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How underwear model Elisabetta Gregoraci tamed billionaire Flavio Briatore
Flavio Briatore, who's transformation from an ageing playboy to responsible husband and father is surely complete, has decided to divest himself of the Billionaire Club on the island of Sardinia, two years after his wife Elisabetta Gregoraci presented him with a son. ANI

Al-Awlaki sent Jihadist e-mails to thousands of followers while under FBI watch
American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki had sent thousands of e-mails to his followers, some with encryption and code words, while under FBI surveillance, according to investigation. ANI

Rising ethnic clashes could tarnish Myanmar's 'Asia's next big frontier market' image
Increasing violence between the decades-old ethnic divisions in remote areas of Myanmar could tarnish the country's new image as Asia's next big frontier market, according to a report. ANI

India, Pak to review peace process progress in July
The foreign ministers of Pakistan and India are scheduled meet in Islamabad next month to discuss the Kashmir dispute and review the progress of the second round of the peace process between the two neighbours. ANI

Pak engaging India on all issues with positive approach to mend ties: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the country has tried to transform its relationship with India by approaching it in a positive manner. ANI

Intensified violence in Syria hampers UN mission: observers ' chief
Head of the UN observer mission to Syria said Friday that the ongoing violence "that has intensified over the past 10 days" in Syria is limiting the observers' ability to conduct their task properly, charging that there is a lack of willingness for a peaceful transition but a push towards militarization. ANI

Japanese police arrest last Aum cult fugitive
Police in Japan have arrested the last fugitive of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, ending a 17-year hunt. ANI

Bahrain hardline group seeks death penalty for insulting Prophet Mohammad
A Salafist society in Bahrain is seeking death penalty for a blogger who posted offensive remarks about Prophet Mohammad and his wife Aysha. ANI

Chinese officials apologize to woman for forced abortion under one-child policy
Officials in China have apologized to a woman for forcing her to have an abortion and have suspended three people responsible for the act. ANI

Azerbaijan willing to help Pak overcome power crisis, boost bilateral ties
Azerbaijan's Ambassador to Pakistan, Dashgin Shikarov, has said that a comprehensive and concrete plan was being followed to boost bilateral trade opportunities between Islamabad and Baku. ANI

Hillary lauds Gilani, Manmohan Singh's initiatives towards improving ties
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has praised the Pakistani and Indian prime ministers' leadership towards improvement in relations between the two South Asian neighbours. ANI

Gilani turns to Google for help in tracking Afghan cross-border movement
While relations with the U.S. remain on a sour note, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has sought to address the key issue of cross-border movement across the Durand Line by reaching out to Google's Executive Chairman Eric Emerson Schmidt. ANI

South African gov't to celebrate Mandela's 94th birthday next month
With former South African president Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday drawing close, the preparations for national celebration are gathering pace, the official Bua News Agency reported on Friday. ANI

Oz Defence Minister denies allegations of sex abuse 'cover-up' in forces
Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith has denied covering up the extent of physical, psychological and sexual abuse within the mlitary. ANI

UK Govt announces new powers to 'snoop' on emails, calls
The British government has announced legislation that would lead to a huge expansion of surveillance of the Internet and mobile phones by intelligence agencies and the police. ANI

China plans medical research aboard its space lab module
China will conduct space medical experimental research on Tiangong-1 space lab module in the upcoming manned space flight, China's manned space program spokeswoman Wu Ping said Friday. ANI

Russia opposes unilateral sanctions on Iran: Deputy FM
Russia is against unilateral sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear program, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday. ANI

'Vulnerable' teenage girls plied with alcohol, drugs and cuddly toys in exchange for sex in UK
Young girls aged between 13 and 15, were plied with alcohol, drugs and cuddly toys in order to encourage them to have sex with middle-aged men. ANI

Oz cartoonist banned from Facebook for nude Julia Gillard drawing
A cartoonist in Australia has been banned from social networking site Facebook, over a lewd drawing of the country's Prime Minister Julia Gillard. ANI

Spielberg spokesman rubbishes advisory help to Obama's manager by DreamWorks personnel
A spokesman for Steven Spielberg has denied a report that the famous movie director instructed marketing personnel at his DreamWorks movie studio to meet with and give advice to President Barack Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina. ANI

China's first female astronaut to improve Shenzhou-9 crew's efficiency: spokesperson
China's first female astronaut, Liu Yang, is expected to improve the Shenzhou-9 mission crew's working efficiency, a spokeswoman of China's manned space program said Friday. ANI

'I bark for Obama' dog tee created for Prez's re-election campaign
Anna Wintour, the US Vogue editor-in-chief, persuaded designers Marc Jacobs and Thakoon to create dog accessories in support of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. ANI

Hollande's ex demands respect after French First Lady sides with rival
President Francois Hollande's former girlfriend Segolene Royal has said that she felt mortified after First Lady Valerie Trierweiler tweeted support to her political rival Olivier Falorni. ANI

Murder of transgender pageant winner in South Africa creates 'fear crisis' amongst gay community
A transgender pageant winner has been gruesomely murdered in South Africa. ANI

Tony Blair evades attempted citizen's arrest in Hong Kong for war crimes
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair avoided a citizen's arrest after a protestor in Hong Kong tried to apprehend him for war crimes. ANI

Egypt's military accused of staging 'complete coup' after SC annuls parliament
Egypt's military-led establishment has been accused of staging a 'complete coup' after the Supreme Court ordered to dissolve the parliament and hand back power to the army council. ANI

Muslim Brotherhood warns of 'dangerous' days ahead for Egypt following SC ruling
The fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood has warned that Egypt's fragile democratic achievements is under threat, following a Supreme Court ruling that last year's parliamentary elections were unconstitutional. ANI

Psychologist advised removal of 'aggressive' Norwegian mass killer from mum when he was 4
A child psychologist had advised to remove Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik from his mother when he was four-years-old because she could not cope with his aggressive and anxious behaviour, according to a report. ANI

Human trafficking network targeting Tamil refugees promising Australian citizenship
A human-trafficking network has reportedly been targeting Tamil refugees in southern India, promising them safe passage across the Indian Ocean and Australian citizenship on arrival. ANI

Apple's Chinese supplier's 'sweatshop conditions' under scanner after another suicide
Tech giant Apple's main manufacturing plant Foxconn is again facing criticism over inhumane working conditions, as another worker at the factory leapt to his death. ANI

Indonesian man jailed for writing 'God doesn't exist' on Facebook
An Indonesian man has reportedly been sentenced to 30 months in jail for writing 'God doesn't exist' on his Facebook profile. ANI

Pak FM says governments doing 'terrible job' in tackling militancy in Afghanistan
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has accused governments of doing a "terrible job" at working together to tackle militancy in Afghanistan as she called for a more unified approach. ANI

Pak, U.S. working on sorting out 'issues': Foreign Office
The Pakistan Foreign Office has admitted that an unconditional apology for the Salala attack and drone strikes were bigger issues than the price for reopening of NATO supplies in resetting Pakistan's relations with the United States. ANI

Four-member team flown to Kohistan to probe 'fornication' accused women's murders
Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government have airlifted a four-member team to Peech Bela in an effort to gather information on the alleged execution of five Kohistani women on the orders of a tribal jirga. ANI

Haqqani says 'traitor' tag post Memogate won't solve Pak's myriad problems
Pakistan's former ambassador to Washington, who was summoned by the Supreme Court, has defended civilian rule and efforts to improve ties with the United States. ANI

'Over 3,000 Pak schools destroyed due to militancy, natural disasters in past few years'
The Education Secretary of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) has said that terrorism, floods and earthquakes have destroyed over 3,400 schools in the province during the past few years. ANI

Britain supports democracy in Pak: William Hague
Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that Britain has not sided with any political party, but rather supports democracy in Pakistan. ANI

10 Brit-Pak drug dealers jailed for over 48 years
Ten British Pakistani members of a huge drugs ring which had a "stranglehold" on parts of Birmingham, have been jailed for a combined term of more than 48 years. ANI

Obama and team forget to pay father's day lunch tab
Amid the bustle of Barack Obama's surprise stop for barbecue on Wednesday, the White House seemed to have overlooked one key detail - the bill. ANI

Rebekah Brooks texted Cameron to say 'we are in this together'
The close relations between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Rebekah Brooks were further exposed after it emerged that the former News International chief was rooting for the former as a personal friend, and because professionally 'we are definitely in this together'. ANI

Iran arrests suspects linked to assassination of nuke scientists
Iran's intelligence service has reportedly detained suspects linked to assassination of the country's nuclear experts. ANI

Sarah Jessica hosts fundraiser for Obama
Barack Obama paid a visit to Sarah Jessica Parker's house for a star-studded fundraiser on Thursday. ANI

President Barack Obama's pet 'Bo political liability'
Obama family's pet dog, Bo, is a political liability for President Barack Obama, according to a new study. ANI

Teachers named hardest working professionals
Teachers are among the hardest working professionals in the UK, according to a new survey. ANI

UK Supreme Court rejects Assange's application to reopen extradition case
Britain's Supreme Court has reportedly rejected an application by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over sex crime allegations. ANI

Obama says US faces choice between him or return to Bush's policies under Romney's rule
US President Barack Obama has said that Americans are facing a stark choice between him or a return to the policies of George W. Bush under Republican rival Mitt Romney. ANI

CBM Has Summed Up Its 1Q 2012 Performance Under the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
Net interest income grew 21.6% yoy to RUB 2,341 mln driven by strong loan portfolio expansion of 48.3% yoy, while the interest margin slightly tightened (4.5% in 1Q 2012 vs. 5.0% in 2011). Business Wire India

Wear your face - Braun further cements design credentials through the launch of a thought-provoking collection of photography celebrating modern man with iconic contributors.
Famed for pushing the boundaries of creativity in the design of everyday items, Braun, a member of the P&G family of brands (NYSE:PG), is pleased to support and sponsor Wear your face, portraits of men of varying ages, origin and character brought together in tribute to modern men Business Wire India

WNS Positioned in the ‘Leaders’ Quadrant of Magic Quadrant for Finance and Accounting BPO
WNS (Holdings) Limited (WNS) (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services, has been positioned in the ‘Leaders’ quadrant in Gartner, Inc.’s recently published "Magic Quadrant for Finance and Accounting BPO," authored by Cathy Tornbohm, published on May 30, 2012 Business Wire India

Universal Entertainment Seeks Court Order to Halt Steve Wynn's ""Power Play'' at Wynn Resorts Limited
Universal Entertainment Corp., and its subsidiary, Aruze USA, Inc., asked a judge today to immediately restore Aruze USA’s rights as the largest shareholder of Wynn Resorts (Nasdaq: WYNN), effectively halting a punitive and unlawful bid by CEO Stephen Wynn to consolidate his power and remove a dissenting voice on his board, Kazuo Okada. Business Wire India

New Managing Directors for Menicon in Europe
Menicon Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce today new joint managing directors for two of its European subsidiaries, David Thomas Contact Lenses Ltd. (DTCL) in the United Kingdom and NKL Contactlenzen (NKL) in the Netherlands. Business Wire India

KCI Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance of V.A.C.® Therapy for Management of Closed Surgical Incisions
Kinetic Concepts, Inc. announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its proprietary Vacuum Assisted Closure®, or V.A.C.® Therapy System, for the management of closed surgical incisions. Business Wire India

BookIT: Chirpy Birds -  Angry Birds Theme Song is a Worldwide Angry Ringtone Sensation
Rovio offered new Angry Birds team song using BookIT's one button payment (iSMS). The campaign hit a cold record volume within the first 10 minutes. Business Wire India

Jessie J and Glacéau Vitaminwater Team up to Create Interactive Online Video Game
As an official worldwide partner of the London 2012 Olympic Games, glacéau vitaminwater has teamed up with international pop superstar - Jessie J - to add the fun into the heart of the games – all games – through a first-of-its kind music video game. Business Wire India

Cegedim Relationship Management Recognized as a Top Market Leader in Ovum Life Sciences CRM Vendor Report
Cegedim Relationship Management is recognized as a market leader in a recent pharmaceutical Customer Relationship Management (CRM) vendor report, Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a CRM Vendor in the Life Sciences Industry Business Wire India

SynapSense® Partners with STULZ to Deliver Its Data Centre Infrastructure Management Solution in Australia and New Zealand
Business Wire India

Quintiles’ Patient Community ClinicalResearch.com Wins Second Web Health Award
Quintiles’ patient community website ClinicalResearch.com has won its second Web Health Award in three years for exceptional content development. The award highlights a web video which illustrates the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of participating in clinical research. Business Wire India

Williams Lea announces new Chief Marketing Officer
Williams Lea, the global provider of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Marketing Services, has announced the appointment of Lesley Lindberg as Chief Marketing Officer. This newly created role will focus on driving the Group’s brand and marketing strategies across the globe. Business Wire India

ACE Offers Solutions to Cross-Border Insurance Challenges
ACE Insurance, part of the ACE Group of insurance and reinsurance companies, held its inaugural ACE Leadership Forum entitled 'New Rules of the Game: Risks and Rewards Uncovered' at Singapore’s Fullerton Hotel recently. The thought leadership event was attended ACE’s multinational clients and their brokers. Business Wire India

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