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Israeli ambassador defends Gaza attacks

A child wounded after the UN building was shelled is treated in hospital.

The Israeli ambassador to New Zealand is defending his country's military involvement in Gaza after international condemnation of the bombing of a UN-run school, killing at least 16 civilians. (AUDIO)

Teen gets life on murder, sex charges

Sina Solomona

A teenager who was 15 years old when he murdered and sexually violated an Ashburton mother has been jailed for life. Bronson Kelekelio will serve at least 14-and-a-half years.

Foreign-owned boats to adopt NZ law

Scott Gallacher.

A bill passed into law will make foreign-owned fishing boats adopt New Zealand labour and safety laws and give the MPI new powers, deputy director-general Scott Gallacher says. (AUDIO)

Villumsen wins gold in Glasgow

NZ Cyclist Linda Villumsen

New Zealand cyclist Linda Villumsen won the women's time trial in a close finish at the Commonwealth Games with just six seconds between her and England's Emma Pooley.

Mixed views on new drink-drive limit

wine bottle being opened

Health and road safety experts are heralding the lower drink-drive limit, but the hospitality industry and some lawyers say it will criminalise moderate drinkers.

A-G won't say if Dotcom discussed

Chris Finlayson.

New Zealand's Attorney-General Chris Finlayson has met with the Deputy Director of the FBI, but is refusing to say whether they discussed internet entrepeneur Kim Dotcom.

Israel calls up 16,000 more for Gaza battle

An Israeli artillery gun fires a shell towards targets from their position near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip.

Israel has mobilised 16,000 additional reservists, taking their force to 86,000 soldiers, as operations in Gaza continue despite international criticism after a UN-run school was shelled, killing 16 civilians.

Penney's buzzer-beater gives NZ win

Kirk Penney is well known for his long-range shooting

Veteran guard Kirk Penney's buzzer-beating three-pointer has handed the Tall Blacks a thrilling 71-70 victory over South Korea in their World Cup warm-up game in Seoul.

85% of Christchurch claims settled

A quake-damaged Lyttelton house.

The Earthquake Commission has settled 85 percent of Canterbury building claims and paid $6.8 billion in settlements, it says. All up, 143,900 claims have been resolved.

PNG PM dismisses claim of Pacific Forum's irrelevance

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Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has emphasised the relevance of the Pacific Islands Forum as a vehicle for addressing big issues.

Young builders inspired

Construction of a new Whanau Ora health centre at Waiwhetu Marae in Lower Hutt

A group of young Maori trainee builders involved in building a new Whanau Ora health centre in Lower Hutt are benefitting from the project which will also help the local community.