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Outrage over IMF chief not paying taxes on salary
Reports of International Monetary Fund (IMF) president Christine Lagarde not paying tax on her 350,000 pounds a year salary have caused wide spread outrage. ANI

Meghan McCain first exposed to 'blow job' by Bill Clinton's infidelity
Senator John McCain's daughter Meghan McCain has revealed in her book that she was first introduced to the concept of oral sex by Bill Clinton's infidelity scandal. ANI

US opposes military intervention in Syria, says will aggravate situation
The Obama administration has opposed any military intervention in Syria, saying that it would lead to greater chaos and carnage. ANI

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood candidate promises to form 'broad coalition' government
Mohammed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for presidential polls in Egypt, has said that he would include a wide range of political force in the government. ANI

Outrage over mother's treatment in jail should not hinder Euro 2012: ex Ukrainian PM's daughter
Eugenia Tymoshenko, the daughter of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, has said that Euro 2012 football tournament should be held in the country as planned. ANI

China, Russia reaffirm support for Syria amid opposition from Western nations
China has repeated its opposition to military intervention in Syria. ANI

Top leaders' huddle useless due to military's 'short-sightedness': Pak editorial
Referring to a recent meeting of top political and military leaders aimed at finding a solution to the Balochistan issue, an editorial in a Pakistan daily has said that with the military seeming bent upon continuing with its short-sighted, repressive actions, the so-called high powered meeting would do no good. ANI

Pak Speaker's decision not to disqualify Gilani must be accepted by all: Editorial
In reference to Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's disqualification case, an editorial in a Pakistan daily has said, being the head of parliament, the National Assembly (NA) Speaker's decision ought to be respected and accepted by all and sundry. ANI

'Osama doc' Afridi's jail sentence was for helping Khyber militants, claim court documents
Court documents have revealed that Dr Shakil Afridi, who had helped the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) track down Osama Bin Laden, has in fact been convicted on charges of colluding with the banned Lashkar-i-Islam (LI) and its chief, Mangal Bagh. ANI

After 24 years in Myanmar Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi travels to Bangkok
Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suy Kyi arrived in Bangkok today, making her first trip outside Myanmar for the first time in 24 years. ANI

Kayani forced to admit military operations no solution to burning Balochistan problem
Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has backed a political solution for the troubled province of Balochistan by assuring that personnel of armed forces and the Frontier Corps (FC) would carry out their tasks within the ambit of the law. ANI

Pak arrests cleric for shocking 'fornicating' at wedding dancing death decree to women
Islamabad police have arrested a cleric accused of sentencing four women to death for singing and dancing with men at a wedding in the north of Pakistan. ANI

Israeli researchers find American Indians with Jewish genetic markers: report
Geneticists at an Israeli hospital said they have found a unique Jewish genetic mutation among an American Indian tribe, indicating that they are descendants of Jews expelled from Spain 600 years ago, local Haaretz daily reported on Wednesday. ANI

Malaysia introduces new Islamic monetary instrument
Malaysia's central bank announced on Wednesday the introduction of a new Islamic monetary instrument, Collateralized Murabahah. ANI

Pope Benedict 'feels betrayed, hurt' by butler's theft of secret Vatican documents
Pope Benedict XVI feels betrayed by his butler who was recently arrested for illegal possession of secret documents, a Vatican official has said. ANI

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla take boat ride around Italian coast on honeymoon
Newlywed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, finally put their billions to good use during their honeymoon as they were photographed taking their romantic getaway from land to sea on Tuesday. ANI

Yemen's transition to democracy being impeded by Qaeda attacks: UN envoy
UN envoy to Yemen has said that the country is taking important steps to advance towards democracy, but is being hindered by Al Qaeda attacks. ANI

Maldives opposition complains police violence on MPs
Maldives main opposition led by the former president Mohamed Nasheed on Wednesday complained of police violence on members of parliament (MPs) and peaceful protesters ahead of Friday's all party talks and the inquiry into Feb. 7 controversial power transfer. ANI

UK urged to appoint ethnic minorities judges only on merit
Women and ethnic minority judges, who are not up to their job, have been appointed in Britain to fill quotas, a former high court judge has said. ANI

25 killed in battles between al-Qaida, army troops in southern Yemen
At least 15 insurgents and 10 soldiers were killed in battles between government troops and the al-Qaida group on Wednesday morning in Yemen's southern province of Abyan, a military official told Xinhua. ANI

China calls for thorough investigation into Houla massacre
China on Wednesday called for a thorough investigation into the mass murder of civilians in the Houla region of west Syria. ANI

'Dead' Berlusconi artwork with hand down own trousers unveiled
A new controversial artwork, which shows Silvio Berlusconi lying in a casket on a velvet carpet and gives the impression that he is dead, pokes fun at the beleaguered former Italian premier and hints at his sins. ANI

Prince William 'very keen' to start family with Kate
One year after their marriage, Prince William has said that he and wife, Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, are looking forward to have children. ANI

'CEO' now less sought after title than 'entrepreneur'
It seems that people no more aspire to be corporate executives. ANI

UK Supreme Court clears Julian Assange's extradition to Sweden on sex assault charges
Britain's Supreme Court has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be extradited to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sex crimes. ANI

Coercion rules in blasphemy cases in Pak: UN expert
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, has expressed concern over the cases brought under the blasphemy law, that judges have been coerced to decide against the accused even without supporting evidence. ANI

Gilani says Pak SC can't challenge Speaker's 'final' ruling over his disqualification
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza's ruling pertaining to the reference of his disqualification was final and could not be challenged. ANI

UN blasted for appointing 'blood on hands' Zimbabwean prez Mugabe 'leader of tourism'
The United Nations' appointment of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as the leader for tourism, despite being subject to a travel ban, has been strongly criticized by his political opponents. ANI

Kazakhstan hosts fourth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions
Addressing the fourth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions here, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said in a statement that the event will go down in history as an important part of global dialogue. ANI

World should realise Pak's efforts against terror: China FM
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has called upon the international community to acknowledge the sacrifices made by Pakistan in the war on terror and the role it played against terrorists, and for peace in the region. ANI

Six-member body formed to save Balochistan from '71 type eventuality
Pakistan's top political and military leaders, who had met in order to resolve the Balochistan issue, have announced a fresh push to begin dialogue with disgruntled Baloch leaders and formed a committee for this purpose. ANI

Top official suggests Israel behind world's most complex espionage virus 'Flame'
A top Israeli official has reportedly hinted that his country could be behind the recently discovered sophisticated cyber espionage virus called Flame, which infiltrated computer systems in Iran and other countries in the Middle East. ANI

Amnesty blasts Pak spy agencies for failing to solve journalist's murder one year on
Global human rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) has heavily criticized Pakistan's intelligence agencies, for failing to capture the killers of journalist Saleem Shahzad, who was abducted and assassinated near Islamabad over a year ago. ANI

Self-styled 'metrosexual' Norwegian mass killer used David Beckham as example
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who is accused of killing 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage last year, was a self-styled 'metrosexual' who used David Beckham as an example, his friends have said. ANI

Tiananmen Square massacre 'regrettable', admits Beijing's former hard-line mayor
Beijing's former hard-line mayor has described the bloodshed during the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre as 'regrettable'.hen Xitong, now 81, who was the mayor of Beijing during the massacre, said that the tragedy could have been prevented. ANI

U.S. says drone strikes "lawful and precise"
U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson George Little has said the unmanned drones and its missile strikes operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are "lawful and precise" and that they operate within the confines of American law and policy. ANI

Dr Afridi sentence is wrong: U.S. State Dept
The United States has reiterated that it believed Dr Shakil Afridi's sentence was wrong, and added that he should not have been locked up or charged in the first place. ANI

Barack Obama honours Bob Dylan with Presidential Medal of Freedom
President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour, to Bob Dylan at the White House on Tuesday, insisting that there was "not a bigger giant in the history American music" than the diminutive folk singer. ANI

Michelle Obama promotes new book on healthy eating habits
Michelle Obama talked about healthy eating as she appeared in a US TV show to promote her new book on gardening in the White House. ANI

Iran 'finds fix' for world's most complicated espionage virus 'Flame'
Iran has claimed that it has developed tools that can defend against the recently discovered computer espionage virus called Flame. ANI

Dharun Ravi apologizes for 'immature, stupid' actions in webcam spying case
Former Indian-origin Rutgers student Dharun Ravi has openly apologized for the first time for using a webcam to spy on a romantic liaison between a man and his roommate who later killed himself. ANI

Annan claims Syria has reached "tipping point" after yearlong conflict
UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Kofi Annan has said the country has reached a "tipping point", after more than a year of conflict. ANI

'Nominated' Romney 'honoured' to challenge Obama in presidential poll
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has won the Republican presidential primary in Texas. ANI

Sarabjit Singh should be freed on evidence and simple basis of humanity: Editorial
An editorial in a Pakistan daily has stated that Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, lodged at Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail, should be freed based on evidence and on the simple basis of humanity. ANI

UK Sikhs protest against police failure to probe 'sex attack'
Sikhs in the town of Luton, which is about 50 km north of London, staged a 'sit-down' protest outside the Buxton Road police station over a failed investigation related to a sex attack on a young woman. ANI

Pak police arrests armed engineer aboard Muscat-bound plane
The Airport Security Force (ASF) of Pakistan has arrested an armed man off a Muscat bound flight at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport. ANI

U.S. Senator seeks cutting of all aid to Pak till 'Osama doc' freed
A U.S. senator has announced that he would introduce a bill stripping Pakistan of all foreign aid unless Dr Shakil Afridi, imprisoned for helping the CIA track Osama Bin Laden, is released by the country. ANI

'Traitor' Dr Afridi likely to be moved to Attock jail for security reasons
Dr Shakil Afridi, who was sentenced 33 years of imprisonment after intelligence reports accused him of treason against Pakistan, is likely to be shifted from Peshawar central jail to Attock Fort, following intelligence reports which stated that his life was in danger at the present location. ANI

Indian cabbie to be extradited to Australia over rape charges
An Indian taxi driver who fled to his home country after being accused of raping a Melbourne woman over two years ago will be extradited to Australia, according to a report. ANI

Winner of the Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC) Introduces the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) To the World
With a successful collaboration with the winner of the Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC) director Jac Mulder, Ras Al Khaimah TDA is glad to launch Ras Al Khaimah movie; the new look and feel of the destination Business Wire India

Automated Parcel Capture at UPS: VITRONIC Auto-ID Systems Increase the Package Sorting Capacity of UPS at Cologne/Bonn Airport
The machine vision experts VITRONIC are glad to announce a large order from UPS. At Cologne/Bonn Airport, 200 VICAMssi2 high-performance line scan cameras will capture parcels and envelopes for efficient sortation. Business Wire India

New Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 Selected for Samsung GALAXY S III
Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today that Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2, the next generation of the company’s widely accepted cover glass, has been designed into the new Samsung GALAXY S III smartphone. This improved glass was first revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas earlier this year. Business Wire India

KBR Announces Expected Management Changes
KBR (NYSE:KBR) announced today that David Zimmerman has been appointed to the new position of Group President for Australia-Asia Business Wire India

Smiths Detection Unveils High Speed Checked Baggage Scanner
Smiths Detection (LSE: SMIN) has given the first public preview of a next-generation, high-speed scanner for screening checked airport baggage for explosives. The new scanner was developed in cooperation with Analogic Corporation. Business Wire India

Edge-Core Selects Vitesse for SMC Smart Enterprise Ethernet Networking Portfolio
Business Wire India

Smith Micro Delivers Premium Mobile Video to Reliance Communications Subscribers
Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI), a leading provider of wireless and mobility solutions, has announced that Reliance Communications, India’s leading telecommunications provider, is exclusively using Smith Micro’s mobile video platform, VIDIO™, to deliver premium video content offerings with its 3G service Business Wire India

Kurion Acquires GeoMelt® to Expand Vitrification Solutions
Kurion, Inc., an innovator in nuclear waste management, has announced that on May 16 it acquired all assets relating to the GeoMelt® business from Impact Services, Inc., providing it with a complementary and commercially proven vitrification process Business Wire India

EUTEX International Singapore Office Now Offers Type P Cable
EUTEX Global Electrical Solutions, Singapore’s leading provider of IEC cables and electrical products, has announced its partnership with global cable manufacturer Nexans AmerCable Business Wire India

Clinique Named “Top Riser” Brand in the 2012 BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands Report
Clinique, a global leader in beauty, has been ranked as one of the top ten global brands in the “Top Risers” category of the BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report. Business Wire India

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