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13 inmates killed in Turkish prison fire
Thirteen prisoners were killed by a fire in their prison located in Turkey's southeastern city of Sanliurfa, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday. ANI

Two policemen killed, 26 wounded in bomb attacks in Iraq's Salahudin
A police officer and a policeman were killed and 26 people wounded in two bomb attacks in Iraq's Salahudin province on Sunday, a provincial police source said. ANI

China looks forward to Rio+20 summit with six-point proposal
China will make joint efforts with relevant parties to achieve comprehensive, positive and pragmatic results at the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 summit), a Chinese diplomat has said. ANI

Cornell academic questions impact of anti-government protests on Putin-led Russia
Commenting on ongoing anti-government protests in Moscow, a Cornell University academic has asked how such movements or protests would influence Russian President Vladmir Putin's policies or politics in the country despite ceackdowns. ANI

Queen Victoria's clothes to go under hammer
A black dress, hat, bodice and silk undergarments which belong to Queen Victoria and date back to the 1880s, have been found in a cardboard box and will be put up for auction later this month. ANI

Taliban praises India for resisting America's call for Afghan entanglement
In a rare direct comment, the Taliban has said India has done well to resist U.S. calls for greater involvement in Afghanistan. ANI

Pak-India defence minister-level talks to be held soon
Pakistan and India are mulling over a defence minister-level meeting some time after the scheduled foreign ministers meeting next month. ANI

Sikhs observe Shaheedi Diwas of Guru Arjun Dev
Sikh devotees from across the world, who assembled at Gurudwara Shaheed Asthan, inside Gurudwara Dera Sahib here observed the Shaheedi Diwas of the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjun Dev. ANI

Majority of Thais want cabinet reshuffle: Poll
A majority of people in provinces inundated by the great flood last year say it is now time for a cabinet change, according to results of Abac Poll released on Sunday. ANI

China's Hu calls for joint efforts to sustain "hard-won" economic recovery
Chinese President Hu Jintao has urged members of the Group of 20 (G20) to sustain and strengthen the "hard-won" momentum of economic recovery. ANI

Suspension of UN observer mission serves for western "next steps" in Syria
The suspension of UN observers' patrols in Syria on Saturday shortly ahead of the upcoming G-20 summit in Mexico triggered superpowers' preparation for "next steps toward a Syrian-led political transition" without shunning aside military options. ANI

Liberals increasingly doubtful of Mormons in White House: Study
The liberals are increasingly wary about Mitt Romney's Mormon faith in the run-up to the U.S presidential polls, according to a new study. ANI

UAE mulls over tightening control on toys mocking Islam
The Federal National Council (FNC) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has recommended to the cabinet to issue legislation on toys that mock Islam. ANI

Pak coalition meeting discusses Speaker's ruling, Supreme Court order
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and coalition partners of the government, in a bid to defend incumbent Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, had gathered to discuss the Supreme Court's rejection of the National Assembly (NA) Speaker's ruling, which stated that Gilani could not be disqualified from his current position. ANI

Identities of Kohistani girls presented before court is controversial: Activist Farzana Bari
Pakistani human rights activist Farzana Bari has said the identities of the two girls presented before the fact-finding commission, constituted by the apex court to probe the Kohistan video scandal, are controversial. ANI

Lynx under fire for ad aiming below belt yet again
The '"cleans your balls'" advertisement by Lynx, which shows men how to wash a variety of sports balls, has prompted 55 complaints to the Advertising Standards Bureau. ANI

PML-N, JI decide to form 'grand alliance' to get rid of 'corrupt rulers'
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) have decided to form an alliance to ensure honour of the judiciary and get rid of the corrupt rulers. ANI

225 pounds 'party girl drip' to help you fight booze hangovers
Busy young women are increasing their booze intake after becoming hooked on the latest celebrity health fad - the "party girl drip", which is a strong concoction of vitamins and minerals that quickly revitalises and rehydrates the body. ANI

West must recognize Iran's "inalienable" nuclear rights: lawmaker
Ahead of a fresh round of talks between Iran and six major world powers in Moscow, a senior Iranian lawmaker urged Western countries to recognize the Islamic republic's "inalienable" nuclear rights, the Press TV reported Sunday. ANI

Sarah Palin pokes fun at Obama about 'drug use and eating dog '
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin mocked President Barack Obama for his "cocaine snorting" and eating dog as a child at a conservative bloggers conference Friday. ANI

UFO-shaped object found in Baltic Sea
A Swedish expedition team has been left perplexed by an oddly-shaped object that they found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. ANI

Cuba, Sri Lanka vow to boost cooperation
Cuban President Raul Castro and visiting President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka have agreed to further strengthen cooperation between their countries. ANI

Suspect of Canadian university shooting arrested
The suspect in Friday's University of Alberta shooting in the Canadian city of Edmonton has been arrested, authorities said Saturday evening. ANI

France continues legislative election with Socialists poised to win
French voters head into the second round of legislative elections Sunday to choose their next parliament, with the left poised to win overwhelmingly after taking the lead in the first round. ANI

Chinese rocket designer expects more international cooperation
A senior Chinese designer involved in preparations for Saturday's successful launch of Shenzhou-9, the country's fourth manned spaceship, has told Xinhua that he expects more international input in future space missions. ANI

Senior Chinese leader demands cross-Strait personnel exchanges
China's top political advisor on Sunday addressed the fourth Straits Forum with a call for maintaining the good momentum of people-to-people exchanges across the Taiwan Strait. ANI

Suu Kyi says Nobel Peace Prize helped her to be optimistic
Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi revealed how the prize she won 21 years ago helped her to be optimistic about the future and shattered sense of isolation while being under house arrest. ANI

N Waziristan warlord bans polio vaccination, calls it a 'cover for U.S. spies'
A top pro-government warlord in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal agency has banned vaccinations in the region, saying the healthcare drive was a cover for U.S. spies. ANI

Pak real estate tycoon Malik Riaz denies 'buying' journalists
A message by Pakistani real estate tycoon Malik Riaz claims that he has "never distributed money, houses, plots or air tickets among journalists". ANI

Memogate Commission report exonerates 'Boss' Zardari from any involvement
The Memogate Commission in its findings has exonerated Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari from any direct involvement in the memo scandal. ANI

Pak considering U.S. offer of 'soft apology' to end NATO route blockade impasse
Pakistan is considering the latest U.S. offer of a soft apology for the death of 24 soldiers in the Salala attack last year, hoping for a rapprochement with Washington. ANI

Gilani vows to foil conspiracies being hatched against democracy in Pak
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said conspiracies are being hatched against democracy in the country, and warned that the present government will foil all such attempts. ANI

UN observers in Syria suspend patrols following escalating violence in country
United Nations observers in Syria have suspended their patrols because of the recent rise in violence in the country. ANI

Brain-dead boy's heart, liver and kidneys save three lives
Heart, liver and kidneys of a young boy who was declared brain-dead under were successfully transplanted into three different recipients at three hospitals in Japan. ANI

Euro crisis could spark 'Lehman-style' global scare: World Bank
The head of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, will warn participants at the G20 summit in Mexico that the Euro crisis could spark a Lehman-style global sacre that will have dire consequences for developing nations. ANI

Yagnik, Sanu say vacuum created by Mehdi Hassan's death can never be filled
Bollywood singers Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu during their visit to the late ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan's resting place in Karachi, said the singer's death marked an end of an era in the subcontinent's music history. ANI

New book traces Michelle Obama's white roots to slave-owners in Georgia
A new book has traced First Lady Michelle Obama's ancestry to white slave-owners in Georgia, whose white descendants have mixed feelings about the revelation. ANI

Stage collapse at Toronto Radiohead concert kills one
One person has been reported dead, while another person received serious injuries after a stage collapsed while setting up for a Radiohead concert. ANI

US Air Force unmanned space plane lands after 15-month secret mission
The U.S. Air Force's unmanned space plane returned on early Saturday to a California military base after a mysterious 15-month mission. ANI

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