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India stands ready to be equal partner in Seychelles' development: Patil
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Monday said India stands ready to be a full and equal partner in the development of Seychelles through financial assistance and initiatives that support capacity building. ANI

India's refusal to allow Pak lawyers to cross-examine 26/11 attack witnesses challenged
The alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has challenged India's refusal to allow Pakistani lawyers to cross-examine Indian witnesses in a Pakistan court. ANI

U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan may complicate vital negotiations
A fresh drone strike by the Central Investigation Agency in Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency have drawn speculations of a set back in vital negotiations between the already strenuous U.S.-Pak relationship. ANI

Vatican 'accepted one billion lire' to bury criminal chief in Basilica next to former popes
The Vatican is facing controversy and ridicule over reports that it accepted one billion lire from widow of a notorious criminal chief to allow his internment in the Basilica next to popes and cardinals over 22 years ago. ANI

Oz business tycoon announces plans to build new Titanic
An Australian mining businessman Clive Palmer has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese state-owned company CSC Jinling Shipyard to build Titanic II. ANI

Israeli government blasts former spy chief's 'PM unfit to conduct war' comments
Israeli Government officials have rejected former chief of security agency Shin Bet, Yuval Diskin's criticism of the country's political leadership. ANI

America continues drone strikes in Pakistan
A fresh drone strike by America in Pakistan's North Waziristan Agency, which killed three suspected militants and injured two, clearly indicates that the Central Investigation Agency would press ahead with its drone strikes in that country, despite the Parliament's demand to end the attacks. ANI

US warns allies about North Korea nuke test 'taking place this week'
The United States has reportedly warned its allies that North Korea is building up to carrying out a nuclear test this week. ANI

Pakistan may boycott Chicago summit following fresh drone strikes by U.S.
Pakistan may boycott the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago and delay its decision to reopen NATO supply routes in retaliation for the latest U.S. drone attack in North Waziristan Agency, Pakistan officials said. ANI

US counter terrorism advisor defends 'tremendously capable tool' drone attacks against militants
White House counter terrorism advisor John Brennan has defended the administration's campaign of using armed drones to target terrorism suspects, calling it a 'tremendously capable tool' against terrorists. ANI

'Pak intelligence says Taliban may be planning another attack on Adiala Prison
Pakistan intelligence agencies have warned that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) may be planning another attack on the Adiala prison. ANI

Suu Kyi to take oath in parliament 'as soon as possible'
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will swear an oath in parliament "as soon as possible", in a dramatic turnaround to the ongoing political impasse. ANI

6 dead in SE China landslide
Six people have been confirmed dead after a landslide buried a work shed in southeast China's Fujian province last week, local authorities said Monday. ANI

Buddha's parietal-bone relic enshrined in Macao for public worship
A rare piece of parietal-bone relic of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, has been enshrined for public worship in the Macao East Asian Games Dome on Monday afternoon shortly after it arrived from Hong Kong. ANI

Sri Lanka's main Islamic party refuses to relocate controversial mosque
Sri Lanka's main Muslim political party Muslim Congress, a government ally on Monday wowed not to reach any compromise on the removal of controversial Muslim mosque in the central part of the country. ANI

Wife stands by implicated Secret Service agent on Colombian sex scandal
The wife of Secret Service agent Arthur Huntington, whose refusal to pay a Colombian hooker in full brought the sex scandal to light, has said she will support her husband through his difficult time. ANI

Libya's ruling council decides to keep current cabinet in place
The head of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) has said that the interim government would stay in place to ensure the success of the June elections for a constituent assembly. ANI

Bahraini court orders retrial of jailed opposition activists
Bahrain's Appeal Court on Monday ordered retrial in the case of prominent jailed opposition activist Abdulhadi Al Khawaja. ANI

14 Taliban militants killed in operations in Afghanistan
Fourteen Taliban militants have been killed and 16 others detained during military operations conducted by Afghan forces and NATO-led coalition troops within the past 24 hours. ANI

Urgent: 4 killed in explosion in central Nepal
An explosive device went off in Janakpur district in central Nepal on Monday. ANI

China launches two navigation satellites
China successfully launched two satellites into space at 4:50 a.m. Beijing Time Monday, the 12th and 13th satellites for its Beidou global navigation and positioning network, the launch center said. ANI

PML-Q chief says army not keen on takeover
Pakistan Muslim League-Q President Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said the army is so not keen to assume power amid the prevailing political situation in the country. ANI

Czech metal thieves take apart 10-ton bridge
Metal thieves in the Czech Republic are said to have dismantled an entire 10-ton bridge and more than 650ft of track. ANI

Catholics told to 'embrace Twitter and Facebook'
Delegates at a Catholic conference have been told that the Catholic Church should embrace online tools such as Twitter and Facebook to deliver its message. ANI

Majority of Israelis support U.S.-led attack on Iran: poll
A recent poll carried out by an Israeli newspaper revealed that most Israelis are supportive of a strike on Iran if it is led by the United States. ANI

'Unbridled' Saeed again publicly spews anti-India, US venom
Jamaat-ud- Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed has blamed both the United States and India for the recent sectarian unrest in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B). ANI

Chinese woman kills man by squeezing his testicles over parking space row
A Chinese female scooter rider killed a man by squeezing his testicles over a parking dispute, in Haikou City, Hainan Province. ANI

Cameron denies supporting Murdoch empire in return for favourable coverage
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that there was no agreement between him and media tycoon Rupert Murdoch to support News Corp's business interests in return for favourable coverage. ANI

Wrong perception of Islam in UK is a big challenge for Muslims
The United Kingdom Islamic Mission (UKIM) chief Dr Zahid Pervez has said that a wrong perception of Islam among the British and other communities, is a core challenge that Muslims face in the United Kingdom. ANI

U.S. group disapproves Gilani's conviction
The U.S. based South Asia Democracy Watch (SADeW) has termed the recent conviction of Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as an attempt to derail the current democratic process in the country as part of the institutional power struggle. ANI

No PPP premier will write Swiss letter: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who was convicted of contempt by the Supreme court last week, once again struck a defiant note by saying that no prime minister from the Pakistan People's Party would write a letter to authorities in Switzerland to seek a reopening of graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

PPP, PML-N in verbal war, again
The clash between the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) continues to hog the limelight, after leaders of both parties accused each other of being corrupt and of robbing the nation's wealth. ANI

Florida pastor holds Koran burning ceremony over Iranian clergyman's imprisonment
A controversial Florida pastor has held another Koran-burning ceremony outside his church to protest against the imprisonment of a Christian clergyman in Iran. ANI

Colombian envoy seeks U.S. apology for ruining Cartagena's image
Colombia's Ambassador to the United States, Gabriel Silva, has sought an apology from President Barack Obama for damaging the reputation of his country through the sex scandal that involved Secret Service agents. ANI

Obama takes humorous shots at GOP, Secret Service at White House Correspondents Dinner
President Barack Obama's humorous speech targeted this year's primaries, the 2008 primaries, the General Services Administration scandal, the Secret Service and real estate mogul Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents Dinner. ANI

Egyptian military bends to Islamist demand of forming new govt
Egypt's ruling military has said that it would appoint a new cabinet in the next 48 hours, apparently conceding to the Islamist-dominated parliament's demand for a new government. ANI

Obama flaunts funny side at White House Correspondents' dinner
After his hilarious appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel, President Barack Obama bragged his sense of humour yet again with the chat show host - but this time at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday, according to the reports. ANI

Prince Harry pulls brakes on relationship with 'too open' Mollie King
Prince Harry, who made headlines for his alleged affair with Mollie King, is said to have cooled off contact with her after she was rather too open about their evenings out. ANI

Wills-Kat 'walk down the aisle again' on anniversary weekend
One year after their own marriage, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got hitched yet again on Saturday - but this time as guests at the wedding of close friends Hannah Gillingham and Robert Carter at St. Andrews Church in Wingfield, England. ANI

Ahead of Osama death anniversary, US 'especially vigilant' about aviation terror threat
White House counter terrorism adviser John Brennan has said that the United States is on alert and 'especially vigilant' as the first anniversary of the death of former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin laden looms. ANI

Looking for true love? Head over to the countryside
People living in the countryside are far more likely to find true love than city dwellers, according to a new study. ANI

New U. S. law to integrate manned drones into airspace by 2015
The United States' Federal Aviation Administration is developing plans to integrate drones operated by individuals or corporations into U.S. airspace by 2015. ANI

Three dead in US yacht race 'collision'
At least three sailors have reportedly died after a yacht collided with a much larger ship during a race in the United States. ANI

ILO reveals 202 million globally to be unemployed in 2012
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said that global unemployment has risen to 202 million people in 2012, up by six million from last year's figures. ANI

US President Obama under pressure to protect Chinese dissident Guangcheng
U.S. President Barack Obama is under pressure to offer Washington's protection to blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who has reportedly taken refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing. ANI

UN observer mission head says only Syrians can end violence in their country
The head of the UN observer mission to Syria has said that only Syrians rather than the 1,000 unarmed observers, can end the violence in the country. ANI

Kidnapped British aid worker's beheaded body found in Pakistan
The decapitated body of a British aid worker has been found in Pakistan, three months after he was kidnapped. ANI

At least seven killed in SUV crash near New York's Bronx Zoo
At least seven people, including three children, were killed when an SUV crossed across several lanes of traffic on a highway overpass and plunged over 50 feet before landing in a ravine inside the Bronx Zoo in New York. ANI

Strauss-Kahn accuses newspaper of 'fabricating interview' claiming Sarkozy framed sex scandal
Shamed former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has accused The Guardian newspaper of 'fabricating an interview' in which he accused enemies linked to Nicolas Sarkozy of destroying his bid for French presidency. ANI

Bin Laden worked in tandem with Omar for attacks against NATO, Pak targets
Leaders of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban closely planned attacks against NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Afghan Government and targets in Pakistan, a document found in Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound has revealed. ANI

Black women leaders 'approved for assertiveness at work'
While black men are often penalised for being assertive and aggressive leaders at the workplace, black women are expected to act boldly, a new study has found. ANI

18-litre-a-day coke habit left Kiwi woman 100 kgs heavier
A woman in New Zealand, who used to drink drinking up to 18 litres of Coca-Cola a day, knows how addictive the carbonated soft drink can be. ANI

Billions of habitable worlds lurking in Milky Way boost odds of finding alien life
Our galaxy may be teeming with billions of habitable planets, which could have huge consequences on the search for extra-terrestrial life, according to a recent survey. ANI

Ban Ki-moon makes landmark visit to 'reforming' Burma with 'guarded optimism'
UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon has met Burmese President Thein Sein and other senior officials, and became the first foreign dignitary to address that nation's parliament. ANI

Obama campaign defends 'fair game' bin Laden ad
US President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has defended a controversial web video that questioned whether Republican rival Mitt Romney would have approved the raid on Osama bin Laden's hide out in Abbottabad, calling the ad campaign 'fair game'. ANI

Ex-Libyan oil minister found dead in Vienna's Danube River
Libya's former oil minister Shukri Ghanem has been found dead in the Danube river flowing through Vienna, Austria. ANI

Man receives deceased mum's postcard 54 years after it was posted
A postcard mailed from Chicago in 1958 has finally reached its intended recipient, with a little help from Facebook. ANI

Collabnet Ushers in the Next Evolution in Software Development: Enterprise Cloud Development
CollabNet® (, a global leader for Enterprise Cloud Development and Agile ALM products and services, today unveiled its new corporate strategy to support the enterprise adoption of hybrid cloud development and deployment Business Wire India

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The Middle East Emerges a Hotbed of Activity for the District Cooling Market, Finds Frost & Sullivan
The Middle East experiences the longest summers on earth, with temperatures ranging between 35-55 degrees Celsius. This has created a fertile market for district cooling, which is expected to grow at a healthy Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 15.4 per cent from 2010 to 2016 Business Wire India

Gemalto is Finalist at LTE World Summit 2012 for “Best Contribution to R&D for LTE”
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces it has been selected as a finalist in the “Best Contribution to R&D for LTE” category by the LTE World Summit jury Business Wire India

Switching to TWYNSTA® allows patients with uncontrolled hypertension on monotherapy to rapidly reach their blood pressure goals
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