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Obama's first serious girlfriend married boxer who was jailed for bank robbery
Barack Obama's first serious girlfriend Alex McNear, who could have been the First Lady, instead married a Serbian boxer who once tried to rob 60,000 dollars from a bank. ANI

US kidnap victim relives 'filthy' moment when she was raped aged 14
An American girl, who was kidnapped at the age of 14 from her home and held captive for nine months, discussed her ordeal on Friday saying that she 'felt dirty and filthy and worthless' when the captor declared that she was his 'wife' and raped her. ANI

Australia named 'specific' target for 'pyro-terrorism' by online terrorism magazine
An online terrorism magazine, which is linked with Al-Qaeda, has named Australia as a specific target for pyro-terrorism in its latest edition. ANI

380 candidates to contest presidential elections in USA
After Republican Newt Gingrich backed out from the 2012 presidential campaign, there are now 380 candidates biding for the presidential race in the USA. ANI

Memogate scandal: Commission orders forensic test of Ijaz's Blackberry phone, computer
The judicial commission probing the Memogate scandal will be sending its secretary to London to conduct forensic tests on Mansoor Ijaz's Blackberry phone and computer, prompting Husain Haqqani's counsel to boycott the commission proceedings. ANI

Malaysian Hindu devotees take part in Chitraparuvam fest
Hundreds of Hindu devotees in Malaysia turned up at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple to celebrate the annual Chitraparuvam Festival. ANI

Abbas about to announce cabinet reshuffle
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is about to announce a reshuffle of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's cabinet, sources said Sunday. ANI

Kohistan cleric threatens to 'marry off female NGO workers to local men' as punishment
A former member of the National Assembly has warned non-governmental organisations (NGOs) not to send female staff to Pakistan's Kohistan district, and has threatened to marry these women off to local men, if they do visit. ANI

Baloch Republican Party calls for global attention towards Pak's 'Baloch genocide'
The Baloch Republican Party has appealed to the "international community, human rights organisations, the European Union and the civilised nations to take notice of the worst war crimes by Pakistani forces", and demanded that they "send fact-finding missions to Balochistan to expose the genocide of the Baloch by the state of Pakistan", a press release said. ANI

Iran arrests drug smugglers linked to killing of nuclear scientists: minister
Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said Sunday that some drug smugglers linked to the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists have been arrested, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported. ANI

Sharjah cracks whip on low-income bachelors
The Sharjah municipality is taking strict measures to relocate low-income bachelors who are living in villas in residential colonies. ANI

Sky News launches Arabic TV news network in Middle East, N. Africa
Sky News, a 24-hour British and international satellite television news broadcaster, is launching a new TV network and expanding into the Middle East and North Africa. ANI

Israeli PM to announce early general elections
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to announce the decision to bring forward the general elections at a Likud party convention in Tel Aviv on Sunday. ANI

Costa Concordia owners launch capsized cruise liner's sister ship
Owners of capsized ship Costa Concordia, which ran aground off the Italian coast in January 2012, have delivered a new massive luxury cruise liner in the hope that it would revive its fortunes. ANI

Generation 'I' may have high expectations from job
They may be card-carrying members of Generation Y, but this year's crop of college graduates might be more precisely described as Generation 'I' when it comes to career planning and work ethic, according to a new study. ANI

Urgent: French election turnout reaches 30.66 pct by noon: Interior Ministry
The turnout of voters casting their ballots for the next French president has reached 30.66 percent by local time 12 a.m. (1000 GMT) on Sunday. ANI

Five 9/11 accused disrupt terror-linked military hearing
Terror suspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has boasted of masterminding the 9/11 attacks, and four other co-defendants leafed through The Economist magazine as military court proceedings against them continued on charges of terrorism and murder. ANI

Pranab meets Hasina, discusses bilateral trade
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina here on Sunday. ANI

Israel to discuss "service for all" bill before parliament dissolves
The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation will discuss alternatives to the so-called Tal Law that allows ultra-Orthodox Jews to defer their military service on Sunday, Israel Radio reported, only three days before the Knesset parliament dissolves for the general elections. ANI

American Muslim woman awarded $5 million in lawsuit against AT and T for workplace discrimination
A Muslim woman in USA has won five million dollars in punitive damages from AT and T, a multinational corporation, in workplace discrimination suit. ANI

4 Taliban militants killed in western Afghanistan clash
At least four Taliban militants were killed Sunday in a clash in the western Afghan province of Farah, authorities said. ANI

Prince Harry 'rekindling romance with ex Chelsy Davy'
After being apart for more than a year, Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy are understood to be rekindling their romance.ccording to reports, the couple, who have had three break-ups in seven years, are seeing each other since the past month, although they are determined to keep things low-key. ANI

Florida Libraries ban '50 shades of grey'
Despite having ruled the bestseller chart for weeks, librarians in Florida have found '50 shades of grey' inappropriate for public circulation. ANI

Afghan child bride's in-laws get 10 years in jail for torture, human rights violations
The in-laws of a 15-year-old Afghan girl, who was brutally tortured, beaten and locked in a basement for five months after she refused to become a prostitute, have been sentenced to ten years in prison for abuse and human rights violations. ANI

Prince William favoured to replace dad Charles as heir
A new poll has shown that most people would prefer to see Prince William become the next king rather than his father, the Prince of Wales. ANI

French president frontrunner Hollande casts vote in final round
Paris, May 6 (Xinhua) -- The second round of polling that will decide the next French president between Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande started in mainland France on Sunday morning. ANI

30 tons of drugs seized in border province last Iranian year: police
Iran's South Khorassan provincial police said on Sunday that 30 tons of illicit drugs were seized in the eastern border province during the last Iranian year (ending on March 19), the semi-official Fars news agency reported. ANI

Iranian minister says regional cooperation instrumental for Persian Gulf security
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi underlined the necessity for the establishment of security in the Persian Gulf through extensive cooperation among the regional states, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Sunday. ANI

Nazi racist slur against German paints Oz City Rail black
A German origin CityRail worker was denounced as a "f---ing Hitler", and was ridiculed as a "German dog" in front of passengers at a busy city station in Australia. ANI

Obama says Republicans have found nominee to "rubber-stamp" their agenda
President Barack Obama has begun his official re-election campaign by saying that the "Republicans have found a nominee who will rubber-stamp their agenda". ANI

Nine killed Nepal road accident
Just a day after the avalanche triggered flood created major havoc in the Kaski district in western Nepal, a road accident in the same district on Sunday has added to the tragedy of the people, according to local media. ANI

EU wants fair trial for long term detainees in Sri Lanka
The European Union (EU) on Sunday called for a fair trial for long term detainees in Sri Lanka. ANI

U.S.-Afghan security pact source of concern for region: Iranian spokesman
Iranian foreign ministry expressed concerns about the strategic partnership agreement signed by the United States and Afghanistan, local satellite Press TV reported on Sunday. ANI

Nepali PM announces relief for flood victims
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai announced relief packages to the flood victims of Seti River in Western Nepal. ANI

French voters at polls to decide next president(Lead: French polls)
The second round of voting that will decide whether the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy or challenger Francois Hollande will become the next French president started on Sunday. ANI

Firefighters working to extinguish forest fire in north China
A forest fire broke out in north China's Hebei province Friday, with 1,800 firefighters and 2,000 local residents attempting to extinguish the blaze, local authorities said Sunday. ANI

Future of blind dissident Chen remains undecided following Clinton's departure
The fate of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng remains undecided after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left China following bilateral talks. ANI

US abandons diplomatic hub plan in Afghanistan, citing 'security risks'
American officials have abandoned their plans to form a US' diplomatic hub at a site in northern Afghanistan, deeming the location too dangerous, according to a report. ANI

Ahmadinejad suffers major parliamentary poll setback
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has suffered a major setback in a run-off parliamentary polls that could influence the outcome of next year's presidential elections. ANI

Baloch leader proposes referendum on Balochistan's future
Baloch leader Nawabzada Jamil Bugti has said that a referendum under supervision of the United Nations (UN) should be carried out in Balochistan, to ascertain whether the Baloch want to live with Pakistan or not. ANI

Now, Jeremy Clarkson touts 'bit of racism to solve airport delays'
The BBC Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, has sparked controversy by suggesting that long queues at airport control could be solved by 'a bit of racism'. ANI

New Yemeni President says 'war on Al-Qaeda has not started yet'
Yemen's new President, Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, has renewed his commitment to crush Al-Qaeda militants who control the country's southern cities, and added that the real battle with the terror outfit is yet to start. ANI

Mukherjee arrives in Dhaka to attend Tagore's 150th birth anniversary celebrations
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee arrived here on Saturday to participate in the concluding ceremony of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. ANI

Eight Taliban killed in operations in Afghanistan, says government
Eight Taliban rebels have been killed during joint Afghan forces and NATO-led coalition troops operations in eight Afghan provinces, the country's Interior Ministry said on Sunday. ANI

White House could fetch over 110 million dollars, says realtor
The White House, which has housed US presidents and their families since 1800, would list for about 110 million dollars on the open market, according to a Washington, DC area realtor. ANI

Final polling in French presidential election kicks off
The second round of polling that will decide the next French president between Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande started in mainland France on Sunday morning. ANI

Violence persists in Syria despite UN monitored truce
Violence persisted on Saturday in this capital city of Syria and northern Aleppo province despite a UN monitored ceasefire, leaving nine people dead and several others injured. ANI

New cabinet formed in Nepal
Eleven ministers from different major political parties were sworn in late Saturday night in Nepali capital Kathmandu. ANI

Death toll in avalanche triggered flood in Nepal reaches 15
The death toll in avalanche in Annapurna range that triggered flood in the Seti River of western Nepal Saturday morning has reached 15, local media reported Sunday. ANI

Thai PM visits blaze-hit industrial estate on eastern coast
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra flew to eastern Rayong province Sunday morning to visit the Map Ta Phut industrial estate where an explosion and a fire broke out at a petrochemical factory Saturday, killing 13 while injuring some 105 people, local media reported. ANI

8th ASEAN senior labor official meeting kicks off
Cambodian Minister of Labor and Vocational Training Vong Sauth declared the opening of the 8th ASEAN Senior Labor Officials Meeting here on Sunday, calling for reducing the labor skill gap to a similar level based on the bloc members' national qualification. ANI

Thousands evacuated after deadly explosion in Thai industrial park
Thousands of people were evacuated after explosions and fire tear through a factory of an industrial park in east Thailand's Rayong Province Saturday afternoon, killing at least 12 people. ANI

Three men charged for smuggling of banned drug from UK to US to fund terror
Three men in Britain have reportedly been charged for raising money for terrorism by smuggling a banned stimulant drug from the UK to the US. ANI

Prince William 'deeply upset' by Diana's 'Panorama' interview in 1995
Prince William was left "deeply upset" by the Panorama interview in which his mother princess Diana lifted the lid on her marriage to Prince Charles after she had assured him it would contain nothing controversial, a new biography has revealed. ANI

National Christmas Tree near White House dies
The National Christmas Tree, which was planted near the White House a year ago has died and is being removed, Federal officials revealed. ANI

Indian-origin doctor in US charged for sexually abusing patient
An Indian-origin doctor in the United States, who was accused of fondling a patient in a hospital, has been charged with the criminal sexual abuse of another patient. ANI

Pakistan condemns latest U.S. N Waziristan drone strike
The Pakistan Foreign Office has strongly condemned the latest drone attack on a house in Darr-e-Nishtar, North Waziristan which killed at least 10 suspected militants and injured one, according to reports. ANI

U.S. vows to engage Pakistan on counterterrorism: U.S. State Department
The U.S. State Department has said the country wants to engage Pakistan on the issue of counterterrorism in a cooperative spirit. ANI

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