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US lawmaker performs 'The Vagina Monologues' on Statehouse steps
A state lawmaker, who was barred from speaking in the Michigan House because Republicans objected to her saying "va**ina" during debate over anti-abortion legislation performed 'The va**ina Monologues' on the Statehouse steps - with help from the author Eve Ensler. ANI

Wacky photographer clicks pics of ants in football poses
A photographer from Russia has clicked pictures of ants in such a way that it looks like they are playing football. ANI

Kate Moss offered cameo in George Michael's new video
Kate Moss, who was disappointed at not being included in the Freedom video of George Michael, has been offered a cameo in his latest clip. ANI

Traditional children's characters being forgotten in UK
Traditional children's characters such as 'Anne of Green Gables' are being forgotten as the latest generation shun classic books, a university study has revealed. ANI

More than 5 in 10 Brit primary kids bullied with taunts over weight and hair
Nearly half of all students have been victimised by some form of bullying at school, according to education standard watchdog, Ofsted. ANI

New particles could be detected as they accumulate around black holes
Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have presented a method to prove the existence of hypothetical "axions". ANI

Mulberry harbour original blueprints that made D-Day possible go on sale
The original plans for the Mulberry harbour invention that allowed the Allied invasion of France on D-Day, that is June 6, 1944, is expect to fetch 60,000 pounds at auction. ANI

I don't get on with Gisele Bundchen, says Dolce n Gabbana model David Gandy
Handsome male model David Gandy, who shot to fame as the guy in the white swimsuit briefs in the Dolce 'n' Gabbana Light Blue fragrance ads, has revealed that he doesn't want to work with Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen. ANI

Barely 5 in 10 Brits wash hands after using loo
Millions of people in UK don't bother themselves with basic personal hygiene because they are too busy or too lazy, a study has suggested. ANI

Michelle Obama reminisces Africa trip after engagement
Michelle Obama explained the story behind a vintage photo of her and hubby Barack Obama, recounting the whirlwind tour of Africa that the couple had taken, right after they got engaged in the early 1990s. ANI

US First Lady shows off 'expert' double Dutch skills on TV show
Michelle Obama gave her fellow Americans the thrill of their lives with an impressive round of Double Dutch on live TV on Monday morning. ANI

Winston Churchill's forty volumes to be sold as ebooks for first time ever
Former England Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill's forty volumes would be sold as ebooks for the first time in the United Kingdom later this year. ANI

children being sold as conscripts into Burmese military for $40, bag of rice
Children are being sold as conscripts into the Burmese military for as little as 40 dollars and a bag of rice, or a can of petrol. ANI

Pak SC disqualifies Gilani as prime minister
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has disqualified Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as the premier of the country. ANI

Children's game Habbo Hotel to re-open chatrooms following pornographic chat scandal
An online game popular among teenagers, Habbo Hotel, which was hit by paedophile grooming allegations, will re-enable chat asking for recommendations how the service should change. ANI

5.2-magnitude quake hits near southeast coast of Australia: USGS
An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale jolted near the southeast coast of Australia at 1053 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. ANI

Chinese astronauts in space receive first e-mail from Earth
Astronauts in the orbiting lab module Tiangong-1 received their first e-mail from Earth on Tuesday afternoon, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) confirmed. ANI

Suu Kyi 'never hated Burmese army' who kept her under house arrest
Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who was imprisoned by the military dictatorship in her homeland, has said that she 'never hated' the army of her country. ANI

Norwegian mass killer believes court will rule 'he is sane, culpable'
Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in a on a bombing and shooting rampage last year, is convinced that the court trying him will find him sane and culpable. ANI

Pot-bellied Pak policemen told to fight the flab to keep plum posts!
Pot-bellied Pakistani police officers have been warned to reduce their waistlines below 38 inches, or quit frontline duties and earn less money. ANI

U.S., Russia to work together on problems posed by Pakistan, Afghanistan
U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have identified Pakistan and Afghanistan as the issues on which they would require to work together. ANI

About 2,000 people advised to evacuate in western Japan due to Typhoon
About 2,000 people in western Japan have been advised to evacuate due to threats of landslide and flooding caused by an approaching typhoon on Tuesday. ANI

Ex Ukrainian PM's daughter urges UK to withdraw president's invitation to Olympics
Eugenia Tymoshenko, the daughter of the jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, has urged Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron to withdraw President Viktor Yanukovych's invitation to this year's Olympics. ANI

Musharraf's protracted self-exile leaves loyalists disillusioned
Some leaders of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), headed by former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, are said to be facing mounting uncertainty. ANI

Pakistan ranks 13 in failed states list
Pakistan has been ranked 13th in the latest ranking of failed states, by Foreign Policy magazine. ANI

Chinese president urges stability, development and reform at G20 summit
The world's 20 leading industrialized and developing nations need to seek new progress while ensuring stability, Chinese president Hu Jintao said Monday. ANI

Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist formed in Nepal
The dissident faction of Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists (UCPN-M) led by Vice-chairman Mohan Baidya formally announced formation of a new party " Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist" in Nepal on Tuesday. ANI

Story of British brutality towards Obama's grandfather in 1949 untrue, claims book
The story of British troops' brutality towards US President Barack Obama's grandfather in 1949 for aiding the violent struggle for Kenyan independence is probably untrue, a new book has revealed. ANI

US warns Iranian dissident group to leave Iraq camp to be removed from terrorists list
The United States has warned an Iranian dissident group to leave a camp in Iraq, where they have been in exile, if it wanted to be removed from a US terrorist list. ANI

Pak govt. set to clip 'law onto themselves' intelligence agencies' wings
The Parliamentary Committee on National Security, in a bid to "limit" the intelligence agencies' role in picking up innocent citizens, will submit its recommendations on the missing persons' case to the government this month. ANI

Human traffickers stealing Pak-origin British sponsors' data to earn cash in Pak
Human traffickers in Pakistan are stealing credentials of British Pakistanis without their knowledge, and are using it to make fake visa applications for cash. ANI

'Pak will restore NATO supplies this month, if U.S. offers apology'
The chairman of Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production has said the NATO supply routes would be reopened this month, but only if America tenders an apology for the Salala attacks. ANI

London great to net babes, says Mayor Boris Johnson
London Mayor Boris Johnson has claimed that people flock to the capital because it boasts of more pretty girls. ANI

Rielle Hunter calls John Edwards' wife 'bonkers' and 'witch on wheels'
Rielle Hunter, the former mistress of US senator John Edwards, has blasted his deceased wife Elizabeth in her new tell-all book, calling her love rival a "witch on wheels" and holds her responsible for driving him into the arms of other women. ANI

Pak Army to stay in South Waziristan to prevent resurgence of terrorism: Kayani
Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has said the Army would continue the rehabilitation and reconstruction work for the upliftment of the people of South Waziristan, after eliminating terrorists from the area. ANI

Rielle Hunter reveals John Edwards' multiple affairs in memoir
Rielle Hunter, the former mistress of US senator John Edwards, has claimed in a revealing tell-all memoir that she was his last mistress, but not his first or only one. ANI

Vatican accuses media of 'imitating Dan Brown' in coverage of Vatileaks scandal
Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone has accused journalists of trying to imitate 'The Da Vinci Code' author Dan Brown in their reporting of the so called Vatileaks scandal. ANI

Britain 'stops' Russian ship carrying helicopters, missiles for Syria
A Russian ship believed to be carrying helicopters and missiles for Syria has been effectively stopped off the coast of Scotland after its insurance was cancelled at the request of the British Government. ANI

Pak tycoon who accused CJ's son of corruption fears for life during SC hearing
Pakistani real estate tycoon Malik Riaz has claimed that his life is in danger as he had been receiving threats, and requested the Supreme Court to provide him security during his appearance before the court on June 21. ANI

Pak Attorney General accuses SC of 'ridiculing' PM through 'poetic' verdict
The Attorney General (AG) of Pakistan, in his arguments before the Supreme Court regarding petitions against the National Assembly speaker's ruling in the prime minister's disqualification case, has raised serious objections over the writing of lyrics in the judgment and asserted that the PM was ridiculed through poetry. ANI

Joint Investigation Team appointed to probe Pak CJ's son's 'bribery' case
The Attorney General of Pakistan's (AGP) office has constituted a three-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the Arsalan case, following the Supreme Court ruling to investigate the alleged payments made by real estate tycoon Malik Riaz to the Pakistan Chief Justice's son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar. ANI

U.S. Congressman worried 'Osama doc' will rot in dungeon if America loses interest
U.S. congressman Dana Rohrabacher has expressed concern about jailed Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi and said that without U.S. intervention, Dr Afridi will be left to "suffer in a dungeon." ANI

Queen's favourite handbag brand unveils medal-inspired range for Olympics
The Queen has been hailed as a fashion icon for her wonderful sense of style. ANI

Obama's Iraq envoy nominee withdraws nomination over racy texts to journo
President Barack Obama's ambassadorial nominee for Iraq has withdrawn his nomination after Republicans in the Senate raised questions about his for his alleged relationship with a Wall Street Journal reporter. ANI

'Now-defunct' NOTW 'hacked emails of victims' while fighting libel case
Reporters at the now-defunct British tabloid News of the World allegedly hacked the emails of a key witness in a libel trial that the newspaper fought when Andy Coulson was editor, according to a report. ANI

Eight teens arrested for brutal attack on Indian cabbie in Melbourne
Australian police have arrested eight teenagers after a gang allegedly carried out spate of violent armed robberies against five Melbourne taxi drivers, including an Indian-origin taxi driver, at midnight yesterday. ANI

Burmese men sentenced to death for sparking off ethnic clashes, rape of Buddhist woman
Two Burmese men have been sentenced to death for their role in sparking off violent clashes between Muslims and Buddhists. ANI

Euro zone crisis will adversely impact global economies: Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that it is important for all countries in G20 group to cope up with problems arising from the Euro zone crisis and help unstable economies in a bid to instill confidence in global markets. ANI

Drone attacks condemned in UN Human Rights Council
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, in her opening statement to the 20th session of the HRC, expressed serious concern over the continuing use of armed drones for targeted attacks, in particular because it was unclear that all persons targeted were combatants or directly participating in hostilities. ANI

'Viking' shipwreck discovered off Swedish coast
Divers have discovered an 800-year-old shipwreck off the south coast of Sweden, which was virtually buried under the sea floor. ANI

43pc Brit men would chose work over sex
Many men in Britain would make extreme sacrifices to keep a roof over their family's head in the current tough economic climate - as they would prefer to give up sex than lose their job, a recent poll has revealed. ANI

Pak NA Speaker tells SC she has absolute power to decide on Gilani's fate
Pakistan National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, in her reply to the Supreme Court, has contended that she has absolute power to decide the matter regarding the disqualification or qualification of any lawmaker after the passage of the 18th Amendment ANI

David Cameron chillaxes in pub again sans daughter Nancy
In the wake of the recent furore surrounding his child-misplacing exploits, British Prime Minister David Cameron was photographed in the pub again, on Sunday, with his wife Samantha but there was no sign of his daughter Nancy. ANI

'Appropriate' U.S. apology for NATO strikes must to reset broken ties: Sherry Rehman
Pakistan's Ambassador to America, Sherry Rehman, has sought for greater appreciation of the Pakistani perspective on the fight against terror, and emphasised the importance of an "appropriate" American apology over the Salala incident to move forward the relationship. ANI

'Lawful permanent US resident' Dharun Ravi won't be deported to India
US immigration authorities have said that they won't seek to deport former Indian-origin Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi, who was jailed for using a web cam to spy on his roommate while he was making out with another man. ANI

Walgreens and Alliance Boots Form Strategic Partnership to Create the First Global Pharmacy-Led, Health and Wellbeing Enterprise
Walgreen Co. (NYSE:WAG) (NASDAQ:WAG), the largest drug store chain in the U.S Business Wire India

MATRIXX Software Expands Operations Into Asia
MATRIXX Software today announces it has expanded its operations into the Asian marketplace with the appointment of John Kara, a highly experienced communications executive, to lead its Asia Pacific operations Business Wire India

ZTE to Sustain Investment in US Telecommunications Market at 10% Annual Growth Rate
On June 14, 2012 at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Lixin Cheng, President of North America Region of ZTE Corporation and CEO of ZTE USA, addressed business and public policy leaders at the Georgia-China Alliance’s China’s Global Outlook 2012 Conference. Cheng confirmed that since ZTE entered the U.S Business Wire India

TomTom expands footprint in Asia Pacific region
TomTom today announces the availability of its latest map products for the Asia Pacific region, delivering new coverage and features for automotive, enterprise and government customers. TomTom maps cover 51 countries and territories throughout Asia Pacific, with navigable coverage for 15 countries across 8 million kilometres of roads. Business Wire India

First PCI Asia Pacific Town Hall Meeting Highlights Growing Participation in Region
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ZTE Launches Grand X LTE (T82), Company’s First Single-Chip LTE Smartphone
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, announced the launch of the company’s first single-chip LTE smartphone, the Grand X LTE (T82), at CommunicAsia2012. Business Wire India Launches Free e-Book Series for College Students and New Graduates, India’s largest online education portal, has published the first two installments of its new ongoing series of college- and career-focused e-books Business Wire India

O3b Networks and AMRTUR Corporation Sdn. Bhd. Commit to Providing Private Ultra-Fast Internet Access to Brunei Darussalam and Regional Clients in Collaboration with Datastream Technology (DST)
O3b Networks has announced a multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement with AMRTUR Corporation Sdn. Bhd Business Wire India

Datacard Group to Present at Banking Frontiers Roundtable Event in Mumbai, India Outlining the Benefits of Instant Issuance
Datacard Group, the world leader in secure ID and card personalization solutions, today announced it will be presenting at a breakfast roundtable session at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai on June 20th, 2012 at 9am. Business Wire India

Chartis Announces Increased Commercial Property Per-Risk Capacity
The Chartis insurers announced today that it increased its Commercial Property per-risk capacity to $1.5 Billion on a worldwide basis. Business Wire India

Quintiles Again Honored by Computerworld as One of the “100 Best Places to Work in IT”
Quintiles announced today that it has been named to Computerworld Magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work in IT” list for the fourth time. Business Wire India

The WIN 4th SYMPOSIUM, on June 28-29 in Paris, Scientific Program Recognized by Leading Oncology Society
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AF patients who require surgery benefit from a shorter treatment interruption on dabigatran etexilate (Pradaxa®) compared to warfarin
For Non-US, Non-UK & Non-Canadian Media Only Business Wire India

Energy Conversion Devices and United Solar Ovonic Schedule Auction of Bankrupt Assets
Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. ("ECD"), a leader in materials science and renewable energy technologies, and its wholly-owned subsidiary United Solar Ovonic LLC ("USO"), will sell by public auction, to be authorized by the United States Bankruptcy Court, substantially all of its assets relating to its solar business Business Wire India

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