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Pak can stoop to any level to make Ahmadis feel like dregs of society: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said the country can stoop to any level to make the Ahmadis feel as though they are outcasts of society, ignoring the lack of similar prejudice from them, despite Pakistani society's many injustices towards them. ANI

'Cash-strapped' Pak allocates 20 million rupees to beautify PM House garden
Despite the Pakistan government's tall claims of austerity, next year's budget for the upkeep and maintenance of the Prime Minister House's gardens is roughly Rs 20 million- a 39% increase from the previous year's budget. ANI

Celebs pay Twitter tributes to Queen
Cheryl Cole led a stream of celebrity Twitter tributes to the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee celebration. ANI

Single women not being allowed to live Sharjah
Landlords in Sharjah have misconstrued a new bachelor rule and are not allowing single women to live in the city, a municipality official said. ANI

Pak SC probing 'killing' of women sentenced to death for 'fornicating' at wedding
Taking suo motu notice of media reports of the killing of four women who were earlier given a death sentence by a Jirga in Kohistan for defying strict tribal customs, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has summoned Chief Secretary of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, District Police Officer of Kohistan and Deputy Inspector General Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on June 6. ANI

Kim Kardashian hates falling asleep wearing make-up
Kim Kardashian "hates" herself when she falls asleep with her make-up on as it dampens her efforts to always take care of her skin. ANI

'Hazardous' sheesha smoking assuming epidemic proportions in Pak
Residents of Islamabad have demanded that the parliament make laws to ban sheesha smoking at restaurants, cafes and other public places, as it is extremely injurious to health. ANI

Imran Khan wants audit of Pak defence budget to know where money is spent
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has called for auditing the defence budget of the country by bringing it in the knowledge of the elected government as to where it is spent. ANI

Pak SC suspends Rehman Malik's Senate membership for possessing dual citizenship
The Pakistan Supreme Court has suspended the Senate membership of Interior Minister Rehman Malik. ANI

Kate's Diamond Jubilee dress sells out in minutes
The stunning red dress Kate wore for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee became such a hit with fans that it had already sold out on fashion websites. ANI

Prince Harry tops UK albums chart
Gary Barlow's musical celebration of the Diamond Jubilee - featuring Prince Harry on tambourine - has scored a first place position in its first week in UK albums chart. ANI

Officials fear death toll may rise in deadly Lagos air crash
Nigerian authorities fear that the death toll from Sunday's commercial airplane could rise further. ANI

When top Obama aides had to be 'separated' from school yard type fight
US Attorney General Eric Holder and chief presidential adviser David Axelrod had to be separated after squaring up during a furious row over attempts to impose White House operatives in the justice department, according to a new book. ANI

Labour calls for police probe into Warsi's alleged misuse of parliamentary expenses
Pakistan-origin British politician Baroness Warsi should face a police inquiry over alleged abuse of her parliamentary expenses, the opposition Labour Party said. ANI

Gilani Govt. does not know even basics of running country: Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has said the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) rulers do not even know the basics of governing a country. ANI

Sex and sleaze that goes on in 'devoutly Muslim ' Dubai revealed
Dubai, which is one of the world's most devoutly Muslim countries, still manages to attract a number of people from Britain with three things in mind - to strip off and get a tan, get trashed and have sex. ANI

Woman risks life to bring bowling to Afghanistan for 'total peace of mind'
A woman from Afghanistan, whose family fled from the country when the Taliban took power and is one of many Afghans who have since returned, is doing something no one else has ever done. ANI

It pays to work for Facebook- even for interns
The world's most popular social networking site Facebook pays its interns nearly 74,000 dollars a year in a bid to attract young talent, according to a report. ANI

Egyptian presidential candidate accuses Muslim Brotherhood of harassing Christians
Egyptian presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq has accused his Islamist rival of harassing Christians. ANI

Pope Benedict gets no respite from Vatileaks scandal as more confidential documents leaked
Pope Benedict XVI got no relief from the ongoing Vatileaks scandal, which has engulfed his papacy, after recently emerged documents showed that his butler was not the only person in possession of confidential correspondence indicating a Vatican in disarray. ANI

Widow gets $3m in malpractice settlement after hubby died during threesome
A widow has been awarded a multimillion-dollar verdict in a medical malpractice case after her husband suffered a fatal heart attack during sex with two other people. ANI

Chinese driver breaks parallel park record
A Chinese expert steerer has set a new record of parallel parking by squeezing his car into a gap just 15cm longer than the vehicle. ANI

Congress of world and traditional religions ends in Kazakhstan
Participants attending the fourth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions that took place here last week, have unanimously agreed that new principles and norms for healthy and well-meaning global interaction can be developed at such spiritual forums. ANI

3 U.S. warships arrive in waters off Indonesia for joint exercise
Three U.S. warships were stationed off waters of Situbondo town of East Java on Monday to take part in joint exercises with the Indonesian navy, local media reported. ANI

Preliminary results suggest landslide win for Cambodian PM's party in local polls
The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Hun Sen won a landslide victory in the 3rd commune council elections on Sunday, according to preliminary results released by the National Election Commission (NEC) on Monday. ANI

Japan PM announces new Cabinet lineup
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday announced his second cabinet reshuffle replacing five ministers out of 18, in a move to win support from the opposition parties for his tax raise bill. ANI

U.S. Defense Secretary: Visiting Vietnam to deepen military ties
The Vietnam-U.S. relations still hold a lot of potential for further development, the U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Sunday, the first day visiting the country, local daily Vietnam News reported on Monday. ANI

Smokers waste 5 weeks of work with ciggie breaks
Smokers taking a "quick" cigarette can waste five weeks a year at work indulging in their unhealthy habit, a new survey has revealed. ANI

U.S. 'agrees' to pay Pak 1.18 bn dollars of CSF arrears
The United States has reportedly agreed to reimburse 1.18 billion dollars, which is almost 75 per cent of the claims Pakistan has submitted as expenses incurred in the fight against militants along the Afghan border, diplomatic sources have said. ANI

Soon-to-return Musharraf calls for fresh elections in Pak under army supervision
Former Pakistan President and All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief Pervez Musharraf has called for general elections to steer the country out of crisis, adding that the elections should be held under the supervision of the army. ANI

Islamic couple convicted for mutilating genitals of four daughters in France
A Guinean Islamic couple in France has been convicted for carrying out genital mutilation on their four daughters aged between 11 and 20. ANI

Indonesia's mining firm seeks 2.6 billion USD in investments
Indonesian state-controlled gold and nickel miner, PT Aneka Tambang is seeking 2.6 billion U.S. dollars in investments through 2014 to finance various projects in the country, a media reported here on Monday. ANI

Ex-AUM cult member Kikuchi arrested after 17 years
Japanese police arrested on late Sunday night former AUM Shinrikyo cult member Naoko Kikuchi who involved the 1995 Tokyo subway Sarin gas attack in Kanagawa Prefecture, local media reported. ANI

Rescuers recover Pak Major's body from Siachen's avalanche site
Rescuers at the Giari avalanche site have recovered another officer's body, taking the number of recovered bodies to four. ANI

Now, new terror group blames 'Osama doc' Afridi for murder of 250 tribesmen
A militant organization, Ansar ul Islam (AI), a rival of the Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI), has asked the government to try Dr Shakil Afridi for the murder of over 250 tribesmen at the hands of LeI men, and sought an increase in the sentence awarded to the doctor. ANI

'Terminally ill' Chavez taking '100 times stronger opiate than morphine' to fight cancer
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is taking an opiate '100 times stronger than morphine' to get relief from cancer, which has entered the last stage. ANI

New mechanism formed to solve 'mistaken' detention of Indians in UAE
Indians, who are mistakenly detained by the United Arab Emirates authorities will now be asked to immediately report the matter to the Indian embassy to get prompt relief, according to a new mechanism developed by both countries. ANI

Eighth U.S. drone attack kills 15 militants in North Waziristan
A U.S. drone strike targeted at a militant compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal area killed 15 insurgents in a pre-dawn attack on Monday, security officials have said. ANI

Pak, U.S. to push for NATO supply routes reopening deal this week
Pakistan and the United States will be pushing for a much-talked about agreement this week on the reopening of vital supply routes for US-led foreign forces fighting Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. ANI

Mubarak issued prison uniform after official mug shot in jail
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been issued a blue prison uniform after being sentenced to life for his role in the killing of hundreds of protestors during last year's uprising. ANI

'Osama spent all his money on attacks against West, serving guests good food': Zawahiri
Osama bin Laden spent all his personal wealth on attacks against the West and serving his guests good food, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has said in an online video. ANI

US calls on China to free all Tiananmen prisoners
The United States has called on China to release all prisoners still detained after Beijing's 1989 crackdown against protesters in Tiananmen Square. ANI

Nicolas Sarkozy bored 'just weeks after leaving office'
Nicolas Sarkozy is reportedly "bored" after spending a three-week post-election break with his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and children in Morocco in which he was constantly on the phone with politicians back in France. ANI

'Frustrated' Dalai Lama envoys quit over repressive China 'stonewalling' talks
Two top envoys of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama have reportedly resigned citing frustration over the stalled dialogue process with China, and 'deteriorating' situation in their homeland. ANI

NSK Holds Opening Ceremony for Precision Machinery Plant and Large Bearing Industrial Machinery Plant in China
NSK Ltd. (TOKYO:6471)(NSK) hosted an opening ceremony for Shenyang NSK Precision Co., Ltd., a precision machinery plant producing ball screws and linear guides, and Shenyang NSK Co., Ltd., the first plant outside of Japan producing large-sized bearings, on May 28, 2012 in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China. Business Wire India

O3b Networks Announces O3bCell: The first satellite product engineered to respond to the needs of Mobile Network Operators
Committed to affordable connectivity anywhere, O3b Networks today launched O3bCell ¨C a revolutionary new solution that enables mobile network operators to deliver high quality 3G voice and broadband services in markets and regions where other satellite and terrestrial technologies fall short. Business Wire India

Afatinib* delivers unprecedented first line efficacy in patients with EGFR mutation positive lung cancer in registration trial
For NON-US media only Business Wire India

Vitesse Redefines Industry Feature Set in Ethernet Switch for Enterprise Networking Equipment
Business Wire India

Kathleen Kennedy To Become Co-Chair of Lucasfilm Ltd.
Lucasfilm Ltd. has announced that Kathleen Kennedy will become Co-Chair of Lucasfilm. In an effort to move forward with his retirement plans, George Lucas will work with Kathleen Kennedy to transition into her new role. Lucas will become Co-Chairman of the Board of Lucasfilm and continue as CEO Business Wire India

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