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Nation 14 Aug 2008 | 12:00 AM

Heritage buildings demolished despite Unesco listing

More pre-war houses in the inner city are being demolished or renovated without following heritage guidelines after George Town has been recognised as a Unesco world heritage site.

World 05 Aug 2008 | 12:00 AM

Iran says halts implementation of stoning sentences

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has decided to spare the lives of four people sentenced to death by stoning and is halting the implementation of other such sentences pending a review of their cases, the judiciary said on Tuesday.

Business 05 Jul 2008 | 12:00 AM

Four firms begin costly quest for oil and gas off Florida

PENSACOLA, Florida (AP) - Oil companies once viewed drilling in the deep waters off Florida as cost prohibitive. Politicians feared even the slightest sign of support would be career suicide. No more.

World 04 Jul 2008 | 12:00 AM

Biofuels blamed for food price crisis - report

LONDON (Reuters) - Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75 percent -- far more than previously estimated -- according to a confidential World Bank report published in a British newspaper on Friday.

World 27 Jun 2008 | 12:00 AM

Whales lose, Japan wins as whaling meet ends

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Whales emerged the big losers as a weeklong International Whaling Commission meeting wrapped up in Chile on Friday, said conservation groups, dismayed that anti-whaling nations were unable to halt No.1 hunter Japan.

World 25 Jun 2008 | 12:00 AM

Olmert salvages Israel coalition in deal with Barak

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert averted a split in his restive coalition on Wednesday by striking a deal with his biggest partner, the Labour party, that stopped it backing a bill to dissolve parliament.

World 25 Jun 2008 | 12:00 AM

U.S. court strikes down death penalty for child rape

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court in a major capital punishment decision struck down on Wednesday the death penalty for child rape, its first decision in more than 30 years on whether a crime other than murder can be punished by execution.

Lifestyle 24 Jun 2008 | 12:00 AM

Almost like real caviar

Japan serves up fake caviar for the masses.

Business 19 Jun 2008 | 12:00 AM

New Zealand's Dominion Finance sees stock plunge

WELLINGTON (AP) - Shares in New Zealand's Dominion Finance tumbled 80 percent Thursday over concerns about the liquidity of two subsidiaries, the latest example of fallout from the global credit crunch.

World 18 Jun 2008 | 12:00 AM

McCain pushes energy conservation, oil exploration

HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain called on Tuesday for energy conservation and an end to a ban on U.S. offshore oil and natural gas exploration to help curb the nation's