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UK woman who played bingo to 'get away from football' wins 1.3m pounds
A woman from the UK, who was fed up with her partner constantly watching football on television, has won 1.3 million pounds after playing bingo online to entertain herself. ANI

Ahmadi community's 'ethnic cleansing' in Pak like Jews under Hitler's Nazis: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistani daily has likened the 'ethnic cleansing' of Pakistan's Ahmadi community to that of Jews under Hitler's Nazi regime. ANI

Wave of target killings claims 8 more lives in Pakistan's Karachi
At least eight people,including a woman, were killed and eight others injured on Monday as a wave of target killings continually gripped Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, local media reported. ANI

Protecting Afghan civilians remains NATO's top priority: spokesman
The protection of Afghan civilians during military operations against Taliban and other insurgents remains the prime responsibility of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the alliance spokesman said here Monday. ANI

Chinese enter space orbiter for first time
Three Chinese astronauts floated into the cabin of an orbiting module Monday afternoon, becoming the first group of Chinese to enter an orbiter in space. ANI

UK businessman Heywood's death 'hugely damaged' China's image
The death of Neil Heywood, a British businessman, has 'hugely damaged' both China and the Communist Party, the new leader of Chongqing, Zhang Dejiang said. ANI

UK schools ban pork from lunches owing to religious reasons
Schools in UK have banned pork from school lunches for religious reasons. ANI

Mali's transitional president expected to return to country
Mali's transitional President Dioncounda Traore who has been in Paris since May 24 to receive medical treatment after being attacked by demonstrators could return to the country "in the coming days", a well placed source told Xinhua on Sunday. ANI

A convicted person is representing 180 million Pakistanis, says Pak CJ of Gilani
While hearing the petitions filed against the National Assembly Speaker's ruling in the contempt case against Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that a "convicted person is representing a population of 180 million people". ANI

U.S. tells Pak new Afghan-U.S.-India forum 'not aimed against it'
A trilateral forum, which brings the United States and India in a new arrangement with Afghanistan, is not directed against Pakistan, a senior U.S. official has said. ANI

Job seeker sues company for rejection over not being Christian enough
A job seeker has sued a corporation that uses religious values to make hiring decisions. ANI

Silent march protesting against NYPD's stop-and frisk tactics taken out in New York
Thousands of New Yorkers marched silently in upper Manhattan demanding to protest against New York Police Department's (NYPD) stop-and frisk program. ANI

China's first manned space docking successful
The first manned space docking of China succeeded Monday afternoon with the coupling of the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft and Tiangong-1 lab module, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center said. ANI

Obama's 100th round of golf on Father's Day 'infuriates' critics
Barack Obama, who spent about 4 hours on Father's Day playing a round of golf at the Beverly Country Club with two old friends and an aide, enjoyed his 100th round of the game since taking office. ANI

John Edwards's mistress to tell all about affair in new memoir
John Edwards' former mistress Rielle Hunter has detailed their phone call just days before his indictment in her new memoir. ANI

Oz woman who defamed boss in resignation email ordered to pay $10k
An angry employee has been ordered by a court to pay her former boss damages after she shot a fiery resignation email around the office accusing him of using his job as a "paid vacation". ANI

Sailor in iconic Times Square pic 'was dating another woman when he kissed nurse'
The true story behind one of the most romantic and enduring photos of the 20th century - that of the iconic V-J Day sailor and 'nurse' smooch during in Times Square during World War II, has finally been revealed. ANI

Prince Harry stopped by cops during bike ride date with mystery blonde
Prince Harry was pulled over by cops when he was taking a ride with a mystery blonde on his motorbike. ANI

UN urges warring parties in Syria to allow evacuation of civilians from war-hit country
The UN observers chief, General Robert Mood, has urged warring parties in Syria to allow the evacuation of women, children, elderly and injured from conflict zones. ANI

JI to resist reopening of NATO supply routes even after U.S. apology
Pakistan's Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) has said it would not allow the resumption of NATO supplies through the country even if the U.S. offers an apology over the Salala attack. ANI

Pak Govt. run entities squandered Rs 200 bln last fiscal due to 'mismanagement'
Pakistan's annual audit report has revealed that almost Rs 200 billion of taxpayers' money has apparently been squandered by the government, through various irregularities and mismanagement in the top ten state-run enterprises during the last fiscal year. ANI

Al-Qaeda criticizes Pakistan for demolishing Osama's house
An Al-Qaeda leader has criticized Pakistan for demolishing Osama bin Laden's house in Abbotabad to prevent it from becoming a shrine. ANI

Kohistan girls 'sentenced to death for fornication' alive: Khyber Minister
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said the five Kohistani girls, claimed to have been killed in the name of honour, are alive and that the provincial government have found no evidence of their murder. ANI

Blair wants to lead European Union, but 'not at the moment'
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has suggested that he would like to be president of the European Union, according to a report. ANI

Crises in Libya, Sudan and elsewhere forced 800,000 to flee their countries in 2011: UN
Turmoil in Libya, Sudan, Somalia and other countries forced 800,000 people to flee their nation in 2011, the United Nations has claimed. ANI

LA riots victim King `drank, smoked weed` before death
Rodney King, the man whose 1991 videotaped beating by police led to the Los Angeles riots, has been found dead. ANI

Iran behind plot against Israeli diplomats in India, Thailand and Georgia: Report
Iran was involved in bomb plots targeting Israeli diplomats in India, Thailand and Georgia in February, according to a report. ANI

Khar may meet Clinton in Brazil this week to discuss 'apology over NATO strike'
A meeting is expected to take place between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, regarding the apology over the Salala incident, on the sidelines of Rio+20 conference in Brazil this week, official sources said. ANI

China's astronauts to enter space lab soon
China's astronauts will enter the orbiting Tiangong-1 lab module at 5:22 p.m. Monday, after the automatic docking of Shenzhou-9 spacecraft and the module at around 2 p.m., announced the manned space program spokesperson. ANI

Powerful blast near IT university kills two students, injures 30 in Quetta
A powerful bomb blast killed at least two students and injured 30 others near an IT university located in Jinnah Town of Quetta early Monday morning. ANI

India does not want to get involved militarily in Afghanistan, says defence expert
The news of the Taliban praising India for not bowing to American tactics is being viewed with caution by experts. ANI

Obama `very hands on dad` says `proud` wife Michelle
Michelle Obama was all praise for her husband as they celebrated Father's Day on Sunday. ANI

France's Socialists win outright majority in parliamentary election
French Socialist Party won an absolute majority of the lower house of parliament in the second round of legislative election on Sunday. ANI

Ahmadinejad to quit politics next year
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reportedly planned to retire from politics when his second term ends next year. ANI

`Proud` Michelle Obama wishes hubby `happy Father's Day`
Michelle Obama was all praise for her husband as they celebrated Father's Day on Sunday. ANI

Egypt's military bagging sweeping powers branded 'grave setback for democracy, revolution'
Egypt's ruling military has reportedly issued a declaration that grants itself sweeping powers, including legislative control. ANI

ZTE Unveils World-First Multi-Application 400G and 1T DWDM Prototype
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063 Business Wire India

Viewing the World Through the Eyes of Wikipedia
SGI (NASDAQ:SGI), the trusted leader in technical computing has partnered with Kalev H. Leetaru of the University of Illinois to create the first-ever historical mapping and exploration of the full text contents of the English-language edition of Wikipedia, in time and space Business Wire India

Announcing the New SGI® UV™: The Big Brain Computer
SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), the trusted leader in technical computing, today announced the availability of the new SGI® UV™ 2 product family Business Wire India

Evidence Grows in Support of Prevena™ Incision Management System to Manage Closed Surgical Incisions
Kinetic Concepts, Inc. has announced that evidence presented at the Society for Vascular Surgery Conference in Washington, D.C Business Wire India

O3b Networks Unveils O3bMaritime: The Ultimate Connectivity Solution for Cruise Ships and Super-Yachts
Dedicated to delivering high-speed connectivity anywhere, O3b Networks today launched O3bMaritime ¨C a first-of-its-kind broadband solution capable of providing cruise ship guests and crew with more than 100 times the average Internet access rates at sea. Business Wire India

Quintiles Deepens Investment in China
In a ceremony underscoring the growing importance of China to the global biopharmaceutical industry, Quintiles executives and local dignitaries today announced agreements to establish a Quintiles regional headquarters for China in Shanghai and to significantly expand lab testing capabilities in China. Business Wire India

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