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9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his apprentices to face trail on May 5
A US military judge has set 5 May as the date for the arraignment of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other accused apprentices. ANI

Iran claims arresting 'Israel-backed' terrorist team ahead of crucial nuclear talks
The Intelligence Ministry of Iran has announced that security forces have arrested an Israel-backed terrorist team, planning to carry out attacks ahead of the crucial nuclear talks with the world powers in Istanbul. ANI

US speeds up acquisition of cyber weapons
The US is preparing to accelerate the acquisition of new cyber weapons, which would giving them the ability to use them against specific targets, according to a new Pentagon report. ANI

North Korea says its planned rocket launch not an 'act of aggression'
China has renewed its call for moderation after North Korea had earlier made it clear that its planned rocket launch is not an act of aggression. ANI

Majority of US voters prefer Obama over Romney: Poll
The US President Barack Obama is preferred over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney by 51 percent to 43 percent, a latest poll has revealed. ANI

Hillary 'Hillz' Clinton embraces spoof website
The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton found the new website of parodies of her sending text messages hilarious. ANI

Sri Lanka says 'kidnapped' Oz-origin activist extradited on Australia's request
The Sri Lankan government has said that an Australian man who was recently found after an alleged abduction by 'secret police' has been extradited on the request of Canberra. ANI

Study finds British Film and Television industry discriminates against ethnic minorities, women
The British film and television production industry discriminates against ethnic minorities, women and middle class people, a latest research has revealed. ANI

Afghan Defence Minister says US security presence needed beyond 2014 to ensure country's stability
Afghanistan Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak has stated that a long-term security partnership and the presence of U.S. forces beyond 2014 will be needed to ensure Afghanistan's stability and "give the right messages" to both its population and its enemies. ANI

Egyptian court disbands Islamist-dominated panel drafting new constitution over blatant "misuse of power"
An Egyptian court has suspended an Islamist-dominated panel, which was set up for drafting a new constitution by the parliament, claiming the formation was "marred by misuse of power". ANI

Clinton says Russia's refusal to support action by UNSC keeping Assad in power
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said Russia's decision to not support action by the United Nations Security Council is keeping President Bashar Assad in power in Syria. ANI

American hacker 'The Raptor' claims to have taken down Al Qaeda based websites
An American hacker, who has named himself 'The Raptor', has claimed that he is responsible for taking down various online sites used by Al Qaeda sympathizers. ANI

Indonesia quake triggers Indian Ocean tsunami alert
A massive 8.7 earthquake has struck off the western coast of Indonesia triggering fears of a "devastating" tsunami. ANI

Assad to face 'renewed threat of international action' for breaking peace plan deal
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will face a renewed threat of international action as peace negotiator UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan accused his government of breaking promises to embrace a ceasefire. ANI

Obama turns down chance to duet with John Legend
Barack Obama said at a recent fundraiser that John Legend, who was performing at the Florida event, had asked the President to join him for a duet, but he refused. ANI

Bush fears being beaten on mountain bike ride by a one legged veteran
Former US President George Bush has said that he hosts mountain biking and golf outings for veterans because he likes to keep in contact with troops. ANI

Egypt's Islamist candidate warns ex-spy chief Suleiman will be 'new Mubarak' if elected
Egypt's most influential political force, the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate has warned that the country may be ruled by a 'new Mubarak' if the ousted leader's former vice president Omar Suleiman wins the upcoming presidential elections. ANI

PPP to go for majority vote over resumption of NATO supplies if no consensus in Parliament
Pakistan's ruling party, PPP, and its allied partners have decided in principle to go ahead with efforts to get a redrafted resolution on resumption of NATO supplies passed with a majority vote in case they fail in evolving a consensus among all political parties. ANI

Earthquake hits Indonesia, tremors also felt in India
A massive earthquake has hit the West Coast of Sumatra, at a magnitude of 8.7 on the Richter scale. ANI

Pakistan welcomes thousands of Sikhs Yatris from India to celebrate Baisakhi
Thousands of Sikh Yatris from India arrived at Lahore on Tuesday to participate in Besakhi celebrations. ANI

Pak to attend NATO summit focused on discussing 'Afghan endgame'
Pakistan has planned to attend a meeting convened by the North-Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in the US where world leaders will discuss the endgame in war-torn Afghanistan. ANI

Feared Zimbabwean minister dubbed 'Crocodile' set to rule after Mugabe
Zimbabwean Defence Minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is nick named 'The Crocodile' for his ruthless reputation, is expected to take power in the country, even as officials denied reports that President Robert Mugabe was fighting for death in Singapore hospital. ANI

Zimbabwe dismisses 'malicious' Mugabe deathbed reports
The Zimbabwe government has dismissed reports suggesting that President Robert Mugabe is fighting for his life in a Singapore hospital with an undisclosed illness, calling them 'malicious' hogwash. ANI

Prince Harry and Mollie King 'head over heels' about each other
Prince Harry and singer Mollie King are said to be falling for each other as they enjoy a blossoming friendship. ANI

Quitting job could boost your paycheck
Finding a new job may be the only way to get a big pay raise, according to a new research. ANI

China plans to keep population within 1.39 billion by 2015
China has planned to maintain a low birth rate and keep the country's population within 1.39 billion by the end of 2015, according to a report. ANI

Include China to solve Kashmir issue: Fai
Ghulam Nabi Fai, who was sentenced to two years in prison for accepting money from Pakistan's ISI to fund his illegal lobbying efforts on Kashmir, has asked the US, India, Pakistan, China to come together to solve the long pending Kashmir issue. ANI

Meet Delhi man who has over 305 flag tattoos
An Indian man who holds the world record for carrying the highest number of flag tattoos on his body is set to break his own record. ANI

Nepal's Pashupatinath temple to pay Hindu priests fixed salary
Hindu priest at Nepal's world famous Pashupatinath temple will now get a fixed salary of around 3,000 dollars a month. ANI

Bobby Jindal endorses Romney for President
Indian-origin Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal has came out in support of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as his closest rival Rick Santorum suspended his presidential election campaign. ANI

Make someone like Desmond Tutu special envoy on Kashmir: Fai
Ghulam Nabi Fai, who was sentenced to two years in prison for accepting money from Pakistan's ISI to fund his illegal lobbying efforts on Kashmir, has urged the United States to appoint someone like Bishop Desmond Tutu to be special envoy on Kashmir. ANI

Ahmadinejad says 'Iran can withstand oil embargo for 2 to 3 years'
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has claimed that his country has enough reserves to withstand a total embargo on its oil sales for 'two to three years'. ANI

'Sane' Norwegian mass killer Breivik will tell court he 'regrets not going further'
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who confessed to killing 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage, will tell the court in his upcoming trial that he regrets he 'didn't go further,' according to his lawyer. ANI

Titanic memorial cruise delayed after passenger suffers heart attack
A memorial cruise to commemorate 100 years of the Titanic had to turn back after a cameraman on board suffered a suspected heart attack. ANI

Righteous winners of 656m dollar jackpot emerge after fraud claimant nailed
Two teachers and a school administrator in Maryland have come forward to claim their share of the record 656 million jackpot, exposing false claims of a McDonald's worker who said she had the winning ticket. ANI

China sends female rights activist and husband behind bars
A disabled rights activist and her husband were reportedly sentenced to jail by a Chinese court Tuesday on grounds of "provoking trouble." ANI

'Child pornographer' replaces Osama as FBI's 'Most Wanted Fugitive'
Eric Justin Toth, a suspected child pornographer, has replaced Osama bin Laden on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list after the al-Qaeda leader was killed in Abbottabad last year. ANI

Pak scientist Khalil Chishty likely to be released from Ajmer jail today
Dr Khalil Chishty, a Pakistani scientist, who has spent many years at Ajmer Central Jail in connection with a murder case, is likely to walk out of jail today. ANI

Near consensus in Pak over resumption of NATO supplies-halting drone strikes quid pro quo
Political parties in Pakistan are reportedly willing to allow for the resumption of NATO supplies through the country, if US drone strikes are brought to a halt. ANI

'Banned' Indian-born British doctor reinstated despite failing basic exams
Indian-born general practitioner Dr Arun Rauniar, who had been twice banned by the General Medical Council (GMC), has been reinstated despite failing basic exams. ANI

South Africans called upon to break world record by singing for Mandela
A planned attempt is being made to break a world record by getting over 20 million people to sing 'Happy Birthday' to Nelson Mandela. ANI

Wife of Chinese Communist Party supremo arrested for murder of British businessman
Gu Kailai, the wife of Bo Xilai, one of China's most powerful Communist party leaders, has been arrested for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. ANI

Malik admits current Pak anti-terror laws incapable of bringing terrorists to justice
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has admitted that the current anti-terror laws are not sufficient to control the activities of banned organizations and has urged the government to adopt an amendment to remove loopholes for closing the door on terrorist' bailouts. ANI

Gilani's son 'wanted for alleged role in drug quota scandal' flies out of Pak
Son of Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Ali Musa, has reportedly left for South Africa before his name could be placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) for his alleged role in a Rs 7 billion drug quota scandal. ANI

Santorum quits White House race clearing path for Romney
US Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has decided to quit the White House race, clearing the way for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to challenge Barack Obama in November's election. ANI

A Brand New Core for Terminals 2A and 2C at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport
This morning Aéroports de Paris (Paris:ADP) (Pink Sheets:AEOPF) Deputy CEO, François Rubichon unveiled the AC connecting building, the new facility that will transform passengers experience in Terminals 2A and 2C at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Business Wire India

Intelligent Energy Joins British Prime Minister on International Trade Delegation to Japan
Intelligent Energy, the global power technology company, has today announced a further commitment to expanding its international trade ties with the formation of IE Japan Ltd, an undertaking which has been acknowledged by the Japanese Government and JETRO initiative Business Wire India

Deutsche Bahn’s Real-Time System for Passenger Travel Information Powered by Cinterion M2M Solution
Cinterion, the global leader in cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules and a Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) company, announces its M2M technology is powering Deutsche Bahn’s new dynamic passenger information system Business Wire India

Frontline Strategy’s IIGF invests in Railways and Auto OEM DTL Ancillaries
-- DTL, a custom roll forming company, is a leading supplier to Indian Railways and the Indian Automotive sector -- DTL is led by an extraordinary founder, with a very strong operations team – the Company has been growing at 30%+ over the past 5 years -- IIGF has made a total investment commitment of US$9 Business Wire India

CIT Executive Insights Video Series Examines Equipment Leasing Opportunities in Asia
Over the last decade, the leasing market in Asia has evolved and businesses have become more sophisticated as they recognize the benefits of using operating leases, which can significantly lower monthly payments and may offer tax advantages Business Wire India

EBS, Ogone’s Subsidiary in India, Named as ‘India’s Most Valuable E-Commerce Company of the Year 2012’
EBS, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Ogone, specialists in online payment services, has received its second award so far this year. It has been awarded the title of India’s Most Valuable E-Commerce Company of the Year 2012’ at the 3rd annual India Leadership Conclave and Indian Business Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2012. Business Wire India

ISACA Issues COBIT 5 Governance Framework
ISACA has released COBIT 5, the only business framework for the governance and management of enterprise IT. The new version of COBIT promotes seamless continuity between an enterprise’s IT department and its overall business goals, and represents a major evolution of the globally accepted framework used worldwide for more than 15 years Business Wire India

Larger World Courier Depot in Buenos Aires Offers Quadrupled Pharma Capacity
World Courier is pleased to announce that its newest Clinical Trial Supply Chain Services (CTSCS) investigational drug storage depot will open in May 2012 in Buenos Aires (Argentina) after having moved to larger purpose-built premises in response to strong customer demand Business Wire India

Goldman Sachs Completes Acquisition of Reinsurer Ariel Re Operations
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) and Ariel Holdings Ltd announced today that Ariel Holdings has completed the sale of Ariel Reinsurance’s Bermuda-based insurance and reinsurance operations to Goldman Sachs, pursuant to the Acquisition Agreement announced on March 1, 2012. The purchase price of the transaction was not disclosed. Business Wire India

22nd Century Group to File Modified Risk Cigarette Applications with the FDA
22nd Century Group, Inc. (OTCBB: XXII), a company focused on tobacco harm reduction and smoking cessation, announced that applications will be filed with the FDA for two types of modified risk cigarettes in accordance with the FDA’s March 30, 2012 Draft Guidance on Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications Business Wire India

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