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'Endemic' corruption in South Africa is at its 'tip'
South Africa's Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has said endemic corruption in the country is at its peak. ANI

Ohio's gay teen sues school for banning 'Jesus Is Not a Homophobe' tee
A gay Ohio teenager has sued his high school for not allowing him to wear a t-shirt bearing the slogan 'Jesus Is Not a Homophobe'. ANI

26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed mocks bounty, dares U.S. to catch him
Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed has reacted to the 10 million dollar U.S. bounty announced on him and publicly announced his location to the American authorities. ANI

Gilani will not write letter to Swiss authorities, says his lawyer
Aitzaz Ahsan, the lawyer representing Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in a NRO case related to President Asif Ali Zardari, has said that his client will not be writing to the Swiss authorities to seek the latter's prosecution. ANI

US woman forced to retire car after 576k miles on road
A 93-year-old Florida woman, who has driven a total of 576,000 miles in the same 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente, has been forced to give up driving due to age-related macular degeneration in both eyes. ANI

Bristol Palin's ex Levi Johnston to become dad again
Bristol Palin's former fiance Levi Johnston is expecting a child with his girlfriend Sunny Oglesby, who has reportedly been pregnant for "about four or five months". ANI

'Shocked' senior UK police officer urges staff to report racist behaviour
Britain's Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has said that he been 'shocked' by recent revelations of racist behavior in the police force and 'will not stand for any racism or racists'. ANI

New generation of UK-based African terrorist could be radicalised by Al-Qaeda
A new generation of British terrorists could emerge from the children of African descent targeted by a "new front" of Al-Qaeda-inspired extremists, according to a report. ANI

"Taxi of Tomorrow" display by Bloomberg at New York Auto Show
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a state-of-art "Taxi of Tomorrow" at the New York Auto Show on Tuesday. ANI

Over six in ten American Jews in support of Obama
American Jewish support for US President Barrack Obama, remains high, according to a Public Religion Research Institute poll. ANI

Rick Santorum denies defeat, gears up for Pennsylvania
Republican presidential candidate, Rick Santorum has refused to concede defeat and is confident about winning in his home state Pennsylvania. ANI

US Marines arrives for training in Australia
The first batch of US Marines have landed in Darwin and will be undertaking training for the next six months. ANI

Romney's wife had 'blind trust invested in Goldman Sachs' sex trafficking fund'
A blind trust in the name of US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife, was an investor in a Goldman Sachs fund that had invested in a media company, which according to critics facilitates sex trafficking. ANI

US, Afghanistan close to signing landmark deal on controversial night raids
The United States and Afghanistan are close to completing an agreement that would give Kabul effective control over night time raids, officials of both countries have said. ANI

Twelve Nobel Laureates urge China to begin Tibet dialogue with Dalai Lama
Twelve Nobel Laureates have written to Chinese President Hu Jintao urging him to open talks with The Dalai Lama after a series of self-immolations by Tibetans. ANI

Sarah Palin blasts 'Game Change' portrayal
Sarah Palin has slammed the way she was portrayed by Julianne Moore in the recent HBO movie 'Game Change'. ANI

Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga make it to Time's 100 Fashion Icons list
TIME magazine has listed the world's 100 most influential style superstars in anticipation of its annual poll. ANI

Documentary claims Gaddafi 'raped countless women' during his years in power
Slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi had raped countless women during his 40 years in power, a new documentary has revealed. ANI

Duchess Kate 'not pregnant'
Prince William and Duchess Kate, who will soon mark their first wedding anniversary on 29th April 29, are not planning to celebrate it by announcing any baby news. ANI

North Korea 'preparing to unveil missile capable of striking US'
North Korea is preparing to unveil a missile capable of striking mainland America, government sources in South Korea have revealed. ANI

Romney wins Wisconsin, Maryland, Washington Republican primaries
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has won the Republican presidential primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington DC. ANI

Pak Chief Justice says situation in Balochistan out of control
A three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhury has described the situation in Pakistan's largest province - Balochistan - as being out of control because of deteriorating law and order. ANI

Credible medical evidence emerges of widespread torture of non-Arabic civilians in Darfur
Medical forensic experts, have in a study, alleged widespread, sustained torture and other human rights violations by the Government of Sudan and Janjaweed forces against non-Arabic-speaking civilians. ANI

Teacher's aide suspended for refusing to disclose Facebook password.
A teacher's aide has been suspended from her job for refusing to reveal her Facebook password to her boss. ANI

Parts of Texas devastated by tornadoes.
Parts of Texas, including state capital Dallas have been devastated by tornadoes. ANI

JuD calls US bounty on Hafiz Saeed's head 'another attack on Muslims, Islam'
Banned terror outfit Jamaatud Dawa has officially condemned the US announcement of a 10 million dollar bounty on its chief Hafiz Saeed, calling it "another attack by the American government on Muslims and Islam" ANI

Pak won't prosecute Hafiz Saeed 'just to please India' without 'watertight evidence', says official
A Pakistani official has reportedly said that they cannot act against Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed just to 'please India' until and unless they have 'watertight evidence' against him. ANI

Pak still mum on US decision to put bounty on Hafiz Saeed's head
Pakistan has given very little reaction to Jamaatud Dawa's decision to initiate legal consultations to determine if it can challenge the US announcement of a 10 million dollar bounty on its chief Hafiz Saeed in the international court, saying they have no official information in this regard. ANI

Answers needed from Pakistan on Osama's presence in country
The Pakistan Government has been avoiding giving answers as how Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden lived in five houses in Pakistan, fathered four children there, kept three wives who took dictation for his rambling directives to his terror network and had two children born in public hospitals. ANI

Josef Fritzl gets 4100 pounds payout in copyright case
Josef Fritzl has been awarded 4,100 pounds by an Austrian court after a cafe served Fritzl Schnitzels during his trial. ANI

47pc bosses annoyed by employees `wasting time on Twitter`
Growing numbers of bosses are getting annoyed about how much time their staff is spending on Twitter, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Banned JuD to challenge US bounty on Hafiz Saeed's head in international court
Banned terror outfit Jamaatud Dawa has expressed anger as India welcomed the US announcement of a 10 million dollar reward on its chief Hafiz Saeed, and has said that it will initiate legal consultations to determine if it can challenge the bounty in international courts. ANI

India played no role in posting 'American's killer' Hafiz Saeed's bounty: US
US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland has said that India played no role in the bounty being placed on the former LeT founders. ANI

Pelican Launches High Level Case Customization Capabilities in Australia as Pelican-Trimcast Advanced Case Solutions™
Pelican Products Pty Ltd announced today that it has launched and rededicated their innovative, regional custom case facility in Melbourne, VIC as Pelican-Trimcast™ Advanced Case Center. These Advanced Case Centers are the industry’s only factory authorized sites offering high level case customization services. Business Wire India

Joseph F. Woody and Lisa N. Colleran to Join Board of Directors of Parent Company of KCI and LifeCell
The parent company of Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI) and LifeCell Corporation today announced that Joseph F. “Joe” Woody and Lisa N. Colleran will join the parent company’s board of directors. Additionally, Ronald A. Matricaria has stepped down from the board as of March 31 Business Wire India

TA Associates Completes Minority Investment in BillDesk
TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, today announced it has acquired a minority stake in BillDesk, India’s largest online payment services company. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. Business Wire India

Cegedim Relationship Management’s New AggregateSpend360™ Cloud Based Solution Delivers a Superior Level of Global Transparency
Cegedim Relationship Management today announced the launch of the new version of its aggregate spend transparency and disclosure compliance solution, AggregateSpend360™, the only solution on the market that supports local, country-specific and global transparency and reporting requirements Business Wire India

Asset Managers to Gather for Bloomberg Financial Summit in Doha
More than 200 asset managers from Asia, Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East are expected to attend the Bloomberg Doha Conference organized by Bloomberg LINK in partnership with the Qatar Financial Centre Authority (“QFC Authority”) on Monday, April 16th and Tuesday, April 17th 2012 in Doha, Qatar Business Wire India

AcuFocus a Finalist for Medical Design Excellence Award
AcuFocus, Inc., creator of an innovative corneal inlay revolutionizing the treatment of near vision loss (presbyopia), is pleased to announce its position as a finalist in the 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards for the KAMRA® inlay Business Wire India

Octapharma Group Releases 2011 Annual Report
2011 has been a successful transitional year for the Octapharma Group. Since octagam® 5% and 10% re-entered all important markets profitability experienced a month-by-month continuous improvement Business Wire India

Fenwal Introduces New Aurora™ System for Plasma Collection
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared for marketing a new source plasma collection system developed by Fenwal, Inc., the company announced today Business Wire India

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