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Barry Gibb mourns his 'beautiful' brother

THAME, England (AP) -- Surviving Bee Gee Barry Gibb lamented the loss of his brother, telling mourners Friday that he would miss Robin Gibb's "magnificent mind and his beautiful heart."

He said Robin's death from cancer last month at age 62 means that he would be reunited with his late twin brother Maurice, who died in 2003. "They were both beautiful," he said. "And now they're together. They're actually together."

Many mourners at St. Mary's Church wept as Robin's coffin was brought into the church while the Bee Gees' "How Deep is Your Love" was played.

Robin's widow, Dwina, and his mother, Barbara, were close behind. Barbara Gibb has outlived three of her four sons. Singer Andy Gibb, who had a successful solo career, died in 1988.

The Bee Gees were one of the most popular bands in history.

Crowds of mourners lined the streets of the southern English town before the service as a glass-sided horse-drawn carriage pulled Robin Gibb's coffin to the church.

The cortege was followed by Robin's two Irish wolfhounds, Ollie and Missy, along with friends and family.


Premier makes appeal to restart 2 N-plants

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's leader appealed to the nation Friday to accept that two nuclear reactors that remained shuttered after the Fukushima disaster must be restarted to protect the economy and people's livelihoods.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said the government has taken ample safety measures to ensure that the two reactors in western Japan would not leak radiation if an earthquake or tsunami as severe as last year's should strike them.

All 50 of Japan's workable reactors are offline for maintenance since the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, swept into a coastal plant in Fukushima and sparked a nuclear disaster.

The two reactors at the Ohi nuclear plant are the first two ready to resume generating power, but the public has shown great concern that government failures worsened last year's crisis and may recur.

Nuclear energy is crucial for Japanese society, Noda said at a news conference. The government wants the reactors to be operational ahead of a summertime energy crunch.