The New Zealand Herald
- League: Warriors seeking compoThe Warriors are set to seek a six-figure sum in compensation from Auckland Council over the ongoing saga of next year's Eagles concerts at Mt Smart.The Auckland NRL club claim the counci...
- NRL: No room at club inn for recruitWhen a group of young Mt Wellington flatmates advertised for a new addition to their house, they didn't expect an NRL player to come knocking.But that's exactly how new Warriors signing M...
- Chillin' but still wiredKiwis might be hanging up their business suits for the holiday, but iPads and laptops are must-pack items for many holidaymakers.Bach owners say a growing number of travellers are choosin...
- Madonna releases 6 songs after leakNEW YORK (AP) " In a surprise preview of her new album, Madonna has released six songs on iTunes and various streaming services.Publicist Liz Rosenberg says the songs were released Saturd...
- USVI rejects bill to sell Hovensa oil refineryCHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) " Legislators in the U.S. Virgin Islands have rejected a proposal to sell the former Hovensa oil refinery in St. Croix.Senators voted against an...
- Worst outbreak, Ebola death toll exceeds 7000The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Nations Secr...
- Freestyle rider Levi Sherwood putting life and limb on the lineA few years ago I broke a few vertebrae, lacerated my liver, broke my wrist . . . it was fine coming back from that physically - the worst thing about injuries is the mental effect."
- Wayne Smith set for return to All Blacks for World Cup defenceWayne Smith is set to rejoin the All Blacks for their World Cup defence next year.
- Fashion queen weaves good yarnFew people can claim to have developed a genuinely new fibre. Peri Drysdale has just unveiled her second.
- Survive the holidays without going brokePrimary schools around the country broke up for the summer this week, releasing a wave of energetic munchkins back into society at large.
- Kiwi sporting legend meets Katy PerryPrime Minister John Key is not the only famous Kiwi to rub shoulders with Katy Perry.
- Elderly man hospitalised after light plane crashA 72-year-old man was rescued after his light micro plane crashed north of Oamaru.
- Kiwi surfer Ricardo Christie earns spot on World tourKiwi surfer Ricardo Christie has earned a spot on the prestigious World Surfing tour
- Video reveals distressing conditions inside alleged Apple factorySenior Apple executive Jeff Williams has said he is "deeply offended" by the allegations.
- Fresh is best for cheaper Christmas dinner this yearThe overall cost of an average Christmas dinner is slightly down on last year.
- Labour 'not confronting big issues' – panelLeft wing commentator Josie Pagani and ACT Party leader David Seymour discuss the big stories of the year.
- Traffic delays for last-minute shoppersAs the days count down to Christmas shopping centres are expected to be brimming, prompting traffic warnings for drivers.
- Auckland City seek historic third placeCaptain Ivan Vicelich and his Auckland City team-mates look to become the first New Zealand club side to win a medal at a FIFA world tournament.
- Crowe reveals worsening cancer conditionMartin Crowe's cancer diagnosis has worsened, the former New Zealand cricket great has revealed.
- Rio mayor happy with Olympic constructionThe first venues for the 2016 Rio Olympics will be completed by August or September next year, the city's mayor promised on Friday during a site visit.
- Angelina Jolie says she won't be cooking Christmas dinner.The 39-year-old actress, who has six children, Maddox, 13, Pax, 11, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, eight, and six-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, with husband Brad Pitt, admits they're relieved ...
- Kris Jenner is "the queen" of Christmas, according to Kendall and Kylie Jenner.The 59-year-old reality TV star's daughters claims she loves decorating their mansion in Calabasas, California for "every single holiday" throughout the year, but gets even more creative ...
- Kellan Lutz's new girlfriend has posed nude for Playboy.Brittny Ward, who started dating the 'Twilight Saga' star in October, has been named the Miss January 2015 Playmate by the magazine and says she hopes to have "great sex" throughout next ...
- Mark Wahlberg does not deserve to be pardoned for assaults he committed in 1988.The Hollywood star, who struck a Vietnamese man in the head with a stick and punched another, is seeking a pardon for his crimes - but his former bodyguard Leonard Taylor - who separately...
- A female Usher fan offered to let the star charge his phone inside her vagina on Saturday night.The 'OMG' hitmaker was at the Cameo nightclub in Miami and two weeks after he infamously charged his phone in a woman's vagina as part of an installation at Art Basel, another woman offer...
- Kenya's Counterterrorism EffortsThe U.S. Government is firmly committed to supporting Kenya's efforts to defeat al-Shabaab and to ensure security of all of its citizens. We are disappointed, however, by the very limited...
- Fatal Crash - SH35 Cape Runaway. - Bay of PlentyAt midday today (20/12/2014), Police and other emergency services were informed of a single fatality crash on State Highway 35 (SH35), Cape Runaway.
- Ecuador’s dismissal of trade union leader is unconstitutionaOn leaving a meeting with LAN Ecuador’s manager and legal representative, Max Naranjo, at the transnational company’s offices, arranged to try and resolve the dispute caused by the dismis...
- Nepal launches National Zero Hunger ChallengeKathmandu, Nepal, 19 December 2014 – The Government of Nepal, with the collaboration and support of the United Nations, today launched a national Zero Hunger Challenge, a major initiative...
- Rice exports surged in 2014 setting a new record – FAOBangkok, 18 December 2014 – Bumper crops and a surge in demand for rice, particularly in the Far East, have resulted in 2014 recording the highest rice export figures ever, the UN’s Food ...
- Fuel leak bill heading to vessel owners (NZ Newswire)Tides have dissipated any oil not recovered from a leaking vessel at Marsden Point but the vessel owners will have to pay for the clean-up.
- Doha mall fire appeal back in court (NZ Newswire)The appeal of five people convicted over the mall fire in Qatar which killed 19 people, including triplets from New Zealand, is expected to resume.
- NZDF prepares for Christmas offshore (NZ Newswire)The New Zealand Defence Force says 175 of its people will be deployed around the world on Christmas Day.
- New park to be opened in Northland (NZ Newswire)A new park is being opened as part of commemorations of 200 years since missionaries first held a church service in New Zealand.
- Port workers continue stance on overtime (Newstalk ZB)Rail and Maritime Union members are still refusing to work overtime at Lyttelton Port, claiming working conditions are unsafe.
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.
- Christchurch man dies during crayfish diveA 54-year-old Christchurch man has died after a crayfish dive went wrong near Whakamoa Reef on the Banks Peninsula.
- Search for missing Christchurch tradie fruitlessA 65-strong search and rescue team has failed to find a missing 33-year-old man in Christchurch.
- Tourist flips vehicle after hitting parked carA French tourist escaped with only minor injuries after flipping a rental car on its roof on the main street of Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula.
- Christchurch quake memorial plans revealedThe six designs being considered to commemorate Christchurch's devastating February 2011 earthquake can be revealed.
- Stonewood Homes deny stonewalling coupleFamilies building with Stonewood Homes say the process has been a "living nightmare" of ongoing delays, battles over workmanship and poor communication.
- Winston Peters: Time to get the Cook Strait crossing rightThe Cook Strait crossing is a joy to behold, it's just a pity about the boats, Winston Peters says.
- Chris Trotter: Political awards for 2014Left-leaning political commentator Chris Trotter gave Willie and Ali his picks for the political newsmakers of the year.
- Willie and Ali: Political Panel - Rodney Hide and Chris TrotterFormer politician Rodney Hide and political commentator Chris Trotter join Willie and Ali to look back on the year in politics.
- Duncan Garner: My 11 findings of the yearDuncan Garner has seen a lot this year. These are his top 11 observations.
- RadioLIVE Drive: Where to find the cheapest petrolThe three cheapest petrol stations in New Zealand, according to you.
Radio New Zealand
- Searchers fail to find missing fishermanSearchers have failed to find a man who was fishing with a net near the mouth of the Waimea River with friends when he was seen getting into trouble.
- Police contact fathers of stabbing victimsCairns police say that there were five fathers to the eight children who were found were found following what was believed to be a multiple stabbing yesterday.
- Renewable energy continues to riseNew figures were in the latest quarterly energy review by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment show renewable energy is continuing to rise.
- Theft 'endangering rescue efforts'Surf Life Saving New Zealand says the theft of thousands of dollars worth of equipment in the Coromandel has endangered its rescue efforts.
- Man injured after microlight crashA man is seriously injured after his microlight crashed near Oamaru this afternoon after the plane unexpectedly lost power.
- 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 ...
- Work on extra motorway lane to start soonRoad cones and speed restrictions are about to become a common sight on Wellington's urban motorway, as work begins in earnest on construction of a fourth northbound lane.
- Man arrested for Hawke's Bay hit-and-runA man has been arrested over a hit-and-run on a Hawkes Bay police officer.
- The Urewera raids: Breaking the storyThe Urewera raids remain one of the most controversial events of recent New Zealand history. Kiwis were suddenly confronted by the prospect of terror in their midst, only for much of the ...
- Staff lay Massey bullying chargesBullying allegations have been laid against a prominent and outspoken Massey University academic amid concerns that the university has "watered down" claims to avoid personal grievances b...
- Not all plain sailing for the InterislanderThe Interislander ferry line likes to market its Cook Strait ships as a place "where the journey becomes a destination".
- Fatal Bay of Plenty crash ignitesA man is dead after a van and motorcycle crashed in the Bay of Plenty today, ingiting a bush fire.
- Stepfather's rape appeal failsA man has failed in his attempt to overturn his convictions and sentence for rape, sexual violation and indecent acts with his de facto stepdaughter.
- Three-year ban imposed on meth-addicted jockeyFormer champion jockey Lisa Cropp could spend up to three years on the sidelines after penalty was handed down yesterday on two charges. At the hearing Cropp acknowledged her long-term ad...
- Police seek three men after assaultA Hamilton teenager was treated in hospital after he was attacked and robbed on the street by three men.
- Swimming against the council tideHamilton East residents are calling for an urgent rethink on plans to upgrade the city's picturesque Wellington St Beach, saying the site could become a "magnet for vandals and drunks".
- 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
- The woman in 'Window 4'For 16 hours, a TV cameraman and a police sniper did their best to track the siege gunman. What they saw shocked both of them.
- Why police sniper didn't shoot gunmanThe hostage-taker appeared unobstructed at the cafe window. Here's why marksmen didn't take the shot.
- How siege reached its awful endThe hostages seized their chance. But as they made for the exit, their captor roused - and turned his fury on one man.
- Iran 'sought gunman's extradition'Police chief says Australia rebuffed attempts to have Man Haron Monis returned.
- India off to blistering startAustralian quicks struggle to get an early breakthrough at the Gabba.
BBC News - Asia Pacific
- N Korea seeks joint Sony hack probeNorth Korea urges a joint inquiry with the US into a cyber-attack on Sony that led to the studio cancelling the release of the film The Interview.
- Xi defends 'one-China' idea in MacauChinese President Xi Jinping urges Macau residents to respect the "one-China" policy, amid street protests in the former Portuguese colony.
- Afghan Guantanamo inmates freedFour Afghan detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.
- Cairns children's mother arrestedPolice arrest the mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a home in Cairns, Australia.
- Stem cell scandal scientist resignsA Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.
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
- North Korea demands joint inquiry with US into Sony Pictures hackPyongyang denies responsibility for cyber-attack and threatens grave consequences if Washington continues to blame it North Korea has proposed holding a joint inquiry with the US into the...
- Ukip tells members: ‘Don’t go on Twitter’Nigel Farage’s party moves to ban unauthorised use of Ukip logo after embarrassing string of gaffes Nigel Farage is cracking down on Ukip supporters’ social media activity after a series...
- Alex Salmond calls for ‘peasants’ revolt’ vote to abolish House of LordsFormer Scottish first minister says English referendum needed to ‘clean out the stables’ and provoke a ‘constitutional revolution’ Alex Salmond has called for a “peasants’ revolt-type” re...
- Christmas shoppers set to spend £1.2bn on ‘panic Saturday’Analysts say 13m consumers will spend £2.1m a minute, with store sales reaching £4.74bn in the five days before Christmas Consumers are expected to spend £1.2bn as Christmas shoppin...
- Mother arrested as Cairns mourns eight stabbed childrenQueensland police consider murder charges against 37-year-old, mother to seven of the victims, as relatives tell of their shock and disbelief How police discovered ‘distressing scene’ Qu...
Telegraph - Australian and Pacific
- Australian mother arrested after eight children killed in CairnsPolice say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with stabblings that have shocked the country
- Australia seeks British help on plan for floral tributesFlowers to be used at Sydney memorial site in Princess Diana-style plan for tributes, as Oxford graduate Julie Taylor pays tribute to the bravery of fallen hostage
- Crocodile cracks open a turtle shell in AustraliaPark ranger sets up camera after finding a dead turtle on a beach in northern Australia and captures saltwater crocodile smashing the shell
- World's deepest fish found in Pacific Ocean's Mariana TrenchWorld's deepest fish - believed to be a snailfish - found in the western Pacific Ocean at a depth of 26,722 feet, beating previous record by 500 feet
- Cairns stabbings: Eight children found dead at house in Queensland, AustraliaIn pics: Eight children found dead at house in Queensland, Australia
The New York Times - Asia Pacific
- North Korea, Angrily Denying Sony Attack, Proposes Joint Investigation With U.S.Warning of “serious consequences” if the United States retaliates against it, North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with Washington to prove that it was not behind the cy...
- News Analysis: Pakistan’s Old CurseThere is little doubt that the Peshawar massacre has galvanized Pakistani society. The question is whether it can become a real turning point for a society plagued by violent divisions, c...
- Obama Vows a Response to Cyberattack on SonyPresident Obama said the U.S. would “respond proportionally” to the attack on Sony Pictures after the F.B.I. said it had extensive evidence that North Korea had organized it. The headquar...
- World Briefing | Asia: China: Korean-American ArrestedChina has arrested a Korean-American aid worker working near the border with North Korea on charges of embezzlement and possession of fake invoices, his lawyer said Friday.
- Macau Looks Beyond Gambling as the Take From the Tables SlowsCasino revenue is falling in Macau, the world’s largest gambling destination, and China is urging its territory to offer family-friendly options. The entrance to the Sheraton Macau casino...
- Putin says Russia won't be intimidated over CrimeaMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will not be intimidated over its actions in Ukraine and Crimea, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday as his foreign ministry warned that it was preparing to...
- Cuba sees long struggle ahead before U.S. lifts embargoHAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro told parliament on Saturday the country faces a "long and difficult struggle" before the United States removes its economic embargo, despite...
- North Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S.SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it was wanted a joint investigatio...
- U.S. sends four Guantanamo prisoners home to AfghanistanWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four Afghans held for over a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been sent home to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the late...
- Libya's official government aims to set up new payment system for oil buyersTRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's internationally recognized government aims to set up a new payment system to receive oil revenues, bypassing the central bank based in Tripoli, the capital cit...
Financial Times - Asia Pacific
- North Korea hackers ‘world class’ reputationNation refuses to admit any cyber warfare capability
- Weak growth prompts India fiscal rethinkFinance ministry seeks to make room for a surge of public investment in infrastructure
- Kuroda hails progress in deflation battleJapan’s central bank leaves easing in place but says it will change tack if necessary
- Hong Kong tycoon found guilty of briberyCourt convicts Thomas Kwok but clears brother Raymond
- Palmer aide charged over banker plotSpin-doctor detained by police in connection with alleged intimidation of court witness