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Sir Ed Hillary's granddaughter set to conquer Everest too in 2020

Lily Hillary is determined to conquer Mt Everest, just like her grandad did, in 2020.It's been 65 years since Sir Edmund Hillary became the first person to summit the world's highest mountain. He died in 2008 at the age of 88 from...


Police joked, made inappropriate remarks to 'Beast of Blenheim' victim

A woman says detectives joked and treated her "like a piece of scum" just hours after the Beast of Blenheim tried to rape her in the 1970s.Twenty years later, in 1996, as Stewart Murray Wilson went to trial, she again went to police...


Meet the young Kiwi busker who gives money to those who need it

It all started about three months ago. Duncan Scowen was doing his usual busking gig outside a supermarket when a man approached him and, sheepishly asked him if he could take some money."I don't know for sure if he was homeless...


Simon Bridges' mum: 'I didn't bring him up to use bad language'

Simon Bridges' mother says she didn't bring her son up to swear, following his explosive assessment of his West Coast-based list MP's abilities. The National party leader called Maureen Pugh "f***ing useless" in a recorded conversation...


Is this the most unreasonable job in New Zealand?

If you have a spare 2640 hours to volunteer in a hut on an uninhabited Auckland island this summer then the hihi bird needs you.That's the pitch of the Department of Conservation volunteer role for a volunteer to work 110 days...


'It's hard knowing he won't grow up, go to school, and get married'

Teenage parents Lovey Grant and Dshay Tanirau celebrated the birth of their son three weeks ago. But now they are preparing for his funeral. The young couple, from Wellington, have been told by doctors at Auckland's Starship Hospital...


Waterfront stadium consortium asked for $4 million from Auckland Council

The consortium planning to build a $1.8 billion waterfront stadium at "zero cost to ratepayers" has sought $4 million from Auckland Council.Auckland Stadium Consortium chairman Dave Wigmore has confirmed making a request to council...


Death in a suburban street - no closure for family of 'loved' Takotoroa Māreikura

Takotoroa Māreikura had just moved to Hamilton the week she was found with critical injuries in a suburban street.The 24-year-old woman was rushed to Waikato Hospital after she was found in Charlemont St on September 29. She...


Hutt Valley judge to mentor Porirua students for iconic Coast to Coast

A district court judge is swapping his robes for exercise gear to help mentor a group of Porirua students heading to the Coast to Coast.Judge Arthur Tompkins, normally found in the Hutt Valley District Court, is pulling strings...


Heather du Plessis-Allan: Simon Bridges and Jami-Lee Ross are both finished

COMMENT: New Zealand, the House of Cards writers just called. They want to buy the script. That's how ugly this past week in politics has been.Both sides have played dirty. Both the National Party and Jami-Lee Ross have smeared...


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Lift-off for 7-year trip to Mercury

European and Japanese space agencies say an Ariane 5 rocket has successfully lifted a spacecraft into orbit for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.The European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration...


Landslide sweeps away family of 4 in northern Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A landslide unleashed by heavy rains has slammed into a home in northern Nicaragua, killing two adults and leaving two children missing and presumed dead.Leonidas Centeno is the mayor of Jinotega municipality....


Marvel universe a slice smaller with Luke Cage cancellation

The Marvel universe just got a slice smaller on Netflix with the cancellation of "Marvel's Luke Cage" after two seasons.The news Friday surprised fans and came soon after Netflix axed another live-action Marvel series, "Iron Fist."...


Pizza shop makes 225-mile delivery for cancer patient

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — An employee at Michigan pizza shop that usually doesn't deliver made a big exception for a cancer patient and his wife hundreds of miles away in Indiana.Julie and Rich Morgan grew fond of Steve's Pizza...


670,000 anti-Brexit campaigners march in London calling for second referendum

More than half a million anti-Brexit campaigners gathered for a protest dubbed "The People's Vote March" in central London calling for a second referendum. Organisers, who originally expected around 100,000 expected to attend, said...


Biden rallies union for Democrats in tight Nevada races

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke of working class struggles and said President Donald Trump is shredding American values as the Democrat rallied union members in Las Vegas to support Jacky Rosen and other Nevada...


Minnesota frozen food company recalls pork, chicken products

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota frozen food and packing company is recalling more than 212,000 pounds of ready-to-eat pork and chicken products that contain vegetables that might be contaminated with salmonella...


Detroit police find 63 fetuses in funeral home amid probe

DETROIT (AP) — Police have removed the remains of 63 fetuses from a Detroit funeral home in a widening investigation of alleged improprieties at local funeral homes.Officers found 36 fetuses in boxes and 27 others in freezers during...


The Latest: Alaska governor seeks to boost Begich's odds

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska governor's race (all times local):9:40 a.m.Alaska Gov. Bill Walker dropped his re-election bid in hopes of boosting Democratic rival Mark Begich's chances of beating Republican Mike...


Body found in Texas lake was of woman missing days earlier

JUNCTION, Texas (AP) — Texas officials say a body found this past week in a rain-swollen lake is that of an Alabama woman who had gone missing Oct. 8 when floodwaters overwhelmed an RV park.Burnet County sheriff's officials said...


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Salah scores in Liverpool's 1-0 win at Huddersfield in EPL

HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah scored for just the second time since August to earn Liverpool a 1-0 win at Huddersfield in the English Premier League on Saturday.With Salah's fourth goal of the season, Liverpool kept...


Top seed Edmund faces Monfils for ATP Antwerp title

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Top-seeded Kyle Edmund defeated 2016 champion Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4 to reach the European Open final on Saturday.Edmund has yet to drop serve this week.The Briton saved five break points and broke Gasquet...


Gulbis beats Isner to reach Stockholm Open final

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Ernests Gulbis reached his first ATP final since 2014 by beating top-seeded John Isner 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the Stockholm Open on Saturday.Gulbis, a former French Open semifinalist, will play Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday's...


Stockholm Open Results

Stefanos Tsitsipas (3), Greece, def. Fabio Fognini (2), Italy, 6-3, 6-2.Ernests Gulbis, Latvia, def. John Isner (1), United States, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.Marcus Daniell, New Zealand, and Wesley Koolhof (3), Netherlands, def. Julien Benneteau...


European Open Results

Gael Monfils (6), France, def. Diego Schwartzman (2), Argentina, 6-3, 6-4.Kyle Edmund (1), Britain, def. Richard Gasquet (4), France, 6-3, 6-4.Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin (2), France, def. Divij Sharan, India, and...


Kremlin Cup Results

Adrian Mannarino, France, def. Andreas Seppi, Italy, 7-5, 7-5.Karen Khachanov (3), Russia, def. Daniil Medvedev (2), Russia, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3.Daria Kasatkina (6), Russia, def. Ons Jabeur, Tunisia, 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4.


Newcastle drops to last in EPL after losing to Brighton 1-0

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Newcastle dropped to the bottom of the English Premier League after extending its winless start to nine games in losing to Brighton 1-0 at home on Saturday.There was a touch of fortune about Beram Kayal's...


Even without Neymar, French leader PSG routs Amiens 5-0

PARIS (AP) — Neymar was not missed as runaway French league leader Paris Saint-Germain crushed Amiens 5-0 on Saturday for a 10th straight league win.Neymar was given a few days off by coach Thomas Tuchel after playing for Brazil...


Cardiff beats Fulham 4-2 for first EPL win, moves off bottom

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Cardiff recorded its first win of the season in the English Premier League by beating Fulham 4-2 and moved off the bottom of the standings on Saturday.Fulham scored the best goal of the game — through Andre...


Bubble drivers have high hopes for Kansas elimination race

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Ryan Blaney felt good about his chances of advancing to the next round of NASCAR's playoffs even before he qualified fourth for the elimination race at Kansas Speedway.Yes, he is 22 points outside the cutoff...


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Personal and professional pain: Widening repercussions for MP Jami-Lee Ross

Inwhat seems like a lifetime ago, Simon Bridges' expenses were leaked.That action culminatedin a personal and political explosion that has ripped through the National Party, its MPs and some of their friends and families.


Donation not linked to NZ values bill says MP

New Zealand First MP Clayton Mitchell insists a $2000 donation he received from Hospitality NZ president Jeremy Smith is not related to his NZ values bill.


Road-cone wielding dad tries to clear car park so son can perform burnouts

A father armed with road cones attempted to clear a public Taranaki car park so his son could perform burnouts.


Campus rape: 'A boy came over. I knew him. He left me in my tears'

Some details in this story may be distressing for some readers.


GP MP wants prescription medicine advertising banned

The only prescribing doctor in Parliament thinks pharmaceutical companies should make drugs cheaper instead of pouring money into ads.


'Perfect day' starts Surf Life Saving season out West

The beginning of the surf life saving season opened to textbook conditions for a West Auckland Beach: fine weather and an incoming tide.


Cut price Waitomo says there is no need to intervene in the fuel market

Waitomo, the third-generation fuel company says its expansion across the North Island shows the petrol market is operating competitively.


Special breeding and special food: How chicken got super-sized

Chicken has become a cut-price protein. We consume more of it than any other meat, and whilethe price of chicken has dropped, production has boomedand critics say it has a cost to animal welfare.This isbehind New Zealand's most popular meat.


Sir Owen Glenn freezes Eric Watson's assets in NZ, Hong Kong and the UK

A bitter legal stoushbetween rich listers Sir Owen Glenn and Eric Watson has culminated in court injunctions freezing Watson'sassets in New Zealand and around the world.


Oscar Kightley: Bogan petrel heads flocked off at loss

OPINION: Tyson the black petrel was in a foul mood.


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Australia's ruling coalition forced into minority government

Australia's ruling coalition was forced into minority government after a massive swing against its senior partner, the Liberal Party, in a by-election for the seat of the prime minister the party itself had dismissed.


Severe thunderstorms pound New South Wales, Australia

Huge thunderstorms rolled thick and fast across NSW on Saturday evening, sparking severe weather warnings for most of the state and descending skies into near-absolute darkness.


No Mega Millions winner, so jackpot climbs to $2.43 billion

No-one won the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to a staggering US$1.6 billion (NZ$2.43b).


At least half a million protesters march in London to demand new Brexit vote

Hundreds of thousands ofprotesters opposed to Britain's impending exit from the European Union marched throughcentral London, demanding a new referendum and to have a say on the government's final Brexit deal with the EU.


Saudi government admits Jamal Khashoggi 'was killed in Saudi Consulate in a fight'

The Saudi government has admittedthat journalistJamalKhashoggiwas killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, saying he died during a fist fight.


Aerolineas Argentinas flight leaves 15 injured after severe turbulence

An Aerolineas Argentinas flight left 15 injured after the packed plane experienced severe turbulence during its route from Miami, US to Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Severe storm fails to dampen Invictus opening

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially have opened the Invictus Games in Australiaon Saturday night despite a severe storm that hit Sydney delaying the ceremony at the Sydney Opera House for over an hour.


Turkey's horror show highlights divided worlds

More than a dozen lenses are trained on the entrance to the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, the spot where journalist Jamal Khashoggi was last seen on October 2.

The four-storey building which sits behind three-metre walls ringed with barbed wire is an unlikely site for a Tarantino-esque murder, allegedly ordered by one of the world's most powerful men, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salmon.

A long row of news cameras from Turkish networks flank the leafy square which sits in the shadow of several brand new-looking skyscrapers.

Directly opposite the consulate entrance, behind rows of metal barricades, veteran CNN reporter Nic Robertson delivers a piece to camera dressed waist up in suit and tie, his cargo pants out of shot of the camera.

Yesterday, as American, Scandinavian, Arabic and British news outlets beamed regular updates to their viewers, a logjam of late-model blacked out Mercedes Benz and TV satellite trucks took up every square inch of the square. Bemused locals skirt around the cameras and cars to get to their local supermarket, some stop for a selfie, while young children beg for spare coins.

Istanbul has for centuries sat at the intersection between two worlds, a bridge between the East and West, Europe and Asia, Islam and Christianity.

Khashoggi was also an important link between different universes. He was Saudi born and bred, a moderate who was once a mate of Osama Bin Laden's, and who had been a trusted member of the royal family's inner circle. But Khashoggi fell out with the country's 33-year-old ruler Mohammed Bin Salmon for daring to criticise social and economic reforms that MBS, as he's known, began forcing on the strict Muslim nation. As he put it in an interview earlier this year, Khashoggi spoke up out of a sense of patriotism to his country "because if there is no one to discuss it he will not see the faults of that transformation".

Sensing the danger he was in from the increasingly authoritarian MBS, Khagosshi fled the Kingdom in June last year, and settled in the United States where he became a highly respected columnist for the Washington Post.

On October 2, he arrived at the Turkish consulate to obtain documents for his marriage to his Turkish fiancée Hatice Cengiz.

Turkish officials say a Saudi hit-squad lay in wait. Although they're unwilling to release the tape or reveal how they got it, it seems certain the Turkish possess audio of his torture, murder and dismemberment, transforming his disappearance from a mystery into a horror show.

The death has led to a major diplomatic crisis, even as the United States have tried to play peacemaker and help their closest Middle East ally dig themselves out of a giant hole.

At every turn, the Saudis appear to have tried to hinder any serious investigation into Khashoggi's death. When Turkish forensic officers were eventually allowed in some two weeks after his disappearance, they found newly painted rooms, the building's scent still thick with a fresh coat.

The consul-general Mohammed al-Otaibi, who reports say could be heard on the murder tape telling the killers "you're going to get me in trouble", has abruptly left Turkeyand has been relieved of his position. MBS has tried to claim that the kingdom's Istanbul consulate falls under the regime's jurisdiction, but the Turks have steadfastly pushed back on that claim.

Earlier this week the search for Khashoggi's remains shifted from the consulate to al-Otaibi's former home 200 metres away. On Thursday, acting on fresh evidence, investigators began searching Istanbul's Belgrad Forest as well as a farmhouse in the nearby Yalova province, where one of the Saudi "hit-squad" reportedly owned property.

Yesterday, uniformed police officers showed up again to the consulate, entering via a back entrance away from cameras.

For now, the world awaits the results of a Saudi investigation – into themselves. Reports in theNew York Timessuggesting the Saudis are lining up a senior intelligence officer to take the blame, and that one of the hit-squad has died in a car accident, don't inspire confidence.

All eyes will be on whether the United States will be prepared to punish their closest allies in the Middle East, if and when it is proven that the Saudis were responsible for the most gruesome of assassinations on one of their own for simply trying to tell the truth.


David Slack: Lies in every size

OPINION: Politicians lie. We know this. But in this age of Trump the lying feels new, and worse. Look at him, up there on my internet, lying all day long about everything large and small.


Spain's plan to exhume Franco digs up memories of an unsettled past

On the jagged edge of a mountain outside the Spanish capital, a dictator lies in eternal repose, guarded by statues of militant angels beneath a soaring granite cross. But soon Francisco Franco may be roused from his slumber and end his posthumous reign.


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Season long sabbaticals 'not impossible' for top All Blacks post World Cup

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) is gloving up for the fight of its life to fend off cashed up overseas clubs who are hunting a multitude of marquee All Blacks post World Cup.


Phil Gifford: Why Steve Hansen could - and should - stay on

OPINION: If coach Steve Hansen decides in the next few months he wants to continue after the 2019 World Cup in Japan in what hecalls "the best job in the world", another All Blacks mould could be shattered.


Brave Tongan effort comes up short as Kangaroos bounce back

They may have failed to come away with an upset overthe Kangaroos but you get the feeling Tonga are here to stay.


Mark Reason: Noeline Taurua must get Silver Ferns fit again

Not again.


Jose Mourinho confronts Chelsea assistant following taunt

Deflated after seeing his team concede a last-minute goal against his former club, Jose Mourinho looked up from his seat in the dugout to see a rival coach taunting him just a few metresaway.


Todd Blackadder's English rugby club pushes for European Champions Cup replay

Todd Blackadder's Bath put aside their controversial appeal for a European Champions Cup match replay to earn a pulsating 35-35 draw with Lima Sopoaga's Wasps.


Lydia Ko loses further ground following inconsistent third round at LPGA Shanghai

An eagle on the 14th was unable to prevent Lydia Ko from sliding further down the leaderboardat theLPGAShanghai.


Tongans devise novel way to keep excitable crowd calm: Methodist hymns

The Tongans had a novel way of keeping the crowd calm at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday night – singing Methodist hymns.


Severe storm fails to dampen Invictus opening

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially have opened the Invictus Games in Australiaon Saturday night despite a severe storm that hit Sydney delaying the ceremony at the Sydney Opera House for over an hour.


African charity work inspires David Pocock to stellar season

David Pocock has revealed his humbling charity efforts in Africa last year as the inspiration behind his spectacular return to Australian rugby in 2018.



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