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Camerons under attack by parents after forgetting daughter in pub
David and Samantha Cameron have been slammed by some parents for leaving behind their daughter after a party in a pub. ANI

Israel Holocaust museum defaced with Hebrew graffiti thanking Hitler for mass killings
Hebrew graffiti thanking Adolf Hitler and denouncing Zionism have been sprayed inside a Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. ANI

UN accuses Syrian army of 'using children as human shields' to deter opposition attacks
Syrian troops are using children as human shields and forcing them to ride on top of government tanks to deter opposition attacks, a UN report has revealed. ANI

Activists demand Columbia University cancel admission to Assad's media adviser
Syrian rights groups have demanded Columbia University to cancel admission of President Bashar al-Assad's media adviser Sheherazad Jaafari. ANI

Mysterious list of journalists paid millions surfaces in Pak CJ son's corruption case
A mysterious list has been distributed on the premises of the Punjab Assembly containing the names of some eight prominent Pakistani journalists who allegedly received money, plots and other facilities overseas from real estate tycoon Malik Raiz. ANI

Rights activist not sure if all Pak women sentenced to death for 'fornication' are alive
Rights activist Dr Farzana Bari, who had visited Pakistan's Kohitsan district as a part of the fact-finding team to meet the five women who were condemned to death by a tribal jirga, said it could not be confirmed whether all the five women are alive. ANI

Chinese police destroy 100,000 illegal guns
Police in 150 Chinese cities jointly destroyed more than 100,000 illegal guns Tuesday, the Ministry of Public Security said. ANI

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague arrives in Pakistan
British Foreign Secretary William Hague arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday for talks on bilateral and regional issues, focusing on peace and security in the region, officials said. ANI

North Korea facing acute health, food crisis: UN
North Korea is facing acute shortage of food, and millions of children are not getting enough healthcare needed to develop physically or mentally, the United Nations has said. ANI

Collector draws ire after decorating car with antique porcelain
A porcelain collector has recently covered his Land Rover with about 10 thousand pieces of antique ceramics, triggering debate about whether he is preserving or spoiling the treasures. ANI

Sri Lanka launches South Asia's 1st integrated Interpol service
Sri Lanka has launched South Asia' s first integrated Interpol service according to a statement posted on the Defense Ministry website on Tuesday. ANI

Over-all crisis in relationship making it impossible for Pak, U.S. to reach deal: Expert
An U.S. expert on South Asian issues has said it is now impossible for Pakistan and the U.S. to reach any kind of deal due to their crisis-ridden relationship. ANI

China says it supports Myanmar's efforts to safeguard stability
China supports Myanmar's efforts to safeguard domestic stablity and ethnic harmony, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday. ANI

Interviewing Norwegian gunman Breivik was 'like meeting serial killer Hannibal Lecter'
Meeting Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik in jail was like meeting Hannibal Lecter, a cannibal in a horror movie, a psychologist has said. ANI

Chinese women's union trains Tibetan Buddhist nuns
Beijing, June 12 (Xinhua-ANI) -- The All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) said Tuesday that it has trained 127 nuns practicing Tibetan Buddhism since April. ANI

India downplays US's decision on Iran sanctions
India has sought to downplay the United States's decision of exempting it from economic sanctions for cutting the oil imports from Iran, saying it was a decision taken by the U.S. Government under its domestic law. ANI

Iran begins designing first nuke submarine
Iran has started designing the country's first nuclear submarine, according to a report. ANI

Pakistan air force plane crashes in SW Pakistan
At least two pilots went missing on Tuesday afternoon after a training plane of Pakistan air force crashed in country's southwestern province of Balochistan. ANI

Travel rush expected over Dragon Boat Festival holiday
China's Ministry of Railways said Tuesday that the country's railways are expected to transport 24.4 million passengers during the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival holiday, marking an increase of 1.15 million year on year. ANI

Return of U.S. team not an institutional pullout: Sherry Rehman
Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman has said that the return of the U.S. team from Islamabad, following negotiations with their Pakistani counterparts on the revival of NATO supply routes, does not represent an institutional U.S. pullout. ANI

Pak tribesmen deny being witnesses to 'execution' of 'fornication-charged' women
The case of the five Kohistani women condemned by a jirga for mingling with men at a village wedding, took another turn when three tribesmen appeared before the court and denied they were eyewitnesses to the alleged murder of the women. ANI

Jeb Bush says father, Reagan not conservative enough for today's Republican Party
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has said that both Ronald Reagan and his father, George H.W. Bush, would have a hard time getting nominated by the more conservative voters in today's Republican Party. ANI

Tokyo ranked world's 'most expensive city' for expats
Tokyo is the world's most expensive city for foreign staff to live in, according to a new research. ANI

Pak, U.S. need to take 'realistic approach' to restore bilateral ties: Pak FO
A day after the U.S. recalled its officials negotiating to reopen the NATO supply routes closed since last November from Pakistan, Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Khan said Pakistan and the U.S. will have to adopt a realistic approach to improve bilateral relations. ANI

Rupert Murdoch 'lied under oath to media ethic's inquiry': Brown
Former British prime minister Gordon Brown has accused Rupert Murdoch of lying under oath at a media ethic's inquiry, and claimed that a tabloid belonging to the media tycoon had undermined the war effort in Afghanistan. ANI

U.S. envoy calls Qaeda's Somali offshoot's camel reward for Obama's head 'absurd'
A top U.S. envoy has dismissed a reward of 10 camels for information about President Barack Obama's hideout by Somali militants as "absurd". ANI

Pakistan's judicial panel says ex-envoy has sought US help
A Judicial Commission in Pakistan, which investigated a "memo" that sought U.S. help to stop a possible military coup after the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011, has said in its report that former ambassador Hussain Haqqani had sought American help. ANI

Banned Pakistani Taliban group declares war against government
The banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has asked the Mehsud tribesmen of South Waziristan to leave their homes, claiming that the Taliban are in a state of war with the government of Pakistan, according to a TTP pamphlet. ANI

Pak SC set to grill Army Chief Kayani in Balochistan unrest case?
The Pakistan Supreme Court has hinted it might summon Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani over the worsening law order situation in Balochistan, and seek a solution to the problem. ANI

USAID appoints new director with aim to cut Pak projects from 150 to 50
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has appointed a new mission director to Pakistan, with an aim to cut its development projects in the country from 150 to 50 this year. ANI

6 Australian cities among world's pricy top 30
Six Australian major cities are among the top 30 most expensive cities for expatriates in the world because of a stronger Australian dollar, according to a survey released on Tuesday by Mercer, one of the world's largest investment consulting firms. ANI

Prince Harry to scale Everest for TV documentary
Prince Harry will star in a new documentary about a team of wounded war heroes climbing Mount Everest. ANI

U.S. Treasury Secretary to visit India
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will visit India on June 27-28, 2012. ANI

Strauss-Kahn once tried to seduce France's new First Lady Trierweiler, claims book
Shamed former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn once tried to seduce France's new First Lady Valerie Trierweiler, but she snubbed him, a new book has claimed. ANI

Pak court remands three policemen in Dera Ghazi Khan rape case
A Pakistan court has remanded three border policemen accused of raping five young women and filming the attack, officials have said. ANI

British Foreign Secretary in Islamabad to break Pak-U.S. impasse
British Foreign Secretary William Hague is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on Tuesday, hours after the U.S. technical team left Pakistan, apparently to help the two estranged allies resolve their deadlock over a U.S. apology and Pakistan's reopening of NATO supplies. ANI

New Pak-India UN observer mission chief appointed
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Major General Young-Bum Choi of South Korea as Chief Military Observer and the head of the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), a UN spokesman has announced. ANI

DPRK to carry forward revolution: Kim Jong Un
Kim Jong Un, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), called on his people to carry forward the socialist revolution cause under Kim IL Sung and Kim Jong IL's guidance, the official news agency KCNA reported Tuesday. ANI

U.S. defense chief meets with Israeli president on Iran, Syria
U.S. Defense Secretary Lion Panetta has met with visiting Israeli President Shimon Peres to discuss security issues of mutual concern and strong defense ties between the two close allies. ANI

UK police 28 times more likely to stop and search blacks than whites
The UK police is up to 28 times more likely to use stop-and-search powers against black people than on whites, according to a new research by a human rights body. ANI

Zoologists track wild pandas in NW China
More than 50 Chinese zoologists are tracking giant pandas in a wild habitat of Gansu Province, hoping to collect DNA samples from the endangered bears. ANI

Cambodia observes World Day Against Child Labor with photos, music
Cambodia on Tuesday observed the 11th World Day Against Child Labor with photo exhibition and children music festival. ANI

U.S. forces in S. Korea seek to bring in more weapons
U.S. forces based in South Korea are seeking to deploy weapons here for more advanced war-fighting capabilities, the commander of the forces said Tuesday. ANI

Five bodies found in quake-hit northern Afghan town
An earthquake jolted parts of Afghanistan has triggered landslide in the mountainous Burka district of Baghlan province 160 km north of capital Kabul, destroying 25 houses and dozens of people were feared dead, local officials said Tuesday. ANI

New documents reveal Steve Jobs' drug use as teenager, kidnap fears for daughter
Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, had in the 1980's expressed concern that his daughter might be kidnapped in an effort to blackmail him, recently released Pentagon documents have revealed. ANI

Amnesty orders Egyptian authorities to investigate Tahir Square's mob attack on women
Amnesty International has asked Egyptian authorities to probe alleged sexual assaults on women protesters during a rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday. ANI

Rights group calls on Burma to protect Muslim, Buddhist communities
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Government of Burma to take all necessary steps to protect communities at risk in Arakan State after violence between Buddhists and Muslims in western Burma left an unknown number dead. ANI

Future workplaces to be more casual, high-tech, green friendly and fun
You may find yourself working in one of the funky workplaces seen in movies like 'The Social Network' in the near future. ANI

US fears 'new' massacre in Syria's Latakia province
The United States has expressed fears that the Syrian Government may be organising another massacre in the town of Haffa in Latakia province. ANI

Nobel Prize winners' cash amount reduced owing to current economic crisis
Nobel Prize organizers have announced a cut in cash amounts to prize winners. ANI

Ailing ex-Egyptian President Mubarak 'slipping in and out of consciousness'
Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's health has deteriorated further. ANI

Clinton praises India, six other nations for significantly reducing purchase of Iranian Crude
Stating that the United States Government remains committed to following a dual-track policy that offers Iran the chance to engage seriously with the international community to resolve concerns over the latter's nuclear program, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was happy to note that seven nations, including India, have taken significant steps to reduce crude oil imports from Tehran. ANI

'Patriotic' Haqqani to challenge 'one-sided' memo verdict aimed at distracting people
Reacting to the Memogate Commission report, which found the former ambassador to the United States guilty, Husain Haqqani has tweeted his response on the micro-blogging website Twitter, saying that the commission's proceedings were one-sided. ANI

Krishna in US to attend third India-US Strategic Dialogue
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna has arrived here to hold the third India-US Strategic Dialogue with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. ANI

U.S. to send officials back only when Pak ready to conclude NATO routes agreement
The U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson Commander Bill Speaks has said the U.S. is ready to send officials back to Islamabad when the Pakistan government is ready to conclude the agreement on the reopening of NATO supply routes to Afghanistan. ANI

U.S. finds 'way around' Pakistan NATO route blockage
The No. 2 U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General Curtis Scaparrotti has said the closure of NATO supply routes by Pakistan, has not affected their operation, as supplies are continuing through alternate routes, and they have been able to get whatever troops need for the war. ANI

Memogate Commission's report claims ex-envoy to U.S. Haqqani authored memo
A report submitted in the Supreme Court by the judicial commission probing into the Memogate scandal has claimed that former envoy to the United States, Husain Haqqani, had authored the confidential memo. ANI

China to send first woman in manned space mission in June
China may send its first woman into space this year after including two female astronauts in the team training for its first manned space docking. ANI

U.S. 'walks out' of supply route reopening talks with Pakistan
The U.S. has temporarily pulled out of talks with Pakistan over re-opening vital supply routes to the NATO-led forces in Afghanistan. ANI

Man jailed for 'only' 17 months for 'gratuitous attack' on Indian in Australia
A man who was involved in an unprovoked attack on an Indian student has been jailed for just 17 months in Australia. ANI

Dharun Ravi to appeal hate crime conviction in webcam spying case
Former Indian-origin Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, who has been given a 30-day jail sentence for web-streaming his gay roommate's encounter with his date, has filed a notice that he will appeal his hate crime conviction. ANI

US exempts India, six other nations from Iran oil sanctions
The United States has reportedly exempted India and six other countries from its tough sanctions for significantly cutting their oil purchases from Iran. ANI

REC Announces the First Multi Solar Module with Backside Passivation Commercially Available in 255W
Europe’s largest solar module producer, Renewable Energy Corporation (REC), today launched the REC Peak Energy Plus Series module, the first commercially available multicrystalline product based on cells with backside passivation technology. Business Wire India

Systagenix Acquires O2 Insights Inc, Adding a Third Marker to Its Wound Diagnostics Pipeline
Systagenix announced today that it completed the acquisition of the assets of O2 Insights Inc. Co-founded by Robert Rushenberg, and Dr. Samit Gupta, Ph.D., O2 Insights Inc. is an Ohio based technology start-up developing rapid, reliable and cost effective point-of-care diagnostics for the measurement of transcutaneous tissue oxygenation. Business Wire India

Zephyr Corporation and Evance Wind Turbines Announce Collaboration
Zephyr Corporation (President and CEO: Tomoya Endo; Head Office: Tokyo; hereinafter "Zephyr") announces an alliance with Evance Wind Turbines Ltd. (CEO: Dr. Kevin Parslow; Head Office: Loughborough, U.K.; hereinafter "Evance"). Business Wire India

Komli Media Raises $39 Million Led by Norwest Venture Partners
Komli Media (www.komli.com), Asia Pacific's leading media technology platform, today announced it has raised $39 million, its largest financing to date. Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) led the financing with participation from Nexus Venture Partners, Helion Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Western Technology Investment Business Wire India

Aldi Süd and Affiliates Enter into MPEG-2 Licenses with MPEG LA
MPEG LA has announced that Aldi Süd and affiliates (“Aldi Süd”) have entered into MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio Licenses with MPEG LA. Under the Licenses, Aldi Süd is responsible for paying royalties on its own branded MPEG-2 products. Business Wire India

Group FMG Announces Acquisition of Pod1
Group FMG, a global provider of high impact marketing & media solutions, has announced the acquisition of Pod1, an award winning creative digital agency with a focus on e-commerce and creative design Business Wire India

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