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British queen sends first royal thank-you by e-mail to youngsters

British queen sends first royal thank-you by e-mail to youngsters London - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first royal thank-you by e-mail to 23 young people around the world to mark the 60th anniversary of the Commonwealth. The recipients all responded to a Buckingham Palace invitation to write an internet blog on the royal website about their typical day and their thoughts on the contemporary meaning of the Commonwealth, the alliance of 53 nations founded in 1949.

Sharif asks Brown to make US shun its drone attack policy

DroneIslamabad, Apr 28 : Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif has urged British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to use his influence to make the US shun its policy of drone strikes in the Tribal Areas.

The appeal came at a meeting between Sharif and Brown who had called on the PML-N chief at Punjab House.

At the 40-minute meeting, the two leaders exchanged views on several issues of mutual interest.

Sharif said that the drone attacks were compounding anti-American sentiments in Pakistan, and such strikes would be counter-productive in the long run.

Plans for public database scrapped, but net surfers to be monitored in Britain

Plans for public database scrapped, but net surfers to be monitored in BritainLondon, April 28 : The British Home Secretary has scrapped plans for a public database, but has asked communications firms to monitor and record all internet contacts between people.

According to a report by BBC News, announcing a consultation on a new strategy for communications data and its use in law enforcement, Jacqui Smith said there would be no single government-run database.

But, Smith but wants details to be held and organised for security services.

Brain surgery leaves Yorkshireman with Irish hangover!

Brain surgery leaves Yorkshireman with Irish hangover!London, April 28 : Staff at Sheffield''s Royal Hallamshire Hospital couldn't help laughing when a Yorkshireman allegedly started speaking in a broad Irish accent after waking up from a brain surgery.

Chris Gregory's family was shocked to see the 30-year-old belting out a version of Irish ballad Danny Boy from his hospital bed, even though he has never visited the country.

Gregory greeted his wife Mary with "It''s da broid'' and then continued to speak in the new accent for 30 minutes until his normal voice returned.

Glasgow Muslim jewellery shop bans customers wearing veils

BBCLondon, Apr. 28 : A Muslim-owned jewellery shop has decided to ban customers wearing veils after being targeted by robbers disguised as Islamic women.

According to The Telegraph, any one entering ATAA Jewellers in Glasgow must reveal their faces under planned new rules to protect staff from further attacks.

The store owners decided to act after two Asian men wearing traditional Muslim women''s clothes – including niqab veils – made away with thousands of pounds worth of jewellery earlier this month.

Aerosmith to hold free Hawaii concert to placate angry fans

Aerosmith to hold free Hawaii concert to placate angry fansLondon, Apr 28 : American hard rock band Aerosmith are to hold a free concert in Hawaii to appease angry fans who brought a legal case against them.

The band had two years ago cancelled a sold-out show in Maui, and angered fans, who had doled out money for the concert, filed a class action case against them.

The case claimed that the band had pulled out in favour of a bigger gig in Chicago and a private show for car dealers in Oahu, and now lawyers have said that Aerosmith has agreed to perform and to pay all expenses.

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