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New graph shows economic history of world since Jesus
Investment bank JP Morgan has released a chart that shows the entire economic history of the world's most powerful countries over the past 2,000 years. ANI

Four skyscrapers named among world's best tall buildings
Skyscrapers in Canada, Qatar, Australia and Italy have been named the best tall buildings in the world for 2012 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. ANI

Thailand requests 10,000 Chinese language teachers from China
Thailand asked Chinese educational institutes to send 10,000 Chinese language instructors for Thai learners as parts of a Sino-Thai educational and cultural exchange plan, state media MCOT reported Sunday. ANI

Iran to strongly confront possible attacks: IRGC
The commander of the Aerospace Division of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said Sunday that the Islamic republic will strongly confront any possible assault against the country. ANI

France orders Brit drivers to include breathalysers in safety kit
British holiday goers will have to carry breathalyser kits in their vehicles when they visit France from next weekend. ANI

Palestinian PM vows to prevent Israeli demolition orders
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Sunday pledged to prevent Israel from demolishing a village in the West Bank. ANI

Qatar seeks 5-bln-USD quota to invest in China's capital market
Qatari investment authorities are applying for the status of Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (QFII) in China and aim for an investment quota of 5 billion U.S. dollars, according to a senior Qatari official. ANI

US cyber weapon Stuxnet set to shut down
The United States' most powerful known cyber weapon, Stuxnet, which was created to infiltrate into Iran's nuclear fuel enrichment program, will shut down just after midnight Sunday. ANI

UK school bans Muslim mum from attending parents evening for refusing to remove veil
A Muslim mother in UK was turned away from her teenage son's parents evening in school because she refused to take off her veil. ANI

Overcoming energy crisis in Pak tops new PM Ashraf's list
Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said resolving the energy crisis in the country is foremost on his agenda. ANI

Astronauts in space cheer China's success in deep ocean
Three Chinese astronauts, who are currently in space, on Sunday congratulated personnel involved with the setting of a new dive record by the country's manned submersible in deep ocean exploration. ANI

Chinese submersible refreshes national dive record by breaking 7,000-meter mark
Chinese oceanauts refreshed the country's dive record in a manned submersible by going deeper than 7,000 meters beneath the sea in a successful test dive Sunday. ANI

Prince William slapped with 4m pounds tax bill
Prince William, who inherited 10million pounds from Princess Diana's fortune last week, has been hit by a 4million-pound tax bill. ANI

SW China quake leaves at least one dead, 10 injured
At least a resident died and 10 others were injured after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake jolted southwest China Sunday, local authorities said. ANI

Pakistan's 'real enemy' lies within the nation: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said the 'real enemy' of the country is in the guts of its countrymen. ANI

N. Korean kids taught to hate 'American b*******' from kindergarten
Children in North Korea are taught from kindergarten to view and access Americans suspiciously. ANI

Greek PM to miss EU summit due to eye surgery
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will not attend the forthcoming critical EU summit in Brussels on June 28, as doctors advised him against air travel following an urgent eye surgery he underwent on Saturday. ANI

Analyst questions Romney's excessive defence budget plans
U.S. President Barack Obama has proposed to keep the Pentagon's budget essentially flat for the next ten years, but Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to increase defense spending massively, according to an analysis. ANI

China invests some 19 billion Yuan in space docking missions: spokeswoman
China has planned about 19 billion Yuan (about three billion U.S. dollars) in budget for the country's space rendezvous and docking missions, a spokeswoman of China's manned space program said Sunday. ANI

Only 47 percent consumers paid for electricity in Pakistan
The Pakistan Government has failed to collect Rs 495 billion worth of electricity bills in the last eleven months, taking the recovery ratio to 47 percent, one of the lowest ever in the country's history. ANI

Afghan woman horrifically disfigured by taliban hubby undergoes corrective surgery
Afghan woman Aesha Mohammadzai, who had her face mutilated by her abusive husband, has finally begun reconstructive surgery to replace her hacked off nose. ANI

Former UK PM Blair blocked lawyer from giving advice to cabinet on Iraq war
Lawmakers in Britain have demanded an emergency recall of the Chilcot inquiry after it was revealed that former Prime Minister Tony Blair had blocked the government's most senior lawyer from explaining to cabinet the legality of the war in Iraq. ANI

Queen to gift Wills-Kate Sandringham cottage for 30th b'day
The Queen is set to give Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge one of the cottages on her beloved Sandringham estate to mark her grandson's 30th birthday. ANI

UAE Project successfully opens 40 schools in Pakistan
The UAE project to assist Pakistan, upon the directives of President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has completed 40 world-class schools and institutes and handed them over to the local authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. ANI

Now, Mayor Bloomberg says Obama has done a good job
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has downplayed reports of political differences between himself and President Barack Obama. ANI

India's tallest family hope to set world record with combined height of 26ft
The Kulkarnis, who stand out wherever they go as they are India's tallest family, are now hoping to set a new world record with their combined height. ANI

Obama 'airbrushed' romantic history to sell image as pioneering black leader
A blistering new biography has revealed Barack Obama's relationships with well-educated ex-girlfriends including Genevieve Cook and Alexandra McNear. ANI

Obama's new immigration policy could pay off in key swing states: Poll
U.S. President Barack Obama's new immigration policy could pay off in key swing states, according to a new poll. ANI

52 pc Americans prefer Obama on social issues: Poll
Almost 52 percent Americans prefer US President Barack Obama for the White House on social issues, according to a new poll. ANI

Imran Khan predicts winter elections in Pakistan
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan has said the next general elections could be held in winter, and claimed that his party would sweep the polls. ANI

Violent crime rate in US drops in 2011: FBI
The crime and murder rate in the United States has gone down for the fifth straight year in 2011, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. ANI

Politico suspends journo for saying Romney was 'comfortable' only with 'white folks'
Political news website Politico has suspended its White House reporter after he made personal comments about presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, saying that he is 'only comfortable' around 'white people'. ANI

Traits of nightmare director revealed
The traits that are not required in the non-executive director of an organization have been revealed by a talent management company. ANI

Two bodies recovered from Gayari identified; 15 bodies found till date
Two bodies of soldiers found during the last 24 hours in the Siachen glacier's Gayari sector, have been identified as being those of sepoy Nisar Hussain from Kawrdu Village, district Skardu and sepoy Sajjad Kazmi, from Chakaar, Muzaffarabad, Pakistan administered Kashmir. ANI

Israel will 'collapse' if it attacks Iran, says general
A senior Iranian general has said that Israel will collapse if its attacks Iran. ANI

Syria claims shooting of Turkish plane was 'an accident'
Seeking to resolve tensions with Turkey over the shooting down of a Turkish plane by its air defences, Syria has insisted that it was 'an accident'. ANI

Conservative Party member terms Britain's new immigration policy 'racist'
The Pakistani origin co-chairperson of Britain's ruling Conservative Party has criticised her government's new immigration policy, terming it "racist". ANI

No US 'indication' of extraditing Assange, says Oz FM
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has said that the US Government has given no indication over wanting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange extradited. ANI

Pakistan condemns attacks in Afghanistan
Pakistan has strongly condemned the recent attacks in Afghanistan, including the one that took place on Friday at a lakeside hotel near Kabul, which killed several persons. ANI

Gilani shifts to Presidency after disqualification
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, following his dismissal from the post and the election of Raja Pervez Ashraf, has moved out of the Prime Minister House and into the Presidency. ANI

Parliament can't legislate against constitution, says Pak CJ
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry has said the duty of Parliament is to legislate within the constitutional provisions and it cannot legislate against fundamental rights of the citizens as well as the Islamic principles of the constitution. ANI

Pak SC moved for directions to new PM over Swiss letter
An advocate has moved a petition before the Pakistan Supreme Court requesting to issue directions to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to write to the Swiss authorities asking them to reopen the cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

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