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'Queen's knickers' goes under the hammer on eBay
A pair of silk knickers allegedly owned by the Queen has been put up for sale on eBay. ANI

China calls Dalai Lama 'liar' for spreading 'false' poison plot rumours
China has accused the Dalai Lama of spreading 'false information' about Beijing training Tibetan women to kill him. ANI

Jailed Islamist Pak army officer calls for cutting anti-terror alliance with U.S.
A jailed senior Pakistan Army officer, who has been accused of plotting an Islamist takeover of the military high command, has called on the army to break its anti-terror alliance with the United States, which he contends is forcing Pakistan to fight its own people. ANI

Peace impossible till resolution of Kashmir issue: Hizbul Mujahideen chief
Hizbul Mujahideen Kashmir (HMK) supreme commander Syed Salahuddin has said peace in the region would not be possible until the Kashmir dispute is resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions. ANI

Tripartite Commission: Pak, Afghanistan, NATO discuss Salala raid, NATO routes
Top military commanders from Pakistan, Afghanistan and NATO have discussed contentious issues, almost six months after a deadly U.S. air raid killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in Mohmand Agency which had put Pak-U.S. ties in a tailspin. ANI

Ukrainian police dismantle urinating gold statues of Stalin
The Ukrainian Police has dismantled golden statues that made fun of former Soviet dictator Joesph Stalin, hours after it was installed in the capital. ANI

Slain Baloch leader's son demands probe of Dera Bugti mass grave
A son of slain Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, has demanded an impartial probe into the recent discovery of a mass grave in Dera Bugti. ANI

FM Khar says Pak can't afford confrontation with NATO
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said Pakistan cannot suspend NATO supplies indefinitely. ANI

US intensifies drone mission against Al-Qaeda in Yemen
The United States has reportedly intensified its strikes in Yemen and as Washington escalates its war on Al-Qaeda affiliate in the country. ANI

'Pakistan faces risk of missing all future NATO events if it skips Chicago meet'
U.S. and NATO officials have said Pakistan may have to miss future NATO consultations as well if it fails to attend the Chicago Summit, scheduled to be held on May 20-21, the largest meeting NATO has ever organised, with around 60 countries and organisations represented. ANI

Ex-NI boss hits backs over UK MP's report on phone hacking
Former News International boss Les Hinton has responded back at a report by British lawmakers on the phone hacking scandal, accusing them of 'misreading' evidence. ANI

Congressional hearing on Secret Service sex scandal to be held on May 23
The chairmen of the Senate and House Homeland Security Committees, which are probing the US Secret Service scandal, have said that Congressional hearing on the scandal will be held on the 23 May. ANI

MI6 says Al Qaeda training doctors to plant explosives inside female breasts
Chiefs of UK's MI6 intelligence agency have said that doctors are being trained by Al Qaeda to plant explosives inside the br**ts of female suicide bombers. ANI

Daughters Malia, Sasha may be Obama's most important political advisers
President Barack Obama has revealed that his daughters Sasha and Malia have influenced his decisions on social issues. ANI

Pakistan, U.S. nearing 'deal' on reopening of NATO supply routes
The U.S and Pakistan have achieved significant progress in the weekend talks, sparking speculations that NATO would invite Pakistan to the Chicago Summit in return for the country's pledge to reopen the NATO supply routes, sources said. ANI

New Zealand gov't mulls break for importers of greenhouse gas-containing goods
The New Zealand government announced Monday it was considering allowing importers of goods containing synthetic greenhouse gases to pay a levy rather than submit them to the country's fledgling emissions trading scheme ( ETS). ANI

Al-Qaida militants sabotage gas pipeline in Yemen
An armed group of al-Qaida militants attacked a gas pipeline in Yemen's southeastern province of Shabwa, a security official told Xinhua on Monday. ANI

Long-awaited Syrian elections' results to be announced Tuesday
Syria's mainstream media said Monday that the long-awaited results of parliamentarian elections will be announced Tuesday, a week after people cast their ballots in hopes that a new parliament would be the prelude for democratic transition in Syria. ANI

Baghdad ready to host Iran-P5 +1 nuclear talks
Baghdad is ready to host the upcoming round of nuclear talks between the six world powers and Iran, which is deemed as the biggest event in Iraq after the Arab League (AL) summit in late March, an Iraqi official newspaper reported on Monday. ANI

15 Taliban rebels surrender in W. Afghanistan
Over a dozen Taliban rebels surrendered in Afghanistan's western province of Herat on Monday, a provincial government spokesman said. ANI

How stress affects employees' jobs
Moderate to severe stress impacts almost half of all workers while they are on the job, a recent survey has revealed. ANI

Is Indian troop pullback from Pak border to peacetime locations by year-end in offing?
According to Pakistan media reports, the Indian government is likely to pull back troops from what they call 'wartime positions' to which the troops were moved at the working boundary with Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. ANI

1 killed, 10 wounded in renewed fighting in northern Lebanon
Renewed fighting took place between rival neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen in Lebanon 's northern coastal city of Tripoli on Monday, leaving one person dead and 10 others wounded, MTV reported. ANI

Diamond ring worth more than 600,000 USD stolen in Japan
Police authorities are tracking down two men on suspicion of stealing a diamond ring worth 49 million yen (about 612,040 U.S. dollars) from a jewelry store in central Japanese city of Nagoya, local media reported Monday. ANI

Sharif family drowned in outstanding loans: FIA
A Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) report has revealed that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and 13 others of the Sharif family have reportedly failed to return loans worth over Rs 2.3 billion taken over a period of 18 years. ANI

Sri Lankan police find massive explosives haul
The Sri Lankan police have found a massive haul of C4 explosives hidden in a bunker by Tamil Tiger rebels in the north of the country, a police spokesman said on Monday. ANI

S. Korea, Australia to stage regular joint naval drills
South Korea and Australia agreed Monday to regularly hold joint naval drills as part of efforts to expand bilateral defense cooperation, the South Korean Navy said. ANI

Roadside bomb kills 5 Afghan soldiers, wounds 2
Five Afghan soldiers were killed and two others sustained injuries in Laghman province 90 east of capital city Kabul on Sunday as a roadside bomb struck a military vehicle, a military spokesman in the eastern region Sediq Atifi said Monday. ANI

China, ROK, Japan pledge future-oriented partnership at trilateral summit
Leaders of China, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan on Sunday vowed to further enhance the future-oriented comprehensive cooperative partnership among the three countries. ANI

Japan to purchase F-35 stealth fighters despite price hike
Japan planned to sign a contract with the United States next month for the purchase of four F-35 stealth fighter jets despite a price increase for the aircraft, local media reported Monday. ANI

Black box may go to Russia for further probe: Indonesian official
A senior official at Indonesia's agency overseeing the Russian plane crash investigation said on Monday that there is a possibility the flight-data recorder, popularly known as black box, may be taken to Russia following a preliminary examination by Indonesia's team. ANI

Denying race link in child sex-grooming by Asian men is 'fatuous': UK equality chief
The idea that there was no racial link in the recently uncovered child sex grooming case, is 'fatuous', the head of the UK's Equalities and Human Rights Commission has said. ANI

Newsweek Magazine designates Obama as 'First Gay President'
President Barack Obama has been described as the "The First Gay President," according to the latest cover of Newsweek magazine.he cover of the magazine shows a close-up portrait of the president with a rainbow-coloured halo over his head, the colours symbol is adopted by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement. ANI

Pakistan's flawed foreign policy makes U.S. dictate terms to the nation: JUI chief
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI) chief Maulana Fazl ur Rehman has said the absence of a well-formulated foreign policy over the past decade has paved the way for the U.S. to dictate terms and threaten Pakistan. ANI

Pak FM Khar favours ending NATO supply route blockade
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said she personally believes that NATO supply routes through Pakistan, which have remained closed for almost six months now, should be reopened. ANI

Japanese PM leaves Beijing for home after trilateral summit
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda left Beijing on Monday after attending the fifth meeting of leaders from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK). ANI

Prince William to receive 10m pounds payout from Diana's estate as he turns 30
Prince William, who will become the first of Diana's children to be able to take a lump sum out of his late mother's will when he reaches 30, is set for a multi-million pound windfall next month that will pave the way for him and Kate to buy their first home. ANI

Abbottabad Commission may record Pak PM Gilani's statement on May 2 raid
The judicial commission probing the Abbottabad raid which killed Osama Bin Laden last year, is hoping to schedule a 'meeting' with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to 'record his statement' before concluding its report, a top official has revealed. ANI

Pak Govt. wilting under U.S. pressure to re-open NATO supply routes: JI chief
Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Syed Munawar Hasan has said the country's ruling leadership has succumbed to U.S. pressure and is getting impatient to reopen NATO supply routes. ANI

'Corrupt political mafias' breathing their last: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said the time of "corrupt rulers" in the country is coming to an end and the ruling "political mafias" are breathing their last. ANI

Greece's far left Syriza Party pulls out of coalition talks
The leader of Greece's far-left Syriza Party will not attend coalition talks on Monday, plunging the country into further political disarray. ANI

How Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey grew to despise each other
The relationship between former friends Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, possibly the two most powerful female influences on Barack Obama's presidency, has reached a breaking point, a new book has claimed. ANI

Taliban can be defeated in Afghanistan if 'reluctant Pakistan does more': U.S. Senator
A key U.S. senator has said the Taliban can be defeated militarily in Afghanistan but the job is not done, adding that the insurgents are still controlling more than a third of the populated areas of the country and have "safe havens" in Pakistan. ANI

Syria attacks 'sign of worsening relations between religious groups', say activists
Syrian forces have killed at least five people in a Sunni farming village, torching homes and looting shops, which according to activists is a sign of worsening relations among the nation's religious groups. ANI

Berlusconi favours businesswoman Daniela Santanche to take over in Italy
Silvio Berlusconi, the scandal-hit former Italian Prime Minister, is said to be lining up one of his "babes" to be the country's next leader. ANI

US senator says Qaeda bomb maker should be killed to protect national security
A top US senator has said that the bomb maker who created at least two non-metallic explosive devices to blow up a US-bound airliner must be killed to safeguard the security of the country. ANI

Bangladeshi Islamist leader Ghulam Azam charged with 1971 war crimes
A special tribunal set up in Bangladesh has charged top Islamist leader Ghulam Azam with war crimes allegedly carried out during the 1971 war that liberated the country from Pakistan. ANI

11 people killed in aeroplane crash in western Nepal
An aeroplane belonging to Agni Air crashed in Jomsom in western Nepal crashed Monday morning. ANI

Obama hails 'important step' in Afghan security transition
US President Barack Obama has appreciated Afghanistan's move to have local forces take control of security in a large area of the country as an 'important step forward'. ANI

Ahmadinejad calls Israel 'mosquito' trying to challenge Iran
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has compared Israel to an annoying 'mosquito', saying the Jewish state poses no danger to Tehran's nuclear program. ANI

Scytl Unveils Secure Online Voting on Google Android and Apple iOS Devices
Scytl, the worldwide leader in election software solutions, announced today the successful implementation of its online voting encryption technology for use on Google Android™ and Apple® iOS smartphones and tablet computers Business Wire India

App Monetization Platform ""metaps"" Establishes Offices in Silicon Valley and Hong Kong to Strengthen Alliances with Local App Developers
Metaps Inc. (hereafter "Metaps") announces the establishment of branch offices in Silicon Valley and Hong Kong to support the expansion of their global platform. Business Wire India

Selfridges Named Best Department Store in the World – Again!
At the Global Department Store Summit in Paris (GDSS), The Intercontinental Group of Department Stores (IGDS) announced that Selfridges has once again been recognised as the Best Department Store in the World for an unprecedented second time, and will retain the honour until 2014 Business Wire India

Fairfax County, Virginia, and George Mason University to host Indian business delegation to strengthen U.S.-Indian trade, economic ties
Fairfax County and Fairfax-based George Mason University (Mason) are hosting a 40-member business delegation from India that aims to strengthen trade and economic ties with the United States. The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) Summit for U.S.-India Trade & Economics (SUITE 2012) will be May 22-25 Business Wire India

Taro 2011 Annual Report on Form 20-F Available
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TARO, “Taro”) has announced that its Annual Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 on Form 20-F, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on April 5, 2012, is available within the Investor Relations section of Taro’s website at Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Adds New Reocor External Pacemaker to Its External Product Portfolio
BIOTRONIK, Inc., has announced the U.S. launch of its new Reocor external pacemaker. The device is available in two models, for dual- and single-chamber pacing therapy, and offers individualized patient therapy, easy handling and flexibility in every detail Business Wire India

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