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Michelle Obama gave tips on handling spotlight to French First Lady
Valerie Trierweiler, France's new First Lady, has revealed that she was given some precious tips on her new role by Michelle Obama on how to cope being in the public spot light. ANI

World's tallest tower 'Tokyo Skytree' now opens to public
Tokyo Skytree, which is recognised by the Guinness World Records as the tallest tower in the world, has been opened for public viewing. ANI

Zardari refrains from making "promises" in NATO Summit
Despite intense pressure and NATO's public call for reopening supply routes through Pakistan in the NATO Summit declaration, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari made no promises in Chicago. ANI

"Adamant" Pakistan running out of time: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said the country should realise that time is running out and the rest of the world will move on, without Pakistan if it needs to. ANI

Cameron sneaked off to go sightseeing at NATO summit, says Obama
Barack Obama cracked a joke about David Cameron saying that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom went "sneaking off to go sightseeing" at the NATO summit in Chicago. ANI

Reopen NATO supply routes so that we can leave Afghanistan: U.S. to Pak
The declaration by U.S. President Barack Obama at the NATO Summit clearly states that Pakistan should help the U.S. withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by reopening the supply routes. ANI

US Congressional candidate promises to smoke pot on winning
A candidate for Congress in California has promised his voters that he'll smoke a joint on the steps of Capitol Hill if he wins. ANI

Lock gays behind electrified fence to kill them off, says US pastor
A North Carolina pastor spew hatred towards homosexuals when he called for the death of gays and lesbians by trapping them inside an electric fence and waiting for them to die. ANI

Oz-naval officer jailed for spanking female sailor's bare bottom
An Australian naval official has lost his appeal against his conviction for indecently spanking a junior female sailor. ANI

Top Internet security expert warns 'cyber warfare technology will be used by terrorists'
Cyber weapons can prove to be dangerous as conventional attacks and there is nothing technology can do to save us, a leading Internet security expert has said. ANI

Lahore HC admits plea for regular hearing on resumption of NATO supplies
The Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court has admitted a petition against the resumption of NATO supplies for regular hearing. ANI

Obama says Romney's business background could help run company, not country
President Barack Obama has attacked GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney business background arguing that it could help in running a company, but was not enough to run a country. ANI

Alleged murder Sica 'confessed' to killings three Singh siblings in Brisbane
Alleged triple murderer Max Sica once confessed to a friend that he killed the Indian-origin Sikh siblings at a home in the Australian city of Brisbane, a court has heard. ANI

Balochistan Deputy AG resigns, comes back as 'advocate' fearing angry judge
Unable to satisfy the judges during a hearing of cases pertaining to missing persons in Balochistan, Deputy Attorney General (AG) Malik Sikander walked out of court and later submitted his resignation, only to come back as a lawyer. ANI

Sri Lanka main Tamil party supports removal of military camps from north
Sri Lanka's main Tamil party is continuing to press for the removal of army camps in the northern part of the country though President Mahinda Rajapaksa had ruled out such a move, an official said here Tuesday. ANI

Chinese vice-president meets Israel army chief
Vice President Xi Jinping met with visiting Israeli Defense Force Chief of Staff Benny Gantz on Tuesday, calling on the militaries of both countries to boost cooperation and promote bilateral relations. ANI

Iranian delegation in Baghdad for nuclear talks
An Iranian delegation headed by chief negotiator Saeed Jalili has arrived in Baghdad to participate in the next round of nuclear talks between the six major powers and Iran scheduled on Wednesday, an Iraqi official television reported on Tuesday. ANI

Sri Lanka main opposition seeks support of ex-army chief
Sri Lanka's main opposition party on Tuesday invited former army commander Sarath Fonseka to join its alliance. ANI

Explosion injures 3 soldiers in S. Thailand
Three soldiers were injured in a bomb blast in the restive southern province of Yala Tuesday noon while the deputy Prime Minister Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapha overseeing security affairs and the army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha were visiting the region. ANI

Militants blow up another girls' school in Pakistan
Two bombs went off in a government-run primary school for girls in the Barakhel area of Mera Risalpur, District Nowshera in Pakistan, in the early hours of Tuesday, a police official said. ANI

Republican leader fears for blind Chinese dissident Chen's security in US
Chris Smith, who represents the Republican Party in the Congress from New Jersey, has said that he fears for the security of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng in the U.S. ANI

Pak not "blocker, disabler of peace and stability in Afghanistan": Hina Rabbani Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, pointing to the reopening of NATO supply routes, has said the country is not a blocker or a disabler of international efforts towards peace and stability in Afghanistan. ANI

Drones attacks "unlawful, illegal and counterproductive": Pak FM
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, during her visit to Chicago to attend the NATO Summit, said the country's position on the U.S.-operated drone operation in Pakistan remains clear, that drones are "unlawful, illegal and counterproductive". ANI

Ronald Reagan's blood auction sparks outrage
Ronald Reagan's foundation is objecting to a British company's auction of what it says is a vial of the late President's blood taken at the hospital where he was treated after the 1981 assassination attempt. ANI

Blair, Gordon may have grown 'closer than was wise' to Murdoch: Ex-UK minister
Former British leaders Tony Blair and Gordon Brown may have grown 'closer than was wise' to media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, a former UK minister has acknowledged. ANI

Facebook users distributing images of child sex abuse snared in global sting op
A global sting operation sparked off by New Zealand Police has caught 55 people distributing images of child sexual abuse via social networking sites like Facebook. ANI

Pak FM "positive" about outcome of NATO Summit
Despite returning 'empty handed', along with bad press reviews of their attendance at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar appeared upbeat and sounded positive about the outcome of the attendance of the Pakistani delegation, headed by President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

arijuana worth $3.6 million found floating off California Coast
U.S. authorities have recovered over 7,000 pounds of marijuana floating off the coast of Orange County in California. ANI

Topless Queen T-shirt courts controversy
A fashion firm has sparked outrage after selling a t-shirt which shows a topless image of the Queen carrying the slogan "Loverly Jubilees". ANI

Gilgit-Baltistan lawmakers for review of code of conduct for Pak clerics
Lawmakers in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) have demanded a review of the new code of conduct for clerics by the Islamic Ideology Council (IIC). ANI

After brief Twitter ban, Pak police register FIR against Facebook for 'blasphemous content'
A day after authorities in Pakistan briefly banned the microblogging website Twitter due to 'blasphemous' material, Islamabad Police, on the orders of a city court, have registered a case against social networking giant Facebook. ANI

Liberal visa regime on Pak-India talks agenda
Pakistan and India are all set to finalise major changes in their strict bilateral visa regime during this week's secretary-level talks, which may serve as a catalyst to normalise ties between the neighbours. ANI

Norwegian mass killer remains 'remorseless' for shooting, bombing rampage
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who is accused of killing 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage last year, remaind remorseless about his actions during his trial in Oslo court. ANI

Google given 'weeks' to answer concerns over giving preferential treatment to own services
Google now has 'matter of weeks' to answer concerns it is favors its own products when serving search results, the European Commission has said. ANI

Man jumps over Niagara Falls and survives
A man, believed to be in his early 40s, survived a plunge after he jumped 180 feet over Niagara Falls without any safety device. ANI

Explosion kills 5 people in Damascus
Damascus (Syria), May 22 (Xinhua-ANI) -- An explosion ripped through al- Qaboun neighborhood in the Syrian capital of Damascus late on Monday, killing five civilians and injuring several others, state- run SANA news agency reported Tuesday. ANI

5.6-magnitude quake hits Bulgaria
A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck this Bulgarian town near capital Sofia early Tuesday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported. ANI

Malaysia's opposition leaders charged over illegal rally
Malaysian opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, his deputy in the People's Justice Party, Azmin Ali and a party division chief were accused on Tuesday of attending an illegal street protest and instigating protesters to breach the police barricade at the rally. ANI

Brit student becomes youngest woman to climb Mt Everest at 21
A 21-year-old student from England has become the youngest woman ever to reach the top of Mount Everest. ANI

75 pc Britons still prefer to watch live TV, finds study
Almost 75 percent of Britons still prefer to watch live TV, rather than on-demand and catch-up options, according to a new study. ANI

Now, U.S. DEA agents in dock for hiring prostitutes in Colombia during Obama visit
At least three U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents are under investigation for allegedly hiring prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia. ANI

US Senate passes bill to tighten sanctions against Iran
The US Senate has reportedly approved a bill to tighten sanctions against Iran in order to force the Islamic nation to halt their nuclear activities. ANI

Ex-Sri Lankan army chief Fonseka released from prison
Jailed former Sri Lankan army chief General Sarath Fonseka has been released after more than two years. ANI

Obama expresses frustration with Pak over NATO supply route reopening
U.S. President Barack Obama, during the NATO Summit in Chicago, made clear his frustration over Pakistan's adamancy over the reopening of NATO supply routes to Afghanistan. ANI

High-ranking people less likely to fall ill and recover faster from injuries
Climbing the career ladder might actually be good for your health, say scientists who have found that high-ranking individuals recover quickest from injury and disease. ANI

Modern CVs often full of jargon and irrelevant details
Many jobseekers today ruin their chances of getting an interview by littering their CVs with nonsensical jargon, spelling mistakes and bizarre, irrelevant detail, a survey has revealed. ANI

NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan
Taliban-linked activities claimed the life of a soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan on Monday, the alliance said in a statement released here Tuesday. ANI

Afghan police kill three armed militants, detain eight
Afghan police during series of operations against anti-government militants have killed three armed insurgents and captured eight others over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Tuesday. ANI

Beijing to provide online booking for parking
Over 50,000 lay-by parking spaces will be put into service in Beijing this year, and residents can book these parking spaces online, according to the transport operation control center (TOCC) of Beijing. ANI

Japanese government to nationalise operator of Fukushima nuclear power plant
The Japanese government will inject one trillion yen (about 12.6 billion U.S. dollar) into Tokyo Electric Power CO., the operator of the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant, on July 25 to nationalize the company, reported local media Tuesday. ANI

Shallow undersea quake hits eastern Indonesia
An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale struck off eastern parts of Indonesia earlier Tuesday, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency reported here Tuesday. ANI

New Zealand troops to leave Afghanistan early
New Zealand troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan next year-a year earlier than previous scheduled, the New Zealand government announced Tuesday. ANI

Strike in Nepal affects movement of cargo from customs points
Around 1000 vehicles carrying essential goods are stranded in the northern and southern border areas of Nepal due to general strikes called by various groups, compelling importers to pay extra cost, which will eventually be transferred to consumers, according to local media. ANI

Three officers court-martialed in PNS Mehran base attack
A military court in Pakistan has court-martialed three officers in connection with the Pakistan Naval Station (PNS) Mehran base attack that took place almost a year ago. ANI

China sends four endangered horses to Mongolia
Four endangered Przewalski's horses were sent to Mongolia from west China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on Monday, marking the first time for China to send the horses to another country since reintroducing the species 17 years ago, according to Cao Jie, director of the Xinjiang Wild Horse Propagation Center. ANI

NATO endorses timetable to end Afghan war at Chicago Summit
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) leaders have endorsed plans to hand over combat role to Afghan security forces by the middle of the next year. ANI

Al-Qaeda likely to re-emerge in Afghanistan after NATO pullout
Al-Qaeda is likely to re-emerge in Afghanistan to threaten Western nations after NATO troops leave the war-torn country by 2014, ' time, alliance officials have admitted. ANI

'Nervous' Prince William 'couldn't sleep' before marrying Kate
Prince William has revealed that he struggled to nod off before tying the knot with the Duchess of Cambridge due to his nervousness and the blaring crowds who spent the night in The Mall. ANI

Musharraf's arrest warrant valid until compliance, FIA tells Interpol
Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has informed Interpol, the international police agency, that the arrest warrant of former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, issued by an anti-terrorism court, will remain valid until its compliance, said FIA Senior Public Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar. ANI

Afghan forces kill Pakistani citizen in cross border incident
Afghan security forces have killed one Pakistani national and injured four others, after intruding into Pakistani territory near Qila Saifullah and opening fire on a passenger bus. ANI

Ex-Gaddafi spy charged in Mauritania for illegally entering country
Slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's ex-spy chief, who was arrested two months ago by Mauritanian authorities, has been charged for illegally entering the country. ANI

Pakistan aims to reach deal on NATO supplies: Zardari
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has told NATO leaders that the Pakistan government has ordered officials to reach a deal with the U.S. on reopening its border to NATO supplies for American troops in Afghanistan. ANI

Pak-origin Muslim couple in UK killed daughter for her western lifestyle
A Pakistani-origin Muslim couple in Britain killed their teenage daughter because her Westernised lifestyle brought shame on their strict lifestyle, a court has heard. ANI

Obama admits gains made in Afghanistan 'fragile' as Taliban remains 'robust enemy'
US President Barack Obama has said that gains made in Afghanistan in the last ten years remain 'fragile' as the Taliban is still a robust enemy. ANI

Dharun Ravi got 30-day sentence in webcam spying as 'he did not reach level of hate crime'
Former Indian-origin Rutgers student Dharun Ravi committed 'reprehensible' acts in setting up a webcam to spy on his roommate's gay relationship, but got a lighter sentence as a judge ruled that 'they did not reach the level of a hate crime'. ANI

Systagenix Presents New Evidence at EWMA 2012 Which Confirms the Importance of a New Test in Routine Clinical Practice to Determine EPA in Chronic Wounds
Business Wire India

One million signatures needed to call upon World Health Organization to save lives through education and improved management of atrial fibrillation
For NON-US Media Only Business Wire India

Raiffeisen Banking Group Selects Gemalto to Secure Online Banking Services in Austria
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

CIBT Expands Presence to Australia
CIBT, the global travel visa and passport services company, announced its acquisition of leading Australian visa services provider, Visalink Systems Pty Ltd. This acquisition is an important milestone in CIBT’s strategy to provide visa and other travel document services globally Business Wire India

Boehringer Ingelheim’s once-daily bronchodilator olodaterol* successfully completes Phase II clinical trial program in COPD
For Media outside the U.S., Canada and UK Business Wire India

Building on Industry Commitment to Sustainable Forest Management, Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) Launches Landmark Natural Forest Protection Policies
Association of Indonesian Forest Concessionaires (APHI) members have unique responsibilities to manage millions of hectares of Indonesian forest concessions in an environmentally responsible way. Business Wire India

Huatai-PineBridge Completes US $5.3 billion Exchange Traded Fund Initial Public Offering
PineBridge Investments, the global multi-asset class investment manager, is pleased to announce that its China joint venture, Huatai-PineBridge Fund Management Co (“Huatai-PineBridge”), successfully launched its CSI 300 ETF product in Mainland China, raising US$5.3 billion (RMB 33 billion) in its initial public offering Business Wire India

Eclipse Live by Solar Power Achieves More than 200K Viewers from 142 Countries
Panasonic Corporation, using its energy-solution technology, made a challenge to broadcast "ECLIPSE LIVE FROM FUJIYAMA by SOLAR POWER" to the world through live internet broadcasting. Due to thick clouds surrounding Mount Fuji area today, our attempt to make clear filming of the Solar Eclipse was not accomplished Business Wire India

BIOTRONIK Announces Positive Results for Pantera Lux Paclitaxel Releasing Balloon in both Diabetic and Nondiabetic Subgroups
Business Wire India

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