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US and allies launch air attacks on Islamic State

US President Barack Obama

The US and allies said to include Arab nations have launched the first air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, the Pentagon says. Fighter and bomber jets were used in the attack.

13 injured in SH1 crash at Meremere


Thirteen people have been injured in a serious crash which has closed part of State Highway 1 between Auckland and Hamilton. Motorists are being warned of delays in the area.

Biosecurity finds scorpion in tent

Biosecurity inspectors have found a live scorpion inside camping gear at Auckland Airport.

A biosecurity inspector has found a live scorpion inside camping gear at Auckland Airport. It was found in a tent coming in with a passenger from Mexico.

Lonesome George sparks tug of war

Lonesome George in 2007.

A dispute has broken out between Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands over the ownership of Lonesome George - the Galapagos giant tortoise who died in 2012.

Stove element behind fire - Fire Service

Parklands fire

Initial inquiries into a house fire in Christchurch which claimed the life of a teenage boy suggest a stove element may have been left on, a Fire Service spokesperson says.

Police still seeking man on sex charges

Shane Dibben

The public in the top of the South Island are being warned not to approach a man, wanted on a number of sex and assault charges. Shane Dibben has a spider web tattoo under his eye.

NZer 'in wrong place at wrong time'

Lynn Howie and Mark De Salis.

A New Zealand woman and her British boyfriend found shot dead on a beach in Libya were "in the wrong place at the wrong time", an inquest in the UK has heard.

Cunliffe wants leadership action soon

David Cunliffe said he was not going to resign.

Labour Party leader David Cunliffe wants the party to hold a primary style contest for the leadership soon, but is refusing to resign. (VIDEO)

Not guilty plea in forestry death

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A contractor has denied responsibility for the death of a forestry worker who was crushed by a falling tree. Lincoln Kidd died in the incident near Levin last December.

EU restrictions on Fiji could go soon

Andrew Jacobs

The European Union's delegate to the Pacific says a return to full aid support for Fiji should happen within a few months following last week's elections.

Snakey says they're moving on

Aaron Cruden, Sydney, 2014.

The All Black centre Conrad Smith says while he's disappointed in Aaron Cruden, the team has moved on from it and they need to prepare for Sunday's clash with the Pumas. (AUDIO)

Doubts MP will bring about change

Adrian Rurawhe, new MP for Te Tai Hauauru.

A campaigner for the winner of the Western Maori seat, Adrian Rurawhe, doubts he will be able to bring about any changes for tangata whenua in the next few years.

Super fund to look at climate risks

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The New Zealand Superannuation Fund is backing a global investment study to better assess the risks and and opportunities associated with climate change.

Rotorua farmers await nitrogen rules

Lake Rotorua primary producers are eager to learn about new nitrogen rules.

Dairy farmers, lifestyle block owners and horse riders packed into a football clubroom last night in Rotorua to hear about how new nitrogen rules will affect them.