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MH17 wreckage cut into, say investigators

International monitors said uniformed men were seen cutting into parts of the wreckage.

European monitors in Ukraine say pieces of the wreckage at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines plane have been cut into, which could compromise any investigation into the tragedy.

Valerie Adams to carry NZ flag

Valerie Adams at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Reigning Olympic, Commonwealth and World Champion shot putter Valerie Adams has been named flag bearer for the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team in Glasgow.

Airlines suspend Israel flights

A rocket landed within 2km of Ben Gurion International Airport.

US and European airlines have suspended flights to Israel over safety concerns after a rocket landed less than 2km from Ben Gurion Airport. Israel asked the airlines to reverse the decision.

Mayors mixed on Labour's pledge

David Cunliffe.

Provincial mayors are lukewarm on a proposed $200 million boost to the regions if Labour is elected, with many saying it's a step in the right direction but will not fix everything.

Winter ills put pressure on hospitals

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Hospital staff in parts of Auckland are having to work extra shifts to cope with an influx of patients with winter-related illnesses. Some patients have had surgery postponed.

Drug-user HIV rates 'lowest ever'

A HIV patient displays a new syringe and distilled water in Pakistan.

Rates of HIV among injecting drug users are at their lowest ever, with just 0.2 percent of 700

President-elect calls for unity

Joko Widodo made a victory speech calling for unity.

Joko Widodo has officially won Indonesia's presidential election and called for the country to unify after a deeply divisive poll that ended with his rival quitting in controversy.

Newcastle beat Sydney in Dunedin

Newcaslte United manager Alan Pardew.

Newcastle United has opened the 4-team football series with a convincing 4-nil victory over Sydney FC in Dunedin in what manager Alan Pardew says is a very encouraging effort.

New phase for Len Lye Centre

Len Lye in his studio in 1958.

Construction of the $11.5 million Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth is about to take a dramatic turn with the installation of a 32-tonne, mirror-grade stainless steel facade.

Cooks PM unfazed by petitions

Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna.

The caretaker Prime Minister of the Cook Islands says criticism from the Democratic Party over election results is immature.

MetService rebuked over Whanganui

Whanganui city centre.

The Maori Language Commission is calling on the MetService to start using the correct spelling of Whanganui. Crown agencies were told to use the 'h' in Whanganui in 2009.