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Newt Gingrich bitten by penguin at St. Louis Zoo
Newt Gingrich is sporting a small bandage on his finger after getting nipped by a small penguin during his tour of the zoo on Friday. ANI

Pippa Middleton partied with dwarfs and strippers hours before Paris 'gun drama'
Pippa Middleton attended pal Arthur de Soultrait's wild 30th birthday bash in Paris, just hours before her pal's gun prank. ANI

'Pak- US ties frayed even after NATO supply routes re-opening'
Relations between the United States and Pakistan ties still remain frayed, though the former is set to re-open NATO supply routes shut down after the deadly November 26 airstrike, analysts have said. ANI

US, China engage in cyber war games to prevent military escalation
The United States and China are engaged in 'war games' to prevent military escalation from cyber attacks. ANI

Dissident Chinese artist says Internet censorship 'doomed to fail'
Dissent artist Ai Weiwei has warned Beijing that its efforts to suppress citizens by controlling access to online content is doomed to fail. ANI

Chinese public counseled to avoid rumors
A renowned Chinese newspaper has advised the public not to indulge in spreading rumors, and has published ten online rumors that could cause harm. ANI

Details of UK Parliament's stolen possessions revealed
Almost 23 items, including four beer barrels and a bottle of champagne, have been stolen from Parliament in UK since June. ANI

Former minister says Australia should avoid making China its 'enemy'
Former Australia Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has said the Gillard government risks making an 'enemy' of China if it does not accepts their rise to power, and provide Chinese companies with the same prospects it gives to those from other countries. ANI

Amnesty International says rights violated in Bahrain despite reform promises
Despite promises of reforms, human rights are still being violated in Bahrain, according to Amnesty International. ANI

'Ambiguous' blasphemy law misused widely in Pakistan: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has highlighted the recent misuse of the blasphemy law led to the victimization of many people. ANI

Facebook supports US' new Cispa cyber security bill
Social networking giant Facebook has said it will support a new cyber security bill, Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Cispa), which is currently under consideration by the United States Congress. ANI

Panetta announces new steps to combat sexual assaults in military
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has announced new steps to fight sexual assaults in the military. ANI

Senate blocks Obama's 'Buffett Rule' aiming to put 30 percent tax on millionaires
The US Senate has blocked President Barack Obama's 'Buffett Rule', an initiative designed to put a minimum 30-percent tax on millionaires. ANI

'Bannu jailbreak exposes Pak judicial system's inability to eliminate terrorists'
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said the country's judicial system is ill- equipped to meet the challenge of eliminating terrorists. ANI

Michelle Obama laughs about leg-flashing prom dress
As Angelina Jolie did at the Oscars, first lady Michelle Obama showed off some leg at her high school prom. ANI

'Pak Interior Ministry was tipped about possible Bannu jailbreak, co-coordinated attacks'
Pakistan's Interior Ministry was tipped three months ago about possible militant strikes, including both co-ordinated attacks and the Bannu jaibreak, a confidential report has claimed. ANI

Jiabao warns ruling Communist Party can lose power if it fails to check corruption
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has warned that the ruling Communist Party could lose its grip on power unless it imposes stronger supervision of its senior leaders to combat corruption. ANI

Clemency urged for Canadian facing execution in Iran over espionage charges
A human rights organisation has urged the Canadian government to intervene in the case of a 44-year-old man facing execution in Iran on charges of espionage and having links with an opposition group. ANI

CNN poll finds Obama a front-runner, Gallup says Romney ahead in presidential race
US President Barack Obama has a 9-point lead over presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a new poll has revealed. ANI

US pledges $110m aid amid talks of re-opening NATO supply routes
The US has vowed to provide 110 million dollars in aid to Pakistan in the wake of the latter possibly taking a final decision on re- opening NATO supply routes that have been shut on November 26, 2011. ANI

Oz employers 'looking for cultural fit over job skills'
Employers across a wide range of industries in Australia are more keen on hiring candidates who culturally fit their organisation than those with the right skills, experts say. ANI

'Malik should step down from office to ensure Benazir Bhutto's independent murder probe'
The Pakistan Supreme Court has advised suspects in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, including Interior Minister Rehman Malik, to step down from public office to enable an independent probe into the issue. ANI

Bangladesh Railways Minister resigns over corruption scandal
Bangladesh Railways Minister Suranjit Sengupta has resigned in the wake of allegations that he took cash bribes from applicants seeking jobs on the state-run railway. ANI

Strategic partnership with China cornerstone of Pak foreign policy: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said the strategic partnership with China remains the cornerstone of the country's foreign policy and added Sino-Pak ties had withstood the test of time. ANI

Pak-origin Brit peer's '10m pounds bounty to capture Obama' was legal fund to put Blair on trial
A Pakistani-origin British Labour peer offered to set up a 10million pounds legal fund to bring former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair before the International Court of Justice in the Hague, it has emerged. ANI

Physicist avoids 400 dollars traffic ticket with mathematical paper
A US physicist came up with a rather calculative method to prove his innocence and get himself out of a traffic ticket. ANI

Jaguar and Land Rover drive sales higher at Tata Motors
Strong demand for luxury cars Jaguar and Land Rover has helped to drive sales higher at the Tata Motors Group, which sold 139,655 vehicles in March 2012, up 26 per cent over March 2011. ANI

Pak-Brit policeman jailed after being framed by 'racist' colleagues gets 850,000 pounds compensation
A Pakistani-origin policeman in Britain, who was jailed after being framed by his colleagues, has won his years long court battle and received 850,000 pounds in compensation. ANI

HRCP urges government to search for abducted Hindu from Quetta
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has urged the government to search and find Dr Rajesh Kumar who was abducted from Quetta on February 13. ANI

Suspended Secret Service agents partied at Cartagena brothel
Secret Service officers suspended from their jobs on alleged charges of misconduct in Colombia were seen partying at a Cartagena brothel. ANI

Pak making arrangements for deportation of 16 Bin Laden family members
Pakistan is making arrangements for the deportation of 16 family members of former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden after they completed their 45-day jail term. ANI

US to continue pressing Pak to eliminate Haqqani terror network
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that she will continue to urge Pakistan to target the Haqqani network. ANI

'Unconscious' Lockerbie bomber may not recover after failed blood transfusion
Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, who is suffering from terminal cancer, is unconscious and may not wake up, sources have revealed. ANI

'Bunga bunga' showgirls performed nun striptease for Berlusconi
Giving evidence at Silvio Berlusconi's trail, a model has revealed that showgirls dressed as nuns performed a pole-dancing striptease for the former Italian prime minister at a 'bunga bunga' party at his luxury villa at Arcore. ANI

Indian-origin Oxford University don will not be prosecuted over colleague's death
An Indian-origin Oxford University don will not be prosecuted in connection with the death of his colleague, a UK court has ruled. ANI

Zenith Infotech Launches Technology Affiliates Network
Zenith Infotech, an international company that specialises in delivering innovative business continuity and cloud computing solutions for IT service providers, today announced that it has introduced Technology Affiliates Network, an exclusive marketplace for publishers focused on promoting the company’s products and solutions Business Wire India

Arrow Electronics Opens Custom Computer System Integration Facilities in India, Brazil
Increasing its support for original equipment manufacturers, Arrow Electronics Inc. [NYSE: ARW] is expanding its network of custom computer system integration and fulfillment facilities to seven around the world. Arrow recently added locations in San Paulo, Brazil, and Bangalore, India. Business Wire India

The CompactFlash Association Invites Participation on CFastTM 2.0
The CompactFlash Association (CFA) is pleased to announce the development of the CFast 2.0 specification, sponsored by SanDisk. The CFast 2.0 specification will be developed in the CFast workgroup and will leverage the CFast 1.1 specification which was released September 2008 Business Wire India

New Release of Bentley Descartes Extends Bentley’s Comprehensive Point-cloud Processing and Management Capabilities
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced an industry first with the release of Bentley Descartes V8i (SELECTseries 3) – 3D modeling that combines point clouds, raster imagery, and geometry Business Wire India

Hardware-Assisted DRM and Link Protection from Discretix Enabling HD Video Services Worldwide
HD video on Android smartphones and tablets poses a major challenge for Hollywood studios. While offering a compelling viewing experience, these devices have inherent security vulnerabilities, placing premium content at risk Business Wire India

Jefferies Appoints Global Senior Advisory Board
Jefferies has announced that it has appointed six distinguished executives to its Global Senior Advisory Board: Mr. James D. Robinson III, Lord Hollick, Mr. Michael Goldstein, Mr. Bernard Bourigeaud, Mr. Dennis W. Archer and Sir David Reid. Business Wire India

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