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World 28 Feb 2011 | 12:00 AM

NZ buildings' quake safety defended, burials start

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) - Two buildings where scores of people were killed in last week's earthquake in the New Zealand city of Christchurch had been cleared as safe after a quake last year, an official said on Monday, as funerals began for the victims.

World 28 Feb 2011 | 12:00 AM

FACTBOX - Western leaders call for Libya's Gaddafi to go

REUTERS - A growing number of Western leaders are urging Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down after his brutal response to the popular uprising against his rule.

World 28 Feb 2011 | 12:00 AM

China minister warns pollution, waste imperil growth

BEIJING (Reuters) - China faces acute environmental and resource strains that threaten to choke growth unless the world's second-biggest economy cleans up, the nation's environment minister said in an unusually blunt warning.

World 28 Feb 2011 | 12:00 AM

NZ buildings' quake safety questioned, burials start

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) - New Zealand authorities said on Monday they were investigating reports that buildings damaged by a quake in Christchurch last year were allowed to remain in use, compromising their ability to withstand last week's tremor that killed at least 148 people.

World 28 Feb 2011 | 12:00 AM

New Zealand quake city starts to bury dead, toll 148

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) - New Zealand's earthquake-shattered city of Christchurch prepared to bury the first victim on Monday of last week's devastating tremor that killed at least 148 people as aftershocks forced the evacuation of scores of people in hillside suburbs.

World 28 Feb 2011 | 12:00 AM

FACTBOX - Western leaders call for Libya's Gaddafi to go

REUTERS - A growing number of Western leaders are urging Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down after his brutal response to the popular uprising against his rule.

Community 28 Feb 2011 | 12:00 AM

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World 01 Mar 2011 | 12:00 AM

New Zealand falls silent in quake memorial, toll rises

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) - New Zealand came to a standstill on Tuesday as people marked the moment a deadly earthquake shattered the country's second biggest city Christchurch a week ago, claiming at least 154 lives.

World 01 Mar 2011 | 12:00 AM

Israeli YouTube clip mocking Gaddafi an Arab hit

JERUSALEM (Reuters Life!) - A YouTube musical clip mocking embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has become a hot hit in the Arab world, its Israeli creator said on Tuesday.

Nation 01 Mar 2011 | 12:00 AM

Dr M: Mastering English not unpatriotic

SUBANG JAYA: Mastering the English language will not make one less patriotic, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.