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MasterCard denies being hacked
MasterCard has denied claims made by a hacker that he had stolen their and VisaCard's information from nearly 80 banks. ANI

Scotland Yard to keep eye on returning paedophile from India after abusing slum kids
The Scotland Yard cops would keep a close eye on Allan Waters, who has returned to England on Tuesday, after serving a six-year term for molesting five boys at a Mumbai orphanage. ANI

Assange could be re-arrested for breaching bail condition by seeking asylum in Ecuador
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange could face re-arrest for breaching his bail conditions after seeking asylum at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. ANI

Blueprint for mission to explore universe's darkest secrets completed
ESA's Euclid mission to explore the hidden side of the Universe - dark energy and dark matter - have reached an important milestone that will see it head towards full construction. ANI

Cherie Blair attacks career-shunning yummy-mummies
Cherie Blair has criticised "yummy mummies" who give up their careers to focus on raising their children, suggesting that their kids lack a sense of independence. ANI

Polio vaccination fatwa by militants in N Waziristan to put thousands of children at risk
Over 16,000 children below the age of five will miss their polio vaccines in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, following a ban announced by a powerful local warlord on vaccination campaigns in the region. ANI

Pakistan to get new PM by Friday
The Pakistan National Assembly would elect a new prime minister on June 22 at 5:30 p.m., said Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Syed Khurshid Shah. ANI

'Chinese Twitter' Sina Weibo to charge for premium features in face of losses
China's micro blogging site Sina Weibo has introduced a membership charge for premium features. ANI

UK facing wave of civil compensation claims for providing drone strike intel to US
The UK Government is facing a 'wave' of civil compensation cases for allegedly providing intelligence to the U.S. for use in drone strikes against terror suspects. ANI

5.6-magnitude quake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia: USGS
An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale jolted southern Sumatra, Indonesia, at 09:59:03 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. ANI

US says Taliban polio vaccine ban in Pak horrific
The United States has described as horrific the Taliban's diktat of imposing a ban on distribution of polio vaccine in the northwest tribal regions of Pakistan until/unless drone strikes are stopped by the U.S. ANI

US pleased with India's supportive role in Afghanistan
Downplaying the Afghan Taliban's recent praise of India in not kowtowing to the West, the U.S. State Department has said the Obama administration is pleased with the support that New Delhi is giving to strengthen the security, stability, prosperity of Afghanistan. ANI

Google, Facebook and BBC should face media ownership review, says UK watchdog
Internet search giant Google, the British Broadcasting Corporation and social network Facebook should be included in reviews of media ownership, a UK watchdog has ruled. ANI

U.S. hopes for speedy and lawful resolution of political crisis in Pak
The United States has expressed hope that Pakistan's latest political crisis would be resolved in accordance with the country's constitution amid a showdown between the judiciary and government. ANI

Imran Khan lauds SC judgment disqualifying Gilani's as Pak PM
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has welcomed the Supreme Court judgment which disqualified Yousuf Raza Gilani as the prime minister of Pakistan. ANI

Pak Election Commission denotifies Gilani after SC verdict without any delay
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has denotified the national assembly membership of outgoing prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and pronounced him ineligible to contest parliamentary polls for five years, following the Supreme Court order. ANI

Australia's largest brothel gets council approval
A local council in Australia has approved for the expansion of the country's largest brothel, despite moral complaints and concerns about noise and alcohol abuse. ANI

G-20 countries for enhancing resources of IMF: Manmohan Singh
Stating that India has contributed USD 10 billion to the IMF's additional firewall, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said the G-20 countries have responded to the need to enhance the resources of the IMF to enable it to play its role in the current situation. ANI

Govts seem to have lost vision and hearing as Rio+20 summit set to start
With insufficient progress and two days to go before the Presidents and Prime Ministers arrive here for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development on June 20-22, the Brazilian government as hosts of the Conference have been asked by the negotiators to consolidate an outcome document for the heads of state to agree and adopt. ANI

US to significantly increase military presence in Kuwait following Iraq pull out
The United States is planning to significantly increase its military presence in Kuwait with 13,500 troops, according to a congressional report. ANI

Suu Kyi expresses desire to 'lead Burma people'
Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has expressed her desire to lead the people of her country. ANI

Putin says only Syrian people can decide whether Assad should rule or not
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that only Syrians have the right to decide whether President Bashar Assad should quit. ANI

UN monitors in Syria repeatedly targeted by gunfire prior to mission suspension
The head of the UN observer team for Syria has told the United Nations Security Council that they were repeatedly targeted by hostile crowds and gunfire before his decision to suspend the mission's operations, UN diplomats said. ANI

Quran burning US troops likely to be reprimanded, not court martialed
U.S. military investigators have recommended that as many as seven soldiers face possible administrative punishment, but no criminal charges, for their role in burning of Qurans at a NATO base in Afghanistan that sparked off deadly clashes. ANI

'Failed' senior level nuke talks between Iran and world powers 'downgraded'
High-level talks in Russia between Iran and the six world powers have been suspended, after both sides failed to bridge differences over the future of Tehran's nuclear programme. ANI

Egyptian officials deny Mubarak 'clinically dead' after suffering stroke in prison
Egyptian officials have denied reports that ousted President Hosni Mubarak is clinically dead after he suffered a stroke and slipped out of consciousness at a Cairo prison hospital in. ANI

China accounts for 23 pct of world rare earth reserves
China's rare earth reserves account for approximately 23 percent of the world's total but are excessively exploited, a government white paper said Wednesday. ANI

Shahabuddin likely to be next Prime Minister of Pakistan
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), after intense in-house meetings and consultations with coalition parties, have decided to nominate Makhdoom Shahabuddin as the next prime minister, following the disqualification of Yousuf Raza Gilani as the premier, sources said. ANI

What made PPP accept SC verdict on Gilani
The decision of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) to accept the Supreme Court judgment on Yousuf Raza Gilani's disqualification has come as a great surprise for many who were expecting a rebellion from the PPP. ANI

5 unspoken rules that 'may get employees fired'
In today's world, privacy has become a thing of the past as whatever you write in an email or message, anything you say in a private or public conversation, can easily end up plastered all over the Internet. ANI

Rielle Hunter reveals 'most extraordinary night' with John Edwards
Rielle Hunter has called the night she first bedded Senator John Edwards at a Park Avenue hotel, as "the most extraordinary night of my life." ANI

Dharun Ravi released after serving 20 days in jail in webcam spying case
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, has been released from jail after serving 20 days of a 30-day sentence. ANI

Ecuador offers Assange residency 'to report on dubious US activities'
Ecuador has agreed offer WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange residency in a bid to have him report on allegedly dubious American activities, according to a report. ANI

MiX Telematics Launches Next-Generation in-cab Display for Streamlined Fleet Operations
MiX Telematics (JSE:MIX), a global leader in driver safety, vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions, has today launched MiX Rovi, a cost-effective and easy-to-use in-cab display for commercial fleet operators Business Wire India

Philip Morris International: KPMG Study Shows Illicit Cigarettes in EU Reach Highest Recorded Level in 2011, Fifth Consecutive Yearly Increase
Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) (NYSE:PM) (Paris:PM) today announced the results of a comprehensive analysis undertaken to assess the illicit trade in contraband and counterfeit cigarettes in the European Union (EU). Business Wire India

Upsolar Plugs Into the Sun With Winning Advertisement Design
Upsolar, an international provider of solar PV modules, congratulates the winner of its first advertising design contest, Nélia Olival of Portugal. Olival’s design was chosen by Upsolar’s Facebook fans and management team to represent the company in its 2012 marketing campaign. Business Wire India

SES Confirms Satellite Leadership in Asia-Pacific in DTH Channel Carriage and Pay TV Homes
SES announced that it leads the market in Asia-Pacific in meeting the increasing popularity of direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television across the region Business Wire India

SES Extends Partnership with MediaScape via Multi-Year Capacity Deal to Ramp up Cignal TV's DTH Offering
SES (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) announced at CommunicAsia2012 a new multi-year agreement with one of its largest customers in the Philippines, MediaScape Inc, to provide additional capacity on the SES-7 satellite at the prime orbital location of 108.2 degrees East Business Wire India

Global Premiere of Flagship ZTE Grand X Dual-Core Smartphone in Turkey
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, today held its global premiere of the ZTE Grand X dual-core 4.3-inch screen smartphone in Turkey, bringing high end mobile video and gaming experiences to a wider audience. Business Wire India

ZTE Launches Industry’s First LTE BeamHop AAS Solution
Today at Mobile Asia Expo, ZTE Corporation launched the industry’s first LTE BeamHop Solution and demonstrated the LTE A8808 Active Antenna System (AAS) product based on this technology. The product is a major breakthrough particularly for the high-end European and U.S Business Wire India

Reval Wins Industry Awards for Innovations in Cash, Treasury and Risk Management
Reval, leading global provider of a comprehensive and integrated Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution for Treasury and Risk Management (TRM), continues to rank as an innovative leader by winning several treasury industry awards for best financial management solution Business Wire India

Immersion Demonstrates Breadth of Haptic Solutions at Mobile Asia Expo 2012
Mobile Asia Expo -- Immersion Corporation (Nasdaq:IMMR), the leader in touch feedback technology development and licensing, is showcasing the many ways that its TouchSense® embedded software solutions can bring rich touch feedback, or haptics, capabilities to mobile devices Business Wire India

Cashless ATM to Change Face of Branchless Banking
Global ATM software company, KAL, today launched the Retail Teller Machine (RTM): a revolutionary cashless ATM which is set to transform branchless banking forever. Business Wire India

Make Rio+20 Count: Smart policies urgently needed to unleash business solutions at a scale to meet sustainability goals, WBCSD says
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) provides an exceptional opportunity for swift policy action to accelerate and scale business solutions so 9 billion people can live well and within the limits of one planet by 2050 Business Wire India

SES Gathers Momentum in Asia-Pacific with Further Significant Fleet Investment
The increasing popularity of direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television and the growing demand for High Definition (HD) broadcast content across Asia-Pacific are driving the demand for satellite capacity in the region Business Wire India

SES Signs New Multi-Year Capacity Deal with Telikom PNG
SES (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) has announced at CommunicAsia2012 that it has signed a new multi-year capacity deal with Telikom Papua New Guinea (Telikom PNG), the country’s incumbent telecommunications operator. The deal involves a renewal of satellite capacity on NSS-9 at 183 degrees East and on NSS-6 at 95 degrees East Business Wire India

Oerlikon repeats #1 in Customer Satisfaction Survey
Once again, the results of the annual customer satisfaction survey from VLSIresearch confirm Oerlikon Systems’ position as the #1 winner of the “THE BEST Small Suppliers of Wafer Processing Equipment” category and as the #2 supplier in the “Focused Suppliers of Chip Making Equipment” sector Business Wire India

Zayed Future Energy Prize to Address Integration between Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at Panel
With the ever increasing importance of implementing a synergetic approach to the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, The Zayed Future Energy Prize will hold a panel discussion at the Earth Summit in Rio De Jenairo, to discuss ways to expedite solutions. The Panel, moderated by the Prize Director Dr Business Wire India

ILS Announces Proton Launch Postponement of SES-5 Satellite
ILS has informed SES (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) that the launch of the Proton launch vehicle with the SES-5 satellite has been postponed for technical reasons related to the Proton launch vehicle. The launch date will be determined at a later time. Business Wire India

Market Vectors Announces Investment Agreement with Australian Index Investments (Aii), Plans Expansion of ETF Distribution in Australia
Market Vectors ETFs has announced that its investment adviser, Van Eck Associates Corporation, had entered into an Investment Agreement with Australian Index Investments (Aii) on June 7, 2012. The resulting company is a majority-owned subsidiary of Van Eck Associates Corporation and will be renamed Market Vectors Australia Pty Ltd. Business Wire India

Gemalto Launches Protiva Defender Suite, an End-to-End Identity and Access Solution for Law Enforcement Officials
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, has launched the Protiva Defender Suite, specifically designed for law enforcement agencies, justice and security departments and first response teams Business Wire India

DFS Awarded Three Concessions at Hong Kong International Airport
DFS Group has been selected by the Airport Authority Hong Kong to manage the three anchor license concessions at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA): Liquor & Tobacco, Perfumes & Cosmetics and Airside General Merchandise, for the term 2012-2017, though an open tender exercise. Business Wire India

Toho Tenax to Grow Composite Business in India - Partners with Hindoostan Tech to Develop and Market Carbon Fiber Textile
Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group's carbon fibers and composites business, has announced that it will develop and market carbon fiber fabrics for India's composite industry in collaboration with Hindoostan Technical Fabrics Limited, a carbon and aramid textile manufacturer wholly owned by Hindoostan Mills, Ltd Business Wire India

IntervalZero Forms Partnership with EtherCAT Specialist acontis; Will Bundle acontis EtherCAT Master with SMP-enabled RTX 2012
IntervalZero, whose RTX software transforms Microsoft Windows into a real-time operating system (RTOS), today announced a partnership with EtherCAT specialist acontis technologies GMBH and said it will include the acontis EtherCAT Master in a product offering when RTX 2012 releases early next month. Business Wire India

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