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Gorbachev laughs off Twitter death rumours
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has laughed off Twitter comments announcing his death. ANI

'Terrorists using Facebook to recruit loners from Western countries,' claims expert
Terror outfits are using social networking giant Facebook to recruit loners from Western nations like Australia to their cause, a leading counter-terrorism expert has claimed. ANI

Reporters without Borders express concern over growing attacks on Pak journos
A leading global press freedom watchdog has expressed concern over increasing attacks on journalists in Pakistan. ANI

Peshawar HC orders 'enhanced security' at minority worship places following 'temple vandalism'
The chief justice of Peshawar High Court has condemned the vandalism on a Hindu temple and ordered an inquiry into the incident. ANI

Lawmaker demands equal rights, separate curriculum for Pak minorities
Pakistan Peoples Party's lawmaker Saleem Khursheed Khokar has asked the government to provide 'an unprejudiced curriculum' to minority students, and demanded that laws be equal for them. ANI

Petition filed in Pak SC against expansion of US Embassy building in Islamabad
A petition has been filed in Pakistan's Supreme Court to restrain authorities from constructing huge buildings and secret bunkers in the basement of the U.S. Embassy. ANI

Women fired for being 'too hot for work' says lawyer cared about publicity
Debrahlee Lorenzana, who was fired from Citibank in 2010 for being 'too sexy', has alleged that her lawyer Gloria Allred dropped her when the cameras stopped flashing, leaving her to take on the bank in arbitration. ANI

Putin appoints new aides
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to appoint several senior officials of the Presidential Administration, the Kremlin press service reported on Wednesday. ANI

5 aid workers go missing in northeastern Afghanistan
Five aid workers have gone missing in northeastern Afghan province of Badakhshan, an official said Wednesday. "I do confirm that a group of five medics including two female foreign physicians and three local medical doctors went missing late Tuesday in Yaftal district,"a spokesman for the provincial government, Abdul Maruf Rasikh, told Xinhua. ANI

Army helicopter feared crashed in E. Pakistan
A Pakistani army helicopter was feared crashed as it went missing during a training mission in Pakistan's eastern province of Punjab on Wednesday afternoon, local media quoted army sources as saying. ANI

Beijing to spend 118 mln yuan to improve water quality
China's capital will spend 118 million yuan(about 18.66 million U.S. dollars) by the end of the year to improve the quality of drinking water drawn from wells, the city's water resource management authorities said Wednesday. ANI

Russia test-fires new intercontinental ballistic missile
Russia has test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile from the Plesetsk space center in the Arkhangelsk region Wednesday, local media reported. ANI

3 Iranians kidnapped in Syria by gunmen
Three Iranian drivers were kidnapped late Tuesday by unidentified gunmen in Syria's northern Aleppo province, just hours after a 12-member Shiite Lebanese convoy were kidnapped in the same area, an Iranian diplomatic source said Wednesday. ANI

Policeman killed during presidential vote in Egypt
A policeman was shot dead when trying to mediate a quarrel during the ongoing presidential election in Egypt, official. ANI

Jacob Zuma's pe**s painting vandalised by protesters
Two men have been arrested for vandalising a portrait of South African president Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed. ANI

'Bomb scare' sends Perth bound flight back to Melbourne Airport
An Air Mauritius aircraft was reportedly forced to make an emergency return to Melbourne Airport Wednesday afternoon after a passenger reportedly made a bomb threat to the crew. ANI

Queen Elizabeth's silk knickers sell for 11,000 pounds on eBay
A pair of silk 40-year-old knickers allegedly owned by the Queen has sold for 11,390 pounds on eBay. ANI

Ex-Sri Lankan army chief urges country to cooperate in international probe of war crimes
Ex-Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka has said that the country must cooperate with any international investigation into alleged war crimes. ANI

FBI probes 'revenge p*rn' website founder over refusal to remove nude pictures of actor
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is probing the founder of a 'revenge p*rn' website after he refused to remove nude pictures of an aspiring actor from his site. ANI

Muslim woman shocked after being asked to remove niqab by security in US mall
A Muslim woman has revealed her horror after being asked to remove her niqab by a security guard in a New Jersey mall. ANI

North Korea vows to bolster nuke programme amid US pressure
North Korea has intensified its war of words against the United States by pledging to bolster its nuclear programme and take unspecified counter-measures unless Washington eases diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang. ANI

'Zimbawe must prevent recurrence of violence during poll': UN rights chief Pillay
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has said that Zimbabwe must take measures to prevent a recurrence of the deadly violence that engulfed the country's last presidential election four years ago. ANI

Counterfeit Chinese parts rampant in US military equipment
Fake Chinese electronic parts are being used in American military equipment, a key Senate committee probe has found. ANI

Jailed hedge-fund manager Rajaratnam's VIP list included ex-Goldman Sachs director Gupta's name
A former assistant of jailed hedge-fund manager Raj Rajaratnam has said in his testimony against ex-Goldman Sachs Director Rajat Gupta, that Rajaratnam had kept a VIP list of people, which included the name of the Indian American businessman, who has been put to trial by a Manhattan court. ANI

Obama first U.S. politician ever to raise over $1 billion in campaign funds
President Barack Obama has been found to be the first U.S. politician ever to raise over a billion dollars in the course of his career. ANI

Iran offers access to nuke sites as world powers meet for Baghdad talks
Iran has in principle has agreed to allow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors access to sites in the country suspected of harbouring tests related to nuclear weapons. ANI

Zardari's NATO Summit appearance brought nothing but disgrace to country: Imran
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said President Asif Ali Zardari's visit to Chicago to attend the two-day NATO summit has brought nothing but disgrace to the nation. ANI

Sister of Pak-origin girl testifies against parents for 'honour' killing in UK
The sister of a Pak-origin teenaged girl has told British police that she had watched her parents kill their elder daughter in an 'honour' killing. ANI

Four U.S. Secret Service agents to challenge dismissal over prostitution scandal
Four U.S. Secret Service agents, who lost their jobs for their alleged involvement in the Colombian prostitution scandal, have planned to fight their dismissal. ANI

No security breach during Colombian prostitution scandal: US Secret Service chief
The Colombian prostitution scandal involving U.S. Secret Service agents did not result in any security breach, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan has claimed. ANI

Social media helping in sharing of information post disasters: Study
A study by North Carolina State University has revealed how people used Twitter following the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan, highlighting challenges for using the social media tool to share information. ANI

88,000 racism incidents reported in UK schools between 2007-2011
Almost 88,000 racist incidents have been reported in schools in Britain between 2007 and 2011, according to figures. ANI

Al Qaeda video calling for cyber attacks against Western nations alarms US
A new Al Qaeda video calling on followers to carry out cyber attacks on Western targets has alarmed American lawmakers. ANI

'Non-state actors' restraining Pak from opening NATO supply routes to leave country internationally isolated
Non-state actors such as the fundamentalist-dominated Defence of Pakistan Council (DPC) restrained the Pakistan leadership from committing more than they could offer at the NATO Summit in Chicago, U.S.A. ANI

Taliban rejects NATO's plan to train Afghan forces after 2014 pullout
The Afghan Taliban has reportedly rejected the U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's (NATO) decision that the mission of the combat forces in Afghanistan would come to an end within two years time, but some troops would stay behind to impart training to Afghan forces. ANI

Pak, US inch closer to resolving resumption of NATO supply routes impasse: Report
Pakistan and the United States have inched closer to resolving the contentious reopening of NATO supply routes to Afghanistan impasse, official sources have claimed. ANI

Mitt Romney admits being sci-fi fan
Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and now presumptive Republican nominee, has called his affinity for sci-fi a "guilty pleasure" and openly admitted to diving into titles that run the gamut from 'Battlefield Earth' to 'Star Wars'. ANI

US Senate votes to tie aid to Pak to reopening of NATO supply routes
A sub-committee of the United States Senate has voted to cut aid to Pakistan by 58 percent if it continues to refuse to reopen supply routes for NATO troops in Afghanistan. ANI

'Cornered' Pak to show flexibility on NATO supply line stand, admits Gillani's assistant
An assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani has reportedly said that Islamabad will show flexibility in their stance on the issue of NATO supply resumption. ANI

Prosecutors unlikely to win appeal against Dharun Ravi's 'light' 30-day-jail term: Experts
Legal experts have predicted that prosecutors are unlikely to win an appeal against former Indian- origin Rutgers student Dharun Ravi's 30-day jail for web-streaming his gay roommate's encounter with his date. ANI

Florence Nightingale left 3.5m pounds fortune when she died
Florence Nightingale, who is known for having saved lives during the Crimean War, had left property worth 3.5 million pounds when she died, it has emerged. ANI

India, Pak agree on US-backed TAPI gas pipeline project
India and Pakistan have reportedly agreed to sign a 7.6 billion-dollar US-backed trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline project. ANI

US drone strike kills four militants in northwestern Pakistan
At least four insurgents have reportedly been killed in a US drone strike on a militant compound in northwestern Pakistan. ANI

Young 'lack skills needed to get 1st job'
Too many young people lack the social skills needed to get their first job, it has been revealed. ANI

ZTE, CSL Sign LTE Network Expansion Contract
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, today announced it signed an LTE network expansion contract with CSL Limited (CSL), Hong Kong's leading mobile operator. Business Wire India

Temenos Enterprise Frameworks Architecture Unveiled
Temenos (SIX:TEMN), the market leading provider of banking software, today announces the evolution of its T24 Enterprise vision, known as Temenos Enterprise Frameworks Architecture (TEFA) – which lays the foundation for the future development of modular banking components. Business Wire India

Temenos and ABN AMRO to build new payments system
Temenos (SIX:TEMN), the market leading provider of banking software, today announces plans to develop a new payments system, built in conjunction with ABN AMRO Bank N.V., the Dutch bank Business Wire India

€100,000 In Reward Donations for Projects Fundraising to Prevent Atrial Fibrillation-Related Strokes
For NON-US Media Only Business Wire India

Dell Reports First Quarter Financial Results
-- Revenue of $14.4 billion -- GAAP Earnings of $0.36 per share, non-GAAP earnings was $0.43 per share -- Dell Enterprise Solutions and Services revenue grew 2 percent year over year to $4.5 billion Dell announced its fiscal 2013 first quarter results today, continuing to show progress in its move to being a total enterprise services and solutions provider. Revenue for the quarter was $14 Business Wire India

Workplace Flexibility – How Does Your Company Compare to the Best?
Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, today throws down the gauntlet to companies to find out how flexible they really are by taking the Kinetic Challenge. The test (www.reguskinetic Business Wire India

Lenovo Reports Fourth Quarter and Record Full Year 2011/12 Results
Lenovo Group today announced results for its fourth fiscal quarter and full year ended March 31, 2012. With full-year record sales of $US29.6 billion, an increase of almost 37 percent year-over-year, Lenovo finished its financial year as the world’s second largest PC vendor with a record full-year market share of 12.9 percent Business Wire India

L’Oreal Active Cosmetics Division Deploys Cegedim Relationship Management’s Award Winning* Mobile Intelligence CRM in India
Cegedim Relationship Management today announced that L’Oreal’s Active Cosmetics Division (ACD) has successfully deployed the Mobile Intelligence, cloud-based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution to support their Active Cosmetics (La Roche-Posay and Vichy) teams in India Business Wire India

PCI Security Standards Council Announces Program Highlights for Inaugural Asia Pacific Meeting
Business Wire India

Barclays Announces Pricing of Offering of BlackRock Stock
Further to the announcement on 21 May 2012, Barclays Bank PLC (‘Barclays’) has announced that it has agreed to sell 26,211,335 shares of common stock of BlackRock, Inc. (‘BlackRock’) in an underwritten public offering at a price of US$160.00 per share Business Wire India

GATX Corporation Announces Entry into Indian Rail Wagon Leasing Market
GATX India Private Limited (“GIPL”), a subsidiary of GATX Corporation (NYSE:GMT), has announced its entry into the Indian marketplace with the purchase of ten newly manufactured rakes, each consisting of 45 container flat wagons. GIPL has agreed to lease the rail wagons to Arshiya Rail Infrastructure Ltd Business Wire India

New Ship Makes Waves in Gulf Marine Research
A new, state-of-the-art ship given to Qatar University will transform marine research in the Gulf region. Business Wire India

Boehringer Ingelheim Announces Positive Phase II Results for Once-Daily Tiotropium in Asthma
For Media outside the U.S., Canada and UK Business Wire India

Cellebrite Boosts Investigative Capabilities with New Mobile Forensic Software Release
Cellebrite, the leading provider of mobile forensic solutions, has announced the release of several advancements for the company’s industry leading Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED) Series. Business Wire India

Bloomberg Acquires PolarLake & Launches EDM Services
Bloomberg LP has announced that it acquired Dublin-based software provider PolarLake and is launching a new enterprise data management (EDM) service to help companies acquire, manage and distribute data across their organizations. Business Wire India

Jim McKelvey Joins Emerald Automotive Board
Emerald Automotive (Emerald), the low-emissions, extended-range electric commercial van company, has announced the appointment of Jim McKelvey to its board of directors. Business Wire India

After 3 Years of Contraction, International Assignment Activity Comes Roaring Back, According to Highly Anticipated Trends Survey from Brookfield Global Relocation Services
In spite of global economic malaise, multinational companies increase pace of international assignments, according to the just-released 2012 Global Relocation Trends Survey report, published by Brookfield Global Relocation Services. Business Wire India

Sidecar Revolutionizes Phone Calls by Bringing “Smart Calling” to Smartphones
Recently launched, Sidecar ( is a new mobile app that brings Smart Calling to smartphones. Smart Calling allows people to share live See What I See video, brilliant photos, contact information, and locations, all while they talk. The Sidecar app is free to use and download from Apple’s App Store (http://itunes Business Wire India

Brooks PureDrift Revealed as Newest PureProject Shoe, Gives Runners the Ultimate Connection with the Ground
Taking its PureProject collection to the next level, Brooks Sports has unveiled the second generation of its PureProject line, including an all-new shoe, the PureDrift. The lightest shoe in the collection, the PureDrift further amps up the runner’s connection with the ground and his or her body Business Wire India

Polaris Wireless Announces Multi-Million Dollar Contract for High-Accuracy Wireless Location
Polaris Wireless, the global leader in high-accuracy, software-based wireless location solutions, has announced a significant customer contract, for a multi-million dollar deployment of the Polaris Wireless Altus and OmniLocate location surveillance product suite in the Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA) region Business Wire India

Quintiles’ New Health Report Evaluates the Risk Equation in Biopharmaceutical Medicine
The constellation of stakeholders in the healthcare industry most responsible for the progress of medicine do not agree on a common lens from which to view risk for their own purposes, nor for the other stakeholders they are dependent upon Business Wire India

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