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brazil, Saou Paulo, traffic jam
Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo was hit by a 250km traffic jam on Wednesday. ANI

Attorney General presents Universal Periodic Review of India 2012
Attorney General Goolam E. Vahanvati presented India's National Report for the Second Universal Periodic Review 2012 here on Thursday. ANI

Church of England bishops are like wife beaters, says woman priest
A woman priest, who is tipped to be a future bishop, has likened senior Church of England figures to wife beaters. ANI

French artist depicts human rights violations in Balochistan
A weeklong arts presentation showcasing human rights violation in Balochistan by Pakistan has been organized in Grenoble city in France from May 22 at the" Cafe echange" le Nicodem. ANI

Philippines accuses China of escalating water dispute
The Philippines has accused China of escalating tensions in a disputed portion of the South China Sea after claiming that dozens of Chinese vessels had been deployed despite a freeze on fishing. ANI

U.S. General sees progress in U.S.-Pak relationship
Although America's relationship with Pakistan has been battered by a string of recent setbacks, a top U.S. general has said, the fact that both countries have finally started talking again, is at least a positive sign. ANI

Google's Schmidt says Internet will bring down corrupt governments
Google chairman Eric Schmidt has said that the Internet would be helpful in bringing down countries with corrupt governments. ANI

Court ruling on Assange's extradition in sex case expected next week
UK's Supreme Court is set to pass its ruling in the rape case involving Wikileaks founder Julian Assange next week. ANI

White House rules out apology to Pakistan over November NATO strike
The White House has ruled out an apology to Islamabad for the November 26 incident in which a NATO cross border strike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, and said it is time that both countries move ahead. ANI

Amnesty report slams Pak over forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and torture
Amnesty International (AI) has said Pakistan has failed to bring the perpetrators of forced disappearances to justice, with most of the victims still missing. ANI

Bill Clinton's fundraiser dubbed 'worst party ever'
An exclusive event hosted by Bill Clinton, which was attended by a host of celebrity friends has been dubbed as the "worst party ever", after guests who paid up to 1,000 pounds for tickets were left queuing outside for hours. ANI

India unhappy with pace of Pak investigations into Mumbai terror attacks: R K Singh
Indian Home Secretary R K Singh has expressed his country's disappointment over Pakistan's investigations on the 2008 Mumbai attack. ANI

Queen names puppy Gryffindor inspired by Harry Potter
The Queen has drawn inspiration from Harry Potter books and named a litter of her breeding puppies after characters from the hugely successful children's books. ANI

Acid attack victims threaten legal action against broadcasting their faces in Pakistan
Victims of acid attacks, who were shown in an Oscar-winning film, have threatened to seek legal action to block their facing from being broadcasted in Pakistan. ANI

Assassinated Iranian nuke scientist possibly killed by own government, claims dissident
A leading Iranian nuclear scientist, Masoud Ali Mohammadi, whose death was blamed on an Israeli spy, was killed by its own government, according to a prominent opposition blogger. ANI

JuD-backed extremist outfit puts off long march against NATO supply routes reopening
The JuD-backed Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) has withdrawn their call for a long march from Karachi to Islamabad, against the reopening of NATO supply routes, which was scheduled to start from May 27. ANI

Clinton says US hacked Yemeni Al Qaeda sites to reverse propaganda
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said that U.S. cyber experts hacked Al Qaeda propaganda site in Yemen, reversing their propaganda. ANI

UN report says Fukushima workers did not die of radiation
A United Nations agency report has revealed that none of the six former reactor workers, who died since the Fukushima catastrophe, were due to the effects of radiation. ANI

PTI to file Constitutional petition against Gilani in Sindh Court
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) is all set to file a Constitutional petition against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for continuing to hold office despite being convicted for contempt of court by the Supreme Court. ANI

Calling Pakistan "failed state" misleading assumption: Mani Shankar Aiyar
Indian Rajya Sabha member Mani Shankar Aiyar has said Pakistan is not a failed state and any strategy built on this assumption will be "dangerously misleading". ANI

High-ranking Chinese delegation visiting Islamabad amidst strained Pak-U.S. ties
Amidst continued uncertainty surrounding the troubled ties between Pakistan and the United States, a high-level Chinese delegation, led by Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, is scheduled to visit Islamabad next week. ANI

US lawmaker blasts Obama's inaction to protect Pak doctor who helped track Osama
Peter King, Republican chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House of Representative, has expressed concern over Obama administration's inaction to protect a Pakistani doctor, who was imprisoned for 33 years for helping Washington to track down Osama Bin Laden. ANI

World powers ask Iran to hand over enriched uranium stockpile
The world's leading countries have challenged Tehran to hand over its enriched uranium stockpile, in return for easing sanctions that have affected the country's economy severely. ANI

Great progress in Tibet after democratic reforms: Western sociologists
Great progress has been made in various aspects of China's Tibet Autonomous Region since democratic reforms were adopted there in 1959, said Western sociologists in a recently published article. ANI

US Senators liken Pak's 5000 dollar per NATO truck demand to 'extortion'
U.S. Senators John McCain and Carl Levin, the chair and ranking members of the Senate Armed Services Committee have said the U.S. should not pay up to 5,000 dollars per truck to Pakistan, which McCain termed as "extortion", to resume NATO supplies into Afghanistan through its territory. ANI

Reopening NATO supply lines can lead to civil war in Pak, warns hardline party chief
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazl ur Rahman has said "rumours" regarding resumption of NATO supplies are completely "baseless". ANI

S. Korea, Australia to hold first joint naval drill
South Korea and Australia will stage their first joint naval exercise next week in waters off South Korea's southern island of Jeju, the South Korean Navy said here Thursday. ANI

17 Taliban rebels killed, 54 detained in Afghan raids
Up to 17 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 54 others detained as Afghan forces and NATO-led coalition troops launched military operations in different provinces within the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Thursday. ANI

New rift over CA term extension in Nepal surfaces
Despite an agreement among ruling parties to raise a bill to extend the Constituent Assembly (CA) term by another three months, dissidence surfaced again immediately after the bill was submitted at the Secretariat of the Legislature-Parliament on Tuesday. ANI

Cambodian royalist political parties merge for next year's elections
The royalist Funcinpec party and the Norodom Ranariddh party on Thursday signed an agreement to merge as a Funcinpec party to re-unite royalists for the parliamentary elections in July next year. ANI

Manmohan Singh to visit Myanmar to boost bilateral ties
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will pay an official goodwill visit to Myanmar next week to boost bilateral ties, said the Myanmar Government in an official announcement Thursday without giving the exact dates of his visit. ANI

Death toll of U.S. drone strike in NW Pakistan rises to 10
The death toll of the U.S. drone strike launched early Thursday morning in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan has risen to 10, reported local Urdu TV channel Dunya. ANI

Obama accused of providing classified Osama raid documents to Hollywood filmmaker
U.S. President Barack Obama has been accused of risking America's national security after allegedly giving Hollywood filmmakers access to secret material on the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Conspiracy behind Karachi carnage: Musharraf
All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief and former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has said target killings at Karachi were committed under a conspiracy. ANI

'Pak sees itself being at war with the U.S.'
U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in reaction to Dr Shakil Afridi's sentence said the decision was 'decisive proof' that Pakistan sees itself as being at war with the United States. ANI

'Angry' U.S. to press Pak to overturn CIA-helping doc's 33-yr 'high treason' sentence
The U.S. has said it will press for the release of a Pakistani doctor who has been sentenced for 33 years for running a fake CIA vaccination programme as part of the hunt for Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Indian student Dharun Ravi may stay for less than month in jail for good behaviour
Indian-American student Dharun Ravi, who was convicted for using a web cam to spy on his roommate while he was making out with another man, could reduce his jail term if he earns credit for good behavior and work behind bars, according to New Jersey corrections officials. ANI

U.S. Secret Service agents accused of 64 acts of sexual misconduct in five years
U.S. Secret Service agents have been accused of almost 64 acts of sexual misconduct, according to a committee of US Senators probing the Colombian prostitution scandal. ANI

Male bosses' errors judged more harshly than those of women
Leaders who make mistakes are seen as less competent, less desirable to work for and less effective than leaders who do not. ANI

'Addict girls a threat to Pak society'
A renowned social worker in Pakistan has said drug addiction among college and university going girls is a serious threat to society, and parents should keep a check on the pocket money and the bad company of their children. ANI

Another drone strike kills five militants in N Waziristan
A U.S. drone strike on a militant compound in Pakistan's North Waziristan, near the Afghan border, killed five insurgents early on Thursday, officials said. ANI

Instantly Watch Latest Bollywood Movies with Spuul’s Mobile App!
As part of its strategy to stream Bollywood movies wherever, whenever consumers want them, Spuul has launched a new App for multiple iOS devices. With this new App, iPad and iPhone users can now instantly watch Bollywood blockbusters such as Rockstar, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Sholay from Business Wire India

Skolkovo Tech Research Center Selection Process Moves to Next Stage
The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skolkovo Tech) has invited thirteen outstanding research teams to submit full proposals for the next stage of competition for the first three Skolkovo Tech research centers Business Wire India

Hanna Instruments, Inc. Launches Redesigned Scientific Analytical Bench-Top Meters with Improved Usability and Compact, Space Saving Design
Hanna Instruments is pleased to announce the release of several redesigned analytical Bench-Top Meters. Business Wire India

Cinterion Powered M2M Time Clock Streamlines Payroll and Improves Accuracy in Timecard Reporting
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

AdaptiveMobile: Operators Recognise Growing Need for Mobile Security in South-East Asia
AdaptiveMobile, the world leader in mobile security, today reveals growing momentum for mobile security in South-East Asia Business Wire India

MTH is in Everyday Life; Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Response to the Greenpeace KFC Campaign
In its latest report Junking the Jungle, Greenpeace has yet again misled the public regarding the facts about Mixed Tropical Hardwood (MTH). Business Wire India

Annual Auction for Lunch with Warren Buffett to Benefit San Francisco’s GLIDE, June 3–8, 2012
For the 13th year, Warren Buffett, legendary investor and philanthropist, will host his charity power lunch to benefit San Francisco’s GLIDE, one of the country’s most respected and beloved charitable organizations. Last year’s winning bid on eBay set a world-record at $2,626,411.00. Business Wire India

Currie & Brown Joins Dar Group
Dar Group, the international design and project management services business, has announced that it has acquired the UK-based consulting firm Currie & Brown for an undisclosed sum. Business Wire India

MBA Renewables Open Again for Applications
The challenges currently being faced in the energy sector illustrate how the global increased use of renewable energy resources is placing ever heavier demands on managers in the energy industry Business Wire India

Peter Arnold Named Senior Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Marketing at KCI
Kinetic Concepts, Inc. has announced that Peter Arnold has been named Senior Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Marketing. Business Wire India

MSCI and BM&FBOVESPA Reach a Preliminary Agreement on the Expansion of their Business Relationship and the Provision of Real Time Data
MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, and BM&FBOVESPA S.A Business Wire India

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