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More than 3 million Syrians now refugees

Syrian refugee child in Istanbul

More than three million Syrians have now fled the civil war ravaging their country to become refugees - a million of them in the past year alone, the UN says, while over 190,000 have died in the conflict.

Corrections defends inmates' treatment

The TV rental system in prison finds support.

The Department of Corrections is defending its treatment of prisoners after a United Nations report sharply criticised the state of New Zealand's detention centres. (AUDIO)

Cunliffe now unsure over Lochinver sale

David Cunliffe.

Election 2014 - Labour leader David Cunliffe says the party may not be able to stop Lochinver Station in Hawke's Bay being sold even if it leads the next government after the election.

Wingatui residents fear 'McMansions'

Otago Racing Club chief executive Andre Klein speaks at the Wingatui racecourse subdivision hearing.

People living opposite Wingatui racecourse say its subdivision will wreck their views with a row of "beige McMansions". The racing club wants funds to become a training centre.

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.

Negligence caused No 1 Insung deaths

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A coroner says the Government needs to do more to ensure safety on board foreign fishing vessels in NZ waters in a ruling over a Korean fishing boat that sank, killing 22 crew.

Malaysia Airlines suspends shares

The airline has posted its sixth straight quarterly loss.

Malaysia Airlines has suspended trading in its shares ahead of an announcement on a restructuring plan aimed at keeping it in business following two air tragedies.

POLL of POLLS with Colin James

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Both major parties have slipped in polls taken in the wake the book Dirty Politics. National slid below 50% to 49.1% and Labour is back down to 25.5% after briefly crawling over 26%.

Rate rises expected for Christchurch

Christchurch City Council

Christchurch ratepayers landed with a 7.5 percent increase are likely to face more pain as changes to what the city council can charge property developers leave a $32 million shortfall.

Despite capture, Fiji troops to stay in Golan

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Fiji's military commander has ruled out withdrawing its peacekeeping troops from the Golan Heights, after 43 were captured by Syrian rebels overnight.

Rojas out of All Whites match

Marco Rojas

All Whites striker Marco Rojas has been ruled out of next week's camp and the match against Uzbekistan as he'll instead turn out for his new German second division club.

Maori Party aims to lift tertiary access

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

The Maori Party said it wants to encourage more young Maori to participate in tertiary education at the launch of their tertiary education strategy in Palmerston North today.

KiwiRail posts big loss in difficult year

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KiwiRail has reported an increased loss. The state-owned rail operator lost $248 million in the year to the end of June - $73 million more than the previous year.

Beef and Lamb critical of US report

Beef and Lamb New Zealand general manager of market access Ben O'Brien.

Beef and Lamb New Zealand is critical of an international report which highlights the pressures increasing meat production has on land and water resources.