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Eight executed in Bali - report

Eight people convicted of drug smuggling, including two Australians, have been executed in Indonesia, local media reports say.

Women's rights not raised in Saudi Arabia

The Prime Minister says he was not able to specifically raise women's rights in talks with Saudi Arabian leaders but did raise wider human rights concerns.

Home support providers 'slowly going broke'

Providers of home support services for more than 100,000 New Zealanders are going broke and need help urgently, says the association that represents them.

Govt to make further social service changes

The Government will make further changes to the way people access social services in next month's budget, Acting Prime Minister Bill English says.

Villages 'wiped off the face of the earth'

Aid is not reaching outlying regions of Nepal because the country's government is concentrating resources on Kathmandu, a New Zealand alpine guide says. (AUDIO)

Hitchhikers' backpacks stolen after lift

Two hitchhikers have had their luggage stolen by the driver of a car who gave them a lift.

Future of Maui gasfield under examination

Managers at one of New Zealand's oldest and biggest gasfields go before a special hearing this morning to seek the right to keep on operating.

Residents unhappy with road plans

Increased traffic congestion and major safety issues are among the concerns Christchurch residents have about multimillion-dollar roading proposals.

Cave Creek families reflect

Those speaking at Cave Creek commemorations reflected on the changes to safety standards that have occurred in the 20 years since the tragedy which killed 14 people.

McDonald's pull out of negotiations

McDonald's has walked out of negotiations to end zero-hour contracts, the union representing fast-food workers says.

Blessie run down, raped - jury told

The Crown says Blessie Gotingco was a small woman in her mid fifties who did not stand a chance when she was attacked by a 28-year-old man. (AUDIO)

Dotcom's evidence on Banks 'fantasy' - lawyer

Kim Dotcom's evidence in the John Banks case is being described as "fantasy" and "nonsense" as the Court of Appeal considers whether to scrap the retrial it ordered.

Mark Lundy to appeal conviction

Mark Lundy will appeal his conviction and sentence for the murders of his wife and daughter, his lawyer says.

More NZers in Nepal make contact

The number of New Zealanders unaccounted for in Nepal is down to single figures, Foreign Minister Murray McCully says. (AUDIO)

Tougher safeguards for baby formula

The Minister for Primary Industries has warned tougher baby formula safeguards at supermarkets are likely to be permanent.

Missing tramper believed swept away

Searchers looking for a 20-year-old American university student, last seen tramping in Mt Aspiring National Park, believe she has been swept away in a river.

Methane find 'first step' in cutting greenhouse gas

A team of AgResearch scientists has identified methane-reducing compounds that could significantly cut New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions.

Cave Creek tragedy marked 20 years on

Family members of Cave Creek victims were in tears as they spoke at a ceremony in Greymouth marking the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. (AUDIO)

Trout poacher jailed for a year

A trout poacher has been given a jail sentence for carrying out what a judge labelled a slaughter in a stream near Rotorua. (AUDIO)

No change following port meeting

Auckland councillors have emerged from a two-hour meeting on the stand-off with Ports of Auckland, with no immediate change of stance.