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UN head condemns killing of US journalists

Ban Ki-moon speaks at Auckland University.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of American journalists by Islamic State jihadists. Footage of Steven Sotloff being beheaded emerged today.

Extra security guards for WINZ offices

The Government says its welfare reforms saved $47m in wrong or fraudulent payments in the last financial year.

The Ministry of Social Development will post 100 extra security guards at Work and Income offices nationwide, following the Ashburton shootings and ongoing threats.

Gun used in shootings found - Police

A police officer guards the cordon in central Ashburton.

The police in Ashburton say they have located what they believe is the gun used in Monday's shooting at the town's Work and Income Office.

Ombudsman to look at McCully move

Muhammad Rizalman.

The Office of the Ombudsman will look at complaints about Foreign Minister Murray McCully's decision not to release official information about the Malaysian diplomat case.

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Morris murder accused to be named

Connor Morris and partner Millie Elder-Holmes.

A 33-year-old man charged with the murder of a prominent gang member's son has lost his bid to continue name suppression - despite his lawyer having concerns for his safety.

Berlin opens Nazi victims' monument

Visitors lay wreaths and flowers at the Berline memorial for the victims of Nazi euthanasia.

A monument to remember 300,000 Nazi victims with physical and mental disabilities or chronic illnesses has opened in Berlin - the city's fourth monument to Nazi victims.

Labour affirms capital gains tax rules

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Labour has affirmed family homes held in trusts would not be subject to its capital gains tax policy. David Cunliffe stumbled over the question in a debate. (AUDIO)

Slum warning over Auckland CBD

The interior of Sunaj Kumar's Auckland apartment.

Auckland's central city is home to some of the region's poorest people, living in tiny overcrowded apartments which are threatening to turn some areas into slums.

Asia media groups urge Indonesia to free journalists

Documents of support for the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation

Asian media organisations have urged the Indonesian government to immediately release two French journalists who have spent a month in jail in Papua.

Captains pick Ryder Cup wildcards

Hunter Mahan

The United States captain Tom Watson has choosen Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his wildcard picks for this month's Ryder Cup against holders Europe.

Pouakani consider next move

Pouakani has been seeking ownership of a portion of the Waikato River that includes three state-owned hydro dams.

The people of Pouakani are considering their next legal move, after the Supreme Court failed to back their claim to a a 32 kilometre section of the Waikato riverbed.

Building activity up in June quarter

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Building activity is up, with official figures showing the seasonally adjusted value of building work rising 1.8 percent in the three months to June compared with the previous quarter.

Pest plan not about using more toxins

a ferret dragging a dead rabbit

Waikato Regional Council's new pest management plan, which tidentifies 150 pests, does not necessarily mean an increase in the use of poisons, spokesperson Kevin Collins says.