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US condemns Israel's UN school attack

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

In its strongest criticism yet of Israel's military operations in Gaza, the United States has said the shelling this week of a UN-run school used as a civilian shelter is "totally indefensible".

D-Day for former ACT leader Banks

John Banks

Former ACT MP and Auckland mayor John Banks will today find out if he can keep his clean record. Banks was found guilty in May of filing a false electoral return.

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 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.

Glasgow action brings one of each

Cyclist Linda Villumsen celebrates gold.

New Zealand has added gold, silver and bronze to their Commonwealth Games haul. The new medals come in the women's cycling, para bowls and men's gymnastics.

Ambassador defends Gaza attacks

A child wounded after the UN building was shelled is treated in hospital.

The Israeli ambassador to New Zealand is defending his country's military involvement in Gaza after its bombing of a UN-run school was condemned internationally. (AUDIO)

Israel calls up 16,000 more for Gaza battle

An Israeli artillery gun fires a shell towards targets from their position near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip.

Israel has mobilised 16,000 additional reservists, taking their force to 86,000 soldiers, as operations in Gaza continue despite international criticism after a UN-run school was shelled, killing 16 civilians.

Medal win surreal says NZ gymnast

David Bishop wins bronze in the Men's Floor Final. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Artistic Gymnastics.

The winner of New Zealand's first Commonwealth Games gymnastics medal in 16 years has emulated the feat his coach achieved in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur.

Pedestrian dead after being hit by car

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A pedestrian is dead after being hit by a car on State Highway 3, near Palmerston North, the New Zealand Transport Agency says. The road is closed and a diversion is in place.

Forum in Palau draws to a close with new Secretary General

A banner declaring the Pacific Islands Forum in Palau

The Pacific Islands Leaders Forum draws to a close today, with the first woman ever appointed as the Forum's new Secretary-General.

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.