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Accused diplomat arrives back in NZ

Muhammad Rizalman.

The Malaysian defence attache accused of a sex crime against a Wellington woman is due to appear in the Wellington District Court this morning.

Plan for Ebola vaccines in 2015 - WHO

Geneva University Hospital receives a batch of experimental Ebola vaccine developed in Winnipeg, Canada.

The World Health Organisation says hundreds of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines will be ready for use by the middle of next year.

Terrorism a threat - but lest we forget

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

Power Play with Brent Edwards - The Prime Minister is adamant New Zealand won't be sending troops to Iraq to help fight against Islamic State insurgents. Well, he was in June.

Farmers push for TPP tariff elimination

Tim Groser at speaks to media at the TPP ministerial meeting in Singapore.

Federated Farmers is urging Trade Minister Tim Groser to insist on the elimination of agricultural tariffs at the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks this weekend.

Police hunt follows knife-point robbery

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Police are continuing to search for a man who robbed a Lower Hutt dairy at knife-point yesterday afternoon and say the incident "could have easily escalated".

Warning on calls to arm police

Police woman

A criminal defence lawyer has issued a warning about arming police following a unanimous vote and call by Police Association members for sworn officers to start carrying guns. (AUDIO)

Canadian gunman a lone wolf

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It is believed the terrorist gunman in Canada acted alone. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was shot dead after killing a soldier and going on a shooting rampage in the Canadian parliament.

Call for security for MP offices

Hone Harawira

Mana leader Hone Harawira is calling for a review of parliamentary security in the wake of the Canadian shootings to be extended to cover MPs' electorate offices.

Severance pay labelled 'hush money'

Tony Marryatt.

A former Christchurch City councillor has labelled severance pay to the outgoing chief executive 'hush money'. Tony Marryatt received almost $800,000 in final payments.

French journalists in Papua convicted, but will be freed on Monday

Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat

Reports from Indonesia say the two French journalists have been convicted for misusing their tourist visas to work in Papua but will be freed on Monday.

Turbos win Championship

Manawatu celebrate the win

Manawatu have scored two very late tries to beat Hawke's Bay 32-24 in the Championship final in Palmerston North, earning promotion to the Premiership next season.

Funder supports TVNZ outsourcing

tvnz building auckland

Te Mangai Paho says it believes Television New Zealand's decision to outsource its Maori programmes will give the agency more control over what content is produced.

IS threat forces Burger Fuel pullout

BurgerFuel has 26 stores throughout the Middle East - including several in Saudi Arabia (pictured).

The threat posed by Islamic State militants has forced Auckland-based franchise Burger Fuel to pull out of its only store in Iraq and plans to open others have been put on hold. (AUDIO)

Groups accused of vicious campaign

kiwifruit vines

A spokesperson for the group of kiwifruit growers looking to sue the Government says they have been subjected to a vicious campaign by Zespri and groups aligned with the marketer.