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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.

Deals show contempt, says Labour

Prime Minister John Key.

The Labour Party is accusing Prime Minister John Key of treating New Zealanders with contempt by confirming electorate deals in Epsom and Ohariu. (AUDIO)

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.

New tool to engage youth in politics

Students at St Paul's Collegiate School in Hamilton are among the first to have access to Vote Kiwi.

A website, Vote Kiwi, has been launched to encourage an interest in politics and voting by young people by engaging them online. It will roll out to all secondary schools.

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.

Teen wounded in home invasion

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A teenager was shot at with a sawn-off shotgun in a home invasion in Thames on Monday night. The house has been under guard as police hunt three men.

Poverty tops concerns 50 days before Fiji polls

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Exactly fifty days to go before Fiji's general election, poverty and joblessness are high among the concerns of the country's grassroots.

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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