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Obama vows continued air strikes against IS

President Obama pledged to build even more international support for strikes against the Islamic State group.

US President Barack Obama has vowed to continue the fight against Islamic State militants after the first American-led air-strikes targeting the group in Syria.

Labour MPs agree to review campaign

David Cunliffe after the seven-hour caucus meeting.

Election 2014 - Labour MPs have emerged from a seven-hour caucus meeting having agreed to review the party's 2014 election campaign - its worst since 1922. (VIDEO)

'Good samaritan' bashed over bag

CCTV footage of a man police want to talk to following an attempted bag snatch on the North Shore.

A woman has a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain after going to help a woman who was having her bag snatched on Auckland's North Shore, police say. (AUDIO)

'Honour killing targets' fled to NZ

indian woman covering face

A couple who say they were targeted in an honour killing after fleeing to marry in New Zealand faced deportation after their application for asylum was turned down.

Pike River re-entry safe - documents

The Pike River coal mine in November 2010.

Documents released under the Official Information Act say there is no reason the Pike River Mine cannot be entered safely. Solid Energy is not yet satisfied it is safe to proceed.

Farmers wait for final milk payout

fonterra milk truck crossing Balclutha bridge

Dairy farmers are waiting to hear what Fonterra will tell them today when it announces its financial results for the past year and its final milk payout for the 2013-14 season.

US, allies launch air attacks on IS

People inspect a shop damaged after what Islamist State militants say was a US drone crashed into a communication station in Raqqa.

The US and Arab allies have launched the first air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, the Pentagon says. The Syrian government was told before the attack. (AUDIO)

Meeting with PM positive - Flavell

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

Today's meeting between Prime Minister John Key and Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell has been described as "positive". (AUDIO)

Stove element behind fire - Fire Service

Parklands fire

Initial inquiries into a house fire in Christchurch which claimed the life of a teenage boy suggest a stove element may have been left on, a Fire Service spokesperson says.

Fiji cabinet to be sworn in

Frank Bainimarama

Fiji's Prime Minister is to announce his cabinet today, seven days after his FijiFirst party swept to victory in the first election in eight years.

Knights suffer first loss

Northern Districts cricketer Scott Styris

The Northern Districts cricketers have suffered their first loss at the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India, going down to the Hobart Hurricanes by 86 runs.

Health unit targets pregnant smokers

pregnant woman

The Waikato DHB's Maori health unit is urging the Government to develop a national plan with compulsory referrals for pregnant smokers to help them quit.

Super fund to look at climate risks

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The New Zealand Superannuation Fund is backing a global investment study to better assess the risks and and opportunities associated with climate change.

Farmers wait for final milk payout

fonterra milk truck crossing Balclutha bridge

Dairy farmers are waiting to hear what Fonterra will tell them today when it announces its financial results for the past year and its final milk payout for the 2013-14 season.

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