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Israel, Hamas agree to pause Gaza hostilities

People gather around the wreckage of a car after it was hit by an Israeli strike in Gaza city.

Israel and Palestinian fighters have agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza starting at 4pm Saturday New Zealand time. The temporary ceasefire was mediated by the United Nations.

Highway 'lacks economic analysis'

Opposition parties have condemned a decision to build a new highway between Auckland and Northland.

A transport lobby group said it is considering legal action over consent given to a highway connecting Auckland to Northland. The Puhoi to Warkworth highway will cost $760 million.

Brits buy record amount of NZ wine

 The British are buying Premium New Zealand wine this year at a rate beaten only by product from France.

The British are buying premium New Zealand wine this year at a rate beaten only by product from France. One in five bottles over £7 bought in Britain is from New Zealand.

THE BIG "G" with Gael Woods

A mascot joins the track cycling at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

As has been the case at many previous Commonwealth Games, it is volunteers who are greasing the wheels to ensure the smooth running of Glasgow 2014.

India takes aim at Glasgow's facilities

India's chef de mission has criticised the food, space, bathrooms and TV sets in Glasgow.

India's chef de mission at the Commonwealth Games has reportedly criticised the food, space, bathrooms and TV sets in the athletes' village in Glasgow as being far inferior to Delhi.

New Plymouth runway clear again

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Airport staff in New Plymouth have cleared the runway after a plane broke down as it was preparing to take off on Friday afternoon, forcing some flights to be cancelled.

Attack on Gaza school sparks protests

Distraught relatives outside a hospital morgue following the attack on the UN-run school

At least two Palestinians have been killed and scores wounded in the West Bank during a protest against Israel's military campaign in Gaza that has seen the death toll climb above 800. (AUDIO)

Second sprint gold for NZ

Sam Webster celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's sprint final in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

New Zealand has claimed its second gold medal at the Commonwealth Games with track cyclist Sam Webster winning the men's sprint race in Glasgow.

Auckland's electric trains run again

Passengers disembark at Britomart after the first journey on the city's new electric trains.

Auckland's electric train service will be running again Saturday afternoon but further tests are needed to find the fault that disabled the trains this week.

Chikungunya virus confirmed in American Samoa

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The Health Department in American Samoa says it has confirmed the acute rash outbreak as cases of Chikungunya, a virus similar to dengue fever.

Ngati Ruanui opposes mining appeal

Black iron-sand of Taranaki's Ahu Ahu Beach

Ngati Ruanui is opposing an appeal by a company which wants to mine iron sand on the South Taranaki coast and has filed an application in the High Court to fight it.

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