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Family grieving privately for beheading victim

An Islamic State jihadist before he apparently beheads Steven Sotloff taken from a video released by the Islamic State.

The family of an American hostage reportedly beheaded by Islamic State jihadists say they are aware of a video purporting to show his murder and are grieving privately.

Morris murder accused to be named

Connor Morris and partner Millie Elder-Holmes.

A 33-year-old man charged with the murder of a prominent gang member's son has lost his bid to continue name suppression - despite his lawyer having concerns for his safety.

Tributes flow for Ashburton victims

Floral tributes to the women killed and injured in the Ashburton Work and Income shootings.

The Ashburton Returned and Services Association will hold a minute's silence tomorrow for a member killed in Monday's shooting at the town's Work and Income office. (AUDIO)

Labour affirms capital gains tax rules

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Election 2014 - Labour has affirmed family homes held in trusts would not be subject to its capital gains tax policy. David Cunliffe stumbled over the question in a debate. (AUDIO)

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WINZ offices close after Chch threat

The Government says its welfare reforms saved $47m in wrong or fraudulent payments in the last financial year.

All Work and Income offices in Canterbury are closed after a threat was made against staff, this time at a branch in Christchurch. It follows Monday's fatal shooting in an Ashburton office.

Berlin opens Nazi victims' monument

Visitors lay wreaths and flowers at the Berline memorial for the victims of Nazi euthanasia.

A monument to remember 300,000 Nazi victims with physical and mental disabilities or chronic illnesses has opened in Berlin - the city's fourth monument to Nazi victims.

Clash over Auckland housing solutions

A building in Hobsonville.

There's been a heated exchange between National and other parties over the role of offshore investors in Auckland's property market, at an election debate in the city.

Anti-fluoride group ends challenge

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An anti-fluoride group has withdrawn its court challenge against a decision by the Hamilton City Council to reintroduce fluoride to the city's water supply.

Tahiti President acquitted in atoll case

Gaston Flosse

The President of French Polynesia, Gaston Flosse, has been acquitted of corruption over the purchase of an atoll at an overvalued price.

Monfils moves on in NY

Swiss tennis player Belinda Bencic

Frenchman Gael Monfils has extended his untroubled march into the U.S. Open tennis quarter-finals by beating 7th-seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in straight sets to reach the last eight without...

Pouakani consider next move

Pouakani has been seeking ownership of a portion of the Waikato River that includes three state-owned hydro dams.

The people of Pouakani are considering their next legal move, after the Supreme Court failed to back their claim to a a 32 kilometre section of the Waikato riverbed.

Dairy auction prices sour further

Synlait has said it will package infant milk formula for other markets while it waits for registration for China.

Dairy prices have nearly halved since February, after a further 6 percent fall to $US2782 per tonne of milkpowder in the international GlobalDairyTrade auction overnight. (AUDIO)

Pest plan not about using more toxins

a ferret dragging a dead rabbit

Waikato Regional Council's new pest management plan, which tidentifies 150 pests, does not necessarily mean an increase in the use of poisons, spokesperson Kevin Collins says.