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Multiple victims at Auburn University off-campus shooting
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Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission for setting up new war crimes tribunal
Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has demanded setting up of a new war crimes tribunal to expedite the prosecution process of war criminals. ANI

Queen Elizabeth 'does her own washing up'
Queen Elizabeth does her own washing up, when she is entertaining guests for a barbecue. ANI

64pc Americans against soda ban in NY
About two-third Americans are opposing the proposed ban on soda by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. ANI

Human right activists say OZ decision to lift sanctions on Burma 'premature, dangerous'
Human right activists and former political prisoners have slammed Australia's announcement of removing lingering travel and financial sanctions on Burma as premature and dangerous. ANI

'Frustrated' Obama orders 'sharp increase' in Pak drone strikes: Report
U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered a "sharp increase" in drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas in recent months, a report said. ANI

3 Taliban bomb-making experts detained in S. Afghanistan: official
Three Taliban bomb- making experts have been detained by Afghan forces in southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday. ANI

Tokyo subway gas attack accused hid in plain sight in city for past 17 years
Wanted Japanese terrorist Katsuya Takahashi, whom the police has been hunting since Aum Shinrikyo waged its nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995, mobilizing thousands of officers over the last 17 years, has been found to be hiding in plain sight. ANI

Poll shows Oz support for monarchy hitting 25-year high
Australian support for the monarchy has hit a 25-yr high, a new poll has found. ANI

Miss Universe Org sues ex-Miss Pennsylvania over pageant rigging row
Lawyers for the Miss Universe Organization have filed an arbitration action seeking monetary damages from a former contestant who claimed that this year's Miss USA pageant was a sham. ANI

Batik belonging to Obama's mum exhibited in Malaysia museum
Some of the batik owned by President Obama's mother Ann Dunham are going to be on display in Malaysia until July 20, at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) near Bukit Aman. ANI

Sasha Obama celebrates 11th b'day with mum and friends
Barack Obama's youngest daughter Sasha, celebrated her 11th birthday several days early at a restaurant in Virginia. ANI

Dalai Lama to share stage with Russell Brand in Manchester
Russell Brand is set to share the stage with the Dalai Lama at an upcoming event in Manchester. ANI

Nepali gov't, WB to jointly work for trade facilitation
The Nepali government has taken an initiative to develop a project that would facilitate outward trade by improving quality of laboratories, custom facilities and roads in the border areas with an assistance of the World Bank. ANI

Suicide bomber targets NATO convoy in E. Afghanistan, 4 killed
At least four French soldiers with the NATO-led coalition were killed and six others injured Saturday when a suicide bomber targeted a NATO convoy in eastern Afghan province of Kapisa. ANI

Pak cabbie in Chicago gets 7 1/2 years for funding terror mastermind Ilyas Kashmiri
A Pakistani-born Chicago taxi driver was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for attempting to send money to a terrorist with alleged links to Al-Qaeda. ANI

Tunisian decision to extradite former Libyan PM irrevocable: PM
Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said on Friday evening that the extradition of Libya's former Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmoudi was irrevocable, Radio Mosaique FM reported Saturday. ANI

Top US defence official arrives for NATO supply talks
A senior US defence official has arrived in Islamabad for talks with Pakistani officials on the reopening of supply routes for NATO forces in Afghanistan, the US embassy said on Saturday. ANI

4.5-magnitude quake shakes northern Italy, no casualties reported
An earthquake of magnitude 4.5 shook northern Italy early Saturday morning, but no casualties were reported. ANI

Japanese PM stresses need to re-start Oi nuke reactor to meet country's energy needs
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has said that it is important re-start idled reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture to meet the country's energy demands and to ensure sustainable economic growth. ANI

Syrian National Council meets to elect new chief
The opposition Syrian National Council has started here the process to elect a new leader after Burhan Ghalioun resigned last month due to mounting criticism from the member groups. ANI

Pak rejects Panetta's 'oversimplified' comments on 'militant safe havens' in country
Pakistan has rejected U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's recent comments on militant safe havens in Pakistan, a move that could intensify tensions between troubled allies- Islamabad and Washington. ANI

US worked 'round the clock' to contain WikiLeaks scandal fallout
United States officials worked around the clock to contain the fallout from the WikiLeaks scandal, a State Department official has said. ANI

Obama slams 'White House deliberately leaking classified security secrets' allegations
President Barack Obama has denied the White House had engaged in politically motivated leaks of its drone program. ANI

Norwegian mass killer Breivik may have 'high-functioning' form of Aspergers syndrome
Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik may be suffering from a rare, high-functioning form of Asperger's that has made him incapable of empathy or real friendship, a psychiatrist has said. ANI

Pak Defence Ministry takes notice of Asma's 'threat to life' allegations
The Pakistan Defence Ministry has taken serious notice of allegations levelled by former Supreme Court Bar Association president and rights activist Asma Jahangir, who has alleged that the country's security establishment was plotting to assassinate her. ANI

Proposed UK law lays down 'exile' or 'family breakup' as choices under new 'austere' immigration rules
British citizens with foreign-born partners are to be given the choice of indefinite "exile" in countries including Yemen and Syria or face the breakup of their families if they want to remain in the UK, under radical immigration changes, which would be announced next week. ANI

Peace loving Pakistan harbors no aggression towards anyone: Kayani
Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has said that Pakistan is a peace loving nation and the focus of its armed forces has always remained on defending and serving the country. ANI

Saudi Prince's entourage member jailed for 10 years for rape at NY's Plaza Hotel in 2010
A member of a Saudi prince's traveling entourage has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping a 26-year-old woman in New York's Plaza Hotel two years ago. ANI

'Pak's 'unwise plan' of trumping India in Afghanistan against greater interests of world'
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said that the country's narrow interest in having more influence than India in Afghanistan should not trump the greater interests of the world. ANI

Egyptian govt slammed for releasing 'don't talk to 'spy' foreigners' advert
The Egyptian government has been slammed for releasing a series of television advertisements, which warn citizens against talking to foreigners because they might be spies. ANI

Chinese President urges Iran to be 'flexible, pragmatic' on nuke talks
China's President Hu Jintao has called on his Iranian counterpart to be 'flexible and pragmatic' ahead of talks on Tehran's nuclear programme. ANI

Study finds UK economy gaining 10 times what it pays to educate students
UK graduates contribute to the economy almost 10 times what it costs the state to educate them to degree level, new research has revealed. ANI

Interpol joins hands with United Nations under 'Project Leaf' to tackle global forest crime
Interpol and the United Nations have joined forces to launch an initiative to tackle global forest crime. ANI

Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre remains found behind London pub
The remains of an Elizabethan theatre where some of William Shakespeare's plays were first performed have been discovered in London. ANI

IAEA 'fails' to reach deal on probing Iranian nuclear sites
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said that it had failed to reach an agreement with Iran on gaining access to suspected atomic research sites. ANI

George W. Bush voted 'most unpopular living former U.S. President'
George W. Bush has been voted the most unpopular living former US president, in a poll. ANI

Pak civil society, legislators call for revamping, implementing 'honour killing' laws
Civil society and human rights activists, legislators and lawyers in Pakistan have expressed their dissatisfaction with the 'honour killing' laws and demanded to make them powerful, besides ensuring their implementation. ANI

Salahuddin warns of war inside Pak if govt. gives up war in Kashmir
Kashmiri Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin has warned that a war would take place inside Pakistan if it withdraws its support to fighting Pakistan's war in Kashmir, adding that Islamabad now cares more about trade than jihad. ANI

China to launch spacecraft in mid-June for manned space docking
China will launch its Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft sometime in mid-June to perform the country's first manned space docking mission with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module, a spokesperson said here Saturday. ANI

Counter terrorism officials identify 5 next generation Al-Qaeda leaders, including 3 with US links
American counter terrorism experts have identified at least five potential next-generation leaders of Al-Qaeda, including three with US connections, according to a report. ANI

U.N. monitors begin investigating Syrian massacre following new evidence of horrific violence
A team of U.N. monitors began investigating a massacre in central Syria on Friday, after new evidence of horrific violence surfaced. ANI

Chinese police detain 'mysteriously dead' Tiananmen Square veteran's relatives
Chinese police have reportedly detained relatives of a Tiananmen Square protest veteran after they raised concerns that he died in strange circumstances. ANI

'Pak, U.S. working on 'acceptable' draft of apology for Salala attacks to end stalemate'
The United States and Pakistan are working on the language of a possible U.S. apology for the Salala air strikes to end their stalemate and reopen NATO supply routes to Afghanistan, diplomatic sources have said. ANI

Panetta declares 'undeclared' war with Pak to protect U.S. troops in Afghanistan
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said the U.S. will do whatever it takes to protect its forces in Afghanistan. ANI

Ming bowl bought for just 65 pounds fetches over 1.6m pounds at auction
Stunning the art world, a 15th century Ming dynasty bowl that was bought for 65 pounds six decades ago has been sold for over 1.6million pounds at an auction. ANI

Male mob molests and gropes female Egyptian protesters at anti-sex assault rally
A mob of over hundred men attacked women protesters, who were holding a rally against sexual harassment at Cairo's Tahir Square on Friday. ANI

Qaeda chief's wife urges women to teach jihad to kids
The wife of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has congratulated Muslim women for the role they have played in the Arab Spring and urged them to raise their children for jihad. ANI

Burmese police clash with hundreds of Muslim protesters over sectarian dispute
Hundreds of Muslim protesters in western Burma have reportedly clashed with police over a sectarian dispute. ANI

Pakistani drug trafficker beheaded in Saudi Arabia
A Pakistani man convicted of drug trafficking has reportedly been beheaded in Saudi Arabia. ANI

James Lipton advices Obama not to drop 'G' while speaking
Talk show host James Lipton has given a piece of advice to President Obama, saying that he should not drop the "G" in "ing" while speaking as he comes from an educated class. ANI

Promotion at work 'may be key to avoiding heart disease'
Promotion at the workplace, which is generally accepted as good news for one's wallet, is beneficial for health as well, a new study has revealed. ANI

Silvio Berlusconi bedded underage girl at bunga bunga party, says model
Claims that Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi slept with an underage girl at his infamous 'bunga bunga' party has been corroborated by one of his guests. ANI

Maldivian President vows to 'quit' if found to have role in coup
Maldivian President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik has said that he would step down if an independent inquiry finds he had been part of any coup. ANI

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