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Pranab Mukherjee calls for better governance in Asia
Emphasizing the need to enhance regional cooperation for development, Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said countries within Asia should strive for better governance and transparency in policy making. ANI

India should focus on positivity: Gilani
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has urged India to focus on positivity to further the dialogue process with Pakistan. ANI

US cop finds starving, caged 6-yr-old eating her own flesh to live
A six-year-old US girl, who was kept in a cage almost starved to death by her own parents, was found eating her own flesh to survive. ANI

Chelsea Hotel bans Palagia's orgy parties
Notorious "orgy" organizer Palagia has been banned from throwing her monthly sex bashes at the Chelsea Hotel. ANI

Will-Kate spend their post-wedding weekend at home in Anglesey
Just-married Prince William and Kate-a.k.a. the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge-reportedly spent their post-wedding weekend at their Wales home. ANI

Man arrested for allegedly groping British Airways flight attendant
A man has been arrested after he allegedly groped a British Airways flight attendant while she was serving coffee. ANI

Anna Chapman spy ring 'traitor' charged with treason
A Russian spy who betrayed agent Anna Chapman and nine others has been charged with treason and desertion. ANI

US woman busted for hiding knife in her 'private area'
A woman in the US is facing two charges for carrying concealed weapons and several counts of narcotics possession after she was busted for concealing a knife in her "private area". ANI

NZ teacher deregistered for posing n*ked for Penthouse mag
A former New Zealand teacher has been deregistered for posing nude for pornographic magazine Penthouse's Australia and New Zealand editions. ANI

Biden says secrecy of Osama raid plans 'absolutely amazing'
US Vice President Joe Biden has described the secrecy of the plans for the raid on Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan's Abbottabad city as "absolutely amazing". ANI

Al-Qaeda had been one of most lethal organisations under bin-Laden: Study
Al-Qaeda, under the leadership of Osama bin-Laden, had been one of the most lethal terrorist organisations in the world, as it was responsible for over 10,000 deaths and injuries in a dozen years, a University of Maryland study has found. ANI

Osama's son says other warlords are 'worse' than his father
Osama bin Laden was Al-Qaeda's most kind person and the rest are 'much, much worse', according to his son. ANI

Prince Harry's 1 pounds wiggly worm makes bridesmaid smile for royal wedding snaps
The Duchess of Cornwall has revealed that Prince Harry kept one of the younger bridesmaids smiling while photographs were being taken during the Royal wedding after he gave her a 1-pound wiggly worm. ANI

200,000 people living in 'horrific' North Korean prison camps: Amnesty
North Korea's political prison camps have grown in size over the past decade and now hold an estimated 200,000 people in "horrific" conditions, a report from the London-based rights group Amnesty International has said. ANI

Who will replace Osama on FBI's most-wanted terrorists list?
After the death of the most wanted terrorist in the world in the FBI's list, Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, many are pondering over who will replace him on that list. ANI

15 Indians held for trying to steal a disused railway line in Malaysia
Twenty-six thieves, including 15 Indian nationals, have been arrested while cutting a disused railway line near the former Subang International Airport in Malaysia. ANI

US not to apologise for violating Pak territory during 'Operation Geronimo'
The United States 'makes no apologies' for carrying out unilateral military operation against Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden inside Pakistani territory. ANI

Bin-Laden's death a 'wake-up call' for GOP contenders intending to defeat Obama
The death of Osama bin-Laden has come as a 'wake-up call' for the potential Republican candidates of the challenge they will face to defeat US President Barack Obama in the 2012 polls, unless they 'focus on serious issues'. ANI

Sarah Palin still can't name any influential journalists working today?
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has once again slipped on the familiar question- Who do you think is the most influential journalist today? ANI

Gillard backs US suspicions about Osama's stay in Pak
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd have endorsed suspicions raised by the United States about how Osama bin Laden was able to live in Pakistan without being noticed. ANI

Security stepped up for Obama's UK visit, Queen's Ireland trip
The security for President Barack Obama's visit to the UK and the Queen's Ireland trip has been beefed up following Osama bin Laden's death. ANI

Native Americans object to 'hero' Geronimo as code for 'terrorist' bin Laden
Native Americans, or American Indians, have objected to the US' military code for the raid which killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan's Abbottabad city: "Geronimo." ANI

Contractor who built Osama's compound detained from Abottabad
The contractor who built the huge fortified compound, where Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden was found and killed by US troops on Sunday night, has been detained from Abottabad. ANI

US must leverage Osama's killing to press Pak to hunt down terrorists on its soil: Analyst
The United States must leverage its success in finding and killing al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistani territory to "press its demands for Pakistan to do all it can to hunt down additional terrorists" on its soil, noted South Asian affairs analyst Lisa Curtis has said. ANI

Prince William is back at work just four days after marriage
Newlywed Prince William has returned to work, just four days after his marriage to Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. ANI

Duchess of Cambridge takes up life as wife of an RAF pilot
The Duchess of Cambridge is preparing to start her life as the wife of an RAF pilot, as Prince William goes back to work. ANI

Expert says Bin Laden could not have been 'Off the Grid'
An expert and an author on software technology has claimed that it was not possible for Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden to have remained "off the grid"-electronically and digitally invisible, without phone or Internet connection. ANI

Medals of soldier who fled in nude from Colditz up for grabs
The medals of a late heroic soldier who was known for his nude prison escapade are expected to fetch 12,000 pounds at an auction. ANI

Pippa Middleton insists on no 'freebies' at Royal wedding
It has emerged that Prince William's new sister-in-law, Philippa Middleton, is a firm believer in not taking "freebies". ANI

Artisans across globe create Obama-Osama souvenirs
Artists in Italy and China have created figurines showing US President Barack Obama's 'victory' over international terrorist Osama bin Laden. ANI

60 Malaysian-Indian women held in foreign prisons
Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister Senator A. Kohilan Pillay has said 60 Indian women belonging to his country are held in foreign prisons for various crimes. ANI

Yoga popular at prestigious Brigham Young University
Yoga seems to be very popular at Brigham Young University (BYU), a prestigious institute of USA sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). ANI

India- Pakistan Water Secretaries to meet on May 11
The Secretaries of the Water Ministries of India and Pakistan are scheduled to meet in Islamabad for talks on Wullar Barrage/Tulbul Navigation issue from May 11 to May 14. ANI

Surrender of Osama only possible if he was n*ked, says US official
A senior congressional aide has revealed that Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden would have been allowed to surrender only if he was n*ked. ANI

New Mexico woman arrested for allegedly biting off boyfriend's lip
A woman in New Mexico has been arrested after she allegedly bit off the lower lip of her boyfriend during a heated argument with him. ANI

Libyan leaders may face UN arrest for war crimes
Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), has said that he would advise the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that Libyan leaders, including Colonnel Muammar Gaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam, should be arrested for crimes against humanity. ANI

'Bin Laden hunter' Gary Faulkner wants piece of 27 million dollar reward
Gary Faulkner, an American who gained fame as the "Osama bin Laden hunter", wants a chunk of the 27 million dollar reward following terrorist's death. ANI

Russian diplomat wants Prince Harry to be Tsar of vacant throne
A leading former Russian diplomat has put forward the idea that Prince Harry, the third in line to the British monarch, should be offered Russia's vacant throne. ANI

Osama should have been brought to trial instead of being killed: Rights lawyer
Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden should have been put on trial for his many crimes against humanity, rather being killed through a covert operation, a human rights lawyer here has said. ANI

American celebrates Osama's death by shaving after 3,454 days
An American has chosen a unique way to celebrate the killing of Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden. Gary Weddle shaved for the first time after 9/11 - that works out to a mind-boggling 3,454 days. ANI

Musharraf jogged past Osama's Abbottabad compound during military training
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that he frequently ran by the area in which Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden had been living for the last six years. ANI

Murdoch, Exor considering joint bid to buy F1
Multi-billionaire tycoon Rupert Murdoch's media group, News Corporation, and an Italian-based industrial holding company controlled by the Agnelli family, Exor, have said that they are planning a joint bid for a potential takeover of Formula One. ANI

Osama's death, Middle East uprisings a significant blow to Al-Qaeda: US officials
Osama bin Laden's death in the midst of the Middle East uprisings marks a significant blow to the network of Al-Qaeda and its affiliates, top US officials have said. ANI

Britain nurturing kids into becoming 'couch potatoes'
A new study conducted by steel firm Tata Steel has come out with a startling revelation which states that Britain is raising a 'generation of couch potatoes' who cannot swim, run or cycle. ANI

Pak fires back at CIA chief's damning indictment of ISI double game
Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir has hit back at Central Intelligence Agency chief Leon Panetta's statement that suggested Islamabad could not be trusted with details of 'Operation Geronimo'. ANI

Bin Laden mission was a big gamble for Obama: official
The mission that led to Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's death was one of the toughest decisions US President Barack Obama has ever had to make, according to an official. ANI

Gilani lays stress on close defence ties with France
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has once again laid stress on having close cooperation with France in security and defence matters, and has termed it as a reliable counterpart. ANI

Kids were paid Rs100-150 in lieu of every ball entering Osama's Abbottabad compound
The comfortable family life Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden enjoyed under the nose of the Pakistani security services is depicted from the fact that neighbours' children were invited into the most wanted terrorist's hideout in Abbottabad to play with pet rabbits, while his children attended a nearby school. ANI

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy expecting twins in autumn?
A French magazine has claimed that France First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is expecting twins in the autumn. ANI

Kashmir terror outfit Hizbul Mujahedeen behind sheltering Osama in Abbottabad?
There are indications emerging that Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was sheltered at the luxury compound in Abbottabad by Hizbul Mujahedeen- one of the militant groups that has enjoyed tolerance, if not support, from Pakistani security services. ANI

Malicious software links featuring bin-Laden's pics could be a virus: FBI
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned computer users to be cautious if they receive any e-mail showing photos or videos of Osama bin-Laden's dead body because it could be 'virus'. ANI

U.S. lays stress on close defence ties with China
The Pentagon has laid stress on constructive defence ties with China that will be beneficial to both countries. ANI

Pak has 'lots of questions' to answer following Osama's death: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said the Pakistan government has "lots of questions" to answer over how Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was allowed to live near Islamabad and a military academy. ANI

Obama's approval ratings up after Osama bin Laden's death: Polls
United States President Barack Obama's approval ratings have increased since news broke out of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's killing on Sunday, according to three new polls. ANI

China sets up State Internet information office
The Chinese government has established the State Internet Information Office to direct, coordinate and supervise online content management and handle the administration of online news reporting. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner wanted way out of marriage with murdered wife, claims gay escort
A gay escort has reportedly agreed to testify before a South African court about Brit-Indian honeymooner Shrien Dewani's confession that he needed to get out of his arranged marriage months before his wife, Anni, was murdered during their honeymoon in Cape Town last year. ANI

Michelle Obama dances to Beyonce video as part of anti-obesity drive
It's not every day that you see the U.S. First Lady getting her groove on, but Michelle Obama was in the mood for a victory dance on Tuesday. ANI

Chinese authorities conduct radioactivity levels checks
Public authorities in China are closely monitoring radioactivity levels to ensure public safety. Thirty cases of radioactive contamination have been detected, so far, in passengers, vessels and containers that entered the country since March 16, according to China Daily reports. ANI

Pippa Middleton's perfect pert bum tipped to win Rear of the Year award
Ever since the royal wedding, the world seems to be obsessed with Pippa Middleton - thanks to her figure-hugging white dress. ANI

Ex-Miss Russia jailed in US in fake prescription case
The former Miss Russia, who has been in the news for forging prescriptions, has been jailed after she repeatedly showed up late to evaluations for a drug court programme. ANI

One in every five women is sexually harassed in China: Survey
Shanghai/Beijing, May 4: - A survey conducted in China has found that one in every five female respondents has experienced sexual harassment at work. ANI

'Voluptuous' UK nurse worked as a hooker while on sick leave!
A UK nurse has quit job after she was discovered working as a hooker while claiming sick leave. ANI

US lawmakers weigh paring down aid to Pak for sheltering Osama
US congressional leaders have expressed fury at Pakistan for its role in housing Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden for the past several years and have raised questions about the billions of foreign aid the United States has spent on Pakistan. ANI

US Navy SEALs' training makes soldiers 'most mentally equipped on planet'
The US Navy SEALs who carried out this week's capture and kill raid on Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan are some of the most physically fit and mentally equipped soldiers on the planet. ANI

'US sees bin-Laden's killing a chance to end Afghan war'
The Obama administration is trying to use Osama bin-Laden's death to accelerate a negotiated settlement with the Taliban and bring an end to the Afghan war, an U.S. officials involved in war policy, has said. ANI

CIA "exploited intelligence leads" given by ISI to reach bin Laden: Pak FO
Pakistan has said that the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is the world's top spy agency in terms of achievements against Al Qaeda and in the war on terror, and that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) "exploited the intelligence leads" given by it to identify and reach Osama bin Laden. ANI

ADB warns fast-growing Asian economies of middle income trap
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in its report on Wednesday that fast-growing Asian economies cannot afford to fall into the middle income trap when seeking to move from resource-driven growth that is dependent on cheap labor and capital to growth based on high productivity and innovation. ANI

Killing of Osama bin Laden has rehabilitated reputation of US Government, officials
The dust has already started to settle after President Barack Obama's dramatic announcement on Sunday evening that U.S. special forces had killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a late-night raid on a compound outside Abbottabad. ANI

US will "ultimately" release pictures of bin-Laden's body
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta has said the Obama administration will "ultimately" release photographs of Osama bin-Laden's body despite claims by the White House that it is still weighing the decision. ANI

Radiation rises to 1,000 times above normal level near Fukushima plant
The radiation readings have risen from 100 to 1,000 times above the normal level on the Pacific seabed near the tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. ANI

Pak denies US choppers took off from Ghazi Airbase for 'Operation Geronimo'
Pakistan has denied having any prior knowledge of the US operation against Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, and also termed reports of US helicopters taking off from Ghazi Airbase as "absolutely false and incorrect". ANI

Bin-Laden's 12-year-old daughter saw father being shot
Osama bin-Laden's 12-year-old daughter had reportedly seen her father being shot by the US Navy Seals during a raid on his Pakistani compound. ANI

World population to reach 10.1 billion in 2100: UN
The world population is expected to reach 10.1 billion in 2100, according to a new United Nations (UN) report. ANI

UK family driven from their house over alleged prostitute's noisy sex
A UK dad has revealed how his family were forced to leave their house by the noisy sex sessions of an alleged prostitute. ANI

Americans celebrate Bin Laden's death with slogan T-shirts
Just hours after US President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden has been killed in Pakistan, vendors are trying to make a quick buck by hawking T-shirts, mugs and merchandise. ANI

US demands information on bin Laden compound from Pakistan
Obama administration officials have demanded that Pakistan quickly provide answers to specific questions about Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and his years-long residence in a Pakistani city surrounded by military installations. ANI

Osama's wife says family was living at Abbottabad compound since 2005: Source
One of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's wives, who survived the helicopter borne raid by US troops on Sunday night, has reportedly said that the most wanted terrorist's family had been living at the luxury compound in Abbottabad since 2005. ANI

Security tightened at Obama grandmother's home following Osama's death
Security has been tightened at the home of US President Barack Obama's grandmother following the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. ANI

US officials examining bin Laden's hard drive obtained during raid
The United States is reportedly examining the electronic data, including computers and thumb drives that their assault team had seized during a 40-minute operation to kill Osama bin Laden. ANI

Osama bin Laden was located in Pak's Abbottabad city: 2008 US study
A study conducted by a US university in 2008 reveals that there was a high probability Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden staying in Pakistan's Abbottabad city. ANI

I don't like hiding my relationship with Justin Bieber: Selena Gomez
Actress and singer Selena Gomez has admitted that she does not like hiding her relationship with teen singing sensation Justin Bieber. ANI

Obama didn't see bin-Laden die: CIA Director Panetta
CIA Director Leon Panetta has said that US President Barack Obama did not see Osama bin Laden getting gunned down, but came to know that he was killed only after a team used the code "Geronimo," signifying his capture. ANI

U.S teenager jailed in India for slitting mother's throat
An American teenager has been convicted of slitting his mother's throat while they were on holiday in India, after he became upset by his parents' divorce. ANI

Sharing intel with ISI would have jeopardised 'Operation Geronimo': CIA chief
The Central Intelligence Agency did not keep Pakistan in the loop about 'Operation Geronimo', because US officials feared that Islamabad could have jeopardised the operation by leaking word to its targets, CIA chief Leon Panetta has said. ANI

Osama's will forbade his children from jihad, wives from remarrying
Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden forbade his children from joining Al-Qaeda and ordered his wives not to remarry, according to his will released in a Kuwaiti newspaper. ANI

'ISI must be utterly stupid to harbour Osama at Abbottabad': Musharraf
The Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) must be utterly stupid to harbour Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a prominent place like Abbottabad city, home to the country's military academy, former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said. ANI

US says it didn't have communications with Pak intelligence about Operation Geronimo
The White House has said that Washington was quite clear about its knowledge about the existence of the Abbottabad compound where Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden lived, and "about the communications we did not have with Pakistan intelligence about this operation." ANI

White House backtracks, admits Osama was 'unarmed' when killed by US troops
The White House has admitted that its initial account of the United States' 'Operation Geronimo' had been riddled with errors, and gave a fresh narrative on the helicopter borne raid that killed elusive Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, confirming that the most wanted terrorist was "not armed" at the time of the assault. ANI

Telefónica and ZTE Unveil the New Light Pro, the First Mass Market Tablet
Telefónica and ZTE today unveiled the new Light Pro tablet which combines Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity with impressive multimedia capabilities at an appealing price Business Wire India

Molex Reports Third Quarter Results and Announces Dividend Increase
Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX and MOLXA), a global electronic components company, has reported results for its fiscal 2011 third quarter ended March 31, 2011. Business Wire India

GT Solar to Supply Sapphire Material to Tera Xtal Technology Corporation
GT Solar International, Inc Business Wire India

EA to Acquire Firemint
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) has announced an agreement to acquire Firemint Pty Ltd., the leading independent mobile development studio Business Wire India

Aéroports de Paris: the Future Face of Terminals 2A and 2C at Paris-Charles de Gaulle: a New Building Offering Passengers Greater Comfort and Ease
Aéroports de Paris (Paris:ADP) (Pink Sheets:AEOPF) Chairman & CEO Pierre Graff unveiled the vast renovation project for terminals 2A and 2C of Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. From the 2nd quarter of 2012, these terminals will be interconnected by a new building covering over 16,500m² that will save time and provide greater comfort. Business Wire India

GeBBS Opens Two New Offices in the US
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc., is pleased to announce the opening of new offices in Los Angeles, CA and Towson, MD. Nitin Thakor, CEO of GeBBS, considers the new offices an important asset to the firm's future. “We are very optimistic about the opening of these offices,” said Mr. Thakor. “They will serve as blueprints for our aggressive expansion into California and the Mid-Atlantic states Business Wire India

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