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India, Myanmar share age-old cultural and civilizational ties: PM
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said ndia and Myanmar share age-old cultural and civilizational ties, and added that merchants, monks and maritime traders carried influences and traditions from one to the other. ANI

India looks forward to Aung San Suu Kyi's visit: PM
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who met the country's iconic leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi here on Tuesday, said India looks forward to her visit, and expressed hope that she will make important contributions to the processes of change and broader reconciliation presently underway in Myanmar. ANI

'Myanmar critical partner in India's "Look East" policy': PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday said Myanmar is a critical partner in India's "Look East" policy and is perfectly situated to play the role of an economic bridge between India and China and between South and South-East Asia. ANI

India ready to support Myanmar's long-term development priorities: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Tuesday said Myanmar is entering a new phase in its nation building, and added that India as a close friend and well wisher will be happy to see this country join the ranks of the economically dynamic and politically vibrant countries of South-East Asia. ANI

Obama personally oversees secret Al-Qaeda 'kill list': Report
U.S. President Barack Obama has personally overseen a top-secret process for determining which Al-Qaeda suspects should be placed on a "kill list". ANI

Pak being 're-tribalised' under influence of growing Talibanisation: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily, referring to the death sentence given to six persons by a jirga (tribal assembly) in Kohistan district, has said Pakistan is being 're-tribalised' under the influence of growing Talibanisation. ANI

Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg spends measly 32 euros on honeymoon lunch
Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg splurged out on a romantic meal that cost him 32 Euros, with his new bride while on their Italian honeymoon. ANI

No major breakthrough in Pak-U.S. talks on NATO supplies
Pakistan and the U.S., who are currently engaged in talks regarding resumption of NATO supplies, are yet to see a major breakthrough. ANI

Prince William wishes Princess Diana was there on his wedding day
Prince William has opened up about missing his mother Princess Diana on the day he walked down the aisle with Kate Middleton. ANI

Michelle Obama releases new book on White House gardening
Michelle Obama has released a new book that details her gardening hits and misses, and hopes she will give people inspiration to start growing their own plants. ANI

Thai transgender wins provincial administration seat
A Thai Transgender beat male opponents to win a seat as councilor on the provincial administration organisation (PAO) of northern province of Nan in its lastest election, Bangkok Post reported on Tuesday. ANI

Convicted 'Osama CIA op' doctor's life under threat: Pak Intelligence
An intelligence agency has submitted a report to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti detailing threats to convicted doctor Shakil Afridi's life. ANI

Syria's Assad meets UN special envoy Kofi Annan
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met here Tuesday with UN-Arab League joint special envoy Kofi Annan, state-run SANA news agency reported. ANI

Roadside bomb kills 4 Yemeni soldiers
At least four Yemeni soldiers were killed on Tuesday by a roadside bombing on the eastern outskirts of the southern port city Aden, a security official said. ANI

U.S. officials to visit Arunachal Pradesh to find remains of WWII pilots
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin has said that officials of the Obama administration have requested permission to visit Arunachal Pradesh to search for the remains of American pilots killed during the Second World War. ANI

3,000 police for Red, Yellow shirts rallies in Bangkok
About 3,000 police will be deployed to secure law and order on Wednesday when the Yellow Shirts will rally against the government-backed reconciliation bill while the Red Shirts will take the street to support the bill, the national police chief Pol Gen Priewpan Damapong said Tuesday. ANI

Israeli Vice PM imply connection to cyber virus attacking Iran: local media
Commenting on a just-revealed virus that has targeted computers in Iran, Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon said on Tuesday that his country is capable of employing cyber warfare means against Iran. ANI

Two terror suspects arrested in Denmark
The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) has arrested two Danish-Somali brothers in connection with an ongoing terror investigation. ANI

'Unemployed' family of 12 reaping 50k pounds windfall under 'generous' UK benefits system
The Fennessy-Sharps, a family of twelve, have ludicrously laid bare the absurd benefits system in England, as they boast of raking in handouts of 50,000 pounds a year. ANI

Death toll in Italy earthquake rises to 6
At least six people were killed in the earthquake of 5.8 magnitude that rocked central and northern Italy on Tuesday morning, while more were injured, according to Italian media reports. ANI

Half of female workforce being sexually discriminated at work
Summer has arrived, but a staggering number of British women are so fearful of sexual harrassment in the workplace that they choose to cover up in these hot months - simply to avoid unwanted attention in the office- a new study has revealed. ANI

Michelle Obama to sponsor future Navy submarine
US First Lady Michelle Obama will sponsor a future Navy submarine named after her home state. ANI

10 kidnapped by PKK in Turkey: report
A total of 10 people were kidnapped by the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey's eastern province of Igdir, local newspaper Today's Zaman reported on its website on Tuesday. ANI

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan enjoy honeymoon in Italy
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have chosen to spend their honeymoon in low-key style in Italy.he Facebook CEO, who went public with his company this month, and Chan toured some of the city's iconic sites like the Sistine Chapel and the Spanish Steps. ANI

U.S. intel estimates of Pak nuke programme were 10 yrs behind actual status: AQ Khan
Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has said U.S. intelligence estimates of Pakistan's nuclear programme were 10 years behind the country's actual nuclear status. ANI

Authorities move to save lives of 'condemned' Pak women accused of 'fornication'
In a bid to preempt the execution of six people condemned to death for "disrespecting gender segregation customs" in a remote village of Kohistan district in Pakistan, administration officials have ordered the detention of eight tribesmen. ANI

Beast Zuckerberg accompanies 'mom' Priscilla Chan down the aisle
Mark Zuckerberg's longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, took her walk to the aisle with the couple's dog, Beast, in tow. ANI

Australia expels Syrian diplomat after Houla massacre
Australia has reportedly expelled a Syrian diplomat in protest over the recent massacre in the town of Houla, where over 100 people including at least 32 children were killed. ANI

Tony Blair defends 'working relationship' with Rupert Murdoch
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has defended his friendship with media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, saying they had 'a working relationship' until he left office. ANI

China axes former railway minister over corruption charges
China has axed its former railway minister on charges of corruption. ANI

Survivors recount horror of Houla massacre in Syria
Survivors of the Houla massacre in Syria recounted their shock and fear as troops loyal to the ruling regime entered into their homes forcibly and killed their families. ANI

ISI chief nixed U.S. trip over deal breakdown due to Dr Afridi's arrest
The head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) postponed his trip to the United States due to the failure to finalise an agreement to reset bilateral ties, caused by the arrest of Dr Shakil Afridi, who had helped the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) track down Osama Bin Laden. ANI

NATO airstrike kills Al-Qaida's second-highest ranking leader in Afghanistan
Afghan and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have killed two al-Qaida operatives, including the terror outfit's second-highest ranking leader during a joint operation in Afghanistan, the alliance said in a statement on Tuesday. ANI

US veterans prefer Romney over Obama: poll
American veterans prefer Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to President Barack Obama, according to a new poll. ANI

Russia condemns Syria for Houla massacre
Russia has strongly condemned Syria's massacre of almost 108 people. The (Syrian) government bears the main responsibility for what is going on," CBS News quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying after a meeting with British Foreign Secretary William Hague. ANI

Pak Chief Justice receives International Jurists Award
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Indian Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav have been awarded the prestigious International Jurists Award 2012. ANI

Obama's top military advisor backs cutting U.S. aid to Pak over Dr Afridi arrest
U.S. President Barack Obama's top military adviser, General Martin Dempsey, has said senate lawmakers had made the right call by voting to trim aid to Pakistan, over the conviction of Dr Shakil Afridi, who helped the CIA track down Al-Qaeda chief, Osama Bin Laden. ANI

Saddam Hussein's daughter in search of publisher to release father's memoirs
The eldest daughter of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is currently looking for a publishing house to release her father's handwritten memoirs. ANI

Pak political-military honchos in huddle to douse burning Balochistan fires
In the first serious move to address the problem fuelling insurgency in Balochistan, Pakistan's top political and military leaders have scheduled a meet to find solutions to the contentious issue of enforced disappearances in the province. ANI

'Tudor era' a misleading myth, claims Oxford historian
An Oxford University historian has claimed that the idea of a "Tudor era" in history is a misleading invention. ANI

India, Myanmar for close coordination on regional cooperation
India and Myanmar have discussed a broad range of regional and international issues of mutual interest and agreed to continue their coordination on issues of common interest on the international agenda. ANI

India, Myanmar to use Cultural Exchange Programme pact to promote people to people exchanges
India and Myanmar have agreed to use the recently inked Cultural Exchange Program to promote greater people-to-people contact ANI

One in three Britons admits being racist, finds poll
Almost one in three Britons have admitted to being racist, a poll has revealed. ANI

Ex-Japanese PM blames government for Fukushima disaster
Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has said the government should accept responsibility for the last year's Fukushima disaster. ANI

Masseur accused of sexual assault lists Nancy Dell'Olio among celeb clients
A masseur who has been accused of sexually assaulting 18 women claimed that he has served several celebrity clients including Nancy Dell'Olio and Sir Paul McCartney's daughter, Mary. ANI

Pakistan test-fires tit-for-tat nuclear capable short-range missile following India
Pakistan has successfully test-fired an indigenously developed short-range surface-to-surface multi-tube missile on Tuesday. ANI

US denies parachuting into N Korea to probe underground military installations
The US military has denied reports that its special forces have parachuted into North Korea to gather intelligence on that country's underground military installations, saying a source had been misquoted. ANI

Sri Lanka north 'not just for Tamils', says nation's Defence Secretary
Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said it is not correct to view the north of the country, over which a separatist war was fought, as a predominantly Tamil area. ANI

Blast kills three would-be suicide bombers, wounds two in east Afghanistan
Three Taliban would- be suicide bombers were killed and two others sustained injuries as their explosive device went off prematurely in Nangarhar province 120 km east of capital Kabul on Tuesday, a local official said. ANI

Fidel Castro's double agents 'duped CIA for decades'
Former Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro was a supreme, unchallenged spymaster whose double agents duped the CIA for decades, a veteran CIA analyst has claimed in a new book. ANI

Volcano belches ash in Russia's Far East
A volcano in Russia's Far East spewed ash high into the sky on Tuesday following a series of tremors, local media reported. ANI

Chinese FM discusses bilateral ties with Singapore president
Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi called on Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam and discussed bilateral relations with him on Tuesday. ANI

5.9-magnitude quake hits south of the Fiji Islands
An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale jolted south of the Fiji Islands at 03:33:26 GMT, the U.S. Geological Survey said. ANI

Pakistan perfectly capable of shooting down U.S. drones, says Dr AQ Khan
Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has said Pakistan has the capability to shoot down unmanned surveillance drone aircrafts, adding that the country is facing internal threats rather than external. ANI

Obama slams US' treatment of Vietnam veterans as 'national disgrace'
President Barack Obama has slammed America's treatment of Vietnam veterans, describing it as a 'disgrace', and vowed that combat troops returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would not suffer similar dishonour. ANI

US, S. Korean forces parachuting into N. Korea to probe underground facilities
American and South Korean special forces have been parachuting into North Korea to gather intelligence about that country's underground military installations, according to a US official. ANI

Manmohan Singh meets Aung San Suu Kyi, invites her to visit India
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, who held talks with Myanmar democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi here on Tuesday, handed over to her an invitation from UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to visit India. ANI

Brother of convicted 'Osama CIA doctor' calls for appeal against 'unjust' verdict
The brother of Pakistan doctor, Shakil Afridi, who was recently sentenced to 33 years in prison for helping U.S. intelligence track down Osama Bin Laden, has called for an appeal of the verdict. ANI

Researchers expose world's most complicated espionage virus 'Flame'
Computer networks in Iran have been targeted by a cyber espionage virus that is many times more complicated than any malicious software ever seen before, researchers have claimed. ANI

Death-row Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh files fifth mercy petition to Pak president
Indian national Sarabjit Singh, who is on death row in a Pakistani jail, has filed a fresh clemency appeal to President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

Oz $300 billion oil rigs vulnerable to terror attacks, fear US investors
American investors fear that Australia's $300 billion worth of oil and gas rigs are vulnerable to terrorist attacks. ANI

'Gandhi's Three Monkeys' made by Indian artist installed at cultural village in Qatar
Three sculptures of Mahatma Gandhi's three monkeys made by Indian artist Subodh Gupta have been installed at Katara, the Cultural village in Qatar. ANI

Men still significantly outnumber women in top jobs
Women hold fewer than a third of the UK's most influential jobs, new figures compiled by BBC News have revealed. ANI

Tony Blair claims UK media waged 'personal vendetta' against Cherie
Former British prime minister Tony Blair has said that some journalists waged a 'personal vendetta' against his wife Cherie Blair, who took or considered legal action over media reports over 30 times in five years. ANI

I do not have British citizenship: Rehman Malik
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has reiterated his claim that he does not have British citizenship. ANI

Saudi scholar offers $450,000 bounty to kill Syrian president Assad
A Saudi Arabia scholar has reportedly offered a 450,000 dollars reward for killing Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. ANI

Imran Khan has paid no tax in 35 years: Pak opposition leader
Pakistan opposition leader in National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has accused Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan of not paying tax money in 35 years. ANI

Aid-dependent nuclear Pak has become "beggar state": CM Shahbaz
Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province Shahbaz Sharif has said Pakistan has become a "beggar state" despite being a nuclear nation because of its dependency on foreign aid, adding that no nation in the world can prosper on aid. ANI

New Consensus on Appropriate Usage of Silver Wound Dressings Launched
An international consensus on the appropriate usage of silver dressings in wound care was launched this month at the European Wound Management Association (EWMA)’s Conference in Vienna Business Wire India

Gavilon Statement on Acquisition by Marubeni Corporation
The Gavilon Group, LLC today issued the following statement regarding its proposed acquisition by Marubeni Corporation, one of the largest general trading companies in Japan. Business Wire India

Gemalto Wins ""Best Contribution to R&D for LTE"" award at LTE World Summit 2012
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

Ernst & Young: Markets with strong “soft power” brands attract greater share of FDI
Ernst & Young has launched its Rapid Growth Market Soft Power Index, in conjunction with the Moscow-based SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Markets Studies which shows that countries with strong “soft power” brands attract significantly more foreign direct investment (FDI). Business Wire India

Free Version of Defect Documentation Tool for Testers /Software Developers Available
QASymphony (, the developer of qTrace, an intelligent defect documentation Quality Assurance tool that helps testers create practical, detailed and informative defect records, today announced a free version of its popular qTrace tool for testers and software developers Business Wire India

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