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Plea for extended truce in Gaza

The bombed out Shejaiya district of Gaza City.

Residents in Gaza have used a 12-hour humanitarian truce to return to their homes, gather essential supplies and search for those trapped in the rubble.

Highway 'lacks economic analysis'

Opposition parties have condemned a decision to build a new highway between Auckland and Northland.

A transport lobby group said it is considering legal action over consent given to a highway connecting Auckland to Northland. The Puhoi to Warkworth highway will cost $760 million.

People rally against factory farming

Animal rights protestors rally in Wellington.

People turned out in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin on Saturday to protest against the practice of factory farming.

Life story of MH17 couple

Mary and Gerry Menke.

An Australia-based family with a New Zealand connection has released a commemoration of the lives of Mary and Gerry Menke, who died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17.

India takes aim at Glasgow's facilities

India's chef de mission has criticised the food, space, bathrooms and TV sets in Glasgow.

India's chef de mission at the Commonwealth Games has reportedly criticised the food, space, bathrooms and TV sets in the athletes' village in Glasgow as being far inferior to Delhi.

Brits buy record amount of NZ wine

 The British are buying Premium New Zealand wine this year at a rate beaten only by product from France.

The British are buying premium New Zealand wine this year at a rate beaten only by product from France. One in five bottles over £7 bought in Britain is from New Zealand.

Russia accuses US of smear campaign

Debris from the downed Malaysian Airliner in sunflower field near the village of Rassipnoe in Ukraine.

Russia says the United States is guilty of an international smear campaign, designed to influence international opinion against Moscow through lies and propaganda.

Crusaders drown Sharks

Willi Heinz celebrates after scoring a try in the Crusaders 38-6 semi-final win over the Sharks

The Crusaders are one win away from claiming their 8th Super Rugby title after thrashing the Sharks 38-6 in Saturday's semi-final at Christchurch.

Aucklanders protest bombing of Gaza

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Demonstrators in Auckland say they will protest every week until Israel stops bombing Gaza. About 800 people marched to the US Consulate General on Saturday afternoon.

Tahiti poised to miss Forum summit

Gaston Flosse

Reports from French Polynesia say the head of its delegation due to attend next week's Pacific Islands Forum will return to Tahiti.

Whanau Ora will survive - Flavell

270114. Photo Diego Opatowski/ RNZ. Te Ururoa Flavell, Coleader of the Maori party at Ratana celebrations.

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says his party's focus on its flagship Whanau Ora policy won't change after Tariana Turia retires at the election.