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US woman shot dead by eight-year-old grandson

August 26, 2013 MelW 0

(UPI) An eight-year-old Louisiana boy was with his parents Sunday after authorities said he would not be charged in the shooting death of his 90-year-old grandmother. The youngster was believed to have shot the woman […]

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GCSB bill passes into law

August 22, 2013 MelW 1

(Xinhua) A controversial law to extend the spying powers of New Zealand’s foreign intelligence agency was passed by Parliament late Wednesday by a margin of just 61 votes to 59. The legislation, which allows the […]

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David Shearer steps down

August 22, 2013 MelW 0

(Xinhua) Labour Party leader David Shearer resigned as the party leader on today. In a short statement, Shearer said he had lost the confidence of a number of Members of Parliament (MPs) and was stepping […]

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Stoic Bradley Manning gets 35 years for leaks

August 22, 2013 MelW 0

(UPI) Army Pfc. (Private first class) Bradley Manning, betraying no emotion, was sentenced this week to 35 years behind bars for giving more than 700,000 secret U.S. files to WikiLeaks. The sentence was considerably less […]

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Valerie Adams wins 4th world shot put title

August 13, 2013 MelW 0

(Xinhua) Valerie Adams  has won her forth consecutive world shot put title. Adams won the final in Moscow on Monday with a throw of 20.88 meters, 47cm ahead of Christina Schwanitz of Germany. Schwanitz took […]

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BP ordered to explain its refusal to pay $130M

August 7, 2013 MelW 0

(UPI) BP was ordered to appear in a U.S. court this week to explain why it shouldn’t pay $130 million (USD) in its multibillion-dollar Gulf Coast oil-spill settlement. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan issued the […]

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Unemployment edges up in June quarter

August 7, 2013 MelW 0

By John Macdonald New Zealand’s unemployment rate rose to 6.4 percent in the quarter ending June, up from 6.2 percent the previous quarter despite signs of improvement in the labor market, the government’s statistics agency […]

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Nutricia recalls Karicare infant formula

August 4, 2013 MelW 0

The maker of Karicare, an infant formula, has recalled two products from the New Zealand market. A statement on Nutricia’s website said on Sunday that safety for customers is its primary concern. The products being […]

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People missing after US propane explosions

July 30, 2013 MelW 1

(UPI)  Major explosions at a US propane plant caused multiple deaths and injuries and forced residents more than a mile away to evacuate, officials said. At least 15 people were unaccounted for  following the series […]

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People still trapped in wreckage of train

July 25, 2013 MelW 0

Lives still hang in the balance as rescuers desperately try to pull people from the wreckage of a train after it derailed outside the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, killing at least 77 […]

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6.5 earthquake hits central New Zealand

July 21, 2013 MelW 0

Another severe earthquake has shaken the country, this time at magnitude 6.5. The quake hit at 5.09pm and centered 20km east of seddon, at a depth of 17km. It follows a 5.8 quake that shook […]

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Earthquakes shake the capital

July 19, 2013 MelW 0

Two earthquakes have rattled Central New Zealand today. The first, magnitude 5.7, struck at 9.06am 30km east of Seddon. It was 16km deep. GNS classified it as severe, and it was felt as far away […]

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Fight to continue for Antarctic marine reserve

July 17, 2013 MelW 0

By John Macdonald Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully Wednesday expressed “deep disappointment” over the failure to secure an international marine reserve in the Ross sea, but vowed to keep pushing the case. Talks on proposals […]

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New Zealand government buys CTV building

July 17, 2013 MelW 0

By John Macdonald The New Zealand government has bought the site of a building that collapsed, killing 115 people during the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, it was revealed today. The purchase of the Canterbury Television […]

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Irish government passes exception to abortion ban

July 13, 2013 MelW 0

UPI Ireland’s Parliament has overwhelmingly passed amended legislation allowing abortion if the mother’s life is at risk. It passed Friday by a 127-31 vote. A provision to allow abortion if a pregnant woman is acutely […]