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Gaza truce extended, death toll reaches 1000

A Palestinian woman pauses amid destroyed buildings in the northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip.

Israel and Hamas appear to have extended a 12-hour truce in Gaza as Palestinians pull more bodies from the rubble of shattered buildings; bringing the death toll in Gaza to 1000.

Two more track cycling medals for NZ

Simon van Velthooven of New Zealand wins silver in the Mens 1000m Time Trial.  Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The New Zealand track cyclists Simon van Velthooven and Matthew Archibald have won silver and bronze medals respectively in the 1,000 metre time trial in Glasgow.

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.

Kaipara farmers bemoan rates call

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A decision that Kaipara ratepayers must pay debts the council ran up for a sewerage scheme, sets an appalling precedent farmers in the area say. The scheme cost $60 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.

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 outclassing South African side the Sharks 38-6 in Saturday's first 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.