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Prince Charles splashes 35K pounds on daughter-in-law Kate's dresses
Duchess of Cambridge's penchant for designer outfits may have cost father-in-law Prince Charles 35,000 pounds already this year. ANI

Asian Americans may face 'Jewish-like envy and resentment' following rise in economic status
With a growing number Asian Americans becoming the highest-paid, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States, it is now being feared that envy and resentment may follow amongst the native Americans in time. ANI

S.Korea to stop oil imports from Iran starting July
South Korea will be forced to stop oil imports from Iran starting next month as the European Union ( EU) will ban insurance on Iranian oil shipments, the finance ministry said Tuesday. ANI

Syrian downing of Turkish jet "unacceptable": NATO's Rasmussen
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Tuesday strongly condemned the shooting down of a Turkish military jet by Syria last week, calling it "unacceptable." ANI

Tough challenges ahead for new U.S. envoy to Pak
The new U.S. envoy to Pakistan replacing Cameron Munter, would have to balance two major needs: stabilising Pakistan-U.S. relations, and support the U.S. drawdown efforts in Afghanistan, which have suffered due to the closure of NATO supply routes last November, an official has said. ANI

UN agencies, NGOs plan aid programs for Myanmar riot victims
Some United Nations agencies and international non-governmental organizations are planning aid programs for victims in Myanmar's western Rakhine state hit by recent deadly riot, official media reported Tuesday. ANI

Ukrainian court again puts off Tymoshenko appeal hearing
The Ukrainian Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned again the hearing of last year's abuse-of-office conviction against jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko until July 12, local media reported. ANI

Turkey to respond to all violations on Syrian border: PM
Turkey will consider every military approaching towards the Turkish border from Syria as a security risk and threat, said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday. ANI

World Bank links Pak's Diamer-Bhasha dam funding to Indian concurrence
Pakistan has been unable to obtain a positive response from Washington-based World Bank to help finance the 11.7 billion dollars Diamer-Bhasha dam project. ANI

Iranian woman 'adulterer's' sentencing to death by stoning 'cancelled', says lawyer
An Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery will not undergo the punishment, it has been claimed. ANI

Malaysian woman TV anchor suspended over charity haircut
Popular Malaysian news anchor Ras Adiba Mohd Radzi has claimed that she has been 'suspended' by a local TV station after cutting her hair for charity. ANI

U.S. senators plotting moves to 'force' Pak to free jailed 'Osama doc' Afridi
Two U.S. lawmakers, U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, plan to press Pakistani Ambassador Sherry Rehman this week for the release of Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi who was sentenced to 33 years imprisonment after he helped the CIA track down Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Sydney Muslim cleric says same-sex marriage a non-issue in Islamic community
A senior Muslim cleric in Sydney has said same-sex marriage is not an issue in the Islamic community. ANI

Tunisian court sentences man to 7 years for posting cartoons of Prophet
A 30-year-old man was sentenced to seven years and a half in prison on Monday for posting cartoons criticizing the Prophet Mohamed on his facebook page, Tunisian media reported. ANI

Chinese authorities destroy drug manufacturing materials
Authorities in southwest China's Yunnan province on Tuesday destroyed more than 55 tonnes of confiscated precursor chemicals used to produce heroin and methamphetamine, or "ice." ANI

US accuses UNSC of 'colossal failure' in protecting civilians in war-hit Syria
The United States has said that the UN Security Council has been a 'colossal failure' in protecting civilians in war-hit Syria. ANI

Pak Army denies having played any role in Gilani's ouster
The Pakistan Army has denied any involvement in the events leading to the ouster of Yousuf Raza Gilani as the premier, saying the accusations, some of which come from the U.S., are based on false narratives. ANI

Iranian pair face death penalty following 160 lashes over 'persistent alcohol consumption'
Two Iranians have been sentenced to death for persistent consumption of alcohol under the Iran's Islamic Sharia law, which forbids the use, manufacturing and trading of all types of alcoholic drinks. ANI

Top U.S. commander to press Pak on action against Haqqani network
A top U.S. commander leading foreign forces in Afghanistan, will be visiting Pakistan this week amid renewed pressure by Washington to eliminate "terrorist sanctuaries" from the tribal belt. ANI

Rome's foundation icon 1,700 yrs younger than city
Rome's officials have revealed that the iconic life-size bronze statue of a she-wolf with two human infants suckling her, is about 1,700 years younger than the city. ANI

UK spy chief warns Arab Spring provided breeding grounds for British-born terrorists
The chief of M15 has warned that the Arab Spring has provided a new generation of British-born terrorists after Al-Qaeda lured dozens of would-be bombers abroad to train for possible attacks in the UK. ANI

MI5 working to counter 'astonishing' level of cyber-attacks on UK
British intelligence agency MI5 is working to counter 'astonishing' levels of cyber-attacks on the UK industry, its chief has said. ANI

Now, Taliban bans 'sugar coated poison pills' polio vaccinations in South Waziristan
In yet another setback to the polio eradication campaign in Pakistan, the Mullah Nazir group in South Waziristan has banned polio vaccinations in the agency till the United States halts all drone strikes in the tribal region. ANI

Ecuador lawyers reviewing legal, political implications of Assange's asylum bid
Ecuador's Foreign Minister has said that government lawyers are studying the political and legal implications of granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. ANI

German film-maker plans to turn Assange's life into rom-com movie
A German film-maker has planned to turn the WikiLeaks founder Julain Assange's life into a romantic comedy, according to a report. ANI

Defeated Egyptian presidential candidate calls Islamist Morsi 'ghost without authority'
Former Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh has said that new Islamist President Mohammed Morsi is a 'ghost without the will or authority of a real president.' ANI

Israeli PM Netanyahu plays down fears of 'collision with Egypt'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has played down fears that his country was on a collision course with Egypt, and said that he expects future cooperation with new Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. ANI

Pakistan 'officially' gets a 'powerless' Deputy PM
As a result of intense negotiations between the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and its ally, the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), the country now has a deputy prime minister. ANI

Russian mom kills kids by tossing them off 15th-floor balcony
A 30-year-old woman in Moscow tossed her two young sons off a 15th-floor balcony Sunday because she was reportedly "fed up" with them, according to Russian media. ANI

Poppy-free Pakistan still remains global drug-smuggling conduit, says UN report
The United Nations has declared Pakistan a poppy-free country, but said it is used as a route for smuggling of drugs worth 30 billion dollars from Afghanistan. ANI

Pak-India composite dialogue postponed due to 'internal affairs' in Pak
Talks between foreign ministers of Pakistan and Indian have been postponed, due to Pakistan's 'internal affairs' and the upcoming presidential elections in India, till an undisclosed date sometime in August or September. ANI

Japan to enhance defence capabilities to counter China's maritime designs in Pacific
Japan is preparing to enhance its air and sea defence capabilities to protect islands and waters in the nation's southwest and part of the broad swath of the western Pacific, where China has increased its maritime activities in recent years, the country's new defence minister said. ANI

FBI probing Islamic extremists in US military after 'lone wolf' attack by Qaeda sympathizer
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating more than 100 suspected Islamic extremists in the U.S. military. ANI

Bosses likelier to tweak resumes
Managers are the worst offenders when it comes to making false claims on their resumes, research by a talent assessment company shows. ANI

Pak expresses regret, shock at Turkish plane attack
Pakistan has expressed "deep shock and regret" after Syrian troops opened fire on a rescue plane searching for pilots who were shot down on Friday. ANI

Top U.S. commander visiting Pak to press for reopening NATO supply routes
The top U.S. commander stationed in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is expected to arrive in Pakistan on Wednesday to discuss the restoration of NATO supply routes. ANI

Pakistan to release 315 Indian prisoners on Wednesday
Pakistan will release 315 Indian fishermen, including 23 juvenile prisoners lodged in Karachi jails on Wednesday. ANI

UK welcomes Indo-Pak steps to building trust
Britain's Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Howell, has welcomed the positive steps being taken by Pakistan and India to build trust and confidence. ANI

Afghan peace requires 'clarity' from U.S., Taliban, says Pak Envoy
A senior Pakistani diplomat has said that the much hoped-for peace deal for ending the war in Afghanistan will likely remain out of reach unless both the United States and Taliban put more clear, consistent offers on the table. ANI

Turkey claims Syria fired on second military jet
Turkey has again accused Syria of firing at another of its military planes, and warned that the incident 'would not go unpunished'. ANI

Two UK teens plead guilty to hacking charges
Two British teens from the computer hacking group Lulzsec have pleaded guilty to charges related to a string of attacks on several high-profile websites. ANI

Obama's baseball joke met with boos
President Barack Obama, speaking to what was supposed to be a crowd of avid supporters, elicited several seconds of loud boos. ANI

Valerie Trierweiler pens book detailing Francois Hollande's rise to power
France's controversial new first lady Valerie Trierweiler has gushed over President Francois Hollande in her new book where she also talks about the mother of his four children Segolene Royal. ANI

Obamas recall first date for promotion of campaign's contest
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle recalled their first date together as part of a promotion for the campaign's win-a dinner contest. ANI

Ashraf not good choice for Pakistan PM, says Asma Jahangir
Former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Asma Jahangir has said Raja Pervez Ashraf was not a good choice for the Pakistan prime minister's post. ANI

Obama orders hot fudge sundae on surprise ice cream stop
President Obama made a surprise stop for ice cream at the University of New Hampshire Dairy Bar, after his campaign speech at Oyster River High School in Durham. ANI

Senior Syrian military general defects to Turkey
A high-ranking military general in Syria has defected to Turkey after deserting a senior command in Damascus. ANI

Indian student Anuj Bidve's 'psycho' killer smirked after shooting
A 21-year old man accused of killing Indian student Anuj Bidve, smirked or laughed as he ran off after shooting him on December 26 last year, a court has heard. ANI

Seven Pakistani soldiers 'beheaded' by Taliban militants
Seven Pakistani soldiers have been beheaded by Taliban militants close to the Afghan border, according to a report. ANI

Solís Hotels & Resorts Announces Solís Guangzhou, China
A new gem will reside along the banks of the legendary Pearl River as Solís Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s most innovative luxury hotel brands, announced today the development of Solís Guangzhou, the company’s third property under construction in China this year Business Wire India

Covidien Completes Acquisition of Oridion Systems Ltd.
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products and recognized innovator in patient monitoring and respiratory care devices, today said that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Oridion Systems Ltd. for an aggregate consideration of approximately $310 million, net of cash and investments acquired. Business Wire India

Bob Pain Joins Investors Trust Assurance as Managing Director
Investors Trust Assurance SPC (“ITA”) announced today that Bob Pain has joined its Board of Directors as Managing Director. With over 25 years experience within the financial services industry, Mr Business Wire India

CARTES 2012 Shines a Spotlight on Issues Which Will Shape the Interconnected Commerce and Mobile Payments of Tomorrow
CARTES, the leading smart technology trade show, revealed the market's issues, challenges and views at a round table, on 12 June, dedicated to "interconnected commerce and the new payment landscape (electronic, mobile, physical)" Business Wire India

SmartStream appoints Serisys as regional partner for Data Management Services in Asia
SmartStream Technologies, the financial Transaction Lifecycle Management specialist, today announced that it has partnered with Serisys to bring SmartStream’s Data Management Services to China, Japan and the ASEAN region. Business Wire India

Al Faris Goes-live with Ramco ERP in 100 days
Ramco Systems (BSE - 532370, NSE – RAMCOSYS, MSE – RSST); an enterprise software company focused on enterprise cloud platform, products and services, has announced the successful go-live of its ERP software for Equipment Rental Management industry at Al Faris Equipment Rentals (L.L.C), owners of the largest fleet of Mobile Cranes in the UAE Business Wire India

Sales Performance International Announces Strategic Chinese Distribution Partnership with Times Bright China
Sales Performance International (SPI), a global sales training and performance improvement firm, announced today a strategic partnership with Shanghai TBC Education Development CO., LTD. (Times Bright China), the largest online training provider in China Business Wire India

Dow Corning and SUSS MicroTec Collaborating on Temporary Bonding Solution for Semiconductor Packaging
Dow Corning, a leading supplier of advanced silicon technology and materials to the semiconductor industry, and SUSS MicroTec, a leading supplier of semiconductor processing equipment, today announced their collaboration on a temporary bonding solution for 3D through-silicon via (TSV) semiconductor packaging Business Wire India

KBR Selected to Execute Two FLNG Studies for Höegh LNG
KBR (NYSE: KBR) announced today that it was selected as Höegh’s preferred engineer to execute pre-FEED studies for two of its projects off the coast of Israel and offshore Australia. Business Wire India

Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip Promotion Helps Members Get Away Three Times Faster
While away from home, many travelers spend time thinking about their next trip and dreaming of how they will get there. To help members fast track their next getaway at double or triple speed, Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, today launches its latest global promotion, Triple Your Trip. Business Wire India

Eznis Airways Receives Its First Boeing 737-700 from ILFC
International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG), announced today that it delivered a Boeing 737-700 aircraft to Eznis Airways, the largest Mongolian privately owned airline. Business Wire India

ISACA Issues COBIT 5 for Information Security
INSIGHTS 2012—Today at the INSIGHTS 2012 conference, ISACA released COBIT 5 for Information Security, which builds on the recently released COBIT 5 framework to provide practical guidance for those interested in security at all levels of an enterprise Business Wire India

No significant difference in the risk of Acute Coronary Syndrome (including Myocardial Infarction) seen with Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate) compared to enoxaparin for VTE prevention after orthopaedic surgery
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