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'Gilani ouster mistakenly indicates Parliament subject to will of judiciary, not people'
Referring to the Supreme Court verdict which disqualified Yousuf Raza Gilani as the prime minister, an editorial in a Pakistan daily has said that the court's judgment mistakenly gives the view that parliament's supremacy is subject to the will, not of the people, but of the judiciary. ANI

Iran will be able to nuke weapon within four months: Experts
Iran is producing enriched uranium at faster speed, and could produce enough fissile material needed for a nuclear weapon within four months, experts have claimed. ANI

Salman Rushdie celebrates 'wild' 65th b'day bash in NY
Salman Rushdie, who survived a fatwa and four marriages, celebrated a "wild" 65th-birthday party at the Four Seasons Restaurant on Tuesday night. ANI

Obama loathes 'short answers'
A political science professor has been studying the communications style of Barack Obama and his recent predecessors. ANI

PPP won't let pro-active 'independent' judiciary 'undermine supremacy of parliament'
With the resolve that the conduct of judges particularly in the speaker's ruling case would be debated in parliament, the PPP has hinted at not letting the pro-active 'independent' judiciary to undermine the supremacy of parliament. ANI

Pak Senators say U.S. apology for Salala attack must to mend broken ties
The Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan has said that by demanding one-sided steps from Pakistan, the U.S. cannot get desired results in the region, especially after the Salala incident. ANI

Minority MPA protests 'injustice' against religious minorities in Pak
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) minority MPA Saleem Khurshid Khokhar has complained about the injustices being meted out to religious minorities in the country. ANI

NATO aircraft makes forced landing in E. Afghanistan
A NATO aircraft made a forced landing in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, causing no casualties, the military alliance said in a statement. ANI

Syrian authorities lose contact with MIG-21 fighter jet
The Syrian authorities lost contact Thursday with a MIG-21 fighter jet while it was on a training flight, state-run SANA news agency reported. ANI

China opposes Vietnamese maritime law over sovereignty claim
China's Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun summoned Vietnamese Ambassador to China Nguyen Van Tho on Thursday to lodge a solemn representation to the Vietnamese side concerning the recent passing of a Vietnamese maritime law that extends the country's jurisdiction to islands claimed by China. ANI

India, China press for strong bilateral relations
Meeting on the sidelines of the Earth Summit here on Thursday, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao have pressed for strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries, and discussed the measures that need to be taken to enhance political ties and increase mutual trust. ANI

Indonesian air force plane crashes
An Indonesian Air Force plane Focker 27 crashed at the air force compound in Jakarta on Thursday, hitting several houses, a military officer said here. ANI

Arrest warrant for Pakistan's would-be PM issued in 'corruption' case
An anti-narcotics judge in Pakistan on Thursday issued arrest warrants for Makhdoom Shahabuddin, the majority party candidate for the slot of prime minister, for his alleged involvement in providing illegal quota of banned chemicals, local media reported. ANI

Indonesia launches probe into series of elephant deaths
The Indonesian Forestry Ministry has launched a probe into the series of 12 elephant deaths in Sumatra since March, the Jakarta globe quoting an official reported here on Thursday. ANI

Canadian govt. agency proposes law to crackdown on foreign criminals
A Canadian government agency proposed on Wednesday the introduction of a new legislation to get tougher on foreign criminals in the country, said a minister. ANI

Shoes, slurs fly after women MNA's branded 'circus dancers' in Pak Punjab Assembly!
A massive shoe hurling incident took place between members of the treasury and the opposition in the Pak Punjab Assembly, after a male member labeled the female members as "circus dancers". ANI

Peshawar HC tells Musharraf's counsel to present 'agreement allowing drone strikes'
The Peshawar High Court has directed the counsel for former president Pervez Musharraf to thoroughly study international laws pertaining to drone strikes to help the court declare a proper verdict. ANI

Pak SC holds Frontier Corps responsible for forced disappearances in Balochistan
The Pakistan Supreme Court, in an interim order in the Balochistan law and order case, has held the Frontier Corps (FC) responsible for the disappearances in Balochistan and has ordered registration of cases against the agencies accused of being involved in the matter. ANI

Tibetan group releases graphic video of self-immolations over 'Chinese repression'
An exile group has released graphic photos and video of two Tibetans setting themselves on fire in a protest against China's political and religious suppression. ANI

Afghanistan eyes 4 billion USD aid in July conference
War-torn Afghanistan expects a key international conference on the country's economy to pledge 4 billion U.S. dollars a year after 2014 when all foreign combat troops leave the country, President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday. ANI

Makhdoom Shahabuddin set to be elected as Pakistan's 17th PM
Makhdoom Shahabuddin is set to be elected as Pakistan's 17th Prime Minister on Friday when the National Assembly or Lower House of the parliament will elect new leader of the house. ANI

Nepal reduces power cuts duration
The state power utility, Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), has decided to reduce the power cuts duration to 42 hours from the existing 49 hours a week effective from Thursday. ANI

'Unelected elites' have delivered blow to Pak democracy with 'judicial coup': Report
A well-known American newspaper, referring to the disqualification of Yousuf Raza Gilani as Pakistan's premier by the Supreme Court, has said that "unelected elites" have delivered a blow to Pakistan's democracy with judicial coup. ANI

UK Home Secretary found guilty of contempt of court over 'unacceptable behaviour'
UK's Home Secretary Theresa May has been accused of 'unacceptable and regrettable behaviour' by a judge. ANI

New York police being re-trained on contentious stop-and frisk policy
A training program has been designed to teach New York Police Department officers the right way to stop someone on the street. ANI

Asylum seeker boat capsizes off Australia's Christmas Island
A boat carrying around 200 asylum seekers has overturned about 120 nautical miles north of Christmas Island, off the coast of Western Australia, local media reported on Thursday. ANI

Japan extends diet session for tax bill vote
Japan on Thursday extended parliament 's session until Sept. 8 to ensure enough time for passing legislation to increase the sales tax. ANI

Arab League official sees no ground for intervention in Syria
No U.N. resolutions on Syria have ever envisaged military support for the opposition nor military intervention into the crisis in that country, a visiting Arab League (AL) senior official said here on Thursday. ANI

Oz Senate urges Gillard to provide Assange 'highest possible level of consular support'
The Australian Senate has urged Prime Minister Julia Gillard to make sure that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is provided with the highest possible level of consular support. ANI

Norwegian mass killer likens victims' pain to his 'trauma' over country's Islamisisation
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who is accused of kiiling 77 people in a shooting and bombing rampage last year, interrupted his trial several times to complain about his own trauma in comparison to his victims, according to a report. ANI

India among developing nations with highest pc of unnourished women, kids
India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Yemen are a few countries with the highest percentages of undernourished women and children under 5 years, according to a detailed analysis. ANI

Greenpeace brands 'meaningless' Rio agreement 'epic failure'
Environmentalists have termed a draft calling for green global developments which is finalized by negotiators during Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development as meaningless. ANI

Bristol Palin to abstain from sex until marriage
Sarah Palin's oldest daughter Bristol has vowed that she would not indulge in sex until she and her pipeline worker boyfriend are married, while admitting that being a young mother is hard. ANI

HRCP terms Gilani's removal as 'saddening'
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called the disqualification of Yousuf Raza Gilani 'a sad occasion' for a country where democratic traditions have perpetually been denied the nourishment they need to take roots. ANI

Gilani's disqualification to delay signing of NATO supply deal
The disqualification of Yousuf Raza Gilani as Pakistan's prime minister has delayed the signing of an accord between the U.S. and Pakistan over the reopening of NATO supply routes, diplomatic sources said. ANI

Fiza Gilani might contest for father's vacant National Assembly seat
Yousuf Raza Gilani's daughter might contest the by-elections for her father's NA-151 Multan seat after his disqualification as National Assembly member. ANI

No secret agreement signed with U.S. allowing drone strikes, says Pak MoD
The Pakistan Ministry of Defence through an affidavit submitted in the Peshawar High Court (PHC) has claimed that neither the federal government nor the top brass of the armed forces have inked any secret agreement with the United States to allow drone attacks in the tribal areas. ANI

California has highest rate of immigrants in U.S.: Report
More than a quarter of Californians are immigrants, marking the highest rate among U.S. states, shows a report released here Wednesday. ANI

New Greek PM pledges hope, coalition govt. to be announced soon
Pro-bailout conservative New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras was sworn in Wednesday as prime minister of debt-crippled Greece, and pledged to work hard to give people tangible hope. ANI

Carrots, not sticks, motivate workers to perform better
Workers respond better to the promise of reward, or carrots, than they do the threat of punishment, or stick, a study suggested. ANI

Australia sees largest increase in Indian-origin population in latest census
Australia has reported the largest increase in Indian-origin population with an almost 14 percent increase, or 1,50,000 people, since 2006. ANI

Chinese premier calls for deeper strategic mutual trust with India
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said here Wednesday that China and India should enhance political and strategic mutual trust so as to advance bilateral ties on the right track. ANI

S. Korea, U.S., Japan kick off joint naval drill
Naval forces of South Korea, the United States and Japan on Thursday kicked off a trilateral joint drill in waters off South Korea's southern island of Jeju, the defense ministry said. ANI

UN says 90,000 people displaced by ethnic clashes in Burma
Around 90,000 people have been displaced after violence erupted between Buddhists and Muslims in the western part of Burma, according to the United Nations. ANI

Egypt's presidential election results delayed furthering fears of coup
Egypt has delayed the result of country's presidential run-off, raising fears that the army could mount a coup to prevent the formation of a democratically elected government.ccording to The Telegraph, the President Election Commission needs more time to review complaints by contesting candidates, which would delay the results. ANI

Assange celeb backers facing 240k pounds bill for bail breach
Some of Julian Assange's most prominent supporters face a 240,000-pound bill after the Wikileaks founder breached bail conditions over alleged sex crimes. ANI

U.S. prison official denies custodial death rumour of Pak neuroscientist Dr Siddiqui
A spokesperson for Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, where convicted Pak neuroscientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui is serving her prison sentence, has denied rumours of the latter's death. ANI

Prince William to inherit Di's $15.5m on 30th b'day
Prince William will be inheriting his share of late mother Princess Diana's estate worth 15.5 million dollars on his 30th birthday on Thursday. ANI

Mubarak taken off life support, but remains in coma
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is in critical condition, but has been taken off life support after being thought close to death, according to a report. ANI

PPP reaped what it sowed by clashing with judiciary, says Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has hit out at the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), a day after Yousuf Raza Gilani was disqualified as Pakistan's Prime Minister in a contempt case, saying "they reaped what they sowed by clashing with the judiciary." ANI

PPP officially nominates Makhdoom Shahabuddin as Gilani's replacement
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has nominated former health and textile minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin as the candidate for the new prime minister and former water and power minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf as the covering candidate. ANI

Obama builds double-digit lead over Romney in latest poll
US President Barack Obama has built up a double-digit lead over his Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney for the White House race, according to a new poll. ANI

IT and software sector workers 'happiest' in Oz
Kayaks and massages, flu packs and subsidised canteens are just some of the reasons why software and IT companies are some of the best Australian workplaces, business magazine BRW has revealed. ANI

UK Council slammed for spending 5m pounds to buy make up, fast food, trips to India
Staff at one of Britain's largest County Councils have spent over five million pounds of taxpayers' money on corporate credit cards in the last two years, including fast food and trips to India, according to a report. ANI

Ex-Romanian PM shoots self after ordered to serve 2-year prison term
A former Romanian prime minister has shot and wounded himself in an apparent suicide attempt, hours after he was sentenced to two-years in prison over corruption charges. ANI

World LP Gas Association: The Benefits of Using Autogas
In a press release dated 12 June 2012, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), has declared that diesel engine exhaust is carcinogenic to humans. Business Wire India

Free Music to Enhance Gatwick Express Journey
Gatwick Express, the nonstop rail service from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport, launches Express Tracks: free bespoke music available exclusively to online customers, providing the perfect soundtrack to their journey. Business Wire India

Philip Morris International Provides 15 Million Euro Contribution to INTERPOL to Fight Trafficking in Illicit Goods
Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) (NYSE:PM) (Paris:PM) today announced that it will contribute 15 million euros to INTERPOL to support the agency’s global initiative to combat trans-border crime involving illicit goods, including tobacco products. Business Wire India

WNS Acquires Fusion Outsourcing Services in South Africa
WNS (Holdings) Limited (NYSE: WNS), a leading provider of global business process solutions, today announced that it has acquired Fusion Outsourcing Services (Pty) Ltd., a leading BPO provider based in South Africa. Fusion provides a range of outsourcing services including contact center, customer care and business continuity services to both South African and international clients Business Wire India

N-trig Announces Enhanced DuoSense® Fourth Generation Product Line
N-trig, providers of the DuoSense® pen and multi-touch user interface, today announced their fourth generation updated product line Business Wire India

Lithium Expands Asia-Pacific Operations with Regional Headquarters in Singapore & Dedicated Australia-New Zealand Office in Sydney
Lithium Technologies, the leader in Social Customer Experience, today announced the official opening of its Singapore regional headquarters, along with its Sydney office focused on the Australia-New Zealand market. The establishment of these two key regional offices affirms Lithium’s strong commitment to growing its Asia-Pacific business Business Wire India

Asia Commercial Bank Selects Moody’s Analytics for Its ALM and Liquidity Risk Solutions
Moody’s Analytics, a leader in credit risk measurement and management, today announced that Asia Commercial Bank (ACB), based in Vietnam, has selected Moody’s Analytics for its ALM, Liquidity Risk, and Funds Transfer Pricing software. Business Wire India

Launch of Regus Flexible Workspace in Ecuador Offers Better Way to Work
Regus has opened its first business centre in Ecuador, Guayaquil - the country’s largest city. The launch is a boost for businesses looking for increased efficiency, and new revenues and growth. Business Wire India

Top Philippine Leaders Back Automated Polls in 2013
The Philippines is gearing up for its second general automated elections next year as its top leaders have expressed strong support for the continued use of the Precinct Count Optical Scanner (PCOS), the voting machine which was at the heart of the republic's first automated elections in 2010. Business Wire India

Window Film Manufacturer Solar Gard® Reinforces Commitment to Transparent Sustainability Practices
Solar Gard: Business Wire India

Smith Micro Expands Wireless Data Traffic Management Solution to Include Support for iOS Devices
Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMSI), a leading provider of wireless and mobility solutions, has announced a new addition to the company’s NetWise™ traffic management portfolio with NetWise SmartSpot™ for iOS-based devices Business Wire India

First study to evaluate alternative to warfarin for mechanical heart valve patients launched with Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate)
For Non-US, Non-UK & Non-Canadian Media Only Business Wire India

Ernst & Young: Without Disruptive Action, Consumer Products Companies Face Declining Margins
In an unprecedented business environment of accelerating pace of change and spiraling complexity, almost three quarters of consumer products (CP) companies say they need to make significant changes to their business in order to sustain historic margins according to Disrupt or be disrupted, a report has released by Ernst & Young. Business Wire India

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