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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.

Parliament adjourns ahead of election

The debating chamber at Parliament.

Parliament's 50th Parliament has adjourned as the electorate prepares for a general election on 20 September and will resume when a new Government is formed.

Council documents found on street

Documents were found in a bin in Cashel Street.

The Christchurch City Council says it is aware of a privacy breach where parking enforcement documents were found blowing out from an unsecured storage unit.

THE BIG "G" with Gael Woods

Scotland's gold medalist Christopher Sherrington poses with the Scottish flag at the medal ceremony for the men's judo +100kg class at the SECC Precinct during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Instructions to spectators at the Hampden Park athletics stadium in Glasgow are either to "Gie it laldie", or to "Hod your wheest" ... and then there's the "Weegie Wave".

Measles outbreak spreads north

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The measles outbreak in Waikato has now spread to Northland. A case has been confirmed in a child whose family had visitors from Waikato and who had not been immunised.

Israeli ambassador defends 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 international condemnation of the bombing of a UN-run school, killing at least 16 civilians. (AUDIO)

No appeal over Rolf Harris sentence

Rolf Harris

Rolf Harris's sentence for sex offences will not be referred to an appeals court, despite numerous complaints that it was too lenient, Britain's attorney-general says.

Villumsen a medal chance in Glasgow tonight

NZ Cyclist Linda Villumsen

The New Zealand cyclist Linda Villumsen has a good chance to add to her impressive career when she competes in the road time trial at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games tonight.

Guilty verdict in homeless man murder

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A teenager collapsed and had to be held up by security guards at the High Court in Auckland after being found guilty of murdering a homeless man off Queen Street. (AUDIO)

PNG PM dismisses claim of Pacific Forum's irrelevance

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Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has emphasised the relevance of the Pacific Islands Forum as a vehicle for addressing big issues.

Young builders inspired

Construction of a new Whanau Ora health centre at Waiwhetu Marae in Lower Hutt

A group of young Maori trainee builders involved in building a new Whanau Ora health centre in Lower Hutt are benefitting from the project which will also help the local community.