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Alien planet's 'evaporating' atmosphere caused by eruption on host star
Using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has made an unparalleled observation, detecting significant changes in the atmosphere of a planet located beyond our solar system. ANI

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn and wife separate: Report
Shamed former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife Anne Sinclair, have separated, according a report. ANI

Pak must wake up to the dangers of courting the deadly Taliban: Editorial
The military establishment in Pakistan must wake up to the real dangers of courting the Tehreek-e-Taliban, before the entire country is swept up in a river of blood due to misplaced concreteness in the country's policy, said an editorial in a Pakistani daily. ANI

Six in ten Pakistanis consider India 'bigger threat' than Taliban, Al-Qaeda
Almost six out of ten Pakistanis consider India to be a bigger threat to their country than the Taliban or Al -Qaeda, a new survey has revealed. ANI

Pakistan hasn't backtracked on U.S. apology demand, says Defence Minister
Pakistan Defence Minister Naveed Qamar has said that Pakistan had not backtracked on its demand of a U.S. apology over the Salala attack. ANI

80 pc Americans to 'definitely' vote in presidential elections: Poll
Almost 80 percent Americans said that they would have 'definitely' voted if presidential elections were conducted today, according to a new poll. ANI

Oz Aboriginal kids '23 times' at risk of jail than non-indigenous counterparts: Report
Australian Aboriginal children are '23 times more likely' to face jail than non-indigenous counterparts, a new international report has warned. ANI

Pakistan warns of repercussions in event of provocations from Afghan areas
Pakistan has told the United Nations Security Council that it has acted with restraint to a recent cross-border attack by the Taliban that killed 17 Pakistani soldiers, but warned against recurrence of such provocations from the Afghan side. ANI

Emirati divorces bride 3 days after wedding
A groom divorced his bride via phone, just three days after their marriage, in Ras Al Khaimah. ANI

Naked Zimbabwean women claiming to be 'witches' to face trial
Two Zimbabwean women claiming to fly on a winnowing basket using magical powers will face trial in two weeks, a prosecutor has said. ANI

US Air Force mulls using women trainers for female cadets after widening sex scandals
The U.S. Air Force is considering moves to hire more women trainers for female cadets in the wake of widening sex abuses against them by their instructors. ANI

Myanmar reprimands Suu Kyi for calling country 'Burma'
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been warned to stop calling her country 'Burma'. ANI

S. Korea, Japan delay signing of controversial military pact
South Korea and Japan made a last- minute decision Friday to delay the signing of their first military pact since Japan's colonial occupation of the Korean Peninsula. ANI

Prince William keeping tight grip on $16m fortune
Prince William in not planning to buy a house with the 16 million dollar fortune that his mother, late Princess Diana, left for him in her will, sources have revealed. ANI

Games improve health and well being among employees
Games that promote health can improve the well-being of employees, which would in turn save employers' direct and indirect health care costs. ANI

China begins combat-ready patrolling in disputed South China Sea
China has begun combat-ready patrolling of waters around disputed group of islands in the South China Sea, the country's defence ministry has said. ANI

New evidence points to rapidly spinning super-dense star
Researchers have found evidence for what may be the fastest moving pulsar ever seen, using three different telescopes - NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton in space, and the Parkes radio telescope in Australia. ANI

20 militants killed in clashes in eastern Afghanistan
At least 20 Taliban militants were killed during a massive clash with security forces in eastern Afghan province of Nuristan on Friday, the provincial governor said. ANI

U.S. helicopter crash-lands in S. Korean city
A U.S. military helicopter crash- landed on a farm and burned in South Korea's southeastern city of Pohang, local media reported Friday. ANI

China's manned space mission marks "great first step": U.S. expert
The Shenzhou-9 manned space mission is a "great first step" for the future development of China's space program and also exciting news for people all around the world, a U.S. expert has said. ANI

China's central authorities congratulate successful Shenzhou-9 landing
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Friday delivered a congratulatory note from the central authorities, celebrating the successful landing of the country's Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. ANI

Bill Clinton 'crashes' wedding in Ireland
Former US President Bill Clinton posed with a newly wed couple after seeing them getting photographed in front of the entrance of his resort in Ireland. ANI

Historic records show Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson paid merely 3 pounds tax
More than 12 million historic tax records spanning 400 years that were released on Thursday show that Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, one of the greatest naval heroes, paid a paltry 3 pounds to the Treasury. ANI

Titan's tides point to hidden ocean beneath Saturn's largest moon
Large tides have been found on Saturn's moon Titan that point to a liquid ocean - most likely water - swirling around below the surface. ANI

Apple staff in Chinese factories labouring under 'deplorable' work conditions
Workers at Apple factories in China have complained of experiencing 'deplorable' conditions, a Chinese labour rights watchdog has claimed. ANI

Cancer victim who inspired Obama's healthcare gets 'goose bumps' following court victory
A cancer victim inspired President Barack Obama to push on with his fight for health care reform, which culminated in the Supreme Court upholding his Affordable Care Act. ANI

Bahrain lawmakers want US envoy out for interfering in country's internal affairs
Two Islamist blocs in Bahrain's parliament have increased pressure on the foreign ministry to demand a replacement of Thomas Krajeski, the U.S. ambassador. ANI

Afghan peace talks not started on wishes of Pakistan, clarifies Taliban
The Taliban, rejecting a statement of the Pakistani Envoy in Kabul, wherein he had said the Taliban were allowed to go to Qatar for peace talks, said the peace talks were not started on the directions of Pakistan. ANI

49-yr-old grandma readies for record 'sans cage Shark swim' through Florida Straits
Marathon swimmer Penny Palfrey is gearing up to complete an unassisted swim for 103 miles (166 kilometers) across the Straits of Florida without the aid of a shark cage. ANI

Indian-origin man crushed to death after container truck rolls onto his car in Australia
An Indian-origin man was crushed to death after a 20-tonne container laden with timber fell off a truck and crushed his stationary car in Liverpool yesterday. ANI

US exempts China from Iran oil sanctions
The Obama administration has cleared China of possible U.S. sanctions after determining that the county has significantly reduced its oil purchases from Iran. ANI

Health care ruling raises Obama's chances of joining list of presidents who changed country's history
With the U.S. Supreme Court accepting President Barack Obama's health care act, his hopes of joining the ranks of erstwhile presidents like Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan, who fundamentally altered the course of the country, seem to remain intact. ANI

New Pak PM says power top priority, not Swiss letter on Zardari graft cases
The newly elected Pakistan premier has downplayed queries regarding writing to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, which is due on July 12, and has chosen instead to focus on his 'top priority'- the energy crisis. ANI

Assad says he 'has duty to annihilate terrorists' to protect Syrians
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has that his government had a duty to 'annihilate terrorists' to protect its people and ruled out any solution to the crisis imposed from outside the country. ANI

Bill moved in U.S. House to declare Haqqani Network 'Foreign Terrorist Organisation'
American lawmakers have moved a bill in the U.S. Congress to declare Al-Qaeda linked Haqqani Network a terrorist outfit, calling it a grave danger to U.S.-led coalition forces deployed in Afghanistan. ANI

Egyptian military council's head to stay on as Defence Minister in new cabinet
Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of Egypt's armed forces chief will keep his post as Defence Minister in a new cabinet to be formed by the country's new President Mohamed Morsi, a member of the military council has said. ANI

Ousted premier Gilani considers himself a 'winner' despite SC verdict
Former Pakistan premier Yousuf Raza Gilani considers himself a 'winner' despite his disqualification from office by the Supreme Court since, according to him, his stance had been endorsed by parliament. ANI

3 American multinationals fined $75 million for selling defense parts to China
American multinational United Technologies Corp. and two of its subsidiaries have admitted illegally shipping defense parts to China and to helping Beijing develop its first modern military attack helicopter. ANI

Pak Govt. assures of no 'radical steps' in row with judiciary
The Pakistan Government, in a move to pacify nervous world capitals, declared that it has no plans to take any "radical steps" which may aggravate its ongoing row with the judiciary over the reopening of graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

US Attorney General Holder says contempt of Congress ruling 'truly absurd'
United States Attorney General Eric Holder, held in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over set of files on a failed gun-running investigation, said that the move was 'misguided' and lawmakers had been circulating 'truly absurd' conspiracy theories. ANI

US Supreme Court approves Obama's controversial Healthcare Act
The U.S. Supreme Court has approved President Barack Obama's Healthcare Reform Act. ANI

Assange 'almost certainly' will not report to London police station
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said that he almost certainly will not report to a police station after being served with an extradition notice. ANI

Iran's Fatwa against Rushdie turned into 'video game' to spread message about his 'sin'
Indian-origin British author Salman Rushdie has now become the subject of an Iranian computer game, which aims to educate the younger generation about the 'sin' committed by him. ANI

Our galaxy still ringing like bell after being hit by massive object 100m yrs ago
Our Milky Way had an encounter with a small galaxy or massive dark matter structure perhaps as recently as 100 million years ago, and as a result of that encounter it is still ringing like a bell, revealed new evidence discovered by an international team of astronomers. ANI

Summer hours 'bad for businesses and workers'
Summer hours are bad for businesses and employees alike, a new study has found. ANI

Filipino man becomes US citizen at 102
A 102-year-old man from Philippines, who came to California as a teenager in 1928 to pick lettuce and cabbage, became an American citizen during a naturalization ceremony on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. ANI

Dow AgroSciences, The Royal Barenbrug Group Announce Strategic Relationship
Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), and The Royal Barenbrug Group, announced today a global strategic relationship for the development and commercialization of advanced germplasm in forage seeds. Business Wire India

Novaled and Samsung Mobile Display Sign a Strategic Cooperation Agreement
Novaled, a leader in the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) field, has entered into a licensing and purchase agreement with Samsung Mobile Display (SMD), a global leader in the display industry Business Wire India

Dow Water & Process Solutions to Present New Technologies at SIWW 2012; Visit Booth G28
Dow Water & Process Solutions, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), will participate in Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) at Sands Expo and Convention Centre from July 2nd – 4th, 2012. Business Wire India

Taro Transition Report For The Three Months Ended March 2012 on Form 20-F Available
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TARO, “Taro”) announced that its Transition Report for the three month period ended March 31, 2012 on Form 20-F, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) today, is available within the Investor Relations section of Taro’s website at Business Wire India

BrightSource Energy Names Mathew Brett Senior Vice President of International Development
BrightSource Energy, Inc., a leading solar thermal technology company, has named Mathew Brett as senior vice president of international development. Brett brings two decades of experience in international energy development and project financing to his role at BrightSource. Business Wire India

Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Fasting for Ramadan in India and Malaysia Were About Half as Likely to Experience Low Blood Sugar When Switched from a Sulfonylurea to MSD’s JANUVIA® (sitagliptin)
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