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Sick teen arrested for hanging pet dog and posting pictures on Facebook
A sick 17-year-old boy from Slovakia filmed himself hanging his pet pooch and posted photos of it on Facebook saying, "I've killed my dog - ha, ha." ANI

Wills, Kate to spend first official trip abroad line-dancing with cowboys
Prince William and Kate Middleton will be spending their first official trip abroad, as a married couple, line-dancing with cowboys. ANI

Strauss-Kahn hires 'all-male cleaning staff' at his NY mansion
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid, has reportedly hired 'an all-male cleaning staff' to clean up at his New York mansion where he is currently being held under house arrest. ANI

GOP presidential contenders field 'isn't set by a long shot yet': Palin
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has said that while contenders seeking the Republican nomination for president are already 'quite strong', she expects more such people could join them, but avoided answering directly whether or not she is one of them. ANI

Saudi Police release woman driver
Saudi police in Al Khobar has ordered the release of the Saudi woman, Manal Al Sharif, 32, who was arrested on May 21 while driving in the city. ANI

New laser therapy corrects long-sightedness within just 5 minutes!
Thanks to a pioneering technique, millions have people will soon be able to ditch their spectacles. ANI

Kiwi artist's 'erotic' sex chair set to 'confuse' visitors at museum exhibition
An "erotic chair" is set to confuse people when it goes on display at Porirua's Pataka Museum on Friday. ANI

Brit schoolgirls refused children's meal deal because they were too tall
A gourmet Chinese restaurant chain in Britain came into the limelight after it refused to serve a group of 11-year-old schoolgirls children's meal deal because they were too tall. ANI

Pak government missed major economic targets: Official documents
Official documents in Pakistan have revealed that the ruling Pakistan People's Party failed to achieve major economic targets during the current fiscal. ANI

Saudi Arabia to limit foreign workers' stay in country
Saudi Arabia will not renew the work permits of foreign workers who have spent over six years in the country in an effort to create jobs for nationals, the country's labour minister Adel Fakieh has said. ANI

US health board axes 'what's up your butt?' colon cancer billboards
A series of billboards in the US, which have been put up for colon cancer, have been axed after Washington residents found them to be inappropriate. ANI

China lays greater stress on ties with other Asian countries: Experts
China has laid stress on ties with neighbouring Asian countries and has become more active and open in the context of changing international and regional scenario, experts have said. ANI

'Afghan war cost' to be major factor in US's troop reduction debate
The most influential factor that US national security team would consider when it debates the size of forthcoming troop reductions in Afghanistan will not be the number of insurgents killed or the amount of territory wrested from the Taliban, it would rather be the 'cost of the war'. ANI

Stressed workers 'need a holiday every 62 days'
A new study by a health expert has revealed that today's increasing working hours and work loads should also mean more breaks for the workers to activate themselves. ANI

Kiwi inmates 'being offered carrot sticks to help them kick the butt'
Inmates in New Zealand are being given carrot sticks to help them kick their tobacco habit ahead of July 1 when prisons will ban smoking. ANI

Tobacco claims more lives than terrorism in Pakistan
The number of deaths in Pakistan due to tobacco consumption is much higher than those caused by suicide attacks, terrorism, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other fatal diseases in the country. ANI

SA law firm in 'secret exit pact' to defend Gaddafi against charges of crimes against humanity?
The regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has entered into a "mandate agreement" with a South African law firm to defend the Libyan dictator as part of an "exit strategy" if he is tried by the International Criminal Court. ANI

Choice of 'God' poll stickers in Ohio will make atheists cringe, say voting rights activists
A move made by the Ohio government that offers all voters regardless of their religious beliefs, a sticker with the word "God" has stirred the hornet's nest, as some voting rights activists believe it would make atheist groups uncomfortable when they go for voting. ANI

UK cops to punish potty mouths with 80 pounds fine
In a new initiative to combat anti-social behaviour, police officers in Barnsley, in south Yorkshire, have been told to monitor the language of the public and execute a fine of 80 pounds if anyone is heard swearing and the profanity is judged to be potentially causing offence or intimidation. ANI

Celebs 'to chat with weary walkers via UK's first ever talking benches'
The National Trust in the UK has unveiled talking benches that treat weary pedestrians to recorded musings from Stephen Fry and Miranda Hart. ANI

Musharraf can't be declared 'proclaimed offender' in Benazir murder case: APML
All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) leaders have showed their reservations against a court verdict declaring party chief and former military ruler Pervez Musharraf as a proclaimed offender in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, saying that there is no legal ground against him in the case, and that "such tactics cannot deter his arrival" in the country. ANI

Gaddafi ready for 'settlement of conflict' but silent on leaving Libya
South African President Jacob Zuma has said that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is "ready" to implement an African Union plan to end the Libyan conflict, but remained silent on his plans to leave Libya, something that the rebels have insisted on prior to any settlement. ANI

'No significant pullout of troops from Afghanistan', says senior UK General
Britain's senior most general in Afghanistan has said there must be no significant pullout of troops from the country until late 2012 if NATO is to hold gains against the Taliban. ANI

Palin clears air on national bus tour
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has sought to dispel speculations about her national bus tour being a campaign tour for the occupation of the White House in 2012. ANI

Aussies keen to topple Gillard, Labor party: Poll
A majority of Australian voters do not approve Prime Minister Julia Gillard's government anymore and are keen to topple it, a poll has revealed. ANI

Just 5 seconds of texting while driving can kill or maim others
A top researcher has warned that drivers are more likely to kill or maim people in crashes in just five seconds when they are distracted by text messaging. ANI

1st Malaysian Playboy bunny refuses to strip for magazine
In a first of its kind incident, the first Malaysian Playboy bunny has refused to strip for photography. ANI

Teacher and parents 'are better role models for kids than stars'
A new research has revealed that the idea of footballers and other celebrities being role models for young children is nothing but a myth. ANI

ISI urged Saudi Arabia to stop funding Nawaz's Pak election campaign: 2008 cable
Pakistan's premier spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), had urged Saudi Arabia to stop funding former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his election campaign, a US diplomatic cable unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks has revealed. ANI

Tory MP slams 'UK aid money to India' following falling standards of education report
Tory MP James Clappison has slammed David Cameron's government following reports that British aid spent on Indian schools is getting wasted, saying it should instead be 'spent at home or sent to poorer countries'. ANI

UK developing cyber-weapons programme to counter security threat
The United Kingdom is developing a cyber space programme to help counter a threat to national security from cyberspace. ANI

Aid agencies told to prepare for locals' displacement ahead of N. Waziristan offensive
Humanitarian agencies operating in northwest Pakistan have been told to prepare for up to 50,000 displaced families ahead of a military operation against militants in North Waziristan, according to a senior official with an international humanitarian agency. ANI

Qantas flight falls short of fuel, forced to land on Pacific island
Qantas Dallas-Brisbane flight ran low on fuel and had to force land on a Pacific island for refuelling. ANI

Canadian PM says Afghanistan no longer a risk to the world
Thanking Canadian troops for completing their complex mission in Kandahar, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said that despite "successes and failures" Canada has achieved its goal. ANI

Indian students urged to take up 'Tamil subjects' for major exams
Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) Deputy President and Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr. S. Subramaniam has asked Indian students to take Tamil subjects for the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations. ANI

Pentagon seeks to use cheep mini-weapons to avoid civilian casualties
The Pentagon is reportedly looking forward to using cheaper and smaller weapons in wars in the 21st century to keep its massive budget in check and to avoid civilian casualties. ANI

Parents encourage kids to call grandmas 'GaGa', grandpas 'Grampy'
More and more parents are encouraging their kids to come up with creative alternatives to address their grandmas and grandpas, a survey has found. ANI

'Divorce not an option' for Pakistan, US despite tempestuous relationship
Pakistan and the United States are bound by a troubled marriage of convenience, but divorce is not an option for these 'allies' in the war against terrorism. ANI

Oz boutique fined $10K for sacking employee via 'appalling' sms
A retailer in Australia has been fined almost 10,000 dollars after it dismissed a worker via text message, which has been described as an appalling way to sack someone. ANI

Duo dressed as nuns rob bank in Chicago
A duo robbed a bank in Chicago on Sunday dressed in black nun costumes and brandishing what appeared to be handguns as depicted in Ben Affleck's movie, 'The Town'. ANI

Scandal-hit Swedish King denies visiting strip club, mob contacts
Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf has denied all reports of alleged visits to strip clubs and having contact with the criminal underworld. ANI

Car fumes cause as much pollution as bushfires
New air quality figures have shown that car fumes caused as much pollution as bushfires in Australia in 2010. ANI

More women blaming hubbies' video game addiction in divorce petitions
It's game up for video game-addicted husbands as a new research has revealed that increasing numbers of women cited their husband's obsession with video games as reason for filing for divorce. ANI

Oz authorities say 'no' to mosque in Perth
Australian State Administrative Tribunal has rejected an appeal to run a mosque on grounds of detrimental effects of noise in southern suburbs of Perth. ANI

Obama nominates Army general Dempsey to lead Joint Chiefs
US President Barack Obama has nominated Army General Martin E. Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and promoted two other senior military leaders. ANI

Immigrants in UK make up a third of murder, rape suspects
Immigrants make up a third of murder suspects and alleged rapists in Britain, new figures from police forces have revealed. ANI

Missing Pakistani journalist in ISI custody: HRW
The Human Rights Watch has learnt through credible sources that missing Pakistani journalist, Saleem Shahzad, is in custody of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), HRW's Pakistan representative Ali Dayan Hasan has said. ANI

Food prices 'set to double by 2030 due to climate change': Oxfam
International charity Oxfam has warned that prices of staple foods will be more than double in 20 years unless world leaders take action to reform the global food system. ANI

Avenge yourself on selfish air passengers with top 10 'evil ideas'!
The stress of flying, specially with reclined seats and uncompromising passengers, has made many Australians twisted with revenge, and that initiated a survey, which now has come up with top 10 methods to cope up with midair stresses. ANI

Egypt Army conducted 'virginity tests' on female protestors
The Egyptian Army has accepted that 'virginity tests were conducted' on women during the attempt to clear Cairo's Tahrir Square of anti-Mubarak regime protestors. ANI

Pakistani petitioner seeks action against country's leadership
A Pakistan petitioner has challenged the objections of Supreme Court registrar office in the apex court regarding the petition pleading trial of Pakistan top leadership on alleged charges of violating the constitution, and endangering life and liberty of the citizens. ANI

Mullen reveals all on 'frank and tense talks' with Pak leaders
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen has said that the reports of his allegedly tense conversations with Pakistani leaders during his last week's visit to Islamabad were 'overstated'. ANI

Mullen encouraged by Pak's decision to launch military operation in N. Waziristan
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen has said he is encouraged that the Pakistan government is launching a major offensive on militants in the North Waziristan region. ANI

NATO arrests five Haqqani militants in North Waziristan Agency
NATO has arrested five people allegedly belonging to Haqqani network in a unilateral air raid in North Waziristan Agency. ANI

Osama tried uniting local Pak, Afghan terror groups under Qaeda umbrella in final weeks
Terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden spent much of his final weeks trying to bring the local insurgent groups fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan together under the Al-Qaeda umbrella, it has emerged. ANI

Tamil policemen 'hurt" after being excluded' from Sri Lankan parade
A Tamil policeman from northern Sri Lanka has said he felt hurt that he and 25 colleagues, also Tamils, were excluded from a recent parade of country's security forces. ANI

Now, Egyptian businessman arrested for sex assault of hotel maid at Pierre Hotel
An Egyptian businessman, staying at the Pierre Hotel in New York, has been arrested on allegations he sexually abused a hotel maid. ANI

Teenage Muslim girl stoned to death for participating in beauty contest in Ukraine.
A 19-year-old Muslim girl was stoned to death under 'Sharia law' after taking part in a beauty contest in Ukraine. ANI

Pak Navy blames air force for security lapse at Karachi's Mehran Naval Station
The Pakistan Navy has laid the responsibility of the security lapse at Karachi's Mehran Naval Station, which was attacked by militants on May 22, on the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). ANI

Pak must "urgently screen out" militant-aiding Islamists in armed forces: Analyst
There is an "urgent need to carry out screening" of the lower cadre of Pakistan's armed forces to weed out militant-aiding Islamists that have infiltrated within their ranks, a Pakistani defence analyst has said. ANI

Bangladeshi woman chops off man's pe**s during alleged rape attempt
A Bangladeshi woman cut off a man's pe**s to thwart an alleged rape attempt and took it to the police as evidence. ANI

'Manish Arora' fashion label website removes objectionable Shiva legwear
Nevada (US), May 30 Internationally acclaimed 'Manish Arora' fashion label has removed the leggings, harem-pants and skirts depicting the image of Lord Shiva in Nataraja form from its website, which protesting Hindus had termed repugnant. ANI

Buddhist leader asks 'Manish Arora' fashion label an explanation over Shiva legwear
A Buddhist leader has come out in support of the Hindus who are upset at the portrayal of the image of Lord Shiva in Nataraja form on harem-pants, leggings and miniskirts, by internationally acclaimed 'Manish Arora' fashion label of India, which Hindus termed repugnant. ANI

153 killed, 200 hurt in seven blasts in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa since bin Laden's death
At least 153 people have been killed and 200 others injured in the seven bomb blasts that have taken place in different parts of Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province since al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden's killing in Abbottabad on May 2. ANI

24MAS Acquires Digital Cross Media Agency Spoiled Milk
24MAS, a global mobile advertising and solutions provider, announces the acquisition of digital cross-media agency Spoiled Milk. Spoiled Milk is a full-service agency specializing in digital consultancy, social media strategy and cross platform app development for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile and more Business Wire India

O3b Networks Signs Deal with Mavoni Technologies, South Africa To Provide Fast and Reliable Connectivity to Municipalities and Educational Institutions.
O3b Networks announced today that the company has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal with Mavoni Technologies Africa, a leading provider of information technology in South Africa focused on enterprise IT solutions and outsourcing services to the corporate and public service sectors. Business Wire India

Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking Selects Quartet FS for Global Risk Management Solution
Quartet FS, a specialist provider of business intelligence and analytics technology, today announces that Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking has completed a global implementation of ActivePivot 4.0, the latest version of Quartet FS’ real-time, in-memory and object orientated OLAP aggregation engine Business Wire India

DTS Teams with ASUS to Deliver Uncompromised Sound Experience at Computex Taipei 2011
At Computex Taipei 2011 this week (May 31-June 4), DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI), a leader in high-definition audio, will showcase its lineup of technology demonstrations, including the latest DTS Surround Sensation | UltraPC™ integration at the ASUS booth (M1009) Business Wire India

Vitesse Provides Efficient Upgrade Path to Next-Generation Carrier Ethernet Systems
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China's Sinoparasoft Signs Reseller Agreement with Allinea
Sinoparasoft ( - a spin-out from the software department of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) – and Allinea Software (www.allinea Business Wire India

Business Wire Signs Partnership Agreement with International Paris Air Show
Business Wire, world leader in news distribution for professionals, has signed a partnership agreement with the International Paris Air Show, the world’s biggest aerospace event. The show will take place at Paris-Le Bourget from June 20 to 23, 2011, for professional visitors, and from June 24 to 26 for the general public. Business Wire India

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