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China plans to build a memorial for Wenzhou crash victims
Chen Fei, a deputy to the National People's Congress, has suggested that a memorial for the victims of the tragic high-speed train crash that happened last July. ANI

Three Pak schools in Dubai rated unsatisfactory
Education authorities in Dubai have rated three schools offering Pakistani curriculum as unsatisfactory. ANI

Diplomat says Indian expatriate demand for Nepali maids the highest
A senior diplomat at the Embassy of Nepal here, has said that the Indian expatriate community's demand for Nepalese female domestic workers is very high. ANI

Yemeni Al Qaida stepping up attacks on security bases
Sana'a (Yemen): An Al Qaida offshoot in Yemen, known as the AQAP (Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula) has stepped up attacks on security bases, even as the country tries to recover from recent political unrest. ANI

Three Nepal parties to continue discussion to iron out differences
Leaders of Nepal's three major political parties - the UCPN-Maoist, the CPN (UML) and the Nepali Congress (NC) - on Sunday decided to meet again on March 8 to thrash out the differences seen in constitution drafting and peace process. ANI

Chinese engineers develop bullet train for extreme cold
Chinese engineers have developed a bullet train that can survive in temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius, a researcher familiar with the train's development revealed. ANI

Obama, Republicans trade barbs about soaring U.S. gas prices
U.S. President Barack Obama and the Republicans have traded barbs about rising gas prices, with each side blaming the other for the trouble. ANI

Iran aiding Syrian govt. with "lethal assistance": U.S. officials
U.S. officials believe Iran is offering assistance to the Syrian regime in the increasingly brutal crackdown on opposition strongholds in Syria. ANI

China releases six-point statement to resolve Syria crisis
The Chinese foreign ministry on Sunday released a six-point statement for the political resolution of the crisis in Syria. ANI

Scottish court to hear new appeal to clear Lockerbie bomber's name
A new appeal is likely to be filed in aScottish court to clear the name of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. ANI

China to increase defence budget by 11.2 percent for 2012
China plans to enhance its defence budget by 11.2 percent to 670 billion yuan (106.4 billion dollars). ANI

Prince Harry drinks and dances in Belize as part of Diamond Jubilee tour
Prince Harry, who was hoping to shed his playboy prince image on his first solo royal tour to the Caribbean, drank cocktails and danced with local lovelies as he attended a street party in Belmopan, the capital of Belize. ANI

Loneliness 'could be deadly'
Loneliness can cause all kinds of ill health effects and it even begets more intense isolation, a new study has shown. ANI

Another witness points toward Baitullah Mehsud involvement in Benazir assassination
Magistrate Ahmed Mansoor Janjua has said Abdul Rasheed, the main accused behind the October 8 suicide blast on Benazir Bhutto's rally, has told him that the attack was planned and orchestrated by Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud. ANI

Costa Concordia captain Schettino 'ordered crew to lie to coastguards'
Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino reportedly ordered his crew to lie to coastguards, telling them that that everything was fine. ANI

Romney wins Washington caucuses ahead of 2012 US prez elections
Former Massachusetss Governor and the 2012 White House contender Mitt Romney has won the Washington Republican presidential caucuses. ANI

At least 15 dead, 54 wounded in Poland train collision
Atleast 15 people have reportedly been killed and 54 injured in a train collision in southern Poland. ANI

Afghan army says Taliban possess sophisticated system for infiltration
The Taliban has a sophisticated system in place to infiltrate Afghanistan's security forces, an Afghan army general has warned. ANI

UK Catholic cardinal labels proposed same-sex marriage law as madness
A Roman Catholic Church leader has slammed the British government over its plans to legalise gay marriage, describing the step as "madness" and a "grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right", Cardinal Keith O'Brien said: ANI

Protests over Putin's 'rigged presidential vote' escalates fear of disorder in Russia
People opposing Prime Minister Vlamidir Putin's bid to become Russian president for a third time today, have revealed that they plan to get as close to the Kremlin as possible to register their protests. ANI

Pak approaches Interpol for Musharraf's arrest
Pakistan's interior ministry has formally requested Interpol for issuing "Red Warrants" against former President Pervez Musharraf for his arrest and extradition to Pakistan. ANI

Britain could lose Christian nation status in 20 years: Report
Britain might lose its Christian nation status in just 20 years due to secularism, a report has warned. ANI

Egypt court rejects cases against Christian media mogul
An Egyptian court has rejected the second of two lawsuits filed by ultra-conservative Islamists that had accused a Christian media mogul of insulting Islam when he relayed a cartoon of Mickey Mouse with a beard and Minnie in a face veil. ANI

Ijaz says he's not sure about Zardari-Kayani phone call on Osama raid
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz has issued a clarification in which he claimed that he is not sure of the authenticity of telephonic conversation between President Asif Ali Zardari and Chief about Army Staff Ashfaq Pervez Kayani in the intervening night of May 1 and May 2. ANI

Employees' 'sweethearting behaviour' can cost their employers
Some frontline service employees who are rewarded for hikes in customer loyalty and satisfaction also may engage in "service sweethearting," a clandestine practice that costs their employers billions of dollars annually in lost revenue, a new study had found. ANI

Ijaz considering summoning Zardari before Memo Commission over Osama raid
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Israel likely to deliver ultimatum to Obama on Iran's nuclear plans
Israel is likely deliver a strong ultimatum to the United States on Monday, demanding that President Barack Obama vow to use military force to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb. ANI

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