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Voters think Obama would be better President for dogs over Romney
President Obama has much higher favourable ratings than Mitt Romney when it comes to treatment of dogs, according to a poll. ANI

Obama beats GOP candidates in online search
More adults visited President Barack Obama's campaign website in January than the four Republican hopefuls combined, according to a research company. ANI

Ex Miss America Kirsten Haglund reveals teenage battle with anorexia
Kirsten Haglund, who was crowned Miss America in 2008, has admitted that she suffered from anorexia nervosa during her early teens. ANI

UN war crimes resolution: India votes in favour, but says give Lanka time for reconciliation, peace
India was among 24 countries that voted against Sri Lanka today at a session of the United Nation Human Rights Council in Geneva. ANI

US embassy complex's height triggers fears off diplomatic stand-off between US, Pak
The revision of height of the new American embassy complex in Islamabad has sparked off fears of a diplomatic stand-off between the United States and Pakistan. ANI

Ex Pak army commando turned Al Qaeda member acquitted of murder of Lahore hospital official
Former Pakistan Army commando Major (r) Haroon Ashiq, who became a key al-Qaeda operative and allegedly planned the November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, has been acquitted by an Anti-Terrorism Court in a murder case, with witnesses withdrawing their testimony over reprisal fears. ANI

Female part time workers in UK earn 5 pct more than their male counterparts
Female workers in the UK who go to part-time jobs earn more than men who work similar hours, according to a report. ANI

Rebekah Brooks quizzed over payments to UK Defense Ministry officials
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has reportedly been questioned by police about payments to officials at Britain's Ministry of Defence. ANI

Pak rejects Afghan demand for in-kind payments in TAPI gas pipeline project
Pakistan has rejected Afghanistan's demand for transit fees payment in the form of gas under the 7.6 billion dollars Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project. ANI

Haqqani admits to making 8 'non memo related' phone calls to Ijaz between May 9 and 12, 2011
Pakistan's former ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani has admitted to making at least eight phone calls of about 40 minutes to Pakistan- American businessman Mansoor Ijaz between May 9 and 12, 2011, but denied that the MemoGate was the topic of their conversation. ANI

US committed to ties with Pakistan despite ups and downs: Clinton
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said US is waiting for the results of Pakistan parliament's debate on reviewing bilateral ties and stressed that it is committed to relations with Pakistan despite ups and downs. ANI

260 million dollars 'sex slave' lawsuit thrown out of court
A 260-million-dollar sex-slave lawsuit against American Apparel founder Dov Charney has been tossed out by a Brooklyn judge and sent to arbitration. ANI

Sri Lankan ethnic groups divided over UN resolution on civil war probe
Sri Lanka's ethnic groups are divided over a US resolution demanding an independent investigation into government atrocities carried out in country's 26-year civil war against the Tamil Tigers in 2009, according to a report. ANI

Ex Rutgers Indian-origin student does not regret passing on no-jail plea deal
A former Indian- origin Rutgers student, who has been convicted for web-streaming his gay roommate's encounter, has said he does not regret passing on a no-jail plea deal. ANI

Musharraf responsible for Bhutto's murder: Article
Both the United Nations and Joint Investigation Team reports blame former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf for former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination, an article in an American daily has said. ANI

NYPD says Iranian spies conducted 'hostile reconnaissance' of New York City landmarks
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has claimed that Iranian spies have conducted 'hostile reconnaissance' of the New York city landmarks and infrastructure on at least six occasions since 2002. ANI

Prince William back home to Kate after completing Falklands tour of duty
Prince William had an emotional reunion with his wife Kate after flying back into the UK following his six weeks stint in the Falklands. ANI

'Al Qaeda' militant claims to have been trained in Waziristan
French Police have quoted an al Qaeda militant in their custody as saying that he was trained by al Qaeda in Waziristan on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. ANI

Jeb Bush endorses Romney for President
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has secured a key endorsement for his presidential campaign from former Florida governor Jeb Bush. ANI

Asian population in US grew faster than any other ethnic group in last 10 yrs
The Asian population of the United States grew faster than any other racial or ethnic group in the last decade, according to a report. ANI

Afghan officials expected to press US for veto power over controversial night raids
Officials in Afghanistan are likely to press their US counterparts for veto power over controversial night raids on Afghan homes as well as warrants signed by a judge before the operations are carried out, according to a report. ANI

Pak SC rejects Gilani's demand to form new bench to hear NRO case on Zardari
The Pakistan Supreme Court has rejected reservations expressed by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's counsel Aitzaz Ahsan in hearing an NRO case on a daily basis. ANI

Pak will grant MFN status to India by December 2012: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status would be granted to India by December 2012 and expressed the hope that trade relations normalize with India. ANI

US lawmakers reject Pak parliamentary panel's anti-drone recommendations
American lawmakers have rejected Pakistan's demand to end drone strikes in that country. ANI

Stunning new images show how Titanic looks today on seabed
New images of the Titanic show the complete wreck of the sunken ship, resting 12,500ft down on the sea floor, for the first time ever. ANI

UN Security Council agrees on statement calling to end Assad's bloody crackdown in Syria
UN Security Council has backed envoy Kofi Annan's efforts to end the Syrian regime's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protestors. ANI

Muslim Brotherhood may nominate Egyptian presidential candidate
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has said it is considering reversing a year-old pledge not to put forward a presidential candidate from its ranks. ANI

China cracks down on social media services searching for ousted leader's name
A crack down has been launched on social media services in China that have allowed searches and wide discussion of controversial politician Bo Xilai since his ouster last week. ANI

Revealed: Words you won't find on Chinese Twitter
Picky Chinese censors have reportedly blocked the use of a list of words on Weibo, their version of Twitter. ANI

Romney aide's Etch-A-Sketch comment prompts online mockery
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's momentum from his Illinois victory was blunted Wednesday by a massive campaign blunder when a top aide said the candidate's positions are as changeable as an Etch-A-Sketch. ANI

Now, NRIs in Oman must get their documents attested by MEA in India
The Indian Embassy in Oman has advised all its citizens in the country to get their documents attested/apostilled by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. ANI

Developing countries to challenge US hold on World Bank presidency
The United States historic hold on the presidency of the World Bank is set to be challenged by developing countries, who are reportedly discussing plans to field African and South American candidates against the Obama administration nominee. ANI

Gilani not to get over 6 months in prison if convicted of contempt of court: Lawyer
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani will not be sentenced for over six months in jail if he is convicted in the contempt of court case, his lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan has said. ANI

Gilani rules out resignation
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has ruled out his resignation, saying he is a representative of 180 million citizens and added that his resignation was not an ordinary issue like a reshuffle in the cabinet. ANI

Indian fisherman in Oman brutally beaten for seeking break from work takes shelter in Muscat
An Indian fish vendor in Oman, who was brutally beaten up by relatives of his employer for seeking rest after long hours of working, has arrived in Muscat after running away from Duqm for taking shelter. ANI

Imran Khan-led PTI rejects parliamentary panel report on reviewing ties with US
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has rejected the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) report, which aims at reviewing ties with the United States (US). ANI

Bangladesh court blocks Facebook pages, website for 'blaspheming Prophet Mohammed, other religions'
A Bangladesh court has ordered authorities to shut down five Facebook pages and a website for insulting Prophet Mohammed and other religions. ANI

Shuja Pasha's leaked interview shows Pak 'feared Taliban seizing control of Afghanistan'
Pakistan does not want the Taliban to seize control of Afghanistan when NATO forces leave the war-torn country, it has emerged. ANI

Women fed up with jobs more prone to 'uncontrolled eating'
Women who are over-worked or bored with their career are likelier to turn to comfort food like chocolates or biscuits, according to a Finnish study. ANI

MEF Releases MEF-CECP Study Guide
The MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) has launched an online study guide to support their Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) program. With 191 MEF-CECPs already registered in 27 countries since the program’s launch last year, the response has been extremely positive Business Wire India

NEC Announces Agreement to Acquire Convergys' Global Information Management (IM) Business, a Leader in Business Support Systems (BSS)
NEC Corporation today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Convergys Corporation's Information Management (IM) business, which is recognized for its industry-leading record of delivering Business Support Systems (BSS) transformations to communications service providers around the world Business Wire India

Gemalto Wins Two Awards for Mobile Commerce Innovation from Juniper Research
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces it has won two Future Mobile Awards from Juniper Research in the Near Field Communications (NFC) and Mobile Ticketing categories respectively Business Wire India

NSTPL Selects Intelsat Satellite for Launch of ‘Headend in the Sky’ for Digital Cable TV Service
Intelsat S.A Business Wire India

Industrial Demonstration of Post-Combustion Co2 Capture Launch of the European Octavius Research Project
On 13 and 14 March this year, the Octavius project dedicated to post-combustion CO2 capture has been launched at IFPEN (France). The main challenge of the project is to significantly increase the energy efficiency of the capture technologies in order to reduce its costs. Business Wire India

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