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Israel military chief says "ready for action" on Iran's nuke facilities
Israel's military chief Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz has said the army is prepared to launch an attack on Iran' s nuclear facilities once a government decision to that end is made. ANI

Voting underway in France's presidential election, all candidates cast ballots (Update)
All candidates of France's presidential election had cast their votes by noon local time on Sunday in the first round of the election. Voting will continue until 8 p.m. local time. ANI

Chinese film, TV makers win prizes at Houston Int'l Film Festival
Chinese film and TV makers won a number of top prizes at the 45th Houston International Film Festival here on Saturday. ANI

42 provinces in Thailand declared drought disaster zones
The Department of Disaster Mitigation and Prevention on Sunday announced drought disaster zones in 42 out of 77 provinces across Thailand. ANI

13 dead, 21 injured in E. China road accident (Update-China)
Thirteen people were confirmed dead and 21 people injured after a collision between a tour bus and a truck on Sunday morning, the Jiangsu provincial government confirmed Sunday. ANI

Energy-starved Pakistan may turn to India for help
After Iran, energy-starved Pakistan is now looking towards India with hope to import 500 megawatts (MW) from that country, said Qazi Imtiaz Ahmed, the Federal Water and Power Secretary. ANI

Gunmen blast cargo train in northern Syria
Armed groups targeted a cargo train with explosives on Sunday at the outskirts of the northern Idlib province, causing big damages to the train and injuring the train's six-member crew, state-run SANA news agency reports. ANI

White House cold shoulder spells end to Weiner's political career
Congressman Anthony Weiner's political career is almost over. ANI

Zardari's new political initiative and Ajmer visit
President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari is best known for other things, and not for anything that links him with Islam or teachings of Islam. He is not a great admirer of saints or their shrines, as he idolises things that make his life in this world more charming and worth living ANI

'Shockwaves generated by high speed caused 13,000-mph test flight to roll abruptly'
The Pentagon report of a 13,000-mph test flight over Pacific as said high speed caused portions of the aircraft's skin to peel from the aerostructure and the resultant gaps created strong shock waves, causing the vehicle to roll over abruptly. ANI

Obama has an advantage over opponents through web presence created in past
U.S. President Barack Obama has an added advantage on the web during his re-election campaign as opposed to his opponents. ANI

Gilani under pressure "to betray" PPP
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that he is under pressure to betray the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), but has vowed to remain loyal. ANI

U.S. Senator Kerry not to visit Pakistan
U.S. Senator John Kerry's spokesperson Jodi Seth has rejected news reports regarding the senator's visit to Pakistan on President Obama's directive, claiming that no such visit is scheduled. ANI

Egypt sets rules for presidential election propaganda
The Egyptian Higher Presidential Elections Commission (HPEC) on Saturday set rules for the presidential election propaganda, which will kick off on April 30, state media reported. ANI

Obama to appear on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'
President Barack Obama will appear as a guest on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" next Tuesday, NBC has announced. ANI

French presidential candidate Hollande casts vote
French presidential candidate Francois Hollande, representing the biggest opposition Socialist Party (PS), cast his vote for Sunday's first round of presidential election. ANI

Leonardo da Vinci's anatomy drawings to be revealed for first time
Buckingham Palace is set to exhibit Leonardo da Vinci's Leoni binding - the 16th century leather album which for over 300 years held the most remarkable anatomical drawings ever produced, for the first time. ANI

Black box decoding can take upto a year: CAA
The black box of the ill-fated Bhoja airliner has been found and would be sent abroad for decoding, which might take "three months to one year", said Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Director General Nadeem Yusafzai, on Saturday. ANI

Siachen avalanche took less than 5 seconds: WAPDA
It took the avalanche less than five seconds to wreak havoc on the unfortunate soldiers posted at Gayari, said hydrological experts of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), the Express Tribune reported on Saturday. ANI

Sydney suburb mayor warns of turning house into mosque if demolition not permitted
A Sydney suburban mayor has issued an ultimatum to his neighbours to let him tear down his house, or he would turn it into a mosque. ANI

China jails 24 for copyright infringement
Chinese authorities have jailed 24 persons in eight newly concluded cases involving copyright tort, among which seven were related to production and selling of pirated disks, according to a statement from the National Office Against P*rnogr*phic and Illegal Publication (NOAPIP)on Saturday. ANI

13 dead, many injured in road accident in E China
Traffic police in east China's Jiangsu Province said 13 people had died after a collision between a tour bus and a truck on Sunday morning. ANI

Flood kills 7 in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan Province
Heavy rains and floods have claimed the lives of at least seven people and destroyed dozens of houses in Baghlan province, 160 km north of Kabul over the past two days, a local official said Sunday. ANI

Iraqi PM arrives in Iran on two-day state visit
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al- Maliki arrived in Tehran on Sunday for an official two-day visit. ANI

Oz parliamentary speaker quits following probe into sexual harassment charges
Peter Slipper has stepped aside as Speaker of the House of Representatives in Australia amid investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and fraud against him. ANI

Another 'Al Qaeda linked' hate cleric uses human rights act to avoid deportation from UK
An Iraqi Muslim cleric suspected of being linked to Al Qaeda and radicalising young Britons is the second hate preacher who has used the Human Rights Act to continue to live in the UK, despite government efforts to deport him. ANI

Shakespeare's sonnets to be made into 'album of perfect love songs'
William Shakespeare, who died nearly 400 years ago, is still making a bid to top the music charts. ANI

ANP backs Sharif's call for Siachen troop withdrawal
The Awami National Party (ANP) has backed Pakistan Muslim League-N president Nawaz Sharif's call for the withdrawal of troops and the demilitarisation of the Siachen Glacier. ANI

'Pak, US to hold talks on re-opening NATO supply routes, stopping drone strikes'
The United States and Pakistan will begin high-level talks in Islamabad next week and Afghanistan will join them later for a key meeting of the trilateral core group on April 26, official sources have said. ANI

Aide claims next Archbishop of Canterbury is victim of 'n*ked racism'
The next Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr John Sentamu, is being subjected to 'n*ked racism' by critics, one of his closest supporters has claimed. ANI

French presidential election officially kicks off
The first round of the 2012 French presidential election officially kicked off in mainland France on Sunday morning. ANI

Spirit Airlines apologises and pulls Secret Service sex scandal spoof ad
Responding to the request of Colombian government, Spirit Airlines has issued an apology and pulled a "More Bang For Your Buck" ad spoofing the Secret Service prostitution scandal, according to NBC Miami. ANI

Obama's secret agent sex scandal stirs media frenzy in Cartagena
A Secret Service sex scandal has sparked media frenzy in Cartagena after scoop-hungry journalists fought all week for the favour of a 42-year-old taxi driver who happened to drive home the prostitute who set the scandal in motion. ANI

Egypt sets rules for presidential poll propaganda
The Egyptian Higher Presidential Elections Commission (HPEC) has set rules for the presidential election propaganda, which will kick off on April 30, state media has reported. ANI

FBI warns web users about losing Internet access following hackers' advertising scam
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned that thousands of web users worldwide could lose Internet access after a hackers 'adverting scam infected computers. ANI

Colombian authorities to find if women involved in Secret Service scandal were underage
Authorities in Colombia are investigating if any of the women involved in the prostitution scandal with Secret Service agents were underage. ANI

Taliban still controls major part of territory manned by Oz troops
The Taliban still controls nearly half of Afghanistan's 34 provinces where some Australian troops are present, and remains an 'ever present threat' for these forces, a government report has claimed. ANI

Capsized Costa Concordia to be salvaged in one piece
Costa Concordia, the luxury cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast in January 2012, will be salvaged in one piece, according to a report. ANI

Explosion kills 1, injures 11 at Japanese chemical plant
One person was killed and 11 others were injured when an explosion rocked a chemical plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture in southwestern Japan early Sunday. ANI

Honesty 'may not be best policy at work'
Honesty is usually said to be the best policy in social situations but the proverb may not essentially hold true when it comes to the workplace, researchers say. ANI

Rushdie attends Christopher Hitchens' memorial with ex wife Padma Lakshmi
Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi, who divorced five years ago, were seen leaving the memorial of Christopher Hitchens together in New York on Friday. ANI

William Shakespeare's 448th birthday celebrated in Stratford
A double celebration of the life and work of William Shakespeare has got underway in Stratford on Avon as a parade through his home town on Saturday marked the Bard's forthcoming 448th birthday. ANI

'Acceleration at low height caused mid-air explosion leading to deadly Bhoja plane crash'
The ill-fated Bhoja aircraft was flying at a speed of 500 kilometre per hour, which caused the fuel tank to burst, resulting in a mid-air explosion, an initial report has revealed. ANI

UN votes to send 300 ceasefire observers to Syria
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to pass a resolution increasing the number of ceasefire observers in Syria from 30 to 300. ANI

Malaysian govt gives RM11mln for development of Indian temples, NGOs
The Malaysian government has given RM11million for the development of Indian religious institutions and NGOs in the country. ANI

Russia-China joint naval exercise starts
Russian naval deputy chief of staff Rear Admiral Leonid Sukhanov announced here on Sunday the official start of the joint exercise with the Chinese navy. ANI

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