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Conservation Minister drops defamation threat

Housing Minister Nick Smith.

Nick Smith has dropped his threat of legal action against the Freshwater Angler Association President. David Haynes said the minister had threatened to restructure Fish and Game.

'Shrapnel' blamed for MH17 crash

Jerzy Dyczynsk (R) and Angela Rudhart-Dyczynski from Australia show grief as they arrive at the crash site to look for their late daughter, Fatima.

Security officials in Ukraine believe the downed Malaysia Airlines jet in suffered an explosive loss of pressure after it was punctured by shrapnel from a missile.

Labour won't rule out Internet Mana

David Cunliffe.

The Labour Party leader says his party would be willing to work with Internet Mana after the election, despite the fact some of its MPs may arrive on coat-tailing provisions.

THE BIG "G" with Gael Woods

Debate on Scottish independence has become heated.

The world's athletic superstar Usain Bolt may not have been aware that Scotland is holding a referendum to decide its future but in Glasgow it's hard not to miss the debate.

More gold medals for NZ in Glasgow

New Zealand weightlifter Richie Patterson.

The New Zealand weightlifter, Richie Patterson, has won gold at the Commonwealth Games in dramatic fashion, with all hope of a medal coming down to his final lift.

Call for review after syringe re-used

Stethoscope.

The Health and Disability Commissioner has recommended the Nursing Council reviews whether a nurse is fit to work after she injected a woman with a used syringe.

Deadly blasts in Gaza and Israel

A relative reacts after seeing the bodies of children killed in an explosion in a playground in Gaza in late July.

An upsurge in violence in Gaza and southern Israel has caused over a dozen casualties, including children, despite a plea for a ceasefire by the United Nations Security Council.

Boyle swims to silver

Lauren Boyle of New Zealand prepares in the Womens 800m Freestyle Heats on Day 4. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Auckland swimmer Lauren Boyle has snared New Zealand's second medal in the Glasgow pool after snatching silver in the 800m freestyle final at the Commonwealth Games.

Alleged home intruder badly beaten

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A man who allegedly invaded a Napier home has been badly beaten by a resident of the house and admitted to hospital with critical head injuries.

Police complaint against French HC in Tahiti

Gaston Flosse

A police complaint has been lodged against the French High Commissioner in French Polynesia for failing to execute a ruling by France's highest court.

Clinic wants to expand Maori unit

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The country's largest forensic mental health unit wants to expand its Maori unit because of its success in patient rehabilitation. More than half the Mason Clinic's patients are Maori. (AUDIO)

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