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BREAKING NEWS - John Banks says he's innocent, plans to appeal

Banks plans appeal with 'watertight' evidence

John Banks after his sentencing in the High Court at Auckland.

Former ACT leader John Banks has been sentenced to community work for filing a false electoral return but says he is innocent and will appeal his conviction.

Israel, Hamas agree to truce in Gaza

A Palestinian girl receiving treatment at a hospital near the shelled UN-run school.

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in their conflict in the Gaza Strip though it appeared Israeli ground forces would not withdraw. (AUDIO)

Doctors sick on the job

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Most Wellington Regional Hospital doctors continue working when they're sick, even if they have an infectious disease and could be putting patients at risk, a survey shows.

POWER PLAY with Jane Patterson

Jane Patterson, Parliamentary Chief Reporter.

You know the election is not far away when political parties start ramping up the rhetoric on race relations. The race debate has flared on two different fronts this week.

Ebola outbreak prompts WHO plan

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to Ebola patients in an isolation area.

World Health Organisation head Margaret Chanand and the leaders of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak are to announce a joint $100 million response plan.

Power demand down but prices up

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Electricity demand has fallen for the third year in a row - yet prices have continued to rise. Residential demand fell 3.7 percent from 2011-13, while prices jumped 6 percent.

Palau calls for global climate action

Tommy Remengesau said island nations needed pratical help.

Pacific leaders have issued a challenge to developed countries to talk less and do more about climate change, and to help small island nations protect their fisheries. (AUDIO)

Gold just what Villumsen needed

Linda Villumsen, centre, with silver medalist Emma Pooley, left, and Katrin Garfoot who took bronze.

The New Zealand cyclist Linda Villumsen says after missing out on past glory, gold is everything to her, following her women's individual road time trial win at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Medical details in papers on street

Council documents at the building.

Personal medical details were among a series of documents blown from a Christchurch City Council carpark into the streets below. (AUDIO)

FijiFirst cries foul over intimidation

FijiFirst Headquarters

The FijiFirst party is calling on the Electoral Commission to address intimidation of its supporters.

Big cash boost for Tainui marae

A Tainui marae at Awakino

Waikato-Tainui marae are set to receive their share of a $15 million grant, as part of the first distribution of its $70 million cash top-up from the Crown. Sixty-six marae will benefit.

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