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MH17 shootdown may have been 'mistake'

International monitors said uniformed men were seen cutting into parts of the wreckage.

Malaysian flight MH17 may have been shot down by "mistake" by ill-trained pro-Russian separatists, US intelligence officials say, dismissing Moscow's accounts of the incident. (AUDIO)

Valerie Adams to carry NZ flag

Valerie Adams at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Reigning Olympic, Commonwealth and World Champion shot putter Valerie Adams has been named flag bearer for the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team in Glasgow.

Flyover ruling 'will delay projects'

An artist's impression of the external view of the Basin Reserve's Northern Gateway building looking up Ellice Street.

The head of Wellington Regional Council has "grave doubts" for a proposed rapid public transport system, now that the flyover at the Basin Reserve will not go ahead.

Winter ills put pressure on hospitals

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Hospital staff in parts of Auckland are having to work extra shifts to cope with an influx of patients with winter-related illnesses. Some patients have had surgery postponed.

Pasifika teachers burning out - PPTA

Pasifika cushion covers and lava lava.

Pasifika secondary teachers are burning out from increased pressure to lift National Certificate of Educational Achievement results for Pasifika students, their union says.

Drug-user HIV rates 'lowest ever'

A HIV patient displays a new syringe and distilled water in Pakistan.

Rates of HIV among injecting drug users are at their lowest ever, with just 0.2 percent of 700 respondents to a New Zealand Needle Exchange survey reporting infections.

President-elect calls for unity

Joko Widodo made a victory speech calling for unity.

Joko Widodo has officially won Indonesia's presidential election and called for the country to unify after a deeply divisive poll that ended with his rival quitting in controversy.

Hewitt excited to open Games

New Zealand triathlete Andrea Hewitt.

New Zealand's first prospect of a medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the triathlete Andrea Hewitt says she's not worried about opening New Zealand's campaign.

Attack leaves woman in hospital

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A woman attacked and robbed while looking after her grandchild in a Manukau, Auckland, house remains in hospital with serious head injuries. Police are appealing for information.

Cooks PM unfazed by petitions

Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna.

The caretaker Prime Minister of the Cook Islands says criticism from the Democratic Party over election results is immature.

MetService rebuked over Whanganui

Whanganui city centre.

The Maori Language Commission is calling on the MetService to start using the correct spelling of Whanganui. Crown agencies were told to use the 'h' in Whanganui in 2009.

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