Australia's government has unveiled plans for some of the world's toughest anti-smoking laws.
Last month's massive earthquake that devastated Japan's northeast shifted the seabed near the epicentre by 24 metres (79 ft), the coast guard said.
The overall global space economy rose to $276.52 billion in government budgets and commercial revenue in 2010, a 7.7 percent increase over 2009.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appealed directly to US President Barack Obama on Wednesday to end what Gadhafi called "an unjust war."
The Harbour Group is helping Libya's most prominent rebel organization to raise its profile among journalists and politicians in the US capital.
Japan stopped highly radioactive water leaking into the sea on Wednesday from a crippled nuclear plant.
An impatient US President Barack Obama is in a high-stakes battle to clinch a budget deal and avert a government shutdown by Friday's deadline, but his dramatic intervention failed to break the deadlock.
Arab ambassadors were to meet Yemen opposition figures on Wednesday to urge them to join mediation talks.
A top Nepalese mountaineer left for another attempt on Wednesday on a mission to clean garbage from it.
Benghazi remained quiet on Wednesday though anti-government militants pulled back from Brega due to fierce attacks by troops loyal to Gadhafi.
The New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) is to close down after more than 130 years.
Countries and regional organizations in the world are calling for immediate ceasefire and political solution in Libya.