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83 militants surrender to government in northern Afghan province
More than 80 anti- government militants gave up fighting and surrendered to the government in Baghlan province 160 km north of capital Kabul on Tuesday, according to police. ANI

Civil society outraged over death threat to Pak human rights activist Asma Jahangir
Personalities belonging to various civil society organisations and bar associations have expressed serious concern and alarm at the information leak from a highly credible source that there is serious threat to the life of Asma Jahangir, who is Pakistan's leading human rights activist and one of the most influential leaders of the bar. ANI

23 al-Qaida militants killed by Yemeni army
The Yemeni defense ministry said Tuesday the army repelled an overnight attack by al-Qaida militants, killing 23 terrorists in the southern province of Abyan. ANI

Sri Lanka signs prisoner exchange agreements with four countries
Sri Lanka has recently signed prisoner exchange agreements with four countries and will commence implementation by returning 22 Pakistani detainees to their country of origin, an official said here Tuesday. ANI

Witnesses say Pak women sentenced to death for 'fornication' were slaughtered
The fate of the four women, 'condemned' to death by a tribal jirga in a Kohistan village, still remains a mystery, with a latest news report saying that according to key witnesses the women have been murdered by their relatives by slitting their throats, contrary to earlier reports claiming they had been shot. ANI

Saudi religious cops order woman to leave mall for wearing nail polish
The head of the Saudi religious police has come out strongly against one of his men who had ordered a woman to leave a mall because she was wearing nail polish. ANI

Morrissey slams Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations
Singer Morrissey has lashed out at Jubilee celebrations, calling the traditional pomp and circumstance "degrading". ANI

Queen's English society to close as too few people care about grammar
The Queen's English society has announced that it will cease to exist at the end of this month as no one cares about speaking proper English language anymore. ANI

Meet Afghan woman who cross dresses to stave off electricity thieves
A 50-year-old Afghan woman, who decided to run for political office in a fight to get electricity to her village in the northern Balkh province of the country, says she has to disguise herself with men's clothes and wear a fake moustache to control some people. ANI

Somalian pirates' brazen Indian Ocean reign to net them ransoms of 400 mln by 2015
Somalian pirates could make about 400 million dollars by 2012, as they continue their brazen reign across the Indian Ocean, according to a study. ANI

'Barbaric' Pak becoming more backward than civilized: Editorial
Refering to the incident of a tribal jirga in Kohistan sentencing four women to death for merry making at a wedding, an editorial in a Pakistan daily has questioned as to why such barbarity continues in Pakistan, adding that the country is becoming more backward than civilized. ANI

Nepali opposition parties plan major anti-gov't demo in capital
Nepali 22 opposition parties that were not represented in the dissolved Constituent Assembly Tuesday decided to organize a major "show of strength" in the capital Kathmandu on Friday (June 8) against the "unilateral" declaration of fresh CA polls by the government. ANI

Vatican slams Nun's 'sexual morality' book justifying masturbation
The Vatican has slammed a "sexual morality" book written by an American Catholic nun on Monday, and warned believers to stay away from the book which justified masturbation, homosexuality and divorce. ANI

Turkey aims to build 23 nuclear power units by 2023
Turkey, determined to have its own nuclear power plant, aims to build "at least 23 nuclear units by the year 2023," said Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz on Tuesday. ANI

US lawmakers question Facebook's membership plan for children below 13
Two US lawmakers have raised concerns over a report suggesting that Facebook is developing a technology that would allow children below the age of 13 to use the social-networking site without lying about their age. ANI

Attackers behind Flame virus sought confidential technical Iranian data: Researchers
The attackers behind the recently discovered computer espionage virus Flame wanted to obtain confidential technical drawings from Iran, researchers have claimed. ANI

U.S. believes India has capacity to become world power
The U.S. believes India has the required institutional capacity to become a global power and sees a growing strategic convergence between the two nations, a top administration official has said ahead of next week's India-U.S. strategic dialogue. ANI

CIA presence in Iraq to be reduced to 40 pct of wartime levels: US officials
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is planning to reduce its presence in Iraq to less than half of wartime levels, American officials familiar with the development have revealed. ANI

Iran offers to finance entire IP gas pipeline
With no country or company willing to take part in a project that the U.S. opposes, Tehran has offered to lay the entire Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project. ANI

Romney leads Obama among middle-income Americans: Poll
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a lead over President Barack Obama among middle-income Americans, according to a poll. ccording to the Gallup poll, almost 49 percent Americans, who have income of 36,000 dollars to 89,999 dollars, preferred Romney over Obama at 45 percent. ANI

Michelle Obama praises Sarah Jessica Parker
US First lady Michelle Obama has heaped praises on Sarah Jessica Parker in a message that she sent to supporters on Monday. ANI

5th grader 'shocked' by Obama absence note
The fifth grader who was excused from class last week with a handwritten note from President Barack Obama himself, says he was simply "shocked" when the president began scribbling on a piece of paper. ANI

Mums spend more time on Facebook after delivery
Many first-time parents, particularly mothers, actually increase the amount of time they spend on Facebook after the birth of their child, a study has suggested. ANI

U.S. drone strike in Pak may have killed Al-Qaeda's No. 2
U.S. drone strikes which killed more than a dozen persons in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, were apparently aimed at Al-Qaeda's No. 2 leader, U.S. and Pakistani officials have said. ANI

US man seeks $2m in compensation from hospital over erection treatment
A Massachusetts man has sued Yale-New Haven Hospital after claiming that the staff at an affiliated health care facility did not properly treat him for a painful and chronic erection condition. ANI

Chinese buses set to be main mode of transport in Islamabad
A Chinese state-owned transport company, CRFG, has shown interest in providing AN affordable transport system for Islamabad. ANI

Majority of Americans unhappy with next generation prospects, finds poll
A majority of Americans of over 58 percent are dissatisfied with the opportunity of the next generation to reach the American dream of having a better life than their parents, a poll said. ANI

Possession of small amounts of pot set to go legit in New York
Public possession of small amounts of pot could soon be decriminalized, according to a proposal introduced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. ANI

US mystery space plane to land on earth after 1 year in orbit
The US Air Force's highly secret unmanned space plane is set to land in June, after circling the Earth for a year at 17,000 miles per hour. ANI

Man impregnates mother twice in Zimbabwe
A mother-son duo in Zimbabwe, are on the run, after allegedly having an incestuous relationship that resulted in two pregnancies. ANI

Gilani appoints Malik Adviser to PM on Interior Affairs after SC Senate suspension order
Following the Supreme Court's decision to suspend Rehman Malik's membership in the Senate, the Pakistan government promptly decided to appoint him as the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior Affairs. ANI

Supermassive black hole kicked out of home galaxy at enormous speed
New observations from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have revealed strong evidence that a massive black hole is being ejected from its host galaxy at a speed of several million miles per hour. ANI

Wider faced men make more sacrifices for family and friends
Men with a more aggressive appearance, typically those with wider faces, are more likely to sacrifice themselves to help friends or colleagues, a new study has revealed. ANI

Pakistan tests nuke-capable Hatf-VII cruise missile
Pakistan successfully tested a nuclear-capable cruise missile with a range of 700 km on Tuesday, the military said. ANI

World urges support to Annan plan amid persistent violence in Syria
The international community called for support to the six-point peace plan of UN and Arab League joint envoy Kofi Annan amid continuing violence in Syria on Monday. ANI

Six in ten Americans sour about economic prospects prior to elections: Poll
Six in ten Americans have grown sour about the economic prospects for their children amid the run-up to November's presidential elections, a Gallup poll found Monday. ANI

SCO Beijing Summit to set tune for new decade
The 12th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), to be held here Wednesday and Thursday, is expected to set the tune for the development of the six-member bloc over the next decade. ANI

Indian envoy to Pak calls for early inking of 'agreed' visa deal
Expressing disappointment over a holdup in the signing of a liberalised business visa regime agreement, India's High Commissioner to Pakistan has said that both Pakistan and India are keen on building new trade bridges. ANI

U.S. denies reports of agreeing to reimburse Coalition Support Fund dues to Pak
Denying media reports, a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) spokesperson has said no agreement between America and Pakistan has been reached yet for payment of Coalition Support Fund dues. ANI

Pak steadfast on 'U.S. apology to re-open NATO supply routes' stand
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said the United States will have to apologise for the air raid, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last year, if it wants Pakistan to reopen key supply routes into Afghanistan. ANI

Militant attack on Pak's Salala checkpost kills four security personnel
A militant attack at a checkpost in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border area of Salala, has killed four security personnel. ANI

U.S. still awaiting clarification from Pak on 'Osama doc' arrest reasons
The U.S. State Department has said it is still awaiting a clarification from Pakistan on Dr Shakil Afridi's case. ANI

Office betting 'madness' goes way beyond sports
That people bet on sports at work is no secret, but a new poll has revealed that they are also betting on a whole lot of other things. ANI

Miss Universe New Zealand may be stripped of title
Organisers of the Miss Universe New Zealand have been left red-faced after they accidentally crowned a South African-born beauty queen who is not eligible for the title. ANI

Brit mountaineer warns of 'deadly consequences' if Everest ascents not curtailed
A leading British climber, who reached the summit of Mount Everest for the tenth time last month, has called for limiting the number of people climbing the world's highest peak. ANI

Failure of both engines led to Nigerian plane crash
The failure of both engines caused the Nigerian Dana air flight to crash into a building before its scheduled touch down at Lagos Airport, officials have said. ANI

Norwegian mass killer case judge caught playing solitaire in court
One of five judges involved in the trial of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, was caught on camera playing solitaire online during a court hearing, according to a report. ANI

Aussie human rights record comes under US State Dept. scanner
The US Department of State, which monitors human rights across the globe, has taken note of Australia's human rights record and expressed its concern over the speech case of News Ltd columnist Andrew Bolt. ANI

Syrian rebels kill 100 Assad troops after repudiation of UN ceasefire plan
Syrian rebels have claimed that they have killed at least 100 soldiers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad regime, as they announced a formal repudiation of the UN-backed ceasefire plan. ANI

Obama campaign claims electoral advantage, despite 'hasty roll-out' in May
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina has said President Barack Obama is in a stronger position in head-to-head poll count with Republican candidate Mitt Romney, than he was four years ago, when he first contested presidential elections. ANI

Cooling vests could be easiest way to fight flab
Cooling the body down, rather than building up a sweat, could be an effective way of losing weight, a new research has revealed. ANI

Republicans slam Obama's preference for hobnobbying with celebs over helping ordinary citizens
Republicans have slammed Barack Obama's celebrity support, saying that the president is more interested in hobnobbing with Hollywood to help his campaign than to help ordinary Americans. ANI

Canadian 'psycho killer' pornstar caught in Berlin internet cafe
A Canadian pornstar, who allegedly videotaped the murder of his lover and mailed his body parts, was arrested in a Berlin Internet cafe. ANI

Breast implants make sex more enjoyable for women
Women who undergo breast enlargements derive more pleasure in the bedroom post-surgery, a new study has revealed. ANI

Four US diplomats briefly detained at Peshawar for carrying huge cache of arms
Four US diplomats, their three Pakistani drivers and staffers were briefly detained in Peshawar city of northwest Pakistan after security officials recovered a large quantity of small arms from their vehicle. ANI

Bill Clinton says Romney would be 'calamitous for US, world'
Former US President Bill Clinton has said that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney would be 'calamitous for America and the world.' ANI

Mubarak may be exempted from prison attire due to 'health condition'
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who has been sentenced to life for his role in the killing of hundreds of protestors during last year's uprising, may not be obliged to wear the distinctive blue prison uniform, according to a report. ANI

China blocks Internet access to Tiananmen Square-related web search terms
China has reportedly blocked Internet access to search terms related to the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown against protesters. ANI

NATO bypasses Pakistan with new Afghan transport deal through Central Asia
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has reportedly signed a deal with three key Central Asian countries to evacuate military equipment and vehicles from Afghanistan. ANI

Successors Appointed - Growth Course Continues
With the VTC group as a partner, the top management team of S+S Separation and Sorting Technology GmbH, Schönberg, was changed in the course of the related appointing of successors. On 1 April 2012 Xaver Auer, who had gathered many years of management experience in the optical industry, was appointed new managing director of S+S Business Wire India

Jotun Reports Sales and Volume Growth in the First Tertiary
Jotun recorded a nine per cent growth in operating revenues in the first four months of 2012 as sales increased both in volume and value terms. Business Wire India

Favourable Growth Opportunities for the Environment Technologies Market in the Middle East, notes Frost & Sullivan White Paper, Released at the 2012 Middle East Environment Industry Meet
The current pace of economic development has unfolded significant opportunities for the Environment Market in the Middle East. Innovative best practices to stay ahead of the competition and grow remain the success mantra in an increasingly competitive atmosphere Business Wire India

DoubleTree by Hilton to Add Third Property in Malaysia
Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Daiman Landmark Hotel Sdn Bhd to open its third DoubleTree by Hilton property in Malaysia Business Wire India

Sitel Continues to Expand Footprint in the Philippines
Sitel, a leading global customer care provider, has announced the opening of a new call center in Eton, Manila in the Philippines. The new location is Sitel’s ninth customer care center in the Philippines, where the company already has 13,000 active skilled employees providing world-class service. Business Wire India

The Gores Group Completes Acquisition of Elo Touch Solutions
The Gores Group, a leading Los Angeles‐based investment firm, has announced that through an affiliate it has completed the acquisition of Elo Touch Solutions from TE Connectivity for $380 million in cash. Business Wire India

Lenovo Unleashes Ultrabooks to Power Next Chapter of Great Ideas
Marked by the launch of a multi-million dollar global marketing campaign, Lenovo (HKSE: 0992) (PINK SHEETS: LNVGY) has announced the worldwide availability of its coveted IdeaPad U310 and U410 Ultrabooks Business Wire India

Corning Launches Ultra-Slim Flexible Glass
Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) has announced the launch of Corning® Willow™ Glass, an ultra-slim flexible glass, which could revolutionize the shape and form of next-generation consumer electronic technologies. The company made the announcement today at the Society for Information Display’s Display Week, an industry tradeshow in Boston. Business Wire India

The Reason 3rd COSME INNOVATION (Int'l Cosmetics Development Expo & Conference) Has Achieved a Rapid Growth in the Japanese Cosmetics Market
3rd COSME INNOVATION (Int'l Cosmetics Development Expo & Conference) will take place from June 27 to 29 in Tokyo, gathering key factors for cosmetics development; [ingredients], [containers/packaging], [OEM], etc Business Wire India

Natural Gas on Historic Rise to Prominence in Global Energy Markets
The historic shift of global energy markets toward increased use of natural gas will create new opportunities for economic growth and environmental progress, Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), said today. Business Wire India

Gemalto Makes It Possible for the Nation-Wide Transport Operator in Taiwan, Easycard, to Deploy Micropayments across the Country
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

Intel Capital Signs Warrant Agreement with Portrait Displays
Portrait Displays, Inc., a global leader in visual enhancement software for PC and mobile displays, announces a share warrant agreement with Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization. Business Wire India

Cegedim Relationship Management Expands its Global Partnership with Sanofi to Deploy Next-Generation Commercial Effectiveness Solutions in Mature and Emerging Markets
Cegedim Relationship Management today announced that Sanofi has renewed and expanded its global agreement to leverage next-generation, cloud-based commercial effectiveness solutions for its commercial teams around the world. Sanofi currently uses Cegedim Solutions in 37 countries, with new opportunities in both mature and emerging markets. Business Wire India

Cambrios Technologies Establishes Taiwan Office To Drive Increased Development of Touch Screen Solutions and Support Growing Customer Base
Cambrios Technologies Corporation, the leader in nanotechnology-based solutions to enable the development of electronic devices with transparent conductors, has announced the establishment of its branch office in Taipei, Taiwan and the appointment of David Yao as Cambrios’ Country Manager for Taiwan and Greater China. Business Wire India

AGCO Launches Model Farm Project in Zambia
AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE: AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, has launched a 150 hectare (371 acre) farm and learning center near Lusaka, Zambia Business Wire India

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