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11 die in Russian metro blast

St Petersburg (Russia) Eleven people were killed and more than 45 were injured when an explosion tore through a train carriage in a St Petersburg metro tunnel early today in what authorities called a probable terrorist attack Russian news media said police were searching for a man recorded on surveillance cameras who was thought to have been involved in the attack,...

Three NZ swimmers reach world champs

Wellington The New Zealand Open championships have started on a high in Auckland, with three swimmers going under world championships qualifying times. Rio Olympians Helena Gasson, Corey Main and Emma Robinson are eligible to compete at the July championships in Budapest following stand-out swims yesterday. Gasson was first to tick the box, doing so in the morning heats for the 50m butterfly. The...

McCartney wins Aussie pole vault

Wellington Eliza McCartney failed to scale the same heights as earlier in the summer but did enough to clinch the pole vault honours at the Australian athletics championships. Olympic bronze medal-winning New Zealander McCartney cleared 4.50m to finish 20cm clear of the field at Sydney Olympic Park. However, the 20-year-old failed in all three attempts at 4.70m. It is five weeks since...

Wellington building coming down

Wellington A 10-storey office building in Wellington is to be demolished, more than five months after the initial quake, the building owner spokesman says. Revera House, on Mulgrave Street, was damaged during the November Kaikoura earthquake and was "too expensive to repair", Mark Crosswell told RNZ. The building, formerly home to the Education Review Office, would cost just as much to repair...

British drone spying, nuisance incidents soar

London Police in Britain are being flooded with reports about drones after a dramatic surge in incidents sparked by the devices, an investigation reveals. The flying gadgets are at the centre of thousands of episodes registered by forces, including rows between neighbours, prison smuggling, burglary "scoping" exercises, mid-air near misses and snooping fears. Figures show the number of incidents logged by police...

$3m cocaine seized

Auckland Customs officers have made a $3.2 million cocaine seizure at Auckland airport. A Brazilian woman is now spending her 29th birthday in prison today after being accused of attempting to smuggle the 4.6kg haul into the country, Customs says. She arrived on a morning flight from Brazil via Chile on April 2, where she was questioned and searched by Customs officers before...

Cold cases linked to Yorkshire Ripper

London Police are continuing to review historical unsolved cases linked to the Yorkshire Ripper in a 1982 report. The Byford Report revealed that Peter Sutcliffe, who was given 20 life terms for murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven more, could have been responsible for a further 13 offences. The Sun newspaper has claimed that Sutcliffe, who now goes by the name...

Pirates seize Indian vessel

Bosasso (Somalia) Pirates have hijacked an Indian commercial vessel off the coast of Somalia, the second attack in weeks after years without such seizures, industry and security sources said overnight. United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which co-ordinates shipping in the Gulf of Aden area, said it had received information a dhow had been hijacked "in the vicinity of Socotra (Island)". It named...

Diver dies off Wairarapa

Wellington A man has died diving off the coast of south Wairarapa. Police say they were called to Tora at 11.47am on Sunday. The body was recovered from the water. It was understood the man was diving with a companion. NZN

Death from typhoid outbreak

Auckland A woman from the Mount Roskill Samoan Assembly of God Church has died after contracting typhoid. Auckland Regional Public Health Service clinical director Dr Julia Peters said the woman was admitted to hospital with serious health issues and the typhoid infection was a complicating factor. The woman died in hospital this morning. Ten other confirmed cases of typhoid, many from the Assembly of...
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