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Gingrich fast catching up with Romney for 2012 White House race in S. Carolina
A new poll has shown that former House speaker Newt Gingrich is catching up with leader Mitt Romney in South Carolina for the 2012 White House race ahead of the state's primary. ANI

Haqqani's counsel leveled unfounded allegation against my lawyer: Ijaz
Mansoor Ijaz, a Pakistani-American businessman, who is the main figure in the "Memo Gate" scandal, has said that the counsel representing Husain Haqaani levelled unfounded allegations against his lawyer Akram Sheikh. ANI

"Terminally ill" Pak children meet "Dabang" star Salman Khan
Make-A-Wish Foundation Pakistan, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that is working to fulfill the cherished wishes of terminally ill children, has managed to meet the innocent wishes of three ailing children and Bollywood star Salman Khan. ANI

Edwards' criminal trial delayed over undisclosed heart ailment
A criminal trial of former US Democratic presidential contender John Edwards has been delayed as he has ben diagnosed with a heart problem that requires medical attention. ANI

Karamat, Durrani helped Haqqani prepare memo: Ijaz
Mansoor Ijaz, a Pakistani-American businessman who is the main figure in the "Memo Gate" scandal, told his American go-between General (retired) James Jones that there were three people who "prepared" the now-infamous memo, not just former Pakistani Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani, a blog posted on the Foreign Policy magazine's web site has revealed. ANI

Norway court orders new psychiatric review of mass killer Anders Breivik
A Norwegian court has ordered a new psychiatric evaluation of mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who claimed the lives of 77 people in twin terror strikes in Oslo on July 22, 2011. ANI

Teen Afghan suicide bomber 'brainwashed into believing bomb will kill only Americans, not him'
A 13-year-old Afghan boy, who was picked up by insurgents to carry out a suicide bombing, has revealed how he was brainwashed into believing that "bombs would not kill him, and that only the Americans would die". ANI

Earthquake hit Haiti victims still living in camps: Study
More than a third of households affected by the deadly 2010 Haiti earthquake, and over half of those living in the camps, have not recovered basic household assets nearly two years after the disaster, an analysis by Tulane University researchers has revealed. ANI

Military operations from 2004 to 2006 gave birth to Pak Taliban: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan has claimed that two years of military operations from 2004 to 2006 gave birth to the Pakistani Taliban. ANI

Civilian 'snoopers' double over last four years to 2500 in UK
Official "snoopers" are rising in the United Kingdom as the number of civilians granted police-style powers, has almost doubled in the past four years. ANI

Murdoch tweets News Corp "screwed up MySpace in every way possible"
News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch, who has only been on Twitter for less than a month, has revealed on the micro blogging site about how his company "screwed up MySpace in every way possible". ANI

Zardari will have immunity in Switzerland over NRO issue: Aitzaz
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Aitzaz Ahsan has said President Asif Ali Zardari would have immunity in Switzerland under the Vienna Convention over the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) issue. ANI

Disney's new 'Winnie the Pooh' slammed for errors and Americanisms
Disney versions of the modern 'Winnie the Pooh' have been criticised for being strewn with errors and for having Americanisms inserted to appeal to a wider audience. ANI

Six dead as cruise ship runs aground off Italian coast
At least six people have died and four more are missing after a luxury cruise ship carrying thousands of passengers ran aground off the coast of Italy. ANI

F-22 fighter pilots suffer oxygen problems
F-22 fighter pilots have reported several new instances of experiencing "hypoxia-like" symptoms while flying America's most expensive and sophisticated stealth jet. ANI

Confusion prevails over report of news agencies spying on Mandela
Confusion remained over completion of a South African police probe into allegations that two international news agencies spied on former president Nelson Mandela. ANI

Gilani to chair Cabinet Defence Committee meeting in Pakistan
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani would chair the meeting of Defence Committee of Cabinet (DCC) on Saturday in an effort to defuse the ongoing tension between the government and the army. ANI

UK Royal Navy captures 13 Somali pirates in Indian Ocean
The British Royal Navy has captured 13 Somali pirates, alongwith their weapons in the Indian Ocean. ANI

Cameron warns Iran of 'world action' if Strait of Hormuz blocked
British Prime Minister David Cameron has joined the United States in warning Iran against closing the Strait of Hormuz, saying that "the whole world" is ready to take action if Tehran tries to block the crucial global oil shipping route. ANI

Memorial quote making Martin Luther King 'sound like arrogant twit' to be changed
A misquote carved into a Washington memorial dedicated to Afro-American slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King will be corrected following a public outcry and pressure from his family. ANI

Haqqani files application seeking action against Ijaz's lawyer
Former Pakistan ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani has submitted an application to the memo investigation commission, accusing the counsel for his accuser Mansoor Ijaz of making false allegations regarding threats to the life of his client. ANI

Two crucial reasons prompting Pak military to act "extra tough" : Analysts
A senior editor has claimed that anger over the 'Memo Gate' issue and a desire to prevent American domination of Pakistan has prompted the country's army to act 'extra tough'. ANI

Lodhi to move court against "unjust" removal by Gilani as Pak Defence Secy
Lieutenant General Khalid Naeem Lodhi has said he would move court against his "unjust" removal as the country's defence secretary. ANI

US preparing to safeguard Persian Gulf nuke assets if Israel attacks Iran
The United States is preparing to safeguard its facilities in Persian Gulf over fears that Israel will attack Iran sooner than later. ANI

Standard and Poor's downgrades credit ratings of eight European nations
Credit rating firm Standard and Poor's has downgraded the ratings of eight European countries, indicating that the eurozone crisis has entered a dangerous phase. ANI

Military coup in Pakistan "unlikely: US
The US and analysts have said a military coup in Pakistan is "unlikely" at this point in time. ANI

U.S. embassy in Thailand warns citizens of possible terror attacks in Bangkok
The U.S. embassy in Thailand has warned its citizens about possible terror attacks in Bangkok. ANI

Gilani considering resignation to ease pressure on Zardari: Political observers
Pakistan Prime Minister Gilani may be considering resigning to ease pressure on President Asif Ali Zardari, some political observers have said. ANI

Prince William gifts Kate labrador puppy for her 30th b'day
Prince William is believed to have given Kate Middleton a labrador puppy for her 30th birthday last week. ANI

Deskbound office workers likelier to turn into couch potatoes
Sitting at the work desk all day means that an employee is more likely to slump on the sofa at home and do no exercise, a new study has claimed. ANI

Michelle Obama breaks into a dance for school students
Michelle Obama delighted elementary and middle school children at the Hayfield Secondary School when she performed a 'random dance' along with cast members of the Nickelodeon show 'iCarly'. ANI

Obamas' daughters embarrassed by motorcades visiting their school
Michelle Obama has revealed that, like any children, her daughters find their parents 'not cool'. ANI

US to restore full diplomatic ties with Burma as reward for democratic reforms
US President Barack Obama has said that the Burmese government's decision to release 651 political prisoners is "a substantial step forward for democratic reform." ANI

Chinese firm Foxconn to employ one million robot workers to end employee suicides
Chinese technology firm Foxconn has reportedly confirmed that it will employ a million robots over the next three years to replace human labour. ANI

Obama under scanner for wrongly taking credit for Bin Laden killing
White House contender Mitt Romney's supporter and former U.N. envoy John Bolton has accused President Barack Obama of wrongly taking credit for the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ANI

My arrival in Pakistan will tighten noose around Haqqani neck over 'memo' issue: Ijaz
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz has warned former Pakistan ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani that his arrival in Islamabad would make the issues related to the Memo gate scandal "crystal clear", leaving the latter in a position to 'run nowhere'. ANI

Sikh man in France gets UN support for wearing turban
A 76-year-old Sikh man in France has got the backing of the United Nations Human Rights Committee in his battle to wear a turban. ANI

Gilani planning to seek "full confidence and trust" vote in coalition govt. on Monday
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is reportedly planning to ask for a vote on a resolution on Monday, seeking "full confidence and trust" in his coalition government. ANI

Malaysia likely to be world's top condom producer in 2012
A leading rubber industry agency has predicted Malaysia will emerge as the world's top condom producer this year, dethroning Thailand as the market leader. ANI

Pakistan, UK deny 'Gilani's call expressing coup fears' report
The governments of Pakistan and Britain have denied a report that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani telephoned the top UK diplomat this week to express fears about the Pakistan Army staging a coup. ANI

Trinidad man sentenced to life for plotting to blow up JFK Airport
A 66-year-old Muslim man in the United States has been sentenced to life in prison for plotting to blow up aviation fuel pipelines at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. ANI

US reveals Iranian navy harassed two American ships in Strait of Hormuz
Iranian naval ships recently harassed two American vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the US military has revealed. ANI

UK refuses to extradite the Duchess of York
The Home Office of UK has refused Turkey's extradition request for the Duchess of York, even though a Turkish court gave her a 22-year prison sentence under criminal charges relating to an undercover documentary about orphanages. ANI

Carla Bruni indicates 'superhuman' Sarkozy will stand for presidential re-election
French first lady Carla Bruni has given the biggest hint yet that her husband Nicolas Sarkozy will stand for presidential re-election, saying she 'would be right by his side' if he chooses to stand. ANI

Hindus want immediate completion of Gypsy memorial in Berlin
Hindus have urged Germany to urgently complete the Berlin memorial to Roma (Gypsies) and Sinti, which was reportedly approved in 1992. ANI

Procter & Gamble Launches Global 'Thank You Mom' Campaignfor London 2012 Olympic GamesPlanning to Raise $5 Million for Youth Sportsand Support More Than 150 Athletes
Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), a Worldwide Olympic Partner, today committed to helping improve everyday life for moms around the world through its 'Thank You Mom' campaign for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The company plans to raise $5 million to help establish and sustain youth sports programs around the world Business Wire India

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