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6 killed, 49 injured in clashes near Egyptian Defense Ministry
Six people were killed and 49 others injured in clashes in Abbasiya district in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, where the Defense Ministry is located, an official from the Egyptian Health Ministry said Wednesday. ANI

12 Taliban fighters give up militancy in W. Afghanistan
A dozen armed Taliban militants gave up fighting and joined the government-backed peace process in Herat province 640 km west of capital Kabul on Wednesday, spokesman for the provincial government said. ANI

Air China launches new flight to Mumbai
Air China on Wednesday launched a new regular flight between the southwestern city of Chengdu and the Indian city of Mumbai, marking the first direct air route between the Chinese mainland and the Indian economic center. ANI

Al Qaeda remains more dangerous than ever, US defense analysts
American defense analysts have said there are plenty of reasons to believe that Al Qaeda is still a dangerous terrorist outfit even after the death of Osama bin laden. ANI

IED blast kills 2 NATO soldiers in Afghanistan
Two soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) lost their lives as an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off in the eastern part of militancy-plagued Afghanistan on Wednesday, a statement released by the alliance here said. ANI

Twitter storm over Obama's visit to Afghanistan
Secrecy around U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Afghanistan was broken after continual chatter on Twitter about his visit. ANI

'Geronimo-E KIA (killed in action)' were SEALs' first words after killing Bin Laden
The first words uttered after the successful completion of a US Navy SEALs raid that killed Osama bin Laden last year in his Abbottabad compound, were 'Geronimo-E KIA', US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has revealed on the first anniversary of the Al-Qaeda leader's death. ANI

France's far-right leader Le Pen to cast 'blank vote' in presidential runoff
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has said that she would cast a 'blank ballot' in Sunday's presidential elections, delivering a strong message that she does not back either candidate. ANI

Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has left US embassy, says US envoy
U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke has confirmed that blind dissident Chen Guangcheng had spent six days inside the embassy compound, seeking asylum. ANI

Chinese authorities close over 500 microblog accounts in anti-p*rn campaign
Chinese authorities shut down 535 microblog accounts over the past week due to the alleged dissemination of pornographic and lewd content, the State Internet Information Office (SIIO) said Wednesday. ANI

Analysts predict exile for Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng after daring escape
Analysts and Internet users have said that Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng's chances of staying back in his country have reduced after his daring escape from house arrest. ANI

Syrian president grants amnesty for military penalties only
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad granted Wednesday a general amnesty that covers only the penalties provided in for some articles of the law of military service and military sanctions, state-run SANA news agency reported. ANI

Obama's 'April job approval' gains highest rating since Laden's death, finds poll
U.S. President Barack Obama's 'April job approval' rating, when U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden, has gained the highest level since last May, according to poll. ANI

US Secret Service agents paid 10 out of 12 prostitutes involved in Colombian sex scandal
US Secret Service agents who were involved in the Colombian sex scandal had paid 10 out of 12 prostitutes in Cartagena, agency officials said. ANI

Libya urges ICC to abandon legal claim to try Saif Gaddafi, ex spy chief
Libyan authorities have formally asked the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) to abandon its legal action against Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and the nation's former intelligence chief so that both men can face trial in Tripoli, where they are likely to face the death penalty. ANI

Jihadists in Germany attack police during far-right rally displaying anti-Islamic cartoons
A group of radical Muslims, also referred to as Salafist jihadists, attacked police in the German city of Solingen on Tuesday during a far-right rally, which displayed anti-Islamic cartoons. ANI

Passenger jet deliberately crashed in desert to help save lives
Discovery TV orchestrated an intentional test crash of a Boeing 727 into the Mexican desert to give researchers an inside look at what happens when an airplane goes down. ANI

Aung San Suu Kyi takes oath of office
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has taken oath of office to become a member of the country's parliament. ANI

Taliban bombers attacked foreigners in response to Obama's visit to Kabul
The Taliban has accepted responsibility for a suicide car bomb blast in the Afghan capital Kabul that killed seven people, saying that the attack was a response to US President Barack Obama's surprise visit to the city hours earlier. ANI

Bristol Palin's ex Levi Johnson names daughter Breeze Beretta after gun
The father of Sarah Palin's grandson, Levi Johnson, is planning to name his new daughter after a gun. ANI

UK-based rights activist and experts condemn Maoist menace in India
Experts have described Maoists as the growing threat to India's internal security, and one of the ways it can be tackled is by focussing on inclusive growth in areas under their influence. ANI

Anti-US sentiments rose in Pak post Osama's death
A year after the death of Osama bin Laden in a U.S. Navy SEALs raid on his Abbottabad compound, Pakistan has witnessed a rise in anti-America sentiments, but also a simultaneous drop in support for the Al-Qaeda and its leader, according to a report. ANI

News Corp slams UK MPs' report calling Murdoch 'unfit' as 'unjustified, partisan'
News Corporation has slammed a British lawmaker's key report which said media tycoon Rupert Murdoch is an 'unfit person' to run an international organisation, calling it 'unjustified and highly partisan'. ANI

UAE drafts new law to regulate domestic worker industry
A new law has been drafted in the UAE to regulate the domestic workers industry in the country. ANI

Three judges to abstain from PM conviction case proceedings
Three out of the nine existing members of an appeal bench in Pakistan have excused themselves from Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's contempt of court case. ANI

Taliban enforcers still exercise brutal control over Nuristan population
Religious squads in parts of remote north-east Afghanistan still exercise strict control over the population, even though the Taliban regulations were abandoned in Kabul in 2001. ANI

Arrested terror suspects in UK said to be involved in plot to finance Al Qaeda in Somalia
British law enforcement officials have said that the seven terror suspects arrested on Tuesday, were allegedly involved in a plot to finance an Al Qaeda group using drug money. ANI

Former Oz PM Howard warns government not to get 'mesmerized' by China
Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard questioning the importance Australia gives China has warned that it should not get 'mesmerized' by the Asian nation. ANI

Oz married priest who wanted ban on celibacy sacked
An Australian Catholic priest who revealed that he has been married for a year has been removed from his post by church officials. ANI

Series of low intensity bomb blasts target ATMs, bank branches across Sindh
A series of bombs went off outside various bank branches and Automated Teller Machines (ATM) in different cities of Sindh early Wednesday morning injuring at least four people. ANI

Security forces foil Iranian plot to kill Saudi envoy in Cairo
Security forces in Egypt foiled an Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Cairo, the legal advisor of the kingdom's embassy, Sami Jamal, said. gypt 'arrested three Iranians planning to assassinate the ambassador, Ahmed Qattan,' Jamal said. ANI

Secret Service agent's prostitute 'to pose nude for Playboy'
The Colombian prostitute, who reportedly bedded a Secret Service agent at a hotel, is set to pose nude in Playboy magazine and tell all about the sex scandal, according to reports. ANI

Zimbabwe probes alleged reports of worker abuse by Chinese firms
The Zimbabwe Government has said that it is investigating reports of rampant abuses of workers by Chinese employers in the country. ANI

Romney's openly gay spokesman Grenell resigns citing criticism over sexuality
Mitt Romney's foreign policy spokesman, Richard Grenell, has resigned from his post suggesting that conservative criticism over his sexuality prevented him from doing his job effectively. ANI

UN peacekeeping chief holds both government, opposition of violating ceasefire in Syria
The United Nations peacekeeping chief, Herve Ladsous, has said that military observers in Syria have reported ceasefire violations both the government and the opposition, and demanded an immediate halt to violence from both sides. ANI

Employees willing to give up showers and spouses to work from home
People are ready to do and sacrifice a lot to be able to work from home, according to a new study. ANI

Poll shows Supreme Court favorability tumbling to 25-year low among US citizens
The favorability rating of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) among American citizens has declined to a 25-year low, according to a poll released. ANI

Pak Taliban vows to repeat Bannu jail break operation type attacks
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has warned that they would continue carrying out attacks such as the one in Bannu, and denied reports suggesting the escaped prisoners were handed over under any truce with the government. ANI

US war effort being hampered by military equipment for Afghan army stranded in Pak'
Thousands of tons of American military equipment intended for the Afghan army and police forces is stranded in Pakistan, as Islamabad refuses to reopen ground supply routes for NATO convoys despite increasing pressure from Washington, according to a new Pentagon report. ANI

Pak spy doctor helped CIA confirm Osama's hideout in Abbottabad
Pakistani doctor Shakeel Afridi, who helped the CIA to gather information about Osama bin Laden through a fake vaccination program also assisted in the final confirmation of the terror leader's hideout in Abbottabad, it has emerged. ANI

Sexual assault lawsuit against Strauss-Kahn to proceed as diplomatic immunity claim rejected
A New York hotel maid's sexual assault lawsuit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn can go forward to trial after a judge dismissed the former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief's diplomatic immunity claim. ANI

British terrorist turning 'supergrass' nails Al Qaeda member over New York subway plot
An Al Qaeda member, responsible for a suicide bomb attack on the New York subway system, has been convicted following a testimony from a British terrorist. ANI

Obama says goal of defeating Al Qaeda 'within reach'
US President Barack Obama, on a surprise visit to Afghanistan, has claimed that America's goal to defeat Al-Qaeda and deny the terror group a chance to rebuild was now 'within reach'. ANI

YTL and GCT Semiconductor Collaborate to Launch World's First WiMAX + HSPA 4G Smartphone
YTL Communications, the leading 4G mobile Internet provider in Malaysia, and GCT® Semiconductor, a leading designer and supplier of advanced 4G mobile semiconductor solutions, today announced the launch of a new WiMAX + HSPA 4G smartphone, Eclipse, enabled by GCT’s WiMAX single-chip solution, GDM7205 Business Wire India

Cathay Conning Asset Management Limited (“CCAM”) Names Mark Konyn as CEO
CCAM, a provider of innovative asset management solutions to institutional and insurance investors in the Asia Pacific region, today announced the appointment of Dr. Mark Konyn as Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Konyn will lead the strategic expansion of CCAM, drawing upon the global investment expertise and intellectual capital from the U.S Business Wire India

Lupin Purchases Instem Preclinical Software for Novel Drug Discovery & Development Program
Instem, a leading provider of IT solutions to the global early development healthcare market, has announced that Lupin Limited (Lupin) has purchased the Provantis® preclinical software solution. Provantis will be deployed at the Lupin Research Park, the company’s state-of-the art global R&D hub in Pune, India, housing over 1,000 scientists. Business Wire India

Trinity Material Qualifies ARC Energy’s CHES Sapphire Wafers at Multiple LED Chip Customers
Trinity Material and ARC Energy today announced that sapphire grown using ARC Energy’s Controlled Heat Extraction System (CHES) furnaces has been certified for high quality LED chip production at two leading LED chip companies Business Wire India

Covidien Completes Acquisition of Newport Medical Instruments, Inc.
Covidien plc (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products and recognized innovator in patient monitoring and respiratory care devices, has announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Newport Medical Instruments, Inc Business Wire India

Marchon Eyewear Announces Acquisition of Dragon Alliance
Marchon Eyewear has announced the purchase of Dragon Alliance, one of the world’s leading goggle and eyewear brands in the action sports market. Business Wire India

Dolby Theatre to be Home of the Academy Awards and World’s Stage for Entertainment Sound
Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) has announced that the Dolby® Theatre™, the iconic Hollywood landmark known to the world as the home of the Academy Awards®, will be the world’s stage for entertainment sound Business Wire India

Gatwick Express Introduce New Barcode Ticket Scanners on Gates
Gatwick Express, the non-stop rail-air link between central London and Gatwick Airport, has introduced new barcode ticket scanners on the gates at London Victoria and Gatwick Airport stations for people who print their e-tickets or have their tickets sent to their UK mobile when booking online at www.gatwickexpress.com Business Wire India

KAMRA™ Inlay Receives KFDA Approval
AcuFocus is pleased to announce they received approval from the Korean Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) for the KAMRA™ inlay, making this revolutionary treatment option for near vision loss available to the Korean population. The majority of people experience loss of near vision, or presbyopia, as they age Business Wire India

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