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President Patil arrives in South Africa for week-long visit
President Pratibha Patil arrived in South Africa on Tuesday on the second leg of her nine-day tour, which is expected to give further impetus to India's close and friendly ties with the rainbow nation. ANI

Four UK footballers charged with sex assault
Four footballers in UK have been charged with sexual assault and voyeurism. ANI

Romney closes gap with Obama in upcoming US presidential race, finds poll
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has closed the gap with President Barack Obama during the post week, according to poll. ANI

Kate 'too worried about Pippa's antics' to think about starting family
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are celebrating their first year of marriage together and inevitably, questions are being raised about the couple expanding their family. ANI

Long working hours turning many into couch potatoes
Half of people find it hard to motivate themselves to leave the house to have fun after a hard day at the office, a survey has found. ANI

Mumbai-type Qaeda attack plans in Europe found embedded in p*rn movie
Hundreds of internal Al-Qaeda documents embedded inside a pornographic movie on a memory disk, seized from a 22-year-old Austrian, have revealed plots of carrying out attacks in Europe similar to the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. ANI

UK lawmakers say Rupert Murdoch 'unfit person' to run News Corp
Rupert Murdoch is not 'a fit person' to run an international company as the media tycoon he showed "wilful blindness" to the extent of phone-hacking at the now defunct tabloid News of the World, a damming report by British lawmakers has concluded. ANI

Syrian Government accuses UN chief Ban Ki Moon of being 'biased'
Syria has accused United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon of being 'biased' and urged him to issue statements to the world on the basis of comments made by UN monitors only. ANI

One policeman injured in eastern Afghanistan blast
An Afghan policeman was injured Tuesday morning when a roadside bomb struck a police van in the country's eastern province of Khost, a provincial official said. ANI

Sri Lanka mobile phone connections exceed population
The mobile telephone users in Sri Lanka have increased rapidly over the year 2011 with more than 105 telephone connections for 100 people, a spokesman said on Tuesday. ANI

Sri Lanka slams listing on UK human rights report
The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday slammed a British human rights report which listed the island among countries of concern over human rights issues. ANI

Thailand's 48 provinces now hit by drought
A total of 48 out of 77 provinces in Thailand have now been declared drought-hit areas, affecting people in 32,100 villages, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said on Tuesday, according to a report by the Bangkok Post online. ANI

2 soldiers killed, 6 others injured by bomb in restive S. Thailand
Two soldiers were killed and six others injured by the explosion of a motorcycle bomb in restive southern province of Pattani on Tuesday morning, Bangkok Post online said. ANI

EU to cut aid to Indonesia in 2014
A senior European Union (EU) official said here on Tuesday that EU will cut aid to Indonesia in the fields of education, good governance, climate change, and trade investment in 2014, a local media reported. ANI

Egypt's ruling military council says parliament speaker to be responsible for reports on cabinet reshuffle
A member of Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) said the one who said there will be a cabinet reshuffle in the country should be responsible for related media reports, referring to the parliament speaker, official newspaper al-Ahram reported Tuesday. ANI

Seven arrested in Britain on suspicion of financing terrorism
Seven people have been arrested in England and Wales on suspicion of financing terrorism, the British police said in a statement on Tuesday. ANI

UN monitors continue tours in Syria's Homs amid ongoing violence
The UN observers toured Tuesday a restive neighborhood in Syria's central province of Homs, as part of their monitoring mission that aims at bringing the 13-month-old unrest to a close, state media said, as opposition activists reported heavy shelling in northern Idlib province. ANI

19 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan over 24 hours
Afghan police, backed by army and NATO-led coalition forces, have eliminated 19 Taliban militants during cleanup operations across the country within the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Tuesday morning ANI

Myanmar govt hopeful of making peace with KIO: Thein Sein
Myanmar President U Thein Sein said the government is putting hope on making peace with the ethnic Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) as the peace process is going on despite differences in some facts, official media reported Tuesday. ANI

Editor of Pak daily sees another Muslim state emerging in India
The Editor-in-Chief of The Nation and Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust (NPT) Chairman Majid Nizami has said that another Pakistan will emerge inside India if the latter does not stop atrocities against its Muslim population. ANI

Court petitions pour in seeking Gilani's removal over contempt of court case
Petitions continue to pour into courts in Pakistan seeking Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's disqualification following his indictment in the contempt of court case. ANI

US, Japan says North Korea's 'old pattern of provocation' is over
US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda have warned North Korea that its 'old pattern of provocation' has now ended. ANI

Deadly twin bombings in Syria suggest growing Al Qaeda role in ongoing protests
Deadly twin suicide bombings in Idlib, Northwest Syria have suggested the growing role of al Qaeda and radical Sunni Islamist groups in the ongoing protests, a report has said. ANI

Dedicated police constable commutes staggering 450 miles to work
London, May 1 (ANI: A dedicated police officer posted in UK goes the extra mile for the people on his beat - by commuting 450 miles from his new home in Germany every week. ANI

US rights group calls on Justice Department to release all drone programme facts
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has demanded that the U.S. Justice Department release all documents pertaining to the drone programme. ANI

UK MPs to publish damning report on NOTW phone-hacking allegations
British lawmakers will publish a report into allegations of phone-hacking at the now defunct tabloid News of the World. ANI

Pak hardline party leader declares 'Jihad' against vulgarity
Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) leader Dr Siddique Rathore, while addressing an All Party Conference (APC) here, has condemned the spread of vulgarity and nudity in Pakistan and said that raising a voice against vulgarity is "Jihad". ANI

Iran says US stealth fighter deployment to UAE 'will damage regional security'
Iran's Defense Minister has said that the deployment of US' most sophisticated stealth jet fighters to the United Arab Emirates will damage regional security. ANI

U.S. drone strikes "wise, legal, just" says White House official
After facing condemnation and a fresh protest lodged by Pakistan over its controversial drone programme, the United States has mentioned that drone strikes are wise, legal and just. ANI

Indian-origin family of four found mysteriously dead in Melbourne home
An Indian-origin family of four members, including two adults and two children, have reportedly been found dead at their home in Melbourne. ANI

Obama's sister pens memoir on family's past
Barack Obama's sister Auma, who was raised in Africa, has written a new memoir tracing their family's ties back in Kenya. ANI

Sarkozy to sue website claiming 'Gaddafi funded 2007 election campaign'
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has reportedly said that he would sue a website that claimed slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi offered to help fund his 2007 election campaign. ANI

UN chief meets Aung San Suu Kyi for first time
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar's National League for Democrcy (NLD), for the first time at her lakeside residence here Tuesday, the last day of Ban's three-day offical visit to the country. ANI

Nawaz warns of grand opposition alliance to topple Gilani
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif has dropped some potent hints to unseat Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, and among them a move to form a grand opposition alliance against the government. ANI

Pakistan Army supports democracy, says Kayani
As the political crisis in Pakistan intensifies, with the government and the opposition constantly clashing over various issues, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said the army supports the democratic process in the country. ANI

Pakistan lodges formal complaint over N Waziristan drone attack
Pakistan has summoned a senior U.S. diplomat to lodge a formal protest over the recent drone attack in North Waziristan Agency, igniting fresh tensions between the two countries. ANI

Inclusion of Rushdie books in curriculum raises furor in Peshawar University
The University of Peshawar has set aside the Academic Council's decision to include controversial 'Satanic Verses' writer Salman Rushdie's books in MPhil and PhD courses offered by the English Literature department. ANI

Imran refuses to join hands with 'deceitful' Nawaz
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan has decided not to be a part of any 'grand alliance' or 'campaign' announced by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), saying his party will continue its movement against the ruling dispensation from its own platform. ANI

U.S. district court to begin hearing of 1984 anti-Sikh riots case today
A court in Manhattan, New York, will begin hearing a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in which some Congress Party leaders have been named as accused. ANI

Employers could face heavy fines for demanding job seekers' Facebook password
The Unites States Government has proposed the introduction of a new bill that would forbid employers from demanding the social networking login and password details of job seekers. ANI

'Shattered' Carla Bruni stops breast-feeding baby
Carla Bruni is under so much stress due to the pressure of the French presidential election that she has stopped breast-feeding her baby daughter, a France's magazine has claimed. ANI

Jihadis with explosive-laden bodies on aircraft latest terror threat to West
American and European authorities have said that they fear an Al Qaeda terror attack on U.S.-bound aircraft with explosives hidden inside the bodies of terrorists, as the first death anniversary of Osama bin laden looms. ANI

Bin Laden complained of 'disaster after disaster' befalling Al-Qaeda in final days
Osama bin Laden complained of 'disaster after disaster' befalling Al-Qaeda, and was worried about the future of his terror group in his final days, a trove of documents obtained from his Abbottabad compound has revealed. ANI

Obama maintains silence on Chinese dissident Guangcheng issue
U.S. President Barack Obama has refused to comment on Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who is said to have sought asylum in the American Embassy in Beijing after escaping house arrest. ANI

Now, Chinese dissident Guangcheng's nephew flees fearing for life
Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng's nephew Chen Kegui has also escaped house arrest in fear of his life. ANI

'Swinger' Strauss-Kahn says 'its normal for him to have sex with 6 women at orgies'
Shamed former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has reportedly said that it is 'normal' for him to have sex with six different women at orgies. ANI

Two gunmen and not one shot Robert F Kennedy, claims witness
Robert F Kennedy, JFK's brother, was shot dead by two gunmen and not just 'lone wolf' Sirhan Sirhan, a witness has claimed. ANI

Berlusconi admits 'I was mad for it' before bunga bunga session
Silvio Berlusconi told girls coming to his house for a bunga bunga party that he wanted a 'calmer evening' because he was 'mad for it' the night before. ANI

US-based Sikh group launches mobile app to report 'racial profiling' at airports
A Sikh rights group in the United States has launched a unique smartphone app that would allow people to register complaints about 'racial' airport security screenings. ANI

China orders closure of 42 websites over blackmailing
China has announced the closure of 42 websites for being involved in blackmailing. ANI

President Patil calls peace and security as major factors for development
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has underscored the need for 'peace and security' as major factors required for development. ANI

British aid worker's murder highlights growing risks of running projects in strife-torn areas
The murder of a kidnapped British humanitarian worker in Pakistan has raised concerns in the aid community about the growing risks of running projects in the most conflict-ridden areas of the country. ANI

Obese women likelier to face job discrimination
Women who are obese are more likely to be discriminated against when applying for jobs and receive lower starting salaries than their non-overweight colleagues, according to a new study. ANI

'Freedom Tower' One World Trade Center becomes New York's tallest building
One World Trade Center, the monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the 9/11 terror attacks, has become New York's tallest building, overtaking the Empire State Building. ANI

Obama says Bin Laden death anniversary has not been 'any excessive celebration'
US President Barack Obama has responded to criticisms that he is engaged in a politicization of the killing of Osama bin Laden, saying there hasn't been 'any excessive celebration' by his administration. ANI

Prince Sports, Inc. and U.S. Affiliates Commence Voluntary Chapter 11 Business Reorganization Proceedings
Prince Sports, Inc. and its U.S. affiliates (“Prince” or the “Company”) announced today that they have filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Business Wire India

Western European Study Highlights Key Selection and Retention Factors Used by In-House Counsel
LexisNexis (, a leading provider of content and technology solutions, today announced results from the latest LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® study on law firm and client relationships in Western Europe Business Wire India

WEL Networks Selects Silver Spring Networks for Next-Generation Smart Grid Deployment
Today at the Energy Networks 2012 conference, Silver Spring Networks, a leading provider of the networking platform and solutions for the smart grid, announced it has been selected by WEL Networks for an innovative smart grid deployment in the Waikato region of New Zealand Business Wire India

Gap Inc. Names Global Brand President for Old Navy
Completing a global search that began in February, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) has announced that Stefan Larsson, a veteran of nearly 15 years with the successful fashion retailer H&M, will become the first global brand president for Old Navy. Larsson will join the company by October. The announcement comes as Gap Inc Business Wire India

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MSCI to Reintroduce Indices for Saudi Arabia
MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, has announced that it will reintroduce coverage of the Saudi Arabia equity market with the release of standalone country indices, after reaching agreement with the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) for the provision of market data. Business Wire India

Inauguration of the Shard Tower in London on July 5th 2012
His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Saoud Al Thani, Governor of Qatar Central Bank and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Shard Funding Limited, has announced that the inauguration of Shard Tower in London will be on July 5th 2012 Business Wire India

General Cable Reports First Quarter Results; Metal Cost Headwinds Subside; Volumes Increase Both Year over Year and Sequentially
General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC), one of the most globally diversified industrial companies, has reported results for the first quarter ended March 30, 2012. Non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share for the first quarter were $0.48. Operating income of $53 Business Wire India

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