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Nine guides killed in Everest avalanche

Mount Everest seen from the Kalapattar Plateau.

At least nine Nepalese climbing guides have been killed and five others are missing after an avalanche struck Mount Everest, in the worst accident to hit the world's highest peak.

Updated 3 minutes ago

Novelist Garcia Marquez dies

Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Colombian 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.

Updated 3 minutes ago

Dozens of West Coast homes damaged

Fire crews on miners hall.

More than 40 homes and buildings have been left uninhabitable in Greymouth after a storm tore through the West Coast and battered other parts of the South Island.

Updated 3 minutes ago

Holiday road toll climbs to 3

The Easter holiday road toll stands at three on Friday afternoon, a day after the period began.

Ferry captain 'wasn't at helm'

Coast guard crew members at the sunken ferry.

The third officer was at the helm of a South Korean ferry when it capsized and the captain may have been away from the bridge, investigators say.

Updated about 1 hour ago

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