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India and Malaysia hold third round of foreign office consultations in Kuala Lumpur
The third India-Malaysia Foreign Office Consultations were held here today in Putrajaya. ANI

US army uncovers latest non-lethal weapon with Active Denial System
The United States military has unveiled its latest non-lethal weapon, which is actually an electromagnetic beam of severe heat and uses the Active Denial System (ADS). ANI

Rehman Malik says banned militant groups can be delisted if they "close down militant wings"
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said banned militant groups, including the Taliban, would be delisted if they "closed their militant wings". ANI

Pak Senate Bill: Human rights body can also scrutinise armed forces
The armed forces will not be immune from scrutiny of the new National Commission of Human Rights (NHCR) if it commits human rights violations, a text of the National Commission of Human Rights Bill, 2012, as passed by Senate, has said. ANI

If Baloch sovereignty tops agenda, we can talk with Pak: Brahamdagh Bugti
Leader of the Balochistan Republic Party (BRP) Nawabzada Brahamdagh Bugti has called for a political solution to Balochistan, and asked Pakistan to set the agenda first. ANI

I hope I have done Queen Elizabeth proud, says Prince Harry
Prince Harry hopes that the Queen is proud of what he has done during his first solo overseas tour. ANI

Iraqi Sunni tribal sheikh admits sending men to fight against Assad regime in Syria
An Iraqi Sunni sheikh has admitted to sending his men and tens of thousands of dollars worth of arms and other aid across the border to fight the Bashar al- Assad regime in Syria. ANI

US presidential campaign targets women voters
The US presidential campaign is targeting women voters. ANI

Ahmadinejad says Iran does not fear West's 'bombs and warships and planes'
Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has reportedly said his country does not fear military strikes by the West. ANI

Majority of raped and shamed UK women don't report their perpetrators
A new research indicates that the vast majority of rape victims in Britain do not report the perpetrators of such crimes to the police. ANI

Sarkozy apologises to policewoman after teenage son throws tomato, pellets at her
French President Nicholas Sarkozy has had to apologise to a policewoman after his 15-year-old son threw a tomato at her from the presidential palace. ANI

GOP race for White House is "corrosive": Obama adviser
Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is of the view that the Republican presidential campaign has "weakened", and may not be a match-up against Barack Obama when the campaign heats up in the fall. ANI

Slow recovery, Europe remain biggest uncertainties, says Chinese central bank governor
The governor of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), Zhou Xiaochuan, said Monday that a slow world recovery process and the unstable economic and financial situation in Europe will be the biggest uncertainties for China's economy this year. ANI

Merely 10 pc men 'do more housework than their partner'
Eight out of ten married women do more housework as compared to their partners, a new study has found. ANI

I'm funnier than Queen Elizabeth, says Prince Harry
Prince Harry has revealed that his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, has a great sense of humour, insisting he is funnier of the two. ANI

Rehman Malik asks Taliban to give up violence for peace talks
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has invited the Taliban for peace talks with the government by giving up violence. ANI

Dubai court jails maid, Pak worker for having consensual sex
A Dubai court has sentenced a Pakistani worker and a housemaid to two months for having consensual sex. ANI

Taliban vows to avenge deaths of 16 Afghan civilians in Kandahar
The Taliban has vowed to avenge the death of 16 Afghan civilians, who were killed in a house-to-house shooting spree in Panjwayi district, Kandahar by an American soldier. ANI

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar traveling with peace mantra to Islamabad to mend Indo-Pak ties
Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is arriving here on three days to strengthen bilateral ties between India and Pakistan, through promoting peaceful solutions. ANI

UAE demands Egypt's explanation on Muslim Brotherhood's statement
The United Arab Emirates has officially demanded an explanation from Egypt for Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Mahmoud Gozlan's statements against the country. ANI

UK minister faces legal action over US drone strikes in Pakistan
Lawyers representing the family of a man killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan has said they would begin a legal action against Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague, accusing him of complicity in strikes that allegedly broke international laws. ANI

Poll says Romney has work to do ahead of Illinois primary
Though Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is slightly ahead of GOP rival Rick Santorum, 35 percent to 31 percent, his campaign is aware that he has a lot of work to do to win the March 20 Illinois GOP primary. ANI

Egyptian lawmakers begin steps to target military-backed regime
Egyptian lawmakers have voted to begin steps to withdraw confidence from the military-backed government, reflecting a growing anger about the handling of a spat with the U.S. over foreign funding to civil-society groups. ANI

William Hague sued over assisting US in conducting Pak drone strikes
Human rights lawyers have sued British Foreign Secretary William Hague over the alleged use of intelligence in assisting US drone strikes in Pakistan. ANI

Gilani claims 'my ties with Pak Army so close that no air can pass through'
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said he is having such a cordial relationship with the Army that "no air can pass" between them. ANI

Pakistan bans three more religious charity organizations
The Pakistan Government has banned three other religious charity organisations working in the country. ANI

Gilani refuses to write to Swiss Govt. for re-opening corruption cases against Zardari
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said he is firm on his stand of not writing a letter to the Swiss authorities to re-open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

ISI chief Lt Gen Islam appointed on merit for "fresh start": Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Lt General Zaheerul Islam has been appointed as the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief on merit, and with an intention of making "a fresh start". ANI

Egypt acquits military doctor suspected of conducting women detainees' 'virginity test'
An Egyptian military tribunal has acquitted an army doctor of public obscenity charge filed by a protester, who claimed she was forced to undergo a virginity test, while in detention. ANI

Rivals describe Romney as the weakest GOP presidential frontrunner since 1920
Republican rivals Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have sharpened their attacks on GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, describing him as probably the weakest GOP front-runner since 1920. ANI

Now, prepare for 'dinosaur tactic' in job interviews
Employers are increasingly going for 'extreme interviewing' techniques which include questions such as, 'If you were a dinosaur, what would you be?' ANI

Sherry Rehman says US Congressman's resolution on Balochistan may undermine US-Pak ties
Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman has expressed serious concern over Congressman Dana Rohrabacher's resolution on Balochistan, in a letter addressed to US House of Representatives speaker John Boehner. ANI

Annan 'optimistic' after talks with Assad to end Syria bloodshed
UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan has said he is "optimistic" about violence reducing in Syria after a second round of talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. ANI

New Ranking Reveals U.S. and European Cities Are World’s Most Competitive; Asian Cities Strongest Economically: EIU Report
A new Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) research report, commissioned by Citi, reveals that New York, London and Singapore rank first, second and third in competitiveness, out of 120 of the world’s major cities Business Wire India

Gregory Balestrero, Former President and CEO of Project Management Institute (PMI®) Joins International Institute for Learning, Inc.
International Institute for Learning, Inc. is honored to announce that Gregory Balestrero, former President and CEO of PMI®, has joined IIL. He will advise on new program development attuned to Corporate Consciousness, Leadership, and Sustainability. Business Wire India

ITC Global Meets Rising Demand of Oil and Gas and Maritime Markets With SES
SES (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) today announced that ITC Global, an international provider of satellite communications services to remote mining, oil and gas, and maritime operations, has renewed a capacity deal to deliver connectivity to rigs and vessels throughout the Gulf of Mexico region. Business Wire India

Covington to Open Seoul Office, Adds William H.Y. Park
Covington & Burling LLP has applied to open a new office in Seoul to better serve its Korea-based clients and has tapped William H.Y. Park, a veteran corporate lawyer based in Korea, to help oversee the expansion. Business Wire India

Synergy Drive Inc.""Have You Ever Seen/Heard This Before?""
Synergy drive announces the simultaneous global launch of a live sound and communication space, voice SNS: 'VoiceLink™' from March 9th, 2012. Business Wire India

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