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I'm not responsible for my wife Mary's suicide, says Robert Kennedy Jr
Robert Kennedy Jrm, whose wife Mary committed suicide, has insisted that he was not responsible for it. ANI

Ex-Tory leader exposed by wife as bigamist escapes jail sentence
A married Tory councillor, who took a second wife after convincing her he was divorced, has escaped jail despite being convicted of bigamy. ANI

Chinese businesswoman gets death penalty with reprieve
The Higher People's Court (HPC) in east China's Zhejiang province on Monday handed businesswoman Wu Ying a death penalty with a two-year reprieve for fundraising fraud after retrial. ANI

French prosecutors open probe against Strauss-Kahn over gang rape
French prosecutors on Monday opened a preliminary investigation into alleged gang rape involving the ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, local media reported. ANI

Chinese Disneyland-style theme park to be set up in Iran
A Chinese Disneyland-style amusement park, the Fantawild Theme Park, will be completed and open for business in Esfahan, Iran, by the end of this year. ANI

Pak's efforts to extradite Musharraf from UK hits roadblock over death sentence possibility
Pakistan's efforts to have former president Pervez Musharraf extradited from the UK are unlikely to come to fruition as he is facing the possibility of capital punishment in the home country, according to areport. ANI

China opposes U.S. lawmakers' push to sell F-16 jets to Taiwan
China on Monday voiced its opposition to a defense spending bill passed last week by the U.S. House of Representatives that pushed for sales of F-16 jets to Taiwan. ANI

Putin approves new Rusian government lineup
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree to approve the formation and lineup of the new government, local media reported. ANI

U.S. to renew ties with ASEAN countries: Ex-US official
The United States government is renewing its focus on Southeast Asia, but it is not a part of the efforts to contain China, former U.S. ambassador to China said at the first Meeting of the ASEAN-US Eminent Persons Group (EPG) in Manila on Monday. ANI

Activists fear 'focus on expanding Afghan women's rights will go' after NATO pullout
Afghan women and international rights activists have raised concerns that decade-long efforts to expand Afghan women's rights will go waste after the U.S. and NATO combat troops leave the war-torn nation. ANI

David Cameron vehemently denies being 'chillaxer'
David Cameron, who seems to have been stung by the revelations in his new biography claiming that he is worthy of winning an Olympic gold medal for "chillaxing", has insisted that he was "completely dedicated" to the job of Prime Minister. ANI

Now, Islamic clerics say 'mosque-type domes' cannot adorn non-Muslim places of worship in Pak
Religious clerics in Sultanpura, Pakistan have demanded for the demolition of an Ahmedi place of worship, which looked too much like a mosque. ANI

North Korea executes three for cannibalism
North Korea has executed three people for cannibalism, as the country struggles with widespread hunger, according to think tank's new report. ANI

Strauss-Kahn faces probe over allegations of rape in Washington hotel
A French prosecutor has opened a preliminary probe into allegations of rape in a Washington hotel by former Internal Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. ANI

Francois Hollande's girlfriend 'jealous' of his ex-partner
French president Francois Hollande's girlfriend is reportedly insecure about the role of the president's former partner, Segolene Royal. ANI

Indian American Ex-Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta's trial begins today in New York
The trial of former Indian American Goldman Sachs director Rajat Sharma is set to begin on Monday here. ANI

SA President Jacob Zuma's genital painting called 'sadistic'
The South African Communist Party (SACP) has slammed a painting of their President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, calling it "sadistic". ANI

Zimbabwe MPs to be circumcised for aids awareness campaign
More than 170 Zimbabwean MPs and parliamentary workers will be circumcised in the coming weeks as part of a HIV-Aids campaign. ANI

Afghan Taliban signal readiness for peace talks with conditions
As international leaders gather in Chicago to discuss the future of their mission in Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents have dropped a clear hint that they are ready for a negotiated settlement of the decade-long war. ANI

New Zealand exodus to Australia hits new record high
The exodus of New Zealanders seeking a better life in Australia hit a record high last month, the government statistics agency announced Monday. ANI

Suicide bombing attacks Yemeni security soldiers, 50 killed
Several suicide bombers blew themselves up among security soldiers who were practising for a military parade in Yemen's capital of Sanaa on Monday, killing some 50 people, police officials said. ANI

Malaysia's opposition leaders to be charged over illegal protest
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy in the People's Justice Party Azmin Ali received summons on Monday to answer charges at a court for breaching a restricted compound in a rally last month, an Anwar's representative said. ANI

JUI leader threatens to stop NATO supply by "force"
Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI) leader Maulana Fazl Rehman has threatened to block the supply of goods to NATO forces in Afghanistan by force, if the government ignores conditions laid down by parliament in this regard. ANI

Five U.S. inspections made so far over Russian missile forces: Official
The United States has conducted five inspections of Russia's missile forces in the past six months, a Russian military official said Monday. ANI

Philippines to get 2nd US coast guard ship
The United States government is turning over the second Hamilton class cutter to the Philippine government on Wednesday, according to the Philippine government. ANI

Senior U.S. envoy warns DPRK against new nuclear test
A top U.S. official on Monday warned North Korea against "further miscalculation" amid fears of a new nuclear test. ANI

One dead, four missing after scaling Mt. Everest
A German doctor has died and four other mountaineers have gone missing while descending from Mt. Everest, according to a Nepalese official. ANI

New customs program eases U.S.-Israel visa, visit requirements
Senior Israel and American officials have signed an agreement that will expedite and ease entry for Israelis who regularly visit the United States, the Israeli foreign ministry said in a statement published Monday. ANI

US, South Korea, Japan hold talks amid fear of another North Korean nuke test
Senior officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan are reportedly holding talks on North Korea and other issues in the wake of concerns that the communist nation could be planning to conduct another nuclear test. ANI

Pak's Ju-jitsu Championship venue shifted to India for security concerns
The Pakistan Ju-jitsu Federation (PJJF) is scheduled to send a team to Amritsar for the South Asian Championship in August. ANI

Pakistan hands US 'five demands' for normalising broken relations
Hours before the start of NATO summit in Chicago, Pakistan Ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman had called for the U.S. administration to execute Pakistan's five demands to salvage the relationship between the two countries. ANI

US occupation of Afghanistan illegal: Mullah Omar
Afghan Taliban head, Mullah Omar has said that the US occupation of Afghanistan was illegal under international law. ANI

Durban cabbies demand 'no Indians or Whites should write tickets'
Durban taxi drivers have demanded that no Indian or white person should write tickets, as taxi drivers do not speak English. ANI

Obama bemoans not being allowed to have fun anymore
US President Barack has said that he missed a baseball match because he had to attend the NATO summit. ANI

Syrian president orders new parliament to convene Thursday
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered the newly-elected parliament to first convene on Thursday, state-run SANA news agency reported Monday. ANI

Over 200 Tamil prisoners stage protest in Sri Lanka
Over 200 minority Tamil prisoners in Sri Lanka, most of them former Tamil Tiger rebels, continued a hunger strike for the fifth day on Monday, officials said. ANI

1,000 people evacuated due to flood in Russia's Far East
At least 1,000 people were evacuated on Monday after a flood inundated half of a town in Russia's Far Eastern Yakutia region, Itar-Tass news agency reported. ANI

11 Taliban insurgents killed in operations in Afghanistan
Up to 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed in joint Afghan forces and NATO-led coalition troops operations within the past 24 hours elsewhere in the country, authorities said on Monday. ANI

Zardari appeals for 'permanent solution' to U.S. drone strikes
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, during the NATO Summit, has pressed the United States to help find a "permanent solution" to the ending of U.S. drone strikes. ANI

Pakistan Govt has sold itself for 365 mln dollars: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said the country's present rulers have sold themselves for 365 million dollars. ANI

NATO members discuss missile defense amid protests
Leaders of NATO allies on Sunday agreed on over 20 multinational defense programs to enhance the missile shield capability, while an anti-NATO protest outside the summit venue escalated into a clash. ANI

Chinese fishermen, boats captured by unidentified North Koreans released
The 29 Chinese fishermen and three boats that were captured by unidentified North Koreans in the Yellow Sea have been released, according to state media. ANI

Italian blast linked to individual not mafia group, says investigator
A bomb blast that occurred outside a school in southern Italian town of Brindisi, which killed a teenage girl, was reportedly the work of an individual rather than a mafia group, according to a senior investigator. ANI

Egyptian Christians 'fear persecution under Islamists' ahead of presidential elections
Egyptian Christians are reportedly worried about their future with the country's first Presidential elections drawing near. ANI

Dubai-based Indian-origin student on cloud nine after ISCE achievement
A Dubai-based student Rohan Sampath is on cloud nine after setting a world record after scoring an aggregate of 99.5 percent in the Indian School Certificate Examinations (ISCE). ANI

"Humiliated" Zardari set to return empty handed as adamant Obama refuses to meet
The deal to reopen the NATO supply lines through Pakistan to Afghanistan fell apart after U.S. President Barack Obama remained at loggerheads with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, refusing even to meet with him without an agreement on the supply routes. ANI

Blind dissident Chen's family, friends 'still at risk' in China
Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng's supporters have warned that his family and relatives in China are 'still at risk' after his arrival in the United States. ANI

Taliban destroys opium crops for first time ever in Afghanistan citing religious reasons
The Taliban has destroyed opium fields in eastern Afghanistan in a surprise clamp down on the drug cultivation that provides a major part of its funding. ANI

Lockerbie victim's father calls Megrahi's death 'sad event'
A man whose daughter was among 270 people killed in the Lockerbie disaster, has described the death of convicted bomber Abdelbaset al Megrahi as a 'very sad event'. ANI

Once 'moderate' Islamist politicians turn 'hardliners' ahead of Egypt's Prez elections
Two main Islamist candidates, who had earlier presented themselves as 'moderates' have now moved to the right and attacked Western decadence threatening Egypt's alcohol industry. ANI

Indonesian police to end uncertainty over Lady Gaga's concert in Jakarta
Indonesian national police will terminate uncertainty over American pop diva Lady Gaga's concert in the capital this week, police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said on Monday. ANI

China says Baghdad talks can help resolve nuke dispute with Iran
China said Monday that talks scheduled for later this week in Baghdad can help resolve the Iranian nuclear dispute as well as promote peace and stability in the region. ANI

World to continue parthership with Afghanistan after 2014: UN chief
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Sunday that the international community will continue the partnership with Afghanistan after the withdrawal of NATO-led forces by the end of 2014. ANI

Top U.S. commander plays down urgency of Pak-NATO route reopening deal
A top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said he would not be disappointed if a long-sought agreement with Pakistan on the reopening of NATO supply routes failed to materialise by the end of the NATO Summit in Chicago on Monday. ANI

Chinese Defense Ministry decries U.S. military report
Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng on Monday expressed "strong dissatisfaction" and "firm opposition" to a Pentagon report that misrepresents China's military development. ANI

Bali rice field cultivation system listed on UNESCO world heritage
A traditional farming and irrigation system used in Bali known as "subak" has been included in the world-heritage by UNESCO, media reported here on Monday. "The subak tradition of Bali has eventually been named as a UNESCO world-heritage activity," Education and Culture Deputy Minister Windu Nuryanti was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying. ANI

NASA estimates how long Titan's chemical factory has been in business
In a new study, scientists have attempted to estimate how long the chemical factory in Saturn's giant moon has been operating in the atmosphere. ANI

Pak was financially stable during Musharraf era: Kasuri
All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Central vice president Ahmed Raza Kasuri has said Pervez Musharraf would soon come to Pakistan and nobody would be able to stop him. ANI

Female bosses' jokes fall flat while men get all the laughs in boardrooms
While men are likely to get a chorus of laughs if they make a joke in the boardroom, a woman doing the same has more chance of being met with an awkward silence, a new study has claimed. ANI

NATO chief insists 'no rush to exit Afghanistan'
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's (NATO) chief has insisted that 'there would be no rush for the exits' as world leaders are negotiating an endgame for Western forces in Afghanistan ANI

Anonymous attacks Chicago govt websites as NATO Summit opens
US authorities are investigating a possible cyber attack against government websites in Chicago, where the NATO Summit is taking place, according to a report. ANI

Zardari, Karzai agree to extend Transit Trade Agreement to Central Asia
Pakistan and Afghanistan has agreed in principle to extend the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement beyond Afghanistan to the countries in Central Asia. ANI

Hindu temple desecrated in Peshawar
Unidentified men stormed a Hindu temple in Peshawar on Sunday evening, police said. ANI

Pak to seek 1bn dollars compensation from NATO for "damages caused by war on terror"
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari will reportedly demand 1 billion dollars from NATO as compensation for the war on terror and its dire consequences on the country's economy. ANI

Cameron rejects new Lockerbie inquiry as al-Megrahi dies
British Prime Minster David Cameron has dismissed the possibility of a UK inquiry into the conviction of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who died in Tripoli. ANI

GCT Semiconductor Delivers Chipset for New Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot
GCT® Semiconductor, a leading designer and supplier of advanced 4G mobile semiconductor solutions, today announced that Sierra Wireless selected GCT’s LTE single-chip solution, GDM7240 for its new Sierra Wireless™ 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot, which is now available exclusively from Sprint. Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Announces Positive Results for the Passeo-18 Lux Peripheral Vascular Paclitaxel Releasing Balloon
Six-month results from the BIOLUX P-I study, demonstrating excellent safety and efficacy results for the BIOTRONIK Passeo-18 Lux Paclitaxel Releasing Balloon, were presented on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the EuroPCR 2012 congress by Dr. Andrej Schmidt, Chief Angiologist at Herzzentrum/Park- Krankenhaus, Leipzig, Germany. Business Wire India

Enpirion Announces EN2300 Family of 12 Volt Integrated Power IC Solutions Delivering the Industry’s Highest Power Density
Enpirion has announced the EN2300 family of fully integrated 12 Volt DC-DC converters, implemented in the company’s industry leading power MOSFET technology with double the power density over alternative solutions Business Wire India

Celebrate 50 Years of 007 with the Explosive Golden Anniversary Blu-ray Collection…BOND 50
All the Bonds. All the girls. All the action. All in high-definition Business Wire India

Counting Down to Eclipse Live from FUJIYAMA by Panasonic's Solar Power
It's only days away from a rare solar eclipse and Panasonic is counting down to the special day! Business Wire India

AGCO Presents Its Vision for Agriculture in Africa at G8 Summit
AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE: AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, has presented its vision for agriculture in Africa at the G8 Summit in Washington, D.C Business Wire India

WSIS Forum 2012 Concludes
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2012 has concluded in Geneva, Switzerland on a high note for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) delegation that partook in the five-day international event Business Wire India

NRI APAC Established Rep. Office in Jakarta
Nomura Research Institute Ltd.(NRI) (TOKYO: 4307), a leading provider of consulting services and system solutions, has announced that Nomura Research Institute Asia Pacific Private Limited (NRI APAC), a member of its group of companies, had established the "NRI APAC Jakarta Representative Office (NRI APAC Jakarta Office)" on April 27. Business Wire India

DTCC’s Global Trade Repository to Open Data Centre in Singapore to Promote OTC Derivatives Reporting
The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation’s (DTCC) Global Trade Repository announced today its intention to expand its operations into Singapore by establishing an Asian-based global data centre to ensure regulators have seamless access to data for systemic risk mitigation in over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets. Business Wire India

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