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Drought hit Brits to be fined 1000 pounds for using hosepipes
British households could face a 1000-pound fine for using hosepipes as the country tries to avert its worst drought in 124 years. ANI

BBC presenter says 'people seem shocked that women have br**ts'
'BBC Breakfast' presenter Susanna Reid feels viewers overreact to sightings of her cleavage on air. ANI

Woman drowns sons, orders lunch and then jumps onto busy freeway
An Australian woman has been charged with killing her two young sons by drowning them in a bathtub. ANI

Media watchdog names India among 'Enemies of Internet' countries for curbing freedom of expression
A global media watchdog group has released its "Enemies of the Internet" list for 2012, citing countries like India and China that put a restriction on the freedom of expression on the Internet. ANI

Brooks arrested in News of the World phone-hacking probe
Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and her husband have been arrested in dawn raids on the suspicion of being behind a conspiracy to hinder the course of justice in connection with the phone-hacking scandal probe. ANI

Prince Harry 'banned from pubs' during Apache pilot training
Prince Harry has been banned from pubs and social events, and told to concentrate on his helicopter training, or risk being dropped from his dream second tour of Afghanistan. ANI

Obama's job approval rating falls to 41%: Poll
A new poll has found that US President Barack Obama's job approval rating has dropped to 41 percent despite signs of an improving economy ANI

About half of Alabama, Mississippi Republicans believe Obama is Muslim: Poll
About half of Republican voters in Alabama and Mississippi believe US President Barack Obama is a Muslim, and about one in four respondents said his parents' inter-racial marriage should have been illegal, a new poll has found. ANI

Hu urges PLA to safeguard social stability, military personnel
Chinese President Hu Jintao has urged the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the armed police to pay more attention to safeguarding the social stability, including the military personnel. ANI

Sarkozy denies receiving 50 million pounds as illegal campaign funding from Gaddafi
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has denied claims that he had received 50 milion euros (42 million pounds) in an illegal campaign funding from former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2007. ANI

Pak SC moved to put Pasha's name on Exit Control List
A petition has been filed in the Pakistan Supreme Court to impose restrictions on soon to-be retired Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt General Ahmed Shuja Pasha from leaving Pakistan, and put his name on the Exit Control List (ECL). ANI

Swiss workers reject proposal to increase annual paid holiday
Swiss voters have said no to increasing their four weeks' annual paid holiday to six. ANI

73% Britons believe Afghan War unwinnable
Over seven in ten Britons believe that the Afghan war was unwinnable. ANI

Stop Pak from committing rights abuses in Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan: Expert
Pakistan continues to violate human rights of people living on its side of Kashmir as well of those residents living in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, a noted Kashmiri leader has claimed. ANI

At least five people killed in US drone strike in N. Waziristan
At least five people have been killed in a drone strike in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan. ANI

Ex Indian- origin Rutgers student won't testify in webcam-spying trial
The lawyer of former Indian-origin Rutgers student Dharun Ravi has rested his case without calling his client to testify in the trial. ANI

US-UK to end "lead combat role" in Afghanistan by mid 2013
US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron are all set to give a green signal on Wednesday to tentative plans for British and American troops to end their "lead combat role" in Afghanistan by the middle of next year. ANI

'Confident' Obama sheds 'underdog' status to gain power for next five years
US President Barack Obama has said seems to have shed his 'underdog' status, as he appeared very confident while claiming that he would return back to power for the next five years. ANI

Wearing lab coats 'make you more attentive and careful while working'
Putting on a white coat, which is normally associated with doctors and scientists, helps people concentrate on their work and make fewer errors, a new study has claimed. ANI

Da Vinci masterpiece believed to be hiding behind Giorgio Vasari painting
Art 'detectives' attempting to find Leonardo da Vinci's long lost masterpiece in a Florence palazzo have found traces of paint which match the ones used by him for the Mona Lisa. ANI

Obama to open anti-bullying documentary premiere
Barack Obama is set to deliver an opening message before the debut of a Cartoon Network documentary about bullied youth across America and those who have helped them. ANI

Imam dies in Belgium mosque fire incident
A 47-year-old imam has died while trying to extinguish flames in a mosque in Belgium that was attacked by an arsonist. ANI

Jindal says won't endorse GOP candidate before Louisiana primary result
Louisiana's Indian-origin Governor Bobby Jindal will not endorse a candidate before the results of the state's March 24 primary. ANI

Wearing lab coats 'makes you more attentive and careful while working'
Putting on a white coat, which is normally associated with doctors and scientists, helps people concentrate on their work and make fewer errors, a new study has claimed. ANI

Syrian forces accused of perpretating worst atrocity after killing 45 women, children
Syrian forces are being accused of perpretating one of the worst atrocities following reports of at least 45 women and children being hacked or burnt to death for protesting the President Bashar-al Assad regime. ANI

Queen 'taking style tips from Duchess Kate for Diamond Jubilee Tour'
Queen Elizabeth is said to have asked the Duchess of Cambridge for advice on what to wear after becoming a fan of her taste for classic styles. ANI

Growing organ market targets and exploits poor in South Asia
Impoverished people in developing South Asian countries are increasingly being targeted and "exploited" in the growing black market trade of human organs, a new paper has revealed. ANI

First Chinese aircraft carrier to begin service this year
China plans to put its first aircraft carrier into service later this year. ANI

US says American soldier's civilian carnage won't change Afghan mission plan
The United States has no plans to change ite mission in Afghanistan amid concerns that an alleged American soldier's attack on Afghan civilians could hinder its military operations in the country. ANI

Obama campaign launches 2012 NCAA tournament bracket challenge
President Obama's re-election campaign is hoping to capitalize on March madness with a new online contest. ANI

Terror outfit-turned 'charity' JuD set to come under Pak Central Bank scanner
The Pakistan central bank's fresh instructions to financial institutions to maintain strict vigilance over non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charities could put a spanner in the works for organizations like the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) that call themselves charitable institutions. ANI

US soldier could face death penalty for Afghan massacre: Panetta
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that the soldier responsible for the alleged massacre of 16 Afghan citizens could face the death penalty. ANI

Richard Nixon's love letters to wife up for public display
Richard Nixon's love letters to his wife Patricia Ryan, whom called his 'Irish Gypsy', will go on public display this week. ANI

I had contacts with Ijaz but never discussed memo with him: Haqqani
Former Pakistan Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani has said in a reply submitted to the Judicial Commission that he never denied having contacts with Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, but he never discussed any memo with him either. ANI

Indians aren't polytheists and not all Pakistanis are extremists: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is on a three day visit to Pakistan, has refuted the notion that Hindus are polytheists and a majority of Pakistanis are extremists. ANI

KDDI Installed GoNet Systems Outdoor Wi-Fi Solution
GoNet Systems, a leading provider of 3G offload beamforming Wi-Fi solutions for cellular operators and service providers, announced today that KDDI Installed GoNet Systems access points in a number of stadiums and high density city areas in Tokyo. Business Wire India

Mobily Selects Gemalto for Machine-to-Machine Services in Saudi Arabia
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653), the world leader in digital security, announces that Mobily, Saudi Arabia’s leading mobile operator, has selected Gemalto’s Machine Identification Module (MIM) for the deployment of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) services Business Wire India

One Year After Tsunami, Kurion System Responsible for Approximately 70 Percent of the Radioactivity Removed from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant
Kurion, Inc., an innovator in nuclear waste management, today announced that since the June 17 start-up of its proprietary cesium removal system at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant it has processed more than 137,340 Metric Tons (MT) (36 million gallons) of waste water and was responsible for removal of approximately 3 Business Wire India

New Study: Adaptive Motion Trainers Can Put Significant Stress on Knees, May Not Be Best Option for Those with Knee Pain
New research conducted by the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Department of Physical Therapy calls into question the conventional wisdom that non-impact cardio machines, such as adaptive motion trainers (AMTs), apply minimum stress to the joints Business Wire India

Gruppo Campari FY 2011 Results
The Board of Directors of Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. (Reuters CPRI.MI - Bloomberg CPR IM) approved the consolidated full year results for the year ending 31 December 2011. Business Wire India

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