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- Rugby: Spirited Chiefs hold off CrusadersChiefs 28Crusaders 19 A match worthy of a final and on this form there is every chance the Chiefs and Crusaders will meet again in the play-offs.It was pulsating encounter in front of 22,...
- Powerful 8.0 earthquake strikes RussiaA powerful earthquake has hit Russia's Far East with slight tremors spreading westwards as far as Moscow.Marina Kolomiyets, spokeswoman for Obninsk's seismic station of the Russian Academ...
- Owner of car found down bank comes forwardPolice are speaking to the owner of a car found crashed down a bank on Paekakariki Hill Rd north of Wellington this morning.There had been concerns for the wellbeing of Blair Coleman afte...
- Tauranga dairy bows to public outcry over synthetic cannabisA Tauranga dairy has bowed to public pressure and stopped selling synthetic cannabis.News of the decision came as Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne announced he was pushing his Psycho...
- Man killed, children injured after vehicle rollsA man was killed and two children injured when the vehicle they were in rolled several times into a paddock north of Christchurch this afternoon.Police said the occupants of the vehicle m...
- Emergency landing at HeathrowA British Airways jet made an emergency landing at London's Heathrow Airport after developing a technical problem after takeoff. TV footage showed smoke streaming from one of the engines.
- Bulldogs rebound, grind out win over BroncosCanterbury bounced back from their last-start thrashing to Newcastle with a solid 24-14 NRL win over Brisbane at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
- Nadal, Djokovic on same side of French OpenSeven-time champion Rafael Nadal could face top-seeded Novak Djokovic in the French Open semifinals a year after they met to decide the title.
- Waratahs' escapability falls short in MelbourneThe Melbourne Rebels put a serious dent in the Waratahs' surge to the Super Rugby playoffs with a 24-22 upset win on Friday night.
- Erakovic draws British qualifier in first roundMarina Erakovic has been handed a good draw for the French Open and is up against Britain's Elena Baltacha in the first round.
- Man City set sights high for incoming managerManchester City want to win five trophies in the next five years.
- Rain delays start of Headingley TestThe start of the second and final Test between England and New Zealand has been delayed.
- Japanese mayor under fire over brothel remarksTwo women forced to work in Japanese war-time military brothels say the mayor of Osaka should resign.
- Chiefs keep title defence on track over CrusadersThe Chiefs beat the Crusaders in a ferocious clash that had all the hallmarks of a Test.
- Nugs clip Hawks for eighth straight NBL winOtago Nuggets faced their toughest test of the season, beating the Bay Hawks 90-85 in OT.
- Syrian state media: Rebels attack prison in northSyria's state media say rebels have fired mortar shells at the central prison in an embattled northern city.
- Parents worried about runaway teenAn Auckland father is outraged his 14-year-old daughter was able to run away to Australia without permission.
- VIDEO: (all tries 28-19) Chiefs Vs Crusaders, Super Rugby 2013The Chiefs have beaten the Crusaders 28-19 in a tight affair at Waikato Stadium tonight.
- Chinese media: North Korea envoy offers talksA North Korean envoy has heeded Beijing's wishes by offering to renew nuclear disarmament talks.
- Kiwi dollar tipped to fall furtherThe New Zealand dollar is expected to fall below 80 US cents next week.
- NZ share prices drop on profit takingThe NZX 50 Index has fallen 1.4 per cent in what one sharebroker has described as a "healthy correction".
- Eva Longoria graduated from California State University, Northridge on Wednesday.The 'Desperate Housewives' actress received her Master's degree in Chicano Studies and took to Twitter to share her excitement ahead of the ceremony.
- Emma Roberts is set to join the cast of 'American Horror Story: Coven'.The 22-year-old actress – whose Fox pilot 'Delirium' was not picked up - is close to signing a deal to star in the third season of Ryan Murphy's FX drama alongside her boyfriend Evan Pete...
- Fire at Queenstown bar under controlA fire at a Queenstown bar which prompted the evacuation of part of central Queenstown has been brought under control.
- Sharon Osbourne is proud of Ozzy for overcoming his addictions again.The 64-year-old rocker's wife was "devastated" when Ozzy relapsed and resumed abusing drugs and alcohol over the past 18 months, but Sharon says he has now put his troubles behind him and...
- Man dies after car rolls near WaikukuA man has died and two children have been taken to hospital with moderate injuries following a motor vehicle crash near Waikuku, North Canterbury, this afternoon.
- A Victory for Barristers and DefendantsMEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Auckland District Law Society Inc Welcomes Court of Appeal Decision in Criminal Fixed Fee And Complex Cases Policy
- US retailers weighing on orange roughy prices, Sanford saysMay 24 (BusinessDesk) – Prices for orange roughy are at their lowest in 3-4 years, partly as a result of some US retailers boycotting the species because of concerns about the sustainabil...
- MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares drop on profit taking, Fed jittersMay 24 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand shares tumbled as investors took advantage of weaker Chinese growth and hints of a possible end to quantitative easing in the US to take profits on com...
- Bupa gains court approval to buy Dental Corp in Aust, NZMay 24 (BusinessDesk) – Bupa Group, a London-based healthcare provider, gained court approval to buy Dental Corp, Australia and New Zealand’s largest dental group, for 244 million British...
- Salmonella cases found in Northland (Newstalk ZB)A Northland food outlet is under investigation after nine cases of a rare type of Salmonella.
- Fire at Queenstown bar under control (NZ Newswire)A fire at a Queenstown bar which prompted the evacuation of part of central Queenstown has been brought under control.
- Wellsford kids win Mai FM talent quest to open for Blues (Fuseworks)Yesterday, Mai FM Nights announcer Haley and Blues mascot Bluebeard surprised an unsuspecting class of Wellsford school children with 150 extra tickets to the Blues game tomorrow.
- Burst of heavy rain for northern parts of NI (Fuseworks)A low is expected to move southeast across Waikato and Bay of Plenty Saturday night and Sunday morning.
- Queenstown blaze now contained (Newstalk ZB)A fire at a Queenstown bar and restaurant has been contained.
The National Business Review
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- Justice Roberts Chambers knightedSupreme Court judge Robert Chambers, who died in his sleep on Tuesday, has been knighted posthumously from May 20. read more
- SFO lays charges in $9.2m mortgage fraud caseAuckland businesswoman Eli Devoy has been charged as the ringleader of an alleged complex mortgage fraud. read more
- Greymouth Petroleum shucks off disaffected shareholderPrepares to welcome a new 14% shareholder on its share register after winning a High Court action. read more
- Wheeling and dealing in central Christchurchread 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.
- Man killed, children injured in Waikuku crashA man is dead and two children injured after a crash in North Canterbury this afternoon.
- No red-zone deadline secrets, Brownlee saysCanterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says deadline extensions for some red-zone landowners have not been kept secret.
- Gallant Chiefs win heavyweight clashIt took a brave gamble 10 minutes from the end but the Chiefs emerged triumphant from a brutal Super Rugby game in Hamilton, beating the Crusaders 28-19.
- Serious head injuries after fightTwo weapons may have been used in a fight outside a Christchurch bar that left a man with serious head injuries last night.
- Large blaze in central Queenstown buildingA central Queenstown building has been engulfed in a fire that is still burning.
- Human Rights just a nuisance to NationalBy Catherine Delahunty. Victory for carers recognising their human rights tainted by National’s use of their case to strip away human rights.
- More mining or less mining?Denniston Plateau mine given go-ahead - pleased much?
- Can you justify the Urewera terror raids?IPCA report says police acted unlawfully.
- Tame Iti's full statement on IPCA reportFull statement from Wairere Tame Iti made on Facebook today.
- Colin Craig "kiddy fiddling is ok" tweet due to hacked Twitter accountColin Craig's Twitter hacked, internet carries on.
Radio New Zealand
- Evolving cockroaches shun sugar-laden baitA strain of cockroaches in Europe has evolved to outsmart the sugar traps used to eradicate them.
- Highway bridge collapses in northern USPart of a road bridge has collapsed into the Skagit River in the American state of Washington.
- Massive quake in Russia, but 600km undergroundA massive undersea earthquake in Russia's Far East prompted a tsunami warning and unleashed tremors across Russia, including in Moscow 10,000 kilometres away, but caused no casualties or ...
- Blaze forces evacuation of Queenstown CBDHundreds of people were evacuated after fire engulfed one of Queenstown's most popular bars, and a pizza parlour, on Friday.
- Farmer critical of MPI's performanceA South Canterbury farmer says its clear the Ministry for Primary Industries is under-performing - with both the minister and the associate minister publicly questioning its performance r...
- 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 ...
- Integrated ticketing coming for Wellington transportInvestigations have begun into an integrated electronic ticketing system for Wellington, which will see one smartcard used for all buses, trains and harbour ferries across the region.
- Chemical reaction starts laundry fireSpontaneous combustion caused a laundrette fire that closed a street in the Wellington suburb of Newtown early yesterday morning.
- Man jailed for sex with 15-year-oldA man who traded money and cigarettes for sex with a 15-year-old boy has been jailed.
- Truck fire on SH1 near JohnsonvilleThick smoke from a truck fire is reducing visibility on the motorway between Johnsonville and Porirua this afternoon.
- Search after car found down bankWellington Police have located Blair Coleman, the owner of the car that plunged 20m down a bank off the Paekakariki Hill Rd this morning.
- Girl, 7, attacked by three dogs while walking with dadA 7-year-old girl who was allegedly attacked by three dogs in Waitahanui last week had to spend four days in Rotorua Hospital to recover.
- Ferocious Chiefs show title form in an epicIt took a brave gamble 10 minutes from the end but the Chiefs emerged triumphant from a brutal Super Rugby game in Hamilton tonight, beating the Crusaders 28-19.
- Taupo businessman 'disappears in a puff of smoke' leaving locals in the lurchA businessman has fled Taupo owing tens of thousands of dollars to several local businesses, who are in a state of uproar.
- Waikato-wide fire banSweltering temperatures have forced a total fire ban across Waikato with every council warning of extreme fire risk.
- Hamilton Taxis ordered to pay former chiefThe former chief executive of Hamilton Taxis has been awarded more than $16,000 in compensation and lost wages after he was unfairly fired last year.
- 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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- Kiwi traveller counts high cost of his misadventureThe scar down Sean Kenzie's neck is a reminder of how his life changed forever when a taxi knocked him off his scooter in Thailand.
- 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
- Chinese military woos big businessSome of Australia's top business leaders were feted in China by an ''influence'' platform of the People's Liberation Army.
- Barba makes late charge for MaroonsBen Barba was back to his best in the Bulldogs' 24-14 win against Brisbane at ANZ Stadium.
- Homicide take lead on pogo deathHomicide detectives take over the investigation into the pogo-stick death of a Sydney boy.
- Homicide takes lead on pogo deathHomicide detectives take over the investigation into the pogo-stick death of a Sydney boy.
- Tahs lose momentum with Rebels lossJoin RugbyHeaven as the Rebels take on the Waratahs.
BBC News - Asia Pacific
- Explosion and gunfire shake KabulThere has been a large explosion in the centre of the Afghan capital, Kabul, followed by an apparent attack on a security forces building.
- UN hails 'historic' Obama drone vowThe lawyer leading the UN's inquiry into drones welcomes President Obama's speech as a "significant step towards increased transparency".
- RAF jets scrambled after incidentRAF Typhoon jets are launched to investigate an incident involving a civilian plane from Pakistan within UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence says.
- 'Comfort women' snub Japan mayorTwo South Korean women forced into sexual slavery in WWII cancel a meeting with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, citing fears of "political exploitation".
- Japan PM Abe heads to BurmaJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to Burma for economic talks - in the first visit by a Japanese PM since 1977.
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
- Eurozone crisis live: Markets slide after rollercoaster session in JapanFTSE 100 down 40 points after Japanese market suffers turbulent session Josephine Moulds Nick Fletcher Japan's Nikkei regained ground on Friday after a 7.3% dive in the previous session,...
- The problem with Japan's high-stakes economic mind game | Alex HernShinzo Abe's 'Abenomics' involved a push for a Nikkei rise. This week's plunge shows you can't legislate for human psychology The Nikkei 225, Japan's primary stock market, plunged by ove...
- Wartime sex slaves cancel meeting with controversial Japanese mayorMove by Korean former 'comfort women' comes as row erupts over column asserting atomic bombs as 'divine punishment' Two South Korean women who were forced to work in Japanese military br...
- North Korea agrees to return to nuclear talks under pressure from ChinaPyongyang's special envoy makes concession on nuclear disarmament to ease tensions between communist allies North Korea has offered to renew nuclear disarmament talks, Chinese state medi...
- Manila less than thrilled at Dan Brown's InfernoCity chairman lodges protest with author over his description of Philippines capital as 'the gates of hell' in latest novel Kate Hodal Dan Brown has annoyed leaders of Manila in the Phil...
Telegraph - Australian and Pacific
- 'World's hottest pie' sparks extreme reaction with Australian TV presenterAn Australian television presenter was left almost in tears after taking a bite of "the world's hottest pie".
- Australian fisherman spends night with crocodile below bunkAn Australian fisherman was so enraged with finding yet another crocodile on the end of his fishing line that he took the animal home and spent the night with it sleeping below his bunk b...
- American Samoa to take frequent flier miles from government staff and give to needyAmerican Samoa plans to take away frequent flier miles from government workers who travel on behalf of the US territory and give them to medical patients who need to travel overseas for t...
- Gina Rinehart stays on top of Australia rich listMining tycoon has kept her spot as Australia's richest person despite her personal wealth shedding £4.5 billion due to a resources slowdown in the past 12 months.
- Australian zoo shows off baby white rhinoA week-old white rhino calf makes his debut in front of the cameras as Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Australia.
The New York Times - Asia Pacific
- ‘Comfort Women’ Cancel Meeting With Japanese MayorThe South Korean women were concerned that a politician who made provocative comments defending World War II brothels was seeking to repair his image. Toru Hashimoto, the mayor of...
- India Ink: Ponzi Scheme Threatens ‘Clean’ Image of Mamata BanerjeeMs. Banerjee, who has been projected as the “symbol of honesty” in West Bengal, is fighting hard to restore voters’ confidence. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a...
- 5 Climbers Feared Dead on Himalayan PeakA noted Hungarian climber near his goal of scaling the world’s 14 highest peaks is missing along with four others.
- Katha Journal: Orwell’s House Links Myanmar to Its Burmese DaysIn the town where George Orwell wrote his first novel, “Burmese Days,” a group of locals are encouraging the authorities to restore his house and its unkempt garden. The British C...
- World Briefing | Asia: India: Power Failures Set Off ProtestsA blistering heat wave in north and western India has caused widespread electricity cuts and led residents to protest and even attack power company officials and property.
- Blasts, shooting in center of Afghan capitalKABUL (Reuters) - Several large explosions rocked a busy area in the center of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday with Reuters witnesses describing shooting in the area.
- Durable goods orders rise, point to factory resilienceWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose more than expected in April, a hopeful sign that a contraction in factory output could soon run its course.
- Truck crash may have caused Washington state bridge collapseOLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - A truck crashed into a four-lane freeway bridge in Washington state Thursday evening and may have caused it to collapse, sending vehicles and drivers tumbl...
- Syria opposition struggles to forge transition plan before talksISTANBUL (Reuters) - Syria's divided opposition leaders have failed to back a plan by their outgoing leader for President Bashar al-Assad to cede power gradually to end the country's civi...
- U.S. casts doubt on credibility of Iranian electionTEL AVIV (Reuters) - The United States on Friday called into question the credibility of Iran's presidential election next month, criticizing the disqualification of candidates and accusi...
Financial Times - Asia Pacific
- Malaysia on edge amid political stand-offSeveral opposition figures detained under the country’s colonial-era sedition law less than three weeks after the bitterly contested general election
- Vietnam names new finance ministerThe appointment comes as the country’s leadership struggles to raise the country’s budget revenue and reform its state enterprises
- Bangladesh factory probe finds ‘violations’A Bangladeshi government investigation committee finds poor building construction at fault for deaths of hundreds of garment factory workers
- Scandal and crime claims threaten IPLGlamorous tournament’s future hangs in the balance as enthusiastic police investigation leaves every element of contest under suspicion
- Pakistan seeks $4bn-$5bn Saudi loanSharif looks to to avert a balance of payments crisis and boost electricity supplies while Pakistan agrees a new programme with the IMF