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White House gate crasher Tareq Salahi to run for Virginia governor
Tareq Salahi, who achieved notoriety for crashing a White House party, says he will run for governor of Virginia. ANI

US bounty on Saeed not binding on Pak: Govt tells LHC
Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed has expressed his dissatisfaction over the foreign office's reply, and directed the Pakistan Government to file explicit replies on whether a foreign state can fix head-money for a Pakistani citizen. ANI

Australian Speaker issues proof against criminal allegations
Australian Parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper said Thursday he has proof that the criminal allegations against him are false. ANI

Three civilians killed, four injured in Afghan Wardak province
Three civilians were killed and four other women injured Thursday when a mortar hit a house following a clash between Taliban and NATO-led forces in Afghan Wardak province, 35 km west of capital Kabul, the provincial government said. ANI

13 candidates qualify for Egyptian presidential election
Cairo, April 26 (Xinhua-ANI) -- The Egyptian Higher Presidential Election Commission on Thursday announced the final list of 13 candidates contesting the presidential election set on May 23, including former Arab League Chief Amr Moussa and ex-Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, ANI

Indonesian health minister resigns
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Thursday that he agreed on the proposal of Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih to resign as the minister could not perform duty properly due to cancer treatment she has been undergoing, according to sources. ANI

Chinese archaeologists restore over 50 Buddha statues
Chinese archaeologists have finished restoring over 50 Buddha statues from thousands of fragments unearthed in north China's Hebei Province, an archaeological researcher said Thursday. ANI

Eight Taliban militants killed in Afghan Kandahar province
Eight Taliban militants were killed during an operation in southern Afghan province of Kandahar, provincial police chief said on Thursday. ANI

Bodies of Bangladesh journalists exhumed after two and half months for autopsies
After about two and a half months of the murder of Bangladesh's two popular TV journalists, the remains of their bodies were exhumed Thursday morning for fresh autopsies to find clues to the killings, local media reported. ANI

Dalai Lama to continue perusing 'non violent Middle Way' to achieve Tibetan autonomy
Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama has said he will continue with the non-violent quest for greater Tibetan autonomy, even after Beijing blamed him for inciting a wave of unrest. ANI

'US wants to hear Pak Govt's presentation of bilateral ties'
The US "wants to hear the Pakistani Government's presentation of where it thinks the bilateral relationship needs to go," before it conveys its reaction to the parliamentary review, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland has said. ANI

Nepal holds security talks with India
The Nepal-India Bilateral Consultative Groups on Security issues meeting began in western Nepali city of Pokhara from Thursday. ANI

Norwegian mass killer calls himself 'rational, usually right' in whatever he does
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who is facing trial for killing 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage, has said that he is not irrational is usually 'right' in whatever he does. ANI

US warns of 'lone wolf' terrorist attacks to avenge Bin Laden's killing on death anniversary
US federal authorities are warning countries to maintain caution as terrorist may use the date to avenge the former Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's death. ANI

Analysts say new North Korean missiles are 'fake'
Six ominous new North Korean missiles showcased at a lavish military parade were fake, according to analysts. ANI

SCO to hold joint military drill in Tajikistan in June
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) members will hold a joint military exercise in Tajikistan in June, a Ministry of Defense spokesman said Thursday. ANI

China's aircraft carrier undertakes new trial on sea: spokesman
China's Defence Ministry said Thursday that the ongoing sea test of the country's aircraft carrier is not related to the current regional situation. ANI

Chinese army to safeguard national marine rights
Chinese armed forces will closely work with fishery and maritime supervision agencies to jointly safeguard national marine rights and interests, a Defense Ministry spokesman said here Thursday. ANI

U.S. issues security alert for embassy staff, nationals in Pakistan
The U.S. embassy in Islamabad Thursday issued travel restrictions for U.S. Embassy staff and nationals in Pakistan during the next two weeks. ANI

Gilani should quit, says opposition
Following the Supreme Court's conviction of Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in connection with a contempt of court case, opposition leaders have demanded that Gilani resign. ANI

Rupert Murdoch says 'unbalanced' Gordon Brown 'declared war' on News Corp
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has said former prime minister Gordon Brown was not 'in a balanced state of mind' when he 'declared a war' on News Corporation during a phone conversation in 2009. ANI

Malaysian PM hopes for improvement in Malay- Indians' status over next five years
Malaysian Prime Minister Seri Najib Tun Razak has said he hoped to see a vast improvement in the status and welfare of the Indian community in the country over the next five years. ANI

Libyan Islamists challenge ruling council's ban on religious, tribal and ethnic parties
An Islamist party in Libya plans to challenge the country's ruling council's decision to ban political groups based on religion, tribe or ethnicity from taking part in upcoming elections. ANI

Obama reveals innermost secrets as he lands cover of Rolling Stone
Barack Obama, who has landed the cover of Rolling Stone, has revealed his admiration for aging rocker Mick Jagger, torn into likely presidential opponent Mitt Romney and declared his own confidence in his singing ability in the latest issue of the magazine. ANI

'PM to stand disqualified instantly': Experts
Experts in Pakistan said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani stands instantly disqualified both as a MNA and as Prime Minister, for "ridiculing the judiciary by flouting its judgments and making a mockery in public meetings", which falls under an independent Article 63(1)(g), and disqualifies any member of Parliament who commits this crime. ANI

US Marine to be dismissed for criticizing Obama on Facebook
A US Marine, who was accused of criticising President Barack Obama on Facebook, is to be discharged. ANI

US replicates Pak-drone model of killing terror suspects at sight in Yemen
The Obama administration has given the Central Intelligence Agency and US military the freedom to expand its covert drone campaign in Yemen by allowing them to target fighters whose names aren't known, but who are deemed to be high-value terrorism targets or threats to America. ANI

Brit party supporter gets life term for slashing Indian's throat in 2010
A British National Party supporter has been sentenced to a life imprisonment for slitting an Indian- origin man's throat during Christmas two years ago. ANI

US Security denies Obama being jeopardised in Columbia sex scandal
Washington, Apr 26 (ANI: US President Barack Obama's safety was not at risk by the vice scandal involving a dozen Secret Service agents in Colombia, a Senate panel has revealed. ANI

T-shirt retailer being probed for borrowing Chinese PM's popularity
A Chinese online fashion retailer is being probed for cashing in on Premier Wen Jiabao's popularity to promote its latest T-shirts-an act that might have violated the country's law on advertisement, Beijing commerce authorities said. ANI

China, Russia hold naval drill
Chinese and Russian warships joined a drill Thursday morning in the Yellow Sea of the Pacific Ocean. ANI

Cross-Strait ECC meeting kicks off in Taiwan
The third regular meeting of the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Committee (ECC) opened Thursday morning in Xinbei City of Taiwan. ANI

Indonesia's Bali to host 2013 Miss World pageant
Bali, the most popular tourist destination island in Indonesia, will host Miss World pageant, one of the oldest major international beauty pageants in the world, next year, local media reported on Thursday. ANI

Russian Shiveluch volcano spews ash 10.7 km above sea level
The Shiveluch volcano on Russia's Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula Thursday ejected an ash cloud to as high as nearly 11 km above the sea level, the Itar-Tass news agency reported. ANI

Tiny 'spherules' tell tale of Earth's asteroid impacts
Researchers are learning details about asteroid impacts going back to the Earth's early history by using a new method for extracting accurate information from tiny "spherules" embedded in layers of rock. ANI

Being nice to your boss will help you get ahead
A good relationship with your boss will help you if you're aiming to climb the company ladder. ANI

Chinese vice premier's visit to deepen economic ties with Russia
Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang's upcoming visit to Russia will further bilateral cooperation in economy and trade, an official from the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) has said. ANI

Japanese Emperor visits Tokyo Sky Tree ahead of opening
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Tokyo Sky Tree, the world's tallest stand- alone communications tower, on Thursday ahead of its opening to the public, the Imperial Household Agency said. ANI

Panchen Lama speaks on Dharma at World Buddhist Forum in HK
The Third World Buddhist Forum opened Thursday in Hong Kong with more than 1,000 monks and scholars from over 50 countries and regions discussing the role of Buddhism in the construction of a harmonious society and peaceful world. ANI

11 trapped in flooded colliery in SW China
Eleven miners were trapped in a flooded coal-mine in southwestern Guizhou province, authorities said Thursday. ANI

Indonesia suspends US beef imports over mad cow disease
An Indonesian senior official said on Thursday that Indonesia will suspend imports of U.S. beef from Thursday because of a confirmed U.S. case of mad cow disease, a local media reported here. ANI

FBI busts international plot to smuggle US military tech to China
An international plot to provide China with highly classified American military technology has been busted, according to US federal agents. ANI

Mediterranean-style diet 'secret to centenarian's longevity
The key step that could help us all live happily and healthily to the age of 100 or more is to follow the lead of simple villagers from a remote part of Sicily, a new study has suggested. ANI

Dalai Lama loves George W. Bush as human being
The Dalai Lama has revealed that the global leader he really loves is former US President George W Bush. ANI

'Gilani to appeal against SC contempt verdict': Awan
Pakistan Federal Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan on Thursday, said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani would file an appeal against the verdict of the Supreme Court (SC) in the contempt of court case. ANI

Senior Buddhist monk in UK accused of raping two young girls in temple
A senior Sri-Lankan origin Buddhist monk in Britain has been accused of carrying out a string of sex attacks on two young girls aged below ten. ANI

Shakespeare's 'co-author' for 'All's Well That Ends Well' revealed
Shakespeare's was most likely helped by a fellow playwright for writing 'All's Well That Ends Well', Oxford University academics have revealed. ANI

Ex-Pak envoy Haqqani receiving threats, requests SC for video testimony
Former Ambassador to the U.S., Hussain Haqqani told the Supreme Court (SC) that he was under threats from different quarters and requested the Commission to record his testimony through video conference from Washington. ANI

Pak PM Gilani convicted of contempt, given 30 sec sentence
The Pakistan Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday found Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani guilty of contempt of court for refusing to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, but gave him only a symbolic sentence which lasted for 30 seconds. ANI

Brain responses 'help predict ad campaign success'
Accessing hidden wisdom in the brain may help advertisers and public health officials to more effectively sell their products and promote health and safety, a new study has suggested. ANI

Poll shows Michelle Obama and Ann Romney more popular than their spouses
First lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney, wife of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, are far more popular than their husbands, a latest poll revealed. ANI

Former US Prez Carter 'comfortable' with Romney but believes Obama will win re-election
Former US President Jimmy Carter has said that he would be "comfortable" with a President like Mitt Romney, but believes that current US President Barack Obama will keep his job. ANI

'Disqualified' Mubarak-era PM allowed back into Egypt's presidential race
Egypt's election commission has reinstated former premier, Ahmed Shafiq as a contender in the country's upcoming presidential election. ANI

Obama Romney in 'dead heat' but neither conjectured to 'fix' economy': Poll
Although the race between US presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama is currently deacklocked after a tie in the vote results, neither contender is expected to fix the US economy, according to voters in a latest poll. ANI

Now, Brazilian hooker sues US Federal Govt. for injury following Columbia sex scandal
Following the Secret Service scandal in Columbia, a Brazilian prostitute is suing the US Federal Government over an injury in an incident last year by four members of a U.S. security team. ANI

Rick Perry endorses Romney for President after Gingrich signals exit
Texas Governor Rick Perry, who ended his bid for the White House race in January, has endorsed Mitt Romney for President. ANI

Rupert Murdoch claims to have had 'seven secret meetings' with Cameron
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has claimed that he had met David Cameron on at least seven occasions since he became the Prime Minister. ANI

Newt Gingrich to drop out of presidential race
US Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has planned to drop out of the White House race next week. ANI

Frost & Sullivan Lauds SMARTRAC N.V. for its Competitive Strategy Leadership in European RFID Market
SMARTRAC N.V., the leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of RFID transponders and inlays, today announced that it is recognized by Frost & Sullivan with the 2012 European Frost & Sullivan Competitive Strategy Leadership Award. Business Wire India

Frost & Sullivan to Bring Together the Top Individuals, Organisations, and Solutions from the Middle East Manufacturing Industry at the Industrial Technology Leadership Summit
The manufacturing industry in the Middle East is renowned for upholding superior quality standards and setting stringent process regulations. Hence, the constant desire to ensure operational excellence facilitates the use of best-in-class equipment and solutions. The region is gradually altering its image and emerging on the global manufacturing landscape as a non-oil and gas economy Business Wire India

ACE Appoints Shaun Oliver as Energy Casualty Underwriter for Asia Pacific
ACE Insurance, part of the ACE Group of insurance and reinsurance companies, has announced its appointment of Shaun Oliver as the Asia Pacific Energy Casualty Underwriter. Shaun’s new appointment will be in addition to his current role as Casualty Underwriting Manager, Western Australia where he is based. Business Wire India

Gemalto Reports First Quarter 2012 Revenue
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

LUXEON R From Philips Lumileds Lowers Outdoor Lighting System Costs and Improves Efficacy
Philips Lumileds has launched LUXEON R, designed for outdoor and industrial lighting applications such as streetlights, high-bay lights, wall packs and bollards. LUXEON R is an Illumination Grade LED, and therefore is Hot Tested and Specified so that its performance at operating conditions is well understood Business Wire India

ZTE Revenue Grows 29% YOY to US$2.9 Billion in Q1 2012
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, announced its results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. Business Wire India

Top Executives to Attend Exclusive Summit at Broadband-IP&TV Asia
For the first time ever, leading industry executives across the Asia-Pacific region are being invited to a highly exclusive summit at the Broadband-IP&TV Asia event next month Business Wire India

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