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Everything you need to know about Fri: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

Briton enjoys 50 years' solitude on island

April 27, 2012 at 8:50 AM

London, April 27 (IANS) A Briton from Yorkshire has made an island in the Seychelles his home and been enjoying living there for half a century. He spends his days caring for the island's tortoises and birds that have also made it their abode.

Pakistan deports Osama family to Saudi Arabia

April 27, 2012 at 4:58 AM

Islamabad, April 27 (IANS) Pakistan early Friday deported slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's three widows and 11 other family members to Saudi Arabia.

Students clash with police in Allahabad, torch vehicles

April 26, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Allahabad, April 26 (IANS) Protesting the order to vacate hostels, students of the Allahabad University Thursday fought pitched battles with police as they torched a police vehicle and two state transport buses as well damaging varsity property. Several students were injured in the clashes and taken to nearby medical facilities.


Vengsarkar, Shiny Wilson presented lifetime achievement awards

April 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Kolkata, April 26 (IANS) Former Indian cricket captain Dilip Vengsarkar and ace middle distance runner Shiny Wilson were Friday presented the lifetime achievements award by the Calcutta Sports Journalists Club (CSJC) at a glittering function in the city's Town Hall.

Boat owner ready to let Italian ship sail for Rs.1.7 mn

April 26, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Kochi, April 26 (IANS) The owner of a damaged fishing boat, on which two Indian fishermen was shot dead by two Italian marines in February, Thursday filed a plea in the Kerala High Court saying that he would not oppose the departure of the Italian vessel from Kochi if he was compensated Rs.1.7 million ($32,000).

Rahul to visit Maharashtra, Amethi

April 26, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Mumbai/Lucknow, April 26 (IANS) In his first major political engagements outside the national capital after the recent assembly polls, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi will visit Maharashtra this week and his parliamentary constituency Amethi in Uttar Pradesh later this month.

Court decision in Bangaru Laxman graft case Friday

April 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) A court here will Friday pronounce its verdict in a 10-year-old graft case against former Bharatiya Janata Party president Bangaru Laxman for allegedly accepting a bribe from a fake arms dealer.

Case under SC/ST act against Amity

April 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Gurgaon, April 26 (IANS) A case has been registered against the Amity University administration here under the stringent SC/ST act following an alleged suicide by a close kin of the Meghalaya chief minister in the campus, a senior police official said Thursday.

Showers lash Delhi, good weather to continue (Third Lead)

April 26, 2012 at 8:42 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Heavy showers lashed Delhi Thursday, continuing the spell of good weather and making April this year an unusually pleasant month, according to the Met office. Friday could also see some thunderstorms.

Abducted collector: Government, Maoist mediators hold talks

April 26, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Raipur, April 26 (IANS) In a bid to ensure release of abducted Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, the two mediators named by Maoists and two former bureaucrats appointed by the Chhattisgarh government held a lengthy closed door meeting here Thursday evening.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrives in India

April 26, 2012 at 8:26 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, accompanied by his wife Ban Soon-taek, and senior advisers, arrived in India Thursday on a three-day official visit during which he is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss India's role in the global body, including its reforms.

It's coolest April in Delhi, good weather to continue

April 26, 2012 at 7:44 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Delhiites Thursday again experienced a soft, cool breeze and light drizzle as the Met Office said April this year has been an unusually pleasant month. Friday could also see some thunderstorms.

BJP seeks structured debate on Bofors

April 26, 2012 at 7:43 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Even as both houses of parliament were disrupted over Bofors scam Thursday, they are expected to see peaceful proceedings Friday as the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to follow it up in an orderly manner.

Bofors storm rocks parliament, opposition seeks fresh probe (Third Lead)

April 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Almost a quarter century after it surfaced, the Bofors payoff scandal created a storm again Thursday, disrupting parliament, as the opposition vociferously demanded a fresh probe into the deal that has long haunted the Congress.

Rahul Gandhi to visit drought-hit areas in Maharashtra

April 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi arrives here Friday on a two-day visit to Maharashtra during which he will visit some drought-hit regions, a party office bearer said here.

Apex court clears judge for international court

April 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday dismissed a challenge to the candidature of one of its judges for appointment to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), saying it could not interfere in the matter.

Heigl, Kelley adopt again

April 26, 2012 at 3:38 PM

New York, April 26 (IANS) Actress Katherine Heigl and her husband Josh Kelley have adopted another baby girl, says her representative.

Zohra Sehgal: Indian entertainment's 'laadli' turns 100 (With Image)

April 26, 2012 at 3:38 PM

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) She was born a year before Indian cinema. Film, theatre and TV personality Zohra Sehgal, who turns 100 Friday, has grown to be as colourful and entertaining as the industry itself.

Seeded players keep failing at world snooker

April 26, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Sheffield (England), April 26 (IANS) China's snooker star Ding Junhui became the seventh top-16 player to fall in the first round of the World Championship after he suffered a 9-10 loss to Ryan Day of Wales.

Ferguson looks to protect Man U players before 'title deciding' Manchester derby

April 26, 2012 at 2:09 PM

London, Apr 26(ANI): Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has plans to protect his players from the hype ahead of the highly anticipated Manchester derby against Manchester City on Monday, which could possibly decide the fate of this year's Premier League title.

Juve, Milan win to keep title race open

April 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Rome, April 26 (IANS) Marco Borriello came off the bench to strike nine minutes from time and handed Italian Serie A leaders Juventus a 1-0 victory at Cesena. AC Milan kept their title hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Genoa.

Binge eating 'may lead to addictive behaviour'

April 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Washington, Apr 25 (ANI): A history of binge eating, consuming large amounts of food in a short period of time, may make an individual more likely to show other addiction-like behaviours including substance abuse, a new study has claimed.

US, Philippines troops stage war games

April 25, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Manila, April 25 (IANS) Around 100 American and Filipino troops Wednesday staged a mock assault at Palawan beach in the Philippines as part of a joint military exercise.

'Vicky Donor' earns Rs.13.40 crore, Shoojit Sircar ecstatic

April 25, 2012 at 8:13 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) "Vicky Donor" is going places. After receiving rave reviews from the critics as well as the audiences, it has earned Rs.13.40 crore in the opening weekend. Director Shoojit Sircar is on cloud nine and says the film's success proves that the moviegoers have matured over the years.

1,000 wrestlers to vie for 50 Olympic spots in China

April 25, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Taiyuan (China), April 25 (Xinhua-ANI): About 1,000 wrestlers from over 80 countries and regions will be competing at the Olympic qualification tournament which starts here on Friday, with a total of 50 spots up for grabs.

Composer duo Anand-Milind back

April 25, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Anand-Milind, who composed music for hits like "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak", "Anjaam" and "Dil", are making a comeback to Bollywood after six years with "Yeh Khula Aasmaan".

Buddha's remains flown to Hong Kong for public worship

April 25, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Nanjing, Apr 25 (Xinhua-ANI): A rare piece of the parietal bone of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, was flown to Hong Kong from east China's Jiangsu province on Wednesday for public worship.

Sonam faster, better than me on roads: Anil (Movie Snippets)

April 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Anil Kapoor believes his eldest daughter, Sonam Kapoor, leaves him far behind when it comes to speeding in cars.

Jamia to confer honorary degree to UN chief

April 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) will confer an honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) degree to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

UN disaster reduction chief ends visit in Cambodia

April 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Phnom Penh, April 25 (Xinhua-ANI): Margareta Wahlstrom, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, on Wednesday concluded her 6-day study visit in Cambodia on the country's flood disaster in last year.

Russia, China complete first stage of naval drills

April 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Moscow, April 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia and China have completed the first stage of naval exercises in the Yellow Sea, off the coast of Qingdao in eastern China.

India, Sri Lanka, Maldives hold maritime exercise

April 25, 2012 at 1:26 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) India, Sri Lanka and Maldives have embarked on a five-day maritime exercise off the Maldivian coast to strengthen the capabilities of their coast guards to prevent criminal activities, poaching and piracy in their waters and beyond.

Ugandans fuming after police officer gropes female opposition leader

April 25, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Kampala, Apr 24(ANI): A female opposition leader in Uganda was groped by a police officer after being pulled out of her car. The incident has angered the public.

Pop career is hard work, says Nicki Minaj

April 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Washington, Apr 24 (ANI): Nicki Minaj has claimed that being a pop star is as hard work as "running a big top-notch company".

Hugh Hefner blasts 'repressed conservatives' in sex editorial

April 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Washington, Apr 24 (ANI): Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has penned a rare, full-page editorial on an unsurprising topic: Sex, in the May issue of the magazine.

Sri Lankan Muslims denounce 'radical' Buddhist's attack on mosque

April 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Colombo, Apr 24 (ANI): Sri Lankan Muslims have accused 'radical' Buddhists of trying to damage peaceful co-existence between the country's main ethnic communities.

Sikkkim wins top rural development award

April 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Sikkim has won the 'best state' award for strengthening its panchayati raj institutions.

Virginia woman wins $1 million lottery twice in one day

April 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Washington, Apr 24 (ANI): A Virginia woman won the lottery twice on the same day with two winning tickets for 1 million dollars each, taking her windfall gain to 2 million dollars.

N.Y. woman fired after donating kidney to help her boss

April 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Washington, Apr 24 (ANI): A New York Long Island woman claims that she was fired after she donated a kidney to help save the life of her boss.

Cameron to woo ethnic minorities following Tory pollsters warning

April 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

London, Apr 24(ANI): British Prime Minister David Cameron will launch a major campaign to target 'aspirational' ethnic minority voters in the suburbs following Conservative Party warnings that he cannot win the next election without them.

Brazilian actor dies after accidentally hanging himself while playing Judas

April 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

London, April 24 (ANI): An actor in Brazil has died 17 days after he accidentally hanged himself while re-enacting the death of Judas Iscariot for an Easter Passion play.

I-League: Chirag take on Pailan Arrows

April 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Kochi, April 24 (IANS) A desperate Chirag Kerala will look to secure all three points when they take on Pailan Arrows in an I-League football match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, here Wednesday.

'Rowdy Rathore' shooting disrupted in Hampi

April 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Bangalore, April 24 (IANS) The shooting of Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha's "Rowdy Rathore" in Karnataka's temple town of Hampi was disrupted after activists said the minimum number of local dancers had not been used.

Posh slammed for posing in crew-only seat on Hong Kong flight

April 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Melbourne, April 24 (ANI): Victoria Beckham has landed herself in a controversy after she posed for a picture in a crew-only seat on a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong.

Premier says China adheres to opening-up and reform policy

April 24, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Hannover (Germany), April 23 (Xinhua-ANI): Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said here Monday China will adhere to the opening-up and reform policy, and welcome foreign investment.

'Karzai critic' US Congressmen Rohrabacher barred from entering Afghanistan

April 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Washington, Apr 24 (ANI): US Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has said that he was barred from entering into Afghanistan because of his critical views over that country's government.

Pakistani daily rues political rift over crash probe

April 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Islamabad, April 24 (IANS) A Pakistani daily has described as "agonising" the political rift over the probe into an aircrash here that left 127 people dead.

New paper launched in Mexico

April 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Mexico City, April 24 (IANS/EFE) Reporte Indigo Cinco Dias, a new Monday-Friday newspaper, was launched Monday in Mexico, with the twist that the print publication builds off a successful online journalism venture.

Ajay tells Anil who's 'Tezz' on F1 track

April 24, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Greater Noida, April 24 (IANS) The silence at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) was broken by a loud screeching sound of roaring Lamborghinis as Bollywood stars Anil Kapoor and Ajay Devgn took over the racing track to show each other who is 'Tezz'!

Good to maintain gap between similar films: Anil

April 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) Actor Anil Kapoor, who will be seen in "Tezz", an action thriller, after a while, says it is important to keep a gap between two films of the similar genre as it heightens the excitement.

Pak civil aviation authority begins check on private aircrafts after near miss in Karachi

April 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Islamabad, Apr 23(ANI): The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan has begun inspection of all private passenger planes after a disaster was averted in Karachi following Friday's deadly Bhoja aircrash.

'Think Like a Man' topples 'Hunger Games' to take box office No1 spot

April 23, 2012 at 3:08 PM

New York, Apr 23 (ANI): The ensemble relationship comedy 'Think Like a Man' raked in a whopping 33 million dollars over the weekend box office, thus dethroning 'The Hunger Games' from the top spot.

Michelle Obama set to become most televised First Lady

April 23, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Washington, Apr 23 (ANI): Michelle Obama has already outpaced former first ladies, such as Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton, in a number of TV appearances she's made over the first four years of a president's term.

Two decades on, Ajay still wants to experiment

April 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) Ajay Devgn has dabbled in almost all genres of films in his career of over two decades, but the actor is still eager to experiment with his roles.

Sensex down 1.05 percent at 17,192.02 points

April 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) A benchmark index for Indian equities markets was trading 181.82 points or 1.05 percent down Monday, amidst a choppy session ruled by major selling pressure.

North Korea threatens South Korean president

April 23, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Pyongyang, April 23 (IANS) North Korea has threatened to launch 'special operations' against South Korea's president, the official KCNA news agency said Monday.

PML-N rejects judicial commission probe of deadly Bhoja aircrash

April 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Islamabad, Apr 23(ANI): The opposition Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz has slammed the 'controversial makeup' of the judicial commission formed to probe last Friday's deadly Bhoja aircrash.

DPRK threatens to launch 'special operations' against S. Korea

April 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Pyongyang, Apr 23 (Xinhua-ANI): The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) threatened to launch "special operations" against South Korea's conservative president, the official KCNA news agency said Monday.

Syrian opposition efforts to topple Assad regime 'undermined by splits, infighting': Report

April 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Damascus, Apr 23 (ANI): Syrian opposition group's efforts to topple President Bashar-al Assad's regime are being undermined by defections, split factions and deep ideological divisions, leaked emails have revealed.

Sri Lankan Govt. orders removal of mosque located at place 'sacred to Buddhists'

April 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Colombo, Apr 23 (ANI): The Sri Lankan Government has ordered the removal of a mosque located in the central town of Dambulla, saying it is sacred to the country's majority Buddhists.

Adele holds on to number 1 spot in UK album chart

April 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM

London, Apr 23 (ANI): Adele has continued her hold on the top spot in the UK album chart with '21', the biggest-selling release of last year.

Cocaine abuse may disrupt brain's reward system

April 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

London, Apr 23 (ANI): Repeated exposure to cocaine reduces the activity of a protein essential for normal functioning of the brain's reward system, thus enhancing the reward for cocaine use and stimulating addiction, a new study has revealed.

Unhappy workers develop back pain

April 23, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Sydney, April 23 (IANS) Office-goers resigned to working in unsatisfactory jobs are more likely to suffer from serious, persistent lower back pain than those with a positive attitude.

Ecuador expects China to fully finance refinery

April 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Quito, April 23 (IANS/EFE) Ecuador expects China to provide all of the financing for the Refineria del Pacifico, a mega-refinery for processing crude and the largest public works project in the Andean country, President Rafael Correa said.

Russian freighter docks with ISS

April 23, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Moscow, April 23 (IANS) A Russian cargo spacecraft Sunday successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS), Russia's Roscosmos space agency said.

'Over 70 percent vote in French presidential elections'

April 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Paris, April 22 (IANS) The French government said Sunday that the presidential elections recorded a voter turnout of over 70 percent, slightly lower than the figure registered in 2007. This is likely to go up by the time the polls close at 8 p.m. (18.00 GMT).

Voting underway in France's presidential election, all candidates cast ballots (Update)

April 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Paris, April 22 (Xinhua-ANI): All candidates of France's presidential election had cast their votes by noon local time on Sunday in the first round of the election. Voting will continue until 8 p.m. local time.

Pak cricketer Junaid Khan recovers from knee injury

April 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Karachi, Apr 22 (ANI): Left-arm Pakistani pace bowler Junaid Khan is said to have recovered from his knee injury and is now all set to join Lancashire County Cricket Club as their overseas player this year, reported on Saturday.

French presidential candidate Hollande casts vote

April 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Paris, Apr 22 (Xinhua-ANI): French presidential candidate Francois Hollande, representing the biggest opposition Socialist Party (PS), cast his vote for Sunday's first round of presidential election.

New book reveals Simon Cowell's obsession with other men's exes

April 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

London, April 22 (ANI): Simon Cowell is obsessed with other men's exes and has bedded his own brother's and close pals' cast-offs, a new book has revealed.

Millions of French vote to decide Sarkozy's fate (Third Lead)

April 22, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Paris, April 22 (IANS) Millions of French voted Sunday in the first round of presidential elections bogged down by a weak economy and high unemployment, issues that may spell trouble for incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

Don't want bail, want to come out clean: A. Raja (Exclusive Interview)

April 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Jailed former communications minister Andimuthu Raja is not very keen on getting out on bail because he would prefer to walk out of prison with "clean hands" in the 2G spectrum allotment controversy that has dominated national attention for over a year.

France votes as Sarkozy's fate hangs in balance

April 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Paris, April 22 (IANS) Millions voted Sunday in the first round of presidential elections in France, a country bogged down by weak economy and high unemployment, issues that may spell trouble for incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

Hailstorms in China leave 29 dead, devastate homes

April 22, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Beijing, April 22 (IANS) Hailstorms in China caused havoc, killing 29 people from March to April 20 and destroying various houses, said statistics released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

French presidential election starts

April 22, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Paris, April 22 (IANS) The first round of the 2012 French presidential election kicked off Sunday with over 44 million registered voters eligible to cast their ballots for one of 10 candidates, including incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

Two UP Congress leaders hitch onto Samajwadi Party bicycle (News Analysis)

April 22, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Lucknow, April 22 (IANS) Notwithstanding the bonhomie evident at the recent meeting between Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ties between the state's ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress appear set to strain.

Busty new Lego figures not getting breast reduction

April 22, 2012 at 2:29 PM

New York, Apr 22 (ANI): LEGOs for girls, which have been described as "sexist" girl-power activists, will not be getting a breast reduction any time soon.

French presidential election kicks off

April 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Paris, April 22 (IANS) The first round of the 2012 French presidential election kicked off in France Sunday.

Girlfriend of jailed soccer rapist still stands by her man

April 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

London, Apr 22 (ANI): Natasha Massey, the girlfriend of the jailed soccer rapist Ched Evans says she still loves him.

Leopard 'evicted' from Mumbai school after 20 hrs

April 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Mumbai, April 22 (IANS) A leopard, which had sneaked into a private school two days ago was trapped and evicted early Sunday after a 20-hour operation by the forest department and police, an official here said.

'Pakistan has learnt little from previous air crash'

April 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Islamabad, April 22 (IANS) Pakistan has learnt little from a horrific aircrash that took place two years back, said a daily after 127 people were killed in a plane crash Friday.

French presidential election officially kicks off

April 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Paris, April 22 (Xinhua-ANI): The first round of the 2012 French presidential election officially kicked off in mainland France on Sunday morning.

Obama's secret agent sex scandal stirs media frenzy in Cartagena

April 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Washington, April 22 (ANI): A Secret Service sex scandal has sparked media frenzy in Cartagena after scoop-hungry journalists fought all week for the favour of a 42-year-old taxi driver who happened to drive home the prostitute who set the scandal in motion.

Mother arrested for honour killing in Patna

April 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Patna, April 22 (IANS) In a suspected honour killing, a woman strangled to death her daughter for having married against her wishes in Patna. The mother was arrested Sunday.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West go public on shopping spree in NYC

April 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Washington, Apr 22 (ANI): Kim Kardashian and her new flame Kanye West made their second appearance as a couple during another shopping trip in New York City on Saturday.

Rushdie attends Christopher Hitchens' memorial with ex wife Padma Lakshmi

April 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

London, Apr 22 (ANI): Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi, who divorced five years ago, were seen leaving the memorial of Christopher Hitchens together in New York on Friday.

Mexican group mixes ancestral music with Beatles melodies

April 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Guadalajara (Mexico), April 22 (IANS/EFE) More than 50 young Mixtec Indians gave a concert in the western Mexican city of Guadalajara, in which they fused their ancestral musical tradition with melodies made famous by the legendary British rock group The Beatles.

Spanish doctor kidnapped in Nigeria set free

April 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Madrid, April 22 (IANS/EFE) Spanish physician Jose Manuel Machimbarrena, kidnapped in Nigeria April 4, has been freed and is in good health though "pretty tired", officials at Spain's foreign ministry said Saturday.

13 shot dead inside bar in Mexico

April 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Ciudad Juarez (Mexico), April 22 (IANS/EFE) At least 13 people were gunned down and four wounded in an attack by suspected cartel gunmen at a bar in the northern Mexican city of Chihuahua, authorities said.

Vietnam hit by mystery skin disease

April 22, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Hanoi, April 22 (IANS) A province in Vietnam has been hit by a mysterious skin infection that has already killed 19 people and affected more than 170, BBC reported.

Singhvi blames organised gang as CD goes viral on internet

April 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) With a controversial CD allegedly featuring him in sexual acts going viral on internet, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi Saturday accused "motivated interests" of fielding "an organised gang" to use social sites for "sensationalism" despite a court injunction.

My bungas were just clean fun: Berlusconi

April 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM

London, April 21 (IANS) Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi who is accused of having sex with 33 prostitutes has said he will hold his bunga bunga parties again if he could.

Six Rajasthan officials injured trying to stop child marriages

April 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Jaipur, April 21 (IANS) At least six police and administration officials were injured when they were attacked by a group of villagers who were carrying out child marriages in Rajasthan's Jhalawar district, police said Saturday.

Gilani orders plane crash probe, official hints at blunder (Roundup)

April 21, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Islamabad, April 21 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Saturday ordered a judicial probe into Friday's airliner crash near here in which all 127 people on board were killed as the country's top met department official said the plane should have never been given permission to land.

Vettel takes pole, di Resta 10th in Bahrain

April 21, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Manama (Bahrain), April 21 (IANS) Two-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel will take his first pole position of the Formula One season here at the Bahrain Grand Prix Sunday while Sahara Force India drivers come in at 10th and 13th.

Singhvi blames 'organised gang' as CD goes viral on web

April 21, 2012 at 8:13 PM

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) With a controversial CD allegedly featuring him going viral on internet, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi Saturday accused "motivated interests" of fielding "an organised gang" to use social sites for "sensationalism" despite a court order.

Chinese president mourns Pakistan plane crash victims

April 21, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Beijing, April 21 (IANS) Chinese President Hu Jintao Saturday expressed his deep condolences to his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari over Friday's plane crash near Islamabad in which all 127 people on board were killed.

Sunny Saturday in Delhi, cloudy Sunday expected

April 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) It was a clear, breezy Saturday in capital with the maximum temperature settling three notches below average at 34.8 degrees Celsius. Sunday is expected to have partly cloudy skies with possibility of rain in some areas, the weather office said.

Kerala promises single window clearance to lure investors

April 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) To bag big ticket investments to propel its economy, the government of Kerala has promised single-window clearance, lucrative returns and durable partnerships to Indian industries and global corporations.

PM briefed about Agni-V, India's future missile programme

April 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was Saturday briefed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief V.K. Saraswat on the launch of India's nuclear capable long-range missile Agni-V that was successfully test fired Thursday.

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