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Olympic Association chief describes "one idiot" disruptive acts as 2012 Games' major challenge
British Olympic Association Chairman Lord Moynihan has said that the organizers are facing a 'major challenge' to prevent acts by "one idiot" disrupting the 2012 Games. ANI

Titanic survivor details firsthand account of horrifying night 100 years later
A Titanic survivor's tale of the horrific night, as the tragedy unfolded before his eyes, is to be published this month to mark the centennial of the catastrophe. ANI

Obama's Iraq policies questioned as Maliki consolidates authoritarian political control
The United States policies on Iraq have come under the scanner as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is moving steadily to consolidate his control over the country's institutions and security forces with the apparent acquiescence of the Obama administration, according to a report. ANI

Titanic explorer to deploy deep water robots to save "decaying" wreck
The ocean explorer who led the team that discovered the remains of the Titanic is afraid that the shipwreck is disintegrating and is seeking to dispatch deep-water robots to the ocean floor to conserve it. ANI

Legendary '60 Minutes' CBS newsman Mike Wallace dies at 93
Mike Wallace, the '60 Minutes' pit-bull CBS reporter whose probing and brazen style made his name synonymous with a tough interview, died on Saturday. He was 93. ANI

Pippa and ex-flame Earl Percy fuel reunion rumours on family ski holiday
Pippa Middleton, who had taken to the snowy hills of Western Sweden just last month for a charity cross country ski event, did not need a second invitation to get back on the slopes when she joined her family in more relaxing circumstances on holiday. ANI

More than 100 Pak exhibitors to showcase their talent in Delhi
The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) held a press conference in Karachi on Friday to announce the country's first mega lifestyle exhibition, Lifestyle Pakistan, in New Delhi, India. ANI

AQ Khan rules out Pak's nuke programme rollback
Rogue nuclear scientist and architect of Pakistan's nuclear programme Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has ruled out the possibility of any rollback of the country's nuclear programme. ANI

Sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman had affair with high flying US attorney
Russian spy Anna Chapman was living at the time of her arrest in June 2010 with a high powered New York lawyer who had told his friends that she gave him "the best sex" he'd ever had. ANI

US police arrest two white men on charges of Tulsa 'racist' attacks
The US police have arrested two white men on charges of alleged racist attacks on three black people in three separate incidents in Tulsa. ANI

Nude 'boozy' students cause ferry riot
Around 200 drunken students trashed a 180-million-pound ferry as they ran around n*ked and had a mass brawl. ANI

Defence report says Israeli 'air strike won't be able to destroy Iran nuke programme'
An Israeli air strike would not be able to destroy Iran's nuclear programme with its current airforce, an influential defence report has concluded. ANI

British writer fired by leading American magazine for writing racist article
British writer, John Derbyshire has been sacked by The National Review, a leading American magazine, on charges of writing a racist article. ANI

Pak minority leaders worried over parliament's silence on forced conversions of Hindus
The lack of willingness to discuss marriages enforced on Hindu women in the Pakistan parliament will have detrimental consequences for the country's largest religious minority, the government's top minority representatives have said. ANI

India, Pak to share evidence on Saeed acceptable to courts: Gilani
India and Pakistan will share intelligence and evidence against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed on April 16, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said. ANI

Pak to table draft law to counter increasing militant use of IEDs under US pressure
Pakistan is likely to table a draft legislation to counter the increasing use of Improvised Explosive Devises (IEDs) by militants on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghan border following constant pressure by the United Sates on the issue. ANI

UK vows further crackdown on foreigners misusing human rights to avoid deportation
UK Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that foreign criminals who violate human rights rules to avoid being deported from Britain will face further crackdown. ANI

Egypt military, state media backing ex-spy chief Suleiman for president
Egypt's former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman will have the backing of the country's ruling military generals and the state media's powerful propaganda machine, in his bid to become the President of the nation, officials with firsthand knowledge have claimed. ANI

Musharraf may have become 'Gorbachev of Pak' if he had more time in power: AQ Khan
Renowned nuclear scientist and architect of Pakistan's nuclear programme Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has claimed that former President Pervez Musharraf had caused enormous damage to the country and could have proved to be the Gorbachev of Pakistan', had he stayed in power for more time. ANI

Titanic Memorial Cruise sets sail to mark centenary of doomed voyage
A cruise carrying relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died aboard the Titanic nearly 100 years ago, set sail from England on Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star liner. ANI

China sets up rare earth association to streamline sector's development
China has reportedly set up a rare earth association in order to streamline the sector's development. ANI

Sri Lanka denies role in 'abduction' of Oz-origin People's Struggle Movement activist
Sri Lanka has denied involvement in the abduction of an Australian man missing despite his wife claiming that he had been taken by 'secret police'. ANI

Queen grants Camilla highest female rank in Royal Victorian Order
Queen Elizabeth II has appointed Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, to the highest female rank in the Royal Victorian Order, Buckingham Palace has revealed. ANI

China welcomes Zardari's visit to India saying better Indo-Pak ties in its interests
China has reportedly welcomed Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's recent visit to India, saying better ties between both "two nuclear- armed heavyweight neighbors" will bring about regional stability that would also be in its own interests. ANI

Pak party leader lauds Zardari's India visit as 'right decision in right direction'
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl's (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman has expressed full support for President Asif Ali Zardari's diplomatic move for strengthening ties with India and termed it as a right decision in the right direction. ANI

Wills-Kat share intimate family holiday after spending Valentine's Day apart
Prince William and Duchess Kate, who spent six long weeks apart even missing their first Valentine's Day as a married couple, were reunited with a much-needed holiday in the renowned Trois Vallees ski resort. ANI

Most employees ready to sell work passwords for 5 pounds as opposed to 50 for Facebook login
A majority of employees in Britain are willing to reveal their corporate passwords for less than five pounds, as against 50 pounds for their Facebook login details, a survey has revealed. ANI

Pak party leader slams US bounty on Saeed's head as unjustified
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said there is no justification for the actions taken by the United States against Jammat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed. ANI

Pak activists protest against kidnapping, forced conversion of Hindu girls in Sindh
A number of activists of different civil society organisations staged a protest demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club against the kidnapping and forced conversion of Hindu girls in Sindh. ANI

Syrian peace plan 'doomed' as Assad regime backs away from troop withdrawal deal
The United Nations' peace plan for Syria has fallen into a state of disarray as President Bashar al-Assad's government backed away from a promise to complete a troop withdrawal before April 10 deadline, and continued its brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protestors. ANI

Imran takes dig at Bilawal's 'barely speakable' Urdu
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has slammed Bilawal's appointment as the Pakistan People's Party's (PPP) chairman, saying that he is not aware of the challenges confronting the country and can't even speak Urdu properly. ANI

Pak party leader warns of suicide attacks if NATO supply routes are re-opened
Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid has expressed fears that suicide attacks will resume if the NATO supply routes were re-opened. ANI

US offers Pak financial aid against re-opening of NATO supply routes ahead of budget
The United States has offered a lucrative monetary offering to the Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) government for the budget 2012-13 in exchange for re-opening NATO supply routes that have been closed since the deadly November 26 airstrike. ANI

WNS to Release Fiscal 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial and Operating Results on April 18, 2012
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, today announced it will release its fiscal 2012 fourth quarter and full year financial and operating results at approximately 6:00 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Following the release, WNS management will host a call on April 18, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Business Wire India

Hotel Okura Co., Ltd. Enhances Global Reservations Network
Hotel Okura Co., Ltd. and JAL Hotels Co., Ltd., have announced that, starting on April 10, 2012, they will implement a global reservation booking system to serve all 79* hotels in their chains: Okura Hotels & Resorts, Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City Business Wire India

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