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Libyan interior minister vows to protect state institutions with all means
Libya's Interior Minister Fawzi Abdel-Aal has vowed to protect state institutions with all available means, including resorting to force if necessary, after Tuesday's deadly attack against the government's headquarters, local media reported on Wednesday. ANI

Finance minister sees difficulties, challenges for China's economy
Chinese Minister of Finance Xie Xuren on Wednesday warned of uncertainties and instability in the world economy that will create many difficulties and challenges for China's economic development and social governance. ANI

Sharif accuses Gilani and Zardari of lying to the nation
Pakistan Muslim League-N President Nawaz Sharif has accused Prime Minister Gilani and President Zardari of lying to the nation. ANI

Co-sponsor of Pakistan civilian aid act Lugar driven out of US Senate
Veteran U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, who was the co-sponsor of the contentious Kerry-Lugar-Bergman Act foreseeing 7.5 billion dollars in civilian aid to Pakistan over a five year period, will leave the Senate at the end of this year after facing electoral defeat at the hands of Richard Mourdock on Tuesday. ANI

Punjab Law Minister hints at arresting 'Pak agent' Rehman Malik
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has hinted that Interior Rehman Malik may be arrested if it is found that he was involved in kidnapping of a citizen from Lahore city. ANI

Santorum backs Romney after once calling him 'worst possible' choice against Obama
Rick Santorum endorsed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday after once famously branding him as the worst possible Republican choice to contest against President Barack Obama. ANI

Michael Jackson's bodyguard reveals he once ordered to shoot brother Randy
Michael Jackson's bodyguard Matt Fiddes has claimed the King of Pop once ordered his other bodyguards to shoot brother Randy Jackon during a feud. ANI

7 killed, 16 wounded in Iraq's violence
At least seven people were killed and 16 others wounded in separate bomb and gunfire attacks in eastern and central Iraq, the police said on Wednesday. ANI

Book claims UK's 'Jack the Ripper' was actually a 'woman'
A new book has claimed that Britain's notorious 'Jack The Ripper' was a woman, and was primarily active in London. ANI

Philippine gov't: Military modernization not dependent on US
The Philippines is not relying solely on the United States to upgrade its Armed Forces, a senior government official said on Wednesday. ANI

Experts warns of suspected Iran's clean-up operation at nuclear site
Experts have warned that Iran has allegedly carried out a clean-up drive at a building suspected of being used for experimenting nuclear weapons at the Parchin site outside Tehran. ANI

Top Pak army commander says 'military operation in North Waziristan imminent'
A top Pakistani military commander has indicated that the army would launch operations in North Waziristan soon, where terrorists recently beheaded 13 soldiers. ANI

Pak PM Gilani claims himself not to be a wealthy man
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani claimed that he isn't a rich man but is modestly wealthy. ANI

Roadside bomb explodes near UN convoy in southern Syria, injuring 8
A roadside bomb went off Wednesday close to the passage of a convoy of UN observers heading to Syrian 's southern province of Daraa, injuring eight accompanying security personnel, including a first lieutenant, witnesses and media said. ANI

Annan admits torture by Syrian forces worsening despite month-long ceasefire
Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, whose six-point peace plan is being monitored by a team of United Nations observers in Syria, has admitted that torture by Syrian forces was worsening despite the month-long ceasefire in the country. ANI

China to amass 1.45 million social workers
An ambitious plan has been formulated by the Chinese government to build an army of 1.45 million social workers by 2020. ANI

China begins deep-water drilling in South China Sea
China's first deep-water drilling rig started operations in the South China Sea at 9:38:a.m. on Wednesday, marking "a substantial step" made by the country's deep-sea oil industry. ANI

20 injured in road accident in eastern Nepal
At least 20 people were injured in a road accident in Saptari district in eastern Nepal along the East-West Highway on Wednesday, local media reported. ANI

2.5 million Malaysian adults unmarried
About 2.5 million Malaysians aged 25 and above are unmarried, mainly due to financial problems and lack of suitable partners, the latest survey showed Wednesday. ANI

Russia holds Victory Day parade in Red Square
A military parade Wednesday in Red Square highlighted the 67th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War. ANI

5 injured in fire in central Bangkok
Five people had been injured and many buildings were damaged in fire in central Bangkok, Bangkok Post online reported Wednesday. ANI

New Zealanders'income on par with developed nations: official
The ability of working New Zealanders to raise their incomes was no worse than other developed nations, the government said Wednesday, after a university study said one in five households reported "chronic low income" for most of the last decade. ANI

Tourism festival scheduled for China's Silk Road
An international tourism festival to promote tourist attractions on the "Silk Road," an ancient trade route linking Asia and Europe, is scheduled to open in northwest China's Gansu province in August, local authorities said Wednesday. ANI

Was North Korean leader Kim Jung-un's grandpa a traitor?
Archives discovered in Osaka, Japan have revealed that North Korean leader Kim Jung-un's grandfather collaborated with Japanese Army soldiers during the Second World War. ANI

Only three of 200 suspected war criminals kicked out of Britain
Only three out of 200 suspected war criminals living in Britain for past 18 months have been sent out of the country. ANI

US subcommittee on foreign operations mulls making aid for Pak subject to conditions
A subcommittee of the United States, which oversees the State Department and several international programs and agencies, is reportedly mulling making economic and or security assistance for Pakistan subject to approval from the Secretary of State. ANI

Dominant East Asians 'face harassment at work'
They have been stereotyped as a 'model minority' but when they fail to conform to common racial stereotypes, like being non-dominant, even people of East Asian descent are "unwelcome and unwanted by their co-workers," according to a new study. ANI

Pippa Middleton eyeing move to US after Paris scandal
Pippa Middleton is reportedly heading to the US, after her reputation was shattered when she was embroiled in a gun-wielding fiasco in the streets of Paris last month. ANI

Google's robot cars pass driving test in US
Google's autonomous cars, also known as robotic or informally as driverless or self-driving, have passed their first driving test in Nevada, which included a trip along the famous Las Vegas Strip. ANI

Report exposes Facebook for uploading child p*rn uploaded every day
A considerable amount of child pornography is uploaded on the social networking site Facebook every single day, according to a new report. ANI

'US making Islamabad scapegoat for failure to beat Afghan insurgency': Pak army commander
A top Pakistani military commander has reportedly accused Washington of seeking to make Islamabad a scapegoat for its failure to beat insurgency in Afghanistan. ANI

Pakistan-based legal charity seeks injunction for PAF to bring down American 'drones'
A Pakistan-based legal charity, Foundation for Fundamental Rights (FFR), has sought permission from the court for the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) to bring down American drones that are responsible for killing innocent Pakistani civilians. ANI

Abbottabad Commission waits for Zardari's reply to their queries
A judicial commission, which is probing in last year's death of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, is awaiting a reply to a questionnaire it had sent to President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

Nine Asians of paedophile gang accused of raping 50 white girls in UK
An Asian paedophile gang has been accused of raping about 50 young white girls across the United Kingdom. ANI

Would-be underwear bomber to blast US-bound airline is a CIA informant!
The would-be underwear bomber, who had to carry out an al-Qaeda plot to blow down a U.S.-bound airliner, was actually an Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) informant, U.S and Yemeni officials have said. ANI

Aitzaz Ahsan to appeal against Gilani's conviction in contempt case
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan has said he would file an appeal before the Supreme Court against his client's conviction in the contempt case. ANI

UK police slammed following failure to probe Asian pedophile gang over fears of racism
Police and social workers in Rochdale, England were slammed after they failed to investigate an Asian paedophile gang for fear of being perceived as racist. ANI

Taliban attacks kill 12 in Afghanistan
Twelve Afghan officials, including policemen, Education Ministry employees and a bodyguard, have reportedly been killed in three separate attacks by Taliban militants. ANI

Bangladesh police arrest teacher for allegedly burning students' legs
Police in Bangladesh have arrested a teacher from a religious school on charges of burning students' legs with a hot iron rod for failing to pray regularly. ANI

US says Pak envoy Munter will quit for 'personal reason'
The United States has claimed that its ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter will quit because of a 'personal decision'. ANI

Pak terrorists pledge to launch jihad to mark bin Laden death anniversary
Terrorists North Waziristan, Pakistan, have reportedly distributed pamphlets pledging to launch a jihad to mark the first anniversary of the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, albeit a week late. ANI

Gilani will 'face music for standing with Zardari': Sharif
Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) president Nawaz Sharif has said that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani would pay a price for supporting President Asif Ali Zardari. ANI

Fire breaks out in Bangkok community
Fire broke out at a residential community in urban Bangkok, Thailand's capital, on Wednesday morning, local media reported. ANI

Death toll from S. Philippine fire rises to 18
Six more bodies were recovered from beneath the rubble, bringing to 18 the number of fatalities in Wednesday's fire that razed a commercial complex in southern Philippines, police said. ANI

Americans' support for gay marriage wanes amid political divide
The number of Americans who back same-sex marriage has dropped slightly from a record high last year amid differences between the country's major political camps, as most Democrats and Independents support and a majority of Republicans oppose gay marriage. ANI

Tibet to add 400,000 mu high-standard cropland
Tibet will add 100,000 mu of high-standard cropland this year to increase its farming productivity and ensure grain security in the plateau region, local authorities announced Wednesday. ANI

Lhasa offering free health checks for monks
Norbu Gyaltsen feels lucky that at 60, as he is in perfect health. He was among more than 4,000 Lhasa-based monks and nuns who are receiving health checks for free at leading public hospitals in a program that began on Saturday. ANI

Russia's Vladivostok starts military parade to mark Victory Day
Russia's Far East city of Vladivostok held a military parade on Wednesday, leading the country in celebrating the 67th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. ANI

Three Taliban militants killed, 25 detained in last 24 hours: Karzai Government
Three Taliban militants were killed and 25 others detained during joint operations launched by Afghan forces and NATO-led coalition troops within the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Wednesday morning. ANI

Nepal fastest urbanizing country in S.Asia: World Bank
Nepal might be the least urbanized country in South Asia, but it is also the fastest urbanizing country in the region, and unless the government makes serious attempts to better manage urbanization, the country could fail to attain economic efficiency from urbanization, cautions a new World Bank study. ANI

Pak Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif says 'friendship only option for India
Pakistan Punjab's Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that friendship is the only option for India and Pakistan. ANI

'No one can force me out,' says Pak PM Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that the Constitution has explicitly spelt out ways to remove him from his position, and added that no one can force him out. ANI

Now, second masseur accuses actor Travolta of trying to have sex
Just a day after a male masseur accused Hollywood actor John Travolta of soliciting him for sex, which led him to file a two million dollar suit against the latter, a second male masseur stepped forward to accuse Travolta of trying to have sex with him during a massage session. ANI

Family, friends of dead Indian origin mom praise her courage
Family and friends of doting Indian-origin mother Mijin Shin, who managed to push her daughter to safety in a final act of love when the pair was struck by a bus, praised her act of courage at a private funeral service held at a Macquarie Park chapel on Wednesday. ANI

UK's Prince Harry accepts US think tank award
Britain's Prince Harry has accepted a humanitarian prize from the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think-tank for his work supporting charities that help injured British and American military personnel. ANI

UK Parliament to probe use of taxpayer funds to help Zimbabwe's Mugabe buy arms
Britain's arms industry and other companies are to be investigated by the country's lawmakers for allegedly using taxpayer funds to help Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe buy five Hawk fighter jets and 1030 police Land Rovers which he used to suppress dissent. ANI

UK police to take DNA from spies in probe
British spies will be asked to give DNA samples in a bid to solve the mystery of an agent whose body was found padlocked inside a sports bag in his bathtub, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said. ANI

ZTE Showcases Complete Range of Smart Devices at CTIA WIRELESS 2012
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, is demonstrating an array of smart devices launched this year with major U.S Business Wire India

Analogix Introduces Display Translators for Ultra-High Resolution Ultrabook Displays
CTIA Wireless –Analogix Semiconductor, Inc., the world-leader in DisplayPort™-based interconnect technologies, has expanded its line of power-efficient ANX112x internal translators that support ultra-high display resolutions and enable multi-display capability on Intel Ivy Bridge equipped notebooks and Ultrabooks™. Business Wire India

Vitrue & NBC Sports Group Expand Partnership
Vitrue, the global leader and innovator of social enterprise software, has announced it has expanded its current partnership with the NBC Sports Group to now serve as the social media management platform of choice for all NBC Sports’ properties Business Wire India

Sprint Selects Gemalto for LTE Deployment in the U.S.
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

Cinterion M2M Modules Get Pre-Approved for AT&T’s 4G Network Certification Status, and Integrated by Device Maker Psion
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

Cinterion Enables 4G Connectivity on Unique Plug-In Router for M2M-grade Applications
Regulatory News: Business Wire India

PSE Releases Major Update of gSOLIDS for Solids Process Design and Operation
Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), the Advanced Process Modelling company and provider of the world-leading gPROMS modelling platform and ModelCare services, has announced the release of gSOLIDS 2.0, a second-generation integrated drag & drop graphical flowsheeting environment for model-based engineering and optimisation of solids processes. Business Wire India

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