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Private Island in Florida up for grabs at $42k
A private island of 1.4 acre on Florida's Caloosahatchee River, has been put up for auction for an estimated price of 42,000 dollars. ANI

Kate's Diamond Jubilee dress make copy cats throng stores
The Duchess of Cambridge has got fashionistas in a frenzy again following her dazzling outfit choice for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. ANI

Saudi Arabia pushes for 'stricter' school girl uniforms
The Saudi Arabian education directorate has decided to push for "stricter" and "more decent"' school uniforms for girls after it noticed tendencies among students for open collar designs and "inadequate" belts. ANI

'Broke' Pak needs to curb military's penchant for showing off 'shiny new toys': Editorial
Pakistan should cut down its addiction to weaponry and spend more of its resources on trying to fix the power crisis and spend greater amounts on health and education, an editorial in a Pakistan daily has said. ANI

Zardari says all-inclusive dialogue only way to end Afghan conflict
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said that an all-inclusive dialogue process is a viable option to find a solution to the Afghan conflict. ANI

International trade poses third of threat to endangered animal species globally: Study
Almost a third of threats to animal species around the world are caused by trade to meet the demands of richer nations, a study has concluded. ANI

Top Oz cop says officers with beards, long hair could scare away people
Police with beards and long hair could reduce trust in people, Victorian Police's Deputy Head Peter Ryan said. ANI

Clinton says danger from terrorism remains urgent, undeniable
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said here Thursday that the danger from terrorism still remains urgent and undeniable. ANI

SCO member states oppose armed intervention or forced regime change
Leaders of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) said Thursday that they oppose armed intervention or forced "regime change" and disapprove of unilateral sanctions. ANI

China, Pakistan presidents holds talks on SCO sidelines in Beijing
President Hu Jintao held talks Thursday with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. ANI

Two buildings collapse in southern Italy, 10 injured
Two residential buildings collapsed in southern Italy on Thursday following a big explosion caused by a gas leak, injuring at least 10 people. ANI

Pak Supreme Court CJ quits bench hearing son's 'corruption' case
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has stepped down from the bench hearing the suo motu notice over allegations that his son, Arsalan Iftikhar, had received Rs 300 to 400 million from the owner of Bahria Town. Chaudhry took this decision during hearing of the case. ANI

Geographically spreading Qaeda still a threat, says Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said Al-Qaeda is still a serious and imminent threat as it is spreading geographically. ANI

SCO Beijing summit concludes
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) concluded its Beijing summit on Thursday at the Great Hall of the People, with member states agreeing to further cooperation in a variety of fields. ANI

'Convicted' Kohistani women alive and safe, says Pak rights activist
The five Kohistani women suspected of having been murdered by their families, are alive, said Farzana Bari, a member of the team sent to Kohistan on the orders of the Supreme Court to ascertain the status of the women. ANI

5 killed, 30 injured in blast in SW Pakistan
At least five people including two kids were killed and over 30 others injured when a blast took place near a religious school in Pakistan's southwest city of Quetta on Thursday afternoon, local media reported. ANI

Will join politics if situation arises, says disgraced Pak nuclear scientist AQ Khan
Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has said he would join politics, "if a situation arises" for him to do so. ANI

Attempts to resolve Iranian issue by force "unacceptable": SCO
Any attempts to resolve the Iranian issue by force are unacceptable, said the heads of state of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Thursday. ANI

Poll shows Obama leading Romney 48-36 in Pennsylvania
President Barack Obama has a 12-point lead over presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania, the latest poll in the state has found. ANI

Emirati parents want son who buried his 8-year-old daughter after torture executed
The family of a man who allegedly tortured and killed his eight-year-old daughter before dumping her body in the desert has called for his execution. ANI

Iran sends letter to EU foreign policy chief over nuclear talks
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili has written a letter to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton over the upcoming nuclear talks to be held in Russia's capital Moscow. ANI

Syria foils suicide bombing attempt in Daraa
Syrian authorities thwarted early Thursday an attempt by a suicide bomber to detonate his explosive-laden car in the southern province of Daraa, state-run SANA news agency reported. ANI

Bangladesh to join TAPI gas pipeline project
Bangladesh has decided to join the 7.5 billion dollar Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, which is backed by the United States and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). ANI

Obama may have spent more time fundraising than any incumbent president in history
US President Barack Obama is spending a lot of time fundraising, perhaps more than any incumbent president in history. ANI

Asian families could face jail for coercing daughters to marry against will in UK
Families, including from Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and east Africa, who forced their children to marry against their will could face jail under strict laws that will be unveiled by UK's Home Secretary Theresa May. ANI

Olivier Sarkozy's ex wife dubs Mary-Kate relationship 'grotesque'
Following news last week that former child star Mary-Kate Olsen is dating Olivier Sarkozy, the 42-year-old businessman brother of the former French President, Nicolas, Olivier's ex-wife Charlotte, has spoken out about the pair, branding their relationship as 'grotesque'. ANI

Libyan security committee investigating attack on U.S. consulate: official
A security committee of the Libyan interior ministry has launched an investigation into the attack on U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, an official of the committee said Wednesday. ANI

5.9-magnitude quake hits Fiji region
A 5.9-magnitude earthquake jolted Fiji at 090152 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. ANI

First doctor's report from Abraham Lincoln's assassination unearthed
The first doctor to treat President Abraham Lincoln after he was shot in a Washington theater rushed to his ceremonial box and found him paralyzed, comatose and leaning against his wife. ANI

Norwegian gunman played violent 'World of Warcraft' game for months before massacre
Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik, who has confessed to killing 77 people during a murder spree in Oslo last year, played a violent computer game nearly seven hours a day for several months before the attack, prosecutors have claimed. ANI

Pak-U.S. talks on NATO supplies remain horribly deadlocked
The U.S.- Pakistan talks pertaining to restoring NATO supplies and review of ties between the two countries remain deadlocked over three important issues, including the rate for charging supply trucks crossing into Afghanistan. ANI

Police seize 20 kg of heroin, arrest 5 after smashing Sydney-based heroin syndicate
Five people have been arrested after police smashed a Sydney-based heroin syndicate, the New South Wales Police said on Thursday. ANI

Sri Lanka Cricket to trim staff by 60 percent
Sri Lanka's cricket governing board has decided to reduce its staff by 60 percent to reduce losses and improve management, the Sports Ministry said here on Thursday. ANI

SCO accepts Afghanistan as observer, Turkey dialogue partner
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has decided to grant Afghanistan observer status, and accept Turkey as a dialogue partner, Chinese President Hu Jintao said on Thursday. ANI

New body parts found belong to Chinese murder victim in Montreal
Montreal police announced Wednesday they believe a human right hand and right foot mailed to two Vancouver schools are some of the body parts missing from the remains of Jun Lin, the 33-year-old Chinese student allegedly murdered and dismembered in Montreal by Luka Rocco Magnotta. ANI

U.S. losing patience with Pak over failure to dismantle terror havens: Panetta
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said it is difficult to secure Afghanistan so long as there were safe havens in Pakistan, adding that Washington was reaching the limits of its patience. ANI

China to get more involved in Afghanistan in bid to 'ward off disaster' after NATO pullout
Beijing is expected to get more involved in Kabul as NATO plans to leave the country, because it fears the chaotic situation in Afghanistan will have a direct impact on China's security, according to experts. ANI

'Dr Death' next U.S. target after Al-Qaeda no.2 Al-Libi's death
After the death of Al-Qaeda no. 2 Abu Yahya al-Libi, analysts say the Egyptian surgeon known as "Dr Death" must see himself as the next target. ANI

Hacker apologises for breaking into Romney's e-mail account
Apparent Mitt Romney's e-mail hacker has apologized in a letter addressed to Romney for his mistake. ANI

Slain Qaeda no. 2 Libi's brother terms killing by drones "heinous and inhumane"
The brother of Al-Qaeda's second-in-command, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike, said America's use of the remote-controlled drones is inhumane and makes a nonsense of its claims of being a champion of human rights. ANI

South Korea to remove evolution examples from textbooks after protests from creationists
South Korean publishers have reportedly been asked to remove examples of evolution from school textbooks. ANI

U.S. prosecutors seek 230-year prison term for convicted financier Sanford
U.S. federal prosecutors on Wednesday called for a sentence of 230 years in prison for a convicted financier who they termed as a career criminal. ANI

Anti-drug campaign launched in Nepal
Nepal police has launched a nationwide anti-drugs campaign in collaboration with a non- governmental organization, NARCONON, to fight against illegal use of drugs to grassroot level across the country. ANI

6.0-magnitude quake jolts Chile: CENC
An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale jolted Chile at 12:05 p.m. Thursday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). ANI

Build SCO into effective platform: President Hu
Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday called for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to be built into an effective platform for increasing international exchange and influence. ANI

China offers 10-bln-USD SCO loan
Chinese President Hu Jintao has promised that China will offer a loan of 10 billion U.S. dollars to support economic cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). ANI

78 killed in new 'massacre' in Syria's Hama province
At least 78 people, including women and children, have been massacred by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in a village in central Syria last night, opposition leaders have claimed. ANI

Kohistani girls convicted for merry making at wedding to be produced before SC today
The five Kohistani women, including an 'accomplice' who were sentenced to death by a Jirga for singing and dancing with men during a marriage ceremony are likely to be produced before the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday. ANI

World's greatest 'gurner' says no one can twist face more than him
A middle aged man from China, who may appear very, very ugly in pictures, has won the Guinness World Record for making the most twisted face. ANI

Scotland Yard rules out investigation into Warsi's expenses claim
Scotland Yard has decided not to investigate the expenses claim of the Conservative party co-chair Baroness Warsi. ANI

American Muslims file lawsuit to stop NYPD spying on universities, mosques
An Islamic civil rights organization has filed a lawsuit against the New York Police Department (NYPD), saying that its surveillance program has violated the civil rights of innocent Muslims. ANI

NATO's new Central Asia transit agreement for 'non-lethal goods only'
The new reverse transit agreement between NATO and three Central Asian countries for transport of goods from Afghanistan is for "non-lethal goods" only, said a NATO official, adding that they are in talks for a new transit agreement with Russia. ANI

'Dead' boy sits up in coffin, asks for water and dies again in Brazil
A two-year-old Brazilian boy, who was declared dead, sat up in his coffin and asked for water before laying back down again lifeless. ANI

Human flesh tastes 'just like veal'
One man, who set out to provide a detailed record of the societies that devour human flesh back in the 1920s and went so far as to taste it himself, noted that it actually tastes "just like veal". ANI

India backs greater SCO role in Afghanistan
Asserting that Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) provides a promising alternative regional platform to discuss the rapidly changing Afghan situation, India on Thursday expressed its interest to coordinate more closely with the group in combating terrorism in the region. ANI

Donald Trump to sue Miss USA contestant over fixing claim
Donald Trump, the co-owner of Miss Universe Organization, has vowed to sue Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin after she declared that the recent Miss USA contest was rigged. ANI

Sri Lanka expels British Channel 4 employee for 'harming nation's reputation'
The Sri Lankan government has reportedly expelled a senior official from the UK-based Channel 4 after a report said the country's armed forces may have committed war crimes. ANI

Nearly 33pc women secretly love doing household chores
One in three women find doing housework 'relaxing', 'satisfying' and 'therapeutic', a new study has revealed. ANI

Online dating profiles show worst of web romance
A humour website has collected some odd snaps of wannabe romantics to highlight the worst the world of web dating has to offer. ANI

Nawaz Sharif claims India copied Pak reforms in '90s
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, has said India copied his government's initiatives in the 1990s. ANI

'Helicopter' parents hover around campus and even sleep in kids' dorms
Starting university used to be the time when the parents' apron strings were finally cut, but these days campuses are brimming with 'helicopter' parents who are unable to stop hovering around, university bosses have revealed. ANI

U.S. could gain more from capturing rather than killing Al-Qaeda leaders, claim experts
The United States might be losing out on valuable intelligence on the Al-Qaeda by killing off its leaders and operatives by means of unmanned drones rather than capturing them, leading to loss of information that might also be crucial in defeating the terror group, say experts. ANI

Office gossip makes up nearly 15 pc of work emails
It is estimated that average corporate email user sends 112 emails every day and about one out of every seven of those messages can be called gossip, according to a new study from Georgia Tech. ANI

Syrian prez Assad's aide defends relationship with American journo Barbara Walters
A former key aide of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has defended her relationship with American broadcast journalist Barbara Walters. ANI

Tiananmen protest activist found dead under strange circumstances in China
A leading Chinese dissident, who was imprisoned after the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, has been found dead under strange circumstances, his relatives and rights groups have said. ANI

India will strive to strengthen regional cooperation, says Krishna
Asserting the need for connectivity between Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) countries is, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday said India is ready to cooperate with regional countries in an endeavour to build bridges between Central and South Asia. ANI

Women keen to get ahead at work 'need to shut up'
Female employees who want to succeed in the workplace should keep their mouths shut, while the more often men voice their opinions the better they are seen at doing their jobs, a new study has revealed. ANI

India to aid US officials visiting Arunachal Pradesh to find remains of its WW II pilots
In a humanitarian measure, India has agreed to facilitate American officials who wish to visit Arunachal Pradesh in search of the remains of American pilots killed during the Second World War. ANI

Earth's biosphere 'reaching environmental state-shift'
Scientists have predicted that we are on a much worse collision course with Mother Nature than has been currently thought. ANI

Al-Qaeda posts online ads offering training for suicide bombers to 'slaughter enemies of Islam'
The Al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen has reportedly posted online advertisements that offer to recruit and train potential suicide bombers to target the US, Israel and France. ANI

Obama fundraises with A-listers Cher, Julia Roberts
President Obama had a star-studded fundraiser evening in Los Angeles on Wednesday, which included singer Cher, actresses Ellen DeGeneres and Julia Roberts, and 'Glee' stars Jane Lynch and Darrin Criss, among others. ANI

"Death of Al-Qaeda No. 2 may see more decentralisation leading to popcorn violence"
The killing of 'Al-Qaeda no. 2'Abu Yahya al Libi- the latest blow to Al-Qaeda's leadership- is likely to result in a continuation of the decentralisation that U.S. officials and experts have already witnessed. ANI

China's Great Wall is 21,196 km long: survey
China's existing Great Wall, which first kicked off construction more than 2,200 years ago, is 21,196 kilometers long, according to the latest survey results released by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) on Tuesday. ANI

7 Indian brands named among world's top 20 best-selling spirits
Seven Indian brands have made it onto the list of 20 best-selling spirits in the world. ANI

GE Healthcare and Affibody AB to Collaborate on Her2 specific PET Imaging Agent for Breast and Gastric Cancer
GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE) signed an agreement with Affibody AB (“Affibody”) to collaborate on the development of a Her2-targeted PET imaging agent, which is scheduled to begin clinical trials later this year. Business Wire India

Ernst & Young: Despite Tough Economic Times Entrepreneurs Are Creating Jobs and Growth
While other businesses struggle to create jobs, entrepreneur led companies expanded their workforce by 16% in 2011. Global job hot spots: Help wanted, a survey of 400 of the world’s leading entrepreneurs released today by Ernst & Young highlights that despite tough economic times, over two thirds of them also expected to hire in 2012 Business Wire India

The New England Journal of Medicine Publishes Efficacy Results of Otsuka's Delamanid for Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Otsuka) today announced clinical trial results on the safety and efficacy of delamanid, the company's investigational compound for the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), published in the New England Journal of Medicine (available online at Business Wire India

Major Advances in Individualized Cancer Therapy by Breakthrough Technologies Disclosed at 4th Win Symposium in Paris for the First Time
On June 28 and 29, academic thought leaders and high-ranking officers from pharma, biotech and information technology companies will gather in Paris at the 4th WIN Symposium to present and discuss breakthroughs that will bring personalized cancer medicine to the next phase Business Wire India

AQT Solar Reaches Significant Milestone with CZTS Solar Module Prototype
AQT Solar, a leading developer of low-cost CIGS thin-film solar cells, has announced that in conjunction with its’ moduling partners, it has developed a prototype CZTS solar module capable of 60 Watts power output, a significant power-density milestone for the company and the solar industry Business Wire India

FDA affirms superiority of Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate) 150mg over warfarin in reduction of both ischaemic and haemorrhagic strokes
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PCI Security Standards Council Announces Keynote Speakers for Asia Pacific Meeting
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Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (May 30, 2012 – June 6, 2012)
The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of May 30, 2012 – June 6, 2012. Business Wire India

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