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Cyclists win New Zealand's first gold

Sam Webster, Ethan Mitchell and Eddie Dawkins celebrate after winning gold in the Men's Team Sprint.

New Zealand has won its first medals of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with the men's sprint cycling team taking gold and the men's 4000m pursuit team winning bronze.

Wreckage of missing plane spotted

 Air Algerie plane

The wreckage of an Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people has been spotted in northern Mali. The flight was lost over the Sahara in a sandstorm after it took off from Burkina Faso.

UN school attacked in Gaza

Distraught relatives outside a hospital morgue following the attack on the UN-run school

The United Nations Secretary-General has expressed his horror at an attack on a UN-run school in the northern Gaza strip that has killed women, children and staff.

POWER PLAY with Brent Edwards

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

It appears the opinion polls and many news media organisations have already decided the outcome of the general election. Labour and the Greens are trailing National in the polls.

CAA investigating its own minister

Gerry Brownlee.

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee is being investigated by his own officials in the Civil Aviation Authority for avoiding a security check at Christchurch Airport on Thursday.

Police say sorry to rapist's victims

Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess.

Police have apologised to victims of a serial rapist after a critical report by the IPCA. Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess admits police failed to do their job. (AUDIO)

NZ experts to help identify MH17 dead

Ukrainian State Emergency Service employees collect a victim's body.

Forensics experts in the Netherlands, including three New Zealanders, are to begin the formal process of identifying bodies from the Malaysian plane shot down in Ukraine. (AUDIO)

McCaw back for Crusaders

Richie McCaw.

The All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has been rushed back into the Crusaders starting XV for Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final against the Sharks in Christchurch.

Leading public servant still on leave

Mark Ford.

One of the country's highest-paid public servants remains on sick leave following surgery at the start of the year. Mark Ford heads Auckland Council's water company.

Plane crash search effort continues in American Samoa

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The search effort following a plane crash near American Samoa began again at daylight this morning.

Minister gives assurance on Tuhoe deal

Chris Finlayson.

The Treaty Negotiations Minister says the passing of the Tuhoe settlement law won't stop iwi and hapu groups who also have an interest in Te Urewera, from having their claims settled.

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