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London bicycle rickshaws may be licensed as part of plans to improve road safety
Bicycle rickshaws, motorcycle taxis and stretch limousines in London could be licensed as part of the UK government's plans to improve road safety. ANI

Hard-pressed Chinese students using 'intravenous drips' to prepare for horror June exam
Students at Xioagang high school in Hubei province of China are using intravenous drips filled with amino acids to facilitate their study to prepare for the country's infamously tough university entrance exams. ANI

Obama's former speechwriter commissioned for White House comedy
US network NBC has commissioned President Obama's former speechwriter, Jon Lovett, to make a sitcom about family life in the White House. ANI

The single woman in whose hands Gilani's fate may lie
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's fate now lies in the hands of one woman, Dr Fehmida Mirza, the Speaker of the National Assembly, according to Law Minister Farooq Naek. ANI

Malik advises PM post obsessed 'baby' Nawaz Sharif to take pills for maturity
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif should 'grow up' and if he fails to do so, he should take pills to make him mature, commenting on Sharif's desire to become the prime minister. ANI

Future French First Lady enjoys comparison to Michelle Obama
Valerie Trierweiler, the partner of Francois Hollande, who will become the new French first lady, said she cannot believe her ears when she is described as the equivalent of Michelle Obama. ANI

UK govt's 'Internet snooping' plans formally announced
British Queen has formally announced plans to increase surveillance of the Internet by intelligence agencies and the police. ANI

Never ending wait for truth about Osama's murky Pak sojourn continues
The Abbottabad commission investigating the death of Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, is still waiting for answers to a set of questions it had forwarded to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari more than four months ago. ANI

Imran has no future in Pakistan: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister , commenting on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, has said he has no future in the country. ANI

Manipur's 'Iron Lady' Irom Sharmila now in Ripley's Believe It or Not
"The iron lady of Manipur", who has spent nearly 12 years fasting to protest against a law that gives special powers to the armed forces, has been featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not, reports the BBC. ANI

Red Cross suspends work in Pak following brutal murder of British aid worker
The Red Cross has suspended most of its aid projects in Pakistan and has recalled all of its foreign staff to the capital, following the brutal murder of a British worker. ANI

'Sarkozy may quit politics and practice law', says close friend
Nicolas Sarkozy, who lost the recent French Presidential election, is likely to retire from active politics after a 35-year career and will practice law, one of his longtime friends has said. ANI

Ukrainian PM calls for efforts to save energy
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on Thursday called for intensified efforts to save energy to ease the burden on the country's economy. ANI

Russian diplomat urges Syrian opposition to cut relations with " armed groups"
Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin called on Thursday the Syrian opposition to cut its relations with the "armed groups" in the unrest-ridden country. ANI

Damascus blasts kill at least 40: state TV
Syria's state TV said Thursday that the initial death toll of the blasts that rattled the capital Damascus earlier in the day has climbed to 40, adding that there were also 170 others wounded and many body parts were found. ANI

Putin's absence at G8 summit unrelated to reluctance to face Western criticism: Kremlin
The Kremlin on Thursday dismissed allegations that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not attending the Group of Eight (G8) summit because he is reluctant to face criticism from the West. ANI

83 percent of Chinese urban tap water safe to drink: official
Up to 83 percent of China's urban drinking water is safe to drink, a Chinese water quality official told Xinhua Thursday in response to recent questions on urban tap water quality. ANI

Mark Zuckerberg's hoodie is 'sign of immaturity', says analyst
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's decision to show up for meetings with potential investors dressed in his trademark casual outerwear indicates that he's too immature to run a massive corporation, an analyst has said. ANI

Rescuers find dead bodies at scene of Sukhoi plane crash, no sign of survivor
Rescuers have arrived at the scene of the Sukhoi super jet 100 crash and found some dead bodies, but have not found any survivors yet, a government official said here on Thursday. ANI

S China travel agencies suspend travel to Philippines
Hundreds of Chinese have had their plans to travel to the Philippines cancelled due to safety concerns, according to travel agencies in south China's Guangdong province. ANI

Jeremy Clarkson cleared after comparing Japanese car to 'people with growths on faces'
The BBC Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, has been cleared of breaching the broadcasting code by a UK media regulator after he compared a Japanese car with people with growths on their faces. ANI

Mali's cabinet adopts amnesty law for soldiers involved in coup d'etat
The first ordinary session of the cabinet of Mali's transitional government on Wednesday adopted an amnesty law for the soldiers who were involved in the March 21 mutiny as well as those who carried out the coup d'etat on March 22, 2012. ANI

U.S. Envoy Munter denies ever meeting Hafiz Saeed
The U.S. Embassy has categorically rejected an op-ed published in a Pakistan daily that claimed a meeting took place between U.S. ambassador Cameron Munter and Jamaat ud Daawa chief Hafiz Saeed. ANI

Algerian parliamentary election begins
Polling stations for the parliamentary elections in Algeria opened Thursday at 8:00 a.m. local time (GMT 0700), and will be closed at 7:00 p.m. (GMT 1600) across the country. ANI

China opens museum on counterspy history
Thursday saw the opening of a museum dedicated to China's national security efforts in Xibaipo, a Hebei province village that was temporary headquarters of the Communist Party of China Central Committee from 1947 to 1948. ANI

Japanese employees with tattoos to be kept away from public
City employees in Osaka, Japan, have been asked to confirm whether they have any tattoos on their body, with staff that have been under an artist's needle likely to be reassigned to posts that will not bring them into direct contact with the public. ANI

7 killed in eastern Afghanistan attack
Three policemen and four militants were killed Thursday morning when militants launched an attack on police checkpoints in YahyaKhil district of eastern Paktika province, a provincial police source said. ANI

3 dead, 14 injured in Yunnan blast
Four badly injured people have been rushed to Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan province, for treatment after an explosion in the area killed three and injured 14 others on Thursday morning, local authorities have said. ANI

Vietnam's 2nd satellite to be launched
Vietnam will send its second satellite into orbit on May 16, the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), on Thursday. ANI

Baylor varsity academic claims Buddhist and Hindu population rising in US
Hindu and Buddhist groups have grown steadily in the United States since changes in immigration laws in 1965 and 1992, a professor of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has claimed. ANI

Ex-Pak Army staff chief Beg admits ISI funded politicians to manipulate elections
Former Pakistan chief of army staff General Mirza Aslam Beg has told the Supreme Court that former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt General Asad Durrani allegedly disbursed millions of rupees among anti-PPP politicians to manipulate the 1990 general elections. ANI

Convict 40% of votes against Obama in US primary
US President Barack Obama faced stiff competition from Texas convict Keith Judd who won 40 percent of votes in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary. ANI

'Liking' Facebook page could get you fired
Six workers in the United States have been fired for clicking the 'Like' button on a Facebook page of their boss's political opponent after a judge ruled that 'liking' a page is not constitutionally protected speech. ANI

Norway mass killer shouted 'woo hoo' with joy as he went on shooting rampage
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik cried out in joy as he carried out the bombing and shooting rampage that killed 77 people in Oslo last year. ANI

Indian drugs to ruin Pak pharmaceutical industry, fear local manufacturers
Pakistan's local pharmaceutical industry has demanded the government to allow only those imports from India, which are approved by the international drug regularity bodies. ANI

Disaffected agents with a 'promise of life' afterwards make best double agents: Ex-analyst
Questions are now reportedly being raised about how various agencies infiltrate terror groups following the revelation that a man tapped by the Yemen-based Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to blow-up an Amercian airliner, was actually a double agent. ANI

Pak successfully test fires nuclear capable Hatf III Ghaznavi short range missile
Pakistan has successfully test fired the Hatf III Ghaznavi, a short-range ballistic missile, the Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) said. ANI

Uncertainty looms over Egypt presidential polls following court ruling
An Egyptian administrative court has ruled in favor of a lawsuit which suspended this month's presidential election in the country, a decision which left the nation's ruling military council bemused. ANI

Al Qaeda underwear bombmaker plot demonstrates need for renewing surveillance provisions: FBI
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller has urged the U.S. Governemnt for renewal of surveillance measures after a device from Al Qaeda's leading underwear bombmaker was discovered. ANI

Al Qaeda underwear bomb maker managed to escape three intelligence operations
An Al-Qaeda bomb-maker escaped an operation launched by at least three Western intelligence agencies, who volunteered to be a suicide bomber by using a device in his underpants. ANI

Qaeda bombmaker designed latest stealth range to conceal in Cameras, Hard Drives and Pets
A Saudi Arabian bomb maker has revealed the latest Al Qaeda bombs are designed so that they can be surgically implanted in terrorists, pets and computer hardrives. ANI

Britain Govt. adviser warns of UK riots, says they were a 'taste of Britain to come'
A UK Government adviser has advised caution by claiming that the riots that took place in the country last summer were a 'taste of the Britain to come'. ANI

UK Border Agency search white air passengers to balanced 'racial mix': Report
UK Border Agency custom officials routinely stop and search white air passengers to ensure the right racial 'mix' of travellers, a report has revealed. ANI

Minorities targeted in NYPD stop, question and frisk program: Report
The New York Police Department (NYPD) targeted young black men, between the ages of 14 and 24, in a stop, question and frisk program, a report has revealed. ANI

Asian gang in UK jailed for 77 years for sexually exploiting 'white trash' girls
A group of nine Asian men, who were accused of grooming vulnerable white girls as young as 13 for sex, has been sentenced to serve a total of 77 years in prison. ANI

Picture shows wreckage of missing Russian plane spotted in Indonesia
The Search and Rescue Agency on Thursday displayed the picture of wreckage of the Sukhoi super jet- 100 plane that was broken into many small pieces at the slope of a mountain in Bogor regency near Jakarta, indicating a small possibility of survival for those on board. ANI

Obama's daughters' views behind decision to formally back legalizing gay marriage
President Barack Obama has formallyendorsed legalising gay marriage across the US, leaving him at risk of electoral wrath from America's socially conservative lobby. ANI

Gilani says global 'intelligence failure' to blame for Osama going undetected for so long
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has insisted his country had not been "complicit" in sheltering slain Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden and said Bin Laden was able to live undetected for so long in Pakistan due to a global 'intelligence failure'. ANI

Putin tells Obama 'he will skip upcoming G8 summit'
Russia's new President Vladimir Putin has told his American counterpart Barack Obama that he would not attend next week's G8 economic summit and would send Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in his place. ANI

Sri Lanka 'demotes' Tamil UN ambassador over body's country censure motion
Sri Lanka's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Tamara Kunanayakam has been demoted after the organisation adopted a motion critical of the country. ANI

Over 55000 tweeters' usernames, passwords leaked by hackers
Tens of thousands of Twitter usernames and passwords have reportedly been leaked by hackers. ANI

Systagenix Announces Milestone with 1,000 Clinicians Globally Trained in New Diagnostic Wound Test – WOUNDCHEK™ Protease Status
Systagenix announced today that more than 1,000 clinicians from over 400 sites across Europe, the Middle East and South Africa have now been trained in the four months since the launch of WOUNDCHEK™ Protease Status, the world’s first point of care test for Elevated Protease Activity (EPA) in chronic wounds. Business Wire India

Frost & Sullivan to bring together Luminaries and Industry Experts at the 2012 Middle East Environment Industry Meet
With economic development speeding up, water consumption and solid waste generation is touching new highs on a per capita basis in the Middle East Business Wire India

New Infoblox Solution Helps Service Providers Keep up With the Demands of Social Media and Mobile Data
Infoblox Inc. (NYSE:BLOX) today announced availability of a new automated network control appliance that enables Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to deliver a fast and trusted Internet experience to their social media hungry users around the globe. Business Wire India

element14’s e-commerce Enhancements to Boost Engineers’ Productivity in Asia Pacific
element14 (formerly Farnell), the first information portal, collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, today announced a series of new functional improvements to its award-winning e-commerce websites Business Wire India

Largest Scale Ever ‘2012 Busan International Motor Show’ Just One Month Away
Starting with Press Day on May 24, and the Opening Ceremony on May 25, the 2012 Busan International Motor Show will be held under the theme of "The Voyage of the Green Car across the Ocean" at BEXCO in Busan for 11 days through June 3. Business Wire India

Global Environment Fund Recruits Gloria Mamba to Africa Team
Global Environment Fund (GEF) announced today that Gloria Mamba has joined the firm as a Managing Director based in the firm’s Johannesburg, South Africa office. Ms. Mamba will be responsible for GEF’s growth capital investments in African companies that operate in the clean energy and environmental technology and services sectors. Business Wire India

Vanco Overseas Energy Group Name Change Following Appointment of New CEO
Vanco Overseas Energy Group has been renamed “PanAtlantic Energy Group” to reflect its major asset base and areas of focus. Effective immediately, PanAtlantic will succeed and replace Vanco. PanAtlantic will continue building on the rich history of Vanco Business Wire India

RFaxis Will Launch the World’s First and Only Patented, Pure CMOS, Fully Integrated, 5GHz Single-Chip/Single-Die RF Front-End Integrated Circuit at Computex Taipei 2012
RFaxis, a fabless semiconductor company focused on innovative, next-generation RF solutions for the wireless connectivity and cellular mobility markets, has announced it will commercially launch its pure CMOS, RFX5000 RF Front-End Integrated Circuit (RFeICTM) designed to enable robust wireless connectivity for next-generation 802 Business Wire India

GE Plans World Debut of LED Bulb that Replaces 100-watt Incandescent
GE Lighting (NYSE: GE) this week will illuminate a light-emitting diode replacement for the 100-watt incandescent light bulb - developed in its East Cleveland, Ohio LED lab - that packages 27-watts of input power in a standard “A-19” bulb shape Business Wire India

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