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Walmart appoints New Zealander as US boss

Greg Foran.

New Zealander Greg Foran who began his career stacking shelves at Woolworths has been appointed the head of Walmart's US operations. The 53-year-old joined the giant retail firm in 2011.

Man sentenced on gun, drugs charges

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A man who bought 72 rifles and shotguns from a gun shop and supplied them to a criminal gang has been jailed for five years and 10 months. Peter Edwards was sentenced on Friday.

Jobs to go at Christchurch City Council

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The Christchurch City Council is hoping to save at least $1 million a year with its latest round of job cuts. Twenty-two jobs will go but 15 will be created under the new proposal.

THE BIG "G" with Gael Woods

Performers take part in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland.

The pressure was on Glasgow to deliver an opening Games ceremony to surprise and delight. Organisers well and truly delivered, with a wall-to-wall tartan spectacular.

Morning ReportMidday Report and Checkpoint set the news agenda, and there is news every hour.

Insight and Focus on Politics provide in-depth coverage of current issues.

National News

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Elderly migrant abuse hidden problem


Social workers in Auckland say there's a hidden but growing problem of abuse, particularly financial abuse, against elderly migrants, who are living in constant dread and loneliness.

Standards reflect poverty - principals

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National standards data showing falling achievement levels in Northland are unreliable - but could reflect deepening poverty in the region, Northland principals say.

Police say sorry to rapist's victims

Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess.

Police have apologised to victims of a serial rapist after a critical report by the IPCA. Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess admits police failed to do their job. (AUDIO)

KiwiRail accepts crash report findings

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KiwiRail has accepted four urgent recommendations for Wellington's commuter train network to stop further collisions after one of its trains hit a stop block, injuring two people. (AUDIO)

More pupils meet National Standards

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More children are meeting national standards in reading, writing and maths, new figures show. The standards apply to children in years one to eight, aged between five and about 13.

Crown appeals Paki court ruling

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The Crown is seeking to overturn a decision to grant the son of the Maori King a discharge without conviction. Korotangi Paki had pleaded guilty to burglary and drink driving.

Regional News

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Football fever to hit Wellington

The public watch Westham train at Wellington's Westpac stadium.

Thousands of football fans from overseas and throughout the country will be in Wellington this weekend, as a tour by two English Premier League teams wraps up.

CCC to consider booze ban exemption

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The Christchurch City Council has recommended Canterbury University be exempt from a proposed alcohol ban. The exemption means students can enjoy a beer with their barbie.

Abortion help programme launched

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A programme to help women struggling after having an abortion started this week in Tauranga. The woman running it struggled for nearly 40 years after her own abortion.

World News

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'Huge' piece of MH17 found in woods

Debris from MH17 on the ground near the village of Rozsypne.

A "huge" piece of wreckage and human remains from Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has been discovered in a heavily wooded area in eastern Ukraine, an international observer says.

UN condemns attack on Gaza school

Distraught relatives outside a hospital morgue following the attack on the UN-run school

The United Nations Secretary-General has expressed his horror at an attack on a UN-run school in the northern Gaza strip that has killed women, children and staff. (AUDIO)

Wreckage of Algerian plane found

 Air Algerie plane

The wreck of a plane which disappeared with 116 people on board on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has been found in Mali, officials say. Many on board were French.

Commonwealth Games 2014 News

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Gold for NZ sprint team

Sam Webster, Ethan Mitchell and Eddie Dawkins celebrate after winning gold in the Men's Team Sprint.

New Zealand has won its first gold medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games with the men's sprint cycling team of Ethan Mitchell, Eddie Dawkins and Sam Webster taking the top spot. (AUDIO)

NZ judoka wins bronze in 57kg class

Darcina Manuel of New Zealand competes in the Womens -57kg Judo Quarter-finals. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Perth-based judoka Darcina Manuel has won a bronze medal for New Zealand in the 57-kilo category at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Silver Ferns begin defence, cyclists back in action

Silver Ferns netball captain Casey Kopua.

The defending champion Silver Ferns open their Glasgow Commonwealth Games campaign against Malawi tonight.

On The Inside

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POWER PLAY with Brent Edwards

Brent Edwards, Political Editor

It appears the opinion polls and many news media organisations have already decided the outcome of the general election. Labour and the Greens are trailing National in the polls.

CORRESPONDENT Alex Coogan-Reeves

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While it is not going to be the biggest or the best sporting event held this year, the Commonwealth Games still deserves a place in the sporting landscape of the future.

West Coast faces exodus of young

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Mass lay-offs in the mining sector could result in the West Coast losing a generation. As Insight discovered, its young people are being forced to look further afield for work.

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CAA investigating its own minister

Gerry Brownlee.

The Public Service Association is calling for a wider review into Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee's breach of security at Christchurch Airport, in which he skipped a check.

Turia still keen for Maori Party role

Tariana Turia.

Tariana Turia would stay on after the election as Maori Party co-leader if no women from the party are elected to Parliament, she says. She and Pita Sharples are retiring as MPs. (AUDIO)

Brownlee keeps job after airport breach

Gerry Brownlee speaking to media at Parliament on Thursday.

The man responsible for aviation security has kept his job despite breaching it at Christchurch airport. Gerry Brownlee offered to resign - but only after officials contacted him. (AUDIO)

Te Manu Korihi News

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Minister gives assurance on Tuhoe deal

Chris Finlayson.

The Treaty Negotiations Minister says the passing of the Tuhoe settlement law won't stop iwi and hapu groups who also have an interest in Te Urewera, from having their claims settled.

Turia confident her successor will win

Tariana Turia.

Te Tai Hauauru MP, Tariana Turia, says as she retires from politics she's confident her party colleague, Chris McKenzie, who's campaigning for her seat has what it takes to win.

Sharples gives valedictory speech

Pita Sharples.

Retiring Minister of Maori Affairs Pita Sharples admits that before he became an MP, he had no desire to become a politician and preferred instead to be a community advocate. (AUDIO)

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IMF cuts global growth forecast

A pro-Russian militant aims a Kalashnikov during the combat with Ukrainian forces in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on July 21, 2014.

The International Monetary Fund is worried conflict in parts of the world - including the Middle East and Ukraine - could hurt global economic growth in the coming year.

Wheeler finally gets fall in NZ dollar

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler

Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler finally got one thing he wanted: a fall in the New Zealand dollar. But the market is divided as to how much further the currency will drop.

Little market reaction to trade surplus

Export growth has slowed and expected to further deteriorate over the second half of the year.

New Zealand's trade surplus was stronger than expected in June, at $247 million, but financial markets have barely reacted. Export growth has slowed.

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Stock feed still needed in Northland

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Northland Rural Support Trust co-ordinator Julie Jonker says farms are are going to need supplies of feed to get stock through the winter after severe storms and flooding.

Fears many AgResearch staff leaving

AgResearch's Invermay facility near Dunedin.

The Labour Party fears AgResearch may have lost close to a fifth of its workforce since announcing its controversial Future Footprint restructuring plans.

Farmer relief at interest rate signal

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Federated Farmers says the strong signal that the Reserve Bank has issued about keeping interest rates on hold will come as a relief to the dairy industry and other primary exporters.