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Obama says 'no freebies given away' to Iran in nuke talks'
US President Barack Obama has said Washington has not 'given anything away' in new talks with Tehran, and defended his continued push for a diplomatic resolution on the dispute over Iran's nuclear programmes. ANI

JuD backed Difa-e-Pakistan Council to resist re-opening of NATO supply lines
The Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) has vowed to stand firm against re-opening of NATO supplies to Afghanistan. ANI

Won't support drone strikes even if an angel came in uniform: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said he will never support the unconstitutional step of carrying out drone strikes in Pakistan. ANI

Krishna condemns violence in Afghanistan
Expressing profound concern over the violence in Kabul, xternal Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Monday said India believes that Afghanistan will have to sort out the issues among themselves in a civilized manner without resorting to mindless violence. ANI

Pippa Middleton enjoys attention of 3 men in Paris
Pippa Middleton, who was recently linked to her old university pal Earl Percy, was spotted revelling some male company in Paris this weekend. ANI

Princess Diana's niece 'invites friend to drink out of her bra'
Princess Diana's niece, Celia McCorquodale, has posted a wide range of pictures on Facebook including a snap in which a man can be seen drinking a cocktail from her cleavage. ANI

Baloch separatists backed by foreign nations, claims Musharraf
Former Pakistan president and All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief Pervez Musharraf has claimed Baloch separatists have foreign backing to destabilize Pakistan. ANI

Pippa Middleton at centre of gun probe after car pal points gun at photog
Pippa Middleton was being grilled by angry cops in Paris on Sunday night, after her friend was seen brandishing a pistol as he drove her in his Audi convertible. ANI

Oz defence analysts call surge in Taliban violence mere propaganda
Australian defence analysts have described a surge in Taliban violence as a mere propaganda, while the country's Foreign Minister Bob Carr said it will not speed up plans for the withdrawal of Australian forces. ANI

Economic Advisor rubbishes Romney's claim of women facing brunt of weak economy under Obama
President Obama's top economic advisors Timothy Geithner has rubbished claims by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney that American women accounted for 92 percent of jobs loss under Obama's leadership. ANI

UK equal pay watchdog blasted for paying men more than women
The Equality and Human Rights Commission in UK, set up to ensure that women were paid equal as men, was blasted it admitted that it paid four percent more to its men employees than women. ANI

Pak Hindus reject girl's claims of converting to Islam, marrying Muslim by her choice
The Hindu community has rejected the claims of 15-year-old Asha Kumari that she embraced Islam and married a Muslim man by her choice. ANI

Over six in ten say Sarkozy is France's most unpopular president
Almost 64 percent of French have described voted Nicolas Sarkozy as the most unpopular president in the history of France, a poll has revealed. ANI

US Marine faces 'other than honorable discharge' over criticizing Obama on Facebook
A US Marine, who was accused of criticising President Barack Obama on Facebook, is facing an 'other than honorable discharge,' a move, which according to his lawyer is an infringement on his right to free speech. ANI

Iran agrees to concrete proposals for resolving nuke crisis with world powers
Iran has agreed to the formation of concrete proposals by diplomats for resolving the crisis over its nuclear ambitions. ANI

Obama says will be annoyed if Secret Service allegations proved correct
US President Barack Obama has said that he will be annoyed if allegations made against the Secret Service agents are proved correct. ANI

Kyber Pakhtunkhwa's initial probe blames agencies for Bannu jailbreak
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Interior Ministry's preliminary investigation report has accused police and intelligence agencies for the Bannu jailbreak incident and termed it as an agencies' 'failure'. ANI

Pak-origin Brit peer denies reports of 'offering 10m pounds bounty for capture of Obama, Bush'
A Pakistani-origin British Labour peer has denied reports that he offered a 10 million pound bounty for the capture of President Barack Obama and his predecessor George W Bush. ANI

Norwegian mass murderer Breivik refuses to recognise authority of court
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who is facing trial for killing 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage, has boldly rejecting the authority of the court. ANI

Militant involved in Kabul attack blames Haqqanis for assault: Afghan Govt.
A militant arrested for launching attacks on Kabul and three other cities has confessed that it was carried out by the Haqqani network, a top Afghan security official has said. ANI

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says 'military is country's top priority'
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has vowed to continue placing military matters above the economy. ANI

Iranian officials witnessed failed North Korean rocket launch
A dozen officials from Iran's controversial ballistic missiles programme visited North Korea last week to observe its latest rocket launch, which ended in failure, it has emerged. ANI

Jacob Zuma's sixth marriage 'not to be paid for by taxpayers' money'
South African President Jacob Zuma has revealed that his wedding to his fourth wife, Bongi Ngema, which will be held next weekend, will be a private family ceremony in Nkandla. ANI

Bill Cosby 'disappointed' at critics who disregard 'troubles' faced by Obama
Entertainer Bill Cosby slammed President Obama's critics on Sunday, insisting that they do not acknowledge the problems he has faced in office. ANI

Expert who discovered Titanic wreck pleads to stop plundering ship
The oceanographer who discovered Titanic has said that enthusiasts must stop plundering the wrecked ship. ANI

Pakistani translates Quran into Punjabi
Tauqir Amaan Khan, a Pakistani, has translated the Quran into Punjabi for the first time. ANI

'All Taliban militants killed for launching several co-ordinated attacks on Kabul'
All Taliban militants, who launched co-ordinated weekend attacks on Kabul have been killed. ANI

Pak citizens accused of using Afghan media for spying, influencing broadcasting
The Afghan intelligence agency has accused Pakistan's citizens, who are working for the country's leading TV channel, of spying and influencing the broadcast policy. ANI

Women over 30 more moral than men
In the battle for the moral high ground, women seem to be the winner. ANI

Original ticket for voyage on Titanic fetches 56250 dollars at auction
An auction house has sold various Titanic remnants to mark the centennial of its sinking. ANI

Secret Service Veteran Dan Emmett rubbishes claims of blackmailing Obama
Former Secret Service agent Dan Emmett has rubbished claims made by some Republicans lawmakers that members of the Secret Service hired prostitutes to potentially blackmail President Barack Obama and endanger his reputation. ANI

'Barred' Egyptian candidates start appeals against exclusion from presidential race
Three popular Egyptian presidential candidates, who were barred from taking part in the upcoming elections, have started appealing against their exclusions from the race. ANI

Pak, US to push for 'middle ground' on CIA-led drone campaign in talks
Both Pakistan and the US will push for a 'middle ground' on the CIA-piloted drone campaign. ANI

Pakistan Government spends Rs. 220 million monthly on security of 600 VIPs
The Pakistan Government reportedly spends a whopping amount of Rs 220 million a month on the security of 600 prominent VIPs ANI

OZ to import Asian workers as aged farmers set to retire in next decade
Australia will have to import Asian workers, as the nation's farmers are about to retire in the next decade. The import of workers could lead to the draining of knowledge from Asian countries. ANI

1 in 3 workers put in longer hours to impress their bosses
Over a third of workers spend longer in the office than they need to be in order to impress their boss, a poll has revealed. ANI

US Sikhs celebrate Basakhi, dedicated to Ghadar Movement centenary
Thousands of Sikhs from across the United States took part in a religious procession as part of the harvest festival celebrations in Stockton, California on Sunday. ANI

Top Egyptian general calls for constitution before handing over power to civilian rule
A top Egyptian general has urged the country's political parties to finish work on the Constitution that will map out the nation's post-revolutionary future before handing over power to civilians later this year. ANI

380 people to face trail for deadly anti-military clashes in Egypt
Around 380 people in Egypt will face trial over deadly anti-military clashes in Cairo in November 2011, according to a report. ANI

Google fined $25,000 for impeding US inquiry on street data collection
US federal regulators have charged Internet search giant Google with 'deliberately impeding and delaying' an investigation into the data collection and has ordered a 25,000 dollar fine on the firm. ANI

Militant-security forces encounter ends in Kabul
Street fighting between militants and security forces in Afghan capital Kabul has reportedly ended on Monday. ANI

Hillary Clinton turns dance floor sensation at Colombia nightclub
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was snapped partying the night away at a club in Cartagena, Colombia on Sunday. ANI

Top UK Muslim leader faces war crimes charges during Bangladesh freedom struggle
One of Britain's top Muslim activists will face war crime charges for involvement in the abduction and murder of 'intellectuals' during Bangladesh's struggle for independence in the 1970s. ANI

Google sparks privacy row by forcing users to decipher random house numbers
Search giant Google has sparked a new privacy row by asking users to read and interpret random private house numbers in order to access their own accounts. ANI

Pak-origin Brit peer suspended for 'offering 10m pounds bounty for capture of Obama, Bush'
A Pakistani-origin British Labour peer has been suspended after allegedly claiming that he would put up a 10million pounds bounty for the capture of US President Barack Obama and his predecessor President George W Bush. ANI

Norwegian mass killer Breivik not allowed to read 'new manifesto' in court
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who confessed to killing 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage, has been banned from reading a 'new manifesto' he has written. ANI

Brics Cable Unveiled for Direct and Cohesive Communcations Services between Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa
BRICS business leaders acknowledge the strategic value of a new cable to directly link the BRICS economies. At the recent BRICS Forum held in New Delhi, India, the project was included in the joint declaration as a project of strategic importance for BRICS. 34 000 km cable to link Russia, China, India, South Africa, Brazil – the BRICS economies – to the United States Business Wire India

iBasis and Reliance Communications to Establish First IPX Connection in India
iBasis, a KPN company, today announced that leading Indian service provider Reliance Communications will connect to iBasis’ growing IP eXchange (IPX) network. IPX offers a next-generation alternative to the public Internet Business Wire India

The Gloves Are Off: Toshiba TEC Launches Five New Industrial Barcode Label Printers with a Punchy Price Point
TOSHIBA TEC (TOKYO:6588) announced their new generation of Auto ID barcode label printers for the manufacturing, supply chain and retail industries, zooming in on a clear-cut market demand for lower cost replacement solutions with a solid ROI and no-nonsense operations. Business Wire India

Synova SA Appoints Stephan Mohren as CEO
Synova announced today that Dr. Stephan W. Mohren has joined the company effective April 1, 2012, to become the new CEO as a successor to the company´s founder and longterm CEO, Dr. Bernold Richerzhagen. Business Wire India

Panasonic Presents 'Photosynthesis' Concept in Milan
Panasonic Corporation today opened the doors to its "Photosynthesis" concept installation, showcasing its total solutions for creating, saving, storing and managing energy during the course of the Milano Salone del Mobile 2012, one of the largest and most influential design expos in the world, held annually in Milan, Italy. Business Wire India

MIG Bank Announces the Opening of Its Representative Office in Hong Kong
MIG Bank, a leading Swiss bank providing online trading services for private and institutional clients today announced the opening of a representative office in Hong Kong Business Wire India

Online Video Engagement Surges with New Content Discovery Technology from Ooyala
Ooyala, the fastest-growing company in online video, introduced a new innovation in content discovery that enables publishers to dramatically improve monetization of multi-screen video Business Wire India

Cint Expands Panel Reach in Asia-Pacific
Cint, the global provider of smart market insight solutions, is pleased to announce a number of strategic partners connecting to the online platform, Cint OpinionHUB which builds and offers access to panel groups for the purposes of data gathering or sampling Business Wire India

Bentley Systems Releases 2011 Annual Report Online
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced the release of its 2011 Annual Report, available in digital format at www.bentley.com/annualreport Business Wire India

Frontier Silicon Achieves Record Q1 Sales in 2012 as Demand for DAB/DAB+ Products Increases
Frontier Silicon, the leading supplier of digital radio and internet audio solutions announces that its sales volume of DAB/DAB+ modules and chipsets set a new record for the company in Q1 2012. Sales of these products have leapt forward by almost 20% compared to the same period in 2011. Business Wire India

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