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Manmohan Singh arrives in Seoul to attend nuclear safety summit
Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh has reached Seoul to attend the Nuclear Safety Summit. He landed at a Seoul airbase and was recieved by South Korea's Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kim Sing Han. ANI

Sarkozy's spy chief says 'French gunman had no ties to Al-Qaeda'
French President Nicolas Sarkozy's spy chief has said that a gunman who killed three young children and a rabbi at a Jewish school, has no ties to organized groups or jihadists such as Al-Qaeda. ANI

Second spying plan wasn't his idea, claims ex Indian -origin Rutgers student
Former Indian-origin Rutgers student Dharun Ravi has claimed that web-streaming his gay roommate's encounter for the second time "actually wasn't my idea." ANI

African Union suspends Mali following military coup
The African Union has suspended Mali's membership following the military coup, which ousted president Amadou Toumani Tour‚. ANI

Santorum says 'he'd rather have four more years of Obama than 'Etch A Sketch' Romney'
US Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum took a shot at chief rival Mitt Romney, suggesting that that it would better to stick with Barack Obama for four more years than some "Etch A Sketch" president. ANI

'Pak-Afghan-US trilateral forum being revived after nearly seven-months of deadlock'
Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States are set to revive trilateral talks after a nearly seven-month deadlock, Afghan diplomats and foreign ministry officials have said. ANI

Poor education helped cause 2011 London riots, says Mayor Johnson
London Mayor Boris Johnson has said he desires to take on strategic oversight of schools if re-elected to the post and claimed only a systemic policy against educational under- achievement can tackle the social exclusion that he believes caused the London riots in 2011. ANI

EU imposes sanctions on Assad's closest female relatives
The European Union has stepped up pressure on Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to halt violence on protestors by imposing sanctions on his closest female relatives. ANI

UN- Arab League envoy Kofi Annan to visit China
The UN nadArab League's joint envoy on Syria Kofi Annan is likely to visit China between March 27 and 28 at the invitation of the Chinese Government. ANI

Nawaz Sharif vows to stand against those who disobey Pak SC orders
Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said his party will not only follow the Supreme Court orders, but will also stand against those who disrespect them. ANI

'Injured' UK woman pensioner 'lay on the floor bleeding for upto 10 minutes because nurse was praying'
An elderly woman pensioner, who suffered a fall, was left lying on the floor at a care home for upto ten minutes because a senior nurse was praying, according to an inquest. ANI

French teacher suspended for asking pupils to 'observe minute silence for Al-Qaeda fanatic'
A French teacher has reportedly been suspended for allegedly asking students to observe one-minute silence for suspected Al-Qaeda-trained killer Mohamed Merah, who was recently shot dead by police. ANI

Haqqani wants his testimony recorded via video link from London over memo issue
Former Pakistan ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani has submitted an application in the country's Supreme Court on Saturday, insisting that he should be allowed to record his testimony in London over the Memo Gate issue via video link. ANI

Japan readies missile defence system in response to North Korea rocket launch
Japanese Defence Minister Naoki Tanaka has said that the country has ordered missile defence systems to be prepared in response to the planned launch of a North Korean long-range rocket in April. ANI

Pakistan heading towards anarchy, says journalist Rashid
A Pakistani journalist has cautioned that the country is heading towards anarchy, in his new book. ANI

Prince Harry 'reignites romance with ex Chelsy Davy'
Prince Harry has sparked rumours that he is back together with his ex Chelsy Davy as he has been spotted wearing a special pendant that she gave him when they first started dating. ANI

Employment lawyers say bosses asking job applicants to reveal Facebook passwords 'not illegal'
The growing trend of hiring managers asking job applicants to hand over their Facebook usernames and passwords is not illegal, some employment lawyers have said. ANI

Malir bar association ex-president, son killed in Karachi
A former President of the Malir Bar association, Salahuddin and his son Ali Haider were shot dead early on Saturday by unknown assailants while on their way to work. ANI

Suicide attack kills 13 people in Pakistan's Khyber Agency
A suicide blast has killed 13 people and injured 10 others in at a centre of banned outfit Lashkar-e-Islam in Tirah Valley in Pakistan. ANI

China to halt organ donations from executed prisoners
China plans to end organ harvesting of death-row inmates to overhaul a transplant system that has relied on prisoners and organ traffickers to serve ailing people in need of transplants. ANI

Assad's wife concluded 'she was monster' after doing online personality test
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's wife, Asama, told a friend that she had concluded that she was a 'monster' after completing an online personality test, a cache of leaked private emails have revealed. ANI

EU travel ban cannot stop Asma al-Assad visiting UK
The British-born wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Asma, cannot be barred entry to the UK, despite an EU travel ban imposed after disclosures about an online shopping spree involving retailers in London and Paris, the country's Foreign Secretary, William Hague has said. ANI

US soldier charged with 17 murder counts in Afghan massacre could face death
A US soldier, who has been accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians in their homes, has been charged with premeditated murder and could face the death penalty. ANI

Sri Lanka says 'US, other powerful nations bullied countries to support UN resolution'
Sri Lanka has rejected a UN resolution urging it to seek an independent investigation into government atrocities carried out in country's 26-year civil war against the Tamil Tigers in 2009, saying countries were bullied into supporting the resolution against it by the US and other 'powerful countries'. ANI

'Viagra fuelled Strauss Kahn took part in Paris basement orgy', claims brothel keeper
Shamed former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn took part in a seedy orgy in the basement of a Paris restaurant, it has emerged. ANI

Facebook slams employers asking job applicants to reveal passwords
Facebook has slammed employers who are asking job applicants to hand over their passwords and want to peer at what workers have posted on their personal accounts at the social network site. ANI

Michelle Obama says she learnt 'absolute unconditional love' from dad
Michelle Obama made an appearance on David Letterman's show on Monday and talked about what she learnt about parenting from her father and his fight with multiple sclerosis. ANI

White House confirms Obama-Gilani meeting after Nuke Security Summit in Seoul
Washington: The White House has confirmed that US President Barack Obama would meet Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Seoul on Tuesday, after the Nuclear Security Summit in the South Korean capital. ANI

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