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Bristol Palin cries about being alone with son on her new reality show
Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol Palin reportedly broke down on her show 'Life's a Tripp' about being alone with her three-year-old son, Tripp, and her struggle as a single working mom. ANI

Azad convenes Child Survival Call to Action Forum with Hillary Clinton
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the Child Survival Call at Action Forum with the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. ANI

Krishna welcomes tangible progress in India-US strategic ties
Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has welcomed the tangible progress made between India and the United States on nuclear energy cooperation, and added that nuclear commerce is now beginning to expand itself. ANI

India has agreed that Iran needs to live up to intl. obliglations: Clinton
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that India has made it clear that Iran, like all countries, must live up to their international obligations. ANI

India, US review counter-terrorism, cyber security, and sustainable development
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that both she and visiting Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna covered a number of serious concerns such as counter-terrorism, cyber security, and sustainable development during the third Strategic Dialogue between the two countries. ANI

India, US Strategic Dialogue ends, Clinton welcomes boost to ties
India and the United States have concluded their third strategic dialogue, covering a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global issues. ANI

South African Police condemns appointment of first woman chief over inexperience
The South African Police Union has condemned the appointment of new woman police commissioner Mangwashi Victoria Phiyega citing lack of police experience. ANI

54 pc Independents cynical about Obama's economic plans: Poll
More than half of Independent voters are highly skeptical about President Barack Obama's economic plans, according to a new poll. ANI

India, US reaffirm commitment for mutual energy security
Recalling the 2009 U.S.-India MOU on clean energy, energy efficiency, energy security, and climate change, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Minister of External Affairs S.M ANI

Michelle Obama posts candid images of family on 'Pinterest account'
Michelle Obama has reportedly posted a photo album titled 'Father's Day' to her official Pinterest account this morning, which includes several candid pictures of herself, President Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha. ANI

Krishna calls on Pak to stop Hafiz Saeed's 'hate India campaign' from its soil
India's External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has said the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Hafiz Saeed, is still using Pakistan for a "hate India campaign". ANI

NY's health experts approve 'big-soda ban'
Health experts have reportedly praised New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super sized soda ban proposition on Tuesday, insisting that the ban should be extended upon other fattening snacks too. ANI

Sri Lanka's former army commander vows to topple government
Sri Lanka's former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka on Thursday said that toppling the government and creating a new political culture was his aim, ruling out any possibility of working with President Mahinda Rajapaksa. ANI

John Edwards' ex mistress to spill details about affair with senator
Rielle Hunter, the former mistress of senator John Edwards, has for the first time broken her silence on the affair which shattered his presidency dreams, ended his marriage and culminated in a political corruption trial. ANI

China's forced abortion photo under one-child policy sparks outrage in country
A photo showing a baby whose mother was forced to have an abortion has shocked human rights groups and Chinese Internet users.eng Jiamei was allegedly forced to undergo an abortion by local officials in the seventh month of her pregnancy, The BBC reports. ANI

Syrian ambassador blames armed opposition for civilian casualties
The armed opposition in Syria was responsible for the Houla massacre and other civilian casualties, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said Thursday. ANI

Pak put on high alert after Al-Qaeda suicide bombings 'plans' surface
Pakistan's leading intelligence agencies, including the Military Intelligence (MI) have alerted the Interior Ministry that Al-Qaeda has planned terror attacks, aimed mainly at the security forces, besides the nation's soft targets in the big cities. ANI

NATO still hopeful for Pak transit agreement
The U.S. still hopes to reopen NATO supply routes to Afghanistan through neighbouring Pakistan despite securing new transit deals with three Central Asian states, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said. ANI

'Child grooming for sex' scandals in UK only 'tip of iceberg', claims lawmaker
A number of cases uncovered by British police where children are being groomed for sex across the country is just 'the tip of the iceberg', a UK government minister has said. ANI

Dalai Lama regrets Oz 'MasterChef' cameo
Dalai Lama is regretting his decision to appear as a guest judge on the Australian version of 'MasterChef' last year. ANI

China's stony deserts fall to 12 mln hectares
China's stony desert areas shrank to 12 million hectares by the end of 2011, down 7.4 percent from 2005, a senior forestry official said Thursday. ANI

Uncertainty looms for Afghanistan with no post Karzai succession plan in place: Analysts
Uncertainty looms over Aghanistan's future as political analysts claim President Hamid Karzai will be taking advantage of the weaknesses in the system and of the fragile state of the country, to ensure that he will retain power for years to come in some form. ANI

Tunisia's ex-president sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia by military tribunal
A military tribunal on Wednesday evening sentenced former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to life imprisonment in absentia for ordering to kill protesters in several regions in January 2011, the state-run TAP press agency reported on Thursday. ANI

Bar heckler sues Bristol Palin for defamation
A talent manager, who verbally abused Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol Palin and called her mother a "whore", has now sued the 21-year-old for defamation. ANI

Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan to be buried on Friday
As the country mourns the death of the legendary Pakistani ghazal maestro, Mehdi Hassan, his family is making preparations for his funeral which will take place on June 15 after the Jumma prayers following the arrival of his two sons from the United States. ANI

Tibetans to attend major trade fair with Russia
A Tibetan delegation will attend a major trade fair to open Friday in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, bringing the plateau region's cultural icons and commodities to the annual event that highlights trade with Russia. ANI

Being anxious makes male mice lousy dads
Male California mice are normally doting fathers, but a new research has suggested that high anxiety could turn these good dads bad. ANI

Western diet 'may change gut bacteria and trigger colitis in those at risk'
Certain saturated fats that are common in the modern Western diet can initiate a chain of events leading to complex immune disorders such as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) in people with a genetic predisposition, a new study has claimed. ANI

Restoring vision with stem cell help gives new hope to visually impaired
Human-derived stem cells can spontaneously form the tissue that develops into the part of the eye that allows us to see, a new study has revealed. ANI

Imran Khan denies ever receiving money from real estate tycoon Malik Riaz
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has denied receiving any money from real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, implicated in the Arsalan case. ANI

5.3-magnitude quake hits Turkey-Syria-Iraq border area: USGS
A 5.3-magnitude earthquake jolted the Turkey-Syria-Iraq border region early Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. ANI

China Exclusive: China develops new rocket engine
China announced Thursday that it has developed a new engine for its new generation of carrier rockets, making it the second in the world to harness such engine technologies. ANI

Al-Qaida militants pull out of south Yemen town
Scores of militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaida wing have withdrawn from Yemen's southern town of Shakra, which they overran a year ago, a Yemeni security official said Thursday. ANI

Explosion rocks N. Afghanistan, injuring 11
An explosion rocked Jowzjan province of northern Afghanistan on Thursday morning, leaving 11 people injured, according to Afghan police. ANI

Local Taliban commander killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan: ISAF
A local Taliban commander was killed Thursday in an operation carried out by Afghan forces and NATO-led coalition troops in the country's southern province of Kandahar, the coalition said in a statement. ANI

4.2-magnitude quake damages thousands of houses in SW China
A 4.2-magnitude earthquake, which hit the border region of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces late Tuesday, left three people with minor injuries and more than 2,700 houses damaged, local authorities said Thursday. ANI

France pushing for UNSC to make Annan's peace plan mandatory in Syria
France has demanded that the United Nations Security Council make Kofi Annan's peace plan for Syria legally binding on that country. ANI

Child-like robot learns language through 'conversation' with humans
Scientist demonstrated how a robot analogous to a child between 6 and 14 months old can develop rudimentary linguistic skills through interaction with a human participant. ANI

Stars with heavy metal content not needed to form small 'Earth-like' planets
Earlier it was thought the small worlds like Earth form mostly around stars rich in heavy elements such as iron and silicon. ANI

US federal prosecutors drop all charges against John Edwards in corruption case
US federal prosecutors have dropped all charges against former Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards after his corruption trial ended last month in a deadlocked jury. ANI

Iran refuses to 'compromise on right to enrich uranium'
Iran has hardened its position on nuclear activities, with a senior official saying that Tehran would not compromise on its right to enrich uranium. ANI

George W. Bush's 'severed head impaled on spike' features in 'Game of Thrones' scene
Former President George W. Bush has been featured in a bizarre cameo in the first season of the hit HBO fantasy series, Games of Thrones, as a severed head impaled on a spike at King's Landing. ANI

Air India Express flight cancellations ruin UAE residents' holiday plans
The ongoing Air India pilot strike has led to the cancellation of a number of Air India Express flights, which have ruined the holiday plans of hundreds of UAE residents. ANI

US bolsters ties to Syrian rebels to 'organize military operations against Assad regime'
American diplomats and intelligence operatives have stepped up their contacts with Syrian rebels in a bid to help them organize their increasing military operations against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, senior U.S. officials have claimed. ANI

Sherry Rehman successfully blocks U.S. Senator from adding Pak aid cut provision
U.S. Senator Paul Rand has been blocked from attaching an amendment to the farm bill that would withhold U.S. aid to Pakistan. ANI

Panetta calls for setting conditions for Pak aid
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said the U.S. should examine setting conditions for aid to Pakistan but not cutting it off, as he disclosed that Islamabad's closure of supply routes to the Afghan war costs American taxpayers millions of dollars a month. ANI

Pak NATO routes closure costing U.S. 100 mln dollars extra a month: Leon Panetta
The U.S. is spending an extra 100 million dollars a month to transfer supplies into Afghanistan because of Pakistan's closure of key transit routes into the war zone, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said. ANI

Khar to meet Karzai for revival of Afghan peace talks
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar is expected to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday on the sidelines of the latest round of international talks on Afghanistan's future. ANI

China denies exporting missile launch vehicles to North Korea
Beijing has denied reports that claim that a Chinese company exported vehicles capable of transporting and launching missiles to North Korea. ANI

'9/11 mastermind' Sheikh Mohammed plans to wear military clothes at Guantanamo trial
Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is seeking to wear military-style clothing at his upcoming war crimes trial in Guantanamo, according to one of his attorneys. ANI

Women do help each other advance in workplace
In a new study, researchers have quashed the pervasive theory that high-level career women feel threatened by successful female co-workers. ANI

It's ok to swear at boss, rules FWA
Fair Work Australia (FWA) has ordered the reinstatement of an employee who was sacked for telling his boss to "get f ... ed". ANI

Pakistan willing to reduce tariff on NATO supplies if U.S. apologises
Pakistan is willing to drastically reduce the taxes and transit fees it intends to impose on NATO supplies passing through the country into Afghanistan if the United States accepts full responsibility of the Salala air raid and offers a public apology. ANI

U.S. drone strike kills three 'militants' in Pak's North Waziristan
A U.S. drone attack killed at least three militants early Thursday in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, security officials have said. ANI

Meghan McCain calls for marijuana legalization
Meghan McCain, who discussed her new book 'America, You Sexy Bitch', during an appearance on TV on Tuesday revealed that she wants to legalize marijuana. ANI

International support for Obama's foreign policy drops sharply: Survey
International approval for US President Barack Obama's foreign policy has fallen steeply, according to Pew Research survey. ANI

No unauthorized info leaked to Bin Laden filmmakers: Panetta
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that no unauthorized information was offered to filmmakers producing a movie on the raid that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. ANI

The National Gas Company of Trinidad & Tobago (NGC) to Issue First Tender for Sale of LNG Through Waterborne Energy
The National Gas Company of Trinidad & Tobago (NGC) announced today that it will issue its first tender for the sale of LNG to international markets through Houston-based Waterborne Energy Business Wire India

GlobalCollect Offers BOKU as Mobile Payment Checkout to its Merchant Network
BOKU, Inc. and GlobalCollect, the leading provider of online payment services in the eCommerce market, announced today GlobalCollect has selected BOKU as its global mobile payments partner Business Wire India

Cinterion Introduces World’s Smallest Surface Mount Automotive Module as Part of the Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance Program
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

IDG Connect Research Shows 44% of Future Tablet Buyers Intend to Invest in Android Devices Compared to the 27% who Favour the iPad
IDG Connect’s study of 3124 worldwide IT and business professionals demonstrates a startling move away from iPads, especially in developing regions. Results show that 71% of respondents own a tablet, 51% of these have an iPad, but more first time buyers will opt for Android over the next 12 months: Business Wire India

Gemalto Selected by U.S. Cellular for LTE Deployment
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

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