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  • A remote controlled bomb hits a police vehicle in Peshawar of Northwest Pakistan injuring at least 12.

Egg-brokering company slammed for targeting Cambridge Uni girls
Critics have blasted a UK fertility firm that offers up to 750 pounds to egg donors after they targeted 'financially vulnerable' Cambridge University students. ANI

New book on Strauss-Kahn claims French authorities conspired to set him up
A new book on former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn by American journalist Edward Jay Epstein has again revealed that he was the target of a conspiracy to weaken his chances of defeating Nicolas Sarkozy to become French president. ANI

Fifty Shades Of Grey inspires New York sex workshop
A new workshop based on 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' is encouraging the act of role-play in particular. ANI

52 pc Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of economy
Almost 52 percent Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama's way of handling the economy, with 46 percent approving, according to a poll. ANI

40 pc Americans say Obama's support for gay marriage to affect voting preferences
Almost 40 percent Americans believe that President Barack Obama's support for gay marriage will affect their voting preferences during the presidential election, according to poll. ANI

63 pc Americans believe US better off from having rich class
Almost 63 percent Americans believe that the United States is better off from having a wealthy class, according to poll. ANI

Abbas to receive Israeli PM's envoy in Ramallah
An high-level Israeli envoy will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday afternoon to hand him a letter from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a Palestinian official said. ANI

New Yorker celebrates Obama's gay marriage announcement in new cover
The New Yorker is celebrating President Obama's public endorsement of gay marriage this week with a cover depicting the White House with rainbow-coloured columns. ANI

Obama takes a dig at pal George Clooney during fundraiser
Barack Obama cracked several George Clooney jokes at the star-studded fundraiser, which raised 15 million dollars for the president's re-election, held at the actor's home in Los Angeles. ANI

New French prez Hollande owns 3 houses in Riviera resort of Cannes
New French president Francois Hollande has three houses in the French Riviera, despite claiming that he "dislikes the rich." ANI

Obey court or we'll call in army, livid Pak SC tells FC IG in missing persons case
Judges of the Pakistan Supreme Court raged in fury as not only did the Frontier Corps Inspector General (FC IG) Obaidullah Khattak flout their order to appear before them, but the police also said they have proof that the FC picked the three missing persons the court had ordered to produce. ANI

Japanese researchers develop wireless mechanical heart pump
A research team at Japan's Tohoku University has developed a wirelessly controlled mechanical heart pump, coming closer to developing the world's first fully embedded artificial heart, Japanese media reported Saturday. ANI

'In denial' Gilani sugarcoats NATO Chicago summit snub reports
Rubbishing reports that Pakistan has not been invited to the Chicago summit, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani stressed that negotiations regarding the reopening of NATO supply routes are still under way, and that it was premature to say anything in this regard till the negotiations are over. ANI

Men spending 66 pc more on beauty treatments to look good
There has been a 66 percent increase in men in the UK seeking beauty treatments over the past 12 months, with haircuts, hair removal and tanning being the most popular, a new report has revealed. ANI

4 Afghan policemen killed in bomb attack
Four Afghan policemen were killed Saturday in a bomb attack in Badghis province 555 km northwest of capital Kabul, provincial police chief said. ANI

Ann Romney dubs Michelle Obama 'lovely'
Ann Romney, the wife of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, praised Michelle Obama and called her "lovely," on Friday. ANI

Vietnamese woman with rare ageing disease 'reborn' after plastic surgery
A Vietnamese woman who was suffering with a rare ageing disorder that left her looking more than twice her age has finally had corrective surgery. ANI

Duchess Kate wears stunning sheer back teal dress for Olympic Concert
The Duchess of Cambridge flaunted her toned physique in a super sexy sheer lace back dress, at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday. ANI

Texas reporter fired for stripping files gender discrimination complaint
A part-time stripper, who was fired from her full-time job of covering Texas high society, has filed gender discrimination complaint against her former employer. ANI

Rally in Libyan capital calls to activate army, confiscate weapons
Thousands of residents rallied Friday at the Martyrs Square in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, calling the government to activate the national army and collect weapons from the streets. ANI

ROK president arrives in Beijing for trilateral leaders' meeting
Lee Myung-bak, president of the Republic of Korea (ROK), arrived in Beijing Saturday evening for the fifth meeting of leaders from China, Japan and the ROK. ANI

Around 200 villagers fall sick in western Nepal
Around 200 people at Neta of Arman Village Development Committee in Myagdi district in western Nepal were sicken by an unidentified disease in the last four days, local media reported on Saturday. ANI

Kiwi PM joins Obama in supporting gay marriage
The prime minister of New Zealand John Key has joined US President Barack Obama in supporting same-sex marriage. ANI

Kuwaiti lawmakers trying to prevent women from becoming judges
Five Kuwaiti lawmakers are reportedly pushing for preventing women from becoming judges. ANI

Pentagon to expand cyber security program to protect defense firms against data theft
The Pentagon is expanding and making a cyber-security program that will protect computer networks in defense firms against data theft from foreign attacks. he program is an effort to broaden the sharing of classified and unclassified cyber threat data between the government and industry, The Washington Post reports. ANI

EU committed to Annan's peace plan on Syria: official
The ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Syria stressed on Saturday the EU's commitment to the initiative for peace by the UN-Arab League joint envoy for Syria Kofi Annan. ANI

Kate to attend her first Buckingham Palace garden party this month
The Duchess of Cambridge will achieve another major royal first when she attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace later this month. ANI

Saudi King sacks hardline adviser critical of gender mixing
Saudi King Abdullah has reportedly sacked one of his most hardline advisers who opposed moves to relax gender segregation. ANI

More foreign spies in U.S. today than even during height of Cold War: Ex-CIA officer
A former top CIA covert officer has said there are currently more foreign spies on American soil than there were even at the peak of the Cold war. ANI

Kansas court passes bill banning government agencies from making decisions based on Islamic law
The Kansas Senate has passed a bill in the State Legislature to prevent Kansas courts or government agencies from making decisions based on Islamic or other foreign legal codes. ANI

Vatican investigating seven priests on alleged charges of sexually abusing minors
Seven priests from the Legion Christ religious order are being investigated by the Vatican for sexually abusing minors. ANI

Gilani says imperative to have good relations with 'one and only' U.S.
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said he wants to improve relations with the U.S. following the killing of Osama bin Laden on its soil last year. ANI

Pak desperate to attend Chicago summit despite NATO snub
Despite a hint from the NATO secretary general, that Pakistan may not attend the Chicago summit later this month, Islamabad still expects to participate in the historic gathering to discuss the Afghan endgame. ANI

U.S. team in Pak working on NATO supply routes: Nuland
The U.S. has said it continues to work with Islamabad on reopening the Pakistani land routes for NATO supplies, but declined to comment on the alliance's suggestion that an invitation to Pakistan for this month's Chicago summit was linked to resumption of supplies. ANI

Al Qaeda feared to be taking advantage of chaos to spread terror in Syria
The twin car bombings have raised fears that Al Qaeda has taken advantage of the Syrian unrest to infiltrate into the country and target Assad's regime. ANI

Chinese Defense Ministry denies PLA at level-2 combat readiness
China's Defense Ministry denied reports that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) units had entered level-2 combat readiness. ANI

UK Muslims under Islamophobic attacks following Asian child sex ring gang conviction
Anti-Islamist groups in Britain are exploiting the conviction of nine Asian men accused of grooming vulnerable white girls as young as 13 for sex, to create a 'climate of hate' against Muslims, community leaders have warned. ANI

4 killed, 12 injured in blast in northwest Pakistan
At least four people were killed and 12 others injured when a remote-controlled bomb hit a police vehicle in Pakistan's northwest city of Peshawar on Saturday morning, reported local Urdu TV channel Express. ANI

U.S. Congressman moves bill to charge Pak 50 mln dollars for every ISI-caused death
U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher has introduced a Pakistan Terrorism Accountability (PTA) bill that proposes to deduct 50 million dollars from U.S. aid to Islamabad every time an American is killed "as a result of actions of the ISI". ANI

More remains retrieved from Sukhoi plane crash site in Indonesia
Rescuers on Saturday have gathered more remains of bodies at the crash site of Sukhoi super jet-100 in a slope of Mount Salak in Bogor regency of West Java and put them into four bodies bags, putting the total remains have been collected to 16 bodies bags, senior military officer said. ANI

U.S. becomes world's fastest growing oil producer: former official
The United States has become the world's fastest growing oil producer under President Barack Obama, said a former White House green jobs advisor. ANI

Pilot arrested after entering Obama's restricted airspace in LA
A pilot was arrested after he flew into the restricted airspace reserved for President Barack Obama's departure from Los Angeles. ANI

One-third of Brits 'want to live near a pub'
A third of people from Britain believe that it is important to have a pub close to their home as it demonstrates that they are part of a community, a new study has revealed. ANI

EU condemns attacks in Syria
The European Union (EU) on Friday condemned recent attacks in Syria. ANI

Hezbollah capable of hitting specific targets in Tel Aviv: chief
Lebanese Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Friday that the Islamic resistance is capable of hitting specific targets in Israel's Tel Aviv and anywhere across its occupied Palestinian territory. ANI

BlackBerry users cannot be forced to handover passwords to cops, rules US judge
A judge in New Jersey has said that the police could not force a truck driver, who was caught carrying drugs, to give his BlackBerry password. ANI

Canada urges Sri Lanka to probe murder of its Tamil-origin citizen
Canada has said that it expected Sri Lanka to carry out investigations into the murder of a Canadian citizen in the country. ANI

Ex-NI chief Rebekah Brooks says Blair 'was constant presence' in her life
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has said that Tony Blair was 'a constant presence' in her life for many years. ANI

South Korean monks caught playing poker, drinking and smoking at party
Six leaders from South Korea's biggest Buddhist order have quit after a video surfaced showing several monks playing high-stakes poker, drinking and smoking. ANI

Gilani 'okay' with a third of Pakistanis wanting to flee 'dysfunctional' country
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said Pakistanis are free to leave the country if they want, and that there is no one stopping them from doing so. ANI

Former white SA president's remarks defending elements of 'apartheid' causes outrage
South Africa's last white president, FW de Klerk has sparked controversy in the country after he defended certain elements of apartheid during a TV interview. ANI

Brit sculptor Anish Kapoor slams critics over Olympic sculpture
Indian-born British sculptor Anish Kapoor has dismissed criticism of his Olympic sculpture, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, claiming that nobody liked the Eiffel Tower either when it was first built. ANI

Balochistan Minister shockingly claims 'no harm in corruption, which should be done'
Balochistan Provincial Minister for Communications, Ali Madad Jatak, believes that there must be some sort of corruption in the province given its backwardness, and has shockingly claimed that there really is no harm in that. ANI

U.S. lawmakers want Pak-backed Haqqani network to be deemed 'terrorist' group
Top Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees have written a letter to Hillary Clinton, urging her to immediately designate the militant Haqqani network as a "terrorist" group, claiming their trip to Afghanistan last week reaffirmed concerns about the network. ANI

No progress made on Chinese dissident Chen's passport application for US
Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who escaped from house arrest and took asylum in US Embassy in Beijing, has said that there has been no progress made on his passport application for the United States. ANI

Fresh polls loom as third attempt for forming coalition government in Greece fail
The leader of Greece's socialist party, Evangelos Venizelos, has aid that he has failed to form a new government. ANI

Facebook co-founder renouncing US citizenship to save tax
Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin will renounce his US citizenship to avoid paying taxes he made from the world's most popular social network. ANI

Online job ads spark debate for discriminating against smokers
Smokers face a new battleground with online job ads specifying they need not apply. ANI

Pak Cabinet to discuss reopening NATO supplies next week
Pakistani leaders have scheduled a meet next week to discuss ending a nearly six-month blockade on NATO supplies to Afghanistan, official sources said. ANI

World's oldest beer may be recreated from 1840's shipwreck
Scientists may recreate the world's oldest beer from a shipwreck off the coast of Finland, believed to have sunk in the 1840s. ANI

U.S. to partially resume arms supply to Bahrain following suspension over HR violations
The United States will partially resume the sale of military supplies to Bahrain following its suspension last year after the Arab state cracked down on human rights protesters. ANI

Russian flight attendant fired for tweeting 'hahaha' over tragic plane crash that killed 45
A flight attendant from Russia's biggest airline has been sacked for tweeting 'hahaha' after a fatal plane crash in Indonesia that killed at least 45 people. ANI

Malaysian tribunal finds Bush guilty of war crimes
A war crimes tribunal in Malaysia has convicted former US President George W. Bush and seven of his allies as war criminals for torture and inhumane treatment of people at US military bases. ANI

Clinton urged Hillary to run against 'amateur, incompetent' Obama in 2012, reveals book
Former American President Bill Clinton maligned Barack Obama as an 'amateur' and urged his wife Hillary to run against him in this year's U.S. presidential election, a new book has claimed. ANI

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