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Drone attacks: U.S. has to respect Pakistan's red lines, says Raza Rabbani
Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on the National Security (PCNS) Raza Rabbani said drone strikes were a violation of Pakistan's sovereignt. He said the U.S. would have to respect Pakistan's sovereignty and the drone attacks have to be stopped. ANI

Pakistan second most dangerous country for journalists, states UNESCO report
A new report released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has ranked Pakistan as "the second most dangerous country for journalists the world over". ANI

Pak-U.S. ties paralyzed after leaders, military fail to break NATO route opening logjam
Pakistan's top political and military leadership is in a fix on how to repair troubled ties with the U.S. after Washington's reluctance to apologise over last year's Salala attacks, and halting drone strikes. ANI

Wildlife officers in Sri Lanka boycott work after assault by villagers
Wildlife officers in Sri Lanka boycotted work for a fourth day on Thursday in protest over an assault on some officers last week. ANI

Palestinian leadership urges world attention to striking prisoners
The Palestinian leadership on Thursday called on international peace mediators to intervene and resolve the issue of Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails. ANI

Hebrew seal dating back to First Temple period uncovered in Jerusalem
A 2,000-year-old seal bearing a name which like the name of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu means 'giving to God' was discovered during excavations near the Western Wall, the Israel Antiquities Authority said. ANI

Concrete U.S. action needed to augment strategic trust with China
The fourth round of the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S andED) opened here Thursday, with the two global players expected to boost their strategic mutual trust, which has been running low for some time. ANI

David Cameron reveals crush on supermodel Cheryl Tiegs
David Cameron has revealed that he had the iconic 1978 Sports Illustrated poster of the American supermodel in a pink bikini on his wall when he was young. ANI

Nine killed, 168 injured in latest clashes: military source
The recent clashes near the Defense Ministry in the Egyptian capital of Cairo have left nine people dead and 168 others injured. ANI

University students stage anti-government rallies in eastern, southern Syria
University students in eastern and southern Syria staged anti-government protests on Thursday in a show of solidarity with their fellow students at the University of Aleppo that has reportedly witnessed confrontation between students and security agents, activists said. ANI

Pakistan a 'failed state' that cannot be revived with any amount of aid: U.S. Congressman
U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher has written a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, condemning the recent violence in Balochistan and has called the country a "failed state." ANI

Al-Qaeda 'Inspire' magazine calls for firebomb campaign in US
Al-Qaeda's English-language magazine 'Inspire' has reappeared months after its leaders died in a US missile strike, offering detailed advice on how to start huge forest fires in America with timed explosives and how to build remote-controlled bombs. ANI

5.5-magnitude quake hits Iran-Iraq border region-USGS
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake jolted the Iran-Iraq border region on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. ANI

Rundown corner of Sharjah bustling with pornography and paan
Every night a rundown corner of Sharjah - called the Bengali Bazaar in Rolla - reportedly turns into a lively den for peddlers pushing underground sex tapes and paan. ANI

John Edwards' betrayed wife 'tore off bra during confrontation with hubby'
Former US presidential candidate John Edwards' wife ripped off her shirt and bra during a confrontation with her husband over his affair, a court has heard. ANI

Chinese navy vessel concludes friendship visit to Malaysia
Chinese Navy training vessel "Zhenghe" left Malaysia on Thursday after a five-day visit to the country. ANI

Weapons seized in police raid in S. Thailand
A combined forces of Thai police and military raided some 150 houses in the country's southernmost province of Narathiwat Thursday morning. ANI

Disgraced Pak nuclear scientist A Q Khan advises Nawaz to dump politics for business
Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has advised Nawaz Sharif to become a businessman and leave politics to younger brother Shahbaz, saying that the current situation of the country was deteriorating, but asked people not to lose hope. ANI

Arab League Secretary-General to visit China
The secretary-general of the League of Arab States, Nabil Elaraby, will visit China from May 4 to 9, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said Thursday. ANI

Inking pact with U.S. not a threat Afghanistan's neighbors: Karzai
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday assured the country's neighbors that signing strategic partnership with the United States does not pose any threat to them. ANI

9/11 mastermind, 4 cronies to begin trial at Guantanamo Bay
The self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind and his four terrorist associates will begin their long-awaited trial at a Guantanamo Bay military commission, where they are to be arraigned for their crimes. ANI

South Korea accuses North of sending jamming signals to disrupt civilian flights
South Korea has reportedly accused North Korea of sending out jamming signals to disrupt its civilian flights. ANI

Libyan ban lift paves way for Islamists to run for control of government
Libyan authorities have reportedly dropped a ban against forming political parties based on religion, tribe or ethnicity, paving way for Islamists to run for control of the government. ANI

Pak army continues as 'centre' of country's political decision-making despite Osama Abbottabad disgrace
The Pakistan's military regime still continues to maneuver the country's political decisions even as the military was thrown in an international disrepute following the aftermath of US Navy SEAL operation that killed Osama bin Laden last May. ANI

'North Korea has enough uranium for six nuclear bombs', warns expert
North Korea has stockpiled enough uranium for six nuclear bombs, an expert has warned. ANI

China, U.S. should manage own affairs well first: Vice premier
Beijing, May 3 (Xinhua-ANI) -- Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan said Thursday that China and the United States have to, first and foremost, manage their own affairs well amid a "complex and grim" world economic situation. ANI

Wills-Kat's wedding cake slice expected to fetch œ1k at auction
A slice of Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding cake is set to go under the hammer. ANI

Wills-Kat balcony kiss voted top TV moment
Prince William's balcony kiss with his newly wedded bride Kate Middleton on their wedding day has been crowned Britain's most uplifting TV moment of the last decade. ANI

Three killed, nine injured in van-train collision in North Philippines
Three people, including a five-year- old girl, died while nine others were injured when their vehicle was hit by a train in Candelaria town in northern Philippine province of Quezon on Thursday morning, police said. ANI

Al Qaeda, Taliban safe havens in Pakistan remain 'biggest security risk': Pentagon report
The presence of Al Qaeda and Taliban safe havens in Pakistan still remains an unresolved issue and the biggest risks to the process of turning security gains into a sustainable Afghanistan, according to a new Pentagon report. ANI

Russian warships return home after joint exercise with China
The second batch of Russia's Pacific Fleet warships returned to Vladivostok on Thursday after participating in a joint naval exercise with China in the Yellow Sea. ANI

20 Afghan Taliban killed in western Farah province
Afghan forces have killed 20 Taliban militants in Farah province in western Afghanistan over the past three days, police said Thursday. ANI

NATO Summit offers opportunity to work for "common purpose": Albright
The upcoming NATO summit will be an opportunity for member states to discuss their common purpose and motivate the alliance for the future, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Wednesday. ANI

Osama's 2010 dinner date with Waziristan family raises questions of Pak complicity
On Osama Bin Laden's first death anniversary, two men have told the BBC how they played host to the slain Al-Qaeda chief exactly a year before he was hunted down by U.S. forces in Pakistan, raising questions about claims by Pakistan officials that Bin Laden lived in total seclusion for nearly five years, without once leaving his Abbottabad compound. ANI

'No doubts over Bin Laden's death raid': Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama has said that he has 'no doubts' over the raid he ordered on the compound in Abbottabad that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. ANI

Daughter of Ukrainian leader Yulia Tymoshenko claims mother being 'brutally beaten'
Eugenia Tymoshenko, the daughter of jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, has said that her mother is being "brutally beaten" in prison. ANI

Ex-British PM Blair says 'I'm ready for a comeback'
Former British prime minister Tony Blair has decided to make a comeback into UK politics, and believes it is the right time for him to do. ANI

US CEOs paid 231 times more than average workers
Last year, the average U.S. chief executive earned more than 11 million dollars in salary, stock options and other compensation, a new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute has revealed. ANI

Display of LTTE flag at May Day rally sparks outrage in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's main opposition group has come under fire from government supporters for allegedly displaying a flag associated with the banned Tamil Tiger militants at a May Day rally. ANI

15 killed, 21 injured in road accident in Pakistan
At least 15 people were killed and 21 others were injured when a bus overturned in a mountainous area in northern Pakistan early on Thursday morning, reported local media. ANI

No one should expect Chinese people to leave their own path: State Councilor Bingguo
Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo said Thursday that no one should expect the Chinese people to leave their own path. ANI

'Pak Govt striving to promote trade, social ties with India'
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said the government is striving to normalise trade with India, while speaking in the National Assembly. ANI

Chinese president calls on China, U.S. to nourish friendship between people
Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday called on China and the United States to nourish friendship between the two peoples. ANI

Nepali major parties reach deal on power sharing
In a dramatic and positive development in Nepali politics, the major political parties have reached a deal on power sharing and are formalizing the agreement on Thursday. ANI

Landslides halt road traffic again in Tibet
Rain-triggered landslides and strong winds cut an international highway in southwest China's Tibet autonomous region once again on Thursday just after traffic resumed a day earlier. ANI

Two officials dismissed after China mine flood
Two officials who are being held responsible for a coal mine flood that left nine people dead and five others missing in northeast China's Heilongjiang province have been removed from their posts, authorities said Thursday. ANI

Third annual U.S.-China consultation on people-to-people Exchange working session held in Beijing
The third Annual U.S.-China high-level consultation on people-to-people exchange working session kicked off on Thursday in Beijing with nearly 30 topics scheduled to be discussed by 150 delegates from the United States and China. ANI

U.S.-Afghan pact 'does not rule out drone strikes in Pak': U.S. Envoy
US Ambassador Ryan Crocker has indicated that the pact between the U.S. and Afghanistan could leave the door open for continued drone strikes against insurgent targets in Pakistan after 2014, commenting on the deal signed in Kabul overnight by U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai ANI

Thousands pay tribute to 'hero' Osama on first death anniversary in Quetta
Thousands of people rallied in Quetta on Wednesday to pay tribute to Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden on his first death anniversary, witnesses said. ANI

Osama buried 200 miles below ocean off Surat coast, says adventurer
A Californian treasure hunter has claimed that he has found the body of Osama bin Laden 200 miles to the west of the Indian city of Surat. ANI

Libyan leaders call Sarkozy campaign funding letter 'fake'
Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) has said that a letter claiming slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime agreed to fund French President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign is 'fake'. ANI

Hitler's hand written postcard suggests he was not good at spelling
A newly discovered postcard from 1916 that had been written by Hitler during World War I shows that the Nazi dictator wasn't great at spelling. ANI

Confusion surrounds reasons behind blind Chinese activist's leaving refuge of US Embassy
The stark contrast between the claims of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng and American officials in the US Embassy has posed many questions as to which version of the story of his leaving the Embassy voluntarily might be true. ANI

UN imposes sanctions on 3 North Korean firms over rocket launch
The United Nations Security Council has imposed sanctions on three significant North Korean state-owned companies over the country's failed rocket launch last month. ANI

Pak Govt, military played 'fortuitous' role in Bin Laden hunt, says Defence Minister
Pakistan Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar has said that the Pakistan Government and the armed forces played a vital role in hunting down former Al- Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden through a mobile phone chip. ANI

Obama's ex-girlfriends recall his 'sexual warmth' in new biography
Former girlfriends of President Barack Obama have opened up for the first time of his "sexual warmth" and disclosed the contents of love letters that he sent to them during his 20s, in a new biography. ANI

Romney's aide claims 'Cameron was taken for a ride by Obama'
A senior aide to US Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has reportedly said that British Prime Minister that David Cameron was 'taken for a ride' by Barack Obama when he praised the president during a recent visit to the White House. ANI

Gingrich officially suspends GOP Presidential campaign
US Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has officially dropped out of the White House race. ANI

MIG Bank Launches a Subsidiary in Europe, Bringing Greater Transparency and Security to the Forex Markets
One of Switzerland’s largest banks that specialises in online trading, MIG Bank SA, has received its Financial Services Authority (FSA) license enabling it to offer online Foreign Exchange (Forex), Gold, Silver and Contracts for Difference (CFDs) via its new London based subsidiary, MIG Capital (Europe) Ltd (www.migcapital.co.uk). Business Wire India

Wipro and University of Canberra Win ANZ-ISG Paragon Awards 2012 for ‘Best Service Provider Innovation Excellence’
Wipro Technologies, the Global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing business of Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) and University of Canberra, a leading Australian University have jointly won ‘Best Service Provider’ Innovation Excellence Award at the 2012 ANZ-ISG Paragon awards Business Wire India

China’s Modern Paper Industry Slated for Major Development
The role of China’s paper industry as a new source of economic growth under the country’s 12th Five‐Year Plan (FYP) for paper industry is highlighted in APP‐China’s latest edition of the ‘Paper Contract with China’ (PCwC) Report. Business Wire India

Gemalto Signs Multi-Year Contract with the United Kingdom Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced that it has been selected by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to supply in the range of 40 to 80 million secure Sealys documents for a variety of official permits Business Wire India

International Research Survey Conducted by Recognia Shows Significant Majority of Self-Directed Investors Plan to Increase Market Activity in the Next Six Months
Recognia has announced the results of an international research survey asking 500 participants who buy and sell financial instruments online about engagement level with their self-direct broker, how they conduct research and their opinions on trading trends. Business Wire India

Corporate Social Responsibility Weekly Recap (April 18, 2012 – May 2, 2012)
The following releases focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and moved during the week of April 18, 2012 – May 2, 2012. Business Wire India

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