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Duchess of Cambridge set to give first royal speech
Duchess Kate will give her first speech as a member of the royal family when she opens a 3 million pound children's hospice, The Tree House, on March 19. ANI

'Over-protective' parents banning kids from playing outside
An increasing number of parents in Britain are stopping their children to experience the adventures and exercise they benefited from when they were young, a new study has revealed ANI

Afghan clerics' guidelines 'a green light for Talibanisation'
New guidelines from top Afghan clerics suggesting that women are subordinate to men, and must always be accompanied by a male guardian, while traveling, are dangerously reminiscent of the Taliban era, critics have said. ANI

US mom uses cop connections to run high-priced brothel
A soccer mom with four kids ran a brothel in New York that raked in millions of dollars catering to wealthy, powerful folks - allegedly using her cop connections for protection, according to explosive court documents. ANI

School bullies 'more likely to be drug users'
Middle and high school students who bully their classmates are more vulnerable to smoking cigarettes, boozing or becoming hooked to marijuana, a new study has suggested. ANI

Imran Khan, Qureshi divided over PTI's decision to boycot last month's by-elections
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi has reportedly developed serious differences with party Chairman Imran Khan over his 'unilateral decision' to boycott last month's by-elections. ANI

Gilani congratulates Putin for success in Russian presidential polls
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani congratulated Vladimir Putin over the telephone on his success in the presidential election in Russia. ANI

Pippa Middleton spotted kissing on-off beau Percy
Pippa Middleton and her on-and-off-again boyfriend George Percy were seen smooching in front of his house last Thursday. ANI

Iran overturns 'CIA spy' Hekmati's death sentence
Iran's Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence of an Iranian-American citizen accused of spying for the Central Intelligence Agency. ANI

Lockerbie bomber Al-Megrahi 'visited Malta for sex with mistress the night before blast'
Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi told investigators that he regularly travelled to Malta to have sex, secret documents have revealed. ANI

Aboriginal youths 25 times more likely to be jailed than non-indigenous counterparts
Aboriginal youths are 25 times more likely to be imprisoned than their non-indigenous counterparts. ANI

Former Indian origin Rutgers student 'wanted to keep gays away'
An Indian-origin former Rutgers student said he wanted to "keep the gays away" after he used his webcam to capture a hostel room-mate Tyler Clementi kissing his date in their dorm room, a student has testified. ANI

Barack Obama's gay transgender ex-nanny living in slums
Barack Obama's former nanny, who is a gay transgender man, has given up her feminine identity and is living a life of suffering and fear in Jakarta slum. ANI

Prince Harry meets Miss Bahamas 2011 who wants to marry him
Prince Harry came face to face with Miss Bahamas 2011 at a reception in Nassau on Sunday, just a day after she had said that she would like to marry him. ANI

Three-year-old girl swallows 37 high-powered magnets
A three-year-old girl in the US was hospitalised after she accidentally swallowed 37 high-powered rare earth Buckyball magnets. ANI

Huge asteroid to pass Earth 'closer than geostationary satellites'
A 150-foot asteroid orbiting Earth called 2012 DA14 will fly past just 17,000 miles from Earth - nearer than geostationary satellites-on February 15 next year, researchers say. ANI

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan 'number two sacked': Spokesman
The number two commander of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has been sacked, a spokesman has said. ANI

Israel reserves right to strike Iran nuke assets: Netanyahu
Israel reserves the right to pre-emptively strike at Iran's nuclear facilities without American support, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said. ANI

US Attorney General says country at war with extremists
US Attorney General Eric Holder has warned that his country is at war with extremists. ANI

Police oppose registration of second FIR in Benazir Bhutto assassination case
Punjab Police have opposed the registration of a second FIR in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case. ANI

PML-N, PML-Likeminded agree on electoral alliance
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and PML-(Likeminded) group have reportedly agreed on a electoral alliance formula, PML-N leader Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said. ANI

Obama's support among American women increases
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has found President Barack Obama has gained overall support - with marked gains among key groups of female voters. ANI

Sharif says ISI chief Pasha's term should not be extended
PML-N President Nawaz Sharif has said that he is against giving an extension to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt. Gen. Shuja Ahmed Pasha. ANI

US wants unconditional NATO supply resumption to Afghanistan
The United States wants unconditional resumption of NATO supplies to Afghanistan, sources have said. ANI

Pakistan says aggression against Iran will result in 'disastrous consequences' for whole region
Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, has warned that any kind of aggression against Iran would have 'disastrous consequences' for the whole region. ANI

Syrian forces 'carrying out mass arrests and executions' in Homs
Syrian forces are carrying out mass arrests and summary executions in Baba Amr, Homs, growing evidence has suggested. ANI

Necktie ' may die out in Brit firms within 50 yrs'
Once considered an essential part of formal wear, the necktie may soon become obsolete for British workers in 50 years' time, a new study has revealed. ANI

Creating problems for NATO forces 'not in Pakistan's interest': Khar
Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, has said creating problems for NATO forces is not in her country's interest. ANI

China to tackle international issues through dialogue: Jiechi
China aims to uphold peace and tackle challenging regional and international issues through dialogue, consultation and negotiation, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has said. ANI

ZTE Attains Global No. 1 PCT Patent Filings Spot
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced it had attained the No. 1 global ranking for PCT patent filings in 2011. Business Wire India

SES (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announced today that Sky Deutschland has contracted an additional transponder on the ASTRA satellite system at 19.2 degrees East, effective from 1st June. The pay-TV operator will use the transponder for the transmission of additional HD programming Business Wire India

GE Aviation Signs Agreement with GeoEye for 3D Airport Maps and High-Resolution Earth Imagery
GE Aviation today announced its agreement with GeoEye to provide the aviation industry with ICAO-compliant terrain and obstacle aeronautical data derived from GeoEye’s high resolution Earth imagery. GE is showcasing this technology at ATC Global this week in Amsterdam. Business Wire India

GE Supports Air Navigation Service Providers Around the World with Customizable Performance-based Navigation Solutions
GE is supporting air navigation service providers (ANSP) around the world by offering customizable Performance-based Navigation (PBN) solutions complementary to each organization’s internal capability Business Wire India

ACE Names Tim Shields as Head of Personal Lines & Small Commercial Business in Asia Pacific
ACE Insurance, part of the ACE Group of insurance and reinsurance companies, today announced its appointment of Tim Shields as the Regional Head of Personal Lines and Business Insurance. He will be responsible for personal lines, specialty personal lines and small commercial business. Mr Business Wire India

Hilton Worldwide Signs Agreement with Magnolia Finest Corporation Limited to Welcome First Waldorf Astoria in Southeast Asia
Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a new management agreement with Magnolia Finest Corporation Limited to introduce the first Waldorf Astoria hotel in Southeast Asia, and Hilton Worldwide’s ninth property to Thailand Business Wire India

IHS Acquires Displaybank, a Global Leader in Research and Consulting in the Flat-Panel Display Industry
IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of information and analysis, announced today that it has acquired Displaybank, a global authority in market research and consulting for the display industry. The transaction represents the company’s first acquisition of an Asia Pacific-based company. Business Wire India

Sucden Financial Appoints new Head of Hong Kong Office
Sucden Financial has announced the appointment of Amanda Chan as the new Head of its Hong Kong Office (Sucden Financial (HK) Limited), as part of its on-going expansion of its Chinese and Asian business. Business Wire India

Samsung Signs Jamie Oliver as Olympic Games Ambassador
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, a global leader in consumer electronics, and the Worldwide Olympic Partner for Wireless Communications Equipment, announced today an exclusive agreement with Jamie Oliver to be an ambassador for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Mr Business Wire India

IRH Press Announces an Online Opinion Magazine ""The Liberty Web Global""
IRH Press Co., Ltd (Japanese publishing company since 1987) announces the launch of "The Liberty Web Global" the English online website of The Liberty, a renowned Japanese opinion magazine. Business Wire India

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