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Ugandans fuming after police officer gropes female opposition leader
A female opposition leader in Uganda was groped by a police officer after being pulled out of her car. The incident has angered the public. ANI

Close tie between Romney, Obama in Arizona, finds poll
Almost 42 percent of people would prefer to vote for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney over 40 percent for US President Barack Obama for presidential elections in Arizona, according to poll. ANI

PrivacyChoice releases service to rate Facebook's apps on privacy protection
Research firm PrivacyChoice has released a new service that rates how each of Facebook's top third-party apps respected consumer's privacy. ANI

Prince Harry to receive humanitarian award
Prince Harry will be honoured with the Atlantic Council Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership in Washington. ANI

Putin says opposition protesters are uncharismatic 'zeroes'
Russian Prime Minister Valdimir Putin sees little scope for cooperation from opposition leaders as he believes they lack ideas and describes many of them as uncharismatic 'zeroes'. ANI

US House Speaker Boehner urges Democrats to work to regain majority
House of |Representatives Speaker John Boehner believes that the Democrats have a very good chance of dominating Congressional elections this year, but warned party leaders and activists hoping to secure a seat that would have to work hard to secure a win. ANI

Hacking was right, says Sky Chief
Sky News Chief John Ryley has admitted accessing the computer of "back-from-the-dead" canoeist John Darwin and his wife Anne, claiming to be acting in the public interest. There is, however, no such defence under computer misuse laws. ANI

Israeli navy detains two Gaza fishermen
The Israeli naval forces arrested on Tuesday two fishermen who were fishing in the Gaza Strip territorial water, officials dealing with the fishermen rights said. ANI

Sri Lankan Muslims denounce 'radical' Buddhist's attack on mosque
Sri Lankan Muslims have accused 'radical' Buddhists of trying to damage peaceful co-existence between the country's main ethnic communities. ANI

Ex-Oz PM Fraser says US military 'base' in Darwin is 'mistake'
Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser has said that the new American marine 'base' near Darwin is a mistake, and added that his nation's grovelling to the US is affecting relations with Asia. ANI

Pak SC to announce verdict on contempt of court case against Gilani on April 26
The Pakistan Supreme Court has reserved its judgement in the contempt case against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and will announce its verdict on April 26, 2012. ANI

Is Putin's alleged affair with spy Anna Chapman behind his wife's missing?
As Vladimir Putin prepares to become Russia's President for an unprecedented third time, speculation is mounting as to why his wife Lyudmila Putina is never seen by his side. ANI

Parents should protect children online: Google
A public policy analyst at Google, Naomi Gummer has said it was a "myth" that laws can prevent children from viewing explicit material, because the pace of technological development would render legislation a "blunt instrument". ANI

'Cancer-hit' Chavez dismisses 'deteriorating health' rumours
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has dismissed rumours that his health took a turn for the worse, and added that he is planning to return home by Thursday after his latest round of cancer treatment in Cuba. ANI

Saeed rejects Pak govt's request to maintain low profile
Jamaat-ud- Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has rejected the Pakistan government's 'request' to limit his public appearances and activities. ANI

Colombian sex scandal calls for legalizing prostitution in U.S.
The Colombian prostitution scandal appears to have some positives, with sex workers in America demanding that prostitution be legalized.iring a prostitute was never outlawed in the military until 2006, when the Bush administration made changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), ABC News reports. ANI

China expels former Wukan village heads from Party
Two former officials from south China's Wukan village were expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) over corruption and election-rigging charges, provincial authorities announced Monday. ANI

Hackers claim credit for taking down CIA website
An Internet hacking group named UGNazi has claimed responsibility for bringing down America's Central Intelligence Agency website. ANI

Italian club Juventus in pursuit of Arsenal captain Van Persie
Italian giants Juventus have made overtures to Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie's representatives, and are prepared to pay in excess of 25 million pounds at the end of season to secure his services. ANI

Obama gets more negative press coverage than Romney
U.S. President Barack Obama has got more negative press coverage in comparison to presidential contender Mitt Romney, according to an analysis. ANI

China's claims to South China Sea threaten neighbours, says Philippines
The Philippines has warned that aggressive Chinese claims on the South China Sea pose a threat to its neighbours, and has called on other countries to take a stand on this issue. ANI

Norway gunman says questions over mental health are 'racist plot' to discredit anti-Islamic views
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who is anxious to prove that he is not insane, has said that questions about his mental health were part of a 'racist plot' to discredit his extreme anti-Islamic ideology. ANI

Cameron to woo ethnic minorities following Tory pollsters warning
British Prime Minister David Cameron will launch a major campaign to target 'aspirational' ethnic minority voters in the suburbs following Conservative Party warnings that he cannot win the next election without them. ANI

Iran making overtures to China on access to captured US spy drone technology: Report
Iran, which claims to have hacked software of an advanced US spy drone, is reportedly making overtures to China to potentially give them access to the sensitive aircraft technology. ANI

Tribal Invasion and Kashmir
Tribal attack on Kashmir was a major event in contemporary history of Jammu and Kashmir with far reaching consequences. The Tribal Attack not only ended Kashmir's sovereignty, but it also resulted in division of the State between India and Pakistan; and to date, it remains divided and families are forcibly separated since 1947. ANI

China may add new visa category to attract professionals
A new visa category titled "talent introduction" has been added to a draft law on China's exit and entry administration as part of the country's efforts to attract talented individuals from overseas. ANI

Coach-truck collision leaves 13 dead, 12 injured in central China
At least 13 people have been confirmed dead and another 12 injured after a coach collided with a truck Monday afternoon in a road section in central China's Henan province. ANI

Beijing to see acute water shortage in 2012
Beijing is expected to face a water shortage of 1.3 billion cubic meters in 2012, accounting for a third of the city's annual water usage, according to local water authorities. ANI

Ancient tomb and artifacts discovered in E China
Chinese archaeologists have discovered a tomb where an ancient warlord may have once rested, as well as a collection of artifacts dating back more than 2,500 years. ANI

Premier says China adheres to opening-up and reform policy
Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said here Monday China will adhere to the opening-up and reform policy, and welcome foreign investment. ANI

Oz wins $1.3 million lottery after psychic prediction
A Forest Lake family won $1,369,698.34 in Gold Lotto on Saturday, years after a psychic predicted they would come into a large sum of money. ANI

Urgent: Iran says new sanctions by West to affect nuclear talks
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman ANI

Scotland Yard warns of terrorist activity behind virus locking users' computers, ransom demands
Scotland Yard has warned that police have detected paedophile or terrorist activity as being behind a virus that locks users of their computers and demands a 100-pound fine. ANI

Regulator to continue crackdown on "hot money" flow
China will step up efforts to crack down on "abnormal" cross-border capital flow this year in a bid to protect the country's economic and financial security, the country's top foreign exchange regulator announced Tuesday. ANI

Another customer collapses at Vegas' Heart Attack Grill
Another patron of the Heart Attack Grill has suffered an apparent medical episode during a meal at the hospital-themed Las Vegas restaurant known for its high-calorie menu. ANI

8 Taliban killed, 15 arrested in Afghanistan: gov't
Eight Taliban militants have been killed and 15 suspects arrested during cleanup operations in different Afghan provinces within the past 24 hours, the country's. ANI

Issues with India to be resolved through dialogue: Pak PM
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday said that all issues with India, including the withdrawal of troops from Siachen and the Kashmir dispute, must be resolved through dialogue. ANI

Bangladesh unlikely to tour Pakistan, says BCB
Bangladesh is unlikely to tour Pakistan even if the Dhaka High Court gives the go-ahead after four weeks. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has cited "international commitments" as the reason for the refusal, Dawn News reported. ANI

EU's new sanctions against Syria target Assad's luxury lifestyle
The European Union has targeted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his family member's luxury lifestyle by imposing a ban on the export of luxury goods to Damascus. ANI

MIC rubbishes claims 300,000 Indians in Malaysia without identity cards
Two Malay Indian Congress (MIC) leaders have asked PKR vice-president to show proof about his claims that about 300,000 Indians were without birth certificates and identity cards. ANI

Being stuck in a job you dislike can cause back pain
If you are unhappy at work, you are more likely to have back pain, say researchers. ANI

Einstein may have been 'world's worst husband'
Albert Einstein may be regarded as one of the world's most important scientists but despite his innumerable professional successes, he found it hard to sustain a thriving personal life, according to a new book.n his book, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Walter Isaacson has described how Einstein found maintaining a harmonious love life a battle he would never win. ANI

Proposed fleet of probes to determine if life really exists on Mars
Astrobiologists are calling for a mission to Mars with "a strong and comprehensive life detection component." ANI

Bin Laden believed shoe-bombings would demoralize West and ruin U.S. economy
Osama Bin Laden believed that coordinated shoe-bomb attacks on US-bound jetliners after 9/11 would have demoralized the West and destroyed the U.S. economy, according to a court testimony. ANI

White House staff not linked to Colombian sex scandal
The White House has said that it has found no evidence to implicate its staffers in the Colombian prostitution scandal. ANI

Two Pakistan students jailed for 18 years in UK for rape
Two Pakistani students, who raped a woman after she had fallen asleep on a night bus, have been jailed for 18-and-a-half years. The incident took place on June 4, 2011. ANI

Crime is one of world's top 20 economies: UN official
The criminal business is one of the top 20 economies in the world, a senior United Nations official has said. ANI

No concrete evidence to nail Gilani's son in Pakistan's ephedrine scandal: Lawyer
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's son Ali Musa has been implicated in a ephedrine scandal but there is no concrete proof against him, his lawyer has said. ANI

'Karzai critic' US Congressmen Rohrabacher barred from entering Afghanistan
US Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has said that he was barred from entering into Afghanistan because of his critical views over that country's government. ANI

Britain refuses to extradite Musharraf
The British government has made it clear to the Pakistani authorities that it would not hand over former President Pervez Musharraf to them. ANI

Did Berlusconi offer to 'cover Ruby in gold' to keep her quiet?
The teenage belly dancer allegedly paid by Silvio Berlusconi for sex told a friend that the former Italian prime minister offered her to give all the money she wants and to cover her in gold to keep silence about their relationship, according to newly emerged wiretaps. ANI

Egypt refuses to give licenses to eight US-based civil society groups
Egypt has reportedly rejected a request from eight US-based civil society groups for licenses to operate in the country amid a crackdown on foreign NGOs a month before the presidential polls. ANI

Panetta dismisses Iran's US spy drone 'software hacking' claims
United States Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has dismissed Iran's claims that it had hacked software of an advanced American spy drone that was brought down on its territory last year, and is now building its own copies of the aircraft. ANI

Restless, moody preschoolers may grow up to be problem gamblers
Kids at the age of three, who are impulsive, inattentive and moody, may end up having gambling problems as adults, a new study has revealed. ANI

Obama announces sanctions on Syria, Iran to prevent tech assaults on activists
US President Barack Obama has announced new sanctions against Syria and Iran by taking aim at those who provide their authoritarian governments with technology to perpetrate human rights abuses. ANI

Stewart Global Solutions Forms Partnership with Tyler Technologies, Inc.
Stewart Global Solutions, a division of PropertyInfo Corporation, a Stewart company, today announced that it has partnered with Tyler Technologies Inc. to offer an integrated international legal/fiscal cadastre solution, including Stewart’s landfolio® land registration and cadastre software Business Wire India

India’s Unique Identity (UID) Reaching Underprivileged Households That Have No Existing ID, According to First Round of Nationwide Survey Results Led by NYU Stern Professor
In September 2010, India's government embarked on a tremendously ambitious project, led by Nandan Nilekani, to issue a biometric-based unique digital identity (UID) to each of its 1.2 billion residents, which would connect hundreds of millions of "excluded" Indians with formal economic institutions Business Wire India

Vidyo Demonstrates Phenomenal Growth in FY 2011 of 82% Year-over-Year
Vidyo, Inc., the world’s fastest-growing video conferencing company today announced that it completed another record year, increasing billings for Vidyo branded products by 82% in FY 2011. These results reflect the company’s continued success in North America and APAC theaters which increased billings by 115% each in FY 2011 Business Wire India

J.P. Morgan names Jeff Urwin CEO of Asia Pacific
J.P. Morgan today announced that Jeff Urwin, Head of Global Investment Banking Coverage, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions, will take on the additional role of CEO of Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong. Urwin will be responsible for overseeing all of J.P Business Wire India

Selerant Announces Expansion to India Market
Selerant (www.selerant.com) announces its expansion into the India Market, answering the demand of an untapped PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) market for the process manufacturing industry. The official launch will begin with a seminar, PLM Solutions Empower Companies to Achieve Operational Excellence, co-hosted by analyst firm ARC Business Wire India

ACM Global Central Laboratory Establishes Mumbai-based Subsidiary to Strengthen Lab Services in India
ACM Global Central Lab, the central laboratory that continually defines the customer-service standard with its flexible approach, has advanced its hybrid central lab model in Mumbai with a state-of-the-art operational facility dedicated to manage clinical trials testing in India and provide study support throughout Asia Pacific Business Wire India

70 Patient and Professional Organisations from 39 Countries Launch Global Initiative to Help Prevent Atrial Fibrillation-related Strokes
World Heart Federation, World Congress of Cardiology Scientific Sessions 2012 - April 23, 2012 Business Wire India

Polaris Wireless Announces Compliance with India Dot Mandate for Wireless Location Accuracy
Polaris Wireless, the global leader in high-accuracy, software-based wireless location solutions, today announced it has successfully completed field trials with a major Indian wireless network operator to prove compliance with India’s Department Of Telecommunications (DoT) May 2011 mandate for location-based systems Business Wire India

Indonesian Companies Mark Earth Day by Laying Ground for Rio+20 Summit
A group of leading companies from the Indonesia Global Compact Network (IGCN) have followed worldwide Earth Day celebrations (April 22nd) by preparing for this year’s United Nations Rio+20 Conference in June, one of the most important summits on sustainable development in recent times. Business Wire India

Global Environment Fund Recruits IDFC Founder Luis Miranda to India Team
Global Environment Fund (GEF) announced today that Luis Miranda has joined the firm as a Senior Advisor. Mr. Miranda will be in Mumbai, where he will contribute to GEF’s private equity investments in India and in South Asia. Business Wire India

Internet Hall of Fame Inductees Honored at Historic First Annual Awards Ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland
The names of the inaugural Internet Hall of Fame inductees were announced today at the Internet Society’s Global INET 2012 conference in Geneva, Switzerland Business Wire India

AEG Power Solutions is Awarded a 6 Mw Contract for Hydrogen Electrolysis Process in Hybrid Power Generation Plant
The Thyrobox H2 innovative power supply system will equip the electrolysis process of a German hybrid power generation plant (“Power to Gas”). It’s the 4th contract the company wins in 12 months for similar applications. Strategy of diversifying applications of its leading edge power controllers is paying off. Business Wire India

Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Establishes the Institute Council of Investors
A delegation of global governmental executives involved in investing have come together to join the Institute Council of Investors. Types of council members include: sovereign wealth funds, public pension funds, central banks, government investment authorities and other governmental entities Business Wire India

Quintiles Names Tom Pike CEO
Quintiles, the world’s leading global biopharmaceutical services company, today announced the appointment of Tom Pike as chief executive officer. This appointment is part of the company’s long-term succession planning. Dennis Gillings, CBE, who founded the company, continues as executive chairman of its Board of Directors Business Wire India

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