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Detained Gadaafi's son attacked in Libya
The son of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, has been attacked during detention in Libya, a lawyer from the International Criminal court (ICC) said. ANI

Romney using ethics exception to limit disclosure of Bain holdings
Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, whose wealth has become a central issue in the 2012 campaign, has taken advantage of an obscure exception in federal ethics laws to avoid disclosing the nature and extent of his holdings. ANI

GOP establishment thinks Mitt Romney will lose to Obama
Nobody in the Republican establishment is convinced that frontrunner and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will win against President Barack Obama when the November presidential polls take place. ANI

Lahore Bar Association says 'Obama is a terrorist, not Hafiz Saeed'
Lahore Bar Association (LBA) President Chaudhary Zulfiqar Ali has said American President Barack Obama is the terrorist, not Jamaat -ud- Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saaed. ANI

Toilets cleaner than people's workstations
Office staff may be at risk of catching germs and diseases from their desks. ANI

Titanic shipwreck to soon come under Unesco's protection
The sunken wreck of the Titanic will get the protection of United Nations cultural agency Unesco as it passes the 100th anniversary of its sinking on 15 April. ANI

Smallest town in US sold for 900k dollars at auction
A town in the state of Wyoming, USA - said to be the smallest in the country - has been sold at an auction for 900,000 dollars. ANI

Carla Bruni says she puts on wig to travel in Paris Metro
Carla Bruni has revealed that she often disguises herself in order to travel unrecognised. ANI

Barry apologizes for his Asian 'dirty shops' comments
Just after achieving another electoral victory, D.C. Councilman Marion Barry has apologized for his Election Day suggestion that Asian business owners in his ward "ought to go". ANI

JuD- backed Difa-e-Pakistan Council warns Zardari not to visit India
The Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) has called on Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to cancel his trip to India, and warned that it will protest against the issue. ANI

Russian arms trafficker Bout gets 25 years jail in arms case in US
Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout has been sentenced to 25 years in prison by a federal judge in New York for conspiring to sell weapons to a US-designated foreign terrorist group based in Colombia. ANI

Sky news admits authorising journalist to hack 'Canoe Man' Darwin's emails
Senior executives at Sky News reportedly allowed a journalist to illegally hack the emails of "Canoe Man" John Darwin, who has been accused of faking his own death in 2002 to claim insurance money. ANI

UN chief says Syria crisis worsening
United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon believes the crisis in Syria is worsening. ANI

US bounty on Saeed is a wrong signal amid new engagements of Pak- US ties: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the 10 million dollar bounty on Jamaat-ud -Dawa (JD) chief Hafiz Saeed will send a "wrong signal" in the wake of both sides embarking on new dimensions in their ties. ANI

Hitler biography sparks war of words between historians
A biography of Hitler written by a historian and broadcaster has started a bitter public feud between him and a Third Reich expert who accused the writer of "repellent arrogance" in publishing the book. ANI

Saif Gaddafi trivially charged with failure to license camels
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Libya's former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, has been trivially charged with issues such as failure to license his camels, the UN human rights campaigners have claimed. ANI

Ex-spy chief Suleiman quits race for Egyptian presidency
Former spy chief and vice president of Egypt Omar Suleiman has quit the race for presidential elections, ending weeks of speculation. ANI

US, Pak 'behind the scenes' officials finalizing 'real deal' between both sides: Sources
Both Pakistan and the US 'behind the scenes' officials are engaging in back-channel talks to finalize the real deal to improve ties between both sides. ANI

Human Rights Watch asks Olympics Committee to take up Saudi discrimination of women in sports
Human Rights Watch has urged the International Olympic Committee to take up the issue of Saudi discrimination against women in sports at its next executive board meeting in Quebec on May 23. ANI

Pak should ensure case against Hafiz Saeed that stands up to judicial scrutiny: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has called on the government to make a case against Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed that holds up to judicial scrutiny. ANI

Tuarag rebels declare independence
Tuareg rebels of north Mali's National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) have announced the 'independence of Azawad' through their website, and through a spokesman on France 24 television. ANI

Queen Elizabeth 'often cuts up meat for her corgis'
Queen Elizabeth often cuts up meat for her dogs, according to British politician David Blunkett. ANI

Hizb-e-Islami peace team to hold talks with US, Afghanistan
The Hizb-e-Islami's (HI) has said its peace team will hold talks with the United States and Afghanistan in Kabul to chalk out a roadmap for peace in the war-torn country. ANI

Barbie heading for US Prez role in pink power suit
The famous Barbie doll has set her sights on the White House as she is running for US President again, the manufacturer of the iconic doll has announced. ANI

Teacher gets 4595 years in jail for raping underage students
Kuala Lumpur, Apr 6 (ANI: A teacher in Taiwan has been given a prison sentence of 4,595 years for raping 12 underage girls. ANI

Oz energy firm sacks CEO for racist, sexist remarks
One of Australia's largest energy broking firms has been forced to sack co-founder and CEO Ben Polis after he posted racist and sexist comments on his personal Facebook page against Aborigines, Asians and women, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard. ANI

Amnesty warns of a major debacle in Mali
Amnesty International has said that Mali is on the verge of a major humanitarian disaster following a coup and rebellion in the north of the country. ANI

'Afghanistan won't be used as launch pad for US drone strikes on Pak after 2014'
Afghanistan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasool has said his country won't be used as a launch pad for conducting US drones attacks on Pakistan after NATO combat forces withdraw at the end of 2014. ANI

FATA hub of terrorism-related stories
A new study released in Pakistan has claimed that, half of all terrorism-related stories published in the country's main newspapers, primarily emanate from the country's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) region. ANI

Pak admits 'still far from reaching agreement on improving ties with US'
Pakistan has indicated it was still far from reaching an agreement with the United States on how to improve ties that had deteriorated after a series of major crises. ANI

Nicolas Sarkozy bans presidential chef from serving him cheese
Nicolas Sarkozy has done away with cheese after meals at his official residence at the Elysee Palace, according to the presidential chef. ANI

US describes $10m bounty on JuD chief Saeed 'sweetener' to provide evidence
US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner has described the 10 million dollar bounty on Jammat -ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed as a "sweetener" to enable people to come forward and give evidence against him, adding that the US was maintaining close contact with India over the issue. ANI

Pak opposition parties again scupper passage of pro-women Domestic Violence Bill
The Pakistan government has deferred the Domestic Violence Protection (Prevention and Protection) Bill 2009 following strong resistance by opposition parties, including the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). ANI

Pak 'predictably' rejects India's claim of evidence against JuD chief Hafiz Saeed
Pakistan has 'predictably' rejected Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna's claims regarding existence of evidence to nail Jammat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed. ANI

Leonardo da Vinci's 'to do' list includes finding human skull
A page from Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks, which had been previously unseen, shows that even geniuses have to write down to-do lists. ANI

Murder mystery: employee of murdered Indian businessman commits suicide
The mystery surrounding the death of an Indian businessman in Muscat has deepened with one of employees committed suicide on Thursday. ANI

Evidence on Hafiz Saeed handed over to Pakistan: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna on Friday said India has handed over all evidence related to Jamaat-ud -Dawa (JD) chief Hafiz Saeed to Pakistan with regard to the latter's involvement in the planning and execution of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. ANI

US praises Indo-Pak talks plan, says its a win-win situation
The United States has praised plans for Indo-Pak talks as it ries to diffuse tensions in ties caused by Washington's 10 million dollar bounty on Jamaat-ud Dawa head Hafiz Saaed. ANI

Difa-i-Pakistan says Saeed, Makki's protection is Pak govt's responsibility'
The Difa-i-Pakistan Council (DPC) has declared that the protection of Jamaat- ud- Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and his brother - in -law Abdul Rehman Makki is the responsibility of the Pakistan Government because "[they] are citizens of Pakistan". ANI

Viacom's copyright infringement case against Google owned YouTube reinstated
Viacom's case against Google over copyright infringement of a billion dollars, which was dismissed in 2010, has been reopened. ANI

Australian military faced with another sex scandal
The Australian military is facing another sex scandal just weeks after it handed down wide-ranging reviews into defence culture, including sexual abuse and the treatment of women. ANI

Over US mother, Islamist likely out of Egypt presidential race
Popular Islamist presidential hopeful Hazem Abu Ismail may opt out of the race in Egypt after the country's election commission said that he could be disqualified because his mother was an American citizen. ANI

Eight Brit police officers suspended pending racism inquiry
UK's Metropolitan Police has suspended eight officers and a civilian staff member after complaints of racism were filed against them. ANI

Dot Commodity Launches ""Nikkei 225 Futures & Options"" Brokerage Services
Dot Commodity, Inc. (Dot), Japan's largest online commodity futures broker, is pleased to announce the launch of "Nikkei 225 Futures & Options" brokerage services on April 9th Business Wire India

Recent Market Activity in Taro's Common Stock
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TARO) (“Taro,” or the “Company”), today announced that in view of the unusual market activity in the Company’s stock, the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) has contacted the Company in accordance with its usual practice Business Wire India

Hilco Industrial and Heritage Global Partners Conduct Global Private Treaty Sale for GWF Power Systems, L.P.
On behalf of GWF Power Systems, Hilco Industrial, in partnership with Heritage Global Partners, is conducting an immediate sale of six petroleum coke fired power plants in California, for global relocation opportunities or potential turnkey operations. Business Wire India

Kaplan Test Prep Introduces Free Resources for Indian Students Seeking to Prepare for Standardized Exams
With much uncertainty about the pending ISEET and NEET, global test prep leader Kaplan Test Prep has created in.kaptestglobal.com, offering several free resources for the SAT®, one of the primary standardized admissions tests for U.S. universities, for Indians seeking test prep practice: http://in.kaptestglobal Business Wire India

Shufflr Launches iPad App
Shufflr today announced the launch of their iPad app. Shufflr is a video discovery service that helps consumers discover videos that they would like to watch anytime, anywhere. Shufflr takes a unique (patent pending) approach of combining social signals with algorithms, creating a ‘Daily Fix’ of videos for a personalized TV like experience to its users Business Wire India

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