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Pak should support U.S.- Afghan reconciliation process: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said the country should support the reconciliation process between the militants and the governments in Kabul and Washington, instead of following the so-called policy of strategic depth, which has only brought about severe political, social and economic damage to the country. ANI

Democrat calls Obama 'f***ing a**hole'
Democrat Jon Lovitz recently ripped President Obama's take on taxing the rich. ANI

Girl 'embarrassed' after spilling yoghurt on Obama
A girl spilled yoghurt on President Barack Obama while he was meeting and greeting outside a popular local restaurant 'The Sink', in Boulder, Colorado. ANI

No change in India, Pakistan school academic calendar: Dubai education ministry
Indian and Pakistani schools will not be affected by the unified holidays for schools recently announced by the Ministry of Education, said a senior official. ANI

Obama paid off student loans 8 yrs ago
President Obama has revealed that he finished paying off his student loan only about eight years back. ANI

China to issue more green cards to woo overseas talent
China will issue more green cards and ease restrictions for visa-free entry to encourage more talented individuals from overseas to work in the country, a senior security official said Wednesday. ANI

Sri Lankan tea production drops on weather woes
Sri Lanka's tea production fell 22.6 percent in March compared with the same period of 2011, said the state-run Tea Board on Wednesday fueling fears that the industry is heading for tough times. ANI

11th Panchen Lama attends Sakyamuni's relic worshiping ceremony in Hong Kong
The 11th Panchen Lama Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu attended the Grand Blessing Ceremony for worshiping Sakyamuni's parietal-bone relic held in the Hong Kong Coliseum on Wednesday afternoon. ANI

China to invest 4 trillion Yuan in water resources by 2020
China's Minister of Water Resources Chen Lei said Wednesday that the country's investment in water resources will reach four trillion Yuan (634.8 billion U.S. dollars) by 2020. ANI

Pak SC rejects Interior Ministry report in 'ISI funding politicians' case
The Supreme Court (SC) which resumed hearing of the Asghar Khan case, pertaining to the alleged distribution of funds by the ISI to politicians, declared the report submitted by the Interior Ministry as unacceptable, saying that the report was based on memories of Interior Minister Rehman Malik. ANI

Singapore aims to become Asia's intellectual property hub
Singapore's Minister for Law Mr. K Shanmugan said his country aims to expand potential growth in demand for intellectual property (IP) service and become an IP hub in the region. ANI

UK 'should not rush for Afghan exit,' warns British commander
The UK should not 'rush for the exits' in Afghanistan, a commander of a British army brigade in the war-torn nation has warned. ANI

Chinese special envoy to visit Sudan, South Sudan
Zhong Jianhua, special representative of the Chinese government on African affairs, will soon visit Sudan and South Sudan to promote dialogue and negotiations between the two countries. ANI

Israeli army chief says Iran 'unlikely' to develop nuclear weapons
Israel's military chief said on Wednesday that Iran is unlikely to pursue nuclear weapons while stressing that a military option is prepared for such a prospect. ANI

Over 20,000 Americans studying in China: MOE
A total of 23,292 Americans are currently studying in China with financial support from a bilateral government program, an official from China's Ministry of Education (MOE) said Wednesday. ANI

Beijing rejects Manila's claim over Huangyan Island as 'groundless'
China has criticized Philippines expanded claim to the Huangyan Island in the South China Sea. ANI

North Korea marks army's 80th founding anniversary
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a national meeting on Wednesday to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army (KPA). ANI

China approves international border cooperation zone
The Chinese government announced Wednesday that it has approved the establishment of an international cooperative demonstration zone in northeast Jilin province to boost cross-border cooperation in the region. ANI

Vietnamese PM meets British Foreign Secretary in Hanoi
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met here on Wednesday with the visiting British Foreign Secretary William Hague, during which the two leaders expressed delight at the current finely developing relations of strategic partnership between the two countries, local media reported. ANI

PPP plans to let Gilani continue as PM even if convicted of contempt
The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has held exhaustive discussions on the possible outcomes and ways to deal with each scenario emerging from the Supreme Court's decision to convict Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for contempt of court. ANI

Historic ship 'Cutty Sark' to reopen after 50m-pound restoration
The Queen is set to relaunch Cutty Sark, the world's last surviving tea clipper, five years after a major fire nearly destroyed the vessel. ANI

Amnesty International releases report on discrimination against Muslims in European countries
Amnesty International has released a report on discrimination against Muslims in Europe, which has highlighted cases of prejudice in education and employment sectors against the community. ANI

North Korea plans conducting third nuclear test after failed rocket launch
North Korea has almost completed preparations for a third nuclear test after it failed to launch long-range missile last month, according to a report. ANI

Brit man who bagged 'best job ever' calls his work 'busiest in the world'
Ben Southall, who was hired by Queensland Tourism for the "best job ever", has revealed that it was more than he anticipated. ANI

8.05pm 'favourite time to log on and start shopping while watching TV'
At 8.05pm, one must divide their attention by surfing the net for bargains while keeping an eye on the television, a new survey has found. ANI

U.S. in no mood to 'apologise' to Pak for deadly NATO air raid
Pakistan and the U.S. have ended up in a deadlock over the issue of a public apology for last year's deadly NATO airstrike, resulting in an indefinite delay in the much-anticipated re-engagement process between the two allies. ANI

Berlusconi's pimp called him 'boss of bosses'
A woman who allegedly recruited girls for Silvio Berlusconi's bunga bunga parties dubbed the former Italian Prime Minister "boss of bosses", it has emerged. ANI

How self-management impacts sustaining job search
In a new study, which focuses on finding work following a job layoff, scientists have revealed just how important managing negative thoughts and effort over time are while looking for employment. ANI

Breaking Pak Government not in our interest: US General
A key US General has said American commanders have come to accept that Pakistani leaders are willing to take only limited steps toward halting the flow of drugs and bomb-making materials to Afghanistan. ANI

Hiter's 'hate-filled' autobiography Mein Kampf to return to German schools
Adolf Hiter's autobiography Mein Kampf - a hate-filled book post-war Germany has fought to keep out of the bookshops - is set to make a comeback in schools 67 years after the last copy of it was printed in the country. ANI

Washington awaiting formal talks with Pakistan: US Embassy
The U.S. Embassy has said that the country is ready to discuss parliamentary recommendations with Pakistan, and is just waiting for a schedule for formal talks. ANI

Chinese authorities destroy illegal publications ahead of World IP Day
Authorities across China on Tuesday destroyed more than 29 million copies of pirated publications and other illegally produced documents ahead of World Intellectual Property Day which falls on April 26. ANI

China probes 20,000 cases of illegal entry, employment in 2011
Police last year investigated more than 20,000 incidents in which foreigners illegally entered, lived or worked in China, a senior police officer said Wednesday. ANI

Judge killed in ambush in Philippines
A trial court judge was killed in an ambush Tuesday night in central Philippine province of Negros Occidental, police said on Wednesday. ANI

Buddha's remains flown to Hong Kong for public worship
A rare piece of the parietal bone of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, was flown to Hong Kong from east China's Jiangsu province on Wednesday for public worship. ANI

Pakistan successfully test fires 'nuclear enabled' Hatf IV ballistic missile
Pakistan successfully conducted a test launch of the intermediate-range ballistic missile Hatf IV Shaheen 1A weapon system, demonstrating its capability of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads, a statement from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. ANI

Over 1,000 foreign workers to join Cuba's May Day Rally
More than 1,000 representatives from 162 unions and social movements from 62 countries and regions will join here the May Day celebrations, the official daily Granma reported Tuesday. ANI

Teens now using hand sanitizers to get drunk
Following the trend of cough medicine, hand sanitizer is the latest in a string of household products used to induce intoxication and has public health officials worried as a few squirts of it could equal a couple of shots of hard liquor. ANI

UK Police arrest five men on charges of terrorism
Police in UK have arrested five men on charges of terrorism after carrying out massive raids in Luton. ANI

Chinese prison funding no longer relies on enterprises: Official
The profits of prison-run enterprises no longer act as the primary financial source for Chinese prisons, Minister of Justice Wu Aiying said Wednesday. ANI

Top diplomats' meet on Apr 27 to review 'obstacles' to Afghan peace
Top diplomats from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. will meet in Islamabad on April 27 to discuss "obstacles" to the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, announced Omar Daudzai, the country's ambassador in Pakistan. ANI

UN disaster reduction chief ends visit in Cambodia
Margareta Wahlstrom, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, on Wednesday concluded her 6-day study visit in Cambodia on the country's flood disaster in last year. ANI

20 Taliban militants killed in operations in Afghanistan: Government
A total of 20 Taliban militants have been killed and 11 others detained during joint military operations within the past 24 hours across the country, the Afghan Interior Ministry said Wednesday morning. ANI

CAA report: Captain of crashed Air Blue ignored air traffic controller's instructions
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) investigations have revealed that the captain of the fateful Air Blue flight ABQ-202 that crashed into the Margala Hills on July 28, 2010, ignored air traffic controller's suggestions. ANI

5 dead as small passenger ferry capsizes in Bangladesh
At least five bodies were retrieved after a small ferry with dozens of passengers on board capsized in a river in Bangladesh's Kishoreganj district, some 117 km northeast of the capital Dhaka, on Wednesday morning, police said. ANI

Egyptian court upholds comic actor's jail sentence for insulting Islam
An Egyptian court has upheld the three-month prison sentence given to a leading comic actor, Adel Imam, for insulting Islam in his films and plays. ANI

Egypt bars Mubarak-era PM from presidential race
Egypt's ruling military has disqualified a former-premier from running in the upcoming presidential elections after approving a law that bans senior officials from the deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak's regime from running for office. ANI

Secret Service sacks two more agents for alleged involvement in Colombian scandal
The Secret Service has announced that two more agents have been sacked for their alleged involvement in the Colombian sex scandal. ANI

US Senator suggests prostitutes involved in Colombian sex scandal were Russian spies
Prostitutes involved in the Colombian sex scandal could have been Russian spies, believes Senator Chuck Grassley. ANI

Romney 'fully in general election mode' after sweeping primaries in five states
Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney is in full general election mode, having won primaries in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York. ANI

Obama calls Secret Service agents involved in Colombian scandal 'knuckleheads'
U.S. President Barack Obama has described Secret Service agents involved in the Colombian prostitution scandal 'knuckleheads', as another group of agents resigned. ANI

China's tax revenue growth hits three-year low
Growth of China's tax revenues logged the slowest pace in three years in the first quarter of 2012 as a result of the country's cooling economy, official data showed Tuesday. ANI

Sacked Chinese politician's wife 'admits' to killing British businessman with cyanide
Bo Xilai's wife, Gu Kailai has confessed to the police that she was present in the hotel room when British businessman Neil Heywood was poisoned. ANI

Yemen confirms 'most wanted' AQAP commander killed in CIA drone strike
Yemen has confirmed that a top Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) member has been killed in an airstrike, which is believed to have been conducted by the CIA, indicating the US drone campaign in the Islamic nation is gaining momentum. ANI

Mitsui & Co. Global Investment Ltd.Established 'MGI Group India Private Limited' in Indiato Play a Role in Mitsui & Co.,Ltd.'s Global Investment System
Mitsui & Co. Global Investment Ltd. (hereafter: MGI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd Business Wire India

iPavement, the Intelligent Pavement with WiFi and Bluetooth
iPavement™ will be manufactured in Spain by VIA INTELIGENTE from June 2012. It will be the new generation of intelligent pavement, with an operative system, Apps and sensors will provide the streets with functionalities and communications for the city’s inhabitants. Business Wire India

HCCMIS Unveils Interactive Infographic on Immunizations for Travel across the Globe
HCC Medical Insurance Services, LLC (HCCMIS®), a provider of travel medical insurance, releases an interactive infographic identifying the various travel immunizations to various countries throughout the world Business Wire India

DAZ 3D Unveils Michael 5, the Most Accurate Male 3D Model Ever
Digital Art Zone (DAZ) today announced the newest version of their popular 3D male model, Michael 5 for Genesis™. Available now, this advanced human model facilitates final renderings that are nearly indistinguishable from photography Business Wire India

Cybex Wins Prestigious FIBO Innovation Award 2012
Cybex International, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYBI), a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment, recently received the prestigious FIBO Innovation Award 2012 for the patented Progressive Stabilization system featured on its Bravo Press and Bravo Pull strength machines Business Wire India

Roll-To-Roll Plasma-Etching Creates Nanostructures For Favorable-Cost Modification Of High-Area Polymer Films With Anti-Reflective Properties
Rain, darkness, the dazzling lights of an oncoming car - strong light reflection in such situations can be irritating or even become dangerous. Effective anti-reflection is not only important for spectacles and windshields, but also provides optimal light incidence for solar cells, solar heating panels, and triple glazing. Business Wire India

Upsolar Now Offering PV Testing and Consultation Services
Upsolar, a leading international provider of solar PV modules, announced a major expansion to its technology division. The company is now offering a suite of testing, auditing and consultation services to local organizations in an effort to strengthen technical support for emerging PV companies. Business Wire India

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