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Bangladesh asks India to invoke spirit of 1971 cooperation for Teesta treaty
Bangladesh has asked India to invoke the spirit of cooperation and friendship witnessed during its war of liberation against West Pakistan in 1971, particularly with respect to the resolution of the stalled Teesta water sharing treaty, in order to move forward on all other fronts such as transit and trade of goods and services from mainland India to its north-eastern states. ANI

Bangladesh FM Moni protests BSF DG's remarks on border shooting
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni today said any incident of torture, killing and opening of fire on Bangladeshi citizens by India's Border Security Forces (BSF) is unacceptable. ANI

Difa-e-Pakistan Council Chairman says US drone attacks should be stopped
Difa-e-Pakistan Council Chairman Maulana Sami-ul-Haq has said that Pakistan should act strongly to stop American drone attacks, and free itself from the US dominance. ANI

Difaepakistan Rally: Zia Muslim League Chairman slams Pak govt. for failure to bring back Aafia Siddiqui
Zia Muslim League Chairman Ijazul Haq has slammed the Pakistan government for its inability to bring back the country's aneuroscientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui from a jail in the US. ANI

Former Playmate sues NYPD for 'manhandling' her
A former Playboy Playmate is suing the New York Police Department after two cops allegedly manhandled her following an altercation with a cab driver in 2006. ANI

Michelle Obama draws line on campaign time
Michelle Obama has revealed that she goes all out when it comes to campaigning, but will draw a line when she feels that the time is up. ANI

Over 60s 'fastest growing demographic in online dating'
Though online dating may seem to be followed only by the younger generation, individuals over the age of 60 are the fastest growing demographic searching for love online, according to a new study. ANI

Authoritarian parents likelier to raise disrespectful, delinquent kids
Children of authoritarian parents whose child-rearing style can be summed up as "it's my way or the highway" are more likely to grow with disrespectful and delinquent behaviour than their peers of authoritative parents who listen to their children and gain their respect and trust, say researchers. ANI

Long commutes stresses out 'actively disengaged' employees
If you feel stressed out and worry instead of enjoying coming to work, your company may not be entirely responsible for it but the length of your commute may also be blamed, according to a new survey. ANI

Dramatic video shows Costa Concordia captain's dithering reaction minutes after disaster struck
A new dramatic video has emerged that shows the dithering reaction of Costa Concordia's captain in the minutes after the cruise ship hit a rock off the Italian coast last month. ANI

Corruption is root cause of problems in Pakistan: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that corruption is the root cause of problems faced by Pakistan. ANI

Critics fear Imran Khan's 'dangerous ideas'
The emergence of Imran Khan and his party in the political scenario in Pakistan is being perceived as dangerous by his critics. ANI

Michelle Obama wraps 'Let's Move' tour with 'platypus walk' in Florida
Michelle Obama concluded a three-day, four-state tour in Florida on Saturday promoting the anniversary of her signature "Let's Move" initiative. ANI

Niger will not extradite Saadi Gaddafi despite 'subversive' talks violating asylum conditions
Niger authorities have said that it would not extradite slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi Gaddafi even though he violated his asylum conditions with "subversive" comments in a television interview. ANI

Malaysia deports Saudi columnist accused of blasphemy, abusing Prophet
Malaysian authorities have reportedly deported a young Saudi Arabia columnist, who was accused of blasphemy and abusing Prophet Mohammed, a police official has said. ANI

Syria expels ambassadors of Tunisia, Libya
Syria has expelled the ambassadors of Libya and Tunisia and given them 72- hour deadline to leave the country. ANI

Al-Qaeda assassinates intelligence official in southern Yemen
A Yemeni senior intelligence official was shot dead by al-Qaeda-linked gunmen in Yemen's al-Bayda province. ANI

Two foreign aid workers kidnapped from Multan held by Pakistan Taliban
Two foreign aid workers kidnapped from Multan in January are being held by the Pakistan Taliban near the border with Afghanistan, a senior militant commander has said. ANI

Another Tibetan monk self-immolates in protest against Chinese rule
A Tibetan monk has reportedly set himself on fire in protest against China's political and religious repression. ANI

Bali bomb made with 'rice ladle, scale' in Pak
An Indonesian terror suspect known as "Demolition Man" has told interrogators that he used a rice ladle and a kitchen scale to build the massive bomb that ripped apart Bali nightclubs in 2002. ANI

Indian expat in Oman challenges 'insult' of Ashok Chakra emblem by Indian-owned firm
An Indian lawyer in Oman has challenged the alleged insult to the Indian national emblem, the Ashoka Chakra. ANI

Bill Clinton's allies finally speak out on Lewinksy affair
Bill Clinton's friends and colleagues will speak publicly for the first time of their shock and sense of betrayal over his affair with Monica Lewinsky in a new TV documentary. ANI

Sarkozy outlines platform for second prez election bid
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has outlined the hardline platform on which he will fight for his political future: immigration, work and the welfare state, which has made it clear that he will stand for re-election. ANI

7 sweet facts about how chocolates are prepared
Chocolate has always found its way through people's hearts. Nicknamed the "food of the gods", it originated in Mexico, starting first with the Mayans. ANI

Facebook graffiti artist says 'he was offered sex every day in return for $2mln'
A graffiti artist, who is in line for a 200 million dollar payday when Facebook makes its initial public offering (IPO), has said that he was offered oral sex every day for the rest of his life, in exchange for a two million dollars slice of his new wealth. ANI

U.S. official calls for end of violence in Maldives
A senior U.S. official has said that both Maldives President Mohammed Waheed Hassan and his predecessor Mohamed Nasheed should avoid violence in the stand- off for control of the Maldives' government. ANI

Murdoch to decide The Sun's future following 5 more journalists' arrest over alleged corruption
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch will now conduct a crisis meeting over the future of embattled tabloid The Sun in London, following the arrests of the paper's five senior journalists over allegations of inappropriate payments to police. ANI

Pak army tries five officers over 'links' with banned outfit Hizbut Tahrir
The Pakistan army has started court martial proceedings against five officers, including Brigadier Ali Khan, over their suspected ties to the banned outfit Hizbut Tahrir, security officials have said. ANI

Commonwealth ministers to meet within 24 hours to resolve Maldives' political crisis
Commonwealth officials have said they will hold talks on a stand-off in the Maldives between President Mohammed Waheed Hassan and his predecessor Mohamed Nasheed. ANI

Ahmadinejad says Iran will soon unveil 'very important' nuclear developments
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that the country would soon announce 'very important' advances in its nuclear field. ANI

Now, even Pak Intel agency asks govt. to 'keep terror outfit JuD under strict watch'
An intelligence agency in Pakistan has warned the government to take immediate steps against the activities of some religious and militant outfits like the Sunni Tehreek and the Jamatud Dawa (JuD) to stop them from becoming 'pressure groups'. ANI

Samuel L Jackson voted for Obama due to his colour
Samuel L Jackson has revealed that he voted for Barack Obama because he is a coloured man. ANI

Prince William wants to put military service before royal duty
Prince William has hinted that he will extend his RAF service beyond next year, as he plans to put military service over royal duties. ANI

Oz teacher and his ex student sell 'horny herbs' after filming porn
An Australian teacher is facing investigation by the Department of Education for filming an online pornographic movie with a former student and selling sex herbs and legal "smoking alternatives" in the city's main street. ANI

Gilani says he's ready to 'sacrifice' position for sake of Pakistan
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who is scheduled to appear before the Supreme Court to face contempt of court charges tomorrow, hinted that he was prepared to sacrifice his position for the sake of Pakistan. ANI

Afghan security forces kill two suspected Taliban militants in cross border Pak raid
Afghan security forces have gunned down two suspected Taliban fighters after raiding a house in Pakistan. ANI

Bahrain arrests 2 female US activists in crackdown before anti-govt uprising Anniversary
Two female American activists have reportedly been arrested in Bahrain as part of a security crackdown ahead of the first anniversary of the anti-government uprising in the country. ANI

South Africa to issue bank notes with Nelson Mandela's image
South Africa will issue a new series of bank notes bearing the image of the nation's iconic freedom fighter and first black president Nelson Mandela. ANI

Romney narrowly wins Maine GOP caucuses
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has narrowly won the Maine Republican caucuses, providing his campaign with a much-needed boost after three straight losses earlier this week. ANI

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