The New Zealand Herald
- Obama invites Afghanistan's new leaders to USWASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama has extended new invitations to Afghanistan's new leaders to visit the White House early next year.The White House says Obama spoke by videoconferen...
- Penguins honor Canada with national anthemPITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins played "O Canada" before their game Wednesday night against Philadelphia to pay tribute to a Canadian soldier killed during an attack in Ottawa.A s...
- Canada PM: attacks against soldiers are terrorismOTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Canada's prime minister says Wednesday's fatal shooting of a Canadian soldier in Ottawa and a hit-and-run that killed another earlier this week are grim reminders tha...
- WORLD SPORTS at 0000 GMTTOP STORY:SOC-EUROPEAN ROUNDUPPARIS Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 70th Champions League goal and Mario Balotelli again failed to deliver as Real Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win at Liverpool on...
- Search for world's funniest person moves to VegasLOS ANGELES (AP) An international search to find the world's funniest person is moving to Las Vegas, where people will get to see five finalists square off in an Olympics of comedy that p...
- Wife ordered hit on husband in BaliThe Australian man found murdered, wrapped in plastic and dumped in a Bali rice field with his throat slashed had been trying to extract himself from his relationship with his wife, who o...
- Slain soldier posted photo days before deathThree days ago, Corporal Nathan Cirillo posted a photograph on social media of himself dressed in military regalia smiling beside a fellow soldier.
- Sam Morgan may face fire actionApologetic Trade Me founder Sam Morgan could face legal action after a burn-off on his property doused Wanaka in smoke.
- Joseph Parker's next opponent almost securedJoseph Parker's frustrated promoters have had to lower their sights for his next fight, entering contract negotiations with American veteran Vinnie Maddelone.
- Canada shooting suspect Islam convertThe man behind the Ottawa shootings is a Canadian convert to Islam whose passport had been seized by authorities, federal sources say.
- Mario Balotelli shirt swap at halftime ire?s Liverpool managerLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he "deal with" Mario Balotelli after the striker swapped his shirt at half-time during Real Madrid's 3-0 Champions League win at Anfield today
- Gunman 'destroyed my whole family for life' - cousin vents over Canada killingThe cousin of the Canadian soldier killed in the Ottawa shooting rampage has vented his anger on Facebook towards the suspected gunman.
- American football coach fired over 'racist watermelon ritual'The post-match ritual was deemed racist by a parent.
- Security at NZ Parliament tightened after Ottawa shooting terrorParliamentary access has been restricted in order to keep staff and the public safe.
- Could SkyCity donation save Whitcoulls' Auckland Santa?SkyCity has pledged $50,000 in a bid to keep Santa on Auckland's Queen Street alive.
- Video: Barack Obama confronted by woman's boyfriendBarack Obama got more than he bargained for when he decided to vote early in Chicago's mid-term elections.
- Tindall CCTV case appeal goes to Supreme CourtThe Queenstown bouncer convicted of stealing CCTV footage of Mike Tindall consorting with another woman has won the right to appeal to New Zealand's highest court.
- At a glance: Canada shooting timelineA chronology of the events that unfolded on the streets of the Canadian capital.
- Slump in British American Tobacco salesBritish American Tobacco says sales sank in the first nine months of 2014.
- Russel Norman: Shell Todd must be held to accountFailing to prosecute Shell Todd for drilling illegal wells would send a message that the Government doesn't take environmental protection seriously, says Russel Norman.
- Tori Spelling was rushed to hospital in Los Angeles on Saturday after suffering from a coughing fit.The 'Beverly Hills 90210' actress was admitted to Cedars Sinai Hospital for severe bronchitis and possible pneumonia after she was coughing so much she nearly passed out, according to UsM...
- Onesies part of overnight bus serviceNaked Bus is rolling out an overnight service just in time for Christmas complete with bedding, wifi and a free onesie.
- Matthew McConaughey has admitted he's "vain."The 'Dallas Buyers Club' hunk, 44, believes having a high opinion of his charming good looks, self worth and remarkable talent is a positive thing.
- Packer becomes Souths co-ownerJames Packer is the new co-owner of NRL club South Sydney.
- Finance firms' failure predictable: studyThe signs were there, if investors knew where to look, of the failure of NZ finance companies during the global financial crisis.
- Thousands Protest Acid Attacks Against Women in IranIran: Angry demonstrations by people of Esfahan and Tehran against anti-human crime of splashing acid by regime’s elements on women
- Britain’s Real Promise to Israel; Symbolic Vote on PalestineThe text of the letter was short and precise, leaving no room for any misinterpretation in the “promise” made by Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour to a powerful representa...
- Focus on Water Quality at Te Waihora Living Water Open DayFonterra and the Department of Conservation (DOC) held an open day to update the local community on their 10-year Living Water programme to improve water quality in the Te Waihora catchme...
- Cavalier Wool Holdings merger with NZWSIThe Commerce Commission has received an application from Cavalier Wool Holdings Limited (Cavalier) seeking authorisation to acquire New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s (WSI)...
- U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy in the 21st CenturyRemarks Rose Gottemoeller Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Dixie State University St. George, Utah October 21, 2014
- ECE benefits overstated, costly to taxpayer - Family First (Fuseworks)Family First NZ says that a UK study on early childhood education should make the New Zealand government reevaluate their policy of increasing the rate of participation in early childhood...
- TVNZ outsourcing Maori & Pacific Island programmes (Newstalk ZB)Uncertainty for 30 staff at TVNZ as the company looks to out-source the production of all but one of its Maori and Pacific Island programmes.
- NZ Yarn acquires Christchurch Yarns (Fuseworks)In a joint release, NZ Yarn and the Receiver for Christchurch Yarns have today announced the NZ Yarn offer has gone unconditional in acquiring the business of Christchurch Yarns.
- Restrictions at NZ Parliament following Canada attack (Newstalk ZB)New Zealand's Parliament is locking off access to most entry points, following the Canada siege.
- Boxing: Explosive American looms as Parker's next opponent (Newstalk ZB)Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker should have his next opponent confirmed within 24 hours.
The National Business Review
- Chinese high-rollers plumping up SkyCity profitread more
- The new NBR ONLINE is coming: what you need to knowNBR ONLINE will be offline most of Saturday, then return as an upgraded site. read more
- Fonterra shareholder calls for halt to investment spending, proposes 25% pay cut for executivesread more
- SFO won't comment on why Treasury witness not used in South Canterbury Finance trialread more
- MARKET CLOSE: Shares rise as yield hunters return; Genesis, Vector gainread 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.
- Limited 'affordable' homes at Wigram siteOnly 50 properties at a new 237-home housing development will cater for first-home buyers, young families and those needing a second chance.
- Driver 'swung left and hit cyclist'A cyclist was allegedly hit on Ferry Rd by a left-turning van, which did not indicate, a witness says.
- Christchurch, you must see thisREVIEW: Empire by Spiegelworld at Horncastle Arena, Tuesday, October 23.
- Falling glass shocks city councillorsChristchurch city councillors were given a shock when pieces of glass fell on the roof of their meeting room today.
- Linwood students find the right fitLinwood College is the latest recipient of crate-loads of free shoes.
- Metiria Turei: Let’s pull together on feeding the kidsBy Green Co-leader Metiria Turei. John Key in his victory speech said he wants to govern for all New Zealanders - we will quickly be able to a gauge how genuine he is.
- Duncan Garner: Nick Smith must come cleanBy Duncan Garner. Just six houses built.
- Duncan Garner: I once ate a penis...By Duncan Garner. I once tried donkey penis at a restaurant.
- Nazi beauty contest suspended following "calls to violent actions"Russian page seeking the ideal anti-Semitic woman closed down.
- Willie Jackson: Labour Maori make their moveBy Willie Jackson. The Maori MPs have laid down the gauntlet to their Pakeha colleagues with Nanaia Mahuta challenging for the leadership.
Radio New Zealand
- New housing announced for ChchBuilding and Housing Minister Nick Smith has announced the development of 237 homes in the Christchurch suburb of Halswell. About 90 will be sold for under $400,000.
- Illegal spraying angers Waikato councilThe Waikato Regional Council says it's fed up with farmers and spray contractors breaking the rules around the use of agrichemicals.
- Fiji reports pinpoint salary overspendingReports from Fiji say the recently released Auditor General's reports reveal overspending on salaries by some ministries.
- Search for more Ottawa shootings suspectsHeavily armed Canadian police and soldiers are going door-to-door in central Ottawa, looking for further suspects in the shooting spree that has claimed the life of one soldier.
- Restaurant Brands 1st half profit upRestaurant Brands' first-half profit rose 18.6 percent to $11.495 million. The profit increase was more than double the increase in sales for the six months ended early September.
- 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 ...
- Drunks scare kids away from hospital: doctorRowdy late-night drunks at hospitals are scaring other patients away, putting sick children at risk of missing out on treatment, an emergency department doctor says.
- Legal high district mooted for WellingtonThree options for a legal high district within Wellington's CBD have been mooted by the city council.
- Tsunami lines for eastern suburbsTsunami escape routes and safety markers will soon be commonplace for Miramar Peninsula residents as part of Wellington's emergency preparations.
- Quake risk building's $1m upgradeThe Wellington Opera House is getting a $1 million upgrade even though it is still yellow-stickered as an earthquake risk.
- Vaccine no match for rogue flu strainA rogue flu strain has surfaced in New Zealand, infecting even those who have had their annual vaccination.
- Trophy liberated from captorAfter riddles and laughter and clues left galore, the King Country Trophy was safely restored.
- Mystery over Kerepehi police shootingNeighbours of a man shot by police after a domestic dispute in the sleepy Waikato town of Kerepehi are at a loss to explain what sparked the incident involving the "quiet" family.
- Hamilton's Josiah Natzke heading for stardomIt's hard to know what motivates Josiah Natzke.
- Man arrested in whitebait 'feud'A simmering dispute over whitebaiting territory is believed to be at the heart of a violent clash at a boat ramp on the Waikato River.
- The original kiwi dadA male kiwi has been snapped frolicking with his 10-day old chick in a burrow in an unusually affectionate display of behaviour which has experts scratching their heads.
- 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
- Geoff's one in 999,999,999He has tried to do it in other cities, but Sydney is set to make or break this man's dream.
- Islam convert suspected in Canada shootingMichael Zehaf-Bibeau believed to be the man behind Canadian attack.
- 'Small mistake' proved fatal for toddler Layal, inquest findsLayal Tahan, 2, died when car her mother was driving collided with street sweeper.
- Bishop's 4am text to ministerA body is lying just outside the door, he told her. Now Canberra has ramped up security.
- 'Twerp': Comedian in row with MPJosh Thomas and Wyatt Roy have gone tweet to tweet - and it got personal.
BBC News - Asia Pacific
- Protest group ends Islamabad sit-inSupporters of a leading anti-government cleric in Pakistan end a two-month protest in the capital Islamabad against PM Nawaz Sharif, but others remain.
- China-Japan talks fuel hope of thawJapan's deputy prime minister meets his Chinese counterpart in Beijing in a move that could pave the way for a meeting between the countries' leaders.
- Protests at HK leader's residenceProtesters in Hong Kong march to the chief executive's residence, criticising his comments against giving the poor too much political influence.
- US Marine held for Philippine murderA US Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman in the Philippines is moved to a Philippine army base, but fails to attend an initial hearing.
- Indian girl, 3, 'raped' in schoolPolice in India investigate the alleged rape of a three-year-old girl in her school in the city of Bangalore.
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
- Ottawa thrown into turmoil after shooting claims soldier's lifeGunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot dead by sergeant-at-arms Canadian PM hustled away after shots broke out MPs barricaded themselves in parliamentary rooms Canadian police sweep area after...
- The NHS calls for an extra £8bn by 2020 in order to safeguard its servicesShakeup at heart of overhaul aiming to ease pressure on hospitals and GP practices and give patients better care The NHS is asking for an additional £8bn by 2020 to implement a radi...
- Ched Evans refers to rape conviction as act of infidelityIn a video statement posted on the website of a campaign for his innocence, the footballer continued to insist he was innocent Footballer and convicted rapist Ched Evans released a video...
- Juncker tells Cameron: you cant destroy EU migration rulesCommission president warns PM over irresponsibility as new poll reveals 56% support in Britain for remaining in union Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European commissio...
- US jury convicts Blackwater guards in 2007 killing of Iraqi civiliansSecurity guards for private US contractor guilty of manslaughter for notorious 2007 incident that left 17 dead in Baghdad Three security guards working for the private US contractor Blac...
Telegraph - Australian and Pacific
- Australian teenager in Isil video an 'idiot', says familyFamily of Sydney teenager Abdullah Elmir who appears in a new Islamic State video say he is a brainwashed "idiot"
- Tony Abbott faces calls for ICC investigation into crimes against humanityAustralian MP asks International Criminal Court to investigate prime minister Tony Abbott for crimes against humanity over his offshore detention of asylum seekers
- British man found with throat cut in Bali rice fieldIndonesian police say dead man found in rice field with throat cut was Robert Kelvin Ellis, 60, a successful British businessman
- Gough Whitlam: key career momentsFormer Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, who died on Tuesday aged 98, was one of his country's most revolutionary yet divisive statesmen
- Gough Whitlam - obituaryTough Australian prime minister who pushed through reforms before being summarily sacked
The New York Times - Asia Pacific
- Altay Journal: In China, a Drought Tests Nomadic Herders’ Culture of SurvivalA devastating drought in the Xinjiang region has disturbed an ancient tradition of producing prized animals known for their hefty tails. A herder named Aijamal overseeing her family’s she...
- U.S. Marine’s Arrest in Killing in Philippines May Test TiesSome Philippine senators cited the case in calling for a review of the accord setting the rules under which American military forces visit the country. Protesters outside the United State...
- World Briefing: Cambodia: Charity Closes After ScandalThe Somaly Mam Foundation, which worked against human trafficking and sexual exploitation, has closed five months after its founder resigned amid allegations of broad deception.
- Kim Jong-un Gave Order to Free American, North Korea SaysNorth Korea said its leader had ordered the release of Jeffrey E. Fowle, one of three Americans recently detained there, after requests from President Obama. Jeffrey E. Fowle was greeted ...
- Op-Ed Contributor: Yan Lianke on Writing in ChinaFrom the shadows I lift my pen to write. I search for love, goodness and a perpetually beating heart.
- Canada's parliament attacked, soldier fatally shot nearbyOTTAWA (Reuters) - A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with gunfire erupting near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was fatally shot at a nea...
- Man arrested after jumping White House fence, causing lockdownWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday and was attacked by Secret Service dogs before being arrested, a Secret Service spokesman said.
- Suspended South Carolina speaker to plead guilty to ethics charges: reportCHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - Suspended South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell is expected to plead guilty to criminal ethics charges related to misuse of campaign mo...
- Palestinian driver rams Jerusalem station killing babyJERUSALEM (Reuters) - A baby died and eight other people were hurt when a Palestinian man slammed his car into pedestrians at a Jerusalem light railway stop, then police shot the driver a...
- Man jumps White House fence, causes lockdownWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday and was attacked by Secret Service dogs, a Secret Service spokesman said.
Financial Times - Asia Pacific
- SoftBank in $100m Indonesia start-up dealTokopedia stake is southeast Asian country’s biggest start-up investment to date
- Big nations snub Beijing bank launchOnly 20 countries sign up for new institution after US lobbying
- The myopic western view of China’s riseThe reforms that count tend to conform to the western model, writes Martin Jacques
- India’s Congress party stares into the abyssCrushing political defeats have forced Congress politicians to consider the party’s future
- State funding disrupts S Korea start-up sceneInvestment matching provides incentives but also distorts market