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  • North Korea resumes work on Nuclear reactor

Pak's NATO supply route blockade did not slow us down: ISAF commander
A top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan pointing to indications that Pakistan is preparing to open cross-border NATO supply lines into Afghanistan, however has claimed that the NATO supply route blockade did not slow them down. ANI

UN websites neglected privacy, legal issues while signing up for social media: Report
The United Nations websites have for years apparently ignored security, privacy and legal issues for signing up for services like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Flickr, resulting in potential leaks of delicate internal information, among other things, a report has claimed. ANI

'Cornered' Pak needs to embrace "realism" than defending misplaced 'honour': Editorial
'Honour' can only be defended when a country is really strong and standing on its own feet. Anything less, which applies in the case of Pakistan, must be negotiated with realism and pragmatism, states an editorial in a Pakistan daily. ANI

WikiLeaks cable revelations may have led to hanging of Israeli 'spy' by Iran
Iran may have utilized a clandestine cable published by whistleblower website WikiLeaks to target and hang an alleged Israeli spy for the killing of their nuclear scientist Massoud Ali-Mohammadi. ANI

South African president supports country's bid to lead AU
President Jacob Zuma on Thursday threw his weight behind South Africa's bid to lead the African Union (AU) Commission. ANI

Pak Govt had to pay 'religious' fine for ex-PM's Saudi pilgrimage faux pas
Pakistan's mission in Jeddah had to pay 19,500 riyals (Rs 472,660) as a religious fine to Saudi Arabian authorities in 2007 because the then-prime minister Shaukat Aziz and his entourage had violated a basic law during a pilgrimage. ANI

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy calls France TV 'left-wing television'
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has launched a furious attack on her country's national broadcaster after her husband Nicolas Sarkozy was reportedly victimised. ANI

ISI, MI admit rigging 1990 parliamentary elections
Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt General Asad Durrani has admitted that the ISI and Military Intelligence (MI) had played their respective roles in rigging the 1990 parliamentary elections. ANI

Human Rights Watch tells Zardari not to sign NHRC bill
Human Rights Watch has urged Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari not to sign a bill to authorise a newly formed national human rights commission until it is revised to "authorize investigations of the military and the intelligence agencies for human rights violations." ANI

Blind Chinese dissident Guangcheng to get passport to visit US 'within 15 days'
Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has said Beijing has agreed to issue him a passport within 15 days, which will allow him to go to the United States. ANI

Capsized Costa Concordia captain found 'unfit' to command cruise liner
The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, was 'unfit' to command the luxury cruiser liner, which ran aground off the Italian coast in January 2012, a court has ruled. ANI

Thai PM rules out cabinet reshuffle
Thai Prime Minster Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday ruled out a cabinet reshuffle in the near future but admitted that those banned 111 members from the former ruling Thai Rak Thai Party could possibly join the government. ANI

Seven killed, dozen injured in clashes in western Libya
At least seven people have been killed and more than a dozen wounded in clashes broke out on Wednesday in Ghadames city in western Libya, local media reported on Thursday. ANI

Cambodia to host ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting this month
Cambodia will host ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting later this month to discuss how to enhance unity, harmony and security in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ANI

10 killed in attack on governor's office in west Afghanistan (Update: Afghan)
All four attackers were killed after they stormed the provincial governor's office in the western Afghan province of Farah Thursday morning, police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi said. ANI

Four pilots killed, five injured in plane crash in Pakistan(Update Plane Crash)
At least four pilots were killed and five people were injured when two Pakistan Air Force (PAF) trainer planes crashed after bumping into each other on a training mission Thursday morning, army and police sources said. ANI

S. Korea set to launch multipurpose satellite
South Korea is set to launch a multipurpose satellite to carry out earth observation from a space center in Japan early Friday, the government said Thursday. ANI

UN observers tour resort town near Syrian capital
A group of UN observers headed Thursday to the resort town of Zabadani, south of the Syrian capital of Damascus, as part of their ongoing mission meant to bring Syria's 14-month unrest to a close, witnesses said. ANI

1,200 Bangkok police to be deployed for Red-shirts rally
Bangkok Metropolitan Police said Thursday that 1,200 police will be deployed during the Red-shirts gathering on Saturday. ANI

Spanish firemen struggle to contain blaze in Tarragona region
A fire raging out of control in the region of Tarragona in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia has destroyed around 2,400 hectares of countryside. ANI

3 in 10 Americans viewing Romney negatively over school bully report
Nearly three in 10 that they were aware of a report about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney bullying a classmate in school, which left them with a negative view of the latter. ANI

Greek caretaker government sworn in
The Greek caretaker government, which will lead the country to the second round of national polls in June, was sworn in on Thursday morning at a ceremony held at the Presidential mansion in Athens. ANI

Nuclear envoys of S. Korea, U.S., Japan to hold talks on DPRK
The top nuclear envoys of South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold talks in Seoul next week to coordinate policies toward the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the foreign ministry said here Thursday. ANI

Romney will be 'richest man' to live in White House if elected as US prez
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be the richest man ever to live in the White House if he wins the US presidential elections in November. ANI

Chinese Communist Party veterans demand sacking of politician close to expelled Mao backer Bo Xilai
Veteran Communist Party members have written to Chinese President Hu Jintao and asked him to sack politician Zhou Yongkang who is rumoured to be a supporter of defamed politician Bo Xilai, whose wife was implicated in the British businessman murder case. ANI

'Positive political statements' from Pak on ending NATO supply blockade: Nuland
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland has said Pakistan has made some "helpful and positive political statements" in support of an eventual deal to end a blockade of NATO supply lines into Afghanistan. ANI

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s Wife Mary 'Depressed and Despondent' before committing suicide
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, was "depressed and despondent" before she committed suicide, a friend of the former architect has revealed. ANI

Diet guru Pierre Dukan struck off as doctor 'at own request'
Pierre Dukan, whose protein-rich diet is said to have helped the Duchess of Cambridge squeeze into her wedding dress, has been struck off the French medical register at his own request, after medical experts accused him of giving damaging dietary advice to teenagers. ANI

Queen Elizabeth hasn't friended me on Facebook, says Prince Harry
Prince Harry has revealed that though he is very close with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, but she hasn't friended him on Facebook yet. ANI

ISAF hoping for improved ties with Pak after NATO supply routes reopening
A top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan has indicated that Pakistan is preparing to open cross-border NATO supply lines into Afghanistan, and has expressed hope to improve relations between the U.S. and Pakistan. ANI

John F Kennedy's niece-in-law found dead at her home
The nephew of former Us President John F Kennedy, Robert F Kennedy Jr's estranged wife Mary Richardson has been found dead at her home in New York state. ANI

Topless Mexican politician sparks debate
A Mexican politician, who bared her b**bs for votes, has triggered a storm of protest. ANI

UN report says Syria continues to be main destination of illegal Iranian weapons
Damascus (Syria), May 17 (AN): An expert panel monitoring United Nations sanctions on Iran has claimed that Syria continues to be the main destination of illegal weapons from Tehran, a Security Council diplomat has said. ANI

Chinese, Brazilian leaders discuss bilateral ties over phone
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff had a phone conversation Thursday on bilateral ties and the U.N. Sustainable Development Conference to be hosted by Brazil in June. ANI

Iranian negotiator warns P5+1 not to make "miscalculations" in upcoming talks
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said Thursday that the P5+1, which engaged in nuclear talks with the Islamic republic, should not make any miscalculations in the upcoming nuclear talks in Baghdad. ANI

Five killed in attack on governor's office in West Afghanistan
Five people were killed and 10 others injured in gun battle between a group of attackers and police in the governor's office in western Afghan province of Farah Thursday morning, hospital sources said. ANI

Pak to earn 365 mln dollars yearly through NATO supply route reopening
Pakistan may earn 365 million dollars annually under an agreement with the United States, following the reopening of NATO supply routes for American troops in Afghanistan. ANI

Overnight U.S. drone strike kills 2 al-Qaida leading members in Yemen
Two leading members of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch were killed when a U.S. drone pounded their vehicle in Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramout, a security official said Thursday. ANI

Pak Air Force mid-air plane collision kills four pilots
Two Pakistan Air Force light aircraft collided mid-air, killing four pilots during a routine training mission northwest of Islamabad, police said. ANI

Assad vows to display 'captured foreign mercenaries'
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has promised to display captured 'foreign mercenaries' who, he says, have been fighting for the opposition groups in the country. ANI

Three killed, one injured in China gas blast
Three people were killed and one injured after an explosion ripped through a factory in north China's Shanxi province Thursday, local authorities said. ANI

Prince Philip quips about unzipping woman's dress to a cop
Prince Philip, who caught an eyeful of a sexy blonde, could not resist a joke about unfastening her zip-fronted dress. ANI

Gun battle continues at governor's office in Afghanistan's Farah province
A group of armed men entered the governor's office of Farah province Thursday morning and gun battle continues, a police officer said. ANI

Malaysian high court sentences Mexican brothers to dealth for drug trafficking
A Malaysian high court on Thursday sentenced three Mexican brothers and two others to death by hanging for drug trafficking. ANI

Police, civil admin, paramilitary forces, spy agencies held responsible for Bannu jailbreak
An inquiry committee of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has found the police, paramilitary force, civil administration and intelligence agencies "collectively responsible" for the April 15 Bannu jailbreak by the Taliban, provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said. ANI

Russia's manned spacecraft docked with ISS
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a crew of three has docked at the International Space Station (ISS), the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said Thursday. ANI

Chinese artist dedicates sculpture to honor Chinese railroad builders
A Chinese artist dedicated a handcrafted sculpture to Illinois State government on Wednesday, in a bid to pay tribute to the Chinese railroad builders of the U.S. rail system. ANI

Obama's appearance on 'The View' draws max viewership since Feb 2011
Barack Obama's appearance on 'The View' on Tuesday drew 4.7 million total viewers, it has been revealed. ANI

Obama leads Romney 46 to 39% in latest US-prez race poll
Democrat Barack Obama still has a seven percent advantage over his Republican opponent Mitt Romney as both contenders continue their respective campiagns for the U.S. presidential elections in November. ANI

UN observer mission now target of violence in Syria
The UN observer mission in conflict-torn Syria has become a target of violence, with exploding vehicles near the city of Hama Tuesday. ANI

U.S. Congressman calls Pakistan 'black hole for US aid'
U.S. Congressman Gary Ackerman, during a committee session to debate U.S. assistance and foreign policy in South Asia, has dubbed Pakistan a "black hole for US aid". ANI

Restoration of NATO supplies won't stop drone attacks, say Pak analysts
Pakistani analysts have said although the restoration of NATO supplies would not help in stopping drone attacks in the country, the U.S. has got the message to be careful when striking in future. ANI

Obama's order to kill bin Laden based on 'blind shot at rolling the dice' decision : Gates
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has revealed that President Barack Obama's decision to order a kill of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was akin to a blind shot at rolling the dice. ANI

Peshawar HC orders civil authorities not to help spy agencies in illegal operations
Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, has ordered civil authorities, both in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, to avoid assisting intelligence agencies in "illegal operations", during the hearing of enforced missing persons' case. ANI

PTI against resumption of NATO supplies: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said his party opposes the reopening of NATO supply routes to Afghanistan. ANI

US not to formally apologise to Pak for Salala incident
U.S. Department of Defense officials have hinted that the country might not offer any official apology to Pakistan for the Salala incident. ANI

NATO supply resumption in Pak's interest: Hina Rabbani Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar has said in categorical terms that restoring NATO supplies is in the interest of Pakistan, adding that objections raised by the opposition carries no weight. ANI

China releases documentary blaming Dalai Lama for Tibet immolations
China has reportedly released a documentary that accuses the Dalai Lama of orchestrating a wave of self-immolations by Tibetans. ANI

Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels in govt-organised rehabilitation exercise 'disappear'
Three Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels who took part in a government-organised rehabilitation ceremony last year have disappeared. ANI

Scale model of bin Laden's Pak compound used to plan raid unveiled
A scale model of the Pakistan compound where Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed has been unveiled by US intelligence agencies. ANI

Letters containing 'suspicious powder, threats to kill NATO soldiers' sent to embassies in Pak
Many Western embassies in Pakistan have reportedly received letters containing suspicious powder and threats to poison NATO soldiers in Afghanistan. ANI

Music makes people more productive at workplace
'Moderate' background noise like music or even chatter is better than silence to spark creativity at work, an Indian origin researcher has said. ANI

C-SAM and MasterCard Join Forces to Offer Mobile Wallet Solution in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa
C-SAM today announced a joint initiative with MasterCard (NYSE:MA) to offer a white label mobile wallet solution based on C-SAM’s flexible Mobile Transaction Platform (MTP) enabling seamless integration with MasterCard’s pre-paid platform, offers, PayPass Wallet Services and rich informational services. Business Wire India

Kotak Mahindra Bank goes live with SmartStream's TLM Corona for automation of Nostro Reconciliations
SmartStream, the financial Transaction Lifecycle Management specialist, today announced that Kotak Mahindra Bank has gone live with TLM Corona Cash & Investigations to automate its nostro reconciliations and investigation processes in its treasury department Business Wire India

Wipro to Launch ‘India Gateway’ Internship
Wipro Technologies, the Global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT), today announced it will launch its ‘India Gateway’ Internship Program for UK university students in July, 2012. The selection process will begin in July 2012 and the first batch comprising 20 students is expected to arrive in India in the second week of September 2012 Business Wire India

Pivotal study on afatinib may challenge current standard first line treatment1 for lung cancer patients with EGFR mutations
Among the numerous abstracts being presented by Boehringer Ingelheim at the 48th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago, June 1-5, 2012, the company will present results from the highly anticipated pivotal LUX-Lung 3 Phase III clinical trial Business Wire India

Knowles Exceeds Three Billion SiSonicTM MEMS Microphone Shipment Mark
Knowles, a global leader in micro acoustics and MEMS microphone technology, has announced it has shipped over three billion SiSonicTM MEMS microphones – a record in the industry Business Wire India

Coca-Cola Launches Anywhere in the World the Coca-Cola Anthem for the London 2012 Olympic Games
Fusing the sounds of sport and music. Anywhere in the World, the anthem for the Coca-Cola London 2012 Olympic campaign, has launched globally. Available for purchase online, the exclusive track is the centerpiece of the brand’s Move to the Beat™ campaign. Business Wire India

AGCO Breaks Ground for New Parts Warehouse in Johannesburg
AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE: AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for its African Master Parts Distribution Centre together with its South African distribution partner, Barloworld, in Johannesburg on Monday Business Wire India

NEC Completes Acquisition of Convergys Corporation’s Information Management (IM) Business
NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) and NetCracker Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC, jointly has announced that they have completed the acquisition of Convergys Corporation’s Information Management business Business Wire India

RFaxis Reveals Breakthrough in Its CMOS RF Front-End Technology for Wi-Fi Enabled Mobile Handsets
RFaxis, a fabless semiconductor company focused on innovative, next-generation Radio Frequency (RF) solutions for the wireless connectivity and cellular mobility markets, has announced it has published a white paper on RF front-end technology entitled “CMOS Wi-Fi RF Front-Ends for Mobile Handset Applications – Part-I Business Wire India

[Post-show Report] Exhibition Representing the Asia's Photonics & Laser Industry - Photonix 2012
Photonix 2012 took place from April 11 to 13 in Tokyo, representing the Asia's photonics industry.In each field such as communications, PV, secondary battery, electronics where applications of laser & optics technologies are expanding, the Japanese & Asian market is becoming more and more important Business Wire India

UAE Highlights Success Stories at the WSIS Forum 2012 Country Workshop in Geneva
The UAE delegation at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2012 has the opportunity to highlight its significant achievements during the country workshop held on May 15, the second day of this prestigious international event, in Geneva. Business Wire India

Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) Selects New CEO
Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) has announced that it has completed the search for a new CEO and chosen Thomas W. Derry to lead the world’s leading supply management association, effective July 30, 2012. Derry will succeed Paul Novak, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P., MCIPS as ISM CEO. Novak has served as ISM’s top executive since 1997. Business Wire India

Cambrios CEO to Share Strategies for Enabling Projected Capacitive Touch for Large and Flexible Surfaces at Computex
Cambrios: Business Wire India

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