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- Obama campaigns for governors in 6 statesWASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama, whose slumping popularity is a drag on fellow Democrats in the congressional races, is sprinting state to state this week on behalf of six Democrat...
- Image of Asia: Resting at the Pushkar cattle fairIn this photo by Deepak Sharma, a camel herder stands beside resting camels at the cattle fair in Pushkar, in the desert state of Rajasthan in western India. Hundreds of thousands of came...
- Applications for US jobless aid tick up to 287,000WASHINGTON (AP) The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market.The Labor Depart...
- Milosevic's widow ridicules EU lifting sanctionsBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Slobodan Milosevic's exiled widow has ridiculed the European Union's decision to lift a 15-year freeze on assets of the former Serbian strongman, saying that the fam...
- Marlboro maker Altria's 3Q profit up slightlyRICHMOND, Va. (AP) Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc.'s profit rose slightly the third quarter as higher prices helped to offset decline in the number of cigarettes it sold.The owner of the...
- Man injured in Kapiti crashA man remains in hospital tonight after a crash on a main route on the Kapiti Coast at rush hour.
- Lydia Ko solid so far at Taiwan ChampionshipIt was another case of solid rather than spectacular from Lydia Ko on a low scoring day on the LPGA Tour's Asian swing.
- Monk, temple caretaker fight 'unusual'A Buddhist monk remains in an induced coma while a temple caretaker is recovering after a nail gun attack between the pair on Sydney's southwest outskirts.
- Ex-cop pleads guilty to drug chargesA senior cop is expected to go to jail after pleading guilty to two charges of stealing and supplying methamphetamine three days into his trial at the Whangarei District Court.
- Tim Wilkinson in PGA running as rain arrivesA change of scene, country and time zone has suited Tim Wilkinson and the Manawatu left-hander made a strong start to the PGA Tour's first overseas tournament of the season.
- Young Fathers win 2014 Mercury PrizeScottish hip-hop group Young Fathers have won the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for the best British or Irish record of the last 12 months.
- Tim Wilkinson, Danny Lee start hot in Kuala LumpurNew Zealand golfer Tim Wilkinson is tied for third after the opening round of USPGA's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur.
- UN examines torture allegations in FijiAlleged abuses in Fiji, including torture, have been examined by the United Nations.
- Lydia Ko in the mix in TaiwanNew Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has carded a three-under 69 to six shots off the pace.
- US nurse fights Ebola quarantineA nurse who worked in Sierra Leone caring for Ebola patients is fighting the US state of Maine over its right to quarantine her against her will.
- NZ animals master the art of the selfieNew Zealand scientists have been monitoring pest populations with motion sensor cameras, but they've got more than they bargained for.
- Fewer Chinese couples applying for second childFewer Chinese couples applied to have a second child than expected after a relaxation of the country's "one child" policy.
- All goals (2-0): Newcastle dump Man City out of League CupLeague Cup holders Manchester City have been knocked out of the competition at the hands of a youthful Newcastle United.
- How clean are our planes?Anna Burns-Francis went on board both an Air New Zealand and a Jetstar aircraft to see just how filthy they really are.
- The Russians have landed in Middle EarthThe small band of Russian explorers travelled 26,000 km, all the way from Moscow in two light helicopters.
- Key won't say what he knows about RawsharkJohn Key was given the name of the hacker who stole Cameron Slater's emails but says he isn't "absolutely sure" the information was accurate.
- Ellen DeGeneres hated doing stand-up comedy.The chat show host admits she only ever took to the stage when she was younger because she had "no other skills".
- Central banks weigh on kiwi dollarThe kiwi dollar has been given a double-hit from the Federal Reserve and NZ's Reserve Bank, which may take the chance to lower it further.
- Ronan Keating wants a 'Game of Thrones'-style wedding if he ever marries Storm Uechtritz.The 37-year-old singer - who met his girlfriend on the set of Australian 'X Factor', on which he is a judge - is keen for their nuptials to be in the style of the US fantasy drama series,...
- Alfonso Ribeiro's wife is expecting their second child.The 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' actor revealed his and wife Angela Unkrich's happy news after his latest performance on 'Dancing with the Stars' on Monday night when he wished their son Alf...
- Low Dairy Pay-out Needs Forward ThinkingDairy farmers need to take action now to avoid going backwards once the current forecast pay-out begins to take effect next year, says Justin Geddes, Agribusiness Principal from Crowe Hor...
- Auckland Council postpones indoor fire decisionAuckland Council’s Governing Body today made a decision to postpone the passing of the Air Quality Bylaw. The proposed bylaw aims to manage indoor fires to reduce air pollution and meet N...
- Updated Pokie Stats PublishedPub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended September dropped 1.4 per cent from $819.4 million to $808 million.
- NZ’s largest bus company winner at Cycle Friendly AwardsNZ Bus picked up the gong for Cycle Friendly Commitment by a Business at last night’s ‘2walk and cycle’ conference and awards in Nelson.
- Executive Appointment at Cullen InvestmentsScurrah will manage the operational matters of Cullen’s New Zealand asset portfolio across multiple investments and market sectors. His role with Cullen enables him to continue his involv...
- Tami Neilson wins Silver Scroll (NZ Newswire)Country-folk singer Tami Neilson has won New Zealand's premiere music award, the APRA Silver Scroll, which was presented at a ceremony in Wellington.
- Two critical after temple nail gun attack (Yahoo7 and Agencies)Two men are fighting for life after being shot in the head with a nail gun at a Sydney temple.
- Gales for Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa on Friday (Fuseworks)A front is expected to move north over New Zealand Friday.
- Five Nuffield Farming Scholars named for 2014 (Fuseworks)A diverse group of rural New Zealanders has been chosen as the latest crop of Nuffield Scholars.
- Lorde in town for Silver Scroll Awards (Newstalk ZB)New Zealand's biggest pop export's making tonight's Silver Scroll Awards a family occasion.
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.
- Two police officers hurt, man TaseredTwo officers were injured, a police car rammed and a man Tasered in a dramatic police chase in Christchurch today.
- Gas leak driver had clean recordA digger driver at the centre of a probe into a major gas leak in central Christchurch was experienced and had a clean record, his employer says.
- Driver hospitalised in string of crashesOne person has been hospitalised, traffic lights wiped out and a grass verge set alight after a string of crashes in Christchurch this afternoon.
- Food trucks in Cathedral SquareA city council plan to have food trucks in Cathedral Square has upset nearby restaurants who say the move could endanger their already struggling businesses.
- Fete's reputation shines two decades onThe line to get into the Christmas Country Fete in Culverden is reportedly 17km long.
- TV3 announces 2015 season: Grand Designs NZ, MasterChef NZ and Gallipoli feature!TV3 will be bigger than ever in 2015!
- Sick of your iPhone? Or addicted? Then the NoPhone is for you!Technology-free technology item raises close to $15,000 on Kickstarter.
- Su’a William Sio: Tempting ex-pat Kiwis back to NZ jobs may cut unemployment stats, but ignores the plight of our domestic unemployedBy Su’a William Sio. Parliament opened this week with the traditional speech from the throne by Governor General.
- Winston Peters: The sorry tale of the simple tea breakBy Winston Peters. Like many of our working conditions they were set in place over blood, sweat and tears.
- Willie Jackson: Grant RobertsonBy Willie Jackson. Are we ready for a gay party leader?
Radio New Zealand
- Silver scroll goes to sister and brother duoThe country singer Tami Neilson and her co-writer and brother Joshua Neilson have won the 2014 Apra Silver Scroll award. They won for their song Walk (Back to Your Arms).
- Householders to pay less for energyHouseholds could see their power bills drop by about $25 a year under a Commerce Commission decree which cuts profit margins for electricity and gas distribution companies.
- Jail possible for dirty dairy farmerAn Environment Court judge has described a Murchison dairy farmer's repeated and deliberate polluting as the worst in New Zealand and is not ruling out sending him to jail.
- Chinese park decision upsets maraeA leader at an Auckland marae is disappointed the New Zealand-inspired aspect to a Chinese theme park has been dropped, but is glad the pa hasn't lost any taonga.
- Govt calls for hunter patienceThe Government is calling for patience from hunters wanting to get into Te Urewera, as Tuhoe works on a review of hunting permits.
- 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 ...
- Baby brain-damaged by lack of proper careA Wellington baby was left permanently brain damaged after emergency medical staff failed to diagnosis meningitis.
- Two convictions quashed in hoodie murder appealThe 2008 case of a Whanganui man killed because a red hoodie wrongly linked him to the Mongrel Mob, has been reopened with the Supreme Court today quashing the convictions of two women.
- Neilsons win Silver ScrollA Canadian sister and brother have won New Zealand’s prestigious song-writing prize, the Apra Silver Scroll Award, for a retro-style blues ballad.
- Man injured in Kapiti crashA man remains in hospital tonight after a crash on a main route on the Kapiti Coast at rush hour.
- Drugs and guns seized in Hawke's BayA two-and-a-half month operation in Hawke's Bay has culminated with police seizing $175,000 worth of methamphetamine and $310,000 in cash.
- The Tronpier: Bridge of the Future?Many ideas have been pitched to breach the divide between the Waikato River's east and west banks, but few have rivalled the grand scale of Tony Banks' Tronpier.
- Medical mishaps drop by oneThe chances of you having an accident or being subjected to a mishap at one of the Waikato District Health Board's hospitals have dropped - slightly.
- Drug bust lands three in courtA former licensed retailer of synthetic cannabis is among three people facing charges in the wake of a series of drug busts.
- Live chat: MKR NZ winners Belinda & NeenaA perfectly-prepared salmon helped Belinda MacDonald and Neena Truscott take home $100,000 in the MKR NZ final last night (well it is a glorious fish).
- Pink Challenge helps raise fundsMarch 2012 was a bad time for Debbie Casson.
- 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
- Hundreds evacuate ... slowlyMoving at just 10 metres an hour, there's little urgency for the hundreds of people still living in the path of this river of molten lava.
- Internet costs to rise, downloaders to be hitAustralians are among the biggest illicit downloaders in the world. Now police will be using new laws to seek them out.
- Plan to lift the 'greatest eyesore'Parts of the road are like what you might see in the Third World. This is the plan to fix it.
- 'Cost-cutting' on HSC markingThe compulsory English questions have always been marked twice for quality control. Not any more.
- Peris reveals blackmail attemptSenator says leaked emails about an alleged affair with Ato Boldon were being used to extort her.
BBC News - Asia Pacific
- Sri Lanka rescue effort intensifiedRescue workers in Sri Lanka intensify their search for survivors of a tea plantation landslide which is feared to have buried more than 100 people.
- Prison for S Korea bullying soldiersA military court in South Korea gives prison sentences ranging from 25 to 45 years to four soldiers involved in the death of a junior soldier.
- Groups condemn Singapore gay rulingHuman rights groups criticise a Singapore court's decision that a law banning gay sex is constitutional, saying it "tramples on basic rights".
- Taiwan officials in China study banTaiwan bans its senior government officials from higher studies in mainland China, citing "national security" reasons.
- Japan princess back in public eyeJapan's Crown Princess Masako - who has been hit by a stress-related illness - attends a banquet for Dutch royals, her first such appearance in 11 years.
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
- UK governments drug laws survey was suppressed, Lib Dem minister saysNorman Baker says Tories did not like evidence gleaned as deputy prime minister Nick Clegg criticises foot dragging over report that says tough laws make no difference A groundbreaking Ho...
- Tory minister defends axing migrant rescue: Politics LiveRolling coverage of all the days political developments, including the dispute between the Lib Dems and Number 10 over a Home Office report on drugs policy and a debate on migrant rescue...
- FGM: Ban Ki-moon backs Guardians global media campaignUN chief launches grants initiative in Kenya as part of push to change how female genital mutilation is reported and perceived The UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon is backing a groundbrea...
- Tim Cook: 'I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me'Apple CEO Tim Cook has written about his sexuality for the first time, in the hope that he can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is Tim Cook, chief executive of...
- Government considered cuts to employment and support allowanceInternal documents seen by BBC suggest officials considered cutting ESA by as much as £30 so it is effectively worth the same as jobseekers allowance The government is considering cutting...
Telegraph - Australian and Pacific
- Lava flowing from Kilauea volcano threatens communities in Hawaii, in picturesIn pics: Lava from Kilauea volcano threatens communities on Big Island, Hawaii
- Bitten Australian surfer kicks off sharkRyan Hunt describes how he survived shark attack, escaping with a gash to his foot
- Meet the nine living recipients of the Victoria CrossThe Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted a reception for the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association at Buckingham Palace yesterday. Here we list the living holders of the VC, award...
- Watch: 900C lava from Hawaii volcano destroys residential areaMolten lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano crosses onto residential property
- Australian MP denies using public funds for ten-day affair with sprinter Ato BoldonAustralian MP and former Olympian Nova Peris faces embarrassing email leak but denies wrongdoing over claims she misused funds during alleged affair with sprinter Ato Boldon
The New York Times - Asia Pacific
- Letter From India: Modi Fails, So Far, to Return Illicit Funds to IndiaThe prime minister has vowed to bring back money that corrupt Indians have allegedly sent overseas. But his initial findings were disappointing.
- South Korean Court Orders Japanese Firm Nachi-Fujikoshi to Pay Forced LaborersThe company must give $75,800 to $94,800 to over a dozen people who were made to work in its factory during Japanese colonial rule of Korea.
- Western Observer Finds Himself a Player in Hong Kong’s Protest DramaPro-Beijing newspapers in Hong Kong have made a former American intelligence officer a prime example in their allegations of a foreign conspiracy behind the city’s political tumult. Pro-B...
- Sri Lanka Landslide’s Toll Is Lower Than Previously Thought, Officials SayThree bodies, not six, were said to have been recovered, and 192 people, not 300, were believed to be missing.
- World Briefing: Cambodia: American Fugitive Is ArrestedThe police said Wednesday that they had arrested a man identified by the news media as a United States Army deserter wanted in Florida on child pornography charges.
- Ukraine gas supplies in doubt as Russia seeks EU payment dealBRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine's efforts to unblock deliveries of Russian gas as winter sets in were deadlocked on Thursday as Moscow's negotiators were quoted demanding firmer commitments ...
- Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic StateSURUC Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have...
- Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightistJERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce cla...
- U.S. jobless claims rise, but underlying labor market trends firmingWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose for a second straight week last week, but remained at levels consistent with a firming labo...
- Trade, defense spending buoy U.S. third-quarter growthWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A smaller trade deficit and a surge in defense spending buoyed U.S. economic growth in the third quarter, but other details of Thursday's report hinted at some loss...
Financial Times - Asia Pacific
- China to let foreign groups clear paymentsPolicy shift opens door for Visa, MasterCard
- Tourists swap Thai beaches for cage fightsMuay Thai fitness enthusiasts flock to ‘Tiger’ street on the resort island of Phuket
- Chinese developers look to rights issuesCredit impact boosts property bonds as developers seek out funding alternatives
- Indonesia’s Jokowi can outdo ObamaWidodo will need all the acumen that took him to the presidency to avoid the traps being set
- Goldman at odds with rivals over AlibabaInvestment bank’s research points to run up in share price as reason for neutral rating