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Garda's road safety appeal

A senior garda has appealed to motorists to take road safety seriously in the new year after 212 people were killed in accidents during 2010.

John Twomey, Assistant Commissioner for Traffic, said that while the death toll has dropped over the past six years, each life lost is sorely regretted.

He said: "I am asking each and every road user to take safety seriously in 2011. We all have a responsibility to think about safety every time we use the roads. Complacency is never an option when it comes to road safety and I want people to bear this in mind."

Chile shaken by earthquake

A magnitude-7.1 earthquake shook southern Chile, prompting tens of thousands to flee the coast for higher ground amid fears it could generate a tsunami like the one that ravaged the area last year.

There were no reports of deaths or damage and no tsunami alert was issued.

President Sebastian Pinera urged calm in an address to the nation.

"There was an exercise of self-evacuation, which is exactly what we have asked people to do," Mr Pinera said.

Grease hit is best duet ever

Chart-topper You're The One That I Want is revealed today as the biggest-selling duet of all time -- more than 30 years after it was a hit.

And Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, who sang the track, pulled off a double feat with their other hit, Summer Nights, which placed second.

Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue were fourth for their 80s hit Especially For You, while Faith Evans and Puff Daddy were third with I'll Be Missing You.

South Korea to up defences

South Korea's president compared a deadly North Korean artillery barrage to the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, saying that the South must strengthen defences and cannot let the North "covet even an inch of our territory".

Lee Myung-bak, speaking to the country in a New Year's speech, said the November 23 shelling of Yeonpyeong Island was a transformational event for South Korea.