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Barack Obama 'not aware' of erotic novel 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
President Obama recently admitted in an American talk show that he has never heard about bestseller 'Fifty Shades of Grey', a white -hot sex book that is being snapped by millions of female readers. ANI

Syrian rebels receiving arms from Gulf nations coordinated by US
Syrian rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad are receiving weapons bought by Persian Gulf nations in coordination with the United States, according to opposition activists and U.S. officials. ANI

Ukraine's racist thugs warn Blacks, Asians over traveling to country for Euro 2012
Racist thugs in Ukraine have warned Black and Asian England supporters not to travel to their country for the Euro 2012 championship. ANI

China slams American military bases in Oz as hangover of 'Cold War mentality'
China has cricitised the United States for setting up a new military base in Australia, and accused both countries of having a "Cold War mentality. ANI

Denying Asian sex grooming men were of Pakistani origin could do more harm: UK lawmaker
'Shying away' from the fact that Asian men accused of grooming vulnerable white girls as young as 13 for sex, came from Pakistani backgrounds can only do more harm, a British lawmaker has warned. ANI

Bush touts Arab spring, says US shouldn't fear spread of freedom
Former U.S. President George W. Bush has praised the Arab Spring revolution in the Middle East, and urged America not to fear the spread of freedom, even if it doesn't know what policies the newly liberated countries will pursue. ANI

'Witch-hunt victim' Brooks slams phone-hacking investigation as 'waste of money'
Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, who was charged with hiding evidence of phone hacking from police, slammed the investigation as a waste of public money, and called herself the victim of a witch-hunt. ANI

13 al-Qaida militants, 4 soldiers killed in fighting in Yemen's south
Intensive fighting occurred between government forces and al-Qaida militants Wednesday morning in Yemen's southern province of Abyan, leaving at least four soldiers and 13 terrorists killed, a government official told Xinhua. ANI

Former Sri Lankan army chief to be freed: legislator
Former Sri Lankan Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is to be freed from prison soon, a legislator said Wednesday. ANI

Spanish PM asks for EU support as risk premium passes 500 points
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday called on the European Union (EU) to speak out in defense of the euro. ANI

Bangladesh forms commission to determine Grameen Bank's fate
The Bangladeshi government Wednesday formed a commission to determine a better fate of Grameen Bank after Mohammad Yunus was removed from the post of managing director of the organization last year. ANI

International Jewellery fair opens in Kobe
International Jewellery Kobe, the largest jewellery trade event in western Japan, opened Wednesday at a major exhibition center in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, attracting 430 exhibitors from 20 countries and regions around the world. ANI

Porn filters on mobile phones censor normal web content in UK
UK's Open Rights Group (ORG) has claimed that pornography filters on mobile phones were censoring normal web content. ANI

Policeman killed, 5 injured in bomb attack in NW. Afghanistan
An Afghan policeman was killed and five others injured Wednesday in a roadside bombing in northwestern Afghan province of Badghis, a provincial official said. ANI

UK to scrap appeal rights against refusal to issue visas to foreign nationals
Most foreign nationals will not be allowed to appeal against refusal to issue a visa to visit family members, the UK's Home Office has announced. ANI

S. Korean president's Myanmar visit opens new chapter in bilateral ties
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak 's two-day goodwill visit to Myanmar, which ended here Tuesday, has opened up a new chapter of friendly ties between the two countries, observers here said. ANI

Terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed sues Pak journos for Rs. 10cr for defamation
Jamaat-ud- Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed has sent a legal notice to two Pakistani journalists for publishing the news about his alleged meeting with American Ambassador Cameron Munter. ANI

Looks matter more than reputation when trusting people with money
Researchers say our decisions to trust people with our money are based more on how they look than how they behave. ANI

'NATO supply resumption decision to be taken in national interest, not emotional': Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said the decision to re-open NATO supply routes will be taken after considering national interests. ANI

Prince William and Prince Harry 'don't mess' with Queen
Prince William and Prince Harry have revealed that they do not "mess" with their grandmother Queen Elizabeth, just like any other grandchildren. ANI

PTI leader says 'lust for money has made Pak govt. blind'
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) Deputy General Secretary Imran Ismail has said that the lust for money has made the government blind. ANI

Beijing police launches 100-day crackdown on illegal foreigners
Beijing police have launched a 100-day campaign to crack down on foreigners living or working in the city illegally. ANI

Pentagon issues further safety procedures for 'oxygen deprived' advanced F-22 fighter jets
The Obama administration has issued further safety measures for its most powerful F-22 fighter jets after pilots experienced symptoms of oxygen deprivation. ANI

Ex-Pak envoy Haqqani condemns media campaign against him by 'people full of hate'
Former Pak ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani has condemned the regular media campaign against him to people who are full of hate, and are ideologically motivated. ANI

Obama's daughter Malia finds him 'right amount of embarrassing'
Barack Obama has revealed that during a "private roast" given to him by his family on his 50th birthday, his eldest daughter Malia told him in front of friends and family that he was "just the right amount of embarrassing", sparking laughter all round. ANI

Man jailed for 7 yrs in UK for keeping Pakistani daughter-in-law as sex slave
An evil father-in-law, who had forced his son's Pakistani bride to become his sex slave, has been jailed for seven years by a court in England, after the 22-year old victim managed to learn enough English to call the police and beg for help. ANI

'Furious' China warns UK of 'serious consequences' over private meeting with Dalai Lama
China has warned British Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg of 'serious consequences' for the UK after they had a private meeting with spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. ANI

Diamond worn by Queen of France in 1610 fetches 9.7m dollars at auction
One of the world's oldest and most famous diamonds, the Beau Sancy, has sold for 9.7 million dollars at an auction in Geneva - twice its reserve. ANI

Obama admits getting re-elected is difficult 'with name like Barack Hussein Obama'
US President Barack Obama has said that he feels their is a prejudice among some American voters, particularity over the issue of his ethnicity, and believes this will make it difficult for him to win re-election. ANI

'Good relations with Pakistan in US interest,' says McCain
US Republican Senator John McCain has said that it is in America's interest to have good relations with Pakistan. ANI

Blind dissident Chen tells US Congress about China's harassment of relatives
Blind dissident Chen Guangcheng reportedly called the US House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Human Rights from a Beijing hospital to complain about his relatives being harassed by the Chinese authorities. ANI

Released Pak scientist Chishti says 'it's the most joyous homecoming for me'
Pakistani virologist Dr Khalil Chishti, who has been recently released from an Indian jail after 20 years of imprisonment, has described it as the most joyous homecoming of his life. ANI

Pak hardline party calls NATO supply resumption 'open invitation to attack country'
The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has said the government's decision to re-open NATO supply routes is an open invitation to Washington to attack Islamabad. ANI

US slaps sanctions on Mumbai drug lord Dawood's key aides Shakeel and Memon
The United States has slapped sanctions on two key aides of mafia don Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel and Ibrahim Tiger Memon. ANI

Older female newsreaders forced to become 'Stepford Wives' to retain jobs
Female newsreaders are forced to become like "Stepford Wives" as they grow older if they want to keep their jobs, a new study has revealed. ANI

Pak Taliban releases videotape of brazen Bannu jailbreak
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has reportedly released the video of the Bannu jailbreak incident where the militant group secured the release of 384 prisoners on April 15. ANI

Pakistan's DCC gives green signal to finalize NATO supply resumption terms
Pakistan's Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC), has reportedly directed relevant ministries to conclude the ongoing negotiations for new terms and conditions on resumption of NATO ground supplies. ANI

Japan's First International Exhibition & Conference Specialised in WIND Energy
Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd. announced the opening of WIND EXPO 2013 – 1st Int'l Wind Energy Expo & Conference Business Wire India

Al Bilad Customers In Saudi Arabia Receive New Banking Cards Instantly with Gemalto's Solution
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

Covidien Completes Acquisition of superDimension, Ltd.
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of superDimension, Ltd., for an aggregate consideration of approximately $300 million, with future earn out payments possible. Business Wire India

Lenddo Secures $8 Million in Series A Funding from Top Global VC Funds
Lenddo, the world’s first online community that empowers the emerging middle class to use their online social connections to build their creditworthiness and access local financial services, has announced it has closed an $8 Million Series A investment Business Wire India

Solectria Renewables Supplies Inverters for the Largest High Concentrating Solar Photovoltaic Power Generation Facility in the World
Solectria Renewables, LLC, the leading U.S. photovoltaic ( solar ) inverter manufacturer, has announced that the largest high concentrating photovoltaic power (CPV) generating facility in the world, consisting of over 500 large CPV pedestals, smart inverters and dual axis trackers was put into service Business Wire India

GlobalCollect Appoints Global Market Directors for Gaming and Retail Verticals
Effective May 1st, 2012, GlobalCollect, the world’s premier payment service provider of local e-payments, has announced the appointment of Pier Iberti as Global Market Director Retail, and Nathan Salisbury as Global Market Director Gaming Business Wire India

Jim Cunniff Named Senior Vice President, Leading Commercial Activities in the Americas for KCI
Kinetic Concepts, Inc. has announced that James (Jim) Cunniff has been named Senior Vice President of the Americas. Business Wire India

BSR, Hilton Worldwide Launch Center to Help Business Make Sustainable Purchasing Decisions
BSR and Hilton Worldwide has launched the Center for Sustainable Procurement to help global business procurement managers integrate sustainability into their purchasing decisions—providing a unique set of research and information that will help make sense of the increasingly available product sustainability data. Business Wire India

Corning Holds Grand Opening Ceremony for Shanghai Automotive Substrate Facility Expansion
Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) has hosted a grand opening and groundbreaking ceremony for Corning (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., Corning’s wholly owned automotive substrate facility in Shanghai, China. The event celebrated the completion of a $125 million expansion and the beginning of a previously announced third capacity build-out Business Wire India

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