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Blast in Peshawar kills 19, injures 40
A day after remote- controlled bomb blast killed at least 15 people outside a religious school in Quetta, Pakistan was rocked by another bomb blast, this time in Peshawar, killing 19- including seven women and a seven-year old girl- and injuring at least 40 people. ANI

Brit MP Ed Miliband admits resemblance to Plasticine film star Wallace
British MP Ed Miliband has admitted that he does look like a character from 'Wallace 'n' Gromit'. ANI

Obama wines and dines with 25 young Hollywood stars
President Barack Obama hosted a special breakfast for 25 young Hollywood guests, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, on Thursday morning. ANI

Time for Pak to bring an end to 'jirga' system: Editorial
It is time for Pakistan to take action against the unjust and backward system of tribal justice and bring every citizen under the legitimate law of the state, an editorial in a Pakistani daily has said. ANI

19 killed, 20 injured in Peshawar blast
At least 19 people were killed and 20 injured in a blast on Charsadda Road in Peshawar on Friday. ANI

Drone strikes in Pak to continue till country acts against Haqqanis, says top US Senator
Acknowledging that the relationship with Pakistan has never been worse than it is now, a top U.S. Senator has said that drone strikes in that country will continue. ANI

China calls on international community to support Annan
China on Friday called on the international community to continue to support Kofi Annan's mediation efforts to resolve the Syrian conflict. ANI

40 militants surrender to gov't in northern Afghan province
Over three dozen anti-government militants laid down arms and surrendered to government in Baghlan province 160 km north of capital Kabul on Friday. ANI

Sexual exploitation of white girls 'particular problem in Asian communities' in UK
Sexual exploitation and grooming of young vulnerable white girls is a 'particular problem in Asian communities', one of Britain's top prosecutors has claimed. ANI

Pak lawmakers double air-travel allowance during 'tough times'
Pakistan's Senate Standing Committee on Finance has unanimously approved a proposal to increase parliamentarians' air travel allowance by 100% from next month. ANI

Pakistani minister hints at anti-militants operation after deadly blast
An official of Pakistan's restive northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Friday hinted at launching a military operation against the militants in North Waziristan tribal region. ANI

UK lawmaker forced to apologise over racist 'n-word' gaffe
A senior British lawmaker has reportedly been forced to apologise for making a racist 'n-word' gaffe during a council meeting. ANI

Rising Pakistani hyper-nationalism biggest cause of concern: Haqqani
Former ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani has said the U.S.-Pakistan relationship is deteriorating due to the rising hyper-nationalism in Pakistan and the U.S.' unilateral actions that did not take into account Pakistan's sovereignty, adding that tensions between the two countries only benefit hardliners on both sides. ANI

Indian-origin man's 'light' sentence for murder sparks calls for law review in Australia
A six-year jail sentence awarded to an Indian-origin man in Sydney has sparked off calls from crime victim advocates, the victim's family and a state government MP for review of the defence of provocation. ANI

Ukraine says UK ministers' misjudged snub of Euros to make no difference
Ukraine's ambassador to Britain has called the ministerial boycott of England's Euro 2012 group matches 'a misjudgment,' and added that it will make little difference. ANI

ISI nixes AQ Khan's 'joining politics' dreams
Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has again retracted his statement saying he is unlikely to join any political party or enter active politics, due to pressure by intelligence agencies asking him to refrain from doing so. ANI

Pak-China friendship beyond confines of time limits: Zardari
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has said the bonds of the Pakistan-China friendship were beyond the confines of time limits and the legacy of this friendship would continue to pass on from generation to generation. ANI

JuD-led DPC unveils protest schedule against restoring NATO supplies, drone attacks
The JuD-led Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) has announced its schedule for countrywide protests against the possible restoration of NATO supplies, drone attacks and Most Favoured Nation status to India. ANI

'U.S. has no other options but to work with Pak despite frustrations'
After a day of hard statements by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, U.S. State Department spokesman, Mark Toner said despite the comments, the U.S. was still willing to work with Pakistan to eliminate the Haqqani network. ANI

FBI busts international child p*rn racket in US
An international child pornography ring, which produced sexually explicit images of babies and toddlers online, has been busted, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has said. ANI

Blind dissident Chen's relatives beaten by Chinese authorities to seek revenge
Relatives of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng said that they were beaten and harassed by government officials seeking retribution. ANI

Niger president claims Afghan, Pak jihadis training militants in Mali
The president of Niger has warned that Jihadi fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan are training militant groups in northern Mali. ANI

London to broker deal between estranged allies Pak and U.S.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague will visit Islamabad next week apparently to broker a deal between Pakistan and the United States, in a bid to end the months-long deadlock in the troubled relationship between the estranged allies. ANI

Saudi 'right to drive' female protestor cancels US trip over death threats
A Saudi woman, who defied the country's ban on female drivers, has cancelled a planned trip to the United States after receiving multiple death threats. ANI

Pakistani arrested at Heathrow for smuggling heroin in wedding dress
The UK Border Agency has arrested a Pakistani after customs officers at Heathrow Airport found two kilograms of heroin hidden in a wedding dress, on a flight from Karachi. ANI

Pak wasting millions of dollars' worth U.S. gear by failing to combat IEDs: Report
Millions of dollars of U.S. gear meant to combat the threat of roadside bombs is being wasted in Pakistan, due to the country's refusal to let the equipment leave its customs warehouses. ANI

Al-Qaeda power shift from Pak to Yemen likely after leader Libi's death
The death of Al-Qaeda's deputy leader, Abu Yahya al-Libi, might lead to a shift in power from the group's dwindling leadership in Pakistan to its autonomous franchises in Yemen, United States counterterrorism officials have said. ANI

Origami expert depicts Gandhi in baseball cap with moneygami
An origami expert has created a new art-form combining money and origami that shows Gandhi looking a bit overly pleased with his attractive bandana. ANI

Aquino warns of more 'brewing conflicts' between Philippine and China following Scarborough stand-off
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has signaled that though tensions have eased between Philippine and Chinese forces, over the use of disputed waters, other brewing conflicts may not be easily defused between the two nations. ANI

'Phantom' Indian debt collectors extorting money from harassed indebted Americans
US law enforcement officials have confirmed that hundreds of thousands Americans have been left cash-strapped, after being targeted by abusive debt collectors, who are operating out of overseas call centers with suspected links to organized crime in India. ANI

UK ministers to boycott Euros over 'selective justice' to jailed ex Ukrainian PM
Ministers in Britain will boycott England's group games in the European football championships in Ukraine. ANI

UK army told to recruit from ethnic minorities to reflect modern British society
UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said that the British Army needs to reflect modern British society, and therefore, it needs to recruit from the country's ethic minorities. ANI

China bans international tourists from visiting Tibet following spate of self-immolations
China has asked foreign travel agencies not to issue entry permits to Tibet following self-immolation by two Tibetans last week. ANI

Malik's appointment as Advisor to PM challenged in Pak SC
A petition challenging the appointment of Rehman Malik, as Advisor to the Prime Minister on Interior, has been filed in the Pakistan Supreme Court. ANI

London mosque under scanner for links with terrorist and extremist groups
An east London mosque is being investigated by the Charity Commission in the UK over potential links to terrorist and extremist groups. ANI

China arrests hundreds at Apple factory after rampage over 'sweatshop' working conditions
Nearly 100 workers at a southwestern China plant of Foxconn, tech giant Apple's main manufacturer, have been arrested after they went on a rampage over poor working conditions at the factory. ANI

Sherry Rehman terms Panetta's 'losing patience with Pak' remarks "unhelpful"
Pakistan's envoy to the United States, Sherry Rehman, has branded U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's latest stab at Islamabad's failure to tackle militant safe havens, as "unhelpful", saying it would make it harder for the two countries to narrow their differences. ANI

Egyptian parties end deadlock over constitutional panel selection
Political parties in Egypt have ended a deadlock over how to select the panel that will write the country's new constitution. ANI

Dubai residential areas set to ban harmful shisha cafes
Shisha cafes or hookah lounges could be banned in residential areas of Dubai if a new proposal revealed by the Gulf Symposium on Tobacco Control is approved. ANI

Suicides in US military at 10-year high with 154 cases reported in 155 days
Suicide cases are on the rise in the US military, according to statistics. ANI

Now, Clinton backs use of drones against terrorists posing threat to homeland
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has implicitly defended Washington's use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists, just days after a missile attack killed Al-Qaeda's second-in-command in Pakistan. ANI

Romney pips Obama's $60m haul by raising $76.8m in May
Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee have raised 76.8 million dollars in May, overtaking the Obama campaign and Democratic National Committee's 60 million dollar joint total. ANI

U.S. not to give Pak CSF dues till NATO supply route reopened, 'Osama doc' released
The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a draft of the National Defense Authorisation Act 2013 (NDAA) which earmarks 1.75 billion dollars in Counterinsurgency Funds for Pakistan, but none of it can be released until Pakistan re-opens the NATO supply routes, or the condition is waived by the Secretary of Defense. ANI

Gilani having 'second thoughts' of moving out of palatial PM House
Despite an official announcement that the Pakistan premier would vacate the Prime Minister's House and move to a smaller residence to observe simplicity, Yousuf Raza Gilani is now "changing his mind". ANI

China seeks to tighten Internet laws to resist microbloggers' activities
China is likely to introduce changes to its Internet laws to restrict activity on micro blogging platforms and other online forums. ANI

50 pc female workers feel sexually discriminated against on daily basis
Sexism, which was once rife in the business world in the fifties and sixties, is not a thing of the past, a new study has revealed. ANI

Ban Ki-moon warns of 'imminent and real' threat of civil war in Syria
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that Syria faces the risk of civil war, which he believes is 'imminent and real'. ANI

U.S. military chief, lawmakers back Panetta's assertion of losing patience with Pak
The United States military chief and lawmakers have backed their Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, saying that the U.S. indeed was running out of patience with Pakistan. ANI

Krishna meets Chinese counterpart on sidelines of SCO summit
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna met his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi here on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. ANI

UN's rights chief questions 'legality' of US drone strikes in Pakistan
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has said that the US military drone attacks in Pakistan to kill militants raise serious legal questions. ANI

Iraq executes Saddam Hussein's ex personal secretary and bodyguard
Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's personal secretary and chief bodyguard, who handed down many of the dictator's repressive orders has reportedly been executed. ANI

Michelle Obama buys apple pie in Virginia
Michelle Obama made a surprise side trip to pick up some pies after a campaign rally in Virginia on Thursday. ANI

Prince William qualifies as RAF search and rescue captain
Prince William, who started serving with the squadron at RAF Valley in Anglesey in 2010, has qualified as an operational search and rescue captain just weeks before his 30th birthday. ANI

Did Obama make an oral sex joke about wife Michelle?
Barack Obama is said to have made a rude joke about his wife Michelle and oral sex at a Beverly Hills fundraiser for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Leadership Council on Wednesday night. ANI

Unitedprint Successful Once Again in Dispute with Vistaprint
The final judgment of the Provincial High Court in Dresden rules in favour of the online printing works SE with its subsidiary company print24 GmbH in dispute against Vistaprint Business Wire India

Cinterion Provides High-Speed Connectivity for M2M Lone Worker Protection Device in U.S.
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

The Valence Group Launches Innovative Benchmarking and Stock Performance Tool: The Valence Global Chemicals Indices
The Valence Group has launched The Valence Global Chemicals Indices, a unique benchmark and share performance tool for the diversified global chemicals industries. Business Wire India

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