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US and EU condemn Russian aid intrusion

A local resident holds a Russian national flag as lorries, part of a Russian humanitarian convoy, cross the Ukrainian border on August 22, 2014.

Western countries have angrily condemned the unauthorised entry of Russian aid lorries into rebel-held eastern Ukraine, which Ukraine has said was effectively an invasion.

Landslide protection to take months

A house smashed in half by a boulder on the Port Hills in February 2011.

The Christchurch City Council says it will take up to 15 months to complete earthworks designed to protect 21 Port Hills homes from the threat of landslides.


Fact or fiction

Election 2014 - In the first week of a new fact-checking column, Brent Edwards checks claims made at the campaign launches of Labour and New Zealand First.

Tax already on the way out - National

Labour leader David Cunliffe announced the plan to scrap secondary tax while campaigning at the Otara Market in Manukau.

Election 2014 - The National Party says Labour's plans to scrap secondary tax are nothing new and it plans to abolish the tax itself within the coming year.

Pohutukawa fungus discovered in US


A public health specialist says the fact that a common fungus has been found on pohutukawa trees shouldn't concern the general public in New Zealand.

Tuhoe say they will work with Crown

A powhiri was performed for the Crown.

Tuhoe say they and the Crown will now have to work together to dispel any doubts about the value of yesterday's apology at Taneatua from the Crown.

US National Guard leaves Ferguson

Demonstrators protest the death of Michael Brown on 21 August 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.

Protests in Ferguson, Missouri, were muted for a third straight evening as troops begin withdrawing from the St Louis suburb racked by nearly two weeks of racial turmoil.

No plans to resign - Judith Collins

Judith Collins.

Speaking briefly to the media this afternoon, Justice Minister Judith Collins said she had no plans to resign after giving a public servant's name to a blogger. (AUDIO)

Campus attack 'sexually-motivated'

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Police say a serious and sexually-motivated attack on a young woman took place at about 8.30am this morning in the grounds of Waikato University.

Disqualification of Fiji candidate could end up in court

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The Fiji Labour Party says the faulty decision to disqualify Steven Singh from contesting next month's election must be promptly reversed or the poll could be delayed.

Wallabies face Eden Park hoodoo

Sam Whitelock gives Bernard Foley a facial during their Bledisloe Cup match in Sydney, 2014.

Australia will try to get one hand on the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday when they meet the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland.

Crown returns flag to Ngai Tuhoe

A powhiri was performed for the Crown.

The Crown has returned a historic flag to Ngai Tuhoe, to help restore injustices the iwi has suffered at the hands of the Crown. The move came as part of a formal apology. (AUDIO)

Spark near doubles reported profit

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Spark is signalling this may be the last year its underlying profits will fall. It has reported a near doubling of annual net profit but its underlying result is down nearly 8 percent. (AUDIO)

Varroa and bee viruses linked - study

Honey bee showing pollen sacs on legs, Canterbury, New Zealand

An Otago University study has thrown more light on the role that the varroa honey bee mite plays in spreading diseases through beehives, and in particular two viruses.