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'Miracle' lifts teen's health

A teenager with a life-threatening illness has had a "miracle" response to a drug Pharmac said it wouldn't fund because it was too expensive and would have minimal benefit…

Glory comes with $50,000 bill

Auckland City might be in the money after their heroics at the Fifa Club World Cup, but the acclaimed amateur players have been brought back to reality with a thud.

Couples fight for $2.9m home

A luxury Remuera home described as totally rebuilt and in the sought-after Grammar Zone has sold for $2.9 million -- nearly twice its new Auckland Council rating valuation..…

Judge rejects $250,000 bid

Auckland businessman William Yan has been denied access to seized assets to pay private school fees for his children and to service the mortgage on his luxury apartment…

Cloud over National MP's future

The three-year political career of National Northland MP Mike Sabin is in the balance after a report that he is under investigation by police over an assault complaint…

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Business

$3b spent in Xmas lead-up

Kiwis have already spent more than $3 billion in the lead-up to Christmas. Paymark yesterday revealed it had processed more…

Cuban thaw may unlock new oil fields

One of the most prolific oil and gas basins sits just off Cuba's coast, and the thaw in relations with the US is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the…

Merck buys new-cancer-drug firm

Drugmaker Merck says it's bought a Swiss biotech company developing cancer drugs as part of its strategy to be a top player in one of the hottest pharmaceutical research…

World

Decade on, Aceh looks to future

"I had never seen in my life so much destruction and death on such a massive scale. I remember going to a place called Lambaro, just outside Banda Aceh...

Politics

US gives North Korea warning

President Barack Obama declared yesterday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader.

Phelps admits drink-driving

Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps has pleaded guilty to drunken driving, almost three months after he was arrested on leaving a Baltimore casino.

'Rock star' economy in numbers

This was meant to be the year of the "rock star" economy. Finance Minister Bill English now describes it as the "rock solid" economy...

Life & Style

What a prince gets for Xmas

The Royal Family are famed for their love of horses - and it's never too early to give the latest arrival his first taste of life in the saddle. So Santa is bringing…

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