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MH17 bodies, recorders released by rebels

Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) inspect a refrigerator wagon containing the remains of victims from Flight MH17.

Bodies and the flight recorders from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 are on their way out of disputed territory in eastern Ukraine, nearly a week after the plane was shot down. (AUDIO)

PM accused of breaking word

John Key.

Prime Minister John Key has been accused of breaking his word by now refusing to apologise to the Wellington woman at the centre of the Malaysian diplomat case. (AUDIO)

Wellington flyover plans scuttled

An artist's impression of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover.

Divisions are emerging among Wellington City Councillors after the release of a decision that scuttles a proposed flyover at the historic Basin Reserve. (AUDIO)

Cunliffe 'regrets' taking ski holiday

David Cunliffe.

Labour leader David Cunliffe has told his caucus he regrets taking a holiday during the party's poor showing in the polls and has reminded some MPs to stick to core election messages. (AUDIO)

Taskforce to tackle 'loopy' rules

home renovation

Local Government Minister Paula Bennett is to introduce a taskforce to tackle what she describes as "loopy" rules and regulations which frustrate property owners and councils.

Homeowners upset EQC case in capital

The Flockton area has suffered from increased flooding since the earthquakes.

A decision to hear a court case in Wellington to decide how much Christchurch residents should be paid for earthquake land damage has upset a group of property owners.

UN, US meet over fighting in Gaza

Medics tend to a boy injured in the shelling of a Gaza hospital.

Diplomatic efforts to broker a truce in Gaza have intensified, with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon meeting American Secretary of State John Kerry in Cairo.

NZ women cricketers to be contracted

The top 10 White Ferns will now get annual contracts to play cricket.

The top 10 White Ferns will be awarded full-time annual contracts by New Zealand Cricket for the first time under the terms of a new Memorandum of Understanding with the players.

Problems at aerodrome, inquest told

The Feilding clock tower.

An expert witness has told an inquest into a fatal mid-air collision in July 2010 that systemic problems at Feilding Aerodrome contributed to the accident. Two people died.

Urgent needs in flood-affected PNG

Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands.

A Papua New Guinea disaster official says more money needed for flood-hit Southern Highlands Province.

Tech issues 'important' to young voters

Dover Samuels

Former Maori Affairs Minister Dover Samuels believes the Internet-Mana alliance could encourage first-time rangatahi Maori voters to sign up for this year's general election.

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