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Netherlands mourns as MH17 victims returned

The coffins were brought from the plane by members of the military.

The first bodies of the victims of the Malayasia Arlines flight been unloaded from two planes at an air force base in the Netherlands. A national day of mourning was observed.

Taiwan passenger plane crashes

The plane crashed during a thunderstorm.

A TransAsia Airways plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire.

Questions over Whanau Ora contracts

Associate health minister Tariana Turia.

An internal review of two Whanau Ora funds has found problems an auditor says could bring the whole programme into disrepute. It took Te Puni Kokiri two years to release the details.

Call for Harawira to reject flag burning

Hone Harawira.

Political opponents of the Mana Movement, and its allies, are calling on leader Hone Harawira to denounce the burning of an Israeli flag during a protest over Gaza at the weekend.

Crown appeals Paki court ruling

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The Crown is seeking to overturn a decision to grant the son of the Maori King a discharge without conviction. Korotangi Paki had pleaded guilty to burglary and drink driving.

IPCA to release Rewa case findings

Judge Sir David Carruthers.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority will on Thursday tell the public what it thinks about how the police handled their investigation into the serial rapist Malcolm Rewa.

UN: Israel may be guilty of war crimes

Navi Pillay condemned what she called indiscriminate fighting.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says Israel may have committed war crimes by killing civilians, and shelling houses and hospitals during its ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip.

MH17 tribute to open Glasgow games

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A tribute to downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 will be included in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, which is about to get under way.

Fonterra looking to cut jobs in Waikato

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Fonterra has acknowledged that last year's botulism scare is among the reasons production has dropped at its packaging plant in Waikato. Up to 110 jobs could go. (AUDIO)

Conviction of French Polynesian president upheld

Gaston Flosse

France's highest court has upheld a major corruption sentence given to the French Polynesian president Gaston Flosse last year.

Warning minority dialects could be lost

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A national campaign to promote Maori language week is underway, but some Te Reo advocates fear tribal dialects could be lost due to a push to learn a standardised version of Maori.