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Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

The world\'s second-largest re-insurer, Swiss Re says the earthquake in Chile may cost the global insurance industry as much as $7 billion.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

Researchers say the massive earthquake that rocked the west coast of Chile last month was violent enough to move the city of Concepcion at least 10 feet to the west and the capital, Santiago, about 11 inches to the west-southwest.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP):Dutch Catholic bishops announced an independent inquiry yesterday into allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests at church schools, and apologised to victims."Bishops and religious workers offer their deep-felt...

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

Big US oil producer to cut thousands - DENVER (AP):Chevron Corporation said yesterday it would cut 2,000 jobs this year and sell some overseas operations as it revamps its struggling refinery, marketing and transportation operations...

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

Japan has confirmed the existence of a secret Cold War deal allowing the transit of nuclear-armed US vessels through its ports.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

Dutch religious leaders have ordered an inquiry into alleged sexual abuses of children by Roman Catholic priests.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

The Brazilian government has announced trade sanctions against a variety of American goods in retaliation for illegal US subsidies to cotton farmers.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

The US soft drinks industry has dramatically cut the number of high-calorie sodas sold in US schools as part of a drive to tackle obesity.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

Toyota has rejected claims that faulty electronics are behind its worldwide recall of more than eight million cars.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

DOGO NAHAWA, Nigeria (AP):The killers showed no mercy: they didn't spare women and children, or even a four-day-old baby, from their machetes.Yesterday, Nigerian women wailed in the streets as a dump truck carried dozens of bodies past burned-out homes...

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

Still no school for many after quake - SANTIAGO, Chile (AP)Chile's earthquake-delayed school year began Monday, but education officials said it may take until April 1 before all students are back in classrooms.About half of the schools in the disaster zone...

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP):One of two United States (US) Baptist missionaries still held on kidnapping charges in Haiti was released yesterday, but the group's leader remained in custody...

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

New York, United States (AP):The dollar was mixed against major currencies but slid versus the euro Monday after European leaders said they would back Greece through a debt crisis that has jeopardised the common currency.The 16-nation euro rose to...

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

The US treasury department has eased sanctions on Iran, Cuba and Sudan to further help the use of web services.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

The Indian government has reintroduced a bill, which would reserve a third of all seats in the national parliament and state legislatures for women.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

At least 57 people have died following a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in eastern Turkey.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

The United Nations is hosting a meeting today to review the results of a landmark conference in Beijing in 1995, which came up with a plan to end discrimination against women.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

Iraqis turned out in large numbers yesterday to cast their votes in key parliamentary elections despite violent attacks.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

CONCEPCION, Chile (AP): Huge piles of wreckage and tons of rotting fish and other debris blanketing the ground are turning the coastal towns shattered by Chile's earthquake and tsunami into nests of infection, doctors warned.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP):A group of lawmakers is pushing to make Nebraska the first Unites States state to outlaw most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the argument that the fetus might feel pain during the procedure.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

MADRID (AP):Spain last week approved a sweeping new law that eases restrictions on abortion, declaring the practice a woman's right and doing away with the threat of imprisonment, in part of a drive toward liberal policies that has angered conservatives...

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP):Their home is a pile of rubble, their church in ruins and their honeymoon suite a tent shared with eight relatives.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

VATICAN CITY (AP):The Vatican's top bioethics official dismissed calls for his resignation following an uproar over his defense of doctors who aborted the twin fetuses of a nine-year-old child who was raped by her stepfather.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

At least 12 people have been killed and 25 injured in what police say was a suicide bomb attack in the Hangu district of north-west Pakistan.

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

A review from the UK Meteorological Office says it is becoming clearer that human activities are causing climate change.

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