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Queen becomes great grandmother for second time
The Queen of England has become a great grandmother again following the birth of Peter Phillips and wife Autumn's second child. ANI

New Ernest Hemingway letters show distress over cat's death
A set of newly released letters of Ernest Hemingway have revealed how upset the writer was over the death of his cat. ANI

US resident wins world's biggest 640m dollars jackpot
A ticket holder in Maryland, US has won the lottery of 640 million dollars, which is said to be the biggest jackpot in world history. ANI

Queen Elizabeth was daughter of French cook, claims new book
The Queen Mother was the daughter of her aristocratic family's French cook, who gave birth to her in an arrangement described as "an early version of surrogacy", a new biography has claimed. ANI

US card processor security breach may have compromised millions of debit, credit cards
Two US financial services corporations are trying to determine the extent of a possible security breach at an Atlanta-based payment processor, which according to experts could have compromised the credit-card and debit-card information of millions of Americans. ANI

Einstein's theory on speed of expanding universe proved correct
Detailed observations of the changing distance between galaxies, revealed in a new study, show that the mysterious acceleration of space, which began five to six billion years ago, perfectly matched predictions made by Einstein in 1916. ANI

US officials say 'threat from Al-Qaeda in Yemen even greater after Awlaki's death'
The threat from an Al-Qaeda affiliate, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is more today than it was six months ago, despite the death of the group's leader Anwar al-Awlaki, US officials have said. ANI

FBI's agent training material is 'critical of Islam'
In a startling revelation, 876 pages of training material used for training Federal Bureau of Investigation's agents has been found to be critical and offensive of Islam. ANI

Pak SC directs NADRA to address problems faced by Hindu women
Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to address problems faced by Hindu women in obtaining Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs), as it has affected three million Hindus in the country. ANI

Indian -origin Carolina Governor Niki Haley not to be investigated, says IRS
The Internal Revenue Service has determined that an investigation of the Sikh Religious Society which is led by parents of Indian-origin South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, is unwarranted. ANI

Sharif claims Zardari offered him premiership after 2008 elections
Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif has claimed that President Asif Ali Zardari offered him the country's premiership after the 2008 elections. ANI

Pak Govt gives in to opposition over foreign policy review
The Pakistan Government has given in to the opposition to form political consensus on foreign policy reconfiguration. ANI

Five-year-old girl becomes UK's youngest victim of forced marriage
A five-year-old girl is thought to have become Britain's youngest victim of forced marriage. ANI

Under fire Apple pledges to ease 'sweatshop conditions' for China factory workers
Apple's main electronics manufacturer in China has promised to dramatically raise wages and trim work hours for its employees. ANI

Pak SC seeks Intelligence Bureau's response on alleged spending to topple 2009 Punjab Govt
Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director General (DG) Aftab Sultan to submit a report on the distribution of money that was allegedly used to dislodge the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Government in Punjab in 2009. ANI

Obama's 'Sexy and I Know It' video becomes Internet sensation
A video which shows Barack Obama "singing" LMFAO's popular hit track 'Sexy and I Know It' has gone viral on the Internet. ANI

Intel agencies unmask 'secret Iranian network of assassins' targeting Jews, Israelis
Intelligence agencies have reportedly unmasked a secret Iranian group sending assassins to Turkey to attack Jews, Israelis and Western targets. ANI

Syrian activists losing hope of unseating Assad as violence against protestors continues
Syrian activists are losing hope about being able to oust President Bashar al-Assad as his government continues to ignore international calls for a ceasefire, and carries on with its bloody crackdown of pro-democracy protestors. ANI

Egypt court orders ban of p*rn websites to protect 'society, values'
An Egyptian court has ordered the government to ban pornographic websites to protect society and its values. ANI

Austrian gravestone of Hitler's parents removed
The tombstone which marks the graves of Adolf Hitler's parents in Austria has been removed as the site was becoming a pilgrimage spot for right-wing extremists, according to officials. ANI

'US to rely on India, NDN if Pak doesn't re-open NATO supply routes'
The US will have to rely on India and the Northern Distribution Network (NDN) if Pakistan fails to re-open NATO supply routes, a military official has said. ANI

Murdered Brit- Indian bride 's family only wants the truth
Murdered British- Indian honeymooner Anni Dewani's family has demanded the truth after her husband Shrien won an appeal against his extradition to South Africa. ANI

Oz govt again slams WikiLeaks as 'reckless, dangerous' over disclosures of secret info
The Julia Gillard Government in Australia has renewed its attacks on WikiLeaks, slamming the whistle blowing website for its 'reckless, and dangerous' disclosures of secret information. ANI

U.S. jails Kashmir separatist leader Fai for concealing funds got from ISI
A court in Alexandria, Virginia, has sentenced Kashmiri separatist leader Ghulam Nabi Fai to two years imprisonment for "conspiracy to defraud the U.S." by concealing the transfer of at least 3.5 million dollars from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency to fund his illegal lobbying efforts on Kashmir. ANI

No indication of Pak lying about Bin Laden's support network: US
The United States State Department has said they haven't found credible evidence on a Pakistan support network for former al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden. ANI

UK police officer suspended for racial abuse
A British policeman has reportedly been suspended after a man arrested during the London riots claimed that he was subjected to racism, assault and harassment. ANI

US to pay compensation, taxes on NATO supplies passing through Pak
The United States has agreed to pay compensation and additional taxes on NATO supplies passing through Pakistan in a move that indicates Washington's eagerness to end the supply line blockade. ANI

Taking dogs to work 'could help lower employee stress'
Dogs in the workplace may buffer the impact of stress during the workday for their owners and make the job more satisfying for those with whom they come into contact, a new study has revealed. ANI

China arrests 6, blocks websites for spreading rumours of 'military entering Beijing'
China has reportedly arrested six people and shut 16 websites for spreading misinformation that military vehicles were on the streets of Beijing. ANI

US envoy to Kabul says 'Al-Qaeda plotting another 9/11 attack from Afghanistan'
Al-Qaeda has returned to Afghanistan and is planning to use the war-torn nation as a base to launch another 9/11-style attack on Western countries, a senior official has claimed. ANI

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