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Chemical leak in Timaru

There has been a chemical leak in Timaru this morning. The Fire Service was called to Timaru Port after reports of a suspected ammonia leak around 4.50am. It was not…

The Forgotten Millions

This image sums it up

It is an image that challenges me emotionally every time I look at it, and the more I look, the more it challenges me.

Films give refugees a voice

Ralph Baydoun is a 23-year-old Lebanese videographer based in World Vision's Beirut office and last month we travelled together to some of the more challenging areas…

The pain of a life left behind

"As I write to you, I feel so much sadness because you stayed behind in Syria on your own. You are far away and the war in Syria has grown distance between us."

Grandmother takes on huge role

Sometimes Fatma's granddaughters want to talk about their old life in Syria. They lived in a nice house in Aleppo and went to school every day.


NZ dollar hits new high against Aussie

The New Zealand dollar rose to a record against the Australian dollar on speculation the Reserve Bank of Australia will cut interest rates again as soon as next week…

Swiss bank pays $211m tax evasion fine

Swiss Bank BSI will pay a $211 million penalty after acknowledging it helped clients create sham identities to evade US taxes, the Justice Department has just announced. BSI…


Costa Concordia's final shame

The doomed Costa Concordia was carrying a huge shipment of Mafia-owned cocaine when it set off on its final voyage, investigators…

Lubitz treated for suicidal thoughts

The co-pilot who killed 149 people when he plunged Germanwings flight 9525 into the French Alps had been treated for suicidal tendencies, it had emerged.

Life & Style



The trick is to love playing music

Cheap Trick might be yet another veteran group on the international nostalgia circuit. But there is a difference, says frontman Robin Zander down the line from the US…


Away from the tourist trail

Far from usual tourist haunts, Katelyn Catanzariti uncovers a way of life that has flourished for centuries in Thailand.



Cricket World Cup

Hesson keen to keep game moving

First comes the reflection on a job well done, at least until Sunday night. Then will follow the planning, for this cricket team is not for standing still.

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