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- C. African Republic mobs launch sectarian attacksBANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) Dozens of young men stood waiting for storm clouds to pass, as wind stirred up swirls of red dust on the largely deserted street in Central African R...
- Coping with growth a big challenge for city - economistEnsuring Auckland copes with growth and has enough offices, apartments and shops is one of the biggest challenges the city faces, according to Auckland Council's chief economist Geoff Coo...
- F1 to award double points for last racePARIS (AP) Formula One will award double points for the last race of the season from next year, making it more likely that the title fight goes down to the wire, while drivers will be giv...
- Ryman wins go-ahead for leak claimOne of the NZX's most popular companies, Ryman Healthcare, has won the right to take a weathertightness claim through the state system over its big St Heliers retirement village.The Weath...
- 11,000 soldiers deployed for Mandela's funeralSouth African security forces had only days to implement a rough plan for Nelson Mandela's grand funeral, based partly on blueprints of past major events like the 2010 World Cup final.Sou...
- Coming out in the ranksWhen Tracy Eaglestone came out as a lesbian to her family, they just shrugged and said "OK".
- NZ committed to TPP - EnglishNew Zealand will not be walking away from the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks despite widespread disagreements revealed in leaked documents, Deputy Prime Minister Bill...
- Deep freeze continues for USA deadly winter storm that sent parts of the United States into a deep freeze over the weekend is keeping a tight grip on the nation, as bitter temperatures, snow and ice spread across th...
- New American Airlines emerges as deal closesAmerican Airlines emerged from bankruptcy protection and US Airways culminated its long pursuit of a merger partner as the two completed their deal to create the world's biggest airline.
- Lack of diversity holds firms backNew Zealand companies are being held back by a lack of workplace ethnic diversity which is out of sync with the national population, the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust says.
- Britney Spears is happy with lifeBritney Spears says she's enjoying one of the "best times" of her life at the moment.
- Growing concerns for Australian tennis coach missing in NZConcerns are mounting for an Australian tennis coach who is missing in Waikato.
- Elective surgery numbers 'nonsense', minister saysThe Health Minister says numbers quoted by health insurers about elective surgery are "nonsense" and are just a bid to drum up business
- Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal dead if US passes new sanctionsIranian Foreign Minister said the Iranian nuclear deal would be dead if the US Congress imposes new sanctions.
- NZ flags lowered in honour of Nelson MandelaFlags across NZ are being lowered to mark memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
- Heavy snowfall for eastern coast of USThe storm that coated parts of Texas in ice has struck with unexpected force on the East Coast of the United States.
- C. African Republic mobs launch sectarian attacksThe latest spasm of violence in the Central African Republic is horrific even by the standards of the broken nation.
- Hamilton Zoo welcomes baby zebraThe latest addition to Hamilton Zoo has arrived with the birth of a zebra foal - and another is on its way.
- Lydia Ko climbs to fourth in golf world rankingsThe 16-year-old New Zealander won the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters by three strokes in Taiwan on Sunday after coming from three shots behind midway through the final round.
- Spending hints at bumper Xmas for retailersSpending across the Paymark network, which processes three-quarters of all electronic transactions, is up 8.6 percent on last year.
- Top NZ league award for ForanKieran Foran has scooped New Zealand Rugby League's top award after being named player of the year.
- Simon Cowell says he "let down" his friend by having an affair with Lauren Silverman.The music mogul's girlfriend - who is pregnant with his son - was married to his friend Andrew when they got together, and while he feels guilty he admitted news of the baby helped got hi...
- Ko climbs world rankingsNZ golfer Lydia Ko has climbed two placings up the women's world rankings into fourth following her first win as a professional in Taiwan.
- Kiwi services planned for MandelaMemorial services and condolence books are on offer in New Zealand's main centres for those wanting to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.
- Sharon Osbourne is writing a children's book for Disney.The 'X Factor' UK judge says it is an "honour" to have penned 'Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Mama Hook Knows Best', her first-ever book.
- Report on Human Rights in Canterbury RecoveryThe Human Rights Commission is releasing a report today calling for people and their human rights to be put at the heart of the recovery in Canterbury, says Chief Commissioner David Ruthe...
- Libya: ICRC trains 120 doctors to treat weapon woundsTripoli (ICRC) – A training seminar on the treatment of wounds caused by mines, bullets, shrapnel and other weapons closes today in Benghazi.
- NZ dollar touches 5-year high against Australian dollarNZ dollar touches fresh 5-year high against Australian dollar ahead of business confidence report
- Palestinian People’s Suffering ContinuesOn 10 December, the world celebrates the Human Rights Day, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950 to review the international achievements in the field of uni...
- We’re getting over notions of shame around business failureI’m putting the proposition out there that we’re getting over our collective Kiwi hang-up about startup and business failure.
- Power outage at Fernhill (Fuseworks)Transpower advises that Fernhill, which includes Hastings and the surrounding area, is currently experiencing a power outage affecting around 15,000 people.
- Opposition pleased to see Govt holding firm in TPP talks (Newstalk ZB)Another round of Trans-Pacific Partnership talks is nearly over, and members are believed to still be miles apart on many issues.
- Understanding impulsive behaviour (Fuseworks)Helping offenders to control their impulses can reduce the risk of re-offending and help with anger control, according to research from Victoria University of Wellington.
- Long tail of underachievement bringing down education rating (Fuseworks)University of Canterbury’s (UC) Professor Garry Hornby says he is not surprised by the latest findings on New Zealand’s educational achievement released by the OECD.
- 'Hobbit' actor wants third world premiere back in Wgtn (Newstalk ZB)As the second instalment of the The Hobbit prepares to hit cinemas - thoughts are already on where the world premiere of the third will be held.
The National Business Review
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- Briefcase: Nigella’s White Christmas, Tony Molloy’s unlikely ally and moreread more
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- ASK ME ANYTHING: Sir Peter LeitchThe business, sport and philanthropy legend will field readers' questions 11am 12pm today. Leave a question now. 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.
- Council needs up to $5m to fix chambersAn insurance shortfall means the Christchurch City Council will need to find between $3 million and $5m if it wants to stabilise and restore one of the city's most prized heritage buildings.
- Tragedy spurs lifejacket driveSometimes Melissa Clark tells herself that her partner Nick Eklund is just out fishing and will be back in a few days.
- Mandela memorial at cardboard cathedralCantabrians will be able to gather and pay tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela this Thursday.
- Red-zone ruling may allow insurers 'off the hook'A High Court decision denying a red-zoned couple's $1.3 million claim on a home that will never be rebuilt will be seen by insurers as a way to "get off the hook", says a legal expert.
- Old may make way for new social housingOne of the Christchurch City Council's "old and cold" housing complexes in Spreydon could be demolished to make way for up to 144 new social housing units.
- Mustang GT not Paul Henry's cup of teaFord's new Mustang GT.
- Is this the worst magazine cover ever?British magazine cover goes viral.
- Russel Norman: Our chance to stop the asset salesBy Russel Norman. National needs to apologise to the public for its failed asset sales programme.
- Winston Peters: NZ First steering clear of pre-election coalition talkBy Winston Peters. For the past five years there has been a very cynical manipulation of the democratic process by the National Party.
- Did Paris Hilton mistake Nelson Mandela for Martin Luther King, Jr?Was it a hoax?
Radio New Zealand
- NZ Mandela memorial services mostly confirmedThe South African High Commission has confirmed most of the details of the New Zealand memorial services for Nelson Mandela.
- New two-tier lending system hits low deposit customersMortgage brokers say low deposit borrowers will take another hit, after Westpac introduced a two-tier lending system that will further shut them out of the housing market.
- Taxi drivers on hunger strike at Auckland airportTaxi drivers who operate from ranks at Auckland international airport say they will be on hunger strike until their demands are met. They want the minimum fare lifted from $20 to $35.
- Special session to honour Mandela held in S/A parliamentThe South African parliament has held a special session to honour Nelson Mandela. Members of his family were in the gallery for the occasion.
- NZ premiere of second Hobbit movie heldThe second Hobbit film - The Desolation of Smaug - had its New Zealand premiere in Wellington on Monday night, receiving glowing reviews from the audience and a critic.
- 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 ...
- Smoke alarms save family from fireA young family could have easily died if it wasn't for smoke alarms, a firefighter says.
- Same-sex couple face benefit fraud chargesA Work and Income worker is on trial for benefit fraud, accused of helping to create the impression his same-sex partner was single so he could receive higher benefits.
- Nurse faces disciplinary tribunalA Wellington Hospital intensive care nurse is facing a charge of professional misconduct after allegedly getting his wife to impersonate his boss.
- Gorge rescue hero denied compensationA former outdoor guide who was traumatised by helping to recover the bodies of the children from the Mangatepopo Gorge tragedy has lost his legal battle for ACC cover.
- Christmas lolly stock damaged in shop fireFeatherston's only dairy has been gutted by fire, melting about $10,000 worth of lollies - but its plucky owners are taking the loss in their stride.
- Grave fears for missing Australian tennis coachA random act of kindness, and then he was gone.
- Closure of towns' birthing units looks imminentWaikato District Health Board will tomorrow decide whether to go with a recommendation to close down its maternity units in Te Awamutu and Morrinsville.
- Go back to your marae, that's what it's forHuge willow trees shelter Hukanui Marae from rumbling trucks and speedy cars that ply the main drag from Taupiri to Hamilton.
- The latest buzz in OtorohangaBuzzy Bee is getting a rocket on to land in Otorohanga.
- Waikato stalwart makes every day countDawson Bruce doesn't like the idea of sitting around watching his life pass him by.
- 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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- Second chance 'all I needed'When Peter Tuapawa competes in the grand final of the national Young Butcher of the Year contest later this month, it will mark a remarkable chapter in a story of redemption.
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- Sunday Star-Times Short Story AwardsChristchurch creative writing teacher Faith Oxenbridge has won the 2013 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition with her story, What You Have , which judge Carl Nixon described as a cle...
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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
- Workers calling it quits earlierAustralians are ignoring government pleas to work longer.
- Passenger wakes up on locked planeTom Wagner awoke to discover himself alone and locked inside a dark plane in the wrong city.
- Ticket-sellers set to lose jobsSydney workers told of proposed job cuts linked to Opal card.
- D-Day for Holden: workers await fateHolden boss expected to tell commission today time has run out for motoring giant in Australia.
- D-Day for Holden: workers await their fateHolden boss expected to tell commission today that the time has run out for the motoring giant in Australia.
BBC News - Asia Pacific
- Thai PM Yingluck calls electionThai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolves parliament and calls an election, after sustained protests in Bangkok.
- N Korea images show aide's removalNorth Korea broadcasts dramatic images of the once powerful uncle of leader Kim Jong-un being removed from a party meeting, confirming reports of his dismissal.
- Singapore riot: PM urges restraintSingapore leader Lee Hsien Loong urges the public not to "tarnish" their view of migrants after a rare riot sparked by the death of an Indian national.
- US defence chief meets Pakistan PMUS Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel holds talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad.
- Indonesia train in deadly collisionA commuter train collides with a vehicle in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, causing parts of the train to burst into flames.
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
- Yingluck's snap election will not cure Thailand's ills | Simon TisdallProtest leaders have vowed to continue their demonstrations but have yet to offer a viable plan for running the country The decision on Monday by Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's embattle...
- Greek deflation accelerates; Carney calls for vigilance on house prices - as it happenedThe Bank of England governor said he was concerned about developments in the UK housing market. Graeme Wearden Jennifer Rankin
- Letter from Beijing: disasters, opportunities and inspirationFrom choking air pollution and corruption to the scaling up of the green agenda, Simon Zadek reflects on his year in China "Scale is the 'unreasonable challenge' we must meet to drive fo...
- Family affair: Kim Jong-un wipes his uncle from North Korea's history | Aidan Foster-CarterThe public purging of his uncle by marriage, once his protector, shows Kim is as ruthless as his father and grandfather After visiting Pyongyang, Christopher Hitchens wrote that although...
- Kim Jong-un's uncle vanishes from documentary footage - in picturesThe uncle of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has been edited from footage of a documentary first aired in October Jang Song-Thaek, unlce of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is show...
Telegraph - Australian and Pacific
- Scientists discover test which could prevent stillbirthScientists discover a new blood test that can prevent stillbirths by accurately checking the baby's oxygen supply
- Ashes 2013-14: Mitchell Johnson 'blowing us away', says defiant Ian BellEngland's Ian Bell admits Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is a 'challenge' for his team
- Australia celebrates its first gay marriagesThe Australian Capital Territory passed legislation in October which made it the only jurisdiction in the country to permit gay marriage
- 900-year-old dancing Shiva to be returned to IndiaAustralia's national museum to return 900-year-old statue to India after admitting it was duped by disgraced international dealer Subhash Kapoor
- MP to wed partner in Australia's first same sex marriageAustralian MP and his partner to have the nation's first same sex wedding at 12.01am despite a legal challenge that may end their marriage in five days
The New York Times - Asia Pacific
- Thai Premier Calls for Elections, but Protests ContinueThe prime minister’s move did not satisfy antigovernment demonstrators in Bangkok, who vowed to expel her powerful family from the country. Antigovernment protesters outside the G...
- The Media Equation: Where Freedom of the Press Is MuffledChina and Britain both underscore how transparency, however painful in the moment, allows democracy, business and the citizenry to thrive in the long run. Alan Rusbridger, editor ...
- Hagel Meets With Pakistan’s Civilian and Military LeadersThe brief visit to Pakistan, the first by an American defense secretary in almost four years, came at a time of change for the country’s powerful armed forces.
- India Ink: Image of the Day: December 9Tibetan activists protesting against China in New Delhi. Tibetan activists shouting slogans against China during a demonstration outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi. They wer...
- News Analysis: A Gamble for North Korea’s Young LeaderIn publicly dismissing his uncle and mentor, Kim Jong-un removed a potential challenger to his power. Jang Song Thaek, uncle to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was forcibly remov...
- Yanukovich backs Ukraine compromise talks, police dismantle protest barricadesKIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich backed a call for talks with the opposition on Monday to end weeks of protests in Kiev, but tension was high with pro-Europe demonst...
- Friend and foe, world leaders coming together for MandelaJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Nearly 90 leaders from across the world, some of them locked in enmity, are flying to South Africa for memorials to Nelson Mandela that will hail one of humanity'...
- Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal dead if U.S. passes new sanctionsWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the Iranian nuclear deal would be dead if the U.S. Congress imposes new sanctions, even if they do not take effect for six...
- Iran, six powers meet on steps to carry out nuclear dealVIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers began expert-level talks on Monday to work out nitty gritty details in implementing a landmark accord for Tehran to curb its disputed nuclear ...
- French troops fight Central African Republic gunmen in capitalBANGUI (Reuters) - French troops fought gunmen in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, on Monday as they searched for weapons in an operation to disarm rival Muslim and Christ...
Financial Times - Asia Pacific
- Lee orders review of Singapore migrant areasUnrest has highlighted simmering unease among local residents wary of an influx of foreign migrant workers in recent years
- Thai protests continue despite snap pollPrime minister’s announcement of election seems almost an irrelevance on another dramatic day of mass street demonstrations in Bangkok
- Riot spoils Singapore’s harmonious imageAn accidental road death triggered the worst civil unrest in the island nation for years just as the ruling PAP was calling for continued community peace
- Thailand snap poll fails to halt protestsPrime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra calls snap election, but fails to halt further anti-government protests which she warns could damage Thailand’s image
- Kim’s purge suggests trouble is brewingThe North Korean’s behaviour seems more like that of a spoiled child lacking adult supervision than that of the leader of a state building nuclear weapons