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Gay Federal Employee claims Facebook 'Like' led to firing
A gay auditor at the Library of Congress, has said that his "liking" a Facebook page that promoted gay adoption led to workplace discrimination, harassment and his eventual firing. ANI

Ad featuring senior citizens sex positions to promote use of condoms draws flak
An advertisement featuring senior citizens simulating sexual acts has sparked shock and outrage from consumers. ANI

Berlin now home to world's most surreal hotel
German artist Lars Stroschen has created a habitable work of art at the Propeller Island City Lodge in Berlin. ANI

World's most awesome car ad hit the web
A girl from suburban South Australia has posted a very funny car ad in a bid to attract buyers to her very used Daihatsu Feroza. ANI

Bookies and fast-food shops 'hit high street growth'
The council chiefs have warned that strip clubs,ookmakers and kebab shops are impairing economic recovery on flagging high streets in England and Wales. ANI

Mubarak's former deputy Sulaiman accuses Muslim brotherhood of subversive acts
The controversial presidential contender of Egypt Omar Sulaiman, who was Hosni Mubarak's deputy for few days, has accused the Muslim Brotherhood of being involved in subversive acts during a popular revolt that topped the former president. ANI

Obama's illegal-immigrant uncle prepares legal fight to avoid deportation
US President Barack Obama's illegal immigrant uncle is preparing to fight new efforts to have him deported back to Kenya from America. ANI

Embarrassment for Duchess Kate as bro James sells saucy cakes
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, faces embarrassment after her brother James launched a business selling adult-themed cakes with risque slogans. ANI

Kate's wedding hotel selling four-night package for 1mln pounds
The Goring Hotel, where Kate Middleton stayed on the eve of the royal wedding, is celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by offering the world's most expensive package holiday. ANI

Afghan govt appoints Rabbani's son as Peace Council head
Afghanistan has appointed former president Burhanuddin Rabbani's son as the leader of the High Peace Council ANI

Iconic Spitfires buried in Burma during World War II 'could fly British skies soon'
British and Burmese authorities could work together to find the iconic Spitfire aircrafts buried in Burma during the Second World War, the UK officials have said. ANI

Explicit photo of girlfriend lands hacker member of 'Anonymous' in FBI web
A hacker by the name of 'w0rmer' of the notorious group 'Anonymous', was finally busted by the FBI after he posted a photo of his scantily-clad girlfriend, with a message on a paper pasted on her waist taunting US officials. ANI

Pak party chief warns govt against re-opening of NATO supply routes
Jamiat Ulema-e- Islami F(JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has warned the Pakistan government against the re-opening of NATO supply routes, saying there would be no resumption through either the air or land route. ANI

Maldives opposition hopes fair, free by-elections will lead to early presidential poll
The Maldives opposition has expressed confidence of a free and fair poll, as voting got underway today for by-elections. ANI

Britain's top cop determined to become racists' 'implacable enemy'
Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has promised to become an 'implacable enemy' of racists at Scotland Yard as he agreed with the suggestion the force needed to get more ideas to tackle racism. ANI

Sarkozy trailing challenger Hollande in opinion poll ahead of French presidential election
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is losing ground to his Socialist Party opponent Francois Hollande, according to a new poll conducted ahead of next week's first round of presidential elections. ANI

Muslim cabbie in UK sacked after kicking out family for carrying 'anti-religion' wine bottle
A Muslim taxi driver in Britain has been sacked after he refused a family permission to carry an unopened bottle of wine into his car because it went against his religion. ANI

UK Royal Navy to put fleet on terror response test
A massive naval exercise to plan for emergencies such as a terrorist attack on the Olympics or to deal with unexpected events such as what happened in Libya, is being held next week in London. ANI

Majority Americans support Obama on Buffett Rule
US President Barack Obama has a large number of Americans on his side with the Buffett Rule, according to a new Gallup poll. ANI

Labour contracted to make Olympic merchandise exploited at Indonesian sweatshops
Harassed workers are reportedly making Olympic merchandise in Indonesian sweatshops to be worn by British athletes and volunteers during the Games. ANI

Male staff paid 10 percent more salary than women counterpart in BBC
Male staff at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is paid an average of 10 percent more salary than the women staff, statistics have revealed. ANI

India to offer Pak 500 MW of electricity at Rs15 per unit at Wagah-Attari border
India has offered a tariff of 15 rupees per unit for the sale of 500 Megawatt of electricity to Pakistan at the Wagah-Attari border that would require a 45- kilometre transmission line. ANI

Assange completes interviews with politicians, revolutionaries for new TV talk show
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has completed interviews with various politicians, revolutionaries and intellectuals for his upcoming television series to be broadcast later this month. ANI

Norwegian mass killer Breivik to say shooting spree carried out in 'preventative self-defense'
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who confessed to killing 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage, will argue during a trial on Monday that his shooting spree was carried out in self-defense. ANI

Photo of Muslim woman 'wearing burqa, holding bra' sparks outrage at Canada Varsity
A Muslim student in the University of British Columbia, Canada, has been slammed by her peers for displaying a provocative photograph of a woman wearing a niqab and holding up a bra. ANI

Horrors of North Korea's hidden gulags revealed by escapee
North Korea's notorious gulag labour camps have over 200,000 men, women and children currently held captive. And the horror of these 'concentration death camps' has been revealed by an escapee, who is one out of the only three people who ever managed to escape the torturous world that exists in these camps. ANI

Balochistan Govt claims Bugti's killing was carried out solely on Musharraf's orders
The Balochistan government has denied any role in Jamhoori Watan Party chief Nawab Akbar Bugti's assassination and claimed the entire operation was carried out solely on the orders of former army chief General Pervez Musharraf. ANI

Balochistan Governor fears civil war in province in wake of surge in targeted killings
Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Ali Magsi has expressed fears that a civil war may break out in the restive province in the wake of an increase in targeted killings. ANI

Chinese army joins political leadership in crackdown on 'rift within party' rumours following Bo purge
Senior Chinese military officers and authorities have joined hands with the political leaders of the country in unity following the ouster of disgraced politician Bo Xilai and the arrest of his wife on charges of murdering British businessman, Neil Heywood. ANI

Palin says Rosen's controversial comment on Ann Romney has stirred 'Mama grizzlies'
Former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin has said Democrat pundit Hilary Rosen's controversial comment that Ann Romney has 'never worked a day in her life' has stirred up conservative women across the country. ANI

Archbishop of Canterbury accuses UK of 'persecuting' Christians 'like homosexuals'
A former Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed that Christians in Britain are being 'driven underground' and 'vilified' by the state simply for expressing their beliefs. ANI

Over 180,000 people displaced in Pak offensive against militants in Kyber Agency: UN
Over 180,000 people have been displaced by the Pakistan government's security operation to target militants in the Khyber Agency in north-west Pakistan, a UN agency has said. ANI

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei sues tax authorities over curbs in fighting 'evasion' case
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is reportedly suing the Beijing tax authorities for violating the law by imposing a 2.4 million dollars tax evasion penalty on the company he works for without allowing him to access the firm's financial records. ANI

Sikh pilgrims call for porous borders on Baisakhi in Pak's Punja Sahib Gurdwara
At least 8,000 Sikhs gathered at the Punja Sahib Gurdwara, which is located about 48 kilometres away from Rawalpindi, Pakistan, to celebrate Baisakhi. ANI

Indian born agent in Oz implicated in counterfeit marriages, visa fraud scam
An investigation by a Brisbane based newspaper has exposed a number of counterfeit marriages brokered by an Indian origin immigration agent, Chetan Mashru. ANI

US 'willing to discuss' Pak demands following completion of review of ties
The US has indicated its willingness to discuss and find a middle path to address issues raised by the Pakistan Parliament following the completion of its review of ties with the US. ANI

Imran Khan rejects Pak parliament's new recommendations on re- engagement with US
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has rejected new recommendations passed by the Pakistan parliament on re-engagement with the US and called on the government to review its decision. ANI

94 percent of Pak lawmakers skipped parliamentary review of ties with US debate
Ninety-four percent of Pakistan's lawmakers skipped the debate on reviewing ties with the US, and only 28 (6 percent) of 445 legislators in the National Assembly and Senate were present in the joint session in parliament. ANI

Obama's bodyguards in Columbia recalled following 'misconduct' and 'prostitution involvement' charges
U.S. Secret Service agents, who were sent to Cartagena in Columbia, for providing security to President Obama who is attending a summit there since Friday, were called back after allegations of their misconduct surfaced, which included involvement with prostitutes in Cartagena. ANI

Pentagon places order for two new Presidential Air Force Ones equipped with more power
The Pentagon has requested for two new Air Force Ones, the official aircraft for the US President, that will come equipped with more power and gear. ANI

Japan plans to restart two 'safe' nuke reactors to combat power shortages
The Japanese government has declared two nuclear reactors safe and is planning to restart them to combat looming power shortages. ANI

Myanmar's Karen ethnic rebels urge West to 'wait for more reforms' before easing sanctions
One of Myanmar's key ethnic insurgent groups, Karen National Union, has reportedly urged the international community to wait for more political reforms and a national cease-fire before easing long-standing sanctions against the country. ANI

Japanese 'black widow' sentenced to death for murder of three men
A Japanese woman who killed three men after dating them for their money has been sentenced to death. ANI

Lockerbie bomber given emergency blood transfusion following 'dramatic' health deterioration
Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, who is suffering from terminal cancer, has been given an emergency blood transfusion following a sudden deterioration in his health, according to his brother. ANI

Women pursue careers 'over fears of not finding a husband'
According to the findings of a controversial study, the real reason women pursue careers is because they fear they are too unattractive to get married. ANI

Pak to deport Bin Laden's family to Saudi Arabia next week
Pakistan will deport former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's three widows and two daughters to Saudi Arabia after the completion of their 45-day prison sentence, their lawyer Aamir Khalil has said. ANI

'Pak linked' terror suspects planned to kill Danish Crown Prince in 'Mumbai-style terror attack'
Four Islamic terror suspects planned a 'Mumbai-style' terror attack to target Danish Crown Prince Frederik in revenge for a newspaper's publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad, a court has heard. ANI

Obama's Secretary paying more tax than him vindicates his stand on invoking 'Buffet Rule'
By releasing his 2011 tax return, US president Barack Obama, has made an attempt to highlight the disproportionate structure of the US tax code that even sees his Secretary paying a higher tax rate than him. ANI

Malaysia honours role of Sikh community in nation's development on Baisakhi
Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, paid tribute to the Sikh community in the country on the occasion of Baisakhi. ANI

Pak-origin citizen sentenced to 12 years in prison for providing material support to LeT
A US judge has sentenced a Pakistan- origin citizen ubair Ahmed to 12 years in jail for providing material support to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). ANI

US to continue drone strikes on Pak's soil: Officials
The United States has no intention of stopping drone strikes on Pakistan's soil, officials have said. ANI

French hotel where Strauss-Kahn coordinated sex ring 'bragged about soundproof rooms'
A French hotel, which is the alleged location of a sex ring coordinated by shamed former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, bragged about its 'soundproof' rooms, it has emerged. ANI

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