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Bar Refaeli to play seductress in Israeli Spy Movie
Supermodel Bar Refaeli is set to play a sly seductress in an upcoming spy thriller flick. ANI

Nicolas Sarkozy 'quitting politics for quiet life with Carla Bruni'
Nicolas Sarkozy, who has become the first French president in 31 years to be rejected after just one term, has confirmed that he will be giving up politics for 'good'. ANI

Study finds unconscious racial attitudes could play large role in 2012 prez polls
A new study has revealed that racial attitudes could play a large role in the 2012 presidential election in America. ANI

Colombian prostitute says she had sex with Secret Service agent
The Colombian prostitute who is at the center of the US Secret Service scandal has reportedly said for the first time that she had sex with ex-agent Arthur Huntington. ANI

Francois Hollande's lover to be his 'companion', not wife
President-elect Francois Hollande and his domestic partner, journalist Valerie Trierweiler have been living together since 2007 but both of them do not plan to get married in the near future. ANI

'Millionaires Gilani, Shahbaz have no cars of their own'
The annual declaration of assets and liabilities to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has shown that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif have no cars of their own. ANI

'Pak has tied foreign policy to public passions'
Pakistan's folly is that it has tied foreign policy to public passions and is now unable to employ flexible diplomacy where needed, stated an editorial in a Pakistan daily. ANI

Australian Labor MP survives suspension vote
Australian Labor party member of parliament Craig Thomson remains in parliament after the opposition coalition failed 70 votes to 72 to have him suspended following serious allegations of corruption. ANI

Israeli PM vows to promote Mideast peace process with new coalition
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. ANI

Israel raids office of Palestinian anti-settlement organization
Israeli forces on Tuesday seized computers and cameras from the office of a Palestinian organization that organizes public activities against Jewish settlement activities, Palestinian witnesses said. ANI

Egypt's presidential election commission threatens to halt work due to criticism
Egypt's presidential elections committee said late Monday that it would halt its work due to criticism from lawmakers and had suspended a meeting with presidential candidates scheduled for Tuesday. ANI

Indian commits suicide in UAE following extreme financial crunch
United Arab Emirate police have confirmed that an active member of the Indian community had committed suicide on April 29 in Masafi in Fujairah. ANI

Biden's 'views' give Obama sleepless nights
Vice President Joe Biden's recent statement about legalizing gay-couple marriage revved up the activist community, but it did create a bit of a headache for the Obama's re-election campaign. ANI

Official says White House 'planned to shield Obama if Bin Laden raid went wrong'
Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey has made a staggering revelation that the White House had planned to shield Obama by blaming Navy Admiral William McRaven if Osama Bin Laden raid had failed. ANI

Niger worst place to be mother: Report
Niger is the worst place on earth to be a mother, according to a report by the world's leading children NGO. ANI

Eight in ten Americans support Obama's Afghanistan plan: Poll
Eight in ten Americans support the Obama administration's plans to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan by 2012, according to a new survey. ANI

Here's the 'Inspirational' memo that 'greets workers on first day at Apple'
A user of photography-based social network Instagram has now posted a secret 'inspirational' memo given to Apple employees on their first day of work. ANI

Duchess of York defends ex hubby Prince Andrew over expensive India trip
The Duchess of York came to the rescue of her former hubby Prince Andrew, after he was accused of lavish spending on his tour of India. ANI

Time has come to renew ties with India: Imran Khan
Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, speaking at the ongoing Pakistan-India trade forum, said the time has come for Pakistan to renew its ties with India. ANI

Boat made from wood used in Mary Rose and Jimi Hendrix's guitar to be launched
Around 1,200 pieces of wood were required to craft a boat, which contains flotsam and jetsam from the Mary Rose and Jimi Hendrix's guitar, and the artful boat would be launched on Tuesday as part of a national art project to mark the Olympics. ANI

Hina Rabbani Khar tells India to take 'bold initiative' on Siachen issue
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has asked India to take a 'bold initiative' to resolve the Siachen dispute. ANI

Indian-origin man found guilty of wife's murder in Australia
An Indian-origin man residing in Australia has been found guilty of slaughtering his wife after she threatened to throw him out of their home. ANI

Blind Chinese dissident Chen 'does not know when can he leave China'
Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has said that he does not know when will he be allowed to leave China, despite an offer from New York University. ANI

U.S. lawmaker calls for economic restrictions on Pak till NATO supply routes re-open
The chairman of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, Buck McKeon, has called for a bar on preferential import of goods or services from Pakistan until they re-open NATO supply routes. ANI

Philippine gov't: Tourist arrivals in 1st quarter hits 'all-time high'
Tourist arrivals in the Philippines reached a record of 1.148 million in January to March, an increase of 16.03 percent from a year earlier, a senior government official said on Tuesday. ANI

Chavez to return soon to Venezuela after more cancer treatment
President Hugo Chavez says he will soon return to Venezuela after undergoing more cancer treatment in Cuba to campaign for a third term in office. ANI

8 insurgents killed in operations in Afghanistan: gov't
Afghan police, backed by army and NATO- led coalition troops, have eliminated eight armed insurgents and detained five others, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Tuesday. ANI

Iran says French election result indicates people's 'dissatisfaction' with Sarkozy's
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that the result of French presidential election is an indication of people's dissatisfaction with Nicolas Sarkozy' s foreign policies. ANI

Gunmen kill senior police officer in Pakistan
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a senior police officer in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta early Tuesday in an apparent target killing, police said. ANI

China finds EU, Japan dumping steel tubes
China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Tuesday it has found that the European Union (EU) and Japan have been dumping certain high-performance stainless steel seamless tubes into the Chinese market. ANI

'India-Pak agree to formalise revised visa policy by month end'
Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Sharat Sabharwal has said the Interior Ministries of India and Pakistan have agreed to a revised visa agreement, which will be signed by the end of the month. ANI

Iran reiterates concerns over U.S.-Afghan security pact
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast reiterated on Tuesday his country's concerns over the security pact recently signed between the United States and Afghanistan. ANI

China, Arab League pledge further strategic cooperation
China and the League of Arab States (AL) pledged to further their strategic cooperation and expand cultural exchanges, according to a meeting between Vice President Xi Jinping and AL Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby Tuesday in Beijing. ANI

Iran hails Syrian parliamentary elections as "second step" in course of reforms
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that recent parliamentary elections in Syria is the "second step" in a course of reforms in the Arab country. ANI

Pak puts riders on reduction of negative list of trade items with India
Pakistan's Commerce Secretary Zafar Mahmood has said the country has made the removal of non-tariff bearers (NTBs) by the Indian side a condition to phase out its negative list of trade items by December. ANI

South Korea to increase check on powdered human flesh capsules from China
South Korea has said that it will increase customs check on capsules coming from China that contained powdered human flesh. ANI

FBI says improved underwear bomb has mark of Al Qaeda's Arabian affiliate
Bomb technicians in the explosive section of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have said that the underwear bomb that could have blown up a US-bound aircraft had the hallmarks and signature of previous devices made by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. ANI

Aussies 'worry most about work than broader issues'
'Future career' concerns create the greatest anxiety for both men and women in Australia, according to a new study. ANI

Fears exist about Al Qaeda using non-metallic devices to blow up aircraft
Terrorist group Al Qaeda could be plotting to carry out several other attacks on airliners with similar non-metallic device that was used during the foiled US-airliner plot, according to US and European officials. ANI

Prince Harry honoured for charitable work in US
Prince Harry received a humanitarian prize for his charitable work with disabled service personnel in Washington. ANI

Traffic accident kills 16 Kyrgyz nationals in Kazakhstan
Sixteen Kyrgyz nationals were killed and several others injured in a traffic accident in Kazakhstan in the early hours of Tuesday, the country's ministry of emergency said. ANI

Lawmakers top list of graft suspect arrested in Indonesia in 2012
The members of Indonesian parliament have topped the list of people who allegedly broke the law and have been arrested as suspects for corruption so far this year, media quoting data from anti-corruption watchdog reported here on Tuesday. ANI

Killed Yemeni terrorist reportedly involved in Al Qaeda's failed underwear bomb plot
A drone attack in Yemen on Sunday that killed a terrorist named Fahd Mohammad Ahmed Al-Quso was reportedly plotting with Al-Qaeda to blow up an international airliner, the Yemeni Government said. ANI

U.S. working closely with Pakistan to recover kidnapped American worker
U.S. State Department spokesperson Mark Toner has said Washington is in touch with Pakistan on the Warren Weinstein kidnapping case, despite both nations having differences over the November 2011 NATO strike. ANI

China denies links to cyber attacks directed at US
China has denied allegations that Beijing was the source of cyber attacks directed at the United States. ANI

CIA foils Al Qaeda plot to blast US-bound aircraft using underwear bomb
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has confirmed that it foiled an Al Qaeda terror plot in the Arabian Peninsula to blast a U.S.-bound aircraft using an underwear bomb just around the first death anniversary of Osama bin Laden. ANI

U.S. Envoy to Pak to step down amid 'impasse' in bilateral ties
U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter has reportedly announced his decision to step down from his post, after serving less than two years on the job. ANI

Al-Jazeera 'forced to close' Beijing bureau after reporter expelled
Qatar-based news network Al-Jazeera has said that it has been forced to close its English-language bureau in China after its reporter there was expelled. ANI

U.S. should provide information on Zawahiri's presence in Pak: Hina Rabbani Khar
Reacting to U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton's claim about the presence of Ayman-al-Zawahiri in Pakistan, the country's Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, has asked Washington to tell Islamabad about the whereabouts of the Al-Qaeda kingpin. ANI

Bangladesh satisfied with Mukherjee's take on river linking policies
Former Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shamsher M. Chowdhury has said the recent statement issued by India's Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee during his visit to Dhaka on the bilateral water disputes, is encouraging. ANI

Israeli PM Netanyahu strikes 'surprise deal' to form new coalition cabinet
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly struck a deal to form a new coalition cabinet in a bid to avoid snap elections that he had sought earlier. ANI

UN chief slams Syrian polls as violence against citizens continues
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has criticised the Syrian government for holding a national election while violence is still raging, and for failing to involve all parties. ANI

Hilton Worldwide Partners with Room to Read To Empower and Educate Young People in South and Southeast Asia
Hilton Worldwide announced today a three-year partnership with Room to Read – a global nonprofit organization focused on improving literacy and gender equality in education Business Wire India

Parabel, Inc. and CECEP - Chongqing Industry Co., Ltd. Sign Master Framework Agreement
Parabel Inc. (OTCQB: PABL) and its operating company PA LLC, a global provider of micro-crop technology and solutions that produce new, economical sources of feed, food, and fuel, today announced that it has finalized a restated Master Framework Agreement with CECEP—Chongquing Industry Co., Ltd Business Wire India

GT Advanced Technologies to Host LED Manufacturing “Metrics that Matter” Symposium May 9-10, 2012
GT Advanced Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: GTAT), will host a LED manufacturing symposium in Shanghai, China, May 9-10, 2012 Business Wire India

BankersLabTM Launches CreditLabTM, a Simulation Gaming Product for Credit Risk Management Training
BankersLabTM, an innovator in global risk management training, has today at FinovateSpring announced the launch of CreditLabTM - the first in a suite of simulation gaming products. Business Wire India

Brookfield Global Relocation Services Announces the Rebranding of Prudential Relocation Services and Pricoa Relocation
Brookfield Global Relocation Services, a leading provider of global corporate and government relocation services, announced today that it has completed the re-branding of Prudential Relocation Inc. and Pricoa Relocation, officially changing both names to Brookfield Global Relocation Services. Business Wire India

Covidien Introduces New Treatment for Drug-Resistant Hypertension
Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, will unveil its new OneShot™ renal denervation system at the EuroPCR congress in Paris, France, on May 16, 2012 Business Wire India

Viber for BlackBerry® and Windows Phone 7 Now Available
Viber, the leading mobile communications platform offering free HD-quality phone calls, text and photo messages, today announced the availability of Viber for BlackBerry Beta and Windows Phone 7 Beta Business Wire India

Infineon Releases Revolutionary CoolSiCTM 1200V SiC JFET Family with Direct Drive Technology: Efficiency Levels for Solar Inverters Scale New Dimensions
Today at the PCIM Europe 2012 trade show, Infineon Technologies (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) introduced the new CoolSiCTM 1200V SiC JFET family, which strengthens Infineon’s market leadership in the SiC (Silicon Carbide) product segment Business Wire India

Survey Suggests Student E-book Usage Stronger in the UK Than Other Regions
Students in the United Kingdom who recently participated in ebrary’s Global Student E-book Survey reported a greater preference for digital over printed books and higher usage than their global counterparts in a similar survey conducted in 2011 Business Wire India

Power Integrations Completes Acquisition of CT-Concept Technologie AG
Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI), the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of CT-Concept Technologie AG (known as CONCEPT), effective May 1. Business Wire India

Advanced Energy and Bergen Group of Companies Partner to Deliver Reliable, Scalable Solar Systems to the Fast-Growing Indian PV Market
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:AEIS), has announced a sales and service partnership with Bergen Group that will help both companies better service the high-growth Indian photovoltaic (PV) market Business Wire India

Nielsen Sets Up Regional Innovation Hub in Singapore
Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, today announced the launch of its innovation hub in Singapore Business Wire India

Greenline Delivers VeriFIX® to Bursa Malaysia
Greenline Financial Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of electronic trading marketplace solutions, today announced it has partnered with Bursa Malaysia to deliver automated FIX protocol testing. Bursa Malaysia selected Greenline’s VeriFIX® automated testing tool and testing advisory services Business Wire India

SITEL Worldwide Corporation Announces Conference Call to Discuss Q1, 2012 Results
SITEL Worldwide Corporation ("SITEL Worldwide") today announced that it will host a conference call to discuss its results for the period ended March 31, 2012 on May 11, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Analysts and institutional investors may participate in the Q&A session by dialing toll free 877-879-6209 in the U Business Wire India

Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Reports that Latuda® (lurasidone HCl) Met Primary and Key Secondary Endpoints in Two Phase III Trials in Bipolar I Depression
Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd. (DSP) has announced results from two Phase 3 clinical trials designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of LATUDA as adjunctive therapy and monotherapy, respectively, in patients with bipolar I depression (PREVAIL 1 and PREVAIL 2; PRogram to EValuate the Antidepressant Impact of Lurasidone) Business Wire India

Corning® DuraTrap® AT LP Filter Selected by Volkswagen Group for New MQB Platform
Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) has announced that Volkswagen Group is equipping select MQB models with the new Corning® DuraTrap® AT LP 300/10 filter, the latest advancement in Corning’s DuraTrap® AT family of diesel filter products. Business Wire India

Solís Hotels & Resorts to Open in Lake Tai, Suzhou
Solís Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s premier luxury hotel brands, has announced an agreement with Fantasia Holdings Group Co., Ltd., a leading property developer and property-related service provider in China, to develop and manage Solís Lake Tai, Suzhou Business Wire India

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Aptara Named to the “Training Outsourcing Watch List” for Innovative eLearning Solutions
Training Industry, Inc. announced that Aptara is one of 12 companies worldwide selected for the annual “Training Outsourcing Companies Watch List.” The prestigious list identifies companies providing the highest quality of outsourced learning services and who are uniquely poised to capture a broader share of the learning market. Aptara was recognized for its innovative eLearning solutions Business Wire India

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