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Myanmar Rohingya militants massacred Hindus – Amnesty

Rohingya Muslim militants in Myanmar killed dozens of Hindu civilians during attacks last August, according to an investigation by Amnesty International. This photo taken on September 22, 2017 shows 20-year-old Hindu girl, Chaw Shaw Chaw Thee (R), who believes 23 members of her family are dead after Rohingya militants attacked their Hindu village in the Kha Maung Seik area of […]

Russian spy poisoning: Yulia Skripal hopes to return to Russia

The daughter of an ex-Russian spy poisoned in Salisbury has said she is “lucky to be alive” after the attack. Yulia Skripal in London on 23 May. Photo: AFP Yulia Skripal and her father, Sergei, were exposed to nerve agent Novichok in the city centre on 4 March. In her first filmed public statement since the attack, Ms Skripal told […]

Bennett storms from House over Speaker frustration

The National Party says its confidence in the Speaker of the House has been “severely shaken” because of recent events. Paula Bennett speaking the Parliament earlier this year (file photo). Photo: VNP / Daniela Maoate-Cox Its deputy leader, Paula Bennett, stormed out of the debating chamber in Parliament this afternoon in frustration over the Speaker‘s behaviour. Since becoming Speaker, Labour‘s […]

Dispute over proposed Epsom complex boils over

A stoush over a proposed Housing New Zealand complex in an upmarket Auckland suburb shows no sign of being resolved, with the Epsom MP doubling down on his contentious remarks. Epsom MP David Seymour called a public meeting for residents to meet with Housing New Zealand representatives and voice their concerns over a proposed complex at Banff Avenue. Photo: RNZ […]

Auditor-General reject‘s charter schools contract inquiry

The Auditor-General has rejected a request from National MP Nikki Kaye for an inquiry into the way the government has handled contract negotiations with charter schools. The government is in the process of closing down the schools, or allowing them to become special character schools. Ms Kaye asked the office of the Auditor-General to investigate the contract negotiations and the […]

PM won‘t commit to law change if marijuana referendum successful

The Prime Minister will not yet commit to legalising marijuana, even if the public votes for it in a non-binding referendum. A cannabis plant that will be used for medicinal purposes. Photo: AFP The government is debating when to hold the referendum. While it would be cheaper to hold the vote at the next General Election in 2020, some Prime […]

Police warn of phone scam targeting Chinese

Police are warning about a fake kidnapping phone scam from individuals claiming to be from the Chinese consulate. They have received several complaints in the past week from the Chinese community, particularly international students, who have been sent the automated messages. People who followed instructions in the message spoke to a person who convinced them to provide personal details, as […]