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Raja Pervez Ashraf is new Pak PM
The National Assembly on Friday elected Pakistan People's Party (PPP) stalwart Raja Pervez Ashraf as the twenty fifth Prime Minister of the country. ANI

Obama holds narrow lead over Romney: Poll
Americans preference is closely divided between U.S.President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the race for the White House, according to a new poll. ANI

Man claiming to be Saddam Hussein 'nephew' seeks asylum in Austria
A man claiming to be the fugitive nephew of late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has requested asylum in Austria after he was arrested by police in a routine identity check. ANI

ISI 'squarely behind' deadly Taliban attacks on U.S. bases in Afghanistan: Analyst
Referring to the recent spate of attacks on U.S. military bases in Afghanistan, Western analysts have warned that the attacks serve as growing evidence that Pakistani Intelligence agency (ISI) is stepping up its support of insurgent groups ahead of the scheduled 2014 departure of U.S. combat troops from the country. ANI

UK Labour-run council red faced following Pyongyang-style 'Dear leader' gaffe
A Labour-run council in North London has apologized for ordering staff to refer to its new head as "Dear Leader". ANI

Shoe-throwing woman MPA passes out on Pak Punjab Assembly premises
A female MPA from the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) fell unconscious after a four-hour long protest after she was barred from entering the Punjab Assembly. ANI

U.S. renews call for 'Osama doc' Afridi's release
The United States has renewed its call for the immediate release of Dr Shakil Afridi, who was sentenced to 33 years in prison by a Pakistani court after he was found 'guilty' of helping the CIA trace Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Prosecutors seek psychiatric care instead of prison for Norwegian mass killer
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in a shooting and bombing rampage last year, should be locked up in a psychiatric ward, instead of prison, due to doubts over his sanity, the prosecution has said. ANI

Peshawar HC grants interim bail to deposed Pak PM nominee Shahabuddin in drugs case
The Peshawar High Court has granted interim bail to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Makhdoom Shahabuddin in the Ephedrine case. ANI

Tibetans outraged after Milan retracts from making Dalai Lama 'honorary citizen' under Chinese 'pressure'
Milan has backed away from plans to give the Dalai Lama honorary citizenship because of concerns about upsetting China, sparking outrage among Tibetans. ANI

Zimbabwe lawmakers undergo HIV tests, all set for circumcision
Dozens of lawmakers in Zimbabwe have undergone HIV tests at parliament at a new anti-Aids campaign in parliament. ANI

'Imported' PM's will rule Pak if dual citizenship is allowed: SC
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, while hearing a dual nationality case, has said if parliamentarians were not prevented from holding dual nationality then the influx of 'imported' premiers would continue. ANI

Obama's top fundraising pal muzzled by Wall Street employers
One of US President Barack Obama's top fundraisers is being reined in by his employers on the Wall Street. ANI

Jemima Khan 'wants Julian Assange to confront rape allegations'
One of Julian Assange's most prominent supporters, Jemima Khan, has said she would like to see the WikiLeaks founder confront the rape allegations made against him by two Swedish women. ANI

Eurogroup head expects "updated" bailout deal with Greece
Head of Eurogoup Jean-Claude Juncker said late Thursday that he expected the terms of the second bailout program for Greece to be "updated" after a mission of international lenders finish its evaluation report. ANI

China, Thailand pledge closer military ties
China and Thailand agreed here Friday that the two sides would work together to continuously strengthen their military ties. ANI

PPP names Pervez Ashraf as its PM-designate (Update)
Pakistan's ruling party Friday named Raja Pervez Ashraf as its candidate for the slot of prime minister, said a spokesman for the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). ANI

Kabul siege ends, dozens killed in fight with Taliban
As fierce gun battle between Taliban militants and Afghan police at a rest house in Qarga Lake, Kabul came to an end, all militants were killed. Also dead were eight others, including four civilians, three security guards and a policeman, official sources said. ANI

Sri Lanka navy insists asylum boats cannot breach its border
The Sri Lankan Navy on Friday insisted that security along the maritime boundary of the island nation remains tight and there is no possibility of any asylum boat heading to Australia directly from Sri Lanka undetected. ANI

Abu Sayyaf sub-leader captured in S. Philippines
Government troops have captured a sub-leader of the rogue group Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines, police said on Friday. ANI

Punjabi most commonly spoken language in UK schools after English
Punjabi is the most commonly spoken language among one million children who do not speak English as a first language in the UK, official figures have revealed. ANI

PPP picks Raja Pervez Ashraf as prime ministerial candidate
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has announced Raja Pervez Ashraf as their candidate for the prime minister's post. ANI

US drone strikes may encourage other nations to flout international law: UN rapporteur
The American Government's policy of using drone strikes to kill terror suspects presents a major challenge to the system of international law that has endured since the second world war, a United Nations investigator has warned. ANI

U.S. Govt. refuses to share drones data with court citing threat to national security
The U.S. government has asked a federal court to reject lawsuits demanding the release of documents on CIA drone strikes targeting suspected militants abroad, saying the entire subject is "classified". ANI

'Polygamist' SA Prez Jacob Zuma may be stripped of 1.2m pounds 'spousal allowance' for 4 wives
South African President Jacob Zuma may lose the 1.2 million pounds which he receives as 'spousal support allowance' from the taxpayer to fund his four wives, it has emerged. ANI

'No PPP PM will write letter to Swiss courts, come what may'
Pakistan's Punjab Province Governor Sardar Latif Khosa has said that no Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) prime minister would ever write a letter to the Swiss courts, no matter how many prime ministers get sacked by the judiciary in the process. ANI

'Drug' woes worsen for 'deposed' Pak PM nominee
Records from Pakistan's devolved federal health ministry indicate that the country's prime ministerial candidate Makhdoom Shahabuddin, during his tenure as health minister, also allowed Danas Pharmaceutical to import 5,000 kg of dextropropoxyphene, a controlled substance used in the manufacture of the medical drug darvon, from India in 2010. ANI

Panetta rules out much-awaited apology for Pak saying 'time to move on'
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ruled out an apology over an air strike in Salala last year that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and set back efforts to improve U.S.-Pakistani ties, saying it was "time to move on." ANI

Indonesian air force plane crashes during routine training flight
An Indonesian air force plane went down on Thursday during a routine training flight in Jakarta, military sources said Friday. ANI

Shallow undersea quake strikes off Aceh, Indonesia
An earthquake measuring 5.6 Richter scale jolted Aceh province in northern tip of Sumatra island on Friday, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency reported here. ANI

S. Korea, U.S. hold massive live-fire drill
South Korea and the United States staged their largest-ever live-fire drill on Friday amid lingering tensions on the Korean peninsula. ANI

U.S. Navy research vessel begins 8-day visit to central Vietnamese port
The U.S. Navy's research vessel, Roger Revelle, docked at Tien Sa Port in Vietnam's central Da Nang city on Friday morning, beginning its eight-day visit trip to the city, reported Vietnam News Agency Friday. ANI

New Zealand exodus to Australia slows for first time in two years
The exodus of New Zealanders to Australia last month slowed for the first time in two years, the New Zealand government statistics agency announced Friday. ANI

China to adopt progressive water pricing
China will steadily introduce a progressive pricing scheme for water use before 2015, according to a latest government water conservancy plan. ANI

Canadian "psycho killer" to face jury trial next year
Canadian "psycho killer" Luka Rocco Magnotta, accused of killing and dismembering Chinese student Jun Lin and later defiling his corpse and videotaping the gruesome crime, made a surprise court appearance in Montreal Thursday where his lawyers requested he face a trial by judge and jury. ANI

Manmohan Singh meets Lankan President, Nepal PM, discusses internal conflicts
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, held talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and discussed the rehabilitation and devolution of Tamil minority in the island nation. ANI

Libya 'committed to cooperate with ICC on Saif Gaddafi'
Libyan has said that it is committed to cooperating with the International Criminal Court (ICC) concerning the case of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam. ANI

Australian revises survivors of capsized asylum seeker boat down to 109
Canberra (Australia), June 22 (Xinhua-ANI)): Australian Home Affairs Minister said Friday the official number of survivors from the capsized asylum seeker boat has been revised down to 109. ANI

Karzai admits corruption assuming epidemic proportions in Afghanistan
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has urged his government to step up the fight against the corruption that has tarnished his administration's credibility over the years. ANI

7 killed in Taliban hostage-taking attack in Afghan hotel
At least six civilians and a policeman have been killed as Taliban gunmen stormed a popular hotel in west of Kabul overnight while several people still were seized hostage by militants, a police official said Friday morning. ANI

Average British men to turn 'millionaires' by 51, women to wait until 72, finds study
An average British man will have earned a total of one million pounds by the time he is 51, while women in the UK will have to wait until they are 72, a study has revealed. ANI

Uruguay may become world's first country to sell marijuana to citizens
Uruguay could become the first country in the world to sell marijuana to its citizens. ANI

Jordan grants asylum to defecting Syrian fighter pilot
Jordan has granted political asylum to a Syrian fighter pilot who flew his MiG-21 to an airfield in that country after defecting from his country, a minister has said. ANI

Only 1in 5 Brits achieve childhood dreams
Despite high hopes fostered whilst young, only one in five people in Britain actually end up with a dream job, a poll has revealed. ANI

Ex-Egyptian PM in Mubarak regime confident of win in presidential run-off
Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq says he is confident about securing a legitimate victory in the presidential election. ANI

Russia admits ship 'stopped' by Britain was carrying attack choppers for Syria
Russia has confirmed for the first time that the cargo ship MV Alaed, which was stopped off the coast of Scotland, was carrying refurbished Russian attack helicopters and components for Syria. ANI

Pak envoys in 'limbo' after Gilani's disqualification as PM
Pakistani ambassadors to the United Nations, United States and Britain among other countries are facing legal and diplomatic problems after the disqualification of Yousuf Raza Gilani as Pakistan's prime minister. ANI

Zardari must stop making PMs scapegoats and bring back black money: Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said President Asif Ali Zardari should stop making prime ministers 'scapegoats', and should instead bring back the six billion rupees from foreign accounts and spend the same on people's welfare. ANI

Relations with Pakistan complex, but important: U.S. General Dempsey
U.S. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey has said the United States' relationship with Pakistan is the most complex, yet important one. ANI

Iran 'detects massive cyber attack' against nuke facilities
Iran has reportedly detected what it is calling a 'massive cyber attack' on its nuclear facilities, soon after talks with major powers failed to resolve a row over Tehran's disputed nuclear ambitions. ANI

Rio+20 Summit: PM slams developed nations over carbon emissions
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has criticized developed countries for failing to provide economic and technological aid to developing nations for reducing carbon emissions. ANI

Cutting off relations with Pakistan not in U.S. interests, says Hillary Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while commenting on the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan which is now in a troubled spot, said it was preferable to keep the cooperative relationship with Pakistan, than to totally cut it off. ANI

'Deliberate, willful' harassment of U.S. diplomats in Pak reaching tipping point: Report
Harassment and obstruction of U.S. diplomats by the Pakistani government has increased dramatically, and has reached the point where it is "significantly impairing" the work of the American embassy and consulates in Pakistan, a U.S. State Department report said. ANI

Pak-origin ringleader of Asian 'child sex grooming gang' unmasked
The ringleader of a gang of Asian men who preyed on young white girls in Britain has been unmasked after he was found guilty of 30 child rape charges. ANI

Managing Financial Risk in the Face of Uncertainty at Coca-Cola Hellenic, Greece
As the global economy stumbles, corporations face the increasing challenge of identifying and managing the multitude of financial risks inherent in the market today - from commodity volatility to the potential impact of the Euro Crisis Business Wire India

Welcome to Satellite S4, the Most Amazing Boarding Lounge in Europe
Aéroports de Paris (Paris:ADP) (Pink Sheets:AEOPF) and Air France today exclusively previewed the new boarding satellite at Paris-Charles de Gaulle terminal 2E - the S4. Business Wire India

KBR to Provide SCORE™ Technology and Integrated EPC Support for Ethylene Plant in Uzbekistan; KBR’s First SCORE™ Technology Plant in the Region
KBR (NYSE: KBR) announced today that it will provide an integrated technology, engineering, procurement and construction support solution for Uz-Kor Gas Chemical’s flexible feed, 400,000 metric ton per year ethylene plant in the Ustyurt region of Uzbekistan Business Wire India

Emerging Markets in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) Now Responsible for 20-30% of Pharma Companies’ Profits According to Newly Released Report from Cegedim Relationship Management
Cegedim Relationship Management has announced the release of a key thought leadership white paper, Emerging Markets Today and Tomorrow: Insights on Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Future Trends in the BRIC Landscape, which highlights first-hand market insights from Cegedim experts in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) Business Wire India

Covidien Announces Global Launch of Nellcor™ SpO2 Module for Philips IntelliVue Patient Monitors
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products and recognized innovator in patient monitoring and respiratory care devices, has announced the launch of its Nellcor™ SpO2 single parameter module for use with the Philips IntelliVue patient monitoring platform. Business Wire India

ClimateWorks Supports UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative With U.S. $15 Million Commitment
The ClimateWorks Foundation has announced its commitment of up to U.S. $15 million over the next three years to help India, China, Brazil and Mexico double both their rate of improvement in energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy in their energy portfolios by 2030 Business Wire India

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