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Gilani says only parliament can remove him as PM
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has refused to step down after his contempt of court conviction, saying only parliament can remove him from office. ANI

Pak reiterates opposition to drone strikes amid US envoy visit
Pakistan has reiterated its opposition to US drone attacks in its territory amid a US special representative's visit to Pakistan to mend bilateral ties. ANI

India and China 'cannot be contained', says Australian Defence Minister
Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith has said that it is impossible to contain India and China. ANI

CIA alerts Pakistan about Al Qaeda plan
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has shared intelligence with Pakistan suggesting Al Qaeda's plans to carry out major attacks in the country. ANI

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng flees house arrest
Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has escaped from house arrest and released a video addressed to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. ANI

Ex-Pak Envoy Haqqani's plea for video testimony rejected
The judicial commission probing the memo scandal has rejected a plea by Pakistan's former Ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani to record his statement through video conference from Washington. ANI

Pak experts divided over Gilani's disqualification following contempt order
Experts in Pakistan continue to remain divided over whether Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani stands disqualified as a result of the Supreme Court's decision. ANI

Washington, Tokyo sign Okinawa deal to move US Marines from Japanese Island
The United States and Japan have signed a deal to move thousands of US Marines from the Okinawa Island in Japan. ANI

'Joe the Plumber' believes Obama is 'blessed by God'
Tea Party favourite and congressional candidate 'Joe the Plumber' has said that his Christian 'brother' US President Barack Obama was 'blessed by God'. ANI

KFC ordered to pay $8m for serving Twister chicken wrap that damaged Sydney girl 's brain
Kentucky Fried Chicken has been ordered to pay eight million dollars in damages to the family of a young Sydney girl, who suffered brain damage after she consumed a Twister chicken wrap. ANI

Republican strategist says Obama leads electoral college race over Romney
A new analysis issued by Republican strategist Karl Rove has shown that President Barack Obama held a sizable lead in the electoral college race over likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney. ANI

Its raining sex scandals for US Secret Service agents
The Secret Service has said that it is investigating if its employees had hired prostitutes before President Barack Obama's visit to El Salvador last year. ANI

Oz opposition leader Abbott to push for more overseas skilled workers
Australian Leader of Opposition party in Australia, Tony Abbott will use a speech in Melbourne on Friday to push for attracting more overseas skilled workers. ANI

Saeed defies Pak govt 'advice'; protests against restoring NATO supplies
Rejecting the Pakistan Government's 'request' to limit his public appearances and activities, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who has a U.S. bounty on him, protested against restoring of NATO supplies, in Quetta. ANI

Oz drinkers now prefer complex flavours to cheap thirst-quenchers
Australia's beer culture is changing for the better, with drinkers looking for more complex flavours than a cheap thirst-quencher, according to the "godfather" of craft brewing in the country. ANI

US-Russia nuke communication system may be used for ensuring cybersecurity
A secure communications channel set up to prevent misunderstandings between the U.S. and Russia that might lead to a nuclear war, is likely to be used to tackle cyber space issues. ANI

Pak Government, Opposition clash over Gilani's fate
The Pakistan Supreme Court's verdict against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani continues to remain a bone of contention between the government and opposition in the National Assembly. ANI

Zardari to stand up for 'loyalist' Gilani in wake of Pak SC contempt ruling
The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has decided to fight the conviction of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani with caution and calculated aggression in a contempt of court case, but will avoid any confrontation with the judiciary. ANI

Malay PM bitten by 'Kolaveri' bug
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recently expressed his liking towards the Tamil hit song 'Why This Kolaveri Di?' insisting that the number has a certain catchy feel to it. ANI

Cupid strikes 4 times in life
An average person will fall in love four times in their life, a new study has revealed. ANI

US law enforcement to undertake surge ahead of Osama's death anniversary
US law enforcement officials are planning a major security surge at airports and transportation hubs across the nation and in other countries ahead of next week's first death anniversary of former Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ANI

U.S. hopes Pakistan will resolve political crisis
The United States has voiced hope that Pakistan would resolve the political crisis surrounding Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, which has heated up just as both nations look to repair an uneasy partnership. ANI

Thirteen candidates to contest first Egyptian presidential election
Thirteen candidates are contesting the first Egyptian presidential election after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak last year. ANI

Obama's order to get Osama was 'go in and get Bin Laden'
President Barack Obama's order to "go in and get Bain Laden", as recorded in a memo scribbled by then-CIA chief Leon Panetta shortly after the decision was made, was made public on Thursday. ANI

UK Metropolitan Police officer arrested for racial abuse
A Metropolitan Police officer in Britain has been arrested on alleged charges of racial abuse. ANI

Taliban shuts schools in Afghanistan in show of strength following motorcycle ban
The Taliban has closed down about 50 schools in southeastern Afghanistan, while the Afghan Government has banned the use of motorcycles in the southern districts of Ghazni Province. ANI

Politics is like watching a horror movie, says Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, while chairing a special federal cabinet meeting after his conviction, remarked that politics was a "horror movie" which is only for adults and not the weak. ANI

US court denies images' disclosure of Navy Seals raid killing Bin Laden
A US judge has refused to release photographs and videos of the US NavySeals raid that had killed former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011. ANI

UFOs might have caused Bhoja crash: Reports
According to unconfirmed reports, the Bhoja Air Boeing 737 crash in Pakistan on April 20 could have been caused by a UFO sighting by the pilot. ANI

Sri Lankan Muslims launch protests following threats against Dambulla mosque
Muslims of areas around eastern Sri Lanka are taking part in mass protests following threats to demolish and relocate a mosque in the central town of Dambulla. ANI

Oz researcher calls to end stigma associated with 'safe' cousin marriages
A research has called for ending the stigma associated with marriage between cousins, after discovering that health risks have been greatly exaggerated in such match-ups. ANI

Chinese Army 'vows to safeguard territory in China Sea'
The Chinese military has vowed to "fulfill their duty" to safeguard the South China Sea. ANI

HBO to release documentary on George H.W. Bush's 88th birthday
A documentary is being produced by HBO on former President George H.W. Bush, which will debut two days after his 88th birthday in June. ANI

Bullied kids 3 times likelier to hurt themselves in later life
Children who are bullied in childhood are up to three times more likely to self harm up to the age of 12, a new study has revealed. ANI

Duchess of Cambridge enjoys secret nights out with Prince of Wales
The Duchess of Cambridge's secret trips to the opera and to art galleries with the Prince of Wales, to indulge their shared passion for the arts, has been revealed. ANI

Egypt's 'Farewell Intercourse' law allowing sex with dead wives sparks fury
Egypt's new Islamist-dominated parliament is preparing to introduce a controversial law that would allow husbands to have sex with their deceased wives up to six hours after death. ANI

Man who held world record for living longest with bullet in head dies at 103
The man, who held the Guinness World Record for living the longest with a bullet in his head, died on Monday at Covenant Village in Turlock. He was 103. ANI

Office romance 'boosts performance among young staff'
Most members of Gen Y think that workplace romance boosts performance and morale, a new study has claimed. ANI

Having kids 'may not make us happier but gives more meaning to our lives'
Having children brings an increased sense of meaning into people's lives, a new survey has revealed. ANI

First Mars Express explores volcanic history
Five years of Mars Express gravity mapping data are offering unique insights into what lies beneath the Red Planet's massive volcanoes. ANI

Analytic thinking could promote atheism
Analytic thinking can decrease religious belief, even in devout believers, says researchers. ANI

People with 'balanced time perspective' feel more satisfied with their lives
You are likely to be a happy person, if you have a balanced time perspective, says a new study. ANI

US court refuses to reject charge against army whistleblower Manning
A military court has refused to reject a charge that former US army private first class, Bradley Manning aided Al-Qaeda by leaking thousands of files to the whistle-blower website, WikiLeaks. ANI

Meet the drinking, smoking and swearing nanny hired by David Cameron
David and Samantha Cameron have finally hired an Australian traveller as a nanny, after conducting a series of long distance interviews over the Internet. ANI

Apologetic Murdoch says NOTW hacking scandal a 'serious blot' on reputation
Offering his most complete apology for his shortcomings in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch has admitted before the Leveson Inquiry that the involvement of the tabloid was a 'serious blot' on his reputation. ANI

Pak deports Osama's family to Saudi Arabia
Pakistan has deported all 14 family members of Osama Bin Laden to Saudi Arabia, bringing an end to speculations about the fate of his family after the Al Qaeda chief's death in 2011. ANI

UN expert discovers 'unexploded cluster bombs' in Sri Lanka's erstwhile civil war zone
A cache of unexploded cluster bombs have been found in Sri Lanka, a UN expert has claimed. ANI

Ex Liberian president Taylor found guilty of 'aiding and abetting' war crimes
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor has been found guilty of arming Sierra Leone rebels, who paid him in "blood diamonds". ANI

TAPTAP Networks Raises $4,5 million in Series A Led by Nauta Capital
Headquartered in Madrid (Spain) TAPTAP Networks was founded in 2010 by Alvaro del Castillo. TAPTAP´s network includes some of Spain´s leading Publishers making it the largest local premium mobile advertising network. The company has announced today the closing of a Series A financing round of $4,5 million led by Nauta Capital Business Wire India

Covidien Reports Second-Quarter Results
Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today reported results for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 (January-March 2012). Second-quarter net sales of $2.95 billion increased 5% from the $2.80 billion reported in the second quarter of a year ago. Foreign exchange rate movement lowered the quarterly sales growth rate by one percentage point. Business Wire India

S+S K9 FLASH Glass Sorting System Reliably Identifies Glass Types and Contaminants
At IFAT ENTSORGA 2012 (hall C1, stand 407/506) S+S Separation and Sorting Technology GmbH of Schönberg in Bavaria will launch the new K9 FLASH glass sorting system. A totally new development, used in the recycling of thin-sheet, container and flat glass, K9 FLASH will separate unwanted colour particles and CSP (ceramics, stones, porcelain) from the cullet flow with minimum loss of good material Business Wire India

The Valence Group Advises Arsenal Capital on the Sale of Novolyte to BASF
The Valence Group has advised Arsenal Capital on the sale to BASF of Novolyte, a leading global producer of electrolyte materials for lithium batteries and high-performance solvents Business Wire India

NYSE Euronext Board of Directors Accepts Resignation of Ricardo Salgado
NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) has announced that its Board accepted the resignation of Ricardo Salgado from the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Salgado tendered his resignation pursuant to NYSE Euronext bylaws after he did not receive a majority of votes cast for reelection at today’s annual meeting of NYSE Euronext shareholders. Business Wire India

ZTE GSM-R Products Achieve EIRENE Certificate from TUV Rheinland
Business Wire India

Exxon Mobil Corporation Announces Estimated First Quarter 2012 Results
Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM): Business Wire India

CNA Announces Approval from Hardy Shareholders on CNA Acquisition
Today, CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE: CNA) has announced that Hardy Underwriting Bermuda Limited (LSE: HDU) shareholders have voted to approve CNA’s proposed acquisition of Hardy. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the second quarter, subject to regulatory approvals. Business Wire India

Monster Worldwide Reports First Quarter 2012 Results
Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW) has reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Business Wire India

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