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The Syrian Government launches a full military assault on the rebels in Damascus. Confidential medical records found on a Christchurch street and Whittall wants Pike Royal Commission re-opened. (26′03″)
Thousands of Home Office workers in Britain including Customs officers are to stage a 24-hour strike on the eve of the Olympic Games. (3′23″)
Teachers and principals want their standard-setting and disciplinary body, the Teachers Council, to shrug off government influence and become entirely independent. (2′56″)
The latest from the Pacific region. (4′17″)
News from the rural and farming sector. (5′12″)
The Ministry of Justice has dismissed a claim by the Maori Council's barrister, that he's not receiving enough legal aid; The Green Party MP, Catherine Delahunty, is standing by her comment that the Crown is doing Treaty deals with iwi - and not making settlements; The MP for Manurewa has the backing of local principals for a one-kilometre buffer zone between surburban liquor stores and schools, and is now planning to take her proposal nationwide; The tribe making another legal attempt to stop the search for oil off the East Coast says it's prepared to fight to the bitter end. (3′23″)
News from the business sector including a market report. (12′36″)
Syria government forces have stepped up their assault on the rebel forces they are battling in the capital Damascus. (5′47″)
It is not only Damascus where fighting is intensifying. (1′50″)
An investigation has been launched in Christchurch after more than 100 patient documents and health records were found on a suburban street. (2′59″)
A leading member of the influential Iwi Leaders Group is backing an agreement between the Maori Party and the Prime Minister that Maori interests and rights in water should be negotiated between the Government and hapu and iwi. (2′56″)
It has been revealed KiwiRail was forced to replace sub-standard brakes on all of its 500 Chinese made freight wagons before they entered service last year. (2′52″)
The Pike River Royal commission will consider next week whether to re-open hearings into the mining disaster. (3′46″)
The National Party goes into its annual conference this weekend after a rocky start to its second term in office. (2′30″)
Statistics New Zealand says last year's babies can expect to live to 91-and-a-half. (3′11″)
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. (3′00″)
The country's largest local body is spending 104 million dollars on a new headquarters four times the size of it's present building. (4′24″)
A group advocating for investors says the guilty verdicts handed to three men over the collapse of the finance company Capital and Merchant have come too late. (2′55″)
You may think of New Zealand as a sporting nation - but it turns out we are a country of couch potatoes. (3′34″)
Continuing our series on the more active members of the population,Olympic athletes. (3′36″)
The Syrian government is deploying troops, tanks, canons and helicopters in what's being called one of the bloodiest days of the uprising. (3′58″)
Russia and China have vetoed the lastest efforts at the The UN Security council to impose sanctions on Damascus. (2′52″)
Two Piha women who took a distraught Iraena Asher into their home and looked after her on the night she disappeared are furious a coroner has said their actions contributed to the aspiring model's death. (6′28″)
The Waitangi Tribunal's hearing into fresh water and geothermal water rights finishes today with closing submissions from the crown. (2′40″)
While much of the attention this week has been on the Waitangi Tribunal hearing into water rights, Parliament has been working overtime pushing through treaty settlement legislation. (1′57″)
The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic hope it'll be third time lucky when they play in the trans-Tasman netball final against the Vixens in Melbourne on Sunday. (3′23″)
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. (1′11″)
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. (3′54″)
The environmental group, Greenpeace, says the oil industry is deliberately keeping the public in the dark about the scale of oil drilling going on. (3′06″)
Under the National-led Government's foreign policy, ties with the United States have become ever stronger. (3′47″)
The Green Party MP, Catherine Delahunty, is standing by her comment that the Crown is doing Treaty deals with iwi - and not making settlements; The Ministry of Justice has dismissed a claim by the Maori Council's barrister, that he's not receiving enough legal aid; The MP for Manurewa is planning to take her push for a one-kilometre buffer zone between surburban liquor stores and schools nationwide; The tribe making another legal attempt to stop the search for oil off the East Coast says it's prepared to fight to the bitter end. (3′04″)
The anticipation in Christchurch is building as the Crusaders make a bid for their first super rugby championship since 2008. (3′18″)
Let's have a chat to our Canberra correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh. (5′03″)
Edited by Martin Gibson
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