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Pakistan not 'price-gouging' over NATO supply routes: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that it was not a Pakistani demand for high tariffs on the NATO supplies that thwarted talks with the U.S. aimed at repairing strenuous ties between the two and re-open NATO supply routes. ANI

Children's game Habbo Hotel exposed as 'forum of pornographic chat'
An online game popular among teenagers, Habbo Hotel, has been exposed as a forum 'filled with pornographic chat' by a TV investigation. ANI

Alcatraz prisoners' notorious escape remains mystery 50 years on
50 years after the famed 'Escape from Alcatraz' 1962 prison break, two of the three prisoner's sisters have revealed that they believe their brothers' made it off the island to freedom. ANI

UK 'student visas' blasted for serving as 'back door' to Britain
A campaign group in the UK has warned that student visas are being used to get back door entry into Britain, and added that this method could destroy public confidence in the government's immigration policies. ANI

George HW Bush cries after reading out poem for family to granddaughter
George HW Bush and his granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager were both moved to tears when she interviewed her grandfather about growing old. ANI

Falkland Islands to hold referendum next year on whether to stay with Britain
The Falkland Islands will hold a referendum on whether to remain British in a bid to send a clear 'hands off' message to Argentina. ANI

China expresses 'great concern' over 'critical' Syria situation
China has expressed 'great concern' over increasing violence in Syria, and said the situation in the country has reached a 'critical juncture'. ANI

Real estate tycoon brands Pak CJ's son 'Don' running country's judiciary
Pakistani real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, implicated in the Arsalan case, has said the Chief Justice's son Arsalan Iftikhar is a 'don' and he is the one running the country's judiciary. ANI

Syrian government preserves armed men's corpses: paper
Syrian authorities have preserved unspecified number of unidentified corpses of armed men killed in clashes with Syrian troops, pro-government al-Watan daily reported Wednesday. ANI

Two arrested in Bangkok on drug abuse charges
Two men were arrested on drug charges while in possession of methamphetamine pills and crystal methamphetamine pills with market value of about 6.3 million U.S. dollars, Bangkok Post online reported on Wednesday. ANI

Russia's defense export fits UN requirements: state arms exporter
Russia didn't send military equipment to foreign countries in violation of UN sanctions, Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Wednesday. ANI

Sri Lanka expresses "relief" at U.S. exemption from Iran sanctions
The Sri Lankan government has expressed "relief" over a U.S. decision to exempt it from financial sanctions placed on countries that import oil from Iran, a top official said here on Wednesday. ANI

Fiji's former woman diplomat Talakuli passes away
Fiji's former woman diplomat Adi Samanunu Cakobau Talakuli has died at the age of 72 after being ill for some time, the local website Fijivillage reported Wednesday. ANI

Heavy casualties feared as building collapses in Nigerian capital Abuja
Heavy casualties were feared as a storey-building collapsed at Apo Mechanic Village located in Nigeria's capital city Abuja on Wednesday morning, trapping an unconfirmed number of people, officials said. ANI

Pak CJ's son accused of swindling Rs 340 m by real estate tycoon
A statement submitted in the Pakistan Supreme Court by real estate tycoon Malik Riaz states that Rs 342,501,254 was spent on the Chief Justice's son Dr Arsalan Iftikhar's three foreign tours. ANI

WSJ journo resigns following revelations about affair with Obama Iraq nominee
A Wall Street Journal reporter has resigned after it was revealed that she had an affair with an ex-Bush administration security advisor. ANI

UAE mulls new law on dress code in country in face of increasing 'indecency'
A member of the Federal National Council (FNC) has proposed a dress code to be enforced across the UAE. ANI

Obama says Romney's campaign ideas can fit 'on a tweet'
U.S. President Barack Obama took a shot at Republican rival Mitt Romney by dismissing his campaign visions as limited enough to be tweeted. ANI

Sir John Major slams 'undignified' way Cameron, Blair courted Murdoch
Former British Prime Minister Sir John Major has slammed the way UK leaders such as David Cameron and Tony Blair have courted media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, calling it "undignified". ANI

Rebekah Brooks due in court to face NOTW phone-hacking charges
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is due to appear in court for the first time to face charges related to the News of The World phone hacking scandal. ANI

British Foreign Secretary voices concern over Pak-U.S. deadlock
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has expressed his concern over the deadlock between Islamabad and Washington over the reopening of NATO supply routes. ANI

Zardari reiterates call for bridging Pak-U.S. trust deficit
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has reiterated his call for Pakistan and the U.S. to work closely in order to bridge the trust deficit, and cooperate with each other on clearly defined parameters on the basis of mutual interest and respect. ANI

Pak clerics want 'conspiring' NGOs out of Kohistan
Clerics in Pakistan's Kohistan district have decided in principle to expel non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from the district after accusing them of working against Kohistani tribal customs. ANI

Pak ghazal maestro Mehdi Hasan passes away
Legendary Pakistani ghazal maestro Mehdi Hasan passed away at a private hospital in Karachi on Wednesday. ANI

Rehman Malik to sue TV anchors for Rs 3 billion over dragging him into Arsalan case
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior Affairs Rehman Malik has said that he will file for damages worth Rs 3 billion against all TV anchors who had dragged his name into the Arsalan Iftikhar case, and promised to quit politics if found guilty. ANI

Fewer maternal and child deaths in developing countries
Since 1990, annual maternal deaths have declined by almost one half and the deaths of young children have declined from 12 million to 7.6 million in 2010, according to a new report. ANI

Philippine militants demand ransom for freedom of 2 Chinese hostages
Militants in southern Philippines demanded at least 5 million U.S. dollars ransom in exchange for the freedom of their two Chinese hostages, a local government official said Wednesday. ANI

Aung San Suu Kyi embarks on 2nd trip abroad in 24 years to Europe
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi left here Wednesday to start her European tour covering Switzerland, Norway, Britain, Ireland and France. ANI

Russian warships leave for multinational naval exercise in Hawaii
Russia's Pacific Fleet unit consisting of destroyer Admiral Panteleyev, tanker Boris Butoma and ocean-going salvage tug Fotiy Krylov, left Vladivostok on Wednesday for Hawaii to take part in the large-scale multinational naval exercise RIMPAC-2012. ANI

Japan's oldest census registration note unearthed
A team of Japanese archaeologists has found wooden tablets dating back to the seventh century within remains located in the city of Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture in southwestern Japan. The tablets are believed to be the oldest census registration record in Japan's history. ANI

U.S. drone bombs al-Qaida bastions in southeast Yemen, 10 killed
At least 10 members of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch were killed when U.S. drones hit their bastions in Yemen's southeastern province of Shabwa early Wednesday. ANI

At least 55 killed, 126 wounded in spate of attacks in Iraq
At least 55 people were killed and 126 wounded in a series of bomb and gunfire attacks in several Iraqi cities on Wednesday, the police said. ANI

Hong Kong official questions 'suicide' of disabled Tiananmen Square protestor
A senior Hong Kong official has said that the death by suicide of Chinese dissident Li Wangyang is doubtful. ANI

More companies favouring temporary employees
Some companies are ditching old-fashioned business models to adopt 'supertemps' trend as more and more people are choosing to work as temporary employees. ANI

97 pct Nepali journalists use Facebook: Report
A nationwide research conducted by the Center for Media Research-Nepal has shown that Nepali journalists have made a stride in the use of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. ANI

Centuries-old scripture found in Lhasa
Cultural specialists in southwest China's Tibet autonomous region have found more than 100 pages of Tibetan scripture that dates back to the 13th century, local authorities said Wednesday. ANI

Nepal PM to spend a night monthly in village to listen to public
Nepal's Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai launched a program on Wednesday to spend at least one night a month in a rural settlement of the country to interact with the local people, representatives of political parties, civil society members and social activists. ANI

Cross-dressing Kuwaiti woman arrested after shopping mall brawl
An 18-year-old Kuwaiti woman has reportedly been arrested after she turned up at a shopping mall dressed as a man and sparked off a brawl. ANI

'Decision on NATO supplies restoration now lies with political leadership of U.S., Pak'
Negotiating teams of the U.S. and Pakistan have concluded their work and the decision of reopening NATO supply routes now lies with the political leaderships of the two countries, sources in the Foreign Affairs Ministry have said. ANI

Memo Commission has no authority to declare anyone traitor: Asma Jahangir
Former Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president and rights activist Asma Jahangir has said the Memo Commission has no authority to label anyone a 'traitor'. ANI

NATO route reopening negotiations continuing with Pak: Pentagon
The United States has said it continues to hold discussions with Pakistan towards the re-opening of NATO supply routes into Afghanistan, with the Pentagon dismissing the impression that negotiations with Islamabad had been cut off. ANI

71 confirmed dead on Afghan town quake
A total of 71 people including women and children were killed in the earthquake that hit Burka town in northern Afghanistan on Monday, said Burka district police chief Habib Rahman on Wednesday, citing the latest counting. ANI

Azad stresses on importance of collaboration with US in food and drug regulation
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has stressed on the importance of collaboration with the U.S. in food and drug regulation as this will provide exposure to the Indian regulators to international best practices in this area. ANI

Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative announces first round of awards
In a milestone in the educational partnership between India and the United States, the Department of State is pleased to announce theight institutional partnership projects below for the first Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative awards. ANI

Three Saudi women barred from entering France for refusing to remove veils
Three Saudi women were reportedly barred from entering France after they refused to remove their veils at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport. ANI

Pak must 'bite the bullet' on NATO supplies to heal badly ruptured ties: U.S. official
A senior U.S. official has said the Pakistan government should "bite the bullet" and re-open supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan in order to ease tensions with the United States. ANI

Girls as young as 11 'expect' to perform sex acts on rows of boys in UK: Report
Girls in Britain as young as 11 are expected to perform sex acts on rows of boys for up to two hours at a time in some areas of London, a shocking report by a watchdog that warns of increasing child abuse across the UK, has revealed. ANI

UN peacekeeping chief declares Syria in state of civil war
Syria is now in a state of civil war and the government has lost control of 'large chunks' of cities, the United Nation's head of peacekeeping has said. ANI

Obama to skip Rio+20 Earth Summit
U.S. President Barack Obama will skip +20 Earth Summit later this month in Rio de Janeiro. ANI

Lahore HC to hear contempt of court petition against President Zardari
The Lahore High Court (LHC) will conduct the hearing of a petition against President Asif Ali Zardari in a contempt of court case on Wednesday. ANI

Imran Khan calls for depoliticisation of state institutions for good governance
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has expressed the need for good governance by depoliticisation of state institutions, bureaucracy and the police. ANI

Amnesty accuses Europe of preferring guarding borders than saving lives
European Governments are more concerned about reinforcing their borders than saving lives, Amnesty International has revealed in its report. ANI

Pak cleric declares jihad against 'poisonous' polio campaign
A cleric in Pakistan's Muzaffargarh district has declared the polio campaign 'un-Islamic' and announced at the local mosque that Jihad should be carried out against the visiting polio vaccination team. ANI

Pak, U.S. cannot afford to ignore importance of ties: FM Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has told a U.S. Congressional delegation that the relationship between Pakistan and the U.S. is important and both sides cannot afford to ignore this fact. ANI

Valerie Trierweiler takes twitter swipe at Hollande's ex
France's First Lady Valerie Trierweiler has sparked a political storm and embarrassed the Socialist party by extending her support to the rival of Segolene Royal, President Francois Hollande's ex. ANI

Sri Lanka removed from UN blacklist after making progress in tracing missing children
Sri Lanka has been removed from a United Nations blacklist after the country made efforts to improve health and education and to trace missing children. ANI

China suspends minister-level talks with UK over Cameron-Dalai Lama meeting
China has reportedly suspended minister-level meetings with the UK in protest against Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to meet the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. ANI

US accuses Russia of sending attack helicopters to Syria
The Obama administration has accused Russia of sending attack helicopters to Syria that could be used by President Bashar al-Assad's regime to launch a crackdown on pro-democracy protestors. ANI

Assange asks UK Supreme Court to reopen extradition case
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has reportedly asked Britain's Supreme Court to reopen his case, in a bid to block his extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over sex crime allegations. ANI

Militant website posts video of slain Qaeda leader Libi
A militant website has published a video message from Al-Qaeda deputy leader Abu Yahya al-Libi, whom Washington had reported as killed in a drone strike in Pakistan last week. ANI

Liberals question validity of new panel formed to draft Egypt's constitution
Several liberal Egyptian politicians have raised questions over the validity of a newly panel, which will draft the country's constitution. ANI

Taliban-funding Afghan drug lord jailed for life in US
An Afghan man found guilty of running one of the world's largest heroin trafficking rings and funding the Taliban has been jailed for life in the US. ANI

SoloPower Introduces Next Generation of Solar Solutions at Intersolar in Munich: Powerful, Flexible Panels with Easy Installation Systems
SoloPower, a San Jose, California-based manufacturer of high efficiency, lightweight, and flexible thin-film solar cells and modules, introduced today at Intersolar in Munich, Germany, one of the largest solar industry exhibitions in the world, its next generation of integrated solar solutions Business Wire India

ACE to Acquire Indonesian General Insurer Asuransi Jaya Proteksi
ACE Limited (NYSE: ACE) announced today that the company and its local partner have reached a definitive agreement to acquire PT Asuransi Jaya Proteksi in Indonesia for approximately $130 million in cash. Business Wire India

A Squared Elxsi Announces ‘Rainbow Valley Heroes’
Today A Squared Elxsi Entertainment LLC (A2E2), a joint venture between A Squared Entertainment and India’s Tata Elxsi Ltd, introduces ‘Rainbow Valley Heroes,’ an animated pre-school series featuring a colorful and friendly world of police and fire rescue vehicles. ‘Rainbow Valley Heroes’ is a series of 26 x 11’ shows following the adventures of a fun loving fleet of rescue trucks Business Wire India

BlackRock Names Philipp Hildebrand Vice Chairman with Responsibility for Large Institutional Relationships in EMEA and Asia Pacific
BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) today announced the appointment of Philipp Hildebrand as Vice Chairman of BlackRock, overseeing the Firm’s largest institutional client relationships in EMEA and Asia Pacific. His appointment is effective October 2012. Business Wire India

Parabel, Inc. and Lemna Asia SDN BHD Sign License Agreement
Parabel Inc. (OTCQB: PABL) and its operating company PA LLC, a global provider of micro-crop technology and solutions for the renewable production of feed, food and fuel, today announced that it has finalized a Master License Agreement with Lemna Asia SDN BHD for the implementation of a commercial-scale license unit in Malaysia. Business Wire India

Nordson EFD to Exhibit Multiple Technologies for Improving Efficiency And Profitability in Electronics Manufacturing Processes
Nordson EFD, a subsidiary of Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq: NDSN), will be demonstrating their latest fluid dispensing technologies for improving electronics manufacturing processes at Jisso/Protec Japan 2012, to be held in Tokyo June 13-15 Business Wire India

Panasonic to Make Full-scale Development of Housing Equipment and Construction Material Businesses in China
Panasonic Corporation has announced that it will make a full-scale entry into the Chinese housing equipment and construction market in FY2012, providing its sophisticated and exceptional quality products and contributing to security and safety in housing in China. Business Wire India

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