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PPP mulls curtailing 'aggressive' Supreme Court's powers
The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is considering clipping the Supreme Court's talons. ANI

Chinese media praises Gillard for refusing to meet Dalai Lama
Chinese state-controlled media has praised Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard for refusing to met Tibetian spiritual leader Dalai Lama, according to a report. ANI

Assange ordered to present himself before London police station tomorrow
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been ordered to present himself to a London police station tomorrow, sources have revealed. ANI

'Exploiting Pak's civil-military disconnect will further alienate Pakistanis from U.S.'
America's attempts to actively exploit Pakistan's civil-military disconnect are likely to end up strengthening right-wing rhetoric in Pakistan, and create even more space for security-centric policies, and further alienate the Pakistani people from the U.S., states an op-ed in The New York Times. ANI

Americans feel neither Obama nor Romney has plans to improve economy: Poll
Americans believe that neither US President Barack Obama nor presumptive Republican Mitt Romney has a plan to improve the country's economy, according to a new poll. ANI

Queen makes historic hand shake with former 'blood on hands' IRA commander
Queen Elizabeth shook hands with former Irish Republican Army (IRA) commander Martin McGuinness twice in an extraordinary act of forgiveness during her visit to northern Ireland. ANI

Abu Jundal's Mumbai attack revelations might land Pak in deep water: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistani daily has said if the Mumbai 2008 carnage turns out to be a state-sponsored attack, Pakistan would be in deep water, as the U.S. Congress, which is already hostile to Pakistan's role in militancy, might cut off all aid to the country. ANI

Afghan official urges Taliban to join peace talks
A senior Afghan government official asked the Taliban to join peace talks during a meeting in Kyoto, western Japan, but a Taliban official at the meeting refused the offer, local media reported on Thursday. ANI

Obama says Michelle reminds him it's 'difficult being married to politician'
Barack Obama gave a special shout-out to the families of members of Congress at a White House picnic on Wednesday and thanked them for their sacrifice. ANI

Houston slaps 'pole tax' on strip clubs to help fund rape investigations
The City Council of Houston has passed an ordinance, under which strip clubs will be required to pay a five dollar-per-visitor fee to help pay for the analysis of biological evidence, collected from victims in cases of rape, in the hopes of identifying their attackers. ANI

Naked woman stops ambulance from reaching hubby's fatally injured lover
A Chinese woman is facing charges of murder and attempted murder after attacking her husband's mistress and her daughter. ANI

Bee stings kill as many people in UK as terrorists: Report
Bee stings kill as many people in the United Kingdom as terrorist attacks do, a report by a British government watchdog has claimed. ANI

Explosion rattles heart of Syrian capital
An explosion occurred in the heart of Syrian capital of Damascus Thursday afternoon, sending plumps of smoke that could be seen bellowing from the central part of Damascus, according to Xinhua reporter. ANI

Eight people killed in bomb attacks in central Iraq
At least eight people were killed and 34 others wounded in separate bomb and gunfire attacks in central Iraq on Thursday, the police said. ANI

Iran, Britain to open interests sections: Iranian FM
Iran and Britain have agreed to open interests sections after the two countries shut down their respective embassies seven months ago, the Press TV reported on Thursday. ANI

Heroin replaces gold as preferred commodity regularly smuggled abroad on Pak planes
Around 4.5 kilograms of heroin was seized from a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft in Karachi, which was departing for London via Lahore. ANI

'Gunless' French prez's secret agents as forgetful as Inspector Clouseau!
Elite secret agents, who were sent to protect France's new president Francois Hollande at a major overseas meeting, forgot to pack their guns, it has been revealed. ANI

'U.S. paying thrice the amount for NATO supplies after Pak blockade'
Moving supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan through Central Asia costs three times as much as routes through Pakistan, which Islamabad shut seven months ago in response to a deadly NATO air raid along the Pak-Afghan border which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, a senior U.S. officer has said. ANI

French prez's secret agents forget to pack guns on Brazil trip
Elite secret agents, who were sent to protect France's new president Francois Hollande at a major overseas meeting, forgot to pack their guns, it has been revealed. ANI

Prominent Hamas member assassinated in Syrian capital
The Islamic Hamas movement said that one of its members, Kamal Hussni Ghannajeh, better known as Nizar Abu Mujahed, was assassinated in his Damascus house on Wednesday. ANI

Myanmar vows to reform state media after opening up to private media
Myanmar has vowed to make reform of state media after opening up to private media to a certain level since democratic reform began to take place last year. ANI

Donors pledge 66 million U.S. dollars aid for Yemen's reconstruction
Representatives of Yemen's donor countries pledged on Thursday an initial aid of 66 million U.S. dollars for reconstructing southern Yemeni cities which were destroyed during the months-long fighting against al-Qaida militants, official Saba news agency reported. ANI

Indian Navy ends '7 nation goodwill tour' at Malaysia's Port Klang
Four front-line warships from the Indian navy are ending their goodwill tour of seven nations with a grand finale at Malaysia's Port Klang. ANI

Russia to ship three repaired helicopters to Syria on schedule: official
Russia would deliver three repaired attack helicopters to Syria on schedule, federal military technological cooperation service said Thursday. ANI

Zardari disgracing PM's office to save corruption: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that President Asif Ali Zardari was "disgracing the prime minister's office to save his corruption". ANI

Oman probes reports of Al-Qaeda's infiltration
Oman has launched an investigation into intelligence reports that Al-Qaeda members have entered the country from Yemen, a top government official has revealed. ANI

Talks of Balochistan division 'political gimmick', says National Party leader
The Pakistan National Party (NP) central general secretary has said the sloganeering for a Pakhtun province in Balochistan was merely a political point-scoring stunt. ANI

Russia agrees to provide assistance in Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project
Russia has agreed to provide financial and technical assistance for the multi-billion dollar Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project to help Pakistan overcome its worsening energy crisis. ANI

Michelle Obama and Ann Romney in cookie face off
The upcoming US presidential election has just gotten a little bit sweeter. ANI

Ex-Libyan PM Mahmoudi left 'with broken ribs, punctured lung' on forced return to Tripoli
Libya's former prime minister Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi was tortured and beaten on his forced return to Tripoli from Tunisia, his lawyer has claimed. ANI

Americans' confidence in nation's banks hits record low: Poll
Americans' confidence in U.S. banks has dipped to a record low, according to a new poll. ANI

New York Times launches Chinese language website
The New York Times has launched a Chinese language website.ccording to The BBC, the paper said the portal targeted 'educated, affluent and global citizens' of China's growing middle class. ANI

Cameron says Warsi's trip overseas with Pak-based extremist 'minor' breach of code
Pak-origin British politician Baroness Warsi, who has been found guilty of breaching ministerial rules by taking a business associate on an official trip overseas, can continue with her job, Prime Minister David Cameron said. ANI

Exhumed rocks reveal history of groundwater on Mars
By studying rocks blasted out of impact craters, scientists have found evidence that underground water persisted at depth for prolonged periods during the first billion years of Mars' existence. ANI

U.S. offers Pak joint offensive against TTP
The U.S. has offered Pakistan to conduct a joint military offensive against the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) along the Pak-Afghan border, in a move indicating that the two estranged allies have sought to cooperate in specific areas despite worsening ties. ANI

Pak Punjab Govt. responsible for energy crisis: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has held the Punjab provincial government responsible for the 'worst ever' energy crisis, saying it has failed to take any constructive step to eliminate the menace of power outage. ANI

Vietnam protests against China's 'illegal' foreign oil bid in disputed area
Vietnam has protested against China's plan to open up foreign oil bids in a disputed area in the South China Sea, adding to tensions in the region. ANI

How to get the salary you want
An author has suggested ways to help you get the salary you've dreamt of. ANI

Blair says 'he would love to comeback as UK leader'
Former British prime minister Tony Blair has said that he would love a chance to return as the country's leader. ANI

Muabark's health worsens following Brotherhood's win in Egypt
Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's health has further worsened, medical officials have said. ANI

Solar tornadoes could be replicated on Earth to produce clean energy
An international team of scientists has discovered tornadoes in space, which could hold the key to power the atmosphere of the Sun to millions of kelvin. ANI

Taliban releases video of 17 beheaded Pakistani soldiers
The Taliban has released a video, which they say shows the heads of Pakistani soldiers who they captured in a cross-border raid from Afghanistan and beheaded. ANI

Americans pick Obama over Romney to handle alien invasion
65 percent of Americans think that Obama is better suited than Romney to handle an alien invasion, a new National Geographic Channel poll has revealed. ANI

Exact mass of non-transiting exoplanet measured for first time
A former Carnegie scientist has for the first time determined the mass of a non-transiting planet using a new technique that involves studying the carbon monoxide signature of the planet's atmosphere. ANI

UAE Exchange Reaches the 600th Milestone in Its Global Branch Network
"600th door of convenience is now open for our customers!" exclaimed Mr. Y. Sudhir Kumar Shetty, COO – Global Operations, UAE Exchange. He was speaking on the occasion of the inauguration of the 600th branch of UAE Exchange, globally, in Dubai Business Wire India

New publication in The Lancet: Two-year study in over 1,500 patients compares Trajenta® (linagliptin) to the commonly prescribed sulphonylurea glimepiride
EX US & UK. Business Wire India

Orange Launches Nationwide Deployment of NFC SIM Cards with Gemalto Solution in France
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

DTS, Onkyo Deliver World’s First A/V Receiver Capable of Full Neo:X™ 11.1-Channel Output
DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI), a leader in high-definition audio, today announced the recent integration of DTS Neo:X™ audio technology into the world’s first A/V receiver supporting full 11.1 output capability. Onkyo’s new TX-NR5010 and TX-NR3010 Network A/V receivers with the DTS Neo:X audio solution feature 11 Business Wire India

Analogix Announces New SlimPort Product for Mobile to Big Screen Connectivity
In conjunction with the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announcement of the Mobile DisplayPort (MyDP) standard, Analogix Semiconductor, the market leader in enabling DisplayPort products, announced a new addition to its SlimPort family of products, the ANX7808 transmitter IC Business Wire India

Terapeak Launches Developer Program on Open API Platform
Terapeak, the market leading provider of e-commerce research and analytics solutions, has announced the launch of their Public API and Developer Program, an initiative to provide developers the opportunity to create tools for online merchants Business Wire India

Johns Manville Names Dr. Timothy Swales Chief Sustainability Officer
Johns Manville (JM) is pleased to announce that Dr. Timothy Swales, vice president of corporate research and development, has assumed the additional role of chief sustainability officer Business Wire India

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