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Chinese security chief completes tour of sacked Bo Xilai's volatile region to establish grip on power
China's security chief, Zhou Yongkang, recently completed a tour of the volatile region of Xinjiang to establish his firm grip on power. ANI

Miss Universe Canada's first ever transgender contestant loses bid to win title
The first-ever transgender contestant in the Miss Universe Canada pageant has lost her bid to win the title. ANI

Cameron calls on G-8 leaders to make contingency plans to deal with EU debt crisis
British Prime Minister David Cameron has called on world leaders to make "strong contingency plans" for the break-up of the Euro, after discussing the European debt crisis with US President Barack Obama during the G-8 summit. ANI

Pakistan blocks Twitter over contentious material
The Pakistan Government on Sunday blocked the social networking website Twitter because of material that it considered offensive to Islam.akistan Telecommunications Authority chairman Mohammad Yaseen said the social networking website was blocked Sunday because Twitter refused to remove material related to a competition on Facebook to post images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. ANI

U.S, allies accelerate plans to secure Syria's chemical weapons: Report
The United States is accelerating its plan with Middle Eastern allies to secure Syria's vast stockpile of chemical weapons as that crisis in that country continues to worsen, according to a report. ANI

Families from Cutty Sark's history traced for reunion
Descendants of shipbuilders, sailors and captains who had worked on the Cutty Sark are set to gather on board the famous tea clipper, to attend a reunion of families who have been involved in the vessel's history. ANI

UN mission chief says meeting with Syrian FM "excellent"
Head of UN observer mission in Syria Maj-Gen Robert Mood said Sunday his meeting with. ANI

G8 leaders express "grave concern" over Iran's nuclear program
The leaders of Group of Eight ( G8) major industrial nations said on Saturday that they remain united in their "grave concern" over Iran's disputed nuclear program, while urging Tehran to address such concern without delay. ANI

Syria lashes out at EU, U.S. sanctions, deaths from explosion on rise
Syria on Saturday described sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU) and the United States as "economic terrorism," saying the punitive measures had inflicted great impacts on the daily lives of the Syrians. ANI

France's unwed First Lady wears vertiginous heels for White House tour
The girlfriend of France's new president, Francois Hollande, made her first official appearance at the G-8 First Ladies' club as she toured the White House in a pair of towering heels. ANI

Syria denies assassination of high profile figures
Syrian Interior Minister Mohammad Ibrahim al-Sha'ar dismissed as "absurd and baseless" reports circulated on Arab news TVs that several high ranking officers, including Sha'ar himself, were killed by rebel fighters at early hours Sunday. ANI

Flood kills 19 people in northern Afghan province
Heavy rains and flooding claimed the lives of 19 people in Saripul province, 350 km north of capital Kabul Saturday night, a local official said Sunday. ANI

Mali junta agrees in principle to extend mandate of interim presidency
The National Committee for Redressment of Democracy and Restoration of the State (CNRDRE, junta) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Saturday reached an agreement in principle on extending the mandate of interim president Dioncounda Traore, which expires on May 22. ANI

Vatican threatens to sue over 'criminal' book
The Vatican has denounced a new book of leaked internal documents as 'criminal' and is threatening to file a lawsuit against those responsible for publishing it. ANI

5.3-magnitude quake hits off east coast of Honshu, Japan-USGS
A 5.3-magnitude earthquake jolted off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 08:20:58 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. ANI

Frankie Sandford wears earplugs because of 'snoring' Wayne Bridge
Frankie Sandford has revealed that she has no choice but to wear earplugs in bed with her boyfriend Wayne Bridge. ANI

Pak cricketer Ajmal vows to beat Sri Lanka in the upcoming series
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal looks likely to be the team's trump card again. ANI

Marilyn Monroe's faceoff with Kennedy's wife over affair revealed
Marilyn Monroe had an emotional showdown with America's former First Lady Jackie Kennedy over her reported romance with the President, a month before she died in 1962, according to an explosive new book. ANI

5.9-magnitude quake hits northern Italy, at least 5 dead
At least five people died and tens of others were injured in a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that hit northern Italy in the early hours of Sunday morning, local media reported. ANI

2 NATO soldiers killed in insurgent attack in S. Afghanistan
Two NATO soldiers were killed Sunday in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan. ANI

Ahead of protest march, Malik "requests" JI chief to be "less harsh" on Govt
The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has reportedly sent its representative to Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) headquarters in Mansoora with a request that the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) should avoid taking a tough stance against the government during the long march scheduled to take place on May 27, adding that the government will not create any hurdle in its march towards Islamabad. ANI

ADF urges former American defence personnel to join their forces
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is inviting former American military personnel to apply for jobs it claims cannot be filled by Australians. ANI

UK special forces to continue fight against Al Qaeda remnants after Afghan pullout
Britain's Special Air Service troops will stay in Afghanistan to conduct counter-terrorism operations against remnants of Al-Qaeda after UK combat soldiers leave the warn-torn country in 2014, according to a report. ANI

JuD-backed DPC to march from Karachi to Islamabad against NATO supply restoration
Activists of JuD-backed Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) will organise a march to the capital on May 27 against the government's likely decision to reopen supply routes for NATO forces in Afghanistan. ANI

Human Rights Watch accuses Egyptian military of torture, abuses
New York-based Human Rights Watch has accused the Egyptian military of beating and torturing protesters arrested during anti-military demonstrations early this month. ANI

Western sanctions posing difficulties to Iran
Iran's top economic planner has said that western sanctions are creating difficulties for Tehran, but added that the country can still survive the financial attack. ANI

Racist golly dolls make comeback, indigenous leaders warn of impact on race ties
Golliwogs dolls have made a comeback after being banned in a worldwide crusade against racism. ANI

Two more Pak-origin men arrested in UK over child sex grooming
Two more men of Pakistani origin in Britain have been arrested in connection with the investigation into child sexual exploitation. ANI

No decision on NATO route yet, despite U.S. container crossing border: Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has clarified that the recent cross over of a few containers carrying items for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, from Pakistan into Afghanistan, took place under the Transit Trade Agreement between the two countries, and does not indicate the reopening of NATO supply routes. ANI

'Earnest' Facebook founder Zuckerberg is no 'evil genius'
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is an earnest and unassuming young developer who never makes others feel small or flaunts his success, people who have been working with him have said. ANI

Francois Hollande may make Carla Bruni history with his cabinet of beauties
Francois Hollande, who unveiled his cabinet led by a bevy of young and stylish Mademoiselles on Saturday night, is threatening to make the French former first lady Carla Bruni a distant memory. ANI

3 men face terror charges for plotting attack on Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters
Three men face terrorism charges for conspiring to carry out attacks on President Barack Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters, police stations and squad cars, prosecutors have said. ANI

Chinese dissident Chen praises China's restraint and calm, US for support
Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has praised authorities in Beijing for maintaining restraint and calm during his month-long tassle with them over moving to the United States. ANI

Prince Harry may return to frontline Afghanistan
Prince Harry, who returned home when the news of his deployment in Afghanistan broke in media in 2008, may have to go back to the front line before the end of the year. ANI

U.S. does not expect resolution of NATO supply route during Chicago Summit
White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes has said the U.S. does not expect an agreement to be reached on the reopening of NATO supply routes through Pakistan during the NATO Summit here. ANI

U.S. won't pay Pak 5000 dollars for each NATO truck
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ruled out paying 5,000 dollars to Pakistan for each truck carrying supplies across its territory for NATO troops waging the Afghanistan war. ANI

UK mediated deal between US-Pak over NATO supply resumption
Britain had mediated the deal between Pakistan and the United States to reopen NATO supply lines to Afghanistan, according to a report. ANI

New Oz rules seeking to ban gender in job titles
A non-government standards development body in Australia, which is aiming to stamp out gender bias in jobs, will release a report proposing an overhaul of how employers advertise jobs and evaluate candidates. ANI

Pak Punjab's CID issues 'Red Book' containing terror suspect profiles
Pakistan Punjab's Crime Investigation Department (CID) has issued a new edition of the 'Red Book' that contains the profiles of the 70 most wanted suspects, who were involved in terrorist attacks and sectarian killings. ANI

Disgraced Pak nuclear scientist says he was "joking about entering politics"
Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has said he had been joking about contesting in the next elections. ANI

Nawaz Sharif vows to topple Gilani Govt
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has vowed to topple the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) led government, saying the integrity of the country is at stake due to its current rulers. ANI

NATO chief to convey 'clear messages of taking out terror havens' to Zardari
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has urged Islamabad to back efforts to stabilise Afghanistan, as he prepared for talks with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, on the eve of the NATO summit in Chicago. ANI

Pak looking for 'positive conversation' over NATO supply resumption: Sherry Rehman
Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman has said that Islamabad is looking at 'positive conversation' about reopening of NATO supply routes during the Chicago Summit. ANI

Arizona official says 'Obama might not make ballot' due to 'birther' controversy
In a revival of the controversy surrounding US President Barack Obama's birth certificate, Arizona's top election official has said in that it's "possible" Obama may not make the state's November ballot due to unanswered questions about his birth place. ANI

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