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Manmohan Singh denies BJP allegations of 'shielding' Chidambaram in 2G scam
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday denied the allegations by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was shielding Home Minister P. Chidambaram for his alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. ANI

Nuclear proliferation continues to be threat to international security: PM
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said that nuclear proliferation continues to remain a threat to international security. ANI

Fight against terrorism must be unrelenting, says Manmohan Singh
Highlighting that the fight against terrorism must be unrelenting, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday said that there cannot be selective approaches in dealing with terrorist groups or the infrastructure of terrorism. ANI

India will help to rebuild Afghanistan for prosperity and stability in Asia: PM
India will play its part in helping the people of Afghanistan to build a better future for themselves, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said on Saturday. ANI

'World economy is in trouble,' says Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday emphasized that economic, social and political events in different parts of the world have coalesced together and their adverse impact is now being felt across countries and continents. ANI

Anand Sharma meets USTR Ron Kirk
Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma held a bilateral meeting with the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Ambassador Ron Kirk, on Thursday. ANI

Azad reaffirms India's commitment to complete polio eradication
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was honoured yet again by Rotary International as a Champion in Worldwide Efforts to Eradicate Polio. ANI

US must not cross 'red lines, rules of engagement': Pak Foreign Minister
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar today warned the United States against sending ground troops to her country to fight possible Haqqani insurgents. ANI

Pak, US trade charges as Afghan peace envoy Rabbani is buried in Kabul
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, has denied allegations that he was waging a "proxy war" in Afghanistan through the Haqqani network. ANI

Gurkha hero Lumley gets philosophical over 'undeserved praise and blame'
Actress Joanna Lumley, who was once seen as an excellent campaigner who forced the British government to have a rethink on allowing Gurkhas to settle in the country, but then became target of a Facebook hate campaign, has reflected on this reversal of fortune by saying that 'if one receives undeserved praise, then they should expect undeserved blame too'. ANI

Relationship between Pak military, ISI, Haqqani network murky: US Officials
The precise relationship between the Pakistani military and spy agency on the one hand and the Haqqani network on the other remains murky, American officials have said. ANI

Prince William praises Queen Elizabeth as 'incredible grand mom'
Prince William has hailed the long-standing Queen and his grandmother as 'incredible', as she approaches her diamond jubilee celebration. ANI

Truth about how UK Muslims exploit polygamy benefits revealed
Two experienced Lancashire social workers say that in their estimation, there are 20,000 bigamous or polygamous unions in the UK. ANI

UK's retailers slammed for 'sexualising' tots by selling high-heeled shoes
Top retailers in Europe have come under fire from parenting groups for "encouraging the sexualisation of children" by selling high-heeled shoes for girls as young as three. ANI

Over 80pc of Aussies believe they understand what their pets are 'saying'
More than 80 per cent of Australians believe that they can understand what their pets are trying to say, a new survey has found. ANI

US should chase Haqqanis whenever and wherever without provoking Pak: NYT editorial
The US needs Pakistan to continue its war against terrorism, and therefore the Americans should chase the Haqqanis whenever and wherever they can without provoking Islamabad, a New York Times editorial has said. ANI

US gay soldier booed over Army homosexuality question in latest GOP TV debate
A US gay soldier, who is currently serving in Iraq, was booed by the audience following a question on the army's homosexuality policy during the latest Republican television debate. ANI

Vanessa Hudgens latest Hollywood star to get 'Om' tattoo
Hindu "Om" tattoos seem to be getting popular among Hollywood celebrities and American actress-singer Vanessa Hudgens, 22, is the latest celebrity to ink one. ANI

The 6-yr old boy who breaks into sores, blisters at slightest touch
A six-year-old child from Bolton suffers from a rare condition that makes his skin break out in sores and blisters at the slightest touch. ANI

Boss stops vacancies ads on jobcentres after getting 'bored teenager' recruits
A businessman has stopped advertising jobs on Jobcentres because the youngsters sent to fill his vacancies spend more time playing with their phones than serving customers. ANI

Islamabad High Court orders Pak govt. not to touch Musharraf's farmhouse
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered the government to maintain status quo on a farmhouse owned by former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf in Chak Shahzad. ANI

Romney 'declared winner' over Perry in Republican TV debate
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has defeated his opponent and Texas Governor Rick Perry in the latest Republican television debate, which was hosted by the Fox News channel. ANI

News International continued paying ex-NOTW executive while he was at Scotland Yard
News International secretly paid former News of the World executive Neil Wallis to provide them stories while he was working for Scotland Yard, it has emerged. ANI

Brussels bureaucrats say EU 8- hour working day measure will ruin 'family life'
Brussels bureaucrats have threatened to go on strike over auropean Union (EU) decision to extend their working hours because, according to them, the eight-hour working day, would ruin their 'family life'. ANI

Live-in relationships behind falling divorce rates
Couples who live together before getting married could be helping to lower divorce rates, a new research has suggested. ANI

Winehouse honoured by stage school for being most successful pupil
Amy Winehouse will reportedly be posthumously honoured by her former stage school for being its most successful pupil. ANI

Oz defence networks attacked 30 times a day by foreign spies and hackers
Australian defence networks are being attacked over 30 times a day by foreign spies and hackers, it has emerged. ANI

Meet Fizz Girl - world's shortest cat who stands just 6 inches from ground
A two-year-old cat has earned itself a place in the Guinness book of World Records for being the shortest of the entire feline family. ANI

Cell phones used to call Pak operatives nailed ISI link to Kabul U.S. embassy attack
Cell phones recovered from the killed insurgents who had attacked the U.S. Embassy in Kabul last week have revealed that the phones were used to call Pakistani intelligence operatives before and during the assault. ANI

Gaddafi's daughter claims he is well and fighting against "traitors" in Libya
The daughter of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has claimed that her father is alive and fighting on the ground in Libya. ANI

Bristol Palin confronts heckler who calls her mom 'wh***'
Bristol Palin, the daughter of former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, had a heated argument with a man who launched a tirade against her mother at a Los Angeles bar. ANI

Impasse over Haqqani: Pak needs to avoid a new phase of US,West distrust, says editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said that the country's government needs to act without passion, and delay as far as possible the unpredictable and possibly dire consequences of starting a new phase with America and its western allies. ANI

Ex-MI5 chief reveals her personal life was spied on by Sunday Times journo
The former head of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington, , has revealed that journalists at one of Rupert Murdoch's newspapers launched a secret campaign to uncover her personal life. ANI

Irish man 'dies of spontaneous human combustion'
An Irish man, who was found burnt to death at his home, died of spontaneous human combustion, a coroner has ruled ANI

Hindus feel deprived and live in fear in 'under siege' Karachi
The ongoing violence in Karachi has had its impact on various religious minorities too, including the Hindus, most of whom feel deprived of their rights in a city under siege. ANI

Time for Pakistan to act on Haqqani menace: Musharraf
Former Pakistan president and chief of army staff General (Retired) Pervez Musharraf has said Pakistan-United States relations have reached a critical stage, and it is time Islamabad took a decisive action in this regard. ANI

US keeps communication lines open with Pak military despite 'ISI-Haqqani link' standoff
The Pentagon has said that communication lines with Pakistan's military remain open despite the latest confrontation over Washington's accusations that Islamabad is behind violent extremists targeting American troops. ANI

International economic situation difficult, says Mukherjee
Describing the global economic situation as difficult, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has expressed fears of another recession lurking on advanced economies. ANI

US blaming Pak to cover up its failure in Afghanistan: Qureshi
Former Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has warned that America wants to shift the blame for its failure in Afghanistan on Pakistan. ANI

US soldier jailed for seven years over 'thrill killings' of Afghan civilians
A US soldier has been jailed for seven years for his role in the murders of Afghan civilians in 2010. ANI

How middle-aged women re-entering workforce can land dream jobs
A new study has found that higher education coupled with vocational or computer training could benefit middle-aged women who are planning to return to the workforce after a long absence ANI

Manmohan Singh condoles veteran Congressman Vasant Sathe's demise
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, who is currently in New York for the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), has ondoled the passing away of veteran parliamentarian Vasant Sathe. ANI

One more Sarkozy pal dragged into 'Karachi sub deal kickbacks affair'
Another close and old friend of French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been dragged into investigations over whether legal commissions from French arms sales to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were illegally kicked back to fund the 1994-5 presidential campaign of Edouard Balladur. ANI

Seven out of ten UK voters say Miliband's Labour party not "fit for Government"
A new poll has shown that seven out of ten respondents believe Ed Miliband's Labour party is not "fit for Government". ANI

62 year old US woman begins 'world record attempt' 103 mile Cuba Florida swim
A Los Angeles athlete Diana Nyad has begun a second attempt to set a world record by swimming 103 miles (166km) in the shark-infested waters between Cuba and Florida. ANI

Differences crop up between India, US over Palestine statehood
Differences have cropped up between India and United States over the issue granting separate statehood to Palestine. ANI

Hard up Chinese student running 30 kilometres daily to save fare for two years
A Chinese student has been running 30 kilometres every day between his school and home to save the nine Yuan fare in Yuzhou in Central China's Henan province for the past two years an Mingqiang, 19, belongs to a poor family and has four siblings. His parents are ailing and his mother is bed-ridden. ANI

Obama's Los Angeles campaign office attacked
US President Barack Obama's Westside Los Angeles campaign offices were targeted with BB air gun shots on Friday. ANI

Most Americans believe Obama is 'same' or 'worse than' Bush
A new poll reveals that a majority of Americans describe arack Obama as being "about the same" or "worse" than his predecessor as president George W. Bush. ANI

China tells US to respect Pak's sovereignty following 'ISI linked to Haqqani' accusation
China has asked the US to respect Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity while fighting its war on terror following a war of words between Washington and Islamabad over US military Chief Admiral Mike Mullen's accusations. ANI

Manmohan Singh meets world leaders in New York to boost ties
With an aim to boost India's image on the international stage, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh met leaders from various countries on the sidelines of the United National General Assembly session here on Friday. ANI

India backs Palestinian bid for independent statehood: PM
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today extended strong support to Palestine's bid for statehood and to a seat at the United Nations. ANI

World's longest veil that took 600 people to carry, unveiled!
Elena De Angelis bridal veil has made its way to the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's longest veil, which required 600 people to carry the headpiece. ANI

US should avoid sending 'wrong messages' to 180 million people in Pak: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has slammed the US over its top military officer Admiral Mike Mullen's accusation of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency's alleged link to the Haqqani network, warning that America should avoid sending 'wrong messages' that would adversely affect bilateral ties between the two counties. ANI

Young Prince William 'not ready for royal responsibilities right away'
Prince William has stated that he is very happy to forge a conventional career in the Armed Forces rather than ponder a new royal role - let alone that of King. ANI

India, US ministerial talks on Monday
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be meeting in New York on Monday, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai informed reporters on Saturday. ANI

Kayani calls Mullen's 'Pak ISI linked to Haqqani' accusation baseless
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, has said US' top military officer Admiral Mike Mullen's accusation that Pakistan's intelligence agency is exporting violence through the Haqqani network, is baseless. ANI

G-4 foreign ministers commit to work on UN reforms
Group of Four (G-4) foreign ministers have again committed themselves to working together to reform the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). ANI

Sean Penn pushed Hugo Chavez to help free US hikers from Iran
US actor Sean Penn flew to Venezuela to encourage President Hugo Chavez to talk to Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about freeing the two Americans who were held in Iran's notorious Evin Prison on charges of espionage. ANI

UK police forces to cease recording 'race' of people they stop to question
UK police forces, with some of the worst records of targeting ethnic minorities, will no longer record the race of people they stop and ask to account for their movements, it has emerged. ANI

China non-committal on India's UNSC bid
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi today said that his country wants reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), but was non-committal on India's bid to get a permanent seat in the council. ANI

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