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Duchess of Cambridge picks up $72 blouse during High Street sale
Duchess of Cambridge, who has stepped out in some expensive high-end designers over the past two weeks, was spotted hitting up the sales rack at a high street store on Saturday. ANI

Pink Floyd classic Cameron's favourite too
British PM David Cameron admitted to being a fan of 'The Dark Side of the Moon' by Pink Floyd. ANI

Battles between Yemeni army, al-Qaida leave 20 killed
At least 15 al-Qaida militants and five army soldiers were killed Tuesday during battles between Yemeni government troops and the terrorist group in the southern province of Abyan, a military official said. ANI

Britain lost 131 million work days to sickness in 2011
Official figures show that around 131 million working days in Britain were lost to sickness absence last year, according to official figures released on Tuesday. ANI

Majority of global population to live in cities by 2050: WWF report
About two-thirds of the world's population will be located in urban areas by 2050, creating serious implications for the conservation of natural resources, according to the 2012 edition of the Nature's Living Planet Report. ANI

250 Afghan students hospitalised after being poisoned
At least 250 boy students were poisoned Tuesday at a high school in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost, a provincial police sources said. ANI

Researchers say legislation to ban burqa will test foundations of modern liberal society
According to a study by researchers from Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Sussex, legislation against, and to criminalize face-veiling which has swept across the EU recently will test the foundations of modern liberal society. ANI

Chinese less happy despite unprecedented economic growth: Research
Chinese are less happy than they were two decades ago, despite an unprecedented rate of economic growth, according to a new research. ANI

Indonesia may cancel Lady Gaga concert following Islamic extremist threat
Indonesian Police is reportedly planning to ban a performance by American pop diva Lady Gaga next month in the wake of threats by Islamic extremists. ANI

Blair's ex-press chief denies 'express deal' to win Murdoch empire's support for 1997 election
Former British prime minister Tony Blair's former director of communications, Alastair Campbell, has denied there was ever any 'express deal' with media tycoon Rupert Murdoch to win support from his papers before the 1997 general election. ANI

Dalai Lama says UK riots were shocking as Britons are 'sensible, mature'
Tibetan Spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has said that he was shocked by last year's riots in the United Kingdom as he considered Britons to be 'mature, sensible and law-abiding'. ANI

Afghanistan, UN Security Council seat on New Zealand FM's U.S. agenda
Two New Zealand ministers will travel to the United States Wednesday to discuss the security situation in Afghanistan with U.S. and NATO leaders. ANI

Eight civilians killed in botched air strike by Yemeni warplanes
At least eight civilians were killed on Tuesday when fighter jets of the Yemeni air forces launched an air strike against al-Qaida hideouts in the southern province of Abyan, a government official said. ANI

Hollande sworn as French president
Francois Hollande is sworn in on Tuesday morning in Elysee Palace as the French president, the first Socialist head of state after Francois Mitterand quit power in 1995. ANI

Turnout of Syrian parliamentary elections 51.26 pct (lead: Syria polls)
Syria's recent parliamentary elections were conducted in a "free" climate and the voters' turnout is estimated at 51.26 percent, chairman of Syrian higher committee of elections said Tuesday. ANI

Chaos over new UK student visa leads to influx of about 50,000 illegal immigrants
Immigration chiefs in the UK have been accused of creating 'complete chaos' after the bungled introduction of a new student visa policy that led to an influx of migrants to work illegally. ANI

Sri Lanka cracks down on illegally working foreigners
Sri Lanka is cracking down on foreigners working illegally and have requested for public assistance after an Indian national died while working in a local steel plant, an official said here on Tuesday. ANI

S. Korean president ends Myanmar visit
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak wrapped up his two-day milestone goodwill visit to Myanmar Tuesday afternoon, the first in 30 years. ANI

Half of Americans think Facebook is 'fad': Poll
Half of Americans think that the world's most popular social networking site Facebook is a passing fad, according to a poll. ANI

Medvedev submits new Russian government lineup
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev submitted to President Vladimir Putin the lineup of a new government on Tuesday, the Kremlin press service said. ANI

China lodges representation over David Cameron-Dalai meeting
China on Tuesday voiced strong indignation and stern objection to British Prime Minister David Cameron's meeting with the Dalai Lama, and lodged representation to Britain. ANI

Pak's 'double game' in Afghanistan can 'implode in its face': Editorial
Pointing at Pakistan's stance on the reopening of NATO supply routes and its strenuous relations with the U.S., an editorial in a Pakistan daily has said "it is about time Pakistan recognises the need to abandon its double game and makes peace with its neighbours and thereby with itself". ANI

Cautious calm in Lebanon's Tripoli after army deployment
Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli was in an "uneasy calm" Tuesday morning as the army forces were deployed in the city after days of spiraling violence, the National News Agency reported. ANI

Zara Phillips left 'burnt' by last two Olympics, says hubby Mike Tindall
Mike Tindall has played down suggestions that his wife Zara Phillips will represent Great Britain in the Olympic eventing team at the London 2012 Games. ANI

Report reveals migrant workers subjected to racist and sexist bullying in UK
Hundreds of migrant workers in UK are subjected to inhuman living conditions, are poverty stricken and live under constant fear, according to a report. ANI

Twitter campaign calling on women to dress modestly started in UAE
Top personalities in UAE have joined a campaign on the social networking site Twitter that calls on people to dress modestly. ANI

Now, hackers target UK's Leveson Inquiry, Information Commissioner Office websites
A group linked with the notorious Internet hacking collective Anonymous has attacked the websites of the UK's Leveson Inquiry and the Information Commissioner. ANI

Ex-NI chief Rebekah Brooks charged over phone-hacking scandal
Former News International chief Rebekah Brooks has been charged with perverting the course of justice over the News of the World phone hacking scandal. ANI

54 pc Americans consider same-sex marriage morally correct
Almost 54 percent of Americans have said that gay or lesbian relations are morally acceptable, according to poll. ANI

Kodak had 'secret nuke reactor' hidden in US research facility for 30 yrs: Report
Embattled imaging company Kodak had a secret nuclear reactor hidden at a U.S. research facility for over 30 years, according to a report. ANI

Romney, Obama going head to head six months ahead of election, finds poll
Almost 46 percent of Americans would prefer to vote for Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, while 43 percent said they would support President Barack Obama, according to poll. ANI

World's shortest man wants to climb Mt everest
A Nepali man who was named the shortest man alive earlier this year by the Guinness World Record wants to climb the world's highest peak, Mount Everest. ANI

One in four Americans less likely to vote for Obama over same-sex marriage stance
Almost one in four Americans are less likely to vote for President Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential election following his support for same-sex marriage, according to poll. ANI

Roadside bomb injures two policemen in Yemen's Aden
Two Yemeni policemen were injured early Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded near an office of the military intelligence apparatus in the country's southern port city of Aden, a security official said. ANI

'Salman Rushdie of music' Iranian rapper faces death threats for 'blasphemous' song
A Germany-based Iranian singer is facing death threats and fatwas for releasing a 'blasphemous' rap song. ANI

Obama re-election campaign shows ad revealing Romney's 'vampire' job record
U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has released an advertisement against Republican rival Mitt Romney in a bid to weaken his record on jobs. ANI

Republican Ron Paul to end active prez campaigning owing to insufficient funds
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul will end active campaigning for the White House due to insufficient funds. ANI

NATO responds to Libya airstrike charges saying they 'struck only legitimate military targets'
NATO has rejected a human right organisation's report of carrying out 'unlawful attacks' that led to dozens of civilian deaths in Libya. ANI

Outrage over Fatwa against female NGO workers in Pak
A fatwa issued by a former Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal MNA, Maulvi Abdul Haleem , threatening women workers of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Kohistan, has been condemned by a national youth-led organisation. ANI

Over 51 percent voter turnout in Syrian parliamentary polls
Syria's recent parliamentary elections were conducted in a "free" climate and the voters' turnout is estimated at 51.26 percent. ANI

Pak SC finds evidence implicating Frontier Corps in abductions in Balochistan
The Pakistan Supreme Court has said there is evidence that the Frontier Corps (FC) was involved in abducting people in Balochistan. ANI

Indonesia, Russia intensify efforts to search crashed plane's black box
The Indonesian and Russian joint search and rescue team is intensifying efforts to search the flight data recorder device, popularly known as black box, of the crashed Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane on Tuesday following efforts to retrieve bodies of the passengers perished in the crash, local media reported. ANI

New Zealand committed to biometric data sharing after first year success
New Zealand immigration authorities Tuesday said they are committed to an international biometric checking system that had proved successful in checking cross-border crime after its first year of operation. ANI

Passengers rescued from stricken Taiwanese ship
All 153 people on a Taiwanese passenger ship that was in danger of sinking around the Minjiang River estuary in southeast China's Fujian Province have been rescued, local authorities said Tuesday. ANI

Tibetan lawmaker calls for frank dialogues with EU to eliminate misconception
Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the Standing Committee of the People's Congress of China's Tibet Autonomous Region, on Monday called for frank exchanges and dialogues with the European Union (EU) so as to eliminate misconception about the region. ANI

Obama campaign reaches out to women
As the general election draws nearer, President Barack Obama's reelection campaign is increasingly targeting female voters, as polls currently show women prefer the president to Republican challenger Mitt Romney by a sizable margin. ANI

Iran hangs assassin of nuclear physicist: Report
Iran on Tuesday hanged a man convicted of assassinating an Iranian nuclear physicist, the state IRIB TV reported. ANI

JuD-backed jihadi outfit won't 'leave any stone unturned' in blocking NATO routes reopening
The Secretary General of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan, Liaquat Baloch, has said that the steering committee of Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) has formulated proposals to block NATO supplies. ANI

Russia successfully launches manned spacecraft to ISS
Russia's spacecraft Soyuz TMA-04M with a crew of three blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, according to Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos. ANI

Three trapped in Tibet avalanche rescued
Three stressed-out hikers who were trapped for nearly two weeks in Yarlung Tsangpo River Canyon in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region are likely to receive adequate medication Tuesday, rescuers said. ANI

'Terrorist' Lahore traders told to amend legal petitions against Indian media
The Lahore High Court has directed three petitioners to file an amended petition after deleting the "Indian Embassy" from the list of respondents in the previous petition. ANI

Even Kissinger can't escape infamous pat-down at New York airport
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger went through a full-service pat-down by the Transportation Security Administration at News York's LaGuardia Airport. ANI

EU tightens sanctions against Syria amid continuing violence
European Union (EU) foreign ministers have decided to impose more sanctions on Syria as violence persists in the Arab country despite a UN-backed peace plan. ANI

Heathrow could be reduced to 'local' airport over flawed policies, warn critics
Heathrow Airport could become a 'local airport' because of the government's aviation policy. ANI

Tehrik-i-Taliban chief's close associate arrested in Peshawar
A close associate of Hakimullah Mehsud, the chief of banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and six others have been arrested in Peshawar. ANI

Canada marks anniversary of repeal of anti-Chinese immigrant law
The Canadian government has marked the 65th anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Immigration Act, which the Chinese-Canadian community has considered to be a racist legislation. ANI

Time to 'move beyond' Salala incident, reopen NATO supply routes: Pak Govt
Amidst growing realisation that it cannot keep the NATO supply routes blocked for long, Pakistan has dropped the clearest hint yet that it might review a decision that has put its relations with the U.S. in a tailspin. ANI

How Blair was prevented from finishing speech with American-style 'God bless Britain'
Former British prime minister Tony Blair has said that he once wanted to end an address to the nation with the words 'God Bless Britain,' but his suggestion provoked such a strong concern from civil servants, that he was forced to drop the idea. ANI

90 per cent Pakistani detainees are victims of custodial torture: NGOs
Several non-governmental organisations (NGO) have reported that custodial maltreatment is rampant in Pakistan, with physical and mental torture inflicted upon as many as 90 per cent of detainees. ANI

Pak govt can't reopen NATO supply routes in defiance of Parliament diktat: Qureshi
With the pressure building up on Pakistan to reopen NATO supply routes, and a decision pending before the Cabinet's Defence Committee (DCC), Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi has asked whether a policy unanimously approved by the Parliament can be overruled by the executive. ANI

Eating lunch at your desk may up risk of blood clots by 2-fold
If you're eating lunch at your desk, you could double the chances of developing a fatal blood clot, experts have warned. ANI

English Qaeda training guide advises 'thinking of virgins in heaven when drones are overhead'
An English language manual for Westerners seeking to join Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been published, which asks potential jihadists to think of virgins in paradise when bomber-drones are overhead. ANI

Indian expat in UAE dies in road accident day before he was to fly home
An Indian expatriate in the United Arab Emirates has reportedly died in a road accident just a day before he was returning to home country. ANI

SINOPEC LPEC Selects AEG Power Solutions to Provide all Power System Equipment for Atyrau Refinery Project in Kazakhstan
AEG Power Solutions announced today that its Chinese subsidiary has signed a contract with SINOPEC LPEC (Luoyang Petrochemical Engineering Company) to provide all power supply equipment for the Atyrau refinery they are building in Kazakhstan Business Wire India

Gender Selection Procedure at Vejthani Hospital
Vejthani Hospital Bangkok recommends a gender selection procedure for a couple who desire to choose a child’s gender at Vejthani ART Center. Business Wire India

RBS Deploys Clear2Pay’s Open Payment Framework for SEPA in Europe
Clear2Pay, the international technology provider of next generation payment solutions for financial institutions, clearing and settlement companies and corporates announces that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has selected its Open Payment Framework (OPF) as the technology of choice to power its payments services hub for SEPA Business Wire India

A NEW Cosmetics Trade Fair Will Be Launched in Tokyo! -1st COSME TOKYO-
World's second largest cosmetics market, Japan.Not only its market scale but popularity of high-quality "Made-in-Japan cosmetics" has a great impact in the world's cosmetics industry Business Wire India

Gemalto Secures eGovernment Services for Oman
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Announces New Policies on High Conservation Value Forest
Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has announced its new High Conservation Value Forest policies to evolve APP’s business, including the immediate suspension of natural forest clearance on its own pulpwood plantations in Indonesia. Business Wire India

Synova SA reinforces its customer and industry focus
Synova SA announced today that it has organized its business according to market segments thereby forming three business units “Diamonds”, “Semiconductor” and “Industry” Business Wire India

Xaxis Launches Asia-Pacific Headquarters to Provide Global Advertisers with Audience Targeting Capabilities Across Region’s Largest Markets
Xaxis, the world’s largest audience buying company, has announced the opening of a headquarters in Singapore to serve the Asia-Pacific region Business Wire India

Hilton Worldwide Signs Agreement with Hoan Kiem Tourism & Trading Company Limited to Welcome First Hilton Garden Inn in Southeast Asia
Hilton Worldwide has signed a new management agreement with Hoan Kiem Tourism & Trading Company Limited to introduce the first Hilton Garden Inn and Hilton Worldwide’s second property in Vietnam Business Wire India

UAE Participates in the World Summit of the Information Society Forum 2012 as a Strategic Partner
The UAE is represented by some of its most influential organizations and significant governmental departments and offices, including the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) at the World Summit of the Information Society Forum 2012 taking place from May 14-18, in Geneva, Switzerland Business Wire India

RFaxis Delivers Industry's First Pure-CMOS Dual-Mode Wi-Fi/Bluetooth RFeIC Specifically for Mobile Applications
RFaxis, a fabless semiconductor company focused on innovative, next-generation RF solutions for the wireless connectivity and cellular mobility markets, has announced the sampling of its pure-CMOS, RFX8420 RF Front-End Integrated Circuits (RFeICTM) Business Wire India

State-of-the-Industry Solar Cell Manufacturing Equipment to Be Sold via Global Online Auction by Heritage Global Partners June 5-7 from Sydney, Australia
Business Wire India

MSCI to Consult on Proposed Changes to the Security Eligibility Rules for the MSCI Brazil Index
MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, has announced that it is opening a consultation with the investment community on a proposed change to the security eligibility rules for the MSCI Brazil Index Business Wire India

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