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5 things u never knew about President Obama's mum
There was a stark contrast between President Obama's family now and his family as a child growing up in Hawaii. ANI

Anger over Facebook co-founder's move to renounce U.S. citizenship to avoid paying tax
Americans are outraged about news that Facebook co-founder at Eduardo Saverin's reported move to renounce his U.S. citizenship to avoid paying federal taxes. ANI

Want to be a mum? Make sure you take care of your teeth!
While fate determines some fertility factors, a new study has suggested that oral issues may play a key role. ANI

Inflatable 'bouncy space station' can float high above Earth
Two private space companies are set to market their services to international customers. ANI

Pak should be clear on Chicago Summit position: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said the country must attend the Chicago Summit and be clear about its position, which is still unclear to Pakistanis and the world alike. ANI

Tripartite Commission: Pak, ISAF discuss border operations, supply routes
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander General John Allen called on Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and discussed border operations and restoration of NATO supply routes to Afghanistan at a Tripartite Commission meeting. ANI

Muslim Brotherhood in Syria resurrects itself amid revolt in country
The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria has resurrected itself and become the dominant group amid 14-months of uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. ANI

UK Intel agency feared Scotland Yard officials attended terrorist camps
British intelligence agency MI5 has warned Scotland Yard that policemen in its ranks are suspected of attending terrorist training camps, according to a report. ANI

Pakistan Army, ISAF hold preliminary meeting
The Pakistan Army has held preliminary bilateral talks with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Rawalpindi in connection with the tripartite commission meeting, a press release said. ANI

Pak Army's 'Jihadi' ideology will only cause more damage to the country: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said the Pakistan Army's adoption of the doctrine of jihad and its creation of non-state jihadi warriors has permitted more centres of power than the state can sustain. ANI

Greece's deputy PM warns 'country will run out of money in six weeks'
Greek Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos has warned that the country will run out of money within six weeks, unless it honours its bitterly-disputed EU bailout deal. ANI

45.1 pc Americans prefer Obama to Romney in Michigan
President Barack Obama is ahead with 45.1 percent votes over presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney with 39.5 among Michigan voters in the race for the White House, according to a new poll. ANI

UN to provide rights of compensation, rehabilitation to terrorism affected people
The United Nations will provide legal rights of compensation and rehabilitation to people seriously injured or maimed by terrorist attacks across the world, a UN report will recommend next month. ANI

Iran says Baghdad safe for upcoming nuclear meeting: official
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Affairs Abbas Araghchi has said that Baghdad is safe for upcoming nuclear meeting of Iran and the major powers of the world. ANI

Ahmadinejad reiterates Iran's "resolve to retain absolute nuclear rights": TV
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated Iran's resolve to retain its absolute nuclear rights, the State IRIB TV website reported on Sunday. ANI

Pak and Western generals fail to untie key knots at tripartite forum
Pakistan and Western military alliance commanders have failed to make headway on crucial contentious issues, reportedly after the western-side repeated the U.S. stance of not inviting Pakistan to the Chicago NATO Summit, refusal to apologise over the Salala incident, continuance of drone attacks and threats of toughened aid conditions for Pakistan. ANI

UN envoy hails China's strong support for Afghanistan
The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan, Jan Kubis, hailed China's support for the peace and reconstruction process of the war-torn country, saying it is crucial for the rebuilding of Afghanistan. ANI

Protestors urges Int'l organizations in Gaza to intervene for striking prisoners
Palestinian protestors on Sunday blocked staff of some international organizations from entering their offices for two hours, demanding urgent intervention to save hunger-striking prisoners in Israeli jails. ANI

Pak PM Gilani regrets PPP inked CoD with Sharif
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that today he regrets that the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) inked a Charter of Democracy with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and extended him full support when he was going through difficult times. ANI

Iranian official says "no hasty decisions should be made in negotiations" with P5+1
A senior Iranian official said Sunday that no hasty decisions should be made in the upcoming nuclear talks with the world's major powers, local satellite Press TV reported. ANI

Fortunate classes in Syria maintain lifestyles despite deadly unrest
Despite mounting suffering of Syrians in restive areas and the unrelenting cycle of violence, people at some upscale districts of the capital appear to have distanced themselves from the crisis and chosen to maintain their lifestyles. ANI

United Nations adopts guidelines to protect 'land grab' by rich countries
The United Nations has adopted international guidelines to prevent rich countries from grabbing land in developing nations. ANI

Prince Harry eyeing South Pole trek
Prince Harry has now set his sights on conquering the South Pole, after he got a taste for adventure from his four-day trek across the Arctic. ANI

UK military personnel recalls abuse and humiliation for wearing uniform in public: survey
Personnel of the British armed forces have revealed that they were abused and humiliated by their own people when moving around in public in uniform. ANI

UK security chiefs fear Al Qaeda will discover identity of foiled underwear plot double agent
Security chiefs in the UK fear that Al Qaeda will soon discover the identity of the double agent who foiled their underwear plot. ANI

Greece seeks another round of parliamentary elections
Greece is likely to conduct another round of elections on June 17 after the country's main parties repeatedly failed to form a coalition government, according to a report. ANI

Victoria police plan to deploy spy drones for surveillance
Police in the Australian state of Victoria are planning to introduce unmanned drone aircraft to assist in operations, following the lead of American authorities who will soon begin using them for surveillance, searches and car chases. ANI

Musharraf should be tried for May 12 massacre: Sindh HC Chief Justice
Sindh High Court (SHC) Chief Justice Mushir Alam has said that former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf should be tried in court for his involvement in the May 12, 2007 tragedy in Karachi, which left about 50 persons dead. ANI

Al Qaeda believes UK double agent in foiled underwear bomb plot was from radical Islamic family
Al Qaeda terror chiefs believed the British double agent, who foiled an underwear bomb plot to blow up a US-bound airliner, was from a radical Islamic background. ANI

Pak PM Gilani says more evidence needed to arrest Hafiz Saeed
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said there isn't enough evidence to arrest alleged Mumbai 2008 attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed. ANI

Romney rejects legitimacy of same-sex marriage
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has firmly rejected the legality of same-sex marriage. ANI

Now, Al-Qaeda advises jihadis how to protect 'reputations'
Lone terrorists have been asked to stop targeting churches, mosques and synagogues in a bid to protect their 'reputation,' according to the latest edition of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated magazine 'Inspire'. ANI

Zardari ranked lowest in Gallup survey
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has been placed at the lowest rank in a Washington-based Gallup poll, renowned for predicting U.S. election results and conducting the U.S. presidents' approval ratings. ANI

Another 'child sex grooming ring' uncovered by UK police
Nine men have reportedly been arrested by British police, which is investigating a suspected second gang involved in grooming young girls for sex. ANI

Top firms revamping their female employees' dressing standards
To counter the trend towards fashion "'casualisation" at workplace, some of the top law firms, banks and accountancy companies are engaging stylists to overhaul the dress standards of their female workers, it has been revealed. ANI

Egyptian court says presidential elections to go as scheduled
Egypt's Higher Administrative Court overturned Saturday a lower court's decision to suspend the presidential elections set to be held on May 23 and 24, which meant the historic vote will go as scheduled. ANI

U.S. drone kills 7 al-Qaida militants in southeast Yemen
A U.S. drone raided an al-Qaida convoy in Yemen's southeastern province of Shabwa on Saturday evening, killing at least seven al-Qaida militants, a security official told Xinhua. ANI

Di's Pak doctor lover 'Mr Wonderful' demands probe into phone hacking case
Dr Hasnat Khan, Princess Diana's former lover, has demanded an investigation after Scotland Yard told him that his mobile number was found by hacking detectives. ANI

Silvio Berlusconi's 'bunga bunga' party dubbed 'gathering of whores'
A woman who has been invited to one of Silvio Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" parties has described the evening as a "gathering of whores". ANI

China, Japan, ROK to launch FTA talks this year
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Sunday that China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) agreed to launch the talks for a free trade area (FTA) within this year. ANI

Ex- Ukraine PM may be left 'disabled for life after mistreatment', fears her daughter
The jailed former Ukraine premier, Yulia Tymoshenko, may be left permanently disabled after being mistreated by prison authorities, her daughter has said. ANI

'Cut ties, give dirty looks' to 'destroy' Israel: Ahmadinejad
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that war was not essential destroy Israel, and that it could be achieved if regional states cut their ties with the Jewish nation. ANI

Shadowy Islamist group Al-Nusra claims responsibility for Syria suicide bombings
An Islamist group al-Nusra Front has claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bombings that killed 55 and injured 370 in the Syrian capital. ANI

Dalai Lama fears 'Chinese poison plot' to kill him
The Dalai Lama has revealed he fears that Chinese agents have trained Tibetan women for a mission to kill him. ANI

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