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FBI announces decrease in Crime rates in United States
FBI Releases Preliminary Annual Crime Statistics for 2011 - announces decline in Crime Rates Andhra News

US Secretary of Commerce John Bryson under investigation for hit-and-run
US Secretary of Commerce John Bryson under investigation for several hit-and-run accidents Andhra News

Malay teen girls trading bodies on FB
Young Malaysian girls have taken to Facebook to promote what they term as "compensated dating". ANI

Venezuelan candidate Capriles to challenge Chavez in prez polls
Venezuelan politician Henrique Capriles has registered himself as presidential candidate for a coalition of more than 30 opposition parties in polls due in October. ANI

Robert F. Kennedy Jr's wife threatened suicide in front of kids
A new 2011 affidavit has revealed that Mary Richardson drunkenly battered her husband, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., ran over his dog and repeatedly threatened to kill herself if he left her. ANI

Saudi's Got Talent bans women and music
A Saudi city known for its ultra conservatism has created its own spin off version of the "Arabs Got Talent", but the reality show has no music and women have been banned from participating in the show. ANI

More women complaining about mammogram by men
An increasing number of women undergoing mammograms have expressed displeasure with male technicians who conduct the checks at a number of health care facilities. ANI

2008 'Obama Girl' won't endorse U.S. President this year
The scantily-clad model and actress who professed her love for Barack Obama in a music video during his 2008 presidential campaign has revealed that she won't endorse her one-time crush for the second time round. ANI

Obamas to host 'state dinner' for kids
One child from every state and territory in the US will reportedly be invited to a kids' state dinner in August, as a part of First Lady Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move!' initiative. ANI

Christians flee Syrian town as rebel 'ultimatum' expires
The Christian population in the Syrian town of Qusair has abandoned it following an ultimatum from the rebel military chief.ccording to the Los Angeles Times, almost 10,000 Christians have fled the city, situated in the battleground province of Homs after the ultimatum expired on Thursday. ANI

18 pc of Fukushima evacuees will not be able to return home even after 10 years
Nearly 20 percent of evacuees from areas near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan will not be able to return to their homes even ten years after the disaster, according to a government estimate. ANI

Four Taliban militants killed as their bomb explodes prematurely
Four Taliban militants lost their lives as their bomb went off prematurely in Afghanistan 's Paktika province, 155 km south of capital Kabul, Sunday night, spokesman for the provincial administration Mukhlis Afghan said Monday. ANI

Pak asks World Bank to prepare feasibility report on proposed power import from India
The World Bank has begun preparing a pre-feasibility report to assess the viability of Pakistan importing power from India under the Pakistan Regional Trade Programme, a senior water ministry official has said. ANI

"With a partner like Pakistan, who needs enemies?" asks U.S. media report
The fact that the American media is stepping up its anti-Pakistan campaign was made evident after a U.S. newspaper posed a question, saying, "With a partner like Pakistan, who needs enemies?", to 'ridicule' the country signifying intensification of an anti-Pakistan campaign in the American media, as Islamabad-Washington relations worsen. ANI

Iconic Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley's shotgun fetches $143,400 at auction
American sharpshooter and entertainer Annie Oakley's shotgun has sold for more than 143,400 dollars at an auction in Texas. ANI

Turkish police detains 16 terrorist suspects in east
Turkish police detained 16 suspects in terrorism investigation on Monday in the eastern province of Hakkari, local newspaper Today's Zaman reported. ANI

Fresh Pak-U.S. 'reconciliation' talks end in abject failure
Crucial talks between Pakistan and the United States have led to no significant progress, with the negotiators stuck on the issue of an apology by the U.S. over last year's November NATO air raid that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. ANI

5 gov't troops killed by blast in northern Syria
Five government troops were killed Monday by the explosion of a roadside bomb in Syria's northern province of Idlib, pro-government Sham FM radio reported. ANI

China vows to prevent extortion of confession by torture
China will enforce preventive and remedial measures to prevent extortion of confession by torture and collecting evidence through illegal methods, a government action plan released on Monday said. ANI

South Africa expects to launch BRICS bank next year: report
The South African government is pushing for the establishment of the BRICS bank amid the increased concern over the European debt crisis, the newspaper New Age reported on Monday. ANI

David Cameron forgets daughter at pub for 15 mins
David Cameron mistakenly left his eight-year-old daughter in a pub by herself and drove off without her, it was revealed on Sunday night. ANI

Rome's Trevi Fountain crumbling after chilling weather
The Trevi Fountain, one of Rome's most visited attractions by tourists, is crumbling perhaps as a delayed result of last winter's freezing temperatures. ANI

Turin Shroud produced after Jesus' crucifixion, says historian
The Turin Shroud - a linen cloth bearing the image of a bearded man and venerated for centuries as Christ's burial cloth - is not only probably a medieval fake but it is just one of an astonishing 40 so-called burial cloths of Jesus produced over a thousand years after his death, a leading Church historian has claimed. ANI

'Grand jirga' to be organised to solve mystery of Pak women 'convicted for fornication'
Tribal elders of the Salekhel tribe in Pakistan have decided to call a grand jirga of other tribes asking the Azadkhel tribe to either declare the killing of their five women or clear the Salakhel men from the allegation of being 'Ghul', meaning 'liable to be executed' under Kohistani custom. ANI

Controversial full-body scanners at Oz airports threaten to infringe passengers' privacy
Australian airports are set to introduce full-body scanners next month amid security concerns that they will show the full-generic figures of passengers, infringing their privacy. ANI

JuD-backed DPC says won't allow restoration of NATO supplies even if U.S. apologises
The JuD-backed Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) has announced that it will hold a protest rally on June 15 against the increasing number of U.S. drone attacks and possible restoration of NATO supply routes. ANI

Pak gang rape case in predictable limbo due to 'contradictions' in victims' statements
The three-member probe team which arrived in Dera Ghazi Khan to arrest the Border Levies Police (BLP) involved in the alleged rape of five girls, said the men could not be arrested as there were contradictions in the statements of the victims. ANI

Iran hopes Moscow nuclear talks would be 'step forward': FM
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi expressed hope that the upcoming nuclear talks in the Russian capital Moscow would be a "step forward" in resolving the existing differences between Iran and the West, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Monday. ANI

China vows to observe more stringent judicial procedures for death penalty
China will improve the trial procedures and reviews of death penalty cases, a government action plan released on Monday said. ANI

Al Qaeda gaining strong foothold in war-torn Syria
The Al Qaeda is taking advantage of the civil war in Syria and is gaining a foothold in the war-torn country, a video released by a group called Al-Nusra has revealed. ANI

Vatican investigating priest's bank account over potential mafia links
The Vatican Bank has been asked to disclose details of an account held by a priest in connection with a money laundering and fraud investigation, according to a report. ANI

Modern workplace 'new human habitat harbouring bacteria'
People in developed countries spend almost 90 percent of their time indoors, most of it working in an office without stepping outside, which makes the modern workplace the new human habitat harbouring many bacteria, a new study has revealed. ANI

No 'safe houses' to accommodate jailed 'ticking time bomb' Osama doc in Pak
The government of Pakistan's Punjab province has refused to accommodate Dr Shakil Afridi at the Adiala Jail saying the province already has its fair share of law and order problems. ANI

China urges more unity and resolution in Europe
A Chinese finance official called on Monday the European Union and the eurozone to take more resolute actions in fighting the debt crisis. ANI

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits NW Pakistan
A moderate earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale jolted Pakistan's northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday morning, local meteorological department reported. ANI

Violence continues in Syria, new opposition leader pushes for UN action
Fresh violence Sunday broke out in Syria amid growing worries of a full-scale civil war, and a newly-elected opposition leader increased pressure on the government by calling for UN actions. ANI

Six killed, over 40 injured in bus blast in SW Pakistan
At least six people were killed and over 40 others got injured when a bomb exploded near a passenger bus in Pakistan's southwest district of Mastung on Monday morning, Urdu TV channel Samaa reported. ANI

China's submersible reaches Mariana Trench to challenge world's dive record
The Xiangyanghong 09 ship carrying China's manned deep-sea submersible Jiaolong arrived at the designated dive area of the Mariana Trench on Monday morning, where it will attempt the world's first 7,000-meter dive. ANI

Largest narcotics seized in Nepal
Nepal Police Saturday night seized the largest amount of refined hashish from the capital Kathmandu. ANI

UK to get tough on foreign criminals using human rights laws to stay in country
British Home Secretary Theresa May has warned judges to stop allowing overseas prisoners, law-breakers and illegal immigrants to stay on in Britain on the grounds that they have a right to a family life. ANI

Islamabad to push for Siachen settlement again during Indo-Pak talks
Islamabad will renew a proposal seeking the immediate demilitarisation of the world's highest battlefield, Siachen, and a troop pullback to the 1984 positions, when senior officials from Pakistan and India begin talks here today to resolve the 28-year-old dispute. ANI

Al-Qaeda chief urges Tunisians to demand rule of sharia Islamic law
Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged Tunisians to rise up to demand the rule of Islamic law, slamming the ruling Ennahda Islamist party for "violating" sharia law, in a message posted online. ANI

PML-N leader seeks public support to oust 'corrupt' Gilani government
Senior vice president of PML-N Punjab, Jaffer Iqbal has said that people should support PML-N president Nawaz Sharif in ousting the corrupt Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) rulers from power. ANI

Terrorist attack kills 10, including one soldier, in Pak's South Waziristan
At least 10 people were killed, including one soldier, and 10 others were injured when terrorists fired rockets at a security checkpost in South Waziristan. ANI

Japan's local nuke safety commission approves re-start of 'safe' Oi reactors
A local nuclear safety commission in Japan has approved the restart of two reactors at the Oi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture by endorsing a report stating that necessary safety measures have been put in place. ANI

US, India to identify new areas of scientific cooperation during meeting in Washington
The United States and India will assess progress and identify new areas for scientific cooperation during the second U.S.-India Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation being held here this week. ANI

'Mixed race fastest-growing 'ethnic' group in UK'
British Broadcasting Corporation's news presenter, George Alagiah, has said that Britain has a higher proportion of mixed race than any other country. ANI

Teen bellydancer lay on Berlusconi's desk for n*ked pics to blackmail him, claims model
More trouble seems to be brewing for former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi as a female guest of his infamous 'bunga bunga' party has claimed that an underage belly dancer whom the controversial leader had allegedly bedded, posed for photographs as she lay n*ked on his desk. ANI

India, Pakistan to discuss Siachin today
India and Pakistan will hold Secretary level talks over the military standoff on the Siachin glacier, here on Monday, against the growing clamour to demilitarise the world's highest battlefield. ANI

Rescuers recover 3 more bodies of buried Pak soldiers at Siachen
Making rapid progress at the Gayari sector, Pakistani army rescue teams in Siachen have recovered three more bodies. ANI

Could 'slain' Al-Qaeda No. 2 still be alive?
Two websites linked to the Al-Qaeda have announced that they will reveal a video message from the jihadist network's deputy leader Abu Yahya al-Libi, whom Washington claimed to have killed last week. ANI

French Socialists and allies lead in first round of parliamentary vote
French President Francois Hollande's Socialists and allies have came out on top in the first-round parliamentary elections.nterior Ministry figures showed that left-wing and green parties won a total of over 46 percent of the vote compared to 34 percent for the centre-right UMP party. ANI

Myanmar gov't declares state of emergency in Rakhine
The Myanmar government declared a state of emergency in western coastal Rakhine state Sunday night. ANI

ISGN Corporation Names Ritesh Idnani as its New CEO
ISGN Corporation™ (“ISGN”), a leading provider of end-to-end technology solutions and services to the U.S. mortgage industry, has named Ritesh Idnani its new chief executive officer. Idnani succeeds Krishna Srinivasan, founder, CEO and vice chairman of ISGN, who will continue as a member of the board and will remain executive vice chairman of the company Business Wire India

Swedish Defence Materiel Administration Orders AeroVironment Puma AE and Wasp Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
At Eurosatory – AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) has received a firm fixed-price order for 12 hybrid small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets Materielverk) on behalf of the Swedish Army Business Wire India

James Mwangi of Kenya’s Equity Bank Named Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year 2012
Dr. James Mwangi, CEO and Managing Director of Kenya’s Equity Bank Limited was named the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 at an awards ceremony held in Monte Carlo’s Salle des Etoiles Business Wire India

New linagliptin Phase III data demonstrate significant reductions in blood glucose with no additional risk of hypoglycaemia when combined with insulin in patients with type 2 diabetes
Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) has presented results from a randomised Phase III clinical trial and a post-hoc analysis for linagliptin at ADA Business Wire India

New analysis presented at ADA shows improvement in albuminuria with linagliptin in patients at high risk of declining renal function
Business Wire India

Jeffrey Owens appointed as Senior Tax Policy adviser to Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Jeffrey Owens as Senior Policy Adviser to its Global Vice-Chair of Tax, Dave Holtze. Business Wire India

New data demonstrate sustained glucose reduction and weight loss up to 90 weeks with investigational SGLT-2 inhibitor, empagliflozin*
EX US & UK.Medical Media Only. Business Wire India

Infoblox Automated Network Control Appliances to Power Show Net at 2012 Interop Tokyo
Infoblox Inc. (NYSE:BLOX) today announced the Company will be participating in Interop Tokyo, June 13 – 15, 2012, demonstrating Infoblox’s automated network control solutions that take the burden of complex network control out of human hands, reduce costs, and increase accuracy and uptime. Business Wire India

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