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54 pc kids globally fear being bullied online, finds study
Almost 54 percent children worldwide have said they feared being bullied online, according to data. ANI

German court rules 'religious circumcision amounts to grievous bodily harm'
Circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to grievous bodily harm, a German court has ruled. ANI

U.S. military providing intelligence, training to African nations to counter terrorism
The U.S. is reportedly expanding efforts to provide intelligence, training to African nations, to help the countries counter terrorist activities in the region, it has emerged. ANI

12 killed as boat capsizes in southern Pakistan
At least 12 people were killed as a boat capsized in the Indus River in southern Pakistan's Sindh province on Wednesday, reported local media Samaa. ANI

'Baloch being converted into minority in Balochistan through govt. conspiracy'
Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) acting President Jahanzaib Jamaldini has said the Baloch are being converted into a minority in the province through a conspiracy. ANI

Pakistan rejects UN report terming security operation in Khyber Agency 'armed conflict'
Pakistan took exception to a United Nations report that termed its law enforcement operation against terrorists in the Khyber Agency 'armed conflict', while pointing out that it fails to take due notice of the situations of foreign occupation. ANI

'New Pak PM also not to write to Swiss govt. over Zardari graft cases'
Opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly and Pakistan Peoples Party leader Raja Riaz has said newly elected Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf would also refrain from writing to the Swiss authorities asking them to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

Zardari to be given 'ample time' by court to resign as PPP co-chairman
The Lahore High Court has completed the proceedings on petitions of contempt of court, filed against President Asif Ali Zardari for holding dual posts. ANI

Bereaved Chinese parents who lost only child to 'sue' government
A group of 100 parents in China who have lost their only child want to sue the government for better financial compensation as they grow older. ANI

'Traitor' Chinese couple forced into late-term abortion being hounded by authorities
The husband of a Chinese woman, who was forced to have a late-term abortion, has gone into hiding, and his family is being harassed and called 'traitors', a relative said. ANI

Men happiest when doing domestic chores
Men actually like to do housework and are happiest when sharing chores, a study has revealed. ANI

John Edwards and I are no longer a couple, says Rielle Hunter
Rielle Hunter announced on National TV on Tuesday that she and the former US presidential hopeful John Edwards have separated. ANI

Suu Kyi bears 'no grudges' against Burmese military who kept her under house arrest
Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has said that she has no grudges against the country's military that kept her under house arrest and considers them people to work with toward reform. ANI

Landslides, floods kill at least 88 in Bangladesh
Devastating landslides and floods caused by heavy rains hit many houses in Bangladesh's three southeastern hilly districts Since Tuesday morning, killing at least 88 people and leaving over a dozen persons injured with many more feared dead under the mud, officials said Wednesday. ANI

Political turmoil in Pak clouding resumption of NATO supplies decision
Political uncertainty over the fate of the civilian government could possibly delay the reopening of vital land routes for the U.S.-led foreign forces in Afghanistan for a period much longer than previously expected, an official has said. ANI

Pak SC presses PM Ashraf to reopen graft cases against Prez Zardari
The Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered the Attorney General to consult Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and inform the court regarding the NRO implementation case. ANI

Holocaust survivors to participate in beauty pageant in Israel
An Israeli group that aids needy Holocaust survivors is hosting an unusual event in the form of a beauty pageant.Yad Ezer LaChaver" says that about 20 women in their 80s and 90s will take part in Thursday's pageant. ANI

FBI arrests two dozen people over massive global online financial fraud
About two dozen people have been arrested in a sting targeting a black market for online financial fraud from four continents, federal officials in New York have said. ANI

Shanghai Metro's 'dress code sexual harassment' warning to women sparks outrage
A Shanghai Metro microblog post, which asked women to dress up 'properly' to avoid sexual harassment, has elicited strong reactions. ANI

UN chief hails progress in Chinese sustainable development
The United Nations commended progress made by the Chinese government in achieving sustainable development, especially in aspects of maintaining human health and protecting environment, said Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the UN here on Tuesday. ANI

37 insurgents killed in operations in Afghanistan: gov't
Afghan police and army, backed by NATO-led coalition forces, have killed 37 Taliban insurgents during operations in different provinces within the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Wednesday morning. ANI

Gunmen attack Syrian pro-government TV Channel, 3 killed
Three Syrian journalists were killed Wednesday when armed groups attacked the headquarters of the pro-government al-Ekhbaria TV in a suburban area of the Syrian capital of Damascus. ANI

Book reveals Obama fears of Pak's disintegration and scramble for its nukes
U.S. President Barack Obama had told his staff in late 2011 that Pakistan could 'disintegrate' and set off a scramble for its weapons, claims a new book by David E. Sanger, chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times. ANI

4 killed in twin blasts in southern Afghanistan
Twin blasts which targeted police in Musa Qala district of Helmand province, 555 km south of kabul, left four police dead on Wednesday, spokesman for provincial administration Daud Ahmadi said. ANI

Jundal Case: Pakistan rubbishes India's state actors role in 26/11 strike
The Pakistan Government on Wednesday dismissed India's charge of Pakistani state institutions being involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. ANI

Journalist sacked for criticising French First Lady
A newspaper has reportedly sacked one of France's best known journalists for writing too many "offensive" articles about Valerie Trierweiler, the new First Lady. ANI

Pak should stop supporting Haqqani, begin peace talks with Afghanistan: Editorial
Pakistan should withdraw its support from the Haqqani Network and begin negotiating peace with Afghanistan as a major initiative in the wake of a drawdown of U.S. forces by 2014, said an editorial in a Pakistani daily. ANI

Obama more likable, Romney better manager for Americans: Poll
President Barack Obama is more likeable among Americans, while presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney is considered to be a better manager, according to a new poll. ANI

Obama maintains narrow lead over Romney despite new economic uncertainty: Poll
President Barack Obama still has a narrow lead over presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney, despite renewed uncertainty about the economy, according to a new poll. ANI

'Casablanca' Oscar expected to fetch $3m at auction
The Oscar statuette won by director Michael Curtiz for the 1942 classic Casablanca is expected to fetch a record 3million dollars when it goes under the hammer next week, organisers say. ANI

Friends find 1m pounds treasure in Jersey after 30-year search
Two amateur archeologists have uncovered a treasure of 50,000 Iron Age coins that are approximately worth 10 million pounds after searching for it continuously for 30 years. ANI

Death toll of attack on Syrian TV climbs to 7: minister
Syrian Information Minister said Wednesday that the death toll of attack targeting the pro- government al-Ekhbaria TV climbed to seven. ANI

London's Big Ben tower to be renamed after Queen Elizabeth
One of Britain's best-known landmarks, the tower housing Big Ben is going to be renamed 'The Elizabeth Tower' in honour of the Queen's six decades on the throne. ANI

Turkey threatens military retaliation against Syria
Turkey warned of possible military retaliation if Syrian forces approach near its southern border, according to a report. ANI

Pak in hot water after India's refusal to provide dam water data
India's refusal to provide Pakistan data about water levels in its dams and expected rains could spell grave danger for Pakistan in the wake of the approaching monsoons and resultant floods. ANI

Egyptian court suspends military arrest powers against civilians
An Egyptian court has suspended a government decree that gave military police and intelligence agencies the authority to arrest civilians and try them before military tribunals. ANI

Defeated presidential candidate Shafiq 'leaves Egypt for UAE'
Ahmed Shafiq, who lost out to Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi in Egypt's presidential elections, has left the country shortly after law suits were filed against him, claiming he had been involved in corruption. ANI

New Egyptian President Morsi to pick woman, Christian VPs
Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, plans to chose a woman and a Coptic Christian as vice-presidents of the country, his spokesman has said. ANI

U.S. urges for Pak-Afghan cooperation against cross-border terrorism
The United States has urged for increased cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan within the trilateral group involving NATO to deal with terrorist issues, following Islamabad's strong protest over the killing of 13 Pakistani troops in cross-border militant attacks in the Dir area. ANI

U.S. drone strike kills six militants in Pak's North Waziristan: Officials
At least six suspected militants were reportedly killed after a U.S. drone fired two missiles at a house of a local tribesman in the Shawal area of North Waziristan, a security official has said. ANI

Eight terrorists killed in Pak's Orakzai Agency
At least eight terrorists were reportedly killed during a crackdown in Mamuzai and Bootakhel areas of Pakistan's Orakzai Agency. ANI

U.S. 'regrets' Salala incident, hopes for better ties with Pak, says Envoy Munter
U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has said America regrets the Salala check post incident and intends to expand ties with Pakistan in diverse fields. ANI

Abraham Lincoln-signed copy of Emancipation Proclamation fetches $2mln at auction
A rare original copy of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, ordering the freeing of slaves, has been sold for over two million dollars at a New York auction. ANI

5 Pak terror suspects arrested by Ugandan police ahead of 2nd anniversary of Kampala attacks
Five Pakistanis have been arrested in by Ugandan Police in the country's oil dominant western region, just two weeks before the second anniversary of the deadly terror attacks in national capital Kampala. ANI

Know-it-all and idea stealing boss 'most hated by employees'
A new survey has found what employees say about their seniors behind their backs. ANI

Bashar al-Assad says 'Syria in state of war'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said his country was in a state of war and ordered his new cabinet to crush the anti-regime uprising. ANI

Indian student Anuj Bidve's shooting 'sounded like firecracker' to friends
Friends of Indian student Anuj Bidve initially thought a "firecracker" had gone off, until they saw him fall to the ground, a court has heard. ANI

It was Yoooook and not booos at Obama fundraiser, says White House
White House press secretary Jay Carney has dismissed reports about President Barack Obama getting booed over a Red Sox joke at a Massachusetts fundraiser. ANI

Obama enjoys chili dogs at unscheduled Varsity visit
President Barack Obama made yet another fast food pit stop at The Varsity diner en route to campaign event in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday, on his way to the Westin Peachtree Plaza for a fundraiser. ANI

Infineon Supplies Security Chips for New Identity Cards in Malaysia
Infineon Technologies (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) announced today it is supplying the security chips for Malaysia's new national electronic identity cards. Popularly known as ‘MyKad’, the new generation smart card features Infineon`s SLE 78 security controller with Infineon’s award-winning ‘Integrity Guard’ security technology Business Wire India

Immidio Expands Into Asia Pacific and Appoints Regional Director
Dutch software maker Immidio announces today the appointment of Hanish Titus as its Regional Director for the Asia Pacific region. Hanish is based in Sydney, Australia, where Immidio recently established its APAC headquarters. Business Wire India

Updates 7.3 and 7.4 for World of Tanks Equate Southeast Asian Version to Global
Wargaming, the award-winning global video game developer and publisher, announced today that Updates 7.3 and 7.4 for World of Tanks are now available in Southeast Asia. The release of new updates in the region puts the SEA version of World of Tanks on a par with the game globally Business Wire India

Dot Commodity to Jointly Host International Derivatives Conference
Dot Commodity, Inc. (Dot), Japan's largest online commodity futures broker, is pleased to announce that Dot will be one of the host sponsors and exhibitors at the upcoming international derivatives conference, " to be held in Marunouchi, Tokyo on July 25th-July 26th, 2012. Business Wire India

MPEG LA Announces Call for Patents Essential to High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)
World licensing leader MPEG LA, LLC announces a call for patents essential to the High Efficiency Video Coding (“HEVC”) standard (currently HEVC Draft 7). HEVC (also known as H Business Wire India

ComPsych Global Report Reveals Half of Workplaces Had Crises in Past Year
Some 51 percent of workplaces globally experienced a crisis (natural disaster, civil unrest, employee death, etc.) in the past year, according to a global benefits report released by ComPsych Corporation Business Wire India

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