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Leaning Tower of Pisa to celebrate St Patrick's Day by turning green
The leaning tower of Pisa is the latest landmark to turn green for St Patrick's Day on Saturday. ANI

China overtakes US as world's largest art, antiques market
China has overtook the United States as the world's biggest market for art and antiques in 2011. ANI

China becomes world's third largest tourist destination
China has now become the world's third-largest tourist destination, according to a report. ANI

Karzai slams US over handling of Afghan massacre but agrees to discuss troop plan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has slammed the United States for failing to co-operate fully with an investigation into the massacre of 16 Afghan villagers, rejecting the claim that a single soldier was responsible. ANI

Rare Glenfiddich whisky sets auction record at œ59,300
An extremely rare bottle of Glenfiddich, the world's most awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky, has sold for a record-breaking price of 59,300 pounds. ANI

Scam email from 'Gaddafi's wife' offers to share her fortune stashed in Malaysian account
An email, purported to be from former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's wife Safia Farkash Qaddafi, is offering people a piece of her fortune from the 65 million dollars stashed away in a secret Malaysian account, in return for 'a little assistance as a trusted partner'. ANI

Egyptians decry acquittal of army doctor over "virginity tests"
Egyptian pro-democracy activists have protested an acquittal verdict against an army doctor on a charge of public obscenity. ANI

Vladimir Putin's tiger tale challenged by environmentalist
Vladimir Putin is at the centre of a new controversy involving a photograph of him with a tiger he reportedly shot with a tranquilizer gun, allowing it to be tracked to help Russian preservationists save the big cats. ANI

Barack Obama thanks Oprah for endorsing him early on
Barack Obama has paid his gratitude to "good friend" Oprah Winfrey for recommending him to Americans, like she does with books and skin cream. ANI

Duchess Kate's latest jeans spark fashion frenzy
The Duchess of Cambridge has once again become a fashion sensation as fans clamour to get hold of her candy-coloured skinny jeans. ANI

'50 percent Pak urban women get beaten by their husbands'
Fifty percent of women in Pakistan's urban areas admit that their husbands beat them, a 2009 US State Department report on Pakistan has revealed. ANI

Pak SC unimpressed over 'India's RAW, Israel's Mossad behind Pak kidnappings' claims
The Pakistan Supreme Court has said it is unimpressed over claims that Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Israel's Mossad were behind kidnappings in Pakistan. ANI

China expresses concerns over North Korea's plan to launch rocket
China has expressed concern over North Korea's decision to launch a rocket mounted with a satellite next month. ANI

Assad's wife 'could face jail for lavish spending on Internet shopping'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's wife Asma could face a two-year prison sentence for spending tens of thousands of pounds on lavish accessories, as her online shopping sprees may have broken financial sanctions imposed on her husband. ANI

Juror says he's satisfied with verdict in Indian-origin Rutgers student's trial
A juror involved in the trial of former Indian-origin Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, has said that he was satisfied with Friday's verdict against the latter. ANI

Alaskan beauty queen goes bald for cancer charity
Alaskan beauty queen Debbe Ebben, who is in the running for Miss Alaska, has shaved off her head to raise money for a cancer foundation. ANI

Asian involved in UK's first white honour killing
An Asian man has been charged and arrested for being involved in Britain's first white honour killing. ANI

Mystery behind picture of near-n*ked woman on Assad's personal email account
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was sent a photograph of a near-n*ked woman posing provocatively on his personal email account, it has been revealed. ANI

Zardari stops Malik from going to Bangladesh for Asia Cup
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has stopped Interrior Minister Rehman Malik from travelling to Bangladesh to watch the Pakistan and India Asia Cup match to be played on 18th of this month. ANI

Iran sets up cyberspace council for monitoring Internet content
Iran has stepped up its efforts to monitor, filter and block content on the Internet by forming a separate legal body to deal with online censorship. ANI

No understanding with US on "illegal" drone attacks: Pak Foreign Office
Pakistan has said there can be no understanding with the US on drone attacks, as these are illegal and against the nation's sovereignty. ANI

Shahbaz Sharif threatens to drag Zardari on roads
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that he would drag Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on the roads of Karachi, Larkana and Lahore for hatching conspiracies against his province. ANI

Al-Qaeda leaders hated Fox News
Al-Qaeda leaders used to hate the American news network Fox News, documents obtained from Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound in Pakistan have revealed. ANI

Syria open to cease-fire deal but wants opponents to lay down arms first
Syria has said that is open to a cease-fire deal if its opponents are ready halt violence first. ANI

Black market gangs in UK eye huge profits selling iPads in India prior to launch
Black market gangs in London reportedly paid people to join the queue and buy the much awaited Apple's iPad3 so they could then be sold on at a profit in India, it has emerged. ANI

Pak military hierarchy reshuffle likely before year end
The military hierarchy will see a reshuffle in a phased manner and before the end of this year, over half of the formations would reportedly have new faces as their commanders. ANI

US warns North Korea's rocket launch would end food aid deal
The United States has warned that it would not send food aid to North Korea if it proceeds with its planned rocket launch. ANI

New book reveals Thatcher and Reagan fought like cat and dog
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former U.S. president Ronald Reagan were an odd couple, as different in personality as chalk and cheese. ANI

Assange plans to run for Australian Senate
Whistle blower website WikiLeaks has announced that its founder Julian Assange is planning to run for a seat in the Australian Senate. ANI

US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians identified
The US soldier, who allegedly killed 16 Afghans, has been named as Staff Sergeant Robert Bales. ANI

1 in 5 bosses reject candidates after seeing their Facebook profiles
Jobseekers are being warned to be far more vigilant over what they reveal on social networking sites, as it could cost them their career. ANI

Osama wanted Obama assassinated so 'unprepared' Biden could lead US to doom
Before being killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden ordered his network to organize special cells in Afghanistan and Pakistan to attack the aircraft of US President Barack Obama as it would throw America into crisis because Vice President Joe Biden was 'unprepared' for the job. ANI

Ijaz claims to have details of Zardari-Benazir Bhutto's bank accounts
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, the key man in the Memo Gate scandal, has claimed that he has details of President Asif Ali Zardari and his assassinated wife Benazir Bhutto's bank accounts. ANI

Zawahiri urges Pakistanis to revolt against govt., military
Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged Pakistanis to revolt against their government and military in a video posted on the Internet on Friday, US monitors have said. ANI

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