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Strong quake hits near east coast of Honshu
An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale jolted near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 1028 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. ANI

Thailand's Suvarnabhumi voted 10th best airport: SKYTRAX
Thailand's Suvarnabhumi Airport was voted by over 12 million passengers worldwide as the world's 10th best airport in a recent survey conducted by SKYTRAX, the world's largest airport and airline review site. ANI

Chinese police crack down on blind dissident Chen Guangcheng's family
The Chinese police have cracked down on the family of escaped blind dissident Chen Guangcheng. ANI

Libya's NTC chief urges people to unite for reconciliation
Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) chief Mustafa Abdul Jalil on Sunday called on all Libyans to united as one with the NTC and the transitional government to bridge the gap for national reconciliation. ANI

Activists says malpractices exposed by escaped Chinese dissident continue in country
Malpractices, such as forced sterilization, abortions, that Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng exposed are still taking place in the country. ANI

Should Prince Harry be ordered to find a black, asks Historian David Starkey
Historian David Starkey, who seems to be undeterred by the furore over his claim that Britain had undergone a cultural shift and whites had "become black", has ventured back into the delicate field of race relations. ANI

Lack of touch with ethnic minorities costing Tories seats, finds survey
UK Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives will lose key marginal seats as they are out of touch with ethnic minorities, according to a new study. ANI

Eight in ten Britons say Cameron out of touch with ordinary families, finds poll
Nearly 8 out of 10 people believe that Prime Minister David Cameron's Government has lost touch with ordinary families, according to a poll. ANI

Former Secret Service agent says rules have been reinforced
New rules announced by the U.S. Secret Service on Friday are only re-inforcement of earlier guidelines, a former agent has claimed. ANI

I'm not a maternal person, says Octomum
Nadya Suleman, who is bringing up 14 kids in a slum, has said that she is "not a maternal person." ANI

Dubai now sole owner of luxury resort Atlantis The Palm: Report
Dubai, Apr 29 (Xinhua-ANI) Kerzner International Holdings, the founder and part-owner of one of Dubai's largest luxury hotels Atlantis The Palm sold his remaining 50 percent stake in the resort for 250 million U. S. dollars to co-owner Istithmar World, an investment vehicle owned by the government of Dubai, Khaleej Times reported Sunday. ANI

French journalist missing in Colombia
A French journalist went missing in Colombia on Saturday after an attack launched by leftist rebels on an army column killed four people, military officials said. ANI

UN chief visits Myanmar in light of significant changes
Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon arrived here Sunday on a three-day official visit to Myanmar in light of significant changes taking place in the country. ANI

S. Korean inspectors to look into new case of mad cow disease
Seoul, April 29 (Xinhua) -- South Korea will send a group of government officials, scholars and civic activists to the United States to look into the latest outbreak of mad cow disease amid growing food safety concerns at home, the farm ministry here said Sunday. ANI

German FM visits Myanmar to start new chapter of cooperation
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle arrived Yangon Sunday as part of his trip to Southeast Asia to start a new chapter of cooperation with Myanmar, official sources said. ANI

Now, machine to be UK prison system's new parole officer
This is something that defies belief, and could be hard to accept, at least for British staff. ANI

Top political columnist says 'Osama killing has fundamentally altered US political landscape'
A senior American political columnist, John Avlon, has said President Barack Obama's decision to give the green signal to a Navy Seal raid that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has fundamentally altered the US political landscape. ANI

'Oz team has improved enough to merit overhaul of Argus report'
Australia has performed with enough distinction to force Argus' panelists to withdraw several comments from their last review, if they were to conduct another assessment this year. ANI

Iran slams deployment of U.S. F-22 Raptors in UAE: lawmaker
A senior Iranian lawmaker slammed the recent deployment of the U.S. F-22 Raptors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the semi-official ISNA news agency reported on Sunday. ANI

Iran discovers new natural gas field: Mehr
Iran has found a new natural gas field in the country's southwestern province of Khuzestan which is estimated to contain reserves as much as the South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Sunday. ANI

Israeli navy arrests 6 Palestinian fishermen off Gaza
Israeli naval forces nabbed six Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources said Sunday. ANI

Former BBC chief slams UK Culture Secretary over ties to Murdoch empire
A former chairman of the BBC Trust, Sir Michael Lyons, has slammed UK Cultural Secretary Jeremy Hunt over his relationship with the Murdoch empire. ANI

Pak-US yet to mend even a year after Obama's killing
Relations between Pakistan and the United States are yet to mend after one year after the killing of former Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Bin Laden family allowed into Saudi Arabia on 'humanitarian grounds'
Saudi Arabia has accepted the return of Osama bin Laden's family on humanitarian grounds. ANI

Prince Charles' trust funds burlesque dancer's ni*ple tassels and corsets
Felicia Noir, a saucy burlesque dancer, is said to have splashed out on ni*ple tassels courtesy Prince Charles' charity. ANI

Congresswoman says more women in Secret Service could prevent repeat of Colombian sex scandal
A Congresswoman, who is a member of the House of Representative, has called for including more women in the U.S. Secret Service to prevent it from future dishonour similar to the Colombian prostitution scandal. ANI

Dazzling Venus can be seen at its brightest this week
This week, step outside any night about an hour after sunset and you will get to see the brilliant planet Venus at the western sky. ANI

Independent Scotland could leave UK 'more vulnerable to terror attack', warns official
An independent Scotland could leave all parts of Britain more vulnerable to terrorist attack due to the risk of communication failure between intelligence services, a former top police officer has warned. ANI

Former Shin Bet chief slams Netanyahu and Barak over misleading Israeli public on Iran
Former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin has criticized Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak over the country's 'messianic political leadership', which is misleading the public on issues related to Iran. ANI

Only Afghan leadership can resolve Afghanistan issue: Munter
U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said that only Afghan leadership can resolve the Afghanistan issue and added that Pakistan and the United States can only give Kabul a helping hand. ANI

I don't need opposition leader permission to enter National Assembly: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said he does not need any opposition leader's permission to enter the National Assembly (NA), as he was a unanimously elected prime minister and member of parliament. ANI

Lahore High Court moved to stop Gilani from holding PM's office
The Lahore High Court (LHC) has been moved to stopPakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani from continuing in office. ANI

Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei's new Egyptian party 'too late for elections'
Egyptian reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei has formed a political party that aims to unite people in the country, and hopes to take power in four years time. ANI

Sarkozy denies receiving pay off from Gaddafi to fund 2007 election campaign
French President Nicolas Sarkozy's campaign spokesperson has denied allegations that he accepted 42 million pounds from slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi for his 2007 election campaign. ANI

David Cameron's heartbroken ex becomes nun named Sister John Mary
David Cameron's heartbroken former lover, a glamorous blonde who worked in London at Conservative Party HQ with her ambitious young boyfriend, has become a nun called Sister John Mary, it has been revealed. ANI

Afghan interior ministry says five Taliban killed, 21 detained in last 24 hours
Five Taliban militants have been killed and 21 others detained during operations during the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said Sunday morning. ANI

Laskhmi Mittal remains UK's richest man for 8th year in a row
Steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal retains the top spot for the eighth straight year in the annual UK's wealthiest rich list of Sunday Times. ANI

Lebanon impounds ship carrying 'weapons for Syrian rebels'
Lebanese authorities have reportedly detained a Sierra Leone-registered ship that was allegedly carrying weapons for Syrian rebels. ANI

Taliban rejects 'safe passage' agreement reached at Pak-US-Afghan trilateral forum
The Afghan Taliban has rejected the trilateral forum agreement in Islamabad that had agreed to give a safe passage to moderate elements of the Taliban, who are willing to talk to the Afghan government. ANI

Malik says Sharif brothers involved in corruption worth $32m
The Pakistan government has decided to send references against the Sharif brothers to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for alleged corruption to the tune of 32 million dollars, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. ANI

Being positive can help you get a job
Keeping your spirits up is very important if you are searching for a job after a layoff, a new study has suggested. ANI

Saudi Arabia closes embassy in Egypt amid protests over detention of activist
Saudi Arabia has closed its embassy in the Egyptian capital and recalled its ambassador in the wake of protests over the arrest of a human rights lawyer. ANI

Gaddafi gave Sarkozy £42 mln to fund 2007 election campaign: Report
Nicolas Sarkozy's hopes of being re-elected as the French President have rocked by new reports suggesting he accepted a 42 million pound funding from slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi for his 2077 election campaign. ANI

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