Australia mulls tougher anti-smoking laws

2011-04-07 15:00:13

Australia's government has unveiled plans for some of the world's toughest anti-smoking laws.

Japan seabed shifted 24 metres after quake

2011-04-07 10:15:55

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.

Overall global space economy on rise: report

2011-04-07 09:27:45

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.

Gadhafi, in letter, asks Obama to end airstrikes

2011-04-07 08:14:44

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appealed directly to US President Barack Obama on Wednesday to end what Gadhafi called "an unjust war."

Washington PR firm aids opposition

2011-04-07 08:01:07

The Harbour Group is helping Libya's most prominent rebel organization to raise its profile among journalists and politicians in the US capital.

Dangerous water leak at Japan plant fixed

2011-04-07 08:01:07

Japan stopped highly radioactive water leaking into the sea on Wednesday from a crippled nuclear plant.

Obama ups the ante in budget row with Republicans

2011-04-07 08:01:07

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 envoys to call for Yemen talks

2011-04-07 08:01:07

Arab ambassadors were to meet Yemen opposition figures on Wednesday to urge them to join mediation talks.

Climber to clean Qomolangma

2011-04-07 06:56:56

A top Nepalese mountaineer left for another attempt on Wednesday on a mission to clean garbage from it.

Benghazi remains quiet as clashes go on

2011-04-06 20:22:51

Benghazi remained quiet on Wednesday though anti-government militants pulled back from Brega due to fierce attacks by troops loyal to Gadhafi.

NZ national news agency to close after 130 yrs

2011-04-06 15:41:29

The New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) is to close down after more than 130 years.

World calls for ceasefire in Libya

2011-04-06 15:37:04

Countries and regional organizations in the world are calling for immediate ceasefire and political solution in Libya.