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New pics spark mystery over ' Bismarck sinking during World War II'
A collection of photographs that were taken by a young sailor during World War II has sparked mystery about the events leading to the sinking of the formidable German battleship Bismarck. ANI

India, Myanmar agree to double bilateral trade by 2015
India and Myanmar on Monday decided on a mutually agreed target of doubling the bilateral trade by 2015. ANI

India, Myanmar agree to set advanced agricultural research, education centre
India and Myanmar on Monday decided to establish the Advanced Centre for Agricultural Research and Education as a Centre for Excellence using cutting edge technology along with traditional knowledge and ecological conservation with financial and technical assistance from India. ANI

India, Myanmar agree to enhance cooperation in science and technology
India and Myanmar on Monday reiterated their commitment to enhance cooperation in the field of science and technology. ANI

India, Myanmar satisfied with growing dimension of development cooperation
India and Myanmar on Monday expressed satisfaction at the growing dimension of development cooperation between the two countries which is being financed under grants and concessional loans amounting to USD 1.2 billion till date. ANI

India, Myanmar underline importance of enhancing connectivity
India and Myanmar on Monday emphasised the importance of enhancing connectivity between the two countries as a means of promoting commercial, cultural, touristic and other exchanges between the peoples of the two countries. ANI

India, Myanmar recommit to fight terrorism, insurgent scourge
India and Myanmar on Monday reaffirmed their shared commitment to fight the scourge of terrorism and insurgent activity in all its forms and manifestations. ANI

India, Russia ruling parties sign pact to enhance political cooperation
The Indian National Congress (INC) and the United Russia Party (URP) have signed an agreement to enhance cooperation between the two ruling political entities. ANI

India, Burma express satisfaction over bilateral ties progress
Comprehensively reviewing the multifaceted bilateral relationship between India and Myanmar on Monday, visiting Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Myanmar President U Thein Sein expressed satisfaction at the ongoing official exchanges and the growing bilateral economic, trade and cultural ties, as well as people-to-people exchanges. ANI

BSP slams SP in UP, accuses it of lawlessness
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has accused Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of sheltering goons and blamed it for the deterioration of law and order in the state. ANI

Pak should stop retreating from brink when finalising agreements with India: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily, referring to the delay in signing of a new liberalised visa regime with India, has said it is time for Pakistan to move ahead and break the cycle of retreating from the brink whenever a silver lining is visible. ANI

Pak establishment has learnt no lessons from past intelligence disasters: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said the establishment has learnt no lessons even after an attack as brazen as the one on Pakistan Naval Station (PNS) Mehran. ANI

Chinese political leader arrested on charges of raping minors following bloggers outrage
Chinese police have arrested a Communist Party leader on charges of raping minors after bloggers registered online outrage, claiming it to be the latest abuse of power. ANI

Stop Balohistan repression or face '71-type partition: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said if the country does not address the problems in Balochistan, then Pakistan should prepare itself for another catastrophe that could overtake the country, like the 1971 partition. ANI

Zardari wanted to give indemnity to Musharraf: Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has claimed that President Asif Ali Zardari had a discussion with him regarding offering an indemnity to former president Pervez Musharraf after he decided to step down from the presidency. ANI

Financially struggling white voters favour Romney over Obama
Almost 55 percent of middle-class white American voters, who are struggling financially, favoured Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama, according to a new poll. ANI

Brit woman may face death for smuggling cocaine worth 1.6mln pounds into Bali
A 56-year-old British woman has been arrested for allegedly trafficking cocaine worth 1.6 million pounds into Bali. ANI

PML-N to petition SC to challenge speaker's ruling in Gilani contempt case
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to challenge National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza's ruling regarding Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's disqualification following a contempt case, in the Supreme Court. ANI

Mrs Zuckerberg's wedding dress designer fails to sell more pieces
The store from where Mark Zuckerberg's wife Priscilla Chan bought her wedding dress hasn't sold another gown similar to the one she wore at her surprise wedding to the Facebook CEO. ANI

UK needs to take 'radical action' to meet immigration targets
Britain has to take radical steps reduce immigration rate, a report has said. ANI

Prince Harry dubbed 'neighbour from hell' for Wills-Kat
Prince Harry, who has his own apartment in Kensington Palace, has turned into the "neighbour from hell" after moving in near Duchess Kate and Prince William. ANI

HRW calls on Pak govt. to prosecute Ahmadi massacre suspects
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said Pakistan's federal and provincial governments should bring to justice those responsible for the May 2010 attacks on Ahmadiyya mosques. ANI

Bomb kills 2, wounds 4 in S. Thailand
Two village defence volunteers were killed and four others were wounded by a bomb while patrolling in a district of southernmost Pattani province on Monday afternoon. ANI

S. Korea to develop geo-stationary satellite for environmental monitoring
South Korea has fully embarked on the development of a geostationary environmental satellite with the goal of launching it in 2018, the government said Monday. ANI

Two local Taliban leaders detained in S. Afghanistan
Two local Taliban leaders were detained in restive southern Afghanistan, authorities said on Monday. ANI

721 foreigners get "green cards" in Beijing
A total of 852 foreigners have applied for "green cards" in Beijing since 2004, and 721 have been approved for the permits that grant them permanent resident status as of May 26, said authorities with the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau. ANI

Indian investor plans to build tallest building in Sri Lanka
An Indian investor will begin to construct the tallest building in Sri Lanka in September at a cost of 250 million U.S. dollars, an official said here Monday. ANI

Chief of UN Observers optimistic about dialogue prospects in Syria
Head of the UN observers in Syria said Monday he sees a positive sign in the prospect of political dialogue, stressing that his mission is pushing very hard for dialogue and stability. ANI

Egyptian pro-democracy activists fear Prez elections may backfire for movement
Liberal activists in Egypt are reportedly bickering and trading charges with each other following the unexpected and shocking results of the preliminary presidential elections. ANI

Pak sectarian groups now 'stronger than ever': Intelligence Bureau
An assessment carried out by Pakistan's Intelligence Bureau (IB) has stated that sectarian groups in the country have grown 'stronger than ever' and pose a grave threat to state and society. ANI

Chinese microblogging site introduces rules to tighten grip on posted messages
China's largest microblogging service, Weibo, has introduced a new code of conduct in a bid to restrict the type of messages that can be posted. ANI

'Traitor' CIA op doctor can turn to higher courts for help: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has fended off criticism over the conviction of Dr Shakil Afridi, who helped the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) track Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad last year, saying he could defend himself in the higher courts under the country's existing laws. ANI

New book exposes Prince Harry's boozing secrets
Prince Harry loves drinking beer and 1,000 pound-a-bottle vodka, a new book has revealed. ANI

McCain condemns Obama's 'feckless' foreign policy, handling of Syrian crisis
Senator John McCain has condemned President Barack Obama's foreign policy and his handling of the Syrian crisis. ANI

3 killed, 6 injured as gunmen attack passenger van in NW Pakistan
At least three people were killed and six others got injured when some unknown gunmen attacked a passenger van in Pakistan's northwest tribal district of lower Kurram on Monday morning, local media reported. ANI

Blind Chinese dissident Chen's brother returns home
The brother of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has returned to his village in eastern China, his lawyer said. ANI

News International 'tried to blackmail UK MPs probing phone-hacking': Report
British police probing illegal news gathering methods by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's newspaper group are now investigating whether News International attempted to blackmail politicians. ANI

U.S. frustration with 'intransigent' Pak spills over following failure to play ball: Report
The frustration being faced by the United States after failing to mend ties with Pakistan was reflected during U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton's meeting with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari at the NATO summit in Chicago last week. ANI

WHO reveals rampant illegal kidney trade with organ sold every hour
The illegal trade of kidneys has grown and advanced to such an extent that almost 10,000 black market operations involving the purchase of illegal human organs take place every year, or more than one an hour, according to World Health Organization experts. ANI

India to work closely with Myanmar to combat militancy: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Monday said that India needed to work closely with Myanmar to combat militancy. ANI

Muslim extremists using Facebook, Twitter to radicalise UK students: Report
Islamic extremists are using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to radicalise British students and spread propaganda, according to a report. ANI

Drone strikes in terror haven Pak 'absolutely essential' for US security: Panetta
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has termed the use of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen to target terrorist targets as absolutely essential 'to our ability to defend Americans'. ANI

British Royal family worth 44 billion pounds
The British Royal Family is estimated to be worth over 44 billion pounds, a new study has revealed. ANI

Panetta warns cuts to defense spending would be 'disastrous' for US
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned that scheduled congressional cuts to the defense budget in January would be overall "disastrous" for America. ANI

Panetta says U.S. will not be price 'gouged' by Pak over NATO supply routes reopening
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has vowed not to let Washington be 'gouged' by Islamabad on the price it wants to charge for overland deliveries of American military supplies to Afghanistan. ANI

Father of slain Tiananmen massacre protestor kills himself over failure to get justice
The father of a man, who was killed in 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, hanged himself to death after failing to seek government redress for two decades in China. ANI

Four women, two men face death for singing, dancing at mixed gathering in Pak wedding
A tribal assembly in a remote village of Pakistan's Hazara division has sentenced four women and two men to death for 'staining the honour' of their families. ANI

India -China not competing in Myanmar: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Monday said India is following its own foreign policy and is undeterred by the growing Chinese influence in neighboring Myanmar. ANI

Google deliberately stole information from UK homes, but executives 'covered it up'
Internet search giant Google deliberately harvested information from millions of UK home computers while operating specially equipped cars for its Street View service and the firm's executives did nothing about it, it has emerged. ANI

India to explore all options to normalise ties with Pakistan: Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Monday said India would explore all options to normalise relations with Pakistan. ANI

Iran says 'it won't halt production of higher-grade uranium'
Reversing the country's previous statements, the Iranian nuclear chief has said that Tehran would not halt the production of higher-grade uranium. ANI

Panetta brands Romney's criticism of Afghan drawdown plan 'campaign rhetoric'
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has hit back at Republican Presidential contender Mitt Romney's criticism of the Obama administration's Afghanistan drawdown strategy, saying that the plan to remove most combat troops by 2014 is working. ANI

Nepal PM announces elections in 6 months as constitution deadline passes
Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has announced elections in six months time after the country's political parties failed to agree a new constitution. ANI

No Kayani-Antony meet in Singapore: ISPR
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has denied Indian media reports that Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani is expected to meet the Indian defence minister in Singapore's Sigari-la moot, scheduled for June. ANI

Fourth U.S. drone strike within week kills five 'militants' in North Waziristan
A U.S. drone attack early Monday killed at least five militants in a northwestern Pakistan tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials have said. ANI

PTI to petition SC to challenge speaker's ruling in Gilani contempt case: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has announced that his party would challenge the ruling of the National Assembly (NA) speaker on the conviction of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in a contempt case. ANI

UK Cabinet members worth 70 million pounds
The UK Cabinet is almost worth 70 million pounds, according to a new analysis that estimates the combined wealth of the members. ANI

BBC criticised for using Iraq photo to illustrate Syrian massacre
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been slammed for mistakenly using a photo taken in Iraq in 2003 to illustrate the Syria massacre, in which over 100 people, including 32 children, were brutally killed. ANI

Taliban denies carrying out poison attacks on girls' schools in Afghanistan
The Taliban has denied carrying out the poison attacks on a girls' school in Afghanistan, which sickened over 100 people. ANI

Pak-origin UK politician faces calls police inquiry for misusing taxpayers' money
Pak-origin British politician Baroness Warsi is facing calls for a police investigation into her parliamentary expenses for reportedly misusing taxpayers' funds. ANI

Two more monks self-immolate in Tibet in protest against Chinese rule
Two Tibetan monks set themselves on fire outside a temple in Lhasa to protest against Chinese rule, according to a report. ANI

Ex-Mubarak aide jailed for seven years over corruption charges
Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's former chief of staff has reportedly been jailed for seven years and fined six million dollars over corruption charges. ANI

UK gives Russia ultimatum to intervene in Syrian crisis before 'its too late'
Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague has reportedly issued an ultimatum to Russia to intervene in the Syrian crisis before 'it was too late'. ANI

Swearing at work could help jump-start your career
Using a few F-words at work, in the right time and the right place, could help boost your career, say some experts.s most companies now prefer their leaders to be charismatic rather than conservative, the old saying that being polite could propel your professional life is being re-evaluated. ANI

ACE Launches Asia Pacific’s First Mobile Phone Air-Time Guard
ACE Insurance, part of the ACE Group of insurance and reinsurance companies, today announced the successful launch of a new insurance product in Malaysia combining innovative benefits that will provide relevant and affordable protection for consumers. Business Wire India

ZTE Cikey Has Won the Best LTE Device/Handset Award at LTE World Summit 2012
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063 Business Wire India

Jentadueto™ (linagliptin/metformin hydrochloride) tablets recommended for approval in the treatment of adults with Type 2 Diabetes in Europe
Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company has announced that they have received a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) medicinal committee recommending approval of Jentadueto™, which combines the DPP-4 inhibitor, linagliptin (the active ingredient in Trajenta® tablets) and metformin in a single tablet Business Wire India

Alliacense Announces Ford Motor Company Purchases MMP Portfolio™ License
Alliacense has announced that Ford Motor Company has purchased an MMP™ Portfolio license from The TPL Group. Ford joins General Electric, Caterpillar, Robert Bosch GmbH, Sony, Nokia, HP and dozens of other global market leaders in purchasing an MMP license. Business Wire India

VTI Technologies is Now Murata Electronics Oy
VTI Technologies, a leading manufacturer of 3D MEMS sensors that has formed part of Murata since January 2012, is now Murata Electronics Oy. Business Wire India

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