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Pak SC dissatisfied with ISI, MI replies in Adiala jail missing inmates' case
The Pakistan Supreme Court has expressed dissatisfaction over the report submitted by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Military Intelligence (MI) in the Adiala jail missing prisoners' case. ANI

Pak SC livid over statements in 'ISI bribing politicians' case going missing from court
Pakistan Supreme Court has expressed surprise that statements vital in recommencing hearing of the long pending petition of former Air Marshal Asghar Khan about the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) bribing politicians, were missing. ANI

Pak opposition leader warns govt. against extending 'failed' DG ISI Pasha's tenure
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior member and Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has warned the federal government against extending Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general, Lt General Ahmad Shuja Pasha's tenure for a third time. ANI

KFC denies having opened branch in Iran after 30-year hiatus
American fast food chain restaurant Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is not opening any branch in Iran. ANI

High-level meeting 'to take stock of Pak-US relations' held at Presidency
President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman gathered for a high-level meeting at the Presidency to take stock of Pak-US relations. ANI

Egyptian man thought to be senior Al-Qaeda figure hands himself to police to clear name
An Egyptian man whose name was on an FBI 'most wanted' list as an alias for a senior Al-Qaeda figure has handed himself in to the police in a bid to clear his reputation. ANI

Teamwork 'may lead to better decisions when members are fatigued'
People who work together as a team are much more efficient in solving problems than those who face their fatigue by themselves, according to a new study. ANI

Ex-Sun editor Rebekah Brooks' phone was hacked 'twice a week'
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks had her phone hacked by News of the World twice a week while she was editor of The Sun, it has emerged. ANI

Muslim Brotherhood member elected as speaker of Egypt's upper house
Egypt's upper house of parliament has chosen an Islamist as its speaker, consolidating the powerful political wing Muslim Brotherhood's control of the country's legislature. ANI

Loo wars break out between Chinese men and women
Chinese women are faced with a major problem - not having enough public toilets to relief themselves. ANI

Most Americans don't see gay marriage, abortion as something their votes depend upon
Social issues such as gay marriage and abortion are at the bottom of the list of concerns that American voters consider very important to their vote in the 2012 presidential election, according to a new poll. ANI

New reality series to chronicle Bristol Palin's life
Bristol Palin, daughter of 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, will soon be appearing in a reality television series that would offer an insight into her life in Alaska as a young, single mother. ANI

US military planners say Iran's underground nuclear sites not 'impregnable'
American military planners have said that Iran's underground nuclear sites are not impregnable and could be conquered with the help of its bunker-busters. ANI

Australian troops share 'sexist and racist' stuff on Facebook
The Australian Defence Force is investigating claims that several serving troops have posted racist and sexist material on a closed Facebook page. ANI

Formal apology to Karzai over Koran burnings have calmed Afghan fury against US: Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama has said that his formal apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the burning of Korans by U.S. troops last week has "calmed things down" after the incident sparked an outbreak of violence across the country. ANI

US extremely concerned over 'Pakistan diverting aid money for expanding nuke programme'
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that the diversion of US military aid to Pakistan's nuclear programme still remains a major concern for the Obama administration, even as America has built a firewall to prevent its misuse. ANI

Quetta Taliban displaying signs of flexibility, says Afghan peace council chief
The Quetta-based Taliban have started to show signs of flexibility towards dialogue, according to the head of a provincial Afghan peace council. ANI

Pak parliamentary panel asks spy agencies to not exceed authority in Balochistan
In an unexpected move aimed at soothing frayed tempers in Balochistan, a parliamentary panel has urged country's spy agencies to avoid overstepping their authority. ANI

Minority MPA says young Hindu girls subjected to gross injustice in Pakistan
A minority Member of the Sindh Provincial Assembly (MPA) Pitanber Sewani has said that the Hindu girls are subjected to gross injustice in the country, and reminded the government not to force Hindus in Sindh to follow the course of Baloch nationalists who are fighting "a war for their rights". ANI

Tokyo Sky Tree becomes world's tallest tower
The Tokyo Sky Tree, whose construction finished two months late because of the quake and tsunami that struck Japan last March, is currently the tallest tower in the world. ANI

Testimony by witness could prove most damaging against Indian-origin ex-Rutgers student
Testimony by a witness of Indian-origin is likely to prove the most damaging against an Indian-origin former Rutgers student, Dharun Ravi, in connection with a case involving the use of a webcam that was trained on a man. ANI

Egypt lifts travel ban on US NGO workers accused of violating country's law
Egypt has reportedly lifted a travel ban imposed on seven American NGO workers accused of using illegal foreign funds to foment unrest in the country. ANI

US expresses 'guarded optimism' over North Korea nuclear moratorium decision
The United States has expressed guarded optimism over an agreement with North Korea on freezing the country's nuclear weapons program in return for desperately needed food aid. ANI

Suspected Musharraf assassinator and GITMO detainee admits terror charges
The first "high value" prisoner held at the U.S. detention centre at Guantanamo Bay has pleaded guilty to terror charges before a military tribunal. ANI

US jets enter Pak air space in North Waziristan
American fighters jets breached Pakistan's air space near the tribal area of Loda Mandi, North Waziristan Agency on Wednesday. ANI

Egypt presidential polls set for end of May 2012
Egypt's first presidential election since last year's ouster of Hosni Mubarak's regime will be held on May 23 and 24. ANI

UN claims about 6,000 Libyans detained by revolutionary brigades
The United Nations has estimated that up to 6,000 Libyans are in the custody of revolutionary brigades, which helped former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. ANI

Pakistan has 'no basis' to detain doc who helped CIA track down Osama: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that Pakistan has "no basis" for detaining doctor Shakil Afridi who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. ANI

US warns Pak of 'crippling consequences' over Iran gas pipeline deal
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that Pakistan could face damaging consequences if it goes ahead with the proposed Iran-Pakistan pipeline project. ANI

Zawahiri calls US defence cuts, talks with Taliban 'signs of shrinking American power'
New Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has said that the United States' decisions to cut its defence budget and engage in peace talks with the Afghan Taliban are signals of a decline in the country's power. ANI

Pak formally launches Interpol red notice bid to enable Musharraf's arrest
Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has sent a formal request to Interpol to issue red warrants for the arrest of former president Pervez Musharraf, an accused and proclaimed offender in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case. ANI

ZTE IPTV Low Bit Rate High Definition Transcoding Solution Nominated for Global IPTV Industry Award
ZTE Corporation ("ZTE"), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced that its innovative IPTV low bit rate high definition transcoding solution has been nominated for the World’s Best Component or Enabler Award by the IPTV World Forum Business Wire India

Port of Los Angeles Receives Inaugural Climate Leadership Award from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The Port of Los Angeles has been named a recipient of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) inaugural Climate Leadership Award, which recognizes businesses and organizations that have shown outstanding leadership in response to climate change Business Wire India

PineBridge Investments’ Board of Directors Names David T. Jiang Chief Executive Officer
PineBridge Investments, (“PineBridge”) the global multi-asset class investment manager, is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed David T. Jiang as Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1, 2012. Business Wire India

Etisalat, Oberthur Technologies and MasterCard Celebrate the GSMA Award for Best Mobile Money Innovation at the 2012 MWC, Barcelona, Spain
The successful launch of Etisalat’s mobile money and NFC solutions across multiple affiliates in Asia, Africa and the Middle East reinforces its position as a true global player in the mobile payments arena and supports its global ambition to be an innovation and market leader. Business Wire India

BlackRock Launches Global Initiative Offering Investors Practical Actions for Today’s Uncertain Markets
BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) has launched a multi-faceted global initiative that offers investors practical actions for building more dynamic, more diverse portfolios that these times require Business Wire India

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