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Counties Manukau seeking public assistance in search for missing teenage girl

Counties Manukau Police are seeking assistance from the public in locating missing teenager Shanee Porter.The appeal was made on Facebook this evening after the 15-year-old girl was reported missing earlier this month."Police...


Auckland Pride Parade scrapped and will be replaced by march, reports suggest

Auckland Pride has scrapped next year's parade which will be replaced by a march, reports suggest. express Magazine understands the march will not involve corporate companies which have participated in previous parades.There...


Southern Response boss Ross Butler falls on his sword following spying revelations

Southern Response chair Ross Butler has fallen on his sword following a damming report which detailed how the organisation spied on Canterbury earthquake victims.Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods accepted the...


Is this a tornado? Strange cloud formation bewilders onlookers in Northland

A man near Ruakaka, in Northland, was struck with awe after what appeared to be a tornado fell from the sky around lunchtime today.Taff Johnstone told the Herald he was working when he spotted the strange cloud formation working...


Obituary: William Smith, New Zealand war hero who served in Royal Navy midget submarines

William Smith was one of four men on a midget submarine that parked on the enemy seabed underneath a moored Japanese warship to blow it up.Smith, who was appointed to the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), died at his Wellington...


Fast tracking Napier schools project

PHOTO/DOUG LAINGby Doug Laing A Napier project aimed at getting the city's most at-risk children back on track at school has gone fast-track with a seven-figure Government boost just a few weeks after it was first heard of in the...


Former CHB Mayor stripped of New Zealand Order of Merit

A former Mayor of Central Hawke's Bay District Council has been stripped of his New Zealand Order of Merit. Hugh Hamilton, who was mayor of CHBDC from 1989-1995, and awarded his NZOM in 1997, lost it due to financial offences committed...


Jay Kuten: It's time to defeat violence

TRAGEDY brings out the best in us. The Christchurch earthquakes. The Pike River Mine disaster. Now the senseless murder of Grace Millane. The tributes, memorials and marches are reflections of our caring selves.They're important...


Child Poverty Reduction Bill passes third reading

The Prime Minister's Child Poverty Reduction Bill has passed its third reading in Parliament with near unanimous support from political parties on both sides.The bill, which will set measures and targets for reducing child poverty,...


Former National minister Chris Finlayson bows out of politics

Outgoing National MP Chris Finlayson has used his valedictory speech to call for changes to New Zealand's political system.Finlayson, a former attorney-general in the previous National government, said the parliamentary term should...


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A journey through 2018's top pop culture moments

And the top pop culture moments of 2018 are ... Wait. WAS there any pop culture this year? Of course there was, but you could be forgiven for forgetting, because more than ever it was politics, politics, and more politics occupying...


Mexico doubles minimum wage in northern border zones

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's new government is increasing minimum wages across the country by 16 percent and doubling the minimum wage in a narrow stretch of territory along the border with the United States.President Andres Manuel...


South Africa eatery ad spoofs colonialism; regulators miffed

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African restaurant chain has been ordered to withdraw a television commercial deemed to have trivialized the brutal history of colonial rule in Africa.The ad for Chicken Licken turned the colonization...


Markets Right Now: Stocks open higher on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening solidly higher on Wall Street as the market claims back some of the ground it lost in steep drops over the previous...


Settlement requires 'anti-hate training' for internet troll

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — An internet troll who harassed a black college student with racist messages on social media has agreed to a court settlement requiring him to get "anti-hate training," apologize in writing and on video and...


Dutch student, 16, shot dead in school's bicycle shed

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police say a 16-year-old girl has been shot dead in her school's bicycle shed.Police said in a statement that they arrested a suspect shortly after the shooting Tuesday outside the school, which was...


Cameroon military says it killed 7 suspected separatists

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's military says it has killed seven suspected English-speaking separatist rebels in Bamenda in the North West region.A health worker said four soldiers were rushed to the local hospital but the...


Trump's safety panel seeks to revoke school discipline rules

President Donald Trump's school safety commission is proposing a rollback of Obama-era guidance that was meant to curb racial disparities in school discipline.The commission was led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (dih-VAHS')...


Elon Musk to unveil underground tunnel, transport cars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is set to unveil an underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday that could move people faster than subways.Musk also plans to show off the autonomous cars that will carry people through...


UK Defense Secretary says some 3,500 service personnel on standby for any no-deal Brexit disruption

LONDON (AP) — UK Defense Secretary says some 3,500 service personnel on standby for any no-deal Brexit disruption .


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Mayweather opponent looks for real fight not entertainment

MATSUDO, Japan (AP) — To Floyd Mayweather, his three-round match on New Year's Eve in Japan is for entertainment only.To opponent Tenshin Nasukawa, the "exhibition" is as serious as a kick to the head.Which is what he wishes he...


Stuhec wins after giving up on Olympic dream due to injury

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — It was just about a year ago when Ilka Stuhec gave up on her dream of competing at the Pyeongchang Olympics.Coming off a career season that included a gold medal in the downhill at the world championships...


Messi receives 5th Golden Shoe award for Europe's top scorer

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi received his record fifth Golden Shoe award on Tuesday for leading all of Europe's soccer leagues in scoring last season.Messi's fifth win breaks the tie he had with Cristiano Ronaldo.Messi...


UEFA investigates alleged offensive chants by Chelsea fans

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says it wants a deeper investigation into alleged anti-Semitic chants by Chelsea fans that the club condemned after a Europa League game.UEFA says a disciplinary inspector will "conduct an investigation...


Former VW boss Winterkorn leaves Bayern supervisory board

MUNICH (AP) — German soccer champion Bayern Munich says former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has left its supervisory board, three years after he resigned from the automaker amid its diesel emissions scandal.The club said the...


FIFA bans African soccer official for taking Bin Hammam cash

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA ethics judges have imposed a four-year ban on African soccer official Seedy Kinteh for taking cash gifts from former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar.FIFA says its ethics committee found...


The Latest: Pogba posts cryptic message after Mourinho exit

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Latest on Jose Mourinho's departure from Manchester United (all times local):11:25 a.m.Manchester United's most expensive player posted a cryptic message online about Jose Mourinho's firing — then...


Austrian skiers go 1-2-3 in final downhill training session

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Ramona Siebenhofer led the third and final training session Tuesday for a World Cup downhill.Seeking her first career victory, Siebenhofer finished 0.07 seconds ahead of Austrian teammate Stephanie...


Mourinho fired by Man United with his career at crossroads

Jose Mourinho was fired by Manchester United on Tuesday after failing to restore its status as a major European force in a turbulent 2½-year spell marked by clashes with players and increasing disgruntlement at the team's style of...


Manchester United says manager Jose Mourinho has left the club

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United says manager Jose Mourinho has left the club.


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Minister weighs up Southern Response chair's future

Southern Response chair Ross Butler is facing a "please explain" over snoopingclaims from furious Earthquake Minister Megan Woods.


Karel Sroubek wife releases 'threatening' taped conversation of the drug-smuggler

The estranged wife of drug smuggler Karel Sroubek has released a phone conversationwhere he pushes her for a letter of support, making suggested threats.


Skateboarder in critical condition after being hit by car

A skateboarder has been taken to hospital in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Wellington.


Civil aviation authority to investigate fatal plane crash

A light aircraft that crashed in Raglankilling the two men on board had taken off from Blenheim in the South Island.


Two men arrested after brawl at Havelock North public swimming pool

Two men have been arrested after a fight at a public swimming pool in Havelock North.


Mongrel Mob, Black Power should join forces to repel invaders, gang leader says

He is a domineering character who has lived and breathed the gang world for close to 50 years. Now the head of one of New Zealand's largest gang chapters has offered an olive branch to his arch nemesis: Black Power. Florence Kerr reports.


Academics on how to save power: Turn it off when you use the most

You wake at dawn and the heat pump, fridge, and hot water are all switched off. You get home from work and, for four hours, it is the same.


Auckland teen missing for almost a month

A 15-year-old girl from Auckland has been missing since the beginning of December.


Death threats for hit-and-run driver Rouxle Le Roux

The hit-and-run driver who caused the death of a 15-year-old cyclist is afraid to sleep following death threats at her house, her lawyer says.


Victoria University of Wellington name change rejected by Minister

Victoria University of Wellington could stillmarketitself under a different name even though Education Minister Chris Hipkinsrejected the institution's controversial bid for a legal name change.


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2018: Intrigue and scandal in Australian politics

Australian federal politics in 2018 has been a cross between House of Cards and Mr Bean.


Virgin Australia under investigation after both engines 'flame out' during landing

Virgin Australia is under investigation after two engines on one of its aircraft "flamed out" during descent and had to be manually re-ignited before the aircraft hit the tarmac.


Benjamin Netanyahu's son Yair gets Facebook suspension for anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian posts

The son of Israel's leader Benjamin Netanyahu was banned from Facebook temporarily after writing a series of anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian posts.


The ad showed a beachfront shack with stunning views. The reality was different

The ad showed a neat beachfront shack complete with stunning views of pristine white sand, crystal clear waters and palm trees.


Poacher sentenced to watch 'Bambi' repeatedly after killing hundreds of deer in the US

A poacher who killed hundreds of deer in the United States has been sentenced to repeatedly watch Disney movie Bambi while in jail. 


‘You are not invincible’: US police officer’s sobering letter to speeding teen driver

A sobering open letter to an "18-year-old kid" in the United States ticketed for driving 160kmh in a 104kmh area shows how high-speed crashes affect police officers worldwide.


A mother's leap of faith at an African airport, and a 15-year mystery

The story of Tom and Maya and Zainab is about trust, about listening to your heart over your mind, and about that gut feeling you have when you meet a good person.


Tigerair flight from Sydney to Melbourne turned back after on board threat

Police are investigating after a Tigerair flight in Australia was turned around following a threat on Monday night.


One in 10,000 chance: Man finds pearl in his oyster dish in New York

A lucky diner says he happened upon a pearl while eating an oyster dish at a famous New York City restaurant.


Climate change: 'The gap is big'

This story was originally published in and is republished with permission.


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Test cricket bites for Black Caps as 'unbelievable' Sri Lankan duo steal it away

In the wise words of Ajaz Patel, if you think test cricket is easy it will come back and bite you on the, well, you know.


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho sacked after dismal run

Jose Mourinho was fired by Manchester United, two days after English football's biggest club reached a new low in its disappointing season by losing to Liverpool in the Premier League.


Tim Paine-Virat Kohli rivalry set to sizzle at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Australia captain Tim Paine insists he doesn't find Virat Kohli annoying, but the pair's heated rivalry is set to be the dominant side plot when the series shifts to the MCG for the Boxing Day test.


Productive Steven Adams plays peacemaker as Oklahoma City Thunder roll Chicago Bulls

Steven Adams has gone from one extreme to the other as the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled to a big win over the Chicago Bulls.


New Blues coach Leon MacDonald: 'Selfless' Ma'a Nonu looking to grow his game

The buzz around the Blues is that Ma'a Nonu is in the shape of his life and believes he can challenge for an All Blacks spot nearly four years after he last squeezed into that tight black jumper.


Australia beat India in second test in Perth to level four-match test series

Australia trounced India by 146 runs in the second test to level the four-test series 1-1 on the final day on Tuesday.


Indians Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja in mid-test row against Australia

"I will shove your anger up your arse ... don't talk bull****."


Tyson Fury's younger brother to make pro debut against boxer with 102 losses

Tommy Fury is set to follow in the footsteps of his undefeated older brother Tyson Fury when he makes his professional boxing debut in Manchester this weekend.


Under-fire Sharks coach Shane Flanagan set to learn fate from NRL

The NRL is expected to announce its decision whether to sanction Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan on Wednesday.


World champion Gabriel Medina pips Julian Wilson at season-ending Pipe Masters

Australian Julian Wilson has been beaten by 2018 world champion Gabriel Medina in the final of the season-ending Pipe Masters in Hawaii.



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