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- Elderly man dies after car crash in heavy rainAn elderly man who crashed his car into a tree while driving in heavy rain near Pukekohe yesterday has died, police said.The 74-year-old was left in a critical condition after smashing in...
- Texas seizes polygamist group's secluded ranchELDORADO, Texas (AP) State agents have seized a polygamous group's Texas ranch where hundreds of children were removed during a 2008 FBI raid prompted by child sex abuse allegations.The g...
- Whoopi Goldberg writes Denver Post cannabis columnDENVER (AP) Whoopi Goldberg says she's in love with her marijuana-vaporizing pen.In her new column for The Denver Post's Cannabist website, the Oscar-winning entertainer writes that her "...
- Man suing 'X-Men' director says he reported abuseLOS ANGELES (AP) A man who claims he was sexually abused by "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer said Thursday that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and does not...
- Seattle's Choi banned 50 games for positive testNEW YORK (AP) Seattle Mariners first baseman Ji-Man Choi has been suspended for 50 games following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.The urine sample was collected fro...
- Bad start to Easter on the roadsA fatal multi-car crash has marred the Easter Weekend road toll.
- South Island hit by more heavy rainMetService is warning of more heavy rain today over much of the South Island, as downpours add to the damage caused by yesterday's gale winds.
- Crafting sweet treats from beans to barsWhen you walk into the renovated warehouse space in Eva St, the scent of chocolate is all around.
- Genesis shares list at a premiumGenesis Energy's share price jumped more than 16 per cent when trading opened on the NZX today, bringing a symbolic end to the Government's asset-sales programme.
- Children home when fire bomb thrownPolice are forensically examining the remnants of a fire bomb thrown at the front door of a Palmerston North home.
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombia's most famous author, diesGabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at ho...
- Victoria Beckham celebrates 40th in styleThe fashion designer has spent the special day with her family being pampered.
- Christchurch swamped by cyclone's tailChristchurch is feeling the sting in the tail of Cyclone Ita this morning, with almost 20 roads closed and widespread flooding.
- Porirua Mayor angry at lack of royal inviteNick Leggett is annoyed he wasn't invited to the royal tour of the RNZ Police College on Wednesday.
- Execution on Iranian convict halted at last minuteAn Iranian man convicted for murder has been given a last minute reprieve by the victim's mother.
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez diesThe Nobel-winning Colombian author, known as "Gabo", has died at the age of 87.
- Video: Wind rips roof off Chch buildingChristchurch has been hit hard by the tail-end of Cyclone Ita, which has ravaged the country for the past 24 hours.
- Pukekohe crash victim diesAn elderly man critically injured when his SUV crashed into a tree in heavy rain near Pukekohe has died.
- Report: Cardiff want Palace loss overturnedCardiff City have demanded the Premier League annul a 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace over allegations of cheating.
- Man dies after mobility scooter crashes into creekThe man, who police believe may have been elderly, was found in the creek this morning on Latham St, Marewa.
- Oscar Pistorius read out a Valentine's Card he was given by Reeva Steenkamp hours before she died in court on Monday.The paralympian - who is on trial for murdering his girlfriend in February 2013 - sobbed as he read out the brief note on the final day of cross-examination in Pretoria.
- Oil slick not linked to MH370: authoritiesThe search for missing flight MH370 will push on despite news that an oil slick in the search area is not linked to the Malaysia Airlines jet.
- National surges in latest pollThe royal tour helps National make big gains in the latest political poll at the expense of both Labour and the Greens.
- Jamie-Lynn Sigler says motherhood is more "difficult" than she expected.The former 'Sopranos' star, who has a seven-month-old son, Beau Kyle, loves being a parent but admits it is "exhausting."
- Pukekohe crash victim diesA 74-year-old man has died in hospital from injuries suffered when his SUV crashed into a tree near Pukekohe during Thursday's storm.
- Power Outages for Some Hawke’s Bay CustomersFriday 18 April 2014 – Some Hawke’s Bay customers have started the long weekend without power, with high winds and heavy rains causing damage to the electricity network.
- Easter Delivers Power Outages for Some Rotorua CustomersFriday 18 April 2014 – Some Rotorua customers have started the long weekend without power, with high winds and heavy rains causing damage to the electricity network.
- Council working across the citySixty five millimetres of rain fell across the city overnight and 180 millimetres in Akaroa. All river levels are running high. Heathcote River has flooded but Avon River and Styx River h...
- Otago rivers rising after heavy overnight rainOtago rivers rising after heavy overnight rain; more predicted. Heavy rain in Otago overnight has seen the Kakanui and Shag Rivers rise quickly to flood alert levels and other rivers appr...
- Manawatu River improving is encouragingManawatu River improving is encouraging Federated Farmers is thrilled by the improving health of the Manawatu River. A detailed report for the Manawatu River Leaders Forum reveals that th...
- Rugby: ARU to look into Folau decision (Newstalk ZB)The Australian Rugby Union will look into how it handled the decision to stop Israel Folau playing for the Waratahs last week.
- Football: Results a 'timely warning' for Liverpool (Newstalk ZB)Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the recent results of some of their Premier League rivals will serve as a timely warning for his team.
- Oil slick not linked to MH370: authorities (NZ Newswire)The search for missing flight MH370 will push on despite news that an oil slick in the search area is not linked to the Malaysia Airlines jet.
- Both sides celebrate salmon farming decision (Newstalk ZB)A decision from the country's highest court clears the way for new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.
- Council working on legal highs policy (Newstalk ZB)Auckland Council says it is speeding up work to develop policies around the sale of legal highs.
The National Business Review
- Landmark Supreme Court decision protects ‘outstanding landscapes’The Supreme Court has upheld resource consents for three salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds, but in an important win for the protection of "outstanding landscapes", it has ruled agai...
- Commerce Commission warns businesses about misleading Easter surchargesPLUS: ACT leader Jamie Whyte ferments rebellion over Easter trading laws read more
- Five things you’ve missed behind the scenes of the John Banks’ pre-trial hearingsread more
- When popularity vote counts for nothingread more
- The truth about working from homeread 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.
- The Terrace development had 'paused' beforeThe multi-million dollar Terrace project has been ''paused'' several times during its development and the latest is no different, says its backer Antony Gough.
- Easter storm batters South IslandA major storm sweeping the country is hammering the South Island today with severe weather warnings issued.
- Flood remedy will not shift problem - councilThe Christchurch City Council is assuring residents that plans to protect the flood-prone Flockton Basin will not just move the problem to their suburbs.
- New plans for Hotel Grand Chancellor siteHotel Grand Chancellor will not be rebuilt in its old spot.
- Social housing accord could see rents dropA new entity the city council is setting up to drive the provision of affordable housing in Christchurch could lead to millions of dollars in extra revenue for the organisation and a drop...
- Winston Peters: Talking about foreign money and making it work for NZLetting foreign money flood in to buy our houses, land, or small, barely profitable businesses is not being smart.
- GREENS: Pristine NZ – emotive claptrap?Energy Minister Simon Bridges admitted he had never heard of New Zealand’s biggest forest park, Victoria Forest Park!
- Duncan Garner: How much longer can Collins be a minister?By Duncan Garner And you thought National had the Maori Party by the balls with an after dinner fundraiser worth a paltry $75k? That’s just small-fry.
- Duncan Garner: Too many immigrants not enough housesBy Duncan Garner We were told 25 years ago that immigration would bring population, wealth and skills to NZ. And it may have – but a new Treasury document isn’t so sure anymore.
- Duncan Garner: Tony Alexander says ban foreigners - again.By Duncan Garner. Once again we’ve been sent a stark warning about the numbers of foreigners buying our houses.
Radio New Zealand
- $3.8 million for museum's WWI displaysAuckland War Memorial Museum has won $3.8 million in funding to take its World War I commemorative displays into the community.
- Novelist Garcia Marquez diesColombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose novels put magical realism on the literary map, has died at his home in Mexico City. His masterpiece was One Hundred Years of Solitude .
- Drenching for some as others mop up after stormMany parts of the country are mopping up from Thursday's storm and some parts are getting another drenching. Power is still off in various places.
- Warbirds over Wanaka event begins todayOne of the highlights of the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow, which begins on Friday, is expected to be a World War I commemorative event featuring vintage aircraft.
- Withdrawal of ACC waiver form praisedThe Privacy Commissioner is praising a decision by ACC to withdraw a privacy waiver form it had asked claimants to sign.
- 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 ...
- West Coast hit hardA state of emergency could be declared on parts of the West Coast which have been battered by a major storm.
- New Zealanders consume mystery drugsDrug users are playing a potentially fatal game of snorting mystery white powders.
- Council funds punk artIt might seem profoundly contradictory, but Wellington City Council has paid for a Wellington artist to produce punk art in Beijing.
- Wellington Saints take revenge on the SharksThe Wellington Saints have gained revenge on the Southland Sharks, beating the NBL's defending champions 94-76 at TSB Bank Arena tonight.
- Hopstock and 16 smokin' beersThe hops have been harvested and the beer is brewing for the second annual Hopstock craft beer trail.
- Wild weather batters the WaikatoWild weather has all but shut down access to the Coromandel Peninsula as holidaymakers prepare to flock to the holiday destination for Easter.
- Top five things to do this weekend: The Easter editionBecause it is a long weekend, this week's top five list is more full than usual. More spare time means more room for activities.
- Chiefs make six changes for CrusadersInfluential lock Brodie Retallick has been cleared to start for the Chiefs against the Crusaders on Saturday night.
- Group against sale of Fairfield surplus landA newly formed group is desperate for the community to support a proposal that could stop the sale of $2 million in surplus land at Hamilton's Fairfield College.
- Travis Burns denied paroleConvicted murderer Travis Burns has had his first bid for parole turned down - with a psychologist urging he stay behind bars for at least another five years.
- 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
- Hi there Vlad, it's Ed herePutin was holding a live phone-in. The next person to come on said hello and asked a question. The President then looked up and saw who it was.
- Eddie Obeid - the man who cannot be touchedComment: Disgraced Labor powerbroker has survived seven corruption inquiries. Why is he still tooling around town?
- Baird vows to transform NSWOur new Premier says he is "in this game to make a difference".
- Mother saves son's killer with a slapMurderer had a noose around his neck. But then his victim's mother dramatically intervened.
- Mystery man clue in bid to find GaryHe walked out of the front door 13 years ago with an unknown man and never came home.
BBC News - Asia Pacific
- Weather blights S Korea ferry searchBad weather, murky water and strong currents are hampering the search for more than 270 people missing after a South Korean ferry sank.
- India votes on biggest polling dayIndians are voting in the biggest day of the general election, pitting the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP.
- Mini-sub performs full MH370 searchA mini-sub searching for the missing Malaysian plane completes a full mission at its third attempt, after technical issues cut the first two short.
- Weibo shares surge on US debutShares in China's largest Twitter-like service, Weibo, went up by almost 20% on the first day of its listing in the US, despite a disappointing start.
- Australia navy captains disciplinedAn Australian navy captain is removed from his command and another disciplined for violating Indonesia's waters on asylum patrol duties.
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
- Ed Miliband signs up top Obama adviser David Axelrod for UK electionUS president's right-hand man, who masterminded back-to-back election wins, to sharpen Labour party focus on inequality Barack Obama's most influential adviser during two presidential vic...
- Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87Colombian author became standard-bearer for Latin American letters after success of One Hundred Years of Solitude Obituary: catalyst of boom in Spanish literature Gabriel García Márquez a...
- Ukraine crisis: Geneva talks produce agreement on defusing conflictUS, Russia, Ukraine and EU agree measures including end of violence, disarming of illegal groups and amnesty for protesters Follow the latest updates on the Geneva talks The US, Russia, U...
- Caroline Lucas cleared of anti-fracking protest chargesGreen MP and four co-defendants found not guilty of obstructing public highway and public order offences during protests Caroline Lucas, the Green party MP, has been found not guilty of o...
- Male university workers sue over alleged sex discriminationMaintenance staff members at University of Wales Trinity Saint David say they are paid less than female equivalents Twenty-six men working at a university in Wales are suing their employe...
Telegraph - Australian and Pacific
- MH370: search area for missing Malaysia Airlines plane 'refined'Malaysia Airlines search 'significantly narrowed' after analysis of the pings despite Tony Abbott warning of a need to 'reconsider' the operation
- Royal tour: Kate on edge while William peers over cliffDuke of Cambridge makes security detail 'nervous' as he looks over cliff edge during tour of the Blue Mountains in Australia
- Royal tour: Security scare as two men seen 'acting suspiciously'First security scare of the Royal couple's tour of Australia after two men are questioned by police
- Royal tour: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take in the beauty of the Blue MountainsThe spectacular views from one of Australia's most visited beauty spots left the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge declaring they will return some day
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's tour of New Zealand by Eddie MulhollandThe Telegraph's Eddie Mulholland photographs the Cambridges' tour
The New York Times - Asia Pacific
- Sinosphere Blog: An Internet ‘Big V’ Opts for Abject ContritionChina releases Charles Xue, an American businessman highly visible on Chinese microblogs who was detained in August on sex charges. He then appeared in state-run media endorsing the autho...
- One-Fifth of China’s Farmland Is Polluted, State Study FindsRapid industrialization, agricultural mismanagement and metals production are all contributing to contamination that is raising alarms about food and physical health.
- India Ink: Image of the Day: April 17Admiral Robin K. Dhowan, is appointed as the new chief of the Indian Navy. Admiral Robin K. Dhowan, second from left, the new Indian naval chief, inspecting his guard of honor in New Delhi.
- Oil Slick in Indian Ocean Not From Missing Jet, Tests FindThe authorities looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet said an oil sample from the search area was not engine oil or hydraulic fluid from an aircraft.
- India Ink: Bangalore’s Enthusiastic Young Voters Reflect New Kind of PoliticsCandidates in this year’s elections have been eager to be perceived as presentable, articulate, performance-oriented and of significance in their parties. A woman showing her thumb marked...
- Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticismWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in...
- U.S. special forces struggle with record suicides: admiralTAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - Suicides among U.S. special operations forces, including elite Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, are at record levels, a U.S. military official said on Thursday, cit...
- U.N. inquiry chief wants North Korea hauled before international courtUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The chief U.N. investigator into human rights abuses in North Korea appealed to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to refer the situation in the reclusive As...
- U.S. envoy Power urges Myanmar action to stop Rakhine violenceUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power on Thursday urged the Myanmar government to intervene in Rakhine State to stop violence between ethnic Rakh...
- After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?(Reuters) - Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd...
Financial Times - Asia Pacific
- Anger over S Korea ferry rescue effortsDivers are engaged in a huge operation to find 282 people, many of them schoolchildren, missing after the sinking of a South Korean ferry
- Search resumes for S Korea ferry victimsFears grow that number of fatalities will rise as search continues on sunken ferry that had been sailing to southern island of Jeju
- US to help companies invest in MyanmarThe opening of a US commercial service office in the southeast Asian nation sets the stage for President Barack Obama’s trip to Asia next week
- Indians cast votes on key election dayBJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi remains favourite to lead next government as voters choose candidates for nearly a fifth of 543 seats
- China jails Weibo ‘rumour monger’Three-year term for Qin Zhihui and detention of other bloggers sparks concern, with some analysts seeing ‘censorship discount’ hitting Sina Weibo IPO