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PM Gilani denies Pak complicity in Osama's stay
Asserting that ISI has done a lot to ensure the end of Al-Qaeda, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday dispelled allegations that the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. troops showed his country's incompetence or complicity. ANI

60 percent of Pak girls are school dropouts: UNICEF
UNICEF has revealed about 7 million children in Pakistan are out of primary school and 60 percent of them are girls. ANI

Huge ruckus over Pope's gondola ride
When Pope Benedict XVI went on a gondola ride across Venice's spectacular Grand Canal, it sparked an unholy row among the gondoliers. ANI

Pippa Middleton offered $5m for one p*rn scene
Pippa Middleton's limelight just doesn't seem to fade. It has emerged that the Duchess of Cambridge's sister has been offered 5 million dollars for a single scene in a p*rn movie. ANI

Will-Kat set trend, more women likely to be older than their groom
A new survey has revealed that women are increasingly likely to follow the trend set by Kate and Prince William, and be older than the men they chose to marry. ANI

13-yr-old girl is latest victim of 'corrective rape' in South Africa
A 13-year-old lesbian girl in South Africa has become the latest victim of 'corrective rape' - so called, when men rape a woman to try to 'fix' her homosexual orientation. ANI

'Ignorance no excuse' for Pak being unaware of Osama's presence in Abbottabad: Rice
Pakistan has once again been roundly criticised for not being 'aware' that Osama bin Laden had been hiding in Abbottabad near Islamabad for seven years before being killed by US Special Forces. ANI

Indonesian prosecutors seek life sentence, not death for Abu Bakar
Radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir is all set to get a possible life sentence instead of death after prosecutors on Monday dropped the most serious terror charges against him for lack of evidence. ANI

US Senator stresses on maintaining close ties with Pak
US senator Richard Lugar has laid stress on the need to have close relations with Pakistan saying the nation continues to remain crucial to American interests in South Asia. ANI

Iran assists Syria in crackdown on protesters: Diplomats
Iran is playing an increasingly active role in helping the Syrian regime in crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, diplomatic sources have revealed. ANI

Former Malaysian model Kartika searches for missing son
Former Malaysian model Kartika Shukarnor, who was ordered to be caned for drinking alcohol two years ago, is searching for her missing eldest son Muhammad Azfar. ANI

UK betting shops luring new class of punters
The betting shops of the 1960s when the concept was legalised in the UK have given way to technically advanced betting machines, with a younger group making up the new class of punters. ANI

UK border agency rediscovers Einstein's immigration papers after 80 years
Border chiefs at London's Heathrow Airport have been left stunned by the discovery of immigration papers belonging to German-born scientist Albert Einstein that go back to the time he escaped dramatically from Nazi Germany almost 80 years ago. ANI

Kenyan charity of Barack Obama's half brother under fire for alleged fraud
US President Barack Obama's half-brother who runs an off-the-books American charity that claims to support poor Kenyans has come under fire for lying about its federal status and alleged deception. ANI

Pak would have taken action if it had Osama's hideout information: Husain Haqqani
Pakistan's ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, has said that his country would have taken action had it been aware that Osama bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad. ANI

Tony Blair used poor children's fund to set up office: Report
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair used 400,000 pounds received from a fund for disadvantaged children to set up an office in a five-star hotel, a report has said. ANI

High living costs, rising inequality blamed for Singapore ruling party's poll defeat
Singapore's ruling party suffered its worst-ever election result since independence in 1965 as youthful opposition parties tapped voter anger over high living costs and rising inequality in the wealthy city-state. nofficial results showed the opposition had garnered around 40 percent of the two million votes cast in Saturday's election. ANI

Jemima Khan denies super injunction claims
British socialite Jemima Khan has slammed reports that she has taken out a super-injunction to prevent the publication of intimate pictures of herself and Jeremy Clarkson. ANI

'Too short' NYC woman seeks $12m for firing her from job
A 4-foot-8 Bronx woman has sued a city job counselor for firing her from her gig as a Parks Department janitor in Queens because he thought she was too short to do the job. ANI

Canadian woman rescued after seven weeks in remote US wilderness
A British Columbia woman spent seven weeks on a snowy logging road in the wilderness of northeastern Nevada before being rescued. ANI

'No heads will roll' in aftermath of Osama's non-detection in Pak: Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that 'no heads will roll' over the failure to detect that Osama bin laden had been living in Abbottabad near the military compound for over seven years prior to his killing by US Special Forces. ANI

New Zealand to host first ever Robotics World Cup
Robots from around the globe will compete in the first ever Robotics World Cup, to be held during the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, later this year. ANI

'Virginity tests tantamount to rape' on Indian women immigrants to UK in 70's revealed
An incident reflecting dark age prejudices in 1970s Britain has emerged with the recent disclosure of confidential reports, which show that a 35-year-old Indian woman teacher was asked to undergo a 'virginity test' and was examined by a male doctor when she arrived at Heathrow. ANI

'Viagra Condom' nearing final approval in Europe
A new condom aimed at helping men who have trouble in maintaining an erection is nearing final regulatory approval in Europe. ANI

Pak launches probe into use of copters in Abbottabad operation
The Pakistan Air force has formed a committee to probe the undetected entry of US helicopters into Abbottabad to kill Al- Qaeda chief, Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Fears over Pak handing over 'sensitive nuke materials' to al-Qaeda
Olli Heinonen, former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has raised concerns that Pakistan might hand over 'sensitive nuclear materials like highly enriched uranium' to al-Qaeda, amid speculations that military and the intelligence in that country helped harbour or were aware of Osama bin Laden's hideout. ANI

Prince Harry's weekend wonderland with girlfriend, 2 other blondes
Prince Harry reportedly revelled in the company of his girlfriend Chelsy Davy, raising hopes that his on-off relationship with the blonde lady is back on track. ANI

Brits spend 5 years of their lives nursing a hangover
Researchers have found that Britons spend nearly 5 years of their lives nursing a 'hangover' and take up to 13 million sick days off work a year because of hangovers. ANI

US teacher charged for having sex with 2 underage boys
A physical education teacher in the U.S. is facing criminal charges for allegedly having sex with two underage students and sending them nude pictures of herself after her ex-boyfriend tipped the authorities off. ANI

Carla Bruni's 'pregnancy' fails to boost Sarkozy's re-election chances
Carla Bruni's pregnancy may not be able to boost husband Nicholas Sarkozy's ratings as President in the next elections. ANI

Tailors customised Will's wedding uniform to keep him cool on 'big day'
It has emerged that Prince William's scarlet Irish Guards colonel's uniform was customised to keep him cool and comfortable in the Westminster Abbey heat on his wedding day. ANI

Taliban may chose to talk rather than fight after Osama's death
The Taliban is reportedly considering fresh options in their fight against the West in the wake of the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by US Navy Seals. ANI

Al Qaeda documents raise concern about US railway safety
Transportation officials and experts have expressed concern over whether enough is being done to ensure the safety of railway passengers in the wake of the revelation that al Qaeda was considering targeting U.S. rail lines. ANI

Raped Libyan victim in Tunisia with defecting military officer
A Libyan woman who sprung to worldwide attention after alleging that she had been gang-raped by Gaddafi forces has escaped from the country to Tunisia with a defecting military officer. ANI

Ex-German Playboy Gunter Sachs commits suicide
Gunter Sachs, a German billionaire and the former playboy husband of Brigitte Bardot, has committed suicide. He was 78. ANI

More 'Osamas will be born from every drop of his blood': Pak Jamaat e Islami chief
Jamat-e-Islami Amir, Munawar Hassan, has said the Pakistan Army had been disgraced by the US operation in Abbattabad, and warned that more 'Osamas will be born from each and every drop of his blood'. ANI

Al-Qaeda group claims Osama triumph in Arab revolts
An offshoot of al-Qaeda mourning the death of Osama bin Laden, has said that the recent uprisings across the Arab world should be seen as a triumph for the terror network he headed. ANI

US should 'reset' relations with Pak to shape up "policies in Afghanistan": Kerry
US Senator John Kerry has said that the death of Osama bin Laden has opened up "enormous opportunity" to reset America's relations with Pakistan that could help shape up "our policies in Afghanistan." ANI

Twitter user 'exposes celebs' top-secret super-injunctions'
A Twitter user is said to have exposed some celebrities who have obtained super-injunctions to prevent publication of details of their private lives. ANI

Now, the 'appy' Queen buys her own iPad!
The Queen is apparently hooked on the latest technology gadget, the iPad, and has even told staff to buy her one after her grandsons Princes William and Harry wowed her with their gadgets. ANI

China to bolster defenses against pirates, protect country's ships, sailors
China is mulling over new ways to protect the country's ships and sailors from being hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden and in waters off Somalia. ANI

China to upgrade nuke safety standards after Japan disaster
China's emergency procedures will be upgraded to ensure nuclear safety in the wake of the Japan nuclear crisis, said the country's nuclear safety chief. ANI

US experts warn of rise of 'lone-wolf' type local jihadis after Osma's death
The death of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden won't produce a clone of the terror mastermind, but could create more lone-wolf types jihadis operating locally rather than from overseas, American experts have warned. ANI

Now, Ayman al-Zawahiri the world's 'number one terrorist'
US President Barack Obama's National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon has declared one-time Egyptian doctor Ayman al-Zawahiri as the world's "number one terrorist" after the death of Osama bin Laden. ANI

Topless coffee shop in US forced to close over 'b**bies wanted' sign
A coffee shop in the US, where topless waitresses served customers, has been forced to close after it put up a 'b**bies wanted' sign. ANI

Pakistan vows 'strict action' against anybody complicit in hiding Osama
Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, has said that his country would take strict action against anybody in the government, military or intelligence, if found involved with the hiding of Osama bin Laden in the country. ANI

Family of Osama's youngest wife finally speaks out
The family of Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden's youngest and fifth wife, Amal Al Sadah, has finally decided to speak about their daughter. ANI

Hindus laud Pope for highlighting immigration issue
Hindus have applauded message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI of tolerance towards immigrants, delivered during his visit to Venice (Italy) on May eight. ANI

UK naturist in the docks over 'nude gardening'
A 62-year-old ardent UK naturist is facing trial on three charges of 'outraging public decency' by indulging in nude gardening. ANI

UK police paid Muslim linked to 7/7 leader to train officers on ways to combat terrorism
A Muslim who attended a training camp organised by known extremists with the ringleader of the July 7 suicide bombings was later paid by British police to teach officers how to combat terrorism. ANI

Hindus and Jews concerned at mounting anti-Roma sentiment in Bulgaria
Hindus and Jews have expressed concern at the rising anti-Roma sentiment in some quarters of Bulgaria. ANI

US requests access to Bin Laden's wives to investigate his support system
US National Security Advisor Thomas E. Donilon has requested Pakistan to allow American investigative agencies to interview Osama Bin Laden's three wives for possible information about the other AL- Qaeda leaders and their modus operandi. ANI

Upset Hindus welcome Australian swimwear firm's apology over Lakshmi image
Upset Hindus have welcomed apology from an Australian swimwear label over depiction of image of Goddess Lakshmi on swimwear at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) held in Sydney (Australia) from May 2-6. ANI

Pak local media reveals the CIA chief's name at Islamabad
Pakistan media has reportedly leaked the name of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief stationed at Islamabad. ANI

Gilani to warn US of serious consequences if it breaches Pak air space again
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is poised to warn the United States that Islamabad would defend its airspace if America initiates another raid on his country based on 'terrorist hiding' speculations. ANI

NATO to stay in Afghanistan despite Osama's death
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said western allies will "stay the course" in Afghanistan despite the death of Osama bin Laden. ANI

Was Osama a terror mastermind or a doddery old fool?
New footage of the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed by US Navy Seals earlier this month, suggest he may not have been a mastermind of terror after all, but a doddery old fool trying to make sense of his secluded squalid and shabby existence. ANI

Rumsfeld urges White House to keep Osama death private
Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has questioned Obama administration for releasing so much information about the Navy Seals operation that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden earlier this month. ANI

Cheney calls CIA agents probe an 'outrage'
Former US Vice-President Dick Cheney has said it is an "outrage" that the Obama administration continues to investigate CIA agents who interrogated terror suspects, claiming they did nothing. ANI

Obama's Pak visit put off over 'Osama's inside support' speculations
US President Barack Obama has no plans to visit Pakistan in the near future amid speculations that Osama bin Laden had a support network in Pakistan, US National Security Adviser Thomas E. Donilon has said. ANI

Muslim militants target Prince Harry for Osama killing
A Muslim extremist group has reportedly posted a video in which it has warned Britain's Prince Harry to 'watch his back'. ANI

Osama vows 'no US security without Palestine security' in final tape
Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden warned in his final recorded audio tape that there would be no US security without Palestine security. ANI

Osama was hooked to 'herbal Viagra', claims wife
Osama bin Laden's fifth wife has claimed that the killed al-Qaeda leader was not on kidney dialysis, but used to take Viagra during his stay in his Pakistani compound. ANI

Amputee Chinese man draws impressive pics with his toes and mouth!
A Chinese man, who lost both his hands in an accident when he was a child, has become one of the most sought after painters in the world. ANI

Obama national security team was divided 55-45 on raiding Osama
US President Barack Obama has admitted that his national security team was divided 55 to 45 over plans to kill Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 1. ANI

US raid to kill bin Laden was 'the longest 40 minutes of my life': Obama
US President Barack Obama has described the US Navy Seals raid to kill Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden a week ago as "the longest 40 minutes of my life." ANI

'Keema', 'alu', and 'gobi' among 3,000 new words added to official Scrabble list
The latest edition of Collins Official Scrabble Words is out. ANI

Muslim BBC journalist's children racially abused in UK supermarket
BBC news presenter Mishal Husain has said that her children were racially abused in a branch of Waitrose, a supermarket chain in the UK. ANI

Osama's 50 million-dollar bounty should go to 9/11 victims: NY lawmakers
The 50 million dollar bounty on Al-qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's head should go to victims of the 9/11 attacks, two New York lawmakers have said. ANI

50 pc Brit parents allow under-fives to watch 'adult' TV shows
More than half of British parents with children under five years of age let them watch 'adult' television programmes, despite fears over unsuitable content. ANI

ESMT's Executive Education in the Top 10 of Business Schools in Europe
ESMT European School of Management and Technology in Berlin has been placed among the ten best business schools in Europe in this year’s Financial Times Executive Education ranking. In a global comparison, ESMT ranked 17th overall and shares this place with London Business School Business Wire India

Sezmi Demonstrates Next-Generation Multi-Screen TV Solution at IP&TV Forum Asia2011
At IP&TV Forum Asia2011, Sezmi Corporation will be unveiling a demonstration that showcases the Sezmi hybrid broadcast-broadband television platform that delivers innovative video services for home and mobile TV viewing Business Wire India

Formula 1T's Hamilton & NASCAR's Stewart Trade Cars in ""Mobil 1 Car Swap""
Mobil 1 is bringing Formula 1™ World Champion Driver Lewis Hamilton and two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart together to swap race cars at the legendary Watkins Glen International in the Finger Lakes Region of New York Business Wire India

The Coca-Cola Company Illuminates Headquarters Building as ""Thank You"" for 125th Anniversary
To celebrate 125 years of sharing happiness since the first Coca-Cola was enjoyed on May 8, 1886, The Coca-Cola Company on Friday sent a spectacular visual “Thank You” through the world’s largest single building illumination of its headquarters tower in Atlanta Business Wire India

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