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President Patil lauds scientists trying to unlock the secrets of the universe
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Saturday visited the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), which operates the world's largest particle physics laboratory, in Geneva, Switzerland, and interacted with a number of scientists. ANI

75 percent Americans blame poor leadership, not luck for nation's bleak economy
A new poll has found that 75 percent of Americans blame poor leadership rather than luck for the country's present bleak economic scenario. ANI

Geordies are 'straightest' and London has most homosexuals in UK
North-eastern England's Geordies are the "straightest" Brits in the UK when it comes to their sexuality, while London has the highest number of homosexuals, a new research has revealed. ANI

Shania Twain's stalker pleads guilty in court
The man charged with stalking Shania Twain has pleaded guilty in a court in Ontario, Canada. ANI

Tintin Adventure book's modern version in dock over 'racist African cartoons' claims
A Congo- born campaigner has urged the court to ban a Tintin book alleging that Africans' cartoons depicted in the book are racist. ANI

Young drug addicts want to recover, but need that helping hand to succeed
Young adults undergoing addiction treatment are willing to make the personal changes to recover, but need help and guidance during treatment to be able to achieve that, according to a new study. ANI

England bans tobacco vending machines to prevent sales to under-age children
England has banned the sale of tobacco from vending machines with defaulters to pay a 2500 pound fine. ANI

The new 'miracle' face serum that's more expensive than diamonds
An anti-ageing serum that has won its makers the award for physiology and medicine after they proved that it speeds up rejuvenation of skin cells, is more expensive per ounce than diamonds - making it unlikely to benefit many. ANI

Cherie Blair plans to open clinics in supermarkets 'to cash in on Tory health reforms'
British barrister Cherie Blair is reportedly entering into business with an American former fund manager, by planning to open private clinics in supermarkets. ANI

'Banned' Islamic hate preacher wins compensation over 'unlawful' detention in UK
An Islamic preacher, who was held unlawfully after entering the UK despite being banned, can now receive 5,000 pounds in compensation. ANI

The worst excuses to avoid having sex
Not in the mood for sex? Used sleepy and tired as excuses to your partner too often? Cringe not as you are not alone, as millions worldwide use bad excuses to save themselves from a shag. ANI

BBC drivers get paid 54k pounds a year
BBC drivers reportedly get paid 54,000 pounds a year. ANI

New US Military Chief differs with Mullen on 'national debt poses national security threat' view
Even before taking over as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Martin Dempsey had said that he differs with his predecessor, Admiral Mike Mullen, on one of the most important issues: the threat posed to national security by a growing national debt. ANI

US sells fighter jets worth $3 bln to Iraq to provide nation 'air sovereignty'
Iraq has reportedly signed a deal worth three billion dollars to buy fighter jets from the United States in order to become capable of protecting their own air space after years of relying on American pilots. ANI

Taseer assassin's supporters take to streets denouncing death sentence
The supporters of Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, who has been sentenced to death in the Salmaan Taseer murder case by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Pakistan, took to the streets to denounce the verdict soon after it was handed down. ANI

Outraged Christian leaders brand 'prayer ban' as secularization of UK society
Christians in Britain have reacted furiously after it emerged that members of two councils in East Sussex have been banned from saying prayers at meetings. ANI

UN warns humanitarian agencies running out of resources to assist Pak flood victims
The United Nations has warned that humanitarian agencies are running out of resources to assist Pakistan flood victims, even as the need for clean water, food, shelter and medical services is increasing among over five million people in the flood-affected communities. ANI

US may move UN resolution against Pak's nuke programme or declare it terrorist nation: Fazl
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has expressed fears that the United States might move a resolution in the United Nations against Pakistan over its nuclear programme or terrorism. ANI

American,Yemeni officials pursued Awlaki for at least two years before killing him: NYT
The fatal strike on American-Yemeni Al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki was the culmination of a desperate over two-year-long manhunt, marked not only by near misses and dead ends, but also by a wrenching legal debate in Washington about the legality - and morality - of putting an American citizen on a list of top militants marked for death. ANI

Obama's third quarter re- election campaign likely to rake in over 55 million dollars
The Obama third quarter re- election campaign is likely to rake in over 55 million dollars in combined contributions to joint party and presidential committees, but likely to lag behind its record-breaking second-quarter haul. ANI

Afghans say they've 'strong evidence' showing Rabbani's killing was planned in Pak
Afghanistan's intelligence service has said that it has given Pakistan 'strong evidence' showing that Afghan High Peace Council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination was planned in the Pakistani city of Quetta. ANI

Al-Qaeda leader Awlaki had personality traits similar to Osama bin Laden: Expert
US-born radical Islamic cleric and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a CIA drone attack in a remote Yemeni town on Friday, had a little bit of the mix of personality traits that Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden also had, a US security expert has said. ANI

Obama administration should have tried al-Awlaki before 'assassination': Ron Paul
GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul has slammed President Barack Obama for giving orders of U.S.-born al Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki's killing, insisting that he should have been tried first. ANI

Geologists discover one million metric ton rare element bounty in Afghanistan
Geologists have found one million metric tons of rare earth elements, including lanthanum, cerium and neodymium, in the desert of southern Afghanistan. ANI

Afghan investigators to visit Pakistan to probe peace negotiator Rabbani's killing
A delegation of Afghan investigators is all geared up to visit Pakistan to conduct an inquiry into the assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the Chairman of Afghanistan's High Peace Council. ANI

Nawaz Sharif calls on Pak Govt to disclose covert agreements with US
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has asked the government to disclose its terms of engagement with the United States under which the so-called war on terror is being fought. ANI

Intelligence official arrested for snooping around Pak 'Osama raid' commission meeting
An intelligence agency official has been arrested for attending a meeting of the inquiry commission set up by the Pakistan Government for probing the Osama bin Laden debacle, without permission. ANI

Solved: The case of Kate Middleton's missing wedding ring!
Kate Middleton was pictured sans her most famous engagement ring by the time she left the Royal Marsden hospital in south London recently. ANI

Experts predict Jihadi smuggle boom in emerging UAV international market
The emerging international market for unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, is exploding, bringing down the cost and expanding the availability of highly capable drone aircraft that could be rigged to deliver explosives, biological or chemical weapons with extreme accuracy - and be difficult or impossible to stop, experts on the subject say. ANI

Asian-origin Muslim woman in UK carves out daughter's liver to drive away evil spirit
An Asian-origin Muslim woman stabbed her four-year-old baby girl up to 40 times and took out her liver at their east London home in her attempt of sacrificing the girl to God because she believed her daughter was haunted by evil spirit. ANI

'Wikileaks-a leaking boat with torpedo holes has just begun its work': Assange
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said his whistle blowing website is like a 'leaking boat,' that is filled with torpedo holes, and is trying its best to stay afloat. ANI

Kayani opposes military operations against Pak's 'own people' to resolve conflicts
Political options should be availed to resolve internal irritants and conflicts instead of engaging the Pakistan Army in military operations against its own people, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani reportedly told politicians at the All Parties Conference. ANI

Tahrir Square protest shows dismay over continued military rule in Egypt
Thousands of protesters once again gathered in Tahrir Square on Friday to voice their exasperation over the continuation in power of the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces. ANI

Couple to challenge Facebook with first Oz private social networking site
A Gold Coast couple are taking on Facebook with Australia's first private social networking site, and software giant Microsoft is behind them. ANI

Anti-US rallies taken out in Pak in protest against Mullen's 'ISI-Haqqani link' comments
A top US general's recent statement against the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has sparked anti-American rallies by religious parties in several Pakistani cities. ANI

US verbal assaults against Pak damaging bilateral ties, joint strategic interests: Zardari
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has called for the resumption of "serious dialogue" between Washington and Islamabad, saying that recent verbal assaults by American officials are damaging the bilateral relationship and compromising common counterterrorism goals. ANI

Brit-Indian honeymooner Dewani lodges appeal against UK extradition order
Brit-Indian honeymooner Shrien Dewani has lodged an appeal against an order in London that he can be extradited to South Africa over his wife's murder. ANI

49 percent of Americans want Osama Bin Laden's corpse images to remain secret
A new poll has found that Americans prefer to keep the photographs and videos of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden's corpse as a secret. ANI

'Record- high' nine in 10 Americans disillusioned with country's economic scenario
A new poll has shown that a record high 90 percent of Americans believe that economic conditions in the country have been dismal during Obama's presidential tenure. ANI

China calls for boycott of "malignant" Internet-based rumours
China has called for a boycott of Internet-based rumours, referring to them as "malignant tumors", which threaten social stability. ANI

Threat of terrorism still prevalent despite al-Awlaki's killing: Oz govt.
The Australian Government has acknowledged that the death of American-born al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is a significant development, but warned that the threat of terrorism is still prevalent. ANI

Pak court awards death penalty to Mumtaz Qadri in Salmaan Taseer murder case
Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, has been sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Pakistan. ANI

New York police on alert over possible revenge attacks following al-Awlaki's killing
New York City police have reportedly been put on alert over fears of possible revenge attacks following the U.S. killing of American-born militant Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. ANI

Taliban plot to abduct bin Laden's wives on ISI leak foiled in Pak
A Taliban plot to rescue killed al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's youngest widow from custody in Pakistan has reportedly been foiled. ANI

Al-Awlaki tried to use weapons of mass destruction to attack Westerners: US official
Anwar al-Awlaki, the US-born radical Islamic cleric and Al-Qaeda leader in the Arabian Peninsula leader who was killed on Friday, sought to use weapons of mass destruction to attack westerners, a senior US official has said. ANI

US sending special envoy to Pakistan for dispute resolution on Haqqani network
The United States is sending its Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Marc Grossman, to Islamabad in a bid to resolve the dispute on the Haqqani network. ANI

US drone attack kills 3 suspected militants in South Waziristan
At least three suspected militants have been killed and five others injured in a US drone attack in Pakistan's South Waziristan Agency. ANI

Now, Obama lays into Pak to "take care" of Haqqani problem
US President Barack Obama has said that Pakistan must "take care" of the Haqqani network, which, according to the US Treasury Department, is a Taliban-affiliated group of militants that operates from North Waziristan Agency. ANI

Kim Jong-il spends 120,000 pounds on pet food while rest of country starves!(Re-issue)
North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-il spends upto 120,000 pounds annually on feeding his pet dogs. ANI

Malay Indian lawmaker urges political parties to recruit Indians in government jobs
Malaysia's Deputy Federal Territories and Urban Well being Minister M. Saravanan has urged the country's political parties to recruit more Malay-Indians in government jobs to reduce unemployment in the community.aravanan said there was no need to set up a bureau specifically to tackle problems faced by the Malay-Indian community. ANI

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