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Latest Bulletin: 9 pm Thursday 31 July

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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.

Parliament adjourns ahead of election

The debating chamber at Parliament.

Parliament's 50th Parliament has adjourned as the electorate prepares for a general election on 20 September and will resume when a new Government is formed.

Council documents found on street

Documents were found in a bin in Cashel Street.

The Christchurch City Council says it is aware of a privacy breach where parking enforcement documents were found blowing out from an unsecured storage unit.

THE BIG "G" with Gael Woods

Scotland's gold medalist Christopher Sherrington poses with the Scottish flag at the medal ceremony for the men's judo +100kg class at the SECC Precinct during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Instructions to spectators at the Hampden Park athletics stadium in Glasgow are either to "Gie it laldie", or to "Hod your wheest" ... and then there's the "Weegie Wave".

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

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Commonwealth Games 2014 News

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THE BIG "G" with Gael Woods

A mascot joins the track cycling at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

As has been the case at many previous Commonwealth Games, it is volunteers who are greasing the wheels to ensure the smooth running of Glasgow 2014.

CORRESPONDENT Stephen Hewson

Usain Bolt

It was sympathy more than anything else I felt for world sprint superstar Usain Bolt upon his arrival in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.

Villumsen a medal chance in Glasgow tonight

NZ Cyclist Linda Villumsen

The New Zealand cyclist Linda Villumsen has a good chance to add to her impressive career when she competes in the road time trial at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games tonight.

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Measles outbreak spreads north

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The measles outbreak in Waikato has now spread to Northland. A case has been confirmed in a child whose family had visitors from Waikato and who had not been immunised.

Israeli ambassador defends 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)

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.

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.

Doctor fights to keep name suppressed

Stethoscope.

A South Island doctor who persuaded a patient to perform oral sex on him has asked the High Court in Wellington to grant him permanent name suppression.

NZ warned to monitor Ebola outbreak

Members of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) wearing protective gear outside an Ebola isolation ward in Guinea

Health authorities are being warned to monitor the deadly Ebola outbreak in west Africa closely but the Ministry of Health says it's unlikely to reach New Zealand.

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Guilty verdict in homeless man murder

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A teenager collapsed and had to be held up by security guards at the High Court in Auckland after being found guilty of murdering a homeless man off Queen Street. (AUDIO)

Further charges likely after shooting

The scene where a man allegedly shot at police following a pursuit in Tauranga.

An Auckland man has appeared in court charged with firing a gun at a police officer in the Bay of Plenty. The police say the incident happened after a pursuit in Mt Maunganui.

Long jail term for family abuser

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A man who sexually offended against young family members has been jailed for 17 years. The man who can't be named for legal reasons was sentenced on a range of charges.

World News

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No appeal over Rolf Harris sentence

Rolf Harris

Rolf Harris's sentence for sex offences will not be referred to an appeals court, despite numerous complaints that it was too lenient, Britain's attorney-general says.

Countries on alert over Ebola outbreak

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World governments are starting to take measures to prevent the further spread of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The UK said it viewed the outbreak as a serious threat.

Fire rips through Eastbourne Pier

The fire-damaged Eastbourne Pier, in England.

A devastating fire has torn through the famous Eastbourne Pier in southern England. The main roof of the pier has been destroyed, leaving only a metal skeleton.

On The Inside

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THE BIG "G" with Gael Woods

A mascot joins the track cycling at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

As has been the case at many previous Commonwealth Games, it is volunteers who are greasing the wheels to ensure the smooth running of Glasgow 2014.

CORRESPONDENT Stephen Hewson

Usain Bolt

It was sympathy more than anything else I felt for world sprint superstar Usain Bolt upon his arrival in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.

Study calls for pre-birth intervention

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Feature: Identifying vulnerable children before they're born could improve the lives of Maori and Pacific children. Insight looks at a study that tracked the lives of 7000 families.

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Disgraced MP among highest spenders

Claudette Hauiti

Disgraced National backbencher Claudette Hauiti ranks among the highest spending MPs over the last quarter, with $30,800 on travel and accommodation.

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)

Fashion features as MPs farewelled

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The 50th Parliament will sit for the last time on Thursday and for some MPs it marks the end of a political career. Six long-standing MPs said farewell on Wednesday night.

Te Manu Korihi News

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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.

Waka guardianship handed to Trust

The Waka

Ngati Kahungunu has handed over guardianship of its waka to Te Matau a Maui Voyaging Trust. The two parties signed the lease of Te Matau a Maui waka to the Trust on Thursday.

Ngaruahinerangi to sign settlement

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A South Taranaki tribe will sign its treaty settlement on Friday with majority support from the iwi. Ngaruahinerangi initialled its deed of settlement at Parliament last month.

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OceanaGold posts loss

Goldmining at Macraes Flat

OceanaGold has posted a June quarter loss, blaming the high New Zealand dollar, but it was much lower than the loss it reported for the same quarter last year.

New listings generate excitement

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The NZX says the number of new companies listing on the sharemarket offer something for everyone. There have been a broad range of new companies listing this year.

MTF to meet over ComCom action

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Only a small minority of Motor Trade Finances shareholders are concerned about the legal action brought by the Commerce Commission over fees, the company says.

Rural News

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Lower payout could cost farmers $1.8b

dairy milk truck.

The industry organisation representing dairy farmers says their incomes are estimated to drop by a total of $1.8 billion following a drop in Fonterra's milk price forecast.

MPI gets landfarm milk test results

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The Ministry for Primary Industries is not commenting on the first independent milk test results from Taranaki's so-called landfarms, where oil industry waste is disposed of.

No plans to rewrite milk price manual

Milk containers in supermarket trolley.

Fonterra has no plans to rewrite the manual it uses to calculate the price of milk despite claims from some farmers that the manual is flawed and needs to be fixed.