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Kiwi man comes back to life 'after being dead for 25 minutes'
A man in New Zealand, who suffered a cardiac arrest, was reportedly clinically dead for 25 minutes on the mountain before eventually being revived by a team of rescuers. ANI

Female bus driver claims boss licked her face
A Bronx MTA female bus driver has alleged sexual harassment by her supervisor. ANI

Explicit film 'Paradise:Love' on female sex tourists cheered in Cannes
A graphic and unflinching look at the delicate interplay of desire, money and power among European women sex tourists and African gigolos hit the screen on Thursday in the Cannes Film Festival contender 'Paradise: Love'. ANI

Swedish woman blames bikini booster for burned boobs
A Swedish woman has blamed her newly acquired bikini for causing serious burns under her br**ts. ANI

David Cameron's biography reveals his 'chillaxing' attitude
A new biography of David Cameron has revealed how the Prime Minister of UK relaxes and unwinds. ANI

New Zealand's Maori community livid over being labeled as thieves, pimps in dictionary
The Maori community in New Zealand is furious after being labeled as thieves, pimps and liars in entries posted on an online dictionary. ANI

Mickey, Goofy and Snow White on strike over low pay and sexual harassment
Thousands of visitors to Disneyland Paris have been left disappointed as their favourite cartoon characters have gone on strike over a sexual harassment case. ANI

"Frankenstein monster" ISI's political cell has grown too big for comfort: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said the "Frankenstein monster" - Inter-Services Intelligence's (ISI) political cell, has grown too big for comfort. ANI

Brit-Indian Anni Dewani murder accused to plead not guilty
Two men accused of killing Brit-Indian bride Anni Dewani intend to plead not guilty when their trial starts in July in South Africa, according to a report. ANI

Police probing phone-hacking must act on evidence 'wherever it leads': Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that police investigating the phone-hacking scandal must act on the evidence "wherever it leads". ANI

Bush returning to White House to unveil official portrait
George W. Bush is returning to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue after more than two years. ANI

Egypt's military seeks to preserve political power after transition to civilian rule
Egyptian military rulers have planned to demand that the country's next constitution must safeguard its political power and independence, an adviser to the ruling generals has revealed. ANI

Wiki Leaks' Julian Assange stands good chance to win Oz elections if runs for Parliament: Poll
Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange is believed to stand a good chance of winning an upper house seat in the Australian Parliament if he plans to stand for elections, a poll has showed. ANI

UK may send more military monitors to Syria to induce heat on Assad regime
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has signaled that British military personnel could be deployed to Syria to increase pressure on the Assad regime over human rights abuses. ANI

73-year-old Japanese becomes oldest woman to climb Mount Everest
A 73-year-old Japanese mountaineer, who became the oldest woman to scale Mount Everest a decade ago, smashed her own record on Saturday. ANI

Sindh MPA fighting for protection of Hindu girls from 'forceful conversion' gets death threats
Amnesty International has taken notice of life threats to Member of Sindh Assembly, Saleem Khursheed Khokhar for his call for Hindu women and girls to be protected from abduction and forced conversion to Islam, and has called for urgent action from the public. ANI

Blocking funds till reopening of NATO routes 'detrimental' to U.S.-Pak relations: Rehman
Following the passage of an annual U.S. defence policy bill blocking funds to Pakistan till reopening of NATO supply routes, Pakistan's Ambassador in Washington Sherry Rehman has said the amendment would not ease relations between the United States and Pakistan. ANI

Love marriages can leave you with broken bones in Pak!
The Lahore High Court turned into a battlefield after the families of two couples broke into separate scuffles. ANI

China permits blind dissident Chen to leave for US
China has reportedly allowed blind dissident Chen Guangcheng to leave for the United States, a US-based Christian advocacy group has said. ANI

AL Gore `serious` about new girlfriend
Nearly two years after announcing separation from his wife Tipper, AL Gore reportedly has a new girlfriend. ANI

Jailed UK terror suspect Abu Qatada could walk free on bail within days
UK hate cleric and terror suspect Abu Qatada could be released from jail within days after he filed a new bail application in the UK. ANI

Capsized Costa Concordia to be ready for towing by early 2013
A U.S.-owned marine salvage company chosen to remove the wreck of the capsized Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast in January, is predicting that the vessel will be ready for towing by early 2013. ANI

Six members of Irish network held for terrorism ahead of Queen's visit to Ireland
Six alleged members of an Irish Republican network have been arrested on charges of terrorism in Northern Ireland just before Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee visit to the country. ANI

Dramatic rise of radical hate groups in US following increase in non-white population
The number of radical hate groups and militias has increased in recent years due to increase in the non-white population in America. ANI

Bush to return to White House to unveil official portrait
Former U.S. President George W. Bush is expected to return to the White House for the unveiling of his official portrait honored by sitting President Barack Obama later this month, both Bush's office and the White House confirmed Friday. ANI

U.S. concerns over 'growing' Chinese military 'tempered' by improved relations with Beijing in Pentagon report
The Pentagon has hailed the new cooperation with Beijing but reiterated concerns about Chinese military growth, which is believed to be aimed at keeping the U.S. out of the western Pacific, according to an annual report released by it, on China's military modernization. ANI

3 in 4 Americans believe moral values in U.S. deteriorating, finds poll
The state of moral values amongst Americans is deteriorating, a new survey has revealed. ANI

'U.S.-Pak may not resolve NATO supplies restoration impasse before Chicago Summit'
The U.S. may not be able to strike the long-awaited agreement with Pakistan to help supply Western soldiers in Afghanistan as hoped in time before the NATO summit in Chicago this weekend, a U.S. official has said. ANI

Pak allowing U.S. 'diplomatic supplies' into Afghanistan prelude to route restoration?
Pakistan authorities had briefly opened a vital border crossing to allow at least four containers of 'office supplies' for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to cross into Afghanistan from the Torkham border for the first time in six months, U.S. Embassy spokesperson Mark Stroh has said. ANI

Brazilian president to be awarded torture compensation
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will be awarded 20,000 reais (10,000 U.S. dollars) compensation from Rio De Janeiro state for being tortured during the country's 1964-1985 dictatorship, a spokesman for the presidential office said on Friday. ANI

Gilani challenges PML-N to bring no-confidence motion against him
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has challenged the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to bring a no-confidence motion against him and impeach the president if the party has the courage. ANI

Venezuela's Chavez absent from first international meeting after returning home
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday was not been seen at the meeting of the Union of South American Nations (unasur)'s energy commission, the first international meeting held after he returned home after his latest cancer treatment in Cuba a week ago. ANI

Northwest China province to build radiation monitoring stations
Northwest China's Gansu province, home to the country's earliest nuclear base, plans to build more than 30 radiation monitoring stations in the following five years, local authorities announced on Saturday. ANI

Sri Lanka's president welcomes development aid from "friendly" countries
Sri Lanka will not tolerate outside interference in its reconciliation process but would accept development assistance from their foreign partners, the President said here on Saturday. ANI

China invests to protect oldest cliff-carved Buddha
A multi-million-yuan project that helps to shore up the country's oldest cliff-carved Buddha statue is to kick off before the end of June in north China's Shanxi Province. ANI

Sri Lanka celebrates three years following end of war
Sri Lanka on Saturday celebrated three years since the end of a 30-ear war with Tamil Tiger rebels by staging a massive military parade and commemorative event for the security forces. ANI

Blast in Myanmar's northeastern Shan state hits power grid
An explosion in Myanmar's northeastern Shan state hit a power grid early Saturday morning, affecting power supply to Yangon, the city's Alone Electricity Supply Board said. ANI

Booby-trapped car goes off in eastern Syria, causing casualties
An explosive-laden vehicle went off in Syria's eastern Dier al-Zour province Saturday, targeting a parking lot of military, housing establishment, and casing unspecified number of casualties, pro-government al-Ekhbaria TV reported. ANI

Bomb explosion hits school in southern Italy: report
A bomb explosion hit a school in the southern Italian city of Brindisi on Saturday. ANI

China 'world's most active and persistent perpetrators of economic espionage': Pentagon
China is not only responsible for various cyberattacks on U.S. military computer systems, but that it continues to launch cyber operations that may threaten the American economy as well, a new Pentagon report has claimed. ANI

Pak adamant on U.S. apology on Salala incident: Sherry Rehman
Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman has refuted the impression that Pakistan has deviated from its position of demanding an apology from the U.S. on the Salala firing incident, adding that Pakistan would continue pressing for a formal apology. ANI

Indian origin British civil servant chosen as President of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
A British citizen of Indian origin Suma Chakrabarti was chosen out of a group of five candidates to become the new president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. ANI

JI chief accuses U.S. of planning to usurp Pak's independence
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan chief Syed Munawar Hasan has said the 'imprudent rulers' have lost a golden opportunity of reviving national honour and adopting an independent foreign policy by deciding to restore NATO supplies in haste, raising questions about Pakistan's future. ANI

68 pc Oz CEOs 'don't want women in senior ranks'
Over two-thirds of Australia's chief executives intend to keep women out of senior leadership roles, a new study has revealed. ANI

New Chinese stealth fighter to give stiff competition to US next-gen super jet-fighters: Report
China may be building its own version of next-generation fighter planes, which are touted to have similar capabilities like US' latest breed of super jet fighters, a new report has revealed. ANI

Debt, drugs and divorce battle added to RFK Jr. wife's woes
Robert Francis Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife Mary Richardson was deep in credit-card debt and in the middle of a divorce when she hanged herself in a barn on her Westchester estate, friends and documents revealed on Friday. ANI

Ambanis give first sneak peek inside 'world's priciest house' in Mumbai
The first pictures showing the inside of Ambani's residence, which is believed to be the world's most expensive house, have been released. ANI

Punjabi Taliban plotting massive attacks on Karachi to free jailed militants
The Crisis Management Cell of the Interior Ministry has sent a letter to the Sindh government, revealing that the Punjabi Taliban were planning to attack Karachi's central jail and other vital installations. ANI

Pak to test nuclear capable ballistic missile in May-end
Pakistan is scheduled to test fire its new missile by the end of this month, and most likely on May 28. ANI

Pak Opposition leader brands Zardari's state-funded donation to Ajmer Sharif 'financial scam'
Leader of Opposition in the Pakistan National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, has said the donation announced by President Asif Ali Zardari for the administration of the shrine at Ajmer Sharif during his India visit, was tantamount to a financial scam. ANI

Brit politician Baroness Warsi admits minority of Pakistani men view 'white girls' as 'fair game' (Update:Brit)
British solicitor Baroness Warsi has said that a "small minority" of Pakistani men see white girls as "fair game". ANI

Americans watched 37 billion online videos in April
Almost 181 million Internet users in America watched a total of 37 billion online videos in April, according to ComScore. ANI

Blind Chinese activist Chen's relatives reveal brutal torture during interrogations
Relatives of blind dissident Chen Guangcheng have for the first time told about beatings meted out to them by local officials after the Chinese activist escaped house arrest. ANI

Jacob Zuma's pe**s portrait angers South Africa's ruling party ANC
South Africa's ruling party African National Congress (ANC) has threatened to take legal action against a Johannesburg gallery for displaying art which lampoons President Jacob Zuma and accused the party of corruption. ANI

Baroness Warsi, Pakistani men, Rochdale, UK, Conservative party
British solicitor Baroness Warsi has said that a "small minority" of Pakistani men see white girls as "fair game". ANI

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