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Labor mayoral candidate pledges funds for annual Bollywood festival in Brisbane
Labor lord mayoral candidate Ray Smith, has said that Brisbane will have a major Bollywood festival if his party gains control of the City Hall. ANI

Fans angry after China censors 'Titanic' nude scene in 3D
The 3D version of the most 'Titanic', which broke box office records in China this week, has left some fans of Jack and Rose fuming because the one thing they wanted to see was the nude scene. ANI

India, Russia, China meeting claims 'close political coordination'
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Friday said India, Russia and China (IRC) foreign ministers mechanism has emerged as an important platform for close political coordination amongst the three countries. ANI

North Korea may conduct third nuclear test to save face after failed Uhna-3 rocket fiasco: Analysts
North Korea may conduct its third nuclear weapon test to restore its honour, after the failed launch of an Uhna-3 rocket, analysts have claimed. ANI

Afghan president Karzai considering preponing elections
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has said that he was contemplating preponing the 2014 presidential elections, or accelerating the handing over of security to his forces. ANI

Pak SC appoints new AG prosecutor in contempt of court case against Gilani
Islamabad, Apr 13: The Pakistan Supreme Court has named newly-appointed Attorney General Irfan Qadri as the prosecutor in the contempt of court case against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and has adjourned the hearing till April 16. ANI

Indo-Russian relations serve as pivot of durable peace: Krishna
Stating that the relationship between India and Russia has evolved in different ways over the last six and a half decades, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Friday said as emerging and responsible stakeholders in an ever-changing international system, the close relations between the two nations serve as an anchor and as pivot of durable peace. ANI

Brooklyn architect found guilty of supporting Pak-based terror group jailed for 15 years
A Brooklyn architect has confessed that he tried to join a jihadist terror group in Pakistan's tribal regions. ANI

Pak Court orders ISI, army to check illegal activities of intelligence agencies
The Peshawar High Court has conveyed its displeasure at the illegal detention of a person for over 38 months and ordered the General Headquarters (GHQ) and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief to form a high-powered team to check widespread illegal activities of intelligence agencies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and adjoining Federally Administered Tribal Areas. ANI

Extremist infiltration in Pak security set-up must be nipped before it's too late: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has highlighted the extent of the Taliban's infiltration into the country's security infrastructure and risks posed by it. ANI

Romney no frontrunner among conservative Republicans, young voters
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has to work hard to woo the Republican voter base among Midwesterners, young voters, the highly religious and conservative Republicans, according to the results of a Gallup Poll. ANI

'US ready to re-engage with Pak on new terms but unlikely to revisit drone campaign'
The United States is ready to discuss the new framework for improving ties with Pakistan, but is unlikely to revisit its CIA-led drone campaign, American officials have said. ANI

Pak party chief slams Zardari as 'US agent doing whatever they want'
Pakistan People's Party-Shaheed Bhutto(PPP-SB) chief Ghinwa Bhutto has labeled President Asif Ali Zardari as a US agent and added that the ruling Pakistan People's Party was toeing the US line instead of representing people of its country. ANI

Fox News poll bucks across board trend by showing Romney marginally ahead of Obama
A latest Fox News poll this week has Romney topping Obama by 46-44 percent as opposed to the ABC News poll last week, which showed Obama ahead by 51-44. ANI

Financial sector workers 'lead unhealthy lives'
The lifestyle of workers in the financial services sector is more unhealthy as compared to similar professionals, but healthier than blue collar workers, a new study has revealed. ANI

David Cameron says 'Yes Minister' is true to life
British prime minister David Cameron has admitted that despite 'Yes Minister' being an "enjoyable fiction", the satirical sitcom got it right. ANI

PPP- led Pak govt to finally decide fate of suspended NATO supply lines
The Pakistan parliament's recommendations on reviewing ties with the United States has left the decision of deciding the fate of suspended NATO supply lines solely on the Pakistan People's Party-led government. ANI

China blocks all foreign websites
China's internet censorship system known as "the Great Firewall of China" intensified briefly today when all foreign websites blocked as users were unable to access them. ANI

Obama still thinks singer Kanye West is a jackass
US President, Barack Obama has revealed that he prefers rapper Jay-Z to Kanye West, insisting that though West is "very talented," he still thinks the entertainer is a jackass. ANI

Pak parliament approves new recommendations on ties with US
A joint session of the Pakistan parliament has unanimously approved new recommendations on ties with the United States. ANI

Berlusconi admits paying twin girls 70k pounds to attend bunga bunga parties
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has admitted that he did pay twin girls to attend his infamous Bunga Bunga 'sex parties'. ANI

Afghan refugee who justified rape over 'cultural differences' jailed for 14 yrs in Oz
An Afghan man was sentenced to 14 years in jail, after a judge rejected his claim that cultural differences had allowed him to rape a woman. ANI

London Metropolitan University to create alcohol free areas for Muslims
The London Metropolitan University's Vice-Chancellor is planning to have alcohol-free areas for Muslims as it is considered evil and immoral. ANI

North Korea confirms rocket failure launch following mid-air explosion
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday confirmed the failed launch of the 'satellite' which it fired Friday morning and announced that the rocket did not enter the preset orbit. ANI

Obama defends mothers, wants analysts not to criticize family during campaign
Responding to a Democratic strategist's criticism of Barcak Obama's Republican rival Mitt Romney's wife, the US President has said that "there is no tougher job than being a mom" and that the families of candidates should be off limits. ANI

Pak nabs nine Indian fishermen for intruding into territorial waters, releases 26
Pakistan has detained nine Indian fishermen, alongwith their five boats for intruding into its territorial waters in the Arabian Sea, but also released 26 Indian fishermen, including a cancer patient. ANI

JuD backed terror body blasts Pak parliament's decision to re-open NATO supply lines
The JuD backed Difa-e-Pakistan Council has expressed displeasure at the Pakistan parliament's decision to re-open the NATO supply routes that had been sealed since the deadly November 26 airstrike. ANI

Pak students face tough Brit visa tests as 40 percent applicants could be bogus
Britain will have tough visa tests for Pakistani students wanting to come to the country after a pilot scheme found that as many as four in ten applicants may be bogus. ANI

UN to send monitoring mission to Syria
The United Nations has announced that the Assad regime had failed to implement his peace plan by withdrawing troops from the streets and it is planning to send a 200-strong monitoring mission to Syria. ANI

Two teenage hackers arrested for attacking Scotland Yard's anti-terror hotline
Two teenage boys aged 16 and 17 years have been arrested in the West Midlands in connection with an investigation into reports that hackers accessed Scotland Yard's anti-terror hotline. ANI

Michelle Obama bans actress from White House for 'flirting with Barack'
Michelle Obama has reportedly banned actress Kerry Washington from the White House for being "too flirty" with President Obama. ANI

Frontier Silicon Launches the Venus 2i Bluetooth Audio Platform at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair
Frontier Silicon, the leading supplier of digital radio and internet audio solutions announces the launch of Venus 2i-BT bringing Bluetooth music streaming to DAB/DAB+ radios. Business Wire India

Groupon Names Veit Dengler as SVP, International
Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) today announced that it has named Veit Dengler as its new SVP, International. Dengler will lead the company’s EMEA and APAC regions. Dengler will be based in Groupon’s international headquarters in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Business Wire India

Quintiles Wins Best CRO In Vaccine Excellence Awards 2012
Quintiles, the world’s leading global biopharmaceutical services company, today announced that it has been named Best Clinical Research Organization (CRO) in the Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Awards 2012. Presented at the World Vaccine Congress now under way in Washington, D.C Business Wire India

MPEG LA, Nero Settle Litigation
MPEG LA, LLC and Nero AG have recently settled the litigation between them, which was pending in the Los Angeles Superior Court Business Wire India

Excelitas Technologies Introduces its Newest “White” ACULED® for Medical OEM Applications
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Entegris to Create Advanced Nanotech R&D and Manufacturing Center in New England
After a worldwide search for a premier location, Entegris (NASDAQ: ENTG), a Billerica-based supplier to the semiconductor and microelectronics industries, announced today its plans to create the Entegris i2M Center for Advanced Materials Science ("i2M Center") in Bedford, Massachusetts. Business Wire India

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