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Afghan police kill 30 insurgents in 24 hours
The Afghan national police backed by the army and the NATO-led troops have killed 30 armed militants and wounded 14 others over the past 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said in a statement Saturday. ANI

U.S. to improve strategic trust with China while "rebalancing" towards Asia Pacific: Panetta
The United States will try to improve the strategic trust with China by strengthening military- to-military exchanges, while shifting some of its warships to the Pacific over the coming years, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Saturday. ANI

Iconic Great Barrier Reef future at risk from unbridled development activities: UNESCO
The United Nations has expressed grave concern over the future of the Great Barrier Reef and has demanded an immediate halt of development activities on it. ANI

Russian banks eye closer ties with Chinese partners
Russian banks will forge closer ties with Chinese partners and attract more investments to develop Russia's Far East region, a Russian Banker has said. ANI

Students at top Oxford college vote against hanging Queen's portrait
Students at a top Oxford University college have refused to hang the picture of Queen Elizabeth II, as she celebrates 60 years on the throne, because doing so would promote elitism. ANI

Obama to sleep in own bed at Chicago home
President Obama will be sleeping in his own bed when he spends the night at his old South Side house in Chicago. ANI

News International may face over 500 claims by phone hacking victims of 'News of the World'
News International could be facing more than 500 civil claims for damages from alleged victims of the News of the World phone hacking incident, it has emerged. ANI

Pak SC's ultimatum to Govt. to come clean on missing persons' malady in Balochistan
The Pakistan Supreme Court hearing into the Balochistan target killings case, has directed the interior and defence secretaries and the principal secretary to the prime minister to discuss the recovery of missing persons, and come up with a clear statement about a solution to the problem by June 4. ANI

U.S. refutes Pak's claim of not forking out CSF payments
Pakistan Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh, while presenting the federal budget, had said that the country is still awaiting payments of up to 1.2 billion dollars from the U.S. in the form of Coalition Support Fund (CSF) payments that the U.S. has been giving to Pakistan since 2002, in exchange for support in the war against terror. ANI

Former and current Pak PM bitten by the 'small house' bug
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani would soon be vacating the multi-billion rupee luxurious Prime Minister's House and move into a small house, Finance Minister Dr Hafeez Shaikh has said. ANI

Former Egyptian president Mubarak sentenced to life imprisonment
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life imprisonment for his failing to adequately act against the killing of protesters during last year's uprising. ANI

Assange allies claim former hacker being set up in 'extradition conspiracy'
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and his supporters have claimed that the extradition of him to Sweden is a part of huge conspiracy, aimed at taking revenge from the former hacker. ANI

1962 Ferrari becomes world's most expensive car after selling for $35 million
The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO made for race driver Stirling Moss has become the world's most expensive car after it was sold for 35 million dollars in a private transaction. ANI

Obama, Romney locked in dead heat if polls were to be held today
US President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney are locked in a dead heat among Americans nationally, according to a new poll. ANI

Al-Qaeda gaining foothold in Syria, warns UK Foreign Secretary Hague
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned that the Al-Qaeda was gaining a foothold in strife-torn Syria. ANI

Vogue editor Anna Wintour invites Obama supporters for dinner
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has invited Barack Obama's supporters to a fundraiser dinner in New York this month though a video message. ANI

'Separatist movement gaining momentum in Balochistan'
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president has said a separatist movement is gaining momentum in Balochistan and to retain the restive province within the federation of Pakistan, all political parties must wake up to the alarming situation. ANI

Livid Balochistan missing persons' relatives to boycott investigation team hearing
Relatives of Balochistan's missing persons have decided to boycott a hearing of the joint investigation team (JIT), which is scheduled for June 4. ANI

Gilani hails fifth successive budget of government 'historic achievement'
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has described the 5th successive budget by the democratic government as historic, saying the milestone clearly manifested the continuity of the political process in the country. ANI

Pak opp leader terms budget session fisticuffs brawl as 'people's voice'
Pakistan Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has termed his party's protest, during the budget speech by Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, as the "people's voice". ANI

Institutions spat looms as Pak SC admits petitions against Speaker's decision favouring Gilani
Another standoff between the government and judiciary looms after the Pakistan Supreme Court admitted the petitions against the ruling of the National Assembly Speaker over the disqualification of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, which are scheduled for hearing on June 6. ANI

U.S. drone strike in South Waziristan kills three
A fresh U.S. drone attack in Pakistan's South Waziristan on Saturday morning has reportedly killed three people. ANI

'Osama doc' Afridi appeals against conviction
Lawyers representing Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi, who was sentenced to 33 years' imprisonment on charges of treason, have appealed against his conviction. ANI

NATO supply routes through Balochistan not acceptable: Baloch leader
A Baloch separatist and the grandson of slain leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, has said NATO supply routes through Balochistan were not acceptable, however, if the Pakistan government wants to do so, the Baloch should be taken into confidence. ANI

Richard Olson to be new U.S. envoy to Pak
The United States is expected to name Richard Olson as the new ambassador to Pakistan, replacing Cameron Munter, who will be leaving shortly after two years on the job, U.S. officials have said. ANI

60 pc employers to monitor their employees' Facebook pages by 2015
Many employers already monitor their workers' Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages - but the practice is set to increase, a new report has revealed. ANI

Obama ordered Stuxnet cyber attack on Iran against nuclear program, claims book
US President Barack Obama ordered the Stuxnet cyber attack on Iran against its would-be nuclear power preparations, according to a new book citing senior Washington sources. ANI

Annan warns Syrian peace plan may not be available 'forever'
Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has warned that his peace plan for Syria will not be available 'forever'. ANI

55-year-olds choose stronger passwords than people under 25
Over 55s pick passwords that are double the strength than those chosen by under 25s, a study has revealed. ANI

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