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Teen girls' Twitter video raises security fears for Middleton family
Two teenage girls' claim in a video archived on Twitter that they had called on the Middletons' home to deliver a scrapbook of letters dedicated to Pippa has raised security concerns regarding Duchess Kate's family. ANI

Activists accuse Assad govt. of accelerating violence in Syria
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of accelerating violence in the country as the international ceasefire deadline looms. ANI

Senior UK police official calls for govt intervention following Scotland Yard's racism revelations
In the wake of a spate of revelations concerning racism within Britain's Scotland Yard, a senior police official has called for government intervention to restore trust between police and communities. ANI

British Pakistani woman reveals shocking story of 'forced wedding at age of 5'
Another shocking incident of forced marriage in Britain has emerged with a woman of Pakistani-origin claiming to have been forced into marriage against her knowledge and will at the age of five. ANI

MAICCI president urges Malay-Indians to stay united to achieve better quality of life
Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) President K.K. has said that the Malay- Indian community must stay united to achieve a better economy and a better quality of life. ANI

Pak leaders slam US bounty on Saeed's head as interference in nation's internal affairs
Leaders of different political parties and Ulema have described a US decision of declaring a 10 million dollar bounty on Jamaat-ud Dawa(JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed's head as an interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan. ANI

Just one UK police official sacked out of 120 charged with racism: Report
Around 120 British police officials have been found guilty of racist behaviour, but only one has been dismissed, according to a report. ANI

Noted speaker Mustafa urges Pak-origin UAE citizens to stop bashing their country
A prominent motivational speaker has urged his compatriots in the United Arab Emirates to stop bashing their country and talk about it positively as it is the key to bring the change in the homeland. ANI

Zara Phillips downs shots with hubby Mike Tindall on pub night out
Zara Phillips stunned regulars in a Norfolk boozer by downing the bomb shot cocktail Jagerbombs. ANI

Slain Baloch leader Bugti's grandson fears for life if he returns to Pak
Slain Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti's grandson Brahamdagh Bugti has expressed fears that the Pakistan authorities will kill him if he returns to his home country from his self-exile in Europe. ANI

Titanic hero's last letter up for sale
A letter written by Titanic's heroic bandleader Wallace Hartley is set to go up for auction later this month. ANI

Your response to 'was Jesus happy' depends on your country and culture
Whether an individual thinks that Jesus was happy is more an issue of cultural semantics, a new study has revealed. ANI

Pak committee trying to reconcile differing views on Domestic Violence Protection Bill
A multi party committee decided to reconcile differing views on the Domestic Violence Protection Bill following angry outbursts by woman activists against lawmakers' reluctance to debate the bill. ANI

Malawi's President Joyce Banda becomes Africa's third female head of state
Malawi's Vice President Joyce Banda has become Africa's third female head of state after taking over as the country's president following the death of Bingu wa Mutharika. ANI

Hitler's 'grandson' speaks out about discovering family lineage
A French plumber, believed to be Hitler's grandson, has revealed how his father broke the news of their ancestry to him over the dinner table. ANI

Indian school Muscat girl wins Green Olympiad
Muscat-based Indian Class X student Tanvi Gupta has won the 'Country Winner' title at the Green Olympiad 2011. ANI

Yoga and Massage booths popular at Star Health Fair in Kuala Lumpur
The yoga and massage booths have attracted a number of visitors at the Star Health Fair organized at the MidValley Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur. ANI

Libya to defy UN by holding own trail of Saif Gaddafi: Report
Libya will defy the United Nations by conducting its own trial of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, without handing him over to the International Criminal Court, it has emerged. ANI

Pornstars rally against Santorum's war on pornography
US Presidential contender Rick Santorum is facing retaliation from the p*rn film industry for suggesting that 'distribution of sexually explicit material must end'. ANI

Nazi politician Rudolph Hess believed 'Jews had hypnotised Churchill'
Rudolph Hess believed that the Jews had hypnotised Winston Curchill into taking a negative stance towards Nazi Germany, the Deputy Nazi leader's recently discovered psychiatric records have revealed. ANI

Very few women marrying their bosses now as compared to 1950s
In the 1950s more women aspired to marry their bosses to move up the social ladder as compared to modern day women who are "marrying down" rather than "marrying up", a new study has revealed. ANI

China to tackle aging society
The Health Aging Symposium has proclaimed that a total of 123 million Chinese, comprising about 9.1 percent of the total population, had aged above 65 by the end of 2011. ANI

Shahbaz claims Musharraf's allies continue to be Zardari's companions
Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has claimed that former president Pervez Musharraf and his supporters continue to be Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's companions. ANI

Cops on lookout for gunmen responsible for deadly 'racist' Tulsa attacks
The US police, including the FBI, are hunting for a gunman, who has shot five African-Americans, killing three and injuring two, in a bloody shooting spree in Tulsa. ANI

Santorum to ramp up prez campaign in Pennsylvania amid rumours of dropping out of race
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has announced he will be criss-crossing his home state of Pennsylvania next week. ANI

North Korea threatens 'merciless punishment' against country that disrupts rocket launch
North Korea has threatened retaliation and 'merciless punishment' against any country that shoots down a rocket it plans to launch this month. ANI

Santorum dismisses rumours of quitting US presidential race
US Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has defied rumours of dropping out of the White House race. ANI

James Murdoch knew about Sky News hacking allegations 'number of months ago'
James Murdoch and satellite broadcaster BSkyB board knew about evidence of illegal email hacking at Sky News 'a number of months ago', senior sources have disclosed. ANI

Dubai Central jail prisoners disappointed over non-accessibility to cricket channels
Prisoners at the Dubai Central Jail have expressed disappointment over not being allowed to watch their cricket on television. ANI

'Painter of Light' Thomas Kinkade dies at 54
Famed artist Thomas Kinkade, who was known as the "Painter of Light", died of natural causes at his San Francisco-area home on Friday at the age of 54. ANI

Malik sends Rs10 billion defamatory notices to Shahbaz Sharif, Mushahidullah
Pakistan Interior minister Rehman Malik has issued legal notices worth 10 billion rupees to Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif and PML N central Secretary Information Senator Mushahidullah for issuing defamatory remarks against the Minister, sources have said. ANI

Now, 166 pounds bouncing boots to give you all benefits of a workout
An amazing pair of bouncing boots, which turn users into a human kangaroo, look set to be the summer's most bizarre fitness trend. ANI

Cambridge beats Oxford in dramatic boat race interrupted by swimmer
Cambridge has won a dramatic Boat Race against Oxford after a protester deliberately jumped into the River Thames and swam between the crews to disrupt the race between England's two oldest universities. ANI

Death toll feared to rise in Siachen avalanche
The death toll in Siachen avalanche is feared to rise, Pakistan army has said. ANI

Pak President Zardari leaves Lahore for India
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has left Lahore to arrive in India for a day-long trip to Ajmer and to attend a luncheon being hosted in his honour by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. ANI

Pak Army chief meets Zardari before his trip to India
Pakistan Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani held a meeting at the Governor's House here with President Asif Ali Zardari, who will be visiting India on Sunday on a personal daylong visit. ANI

Pak party says re-opening NATO supply routes be made conditional with ending drone strikes
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Syed has said that his party had proposed that re- opening of non-weapon supplies for the NATO forces in Afghanistan should be made conditional for ending drone attacks in Pakistan. ANI

Mugabe strikes secret 'gentleman's agreement' to hand Zimbabwe power to ally
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly signed a secret 'gentleman's agreement' to hand over power to his Defence Minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa, according to sources close to the two men. ANI

Bristol Palin says Levi Johnston owes nearly 39k dollars in child support
Bristol Palin has alleged that her ex Levi Johnston, father of her 3-year-old son Tripp, hasn't paid child support in 22 months. ANI

Kansas winner of 656m dollar jackpot claims share
One of three winners of the record 656-million-dollar jackpot in the US has come forward to claim their share of the prize. ANI

China detains hundreds of Tibetans returning from Buddhist ceremony in India: Report
Hundreds of Tibetans who attended a Buddhist ceremony in India in January have reportedly been detained by Chinese forces without any charge on their return to Tibet. ANI

Now, hackers shut down UK Home Office website
Notorious Internet hacking group 'Anonymous' has reportedly taken down the UK Home Office website. ANI

Top Iranian official says 'country has capability to produce nuke weapons, but won't'
A prominent Iranian politician has said that Tehran has the knowledge and skills to produce nuclear weapons, but will never do so. ANI

Pak President Zardari to visit India today
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari will arrive in India on Sunday for a day-long trip to Ajmer and to attend a luncheon being hosted in his honour by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. ANI

Pro-democracy Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi dies in US at 76
Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi, whose speeches were a key inspiration for the country's pro-democracy movement in the 1980s, has died in the United States at the age of 76. ANI

Egypt's Islamist party cleric banned from entering France named as presidential candidate
Egypt's ultraconservative Islamist party has put forward a leading Muslim cleric as its presidential candidate. ANI

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