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Witnesses sought after woman fights off attacker in Hamilton

Witnesses sought after woman fights off attacker in Hamilton

The police are looking for witnesses after a woman was assaulted in Hamilton early yesterday morning. The woman was walking in Frankton when a man approached her from behind just before 5am on Higgins Road near Ramsay Street. The police said she was forced to the ground by the man before fighting him off and hitting him on the head. […]

Earthquake widely felt both sides of the Cook Strait

Earthquake widely felt both sides of the Cook Strait

Thousands of people have reported feeling the 5.2 magnitude earthquake that struck central New Zealand this afternoon. The quake was centred 20 kilometres east of Nelson at a depth of 73 kilometres. It was felt from Auckland to Christchurch, but was felt most strongly In Nelson, Marlborough and Wellington. Reports are describing it as a short rolling quake, with GeoNet […]

Search for pilot Matt Wallis turns to body recovery

Search for pilot Matt Wallis turns to body recovery

The pilot of a crashed helicopter at Lake Wanaka is not expected to be found alive and the focus of the search is now on a body recovery operation, police say. Pilot Matthew Wallis, whose helicopter crashed into Lake Wanaka. Photo: Supplied They‘ve confirmed the pilot, presumed dead, was 39-year-old Matthew Timothy Wallis, whose Robinson helicopter crashed into Lake Wanaka […]

Regional Council urged to step into Wgtn bus driver dispute

Regional Council urged to step into Wgtn bus driver dispute

The Public Transport Users Association is demanding the Greater Wellington Regional Council step in to deal with the ongoing dispute between the driver‘s union and Tranzit. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski Hutt Valley drivers employed by the bus company have voted to take industrial action from tomorrow to protest what they said were unlawful and dangerous shifts. The regional council […]

Iran lifts ban on non-Muslim council member

Dubai: A top Iranian body on Saturday lifted a ban imposed by a hardline-led council on a politician from the minority Zoroastrian religion who had been elected to a city council in the central city of Yazd, the state news agency IRNA reported. The rare reversal came after a widespread public outcry, lobbying by reformists and criticism by President Hassan […]

Lebanon minister backs economic deal with Syria

Lebanon minister backs economic deal with Syria

Beirut: Lebanon must seek a deal with Syria so Lebanese exporters can reach wider Middle East markets via the Syrian border with Jordan now that Damascus has recovered state control of that frontier, Lebanon’s caretaker economy minister said on Friday. Raed Khoury said it was vital that Lebanese exporters be able once again to send their produce overland through Syria […]

Egypt: Jewish nation-state law undermines peace

Egypt: Jewish nation-state law undermines peace

Cairo: Egypt on Saturday said a new Israeli law giving Jews the exclusive right to self-determination in the country undermined the chances for peace in the Middle East and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes. The law, which was passed on Thursday, has drawn rebuke from the European Union and was denounced by the Palestinian National […]