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IS releases video of second US beheading

An image grab of Steven Sotloff taken from a video released by the Islamic State.

An Islamic State video has appeared which purports to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff. The 31-year-old disappeared in Syria in 2013.

Labour affirms capital gains tax rules

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Election 2014 - Labour has affirmed family homes held in trusts would not be subject to its capital gains tax policy. David Cunliffe stumbled over the question in a debate. (AUDIO)

Warmer spring on the cards

Spring daffodils

Spring might be slightly warmer than usual, with National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research data showing average or above average temperatures are likely.

Tributes flow for Ashburton victims

A police officer guards the cordon in central Ashburton.

The Ashburton Returned and Services Association will hold a minute's silence tomorrow for a member killed in Monday's shooting at the town's Work and Income office. (AUDIO)

Countdown to polling on 20 September

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Go to our Election 2014 page for the latest on the campaign trail, Poll of Polls, Power Play, our party leader VIDEOS, Fact or Fiction?,Ask Away and The Big Issues.

Decision on CTV charges months away

A rescue worker searches the ruins of the CTV building site four days after the 22 February 2011 earthquake.

Police face major hurdles before being able to make any kind of prosecution over the collapse of the CTV building, a lawyer for families of victims says. (AUDIO)

Berlin opens Nazi victims' monument

Visitors lay wreaths and flowers at the Berline memorial for the victims of Nazi euthanasia.

A monument to remember 300,000 Nazi victims with physical and mental disabilities or chronic illnesses has opened in Berlin - the city's fourth monument to Nazi victims.

Clash over Auckland housing solutions

A building in Hobsonville.

There's been a heated exchange between National and other parties over the role of offshore investors in Auckland's property market, at an election debate in the city.

Slum warning over Auckland CBD

The interior of Sunaj Kumar's Auckland apartment.

Auckland's central city is home to some of the region's poorest people, living in tiny overcrowded apartments which are threatening to turn some areas into slums.

Tahiti President acquitted in atoll case

Gaston Flosse

The President of French Polynesia, Gaston Flosse, has been acquitted of corruption over the purchase of an atoll at an overvalued price.

Rooney happy to have Falcao beside him

The Colombian striker Radamel Falcao playing for Atletico Madrid.

The Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he's excited to have the Colombian striker Radamel Falcao joining the club meaning their are now 3 world class players up front.

Pouakani consider next move

Pouakani has been seeking ownership of a portion of the Waikato River that includes three state-owned hydro dams.

The people of Pouakani are considering their next legal move, after the Supreme Court failed to back their claim to a a 32 kilometre section of the Waikato riverbed.

Dairy auction prices sour further

Synlait has said it will package infant milk formula for other markets while it waits for registration for China.

Dairy prices have nearly halved since February, after a further 6 percent fall to $US2782 per tonne of milkpowder in the international GlobalDairyTrade auction overnight. (AUDIO)

Pest plan not about using more toxins

a ferret dragging a dead rabbit

Waikato Regional Council's new pest management plan, which tidentifies 150 pests, does not necessarily mean an increase in the use of poisons, spokesperson Kevin Collins says.