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- Brazil presidential rivals face off in debateRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil's presidential candidates are facing off for a final debate ahead of Sunday's runoff election.President Dilma Rousseff and challenger Aecio Neves are in a tight...
- Mystery over twin's growthKyan and Axel Crossley-Coe are 3-year-old identical twins - but they can be distinguished by their heights.Despite being born only two minutes apart, Axel is considerably smaller than his...
- Ebola epidemic could cost Fonterra $150mThe head of the country's largest company, Fonterra, says the growing Ebola epidemic could cost the company $150 million.As African countries locked down their borders in an attempt to co...
- Statement from Ted Bishop on his ousterThe statement from Ted Bishop, who was removed as president of the PGA of America on Friday for sexist comments on social media directed at Ian Poulter:I want to apologize to Ian Poulter ...
- NYC museum plans Basquiat exhibitionNEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Museum plans an exhibition on graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat that includes eight rarely seen notebooks filled with his handwritten texts and sketches."Bas...
- Texas Ebola nurse out of hospital, meets ObamaA nurse who caught Ebola while caring for the patient diagnosed in Dallas was released from a hospital on Friday (local time), free of the virus, and meets with President Barack Obama at ...
- Two police deputies shot dead in CaliforniaSacramento, California: A day of carnage by a suspect armed with a rifle left two area deputies dead, a motorist gravely injured and another deputy wounded in a 48km crime spree that tri...
- High school shooting near Seattle: 2 dead, 3 criticalThe final social media postings of the teenage gunman in a US school shooting offered a chilling forewarning of the carnage he was preparing to unleash.
- Homeowners caught short in disasterIf your house was destroyed tomorrow - say by a fire or an earthquake - would you have enough insurance to rebuild it? The chances are you won't, even if you think you do.
- Armageddon, The Block delay trafficTwo big events in Auckland are causing traffic delays this afternoon.
- Kurds march in Auckland against ISIS attacksMore than 130 members of the Kurdish community descended on Queen Street today.
- US school shooter posts ominous tweets before attackThe final social media postings of the teenage gunman in a US school shooting offered a chilling forewarning.
- New Waiheke ferry provides war on the waterA new ferry offering trips between Auckland and Waiheke set sail for the first time this morning.
- Alker through in PGA, Wilkson, Lee fail to make cutSteven Alker has moved up the leaderboard in the second round of the latest PGA Tour event.
- Malaysian diplomat in custody for alleged sexual assaultThe Malaysian diplomat accused of sexually assaulting a Wellington woman has appeared in court.
- Queen sends her first royal tweetThe Queen has passed a technological milestone - sending the first royal tweet under her own name.
- Groser in Sydney for Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiationsTrade Minister Tim Groser will leave for Sydney today for the next round of Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement talks.
- Bus crashes into Auckland propertyThe bus was carrying about six people when it collided with car, then crashed onto the Mangere property just before midnight.
- Kurtley Beale fined, available to play for WallabiesWallabies back Kurtley Beale has been fined $45,000 but avoided suspension for breaching the Australian Rugby Union's code of conduct.
- Rafael Nadal ends seasonRafael Nadal called time on his rollercoaster tennis season as the 14-time grand slam title winner prepared to undergo appendix surgery.
- Chrissy Teigen has quit Twitter.The 28-year-old model, the wife of John Legend, has left the social networking site after she received a string of online abuse following her tweet about the shooting in Ottawa, Canada - ...
- Labour hits down Maori TV move ideaThe idea of moving Maori Television form Auckland to Rotorua is bizarre, says Labour MP Peeni Henare.
- Shakira says her unborn baby is a "true gift" for her son.The Colombian singer-songwriter is five months pregnant with her and boyfriend Gerard Piqué's second child and is excited for their son Milan to be getting a brother.
- Alker five behind leader at PGA Tour eventSteven Alker is tied for 21st, five shots from the lead, after being the only New Zealander to make the cut at the PGA Tour tournament in Georgia.
- Oscar de la Renta was in a wheelchair at Amal Clooney's wedding dress fitting.The legendary fashion designer passed away earlier this week and Amal's mother Baria Alamuddin has revealed how he admitted he was unwell while at a fitting for the wedding dress he'd cre...
- Lisa Owen Interviews Tribal Huk Leader Jamie PinkLisa Owen Interviews Tribal Huk Leader Jamie Pink, Whose Gang is Making 500 Sandwiches a Day for Hungry Kids in the Waikato
- Lisa Owen interviews Fonterra CEO Theo SpieringsFonterra boss worried about the spread of Ebola in West Africa and potential “big consequences” for the company, saying “it doesn’t feel to me like that it is under control at the moment”
- Fatal crash - Dairy Flat Highway - WaitemataOne person is deceased after a truck v car crash on Horseshoe Bush Rd & Dairy Flat Highway, Dairy Flat, shortly before 4.30pm today. Another person has been transported to North Shore Hos...
- Fatal Car Crash at Dairy Flat Highway, Dairy FlatInspector Mark Fergus, Rodney Area Commander will do a brief interview with media at the scene of this afternoon's fatal crash at 7pm.
- Aggravated Robbery of a Lower Hutt Dairy - WellingtonHutt Valley Police continue to search for the offender who robbed a Waterloo Road dairy at knife point around 4.45pm today.
- Labour hits down Maori TV move idea (NZ Newswire)The idea of moving Maori Television form Auckland to Rotorua is bizarre, says Labour MP Peeni Henare.
- Malaysian diplomat appears in court, remanded in custody (Newstalk ZB)Malaysian diplomat Muhammed bin Rizalman, 38, who is charged with assault with intent to rape Wellington woman Tania Billingsley, has appeared in court this morning.
- Million dollar sculpture for Auckland's Queens Wharf (Newstalk ZB)Details have been unveiled about a 1.5 million dollar sculpture for Auckland's Queens Wharf.
- New book highlights Kiwi life expectancy (Newstalk ZB)It seems New Zealanders aren't doing too badly when it comes to how long we live.
- Motorists urged to check tyre baldness (Newstalk ZB)The humble 20 cent piece could save a life this long weekend.
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.
- Schools allay doubt over fairness of prizesAre school prizegivings fair?
- Dream for a builder now a nightmareBroken dreams and unpaid bills pave the road to Motunau Beach, where Joseph Van Roij's Fraemohs cabin sits opposite his grand unfinished home overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
- Antibiotics could have saved worker, says coronerThe death of an Otago forestry worker might have been prevented if he had been prescribed antibiotics but there was no way for doctors to know he needed them, a coroner says.
- Convention centre might be white elephantDoubts over the location and economic viability of Christchurch's convention centre could result in the project being a "huge disaster", a designer says.
- Surrogate's labour of love for brotherFor most women, carrying another woman's child for nine months and enduring the pain of childbirth would be unthinkable.
- Willie Jackson: Grant RobertsonBy Willie Jackson. Are we ready for a gay Party Leader?
- Duncan Garner: Key is always the PM – it’s not a part-time gig.By Duncan Garner Key is always the PM
- Metiria Turei: Let’s pull together on feeding the kidsBy Green Co-leader Metiria Turei. John Key in his victory speech said he wants to govern for all New Zealanders - we will quickly be able to a gauge how genuine he is.
- Duncan Garner: Nick Smith must come cleanBy Duncan Garner. Just six houses built.
- Duncan Garner: I once ate a penis...By Duncan Garner. I once tried donkey penis at a restaurant.
Radio New Zealand
- Motorists wary of new charges - AAThe AA says the Auckland Council has a big job on its hands to convince motorists of the benefits of paying extra charges to fund transport projects.
- Malaysian diplomat appears in courtThe former Malaysian diplomat accused of attacking a Wellington woman five months ago appeared in court this morning after returning to New Zealand last night.
- Public asked to help protect rare birdThe Conservation Department is making a plea for New Zealand's most endangered bird, the fairy tern, as visitors pour into Northland for Labour Weekend.
- Oil giant plans major southern seabed searchAn international oil company has applied to survey an area of New Zealand's southern seabed almost twice the size of the country's total land area.
- Ladi6 up for challenge of 'dream' careerKaroline Tamati, otherwise known as Ladi6, might be able to pack out venues here, but she admits winning crowds over on her recent US tour was a challenge.
- 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 ...
- Double vision: Counting the cost of concussionWellington was meant to be "ground zero" for a new method of checking concussion on the sports field. Instead, a breakdown between its creators and rugby officials has seen accusations b...
- Woman forced from seat by obese passengerA passenger has complained to an airline after she was squeezed out of her seat by an obese man - and forced to spend most of a trans-Tasman flight standing in the aisle.
- Malaysian diplomat in custody after court appearanceA sex-assault accused Malaysian High Commission staff member who invoked diplomatic immunity to leave New Zealand has been escorted back into the country and has appeared in court this mo...
- SH1 traffic delayedLabour Weekend traffic is continuing to plague motorists heading north out of Wellington.
- Burglaries unsolved as police face strainPolice are taking, on average, more than a year to solve burglaries - an increase on last year of more than 100 days.
- Trophy liberated from captorAfter riddles and laughter and clues left galore, the King Country Trophy was safely restored.
- Wandering water dragon reunited with ownerHe's more often seen on TV cradling some huge fish hauled up from the ocean depths - but yesterday Milan Radonich was in the frame getting cosy with a dragon.
- Gunman stable after Kerepehi shoot-outLife is returning to normal in the rural town of Kerepehi as the man shot by police on Tuesday night remains in a stable condition in Waikato Hospital.
- New lease of life for iconic hotelSixty years of majestic beauty and history is being revived in the Putaruru Hotel - carpet, wallpaper and all.
- Man arrested in whitebait 'feud'A simmering dispute over whitebaiting territory is believed to be at the heart of a violent clash at a boat ramp on the Waikato River.
- 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
- 'It won't last...It'll never last'Jaylen Fryberg smirked as he walked into a school cafeteria and opened fire. His final tweet offered a chilling forewarning of what was to come.
- Two men found dead in Central station toiletsA man was found in a cubicle at Sydney train station. An hour later another man was found.
- New frontier in Mummy WarsComment: Undisciplined children in public places are a result of parental guilt.
- Kurtley Beale on his last chanceWhat Beale did was outrageous, horrifying and unforgivable, but...
- Bottle babies given life sentenceNo one's sure how many Australians are affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
BBC News - Asia Pacific
- Daniel Pearl murder suspect releasedOne of the suspects in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, beheaded in 2002, is set free by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan.
- Detained Myanmar reporter shot deadA Burmese journalist taken into detention while covering clashes near the Thai border is shot dead while trying to escape, the army says.
- First transplant of 'dead' heartSurgeons in Australia say they have performed the first heart transplant using a "dead heart".
- Hindu activists 'attack India cafe'Members of the governing BJP's youth wing vandalise a coffee shop, decrying meetings there between boys and girls.
- HK protesters to vote on proposalsProtest leaders in Hong Kong are to ballot their supporters over whether to accept the government's proposals and end their occupation of the city.
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
- David Cameron kept in the dark over EUs bill for 2.1bnPM denounces conduct of European commission as he admits Osborne knew of demand for cash two days before he did David Cameron admitted that he had been left in the dark by George Osborne...
- Kurds fear Isis use of chemical weapon in KobaniDoctor in besieged Syrian town reports arrival of patients with blisters, burning eyes and breathing difficulties after explosion Kurds battling Islamic State militants for control of Kob...
- Johann Lamont resigns as leader of Scottish Labour partyLamonts decision comes as she accuses colleagues of trying to run Scotland like a branch office of London Johann Lamont is to stand down as leader of the Scottish Labour party, after desc...
- Teenager shoots one person dead at Washington high school before killing himselfMarysville-Pilchuck high school went into lockdown at 11am Four wounded, two critically, after shooting near Seattle The story as it unfolded our live blog A student at a Washington stat...
- Asda faces mass legal action from staff over equal payMostly female Asda shopfloor workers say they are paid less than mostly males colleagues working in warehouses Asda is facing mass legal action from thousands of female employees who clai...
Telegraph - Australian and Pacific
- Dead heart beats again following world-first transplantAustralian scientists transplant dead hearts in world-first procedure using a new "heart in a box" machine that could increase transplant success rate by 30 per cent
- MH370 debris 'may drift to Indonesia'Authorities advise Indonesia to look out for debris from Malaysia Airlines flight 370 after analysis of currents showed wreckage likely to drift west from search zone
- Australian teenager in Isil video an 'idiot', says familyFamily of Sydney teenager Abdullah Elmir who appears in a new Islamic State video say he is a brainwashed "idiot"
- Tony Abbott faces calls for ICC investigation into crimes against humanityAustralian MP asks International Criminal Court to investigate prime minister Tony Abbott for crimes against humanity over his offshore detention of asylum seekers
- British man found with throat cut in Bali rice fieldIndonesian police say dead man found in rice field with throat cut was Robert Kelvin Ellis, 60, a successful British businessman
The New York Times - Asia Pacific
- World Briefing: Pakistan: Court Acquits a Suspect Charged in the Murder of Daniel PearlA Pakistani court on Friday acquitted one of the main suspects in the 2002 murder of the American journalist Daniel Pearl.
- New Japanese Trade Minister Brings Fresh Crisis for AbePotentially damaging revelations surrounding the minister and one of his aides have added to pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
- Hong Kong Stars Face Mainland Boycott Over Support for ProtestsArtists backing the pro-democracy movement are being punished by fans and companies in mainland China, on whose support many of their careers depend. Pro-democracy protesters at their bar...
- Pro-Beijing Lawmaker Says Hong Kong Leader Should Think About QuittingThe remark was the first time that a prominent member of the city’s business elite has openly called on Leung Chun-ying to step down.
- Op-Ed Contributor: Modi’s Idea of IndiaHindu nationalists are vengeful nativists who recoil from the West while promoting their own religious and racial supremacy.
- Two killed, four wounded in Washington state school shootingMARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - A student shot dead a female classmate and wounded four others when he opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, apparently ...
- Two U.S. states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zonesNEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries and the U.S. government is considerin...
- Two deputies killed, two others hurt in California shooting spreeSACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Two California sheriff's deputies were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, au...
- Hacker sentenced to 21 months in U.S. prison for $15 million schemeNEW YORK (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Friday for his role in a cybercrime scheme that hacked accounts at banks, brokerage firms and government a...
- U.S. says Palestinian-American killed by Israeli forcesRAMALLAH West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian-American youth during clashes on Friday, the U.S. State Department said, calling for a quick and transparent in...
Financial Times - Asia Pacific
- Concerns remain over ADB’s Chinese rivalBank’s chief economist says AIIB could help meet Asian infrastructure needs but signals potential governance gaps
- Weak exports weigh on S Korea GDPRising consumption offsets slowing shipments to China as economy expands 3.2%
- China property decline continuesOversupply and falling sales drag down house prices for fifth consecutive month
- Realising China’s sustainable growth rateBeijing’s reforms have the potential to increase government expenditures and boost consumption
- China to boost socialist rule of lawThe scale of challenge is exposed by a skirmish in a remote village that left eight dead