It will take at least 10 years to rebuild Christchurch, warning it would be months before they could even begin to reopen the quake-hit NZ city.
US President Barack Obama expressed "deep regret" to President Hamid Karzai over recent civilian deaths in military operations in Afghanistan during a call.
Two US astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station to conduct the second and last spacewalks.
A state-owned Egyptian newspaper on Wednesday said Hosni Mubarak was being treated in hospital in Saudi Arabia.
The United Nations suspended Libya's membership of the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday, expressing deep concern over the situation in the strife-torn country.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs briefly emerged from his medical leave and walked on stage to a standing ovation Wednesday to unveil iPad 2.
ROK President Lee Myung-bak on Tuesday urged DPRK to return to talks.
The jackhammers fell silent, church bells pealed and a Maori lament filled the air as New Zealand came to a standstill to mourn the estimated 240 people killed in an earthquake one week ago on Tuesday.
Iran said on Monday it might boycott the 2012 London Olympics because of the event's "racist" logo which resembles the word Zion.