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The world reacts

Reaction from around the globe to Sepp Blatter's sudden announcement that he will step down as FIFA president amid a corruption scandal.


Iwi disappointed over housing plans

Auckland iwi Ngati Whatua says it is "surprised and disappointed" that the Crown did not engage with its members about plans to develop surplus land for housing.


MH17 downed by Russian-made missile

The Russian maker of the Buk air defence missile system said that it has concluded that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was downed by an older version of the missile.

Roller coaster crash horror

One roller coaster car slammed into another on one of Britain's biggest amusement park rides, leaving four teenagers seriously injured.



Key warning on boat people

A boat of asylum seekers had a credible chance of reaching NZ - but the Government will not say what options were being considered if that had happened.

Life & Style



Cowell 'felt like an idiot' over dog act

Music and TV mogul Simon Cowell has admitted he "felt like a bit of an idiot" after learning Britain's Got Talent winner Jules O'Dwyer used a stunt double dog during…


Five top spots to eat in Macau

It's flavour-fusion heaven in Macau. Whether you dine on drunken shrimp, minchi, clams or cod, you'll be delighted, says Megan Singleton.




Rugby: NZ U-20s thrash Scotland

New Zealand have opened their World Rugby Under 20 Championship campaign in style with a 68-10 thrashing of Scotland in Parma. Once they had worked out the often mysterious…

Barrett set for Super Rugby return

The Hurricanes should have the services of first-five Beauden Barrett for their pivotal Super Rugby clash with the Highlanders in Napier on Friday.

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