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China's economic growth to continue being energy-exhaustive and highly polluting
The economic growth of China will continue to be energy- exhaustive and highly polluting in the future, according to a study. ANI

Ousted Maldives president seeks international community's help to restore democracy
Ousted president Mohamed Nasheed has claimed that the Maldives, which has been hailed for it's democracy, has now taken a nosedive, and he is now looking for international help to sort out the worsening situation in the country. ANI

Silvio Berlusconi defends 'bunga bunga' sex scandal
Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly said that Italian newspapers "count for nothing," as he tried to reassure anxious showgirls caught up in the "bunga bunga" sex scandal. ANI

US policy shift may see it allow Iran enrich uranium if 'it agrees to other UN restrictions'
The Obama administration has said that they might allow Iran to continue enriching uranium up to five percent purity if it agrees to other United Nation restrictions. ANI

'Pak nukes' capability across India matter of concern': UN ex-envoy
The former American Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, has expressed his concern about Pakistan's improving capabilities of delivering nuclear weapons in the wake of a successful missile test by the country. ANI

Trump says GOP ad claiming Obama 'too cool to be President' 'worst ad ever'
American businessman Donald Trump has slammed a Republican ad targeting US President Barack Obama for being too cool, calling it one of the worst commercials he had ever seen. ANI

Booze and sex ban slapped on US Secret Service agents in wake of Colombia sex scandal
The U.S. Secret Service has issued a new code of conduct for its officers that bans them from heavy drinking and visiting to "non-reputable establishments" amid investigations into the Colombian sex scandal. ANI

Gilani is and will remain country's PM, says Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said there is no confusion regarding Yousuf Raza Gilani's Prime Ministership and that he is still and will retain the PM's position in the country. ANI

US official rejects ISI claim of helping locate Bin Laden's hideout in Abbottabad
A U.S. official has disputed the Inter-Services Intelligence claim that it deserves credit for helping intelligence officials locate the Abbottabad hideout, where former al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden was killed by NavySeals on May 2, 2011 ANI

$195m 'Tomorrow Never Dies' stealth ship put up for sale in scrap market
Sea Shadow, the ship that inspired the radar-evading vessel that was the base of evil media mogul Elliot Carver in the 007 film 'Tomorrow Never Dies', is expected to fetch a little more than 50,000 dollars in the scrap market. ANI

Earth 'may be one-off fluke and all other planets in Milky Way lifeless'
The idea that 'billions' of other planets in our own Milky Way galaxy are teeming with alien life forms may just be wishful thinking, a new study has claimed. ANI

Obama warns women Mitt Romney will take them 'backward' if elected
US President Barack Obama has said that his presidential candidate opponent and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney won't be supporting women's issues in case he is elected to office. ANI

PPP considers bringing resolution in NA to endorse presidential immunity
Experts in Pakistan have suggested to the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) that it should bring a resolution of endorsement regarding the president's immunity under the constitution and the Vienna Convention in parliament, in order to avoid confrontation with the Supreme Court over the president's immunity in future. ANI

Mugging turns college dropout into real-life 'A Beautiful Mind' math genius
A middle-aged man from Washington is the only person in the world known to have the incredible skill of turning complex mathematical formulas everywhere into stunning, intricate diagrams he can draw by hand that was obtained by sheer accident just a decade ago. ANI

Fear of not having sufficient food 'may lead to obesity'
It is a known fact that eating too much food can cause obesity, but the fear of not having enough food may lead to the same result, a new study has claimed. ANI

Obama advices single men to marry 'superior' women to improve gene pool
Barack Obama has offered some advice to the single men of America, insisting that they should seek out a woman with good genes and then marry her. ANI

US-Pak patch-up talks fail over refusal by US to apologise for deadly NATO attack
The latest talks on ending a diplomatic deadlock between the United States and Pakistan ended in failure on Friday over Pakistan's demands for an unconditional apology from the United States for the deadly airstrike by NATO craft in its territory. ANI

UN Security Council welcomes guilty verdict in Charles Taylor case
The members of the UN Security Council said in a press statement released here Friday that they welcome the verdict issued against former Liberian leader Charles Taylor, which deemed that he is guilty of several violations of international law. ANI

EU cautious on fully liftting sanction on Myanmar
Europen Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is travelling to Myanmar on Saturday and open an EU office in Yangon, a further move after the bloc suspended most sanctions on the country earlier this month. However, its members seems still divided on whether to fully and permanently lift the sanctions. ANI

DPRK leader guides combined military exercise
Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un recently observed a combined military exercise marking the 80th anniversary of the Korean People's Army (KPA), the official news agency KCNA said Saturday. ANI

Two local Haqqani leaders captured in E. Afghanistan: ISAF
Two local Haqqani leaders were detained Saturday in eastern Afghan province of Khost, the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) forces said. ANI

China's search engine market reaches 5.53 bln
The size of China's search engine market hit 5.53 billion yuan (about 877.8 million U.S. dollars) in the first quarter of 2012, according to new statistics. ANI

'Bin Laden did not lead bad life considering he was world's most wanted fugitive'
Former Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden did not lead a bad life taking into account that he was the world's most wanted fugitive, according to a new book by bin Laden expert Peter Bergen. ANI

'Terrorist state' Pak 'complicit' in Osama's extended stay in country: Analyst
Following the deportation of the Bin Laden family from Pakistan, a defense analyst accused the terrorism-infected country of being 'complicit' in Osama residing clandestinely in the country. ANI

Osama resorted to 'natural viagra' and 'Just for Men' hair dye in desperate bid to satisfy wives in bed
Ex Al-Qaeda chief, Osama bin Laden resorted to viagra and hair dye in his desperation to cling on to his youth to keep up with his three wives. ANI

Mt Everest climbers live-blog their ascent to mark 50-yrs of 1963 climb
A team of mountaineers are making a historic trek to the top of Mount Everest via the notorious West Ridge, and they're live-blogging their ascent to help public get the feel of it all. ANI

Michelle Obama's Spain trip cost taxpayers $500,000
The First Lady's highly controversial and lavish whirlwind tour of Spain in 2010 burned a hole in the pockets of taxpayers by costing nearly half a million dollars. ANI

Core Al-Qaeda group 'essentially gone', dangerous affiliates remain, say US officials
Death of Al-Qaeda's leader Osama Bin Laden in a US Navy SEAL raid last year has weakened the terrorist network, but its affiliates still remain a threat to America, intelligence officials have said. ANI

'US security officials debated several options to attack Bin Laden before killing him'

Most advanced US stealth fighters deployed at base less than 200 miles from Iran: Report
The United States' most sophisticated stealth jet fighters have been deployed on an allied base less than 200 miles from Iran, according to a report. ANI

Now, blind, deaf, dumb JuD activists bay for US blood against bounty on Saeed
Blind, deaf and dumb workers of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) staged a demonstration outside Lahore Press Club to condemn Washington for putting a 10 million dollar bounty on JuD chief Hafiz Saeed for his alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks in 2008. ANI

Now, hardline Jamaat-e-Islami party declares war on nudity, vulgarity in Pak
Pakistan's hardline Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party observed an Anti-Vulgarity Day in Karachi, where prayer leaders delivered sermons in Friday prayers against promotion of nudity and vulgarity in Pakistan. ANI

30 pc US workers 'get less than 6 hours of sleep'
Nearly a third of workers in the U.S. are not getting enough sleep, a new study has revealed. ANI

'Adult film' star Koo Stark to sue Murdoch's US-based News Corp over phone-hacking
Duke of York Prince Andrew's former girlfriend Koo Stark is set to launch legal action in the US against Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, saying she was a victim of phone hacking at the News of the World. ANI

Republicans slam Obama's 'shameless, pathetic' bin Laden ad campaign
US Republicans have fired back at Barack Obama's new ad campaign that suggests Osama bin Laden would probably still be alive if Republican contender Mitt Romney had been the president. ANI

New Obama ad campaign suggests 'Romney would not have killed bin Laden'
US President Barack Obama's reelection campaign has released a new video that suggests that al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden would probably still be alive if Republican contender Mitt Romney had been president. ANI

'Blind Chinese activist who fled house arrest now in protection of US Embassy in Beijing'
Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng who evaded about 100 guards to escape from a six-year detention is now safe at the US embassy in Beijing, his friend and fellow activist Hu Jia has confirmed. ANI

Netherlands judge upholds new law to ban foreigners from entering cannabis cafes
A judge in the Netherlands has supported a new law that bans foreign tourists from entering cannabis cafes in the city. ANI

Move over octomum, here comes Mexican woman pregnant with 9 babies
A Mexican woman is reportedly pregnant with nine babies, less than a year after giving birth to triplets. ANI

Afghan Taliban to get 'safe passage' for joining reconciliation talks
Pakistan, US and Afghanistan have agreed to provide a 'safe passage' to Taliban militants willing to join the reconciliation talks and set up a working group to settle modalities for their unhindered movement. ANI

Panetta reveals 'four most nail biting moments in Osama Abbottabad raid'
The most nail biting moment in the Abbottabad raid that killed former Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden came when the helicopters carrying the Navy Seals left Afghan airspace to enter Pakistan's territory, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said. ANI

US High School claims record for having 16 sets of twins in same class
32 students from Staples High School in Westport are looking forward to set a world record for being the largest throng of twins in one class. ANI

'Egg-shaped' globule could be 'evidence of life on Mars'
An 'egg-shaped' object, which was found inside a Martian meteorite that fell to Earth last year, could be final proof of life on the Red Planet. ANI

Oust me if you can, Gilani challenges PML-N
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has thrown a challenge to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to bring a no-confidence motion against him, saying nobody could remove him from his office except the National Assembly (NA) speaker. ANI

Dentist pulls out all of ex-boyfriend's teeth after being dumped
A dentist pulled out all her former boyfriend's teeth after he dumped her for another woman, who has now left him for being toothless. ANI

Gilani still Pakistan's PM, says US
The United States said it continues to work with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and believes he remains the leader of Pakistan's democratic government. ANI

Indo-Pak trade ties in mutual interest: Shahbaz
Pak Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that trade relations between India and Pakistan are in the interest of both countries. ANI

Deported Bin Laden family now safe in Saudi Arabia, confirms NGO
The Yemeni wife of former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden along with other members of his family arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday after they were deported from Pakistan, a non-governmental organization has confirmed. ANI

Men 'splurging more than ever on wedding rings'
A large number of men are reportedly spending more money than ever on their wedding rings. ANI

Obese drivers 'more likely to die in crash'
Obese drivers are more vulnerable to severe injury or death during car crashes as they are far less likely to wear seatbelts than drivers of normal weight, a new study has revealed. ANI

Strauss-Kahn accuses Sarkozy of 'orchestrating' hotel maid sex scandal
Shamed former International Monitory Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has accused political allies linked to French President Nicolas Sarkozy of orchestrating the New York hotel maid sex scandal to prevent him from running for the presidency. ANI

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