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IS releases video of second US beheading

Shirley Sotloff, mother of US journalist Steven Sotloff, who has reportedly been beheaded by jihadist militants.

An Islamic State video has appeared which purports to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff. The 31-year-old disappeared in Syria in 2013.

Key pledges tax cut details next week

John Key and David Cunliffe square off in the second leaders debate of the 2014 Election.

Election 2014 - National Party leader John Key promised to announce more details of tax cuts for low and middle income earners next week, as he criticised Labour's financial management.

CTV criminal investigation advances

Rescuers stand in the smoking ruins of the CTV building two days after the quake in 2011.

Two designers of the CTV building will be interviewed by police as part of a criminal investigation into the building's collapse in February 2011, killing 115 people. (AUDIO)

80 police officers still in Ashburton

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About 80 police officers remain in Ashburton investigating yesterday's shooting at a Work and Income office in which two women died and another was seriously injured. (VIDEO)

Countdown to polling on 20 September

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Go to our Election 2014 page for the latest on the campaign trail, Poll of Polls, Power Play, our party leader VIDEOS, Fact or Fiction?,Ask Away and The Big Issues.

Ex-teacher pleads guilty to indecent assault

The New Zealand coat of arms, seen here at the Rotorua High and District Court.

Former music and drama teacher Charles Harter has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting nine children he had contact with while teaching at Havelock North Primary School. (AUDIO)

Berlin opens Nazi victims' monument

Visitors lay wreaths and flowers at the Berline memorial for the victims of Nazi euthanasia.

A monument to remember 300,000 Nazi victims with physical and mental disabilities or chronic illnesses has opened in Berlin - the city's fourth monument to Nazi victims.

Labour would reinstate 10 yr passports

New Zealand passport

The Labour Party wants a return to 10-year passports and a review of locations and nature of gambling outlets in neighbourhoods as part of its Internal Affairs policy.

Crash closes SH2 at Opotiki

The main street of Opotiki

Three houses have been evacuated after a truck carrying fertiliser chemicals rolled in the Bay of Plenty town of Opotiki. Firefighters are clearing the scene.

Australia halts Manus centre intake

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Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has ordered that no asylum seekers be sent to Manus Island, instead directing them to the small Pacific Island of Nauru.

Tall Blacks beaten by USA

Serbia-New Zealand(Tall Blacks) international friendly men's basketball match. Nenad Vucinic New Zaeland (Tall Blacks) coach. 2014.

The New Zealand men's basketball team has suffered its third straight loss at the World Cup, going down 98-71 to the NBA-filled USA team in their latest match in Spain.

Local kuia mourned in Ashburton

Paula Bennett meeting local Ashburton leaders to express her condolences.

The Maori community in Ashburton is mourning the death of local kuia, Peggy Turuhira Noble, caught up in yesterday's fatal shooting at a Work and Income office in the town.

Commodity prices down for 6th month

dairy farmer with cows

Global commodity prices for the country's exports have fallen for the sixth successive month. The commodity price index declined by 3.3% in August, from the previous month.

Forest industry sees start of log price recovery

Ports of Tauranga chief executive Mark Cairns said log volumes grew in the first month of the year.

The forest industry thinks it is seeing the start of a recovery in the export log market. Prices slumped earlier this year when a glut of logs built up in the main market China.