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Tolkien and Dickens' grandsons collaborate for children's book
A grandson of famous author JRR Tolkien and a descendant of Charles Dickens will be teaming up for two new fantasy books for children. ANI

'Sharif's call for 'unilateral Siachen troops withdrawal' reflects wisdom'
Pakistan Muslim League- N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has rightly chosen wisdom rather than 'national honour' by advising a "unilateral" troops withdrawal from the Siachen Glacier, an editorial in a Pakistan daily has said. ANI

Iran asks EU to reconsider sanctions on oil exports
Iran's oil minister on Thursday asked the EU to reconsider its sanctions on the Islamic republic's oil exports. ANI

Poll gives significant insights into Obama vs Romney prez race
Both US President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have garnered 46 percent support in the latest poll, which has also provided important insights into the presidential race. ANI

Sun's royal editor Duncan Larcombe arrested in 'illegal payment to public officials' probe
Popular British newspaper the Sun's royal editor Duncan Larcombe has reportedly been arrested by police investigating alleged illegal payments to public officials by journalists. ANI

Maldives opposition objects to presidential election in July 2013
The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) raised strong objections on Thursday over the announcement that presidential elections will be held in July 2013 and not this year. ANI

Syria close to sign UN observer protocol: Official
A Syrian official said Thursday that his country is working on the "final touches" of an observers ' protocol with the UN, a document aiming to regulate the work of the monitors on the ground. ANI

Hong Kong chief executive focused on smooth handover
Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang said here Thursday he has been communicating with chief executive-elect CY Leung regularly, and they have the same objective to ensure a smooth transition of administration so that public services are not disrupted. ANI

Report claims 7.3-magnitude Tokyo quake would kill 9,600
Over 9 600 people would die and nearly 150 000 would be injured if a mega-quake struck Tokyo, according to a Japanese government projection. ANI

Egyptian presidential candidate warns Brotherhood's win will bring back autocratic rule
Former Egyptian foreign minister Amr Moussa has warned that if the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate wins the upcoming presidential elections, and if the political wing dominates the parliament, it may yield a one-party system that would brook 'no serious debate' in public. ANI

British Petroleum agrees to pay $7.8bn as damages for 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
British Petroleum (BP) reached a cost settlement of 7.8 billion dollars for over 100,000 private plaintiffs to resolve claims for economic, property and medical damages resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. ANI

Decision to re-open NATO supply line should be practical not emotional one: Editorial
A final decision to re-open NATO supply routes that have been shut since the deadly November 26 airstrike, should be a practical and not an emotional one, an editorial in a Pakistan daily has said. ANI

McCain slams ISI for alleged links with Haqqani network
US Republican Senator John McCain has slammed the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for its alleged links with the Haqqani network, and added that it is responsible for American deaths in Afghanistan. ANI

'Pak's double game on tackling terror outfits on its soil bodes ill for ties with US'
The recent attacks in Afghanistan signals a connection to terrorist groups who have benefited from the shelter that has been provided to them by Pakistan, according to Lisa Curtis, a South Asia senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. ANI

Ex-NoTW editor Brooks 'could be among first to face phone-hacking charges'
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and a journalist from Britain's Guardian newspaper, may be among the first to be charged for their roles in the phone-hacking scandal. ANI

China rejects Philippines' request to take 'South China Sea dispute' to international court
China has reportedly rejected Philippines' request to take Manila's claim over an area of the South China Sea to an international court. ANI

Pak Taliban planning terror attacks if govt re- opens NATO supply lines
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakeemullah Mehsud has reportedly convened a meeting in North Waziristan to plan targeted attacks if the government re-opens the NATO supply routes. ANI

Maternity leave `pushes nearly 33 pc new mums into debt`
Taking maternity leave can put new mothers in debt or force them to cut short their time off owing to financial issues, a new study has suggested. ANI

US official indulging in explicit sex act on Baghdad Palace roof caught on tape
A top US diplomat has been filmed indulging in a sex act on the roof of Iraq's Republican Palace was caught on tape, a foreign service officer has revealed. ANI

Julain Assange's lawyer placed on UK 'inhibited' travel list
An Australian lawyer working for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has reportedly been placed on a watch list and would require permission from the country's Foreign Affairs Department to fly home from Britain. ANI

Pakistani FM leaves for Turkmenistan to discuss gas line, trade ties
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has left for Turkmenistan to discuss the multibillion gas pipeline, import of 1000-MW electricity and other issues to boost trade, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. ANI

China critical of AGNI V launch, says India should not overestimate its military strength
China on Thursday appeared to criticize India's decision to test fire its long-range nuclear-capable Agni V missile, saying that despite this achievement, New Delhi should not overestimate its military strength. ANI

Kayani says Pak army in favour of demilitarization of Siachen Glacier
Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said that the military is in favour of demilitarizing the Siachen Glacier, which is dubbed as the world's highest battleground. ANI

CIA to replicate Pak- drone model of killing terror suspects at sight in Yemen
The United States intelligence agency CIA is planning to expand its covert drone campaign in Yemen by launching strikes against terrorism suspects even when it does not know the identity of the person to be killed, American officials have revealed. ANI

Kim Jong Un says to uphold ideology of late leader Kim Jong Il
Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), has said the country would uphold the ideology of late leader Kim Jong Il in its drive to achieve new victories, the official newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported Thursday. ANI

Nazi death camp exhibition debuts in Shanghai
A concentration camp exhibition showcasing World War II-era crimes committed by Nazi forces opened in Shanghai on Thursday. ANI

China eyes faster high-speed trains
China will work to further improve technologies to increase the speeds of high-speed trains, according to a document published Wednesday by the Ministry of Science and Technology. ANI

Pak SC rejects Vienna Convention's use to establish Zardari's immunity
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's lawyer has tried to Vienna Convention to establish the need for granting President Asif Ali Zardari's immunity from prosecution. ANI

'I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth' says Obama
Recalling his working class roots and the career success that he has enjoyed, US President Barack Obama has said that he wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and firmly reiterated that he will continue to champion the cause of economic fairness in America. ANI

Sarkozy falls further behind Socialist challenger Hollande ahead of French presidential elections
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has lost ground to his Socialist Party opponent, Fran‡ois Hollande, just days before the first round of voting in the presidential election, a latest poll has revealed. ANI

Malik slams Sharif's 'unilateral withdrawal of troops from Siachen glacier' comment
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has stressed that Pakistan will never withdraw its troops from the Siachen glacier unilaterally. ANI

'Barred' Egyptian presidential candidate says military rulers have no intention of ceding power
The Muslim Brotherhood's disqualified presidential candidate, Khairat el-Shater, has said Egypt's ruling military council has no intention of ceding real power to civilians. ANI

Bin Laden's youngest wife 'demanded sex 24 hours a day'
Osama Bin Laden's youngest wife 'demanded sex 24 hours a day,' the slain Al-Qaeda leader's eldest wife has claimed. ANI

Pak Court directs govt to give reply on Saeed's security plea by April 25
The Lahore High Court has issued notices to both the federal and Punjab governments to file a reply by April 25 regarding Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed's petition seeking protection following the U.S. announcement of a 10 million dollar bounty on him. ANI

Imran Khan against 'unilateral' withdrawal of troops from Siachen Glacier
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said the withdrawal of troops from the Siachen Glacier should not be unilateral. ANI

Norwegian mass killer wants 'freedom or death' for murders, not 'pathetic' prison term
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who is facing trial for killing 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage, has said he wants either freedom or death as punishment for his acts. ANI

China rounds up dozens following probe into Bo Xilai scandal
Chinese law enforcement authorities have detained at least 39 persons in connection with a scandal linked to disgraced communist Party leader Bo Xilai. ANI

Obama calls for punishing US soldiers behind disgusting Afghan body abuse pics
White House spokesman Jay Carney has said President Barack Obama wants American soldiers shown in photos apparently abusing Afghan corpses to be held accountable and punished. ANI

US Secret Service discharges three agents following Obama trip 'prostitution scandal'
Three Secret Service agents have been discharged from their duties following reports of their alleged involvement in a 'prostitution scandal' that surfaced, ahead of an international summit in Columbia. ANI

Osama's youngest wife 'wants asylum in UK, meet royal family'
Slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's youngest wife has said that she wants asylum in Britain and has expressed a desire to meet the royal family. ANI

South African media slammed for highlighting explicit gang rape footage
The media's use of screen shots and audio clips from a video of a Soweto teenager being gang raped has raised questions and debate among people of Gauteng, South Africa. ANI

Mahatma Gandhi's glasses fetch 41k pounds at auction
A pair of distinctive round-lensed spectacles belonging to 'the Father of Indian Nation' Mahatma Gandhi has been auctioned for 41,000 pounds. ANI

Kate and Pippa Middleton 'among few Brits' to make it to Time's 100 list
Duchess Kate, Pippa Middleton and Sarah Burton, who designed the wedding gown at last year's Royal wedding, have been included in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. ANI

Pak has no right to use Kashmir issue as excuse for no action against extremists: McCain
US Republican Senator John McCain has said that Pakistan has no right to use the Kashmir issue as an excuse for not targeting extremist groups like the Haqqani network. ANI

Assad's regime 'stopping women, children from fleeing Syria'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is reportedly trying to prevent women and children from leaving the country. ANI

MiX Telematics Launches MiX Track in Asia
MiX Telematics (JSE:MIX), a global leader in driver safety, vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions, launches MiX Track in Asia, an ideal solution for fleet operators looking to know the whereabouts of their mobile assets without the complexity of a full fleet management system Business Wire India

First Ever Emerging Market Experience Exchange at Broadband-IP&TV Asia
Broadband-IP&TV Asia today announces that a brand new pre-event focus day will take place on Monday 14 May, concentrating on exploring the opportunities and experiences of emerging markets and new network operators in Asia Business Wire India

Bank of America Reports First-Quarter 2012 Financial Results
Bank of America Corporation today reported net income of $653 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2012. Revenue, net of interest expense, on a fully taxable-equivalent (FTE)1 basis was $22.5 billion, including negative valuation adjustments related to changes in the company’s credit spreads of $4 Business Wire India

Viral cure achieved without interferon in up to 82% of hepatitis C patients (GT-1a & -1b*)
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First Ever Data Investigating Interferon-Free Treatment in Hepatitis C Patients Who Have Liver Cirrhosis Shows High Viral Cure Rate
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SMARTRAC Introduces Midas(TM) NFC Tag
SMARTRAC N.V., the leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of RFID transponders and inlays, today announced availability of the new Midas(TM) near field communication (NFC) tag. Business Wire India

Kal Sundaram Appointed to Taro’s Board of Directors as Chairman
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Taro,” NYSE: TARO) announced today that Mr. Dilip Shanghvi has resigned, effective today, as Chairman and a member of Taro's Board of Directors (“Board”) in order to focus on other growth priorities within the Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Sun Pharma,” Reuters: SUN Business Wire India

BELKIN Expands Board of Directors
Belkin International, creators of people-inspired products and technology solutions, today announced the appointment of Dermot Boden and Gary Morin to its board of directors, effective immediately. Business Wire India

Panasonic to Broadcast Live the Annular Solar Eclipse from the Summit of Mt. Fuji Using Only Solar Power
Panasonic Corporation has launched "ECLIPSE LIVE FROM FUJIYAMA by SOLAR POWER" and will broadcast the annular solar eclipse on May 20, 2012 (Pacific Standard Time/PST) live to the world from the summit of Mt. Fuji, an important symbol of nature in Japan, using only green power. Business Wire India

Leading Medical and Patient Organisations Join Forces to Improve Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation
1 Mission 1 Million – Getting to the Heart of Stroke announces plans to launch an exciting new phase of the initiative Business Wire India

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