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Iraq's moral police stones to death 14 students for following 'emo culture'
At least 14 youngsters have been stoned to death in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, in what appears to be a campaign by Shia militants, for having haircuts and wearing clothes emulating the 'emo' trend popular among western teenagers. ANI

World's largest naval vessel 'the Big E' makes last journey
The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and largest naval vessel on the planet, USS Enterprise (CVN-65) - also known as the Big E - will set for its final voyage on Sunday. ANI

Obama upgrades 'special relationship' for White House welcome to David, Samantha Cameron
US President Barack Obama is set to warmly welcome UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha on an official visit with a state dinner" at the White House this week after describing the UK as "closest partner in the world." ANI

Pakistan's HR Commission alarm over 'forced conversion' of Hindu girls in Sindh
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Saturday expressed its concern over reports of forced conversion and marriage of Hindu girls in Sindh, 'on average 25 cases a month', and urged the authorities concerned to ensure protection to the minorities. ANI

Our big mistake was to assume we had won Afghan War: UK envoy
British ambassador to Afghanistan William Patey has claimed both Washington and Downing Street wrongly assumed that the Afghan War was "won and the Taliban had run away" in what he described as a major strategy mistake. ANI

UK Home Secretary's 'curry house' raided by immigration officers
A curry house opened by UK Home Secretary Theresa May has been raided by her own immigration officers. ANI

Ex-Mehran Bank chief Younis says he personally handed money to Nawaz Sharif
Former Mehran Bank chief Younis Habib has claimed that he had personally delivered money to former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the latter's home. ANI

Nuclear power 'important' China's energy development strategy: Expert
Nuclear power remains important to China's energy development strategy because of its quest for clean energy and climate change mitigation, an expert has said. ANI

'Naked' cyclists stage protest over poor road safety in Lima
Hundreds of scantily clad and nude took to the streets of Peru's capital, Lima to highlight poor safety on the city's roads. ANI

China aims to launch 100 satellites with 100 rockets between 2011-2015
China has set a target of completing a space mission of "100 rockets, 100 satellites" between 2011 and 2015. ANI

New book claims key Lockerbie evidence 'was not given to Megrahi's lawyers'
A new book has claimed that the key information that could have acquitted Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi of the Lockerbie bombing was not given to his defence team. ANI

Sarah Palin's daughter to have her own reality show
Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol is set to star in her own reality TV series on Lifetime. ANI

Russian opposition calls for civil rights campaign against Putin for election win
Russia's opposition has called for a sustained civil rights campaign against Vladimir Putin at a Moscow protest after his victory in an allegedly rigged presidential election. ANI

Santorum wins Kansas caucus but still struggling in White House race
Rick Santorum won the Kansas Republican presidential caucuses, marking his strongest caucus finish but he is still struggling to make a mark in Mitt Romney's delegate lead for the White House race. ANI

More than 100 Egyptians turn up as presidential hopefuls
Over 100 Egyptians have applied for the presidential polls in May, according to Farouk Sultan, head of the country's election commission. ANI

No political dialogue can succeed while armed terrorist groups operate in Syria: Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that no political dialogue can succeed to restore peace while "armed terrorist groups" continue to operate in his country. ANI

Guantanamo Bay's Taliban inmates 'agree to Qatar transfer'
Five senior Taliban operatives detained at the Guantanamo Bay have agreed to be moved to custody in Qatar as part of a peace plan, the Afghan government officials has said. ANI

Pak banned Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamat on US directive: Ludhianvi
The Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamat (ASWJ) has said the Pakistan government imposed a ban on it on the directives of the United States. These attempts at banning ASWJ are on the directives of the USA," The Express Tribune quoted ASWJ chairperson Maulana Ahmad Ali Ludhianvi, as saying. ANI

Prince Harry pokes fun of elder brother William in Brazil
Prince Harry poked fun at Prince William, by putting a mask of his older brother over his face, while being very goofy, as he took part in a mile-long fun-run in Brazil. ANI

UK govt likely to argue 'Christians have no right to wear cross at work' in legal case
The UK government is likely to argue in a landmark case at the European Court of Human Rights that Christians do not have a right to wear a cross or crucifix openly at the workplace. ANI

Gilani says there could be reshuffle in Cabinet after Senate elections
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said there could be a reshuffling in the Federal Cabinet after the Senate elections. ANI

Gilani "confused" over Pak SC directive to write to Switzerland to reopen corruption cases against Zardari
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that he is confused over the Supreme Court's directives to write letters to the Swiss Government to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, demanding a compliance report by March 21. ANI

'Underappreciation' makes employees quit their jobs
The real reason people quit their job and look for a new one is that they feel underappreciated. ANI

New ISI chief Islam not related to Shahrukh Khan: ISPR
Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has turned down an Indian media report that the new Inter-Services Intelligence chief, Zahir-ul-Islam, and Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan are related. ANI

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