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Unis told to focus on international income

Old Arts Building clock tower, University of Auckland

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce says New Zealand's universities must keep targeting international students to increase their income.

Islamic State forces pushed back in Iraq

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters detonate a land mine laid by IS fighters near Arbil in northern Iraq.

After weeks of fierce fighting, Kurdish and Iraqi forces say they have taken towns from Islamic State militants in northern Iraq and near Baghdad.

Insight: Labour's search for X factor

insight - labour pic

After a poor showing at this year's election and the leadership up for grabs, Labour is desperate to turn its fortunes around. Insight talks to voters about what's gone wrong. (AUDIO)

'Significant' damage to mosque building

Avondale Islamic Centre

A fire at a West Auckland mosque early this morning is being investigated. Emergency services were alerted to the blaze at the Avondale Islamic Centre at about 2.45am.

UN to review Fiji's human rights record

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji's Attorney-General

Fiji's human rights record will be scrutinised by the UN Human Rights Council in Switzerland in the next week. The country's last rights review was in 2010.

New toxic algae test for shellfish

Toxic algae can choke rivers which have a high concentration of nutrients.

Shellfish growers could soon be able to use cheap technology, similar to a home pregnancy test, to determine whether algal toxins are reaching dangerous levels.

Ebola outbreak cases top 10,000

Health workers from the Liberian Red Cross shovel sand to absorb fluids from the bodies of Ebola victims in Monrovia.

Officials continue attempts to identify those who came into contact with Mali's first Ebola victim as the number of known cases worldwide passes 10,000.

Trial period doesn't create jobs - Labour

Andrew Little

The Labour Party says New Zealand's 90-day-trial period is not creating jobs but has become a device to get rid of staff when the time is up.

Auckland runaway found 'safe and well'

Emillierose Ah Kuoi

Police say an 11-year-old girl who ran away from her home in Beach Haven on Auckland's North Shore last night has been found "safe and well".

Torture in Australian asylum camps - lawyer

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A human rights lawyer says the Australian Government's detention of children in asylum seeker camps is tantamount to torture.

Kiwis crush Kangaroos in Brisbane

Martin Taupau celebrates New Zealand's victory over Australia.

The New Zealand rugby league team have opened their Four Nations campaign with an emphatic 30-12 win over defending champions Australia in Brisbane.

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.