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- Major League Soccer Standings___New York 4, Houston 0Philadelphia at MontrealColorado at Seattle FCFC Dallas at D.C. UnitedNew York at ColumbusSporting Kansas City at New EnglandVancouver at Real Salt LakeChivas USA ...
- Asian stocks mixed on Obama visit, US dipTOKYO (AP) Asian shares lacked a clear direction in early Thursday trading as players took a mostly wait-and-see view ahead of talks between Japan's prime minister and visiting President ...
- Receiver to close sawmill, 79 jobs to goThe receiver for Southern Cross Forest Products plans to shut one of the failed wood processor's sawmills and wind up the unprofitable Australian business as it continues to find a buyer ...
- Public warned not to help kidnap suspectPolice have warned people not to help a suspected kidnapper who is on the run after he escaped police custody yesterday.Police had arrested 23-year-old Brett Makiri yesterday afternoon af...
- Thief banned from shop after $100k jewellery heistA woman accused of stealing more than $100,000 of gold and gemstone rings from an Auckland jewellery business is banned from visiting the shop.Angela Beverly Pidduck today pleaded not gui...
- Mill closure sees loss of 79 jobsDunedin sawmiller Southern Cross Forest Products is to shed 79 jobs with the closure of its mill in Rosebank, Balclutha, and cuts at other South Island operations.
- Why you hate your jobLook at the colleague to your left. Now, to your right. At least one of them hates their job. Maybe you do, too.
- Sunken ferry's 'boy with shaking voice' found deadThe body of a South Korean boy whose shaking voice first raised the alarm that a passenger ferry was in trouble has been found, his parents believe.
- Kidnap suspect still on runA man who escaped police while being interviewed over an alleged violent kidnap is still on the run.
- Evos taken as thieves hit car yard a third timeThe brazen theft of highly sought-after vehicles from a Palmerston North car dealership has "absolutely gutted" staff.
- Christchurch City Council moves to curb flood riskA Christchurch flood risk taskforce will report back in three weeks.
- New visa aimed at strengthening Turkey trade tiesA visa aimed at strengthening trade ties between New Zealand and Turkey has been announced.
- Car yard thefts leave staff 'gutted'The brazen theft of highly sought-after vehicles from a Palmerston North car dealership has "absolutely gutted" staff.
- Death row inmates not entitled to know source of drugsOklahoma Supreme Court has ruled death row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the lethal drugs.
- Dozens dead as freight train crashes in CongoA freight train has derailed in the country's southeast, killing around 50 people
- Man United's Januzaj decides to play for BelgiumManchester United's teenage winger Adnan Januzaj has ended months of speculation by choosing to represent Belgium at international level.
- Army to help with cyclone clean upArmy engineers are going to help with the clean up in Whataroa after Cyclone Ita blew through the town last week.
- Information emerges about missing girlsThe 200 missing school girls were sitting an exam when they were loaded into trucks and taken off into the forest.
- Hoffman injury scare furthers Kiwis crisisThe Kiwis injury crisis has deepened with Josh Hoffman leaving Broncos training early with a suspected Achilles strain.
- Sandstorms sweep through ChinaThe sandstorms swept across parts of northwest China on Tuesday and Wednesday, triggering fires and cutting power supplies.
- Mel C wants to write an autobiography when she's 80.The former Spice Girl plans to reveal the band's secrets in a tell-all book, but says she wants to wait until she's an "old woman" so she doesn't get into trouble with her former band mat...
- Lightly framed 10s key for BluesRookie first five-eighth Simon Hickey and Ihaia West both expect the Waratahs to send a lot of big men running in their direction at Eden Park.
- Stop gap measures for flood-prone ChchA task force has been given three weeks to come up with short term measures to help flood-prone areas in Christchurch.
- Joss Stone has been through some "terrible times" with relationships.The 'Super Duper Love' singer, who split from her childhood sweetheart Danny Radford last year, is now in a happy relationship with a mystery man and is pleased to have moved on from bein...
- MH370 search resumes as debris ruled outThe Bluefin-21 underwater search for MH370 is more than 90 per cent complete, while air crash investigators have dismissed debris found in WA's south.
- Whose Peace is it anyway?The news about the agreement reached by the Fatah movement and Hamas adds a new obstacle in the already complex situation of the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
- Auckland Weekly Traffic Bulletin 27 April – 3 May 2014The NZ Transport Agency advises of the following closures for motorway improvements. Closures start at 9pm and finish at 5am, unless otherwise stated. Work delayed by bad weather will be ...
- Korero Mai Ki Ahau - Anzac Day, Shane JonesParekura Kupenga reminisces and remembers his fallen comrades of years gone by as we all remember ANZAC Day... Shane Jones is leaving parliament.
- UPDATE:Southern Cross Forest lures foreign, local interestApril 24 (BusinessDesk) - Financially stricken wood processor Southern Cross Forest Products has attracted both local and international interest from potential buyers, and its receiver ho...
- Mad Millie’s Latest Creation – Kefir KitJumped on the homemade and healthy bandwagon and don’t know where to start? Well, Mad Millie can help you there with all of their do-it-yourself kits, but particularly with the newest edi...
- Farmers vote on milk solids levy (Newstalk ZB)Farmers are being reminded to vote on whether they want to continue supporting a levy on milk solids.
- Rosebank sawmill to close (Newstalk ZB)Southern Cross Forest Products which is in receivership, is closing its Rosebank sawmill.
- Time-travel possible with Google maps (Newstalk ZB)Christchurch residents can now travel back to pre-quake Christchurch without leaving their computers.
- New Zealand strengthens ties with Turkey (Newstalk ZB)New Zealand's connections to Turkey are being strengthened with a new visa deal signed between the two countries.
- Evidence lacking for Northland council amalgamation - PSA (Fuseworks)The Public Service Association has told a Local Government Commission hearing in Kaikohe that there is a lack of evidence supporting a proposed amalgamation of Northland councils.
The National Business Review
- How Ken Wikeley will fight bankruptcyread more
- Xenophobia over housing might hurt China trade: BNZ’s Alexanderread more
- OCR hike: Wheeler's subtle game is failing so farread more
- Liquidation wraps up for failed company created to build Rich Lister’s yachtread more
- Responding to Tim Watkin: why my position on Countdown is not 'plain wrong'read more
- Green MPs to be given portfoliosThe 14 Green MPs will today officially be given their new portfolios and itll mean a smaller workload for all caucus members.
- Four killed, scores hurt in Belgian attackA gunman armed with grenades has opened fire on a square packed with children and Christmas shoppers in the eastern Belgian city of Liege, killing three people and wounding 75.
- UK radio announcer apologises for Santa gaffA British radio announcer has landed herself in hot water after questioning on air the existence of Santa Claus.
- Political Report: December 14Newstalk ZB political editor Barry Soper looks at the changing of the guard in the Labour Party in todays Political Report
- Fire Service strike becomes media blackoutLow level industrial action by the Fire Service has effectively become a media blackout on emergency news.
- Christchurch rebuild 'hampered by government'Key rebuild firms are blaming government bodies for the city's "painstakingly slow" recovery.
- Google images reveal quake impact on ChchGoogle Maps users will now be able to turn back time to see what landmarks used to look like.
- Mum's fury at Flockton rubberneckersMy mum is mad. Not like crazy mad (we leave that to my father's side of the family). More like very angry mad. This is unusual as she tends to be the reasonable member of the family, alwa...
- Stolen car set on firePolice have launched an arson investigation after a stolen car was set alight outside the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
- Sumner fish 'n chips caravan battles TNLA takeaway caravan owner is taking on a national freight company after one of its trucks knocked out her power, costing a day's work.
- Winston Peters: Talking about foreign money and making it work for NZLetting foreign money flood in to buy our houses, land, or small, barely profitable businesses is not being smart.
- GREENS: Pristine NZ – emotive claptrap?Energy Minister Simon Bridges admitted he had never heard of New Zealand’s biggest forest park, Victoria Forest Park!
- Duncan Garner: How much longer can Collins be a minister?By Duncan Garner And you thought National had the Maori Party by the balls with an after dinner fundraiser worth a paltry $75k? That’s just small-fry.
- Duncan Garner: Too many immigrants not enough housesBy Duncan Garner We were told 25 years ago that immigration would bring population, wealth and skills to NZ. And it may have – but a new Treasury document isn’t so sure anymore.
- Duncan Garner: Tony Alexander says ban foreigners - again.By Duncan Garner. Once again we’ve been sent a stark warning about the numbers of foreigners buying our houses.
Radio New Zealand
- Kiwi lifts against US dollarThe New Zealand dollar has strengthened against the greenback, despite the Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler's attempt to talk it down after hiking the official interest rate again on ...
- Job cuts as Balclutha mill to closeA timber company is closing a South Otago sawmill, cutting 79 jobs. Southern Cross Forest Products went into receivership seven weeks ago.
- Google adds 'time travel' featureGoogle has launched a new feature that allows users of its Google Maps website to travel back in time.
- Mortgage rates on the rise as OCR lifted againA major bank has signalled higher home loan rates following the Reserve Bank's announcement of another rise in the Official Cash Rate.
- EU opens new office in SamoaThe European Union says the opening of its new office in Samoa shows its commitment to the country and the Pacific region. It says the office is in the grounds...
- Plea to owners for quake checksThe owners of Masterton's oldest buildings are ignoring fears by the district council their buildings could be wiped out by a Canterbury-sized earthquake.The council says it's disappointe...
- Council looks at green advisor roleThe position of a green overlord who, among other things, would be paid to oversee the installation low-energy light bulbs and help the Masterton District Council become more environmenta...
- School's out for Brian, 81Wairarapa's oldest school caretaker, Brian Marriott, is giving up his job at Solway Primary but hasn't got time to either "lay down and die, or retire".Relinquishing his job of 27 ...
- Golf event rises $26,000 for paralysed schoolboyA charity golf tournament for a South Wairarapa schoolboy paralysed in a recent car crash has raised more than $26,000.On Saturday the Martinborough Golf Club hosted an Ambrose tournament...
- Economy behind rise in demand for foodThe need for food has increased in Masterton families in the past three months with the foodbank giving out more food parcels than this time last year - and it ...
- Boy injured by small motorbike on farmA four-year-old boy has suffered serious head injuries after being struck by a small motorbike on a Wairarapa farm.
- Wellington warned against flyover
- John Key's car egged in NapierAn egg, a rock and a ball were thrown at Prime Minister John Key's car and one man was arrested as he officially opened a new housing development aimed at improving Maraenui, Napier's poo...
- Not a cent for photo seen worldwideIt could be the most-viewed image ever snapped by a New Zealander but Simon Woolf won't see a cent for his wildly-popular royal tour image.
- Uncle's WWII letters inspire bookA long-forgotten suitcase crammed with letters from an uncle who flew with Bomber Command has inspired a Hutt Valley author to capture those times in a fiction book for young adults.
- Shocked MPs to fight onAfter the sudden resignation of Shane Jones from politics, Labour MPs in the Waikato were back on deck to push policy.
- ANZAC Day services around the WaikatoHAMILTON CITY
- Tragedy still too raw for family to discussPink spraypaint, blood and flowers marked the point where a family's world shattered on a gravel driveway near Pokeno.
- Quirky Te Pahu fence has brush with destructionResidents of the tiny settlement of Te Pahu have pulled together to fix the community's famous toothbrush fence after a section of it was smashed in a high-speed police chase.
- Future of former nurses' home looks decidedly shakyA former nurses' accommodation block at Waikato Hospital, now used as temporary lodgings for out-of-town patients, may soon be demolished - before an earthquake gets the job done first.
- Document for Synod of Bishop on the Bible releasedThe Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church (The instrumentum laboris for the XII ordinary general assembly of the Synod of Bishops)
- Instruction issued on authority and obedienceHere is the full text of the instruction The Service of Authority and Obedience, published on May 28 by the Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apos...
- Church leaders' statement: Towards a more just and compassionate societyThe Church leaders' statement made in support of the call for more action issued by the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services, "Aroha tatahi ki tatahi - Let us look after each ...
- We Must Have at Heart the Unity of All BelieversHere is the letter written by Benedict XVI concerning the remission of the excommunication of the four bishops of the Society of St Pius X that were ordained by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre...
- Vatican gives SSPX traditionalists doctrinal statement to signVATICAN CITY (CNS) - The Vatican has given the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X a formal doctrinal preamble listing several principles they must agree with in order to move toward ful...
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- More inner-city living means more noiseWellington complaints on the rise despite decibel higher limits
- Martial art clubs put a kick into ChristmasKicks and punches were thrown at Upper Hutt Mall - all in good fun.
- Scholarship win for top journalism graduateDaniel Simmions Ritchie to work on Manila's Phillippine Star.
- Future Burmese leadership inspired in NZAsia New Zealand brings young leaders together in forum
- Limited edition prints support West Coast fundArtist sets sights on $10,000 for Pike River families.
The Sydney Morning Herald
- Just silly: the best of the bestTEDx Sydney takes place on Sunday at the Sydney Opera House. We asked some of the speakers involved to nominate their favourite TED talks of all time.
- 'I wasn't texting at all, I wasn't speeding'Buddy Franklin says he is "deeply sorry" for crashing into four cars, claiming it was just an accident.
- Man gagged with underpants after party promise: courtTony O'Grady was lured to park. tied up with rope and bashed senseless, court documents allege.
- New blow in hunt for lost MH370The debris found on a WA beach is not connected to missing Malaysia Airlines flight.
- Time is almost up for the QueenComment: She needs to move on and show faith in Prince Charles.
BBC News - Asia Pacific
- Obama pledges Japan islands supportUS President Barack Obama tells Japan that islands it disputes with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty, as he begins an Asian tour.
- Debris dismissed in plane searchAuthorities in Australia say material washed ashore is not related to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.
- Everest Sherpas discuss boycottSherpa guides in Nepal are meeting climbers at Everest base camp to decide whether to continue ascents after an avalanche on Friday killed 16 of their colleagues.
- More held in S Korea ferry disasterAuthorities in South Korea arrest four more crew members from the ferry that sank last week and raid the offices of companies linked to its owners.
- Pakistan TV station in shooting rowPakistan's biggest news channel should be shut for airing claims the country's spies were behind an attack on a TV presenter, the defence ministry says.
CNN - New Zealand
- 'Accidental' millionaire's spending spree ends in prisonA New Zealand gas station owner turned international fugitive has been sentenced to four years and seven months in prison after stealing millions of dollars accidentally deposited into hi...
- 'Accidental millionaire' pleads guilty to theftA New Zealand gas station owner who became an overnight millionaire after a banking error, and later an international fugitive, has pleaded guilty to seven counts of theft.
- Captain, second officer jailed over New Zealand cargo ship disasterThe captain and second officer of a container ship that ran aground last year, resulting in New Zealand's worst maritime environmental disaster, have been jailed for seven months.
- 4 dead, 4 missing after fishing boat sinks off New ZealandFour people have died and four others remain missing from a fishing boat that sunk near the southern tip of New Zealand after being hit by a "rogue wave," the police said Friday.
- Captain pleads guilty over New Zealand cargo ship disasterThe captain and second officer of a container ship that ran aground last year resulting in New Zealand's worst maritime environmental disaster, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a range of char...
The Guardian - Asia Pacific
- Kidnapping of Ukrainian patriots has Russia's full support, says KievCase of Vladimir Rybak is latest in a string of kidnappings which Kiev blames on Russia and its undercover agents The last time Vladimir Rybak was seen alive was on Thursday 17 April . Th...
- Fatah and Hamas agree landmark pact after seven-year riftMove has aim of forming unity government within five weeks, but Israel says agreement will derail peace talks The two main rival Palestinian factions have signed an accord designed to end...
- Agency: banking system in independent Scotland risks Iceland-style meltdownS&P says it would be 'challenging' for Edinburgh government to support its banks without backing of London An independent Scotland would need the support of the UK Treasury and the Bank o...
- Stop your sons joining war in Syria, urges Metropolitan policeCounter-terrorism officers make plea to Muslim women as more young men head off to fight in civil war Police battling to prevent young Muslims heading to Syria to fight in the country's b...
- Optimism in Britain's factories at four-decade highCBI survey suggests strong growth in orders is driving rapid increase in manufacturing confidence The mood in Britain's factories is at its most upbeat in more than 40 years, a survey by ...
Telegraph - Australian and Pacific
- Malaysia Airlines MH370: objects washed ashore 'not yet verified' as coming from missing planePieces of sheet metal have washed ashore in Western Australia near the designated search area in Indian Ocean, but Malaysian authorities say that these have "not yet been verified" as com...
- Royal tour: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge given personalised skateboard for Prince GeorgeDuke and Duchess of Cambridge visit activity centre where the Duke tries his hand at spray painting
- Royal Tour: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit sacred Uluru siteThe Duke and Duchess journey to Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, to witness a indigenous welcoming dance from the traditional owners of the sacred site
- Mass starfish cull to save Great Barrier ReefAustralia's cull helps coral recover in the Great Barrier Reef as scientists try to develop a contraception for the creatures
- Royal tour: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge retrace Diana's steps in UluruThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touch down in Australia's red centre, retracing the footsteps of Prince William's parents, who visited the Northern Territory outback region 31 years ago
The New York Times - Asia Pacific
- World Briefing: Contradictory Reports on North Korea’s Nuclear PreparationsThough a South Korean official said North Korea had nearly completed all preparations it would need to conduct a nuclear test, a website run by the U.S.-Korea Institute said a test was un...
- Jindo Journal: On White Boards, in Black Ink, Descriptions Identify Ferry Victims’ Last MomentsThe descriptions, some rendered in forensic detail, are the only evidence that many parents of the teenagers who died on South Korea’s doomed ferry have of their children’s fate. Relative...
- Nepal Tries to Save Season as Everest Tourists DepartTourism officials planned to visit the Mount Everest base camp Thursday to try to salvage the expedition season even as Sherpas and tour operators, shaken by last week’s avalanche deaths,...
- Koreans, Even in the North, Begin to Bid Farewell to Victims of Ferry DisasterSouth Korea began bidding farewell to the hundreds of young lives lost to last week’s ferry accident, and even normally icy North Korea sent condolences. Victims of the ferry sinking were...
- Obama’s First Order of Business in Tokyo: Sushi From the MasterPresident Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro, whose chef was featured in the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” President Obama scored a dinner at Sukiyab...
- Pentagon dossier to detail secretive U.S. Afghan detainee policyWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of them have been locked up for a dozen years. Some are suspected fighters from Yemen, Russia or Pakistan, arrested by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere....
- Facebook first-quarter revenue grows 72 percent on rising mobile adsSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's fi...
- Obama to use Japan visit to reassure Asian alliesTOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, de...
- Apple expands buybacks by $30 billion, OKs 7-for-1 stock splitSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to sha...
- Body of Korean boy who raised alarm on sinking ferry believed foundSEOUL (Reuters) - The body of a South Korean boy whose shaking voice first raised the alarm that a passenger ferry with hundreds on board was in trouble has been found, his parents believ...
Financial Times - Asia Pacific
- South Korea posts strong first quarterSouth Korea posts its strongest quarterly growth in three years, increasing the prospect of a rate rise in the second half under the central bank’s hawkish new governor
- Probe into S Korea ferry’s financesSouth Korean prosecutors investigating last week’s tragic ferry crash raid home of company’s owner as part of a widening probe in wake of disaster
- Obama says islands covered by Japan pactThe US president’s comments were designed to reassure anxious regional allies as he began an Asian trip, but they drew an angry response from China
- UK court orders delay in Kazakh asylum decisionAblyazov, a former energy minister and opposition party leader, faces criminal charges in Kazakhstan related to alleged fraud at BTA Bank
- China Resources ‘mistress’ link trackedThe state-owned group allocated many of its investment banking deals to institutions employing the disgraced chairman’s alleged lover