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Zardari requested to convert death penalty of Indian national to life imprisonment on humanitarian grounds
Former Pakistan Federal Minister Ansar Burney has once again appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari to convert the death sentence of an Indian national, Sarabjeet Singh, into life imprisonment on humanitarian grounds. ANI

Pakistan might be deprived of 90 percent of U.S. funds
Pakistan might lose 90 percent of its U.S. funds after a Congressional Committee passed a bill imposing conditions on the country for receiving American economic and military aid. The aid will now be reduced to just 10 per cent of available funds, unless Islamabad reopened NATO supply routes. ANI

U.S. Congressman blasts authorities for denying entry to Balochi nationalist leader
U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher has written a letter to the Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, asking why a member of Peoples' Organisation for Balochistan was denied entry into the U.S. in 2008. ANI

Princess Diana's old age home in Zimbabwe 'almost penniless'
Workers at a facility for the poor elderly in a township in Zimbabwe have revealed that there is no money to keep the home running two decades after it was opened by Britain's Princess Diana during her African charity crusades. ANI

Bill seeks to ban companies from asking Facebook passwords from job seekers
The California state assembly has passed a bill that will ban companies from asking job seekers and workers for their user names and passwords on Facebook and other social networking websites. ANI

Petition to disqualify Gilani withdrawn from Islamabad High Court
A petition filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), seeking the disqualification of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his cabinet, has been withdrawn after it received adverse remarks from the court. ANI

NATO 'dumps' Pak from Chicago summit in wake of damning US conditional aid bill
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has now claimed that Pakistan has not been invited to the upcoming Chicago summit to be held on May 20-21. ANI

Burnt body of dead Indian maid found in Malaysian apartment store room
A woman, who is believed to be a maid from Punjab, India, was found burnt to death in a store room of her apartment in Taman Pekaka, Sungai Nibong, Malaysia. ANI

Prosecutors want Indian-origin student Ravi to serve jail term in web cam scandal
Dharun Ravi, an Indian-origin ex-Rutgers student, should serve time behind jail for spying on his gay room partner Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide, according to prosecutors. ANI

North Koreans 'secretly enjoying access to foreign DVDs': study
North Koreans are secretly watching on foreign media through DVDs and radio, a new study has revealed. ANI

Coulson held 40,000 pounds News Corporation shares while working as Cameron's press chief
David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson has admitted to having held 40,000 pounds of shares in News Corporation while working at 10 Downing Street. ANI

FTC investigates Facebook's $1 billion purchase of Instagram
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating Facebook's purchase of photo-sharing Instagram costing about one billion dollars. ANI

Teen arrested over suspicion of involvement in 'TeamPoison' hacking attacks
A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of being a member of "TeamPoison", a computer hacking group that has claimed responsibility for 1,400 offences including an attack on the phone system of Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism unit last month. ANI

Historian David Starkey condones UK Asian sex gang's crimes as 'acting within their own culture norms'
A historian sparked off fresh controversy by saying that the Asian men who were jailed for sexually exploiting women in Rochdale were "acting within their own cultural norms". ANI

Ten foreigners killed in Russian plane crash in Indonesia
A senior official at the Indonesian Disaster Victim Identification Agency (DVI) said Friday that ten foreigners were among the victims of crashed Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane in Indonesia's West Java province. ANI

African leaders agrees on characteristics for leadership
Four African leaders at the World Economic Forum meeting on Africa have agreed that honesty, vision, clear priorities, responsibility, accountability and perseverance are characteristics needed for leadership today and will be required to lead Africa's transformation from growth into shared opportunities over the next 20 years. ANI

Obama brings in record-high 15 m dollars in single re-election fundraiser
President Barack Obama brought in nearly 15 million dollars for his re-election, a record high in a single fundraiser, Thursday night at actor Geroge Clooney's home in Studio City near Los Angeles. ANI

Dalai Lama to donate 1m pounds Templeton prize money to St Paul's Cathedral
The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, Dalai Lama has said he will donate his 1.1 million pound Templeton Prize to St Paul's Cathedral in London. ANI

Man in Afghan army uniform kills NATO soldier
A man dressed in Afghan army uniform opened fire and killed a soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the eastern region of Afghanistan on Friday, the military alliance said in a statement released here. ANI

China strongly condemns bombings in Syria
China strongly condemns the two recent terrorist bombings in the Syrian capital of Damascus, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Friday. ANI

Drunk-driving American prosecuted after north China hit-and-run
A U.S. national has been prosecuted in northern China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region for injuring a pedestrian while driving under the influence of alcohol, according to an announcement by the local procuratorate on Friday. ANI

Mozilla likens Microsoft ban on Firefox in some versions of Windows 8, as return to 'Digital Dark Age'
Mozilla, the developer group behind the popular Firefox browser, has said that Microsoft's banning firefox in certain versions of Windows 8 was akin to returning Windows users to the dark ages before competition. ANI

France's new President-elect makes ex country's most powerful woman
Francois Hollande, the President-elect of France, is said to be on course to make his former partner Segolene Royal the most powerful female politician in the country, despite the bitterness of their separation after 30 years and four children together. ANI

JWoww slams 'uneducated, ignorant' Bristol Palin for Obama comments
Jenni "JWoww" Farley, who has never been shy about voicing her opinions, dissed Sarah Palin's daughter Briston via Twitter on Thursday for her views on Barack Obama's support for same-sex marriage. ANI

Vladimir Putin celebrates presidential win with hockey exhibition
Vladimir Putin, the newly installed Russian President, opted against the lavish inauguration balls seen in the United States, instead playing in a nationally televised ice hockey exhibition match after he was sworn in Monday. ANI

India, Pakistan to discuss Siachen issue in June
The Pakistan foreign ministry has said the country would host the next round of talks with India over the disputed Siachen Glacier on June 11-12, in Islamabad. ANI

Secret agent who infiltrated Al Qaeda to crack 'underpants bomb maker' plot was of British origin
The secret agent who infiltrated the Al Qaeda to smuggle the latest version of the underpants bomb device from leading bomb maker Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, was actually of British origin. ANI

Obama campaign collects a million following support for gay marriage rights
U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election team collected a million dollars within the first 90 minutes of announcing his support for gay marriage. ANI

Blind Chinese dissident Chen claims China increases curbs on family
Blind activist Chen Guangcheng has expressed fears about the safety of his family after Chinese authorities allegedly increased pressure on them. ANI

Obama claims Biden's remarks on gay marriage forced him to support same-sex rights
U.S. President Barack Obama has said Vice President Joe Biden's comments on gay marriage has forced him to support same-sex couple's rights. ANI

Anti-Islam course suspended at US military classes
A course for U.S. military officers that taught them that their enemy is Islam, and not just terrorists, has been suspended. ANI

Russia thwarts Islamist terror plot on Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Anti-terrorism committee in Russia has said that it has foiled an alleged plot by Islamist rebels to attack the southern city of Sochi, which would be hosting the Winter Olympics in 2014. ANI

Many employees 'can't identify their CEO'
CEOs may officially be the public face of their companies, but a new study has revealed that a number of employees cannot pick theirs out in a crowd if they had to. ANI

Romney accused of bullying childhood 'gay fellow schoolmate'
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has been accused of being a playground bully, after reports emerged of his former school friends claiming that he had bullied a fellow school boy, who was believed to be gay. ANI

Iranian cartoonist's 25-lashes conviction for 'caricature drawing' blasted as brutal by colleagues
Cartoonists have condemned the conviction of an Iranian colleague, who was sentenced to 25 lashes for drawing a caricature picture of a local MP. ANI

Obama's gay marriage stance pulls Hollywood star power to 'blockbuster fundraiser'
President Barack Obama's opinion shift on gay marriage has le to a blockbuster fundraiser which will be held for Hollywood stars. It will be hosted by George Clooney on May 14 in New York. ANI

Air India strike leaves several hundred passengers stranded in Muscat
The Air India pilots' strike has left over a 100 passengers stranded in various hotels at Muscat. ANI

US leaving no stone unturned to free captive soldier from Taliban clutches: Panetta
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has said American officials are doing everything possible to secure the release a U.S. soldier who is being held captive by Afghan insurgents. ANI

Eve teasing, sexual harassment rampant in overcrowded buses in Pak capital
Overcrowded buses running in Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad have become a preying ground for male commuters who subject women passengers to eve-teasing and harassment, making it a major issue of concern for the women in the city. ANI

President Obama advised to stop eating junk food in public
A group of doctors, researchers and dieticians, led by an Indian origin doctor, is urging President Barack Obama to keep his fast-food indulgence private. ANI

U.S. house body passes bill to 'punish' Pak for failure to take out terror havens in country
A U.S. Congressional Committee has passed a bill that imposes conditions on Pakistan for receiving American economic and military aid, which will depend on the action Islamabad takes against terrorists and the menace of improvised explosive devices. ANI

'SC verdict against Gilani aimed to disgrace political leadership'
Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister on Political Affairs Fawad Chaudhry, has said the detailed order of the Supreme Court was "intended to disgrace Pakistan's political leadership and the language of the order, especially the note by Justice Asif Khosa, clearly reflects the mindset of judges". ANI

Christian Louboutin and Batallure Beauty Announce Beauty Partnership
Today, Christian Louboutin SA and Batallure Beauty, LLC announce the creation of a joint venture to establish Christian Louboutin Beauté. The newly formed company, which marks Christian Louboutin’s first foray into the beauty industry, will develop and globally market luxury beauty products across a number of classifications. Business Wire India

REC Earns “Top Brand PV” Seal and is Ranked the Largest European Solar Supplier by Industry Experts
Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) was awarded the “TOP BRAND PV” seal by EuPD Research and has also been named the number one European supplier of solar modules by IMS Research. Business Wire India

Pulmonx Reports New Publication Confirms Efficacy of Emphysema Treatment
Pulmonx, an emerging leader in interventional pulmonology, announced today that the European Respiratory Journal has published the results of the Chartis Multi-Centre study. The study is the first to combine the Chartis Pulmonary Assessment System and Zephyr EBV treatment for patients with advanced emphysema Business Wire India

FDA Approves BIOTRONIK Next Generation ICDs and CRT-Ds
BIOTRONIK, a leading manufacturer of innovative medical technology, has received FDA approval of its new Lumax 740 implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices (CRT-Ds) Business Wire India

Terumo BCT to Invest in State-of-the-Art Facilities in the U.S. and Vietnam
Terumo BCT has announced plans to invest in its existing U.S. manufacturing operations at its global headquarters, based in Lakewood, Colo., and to build a new manufacturing facility in Vietnam. Investment in the Colorado and Vietnam facilities will support growth and demand for blood and cellular therapy products and equipment globally. Business Wire India

Assured Guaranty Ltd. Reports Results for First Quarter 2012 and RMBS Settlement Agreement
RMBS Settlement with Deutsche Bank: Assured Guaranty Ltd Business Wire India

GE Healthcare Life Sciences Completes Acquisition of Xcellerex, Inc.
GE Healthcare, the healthcare business of GE (NYSE: GE) has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Xcellerex, Inc., a supplier of innovative manufacturing technologies for the fast-growing biopharmaceutical industry. Business Wire India

Gemalto Delivers Complete Enrolment Solution for Burkina Faso's Upcoming Elections
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

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