Chennai, May 19 (IANS) Choreographer-director Farah Khan is so impressed with the screen presence of Tamil actor Dhanush, who is making his Bollywood debut with Hindi romantic drama "Raanjhanaa", that she calls him "screen friendly". More »Dhanush impresses Farah Khan
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Indian mobile telephone companies have come a long way and no longer perceive lowering prices and increasing subscribers as tools for survival. To ensure their sustenance, telecom players in India are slowly hiking call rates and doing away with promotional offers. More »Telecom players eye higher call rates for survival
Chennai, May 19 (IANS) Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N. Srinivasan Sunday announced that all player-agents will henceforth be accredited in the IPL and ICC anti-corruption officials will be travelling with each team along with a security officer. More »Player agents to be accredited, ASCU officials to be with team
Washington, May 19 (ANI): A study from Texas Tech University, El Paso, and the University of Mississippi, Oxford, holds promising results for diabetic patients suffering from indigestion symptoms like nausea, vomiting, bloating and heartburn. More »New needleless acupuncture therapy reduces diabetics' indigestion symptoms
London, May 19 (ANI): Northern Irish golfer Graeme McDowell has defended his slip about World No.2 Rory McIlroy leaving his management company, saying that although the move is not yet confirmed, it is already being much talked about in the golfing world. More »McDowell defends 'slip' about McIlroy's 'leaving Nike deal agency'
Washington, May 19 (ANI): Individuals suffering from Crohn's disease are often plagued by reduced muscle strength, fatigue and poor quality of life. More »Vitamin D supplements could combat Crohn's disease
Melbourne, May 19 (ANI): The exotic dancer, who was at the center of Silvio Berlusconi's sex trial, revealed at her first court appearance that young women wore nun and nurse costumes to perform "sensual" dances at his "bunga bunga" parties. More »Berlusconi's 'bunga bunga' parties featured nuns and nurses but no sex
Washington, May 19 (ANI): Prostitutes in Cannes or the thousands of them who descend on the city each year during the Cannes Film Festival, can apparently make up to 40,000 dollars in a single night. More »Cannes prostitutes can make 'up to $40K a night'
By William James LONDON (Reuters) - An independent Scotland would have a vastly oversized financial sector that would leave it vulnerable to a Cyprus-style banking crisis, Britain's finance ministry says. Before a referendum due in September 2014 on whether Scotland should split from the United Kingdom, the British government is analysing the impact of independence on Scotland, which has a population of about 5 million. ... More »Independent Scotland open to Cyprus-style bank risks, says Britain
MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern on Sunday over North Korea's launch of short-range missiles, urging Pyonyang to refrain from further launches and return to stalled nuclear talks with world powers. Ban, who spoke to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti during a visit to Moscow, called North Korea's launch of three short-range missiles from its east coast on Saturday a "provocative action". "We are very worried over North Korea's provocative action," he told RIA in comments translated into Russian. ... More »U.N. chief Ban says worried over N.Korea missile launch
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian authorities executed two men on Sunday convicted of working for Israeli and U.S. spy agencies, Iran's Fars news agency reported. Mohammad Heidari, accused of passing security-related information and secrets to Israeli Mossad agents in exchange for money, and Kourosh Ahmadi, accused of gathering information for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, were hanged at dawn, it said. The sentence for their execution was handed down by Tehran's Revolutionary Court and confirmed by the country's Supreme Court. ... More »Iran hangs two spies working for Israel and U.S. - report
By Katharine Houreld and Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - An upmarket constituency of Pakistan's violence-plagued city of Karachi voted again under tight security on Sunday, a day after gunmen killed a senior politician from a reformist party in the district and a week after general elections. It was not immediately clear who killed Zara Shahid Hussain, a leading member of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) party of former cricket star Imran Khan. Imran blamed the killing on the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) party, which has a stranglehold on the city. ... More »Upmarket Pakistan district votes again as Imran Khan decries killing
By Tabassum Zakaria and David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Under pressure to fight sexual assault, the U.S. armed forces in recent years rolled out education programs about proper sexual conduct through methods like role playing and video games. The increase in education has nevertheless failed to prevent what the nation's top general called last week "a crisis" after the Pentagon reported a 37 percent jump in the estimated number of sexual assault cases in 2012. ... More »Training push fails to halt U.S. military sexual assault crisis
Islamabad, May 19 (IANS) The death toll in an avalanche in the Siachen glacier region last year has risen to 128, following the recovery of three more bodies, the Pakistani military said. More »Pakistani toll in Siachen avalanche rises to 128
Islamabad, May 19 (IANS) A one-man inquiry tribunal comprising Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi of Lahore High Court may visit India to complete the judicial inquiry into the death of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, a media report said. More »Sarabjit death probe: Pakistani official may visit India
MILAN (Reuters) - Qatar Holding and an Italian state-controlled investment fund are interested in investing in Italian fashion house Versace, Il Sole 24 Ore said on Saturday. The Qatar sovereign fund is "carefully looking at" Versace, the Italian daily said, citing financial sources. The paper cited market rumours as saying the fund was flanked by FSI, the Italian strategic investment fund owned by state financing company Cassa Depositi e Prestiti. In November, Qatar Holding signed a joint venture agreement with FSI to invest in Italian companies in sectors including food, fashion and luxury. ... More »Qatar Holding, Italy fund eying Versace - paper
Johannesburg, May 19 (ANI): Syrian president Bashar Assad has said that claims of the West that the Syrian government used weapons of mass destruction against its countrymen are nothing but a pretext for waging war against Syria. More »Assad blasts West claims of chemical weapons in Syria as 'pretext to wage war'