight-lipped about that to protect something". ANI

Final Bin Laden doomsday tape may be released by Al Qaeda disciples
A doomsday tape made by Osama Bin Laden was poised to be released Monday by his Al Qaeda disciples. ANI

Post bin Laden death, keeping a straight face about Pak will be difficult for US, others
An editorial in the New York Times has said that it would be very difficult for the United States or any other country to keep a straight face, or keep from screaming after nailing the most hunted man in the world - Osama bin Laden n a million dollar compound located an hour's drive from Pakistan capital Islamabad. ANI

Obama blocked 'bin-Laden's earlier blow up plans' to have DNA proof
US President had reportedly blocked plans to blow up Osama bin-Laden's Pakistani hideout four months back because he wanted his DNA evidence to confirm his death. ANI

Osama's discovery in luxury compound near Islamabad huge embarrassment for Pak, ISI
Elusive Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's discovery by the United States, in a luxury compound 35 miles from Islamabad, is a dangerous embarrassment for Pakistan and its premier spy agency, the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). ANI

Pak military says it was not forewarned about US strike on Bin Laden
Pakistan's military has said it hadn't been forewarned about the U.S. strike on a compound in Abbottabad that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. ANI

Former Afghan spy chief says Pakistan greater US enemy than al Qaeda
The United States' greatest enemy in the Af-Pak region is not al Qaeda, but Pakistan, Afghanistan's former spy chief Amrullah Saleh has said. ANI

Katie Price named world's worst-dressed woman
Glamour model, author and reality TV star, Katie Price, has been named the world's worst-dressed woman. ANI

Bin-Laden's death comes as "double blow" to already 'wounded' al-Qaeda: Experts
The death of Osama bin-Laden had has come as a severe blow to the al-Qaeda, leaving it "wounded" and disorganised, experts have claimed. ANI

Al-Qaeda threatened to unleash "nuclear hellstorm" if Osama is assassinated: Wikileaks
Al-Qaeda terrorists have threatened to unleash a "nuclear hellstorm" on the West if Osama Bin Laden is caught or assassinated, the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' has revealed, detailing the interrogations of over 700 Guantanamo detainees. ANI

US would have captured Osama alive if possible: White House
White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan has said that the US Navy Seal team that killed Osama bin Laden Sunday in Pakistan would have captured al Qaeda's leader alive if it was possible. ANI

One in twenty Brit women don't know how to boil even an egg
A survey has found that one in twenty British women do not know how to boil an egg or prepare a cooked breakfast. ANI

Gayatri Mantra read at Baha'i Ridvan Festival in Nevada
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed recited prayer from ancient Hindu scriptures at the '12th day of Ridvan' festival of Baha'is in Reno (Nevada, USA) on Monday evening. ANI

Financial aid to Pak must be stalled until its stance on 'war on terror' clear: US Senator
US Congress needs more information about Pakistan's "commitment to fight against terrorism" before lawmakers again send billions of dollars in aid to the country where elusive Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was found and killed, Senator Frank Lautenberg has said. ANI

Australia's 'Punji hunting' gang member walks free from court
A teen member of a "Punji hunting" gang, which bashed and robbed six Indians in Melbourne, walked free from court after a judge said he had made "extraordinary efforts" at rehabilitation. ANI

Prince Harry had secret pocket stitched in to secure wedding ring
Prince Harry, who played the best man at his brother William's wedding last week, had a specially designed secret pocket sewn into his outfit to secure the wedding ring. ANI

FBI withdraws 25 million dollars bounty on Osama
THE FBI's Most Wanted Terror list has declared Osama bin Laden dead and withdrawn the 25 million dollars reward that was on his head. ANI

Facebook is 'most appalling spying machine ever': WikiLeaks' Assange
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has in a recent interview slammed Facebook as the "most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented." ANI

China says Bin Laden's death milestone for anti-terrorism efforts
China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has said that the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was a milestone and a positive development for the international anti-terrorism efforts. ANI

Hate preacher Anjem Choudary warns UK of another 7/7 type attack after Laden's death
Radical preacher Anjem Choudary has warned of another 7/7-style terror attack in Britain following the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. ANI

Osama bin Laden's body fed to fishes
The body of the most wanted terrorist in the world Osama bin Laden was fed to the fishes, tipped into the sea at 7am on Monday from the deck of the US carrier, USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian Sea. ANI

Osama's death will ease tension, suspicion against Muslims in US: Experts
The death of most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden will ease tense relations and suspicions Muslim Americans have faced since 9/11 attacks, according to experts. ANI

Obama, others' went through 'anxiety-filled periods' watching Osama getting killed
US President Barack Obama and other officials assembled in the White House to watch the live video of the combat operation that killed Osama bin-Laden in his Pakistani hideout, had experienced 'one of the most anxiety-filled periods' of their lives, Obama's counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan has said. ANI

Obama watched Bin Laden 'shot in left eye' on live video in White House
US President Barack Obama along with his high-level team, watched live coverage in the White House, as the commandos gunned down the world's most wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden Via a video camera fixed to the helmet of a U.S. Navy Seal. ANI

South Africa's President Zuma planning to marry for fifth time?
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is rumoured to be planning a fifth marriage. ANI

US secrecy over Osama killing operation lays bare deep distrust of its Pakistani 'allies'
The United States' decision to find and eliminate elusive Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden without even informing its 'ally' Pakistan until the end of the top secret operation has laid bare its deep distrust of Islamabad. ANI

Experts don't buy 'ISI didn't know of Osama's presence in Abbottabad' story
British politicians and experts have said that it beggared belief that no one in Pakistan's notorious intelligence service had any idea that elusive Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was living in a vast, custom-built compound only 800 yards from the country's military academy. ANI

'Mango Hometown Tour' in 6 cities of US
Mango, the national fruit of India, is making waves in United States of America. ANI

Osama's killing: Pak military's lame explanations find no takers
The Pakistan military has been struggling to explain the role it played in the killing of elusive Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was shot dead Sunday night in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad city, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad. ANI

Taliban can't defeat US but can choose to abandon al-Qaida: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that Washington's message to the Taliban remains the same, but it may have even greater resonance in the wake of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's killing. ANI

"Pak did its part" by providing early assistance in identifying al-Qaeda courier: Zardari
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has dismissed accusations against the country that it did not do enough to track down Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, saying that Islamabad did its part by providing "early assistance in identifying an al-Qaeda courier," which ultimately led to the killing of the world's most wanted terrorist. ANI

Osama killed by own guard in line with his will to avert capture?
While reports suggest that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead with a single bullet to his head when he resisted capture by US troops, an official indicated that the 54-year-old most wanted terrorist might have been killed by one of his own guards in line with his will to avert his arrest. ANI

Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. Names Former Newmont Metallurgical Head Marc LeVier Chief Executive Officer
Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp. (OTCQB:TRER), a heavy rare earths mining company, today announced that Marc LeVier, has joined Texas Rare Earth Resources Corp as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. LeVier was also named to the company’s Board of Directors. Mr Business Wire India

FDA approves linagliptin tablets for the treatment of type 2 diabetes
Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved linagliptin tablets, a prescription medication used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes Business Wire India

Deutsche Telekom and Gemalto Enable Emergency Call Service in Europe
Deutsche Telekom, one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies, and Gemalto, (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, together announce that BMW automobile is embedding their Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solution in its latest car models to enable emergency call (eCall) services Business Wire India

Samsung’s Premium Smartphone GALAXY S II Features Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, and Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW), a world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, announced today that Corning® Gorilla® Glass has been designed into the GALAXY S II, Samsung Electronics’ most powerful smartphone. Business Wire India

Bloomberg Television Launches ""Bloomberg Game Changers"" in Asia
Bloomberg Television, the global 24-hour business and financial news network, today announced that "Bloomberg Game Changers" will join the network's programming line-up in the Asia-Pacific region, with episodes airing Tuesdays and Thursday at 6:00pm HKT and Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 9:30pm HKT. Business Wire India

Rankin Hobbs, CEO of KaMin LLC, Honored as Georgia’s 2011 Small Business Exporter of the Year
Rankin Hobbs was honored as Georgia’s 2011 Small Business Exporter of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration at an awards luncheon held in Atlanta, Georgia on April 20, 2011. Hobbs was nominated for this award by Rick Martin, Director of the Georgia Small Business Development Center’s International Trade Center Business Wire India

NYSE Euronext Comments on Nasdaq/ICE Announcement that It Intends to Commence Exchange Offer on Same Terms that Have Been Unanimously Rejected
NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) notes that Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) and IntercontinentalExchange Inc. (NYSE: ICE) have announced their intention to begin an unsolicited exchange offer some time in May to acquire all outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext Business Wire India

General Cable Reports First Quarter Results
General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC), one of the most globally diversified industrial companies, reported results for the first quarter ended April 1, 2011. Diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2011 were $0.70. Included in these results was $0.09 per share of non-cash convertible debt interest expense Business Wire India

NYSE Euronext Announces 2011 Annual Meeting Shareholder Vote Results and Names Dominique Cerutti to Its Board of Directors
At the Company’s annual stockholders’ meeting held on April 28, 2011, NYSE Euronext (NYX) shareholders: Business Wire India

Governor Deal to Inaugurate Second USA India Business Summit:
State of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Honorable V.S. Senthil, Minister (Economic) will be among the many dignitaries attending the second USA India Business Summit (UIBS), which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on June 21st and 22nd, 2011 at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) Conference Center, with the theme of "Growing Business and Promoting Entrepreneurship Business Wire India

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