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French newly-elected president Hollande to take office on May 15
New French President Francois Hollande will officially take power in May 15 after ousting incumbent conservative Nicolas Sarkozy with tight margin, local media said Monday. ANI

Sri Lanka arrests over 36,400 army deserters following war
Following the end of three decade civil war, Sri Lanka has arrested over 36,400 soldiers who had deserted the army, a military spokesman said Monday. ANI

Pakistani, Indian businessmen meet to boost trade ties
Top Pakistani and Indian business tycoons opened a two-day conference on Monday in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore to foster deeper business ties as relationship between the two nuclear armed south Asian countries has seen substantial improvement in recent months. ANI

Ancient Buddhist temple found in China's Taklimakan Desert
The ruins of a Buddhist temple dating back 1,500 years ago have been discovered in China's largest desert, offering valuable research material for historians studying Buddhism's spread from India to China. ANI

Indonesian terrorist breaks into tears, asking forgiveness for wrongdoings
An Indonesian terrorist who was involved in Bali bombing in 2002 that killed more than 200 foreigners and local people broke into tears on Monday to convey his sorry, asking for forgiveness from families of the perished people in the deadly bombing. ANI

China, Japan, ROK to discuss setting up FTA
Trade ministers of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) are scheduled to meet here Saturday to discuss a range of trilateral trade issues. ANI

China's first deep-water rig to drill in South China Sea
The first deep-water drilling rig developed in China will be put into service in the South China Sea on Wednesday, the country's largest offshore oil producer said Monday. ANI

Pregnant Briton caught smuggling 3.2 million pounds of heroin from Pak
A pregnant British woman was caught trying to smuggle heroin worth 3.2 million pounds from Pakistan to the UK, the punishment for which could result in her receiving the death penalty. ANI

Russian President Putin nominates Medvedev as PM
Russia's new President Vladimir Putin submitted to the State Duma a bill, nominating former President Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister in the new government, the lower house's speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on Monday. ANI

Sri Lankan gov't to bring back fishermen arrested by India
Sri Lanka's Fisheries Ministry said Monday that it was making arrangement to bring back six fishermen arrested by Indian coast guards for breaching the Indian maritime boarders. ANI

American female defence lawyer wears Islamic hijab to hearing of 9/11 case
An American female defence attorney, not a Muslim, dressed up in traditional Islamic hijab for the hearing of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners accused of the September 11 attacks in military court. ANI

U.S. refuses Pak proposal of joint drone attacks in country
Pakistan Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar has said the country had offered the U.S. to jointly carry out drone strikes in the restive Tribal Areas, but the Obama administration turned down the proposal. ANI

US man attempts to break record for longest tattoo session
A Northern California tattoo artist is trying to break a world record at this weekend's Fresno Tattoo Convention in Downtown Fresno, USA. ANI

Well-being of Indians, Pakistanis depends on normalisation of relations: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the well-being of Indian and Pakistani people depended on the normalisation of relations between the two countries on a sustainable basis. ANI

Schwarzenegger troubled by GOP rigidity, exit of upcoming Republicans
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he can't imagine himself being anything else but a Republican. ANI

Muslims participation in demonstrations against law is 'haram'
Malaysia's National Fatwa Committee has described as 'haram' for Muslims to participate in any gathering or demonstration against the law, saying it causes disturbance in the country. ANI

Survey shows former AL chief Moussa most popular in presidential race
Egypt's presidential candidate Amr Moussa, former Secretary General of the Arab League, topped Egyptians' selection list by 39 percent, state-run al-Ahram newspaper reported Monday. ANI

Putin vows to lead Russia through new stage of development
Newly-inaugurated President Vladimir Putin vowed on Monday to lead his country through a new stage of national development. ANI

U.S. secretly releases high-level prisoners to buy peace with Taliban
As part of an effort to quell violence and ensure peace with the Taliban, the United States for several years has been secretly releasing high-level prisoners from a military prison in Afghanistan. ANI

Sacked Chinese politician wanted to kill police chief to hide wife's murder of UK businessman
Sacked Chinese politician Bo Xilai reportedly plotted three ways to kill Chengdu police chief Wang Lijun to hide the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood by his wife Gu Kailai. ANI

'The Archers' in race row after introducing new black character as womanizer
BBC's radio soap 'The Archers' has been accused of 'racial stereotyping' by portraying a newly introduced black character as a feckless womaniser. ANI

Pak cleric who declared poppy cultivation Islamic brands female education un-Islamic
A former National Assembly member and cleric from Pakistan's Kohistan district, has termed formal education for women as un-Islamic and has asked parents to withdraw their daughters from school, or else they would be 'doomed'. ANI

Prince William given 'flying or royal duties' ultimatum
Prince William is said to be agonising over his future as a full-time search and rescue pilot - a job he adores- after he was told by RAF to choose between flying and his royal duties. ANI

Hu congratulates Putin on third presidential term
Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday congratulated Vladimir Putin on his inauguration as Russian president. ANI

Al-Qaida kills over 40 soldiers, seizes military posts in Yemen
More than 40 Yemeni soldiers were killed on Monday in fierce battle with al-Qaida militants in the southern province of Abyan, a security official said. ANI

Police officer injured during Sydney University protest
A policewoman has suffered a fractured arm during a violent confrontation with protesters near the University of Sydney on Monday afternoon, the New South Wales Police said. ANI

Rupert Murdoch ends love affair with Twitter
News Corps Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch has lashed out at Twitter, saying it is impossible to have 'civilised discussions' on the micro blogging site. ANI

S. Korean opposition leader warns DPRK against nuclear test
The new interim leader of South Korea' s main opposition party on Monday warned the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) against a nuclear test. ANI

7 killed, 13 injured in classroom collapse in Pakistan
At least seven children were killed and 13 others injured as a classroom roof collapsed in Pakistan's eastern area of Shakar Garh on Monday, reported local Urdu TV channel Express. ANI

China congratulates French president-elect Francois Hollande
China congratulates Francois Hollande over his French election victory, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei at a regular press briefing. ANI

At least 80 bln yuan in public donations in 2011: minister
No less than 80 billion yuan (12.6 billion U.S. dollars) in public donations were made in China last year, Minister of Civil Affairs Li Liguo said Monday, citing a preliminary tally. ANI

Prince Andrew slammed for flying on private jet to visit Indian slum
MPs have criticized The Duke of York for hiring a private jet for his visit to an Indian slum. ANI

Blast injures 3 in western Ukraine
At least three people were injured when a bomb went off in a roadway in western Ivano-Frankovsk region, emergency authorities said Monday. ANI

Putin sworn in as Russian president
Vladimir Putin was sworn in on Monday as Russian president, starting his third term in the Kremlin following the two consecutive terms from 2000 to 2008. ANI

Senior officials of NAM Coordinating Bureau meet in Egypt's Red Sea resorts
Senior officials from Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Coordinating Bureau kicked off on Monday in Egypt' s Red Sea resorts Sharm el-Sheikh, with the participation of more than 100 member countries. ANI

Queen Elizabeth keeps finances 'closely guarded secret'
Britain's Queen Elizabeth would "never" reveal her actual monetary worth. ANI

NATO air strike kills 6 Afghan civilians: Official
Six civilians were killed as aircrafts of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) targeted a suspected hideout of Taliban militants in Sangin district of Helmand province, 555 km south of Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, a statement of Helmand provincial administration released on Monday said. ANI

Hillary Clinton 'confirms' U.S. bounty on Hafiz Saeed head
U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton, on Monday, confirmed that the U.S. has announced a bounty for terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba's founder and Jamat-ud-Dawa's chief Hafiz Saeed, who was allegedly involved in planning and launching the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008. ANI

Clinton hopes to see female US President in her lifetime
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that she hopes to see a female American president in her lifetime, but again rejected calls for her to make another run for the White House. ANI

Nawaz wants Pak to 'unilaterally' abolish visa regime with India
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has called for abolishing the visa regime between Pakistan and India immediately, even if it meant Pakistan had to initially do it unilaterally. ANI

Newly discovered images give rare glimpse of life in India during British Raj
A shoe box full of images, which document life in India at least a century ago, has been discovered in one of Scotland's national collections. ANI

New Zealand offers more military staff as Syria ceasefire observers
New Zealand on Monday offered to deploy more military observers in strife-torn Syria, among other further support for the international effort to maintain a ceasefire. ANI

China, Central Asian countries hold cooperation forum
China and five Central Asian nations held a cooperation forum on Monday in Tongxiang of east China's Zhejiang province. ANI

Malaysia issues fatwa banning Muslims from street demonstrations
Malaysia's Fatwa council on Sunday banned Muslims in the country from taking part in " unproductive demonstrations". ANI

Two boatloads of suspected asylum seekers intercepted in Australia
The Australian authorities have intercepted another two boatloads of suspected asylum seekers near the Christmas Island. ANI

US gas pipeline firms currently under major cyber attack: Report
Computer networks belonging to American Natural Gas Pipeline companies are currently under a major cyber attack, according to alerts issued by the US Department of Homeland Security. ANI

Four militants killed in eastern Afghanistan attack
Afghan Police killed four militants armed with weapons and suicide vests who seized a building and intended to attack government office buildings in Sharan, the provincial capital of eastern Paktika province, a provincial government spokesman said on Monday. ANI

How 'The Scream' escaped Nazi invasion of Norway
"The Scream," one of the most recognizable paintings in the world, which sold this week at Sotheby's for 120 million dollars, could have been destroyed by the Nazis had it not been hidden in a Norwegian barn when they invaded in 1940, it has been revealed. ANI

Moderate earthquake hits Azerbaijan
A moderate earthquake jolted Azerbaijan on Monday morning, with no damage or casualties having been reported so far. ANI

S. Korea, U.S. launch major aerial drill
South Korea and the United States launched a biannual joint aerial drill Monday amid speculations of a potential nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the defense ministry of South Korea said Monday. ANI

Jordan team cancels visit to Sri Lanka following premier's resignation
Delegation-level talks between Jordan and Sri Lanka that were to take place in Colombo this week have been canceled after the resignation of Jordan's Prime Minister Awn Khasawneh, an official said on Monday. ANI

UK Commons speaker calls for help to stem MP's alcoholism epidemic
Commons speaker John Bercow in UK has said that politicians who were addicted to booze required help to get rid of their problem. ANI

Scotland Yard warns staff of using 'blacklist' likening it to being racist
Scotland Yard police officials have banned IT staff in the MeT department from using the word 'blacklist' over fears that it may sound racist. ANI

Syria kicks off parliamentary election
Unrest-stricken Syria kicked off a parliamentary election on Monday, with 7,195 candidates from 12 political parties vying for 250 seats. ANI

Tunnel fires traps hundreds in Taipei
Hundreds of people were trapped in a tunnel after a bus caught fire in Taipei Monday, according to local tourism authorities. ANI

Imran warns Pak Government of 'Tsunami March' on May 27
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and threatened to unleash a 'Tsunami March', if the government did not honour the Supreme Court judgment which convicted Gilani in a contempt case for his refusal to write a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

Burma's hardline vice-president resigns
Burma's vice-president, a military hardliner who also served under the country's former dictator Than Shwe, has reportedly stepped down from his post. ANI

JuD-backed Pak jihadi group vows to oppose reopening NATO routes 'by any means'
A founding member of the banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and one of the top leaders of JuD led Difa-e-Pakistan Council, Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil fears that the Pakistan government will restore NATO supplies soon. ANI

Blind Chinese activist Chen seeks official help to leave China for USA
Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who took refuge in the US Embassy in Beijing after escaping house arrest, has appealed for official help to leave China after a US-brokered deal, which allowed him to go to America. ANI

Queen advised to dump old fashioned, anachronistic 'Empire' from honour system in UK
Advisers to Queen Elizabeth have said that the word 'Empire' should be removed from the British honours system awards as it is old fashioned and no longer relevant. ANI

Google Map's 'nameless Gulf' outrages Iran
Iran has lashed out at search engine giant Google for leaving the body of water separating it from the Arabian Peninsula nameless on its online map service. ANI

Still in dark over nomination for presidential candidate: Mukherjee
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has denied having any knowledge about reports of his name being proposed in the ensuing presidential polls. ANI

Bahrain arrests top human rights activist following crackdown on protests in country
Bahrain police officials have arrested several human rights activists following a crackdown on protests taking place across the country. ANI

Pakistan to participate in NATO summit in Chicago despite strained ties with US
In spite of strained relations with the United States, Pakistan has decided to participate in the NATO summit to be held in Chicago to discuss the future of Afghanistan, sources said. ANI

'Taliban grew stronger following US troops surge in Afghanistan by Obama in 2010'
The Taliban has grown stronger since President Barack Obama sent 33,000 more US troops to Afghanistan in 2010, according to Senate intelligence leaders. ANI

U.S. warns Pak of 'multiple repercussions' if NATO supply routes are not re-opened
Washington has now threatened Islamabad with 'multiple repercussions', if the six-month-long blockade of NATO supplies is not lifted, Pakistani officials have said. ANI

Russian police cracks down on tens of thousands of anti-Putin protesters
Russian riot police reportedly launched a crackdown on tens of thousands of people gathered to protest against Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency on Monday. ANI

US man charged for threatening to kill Obama
A man in Virginia, United States, has been charged for threatening to assassinate President Barack Obama. ANI

Syrians expected to shun 'sham' parliamentary election
People in Syria are likely to shun parliamentary elections, which are widely seen as a sham that would do nothing to loosen President Bashar al-Assad's grip on power. ANI

Swaziland King's 6th wife leaves harem over 'physical and emotional abuse'
One of the 13 wives of Swaziland's king Mswati III has left the royal household after claiming he subjected her to physical and emotional abuse, it has been claimed. ANI

US airstrike kills 'most wanted' Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen
A US drone strike in Yemen has reportedly killed a top Al-Qaeda leader on the FBI's most wanted list for his role in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole warship. ANI

Dog-lovers turning to skype at workplace to keep in touch with pets
Dog lovers are now turning to the free online video call service Skype to communicate with their pet while they are out at work. ANI

RECRUIT : Hotel Booking Website, 'PegiPegi' Launched in Indonesia
RECRUIT CO., LTD. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Masumi Minegishi) has licensed system technologies to PT. Go Online Destinations (Headquarters: Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia; CEO: Davy Makimian), an operator of hotel booking websites in Indonesia, launching the grand opening of 'PegiPegi' (http://www.pegipegi Business Wire India

Global Technology Power Players Unite to Form Alliance for Wireless Power Creating Spatial Freedom in Consumer Electronics Charging
Wireless technology leaders Samsung and Qualcomm Incorporated have joined other technology leaders to form the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), it was announced today. Business Wire India

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