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US unemployment level falls to 8.2 percent in March
The United States Labor Department has said that the country's mployers have added 120,000 jobs in March, leading to the unemployment rate to fall to 8.2 ercent. ANI

Journo says Pak embroiled in internal crisis after failing to cope with Cold War
Noted Pakistan journalist Ahmed Rashid has reckoned that his ountry is embroiled in an internal crisis as both civilian and military institutions have failed to ope with the Cold War and its aftermath. ANI

War crime victims' kin in Bangladesh hope for a fair trial against accused
Family members of victims killed during the 1971 Bangladesh war on Saturday hoped for a fair trial against those accused of committing crimes during the period. ANI

Virgin Atlantic employee quits over celebrity flight leak allegations
An employee at the Virgin Atlantic resigned after she was alleged to have given out flight details of up to 70 people, including those of Princess Beatrice, Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johannson, to a paparazzi agency. ANI

Pak journalist Rashid admits Indo-Pak ties have warmed though no breakthrough achieved
Noted Pakistan journalist Ahmed Rashid has admitted that progress has taken place in improving Indo-Pak ties and added that trade talks have been encouraging. ANI

Saeed calls on Pak to tell India, US it won't toe their line over national issues
Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has said Pakistan is in a state of war after being surrounded by armed enemies from both east and the west, who want to separate Balochistan to have access to the Gwadar Port, and to deprive it of its nuclear arsenals. ANI

Christians urged to wear cross every day as 'symbol of belief'
The head of the Catholic church in Scotland has urged Christians to wear a cross on their clothes every day as 'a symbol of their beliefs'. ANI

Pak hardline party against domestic violence bill over it being copy of Indian law
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) has slammed Pakistan's domestic violence bill as a copy of Indian law and vowed to fight "tooth and nail" against it. ANI

Racism warnings 'fell on deaf ears,' says top UK police official
A senior British police official has joined criticism of Scotland Yard's record racial behaviour, saying warnings have fallen on 'deaf ears' for more than a decade. ANI

Japan formulates new nuke plant safety guidelines
Japan has announced a new set of standards for its nuclear plants on Friday to prevent disasters, such as last year's meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-chi power plant, as the government aimed to ease public concern about restarting idle reactors. ANI

New scanner in Europe airports to be installed owing to security concerns
Britain's Department for Transport is likely to approve installation of a new generation of airport scanners, which would lift the ban on carrying liquids by passengers. ANI

Virginia Beach residents warned not to breathe air or touch debris of US Navy jet crash
Virginia Beach residents have been warned to avoid the site of a Navy jet crash, lest they come in contact with toxic materials that were sent swirling into the air upon impact. ANI

Twenty million Pak children not in school: UNICEF
Around 20 million children in Pakistan, including an estimated 7.3 million of primary school age are not in school, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has said. ANI

China builds capability to handle nuke emergencies
China has planned to update the country's nuclear emergency plan and built its capability to handle nuclear emergencies, according to a report. ANI

UN chief condemns Syria's fresh military assaults on civilians
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has slammed the Syrian government for its latest military crackdown on pro-democracy protestors despite agreeing to a deal to end the violence. ANI

US military board calls for dismissal of Marine who criticized Obama on Facebook
A US military board has recommended that a 26-year-old Marine should be dismissed from service for criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook. ANI

Pak death row inmate Sarabjit Singh's relatives again appeal for his release
Ahead of the visit of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to India, the sister and daughter of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian sentenced to death in Pakistan, have once again appealed for his release on humanitarian grounds. ANI

Duchess Kate to give Prince William her portrait as birthday gift
The Duchess of Cambridge is set to present Prince William with her first royal portrait as a gift on his 30th birthday in June. ANI

Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf leader Hashmi calls for withdrawal of $10m bounty on Saeed
Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Mukhdoom Javed Hashmi has said the US should withdraw the 10 million dollar bounty on Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and his brother- in law Dr Abdur Rehman Makki. ANI

Cafe boss arrested for interviewing female job applicants while naked
A coffee bar owner in northern England is facing jail after he tried to conduct face-to-face interviews with female job hunters while he was n*ked. ANI

Yemen President Mansour Hadi fires scores of old-regime loyalists
Yemen's newly appointed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has reportedly fired several old-regime figures in a major shake-up of the country's military. ANI

Mutilated bodies' in Balochistan shows no difference between humans, animal: SC
Pakistan Supreme Court has said there is no difference between human beings and animals in Balochistan, where mutilated bodies are being found on a daily basis. ANI

Mali coup leaders agree to stand down in return for amnesty
Mali coup leaders have reportedly signed a deal with regional bloc Ecowas in which they would stand down and allow a transition to civilian rule. ANI

Avalanche traps about 135 Pakistani soldiers near Siachen Glacier
An avalanche has reportedly buried about 135 Pakistani Army soldiers, including a colonel in the Gayari Sector near the Siachen Glacier. ANI

Twitter takes legal action against spamming websites
Twitter has filed complaints against five websites on charges of creating tools for spamming and barraging its users with anything from Viagra ads to virus-ridden links. ANI

Ekaterina Doronin 'not seeking divorce from billionaire Vladimir Doronin'
Despite reports that Russian billionaire Vladimir Doronin's estranged wife Ekaterina was finally ready to file for divorce and would name his girlfriend Naomi Campbell as a cause of their split, sources close to her claim that couldn't be further from the truth. ANI

Active Russian spies in UK before Olympics raises alarm
Security services believe there are around 40 Russian spies operating in Britain, as they did during the Cold War. ANI

'US bounty on Saeed may enlarge radical Islamists' role in shaping Pak foreign policy'
The US announcement of a 10 million dollar bounty on Jamaat-ud- Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed's head has inadvertently expanded radical Islamists' role in shaping foreign policy by further galvanizing public sentiment against NATO, according to an analyst. ANI

Nikki Haley 'shocked' by Time editor's 'giving bigger tips to Sikh taxi drivers' question
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was shocked after she was asked whether she would give bigger tips to Sikh taxi drivers while in New York City during an interview, her office has revealed. ANI

China warns army to 'ignore' Internet rumors of coup
China has warned its armed forces to ignore Internet rumours about a coup in Beijing, and have ordered the army to maintain absolute loyalty to the party. ANI

Sharif wants re-opening of NATO supply routes to be linked to end of drone attacks
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has said that re-opening of NATO supply routes should be conditioned with the end of drone attacks in the country. ANI

Defiant Saeed publicly calls for jihad against US to save Pak, Islam
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has called for a jihad against the United States to save Pakistan and Islam. ANI

Egypt's ex-spy chief aims to run for president
Egypt's former spy chief Omar Suleiman has announced that he intends to be a candidate in the country's presidential elections next month. ANI

UK police official exposed for racially abusing Pakistani shop manager
The racism crisis surrounding Britain's Scotland Yard has deepened as an officer was exposed for racially abusing a Pakistani shop manager. ANI

Five arrested in China after boy sells kidney to buy iPhone, iPad
Chinese police has reportedly arrested five people after a 17-year-old boy sold his kidney to buy an Apple iPhone and iPad. ANI

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