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2nd LD Writethru: Russia launches U.S. satellite from floating pad
Russia has put a U.S. communications satellite into space from a sea-based launch pad, the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Friday. ANI

Euro to 'disintegrate' unless European governments work together, warns EC
The Euro will continue to face 'disintegration' unless European governments refuse to work together, the European Commission has warned. ANI

Islamic Jihad claims responsibility for attack on Gaza-Israel borders
The armed wing of Islamic Jihad (Holy War) claimed responsibility for the attack on the borders areas between southeast Gaza Strip and Israel, where an Israeli soldier and a militant were killed. ANI

China reports on sustainable development ahead of U.N. conference
China on Friday released a report themed on sustainable development ahead of the United Nations (U.N.) Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil. ANI

UN chief urges Somalia to end transition by Aug. 20
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Somalia to end the transitional period by the end of August this year, pledging full UN support to the war-torn country. ANI

Chinese diplomat "competent" in UN job: FM spokesman
Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said Friday that senior Chinese diplomat Wu Hongbo will act as a "competent" head of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. ANI

Ukraine arrests four suspects over April bombings
Ukraine had arrested four men suspected of involvement in a recent spate of blasts in east Ukraine, local authorities said Friday. ANI

Roundup: With gloves coming off: Obama campaign targets Romney's record on jobs
U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election campaign ran an ad Thursday blasting rival Mitt Romney's jobs record during his time as governor of Massachusetts, calling into question Romney's ability to cut the nationwide jobless rate if elected. ANI

US sends two liaison officers to Pak in hope of ending bilateral ties impasse
The United States has sent two liaison officers to Peshawar to meet with the Pakistan military on matters of border coordination, according to Pentagon spokesman Captain John F Kirby. ANI

FM spokesman: de-nuclearization of Korean Peninsula conforms with common interests
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday that the realization of de-nuclearization on the Korean Peninsula conforms with the common interests of all relevant parties. ANI

21-year-old Briton admits to manslaughter of Indian student Anuj Bidve
A 21-year-old Briton has reportedly admitted to killing of Indian student Anuj Bidve but denied murder. ANI

Israeli war jets strike on southeast Gaza, 3 wounded
An Israeli war jet struck on Friday on a group of militants who were riding on a three-wheel motorcycle east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis, medics and eyewitnesses said. ANI

Remains of 'lost kingdom' found in Scotland
Pottery from Africa that was found in a burnt-out fortress in Galloway hints at a 'lost' Dark Ages kingdom that may even have been born out of an alliance between Britons and Picts. ANI

Pak's disengagement with world not democratic option: Zardari
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that disengagement with the world is not a democratic option for the country. ANI

Egypt won't ban alcohol, beachwear if Islamists come to power, say tourism officials
Egyptian tourism authorities have sought to reassure travellers about the future of the country as a holiday destination, despite fears of a crackdown on the sale of alcohol and calls for segregated beaches. ANI

Blind dissident Chen says 'democracy' in China slow but irreversible
Blind dissident Chen Guangcheng has said that democratic changes in China were slow, but irreversible. ANI

Swedish professor 'cut off wife's lips and ate them'
A former associate professor at Sweden's prestigious medical institute is being held in police custody for cutting off his wife's lips with a knife and then eating them in Stockholm. ANI

Indian-born Oz citizen jailed for attempt to murder in SA
An Indian-born former City fund manager has been sentenced to serve nine years in jail for trying to arrange a hitman to murder the father of a PR executive whom he used to stalk. ANI

Outrage over Sudanese woman's stoning to death sentence for adultery
A Sudanese woman has been sentenced to death by stoning on charges of adultery, which has prompted a protest by human rights campaigners. ANI

Egypt sentences cops for torturing detainee to death
An Egyptian court has sentenced four policemen to three years in prison for torturing an inmate to death. ANI

Ann Romney says she agrees '90 percent' of the time with her husband
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife has said that she agrees almost 90 percent of the times to what her husband says. ANI

Somali troops capture strategic militant base of Al-Shabab
African Union and Somali government forces have captured the town of Afmadow, which is a strategic militant base located in the south of the country. ANI

Russia jails retired colonel for 'spying' for US
A Russian court has jailed a retired Russian colonel for 12 years on charges of spying for the United States. ANI

Norwegian mass killer was 'drugged' throughout bombing, shooting rampage
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was under the effects of 'illegal substances' while he carried out a shooting and bombing rampage in Oslo last year, a court has heard. ANI

Sales of digital music beat CDs for first time in UK
Sales of digital music have overtaken revenues from CDs for the first time in Britain. ANI

Norway prison hiring 'buddies' to play with mass killer Breivik to keep him from getting bored
Norwegian prison authorities have reportedly planned to hire people to stop mass killer Anders Breivik, accused of killing 77 people in a shooting and bombing rampage, getting lonely. ANI

Blind dissident Chen says relatives in China subjected to 'frenzied' retaliation
Blind dissident Chen Guangcheng has said that his relatives in China are being subjected to 'frenzied ' retaliation by local officers following his escape from illegal house arrest. ANI

US denies abusing Guantanamo detainees with 'Sesame Street' music
The Pentagon has denied reports of abusing prisoners by playing loud music at Guantanamo Bay. ANI

Pak Interior Minister Malik's UK nationality may remain unknown
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik's claim that he has given up his British nationality cannot be verified as the UK Home Office does not disclose data of its citizens to any person or functionary other than the concerned citizen. ANI

First Emirati woman cabin crew recounts journey to success
Nawal Al Suwaidi, who was the first Emirati woman cabin crew and is now the customer affairs manager at Emirates, has said that she would return to the position in a heartbeat. ANI

Hardliner Rumsfield says nothing 'gutsy' about Obama's order to kill Bin Laden
Former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld has reportedly scoffed at praise for President Barack Obama for ordering the killing of Osama bin Laden, saying he would have 'recommended the operation in a minute'. ANI

Israel rejects links to world's most complex espionage malware 'Flame'
Israel has rejected claims that it might be behind the recently discovered sophisticated cyber espionage virus called Flame. ANI

Romney blasted over Obama 'F' grade quip
The Obama campaign has rubbished and rejected Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comment assigning an 'F' grade to President Barrack Obama in every area, including foreign policy initiatives. ANI

Clues about asteroid expected to narrowly miss earth uncovered
The work of a scientist has helped reveal a rare orbital shift and the density of an asteroid that will pass close to Earth. ANI

Phone and online technology to capture transit of Venus
A group of astronomy enthusiasts, has partnered with the Venus Transit Project and Esri, a leading geographic information systems company, to create unique smartphone and web apps for the Venus transit. ANI

Vietnam War's 'Napalm girl' pic turns 40
It has been 40 years since the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph was taken during the Vietnam War on June 8, 1972, depicting crying children, including a nine-year-old girl running n*ked on a road, after being severely burned on her back by a South Vietnamese napalm attack. ANI

Men 2.6 times likelier to die on roads than women
It has been found that men are 2.6 times more likely to be killed in road accidents than women, with young men being most at risk. ANI

US says working 'diligently' with Pak for 'early restoration of NATO supply routes'
The United States continues to work with Islamabad towards restoration of the Pakistani land routes that transport NATO supplies into landlocked Afghanistan, a State Department spokesman has said. ANI

Egypt's decade-old 'misused' emergency law expires
Egypt's military rulers have pledged to protect the country's security after a decade-old emergency law expired. ANI

Jupiter-sized 'evaporating' planet probed with Hobby-Eberly telescope
In a new study, scientists have used the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at UT Austin's McDonald Observatory to confirm that a Jupiter-size planet in a nearby solar system is dissolving, albeit excruciatingly slowly, because of interactions with its parent star. ANI

Aung San Suu Kyi calls for help to meet Burma's needs at WEF
The opposition leader of Burma Aung San Suu Kyi has called for help to meet the country's needs at the World Economic Forum in Bangkok. ANI

Parents of webcam spying victim reject Dharun Ravi's 'insincere' apology
The parents of the Rutgers University student who committed suicide after his Indian-origin roommate Dharun Ravi used a webcam to spy on his intimate encounter with another man, have rejected the roommate's written apology as a 'public relations piece'. ANI

Nancy Reagan endorses Romney for President
Former US first lady Nancy Reagan has officially endorsed Republican contender Mitt Romney's presidential bid. ANI

Brit Pakistani arrested for assaulting Sikh woman in UK
A British Pakistani has been arrested in connection with an assault on a Sikh woman in the British city of Luton on Monday. ANI

Bush unveils official portrait at White House and steals spotlight with gibes
Although White House belongs to Barack Obama now, his predecessor and political foil George W Bush stole the show on Thursday with his wisecracks and grin. ANI

Hiding your true identity at work 'may result in less job satisfaction'
Hiding one's true social identity, race and ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation or a disability at work can result in decreased job satisfaction and increased turnover, a new study has suggested. ANI

John Edwards admits to 'sins' after 'mistrial' clears him of corruption charges
Former Democratic US presidential candidate John Edwards has admitted of doing "awful lot that was wrong" after walking free from his corruption trial. ANI

China arrests hundreds of Tibetans in Lhasa after self-immolations
Chinese security forces have reportedly launched a wave of detentions in Lhasa following two self-immolations in the Tibetan capital. ANI

US raises prospect of intervening in Syria without UN approval
The Obama administration has raised the possibility of countries intervening in Syria without United Nations approval, and has criticised Russia's continued backing for President Bashar al-Assad's regime. ANI

Iron played major role in sustaining life on Earth 3bn-yrs ago
New evidence discovered by scientists suggests that three billion years ago iron did the job magnesium does today in helping ribonucleic acid (RNA), a molecule essential for life, assume the molecular shapes necessary for biology. ANI

Methane on Mars 'not an indication for life'
A team of researchers has found a major source of methane on Mars, which may bring "down to earth" all those who firmly believe in the biological origin of the gas. ANI

China asks Pak to remove ethnic Uighur Islamic militants' terror havens from its soil
China has reportedly urged Pakistan government to make more efforts to end the presence of ethnic Uighur Islamic militants in the country's tribal areas. ANI

Obama asked to give 'legal justification' for drone strikes
Several White House members and US Congressman Dennis Kucinich have reportedly asked President Barack Obama to provide the targeting criteria for drone strikes and the legal justification for them. ANI

SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully returns to earth from Space Station
The Dragon capsule, owned by US company SpaceX, made a splash-landing in the Pacific Ocean Thursday marking a successful end to the first mission by a commercial company to resupply the International Space Station. ANI

Milky Way destined for head-on collision with Andromeda galaxy
NASA astronomers have predicted a titanic collision between our Milky Way galaxy and the neighbouring Andromeda galaxy. ANI

Indian-American Snigdha Nandipati wins National Spelling Bee contest
A US student of Indian origin has won the National Spelling Bee competition by spelling guetapens, a French-derived word that means ambush, snare or trap. ANI

arvato Positioned as a Challenger in the Magic Quadrant for Finance and Accounting BPO
Global business process outsourcing partner, arvato, has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a Challenger in the report ‘Magic Quadrant for Finance and Accounting BPO’.1 Business Wire India

Intelsat 19 Launch Success Refreshes Prime Asia-Pacific Video Neighborhood; Extends Global Mobility Broadband Infrastructure Across Asia-Pacific
Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, announced today that a Sea Launch Zenit 3SL launch vehicle successfully launched the Intelsat 19 satellite from a mobile launch platform in the Pacific Ocean. Liftoff occurred at 1:23 a.m. EDT. Sixty minutes after launch, at 2:23 a.m Business Wire India

3rd Annual USA India Business Summit (UIBS): Call for Awards Nominations
UIBS 2012 and the 18th annual Georgia Tech Global Business Forum are being organized in Georgia Tech, Atlanta on June 21 and 22. UIBS has distinguished history of being largest conference in the South–East USA that promotes business relations between USA and India. Key sectors of interest this year are – Science & technology, Life Sciences, IT and investment etc Business Wire India

Azbil Corporation: New Calorimeters Can Make Natural Gas Trade More Fair
Azbil Corporation (TOKYO:6845) announces the availability on June 1 of GasCVD™ natural gas calorimeters. Accompanying the global increase in demand for natural gas, the calorimeters are designed to promote fair trade. Business Wire India

Relativity Closes $350 Million in Company Funding
Relativity Media announced today that it has closed $350 million round of debt financing. The substantial cash infusion will fund its planned expansion as well as its future film projects. Business Wire India

NYSE Euronext Announces Departure of Stanley Young
NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) announced today that Stanley Young had resigned as CEO of NYSE Technologies, effective immediately. Business Wire India

MPEG LA Offers License to Wireless Mesh Patent Portfolio
MPEG LA has announced that a license under the Wireless Mesh Patent Portfolio of inventions owned by SIPCO, LLC and IntusIQ (formerly known as IPCO, LLC) is now available through MPEG LA (see Business Wire India

Panasonic to Deliver Largest-Ever Audio-Visual Equipment Supply to London 2012 Olympic Games
Panasonic Corporation, a TOP* sponsor of the Olympic Games, has announced that it will deliver the largest supply of its audio visual equipment for any Olympic Games in the company's history to support the London 2012 Olympic Games to be held in July and August Business Wire India

Goldwyn joins Sucden Financial’s Board of Directors
Sucden Financial has announced that Jeremy Goldwyn has joined its board as a Non-Executive Director. Business Wire India

NIKE, Inc. to Divest of Cole Haan and Umbro to Focus on Accelerating Growth Through NIKE and Complementary Sport Brands
NIKE, Inc. (NYSE: NKE) has announced its intention to divest of two of its wholly-owned affiliate brands - Cole Haan and Umbro - to sharpen its focus on driving growth in the NIKE, Jordan, Converse and Hurley brands. Business Wire India

VBrick Systems Announces Winners of the ‘Student Victory’ Video Contest
Enterprise IP video leader VBrick Systems has announced the winners of its first ‘Student Victory’ Video Contest. The contest attracted submissions from across the country, with participating students ranging from elementary to high school age Business Wire India

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